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Campus Conversations Juniata faculty and students weigh in on issues of the day.

“People like slang for various reasons. It indicates casual relaxation. The speaker shows, ‘I’m not at work right now.’ Language also helps create an identity. To say that you belong to a particular group, you must be using the right words. Imagine if you are not using the same slang terms as the group of people you are hanging out with, your friends think, ‘Do you really belong here?’ Younger generations use words to psychologically separate themselves from their parents.” —David Hutto, associate professor of English, on why people use slang such as “Dude.” “Celebrity is not often based on talent, which is why I would make a distinction between celebrity, hero and role model. Celebrity is in the public eye, and that somehow fascinates us. It often reminds me of the wiliness of the pantheon of Greek gods. They had faults and jealousies, but the key thing was that they were larger than life.” —Donna Weimer, professor of communication, on why celebrities are perceived as role models. “I don’t think it has to deal with violence. If a game is intriguing, people like it. People generally find graphics and game play to be very important. Some aspects of the violence they may find enjoyable, but, for the most part, the graphics

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are gorgeous! Violence has always been a part of video games, even back when arcades were prevalent, a lot of those games included violence—even Pac-Man.” —David Widman, professor of psychology, on the appeal of violent video games. “I certainly think there should be football playoffs, regardless of whether the NCAA or the BCS controls it. A playoff system would be better because the nature of sport is that champions are made on the field, with a broad pool of teams. It would also lessen the debate over which team is better than the other, and whether or not they deserve a shot at the national championship.” —Pete Lefresne, sports information director, on whether the NCAA Division I football institutions should start a playoff system. “It has dulled compassion in the sense that many issues are competing for people’s attention, such as the conflict in Iraq. However, in the case of Darfur, Americans have an emotional response, even though people rarely understand the details of what is happening.” —Alison Fletcher, assistant professor of history, on how media exposure for humanitarian crises can work against the cause.

Flower photo: Nicole E. Denny ’09; Top photo: Bruce Cramer; Opposite page: Michael Black

Reporting by: Christopher Bender ’10, Sara Hernandez ’09, Courtney Hruska ’08, Adam Stanley ’08

President’s Note Dear Friends, The newly designed magazine you’re holding shows how, once again, we are improving to keep pace with the College’s progress. This new magazine emphasizes personal stories, including, we hope, stories from you. It will appear twice instead of three times a year, offering more content in each issue. The magazine also has an online “companion,” Juniata Extra, for content beyond what’s included in Juniata. You can view photos, screen video, or follow a story that develops after its initial publication. You can post comments and photos, make suggestions, and submit story ideas. For MyJuniata users, Juniata Extra will offer a sneak peek at Juniata, starting with the fall 2008 issue. For those who don’t know, MyJuniata gives you a Juniata e-mail address, the ability to post and view class notes online, and access to contact information for other Juniatians. To sign up, visit www.juniata.edu/ myjuniata.


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The new Juniata and Juniata Extra are works-in-progress as we discover what works and what doesn’t. I am excited about this new direction. It gives us more options for the Juniata family to interact with the College and each other.

Photo Contest Revealed We gave them one warning—“Your mom might see these!”—and offered them one incentive: free books for a semester. And they responded. Almost 100 students submitted 1,435 photos. We present the winning photo and three runner-ups here, but you can visit the Web if you want to see the remaining 1,431.

“We were waiting for the bus in Riobamba, Ecuador, and there were a bunch of kids on the street, and they just started playing with us. They were just being adorable and I was just clicking away. I selected the one for the contest based on his unique expression that I was lucky to capture, one which is not a stereotypical ‘say cheese’ snapshot. It has a sort of emotion to it. I’ll be taking Juniata’s Digital Photography course next Spring semester.” Juniata

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“I was in the visitor’s team dugout in Myrtle Beach, S.C. I was taking pictures of all my teammates in their various positions. That’s when the thought came to me to take a picture through the fence during the beginning of an inning.” —Melissa Moffat ’11, Oceanside, Calif.


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“I didn’t really plan this picture; my friend Roy just had our afghan wrapped around his shoulders and when he stepped out onto the Ellis patio, I noticed how nicely the light worked with the image, as well as the symmetry of the whole thing. And then I snapped the picture. It certainly is nice to hear when someone likes what you’re doing.” —Erica Quinn ’09, White Haven, Pa.


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“The shot was taken in the desert at Cochise Stronghold (in Arizona) during the Remote Field Course. The puddle that formed on top of the rock was extremely clear and also made my reflection clear. The shot was spur of the moment, because I did not expect to find such a small puddle on top of a boulder on a ridge in the desert.” —Dan Orndorf ’08, Chambersburg, Pa.

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On the Cover Biologist Roy Nagle holds a 14-year-old wood turtle, which is relatively young as turtles go; many types of turtles outlive the scientists who study them. Nagle and his shelled colleague will help teach the new herpetology course taught this summer at the Raystown Field Station. The course is part of the College’s new Wildlife POE, which debuted this summer. Nagle and biologist John Matter team-teach the herpetology course and biologists Doug Glazier and Uma Ramakrishnan teach the mammalogy course. Nagle says that despite their name, wood turtles spend time only part of the year on land. They spend the winter in water and then move inland through spring, summer and fall. 2008

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Campus Conversations . . . . . . . Inside Front Cover President’s Note . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Campus News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Itemized Commencement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22


The magazine goes beyond mortarboards into the realm of what it takes to create the most important day of the year for Juniata graduates.

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What do you do when an alumnus leaves the College everything? The legacy of Lawrence Johnson ’61 will forever change his alma mater.

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Juniata creates a new wildlife POE, partly by creating an innovative summer program at the Raystown Field Station.

Securing Juniata’s Future: Locking the Dorms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

Student reporter Adam Stanley ’08 reports on the decision to make Juniata residence halls safe and secure for all students.

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Juniata’s IT department creates a fast response technology team to help clients in its Innovations for Industry course.

Faculty Feature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Faculty Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Alumni Profile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Class Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 360° . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 End Paper . . Inside Back Cover


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Daring Graduates to Solve Global Problems, One Step at a Time and public health, much more remains to be done. Using his work in a relief shelter in the Houston Astrodome helping New Orleans residents displaced by Hurricane Katrina to highlight his point, he said, “I believe that health, not just health care, is a basic human right. When basic human needs are not met, especially in the face of disparities, social unrest is created. It is in our self-interest to do more to help others.” “Juniata gave me the tools to be successful,” Klag said. “When we start out our professional lives, there is a temptation to think that all the great achievements have been accomplished, that problems are now too big or too complex for one person to make a difference. Nothing could be further from the truth. Big problems are solved a little bit at a time.”

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Michael Klag ’74, dean of the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, dared the 2008 graduating class at Commencement to take on the task of finding solutions to major problems in the world, no matter how large, noting that global problems are almost always solved by incremental achievements. In addition, the College awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters degree to Eileen Sill ’57, a member of Juniata’s Board of Trustees. Eileen and her husband, Bob Sill ’59, have both been active supporters of Juniata’s educational mission for decades. Sill started her career after Juniata as an educator, teaching English at Pennsbury Senior High School in Pennsbury, Pa. from 1963 to 1983. In 1983, she became secretarytreasurer of the Sills’ State Farm insurance agency in Yardley, Pa. In the opening of his commencement address, Klag said, “The power of high expectations, the virtue of hard work, the value of articulate communication, the importance of honesty and adhering to core ethical principles, these lessons have seen me through every personal and professional challenge I have faced.” Klag, who has worked on the front lines of public health care in Africa, Brazil, and in Houston, Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, used eye-opening examples focusing on public health issues to illustrate that, while great strides have been made in medicine

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Photo courtesy of Zach Cupler ’11

Roll Tape! Student Shows Stick-to-it-iveness

Finding financing for college can be sticky, but Zachary Cupler ’11, from Grantsville, Md., solved some of his college financial burden by using duct tape. Studying biology and psychology at Juniata, Cupler received a $3,000 scholarship from Henkel Consumer Adhesives Corp, which manufactures Duck Tape, a brand of duct tape. Cupler and his girlfriend Adrienne Beiler, a high school senior from Salisbury, Pa., created prom outfits using various colored duct tape rolls and won the company’s national contest “Stuck at Prom.” Juniata is used to having students receive scholarship money from outlandish sources. After all, Juniata is known across the country for its Beckley Scholarship, an endowed scholarship for left-handed students. “It was a lot of work, it was almost like I had a second job,” says Cupler. “It was a oncein-a-lifetime opportunity that I really don’t want to repeat.” Cupler spent at least three weeks helping Beiler make his suit, which was made mostly of brown duct tape. Beiler had already created her dress, which featured pink, orange, brown, purple and blue tapes. “It took about 40 rolls to make Adrienne’s dress. We sort of lost count when we started to do my tux.” Zach Cupler ’11 and girlfriend Adrienne Beiler stuck by each other at their high school prom wearing outfits constructed from duct tape. Their adhesive ingenuity resulted in college scholarship funds for both of them.


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Juniata officials honored the College’s long connection to the Church of the Brethren with a commemorative service in what was originally the college chapel (now the registrar’s office). The service acknowledged the cultural and moral debt the college owes to the Brethren men who founded Juniata in 1876. Founders Hall included a chapel that served as home to the Huntingdon Brethren congregation until 1910.

Anyone who knows a passage from the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke or John, knows how the formal language can be a bit daunting, which is why Robert Miller is editing translations of all the gospels into colloquial English. “Most English Bible translations of the Gospels are written so they would be elegant and appropriate to be read in church. Jesus sounds less down to earth in a standard English translation,” says Miller, Rosenberger Chair of Christian and Religious Studies. He is editing a new edition (due in 2009) of The Complete Gospels, which was originally published in 1992. “The original Gospels, written in Greek, are written in ‘marketplace’ Greek, which is ordinary (language) spoken by ordinary people,” he explains. Miller says the intent of the translations is to mirror how people in the ancient world actually spoke. Greek was the universal language of the Mediterranean in ancient times and most of the Gospels were written in that language. “Jesus was an ordinary person of his time, speaking to farmers, carpenters and fishermen. He was not going to speak using university Greek because (the audience) would not have understood it,” Miller explains.

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Gospel Truths: Plain Speaking

Biblical scholar Bob Miller is currently editing all of the historical Gospels, including those written by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, into colloquial English. Miller and his fellow scholars point out the Gospels were originally written in everyday language.

Example of translations from traditional Gospels and the “Complete Gospels:” Mark 4:38-39 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” The Wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. Mark 4:38-39 “The Complete Gospels” He was in the stern sleeping on a cushion. And they wake him up and say to him, “Teacher, don’t you care that we are going to drown?” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Be quiet, shut up!” Then the wind died down and there was a great calm.

Juniata Says Goodbye “The day of success is dawning.” —Jacob Zuck, 1879


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Rev. David Witkovsky, Juniata College chaplain, led the service, assisted by the Reverends Dale and Christy Dowdy, co-pastors of the Stone Church of the Brethren in Huntingdon. Robert Neff, president of Juniata from 1987 to 1998, spoke at the ceremony. Founders Hall was dedicated April 17, 1879 in the chapel. President James Quinter gave a sermon and Jacob Zuck, Juniata’s first faculty member, was quoted saying, “The day of success is dawning.”


Photo: Rebecca Berdar ‘99/Altoona Mirror

Lights, Camera, Achtung! Huntingdon Hosts German Filmmakers Ah, the glamour of the film festival—stars, directors and producers at oh-so-chic locations such as Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Huntingdon . . . Huntingdon? Yes, Huntingdon could become a Mecca for international independent filmmakers, thanks to Jennifer Jones ’94, who singlehandedly conceived and organized the Klaus Jaeger Film Days, a film festival featuring first-run films by German filmmakers that played for three days at Huntingdon’s Clifton 5 theatre. “When I heard Klaus was retiring, I thought it was a perfect way to honor his career,” says Jones, program director of the European Union Digital Film Project “Europe’s Finest,” and thematic program manager for the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen. The film festival was a cross-cultural Jennifer Jones ’94 (in red) brought educational experience. contemporary filmmakers to Two German directors Juniata to honor Klaus Jaeger, who brought films to the professor emeritus of German, festival taught workshops (center, with wife Ellin) for a three-day film festival. on campus and the entire festival was free. “The filmmakers loved the experience,” Jones says. “We had great crowds.” Jaeger, who retired in June, began his 30-plus year career at Juniata in 1972. He and his wife, Ellin, were featured guests at the festival all three days. The festival featured the films Science Fiction, directed by Franz Mueller, Koelner Bewegungen, directed by Bernhard Marsch, Monks: The Transatlantic Feedback, directed by Dietmar Post and Lucia Palacios, and The Career Changers, directed by Rainer Knepperges and Christian Mrasek. 10

Science Notes: Physics of Music Strikes Chord

Think your final exams were hard? Try building your own musical instrument and then performing a syncopated song in front of your fellow students. That was the final lab project for the 20-plus students enrolled in “Musical Acoustics” at Juniata, a course that lets students look deeper into how people hear music and understand the scientific basis for resounding sounds ranging from the peal of church bells to the ear-peeling guitar solos of Eddie Van Halen. Like all Juniata science classes, “Musical Acoustics” has a laboratory requirement. In this case, it’s centered on building musical instruments. After a few labs on physics fundamentals, students work in teams to build simple instruments such as a xylophone, pan pipes or a stringed instrument. Then Jamie White,

Jammed together while jamming together in the von Liebig Science Center lobby, members of the Musical Acoustics class pluck, blow, strum and beat on a variety of musical instruments of their own design ranging from a PVC sax to a box guitar to a musical bicycle wheel. extra➤ hear the jam session at www.juniata.edu/magazine.

Make a movie in 24 hours using a bird cage as the film’s pivotal plot point! A group of Juniata College digital media students did exactly that as a challenge for the 2007 Insomnia Film Festival, sponsored by Apple Inc. The student team created Robin’s Cage, starring John Huffstetler ’11, of Bridgewater, Va., as a pampered young man awakened to the possibilities of life, independence and freedom by a timely class on Buddhist teachings. His epiphany comes while purchasing milk, and he races home to perform a humane act. The television network MTVU, a licensed closedcircuit network marketed to colleges, chose Robin’s Cage as Film of the Week last fall. Entrants had to pick a minimum of three film elements for their project and write, cast, film and upload the movie to Apple’s Web site within 24 hours. Juniata’s four-person crew included set designer and propmaster Scott Thomas ’09, of Johnstown, Pa.; cinematographer Neil Perrin ’09, of Huntingdon, Pa.; and co-directors Tim Auman ’09, and Jigar Patel ’08, both of Jonestown, Pa. The rest of the cast includes Donald Braxton, professor of religion, who makes a cameo appearance as, well, a religion professor. Neil Perrin’s mother performed a small role as a voice on an answering machine. Most locations for the film were in Huntingdon, including Perrin’s parents’ house. The film earned a quarterfinalist spot in MTVU’s Best Filmmaker on Campus Award. The students operated on a shoestring budget, shooting the movie on digital video. “I think the only thing we paid for was two half-gallons of milk,” says Patel. 11

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professor of physics, and his teaching partner, James Latten, assistant professor of music, turn each student loose—to create their own instrument. The student instruments range from the simple (“Glorified wind chimes,” says White) to the ambitious. One student built a theremin, an electronic instrument played by manipulating the air above two antennas. (You’ve heard a theremin—in the Beach Boys song “Good Vibrations.”) Other instruments created include a trombone made from plastic plumbing pipe, a drum-tar (combination drum and guitar), a tam-jo (tambourine and banjo), and a doubleneck guitar. “It didn’t sound very good, but it looked cool,” White says of the guitar.

Photo: Andrew Meloney ’10

Coming Attractions: Students Tackle MTV Movie


Juniata honored five alumni June 7, during Alumni to refurbish the baseball locker room. He is a member of Assembly. Carol McFate ’75, chief investment officer Juniata’s Sports Hall of Fame, elected in 2002. for Xerox Corp., was awarded the Alumni Achievement Nicholas Bower is finishing his residency as a family Award; Charlie Goodale ’39, a retired sales manager with practice doctor at St. Joseph Medical Center in Reading, Pa. the DuPont Corp., received the Harold B. Brumbaugh He earned his medical degree in 2005 at the Philadelphia Alumni Service Award; Dr. Nicholas Bower ’00, president College of Osteopathic Medicine. of Physicians for Humanity and a family practice resident Bower is the founder, director and president of at St. Joseph Medical Center, received the Young Alumni Physicians for Humanity, a volunteer organization that Achievement Award; travels to developing David Orth-Moore ’85, a countries in Central and country representative for South America to work Catholic Relief Services in clinics and make other in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, medical service trips. was awarded the William Honored many times for his E. Swigart Jr. Alumni humanitarian and academic Humanitarian Award; and work, Bower was awarded Dr. Thomas Terndrup ’77, Juniata’s inaugural Health professor and chair of the Professions Heroes Award Department of Emergency in 2005. Medicine at the Penn David Orth-Moore, State Milton S. Hershey has dedicated almost 20 Medical Center, received the years to working with nonThe recipients of the 2008 Alumni Achievement Awards Health Professions Alumni governmental organizations are, from left: Carol McFate ’75, with presenter Jim Lakso, Achievement Award. in Africa. He is country provost, behind her; Charlie Goodale ’39, with presenter Kim Carol McFate monitors representative for Catholic Kitchen, director of planned giving, behind him; Dolly Moore, and manages more than Relief Services in Ethiopia, accepting for her son, David Orth-Moore ’85, with presenter $9 billion in assets in Xerox’s where he has been assigned Tom Kepple, president, behind her; Nicholas Bower ’00, with pension and 401k plans. She since 2005. Prior to that, presenter Sarah May Clarkson, director of academic services, earned a bachelor’s degree in he was country director in behind him; and Thomas Terndrup ’77, with presenter Debra Kirchhof-Glazier, professor of biology, behind him. economics from Juniata and Accra, Ghana from 2002 a master’s degree in business to 2005. administration in 1979, from Harvard University. He first became interested in Africa when he was a Before coming to Xerox, she was global treasurer of XL U.S. Peace Corps community development specialist in Capital Ltd., a Bermuda-based insurance company, from Senegal from 1986 to 1989. He earned his bachelor’s degree 2003 to 2006, where she oversaw the IPO of Security Capital in international affairs at Juniata and a master’s degree Ltd. She began her career as an insurance executive with in development management in 1991 from American Prudential Insurance Company of America in 1988 as vice University in Washington, D.C. president of the firm’s corporate finance group. She left in Thomas Terndrup earned his medical degree in 1981 1994 as a senior vice president to take a job with American from the Penn State University College of Medicine. He International Group, Inc., where she held a number of senior returned to Pennsylvania in 2006 to chair Penn State’s financial positions, including vice president and treasurer, Department of Emergency Medicine, where he also is from 2000 to 2002. associate dean for clinical research. Charlie Goodale is a retired sales manager with E.I. In 1988, he began his academic career as an assistant duPont de Nemours and Company in Wilmington, Del. professor at the State University of New York Health He worked at Dupont for 41 years. Goodale, who earned Science Center in the Department of Emergency Medicine, his bachelor’s degree in chemistry, has donated $100,000 to Pediatrics and Physiology. Terndrup was recruited as a the College to refurbish Juniata’s baseball field and rebuild full professor in 1999 by the University of Alabama at dugouts. The facility was renamed Langdon-Goodale Birmingham, where he founded the emergency medicine Baseball Field in 2005. He is currently providing funds department at the university’s medical school. 12

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Five Juniata Alumni Receive Achievement Awards

Three Juniata faculty received Beachley Awards and the Gibbel Award. From left, James Lakso, provost of Juniata; Patricia Weaver, Dana Professor of Accounting, who received the Beachley Award for Academic Service; Loren Rhodes, Dale Chair in Information Technology, who received the Beachley Award for Distinguished Teaching; Mark McKellop, associate professor of psychology, who received the Gibbel Award for Distinguished Teaching; and Thomas R. Kepple, president of Juniata.

Three Juniata Faculty Honored With Teaching, Service Awards in business administration from Penn State in 1991. Weaver was promoted to associate professor in 1993 and to full professor in 1999. She received the Beachley Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2000. Weaver teaches many of the College’s accounting courses, but most recently she has been recognized for a course she developed with Paula Beckenbaugh ’95, director of clinical experiences, called Investing Your Future. Rhodes joined the Juniata faculty in 1980 and was previously recognized for classroom excellence, receiving the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1986. He was promoted to assistant professor in 1983, associate professor in 1988, and full professor in 1993. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1979 from Penn State University. He went on to earn a master’s degree in 1980 and a doctorate in 1991, both from Penn State. He oversaw Juniata’s departmental transition from computer science to information technology, helping to create an

educational model designed to foster collaboration with faculty in the business and communication departments. In 2000, he was named Dale Endowed Chair of Information Technology. Mark McKellop joined the Juniata faculty in 2002 as an assistant professor of psychology. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ohio State University in 1994 and went on to earn a master’s degree in clinical-child psychology in 1996 and a doctorate in clinical-child psychology in 2000, both from the University of Cincinnati. He was promoted to associate professor in 2008. McKellop began his postdoctoral career at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati from 2000 to 2001, where his clinical work focused on children with cancer. He transitioned into a teaching career by working as a visiting assistant professor of psychology at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., from 2001 to 2002.


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Three Juniata faculty were honored with distinguished teaching and service awards during the College’s Spring Awards Convocation. Honored for their work were Patricia Weaver, Dana Professor of Accounting, who received the Beachley Award for Distinguished Academic Service; Loren Rhodes, Dale Chair of Information Technology, who received the Beachley Award for Distinguished Teaching; and Mark McKellop, assistant professor of psychology, who received the Gibbel Award for Distinguished Teaching. Weaver joined the Juniata faculty in 1986 after a career as a self-employed certified public accountant and as a staff accountant for Young, Oakes, Brown and Co. in Tyrone, Pa. She earned a bachelor’s degree in 1963 and a master’s degree in 1965, both in English, from Penn State University. She returned to Penn State to learn accounting and business from 1980 to 1983 and earned her Certified Public Accountant certificate in 1983. She earned a master’s degree

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Juniata Athlete Specializes in Long-Distance Inspiration

By Pete Lefresne

sports information director


Eagle basketball player Emily Hauser ’09, left, holds the box she left with Coach Danny Young, right, when Emily studied abroad at the start of the 2007 basketball season. The box was stuffed with inspirational notes that Emily wrote before leaving for France. During the season, one of Emily’s notes was read at each practice. Coach Young posted the notes on the bulletin board behind Emily. 14

As the start time for their practice approached, they would amble out of their locker room by ones and twos, to begin a warm-up shoot-around. Over the course of 10 minutes, basketballs that might earlier have caromed wildly off rims and backboards began to fall through the nets with that familiar ripping sound, as muscles began to remember the proper shooting technique. Eventually, Head Coach Danny Young and assistants Shawna Little and Anne Millar would emerge onto the court, and engage in a little banter with the players—some encouragement here, an exhortation for greater effort there. Then everyone would stop. They would gather in the middle of the court. Kelly Ashcraft ’09, of Bellefonte, Pa., would produce an envelope, open it and read the note inside—a note written months earlier—and they would remember a teammate nearly 4,000 miles away. It was August of last summer, and Emily Hauser ’08, then a junior forward on the women’s basketball team, was getting ready to leave for her fall semester abroad in France, at the Université Catholique de Lille: a requirement for the international

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For 44 days, the ritual for the players on the Juniata women’s basketball team remained the same.

politics portion of her POE, and certainly a bonus for her secondary concentration in French. Talk to Emily Hauser for even five minutes, and one thing becomes glaringly apparent: she loves the Juniata women’s basketball team. She loves being a part of the team, and she loves her teammates—which made the thought of spending a semester away from the basketball team that much more painful. So an idea began to develop in her mind to leave something behind, something that would remind her teammates she was still a part of their team. “I thought I would leave something that would remind them of me, but also—and I know this is a cliché—to remember each other and what they have as a team,” said Hauser, whose project had to meet one other condition. “I wanted something that would last throughout the semester,” said Hauser. “Not something that they would see once and forget about, but something that was ongoing.” So Hauser began to write, and the idea took form: she would write notes to her teammates. One per day, to be read aloud at practice, and on the notes, she would write a personal message. Or recount an incident from past games or practices, or relay a motivational quote she found somewhere. A total of 44 notes in all, one for every day from the start of preseason practice until the day she would return from France and be back with her teammates.

Drawing on her own preseason experiences, and what she knew of her teammates, to decide what would be appropriate for each practice and game day, she began gathering her material as the days counted down to when she would leave for France. “Last year, I learned a lot about this set of girls, and so in that way it wasn’t hard,” said Hauser. “You just know certain things about how they’re feeling even though they Members of the Juniata women’s basketball team pose with President Tom Kepple and Coach Danny Young, second from right, back row, in the team’s newly renovated locker room facility. To get a tour of the team’s new digs, dig this: www.juniata.edu/athletics/lockerroom.html


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more➤ On page 49, find out the name of the award Louis J. Eckerl ’74 is the only coach ever to have won twice. The 1998 Molten MVP has won another honor—see page 51.

don’t say things—you just notice—and I remembered what that feels like. I had to do a little guesswork because each year is different…but for the most part I went on what I had experienced before. “Some of the quotes were things that I would’ve wanted to hear at that point too, that I knew would’ve been important to me,” said Hauser, who paused, then added, “Sometimes I almost wished I had taken a copy with me. It would have helped me some days when I was (in France).” Emily decorated a box to hold her notes, and left it

with senior Jess Winemiller ’08 of York, Pa., who in turn passed it to Ashcraft. Ashcraft became Emily’s voice each day. “In general, you could say I’m a loud speaker,” said Ashcraft with a laugh, “so I guess I just kind of took charge of reading them every day before practice.” Those short notes from Hauser provided a little boost of motivation every day before practice, in addition to the effect that Emily had hoped for all along. “All of the quotes and all of the comments had Emily Hauser’s personality in them, so reading them prior

Juniata’s Men’s Basketball Team Excels The list of year-by-year results for Juniata men’s basketball will always show that the 2007-08 team posted an overall record of 17-11, played two games in the Landmark Conference tournament, and received a

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slot in the ECAC South Tournament.


Eagle basketball has soared in recent seasons, much like Juniata player David Thompson ’09, who was a major contributor to the men’s basketball team’s historic season.


All of which leaves out the most compelling part of the story. What it won’t show is that Juniata reached the conference championship game for the second year in a row, with a team that returned just one starter from the year before. The season record won’t reveal that Juniata had to endure the heartbreak of being passed over for an NCAA Division III tournament “Pool B” bid—one of those precious four slots in the 59-team bracket reserved for institutions from conferences that have no automatic bid—only to see a berth go to a Moravian College squad that Juniata defeated once in the regular season. All of this is a measure of how far Juniata’s men’s basketball program has come in recent years, to a point where reaching the conference championship game and receiving an ECAC tournament bid is enough to label the season a disappointment. The bar has been raised, and Juniata head coach Greg Curley is fine with that. “One of the things we talk about all the time is expectation levels, and making sure other people don’t set them but that we set them ourselves.” said Curley. Juniata’s 17-12 and 17-11 records over the past two campaigns mark the best back-to-back seasons in school history, and raise expectations for the Eagles’ 2008-09 season. Juniata will lose three starters to graduation, including the program’s third-leading all-time scorer, plus a reserve who played nearly 20 minutes per game.

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to practice made Emily be there. We were constantly reminded she was a part of our team, even though she was not physically there,” said Ashcraft. “It really did seem like she would say things that were almost exactly what we were going through. Quotes coming from your teammate are different than just reading some motivational stuff in a book. It’s much more personal when your teammate is trying to give you some motivation, or something to laugh at,” said Ashcraft. Ashcraft placed those numbered notes, once read, on the bulletin board in the women’s basketball locker room,

where they became a mosaic of thoughts, inspiration, and encouragement to the rest of the team. When Emily rejoined the team midway through the season it was as if she never left. They also served one other purpose. “It became our countdown to when Emily was going to be back,” said Ashcraft. Emily Hauser returned halfway through the season to help the women post a 18-10 overall record. The team reached the Landmark Conference championship and earned a bid to the Division III NCAA Tournament. >j<

Juniata Elects Five to Hall of Fame Juniata inducted its 13th class into the College Hall of Fame Jan. 19. There are 108 members in the Hall of Fame. The new members of the 2007 Juniata Hall of Fame class are: (clockwise from top left) Bill Haushalter ’57, Charlie Pollock, Chris Fazio ’97, Renee Rine ’92 and Amy Gladfelter ’97. earned All-EIVA honors three times during his career, twice on the first team. Fazio finished his career with a record-setting 418 blocks, and 1,634 kills. He played professional volleyball in Austria in 1999 and 2000 and was inducted into the Pennsylvania Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2003. Amy Gladfelter ’97 is one of only two Juniata track and field athletes to earn All-America recognition twice. She placed seventh in the javelin at the NCAA Championship to earn All-America honors during her junior season. She then finished fifth in the same event at the 1997 NCAA Championship to repeat as an All-American. Gladfelter holds the Juniata record in the javelin with a throw of 142’ 3”, a record that still stands. Gladfelter was a two-time Middle Atlantic Conference Champion in the javelin. Charles Pollock served as Juniata’s sports information director from 1974 to 1981 and won more than 20 awards for media and recruitment publications from the College Sports Information Directors of America. Pollock went on to become director of public relations at Ohio Wesleyan (198186) and Allegheny College (1986-98). He returned to his alma mater, Bucknell University, in 1999 as vice president for student affairs. He has served as Bucknell’s vice president for external relations since 2006. 17

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Bill Haushalter ’57 earned Honorable Mention Little All-America honors as a senior. He was named the team’s most valuable back (with Pat Tarquino) on the 1955 team that went to the Tangerine Bowl. Haushalter coached at Tyrone High School, SaxtonLiberty High School, Tussey Mountain High School, and Philipsburg-Osceola High School. He entered the college coaching ranks at Lafayette College from 1966-72 and then moved to the United States Naval Academy from 1973-86. Haushalter was inducted in the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1994, and the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1998. Renee Rine ’92 is one of the top offensive players in the history of the Juniata field hockey program. Her 39 career goals and 86 career points were one shy of the school record at the time. She earned First Team All-Middle Atlantic Conference honors as a senior, scoring 12 goals and 27 points. Her most productive season was as a junior, scoring 14 times while leading Juniata to the 1990 MAC Tournament. The 1991 field hockey team was rated 12th in the nation in the NCAA Division III poll. Chris Fazio ’97 earned Volleyball Magazine Division III Player of the Year honors in 1997. He was a threetime selection to Volleyball Magazine’s Small School/Division III All-America teams. Fazio also

Students weigh in, telling us My Juniata is . . . .

‘The Cheese to By Gabriel Welsch

Photography: Michael Black

“My Juniata is photography.” —Christopher Shannon ’09, digital media and photography

During the last week of classes this April, we set up a photo shoot, trying as we do every year to capture lightning in a bottle. How do you catch what it feels like here in a flat, static image? Maybe the capture happens when you get what you weren’t expecting.

And we didn’t expect


a promotion for Juniata’s online access system for alumni and prospective students, MyJuniata, to become a call to the campus. We asked students to finish the phrase, “My Juniata is . . . ,” and answer it they did. We include our favorite quotes and photos here.


My Macaroni*’ *Joshua Beaver ’09, chemistry

“My Juniata is finding connections in the most unexpected places.” —Tricia Bitetto ’08, performance and performing arts management

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These are our favorites, but we want to know what you think. Head to www.juniata.edu/magazine, log on with your MyJuniata account (or set one up if you don’t yet have one), and vote for the quote you like the best. You can also see more photos while you’re there, as well as video outtakes from the event. The student whose quote is voted the favorite will receive (what else?) a bunch of Juniata gear.

My Juniata is. . . “...where students can play kickball with their professors and have a good time.” —Jessica Kline ’09, history and politics

“...where I am going to begin changing the world and making my mark in history.” —Shelleisha Salmon ’11, biology


“...a place of books, love, peace, and unique in its own way.” —Razma Qadir ’11, development and economics 20

My Juniata is. . . “...that place I can never wait to leave but ironically it is also that place I am always longing to go back to.” —Fatou Diack ’08, education

“...is brighter than my kicks.” —Ryan Conrad ’08, public relations

No, really, what IS MyJuniata?


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MyJuniata is our passwordprotected, secure online community for Juniata alumni. Sign up, and you get: a Juniata e-mail address, expanded access to information such as the alumni directory and upto-date class notes online, alerts about new content, networking opportunities, and the ability to share photos and stories.

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The day swooshes by faster than Jeff Gordon’s stockcar. While students understandably are busy making sure their socks match, hair is combed, tassel’s straight, robe’s intact, the rest of Juniata has been quietly working on the Commencement ceremony for days, weeks, even months in advance. Nearly every department on campus has some responsibility to make the day of Commencement run as smoothly as a Rolex timepiece.

In the days and hours leading up to the big event Juniata comes alive with activities great and small. Lawns are mowed. Cookies are baked. Even as the speaker delivering the commencement address reaches an inspiring conclusion, administrators, staff and students work to bring off an event specifically designed to live forever in the memories of those participating in it. In that spirit, here are some little known facts, statistics and flat-out trivia about Juniata’s biggest day of the year.

Money in Mind

$279—Basic price for a black gown, cap and hood for a faculty member. $800 to $900— Approximate price of an academic robe using school colors.

Free—Every graduate receives a cap, gown, hood and tassel free (as part of their $85 graduation fee, so it’s not really free but it seems like it).

$95—Going rate for a “tam” cap, which is fast replacing the “mortarboard” look for faculty. “When I started here (14 years ago) most men would not wear a tam; now everyone wants one,” says Jeremy Santos, bookstore manager.

$40—The fee Juniata is billed for each student’s cap, gown, hood and tassel.


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White, Black and Gold— Colors of the tassels for bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctorate.

$10, $40—The price difference between a “plain” gold tassel and a deluxe gold tassel for faculty.



20 minutes—Length of commencement address asked for by the College. 25 to 35 minutes— Average length of a commencement address. Selection—Typically, the College picks a slate of alumni or dignitaries as candidates for honorary degrees. The slate is presented to the Honorary Degrees Committee (members include faculty, staff and students). The final choices, including who will make the commencement address, are presented to the Trustees for final approval.

Commencement speaker Michael Klag ’74 urged the class of 2008 to solve big problems, one step at a time.

The Name Game—Pronouncing the names of every graduate is no simple task. Provost Jim Lakso, assisted by Joanne Krugh, administrative manager, compiles a list of phonetic pronunciations for every graduate. He and Krugh go over the list, checking each name, and Lakso also reviews the pronunciations with each student at Commencement rehearsal. Finally, he practices at least once a day until the Big Day.

80 percent—The number of faculty who own their gowns. $40—The cost for a faculty member to rent a cap, gown, hood and tassel (Informal record: One faculty member rented a cap and gown for more than 20 straight years). Top two sales items at Juniata’s Bookstore on Commencement Day— T-shirts and sweatshirts.


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Closest Call—“One year I drove to the State College airport at 5:30 in the morning on the day of Commencement to pick up a cap and gown being flown in for one of the honorary degree recipients. I took it home, ironed it and had it ready for the ceremony.” Jeremy Santos

The Set-up

8—The number of boxes of diplomas present on the stage. 300-plus—The number of times President Kepple and Board of Trustees Secretary Thomas Pheasant ’66 sign their names when signing every graduate’s diploma. 256 pounds—The approximate weight of all the diplomas handed out at Commencement. 43—The number of facilities staff who work various duties at Commencement. Mike Henney & Jim Dixon—The two facilities employees who organize and help oversee the duties and tasks required for graduation.

Registrar Athena Frederick readies the stacks of Juniata diplomas right before the start of the Commencement ceremony.

3,100—The number of chairs required to seat all faculty and students both at the Commencement site outside and the rain emergency site in the gym. White—The color of all the chairs, which are rented for the weekend. “We used to have a mix of white and brown chairs, but it never really looked right, so we now ask for all white chairs,” says Tristan Del Giudice, director of facilities services.


5—The number of bleachers used to seat spectators at the outdoor site. 8—The number of bleachers on the upper mezzanine required to seat other guests at the indoor site. There are four permanent bleachers on the east mezzanine and four portable bleachers on the west mezzanine. 26

Hal McLaughlin’s Four Rules: 1. You get one shot at making a first impression. 2. Never underestimate the time it takes to set up. 3. Enjoy the event. “You get so wrapped up in the details and you look up and the day is gone. We never forget that we’ve seen the students every day for four years and we try to let them know we’ll miss them.” 4. You can’t make up on the day of the event the planning you should have done the previous few weeks.

—Hal McLaughlin is Sodexo manager. Sous chef Travis Crawford doubles his efficiency as he prepares scrambled eggs for the Commencement breakfast buffet.

Honorary Degree Dinner

Thirst, Hunger for Knowledge 500—Number of free bottles of water handed out from golf carts during Commencement.

2—Number of family recipes Pat Kepple asked the Sodexo staff to reproduce. Kepple’s Walnut and Apple Salad with Yogurt Hello Dollies (a dessert).

30 pounds of shredded cheese 6 cases of fresh fruit 4 a.m.—When dining staff report to work for the Breakfast Buffet.

1,500—Cookies laid out at the faculty reception.

20—Total number of staff working for the buffet.

Available at the Breakfast Buffet on Commencement morning— 15 gallons of liquid eggs 1,800-2,000 sausage patties 300 pounds of potatoes 5 gallons of ketchup

Treats still baked in Ellis Hall kitchen. Sticky buns Scones Cinnamon Buns Cookies

67—Number of employees Sodexo uses to work Commencement, which includes chef/cooks, servers and caterers. 3—Patterns of silverware available for dinners at Juniata.

“Recreating a family recipe on a large scale is tricky because you’re feeding 600 instead of six, but Mrs. Kepple really helped us get it right,” says Hal McLaughlin.

12—Colors available for tablecloths. At Juniata the most popular colors are blue, gold, white and black (“Black is the new white,” says McLaughlin, channeling “Project Runway’s” Tim Gunn). >j<


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60—Gallons of punch for the faculty reception.

Salad Bar—175 pounds of assorted types of lettuce 10 gallons of dressing 40 loaves of bread (Texas Toast style) to make croutons




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Juniata fundraiser Kim Kitchen 6 is several hours into a cross-country road trip when she is pulled overKings in the Nevada desert for speeding. She is driving a Lexus, not her own, with virtually no River documentation to explain why. The trunk is full of 95 art—also not hers. Her hands tighten on the wheel as she thinks how to explain things to the officer now striding up to the car. There is much to explain. The car is registered to one Larry Johnson ’61, who a month before was found in his home, deceased. Because he had designated Juniata as one of only two beneficiaries in his will (the other was the University of Rochester Medical School), Kitchen flew to Monterey, Calif., to meet Johnson’s executor and handle details of 99 the estate. 395 The gift was complicated—Johnson left more than $6.5 million in assets to be distributed in different ways but basically to benefit students at Juniata. But he truly left Juniata everything—a refrigerator full58 of food, a condo full of art, racks full of CDs, and books full of photos from his many travels. He left the Lexus, a hungry cat, some puzzled friends, and an even more puzzled and humbled College. Clues to the life he left behind proved, initially, difficult to read. He had no family ties, few close friends, and his career had kept him out of the spotlight.





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In 1939, the year Larry Johnson was born, Somerset, Pa., churned with the coal industry, the railroad a 93 40 constant and noisy presence. Before young Larry could speak, his father abandoned him, his mother, Mary Ellen (Stutzman) Johnson, and his older brother, William. 6 191 Larry’s childhood friend, Jerry Lowry, says Larry 6 15 once told him about the choice Mary Ellen faced. “In those days in Somerset, without a degree, you ended up 89 a waitress,” Lowry recalls. “She was a very woman 6 strong 50 6 who would do whatever it took to keep her two boys 191 50 with her.” The local hospital needed help, so Mary Ellen put her boys in an orphanage 93for two years as she trained to be a 70 nurse. On completing her training, she reclaimed her sons and went to work at what was then Somerset Green Community Hospital. River By the time Jerry Lowry met Larry Johnson, the orphanage incident was past. They grew up together, riding bikes to school, exploring the woods surrounding Somerset, building forts and treehouses. When they were89 191 older, Lowry taught Larry chess. Lowry says, “Larry was a very good15 player, slow, deliberate. He even refereed blindfold chess games for me.” In blindfold chess, players can’t see and so call their Lake moves to a referee, who only moves pieces and tells 666 players if moves are illegal. It’s a tedious chore, made Powell 89 more so because games can take two or three hours to complete. Jerry says, “It’s boring, but Larry was a good Lake friend, so he did it.” 163 ALT Mead At Somerset High School, Larry 89 was class president, Mr. Senior, and Vice 160 President of the National Honor 67 Just as in high school, Johnson was active in Society. His booming voice and grand campus activities. In the few yearbook pictures 160 in which he appears—included here and on the presence landed him the lead in the next page—he looks all business. For most of his senior class play, House Without adult life, however, he was on the other side of666 Windows, while he was also star 93 the camera, taking pictures of his travels, his of the basketball team. He did 180 friends, and his cats. The result? The editors well enough that in 1957, Larry couldn’t unearth a contemporary picture of 95 89 Johnson left Somerset and Johnson for this article. If any readers have attended 40 Juniata because of a one—or any reminiscences of Larry—you can 191 scholarship—a gift he would post them at www.juniata.edu/magazine. long remember.










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Huntingdon, or Somerset. After his five-year high school Larry stayed away, though he kept in contact Lake 96 reunion, with Lowry well enough to have nicknames for his friend’s Erie 127 children. For years, whenever he called or wrote, he 196 131 6 always asked after “The Trolls.” Larry trained as a radiologist at the University of 94 4 12 23Rochester, and according to longtime friends, Dr. Emory West (also a radiologist) and Beverly Edholm, he was good at his job, and appreciated its potential for solitude. 79 422 “He worked 6 better alone. Let’s put it that way,” West 90 80 says. “He moved around quite a bit to find jobs where he 80 90alone. I didn’t could work mind that he was a loner, but 6 422 some people did. I made it a point to remain friendly to 76 him, because in my opinion he needed more friends.” 30 24 To those that knew him, Larry’s friendship meant attention, humor, and assistance. Louise Femeniuk owns 30 30 65 Wabash 31 a condominium in Monterey, Calif., across from the unit 57 23 owned and visited for thirty-five years. Larry Johnson River “We had the computer in common. He’d77 show me tricks 71 on the computer. Sometimes on how to do things we’d 33 27 79 have a glass of wine. Larry was a very private man, very 41 75 kind. He was my best friend,” she says. 69 People also remember the gifts he seemed to always have for them when he showed up. He arrived with newspaper clippings for them, with tapes and, later, CDs filled with music he thought they would like, with 50 33 Muskingum River photographs he had taken. 36 Larry made his mark at Juniata. As class president 62 71 Though he worked throughout the southwest over his sophomore year, he also led the debate club, helped the years, he flew in to Monterey at least once every two 70the social and homecoming committees, out on and 74 months, spent the weekend at the condo, distributed gifts participated in intramural sports. to his friends and neighbors, and returned to work. Even In his junior and senior years, while he took part 79 23 33 after he retired to Monterey permanently, he traveled. 150 in fewer activities, he excelled in his academic work. He attended concerts, Shakespeare festivals, wine tours, In yearbook pictures—when he is pictured at all—he is 52only his cat, Princess, as company. He usually taking serious, pensive. Lowry 50 recalls his friend growing more brought back artwork, a collection of paintings and 19 solitary during college. In the summers, Larry drove a 68 65 ceramics that decorated his home. A camera buff, he 71 bread truck in the Catskills. He told Lowry how much he 64 as much to give to others as to also took photographs, loved the lakes and150 mountains in upstate New 127 York, as 231 to different places. keep a record. He was so dedicated to traveling that for a 41well as traveling while M heoowned he’d had outfitted to be a untain aPkVW Vanagon 52 wy y traveling hotel room. y 64 219 yy w His penchant for gifts lasted until his final days. Ohio River P s s Kentucky 27 When Kim Kitchen arrived at his 77 60 lue Gra 52 condo, from Juniata, to collect effects River with the executor of the estate, she Green discovered CDs he had been using wy P River to make collections of music for his 60 ck 65 50th High School Class Reunion. t 58 rnK en e t s In addition to heading back for We the event and to see Lowry, he had 5 23to put81 volunteered together music for the class. Larry was so excited221 27 68 24 about attending that when he did ake 31E not show, Lowry began to worry, rkley and made the calls that resulted in 75 Monterey police going to221 the condo 79 Kentucky to check on him.

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Beverly Edholm once asked Larry Johnson 81 where Allegheny he went to college. Larry said, “Oh you’d never recognize 6 the names. ” River Despite his reticence, Larry kept Juniata on his 15 mind. Juniata President Tom Kepple says, “He sent me things a few times. He had a lot of ideas and excitement about where the College was going, where it could go. At an alumni meeting in San Francisco, when we were 219 220 476 developing our strategic plan, Larry asked penetrating and knowledgeable questions. Always prepared, he had interviewed other alumni by phone to get the views of 15 more recent graduates. He didn’t look back much. He 220 looked forward.”



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computer. This example, sent to President something for his college, and that he was decisive about 301 Kepple as a gift in 2006, depicts Johnson’s it. “I don’t think he changed his will much. He’d drawn it 270 hopes for Juniata’s future. up years ago, and that’s the way it was left. He made up his mind what he was going to do a long time ago.” 15 that Larry Johnson had 50a graduating student of Somerset High School who College administrators knew demonstrates financial need, academic proficiency in done something for Juniata 66 in his will. But because Larry the natural sciences, and leadership potential. Another was private, because he went for long periods without portion of the estate will cover tuition for a student from talking to anyone, no one knew quite what to expect. Juniata to attend the University of Rochester School of “I first met Larry in Colorado,” Kepple says. “I 29 Medicine and Dentistry. The remainder of the estate was33 with Ron Wyrick (then associate vice president of will be added to the existing Homer C. and Ethel F. Will development), who asked Larry for a gift. Larry’s reply Freshman Biology Scholarship Endowment. was ‘Ron, you’re getting33 it all.’ Little did we know Larry 95 17 “When someone does something of this magnitude, wasn’t kidding.” 64 13help so many students, we want to understand that will Naturally, such a gift brought with it questions. why, what moved them, so that we can honor them as Why81 everything to us? While many alumni remember best we can,” says Kepple. “I think it’s a pretty natural their alma mater with a gift on their passing, few leave instinct. You want to say thank you in a way that means everything to Juniata. And it was everything. One of64 something to the individual, in a way that honors what the first things60 Kim Kitchen had to do when she arrived they have done.” was clean out the refrigerator, find a home for Princess, Actions speak louder than words. Larry Johnson felt work with the lawyer to figure out what to do with 460 460 221 he had gained something from his time on College Hill. clothing, effects and so on. Many of the personal items And as the College has worked to honor him for what he were donated to local charities, and non-perishable food has done, his gift is a reminder of how people can long went to food banks. The CDs went to Beeghly library remember the changes they undergo here, to the extent for students to use, and the art went to the museum or 58 Princess? She now lives with Emory that they hope to help others find their way. around29 campus. And “While we ultimately learned only a little more about West and Beverly Edholm. 85 13 17 the man who has made the largest single estate gift to While items were dealt with, legacy and meaning 95 Larry’s Juniata,64 ” Kepple says, “what we did learn is inspiring. remain an open question. Neighbors praised 29 nature, his kind demeanor, his understated He was a giving man, thoughtful of others, thorough, giving detailed, and passionate about the arts and science. We humor—but 40many were also quieted as they realized Roanoke 264 River are very pleased that such a person has thought to help how little they actually knew of the man. our students in such a meaningful way.” In general terms, Larry’s gift will support Beverly Edholm says, “We’re kind of unfinished with scholarships. A portion of the money will establish the Larry. We still raise a glass of wine to him at dinner.” As Lawrence Johnson Scholarship, an endowed annual will many in the Juniata family. >j< full (tuition, room, and board) scholarship to benefit

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Nicole Siviy ’09 takes in the finer points of turtle biology as Roy Nagle, who team-teaches the College’s Herpetology course, explains the identifying signs of a wood turtle.


more➤ See page 47 and learn why James H. Swarr ’60 is “for the birds!” And if you ever wondered why siamangs get together, Heather M. Hassel ’06 might have the answer—page 53.



Wild This Way Comes By John Wall Photography: J.D. Cavrich

On a sunny day, amid shafts of light piercing the leafy canopy, the group gingerly picks its way through the steeply inclined forested area near the shores of Raystown Lake.


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Led by a lanky, bearded instructor, the band of students stop at a bramble of wild blackberries growing near the landscape’s transition from forest to meadow. The instructor peers beneath the bramble, reaches in and emerges with a box turtle, producing murmurs of approval from the assembled class. Although not every biologist can produce a turtle in the wild on demand, Juniata has an amazing record of producing wildlife scientists, including the state’s ranking wildlife scientist and Pennsylvania’s leading experts on bats and deer. What might be more amazing is that none of Juniata’s graduates who have gone on to study all creatures great and small did it armed with an official Wildlife Conservation POE. Our graduates with a yen for fauna have left here with degrees in zoology, biology, environmental science and a host of specialized POEs. That’s all about to change. “As soon as we announced the new Wildlife Conservation POE, I think 20 students immediately changed their POE,” says Uma Ramakrishnan, assistant professor of environmental science and

administrator for the wildlife program. “We already knew the interest was there, and I think Juniata will become a college that students will seek out as a place to study wildlife.” Several streams of College resources had to reach critical mass before the wildlife program could take wing. First, Juniata had to have qualified faculty to teach the required courses. Secondly, the College had to find room in the curricula to offer specific courses required for student certification by the Wildlife Society. Lastly, there had to be adequate teaching facilities to handle the “outdoor” needs of a wildlife program. Ramakrishnan, a wildlife biologist whose research focuses on deer, was the final piece of the faculty puzzle to fall into place, coming to Juniata in 2005. Other faculty scheduled to teach wildlife courses include biologists John Matter, Doug Glazier and Roy Nagle, and Chuck Yohn ’83, co-director of the Raystown Field Station. Using this faculty cadre, the College is now able to offer three highly specialized courses: Ornithology, Mammalogy and Herpetology. All undergraduates seeking certification from the Wildlife Society must take at least two of those courses to qualify for certification. Juniata began its true-life wild adventure in June, offering a four-week intensive course in herpetology, team taught by Matter and Nagle, and mammalogy, team taught by Glazier and Ramakrishnan, at the Raystown Field Station. Yohn will teach the ornithology course in summer 2009 and there are tentative plans for another course in botany or fisheries science. Students are housed


Environmental scientist Uma Ramakrishnan finds a teachable moment in the death of a porcupine (it had been hit by a car) as she points out the physiology of the animal to Sonia Suarez ’11 (far left), Brosi Bradley ’08 (center left) and Wesley Schwartz ’08. 34

in the lakeside center’s residential cottages, giving faculty opportunities to head off into the field at a moment’s notice. Each course is four hours long, five days a week. Before creating these summer modules and the wildlife POE, the College had small gaps in its curriculum that required some creative scheduling on the part of the students and faculty. “A biology POE gave you the science background but not the applied skills and the environmental science POE gave you the applied skills without the detailed science background,” Yohn explains. The addition of two courses, Wildlife Management and Conservation Biology, during the regular academic year, allowed the College to offer the new POE. The combination of new academic courses with the residential summer courses could act as a highly effective recruiting tool for incoming students. “I think we have a great program to offer students because these opportunities are not that easy to come by, especially at the undergraduate level,” Ramakrishnan says. Most Juniata students currently in the wildlife POE believe that interest from prospective students will increase. “There is much more of an interest in the environment because of endangered species issues and global warming,” says Kelly Ashcraft ’09, from Bellefonte, Pa. “Wildlife science and environmental science are always changing, and it is really a hands-on type of field, which attracts students.” “In general, human society is migrating away from ‘wild’ areas to urban and suburban environments,” explains Bob Boyd ’77, assistant director of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Wildlife Management, whose daughter, Emily ’10, just switched her POE to Wildlife Conservation. “This movement away from wildlife and the outdoor experience makes students more curious about the environment.” Biologist John Matter says Juniata is ahead of the curve in offering a full major in wildlife conservation. Juniata is one of a few dozen liberal arts colleges to offer such a program and perhaps the only one to use the residential summer program as an integral part of the curriculum. Most wildlife-oriented undergraduate programs are offered at large state universities, making

At left, biologist Doug Glazier removes a mouse from a trap with the assistance of Caitlin Stormont ’10. The mammalogy course is taught using trapped mice, moles, voles and other small mammals. Larger animals are harder to work with. All animals are live-trapped and released. At far right, Sonia Suarez ’11 examines the biting radius of a bear skull with Ramakrishnan.

—John Matter, associate professor of biology

fence lizard endocrinology, as well as a host of applied research projects. “One of our long-term objectives is to characterize the species and plants in all the habitats around the Field Station,” says biologist Doug Glazier of one research plan. “With all the habitats we have out there, we will be able to compare forest mammals to meadow species to grassland mammals.” Many of the faculty and students involved with the wildlife program believe the College’s dedication to experiential education, coupled with the unique teaching facilities at the Field Station, will make Juniata’s latest POE an incomparable experience. “What Juniata is offering us is the opportunity to do what we love and also help the world in any way we can,” says Andy Adams ’08, of Reading, Pa. “I think the growing concern with endangered species and increased oil drilling are issues that young people want to play a part in and make a difference—not just in the United States, but across the world.” >j< 35

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Juniata a leading-edge player in providing a more handson undergraduate wildlife science experience. Boyd also says increased federal funding for biodiversity projects and non-game species projects have increased job opportunities for recent graduates. The summer residential program gives students unprecedented access to “the field.” As in “going out into the field to collect specimens.” The summer program will run activities throughout the day and sometimes at night (“Most mammals are nocturnal,” explains Glazier.). The four-hour classes will give faculty a chance to take advantage of teachable moments by moving the classroom outdoors. The summer time frame also means there will be more animals, snakes, salamanders and birds to see and discover. “Classes like these are one of the reasons I wanted to come to Juniata, because the kind of interaction that takes place out in the field is good for me and good for the students,” Matter says. “That’s a lot better than me pulling a dead rat snake out of formaldehyde and asking students to describe it.” Another critical part of Juniata’s program separating the College from the pack is an emphasis on undergraduate research. Ramakrishnan says every student with a wildlife POE will complete a senior capstone research project and present their findings at the College’s Liberal Arts Symposium. She says there are a few ongoing research projects that students can participate in, such as deer population studies, deer browse studies, water-quality monitoring, and

“Classes like these are one of the reasons I wanted to come to Juniata, because the kind of interaction that takes place out in the field is good for me and good for the students. That’s a lot better than me pulling a dead rat snake out of formaldehyde and asking students to describe it.”

Amber Thomas ’09 swipes her Juniata I.D. card to gain entry into her residence hall. The security system is set up to use I.D. cards so the Office of Public Safety and Residential Life can easily update the system if a card is lost or stolen.


A New Age of Juniata Security. With my shiny new Juniata Gold Card in my pocket and my mailbox and room keys secured on a ring, I stood outside Sunderland, an eager freshman, ready for the adventure to begin. Sunderland’s door was propped open, welcoming every Juniata student, as droves of TVs, couches, computers and suitcases were ushered in and up staircases, down hallways and to their final resting spots for the next few months.

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Unpacking took up submit a full report most of the afternoon, on security to the and soon it was time president. Ringgold has for dinner. As I took 27 years of experience out my key to lock my working with the FBI room, I noticed the and subsequently upperclassmen leaving worked for six years their rooms behind as corporate security unlocked—often with director with DuPont. doors still open. “Part of that group “Why not?” they’d Tim Launtz ’80, director of public safety and residential life, and Kris recommendation was Clarkson, dean of students, have overseen the installation of the security argue, “There’s no need locking residence halls. system. Both played key roles in making the decision to install a new to lock them.” The question, though, security system in the College’s residence halls. And so I closed my was how to do that in door and headed off to a way that wasn’t going dinner, leaving my new to have a real negative laptop, iPod and TV impact on the Juniata ripe for the picking. A few weeks later, I wouldn’t carry community,” says Clarkson. “Some other things that came my keys anymore. We students were a community. out of that were notification and other alert systems such That sense of community still remains four years as the new text messaging system. At Northern Illinois, later during my senior year in The Cloister. However, it police reaction time was under two minutes. You could is now accompanied by the increasingly familiar buzz argue that the reaction time saved some lives.” of students swiping their Gold Cards to enter the Charles Lee Earnhart, father of Wylie Earnhart ’09 now-secured building. of Mercer, Pa., believes that locking the residences could The move to lock the doors was conceived in have been an overreaction. “I understand the liability the aftermath of the shootings at Virginia Tech. The and what not,” said Earnhart, “but it tends to give people College created a task force called the “VT Review a false sense of security. The free spirit of college, the Group,” comprised of 15 members of Juniata faculty and independence, it sort of dampens that, but there are administration, including Rocco Panosetti, then director certainly people who now feel they are more secure.” of campus safety and security, Tim Launtz ’80, director of Once the group decided on the locking system as residential life, and Dan Cook-Huffman and Kris Clarkson, the first step in revamping Juniata security, it became a the dean and assistant dean of students, respectively. question of which buildings to start with and how it should President Tom Kepple asked the group to find ways be implemented. It was agreed that just residence halls to improve the overall safety of Juniata’s campus. They would be locked, and that the Gold Card would be the reviewed procedures to be sure the school has a system universal key to the dorms. that can be used to communicate with the community “It’s unnecessary and a big waste of money,” said Kevin rapidly and effectively, considered the option of arming Dundore ’09 of Ephrata, Pa., who has been against the idea campus police, reviewed lighting and emergency phone of a locking system since its suggestion. “There are many locations, and reviewed the option of locking other projects the College could be spending its residence halls. money on.” “It’s a shame that it is necessary, but I see the need,” “We selected the ID card after looking at other says Randy Kochel ’76, a Lancaster-area doctor and Juniata options. The advantage of the swipe card is, if you lose your parent. “All this amazing security can be an inconvenience, card, you can get it replaced, and the system deletes the and even with it, there is no true security. You can’t have a old card’s access. You don’t have to wait for the system to college these days without some attention to security.” update,” Launtz explains. In September, Alan Ringgold ’67 was selected to The system went through a trial period throughout conduct an external review of College security and the fall semester, where Juniata’s facilities and residential



on th

Juniata alumnus Steve de Perrot ’84 had a problem—his successful pottery business, which he had built steadily into his dream job, needed to get on the Web— but he didn’t really know where to start. So, he e-mailed his old business professor (Jim Donaldson ’67). Donaldson doesn’t specialize in Web marketing so he passed the request on to Marlene Burkhardt, associate professor of business, who teaches cybermarketing. Burkhardt also oversees an information technology course called Innovation for Industry, which is known around campus as I-4-I. The I-4-I course creates an IT team with students from several POEs (IT, computer science, digital media and business), which is overseen by a faculty sponsor. Each team works on information technology jobs commissioned by local industry. Each job can be a semesterlong or yearlong project. Depending on the project, four to seven students typically work on an I-4-I team. The projects are usually negotiated six months to a year in advance. Steve de Perrot needed his online store up in six weeks! As serendipity would have it, the I-4-I course, which has been a major success for Juniata’s hands-on approach to information technology education, had just begun experimenting with a more flexible approach. The course would assign smaller projects needing a fast turnaround to a project manager who then would pull resources—which almost always means student resources—from other projects to accomplish the task. This unique pitcher created by Steve de Perrot ’84 is one of the many wares he sells over the Internet at the online store created by Juniata students.

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—Adam Stanley graduated in May, and was a reporter with Juniata’s marketing team. He is from Huntingtown, Md.



life departments worked together to prepare the dorms for the installation of the system, including the replacement of many of the old worn-out doors on Juniata residence halls. After winter break, The Cloister, located at the center of campus, was selected as the first hall to be locked, followed by the remaining residence halls in the following weeks. “We chose to go with a phased-in process, because we felt that, because the system was new to us and the students, it would not have been in anyone’s best interest to implement it all at once,” said Launtz. By spring break, the new locking system had been activated across campus for every residence hall. Students began using their Juniata IDs to access their dorms, but access was not restricted just to their respective buildings. As current Juniata students with valid IDs, students can access any dorm on campus with the exception of all-female Lesher Hall (between midnight and 6 a.m.). The initial student reaction was fairly neutral after the implementation of the system. Skye Hatton-Hopkins ’09 of Bellefonte, Pa., says, “Though annoying when you forget your card, I find the lock system to be appropriate, and it seems a necessary step for the College to take.” “I feel very good about the process and the end result of our locking project,” says Kepple. “Not only are we better protecting our students, but we did it in a way that preserved the Juniata culture of being able to freely access various dorms.” The VT Review Group also left recommendations to improve Juniata security through communications and training, as well as education through awareness. On April 19, the Board of Trustees voted to begin the process of arming the safety and security force. In addition, the College reorganized the office of Safety and Security. The new Office of Public Safety and Residential Life will be headed by Launtz. “One of our concerns is that it will create a false sense of security,” says Cook-Huffman. “Right now this is a close-knit community where people know each other. Locking doors can certainly be something that enhances security from outsiders, but it is certainly no guarantee of security.” >j<


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assistant professor of environmental science and information technology

www.potsbydeperrot.com expensive. It is easy to find a Web shopping cart that is free and will run off of one’s existing Web site but they have either bells or whistles, but not both. So after three weeks of testing agony—successfully setting up several carts to compare ease of use and features—the team settled on Cube cart. The JCTC/de Perrot collaboration is continuing and Bard and Bornstien improved the look and feel of his Web site and open up more electronic storefronts for the pottery site on Amazon.com, Yahoo, or E-bay. The IT department, emboldened by the success of the de Perrot project, now has a team headed by Nora Wainwright ’08, of Altoona Pa., managing two alumni projects. The first is with Ryan Richards ’06, who is actively trying to increase the fundraising capacity for the village school he works with in Guatemala. The other project is revamping the Web site of alumna Amy LoveLeighton ’86, who has an online resume service called ALL Resumes (http://www.allresumes.net/). Juniatians Whitney Glosenger ’09, of Towanda, Pa., and Kaleigh Driscoll ’08, of Fallston, Md., are applying their tech talents to that project. These willing alums, congenial and collaborative faculty, and a fabulous cast of students have created something here that is…uniquely Juniata. >j< more➤ Matthew L. Russell ’06 edits a journal billed as “Tech journal meets neighborhood pub.” Learn the link on page 53.


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The new approach to turnkey projects spawned a “response team” overseen by two students, Dwight Bard ’08, from Warfordsburg, Pa., and Pat Haskins ’08, from West Auburn, Mass., called Juniata College Technology Consultants (http://www.jctc.biz). The team also included Joe Maher ’09, of Altoona Pa; Whitne Bornstein ’08, of Livingston, N.J.; Matthew Milliken ’08, of Dayville, Conn.; Michael Conte ’08, of New Kensington, Pa.; Todd Beaumont ’08, of Brookville Pa.; and Dan Kauffman ’08, of Conestoga, Pa. The de Perrot project seemed like a perfect test of the JCTC model. So Burkhardt, Bard and Haskins accepted the challenge. Most of Juniata’s usual best practices were now out the window. There would be no client meeting, no Function Specification Documents, no Gantt Charts, no PERTT charts, etc. Of course, no one but Innovations for Industry students knows what those things are, but believe it, there wasn’t time to do them. Steve’s business, Pots by de Perrot, is in Lititz, Pa., and Steve had no time to help out the team because he was busy magically morphing clay into art. The student team could not sacrifice a day to travel to Lititz. The student team worked long-distance with Shirley Parsons de Perrot ’83, marketing director for the business (and Steve’s wife). A couple of phone calls and long nights later, it was agreed that the team could and would get his business online before a big pre-Christmas show in November. Risky? Could be, but Juniata’s faculty has a lot of faith in our students because they tend to exceed expectations on a regular basis. The most important task was to find a suitable Web “shopping cart,” so Steve could be selling on the Web by the time his big show opened. Sound like an easy task? It is and it isn’t. It is very easy to find a commercial shopping cart with lots of bells and whistles, but they are pretty

By Neil Pelkey

Faculty Feature

John Matter By John Wall

Photography: J.D. Cavrich

(unless otherwise noted)

“I would go into the backyard with my brothers or sometimes by myself and turn over logs and rocks looking for salamanders and snakes,” says John Matter, associate professor of biology, who grew up in Eureka, Mo., a rural suburb of St. Louis. “I thought this is stuff that kids do; it didn’t occur to me until I was in college that I could do this as my job.” These days, Matter is still turning over rocks looking for things that crawl in worlds little seen by human beings. Instead of doing it solo, he shares the experience

John Matter loves teaching and he especially loves teaching on the road. Here, he carries a turtle back from a lecture during a spring break trip to Florida. He also travels each summer to teach students and catch lizards on the Remote Field Course. Below, Matter and former student Jennie Liu examine a fish.


with new batches of Juniata students each year. Matter has found reptilian (and amphibian) fauna, with help from cadres of Juniatians, from Florida to Arizona, as well as a few steps out the back door of Brumbaugh Academic Center. Matter, the son of a biologist and a clinical dietitian, seemingly had the word “scientist” imprinted onto his DNA, although it took some time for his destiny to worm its way to the top. You see, his mother’s dream was focused on medical school. He entered the University of Missouri intent on studying medicine, but soon realized something was missing. “I was in a class among students who had clear ideas about what they wanted to do as doctors and I realized I didn’t have that aspiration,” he recalls. The moment of truth came in a herpetology class, when he realized that biology offered much more than a path to doctor-dom.


turtle: George Braun ’10; lizard: George Braun ’10

When your childhood backyard is 125 acres of Missouri woods intersected by streams, meadows, and bordered by a river, it might be pre-ordained that you would grow up to be a biologist. After all, wandering through wildlife habitat can become habit-forming.

John Matter teaches a vertebrate zoology course using an unorthodox visual aid, a stuffed brown trout made out of cloth, an olfactory improvement on the real thing.

in the deserts of Arizona, required him to spend several weeks a year in Arizona, an experience he passes on to Juniata students annually during the Remote Field Course (“We take the students to the same place where I did my original research.”). After putting in time in postdoctoral work, Matter sought teaching positions where personal interaction with students was part of the equation. He had gone on many interviews and a colleague e-mailed him about a job opening at Juniata. “He said, ‘I think you’d be a good match for this place,’” Matter says. He came to the College in 1997 and taught and taught, and taught some more. He developed a couple of new courses in reproductive biology and environmental toxicology. He also found that Huntingdon’s rolling hills were conducive to an old hobby—biking. Matter decided to become faculty adviser to the Cycling Club and after his first year, when he felt financially secure, his first big purchase was a road bike. The road to Juniata brought him to a place that celebrates seeking out new things and new experiences while bringing students into those teachable moments. He’s still somewhat surprised that he gets paid for doing what he loved to do as a kid. Sometimes what you want is right in your own backyard. >j<


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Inspired by his new biological interests, Matter entered the graduate biology program at St. Louis University, a smaller research institution that had a very tight-knit community of faculty and students. He centered his research on endocrine reproduction in fence lizards and looked for opportunities to learn more. He found a breadth of topics at his first professional conference. “I was like a kid in a candy store,” Matter laughs. “I think I went to five sessions every day for four days.” One of the speakers Matter heard at the conference was a reptile researcher from the University of Florida named Lou Guillete. Matter kept in touch with the older professor and when it came time to apply for doctoral programs, Matter’s scientific compass turned south toward Guillete’s program. Like many graduate programs, most of the Florida doctoral candidates were required to teach. One of Matter’s first assignments was a histology course. The professor teaching the class, whose expertise focused on electric eels, left on an Amazonian research trip, leaving Matter to teach the course. The young grad student was himself electrified by the experience. “It was trial by fire and I was as nervous as heck,” he says. “I didn’t want to look frightened—students can smell fear.” No fear surfaced that day or any other, and Matter found himself seeking out more teaching experience, even to the point of neglecting his doctoral research. Still, his research on the mountain spiny lizard, found

Learning and Development in Cambridge, Mass. She and a colleague will present “Executive Function Processes, Emotions, and Social Cognition in Educational Contexts.” Biddle published a chapter (with a co-author) in the book Executive Functions and the Frontal Lobes: A Lifespan Perspective. James Borgardt, associate professor of physics, published (with 12 co-authors, including four Juniata students) an article on neutron detection in the journal Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research (2007).

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Jennifer Bennett, von Liebig Fellow in Biology, published an article in the Journal of Bacteriology. She also was invited to give the talk “Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowships” at the general meeting for the American Society of Microbiology in Boston, Mass.


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Mobile Technology Networks and Attitude Formation,” in the Information Science Technology Encyclopedia. Lynn Cockett, associate professor of communication, was named a visiting scholar in the School of Communication, Information, and Library Studies at Rutgers University.

Donald Braxton, J. Omar Good Professor of Religion, was named official Webmaster for the Institute on Religion in the Age of Science at www.iras.org. He also published “Religion Naturalism and the Future of Christanity” in Zygon magazine. John Bukowski, associate professor of mathematics, published “Christiaan Huygens and the Problem of the Hanging Chain” as the cover story in the January 2008 College Mathematics Journal. Marlene Burkhardt, professor of business administration, published an article, “A Longitudinal Study of

Richard Hark, professor of chemistry, published an article on synthetic organic chemistry in the British journal Synthetic Communications. Jay Hosler, associate professor of biology, finished his comic bookbased textbook, Optical Allusions, and published the National Science Foundation-funded project. Hosler also is part of a major comic book exhibit at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. The display of Hosler’s

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of the central Pennsylvania section of the American Chemical Society in 2008.

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Douglas Glazier, professor of biology, published an article on metabolic rates in birds and mammals in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences.

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Peter Baran, assistant professor of chemistry, published articles (with co-authors) in the 2008 journals Transition Metal Chemistry, Acta Crystallographica and two articles in Inorganic Chemistry. He gave an invited lecture, “Coordination Chemistry of Missing Ligands,” at Palacky University Olomouc in the Czech Republic and at Slovak Technical University in Bratislava, Slovak Republic. He was invited to give the talk “Teaching Organic Chemistry in an Organic First Curriculum” at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans. Baran was elected chair

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Faculty Notes

Douglas Stiffler

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Reduced Herbivory of Spicebush under Black Walnut Canopies,” at Penn State’s School of Forest Resources.

David Hsiung, Knox Professor of History, published “Food, Fuel, and the New England Environment in the War for Independence, 1775–1776” in the December 2007 journal The New England Quarterly. Monika Malewska, assistant professor of art, exhibited her work in The Political Show at Linn Benton Community College in Albany, Ore. She also had a one-person show, Counterpoise, at Juniata’s Museum of Art.

Photo: Jean Gutshall

Norris Muth, assistant professor of biology, published (with a co-author) an article in the Journal of Ecology and in the journal Acta Oecologica. Muth also gave an invited talk, “(De) fences Make Good Neighbors:

Henry Thurston-Griswold, professor of Spanish, received a Top Ten award for two courses, “Introduction to Hispanic Literature” and “Art & Activism in Latin America,” from the College Board Advanced Placement®

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Nancy Siegel, associate professor of art history, received a John T. Last Research Fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Mass., for summer 2008 in Worcester to research an exhibition for the Walpole Library at Yale University. She also received a research fellowship at Yale University for summer 2009. She is now associate professor of American art history at Towson University. Elizabeth Smolcic, director of the Intensive English Program, was invited to speak on “Are Two Languages Better than One? The

World Languages Best Practices Course Study, conducted by the Educational Policy Improvement Center. He also published “The Fictionalization of Testimonial Narrative in Gaspar Pedro González’s A Mayan Life” in the December 2007 journal Hispania. Debbie Trudeau, lecturer in music, performed as a soloist with the Altoona Symphony Orchestra in April, playing the J.S. Bach Concerto for Two Violins. The Allegria Ensemble (of which she is a founding member) performed music by Monk Rowe at the Music at Penn’s Woods festival in June.

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David Reingold, Foster Chair in Chemistry, published a revised edition of his book, Organic Chemistry: An Introduction Emphasizing Biological Connections.

Douglas Stiffler, associate professor of history, published “Creating ‘New China’s First New-Style Regular University,’ 1949-50” in Dilemmas of Victory: The Early Years of the People’s Republic of China, published by Harvard University Press.

Photo: J.D. Cavrich

work includes selections from Clan Apis, Sandwalk Adventures and Optical Allusions. He also delivered more than 10 invited talks and lectures during his sabbatical as a visiting professor at DePauw University.

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Jay Hosler

Dennis Plane, assistant professor of politics, published “Ideology and Representation in the U.S. Senate: Roll Calls v. Constituent Assessments” in the Journal of Legislative Studies.

Benefits of Bilingualism” at Altoona Area High School in November 2007.

Alumni Feature

You know you have made an interesting life choice when you are known as “Dead Body Becky” to many of your friends. Otherwise known as Rebecca Wilson ’01, a doctoral candidate at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, the tall, soft-spoken researcher also is assistant coordinator for Tennessee’s Forensic Anthropology Center—which also is better known by a macabre nickname: The Body Farm.


The Body Farm, which has been fodder for detective novels by Patricia Cornwell and in television shows such as CSI, The Dead Zone and Law and Order: SVU, is a scientific facility in which scientists observe and research how bodies decompose in a variety of environments. The Tennessee facility is a three-acre fenced-off compound near the university campus filled with cadavers in varying conditions—of dress, temperature, location—and in environments ranging from car trunks to ponds. Rebecca, early in her college days, became fascinated with how remnants of our past, including the bones of our ancestors or the bones of a recent murder victim, can give contemporary scientists a window into what life was like a century ago or when a person had died. She studied biology and anthropology at Juniata, and, encouraged by anthropologist Paula Wagoner, headed off to graduate work at Tennessee to explore the lives and deaths of others. Today, the accomplished researcher is trying to write her dissertation between assignments that can have her


conferring with the producers of CSI one day, and talking to a person interested in donating his or her body to the facility the next. She is a permanent employee of the forensic center and one way to describe her job is that she knows where the bodies are buried (or unburied). She has four main duties: overseeing the day-to-day activities of the center, assigning graduate students a cadaver and overseeing their individual projects, coordinating the center’s body donation program, and acting as public relations liaison with media and entertainment shows. “I’ve done everything from The Montel Williams Show to a radio interview with the BBC,” says Wilson, who can currently be seen giving a 25-minute tour of the Body Farm on a special feature for the CSI: NY: Season 3 DVD collection. She also was interviewed recently for the television shows Taboo, on the National Geographic Channel, and The History Channel’s Boneyard. The Hollywood aspect of her job is not as demanding as a TV watcher might think. “They really only call us if they have a really difficult scenario they want to check,” she says. “Our facility is not like television. No one has a holograph machine (capable of reconstructing a face from a skull) and we don’t have allstainless steel labs where you push a button and a skeleton pops out of a drawer.” Show business aside, Rebecca finds more satisfaction in managing the facility’s donor program, which in the past two years has doubled in size. In 2000, the center averaged 40 to 50 donations per year. In 2006 and 2007, Rebecca arranged more than 107 donations each year. Acting as both scientist and sort of as a funeral director, Rebecca often deals directly with the person donating his or her body. The center cannot take a body with an infectious disease and the body cannot be embalmed or autopsied. “We do try to accommodate special requests and many of our donors get specific,” she explains. “I get requests like, ‘I don’t want to be buried.’ ‘I want to be facing east.’ or ‘I want

photo: Chad Greene/Chad CRG Images

By John Wall

Detecting a Career in Forensic Anthropology

Rebecca Wilson ’01 moves between science, media and working with people who want to donate their bodies to science in her job as associate director of the Forensic Anthropology Center at the University of Tennessee. Known as the “Body Farm,” the facility studies how bodies decompose in various situations and environments. Here she studies a femur from the facility’s collection.

Rebecca also gets many calls on grave-robbing incidents because Tennessee has many still-undiscovered Native American burial sites. Her team was called in on one incident where a group of teenagers had found a site containing multiple skeletons. The perpetrators were selling skulls and other bones on e-Bay. Rebecca’s own research focuses on Native American burials. The University of Tennessee has an extensive Native American skeletal collection, created when the Tennessee Valley Authority built dams and flood-control projects in the 1930s and 1940s that displaced Native American gravesites. She has made a detailed examination of the university’s collection, in collaboration with representatives of local tribes, to determine if the area’s Indian population was healthier than previously believed. When she finishes her dissertation, she’s going to be on the job market. She’d like a teaching position that allows her to consult on forensic cases. Until then, at least to her old friends, she’ll be “Dead Body Becky.” “I’ve been going to a lot of weddings lately and they always seem to seat me with doctors and EMTs,” she says ruefully. >j< 45

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to be clothed.’” The Body Farm does not mind donations by those with unique body types. She has overseen donations by a person who weighed 630 pounds and another who weighed 92 pounds. “I usually oversee placement and I always talk to the family to let them know the body was handled with respect,” she says. She also says the potential donors are getting younger, making the decision to contact the facility at age 20 to 30. Typically, Rebecca handles donations by people in the 40-to-60 age range. Rebecca also coordinates field investigations for the unit. Unlike the forensic anthropologists in the Fox drama Bones, she doesn’t jet all over the country solving exotic murders. If a law enforcement agency outside of Tennessee calls them, the center refers the officials to the nearest forensic anthropologist in their area. All of Rebecca’s field excursions have largely been in Tennessee, but she has consulted on local cases involving dismemberment, a murdered criminal informant dumped in a field, and a murder where the body was folded, placed in a garbage can and buried.


Benjamin F. Shue

hit a remarkable milestone on Dec. 21, 2007—he celebrated his 103rd birthday. He is the oldest living resident at Valley View Retirement Home in Belleville, Pa., the oldest minister in the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church, and Juniata’s oldest graduate. He has more than 42 years of service in the church. Benjamin contributes his longevity to doing everything in moderation. He ate what he wanted, walked a mile a day, and believed in a half-hour nap in the afternoon to reenergize the body for the rest of the day. He enjoyed vegetable gardening, playing tennis and golf. For now, he loves to read books and newspapers. Benjamin’s grandson B. Frank Shue III ’91 and his wife Heather (Crownover) ’93 are also Juniata graduates. Benjamin passed away April 20. His obituary will run in the fall magazine.


Daniel M. Long


is a volunteer at Williamette Valley Hospice in Salem, Ore., and finds it to be very rewarding. He also sings in the Festival Choral, which performs three concerts a year.



Simon C. Brumbaugh Jr.

is retired from private medical practice, but still does recruit physicals for all the armed services. He is happy with his active life at age 83 and enjoys traveling. Since January 2008, Simon has enjoyed skiing at Lake Tahoe and visited Park City, Utah.


Charles R. Dillen

has retired as the Ward-Wide News editor, a position he held for 55 years. The Ward Trucking Corp. newsletter is the oldest continuously published motor carrier paper in the country, with a circulation of more than 7,000. Chuck will now spend his time golfing, remaining active on several boards and participating in his church. He and wife Patricia (Beale) ’49 reside in Altoona, Pa.


C. Holmes Royer

was mentioned in the November 2007 issue of Central PA Magazine, published by WITF. People who live in the area were invited to tell about teachers who were a positive influence and helped make them what they have since become. Tim Warfield, critically acclaimed jazz artist and artist-in-residence in jazz studies at Messiah College, remembered Holmes as an affable teacher with a twinkle in his eye, taking a particular interest in him when he spoke of the Miles Davis records he listened to. Holmes created a special school event in which the two of them

performed Christmas carols for the students. It was Tim’s first performance and a poignant memory. Years later while performing at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival in Florida, Tim heard a man shouting his name right before he started to play. Surprisingly, it was Holmes waving, a bit more gray and now retired, but still with that same twinkle in his eye.


Samuel S. Byers

retired as a professor in dental medicine from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, in June 2007. Previously he was an oral surgeon at the Veterans Administration in Palo Alto, Calif. He and wife Clare now reside in Murfreesboro, Tenn. JoAnne (Siemon) Casteel

was honored in 2007 at the Greensburg Church of the Brethren in Greensburg, Pa., for playing the organ for 50 years and doing choir work for 40 years.


Susan (Mallendore) Freed

is director of music at the Broadfording Bible Brethren Church in Hagerstown, Md., where she and husband William reside. She also sings and has recorded an album of southern gospel music in Nashville, Tenn.


James D. and Nan (Heller) Hunt

have moved to a retirement village in Belleville, Pa., where other alums reside. Jim is still busy working with a Huntingdon County development group (STEDCO) and Nan is active in Salvation Army activities in the area. Their son, Doug, and family live in Mississippi, and daughter Cathy (Hunt) Sherman ’81 and family live in Alaska.


Henry H. Gibbel

was elected as chairman and chief executive officer of Lititz Mutual Insurance Company in Lititz, Pa. He has professionally led the company since 1959 in various positions. Under Henry’s leadership, the company has focused its strategy through business ethics on profitability, financial integrity, and personalized service to its policyholders and agents. Everett F. Oesterling

has retired after 33 years from his post as the chairman of pathology and medical director of nuclear medicine at Ohio Valley General Hospital in McKees Rocks, Pa. He plans to continue to study cases of occupational lung disease as a consultant.


Kay (Beltzhoover) and Elwood B. Kaylor ’56

celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 29, 2007, with friends and family. Mary Lou (Zimmerman) Kepner

enjoys life in Florida, and spends several months during the summer in Pennsylvania with daughters Laurinda and Judy and in New York with son Raymond L. Kepner Jr. ’84. She is active in the Citrus Chapter, PASR, Sebring Church of the Brethren, and in other community activities.


Be sure to mark your calendar for your 50th Reunion Celebration —June 11-14, 2009. Please contact staff liaisons Bub Parker ’91 or Pat Musselman if you would like to volunteer and serve on your reunion committee. (814-641-3444; parkerm@juniata.edu or 814-641-3119; musselp@juniata.edu.)


Richard H. Quinn

served as the Juniata College delegate at the inauguration of Nebraska Wesleyan University’s 16th president, Frederik Ohles, on Oct. 5, 2007. James H. Swarr

appeared in an article of the Jan. 18, 2008 issue of the Bradford County Telegraph, titled “Jim Swarr is for the birds!” His interest began at Boy Scout Camp as a 12-year-old and has grown into a full-time hobby. He now takes extensive trips in order to catch a glimpse of rare North American birds. It is Jim’s goal to establish a local Audubon chapter serving the quad-county area, which will be called the Santa Fe Audubon Society. He graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1964 and did a surgical internship at Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. He was in the pubic health service for two years in Anchorage, Alaska., and did a residency in ophthalmology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Clinic in Boston. He also worked for a number of years in private practice in Biddeford, Maine. Jim is currently a retired ophthalmologist and amateur ornithologist.

Class of 1958 50th Reunion

Betty Jo (Miller) Taffe

retired as adjunct Spanish professor at Plymouth State University in May 2007. Her husband Bill retired from his position as chair of the computer sciences department at Plymouth State in December 2007. The couple resides in New Hampshire and plans to escape in the winter months in their Jay Feather hybrid camper to explore the great Southwest and visit their grandchildren in San Diego, Calif.


John R. Gibbel

was re-elected as vice president and general counsel and named corporate secretary of Lititz Mutual Insurance Company in Lititz, Pa. He has served on the board and as vice president since 1974. John Z. Pessy

was re-elected for a four-year term as president of the Coraopolis Borough Council in Coraopolis, Pa. He was also elected president of the Char-West Council of Governments representing 19 boroughs and townships. John and wife Barbara Ann celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary with a trip to North Carolina.


J. Thomas Congersky

and wife Nancy hosted the annual Juniata College Crabfest on Sept. 15, 2007. Juniata alumni and spouses in attendance were (row 1, l-r) Roseanne Rohm, Janet (Peters) Patrick ’64, Terri Ziegler, Marion (Kercher) Oliver ’64, Rita Poruban, Marlene Valicenti, Carol (Kuhn) Kolitsky ’65, (row 2, l-r) Nancy Congersky, Philip M. Rohm ’62, George R. Patrick ’62, George W. Zeigler ’63, David G. Oliver ’63, Ronald J. Poruban ’63, Vincent J. Valicenti ’63, Tom Congerskey ’63, Michael A. Kolitsky ’62, and Stanley C. Butler ’63.


Be sure to mark your calendar for your 45th Reunion Celebration —June 11-14, 2009. Please contact staff liaison Lisa O’Dellick if you would like to volunteer and serve on your reunion committee. (814-641-5308; odellil@juniata.edu) Robert D. Cupper

received the Julian Ross Award for Excellence in Teaching in May 2007 from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., where he is professor and chair of computer science. The award is the highest honor bestowed on a faculty member.

(l-r) Row 1: Albert Blough, Jane (Butts) Kilgore, Bette (Nazzaro) Trimber, Sandra (Ewing) Moore, Margaret (Moyer) Pheasant, Aliceann Wohlbruck, Sylvia (Shemeld) Edwards, Carol (Holsopple) Mumma, Evelyn (Brehm) Stravino, Hang Du Kim, Thomas Gasper, Calvin Beam, (l-r) Row 2: Bruce Bennett, Carolyn (Long) Corrigan, Ann (Willson) Amidon, Mildred (Mandeville) Rockwell, Eva (Wagner) Wampler, June (Gray) Sheridan, Ruth (Perestam) France, John Moore, Charles Longenecker, Gerald Schucker, Glenn Smeltzer, Richard Humphries, Glenn Hassinger, (l-r) Row 3: Thomas Cassilly, Margaret (Evans) Greenlee, Sue (Paxson) Humphries, Murial (Rudolph) Stoops, Joyce (Burkett) Waryck, Patience (Kinloch) Vanderbush, David Longenecker, Gail (Steiner) Grothe, (l-r) Row 4: Harold Saylor, Janice (Hoyer) Fodor, Irene (Miller) Dale, Robert Reader, Maryln (Berkebile) Ignath, Frederick Hetrick, George Fattman, (l-r) Row 5: Joan (Hannaford) Schwenck, Barbara (Orner) Cohen, Val Means, Thomas Woodrow, Donald Saylor, Kenneth Fassnacht, Anthony Chirico, (l-r) Row 6: Bruce Dickey, Richard Geiger, Robert Moore, Haddox Sothoron, Charles Winter

Jeffrey M. Varnes

and wife Judith are the proud grandparents of granddaughter, Savannah Lily, born Oct. 21, 2007. The couple resides in Henderson, Nev.


Donna ( Edmiston) and Randall M. Pletcher ’54

run a not-for-profit daycare in their home for their six grandchildren. The couple resides in Newville, Pa.


Harold A. Hall

retired from IBM after 39 years with the company. He was senior software engineer and focused on software strategy and competitive analysis for IBM’s Systems and Technology Group (STG). Appropriately, Mountain Day 2007 fell on the first day of his retirement, so he celebrated with a walk in a park near his home in Austin, Texas. Hal has many plans and projects lined up for his retirement, none of which involve either travel or re-employment.

James F. Nicolosi

has studied stock and commodity market trading for the past six years. He is the featured trader in the April 2008 edition of Active Trader magazine, an international publication. He and wife Crystal (Smith) ’70 reside in Farragut, Tenn. James C. Zeger

Eric K. Kinsey Lewis P. Rarig

is pleased to announce the marriage of son Douglas to Molly Campbell on June 23, 2007. The couple lives in Morristown, N.J. Lewis and wife Judith currently reside in Pocono Pines, Pa. Carolyn (Ambler) Walter

served as the Juniata College delegate at the inauguration of Haverford College’s 13th president, Stephen G. Emerson, on Oct. 6, 2007.


Joan D. Edwards

joined the Oakland, Calif., office of USRisk Brokers Insurance Services Inc. as the branch manager. USRisk Brokers is a California brokerage subsidiary of U.S. Risk Insurance Group, the ninth-largest managing general agency and surplus lines whole- saler in the nation. Joan has 30 years of brokerage, underwriting, marketing and sales experience in the insurance industry. Most recently, she was a senior under- writer in the MGA unit of Crouse & Associates, a San Francisco excess and surplus lines brokerage. Her experience also includes serving as vice president for Hilb, Rogal & Hobbs, and in positions with AIG, Home Insurance Company and CNA. Joan resides in San Mateo, Calif. Ellen (Rush) Gilgore


moved to Denton, Texas, to be near children and grandchildren. She works for the Argyle Texas School District as a sub- stitute teacher, and husband Kenneth continues to build and repair computers.


and wife Carol are the proud grandparents of grandsons Mason, 5, and Max, 1. Carol (Dixon) Sammis

is the instructor of early childhood education and chairperson of the Department of Early Childhood Education at Tompkins Cortland Community College, part of the SUNY system, in Dryden, N.Y. Linda (Robbins) Stephens

resides in Topeka, Kan., with husband Hauer. They are proud grandparents of Jackson and Abigail. Linda is in her seventh year as a financial advisor for Prairie Financial Group and Hauer, retired from Southwestern Bell, is working with a friend remodeling homes to rent or sell.


Be sure to mark your calendar for your 40th Reunion Celebration —June 11-14, 2009. Please contact staff liaison Sally Oberle ’99 if you would like to volunteer and serve on your reunion committee. (814-641-3109; oberles@juniata.edu) R. Clifford Berg

was elected to the Office of National Secretary for 2007-08 by the Society of Financial Service Professionals, a network of insurance and financial advisors. A society member since 1978, he serves on the National Board of Directors. He is currently vice president of The Financial House in Centreville, Pa. He and wife Donna (Kent) ’69 reside in Chadds Ford, Pa.

and wife Linda are happy grand- parents of granddaughters Olivia, 1, and newborn, Avery. The couple resides in Mercersburg, Pa.


Laura (Hershberger) Jackson

retired from the Bedford Area School District in Bedford, Pa., where she taught biology and environmental science. She now works part-time as the director of the district’s Environmental Center. Carol (Morningstar) Lamparter

is practicing occupational medicine and employee health at Cherokee Pharmaceuticals in Danville, Pa. She enjoys cooking, singing, and reading British novels. After all of these years, Carol still misses ice cream from Strickler’s and Top’s Diner, which she so enjoyed as a student at Juniata!


Patricia (Weiser) Jabre

graduated from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Pa., in May with a master’s degree in ministerial studies in Christian education. She recently joined St. Luke Lutheran Church in Richmond, Va., as the full-time director of Christian education and youth. Dennis M. Peffley

received a doctorate in genetics from Penn State University in 1977 and spent 20 years teaching medical pharmacology, as well as maintaining a funded research program in cancer prevention. In 2005, he received his law degree from the University of MissouriKansas City School of Law. He is currently a member of the Missouri and American Bar Associations. His areas of practice are in technology and science, as well as intellectual property law.

Dennis is a professor in the School of Medical Laboratory Sciences at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., where he and wife Patricia reside. Craig L. Van Antwerp

and wife Jane are now living in their dream beach home on Puget Sound in Kingston, Wash.


Pamela A. Hurd-Knief

is employed as the associate vice president for university development at the University of New Mexico. In November, she was named one of New Mexico’s 50 powerbrokers for 2007 and received the Fundraising Executive of the Year Award from the New Mexico Chapter of the Association of Fund- raising Professionals. Timothy E. Jablonski

developed a passion for skiing, along with classmate Stephen A. Weber ’73 and brother Michael A. Jablonski ’74, while at Juniata. After years of separation, the three classmates gathered for a ski reunion in Snowbasin, Utah, to celebrate Groundhog Day. The group hopes to continue their ski weekend yearly. Edward E. Quinter

is a German teacher at Parkland High School in Allentown, Pa. He also teaches a course in Pennsylvania Dutch at Kutztown University in a one-room, 19thcentury schoolhouse. Students sit on rows of hard benches behind wooden desks and face Edward, where portraits of Washington and Lincoln hang on a wall above a long blackboard. A potbellied stove dominates the center of the room. The course attracts about 20 students per semester. Edward earned a degree in German language and literature from Juniata and while a student, studied abroad in Germany and Switzerland.


Be sure to mark your calendar for your 35th Reunion Celebration —June 11-14, 2009. Please contact staff liaison Mike Keating if you would like to volunteer and serve on your reunion committee. (814-641-3442; keatinm@juniata.edu)

Mark P. Amatucci

Daniel C. Herzog

is a guidance counselor and former head varsity basketball coach at Calvert Hall College High School in Baltimore, Md. He recently received the Volunteer of the Year Award at the 20th Annual Fullwood Benefit and Recognition Breakfast. The award was pre- sented by the Fullwood Foundation Inc. Mark stepped down as head coach after last season. During 28 years as head coach, he amassed 534 career wins at Calvert Hall (389), Loyola High School (86) and Anne Arundel High School (59). His coaching days at The Hall will be remembered not only for his successes on the court but more importantly for guiding his players through Calvert Hall, into colleges and on to successful lives. His presence in the basketball program will be missed. Mark and wife Patricia are the proud parents of Stephanie, Jacquelyn and Michael.

was named in the 2007-08 edition of Cambridge’s Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals honors edition. He has been named in several Who’s Who compilations and has won awards for community service with the developmentally disabled.

Louis J. Eckerl


is the athletic director and head varsity baseball coach at Calvert Hall College High School in Baltimore, Md. He recently received the John Steadman High School Coach of the Year Award at the Oldtimers Baseball Association’s 52nd Annual Hall of Fame Banquet. He is only the second coach to win the award twice—he also won in 2007 Louis has led Calvert Hall’s baseball team to three straight Maryland Interscholastic Association “A” Conference Championships. The 2007 team finished 33-0 and ranked fourth in the nation (USA Today) and first in Maryland (Baltimore Sun).

My 4.5 Seconds of Fame


Judith A. Swartley

After being involved in the substance abuse testing industry for the past 10 years, Judy founded her own company named Red Planet Substance Abuse Testing (www. redplanettesting.com). The company handles drug and alcohol testing via saliva, urine, blood, and hair for companies throughout the U.S. You can reach her at jswartley@ redplanettesting.com.

Cheryl (Dettmar) Stites

is a real estate agent specializing in residential home buying and sales with Gloria Nilson GMAC Real Estate in Princeton, N.J. She is a specialist in elegant homes and is relocation certified.


David spends his time taking care of the boys and remodeling their home, and Laurie works as a sonographer at a local hospital.


Jeffrey D. Bloss

was appointed chief medical officer of Xencor, a company developing protein and antibody therapeutics in Monrovia, Calif. He has more than 15 years of clinical practice, research and drug development experience to direct Xencor’s clinical and preclinical development strategies. Jeffrey is responsible for building the clinical development team and for the design and implementation of studies to evaluate the company’s pipeline of novel antibody and protein therapeutics.


Be sure to mark your calendar for your 30th Reunion Celebration —June 11-14, 2009. Please contact staff liaison Mike Keating if you would like to volunteer and serve on your reunion committee. (814-641-3442; keatinm@juniata.edu) Susan R. Stapleton

David R. Parker

retired in 2005 after 27 years with the National Park Service. He and wife Laurie have two boys, Jake, 13, and Sam, 7. After more than a year of travelling the country, including five months on Maui, the family decided to settle in Oregon for the outdoor opportunities. The town of Medford also has a good ice hockey pro- gram for their son, Jake.

received the 2007 Bennett J. Cohen Educational Leadership Award in recognition of outstanding contributions toward promoting understanding of biomedical research from the Michigan Society for Medical Research. She is a professor at the Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich.


Mark S. Lore

upon his graduation from Juniata, hitchhiked to New Hampshire with $35 and all of his belongings in a duffel bag. Six years

I never realized how many Juniatians watch the Today show until I found myself speaking with Al Roker. As soon as the cameras turned away, I was flooded with text messages and calls from students as they started their day. It did not take long for other friends and family from across the United States to start calling. My friends Rachel Domoff ’09, of New Milford, Conn., and Danielle Rohar ’09, of Greensburg, Pa., also were on camera. The three of us and Chad Herzog ’99, director of performing arts, were attending a performing arts conference in New York City. Rachel, Danielle, and I decided to brave the freezing temperatures and mill around outside the studio in hopes of attracting the attention of Al. Sure enough, with my Juniata College T-shirt in hand, we were on television. It didn’t hurt our chances that we were one of the first people in line at 6 a.m. The long wait and cold were worth it, especially after meeting Al, Matt Lauer, Ann Curry, and Meredith Viera.

—Ryan Conrad ’08, Waynesboro, Pa.

later, he purchased a friend’s business providing modified vehicles and adaptive equipment for people with disabilities. Since that time, Londonderry, N.H.based Ride-Away has grown to include 11 locations in nine states along the East Coast. As president and chief executive officer of Ride-Away, Mark won the 2007 Business Excellence Award in the transportation category from the New Hampshire Business Review. Brian D. Query

retired from the U.S. Navy in 2006 after 26 years of service. He and wife Kimberly reside in Martinsburg, Pa.


Timothy L. Eshelman

was promoted to technical manager of the MMC Group in Middletown, N.J. He worked for AT&T for more than 20 years, and has extensive telecommunications experience. Tim worked on the Arizona program since its early days, made substantial cont- ributions to MMC, and was in- strumental in evolving the MMC architecture to its current state. Henry R. Gibbel

was elected president and chief operating officer of Lititz Mutual Insurance Company in Lititz, Pa. He joined the company in 1981. He was named to the board in 1987 and has served in varied positions in the company.


Loraine S. Daugherty

is president and chief executive officer at WorkingRx in Salt Lake City, Utah. She resides in Park City, Utah, with husband Michael Peacock, and son Bryan, 12. Sarah (Nelling) Herritt

served as the Juniata College delegate in the academic pro- cession at the inauguration of Shippensburg University’s 15th president, Dr. William N. Ruud, on Oct. 26, 2007.


Be sure to mark your calendar for your 25th Reunion Celebration —June 11-14, 2009. Please contact staff liaison Wendy Garlock if you would like to volunteer and serve on your reunion committee. (814-641-3117; garlocw@juniata.edu) Denise (Abruzzo) and Jeffrey M. Cohen ’85

celebrated the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Carly. Younger sister Rachel and several Juniata friends joined in the celebration. Jeff maintains his law practice in Union, N.J., and serves as municipal prosecutor for Kenilworth, N.J. Denise is employed by the New Jersey Commission for the Blind in Newark. The family resides in Basking Ridge, N.J. Maureen (Morrissey) Leader

a freelance writer, recently revisited the ’80s by interviewing rocker Rick Springfield for an article. Maureen is married to John (Rick) Leader III ’83. They live in Lancaster, Pa., with daughters, Stephanie, 10, and Catie, 8. Gregory L. Stahl

recently received an endowed chair: the Paul Allen Chair in Anesthesiology. He is currently a professor of anesthesia and physiology at Harvard University. John H. Summers Jr.


was elected to the Governor Mifflin School Board in November 2007 and looks forward to helping improve an already strong school district.


John resides in Mohnton, Pa., with wife Susan, and sons Chad, 13, and Kyle, 15.


Bettina (Tweardy) Riveros

is the director of product development and corporate counsel for the Corporation Service Company in Wilmington, Del. She resides in Newark, Del., with husband Victor and their children, Marielle, 12, Natalia, 10, Sophia, 7, and Jack, 5.


David J. Bates

was promoted to vice president of the Central States Region with Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. He is responsible for operations and sales in 10 states. David relocated to Overland Park, Kan., with wife Joyce and daughter Shayla, 14. He is looking forward to the next Steelers/Packers reunion weekend with his Juniata friends, as well as the Annual Dumars Memorial Day Weekend pig roast in York, Pa., and another Central Pennsylvania Class of ’87 barbecue. Carole (Tomlinson) Roche

has returned to New Jersey after living in London, England, for four years. Her husband, Terry, works at Reuters in New York as global head of strategic business. Currently living in Chatham, N.J., Carole is a stay-at-home mom to Sean, 8.


Be sure to mark your calendar for your 20th Reunion Celebration —June 11-14, 2009. Please contact the Alumni Office if you would like to volunteer and serve on your reunion committee. (814-641-3440; pembroe@juniata.edu) Cherie (Byars) Baker

and husband Jonathan moved to Barcelona, Spain, with their boys George, 8 and Henry, 4. Jonathan is director of the Intellectual Property department at Oryzon. Cherie works as an independent contractor for InterBrand Wood, a trademarking company out of New York City and also for Bio- Base, a European-based company.

Michael W. Cottle

opened a restaurant with wife Mireille and a brother-in-law in Elizabethtown, Pa. Black Gryphon features fresh food and monthly live music. Visit the Web site for more information: www.blackgryphon84.com. Douglas A. Spotts

I hope everyone in the Class of ’89 is doing well. I was on campus in February for my second Alumni Council meeting. It has been great getting reconnected with Juniata and serving in this capa- city, and I hope that all of you consider doing this at some point. Can you believe we will be celebrating 20 years next year? Best wishes to all.


Renee M. Bender

sold her obstetrics and gynecology practice in Wilmington, Del., and now works for the Chester County Hospital in West Chester, Pa. Bryan J. Worner

won the NHRA Lucas Oil Division 1 Super Stock Championship for the 2007 drag racing season. While driving his father’s 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass, he won two division races—one at Maple Grove, Pa., in May, and the other at Lebanon Valley, N.Y., in July. He finished the season in his 1990 Camaro. Bryan is currently in first place in the points for the 2008 Jegs All Stars race, which will be held in Joliet, Ill., in June of 2008. He celebrated his 2007 champion-ship at the NHRA Division 1 Banquet on Jan. 12, 2008 at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pa.


Heidi (Wagaman) and Timothy M. Abbey ’89

and son Liam, 2, recently moved to Mount Joy, Pa. They encourage Juniata alumni living in Lancaster County to contact them. Joseph V. Fishel

received a master’s degree in the arts from Slippery Rock University in May 2008. He plans to pursue his doctorate in history. In 1997, he earned a master’s degree in education from Slippery Rock.


Carolyn A. Copenheaver

was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor in the department of forestry at Virginia Tech. In celebration, she will begin a research sabbatical to Switzerland and Oregon in 2008. Emile D. Etheridge

was accepted into the Doctor of Business Administration Program in higher education management at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom. He is currently an assistant principal at North Crowley High School in Fort Worth, Texas. Emile, his wife Jennifer (Collins) ’95, and family will relocate to England in summer 2008.


Be sure to mark your calendar for your 15th Reunion Celebration —June 11-14, 2009. Please contact staff liaison Christina Miller ’01 if you would like to volunteer and serve on your reunion committee. (814-641-3117; millerc@juniata.edu) Michael R. Kertes II

has joined the Ammerman Devey Endodontics practice in Camp Hill, Pa., after serving 10 years in the U.S. Army. David J. Lower

relocated to Martinsburg, W.Va., and is an engineer at Automated Merchandising Systems Inc. Daniel A. Sebastianelli

moved to China several years ago to teach English at Shenyang Normal University, after studying the Chinese language, history and literature in the United States. He still enjoys playing wushu and taiji (tai chi) and wishes his Juniata friends and classmates all the best.


Kris A. Clymans

graduated from Shippensburg University in Dec. 2007 with a master’s degree of science in information technology. Jane (White) and Guy E. Croyle ’72

took a trip to China in May 2007 to visit their nephew and his family in Beijing. From there, the couple traveled to Shanghai, Hong Kong, Xi’an, Guilan and back to Beijing. While in Hong Kong, they met with Kenzie Leung ’01, a former student of Jane’s, and Adam L. Nelson ’02, who lives and works in Hong Kong.


Krista A. Slanker


Danielle (Clark) Almeida

was promoted to corporate finance analyst at L’Oreal USA, New York City headquarters. She and husband Juan celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary on March 14, 2008. Jason A. Dagle

was promoted to safety and environmental manager at Wood Mode Inc. He is in charge of safety and environmental compliance for Wood Mode’s Kreamer, Pa., and Selinsgrove, Pa., facilities. He and wife Rachel (Stahl) ’96 reside in Selinsgrove. Wayne Langerhoc Jr.

is a part-time Cambria County (Pennsylvania) prosecutor and a Richland Township supervisor. He was previously with Cleason, McQuillan, Barbin & Markovitz, one of the top criminal defense law firms in the county. Wayne earned his law degree from Widener University School of Law.

Danielle N. Barone

was promoted to human resources operations lead for the Americas at XL Capital. She has relocated to Stamford, Conn., for her new job. Laetitia (Zaliznock) Dawson

was promoted to the position of finance manager for the Optical Products division of PPG Industries Inc. in Monroeville, Pa. She received a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh in December 2007. Kari (Fox) Harding

was inducted into the Hempfield High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 28, 2007. He was an All-American in volleyball. In 1994, his team won section, league, district and state titles. Tim was an All-American during his career at Juniata, and as a senior, won the Division III championship and was MVP of the Molten Championship.

graduated from Temple University in May 2007 with a master’s degree in social work with a concentration in management and planning. She is employed by Labor and Industry within the Bureau of Workforce Development as a workforce development analyst II in Harrisburg, Pa. She and husband James (Juniata international student 1998-99) reside in Camp Hill, Pa., and celebrated their seventh wedding anniversary in October 2007.

Brandon P. Staub

Jennifer (DeHart) Rigby


Timothy E. Shawaryn

works as a respiratory therapist at Scott and White Hospital in Tempe, Texas, where he also resides.


Be sure to mark your calendar for your 10th Reunion Celebration —June 11-14, 2009. Please contact staff liaison David Meadows ’98 if you would like to volunteer and serve on your reunion committee. (814-641-3445; meadowd@juniata.edu)

received her master’s degree in bilingual-bicultural studies in May 2007 from La Salle University. She is a Spanish teacher at the North Hunterdon High School in Annandale, N.J. Christopher W. Thomas

was featured in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Web poll publication which asked the question, “How has the internet changed your life in college or trade school?” Chris was a lecturer in earth sciences at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, Ind. He taught online courses in earth sciences for the IUPUI campus.

He is now coordinator of NCSSM Online at the North Carolina School of Science and Math / Distance Learning in Durham, N.C. His development of online lectures and laboratories has changed how his students receive an education. Kristen (Grine) Witmer

is employed as a family physician at the Hershey M.S. Medical Center in State College, Pa. She, husband Brett, and son David, 1, reside in Bellefonte, Pa.


Benjamin J. Ciocco

is currently serving as the assistant district attorney for Washington County in Washington, Pa. Christina (Warnagiris) Machielson

earned her doctorate in physical therapy in May 2007. She and husband Allen moved to Indiana in August 2007 to be closer to his family in Chicago. Christina is employed as a staff physical therapist at Indiana Physical Therapy in Fort Wayne, Ind. Brian F. Raup

is employed as a branch sales manager for Household Finance. He and wife Amy reside in Clifton Park, N.Y., with their two sons, Mason and Carter.


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has accepted a position as the emergency planner for the city of San Francisco, Calif. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from Illinois State University while doing an internship, which blossomed into a career that she loves. In August 2002, Krista became the first full-time director of Emergency Management at Madison County Hospital in Ohio. Her job will be

more challenging, as she will be planning for millions as opposed to thousands.

Juniata Job Shadow Program

A Juniata senior shared his opinion during a lobbyist meeting in Harrisburg on Mar. 30. As a participant in the Juniata Job Shadow program, Ken Tomlinson ’08, from Westmont, N.J., shadowed Jennifer (Stark) Summers ’92. His day with her at Wanner Associates, an association management and lobbying firm, helped to focus his job search. “I’ve been looking at larger companies, but this changed my idea of where I want to go. I like small business and the independence that it brings.” Summers planned a full day including projects that weren’t the “normal intern stuff,” according to Tomlinson. In addition to writing a press release and helping with a MathCounts competition, Ken visited the Capital with John Wanner, company founder and president, for a lobbyist meeting with a member of the House Appropriations Committee. Because of his work with Keystone Innovation Zones (KIZ) in a previous internship, Ken didn’t have to just sit and listen. “They asked for my input on a House bill that deals with prevailing wage in KIZs, and I was able to tell them what I’ve seen firsthand.” Now in its seventh year, the Job Shadow program originated in Washington D.C. as an opportunity for students to network with alumni and explore potential careers. It has expanded to the Philadelphia and Harrisburg regions and now includes parents as volunteer hosts. Alumni, parents, family and friends of the College gather with current students to kick off the program each year. The program relies on the generosity of volunteers, from program coordinators to shadow hosts to event planners. If you live in the D.C., Philadelphia or Harrisburg area, consider volunteering in March 2009. For more information, visit www.juniata.edu/alumni/events/shadow.html, or contact David Meadows, assistant director of alumni relations, at meadowd@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3445.


Rachel E. DeHart Kirsten (Markel) Reppert

was a co-recipient of Canisius College’s 2007 George M. Martin Advancement Award. She joined the college in 2003 and manages fundraising through telephone solicitations in the Annual Fund Call Center. She also assists with mail solicitations and stewardship programs for donors. Kirsten previously worked for Juniata as assistant director of development and then as assistant director of the annual fund. Kirsten and husband Wesley currently reside in Hamburg, N.Y. Michaeleen N. Wilson


is a physician at Ebandjieff Community Health Center in Nanty Glo, Pa. She received her doctorate in osteopathic medicine from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2004 and graduated from Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center’s Family Residency Program in 2007. Michaeleen’s time at Conemaugh is one of the reasons she is remaining in the area. She held positions at Memorial such as clinical laboratory clerk and most recently, she was an emergency restraint on-call physician.


received her master’s degree in business administration from LaSalle University in August 2007. She is a human resources genera- list with Complete Healthcare Resources in Dresher, Pa. Nicole C. Engard

has joined LibLime as open source evangelist for the rapidly growing company in Athens, Ohio. She received a master’s degree in library and information science from Drexel University. Nicole recently developed a content management system for Jenkins Law Library—a project which earned her a spot among Library Journal’s Movers and Shakers 2007. Cullen L. Sheehan

was promoted to vice president and senior banking specialist at Citizens Financial Group in Hollidaysburg, Pa.


Timothy M. Keeley

was promoted to regional sales representative with Graybar Electric in Rochester, N.Y., in April 2007, where he also resides. Leigh Ann (Suhrie) Wilson

was named marketing and events coordinator for the manufacturing

resource firm MANTEC Inc. in York, Pa. She will create and execute marketing and public relations activities in the organization’s nine-county region. She has experience in non-profit marketing areas and graphic design. Leigh Ann received her master’s degree in business administration from Penn State-Behrend. She and husband Matthew F. ’04 reside in New Cumberland, Pa.


Jonathan M. Collins

was named Rite Aid’s loss prevention manager of the year at the company’s annual management conference and supplier exhibition on Aug. 21, 2007 in Baltimore, Md. He was honored for outstanding prevention efforts and availability to assist in the training and mentoring of associ- ates. Jon’s use of technology to find and correct operational problems before a loss occurs has made him a valuable asset for his district managers and pharmacy development managers. Ryan P. Eicher

has obtained his certified public accountant license for the state of Pennsylvania. He and wife Rachel (Gabor) ’03 reside in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Joseph J. Kenneff

serves as a law clerk for the Lancaster County Court judges. He resides in Lancaster, Pa. Loni (Fultz) Kline

was promoted to director of major gifts at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pa. Cynthia M. Long

is a competitive triathlete and recently competed with 2,400 other athletes in the Ironman Florida ultra distance triathlon, where she swam 2.4 miles in the ocean, biked 112 miles, and ran 26.2 miles. She finished in 11 hours and placed 11th in her age group out of 70. She was the second fastest female to complete the swim, which she credits to her years on the Juniata swim team. Erica (Marshall) Martin

and her Juniata friends held their yearly Christmas gathering. Those in attendance were (row 1, l-r) Emily M. Martin ’04, Natalie (Houseman) Trimmer ’04, Sarah M. Patterson ’04, (row 2, l-r) Amy E. Gable ’04, Casandra J. Dutzer ’04, Kirsten (Crosby) Blose ’03, baby Justin Blose, Kimberly K. Allen ’04, Alexa (Huston) Livelsburger ’04, baby Marshall Martin, and Erica (Marshall) Martin ’03.


2004 NCAA Division III national championship team, Katie brings a wide range of game-tested knowledge to her position.

Please contact staff liaison Chris Gibboney if you would like to volunteer and serve on your reunion committee. (814-641-3441; gibbonc@juniata.edu)

Gretchen A. Detweiler

John G. Damin

has gained admission to the Pennsylvania Bar, and is now a tax consultant for Deloitte Tax LLP in Philadelphia, Pa. He graduated Penn State Dickinson School of Law in May 2007.

returned from India, where she studied interfaith peace work for her graduate thesis. She will graduate from University of California, Santa Barbara in June with a master’s degree in global and international studies.

Rachel M. Donahue

Klint D. Hockenberry

Be sure to mark your calendar for your 5th Reunion Celebration —June 11-14, 2009.

is in recruitment sales for Merion Publications in King of Prussia, Pa. She is making advancements as a top seller and loves her work. Alexis T. Donkin

is pursuing her master’s in library science at the University of Maryland. She works as an out- reach aide for the National Archives and Records Administration in College Park, Md.

attends Ohio State University’s veterinary school and plans to graduate in 2010.

Janine (Gately) Gerringer

moved to Tucson, Ariz., during the summer of 2006 and has worked for the past year at the University of Arizona Museum of Art, assisting with digitizing and organizing their collection. She is pursing a master’s degree in art education with a focus on museum and community education. Holly also works as a teacher’s assistant for undergraduate courses, along with her work as a gallery assistant at the student union gallery on campus.

is a registered nurse at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in the heart and vascular intensive care unit. She is also pursuing a master’s degree in the family nurse practitioner program at Penn State University. She and husband Keith reside in Elizabethtown, Pa. Johanna M. Holtan

received her master’s degree in international service and currently serves in the Peace Corps in the Republic of Georgia as a nonprofit consultant.


Kathleen S. Charles

was named as the new head coach of the Women’s Volleyball program at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. As a member of the Juniata


Holly B. Brown

Nadine Buescher

is an associate with Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Essen, Germany. She also attends a taxation graduate school part-time, which is comparable to the taxation part of a CPA exam in the United States.

Heather M. Hassel

recently returned from a trip to Sumatra, Indonesia, where she collected pilot data to be used to develop her dissertation project that studies mate choice in small apes called siamangs. She is in a joint master’s and doctorate program in the Interdepartmental Doctoral Program in Anthropological Sciences at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y., where she also works as a teaching assistant. Ryan A. Richards

volunteered for a Church of the Brethren Service assignment with Colegio Miguel Angel Asturias (CMAA) in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. CMAA is a nonprofit school focused on providing quality, well-rounded education for marginalized children. He works to equip children with the knowledge and confidence needed to attain a higher education, which will help them become the next generation of leaders in their community. Matthew L. Russell

is a Web developer for MJA Graphics Network in Troy, Mich., and is developing a Web site and workflow manager system for the small print-on-demand company. Matt also co-owns and operates Icrontic.com, a technology journal. Caitlan M. Zlatos

resides in Tucson, Ariz., and is pursing a master’s degree in hydrology at the University of Arizona and conducting research on the Verde River.


Lisa M. Detweiler

is pursuing a master’s degree in English at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa., and plans to go on for her doctorate.

Gerald G. O’Donnell

volunteered for a Church of the Brethren Volunteer Service assignment with the Youth and Young Adult Office in Elgin, Ill. He works in the ministries office of the Church of the Brethren General Board to support, assist, and continue development of the church’s work camp program. Sheik Ayisha Abdul Subahan

is employed as a business development executive for Consult One India in India. He is pursuing a master’s in human rights, and also plans to pursue a master’s in business administration. Jonathan C. Zunkel

volunteered for a Church of the Brethren Volunteer Service assignment with Holywell Consultancy in Derry/ Londonderry, Northern Ireland. This project tries to improve the evaluation and training needs for community and public organizations in the northwest area of Northern Ireland. Jon assists with research and surveys, delivers the “good relations” workshops, helps with evaluations to assess the impact of projects in the local community, and reports back to the organizations involved. 2008 Spring-Summer



Digital Photos We love photographs of alumni. If you would like to submit a photo digitally, please be sure that your photo is high resolution: 300 DPI when sized to about 3 inches wide.

Usually if you set your camera to the highest or best quality setting, this will produce a high resolution image. Lower resolution photographs may look sharp on your computer screen, but will not work in the magazine. Please save the photo as a TIFF or JPEG file and be sure your name is included in the file name.

You’re Invited With the help of regional Juniata Clubs and local volunteers, we bring Juniata to you. Join us as we paddle on the Susquehanna, sample a slice of Brooklyn, or cheer on the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards. Alumni, parents, family and friends across the country gather for more than 50 fun-filled events each year. To learn about upcoming events in your area, visit www.juniata.edu/alumni/events/calendar.html or call the Office of Alumni Relations at 1-877-JUNIATA (586-4282).

Alumni Weekend 2009 June 11-14 The class reunion volunteers and the alumni office are busy preparing for next year’s fun-filled family-friendly Alumni Weekend. Each year more than 500 people come to College Hill to enjoy good food, friends, and fellowship. Offered once again will be the popular Alumni College program. The date has been set for Alumni Weekend 2009—June 11-14. Special reunions will be held for class years ending in 4 and 9, with the exception of the five-year and 10-year reunions, scheduled for Homecoming & Family Weekend in 2009. These special reunion classes are highlighted in red in the Class Notes section. If your reunion is coming up and you would like to work with your reunion committee, please contact your staff liaison.


Remember … Alumni Weekend isn’t only for reunion classes—it is open to the entire alumni body to enjoy. For more information and to keep abreast of your reunion class activities, check out the Web site at www. juniata.edu/alumni. 54

Alfarata Yearbooks are available If you missed the chance to buy a Juniata College yearbook while you were a student or if you have lost a yearbook in the years since your graduation, the Alumni Office would like to give you the opportunity to recapture your precious

Classes of ’98 and ’03! Mark your calendar for Homecoming 2008, Oct. 24-26, a weekend you will not want to miss. Planning is under way for your 5-year and 10-year reunions, which will be held during this festive weekend. If you have any suggestions or would like to be part of your class reunion committee, please contact the Juniata College Office of Alumni Relations at 1-877-JUNIATA (586-4282) or alumni@juniata.edu.

Juniata memories. Currently the yearbook office holds an inventory of yearbooks from 1921-2003 available for immediate purchase. You may buy yearbooks for the years 1921 to 1999 for $25 and for years 2000 to 2003 for $40. Please add $2 for shipping and handling. To order your yearbook, please contact: alumni@juniata.edu or call (814) 641-3440.


provided by the Juniata College Alumni Association and is operated by a volunteer. The NewsGroup has touched thousands of alumni for more than eight years now and has proven to be a valuable source of information to keep Juniata alumni connected. The feedback received from the members is quite positive—see what they are talking about! Stay connected with the Juniata community along with the more than 6,000 current members in the NewsGroup. Invite your fellow classmates, parents and friends of the College to catch the Blue and Gold spirit. Register now online at www.juniata.edu/alumni/ stayintouch.html or e-mail the volunteer editor Jodie (Monger) Gray ’88 at jmonger@metrics.net.


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A newsletter will arrive via e-mail (usually two or three a month) to keep you up-todate on campus happenings, student and alumni news, Juniata sports and regional alumni event schedules. A special edition is always sent on the morning of Mountain Day so we can honor this tradition near and far from Huntingdon. The NewsGroup is a service

Marriages Stephen S. Hale ’77

and Cheryl Wright exchanged wedding vows in front of the crackling fireplace of the historic Grand Hall of the Valhalla Estate on the beaches of Lake Tahoe. The wedding party was shoveling snow off the porch the day before, but blue skies and white clouds prevailed on May 2, 2005. The Hales are continuing their honeymoon by residing in an outdoor recreation Mecca in the Sierra Nevadas surrounding Lake Tahoe. Steve is a recreation specialist professional for the U.S. Forest Service after completing Juniata’s cooperative Forestry graduate program with Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences. Cheryl works for Sun Microsystems as a marketing consultant.

F. Andrew Berdy ’83

married Suzy Kaler on Sept. 8, 2007 at the Penn State-Notre Dame football tailgate. The bride made her way to the “altar” by walking down a leaf-strewn aisle made of lawn chairs. The wedding, hosted by Frank Zook—a perfect stranger until the day of the wedding—was witnessed by hundreds of people, including family, tailgaters, and many passersby. After vows were exchanged, a chanting of “We are… Penn State” was cut short by Andy and Suzy’s own chant of “We are…just married.” The reception that followed included homemade pierogies and sausages with sautéed peppers, champagne and cake. Mary W. Cummings ’83 and Michael D. Antonetti ’80

were married Sept. 1, 2007 in Pittsburgh, Pa. The ceremony was followed by a wine dinner for family and close friends at Willow Restaurant. On Sunday, the couple hosted a big barbecue/ice cream social with a band, dart tournament and Texas Hold ‘Em poker for all of their friends and co-workers. Mimi is director of catering at the DoubleTree Pittsburgh City Center, and Mike is a senior hydrogeologist with Malcolm Pirnie Inc. in Sewickley, Pa. Stephen C. Perkins ’92

married Heather Boucher on March 31, 2007. Steve is vice president of sales with Millard Group Inc. in Peterborough, N.H. The couple currently resides in Dublin, N.H.

Irene M. Summers ’92

married Stephen Hoover on March 29, 2007. Irene is a third grade teacher with Tussey Mountain School District in Saxton, Pa. The couple resides in Robertsdale, Pa. Charles W. Gojmerac ’93

married Christine on June 18, 2007, in a beach ceremony in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Gayelynn Vaughn ’93 and David J. Korlewitz ’91

were married April 13, 2007, at Royersford Baptist Church in Royersford, Pa. Stacy C. Moyer ’93 was a bridesmaid. Gayelynn is an elementary and middle school teacher at Harrisburg Christian Academy. David received his master’s degree in science from Canisius College, and is employed as a human resources analyst in the test development area of the Pennsylvania Civil Service Commission. The couple resides in Harrisburg, Pa. Lisa A. Hoppock ’94

was united in marriage to Tyrone Banks on Aug. 11, 2007. They welcomed their first child, Lucas Ira, on Oct. 30, 2007. Leslie A. Ieraci ’94

married Michael Estep on June 30, 2007, at Christ United Methodist Church in Tyrone, Pa. Leslie is the dean of students at Tyrone Middle School and Mike teaches in the PhilipsburgOsceola School District. The couple resides in Sinking Valley, Pa. James E. Scheirer ’96

married Kelly Blasser on Aug. 20, 2006. Jim is assistant vice president of information technologies at the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic in Camp Hill, Pa. The couple resides in Etters, Pa. Juniata alumni in attendance were (l-r) Diana (Coulson) ’00 and Keith S. Brown ’97, James W. Carlisle ’97, Curtis R. Long ’97, and Abby (Wertzberger) Ridgon ’95. Jennifer J. Lewis ’97

married Brian Schleeper in an outdoor ceremony at Camp Kanesatake in Spruce Creek, Pa., on Sept. 29, 2007. The couple resides in Richmond, Ind., where Jennifer is the assistant director of international programs at Earlham College and Brian is the student affairs associate at Bethany Theological Seminary.

Jennifer A. Barroner ’98

married William Fitzgerald on June 30, 2007. Jennifer is a first grade teacher with the Claysburg-Kimmel School District. The couple resides in Duncansville, Pa. Cathy S. Gross ’99

and Jason Hetrick were united in marriage on July 7, 2007. Juniata alumni, faculty and staff in attendance were (row 1, l-r) Stephen J. Baird ’99, Sally A. Oberle ’99, Ray J. Snyder ’01, Julie A. Kowalski ’99, Cathy (Gross) Hetrick ’99, Jason Hetrick, Don and Rebecca Mitchell, Paul Schettler, Alexander L. Metcalf ’01, (row 2, l-r) John Matter, Kathryn (Wilson) ’00 and Daniel W. Savino ’00 and their son, Benjamin, and David D. Meadows ’98. Daryl R. Valley ’99

was united in marriage to Jennifer Burke in September 2006. The couple resides in Hummelstown, Pa., where Daryl is employed as an environmental scientist with Alternative Environmental Solutions Inc. Brent A. Lightner ’00

and Nicola Hagen were married June 23, 2007, in Neuenheerse, Germany. The bride is originally from Bad Driburg, Germany, and they met during their year abroad in Leeds, England. Brent gives kudos to the Eagles Abroad program at Juniata! His brother, Kevin A. Lightner ’01, was best man. After living in Germany for several years, the couple now lives on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Brent runs Taoti Enterprises International Inc., a Web design and marketing studio, and Nicola is a program officer for the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Jennifer J. Lizun ’00

and George Lutzow were married Dec. 1, 2007 at Bear Creek Ski Lodge in Macungie, Pa. Jennifer continues to work as a forensicintensive case manager coordinator with Pennsylvania Mentor and George works as a mechanical engineer at SKF. The married couple resides in their new home in Macungie and continues to enjoy their active lifestyle of hiking, biking and traveling. Juniata alumni in attendance were Lisa (Peterson) ’90 and Daniel P. Lizun ’91.

Jason T. Plunkett ’00

married Cheri Eller on May 5, 2007, at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona, Pa. The couple honeymooned in Europe and now resides in Nashville, Tenn. Juniata alumni in the wedding ceremony were Jeffrey E. Masci ’99 and Justin M. Samra ’01. Heather M. Scalia ’00

was united in marriage with Zahid Khan on Sept. 29, 2007. Robert Neff, Juniata president emeritus, performed the ceremony in Huntingdon, Pa. Heather R. Diehl ’01

married Benjamin Dunlap on Sept. 23, 2007, at the Missouri Botanical Garden in Saint Louis, Mo. In attendance were bridesmaids Erika L. Ward ’02 and Jaime C. Lewis ’01, and matron of honor Whitney Ortman-Link ’01. Also in attendance were Carissa (Gigliotti) Haeusser ’00, Daniel P. Haeusser ’01, Suzanne (Zimmerman) Smedberg ’02, Thomas N. Gradwell ’01, Gregory M. Link ’02, and Rebecca J. Wilson ’01. The couple resides in Philadelphia, Pa. Silvana O. Garcia ’01

and Joel Smith were married Aug. 4, 2007 at the Toftrees Golf Resort in State College, Pa. Juniata guests in attendance were Mindy J. Ward ’01, Kara A. Piazza ’01, Rachel Sachetti ’01, Jean L. Thompson ’01, Frida W. Mosenge ’01, Gael Lamiel ’05, John R. Boyer ’02, Jeffrey L. Steinbauer ’01, Mohammad N. El-Zahhar ’05, Craig W. Hoffman ’84 and Kyle L. Ayres ’88. The couple currently resides in State College and are employed by Minitab Inc. Andrew R. Grace ’01

married Kelli Karli on July 15, 2006, in Exton, Pa. He received his master’s degree in human resources from the University of South Carolina in 2003. The couple resides in Chester Springs, Pa. Meredith L. Boyle ’02

and Nicholas Metzger were married June 24, 2007, on the beach in Hatteras, N.C. Juniata alumni in attendance were Brandi (Bottiger) Yachtis ’02, Heather E. Klebe ’02, Kathleen (Ceonzo) Ashcraft ’02, Seth A. Yachtis ’02, Lisa A. Shaffer ’02, and Andrew Ashcraft ’02.

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Shya M. Price ’03

Tammy R. Chaloux ’02

and Edward Tosti were married Sept. 15, 2007, in Mechanicsburg, Pa. The couple honeymooned in Riviera Maya, Mexico, and currently resides in Mechanicsburg. Tammy is a sales executive for Campus Door and Edward is vice president for commercial banking at Citizens Bank. Juniata alumni and staff in attendance were Stephanie (Byler) Hartzler ’01, Janet (Becker) Bobby ’02, Megan (Fabian) ’02 and Nicholas A. Mancino ’03, Jamie L. Strohmeyer ’02, and Valerie and Randy Rennell. Jennifer M. Ramquist ’02 and Matthew J. Chagnon ’02

were married May 5, 2007, in Barrington, Ill. The couple currently resides in Manchester, N.H., where Jen is an artist and administrative assistant at the New Hampshire Institute of Art. Matt is a communications specialist with the Public Service of New Hampshire. Juniata alumni pictured (row 1, l-r) Nicole (Hyjurick) Moser ’02, Cynthia Leigh Cato ’02, Kelli N. Corl ’02, Jennifer (Ramquist) Chagnon ’02, Matthew J. Chagnon ’02, (row 2, l-r) Matthew M. Ramquist ’99, Joseph C. Kihm ’01, Scott E. Kucharcik ’01, and maid of honor Jeanine N. Hanohano ’02. Ginger L. Beegle ’03 and Randolph J. Thompson ’04


were married June 24, 2006, in Bedford, Pa. Juniata alumni in attendance were (l-r) Julie (Beegle) Black ’00, Kristine M. Wiegand ’00, Jessica L. Pritchard ’03, Randolph J. Thompson ’04, Ginger (Beegle) Thompson ’03, Amanda L. Sauter ’03, and Christopher S. Brown ’04. The couple resides in Everett, Pa. Randy is employed as a quality inspector at Fulton Precision Industries, and also attends law school at Widener University School of Law. Ginger is employed by the Central Fulton School District as the director of special education.


married Craig Erdman on Aug. 18, 2007, at the Most Holy Trinity Church in Huntingdon, Pa. Juniata alumni and staff in attendance were (row 1, l-r) Holly (Bonker) Albert ’02, Joni Weyant, Marcia K. Kizina ’99, Shannon (Price) Bailey ’99, Gail (Leiby) Ulrich ’81, (row 2, l-r) Rachel Burton, Allison N. Estright ’08, Larry Price, Shya (Price) Erdman ’03, Craig Erdman, Lori Price, Jarmila Polte, Cady Kyle, (row 3, l-r) Keith Blankenship, Dwight D. Bard ’08, Laura (Ross) Medvitz ’05, Stephanie Turner, Joan (Parsons) Engle ’72, and Susan (Parsons) Witmer ’69. Also in attendance but missing from the photo were staff members Kati Csoman, Anne Wood, Frank DeMar, (a former trustee) Elizabeth Smolcic, and JoAnn and Ed Wallace. They honeymooned on a cruise to the Bahamas and reside in Huntingdon, Pa. Shya is the benefits and CIE assistant for Juniata and Craig works for JLG Industries as an industrial engineer. Jamie F. Wallish ’03

and Matthew Hund were married May 5, 2007. Jamie is in pharmaceutical sales with Abbott Laboratories. The couple resides in Mechanicsburg, Pa. Alumni in attendance were (row 1, l-r) Katie J. Bavor ’04, Dana (Groff) Huber ’04, Jillian Gardner-Dammers ’04, Claire M. Coburn ’03, Holly (Bonker) Albert ’02, (row 2, l-r) Allison G. Holst ’04, Marc J. Frailey ’04, Lindsey (Habel) Frailey ’05, Joanna M. Acri ’04, Jamie (Wallish) Hund ’03, Matthew Hund, Jessica L. Hebel ’04, Jean (Silvey) Martin ’04, Jennifer A. Sidleck ’03, Alysia E. Douglas ’04, Stephanie J. Kaiser ’04, and Travis L. Martin ’04.

Laura G. Krystek ’04

Alexa B. Huston ’04 and John R. Livelsberger ’03

were married July 14, 2007, at the Cameron Estate Inn in Mount Joy, Pa. The couple honeymooned in Los Cabos, Mexico, before returning to their home in Dover, Pa. Juniata alumni in attendance were Sarah M. Patterson ’04, Amy E. Gable ’04, Emily M. Martin ’04, Adam J. Benn ’03, Joshua T. Hayer ’03, Casandra J. Dutzer ’04, Kirsten (Crosby) Blose ’03, Erica (Marshall) Martin ’03, Joshua A. Martin ’02, Kimberly A. Allen ’04, Natalie (Houseman) Trimmer ’04, Juliana Hillegass ’04, Todd R. Leipold ’88, Paula (Hillegass) Leipold ’87, Joshua L. Finafrock ’03, Matthew C. West ’03, Derek M. Trimmer ’04, and Shawn Chen ’03.

and Nick Haney were united in marriage on Nov. 10, 2007. Juniata alumni in attendance were (l-r) Kevin T. Dunn ’04, Amara R. Camp ’05, Carline E. Joyce’04, Meredith (Killian) Askey ’05, Laura Krystek ’04, Neil A. Thorn ’03, and Jay J. Trovato ’06. Jean L. Silvey ’04 and Travis L. Martin ’04

were married Feb. 3, 2007, at the Chanceford Presbyterian Church and now reside in Lancaster, Pa. Juniata alumni and staff in attendance included Dana (Groff) Huber ’04, Joana M. Acri ’04, Jessica L. Hebel ’04, Jamie (Wallish) Hund ’03, Allison G. Holst ’04, Jillian Gardner-Dammers ’04, Jeffrey G. Lau II ’04, Lindsay (Dipaola) Lau ’06, Joshua E. Tyler ’04, Jeffrey C. Hedrick ’04, Joseph J. Kenneff ’03, Todd E. Earley ’04, Andrea N. Way ’05, and Caroline Gillich. Abby A. White ’04 and Kristofer C. Youtz ’05

were married June 2, 2007, in Hershey, Pa. Juniata alumni in attendance were (row 1, l-r) Mary M. White ’73, Marjorie (Bartleson) Perry ’73, Senator Donald C. White ’72, Anne (Broderick) White ’73, Abby (White) Youtz ’04, Kristofer C. Youtz ’05, Margaret (Plumb) VanSant ’72, (row 2, l-r) Glen H. Roth ’06, maid of honor Kimberly A. Campanaro ’04, best man Mitchell Somers ’05, Elise A. Zimmerman ’06, and Carl A. Kihm ’05. The newlyweds enjoyed a European honeymoon, starting with a cycling tour of Switzerland. They reside in Towson, Md., where Kris is a senior network engineer for Black & Decker, and Abby attends medical school and will graduate in June 2008. Jasmine M. Frishkorn ’05

married Paul Askey on Sept. 1, 2007, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Camp Hill, Pa. She is a project control analyst with Science Applications International Corporation in Camp Hill. The couple resides in New Cumberland, Pa.


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and Brian Cook were married Dec. 30, 2006, at St. Michael’s Church in Bristol, R.I. Brian is employed as an architect and Jasmine works in marketing for ForesScout Technologies in Cupertino, Calif.

Meredith J. Killian ’05

Devyn P. Scott ’05 and Richard W. Pulliam III ’07

were married Aug. 4, 2007, in their hometown of Landenberg, Pa. The couple resides in Elkton, Md., with their dog and look forward to a long life together. Christopher C. Kochel ’06

was united in marriage to Lauren McComsey on July 28, 2007. Juniata alumni in attendance were (row 1, l-r) Randy L. Kochel ’79, Pamela (Green) Kochel ’80, (row 2, l-r) Adam J. Stanley ’08, Meara C. Kauffman ’07, Lauren Kochel, Christopher C. Kochel ’06, Charles W. Earnhart ’09, (row 3, l-r) Erica (Rhodes) Hayden ’06, Elberta H. Pfeuffer ’06, Edward G. Gant ’06, (row 4, l-r) Tyler J. Kochel ’09, Gaia R. Eirich ’05, Nicholas T. Hartman ’05, Mark P. Barnsley ’05, and Karl W. Justice ’05. Lindsey M. Lang ’06 and Jonathan R. Enterline ’05

were married Sept. 8, 2007. The ceremony was held at Christ Community Church in Camp Hill, Pa., with a reception following at the Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg. Lindsey is an IT Systems Analyst for Tyco Electronics in Harrisburg, and Jonathan is a medical student at Penn State Medical School, Hershey. The happy couple honeymooned in Kauai, Hawaii. Juniata alumni in attendance were (front row, l-r) Lindsey (Lang) Enterline ’06, Jonathan R. Enterline ’06, and Gregory M. Pierotti ’06, (row 2, l-r) Matthew C. Adair ’05, Carl A. Kihm ’05, Gregory T. Capriotti ’05, Peter M. Phillips ’05, Angela H. Davidson ’06, and Ashley M. Heckman ’06. Lori B. Martin ’06


was united in marriage to Dan Rudolph. The couple currently resides in Lancaster, Pa., where Lori is a staff accountant with Reinsel Kuntz Lesher LLP.


Abby L. Sener ’06

and Gareth Cushley were united in marriage on Dec. 30, 2007, at Columbia United Methodist Church in Columbia, Pa. The couple now resides in Lurgan, Northern Ireland. Mary E. Gardiner ’07 and Scott R. Stephan ’06

were married Dec. 29, 2007, in Cape May, N.J. The couple is now serving in the Peace Corps. Phillip G. Meadows ’07

married Elisabeth Hessey on June 16, 2007. He is an agent with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The couple resides in Chandler, Ariz.

Magda Sarnowska ’07 and Peter J. Patitsas ’07

were united in marriage on Sept. 2, 2007. The couple currently resides in Poland.

Births Shawn R. Branton ’90

and wife Kelly are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Lilly Elaine, on June 27, 2006. She weighed 5 lbs. 10 ozs. and joined big brother, Beck, 10, at home in Jersey Shore, Pa. Christopher R. Bush ’92

and wife Christine were pleased to welcome their son, Joshua Chapman, on Aug. 3, 2007. He weighed 6 lbs. Joshua joined older sister, Maggie, 2. Kelly A. Frye ’93 and James E. Davis ’92

welcomed Ian Jesse into their family on Dec. 18, 2007. He weighed 7 lbs. 10 ozs. and was 19 1/2 inches long. He joins big sister Hope, 5. The family resides in Lititz, Pa. Rebecca (Bittel) Hammond ’93

and husband Brian are happy to announce the birth of their fourth child, Abigail Rebecca, on Sept. 18, 2007. She weighed 7 lbs. 6 ozs. and was 20 1/2 inches long. Abigail was welcomed home by big brothers Nathaniel, 7, Paul, 6, and Alexander, 4. The family resides in New London Twp., Pa. Anjanette (Searfoss) Johnston ’93

and husband John welcomed home their son, Samuel Glen, born Oct. 11, 2007. He joined big brother, Alexander, 3. Katherine (Croyle) Brubaker ’94

and husband Michael are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Zane Michael, on Jan. 17, 2008. He weighed 6 lbs. 1 oz. and was 17 1/2 inches long. The proud grandparents are Jane (White) ’95 and Guy E. Croyle ’72. Wendy (Myers) Leary ’94

and husband Tim proudly announce the birth of their daughter, Katherine Rae, on Aug. 31, 2007. The family resides in Lancaster, Pa. Andrea (Kochan) Neagle ’94

and husband Damon welcomed daughter, Catherine Rose, on Nov. 27, 2005. She joined big sister, Elizabeth Anne, 2. The family resides in Allentown, Pa, where Andrea continues to practice law in the Lehigh Valley.

John C. Cushman ’95

and wife Christine announce the birth of their second daughter, Samantha Claire, on Dec. 15, 2007. She was welcomed home by big sister, Annabelle, 2. C. Andrew Gamble ’96

and wife Betsy are pleased to announce the birth of their second child, Mia Lynne, on Sept. 12, 2007. Mia joined big brother Shawn, 3 1/2. Elizabeth (Golia) Geiger ’96

and husband Glenn welcomed their second son, William Glenn, on Oct. 22, 2007. Their first son, Joshua Ryan, is 2 years old. The family resides in Churchville, Pa. Angela (Hazuda) Meyers ’96

and husband Patrick are pleased to announce the birth of their second son, Rhett Joseph, on Aug. 14, 2007. Big brother Grant, 2, welcomed him home and cannot wait to teach him to play and run. Purvi (Shah) Parekh ’97

and husband Parag are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jay Dylan, on May 10, 2007. Heidi (Burgan) Saleme ’97

and husband Keith are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Ava Caroline, on July 3, 2007. She was welcomed home by proud big sisters Hannah, 5, and Marah, 3. Irene (Mulvihill) Congdon ’99

and husband Derrick are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Rowen Walter Leland, on Sept. 27, 2007. Rowen was welcomed home by big brother Liam, 2. Megan (Wiley) Crocker ’99

and husband Matt are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Jenna Kathleen, on June 22, 2007. She weighed 8 lbs. 1 oz. and was 21 inches long. Molly A. Molnar ’99 and Adam M. Fenstermacher ’00

are happy to announce the birth of their first daughter, Lily Adair, on Jan. 3, 2008.

Caroline (Laret) ’00 and David W. Shoenthal ’98

are pleased to announce the birth of their second daughter, Helena Grace, born Feb. 8, 2007. Kathryn (Wilson) ’00 and Daniel W. Savino ’00

are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Aubrey Ann, on Feb. 22, 2008. She weighed 6 lbs. 11 ozs. and was just less than 20 inches long. Aubrey was welcomed home by big brother Ben, 1. Gracie (Bingham) ’00 and Kim D. Swindell ’97

are happy to announce the birth of their second daughter, Avery Brooke on Jan. 2, 2008. Avery was welcomed home by big sister Isabella Jewel, 2. Kelli (Young) James ’02

and husband Josh are pleased to announce the birth of their first child, Braleigh Suzanne, on April 26, 2007. She weighed 7 lbs. 5 ozs. and was 20 inches long. Kirsten (Crosby) Blose ’03

and husband Matthew welcomed home their son, Allen Blose, born Nov. 13, 2008. He weighed 8 lbs., 13 ozs. and was 21 inches long. Erica (Marshall) ’03 and Joshua A. Martin ’02

are happy to announce the birth of their son, Marshall Alan, on Nov. 5, 2007. The couple got together with Kristen (Crosby) Blose ’03 so that the two newborns could meet and sport their Juniata attire.

The 2008 and 2009 International Reunions


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The Juniata College International Alumni European Meeting returned to Germany for the first time since 2005 with a gathering in Koblenz. A total of 57 Juniatians gathered for the May 16-18 weekend. Nikki Smeal ’02 and Frank Corleis ’98 organized the reunion. Next year, Jean-Yves Barbier ’86 will host the reunion in Nancy, France.

Photo: Bruce Cramer

Obituaries Esther (Kunsman) Steele ’32

December 19, 2007—A retired home economics teacher from Shade Central City schools, Esther was a 50-year member of Grove Avenue United Methodist Church in Johnstown, Pa. She is survived by three children, three grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Walter R. Light ’33

February 8, 2008—While at Juniata, Walter excelled in football and track, competing as a member of the championship team at the Penn Relays. He worked at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture as a tax collector and then as a member of borough council. Walter was active in his church and community. Louise (Lee) Stauffer ’36


January 28, 2008—After Juniata, Louise continued graduate studies at Columbia University. She was married to the late John Stauffer, president emeritus of Juniata. Louise served as first lady at two institutions, Wittenberg University, and then Juniata when John was president from 1968-75. The couple retired to Naples, Fla. where they enjoyed the warm climate and beaches. Louise sang in the church choir, volunteered at the Naples Community Hospital and was an avid golfer.


Kathren Heisey Gibson ’37

January 1, 2008—Kathren worked to put herself through college and at the same time, became a self-taught musician. After graduating from Juniata with a degree in education, she moved to Florida and taught English and literature, directed musicals, headed the Dunedin High School English Department and the National Honor Society. She also participated in various community service organizations, including Clear Water Women’s Club and YWCA. Kathren is survived by daughter Nancy, sons Jay and Ken, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Eugene T. Shore ’37

November 30, 2007—Eugene spent a great deal of his life involved in his community and held positions as chairman of the Huntingdon County General Authority, director of the Huntingdon County Historical Society, a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge, and a member—with 35 years of perfect attendance—of the Huntingdon Lions Club. He was also a charter director of the National Foundation (March of Dimes) and Huntingdon County Easter Seal Society. Much of Eugene’s professional life was spent as a journalist for The Daily News, reporting such riveting stories as the floods of 1936 and 1972, numerous train wrecks and fires, business and industry news, and the kidnapping of a Shade Gap teenager in 1966.

Olga (Sadosuk) Clement ’40

September 9, 2007—Olga resided in Burlington, N.J. George S. Wilson ’41

November 20, 2007—After graduating from Juniata, George went on to graduate from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and eventually earned his master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Westminster College in 1979. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War and was discharged in 1953 as a lieutenant commander. Over the next two decades, George served as a Presbyterian minister in Ohio and western Pennsylvania. He also served as Director of Ministerial Relations for Pittsburgh, Pa. George is survived by wife Edith, four children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Clarence L. Chubb ’44

January 1, 2008—After Juniata, Clarence graduated from the Gettysburg Lutheran Theological Seminary. He was ordained in 1949 and retired in 1980, following 51 years of pastoral duty at various United Methodist parishes in Pennsylvania. For many years, Clarence served on the board of Christian Education of the Central PA Conference and the area Youth Ministry. He was camp director for many years at Camp Penn. During World War II, he taught school in Orbisonia, Pa. He authored the Little Passion Play titled, This is Our Faith. Clarence enjoyed his woodworking hobby and hand- crafted most of the furniture for his home.

Mary (Rodgers) Geissinger ’45

August 1, 2007—Mary was preceded in death by her sister, Elizabeth (Rodgers) Steiner ’35, and brother, John S. Rodgers ’34. She is survived by husband Robert and sister Catharine (Rodgers) Corbin ’37. J. Ward Putt ’45

August 13, 2006—J. Ward was the husband of Nellie Lynn Campbell ’45. Mary Ellen Kensinger ’46

September 29, 2007—Mary Ellen retired from the Spring Cove School District as a school nurse with more than 30 years of service. She previously worked as a nurse in Philadelphia and also Juniata College. She received her nursing certificate from Washington County Hospital in Maryland and her bachelor’s degree in public health from the University of Pennsylvania. Mary Ellen was a member of the Clover Creek Church of the Brethren in Martinsburg and enjoyed growing roses and traveling. She was a member of the Pi Lambda Theta Honor Society, Delta Kappa Gamma, and the Outlook Club of Martinsburg. She was also active with the Salvation Army, served on the board of the Martinsburg Public Library and Friends of the Martinsburg Public Library. Mary Ellen was preceded in death by sister S. Naomi Kensinger ’36 and brother John H. Kensinger ’31. She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Lola (Kensinger) ’44 and Daniel L. Bowser ’46.

Margaret (Shaffer) Filson ’49

October 31, 2007—William lived in Murrysville, Pa., with his beloved wife, Betty (Boucher) Maclay ’46. He was a Juniata trustee from 1971-74, the Annual Support chairperson from 1973-74, a former member of the President’s Development Council and the 1979 recipient of the Alumni Service Award. William also served as vice president and director of research at Koppers Company Inc. until his retirement in 1985. Previously, he worked as a professor and research scientist doing pioneering work in synthetic materials. He served on the board of directors for several companies and advisory boards for two major universities. He was an elder and faithful member of Beulah Presbyterian Church for 38 years. William is survived by his wife, children Gary L. Maclay ’73, Dennis Maclay, Rebekah Steele, Bonnie Schaefer, and Beth Doriano, brothers Harry E. Maclay ’48, Robert and Donald, sister-in-law Charlotte E. Maclay ’48 and nine grandchildren. Dr. Charles R. Reiners ’47

January 29, 2008—Charles received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Juniata, and then earned his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Vincent J. De Feo ’50

December 10, 2007—Vincent earned his doctorate degree in 1954 from Ohio State University and completed postdoctoral studies at Johns Hopkins University in 1957. He taught at the University of Illinois and Vanderbilt University before joining the University of Hawaii in 1966 and helping to establish its medical school. Vincent retired from the University of Hawaii in 1988 but remained active as a professor emeritus. He is survived by wife June and sons Steven and Ronald. Frederic W. Bratton ’52

September 13, 2007—Frederic was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Allentown, Pa., where he served on numerous boards and was a member of the choir. He went on to receive his doctorate of dentistry from Temple University. Frederic operated a private dental practice for 38 years until his retirement in 1996. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, and served from 1956 to 1958 in the dental corps while stationed in Norfolk, Va. He was a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Dental Society, and a member of local dental societies. He enjoyed many hobbies including woodworking, beekeeping, stained-glass art, vegetable gardening and hunting. Frederic was preceded in death by his sister Lois (Bratton) Keener ’54. He is survived by wife Nancy (Shiffler) ’53.

Galen E. Keeney ’52

February 3, 2008—Following his graduation from Juniata, Galen pursued his doctorate at Temple University School of Medicine. He served as a medical intern at Polyclinic Hospital in Harrisburg, Pa., and was a family physician in the Colonial Park area of Harrisburg for 35 years. Galen was an active member of Harrisburg First Church of the Brethren and participated in music and youth programs of the church. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Naomi (Kulp) ’54, son G. Martin Keeney ’83, daughters Ruth Miller and Jane Webster, brother Walter A. Keeney ’49 and five grandchildren.


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Photo: Christopher Shannon ’09

William N. Maclay ’46

December 3, 2007—Peg was a former member of the Altoona Symphony Orchestra and a former member of the Raystown Ski Club at the “Old Dam.” She was also involved in scouting, serving as a Cub Scout Den mother, a scout leader, and a former Girl Scout leader. She served on the Huntingdon Area School District Board of Directors, was a former member of the Huntingdon Soroptimist Club, served on the board of directors of the North/South Shortway and its successor organization, the Huntingdon County Tourist Promotion Agency. Peg also served as committee chair for the development of the Raystown Country Sampler cookbooks. In her professional career, she had been a home economics teacher in Snowshoe, Hublersburg, State College, and at Huntingdon County Vo-Tech. She was also co-founder of Jim’s Anchorage in 1947, helped establish Seven Points Marina, was employed for 20 years by Anchorage Enterprise Inc., developed Sunshine Area Vacation Rentals and was founder of Raystown Wireless Inc. In her free time she enjoyed reading, houseboating, traveling, bird watching, and spending time with her family. Peg is survived by husband Jim, son B.J., daughters Pauline Hetrick and Pam Prosser, and grandchildren, Melissa, Benjamin, and Maxwell.

John F. “Skip” Pelan ’53

Warren A. Haines ’54

Mary Ellen Ergler ’56

September 10, 2007—Skip earned a master’s degree in biology from the University of Virginia. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Letterman Hospital at the Presidio in San Francisco, Calif. He married Kay Stivers in 1958 and moved to the Bay Area and started a career as a cytotechnologist at El Camino Hospital. In 1968, he earned a law degree from Hastings College of the Law, which led to his second career as an attorney for Industrial Indemnity Insurance Company in San Francisco, Calif., until his retirement in 1995. Skip loved the outdoors, sharing meals with family and friends, and doting on his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, daughters Laura and Janie, sister Janet (Pelan) Ayres ’41 and five grandchildren.

February 11, 2008—Warren graduated from Juniata with a degree in elementary education and pursued graduate work at Penn State University. He was a teacher and building leader in the Mifflin County School District, from which he retired in 1983. Warren co-owned and operated Mil-View Cable Company for 30 years and was the zoning code enforcement officer in Brown Township for several years. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Corps in the Pacific Theater. Warren taught Sunday school at the United Church of Christ in Milroy, Pa., and was a member of many associations. He was an avid reader and a lifetime learner who loved to take drives, admire nature, sing, and spend time with loved ones.

October 13, 2007—Mary Ellen retired from the State College Area School District in 1989 after teaching elementary school at Houserville and Lemont for 22 years. She also taught school in Huntingdon and Mifflinburg. She was a member of Good Shephard Catholic Church, the National Education Association, the Pennsylvania State Education Association and a former member of the Centre Squares. Mary Ellen enjoyed collecting and refinishing antiques, camping, boating, reading, gardening and spending time with her basset hound. She is survived by three children and four grandchildren.

Dennis I. Deegan ’55

February 3, 2008—Following his graduation from Juniata, Dennis pursued graduate studies at Penn State University. He was married 45 years to Janice Hummel, who preceded him in death. Dennis retired from Westvaco Corp. in 1994 with 40 years of service. After moving to Fairfield, Conn., in 1999, Dennis and Janice became active volunteers in the Fort Bend, Conn., community. He is survived by son Christopher, daughters Beth and Melissa and six grandchildren. Neil R. Albright ’56


Photo: Gene Maylock

December 2, 2007—Neil graduated from Wesley Seminary in 1959. He was a member of the Central Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church and served many churches in Pennsylvania for more than 40 years. He was also a former member of the Ministers’ Clergy Choir, taught adult Sunday school and was a member of the choir at First United Methodist Church. Neil loved flying, watching sports and traveling. He is survived by wife Barbara (Phennicie) ’56, three sons and seven grandchildren.


Lloyd B. Stauffer ’56

August 26, 2007—Lloyd grew up on the family farm in Lancaster, Pa., and was very fond of animals. Because of this love, he was at the forefront of environmental causes. Always the peacemaker, Lloyd traveled to Mississippi in 1964 after the slayings of civil rights workers Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner, and worked to register African-Americans to vote. Lloyd later sang with the York Symphony. Milton W. Glenn ’58

January 15, 2008—Milton was born in Atlantic City, N.J., to former Congressman Milton Glenn Sr. and Irma Glenn. He received his master’s degree at Glassboro State College. He was a former Margate City lifeguard and a veteran of the U.S. Army. Milton was chairperson of the relocation of “Lucy the Elephant” to Margate. He was preceded in death by wife Helen (Phenicie) ’59.

Patricia (Harvey) Morris ’64

March 2, 2007

Carol (Phipps) Mericle ’61

August 2, 2007—Carol resided in Alexandria, Va. She is survived by husband Richard, daughter Patricia, three stepdaughters and nine grandchildren.

Photo: Ian Bradshaw

Judith (Tempest) Lawall ’62

James R. Powell ’59

September 16, 2007—Jim was the son of the late James and Judith (Russell) Powell ’66. Prior to his retirement, he worked for more than 20 years with the Upjohn Company as a senior information scientist. He was a choir member of the First Presbyterian Church of Portage, Mich. He was also a founding member of the Kalamazoo Singers and a member of the Audio Engineering Society. Jim enjoyed writing and camping with his second wife, Judy. He wrote three technical publications that won awards and also enjoyed writing editorials for the Kalamazoo Gazette. Jim was preceded in death by his first wife, Lois (Dunlap) ’59. He is survived by his wife, brother Russell H. Powell ’65, sons James and Jonathan, stepsons Dean and Matt and eight grandchildren.

December 7, 2007—Judith was the owner and operator of the Peanut Butter and Jelly Nursery and Day Care for more than 15 years. She received a degree in social work from Juniata and a master’s degree of education from Kutztown University. She was also a graduate of the St. Luke Hospital School of Nursing in Fountain Hill. Mary (Rambo) Kihl ’63

February 19, 2008—Jackie worked for the DuPont Company, retiring in 2005 as an information specialist. She was a member of the Millcreek Ladies Auxiliary and the Klair Estates Homeowners’ Association. Jackie enjoyed gardening and was an avid Redskins fan. She is survived by son Brett, daughter Kecia, brother Terrence M. Morelock ’68, sister-in-law Kathryn (Yocum) Morelock ’69 and grandson Kyle. Lynne (Foster) Fife ’66

November 9, 2007—Lynne was an accomplished and passionate artist of the spiritual culture of Native Americans and owner of the New Spirit Gallery in Nashville, Ind. Born and reared in Jersey City, N.J., she earned a bachelor’s degree from Juniata and was employed by a Fortune 500 company for more than 19 years. Despite her success in the company, Lynne’s true passion was painting. In 1994 she married husband Thomas, and in 2000 the couple moved to “The Hill” in Unionville, Ind. A member of the Brown County Art Alliance, Lynne served as president from 2004 until 2006. She also belonged to the National Endowment for the Arts. She is survived by her husband, daughter Kristen, stepson Anthony and seven grandchildren.


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October 16, 2007—Mary was the wife of former Juniata professor, Young Kihl, and mother of Ann and Christopher. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Juniata, a master’s degree from University of Michigan in 1964, and a doctorate of history from Penn State University in 1968. She went on to earn a doctorate in transportation planning from Penn State University in 1975, and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Pittsburgh in 1977. Mary was a School of Planning professor in the College of Design at Arizona State University. She previously taught at Iowa State University and served on the faculties of the University of Nebraska and University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Mary influenced many students, friends and colleagues with her concern and interest in their work, challenges and successes. An award has been established in her name. The Mary R. Kihl Memorial Award will be used to support a scholarship in urban planning in the School of Planning.

Jacqueline (Morelock) Hayman ’66

Ruth Ann Batik-Fitzgerald ’82

Linda (Miller) Lieberman ’67

November 13, 2007—Linda studied abroad in Spain her junior year, which solidified her love of the Spanish culture. She was a Spanish teacher for 38 years at the Great Valley High School in Malvern, Pa., until her retirement in 2005. She served as chair of the Foreign Language department for many years. She was the sponsor of the National Honor Society Chapter and a co-sponsor of the Dance Club. Linda also was the secretary of the Chesterbrook Lions Club and an active member of the West Goshen Lions Club. She served as an officer of the Vanderbilt Village Homeowners Association and the Exton Station Community Master Board and was a past member of the West Whiteland Historical Commission. Linda is survived by husband Stanley, stepchildren and stepgrandchildren. Richard D. Kensinger ’68


July 7, 2006—Richard served as the associate pastor of Cherry Hill Baptist Church in Cherry Hill, N.J. He is survived by wife Norma, son Richard and two grandsons.


December 15, 2007—William was a teacher and football coach at Johnsonburg High School in Johnsonburg, Pa. He was also a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Lions Club, and the Great Bear Country Club, the co-owner of Advantage Sales & Supply Company Inc., as well as the founding director of Elcam Inc. William enjoyed golfing, playing the bass guitar, and physical fitness. He is survived by wife Valerie, mother Violet, son William, daughters Kimberly and Sandra and three grandchildren. Mark W. Dettmar ’79

November 4, 2007—Mark received a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management from Juniata and returned to his hometown of Ewing, N.J. He was the president of Delaware River Outfitters in Pennington, N.J. and president of the Pohatcong Fishing Club. He was a frequent guest speaker and member of Trout UnlimitedErnest Schwiebert Chapter and the Solitude Fishing Club. Mark was a professional fishing guide, a fly-tying expert, and casting instructor. He had numerous articles published on fly fishing. He also coached the Ewing Edge Girl’s Softball Team for the past five years. Mark is survived by wife Theresa, daughter Dana, his father William and sister Cheryl (Dettmar) Stites ’76.

Ann E. Fleming ’85

November 18, 2007—Born in Cumberland, Md., Ann lived a life full of happiness and adventure. After graduating from Juniata with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, she raised her two children while still finding time to pursue her first passion in life … horses. She is survived by husband David, daughter Sarah and son Ian.

Lawrence A. Dick— attended 1964

January 3, 2008—Larry worked most of his career as vice president of Reliance Bank. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves, was a member of Spring Hope Church in Altoona, and enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family. Larry is survived by wife Barbra, two daughters and grandsons.

Philip N. Brown— attended 1938-1940

December 7, 2007—Philip attended Juniata for two years before graduating from the Cincinnati College of Embalming in 1942. After a tour of duty in the U.S. Army during World War II, he attended Penn State University, where he received his bachelor’s degree from the School of Commerce and Finance in 1951. He was employed by the U.S. Postal Service in Harrisburg until his retirement.

Photo: Hannah Rauterkus ’06

William G. Von Hacht ’68

December 7, 2007—Ruth was employed with Penn State University and previously was editor of Diversity News Journal for the International Genetic Resources Community of Bethesda, Md. She enjoyed music, teaching piano and was pianist for the Juniata choir. She also loved to travel, first with her parents camping in 48 states as a child and as an adult traveled to Austria and Ireland. Ruth was very fond of her days at Juniata and loved the fact that recently she and husband Andrew moved back to Petersburg, Pa., near her alma mater. She is survived by her husband, mother and sister.

In Memoriam

Craig Baxter

It was a pleasure and a privilege to work with Craig Baxter, but sometimes it was a challenge to keep up with him. Was there anything or anyone he did not know? He seemed to know every public official in South Asia, and often knew their parents as well. Stats of every Cleveland Indians player in the ’40s and ’50s? Naturally. Results of by-elections in Gujarat? Of course. Not only was Craig a walking encyclopedia, he embodied the liberal arts in his interdisciplinary approach to understanding national development. It came naturally, I suppose, to someone whose B.S. was in economics, M.A. in political science, and Ph.D. in history. With such extensive knowledge, as well as his Foreign Service experience, Craig’s hallmark was his professionalism, and he set a high standard for his colleagues. It baffled him that anyone would want to teach at the college level and not want to be less than an authority on the subject. But for Craig the important thing about expertise was not having it but sharing it, and this he did in many ways—not only in the classroom but through published writings and expanding the effectiveness of professional organizations. He helped to found the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies, and at one time was president of it and the American Institute of Pakistan Studies simultaneously. With both groups, Craig worked to improve opportunities for American scholars to get first-hand experience in a critically important part of the world. If ever there had been doubts that Craig was right about the importance of Southern Asia to the United States and the world, events since September 11 have surely put them to rest. But for all his expertise, Craig was not really a creature of the ivory tower. Craig had an extensive network of friends in the community. And family was important to him as well. Craig’s devoted care of his wife, Barbara, during her extended illness once again set a standard that the rest of us can aspire to achieve. —Jack Barlow, Dana Professor of Politics international posts as a political officer and political counselor. He ended his career in 1980 as officer-in-charge, international scientific relations, for the Near East, South Asia and Africa. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1951 from the University of Pennsylvania. He earned both of his graduate degrees at Penn, including a master’s degree in 1954 and a doctorate in 1967. He published nearly a dozen books on the history and politics of India, Bangladesh and Pakistan and most recently edited the diaries of Mohammad Ayub Khan, president of Pakistan from 1958 -1969. He held many professional memberships, including the American Foreign Service Association and Association for Asian Studies, Sons of the Revolution and the Mayflower Society. He was active in the community, serving as an elder of the Huntingdon Presbyterian Church and as a past president of the Huntingdon Rotary Club. He married the late Barbara Baxter in 1984. He is survived by a son, Craig II, and a daughter, Louise. 67

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Craig Baxter, professor emeritus of politics and history at Juniata and a career Foreign Service Officer whose expertise in South Asia informed a generation of Juniata students, died Feb. 7 in Huntingdon, Pa. He was 78. Before arriving at Juniata in 1981 to start an academic career, Baxter served nearly 30 years in the Foreign Service, serving abroad in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Ghana. He came to Juniata in 1981 as visiting professor of political science and diplomat-in-residence, and joined the permanent faculty as professor of politics and history in 1982. He was named chair of the politics department in 1991 and retired in 1999. Baxter was recognized nationally as an expert on the politics of Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. He published commentaries on Asian politics in the Los Angeles Times and other papers and was a guest on a public television talk show when the United States invaded Afghanistan. He was a sought-after source for Indian and Asian journalists. He began his career in the Foreign Service after serving in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954 and worked at a series of

I met a Juniata alum in the most unusual place … that after 54 years our paths had crossed again. We had worked together in the College dining room and spent considerable time together while at Juniata. Since our happy reconnecting moments three years ago, we have enjoyed many activities together as “new—old friends.” —Caryl (Custer) Lamb ’52



y husband and I took our grandson Luke to Ocean City, N.J., this past summer for a few days to introduce him to where I grew up (and where his father visited every summer). Our first day there was spent with Gretchen Sencindiver Vare ’76, my roommate at Juniata. The next day, Tom and I rented a surrey and rode up and down the boardwalk several times. Tom, being the consummate Papa, was swerving back and forth while Luke held his hands high in the air laughing. On our second or third lap around, we heard “Tom Herrman” and we turned to find Debby Halscheid Parker ’74. She had seen and heard Tom and Luke on the prior lap laughing but didn’t realize it was us. Debbie, who lives in Williamsburg, Va., and has a summer home in Ocean City, was in town with a friend. We spent a few minutes talking about good times at Juniata, how the “Thunder Alley” guys were doing and the girls we were friends with. What a fun addition to our vacation.


ast summer I had the chance to revisit Glacier National Park, my favorite park, and the site of my marriage three years ago. One day after a 10-mile hike, while riding a shuttle bus back to the campground, a park employee sitting next to me noticed my yellow Juniata women’s basketball shirt. The employee made a comment that there were two student interns from Juniata working in the park for the summer. Later that afternoon, a young man was walking around to each campsite inviting campers to come to his campfire talk later that evening. I asked him if he knew the two students from Juniata and it turned out that he, Michael A. Chatt ’08, was one of them. We thoroughly enjoyed Mike’s campfire presentation that evening and the next day, while on another hike, our paths crossed again. My Juniata shirt is around my waist in the picture. —Nancy (Zinkham) Graham ’80

—Lynda (Xanthopoulos) ’74 and Thomas Herrman ’73

fter moving back to Baltimore from Florida, I wanted to find a church closer to my new residence. My first visit to Timonium United Methodist Church happened on a rainy Sunday. As I walked to my car after the service, I thought I recognized the woman getting into the car next to mine. I rapped on her window and as she rolled the window down, I saw that it was Gladys (Gehman) Rhodes ’51. We just couldn’t believe


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Raising a Southern Child in the North By James Tuten

assistant professor of history

Photography: J.D. Cavrich

On a beautiful Central Pennsylvania day, when my oldest son was about two years old, I had an experience that nearly fried my insides. My kid bopped into the room and said “Hey, you guys!” “Guys?!” To what does that even refer? Why is my own flesh and blood speaking in the northern neuter tense with all the accompanying jarring rhythms? Where was the dulcet “Y’all?” The pain lingers. Adding insult to injury, a so-called friend looked at my wife and me asking, “You do realize you’re raising a Yankee?” I could, as of that moment, no longer live in denial. I began searching for answers. But before I could devise a plan of action a second harrowing event occurred: we traveled back to South Carolina for Christmas with my family. Back in the bosom of family, my mother one morning tried to get my son to eat grits. “Yankees don’t eat grits!” he firmly announced. Right then I knew that I had to take control of the situation. Initially we came to Pennsylvania for our jobs. It seemed harmless at the time. Before we had a child I told myself that I was yet another expatriate forced to leave the land of my birth, South Carolina’s Lowcountry, but that I was gaining a deeper understanding and appreciation of it because I lived in exile. Like many before me I now wish to raise my child in the ways of the old country—I want him to be Southern— in the best sense of what that can mean. Now I am faced with an 18-year project to raise a southerner within the North. Here are some of my plans and considerations for bringing up a Southerner. Before setting down to this task one must consider symbols. They are important. I am making sure my son has memorized the most aesthetically handsome state flag—South Carolina’s—but I will not teach him allegiance to the racially divisive Stars and Bars battle flag.


The Leadbelly Effect: It’s never too early to start making your child Southern. Although research on the so-called “Mozart Effect” remains inconclusive, take no risks and play or sing to your child in utero and ex utero. One is never too young for Hank Williams, Bessie Smith, Dizzy Gillespie, Patsy Cline or Bill Monroe. Sports: Shield your child from hockey. It is nasty, brutish and any sport on ice is unnatural. (Penguins are not Southern mascots). Expose your child to football. The pigskin sport is enlightened, it emphasizes athletic prowess (but for heaven’s sake not the Big Ten). Help develop her vocabulary with key phrases like: “rammer, jammer, yeller hammer, Roll Tide,” “Root Hog” and by enunciating the invisible “p” in Clemson. Food: I believe culturally you are what you eat. Southern cuisine is at the heart of Southern history and culture— the intriguing synthesis of Europe, African, Caribbean, and American styles and foods. My wife has said that this fusion, at its worst, produces vegetables that are cooked to death and taste like meat. I think she meant that as a criticism. Experience: Nothing is more important than extended and frequent visits to the South. You owe it to your child to have them know the smell of and feel of a tidewater marsh and a bayou (and when they are old enough, a French Quarter street on a Saturday night and a Sunday morning). Education: Can your child tell the seven-banded armadillo from the nine banded? Does she know the difference between saying Beaufort (S.C.) and Beaufort (N.C.)?

I have been thinking we Southerners might benefit from creating something like the Alliances Francaises for French or the Goethe Institutes that dot major U.S. cities and promote German language study and culture. Call them Faulkner Institutes. They could offer after school and summer programs to promote this agenda. One can readily see the value of core courses such as “A History of the Southeastern Conference;” “The Swamp in Southern Literature;” “Southern Accents and Dialects 101.” Advanced studies would involve deeper plunges into topics like “The Sheriff in Southern Myth and Movies,” “Modern Agriculture From Mules to Massey-Fergusons,” and “Florida: Test Case for Southernness.” >j< —James Tuten raises his children in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania.



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