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Speaking Up: Behind the Scenes at the Bailey

Picture This: Juniata

Fine Fellows: Portraits

Expands Fine Arts into New POE

of Goodman Scholars and Environmental Science Scholars

Clean Sweep:

Come Fly With Us: Juniata

Facilities Workers Shine Juniata’s Image

Expands Student Opportunities with Career Fair

Campus Conversations: Juniata faculty and students weigh in on issues of the day. Reporting by: Laura Bitely ’14, Corey Lacey ’14, Kelsey Molseed ’14, Mary Munion ’12, Kayci Nelson ’14, Kelly Russo ’14, Jenny Wang ’12

scratched my speech a couple times and started over from the beginning,

keeping the same idea but restructuring it. The speech wasn’t final until about two hours before. I could read it in my sleep at this point.”

—Elise Mihranian ’14, of Chester Springs, Pa., on preparing her winning Bailey Oratorical speech.

“For her supporters, Margaret Thatcher remains a figure who revitalized Britain’s economy, ended trade union power, and re-established England as a world power. Critics argue that her

premiership was marked by high unemployment and social unrest. The film portrays Thatcher’s policies in a positive light and there is no attempt to portray the difficulties of the poor. Rather, they are seen as violent raging masses on the streets.”

—Alison Fletcher, associate professor of history, on the portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in the film Iron Lady.

“Somewhere in the adopting of role models for oneself, it would

but if I need to do casual reading I go to a library.”

way to look at life. You’re not all that bad and no one else is necessarily all that great.”

“Often when we experience a revolution we think one technology will replace the other, but the reality is very different. We have cell phones, but many people still have landlines. I don’t think

be smart to recognize or accept that we are all just people. It’s just a more sensible

—Randy Rosenberger, professor of management, on the characteristics of a role model.

“We have been stuck in the Romantic period (of music) since the 19th century. The 20th century introduced atonal music. However, no one liked it or could emotionally attach to it. Stravinsky’s atonal piece titled Rite of Spring caused riots in the street.

People rebelled against this type of music like people rebelled against rap when it first came out. Musicians attempted to create a new epoch, but since no one liked it, it was never adopted.”

—Russell Shelley, professor of music, on the next “epoch” of musical development.

“I definitely think people do not go to libraries as much as they used to. My mom

is a librarian, so I personally believe they are good for society in general. I buy

my books online, on s e r s at i Conv ta’s ia in Jun nity get u m h e re , c om anyw d e t r st a d, e qu a on t h o r i n a ss in c l a c e h all . n e d i s re

—Frank Filkosky ’13, of Altoona, Pa., on whether libraries will remain relevant.

we are ready to have one technology completely replace the other. I think for

a while you’re going to see, as with all technologies, that they overlap each other. We thought that computers were going to cause the paperless revolution, and yet we use more paper than ever.” —Donna Weimer, professor of communication, on whether online television will replace traditional television.

“There is a difference between quality and price. People in most situations will sacrifice quality over the price of a product. Walmart provides their customers with inexpensive prices and a high level of convenience. Companies spend countless hours creating this competitive advantage. Manufacturers in

foreign countries have the competitive advantage of lower worker wages and henceforth lower product prices. Manufacturing overseas

is the only viable option for companies to keep this competitive advantage.”

Photo: Jason Jones

“I probably worked 30-plus hours on my speech, and 15 hours of that was meetings with the communications professors. They helped me so much. I actually

—Wei-Chung Wang, assistant professor of economics, on why some companies choose to manufacture products overseas.


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President’s Note Dear Friends, One of the most intriguing aspects of my job is seeing how such a large and eclectic organization works. It’s always fascinating for me to watch a documentary or something on The History Channel that reveals what goes on behind the scenes at a business or an industry. Although I have a little more access to all aspects of how the College functions, there is always something more to learn. Of course, the experience I usually take away from Thomas R. Kepple Jr. such observations is how impressive our students, faculty and employees really are. The cliché about politics is that it’s President like watching sausage being made—not high on my mustsee list. But when I look behind the curtain in a class or a theatre production or a building project here at the College, what I see is a passion for education and completing a job well done from everyone on campus—whether a custodian or a professor. In this issue of Juniata we are getting to see how top-flight education is made and how the campus runs smoothly day in and day out. For instance, everybody at Juniata knows about the Bailey Oratorical Contest, but recent graduate Ellen Santa Maria ’12 reveals all the angst, elation and hard work that result from crafting a competitive speech. We like to say that once prospective students visit the campus, it’s a nearly done deal that they will come here. Dazzled by the campus community and helpful faculty, most students contemplating Juniata “make the decision in the parking lot.” What’s left unsaid is that the appearance of campus, from the landscaping to the cleanliness of residence halls and classrooms, are the X-factor in marketing ourselves. So dive into our article that gives a glimpse into how our Facilities Services staff keeps the College looking its best. Like a painting, which is built brushstroke by brushstroke, watching Juniata’s fine arts POE come to fruition over time has been a fascinating process. As the department increased faculty and added a full palette of courses, the resulting curriculum is a masterpiece. Getting a job is one process that is different for every person in the working world. Still, Juniata always ensures students are prepared for any type of employment. Who better to reveal Juniata’s new Career Week, than two seniors, Jason Greenberg ’12 and Ellen Santa Maria ’12. Finally, we will see how gifts from such donors as the late David Goodman ’74 and internal funding provide research fellowships and internships that prepare Juniatians for the wider horizons. So take a look behind the scenes. Because what good is a backstory unless people can see it? Warm regards,

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“I just saw this and thought about how classically American it looked. That is also why I decided to take it in black and white. It shows that you can see some pretty classic things in your everyday life if you just look around for them.”

—Michael Haupt ’12, management with a secondary emphasis in German

Photo Contest Winners


Juniata students have a discerning artistic eye in addition to their academic gifts. Check out the winner (left) and the runners up. For more photos go to the Juniata College photo contest page on


“I was walking through Les Invalides with my brother, when I saw his reflection just perfectly over a suit of armor. I told him ‘Don’t move!’, pulled up my camera, and snapped the shot. Personally, I think that this picture brings out the face behind the mask. Every soldier is someone’s father, someone’s son, someone’s brother, and war often impersonalizes the violence. This shows that the warrior is somebody brave who is standing up for their country, their family, and their beliefs.”—Ethan Farrell ’15, information technology

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“To me, this is a very triumphant photo. The Great Wall is a place that a lot of people only dream of going. Traveling to China, making your way to the Great Wall, and then climbing it takes a lot of effort—especially climbing it. This picture says ‘I’ve made it. I’ve dreamed about coming here for my entire life, and now it’s finally happening. I’ve arrived.’”—Liz Britney ’14, political science

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“I was photographing Major Event and I was very excited that Sonny Shotz of The Deans List jumped off stage to get closer to the fans/students. I was one of the official photographers for the event! It was a great show and I’m sure that everyone who attended had a wonderful time.”—Sonika Chandra ’15, biology

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Contents Campus Conversations . . . . . . . Inside Front Cover President’s Note . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Campus News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Speaking Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

If everyone hates to speak in public, then why does Juniata get 40-plus students every year to compete for cash, cachet and class credit in the Bailey Oratorical Contest? Student writer Ellen Santa Maria ’12 takes us backstage at the Baileys.

Picture This . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Juniata has long featured fine arts classes, but until recently the college’s artistically inclined students could not focus their degree on painting, photography, sculpture or ceramics. That’s all changed as the palette of options for artists has expanded.

Clean Sweep . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

The first thing students, parents and employees see is the College’s pristinely maintained campus and buildings. That first impression is the result of dedicated work by an army of professional maintenance and custodial workers. Here’s a statistical breakdown of how we keep it clean.

Fine Fellows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

On the Cover

Juniata’s reputation in the sciences has been widespread, giving many science students the opportunity to tackle serious research projects. Within the last several years two programs helped students in environmental science, geology, economics, history and a host of other disciplines gain research experience.

Come Fly With Us . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62

The buzz of activity is palpable in this photo taken a few minutes before the start of the Bailey Oratorical Contest. At the center is contestant Ellen Santa Maria ’12, who writes of her three-year experience as a Bailey competitor. g Up: Speakin Above, the “Holy Grail” for Juniata orators.

Who better to guide readers through the College’s newly expanded Career Fair activities than two Juniata seniors looking for careers? Ellen Santa Maria ’12 and Jason Greenberg ’12 offer their take on finding a job.

Faculty Feature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68


Faculty Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70


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Class Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Juniata Connect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Own Your College Mailbox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Homecoming and Family Weekend . . . . . . . . . . . . 360° . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute Awards $1 Million for Genomics Leadership Initiative

Juniata received a $1 million research grant in May from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to implement and integrate a Genomics Leadership Initiative into the college’s curriculum. The $1 million grant accelerates Juniata’s plan to fully integrate the college’s Genomics Leadership Initiative, which combines and expands Juniata’s existing teaching and research in genomics with a solid foundation in the ethical, legal and societal issues surrounding discoveries in genomics. Juniata is one of 47 colleges and universities nationwide to receive more than $50 million from the institute. Juniata received its grant for Apprentice-based Undergraduate Research Experiences, where colleges provide research experiences as a vehicle for enhancing science education. “Juniata’s liberal arts education model and its unique Program of Emphasis curriculum, which encourages students to formulate majors of their own design, is an ideal structure for students to receive this critical training,” stated Michael Boyle in Juniata’s grant proposal.

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The Genomics Leadership Initiative to be funded by the Hughes Medical Institute will include three major steps: —Develop a certification program in genomics. —Create a leadership module using classroom theory and case studies to prepare students for leadership roles in a research environment. —Establish a structured research program, with 40 summer research fellowships, in which undergraduate students use state-of-the-art science and technology related to genomics. 7

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Photos (top left): J.D. Cavrich; (top right) Sungouk Park ’14; (right) Jason Jones


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From major brewing companies like Yeungling and Budweiser, to smaller local breweries like Victory or Straub’s, to microbreweries and home-brewers, beer has always been a big part of American beverage culture. About 20 years ago, Juniata biologist Todd Gustafson, now retired, decided to design a course that combined science with popular interest. Biologist Jeff Demarest encouraged Gustafson to get the course on the books. Three years ago, Demarest took over. The course was called “Art and Science of Brewing,” and two decades later, it is still offered to students every spring. The class only admits students who are of age, and in addition, those of age must have taken at least highschool level chemistry and biology courses. The course covers aspects of the history, biochemistry, microbiology, engineering and business


of modern brewing processes. Beyond just learning about beer, students get to make the stuff themselves. Over the course of the semester, students brew two 5-gallon batches of beer. Because there are hundreds of thousands of compounds that determine a beer’s flavor, it is important for the students to learn how to craft their own brews. This way, students learn what types of flavors and aromas are appropriate for each type of beer. In his current class, Demarest says the students play detective during a beer tasting in class. “Out of 8 beers, one of them was a commercial beer that had defects, and the students could pick it out immediately. There were flavor components that shouldn’t have been in that style of beer that happened during the brewing process.” —Ellen Santa Maria ’12 was the 2011-2012 media relations Juniata Associate.

Photos (left): Sungouk Park ’14; (right) J.D. Cavrich

Brewing Up Opportunity: Heady Learning

Students in Juniata’s popular course “The Art and Science o-beof Brewing” pour the soon-t wing bucket . bre a into e tur mix fermented left , ’12, of Long Beach, an, Inset: Brewers Sara Pilchm center, of Torring ton, Conn., Calif., Danielle Fantozzi ’12, Chauncey, Ohio, toast their and Benjamin Sheets ’12, of final project in the class.

Star Search: Juniata Refurbishes Century-Old Telescope Physics professors are noted for thinking Big Ideas, like the origin of the universe, quarks, black holes. At Juniata, the physics faculty does ponder those questions but they also notice the little things—like an antique 100-year-old telescope gathering dust in a storage room. Currently, two professors are overseeing the restoration of a 1908 Brashear telescope, which was purchased that year by the College after its maker, James A. Brashear visited Juniata to give a lecture. The faculty decided to buy the instrument and Brashear himself delivered the 5-inch refractor telescope on a return lecture date. Flash-forward a century or so as Jim Borgardt, professor of physics, takes a group of students enrolled in the College’s Remote Field Course on a tour of Arizona’s Lowell Observatory. The guide takes pains to show the group a beautifully maintained old telescope. “I immediately recognized it,” Borgardt says. The college had used the Brashear telescope well into the 20th century. Over time, though, the faculty moved on to more modern equipment and the Brashear instrument was put into a closet. Borgardt’s first instinct was to buy a bottle of Brasso and shine the telescope to its former sheen. Luckily, he made a few phone calls first. Fans of the Antiques Roadshow know that it’s always a bad idea to clean an antique, because it often causes more damage to the object and lessens its value. Which is generally what Borgardt learned from Bart Fried, president of the Antique Telescope Society.

“He told us polishing the brass would cause deterioration,” Borgardt says. “Mr. Fried is working with us to find people who have parts and recommending lacquers to protect the finish.” Another faculty member, Matt Beaky, assistant professor of physics, now helps out with the restoration project, aided by a student Nick Stone-Weiss, a freshman from North Olmstead, Ohio. “This is still a very precise and effective instrument,” Beaky says. “If we set it up to look at the night sky you can still effectively see the planets, the moon and the sun.” In addition to the antique telescope, the physics faculty will also have another, older telescope to use as a resource shortly. This summer the Hickes Observatory will have a new 16-inch aperture telescope installed, replacing the college’s 12-inch instrument. “With the (new telescope) we will be able to see galaxies,” Beaky says. 9

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Lighting the Living Dead: Theatre Students Win Contest with Zombie Movie

The thing to remember about zombies is that they’re brain-dead hulks prone to staggering around aimlessly, so it’s doubly amazing that a group of Juniata filmmakers were able to enliven the living dead long enough to complete a movie that won the College a $12,000 prize. Juniata earned first place recognition for Showtime, a zombie film created for a contest sponsored by ETC Inc. The prize? A theatrical control board to control all lighting and effects in the Suzanne von Liebig Theatre. The equipment is worth more than $12,000. “This was filmed right before finals in December so many people on campus were walking around like zombies anyway,” says Gus Redmond ’14, of Bethesda, Md. Redmond actually was the originator of the project when he discovered the online contest on the ETC website and proposed centering the film on zombies. Once Redmond came up with the concept, he and the rest of Juniata’s theatrical technical crew pitched the concept to Andy Waplinger, a senior from Dallastown, Pa. studying digital media arts. “I liked the dry wit of their approach to the zombie apocalypse,” says the filmmaker. Juniata received the first place notification, edging out the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (2nd place) and California Institute of the Arts (3rd place). “It’s the first contest I’ve entered and the first contest I’ve won—with a very cool prize,” says director/writer/cinematographer Waplinger, who was relieved not to have to make an acceptance speech.


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The living dead stagger toward the entrance of the Halbritter Center as a brave group of theatre students attempt to hold them off by shining bright lights in the student film Showtime, which received as a prize theatre equipment worth $12,000. Photo: Andy Waplinger ’12

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Marvin Gaye may have heard it through the grapevine, but chemist Peter Baran is using grapevines to teach Juniata students a little bit about reactions, fermentation, chemical analysis, sugars, and phenols. Heck, let’s just admit it—he’s teaching them about wine. In fact, the course is called “Wine Chemistry.” “The course is for students who might not be interested in science as a profession,” says Baran, a native of Slovakia who made wine as a youngster with his father and later as a young family man in the central European country. During fall semester, Baran taught the first part of “Wine Chemistry,” which focused on winemaking from harvest to crush to bottling. Juniata students learned about must (pulp) and wine composition and the grape fermentation process, while also analyzing qualities such as aroma, flavor and color. The course also covered how wine ages as well as storage techniques. The course culminated in a small tasting, using wine made from Concord grapes obtained from a local grower. “The first course really shows the students the process of making wine,” Baran explains.


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“Wine Chemistry II,” taught in the spring, concentrates more on wine analysis, using scientific methods to measure levels of sugars, alcohols, acids, phenolic compounds, sulfur dioxide, alkaline metals and other compounds. In addition, the class will cover winemaking theories related to corkage, storage barrels and even the health benefits associated with wine consumption. For now, the Juniata wine connoisseurs are using Concord grapes, which are not particularly sought after as wine grapes. Baran has already started on a solution. Last year he planted 177 grape vines in a small vineyard on campus divided into five varieties of wine grapes: Reisling, Traminette (both whites), Lemberger, Cabernet Franc and Zweigeltrebe (reds). “The vines take about three to four years to mature to produce wine grapes, so perhaps the first vintage will be fall 2013,” he explains. “We lost just one plant last winter and the vineyard is doing well.” He points out that his course is not designed to teach entrepreneurs how to open a winery but rather how to make wine as a sideline or as part of a secondary agricultural enterprise. “Many of our students come from central Pennsylvania and they may be able to use this as a hobby or to make wine as a small business,” Baran says.

Photos: J.D. Cavrich

Grapes of Class: Chemist Uses Vintage Chemistry Lessons

The international prog rams at Juniata College were honored by receiving the Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization from NAFSA: National Association of International Educators .

Award-Winning: Honoring Juniata’s Internationalization Juniata is one of five institutions in the U.S. to receive the 2012 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization from NAFSA: National Association of International Educators.

“Studying abroad is a tim e when your most mean ing ful , deep personal growth occ urs because you are ou t on your own, and you are totall y out of your comfor t zon e." —Eleanor Provias ’13 , ear th and environment al studies

—Establishing international student exchanges with partner universities around the world. Juniata has established programs in India, China, Mexico, the Gambia and Morocco. The College also formed a consortium with five other Northeast colleges and universities to help develop new study-abroad opportunities in nontraditional sites. —The Language in Motion program, a 2004 Simon Spotlight Award winner, is a national consortium with 12 partner institutions. In addition, in 2011, Juniata reached its goal of having 10 percent of Juniata’s 1,600 students be international. The College’s class of 2011 had 48 percent of its graduates participate in an international experience, mostly through Juniata’s 33 programs in 16 countries. 13

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“Our highly successful international initiatives are the result of more than 30 years of faculty dedication and strategic administrative support, as well as an institutional commitment to providing our students with transformative experiences, ”says Jenifer Cushman, dean of international programs. Some of the College’s internationalization efforts include: —Establishing in 2009 a Global Engagement Initiative that led to the formation of an intercultural learning assessment committee and the Global Village Living and Learning Community, a designated floor in one of the College’s residence halls where many international students live. —The dedication of Juniata’s faculty and staff to provide students with transformative international experiences such as teaching and advising international students and traveling to international campuses to form partnerships for study-abroad or summer programs. “The greatest innovation in global engagement at Juniata is, perhaps, this collaborative spirit cultivated through faculty involvement,” Cushman says. —Juniata’s formation of an international campus community, an initiative including requirements that all students must take at least two internationally focused courses, establishment of the campus Unity House, and an international “Host Family” program.

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Juniata Students Memorialize Rwandan Genocide with Educational Event

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One of the most popular activities during the weeklong Genocide Awareness and Action Week was The Butterfly Project, where students and others designed unique butterflies to honor victims of genocide. Initiated by Holocaust Museum Houston, the project memorializes the 1.5 million Jewish children killed during the Nazi Holocaust. The project seeks to collect 1.5 million handmade butterflies for a special exhibit in 2013.

A dedicated group of students and student clubs created the second annual Genocide Awareness and Action Week, an interdisciplinary program that used the 1994 Rwandan genocide to inform the campus community about genocides through the Identity Project. In addition to a public lecture by Eugenie Mukeshimana, educational outreach coordinator at the Center for the Study of Genocide at Rutgers University and a Rwandan genocide survivor, the main focus of Genocide Awareness Week was Juniata’s Identity Project. Locales on the Juniata campus stood in for locations across the country of Rwanda. Participants were assigned Rwandan identities—Hutu and Tutsi. Each day of the project revealed how far the Rwandan genocide had progressed and how each participant’s identity has been affected by the genocide. Members of the Juniata student body, faculty and staff were issued identity cards identifying them as Hutu, Tutsi, or historical figures within the 100-day genocide. Rwanda, a small country in the Central Lakes region of sub-Saharan Africa, was devastated in the early 1990s by civil war and genocide. Beginning in April 1994, an interim government orchestrated the systematic massacre of up to a million Rwandans, both Tutsis and politically moderate Hutu, in an attempt to hold onto power. “The goal was to have an interactive learning opportunity that engaged students and faculty so we can start an open dialogue on campus about the realities of genocide,” says Jennifer Ruglio ’12, of Oak Ridge, N.J. and the chair of the student committee organizing the week of events. The event was conceived by Lily Kruglak ’11, a Juniata graduate who studied abroad in Rwanda in 2010.

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Largest Graduating Class in History Leaves Juniata



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After confessing he remembered not a word of the speech at his own 1971 Juniata graduation, Dr. James Madara, CEO of the American Medical Association, told 384 graduates at Juniata’s 134th Commencement that, “many of our greatest experiences in life—both professionally and personally—come about through our connectedness with others.” The College also awarded honorary doctor of humane letters degrees to Henry Gibbel ’57, CEO of Lititz Mutual Insurance Co. and a former chair of Juniata’s board of trustees, and Timothy Statton ’72, retired president of Bechtel Power Co. and current vice chair of Juniata’s board of trustees. Dr. Madara pointed out that when he was younger, he sought to stand alone in his opinions rather than find areas of agreement. “Cut ara ’71 Dr. James Mad people slack, and instead of seeking to differentiate oneself, search for common ground,” Madara said. “Probe (other people’s) viewpoints. Learn from them. Above all, find meaningful ways to connect.” Madara explained, “Opportunities can arise in the most unlikely places,” he said. “And at the most unexpected times. So keep your options open and your network strong.” Madara also told how social connectedness broadens perspective for students and other members of a social network. As an example, Madara cited a 1970s-era Juniata course called “Great Epochs,” which “brought together professors in physics, religion, philosophy, chemistry, biology, humanism and social science,” he recalled. “The debates were fascinating. Each professor brought their own perspective. We quickly learned that even our professors had sharply different views. And rather than detract from the debate, their differences made it richer.” Madara ended his speech by asking the assembled graduates to make a point of engaging as many people as possible, saying “And when I say engage, I mean something more substantial than updating your Facebook


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status. Instead of interacting ‘wall’ to ‘wall,’ try face to face. And instead of exchanging pleasantries, try exchanging ideas.” He went on to summarize by adding, “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to the people you know. So reach out, engage. Because the universe is as big as you make it.” As chief executive of the AMA, Madara oversees the medical association’s efforts in improving public health, physician practice, patient care and the betterment of the American health care system. Before joining the association, Madara built a career as both a biomedical scientist and one of the nation’s leading medical administrators at several nationally known university medical centers. He was chief executive officer of the University of Chicago Medical Center from 2006 to 2009. From 1997 to 2002, Madara served as professor and chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga. Henry H. Gibbel served as chair of the Juniata Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2006 and received the John C. Baker Award for Exemplary Service from the board in 2006. Gibbel has served as a trustee since 1973. He also was president of the College’s national Alumni Association. In 1992 he received the Juniata College Alumni Service Award. In 2005, he received Juniata’s Church College Service Award. Timothy Statton ’71, a Juniata Trustee since 1998, earned a bachelor’s degree in business and earned another bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from San Francisco State University. Bechtel is an international engineering, construction and development company that has built countless American and international projects including the Hoover Dam, the Channel Tunnel connecting Britain and France, Hong Kong International Airport and Washington’s Metro and the San Francisco’s BART rapid transit systems. He was president of Bechtel Enterprises from 2001 to 2004, Bechtel Communications from 2004 to 2007 and Bechtel Power from 2007 until his retirement in 2009. The 2012 Senior Class Gift collected more than $40,450 (80 percent of the class contributed), for a pavilion to be located near Sherwood and two smaller projects.

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Take Five: Alumni Honored by Achievement Awards


ive Juniata graduates were honored by their College June 16, during Alumni Weekend 2012. The award winners were: Lawrence Davis ’57, professor and chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Emory University School of Medicine, received the Alumni Achievement Award; Timothy ’72 and Kathryn Statton ’72, received the Harold B. Brumbaugh Alumni Service Award; Lindsay Briggs ’02, assistant professor of health and community services at California State University, Chico, received the Young Alumni Achievement Award; Kristen Holloway Querriera ’97, president and CEO of Operation Troop Appreciation, was awarded the William E. Swigart Jr. Alumni Humanitarian Award; and Eric Bridenbaugh ’06, a physician assistant in Trauma and Emergency General Surgery at Altoona Regional Health System, received the Health Professions Alumni Appreciation Award.


Lawrence Davis ’57, professor emeritus of radiation oncology at the Emory University School of Medicine, has been honored many times for his work in the treatment of cancers of the head and neck, as well as breast cancer. Over his long medical career he has served as president of the American Society for Radiation Oncology and was later named a Fellow of the Society. He also was named a Fellow of the American College of Radiology and received the college’s 2008 Gold Medal, the college’s highest honor recognizing extraordinary contribution to the field of radiology. He has served as president of the American Radium Society and is the associate executive director for radiation oncology of the American Board of Radiology. Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry at Juniata, and went on to earn his medical degree in 1961 at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. He competed an internship at the Cleveland Clinic Hospital from


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1961 to 1962 and completed his residency in radiation therapy at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. In 1968, he joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine as an instructor, making associate professor in 1972. In 1975 he joined the faculty of Thomas Jefferson School of Medicine. In 1984, Davis served as professor and chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine in New York City. In 1991 he agreed to join the newly created Department of Radiation Oncology at Emory’s medical school. He retired from the school in 2011. He has published research and clinical papers in numerous professional journals and has served as an editor or on the editorial board of several professional journals.

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, sociologist Dan Welliver ’79 picks some of his most influential works.

Daniel Welliver ’79 Assistant Professor of Sociology Gibbel Award for Distinguished Teaching

Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals, Saul Alinsky Following my junior year in high school I witnessed Alinskytrained community organizers at work in Harrisburg, Pa. Tactics and strategies for building strong, democratic “people’s organizations” were fun, intense and effective. When I arrived at Juniata a year later, I had dumped my plans to take biology. I introduced myself to my new professor, Bob Reilly, as a community organizer wannabe. Alinsky’s primer is a gem and an inspiration for people who seek lasting change in their communities. The Bible

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My dad is a retired United Methodist pastor. I have Church of the Brethren roots on my mother’s side of the family. I have read, heard and sung the words of the Judeo-Christian scriptural texts all of my life. Through some rigorous autobiographical inquiry I have learned that childhood (and adulthood) “Jesus stories” and songs influenced me deeply. • The story of Esther: We are who we are and we have been given what we have been given “for just such a time as this.” Do we have the kind of courage Esther had to risk it all in order to act for justice? • The story of Nehemiah: Nehemiah was a community organizer in Jerusalem long before Saul Alinsky was one in Chicago. • Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well: The deity confronts social taboo and forfeits social prestige to intentionally bring love, acceptance and hope to those most despised and rejected in their own communities. Black and White Styles in Conflict, Thomas Kochman For 15 years I lived, worked, worshipped and played in the racially, ethnically, religiously and economically diverse neighborhood of Uptown Harrisburg. This little book was an eye-opener in my earliest days of trying to build relationships and navigate in highly racialized contexts and situations.

Explore their lives and work for yourself. They are: Frida Kahlo; Francis Daniel Pastorius; Paul Robeson; and Lester Ward. Delta Blues, Spirituals and Traditional Gospel Music Music of all kinds brings me joy and moves me at my core. Son House was a Delta bluesman who personified an almost tortured coexistence of the sacred gospel music and the secular “devil’s music” of the blues. A current blues favorite is R. L. Burnside, who bridges the raw, emotive power of the traditional Delta blues with some messy, driving, electric guitar work. Sister Rosetta Tharpe brought gospel music to popular music venues and she rocked it. Sister Rosetta was playing rock ’n’ roll gospel on an electric guitar before the term or idea of rock ’n’ roll as a musical genre was named. For years, I sang traditional spirituals and gospel songs in an a capella men’s group, The Gospel Travelers, in Harrisburg. I cherish the relationships I have had with the men in this group and I cherish the music we created together. 19

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Although Kochman’s observations and ideas were not grounded in extensive empirical research, they provided new alternatives for me to consider for interpreting the racialized social interactions around me. When I have seen people struggling with a new, deeper engagement with people across lines of color and social class, I recommend this book to them. Some have testified that its impact on them was as it was for me—profound.

Biographical Texts About or Works of Art Produced by My Current Heroes/Heroines

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Tim Statton and Kathy Stavru Statton both graduated from Juniata in 1972, earning bachelor’s degrees in business and economics and sociology respectively. The couple has been active as volunteers for the college. Tim has been a Juniata trustee since 1998 and Kathy, has served as a reunion volunteer, Juniata Admission Ambassador and worked for the Juniata Fund. Tim Statton recently returned to campus as an “executive-in-residence” in the college’s business department in 2011. Statton joined the Bechtel Corporation shortly after graduating from Juniata. For further information on Tim’s biography, see the Commencement story on Page 17. Kathy Statton helped start the Bechtel Community Network, an “Intranet” Bechtel website that helped Bechtel families facing moves to research schools, doctors, culture and other factors across the globe. Kathy visited many jobsites and coordinated with other companies to support this initiative. Bechtel made the program an official part of the company in 2001.

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Beachley Award for Distinguished Academic Service


Anyone who has attended a screening of the International Studies Cinema Festival or taken my French Cinema course knows that I love cinema, and everything that word implies. Cinema means something fundamentally different to me than movies. Cinema, like good literature, compels you to confront the world, not distract you from it. I love works of cinema that stand up to, or even require, multiple viewings without lending themselves to easy interpretation. Here are five works of French cinema that have had a profound impact on how I view the world.

Lindsay Briggs ’02, has been teaching at Cal State Chico since 2011. Her primary research focus is on sexual behavior and its connection to HIV prevention in sub-Saharan Africa as well as the differences between Christian-dominated cultures and Muslim-dominated cultures and HIV prevalence in Africa. Since 2009, Briggs has spent three weeks every summer as assistant trip leader for Juniata’s annual undergraduate study trip to Senegal and The Gambia. She has extensive experience in Africa, traveling to Uromi, Nigeria on a medical mission every summer between 2006 and 2009. She also volunteered for a health mission to Iguala, Mexico in 2008. In 2010 Briggs spent four months living in Benin City, Nigeria, working on her dissertation fieldwork, which examined various aspects of sexuality in an Evangelical community. After earning a bachelor’s degree in international affairs and Asian studies at Juniata, Briggs went on to earn a master’s degree in public health in 2006 and a doctoral degree in health behavior in 2011, from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. Briggs started her career in 2005 in the public health sector, working for the Indiana Public Health Association. From 2006 to 2008, she was a program manager for Girls Incorporated in Indianapolis, Ind., where she oversaw a pregnancy prevention and substance abuse program funded by the Centers for Disease Control. From 2008 to 2011, she worked as executive administrative assistant at the St. Francis Neighborhood Health Center.

La Belle et la Bête (Beauty and the Beast), directed by Jean Cocteau Cocteau avoids the facile “don’t trust a pretty face” interpretation of the familiar fairytale to unearth the hidden themes of forbidden desire, unspeakable love, and Oedipal conflict that are embedded deep in the fable. Play Time, Jacques Tati A two-hour tour de force with almost no plot or dialogue, Play Time is a meticulously choreographed and lavishly produced comic odyssey through the empty corridors, endless escalators, and colorless cubicles of the dehumanized living and working spaces of the modern urban landscape.

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role. They sometimes trade places in mid-scene without any of the other characters seeming to notice. Trois Couleurs: Bleu, Blanc, Rouge (Three Colors: Blue, White, Red), Krzysztof Kieslowski Maybe this is cheating since it’s a trilogy, but viewed together and in sequence, Three Colors offers a tale of epic proportions. Kieslowski constructs an intricate puzzle for the viewer to explore how ordinary people live out the high-minded ideals of liberty, equality, and fraternity symbolized by the three colors of the French flag. La Haine (Hate), Mathieu Kassovitz Nearly 20 years after its initial release, Kassovitz’s prescient depiction of 24 hours in the hopeless and often violent life of three children of immigrants trapped in the ghettos of suburban Paris has lost none of its terrifying beauty or relevance. La Haine is a wake-up call that France, as well as most other Western democracies, has largely failed to answer. 21

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Cet Obscur Objet du Désir (That Obscure Object of Desire), Luis Buñuel

From 2008 to 2011 she taught classes and conducted research at Indiana University’s Center for Sexual Health Promotion. At CSU, Chico, Briggs teaches such courses as Human Sexuality, Community Health, Personal Health, and International Health. She is a member of the American Public Health Association and the Society for Scientific Study of Sexuality.

Campus News Kristen Holloway Querriera ’97 started her business career in 1997 as sales development manager for PPG Industries and recently left PPG after 14 years to become a full-time mother. She is being honored by Juniata primarily for her work with Operation Troop Appreciation, a national, nonprofit organization that provides “wish-list” items for military troops in Afghanistan and throughout the Middle East and Africa. Querriera started the program in 2004 to provide Under Armour T-shirts to a Pittsburgh-area National Guard unit, and since then has expanded the project to send items to more than 100,000 soldiers from across the United States. She has been featured in Redbook magazine, receiving its 2005 Mothers and Shakers Award. In 2006 she received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award personally from President George W. Bush. She was again recognized by President Bush in 2008 at the White House as part of a ceremony recognizing volunteerism. At Juniata, she earned a dual bachelor’s degree in international business and German. She went on to earn a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business.

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Eric Bridenbaugh, a physician assistant since 2008 at Trauma and Emergency General Surgery, works with a team of trauma surgeons and assists in surgical cases, trauma follow up, hospital rounds and a variety of procedures. He also assists the group’s surgical team in management of trauma patients with multisystem injuries. In addition to his duties at Trauma and Emergency General Surgery, Bridenbaugh also works at Somerset Hospital in the Emergency Department, a part-time commitment he has done since 2010. Bridenbaugh earned a bachelor’s degree in natural and social sciences in 2006 from Juniata and went on to earn a master’s degree in 2008 in Physician Assistant Sciences from St. Francis University. He is a member of the Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants and while at Juniata he was active in Health Occupations Students of America and with Juniata’s Academic Judicial Board. Bridenbaugh has been active at Juniata as well. In 2009 he served as an external reviewer for the College’s Health Professions Program and has also served as an induction speaker for the Juniata Chapter of the Health Occupations Students of America. “Eric has always been a supportive and encouraging mentor for our pre-physician assistant students,” says Debra Kirchhof-Glazier, professor of biology and director of the Health Professions Program.


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Jim Borgardt Professor of Physics Beachley Award for Distinguished Teaching

After completing my graduate work, I had a short-term faculty position at a “research-1” institution, which confirmed that I wanted to be at college that promoted a broader perspective. Reflecting on my path to, and at, Juniata, many people influenced my career in science and teaching. My parents: One of the only concrete memories I have from my very early childhood is age 3, when I recall my parents waking me up, and telling me “history was being made.” We all gazed in wonder as Apollo 11 landed on the moon. Soon afterwards Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon, saying “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” That left an early impression of the impact science can have on humanity’s view of our place in the cosmos. Carl Sagan: Sagan was a pioneer in communicating the wonder and awe that science inspires. He was adept at helping people to better understand the cosmos— simultaneously emphasizing the value and worthiness of the human race, and the relative insignificance of the Earth in comparison to the universe. His 1980s television series Cosmos had a huge impact, impressing upon me how vital it is to be able to communicate both the impact and value of science to those who don’t have a background in the field.

Juniata faculty – I owe an enormous—and growing—debt to my colleagues at Juniata. Jim Lakso, who made it possible for me to spend nine months in India; Andy Murray, who drew me into the PACS orbit; Andy and Belle Tuten, who co-taught (with me) the CA course “From Napoleon to Monnet” during my first years here; Richard Hark and Jay Hosler, who take their discipline and apply it in non-traditional ways with remarkable results; Jim Roney, whose class I was able to eavesdrop on from my office for a semester and found my own beliefs about culture, and teaching, challenged by the way he engaged students; and far more whose contributions I can’t delve into here. I am fortunate to have had two truly outstanding individuals, Norm Siems and Jamie White, as daily influences over the past decade.


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Roger Friedman: Roger is a physics professor at UC-Santa Barbara, my alma mater, and author of a calculus-based physics textbook that is a staple in undergraduate courses. He mentored me as I served as a TA in his popular astronomy course. He was a master at drawing in those with an obstinate disinterest in a subject while weaving a mesmerizing tale infusing history, culture and science. By the end of the course students learned volumes and weren’t sure why they were doing this so enthusiastically. Roger taught me how to design courses around central themes in a way that made students want to learn more in spite of preconceived notions.

Richard Kouzes: Dick is a Laboratory Fellow at Pacific Northwest National Laboratories. After arriving at Juniata it was clear that I was not going to be able to continue any semblance of my dissertation research – the facilities simply weren’t here. So, I “cold-called” Dick, an intensely busy and accomplished scientist, who could have ignored my query. He has helped me change gears, and facilitated a number of internships for Juniata students. He can almost instantly gauge one’s level of understanding and craft an appropriate explanation that can serve as conceptual scaffolding for future knowledge. He reminded me of the virtues of patience and helping those who struggle to comprehend things that may come easier for me.


Juniata women’s basketball coach Danny Young-Uhrich ’00 puts her laser-like focus to use as she watches the game unfold.


You’ve Got Mail One Note takes Women’s Basketball Program to New Heights By Jason Greenberg ’12 Photography: J.D. Cavrich


here is really nothing exciting about receiving an email. Email has become the medium for advertisers to fill inboxes with messages that serve no purpose other than to test the functionality of the delete button. Juniata’s athletic coaches also are inundated with email, but, as women’s basketball coach Danny YoungUhrich ’00 found out in 2005, sometimes something great can come from an ordinary email. That year, coming off a 5-19 record in her second season, Young-Uhrich thought she was setting a reasonable goal when she wrote in her team manual that the team would strive for a .500 record in the 2005-06 season. One player disagreed—via email.


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This Young-Uhrich pose, crouched or leaning forward, is familiar to Juniata basketball players and the Lady Eagles’ many fans who observe the coach and her gameday demeanor.


Before Alison Meckey ’08 became Juniata’s career three-point field goal leader, she was a freshman on the 2004-05 team. She was struggling with the transition from playing for a perennial high school state championship contender to enduring a long college season at the bottom of the conference standings. By the time her freshman year had concluded, Meckey had already lost more games than she did in her entire high school career at Bishop Carroll in Ebensburg, Pa. Accustomed to success, Meckey was not satisfied with the .500 record the team manual suggested settling for. She decided to make her feelings known with an email to Young-Uhrich the day after the young coach set the goal for the team. “She wrote, ‘Coach, why would we ever aim to win half of our games? Why wouldn’t we want to win all of them?’” Young-Uhrich recalls. “Ali was absolutely furious. You could read the smoke coming off her fingers.” The team has not used goal setting since. “Ali Meckey’s class changed my approach to it,” Young-Uhrich admits. As a result, that one event removed any cap on what the Eagles can achieve. The mindset to aim for limitless success became ingrained in the 2011-12 season. The previous season was supposed to be the highpoint because the squad earned its first Landmark Conference Championship and NCAA tournament victory. However, the team has


“Ali and that whole class is one of the biggest reasons why we are where we are. Instead of a coach’s expectation, it became the players’ expectation. Now it’s just what we do here and it’s reinforced year in and year out.” —Danny Young-Uhrich ’00, Women’s Basketball Head Coach

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again demolished the notion there is a ceiling to Juniata’s climb up the Division III women’s basketball ladder. They continue to ascend into uncharted territory, registering the most wins, 26, and claiming their highest national ranking in program history, at one point reaching as high as 10th in the nation. Young-Uhrich credits Meckey’s 2004 email for the turnaround. “Ali and that whole class are the biggest reasons why we are where we are,” she says. “Instead of a coach’s expectation, it became the players’ expectation. Now it’s just what we do here and it’s reinforced year in and year out.” “You have to be the change you want to see,” Meckey says. “My class had to turn the mentality around. All of us would agree we helped spark the program.” The impressions left by the class of ’08 are still recognized by the current players, even though they never played with Meckey. Ashton Bankos ’12, of York, Pa., is the second straight Juniata women’s basketball player to win conference Player of the Year. She was also named the 2011-12 Mid-Atlantic Region Player of Year as well as an honorable mention Division III AllAmerican. On Feb. 3 she joined Young-Uhrich as one of 12 Juniata players to score 1,000 career points. “Each year the next senior class holds the rest of the team to having that winning attitude,” Bankos says. “The bar was set and now it is rising every year and it will continue to rise.” The winning mindset is something Young-Uhrich does not undervalue. “You can see we have it. We know how to win,” she says. “That’s the biggest difference between the teams at the top and the teams at the bottom of the conference.” Juniata is now perennially at the top of its conference thanks to Young-Uhrich. She has a 139-103 overall record, giving her the most wins in Juniata history. Now through her ninth year as head coach, she has posted a winning record in each of the past seven seasons, which is the longest streak in program history. In each of the last five years, she has taken her team to either the NCAA or ECAC tournaments. And in 2011, Young-Uhrich was named the Landmark Conference coach of the year. The award represents Young-Uhrich’s coaching prowess, but she did not take the Juniata program out of the cellar overnight. Rather, the development of the program has more resembled an elevator—steadily rising as different players enter and depart. Since beginning her head coaching career, Young-Uhrich has improved her teams’ record from 5-19 in her first season, to 13-12 in her third, 18-10 in her fifth and 26-3 by her ninth.

Best Season Ever: Men’s Version


he Juniata men’s basketball program, while not the conference juggernaut that the women’s program was, posted its best record in history with a 19-6 record overall and a 9-5 record in the Landmark Conference. The men’s team reached the semifinals of the ECAC tournament against Alvernia College, losing 62-65 in a lastsecond heartbreaker. The team came in second in the Landmark conference championship to the University of Scranton.

Coach Greg Curley, crouching, led the Juniata men’s basketball team to its best record in history, posting a 19-6 record overall.

Brightest Star: Larry Bock Inducted into Juniata Hall of Fame

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ixing humor, humility and humanity into his acceptance speech, amid the hue and cry of a plainly appreciative crowd, Larry Bock, Juniata’s stellar volleyball coach and indeed, the greatest coach of his time, was inducted into the Juniata College Hall of Fame Feb. 4. Fittingly, the honor came at halftime of a Juniata Men’s Volleyball match between the Eagles and George Mason University.

As the banner honoring Juniata’s Larry Bock, the College’s groundbreaking volleyball coach, rises off camera, the moment is applauded by Heather Pavlik ’95, Bock’s wife Lynn, granddaughter Marin, Marcy Katona ’98, daughter Anne ’98, and daughter Laura. 28

After thanking a long list of coaches, associates, players and colleagues, without once mentioning any personal accomplishments, Bock said simply, “This is for my players, my heroes. You make me proud every day.” His overall record (men’s and women’s volleyball) is 1,352283-4 and he is still going. He was named national Coach of the Year eight times, is a member of the AVCA Hall of Fame and his teams won two NCAA Division III national championships in 2004 and 2006. Now the women’s volleyball coach at the U.S. Naval Academy, Bock became the winningest coach in collegiate women’s volleyball history over a 40-year career. The College is forever grateful.

The Juniata’s women’s basketball team found that hard work, dedication, and occasionally, fun, results in an outstanding record.

But boundless expectations are something YoungUhrich may have had trouble comprehending her freshman season as a player at Juniata. Her team went winless for the only time in program history and she ended up playing for four different coaches over four seasons. She reminds herself of those dark times on occasion for motivation. “I never take where we’re at right now for granted. It’s very humbling and keeps everything in perspective,” she says. “You never want to go back there. I never, ever, ever want to go back there or want to see those days ever again.” >j<


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Even as the records and awards are mounting, maybe the most telling evidence of Young-Uhrich’s coaching ability is what her players think about her. “She is a great leader. She’s strict, but also very personable with us,” says Kelsey Livoti ’15, of Altoona, Pa. “She is really influential as a role model and I look up to her.” Spectators who attend the Kennedy Sports and Recreation Center to see the Lady Eagles compete will not find their head coach pacing up and down the sideline like Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, or barking orders at players like Tennessee’s Pat Summit. Fans will find YoungUhrich calmly and quietly seated in her chair, leaning forward with her elbows rested on her knees—a pose evocative of a mother sitting on a park bench watching her child play in the sandbox. This calm demeanor can be credited to Young-Uhrich, and her husband, Jeremy Uhrich, celebrating the birth of their first child, Finley, in August 2011. Although he cannot yet dribble or shoot three-pointers with the same proficiency as his mom’s players, he has had a major impact on this year’s success according to Young-Uhrich. “I’m a better coach because of Fin,” she says. “I think I found a balance and it makes me better in the moment.” Even the players see Finley as a refreshing sight for more than his button nose and pinchable cheeks. “She’s definitely more motherly now,” Landmark Conference leading rebounder, Kate McDonald ’14, of Pennsylvania Furnace, Pa., said of her coach. “She’s more relaxed.” “I really did loosen up,” Young-Uhrich admits. “If I’m relaxed, the girls are relaxed, and it just makes a better atmosphere for everybody.” The relaxed atmosphere has resulted in a historic season for the Eagles. After going undefeated in their conference during the regular season, the team was upset in the conference championship, but still brought two tournament games to campus in the NCAA tournament and made it to the second round. “Do I think we can be a consistently top 15 ranked team? Yeah, I think we can,” Young-Uhrich says. “I think we will keep getting better,” Bankos agrees. “If Coach keeps recruiting like she has been and the girls keep working as hard as we do, I don’t see why not.”


As the panel of judges ready themselves in the background, the Bailey Oratorical contest participants get ready to deliver their speeches. From left, Libby Morrison ’12, author Ellen Santa Maria ’12, Maeve Neiswanger ’12, Elise Mihranian ’14, Zachary Lemon ’14, Alyssa Beck ’12 and Bryan Aungst ’13. 30

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Ellen Santa Maria ’12 shows no sign of nervousness as she awaits her turn, with competitor Jewel Daniels ’13, of Bloomfield, N.J., at the preliminary round of the Bailey.


Sarah Worley (at right), assistant professor of communication, looks attentively at one of the competitors.


Like a tooth waiting to meet the Tooth Fairy, my speech rests beneath my head for eight hours straight. Why? Because Grace Fala told me to. Someone who didn’t know Grace, one of the guiding lights of the Bailey Oratorical Contest, might think, “Wonderful, she’s taking crackpot speech-giving advice.” I knew better. That’s right, I’m competing in my third straight Bailey Oratorical Contest. You’d think by now it would be old hat. Well, no. It’s just as nerve-wracking as before. Don’t get me wrong, I’m comfortable in front of an audience. Just ask my parents. Old videos reveal an excitable child with an unrelenting gaze fixed intently on the camcorder. From mini dance performances to TV sitcom spoofs with friends, I don’t mind having all eyes on me. But there’s something about simply speaking in front of people—using nothing but your words—that makes even the confident performer weak in the knees. Like this year’s Bailey: admittedly, I wrote the speech the day before. Granted, I’d been pondering the idea for weeks. But come on, how would you answer this idea: “‘Like it or not we live in interesting times,’ a quote from a 1966 speech. ‘this world demands the qualities of youth.’ What does it mean to live in ‘interesting times’ and what are the qualities of youth that our interesting times demand?” Each year up until this one, an effective answer to the Bailey topic was somewhat fathomable—concrete. But this time, in my senior year, the communication faculty had thrown everyone for an absolute loop. The inspiration never just comes to me. Instead, it reveals itself over time. The Eureka Moment shows itself in class lectures, conversations with friends, and even TV commercials. That’s when I end up looking like the stereotypical starving writer: whipping out my little notebook at random occasions to jot down an idea. Hundreds of students over the years have found themselves in my position—vying for the opportunity to have their voices heard.

Photos (left and right): Sungouk Park ’14

I can’t believe it all fits under my pillow.

T he speech always comes together. Usually the night before prelims. And then, I’m left frantically practicing in an open classroom until the wee hours, coercing friends to be the audience. Key words to the topic flashed in my mind: “interesting,” “times,” and “youth.” My mind shuffled through all of my colorful memories, and landed on one in particular: the 1971 film, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. “Who is a better example of the ideal youth than Charlie Bucket?’ I thought. Now I had to watch Willie again and write the speech. I call on my friend Steve Croner ’12, of Berlin, Pa., to listen to my delivery. In an empty classroom, I stack my tattered speech—six pages, double-spaced—on the podium and ask “Will you get up and walk around during my speech?” This is to practice eye contact. A noise can jerk your eyes from the page and you scan the audience for the source while trying to keep your cool. Looking back down at the page, you’ve forgotten your place, and what’s more, your flow has been interrupted. Believe me, Steve’s classroom laps help. I still have to force myself to speak. Imagine plunging into an icy pool. Knowing that what lies below you is a beautiful paradox: a terrible cold and shock at first, but a refreshing, exhilarating sense of accomplishment afterward. That’s public speaking.

So I take one last breath before I take the plunge: when I’m finished speaking, Steve says, “8:34.” The time limit for the Bailey speeches is eight minutes, max. Some of the best speeches have barely hit the minimum six minutes, and here I am, droning on for almost nine. I have to speak faster—the opposite of what a public speaker should do—or cut out “unnecessary” parts of my speech. Okay, I’m being a bit dramatic. It’s not that bad yet. After all, I wrote the speech a few hours earlier. If I make it past the preliminary round, that’s when hearing “8:34” would really tear me apart. By that point edits from five different communications professors and an infinite amount of suggestions from friends like Steve would mean I’m too wordy. By the end of the night, I’m down to 7:50 minutes. The prelims are tomorrow, and tomorrow is really today at 12:55 a.m., I decide to accept 7:50 and sleep. The next day, in a rigid chair in the Sill Boardroom, the seconds tick by like days. “Ellen Santa Maria,” Donna Weimer calls. In the cavernous Sill Boardroom, I rise and walk carefully toward the podium. In my mind, images flicker of me falling flat on my face. I hold my speech in my right hand. Printed in 14-point font, my speech seems to mock me from the podium.

The marathon of the preliminary rounds is reflected in the faces of the intent judges and in the refreshments providing fuel for the day.

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Speaking my first words, I almost feel like this is an athletic competition.

Can I throw a message well enough for the audience to catch easily? Will my pace be too fast and they’ll be left chasing my point? Will my facial expressions distract them? It’s really a delicate, strategic game: having a persuasive message, but also articulating it persuasively to a diverse audience. Done. 7:50 minutes of pure pressure, but I made it through the prelims. Unfortunately, the first time you deliver is the easy part. Next comes the waiting period, or as I like to call it, purgatory. It’s only a matter of hours—usually within the weekend—that contestants find out if they advanced. As I read the email announcing my advancement, I let out an exasperated squeal: an audible excitement that lasted a mere second before I began stressing all over again. The finals were just a week away. I can let my mind rest for a day or two. A day or two without worrying about my rhetoric, my speaking speed, or what my face looks like while I’m talking.


Senior Santa Maria gets ready for the Bailey finals as her roommates help her with hair, makeup and general supportiveness. At right, Ellen checks her outfit in the mirror before heading over for the competition.


Old Bailey: A Short History of “The Speech”

Oratorical Oracles Competing in the Baileys without guidance would be like trying to do a space mission without Mission Control. Who’s going to watch your back, let you know of potential roadblocks, and guide you to a safe landing? Donna “The Red Pen” Weimer If you’re visiting Donna, you can count on a thorough analysis of your work. Perhaps thorough isn’t the best word. Perhaps “brutal?” Donna admits that editing papers and speeches are “fun” for her, so anticipate a marked-up speech. You’ll leave her office feeling anxious and dejected, but if you correct everything she suggests, you’ll have the best speech. Sarah “The Pressure Cooker” Worley Intensity on three: ONE, TWO, THREE, INTENSITY! Does this sports cheer sound familiar to you? If not, look no further than being coached by Sarah. Since she’s experienced the competition as speaker, judge and professor, she knows Bailey stress. She cites the pressure as a motivating force when she was a competitor, so she’ll tell you how it is, and you’ll leave assured that you have a secure game plan. Grace “The Speech Whisperer” Fala Looking for a pick-me-up after subjecting your speech to the grueling yet essential criticism of Donna and

Sarah? Visit Grace. She’ll calm you down and put things into perspective. Don’t get me wrong, Grace definitely tells you where you need improvement, but she also focuses on building up confidence. She extracts creativity from you like a bee getting pollen from a flower. Lynn “The Cheerleader” Cockett How much does a polar bear weigh? Enough to break the ice! That’s a really bad joke, but if you visit Lynn, she’ll actually get you laughing. She’s there to provide the perspective of the general audience, but she’s also there to provide her support. Take a seat on her couch, let your troubles slip out the door. Dan “The Think Tank” Tamul With a background in journalism, assistant professor of communication Dan Tamul knows a thing or two about creativity. Equipped with handwritten notes and diagrams from Tamul himself, you’ll leave his office with a more colorful, logical, and engaging speech. —Ellen Santa Maria ’12 35

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The Bailey Oratorical contest started in 1915 as a speech competition open to the entire student body. Original prize money was $50 for first place; second and third place did not exist. The contest was established to honor John M. Bailey, president judge of Huntingdon County from 1896 to 1903, and John’s son, Thomas F. Bailey, also president judge from 1916 to 1934. The contest was endowed by a financial gift by Sedgley Thornbury of Huntingdon, Pa. who had married the daughter of Thomas F. Bailey. As the sponsor of the competition, Thornbury wanted the contest to be named after the Baileys. In 1937 the Baileys were discontinued, a hiatus that would last 50 years until the College revived the speech competition in 1987. Kay Stephenson, a planned giving officer for the College, coordinated the event. When Donna Weimer, professor of communication, first came to Juniata in 1990, part of her assignment was reinvigorating the Bailey. In the early years of Weimer’s Bailey supervision, prize money stayed at $500, $300, and $200. Thornbury, however, didn’t think that was enough. Weimer recalls: “One day, Sedgley called me and said, ‘You never asked me for more money,’ and he offered $1,000 for first prize, $500 for second, and $300 for third. So I said, ‘Okay, Sedgley!’” The first venue for the reinvigorated Bailey Oratorical was Shoemaker Gallery in Carnegie Hall. With only eight or nine total competitors per year, the Gallery more than accommodated the competition for the first few years. As word spread and interest grew, Weimer had to move the Oratorical

Santa Maria and her adviser, Donna Weimer, confer at her final session before the competition.


The Man Behind The Competition


he Bailey is one of Juniata’s oldest academic traditions, started in 1916. But how did it begin? Look no further than 2012 Bailey judge, Tom Thornbury. As the son of the late Sedgley Thornbury, Tom Thornbury, a retired nuclear physicist with General Electric, is tied by blood to the contest. Sedgley married the daughter of Judge Thomas Bailey, and to pay tribute to his wife and father-in-law, Sedgley helped endow the Bailey Oratorical. Originally, prize money was $50 for first place; second and third place did not exist. When Sedgley’s sister, Destel, didn’t like the judges’ pick one year, the pair decided that the Oratorical should have first, second, and third place awards and gifts. Essentially, Sedgley “increased what Grandfather Bailey had given and allowed [the competition] to be what it is today,” Tom says. Although Judge Bailey’s accomplishments were decades ago, Tom is certain fame wouldn’t have mattered much to his grandfather, because Bailey’s true passions lay in the art of debate. “He felt it was important for us to communicate. He wanted us to be leaders. Most politicians are good at bringing up the appropriate topic or point. It made him a good a judge of character,” he says. Now that he had the chance to channel his grandfather’s judicial legacy at this year’s Oratorical, he found it difficult to narrow down his choices. “Everyone was well-prepared and well-coached,” he says. One thing is sure, Tom would never wish to compete in the contest endowed by his family: “As a physicist, I had to talk to visitor groups in our plant. My fear was that someone would stump me with a question.”


—Ellen Santa Maria ’12


At far right, Tom Thornbury, applauds the contestants during his stint as judge for the Bailey Oratorical. Thornbury is the son of Sedgley Thornbury who endowed the oratorical contest.

to other sites. The increasing participation impressed Weimer. “I used to judge the John Henry Frizzell speech competition for Penn State and nobody would come. No one would even compete,” Weimer recalls. “The level of participation the Bailey attracts showcases our students’ willingness to get involved.” By 1993, the communication department expanded with the hiring of Grace Fala. With both women encouraging their students to participate, the competition gained momentum. The communication department treats the Bailey like football fans treat the Super Bowl. “Starting before Christmas, this becomes the focus of our departmental effort,” says Weimer. “We maintain all our other responsibilities while we also take on this competition. We are completely committed to help our students succeed.”

The Hours: Waiting to Speak

The day of the finals, I give my mind a break. I’ve spent countless hours staring at the same pieces of paper, deliberating about whether or not to include a “however,” receiving conflicting advice, and staying up late to force my poor friends into critiquing a speech they’ve heard too many times. It’s not hard for my brain to call it a day. At lunch, I remind my friends that my speech is tonight. They all swear to be there with signs and foghorns. I tell them it’s not that kind of event. I do encourage them to cheer as loud as they can when I’m done speaking. This year, there will be an “Audience’s Choice” winner. If I can’t place, let alone win, I’d like for the audience to pick me. The Audience’s Choice is chosen by however many people text in a vote.

Staring at my plate, I realize I’ve barely nibbled on my pizza and salad. I’m so nervous I can’t eat. I have seven hours of obsessing whether or not I should pause for emphasis in my last paragraph. My only prop will be my voice. Grace says, “When you're in the theatre on the stage, you are performing somebody else. You have the script. When you're a musician, you're often performing someone else's music and you'll have an instrument, even if it's just a microphone. So you have something to hold, and something to speak your soul.” What instrument do I have? Nothing but my voice. Grace says, “In public presentation, you're more exposed because your aim is to reach an audience through your own message. Your voice is the closest thing to the primordial self that you've got.”

Bailey Matters

The Bailey isn’t just about winning prize money, or pretending we’re the president about to deliver the State of the Union Address. The Bailey is about growing—as individuals and as a community. With all the classes and workshops offered to prepare them, competitors would have to make an effort not to succeed. The Bailey can become the shining experience of their college careers. For Jeffrey Bellomo ’00, 2000 Bailey winner, “I realized I could do anything after I won it.” Suzy Atkins ’93, two-time second place winner in 1991 and 1993, says the Bailey presented a unique opportunity for her as a returning adult student. “I was attending college with a lot of younger kids, so the Bailey was one time I was able to shine on campus,” she says. Jane Croyle ’95, another returning adult student who advanced in the competition, valued the Bailey for how she grew from the experience. “It helped me refine my thoughts, and it helps you to really get a better grasp of what you believe,” says Croyle. She is the only person to have won the Bailey twice. Even non-competitors find the Bailey incredibly invigorating. “You can give your whole self in those three weeks. You can’t be like that for your classes,” says Lynn Cockett, associate professor of communication. “I love watching the competitors because the intellectual energy is so palpable in this department in those weeks.” The Juniata community can’t help but be swept up in the Bailey ballyhoo. Worley says that the day after the competition, the department is “inundated with emails and phone calls. People saying ‘What were those judges thinking?!’ Even if you don’t win, for six to eight minutes, people are listening to you and they care what you have to say.”

It’s not all intensity and grim concentration during the competition. Here Santa Maria talks with competitor Libby Morrison, and says hello to a few supporters.

Final Destination: The Power of the Podium

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Sitting in the packed auditorium next to my six fellow speakers, I feel sweat droplets forming on my nose. I wipe them away in time to hear Donna call my name again, and I rise. Walking, settling my papers, breathing, blinking—these are all things that are typically automatic, but you would think that in this scenario, all four would be a struggle. No way. I’m in the zone. I look out into the audience and see my field hockey team—the best friends I’ve made at college—dominating the auditorium’s top row of seats. My communication professors are all seated with the judges. I look in the camera, and know that back at home, my boyfriend, parents, and sister are crowded around a computer screen, watching this stream live over the Internet.

SOARING Oratory After it’s over, Santa Maria congratulates Libby Morrison, who received 3rd Place honors.

Despite all this, I feel an incredible sense of ease. So, I do it. A little over seven minutes, and it’s all over. I can’t look for more than a second at the audience when I’m done, because I’m so focused on sitting back down and breathing normally again. I know that each and every single one of my opponents wants it as much as I do, tried as hard as I did, and was as nervous as I was. When all seven of the contestants are done speaking, the judges go off to some meeting room in Halbritter and decide upon a winner. Looking down the row of contestants, I congratulate everyone, and excuse myself. As I receive praise from my friends, it begins to sink in that it’s over. Done, kaput. All I have to do now is wait, literally wait. Most of my friends would characterize me as a pretty impatient person, but for once in my life, I’m happy to simply wait. >j< Ellen Santa Maria competed in the 2010 Bailey, placed third in the 2011 Bailey and made the semifinals in her last Bailey in 2012. Elise Mihranian ’14, of Chester Springs, Pa., won the 2012 Bailey. Ellen Santa Maria ’12 is a Juniata Associate and magazine intern from Wallingford, Pa.


Elise Mihranian ’14, beams as she is handed the loving cup that signifies 1st Prize at the Bailey.


One of the new twists in the Bailey this year is the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fan Favoriteâ&#x20AC;? part of the contest. Here students text message their votes for the speaker they most favored.

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A self-portrait by Erica Quinn â&#x20AC;&#x2122;10, a recent Juniata graduate now studying photography at the Pratt Institute, shows the focus many Juniata fine arts POEs bring to their career path.


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By John Wall Photography: J.D. Cavrich

When Erica Met Monika Erica Quinn ’10 arrived on the Juniata campus in 2006, primed to study literature. After taking “Beginning Photography” in her first year, Erica felt her focus shifting. Writers are always describing epiphanies as “seeing the light,” but for Erica her realization happened in the dark. “Being in the darkroom is very soothing,” says Quinn, who is now pursuing a master of fine arts degree in photography at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. While Quinn had dabbled in taking photos before Juniata, it was her first course with Monika Malewska, assistant professor of art, that inspired her to switch from fiction to f-stops. “She is an incredible teacher, always giving me books to read. Having someone that dedicated to helping me was something I had never experienced,” she says. Soon Quinn’s bookbag was filled with cameras, film and photo paper instead of classic novels. She decided to take art history courses like art historian Karen Rosell’s “20th Century Art” and “Women in Art.” She took more art history courses while studying at the University of Leeds, worked in the College’s museum studies program, and eventually worked as Malewska’s darkroom assistant. Like many artistic-minded students before her, the budding photographer had to create her own academic program (her POE is photography and literature) because Juniata had no POE in fine art. Well, that’s all changed.

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In 2009, art historian Karen Rosell got together with Malewska and ceramic artist Bethany Benson to talk about creating a studio art POE. The meeting wasn’t a historic moment. The College offered an art major in the past. Indeed, one of Juniata’s first professors, David Emmert, was a respected painter. But for most of the life of Juniata’s POE, which emerged in the 1970s, Jack Troy taught ceramics part-time along with fine artist Sandy McBride, who taught full-time. Thus, scheduling did not allow for a full slate of art courses.

Port rait “We’ve seen a slow, steady increase in the number of students interested in studying art and we’re seeing many more high school students at open houses who know about our fine arts courses and museum studies program,” says Rosell. “Ideally I think we would also like to expand the digital art area to a full-time position, but I think we’re competitive. Can we compete with the finest art schools? No, but I don’t know of any colleges our size that can do that.” With the addition of Pat Howard, who teaches digital art and photography courses, and adjunct faculty, Juniata had enough personnel to offer the same range of courses other liberal arts institutions featured. Like most college and university art departments, Juniata requires a strong foundation in all aspects of art. To that end, each student must take “Beginning Drawing,” “Design and Color,” “3-D Design,” “Ceramic Sculpture” and “Survey of Western Art” to expose each artist to a wide range of skills and ideas. After that students can choose singular study areas such as 2-D (painting, drawing, photography) or 3-D (ceramics, book-making, sculpture) or sample impressionistically in mixed media (which can include digital art and art history). One of the advantages to studying art at Juniata is that students are not tied into a rigid curriculum and can wander through the course catalog to find courses capable of inspiring them artistically and intellectually. “As a high school student I knew I needed to know more than art,” says Steven Horwath ’12, of Fairfax, Va. “Going to a liberal arts college means you can study anything—and be more open to the world.” “The selling points for our program are the same as for other Juniata departments—small classes and faculty-student interaction,” explains Malewska. The crowning experience is each artist’s Senior Capstone project, in which the students are required to produce enough artwork for a student show and arrange their own show at the Juniata museum, a local arts space or a “guerilla” space such as an empty storefront. “They have to show somewhere and we tell them to start hitting the pavement to find places,” Benson says. “There aren’t many art galleries here, but all of our seniors have found spaces.”

Easel Does It Once students have found the fine arts POE they find all sorts of outlets for their work. Elaina Robins ’12, of York, Pa., has won Juniata’s Student Photo Contest countless times. Horwath draws a comic strip for the Juniatian newspaper. Nick Brown ’12, of Jerusalem, Israel, had a ceramic piece accepted into a national art exhibit last year. Each year student work is displayed at the Juniata College Museum of Art as well. In a contrast starker than a Robert Motherwell painting, the competiveness of many art schools is notably absent at Juniata. “All of us have different styles,” says Qi Tan ’12, an international student from Chengdu,


At the center of a bustling fine arts studio, Monika Malewska, assistant professor of art, oversees the many students working through a painting class.


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Attention to detail is the hallmark of the fine artist as this student applies the finishing touches to a project.

China who specializes in painting. “We all look at each others’ work and give suggestions. I try to learn from them and try new things.” The community of art appreciation extends beyond the studio as well. Sara Pilchman ’12, of Long Beach, Calif., recalls many students complimenting her work at the College’s periodic ceramics sales and finds the entire College community much more aware of art on campus. “People here are really excited by ceramics.” Art students have been known to incorporate the campus into art projects. Elaina Robins ’12, of York, Pa. recounts conceptual art projects where a zebra sculpture appeared at various locations around campus as well as a “guerilla” art show of tape sculptures in random locations. “At Juniata you don’t really get the feeling of being judged,” she says.

The Art of Teaching Well, the Juniata faculty is expected to judge the work emerging from College kilns, printers, darkrooms and easels, because that’s sort of the point to education. However, the divergent styles of Benson and Malewska in drawing out art students to develop a personal style and point of view receives universal praise from their students. “Monika has a unique personality in which she’s very open to your interpretation of things,” Robins says. “Monika encourages me but I can tell she wants me to find my own style,” adds Horwath. “If she sees a bad idea she doesn’t come out and say it. She offers suggestions on how it could be better.” The ceramics students also point to critiques by Benson as a formative experience. “She can be very


Not all fine art can be categorized as painting or sculpture. Here, a student puts the finishing touches on a book she is designing in “The Art of Bookmaking,” taught by ceramic artist Bethany Benson. 44

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tough,” says Pilchman. “If something isn’t working, she’ll tell you to fix it but she helps you notice things in your work that will help you find your own style.” Students point to a minor difficulty in scheduling three studio art areas (2-D, 3-D and digital art), if students want to pursue all three disciplines within their POE, because the studio courses require a significant chunk of time (90 minutes to 2-plus hours, depending on the course) on whatever day they are taught. Still, the POE’s requirement for all studio artists to take at least four art history courses provides opportunities for students to find influences outside the studio. Almost all the fine art POEs point to seminal art history courses that influenced their personal work. “Taking art history classes is different than studio art because you’re seeing students from different (disciplines) and getting their ideas,” says Robins. Rosell points out that the “cross-pollination” of studio art students and art history students can energize her classes. “(Studio art students) have a different way of looking at art,” she explains. “They can talk about it from

their own experience and that makes the discussion really fun.” All of the art and art history faculty see further opportunities for cross-pollination. Rosell says any of the field trips to art museums that art history students regularly go on will be made available to fine arts POEs if any seats are available and Benson would like studio art students to “shadow” a museum studies student to learn how to frame, hang and present art. Of course there are existing programs that allow interaction between the two disciplines as well. The yearly Student Exhibition is curated and installed by students taking the museum studies practicum, and Benson explains it’s still a bit too soon to standardize interactions between the two disciplines when such connections often happen naturally. Naturally occurring interactions are sort of the intellectual currency at Juniata. Just ask Kirsten Olson ’11, who didn’t take a ceramics course until her senior year. She ended up with a double POE, anthropology and art. Somewhat incredibly, she’s doing the same thing at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, earning a master’s degree in anthropology while also earning a master of fine arts degree. She sees Juniata as a place where artists can become “big thinkers.” “The more you know, the more able you are to pull ideas from a larger pool and communicate them more clearly through your art,” she says. “From my experience at Juniata I’m better equipped to research, write and communicate ideas.” >j<

Maintenance Metrics Some Stats, Hard Numbers and Stray Facts About Keeping Campus Clean By John Wall Photography by: J.D. Cavrich


uniata’s administration and enrollment staff are fond of saying “If we can get a student to visit campus, odds are better that they’ll enroll.” Part of that mindset is attributable to Juniata’s sense of community and welcoming student body as the prospective student tours the campus. But a major selling point of any campus tour is the appearance of the campus and the buildings and for that the College entrusts an army (the nickname for College maintenance workers is “The Blue Army” for their blue shirts) of 51 dedicated custodians, groundsworkers, trades workers, heating and cooling experts and supervisors. While the facilities staff are constantly in motion morning, noon and night (they work three shifts, seven days a week), they tend to blend in unobtrusively, save for the occasional unavoidable 8 a.m. dormitory drive-by with a power mower or leaf blower. From changing a light bulb to constructing a fashion show runway that would impress Heidi Klum, the women and men who take care of the campus are as integral to Juniata’s image as our faculty, students and sports teams. Plus, if you need advice on painting a room, dispatching a mouse, identifying a lawn weed or just want to shoot the breeze, they’re happy to oblige. Here are some little known facts, statistics and profiles of a few of the workers.


Lawns have to be mowed, even as students are ambling off to class in the morning. Facilities crews try to minimize noise on Reading Days and during finals.


From left, Dave Coder, architectural trades supervisor, and Dave Aurand, group leader, discuss the layout of an event with Jessica Jackson, student activities director and James Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Amico, residence director.

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Maintenance Here Comes the Night 6 Number of facilities employees on the night shift. We’ve Got Steam Heat 5 Number of boilers on campus—three main boilers, two smaller boilers in the gym (to heat the pool) and Ellis Hall (for cooking). What is the only Residence Hall not heated by steam? East Hall—it’s all electric. Cart Blanche 9 Number of all-electric utility carts operated by the facilities staff. Decisions, Decisions The facilities staff turns off the main boiler system the day after Commencement. In the case of a heat wave, the College can turn heat off and on. “We watch the 15-day forecast very, very closely in the spring,” says Tristan delGuidice, director of facilities services.

Wacky Leaks How hard is it to find a leak in a steam pipe? Considering they are buried underground, very difficult. Here are three methods: • In winter, there’s no snow around the leak. • In spring, the grass is greener where the leak is. • Use an infrared camera (price tag: about $5,000) for thermal imaging. The College is buying one this summer. “Fixing an underground steam line is not cheap and thermal imaging makes the leak much easier to find,” delGuidice says. Taking Responsibility The grounds crews are responsible for: lawns sidewalks roads trees shrubs We Deliver Grounds crews are also responsible for delivering packages weighing 40 pounds or more from the post office.


Krista Conlon always starts her day by cleaning the student lounges in Tussey-Terrace.


Weirdest package delivered: Gym equipment for a student. “Many times the box will only say ‘Juniata College’ so we have to open it to find out where it goes,” says Jeff Meadows, grounds supervisor. No Mow: Our New Turf Field Non-groundskeepers think that artificial turf means no more mowing. Yes that’s true, but that doesn’t mean there’s no upkeep. Here are two things you have to do to keep your turf tip-top: • Brushing machine—stands the fibers up straight. • Groomer—sweeps any trash (tape, mouthpieces, uniform shreds) out. (The Groomer has a magnetic bar that collects any metal on the field.) Winter Olympics: Cleaning Version If it snows significantly (above a few inches) there is a ballet of snow removal that goes on, much of it before the faculty and students arrive at the first class. Meadows says if the snow has stopped, it takes about

Dearine Perks takes time out to commune with a lizard in geologist John Matter’s lab during her BAC cleaning routine. At right, James Dixon adjusts a control on the boiler in the Kennedy Sports and Recreation Center.

8 hours (from about 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.) to make the campus presentable. If the snow keeps going, so do they. Hosts on the Machines For snow removal Juniata uses: 12 people shoveling 6 people on big equipment 2 trucks with snow blades 1 backhoe if needed 4-5 mowers or other equipment that can convert to snowblowers 1 tractor with a spinning brush on the front It’s Melting Juniata uses 15 tons of salt to keep campus ice-free. Except it’s not salt. Meadows says it’s a non-hazardous product comprised of calcium chloride and magnesium fluoride.

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The athletic fields are a full-time job for many of the landscaping crews. Here, Dave Detwiler attaches the outfield fence shielding.

Slip-Sliding Away Worst spots for freezing or ice formation (the grounds crew constantly walk campus to keep surfaces open): • The main brick sidewalk “bricks are porous and the surface under them makes them freeze up faster,” explains Meadows. The hardest part of the walkway is between Lesher and Kennedy’s main gym, because the large sycamores shade the area almost all day. • The front entrance of the von Liebig Center for Science, also because the building shades the area much of the day. Ice Storm Trivia The two flights of steps (the flight on the Dale Hall side has been removed) going up to the entrances flanking Brumbaugh Academic Center were heated for snow removal (they have steam pipes inside them). The system only worked well for a few years and the pipes are the reason the steps were plagued with cracks and chips. We’re in the Zone In spring mowing season each grounds worker is responsible for all landscaping for one of five zones on campus (in winter it’s six). The landscapers switch after a month. “I want them to look for changes in the area on a regular basis,” Meadows says. Just a Trim 3 Number of days it takes to mow the entire campus (two days to mow, one day to trim).


Clipped Joint Agreement The College gives almost all its grass clippings and fallen leaves to nearby Blue Moon Farm for use as compost. The College retains a small amount to use as compost in garden beds and other areas.


Mulch Obliged Juniata uses 225 cubic yards of mulch every year. Seventy five cubic yards of mulch weighs a ton, so the College uses 3 tons annually—almost all of it unloaded by hand with rakes, hayforks and shovels. Don’t Send Us Flowers Anymore Juniata does no planting of annual flowers on campus. There are some perennial plantings, and the grounds crew has been using tulip bulbs in various areas. Rake That 2 cubic yards The holding capacity of The Hustler, a landscape machine that picks up most of the leaves on campus lawns. For reference purposes it takes two loads to remove all the leaves from Oller Lawn, where Commencement is held. Revenge of the Pods Guess which trees are the bane of grounds crews everywhere? Sweetgum and sycamore. Both species have golfball-size seed pods that drop to the ground, causing unsightliness and the occasional turned ankle. “They don’t fall off at the same time, so it seems we are picking them up forever,” Meadows says. Smell from Hell The ginkho biloba tree has beautiful triangular leaves and is so hardy it can grow in urban settings. Unfortunately, it smells. Bad. The smell has been compared to a sewage treatment plant, rotten fruit and finally, vomit. Juniata has three on campus. Can you guess where?*

*Near Good Hall.

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Top Three Trees Jeff Meadows has favorite trees he likes to plant when replacing aging or dying trees. They are: Yellow Poplars Oaks Paperbark Maples

Mike Henney


Mike Henney, a resident of Huntingdon and a 34-year Juniata employee has probably heard all the nicknames. The Key Man. The Keymaster (from Ghostbusters), The Key Guy. His actual official title is utility carpenter, but for almost everybody on campus, if you are locked in or out of a building or need a key, then he’s the man to see. The key to Mike’s career has been adaptability. He came to Juniata from working as a carpenter and his first posting was as a custodian for Cloister. His job description includes campus locksmith and anything to do with doors, windows, carpentry and painting. He says most of his knowledge was acquired on the job. “Most of the time the job would be ‘There’s the lock, can you fix it?’ and most of the time I could.” Almost every key used on campus was made by Mike and somewhat incredibly he can look at any key and tell you what lock it’s for and whose key it is. “There’s a numerical code we originated to keep all the keys straight,” he explains. Every key request takes 30 minutes and Mike does 500 to 600 key requests at the beginning of each year. He’s also on call 24 hours a day. “I’ve taken calls while I was in Arkansas and Florida,” he says. “If you get called out at 3 a.m. you’ll be surprised at what you’re seeing or trying not to see.” In addition to unlocking the secrets of Juniata, Mike, with Jim Dixon, an HVAC technician, are the “unofficial” coordinators for Juniata’s Commencement ceremony. They pay attention to every detail, from how many water bottles to put on the dais to the correct order for the diploma boxes. “Jim Lakso told me something I’ll always remember: ‘It may be your 20th Commencement, but for the students it’s their first.’ That should be the motto for the entire ceremony.” Although Mike’s three sons did not go to college, he likes to call the students “my kids,” saying “my motto is to treat the students the way I would want my children to be treated if they were at another campus. When Mom and Dad drop them off, they’re my kids.”


Krista Conlon In addition to her daily duties cleaning the halls, walls and stalls of Tussey Residence Hall, Krista Conlon also acts as a cultural ambassador of sorts. She’s exchanged cooking tips with Asian students and discussed the differences between Christianity and Islam with Muslim students. “I’m really interested in learning about the international students’ cultures,” she says. “They are just as curious about our culture as I am about theirs.” In between Thai cuisine lessons, she also gets to know the 170-plus students in the dorm. It takes about two months to get all the names right. In addition to cleaning, she also can get students who have been locked out back into their rooms. “I make them describe the bedclothes before I let them in the door,” she laughs. “That’s how I know the room is theirs.” In addition to international cuisine, Krista also gets to sample other student cuisine. In fact, one student from Maine regularly shares the lobster he receives periodically as a dry-ice packed care package. Coincidentally, Tussey is one of the most heavily used kitchens in the residence hall system and she says all the students are conscientious about cleaning up after themselves. Well, there was that one time a few years back. “One student had killed a deer hunting and there were deer parts in the kitchen and in the freezer,” she recalls. “I had to call my supervisor on that one.”

Maintenance 1, 2, tree, 4 250 Estimated number of trees on the central campus. Environmental scientist Dennis Johnson is assigning a student to list and map an entire inventory of all tree species on campus. In the Weeds Weeds grow everywhere, but at Juniata they grow best near the College’s underground steam heating lines. Particular problem areas are near South, Lesher, and the back of the von Liebig science center. Meadows doesn’t like to use excess herbicides, so the grounds workers are more diligent about removing weeds in these areas. Seed the Days 4,000 Weight in pounds of the grass seed used to keep lawns and athletic fields looking green. About 70 percent of the seed is used on athletic fields.

Quad Vadis? The campus quad remains the place where the lawn takes a beating. The reason? Foot traffic compacting the soil. Meadows aerates the soil and keeps a steady schedule of seeding. Shady Activities What event or activity is hardest on Juniata’s lawns? Commencement? No, the grass recovers quickly once the bleachers and chairs are removed. It’s reunions or any event where a tent is erected. “The tents block the sun, which kills the grass,” Meadows says. High Stakes Until a year ago, the grounds crew had to drive long stakes into the lawn to erect tents, which also means they had to use a backhoe to pull the stakes out. Now the College uses permanent stakes, which are sunk into the soil.

Rising up in the world, painter Chuck Cassatt uses a lift to paint the ductwork high above the floor in the Intramural Gym.

John Bailey keeps the bottom floor of Ellis Hall gleaming with a washing/polishing machine.

Bleachers on the Move 3 Number of days it takes to move and install bleachers onto Oller Lawn for Commencement.

Not Everything is Uniform Who are the only facilities workers who do not wear blue? Supervisors and the painters—who wear white before and after Labor Day.

Fast Movers 18 minutes. In 2007 when a freak rainstorm interrupted Commencement, the entire event was moved indoors to the gym in 18 minutes.

Cleaning Up By the Numbers 25 Number of custodians taking care of residence halls and office buildings.

Organic Control The College uses an organic fertilizer made from seaweed for most of its fertilization needs, but also uses chemical fertilizers to control grubs and pre-emergent applications for weeds like dandelions.

10 Number of “trades” workers. What’s a trades worker? We have two plumbers, two carpenters, two painters (one will retire soon), an electrician, a plumber, a utility person and a preventative maintenance person. 53

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Pests Test What are the top three animal pests for Juniata? Bats, squirrels and skunks.

3 Number of shifts custodians work to maintain Juniata’s gleaming campus (the majority of workers work on the day shift).

Maintenance 1 Usually it’s one custodian per big building. All residence halls have one custodian and most of the classroom buildings have one custodian. Custodians can take care of the same residence hall or building for years if they want to. To-do List Every day, in residence halls custodians dust and mop halls and stairwells, clean and disinfect bathrooms, stock paper towels and toilet paper and remove trash. They also clean residence hall kitchens, lounges and entrances. They do windows, too, but not every day. “The only thing we don’t clean is student rooms,” says Jeff Andreas, assistant director in charge of operations. “We clean the student rooms at the end of the year.” Talking Trash 2 Depending on the dorm, the number of big trash cans in the hallways. Some smaller dorms only have one per hallway. 1 Number of trashcans in a student room. Students can bring as extra trashcans if they want to. 7,500 Number of XL recycling bags used each year for recyclables. 22,500 Number of 30-gallon trashbags used every year to remove trash from buildings and residence halls.


28,800 Number of toilet paper rolls used every year in the residence halls. 3.6 million Number of individual paper towels used every year in residence hall bathrooms. 54

Kitchen Confidential Every residence hall has a kitchen. Some are used heavily, some are not used much at all. The busiest? “For some reason TNT’s kitchen is used the most,” Andreas says. “We don’t really know why.” Immaculate Inspection The custodial staff says the “character” of a dorm floor differs every year. “It can be a train wreck one year and be really clean the next year,” Andreas says. Cleanliness Challenge Which residence hall is hardest to clean? Cloister. “There are so many twists and turns and stairs that it’s very hard to keep on top of,” says one custodian. Step By Step Hardest single cleaning job? Knox Stadium’s seats. They are fluted, which catches grime, and there are a lot of them. Commence Cleanup After commencement, every residence hall is cleaned top to bottom. Here’s a partial list: floors scrubbed and waxed, furniture cleaned, windows done, locks checked, plumbing checked. Things Left Behind Most custodians say students are taking more home, or at least not leaving a lot of stuff behind. “If we find something expensive, like a camera or a laptop, we turn that into residence life. If it’s some old sneakers, those will probably be thrown out,” Andreas explains. On Call 9,705 Number of work orders generated for maintenance in 2010.

Bill Hall When Bill Hall got out of the U.S. Navy in 1979 he applied for a job at Juniata and has been here ever since. He’s spent 30 of his 32 years of service working for the grounds crew. While his first love is spending time making the athletic fields perfect for football, field hockey, baseball, softball, soccer and other sports, he can be seen trimming trees, mowing and other duties all over campus. He loves what he does (he even mows his own grass and does all the yard work at home), but he also recognizes the impact his work has on the College. “Appearance is pretty important,” he says. “People may not consciously base their decision to come here on how the campus looks but if they take away a positive impression we should be even with the competition or better.” Certainly Juniata’s academic programs have made a positive impression. He took classes for two years while working and all three of his children, sons Matthew and Mark and daughter Rebecca Blakesley ’99, earned college degrees through Juniata’s Tuition Exchange program. “That’s probably the single greatest benefit I’ve had from working here,” he says. “You want (to give your children) the opportunity to succeed.” The busiest time for him is from the first day of spring through Commencement (“we could work from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day of the week if we want to”). He does admit that the grounds crew doesn’t really think about waking up students when the crew has to get lawns mowed and leaves removed. “We do try to do other things in the early morning around finals and Reading Day,” he explains. Meanwhile he’s at his happiest when he’s taking care of the football field—mainly because there are no students on it at the time. “When I’m mowing the quad I’m always worried something will fly out from the mower and hit a student,” he says. “During class changes or if the quad is crowded I usually try to find something else to do for a while.”

Dearine Perks As a 20-year Juniata employee, Dearine, whose nickname is “Petey,” shares what must be one of Juniata’s most unique assignments—keeping Brumbaugh Academic Center sparkling clean. “It takes a lot of energy to get through the building because it’s so spread out,” she says. It also takes a lot of explaining to visitors where the offices and classrooms are in the multi-wing, multi-level building. “It’s easier to take visitors to where they want to go than explain directions,” she laughs. BAC is not her first assignment. She started as a residence hall custodian in North, then cleaned Founders Hall and the Enrollment Center, then moved to Lesher and has been in BAC for about a decade. In such a spacious building, she has to be highly organized. All classrooms are done first, then the bathrooms and she finishes with offices and other spaces. She scours half the building from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Barry Kelly cleans the rest of the building from midnight to 8 a.m. She’s glad the long flight of concrete steps leading out of the C wing are gone. Not because she had to shovel them (although that was a big job). “I was always afraid one of the students would slip in the winter,” she says. When BAC was devoted solely to science, she always wore gloves to clean in case any chemicals were spilled, but these days she makes sure everything remains neat and clean—even the rooms where biologist John Matter keeps his reptiles. “I love animals, so I talk to them,” she says. “They know my voice. When I come in the turtles and lizards will turn and come up closer to the glass. The snakes don’t care.” Dearine has a son and three daughters. Her daughter Laura Bennett is a 1994 graduate.

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Dave Aurand, group leader for conferences and events, treats every job—whether it’s setting up hundreds of chairs and tables for an awards banquet, or pounding in a tent peg—as an opportunity to influence a potential student to come to Juniata. “At any event, people are seeing more and more of our campus and if we can go the extra mile to present Juniata in a great way, the better it is for us in the long run. After all, the students are the reason we all have jobs here,” he says, smiling. Aurand, known as “Big Dave” by one and all, has been at Juniata for six years. He signed on with the college after working at MeadWestvaco and working a couple years in advertising products associated with dirt-track racing. He even climbed telephone poles as a job. He’s no longer climbing to great heights, but his work at Juniata setting up almost 500 events a year is a dizzying pace—not that he wants to slow down. “I love not knowing what’s around the corner and I love helping people make their event special,” he says. He says he loves interacting with people and he may know the name of every employee on campus and most of the students. He certainly knows the name Katelyn Aurand ’14, his daughter, who is studying early childhood education. With his assistant, Gary Norris, Dave has a hand in almost every event but Commencement—and that’s only because he’s busy setting up commencement-related events. He even has been known to zip down the water slide at Mountain Day. “I work with so many different people—faculty, staff, students, athletics—that I feel my job is working with the entire campus,” he says. “I look forward to coming to work every day.”


Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a few of the Juniata employees in the facilities services department who have sent children to Juniata or other colleges thanks to the tuition assistance program. From left, Bill Hall, Gary Norris, Jim Dixon, Tom Sheffield, Wanda Lightner (holding photo of her son Carey â&#x20AC;&#x2122;06), Mark Harshbarger, Mike Henney, who helped organize the photo, Dave Aurand, and Sam Brenneman.


Maintenance 9,662 Number of work orders completed in 2010. 9,260 Number of work orders generated for maintenance in 2011. 9,223 Number of work orders completed in 2011. 4,000 Number of work orders requested by students or staff. 5,652 Number of work orders initiated by custodians and maintenance workers. 1.9 hours The average time it takes to complete one work order. 30-40 Average number of jobs requested per day. 800 Number of work orders started per month. Brush with Greatness There are two painters at Juniata, Chuck Cassatt, and Barry Kelly. At some universities, the painters paint buildings on a set schedule, but at Juniata painting jobs come from requests from faculty and staff or from the Facilities supervisors. Oddest paint requests: • Juniata’s flagpole—silver • The foul-territory markers on the baseball field—yellow


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Building Success Top four oddest carpentry requests over the past few years: • A fashion runway with blue lights • A huge pink box (to store musical instruments) • A photo booth with camera and lights • An informational kiosk for the chestnut grove behind BAC >j<

“I’m paying for college and without the paid internship I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to gain that experience in the field.”

—Shannon Adams, Mount Union, Pa. Photo: Jeffrey A. Bruzee ’14

Environmental Sentinels: Fellows in Science By John Wall



s one of the most popular POEs on campus and perhaps the fastest growing area of specialization on college and university campuses across the country, Juniata’s environmental science faculty realized that the College should offer learning opportunities that other institutions could not.

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Hence the Environmental Fellows Program. “The program is set up as a series of graduated steps that culminates in a capstone research experience,” explains environmental scientist Dennis Johnson, chair of the environmental science department. “The students will be able to have either a major Juniata research project or a major internship and research experience on their résumé, which will be invaluable for graduate study or the working world.” Funded with a $200,000 endowment from a foundation that prefers to keep its gifts anonymous, the program is structured as a series of steps. As freshmen, the students are expected to attend a professional conference with their fellow Fellows. In the second year, the students must work on a collective local grassroots project assigned by faculty. In the summer of the junior year, each Fellow can receive $3,000 for living expenses and up to $3,000 for travel to complete a capstone research project at an approved internship or on a Juniata project. In addition, the students must work with a faculty member to seek corporate and/or foundation funding for the project and then present the results of the research at the Liberal Arts Symposium or at a professional conference.

Photo: Sonika Chandra ’15

“Once (the Fellows) process gets going it will help all of us to have an in-depth research project on our résumé. It’s a great opportunity.” — Josh Graybeal ’13, Willow Street, Pa. Josh is interning at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, participating in research on water quality standards. He previously studied abroad in India with the Foundation for Ecological Research, Advocacy and Learning in Pondicherry.

—Joel Rhodes ’13, Huntingdon, Pa. Joel is surveying a rare intertidal peat lagoon in County Kerry Ireland as part of his internship and shadowing a landscape contractor for the Irish EPA, thereby extending his study abroad experience in Ireland.

“I’ll be teaching older kids who don’t attend school anymore (Tanzania has compulsory education only for seven years) teaching them about the basic biology of the animals. Without the funding from the ESS Fellow program I never would have thought to work in Tanzania. I think it’s a great foundation to achieve research goals. It’s also gives students the power to lead projects on their own and work independently.” — Rachel Walman ’13, Pittsburgh, Pa.

— Cara Mayo ’13, Silver Spring, Md. Cara completed a stream rehabilitation project for the New River Project in Virginia. Cara studied abroad in India spring semester, saying “it was a wonderful eye-opener to the different types of jobs and research. This field cannot function without understanding the political, social, economic and cultural aspects of our lives.” 59

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Rachel is interested in pursuing a senior capstone project centered around sustainable development. She studied abroad in India spring semester and this summer is working at an internship in Ruhua National Park in Tanzania, where she will teach and help educate Tanzanian children and teenagers about the wildlife and biodiversity of the African nation.

“There will be nothing more valuable to a budding researcher than the opportunity to take a research project of her own, make her own mistakes and learn from them. Students learn how to lead, make decisions, think logically and creatively, become familiar with basic scientific procedures and gain confidence.” Photo courtesy Cara Mayo and Rachel Walman

Photo courtesy Joel Rhodes

“It’s very important to have funding in place for environmental science students, especially in today’s economy. Many funded research and internship opportunities have been cut over the past couple of years.”

A Fluid Situation

It all added up for Gabriel Castro ’12, of Vernon, N.J. who took a course from economist Brad Andrew called “Advanced Portfolio Management” in 2010 and found that he had a calling for crunching numbers. When Castro approached his professor to ask if he could tackle a research project, he handed Gabe an article by Mebane Faber in the Journal of Wealth Management, with the weighty title “A Quantitative Approach to Tactical Asset Allocation.” “We saw that this method would work well in tax-advantaged accounts such as the Juniata endowment,” Castro says. Castro and Andrew ran the financial model using financial data from a public database. When their idea proved promising, they plugged Juniata’s endowment figures into the model, and saw that small-college endowments would benefit if investors bought an asset when it is at a point above its 10-month average and then sold the asset when it was below its 10-month average (putting the proceeds from the sale into a safe account, such as a money market account), risks and maximum losses can be significantly reduced within a portfolio while still earning significant returns. In addition to writing a paper with Andrew, Castro presented his research at the Landmark Summer Research Symposium at Goucher College and then at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. He also one of 74 researchers included at Research on the Hill, a Council on Undergraduate Research session on Capitol Hill. Gabe accepted an entry-level position at Vanguard, an investment management company in February. He says, “We are so grateful to the Goodman family, because without their support students wouldn’t have this opportunity.” That sums things up nicely.

John Curry ’12, a geology POE from Greenwich, Conn., was in class one day when geologist Larry Mutti asked him if he was interested in applying for a research project in Juniata’s fluid inclusion lab. Fluid inclusions are microscopic bubbles of liquid or gas that form within crystals. Non-geologists can recognize them as dark spots on rock faces. Curry agreed to collaborate with Mutti as a Goodman Fellow. “We were looking at quartz crystals and we were hoping to find saltwater inclusions but instead we found petroleum,” Curry says. “Larry had never found petroleum inclusions before so it was a learning experience for the both of us.” It would be impressive to say Mutti and Curry went somewhere exotic, like Saudi Arabia, or at least Texas, to obtain their inclusion samples, but Curry confesses they took samples behind the Dairy Queen along the commercial strip on Route 22 near the College. The original research focused on determining what the environment was like when the crystals formed and Curry said their focus shifted to describing how petroleum behaves under pressure. Turns out that Curry also performs well under pressure as he presented his research at the Landmark Research Symposium and at a March sectional meeting of the Geological Society of America in Hartford, Conn. “It tied together two areas I was interested in— sedimentology and stratigraphy—and mineralogy,” he says. “Before I did this I didn’t know fluid inclusions existed and now I’m hoping to continue this research in graduate school.”

Into the Woods


Being outdoors is as important to Pat Harris ’12 as breathing. Well, maybe not breathing, but he still loves being outside. The Export, Pa. graduate is a wildlife conservation POE but a Goodman Fellowship research experience helped him see the forest and the trees. Harris worked with biologist Norris Muth on a project to see how native plants grew back in an area of forest that had been infested with Tree of Heaven. Despite its name, Tree of Heaven is a hellishly difficult tree to eradicate because it grows quickly and sends out sucker shoots underground, which foils most herbicides. The plots Harris 60

and Muth studied had been treated with a fungus that killed the tree’s root system and Harris’s mission was to determine whether native plants or invasive plant species were more likely to grow back in the site. “Dr. Muth gave me an extreme amount of independence,” Harris says. “I got to work in the woods every day, although sometimes when you’re going through 10-foot rosebushes it’s not so lovely.” After completing his project, Harris worked on a soil analysis of the chestnut groves at Raystown Lake as his senior capstone research assignment. He sees his Goodman Fellowship as critical in his decision to go on to graduate study in forestry. “While you can replicate a plan on paper, in the field something always comes up,” Harris explains. “This experience helped me learn to roll with the punches and how to work through problems without compromising the study.”

Photos (top left): Jeffrey A. Bruzee ’14; (left) Krista Leibensperger ’12; (right) Janice Jackson ’14

Assessing Assets

Jolly Good FELLOWS

Students Delve into Unprecedented Research Opportunities


n 2007, Juniata’s board of trustees listened to a presentation on the success of the von Liebig Fellows program, where physics, biology and chemistry students had the opportunity to spend the summer in a Juniata professor’s research lab.

Sketching In an Artist’s Output You would think that researching an artist for an art historian would be a glamorous assignment as you travel from museum to museum looking at art. Liz Sunde ’13, a gender and sexuality POE from Farmingdale, N.Y., certainly knew better when she signed on to help art historian Jennifer Streb research American artist Minna Citron. This past summer Sunde, who has a secondary emphasis in museum studies and art history, tracked down many Citron works scattered across the country as part of a project to build a database of the 20th century artist noted for works depicting urban realism. Sunde spent most of her time online or on the phone as she played art detective, but she and Streb did take a trip to New Jersey to research the life of Citron (who was born in Newark, N.J.) The duo visited the Newark Public Library and archives at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. “(Citron) is a modern American artist who is not very well known today but was very influential,” Sunde says. “She brought several printmaking styles over here from (her studies in) Europe.” In her archival work Sunde had the opportunity to pore over Citron’s unpublished books as well as published interviews with the artist and people who knew her. To Sunde her most important discovery was not necessarily about Citron. “I realized I really do like researching,” she says. “Not just research as you would do for a term paper. I like the process of finding new information.”


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One trustee, the late David Goodman ’74, was listening intently as he heard students tell of laser research, genetics experiments and materials analysis. What about students in the humanities, social sciences and environmental science? Goodman, who passed away in 2011, donated $100,000 to fund a research fellowship program starting in 2008. To date, 14 Juniata students have used these funds to examine bawdy 18th century British political prints, study copper isotopes, research the eradication of yellow fever in the Yucatan, authenticate prints from a private collection, track information on a Civil War Confederate defector and study the extinction of a plankton species. “Chris did an outstanding job, accomplishing much more than we had agreed to and more than I thought possible,” wrote David Widman, professor of psychology, of his research fellow Chris Bender ’10. In 2011, the last Goodman Fellows completed their research projects. Here, as the dramatic announcer says on Law and Order, are their stories.

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The Road Ahead: Career Day Strides Sever By John Wall


t’s a rite of passage for college upperclassmen. Don the power suit (male and female versions). Print out the résumé on just the right shade of beige paperstock. Prepare to talk about your greatest strengths. Perhaps land a great job before graduation.


Welcome to Career Day. Juniata has sponsored a Career Day for 15 years, and, like many projects at Juniata it started small and grew. In fact, it’s been so successful the last three years that the whole operation may have to expand beyond the Intramural Gym into the mezzanine above the main gym as more and more businesses flock to campus to find, if not the next Steve Jobs, then students interested in finding a job. This year, there were activities all week long from Feb. 20–24, giving students a sense of anticipation for the events to come and providing opportunities to learn not only about jobs, but also internships, graduate school, entrepreneurialism and even how to order a glass of wine if an employer wants to take you to dinner. “Our expansion has brought more students in from the sophomore and junior classes,” says Darwin Kysor, director of career services. “They can come to our earlier events like Flash Your Résumé to make sure their résumé presents them in the best light and attend a roundtable discussion about graduate school if they are focused on continuing their education.” In addition to local businesses, the Fair has also expanded to recruit companies that employ Juniata graduates as well as companies that are owned by 62

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The hustle and bustle of Career Day is a tornado of greetings, résumé exchanges, quick interviews and sometimes, a life-changing job opportunity.

Photo: Janice Jackson ’14

Juniatians. Michael Pennington, assistant director of career services, has focused his work on outreach events to alumni and the results are impressive. Ninety eight businesses attended the Career Fair, including 11 Fortune 500 companies (a sampling: Hershey, Merck, MeadWestvaco, PPG Industries, Prudential, Walmart and Wells Fargo). More than 450 students met with recruiters at the fair. About 55 students dropped by to have their résumé evaluated by a cadre of critiquing faculty. Finally, almost 90 students attended the three panel discussions. Some 90 students tastefully tipped a glass at the wine etiquette seminar and wine-and-cheese reception. It’s one thing to write about the events of the week in a dry magazine article, but it’s quite another to read about Juniata’s Career Day as described by two seniors, Ellen Santa Maria ’12 and Jason Greenberg ’12, who by the time you read this will no doubt have used the information they gleaned from the week to secure their first job.

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The Searchers: Job Hunting Made Easy


t’s the elephant in the room for every student at Juniata. Eventually, the days of waking up and rolling to class in sweatpants, a hoodie and slippers will end and Juniatians will have to wake up early, dress professionally, maybe learn how to tie a necktie, and start a career.

Graduating seniors are entering one of the worst job markets since the Depression. But we at Juniata won’t let that get us down. With nearly 100 employers gathered in the Kennedy Sports Center’s IM Gym, Juniata students had more than enough opportunities to network, talk careers and professional experiences, and even land an interview. It was the Juniata College Career Fair of 2012.

“I’ve seen some excellent candidates. I feel like I could hire some people right on the spot.”

­— Elle Morgan, Mount Nittany Medical Center, State College, Pa.


Okay, it wasn’t as monumental as the World’s Fair in New York back in the day, but all students could agree that meeting with potential employers is extremely intimidating. So what could students do to prepare? The Career Services Office had all the answers. The week before the fair, the office sponsored a graduate school panel, and entrepreneurial panel, a federal government jobs discussion, and even an interview skills workshop. Hundreds of students poured in to the Kennedy Sports and Recreation Center to gain experience in the job search process, expand their network and, for some, even land a job. Students 64

Several Juniata students talk with Matt Price, director of the Raystown Visitor’s Bureau.

who still felt nervous could go online and check out the companies that would be represented at the fair. Listing the job openings, relevant POEs, and useful skills, students could map out who to talk to out of the representatives present that day. Part of the process of selling oneself is coming dressed as though you were going to an actual job interview. No student enters the double doors of the gymnasium or struts down the poster board-lined aisles wearing anything less than best tie, sportcoat or pantsuit. It would be safe to say the Huntingdon barbers and tailors were plenty busy that week. The chatter of introductions breeds optimism resonating in the building like a political convention, as employers sell their companies and students sell themselves. Val Deraville ’12, a psychology and health communication POE from Maplewood, N.J., also found the day to be highly productive. “It was a chance to practice my interviewing skills, and showcase my résumé, and I know I’ll be doing that a lot,” she says. However, the fair’s businesslike atmosphere is not just for show. Many of the students and company representatives come away with what they came for. Elle Morgan, communications coordinator for Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College, said she found more than enough qualified applicants that day for her company’s summer internship opening. “It is just a perfect productive setting,” Morgan said. “I have gotten to speak with every person as long as I could have hoped and I’ve seen some excellent candidates. I feel like I could hire some people right on the spot.” —Ellen Santa Maria ’12 and Jason Greenberg ’12


Best Path to Graduate School? Discuss

The students at the workshop found out valuable tips on how to prepare for graduate school.


or many Juniatians, life after college often means graduate school and the Juniata Career Services Office offered a guiding hand with The Graduate School Panel during Career Week. Five Juniata alumni talked about their experiences at Juniata, their reasons for going to grad school, and the kinds of experiences that helped prepare them along the way. Juniata’s small class sizes, emphasis on attendance, and even exam structure are elements not many big universities can provide their students. According to Elizabeth Book ’04, now working as an attorney in Washington D.C., these undergraduate experiences put her ahead of the competition when she went to law school. Parisha Shah ’01, now a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, stressed the importance of tenacity when pursuing just about anything. The overarching message from all panelists was that professionalism is paramount. Networking, keeping in good contact with former professors, and maintaining courteous and thoughtful interactions have contributed the most toward their current success. As a senior, I was most concerned with geography. Like many up-andcoming college grads, I have friends and family who are primarily located around one area. Choosing a grad school based upon proximity to my loved ones is a decision that has been both discouraged and supported. Although I didn’t make my decision about further schooling immediately after the panel, they reassured me that happiness, above all else, is key. Another key to graduate school is being prepared and each panelist had on-themoney advice that I will definitely use to prepare for my next academic adventure.

Peter Patitsas ’07 talks about his experience as an entrepreneur as Elizabeth (Rhodes) Book ’04 listens.

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—Ellen Santa Maria ’12

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A group of Juniata entrepreneurs told their tales of free enterprise to a group of students at the Entrepreneurship panel.

Dispensing Wisdom: Entrepreneur Panelists Inspire Bill Gates once said of the group that started Microsoft, “We were young, but we had good advice and good ideas and lots of enthusiasm.” There are some

Juniata students looking to create their own companies. They too are young, have good ideas and lots of enthusiasm. Where better to find sage advice than the Entrepreneurial Leadership Panel? Five Juniata alumni shared their experiences with creating businesses with future entrepreneurs. Almost 50 prospective entrepreneurs attended to listen to Robert A. Moreau ’92, Nicole C. Close ’92, Angela D. Thompson ’96, John P. Thompson ’94 and Peter J. Patitsas ’07 discuss their thriving businesses. The main messages the panel had for entrepreneurs was to cover all the bases in the planning stage, surround yourself with the right people and find ways to differentiate your business from the competitors.

Moreau made the audience salivate with his story of how he started Bib’s Downtown restaurant, which he declared, “The best damn barbeque in Winston-Salem.” Close appealed to the science crowd with her experiences as the principal biostatistician and founder of Empiristat Inc. The Thompson couple regaled the audience with their story of how the hobby of handcrafting candles became Thompson’s Candle Company. And Patitsas inspired enthusiasm with his experience in creating Silverlining Chiropractic and Wellness Center. Ezra Cassel ’13 of Huntingdon, Pa, is considering becoming an entrepreneur himself. He was in attendance and found the panel to be extremely helpful. “The panelists really gave me a perspective on what I need to be thinking about if I start a business,” he says. “It is always motivating to hear people who have gone to Juniata and went on to become successful business owners.” —Jason Greenberg ’12



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This Looks Great On Paper: Perfect Résumés


alking about drinking with administration is normally completely unheard of in college, right? Not this time. Juniata College’s Career Services Office and John Hille, executive vice president of enrollment and retention, joined forces to educate students on one of the intricacies of postcollege professionalism: wine etiquette. Just as wine is an acquired taste, so is the social grace it demands. A life-long wine lover with a wine collection boasting hundreds of aged, cellar-kept wines, Hille was there to fill students in on the nitty gritty. From how to pair the right white with the correct fish, what types of cheeses go with dry reds, when it’s appropriate to pour for yourself in a restaurant, and even wine temperatures, Hille had it covered. I was floored. There are many social factors to consider and many, many ways to mess up and reveal yourself as a barbarian. That’s a joke, but there are a lot of rules when it comes to wine etiquette. And that’s just why career peer consultant Dom Cuzzolina ’14, of Hollidaysburg, Pa., thought the event would be a good idea. “We thought it would be appropriate to educate students on wine etiquette, considering there is always the possibility that an interview is held at a restaurant,” he says. —Ellen Santa Maria ’12

Students learned the ins and outs of fine wine at the College’s Wine Etiquette event.

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Wine Tasting: The Business Angle

Fun facts from wine maven John Hille: Most people drink white wines too cold. White wines should be removed from the cooler 15 minutes before serving to allow the bottle to be at 60-64 degrees when poured. Wine glasses should be filled approximately half full to allow the wine to interact with the air. When ordering by the glass, customers like to see more wine in the glass, but in this case, the half-full glass is better. Party Planning 101: Assume that you will have five pours from each bottle and that 2-4 glasses per person will be consumed during a two- to three-hour gathering. Drink the wine you enjoy with red meat or fish. It is less important to match a white wine with fish or chicken and red wine with steak or pork than it is to have more robust wines to serve with spicy foods. Avoid storing wines in direct sunlight for any longer than a few days. The heat and light can damage wine. Store wine in a cool place that is not directly lit.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Résumés are like fingerprints. Everybody’s got one but they are all different. Finding how to make yours work is the challenge.

“We offer more than just a critique,” says Michael Pennington assistant director of career services. “We see if we have any connections to potential employers and offer career and job search advice.” I decided to test my own résumé in this sea of experts. Michael Pennington said I wasn’t bragging enough. I was advised to put number of articles I’ve written and how many hours I’ve worked in the Writing Center. “Underselling themselves

is a common problem with Juniata students,” he said. “So many students here are so accomplished that sometimes they feel like what they’ve done isn’t really special. But to employers, those skills and accomplishments are impressive.” —Jason Greenberg ’12


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The challenge to maximize one’s potential for a job can be unsettling for those who are delving into résumé writing for the first

time. Thankfully Juniata’s résumé writing workshop, called Flash Your Résumé, was there to lend aid. Students had an opportunity to meet with 10 professionals with extensive experience with résumé writing. Eight professors were there to lend their expertise along with two members of the Juniata Career Services Office. Students received oneon-one attention from the résumé experts for about 15 to 20 minutes each.

Faculty Feature

Seeker, Speaker, Teacher...Professor Out to Change the World, Sarah Worley Returns Home, Changing Herself Recently there’s been a spate of films about life hinging on a single twist of fate—a phone call, a car crash, a sliding door— the list goes on. As a person who analyzes TV ads, news articles and popular culture for a living, Sarah Worley ’00 knows full well that life is rarely like the movies.


Yet for a series of snap decisions, phone calls and other events that led her to Juniata, she could very well now be working in a politician’s office, leading 68

a sales team or even preaching behind a pulpit (that last one will be explained later) instead of inspiring Juniata communication students to think carefully about their speeches, projects and yes, careers. “I grew up in Burgettstown, Pa. Small high school. Small town. Everything was small,” says the 2000 graduate. “For some reason as a senior in high school I was fixated on going to the University of Delaware. I don’t even remember why I liked Delaware so much, but my mother begged me to apply to one in-state college and I chose Juniata.” Mothers know that once you’ve chosen something, you should really check it out, so the 17-year-old Sarah Worley, after some intense maternal lobbying, found herself visiting Juniata in 1996. She arrived on campus, met

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then-enrollment counselor Eric Biddle ’82, and the deal was sealed. She was coming to Juniata. “It was a gut-level reaction,” she says. “It was probably the best decision I’ve ever made.” Sarah, like many incoming freshmen before her, was focused on a health professions career—specifically occupational therapy. She felt she could handle the work, but something was missing. Well, to be honest, she found she wasn’t much interested in biology. Her epiphany moment came when adviser Betty Ann Cherry recommended she take a communication course. “It was ‘Mass Media and Society’ and it was an amazing reaction. I didn’t even know that this was something you could study—we had never studied any of this in high school,” she says.

After a year at SCORE!, she found she was motivated to go back to school and entered the Penn State University master’s program in communication. Unfortunately, the program was not a good fit at the time and she decided to pursue a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado, Denver in 2002. What was missing? “I always thought I could help change the world,” she explains. “I loved being at Penn State but I couldn’t see how it would help me change the world.” Although changing the world still remains a goal, Sarah lowered her sights to changing part of Denver, first as a graduate intern and then as marketing and advertising coordinator for the Southmetro Denver Chamber of Commerce. Her boss at the time asked her to analyze leadership within the community and within the chamber organization. “It was an unbelievable education, I had unprecedented access to politicians, community leaders and CEOs,” she says.

Despite her peripatetic career, she still found time to return to Juniata and the Bailey—as a judge. “I had a new appreciation for how hard it is to judge,” she says. “I know it was important to me as a student and I remember I didn’t want to make a mistake as a judge. Her two judging stints were mistake free and also had the added benefit of keeping her name fresh in the minds of the communication faculty. Cue a fateful 2004 phone call from Donna Weimer, professor of communication, asking her if she would like to apply for an instructor position. Several contracts later, with a Penn State communications doctoral work squeezed into her spare time (she’s currently writing her dissertation), she’s an assistant professor who has the answers, or at least the answer to what she wants to be when she grows up. Is she still trying to change the world? You bet. But Sarah has realized her universe has become the College and her mission is to send young men and women out into the world to change things, as she says, one student at a time. >j<

Sarah Worley ’00 started out wanting to change the world and later adjusted her sights—somewhat—to change the world one student at a time as a communications professor at her alma mater.


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As a newly minted communications POE, Sarah considered opting for careers in politics or journalism. “I was always the kid who never had an answer to the question ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’” Still, if she looks back at her own “growing-up” years, the seeds of a future communication person are there. She competed in public speaking in high school and won a Voice of Democracy speech contest in high school as well. Her mother is a Presbyterian minister and her father was a minister (he now works in the mental health field) and the Worley kids often read Bible passages in church. Sarah’s mom also incorporated clowning into her ministry, and Sarah took part in that too. “People have told me all my life that I was going to be a preacher or a teacher, and I think I fought against that for a while,” she admits. The teaching part came later, but Sarah achieved her first Juniata validation through preaching—although the Bailey Oratorical Contest prefers the more academic sounding “persuasive speech.” At the urging of her professors, she entered the 1999 Bailey and was named co-winner (with Malingose Kambandu) as a junior, speaking on the topic “What is your uncommon vision for Juniata?” “I was totally shocked that I won,” she says. “I wasn’t really nervous, because I didn’t know any better. My senior year I was much more nervous. The pressure to participate again and make the finals was intense.” She didn’t win in 2000, but she came away with a philosophy of public speaking: concentrate on the words and message—don’t focus on dramatic delivery. That’s not to say she doesn’t want her Bailey advisees to channel their inner Jed Bartlet, but, “There has to be substance and a message,” she says. After Juniata, Sarah was still looking for the ultimate message: what to do for the rest of her life. She tried a little grassroots organizing as field manager for the nonprofit Fund for Public Interest Research, and then in 2000 went to work at SCORE!, a nationally franchised educational center. While she worked in the Baltimore, Md. office teaching children between 4 and 16 years of age, she also learned how to hit personal goals and motivate others.

Faculty Notes

Four Juniata faculty, Philip Dunwoody, associate professor of psychology, Kathryn Westcott, associate professor of psychology, David Drews, professor emeritus of psychology, and Jay Hosler, professor of biology, published an article “Case Study of a Shoe-String SoTL Center” in the January 2012 edition of the International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Jack Barlow, professor of politics, published a chapter, “Cicero on Property and the State” in the book Cicero’s Practical Philosophy. Matt Beaky, assistant professor of physics, gave an invited lecture, “Investigations into the Origins of the O’Connell Effect in Eclipsing Binary Star Systems” at Gettysburg College in March. Michael Beamer, director of the Intensive English Program, spoke at the Accuplacer National Conference on “Initiating Accuplacer ESL in a small Intensive English Program” in San Francisco, Calif. in June. Don Braxton, J. Omar Good Professor of Religion, published “Modern Cosmology and Religious Naturalism” in The Routledge Companion to Religion and Science, and “Computing Religion” in Theory and Method in Religion. Braxton also presented, with Briahnna Hoover ’13, a paper on measuring a security management system using heart rate variability at the International Association of the Cognitive Science of Religion in Aauhus, Denmark in June.

Debra Kirchhof-Glazier, professor of biology, spoke on “Food As Medicine” in April to the medical staff of the Altoona Family Practice Residency Program. She also spoke on integrative medicine at the Health by Choice Education and Research Center in Lancaster, Pa. in May. Monika Malewska, assistant professor of art, had one of her artworks published in the Spring 2012 Studio Visit Magazine in May. She also will take part in the Artist Writer Residency Program this summer at Santa Fe Art Institute in Santa Fe, N.M. Ryan Mathur, associate professor of geology, published several articles, including a paper on using copper isotopes to distinguish copper mineralization in Mineralium Deposita. With student coauthors Craig Ebersole ’09, Veronica Prush ’10 and Justin Paul ’12, he published a paper on using copper isotopes to analyze weathering in black shale in Chemical Geology. In addition, Mathur and Michael Nguyen ’12 published a paper on fluid pathways revealed by copper isotope fractionation in Economic Geology.

Vince Buonaccorsi, associate professor of biology, published an article, with three co-authors, on the population genetics of bocaccio rockfish in the Journal of Heredity.

Caley McCool ’11, assistant sports information director, was a panelist for a session, “Video Editing & Web Posting” at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Sports Information Directors Association annual workshop in June in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Sarah DeHaas, Martin Brumbaugh Professor of Education, was invited to speak on “The Flipped Classroom: Promising Practice or Pitfall?” at the Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching in June in Washington, D.C.

Robert Miller, professor of religion, was invited to give the Berkey Lecture at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio in April. His topic was “The Historical Jesus and the Kingdom of God.”

Douglas Glazier, professor of biology, published an article on how temperature affects food chain length and species richness in spring ecosystems in the journal Freshwater Science.

Norris Muth, assistant professor of biology, was invited to lecture on alien invasive plants as part of the Penn State University Ecology Program speaker series “Saving a Changing World: Ecology in the Public Eye.”

Richard Hark, professor of chemistry, with student co-authors Ian Potter ’12 and Samantha Bristol ’10, published a paper on LIBS analysis of obsidian in Applied Optics, and, with co-authors David Reingold and Katelyn Houston ’12, an article on hydrogen exchange and hydrogen transfer processes in the 2012 edition of the International Journal of Mass Spectrometry.

Ashley Pepsin, assistant director of admissions, was selected to represent Rotary District 7360 in Ukraine as part of a Group Study Exchange Program. She spoke at 10 Ukrainian Rotary Clubs and participated in a district conference in Kiev.

Pat Kepple was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation for her service to the Huntingdon community. Tom Kepple, president, published “Diversity and International Collaboration: A Vision for the Twenty-first Century” in the Presidential Perspectives Series of Leaders


in International Education, published by the Association of International Education Leaders. He also spoke on “Show Me the Learning: Best Practices in Institutional Transparency” at a meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities in January in Washington, D.C.


Susan Radis, professor of sociology, was selected as Volunteer of the Year by the Centre County Office of Aging in April for her work as a volunteer ombudsman and as a volunteer PEER (Pennsylvania Empowered Expert Residents) coordinator.

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

Loren Rhodes, Dale Chair in Information Technology, was invited to teach “Information Visualization” in Steinfurt, Germany in May at the Fachhochschule Muenster University of Applied Sciences. Doug Smith, strength and fitness coordinator, received the Registered Strength & Conditioning Coach certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. In addition, this year he received the Performance Coach Certification from the USA Weightlifting Federation. Jennifer Streb, assistant professor of art history, published “‘Feminanities:’ Minna Citron’s Commentary on the Culture of Vanity” in the spring/summer 2012 Woman’s Art Journal. Belle Tuten, W. Newton and Hazel A. Long Professor of History, I spoke on “When to ‘Go’ in Frankish Monastic Texts,” at the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds, England, in July. Henry Thurston-Griswold, professor of Spanish, published “The Torture of the Victim and of the Victimizer in Final Silence,” (translated title) a novel by Guatemalan writer Ronald Flores, in the conference proceedings of the 38th Conference of the International Institute of Ibero-American Literature. The publication is an expanded version of a paper he presented at a 2010 conference at Georgetown University. Polly Walker, assistant professor of peace and conflict resolution, published a chapter in Learning and Mobilising for Community Development: A Radical Tradition of Community-Based Education and Training. Her chapter was titled “Strengthening governance through Storians: An elicitive approach to peace-building in Vanuatu.” She also was invited to speak at the International Conference on Indigenous Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga. in April.

Russell Shelley, Elma Stine Heckler Professor of Music, conducted the Virginia

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Music Educators Association District Chorus held in Arlington, Va. in February.

Q: Why is it important to be a guest conductor at another college or at a music festival? A: In this case, which was a high school festival, it keeps me connected to high school students and it gets the name of Juniata out there. It also lets the high school music director see the quality of instruction at Juniata, which can influence them to recommend Juniata to their students. Q: How many guest conducting dates do you do every year? A: I do three or four. I probably stand in front of 750 high school students every year. Recently I’ve done these type of things in Pennsylvania, Missouri, Virginia and Kansas. Q: What does conducting another ensemble do for you? A: Well, it just helps me to hone my skills. In those short visits it’s like a lab, some things work and some things don’t. Q: Are these invitations something you can do on the spur of the moment? A: No, once I’ve accepted the invitation, typically I choose the repertoire a year in advance, send it to the school’s music director, and in a perfect world they all know the material and it’s my job to take those words, notes and ideas and mold them into music.

Susan Prill, assistant professor of religion, published an article on the reception of miracles in modern

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Sikhism in the edited volume Sikhism in Global Context, published by Oxford University Press.

Q: What is an edited volume and how are you asked to participate in one? A: An edited volume is an academic publication organized around a topic. In this case there was a conference organized for the purpose of putting together a volume on the topic of global Sikhism. The editors decide if they want you to be part of the conference and they ask (researchers) to send in abstracts. Before the conference everybody offers feedback and then you present the paper at the conference. The invitation to participate in the book came about a month after the conference. Q: Is the feedback you receive on an article major or minor corrections or changes? A: Sometimes it can be pretty big, like thinking about your argument in a different way. Sometimes it’s minor, such as pointing out a new fact. At this point they’re not correcting your spelling.

Q: What happens once you make the cut for an edited volume? Are you now asked to write other articles? A: The same person who edited this volume asked me to write another article for an Oxford volume. It’s a chapter on Sikhism in film and on the Internet.

Dawn Scialabba, Unity House administrative coordinator, was interviewed by

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PBS news anchor Judy Woodruff for a PBS documentary Girl Scouts: Shaping a Century on WITF-TV, the PBS television station in Harrisburg. Scialabba is a Girl Scout troop leader for Junior Girl Scout Troop #112 in Huntingdon, Pa.

Q: How did you get “discovered” as an interview subject for the project? A: I was at a budget hearing for the Huntingdon County United Way and I stood to talk about the impact Girl Scouts have had on me as the mother of a Girl Scout and as a troop leader. Jane Ransom, the CEO of Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania (which is one of three Girl Scout councils that comprise Pennsylvania), happened to be at the hearing , and a few weeks later I got an email asking if I’d like to participate in the documentary. Q: What was the experience of taking part in a documentary like? A: Well there was a “green room” where all the interviewees were, and I was there with Susan Manbeck Corbett, the wife of Gov. Tom Corbett, state senator Pat Vance and C. Kim Bracey, mayor of York, Pa. We all went in to see the makeup artist and we were prepped on questions by the production assistant. Then we waited to be interviewed. Q: How did the interview go and what is your review of your onscreen time? A: Judy Woodruff asked all the questions I was expecting and then a few more. I think she talked to me for about 15 minutes and I told my husband ‘I hope I sounded OK on the questions I wasn’t prepared for.’ Q: Did you make it into the final version of the film? A: I’m in the film for about a minute, so 14 minutes of the interview ended up on the cutting-room floor. As I was talking they superimposed photos of me with my Girl Scout troops, so the girls were excited to be on TV. I was thrilled to have been asked. 71

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Q: Oxford University Press is a major press. How did the volume get published there? A: The field of Sikhism is fairly small so there is a need to make more research accessible and Oxford is the big publisher in our field, so I don’t know what Plan B would have been if they rejected it.

Alumni Feature

Art of Transformation Khara Koffel ’00 Finds Path to Creativity Started at Juniata By John Wall Photography: J.D. Cavrich

When she looks back on things, Khara Koffel realizes that in some strange way she was probably destined to work with her hands.


She resisted it for a while. She stopped taking art classes in high school, heeding the advice of counselors and others who directed her to science and academic classes at her high school in Souderton, Pa. That was the end of it for a time. When she decided to look at colleges, Juniata was one of seven choices. Then, as her mother navigated out of the endless suburbs of Philadelphia toward Huntingdon’s less populated environs, Khara had an epiphany of sorts. “We were driving at night and you could see every star in the sky,” recalls the 2000 Juniata graduate. “It was so open and it seemed limitless. I said to myself this has got to be a sign.” As it turned out it was a sign. A sign that she should choose Juniata. “I liked that it was rigorous, I was looking for a college that didn’t seem to be an extension of high school,” she says. So she settled into studying science. There’s a lot of hands-on experience in studying science, but there was something missing for Khara. She comes from a long line of craftsmen and workers. Her dad owned his own construction company and her mother kept the company’s books and was a professional cake decorator. Her first year was filled with science courses until the hand of fate intervened in the form of El-Ichiro Ochiai, professor emeritus of chemistry. Ochiai recommended she take “Modes of Clay”, the introductory ceramics course. 72

Kara Khoffel ’00 started her Juniata career as a scientist, veered into a fine arts POE specializing in ceramics and then went to graduate school where she decided to explore her potential as a sculptor. Today the professor at MacMurray College looks to inspire her students in the same way she was inspired at Juniata.

on new materials. “I do NOT recommend changing your major in the middle of graduate school,” she says. “It was like trying to communicate and not knowing the language—I went from making great pots to making terrible sculptures.” All great art emerges directly from an artist’s personal story and Khara felt she couldn’t tell her stories through just one type of material. “I think I recognized early in looking at other people’s work that I could not connect to it unless it moved me,” she explains. “The personal can be universal because we all have similar experiences.” Shortly after graduate school in 2004, Khara received an offer to teach at MacMurray College and although she had a chance to return to Juniata, she’s remained at the campus where she found and refined her teaching style. She loves the college’s intimate class sizes and other Juniata-esque features. Khara’s art these days combines her love of stories, history and family with intricate assemblages created in a variety of materials ranging from yarn to M&Ms to cinnamon. For Reasons More Than One creates an architectural blueprint (remember Khara’s dad was a builder) using cinnamon. Fleeting Efforts at Reassurance collects and displays bottles of breath from Khara’s loved ones. Over and Over or Never Again displays a vinyl LP of her father’s voice with a photo where the record label is supposed to be. The search for meaning in her life and career, as well as the search for the right materials to express her ideas, all comes full circle back to Juniata. She credits the College with giving her the confidence to explore beyond a narrow field of vision in order to see what’s possible. “It’s the accessibility of the faculty, the opinions of the student body, people’s respect for each others’ opinions,” she says. “When you’re in college you’re not really aware of how wide and amazing the world is and Juniata opened up the world to me and allowed me to see it in a different way.” >j< 73

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“I was pulled into an aspect of life I didn’t know existed,” says the current associate professor of art at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill. “It became more and more obvious to me that ceramics was interesting. I was spending a lot of time being covered in clay instead of working at Brumbaugh Science Center.” It took a while longer before she admitted it to herself, as, she blurted out, “then I’m not a science major” at a campus chemistry meeting. Her first thought after that? “Oh my God, now I have to tell my parents,” she says, laughing. Turns out that getting a feel for delivering momentous news was easier than getting a handle on thinking about art. Khara grasped the basics of ceramics quickly, but the challenge of putting her personality into her work did not come as easily. “I was developing a style at Juniata, but it wasn’t until graduate school, where I was forced into talking about my work, that I was able to recognize that my personality was emerging in my art,” she says. Although Khara toyed with the idea of studying art therapy, her decision was made easier when Jack Troy, professor emeritus of art, asked her to teach a class. “I thought, I can do this,” she laughs. In order to teach, she needed to earn an MFA degree. She sent letters to a handful of ceramics programs, but found that many universities prefer applicants who had earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. One graduate program, at the University of Alabama, was seeking out artists with varied backgrounds. Well, Khara certainly qualified there. Now, usually, once you enter graduate school, your direction should be set, but Khara can’t help but notice things. Her ceramics studio was inside a cavernous building that also housed the sculpture studio. Every day she walked by sculptures that utilized more materials than she could comprehend. And she couldn’t help the urge to get her hands


Elizabeth (Wampler) Custer

celebrated her 99th birthday on March 27. Keeping in mind past creative ideas to celebrate Libby’s wonderful life, her family took the themed “99 bottles of beer” approach and within each bottle was a note or letter from someone connected with her life. The celebration lasted all week with Libby opening a few bottles a day. Each bottle would bring on memories and storytelling by Libby. She had an absolute blast and was surrounded by family members from all over the country that trickled in and out all week. Three of the bottles had greetings from Juniata connections … President Tom Kepple, the alumni office staff, and Thelma (Smith) Scott ’38.


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retired in December 2011 as the longest-serving director of continuing education at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.



Alan M. Fletcher

returned to Juniata in November 2011 to give two lectures about how modern science created a revolution in agricultural crops. His career has combined biology with writing and journalism. He is the author of a number of books, including Unusual Aquarium Fishes, Fishes Dangerous to Man, Fishes and Their Young, and The Land and People of the Guianas. He edited the trade magazine The Aquarium for eight years before becoming senior science editor for Doubleday Publishing, Lippincott Publishing and Cornell University Press. He retired as publications officer for the International Service for National Agricultural Research in the Netherlands in 1991. Alan recently donated two items to Juniata. The first is a map of Guiana printed in 1635 by the Amsterdam firm of Willem Yanzoon Blauen. It is especially significant because it shows the supposed location of the mythical city of El Dorado. The second is a framed numbered woodblock print of rice terraces in Java.


Notable … three of Juniata’s alums graduated together in 1954, served on the Board of Trustees, have Trustee emeritus status, and now have freshmen grandchildren attending Juniata. (l-r, sitting) W. Clemens Rosenberger ’54, John A.Dale ’54, and F. Samuel Brumbaugh ’54. (l-r, standing) Trevor J. Havemann ’15, Emily D. White ’15, and Frank S. Brumbaugh III ’15.


Nancy Faus-Mullen

represented Juniata at the presidential inauguration of John Dawson at Earlham College on Oct. 15, 2011.


Be sure to mark your calendar for your 55th Reunion Celebration— June 6-9, 2013. Please contact the alumni office if you would like to volunteer and serve on your reunion committee. (1-877-JUNIATA;


James D. Berrier and William F. Berrier

won the gold in Pickleball for the fourth consecutive year in their age group 70-74 at the Florida Senior State Games. The games were held in Winter Haven on Dec. 8, 2011. Melvyn G. Wenger

joined the board of trustees at Lancaster Farmland Trust. A longtime enthusiast of farmland protection, Melvyn is a small animal veterinarian in his own practice for 40 years in Ephrata, Pa.


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was re-elected for his third four-year term to the Coraopolis Borough Council in Coraopolis, Pa., where he also serves as president. Also, John was elected secretary of O’Hare West Council, and placed on the Coraopolis Water and Sewage Authority.


Be sure to mark your calendar for your 50th Reunion Celebration— June 6-9, 2013. Please contact the alumni office if you would like to volunteer and serve on your reunion committee. (1-877-JUNIATA;


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authored a book entitled The Tifts of Georgia, describing internal migration in American history. The story recounts the history of eight generations of the Tift family—originally from New England—in their development of southern Georgia during the 18th to 20th centuries. John is currently a history professor at Georgia College.

retired April 30, 2010 after 31 years at Sensata Technologies in Cambridge, Md. and now resides with wife Linda (Juhasz) Maki ’72 in Easton, Md. Roger is active in the Tidewater Camera Club, Friday Morning Artists, and the Downtown Table Tennis Club.

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Class of 1962 50th Reunion

William D. Phillips

provided much of the audio commentary for Brian Greene’s Fabric of the Cosmos, a NOVA program about the reality beneath the surface of our everyday experiences that aired Nov. 9, 2011 on PBS.

Diane (Reklis) and Ronald A. McAlpine

have retired and are enjoying their lakefront home in Crawford, Maine. They had a wonderful time connecting with classmates at their 40th reunion at Juniata in June. Donald C. White

received the President’s Medal of Distinction from Indiana University of Pennsylvania at the Leader’s Circle of Indiana County annual awards dinner. Established in 1985 to honor regional and statewide citizens whose achievement or public service holds national or IUP-specific significance, this award is the highest nondegree recognition presented by the university. Don has used his state senatorial position to continue economic development, and was a prime sponsor in raising state funding for higher education. At IUP, he helped make the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex projects a reality by collaborating with IUP, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Indiana County, Indiana Borough, White Township, and the Indiana County Development Corporation.


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(l-r) Row 1: Lois Martin Doyle, Donna Zwick Davis, Faith Bridegam-Kaye, Darlene Yeager Kelso, Harriet Nichols Windsor (l-r) Row 2: Peggy Fritz Pentz, Peggy Howsare Young (l-r) Row 3: Kathleen Kimmel Strang, Sylvia Middlekauff Hess, Jo McKlveen Miller, Marjorie Pusey Hall, Linda Reidenbaugh Barnett, Audrey Wadsworth Warren, Pat Janusz Shreiner (l-r) Row 4: Riina Poldma Bathish, Gloria Magliane Caton, Kay Haviland Freilich, Linda Mumma Hagerty, Paula Kolsky Lipsius, Marlene Robinette Halbritter, Pat Cole Matulaitis (l-r) Row 5: Elaine Neagley Parvin, Judy Frye Kearney, Cecile Coop Leedom, Mary Lou Heim Evans, Susan Hobson Scott, Jean Whittenberger Tufano, Jim Tufano (l-r) Row :6 Lynn Bauer Cademartori, Nancy Lacue Wass, Faith Eshbach Rupert, Sylvia Claar Warner, Dave Samuel, Paul Gill (l-r) Row :7 Ned Smith, Philip Rohm, Terry DiGruttolo, Michael Pentz, Eric Belusar, Rick Gardner, Charles Stoner (l-r) Row :8 Mike Kolitsky, Herb Sipe, Robert Plummer, Earl Wehry, John Caton, Jack Beamer, George Patrick (l-r) Row :9 John Rummel, Ken Bechtel, Burt Leete, Jim Huy, Stan Smith, Stan Hallman, Steve Barnett

Roger D. Maki


Nancy J. Gonlin

Christopher D. Collins

was awarded the 2011-2012 Margin of Excellence Award on May 16 for outstanding full-time faculty at Bellevue College in Bellevue, Wash. Her latest book, Ancient Households of the Americas, was recently published. Nancy is professor of anthropology at Bellevue, where this June she gave the faculty commencement speech.

made a television appearance on Central PA Live promoting the Cambria County Historical Society’s “Winter Evening History Shorts,” a series of dramatic readings. In October 2011, he had the honor to share the Jimmy Stewart Museum’s “George Bailey” Award with the Indiana Pennsylvania Fire Association. This was the first time the award was presented to anyone outside the entertainment industry.

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Ann (Wetzel) Flumerfelt


Thecla (Coppolo) Matthews

successfully completed the materials management certificate program at the University of Alabama on Oct. 25, 2011.

retired Dec. 30, 2011 as an obstetrician/gynecologist after 26 years of practice in Cambria and Blair counties in Pennsylvania. She began practicing at Glendale Medical Associates, and then shared a practice until 1985, when she became a member of the Altoona Hospital Medical Staff in Altoona, Pa. Since 1989, she had private practices in both Altoona and Patton, Pa. Through her tenancy, she worked with the Women’s Health and Wellness Program, the Pregnancy Care Center and Altoona Family Physicians.


Eric C. Jensen

wrote her first children’s book, The Tangled Loon. The book, published on Dec. 10, 2011, is based on true events. Visit for more information.

represented Juniata at the presidential inauguration of James Danko at Butler University on Nov. 14, 2011.


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Anita (Mock) Hanawalt

represented Juniata at the presidential inauguration of Devorah Lieberman at the University of La Verne on Oct. 21, 2011. G. Daniel Shealer Jr.

has been appointed vice president and general counsel of Johns Hopkins Health System and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md.


Virginia Cassarino-Brown

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moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho, where he is now a chemist at Idaho National Laboratory.


James G. Adams

was featured in an article in the Altoona Mirror. The article describes James, an Altoona, Pa. native, as an “emergency room expert.” After serving in the Air Force, James received a scholarship to Georgetown University School of Medicine. He has received many awards, but his favorite remains the James G. Adams Faculty Leadership Award at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard in Boston, Mass. James is professor and chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Ill.

Craig E. Fernsler

has been named vice president of investment services for Keystone Partners Group’s KW Commercial Real Estate Division. Keystone Partners Group consists of 11 Pennsylvania offices extending from Stroudsburg to West Chester. Mark J. Shaw

represented Juniata at the presidential inauguration of Keith Taylor at Gannon University on Nov. 4, 2011. Robert E. Yelnosky

was elected to the board of directors at J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital Foundation in Huntingdon, Pa.


Carol (Connell) Cannon

represented Juniata at the presidential inauguration of Joseph Nyre at Iona College on Oct. 28, 2011.

James P. Merola Jr.

was featured in the Centre Daily Times, State College, Pa. The article discussed James’s abstract photographs of the real world. One of the described photos shows his nephew swimming in a lake, with only the top half of the boy’s head exposed atop the water, leaving the viewer to imagine the missing pieces. As a photographer, James specializes in non-obvious imagery. Karl F. Rice Sr.

is now the senior estimator of Quandel Enterprises Inc., a construction firm in Scranton, Pa.


Franklin L. Dorman Jr.

gave a lecture entitled “Forensic Investigations of Hydraulic Fracking Fluids,” at Juniata on Nov. 8, 2011. Frank is an associate professor of chemistry at Penn State University.


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was featured in DOE Pulse, a biweekly bulletin covering scientific research and development at the Department of Energy’s national laboratories, about her extensive biofuel research at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash. As a scientist, she is nationally recognized for applying new mass spectrometrybased technologies to characterize environmental microbes and microbial communities, particularly for their use in generating biofuels. Jennifer D. Wade

has been promoted to assistant news director at WNEP-TV in Scranton, Pa.

In for Flynn: Juniatian Wins Social Work Prize Fred Wulczyn ’75 received the Flynn Prize for Research, an internationally competitive prize that recognizes a scholar whose interdisciplinary research has achieved high social impact and a demonstrable change in the lives of vulnerable populations. It is presented by The University of Southern California School of Social Work. Or as Dave Drews, professor emeritus of psychology at Juniata, boils it down: “probably the most prestigious prize for research in the field.” Wulczyn is currently the director of the Center for State Foster Care and Adoption Data at the University of Chicago.

Q: Tell me a little about your career path and how you got where you are today?

A: It all started with Bob Reilly, who joined Juniata’s Sociology

Department my senior year. I was studying psychology and sociology, and Bob helped me to understand how the field of social work blended my interests. In my job, I look at multiple viewpoints—issues of personality, class, politics, history—a bunch of things. And I look at problems from a diverse set of perspectives. After graduating from Juniata, I went to graduate school at Marywood College studying clinical social work. During that time, I realized my affinity for research, which was initially piqued by a research project I did with Dave Drews, and pursued my PhD at University of Chicago.

Q: What’s the most rewarding part of your work? A: We help states create more effective public systems for vulnerable

children. Although I don’t see kids on a daily basis I’m engaged in that process. Research is the tool I use. People call me a “data guy” and although I don’t disown that label, the data is a means to an end. Before electronic medical records were common, I computerized my first set of case records back in 1977 and 1978 because I wanted an efficient way to analyze them. I wanted to answer a question. Having a question is what drove me then, and it still drives me today.

Q: What is one of the biggest misconceptions about the field of social work?

A: In foster care, I would say it’s that the system is defined by its poles in

stories of tragedy or redemption—in other words, the system is either failing or triumphing. The truth is that there are a handful of kids at either end of this spectrum and that these systems are running and doing good work each and every day. It’s a shame that often tragedy is required in order to act.

Q: What has receiving this award done for your career or your research?

A: The recognition is rewarding in its own right. I was anonymously

recommended and chosen by a panel of international scholars and experts. I have to say, I was a little embarrassed (that maybe I didn’t measure up) to be among the other recipients, who are a group of first-rate people.

Q: In what social situations is it appropriate to wear your new gold medallion?

honorary doctorate from Marywood this spring, and I’ve been asked to wear it then. —Katie (Padamonsky) Dickey ’97, assistant director of alumni relations 77

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A: Actually there is one; when I wear my academic robe. I’m receiving an

Long May He Run: Service to Veterans Alumnus Edward Richards ’73 was recognized as 2011 Federal Government Employee of the Year for Special Contributions from an Individual for his work in the Department of Veteran Affairs. Chosen from nominees throughout government employment, from the FBI to the Social Security Administration, Ed was honored at a ceremony featuring keynote speaker Gen. Duncan McNabb, U.S. Air Force.

Q: What project did you work on that resulted in this award?

A: Through the Department of Veteran Affairs, I

volunteered to co-chair a committee to work specifically with blind veterans, which was a new area for me. One day I approached a veteran who was standing by a track with his guide dog. I explained to him that I was going to run around the track several laps with him. He didn’t think that was possible. I tethered him to me and it worked. A few days later we ran a 5K together. That was when I knew we could develop a strong athletics program for blind vets, and I started with vets of the Iraq war in the metro New York area. Later I was able to expand the program to include other types of disabilities and vets of other conflicts.

Q: Is there a possibility that this model may be adopted in other regions?

A: The national director of adaptive sports attended our last program, in

November 2011, which involved about 175 attendees. Based on his experience at our program, I was invited to speak with the U.S. Olympic Committee in January 2012 on developing this model for use in other regions of the country. I am hopeful that it will expand and have an impact on our veterans nationwide.

Q: What do you find most gratifying about this accomplishment? A: It is nice to be recognized on a national level, but to see injured soldiers, who sometimes feel helpless and hopeless, find an activity that makes them whole and lets them see that they can still set goals and accomplish them is the real reward. Their testimony is very exciting to see and hear.

Q: How did your Juniata experience prepare you for success in your field?

A: (Duane) Stroman and other faculty at Juniata taught me that you

can do big things from small starts. I found the Juniata educational experience took me from being a very immature kid and moved me to the point where I was ready to be a part of the world. It exposed a multitude of needy populations and avenues to provide service. To know I could make a living providing assistance to those in need, to create a vocation out of it, was inspiring.

Q: What recommendations would you make to students interested in making a difference?

A: Constantly look at opportunities, explore them and see where they

lead. More practically, express an interest in that type of employment whenever you are given the opportunity to do so. Do what Juniata teaches you, put yourself out there, be a part of what’s going on, knock on doors, and build your network. Juniata presents the opportunities. It’s up to each student to take advantage of them.


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Patricia (Stepp) Gabe

works as a development assistant at The Dalton Gang in Richardson, Texas. Llewellyn M. Xabanisa

holds the rank of colonel in the South African National Defense Force and currently works as an instructor in curriculum and instructional design and development at the South African National Defense College. He and wife Iris have two sons, Simphiwe, 17, Lethabo, 11, and a daughter Thami, 10 months. Joseph D. Zaleski

accepted the position of senior marketing manager for emerging markets at Baxter International. He is responsible for sales training and marketing in emerging markets in Brazil, China, India, Russia, and South Korea. Joe also develops peer-to-peer programs in order for clinicians to train and teach other physicians the proper use of Suprane in hospital-based simulation centers.


Susan (Williams) Davis

now holds the position of senior vice president and chief retail officer at Integrity Bank in Camp Hill, Pa.


Scott M. Beatty

published a novel exclusively for Amazon’s Kindle digital readers Sherlock Holmes: The Twelve Caesars. He also has two other new publications, The Avengers: The Ultimate Guide to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and Dynamic Entertainment’s Merciless: The Rise of Ming and Defenders of the Earth comic book series. Scott is a full-time author and stay-athome dad.


Fazli M. Azad

earned a master’s degree in business administration from the American University Kogod School of Business in 2009. He works in information systems as manager of application


Steven J. McElroy

was promoted to professor of biology and serves as department chair at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

accepted a position as a neonatologist physicianscientist at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. He moved to Iowa with wife Elizabeth (Wells) McElroy ’97 and children, Evan, 8, and Kyle, 6.



Ann (Yezerski) Gilmor

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is the executive vice president for Albright Care Services Inc. in Lewisburg, Pa. Dennis G. Hohenshelt ’93

is head coach of the Cavaliers’ women’s volleyball team at the University of Virginia. He previously spent 16 years as assistant coach between the men’s and women’s volleyball teams at Penn State University. Richard T. Miller

was named physician-in-chief of the Surgical Care Center at Southcoast Health System in New Bedford, Mass. He works with medical staff to assess quality of care, promote sharing of best practices, and provide clinical development for the growth of these services to patients.


Karen Leptuck-Gabel

received the Teacher of the Year Award in 2010 at Lincoln Park School District in New Jersey, where she has been teaching first grade since 1999. Karen lives with husband Matt and children, Ryan, 6, Caroline, 4, and Jackson, 1. John P. and Angela (Wolf) Thompson ’96

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David B. Cassel

joined United Way of DuPage/ West Cook in Oak Brook, Ill. as chief professional officer. He is responsible for developing relationships with local community stakeholders, corporate partners and community volunteers. Heather L. Henry

represented Juniata at the presidential inauguration of Carol Quillen at Davidson College on Oct. 18, 2011.


Beth A. Bleil

is now the academic counselor for academic support services at Juniata. Since 2006, she had been Juniata’s men’s and women’s tennis coach and was the senior women’s administrator for athletics.


Khara L. Koffel

has had two photographs, one entitled things i wish i could show you, #4, appear in Pinholio, a selection of pinhole photographs, at a St. Louis art gallery. She was named a Thumbs Up Merit Award winner for things i wish i could show you, #4. Khara also gave a lecture at Juniata in February titled “everything is something.” The lecture described how her world is a delicate balance of teaching, doing,

looking, making, meeting, and breathing and also incorporating how Juniata impacted her life. Khara continues to make a local impact in Quincy, Ill., where she was selected to judge the 38th Annual High School Art Competition in March 2012, sponsored by the Quincy Illinois Art Center.


Nicole (Dirato) Engard ’01

was promoted to vice president of education at ByWater Solutions in Santa Barabara, Calif., where she will support fellow librarians in the use of Koha Open Source ILS, a library database, as well as coordinating training sessions and other educational programs. Rachel (Knepp) Shekar

is executive editor at the University of Illinois for two international peer-reviewed journals, Global Change Biology and Global Change Biology Bioenergy. Rachel and husband Anoop are proud parents of twin daughters, Asha and Mira, 15 months.


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was named Teacher of the Year for Central Fulton School District in McConnellsburg, Pa. She is

one of 44 teachers from the region to be recognized in 2011 as part of the Shippensburg University Outstanding Teacher Program. Clayton L. Lutz

is a wildlife diversity biologist with the Pennsylvania Game Commission. He served as the guest speaker for the Juniata Clean Water Partnership annual dinner, held in March at the Huntingdon Country Club. A key interest of the game commission is to preserve our nation’s most popular symbol, the bald eagle, which is quite common in the Huntingdon, Pa. area. Clayton explained that the agency continues this mission via the newly established Bald Eagle Management Plan.


Allison L. Bates

received her doctorate in clinical psychology with a concentration in health psychology from Nova Southeastern University, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Aug. 31, 2011. Scott E. Kofmehl

was featured in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article about his work as chief of staff to the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan. His work, aimed at peaceful interactions, involves exploring Pakistani-American relations.


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received the Entrepreneurial Success Award at the Huntingdon Country Chamber of Commerce Awards Gala on Oct. 6, 2011, for Thompson’s Candle Company.

Photo: Molly Born/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

support for Freddie Mac in McLean, Va., where he resides with wife Nisha, and children Kieran, 4, and Aliya, 1.

Erica (Rhodes) Hayden

Michelle (Campbell) Krall

returned to Juniata to speak on “Her ‘Depraved Bosom’: Pennsylvania’s Female Criminals and Their Experiences in Prison 1820-1860” on Nov. 8, 2011. She is a doctoral candidate in history at Vanderbilt University.

received her master’s degree in business administration from Lebanon Valley College in December 2011.

Michael A. Johnson

graduated in May 2011 from the Howard University College of Medicine and is now a doctor of neurology in the U.S. Army at the Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. Jennifer R. Jones


Timothy A. Dempsey

is the Eurasian projects coordinator at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. In summer 2010, he received a scholarship for study abroad in Tajikistan, funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Title VIII Program.

Desiree N. Wagner

Jeffrey G. Lau II

Christi L. Spackman

gave a lecture at Juniata entitled “My Life and Times in the Real World: Tales from a Young Alum” on Nov. 29, 2011. He is a business partner at Pheasant Run Acres, a greenhouse and nursery in Glen Rock, Pa. He also is an office manager with Insurance Services United in York, Pa.


Jessica V. Pratt

is a librarian at Carbondale Public Library in Carbondale, Pa. In August 2011, she completed her master’s degree in library and information science at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Information Science.


Sarah E. Bay

is the farm manager of Fulton Farm at Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pa. The farm grows approximately 7 acres of


produce for its community supported agriculture and local farmer’s market. In addition, the farm hosts educational programs for Wilson College and the Fulton Center for Sustainable Living. Prior to her work at Fulton Farm, Sarah worked five years at a certified organic vegetable farm as an apprentice and crew leader at New Morning Farm, in southern Huntingdon County.


is currently attending medical school at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y. was named senior account manager for Silberstein Insurance Group in Lutherville, Md., where she will provide strategic account development and support for clients.


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met with current students Zeljana Varga ’13 and Felicia Segelken ’13 in Northern Ireland in November 2011 during their time studying abroad. Megan studied in Northern Ireland in 2006 to 2007 and was back for a visit.

is project assistant with the University of Pittsburgh Clinical and Translational Science Institute, working on health education outreach and community research. Peter J. Patitsas

had the opportunity to teach a one-week business simulation program to graduate students in business administration at Harvard University. He thanks Juniata’s nurturing environment for his success. Lindsay M. Anderson

received her master’s degree in education from Shippensburg University in December 2011. She is a nationally certified counselor and a member of Chi Sigma Iota, the counseling honor society. Tricia M. Bitetto

is café manager of Terra Teatro at McCarter Theatre in Princeton, N.J.

Shiloe M. Mokay

is pursuing a master’s degree in political and social sciences at the Julius-Maximilians-Universitat Wurzburg in Germany. She is currently conducting research on the “Responsibility to Project” in connection with the Arab Spring and Libya. Her thesis will be on the African Union and human rights and she will conduct her research in The Gambia. Shiloe also teaches English in the Wurzburg schools.


Creg A. Drake

and his Muhlenberg Middle School ninth-grade biology class appeared in the Berks County News for their participation in a Science in Motion lab, where students had hands-on experience with DNA and crime scene investigation. SIM, a program that links college and high school science departments, began more than 20 years ago at Juniata, and has since expanded to 12 colleges and universities across Pennsylvania. Creg and a fellow biology teacher at Muhlenberg Middle School organized SIM experiments for the students.

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Gina M. Piccolini

was featured in a press release on her acceptance to a new master’s degree program at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., which combines neuroscience with special education research.


Dustin L. Gee

represented Juniata at the presidential inauguration of Judith Huntingdon at the College of New Rochelle on Oct. 14, 2011. Sean R. Landrigan and Kyle A. McKechnie

opened their own business, The Spice Pot, on July 14, 2011 at Shillington Farmers Market in Shillington, Pa. Chloe B. Pott

moved to France and teaches English to junior and senior high school students. Erica A. Quinn

and several fellow Juniatians gathered for an informal reunion photo on the steps of the courthouse seen on Law & Order in New York, N.Y. Those pictured here include: Christina N. Gongaware ’11,

Jillian C. Rodgers ’10, Quinn Daly ’07, Mary (Gardiner) Stephan ’07, Scott R. Stephan ’06, Kenneth F. Noga ’11, Erik C. Siebelist ’11, Roy R. Holm ’11, Erica A. Quinn ’10, and Sarah (Wharton) Kuhn ’06. Others living nearby, but not pictured are: Tyler G. Hazui ’07 and Jacob E. Weller ’11.


Lauren Auster-Gussman

has an internship at the Hunter Holmes McGuire Virginia Medical Center in Richmond, Va. She received a master’s degree in social work in May 2011 from Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond, Va. John J. Martinez

plays winter-league baseball for the Bandits in Belconnen, Australia. His ultimate goal is still to play professionally in the United States. Herard C. Remy

was promoted to assistant manager at New York Business Partners in New York, N.Y. Benjamin D. Sealy

is now the operations and interactive marketing assistant at the Auburn Doubledays minor league baseball team in Auburn, N.Y.

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received the Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award from the President’s Corporation for the National and Community Service. She received the award two years in a row for her service with the Pennsylvania Mountain Corps as an AmeriCorps member.

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Marriages Jeffrey V. Elwell ’70

and Gabriela Laning were united in marriage on Dec. 29, 2011. Tara L. Fitzsimmons ’00

and Jonathan Yorke were married on May 7, 2011 at the Inn at Edgewater Acres in Alexandria, Pa. The couple honeymooned in Great Exuma, Bahamas and resided in Huntingdon, Pa. Tara is an associate director and the chemistry mobile educator for Science in Motion at Juniata. On May 6, 2012, Jonathan passed away unexpectedly. Jonathan was an accountant with Leap & Associates, Certified Public Accountants in Duncansville, Pa. Kara A. Piazza ’01 and Lucas M. DeJohn ’01

were united in marriage on Sept. 24, 2011 at the Grand Concourse in Pittsburgh, Pa. Juniata friends and alumni in attendance included: Melanie (Simmons) Molloy ’01, Rachel (Sachetti) Lanier ’01, Elena (Pappas) James ’77, Gregory E. Link ’01, Whitney Ortman-Link ’01, Jill E. Dusak ’01, Catherine (DeJohn) Gardner ’00, Lori (Riley) Smith ’00, Brenda (Storm) Jones ’02, Kevin A. Lightner ’01, Brent A. Lightner ’00, Bradford N. Smith ’01, Timothy P. Scanlan ’01, Eric A. Lingle ’01, Jeffrey B. Meitrott ’98, and Bradly P. Kalapick ’99. Sarah C. Mohler ’03

married Jeffrey Johnson on Oct. 8, 2011 at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Rehoboth Beach, Del. and honeymooned this spring. Sarah uses her social work license working as a forensic interviewer at The Children’s Place at Mercy in Pittsburgh. Jeffrey is a completions engineer for Cabot Oil and Gas of Pittsburgh. Andrea M. Denkovich ’04

and Ryan Daly were married on Sept. 3, 2011 in Greencastle, Pa. Juniata friends and alumni in attendance were: Jessie L. Dick ’04, Catherine J. Sheely ’04, Mary-Ellen KaderkaBrink ’03, Kristopher R. Brown ’07, Joanna S. Gill ’03, Clare L. Edwards ’03, Steven L. Brink ’03, and Shannon D. Brown ’04. Casandra J. Dutzer ’04

married David Golden on Sept. 17, 2011 at St. Joseph Church in Danville, Pa. Juniata alumni and friends in attendance were: Kirsten (Crosby) Blose ’03, Erica (Marshall) Martin ’03, Joshua A. Martin ’02, Amy E. Gable ’04, Kimberly (Allen) Wise ’04, Alexa (Huston) Livelsberger ’04, Emily M. Martin ’04, Amber (Helsel) Ickes ’04, Natalie (Houseman) Trimmer ’04, Derek M. Trimmer ’04, Jeremy L. Patterson ’01, and Sarah (Patterson) Ciampoli ’04. Abby J. Hinkle ’04


and Graham Elder were united in marriage on June 24, 2011 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. at Ocean Manor Resort. A reception was held a week later in Lancaster, Pa. Juniatians in attendance were Lori (Groff) Mozeliak ’04, Crystal (Lemke) Gearhart ’02, and Nicholas E. Myers ’04. The couple honeymooned in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico and enjoyed a Western Caribbean Cruise. Abby is now an engineering teacher at Palm Beach Central High School in Wellington, Fla., where Graham works as a 12th grade English teacher. Together, they coach varsity men’s and women’s volleyball, as well as the TRIBE volleyball travel team.


Rachel C. Almy ’07 and James M. Fitzpatrick ’07

were married on Sept. 10, 2011 in Santa Fe, N.M. Juniatians in attendance included: Anne M. Baynes ’06, Eli T. Robbins ’08, and Rachael (Creeger) Turner ’07. Kristen L. Gochnauer ’07 and Christopher R. Sheaffer ’06

were united in marriage on Oct. 16, 2011. Juniata friends and alumni in attendance were: Meghan E. Jones ’09, Michael W. Best ’06, Nathan R. Hollenbach ’04, Justin L. Fritzius ’06, James M. Serfass ’06, Nancy (Hayes) Serfass ’06, Shawn M. Rumery ’08, Laura E. Rupprecht ’10, Christina (Jones) Chirdon ’07, Michael A. Chirdon ’07, Jason L. Hoover ’08, Sarah E. Bay ’06, Katey D. Glunt ’06, Joseph B. Wills ’06, Nikolai T. Klena ’12, and Eric T. Hoover ’08. Jessica A. Ocampo ’07

and Zachary Martens were united in marriage on June 25, 2011 in San Diego, Calif. Abdoul-Azize Seydou ’07

and Fanta Abdou were united in marriage on Sept. 26, 2010. Wesley C. McConnell ’08

and Melody Reese were united in marriage on June 18, 2011 at the Discovery Garden at Legion Park in Hollidaysburg, Pa. Juniata alumni in attendance included: Todd D. McConnell Jr. ’06 and Matthew A. R. Hoover ’08. Amanda M. Partington ’08

and Kieran Todd were married April 9, 2011 in Montgomery City, Md., and now reside in West Sussex, England. Juniatians in attendance included: Jessa (McKillop) Blount ’06, Sarah L. Svigals ’07, Andrea E. Locke ’08, Megan E. Bachinski ’08, Sarah E. Latham ’08, Kimberly (Reveley) Cohen ’08, and Jonathan M. Cohen ’08. Amanda now works as a compliance inspector for the Care Quality Commission, which regulates all health and social care services in England. Elizabeth K. Snyder ’09 and Jacob E. Gordon ’10

were united in marriage on Sept. 4, 2011 in Emmitsburg, Md. Juniata alumni in attendance were: Danielle M. Settimio ’12, Nicholas A. Galante ’11, Andrew P. Sinnes ’09, Hannah H. Everhart ’09, Rachel Edelstein ’09, Rebecca (Krauss) Hufford ’09, and Drew M. Hufford ’10. Elizabeth completed her master’s degree in art history and museum studies at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland in May 2011. Jacob finished his master’s degree in library and information science at the University of Pittsburgh in August 2011. The couple currently resides in Fairfield, Pa.

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Jennifer (DeHart) Rigby ’99

and husband Rhett welcomed their son, Michael Patrick, on Dec. 23, 2011. Michael weighed 8 lbs. 10 ozs. and was 22 inches long. Michael joins brother Robert, 3.

Births Christopher W. Gahagen ’94

and wife Shanel are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Gracie Elizabeth, on April 4, 2012. She weighed 7 lbs. 13 ozs. and was 20.5 inches long. Karen Leptuck-Gabel ’94

and husband Matt gave birth to son Jackson on June 11, 2011. He was welcomed home by big sister Caroline, 4, and big brother Ryan, 6. Kelly (McCrum) Robinson ’94

and husband Craig welcomed their son, Aaron, on Feb. 15, 2012. Aaron was welcomed home by brothers, Austin and Avery and sister Leslie.

Brent A. Lightner ’00

and wife Nicola welcomed their first son, Maximilian, on Dec. 19, 2011. Max weighed 7 lbs. 13 ozs. and was born with a full head of hair. Christina (Warnagiris) Machielson ’00

and husband Allen welcomed their first son, Thomas Allen, on Feb. 10, 2011. He joins sister Elizabeth, 3. Amy (Smith) ’03 and Andrew T. Bockis ’01

are proud to announce the birth of their son, Astin David, on Aug. 25, 2011. He weighed 7 lbs. 14.8 ozs. and was 20 inches long. He joins big brother Atley. Erin (Winter) Brouse ’01

Allison (Klein) Taylor ’95

and husband Dustin welcomed their daughter, Quinn Marie, on Feb. 29, 2012. Quinn joins big sisters Kendall, 4, and Karlee, 2.

and husband Tony welcomed Quinn Anthony, on April 20, 2011.

Diana (Goodley) Cutrona ’01

and husband Ted proudly announce the birth of their daughter, Lily Marie, on Nov. 22, 2011. Lily weighed 9 lbs. 6 ozs. and was 22 inches long. She joins big sister Abigail, 3. Todd A. Fortney ’01

and wife Melody are proud to announce the birth of their second daughter, Sofia Grace, on Oct. 4, 2010. Sofia joins sister Isabella Rose, 5.

Heidi (Harpster) Graci ’92 may not be a millionaire, but she is $42,600 richer thanks to the game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire. It all began when this kindergarten teacher and mother of two saw an ad in the newspaper about auditions coming to Harrisburg.

Q: How did the auditions work? A: After getting my contestant number, free T-shirt and

pencil, I had 10 minutes to answer 30 multiple-choice questions. The guy next to me had taken the test seven times and figured out that you have to get 27 of 30 to pass. I can’t disclose the questions, but the moment I looked at the test, I knew it was going to be a good day. Out of about 250 people, 25 passed. I made it through a first round of interviews and then had to do an oncamera interview with a senior producer.

Q: When did you know you made it on the show?

A: Two weeks later, I got a postcard that said I was in the contestant pool. Then one day in the fall, I got a call asking if I could be in New York City in two weeks.

Q: What was it like taping the show? A: On the first day, I had meetings with accountants

about taxes, and with lawyers about what I could and couldn’t say on air. I got to practice in the studio and had an assistant to help me with everything and keep me calm. On the second day, I was sequestered with the other contestants, separated from my husband without my purse or phone. We were even escorted to the restroom. Taping only took an hour, but that turned into two days on the air. I had to change my outfit between rounds. They even gave me a different color of lipstick to go with my second outfit. I felt like such a diva.

Q: What tips do you have for future contestants?

A: Pay attention when they teach you how to play. Ask

questions and get a feel for the audience so you know what kind of help they might be. Use your lifelines wisely. Listen to the host, Meredith Viera, because she tries to be helpful. And, whatever you do, don’t tell anyone what you won until after the show airs because you’ll lose your money. My boys had to wait from October to December to find out.

Q: Do you mind if I ask how you used the money?


A: I was boring and just put it in the bank. —David Meadows ’98, director of alumni relations and parent programs 86

Extra, Extra: There are No Small Roles Joe Fishel ’91 shows how a Juniata education can prepare you for anything, even helping Batman beat the bad guys. For 10 years, Joe has been an extra in several movies and commercials shot in the Pittsburgh area, including the final installment of director Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.

Adelaide (Muth) ’01 and Matthew R. Peters ’01

announce the birth of their first daughter, Elizabeth Trexler, on Oct. 21, 2011. Elizabeth weighed 7 lbs. and was 21.5 inches long. Megan (McGinnis) Swanson ’01 Photo: courtesy of Joe Fishel ’91

Q: How did you become an extra for movies and commercials?

A: I was in the right place at the right time for my first role as an extra in a UPMC commercial. I’ve also had roles in commercials for Direct TV, Highmark Insurance, the YMCA, and the Pennsylvania Film Industry, as well as work in television pilots. I’ve played a police officer/action extra in The Dark Knight Rises, which stars Christian Bale, a father in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which stars Emma Watson, and a SWAT/EMS officer in One Shot, which stars Tom Cruise.

Q: Is there a typical casting process? A: Movies will contract out to firms such as Mosser

Casting when they are looking for a particular type of actor, or films will have an open casting call. Extras start at minimum wage. Depending on the film, there can be a lot of time spent standing around. The Dark Knight Rises was incredibly well organized, so they kept us busy.

Q: What are your most memorable scenes? A: One of my favorite scenes was in Dark Knight Rises, where the Tumbler fires a missile into Gotham City Hall—my silhouette can be seen in front of the explosion. I also had a small speaking role in One Shot. I played a SWAT officer investigating a crime scene and there is a close up of my face (31 inches from the camera!).

Q: Is Christian Bale really angry? A: He was fine during the filming and chatted with people on the set. I think he just got a bad rep after he got frustrated with the director of lighting on the set of Terminator Salvation who kept interrupting his scene.

and husband, Don, proudly announce the birth of their daughter, Myla Grace, on March 27, 2011. Myla joins brother Levi Robert, 3. Jamie (Wallish) Hund ’03

and husband Matthew are proud to announce the birth of their second son, Joshua Henry, on Nov. 12, 2010. Joshua joins big brother Andy, 3. Megan (McElroy) ’03 and Jesse H. Rhodes ’03

are proud to announce the birth of their son, Jake, on March 31, 2011. Katherine (Ivers) Schunk ’03

and husband Justin proudly announce the birth of their first son, Maximus David, on Oct. 21, 2011. Maximus weighed 9.1 lbs. and was 20 inches long.

Bobbi (Albright) Hicks ’07

and husband Adam proudly announce the birth of their son, Sullivan Bruce, on Dec. 17, 2011. He weighed 6 lbs. 14 ozs. and was 19 inches long. Courtney (Kosanovich) ’07 and Nicholas A. Wade ’07

proudly announce the birth of their son, Macalister Lee, on Jan. 24, 2012. He weighed 9 lbs. 2 ozs. and was 20 inches long, and was welcomed home by big brother Benson, 2. Justin F. Armbruster ’08

and wife Sheena are proud to announce the birth of their son, Landon, on Aug. 10, 2010. Justin P. Doutrich ’09

and wife Debra are proud to announce the birth of their son, Jack Stephen, on Aug. 27, 2011.

Dana (Gais) ’05 and Nathan T. Whitford ’03

are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Ava Marie, on Oct. 11, 2011. Angela (Snowberger) Loose ’06

and husband Bryan adopted twin girls on Nov. 21, 2011. Amelia Gabriella and Alexi Gabriana were born Sept. 22, 2011.

Q: What are the next films you’ll be working on?

A: My next role will be in a film which is at this point

—Christina (Garman) Miller ’01, assistant director of alumni relations 87

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called Monongahela. I also played a security guard in Out of the Furnace, starring Christian Bale and directed by Scott Cooper. I’m also hoping to get a role in the upcoming film The Promised Land with Matt Damon.

Photo: Haining Zhu ’15

Dr. Robert E. Shoup ’40

May 18, 2011 Helen (Metz) Rumbaugh ’41

Church in Hollidaysburg, Pa. and was involved in Christian Women’s Clubs, where she served as chairwoman, area representative, and consultant for Stonecroft Ministries. Eudora was also a member of various educational groups including the National Retired Teachers’ Association.

Obituaries James R. Clark ’35

June 29, 2011—James was in the Army Reserves during World War II and retired as a major in 1973. He was a teacher, director of activities, assistant principal, and principal of Trinity High School in Washington, D.C., where he served for 42 years. He later became the assistant financial superintendent of the Trinity Area Schools and retired in 1977. He was a member of many organizations including being a Master Mason and a Knights Templar Royal. James is survived by his wife of 69 years, Sara Margaret, two daughters, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Eudora M. Meyers ’35

November 16, 2011—Eudora taught at Hollidaysburg Area Junior High School in Hollidaysburg, Pa. for 37 years. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1983 for her dedication and years of teaching. She was a member of the First United Methodist

Pauline (Hershberger) Wareham ’36

December 17, 2011—Pauline lived in Martinsburg, and was born in Snake Spring, Pa. She was preceded in death by husband Isaac. Survivors include three daughters, six grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. Olin H. Brougher ’37

December 11, 2011—Olin, formerly of Johnstown, Pa., moved to Lorida, Fla. with his late wife, Mary (Stafford) Brougher ’38, following retirement. He had been the owner and operator of Brougher’s Economy Market in Johnstown, Pa. He was a life deacon in the Church of the Brethren, and an active board and committee member in the various Brethren churches he attended. Olin enjoyed gardening and spending time with his family. Preceding him in death are three sisters, Ethel (Brougher) Howe ’31, Dorothy (Brougher) Edwards ’32, and Alta (Brougher) Landes ’41, two brothers in law, Josheph W. Howe ’28, Herbert P. Landes ’42, nephew, J. Dale Howe ’57, and a son. Survivors include four children, 10 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren. Ann E. Marocci ’39


December 20, 2011—Ann was a member of the R.W. & B.T. Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary in Robertsdale, Pa. and Immaculate Conception Church in Dudley, Pa. She also was part of the Delta Kappa Chapter, an educational organization. Ann enjoyed reading and writing.


November 14, 2011—Helen completed her graduate studies at Penn State University. In 1974 she retired after teaching home economics for 33 years in Juniata and Mifflin counties. She was a member of the West Kishacoquillas Presbyterian Church of Bellville, Pa., where she served as deacon and trustee. Helen enjoyed cooking, making fine arts and crafts, reading and volunteering. She was preceded in death by five sisters, including Mary (Metz) Cranor ’33, Mae (Metz) Thompson ’33, and Grace (Metz) Simpson ’22. She is survived by two sons and a granddaughter. Kathryn (Green) Byerly ’42

December 17, 2011—Kathryn married in 1946 and raised three children. She later practiced several vocations that included teaching English as a Second Language, which allowed two coworkers to gain U.S. citizenship. She also taught piano lessons, gave hearing tests to entering students, worked in the library at Westtown School, and sold magazines to fund her children’s education. Kathryn enjoyed English literature, playing the piano, nature, and gardening. She was affiliated with the Quakers (Society of Friends), where she served as clerk of the Religious Education Committee, taught First Day School, organized the library, and served on various committees. Kathryn is survived by husband Donald and three children. Anna (King) Beachy ’43

January 13, 2012—Anna received her master’s degree in education from the University of Maryland. After 43 years of teaching, she retired from the Garrett County Board of Education. She was a member of Garrett County Chapter Delta Kappa Gamma, MRSPA, and Garrett County Retired School Personnel Association, where she was a local membership chair and newspaper editor. Anna served the Springs Mennonite Church as a Sunday school teacher. She was preceded in death by husband Earl. Survivors include a son and daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

March 7, 2012—Gladys taught home economics at Milwaukee Public Schools for 21 years. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Westfield, N.Y. and was active with the Alzheimer’s Association. Gladys was preceded in death by her husband. Survivors include two children, a granddaughter, and two great-grandchildren. Richard L. Frick ’47

November 23, 2011—Richard served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946. He also served in the Naval Reserve for eight years. He was employed by various industries, including financial and credit management positions. He retired in 1987 from the New Jersey Treasury Department after 20 years of service. Richard was a member of the Juniata College Alumni Association and served on the troop committee for Boy Scout Troop 3 in Morrisville, Pa. He enjoyed golfing, stamp collecting, and playing baseball. He was preceded in death by wife Jean. He is survived by two daughters, a son, 10 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. Iris (Coffman) Sharpes ’47

February 13, 2012—Iris received a master’s degree in education from the University of Maryland, and then worked for the Washington County Public Schools for 30 years. She was a member of the Hagerstown Church of the Brethren, serving various positions. Iris served as secretary to the president at Wilson College, in Chambersburg, Pa. for four years. She was treasurer of the FahrneyKeedy Auxiliary, and a member of the Maryland State Retired Teachers Association, Washington County Retired Teachers Association, and Washington County Historical Society. Iris is survived by husband Lowell, two step-children, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Robert M. Yoho ’48

Photo: Ethan Farrell ’15

Gladys (Todhunter) Stuart ’44

Bob accepted a faculty position at Clarion University, in Clarion, Pa. While at Clarion University during his 21-year tenure, he served four years as department chair. He was part of the executive committee for University-Community Relations for the Pennsylvania Mayor’s Council of Governments of State Related Universities, served on the Clarion Borough Council for 12 years, and was mayor for eight years. Bob was an Elder at Clarion Presbyterian Church, and a founding member of the Clarion Vocational Technical Board. He served as president for one of his six years on the Clarion Area School Board. Bob also coached Little League through American Legion levels of baseball. Bob is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jean, two sons, a daughter, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Gwendolyn (Nyce) Hartzel ’49

November 30, 2011—Gwen worked as a bookkeeper for Nyce Manufacturing Company. She was a member of Zion Mennonite Church, where she was the church librarian for 50 years. She was preceded in death by brother William P Nyce ’48. Gwen is survived by her husband of 61 years, Gerald F. Hartzel ’51, four children including Randall L. Hartzel ’79, seven grandchildren, four greatgrandchildren, and brother Alfred P. Nyce ’56.

Luke M. Shuler ’49

February 27, 2012—Luke received his doctorate in physical chemistry from MIT, in Cambridge, Mass. He then worked until age 70 at PennDOT as a computer analyst. Luke and his late wife, Mary Crouthamel Shuler ’50 were members of Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren. Luke occupied his free time with crossword puzzles, reading, and taking walks. Among his survivors are sister Sylvia Shuler Byers ’56 and her husband, R. Lee Byers ’58. Patricia (Zug) Gardner ’50

October 12, 2011—Patricia moved to Baltimore, Md. in 1951 and later began her quilting career in the 1970s. She taught quilting classes out of her home, and also at the Maryland Institute College of Art and at Catonsville Community College. She became interested in printed cotton handkerchiefs and began to incorporate them into her quilts. In 1993, she published Handkerchief Quilts, which showcased her work. Her quilts

Thelma (Quant) Kremin ’49

March 6, 2012—Thelma received a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Survivors include husband Max C. Kremin ’51 and sons Max and Michael.

December 6, 2011—Bob served in the Navy during World War II before attending Juniata. He accepted his first teaching job at Mount Union High School, in Mount Union, Pa. He held administrative positions at both the Brookville and Bald Eagle Area School Districts. After completing his doctorate in education at the University of Pennsylvania,

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Photo: Talia Valencia ’12

He led seminars for adults on topics such as “Death and Dying.” Jack enjoyed being with family and friends, teaching philosophy, and watching University of Michigan football. Jack is survived by wife Kitty (Long) Padgett ’50, two sons, two daughters, and four grandchildren. Phyllis (Baughman) Bush ’51

were displayed at the Lancaster Quilt and Textile Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art, and the Museum of the American Quilter’s Society. Patricia was a member of Bosley United Methodist Church in Sparks, Md. She is survived by her husband of 22 years, William, four children including Rebecca (Long) Tennyson ’75 and Michael D. Long ’77, three stepdaughters, and nine grandchildren. Jack F. Padgett ’50

January 20, 2012—Jack was an Albion College professor emeritus of philosophy. He was awarded the Purple Heart for his Marine Corps service in Okinawa. He was director of the Vital Venter program, and professor of philosophy at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. In 1965, Jack became director of the Basic Ideas program at Albion College, later becoming chair of the philosophy department. He was often invited to speak on topics such as medical and business ethics. Jack chaired the Ethics Committee of Hospice Care of Battle Creek, in Battle Creek, Mich.

December 6, 2011—Phyllis worked briefly for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and later taught junior high school English and reading for Hanover Public Schools, in Hanover, Pa. until retirement in 1984. She served as a board member for the school district from 1986 until 1989, the last three terms of which she held the position of vice president. Phyllis was the very first pastoral assistant of St. Matthew Lutheran Church and a board member of Mount Olivet Cemetery, both in Hanover. She enjoyed extensive travel all over the world. Phyllis was preceded in death by husband James. William E. Carpenter ’52

November 2, 2011—Bill was the district manager for Bell Telephone for 33 years. After retiring from Bell, he worked at Oreland Hardware. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Bill is survived by his wife of 61 years, Madelyn, four children, including William R. Carpenter ’75 and Lou Carpenter Graham ’73, and 10 grandchildren. Portia (Baugher) Ritchey ’52


November 24, 2011—Portia married Paul E. Ritchey ’51 in 1954. She taught at the Claysburg Elementary School while Paul served as pastor in the Claysburg Church of the Brethren. She also taught at Jacobus


Elementary School for several years. As an active member of her church, she sang in the choir and played in the bell choir. She also was a member of the Western Democratic Club. She is survived by her husband, five children, and seven grandchildren. Martha (Metz) Gates ’54

October 26, 2011—Martha taught elementary school in Newark, Ohio and then became a fulltime mother. She was a member of Zoar Lutheran Church in Perrysburg, Ohio and volunteered at Lutheran Social Services and as a docent for the historic Wolcott House in Maumee, Ohio. She enjoyed playing bridge and traveling, as well as spending time with her friends and family, playing the role of hostess. She was preceded in death by husband, John E. Gates ’52. She is survived by two children. Jeanne (Blend) Finton ’56

January 29, 2012—Jeanne sang soprano as a soloist since age 16 and was a member of many choirs from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia, and all around the world. While in the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia areas, Jeanne was an executive secretary for leading advertising firms. For many years, she worked at the Retired Senior Volunteer Program in Crawford County, Pa. She found great pleasure in recent years by volunteering at First District and West End Elementary Schools, reading books to kindergartners. Jeanne is survived by husband, Abe M. Finton ’54 and three sons. William F. Shull ’56

October 25, 2011—William completed the Penn State executive management program in 1977. He was employed at Landis Tool Company in Waynesboro, Pa. for 33 years, serving as administrative vice president for 16 years. Following his time at Landis Tool, he served as executive director of the Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce for four years. He served as the director of First National Bank and Trust Company in Waynesboro for 26 years and director of Financial Trust Company in Carlisle, Pa. for 10 years. William was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Waynesboro, Pa. and served on many boards of directors including Waynesboro Hospital and Rotary Club of Waynesboro. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lois, four children, nine grandchildren, a step-grandchild, and brother Joseph A. Shull ’68.

Photo: Jessica Kaplan-Bie ’14

Nancy (Raver) Ashfield ’58

December 11, 2011—Nancy was a homemaker and elementary school teacher. She later worked as a real estate agent and broker for G.E. Howland and Paige, Paige, and Richards of Cranford, N.J. After retirement, Nancy and her husband moved to Long Beach Island. She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Jerry. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law and two grandchildren. Joseph R. Sopata Jr ’59

September 25, 2011—Joseph worked with the blind for more than 30 years. He enjoyed watching and officiating sports, including football, basketball and volleyball. He is survived by wife Barbara, three children and five grandchildren. Jo Ann (Johnston) Frontz ’61

March 12, 2012—Jo Ann married the late Richard T. Frontz ’59 in 1963, and they traveled and lived in many different states due to Richard’s U. S. Navy service. For many years, Jo Ann taught first grade in Hagerstown, Md. and later kindergarten at U.S. St. Philip’s Episcopal School in Beeville, Texas. When living in Fallon, Nev., she began a children’s story hour at the local public library and wrote several poems for and about children, which reflected her feelings for children in difficult real life conditions. Survivors include her husband Richard, and their son Michael and his family. Cora (Heiple) Teter ’65

October 15, 2011—Cora earned a master’s degree in education from Towson State University in Maryland. She taught fifthgrade in Baltimore County public schools and was an English instructor at Harford Community College in Bel Air, Md. She was also a member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church. She worked for various medical associations as an editor, including Johns Hopkins University. Cora collected and dealt early American pattern glass, enjoyed quilting, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. She was preceded in death by husband Robert. She is survived by two children and three grandchildren.

David Pysnik ’68

March 12, 2012—David taught chemistry for 37 years at Sidney High School in Sidney, N.Y. In addition to various national recognitions for teaching and research, he had received several community service awards. He is survived by wife Gaby, and five children and their families. Bruce G. Frushour ’69

March 4, 2012—Bruce worked as a chemist for Monsanto and was a member of the Monsanto Fellow Program. He also belonged to the American Chemical Society. Bruce is survived by wife Carol (Burns) Frushor ’71, son Ted, daughter Caitlin, and two granddaughters. Donald E. Nary ’69

October 16, 2011—Donald worked for Geico Insurance. He also taught school in Ocean City, Md. Bruce M. Russell ’69

December 30, 2011—Bruce worked as a counseling psychologist at Burlington County Special Services School District in Mount Holly, N.J. for 25 years. His teaching career began at his very own alma mater, Haddon Township Junior-Senior High School. He loved the outdoors, was an avid backpacker, canoeist, cyclist and a member of the Outdoor Club of South Jersey. His hobbies included swimming, woodworking, and home building. Bruce is survived by his wife of 40 years, June, a son and a daughter.

Paul Mohney ’74

June 30, 2011—Paul was a member of the Masons of Johnstown. He worked as a geological consultant for the oil and gas industry. He enjoyed traveling, reading and spending time outdoors. He is survived by wife Joanne and sons, Nathan and John. Janet (Entwisle) Hafer ’76

January 21, 2012—Janet was employed at Mercer Hospital, in Trenton, N.J. for 11 years, later supervising the vascular lab at Abington Hospital, in Abington, Pa. Janet is survived by three daughters, a stepson and a grandson. Karen (Magley) Wheeler ’81

July 18, 2011—Karen worked 30 years in the Central Cambria School District. She was an active participant in sporting events and concerts and cared deeply for her family and friends. She is survived by her parents, a son, three siblings including R. Scott Magley ’78 and Stephen J. Magley ’87.

James A. McCall ’70

November 21, 2011—James was a member of the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania Bar associations and the United States Court Bar. He also served as special counsel to the International Brotherhood of the Teamsters. He is survived by wife Shirley and son Marcus.

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Digging Deep: Revealing Juniata’s True Meaning By Ellen Santa Maria ’12

umans are prone to repeating themselves. I don’t know how many times in the recent past I’ve told myself, my friends, and my family of my postgraduation plans and then heard, “Oh, don’t worry, I’m sure you’ll find a job.” I certainly would be a very rich woman if I had a nickel for every time someone’s face changed from expectant to concerned when I revealed my plan for what’s next.

In case you’re wondering, I’m trying to find a job in a Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization before returning to graduate school in a year or two so I can be a professor of communication one day. But for now, I’m still trying desperately to pretend that graduation isn’t just around the corner, and I won’t be leaving the place I’ve called home for four years. I’ve been trying to figure out this home, Juniata, for a long time now. What has it meant to me? How have I changed because of it? How did it challenge me? Finally, I found the answer in my grandmother, who repeats herself more than anyone I know. She’s been telling me since I was four years old, “Ellen, you’re so observant!” Am I though? How well will I remember the facade of Beeghly Library? What kind of shoes does Donna, the friendly Baker Refectory greeter, wear? What books lined the shelves of my adviser’s office? If indeed I’m so observant, what are the answers to my ongoing questions about my undergraduate experience? I was once told by my communication professor, Sarah Worley ’00, that it’s Juniata’s people that make this place “home.” She couldn’t be more right. Juniata is chock-full of little-known heroes who make this place a community. From too many all-nighters in Founders Hall, I know that if you stay late enough, Wanda the custodian will come in your study room and tell you how beautiful you are, no matter how tired and haggard you look. She’ll do this the first time you meet, and every time following that. I could always count on Baker Refectory employee Cindy for one thing: interrupting me. Up until the day she retired, Cindy would say “you’re welcome” before you even thanked her for swiping your Gold Card to get into the cafeteria. But if you stopped to talk to her, she’d tell you

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Ellen Santa Maria learned that Juniata is much more than a place to get a degree during her four years here. The storyteller who competed three straight years in the finals of the Bailey Oratorical Contest says she’ll never tire of telling the story of her time at Juniata.

about her boyfriend, the Steelers’ playoff chances, and she might even encourage you to let your ornery side show. And I’m surprised that Sharon Flaherty, the president’s former office assistant, hasn’t recognized my voice after all the times I’ve called campus information asking to be transferred to this or that professor. She always answers your request with “Certainly” and a smile in her voice. Each and every custodian here takes pride in his or her job, and will do almost anything to ensure that both your living space and your day runs smoothly. When our testy first-floor toilet would go on the fritz, I was always surprised and grateful for the kindly custodian who would show up at all hours of the day to deliver assistance and a joke or two on the way out. From countless hours spent in the communication department lounge, I know all about professor Lynn Cockett’s DIY home projects, professor Sarah Worley’s adventures working for McDonalds and going to grad school in two states, professor Donna Weimer’s ongoing fixation with the Harry Potter book series, and how professor Grace Fala won’t let you leave her office without taking some candy for the road. Although my future is not certain, I know for a fact that what I’ve experienced here at Juniata is truly extraordinary. This is my second family, and no, I don’t feel cheesy or hokey saying that. I have observed love, devotion, dedication, and empathy in all facets of the campus, and I can honestly say that I am a far more grateful person because of it. And when it comes to repeating myself, I have a feeling that my Juniata story is one I won’t ever get tired of telling. >j< —Ellen Santa Maria ’12 was the 2011-2012 media relations Juniata Associate.



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