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Changing Lives to Change the World 2011-2012 President’s Report

Dear Friends,


4 Brick by Brick 16 One Good Intern Serves Others 26 Executive Privilege 32 Fellowship 40 Top 10 Moments in Sports 46 Not-So-Boring Board 48 Board of Trustees 50 Alumni Council 52 Parents Council

I’m experiencing intense nostalgia this year—I’ll wager you can guess why. As I think about giving my letter-writing duties, and several past President’s Reports, to Juniata’s next president, I know my message for that person will be simple: “Keep going.” Here are a few reasons why I’m filled with pride. In this issue, aptly titled “Changing Lives to Change the World,” you’ll read about successes that have been a long time in the making, like an endowed program that helps students to afford excellent internships in pricey locales. You’ll discover how a 2012 Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant for $1 million will transform our undergraduate science and humanities curriculum. And, you’ll read through the tale of our recognition by the National Association of International Educators with the Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization. Examine the process of how a Juniata physics professor boldly received a State Department fellowship. And, take a peek into the mutual benefits enjoyed by faculty and returning alumni who lecture and mentor through a newly endowed executive in residence program in the accounting, business and economics department.


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In short, the four main stories show we’re earning rewards for our success and that alumni are investing in student and faculty experience with their timely gifts.



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You’ll notice that two of the stories relate to new endowments. Those gifts came about as we continue to focus on building our financial foundation through the Changing Lives to Change the World initiative. In fact, this was a very strong year in giving to endowment, with more than $4.9 million in cash going to build Juniata’s endowment. As described in the stories in these pages, these endowments will help our students to learn, to do great things, and to change their communities for the better.



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The Juniata Scholarship Fund and cash-to-endowment totals are higher than ever, and that’s good news. However, if there is a gray lining to an otherwise silver cloud, it’s that participation—or, the number of alumni who give—declined last year. While that’s a trend across higher education, I think it’s a trend Juniata alumni can buck.

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You attend Alumni Weekend, Homecoming and regional events. You visit career fairs, host interns and mentor students. You volunteer and, in serving, spread the Juniata name across the world. That level of community involvement is one of the things that drew me to Juniata, and is surely what will help entice its next leader. Please remember, though, that another key part of being in this community is to make a participation gift.

“(Your) level of community involvement is one of the things that drew me to Juniata, and is surely what will help entice its next leader. ”

When I’m on the road visiting with someone, they always inevitably ask me, “So, what do you want me to give to Juniata?” Here’s what I tell them: •

Participate in giving every year. We mean it when we say, “It’s not the size of the gift, it’s the participation that counts.” Prospective parents and students ask. Funders who offer grants ask. The bottom line is that it accentuates our community’s commitment to Juniata. Recommend a student any way that suits your style, from wearing Juniata gear and striking up a conversation to referring a student by filling out a Gold Card (for more information, visit: or a Parents Pride Card. It’s just one more way that you can leave your mark on our campus. Lastly, get involved. Regional events are open and welcoming. Just ask a fellow alum who has been to one! But, don’t stop there. Join groups, record your volunteer hours, and take part in Career Day—it’s a transformational day for our students and will surely deliver to you the kind of satisfaction I enjoy seeing: students’ successes. It will also serve as one more outlet to express yourself as the Juniatian you are—one who changes lives to change the world.

—President Tom Kepple

This is my last President’s Report, and the opportunity to again thank the entire Juniata community for their hard work and support to help Juniata become the best liberal arts college possible.

Warm regards,


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Thomas R. Kepple Jr. President 814-641-3101 •

Photos (cover and above): Jason Jones

Thanks for making this year—and many past ones as well—worthy of reminiscence.

“Each member of the Juniata community promotes an environment in which we are simultaneously challenged and encouraged to achieve more than we ever thought possible. When the expectations are high, it’s possible to set even higher goals for yourself. Our team has a commitment to each other and a commitment to excellence. Hard work and perseverance—both on and off the field—do not go unnoticed, and we celebrate together, proud to represent Juniata.” Caitlyn Bowman ’12 Seven Valleys, Pa. POE: Biology Named to the Capitol One Academic All-America Division III women’s at large team for field hockey, only the seventh Juniata athlete to make first-team honors. Caitlyn is currently in a doctoral program in biology at The Johns Hopkins University. Caitlyn received a Hollings-NOAA scholarship during the 2010-2011 academic year.


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July 20: David Andrews ’74 receives Baker Award as former chair of Board of Trustees. July 22: Jim Borgardt named Woolford Professor of Physics; Jerry Kruse named Dale Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science;


and Dennis Johnson is named Blechschmidt Professor of Environmental Science. 2

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Aug. 3: Juniata’s sports teams earn the ECAC Sportsmanship Cup.

“Three out of the four internships I participated in were set up by Juniata professors. I also did research with Dick Mahoney at the Baker Institute and I completed a research project for Emil Nagengast and also worked as a (politics) teaching assistant. These experiences all helped me develop my interest in peacekeeping and stability. All these interests will tie in with my time in Georgia, which recently had a war with Russia. Juniata gave me a lot of opportunities.” Jared Edgerton ’12 East Windsor, N.J. POE: Political Economics Received a Fulbright Fellowship to the Republic of Georgia to teach English at the University of Tbilisi. Jared previously received a Finnegan Fellowship, and interned at the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Army War College (this past summer).

Sept. 26: Bruce Davis ’65, retired “Oscar” executive, spends a week in residence at the College. Oct. 3: Erin McClure ’13, receives DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Study Abroad Scholarship. Jason Jones

Oct. 10: Juniata receives $552,000 National Science Foundation grant aimed at helping community college students finish science degrees at Juniata.

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Photo by Krista Leibensperger ’12, Reading, Pa.

Brick by Brick

Juniata’s Successes Built Over Time By John Wall

media relations director Photography: J.D. Cavrich (unless noted)



o put things in a pop cultural perspective, what is more likely to engender long term affection, respect and elation: Meryl Streep winning a third Oscar in The Iron Lady after appearing in more than 50 movies or Tatum O’Neal winning an Oscar for Paper Moon at age 10? Clearly the long-term career trumps the flash-in-the-pan novelty. This same stick-to-your-knitting philosophy undeniably works in higher education, as Juniata’s steady rise to the forefront of liberal arts excellence attests. Like Streep’s Academy Awards triumph, Juniata in the 2011-2012 academic year received two prestigious awards that rewarded decades of excellence.


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Kim Richardson have made the College a national example for international education and I am grateful to have been part of the process.” This month members of the international office will accept the prestigious award at a Washington, D.C. event honoring International Education Week. President Kepple, whose leadership philosophy uses the book Good to Great, by Jim Collins, points out that the College’s international programs are textbook examples of how an already impressive organization can continue to improve and innovate year after year. “The greatest innovation in global engagement at Juniata is, perhaps, this collaborative spirit cultivated through robust faculty involvement and the support of terrific alumni and staff,” says Jenifer Cushman, dean of international programs. “It is crucial at small colleges especially to coordinate and share energies in order to maximize available resources.”


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Starting in the 1970s and 1980s, with efforts by retired faculty such as Bill Russey, Ruth Reed and Kim Richardson in establishing connections and partnerships with international universities, Juniata recognized early the need to extend the campus beyond central Pennsylvania. Over the next 20 years, the College expanded, refined, and took innovative steps to create one of the finest international programs in the country, a claim borne out this year by receiving the 2012 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization from NAFSA: National Association of International Educators. “A simple commitment to providing our students with a truly transformative education has, over time, built our international program into a powerhouse,” says Thomas R. Kepple, president at Juniata. “Visionary leaders such as Jenifer Cushman, JoAnn DeArmas Wallace, William “Buff” Vocke, David Sowell and

Some of the College’s past and present leaders of the international program met recently to strategize about more innovations in Juniata’s award-winning program. From left, they are historian David Sowell, Jenifer Cushman, dean of international programs, chemist Ruth Reed, now retired, and JoAnn DeArmas Wallace, dean emerita of international programs.

“The greatest innovation in global engagement at Juniata is, perhaps, this collaborative spirit cultivated through robust faculty involvement. It is crucial at small colleges especially to coordinate and share energies in order to maximize available resources.”


—Jenifer Cushman, dean of international programs


Last year Juniata reached a longtime goal of recruiting a freshman class comprising 10 percent international students. Of course, such success did not spring fully formed, sparked by a global epiphany by the international community. It started with teaching and advising international students, and with dedicated faculty traveling to international campuses to form partnerships for study-abroad or summer programs. Chemists Ruth Reed and Bill Russey pioneered Juniata’s partnership in Lille, France and Marburg, Germany, but the tradition has continued through myriad faculty—a short list includes Kim Richardson (Mexico and England), Neil Pelkey (India), Emil Nagengast (The Gambia), and most recently, Wei-Chung Wang (in Taiwan), as well as many others. Juniata staff such as Yanping Rinehart and Trustee Pat ChangLo helped open programs in China and Taiwan. Of course, the most important international efforts must start at home, and, fueled by a Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges self-study, Juniata set about transforming how the College as a whole thought about internationalization. Some of the changes wrought by the selfstudy were curricular—requiring all students to take at least two internationally focused courses and at least one Cultural Analysis course. The critical recommendation to emerge from the self-study was to refocus Juniata’s international program on creating new exchanges with partner campuses and to reemphasize faculty as the drivers of those exchanges.

Why were exchange programs so crucial to the College? “New exchanges can increase the numbers of internationals and study-abroad students in a budget-neutral way that make such an ambitious program financially viable, and faculty create personal relationships with these study abroad sites that result in innovation,” Cushman explains. A high-tech example of just such innovation is a series of virtual exchanges with overseas campuses using Skype and other technologies. Grace Fala, professor of communication, created an exchange for her International Communication class with the University of Volgograd. Holly Hayer, associate professor of Spanish, linked in her Spanish Conversation class with campuses in Spain and Mexico. Nathan Wagoner, director of new media, created video feeds to campuses in England (University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham) and Ireland (University College, Cork). Additionally over the last 10 years, the College created the Unity House, started its innovative “Host Family” program, and encouraged international student clubs. Juniata faculty have engaged in research sabbaticals and teaching exchanges with university partners abroad and offered service learning trips to such locales as Mexico, Northern Ireland, Guatemala, Ecuador and Puerto Rico. Nontraditional study abroad opportunities are within reach thanks to a consortium with five other Northeast colleges and universities to help develop new opportunities. Juniata’s nationally recognized outreach program, Language in Motion, has been replicated across the country thanks to a national

consortium with 12 partner institutions. Finally, the 2009 Global Engagement Initiative led to the formation of an intercultural learning assessment committee and the Global Village Living and Learning Community. This year (2012-2013) the community will have an “international floor” in Tussey-Terrace Residence Hall and there will be three “language houses” for German, French and Spanish.


ow it’s time to rest on our laurels, right? Au contraire. Nyet. Im gegenteil. The next step up the internationalization ladder is to expand the College’s exchanges with graduate study. Juniata has, with the leadership of Trustee Christoph Schwemmlein ’84, already signed one agreement with FHG-Bocholt, the business campus of the University of

“Visionary leaders such as Jenifer Cushman, JoAnn DeArmas Wallace, William “Buff” Vocke, David Sowell and Kim Richardson have made the College a national example for international education and I am grateful to have been part of the process.” —Tom Kepple, president

Juniata’s dedication to encouraging students to study abroad is one of the prime reasons the College received the Sen. Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization. Betsy Valasko, right, Juniata’s study abroad adviser, talks over options with Janelle Howard ’13, of Mechanicsburg, Pa.

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This past summer, nearly a dozen Juniata faculty and administrators traveled to the United Kingdom to visit campuses to strengthen or propose faculty exchanges with various institutions. The group visited sites in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Great Britain. The Juniata faculty, pictured with various British officials at York St. John University, are, from left, Lynn Cockett (holding red bag), associate professor of communication, Fay Glosenger (holding green folder), professor of education, and Betsy Valasko (green coat), international education adviser, study abroad. Photo by Uma Ramakrishnan

Applied Sciences, Gelsenkirchen, to provide cooperative master’s degree programs for Juniata undergraduates that can be earned within a year of earning a bachelor’s degree from Juniata. Juniata is currently considering other graduate degree agreements with England’s University of Leeds in museum studies, Gelsenkirchen in public relations, and with Philipps University, in Marburg, Germany, to collaborate on a master’s program in peace and conflict studies. This past summer Cushman and nine faculty and administrators visited all the College’s exchange sites in England, Ireland and Scotland. In the past, connections had been made with one or two

Far right, two Juniata faculty, environmental scientist Uma Ramakrishnan and historian Alison Fletcher, check out the observatory at the University College, Cork, Ireland, as part of their exchange trip. Not every building in Great Britain is ancient and dripping with history. This modernistic student union building is at the University College, Cork in Ireland.


Photos by Betsy Valasko


visitors. The larger contingent of visiting Juniatians provided more opportunities for new collaborations. Next year, five faculty (so far) are set to do a similar visit to Australia and New Zealand. “Faculty-to-faculty contact is what makes this whole thing happen,” Cushman summarizes about the internationalization program. These long-range recruiting trips aren’t just confined to international specialists. President Tom Kepple hit the road with business professor Wei-Chung Wang, Juniata’s China representative Ran Tu ’06, historian Doug Stiffler, and lecturer Jingxia Yang, and met representatives from higher education institutions in China, Taiwan and Thailand. In

addition to meeting with prospective students in Chengdu, touring China, and making friends with a panda or two, Kepple helped establish new exchanges with Srinakharinwirot University in Bangkok, Thailand, Shih Hsin University in Taipei, Taiwan and East China Normal University in China. In Thailand the president worked closely with Chumpol Phornprapha ’65 to secure the partnership. “SHU has already agreed to take two to five Juniata students for a short-term exchange program every semester,” says Wang. “As an alumnus of SHU I can help the College communicate with the university on any issues. I have close contact with a number of professors there as well.”

“There is a real hunger for higher education in Asia and the vision of international education Juniata can provide is a credit to our faculty and staff,” Kepple says. “These exchanges strategically ensure that students from the States interested in studying in Asia can do so affordably and effectively.”


he same steadily improving buildup is the hallmark of Juniata’s latest breakthrough in science education.

In May, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute bestowed a $1 million research grant to implement and integrate a Genomics Leadership Initiative into the college’s curriculum. The all-new initiative combines and expands Juniata’s existing teaching and research in genomics with a developing curriculum designed to provide a solid foundation in the ethical, legal and societal issues surrounding this rapidly changing and emerging science.

Photos courtesy Yanping Rinehart


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Although the Hughes grant is an acknowledgement of Juniata’s science excellence, the prestigious medical institute’s award did not come about because several Juniata grant writers had a flash of brilliance. Instead it came about because several grant writers had a flash of brilliance and explained to the institute that Juniata’s new genomics initiative builds on previous innovations dating to the 1970s. In the grant, they detailed how the College built on a series of incremental changes to become a national model for liberal arts science education. The initial building block came in the form of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant in the 1970s. Stated simply, that grant inspired Juniata to create a student-designed curriculum (the POE) that gave students grounding in scientific, historical and cultural knowledge.

President Tom Kepple logged more miles than George Clooney in Up in the Air as he globetrotted to Asian countries to establish partnerships and exchange programs. Top, he meets with left, the president of Srinakharinwirot University in Thailand, and at far right, 1996 honorary degree recipient Chumpol Phornprapha ’65. At right, retired historian Betty Ann Cherry regales a table of students at a “get acquainted” meal in Chengdu, China. Bottom, President Kepple and Ran Tu ’06, Juniata’s China enrollment representative, flank an official from Chengdu Huaying Consulting and Service, a consultancy for overseas study approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education.


he Howard Hughes Medical Institute provided the next step forward in science education

by granting $900,000 in 1992 to enable the College to create truly interdisciplinary science courses. As a result, the faculty initiated Juniata’s innovative freshman organic chemistry sequence, created a combined chemistry/biology lab course and began an expansion of the biology faculty. “In the Genomics Leadership Initiative proposal the Hughes group was concerned about our ability to integrate this ambitious program, but the fact is that the POE and the ‘organic first’ sequence provides a flexible system that enables students to earn genomics certification without adding extra classes,” says Vince Buonaccorsi, associate professor of biology. “Integration across academic departments is very difficult for a variety of reasons, but HHMI was really impressed at how we integrated biology and chemistry.” Next, the $20 million-plus gift from William J. von Liebig funding Juniata’s science building and providing support for a biomedical researcher (then filled by now-retired researcher Michael Boyle) and student-faculty research support. This human and brick-and-mortar infrastructure made it possible to attract research-savvy faculty eager to ply their trade in a liberal arts college. “Discovery is addictive and faculty who want to teach at liberal arts colleges don’t want to give that up,” says Buonaccorsi. “In turn the Hughes Institute and other granting organizations are looking for colleges

Biologists Vince Buonaccorsi, left, and Regina Lamendella collaborate to help structure the College’s Genomics Leadership Initiative, which recently received recognition and a $1 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to create a new genomics curriculum. that can sort of translate these research methods and philosophies to a larger audience. They see liberal arts colleges as models for curricular change because we are smaller—we can pivot. Trying to do this at a large university is like trying to steer the Titanic.” In effect, these three major shifts in how Juniata teaches science identified the College as a place well suited to take the next step in science curriculum—genomics and bioinformatics. A $49,000 grant in 2011 helped establish an offshoot of an existing consortium of liberal arts colleges to provide relatively low cost access to state-of-the-art genome


“HHMI was really impressed at how we integrated biology and chemistry.”—Vince Buonaccorsi, associate professor of biology 10

sequencing technology. The resulting Genome Consortium for Active Teaching Using Next-Generation Sequencing, called GCAT-SEEK, brings together Juniata and other colleges to collaborate with the genomic sequencing core facility at Penn State University. Great science does not always come from great flashes of insight. More often discovery comes from dogged determination—building bits of evidence and experimentation to arrive at the defining moment of discovery. Juniata has come to its own defining moment through much the same methods. “We’ve somehow hit the sweet spot of the golf club and used our resources in bioinformatics, faculty working together in networks, and experiential learning to harness all these things into what we hope to be a very effective hotbed of teaching,” says Buonaccorsi.


uniata has long been a hotbed of quality education, but without consistent enrollment, the College

would be left out in the cold. Over the past five years, the College has used a variety of methods to maintain consistent class sizes (the three largest entering classes in Juniata history have been in the past five years). It turns out that the College has used sort of a four-legged structure to support its efforts in reliably delivering students to the campus. Some of the methods are hightech, some are old-school, but the combination of all these methods resulted in a class of 426, the third largest ever for Juniata. One of the techno-enrollment methods that garnered results came from Waybetter Marketing, a firm that Juniata uses to reach out to prospective students via email and personalized websites, has been effective at getting high school students with targeted interests like chemistry, IT and other disciplines.

“The work of John Hille, our executive vice president of enrollment and retention, has been intrinsically tied in with our recent enrollment success and we owe him thanks for his dedication,” Kepple says. “John embraced technology and research early in his tenure and because of his vision we have been able to make our enrollment efforts more consistent.” Waybetter’s technology also is critical for another leg of the enrollment structure, delivering the brochure—or viewbook—that prospective students get when they express interest in a college. In the coming year, Juniata will develop a personalized viewbook that can be delivered online. The remaining two legs of the enrollment plan are decidedly old technology, but very effective at bringing students. The Gold Card program, where alumni recommend a student and are asked to help in the recruitment of the student, brought in 92 students for the Class of 2016, up from 85 the year before. Indeed,

221 prospectives applied and 196 were admitted—an 89 percent success rate. A similar program called Parents Pride brought in eight students in its first year. In the age of Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and other social media, college officials sometimes forget that one person talking to another is often the best recruiting tool. Michelle Bartol ’84, dean of enrollment, explains that 53 alumni attended 88 college fairs over the 2011-2012 year. “That’s huge, it means we had a presence at 88 recruitment events we wouldn’t have been able to do otherwise,” she says. These accomplishments, achieved in incremental steps over time, have provided Juniata the fuel to power its way into the national consciousness. The key to Juniata’s success can perhaps be found in the title of a 1950s bestseller by famed industrial designer Raymond Loewy—Never Leave Well Enough Alone.


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Juniata has utilized some cuttingedge and defiantly old-school solutions to maintaining a robust enrollment. Technology such as personalized email and website recruitment and a digitally personalized view book, combines with old-fashioned alumni recommendations and recruitment to help the College increase the size and diversity of its incoming classes.



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JSF Indicates number of Scholarships funded.

The Juniata Scholarship Fund had its highest year ever, raising money to award scholarships to academically qualified students who demonstrate great financial need. This year we increased the amount of each scholarship award from $2,390 to $2,480 in order to provide more assistance to the students who need it most. As we continue to welcome large classes to Juniata, we know that the impact of these awards will continue to be felt. The President’s Circle welcomed 161, a special designation for those who make a leadership gift to JSF equal to or greater than one average student award ($2,480 in FY12, $2,500 in FY13). Together, we really are changing lives one scholarship at a time.

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This year we welcomed 752 members to the Juniata Societies. Membership is offered to those who commit $1,000 or more to the College in the fiscal year, with members enjoying benefits specific to their society. Investing in Juniata’s mission at this level helps to elevate us to a higher level of achievement and recognition. For more information on society membership please visit

Number of Members

Overall Gifts

Brumbaugh Society ($10,000+) . . . . . . . . 103 . . . . . . . . $5,390,376 . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Ellis ($5,000 - $9,999) . . . . . . . . . . 88 . . . . . . . . . . $312,147 . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Quinter ($1,000 - $4,999) . . . . . . . . . 561 . . . . . . . . . . $543,687 . . . . . . . . . . 134 JSF Indicates number of scholarships funded by each society.

Information is Gold In student recruitment, information is gold, according to Michelle Bartol ’84, dean of enrollment. Although the College’s Gold Card Recruitment Program has been an unqualified success, Bartol has a few tips for enthusiastic alumni itching to reel in their first student referral. wPrint each entry clearly on the card. “It’s very easy to get names wrong or misinterpret spellings.” wMake sure every piece of information is correct. “If we are missing an address, an apartment number, are using Street instead of Avenue, all of that can cause us to miss a recruiting opportunity.” wCommunicate with the enrollment counselor assigned to your student. “Our database is huge, so the more we interact with you the better our chances are to personalize our approach to your student.


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Heritage Circle Heritage Circle members invest in the future of Juniata through planned giving. “Planned giving” simply means that individuals make gifts to the College that require some planning before they are made. Because such gifts involve accumulated assets distributed over time or through one’s will, they empower people to make leadership gifts beyond what they might think possible. Planned Gifts for 2011-2012

A heartfelt thanks to all who gave to Juniata in fiscal year 2012 (June 1, 2011– May 31, 2012). Juniata continues to provide an extraordinary learning experience for many qualified students regardless of economic status. You help us keep the Juniata experience affordable through your gifts of time and financial resources.

Estate gifts received (15) . . . . . . . . $1,949,372

Life Income Agreements (2) . . . . . . . . . . $40,000 New estate commitments (21) . . . . . . . . $3,328,348

Overall Giving

15000000 Total $5,317,720 Total Heritage Circle Members 290



Some planned gifts provide valuable tax benefits or income, and individuals can use a variety of assets— 9000000 investments, real estate, artwork, and more—to establish them. Planned giving tools include bequests, trusts, and contracts between a donor and the College. Such 6000000 commitments are among the most powerful tools for individuals to benefit themselves, their families, and Juniata. 3000000



$6,977,730 $8,288,443 ’08

Foundations, Corporations & Business (17%) $1,328,229 Research & Gov. Grants (6%) $482,480


$7,618,965 ’10


’12 Friends and Church of the Brethren (4%) $297,968 Parents (2%) $118,853 Alumni (71%) $5,510,095 2012 total = $7,737,624

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“The opportunity to compete for scholarships such as the St. Andrews Scholarship is crucial, because it allows students who could not financially afford a full year of study abroad to have the chance to immerse themselves in the rich literary and political history that is embedded in Scottish culture.” Zach Strouse ’14 Lock Haven, Pa. POE: English literature and politics Zach received the Andrew Mutch Scholarship from the St. Andrews Society of Philadelphia. He is currently studying at the University of Edinburgh. Photo by Sungouk Park ’14

to spend a week as Executive in Residence. Nov. 17: Nathaniel Fischer ’14, wins


JCEL Business Plan Competition.


Sonika Chandra ’15

Oct. 24: Carl Glaeser ’77 visits Juniata

Jeffrey A. Bruzee ’14

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Nov. 17


“I really became interested in research through attending the Liberal Arts Symposium my freshman year. All of the students were really excited to talk with me about their posters and they all encouraged me to get involved in research. The NSF is interested in both research and the broader impacts of your potential career. I can certainly attest that this place truly changes lives.” Katerina Korch ’12 Shillington, Pa. POE: Chemistry Received a NSF-GRFB, the first Juniata undergraduate to receive such an honor. Selected as an alternate for a Fulbright Fellowship. Photo by Jeff Bruzee ’14

residence; receives honorary degree.

Jan. 20

Feb. 7: Larry Bock, former women’s volleyball coach and

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from New Zealand, spends week in

athletic director, inducted into Juniata Hall of Fame. 15

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Jan 20: Jim McLay, UN Ambassador

Sungouk Park ’14

Feb. 7

One Good Intern Serves Others

Juniata Graduate’s Idea Gives Students Timely Help


Erin Kreischer ’13, of Harrisburg, Pa., was able to work at the Office of African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State over the summer, thanks to the Super Internship program. 16

By John Wall

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Scott O’Neill ’80, a retired attorney from West Chester, Pa., believes internships are the new key to employment for recent college graduates. Certainly amazing grades and glowing letters of recommendation help, but to close the deal with an employer, you better have an internship—maybe two. O’Neill says an internship during his College career at a forestry camp at Trough Creek, secured by Bob Reilly, professor emeritus of social work, opened the world for him. O’Neill wanted to give current students similar pathways to success.

—Scott O’Neill ’80


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Photo (right): Rachel Pray

he classic model for a liberal arts education espouses that students take as many different courses as possible to create a solid grounding in analysis and logic. Lately, forward-thinking institutions such as Juniata have brought experiential learning into the mix. Juniata has been doing this sort of thing for decades, but in the past 10 years the College’s main focus on providing hands-on lessons in real-world situations has centered on providing challenging (and sometimes life-changing) internships.

“I don’t know how students today can get into the work force without a meaningful internship. It gives the student a foot in the door, which can often lead to a job at the business when they graduate or at least provide networking opportunities.”

“I don’t know how students today can get into the work force without a meaningful internship,” he says. “It gives the student a foot in the door, which can often lead to a job at the business when they graduate or at least provide networking opportunities.” Two students just finished summer internships funded by O’Neill’s generosity. Both say the experience was a revelation. Will Young ’13, of Benton, Pa., was looking for an environmental science-related experience when environmental scientist Neil Pelkey directed him to Bernard Halloran, a Juniata adjunct faculty member. Halloran had worked at Louisiana State University’s School of Renewable Natural Resources and has worked to set up internship opportunities. “I applied fall semester and interviewed over the phone and by the end of the phone call I was told I had the position,” Young says. “The rent down there (in Baton Rouge, La.) is expensive, about $800 a month, and I couldn’t swing that,” he explains. “Then I saw an ad in the daily announcements about a Super Internship.” Juniata’s career services office oversees what the College calls Super Internship Awards, which can be awarded to students offered internships in metropolitan areas

Environmental science student Will Young ’13, of Benton, Pa., spent the summer cruising bayous and dodging alligators and jumping carp as an intern with the Louisiana State University School of Renewable Natural Resources. Here, Will holds a gar during a fish-sampling expedition.


Photo courtesy Will Young ’13


where costs are prohibitive. Young filled out an application, wrote an accompanying essay and interviewed with the internship committee. By summer he was headed for the bayou. “LSU said I needed a vehicle, so I sold my truck and my mom sold her car and my parents bought a new car and I was able to borrow it for the summer,” Young says. “The Super Internship helped pay for rent and the gas to drive down here.” Once there, Will experienced “the greatest summer of my life.”

He spent a lot of time in a boat cruising the Atchafalaya River Basin collecting water samples and electroshocking to gather fish samples. He also had to dodge jumping Asian carp that tend to fling themselves out of rivers and into passing boats. His most memorable turn as an intern? Let’s go to his blog: “Perhaps the craziest thing I have experienced is being attacked by killer carp and seeing a dead 8-foot alligator that was chewed almost in half by an even bigger alligator.”

Monica McGrath ’13, of Warrington, Pa., poses in the lab at RJ Lee Group, a Monroeville, Pa. business specializing in industrial materials analysis. She tested a variety of materials, including concrete and vermiculite. Photo by Jim Judkis

The connection to RJ Lee came when McGrath attended Math and Science Interview Day, sponsored by Career Services. The company was seeking permanent employees, but McGrath kept in touch with the company’s recruiter and received an internship offer in spring semester 2012. Though her internship is paid an hourly wage, the Pittsburgh-area rents made her finances a bit tight. Her Super Internship stipend made the difference. “This internship has shown me that I have enough knowledge to go right into the working world and has shown me what skills I need to improve upon,” McGrath says. “I had always planned on going right into graduate school, but now I think I might work for a few years. This internship is an experience I will value the rest of my life.”

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No watery leviathans attacked Monica McGrath ’13, of Warrington, Pa., during her internship, but that doesn’t mean she lacked for adventure. At RJ Lee Group, a Monroeville, Pa.-based company specializing in industrial materials analysis, information management and industrial engineering, she has learned how to perform nondestructive testing on concrete, test vermiculite for purity and make thin sections of concrete for analysis. She spent most of her days in the lab, but McGrath, a geology POE who likes to get out in the field, found that she enjoys applying geologic science through a microscope as well. “Before I got here I didn’t know what to expect, but I am using a lot of what I learned at Juniata,” she says. McGrath’s supervisor, Jim Marquis, agrees. He hopes she will come back next summer for another internship.

“This internship has shown me that I have enough knowledge to go right into the working world and has shown me what skills I need to improve upon.”

Obtaining real-life skills in a professional work setting has lasting value for any college graduate, a tenet that Juniata has tried to incorporate throughout its curriculum and extracurricular activities. According to Darwin Kysor, director of the Office of Career Services, the introduction of the so-called Super Internship endowment (its actual name: the Juniata Alumni Internship Endowment) will undoubtedly have a domino effect in the years to come. Eight students applied for the stipend in its first year, with little on-campus advertising. Once a student applies then they submit an essay, a résumé and recommendations. Each student is interviewed by a committee that includes service learning coordinator Abbey Baird ’09; instructor Carol Peters; professors Tom Fisher, Marlene Burkhardt and Grace Fala; and Linda Carpenter, executive director of constituent relations, Kysor and Michael Pennington from Career Services. The JAIE endowed internship program supports about six students per year, yet until the endowment grows enough to support more interns, individual donors have made gifts to enable Juniatians to work in jobs they might have only dreamed of. Monae Dewitt ’13, of Baltimore, Md., was able to take an internship in distant New Hampshire thanks to a gift from Dr. Scott Snyder ’85. Dewitt, who is studying digital media communications, is currently working at Florentine Films, a collective film company in Walpole, N.H., best known as the base of operations for Emmy-winning documentarian Ken Burns. Dewitt, who will work in Florentine’s editing department, decided to take a fall internship when her adviser, Sarah Worley ’00, told her she could apply the internship as credit. She couldn’t afford to fly up for an interview, so she interviewed via the Internet program Skype. “They offered it to me at the end of the interview and I was so excited, but at the same time it was overwhelming,” she recalled. “I was trying to figure out my expenses and it looked like I wouldn’t be able to afford it, but the same day, I saw the email about Super Internships.” Dewitt was able to afford the airfare to New Hampshire and rent for three months. Kysor even offered to hand deliver the check (“It was for more than

“I was trying to figure out my expenses and it looked like I wouldn’t be able to afford it, but the same day, I saw the email about Super Internships.” —Monae Dewitt ’13


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Monae Dewitt ’13, of Baltimore, Md., shown here working on a Juniata film shoot, was able to afford to accept an internship with Florentine Films, the production company owned by acclaimed documentarian Ken Burns, thanks to a Super Internship grant. Photo by Jason Jones

Jade Wronowski ’13, of Barto, Pa., spent the summer at the Tom Steel Clinic in Mill Valley, Calif., a medical facility servicing people living with HIV/AIDS in Marin County.

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Jade updated the clinic’s website, wrote a policies and procedures manual, and spent two days a week at the nearby San Francisco Jail to help educate newly arrived inmates about the jail’s services.

I asked for in my application,” Dewitt says). A timely internship for a budding filmmaker who could never achieve the same level of experience on Juniata’s campus is a prime example of O’Neill’s “life-changing” idea. Of course, career-altering opportunities do not always come in customfit packages. Check with Jade Wronowski ’13, of Barto, Pa. who is a health communication POE. Although the original job description she saw asked for a pre-med student, Wronowski spent the summer at the Tom Steel Clinic in Mill Valley, Calif., a comprehensive medical and educational medical facility servicing people living with HIV/AIDs in Marin County. She updated the website, wrote a policies and procedures manual for the clinic and spent two days a week at the nearby San Francisco Jail developing a video to educate newly arrived prisoners on jailhouse services. Kysor, who meets with sophomores and juniors seeking internships almost daily, encouraged Wronowski to apply for the position, despite her lack of pre-med qualifications. “With some of these internship opportunities, students may not have applied because they were pre-emptively eliminating themselves based on the description or the costs involved,” Kysor explains. “We received many more applications for the Super Internship program than we expected, so even if we can’t support every student who applies, it seems that students are willing to put themselves out there for more internships.”

Erin Kreisher ’13, pictured in front of the sign for the Truman Building, housing the U.S. State Department, has taken advantage of two internships in Washington, D.C. and several on campus.

“I have seen so many different Quito, Ecuador and San Cristobal, aspects to health care during Galapagos, only to leave campus (the internship) that it has been again in spring 2012 to be a incredible to talk to so many people Washington, D.C. intern at Peace who play an active role in improving Corps Coverdell World Wise people’s lives,” she says. Wronowski’s Schools. internship was unique in that So, what to do when she the opportunity and the Super received word approving her Internship stipend was sponsored application to be an intern in the by Tim ’72 and Kathy Statton ’72 African Affairs Office of the U.S. as a package. She was paid an hourly wage at the clinic, but the stipend provided a financial cushion that paid for her rent and food. —Erin Kreischer ’13 “I couldn’t have afforded to take the internship otherwise,” she explains. For Erin Kreischer ’13, an Department of State? “I think international politics POE from it would have been too good an Harrisburg, Pa., sometimes you need opportunity to pass up (for financial financial help to take advantage of reasons), so I think I would have everything the world offers. She found a way to do it. But, the Super spent the summer of 2010 in The Internship made it much easier.” Gambia. In fall 2011 she studied at Universidad San Francisco in

As a State Department intern, she’s been asked to research and draft position papers and help prepare for agency conferences. The stipend also gave her more flexibility in her schedule so she could attend extracurricular events at think tanks and other agencies. “It gives students the ability to apply for important internships,”


“It gives students the ability to apply for important internships.”


she says of her stipend, which was donated anonymously. “If you have to be paid for an internship it doesn’t give you as much leeway in what you can go for.”

Alexandra Irrera ’12, a resident of Houston, Texas, was able to intern at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston the summer after graduation. Irrera’s internship is a legacy of the late Peter Marzio ’65, the former director of the museum. The internship offers an hourly wage, but Irrera was able to accept the position when her adviser, Judy Maloney, assistant professor of art, asked her to apply. “As a student fresh out of college I have significant student debt, so the stipend was very helpful in paying that.” This summer she worked on the Museum’s Evenings for Educators, a program aimed at school and teachers that use the museum as a resource. For example, she helped

prepare materials for an exhibit on an acclaimed 19th century African-American painter, Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit. Her internship will remain an important building block on her career portfolio or put her a rung or two up on the competitive ladder in graduate school. Indeed all, the recipients had a central feeling in common— gratitude. “You can’t believe how excited I was when I heard I could afford to take my internship,” says Dewitt.

“As a student fresh out of college I have significant student debt, so the stipend was very helpful in paying that.” —Alexandra Irrera ’12

Alexandra Irrera ’12, of Houston, Texas, was able to use the stipend provided by a Super Internship to jump start her career. She was able to accept an internship at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts after she graduated. Photo by George Ramirez/Houston Museum of Fine Arts

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“The Fulbright will be invaluable. I will use the language and cultural experiences during my studies at graduate school (he is enrolled at the University of Michigan after completing his Fulbright). It really felt good to be picked as a finalist, but then I worried until they made a decision as to who received fellowships. The fellowship will enrich my study of China.” Mike Thompson ’12 Ann Arbor, Mich. POE: International Politics Received a Fulbright Fellowship to teach English in Taiwan, Republic of China. Photo by Janice Jackson ’14

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“I would like a career in biomedical research and would like to take advantage of the fantastic opportunities in Germany. The DAAD scholarship will help me to focus on absorbing German culture and language—it’s important to speak to other researchers for networking and for sharing information. Fluency in German and in English will be very helpful for my research career. I would like to spend at least a part of my career in Germany.” Erin McClure ’13 Reading, Pa. POE: Biochemistry Awarded DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Scholarship for yearlong study abroad at Phillips University in Marburg, Germany. Erin also received the Bliss-KarnsSchwemmlein Scholarship to fund her study-abroad opportunity. Photo by Ying Siow Tan

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Executive Privilege: Alumni Business By John Wall, media relations director Photography: J.D. Cavrich, (unless noted)


t was a simple idea really. Jim Lakso, provost, and accounting professor Pat Weaver were talking about how best to utilize some of the College’s best and brightest business graduates. At some point, someone suggested that the department invite current and retired businesspeople to spend extended time with students— something beyond a daylong visit. Thus was born the Executive in Residence Program.


It started three years ago, with a residency by energy executive Todd Kulp ’80, now chief financial officer at Ecopetrol America Inc., who dazzled business faculty and students alike with his evangelical fervor for ethical standards. Kulp told of his experiences at Enron, the Texas energy company that famously imploded in 2001, and went on to talk about his other experiences in the energy industry. “Todd was perhaps one of the most dynamic speakers I have seen in more than a decade at Juniata,” said John Hille, executive vice president for enrollment and retention, shortly after the visit. “In a classroom setting, students are able to observe how executives carry themselves,” says Gabe Castro ’12, now working for Vanguard Inc. “There is a lot to be learned from presentations on how they communicate with people.” After Kulp’s triumphant return and the accompanying accolades by faculty and students, Weaver, then chair of the business department, asked Kathy Baughman, assistant professor of business, to set up a regular biannual residency focused on the College’s alumni base. The resulting program has become a regular and highly anticipated feature of fall and spring semester.


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Fred Mason ’73, a retired executive with Caterpillar Inc. and a Juniata Trustee, spent a week in residence sharing wisdom with students and soaking up their enthusiasm.

“I’d like to thank Jim Lakso, Pat Weaver, Kathy Baughman and the rest of the business department for their wholehearted embrace of this program,” says Thomas Kepple, Juniata president. “All too often higher education institutions look beyond their own alumni rolls to bring in experts on various subjects. It’s a particular testament to the business students and faculty that we have been able to bring in executives with amazing depth of experience and deep loyalty to their alma mater.” The residency project was inspired in part by the formation of the Information Technology advisory board, which comprised a variety of Juniata alumni. The project started with a list of possible executives and then the department laid out what the residencies should look like. Each executive would be matched with several professors whose courses complemented the executive’s area of expertise and spend time in the classroom. Executives would be available for one-on-one consultations for students such as résumé evaluation, career counseling and other questions. Each business leader would deliver a public presentation of some kind.

The first Executive in Residence participant was Todd Kulp ’80, now with Ecopetrol America Inc. and a Juniata Trustee, who taught students about ethics in business, based on his experiences at Enron Inc.


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“In a classroom setting, students are able to observe how executives carry themselves. There is a lot to be learned from presentations on how they communicate with people.” —Gabe Castro ’12, an analyst at Vanguard Inc.

Carl Glaeser ’77, Juniata Trustee and director of Palladian Capital, was so energized by the program he decided to support the effort by endowing the program. Here he irons out the details with Gabriel Welsch, vice president of advancement and marketing.

“Over the years we have adapted the program to be much more student-centered,” explains Kathy Baughman, assistant professor of business. “Our executives still spend time in classes and offer a public presentation, but they spend much of their time interacting with individual students.” Many of the returning executives find the counseling sessions to be most productive as well. Fred Mason ’73, a retired managing director of Caterpillar Luxembourg, met

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—Carl Glaeser ’77, managing partner, Palladium Capital

with more than 40 students during his time at the College and other executives, such as Tim Statton ’72, retired Bechtel executive, Bud Wise, retired PPG vice president, and Carl Glaeser ’77, director of Palladian Capital, saw more than 30 students over the course of a week. “They’ve done everything from judge student presentations to teaching a case study to making their own classroom presentation,” says Baughman, who is charged with arranging each residency and ensuring things go smoothly. “Students really appreciate real-life experiences and having someone who has sat in a Juniata classroom explain how business works.” Glaeser enjoyed his experience interacting with students so much he decided to make a gift to endow the program, making it a permanent part of the College’s curriculum. “We’re in the process of developing the program,” he says. “We need to put a structure in place where it can thrive.” And that’s not the first

Juniata Trustee Charles “Bud” Wise, a former Juniata faculty member and recently retired as a human resources executive from PPG Inc., helped more than three dozen students go over resumes, interview strategies and other topics. Photo By Laura Hess ’11

“There was one young woman in the class who kept suggesting solutions that were exactly what (Bechtel) did in that situation. The student feedback was impressive.”


—Tim Statton ’72, retired president of Bechtel Power Corp.


gift he’s made to the program. After speaking to Juniata’s Investing class, he sent each student in the class a copy of The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life. “I’ve taken a non traditional career path but the key is developing lifelong skills. They will never fail you because they are your skills,” he adds. “Life is a journey and giving students the tools that are time-based and experience-based helps them, because they have a long way to go.” The journey turns out to be just as exciting for the visiting executives. During residencies, the businessmen often teamed with various business faculty and spent much of their time in one-on-one counseling sessions with students. “I realized if I was going to be effective I had to add value to what they were getting from their professors,” explains Fred Mason, a retired managing director for Caterpillar Luxembourg and now an independent consultant

specializing in sustainable development based at his home in Greenland, N.H. “My added value was to show how the ethics and principles they were learning can be used to make business decisions.” Mason, who spent a week on campus in March 2012, saw more than 40 students for career counseling and résumé preparation and points out that students may find talking to a businessperson less intimidating than approaching a professor for advice. “We have the benefit of serving as a mentor,” he says. “We are not grading them or holding their future in our hands. By the end of the week they were approaching me to ask questions about living in Europe.” Students see the weeklong residency as an opportunity to grow, meet people who could be part of their personal network, and get advice on improving themselves as professionals. “We

definitely approached talking with the executives differently than our professors,” says Rob Strauss ’13, of Verona, Pa. “It’s a more formal interaction, which is good practice for life after college.” Tim Statton was energized by presenting a business case in one of Randy Rosenberger’s classes. Statton, who retired from Bechtel Power in 2009, used a Bechtel case involving a project in India that had been written up three times in the Harvard Business Review and continues to marvel at the interactions between the students and himself and Rosenberger. “There was one young woman in the class who kept suggesting solutions that were exactly what (Bechtel) did in that situation,” he says. “The student feedback was impressive.” The executives in residence interviewed for this story all agreed

“We definitely approached talking with the executives differently than our professors. It’s a more formal interaction, which is good practice for life after college.”

that continued use of alumni businesspeople is a must. Although the executives who have done a residency have had long, successful careers, they all still remember the feeling of sitting in a college classroom—without the right answers. “We all identify with what the students are going through, that feeling of ‘Am I doing the right thing?’” Statton says. “All the way up to the day I retired I was thinking the same thing. I just told the classes don’t be afraid to make mistakes.” In the coming year, two more executives will provide insight and expertise. Lisa Giles ’80, founder and CEO of Giles & Associates consultancy, will do a fall residency. Mike Appleby ’84, vice president at QVC Network, will return in the spring. For all the time spent by the executives in classrooms and in

counseling sessions, students also say that “down time” with the visiting execs might be the most valuable. “The informal conversations over lunch or in BAC hallways are the best times to talk,” Strauss explains. “I’d recommend having more free time for the executives to eat meals with students. It’s the interactions that aren’t expected that are often the most valuable in the long run.” “It’s a humbling experience to go back where you started,” says Glaeser. “The students I saw that week were highquality, driven students—they were reflective of the College and the quality of education they were receiving.”

Carl Glaeser ’77, an executive with Palladian Capital and a Juniata Trustee, had such a great time teaching that he sent copies of Warren Buffett’s biography to students in Juniata’s investing course. Photo by Sonika Chandra ’15


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—Rob Strauss ’13, accounting, Verona, Pa.



Jim Borgardt, one of Juniata’s physicists, poses next to an iconic statue of another physicist, Albert Einstein. The Einstein statue is located close by the U.S. State Department, where Borgardt is working in a fellowship from the American Institute of Physics.


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im Borgardt is driving home from Washington, D.C after going through a long interview with representatives from the American Institute of Physics. He was trying for a State Department Fellowship that would give him an opportunity to see foreign policy in action. Like any savvy interviewee, Jim had gone on the Web and looked up the Fellows who had been awarded the fellowship previously and saw a long line of huge universities and research institutions.

Plus, there is only one such AIP Fellowship awarded per year, and roughly 50 academics applied for it. Not heartening odds for a professor who plies his trade at a small liberal arts college a long way from the avenues of power in the District of Columbia. But he thought the interview would be good experience for some other fellowships he had his eye on. He found a nice rapport with the interview panel—they asked a lot of physics questions—and one panelist asked him to explain the atom. Then he got The Question. “This position seeks out scientists who can explain complicated theories to policymakers; you are from a small, liberal arts college that does not have a major research program. Why should we consider you for this fellowship?” 2011-2012 President’s Report



Jim thought for a moment about giving a politically correct answer, telling them that yes, he was not primarily a research scientist but that given the chance he would work hard to excel, blah, blah, blah. No, he decided, let’s go for broke and make an argument. “I told them ‘You want someone from a liberal arts college for exactly that reason. We are used to explaining difficult concepts to people across the academic spectrum. We also do a lot with a little as far as funding. That’s what you do in government. Liberal arts professors do that every day,’” Borgardt recalled later. “I told them about teaching ‘Nuclear Threat,’ I told them about (chemist Richard) Hark’s ‘Chemistry of Art’ course. At the end I thought I might not get it, but I made the argument.” Borgardt’s soapbox moment over, he headed home. But when he pulled into Huntingdon about three hours later, he received a call. He was the 2012-2013 State Department Fellow for the American Institute of Physics. Borgardt’s defense of the liberal arts ethic is perhaps the best illustration of how Juniata faculty continue to explore new areas of scholarship or branch out into disciplines that have piqued their interest. In the same way that Juniata academic programs build excellence over time (See Brick by Brick, page 4), 34

Provost Jim Lakso, left, probably still recovering from the fact Jim Borgardt is wearing a suit, trades tie tips with the physics professor. Lakso encourages all professors to seek out opportunities to expand their teaching and scholarship.

the College’s professors expand the limits of their expertise though sabbaticals, international exchanges and, yes, fellowships. Borgardt is hardly the first to leave the nest to see the great, wide world beyond Huntingdon. The late Ron Cherry ’53, professor of economics, spent time at the Harvard Business School and returned to apply Harvard’s “case study method” to the College’s curriculum—not to mention the Hobo Hike. Biologist Jeff Demarest took time to study brewing at the University of California, Davis in

order to teach Juniata’s “Art of Brewing” course. “Being immersed in a stimulating environment opens doors for you when you’re in a new place talking to people and trading ideas,” says David Hsiung, who spent a year at the Massachusetts Historical Society as a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow in 2005-2006. “It builds on, and further diversifies, opportunities for students—whether it’s a new course, a letter of recommendation, internships or graduate school applications. These opportunities to get off campus and learn new

“You never know what is going to come out of it. When I did a Fulbright in the Czech Republic, it brought about two study abroad programs.” —Jack Barlow, professor of politics


Jim Borgardt did not know how to tie a Windsor knot, so after some fashion consulting from Memory Hark, wife of Juniata chemist Richard Hark, Borgardt learned to tie a distinctive knot—with an occasional peek at an online tutorial on his iPad (far left).


im Borgardt’s epic interview process for his State Department fellowship required a lot of preparation, balancing of options and juggling of expenses. But, do you know what was the most nerve-wracking part of it? Buying an interview suit. The thing is, you have to know the Borgardt sartorial legacy. It’s quite possible that the last time he wore a tie was at his high school graduation. At Juniata, he’s more of a jeans guy than a tweed jacket person. He also grew up in the Bay Area in California and went to college in Santa Barbara, so the extent of his formal wear experience was probably limited to wearing

Next he called in the style experts. Memory Hark, wife of chemist Richard Hark, recommended he use a Windsor knot to tie his tie, because it “makes a bold, confident statement.” So, Jim bookmarked a tutorial on how to tie a Windsor on his iPad and used that to prepare for his interview. As we have seen, Borgardt dazzled the State Department with his teaching and evidently his chic look, so he returned to Joseph A. Banks to pick out a couple more ensembles. “My first stop will be the provost’s office, because Joanne Krugh (Provost Jim Lakso’s administrative manager) said she wanted to have evidence that I have worn a suit,” Borgardt says. She’ll no doubt have to get in line.


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Perhaps anticipating a fashion spread in GQ, Borgardt strikes a pose, or maybe he’s trying to remember the fourth step in tying a Windsor knot.

“nice flip-flops” or sneakers with his teaching outfits. Indeed, President Tom Kepple has had a running correspondence with Borgardt reminding Jim to wear a tie at College events. Borgardt usually writes back, “Can I borrow one? A clip-on?” So, when word came of his fellowship interview, he consulted a few Juniata administrators known to wear suits. Shortly thereafter, he went to retailer Joseph A. Banks to buy his first suit in decades—maybe in his entire life. The store usually does discounts if you buy more than one suit, but Borgardt negotiated a complicated deal based on whether he got the fellowship, because if he failed to get a position, he didn’t want three unworn suits hanging in his closet.

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Early in his career at Juniata, Borgardt and his colleagues pioneered the installation of a laser lab, which is still in use by students and researchers such as Jamie White, professor of physics, and Borgardt.


things benefit professors and students in ways beyond the classroom.” “It can have a really powerful impact,” agrees Jack Barlow, professor of politics, who spent a year at Princeton University working on selected writings of Gouverneur Morris as a Garwood Visiting Fellow in Princeton’s James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. “You never know what is going to come out of it. When I did a Fulbright in the Czech Republic, it brought about two study abroad programs.” Borgardt is a classic example. When he was hired at Juniata, the College did not have the facilities for him to continue his doctoral research, so he sought out 36

Dick Kouzes, a Research Fellow at Pacific Northwest National Laboratories and began research in radiation sensing. A few years into his teaching career, he and his entire family spent nine months in India as a BCA Study Abroad director. Every summer he spends a couple weeks corralling, supervising and teaching Juniata students across countless states on the Remote Field Course. Clearly a professor who likes learning. “I’ve always been interested in how science interfaces with society,” he explains. “I wanted to see how policy and government come together.” The spark of Borgardt’s journey came in two conversations, one with alumnus Kunio Sayanagi ’00, and one with a guest

“I told them ‘You want someone from a liberal arts college [because] we are used to explaining difficult concepts to people across the academic spectrum. We also do a lot with a little as far as funding. That’s what you do in government. Liberal arts professors do that every day.’” —Jim Borgardt, professor of physics

speaker, Elaine Ulrich, now a technology manager in the U.S. Department of Energy. Sayanagi knew Ulrich, who was an AIP Congressional Fellow in 2008. Intrigued, Borgardt started the process of applying. His focus was not on the fellowship he ended up securing, but rather on an American Association for the Advancement of Science program: Science and Technology Policy Fellowships. Dozens of fellowships were available and the recipients could work in a variety of federal agencies. Borgardt was most interested in the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy and the Department of Homeland Security. He applied for the AIP fellowship too, but theorized that he could use the interview experience to be better

prepared for the AAAS positions. As shown above, Borgardt’s killer interview for the State Department fellowship short-circuited his plans. The good news was that he was an AIP Fellow, the bad news was that he was a fellow who did not know a lot about which offices in the State Department would be a good fit. Plus, it was up to him to make the connections to whichever office appealed to him. So, he worked the phones, as they say in the news business. He called a handful of former AIP Fellows. “I did six interviews with different offices,” Borgardt recalls. “I tried to get a sense of what each office did. I did not want to be in an office where I would be given a big project and an office and I wouldn’t be seen again. I wanted to be in a place where I

could see how government works.” That place turned out to be the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation/ Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism, which develops policies to counter nuclear smuggling, works with the Department of Defense to develop playbooks to help respond to potential nuclear incidents, and works with nuclear forensics. The fellowship offers a salary stipend, a relocation allowance and travel allowance. Many of the AIP Fellows are relatively young, so for new faculty the salary stipend is quite generous. For a mid-career professor who wants to move his whole family to Washington so they can get a different cultural experience, it’s a little dicey. But with renting out his Huntingdon home,

sabbatical half-pay for the year and a little luck, the Borgardts are ready. He has rented a home in Silver Spring, Md., and already is collating restaurant lists of Thai, Ethiopian, Indian and other cuisines. His sons Aiden and Soren are enrolled in Maryland schools and he’s ready for the Beltway baccalaureate degree. After the next year is up, however, the physicist is eager to get back on campus to see how his experience will affect his work in the classroom. “On a campus like Juniata, you are applying your craft horizontally as well as vertically,” Borgardt says. “Anyone in any field can apply for an AAAS fellowship and I think it would be great if more Juniata faculty applied. It’s a really neat position to be in.”


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Posed near the Harry S. Truman headquarters of the U.S. Department of State, Jim Borgardt is spending the 2012-13 academic year working at the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation/Weapons of Mass destruction and Terrorism, which can originate policies to police nuclear smuggling, gameplan responses to nuclear incidents and work with nuclear forensics.

“All three of my politics professors, Dr. Barlow, Dr. Plane and Sam Hayes were key in helping me get this fellowship. For Sam Hayes, who had literally just met me, to spend two weeks helping me with my essay and other work—I don’t think I would have won the Finnegan Fellowship if I had been working independently. You can learn politics and government in the classroom, but it’s also important to be part of the process of government.” Derrick Magnotta ’14 Tafton, Pa. POE: Politics Received a Finnegan Fellowship, which funds a paid summer internship with a Pennsylvania executive agency. Photo by Sonika Chandra ’15

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March 21: Fred Mason ’73, retired Caterpillar Inc. executive, spends a week in residence with business classes.

“Getting the chance to take part in this program is what drew me to Juniata’s art history program. There is such an emphasis on community and studying abroad. I was just flattered to be asked to apply. I can’t even explain how I felt when I got the email accepting me to the program.” Jerika Jordan ’14 Austin, Texas POE: Art History and Museum Studies Received a Fulbright Commission award to attend a Summer Institute and Nottingham Trent University in Great Britain. Photo by Krista Leibensperger ’12

Apr. 5

retirement. April 9: Juniata Theatre and Digital Media Studio collaborate to win $12,000 first prize from ETC Inc. (a lighting control company) for a zombie movie.

Andy Waplinger ’12

April 5: President Thomas R. Kepple Jr. announces


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Juniata Sports Top Ten Moments of 2011-12 By Pete Lefresne

sports information director Photography: J.D. Cavrich, (unless noted) Photography Illustration: Thomas Jordan ’14


ith the 2011-12 academic year in the rearview mirror, it’s time to take a look back at the top athletic moments of the past year.


With the help of the good folks in Juniata Sports Information, here is a run-down of their top 10 moments in Juniata athletics for 2011-12...


10. Synthetic turf at Knox Stadium Thanks in part to a gift from the estate of former Juniata trustee and longtime benefactor David K. Goodman ’74, Knox Stadium saw its high-crowned natural grass surface removed and replaced with a new synthetic turf product. The newly-named Goodman Field at Knox Stadium is now covered with Shaw Sportexe Powerblade SZ, a dual-fiber product that allows for use with a number of different sports. In addition to continuing as the home of Juniata football, Goodman Field will become the new home for Juniata’s nationally-ranked field hockey program, which had struggled to schedule home games on their old grass field at Winton Hill. The new facility gives several other teams an all-weather venue to practice and compete outdoors, and will allow for more use by other Juniata students and campus groups.

Photo: Thomas Jordan ’14



9. XC/track’s Ceth Parker rebounds for remarkable senior season After a lackluster junior campaign, Juniata cross country and track distance runner Ceth Parker ’12 rebounded to turn in some amazing performances as a senior while trying to qualify for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Parker ended his season with a Juniata record time of 14:31.08 in the 5,000m at the Swarthmore Last Chance meet—a 25-second improvement over his previous personal best, and barely missing out on qualifying for nationals. In the final month of his collegiate career, Parker also set Juniata records in the 1500m (3:56.38) and the 3000m (8:41.42). Not a bad recovery for a runner who struggled competitively as a junior with several nutritional deficiencies.


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It also was the watershed individual effort on a men’s team that set three outdoor records and posted 11 performances among the top five in program history. Not to be outdone, the Juniata women’s track team posted five outdoor records—including three by sophomore distance runner Katrina Woods ’14— and put 15 performances on the all-time Juniata outdoor track leaderboard.


8. Men’s volleyball upends No. 2 Springfield College in 3-0 shutout Juniata College was ranked fourth in the AVCA Division III Men’s Volleyball Coaches poll and was 0-3 versus top eight teams heading into its matchup with secondranked Springfield College. The Eagles got the ranked-team bugaboo off their backs with a spectacular 3-0 pasting of the archrival Pride, 27-25, 25-21, and 25-20. Juniata hit .447 as a team, including a .630 mark in the third set, while holding Springfield to a .253 hitting percentage. Middle hitters Ben Wolff ’12 and Joe Bortak ’15 each put down 14 kills while combining to hit .756 with eight block assists. Paul Kuhn ’15 and Ross Madden ’14 logged nine kills each.

7. Baseball’s Joe Sforza takes no-hitter into the seventh against Susquehanna

The next night, Juniata knocked off Division II Grand Canyon University, led by former Juniata coach Jeremy Price, capping an eight-day run in which the Eagles defeated a Division II school, their biggest Division III rival, and Division I and former EIVA conference foe George Mason University.


Juniata baseball closed out its 2012 season by hosting Landmark rival Susquehanna University, and sophomore Joe Sforza ’14 almost made it among the most memorable games in program history. There is no documented record of a no-hitter in Juniata baseball history, but Sforza flirted with the accomplishment in the first game of the three-game series against the Crusaders. Sforza took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning, yielding a single through the left side to Susquehanna’s Ethan Rieker with one out. Mike Rucereto ’12 followed up with a double, but the Eagles forced the next two Crusader batters to fly out and then ground out to bring the inning to a close.


Sforza’s brush with the no-hitter was the closest any Juniata pitcher had come to achieving the feat in nearly 12 years. Brian Raup ’12 lost his no-hit bid with two outs in the seventh inning of a 5-0 win over Penn State Altoona on March 3, 2000, and yielded just one hit in the complete game win.


6. Rachel Smith’s walk-off grand slam leads Juniata softball past Lycoming Juniata College sophomore Rachel Smith ’14 turned in several solid hitting performances during 2012, and will undoubtedly have many more over the final two years of her collegiate career. But her effort on April 11, 2012, against Lycoming College will be hard to top. After belting a three-run shot in the fifth inning—grazing the outside of the left field foul pole—Smith closed the books on a nine-inning affair with the Lady Warriors by crushing a shot over the left-center field fence. The home runs were the second and third of the Martinsburg, Pa.-native’s career.


Smith finished the day 4-for-5 at the plate with three runs scored and nine – nine – runs batted in. In addition to the two home runs, Smith stroked a pair of doubles.

5. MBB downs Susquehanna in grudge match in Selinsgrove, earning spot in Landmark title game.

Junior Jen Ashcraft ’13 also played a part in the day’s drama. With Juniata trailing 8-6 in the bottom of the eighth and the Eagles down to their final out, Ashcraft hit the first home run of her career—a two-run blast that tied the game and sent play into the ninth.

The right to host a Landmark Conference semifinal was at stake when Juniata faced Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, in the regular season finale. Unfortunately, the Eagles dropped an 81-71 decision to the Crusaders, meaning Juniata would have to return to Selinsgrove just four days later to again battle Susquehanna—this time, in a semifinal matchup of the Landmark Conference Tournament.


The Eagles made the most of their second chance against the Crusaders. In the openly hostile atmosphere of Susquehanna’s Houts Gymnasium—a fan yelled “(unprintable obscenity) Juniata” during the brief pause of quiet prior to the start of the national anthem—the Eagles put on a shooting clinic in the second half and cruised to a 77-58 victory. The win gave Juniata a berth in the Landmark tournament’s championship game, and the Eagles’ third conference title game appearance over the last six seasons.


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Juniata junior guard Alex Raymond ’13 was 5-of-10 from the field and 11-of-11 at the line on his way to a 23-point night, leading a group of five Eagles to crack double figures. Senior Dan Sekulski ’12 drained 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the floor, while Kevin Stapleton ’15 netted 11 points. Brian Scholly ’14 and Nate Higgins ’13 each logged 10 points.

4. Jack Iosue finishes 10th in javelin at NCAA outdoor track meet


Senior track athlete Jack Iosue ’12 closed out his Juniata track and field career by earning a berth in the 2012 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Iosue finished 10th in the javelin at the NCAA meet with a throw of 200 feet, 11 inches. That marked a 17inch improvement over his qualifying mark of 199-6, which ranked 19th in all of Division III during the regular season. That mark of 200-11 was also good enough to place third among Juniata’s all-time leaders, and was just the third 200-foot or better mark in the javelin in program history.


3. Women’s basketball goes undefeated in the Landmark Conference regular season. Perfection. There’s no tougher goal in athletics. Juniata women’s basketball reached that standard in its 2011-12 Landmark Conference regular season slate, finishing with a 14-0 record on its way to a 26-3 overall record. Going undefeated in conference play in basketball may be one of the toughest, most unheralded feats in collegiate athletics. Think about it: playing each opponent twice, once in each gym. By the second game, you’ve already seen your opponent once in person and countless more times on video—so there are no surprises, nothing really left in the bag of tricks. Add in the Landmark’s visiting team-unfriendly scheduling format of playing on back-toback nights with a bus ride either late at night or early in the morning, and it’s a wonder any team in the Landmark wins the second game of a conference road trip. Juniata women’s hoops did it three times.


The only thing that marred the outcome of the season was a loss to Catholic in the Landmark championship game, denying the Eagles a second straight conference crown, and a loss to York College in the second round of the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship. But, over the course of the season, Juniata women’s hoops established itself as a player on the national stage.



2. Football defeats Susquehanna to reclaim The Goalpost

Heading into the final game of the 2011 campaign, the change in attitude was apparent—but the Eagles still had nothing to show for it in the win column. The Eagles finally got into the win column with the victory they wanted the most: a 17-16 triumph over Susquehanna, reclaiming The Goalpost after dropping the previous three meetings to the Crusaders. Junior Scott Andrews ’13 kicked an 18-yard field goal with 2.9 seconds remaining in the game to clinch the win, capping a drive that was rescued by a Ward Udinski ’15 to De’Sean Popley ’13 39-yard pass hookup on 4th-and-10, that advanced the ball to the Susquehanna three-yard line. After three rushing plays to get the ball to the one-yard line, Andrews came on to complete the win over a 6-3 Susquehanna team—in all probability, knocking the Crusaders out of an ECAC bowl game in the process.

Photo: Pete Lefresne

First year head coach Tim Launtz ’80 had a tall order heading into the 2011 Juniata football season. First, produce wins from a squad that went 0-10 the year before. But second, bring about a change in mood and mindset to his players, who desperately needed a dose of confidence after their experiences under Launtz’s predecessor.


1. Caitlyn Bowman becomes field hockey’s first Academic All-American Division III is about maximizing academic and athletic opportunities, and no studentathlete at Juniata better personified that in 2011-12 than field hockey senior Caitlyn Bowman ’12.

Juniata field hockey is a program that has long enjoyed competitive success on a national stage, and whose members typically have among the highest grade point averages out of all Juniata student-athletes. However Bowman set a new standard, becoming the first Juniata field hockey athlete to earn Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. She became the 21st Academic All-American in Juniata history, and just the seventh first team honoree. The 2012 recipient of Juniata’s John E. Blood Memorial Award for the studentathlete with the highest GPA with significant athletic achievement, Bowman finished her career with 15 goals and eight assists for 38 points, including six goals and two assists as a senior. She notched game-winning goals against both Stevens and Susquehanna while helping the Eagles post an 11-9 record. Off the field, she interned with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) during the summer of 2011, and conducted genetics research at Juniata as a senior. She will be attending Johns Hopkins University this fall as a student in their biology Ph.D. program.

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Bowman made the most of her opportunities as a field hockey student-athlete at Juniata, becoming a key contributor to her team, winning three Landmark titles over her four years in blue and gold, and excelling in the classroom. Not only should that be celebrated, but it needs to be celebrated.

By Genna Welsh Kasun ’06 staff writer


ecent news stories on the Boards of Trustees at institutions like the University of Virginia and Penn State have brought to mind that most people—and at times even the media—don’t fully understand how boards work. So, we’re taking it upon ourselves to explain how our trustees lead. First off, they fill traditional board roles—leading committees that select and evaluate trustees, provide financial oversight, solicit alumni involvement, and ensure smooth business operations. They also select and evaluate the College president, something they’ve lately been working on. But Juniata trustees don’t stop at that. They spend a lot of time working to make sure that student learning is rounded—taking undergrads off campus and gaining the solid life experience they’ll need.

Experience You might think that given all the calls for financial analysis, only accountants and lawyers make good Board members, but Juniata’s Board includes academics, humanists, engineers, physicians, and entrepreneurs. For instance, Mary White ’73, the CEO of Swedish Medical Center in Denver, Co., draws on her healthcare experience just as much as her managerial acumen as a Board member. “The Juniata interns who come to Denver get to use the electron microscopes in my lab, but they also get to know my role as CEO of a healthcare organization,” she says. “I also review financial statements and benefits because that’s what I do every day in my work,” White says. She even hosts alumni events in Colorado, “for those adventurous enough to cross the Mississippi,” she laughs. Diversity When the Juniata Board recruits for diversity, it seeks varied ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds, in addition to expertise. Pat Chang-Lo was recruited as much for his knowledge of China and Tiawan as a Chinese-American as he was for his immense work experience in China for Bechtel Corporation, where he acted as the project manager of several sizable projects, including the infrastructure for bridges and transit surrounding Hong Kong’s airport. Chang-Lo also represents another form of diversity the Board seeks: non-alumni. His work with Juniata staff helped focus the College’s international recruiting in China and Taiwan. “As a non-alum, I have been very impressed with Juniata, particularly the cultural programming, but I have a lot to learn,” Chang-Lo says. “I had to go to Trustee boot camp!”


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The Unbearable Not-So-Lightness Of Being Current Board Chair Robert McDowell ’67 actually had no idea he was being recruited when President Kepple visited him for breakfast and spent four hours talking with him about leadership. Since then, McDowell has done some recruiting himself. “We talk to prospective trustees about what it means to be a trustee,” McDowell says. “You give your time. You give professional experience, and you’re expected to be a strong contributor. Juniata needs to be the first or second priority of your philanthropic efforts.” But the return on investment is great. “The trustees have very meaningful experiences when they come to campus,” McDowell adds. “My wife says she loves to see me when I return from meetings because I get so excited from these experiences.” In addition to the Board meeting, trustees attend committee gatherings, classes, cultural events, sporting events, the faculty-trustee dinner, and more. To McDowell, all of these fulfilling experiences lend expertise to the Board’s focused responsibilities: “hiring the President and periodically reviewing and renewing the mission and strategic planning of the College.” Only those two tiny objectives, achieved through a whole lot of hands-on homework.

Through the Looking Glass Former Board chair David Andrews ’74 has advocated for Board transparency since he was a student at Juniata. As a member of student government, Andrews fought for student representation on the Board. “I’m very proud we accomplished that back then and have now expanded to include student representation on every committee, even sensitive ones like the audit committee,” Andrews says. “We are one of only a few institutions that have students on all committees. And the students are given the right to speak freely at all Board meetings.” Recently, students have participated in the newest version of the campus master plan. And, representation doesn’t stop with students. There are also representatives on each committee from the Alumni Council and the faculty. Getting Linked In Juniata’s Board is self-sustaining, meaning that they seek out and elect their own members, drawing on insight from the Alumni Council and administration. “The Board’s self-perpetuating nature is a benefit,” President Tom Kepple says. “Board members select others who are interested, first and foremost, in Juniata and its ongoing success. It’s not a political appointment.” And it works. “We expect people to bring intellect and experience, but, in the end, we expect a consensus that’s the best decision for the College,” Kepple adds. “Our Board does this. And they do it well.” President Kepple adds that the Board and administration are always looking for names of potential trustees. If you have one in mind, contact any current Board member or the President at

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JUNIATA COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES 2012-2013 Officers of the Board Robert N. McDowell ’67 Chair, Huntingdon, Pa., Managing Partner, CHM Partners International LLC Timothy D. Statton ’72 Vice Chair, Sonoma, Calif., Retired, President, Bechtel Telecommunications Thomas R. Pheasant ’66, Secretary, Camp Hill, Pa., Vitreoretinal Surgeon, Retina/Occuloplastic Consultants Gail M. Habecker ’76, Treasurer, West Conshohocken, Pa., Fixed Term Bond Manager, PMG Advisors

Committee on Enrollment and Retention

Executive Committee Robert N. McDowell ’67, Chair Timothy D. Statton ’72, Vice Chair Thomas R. Pheasant ’66, Secretary Gail M. Habecker ’76, Treasurer David C. Beachley ’77 Carl D. Glaeser ’77 Jamie M. Pirrello ’81 Gayle W. Pollock ’68 Charles W. Wise III Mary M. White ’73 David P. Andrews ’74, at large Henry H. Gibbel ’57, at large Thomas R. Kepple Jr., ex officio

Gayle W. Pollock ’68, Chair Bruce L. Moyer ’74, Vice Chair Pat Chang-Lo Bruce Davis ’65 Carol J. Ellis ’71 John T. Hill II David J. Hogan ’61 Kimberly A. McDowell (C) Robert S. McMinn ’79 (C) Timothy D. Statton ’72

Faculty Representative: Loren Rhodes (2014) Karen Rosell (2013)

Board of Trustees Representatives Faculty Representatives:

Student Representative: Corey Lacey ’14 Victoria Rehr ’14

Grace Fala (Term ends 2014) Emil Nagengast (Term ends 2013)

Committee on Investments

Student Representatives: Tara L. Black ’14 Thomas Tuyen ’15

Committee on Advancement and Marketing David C. Beachley ’77, Chair Eric C. Jensen ’77, Vice Chair Carole A. Calhoun ’60 (A) Henry H. Gibbel ’57 Fred C. Mason Jr. ’73 Thomas R. Pheasant ’66 Jamie M. Pirrello ’81 Henry F. Siedzikowski ’75 Douglas A. Spotts ’89 (A)

Carl D. Glaeser ’77, Chair John A. Brinker ’69, Vice Chair Pat Chang-Lo Henry H. Gibbel ’57 Gail M. Habecker ’76 John T. Hill II David J. Hogan ’61 C. Todd Kulp ’80 Klare S. Sunderland ’56

Audit Committee

Committee on Trustees

Jamie M. Pirrello ’81, Chair Steven J. Holsinger ’76, Vice Chair Carol J. Ellis ’71 Gail M. Habecker ’76

Timothy D. Statton ’72, Chair David J. Hogan ’61 Gayle W. Pollock ’68 Mary M. White ’73 Charles W. Wise III Thomas R. Kepple Jr., ex officio Robert N. McDowell ’67, ex officio

Faculty Representatives: Pat Weaver (2013)

Student Representatives:

Committee on Education and Student Life

Jaime D. Brace ’13

Committee on Business Affairs Mary M. White ’73, Chair Christoph Schwemmlein ’84, Vice Chair David P. Andrews ’74 John A. Brinker ’69 Carl D. Glaeser ’77 Gail M. Habecker ’76 Barry J. Halbritter ’65 Steven J. Holsinger ’76 Klare S. Sunderland ’56 Maurice C. Taylor ’72

Faculty Representatives:

Charles W. Wise, III, Chair Linda W. McKonly ’73, Vice Chair Jodie M. Gray ’88 William P. Hayes C. Todd Kulp ’80 John A. Nagl Glenn B. O’Donnell ’67 (C) Richard E. Paulhamus ’70 Ronald Seiler ’77 (A)

Faculty Representatives: Henry Escuadro (2014) Alison Fletcher (2013)

Student Representatives:

Bradley Andrew (2014) Jim Tuten (2013)

Jeremy L. Hays ’14 Angela M. Myers ’14

Student Representatives: Nathaniel J. Fischer ’14 Robert J. Strauss ’13

(A) Alumni (C) Church

New Trustees

Faculty Representative: Jeff Demarest (2013)

Student Representative: Alex M. Davis ’13

Kimberly A. McDowell

Bruce Davis ’65

Faculty Representatives:

John T. Hill II

Marlene Burkhardt (2014) Wei-Chung Wang (2013)

Student Representatives: Jessica B. Matlack ’14 Elliott S. Perow ’14

Douglas A. Spotts ’89

John A. Nagl

Richard Hark

Apr. 16

Sungouk Park ’14


April 16: Zach Strouse ’14 is named Juniata’s 21st


winner of the Andrew Mutch Scholarship from the St. Andrews Society. April 30: Katerina Korch ’12 receives

May 2: Juniata authorizes first graduate master’s degree program

a National Science Foundation Graduate Research

in accounting.

Fellowship, the first Juniata undergraduate to receive one. Apr. 30

Class-by-class Participation Comparison

Alumni Participation

2012 81% 28% 2011 17% 2010 18% 2009 18% 2008 18% 2007 2006 14% 2005 14% 2004 13% 2003 12% 2002 15% 16% 2001 21% 2000 1999 15% ▲ 1% 350000 1998 14% 1997 13% 1996 11% 1995 12% 300000 1994 14% 16% 1993 17% 1992 250000 1991 11% 1990 15% 16% 1989 1988 21% 200000 20% 1987 21% ▲ 4% 1986 20% 1985 150000 21% 1984 1983 19% ▲ 1% 25% 1982 1981 19% 100000 1980 27% 26% 1979 1978 27% 50000 1977 26% 26% 1976 31% 1975 0 26% 1974 36% 1973 35% 1972 27% 1971 1970 44% ▲ 2% 36% 1969 1968 39% ▲ 6% 39% 1967 1966 53% ▲ 1% 51% 1965 51% ▲ 1% 1964 61% 1963 44% 1962 46% 1961 3000000 1960 43% ▲ 3% 50% 1959 51% 1958 1957 8% 62% ▲ 2500000 56% 1956 1955 1954 49% ▲ 4% 1953 48% ▲ 3% 2000000 58% 1952 33% 1951 1950 44% ▲ 1% 1949 40% 1500000 1948 47% ▲ 5% 1947 32% 38% 1946 21% ▲ 9% 1945 1000000 35% 1944 24% 1943 20% 1942 1941 28% ▲ 4% 500000 1940 13% 41% ▲ 5% 1939 & earlier

Many ranking and funding agencies use alumni participation percentages in their formulae for determining which schools will (and will not) receive awards andArecognition. Competition is keen, and Juniata’s past strong participation allowed us to stand out from the crowd. We offer our deep appreciation both to those who are loyal in making an annual gift, and to those who came on board this year for the first time. Your potential impact is far greater than the gift alone.






33% 29%









Grants Thirty-one new grants were awarded, totaling $2,034,148. Within the fiscal year, $1,243,414 was received from grants in operation, including some awards made in prior fiscal years. U.S. Govt. 36% $411,530 Other <1% $4,993

6% Corporation $81,965


7% PA State Govt. $94,464 Foundation 50% $620,462



$1,598,178 $1,148,404 $807,992







Krista Leibensperger’12

May 6: Mike Thompson ’12 receives Fulbright Fellowship to teach in Taiwan. May 7: Jerika Jordan ’14 receives award to attend Fulbright Commission Summer Institute in Nottingham, England.

May 7


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Janice Jackson ’14

May 6

ALUMNI COUNCIL 2012-2013 Christopher E. Bair ’92 John L. Batchelor ’69 Carole Miller Calhoun ’60 Kathleen S. Charles ’05 William H. Chew ’64 Christopher W. Gahagen ’94 Jennifer R. Jones ’07

Alumni Council Officers

Heather L. Lecrone ’09 Scott D. O’Neill ’80 Justin K. Reiter ’02 Ronald Seiler, Jr. ’77 Kelli D. Sheesley ’98 Mandi Walls ’99 Christine Vrabel Zlupko ’99

JoAnn Bowman ’75, President Takoma Park, Md., Retired HR Developer & Senior Vice President, Chemonics Bradley E. Haubert ’93, Vice President Mechanicsburg, Pa., President, Haubert Homes Parisha P. Shah ’01, Past President Philadelphia, Pa., Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Pennsylvania For a complete list of the 2012-2013 Alumni Council members’ contact information, please visit the member profiles at

New Council Members

10000000 8000000 Sara Davis Bowen ’01 Member-at-Large

Christie R. Brown ’92 Member-at-Large

Jack I. Carton ’73 Member-at-Large



Mark P. Francischetti ’76 Christopher D. Collins ’846000000 Member-at-Large Member-at-Large

Lynne Smires Gale ’72 Member-at-Large


$7,356,229 Douglas A. Spotts ’89 Alumni Trustee

4000000 2000000

Volunteer Support 2011-2012

All volunteer hours are self-reported. As0a result, we believe numbers are higher than shown below. To ensure accurate reporting in the future, please submit your volunteerism annually via e-mail to, or visit

Juniata Admission Ambassadors Fundraising/Class Fund Agents/Class Committees Affinity Programs Reunion Committees International/Friendship Families Juniata Career Team/Career Day Regional Programs Miscellaneous Volunteers 40 40 Trustees 32 Guest Lecturers/Faculty Support 29 Alumni Weekend 29 Student Alumni Association 28 Alumni Council Church College Relations Council 24 Parents Council 21 Homecoming and Family Weekend 18

466 220 213 149 102 97 88

Historical Figures Hours

21,342 17,330


Note: This chart indicates the number of volunteers for each category, which may include overlap. For totals, please see the historical figures graph.

Volunteers 1,581










May 12 May 12: James Madara ’71,

100delivers chief executive,




receives honorary degree.



May 12

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Photo: Candice Hersh

ALUMNI COUNCIL Front row (l-r): Heather L. Lecrone ’09, Carole Miller Calhoun ’60, Parisha P. Shah ’01, Sara Davis Bowen ’01; second row: Mark P. Francischetti ’76, Jennifer R. Jones ’07, Mandi Walls ’99, Christine Vrabel Zlupko ’99, Kelli D. Sheesley ’98, Lynne Smires Gale ’72; third row: Bradley E. Haubert ’93, William H. Chew ’64, Christopher W. Gahagen ’94, Christopher E. Bair ’92, JoAnn Bowman ’75, Kathleen S. Charles ’05, Christopher D. Collins ’84, John Batchelor ’69

Why do you volunteer for Juniata Admission Ambassadors?

What is your goal as JAA Chair?

Because sharing my passion for Juniata by telling my story is the most meaningful way that I can give back to the College that so greatly influenced me. I love sharing my experiences and knowing that my enthusiasm could encourage other students to consider Juniata.

How long have you volunteered for JAA? Since graduation! Even before JAA was established, I represented Juniata at College Fairs in South Jersey. I’ve helped with phoning and letter writing campaigns (before the days of e-mail and social media!) and attended off-campus gatherings throughout New Jersey. I’ve been the JAA Chair since 2008. I’m not shy about my devotion to JC—my license plate is “JUNIATA!”

To extend Juniata’s reach by increasing the number of active volunteers. The great thing about JAA is that people can give a few hours or many, depending on their schedule; and there are different ways to participate—so anyone can find something that suits them. Regardless of the activity, we regularly provide support and guidance.

What do you love about volunteering for JAA? The chance to meet members of the Juniata community who share my love for Juniata. I’m always surprised and comforted that, regardless of graduation year, our stories are very similar. I enjoy hearing about their interactions with prospective students and families, knowing their own connection with Juniata is strengthened by recalling their college years. It’s also a rewarding experience for me personally. The improvements and progress we make each year help the organization to evolve, which translates into added support for the Admission Counselors. For example, last year volunteers represented Juniata at 88 College Fairs. Alumni are identifying students who would be successful and thrive in Juniata’s environment. And, Gold Card recruits have a higher acceptance rate than the general applicant pool. Our alumni are ideal ambassadors!

—Karen V. Beck ‘93, Volunteer, Chair, Juniata Admission Ambassadors






Commencement. May 12: Henry H. Gibbel ’57, CEO of Lititz Mutual Insurance Co., receives honorary degree at Commencement.

May 14: Juniata begins project to install artificial turn on Goodman Field in Knox Stadium. May 18: Juniata hosts SequentialSmArt, a conference on using comic books as texts in the classroom. 51

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May 12: Tim Statton, ’72, retired Bechtel

Janelle Howard ’13

May 14

PARENTS COUNCIL 2012-2013 Gary Raymond P’13, Co-Chair Donna Raymond P’13, Co-Chair


he Juniata Parents Council works with the College to support its programs and, ultimately, its students. The Council’s purpose is to involve parents who will help spread the word to other students and parents about Juniata, engage other parents in issues related to student success and mentor students as they prepare for and embark on professional lives. This group formed in April 2009 and represents parents from various geographic regions, campus affiliations and class years. The Council serves as a liaison between the College and the greater parent population.

Paul Mihranian P’14 Alex Nolan P’14 Jan Perry P’13 Mark Stephens P’15 Patty Stephens P’15 Dave Swaintek P’13 Elaine Swaintek P’13

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Fellow for the upcoming 2012-2013 academic year.

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May 20: Jim Borgardt, professor of physics, is named

J.D. Cavrich

May 20 May 24: Juniata receives $1 million grant from Howard Hughes Medical Institute to create educational and research curriculum based on

May 21: Erin Kreischer ’13 receives internship in the

genomics. June 4: Caitlyn Bowman ’12 is named

African Affairs Bureau of the U.S. Department of State.

first-team Academic All America for Division III women’s at large team.


May 21

Photos (clockwise, upper left): David Meadows ’98, Sungouk Park ’14, Edward Sinnes ’12, Janice Jackson ’14

Sam Brumbaugh P’11, P’15 Wendy Brumbaugh P’11, P’15 Gary Burin P’14 Alice Burin P’14 Nancy Dubensky P’14 Paul Koval P’04, P’11, P’13 Anglea Koval P’04, P’11, P’13

“Juniata provides so many opportunities to help its students thrive on and off campus. Studying abroad and interning in Washington, D.C., has greatly enriched my Juniata experience, and helped shape my future goals.” Erin Kreischer ’13 Harrisburg, Pa. POE: International Politics Received an internship to work in the African Affairs Office in the U.S. Department of State. Erin previously interned with the Peace Corps and The Washington Center in Washington, D.C. She also studied abroad in Quito, Ecuador, and the Galapagos Islands. Photo by Candice Hersh

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Juniata College is a national, independent, co-educational college of liberal arts and sciences founded by members of the Church of the Bret...

Juniata President Report 2011-12  

Juniata College is a national, independent, co-educational college of liberal arts and sciences founded by members of the Church of the Bret...