JUNIATA 2013 Spring-Summer
Grant Land: New Faculty Focus on Finding Funding
The Making of a President: Jim Troha
Jim Lakso Looks Back on Four Decades at Juniata
Juniatian Finds Fulfillment in Farming
Campus Conversations: Juniata faculty and students weigh in on issues of the day. Reported by Melissa Famularo ’13, Laura Bitely ’14, Seth Ruggiero ’14, Kelsey Molseed ’14, Hannah Jeffery ’16, and Josh Maier ’16. Edited by Corey Lacey ’14.
—Kate Clarke, assistant professor of theatre, on choosing plays.
“To me, it’s a false dichotomy. It should be ‘nature through nurture.’ What that means is, who you are (your genetic info) gets filtered through your rearing. The right way to think about it is, that it’s not a question of ‘either/or,’ but rather, it’s both. You come into the world with a lot of genetic predisposition, but the world then stamps its experience on you.”
—David Widman, professor of psychology, on “nature vs. nurture.”
“Dorothy is the hero in the Oz story and she can be seen as a personification of America. She basically travels through this land and makes Americans out of the
characters she meets along the way. She learns self-reliance and throws off the tyranny of the wizard and witches.”
—Jack Barlow, professor of politics, on the political overtones in The Wizard of Oz.
“Asteroids are things that are in orbit around the sun. Meteoroids are space rocks that will eventually collide with the earth or enter the earth’s atmosphere. When it hits the atmosphere and starts to burn up, that’s a meteor. The streak you see in the sky is the heated rock.”
—Matt Beaky, assistant professor of physics, on the meteorite that landed in Russia.
“I’d say it’s a step toward gender equality. Everyone comes from different perspectives, so adding a more diverse range of experience to any operation, could only help. I definitely think that it’s good because it’s a step toward breaking the stereotype that men are stronger.”
—Erika Heikkinen ’15, of Burtonsville, Md., on allowing women to serve in combat in the military.
“When I came to the United States, I felt that people in the U.S. don’t pay attention to second languages. Based on my experience studying in other
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countries such as Singapore—all of the people there speak two languages, at least—I feel that there’s a huge gap between the U.S. and other countries. I think all of us should study a second language while we’re in college.”
—Reinaldo Liem, winner of the Bailey Oratorical Contest, on his proposal Juniata make learning a second language mandatory.
“I think the show means a lot to Juniata, because it is based on student work. It’s really important to the student body and the faculty because it promotes the fine arts program, the practicum, the museum studies program, and it allows for everyone to come socialize and enjoy each other’s art work, and the work of the students and faculty.”
—Megan O’Connor ‘13, Palmyra, Pa. on the annual Student Art Exhibition.
“I came to Juniata as a math secondary education POE. I thought I was good at math and I knew exactly what job I would be preparing for. But, after some poor grades, I began to reconsider that choice. It wasn’t like an epiphany, it was more like, ‘I can get a bachelor’s degree for painting pictures and making clay objects? Who’s going to pay me to do that?’ I never thought the answer would be to stay at Juniata.”
Photos (left): Jason Jones; (right) J.D. Cavrich
“Some of the things that theatre professors think about are: What’s a skill that the students don’t have yet? And what would be a really good challenge for them? That’s the number one thing I think about when I’m programming a play. Usually these things come together and I can find something that I’m really excited to do that I know will also be good for the students and the people watching.”
—Matt Wren ’10, studio assistant in the Ceramics Studio, on how he decided to become an art POE.
President’s Note Dear Juniata Alumni, It is with sincere appreciation, enthusiasm, and humility that I write to you today, May 21, 2013, my first official day “in the office” as your 12th president. I am truly honored to serve this campus community and am very much looking forward to working with the broader Juniata alumni family. Since my appointment last November as your next president, I have come to recognize and appreciate even more the attribute that attracted me to Juniata in the first place: passion. The students display it, the faculty and staff live it, and the alumni whom I have met express it proudly and often. Their passion will sustain this great college for generations and will continue to distinguish Juniata from its peers.
James A. Troha President
As I transition to the presidency this summer, I want to publicly acknowledge President Tom Kepple for his extraordinary leadership these past 15 years. President Kepple has transformed Juniata in so many distinct and important ways, catapulting Juniata to a more prominent national and international presence. We now owe it to him to sustain this momentum and to pursue even greater goals. On a more personal note, I want to thank Tom and his wife, Pat, for their gracious and warm welcome to our family as we made our move from Ohio to Pennsylvania. Tom and Pat are outstanding ambassadors for Juniata and I am delighted that they have chosen to retire near Huntingdon and continue their support of this great community. I look forward to working with all of you as the next era of Juniata history commences. And while change is inevitable during times of transition, a student recently implored me to let Juniata change me rather than I try to change Juniata. I could not agree more. Sincerely,
James A. Troha, Ph.D. President
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Juniata students festoon each other with many hues as part of the Festival of Colors or Holi, which is practiced in Nepal and India as part of the Hindu religion.
“This photo was taken in the WKVR radio station with Juniata DJ, Dan Phillips ’15. He is holding the ON AIR sign because we are all so excited WKVR is back up and running!”—Morgan Sweeney ’15, management
Juniata students have a discerning artistic eye in addition to their academic gifts. Over the past year we did photo contests for internships, clubs and study abroad. Check out the winners.
Photo Contest Winners
—Ashley E. Glinsky ’13, finance
“Juniata College Habitat for Humanity works alongside students from Ashland University to put up a roof truss during their spring break trip to Albany, Ga. The house is for a physically handicapped woman and is sponsored by the Flint River Habitat for Humanity affiliate. At the end of Juniata Habitat’s four days, the entire framing of her house had been built.”
— Tristan Benson ’12, communication design
“In this photo I wanted to show how insignificant I actually felt working at a place like Fallingwater. I was amazed that I had the opportunity to work at such a rich and iconic place.”
—Rachel Walman ’13, environmental science, secondary emphasis in anthropology
“The program I was involved with this summer, Wildlife Connection, is trying to bridge the gap between humans and the environment in Africa. One of the ways we were trying to do this is via education. I went to different primary and secondary schools and taught lessons about ecology and specific animals. The kids see the animals all the time, but they don’t know much about them, so they were always really interested when I came in to teach.”
“This photo basically sums up the most amazing summer ever that my friends and I had in Orizaba, Mexico. This was the last day of our trip and we were exploring the pyramids at Teotihuacan. We asked someone nearby to take our picture and it took a few jumps, but this is what we got.”—Clare Lewis ’15, geology
“The photo embodies my experience studying abroad in The Gambia. The Gambian people were so friendly and hospitable. As a guest, I was welcomed with open arms to share in a family meal with an entire Gambian family. I never felt like an outsider while I was there. The people made me feel like I was one of them.”—Noah Walstrom ’13, political science and communication
JUNIATA 2013 Spring-Summer
Contents Campus Conversations . . . . . . . Inside Front Cover President’s Note . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Campus News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 The Making of a President: Jim Troha . . . . . . . . 28
Juniata’s new president has had a varied career in higher education, from student services to international administration. Let’s see the path he traveled to Juniata’s presidency.
Top Forty: Jim Lakso Looks Back on Four Decades at Juniata . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
In a wide-ranging interview, Jim Lakso tells how Juniata students have changed, how they’ve remained the same, and how Juniata’s culture shaped him and his teaching.
Grant Land: New Faculty Focus on Finding Funding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
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Cultivating Connections: Juniatian Finds Fulfillment in Farming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
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Funded by a series of grants from various environmental agencies and groups, researcher Chris Grant has established a perfect record in applying for research funding over the past several years. On the cover, Grant oversees two student researchers, Jacob Oster ’14 and Jennifer Arbella ’14 as they electrofish to collect samples. Here, Arbella and Oster are joined by Alex Weimer ’13 (far left) in netting fish from a wooded stream.
As the landscape in higher education changes with traditional grant sources funding fewer projects, new faculty have tapped into less traditional sources to bring research dollars to the College.
Sarah Bay ’06 found farming as a career after leaving Juniata, but it was the seeds planted through her education in environmental science that led to her personal growth as an agriculturist.
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Class Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Recruit a Student . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Juniata Connect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Own Your College Mailbox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Homecoming and Family Weekend . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Troha On Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 360° . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 End Paper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inside Back Cover
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When Juniata students have to make a public presentation in class, Vinny Smith ’13 and Alex Davis ’13 stand as exemplars for putting your best effort forward. Their energetic presentations (for separate student teams) in Business Senior Seminar caught the eye of their professor, Wei-Chung Wang, assistant professor of accounting, business and economics. “Vinny and Alex had also been part of winning the Business Case Competition,” says Wang. “The quality I most noticed was that they had an ability to improvise.” While the students’ ease of presentation resulted in a good grade, Wang had ulterior motives for noting the “stage presence” Smith and Davis possessed. He ended up asking the two Juniata business students to represent Kdan Mobile Software, a Taiwanese company specializing in iPhone and iPad apps, at MacWorld in San Francisco, Calif. Wang, in his spare time, works as vice president of global marketing for Kdan. lks to , of Butler, Pa ., ta MacWorld is a trade show for the tech industry, Vinnie Smith ’13 ld or W stomer at a Mac a prospective cu but really, calling it a trade show is like calling the a n Francisco as trade show in Sa ile ob m Super Bowl an intrasquad scrimmage. It’s a huge, e es an the Taiw representative of e. ar ftw So highly sought-after opportunity for vendors to roll ile ob an M app company Kd out new products. The two students and Wang were soon jetting to the coast for a three-day event where vendors vie for the attention of consumers, retailers and corporations looking for the next big thing. “We had edited Kdan’s English language website for Wei-Chung, so we were familiar with the company, but other than that we had a few hours training on their apps and off we went to staff the Kdan booth,” says Smith. Ale x Dav is ’13 , of W Kdan makes several apps, and Smith and Davis were asked to demonstrate aynesboro a receptiv , Pa e e ar a s h Animation Desk, which allows artists to create animations on a mobile device, Pocket valu e tells a cust ., finds e of the Kd omer the an prog ra Snapper, which allows users to edit video on phones, and PDF Connoisseur, which Desk. Smit m Anima h an d D a tion vis were a allows users to photograph a document and turn it into a PDF from a phone. “We their busi sked by ness profe ssor, WeiWang , to were out of our comfort zone pretty quickly, because people were asking all kinds of C hu ng represent the compa technical questions,” says Davis. “We were able to think on our ny. feet and get them answers.” Although the team worked the MacWorld sales floor most of the time, the two students squeezed in some sightseeing and some nice gourmet dinners. Wang was more than pleased, as was the president of Kdan, Kenny Su. “He asked me where I found these great students, and I said I was bringing the best and brightest of Juniata to represent his company,” Wang explains. “Because the company had a great experience with Juniata students, I now have the political capital to give more students opportunities.” 9
Photos (right): courtesy Wei-Chung Wang
The Perks of NOT Being a Wallflower
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In Black-and-White: Art Course Develops Following
An emphasis on quick, tangible goods has taken over much of our current lives. As a society, we want remotes to change channels, toilets to flush themselves, meals to be microwaveable, and our cars to automatically park. With a shift away from time-consuming lifestyles, many conventional items like homemade breads, handwritten letters, and film-processed photos are losing practical usage and gaining a retro appeal. Speaking of retro appeal, black-and-white photography, the mainstay of Life magazine, photographers Dorothea Lange and Alfred Eisenstaedt, and the landscapes of Ansel Adams, is still of interest to the digital generation, evidenced by the long line of Juniata students signing up to take a black-and-white film course called Beginning Photography. The course is taught by Monika Malewska, associate professor of art. “The filmgenerated photographic image has a slightly different appearance than a digital image, one that many fine arts photographers embrace,” Malewska says. “I see traditional photography almost as a different media, much in the way that painting is different than printmaking or photography.” Students spend class time learning traditional photography techniques, taking photos outside in the community or inside in the photography lab, and developing photos in the darkroom. In addition, they are taught the basics of loading film and how to adjust the contrast and tone of their photos by changing the camera’s aperture and shutter speed. 10
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Since digital point-and-shoot and SLR cameras have gained enormous popularity, many film SLR cameras have been forgotten, or stowed away in old moving boxes gathering dust in the back of closets. To make this course possible for all students, the College offers the opportunity to borrow film SLR cameras from the art department. In the darkroom, students are taught how to achieve crisp and visually appealing photos by adding filters and adjusting the light and focus of enlargers. They are also taught how to mix and time the use of developing and fixing chemicals for processing the film and paper. Very quickly, students learn how to swirl the film canister during its development process, because overzealous shaking can lead to ruined, overdeveloped film. “You are so invested in your work, because of all the time you put into the process,” says Collin Shay ’14, of Silver Spring, Md. “After all the work of taking the picture, developing the film, drying the film, cutting it up, picking the picture, adjusting the machines, and finally putting the blank piece of paper in the developing liquid and seeing the perfect picture appear. I feel like I accomplished something.” —Erin Kreischer ’13, of Harrisburg, Pa., is the Juniata Associate for media relations.
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Although everyday photographers rarely use film these days, Juniata still teaches a very popular art photography course focusing on black-and-white film images. Taught by Monika Malewska, associate professor of art, the course covers not only film techniques, but also developing and printing photos.
Barack-ing Their World: Juniatians at the Inaugural
It stands to reason that politics students, many of them fascinated by the machinations and machinery behind political races, would be burned out on politics once the races are decided. As Harry Truman might have said to Thomas Dewey in the 1948 election: guess again. A group of Juniata students and Dennis Plane, Juniata’s answer to Norman Ornstein, the Beltway’s favorite political analyst, all traveled to Washington, D.C. to witness the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.
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“It was incredible to see over 800,000 Americans all unite for one cause,” says Ethan Wilt ’15, of Altoona, Pa. “It’s one of those moments that makes you believe in the future.” Plane took the students to the Presidential Inauguration Seminar, sponsored by The Washington Center. Over a 10-day period, 11 Juniata students saw history as well
as a presidential inaugural address live on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. This election Andrea Waksmunski ’15 asks a question at one of the Washington Center’s Seminars. Each cycle the Juniata seminar is led by well-k nown legislators, journalists and other Wa inauguration shington power players. class included a handful of international students. “Getting up international student from East at 3 a.m. and standing for 10 hours Sussex, England. straight is what I would usually call “This is just the beginning for crazy, but this was the one time equal rights for all types of people,” to go mad,” says Mizuho Yamato says Kymberly Mattern ’15, of ’16, an international student from Reston, Va. “Women, men, blacks, Tokyo, Japan. “It was a privilege whites, immigrants, gays, tall, short, being able to witness up close skinny, fat, blonde, brunette. Though history in the making.” we are all different, we all deserve to In addition, students visited be treated the same.” offices in federal agencies and media outlets to gain insight into Washington’s political culture. The contingent heard Scott Horsely, White House correspondent for NPR; Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.); Owen Ullman, managing editor of USA Today; and Mike McCurry and Frank Fahrenkopf, co-chairs of the Commission on Presidential Debates. In witnessing President Obama’s address, the students were moved, even in the face of record Carlton Log ue ’13 , of Se crowds and cold temperatures. ymour, Tenn ., wrote an opinion “Hundreds of thousands of people column as part of h is assignmen all in one place, yet when the ts for the inaugural co urse. President spoke you could hear a pin drop,” recalls Michael Stell, an
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At first it seemed an unbeatable formula. Offer Juniata students a chance to study abroad in The Gambia, a developing country in western Africa, for a month or so in the summer to provide an unforgettable international experience. But, as Juniatians well know, the College just can’t resist tweaking things. Founded by Emil Nagengast, professor of politics, in 2007, Juniata’s program in the African country has burgeoned from a short summer program, to a full-semester opportunity, to, most recently, a trip over winter break. During the 2013 winter break, Nagengast and Daniel Welliver ’79, associate professor of sociology, put together an ambitious adjustment to the trip’s original mission. The two professors created a yearlong college course, broken up by the December-January trip to The Gambia, designed to make the participants think more deeply about how American or Western aid to African countries is perceived and whether it works at all. In fall semester 2012, the students read and discussed background on humanitarian and developmental aid in Africa. Then during the trip, three groups of students spent a week at three sites performing humanitarian service. The spring semester 2013
course centers on discussion on how the service experience affected the student participants. “We wanted the students to think about ‘Are we helping them or are we helping ourselves?’ as an example of the kind of drive-by humanitarianism that may do more harm than good,” Nagengast says. The group of Juniata students could volunteer at Start Up Gambia Farm, an Islamic high school in Banjul, the country’s capital, or at Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital. The students working at the hospital had an eye-opening experience. “It was enraging to see the inequality of the two healthcare systems,” says Wilbert Beachy ’13, a biology POE from Somerset, Pa. headed for a health career. “The doctors (in Africa) do the best they can with what they have, but it’s a completely different world.” Six Juniata students, all studying pre-med or health careers, worked in various departments, including
Photos (left): courtesy Dennis Plane and The Washington Center; (right) courtesy Emil Nagengast
Gambia Gambit: Analyzing Aid in Africa
emergency care, surgical care and general medicine. After a stern warning from Nagengast not to do anything that would put them in a dangerous situation, the students pitched in taking histories, taking blood pressure readings and other tests. “It’s one of the best decisions I’ve made since being at Juniata,” says Michela Vawter ’15, of Needham, Mass., who was so inspired by the trip that she changed her POE to international studies. “People think Africa is going to be scary and dangerous, but I felt safer in The Gambia than I felt on the streets of Boston.” Most of the students agreed that Africans’ perception of medical care and hospitals is nearly the opposite of how people use medical services in the United States. “Most people in Africa generally go to the hospital as a last resort, after they’ve tried folk medicine or other methods,” explains Rachel Krantz ’14, of Bradford, Pa. “One doctor described hospitals as more of a hospice.” Facing the reality of health care, farming or education in a developing country certainly left many of the Juniata’s students fundamentally changed. In fact, several of the students taking part in the hospital volunteer program are considering careers in public health or international relations. According to Nagengast, the latest Gambia trip brought the reality of life in The Gambia more clearly into focus. “I got to see the real Gambia, the unhappy, sick faces that plague the country,” says Alexandra Willis ’13, of Mechanicsburg, Pa. “I have seen the death and dying that goes along with the extreme poverty (in The Gambia) and I feel as though I am a stronger person because of it.”
Unconventional Classroom Allows Uncommon Experience
Abbey Baird, director of community service and service learning, says, “Service learning trips are good for students because trips enable them to change their perspective and learn about topics in a real-world setting. Reading about refugees and then actually meeting them makes the experience a lot more powerful.” During the winter break trip to Buffalo, N.Y., students volunteered at a refugee shelter, refugee resettlement organization and a revolutionary community wellness provider. At the refugee shelter, students added a fresh coat of paint to the lobby, served lunch to refugees, played with children, organized clothing donations and decorated bulletin boards. Students also 14
learned the in-depth process of refugee assimilation through the services provided through organizations like Journey’s End, by organizing furniture that is used to provide refugees with furnished apartments, and sitting-in on classes about opening a checking account. Rebecca Strohm ’13, from Penfield, N.Y., remembers her favorite part of this experience as “interacting with the refugees and asylum seekers, because a lot of them have come here by themselves or just with their families, so they don’t really get to meet that many Americans.” Hilary Smith ’13, from Blacksburg, Va., says, “The things that I took away from this trip were learning about the processes that asylum
seekers and refugees have to go through, and also the awareness of how the U.S. chooses what refugees can come in and which ones can’t, and the politics behind that decision.” Juniata’s service-learning experience invoked complex emotions of compassion, empathy, happiness and hope from student participants, and has helped many of them shape their future goals. —Erin Kreischer ’13, of Harrisburg, Pa., is the Juniata Associate for media relations.
Every winter break, the College sponsors a trip to a ma jor American city to per for m ser vice and participate in outreach to underser ved populations. This winter , Juniata traveled to Buffa lo, N.Y. to help out at a ref ugee shelter and a wellness facility. Here, top from lef t, Hil lary Smith ’13 and Lauren Les ser ’14 play with children in the Vive la Casa playroom . Botto m, Rebecca Strohm ’13 an d Rachel Walman ’13 , scrub dow n the kitchen at the facility.
Photos (left): courtesy Erin Kreischer ’13; (right) Christopher Shannon ’09
Urban Immersion is not only a service trip, it is a one-credit class that involves informational readings, forum discussions, a weeklong service-learning trip, and a reflection paper. Juniata’s Community Service office conducts three servicelearning trips: one during winter break, another during spring break and a third during summer vacation. This year’s Urban Immersion winter-break trip traveled to Buffalo, N.Y., where service learning was focused on local refugees and immigrants seeking asylum.
››Watch the Commencement Address at www.juniata.edu/extra
Parting Wisdom: Tom Kepple Ends 15 years at Juniata Juniata’s depar ting president Thomas R. Kepple asks the assembled graduates to raise their hand if they graduated in four years or less. About 92 percent of the graduates raised their hand.
“The professor surprised me by apologizing for blaming me for the nose incident. There was no compelling reason for him to stay to play the game—he certainly could have called it a night and went home to nurse a bleeding nose. But he was a leader, he stayed in the game. You will get bloodied in the future at times when you least expect it. To have a fulfilling life you got to get back in the game. The people around you will respect you for it.” Advice No. 2. The president pointed out he has met 100 years worth of Juniata graduates, starting with 1913 graduate and former Juniata Trustee John Baker, who would go on to hold leadership positions at Harvard University and become president of Ohio University. He recalled that Baker never expected to become a college president and told the graduates to welcome the unexpected. “Because of what you learned here you have a lifelong advantage in taking on every challenge and opportunity,” he said. “There are many graduating around the world this month who took a different route—a cheap education with little substance and little effort. In the end the world is a complicated place and you can’t successfully take it on with a simple education.”
Tom Kepple, who has overseen Commencement addresses short and long and good and bad, delivered his own version at Juniata’s 135th commencement ceremony. The verdict? Short and semi-sweet, as he advised students “being a Juniata alum is a lifelong advantage.” The graduating class of 309 students was awarded bachelor of arts (113) or bachelor of science degrees (196) at the ceremony. The College awarded six master’s degrees in accounting. Kepple also was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters degree at Commencement. Kepple estimated he had heard about 40 commencement speeches over his long career and promised the assembled class he would give them just two pieces of advice and he would do it quickly. Advice No. 1. Kepple recalled his orientation session as a Westminster College freshman and detailed how he opted to play in a freshman-faculty volleyball match. “Things were going well until my elbow hit something solid. It was a nose, and it was bleeding—badly. The most unfortunate thing about the nose is that it was attached to a faculty member.” The president recalled that he played the entire match afraid that he’d be kicked out of school before ever attending a single class.
Four Juniata College Alumni Receive Achievement Awards
Photography by: our Juniata alumni received awards June 8, as part of Juniata’s Thomas Jordan ’14 “Alumni Weekend 2013.” Jayne Keirn Donahue ’75, executive vice (unless noted) president and general auditor for State Street Corporation, was awarded the Alumni Achievement Award; Frank Pote ’73, unit chief in the FBI’s Language Services Section, received the Harold B. Brumbaugh Alumni Service Award; Edward Richards ’73, social worker at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, in Northport, N.Y. received the William E. Swigart Jr. Alumni Humanitarian Award; and Brent A. Lightner ’00, founder and president of Taoti Creative, was awarded the Young Alumni Achievement Award. Jayne Keirn Donahue has been executive vice president and general auditor for State Street Corp., a Boston-based financial services company specializing in investment assets, since 2009. She joined the company in 1996 at the vice presidential level as deputy general auditor. In 2003, she was promoted to executive vice president, and 2006 she became the bank’s chief compliance officer.
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After working as an employee-relations intern for PPG Industries Inc. in 1975, Donahue started her business career in 1976 as an inspector for the U.S. Treasury Department in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, where she was a tax and compliance auditor. She moved into banking in 1978, working as vice president and senior audit manager for the Bank of New England. In 1991, she moved to the Bank of Boston as audit director for the bank’s Internal Audit Division. She became senior vice president and head of internal auditing at Citizens Financial Group in 1994. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and business in 1975 and earned certification as a Certified Bank Auditor in 1991. She also became a Certified Risk Professional in 1997. She also has been pro-active in gender equity issues. She is a member of State Street’s Global Advisory Council for the Global Professional Women’s Network and is a member of the company’s Leading Women Initiative.
Editor’s Note: Every year, we ask the winners of Juniata’s teaching awards to list some of the things that have inspired them in their professional lives, be it a book, a song, a movie or a combination of those things. Here, the four winners pick inspiring ceramics, medieval pet peeves, top Earth Moments and the best of music and math.
Assistant Professor of Art Gibbel Award for Distinguished Teaching Photo: J.D. Cavrich
1. Ancient Islamic Pottery: I felt an immediate connection to the sheer beauty of the hand-painted calligraphy on the interior of bowls. Islamic pottery was a very early inspiration in my ceramic career. The sharp contrast of the black and white, in addition to the crispness of the artisan’s hand amazed and intrigued me.
2. George Ohr: Who wouldn’t love this man?!! The Mad Potter of Biloxi created what he titled art pottery—artworks that were unique, beautiful, and added value to one’s home environment. To me this potter embraced the constraints of gravity over the material, and allowed decisions previously considered mistakes to become the art itself. In viewing Ohr’s work for 15 years, I have now come to realize that those decisions were never mistakes, simply a broadened understanding of the capacities of clay. 3. Meissen Nodder: A very recent inspiration, that led to an exploration of mobile parts in my artworks—my trial period was short and fairly unsuccessful, although I did have beginner’s luck with the first one (pictured). A “nodder” as described on Antiques Roadshow, was an early way to detect an earthquake. As the ground would start to shake, the hands and tongue—elements that are counterbalanced inside of the figurine—would move. The most peculiar element was the tongue darting in and out of the statue, and spoke to my interests of intimacy and artwork. The tongues present on my inspired cup refer to the relationship that one would have with this cup; their tongue will touch the lip of the cup, and the entire process would force the ceramic tongues to move and clink against the side of the cup. 4. Michael Strand: Another recent inspiration. Michael’s project goes beyond using the vessel as a means to consume a beverage; it engages his audience to consider their own personal belongings, why we tie emotional baggage to objects, and how a hand-crafted cup can change the world. This one is too intricate to explain, please view this project at: www.michaeljstrand.com/#!misfitcupliberation
food consumption and storage—these vessels, while created with extreme craftsmanship, were typically undecorated. The decorated vessels, while utilized, were saved for special occasions and ceremonies. The black-and-white designs were again an immediate influence, but the “kill hole” in the center of the bowls was the most intriguing element for me. In death, humans were buried sitting up, with a sacred bowl placed, inverted, on the head. In the center of these bowls was the “kill hole,” in which the spirit passed from the earth to the spirit world. Through my ceramic career, I have increasingly become interested in creating functional objects with a twist or alternate use. The transition from daily to spiritual use employed by these Mimbres bowls has forced me to question the phrase, “regular use.”
5. Mimbres Pottery: A recurring inspiration; the magnitude of pottery over time is vast, and its use in daily and ritualistic ceremonies has cemented my interest in creating vessels for use and interaction. It is certain that Mimbres created fine ceramic ware, and utilized it heavily in daily
Inset Photos: courtesy Bethany Benson
Here are my 5 favorite ceramic inspirations:
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elle Tuten is a historian specializing in medieval history. Here are her…pet peeves about Middle Ages misinformation.
Belle Tuten Professor of History Beachley Award for Distinguished Teaching
—People in the Middle Ages believed in witches. People in the Middle Ages undoubtedly believed in magic with healthy amounts of Christianity blended in. However, what we think of as a “witch” dates from the 1400s, right before the Reformation. Most of the witch-burning and hanging that happened in European and American history happened after 1500. (No ducks were harmed that I know of, and no carrots were used as noses in any of the sources I’ve read.) —Lords could sleep with peasant girls on their wedding nights. I know, I know, you’ve seen
ever let it be said geologists don’t think big, or long-term. Matt Powell picks his Favorite Moments in Earth History. —Formation of the Moon; 4.5 billion years ago: The Moon formed from a collision between Earth and another small planet. The small planet was instantly vaporized. The force of the collision knocked Earth off its axis of spin—the resulting tilt causes our seasons—and the debris coalesced into the Moon. —Great Oxygenation Event; 2.4 billion years ago: Cyanobacteria began producing oxygen as a byproduct of photosynthesis. At first, this oxygen combined with iron in the ocean, forming sedimentary rocks used as an iron ore today. But once the iron was depleted, oxygen gas began building up in the atmosphere, and has been present ever since. Nearly half of the oxygen we breathe today is produced by single-celled marine organisms, and about half is produced by terrestrial plants.
—Cambrian Explosion; 542 million years ago: Complex life diversified rapidly in a very short period of time in the Cambrian Period. Although animals and other forms of life existed prior to this event, most organisms were relatively
Braveheart. Sorry, there was no “right of the first night.” Did lords rape peasant girls? Absolutely. On their wedding nights? Probably. Was it a law? Nope. Moviemakers love it, though; there’s no better way to get an audience riled up over injustice than a beautiful woman ripped from the arms of her true love. —Life in the Middle Ages was always nasty, brutish, and short. Thomas Hobbes actually wrote the description “nasty, brutish and short” about man in the state of nature (the “savage”) in his 17th-century book Leviathan. Although life expectancy in the Middle Ages was shorter than it is now, many people made it to their 60s or more. As for “nasty,” well, find me any society before 1800 that would come up to our standard of “clean.” Brutish?
simple. In fact, all major animal groups living today had appeared by the end of the Cambrian Period, and no comparable diversification of life has happened since. The cause of the Cambrian explosion is still unknown, but it may be linked to the end of a global ice age known as Snowball Earth. —Appalachian Mountains Form; 300 million years ago: Africa collided with North America to form the supercontinent Pangea. The collision crumpled the outer layer of Earth, forming a mountain range that was higher than the Himalayas. These mountains were eventually eroded away and the resulting sediment deposited on the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. Renewed tectonic uplift and sea-level fall has caused streams to cut down through the folded and fractured rocks again recently, creating the new phase of the Appalachian Mountains that we see today. —Asteroid Impact Annihilates Life; 65.5 million years ago: About three-quarters of all species on Earth became extinct at the end of the Cretaceous Period, when an asteroid about six miles across crashed down off the coast of Mexico. The most prominent victims of the impact were the dinosaurs, the largest terrestrial animals that ever existed. In the wake of the extinction, new animal groups, such as the mammals, were able to recover and assume dominant ecological roles once filled by reptiles. Some researchers believe that life today is still recovering from this event.
Campus News Well, maybe… I can’t give you much on the 1600s, though, Hobbes.
Frank Pote ’73
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—Plague was everywhere. Plague (the particular disease caused by a particular bacterium) hit Europe several times between 100 A.D. and 1500 A.D., the worst being the mid-14th century. Before this pandemic, though, the population had grown 300 percent in the previous three centuries. I always tell my students that you should be glad you missed the 14th century, which was an awful century, but the twelfth and thirteenth were pretty cool. There were lots of diseases, but we didn’t discover microorganisms till the 19th century, so there’s not much difference in mortality from communicable illnesses in 1700 than in 1350.
—Knights wore shining armor and fought dragons. REALLY. OK, no dragons. The shining armor is also a post-1400 thing, and unfortunately for our knightly boys, they started wearing really heavy plate armor just before the Hundred Years War. The uniform of the medieval knight was chain mail, a helmet, shield and sword. They didn’t run about chasing villains much; they were too busy being landowners or trying to find somebody to pay them to fight. As for chivalry, I’m afraid for the most part that’s enthusiastic balladeers making stuff up.
Assistant Professor of Geology Gibbel Award for Distinguished Teaching
Frank Pote earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology. He went on to earn three master’s degrees. He earned a master’s degree in education from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., in business administration from National University in San Diego, Calif., and in human relations from Oklahoma University in Norman, Okla. Pote has been a passionate volunteer for Juniata, serving as president of the College’s Alumni Council and as alumni representative on the College’s Board of Trustees from 2008 to 2011. He also has been involved in a variety of Juniata volunteer initiatives, including serving as a Juniata Admissions Ambassador, representing the Juniata Career Team and working on the Uncommon Outcomes Campaign team. In addition, he serves as the class fund agent for his graduating class. Most recently, he served as the alumni representative on the College’s presidential search committee. Pote, who retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2000 as a lieutenant colonel, started his military career in 1976, specializing in manpower and personnel administrative positions. Prior to his retirement, he was the director of the manpower division at the U.S. Marine Corps base in Quantico, Va. from 1995 to 1999. After retirement from the military, Pote supervised the Prince William County, (Va.) Police Department’s Personnel Bureau from 1999 to 2002 and served as human resources manager for the Richmond Police Department in Richmond, Va. Pote joined the FBI as manager of the bureau’s foreign language program in 2006 and was promoted to Chief, Translation and Deployment Unit-III in 2010.
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Edward Richards earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology. He went on to earn a master’s degree in social work from Marywood University in Scranton, Pa. and is currently licensed as a social worker in New York. Richards, a native of Annapolis, Md., has worked as a social worker at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Northport, N.Y. since 1978, where he has specialized in the care of Vietnam veterans, visually impaired patients and acute psychiatric care. In 2011, Richards received the Federal Employee of the Year Award for New York “for development of adaptive sports programs for all veterans in the New York City metropolitan area.” Richards collaborated with the U.S. Olympic Committee, Disabled American Veterans, Wounded Warriors and other organizations to develop the first Paralympic Adaptive Sports Clinic for the Department of Veterans Affairs. In 2006, he served as national co-chair of the sports and recreation committee of the Blind Rehabilitation Service for the Department of Veterans Affairs. He also served as team leader in 2007 for the Department of Veterans Affairs National Winter Sports Clinic and as head team leader for the National Winter Sports Clinic in 2013. In addition to his extensive work for veterans, Richards has taught behavioral science courses as an adjunct faculty member at St. Joseph’s College, in Patchogue, N.Y., from 1980 to 2010.
Brent Lightner, founded Taoti Creative as a Juniata freshman in 1996. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and medicine. Taoti Creative is a web development and marketing firm based in Washington, D.C. specializing in website design, Drupal development, corporate identity, database and application development, mobile applications, online marketing and social media. Lightner also was a founding member and chief technology officer of HillReview LLC, a Washington, D.C.-based legislative aggregation service that was later bought out by Illumen LLC in 2001. He also worked as a sales engineer for Yellowbrix Inc., a provider artificial intelligence technology and content aggregation Lightner has served as a volunteer for the Juniata Career Team and hosted Juniata students for “jobshadow” experiences. He also is involved in the JC-DC Regional Alumni Club, hosting several alumni events, and has served as a Juniata Admissions Ambassador.
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Harold B. Brumbaugh ’33 Alumni Service Award Alumni Achievement Award Young Alumni Achievement Award William Swigart Jr. ’37 Alumni Humanitarian Award
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John Bukowski Professor of Mathematics Beachley Award for Distinguished Service
y dual roles of mathematician and musician were mentioned in my award citation. I enjoy teaching courses in applied mathematics and the history of mathematics, and I can’t imagine my life without all the music I do, such as accompanying the Concert Choir and Choral Union and serving as College organist. So I thought it was appropriate for me to list Five Musicians and/or Mathematicians Whose Works I Admire:
work has been my main scholarly interest for the past eight years. His early work contains a lot of geometrical arguments, coming before the development of calculus, while his later work incorporates some ideas from calculus. Huygens’s father was a diplomat, a poet, and a composer, so Christiaan had musical interests as well. I have studied his work on both mathematics and music theory, and I have given talks about Huygens in the United States, Brazil, France, and his native Netherlands.
Johann Sebastian Bach: I have enjoyed the music of Bach since I was a boy. I got together with my high school friends on Bach’s 300th birthday to play through his third Brandenburg Concerto, one of my all-time favorites. (Imagine the sound of five high school sophomores playing Bach in my parents’ living room….) I was honored to be asked to perform at the unveiling of the newly-restored Juniata College harpsichord back in 2009. I played the first movement of Bach’s Italian Concerto. I still think that one of the most beautiful pieces of all time is Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.
Leonhard Euler: Euler was an amazing and prolific mathematician in the 18th century with wide-ranging interests from calculus to number theory to geometry. Many equations, formulas, and theorems bear his name. Reading the work of Euler is exciting, as his incredible creativity leads him to discover some surprising paths to the solution. When I hear a talk about Euler’s work, I often want to applaud at the end of one of his proofs.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: The music of Mozart is beautiful in its elegance and simplicity. Because of this simplicity, it is some of the hardest music to play well. Back in 1986, I played Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 in A, K. 414, for a competition (I didn’t win), and I was thrilled to perform it with an orchestra on the Rosenberger Auditorium stage in 2006.
John Stanley: This is a more practical choice for the list. Stanley was an organist and composer in 18th century England. He wrote at least 30 organ pieces known as trumpet voluntaries. These pieces are majestic and great for processions, such as those at the beginning of Opening Convocation, Awards Convocation, and Commencement. Stanley has been a great help to me in previous years, but I gave him this year off.
Christiaan Huygens: Huygens was one of the preeminent mathematicians and scientists of the 17th century, and his 2013 Spring-Summer
Increasing Number of Eagle Athletes Prioritizing International Experience By Erin Kreischer â€™13
anaging time while being a college student is difficult.
Students wake up early and stay up late to fit in classes, club meetings, jobs, cramming, and occasional episodes of Bones. Cross country and track athlete John Lugg â€™13 watched online videos to inspire him to keep up his training as he studied abroad in Brno, Czech Republic.
Miraculously, more than 350 Juniata students also find the motivation and dedication to compete in collegiate-level athletics. 23
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Juniata basketball player Kelsey Livoti ’15 split the difference in studying abroad by taking a summer “Business in China” course that wouldn’t interfere with the team’s season. Photo: J.D. Cavrich
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Juniata athletes are encouraged to train yearround with and without their team, often having practice six days a week while sports are in season. Admittedly, being a collegiate athlete is much more than competing in a sport. It is about committing to a lifestyle, finding a group of friends that become a quasifamily, and attending Doug Smith (Juniata’s strength and conditioning coach) practices that are sometimes composed of, as Angie Shaffer ’13, of Prospect, Pa., remembers, “130 squats with weights.” Even within this strict routine, a small number of students take it upon themselves to pile more onto their plate by studying abroad. Many would say that Juniata College is unique because it is possible to pursue a dual degree, compete in a Division III sport, be involved with campus activities, and study abroad. But what makes Juniata truly unique is that the College has students who choose to do all of the above. Greg Curley, Juniata athletic director and basketball coach, highlights opportunities that Juniata sports teams have, as a group, to travel and compete abroad every three or four years. Curley mentions that the men’s basketball team “played in Ottawa over fall break last year for four days and played three Canadian teams.” He explains, “The NCAA gives you exempt games, and the chance to practice 10 times before you go. A number of our teams have done this and it has been a fantastic experience. As a group, teams decide to go. The individual athletic teams raise funds, or some students pay their way, and our office does fundraisers to offset the costs to make sure none of the student athletes have to stay home.” Outside of athletics-sponsored trips, coaches are noticing a shift in students’ priorities, too. Caroline Gillich, Juniata head field hockey coach says, “I feel like there was a huge shift for our team, when things changed legally in NCAA.” In the past, the field hockey team was able to split the academic year into 21 weeks of practice, but new NCAA regulations allow only 16 days of involvement in the spring. “When that happened, there was a recognition, on my part, that it’s not like it used to be, and that if there are other things that athletes want to do with their time, they might do them,” Gillich adds, “I have noticed this trend to be class specific, though. Some classes will have high study abroad numbers and some will not.”
Tennis team member Brice Morey ’13 at first did not intend to study abroad, but decided to spend a semester in the Galapagos and Ecuador to challenge himself.
The Juniata women’s basketball team seemed head and shoulders above the competition this year, posting a 26-3 record during the regular season.
Photo courtesy Brice Morey ’13
Overall, Juniata Eagles’ study abroad rates are on the rise. Juniata has study abroad programs in 22 countries and the College is increasing the amount of semester-long and summer or winter, or spring break opportunities. John Lugg ’13, from Lock Haven, Pa., decided to go to Brno Czech Republic despite the fact he competes all year in cross country and track. “My coach has been supportive of team members studying abroad in the past,” Lugg says. “He is supportive of it if you do your training abroad. If you’re not going to do
your training, you will lose a lot of your endurance and strength. Thinking as a coach, I imagine that would be frustrating.” Like Lugg, some student athletes are eager to see how far beyond the field their studies can take them. Angie Shaffer ’13 competed in hurdles, heptathlon, and the long and triple jumps during her four years at Juniata. “I took physics my sophomore year and realized that I didn’t need to take any required courses junior year. So, the decision to study abroad was really last minute.” She adds, “I picked the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland because it was a biology and science branch of the university. I took marine biology, and got to go out to the ocean and pick up sea anemones.” A dual major in biology and anthropology, Brice Morey ’13, from Enola, Pa., has been a member of Juniata’s varsity tennis team since freshman year and currently serves as co-captain. Morey chose Juniata because of its pre-med program and tennis team, but never thought about going abroad. “Then I thought I want to be brave and take this big step. I started looking into the programs and I really became interested in the Galapagos program.”
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Track athlete Angie Shaffer ’13 studied in Northern Ireland and set a high hurdle for herself by taking marine biology.
When opting to study abroad, students are giving up a sense of comfort and familiarity, but when athletes go abroad they are also sacrificing their standings, leadership and unity on their team. As a result, athletes tend to schedule their abroad experience during times that limit disruption towards their sport. “Coaches want to support student athletes through every experience as much as they can, but at the same time the priority of the coaches is to do what is the best for the team,” says Curley. “It is a challenge. It takes the right person to study abroad and stay committed as a teammate. It comes down to how a student manages and prioritizes it.” Coach Gillich says that she would love if even more of her athletes were able to have a dazzling and lifechanging experience abroad, especially if they choose to study abroad in their sophomore year. Gillich explains: “It hurts us for our leadership when our junior class is gone. For the juniors, that’s their time to come together and that’s the time for the team to start looking to a new group of leaders.” Caroline Phillips ’13, from Wilmington, Del., agrees with her coach. “I studied abroad during the spring of my sophomore year so I could have more responsibility on the team as a junior and rising senior,” she says. Plus, at St. John University in York, England,
“It is a challenge. It takes the right person to study abroad and stay committed as a teammate. It comes down to how a student manages and prioritizes it.”
—Greg Curley, Athletic Director and Men’s Head Basketball Coach
Philips was able to take courses that are relevant to her major, but that are not offered at Juniata. Maintaining conditioning is a challenge no matter what year students go abroad. Lugg kept a strict running schedule of 50 miles per week in Brno. “I saw a lot of places that I wouldn’t have seen by running around the city, but, at the same time, traveling long distances, or for a week, wasn’t an option. Dragging around running shoes and running stuff was an issue when traveling.” Without team support it can be difficult to convince yourself to run for miles, lift weights and maintain a regimented schedule while there are countless flavors of gelato to eat. Lugg explains, “If I needed motivation, I went to a website called ‘flowtrack.org.’ They have track races that I watched to get motivated.” While Morey was on the Galapagos Islands, he found motivation from his surroundings and ran to beaches, hiked up volcanoes, and snorkeled with exotic marine life. Either for motivation or the love of athletics, some athletes decide to immerse themselves into new communities and join club sports. Though Shaffer is a track and field athlete at Juniata, she joined a club volleyball team in Ulster. She says, “It was really informal. There were people from high school on the team, so it wasn’t very strict, but it was a lot of fun.” Phillips says, “I joined a field hockey club, but the system over there is different. We practice one day a week and had a game one day a week.” For some students, it is not viable to study abroad for an entire semester and remain committed to a team. This is moderately true for Juniata’s basketball teams because the season runs during the fall and spring semesters. Coach Curley realizes that committing to an entire semester abroad is challenging because of off-season training and adds, “I encourage all my guys to do nontraditional summer programs and internships.” Studying abroad is not simply a way to build your résumé, it’s about finding greater independence, solidifying career goals, and learning from a new culture. Witness Kelsey Livoti ’15, of Altoona, Pa., a basketball player whose season spans both semesters. She balances practices and workouts along with her class schedule, but she also wanted international exposure. Livoti enrolled in a “Business in China” course that spent two weeks this summer traveling through major cities like Beijing and Shanghai, China. “I got to see amazing scenery and I was excited to learn about their food and how different it is from the United States, she says. “I’m hoping this gives me the courage to travel more.” >j< —Erin Kreischer ’13, of Harrisburg, Pa., is the Juniata Associate for media relations.
Caroline Phillips â€™13, made sure she studied abroad earlier than most Juniatians by going to St. John University in York, England as a sophomore. Shown here in front of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece, Phillips wanted to ensure that she would be able to be a field hockey team leader as a junior and senior. Photo courtesy Caroline Phillips â€™13
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Song of Experience Jim Troha’s Path to Presidency Emerged from Opportunities Offered by Mentors
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Late at night, when sleep is imminent and dreams loom just over the threshold of slumber, few girls or boys ever mumble to themselves, “I wish I could be a college president when I grow up.” OK, maybe Woodrow Wilson. But aside from that legendary chief executive, not many academic executives started their careers with the notion that one day they would be leading a college or university into the future.
Jim Troha made it a point to come to campus to take part in the Liberal Arts Symposium before he started his official duties as president June 1. Here, he chats with a student researcher displaying a project poster in Sill Boardroom.
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Troha talks with chemist Peter Baran and Baran’s wife, Lubica Baranova, during the Liberal Arts Symposium lunch. Troha is such an outgoing person that he rarely gets a chance to eat because he stops to talk with so many people.
››See how many polo shirts Jim Troha had to get rid of when he accepted Juniata’s job in Troha By the Numbers at www.juniata.edu/extra
Plus it’s not the sort of thing that comes with a thick book of managerial operating procedures. College presidents are formed by experience in an amazingly complex amount of areas, not born to the job. Jimmy Troha, a young athlete from an outlying Cleveland suburb called Chesterland, Ohio, thought he might want to play a little baseball in college and then go on to be a CIA analyst or an FBI agent. The law enforcement angle was less important than having an opportunity to help people and solve their problems. “It all goes back to my family. I’m the middle child with four brothers and sisters, so I was always mediating things,” says Jim Troha, who became the 12th president of Juniata in May. “I think every job I’ve ever had goes back to helping people and being part of a community.” The communities most important to the Trohas were the family, the church, and education. Jim’s father went to college at night and worked his way into the managerial ranks of Pick ’n Pay, a chain of Ohio supermarkets. His late mother began her married life as a housewife, but as her family grew up, she began working as a nonprofit fundraiser for several Catholic charities. As his parents built their lives, Jim Troha saw two defining principles: hard work and education is rewarded, and those who have a chance to make a difference should always reach out to those in need. “Education was always first. You couldn’t do anything until homework was done,” Troha recalls. “Within that structure my parents also wanted us to be passionate about doing something.” As he was ready to enter college, Jim Troha was passionate about baseball and finding a profession where he could help people. He had to leave Ohio and travel to Edinboro University in Edinboro, Pa. to combine the two. It took less than a year on the baseball team to realize passion wasn’t enough to succeed on the diamond. “I was ‘good glove, OK bat,’ and I quickly realized I should consider other opportunities in college,” he says.
a peer counselor at Edinboro. He applied for a job at the University of Evansville, in Evansville, Ind. and was hired in 1993 as an area coordinator and coordinator of Greek Life at the campus. He moved to Indiana to start the new adventure. He oversaw a large residence hall and also supervised the fraternities and sororities on campus. While some administrators may blanch at trying to control frat parties and other excesses, Jim loved the assignment and used his own experience as a fraternity president to start a conversation. “Greek Life is an important part of the undergraduate years and it shaped my experience,” Troha says. “Done right, Greek participation can be a great undergraduate experience. We just had to communicate that they needed to be a positive part of the educational community. I’m proud we were able to do that.”
“I’m the middle child with four brothers and sisters, so I was always mediating things. I think every job I’ve ever had goes back to helping people and being part of a community.” —James Troha, president
Jim Troha’s first execut ive experience came early, when he wa s asked in his 20 s to be dean of stu dents at Harla xton College in Gr antham, England , which is part of the University of Evansville .
By focusing on the next part of his life, Troha was able to become more involved in the Edinboro campus community. In this case, “more involved” meant getting elected vice president of the student senate (and serving one semester as president) and becoming president of his fraternity. Very shortly, the former infielder had morphed into the guy people characterized as “easy to talk to.” “I really don’t know why, but I have some quality where people open up to me,” he says. “I don’t know how many times a friend has started a conversation with ‘Jim, I don’t know why I’m telling you this, but…’ and it’s been like that all my life.” The empathy sensed by the Edinboro community was translating into Jim’s college career as a criminal justice major, but a summer internship with Pinkerton Investigations, where he had to investigate municipal corruption in Cleveland, made him realize police work wasn’t his destiny. Instead, his activities in the senate and his fraternity gave him an inside and invaluable look at how higher education operates—a glimpse not many students bother to see. That peek behind the curtain was enough to pique his interest in continuing his education, and he enrolled in Edinboro’s master’s program in counseling. “My focus really was on how to make organizations (function) better and how that could apply to higher education,” he says. “I’ve always taken an interest in what hurdles other people are concerned with.” The next obstacle encountered in Jim’s career was finding a job in higher education, because his work at Edinboro in counseling, administration, and overseeing student peer counselors made him realize he had found his community. He also had completed his personal community by meeting his wife-to-be, Jennifer Wright, an education major who was also
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Evidently the amount of fraternity shenanigans lessened and the administrators at Evansville noticed Troha’s talent and enthusiasm. Then, one day in the dining hall…“I felt a tap on my shoulder and it was the provost, who said, ‘Jim, can I have a word with you?’” Troha recalls. “I immediately started to think what have I done wrong?” Nothing as it turned out. The provost wanted to offer Troha a job as dean of students at Harlaxton College, a British college that is a satellite campus of the larger Evansville site. “Dean of students? To me that was some guy with gray
hair,” Troha, who was in his mid-20s at the time, recalls. Troha told the provost he might be getting engaged and was uncertain if he should take the job. The provost asked what Jennifer did for a living, which, as it turned out, was teaching. The Evansville administrators asked Jennifer if she would agree to be assistant dean of students. She agreed, said yes to Jim’s marriage proposal, and three weeks after being married, the couple flew to England and at least one administrative career was born. At Harlaxton, in Grantham, England, the Trohas were able to get an intense, intuitive, and interesting
“I’ve had tremendous opportunities to do different things in higher education. All these opportunities were predicated on people who mentored me and convinced me I could do the jobs they asked.” —James Troha, president
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different things in higher education,” Troha says. “All these opportunities were predicated on people who mentored me and convinced me I could do the jobs they asked.” One of the jobs Heidelberg asked him to consider in 2004 was to oversee the institution’s Office of Enrollment. At the time, the university was experiencing budget problems and a seesawing enrollment record. After Troha took on the enrollment assignment, his team delivered a 19 percent enrollment increase the very first year. Additionally the office brought in three of the largest freshman classes in more than 30 years during Troha’s four years leading the team. “The team developed a revamped financial aid model that helped Heidelberg recruit and enroll academically talented students and we started a new student orientation program that featured simultaneous orientation activities for parents and families,” he says. After achieving and exceeding many of his goals for enrollment and improving student life on campus, Troha was asked to step away from the student services aspect of higher education when he was asked to become interim president of the university in 2008. He was able
to see how an entire institution functioned, and more importantly, how a dedicated staff functioned in difficult times (Heidelberg was in the midst of a transition into a university). He was fascinated and challenged by the experience. After handing over Heidelberg’s reins to new president Robert Huntington, Troha was asked to take on Heidelberg’s fundraising and university relations, where, among his largest accomplishments, he helped raise $38 million of a $50 million development campaign and launched the university’s Academic Comprehensive Campaign for Excellence. Then, Juniata (or more accurately, Juniata’s executive recruitment firm) came calling: “It’s all about the moments and people in my life,” Jim Troha reflects. “All of that is a foundation that teaches you that you don’t just acquire these skills. It’s more about relationships and the people you have had in your life. That’s a significant component of who I am, but it’s also a fundamental ability to recognize the effect the community and the College has on our students. If you get that right at the outset, then everything else is possible.” >j< 33
education in working closely with students who were on a journey of their own. “I saw the difference and growing process that college, and study abroad in particular, provides for students,” Troha says. Eventually, Jim and Jennifer decided to start a family, a decision that wouldn’t quite work in the small flat they lived in in Grantham. So, the couple returned to the U.S. to resume their respective educational careers. But Jim’s Grantham experience resonated back home. A person he met at Harlaxton was a small college president, Dan Lambert, who was spending his sabbatical in Grantham. He had worked with Jim several times during his stay and came away impressed. Lambert was the president of Baker University, in Baldwin City, Kan., and he had an offer to make Jim Troha dean of students at the institution, a position he held for nearly five years. He loved his time in Kansas, but another opportunity—closer to family in Ohio and Pennsylvania—appeared in the form of an offer to be vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Heidelberg University, in Tiffin Ohio. “I’ve had tremendous opportunities to do
Jim Lakso, Juniata provost for 15 years and a Juniatian for 43 years, makes decisions and sticks with them. He likes to say he met his wife, Bonnie, in fourth grade and that was that. He came to the campus straight out of graduate school and despite a few job offers or headhunter inquiries, he has remained. Perhaps more than any other Juniata professor, Jim has seen or heard it allâ€”from students, from professors and, occasionally, from inquisitive parents.
Proud Ohioan and equally proud Huntingdon resident Jim Lakso is framed by two sturdy trees. Like sycamores that line the walkway behind Jim, Lakso put down roots in Huntingdon and has spent four decades teaching and helping to shape the campus he loves.
Forty Years on Campus
By John Wall Photography by: J.D. Cavrich (unless noted)
Through it all, he remains resolutely himself,
proudly celebrating the patron saint of Finland on St. Urho’s Day (it’s best not to ask, particularly if you are pressed for time), cheering for the Cleveland Browns in Steelers country, and lending an ear to anyone with concerns, problems or a student success story. Jim came to Juniata in 1970 with Bonnie, leaving behind Fairport Harbor, Ohio, a small town on the outskirts of Cleveland, Ohio. He earned a doctorate in economics at the University of Maryland and came to Juniata in part because he loved the education he received as an undergraduate at Wittenberg College. As he departs the offices of Founders Hall, Juniata magazine asked him to reflect on teaching, learning and all things Juniata. Q: What was your initial impression of Juniata arriving on campus? A: I had read about Juniata at Wittenberg, because the president of Wittenberg during my time there was John Stauffer ’36, a Juniata graduate who became president of Juniata (1968-1975). It didn’t help that I came in February. It was gloomy and cold. In fact, Bonnie said to me as we were driving back “if you go there, you’re going alone.” (laughs). I had the typical Juniata interview, which meant I met and talked to what seemed like everybody who was on campus. Q: Coming out of a large doctoral program, did you know you wanted to concentrate on teaching? A: I did. My real expectation of what I wanted to do as a career was formed at Wittenberg. You had the opportunity to make good relationships with faculty. There was a great teacher named Bob Schultz in the economics department, but the guy who was really my mentor was Dick Ortquist, a history faculty member. When he retired about 10 years ago, I wrote him a little note that told him the impact he had had on me, which he subsequently read at his retirement dinner.
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Faculty Fondly Recall Jill Keeney, Goodman Professor of Biology I think Jim’s legacy is in his sense of presence. Jim has the wisdom to be a presence when he needs to be, while giving faculty the support and space they need to do their job. As provost, Jim’s low tolerance for petty bickering sends the clear message that faculty are expected to stay to the task of educating the students, and Jim leads this cause by example. I have been grateful for his presence over the years; his presence will be missed. Belle Tuten, Long Professor of History Jim is unusually patient with faculty, sometimes, perhaps, more patient than we deserve. Perhaps that is because he says he is “an extroverted Finn,” which means “someone who looks at your shoes when he talks to you, instead of his own shoes.” If he can do something, he tells you; if he can’t, he tells you why. Jim Donaldson, professor emeritus of business Balance worthy of a Flying Wallenda. Rooted in Juniata traditions without being bound by them. Member of the old guard of faculty without encumbering the younger. Models the expectations of academia with focus on teaching excellence and on student outcomes.
Q: Where was your office when you started teaching on campus? A: Good Hall, fourth floor. I taught almost all my classes in there as well.
Q: In 1970 the campuses across the country were very much in flux and politically active. What was Juniata like during those times? A: By September of 1970 things had calmed down. After Jackson State, Kent State and the Cambodia invasion, Juniata had, as many other campuses had done, closed the campus down the last few weeks of the school year, and there was much discussion on how to go on. When we came back the following fall, the atmosphere had calmed considerably. 36
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Favorite Provost Adept at pragmatically following policy. Equally adept at strategy development and the tedium of tactics. Displays disarming humor, often seen at faculty meetings. Patience to a fault. Cautious not to overstep into areas the faculty deems its province, even when he knows that eventually the faculty will come to its senses. Wade Roberts, assistant professor of philosophy He has virtue of loyalty, which he has ably demonstrated by remaining a Cleveland Browns fan even as they spiraled into irrelevance. Randy Rosenberger, professor of business When one looks at Jim in his role as provost, one could miss the competitive nature that is at Jim’s core. It was summertime quite some time ago and we had arranged an epic golf match…the stuff of cage-match proportions. Lakso and Kris Clarkson vs. Andy Belser and Rosenberger. The Lakso-driven head games, were in full splendor for the entire 18 holes. The seesaw battle ended in a tie. At Jim’s urging, we had to play overtime. On the 21st hole, I had an 18-inch putt to win the match. I wish I could better remember what was going through my head leading up to that putt, but what I do remember is how exhausted I was from trying to keep Jim out of my head. I missed the putt and we decided to call it a tie. I felt a little deflated, which Jim didn’t seem to mind at all. John Mumford, librarian Jim gave us advice on management over the years that applied to many things. The first was to decide if you are doing the managing, or are you being managed? The second was to look at some particularly sticky staff issues as a gift—what can you learn about yourselves from this that can help you? Dom Peruso, professor of accounting If I am any good at my job, I credit Jim Lakso, Pat Weaver, my wife, and my parents—exclusive company for sure. In spite of his support, I was awfully intimidated by him and rarely spoke more than a quick greeting to him for my first 10 years on the faculty. I’m not sure what he thought of my introversion but our relationship has grown and I can now tick him off at least as well as any other faculty member..
solving, he could easily command a community without ever commandeering a conversation. There was always plenty of air in the room with Jim present, to breathe in that trust. Debra Kirchhof-Glazier, professor of biology In a way Jim is like a big brother—someone you could respect and look up to and who had authority but didn’t abuse it. I always admired his quick wit, his honesty, and his straightforward, efficient way of doing business. And despite his efficiency and his “don’t hug me!” exterior, Jim has a big heart. Karen Rosell, professor of art history Jim Lakso, one who appreciates art and the creative process that artists pursue. Not an artist himself, he is nonetheless one who understands the role of the fine arts at Juniata. Unwaveringly supportive of the Art Department’s diverse curriculum, complex budget, and self-proclaimed oddball faculty, his sense of the aesthetic allows him to enjoy “it”—whatever “it” is. But, he has been heard to say on more than one occasion, “I’m not sure I get it.” Donna Weimer, Thornbury Professor of Communication Throughout the years, Jim and I have also been a part of the transformation in theatre from a co-curricular program to a academic program of repute. Nothing has been as enjoyable as Jim determinedly going to performances and leaving with, “I don’t know what the heck was going on but I liked it.” Either way I appreciated his dogged support of our experimental theatre performances.
Grace Fala, professor of communication Jim Lakso embodies an ethos—a kind of trustworthiness that is, well, hard to define. After every conversation with Jim you walk away feeling that what you said registered, that Jim actually listened. Whether you agreed or not, you could still trust that Jim understood the emotion in your message. With a grounded presence of goodwill that resonated through the tireless delegating, negotiating, teaching, and problem
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Q: What was the culture of the Juniata student body back then? A: I’ve thought about that a lot. In some ways there is a world of difference between the student of 1970 and the student of 2013, particularly in technology. But there are other ways in which it remains the same. I continue to teach every year and there are times if I close my eyes and say ‘What year is it?’ it’s hard to tell if students have changed at all. The fundamental interaction you have with students is the same. Q: What was the faculty culture as it related to teaching and appearance? A: Juniata has never been a suit-and-tie place. The overall culture of Juniata was interesting. It’s really not something you think about as an undergraduate or graduate student. In those roles, you usually have interactions with faculty members one at a time, so you don’t get the opportunity to see faculty interacting as a culture. In the ’70s this was a pretty contentious faculty. They were in the process of redoing the curriculum, a process that started when John Stauffer was president around 1968. There was a group that everybody called The Task Force that proposed a really dramatic, almost revolutionary curricular change. The POE was the part of it that lasted. All of a sudden I was part of that conversation, and as new faculty you don’t know really what to say. They had a lot of open forums and discussions around this. I was taken by how direct they were with each other, and not always in a positive way. Q: So this openness wasn’t something you had experienced before. A: In the ’70s at Maryland, there were political things I had seen where faculty were attacking the administration, but this was the first time I had seen faculty debate with each other on curricular or educational issues.
Q: As we all know the women’s movement was just getting started in the 1970s. How did your wife Bonnie adapt to Juniata and how did she help you adapt to your new career? A: We were young when we got to Juniata in August 1970. I was 25 and Bonnie was 24. My daughter Katie was born in July 1970, so we got here with a two-month-old baby as well. From the perspective of 2013 it all seems a little blurry now. In some ways, the transition was easier for me than it was for Bonnie. I went to work every day and met lots of new people. I was trying to finish my dissertation. The people of Juniata were very welcoming. Bonnie is a lot more outgoing than I am, so while it would have been pretty easy for her to feel isolated, I’m not sure that she was. I never really thought about this until now, but the fact that she was so adaptable and willing to set aside her own working life, made the transition to Juniata a lot easier for me. I owe her a lot for that. 38
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Q: When you arrived did you have a teaching style that was fully formed? A: When you’re a graduate student you teach a good bit. I had good mentors at Wittenberg and I either consciously or unconsciously emulated what they did. Q: Did you consider yourself good at teaching right away? A: This is probably true of all new faculty, but I’m sure I thought I was a better teacher than I actually was. I think as we have had the development of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and the conversations I had with Mike Boyle about the SoTL Center, I learned that good teachers should approach teaching like you approach your scholarship. You should develop testable hypotheses about what works and doesn’t work, and that requires you to have clear statements of goals you need to accomplish. Now I had taught for 27 years here and I hadn’t done any of that. I was thinking to myself as I heard this: “Holy Crap!” All that time, I thought I was a good teacher, but I didn’t know. There wasn’t any empirical verification that students learned any better from me than they would from somebody else. Q: When did the movement on improving teaching of college and university campuses arise nationally and at Juniata? A: In the last 10 or 15 years. Before that, I think some professors weren’t necessarily concerned whether or not they were good teachers. The difference between teachers is largely a matter of style, not substance. Some sort of enjoy being onstage when they teach, others aren’t as good at that. The important point is what you say, not how you say it or how it’s delivered. Q: Does change happen slowly or quickly at Juniata? A: It depends. We changed degree and curriculum requirements very slowly. I think what changes a college mostly are two things: one is students change and a college is sort of forced to adapt to a different generation of students, and the other is that faculty retire or leave and a college is largely shaped by that influx of new faculty. Q: What aspect of Juniata makes you love to come to work in the morning. A: I think having good colleagues to work with and having opportunities to interact with students.
Q: How has a typical Juniata student changed over the years? A: I think students today are much more serious than 20 years ago. They are much more concerned about college as a way of providing the opportunity to construct a narrative about themselves. I notice when I get an email, there will be a long list of things after the student’s name—accomplishments all as a way of defining themselves. They are very results oriented; results for them personally. They’ll ask me to tell them why they got a B instead of an A. Not in a way that will make them better the next time, but in a way that says I owe them an explanation. Q: How do you remember names in classrooms? A: That’s just hard work. I make a big deal on the first day of pronouncing my name right, because it so easily comes out Lasko. I will usually take two or three class sessions to take roll and ask each student how to pronounce their names. Q: How do you pronounce all the graduates’ names correctly at commencement? A: We get the Commencement list probably a month before the event. I do a rough draft and make notes on the list. Joanne (Krugh) has a network of people that she calls to find out how to pronounce the names. When students all had voice mail, we would call their phones in the residence hall to find out how they pronounced their name. When we do the rehearsal for Commencement, I usually make an announcement that I will sit to the side and ask people to come and tell me how they want their name pronounced. Sometimes that line has 35 to 40 people. The best example: we had a graduate who was Hawaiian and her name was Jeanine Nhokulaniolino Hanohano ’02. The woman next in line had an easy name, Kristi Helfer ’02 and I mispronounced her name because I was so proud of myself for getting Nhokulaniolino right. It was hubris. Q: What do you think is the most unique aspect of the College? A: I do think there is a really strong sense of community. It’s an overused word that can also be a dangerous word because it can imply a sameness. We can disagree and do
Q: What aspect of Juniata sometimes makes you want to stay in bed in the morning? A: I don’t know of anybody in any occupation, who is going to do a performance review or having their own performance reviewed, that jumps out of bed and says, “I can’t wait to get to work.”
We’ve also had two specific instances where we were forced to downsize: one in the ’70s and one in the early ’90s. Making decisions or being part of the decisionmaking to tell people that they don’t work here anymore because of our budget is not pleasant. Also, having to tell someone that we’re not going to give him or her tenure, that’s not pleasant.
disagree on lots of things and at the same time we can maintain our focus on student outcomes.
whatever—you’re going to continue to see price increase relative to inflation.
Q: Do you think that uniqueness can drive people away? A: Not everybody likes living in a small town and not everyone likes working at a small college. Sometimes you don’t know that until you’ve experienced it. In the Chronicle when Juniata was profiled as a great place to work, there was a comment in the story from a woman whose spouse had interviewed here and she described the sense of community as “oppressive.” And it can be for some people. Q: Committees: good or bad? A: Both. It’s the only way to do things on a campus. The mechanism for having your say on campus is by doing your work on committees. And you should honor the work that committees do because it’s hard work. Some people take it very seriously and do it well. Jim Tuten and I wrote an article in Inside Higher Ed and we talked specifically about that. There are people who are dedicated and diligent, and you have to honor their work. There are other people who would rather not be on a committee. Q: Consensus: good or bad? A: You strive for that but it’s not always possible. You do the best you can, but at some point you have to move on. You either do it by majority rule, or you say “This is my call to make; this is the way we’re going to do it.”
Q: What aspect of private colleges does the media and the public always get wrong? A: They think that private colleges are a place where privileged, rich, preppy kids come for their education. I was none of those things when I went to Wittenberg. My dad was a Teamster and drove a milk truck. My mom worked in a bank. My grandparents were Finnish immigrants. The same is true for lots of kids at Juniata and other private colleges. The percentage of our students who are Pell Grant eligible is not significantly different than Penn State’s. “There’s this famous This notion that if you are at a private college you are somehow Robert Hutchins privileged is just demonstrably metaphor (president not true.
of the University of Chicago) that states higher education is fundamentally a faculty member at one end of a log and a student at the other end and they are engaged in a dialog. The dialog can’t really happen if one person is always the expert. Then it’s a sermon, not a dialog.”—Jim Lakso, provost
Q: As an economist, what do you think about the escalating costs of higher education? A: The reality is that we are in a business where there has not been much opportunity to have a productivity change. We still do things in ways that have not changed from 1973 to 2013. The classes and classrooms are the same. People are sitting there taking notes. You’re up front talking and writing on a board. There hasn’t been any sort of transformative technological change in higher education. Fundamentally, that’s what’s increased cost. The opportunity for any of us to change that is pretty limited. Until a change happens—like MOOCs or
Q: Many times journalists and the public don’t understand that few people pay the full tuition rate, either. A: Right, the difference between the sticker price and the actual price is enormous. The frustration is that, because of that lack of understanding, some students who would benefit from coming to places like Juniata or Wittenberg or wherever, don’t do it. They write it off, saying “I’m not that.”
Q: What qualities are most important to becoming a successful professor? A: A successful professor at a small college has to play nice with colleagues. You have to be collegial. You have to be willing to teach things that you don’t necessarily feel you are an expert in. In fact some of the very best teaching that you do is very often when you are teaching something where the subject matter is a little bit uncomfortable for you. There’s this famous Robert Hutchins metaphor (president of the University of Chicago) that states, higher education is fundamentally a faculty member at one end of a log and a student at the other end and they are engaged in a dialogue. The dialogue can’t really happen if one person is always the expert. Then it’s a sermon, not a dialogue. If you occasionally have to teach something that you’re not an expert in, meaning you don’t have a lot of
Best Concert Billy Joel. It was the early ’70s and shortly after Piano Man. Best Speaker Bill Phillips’ commencement speech, for a lot of reasons, was really good, but I think Andy Murray’s baccalaureate sermon in 1975 or ’76 was even better. I’d give them a tie. Best Game In basketball, it was one when we beat Scranton. The score was tied with about 10 seconds to go and we had a guard Bobby Musser ’85 who walked the ball up to about half court and went right to the basket and put it in as the buzzer sounded.
(The Best of Juniata) publications in the field, you demonstrate that capacity to learn to your students, which is important. You become a better and more effective teacher. I taught statistics here, and if my graduate school classsmates heard that Jim Lakso was teaching statistics, they would have fallen off their chairs laughing. I didn’t like it very much and it wasn’t my best work, but I think I was a better stats teacher for undergraduates because I wasn’t good it. You know what you misunderstood and what you didn’t get right, so you understand better that there are probably people in the room who aren’t getting it for those same reasons.
In football, beating Westminster (was good). The thing about that game in 1976 was that my dad had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer but he loved Division III football. Both my brother and I played. My dad drove with a friend to New Wilmington and I drove from Huntingdon. It was a real nail-biter of a game. Dewayne Rideout ’80 scored a touchdown with seconds to go. That’s the memorable game for me.
what they thought their problem was even if they didn’t think that I could do much about it. That was a lesson for me. When I was a faculty member I didn’t spend much time in the provost’s office. I was active on committees and everything, but I just never thought to go to the provost’s office. This experience of listen to someone saying “I want you to hear what’s going on,” was new.
Q: Did you have to work at being a good listener? Absolutely. Faculty can be pretty direct and on a couple of occasions, maybe I would interrupt somebody and say “why don’t you do this?” It became clear that wasn’t why they were there. They wanted me to know
Q: How has Huntingdon changed over the years you’ve been working here? A: Some parts not so much. It’s clear the downtown has gotten worse. It was a really thriving downtown when we moved here. You could Christmas shop in downtown 41
Q: What qualities are most important in a successful small college administrator? A: I thought early on when I was a provost, when people came to me with a problem, what they wanted from me was a solution. I discovered pretty quickly that wasn’t the case at all. What they wanted was to talk. Being able and willing to listen to problems—even if you can’t do anything about it—is important. Sometimes it’s brief and sometimes a conversation can go on so long you want to offer a solution just to get them out of the office.
Q: At Juniata you know almost everybody on the faculty well and I’m sure there are many who consider you a close friend. When something bad happens, denial of tenure or denied a promotion, how do those things affect you? A: That’s the hardest part of the job. Maybe it’s the hardest part of the job even if you don’t know the person very well. When you know someone well and you have to give them disappointing news, it’s hard. I did a seminar at Harvard in 2005 for people in higher education and one of the sessions we had was how to help with people’s individual goals and I talked about how hard it is to deliver bad news. And I said that on occasion, I delay it because it’s so painful for me. And that’s really not fair to the person on the other end, because they really need to know.
Q: Is there a class that you regret not sitting in on or taking during your time as provost? A: I’m going to take some of them when I retire. I’ve talked to Bob Miller already. I’m going to take The Old Testament or World Religions. I admire his work. I want to take Jim Tuten’s course The History of Food. I’m not a foodie, but I have the same respect for Jim Tuten as a teacher and it’s a neat idea. Those are the first two to come to mind, but I will take others. The fact that we’ve been able to build what I consider a good religious studies department is one of the things I’m the most proud of. Q: Is there any time in your career when you considered leaving Juniata? A: Yeah, there have been several. Some were early on and there were some when the College was going through a financial crisis and some recently. I’ve gotten to know some headhunters fairly well and I’ve gotten some calls about other people and sometimes the calls are about me. More recently I never really gave it serious consideration. I did go for a couple of interviews in the ’70s—one with the State Department. I guess I decided I was a small-town guy.
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Huntingdon for a fair number of things. That part is disappointing, but that’s not unique to Huntingdon, I think small towns in central Pennsylvania and all over the country are changing for similar reasons. On the other hand if you look at things that have happened in Smithfield Township and out on Route 22 it’s a change for the better. It was 1976 or so before we had a McDonald’s in Huntingdon. My kids would see McDonald’s ads on TV and say “Who is that guy McDonald?” We used to have to drive the kids to Altoona to take them (laughs). I think Huntingdon at its core is a pretty good town. When I talk to people I tell them I’m from Cleveland, but I’m really not from the city. I’m from Fairport Harbor, which is a little town east of Cleveland right on the lake. My high school class had only 40 people in it. I met my wife Bonnie in the third or fourth grade. I’m a small-town person at heart and I think Huntingdon is a good one.
Q: You grew up in Ohio and cheer rabidly for Ohio sports teams. After living here so long, do you now consider yourself a Pennsylvanian? A: (Laughs) I’m not. I love Juniata and I love Huntingdon and we’re going to stay here when I retire but if people ask me where I’m from, I still say Fairport Harbor, Ohio. It’s in the DNA. I do pay attention to Ohio State and the NFL, but the truth is that I’m a Division III guy. I would much rather watch Juniata beat Susquehanna than Ohio State beat Penn State. I understand Division III football. It’s about the student athletes. It’s about people who you know doing their very best. It’s not about putting butts in seats and making millions and millions of dollars. Q: What are you going to do in retirement? A: I will continue to teach one class a year here. That was something I continued during my years as provost. The business department has constructed a schedule that includes me, so I’ll do that. I’m on the board of Kish Bank and serve as vice chair. Given the changes that have taken place in financial regulation over the last five years, there’s more expected from board members and I am looking forward to doing more work there. Kish is a great bank and it’s been a good opportunity for me. I am on the board of the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg. I taught for a lot of years as an adjunct at the business school at Saint Francis University, and I’m in conversations with them.
Q: In Juniata: The Movie, who plays you? A: (Laughs) Tommy Lee Jones.
And the last question; what are the names of your children and what do they do? My older daughter Katie, who was two months old when we came here, got a master’s degree in career counseling. She directs a program at Wilson College for women with children. They have a residence hall that they have set aside where single moms stay with their kids on campus and get their degree at Wilson. My daughter Susan lives in Reading and is a special-ed teacher at the Exeter Township high school. You like to think you have the most influence on your kids, but Duane Stroman was a more effective mentor for Susan. He gave her a job in some group homes and she really had an affinity for working with adults that had mental and physical challenges. It sort of shifted her career. I’m really proud of both of my kids. >j<
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Q: What has having your wife, Bonnie, be involved in your life and the life of the people and students of Juniata meant to you? A: She’s been a part of Juniata in a way that is not so obvious to many people. We have entertained lots of students in our house, attended hundreds of student events on campus…concerts, plays, readings and sporting events. She worked with a number of other faculty spouses (including Barb Wise and Sue Alexander ’68) on fund raisers for scholarships, furniture for the library and drapes for Oller Hall. While she eventually had a nice career of her own working in customer service for US Silica (my kids said it was the perfect job for her since she got paid for talking on the phone), I always felt that we were kind of partners in the work at Juniata.
Juniata Faculty Take New Paths to Fund Research
Biologist Chris Grant leads a team of student researchers through a forest trail toward an isolated mountain stream where the group will take water samples and collect fish specimens. The group is carrying a lot of equipment and wearing waders. Grant’s team includes from left, Jennifer Arbella ’14, Jacob Oster ’14 and Alex Weimer ’13.
By Genna Welsh Kasun ’06 Photography by: J.D. Cavrich
onning a heavy pack, fishing vest and cargo pants, biologist Chris Grant cuts through a thicket of brambles in humid, 90-degree summer air. He’s heading toward the sound of a trickling stream, but he can’t hear it yet. He’s only two miles into a fourmile hike toward his research site—a babbling brook deep in the heart of the Pennsylvania Wilds.
Many of Chris Grant’s research funding centers on tracing the effect of fracking, the fracturing mining technique that remains controversial in Pennsylvania, on water quality and fish populations. He uses electrofishing, which emits a mild electrical charge that stuns fish so they can be examined alive, to collect samples for his research.
When Grant arrives at the stream, he pulls on waders and temporarily stuns fish with electrofishing equipment, weighing, measuring and sometimes performing a biopsy before they spring back to life, flopping as they’re returned to the water. Grant fills vials with water to be sampled, and tramps back to his car. One sample collected—24 to go. With research funding scarce, some grantseekers think it would be easier to take Grant’s laborious slog through the dense undergrowth rather than apply for grant funding from agencies like the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities or private foundations. Yet Juniata faculty are applying for extramural funding at a higher rate than ever before. In 2002, only nine faculty members submitted proposals for funding to outside sources. In 2013, that number is 28—a very recent increase, as seen in 2011’s total of faculty proposals sent: 31. Grant feels little intimidation in either challenge—hiking toward his forest research sites or tackling the boulderstrewn steps that grants agencies also require. Aside from the irony of his name, Grant’s perseverance is probably why he’s been awarded eight of the eight proposals he’s sent to funders since he came to Juniata in 2008. He’s had luck with grantors like the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Colcom Foundation and the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds. His current project involves measuring the accumulation of mercury in area streams that have been affected by Marcellus Shale drilling. And, because hydraulic fracturing—the process by which natural gas is extracted from beneath the earth’s surface, also known as fracking—has such widespread effects, Grant is able to collaborate with other scientists to initiate wider examinations of Pennsylvania watersheds. Some of those scientists happen to still be undergraduates at Juniata. While electrofishing with his students this past summer, Grant discovered a fish that was not previously known to exist in central Pennsylvania and he’s named it the “Juniata redbelly dace” in honor of his grant’s success. But, that research—and the resulting hands-on experiences for students—would not have taken place without grant funding to pay the students, support Grant, and reimburse expenses like transportation to the sites and supplies.
The white shape in Jennifer Arbellaâ€™s hand is a brook trout, which mainly inhabit colder mountain streams in Pennsylvania. This requires Grant and his team to hike epic distances through rugged landscapes to get to the streams.
The student researchers set up an improvised statistical station in the woods. As part of his research philosophy, Grant requires all his student researchers to write a mock grant proposal that details their work and includes a small budget.
In his most recent project, Grant is collaborating with biologist Regina Lamendella to undertake a larger study of fracking impacts—this time not only on macroinvertebrates, like fish, but also on micro-organisms, Lamendella’s speciality. Lamendella joined Juniata’s faculty in 2012, filling a gap left by Grant’s funding mentor, Michael Boyle, professor emeritus of biology. Boyle was instrumental in the expansion of grantwriting at Juniata that has taken place in the last decade. Boyle had been hired for his experience as both a teacher in the biomedical sciences and as a successful grantwriter. Shortly after arriving at Juniata, his work attracted funds from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the American Heart Association. Boyle also teamed with Phil Dunwoody, associate professor of psychology, to ask the Teagle Foundation to fund a forum called “The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning,” which brings together faculty from all departments in monthly meetings to discuss teaching and hands-on experiences. Boyle also was instrumental in writing Juniata’s current $1 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Boyle’s lessons soon spread throughout the campus. And biologists haven’t been the only active faculty in this success. Art historians, communications experts, chemists, peace and conflict studies professors and the office of international studies have shared in the success. Their secrets are simple. They simply have to find innovative ideas, collaborate to write proposals in a timely manner, gain institutional input from the provost and several other administrators—and finally, persist in editing their ideas until they’re ready for the right foundation or government program. All of these secrets were employed by Sarah Worley, assistant professor of communication and Abbey Baird, director of service learning, who recently received an award from the Association of American Colleges and Universities to share their knowledge on integrating service-learning more deeply into Juniata’s curriculum. The venue where they’ll deliver this program? The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning events that Boyle, Dunwoody and a large faculty group—including Lynn Cockett, David Drews, and Kathy Westcott—collaborated to create.
››What’s in your backpack? See what Chris Grant carries with him into the woods at www.juniata.edu/extra
Not all scienc e takes place in pristine labs and mul timillion-dol lar science buildings. Her e, the biolog y students set up an asse mbly line for noting fish statistics that Henry Fo rd (or Mrs . Paul) w ould envy. A t right, Jacob Oster la ys out a brow n trout to measure it , w hile (below) th e hands of Ale x Weim er are seen w eighing the trout. Jennife r Arbella ente rs other statistics into the group’s iP ad .
“The experience of writing these grants is fun and exciting for students and it will set them up for graduate school,” Grant says. “I would’ve killed to have this kind of experience.” —Chris Grant, assistant research professor
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Art historian Jennifer Streb ’93, looks through some of the prints in the Juniata Museum of Art’s permanent collection. Over the past several years, Streb has written a handful of grants asking for funding to support art exhibits. So far her requests have not been funded, but Streb stresses that just writing the grant gets crucial exposure for the museum.
ot everyone wins on the first try, though. Art historian Jennifer Streb, who has not yet crafted a successful grant despite three submissions, is still submitting, despite discouraging approval ratings from funders that are apt to support her fields of expertise. For example, in 2012, only 6.8 percent of proposals sent to the National Institutes for Humanities were funded—a stark contrast to the National Science Foundation, where funding rates average around 30 percent. Aside from being impressively persistent, Streb sees another benefit to submitting proposals, even if they aren’t funded. “Submitting grants for exhibitions will bring the Juniata College Museum of Art more widespread recognition,” Streb says. “The museum might be a small facility, but we’ve got a fantastic collection and exhibition schedule. The grants I applied for last year were aimed at helping to defray costs for the Minna Citron exhibition and catalog, and while those applications weren’t successful, the show itself continues to be successful on its national tour.” Streb involves her student researcher Liz Sunde ’13, of Farmingdale, N.Y., in the grant writing and editing process, allowing Sunde to gather important but nontraditional experience as undergrads. “When I started researching with Dr. Streb, I didn’t know much about grant writing at all. I just wanted to help research the project,” Sunde says. “Later, I decided to take a grant writing course because I’m going into nonprofit work, and I realized that being able to write grants could be a lifesaver for any institution I want to work with.” Streb’s involvement of Sunde isn’t an isolated occurrence. Grant teaches all his research students to create miniature grant proposals, even requiring that they
calculate tiny but accurate budgets that account for expenses like travel and supplies. “The experience of writing these grants is fun and exciting for students and it will set them up for graduate school,” Grant says. “I would’ve killed to have this kind of experience.”
“When I started researching with Dr. Streb, I didn’t know much about grant writing at all. I just wanted to help research the project. Later, I decided to take a grant writing course
Like many Juniata faculty, Grant finds because I’m going into nonprofit work, the idea of student-initiated research vital to the curriculum. Grant takes that a step and I realized that being able to write further, having his research students come grants could be a lifesaver for any up with the proposal idea, articulate that concept and propose it in a traditional institution I want to work with.” grant format. In the past two years, 11 faculty from —Liz Sunde ’13, Gender and Sexuality Studies with six departments—biology and chemistry, secondary emphases in English and Museum Studies but also art, theatre, education, and peace and conflict studies—have written, edited and submitted the first grant proposals of their careers. Like Streb, many of them have submitted additional or new ideas since their first attempts. They personal mission as an artist-educator, it’s going to be won’t all be successful, but nobody’s perfect. expensive. And, to not do the fundraising work would While he’s only completing his first year at Juniata, shortchange what I can offer my students.” Neal Utterback, assistant professor of theatre, has As Utterback’s case shows, practice makes perfect submitted one grant to an outside funder, applied to a and faculty will continue to improve as their batting Juniata grant program for iPads in the classroom, and, averages rise accordingly. Except for Grant’s approval when that didn’t pan out, ran a successful Kickstarter rating, which will very likely decrease. campaign to raise funds for a trip to the International “Mike Boyle once scolded me, jokingly, saying ‘Quit Gay Theatre Festival in Dublin, Ireland, where he and six being so good!’ And then he told me not to let my head students will perform. get too big,” Grant recalls. “I’m a realist. I know I won’t “The classroom doesn’t end at its walls,” says stay at 100 percent. But I also know that I won’t keep Utterback. “If I want to offer students global experiences, winning if I don’t keep trying.” >j< which is the mission of this college and part of my
Sarah Worley ’00, assista nt professor of communicati on, and Abbey Baird , director of community ser vice and ser vice learning, collaborated on a grant to the Association of Am erican Colleges and Universities that proposed integrating ser vic e learning more deeply int o Juniata’s curriculum .
Sarah Bay â€™06 found her lifeâ€™s work literally at the last minute as she took a sustainable agriculture course in India after she graduated from Juniata as an environmental science POE. She followed her growing interest to a job on an organic farm and now she is the farm manager at Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pa.
Sarah Bay Finds Personal Growth in Farming Career By John Wall
Photography by: J.D. Cavrich
n agricultural circles, there is this thing called â€œhybrid vigor.â€? Its meaning stems from cross-breeding two genetically different plants or animals, resulting in an offspring that displays the most positive traits of both parents. Examples would be breeding a Hereford bull to a Black Angus cow to produce a breed noted for its mothering abilities or crossing a Chinese chestnut tree with an American chestnut to produce a disease-resistant tree.
“It was meaningful to take part in growing a basic necessity.” —Sarah Bay ’06
Bay, who has been at Wilson College for two years, says even weeding is fun on a farm. We’ll have to take her word for that, but in truth she loves every aspect of her duties on the 5-acre Fulton Farm, located just across a creek from the college’s main campus.
Sarah Bay ’06 sort of accomplished a similar union by combining her Juniata education in environmental science, a love for the environment, and the doggedness and determination she exhibited as a cross-country/track athlete to become—well, if this were a different kind of alumni magazine we’d call her a steward of the land or a sustainability engineer. Put plain, Sarah is a farmer. But her path from the green quad of Juniata to becoming part of the organic green revolution had as many changes of direction as a recently furrowed field. As all Juniatians know, the College gets, thanks to its central Pennsylvania location, a bumper crop of students who grew up on farms or around agriculture. However Sarah Bay wasn’t one of them. The daughter of two elementary school teachers and a product of the Harrisburg suburbs, the closest Sarah got to farming was helping her mom plant flowers every spring. She knew as a freshman that she sought the outdoors as a workplace. “I had ideas of working at a state park or a state forest, but I really spent four years floundering around until right at the very end before I found agriculture,” she says. “It was meaningful to take part in growing a basic necessity.” When Sarah describes her epiphany as last-minute, she’s not kidding. She came to farming by taking part in Juniata’s 2006 summer program—after she graduated—in Pondicherry, India and working with environmental scientist Neil Pelkey in the Sustainable and Resilient Agriculture course.
The Rhode Island Red hens that provide fresh eggs for Wilson College’s farmer’s market all greet Sarah as she checks the college’s coop for that day’s egg production.
“I wanted something where I could farm, but also be an educator. My parents and my sister are teachers, so I guess it’s in my blood.”—Sarah Bay ’06 Sarah uses the crops the farm produces to run a Community Supported Agriculture program, to stock the farm’s booth at a weekly local farmer’s market, and to provide produce for Wilson College’s dining facility.
From there she went on to a summer internship in the Maine Conservation Corps building trails in the deep woods. She had indications she could have stayed with that career, but she couldn’t shake the idea of farming. So, she went home and decided to get her hands dirty looking for a farming job—on the Internet. “I started looking up random farms on the Web, but I soon found there were databases that listed internship opportunities on sustainable or organic farms,” she says. She sent résumés and inquiries to farms in California, New York, Pennsylvania, and other states and received one positive reply back. Jim and Moie Crawford, who own the 100-acre New Morning Farm in Hustontown, Pa., asked her to come work as an apprentice.
ore Juniata graduates are finding agriculture can be a sustainable and sustaining career choice. Besides Sarah Bay ’06, there are a few other farming Eagles. Caitlan Zlatos ’06, who works at New Morning Farm (she’s also Sarah’s college roommate). Brosi Bradley ’08 worked at Village Acres Farm in Mifflintown, Pa. Susan Trainor ’06 worked at a farm in Texas and in the Peace Corps. Peter McLean ’09, who works on a farm in Hawaii. Charles Foster ’07, an urban farmer in Portland, Ore. Reid Smith ’07, urban farming in Portland Ore.
Jeffrey Taylor ’81, general manager for Tuscarora Organic Growers Cooperative.
“They’ve been farming for 40 years and have seen the benefit in building a new crop of farmers to carry on the methods and traditions they learned at New Morning,” Sarah explains. “We were part of a big crew, which gave us an opportunity to take on different jobs and responsibilities. It was a fascinating way to learn.” Sarah’s vocabulary is itself a fascinating reflection of her passion. Ask her how long she worked at New Morning, and the answer is “five growing seasons.” While there, she worked her way up to co-crew chief and managed crops and took over the marketing and sales of the farm’s produce at its farmer’s market in northeastern Washington, D.C., all duties she describes as fun. “Everything is fun on a farm, even weeding.” She found challenges at every turn: making fertilization decisions, deciding which crops to bring to the farmer’s market, navigating a huge box truck through the urban streets of the nation’s capitol. “I had never done anything like that before,” she says. “I really liked being in charge of the farmer’s market because you got to talk to the people who eat your food and establish that farmer-consumer connection.” Although Juniata has no agricultural science program and its efforts at sustainable agriculture have been relatively small, Sarah credits Juniata as a major factor in her development as a person and as a farmer. “Farming requires problem solving, critical thinking and the ability to learn new skills— skills Juniata teaches us with a passion.”
That same passion for learning brought Sarah to a new field in 2012, as the farm manager for the 5-acre Fulton Farm, which is part of Wilson College’s Fulton Center for Sustainable Living. Located just across a creek from Wilson’s main campus in Chambersburg, Pa., Fulton Farm gives Sarah the opportunity to produce, market, and sell crops, but also integrate the farm’s work with the college curriculum and the college and Chambersburg community. “I wanted something where I could farm, but also be an educator,” she explains. “My parents and my sister are teachers, so I guess it’s in my blood.”
“There’s a little bit of farmer in everybody.” —Sarah Bay ’06
Sarah is in charge of maintaining the farm’s equipment, but she also is driving to expand the educational programs on the farm, which currently includes hosting field trips and college lab classes. She says she would like to teach more if time allows.
In her new job, Sarah does pretty much everything, from selecting crops to ordering seed to maintaining equipment. She also works closely with Christine Mayer, director of Wilson’s Sustainable Living Center, to weave hands-on environmental education into the college’s course offerings. Sarah’s job is to focus on making the farm profitable, and she uses a three-prong approach that includes: Community Supported Agriculture, which is a program where families can subscribe to the farm and, for a fee, receive weekly supplies of fresh produce and have access to pick-your-own crops and other programs.
Running and managing the farm’s booth at the Saturday North Square Farmer’s Market in Chambersburg.
Providing produce to Wilson’s dining facility.
workshops or classes on the farm. “I like this farm and there is so much potential. I’d like to be part of that and help create that vision,” she says.
In the end, Sarah Bay found
safe harbor in the world’s most widespread profession. Her path through Juniata was a little more circuitous than most, but there are more college graduates who are forsaking a cubicle farm for the real thing (see sidebar). Sarah knows she made the right choice. “Inside all of us there is a basic instinct for food production,” she says with a smile. “There’s a little bit of farmer in everybody.” >j<
››See Sarah Picks her Top Crops at www.juniata.edu/extra
She and Mayer also are trying to grow interest in the farm on campus. It is used for a variety of labs, and work-study students can work on the farm or serve as interns. The Fulton Center sees opportunities to incorporate Fulton Farm more fully into the curriculum. “A class on food and nutrition is in the works,” Sarah says. “That would be a great way to have the farm play a bigger role on campus.” Sarah also plays a bigger role on campus, attending meetings and collaborative sessions with other departments on campus. “I don’t want to be left alone out here. I’d like to be part of the college.” She seems well on her way. She has started several new programs, ordered some new equipment, and improved the farm grounds, including a new meeting pavilion. Such improvements can only increase the already substantial traffic on the farm as college classes use it, and local schools take tours or visit for a field trip. If time allows, she’d like to teach a bit more in
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By John Wall
Photography: J.D. Cavrich
Brad Andrew Finds Academic Life on an Uptick You would think that talking to an economist would be very cut and dried. Lots of explanations starting with “Well, the numbers show…” and “According to the laws of supply and demand…” Brad Andrew, associate professor of economics, can talk that talk, but after a few minutes of conversation with him it becomes clear that it’s the uncertainty of how things can turn out—a market’s development, a college’s investment strategy, an academic career path— that truly fascinate him.
“I loved the intuition of economics,” says Andrew, who came to Juniata in 2001. “I wanted to understand things better. I wanted to learn why certain relationships exist or why this phenomenon occurs.” Andrew’s Kreskin-like intuition was working overtime when he took his first classes as a freshman at Framingham
State University outside of Boston, Mass. The son of an electrical engineer, Brad and his brother were always expected to go to college, so he headed off freshman year to take calculus and microeconomics. “Calculus wasn’t very exciting to me, but the microeconomics course was mind-blowing,” he recalls. “It really moved me from someone whose (beliefs) were far left, to someone who is more in the center. Many of the arguments economists make have an important logic that appealed to me.” After his undergraduate days, where the time he spent out of the classroom was spent working for big money at a merchandising warehouse, Andrew thought he should “go the business route” to earn a doctorate, so he entered an MBA program. But as he is fond of saying, “it didn’t excite me.” What thrilled him were the stories behind the numbers. So he entered the doctoral program at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. He explains: “Most people who go on to Ph.D. programs are thinking of working in academia or some kind of financial ‘quant’ job.” (A quant, in biz-speak, is a number-crunching Wall Street quantitative analyst.)
Obviously, since Andrew’s default mode of dress is shorts and a polo shirt, he opted for the intellectual side of economics. UConn offered a teaching fellowship, plus it kept Andrew within cheering distance of his beloved Boston sports teams. Indeed, Andrew is instantly recognizable throughout campus by an ever-present Red Sox cap. But, in graduate school, sports fandom took a back seat to learning how to teach. “I needed to understand the material inside and out,” he says. “So I created a list of really bizarre questions and I would work through the answers to learn it.” In instance after instance, Andrew made choices based not on what paid the most money or offered the “hottest” topic for academic economists. In fact, he spent some time researching an economic analysis of Silicon Valley compared to Boston’s high-tech Route 128 corridor. However, that topic, yes, failed to excite the budding economist. Instead, he studied international trade between Glasgow, Scotland and the Chesapeake area during America’s colonial years. He found that, while Glasgow’s urban development was stimulated by that trade relationship,
graduating class and delightedly recite the jobs, graduate schools and fellowships garnered by each student. In addition to leading the international studies department, Andrew also is proud of re-introducing an economics POE to Juniata’s curriculum after a long hiatus that started at the end of the 1990s, when economist Jim Lakso became provost. He points to the hiring of fellow economist Wei-Chung Wang as the “tipping point” that helped give the business department a wider range of economic expertise. Which is not to say that Andrew has decided to stick to his academic knitting, as it were. In recent years, he has taken over teaching three of the College’s Investment courses. While investment is an economic activity, it’s not necessarily an area that hardcore
economists gravitate toward. Still, after taking on the responsibility for watching over a $100,000 donation from the late Klare Sunderland ’56 (a gift that enabled the College to create the Investment sequence), the value of Juniata’s portfolio is up to $116,000, after a slight dip caused by the 2008 economic crisis. “It’s been really interesting for me, plus I’ve had people actually pay me for my advice,” he says. The advice Andrew most enjoys doling out, however, remains advising students, recruiting prospective students interested in economics or international issues, and spending time in the classroom working with students he, yes, gets excited about. “I have the opportunity here to have people listen to me, on the off chance I may say something important,” he says, smiling. “That’s a great incentive.” >j<
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urban development in the Chesapeake area was cut off by the area’s decision to specialize in tobacco cultivation. “The irony of it was just too delicious not to study,” he says with palpable excitement. “It really helped influence my view of international trade, taking me away from the view that all free trade is good.” Ironically, Andrew has sort of stepped back from his research findings, preferring to think of his conclusions as a kind of anomaly in the history of free trade. He credits the wider reading and research he has done since becoming a professor at Juniata and other institutions. “You really don’t become an economist until you’re out of grad school and have been teaching for a few years,” he explains. “That’s when you really start thinking through things on an intellectual journey. And, because I went through that process for my own thinking, I’m able to provide students with a better understanding of what economics is, or should be.” The journey Andrew has taken since coming to Juniata has been instructive for the excitable economist. He recalls his first year on campus as avoiding the spotlight—not talking too much or asking a lot of questions. He realized that Juniata professors often teach classes in which they are not experts. He felt he needed to do better on studying international economic issues and became part of the College’s International Studies Program. Crediting colleagues such as Emil Nagengast, David Sowell, Jim Roney, Michael Henderson and Alison Fletcher with mentoring and support over the years, Andrew found himself as the chair of the program and when the program became an official academic department in 2002, he continued to be chair. “We realized we had a strong group of faculty, which ensures quality, and the offerings are flexible, so it gives students a reason to come here to study international issues,” says the proud internationalist who, although he never studied abroad as an undergraduate, is quick to whip out his iPad to show the most recent international studies
Donald Braxton, Good Professor of Religion, received a $5,000 grant from Defense Research and Development Canada, a research institute of the Canadian government, to continue his research on mapping emotional reactions to between-group religious signaling. Kris Clarkson, dean of students, served as an evaluation team member for Middle States Commission on Higher Education during the accreditation visit to Inter-American University of Puerto Rico at Barranquitas.
in Athens, Ga., in February, and for STEAM Day, “The Creative Core of Science and Art” at Arcola Middle School in Eaglesville, Pa. He also was keynote speaker in “Sequential SmARTer: Teaching With Comics,” at the New England Comics in the Classroom Symposium in Cambridge, Mass., in September. Hosler also spoke about science comics at the Cambridge Science Festival in Cambridge, Mass. Kathy Jones, associate professor of education, was elected president of the Pennsylvania Science Teachers Association, and invited Jay Hosler, professor of biology to be keynote speaker at the annual Pennsylvania Science Teachers Association convention in November in Hershey, Pa.
Celia- Cook-Huffman, Burkholder Professor of Conflict Resolution, was a keynote speaker on “The Paradox of Conflict and Peace” at the Rotary World Affairs Conference, “Peace Possible? Why Should I Care?” Jerry Kruse, Dale Professor of IT and Computer at Manchester University, in Manchester, Ind., in March. Science, and David Drews, professor emeritus of psychology, published “Using Performance Tasks to Dan Cook-Huffman, assistant dean of students, Improve Quantitative Reasoning in an Introductory represented Juniata at a “signing ceremony” to finalize Mathematics Course” in the July 2013 International an agreement between Juniata and Chengdu Textile Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. College in Chengdu, China. Regina Lamendella, assistant professor of biology, Kati Csoman, assistant dean of international received $57,444 from the Department of Energy’s programs, and Jessica Jackson, director of student Joint Genome Institute, $20,000 from Ingredion LLC, activities, presented “[In]volve, [In]spire, Inbound: An and $41, 523 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Experiential and Intercultural Orientation Model” at Agency’s National Risk Management Research the NAFSA: Association of International Educators 2013 Laboratory, all to fund student research projects. Annual Conference in St. Louis, Mo., in May. Lamendella and three co-authors published an article on molecular diversity in bacterial populations in Sarah DeHaas, Brumbaugh Professor of Education, the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. served on the planning committee and moderated She and 13 co-authors published an article on the a session on “Social Media in Education” for Lehigh metaproteomics of the microbial environment in the University’s 41st Annual Special Education Law human gut in the journal PLOS One, and also published Conference in May. She also presented “Where’s the (with two co-authors) an article on mammalian gut Beef? Critical Analysis of iPad Apps to Maximize function in the journal Current Opinion in Biotechnology. Learning” at the 2013 Annual Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching in Washington, D.C. Monika Malewska, associate professor of art,
When we ask, So What—we’re not being rude. It started when we asked the faculty to explain a little more about the work they do in research, developing courses, consulting, and the like. We wanted the info behind the paper title, the story behind the curricular change, the life and the thinking that make Juniata profs as interesting as they are. —Read on
Srinakharinwirot University Academic Conference in April, in Bangkok, Thailand. Tom Kepple, Juniata president, spoke on “East-West Higher Education Opportunities” at the same conference. Loren Rhodes, Dale Chair in Information Technology, taught a course, “Computer Science Seminar,” in June at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, in Chengdu, China. He also lectured on information technology at the Chengdu Textile College. Deborah Roney, assistant professor of English and director of Language in Motion, was invited to a conference, “Ambassadors in Sneakers,” sponsored by the German-American Institute in Tuebingen, Germany, and held in Stuttgart, Germany, in March. Sarah Diane Sadowsky, enrollment counselor, was invited by MMI Prep in Freeland, Pa., to speak on essay writing for the college admission process.
had artwork accepted in two exhibitions: The Leah Hamilton, assistant professor of sociology, “Graphique Noir” exhibit at Orange County Center for presented “The Foster Parent Bill of Rights: An Lauren Seganos ’11, Americorps representative Contemporary Art in Santa Ana, Calif., and “Diametric Investigation of its Perceived Effectiveness in Arkansas” for Unity House, with student Elainea Hess ’16, of Visions in Two Parts” at Limner Gallery in Hudson, N.Y. at the International Journal of Arts and Sciences Hopewell, Pa., led “Interfaith Baking: A Model for Conference in Prague, Czech Republic in May. She also Norris Muth, associate professor of biology, published Interfaith Service and Engagement” at an Interfaith presented “Argument Mapping as a Tool to Stimulate Student Leadership Regional Conference at Case an article on plant restoration with three student coCritical Thinking” at the Pennsylvania Association of Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. authors, Pat Harris ’12, Gabrielle Cannon ’14 and Undergraduate Social Work Education in April in State Nathan Smith ’13, in the journal Biological Invasions. James Skelly, interim director of the Baker Institute College, Pa. for Peace and Conflict Studies, was invited to speak at Uma Ramakrishnan, associate professor Jay Hosler, professor of biology, was keynote “Ambassadors in Sneakers,” sponsored by the Germanof environmental science and Wei-Chung speaker on “Darwin and Comics: A Modern Synthesis” American Institute in Tuebingen, Germany, and held in Wang, assistant professor of business, spoke on for the University of Georgia’s Darwin Day Lecture Stuttgart, Germany, in March. Juniata’s approach to liberal arts education at the
Catherine Stenson, professor of mathematics wrote, with a co-author, the second edition of the textbook Introduction to Topology and Geometry.
to Sunday mass at one of Antigua’s oldest colonial churches, the Iglesia de La Merced, was broadcast on the state television station.
in April. She also wrote a chapter on “Researcher in Relationship” in Indigenous Pathways into Social Research: Voices of a New Generation.
Jennifer Streb, associate professor of art, presented “Minna Citron: An Artist’s Move into Abstraction” at the Popular Culture/American Culture Association conference in Washington, D.C. in March. Streb also was asked to join the association’s Preservation Committee.
Jim Tuten, associate professor of history, was invited to speak on “All Lovers of Nature…Love a Swamp: Wading and Wandering Through Lowcountry Swamps,” at the College of Charleston’s Addlestone Library in Charleston, S.C. in February. Tuten also presented “A Confederate General Goes Viral: The Unexpected Case of E. W. Gantt’s 1863 Unification Speech,” at a meeting of the American Culture Association/ Popular Cultural Association in March in Washington, D.C.
Paula Wagoner, associate professor of anthropology, wrote a chapter, “The Search for an Honest Man: Iktomi Hcala as an Ethnohistorical and Humanistic Conundrum,” in the book Transforming Ethographies: Narrative, Meaning and Community published by the University of Oklahoma Press.
Henry Thurston-Griswold, professor of Spanish, coordinated the Juniata Concert Choir’s March 2013 spring break tour to Guatemala, where the group performed seven concerts in seven days in six different cities or towns. One of the choir’s concerts was broadcast on Quetzaltenango’s National Radio station, and a performance of two sacred pieces prior
Polly Walker, assistant professor of peace and conflict studies, published an article, “Storians: Building on Indigenous Knowledge to Enhance Ni-Vanuatu Mediative Capacity” in Conflict Resolution Quarterly
Jamie White, Book Professor of Physics, with a co-author, published an article on compact diffraction using lasers in the 2012 journal Review of Scientific Instruments. White and his wife, Laura, also started a company at JCEL called MOGLabs USA, LLC, which sells and services custom-made research diode lasers and electronics made by MOGLabs Australia.
Heather Pavlik, head coach, women’s volleyball, was asked to be part of the Pittsburgh Pirates Think Tank in the team’s spring training facility in Bradenton, Fla. in January. Pavlik joined coaches, sports psychologists, military officers and noncommissioned officers and sports executives to discuss the best way to train and manage athletes. Pavlik was the only female coach asked to participate.
Q: How were you asked to participate?
A: My husband (Mark Pavlik, coach of Penn State’s men’s volleyball team) made a connection with Kyle Stark, the Pirates’ assistant GM, who is a former volleyball player from Ball State University. He introduced us to Bernie Holliday, the Pirates mental conditioning coach. Bernie asked Mark and me to come, but Mark was inseason, so I went. Q: What was the basic format for the Think Tank? A: They basically broke us into different groups over the course of two days. Sometimes they would base it on similar jobs, other times, they’d base the groups on dissimilar jobs, and asked everyone to brainstorm on topics like championship quality, how to reach today’s athlete, coaching performance and other things.
Q: What did you learn at the Think Tank? A: I think about 80 percent of what we talked about confirmed what we already are doing here—it reaffirmed we are doing things right. One of the best lessons I took away was from the people who trained Navy SEALS and U.S. Army Rangers— which was that athletes will do what is expected of them, so if you have low expectations your team will only rise to that level. If you want your team to be great, you have to be hard on them.
Photo: J.D. Cavrich
Q: You were the only female coach there. What was that dynamic like? A: There were a couple of female sports psychologists from IMG there, but I’ve experienced this as a coach, which is male-dominated, and as a science teacher, which also is male-dominated, and what happens is, in groups, everyone will defer to me to be polite. They want me to talk first. Then once they realize you know what you’re talking about, you’re golden after that.
The Accidental Chemist
By Gabriel Welsch Photography: David Baio
I’m riding with Glenn Burket ’56 in his white Chevy Suburban, at a leisurely pace on winding roads in a surprisingly hilly part of central Ohio when without warning a wild turkey, neck elongated in effort, runs in front of the vehicle. Without time to brake, stop, or react in any way, the truck rumbles ahead and the turkey rolls up over the hood, tumbles against the windshield and disappears.
In the rearview, besides an asterisk of black feathers in the road, the turkey is gone. After taking a few iffy turns, Glenn turns to me and says, “Sometimes life just happens.” Our day has been focused on how his life happened. He’s had better luck than the turkey. But elements of chance have played a role. An accidental chemist at Juniata, he jockeyed his way into a dynamic industry, and grew as it grew. Need proof? Just about everyone reading this has seen Glenn’s work. If you’ve seen the translucent blue plastic strips in a curtain on a grocery store loading dock, or outside a car wash bay, that’s Glenn. If you’ve noticed the color of a chain link outfield fence—the polyvinyl material to prevent corrosion—that’s probably Glenn. (In fact, if you’ve gone to games at four different fields, three of those fields would have had fence coatings using plastics from Glenn’s plant in Ohio.) If you’ve used a garden hose, stood on shock absorbing mats in commercial kitchens or factory floors, swung on a playground swing and held the chains where plastic sheathing kept your hair from getting snagged, that’s Glenn. Glenn Burket is plastic ubiquity, and in four decades of business, he has shipped products around the world. Amid financial downturns and wars and other cataclysms, his companies have only experienced a single quarter where he did not turn a profit.
Burket is direct, gregarious, and focused. Pushing 80 years of age, he still works full weeks, visits grandchildren, helps with his wife’s kenneling business, participates in civic and political life (as a staunch conservative), and is always thinking about the next thing. As we toured his Ohio facilities, he is quick to point out new equipment, describe a new product, discuss the finer points of the good sense of locating his plants along rail lines. Several trains a day move through Ohio, headed east and west with cars full of his plastics. Flex Technologies—the company he started in 1975—occupies six facilities in four locations. Three are in central Ohio, and one is in Tennessee. Flex’s main product is thermoplastics and PVC, and the company’s ability to blend to extremely precise manufacturing specs for a range of clients and products has given it staying power not only in industry but in the global marketplace. Flex’s vinyl and PVC compounds are used in everything from toys and automotive parts, medical supplies to weather stripping, shoes to a range of hoses, to just about anything you can extrude or inject into molds.
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the material rain from his fingers as he tells me about new equipment and the new ventures that automation allows. While Burket is committed to staying on U.S. soil, his plants reflect other trends in manufacturing. When sales were $30 million annually, the plants employed 600 people. Now, with $70 million in annual sales, they employ 230 people. The jobs tend to require a great deal of education, vocational or collegiate. Flex’s control laboratory is a full-blown analytical chemistry operation, and engineers walk the floors in every location. Burket’s commitment to people is in evidence. Amid extruders hissing pellets into vats around us, the air smelling of a newly opened shower curtain, employees greet Burket the way an athlete greets a coach. He knows all their names. As they walk off, he tells me what they do, how they contribute to the operations occurring around us. At the main office, the mission statement in the entry says that Flex intends to “satisfy our customers for profit and pleasure.” He emphasizes the pleasure part, noting that more than half of his employees have worked at Flex for more than 15 years. The company’s profit-sharing program is very popular, and while Burket is the majority shareholder, the rest of the company’s stock is owned wholly by employees. If you look at the PVC pellets under a microscope, they resemble Technicolor brains, crinkled and porous, ready to take filler of various kinds to become flexible or rigid, sticky or hard. You can add a variety of substances for different effect. Burket says he looks at the business in a somewhat similar way—always looking at the combinations and possibilities with his employees, and what might be next. “I love to build things, to see things go,” he says. “I enjoy seeing people go and do things. And I like to plan. And planning in business makes every adventure a sure thing.” In business, maybe. But as registration lines and wild turkeys make clear, sometimes it’s the unexpected that makes a life like Glenn’s happen. >j< 63
“Our processes mean we can make something as soft and flexible as a fake nightcrawler, to something as rigid as PVC pipe,” Burket says. Burket has been as flexible as a nightcrawler. Registering for Juniata classes in 1952, on paper, in the old gymnasium, Burket entered and saw four lines. He figured he’d be best served waiting in the shortest one. He soon discovered the line had been for chemistry. Since he was good at science in school, Burket decided to go with it. Like many chemists of his era, Burket fondly recalls Eva Hartzler ’32. One afternoon, during a class in which someone was giving a report, Burket longed to escape the dusty classroom for the picturesque fall weather. An open window beckoned. On impulse, he half-stood and, undetected, ducked through the window. The attempt did not go smoothly: he flopped out and fell to the ground. Two weeks went by before he realized someone else saw the tumble. As Hartzler strolled through a lab class checking on student work, she stopped near him and said, “Did you hurt yourself on that jump out the window?” Ego checked, brain stimulated, new degree in hand, Burket left Juniata to work with Allied Chemical, in their plastics division—not as a scientist, but on the sales force. His background in chemistry, they said, would help him in sales. It did, and Burket spent the time learning all he could about the manufacturing process, too, to make himself a better salesman. But the more he learned, the more opportunity he saw. As Allied grew through the late 1960s and early 1970s, the corporation sold off less profitable businesses, including some focused on plastics and automotive parts. Burket saw the importance of diversification, and mortgaged his farm (the first of what would eventually be four mortgages to finance businesses) to buy stock in Merritt, one of Allied’s divested businesses. By the time Burket was in his late thirties, he was the fourth largest shareholder in a new company for which 85 percent of the business was in auto parts. But Glenn likes the road less traveled. The manufacturing landscape continued to evolve. Burket knew he did not want to stay part of a big corporation, nor did he want to stay so dependent on auto companies, whom he called “sophisticated thugs.” He liked building a business with other people, being near the products, and being able to make quick decisions. Burket brokered a trade of his stock holdings in Merritt to purchase a smaller plastics company headed into bankruptcy. He was left with the equipment and some cash— enough to pay off his farm mortgage and to build a plant. In that way, seven years after Mr. McGuire told a young Ben Braddock in The Graduate that the future was in plastics, Glen Burket staked his future on a new plant and business. Within months, Burket was turning a profit. Today, Flex’s plants produce 1.5 million pounds of plastics compound per week. Burket plunges his hand up to his elbow into a vat of Big Bird-yellow pellets and lets
Charles N. Pickell
had his seventh book, A Harvest of the Years, published in 2012. In addition, Charles taught in the Osher Life Long Learning Institute of the University of Virginia.
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Robert C. Clark
is the new president and CEO of the Historic Annapolis Foundation in Maryland. He was appointed to the post in January after having served as interim head of HAF since September 2012.
retired in 2002 and keeps experiencing science as a member of the Federation of American Scientists. A 1976 Henrie publication was cited in a Chinese journal in 2009. David still plays jazz piano.
has been appointed a member of the board of governors of the Philadelphia Shriners Hospital for Children. The hospital provides specialty care for children without regard to a family’s ability to pay.
received the Paul Harris Fellowship, the highest honor from the Huntingdon Rotary Club, on Dec. 18, 2012 for her lifelong commitment to serving others.
has been volunteering since 2005 with Sertoma, an organization in Tampa, Fla. that provides fun activities for children who cope with hearing loss.
has retired after 40 years in community planning. He spent 32 of those years as director of the Huntingdon County Department of Planning and Development. Richard completed numerous projects, including the Leadership Huntingdon County course which helps students become motivated community members. He and wife Jennifer (Walters) Stahl ’68 plan to move to Idaho to join their sons and their families.
Jeanne (Miller) Bolger
retired after 32 years of service as Blair County Jury Commissioner. Jeanne is now dedicating more time to her singing career, as she recently sang at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort, Homewood Homes, and various other assisted living homes.
Lona (Beabes) Norris
David E. Henrie
Ruth Ann (Buchman) Day
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Terry R. Fabian
Richard E. Stahl
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James A. Hamilton
is a professor at Boston University and Boston University Medical School, and was elected in the 2012 class of Fellows of the Massachusetts Academy of Sciences. This prestigious community of scientists, engineers, research physicians and others are concerned about science and science education in the Massachusetts Commonwealth. The Academy chose Jim as the featured new member in the September 2012 newsletter online at http://massacademysciences. org/communicating-science-drjames-hamilton.
Barbara (Snyder) Coleman
has recently retired after a 35-year career as an academic advisor at the University of Houston-Clear Lake in Texas. Richard G. Coleman
has recently retired after a 35-year career as an aerospace engineer for the Boeing Company in Houston, Texas. Peter J. Straup
was inducted into the Upper Merion High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Jan. 18, 2013 in King of Prussia, Pa. He played football and basketball and ran track. Pete gained more than 1,000 yards rushing in 1965 and was the captain of the basketball team.
Bryan D. Rosenberger
attended the inauguration of Julie Wollman at Edinboro University in Edinboro, Pa. on Nov. 9, 2012 as a delegate of Juniata.
William S. Dick
recently published an article titled “Offloading Risk to One’s Own Back Pocket” in the January/February 2013 issue of The Pennsylvania Lawyer, the magazine of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Bill is a senior partner at Dick, Stein & Schemel, LLP in Waynesboro, Pa. George M. Dunne
is a member of the group Va-et-Vient, a French music group that has been traveling throughout the northeast and Quebec since 2003. This year during the 2013 session of the Vermont Legislature, the group was asked to perform at the Vermont State House in its house chambers. This is a tradition that began in 1923 and serves as entertainment for legislators who lived in the capital city during session.
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Robert J. Lopresti
was presented the Black Orchid Novella Award by the Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and the Wolfe Pack during their annual gala for his story, “The Red Envelope,” which will appear in the July/August issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine.
Michael D. Johnston
was recently named to the board of directors of Rotaplast International. He has participated in 20 medical mission trips with the organization, which treats
children with cleft lips and palates who would otherwise not receive surgical intervention. He has operated on close to 2,500 children in China and other developing nations. Jonathan P. Streich
recently published a pictorial book entitled Fat Lighter: Our Southern Longleaf Heritage. The book is about one of North America’s most endangered forests: the longleaf pine ecosystem. Jonathan describes the unique characteristics of this forest and attempts to explain why it declined.
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The last three Juniata Trustee board chairs tailgated together at the Susquehanna vs. Juniata football game on Nov. 10, 2012 at Susquehanna. (l-r) Henry H. Gibbel ’57, Robert N. McDowell ’67, and David P. Andrews ’74.
Class of 1963 50th Reunion
(l-r) Row 1: Dave Kutch, Sally Yost Bailey, Hadijah Sylvia Vanada, Jean Fields Smith, Jeanne Bellian Nickol, Lynnea Knavel Detwiler (l-r) Row 2: Patricia Hill Gahagan, Millicent Young Gardner, Pat Stinson Judd, Karen Scherer Audet, Marie Zeller (l-r) Row 3: Judith Yeager Parfitt, Susan Norvig Townsend, Vicki Lanning Larimer, Lisa Porcella Steinwehr, Harry Knisely, Wayne Barnes, Pat Frazier, David Young, Janet Meadows Brumbaugh, Nancy Good Wenger, Rob Halbritter (l-r) Row 4: Larry Tumura, Jim Hunter, Karen Jones Piccione, Roz Matako Hurley, Vale Close Rebok, Liz Peterson Van Buren, Mary Wieand Nafpaktitis, George Klingman , Ann King Layman, Jeff Funk, Chris Harlow (l-r) Row 5: Sam Dean, Dean DeBell, Ruth Ann Buchman Day, Al Tavalsky, Tucker Maxwell, Bob Hueglin, Richard Perry, Bob Groff (l-r) Row :6 Lynn Mohler, Don Davis, Gene Baten, Tom Congersky, Barry Moore, Dave Oliver (l-r) Row :7 Bruce Harvey, Stan Butler, Rob Gardner, Tom Rupert, John Nowell, George Diffenbaucher, Ron Poruban, Bill Hershberger, Vince Valicenti, Ron Blanck
Elizabeth (Esh) Smith
is the co-owner of Gee Whiz Education, an education business offering an entirely digital curriculum for family child care providers. Their website is www.geewhizeducation.com. Robert E. Adamek
David A. Fulton
Stephen J. Koreivo
received an honorable mention at the New England Book Festival in Boston, Mass. for his book Tales from the Tailgate. Kevin F. Powers
was named to the Northern New Mexico College Board of Regents by New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez. He recently retired as director of RBC Capital Markets located in Albuquerque, N.M.
Douglas F. Klepfer
recently helped to develop a project with Rotary International to assist the victims of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in 2011. Doug chaired the Ardmore Rotary Japan Relief Fund. The monies raised were forwarded to the Rotary Club of Tokyo, which with the help of Rotary International and the local community, pledged and raised $255,000 to build a Rotary Child Care Home in Rikuzentakata City in northern Japan. Doug said that he still gets inspiration from his early Juniata years of learning peace through service which helps inspire him in many of these major projects in Rotary International.
and wife Julie Haines currently reside in rural Virginia where Dave works from home and from Washington, D.C. when he is not traveling overseas to run basic infrastructure development and rehabilitation projects. Jeffrey D. Miles
has been named the superintendent of the Bald Eagle Area School District. Previously, he served as the Huntingdon Area High School principal and assistant principal for the Lewistown Area School District. Andrew S. Nimick
is working in commercial development for Williams Ohio Valley Midstream in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Roger M. Spatz
has served as interim president of VF Corporation since July 2011. On Feb. 22, 2013, he was appointed President, Eagle Creek Travel Gear in Carlstad, Calif.
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was recognized as the Citizen of the Year for Dublin, Ohio for his volunteer service and community contribution. He and wife Sharon received the award at the 2013 Emerald Celebration on Feb. 23, 2013 in Dublin. Soraya (Morgan) Gutman
merged her company, Morgan Business Solutions, with Brand Launcher Inc. in Baltimore, Md., and has been named vice president.
Gregory A. Lomax
has joined the firm of Lauletta Birnbaum in Turnersville, N.J. He recently served as a partner with Duane Morris LLP and WolfBlock LLP.
David J. Bates
has been promoted to senior vice president of operations for Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. after 17 years of service. He has relocated to the corporate office in Thomasville, N.C. and resides in Greensboro, N.C.
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Francine J. Rosenberger
has joined Steben & Company Inc. in Rockville, Md., as general counsel. She is responsible for overseeing all legal and compliance matters for the firm. David G. Smith
has been appointed as first assistant district attorney of Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania.
Joel G. Ranck
is head of the communications and public affairs department for the International Potato Center in Lima, Peru. In December 2012, Joel and wife Gisell, and their son, Noah, moved to Peru.
John B. Bulger
is a new board member of The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority. He was appointed by Gov. Tom Corbett. John is the chief quality officer at Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pa. He received his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and his master’s degree in business administration from Penn State University. David B. Crissman
is a third-grade teacher at Willow Creek Elementary School in Fleetwood, Pa., and was highlighted in In Our Schools, a weekly newspaper feature spotlighting teachers in Berks County. Douglas W. Herr
recently published an article, “Why gearboxes fail and a solution to lower drivetrain costs,” in the September 2012 issue of Windpower Engineering and Development.
Shannon (Price) Bailey ’99 didn’t grow up playing chess, but she knows a thing or two about the game now. No, she’s not an ardent player; she sees the game as art. Shannon is the vice president of exhibitions and curatorial affairs at the World Chess Hall of Fame in St. Louis, Mo.
Photo: courtesy of Shannon (Price) Bailey ’99 (pictured with her husband Bradley, assistant professor of art history at St. Louis University)
Q: What path brought you to your current position? A: I started at Juniata as a history POE and then realized I wanted to teach. But
after taking Survey of Western Art, I got hooked on it and began focusing on Museum Studies. Prior to coming to the World Chess Hall of Fame I was working in development at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis. I wanted to get back to working with objects and joined the Hall of Fame staff at the inception of the project.
Q: Why was St. Louis chosen as the location? A: Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield, philanthropists and chess enthusiasts, moved to
the area and began a chess club for the purposes of education and competition. St. Louis hosted the U.S. Championship for years and gained national and international recognition as a hotbed for the game. The World Chess Hall of Fame, which began in 1986, was located in several cities and grew over the years until it closed its doors due to lack of funding. In stepped the Sinquefields who provided the seed funding to move it to our city. Today the Hall of Fame features the U.S. and World Halls of Fame, exhibitions and educational resources. The museum looks at the cultural connections of chess and serves to expand the way people think about chess and art. So many artists play chess and also use it in their art. There’s a natural connection.
Q: How does one become inducted? A: For the U.S. Hall of Fame, for example, the U.S. Chess Federation receives
nominations by players and supporters and we induct one to three people annually. I work with the inductees to create the floor displays, plaques and kiosks. All inductees donate something to add to the permanent collection, like a book, award or a playing board.
Q: What’s the most valuable piece in the collection? A: A chessboard and set that Bobby Fischer learned to play on. It’s coupled with a photograph of Bobby and Jack Collins, his instructor and world-renowned teacher, playing.
Q: Do you play now? A: Well, what I love about chess is the history of it—how it moved through
Europe—and that you don’t need a common language to play it and how the styles of the pieces have changed over the years. My husband wrote his dissertation on Marcel Duchamp who gave up his art career to pursue chess. So, we play from time to time, but he’s better than I am. I start out aggressively and fall apart at the end. Learn more at http://www.worldchesshof.org/. —Katie (Padamonsky) Dickey ’97, associate director of alumni relations 67
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Checkmate: Juniata Alumna’s Career Moves Pay Off
Hungry for Experience: Zookeeper Oversees Diets
John P. Thompson
has been named to the board of directors of the J.C. Blair Health System in Huntingdon, Pa.
Pamela (Naudascher) Goldman
has been elected to serve on the board of trustees of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association, a statewide osteopathic organization. Kevin H. Lindsey
is seeking the Republican nomination for treasurer of Mifflin County, Pa. He has been the small business owner of Lindsey’s Decorative Concrete for more than 15 years. Kevin will bring his commitment to community service and prior experience managing small businesses to the position.
James A. Rivello III
was selected by the NCAA wrestling committee to officiate the 2013 National Wrestling Championships hosted at the CrossPlex Complex in Birmingham, Ala. on March 8 and 9. Jeffrey D. Roberts
was promoted from associate attorney to member at Burns White LLC in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he is co-chair of the energy group.
Photo: courtesy of Joseph Proto ’11
Experiential learning has long been vital to a student’s career development. As many have learned, there are no guarantees, especially in today’s job market. But, Joseph Proto ’11 knows that a good internship can still be the difference in getting a job. Joe serves as zookeeper and diet coordinator for the Lehigh Valley Zoo near Allentown, Pa., and wouldn’t have it any other way.
Q: How did you end up at Lehigh Valley Zoo? A: At Juniata I first studied marine biology and then zoology. I spent a semester at the Raystown Field Station. I wanted to work with animals, but didn’t want to work in a lab. So, I looked for a program near home and found the internship at Lehigh Valley Zoo in summer 2010. I was hired as one of 15 interns and had a great experience. When I graduated from Juniata in December 2010, the timing was perfect because the zoo had an open position. They knew I had the skills and I was a good worker, so they hired me immediately.
Q: Have other Juniata students done internships there? A: Actually, two students interned here last summer and I enjoyed working with
them. Many of our interns come from Delaware Valley College, so it was fun to be able to talk with Justin Herr ’14 and Liz Bernardo ’12 about Juniata.
Q: What are your responsibilities as a zookeeper? A: We do a lot more than cleaning up. Some of it is husbandry, feeding, training,
assisting with medical procedures, and maintenance. As diet coordinator I design and maintain the diets for the 300 individual animals in our collection.
Q: What are your three favorite animals at the zoo? A: The African Black-footed Penguins are adorable. We have 10 in our colony
and it’s an endangered species. They’re very curious and I love to see the way they react to what’s happening around them. I also really like the gray fox and North American river otters.
Q: Do you have other endangered species? A: Mexican gray wolves, which were extinct in the United States until being reintroduced into the wild in the late ’90s. There are still only about 150 in the wild now. We also have a scimitar-horned oryx, which is from Northern Africa.
Q: Why should people visit the zoo? A: We have a lot to offer and it’s a great day trip for people in the Poconos area. Instead of being in a city, the zoo is adjacent to a game preserve and creek. It’s especially beautiful in the fall. Plus, parking is free.
—David Meadows ’98, director of alumni relations and parent programs 68
Getting the Picture: Alumna’s Art Goes Global
Brian C. Yoder
was honored as an “MVP in the Classroom” by the Arizona Cardinals and University of Phoenix. He was selected for his work as media teacher at Liberty High School in the Peoria (Arizona) Unified School District. As one of 24 educators from throughout the state of Arizona recognized during the 2012 season, Brian received an Arizona Cardinals jersey, four tickets to a regular season home game, four VIP sideline passes, and a $500 DonorsChoose.org gift card.
Alumna and photographer/artist Carrie Zeller ’00, from Laguna Beach, Calif., was featured on Japanese online magazine b.glenish for her unique artwork which infuses the captivating glow of glass into the natural beauty of her landscape and animal photographs in southern California.
1998 Photo: courtesy of Carrie Zeller ’00
Q: You were approached about being the subject of a video by b.glenish while showing your artwork at Sawdust Arts Festival in Laguna Beach. What was your reaction?
A: I was surprised, but I knew it would be a great promotional opportunity,
so I was happy to be a part of it. It resulted in many seeing my artwork and becoming interested.
Q: Were they attracted by your artwork? A: One of the interviewer’s friends purchased a piece of my art. I attach colored
glass to my photographs, creating pieces that are intriguing and truly unique. So, they were attracted by my artwork and by my artist’s lifestyle.
Q: Tell me about the video process. A: The crew was very professional. We met twice before the shoot, once for a trial interview and review of questions that would be asked and then again to go over the locations, timing, wardrobe and other details. Seven crew members were a part of the actual shoot, which took an entire day. We took video in a gallery, in a canyon, at the beach and in town. There were two videographers and a still photographer.
Q: Were you able to give approval on the edited piece before it was published?
A: They didn’t ask for my approval, but I was happy with the finished piece. They did buy five pieces of my artwork, so that was a great outcome too.
Q: What about your Juniata experience prepared you for your entrepreneurial endeavor as an artist?
A: When I visited, I fell in love with campus and decided to attend as the fifth-
generation Juniatian in my family. For me, coming from southern California and a large high school, everything was so different, more scheduled, more regimented. But everyone there wanted me to succeed. It gave me the freedom to take risks. It gave me more focus. Succeeding at Juniata convinced me I could succeed as an entrepreneur, as an artist, as a contributor in life. I felt my Juniata experience was about me personally. I realize every Juniata student probably feels that same way. See Carrie’s video: http://bglenish.com/abeauty/26108.html View her art: http://zellerartwork.blogspot.com View her photography: http://zellerphotography.com —Linda Carpenter, executive director of constituent relations
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Shawn E. Fabian
has been hired as the Appalachian Basin technical lead for unconventional gas exploration for ARCADIS US Inc. in Seven Fields, Pa. He is in charge of business development within the basin for upstream services.
Nicole (Dirato) and Brian T. Engard
are freelance writers and returned to Juniata on Feb. 22, 2013 to educate students about the professional writing job market. Also, Nicole recently published a book titled The Accidental Systems Librarian, describing the management and use of computers in libraries.
Eric W. Orlowsky
completed his internal medicine residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in June 2011. He is currently completing a rheumatology fellowship at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C.
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graduated from Auburn University with a doctorate in ecology and evolutionary biology in August 2012. She is currently working at Harvard University as a postdoctoral fellow in the human evolutionary biology department.
Michael J. Holtje
received his law degree and doctorate in psychology from the University of Nebraska. In 2008, he accepted a presidential management fellowship with the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Intelligence and Research. He has served as an operations specialist responsible for Intelligence Community Policy, Intelligence Operations, and Foreign Intelligence Partnerships including rotations with the department’s Office of the Legal Adviser, Director of National Intelligence, and Office of Foreign and Military Partnerships. In addition, he has received an LL.M. in U.S. Foreign Relations and National Security Law from the George Washington University Law School. Recently, Michael accepted a Robert Bosch Fellowship in Germany, where he will be working on European and trans-Atlantic partnerships.
Benjamin J. Beas
graduated from Oklahoma State University with a doctorate in zoology in December 2011. During one of his field seasons, he hired a recent Juniata graduate to assist him with his field work in Nebraska. Upon graduation, Benjamin was a full-time lecturer at Oklahoma State University. Currently, he is a wetland plant ecologist at the Illinois Natural History Survey at the University of Illinois.
Members of the class of 2009 had a mini-reunion while attending the Washington, D.C. Farewell Dinner for President Kepple on Feb. 22, 2013. They had a great time connecting with alumni, celebrating Tom Kepple’s legacy, and having the opportunity to meet incoming president, Jim Troha, and wife Jennifer. (l-r) Aaron K. Rhodes ’09, Brittany B. Moyer ’09, Kimberly (O’Connor) Rhodes ’09, Gina M. Piccolini ’09, and Evan T. Heisman ’09.
Rebecca L. Hubsher
is the marketing manager for affiliates at LendingTree in San Francisco, Calif.
Justin L. Fritzius
works as a community association manager at Select Community Services, a company that provides management and developer services to Northern Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Maryland. Justin is also a volunteer track and field and cross country coach at Woodgrove High School in Purcellville, Va. Jay J. Trovato
is currently earning his master’s degree in Spanish at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he also is a teaching fellow. In August 2013, Jay will return to his teaching position at a public school in Hagerstown, Md.
Celina (Isenberg) Seftas
received the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful President’s award for her work as coordinator of Keep Huntingdon County Beautiful.
Be sure to mark your calendar for your 5th Reunion Celebration at Homecoming & Family Weekend—October 25-27, 2013. Please contact the alumni office if you would like to volunteer and serve on your reunion committee. (1-877-JUNIATA; firstname.lastname@example.org). Shannah R. Boring
has been promoted to senior accountant at SF & Company in State College, Pa. She specializes in the audit area of employee benefit plans.
John E. Lash
has been nominated and chosen as a finalist for the 2013 Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce HYPE Awards. This “Go Getter” award acknowledges young professionals who have distinguished themselves and exceeded their goals in their companies. John is a manager at Cowheard, Singer & Company focusing on forensic accounting and dispute services.
Sean A. Oswald
has joined the Huntingdon Area High School as a chemistry teacher. Andrew S. Waplinger
Arianne V. Waddington
now works as a technology director at Williamsburg Area High School in Williamsburg, Pa.
Joel R. Frehn
is working on attaining his doctoral degree from the University of North Carolina. He received the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and is president of the Association of Chemistry Graduate Students.
received distinction on her master’s degree thesis “How Long is Too Long? How the Length of Presidential Campaigns has a Negative Impact on Voter Engagement” from Georgetown University in May 2012.
Joshua E. Beaver
Erica (Kross) Hill
is pursuing her master’s degree in public administration at Penn State University-Harrisburg. Bethany M. Kozak
has a new job as a guidance counselor at Tussey Mountain Junior High School in Saxton, Pa. Heather L. Lecrone
has a new job as audit support clerk at Connolly Inc. in Conshohocken, Pa. Nisha S. Pulimood
was a contributing author of the publication, “Pathological Activity in Mediodorsal Thalamus of Rats with Spinal Cord Injury Pain” in the Journal of Neuroscience.
Shelby E. Hodgkins
Blake A. Colaianne
along with Danielle (Rupp) Gladfelter ’87 and Whitney K. Ortman-Link ’01 wore their Juniata T-shirts at Dallastown Area High School’s “wear your college shirt” day. Although they all graduated within a span of 24 years, they all had Norman Siems as a physics professor. Hannah L. Monroe
is working on a Brethren Volunteer Service assignment with L’Arche Belfast in Belfast, Northern Ireland. L’Arche is a global community that provides living and working environments for developmentally disabled adults.
has won the 2013 Student Keystone Press Awards contest. He placed second in the four-year colleges and university review category. Joel is a graduate student at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa. pursuing a master’s degree in English. Mary L. Howser
and fellow Juniatians Megan A. McQuillan ’11, Evan T. Heisman ’09, and Danielle L. Brooks ’12 met in Annapolis, Md. in December 2012 to participate in a Santa swimsuit run to benefit Toys for Tots.
is co-founder of Strahlen, the first LED light company to produce high-quality, highoutput lights geared specifically towards independent filmmakers and small production houses. Strahlen lights are designed to be durable, long-lasting and cost effective. You can read “The Strahlen Story” at strahlenlights.com. Ann M. Ziegler
has recently undertaken a Brethren Volunteer Service assignment with Emanuel Children’s Home in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. The home cares for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of abused, disadvantaged, and homeless children ranging from infant to 18 years of age.
Suzanne A. Lindquist
will be pursuing her master’s degree in science for strategic public relations in September 2013 at a joint degree program with Lund University in Sweden and the University of Stirling in Scotland.
Recruit a Student Olivia Millunzi ’16 (Frederick, Md.) just completed her freshman year. Thanks to Tim ’72 and Kathy (Stavru) ’72 Statton and the GOLD Card Alumni Scholarship program, her tuition is $1,000 less. And will continue to be discounted for the next three years. Maybe you know a great high school student or maybe, like the Stattons, you know her parents. Either way, you can make a difference by submitting a GOLD Card and helping to recruit a student. Learn more at www.juniata.edu/alumnischolarship.
“I never met the Stattons, but I hope to someday. They know my parents, and when they heard I was looking at Juniata, they submitted a GOLD Card. They thought that if I’m anything like my parents, I’d be
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As Juniata welcom es President Jam es A. Troha, we want to introd uce him to as man y alumni, parents and friends as possible. In addi tion to events on campus during Alumni Wee kend and Homecoming and Family Weekend, we’re hitting the road to meet yo u where you are. Jo in us! August 4 – Stevensv ille, Md. (Kent Islan d) August 10 – Blue Be ll, Pa. August 24 – Hollida ysburg, Pa.
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Events are also be ing scheduled in Bl air County, Pa.; Centre County , Pa.; New York City ; Boston; Denver; Los Ange les; San Francisco; Chicago; Chambersburg, Pa .; Lancaster, Pa.; an d Florida. As details become available, you’ll fin d them at www.juniata.edu/ welcometour.
Marriages Roxann L. Binner ’84
and Jon Yon were united in marriage on Oct. 13, 2012 at the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum. Erin L. Bode ’99
and David Hodgson were united in marriage on July 14, 2012 at Sweet Arrow Lake Park in Pine Grove, Pa. Juniata alumni in attendance were Abigail L. Meade ’98, Wyatt J. Bode ’97, and Zachary A. Huber ’99. The couple currently resides in Tempe, Ariz. Kevin A. Lightner ’01
and Kathy VanVoorhis were united in marriage on Aug. 25, 2012. Juniata alumni in attendance were (l-r) Michael G. Acker ’01, Kevin A. Lightner ’01, Brent A. Lighter ’00, Lucas M. DeJohn ’01, Kara (Piazza) DeJohn ’01, and Alan L. Lingenfelter ’71. Kathleen S. Trainor ’05
and Jason Burns were united in marriage on July 21, 2012 in King of Prussia, Pa. Juniata alumni in attendance were Erinn M. Soule ’02, Gwen R. Nelmes ’04, Wynn A. Hansen ’04, Amy E. Fletcher ’05, and Piere S. Ondrasik ’05. Both are employed as high school history teachers for the Howard County Public School System in Ellicott City, Md. They climbed Mt. Rainier before honeymooning in the Caribbean. Laura L. Gearhart ’06
and Jeff McKelvey were united in marriage on Aug. 4, 2012. Athena M. Gibble ’06
and Clement Cospito were united in marriage on Sept. 1, 2012 at Codorus Church of the Brethren in Dallastown, Pa. *Courtney L. Jones ’06 and Richard A. McLellan ’05
were united in marriage on June 15, 2012. Courtney is a third-year pediatric resident physician at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital in Loma Linda, Calif. Richard is a financial analyst in Irvine, Calif.
*Correction to the wedding announcement in the 2013 Fall-Winter Juniata magazine.
Mandi L. Yeager ’08
and Brennan Bell were united in marriage on July 2, 2011 at Curwensville United Methodist Church in Curwensville, Pa. They now live and teach in DuBois, Pa. Mandi is also earning her master’s degree in English literature at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Juniata alumni in attendance were (row 1, l-r) Mandi L. Yeager ’08 and Brennan Bell (row 2, l-r) Winton DeShong, Skye A. Hatton-Hopkins ’09, Tricia M. Bitetto ’08, Kellyn R. Miller ’08, Leigh Ann Sassaman ’08, Daniel J. Wendekier ’08, Nuara Siddique ’08, Joshua W. Beckel ’09, Meghan A. Chapuran ’08, and Joseph D. Houck ’08. Katie R. Huet ’09 and Steven M. Crow ’09
were married on July 21, 2012 at Green Gables in Jennerstown, Pa. Juniata alumni in attendance were (l-r) Natalie M. Boyce ’09, Adam R. Bell ’09, Pamela (Mansell) Grimminger ’09, Joshua D. Roy ’09, Erin M. Smith ’09, Meghan E. Jones ’09, Katie (Huet) Crow ’09, Steven M. Crow ’09, Creg A. Drake ’09, Sheena M. Zolla ’11, Timothy M. Auman ’09, Kristine N. Brown ’09, Felica M. Kaas ’09, Natalie K. Machamer ’09, Joshua E. Beaver ’09, Eric W. Huet ’13, Colleen M. Chiochetti ’13, and Bruce W. Allison ’71. Tiffany A. Zinobile ’11 and Cory M. Ammerman ’10
were united in marriage on Oct. 5, 2012. The couple resides in Harrisburg, Pa. Chelsea M. Homes ’12 and Andrew R. Ickes ’12
were married on July 22, 2012. The couple resides in Urbana, Ill. Juniata alumni and staff in attendance were: Talia C. Valencia ’12, Caitlyn E. Bowman ’12, Kaitlyn E. Shultz ’12, Michael A. Tolino ’08, Lindsey (Mellott) Tolino ’09, Megan N. Hall ’12, Sharon (Simpson) Yohn ’99, Charles E. Yohn ’83, Peter Baran, Mary L. Howser ’12, Ann M. Ziegler ’12, Nathan R. Miller ’11, Jonathan A. Bryson ’12, Lindsay Monihen, Jesse R. Northridge ’11, Keith G. Hilferding ’12, Lauren L. Taylor ’13, Katerina M. Korch ’12, Sarah E. Border ’11, Matthew C. Vesper ’10, Danielle R. Fantozzi ’12, Katelyn R. Houston ’12, and Cameron L. Stevens ’13.
Spanning the Globe: Juniatian Travels Well
Sarah (Blanchard) Dyer ’99
and husband Eric are proud to announce the birth of their son, Warren, on April 19, 2012. William J. Adair ’00
Births Leonardo I. Vicente III ’84
and wife Genice are proud to announce the birth of twins, Savannah Lynn and Genice Marie, on Nov. 10, 2012. Savannah weighed 7.58 lbs. and Genice weighed 6.18 lbs. Allison (Klein) Taylor ’95
and husband Robert are proud to announce the birth of their son, Cash Faro, on Oct. 20, 2012. He weighed 7 lbs. 1 oz. and was 19 inches long. Kathleen (Padamonsky) Dickey ’97
and husband Will are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Cora Kateri, on Dec. 30, 2012. She weighed 7 lbs. 8 ozs. and was 20.5 inches long. She was welcomed home by big sister, Rowan, 2.
and wife Charity are proud to announce the birth of their son, Luke William, on Feb. 4, 2013. He weighed 8 lbs. 13.8 ozs. and was 20 inches long. He was welcomed home by big sisters Gracie and Katelynn. Erin (Frazier) Anderson ’00
and husband Taniel are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Isabel Patricia, on Dec. 14, 2012. She weighed 7 lbs. 1 oz. and was 20 3/4 inches long. Isabel was welcomed home by big sister Eliza, 3. Bridget (O’Brien) ’00 and David J. Decker ’00
are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Evelyn Maeve, on April 1, 2013. She weighed 6 lbs. and was 20 inches long. James E. Kabrhel ’00
and wife Amy are proud to announce the birth of their son, Joshua Joseph, on Dec. 12, 2012. He weighed 8 lbs. 3 ozs. and was 21 inches long. Sara (Davis) Bowen ’01
and husband Michael are proud to announce the birth of their son, Joel Evan, on Sept. 19, 2012. He weighed 7 lbs. 2 ozs. and was 19 3/4 inches long.
Photo: courtesy of Mindy Ward ’01
The journey of Mindy Ward ’01 from Juniata to South Korea has had a few twists and turns. She caught the travel bug after studying abroad her junior year in Barcelona, Spain. Since that time, she has traveled extensively in Europe, India and Asia to 25 countries. Follow Mindy’s travels at her blog, mindyinthecity.weebly.com.
Q: Tell me about the path you’ve taken since graduating from Juniata.
A: After graduating, I moved to Japan where I taught English at a
public high school for two years. When I returned to the United States, I took some time to decide what career path I wanted to pursue and eventually set my sights on a master’s degree in anthropology. After completing my thesis research, it struck me that I was no longer committed to living in a specific locale and could write the thesis anywhere. I decided to take advantage of this freedom and move abroad. I accepted a job teaching at a boys’ middle/high school in Mungyeong, South Korea.
Q: Do you have a favorite place out of all of your travels?
A: I have two favorite places, the first being Barcelona, Spain. I
absolutely loved the city and culture. My other favorite place is Siem Reap, Cambodia. I became enamored when I first visited in 2009 and grew to love it even more when I returned this past January. I’m not sure if it’s the ornate ruins of Angkor Wat, the constant sunny skies or the warmth of the people but I’ll always have a fondness for Cambodia.
Q: What’s the most interesting travel story you have? A: It’s difficult to choose one, but one experience in the forefront of
my mind is when I traveled to rural India for a friend’s wedding. Though the people in Palamaner had little, I found myself graciously welcomed by my friend’s family and neighbors. Three neighborhood girls adopted me and came by to chat with me almost daily. On my last day in Palamaner, one of the girls really wanted to give me a present but she had so little, she gave me her hair clips. I keep them in a jewelry box and as a reminder of how warm everyone was to me.
Q: Do you fear for South Korea’s future? A: I’m not too worried about South Korea’s future in regards to
North Korea. I take my cue from my co-workers and other Koreans and they don’t seem all that concerned about Kim Jong Eun and his threats. Korea has mandatory military service for all able-bodied men so they have a large armed force in addition to the nearly 30,000 U.S. troops stationed on the peninsula. —Christina (Garman) Miller ’01, assistant director of alumni relations
Coach, Player Bond for Life “Coach finished by telling us that although the season was over after tomorrow’s Photos: courtesy of Paul “Pete” Emrick ’61 game, we would always be a team.” Five decades later, Juniata alumnus Paul “Pete” Emrick ’61 teamed up with Tom Dean (above right), former football head coach at William Penn High School and East Orange High School, to write On Coaching Football: A Resource Guide for Coaches. Football helped create this life long bond between player and coach that made them friends forever.
Q: What made you interested in writing with Coach Dean? A: Tom Dean always wanted to write a book about coaching football. I think that passion for the subject matter is the foundation on which any book is built. For me, football was a lifelong interest, even though I didn’t make a living as a coach. I followed the game, even took notes about games that were important to me. Without that burning passion for the game, I don’t think I could have, or would have, been interested in collaborating with Tom in writing the book.
Q: What prepared you for writing this book? A: In the field of government relations, we would often write articles for the newspaper. Writing was a big part of my career for over 35 years.
Q: Who is the book intended for? A: Head coaches and their staffs, particularly staff members who aspire to head coaching positions—including graduating college seniors.
Q: Who did you give the first copies of your book to? A: My children.
Brenda (Storm) Jones ’02
and husband Bradley are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Addison Louise, on Jan. 23, 2013. She weighed 8 lbs. 6 ozs. and was 20 inches long. Addison was welcomed home by big brother Benjamin, 3. Justin K. Reiter ’02
and wife Holly are proud to announce the birth of their son, Tatum Justin, on Dec. 4, 2012. He weighed 8 lbs. 1 oz. and was 19 inches long. Lisa (Burke) Zanes ’02
and husband Frank are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Bridget Monica, on Aug. 30, 2012. Lisa graduated from Boston University in May 2012 with a master’s degree in computer information systems, with a focus on database management and business intelligence.
Q: What was the most difficult task working with
Elizabeth (Skinner) ’03 and Matthew C. Meyer ’03
A: It would have to be the formatting since we had play diagrams. What
are proud to announce the birth of their identical twin boys, Joshua Alexander and Nicholas Bronson, on Aug. 11, 2012. Joshua weighed 4 lbs. 8 ozs. and Nicholas weighed 3 lbs. 15 ozs.
I sent wasn’t compatible with what they could handle, particularly with the charts. Before you send a manuscript, you should send a test to make sure the publisher can handle the format. This will save a lot of rewriting and editing time.
Q: What advice would you give to a current student interested in collaborating with another to write a book?
Jesse A. Wolfgang ’03
A: Write a short description of the idea for your book, why there is a
and wife Heather are proud to announce the birth of their son, Patrick Tau. He weighed 6 lbs. 14 ozs. and was 18 inches long.
Q: What about your Juniata experience prepared you for
Gretchen R. Stull ’04
market for the book and who is going to be in that market. Ask yourself the question, why would it be superior to other books already written?
A: Football was a co-curricular experience. A student athlete uses
similar skills in art, science, and football. In football meetings we would take notes just as we would in the classroom. I credit Juniata’s philosophy to helping me achieve my accomplishments. It was a requirement by sophomore year to finish English competence. We had a separate advisor who marked each paper for all our classes on clarity, organization, and style.
Danielle (Swanger) Taylor ’04
and husband Christopher are proud to announce the birth of their second child, Ryan Christopher, on Oct. 1, 2012. He weighed 9 lbs. 3.5 ozs. and was 21.5 inches long. Big sister Anna, 4, welcomed him home. Christopher C. Kochel ’06
and wife Lauren are proud to announce the birth of their son, Lucien Andrew, on Jan. 16, 2013. He weighed 6 lbs. 9 ozs. and was 19 inches long. Lindsey (Snyder) Swearman ’06
and husband Michael are proud to announce the birth of their son, Zachary Edmund, on Nov. 3, 2012. He weighed 8 lbs. 13 ozs. and was 21 inches long. Magda (Sarnowska) ’07 and Peter J. Patitsas ’07
are proud to announce the birth of their son, Christos, on Oct. 14, 2012.
and husband Nicholas are proud to announce the birth of their son, Nolan Granger, on May 3, 2012.
coaches associations, media outlets, clinics and coaches meetings. We’ve already starting talking about collaborating on writing a sequel specifically on the quarterback position. On Coaching Football can be found on universal-publishers.com or amazon.com Kristin Noetzel ’11, assistant director of leadership giving
Q: What’s next? A: Now we are marketing our book reaching out to our constituents:
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While traveling on the Celebrity Summit cruise ship in the eastern Caribbean with family, including Matthew M. Henry ’04 and wife Breanna (Daum) Henry ’05 and my fiance Angela N. Smith ’09, we ran into Sandra (Gehman) ’10 and David M. Sollenberger ’10 at a wine tasting event. Angela and I also ran into another Juniata grad from the class of ’74, but were not able to exchange information or get a photo. That makes at least seven Juniatians on board. Included in photo (l-r) David M. Sollenberger ’10, Sandra (Gehman) Sollenberger ’10, Angela N. Smith ’09, Andrew M. Henry ’07, Matthew M. Henry ’04, and Breanna (Daum) Henry ’05. —Andrew M. Henry ’07
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Obituaries Larue H. Hitchens ’36
November 7, 2012—She earned her master’s degree in education from the University of Maryland. She taught school for 43 years in both Pennsylvania and Maryland before her retirement in 1979. Larue was a member of Williamsport United Methodist Church in Williamsport, Md. She also was a member of the Maryland Retired Teachers Association and the Washington County Retired Teachers Association. She was an auxiliary volunteer at the Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown, Md. Charlotte (Mattern) Sponeybarger ’39
January 6, 2013—Charlotte was a teacher for the Huntingdon Area School district and the Altoona Area School District. She was a member of the Providence Presbyterian Church in Altoona, Pa. Willis A. Cruse ’40
June 23, 2011
January 26, 2013—Josephine earned a master’s degree in education from Penn State University. She began her career as a teacher in a one-room school house in central Pennsylvania. Later she was employed at Girard College in Philadelphia, Pa. She worked in the Bucks Country School District in Doylestown for 27 years. Josephine loved to travel and was a skilled painter. She is survived by two daughters and two grandchildren. Dorothy (Albright) Cupper ’41
December 30, 2012—Dottie was preceded in death by husband, Robert A. Cupper ’40, sister, Irene (Albright) Highhouse ’37, and son, Robert D. Cupper ’64. She is survived by three children, including Mary Lou Beers ’84, and seven grandchildren, including Marina (Cupper) Parker ’87. Esther (McConahy) Hershey ’43
January 7, 2013—Esther retired as title administrator for the Pennsylvania Auto Dealers Exchange of Strinestown, Pa. Prior to that, she was a chemist for the York Corporation, which is now known as Johnson Controls. In addition to being the first woman to receive the Pioneer Award from the National Auto Auction Association, she served the Juniata College Alumni Association in the York area. Esther is preceded in death by husband Jacob. She is survived by three sons, including Jacob E. Hershey ’69, four grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. Lila (Asper) Bridenbaugh ’44
February 25, 2013—Lila was a former schoolteacher and assisted her husband in working for their business, Marcove Farm and Landscaping near Martinsburg, Pa. In addition, Lila was a former leader of the Millerstown 4-H Club. She served as a
deaconess at the Memorial Church of the Brethren where she was also a children’s Sunday school teacher. She is survived by husband, George H. Bridenbaugh ’47, three children including son George A. Bridenbaugh ’71, four grandchildren including Alina (Bridenbaugh) Henninger ’92, and a great-grandson. Daniel L. Bowser, Jr. ’46
November 27, 2012—Daniel was ordained as a pastor on June 25, 1941. In 1951, he graduated from Bethany Theological Seminary in Chicago, Ill. He was a member of Clover Creek Church of the Brethren and had served as a minister for the Church of the Brethren for his entire adult life. He enjoyed history, gardening, and spending time with his family. Daniel is preceded in death by his wife, Lola (Kensinger) Bowser ’44. He is survived by three children, Thomas L. Bowser ’68, JuliAnne (Bowser) Sloughfy ’71, and John William Bowser ’79, brother Harold L. Bowser ’52, and two grandchildren. Frederick R. Neikirk ’47
February 16, 2013—Frederick retired from DuPont Financial Services in 1984 after 37 years of service. He served as the treasurer of various churches and organizations and supported missionary efforts all over the world. He participated in the band celebrating the 150th anniversary of DuPont in 1952, and was a member of local quartets and choirs. Frederick enjoyed reading and railroading. He was preceded in death by former wife Jean (Saulsbury) Neikirk ’47. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne, brother, Gerald R. Neikirk ’55, sisters Mary (Neikirk) Melmeck ’54 and Janet (Neikirk) Welch ’52, four children, 10 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Richard D. Hoover ’48
December 10, 2012—Richard served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After graduating from Moody Bible Institute in 1951, he became pastor for the Grace Baptist Church in Niagara Falls, N.Y. He also taught at the Buffalo Bible Institute in 1952. He later worked as a self-employed computer programming consultant. He was a member of Faith Bible Church in York, Pa., Boston West Camp, and the York Northeast Camp of Gideons International. He is survived by his wife, Lois.
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Louise (McWherter) Swartz ’49
January 21, 2012—Louise graduated from the Moody Bible Institute in 1945. After 20 years of teaching primary special education in the Derry Area School District, she retired in 1982. She was a member of the retired teachers association and a long-time member of Derry Presbyterian Church. Louise was preceded in death by husband, Jack R. Swartz ’52. James E. Utts ’49
December 29, 2012—James is survived by brother, Harold L. Utts ’42, three sons, and five grandchildren. Forest M. Wilson, Jr. ’49
December 23, 2012—Forest served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He operated Wilson Service Station and was a retired employee of Firestone Tire. He was a member of F&AM Masonic Lodge 538. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mildred (Grimes) Wilson ’47, three sons, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. John M. Buterbaugh ’50
December 4, 2011—John served in the U.S. Navy. He was a former claims adjustor for Harleysville Insurance Company in Harleysville, Pa. He also was vice president of sales for the Celina Group Insurance in Celina, Ohio. John retired from Shelby Insurance Company in Shelby, Ohio. He was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Joy, three children, seven grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. Michael Dzvonar ’50
January 24, 2013—Mike served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was inducted into the Juniata Sports Hall of Fame in 1996 for his achievements in baseball and football. He was a school teacher and football and baseball coach for the Aliquippa School District in Aliquippa, Pa. Vincent D. R. Guide ’51
Vincent was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Clemson, where he served as a Sunday school teacher, church treasurer and assistant treasurer and a member of the men’s prayer group. Vincent is survived by a son, daughter, and grandchildren. Eleanor (Seese) Kaufman ’51
November 23, 2012—Eleanor was an active member of the Midland Church of the Brethren, Church Women United, and the Midland Nature Club. She enjoyed nature, basket weaving, and cooking. Eleanor is survived by two daughters, a son, and four grandchildren. Barbara S. McClure ’51
April 1, 2010 Lloyd H. Newlin ’53
March 5, 2011 Anna K. Winger ’53
February 18, 2013—Anna went to Drexel Institute of Technology in Philadelphia, Pa. where she received a master’s degree in Library Science. She began her professional career at the library of James Buchanan Jr.-Sr. High School in Mercersburg, Pa. From there, she came back to work at the Juniata’s Beeghly Library as assistant librarian. Her hobbies included traveling, knitting, decorative painting, and reading.
Nell (Shoop) Estep ’54
February 15, 2013—Nell was a teacher in the Mount Union Area School District, Mount Union, Pa., and also in the Montgomery Township School District in Skillman, N.J. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, traveling with her husband, reading and doing crossword puzzles. She was preceded in death by daughter Jody L. Romecki ’00. She is survived by husband Harold S. Estep, Jr. ’54, her children, Jennifer Corbin, Jeffrey Jaymes, stepchildren, Susan Zaludek, Michael Estep, Jim Estep, five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, nine step-grandchildren, and nine step-greatgrandchildren. Nancy (Freed) Saunders ’56
February 10, 2013—Nancy spent a large portion of her life teaching at Shepherd of the Coast Lutheran School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Anna (Reid) Bock ’54
December 21, 2012—Anna taught home economics at Fannett-Metal High School in Willow Hill, Pa.. She later taught Textile Fabrication at Franklin County Vo-Tech School for 18 years. Anna is survived by two sons and six grandchildren.
November 16, 2009—Vincent served in the U. S. Army for 24 years as a Special Forces officer during the Vietnam War and the Korean War. After retiring from the U. S. Army in 1970, he worked for Riegel Textiles, in Ware Shoals, S.C., as a comptroller. In addition, he taught accounting and finance at Clemson University for more than 20 years.
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Klare S. Sunderland ’56
January 6, 2013—Klare was a natural entrepreneur who worked for many years buying and selling automobile dealerships. He was currently the owner of six automobile dealerships. Klare was heavily involved with Juniata College. He was a member of the Juniata College Board since 1970 and served as chair of the Board of Trustees at Juniata from 1991 to 1996. A dormitory named Sunderland Hall was dedicated in his honor in 1998. He enjoyed hunting as well as spending time with his family and friends. Klare is survived by two daughters, his son Daniel K. Sunderland ’88, ten grandchildren, two great-granddaughters. James J. Corrigan, Jr. ’57
December 19, 2012—James graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1961. In 1966, he accepted a position at Emory University School of Medicine. He became one of the original faculty members in the pediatrics department at the University of Arizona Health Sciences
Center. In 1990, he accepted the position of vice dean for academic affairs at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, La. There, he served in different capacities including dean of the Tulane Medical School and vice president of Tulane Health Sciences Center. Among his many awards, he received the Juniata Alumni Achievement Award. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn (Long) Corrigan ’58, two children, and five grandchildren. Shirley (Dixon) DeMet ’57
February 26, 2013—Shirley began her career at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center and later moved to Wisconsin where she worked at area hospitals as a blood bank supervisor. She was most recently employed in Salt Lake City, Utah at the University of Utah hospital where she worked in transfusion services. Shirley was a member of Risen Life Church and loved to travel, and spend time with her family and friends. She is survived by her husband, Jim, 12 children, 31 grandchildren, and 33 great-grandchildren. Robert Gombos ’57
December 17, 2012—Robert was employed by Standard Steel in Burnham, Pa. for more than 20 years and later worked as a realtor. He attended Juniata on a basketball scholarship and later refereed basketball games at the Lewistown Country Club for more than 25 years. He was a volunteer for the American Cancer Society and March of Dimes. Robert is survived by wife Harriet, four daughters, grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.
John R. Moore ’58
October 18, 2012—John attended William and Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Va., while he worked as a park ranger at Yorktown Battlefield, part of Colonial National Historical Park. After being admitted to the Virginia Bar Association in 1961, practiced in Bedford, Va. In 1964, he opened his own law practice in Selinsgrove, Pa. During his 50-year legal career, John served as district attorney of Snyder County and was solicitor of the Midd-West School District as well as other various townships, boroughs and municipal authorities. John was preceded in death by wife Sandra (Ewing) Moore ’58. He is survived by four children, and nine grandchildren. Louise F. Hively ’60
November 28, 2012—Louise taught Spanish in the Abington School District for 30 years. She wrote Spanish workbooks that were used to supplement textbooks. She was a member of DAR, the Huguenot Society, and the First Presbyterian Church of Peoria, Ariz. In her retirement, Louise enjoyed making children’s clothing for El Centro Adelande in Surprise, Ariz. and traveling on cruise ships. Louise is survived by sister Joan (Hively) Ochel ’63. Galen (Wayne) McCreary ’60
December 18, 2012—Galen was a graduate of Penn State University as well as a graduate and instructor at Burlington County Fire Academy. In addition, he taught at Lyons Tech, Pennco Tech, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Institute. He was a retired Vietnam veteran, major in the U.S. Air Force, and meteorologist. He was a member of the Jacobstown Volunteer Fire Company, a Mason for 41 years, and a member of the Scottish Rite and Shriners and Knight Templar. Galen is survived by son David and one grandson. Sharlet (Snyder) Baker ’61
February 26, 2013—Sharlet retired after 25 years of service as a teacher for the Bedford Area School District. She was a member of the Juniata Touring and Alumni Choir, the UFSS, the Eastern Star, and the Bedford Presbyterian Church, where she was a deacon and sang in the choir. Sharlet enjoyed helping the underprivileged while working at the Bedford Food Pantry and Love Inc. In addition, she enjoyed knitting, crocheting, gardening, cooking, baking, and spending time with her grandchildren. She is survived by husband Gary, brother Richard V. Snyder ’67, two sons, and three grandchildren.
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Gail (Lincoln) Lear ’63
July 28, 2010—Gail was a creative and talented artist. She is survived by husband Jim, a son, daughter, and two grandchildren. Barbara (Kepner) Berardinelli ’62
January 10, 2013—Barbara is a graduate of the University of Indiana. In 1999, she retired as a chemistry teacher from the Altoona Area School District after 10 years of service. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. In addition, she belonged to the Blair County Retired Teachers Organization and the Blair County Medical Society Auxiliary. Barbara enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening, hiking, camping, cooking, reading, and spending time with family and friends. She is survived by husband John L. Berardinelli ’62, three children including James F. Berardinelli ’90, and a grandson. Wayne J. Beeghly ’63
January 4, 2013—Wayne was self-employed with various properties and rentals in Somerset, Pa. He was a member of the Somerset Church of the Brethren. He is survived by two children, and four grandchildren. Barbara (Wesner) Buberl ’63
May 4, 2011—Barbara is survived by her husband, Bernard, six children, and seven grandchildren. Robert D. Cupper ’64
January 3, 2013—Robert received his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh in 1974. He taught economics and computer science at Allegheny College beginning in 1977. He was active in designing computer science curriculum for liberal arts colleges and wrote two handbooks on the subject. He served on the board of directors for the Association for Computer Machinery. He received the Julian Ross Award for excellence in teaching in 2007 from Allegheny College. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Meadville, Pa. Robert was an amateur radio operator and held the highest class of amateur radio license. He is survived by his wife of 48 years Sandra (Lovejoy) Cupper ’66, daughter Marina (Cupper) Parker ’87, three siblings including Mary Lou Beers ’84, and two grandchildren.
Barbara (Bridges) Bell ’66
January 11, 2013—Barbara retired as supervisor of the chemistry and hematology department of Harrisburg Hospital after 30 years of service in 1999. She enjoyed her dogs, reading adventure and mystery novels, entertaining with family and friends, and participating in arts and crafts. Barbara is survived by husband John. Beverly (Krausman) Buckley ’68
May 17, 2012—Beverly had a distinguished career with the University of Arizona, Tucson Police, and taught algebra for Pima Community Collage. She was an artist and enjoyed using pencil, paint, and fabric as her mediums. She is survived by husband Lou Coraggio and daughter Kirsten Marzio. John W. Veals ’64
December 29, 2012—John earned his master’s degree at Fairleigh-Dickinson University and his doctoral degree from New York University. He worked as a research manager at Schering-Plough for many years. In addition, he was a member of the American Chemical Society. John loved science and traveling, and he owned several winning racehorses. He is survived by wife Kalina, a daughter, and three grandchildren. Diane (Fitch) Witmyer ’71
May 17, 2012—In addition to being an award-winning chef, Diane loved to travel, read and paint. She is survived by three children and two grandchildren.
John C. Brogan IV ’85
December 20, 2012—John worked as a banker for Central Fidelity. He served as an Elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Virginia Beach, a member of The Noblemen, Virginia Beach Chapter, and Triton for the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival. John enjoyed tennis so much that he established a USTA-sanctioned tennis tournament held by the Princess Anne Country Club and sponsored by Arby’s. John is survived by two daughters. James R. Kreeger ’87
October 8, 2012—James graduated from York College with a bachelor’s degree in biology. Later, he worked for Wyeth Industries and as a realtor for several years at Bernett Williams. In addition, he served as a major in the U.S. Army Reserves for more than 20 years. James enjoyed playing the guitar and saxophone as well as mountain biking. He is survived by wife Rachelle.
Debra (Spinney) Herlihy ’75
December 28, 2012—Debra was employed by Custom Building Products in Swedesboro, N.J. as a quality assurance technician. She enjoyed baking, cake decorating and her three cats. Debra was a member of Presbyterian Church of the Falling Spring.
Remembering Klare S. Sunderland I began my tenure as a member of the Juniata College Board of Trustees in the fall of 1993. I remember being both honored and terrified about serving as a Trustee. My terror was magnified by the fact that at the time, the Trustees were embroiled in heartfelt and frequently heated debates with students, faculty, staff, administrators, and, alumni over whether Juniata should change its mascot from the Indian to some other symbol. The selection of the proud “Eagle” as the mascot was one of a number of choices of symbols that the Trustees and the College community would need to consider but only after the question of the Juniata Indian was laid to rest. The issue of the mascot was compounded for Klare S. Sunderland who was then serving as Chair of the Board because Juniata had also just launched its first multimillion dollar capital campaign and a number of potential donors insisted that they would withhold their donations if Juniata’s Trustees changed the College’s mascot. The stress that Klare endured was etched deep into his eyes and across his brow. I watched him closely during these debates about mascots, money, students, and trustee protocol. After all, Klare was my first model of board leadership. I had the good fortune to serve as a Juniata Trustee with Klare for 20 years. I attended Klare’s funeral service earlier this year and I still do not know what Klare’s position was on the Indian as Juniata’s mascot. What I remember about Klare’s service as chair of the Board during this period is that he performed like a maestro, entertaining competing concepts with equal enthusiasm and with critical reserve. He welcomed the participation of all of the Trustees in the debates, even those of us newly appointed to the Board. Klare provided an opportunity for anyone, regardless of status or stature, to voice his or her position on a vision for Juniata. I am most proud to have been a Trustee during this time in Juniata’s history.
Klare Sunderland ’56
In the end, the Trustees voted to support the values of Juniata’s Brethren tradition and to uphold the dignity and diversity of mankind. The eagle was chosen as the College’s mascot and the campaign surpassed its $25 million goal. As chair, Klare had the burden of announcing the change in mascot to the Juniata community as well as the joy of presiding over the first successful major capital campaign in the College’s history. He handled each task with what I later came to recognize was his trademark, steady and serene professionalism. Since those early days as a new Trustee, I have held a number of leadership positions on Juniata’s board and gone on to chair a variety of other national governing boards. When I encounter the challenges of leadership, I remember to ask myself, “What would Klare do?” —Maurice C. Taylor ’72
Klare Sunderland ’56, Juniata Trustee from 1970 until his death and president of the Sun Motor Cars Automotive Group, died Jan. 6 at age 78. Sunderland’s lifelong commitment to Juniata was exceeded only by his dedication to the automotive sales business, which he began while attending Juniata. He worked his way through Juniata by selling cars at Sausman Chevrolet in Thompsontown, Pa. After graduation he went to work full time at Sausman Chevrolet in Steelton, Pa. Over time, he moved with the dealership to Lemoyne, Pa. and eventually bought the business, renaming it Sunderland Chevrolet. He founded Sun Investments as an equity investments firm specializing automotive dealerships and other businesses, real estate investments and capital investments. During his lifetime Sunderland bought and sold more than 17 dealerships throughout the United States. He owned six dealerships and was president of the Sun group and Orland Park (Illinois) Mercedes-Benz and BMW.
Sunderland remained deeply involved with Juniata throughout his life and the College honored him in 2008 with the John C. Baker Award for Exemplary Service, which goes to members of the Board of Trustees, and in 1997 the College presented him with an honorary doctor of humane letters degree. 84
He remained enthusiastically involved in all of Juniata’s fund-raising programs and capital campaigns. He was chair of the Board of Trustees from 1991 to 1996 and chaired the investments committee from 1996 to 2007. He was chairman of the Century II Campaign for the Juniata College Stadium Improvement Project, the campaign for Juniata’s sports and recreation center, and the Trustee gifts committee. He also was chairman of the Juniata National Alumni Campaign “Margin of Difference.” He is a past president of Juniata’s Central Pennsylvania Alumni Club. Sunderland received the College’s National Alumni Association’s Alumni Service Award in 1989. In 1998, Sunderland Residence Hall was dedicated in his name. He also gave freely of his time and finances for community charities and organizations. He was a member of the West Shore Evangelical Free Church, in Mechanicsburg, Pa., and received the 2009 West Shore Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Award. He also served on the board of directors of the Graystone Bank, in Harrisburg, Pa. Sunderland is survived by his daughters, Debra Kay Sunderland and Donna Kyle Sunderland, son Daniel, a 1988 Juniata graduate, and 10 grandchildren.
School’s Out for Summer But Should it Be? Photo: Jason Jones
By Randy Rosenberger
ost of us, including those we seek out for counsel and opinion, ended our most influential and substantial learning experience at age 22. Scary, right? That’s the last time we rubbed elbows with those curmudgeonly folks who connected us with what we called “knowledge.” But that was then.
Yes, you keep learning, but I’ve observed this much. If we all returned to school for a year every 10 years, our discussions would be more reasonable and informed, we’d definitely get along better, and ultimately the world would be a much better place. I’m allowed a sabbatical every seven years. A big part of my job description is to continue reading and learning and often it’s difficult for me to keep up within my very narrow academic discipline, which makes a sabbatical so useful and important. For you, however, in spite of your efforts to stay up to date you will probably never again have the time to invest in the rich kind of education that comes from proximity to people on the cutting-edge of their academic disciplines. When you leave college, you begin to lose your grip on your ability to stay current. It’s a fact of life. The problem here, as we move through our lives, is twofold: we don’t think enough and we don’t think hard enough. If we did, we would know how little we know. Obviously, “every-10-years-college” is impractical but it would encourage you to think more and to think harder—and to help you recognize how little you know and, maybe, get you to calm down a little and listen. I don’t know that much either. But I know how little I know. I’m at the end of the baby-boomer generation. I graduated from college in 1980. Most of the baby-boomers have been out of college for at least 32 years. Thirty-two years. Think about that. Let’s see how much we know by discussing topics that are often linked to calm, reasoned discussion—politics and sports. Politics first. 1. True or False: If you increase the income taxes of people who are wealthy, they will lose their incentive to work. It’s “false,” which can be shown to be false from a variety of academic vantage points. I cover prevailing theories of
Randy Rosenberger, professor of business, makes the case that every working person should have the chance to take a sabbatical from work and return to college.
motivation in a course I teach on organizational behavior. We are motivated to work by more things than just money. Let’s say that question didn’t grab you because you’re really just into sports. Try these (each comes from a nifty book by Tobias J. Moskowitz and L. Jon Wertheim that applies data analysis to sports, called Scorecasting): 1. True or False: Defense wins championships. 2. True or False: The main cause of home field advantage in sports is because it is more difficult for away players to be at their best on the road. These are “false,” too. A team is just as inclined to win a championship with a good offense as it is with just a good defense. Home field advantage for teams is driven largely by officials’ calls that favor the home team. If you lean conservative, rather than thinking that all liberals are out to get your money, think more and think harder. If you’re more liberal, avoid thinking that all the folks on the right want all the money for themselves and couldn’t care less if the less-advantaged starve and die in the streets. That’s not true either. One important convention in a functioning democracy is an educated public. If that education stops at age 22, then we have a problem. Seek to know more. Think. Listen. Get out and talk to people who aren’t necessarily like you. Dig in. Read something that is buoyed by the prevailing science of the day, of that discipline; and is supported by data. A quick Google search is not good data. Why are you still here? Get to work. Go. Listen. Read. Think. We’ll all be better off. >j< —Randy Rosenberger, a business professor at Juniata, adapted this from an opinion piece he published in the Huffington Post in 2012.
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