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Momentum 2009-2010 President’s Report

Dear Friends,


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As I reflect on the events of the past year and the challenges that Juniata has met and triumphed over, my memory flashes back to an old 1960s detective show,

the one where a stern-voiced announcer intoned “There are 8 million stories in the naked city, this has been one of them.”*

Well, we don’t have 8 million stories, but the recounting of how Juniata built on its already impressive track record of education, teaching, fund-raising and networking to advance our mission is a drama best told through individual tales. The last two years in higher education have been difficult. Newspapers, newscasts and the Internet have been full of stories detailing the struggles of higher education in dealing with a down economy, rampant foreclosures and reduced expectations. Juniata has not been immune to these travails, but unlike many other colleges and universities, Juniata has maintained or improved upon the gains we have made over the past decade, and, incredibly, we surpassed some of our most difficult goals this past year. Fittingly, the 2009-2010 report is titled Momentum, because the central story of our year is that Juniata pulled together as a community of trustees, faculty, administrators, staff, students and alumni and refused to take a backward step. That these accomplishments provided a springboard for the College to keep rising nearly goes without saying, but let’s enumerate a few of this year’s most impressive accomplishments.  We recruited the second largest freshman class in our history, with impressive geographic, economic and ethnic diversity, at a time when many of our peers missed their recruitment goals.


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 We exceeded our goals for planned giving and bequests and brought in a record $1.042 million in donations for the Juniata Scholarship Fund in a year when charitable donations have been slashed to the bone.  Twelve of our best students were recognized for their accomplishments with such prestigious awards as the Goldwater Scholarship, Fulbright Fellowships (we had three!), Hollings Scholarship, Gilman Scholarship, Finnegan Fellowships (we received two of the four awarded), NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and an EPA-GRO Scholarship. See the student portraits inside.  Juniata was named as an “Overlooked Gem” in a new best-selling book by David L. Marcus, a former education writer for U.S. News & World Report.

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 For the third straight year, the College made the Chronicle of Higher Education Honor Roll in its “Best Places to Work” poll. Juniata was featured in a separate article in the paper’s July 26 issue on how the College’s culture makes it a top workplace.  The determination to improve also is reflected in a flurry of superlative rankings. U.S. News & World Report rated us 81st (up from 85th) among liberal arts colleges nationally. The Washington Monthly College Rankings, which use service and employment outcomes as criteria, raised Juniata to 79th nationally, up from last year’s 85th ranking. Finally, rated Juniata 82nd in the nation among all colleges and universities. While Juniata’s sense of community is its singular strength, much of the College’s continued momentum can be traced to values embodied in an individual story. This year’s report highlights a handful of stories focusing on one person or group that epitomizes the stickto-it-iveness of the Juniata community.

This report details our collective accomplishments, and as such is perhaps a fitting definition of momentum. Our work makes me proud to be associated with Juniata and even prouder to work with such dedicated trustees, alumni, faculty, staff and students.

Warm regards,

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

—President Tom Kepple


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*The show was the ABC drama Naked City.

Photo (cover and center): Jim Judkis, (right) Michael Black

As those who know me best will attest, nothing pleases me more than setting an ambitious goal and exceeding it. This past year, in a precarious economy and a time of uncertainty in higher education, we have built on our previous work, set some goals that even I thought might be difficult to make, and smashed through them.

“This past year, in a precarious economy and a time of uncertainty in higher education, we have built on our previous work, set some goals that even I thought might be difficult to make, and smashed through them.”

“Studying abroad in England will give me a chance to expand my senior thesis that I started in my Baltimore neighborhood, ‘Using Community Art to Assess Neighborhood Quality,’ to several neighborhoods in London. When I get back I’d like to make a documentary film project (based on the thesis).” Brittany Gregory ’12 Baltimore, Md. POE: Sociology The Benjamin Gilman Scholarship: Brittany is studying abroad at the University of Gloucester in Cheltenham, England. Photo by Laura Hess ’11, Broad Top, Pa.


Aug. 3 July 9: Juniata one of 39 colleges named to Honor Roll on Chronicle of Higher Education “Great Places to Work” survey. Aug. 3: Amber Thomas ’09, chosen as J.D. Cavrich


Landmark Conference nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year Award.


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“More than anything, my experience as a Juniata basketball player has instilled many guiding principles for how to lead a proper life. For that, I am forever grateful. Playing basketball taught me a lot about myself. I learned how I handle adversity, react to constructive criticism, and how to perform as a member of a team. Being successful on the court and in the classroom takes a strong will and desire to be great; Juniata basketball provided me with the opportunities to do just that.” Jeff Berkey ’10 POE: Business Management Stoystown, Pa. NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship: Jeff is currently attending law school.

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Aug. 6: Juniata men’s soccer team travels to Germany for series of international matches. Aug. 20: Juniata ranked 85th in U.S. News rankings, 75th in rankings.


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Photo courtesy John Mumford

Photo by Andrew Meloney ’10, Kennett Square, Pa.

Giant Steps Juniatians Find Countless Ways to Make Donations Count By Gabriel Welsch, vice president of advancement and marketing


t was a year of watching increments, a year of cautious optimism, of checking the stock market on your phone and grinning at everyone who looked younger than 25—just in case they were thinking of enrolling.

It was the year that was anyone’s guess in June 2009, after the calamitous crashing sound of the financial markets in late 2008 and into the uncertain spring of 2009. It was the year when conventional wisdom went out the window and people in higher education grew fond of the phrase, “Who knows?”


(At right) Beulah Baugher came to Juniata in 1959 and met the man who would become her husband. A $24,000 gift annuity the couple purchased in 1964 to honor Beulah’s stepson’s death in World War II has grown in value to nearly $2 million. She says: “Sometimes small things can become a lot bigger than you think.”


It was also the year I had the privilege of meeting Beulah Baugher in her home just northeast of campus, in Westminster Woods, the retirement community home to plenty of Juniata alumni. But Beulah is not an alumnus. In fact, she arrived at Juniata in the spring of 1959 to serve as the director of housekeeping. Recently widowed, unable financially to pursue a college education, she sought work at Juniata because it was a college and it was near family. Her connection to Juniata was almost short-lived. Three months after she started, she took a call from the Roaring Spring School Board. The board offered her a position running their school cafeteria. “I made a commitment to Juniata and wanted to stay with it,” she recalls. “Sometimes small things become a lot bigger than you think.” At a Juniata event, she met then-trustee Chalender Lesher, a descendant of one of Huntingdon’s first newspapermen and the widower of Maude Lesher, for whom Lesher Hall was named. Chal was a banker who had lost his son, also named Chalender. Lt. Lesher had served as an assistant operations officer with the 323rd bomb group, 456th


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bomb squadron, and was shot down outside Amsterdam during an attack on the Nazi-occupied airfield, Schiphol, in November 1943. Beulah and the elder Chal found comfort in one another’s company, each knew about the sometimes isolating damage of loss, and soon they were married. To honor the young lieutenant, Beulah and Chal purchased a gift annuity in 1964 at the cost of $24,000 (about $165,000 in 2010 dollars), indicating that the gift would one day fund a scholarship in the young man’s name. Life went on. Chal died in 1967, Beulah later married Raymond Baugher, and went on to outlive him as well. But through years she describes as happy and fulfilling, she kept connected to the culture on campus, knew Presidents Stauffer, Binder, Neff and Kepple, attended cultural events, and focused on her African violets, her needlepoint, her volunteering at her church and in the community.

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 2009-2010

Estate gifts received (13) . . . . . . . . . $599,202

Life Income Agreements (2) . . . . . . . . . . $15,000 New estate commitments (15) . . . . . . . . $1,442,000

Total $2,056,202 Total Heritage Circle Members 292


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


“As Juniata continues to attract national attention, it will help immensely, and I am glad to know so many alumni and friends are considering ways to help.” —Jodie Monger Gray ’88

Meanwhile, the annuity fund quietly grew. And grew. On a sparkling winter day early in 2010, we visited Beulah at her home. We were surrounded by her needlework—striking, elaborate images composed in increments, a stitch at a time, proof of the power of patience. And we were there to share good news with her, stunning news: the annuity purchased in 1964 (combined with a few smaller ones purchased here and there over the years) was now worth $1.9 million. That’s million with an M. Her investment’s growth over 45 years will make her one of Juniata’s most generous benefactors, cementing membership as a Brumbaugh Lifetime Benefactor (a small group to which fewer than 50 of Juniata’s 14,000 alumni belong). Not only will she fund scholarships, but the use of those funds will bolster Juniata’s financial position for the long haul. Beulah’s story shows the possibilities to which Juniatians are starting to give more thought. Beulah’s gift annuity is an example of one of a number of financial tools that belong to what is generally referred to as planned giving. Most people have heard some terms, perhaps noting them fleetingly, out of a fog from a financial planner’s discussion, or in a meeting with a bank representative. But as the College moves to build endowment and long-term financial strength, awareness of such tools is growing among alumni. This year, Wendy Garlock, Juniata’s assistant director of planned giving, helped train staff and educate alumni about the possibilities of planned gifts. In a typical year, the College would hear from five people interested in purchasing an annuity or making a provision for Juniata in their will. In fiscal year 2010, 17 people made planned gift arrangements, and the staff expects to help even more people do so in the coming months. Not every one will be as dramatic as that of Beulah Bauger, but each gift will make great things possible for future Juniatians. And as Beulah herself says, you never know quite how big something will get.


im Swarr ’60 is a birder, someone who knows that it takes patience and work for something good to happen.

This year at Alumni Weekend, Swarr took a few Juniata staffers up to the Peace Chapel in the cool, muggy morning hours to attempt to spot Henslow’s sparrow, an “uncommon and famously inconspicuous bird,” according to the Cornell Ornithology Lab. Jim directed the party to 7

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Not every bird is as easy to spot as this scrub jay perched atop Jim Swarr ’60, but Swarr used the patience of a veteran birder to hatch a record-setting gift from the Class of 1960.

Overall Giving A heartfelt thanks to all who gave to Juniata in fiscal year 2010 (June 1, 2009–May 31, 2010). 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.


It also helped that endowment was the focus. “We’re not working on a capital project right now,” says Juniata President Thomas R. Kepple. “Since we are not digging a hole or having to finish building something at a particular time, people have more flexibility in how they can commit to endowment. At the same time, because of that flexibility, people often find they can have a greater impact than if they were restricted to giving with cash or securities over the near term.” Other endowment successes this year include: 

alumni and friends committing more than $400,000 to a growing endowment to support faculty development at Juniata;

more than $30,000 in gifts toward the goal of $50,000 for the Robert Fisher Legacy Scholarship;

and total commitments to endowment reaching nearly $2 million.

To borrow a metaphor from birders, the endowment effort took wing this year. “We’re glad the Changing Lives to Change the World initiative is gaining momentum,” says the effort’s co-chair, Jodie Monger Gray ’88. “As Juniata continues to attract national attention, it will help immensely, and I am glad to know so many alumni and friends are considering ways to help.”


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Alumni (48%) $3,375,901 Parents (2%) $111,481 Friends and Church of the Brethren (5%) $366,646 Research & Government Grants (4%) $292,939 Foundations, Corporations & Business (41%) $2,830,763


Not every alumni class has the vision to set a formidable goal, but through focus and communication Swarr and the Class of ’60 raised $338,100 for its gift.


2010 total = $6,977,730


Photo (left) Courtesy Jim Swarr ’60; (right) Eric Hartline, Delaware County Times

look, to be still, to wait, to be patient—in hopes of being there for something truly distinct. Swarr himself exercised patience and work toward something distinct this year—along with the rest of his classmates in Juniata’s Class of 1960. For the first time in several years, a 50th class reunion gift would go to endowment—and set a record as the largest such effort in College history. At the All Class Dinner, a whipcrack of surprise gasped through those assembled when Dick Quinn ’60 announced that the class raised $338,100.60 for its gift. Of that amount, $50,000 in cash goes to the Founders project, as the class had committed to naming the history study lounge. The remainder will endow scholarships to benefit Juniata students. How did they do it? Class members—55 percent of the class, in fact—made gifts of cash ranging from $25 to $10,000 and more. Swarr himself called every member of the class, and a host of other classmates wrote letters. Several put Juniata in their will. But the sum total of outright gifts and planned gifts resulted in a record year, and a source of inspiration for the other classes in attendance.

Sometimes class fund agents have to be part salesman, part scribe and sometimes a full-time sleuth. Rich Smith ’70 used his considerable powers of research and intuition to locate 20 classmates who had fallen out of touch. Smith’s efforts helped raise the class contribution from 39 to 55 percent.


ich Smith ’70 has served his class for 40 years straight as a Class Fund Agent—meaning he is the one writing letters and making calls to his classmates to keep them connected. He is the guy who helps ask the Class of 1970 to consider giving back. He connects old friends, stirs volunteers, and even helps find classmates with whom everyone has lost touch.


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In fact, he’s so good at it that he was presented with a few awards this year. His classmates read a proclamation recognizing that his efforts have yielded more than $400,000 over four decades. Juniata’s advancement office awarded him its first Sherlock Holmes Award—complete with engraved magnifying glass—for locating 20 lost classmates. But perhaps most impressive is how he helped move his class from 39 percent who made a gift last year to 55 percent this year—even after adding 20 missing classmates.

“We’ve done a few things that have conveyed to people how participation can be achieved without taxing their wallet too much."


—Miranda Peruso ’00, Director of the Juniata Scholarship Fund


Photo: Eric Hartline, Delaware County Times

Smith, shown here leafing through research in search of even more missing classmates, was just one part of a larger effort to increase donor participation at the College. Juniata’s most successful recent efforts have come through segmented marketing, social media, video appeals, volunteer networking and old-fashioned legwork.

Participation has long been a challenge—at Juniata and many other colleges. As colleges graduate ever larger classes, and since younger alumni managing student loans and employment are far less likely to donate, the percentage of alumni giving tends to decline, even if a few more people donate each year. But last fiscal year, at Juniata, even after adding 340 alumni in May 2009, the percentage of alumni giving actually went up—by two percentage points. Many of the measures detailed in last year’s report—segmented marketing, social media and video appeals, volunteer networks and more—led to increased participation. The Juniata Scholarship Fund was the major driver for participation. People understand how important it is to help students afford Juniata, and as more students and families strive to make a Juniata education possible, JSF has to meet demand. “We’ve done a few things that have conveyed to people how participation can be achieved without taxing their wallet too much,” says Miranda Peruso, director of the Juniata Scholarship Fund. “Even if you’re in that first job or between jobs, $5 is enough to participate, and that participation means a lot.” In fact, while last year the student digital media team produced a video about donating just $5, this year the team riffed on the fact that $5 also happens to match the cost of a fancy coffee. The Juniata Scholarship Fund marketing for younger alumni focused on the “Give a Latte” pitch, asking alumni to skip a coffee once a month and to make the $5 do something for a Juniata student. The video, available at report, takes a look at the absurd consequences of a possible misunderstanding, and as such helped haul in an additional $25,000 in donations at year’s end. Overall, though, the contributions of alumni, parents, and friends to the Juniata Scholarship Fund totaled more than $1.042 million—a record year for the scholarship fund, producing 450 scholarships. It doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to deduce that is a good thing.

14 percent, came from alumni referral and recruiting activity (see story on page 24), a new high for Juniata. “The network of Juniata alumni has been very helpful in helping us find students that fit and can really benefit from what Juniata has to offer,” says Michelle Bartol ’84, the College’s dean of enrollment. “What is key is that when our alumni (and even some parents) refer a student through our Gold Card program, they also help recruit. Maybe a phone call at the right time, or an e-mail, or a note—whatever it may be—they participate in the process, and therefore in the life of the College.” In a year of giant steps—in giving, in participation, in connecting to Juniata—the enrollment of our second largest class ever was perhaps the biggest step. It cemented what so many on campus and throughout the Juniata network are feeling: the momentum that continues to propel Juniata to a place among the best colleges in the nation.

Finally, the real test of the year, the reason Juniata engenders such devotion, the students. Enrollment has never been easy, but the last few years have thrown Juniata more curves than Barry Zito. To hear the pundits talk, the economy scared parents, made them jittery, drove them to overwhelmed community colleges and overrun publics, foretold the death of the private sector, and other hyperbole. But apparently no one told the parents. Across the country, applications were generally up, at public and private schools alike. The value of a college education in today’s environment remained high, and Juniata—known as much for its community as its outcomes—attracted its share of applications, nearly 2,400. And this fall, we welcomed our second-largest class in our history: 447 students from 27 states and 9 countries. To return to the theme of devotion, it’s important to note that more than 65 of those students, or about

“The network of Juniata alumni has been very helpful in helping us find students that fit and can really benefit from what Juniata has to offer." —Michelle Bartol ’84, dean of enrollment




$1,015,219 472

















JSF Indicates number of Scholarships funded.


155 joined the President’s Circle, a special designation for those who make a leadership gift to JSF equal to or greater than one average student award ($2,300 in FY 10, $2,390 in FY 11). Together, we really are changing lives one scholarship at a time.

Leadership Giving By Society


Even more important than the dollars raised through the Juniata Scholarship Fund is the number of scholarships provided to academically qualified students who demonstrate great financial need. This year we increased by 22 scholarships while increasing the value of each scholarship from $2,250 to $2,300. This year we welcome the second largest class ever to Juniata, so we know that the impact of these awards will continue to be felt.

Number of Members

Overall Gifts


Brumbaugh Society ($10,000+) . . . . . . . . . . 96 . . . . . . . . $2,791,851 . . . . . . . . . . . 76

Ellis ($5,000 - $9,999) . . . . . . . . . 106 . . . . . . . . . $ 385,115 . . . . . . . . . . . 64

Quinter ($1,000 - $4,999) . . . . . . . . . 520 . . . . . . . . . $ 518,860 . . . . . . . . . . 129 JSF Indicates number of scholarships funded by each society.


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This year we welcomed 722 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

“No one ever discouraged me from pursuing multiple disciplines, and it has made my perspective stronger and broader. I am a stronger biologist and anthropologist because I am able to see both from many perspectives. The reality of the situation is this: if you can demonstrate you are willing to follow your ideas down the rabbit hole, if you have a plan, professors are willing to accompany you and contribute. Juniata’s intellectual lineage follows me and I’m proud to carry it.” Nicholas Sepúlveda ’10 Green Bay, Wis. POE: Biology and Anthropology Fulbright Fellowship: Nick will be studying at the University of Iceland, Rekjavik as part of his master’s degree research on the history of whaling in medieval Iceland. Photo by Edward Sinnes ’12, Waldorf, Md.

Aug. 22: Stu Jackson ’77 and Carmen DeFrancesco ’75, members of the 1973 Stagg Edward Sinnes ’12

Bowl team, speak to the football team. Sept. 15: New York Times reporter Edmund Andrews gives talk at Juniata on the economy. Oct. 10: Juniata students set Guinness


Book of World Records mattress dominoes record, with 157 students tumbling down.


Oct. 10

“In just a few short years here I’ve already experienced things it takes people a lifetime to do. The politics department, and most of the faculty really, have a wide range of interests and teaching styles. The opportunities to get outside the classroom and get a comprehensive look at the world and global politics in general is really unique to Juniata.” David Grim ’12 POE: Politics Boalsburg, Pa. Finnegan Fellowship: David spent summer 2010 working as an intern at a state agency in Harrisburg. Photo by Krista Leibensperger ’12, Reading, Pa.

Oct. 10

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reaches 1,200 career victories.


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Oct. 10: Juniata women’s volleyball coach Larry Bock


The career path for Leslie Vogt ’05 to the ivied buildings of Harvard University was aided by winning a Goldwater Scholarship and a Fulbright Fellowship before graduating from Juniata. The experience of applying for these prestigious awards has benefitted her time and time again as she has received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and written other research proposals. Posed outside her lab at Harvard (Yes, that’s real ivy on her building), Leslie is currently planning her applications for postdoctoral positions.


Matrix of Momentum Teamwork Results in Increasing Cascade of Awards, Grants

By John Wall, media relations director


here once was a chemistry student who excelled at almost everything she did. She could interpret the readout from a gas chromatograph as easily as she could decipher the score to Rondo from C.M. Weber’s

She performed research, joined several clubs and planned on going to graduate school. At first, applying for scholarships and fellowships was not even a blip on her radar screen. After all, she already had half her college bills paid for through a Nomination Scholarship. Who needed the extra work applying for another academic honor? The chemistry student soon met two chemists and a historian who told her of the wonderful things that could happen to a winner of the Goldwater Scholarship or a Fulbright Fellowship and encouraged her to apply. “Paul Schettler, Dave Reingold and Jim Tuten took the time to talk to me about the Fulbright,” she recalls. “I probably wouldn’t have applied if it weren’t for their encouragement.” Leslie Vogt ’05, now a fourth-year graduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University, found the above scenario was no fairy tale and her experience as sort of the opposite to the “rolling stone gathers no moss” adage. Instead, the more honors she applied for and received, the more each accolade built on her track record. “I know my fellowships helped make my graduate school applications successful and they also contributed to my receiving a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship after I left Juniata,” Vogt says. “I’m planning on applying for a postdoctoral fellowship in the near future and I will hopefully benefit from my past experiences in writing application proposals.” The success earned by Leslie and others like Justin Schultz ’08, now a physics graduate student at the University of Rochester, who have won a series of awards is a testament to their talent and drive. But as 15

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Photo: Justin Ide, Harvard University

Bassoon Concerto.


“The idea is that the faculty accumulates knowledge about what works and what doesn’t and then applies that knowledge in mentoring the student through the application process.”


On one hand it’s relatively easy to hand out cash to deserving students. On the other hand, identifying students and getting them to apply for prestigious scholarships is trickier than might be assumed. “If you’re going to be successful at this, you’re going to have to beat the bushes to get students who really can qualify for these (awards) rather than wait for them to come to you,” says David Reingold, professor of chemistry and former chair of the committee. Success at bringing students into the fellowships fold came through a sometimes painful process of elimination. The committee initially tried a mass e-mail invitation to an informational meeting. Then they tried an e-mail invitation to a “dessert,” where students ate tasty treats and heard each member of the committee talk about scholarship opportunities (“We kept doing that for a while, probably because I liked the desserts,” says Reingold). But only a few students came and some did not qualify for the scholarships. At the same time, the five-member committee had divvied up responsibility for about 40 scholarships and fellowships among themselves—a workload that was almost immediately seen as overwhelming. “It’s hard for people to be knowledgeable about more than one or two awards,” explains Jim Tuten, associate professor of history and former chair for the committee. “We decided to expand beyond the committee and ask people who are passionate about certain awards to specialize in mentoring students we selected to apply. The idea is that the faculty accumulates knowledge about what works and what doesn’t and then applies that knowledge in mentoring the student through the application process.” Some professors build up a cache of information through other means. Norris Muth, assistant professor of biology, has served the past several years on evaluation panels for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Award and uses that knowledge to prep candidates. “I feel a responsibility to keep things going,” Muth says. “I don’t want to screw up our legacy of good work.” So far, so good. Muth has one Goldwater winner under his belt (Kenneth Goodfellow ’11, of Duncansville, Pa.) and geologist Matt Powell shepherded Justin Paul ’12, of Garrett, Pa., to an EPA Greater Research Opportunity Fellowship, a fellowship Muth oversees. The model for mentoring students through the shoals of scholarship application was more or less perfected by Kim Richardson, professor of education, (see sidebar) who, with William Vocke, then-director of international programs, oversaw the applications for the St. Andrews Scholarship in the 1980s and 1990s. She built up a massive archive of notes, teased out patterns among recipients and even set up a lunch for candidates so their table etiquette would be up to snuff for the formal lunch the candidates were required to attend.

Photo: S. Adam Fenster, University of Rochester

diligent scientists, they know the empirical evidence doesn’t support that professional accolades come to pass because they decided to fill out a scholarship application over a rainy weekend. Instead it takes preparation and perseverance. Juniata’s success with Fulbright Fellowships (three this year), Goldwater Scholarships (one every year since 2006, 11 total), Hollings Scholarships (three straight wins), St. Andrews Society Scholarships (20 recipients since 1984), and Finnegan Fellowships (two out of the four given this year) shows that yes, we have an amazing number of glitteringly talented students, but we also have created a uniquely collegial and compassionate system driven by our faculty to ensure that these awards just keep on rolling along. “When a talented student wins a Goldwater one year, a Fulbright the next year, and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research fellowship the next year like Leslie did, her research is not going to change, the application process is not going to change much, and that’s a piece of writing she can take with her all the way through graduate school,” says Vince Buonaccorsi, associate professor of biology. “Success is a habit, these things don’t just happen.” Statistically as well as habitually, Juniata stands out. Buonaccorsi, in an informal statistical analysis, discovered that Juniata is in the top 10 nationally for the Goldwater and Hollings scholarships among 287 liberal arts colleges. In order to make sure good things keep happening, the College has sought methods to ensure not only continued success in those awards the College has received previously, but also those that are still goals on the horizon. As with all things relating to higher education, it started —Jim Tuten, Associate Professor of History with a committee. In this case, the Student Research and Fellowships Committee. The group, currently chaired by Buonaccorsi, has two missions: first, to administer an endowed fund that distributes money for student research and travel to conferences, and secondly, to identify and mentor students who would be good candidates for major fellowships.

Justin Schultz ’08, now working toward a doctorate in optics at the University of Rochester, found the process of applying for scholarships helped focus his writing and research proposals for the better.

“More often than not they would look at what I’d written and proceed to tear it apart—but with good reason!" —Justin Schultz ’08

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Kim Richardson, an education professor, started preparing students for a sometimes grueling interview process for the St. Andrew’s Society Scholarship in the mid 1990s. Her meticulous methods in a way created a template for candidates that included essay-writing, interview skills and even dining etiquette. Here, Kim and Jack Barlow, a politics professors who currently oversees the St Andrews nominees, hone their own dining chops to recreate the lessons they once gave prospective students.

The Closer Leave it to a professor of education to create a way to teach students and faculty how to win scholarships and influence people (specifically the people who choose scholarship recipients).


Kim Richardson is credited by, well, by almost all the faculty scholarship mentors as having created the “template” for preparing a Juniata student for the grueling application process most major scholarships require. She became the College’s most formidable mentor not by insider connections or even through personal experience. Instead she worked hard, took notes and built an insurmountable portfolio of information that, when applied to a Juniata candidate, made it seem like an extraordinary event when we didn’t win a scholarship. Richardson made herself into an expert on the St. Andrews Society Scholarship, an award that pays for a student to study abroad during his or her junior year at one of five universities in Scotland. As dean of international programs at the College from 1990 to 1996, she decided to make it her business to find students well-suited for the scholarship and prepare them for it. The scholarship was awarded at the Union League in Philadelphia and one of the hurdles to pass during the process was a formal lunch where each candidate had to answer a question about current events. “Since I went to Temple (University), I knew that the Union League was one of the most exclusive men’s clubs in Philadelphia,” she recalls. “I couldn’t send our students in there with no preparation. This was rarified air. They didn’t even let women in the club!”


One of the first things Richardson did was schedule a formal lunch for the candidate, to practice good table manners. But the most important meeting took place after the student went through the intimidating interview process. “I debriefed every student,” she says. “They told me everything that happened and I wrote literally everything down and I soon began to see patterns emerge.” The St. Andrews Scholarship has been Juniata’s most reliable scholarship, with 20 students winning the award over the past three-plus decades. Richardson, who also was one of the original members of the Student Research and Fellowships Committee, found that her colleagues were clamoring for her methods. “I don’t think people realized how important it is to understand the process. If you know what is going to happen, you can take away the scary and unknown part so they can shine and let the committee see how good they are.” Richardson passed her preparation methods on to Jack Barlow, professor of politics, who was co-advisor for the St. Andrews with Richardson and now is solo adviser for the scholarship. Although most of the faculty mentors use their own derivations on the method, most credit Richardson for starting Juniata’s run of dominance. “We had one student tell us that he was more intimidated having lunch with me and Jack than the actual lunch at the Union League,” she laughs.

“Unlike many institutions of higher education, students are not overlooked or left to their own devices when it comes to scholarships. That’s why you come to Juniata—for the personal attention."

or left to their own devices when it comes to scholarships. Buonaccorsi says, “That’s why you come to Juniata—for the personal attention.” That same sense of inevitability is also aiding Juniata’s ability to identify and win grant opportunities. Of course, with anecdotal evidence suggesting the odds of receiving a grant with a first-time application are between 10 and 25 percent, it’s —Vince Buonaccorsi, Associate Professor a little bold to say that of Biology momentum can apply to the grant-application process. Still, Juniata has had successes with recent grants that suggest there are ways to fund research other than sending off a detailed proposal to a huge, faceless granting agency and hoping for the best. Finding a much smaller granting agency, preferably one with a mission that dovetails neatly with the educational mission of the College, can be a key to finding relationships that have the potential to grow along with the College. Juniata’s relationship with the II-VI Foundation started in just that way. The foundation shares its name and chairman with the publicly-traded II-VI Incorporated, headquartered in Saxonburg, Pa. It was created in April 2007 by Carl J. Johnson, chairman and founder of II-VI Incorporated, and his wife, Margot,

The Student Research and Scholarship Committee every year identifies high-achieving students on campus who might be a good fit to apply for such prestigious scholarships as the Goldwater, the Hollings, Fulbright Fellowships and many others. Meeting this fall, from left, are committee members historian Jim Tuten; Kathleen Biddle, associate professor of education; biologists Norris Muth and Vince Buonaccorsi; and Denny Johnson, assistant provost.


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“I believe the mentoring I received for the St. Andrews Scholarship from Kim Richardson and Jack Barlow was the most important,” says Justin Schultz. “(They) sat down with me several times to go through my application sentence by sentence to help me develop a well-balanced narrative and motivation for my application. More often than not they would look at what I’d written and proceed to tear it apart—but with good reason!” Jack Barlow, professor of politics, who worked with Richardson on the St. Andrews Scholarship, absorbed her methods, added a few of his own and adapted the mentoring approach to his work on the Fulbright Fellowships. When Reingold took over the Fulbright portfolio, which he currently oversees, he was able to add his own interpretation on the work of those who had come before him. Most, if not all, of the faculty who have mentored students through an application have used some derivation of this method. “It can be a bit daunting if you’ve never done it before but the beauty of it is that there is faculty mentoring for (the faculty),” says Kathleen Biddle, assistant professor of education and mentor for the Richard Weaver Fellowship, which funds teachers pursing graduate education. “I have come to think of winning the St. Andrews as a personal breakthrough,” says Schultz, who went on to earn a Goldwater honorable mention, a Fulbright Fellowship and an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. “After winning one award you are given an extraordinary opportunity, and because you are deemed worthy of such an award you are able to succeed when (offered similar) opportunities.” Whether recruitment is done individually by each professor or whether a student just walks in and tells a professor she wants to apply for a Rhodes Scholarship, Buonaccorsi and other members of the scholarships committee agree that the College seems to have built a semi-perpetual fellowship machine, one that may not get predictable results every year, but one that gives Juniata students the best chance to grab the spotlight. Unlike many institutions of higher education, students are not overlooked

“Students often have an eye-opening experience, a moment where they decide to continue science as a career. We wanted to fund opportunities where that moment can happen."


with the mission to of the foundation visited campus to hear presentations “encourage and enable by students who worked on II-VI projects. In addition, students to pursue Purnell says the foundation is considering Juniata a career in science, students for undergraduate scholarships worth $10,000 engineering and per year over three years. mathematics.” The “It’s all part of trying to find that moment (in science company specializes education) where we can make the biggest impact,” in synthetic crystal Purnell says. “One of the biggest problems as a grantor materials growth, is to make sure your partners are on the same page. (A optics fabrication and grant) usually starts off in a fairly modest way and grows electronic component from there, and that’s the way it started with Juniata.” manufacture for use in Another method Juniata has used to scale the heights a variety of industries. of grants-dom is to start small, with funds provided by the In 2008, the College, and then aim higher. foundation granted Matt Powell, assistant professor of geology, mined —Rick Purnell, Executive Director, Juniata $125,000 exactly that vein to secure a $104,000 grant from NASA’s II-VI Foundation to start a summer Exobiology and Evolutionary Biology Program. Starting science camp targeted next summer, Powell and student researchers will to middle-schoolers. examine why there are more species in the tropics than “Our mission is to enable students to pursue a career in science and math,” explains Rick Purnell, executive director of the Geologist Matt Powell recently received foundation. “Students often have an a $104,000 grant from NASA to study eye-opening experience, a moment whether life on Earth has always been more where they decide to continue science diverse at the equator than at the poles. as a career. We wanted to fund Before applying to NASA, Powell received a opportunities where that moment Goodman Grant, endowed by Trustee Dave can happen.” Goodman ’74, and used data from that When members of the II-VI project to support the NASA grant. Foundation visited Juniata during the camp, the contingent had a few eyeopening experiences on a tour of the College’s facilities led by Mike Keating, director of corporate and foundation support. The II-VI Foundation has a three-tier granting program focused on: early education, undergraduate scholarships and graduate research. The science camp grant fell under the foundation’s early education program. This summer, the foundation renewed its grant for the summer science camp and chose to begin an experimental undergraduate research program at Juniata. The grant for undergraduate research is noteworthy because all of IIVI’s other research grants are focused on university graduate programs. Juniata is its first undergraduate institution to earn student research funding. The II-VI grant will fund summer science research in chemistry and physics. This fall, members


there are at the poles. The researchers will try to answer that question by examining the fossil record through preexisting databases. But, before NASA noticed him, Powell decided to build a track record for his project. “You need to show (granting agencies) that you can do what you say you can do,” he says. “If you make a proposal to build a house, it will help to build a garage so you can show you know how to do it.” Powell decided to build his scientific “garage” by applying for a Goodman Research Grant. The Goodman grants were created by Juniata Trustee David Goodman ’74 as a complement to the research funds provided by gifts from the William J. von Liebig Foundation. The von Liebig funds focus on research in chemistry, physics and biology, while the Goodman funds are available only to faculty outside of those specialties. Powell applied for the grant in 2008 and hired a student researcher for summer 2009 to analyze sediment

cores drilled all over the world and available for research online at Texas A&M and by examining published literature for other data addressing the question. Using the data gathered under that grant, Powell applied to the NASA program and was funded for three years. Juniata has had decent success in applying for major research grants, but the competition for available funding is fierce. Add into the mix that the von Liebig research funding is contracted to end next year and it becomes clear Juniata must start experimenting with new models for grants funding. Powell thinks the Goodman fund is an effective template for donors or small foundations to follow. “What Dave Goodman did was invest in a student project and his investment is paid in the form of six students over three years who will get hands-on research experience,” Powell explains. “I think it’s excellent and amazing and all the (major) colleges are doing it. We have to keep doing it.”

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n many college and university campuses, writing a grant is a lonely process. After all, only the person responsible for the research or project can

adequately explain to an organization why it should give him or her money to make their project a reality. And, many times, colleagues are too busy with their own work to offer much help on writing a grant.

more aware of granting opportunities and give a helping hand to those who ask for it. Geologist Matt Powell brought his research proposal to the group and received invaluable suggestions that he applied to the application for the NASA grant he received. “It’s immensely helpful to have other eyes on (a proposal),” Powell says. The group’s work is not just mutual back-scratching, either. Deborah Roney, director of Language in Motion, is currently on the seventh draft of a major proposal, with more to come. She explains that the group’s eclectic roster means readers can point out unclear writing or problematic ideas that a proposal writer deeply familiar with the subject might miss. “I appreciate the collegiality of the group; it really does feel like a community working together to help one another do a better job,” she says. “While members of the group don’t always agree, the debate is helpful and different ideas help you clarify what you think.” Although many grants that originate at Juniata are science-based, the group has participants from humanities and social sciences as well. “The Grants Group is very heterogeneous and that is fantastic because everybody gets feedback that we normally would not get from people in our discipline,” says chemist Peter Baran. “However frustrating and exhausting brainstorming on a proposal might be, it really can improve the quality of your proposal dramatically.” 21

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At Juniata a merry band—well, maybe not so merry as a grant deadline looms—of faculty have organized a cadre of researchers, administrators, professors and the College’s grants office with the sole purpose of helping others achieve grant enlightenment. Called, rather prosaically, the Grants Group, the group meets every two weeks during the school year to share information, critiques and feedback. Started in December 2009 by biochemist Michael Boyle and psychology professor Kathy Westcott, the Grants Group has been an invaluable resource for faculty who would like to find more funding for their research. Thanks to the summer research stipends provided over the past decade by the William J. von Liebig Foundation, faculty have seen first-hand how extracurricular funding enhances the educational experience for undergraduate scientists. As the von Liebig funding winds down, the faculty has used the Grants Group to make colleagues

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“The most interesting part of a Juniata education is that each student is an individual and each can get exactly what they want out of studying here. Juniata has brought the best out in me by allowing and providing me with the opportunities to explore my interests and indulge in my educational passions through coursework, discussions, practicum experiences, and internships directly related to what I hope to become after college.” Samantha Morgan ’11 Milford, Pa. POE: Psychology Samantha is studying abroad at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland this year. Photo by Andrew Waplinger ’12, Dallastown, Pa.

Oct. 23: Juniata hosts “Dig Pink” event at Marty Hauck ’11


women’s volleyball game to raise awareness


for breast cancer. Oct. 23: Founders Hall

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“Interacting with the geology faculty in and out of the classroom helped to build good working relationships with my professors, who were then able to learn what interested me academically and offered a research opportunity to match. Words cannot describe how the GRO grant has increased my confidence as a researcher. Until recently, the thought of pursuing research never crossed my mind, but now it is something I aspire to do as a professional career.” Justin Paul ’12 Garrett, Pa. POE: Geology EPA-GRO Fellowship Justin will receive $40,000 in tuition assistance over two years and will get a paid summer internship within the Environmental Protection Agency. Photo by Laura Hess ’11, Broad Top, Pa.

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humane letters degree at premiere of Twelfth Night. Nov. 4: Juniata President Tom Kepple accepts contract extension through 2013. Nov. 4


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race Canfield ’10 was walking through the most recent Career Day exhibit looking at the representatives from companies across the country. A talented graphic artist

and filmmaker from Littleton, N.H., Grace was looking for possible employers and came upon the table for Empiristat, Inc., a biotech company specializing in clinical trials and statistical analysis. To be honest, Grace didn’t care about biostatistics, but was fascinated by the graphic design of the company’s table display. She asked the person behind the table, “Who did your banners?” The person behind the counter was Nicole Close ’92, president of Empiristat and a committed Juniata booster on the level of—well, there might not be a Juniata advocate to equal Nicole’s enthusiasm. Witness: It turns out that Empiristat’s displays were designed by High Rock Studios, a design firm with offices in Hagerstown and Ellicott City, Maryland, and Nicole couldn’t say enough good things about the design company. “I told (Grace) they were young, they’re dynamic and she would love them,” Nicole explains. “So, (Grace) took the bull by the horns and sent them an e-mail. I followed up with an e-mail to the company and they really liked her.” Outcome: job for Grace Canfield. “I really, really love my job,” says Canfield, assistant project manager with High Rock. “Many of my friends are still looking

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Networking Stories Help Build Momentum in Unique Ways


At top left, Nicole Close ’92, president of Empiristat Inc., a biostatistics and clinical trial company, is used to building bridges for Juniata graduates to enter the working world. She has hired several Juniata graduates, including Devin Hunt ’04 (to the right of Nicole) and offered several current students scholarships to attend professional meetings. Posing with her staff on a Fredericksburg, Md. bridge (from left after Devin the others are: Caylee Ortega, Michael Hart and Chuck Wagner.)


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“Juniata produced me, and when I decided to hire I thought ‘Go back to the people you know’ and while I didn’t know these (candidates), I do know the work of Juniata and how we are bonded through that knowledge." —Nicole Close ’92, President, Empiristat

for jobs and for a while I thought I’d be living at home applying for jobs from there.” Imagine what Nicole could do for people who are interested in what she does for a living. Stop imagining, here’s a few of the things she has done to maintain a connection between her company and Juniata students. She hired Devin Hunt ’04, a physics POE at Nicole’s previous job with EMMES Inc. Devin is now manager of statistical programming for Empiristat. At EMMES, she also hired Jessica Long ’05, a finance POE, and Jodi (Reiter) DeStefano ’04, a business POE. She met each of them at the College’s Career Fair. “Juniata produced me, and when I decided to hire I thought ‘Go back to the people you know’ and while I didn’t know these (candidates), I do know the work of Juniata and how we are bonded through that knowledge,” Close says. In addition, Nicole hired two Juniata graduates at Empiristat as part timers: Greg Kilbride ’10 and Greg Farabaugh ’10. She has been at every Career Day since founding


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her business and this year decided to expand her network of employment opportunity. Empiristat offered a scholarship for one Juniata student to attend (with the Empiristat staff ) the Society for Clinical Trials Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Md. She asked students to apply for the scholarship and interviewed candidates on Career Day. Instead of awarding just one scholarship, she handed out three: Eric Frys ’11, John Apostolides ’13 and Keiko Sing ’12 all attended the May 16-19 meeting. “When I was hired at my first job, I went to a professional meeting and someone took the time to introduce me to people,” she says. “If you can learn to network at a meeting early in your career, it can make all the difference.” Not surprisingly, the scholarship winners had specific assignments to accomplish. Collect 10 business cards each day. Do not sit together at lunch. “I’d like to find a way to write up this project so we can keep the momentum going and have other people and companies do similar scholarships,” she says. Meanwhile Nicole, Devin and the rest of Empiristat have acquired significant momentum of their own. They are providing biostatistics training in Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania for the President’s Emergency Relief Fund Agency and working for the Department of Defense to set up clinical trials for traumatic brain injuries. And that’s only a few of their clients. In between assignments, Nicole keeps an Eagle eye out for opportunities for Juniata students and alumni.

Recent graduate Grace Canfield ’10 was hired by design firm High Rock Studios in Hagerstown, Md. with help from alumna Nicole Close ’92. Grace had stopped at Nicole’s booth at a Career Day function and admired the booth's desk displays. Nicole, a client of High Rock, encouraged Grace to apply. Grace was hired before she graduated.

Eagles to Eagles Connection: Faculty Can Network Too was just about ready to leave the line when the vice president of personnel for the Eagles came out and grabbed me. He said he saw my folder with ‘Juniata’ on the cover and that a person he knew always talked about Juniata,” Justin recalls. After handing the Eagles executive a resume, Justin scored an internship at the Eagles’ training camp at Lehigh University—making $100 a week. In 2003, he moved into corporate sales. At the same time, he made sure Rosenberger and the College knew about his progress with the organization. “As soon as he was firmly established, Sammy started bringing in Juniata students as interns,” says Rosenberger. “When he’s come back to campus, he’s made it clear he’s absolutely available to other

“I was just about ready to leave the line when the vice president of personnel for the Eagles came out and grabbed me. He said he saw my folder with ‘Juniata’ on the cover and that a person he knew always talked about Juniata." —Justin Samra ’01, former Director of Corporate Sales for the Philadelphia Eagles 27

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Building a valuable relationship with a single employer is not restricted to alumni networks. Often a faculty member can facilitate connections with a company or even several companies within the same industry and funnel talented students to employers who value Juniata’s graduates. Business professor Randy Rosenberger and Justin Samra ’01, who just left in September his position as director of corporate sales for the Philadelphia Eagles, collaborated on just such a pipeline for Juniata’s business and sports management students. Justin, who has returned several times to speak in Rosenberger’s classes, credits a Juniata logo with kicking off his business career. “I was at a sports job fair and the lines for the pro teams were out the door. I


students.” Samra corresponded or took calls from Juniata students interested in sports management careers and hired Kyle Custer ’03 for the same training camp internship he once held. From Justin’s campus visits, he hired Jessica Winemiller ’08 as an intern in corporate relations. She was hired full-time and recently left for another job at the University of Delaware. “It’s tough to establish these kind of networks because it requires that every student do well to keep the pathway open,” Rosenberger says. “It’s rare to learn that a Juniata student has not done well at an internship or job.” Other students who have secured internships with the Eagles are Josh Crouse ’08 and Shannon Pierce ’10. As Justin’s Juniata hires impressed the Eagles front office, soon the network spread beyond him, and he hopes the pathway remains open after he leaves. Shannon worked as a corporate relations intern, a job not within Justin’s department. She recently left the Eagles to come back to Juniata as assistant sports information director. “We talk all the time about how we’ve had three Juniata grads working here even though there is intense competition with all the Philadelphia colleges,” Justin explains. “It all goes back to the personal attention we received from the College.”


The Office of Alumni Relations and the Career Services office combined several different alumni and career-oriented events and created Career Day, where prospective employers, Juniata alumni acting as company representatives and volunteer parent and alumni mentors help current students make career decisions. Here, from left, Katie Dickey ’97, assistant director of alumni relations, Darwin Kysor, director of career services, and David Meadows ’98, assistant director of alumni relations, plan next year’s Career Day activities.

Club Connections: Networking Made Easy For its part, Juniata is putting pieces in place to ensure the College’s legacy of career-making continues. The Office of Alumni Relations is currently revamping its regional clubs to focus club activities on six areas that lead to outcomes benefitting students and alumni alike: an executive committee, recruitment, service, social activities, athletics and careers. Although this new organizational model is still developing, the Washington, D.C.-based JC-DC Club has already established a model for career mentoring they hope to maintain and spread to other clubs. When Richard Mahoney, professor of peace studies and director of the Baker Institute, was looking for a way to engage his spring course in career building, the club volunteered to organize a series of events for the 16 students involved. Mahoney and Scott Kofmehl ’03, a Foreign Service officer now stationed in Mexico City, organized a series of mentoring events over two days, including a reception with 15 to 20 alumni, a series of briefings at the offices of Juniata alumni with individual or small groups of students, and a lunch featuring a

—Richard Mahoney, Professor of Peace Studies and Director of The Baker Institute


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speaker, Rod Hills, an attorney, former chair of the SEC, and founder of the Hills Program on Governance at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “The idea was to get our alums and students side by side in an educational setting where the chemistry of similar interests could work very naturally,” says Mahoney of the Washington trip. “It does two things: it gives them a ready-made relationship based on the Juniata family and it gives our students the opportunity to see and experience professional life in Washington.” Career Day is the centerpiece of Juniata’s effort to maintain momentum among employers. Originally the day was two separate events. The Eagle Expo Intern Fair, run by the Career Services office, concentrated on local employers. The Student Alumni Career Connection brought back graduates in varied careers to mentor students on networking, resume writing and interviewing. “We still have all of these things happening, but it’s all happening on the same day in one room,” explains David Meadows ’98, assistant

“The idea was to get our alums and students side by side in an educational setting where the chemistry of similar interests could work very naturally. It does two things: it gives them a ready-made relationship based on the Juniata family and it gives our students the opportunity to see and experience professional life in Washington.”

director of alumni relations. Meadows and Darwin Kysor, director of career services, reorganized the event as Career Day. “The new event has allowed us to target both local employers, and alumni who are at specific companies that might attract more students to the day.” This year, Meadows, Kysor and Katie Dickey ’97, assistant director of alumni and parent relations, were able to bring in mentors, such as Kofmehl, as well as Juniata graduates working at PPG Inc. and other Fortune 500 companies. “We also will start a series of meetings with the academic departments to have what companies they would like to see attend the event,” Meadows adds. The Alumni Office also continues to set up individual students interested in specific careers through its Job Shadowing program. Shane Gallagher ’10 shadowed Christopher Bair ’92 at Deloitte, a national accounting firm after first meeting in 2007 at Career Day. Gallagher started his job at Deloitte Consulting LLP in Camp Hill, Pa. this summer.

“As we purposefully create these opportunities to connect students with alumni we hope to see more people willing to build and nurture a relationship that will give a graduating student a pathway to the working world,” Meadows says. Alumni also are increasingly important in creating pathways to the College for prospective students. One of Juniata’s most successful programs is the Gold Card Recruitment Program. Explained simply, the program asks College alumni to recommend a prospective student by filling out their information on a Gold Card and sending it to the enrollment office. Once they send in the card, the expectation is that they follow up and encourage the student through the application process. Gold Cards are available as an insert in the Juniata magazine or on the website at “No one knows better what kind of student thrives at Juniata than a graduate,” says Michelle Bartol ’84, dean of admissions. “Given the competition for students in higher education, anything that helps us make the process more personal and familiar will help us increase yield.” For those not intimately familiar with admissionsspeak, “yield” means the percentage of students who

One-Stop Shopping: Retaining Students



s we’ve learned from the longer article surrounding this story, developing and maintaining the momentum Juniata has attained in building its incoming class every year is not a given. Each year is different, economic conditions change, and sometimes the students we enroll decide to leave after a year. Which is where Walmart comes in.


A group of incoming freshmen participate in a group bonding exercise as part of Juniata Inbound program. The program has helped first-generation students make a smoother entry into college life by grouping them with students with similar interests and planning themed activities in the week leading up to the start of classes.

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“This is more than just referring a student, it’s recruiting a student,” she says. “It also gives the prospective student a more solid connection to the College and it helps us cut through the noise and the avalanche of information that kids see every day when they consider colleges.” Most colleges and universities use networking as sort of a nebulous career-building tool that comes with the expectation that the student or graduate drives the process. As usual, Juniata has found a way to build networks based on the College’s sense of community. As each member of the network—be it a parent recruiting a possible student or an alumnus connecting a graduate with a job—reaches out to others in the Juniata community, the result is an ever-expanding pool of success stories that in turn can be used to convince prospective students, incoming faculty or curious employers that Juniata is indeed as good as we say it is. A recent college book, Acceptance, listed Juniata as an “overlooked gem,” yet it seems with every passing year the facets of the College are attracting notice in many different arenas. It seems that being overlooked is not an option anymore for Juniata.

Not the actual store (located along Route 22), but rather the corporation. The Walmart Foundation in 2008 awarded the College $100,000 to help build on Juniata’s demonstrated success in enrolling and retaining first-generation college students. The grant was used to give first-generation students an opportunity to attend Juniata's

were employed during the summer, and to cover textbook and laboratory expenses during their first semester at Juniata. Twenty-three incoming students received the award in 2009 and all 23 are still enrolled at the College. In the first year 26 students received the funds and two left Juniata permanently. This summer 32 students received the award.

innovative Inbound Retreats program free of charge. Inbound is a weeklong preorientation program for incoming freshmen designed to help students get attuned to campus life and meet students with like interests. Walmart scholarship students also receive a small grant to make up any lost wages they would have earned during that week if they

“Traditionally firstgeneration college students can have a much more difficult time transitioning from high school to college,” says Michelle Bartol ’84, dean of students. “With Inbound, they’re instantly connected to a network of friends and will have people to seek out for help during that all-important first year.”


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actually enroll at the College out of the larger number of admitted students in a given year. Typically, the overall yield for a College class is around 30 percent. The Gold Card program, designed to bring in students who are directly recruited by people they know or by people who are prominent within their community, has been able to significantly increase the yield for those students. In 2009, 103 prospectives were identified through the program and 53 enrolled, a yield of 51 percent. This year, 131 Gold Card students were admitted and 62 enrolled—a yield of 47 percent. “We are recruiting nationally, but enrollment counselors can’t be everywhere during recruiting season. This program allows us to be in places our alumni and parents are,” Bartol says. If a student is accepted, $1,000 of their financial aid package is awarded in the name of the alumnus who referred them. The admissions office has fine-tuned its communication operation this year as well. Enrollment counselors will update each Gold Card referral participant on the student’s progress. Bartol explains that the College asks each alumnus to call the student to answer any questions, follow up after the student’s campus visit, and call after the student is admitted.

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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.

“Juniata’s liberal arts education teaches you how to think from different perspectives. This helps me see both sides of issues. Juniata further drives this idea to all the students by encouraging study abroad. When I graduate from Juniata I will have a diverse background of learning experiences and better understand the values of a different culture. These skills will help me be successful for anything I put my mind to.” Jared Edgerton ’12 POE: Philosophy, Politics and Economics Windsor, N.J. Finnegan Fellowship: Jared spent summer 2010 working as an intern at a state agency in Harrisburg. Photo by Krista Leibensperger ’12, Reading, Pa.

first runner in Juniata history invited to NCAA Cross Country




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Nov. 11: Juniata field hockey team plays in NCAA

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“It’s really encouraging that professors let us know of all these (scholarship) opportunities. They don’t let us sell ourselves short because we are at a smaller liberal arts college. Having all this experience and accumulating all those hours in the lab lets us learn that there is a difference between research where you’re just following someone’s instructions, and research where we learn to think for ourselves and work through a problem.” Caitlyn Bowman ’12 POE: Biology Seven Valleys, Pa. Hollings Scholarship: Caitlyn will receive $8,000 and will choose a paid internship at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Summer 2011. Photo by Tim Carn ’12, Middletown, Pa.

Megan Sollenberger ’10 named First Team AVCA All-America

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Award from American Society for Microbiology. Nov. 17: in volleyball; Stephanie Strauss ’11 named Second Team AVCA All-America.

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Nov. 16: Ryan Johnson ’10 receives Raymond Sarber

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“For me, research is about seeing how what I am learning in the classroom relates to the real world. My internship at the National Institute of Standards and Technology caught my attention because I could immediately see the implications of what I was doing. Everything in science is constantly changing and research is a nice way to be in front of that.” Anna Bloom ’10, Eldersburg, Md. POE: Chemistry, secondary emphasis in math and German Fulbright Fellow: Anna will study at the Max Planck Institute in Mulheim, Germany. Photo by Edward Sinnes ’12, Waldorf, Md.

Nov. 21: Juniata women’s volleyball team reaches championship match of NCAA Division III Championships. Nov. 25: Stephanie Strauss ’11 receives NCAA Elite 88 Award (for highest grade point


average among 88 NCAA champions across all divisions).


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“I’m absolutely convinced there is no way I would have had the opportunities I’ve had at Juniata anywhere else. Juniata has really made me a complete individual. The one thing that Juniata really does is teaching in such a way that makes students more civic-minded and service-oriented. Juniata students are more willing to ask questions and challenge the accepted wisdom. We challenge our own beliefs, too, not just those of others.” Dustin Gee ’10 Lawrenceville, Pa. POE: Communication and Writing Fulbright Fellow: Dustin teaches English at a university in Montenegro.

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Nov. 25: Meghan McGlone ’12 named NFHCA All-America, Third team, for field hockey. Dec. 21: Juniata’s renovated Founders Hall awarded LEED Gold status as a “green” building by the U.S. Green Building Council.

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Photo by Andrew Meloney ’10, Kennett Square, Pa.

Eagles List: Top Ten Moments from 2009-10 Juniata Sports 2009-10 Won–Lost Records

By Peter Lefresne, sports information director Photography by J.D. Cavrich (unless noted)

Baseball: 15-25 overall; 10-8 in Landmark Conference Basketball, Men’s: 9-16 overall; 4-10 in Landmark Conference Basketball, Women’s: 17-12 overall; 9-5 in Landmark Conference Cross Country Men’s: Third out of eight teams in Landmark Conference Cross Country Women’s: Third out of eight in Landmark Conference Field Hockey: 17-4 overall; 6-0 in Landmark Conference Football: 1-9 overall; 1-7 in Centennial Conference Indoor Track and Field, Men’s: Third out of six teams in Landmark Conference Indoor Track and Field, Women’s: Third out of six teams in Landmark Conference Outdoor Track and Field, Men’s: Third out of six teams in Landmark Conference Outdoor Track and Field, Women’s: Fourth out of six teams in Landmark Conference Soccer, Men’s: 7-10-0 overall; 1-6-0 in Landmark Conference Soccer, Women’s: 5-12-0 overall; 1-5-0 in Landmark Conference Softball: 20-18 overall; 6-6 in Landmark Conference Swimming: 1-9 overall; seventh in Landmark Conference Tennis, Men’s: 7-12 overall; 2-5 in Landmark Conference Tennis, Women’s: 9-9 overall; 2-4 in Landmark Conference Volleyball, Men’s: 9-13 overall; 3-7 in EIVA Tait Division Volleyball, Women’s: 36-4 overall; 6-0 in Juniata

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mid the filing of old game programs, shuffling around of archived box scores and what have you, it’s easy to get lost in the memories of some unforgettable athletic performances and moments from 2009-10. So, I put together a list of my favorite moments in Juniata Athletics from the past 12 months. There was no committee, no voting, no consulting an octopus in Germany—just me looking over dozens and dozens of stat sheets and webpages, and trying to bring order to all the memories I had from 2009-10.

10. Women’s swimming knocks off Hood College, 46-42; Lauren O’Donnell’s first collegiate coaching win. The moment was definitely a sweet one for first year head coach Lauren O’Donnell; the former All-American and NCAA qualifier from The College of New Jersey logged her first win as a head coach, and was flashing a smile all around the Kennedy Sports and Recreation Center for days after the team returned from its win at a January 30th tri-meet at Penn State Altoona.


7. Men’s basketball coach Greg Curley sets record with 104th win

8. Football downs Moravian, 10-3, at Rocco Calvo Field

9 9. Larry Bock records 1,200th coaching victory




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Athletic director Larry Bock’s victory odometer rolled over the 1,200 mark in early October, as the Eagles dispatched the University of Mary Washington by a 3-1 score at the Christopher Newport University Invitational. A strong nucleus of this team returns for 2010, so expect to see the Eagles in St. Louis, site of the 2010 Division III women’s volleyball championship, battling for their third national title.

The game began with the unlikeliest of plays, and ended with Juniata claiming its first gridiron victory in Bethlehem, Pa., in six seasons and Carmen Felus posting his first win as head coach in Juniata’s 10-3 triumph over Moravian College. Moravian opened the game with an onside kick, which set up the Eagles for a 30-yard Alex Snyder ’10-to-Abe Mellinger’13 touchdown pass. The Juniata defense held Moravian to a field goal over the final 30 minutes of play, securing the 10-3 win. Felus has elevated the intensity around the Juniata football program, and his 2010 recruiting class boasts more all-state caliber players than I’ve seen among the previous three recruiting classes that have taken to Knox Stadium.

Seniors Jeff Berkey ’10 and Ryan Jones ’11 each poured in 22 points, leading Juniata men’s hoops to a 72-66 win over Moravian College on January 16 at the Kennedy Sports and Recreation Center, allowing Curley to surpass the previous record of 103 wins, set by Arnold “Doc” Greene between 1949 and 1961. Curley took the win in stride, pointing out that amassing the 104 wins was tougher for Greene—who was also a dentist in Huntingdon, “The reason I’m a coach is because I couldn’t get into dental school.” Curley has proven he’s got all the basketball smarts needed to help make Juniata men’s hoops a perennial threat in the Landmark Conference.

= 6. Men’s soccer ties Saint Vincent in final minute, and wins in overtime Juniata men’s soccer’s “home” debut clash against Saint Vincent under the lights at Huntingdon’s Detwiler Field produced a familiar—to World Cup soccer fans, anyway—finish that sparked a Juniata comeback win over Saint Vincent back on September 8.



In the 106th minute of play, trailing 1-0, Luke Waddell ’12 put a shot on goal from just outside the 18-yard box. Saint Vincent keeper Gabe Cooper made the initial stop, but, like England’s Robert Green who mishandled a similar shot in a World Cup match against the U.S., watched the ball slip through his hands and roll slowly—almost painfully so— across the goal line.

5. Softball gains healthy lineup and downs Susquehanna A run of bad luck for the softball team started on its March 2010 spring break trip to Surfside Beach, S.C., with a series of injuries. When all was said and done, Juniata softball would play nearly 45 days before an already-thinned roster would see all 17 players healthy and available for duty in any one game. That day came April 22, as the Eagles hosted Susquehanna University in an avoid-a-sweep-at-all-costs doubleheader. Susquehanna was one spot out of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III Coaches Top 25 poll. Three-hit performances by Rachel Nagy ’10 and Amanda Gerlach ’11 as well as a pair of hits by Sarah Eckard ’10, fueled Juniata as the Eagles downed Susquehanna 5-2 in game two and even almost pulled off the upset in a 4-3 loss in game one. That win over Susquehanna was a turning point for the Eagles, who won five of their last six games coming down the stretch. Juniata went on to reach the Landmark Conference Tournament.




4. Alyssia Gordon ’13 caps Women’s Basketball win over Delaware Valley in ECAC South tourney For the second year in a row, the Juniata women’s basketball team saw its postseason play extended with a berth in the ECAC South Region Tournament. And, for the second year in a row, the Eagles went in as the eighth seed, faced with playing the tournament’s top seed on its home court. And, for the second year in a row, that didn’t bother Juniata in the least. This time, however, there was an element of drama added, as Alyssia Gordon ’13 coolly drained a two-point shot with just six seconds showing to give Juniata the win as Juniata upended Delaware Valley College, 67-65, on March 3 in Doylestown, Pa., sending the eighth-seeded Eagles into the ECAC South semifinals. The Eagles went on to knock off Widener University in the semifinals.

Juniata field hockey and women’s volleyball made it a “two-fer” day on Nov. 7, 2009, as both Eagle squads captured Landmark Conference championships and automatic qualifiers into the NCAA tournament at the expense of Juniata’s closest conference rival, Susquehanna University.


For women’s volleyball, the 3-0 championship win over Susquehanna marked Juniata’s 29th consecutive conference crown and its 315th straight win over a conference opponent in either regular season or post-season competition. The third straight Landmark title launched yet another run deep in the NCAA tournament. The Eagles crushed Trinity (Texas) and Wisconsin-Oshkosh en route to the championship match. Juniata’s bid for a third NCAA crown was denied, however, as the Eagles dropped a 3-1 decision to Washington-St. Louis.

At first, Juniata baseball probably wasn’t thinking much about postseason. The Eagles began the season 3-16 overall, dropping 12 straight games. Juniata was 1-5 in Landmark play, and had been outscored by its first two conference rivals, Moravian and Catholic, by a combined score of 58-29. Things began to turn for the Eagles, who swept Drew and Merchant Marine and then picked up a win off Susquehanna. That brought Juniata’s postseason hopes down to its final conference weekend, a three-game series at the University of Scranton. Whoever took two games in the series was in, and the other team was out. Scranton won game one of the series, 7-2, but Juniata rallied to steal a 5-4 victory off the Royals on their home field in game two. In a for-all-the-marbles showdown against the Royals, John Love ’11 spun a complete game win for the Eagles in a 16-3 victory to give Juniata the final Landmark tourney berth. The Eagles peaked when it counted, winning four of their final six games.


1. Matt Bailey’s entire senior season


Matt Bailey ’10 was studying abroad during the Spring 2009 semester. But, how he made up for it during his final two semesters as a senior. Bailey capped his final cross country campaign by becoming the first Juniata male to compete in the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships, after finishing 27th in the NCAA’s Mideast Regional qualifier. For that, he was named a United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA—surely the most ungainly acronym in sports) All-Region selection.

Indoors, Bailey ran the anchor leg for Juniata’s Landmark champion squad in the Distance Medley Relay at the 2010 Landmark Indoor Track & Field Championships, and finished fourth in the 5,000-meters. Drawing his collegiate career to a close, Bailey won the 10,000m run at the 2010 Landmark outdoor meet, and again finished fourth in the 5,000m. It’s pretty easy to make a case that Bailey is the best distance runner to ever pass through Juniata College. Most people would be ecstatic with those accomplishments over the course of a career; he did it in a season. 41

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Field hockey captured its third straight title with a 1-0 win over the Crusaders, with Kim Amrod’s ’12 first-half goal proving to be the difference. Juniata remains the only team to ever win the Landmark field hockey crown. Juniata’s NCAA tournament experience was a short one; the Eagles were eliminated 5-3 by 10th-ranked Lynchburg College.

2. Baseball downs Scranton on final day to clinch Landmark playoff spot

Photo: Doug Hoover

3. Field hockey and women’s volleyball both defeat Susquehanna to win Landmark championships on same day

“The best part of my Juniata education experience was that I was in an elementary classroom about two weeks after I was on campus my freshman year. That sort of finalized for me that this was where I should be (in my career goals). The opportunities we get in classes and extracurricular activities make it easy to get involved and explore new areas.” Maura Collins ’10 Corning, N.Y. POE: Elementary and Special Education Fulbright Fellow: Maura turned down a Fulbright Fellowship to Turkey and now works as a teacher. Photo by Andrew Waplinger ’12, Dallastown, Pa.

Jan. 15: Men’s basketball coach Greg Curley

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passes Doc Greene on all-time wins list with 104. March 15: Phillip Stone, president of Bridgewater College and an Abraham Lincoln


historian, receives honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Juniata. 42

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Andrew Meloney ’10

Mar. 15

“At Juniata, I’ve had a lot of handson experience in lab, both in the classroom and through internships. My advisor, Jamie White, offered me a research internship after my freshman year, and I worked in his lab again after my sophomore year. Our labs are not set up as 'recipe labs' where we are given instructions step-by-step to meet a goal. Instead, we are given an objective and the materials and told to 'do it.' This way, we can learn from mistakes and strengthen our critical thinking skills and research abilities.” Kenny Goodfellow ’11 Duncansville, Pa. POE: Physics and Mathematics Goldwater Scholarship: Kenny received $7,500 to apply to his undergraduate or graduate tuition.

to study at Max Planck Institute in Germany. March 17: Maura Collins ’10 receives Fulbright Fellowship to study in Turkey. March 22: Todd Kulp ’80 spends week at Juniata as Executive in Residence in College’s business department. Mar. 15

Alison Rihs ’11

March 15: Anna Bloom ’10 receives Fulbright Fellowship

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Grace Canfield ’09

Photo by Alison Rihs ’11, Sewickley, Pa.

Class-by-class Participation Comparison

Alumni Participation

2010 64% 2009 23% 2008 18% 2007 16% ▲ 4% 2006 17%▲ 4% 2005 19% ▲ 3% 2004 16% 2003 15% 2002 15%▲ 2% 2001 21% ▲ 3% 2000 25%▲ 4% 1999 17%▲ 2% 1998 18%▲ 1% 1997 17%▲ 1% 1996 16%▲ 5% 1995 18%▲ 3% 1994 15% 1993 19% ▲ 1% 400000 20%▲ 1% 1992 1991 17%▲ 2% 1990 18% 350000 1989 23%▲ 4% 1988 28% ▲ 4% 1987 30% ▲ 3% 300000 1986 21% 1985 17% 1984 30% ▲ 8% 250000 1983 21% 1982 29%▲ 2% 1981 25%▲ 3% 200000 1980 32% ▲ 5% 29% ▲ 5% 1979 1978 32% 150000 29%▲ 4% 1977 1976 34%▲ 2% 1975 39%▲ 8% 100000 1974 30% ▲ 6% 1973 45% 1972 42% ▲ 7% 50000 1971 34% ▲ 1% 1970 55%▲ 19% 0 1969 41% ▲ 9% 1968 39% ▲ 6% 1967 42% 1966 53%▲ 2% 1965 50%▲ 1% 1964 54% 1963 64% ▲ 1% 1962 48% 1961 47% ▲ 1% 1960 55% ▲ 8% 1959 61% 1958 59% ▲ 5% 1957 62%▲ 14% 1956 60% 1955 92% ▲ 6% 1954 48% ▲ 1% 1953 49% ▲ 3% 1952 58% ▲ 3% 1951 ▲ 42% 4% 1950 50% 1949 47% ▲ 1% 1948 45% ▲ 8% 1947 50% ▲ 6% 1946 39% 1945 19% 1944 44% 1943 21% 1942 25% 1941 36% 1940 33% ▲ 2% 1939 & earlier 43%▲ 10% 0





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. This year, we are proud and thankful to report that the efforts of class fund agents and committed alumni resulted in participation rising for the first time in about a decade. Alumni participation moved from 29 percent to 31 percent. 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 Twenty-eight new grants were awarded, totaling $785,846. $1,370,443 was received within the fiscal year from grants in operation (including some awards made in prior fiscal years). The sources of those funds were: Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $882,091 (64%) Corporation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $154,982 (11%) United States Government . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $180,268 (13%) Pennsylvania State Government . . . . . . . . . . . $145,704 (11%) Other . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $7,397 (0.5%)

PA State Govt. 11% Other 0.5%

U.S. Govt. 13% Corporation 11%

Foundation 64%



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April 7: Two Juniata students, Jared Edgerton ’12 and David Grim ’12, receive two of the four available Finnegan Fellowships for summer internships in Pennsylvania state government. April 10: Juniata Orchestra performs Holst’s The Planets with Altoona Symphony Orchestra at Mishler Theater.

Krista Leibensperger ’12

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March 31: Kenny Goodfellow ’11 receives Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.

Krista Leibensperger ’12

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JUNIATA COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES 2010-2011 Officers of the Board

(A) Alumni (C) Church

David P. Andrews ’74, Chair, Altoona, Pa., Attorney, Andrews and Beard Law Offices Robert N. McDowell ’67, Vice Chair, Madison, N.J. Partner, Christenson Hutchison McDowell, LLC Thomas R. Pheasant ’66, Secretary, Camp Hill, Pa. Vitreoretinal Surgeon, Retina/Occuloplastic Consultants Donald L. Detwiler ’64, Treasurer, New Enterprise, Pa. President, CEO, New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co.

Executive Committee David P. Andrews ’74, Chair Robert N. McDowell ’67, Vice Chair Thomas R. Pheasant ’66, Secretary Donald L. Detwiler ’64, Treasurer Jodie M. Gray ’88 David J. Hogan ’61 Jamie M. Pirrello ’81 Maurice C. Taylor ’72 Mary M. White ’73 Barry J. Halbritter ’65, at large Henry H. Gibbel ’57, at large Thomas R. Kepple Jr., ex officio

Board of Trustees Representatives Faculty Representatives:

Committee on Business Affairs

Committee on Education & Student Life

Mary M. White ’73, Chair Christoph Schwemmlein ’84, Vice Chair Donald L. Detwiler ’64 Carl D. Glaeser ’77 Gail M. Habecker ’76 Barry J. Halbritter ’65 William P. Hayes Steven J. Holsinger ’76 Klare S. Sunderland ’56

Maurice C. Taylor ’72, Chair Charles W. Wise III, Vice Chair Eugene C. Baten ’63 Geoffrey W. Clarke ’75 (A) Christy Dowdy (C) Linda W. McKonly ’73 Richard E. Paulhamus ’70 Ronald N. Seiler Jr. ’77 (A)

Faculty Representatives:

Bethany Benson (2011) Fay Glosenger (2012)

Dominick Peruso (2011) Ruth Reed (2012)

Student Representatives:

David Sowell (Term ends 2011) Donna Weimer (Term ends 2012)

Student Representatives: Megan McQuillan ’11 Travis Raup ’11

Committee on Advancement & Marketing Jodie M. Gray ’88, Chair David C. Beachley ’77, Vice Chair Henry H. Gibbel ’57 David J. Hogan ’61 Eric C. Jensen ’77 Fred C. Mason Jr. ’73 Thomas R. Pheasant ’66 Rebecca M. Zeek ’86 (C)

Faculty Representatives:

William Thomas (2011) Amy Mathur ’96 (2012)

Student Representatives: Megan Russell ’12 Omar Schoenthaler ’11

Babafemi Adegbite ’13 Lauren Perow ’11

Committee on Trustees Robert N. McDowell ’67, Chair Barry J. Halbritter ’65, Vice Chair David P. Andrews ’74, ex officio David K. Goodman Jr. ’74 Thomas R. Kepple Jr., ex officio Timothy D. Statton ’72 Mary M. White ’73 Charles W. Wise III

Committee on Investments David J. Hogan ’61, Chair Carl D. Glaeser ’77, Vice Chair John A. Brinker ’69 Donald L. Detwiler ’64 Henry H. Gibbel ’57 Gail M. Habecker ’76 Klare S. Sunderland ’56

Faculty Representative: Patricia Weaver (2011)

Student Representative: Zachary Cupler ‘11

Faculty Representatives:

New Trustee

Ronald N. Seiler Jr. ’77 (A)

Student Representatives: Katherine Kline ’11 Brittany Rusczyk ’11

Committee on Enrollment & Retention Timothy D. Statton ’72, Chair Gayle W. Pollock ’68, Vice Chair John A. Brinker ’69 David K. Goodman Jr. ’74 Madeleine F. Green Robert N. McDowell ’67 Jamie M. Pirrello ’81 Frank L. Pote III ’73 (A)

Faculty Representative: Judith Benz (2011) David Widman (2012)

Student Representative: David Grim ‘12 Alexa Zimbicki ‘12

Audit Committee Jamie M. Pirrello ’81, Chair Steven J. Holsinger ’76, Vice Chair Donald L. Detwiler ’64

Faculty Representatives: Paul Schettler (2010)

Student Representatives: Gabe Castro ’12

Apr. 12

study at the University of Iceland. April 15: Jenifer Cushman, dean of the Center for International Education, is named an American Council on

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April 12: Nicholas Sepulveda ’10 receives Fulbright Fellowship to

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Edward Sinnes ’12

Apr. 15

ALUMNI COUNCIL 2010-2011 Joanna M. Acri ’04 JoAnn Bowman ’75 Geoffrey W. Clarke ’75 Alumni Trustee Ellen Church Coffman ’67 Kathleen M. Collins ’92 Bradley E. Haubert ’93 Sarah Nelling Herritt ’82

Alumni Council Officers

Angela Snowberger Loose ’96 Matthew E. Markiewicz ’83 Frank L. Pote III ’73 Alumni Trustee Jeffrey R. Rush ’84 William A. Rys ’96 Douglas A. Spotts ’89 Andrew W. Zimmerman ’86

Bruce L. Moyer ’74, President Takoma Park, Md., President, Moyer Group Parisha P. Shah ’01, Vice President Philadelphia, Pa., Post Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Cell & Developmental Biology Jessica Yutzey Quinter ’00, Past President Petersburg, Pa., Principal, Juniata Valley Elementary School For a complete list of the 2010-2011 Alumni Council members’ contact information, please visit the member profiles at

New Council Members

10000000 8000000 Christopher E. Bair ’92

John L. Batchelor ’69

Sarah Young Fisher ’75

Christopher W. Gahagen ’94



Ronald N. Seiler Jr. ’77 Alumni Trustee

Scott D. O’Neill ’80 6000000


$7,356,229 Mandi Walls ’99

4000000 2000000

Volunteer Support 2009-2010

All volunteer hours are self-reported. Because of this, we believe our number is higher than what we are 0 of volunteers, please report your hours by calling able to report. To help ensure the most accurate number (814) 641-3441 or visiting

Affinity Group Fundraising/Class Fund Agents/Class Committees Alumni Weekend/Reunion Committee Volunteers Juniata Admission Ambassadors Church College Relations Council Guest Lecturers/Faculty Support Homecoming/Family Weekend Miscellaneous Volunteers International/Friendship Families Juniata Career Team Regional Events Trustees Senior Dinner/Student Alumni Association Alumni Council

150 152 178 97

Historical Figures

21 63


99 144 93


83 71


39 51






Note: This chart indicates the number of volunteers for each area. Some people may have volunteered for more than one area. For the total number of volunteers and corresponding hours, please see the historical figures graph.

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200 April 20: Dustin Gee ’10 receives Fullbright

Kevin Dundore ’09


Caitlyn Bowman ’12 receives Ernest F. Hollings Tim Carn ’12


Fellowship to teach in Montenegro. April 27:

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Scholarship and NOAA internship opportunity.

Photo: Candice Hersh

ALUMNI COUNCIL Front row (l-r): Bruce Moyer ’74, Parisha Shah ’01, Jessica (Yutzey) Quinter ’00 Second Row (l-r): William Rys ’96, Ronald N. Seiler Jr. ’77, Frank Pote III ’73, JoAnn Bowman ’75, Christopher Gahagan ’94, Matthew Markiewicz ’83 Third Row (l-r): Bradley Haubert ’93, Geoffrey Clarke ’75, Ellen (Church) Coffman ’67, Sarah (Nelling) Herritt ’82, Joanna Acri ’04, Scott O'Neill ’80, Angela (Snowberger) Loose ’96

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May 5: Jeff Berkey ’10, a men’s basketball player, received the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. May 15: Harriet Michel ’65 delivers 132nd Commencement address. May 15


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Darlee Sill P’12 Amy Sill P’12 Uldis Sipols P’10 Sandy Kronitis-Sipols P’10 Perry Smith P’08, P’11 Beth Smith P’08, P’11 David Swaintek P’13 Elaine Swaintek P’13 Bob Thompson ’78, P’12 Audrey Seasholtz ’78, P’12


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 mentor students as they prepare for and embark on professional lives, engage other parents in issues related to student success, and help spread the word to other students and parents about Juniata. This 21-member 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.

President's Picnic

JC DC Pigroast

Mitchell Cohen P’12 Carri Cohen P’12 Russ Hoffman P’10, P’12 Cindy Hoffman P’10, P’12 Patty Kruglak P’11 Bob Lehmann P’11 Astrid Lehmann P’11 Jan Perry P’13 Nancy Randall P’12 Gary Raymond P’13 Donna Raymond P’13

Career Day

The Parents Council creates opportunities for parents to become involved in College activities, including regional events that appeal to parents and their children, additional programming during Homecoming and Family Weekend, and volunteer activities such as the Juniata Admission Ambassadors and Career Day. To get involved contact Katie Dickey at 814-641-3447 or

Morgan ’11 receives Benjamin Gilman Scholarship to study abroad


in N. Ireland.


Laura Hess ’11

Scholarship to study abroad in England. June 6: Samantha

Andrew Waplinger ’12

Jun. 6 June 6: Brittany Gregory ’11 receives Benjamin Gilman

Photos (clockwise, upper left): Andrew Waplinger ’12, Mariel Little ’09, Edward Sinnes ’12, Andrew Waplinger ’12

Perry Smith P’08, P’11, Co-chairperson Beth Smith P’08, P’11, Co-chairperson

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