JUNIATA 2012 Fall-Winter
Guatemala Diary Journal Beyond Service
Tale of Two Cultures:
Juniata Alumna Creates Art Exchange in Brazil
Business Outside the Box:
Bringing Entrepreneurs into New Disciplines
Genomic Research Group Tracks Genes, Saves Green
Campus Conversations: Juniata faculty and students weigh in on issues of the day. Reported by Jenny Wang ’12, Mary Munion ’12, Joe Aultman-Moore ’12, Laura Bitely ’14, Kelsey Molseed ’14, Kayci Nelson ’14
has been forcing other search companies
to innovate to try to win
—Economist Bradley Andrew on whether Google engages in antitrust behavior.
“One of my students lined up to get the iPad 2, and he said there was a long line. Everybody was talking about how excited and happy they were, and (my student) said it’s
maybe he’s going through a (relationship) breakup and doesn’t play well. But
you can predict general trends in statistics, and it is possible to build a pretty good picture of a player’s performance.”
not a selling event anymore, it’s a religion. The brand
—Mathematician Jerry Kruse on the influence of Moneyball sabermetrics in sports.
—Wei-Chung Wang, assistant professor of business, on the impact of Apple’s Steve Jobs on the business world.
“I think it’s important for people to study abroad because it forces you to see the world through a different lens which can really make you appreciate how privileged we as Americans really are. The best part, in addition to these life lessons, was having an amazingly fun experience with a group of fellow students I probably wouldn’t have gotten to know otherwise.”
awareness that Apple created is amazing.”
“It reminds me of Narnia. And I’m sure it will look really magical in the wintertime.”
—Lauren Hitzhusen ’14, of Houston, Texas, on the campus quad clock.
“Everybody knows that a
timepiece is the most important part of campus life because you want to be on time for things. Having a clock is just reminding you, ‘This is the time! This is when things are happening!’”
—Amanda Epstein ’13, of Glen Head, N.Y., on the campus clock.
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“Past performance never guarantees future results. A guy might have the best stats in the world, but
our responsibility to prepare students for a modern work environment. I think it’s important for graduates to be not information literate, but information fluent, (which) places an emphasis on the ability to search and find information rather than mastering a body of finite information.”
—Donald Braxton, Good Professor of Religious Studies, on using e-readers for course readings.
—Holly Brandes ’12, of State College, Pa., on her summer study in The Gambia.
“The unique thing about the (East Coast) earthquake is that in a tectonic sense, where these plates move around, it was not on a boundary. Usually all the
energy is released on the boundaries of tectonic plates,
(as in) California. The reason we had an earthquake (on the East Coast) is there is still some energy stored underneath that is just getting released. There’s still residual stress from when these mountains were built millions of years ago.”
—Geologist Ryan Mathur ’96 on the 5.8 August earthquake centered in Mineral, Va.
Photo: Jason Jones; Opposite page (left): Michael Black; (right) Meg Hourigan ’13
“Google is just very good. It does what you want it to do, and people just want to use it over other search engines. In fact it has been increasing competition—look at Bing, Microsoft’s engine. They just recently added a feature for airline selection, it calculates whether the price will probably drop soon or go up. Google
President’s Note Dear Friends, One of the most descriptive phrases I have encountered emerged from Tom Wolfe’s great book about the U.S. space program, The Right Stuff. Wolfe wrote about courageous test pilots and astronauts “pushing the envelope”—which means not only testing the limits of their aircraft but also their own human potential. Thomas R. Kepple Jr. I know and believe that exploring beyond our own President potential, forging ahead of what is merely required and going firstname.lastname@example.org further to discover what is new and important, is at the heart of Juniata’s educational doctrine. We push the envelope in our teaching and research, and we urge every one of our students to reach past what’s expected and find new areas of knowledge and wonder. The stories inside the magazine all illustrate Juniata’s entrepreneurial character. Henry Thurston-Griswold, passionate in his teaching and his activism, visited Guatemala on a service trip in the 1990s. Forever changed by the experience, he vowed to return and in 2002 led a service trip to help educate students at a Guatemalan school. In the years since, he expanded the trip beyond education to include a week of medical aid—helped by Juniata alumni and Huntingdon residents with medical degrees who volunteer their time. Henry is already at work figuring out how to push beyond the group’s already considerable achievements. Amy Chamberlin ’94 visited Brazil as a member of the choir, an international experience shared by many choir members past, present and future. But Amy never forgot her visit to the Bahia region of the country, and this past fall returned to South America to create an art exchange program designed to expand the cultural boundaries of both countries. She recounts her experience inside. The same idea of crossing boundaries fuels one of our business programs. Noting that not all great business ideas emerge from a business course, Juniata has begun an ambitious program funded by the Coleman Foundation in which professors in other disciplines incorporate entrepreneurial ideas into courses in IT, biology, environmental science, art, and communication. The human genome is perhaps the next great, uncharted territory in scientific research. For biologist Michael Boyle and other colleagues on campus, such barriers were begging to be overcome. These days Juniata students are immersed in genomic research thanks to Mike’s efforts to create a consortium of colleges with the ability to pool genomic research in order to make high-cost computer analysis more affordable. One more step beyond what’s expected.
Should we expect any less from the talented students and faculty at our College?
“Study abroad is learning that, even if you’re in over your head, you may find out you’re a better swimmer than you think.”
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Meg Hourigan ’13 and Emily Wivell ’13 studied abroad in Quito, Ecuador.
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Every year the Women’s Rugby Club raises funds by playing a game wearing formal dresses (ideally chosen from the back of the closet).
—Photo by Sungouk Park ’14, Gwacheon, South Korea
Competitiveness and camaraderie are one at some of the friendly activities at Mountain Day.
â€”Photo by Sungouk Park â€™14, Gwacheon, South Korea
Juniata defensive back and, in this case, kick returner, Nicholas Stubbs â€™15, of Hagerstown, Md., gets crunched by two Johns Hopkins University defenders, but like Stubbs, the football team never gave up and recorded an upset victory over longtime rival Susquehanna University in the final game of the season.
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Soccer can be just as bonejarring as “the other football” as Shayna King ’15, of Easton, Pa., outcompetes a Drew U. player for the ball as teammate Lauren Liacouras, of Collegeville, Pa. looks on in the foreground.
—Photo by J.D. Cavrich
JUNIATA 2012 Fall-Winter
Contents Campus Conversations . . . . . . Inside Front Cover President’s Note . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Campus News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Guatemala Diary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 By Henry Thurston-Griswold By taking a contingent of Juniata students, faculty and Huntingdon residents to a school in the Guatemalan city of Xela, Henry Thurston-Griswold finds his inner tour guide and helps his group discover the joys of service in education and medicine.
Tale of Two Cultures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
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On the Cover A multicolored parachute becomes an instrument of learning at Asturias Academy in Xela, Guatemala, where a contingent of Juniata faculty, alumni and students, as well as members of the Huntingdon community, visited for an educational and medical service trip. Above, a Guatemalan from Asturias Academy performs a costumed dance as part of a thank-you party. Read the diary/reflections of Henry Thurston-Griswold on page 20 as he describes a summer trip to the Central American country. Photos by Joanne Thurston-Griswold
Not all ideas for great businesses emerged from business classrooms. Juniata’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership realizes that and asked a handful of teachers from other disciplines to integrate business principles into their lessons, resulting in ideas ranging from ceramics sales to brewing beer.
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By Amy Chamberlin ’94 and Genna Welsh Kasun ’06 Inspired by several trips to the Bahia region of Brazil made while she was a member of the Juniata Concert Choir, Amy Chamberlin ’94 works with a Pennsylvania organization to create a “Sense of Place” art exchange between Salvador, Brazil and Pennsylvania.
Juniata’s Michael Boyle, Vince Buonaccorsi and colleagues organize a consortium that lets undergraduates from Juniata and other liberal arts colleges share time using gene sequencers. The resulting group gives our graduates a serious jump on the competition.
Faculty Feature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Faculty Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Alumni Feature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Class Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Reminders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 360° . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Endpaper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inside Back Cover
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Double Duty: Business Professor Goes Global
Photos: J.D. Cavrich (unless noted)
Wei-Chung Wang, business professor and in his spare time, marketing executive, shows off some of the apps produced by his part-time employer Kdan Mobile Software Ltd. His son, Aidan, is seen here in Wang’s iPad.
A Juniata economics professor teaches a full load of courses, advises dozens of students, serves on several committees and, oh yes, he is married and has two young sons. So, when the CEO of Kdan Mobile Software Ltd. asked the faculty member to become vice president of global marketing for the company, the professor added that to his duties. Is there an app for that kind of overscheduling? If there was an app to help a multitasking academic, economist Wei-Chung Wang probably would have thought of it by now and suggested it as his new firm’s next product. It’s all in a (very long) day’s work for the Juniata business professor. Wang sees the full-time, part-time executive job as a gateway for Juniata students to gain global market experience through internships and with in-class assignments. Kdan Mobile Software is a Taiwan-based company specializing in applications for iPhones, iPods and iPads. Wang has been vice president of marketing since June 2011. “My experience in industry in the past and now with this company enlivens my teaching,” says Wang. This past summer, the company made Wang vice president of marketing and now the professor is trying to economize his time, while giving his full attention to both his teaching, family and international business obligations. The company estimates it will earn $1.2 million in gross profits this year. “Taiwan is about 12 hours ahead, so I’m often doing most of my work for the company at night or early in the morning,” he says. He oversees a staff of eight in Taiwan, as well as employees in China, Germany, France, Spain and Italy. “It’s an advantage to be here in Huntingdon, too, because in the future I can use my own students or use Juniata business majors as interns.”
Cultivating Connections: Students Sow Seeds of Service
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“A lot of Juniata students in our community are very interested in sustainable agriculture, organic farming and healthy eating, so it seemed that a service project based on the local farm community was a natural idea,” says Lauren Seganos ’11, an Americorps employee and interfaith service coordinator for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Campus Ministry Office. “The project also is an opportunity to learn about religious communities (the students) haven’t been exposed to.” The project, called “Planting Seeds,” visited three local farms in November to pick apples, clean up yards and barns and do other chores in the “Big Valley” area between Reedsville and Allensville. The office will reap the benefits of harvesting crops, gleaning produce in the fall and will repeat the cycle this spring, according to Grace Fala, special assistant to the president for diversity and inclusion. The Juniata project was hatched as a result of President Barack Obama’s Interfaith and Community Service Challenge. Created by the White House Office 8
Heather Wetzel ’15, of Harrisbur g, Pa ., commun with a calf on on es e of the Mennoni te farms visited part of a servic as e project called Planting Seeds.
of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, the program challenges colleges and universities across the country to create service programs that “have the ability to build social capital, strengthen social cohesion and address social problems.” “More than 150 colleges and universities are creating programs in response to the idea and this is just Juniata’s version of it,” explains Seganos. “We have almost a dozen students interested in participating and we have started recruiting among the College’s religiously oriented student clubs.” After each farm session, Seganos teaches a “reflective session” that asks the Juniata students to discuss their philosophical views on service and faith. “It’s a way to learn more about other religions, reflect on your own religious beliefs and build respect and common ground.”
se parents own the farm, Seganos and Sonia Yoder, who as par t of the Planting Seeds clean up some excess leaves ts a chance to interact with mission to give Juniata studen Mennonite faith. farming families of Amish and
Photos (left): Grace Fala; (right) Courtesy Ben Souders ’14
A handful of Amish and Mennonite farmers may find themselves with some extra help this year at harvest and planting time thanks to a new Juniata service project overseen by Americorps and the College’s Campus Ministry office.
Into The Woods: Student Club Channels Jeremiah Johnson One of the newest student clubs at Juniata takes camping seriously. So serious that they prefer to use techniques more familiar to colonial settlers than to modern campers who don’t feel prepared unless their RV has a DVD player and a blender.
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survival skills such as building a small sleeping hut out of forest debris like branches and leaves, tracking wildlife or how to build a fire with a hand drill or bow drill. “For Inbound we did some activities that were more Hollywood than we do normally,” Souders says. “In real life if you’re eating bugs and squeezing water out of dung to survive, then your skills are lacking.”
Members of the “Man vs. Wild” Inbound module, overseen by members of the Wild Hunters of the Juniata student club, got down and dirty in learning basic survival skills in the woods.
The Wild Hunters of Juniata, named for an early local mountain man nicknamed Captain Jack, the Wild Hunter of the Juniata, formed as a club in February 2010 during last spring semester. Organized by Ben Souders ’14 of Hustontown, Pa. studying wildlife science, the members don’t do any actual hunting. Instead, Souders and several other members teach skills such as building a shelter, tracking wildlife, camouflage and forest awareness and observation. Souders explains that the Wild Hunters club is more like a camping club—an extremely minimalist camping club. “Our club is more about going into the woods with the clothes on your back and being self-sufficient,” he says. “We try to incorporate the skills of the (colonial) mountain men and the Native American culture.” Souders, who learned some of his skills during an eight-year career in the U.S. Navy and also attended schools such as the Tom Brown Jr.’s Tracker School, says the aim of the club and its members is to co-exist with nature rather than cultivate a survivalist mentality. Souders even adapted the club’s ideas for a teaching module in Juniata’s Inbound program. Souders and the Inbound staff named his module “Man vs. Wild,” after a Discovery Channel television show featuring an adventurer named Bear Grylls. Activities for the Juniata freshmen included eating grasshoppers, evading capture in the woods and covering themselves in mud. The club members, which number about 50, all learn basic
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Most summer jobs are spent waiting tables; maybe working in a big box store. Maggie Burkett ’14, of Granville, Ohio, spent a good part of the past summer 30 feet below the Atlantic recovering artifacts from a 19th century shipwreck. Burkett, who learned to scuba dive at 15, was an intern at the Lighthouse Archeology Maritime Program based in St. Augustine, Fla. and typically spent 12 hours a day either diving as part of an archeology team, photographing recovery operations, or working on the dive boat. Juniata wishes it can take credit for discovering the opportunity for Maggie, but: “My parents and I were Googling ‘maritime archeology’ and the Lighthouse program popped up,” she says. “I’ve always known I was going to do some career that had to do with being on a boat.” So this summer she spent more time underwater than a Las Vegas real estate investor. She spent the entire internship diving on an unidentified 19th century shipwreck off the Florida coast. Among her personal discoveries? An intact perfect silver spoon. A tea kettle. A love for doing anything underwater. “We would carry tools down—like zip ties, screwdrivers, rebar— and I really liked fixing things underwater,” she says. The highlight of her summer was helping recover two massive cannons from the shipwreck. One weighed 1,500 pounds and the other weighed in at 1,000 pounds. Burkett helped excavate the cannons and photographed recovery efforts. Although Juniata is hundreds of miles away from glamorous underwater shipwrecks, Burkett is not going to forsake her College to head off to a specialized program. “In maritime archeology you need to know chemistry for conservation, physics for scuba, history and Juniata has courses in all these that can help in some way,” she explains. Next summer? She’s heading back beneath the waves to dive the same wreck. “I was the youngest person at the field school and I think this is a huge jumpstart for the career I want in maritime archeology,” she says.
Photos (left): courtesy Maggie Burkett ’14; (right): Juniata Photo File
Sea Hunt: Archeology Student Dives Into Studies
Thread of History: A Chemist Yankee into Lord Nelson’s Coat Surrounded by shelves of chemistry books and techniques, Hark and Pretzel analyzed the state of academic papers, a man unwraps the protective pigment in the coat. packaging around what appears to be a coaster. “We worked out a deal where they sent me some But by his caution and care, I knew that this was no samples of the fibers in the wool uniform taken from ordinary coaster—if it was one at all. inconspicuous places in the jacket,” he says. They also I was sitting in the office of Richard Hark, professor were able to work directly with the coat itself. of chemistry at Juniata. The object “I literally had to stand behind the uniform and he’d revealed is called a portrait press my hand against it so that miniature. The dainty painting, the instrument could take data however, was not the reason I’d samples against the part of the come to talk to him. Instead, I was coat supported by my hand. I kind interested in the uniform of the of felt like I was holding Nelson celebrated Lord Nelson, the British up, it was a bit of historical renaval hero whose statue adorns the creation in a very strange sense,” great column in Trafalgar he says. Square, London. One night after working with The relationship between an the coat, Hark came home to historic article of clothing, a piece discover something he’d never of art, and a chemistry professor forget. “I had blue fuzz on my is best explained by Hark himself, pants, and it was literally a little “It’s the intersection of art, piece of Nelson. But I’m not some history, and science that is really teenybopper from the ’60s who appealing to me. I enjoy working wouldn’t wash my pants because in that atmosphere,” he says. they had a piece of fame on them,” He’d found himself he says. He couldn’t hide the immersed in that same excitement in his smile, though. intersection last summer at He also can’t hide his love for London’s Victoria and Albert history, especially British naval Chemist Richard Hark Museum where a friend and history. “I guess I’m drawn to that has worked on rare art in previous tri colleague, Boris Pretzel, was era: the sense of discovery, the very ps to England , but examining the uniform contacted by the National different ethic in terms of a sense coat of British naval hero Lord Horat io Nelson is a Maritime museum to work on a of honor, and the action. There’s personal highlight for the Juniata professor. project of particular interest to not much swordplay in the lab, and Hark. As the principal scientist there aren’t many opportunities for at the V&A, Pretzel was asked to analyze men to test themselves in stressful why Lord Nelson’s coat was fading. circumstances,” he elaborates. “There’s something Horatio Nelson was best known as admiral of the appealing about the fantasy component—of what you British fleet that defeated the French and Spanish in would do in a similar situation,” he says. several major naval battles of the Napoleonic wars. Hark plans on returning to England to continue his The National Maritime Museum, in Greenwich, was research this May. Despite his profession and expertise, concerned with how the museum’s lighting might affect Hark maintains his interest and passion for history, “If I the fading of the coat. hadn’t been a chemist, I would have been a historian.” As an avid fan of British naval war history, Hark seized the opportunity to be a part of this research —Ellen Santa Maria ’12 is a Juniata Associate from Wallingford, Pa. project. Using Raman spectroscopy and other 2012 Fall-Winter
Which one of these things is not like the others: the Oscars, celebrities, films, Hollywood, Bruce Davis ’65, and Juniata College? It’s a trick question: all of them are related. You might be thinking, “How in the world could small-town Juniata have anything to do with Hollywood?” Here’s the key: Bruce Davis. He went here, taught here and left here—to go to Hollywood to write screenplays. He’s also the former executive director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the nonprofit that puts on the Oscars. Davis spent a week at Juniata in October, guest lecturing, catching up with colleagues, and soaking in the familiar community atmosphere. He even went to the movies.
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Jack Barlow’s “Politics in Film” class took a trip to the Clifton 5 movie theatre in town to watch The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. Davis was there to comment on the film, actors, Hollywood, and even a little bit of history. At a guest lecture he was asked the “What’s your favorite movie of all time” question. As expected, the film connoisseur couldn’t commit. Instead, he formed a bucket list. “You should see Citizen Kane, but just wait until you can see it on the big screen: there are some films that demand that type of viewing. Also, Lawrence of Arabia and To Kill A Mockingbird are musts.” “I was a little starstruck by Bruce Davis’ history with the Academy,” says Jessica Matlack ’14, of Newtown Square, Pa., “I enjoyed listening to him speak about how his experiences with the Academy shaped his personality in and out of the workplace.” Then Davis got into the nitty-gritty: the ins and outs of the Academy that are unknown to the general public. What’s most peculiar? That the Academy is a nonprofit organization. “We don’t have to do any fundraising of any kind. Most nonprofits have to worry about how to pay for next month, and funding is a constant problem. We have one of the best-specialized libraries and film archives. This is because the Oscars bring in so much money.” “His lecture was more like having a conversation with a family member,” says Erin Bean ’12, of Clarion, Pa. “His stories about the chaos that is the Academy made me feel like I was right in the middle of the action.” As a kid, Davis had always been interested in movies, their production process, and film as an art form. In choosing Juniata, Davis decided to forego his passion for film and instead focus on science: he wanted to become a doctor and had heard Juniata was the place to start. A few science classes in, he decided to study film. Later, as a professor at the College, Davis began screenwriting in his spare time. “I was lobbing scripts out to an agent, and he said that a career in Hollywood was worth pursuing. So I tossed in my tenure and nothing happened for a while. “In the middle of writing and waiting, someone said there’s an interesting job open at the Academy,” he adds. “The guy who hired me left after six months, and pretty soon I was having too much fun to be writing scripts,” he said.
—Ellen Santa Maria ’12 is a Juniata Associate from Wallingford, Pa.
Photo (left): Janice Jackson ’14; (right) J.D. Cavrich
Hollywood Homecoming: Bruce Davis’ Take Two
Mark Hochberg, professor of English, has created an analytical course centered on studying literature that might have once been deemed obscene or too explicit for academic consideration.
Provocative Prose: English Class Analyzes Racy Books “Dirty Books” sounds like it should be painted onto a that what is seen as “objectionable” today may seem tame small, inconspicuous sign and hung above the section for the readers of tomorrow. of your local bookstore where only the brave and the “A book that is ‘dirty’ involves shocking people: shameless browse. That’s not what Juniata’s English breaking taboos, and we don’t have many taboos left department thought, however. about sexuality,” Hochberg says. “Today’s taboo subjects Introducing “Dirty Books:” a involve political correctness and new course offered this past fall. diversity. We have to be as careful Mark Hochberg, professor of about the words we use concerning English, is teaching the provocative issues like race, gender, and disability class for its first run this semester. as the Victorians were talking about His syllabus does not skirt the sex,” Hochberg explains. topic: “An examination of works The reading list is as colorful of literature that have been labeled as you might imagine. From Vladimir obscene . . . the course looks at why Nabokov’s Lolita to Allen Ginsberg’s and how serious writers deploy Howl, from Henry Miller’s Tropic of scandalous and offensive elements Cancer to John Cleland’s Memoirs of in their work.” a Woman of Pleasure, the course is But how does a book get teeming with diverse material. banned, anyway? And why are only Hochberg will explore the books banned, and not movies or relationship between cultural values even TV shows? The answer is time. and aesthetic techniques in literature. “When books were the primary So prose, style, symbolism, and even form of entertainment, when a narrative voice all play a role in the family would gather ’round the fire “how” of the story, not the “what.” and mother or father would read “Discussing some of the books aloud to the children, then books will require pretty explicit —Mark Hochberg, Professor of English the subject matter of books was descriptions,” warns Hochberg. “There censored,” Hochberg explains. is always the chance that people will The motive behind banning media content, in books, be offended, but, then again, the course title gave fair specifically, is the potential influence of the media itself. warning that we aren’t talking about Harry Potter.” “Often, it’s for political reasons; it’s presenting a point of —Ellen Santa Maria ’12 is a Juniata Associate from Wallingford, Pa. view that is objectionable,” Hochberg says. He points out
“Today’s taboo subjects involve political correctness and diversity. We have to be as careful about the words we use concerning issues like race, gender, and disability as the Victorians were talking about sex.”
The cozy confines of the Brumbaugh Fitness Center serves as a place for a grueling workout or a casual conversation. The center, equipped with state-of-the-gym exercise machines, is used by students, athletes, faculty, staff and members of the local community.
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Pumping Up Juniata: College Fitness Center Becomes Campus Hub By Jason Greenberg ’12 Photography: J.D. Cavrich (unless noted)
nderneath the Kennedy Sports and Recreation Center lies a fluorescently lit hallway illuminating images of standout athletes from eras past. This memorial passageway—Juniata’s own Monument Park at Yankee Stadium or Ring of Honor adorning Dallas’ Cowboys Stadium—does not lead to a particular playing arena, but rather a meeting place of sorts. It’s a place much like the marketplaces of history—the Greek agora, London’s Covent Garden—where people of all backgrounds can come together in a shared purpose. In this case, the shared purpose is sweat, or rather the production of it through intense exercise.
Doug Smith, who presides over the fitness center with a strong hand and kind words and advice for those who seek him out, not only supervises athletesâ€™ workouts but also leads daily exercise sessions for staff and students.
“I saw how big he [Coach Smith] was and how intense he was. But after a couple of workouts, I realized he was the nicest guy. He’s knowledgeable about anything involving fitness, exercise or health and he is easy to talk to.” —Vincent Smith ’13, of Butler, Pa.
If his impressive resume and accomplishments are not enough to garner respect from those who attend the fitness center, his intimidating stature and appearance will more than suffice. Smith struts around his domain like a lion in the African plains, fully aware of any muddy sneaker, exerciser chewing gum or freshman squatting with poor form. His eyes are incessantly and intently focused on potential safety hazards. He sports a shaved head to go along with his chiseled features and his signature beard makes him resemble the Greek god Zeus. This facial hair, too epic to call a goatee, is fashioned in the shape of a kettlebell and is so prominent, broad and deep, it could provide shelter to his chest, which bulges out of his Juniata athletic apparel in a way that would make Arnold Schwarzenegger take note. 17
The meeting place is better known as the Brumbaugh Fitness Center. There might be more dumbbells, barbells and squat racks than conversation areas, but do not call it a weight room. That would be like calling the city of Mecca a tourist destination. The fitness center has become one of the most visited spots on campus and a staple of Juniata’s community, both athletically and socially. The typical participant in a training gymnasium would be stereotyped as a muscle-bound guy, wearing a cutoff sleeveless shirt, tight shorts and popping more veins than wires on a manual telephone switchboard. However, these Muscle Beach mimics are few and far between in the Brumbaugh Fitness Center. Rather, it is much more common to see people like Ed Hoffman ’62 and Bob Sechrist, both Huntingdon residents. “When I retired in 2000 I decided I had to keep myself in shape. [The fitness center] is a great facility and lets me do that,” Hoffman says. Hoffman and Sechrist are in the fitness center just about every day, but don’t expect to find them working that hard; the pair does more chatting than lifting. “That’s mainly why we come here, to socialize,” Sechrist says. The fitness center is littered with conversational cohorts like Hoffman and Sechrist. However, the social butterflies are not limited to Huntingdon residents. Students use the fitness center to catch up with friends too. “The other day I walked in and half the people there were my friends. I started talking to people and, before I knew it, a half hour had passed and I hadn’t even started my workout yet,” says regular treadmill runner Kelsey Kohrs ’14 of Honesdale, Pa. “There are a lot of different people from different social circles, Professors or people from town. Nobody really gets in each other’s way and there is a nice chemistry with everyone,” says Kerrick Dando ’12, of Murrysville, Pa. Because of the social dynamic, Huntingdon community members and Juniata students can get to know one another. “As a fan of Juniata sports, I get to see the athletes and how hard they work. You get to know the kids and it’s a lot more fun going to the games when you know the athletes on a personal level,” Sechrist says. The friendly atmosphere in the Brumbaugh Fitness Center can be attributed to one man who is the personality and unquestioned leader of all aspects of the fitness center and the training that takes place there. Doug Smith has been the strength and fitness coordinator at Juniata since 1997. He is one of the most respected strength coaches in the nation and has been awarded the Samson Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year Award for NCAA Division III football and served as the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) Pennsylvania State director from 2002-06.
Photo: Jason Jones
Donors Honor College Fitness Doug Smith’s expertise has developed the fitness center into a premium facility, but none of it would be possible without the donations of Sam ’54 and Martha Brumbaugh.
The Brumbaughs not only generously donated the funding to create the workout emporium, but additionally provide an annual gift of $27,000 to maintain and update the equipment. This allows for the newest and best training methods Coach Smith can muster. “Sam and Martha are just great people and I don’t think it can be overstated how much we appreciate what they’ve done for us,” Smith says. 18
Sam Brumbaugh is more than willing to give back to Juniata after his own experiences as an undergrad, which he called, “fantastic and influential.” Adds Brumbaugh, who retired as owner of the Bangor Cork Co. in Pen Argyl, Pa., “I think what Juniata taught me was how to solve any problem. I went there and only took one economics course, but that learning experience allowed me to be successful in business.”
Donating to health and fitness, the Brumbaughs feel, is a good way of exercising their resources. “I have always tried to give back to the College and I think it’s important for the sports teams, but the physical activity is good for all students,” Brumbaugh says. “I know it’s rather difficult to stay healthy with the busy college schedule most kids have today.” Juniata students will continue using only the
best workout equipment, thanks to the generosity of the Brumbaughs and also the loyalty of their family. Sam and Martha celebrated the graduation from Juniata of their granddaughter, Emma, in 2011, and they hope to add to their legacy in the future. “I encourage all of my grandchildren to attend Juniata,” Sam Brumbaugh said. “I think it is a wonderful place and I will continue helping the college for as long as I am able.” —Jason Greenberg ’12
Yet this burly figure is no deterrent for those down to her knees to record the dig on a well-struck seeking physical fitness. In fact, it is Smith’s kindness spike. The setter then got under the ball and delivered and genuine enthusiasm for helping the members a perfect set. While this was going on, Juniata’s outside of the Juniata community that creates the loose but hitter stepped up to the net, set her feet and launched for productive environment in the fitness center. “When I the kill and the match. first saw Coach Smith I was scared. I was frightened. I What went unrecognized in that moment were was terrified. I saw how big he was and how intense he the repetitions of weights and exercises the players had was,” Vincent Smith ’13, of Butler, Pa., says. “But after a practiced in the Brumbaugh Fitness Center to prepare couple of workouts, I realized he was the nicest guy. He’s for moments like these. Unsung, but not unseen, were knowledgeable about anything involving fitness, exercise the friends, the professors and the Huntingdon residents or health and he is easy to talk to.” who had witnessed these students’ hard work under The dynamic of the environment is something Smith Doug Smith’s watchful eye. They were now in the stands takes pride in. “It allows people from diverse interest cheering the athletes on. groups and populations to have a better understanding of the college community,” he says. “With all the faculty and people from the community who come in, I would say the athletes are the minority.” Even though athletes are not the dominant users of the fitness center, Coach Smith has done tremendous work to build the intercollegiate programs at Juniata. Basketball standout Dan Sekulski ’12, of Douglasville, Pa., was second in the Landmark Conference with 58 steals last season and improved his scoring average by eight points to scoring almost 14 per game in his junior year. “When I came in as a freshman, I was skinny and I knew I was going to need to work on my strength when I got to college. I was really impressed with the fitness center on my recruiting visit,” Sekulski recalls. “I’m still skinny, but I feel like a different animal The Brumbaugh Fitness Center’s budget includes provisions to update each physically, and I know that every piece of equipment after several years of use. athlete [at Juniata] would tell you the same thing.” It is nights like that Saturday in September when Just as the von Liebig Center for Science attracts one can see the relationships born in the close quarters prospective students to Juniata, the fitness center is a of the weight room. It is a feeling that goes beyond the location campus tour guides set as a priority selling obvious physical memory to morph into something point. “We have a facility here that is known nationally psychologically deeper—a coming together to share in an and comparable to the best in the country,” Smith says. experience unique to Juniata. >j< “It is a major recruiting tool for admissions with all students because of the increased emphasis on health in our society.” —Jason Greenberg ’12 is a Juniata magazine intern from On Sept. 17, the fitness center’s impact on Juniata Redding, Conn. became clear. The stands at the Memorial gymnasium were packed for the ninth-ranked Juniata women’s volleyball team’s highly anticipated matchup with 12thranked Colorado College. At match point, All-American libero Libby Morrison ’12, from Portland, Ore., went
Mutual Benefits: Guatemala Trip Provides Learning on Both Sides By Henry Thurston-Griswold Professor of Spanish Photography: courtesy of Joanne Thurston-Griswold
An overlook of the Guatemalan city of Quetzaltenango (shortened by locals to Xela (pronounced â€œShay-laâ€?), the Guatemalan city visited almost every year by a Juniata service learning contingent.
(Editor’s Note) In 1990, as a recently minted Ph.D. in Hispanic literature at the University of Texas, Henry Thurston-Griswold, along with his wife, Joanne, made their first trip to Guatemala as part of a Habitat for Humanity trip. Taken with the country’s striking mix of Mayan and Hispanic culture and its desperate need for consistent educational opportunities, Henry vowed to return. He began a partnership between Huntingdon’s Stone Church of the Brethren and a Guatemalan school in 1999, and in 2002, as a Juniata faculty member, he organized the first service trip to Quetzaltenango (shortened, thankfully, to Xela by Guatemalans)—one of the cities he explored on his first trip. He established a partner relationship with a Xela school, the Asturias Academy, a private, nonprofit school with a mission to provide transformative and empowering training to children from the country’s poor majority who lack access to quality education. He began trips every two years to provide service, first for education but soon for more, incorporating a medical service trip in 2004. Henry emphasizes that the trips are service-oriented, but his inspiration is also political. As a student of Guatemala’s long history of dictatorships, coups (one organized and financed by the CIA) and civil wars, Henry feels that citizens of the United States are morally obligated to help Guatemala achieve economic and social justice. This diary covers the two-week educational mission to Guatemala. For Henry’s journal of the medical mission, go to www.juniata.edu/extra. Here are excerpts of Henry’s latest trip.
Mutual Benefits July 17: We pick up the 25-person delegation at the airport and start the normally four-hour trek to Xela. A torrential downpour started and soon attained biblical proportions. Water ran down stairways, creating veritable waterfalls. At one point, the van in front of us called to report a laguna, or small lake, ahead. We decided not to stop for pizza until we hit higher ground. “I have never seen rain like this,” wrote Laura Whitman ’14, of Ono, Pa. “In Pennsylvania people would pull over and wait; here everyone continues to drive like they would normally—fast and scary.” July 18: After orientation at the Asturias Academy, headmaster Jorge Chojolán told some of his personal story, the inspiration for the school, and some historical perspective on how the school has developed since its founding in 1995. I took a trip, in another driving rain, with Ben Hsiung and Dante Fisher, a local Huntingdon High School student, to a big building supply company, Cemaco, to buy materials to construct a bed of nails for their senior community service project, which will be an Asturias
Academy version of Physics Phun Night. July 19: About 13 people started work at the elementary school as reading buddies with individual students, to help and support them with their reading. Eight others worked with the volunteer English teacher, Katharine, and her two volunteer assistants (one of whom, Kristine Karkoska ’10, is an alumna). Amazingly enough, it didn’t rain at all. My Spanish class students greeted me with the question of what a foca (seal) was. They were discussing their favorite sea creatures, and Teacher Pedro’s favorite was a seal, but despite the fact that he tried to draw it, no one could figure out what it was. Malea Hetrick ’10, a fulltime development and volunteer coordinator at the academy as part of Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS), spent some time talking with us about ways to improve the integration of the volunteers and the benefits for both volunteers and the school. The delegation really started to come together to create a sense
Miranda Martz ’13, of Fallentimber, Pa., reads a book aloud as part of an English lesson at Asturias Academy.
of unity and community. For me, a special moment during the day was working with Josué Gamiel. Josué is nine years old and only in second grade. He didn’t start to talk until he was four. He has been disruptive in class and easily frustrated, because he is unable to perform as well as his classmates. I requested to have him in my group for the English class today, and he was totally engaged in our reading activity and a few times was actually the first to supply the correct answer. I hope the school will be able to get him more individualized instruction so he can realize his full potential and someday live independently. From left, Kate Thurston-Griswold (with back to camera) and Rebecca Hsiung have fun during a lesson with the students of the Asturias Academy.
Most of the Guatemalan students formed a close bond with the Juniata visitors, as evidenced by the tight hug Kate receives from one of her students.
Many of the Juniata visitors gathered together for story time at the recently renovated library at the school.
July 20: The weather transitioned from torrential rain to scorching sun for most of the day. We had another very good morning working with the kids at the school. Many of the volunteers work in the reading buddies group, helping Guatemalan students sound out words. The group also worked to revamp the school’s library. In the afternoon, I worked with our resident pharmacist, Shelly Hoskins, and her husband,
Tom, to organize the supplies left by the medical delegation in the health clinic. Joe Frisbie and Greg Jenkins, both skilled carpenters and plumbers, have proposed a series of facilities maintenance projects, and they’re offering to buy the materials. The big project is to paint the kitchen, repair existing cabinets, and build and install new shelves over the counter to create more storage and counter space. From Juniata history professor Dave Hsiung, describing a library project: “We started making covers for the Spanish dictionaries. Rachel (Hsiung) made a template, I fed the cutters sheets of paper, Rebecca and Kate cut the paper liner, Tom and Shelly folded the edge, and Adam Hailey and Chris folded the covers around the books.” Off to the movies. Eight of us watched the final installment of Harry Potter, while Dennis and Austin Plane checked out Cars 2. Films are dubbed into Spanish, an excellent listening practice for the group, since there were no subtitles. July 21: In the morning it was our group’s turn to lead the English classes for the elementary kids. We
Miranda Martz ’13 works together with a few students.
“My son Ben bought a jacket and some wild shorts and shirts. I hope he wears these clothes proudly and establishes some independence from the peer pressure to wear Hollister or other designer brands.”
—David Hsiung, Charles R. and Shirley A. Knox Chair in History
played some games with them such as “Simon Says,” to identify parts of the body, and then pulled out a parachute we brought them in 2002, now used to practice English by naming colors and numbers. In the early afternoon, we caught the public “chicken” bus (so called because passengers often carry livestock with them) to the town of Momostenango to visit the home and weaving shop of Telma and Luis, a couple whose family has been weaving for five generations. The group experienced being packed into an old school bus and traversing some unbelievably bumpy and narrow dirt roads through the country and tiny villages to reach our demonstration. “We’re packed into a school bus like chickens,” explains Whitman. “Never again will I complain about sitting three to a seat in my brother’s pickup.” Weaver Luis gave a brief demonstration of the process—from carding the wool to making the thread, dyeing it, winding it into skeins, and weaving on the looms. One of their looms is 150 years old. Telma served us a wonderful snack of warm tortillas fresh off the comal (griddle), topped with guacamole, beans, goat cheese, and hot sauce. Then the group purchased products woven by the family at their shop.
Dave Hsiung: “My son Ben bought a jacket and some wild shorts and shirts. I hope he wears these clothes proudly and establishes some independence from the peer pressure to wear Hollister or other designer brands.” People enjoyed the adventure of both bus rides as well as seeing how gorgeous Guatemalan textiles are produced. It is particularly gratifying to know the money from the purchases was going to those who created such beautiful artworks. July 22: After a visit to the Copavic Glass Blowing Cooperative in Cantel, the sole Guatemalan factory to use recycled glass in its products, we drove to Zunil and began the climb to the Fuentes Georginas Hot Springs. The clearest day I ever remember, the scenery as we ascended was spectacular. The beautiful tropical cloud forest surroundings are now enhanced by improved bath houses and a nature trail. The water was so hot in the upper pool, probably about 115 F, that I could only stay in for a few minutes at a time. In the evening our group went to the Centro Maya language school for a dinner prepared by the teachers. They served homemade tortillas with guacamole, tamalitos
(Above) Students, teachers and Juniata visitors use a colored parachute as a teaching tool, learning colors, numbers and other lessons while playing. (Left) The ThurstonGriswold children disembark from one of the local taxis, called a tuc-tuc. The traffic and driving habits in Guatemala are not for the faint of heart.
July 23: Eco- and cultural tourism today. The Santa Elena coffee plantation is a family operation now in its third generation. We received a very complete introduction to the coffee process at Santa Elena, including a discussion of what they do to be more sustainable and fairer with workers
in the context of what remains a very exploitative labor situation. Even so, workers only receive 40 quetzales (a little over $5) for picking a 100-pound sack of coffee, which takes a full day of work. Considering coffee is the world’s secondmost lucrative commodity after petroleum, it would be nice if there were a more even distribution of the wealth generated. Following the tour and, of course, a coffee break, a little over half of the group went to another part of the plantation about a mile away to take a nature walk. But before nature, adventure. We had to take our vans to the trail. The “road” involved large ruts and puddles, and at one point our drivers had to
A local weaver in the town of Momostenango demonstrates some of the techniques used in Guatemalan weaving.
wrapped in corn leaves, rice, and chicken with Pepián sauce, a traditional Xela dish, with a delicious hot fruit punch containing peach, pineapple, cherries, and plums. Pam Grugan, a delegation veteran who has sampled a variety of Guatemalan cuisine, affirmed it was the best meal she had eaten in Guatemala.
Mutual Benefits cross a small creek. The passengers moved all the way to the back to raise the front of the van, since our driver Lucas was worried about water stalling the engine. On the hike we got a nice overlook view of the Samalá River, which runs all the way from Quetzaltenango to the coast, and then a dozen of us continued for the more strenuous hike, which involved clambering down to a stream and a beautifully secluded spot and then climbing up a steep mountainous slope about 250 feet and walking through a small bamboo forest. We departed for the preclassical Mayan ruins of Takalik Abaj, located 45 minutes away. Despite thunder, lightning, and occasional sprinkles, we managed a tour. The ruins are not as spectacular as classical Mayan sites such as Tikal and Copán, but there were interesting artifacts that predated the Christian Era, and showed evidence of the Olmec influence on the Mayan civilization. Temple 12, with its western façade oriented toward death and
Dennis Plane, associate professor of politics, and son Austin bond over a shared treat on the streets of Xela. Dennis and his wife Becky ’08, adopted Austin and sister Rosemary from Guatemala.
“You’re reminded that a lot of the world is not like the United States and that’s a good lesson for all of us.”—Dennis Plane, associate professor of politics
the eastern toward birth and life, featured a collection of statue figures symbolizing both phases of the life cycle. The most intriguing juxtaposition was that of the frog, whose quick reproduction was associated with birth and life, while the toad was identified with death. Back to Xela, and during the long ascent from nearly sea level to over 7,000 feet, we saw and experienced the reckless Guatemalan driving that results in way too many highway fatalities. No accidents, but numerous close calls as vehicles climbing attempted to pass on dangerous curves with no visibility.
At the Mayan ruins in Takalik Abaj, the Juniata group was able to see such artifacts as stone carvings symbolizing different phases of the life cycle. 26
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July 24: We started Sunday at the Benito Juárez Park, funded by the Mexican government and named for Mexico’s Abraham Lincoln, and walked through the typical La Democracia market. We visited the Municipal Theater, the most impressive building architecturally in the city, and then made our way down to the Central Park, where we checked out the beautiful patio of the town hall as well as the cathedral. I was surprised to see the cathedral has installed a very impressive sound and visual system consisting of flat screen televisions placed along the side aisles and at the entrance to the church. From the church we walked to the municipal cemetery. It is a microcosm of Guatemalan society, with the wealthy owning large plots and building grandiose mausoleums resembling temples, towers, and Egyptian pyramids, while the middle class rents small niches they can lose if they can’t keep up their payments. The poor are marginalized to the expanse farthest from the entrance and have no guarantees that their loved ones won’t be desecrated, dug up and buried in a common grave or incinerated. Laura Whitman: “Seeing the cemetery we realize the difference in how each culture looks at death. The cemetery in Guatemala was colorful and much more peaceful than the creepy cemeteries at home.”
One visit to a local cemetery detailed how social status follows Guatemalans even into death. Here, visitors to the cemetery leave flowers and other offerings to honor loved ones. Colorful everyday dress is a regular sight along the streets of Xela. Here, a family travels to the cemetery. From left, Kaci Quintin, a member of a youth group from Conklin Presbyterian Church, in Conklin, N.Y., and Rachel Hsiung, learn the fine points of making torillas at the weaving shop run by Telma (shown here) and Luis.
July 25: The morning was filled with errands, driving around with Jorge. While on the road, Jorge received a call from his wife Veronica, an administrator at the school, informing him that a representative from the Ministry of Education in Guatemala City had arrived unannounced and insisted on speaking only to the director. He refused to indicate the reason for his visit. This type of thing happens often, and usually is an attempt to extort money under some pretext.
Ben Hsiung and Dante Fisher, both students at Huntingdon Area High School, re-create the longtime Juniata event Physics Phun Night at a performance for the Asturias Academy students. Here, Ben tests the mettle of Jorge Chojolán, leader of Asturias Academy. Henry Thurston-Griswold, leader of the Guatemala contingent of Juniatians, and Adam Jenkins, a Conklin Presbyterian youth group member, work on vocabulary lesson with a young student. Historian David Hsiung carefully goes over a story with a rapt young student in the school’s library during story time.
This time, the pleasant surprise was that the Ministry had learned of the school’s experience in having a student government and elections, and since this September there are presidential elections, they decided to approach the Asturias Academy to benefit from their experience and gather information about how the student government and election process work. Still, the representative basically decided to abuse his authority and demand to speak only with the director without having made any effort to set an appointment. Dennis Plane, associate professor of politics, who took his son, Austin, age 5, on the trip: “It really is an eye-opening experience. You’re reminded that a lot of the world is not like the United States and that’s a good lesson for all of us.” July 26: Jorge and I spent five hours in meetings with Todd Bauer, coordinator of BVS volunteers in Latin America, and our two BVS volunteers at the school, Malea Hetrick and Steve Mullaney. We tried to devise strategies to integrate volunteers at the school, providing support they need, since the school can only generate about 40 percent of its operating budget from tuition. The conversations were difficult at different points. Effective communication is tricky even under the best of circumstances, and it gets messier when cultural gaps need to be bridged in order to understand the words, intentions, and actions of people from other cultures.
July 27: I worked with a couple of the English classes, and we again divided the kids in five stations, each for five minutes, where we worked with vocabulary related to different shapes, colors, and animals. With the older kids, they included a station where they played Twister and Uno. In the afternoon I spoke with Kyra Gibson, the paid volunteer 28
Mutual Benefits that it was (entertaining) science. Following a break, we were the spectators as three different groups of kids presented typical Mayan dances—The Deer Dance, The Monkey Dance, and The Little Bull—and gave all of our group members cards made by the students. Three of the U.S. volunteers are also leaving this week, and they prepared cards for them as well. The kids finished the program by singing a reprise of the school anthem, Paz y libertad (Peace and Liberty). As I explained to the group at lunch, this song epitomizes for me our relationship with the Asturias Academy. When our first delegation arrived in 2002, we were greeted by an assembly at which the kids sang us this song, which expresses simply and poignantly the hopes and dreams of the Guatemalan people
July 28: Dante Fisher and Ben Hsiung’s physics experiment demonstrations impressed the kids. The two highlights were creating a geyser from combining CocaCola with mints, and the crowning event of breaking a cinder block on school founder and principal Jorge Chojolán’s chest while he lay on the bed of nails. Jorge heard one kid comment that Ben and Dante were magicians, and he stressed to the kids
who have suffered so many decades of violence, injustice and war. The chorus proclaims: “Peace, we want peace and liberty for this world,” and the verses declare: “For the children of the whole world we want peace and liberty,” “No more hunger, no more war, we want peace in this land,” “For the poor and the old we want peace and liberty,” and finally, “No more wars and radiation, no more ideas of extermination.”
We were very moved by the song, and I asked Jorge where they had learned it. He responded that we had given it to them. One of our first projects after establishing the partnership in 1999 was to raise funds to purchase books in Spanish for the school. One of the books was a songbook of classic children’s songs in Spanish. Amidst the classic songs was Peace and Liberty, which had been composed by the songbook’s editor, José-Luis Orozco. Peace and Liberty symbolizes the mutuality and reciprocity that should exist in a meaningful relationship. We offered a gift, the school received it, and gave it back to us in a totally unexpected way. We have all been enriched by our partnership, based on ideals and values that transcend cultural and linguistic differences that often separate us. >j<
At the end of the trip, students and staff of the Asturias Academy staged a celebration for the Juniata group. The festivities included Guatemalan dances performed wearing colorful costumes, games and a heartfelt thank-you ceremony.
English teacher from Minnesota, who has really connected with the kids and the staff at the school. She feels she has good support and loves working with the students. She was Skyping with her parents while I was in the volunteer room, so I got a chance to meet and chat with them a bit. Both of them are retired educators, so she comes by it naturally. Since this was our last regular day at the school, they organized a special activity in the late afternoon so that we had more chances to interact with the teachers. We mixed it up at dinner. We were close to 60 people in the assembly room and it was a raucous bunch. People had a good time socializing, and there was dancing toward the end, including a performance of Cotton-Eyed Joe by Malea Hetrick, plus our three Juniata students.
Graduate Creates International Visual Arts Exchange
This colorful Brazilian weaving is just one of the many indigenous crafts that inspired author Amy Chamberlin ’94 to start a “Sense of Place” art exchange with artists and craftsmakers of the Bahia region of Brazil.
By Amy Chamberlin ’94 with Genna Welsh Kasun ’06 Photography: courtesy Amy Chamberlin ’94
s we stroll through the pelourinho (the historic district) of Salvador, Brazil, drums begin to beat. The Bahian women and African-Bahian women began their martial arts dance, called capoeira. As I watch them snap their hips from side to side, it occurs to me that I’ve seen this represented in the art of Salvador quite often. People who’ve been to Salvador can instantaneously recognize it as Bahian art. How is it that these artists represent their place so well? What is it about this place that fosters such unique creativity? That was the moment when I got the idea for a “Sense of Place” exhibition.
The year was 2010, and I had joined the Juniata choir, as an alumna observer, on a tour of Brazil. Choir Director Russ Shelley had invited me since he knew I was such a “Brazil nut.” I went because I wanted to have the quintessential choir experience again—singing in a circle, holding hands in a culturally significant space. It’s a moment of crazy emotional connectedness when you’re creating something beautiful together. I knew when I returned to Brazil with the choir those emotions would return, but I had no idea how much this trip would change me. For months after my epiphany, the idea stayed on my mind. Then, Russ suggested I pursue funding through Partners of the Americas. He recommended I talk to Juniata’s Dean of International Programs at the time, JoAnn deArmas Wallace, who was a Partners member. She encouraged me through six months of proposal writing, facilitated discussions with important connections and encouraged me as I sent my finished idea on to Washington, D.C. In July 2011, Partners agreed to fund my trip, scheduled for the next month, back to Salvador. Initially, my idea was an exchange of art where Brazilian artists and American artists could show sense of place in one cohesive exhibit. The purpose of my Partners-funded trip was to make the connections I needed to make exchanges happen. Instead, I got the idea for something larger. What follows is my account of bringing an idea to life.
Day 1: Monday, August 22, 2011 I flew into Salvador today, and met Maria Adair, an art professor suggested by Partners. Together, we visited Sergio Rabinovitz. I thought I’d meet mostly street artists on this trip, but he’s very accomplished and exhibits in London and New York City. In his studio, his assistants maneuvered through piles of work, pulling out many pieces to show to me. He is currently working on a video of capoeira, watching groups practice it on the beaches. Eventually, he tells me, he wants to blow the images up and create an installation in which the dancers will surround people. All day I’ve been thinking, “This is exactly what I wanted to do—talk to an artist who does the kind of art that is typical of Bahia.”
Day 3: Wednesday, August 24 Maria is quickly becoming the key to this project. On choir tours, when I went abroad, I had fabulous homestay experiences with people sharing what they’re proud of in their culture. We never stayed in a hotel, unlike tourists who experience countries mostly from the outside. Each time I’ve gone to Brazil since—and I’ve been there four times—I experience a deeper level of the culture. On this trip, Maria is like my homestay mom. She’s shown her art nationally and teaches at Ufba University. Perhaps that’s why she seems to know everyone here. She’s already connected me with several of the artists I want to meet. And, she’s told me that some Brazilian artists have done
Brazil Nut These works in progress reveal that even Bahian children represent themselves in art. Here they mold their own image in papier mache over plastic bottles. When complete, the sculptures will have arms and legs.
“My life has been a series of opportunities that I’ve taken advantage of and they’ve tangentially led to other opportunities. My connections at Juniata have let me take advantage of opportunities long after I’ve graduated.” —Amy Chamberlin ’94
a group show with French artists. Together, we’ve come up with the idea to use that show as a model to do an exchange with artists from Pennsylvania. The art expert for my version of international art dealing is Zeca Fernandes, a gallery owner willing to help with the logistics of my project from shipping to insurance. In Brazil, Fernandes will secure gallery space, but he’s also a curator. We walked through an exhibition he’d curated of works by his father, talking about why he’d hung each the way he had, a kind of personal guide to local art history. Day 6: Saturday, August 27 Today I was able to visit Maria’s studio. Her home itself
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(Far left) Chamberlin met with dozens of Brazilian artists, including Sergio Rabinovitz, shown here with Amy in his studio. Directly below, Maria Adair, a host to Chamberlin, organizes materials in a studio.
is a work of art. Her windows are etched, her flatware painted. I’ve come to learn that she’s not matriarchal only to me—she’s the mother hen for many local artists, keeping in touch with her students-turned-artists years after their graduations, hosting luncheons for them and coordinating larger endeavors—she was central to the development of the exchange of Bahian and French artists. Day 8: Monday, August 29 Sometimes you have to see artwork before a vision emerges. Take Goya Lopes. We visited her factory today and she told me how Salvador was a place for slaves to pass through centuries ago. In her screen design, Goya works to keep the African symbols and meaning in African-Bahian culture. As we walked through the process of her work from concept on paper to the quilt on a bed, I noticed that her work is all handmade. She has a boutique in an airport in Salvador, so when you arrive in Brazil, you see her art—and its meanings— right away.
Day 10: Wednesday, August 31 The Cidade do Saber (“City of Knowledge”) in Camaçari is a kind of community center stretched out across an entire campus, a gift to the people of the city where they can learn and experience things—from dancing and swimming to theatre and painting. Here, I gave a lecture on York, Pa., and sense of place so the community members could understand where I was coming from. I showed works from four York artists: Brenda Wintermyer, Lindsey Keeney, Bob Miller and myself, pointing out such York landmarks 34
as the central marketplace and Performing Arts Center, snow and the typical housing streetscapes. Then, I divided the audience up into groups of four. Each group worked on one huge sheet of paper, working out the answer to the question, “What means home to you? Represent your sense of place.” The people attending were adults and children, but not just parents with their kids. It felt like all peoples and social classes were there, drawing and painting with me. It was so cool. Just like in choir, we were creating something beautiful and meaningful together. And, while we were creating, we were talking about it, asking each other, “Why did you draw this? Why that?” The children saw paintings with snow from York and asked, “What is snow?” They ended up learning about baseball and I learned about soccer. At lunch, I met the Camaçari secretary of culture. His name is Vital Vasconcelos. We talked about why he supports this place. He said that the residents of Bahia are poor and that he felt that this place helps people feel ownership of their slice of homeland. It’s true. You can sense the ownership in this place. It was short on supplies, but what it did have, people respected. We connected over a discussion about the importance of art and artists to economic development. His welcome reception of my ideas gave me a little more confidence. Maybe, given his status, he’d even be able to help find funding possibilities. Throughout the trip, I’d had open access to everything. The people of Brazil had shown me everything and they were excited to brainstorm. More than one person asked me, “Where can we go from here?” Then, I had to go home, in order to take the project further.
From far left, these scenes of artists, community members and Amy Chamberlin, took place in Camaçari, Brazil in a community center called Ciudad do Saber (“City of Knowledge”). At the workshop Amy showed works from four artists from York, Pa., and had the workshop attendees depict an answer to the question “What means home to you?”
What’s Next I’m at home now and I’ve just finished typing a Facebook message to Cle Berntheizel, owner of Garth Gallery in Columbia, Pa., one location where the BahianPennsylvania Sense of Place Exhibition will show. My plan now is to do group shows that include both Pennsylvanian and Bahian artists in both the U.S. and Brazil. For each set of artists, I envision a fully-immersive experience, not unlike my recent excursion. When the show is in Pennsylvania, I’d like to have Bahian artists come and present lectures, workshops and cooperate with American artists, seeing their studios and work firsthand. I’d like the Bahian artists to be hosted by locals. Then, I’d like the American artists to have similar experiences in Brazil. I want these artists to have the opportunity I’ve had—to expand. My life has been a series of opportunities that I’ve taken advantage of and they’ve tangentially led to other opportunities. My connections at Juniata have let me take advantage of opportunities long after I’ve graduated. Next, I will pursue further funding for this project. Partners of the Americas isn’t capable of funding my complete future vision, but having the buy-in of that organization will be instrumental for future funding. Knowing that
a funder supported my idea—and the idea that regular people can do meaningful projects—has inspired me. A whole world of possibilities has opened up. It’s a cliché that the world is getting smaller, but it’s true. I can’t help but take a moment to look back, remembering how nervous I was about this idea, wondering to myself, “Is this even a worthy project for funding or is it a silly, random personal interest I should pursue on my own?” Now I know: there are many ways to pursue ideas, even outside of academia, if you’re persistent and resourceful. This project has a greater meaning to more people than I could’ve originally imagined. >j<
Amy and Cle Berntheizel, owner of the Garth Gallery in Columbia, Pa., will collaborate on a Bahian-Pennsylvania Sense of Place Exhibition, showing works from Brazil and the York area.
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Juniata Professors Incorporate Entrepreneurialism 36
By John Wall Photo Illustration: Sarah E. Erdely ’12 Photography: J.D. Cavrich (unless noted)
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ere’s a great Friday night dining scenario: A couple walks in to a busy restaurant in midtown Miami. The loud, boisterous eatery is decorated in Tiki Bar-meetsGilligan’s Island decor, with dazzling Caribbean colors complementing the tropically themed furniture, tableware and interior. On the walls are murals featuring abstracted images of a rather ugly toad, a weirdly cute fat rat and a reddish crustacean. Welcome to Unusually Tasty. 2012 Fall-Winter
One of the first Coleman Fellows at Juniata, environmental scientist Uma Ramakrishnan goes over a lesson in her class. One of the lessons Uma learned about business is that students from other disciplines can grab at the chance to create value through a business venture, marketing a service or influencing social behavior.
“May I tell you about our mission?” says the waiter. At the nod of the diners, he launches into a menu recitation that is both thrilling and a bit off-putting. “Most of the entrees on our menu are based on invasive species that are ecological threats in the United States. For instance our hot wings are actually the legs of the cane toad, and we also use an Australian recipe for our frog legs from the same species. Another popular dish is our Creole-prepared nutria, which is a meaty rodent native to Louisiana—it tastes like chicken. Our most popular dish is Asian-style crab legs from the Boucourt Swimming Crab, an invasive species native to Jamaica.”
The menu at Unusually Tasty also includes such invasive species offerings as Charru Mussels, watercress, spearmint and Sea Squirt. At this point readers have no doubt realized there is no restaurant in Miami or anywhere else specializing in haute cuisine made with hated invaders from the plant and animal kingdom. It does exist, however, in the fertile mind of a Juniata environmental science student who created the idea as a business proposal in the course Natural Resource Management. 38
“The ideal situation is that the professors become resources for students who might have business ideas, and also become ambassadors within their departments to encourage other professors to bring entrpreneurial ideas and practices into their courses.”
—Nick Felice, executive director of the Juniata Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership
the Coleman Foundation to bring business principles into Juniata classes last year. The foundation is betting that giving students studying subjects other than business the chance to create value through a business venture, marketing a distinct service, or even influencing social behavior, might spark business ideas. This year, Coleman selected three more faculty to receive the grants: biologist Jeff Demarest, Sarah Worley ’00, assistant professor of communication, and Nathan Wagoner, director of new media communication. The idea is to take entrepreneurial inspiration out of the business department and spread the wealth around into other academic departments—sort of like seeding crops in new fields that have never grown crops before.
“The ideal situation is that the professors become resources for students who might have business ideas, and also become ambassadors within their departments to encourage other professors to bring entrepreneurial ideas and practices into their courses,” says Nick Felice, director of the Juniata College Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Despite Ramakrishnan’s reluctance to take the plunge herself, she thinks it’s a good idea that students from all disciplines are exposed to business concepts. Bill Thomas, professor of information technology and computer science, agrees, pointing out that it often takes an outside influence to see the need for a new business. Thomas, who brought entrepreneurialism into his Software Engineering 39
Typically, students in that course take on research assignments like tracking deer migration paths or counting the number of salamanders in a square mile of forest. But that was before environmental scientist Uma Ramakrishnan received a grant from the Coleman Foundation to incorporate principles of entrepreneurialism into one of her classes. So, Ramakrishnan must be an accomplished businesswoman herself to have received such a prestigious grant. “No, no, I don’t think I have the passion for business,” she says with a smile. “It would be way too stressful for me because of the risk—it would be like gambling.” Ramakrishnan, along with Bill Thomas, a computer scientist, and artist Bethany Benson all were part of a high-stakes gamble by
One of the “apps” created in the Information Technology course Software Engineering, taught by Bill Thomas, details Pennsylvania ski conditions.
course, points out that students who are in the middle of a course of study tend to immerse themselves in the curriculum. Inspiring entrepreneurial instincts beyond the business department is at the heart of the Coleman Foundation grants. Juniata received $15,000 to fund three Coleman fellows in 201011 and received $15,000 this year for three new Coleman Fellows. Each fellow, with the help of an entrepreneurship expert, develops a course incorporating selfemployment ideas. The fellows then are asked to join a cohort of fellows from across the country to spread entrepreneurship across other disciplines. For Thomas, the natural place for his Coleman efforts lay in software programming. Not just any kind of software, though. He decided to concentrate on smartphone apps (an application for use on a smartphone, like the “Angry Birds” game) based on the limited time students had to develop a concept and the free-for-all that is the app market. “The barriers to entry for iPhone and Android Apps are very low, and if you build something people want, it’s easier to sell,” he explains. “As far as ease of entry and interest of the students it’s a great market and you’re not going to lose your shirt if the app fails.”
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“If you build something people want, it’s easier to sell. As far as ease of entry and interest of the students it’s a great market and you’re not going to lose your shirt if the app fails.” —Bill Thomas, professor of information technology and computer science
“At the end of the course, the students will be a little more savvy about marketing themselves, paying themselves and finding a market. We also wanted to instill into the students that they don’t have to do all these things, but they should know they are options for them.” —Bethany Benson, assistant professor of art
Juniata ceramics student James Collier ’13, of Wilmington, Del., explains the aesthetics of one of his pieces to Peggy Lockhoff, accounting services assistant, at the Ceramics Sale. Ceramics artist Bethany Benson says art is inherently entrepreneurial and participating in the sale gives students a taste of real-world art careers. 41
Thomas, Ramakrishnan and Bethany Benson, assistant professor of art, all brought varying viewpoints to the process, but the one constant in all three efforts was a visit by Jim Donaldson ’67, who teaches the entrepreneurial sequence for the business department. Donaldson spoke to all the classes, but it was a student entrepreneur, Hannah Long ’12, of Johnstown, Pa., a gourmet chocolates business owner, who demonstrated that starting a business wasn’t impossible. She started her own gourmet chocolate candy business. “I gave the students a brief overview of the components that go into a business plan and stressed the importance of financing and marketing,” Long says. Ramakrishnan brought in self-employed natural resource professionals such as a consulting forester, a fisheries scientist and a wetlands/stream mitigation consultant. Each student was assigned to complete a 10-page business proposal. Among the best? The Unusually Tasty bistro, a native-plant landscaping business, a bed and breakfast with its own fish hatchery, and a design company for stylish ocean reef structures. “I think students tend to think that a career is an either/or opportunity,” Ramakrishnan says. “This type of experience makes it more real.” Ceramic artist Benson chose to concentrate on how to create a part-time business, since for 90 percent of the art world, a fulltime job is required to support artistic endeavors. “At the end of the course (Wheel Throwing), the students will be a little more savvy about marketing themselves, paying themselves and finding a market,” she says. “We also wanted to instill into the students that they don’t have to do all these things, but they should know they are options for them.” At the end of the course Benson requires the students to participate
Cheryl Mariani â€™12, of Delran, N.J., takes time to unwrap and set up her table in Ellis Hall at the popular Ceramics Sale. Juniata faculty, staff and community members flock to the sale to perhaps find the next art star in Juniataâ€™s firmament.
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Just One Word…Conferences Two requirements for receiving a Coleman Foundation grant include attending monthly “Coffee Cup” conferences and traveling to the Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference in Lisle, Ill. or the Collegiate Entrepreneur’s Conference (CEO) held last October in Fort Worth, Texas. While academic conferences can often be, well, stuffy, the Juniata faculty attending these confabs report that they’re anything but boring. The Coffee Cups ask all of the Coleman Fellows to gather with Nick Felice, JCEL executive director, and web conference with anywhere from 40 to 100 other Fellows across the country. “They ask three representatives to talk on an issue and we can pop a question at any time,” Felice explains. The larger SEA and CEO conferences give the Coleman Fellows a chance to experience ideas that would not pop up at a meeting in their own discipline. For example, Sarah Worley attended a CEO conference in 2006 after receiving a Coleman grant and helped coach students in preparing for an “Elevator Pitch” competition. Juniata came home with several winning pitches. Bill Thomas felt hearing the stories of entrepreneurs such as Mike Delazzer, founder of Redbox, the DVD vending machine company, was just as valuable as the official sessions. He also points out that such conferences have an aura of excitement and energy lacking at other conferences. “It’s a much more lively scene with all of these kids running around in suits and ties. I think faculty and the students are excited to be there and they bring that excitement back to the classroom.” —John Wall, Editor, director of media relations 2012 Fall-Winter
“We’ll assess the skills of the group and match them to the needs of the organization. The consequences are real, the money is real and the problems are real; I think that’s very rich, high-impact learning.” —Sarah Worley ’00, assistant professor of communication
in the ceramics sale in Ellis Hall in fall and spring, focusing most of the entrepreneurial lessons on these two events. But she also makes sure students know about operating costs. “It costs $400 to fire the College kiln,” she says. She also plans to ask Coleman compatriot Thomas to drop by to tell ceramics students how to create a website. “Just because you’re an artist doesn’t mean you don’t have to think about paying the rent and paying bills.” All Coleman Fellows are required to attend a conference, either the Self Employment in the Arts Conference, or the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization Conference (see sidebar). “Millikin University (in Decatur, Ill.) has an art store that students run and they sell services as well,” she adds. This year she has asked several self employed potters to speak to the class. Benson explains that exposure to new ideas at a conference can energize not only students but also faculty. 44
In order to keep campus energized about entrepreneurialism, JCEL and the Coleman Foundation seeks a critical mass of at least six fellows from different academic departments. The next generation of Fellows hope students find inspiration in topics ranging from pale ale to social entrepreneurialism. A proposal from Sarah Worley, assistant professor of communication, almost went beyond the pale for the Coleman Foundation because her idea centers on social entrepreneurs. In Group Communication, she asks four groups of five students to propose, plan and carry out a service project. “Whether it’s for-profit or nonprofit, the same skills are involved—such as decision-making, community partnerships or conflict management,” she says. Even though most of the proposals are meant to be nonprofit, Worley has added money into the mix by asking Abbey Baird ’09,
community service and service learning coordinator, to fund two final proposals up to $50. Each project must give a final outcomes report to Baird. In the past student projects have organized street art fairs, free art projects, and planned salsa dancing and created a Fiesta Dinner at Westminster Woods. “We’ll assess the skills of the group and match them to the needs of the organization,” Worley explains. “The consequences are real, the money is real and the problems are real; I think that’s very rich, high-impact learning.” That same heady learning can be applied to biologist Jeff Demarest’s The Art & Science of Brewing. Plus, if a Juniatian founds a microbrewery, there’s a good chance they’ll get rich in the bargain. “Craft brewing is a (growing job market) in a down economy,” says Demarest, who went through the acclaimed brewing program at the University
Business of California-Davis. “What’s unique to brewing is you don’t have to do a market survey. If the product is good, you won’t have to do much to market it.” Demarest has scheduled visits to a local brewpub and to area breweries such as Yuengling Brewery in Pottstown, Pa. or Troegs in Harrisburg, Pa. In addition, Donaldson and Randy Rosenberger, who analyzed the microbrewery industry as an investment banker in Philadelphia before opting for an academic career, have agreed to speak to the class. Nathan Wagoner, director of new media communication, who teaches Digital Video Production, is focusing his course on freelancing. That is, as the students learn filmmaking principles, the course
will weave in self-employment modules to guide would-be Scorseses through building a website, making a demonstration “reel,” legal preparation and networking. Students also can take on an entrepreneurial client for the course’s final project, a 2- to 4-minute video production. Some of the students inspired by these courses or the entrepreneurial sequence in the business department can put their ideas under the hot lights of scrutiny by entering JCEL’s Business Plan Competition, sponsored by the Huntingdon Daily News, the Young Entrepreneurs Society, JCEL and Juniata’s business department. This November, Nathaniel Fischer ’14, of Ringwood, N.J. received $2,500 for Weazel LLC, a sporting goods company manufacturing and selling the
paddles used in the emerging sport of land paddling, which combines elements of longboard skateboarding and stand-up paddleboarding. Fischer can use the prize to start a business or as discretionary spending. Not every Juniata student will want to step outside the career track to follow a dream, but the Coleman Foundation’s idea for nurturing visionary ventures can only increase the odds of finding the next Big Idea or Killer App. “The beauty of this idea is that it plants seeds in places where a business idea might not be a priority,” Felice says. “Now, if a student wants to step outside the box and write a business plan or start an enterprise, we will have a group of faculty and JCEL to help them.” >j<
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Every month the College’s Coleman Fellows gather at the JCEL offices for a webinar called “Coffee Cup Conferences,” where Juniata’s fellows interact with Coleman Fellows at campuses across the country. From left, a few fellow Fellows include Nathan Wagoner, who is incorporating business principles in his digital production course, Jeff Demarest, who brewed up a new business module for his beermaking course, Bill Thomas, who brought entrepreneurial principles to Software Engineering, and Nick Felice, executive director of JCEL.
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Getting Genes for Less Juniata Biology Program Obtains New Technology Through Old-school Teamwork By Jason Greenberg â€™12 Photography: J.D. Cavrich (unless noted)
Genomic research is the next frontier for emerging biology researchers. Juniata has taken a smartly conceived idea of sharing resources and adapted it for an undergraduate science programâ€”which gives budding scientists a leg up on the competition. 46
you are Michael J. Fox and you hop into a DeLorean sports car much like the one in Back to the Future. You travel all the way back to a 7th century European monastery. As you walk into a cold, cramped, dimly lit room, you find an elderly, small-statured monk hunched over a desk, meticulously transcribing every letter of the Bible. His bony fingers slowly and precisely portray each line of each letter to perfection because this is his life’s work.
At that moment you think to yourself, “There has to be a better and more efficient way to do this.” So you grab the original manuscript, hop back in the DeLorean, and go back to the future. There, you make 1,000 copies of the work in 24 hours. The next day you take the DeLorean back to the 7th century, give the monk the copies and the original manuscript, and drive around Europe with the monk in the passenger seat distributing the copies like a teenager would deliver the news on a neighborhood paper route. You turn to the now bright-eyed monk and say, “That was easy.” Like monks with manuscripts, biology researchers are always on the lookout for more time- and cost-efficient ways to do their work. Juniata biology professors Michael Boyle and Vincent Buonaccorsi, are no different. The two have found a new way to give motivated students access to research technology. It also—like the wondrous copying technology described to the monk above—streamlines once tedious aspects of genetic research. Once again, getting access to breakthrough technology puts Juniata students on the cutting edge of biology research. The breakthrough, a technique called nextgeneration sequencing, is a way of analyzing all genes
in a genome as opposed to looking at one or a few genes at a time. The technique involves sending out samples to be sequenced to the Penn State Genome Core Facility, and then interpreting the mountains of data that result. Specialized computer programs identify mutations and align genes from different samples for comparison. Or as Buonaccorsi puts it, “Instead of taking a flashlight into the night sky, we are able to bring out the sun and see the whole landscape of molecular change.” However, this revolutionary new technique has typically been used primarily by large research institutions. “In total, the instrumentation costs millions of dollars. So the only people who are able to afford that are these really big research universities like Penn State,” Boyle says. Of course, he and Buonaccorsi could have left the technology to big institutions and avoided years of grant writing and pleading to bring this level of research to Juniata. But the pair decided to go above and beyond to put the College at the forefront of the most advanced research techniques. “About three years ago we decided that we wanted to make this happen one way or another. This is a transformative technology that both of us needed in our research to take it to the next level and both of us thought, while difficult, it was important for the students to learn this,” Buonaccorsi said. Taking their own resourcefulness to the next level, Boyle and Buonaccorsi devised a plan to bring together 12 smaller colleges to share the cost and facilities in order to bring the technology to undergraduates. They figured the smaller institutions could kill two birds with one stone by requesting one run of genomesequencing data from Penn State’s high-priced equipment to analyze the nine separate projects by all the institutions in the consortium. This is a relatively simple solution for the 12 colleges: Juniata, Bucknell University, 48
“Instead of taking a flashlight into the night sky, we are able to bring out the sun and see the whole landscape of molecular change.” —Vince Buonaccorsi, associate professor of biology
Biologist Vince Buonaccorsi, shown here teaching his biostatistics class, has used Juniata’s membership in a 12-institution consortium to have his microbiology lab students create a learning module for freshman biology students by using public genome samples obtained through a web database.
small liberal arts colleges now have the opportunity to get real-world experience on technology that was previously only accessible to postgraduates. The high-level learning is not just restricted to a few seniors and the biology faculty. Instead, GCATSEEK has allowed the Juniata biology program to enhance the learning techniques potentially all the way down to freshman courses. “We are introducing it in our classrooms before most other schools,” Boyle says. “And because we’ve got this collaboration with other regional colleges, there is now a group of people who interact to figure out what works in the classrooms and
we can exchange ideas so that everybody ends up with improved ways to train our students.” In order to better train students, Buonaccorsi’s microbiology lab class is creating a module to teach genetics to freshman biology students, using the technology, which puts students in the role of the genetic counselor of the future. The module would allow students to identify mutations and interpret what those mutations mean with respect to a person’s health. The lab section includes seniors Monica Dhaduk ’12 of Lebanon, Pa., Megan Russell ’12 of Belle Vernon, Pa., Rebecca Shuke ’12 of Hopewell, Pa., Shawn Shumaker ’12 of Hollidaysburg, Pa. and 49
Duquesne University, Gettysburg College, Hampton University, Hood College, Lock Haven University, Lycoming College, Morgan State University, Mount Aloysius College, Ramapo College of New Jersey and Susquehanna University. The payoff is that small colleges do not have to purchase the equipment and can share the cost of the data itself. Together, these schools form the “Genome Consortium for Active Teaching Using Next-Generation Sequencing” or “GCAT-SEEK.” The network has expanded since July to include 50 schools. Thanks to the division of costs and a $49,449 research grant from the National Science Foundation, students of
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what it means. It is a huge advantage.” —Vince Buonaccorsi, associate professor of biology
Juniata biologists Mike Boyle, left, and Vince Buonaccorsi, right, shed light on Juniata’s GCAT-Seek consortium, which gives Juniata students the opportunity to tackle genomic research projects, with reduced costs to the College’s bottom line. 50
“The next generation of physicians are going to have to be able to read these sequences for recommendations to their patients: what their lifestyles should be, what type of drugs they should be on, what type of diseases they may be prone to.” —Michael Boyle, William J. von Liebig Chair in Biomedical Sciences
that can be quite significant. “It has major ethical, legal and societal implications,” Boyle says. “(Next-generation sequencing) is a technique that is revolutionizing medicine and the way we look at evolution. This is going to be something that will allow us to predict someone’s risk of disease.” “Part of the reason I wanted to get into research is because there’s always hope that some interesting things will pop up that might lead to important discoveries,” Whitehead says. Although GCAT-SEEK is a pilot program right now, the consortium’s hope is to attain another grant to support continued research and development of ways to more effectively teach biology. The program will put Juniata students ahead of the curve compared to many similar institutions. As a result, when alumni become doctors and are faced with exploring genome-sequencing, they may be better equipped to assess patients’ health. And when their bosses are struggling with the new technology, Juniata graduates will be saying, with a big grin on their face, “That was easy.” >j< —Jason Greenberg ’12 is a magazine intern from Redding, Conn. 51
Kelly Yingling ’12 of Three Springs, Pa. They are using public human genome samples obtained through a web database and databases that contain predictions regarding which mutations are likely to be damaging to the individual. The network also has a website (www.gcat-seek.org) that provides a medium for faculty to discuss ways of using the new technology to maximize the effectiveness of the technology in teaching fundamental biological concepts to the students. Improved training will come in handy in the near future for Juniata biology students looking to go to medical school or into the professional world. “They will have a leg up, maybe even on professors, on how to interpret an individual’s genetic data and understand what it means,” Buonaccorsi says. “It is a huge advantage.” The importance of involving students in the next wave of science cannot be understated, according to Boyle. “The next generation of physicians are going to have to be able to read these sequences for recommendations to their patients: what their lifestyles should be, what type of drugs they should be on, what type of diseases they may be prone to,” he explains. Two student researchers immediately benefitting from GCAT-SEEK are John Whitehead ’12 of Buorne, Texas, and Caitlyn Bowman ’12 of Seven Valleys, Pa. Bowman’s assignment is to physically prepare samples to be sent to Penn State’s equipment for analysis and publish her protocols on the network web page. Once the information comes back to Juniata, Whitehead and Bowman will each perform tasks related to analysis and interpretation. “It is important to me because this research experience carries over into what I will be doing after Juniata,” Whitehead said. “I might know more than a lot of people (on the topic of genomic sequencing) going forward and will have the experience that sets me apart from other researchers.” The enhancement of the learning experience for undergraduate students is the main purpose of GCATSEEK. But there are advantages for faculty too. The information that can be found through these methods may help research projects, such as Buonaccorsi’s study of speciation genetics, on which Whitehead and Bowman are currently working. “What we are able to do is sequence the functional part of the genome from two closely related species of rockfish and see which genes and biological processes were involved in their original divergence. Our understanding of speciation derives mainly from model species like the fruit fly, so there is still a lot to learn about how this fundamental evolutionary process occurs more generally,” Buonaccorsi says. Results of findings are then shared within a network and ultimately published in the scientific literature so that researchers can collaborate to make discoveries
Wheel of Fortune By John Wall
Feats of Clay Inspire Artistic Teaching Career
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o some, the wheel is a symbol of mobility, ever searching for the right situation. To the prophet Ezekiel, the wheel was a symbol of faith, and to Buddhists, the wheel is a means to follow the Noble Eightfold path to self-awakening.
To Bethany Benson, assistant professor of art, the wheel means all of that and more, although she’s hardly mystical about it. To the longtime ceramic artist, the wheel is both tool and muse. In the context of her current career as the artist in charge of Juniata’s celebrated ceramics program, the wheel is the lab and classroom where she encourages students to strive for art. “I knew I loved the wheel,” she says of her first exposure to creating objects from clay. “I found it interesting and inspiring. Whether I was doing it or watching other people do things, I just loved the wheel.” The ceramics wheel uses centrifugal force to shape and lift a lump of clay into a bowl, a cup or a work of art. Benson felt the force of making art early in her childhood in Foxborough, Mass. Searching for an experience that would get her out of the house in the summer, the 12-year-old Bethany found a Clay Camp at the local high school. “I still have the first thing I made—an ostrich that stands like a flamingo,” she says with a laugh. “I took all kinds of art classes—drawing and painting—but I was drawn to clay.” Although she loved any kind of hands-on course, including typing and shop, Bethany also excelled at math, something that gave her concerned parents hope that she wouldn’t end up as a starving artist. They offered to pay for college if she pursued a “more lucrative career,” Bethany recalls. They visited many campuses and many programs (“There was one college where I wouldn’t get out of the car,” she says). She even considered ceramic engineering (“I could have gone the NASA route”) until settling on art therapy at the College of New Rochelle. 52
Ceramicist Bethany Benson has loved working on the pottery wheel since participating in a summer art camp. These days, she’s doing the teaching, but she also maintains a career as a working artist. Ceramics alumni and enthusiasts are invited to attend the ceramics reunion during Alumni Weekend in June. See page 69 for details.
she says. “In college, the students’ brains are so wide open and the (ideas) that come from those brains are so exciting. There was something in there that made me believe this is what I was meant to do.” Whatever higher power was at the wheel forming her career path must have agreed with Bethany’s predestination theory because she had a job offer in 2007 after graduation. With Southeast Missouri State University. As an adjunct. “I was thrilled,” she says. “I asked them if I could think about it over the weekend, which I guess was my idea of some kind of negotiating tactic.” Luckily for Juniata, Bethany’s playing hard-to-get made it easier for the College to recruit her. She received a phone call that weekend from the head of Juniata’s hiring committee and the rest is, well, one more turn of the wheel. Since coming to Juniata Bethany worked with colleague Monika Malewska to create a Studio Art POE and is currently working to recreate the studio ceramics course and curriculum. Oh yeah, she also found time in all this for a personal life. A few years back she met Jonathan Burns, one of the founders of the archeology/anthropology firm AXIS Research Inc. Turns out he was tending bar at Boxer’s, a fateful meeting Bethany recounted in the 2011 FallWinter issue of Juniata magazine. What was it that drew her attention? “He started telling me about his wheel,” she says, smiling. They were married in October. >j< 53
Well, two years later the wheel kept drawing her back to art and she transferred to the University of MassachusettsDartmouth. The campus was renowned for its ceramics program although she didn’t truly know that at the time. “I was totally blown away,” she says of the program. “I was also scared out of my mind because I thought I was in way over my head. I thought clay came in boxes and glaze came in jars.” Eventually she acclimated herself to the studio and found like souls through the “camaraderie of ceramics.” Moreover, she could see upon graduation in 2000 she was quite good at working the wheel and using other ceramic techniques. The next stop was becoming an artist. Flash forward to 2001 at the Atlantic Pottery Supply Co. in Atlantic Beach, Fla., where Bethany became a resident artist. “I would do everything— teach classes, run the forklift, sell pots out of the gallery,” she says. “But it also showed me that making art is dependent on a lot of things that are out of your control.” You also have to have a lot of extra jobs. Here’s a partial list of jobs Bethany has held to pay the bills: Jo-Ann Fabrics employee; waitress; bartender; book conservationist; live-in nanny; and house cleaner. That said, she found the job she enjoyed the most was teaching lessons at the pottery company and other places. “I realized I really enjoyed seeing that ‘a-ha’ moment,” she says. “Sometimes artists can forget what it’s like to discover things and it was great to share that and get that excitement back.” In order to generate excitement among her students, Bethany first had to generate some credentials—so she returned to school. But she didn’t immediately enter a master’s degree program. She felt she had to hone her skills a bit more. She spent 2004 at Ohio’s Bowling Green State University, working exclusively in the university’s ceramics studio. “I paid one credit hour and I had full access to the studio,” she says. While there, she worked with John Balistreri, a ceramicist and sculptor, who modeled for his students not only a career as an artist but also as an educator. She decided to earn her master’s in fine arts degree at Southern Illinois University and simultaneously opted to pursue a career in higher education. “When you’re teaching K-12 or community classes, it’s more about just learning,”
Faculty Notes 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—
Q: This particular project spanned five co-authors, is that also the number of students that worked on the project? A: No, more than 10 worked on the project, which started in 2004.
Q: How is an article submitted, do you send an outline to the editor and then write the article or do you just send the entire article? A: No, you always send the article and a cover letter. There is a waiting period. This one took two months to be approved. We’re going through one right now where we have been waiting for publishing approval for more than a year. Q: What does having a co-author credit on a journal article mean for a student, even one that has long since graduated? A: They become part of the social network of science. Their name is out there and they have assembled a body of work. I always tell students what one of my professors told me, “Science is not science unless it is communicated.”
Jack Barlow, professor of politics, presented a paper, “Of Rights and Revolutions: Liberty and Equality in the Political Thought of Gouverneur Morris” at the American Political Science Association annual meeting in Seattle in September. He also participated in the panel “The Roman Knows.” Michael Beamer, director of the Intensive English Program, was appointed by the College Board to help develop the company’s ESL placement test. Beamer traveled to San Antonio, Texas to help write the test. Bethany Benson, assistant professor of art, exhibited her work at the Central Pennsylvania Potter’s Juried Exhibition at the Clay Place in Carnegie, Pa. in October and early November. Vince Buonaccorsi, associate professor of biology, published, with Michael Boyle, von Liebig Chair in Biomedical Sciences, and 13 co-authors, including Jay Hosler, associate professor of biology, a paper, “GCAT-SEEKquence: Genome Consortium for Active Teaching” in the Journal CBE Life Sciences Education. Buonaccorsi also was an invited speaker on Juniata’s GCAT-SEEK program at the meeting of the Allegheny Branch of the American Society of Microbiology in November at Mount Aloysius College.
Marlene Burkhardt, professor of information technology and business, served as chair and spoke, at the 2011 Northeast Association of Business Economics and Technology conference in State College, Pa., in October, on uteachulearn.com, a website developed by Burkhardt’s students in the Managing Advanced Technology class. The site serves students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through open courseware, ratings systems and expert reviews. She also presented a paper coauthored with Juniata students Matthew Tundel ’11,
Douglas Glazier, professor of biology,
and five Juniata co-authors, Eric Butler ’05, Sara Lombardi ’07, Travis Deptola ’09, Andrew Reese ’11 and Erin Satterthwaite ’10 published a paper on ecological effects on metabolic scaling in the journal Ecological Monographs. Glazier also was invited to speak on “Clash of the Titans: The Competing Influences of Newton and Darwin in Biological Scaling” at Kenyon College in October.
Doug Glazier has always split his faculty position with his wife, biologist Deb Kirchhof-Glazier, so he could devote time to his research. He maintains a steady publication record, often, like most of Juniata’s professors, including students as co-authors.
Stephanie Varner ’11, Kevin Campbell ’11, David Thorpe ’12, Douglas Jackson ’11, and Dominic Bornman’12, called “One-Stop Access to Web Courseware STEME Education.” Celia Cook-Huffman, Burkholder Professor of Conflict Resolution, has been appointed to the Conflict Resolution Studies Peer Review Committee for the Fulbright Specialist Program by The Council for International Exchange of Scholars. Jenifer Cushman, dean for international programs, edited the fall 2011 journal for the Midwest Modern Language Association, one of the perks of being the association’s past president. She also wrote a book review of Vivian Liska’s When Kafka Says We, published in the July 2011 Journal of Jewish Identities. Sarah DeHaas, Martin Brumbaugh Professor of Education, was appointed to the planning committee for the 40th Annual Education Law Conference and will serve as a session facilitator for the conference. Christopher Grant, laboratory teacher in biology, received a grant for $96,000 from Colcom Foundation to analyze mercury pollution in aquatic ecosystems. He also received $20,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to assess and monitor stream restoration projects for re-establishment of brook trout and other native fishes. Richard Hark, professor of chemistry, and five student co-authors published an article on conflict minerals analysis in the journal Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry. Hark also gave an invited talk on geochemical fingerprinting of the conflict mineral columbite-tantalite using LIBS instruments at a meeting of the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies in Reno, Nev. in October.
For a more inclusive list of faculty achievements, please go to extra➤ www.juniata.edu/extra. www.juniata.edu/magazine.
Monika Malewska, assistant professor of art, exhibited her work at a solo exhibition, “Carnal Designs,” and gave an artist’s talk in July at Good Question Gallery in Augusta, N.J. and at a group exhibition, “Cordially Yours,” at Camel Art Space in Brooklyn, N.Y., in July. Ei-Ichiro Ochiai, professor emeritus of chemistry, published the book Chemicals for Life and Living, published by Springer Verlag, an examination of how chemicals affect the material world and human beings. Dennis Plane, associate professor of politics, won Best Presentation Award 2011 (with a co-author) from the Political Science Education Section of the American Political Science Association for the paper “Attitudes about Voter Registration: The Influence of Teaching.” Plane and the same co-author wrote a chapter, “An Alternative Measure of Political Trust: Reconciling Theory and Practice,” in the book Improving Public Opinion Surveys: Interdisciplinary Innovation and the American National Election Studies. Deborah Roney, assistant professor of English and director of Language in Motion, was invited to speak about Language in Motion at Middlebury College to the president and key faculty and administrators in June. Randy Rosenberger, associate professor of business, spoke on “Television in the Management Classroom: Seeking the ‘Gold’” at the Northeastern Association of Business, Economics, and Technology Annual Conference in State College in October. He also published an opinion column on the closing of Borders Bookstores in the Harrisburg Patriot News Aug. 5.
Photos: (left) courtesy of Juniata College; (top right) Jason Jones; (bottom right) J.D. Cavrich
Q: When you work with so many co-authors over a wide range of time, how do you manage the writing? A: Each student was involved in one component of the project and they all wrote reports. I take those reports and write a first draft of the article. I contacted each one—each one of them are in graduate programs by the way—and they gave me feedback on the article.
Q: How is a fraud examiner different from an accountant? A: Accountants make sure a client or a company complies with all laws and regulations while a fraud examiner is called in where there is a suspicion of a crime or fraud and they use specific techniques to uncover the fraud. Q: What is it about fraud that inspired you to learn how to uncover it? A: I was an internal auditor at a company where we discovered a fraud and I became really interested when we worked to find out what was going on. Today there is more and more fraud happening and it’s becoming a lot more important to (be a fraud examiner) as people find new ways to do the same (crime).
Kathy Baughman, assistant professor
of business, was awarded the Certified Fraud Examiner credential by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
John Simmons, lecturer in art, received the Carolyn L. Rose Award for Outstanding Commitment to Natural History Collections Care and Management from the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections. He also published the chapter, “Health and Safety for Museum Professionals,” in Collections Management published by the Society for the Preservation of Natural History. Henry Thurston-Griswold, professor of Spanish, presented “Connecting Cultures: Juniata College’s Partnership with Guatemala’s Asturias Academy” at the annual Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association World Languages Conference in State College in October.
Q: How long did it take you to become certified? A: The certification requires a certain amount of experience and education, but it took about a year of study to prepare to pass the certification test. Q: Are you going to be able to use this in your Juniata courses? A: I am going to use this. I’m preparing a course called Forensic Accounting that will cover these fraud techniques. I have accounting students who are excited about taking it. I don’t know if they’ll still be excited once they are in class, but I find it interesting.
James Tuten, associate professor of history, published “A Remarkable Case,” an analysis of a Civil War-era letter in a Huntingdon newspaper, in the October 2011 issue (the edition was focused on the Civil War) of The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography. Polly Walker, assistant professor of peace and conflict studies, was a co-editor (with two others) for a series of publications with the title Acting Together on the World Stage: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict Vols. I and II. She also contributed an article, “Creating a New Story: Ritual, Ceremony and Conflict Transformation between Indigenous and Settler Peoples,” to the first volume. Walker also was invited to present a paper on memorial ceremonies at a conference of the Joint
Q: Much of this work was done in Michigan? Why the long trip? A: I was working at the Savannah River Ecology Lab (in South Carolina) and a colleague recommended me to the University of Georgia researcher who was doing a 20-year study on three species of turtles. The study was at a University of Michigan biological research station near Hell, Mich. The joke is you have to go through Hell to get there. Q: How did you find time to go there and how do you find time to do research here? A: I spent part of most summers in Michigan from 1987 until the study ended in 2007. Research keeps me engaged intellectually and with our students and that’s important to me. I work with research students almost every year. We have studies on turtles going on at the field station and a site in Mount Union. Q: Non-scientists often find scientific journal articles hard going. Do you like to read journals for enjoyment or is it more of a duty? A: I love reading journals because this stuff is fascinating to me. I read them often, sometimes in the morning before I go to work and sometimes at night.
David Witkovsky, chaplain, was invited to participate in an interfaith panel at the Penn State Pasquerilla Spiritual Center for the International Day of Peace. There were Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Vedic (an aspect of Buddhism) perspectives shared on the panel.
director of environmental health and safety,
co-authored a paper on the habitat requirements of Blanding’s turtle, a long-lived species that is endangered through much of its range, in the Canadian Journal of Zoology. Although Roy’s job is primarily the environmental health and safety of the campus, few people outside the confines of the von Liebig science center know that he is a well-respected herpetologist with a publishing record almost as long as the lives of the turtles he studies.
Q: Does your family share your fascination? A: All three of my kids and my wife enjoy finding amphibians and reptiles with me. When I met my wife, she was a herpetology technician at the Savannah lab and helped study snakes, salamanders, frogs and turtles, so she likes reading about research, too.
Research Institute for International Peace and Culture in New York, N.Y. in April 2011. Walker also was an invited speaker on “Just Performance: Enacting Justice in the Wake of Violence,” at the International Symposium at Brandeis University in Boston in December, and on “Ceremonial Worldview and Transformative Justice” at the Indigenous Rights and Transitional Justice Conference at Australian National University in October.
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Prescribing Eclectic Experience for Business Success
onventional wisdom has it that medicine is a science that rewards cut-and-dried solutions to every ache, malady or disease. But good doctors will tell their patients that medicine is much more of an art than a science. An art that requires the practitioner to look at symptoms, ask pertinent, probing questions, investigate the personal history of an individual and find an answer to what is ailing the patient. All in all, that’s also a great prescription for recognizing a business opportunity or creating a memorable classroom experience. Bringing in as much information as possible from as many sources as you can helps to focus toward an ultimate decision—be it yes, no, or “Maybe I need to find a different career path.” Michael Lehman’s career journey has never been about just one true way. The 1994 graduate has always gone into every situation determined to step beyond what’s expected of him. Maybe it was growing up out in the country outside the Lancaster city limits. That could account for a hankering for change. Maybe it was living next to the house in which his father, his grandfather, his great grandfather and great-great grandfather grew up (of course that didn’t stop Mike from buying that house when it came up for sale). Perhaps that’s why he sought a mix of experiences. Examine his path to Juniata. “I was interested in medicine, but I was also interested in a career that combined service and education,” Mike says. He’d visited Juniata for an interview, but it was a long bus ride the College marketed as “Journey to Juniata” that sealed the deal. The bus picked up high school seniors from far-flung Pennsylvania locales and brought them to campus for a visit. On the bus, Mike met Amy Chamberlin ’94, still a close friend (see Amy’s story on page 30), and by the time the bus pulled out for the trip home, the College had netted two new freshmen. Once on campus, the life of a laser-focused pre-med student was not for him. He joined the marching band. He became an RA. He worked as a tour guide. He was elected class president (a post he also held later in medical school). He even found time to study abroad at the University of Leeds and volunteer at a medical mission in Mozambique. In other words, he didn’t spend 12 hours a day in the lab or studying to pass Organic Chemistry. In medical school at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and later at Hershey Medical Center, he continued to search out the path less traveled. “In medical school, you do ‘rotations’ in different departments and I did a rotation in hospital administration and one in research,” Mike recalls. “I always wanted to have a way of using my knowledge beyond treating individual patients, either through teaching or service.”
Mike Lehman ’94 has followed his interest in how products are conceived and marketed through Juniata, through medical school and through an MBA program at the University of Leeds. That’s not even mentioning his role in getting Juniata’s JCEL entrepreneurial program off the ground as its first executive director. These days he’s bringing business vision and entrepreneurial enterprise to the Katz Business School at the University of Pittsburgh.
“We want to follow the student from recruitment, through undergraduate, graduate school and as an alumnus. You can’t create an idea in isolation and expect it to work,” he says. “An important lesson I learned at Juniata is you have to network and plan throughout the whole process, from admissions, advising, career services, alumni and finally development.” Applying principles learned at a much smaller institution to a larger entity might seem risky, but is it really likely that a guy who was class president of his college class, medical school class and the Juniata College alumni association would just sit back and hope things worked out? No, he’s hit the ground running selling the idea of entrepreneurial teams at the university’s med school, law school, engineering school and many other academic departments. So far, Pitt students have come up with such businesses that create innovations as a technology to improve hand hygiene in hospitals, a patent-pending electrical vehicle and a “roommate matching” software platform—with more in the pipeline. The university also started an expanded business plan competition at Mike’s suggestion. The first one offered $10,000 in prizes. A few years later the Big Idea Competition is fully funded by a sustaining gift by the Randall family and offers $85,000 in prizes, including top prizes of $30,000, $20,000 and $10,000. In addition, the contest is focused on interdisciplinary teams in three areas: ideas for launching new businesses or growing existing ones, developing companies around intellectual property created at the university and businesses focused on improving the city of Pittsburgh. It seems the person whose journey into business started with a bus trip to Juniata has found the perfect station in his life. Finding a place where science, business, team-building and pretty much anything else he’s interested in come together in one job is highly unlikely, yet Mike Lehman seems to have found it. “I was never the person to concentrate on just one thing, it was always about the whole experience,” he says. “I guess that’s why I’m not stuck in a lab right now working on some new research.” >j<
Eventually, Mike settled on pursuing a specialization in psychiatry and in medical school he researched schizophrenia and the medications used to treat the devastating disease. It was at this point that the business side of the medical profession piqued his interest. “At that time there were new medications coming out to treat schizophrenia and I think it was here where I found my interest in new products.” As a new product himself, the recently minted doctor had to decide where to ply his trade. So, before he made the big leap, he decided to travel back to Leeds to visit old friends. He stopped to see a professor who had ties to Leeds’ business school and before he could say “pharmaceutical industry,” Mike was enrolled in the university’s MBA program. While there he worked at DePuy International, a Johnson and Johnson company, as new technologies project manager. He was based in Leeds and traveled all over Europe and North America. Sweet deal, right? Perfect for a person who wanted varied experiences. “That’s when I got the brilliant idea to go back to Juniata,” he says with a smile. In 2002, the College had begun the process of creating the Juniata Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and was looking for a director to get the ambitious program off the ground. “I was looking for jobs that combined science and business and this was a perfect opportunity to do just that, building something from the ground up, while creating a team,” he says. “Bringing in students from across disciplines into a business setting was really what interested me.” During his four years at Juniata Mike worked with faculty in the business department (particularly Jim Donaldson) to help start the College’s entrepreneur program. He also gained valuable experience in fundraising working on grants to improve JCEL and winning a $144,000 grant from the Coleman Foundation to interweave entrepreneurial principles in non-business courses (see story page 36). Fundraising and helping build an academic program were all new experiences, yet something was missing. “In medical school, they always explained medical procedures as ‘see one, do one, teach one,’ and I wanted to get into the classroom.” Despite a twinge of regret leaving his alma mater, Mike moved on, landing at the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business in the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence. “There were 2,000 students in the business school and zero entrepreneurship courses,” he says. So he created one, while also balancing duties as the director of student entrepreneurship and director of PantherlabWorks, a virtual incubator for emerging technologies. What drew Mike to Pitt was an opportunity to again refocus the mission of a business-oriented entity—the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence—by spreading the influence of the institute beyond the business school. But he didn’t just print up a bunch of flyers and tack them up at the student union. He realized he would have to become entrepreneurial himself to create what he calls in biz-speak: “student supply chain management.”
Herbert N. Brownlee
appeared in the Spring 2011 edition of inMinistry magazine as one of the five “Most Senior” alums of Palmer Theological Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa. The article outlined his life and achievements in the ministry.
Janet (Holcomb) and Harold L. Utts ’42
were featured in the East Aurora Advertiser because of their shared love of history and learning. They are involved in the Aurora, N.Y. community and continue to pursue new areas of interest.
D. Luke Bowser Jr.
celebrated 70 years of Christian ministry on Aug. 7 at Clover Creek Church of the Brethren in Martinsburg, Pa. The service included a message from the Rev. Dave Steele, district minister for Middle Pennsylvania District.
After the service, there was a period of sharing remembrances of the Rev. Bowser’s 70 years in ministry followed by a meal. Juniata family in attendance were (l-r): son Thomas L. Bowser ’68, D. Luke Bowser Jr. ’46, grandson John D. Bowser ’05, daughter JuliAnne (Bowser) Sloughfy ’71, son J. William Bowser ’79, sister-in-law Betty (Hyre) Bowser ’52, and brother Harold L. Bowser ’52.
Be sure to mark your calendar for your 55th Reunion Celebration— June 14-17, 2012. Please contact the alumni office if you would like to volunteer and serve on your reunion committee. (1-877-JUNIATA; firstname.lastname@example.org).
Eight of the original 14 Round Robin ladies from the Class of 1949 gathered in October in State College, Pa. for a mini-reunion. Juniata alumni in attendance were (l-r): Alice (Banks) Meader ’49, Sara (Priestley) Skipper ’49, Frances (Mitchell) Burd ’49, Lois (Ankeny) Gruver ’49, Doris (Swartz) Merritt ’49, Lois (Tromm) Hill ’48, Mary (Musser) Lambert ’49, and Christine (Crowell) Trostle ’49.
Miriam (Smith) Wetzel
co-authored The Health Care Dilemma: A Comparison of Health Care Systems in Three European Countries and the U.S. published by World Scientific Inc. in 2011. The book compares and contrasts health care systems in Denmark, Germany and Sweden with the United States.
Carol A. (Newborg) and Howard P. Angstadt
visited Juniata’s campus with their daughter-in-law, Lonnie Angstadt, in October 2010. Lonnie then worked with Emil
Nagengast, professor of politics, and Paul R. Blore ’05 to aid Nagengast’s Gambia studies and begin a Power Up Gambia chapter on campus. Henry H. Gibbel
represented Juniata at the presidential inauguration of Daniel Porterfield of Franklin & Marshall College on Sept. 25.
Frederick L. Hetrick
and wife Joyce celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 28.
Be sure to mark your calendar for your 50th Reunion Celebration— June 14-17, 2012. Please contact the alumni office if you would like to volunteer and serve on your reunion committee. (1-877-JUNIATA; email@example.com).
and wife Donna celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with family. They were married at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Chapel on Sept. 17, 1971. Standing (l-r) daughter Jennifer Siegel, Shane Siegel, Charlotte Van Horn, Andrew Van Horn, daughter Susan Van Horn and Edward Van Horn.
celebrated the completion of 30 years as executive director at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in June. Many consider the academy to be synonymous with the Oscars, and Bruce believes in keeping the organization alive. He has accomplished a great deal in his time there. He returned to Juniata in early October for a weeklong residency where he lectured in classes and led discussions on two of his favorite films at the Clifton 5 Theatre. He and wife Joann (Taylor) Davis ’75 currently reside in Los Angeles, Calif.
Dr. Ronald R. Blanck
Terry L. Grove
was presented the Distinguished Eagle Award by the Boy Scouts of America for his work in researching a detailed history of the Eagle Badge and Order of the Arrow. For his work, he has earned the “unofficial” title of official historian.
Be sure to mark your calendar for your 45th Reunion Celebration— June 14-17, 2012. Please contact the alumni office if you would like to volunteer and serve on your reunion committee. (1-877-JUNIATA; firstname.lastname@example.org).
J. Robert Gray Jr.
retired in March after many years as a Presbyterian pastor. He and wife Janet (Binder) Gray ’67 plan to travel and enjoy their grandchildren.
During the 1960s and 1970s Juniata sent students to the Clinical Center at National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. to participate as subjects of clinical trials and to work as research assistants. Dr. Laura Stark of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. is embarking on a project aimed to examine the experiences of the “normal control” research subjects. If you are interested in speaking with Dr. Stark about your experience and the project, please contact her at (860) 685-3205 or email@example.com.
Connie (Baysinger) Davis
attended the presidential inauguration of Roger Casey at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md. on April 16 as a delegate of Juniata. David Pysnik
was recently inducted into the “Wall of Fame” at Sidney Central School in Sidney, N.Y., where he also retired as a science teacher. He is known for his ability to find and receive grants for academic science equipment and has been awarded various other honors at the school. David currently resides in Sydney, N.Y. with wife Gaby.
Nancy (Maust) Civitts
recently enjoyed two weeks in California, where she attended an antique toy convention in Anaheim, visited Disneyland, and took a tour of San Francisco. Charles R. Davenport
was elected secretary of the 2011-2012 board of directors for the Tennessee Court Appointed Special Advocates.
Before the Bench: Juniatian Argues in High Court Rick Monahan ’87 earned Supreme Court justice. That’s with a lower-case “justice.” Rick, a lawyer with The Masters Law Firm in Charleston, W.Va., successfully argued his first case before the U.S. Supreme Court in January 2011.
Q: What was your case about? A: We had filed a case in West Virginia state court seeking a class action involving a new
medicine that had caused many deaths and injuries. Another similar case seeking a West Virginia class action had been denied by a federal district court in Minnesota and that court granted a permanent injunction barring our case from proceeding. For many reasons we felt that was inappropriate. Unfortunately, a federal court of appeals upheld the ruling, but we decided to pursue it further. The U.S. Supreme Court typically hears about 60 to 90 cases a year out of the 8,000 to 10,0000 petitions they receive. It was really quite astounding and a great honor that our case was selected to be heard in light of the odds against it.
Q: And the result? A: On June 16, we received a unanimous decision in favor of our position that the West Virginia class-action lawsuit should continue and be judged on its own merits.
Q: Did you have to do anything special to prepare for a Supreme Court appearance?
A: Of course, I did a lot of preparation as far as research and writing the briefs. I also
presented the case at three Moot Courts, including one at Georgetown Law School. A Moot Court allows you to present your case to other law professionals. They question you and help you understand the arguments for and against your case. Additionally, I attended the U.S. Supreme Court for two days to assess how the court runs, watch others argue their cases, understand what types of questions to expect, and determine how lawyers sometimes fall short.
Q: Were you nervous? A: Surprisingly, no. I remember that the first time I had a trial in court I was so nervous that I was sick, but for the Supreme Court I was quite calm.
Q: What about your Juniata experience prepared you for where you are today?
A: Juniata provides an education as fine as any school out there; I am convinced of that.
In fact, I believe that I was even better prepared than many of my classmates at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Juniata’s reputation, its strong faculty, its small student-to-teacher ratio, and its exceptional acceptance rates to law school and medical school; all of these things made a difference for me.
Q: What advice do you have for Juniata students interested in a law career?
A: First, participate in an internship. I interned with Stewart Kurtz, who was then the
District Attorney, in Huntingdon. I also participated in internships with the United States Attorney’s Office and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit while in law school in Pittsburgh. Those experiences helped me better understand the type of work that an attorney conducts on a daily basis. Students need to know about the various paths that are available and what those jobs actually entail. Upon graduating from law school, I started my career as a federal law clerk and that certainly impacted my path. Finally, take a variety of classes while at Juniata. For instance, psychology helps you understand how the human mind works and how a judge, lawyer or client might be thinking. Logic class helps you think in a logical manner and assists in readiness for taking LSATs. There is value in class participation outside your POE
—Linda Carpenter, executive director of constituent relations
William R. McQuade
recently completed his 41st year as head coach of varsity baseball at The Hun School of Princeton in Princeton, N.J. where he is also assistant headmaster. James F. Nicolosi
attended the presidential inauguration of William Bogart at Maryville College in Maryville, Tenn. on April 16 as a delegate of Juniata. Aubrey L. Shenk
was promoted to head cross country and track and field coach at Gettysburg College after serving as assistant coach since 1984. Jonathan S. Streeter
retired from teaching at Hartford Middle School in White River Junction, Vt. after 35 years. He now spends his time building a house for his family, and also directs an honors program at Hartford High School.
Dr. James L. Madara
was appointed as executive vice president and chief executive officer of the American Medical Association on July 1.
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Patrick E. Fleagle
has received the 2011 Building Strong Communities Award from the Waynesboro Area YMCA. He has participated in the Waynesboro Youth Baseball League and the American Red Cross. He also worked as a certified emergency medical technician, and as a mentor for a fourth-grade class at Summitview Elementary School in Waynesboro, Pa.
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Camp Hill. He served more than 34 years in different locations across the state during his career. He currently resides in Harrisburg, Pa. H. Christopher Peterson
attended the presidential inauguration of Jeff Abernathy at Alma College in Alma, Mich. on April 8 as a delegate of Juniata. Edward J. Richards
was selected as the Federal Employee of the Year for special contributions by an individual, representing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He worked with the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Paralympic Division to develop an adaptive sports program for veterans in the New York metropolitan area.
David P. Andrews
Geoffrey W. Clarke
and alumni friends gathered at Pawley’s Island, S.C. on April 3 to fish and play golf. In attendance were: Jason M. Evans ’00, Kraig C. Black ’93, Adam S. Black ’06, Jeffrey P. Craft ’00, Mark A. Knaub ’93, John L. Dean ’93, A. Keith Black ’73, Michael S. McNeal ’74, and John G. Boyer ’06. Suzanne (Hill) Schneider
represented Juniata College at the presidential inauguration of Thomas Foley at Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, Pa. on Sept. 16.
earned a master’s degree in education from Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., in August 2011 and is now teaching English in Honesdale, Pa.
Daniel C. Herzog
had his poem “Dead Cat” published in Challenge, a publication of the Gay Activist Alliance in Morris County, N.J. He has been previously published in numerous professional journals and written articles and book reviews. Dan also ran the 52nd Annual Garden State Postcard Show in September, which included 317 dealers. About 251 customers visited over a two-day period.
Dolly M. (Tompkins) and James W. Herb ’75
are proud to announce their son Jake’s acceptance into the five-year doctorate chemistry program at Princeton University, beginning in fall 2011. Jake’s major interest is in alternative energy, focusing on solar cell research. Cynthia (Hill) Valko
was named chief executive officer at Global Indemnity PLC on Sept. 19 and serves as a member of the company’s board of directors. Jeffrey J. Wood
has been invited by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett to join the governor’s office as legal counsel to the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Donna (Caton) Harrington
is working for a retirement and hospice community near Jacksonville, Fla.
Stephen J. Koreivo
released his first book, Tales from the Tailgate: from the Fan who’s seen ’em all. Several Juniata classmates are mentioned in his stories. He continues to work for BASF, the world’s leading chemical company. The book is available on Amazon, BarnesandNoble.com and Authorhouse.com. Michael G. Sherman
is a partner at Terrapin Health Systems. His son, Joseph, is at Hess Corporation in New York City, Zachary is working at InfoUSA at Pearl River, N.Y., Jason is in his third year at
Timothy A. Tabor
resigned from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections at the State Correctional Institution at
Getting Charity Work Back in Gear In April 2005, Amy (Bolt) Mack ’80 was in a cycling accident that left her immobilized for more than two months. But within five months she was back on her bike. In 2008 she rode from Boston to Los Angeles in seven weeks. And, in the fall of 2011, Mack rode 1,600 miles in 31 days from Portland, Maine, to Daytona Beach, Fla., to support the Huntington’s Disease Foundation.
Q: What happened the day of the accident? A: My friend and I were riding our bikes to see our sons’
soccer game when we were hit by a minivan. I flew 100 feet and landed on my head, narrowly missing a sharp fence pole which could have skewered me. My injuries included a broken leg, four back fractures, several missing teeth, and bruises from head to toe. I stayed in the trauma unit for two weeks, followed by two months in a hospital bed at home and couldn’t move during that time. I feel I am still recovering today.
Q: As you were recovering, did you think you would ride again?
A: I didn’t initially realize how bad the accident was. I
thought I would be back at work in two weeks. So, until my son asked me if I would ride again, I hadn’t really thought about it. I found out later I was lucky I could still walk, let alone ride.
Q: Did you find it difficult to ride on the road again after the accident?
A: Not generally, although I do get agitated when a car follows me too close.
Q: How have you combined your passion for cycling with your efforts to raise awareness of Huntington’s Disease?
A: I have seen firsthand how it affects families on an
emotional and financial level because I have a family member who suffers from the disease. Huntington’s is a hereditary degenerative disease which usually strikes people in their 40s or 50s. There is still no known cure. My neighbor is the director of development at the Huntington’s Disease Foundation. We put our heads together and decided I would ride for the cure.
Q: What were some of the highlights of your trip?
A: I was able to reconnect with several childhood friends along the way. Also my roommate at Juniata, Donna Reeves Abbott ’80, met me as I traveled through Connecticut.
Find out more about Amy’s work with Huntington’s Disease at: www.firstgiving.com/hdsa-greatlakes/RidetoCureHD Juniata
—Christina (Garman) Miller ’01, assistant director of alumni relations
Albert Einstein Medical School in the Bronx, N.Y., and daughter Lindsey is in her second year at Point Park Conservatory in Pittsburgh, Pa. Michael and wife Jodi reside in New York, N.Y. Diane (Morrow) Snider
wrote an article for her local newspaper in Sparta, N.J. about Soldiers’ Angels Ladies of Liberty Team. Diane is national director for the organization. The Ladies of Liberty is made up of more than 500 Angels throughout the U.S. that supports numerous small units of deployed females and individual female soldiers by sending small care packages as well as larger requests. Carol L. (Eichelberger) and John M. Van Horn
represented Juniata at the inauguration of Barbara Mistick at Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pa. on Oct. 1.
Nathaniel E.P. Ehrlich
published an article on InjuryBoard. com, a website that publishes articles by lawyers and safety industry experts dedicated to keeping people safe. His article is about the use of certified athletic trainers at sporting events. Ned currently resides with his family in Reading, Pa.
Daniel R. Seesholtz
was one of 13 people appointed by Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma to the Unmanned Aerial Systems Council. The council will review all development of unmanned aerial systems and related technologies in the state. The council will act as an adviser to the governor on all issues related to the aerial technology, including education, economic development, job creation and investments. Dan is director of special projects and corporate engagements for the college of engineering at the University of Oklahoma.
Be sure to mark your calendar for your 30th Reunion Celebration— June 14-17, 2012. Please contact the alumni office if you would like to volunteer and serve on your reunion committee. (1-877-JUNIATA; firstname.lastname@example.org). Matthew E. Blauch
was recently named director of product development for Superior Well Services Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Nabors Industries. Matthew and wife
Donna (Roys) Blauch ’79 moved to Columbia, Mo., where she is now a teacher at Frederick Douglass High School.
Gordon S. Roeder Jr.
is the host of “The Doc Outdoors Show” presented by Smokey Mountain, a half-hour big-game hunting show on the Sportsman Channel. His show features hunting trips and the message of conservation is a critical component of the program.
Poetry Cubed: Thinking in Three Dimensions Just like a 3-D haiku, Mike Kolitsky ’62 has interests that intersect in various ways, telling different stories depending on where you start and where you end. The common thread, however, is a love of teaching and technology which has guided his life through various professional assignments in higher education. Along the way, he has written poetry and recently published two iChapbooks titled 3-D Haiku & Tanka and Quantum Connections in the Apple bookstore.
Beth (Trapp) Smith
moved to Arizona in July 2010 and is enjoying semi-retirement. She works part time for her church as an accountant and spends most of her time on the golf course. She and husband Dan enjoy the sunshine, warm weather and being only a few steps away from the first tee.
Q: How did you become interested in poetry? A: One night during my junior year, two friends, an organic chemistry major and a history
Q: How is it that your poetry became 3D? A: While chairing the biology department at California Lutheran University in Thousand
Richard J. Burgan III
was recently named the claims manager of the Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Fund with the Pennsylvania Department of Insurance. This fund oversees the environmental cleanup of buried fuel and oil tanks. Lori (Mengel) Fischer
joined 13 women in October on a team hike up Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, which is the largest mountain in Africa. The team trained to hike through five different climate zones to raise money and awareness for children with HIV/ AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. Lori’s goal was to raise $10,000 for the American Foundation for Children with AIDS, which provides critical medications, equipment, and food. Paul J.T. Kardish
is now director of labor relations and corporate security at Kohler Company in Kohler, Wis. He handles leadership of employment law matters, coaching and guiding employees through labor management issues, as well as advising each business on security circumstances.
Randolph F. Ketchum
was named the general manager of Conestoga Log Homes in Lebanon, Pa. He oversees operations, with emphasis on sales and marketing.
major, were writing poems for the literary magazine on the third floor of Cloister. I was a biology major so poetry, for me, was new. I started playing with words and enjoyed how they—juxtaposed against each other—sounded and meant different things. My friends described bad poems as “lollipops,” so I called my first two poems “Lollipop I” and “Lollipop II.” For years, I kept my writing to myself until last summer I challenged myself to publish my poetry.
Oaks, Calif., in the late ’80s and early ’90s, I received several grants from the Consortium for the Advancement of Private Higher Education for training faculty in hypermedia courseware development. At that time, I used a program called “Swivel 3-D” to design an instructional animation and realized the potential for it beyond images. Since then, I’ve written a program which takes the lines of a haiku and turns it into a 3-D image.
Q: So, what is a 3D haiku? A: A haiku has three lines. Imagine using the same middle line for four different poems.
If you put that in a three-dimensional format, you can create what I call a “poetic cube.” What’s particularly exciting is that the lines along the outer edges of the cube create additional unexpected poems. I collaborated with a colleague who used this format in a creative writing class. When the students built the poem and saw that the edges can have their own meaning, there was this “aha” response, which makes the poetic meaning even more exciting. I also write poetry in terms of hypermedia which integrates text, images, video and hyperlinks. I often find that my poems have similar themes that allow me to link them together so they can be read in a very nonlinear way.
Q: Is this the next frontier for creative writing? What do you think the future holds?
A: I hope my book will inspire software
developers to think about designing a 3-D word processor that might expand upon my principles. The screen and keyboard can be a bit of a hindrance. Will we be tied to them or will we be freed to use the space around us? How about a hologram that I could manipulate and arrange? Boy, I would love to walk amongst the words. Hmm, that sounds like a great topic for my next poem.
See links for Mike’s work, and the poem inspired by this interview, at www.juniata.edu/extra.
—Katie (Padamonsky) Dickey ’97, assistant director of alumni relations
David T. Hornberger
Rebecca (Olson) Jensen
was inducted as a distinguished alumnus to the Conestoga Valley School District in Lancaster, Pa. The ceremony followed the high school’s career day.
is now executive director of Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems (Pennsylvania) and is in charge of communitybased programs.
John H. Montgomery
Polly (Oliver) Tennies
was named president of the Pennsylvania division of Susquehanna Bank.
has been named the principal at Chestatee Elementary School with the Forsyth County Schools in Cumming, Pa.
Mary (Moynihan) Underwood
Dr. Rena (Baer) Lambert
recently joined the teaching faculty of the Internal Medicine Residency program at Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, Pa.
Timothy A. Barnett
recently joined Checkright as director of sales and marketing.
organized a Juniata mini-reunion in August. Alumni in attendance were: Susan (Smith) Graff ’87, Emily A. Via ’87, Karyn (Siehl) Verhovsek ’87, Stephanie E. Mills ’87, and Leslie (Singleton) Adam ’86. Mary also was recently named director of Memory Care Services at Maplewood Senior Living in Westport, Conn. She oversees dementia programming and care.
Be sure to mark your calendar for your 25th Reunion Celebration— June 14-17, 2012. Please contact the alumni office if you would like to volunteer and serve on your reunion committee. (1-877-JUNIATA; email@example.com).
Breaking Barriers: Manning Up in Early Childhood Education Tom Heffner ’95 came to Juniata with plans of being a high school environmental science teacher. It wasn’t long until he changed his education POE to early childhood, a field traditionally dominated by women. In fact, he was the only male in the entire program, a situation he also encountered in graduate school. Heffner now teaches at the college level and has been appointed chair of the Early Childhood Department at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) in Charlotte, N.C. He is one of only a handful of men in early childhood in the entire state of North Carolina.
Q: What prompted your switch from Secondary Education to Early Childhood?
A: For one of my intro classes I did a practicum in the Early Childhood
Education Center at Juniata. I enjoyed working with the children and I noticed that every day when I came back, they were still doing the things I had taught them the day before.
Julie L. Williams-Krishnan
moved to Boston, Mass. and works as an educational consultant. She is also involved in photography and art.
James L. McMonagle Jr.
ran for judge of Luzerne County. He currently holds a position as an assistant defense attorney of Luzerne County in WilkesBarre, Pa.
Douglas W. Herr
had just landed in Narita, Japan when the earthquake hit on March 11. After staying in the airport for about eight hours, he was flown back to his home in Cleveland, Ohio.
Dawn L. VanGrin
has been hired as principal at Galena Elementary in Galena, Md.
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Q: Did you go straight into teaching after Juniata? A: I started as a home visitor for Head Start. I worked in an after school
enrichment program for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina. Then I worked in management for Office Depot before being drawn back into education. Five years after leaving Juniata, I went back to school at UNC-Charlotte for my masters before teaching in the public school system.
Q: How did you end up teaching college students? A: I was teaching part-time at the community college and realized that I could either impact 18 children in my own classroom, or train 18 teachers who would go out and impact 18 children each.
Q: What’s the benefit of having males in early childhood education careers?
A: It’s important for children to have a connection with a man or father figure. These days there are a lot of broken families—men missing from their families. Kids need positive male role models.
Reflecting on his journey, Heffner highlights the importance of his Juniata experience. “My success would not have been possible without the guidance of Professor Fay Glosenger, who continues to be a great mentor.” Glosenger is Dilling Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Education.
—David Meadows ’98, director of alumni relations and parent programs
Ayinde O. Alakoye
is the founder and chief executive officer of Hitch Radio Inc. An oasis from the constant and needless repetition of today’s radio, listeners can search for the worldwide content of their choice in real time and share it with their friends. Adam L. Metz
has been promoted to senior vice president and chief lending officer at both Metro Bank and Metro Bancorp Inc. in Harrisburg, Pa. Dr. Bradley J. Miller
Nicole C. Close
has gained a great deal of recognition at her company, EmpriStat, which provides contract research services for clients in government, military, academia, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology sectors. An article on the company’s work was published in the Maryland Community News in June. Nicole is working on expanding its client base to new areas, and building new departments within the company. Pamela (Mertz) Steere
attended the presidential inauguration of Joseph Urgo at St. Mary’s College of Maryland in St. Mary’s City, Md. on March 26 as a delegate of Juniata.
Katherine (Simons) Davis
was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor of drama at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha, Okla. She and husband Andrew are enjoying life on the prairie with their son, Luke. Annette D. Kane
Lisa (Sell) Parnell
has been appointed director and teacher of Good Beginnings Preschool in Hollidaysburg, Pa. Erik S. Stothart
launched a website on Sept. 1 called www.StumpedAgain.com, a music lyric trivia game that will reward players with iTunes gift cards as prizes. His company has partnered with LyricFind who powers the lyrics on such sites as Rhapsody, Bing and Lyrics.com to ensure an accurate and ever-expanding game. Thanks to Jim Donaldson, professor of business, Eric Beta-tested the site with Juniata business students last year, which led to some upgrades and changes.
Amy (Overley) Rizzo
and husband Charles live in Raleigh, N.C., with daughter Anna Grace, 3. Amy is a writer and blogger, and has been published in several online magazines. She also is in the process of having her first novel published.
Be sure to mark your calendar for your 15th Reunion Celebration at Homecoming & Family Weekend— October 12-14, 2012. Please contact the alumni office if you would like to volunteer and serve on your reunion committee. (1-877-JUNIATA; alumni@ juniata.edu).
Mieke L. Fay
is the youth and family programs educator at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, N.Y. Maggie A. O’Brien
has joined the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia as regional manager for the office in Scranton, Pa.
Dr. Kelly L. Cook
has joined the Nittany Valley Chiropractic Center, and will practice at two locations in State College, Pa. Rebecca (Barrett) Fox
has accepted two professorships at Bethel College in North Newton, Kan., and Hesston College in Hesston, Kan., where she also teaches American history, sociology and anthropology. Khara L. Koffel
had a sculpture, for reasons more than one, submitted and accepted in a national show sponsored by the Art League in Lexington, Ky. She also displayed several works in the Davis Art Gallery at Stephens College in Columbia, Mo. from August through October. Khara currently resides in Jacksonville, Ill., and is assistant professor of art at MacMurray College in Jacksonville. Christopher D. Kopco
is the planetarium teacher for the Washington County Public Schools’ William Brish Planetarium in Hagerstown, Md. He teaches thousands of children and hosts astronomy programs throughout the school year.
Dr. Rani K. Vasudeva
successfully defended her doctoral thesis “The Role of Nitric Oxide Synthase Cells in Dorsal Raphe Nucleus Stress Circuitry” in March. She also accepted a postdoctoral position at Temple University School of Medicine. She is studying alcohol addiction and the serotonin system. Carrie A. Zeller
has a new Zeller Artwork website at www.zellerartwork.com. Her love for animals has inspired her career in wildlife and nature photography. She has traveled around the world to locations such as Namibia, Botswana, Kenya and South Africa. Carrie has also been featured in American Style and Popular Photography imaging magazines.
Kristian K. G. Wolf
has stepped down as president and chief executive officer after 10 years at the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S. Inc. He is now the executive director of the German Australian Chamber of Commerce. Kristian, wife Jennifer, and their six-week-old son, Otto, moved to Sydney, Australia in December.
received a master’s degree in education from the University of San Diego, and is currently a doctoral student at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She also is the senior organization development and training specialist for the U.S. Navy in Virginia Beach, Va.
received the Health Professions Heroes Award from Juniata in April, for creating, in conjunction with wife Cheryl, a clinical psychologist, the nationally acclaimed Lewistown Model for opiate addiction treatment. He also was recently named program director and director of medical education of the Williamsport Regional Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program in Williamsport, Pa., where he has been a faculty member since 2007.
Michael U. Knill
was hired as athletic director with the Susquehanna Township School District in Harrisburg, Pa. Rebecca (Shoaf) Kozak
received a master’s degree in social work from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass. on May 23. Dr. Jordan D. Miller
Katherine S. Yeaw
attended the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland and began a printmaking business called Butcher Press. Juniata professors Alexander “Sandy” McBride and Robert Wagoner influenced Katherine in many of her career choices.
Andrea M. Denkovich
Be sure to mark your calendar for your 10th Reunion Celebration at Homecoming & Family Weekend— October 12-14, 2012. Please contact the alumni office if you would like to volunteer and serve on your reunion committee. (1-877-JUNIATA; email@example.com). Joshua A. Bantz
has been elected to lead the South Central Chapter of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. The institute is a professional association of more than 20,000 CPAs who work in public accounting, industry, government, and education. Lindsay M. Briggs
completed her doctorate in behavioral health at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. in July. She has accepted a full-time faculty job at California State University, Chico in the Department of Health & Community Services. Justin K. Reiter
recently received a U.S. Bank Annual Pinnacle Award, as part of the top 5 percent of bank employees, in Los Cabos, Mexico. This award was from the ATM/ Debit Services Division.
graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, Mass., with a master’s degree in nursing. She is a certified registered nurse anesthetist and works at the Terre Haute Regional Hospital in Indianapolis, Ind. Dr. Jennifer (Savino) Fabbri
completed residency training in June in emergency medicine at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa. She has accepted a position with Emergency Medicine Physicians at Forbes Regional Medical Center in Monroeville, Pa. Jonathan P. Hruska
has been promoted to counsel at BrownGreer PLC in Richmond, Va. The law firm focuses on mass claims resolution, litigation management and support, and claims administration. Dr. Karl F. Stupic
earned a doctorate in chemistry from Colorado State University in March 2010. He has taken a position as a research fellow at the University of Nottingham in England, where he will work on developmental MRIs of lung tissue and airways. Following his fellowship, Karl will be pursuing a career in academia or at a national laboratory.
is currently a general surgery assistant at Memorial Hospital in York, Pa. Grace (McCluskey) Onkst
has been named the IT recruiter at Geisinger Health System, a hospital and health care industry. Janine M. Smeltz
was the only female noncommissioned officer of 29 people chosen to compete in the U.S. Army Reserves Best Warrior Competition, which began at Fort McCoy, Wis. in June. She is a staff sergeant. Tara (Gracey) Strauser
is now a licensed psychological associate and currently works as a school psychologist for Durham Public Schools in Durham, N.C. Joseph J. Viscomi
is a doctoral candidate and has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to study anthropology and history in Italy.
Dr. Nathan A. Greczek
earned his medical degree in osteopathic medicine from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Courtney L. Jones
recently received her medical degree in osteopathic medicine from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Steven E. Knepper
was part of the main production team for “A Trove of Faulkner Recordings,” a project that was profiled in the Wall Street Journal. Andrew R. Michanowicz
is a doctoral student at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Public Health, and received the Keleti Award for Environmental Excellence for his research paper, “Temporal Trends and Spatial
Distribution of Air Quality in Western Pennsylvania in the 2000s.” He also was congratulated by Pitt’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Health for a paper he presented in Orlando, Fla. The paper, “Utilizing Web Based Public Participation Geographical Information Systems: Filling the Gaps of the Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Industry,” is being considered for publication. Rebecca (Jankowski) Pugliese
is employed by Penn State University Outreach as an information architect. Rebecca and husband Dominic now reside in State College, Pa.
Be sure to mark your calendar for your 5th Reunion Celebration at Homecoming & Family Weekend— October 12-14, 2012. Please contact the alumni office if you would like to volunteer and serve on your reunion committee. (1-877-JUNIATA; firstname.lastname@example.org). Dr. Kory R. Dawson
is currently a resident physician in emergency medicine at Duke University in Durham, N.C. Bobbi (Albright) Hicks
is now the director of business outreach at Huntingdon County Business & Industry in Huntingdon, Pa. Michael J. Stefanic Jr.
is pursuing his master’s degree in geoenvironmental science at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, Pa. He received the 2010 Robert L. Bates Memorial Scholarship.
is now the HIV prevention program coordinator for the RU12? Community Center in Winooski, Vt. The organization celebrates, educates, and advocates with and for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered persons in Vermont. Michelle (Campbell) Krall
has been named the associate director of alumni programs at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pa.
Jamie L. Craige
recently accepted a position as account manager for donor recruitment with the American Red Cross in the Pennsylvania-New Jersey region.
Blazing Trails Even in Retirement Steve Hale ’77 moved to the Lake Tahoe area 21 years ago with the U.S. Forest Service. Now retired after 32 years as a recreational specialist, his time is occupied with sailing, fly fishing, skiing, camping in the Sierra Nevada, hiking, and traveling/ cruising all over with wife Cheryl. He volunteers raising guide dogs, teaching elementary students about natural resources and fisheries through California’s Trout in the Classroom program. He is also a regional Robert DeNiro, specializing in portraying several historic Lake Tahoe figures including Snowshoe Thompson, a pioneering skier, snow expert Dr. James E. Church, and financier George Whittell.
Skye A. Hatton-Hopkins
was on the production team for A Moon for the Misbegotten, presented by the Nittany Valley Shakespeare Festival in State College, Pa. in October. Danielle L. Rohar
works at the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts in Washington, D.C. She completed a yearlong National Education Association project, and also managed special programs throughout Virginia focusing on the arts. Richard H. Rudolph III
was promoted to supervisor of cost accounting of the automotive refinish business unit at PPG Industries in Delaware, Ohio.
Dustin L. Gee
has completed his U.S. Fulbright English Teaching Fellowship at the University of Montenegro in Podgorica, Montenegro. He is a full-time graduate student at the New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. He is studying higher education and student personnel administration. He has also accepted a funded graduate assistantship at Pace University. Paige K. Johnston
is now an assistant volleyball coach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
is pursuing her master’s degree in literature studies at York St. John University in England. She will complete her degree in September 2012. Joanna L. Fricke
is working in Shelton, Conn. as a histology technician at LabCorp, a company that works with organ samples.
Q: What was the highlight of your years with the U.S. Forest Service?
A: From a personal level it was the opportunity to work in a field that I studied in College. The things that painted my career were the opportunities to work in our country’s most beautiful surroundings. I am one of those lucky people to use all the degrees of my degree. I was able to incorporate all of my fields of study and that started at Juniata.
Q: Do you have an interesting story from your time at Lake Tahoe?
A: I spent 10 years working on helping a private ski area on public land. It took
countless hours of meetings, reviews, referendums, and negotiations. It takes a long time to get things done in the public arena. You have to pick the battles that are worth fighting. I am a passionate skier and at the end of that long hard journey, I could stand at the top of the mountain with my fellow committee members, ready to ski that mountain, thinking, “It couldn’t get any better than this!”
Q: In your opinion, what is the most crucial issue facing our country’s wilderness areas?
A: The biggest problem is the reoccurring question, “What is the reason for
protecting all this land?” We have gone from a population that is 90 percent rural to 90 percent urban. There are many people growing up today that never see a farm, livestock, or a fresh water supply. Many people have never visited a wilderness area. We have to challenge the idea that a wilderness area is a waste of resources, closed, and not for anyone’s benefit. In reality we are protecting our own heritage and our natural resources.
Q: What impact has Juniata had on you? A: One of my most significant memories was going on one of Bob Fisher’s field
trips. I remember Dr. Fisher as very confident and rigid in the classroom, but in the field he came alive. You saw firsthand that he believed what he was teaching you. That was an experience that translated into my career for the next 30 years. Those memories shaped my future in ways I couldn’t imagine.
Q: If you could give one piece of advice to a student interested in the U.S. Forest Service, what would it be?
A: Our natural resources are being attack and under challenge. It is going to take
—Jim Watt, director of development
a lot of dedicated students with the knowledge to tackle difficult problems. The U.S. Forest Service may sound like a cool job, but you have to be creative in your problem solving. You must learn to optimize, to pick and choose what’s important, and you need to develop creative funding plans.
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Marriages Nonnye F. Huddleston ’58
and Max Meier were married on May 14, 2011. The wedding took place in Naples, Fla. where they now reside. Bryan M. Hannan ’91
and Bonnie Corbin-Russo were united in marriage on Nov. 19, 2010. Juniata alumni in attendance were: Daniel J. Wright ’91, Benjamin F. Shue ’91, Heather (Crownover) Shue ’93, James R. Miller ’91, Walter W. Wojcik Jr. ’93, Amy (Onofrey) Wojcik ’94. The couple now resides in Baltimore, Md. Ryan T. Williams ’97
and Jennifer Morissette were married on June 25, 2011 in Warminster, Pa. They now reside in Glenside, Pa. Sandra J. Connelly ’98 and Jeffrey L. Mills Jr. ’98
were married on May 28, 2011. The couple now resides in Buffalo, N.Y. (l-r) Jeffrey L. Mills Jr. ’98, Sandra J. Connelly ’98, Jennifer (Seder) Kauffman ’98, Mandi Walls ’99 and Jeffrey E. Kauffman ’98. Amber L. Zahorchak ’99
and Rafael Pérez Diez were married on Sept. 3, 2010. Juniata alumni in attendance were: Anne C. Bock ’98, Marci R. Katona ’98, Timothy J. Reazor ’98, Stacy (Weintraub) Reazor ’99, and Matthew A. Cassidy ’99. The couple resides in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Ian M. Bannon ’01
and Alice McCormack were united in marriage on Aug. 14, 2011. Juniata alumni in attendance were: Jean-Pierre C. Arsenault ’01, Deborah (Hess) Harbaugh ’01, and Philip E. McManus ’00. Alison B. Goodman ’01
and Tim Strait were married on May 29, 2011. Guests were invited to what they thought was an engagement party. After making it through dinner, Alison and Tim announced that they were actually getting married and would love for everyone to join them on the deck for the ceremony. There were many surprised faces and everyone seemed to love it. Juniata alumni and friends in attendance were: (row 1, l-r) Patrick Goodman, Cady Kyle, Katrina Ormbsy, Jennifer L. Brumbaugh ’00, Kellyn R. Miller ’08, Kelly L. Cook ’00, Todd L. Quinter ’00, Jessica (Yutsey) Quinter ’00, Kathryn L. Finkenbinder ’14, Mary E. Baxter ’01, (row 2, l-r) Kayla R. Thompson ’09, Phillip J. Mazurowski ’02, Tim Strait, Alison B. Goodman ’01, the late David K. Goodman Jr. ’74, Anne (Nicklas) Layng ’70, Patricia (Molosky) Dunlavy ’76, and Timothy J. Conklin ’11.
Margaret A. Spencer ’03
and Eric Anderson were united in marriage on April 16, 2011. Juniata alumni in attendance were: Elizabeth (Skinner) Meyer ’03, Amy J. Mullen ’03, Julie (Johnston) Nicora ’03, Melanie A. Vrabel ’03, Kyle T. Snyder ’03, and Dorian (Carl) Morse ’03. The couple now resides in Centreville, Va. Kristin J. Wilson ’03
and Nick Rofe were united in marriage on June 18, 2011. They currently reside in Portland, Maine. Katherine S. Yeaw ’03
and Jose Sermeno were married on Sept. 27, 2008 in Philadelphia, Pa. Juniata alumni and friends in attendance were: Sarah Landini, Adam A. Halvorsen ’03, Kristen M. Kamp ’03, Virginia T. Meadows ’03, and Nathaniel D. Kincel ’03. Jillian M. Davis ’04
and Walter Pinkard were united in marriage on Aug. 27, 2011. Juniata alumni in attendance were: Rory J. Kelleher ’04, Megan L. Tromm ’04, Jennifer L. Dorsch ’02, Andrew B. Raup ’03, Sarah R. Moyer ’02, Kelly (Casperson) Vandamme ’04, Melissa E. Berdine ’04, and Jonathan J. Booth ’03. Phillip A. Haas ’04
and Maureen Welch were united in marriage on Dec. 18, 2010 at Hermosa Beach, Calif. Also, Phillip graduated from Barry University School of Law in May 2011. Stefanie D. Rynkewitz ’04
and Joseph LaPolla were married on June 4, 2011. Juniata alumni in attendance were: Misty (Heuston) Keller ’04, Robert L. Tirserio ’04, Danielle M. Stiffler ’04, Brian W. Senior ’04, Brenton J. Mitchell ’06, Linda M. Maus ’04, Daniel A. Healy ’04, Laura E. Fiore ’04, Adrian R. Huber ’05, Anne (Laird) Huber ’05, Heather (Gibney) Ramsey ’04, Lynzee N. Alworth ’05, and Scott A. N. Noerr ’04. Gretchen A. Detweiler ’05
married Patrick Mulvihill on Feb. 19, 2011 in Downingtown, Pa. Juniata alumni in attendance were: Heather L. Balmer ’05, Stacey L. Galvin ’05, and Lisa (Detweiler) Miller ’07. The couple now resides in Crofton, Md. Anne M. Laird ’05 and Adrian R. Huber ’05
were united in marriage on Oct. 30, 2010. They currently reside in Middletown, Pa. Carrie L. Burkholder ’06 and Maxwell S. Stem ’06
were married on Aug. 6, 2011. The couple resides in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Kari E. Dundore ’06 and Timothy K. Shrout ’07
were married in Harrisburg, Pa. on Jan. 1, 2011. Juniata alumni in attendance included: Kevin W. Dundore ’09, Kara (Donoghue) Bowser ’05, Sarah (Wharton) Kuhn ’06, Lori (Martin) Rudolph ’06, Cody T. Ault ’07, Justin E. Kanter ’06, Christopher A. Fanelli ’06, Tom W. Nelson ’06, Robert W. Bowser ’06, Nathan A. Pugh ’06, Brian G. Fayock ’06, and Jeffrey Gehring ’06. Jennifer L. Marshalek ’06
and Thomas Dorman were married on May 21, 2011. They honeymooned in Yellowstone National Park and Jackson Hole in Wyoming. The couple now resides in Grandville, Mich. Stephanie J. Weber ’06
and Andrew Allison were united in marriage on June 11, 2011. Bridesmaids included Tina L. Vavro ’07 and Whitney M. Rhodes ’09. The flower girl was Courtney M. R. Hruska ’08. The couple resides in Dallas, Texas. Amy L. Breitinger ’09 and Thomas C. Hartzell ’08
were united in marriage on Aug. 14, 2010 in McKeesport, Pa. Juniata alumni in attendance were: Peter G. Knepp ’08, Emily A. Tagliati ’09, Caroline E. Weisser ’09, Liana P. James ’09, Jennifer E. Kendall ’08, Derek G. Morris ’08, Evan T. Heisman ’09, Emily M. Gray ’10, Elizabeth M. Murphy ’10, Katherine M. Lengel ’08, Liza M. Russo ’08, Alicia A. Shields ’09, Daniel L. Long ’07, Michael A. Tolino ’08, Lindsey (Mellott) Tolino ’09, Jeffrey K. Lennox ’08, Melissa (Konowal) Lennox ’09, Elsann M. Machotka ’09, and Kelsey L. Mattson ’11. Also, Tom was accepted at Goshen College in Indiana and will work towards a master’s degree in environmental education. Travis D. Hull ’09
and Ericka Gruss were united in marriage on July 9, 2011. Juniata alumni and friends in attendance were: Daniel J. Bukowski ’09, Matthew J. Sullivan ’09, Timothy J. Murphy ’10, Anthony P. Zanis ’09, Darae M. Calloway ’10, Ariel A. Otruba ’09, Lance B. Joseph ’09, Elizabeth V. Best ’09, Michael E. Steiger ’09, Jessica B. Edelmann ’08, Jordan Aoyama ’09, Tracy R. Mextorf ’10, Lindsey M. Draper ’10, Courtney D. Sturey ’10, Ryan C. Johnson ’10, Katherine Manupipatpong ’10, Kendall L. Markel ’10, Debra Kirchhof-Glazier, and Douglas Glazier. Also, Travis was accepted in the medical science training program at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He recently took his college medical boards and placed in the 99th percentile. Jessica M. Milheim ’09
and Paul McCoy were united in marriage on July 23, 2011. Bethany M. Kozak ’09 was a bridesmaid. The couple honeymooned in Niagara Falls, Canada and now reside in Hughesville, Pa. Emma M. Shumaker ’09 and Joseph P. Houck ’08
were united in marriage on May 21, 2011 in Carlisle, Pa. Juniata alumni in attendance were: William M. Aumiller ’08, Meghan A. Chapuran ’08, Ashli M. Gamber ’08, Megan L. Kobuck ’08, Kellyn R. Miller ’08, Danielle L. Rohar ’09, Ann L. Sassaman ’08, Aaron C. Shotts ’08, and Daniel J. Wendekier ’08. The couple honeymooned in Lake Tahoe, Nev. and now reside in Charlottesville, Va.
Andrea (Witmer) ’99 and Michael E. Kenawell ’99
are proud to announce the birth of son, Aaron Michael, on May 23, 2011. He weighed 8 lbs. 6 ozs. and was 20 inches long. He was welcomed home by big sister Allison, 3.
and husband Mark are proud to announce the birth of daughter, Casey Ryann, on May 24, 2011. She weighed 8 lbs. 9 ozs. and was 20.5 inches long. She was welcomed home by brother Alex, 2.
Erin (Black) McGovern ’99
Jason R. Stouffer ’02
and husband Thomas are proud to announce the birth of daughter, Brook Margaret, on March 25, 2011. She weighed 7.4 lbs. She was welcomed home by brother Tommy, 2.
Tanya (Owens) DeGroot ’92
Diana (Coulson) ’00 and Keith S. Brown ’97
and husband Lance are proud to announce the birth of daughter, Kaidrea Lyndi. She was welcomed home by big brother Caleb. Matthew A. Alt ’95
and wife Alice are proud to announce the birth of daughter, Madeline Jane, on Sept. 19, 2008. She was welcomed home by brothers Kline, 9, and Micah, 7. Danielle (Clark) Almeida ’97
welcomed daughter, Liliana Reiss, on July 22, 2010. She joins big sister Fiona Laurenn, 4. Erin (Kirby) ’00 and Adam R. Titter ’01
are proud to announce the birth of their son, Ewan James, on Aug. 13, 2011. He was 8 lbs. 15.9 ozs. and 21 inches long. Ewan was welcomed home by big sister Anna, 6, and brother Liam, 2.
and husband Juan are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Nicole Angelina, on Aug. 5, 2011. She weighed 7 lbs. 14 ozs. and was 21 inches long. She joins big brother Jaydan, 2.
Danielle (Young) Uhrich ’00
John E. Cottom Jr. ’97
Kimberly (Tromm) ’01 and Michael G. Foote ’00
and wife Andrea are proud to announce the birth of their second son, Andrew George, on May 17, 2011. He weighed 8 lbs. 4.6 ozs. and was 21 3/4 inches long. Also, John was awarded the Cople Elementary School (in Hague, Va.) Teacher of the Year award for 2011-2012. Deni (Miller) Morrone ’98
and husband Chris are pleased to announce the birth of their first child, MacKinley Joseph Denis, on May 24, 2011.
Ryann (Houseknecht) Schultz ’02
and husband Jeremy are proud to announce the birth of son, Finley Owen, on Aug. 5, 2011. He weighed 6 lbs. 2.5 ozs. and was 19 inches long.
are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Caitlin Lee, on Jan. 6, 2011. She weighed 7 lbs. 6 ozs. She was welcomed home by big brother Carson, 2. Melanie (Simmons) Molloy ’01
and husband Sean are proud to announce the birth of their son, Andrew, on July 24, 2010. Daniel J. Sahd ’01
and wife Cara are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Hannah Elizabeth, on Sept. 12, 2011. She was welcomed home by sisters Erin, 4, and Bethany, 2. Meredith (Boyle) Metzger ’02
Rebecca A. Weikert ’02
and husband James Bard are proud to announce the birth of son, Russell James, on April 1, 2011. He weighed 7 lbs. 3.25 ozs. and was 20.25 inches long. Melanie (Byler) Kansagra ’03
and husband Vishaal are proud to announce the birth of their son, Devin, on May 12, 2011. He weighed 7 lbs. 10 ozs. and was 20.25 inches long. Stephanie (Claar) ’03 and James J. Krug ’02
are proud to announce the birth of daughter, Lydia Maren, on May 3, 2011. She weighed 7 lbs. 6 ozs. Jason T. McCabe ’03
and wife Nicola are proud to announce the birth of son, Liam Philip, on March 25, 2011. He weighed 6 lbs. 2 ozs. and was 19.5 inches long. Lory (Baker) Mester ’03
and husband Jason welcomed daughter, Charlotte Renee, on May 8, 2011. She weighed 7.1 lbs. Breezy (Heggenstaller) Moyer ’03
and husband Jonathan are proud to announce the birth of son, Chance Christopher, on April 15, 2011. He weighed 9 lbs. 1 oz. and was 19.9 inches long. He was welcomed home by big brother Malachi, 3. Heidi (Neuhauser) Seelal ’03
and husband Reginald are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Kaelyn Alexa, on Aug. 10, 2011. She was welcomed home by big sister Ryleigh.
Elizabeth (Rhodes) Book ’04
and husband Grant are proud to announce the birth of daughter, Olivia Rose, on March 20, 2011. She weighed 7 lbs. 9 ozs. and was 19.5 inches long. Suzanne (Gardner) Everett ’04
and husband Ray are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Annabel Rae, on June 1, 2011. Lacey (Painter) Fisher ’05
and husband Ryan are pleased to announce the birth of daughter, Ella, on Sept. 21, 2011. She was welcomed home by big brother Caleb. Nicole (McLellan) Ayers ’06
and husband Jacob are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Kennedy Rose, on Sept. 5, 2010. Ashley (Hughes) ’06 and Lee D. Saylor ’03
are proud to announce the birth of son, Thomas Iona, on Sept. 25, 2009. He weighed 9 lbs. 11.5 ozs. and was 20.5 inches long. Heather D. Fisher ’07
is proud to announce the birth of daughter, Sophie Zada, on Feb. 17, 2011. She weighed 7 lbs. 8 ozs. and was 21.5 inches long. Laura (Davis) Brown ’09
and husband Dustin are proud to announce the birth of daughter, McKaela Reese, on March 11, 2011. Jessica (Ritchey) ’09 and Dwight D. Bard ’08
are proud to announce the birth of daughter, Terryn Reese, on Jan. 10, 2011. She weighed 6 lbs. 15 ozs. and was 19 inches long.
and husband Nicholas are proud to announce the birth of their son, Luke Robert, on Oct. 14, 2010. He weighed 6 lbs. 2 ozs. and was 19.25 inches long.
and wife Adrian are proud to announce the birth of son, Tyson Robert, on Feb. 2, 2011.
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I participated in a golf scramble for the Campus Christian Community at University of Mary Washington in September 2011. At the postscramble dinner, a gentleman noticed my Juniata shirt and asked if it was the “Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa?” Anytime someone in Virginia pronounces “Juniata” correctly, you know it is someone from Pennsylvania or familiar with the College. It turns out that William Brown ’58 had also played in the scramble. We talked for a few minutes, and I explained that I had just been to campus the previous weekend for Alumni Council activities. Bill said he had not been back to college since graduation, so I had to tell him about all of the great changes to the campus, and invited him to plan to attend a reunion. —Frank L. Pote III ’73
Dear fellow alumni, A few years after Juniata, I was living in Chicago, attending graduate school, and loving every minute of it. Despite this new adventure, I found myself periodically missing Juniata. I kept in touch with my friends and mentors, but I still felt disconnected from the College because I was no longer a student there. I never imagined then that my greatest relationship with my alma mater was yet to come. I could not appreciate what I have now come to learn: the Juniata network extends far beyond the confines of campus and is proof that the Juniata experience is much more than a four-year degree. The most amazing feature of the network is that every single member of the Juniata community is part of that network: alumni, faculty, staff, students and parents. This network provides instantaneous social connections in locations near and far from campus. It offers an outlet for professional connections and jobs. Its members find volunteer opportunities, both Juniata-related and otherwise. Earlier this year, the College unveiled Juniata Connect, an “online hub” available only to people in the Juniata community. This secure and searchable database boasts all of the benefits that the Juniata network provides. If you move into a new area and want to find social connections, search by geography. If you are looking for jobs or other professional development opportunities, search by profession. If you want to contact members of your class for a reunion, search by class year. These are only a few examples. I challenge each of you to visit www.juniataconnect.org to sign up for Juniata Connect and create a publicly searchable profile. If your profile already exists, but is not public, I encourage you to make it searchable. The database will only be as powerful as we allow it to be; more active members means a more effective resource. Hopefully, others will learn, as many of our alumni and I have already realized, that the Juniata experience does not end at graduation. Get connected. And see what the Juniata Network can do for you.
Veritas liberat! —Parisha P. Shah ’01, Alumni Council President
Juniata College National Alumni Association Proposed Amendments to the Constitution & Bylaws of the Alumni Council
Adam M. Byers Sr. ’33
May 30, 2011—Adam received his master’s degree from Penn State University and later taught history and became a librarian. He was also an active member of the Five Forks Brethren in Christ Church in Waynesboro, Pa. He enjoyed reading and bird-watching. Adam is survived by five children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Thelma L. Rowland ’33
May 18, 2011—Thelma was a teacher and school librarian for 34 years in the GreencastleAntrim School District in Pennsylvania. She was preceded in death by sister Ruth (Rowland) Funk ’42. She is survived by nephew C. Rowland Funk ’72, one grandnephew and two grandnieces, including Kathryn L. Funk ’07. Margaret (Pryce) Larimer ’34
June 8, 2011—Margaret taught Latin, English and physical education at Richland High School in Johnstown, Pa. and also served as their cheerleading advisor in the 1960s. She was a member of the Pennsylvania State Retired Teachers and Public School Employee Retirement System associations. She was inducted into the Juniata College Sports Hall of Fame in four sports. She was a member of the Ebensburg United Church of Christ and Cambria Country Saddle Club. Margaret is survived by two daughters, eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. John H. Kaufman ’35
July 26, 2011—John was a math teacher at Conemaugh Township and Westmont Hilltop high schools near Johnstown, Pa. He and wife Marjorie enjoyed traveling and visited 112 countries. He was a member of Presbyterian churches in Pennsylvania and a member of Mount View Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale, Ariz. John is survived by his wife of 77 years, a daughter, a granddaughter and two great-grandchildren. Edna (Hoover) Carbaugh ’37
A member of Alumni Council shall act as Alumni Council Secretary.
July 20, 2011—Edna taught high school math in Martinsburg, Pa. until her retirement in 1977. She enjoyed gardening, spending time with her family, and sports, especially Pirates baseball and Penn State football. She was preceded in death by husband Charles and brother Paul S. Hoover ’37. Edna is survived by a daughter, son Michael C. Carbaugh ’80, two siblings Dean S. Hoover ’46 and Anna (Hoover) Weaver ’41, two granddaughters, and a great-granddaughter.
The Secretary shall keep minutes from all meetings of the Alumni Council.
Catherine (Miller) Metz ’38
The Secretary shall submit minutes to the Alumni Office and distribute minutes to the members following meetings of the Alumni Council.
The President shall appoint an Alumni Council member as Secretary.
The Secretary shall serve a term of one year with the privilege of succeeding himself or herself at the discretion of the President.
September 9, 2011—Kay attended Columbia University and then taught school in the Reading, State College, and Belleville school districts in Pennsylvania. She also served as a postmistress in Allensville, Pa. She was a
The following proposed amendments to the Bylaws has been presented by the Alumni Council 2011-2012 Awards & Nominating Committee and approved by the Alumni Council. Final approval of the proposed amendment will be voted on at the Annual Meeting of the Association on February 25, 2012. AMENDMENT TO ALUMNI COUNCIL BYLAWS NON-EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OFFICER POSITION Section 1—Secretary.
member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and was the 1998 award recipient of the Brotherhood Roundtable of Christians and Jews. Kay was involved in various clubs, including serving as a member and president of the Belleville Civic Club. She enjoyed reading, playing sports and tennis, and flower gardening. Kay was preceded in death by husband, Harry M. Metz ’37. She is survived by two children and two grandchildren. John M. Luty Jr. ’39
July 25, 2011—John earned a bachelor’s degree in higher accounting from LaSalle University in 1950. He was in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was a pilot during World War II, where he attained the rank of first lieutenant. He started as a salesman for Bohman and Warren in Hagerstown, Md. He later became a supervisor for Landis Tool Co. in Waynesboro, Pa., retiring in 1981. He was a member of Waynesboro Church of the Brethren and also volunteered for 20 years with the AARP, helping to provide senior citizen tax preparation. John was a member of the Waynesboro YMCA for more than 70 years, enjoying swimming and gymnastics. John is survived by wife, Dorothy (Kauffman) Luty ’38, son James M. Luty ’69, brother-inlaw LeRoy S. Maxwell ’36, a niece, and nephew LeRoy S. Maxwell Jr. ’63. Helen (Cox) Sholomskas ’39
May 16, 2011—Helen was preceded in death by sisters Edna (Cox) Fishback ’46 and Ruth (Cox) Jeffery ’36. Helen (Owens) Ammerman ’40
June 9, 2011—Helen married husband John in 1945 and enjoyed 55 years of marriage. She taught for 35 years at Curwensville School District in Pennsylvania, where she also attended the United Methodist Church. She enjoyed cooking, crocheting, fishing, hiking, berry picking and baking pies. Helen was preceded in death by her husband and is survived by three children, 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Florence (Ritchey) Baker ’40
May 1, 2011—Florence taught middle school and kindergarten and also worked as a social worker, holding various positions with the Church of the Brethren. After her retirement, she volunteered for the Church World Service Center and many other organizations. She was preceded in death by husband Charles, and sisters Hilda (Ritchey) Middlekauff ’37 and Mary Alice (Ritchey) Fasold ’47. She is survived by sister Grace (Ritchey) Switzer ’42, two daughters, five grandchildren, one granddaughter, a niece Sylvia (Middlekauff) Hess ’62 and great-grandniece Heidi (Hess) Rice ’86. Robert K. Bair ’40
Paul W. Horner ’40
September 21, 2011—Paul earned his master’s degree in music from Penn State University. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II and a member of the U.S. Army Dance Band. At Tamaqua Area School District in Pennsylvania, he served as band director, choral director, and music department chairman during his 43-year tenure. He was a lifetime member of Coal Cracker Barbershop Chorus of Mahanoy City and taught private lessons. He also was a member and choir director of the First Presbyterian Church in Tamaqua, Pa. Paul is survived by wife Mary, three sons, sister Marian (Horner) Kimmel ’43, cousin Hilda (Horner) McCreight ’41 and seven grandchildren. Susanna L. Dilling ’41
April 26, 2011—Susanna taught for 47 years in numerous school districts throughout Pennsylvania. She also served as a deaconess for many years at Memorial Church of the Brethren in Martinsburg, Pa., and eventually became deaconess emeritus. She was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Honor Society and The Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees. Susanna was preceded in death by parents Susie (Wineland) Dilling 1908 and Abner B. Dilling 1907 and sisters Mary Jane, Beulah and Sophia V. Dilling ’35. Helen (Rankin) Harper ’41
May 21, 2011—Helen earned her doctorate in library science from the University of Pittsburgh. She was a veteran of World War II, where she served in the Women’s Army Corps. She enjoyed age-group swimming, golfing, and was involved with several book and bridge groups. Helen was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, George, and is survived by three children, 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Dorothy (Griffith) Meszaros ’41
April 24, 2011—Dorothy was a school teacher and also an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Hershey, Pa. She is survived by a daughter, four grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Mary Louise (Berkey) Wear ’41
April 28, 2011—Mary was a retired school teacher with the Upper Dublin School District in Fort Washington, Pa. She is survived by a daughter, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Myers P. Kimmel ’42
March 19, 2011—Myers served in the U.S Army in the European Theatre during World War II. He worked for the Pennsylvania
Railroad as a brakeman for 20 years and then as a Nationwide Insurance agent for 15 years. He was ordained in the Church of the Brethren at the age of 55, and retired from ministry in 2010. Myers was preceded in death by brother Max W. Kimmel ’40. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Lois, five children, 17 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Mary (Livengood) Bilinkas ’43
February 14, 2011—Mary had a successful 14-year career with two newspapers. She also was director of college information at County College of Morris in Randolph, N.J. for 20 years. She and husband Ed raised more than $1 million for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Mary is survived by five children, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Jeanne (Trappe) Case ’43
January 25, 2011—Jeanne taught school and raised a family. She was involved in community affairs and enjoyed participating in a variety of activities. She is survived by husband Marion, two daughters, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Richard M. Long ’43
May 5, 2011—Dick was a member of the U. S. Navy during and after World War II. He worked as a chemist for three years, during which he received a master’s degree in business administration in sales management at Syracuse University in New York. He took over his father’s business as the owner/operator of Long’s Business Equipment in Hagerstown, Md. Dick was an active member of the Church of the Brethren, and also in his community. He was preceded in death by his mother Edith (Ernst) Long ’15. He is survived by sister Margaret (Long) Marshall ’50, three children, 12 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, niece Nancy (Clemmer) Gingrich ’79 and nephew Willard O. Marshall III ’83 and greatgrandnephew Willard O. Marshall IV ’07. Sara J. Mattern ’43
March 5, 2011—Sara received her master’s degree in education from Penn State University. She was a retired home economics teacher and also a member of the United Methodist Church in Osceola Mills, Pa. George H. Tay Jr. ’43
August 3, 2011—George worked in Newport News, Va. as an executive for the Boy Scouts of America. He was also a member of the Church of the Epiphany Episcopal Church in Royersford, Pa. He was a volunteer for the Kiwanis Club, Project Outreach and the Royersford Food Pantry. George is survived by a son, three grandchildren and one great-grandson. Nellie (Behrer) Baney ’44
April 4, 2011—Nellie taught school at Dwight Mission, a Presbyterian-owned 77
May 6, 2011—Robert worked as a chemist and a patent researcher at Sterling Winthrop Laboratories for many years. He was preceded
in death by sister Phyllis (Bair) Diehm ’46. He is survived by wife Ann, two children and five grandchildren. He is also survived by sister Miriam (Bair) Keeney ’50, brother in-laws Walter A. Keeney ’49 and William H. Diehm ’47 and niece Sally J. Diehm ’72.
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studies for more than 20 years. Miriam is survived by her husband, seven children, 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Jane (Mason) Holmes ’47
January 1, 2011—Jane is survived by husband, Donald S. Holmes ’47, three sons, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She is also survived by nephew Fred C. Mason Jr. ’73. Florence (Frisbie) Brown ’48
school on the Cherokee reservation in Oklahoma, where she designed the home economics department. She was preceded in death by brother Alfred E. Behrer ’45. Nellie is survived by three children, and five grandchildren, including Erin M. Baney ’05. Hazel (Hemminger) Fluke ’45
June 5, 2011—Hazel taught foreign languages in Pennsylvania and Ohio. She was a member of the Huntingdon Presbyterian Church, Order of the Eastern Star and Pennsylvania State Education Association. She is survived by husband, James S. Fluke ’46, two children and three grandchildren. Fred C. McCutcheon Jr. ’45
April 1, 2011—Fred worked for the Penn Central Railroad and Conrail as a yardmaster. He joined the fire department in Moon Township, Pa. at the age of 16. In 1968 he became a member of the Big Sewickley Creek Volunteer Fire Company and became a State Farm Instructor in 1975, having amassed more than 2,000 hours of fire service certificated training and 14 college credits. He was certified to teach at the National Fire Academy, Emergency Management Institute and State Farm Academy courses. Fred is survived by eight children and three grandchildren. Robert E. Parker ’46
April 8, 2011—Robert joined the staff of the Collensville YMCA in 1958, then worked at the New Kensington YMCA, ending as youth director of the Harrisburg YMCA. He maintained his membership in the International Association of Retired Directors of the YMCA. While living in Harrisburg, he was a volunteer for Dauphin County Congregate Meals. In later life, he was connected to retail sales, being an associate with Berdines and Jordan Marsh of Florida, Stark Bros., Radcliff and Schwartz, and K and F Ltd., of Harrisburg, retiring in 1989. Robert was a lifetime member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Mapleton, Pa. Miriam (Estep) Tarter ’46
March 24, 2011—Miriam graduated from the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Ill. in 1952 and married Reverend Stanford Tarter in 1953. She worked as church staff and as a high school music teacher. She also volunteered at the Idaho State Penitentiary, leading Bible
July 27, 2011—Florence was employed by Bell Telephone. She was preceded in death by husband Theodore. She is survived by a son. Bernard A. Kyper ’49
March 25, 2011—Bernie served in the U.S. Navy as an aviation ordnance man. Following his military service, he attended Juniata and was an outstanding football player. He later became a scout for the team. He worked for the State Department of Corrections in Huntingdon for a brief period before he became a social studies teacher in the Juniata Valley School District. Bernie was instrumental in establishing girls’ sports programs at the high school, and assisted in starting a wrestling team. He is survived by brother Kenneth D. Kyper ’52 and son Bernard S. Kyper ’02. Paul C. Shaffer ’50
June 12, 2011—Paul served in the records department and as a chaplain’s assistant in the U.S. Army in the South Pacific during World War II. He married Mona (Thompson) Shaffer ’49 in 1949. Paul served many United Methodist Churches in central Pennsylvania. He enjoyed spending time with his friends and family and grandchildren. He also enjoyed traveling, music, and cars. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, and four grandchildren. John E. Gates ’52
September 8, 2011—John joined the U.S. Navy before attending Juniata. He started his career in Toledo, Ohio at the Owens-Corning Fiberglass Corporation in 1952 as a general management trainee. In 1959, he became personnel director, in 1970, manager of industrial relations, and in 1990, he retired as vice president. John was involved with Toledo-area clubs and committees, including Perrysburg Exchange Club and the American Legion Post 28. He also coached various youth sports teams. John is survived by his wife of 57 years, Martha (Metz) Gates ’54, two children and two grandchildren. Herbert E. Utts ’52
July 30, 2011—Herbert served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was employed as a machine operator for Bethlehem Steel and also worked as a metallurgist for Standard Steel Works. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting and traveling. Herbert is survived by five children, brothers Harold L. Utts ’42 and James E. Utts ’49 and nine grandchildren.
Marjorie (Peightel) Newcombe ’53
March 10, 2011—Marge taught grade school and preschool and accompanied her husband to Germany during World War II, where she continued to teach preschoolers and servicemen. She retired from the Somerset County Library in Bridgewater, N.J. She also was a member of the Bridgewater United Methodist Church. Marjorie was preceded in death by husband George P. Newcombe ’53. She is survived by three children and seven grandchildren. George F. Blechschmidt ’54
June 29, 2011—George earned his doctorate of medicine from Jefferson Medical College in 1958. He was admitted to the American Board of Psychiatry in 1970. He earned the rank of lieutenant colonel during his service in the U.S. Army from 1957-1975 when he served in Europe and was recognized as a Vietnam veteran. Ronald C. Clapper ’54
June 14, 2011—Ronald was elected to the Juniata College Hall of Fame in 2005 for his role as captain during Juniata’s first undefeated football season in 1953. He served in World War II in the U.S. Navy Atlantic Theater of Operations. He also worked for OwensCorning Fiberglas Company, where he was senior vice president. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, and traveling with his wife. Ronald is survived by three children, six grandchildren and a great-grandson. Scott J. Hommer Jr. ’55
June 17, 2010—Scott was a family physician with a private practice in Altoona, Pa. He is survived by wife Janet, three children and eight grandchildren. Willard B. Long ’56
April 29, 2011—Willard obtained his master’s degree from Millersville University in 1962. He taught fourth grade for 30 years, beginning the first two years at the Helen Minard School and then continuing on at the UlsterSheshequin School and Athens Area Schools in Pennsylvania. He enjoyed reading, spending time with his former students, and studying American and Native American history. Donald K. Murdoch ’57
August 4, 2011—Don earned his master’s degree in education from Temple University. He served in the Army National Guard from 1957-1963. He sold insurance while also teaching math and science at Susquenita High School and Allen and Lemoyne Junior High Schools in Pennsylvania. In 1965, Don left his teaching career to join his father full time in the insurance business. He retired as president of Murdoch Insurance & Investments Inc. in 1999. He was involved with Harrisburg Kiwanis Club and served as a commissioner in Lower Allen Township. He enjoyed traveling, camping trips, and spending time with his family. Don is
Donald S. Oberson ’59
March 17, 2011—Donald is survived by wife Ruth and three children. Darlene (Schrock) Betar ’60
July 16, 2011—Darlene was a home economist teacher for Penelec in Altoona, Pa. and at the former Roosevelt Junior High School. She was a member, past deacon and elder at Providence Presbyterian Church in Altoona. She was involved with the Pennsylvania Federation of Woman’s Clubs, serving as a member and officer. Darlene also was the president of the Woman’s Club and of the Pennsylvania Home Economics Association. She is survived by husband Walter, a son and two grandchildren. Larry R. Fay ’60
August 18, 2011—Larry is survived by wife Suzanne (Stiffler) Fay ’62. Iris (Rothrock) Dubendorf ’62
September 18, 2011—Iris completed her graduate studies at Penn State and the University of Delaware. For 13 years she taught in the Mifflin County School District and was an educational diagnostician for 18 years in New Castle, Del. Iris is survived by three children, brother Harry A. Rothrock ’51, seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. J. Gawen Stoker ’63
September 8, 2011—Gawen was involved with high school athletics for 48 years. He was head football coach at four high schools in Pennsylvania and Ohio. He was a founder of the Central Pennsylvania Football Coaches Association and the All-Star Classics. He was inducted into the PSFCA Hall of Fame in 2000. Gawen was an active member of the St. John Evangelist Catholic Church. He enjoyed family, football, science and astronomy. He is survived by his wife, four daughters, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Joan (Gartman) Kasse ’64
July 22, 2011—Joan is survived by husband David, a daughter and two grandchildren. M. Robert Walker II ’64
July 30, 2011—Robert served the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1968. Afterwards, he started a career that would last 30 years as a systems analyst with the Sun Oil Company. He enjoyed sports and was an avid Phillies and Eagles fan. He also was interested in photography and enjoyed traveling to the Caribbean Islands. Robert is survived by his wife of 44 years, Barbara (Antes) Walker ’65, two sons, five grandchildren, a brother, and sister Joan (Walker) Horn ’53.
Thelma (Hansen) Richardson ’65
March 4, 2011—Thelma worked as a statistician and computer technologist for the Institute of Ecology at the University of Georgia. She was a founder of the Georgia Sea Turtle Cooperative, playing a critical role in international sea turtle research and conservation. She is survived by husband James I. Richardson ’65, two children and three grandchildren. Kenneth O. MacFadden ’66
May 16, 2011—Kenneth earned a doctorate in chemistry from Georgetown University in 1972 and then completed postdoctoral work at the University of Calgary in physical chemistry. He worked as an assistant professor at Stockton State College for two years and moved on to research for various companies. During his career he created seven patents in the field of battery technology and microfluidics. Kenneth enjoyed sailing, running, biking and reading. He is survived by wife Lois (Rierson) MacFadden ’67, two daughters and two grandchildren. Stanley M. Donaldson ’67
September 29, 2011—Stanley was a veteran of the Vietnam War and served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1969. He worked for eight years as a bank examiner. Later, he retired after 30 years as an accountant supervisor for the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family. Stanley is survived by wife Judy. Garth S. Redmond ’67
May 7, 2011—Garth was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and a recipient of the Bronze Star. He was a retired employee of the former New Cumberland Army Depot. Garth was a member of the Ebenezer United Methodist Church. He enjoyed spending time with his daughter, family and friends. He is survived by daughter Natalie and granddaughter Lynn. Betty Sue Campbell ’68
June 15, 2011—Betty she retired as an elementary school teacher from the Pennsbury School District in 1999. She was a member of the Eastern Star, Morrisville Presbyterian Church, Pennsylvania State Educational Association and the Pennsbury Community Chorus. Carmen J. Patete Jr. ’69
April 24, 2011—Carmen was an independent financial advisor. He is survived by son Stephen. Benjamin J. Otto ’70
May 14, 2011 Deborah S. Welch ’74
Presbyterian Church. She also served in leadership positions for various organizations, including Wellness Community Delaware. She enjoyed gardening, fine art, food and golfing. She was preceded in death by her father, Stanley C. Welch ’50 and uncle, F. Richard Neikirk ’47. Deborah is survived by mother, Janet (Neikirk) Welch ’52 and aunt, Mary (Neikirk) Melmeck ’54. Barbara (Kosik) Whitaker ’76
September 10, 2011—Barbara graduated from Dickinson School of Law and became an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania for more than 30 years. Also, as an adjunct professor, she taught at Penn State’s Scranton-Worthington campus and Keystone College in Pennsylvania. She is survived by husband Joseph, a sister and brother, niece, Corryn H. Kosik ’11 and two nephews. Michael J. Mashack ’83
July 16, 2011—Michael was the vice president and general manager for Management Recruiter of Bucks County Inc., in Warminster, Pa. He enjoyed fishing, canoeing, camping, and singing in his church choir. He was a member of Central Assembly of God Church in Cumberland, Md. Michael is survived by his wife. Gina (Nork) DeVitis ’00
July 24, 2011—Gina earned her master’s degree from Bloomsburg University. She was an instructional designer at Meta Media in Germantown, Md. She enjoyed the outdoors and animals, as well as spending time with her family and friends. She is survived by husband Joshua S. DeVitis ’99, parents and a sister. Jody (Leone) Romecki ’00
March 2, 2011—Jody was a substitute teacher in the Huntingdon Area School District. She loved spending time with her daughter and being involved at the Huntingdon Community Center. She is survived by husband Ron, mother Nell (Shoop) Jaymes ’54 and daughter Nellie. Shannon E. Powers ’01
August 2, 2011—Shannon earned her doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Virginia in 2009. She was a medical writer at MedErgy in Yardley, Pa. She enjoyed ice skating, hiking, and brewing beer. She is survived by her parents, maternal grandmother, brother and boyfriend Jeffrey G. Morse ’00. 79
May 24, 2011—Deborah worked at DuPont Inc. as a business leader for 15 years. In 1991, she co-founded and was president of Respect Inc. She was a member of Limestone
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survived by his wife of 54 years, Lois (Mezey) Murdoch ’57, six children, including Mark M. Murdoch ’84 and 11 grandchildren.
In Memoriam David K. Goodman ’74
What I will always remember and cherish about Dave Goodman is that he was larger than life. Those who had the pleasure of meeting him saw that he was a big guy physically, but those who got to know him soon realized his immense capacity for friendship, curiosity and conversation. He even had big emotions; it was not uncommon to see him shed tears about something dear to his heart. Similarly, there was nothing small-minded about Dave, even if you were disagreeing with him over politics, business or the state of Juniata’s sports teams. He had no problem reaching out to others to ask about a business idea or to find an answer to something he didn’t know. I was always grateful that he felt comfortable enough around me to speak his mind about how the College was doing and where we should go in the future. No one was more proud of his accomplished family than Dave, yet few individuals I have met have been as personally humble as this most successful of men. When the College sought to honor his many contributions by awarding him an honorary degree, I spent weeks politely listening to Dave try to talk me out of it before insisting that he allow us to honor his greatly appreciated contributions to his alma mater. Dave made large, lasting and important contributions to the College, offerings that altered our physical and metaphorical landscape forever. Donations such as the Goodman Chair in Biology, honoring former biology professor Ken Rockwell ’57; research assistantships in earth sciences, humanities and social sciences; and an academic scholarship have been tremendously beneficial to Juniata. Yet for me, it’s the small, largely anonymous gestures Dave made that reveal what a good man he was: the purchase of NCAA championship rings for every member of the 2004 women’s volleyball team, refurbishing the women’s basketball locker room, a kind phone call congratulating an employee on a good job. To his friends, family and colleagues, I can think of no better parting words than to say David Goodman did not play at life, he lived it from beginning to end. —Thomas R. Kepple Jr., president of Juniata College David K. Goodman ’74, Juniata Trustee from 2002 until his death, and president and CEO of D.C. Goodman and Sons Inc. died Aug. 19 at age 58. Goodman, a member of the Class of 1974, attended the college for three years until leaving before his senior year to work for his family’s business. At commencement in May, he received an honorary doctoral degree that he termed “his highest honor.” Although Goodman’s studies focused on biology at Juniata, his talent for business helped grow his family’s mechanical contracting firm to a multimillion-dollar company. In the early 1990s he purchased the business from his parents and served as president and CEO for almost 20 years. He also was a founding member of Nittany Bank, serving on its board of directors. He also served on the board of National Penn Bancshares after Nittany Bank was acquired by the larger bank. He retired in 2011 as a director for Huntingdon County United Way, where he served previously as a board member, past president and past campaign chair.
He also served on the board of directors for Miller Auto Parts Co. in Huntingdon and Golden Eagle Asset Management Company in New York City. He was a member of the state 80
finance committee for the Republican Party and was a member of the Pennsylvania Society of New York. Goodman was a champion for Juniata programs. His first act was to create the D.C. Goodman Scholarship, (honoring his grandfather), awarded each year to a child of a D.C. Goodman employee. In 2007, he established the Goodman-Rockwell Chair in Biology. He also helped fund opportunities for faculty in the humanities, social sciences and earth sciences to do summer research with Juniata students. He also gave generously to a variety of Juniata building projects, most notably the von Liebig Center for Science and Founders Hall. He contributed regularly to the Juniata Scholarship Fund and contributed work toward a new athletic locker room for the Juniata women’s basketball team. Goodman’s firm has been intertwined with Juniata since the 1950s, and most recently, the company was the mechanical and electrical contractor for the von Liebig Center for Science, the Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts and Founders Hall. Goodman was a member of the class of 1974. He is survived by his mother, Marjorie Goodman, daughter Alison ’01, companion Anne Nicklas Layng and stepson Brian MacDonald, brothers Steven and James Goodman, and sister Ellen Goodman.
Baseball Epiphany Inspires Career Change-up By Russell Gray ’12 Photography: J.D. Cavrich
When I was a senior in high school, I was one of the best baseball players in town. I thought I was going to be a pro athlete. I received a scholarship offer from…well, let’s just say it’s a western Pennsylvania university. I was ecstatic. They were one of the
best Division II baseball schools in the entire country. I talked to the coach several times and was assured that if I was good enough; I would get drafted into professional baseball. When I got there, I was welcomed to the real world of baseball. I was no longer the best player there. I wasn’t even close. The player that was starting over me has since been the minor league player of the year for the St. Louis Cardinals every year since he was drafted. I realized I was never going to be good enough to play when one day, this same player hit a ball to the fence. This is not usually a big deal; however, he did this after smashing the aluminum bat into a million pieces! I learned something much more important while I was at my first college. This school was not the kind of education I would need in order to further my ambitions of becoming a lawyer. I barely went to class, did more partying than I should have, and certainly never studied. I was still able to finish my freshman year with a 3.0. I knew I had to transfer. It just so happened that my best childhood friend, Danny Fenton ’12 had a roommate who would no longer be attending Juniata.
He told me I should seriously consider coming to the College. He told me how hard the school was, but that a degree from Juniata was as good as any college in the country. The minute I stepped on campus I knew that Juniata was where I was supposed to be. With about two weeks left to go in the summer, I was in love with the school. My roommates and I have all become extremely close friends, and I have continued playing baseball as well. The most important thing that happened to me by transferring to Juniata was the change in my academic career. I was a good student. Juniata has inspired me to become a great student. I now have a 3.46 GPA, and in my past year I was able to make the Dean’s list both semesters. As I became close with my professors and as they started to know me, they expected me to do well
in the classroom. They realized that I could do better, and I have. I have also continued to play baseball, and in the spring of 2011, I was named to the academic all-conference team. Juniata has changed the way I approach many aspects of life. I have decided to pursue a law career after Juniata. I took my LSAT’s in June and scored a 163. A 151 is an average score, and a 170 will get you into just about any school in the country. This was much higher than I had anticipated. As a result of this score, many doors have been opened for me. None of this would have been possible without the education I received from Juniata. Juniata, above all else, has taught me how to learn, and how to succeed. >j< —Russell Gray ’12 is currently narrowing his choices on where to attend law school.
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Published on Jan 25, 2012