LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
P ENNSYLVANIA S TATE S YSTEM O F H IGHER E DUCATION BOARD OF GOVERNORS Kenneth M. Jarin, Chair C.R. “Chuck” Pennoni, Vice Chair Aaron Walton, Vice Chair Rep. Matthew E. Baker Marie Conley Lammando Paul S. Dlugolecki Daniel P. Elby Rep. Michael K. Hanna Sen. Vincent J. Hughes Ryan R. Jerico
Kim E. Lyttle Sen. Jeffrey Piccola Guido M. Pichini Gov. Edward G. Rendell Christine J. Toretti Dr. Gerald L. Zahorchak
CHANCELLOR Dr. John C. Cavanaugh
L OCK H AVEN U NIVERSITY O F P ENNSYLVANIA Dr. Keith T. Miller, President Dr. Deborah Erickson, Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Linda Koch, Vice President for Student Affairs Jerry L. Updegraff, Vice President for University Advancement William Hanelly, Vice President for Finance, Administration & Technology
ith the NCAA Division II trophy held high, our women’s softball team celebrates its second national championship in four years. The cover photo depicts “separate hands” united in a common purpose. What a fitting image for this championship team! I am confident you will appreciate reading about the exciting journey of these remarkable studentathletes. Interestingly enough, “Hands” was the title of Dr. Roger Johnson’s keynote presentation for the third annual Celebration of Scholarship. He articulated how hands are the instruments by which we accomplish all good and useful things, and are a means by which
ON THE COVER Minutes after beating Huntsville-Alabama, members of the Lady Eagles softball team hoist aloft the NCAA Division II title trophy.
we communicate without words. Roger’s inspiring words will long be remembered, and we wish him well as he begins his retirement from the day-to-day activities of the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The cover photo also serves as a symbol for the entire university. Teamwork, striving for excellence, hard work, and accomplishment is what Lock Haven University
exemplifies. Within the pages of this Perspective, you will see how we use our hands, literally and figuratively, to attain excellence. Welcoming new faces to the Lock Haven University family, embracing the successes of our graduates, and reaching out to introduce Lock Haven University globally are all examples of extending our hands to others. We are not only aiming for excellence, we are achieving it. Our accomplishments would not be possible without you. I know you will enjoy learning about several of our most recent achievements. Thank you for your continued support of Lock Haven University.
Above: President Keith T. Miller presents senior art major Alice Alexandrescu with the 2009 Student Woman of Distinction Award. The presentation took place during the Gerald R. Robinson Academic Honors and Foundation Awards Convocation, the kick-off event for the 2009 Celebration of Scholarship on April 15.
Guy A. Graham, ’63, Chair James W. Swistock, ’71, Vice Chair Christian B. Dwyer, ’65, Secretary Tiffany Allen Mary Coploff Dr. George A. Durrwachter, ’61
Daniel P. Elby,’71 Donald E. Houser Margery Krevsky, ’66 Virginia Roth, ’81 Thomas M. Sweitzer Dr. John Cavanaugh, ex-officio
A LUMNI A SSOCIATION B OARD
Reed B. Mellinger, ’85, President Allen E. Urich, ’85, President-Elect Dr. Thane N. Turner, ’89, Past President Paul M. Walison, ’70, Treasurer Ruth E. Fleming, ’55, Secretary Tammy M. Rich, Director of Alumni Relations ELECTED MEMBERS Harold M. Adams, ’55 Steve L. Babcock, Jr., ’88 Carmen A. Banfill, ’71 Jerry M. Clark, ’01 J. Michael Fitzgerald, ’05 Ana Gonzalez-White, ’95 J. Patrick Guerriero, ’84 Lisa G. Korman, ’92 Carol D. Liddick, ’79 Theresa M. Merkel, ’63 Dr. James E. Morrell, ’54 Nicole Rall-Miller, ’90
Thomas M. Ryan, ’73 Anthony A. Simonetta, ’86 Richard B. Trout, ’56 EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS Dr. Keith T. Miller, University President Jerry L. Updegraff, Vice President for University Advancement Linda J. Kibbe, ’77
ADVANCEMENT Keith O. Barrows, Director of Development Scott E. Eldredge, ’06, Director of Web Development Troy M. Miller, Director of Major Gifts Erin Pawlak, ’03, Director of Annual Giving Tammy Rich, Director of Alumni Relations Douglas C. Spatafore Jr., ’06, Director of Sports Information Mary White, Director of Marketing and Communications
P ERSPECTIVE S TAFF EDITOR Mary White WRITERS Anita Casper Jerry Falco Paula Kistler Tammy Rich Christina Schuman Doug Spatafore, ’06, Mary White
PHOTOGRAPHY Scott Eldredge Robert McCool SueAnn Schatz Eric Stashak Francis Wertz John Wilson DESIGN David Kubarek, Eye-on Design
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2 The Lock Haven University softball team returns to the top for the second time in four years, winning the NCAA national title in a firstever 8-run rule championship game. Read about the team’s success led by Kristin Erb, who shattered NCAA record books.
Students of the arts turn to a successful study abroad program where they can take in the sights of London — and the works of William Shakespeare — during a three-week stay overseas.
The university’s dedication to teacher education has been a tradition for more than 100 years. Read about recent efforts to ensure that LHU continues to be a leader in teacher education.
Tom Ormond is dean of the College of Education and Human Services. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Physical Education-Teacher Education from The Ohio State University. He has been at LHU since 2007. Marianne Hazel is associate dean. She graduated from Immaculata University with a D.Ed. in Educational Leadership. She has been at LHU since 2002.
Dr. John Howard Wilson is an associate professor of English at LHU. He earned his Ph.D. in 1988 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He edits the Evelyn Waugh Newsletter and Studies, an online journal.
Associate Professor of English SueAnn Schatz has been at Lock Haven University for eight years. A native of Birdsboro, Pa., she earned her Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico.
HANDS-ON APPROACH TO LEARNING, 9 GRADS LOOK TO FUTURE, 13 SPORTS SEASON HIGHS, 16 ALUMNI NEWS, 18 CLASS NOTES, 22
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SOFTBALL TEAM W BY DOUG SPATAFORE
On May 25, the Lock Haven University softball team capped off one of the most amazing four-year runs in NCAA history and finished
LL TEAM WINS SECOND NCAA TITLE IN FOUR YEARS
2009 as No. 1 in the nation. The Lady Eagles shut out Alabama-Huntsville 8-0 in the championship final, ending the game after only six innings, marking the first time that has happened in the history of the NCAA Final Tournament Series. Senior Kristin Erb, who’d been nothing short of sensational her entire career, didn’t show any letdown in her final game in the crimson and white. Erb flirted with perfection in the pitching circle, as she only gave up one hit and didn’t surrender a walk. She was just as impressive at the plate, going 2-for-3 with three RBIs to help jump-start The Haven’s offensive output. Sarah Norris had a hot bat all tournament long and she set the tone for LHU in the championship game, as she led off with a single. The leadoff hit marked the 12th of the tournament for the senior, which broke an all-time record for a final series.
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COVER STORY Seniors Erica Eisenbise and Ilia Lopez were also huge key players in the championship. Eisenbise went 3-for-4 and Lopez drove in three runs. The Lady Eagles started the tournament looking flawless with a 5-0 win over Le Moyne. But in the second game, AlabamaHuntsville edged LHU 3-1. LHU responded in a big way following the loss to Huntsville and shut out Indianapolis 2-0, marking Lock Haven’s second shutout of the tournament. Because of the early loss to Huntsville, Lock Haven needed to beat North Georgia, ranked No. 1 in the country at the time, twice. The Lady Eagles did just that, responding with an offensive onslaught with LHU ripping past North Georgia 8-0 and 8-1. The win over Alabama-Huntsville in the final game avenged Lock Haven’s loss to them in the second game. Lock Haven finished the tournament with four shutouts and outscored opponents 32-4. Those 32 runs set an all-time championship record. With the win in the championship game, LHU capped off the season with a 51-6 record. “It was a pleasure to watch our softball team play all season long,” said LHU President Keith T. Miller. “The entire team became wonderful ambassadors to the entire Lock Haven University community. It is outstanding that they could end this remarkable season with their second national championship in four years.”
Fast Facts on title game: LHU’s 8-0 win over Alabama-Huntsville marked the first time a Championship game was shortened by way of the eight-run rule Norris’s 12 hits broke a tournament record that had stood since 1995
Lock Haven’s 32 runs over five games broke an all-time record Erb was named the Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player Five Lady Eagles made the All-Tournament Team: Erb, Norris, Lopez, Eisenbise and Popovich
Four years of dominance for Haven softball For the seniors on the Lock Haven University softball team, it was like a magic carpet ride, as the Lady Eagles’ second National Championship put an exclamation point on one of the most remarkable runs in recent NCAA sports history. Lock Haven capped off the 2009 season with a national championship in Salem, Va. LHU was 51-6 overall and has been one of the NCAA’s most dominant teams ever during a four-year stretch. In fact, Lock Haven dominated D-II Softball like no other team in history. In the last four years Lock Haven claimed two national championships (2006 and 2009), a secondplace finish in 2007 and a third-place finish in 2008. A huge component of the run that saw LHU go 208-23 (.900 winning percentage) was Lock Haven’s eight-member senior class that was made up of Erica Eisenbise, Kristin Erb, Jess Jefferies, Ilia Lopez, Sarah Norris, Nancy O’Connor, Julia Popovich and Amanda Roosa.
Those eight transformed Lock Haven from contender to perennial national-power. The two national crowns and 208 wins speak for themselves, but The Haven also claimed four straight Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships and four straight region crowns in the last four years. Six of these seniors started the 2006 National Championship game and these seniors ended their LHU career as they began it — with the Division II title. One of the most amazing statistics that one could easily overlook is the simple fact the eight seniors never lost a home game, going a perfect 54-0 on their own Lawrence Field. In division play LHU went 73-3 the last four seasons. Over the last four years LHU hit 269 home runs and outscored opponents 1,290-221. The numbers don’t lie. It was certainly one special ride. Haven fans can now hope that the 2009 senior class is the start of a dynasty.
Senior Statistics 2006-09
Record: 208-23 PSAC West/Central: 73-3 Home Record: 54-0 Away Record: 73-9 Neutral: 85-14 Outscored opponents 1,290 to 221. Had 1,946 hits Held opponents too 922 hits. 319 doubles 269 homeruns Team average of .312 1,197 RBI’s Team ERA of .67 Four-time PSAC Regular Season Champions (West Champions 2006, 2007 and 2008), Central Champions 2009) Four-time PSAC Champions Four-time Region Champions (MidAtlantic 2006, 2007 and 2008; Atlantic 2009) Two-time National Champions (2006 and 2009) Ranked No. 1 in the nation at least once each year
NCAA REIGN Erb caps off remarkable career, etches her name in NCAA history books
In just a short couple of weeks Kristin Erb capped off her Lock Haven softball career with her second national championship, was named the NCAA Division II Female Athlete of the Year and signed a professional contract. Does it get any better? Many would argue not, but when you dominate your sport for four straight years good things are bound to happen. Most recently, Erb, who will graduate next year, accepted her second Honda Award as the Division II Female Athlete of the Year. She’s no stranger to the prestigious award having won it in 2006. She was also the D-II Softball representative in 2007. In 2009, Erb closed out her career with more of the same dominance she had shown the previous three seasons. Erb, the 2009 NCAA Championship’s Most Outstanding Performer helped Lock Haven to another banner year. She went 50-5 in the circle, tying the D-II all-time record, and her ERA led the nation at the D-II level. Erb pitched 356 innings, gave up only 24 earned runs, gave up just four home runs, held opposition to .152 batting average, walked only 26 batters and struck out 399. She broke all-time NCAA D-II records for shutouts and wins during the 2009 season. Her ERA was 0.47, as she only allowed 24 earned runs in 356 total innings. Erb’s career win-loss record is 168-18. Those 168 wins stand alone on the top of the D-II list for most ever in a career. Erb was also a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) First Team All-American for the fourth straight time. She was the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Central Pitcher of the Year and a First Team All-Region selection. “Kristin [Erb] is truly a remarkable athlete, and I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to see her compete,” said LHU President Keith T. Miller. He added, “Her softball accomplishments speak for themselves. But, more importantly, we are proud that Kristin is part of the LHU family.” In early June, Erb was able to fulfill a lifelong dream and signed a professional softball contract. She joined the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), signing with the Philadelphia Force.
ERB’S HONORS 2009 highlights: 2009 Collegiate Women’s Sports Awards Honda Division II Female Athlete of the Year Pro contract with Philadelphia Force of National Pro Fastpitch league NFCA All-American First Team Daktronics All-American First Team & Daktronics Pitcher of the Year NFCA All-Region First Team PSAC Central Pitcher of the Year Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player at 2009 NCAA Championships PSAC Central Pitcher of the Week six times NFCA D-II National Pitcher of the Week (4/1/2009) Pitched 356 innings pitched, only 24 earned runs given up, gave up just four home runs, held opposition to .154 batting average, walked only 26 batters and struck out 399 Went 50-5 in pitching circle, tying the all-time D-II single season record Career Highlights: Four time First Team AllAmerican Career ERA: 0.39 Seven perfect games and 13 no-hitters 2006 and 2009 NCAA D-II Female Athlete of the Year 2006 and 2009 2009 PSAC Central Pitcher of the Year (was named PSAC West Pitcher of the Year in 2008, 2007, 2006 Four-time All-Region selection 1388 career stikeouts 2006 and 2007 D-II Softball Player of the Year NCAA records Career Games: Tie for 1st with 190 Career Games Started: 1st with 171 Career Complete Games: 1st with 159 Career Innings: 1st with 1242.2 Career Victories: 1st with 168 Season Victories: Tie with 50 Career Shutouts: 1st with 100 Season Shutouts: 1st with 33 Consecutive Scoreless Innings: 1st with 86.2 Career ERA: 5th with .39 Career Strikeouts: 3rd with 1388 ERA: 4 consecutive years leading NCAA D-II in ERA
Fans throw a block party The June 13 Block Party for the Lady Eagles softball team drew crowds of fans seeking autographs and congratulating the team on bringing a second national championship to Lock Haven. On hand to offer formal congratulations were LHU President Keith T. Miller, Lock Haven Mayor Rick Vilello; Julie Brennan representing State Senator John Wozniak; and State Representative Mike Hanna. Team members are: Front Row from left: Erica Eisenbise, Nancy O’Connor Second Row: Jess Jeffries, Kristin Erb, Amanda Roosa, Julia Popovich, Sarah Norris, Ilia Lopez Third Row: Kirsten Labant, Meredith Morris, Brittany Pataky, Dianna McMullan, Brittany Muthard, Becca Bailey. Fourth Row: Chelsea Reish, Jillian Johnstone, Erin Clary, Jess Sefter, Amanda Gutmaker, Krystin Montoro Standing: LHU President Keith T. Miller, Julie Brennan, Student Assistant Coach Shawna Bellaud, Assistant Coach Kelly Shannon, Bus Driver Gene Parmenter, Head Coach Kelley Green, Representative Mike Hanna, Mayor Richard Vilello and LHU Director of Athletics Sharon Taylor.
Parading through the streets On May 26 the Town of Lock Haven feted the Lady Eagles with a parade in their honor. Jess Jefferies and Kristin Erb left no doubt as to who is No. 1.
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ON THE ARTS
London calling PROGRAM BRINGS HISTORY AND THEATER TO LIFE FOR LHU STUDENTS
They say that experience is the best teacher. For ten years, the Lock Haven University London program has provided students with never-to-be-forgotten experiences. BY JOHN H. WILSON
The London Program The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) has started a Short-term Faculty-led International Initiative to encourage cooperation between campuses organizing trips abroad for students. Lock Haven and Bloomsburg Universities have a ten-year head start. For the last decade, Lock Haven and Bloomsburg have given students the chance to study abroad in London for four weeks in May and June. In the last three years, California University of Pennsylvania
has also sent students and one faculty member. Lock Haven, Bloomsburg, and California are all members of PASSHE, though the London program has also accepted students who attend other institutions. In keeping with the universityâ€™s international orientation, Lock Haven sponsors several short-term studyabroad experiences, with programs in England, France, Italy, Mexico, Northern Ireland, and Spain. The London program is unique, however, in that it depends on cooperation between Lock Haven and other PASSHE universities. In some years, too few students sign up for a given program, and trips have to be cancelled. The London program, however, has never been cancelled. Because it is promoted at three universities, it is more likely to attract sufficient students.
Perspective 6 Tower Bridge. Photo by Kate Hughes
ON THE ARTS Origins The London program is the brainchild of Stephen Hicks, Associate Professor of English at Lock Haven, and Michael Collins, Professor of Theatre at Bloomsburg. According to Dr. Hicks, “Michael Collins and I recognized that our students needed an experience outside their native Pennsylvania and saw that London was an easy step out of their comfort zone.” Dr. Hicks and Professor Collins realized that language would not create a major barrier, and they believed that students would sign up for a program designed to satisfy requirements in General Education. Since 2000, at least 170 students have gone to London through the program, along with eight different faculty members. Interest seems to be increasing: in 2009, twenty-eight students spent time in London. That number equaled the previous high, set in 2007. Since 2000, at least 170 students have gone to London through the program, along with eight different faculty members. Interest seems to be increasing: In 2009, 28 students spent time in London. That number equaled the previous high, set in 2007. In 2008, Dr. Hicks was elected President of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF). Other faculty members have volunteered to take students to London while he is fulfilling his duties as APSCUF president. Professor Collins died unexpectedly on July 17. He led the program for nine out of ten years and he will be greatly missed.
Academics Students take two courses in London. Each year, one faculty member has taught History of
Billy Elliott at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London, June 4, 2009: Dion Crommarty, Meghan Murphy, Lindsay Roper, Victoria Vanek, Samantha Osborne, Katharine Mayk, Min Feng, and Amber O’Donnell in front.
Theatre and one has taught Shakespeare, and if at least fifteen students sign up for the program, a third faculty member offers another course in history or philosophy. In 2009, Professor Collins, of Bloomsburg, taught History of Theatre, Dr. John H. Wilson, of Lock Haven, taught Shakespeare, and Dr. Scott Lowe, of Bloomsburg, taught Philosophical Issues in the Arts. By offering independent studies and adding requirements to existing classes, the program was for the first time able to accommodate two graduate students.
Course requirements include attending several plays. History of Theatre concentrates on modern plays, while Shakespeare focuses on works by the Bard. Regardless of which courses they take, all students in the group attend both modern plays and those by Shakespeare. This year’s modern plays included Death and the King’s Horseman by Wole Soyinka at the National Theatre, Aunt Dan and Lemon by Wallace Shawn at the Royal Court, Calendar Girls by Tim Firth at the Noel Coward Theatre, Billy Elliot by Lee Hall and Elton John at the
Touring the birthplace of Shakespeare One of the highlights of the London trip is a trek to the town of Shakespeare’s birth, Stratford-upon-Avon, to see a production by the Royal Shakespeare Company. This year the group saw As You Like It. Founded in 1960 by Peter Hall, the RSC’s roots go back to 1875 when a local man, Charles Edward Flower, donated two acres towards a theater in the town. The Shakespeare Memorial Theatre opened in 1879, and in 1925 the company was given a Royal Charter. The building burned down the following year, replaced by a new one in 1932; this would be renamed the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in 1961. A second theater, the Swan — a theater-in-the-round with architecture based on Elizabethan designs — opened in 1986. Major renovations have been taking place
the last several years. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre is being redesigned with a thrust stage to replace its proscenium stage; when finished, it will seat 1,030 people. As well, the Swan has been closed while a common lobby and foyer are built between the two theatres. A repertory company, the RSC is internationally known for its ability to craft superb productions around known talent while nurturing younger actors. The likes of Judi Dench, Derek Jacobi, John Gielgud, Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, Ian McKellen, Kenneth Branagh, Tilda Swinton and Patrick Stewart have appeared on its stage. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is patron of the RSC; Charles, Prince of Wales serves as its president.
— SueAnn Schatz Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon.
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ON THE ARTS Victoria Palace Theatre, and Resilience (half of Contingency Plan) by Steve Waters at the Bush Theatre. Students were also given fifteen pounds and told to see one play of their choice: many went to Wicked, a musical version of The Wizard of Oz, or The Thirty-nine Steps, a parody of the Alfred Hitchcock film. Texts for the Shakespeare course depend on the plays in production in London during the program. This year the group attended Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare’s Globe, Much Ado About Nothing at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park, All’s Well That Ends Well at the National Theatre, and The Winter’s Tale at the Old Vic. The group traveled to Stratford-upon-Avon for a production of As You Like It. The students liked it very much and judged it the best of the five Shakespeare plays they saw. Students in the Shakespeare class were required to visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage (home of his wife), New Place (site of the house he built), and his grave in Holy Trinity Church. Classes are held Tuesday through Thursday in the upper room at the Duke of York, a friendly pub that serves as a gathering point. Long weekends give both students and faculty chances to sightsee in London and to travel outside the city. Students in History of Theatre and Shakespeare are required to keep journals of their experiences and to review productions they have seen. Students in Philosophy are required to visit cultural sites such as the British Museum and the National Gallery and to write analyses of the art on display.
Housing Students and faculty members live in rented flats, and many are able to economize by shopping for food and cooking in the kitchens. Near Baker Street, the home of Sherlock Holmes, the flats are quite close to theatres in the West End and many other tourist attractions in London. The program provides passes for the bus and the sub-
Students and professors stand outside The Duke of York during the study abroad trip.
way (known as the Tube), so students can easily move about the city. The cost of the trip in 2009 was $3,400, though students also have to account for tuition and spending money. The exchange rate is an important consideration: since the dollar gained value last year, the program was able to give each student a $200 refund. Every effort is made to keep costs down, and the price of the program is quite reasonable compared with those of other programs in major cities.
Experiences Students’ response to the program has been overwhelmingly positive. Denise Hershey Connor, LHU class of 2004, majored in English and went to London in 2003. Her favorite memory is seeing an all-female cast perform Richard III. Denise recalls that Henry V was staged in a modern context as a way to criticize Great Britain’s involvement in the war in Iraq. “Henry gave his famous St. Crispin’s Day speech as if he were at a press conference complete with reporters and their cameras. Such an experience impressed upon me the relevance of Shakespeare’s works in the twenty-first century.” Melissa Reifsnyder, LHU class of 2007, majored
in English and went to London in the year that she graduated. Somehow she managed to see thirty plays in twenty-eight days. Melissa notes that “Shakespeare performed on stage changed EVERYTHING I thought about Shakespeare. I finally ‘got’ it. I always thought it was just poetry on stage, but it is so much more! I can understand his wit and puns so much better, and now I enjoy teaching it!” Melissa teaches English at Red Lion Area High School in Pennsylvania. Lindsay Roper, LHU class of 2010, is an English major who travelled to London this year. According to Roper, “London gave me a chance to study one of the greatest playwrights known to man, and I was eager to take the challenge. After spending a month in London, I now love Shakespeare even more and appreciate the contributions he’s made to the English world both in content and language.” Shakespeare remains a central part of the program, but perhaps equally valuable is time spent in one of the world’s great cities. Min Feng, LHU class of 2010, came from China to pursue a Master’s degree in Liberal Arts, and she went to London this year. Min says she had “a wonderful time and experienced not only dramas, musicals, galleries, museums, and plenty of classical spots in London, but also the education system, the social system, the lifestyle of the British, the mainstream values, the etiquette of British culture, and the conditions of Chinese immigrants.” By introducing herself to other Chinese people, Min was able to spend two more weeks in London.
London 2010 Planning has already begun for the next trip to London in May 2010. Students who are interested should contact Dr. SueAnn Schatz or Dr. John H. Wilson, Department of English, Lock Haven University.
Celebrating Shakespeare at the Globe Theatre Situated near the site of the original Globe Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe fashions its seasons around a theme; this year it was “Young Hearts” and LHU students saw the timeless Romeo and Juliet. The original Globe was built by the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, the repertory company of which Shakespeare was a member, in 1599. It burned down in 1613 during a production of Henry VIII; a cannon was discharged (sounds effects were much more real then!) and the thatched roof caught fire. No one was hurt, but a spectator’s burning pants were doused by a quick-thinking friend with a pint of beer. The theater was rebuilt in 1614; however, it was shut down in 1642 by the Puritans and demolished two years later.
Although there often had been discussions about rebuilding the Globe through the years, nothing tangible was done until the 1980s. Under the guidance of American actor Sam Wanamaker, plans were finalized and Shakespeare’s Globe opened in 1997. Sadly, Wanamaker died before seeing his dream fulfilled. Designed as near as possible to what historians believe the Globe looked like, the new theatre offers an intimate theatrical experience. As in Shakespeare’s day, audience members can choose to watch from seats or be a groundling — “Globe talk” for one who stands in the pit.
— SueAnn Schatz
Hands-on approach to learning University community gathers for Celebration of Scholarship The entire Lock Haven University community came together for the third annual Celebration of Scholarship on Wednesday, April 15, 2009. “For many in the community, LHU is known by its public face — possibly through attendance at one of our exciting athletic events or a performance in Price Auditorium. Celebration of Scholarship provides an opportunity for our neighbors to step behind the curtain and catch a glimpse of the University’s primary mission — to develop individuals who are able to collect valuable information, carefully evaluate and add to that body of knowledge, and then present it effectively to the public,” said Dr. Matthew Girton, associate professor of Communication Studies. The day began with the Lock Haven University Foundation awards and breakfast in Durrwachter Alumni Conference Center. Following was a full slate of presentations, demonstrations, performances and recitals in various locations across campus. Of particular note in the morning session were 85 independent study projects presented by student researchers. Students stood by their posters and discussed their projects with the public. Faculty members presented some of their research efforts at the Provost’s Colloquium on Faculty Research. At 1 p.m., the campus community convened in Price Performance Center for the Gerald R. Robinson Distinguished Lecture. This year’s speaker was Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Roger Johnson, who retired from LHU at the end of June. Johnson’s keynote presentation was entitled “Hands.” A highlight of the afternoon was the 16th Annual Phi Kappa Phi Spring Student
Symposium in the Hall of Flags. Additional events were scheduled until 9 p.m. Nearly 100 faculty and over 700 students participated in the 2009 Celebration of Scholarship, as they shared their research and achievements in all disciplines and fields of endeavor.
‘Hands’ As he stood at the podium to deliver the Gerald R. Robinson Distinguished Lecture to a full house in Price Performance Center, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Roger Johnson announced a departure from the standard keynote address. He announced his intention to engage all those present in “the celebration of a metaphor.” He introduced “hands” as a metaphor for knowledge. To illustrate our hands’ ability to convey the full range of human emotions, Johnson was assisted by various students who read poetry, played drums and piano, and performed interpretive dance. Johnson posed two questions about knowledge: “How shall we get it? and “What shall
we do with it?” In other words, he asked, “To what use shall we put our hands?” Johnson urged the crowd to put their hands to work — work that does some good and makes them flourish. He urged his listeners to “think about hands in a new way. Celebrate the work of your hands, which is the product of your head and your heart.”
Thank you, Dr. Johnson As Dr. Roger Johnson, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, began his retirement at the end of June, he left behind a rich legacy. One of his greatest achievements at Lock Haven University is the “Celebration of Scholarship.” Johnson said that the Celebration of Scholarship was established to focus upon and showcase student and faculty scholarly activities. “We felt that a public event like this would help students learn in different ways as they engage in inquiry and apply critical thinking skills to situations not normally encountered in a more formal classroom,” he said. Above: One of the many posters during LHU’s Celebration of Scholarship was an explanation of MRSA (MethicillinResistant Staphylococcus Aureus). The presentation was the work of Alan Lewis, Emma Wessner and Megan Armstrong, students in Dr. Fay Cook’s Introduction to Disease class. Left: Roger Johnson is joined by some of the students who participated in his “Hands” presentation.
Teacher education at LHU Continuing the tradition of excellence
BY TOM ORMOND AND MARIANNE HAZEL Since its opening in 1870 as the Central State Normal School, Lock Haven University has had a tradition of excellence in teacher education. This tradition continues to blossom with today’s teacher education students leaving the program equipped with the necessary content knowledge, pedagogical skills, and dispositions to meet the demands of public schools. Two recent initiatives have kept faculty and staff busy in the ongoing commitment to maintaining this tradition.
Working toward NCATE reaccreditation Lock Haven University faculty and staff have been heavily involved in the process of reaccreditation by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). NCATE accreditation is an ongoing process of examination and critique and necessitates considerable commitment by the Jane Penman institution. Dr. Jane Penman, pastdirector of Teacher Education and coordinator of the university’s NCATE team, explained, “Accreditation is an external review process that assures our institution is adhering to National and State standards and guidelines for the preparation of highly effective teachers.”
Accreditation: Why does it matter? Dr. Cindy Allen, director of Student Teaching and Field Experiences, explained, “The NCATE accreditation process is designed to help educator preparation programs attain
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Specialty Professional Association (SPA) Reports Status NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED Health Science Elementary Education Special Education Early Childhood Education
DEPARTMENTS History, Political Science, Economics & Geography Mathematics Geology/Physics
REVIEWS IN PROGRESS Health & Physical Education
excellence. Successful accreditation approval adds considerable credibility to our institution. LHU’s affiliated school partners prefer national accreditation before assignments can be secured in student teaching and early field placement.” This was confirmed by Mrs. Carol Yorks, Keystone Central School District teacher, who added, “The student teachers from Lock Haven University come into my classroom prepared and ready to teach. They are able to approach their professional semester with confidence.”
The ongoing process of reaccreditation: The current NCATE process began directly after the last Board of Examiners site visit in 2004 and continued until the recent visit in April 2009. During this period, many teacher education professionals on and off campus were involved. The primary responsibility, however, was relegated to two major groups, Specialty Professional Association (SPA) report writers and the LHU institutional report writers (which included NCATE Team members).
Specialty Professional Association Reports SPA reports were written using guidelines established by each discipline’s professional association. Within each teacher education department, one individual was designated as the principal writer to prepare the report and worked with department faculty to complete the task. SPA reports were submitted to NCATE for review in January 2008. LHU faculty worked collegially to prepare for the SPA reports. Dr. Cathy Rush, professor, Elementary Education Department, commented on the value of the SPA report process stating, “Our entire department met once a year to review the data that had been collected.” “The opportunity to talk about our program for an extended amount of time was a positive outcome of the accreditation process,” she added. In addition to the benefits to departments, individuals found value in writing SPAs, as part of their own professional development. Reflection is a significant part of the teacher education program, and LHU professors have modeled that throughout the SPA process. Writers of the SPA reports were Dr. Kathy Allison, Dr. Cathy Rush, Dr. Patricia Fagan, Dr. Christine Remley, Ms. Bridget Roun, Dr. Paul Ballet, Dr. Cathi Gatewood, Dr. Steven Williams, Dr. Alyce Baker and Dr. Michael Cullin.
LHU Institutional Report Writers Six individuals comprised the LHU institutional report writers group and were charged with assembling the necessary documentation to address NCATE’s six standards for undergraduate and graduate programs. The Institutional Report was submitted to the Board of Examiners prior to April 2009 and served as LHU’s selfassessment document for the review.
NEWS FEATURE The institutional report writers and their departments were Dr. Cindy Allen (NCATE team), Health and Physical Education & director of Student Teaching; Dr. Marianne Hazel, associate dean, College of Education and Human Services and College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Sally Lima (NCATE team), Elementary and Middle Level Education; Dr. Marianne Lovik-Powers (NCATE team), Graduate Studies Masters of Education; Dr. Jane Penman (coordinator, NCATE team), Special Education and past director of Teacher Education; and Dr. Steven Williams (NCATE team), Mathematics.
NCATE: The Results While the NCATE review process is not yet final, on April 8, 2009 the NCATE Board of Examiners provided the teacher education unit with good news: All NCATE standards for undergraduate and graduate programs were met. This result was received with great applause and is tangible evidence of the exemplary program LHU is providing our future teachers. Dr. Brett Everhart, associate professor, Department of Health and Physical Education, affirmed, “This is an honor that shows the quality of the teacher education unit, programs, and the preparation of teacher candidates in relation to what effective beginning teachers should be able to do. It also demonstrates a commitment of the faculty and administration to develop programs that require candidates to reach high standards that show they are prepared to enter the teaching field upon graduation.” He added, “Additionally, being NCATEaccredited places a label on LHU's teacher education programs that will help in the recruitment of students desiring to enter teaching as a profession. Being NCATE-accredited is also important for keeping and recruiting strong faculty at LHU. I cannot overstate this accomplishment made by the faculty involved in this monumental, often-daunting process.” Dr. Marianne Lovik-Powers, associate professor, Master of Education, added, “The Masters of Education programs’ exceptional performance in meeting all of the NCATE standards is testimony to the dedication and commitment of graduate faculty in providing the very best teacher preparation programming. We were pleased that the nationally represented review team confirmed the quality and rigor of our graduate programs.”
Future of Teacher Education Program
LHU is presently awaiting notification from NCATE regarding the final approval, with an anticipated completion of the process expected in October 2009. LHU has already begun its preparation for the next NCATE site visit and this will remain a priority. Members of the LHU teacher education unit have already begun the transition to the Chapter 49-2 guidelines and are working hard to communicate these changes to students. The teacher education unit plans to expand its collaborative efforts with local school districts, as part of its efforts for continual improvement. Dr. Cathi Gatewood, director of Teacher Education, summarized, “Although the process has been incredibly difficult, especially balancing requirements of NCATE, SPAS, PDE, it has been worth it. Our students will be better prepared to face the realities of today's classroom in a manner that they could not do before.”
The Department of Early Childhood and Special Education will split into two departments.
1) Department of PreK-4/Early Childhood Education 2) Department of Special Education
The Department of Educational Foundations will be dissolved.
Faculty will be reassigned to one of the above departments.
The Department of Elementary Education will be renamed.
Department of Elementary and Middle Level Education
tled Chapter 49-2. This has had an immediate effect on teacher education institutions across the Commonwealth resulting in the restructuring of programs. Students receiving teacher certification after August 31, 2013 must have moved through programs that have met Chapter 49-2 guidelines.
Changes at LHU reflect requirements Chapter 49-2 establishes new requirements for teacher education programs, adding nine semester hours of special education content courses and 3 semester hours of English Language Learner (ELL) content courses. Dr. Steven Williams, associate professor, Department of Mathematics, stated, “The value of the 49-2 changes is that all of our students will now have the knowledge and experience of working with special education and ELL students.” After August 31, 2013, the grade levels attached to teacher certifications will change: Early Childhood PreK-3 to Early Childhood PreK-4; Elementary K-6 to Elementary/Middle 4-8; with Secondary 7-12 remaining the same.
Chapter 49-2 has also mandated realignment of the current Special Education program so that graduates will be certified with a Dual Certification: Special Education PK-8 with certification in either PreK-4/Early Childhood, Elementary/Middle 4-8, or Reading Specialist PK-12; or Special Education 7-12 with certification in either a Secondary area or Reading Specialist PK-12. Special Education will no longer be offered as a major. All teacher education programs must submit information to PDE identifying how they have met the new guidelines. To date Early Childhood PreK4, Elementary/Middle 4-8, and Special Education programs are currently under review by PDE. Students presently enrolled in teacher education programs will be permitted to complete their present programs. Students who enter during the fall, 2009 semester will be placed in the newly created programs.
Meeting Teacher Education challenges Another area of change facing LHU began in May 2007 when the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) ushered in the legislation enti-
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CAMPUS BRIEFS Childhood Ed. program gets grants At Lock Haven University, the Department of Early Childhood Education is at the center of efforts to improve access to, and the quality of, Pre-K educational experiences for the children of Pennsylvania. Elizabeth Manlove, associate professor of Early Childhood Education, is overseeing two grants designed to improve learning and longterm educational success of children throughout the Commonwealth. The LHU Department of PreK-4 Early Childhood Education has received a grant for $15,200 to implement their Gate Opener Project. The project will “open gates” for early childhood teachers to pursue additional education. The LHU Gate Opener Project will create online course offerings which can be used in either of two LHU masters programs. “The expectation is that raising teacher qualifications will lead to better quality Pre-k for children,” said Manlove. “We know that children in high quality pre-K programs enter kindergarten better prepared and ready to learn.” Collaborating on the project will be Dr. Susan Ashley, Dr. Christina Remley and Dr. Denise Tyson of the Early Childhood Education Department as well as Masters in Education faculty led by Professor Nate Hosley, director of Master of Education Programs. Manlove wrote the grant and will be overseeing the project. The Office of Child Development and Early Learning has funded the project for one year, with the possibility of renewal for two additional years. The second grant which Manlove is overseeing was funded by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania. Working with Manlove on this grant are scholars from Penn State Harrisburg and Penn State Altoona. Their project, entitled “Who’s Minding the Children in Rural Pennsylvania? A Profile of Regulated Child Care and the Parents Who Use It,” will examine the accessibility of quality regulated child care in rural counties. “We know that the pre-K experience is particularly effective for children who are at-risk for school failure,” Manlove said. “Who’s Minding the Children?” is a one-year project and has been funded at $49,994. Manlove had high praise for all her colleagues in the LHU Department of Early Childhood Education. “We are working to improve the quality of care” and “doing the research that’s going to help inform state policies to serve the children in our state.”
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University names new Director of Teacher Education Catherine Gatewood, Ph.D., Ed.D., will assume the position of Director of Teacher Education at the beginning of the fall 2009 semester for a three-year term. She has been serving as Assistant Professor of History and Program Coordinator of Secondary Social Studies. Upon accepting her new responsibilities, Gatewood said, “I look forward to the challenges this opportunity affords. I am thrilled to continue to serve LHU and our students in a more expanded role, and love that it gives me the best of both worlds. I will still be able to be in the classroom as well as do the work I love of assessment and continuous improvement.” Gatewood will provide consistency with the teacher education assessment system, will work closely with the deans’ offices and the Office of Planning and Assessment, and will assist in the smooth transition to the newly formed College of Education and Human Services departments. She will also provide direction for the next NCATE visit preparation process.
Gatewood earned her Ph.D. in history from Michigan State University and her Ed.D. in Instructional Technology and Distance Education from Nova Southeastern University. Gatewood takes over from Dr. Jane Penman, who will be assuming the position of Chair, Department of Special Education. Tom Ormond, Dean of the entire College of Education and Human Services, said, “Special thanks go to Dr. Jane Penman for her leadership of the teacher education unit and in particular her exemplary work in helping to steer the unit through three NCATE reviews. Her expertise, experience, and authority in teacher education are well known at the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, and national levels.”
LHU’s Social Work Program earns reaccreditation The Lock Haven University Social Work Program has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) continuously since 1974, when accreditation of undergraduate social work programs was first implemented. Through the dedication and strong foundation provided by former faculty members, especially the late Dr. Renuka Biswas, Mrs. Dolores Lynch, and Dr. Patrick Wardell, the Social Work Program continues to provide a quality education to undergraduate social work majors. A strength of the social work program as cited by the CSWE Commission on Accreditation is the leadership of the program, which includes Social Work program director Professor Lynette Reitz, field work coordinator Professor Annjane Ross, Assistant Professor Steven Granich, Associate Professor Michael Paulus and Assistant Professor Wade Seibert. After a self study focusing on curriculum, faculty, field placements, and resources, the social work program received accreditation through 2016. The curriculum, field education program, recognition and inclusion of diversity in practice, policies and procedures for evaluating students’ academic and
professional activities, as well as the assessment procedures for evaluating each program objective have been cited as strengths of the program. Reitz praised LHU students, faculty and alumni for their contributions to the program. “We value the feedback from all of these groups and have made changes to the curriculum based on the information they provide.” Graduation from an accredited social work program is a benefit for students who are interested in applying for the social work master’s program. When students graduate from an accredited social work program and have a 3.0 GPA, they are eligible to apply for advanced standing in the social work master's program, which means that they complete the master’s program in half of the time. Reitz added, “Graduates of LHU’s Social Work Program have consistently found employment within the social work field and have attended Master’s of Social Work programs at several differently schools throughout the United States. Alumni and employers report that they are very satisfied with the education that students receive from the Lock Haven University Social Work Program.”
Just before he delivered his address to the graduates, Losby presented Steinway Artist credentials to LHU Assistant Professor Dr. David Curtin and his wife, Hyun Ju Curtin.
David Curtin named Steinway Artist
University graduates take part in commencement ceremonies in May.
LHU GRADUATES urged to ‘change the world’ At Lock Haven University’s 132nd commencement ceremonies May 1 and 2, over 630 graduates received their diplomas. The commencement speaker was Ronald Losby, a classically trained pianist and president of Steinway and Sons for the Americas. Losby congratulated the Class of 2009 and challenged the graduates “to find ways to leave your community, your country and your world in a better place than you found it.” He noted that Lock Haven University’s All-Steinway status demonstrates the university’s commitment to excellence not only in music, but to all aspects of the students’ experience, and said that LHU has prepared the graduates well for the next part of their journey. “Take the golden ring, run with it, and make the lives of those around you better – whether it’s finding a cure for cancer or a moment to help a neighbor in need.” Losby quoted Nelson Mandela: “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”
LHU STUDENTS COMMISSIONED
On May 2, nine students received commissions as Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Army. The guest speaker for the commissioning ceremony was Lieutenant Colonel Jeff Butler, Commander of the 228th Brigade Support Battalion, Pennsylvania Army National Guard. LTC Butler is a 1988 graduate of LHU and its ROTC Program. On Friday evening, May 1, the College of Arts and Sciences awarded 338 diplomas. On Saturday morning, May 2, 295 students received diplomas from the College of Education and Human Services. On Wednesday, April 29, 71 students received diplomas at the university’s Clearfield Campus. At the Saturday ceremony, Dr. Michael R. Greenberg, Medical Director LHU Physician Assistant Program, delivered the Hippocratic Oath.
Lock Haven University can now boast that it is the only college or university in the region to have a Steinway Artist on its faculty. Pianists David T. Curtin and his wife, Hyun Ju Curtin, received Steinway Artist credentials at the Lock Haven University commencement ceremonies May 1 and 2. David Curtin is associate professor of music at Lock Haven University. Hyun Ju Curtin is a frequent guest performer at LHU. The Steinway Artist designation is an internationally-recognized designation given to only the finest concert pianists. The Curtins are the only Steinway Artists residing in the Central/Northeast region of Pennsylvania. Ronald Losby, President of Steinway & Sons-Americas, presented Steinway Artist credentials to David and Hyun Ju Curtin as part of his commencement speech to the 2009 LHU graduating class. Prior to the ceremony, Losby explained that there are only about 1500 Steinway Artists in the world. “They represent the crème de la crème of performance and education,” he said. “They truly are the pinnacle of artistic achievement and we are honored to have David and Hyun Ju Curtin as Steinway Artists. They will follow in the footsteps of notables such as Horowitz, Rubenstein, Gershwin and Billy Joel,” he added. David Curtin described his inclusion on the elite roster of Steinway Artists as “The fulfillment of a dream.” He said, “I am honored to be associated with Steinway.” Alysha Sides, co-owner of Robert M. Sides Family Music Centers, said that Lock Haven University is now “in a unique position to recruit the very best music students and to provide them the highest level of music education and performance experience.” Graduates of the music and music education programs will be able to list among their credentials the fact that they studied at an All-Steinway school and under Steinway Artist David T. Curtin.
Marshals Sharon Taylor, director of athletics, and Dr. Clay Kleckley, director of Clearfield student counseling, carried the university’s ceremonial maces as they led the academic procession for both the Friday and Saturday commencements.
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CAMPUS BRIEFS Teresa Williams dean of Clearfield campus On June 1, Dr. Teresa Williams, Ph.D. assumed the position of Dean of the Clearfield Branch Campus. As associate dean in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond, Williams oversaw and coordinated a number of vital functions within the school, with an emphasis on community and student affairs. She developed an assessment plan for the school and undertook a thorough study of Jepson’s experiential education program, which includes its internship and service learning programs. Williams’ responsibilities included assessment, advising of student government and co-curricular programs and administration of the Jepson School’s experiential education programs. Her service to the university included appointment to the President’s committee on community relations and service on the Common Ground Commission, an initiative of the Office of the Provost. Valerie Dixon, who served as interim director of the Clearfield Campus during the search for a permanent dean, commented, “I believe Dr. Williams will bring a wide knowledge base and fresh enthusiasm to our campus as she assumes her position as dean. We are confident that she will guide the Clearfield Campus on a path to a bright and successful future.” Williams’ interests are in the pedagogy of experiential education, African American studies and university and community relationships. Her community service includes work with the Girl Scouts of America, United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Family Outreach of America and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Her professional affiliations include the American College Personnel Association, the American Association of University Women, and a role as a reviewer for the Journal of Thought. Williams received her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and Educational Leadership from Saint Louis University in 1999. She earned her master's degree in Multicultural Education from Webster University and her bachelor’s degree in African and Afro-American Studies with a minor in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis. She is single with no children.
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Deborah Erickson assumes post as provost As Perspective went to press, the Lock Haven University community welcomed Deborah Erickson, Ed.D, Ph.D. as the new provost and vice president for academic affairs. Dr. Erickson follows Dr. Roger Johnson, who retired at the end of June. During her academic career, Erickson has attained tenure and professor rank and has held numerous administrative positions such as chair, head of education, director of academic programs, and associate provost. As associate provost and interim dean of graduate and professional studies at Mansfield University, she facilitated academic program development and accreditation, collaborating with enrollment management and advancement. “Coming to us from a sister PASSHE institution,” said LHU President Keith T. Miller, “she well understands the challenges facing state institutions of higher education.” “We look forward to her leadership in the role of provost and vice president of academic affairs,” Miller added. Erickson said, “I am pleased to become part of the Lock Haven University learning
community. I look forward to becoming one of the team that has moved Lock Haven into a wellrenowned public university that assures educational access for students from a broad range of backgrounds and abilities by providing quality education at a reasonable cost.” Erickson added, “Working together with faculty and staff, I want our learning community to continue preparing students for personal and professional success, with a sensitivity to the demands of a global society and with a love for lifelong learning.” Erickson earned her B.A. in psychology and music from Houghton College and her M.A. in school psychology from Alfred University. She earned her Ed.D. in counselor education from the University of Arkansas and her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Sydney, Australia. In addition to her academic career, she and her husband, Paul, have raised five children and have two grandchildren. Erickson says that she enjoys hiking, boating and “being in the serenity and beauty of a natural setting.”
Longtime cheerleading adviser steps down Denny Strouse, who has been the LHU cheerleader adviser for over 30 years and an honorary sweetheart for Alpha Sigma Tau for over 25 years, is leaving the post. In March of 1978, Strouse stepped forward to help the cheerleaders after their adviser at that time left the position. This past year, Strouse received the Thomas J. King Jr. Award at the 2008 Alpha Sigma Tau Convention. “I always want to be that person that (the students) can always rely on and I am always offering to help students. I can’t let the kids go. All these kids are like brothers and sisters to me,” said Strouse.
Linda Koch, left, and Sharon Taylor enjoy a moment with Denny Strouse.
CAMPUS BRIEFS Students learn on the job with EXTERN program In May, eight students tried out their careers through a newly started EXTERN program at Lock Haven University. The program is geared toward students who are unsure about their majors and would like to test a career path. The students were from a variety of majors, including BiologyChemistry, pre-PA, English, General Studies, Recreation Management, Criminal Justice, Business Administration, and Psychology. “This is the first time we’ve tried the EXTERN program, and I was pleased with the results. The students returned much more informed about their career choices,” said Anita Casper, Internship Coordinator at LHU. Similar to a job shadow experience, the EXTERN program helps students test a career choice at a job site. Students were encouraged to ask questions and observe. Many of the students were able to do some hands-on work with short-term tasks. The students came away from the experience with a snapshot of what is done on the job, as well as knowledge of the organization and its culture. Dr. Marcia Kurzynski, a business administration professor, commented, “It was clear to me upon hearing the students who participated in the summer externship experience that they gained valuable insight into their selected field of interest, either confirming or defining their current interest, and therefore strengthening their career intentions.” Participating businesses and organizations included the Lock Haven Express, Best Western Hotel, Lock Haven Hospital, Lamar Fish Hatchery — the Genetics Lab, Susquehanna Health, Williamsport Sun Gazette, Robb Elementary, Lock Haven YMCA, and Lycoming County Probation. Galina Hinaman, an extern participant, said, “I was thrilled to get this experience! The knowledge
Into the wild
In April, faculty in biology and art collaborated on a unique cross-disciplinary display. The second annual “Art of the Natural World” display focused on biology. The exhibit, entitled “The Living World as Seen through Arts,” featured works that depicted the beauty of living things. Paintings, photography, ceramics, pottery, jewelry, textiles and other materials and media illustrated the diversity of biological phenomena. Area school children enjoyed docent tours and hands-on activities such as leather tooling/stamping and dying of pendants or key fobs. The primary organizers of the event were Melinda Hodge, associate professor of art, and Joe Calabrese, professor of biology. In the photo, Barrie Overton, assistant professor of biology, answers questions from local school children.
Local research has international applications
Galina Hinaman with Melissa White at the Best Western Hotel for the LHU Externship Program.
I received from shadowing, I could not get in the regular class room. This experience gave me a clear understanding that this is the field I want to be in.” Students participated in an orientation prior to the externship, and presented their experiences to their fellow group members and a panel of faculty and administrators. “The students were given a list of questions to guide them at their sites. These questions encouraged them to examine the organization and reflectively think about their own ‘fit’ in that particular career field,” said Casper. Joan Welker, Director of Career Services, would like to expand the program and offer sites beyond the local region. “Our hope is to have an EXTERN program available during the Spring and Winter breaks as an option for students who would like to explore their careers and have placements at sites where current LHU alumni work.” Alumni who may be interested in hosting an EXTERN participant for 3 to 5 days are encouraged to contact the Career Services office. “It’s a wonderful way to contribute to the career development of a student and give back to the university in a very meaningful way,” added Casper.
Professor Md. Khalequzzaman of the Department of Geology and Physics spent June 15-18 in Bangladesh, participating in a forum on coal policy. Bangladesh discovered coal deposits a few years ago, and wants to mine it. Since Bangladesh does not have experience with coal mining, and since there is no national policy about coal mining, the government of Bangladesh has sought direct input in this policy-making process from non-resident Bangladeshi experts who have handson experience with coal mining and related environmental issues. Professor Khalequzzaman is one of the experts they turned to. Khalequzzaman has been carrying out research on the impacts of coal mining and agriculture in stream and soils in Central Pennsylvania. Some of his research was featured in the Spring 2009 issue of Perspective. Prior to his departure for Bangladesh, Khalequzzaman was enthusiastic about this opportunity to put his knowledge of Pennsylvania coal mining and its impacts on the environment to use. “This will provide me the opportunity to bridge the gap between Bangladesh and Pennsylvania,” he said. Khalequzzaman said that he was “very pleased to go as a representative of LHU in an international area where experts from universities and organizations from various countries will also be present. This speaks volumes about the quality of faculty and research that LHU fosters.” David White, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, agreed. “The choice of Dr. K. shows that he is involved in some of the pressing issues of our day and time and that Lock Haven University faculty are in the forefront of research and investigation of these issues and of many others.” Khalequzzaman is involved in community-based watershed alliances and environmental research in both Bangladesh and in central Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Susquehanna Heartland Coalition for Environmental Studies, the Environmental Focus Group at LHU, Beech Creek Watershed Association, Sugar Valley Watershed Association, and Bangladesh Environment Network.
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SPORTS SHORTS Lady Eagle Lacrosse No. 2 in the nation Team finishes sensational 2009 season as National Runners-up It was bittersweet for LHU head lacrosse coach Kristen Selvage and her Lady Eagles after they fell in the National Championship game to topranked and undefeated Adelphi 16-4. Despite the loss in the final game of the year it was a truly special season for the Lady Eagles. The team won its first PSAC Title, LHU’s first since 1981. The Haven capped off the season with an 18-4 overall record and claimed the PSAC West Regular season title by way of a 7-1 record in division play. Four LHU players earned spots on
the All-American First Team including D-II Defender of the Year Kathleen Zichelli. Just a sophomore, Zichelli led the nation in ground balls and caused turnovers. The three other Lady Eagles named First Team All-Americans were senior Amber Hoch (attack), junior Leigh Titus (midfield), and freshman Kayleigh Johnson (attack). The Haven also swept all three major PSAC Western Division awards in 2009. Titus was named PSAC West Athlete of the Year, Johnson was named PSAC West Freshman of the Year and Selvage completed the sweep after being named PSAC West Coach of the Year.
Lady Eagles staff named D-II Softball Coaching Staff of the Year Head coach Kelley Green and assistant Kelly Shannon of the National Champion Lock Haven University softball team have been named the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division II Coaching Staff of the Year following their sensational run in 2009, which was capped off with the Lady Eagles’ second national crown in four seasons. Green and Shannon were also named the 2009 Atlantic Region Coaching Staff of the Year. The duo was assisted all year long by student-assistant coach Shawna Bellaud. This season, Lock Haven (51-6) captured its second NCAA Championship in a four-year span last month, defeating Alabama-Huntsville 8-0 in six innings in the title game. Lock Haven won the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Central Division with a 15-1 record and captured its fourthstraight PSAC Tournament and NCAA Regional titles. 2009 marked the fourth straight time the Lady Eagles have taken home regional coaching staff of the year honors. Green and Shannon were named Mid-Atlantic Region Coaching Staff of the Year in 2006, 2007 and 2008. This is the second National Coaching Staff of Year honor, as the two took home the prestigious honor in 2006, following Lock Haven’s first softball National Championship.
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In mid-June Kelley Green accepted the job as head coach at Division I Coastal Carolina. Kelley Shannon, who had been an assistant under Green for six seasons, was named her successor and took over head coaching duties immediately.
the PSAC Second Team after leading LHU in home runs with 11 on the year. His 11 homers brought his career total to 22, setting a new alltime Lock Haven record. On the year, sophomore pitcher Andrew Simonik was named PSAC West Pitcher of the Week twice. The Bald Eagles finished the season 21-32 overall and went 13-11 in PSAC West Play.
Lock Haven finishes 3rd in Dixon Trophy standings
Baseball team returns to conference championships For the Bald Eagles, 2009 was an emotional year on the diamond, but it was closed out with their first trip back to the conference championships in seven years. Head coach Smokey Stover’s squad made their first appearance in the PSAC playoffs since 2002. Senior first baseman Matt Palko closed out his solid career with an all-conference selection. Palko earned a spot by earning a nod on
The Bald and Lady Eagles turned in another solid season as Lock Haven University finished third in the final 2008-09 Dixon Trophy standings the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) office announced. The Dixon Trophy is given to league’s most successful athletics program. The Dixon Trophy is named after F. Eugene Dixon Jr., former chairman of the Board of Governors of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. Each year it is awarded to the PSAC member institution that accumulates the most points based on results of conference playoffs and/or regular-season records. Each institution’s point total is calculated by adding its top six men’s finishes and top six women’s finishes in 22 conference sports. The third-place finish marked the eighth top4 showing for The Haven in the last ten years. LHU won the Dixon Trophy in 2001, 2002 and 2007.
SPORTS SHORTS Lock Haven 26th in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup D-II Standings Lock Haven University has finished 26th in the final 2008-09 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Division II Standings. The 26th place once again puts The Haven among the top overall D-II athletic programs in the nation, as the Bald and Lady Eagles finished 26th out of 235 D-II institutions. A total of 14 teams are scored from each institution, including seven men’s and seven women’s teams.
Wrestlers honored for academics For the sixth year in a row, the Lock Haven University wrestling team has made the Top 30 All-Academic Teams in the nation as compiled by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA). Lock Haven posted a team grade-point average (GPA) of 2.9650, placing them in the 24th spot. Lock Haven University is the only Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) and Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) PSAC school among the Top 30 Academic Teams. Leading the list are American University, Harvard University, Stanford
University, Duke University, and Davidson College. Interim Provost Roger Johnson commented, “Being named in the top-30 All-American wrestling teams certainly puts Lock Haven University in good company.” Johnson congratulated the student-athletes and Coach Rocky Bonomo on the team’s academic achievement. He added, “Our wrestling program, as with all intercollegiate athletic programs at LHU, places great emphasis on leading young people to reach their highest potential in all aspects of life.”
Track & Field teams take third at PSAC championships It was another solid outdoor season for Lock Haven men’s and women’s track and field team. Senior Shala Simms closed out her career in a special way as she broke the Lock Haven school record at 800 meters in her final race while wearing the crimson and white. Simms ran 2:12.50 in the 800 meter prelims at the 2009 NCAA DII National Championships. Both the Bald and Lady Eagles took third at the PSAC Championship meet. The Lady Eagles claimed three individual titles at the PSAC Championships. Christy Ohmott (pole vault), Chelsea Morse (high jump) and Alaina Leonard (hammer throw) all claimed individual gold for The Haven women. On the men’s side, Mitch Miller took home first-place honors in the 5K and Nick Hilton was a two-time winner, claiming top honors in both the 3K steeplechase and the 1,500 meter run. The Bald Eagles also won the 4x400 meter relay. Another highlight during the season came at Hubert Jack Stadium when Chris Edelman broke a 21-year-old school record in the 400 meter dash. Edelman’s time was 47.18.
Former Lock Haven High School football players honoring Bald Eagle program On May 23, the families of John Englert and Bernie Myers got together at The Haven to celebrate a scholarship fund that has been set up to honor the former Lock Haven High School and Lock Haven University alums. The Englert-Myers Football Scholarship was set up by former LHHS graduates looking to help support current Bald Eagle football players at LHU. A plaque bearing the names of all donors to the scholarship sits outside the Bald Eagles Coaches’ locker room, which is appropriately named the Englert-Myers Coaches’ Locker Room.
ON THE WEB Eagle Country is on the World Wide Web. Check HavenSports.com for all the latest information on LHU squads: news and game-stories, stats and standings, photos and awards … and more. Can’t make it out to a game? Watch all the action live at HAVENc@st at http://eagle.lhup. edu/Mediasite/catalog or listen to it live on Haven Sports Radio only at HavenSports.com at www.lhup.edu/sports/ embed.htm A full schedule of all the Fall Sport broadcasts can be found at HavenSports.com.
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Roll of service President Keith Miller, left, Leroy Straley ’67, Terry Shultz (accepting for Arthur Gray), Bruce Young, Reed Mellinger, ’85, (Alumni Association President). Not pictured Carole Kidder.
Haven Arts Fest to return to LHU Art Walks were a popular part of Homecoming events in past years. The university is working with the town of Lock Haven to bring back a bigger and better Arts Fest for Homecoming 2009.
Class of l959: Row 1: Bonit (Robbins) Smith, Mary Kay Glossner, Richard Glossner Jean (Moore) Mabbatt, Ma (Clausen) Flaig. Row 3: M. John Feyock, Carol (Sweene
Short move, long story In 2000, the Class of 1950 donated a campus information kiosk to commemorate their 50th reunion. The kiosk was placed at the intersection of North Fairview Street, Water Street, and Susquehanna Avenue where it greeted and guided visitors for six years. In the fall of 2006, the kiosk was removed to make room for construction of the Durrwachter Alumni Conference Center. The Department of Facilities completely refurbished the kiosk, built a foundation and installed the sign. An updated map with color graphics was designed by admissions staff and created by 21st Century Signs of Williamsport. The transplanted kiosk made its debut on Alumni Weekend, June 5-7, 2009. The kiosk once again welcomes visitors to the campus — less than 200 feet from its original location.
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The fun began Friday morning at 8:30 with the annual Golf Tournament and that evening a dinner, hosted by President Keith Miller, was held at the Durrwachter Alumni Conference Center for the Class of 1959. Saturday was a day for recognition with
Leroy Straley, ’07, Bruce Young, Carole Kidder and Art Gray being inducted into the Roll of Service. The luncheon gave recognition to our Alumni Award recipients and all reunion classes. Jeffrey Frey ’81, Sara Jane (Janie) Snyder ’69, Larry Gocella ’57 and Lt. Col. Maryse King, ’81, were
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Alumni gather at the 2007 pre-game picnic.
Homecoming 2009 is just around the corner. Mark your calendar for September 25 and 26 for a visit to The Haven. The LHU Bald Eagles will take on Merchyhurst for the homecoming football game. More information regarding the event schedule, including the Haven Arts Fest and Faculty/Staff/Alumni Meet and Greet, will be forthcoming.
959: Row 1: Bonita (Morrison) Deibert, Yvonne (Allen) Poust, Patricia (Peoples) Smith, Eleanor ) Smith, Mary Kay (Crandall) Miller and Wanda (Hartman) Einsig. Row 2: Martha (Diefenderfer) , Richard Glossner; Mary (Keyser) Addis, Mary (Haffley) Shuey, Betty (Baird) Schantz, Janice (Mix) Farr, oore) Mabbatt, Mary Lou (Matlock) Byerly, Frances (Mentch) Mackneer, Norma (Sis) Berge and Donna ) Flaig. Row 3: M. Gordon White, Dick Hudy, William Hartman, Richard Deibert, Stephen Anderson, ock, Carol (Sweeney) Feyock, James Berkebile, Dora Vandine, Bob Pavlovich and Richard Spotts.
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Vacation in Cozumel Mary (Keyser) Addis ’59, right, and Hilda Cabrera Dintiman (seated) ’58 meet Kartik and Misty Ramanathan ’97, left, while on vacation in Cozumel, Mexico.
recognized for their contribution to Lock Haven University and the community. The class of 1959 had 30 members return to receive their medallions from LHU President Keith Miller. Kayakers and canoers enjoyed the warm temperatures as they made their way down
the Susquehanna River to a picnic. Sieg Conference Center was the big alumni event that had the Haven Style Luau theme. Alumni, Staff and Friends all joined together to do the YMCA on the bridge to close out another memorable Alumni Weekend.
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LHU FEATURES Professors tour Nanotechnology room
Lock Haven University leads the state in the number of BS degree graduates who have incorporated Nanotechnology into their curriculum. Part of their curriculum involves a twelve-week summer experience at Penn State’s Teaching Clean Room facility while taking 18 credits. On July 11, Dr. Anura Goonewardene, professor and chair of the Department of Geology and Physics, visited the Penn State Teaching Clean Room in the PSU Innovation Park in State College. Accompanying him were David White, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Keith Roush, assistant director and construction project manager, facilities department, and President Keith T. Miller. Their hosts were PSU’s director of Education and Outreach Bob Ehrmann and Lab manager Bill Mahoney. The items fabricated and synthesized in a clean room (generally in the micro- and nanometer scale) require that a clean environment is maintained because skin or hair particles will destroy the structures. Therefore, anyone entering the facility must cover up. As Goonewardene said, “We had to wear these clothes to protect the clean room from us!” Goonewardene pointed out that if LHU can have a clean room such as this, “we will be comparing ourselves nationally to the handful of schools that can boast of such facilities.”
A HEALING MISSION BY CHRISTINA SHUMAN, ’09
Barely visible under protective covering are, left to right, Anura Goonewardene, left, David White, Keith Roush, Keith Miller, and Bob Ehrmann.
Student gets ‘stimulus’ money on Ellen
On May 6, Lock Haven University senior Brandi Peifer received a phone call from the Ellen show. Ellen DeGeneres told Brandi that she was chosen to receive “Ellen’s Big Stimulus Package” and had the chance to grab at $3,000 in “The Gold Digger swirling cash machine” that pulled up in front of her house. As she left the cash machine, Ellen told her that no matter how much money she grabbed, she would receive all $3,000. Brandi is a journalism major who is the first person in her family to attend college. She had written to Ellen explaining her financial struggles, including surviving on Ramen noodles and feeding her dog Bo even when she did not have food for herself. Ellen gave Brandi a basket of Halo dog products, a certificate for a brand new bike from Specialized Bicycles, and gift cards of $500 each to Old Navy, Target and Sears. For a link to the video, visit www.lhup.edu/ellen.
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When most students see spring break approaching, they are thinking about warmer places and a couple weeks without homework. This school year’s semester break was much different for several students including five members of the LHU Physician Assistant Program. The group traveled to the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco. The purpose of their mission was to bring aid to several villages that are unable to provide proper healthcare to their people. Those who went on the trip stayed in the village of Tighfst. Heather Pyle, part of the PA Program, mentioned the trip to her home church, the Trinity United Methodist Church in Middleburg, Pa., and her church family went on to raise over $1,000 for her mission abroad. In addition to the money raised, her church also collected a large amount of first aid supplies including band-aids, antibiotic ointment, sterile gauze and ACE bandages. Along with the supplies, the Mission Central Organization provided personal hygiene care kits for the students to take over to the villagers. The only thing that the organization requested was to hear about the trip when the students returned. Clinics were set up in Tighfst, as well as in school rooms in two of the surrounding vil-
lages. Many people waited in long lines to be examined by the students. The students performed health screening exams and basic laboratory testing for the villagers. They also saw first-hand many of the health issues that were taking over the communities. Some of these issues included goiters, iron deficiency, malnutrition, arthritis, respiratory infections and fungal rashes. Before the students left, they became aware of the lack of iodine in the villagers’ diets. They gave the villagers multi-vitamins that included iodine. “As we were seeing the patients, we attempted to assess who needed the supplies the most, and we provided those people with those items. Unfortunately, we ran out of supplies before we ran out of those in need,” said Pyle. Some physicians from Morocco accompanied the students in their efforts in the villages. They brought antibiotics, H2 blockers and pain medications for the cause. “We feel it is our responsibility to continue to help the people of the villages. We are currently in the process of attaining funding to be able to send the clothing raised by a recent LHU clothing drive and more vitamins to the people in need. Unfortunately, shipping costs are very high, so it is taking longer than anticipated to get the items to the villagers,” said Pyle.
ON CAMPUS LHU professor joins poetry with national pastime
rent LHU students; a welcome session with President Dr. Keith T. Miller; discussions about student life, financial aid and admissions; a chance for students and their families to meet with faculty representatives to discuss specifics regarding their major of interest; and a walking tour of the LHU campus. For a detailed schedule or for more information, visit www.lhup.edu/admissions/visit, or call 800-332-8900 or 570484-2027.
Director of Creative Writing and Professor of English, Marjorie Maddox Hafer has written a new book of poetry for children. Writing under her pen name of Marjorie Maddox, she has tapped into her lifelong love of baseball to create Rules of the Game: Baseball Poems. Baseball is an important part of her life, and it seems only fitting that she lives and works not far from the home of Little League Baseball. But she is more than just a fan. In fact, baseball is “in her blood.” She is the grandniece of Branch Rickey, the general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers who signed Jackie Robinson, breaking baseball’s color barrier. Each poem in Maddox’s book takes one aspect of the game and describes it. Ian Chapman’s review in Booklist says, “Sports fans will find themselves nodding in recognition of Maddox’s sophisticated grasp of the game’s intricacies.” Poems include “The Pitch,” “The Strike Zone,” “The Sweet Spot,” “Relief Pitcher,” and “Grand Slam.” The Pennsylvania State Librarians Association lists Rules of the Game on its 2008-2009 Young Adult Top 40 List for NonFiction and Fiction, and it is one of the New York City Government Recommended Poetry Books for Teachers. In April, Maddox was invited to a book signing in New York City where the special guest was the granddaughter of Babe Ruth. Other book signings and/or readings have taken place in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., and the Little League Museum in South Williamsport, as well as bookstores throughout the area. Illustrations for Rules of the Game were done in charcoal pencil by John Sandford, of Chicago. In 2008, Maddox wrote a series of poems to accompany illustrations by LHU art professor Philip Huber. The collaboration led to A Crossing of Zebras: Animal Packs in Poetry.
President Keith T. Miller welcomes students and parents to a fall 2008 open house.
Durrwachter Alumni Conference Center is ‘Green’ BY PAULA KISTLER Lock Haven University’s Durrwachter Conference Alumni Center (DACC) is the first building in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to achieve official certification as a “green” building. The university received notification in June 2009 that DACC achieved its certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) from the U.S. Green Building Council. According to the U.S. Green Building Council Website, “The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of highperformance green buildings. LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building project is environmentally responsible,
profitable and a healthy place to live and work.” One of the high points was that more than 98 percent of DACC construction waste was diverted from the landfill. Wayne Township Landfill and Recycling Center was an integral partner in this achievement. More than 32 percent of the construction materials were harvested and manufactured locally, also earning the facility a high rating. While there is a designated parking spot at the facility for fuel-efficient vehicles, DACC also hosts a bike rack and shower/changing room, encouraging staff and students to bike to work. The Lock Haven University Alumni Association is one year into a “Going Green” initiative. This achievement is one more way for Lock Haven University to declare its respect for the environment and the need to operate efficiently.
Send us your best and brightest! If you know any students who will soon be graduating from high school, please encourage them to attend one of Lock Haven University’s upcoming open houses. Dates this semester are: Saturday, September 19 Saturday, October 24 Saturday November 21 Open House events include a presentation on the LHU Honors Program; a questionand-answer session with cur-
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CLASS NOTES 19 60s Donald Kieffer, ’65, and Gloria Kieffer celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary on July 31. Don is a retired Physics teacher and Gloria is a retired LPN. Don is still is active with the state Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science, ASP mission programs with the church, and the Villa Capri Cruisers car club which supports local charities. Kathleen (Lawver ) Shemory, ’65, and her husband, Donald celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on June 25. They are both retired and enjoying the good life.
19 70s Rosemary (Biggerstaff) Angelo, ’73, retired in 2005 after thirtytwo years teaching in both public and private schools. Her husband, also a teacher, retired in that year and they have spent some time traveling. They have two daughters, Alicia and Rebecca. Their first grandchild, Michael, was born in January, 2007. The Angelos live in Parkesburg, Pa. Elizabeth Dutko, ’73, retired in June 2007 after teaching for 34 years in the Wyoming Valley West school district. She enjoys traveling throughout the states, especially New Mexico and Oregon, visiting hot mineral springs. She often travels to Greece. Jane Mayers, ’73, retired from the North Penn School District after teaching elementary education for 35 years. She and her husband, Chuck, moved to Hanover, Pa. and plan to spend some time visiting their children and seven grandchildren who live in Maryland, South Carolina, Michigan, and South Dakota. Richard Suttner, ’74, retired
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from Maxwell School in the Hempfield Area School District, Greensburg, Pa. after 34½ years of service. Ruth (Wiesner) Ross, ’75, retired after 34 years of teaching. Marc E. Bridgens, ’77, has been appointed dean of the School of Construction and Design Technologies at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Robert C. Lomison, ’77, President and CEO, Letum, Inc. announced the acquisition of Central Texas Heritage Holdings. Letum, Inc. now owns and operates cemeteries, crematories and funeral homes in 5 states. Craig S. Schwalm, ’97, is Senior Vice President and COO.
19 80s Robert Ayers, ’80, retired after 10 years of teaching High School Health and Physical Education, and Jr. High School/Middle School Health and Physical Education for 14 years. He also taught Health and Physical Education at the Elementary school level for the past 3 years.
He was Head Girls Cross Country Coach for 10 Years, Head Girls Indoor Track Coach for 8 years and Head Girls track Coach for 15 years. He and his wife, Sandy, are celebrating 27 years of marriage. Their son, Michael is a senior this fall at Washington Twp. High School in Sewell, NJ. Karen Weaver, ’80, graduated in May with her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education with a focus on Higher Education Management. Her dissertation, “The Launch of the Big Ten Network: How 11 Universities Created Their Own Television Network and Changed the Landscape of College Sports,” is under review for book publication. Karen is the Director of Athletics, Intramurals and Recreation at Penn State Abington. While at LHU, she was named an All-American in field hockey and was a member of the U.S. National Squad that qualified but did not compete in the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. Jim (Muskie) Marshall, ’82, was selected as the Morale Welfare and Recreation Division Chief at the Defense Distribution
MYSTERY PHOTO The President watches the crowning of the Homecoming Queen. Do you know what year this photo was taken — and can you identify the President and the Homecoming Queen? Submit your answer to Tammy Rich, Director of Alumni Relations at 570-484-2586, email@example.com. The winner will be chosen by a random drawing from all correct answers received by Oct. 1. The prize will be an LHU flag. Previous winners are asked to wait one year before entering the contest again. The Spring 2009 Mystery Photo was of Himes Hall. In 1978 Himes was moved from its original location so that Robinson Hall could be constructed on the site. In the photo, Himes is up on blocks in preparation for relocation to its present site next to Thomas Fieldhouse. Congratulations to Mark Elsasser, Class of 1980, who identified the building.
Susquehanna Pennsylvania(DDSP) federal government installation in New Cumberland, Pa. Lt. Col. Gregory S. Cullison, ’84, is Associate Director of the Air Force Medical Service Corps at Bolling AFB in Washington, DC. He and his wife, Karen, live in Springfield, Virginia with their four children: Meggie, 11, Robbie, 9, Joey, 6; and Michael, 5. James Whaley, ’84, has been named vice president of communications and marketing for Siemens Corporation. He will also continue in his role as president of the Siemens Foundation. Jim joined Siemens in 2004 as a senior director of public affairs. Prior to that, he was director of communications for the United States Military Academy at West Point. He has more than 20 years of management experience in communications and in 2004 retired as a colonel after 20 years in the U.S. Army.Jim was a communications/ journalism major and Distinguished Military Graduate in ROTC. He credits his time at Lock Haven University for setting him on the path to a successful career. He resides in Cranbury, N.J. with his wife, Jill, and three daughters ages 14, 12, and 10. Robert Sealy, ’87, teaches English at Indian Valley High School in Lewistown. He is a varsity assistant football coach and head junior high basketball coach. He lives in the Bellefonte area with his wife, Julie, and his daughters, Olivia and Victoria. Kenneth Glace, ’88, and Kristine (Grimmer) Glace, ’90, are the proud parents of two daughters -- Kaylee, 16, and Sarah, 14. Ken was promoted to senior project manager for Eichelbergers Inc. of Mechanicsburg, Pa. The family resides in Wellsville, Pa.
CLASS NOTES Tracey Rollman, ’88, was united in marriage in July 2008 to Michael Leh. Tracey is a teacher in the Berks Career and Technology Center. They reside in West Lawn, Pa.
19 90s Rev. Dr. Paul W. Knappenberger, ’90, graduated with a Doctor of Ministry degree from Palmer Theological Seminary. He is the Senior Pastor of St. John's United Church of Christ in Emmaus, Pennsylvania. He is married to Dr. Kristine Knappenberger and they have one daughter, Rachel, who is six years old. Ronald Girton,’91, accepted a position as the 9th grade Guidance Counselor at Smyrna High School in Smyrna, Del. He has worked for the Smyrna School District for the past 15 years serving as an Elementary school teacher and Elementary Guidance Counselor. Ron resides in Dover, Delaware with his wife and 2 children. Michele Howie Lundin, ’93, and her husband, Mark, welcome their first child, Clint Alexander, on January 25, 2009. The Lundins live in Clayton, Calif. (outside of San Francisco) and have lived on the West Coast for nine years. Eric Shaffer, ’93, was seen briefly in the movie “The Wrestler” as a ringside photographer. While freelancing as a photojournalist in the pro wrestling industry, Eric also had the opportunity to interview many famous pro wrestlers. A collection of previously unpublished interviews has now been released as the book “Ringside Voices.” Timothy Peters, ’94, accepted a position as a Research Scientist for Sanofi Pasteur, Swiftwater, Pa. He and his wife, Karen (Hennessy) Peters, 94, and their two children, Evan, 5,
IN MEMORIAM Mary (Abelson) Stein, ’29, June 11, 2009 John W. Danko, ’42, May 9, 2009 Jeanne L. (Yearick) Swope, ’42, March 19, 2009 Melvin A. Dry, ’43, May 17, 2009 Lois Marie H. (Hahn) Ramsey, ’44, February 14, 2008 Helen B. (Burgess) Terrill, ’44, May 28, 2009 Ernest M. Marzullo Sr., ’47, March 16, 2009 Nancy May (Zimmerman) Carpenter, ’48, March 29, 2009 Donald M. Kelley, ’49, April 13, 2009 Harry S. Muckle Sr., ’51, May 16, 2009 Bernard A. Shalonis, ’51, September 2, 2008 James E. Campbell Jr., ’52, May 22, 2009 Paul L. Dapp, ’52, May 16, 2009 Zoe Ann (Lingle) Stine, ’56, April 2, 2009 Hayes Grier Yorks, ’59, March 5, 2009 D. Charles Roselle, ’60, April 10, 2009 Leslie G. Woodhead, ’61, September 12, 2008 Richard A. Bills, ’63, April 3, 2009 Robert Allen Case, ’65, May 19, 2009 Rev. Glenn Gearhart, ’65, March 29, 2009 Edith B. (Beach) Persun, ’67, May 22 2009 Susan Jane Jusick, ’69, May 16, 2009 and Mckenna, 2, relocated from Holly Springs, N.C. to Bethlehem, Pa. in November 2008. Ken Stoltzfus, ’94, Ph.D., a Malone University faculty member, has been awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award for the spring semester of the 2009-2010 academic year. Dr. Stoltzfus and his family will
John W. Miller, ’69, May 12, 2009 Susan J. (Hoover) Haas, ’74, May 22, 2009 James J. Doran, ’77, March 3, 2008 David T. Pistritto Sr., ’79, May 11, 2009 John L. Thomas Jr., ’79, October 20, 2008 Marlene R. Hillyard, ’80, March 5, 2009 Bettiejane (Brown) Shade, ’96, April 15, 2009 Stephen C. Martin, ’01, May 10, 2009 Kerri M. McEachern, ’06, May 4, 2009 TRUSTEE EMERITUS Leslie D. Noelk, April 28, 2009; emeritus, LHU Council of Trustees (1990 – 2005) FACULTY/EMERITI William H. Foster, March 19, 2009, emeritus; retired Associate Professor, Art (1960 – 1996) James R. Hamilton Sr., March 17, 2009, emeritus; retired Associate Professor, Foundation Studies (1969 – 1993) Paul R. McNeely, November 12, 2008, emeritus; retired Professor, Psychology (1974 – 1980) STAFF Norman R. Wisor Jr., May 27, 2009, staff; Computing and Instructional Technology, Clearfield campus (1998 2009) reside in Russia from midJanuary until mid-June, 2010, while he teaches in the social work department at Russian American Christian University (RACU). In addition to teaching at RACU, Dr. Stoltzfus will be researching the role of spirituality and religion in the social work profession in Russia.
Robert T. Benson, ’95, graduated in May with his doctorate in Higher Education Leadership and Policy from Vanderbilt University's Peabody School of Education and Human Development. He accepted the position of Assistant Director of Survey and Analysis in the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education within the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Betsy Bumbarger, ’95, is in her 4th year of teaching Health and PE, and being an Assistant Athletic Trainer at Northwest Cabarrus High School in Concord, NC. Scott Daly, ’95, and wife Michelle (Wenitsky) Daly, ’94, are the parents of a daughter, Alexandra, 13, and son Jacob, 2.5. They reside in Greensburg, Pa, where Scott serves as eastern regional manager for Flexible Lifeline System. Marie A. Bauer, ’96, married Douglas Hertle on August 2, 2008. Marie received her master’s degree in counselor education from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2006. She is employed by Spotsylvania County School System, Fredericksburg as a school teacher. Scott Corrente, ’97, is the assistant principal at Southern Alamance High School in Graham, N.C. Scott Helfrich, ’97, and his wife, Maureen (Mulkerrin) Helfrich, ’98, announce the birth of their daughter, Clare Rose, born on May 30, 2008 which was also the couple's 10th wedding anniversary. Clare has a 5year-old sister, Dara and a twoyear-old brother, Eamon. Marie (Nickle) Gruber, ’97, and her husband, Mark, announce the birth of their son, Aaron Jacob, on May 4, 2009. He joins big brother, A.J. and big sister, Anna.
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CLASS NOTES Michael Hvozda, ’98, was recently married to Tammi Ocker, ’96. Michael is a photojournalist and instructor for the U.S. Coast Guard. They reside in Glen Burnie, Md. Dr. Jason Madigan, ’98, and wife Kelly were expecting a baby girl in May 2009. Emme will join older brother Ethan, 4. The family resides in Lock Haven. Brian Ploskina, ’98, has accepted a position at Santa Clara University Law School, after an eleven year journalism career. He received a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Brian married Nazzy Pakpour on August 16, 2008. Those in attendance included Christopher Mesure, ’98, and Amy Bacharach, ’98. The couple resides in Davis, Calif. Nazzy is a post-doctoral scientist studying malaria at the University of California, Davis. Both are heavily active in the marriage equality movement in Northern California. Nicole DeStefano-B Bell, ’99, and William Bell, ’99, announce the birth of their second child, Colton Hunter, born April 29, 2009. Philip Mitchell, ’99, graduated in May 2009 with his Master’s Degree in Engineering Operations and Strategy from Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Nicole (Zappone) Reynolds, ’99, and her husband, Sean, welcomed their first child, Peyton Elizabeth, on December 29, 2008. Nicole is an account consultant with Thomson Reuters, Life Science Division and resides in Ridley Park, Pa.
20 00s Bradley Goodyear,’00, and Bethany (Walker) Goodyear, ’02, announce the birth of their first
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child, Payton Grace, on February 21, 2009. Payton was born at Harrisburg Hospital in Harrisburg, Pa. Andrea (Hetrick) Lucas, ’00, and her husband Chris Lucas, ’04, announce the birth of their first child, Christopher John II , on February 18, 2009. Kelly (Mathews) Debald, ’00 and her husband, Michael, ’05, welcomed their first child, Mathew Michael, on February 17, 2009. The family resides in Danbury, Conn. Donna (Dennis) Getz, ’01, earned her Master's Degree in Special Education with a Supervisory Certification from East Stroudsburg University in December 2008. She and her husband, Bill, announced the birth of their daughter, Eva Helen on April 8, 2009. Eva is celebrated by her seven-year-old step-sister, Ashly. Garry M. Himes II, ’01, accepted a position at Dover Area School District as Head Athletic Trainer and Assistant Athletic Director. He and his wife, Maria, announce the birth of a baby girl, Leah Katherine Himes, on February 7, 2009. Tanya Martin-K Kirkutis, ’01,
and her husband, Ronald Jr. are expecting the arrival of their second child in late August, 2009. Tanya teaches Health and Physical Education grades 7-12 and is the head coach for both the men's and women's varsity volleyball programs at E. L. Meyers High School in the Wilkes-Barre Area School District. Ronald teaches Earth and Space Science for LakeLehman School District. Their son, Reilley Jo will be three in January, 2010. Andrea Dougherty, ’02, has returned to school at Lancaster General College of Nursing and Health Sciences pursuing her RN degree. She is employed at the Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center as a Nursing Assistant in women’s health and pediatrics. Kenneth Mapes, ’02, and Lisa (Fenton) Mapes, ’03, are the parents of two children, Mckenna, 4, and Kenny, 2 years old. Alicia Clark, ’03, married Jonathan Bennett, ’03, on August 17, 2008 at The Outer Banks in Corolla, NC on the beach. Alicia is a stay at home mom and Jonathan is a Health and Driver's Education teacher at Muncy Jr./Sr. High School. Alicia and Jonathan have a 3
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year old daughter, Loralie Elizabeth, and are expecting another baby in September. Katie A. Koons, ’03, married Sherman M. Heaster on October 18, 2008. She is employed by Susquehanna Health as a registered nurse. Erin (Lang) Pawlak, ’03, and Edward Pawlak, were married May 30, 2009. The following alumni were part of their wedding party: Annika (Cipriani) Pile, ’03, Jenny (Rhodes) Slatt, ’03, Pamela (Swords) Slatt, ’03 and Darren Shenk, ’02. Erin received her master’s in higher education administration from Drexel University and is employed by Lock Haven University as the Director of Annual Giving. Edward received his master’s in business administration from Bloomsburg University and is employed by the Hartman Agency as an executive producer. The couple resides in the Lock Haven area. Jennifer Buss,’04, announced her engagement to Joshua Gabriel. They have plans for an October 2009 wedding. Jennifer is employed by Lehigh County as an Aging Care Manager. Erin (Straubinger) Grubbs, ’04, and Patrick Grubbs, ’05, welcomed their first child, Paige Eireland, on December 2, 2008. Craig Neff, ’04, announced his engagement to Jenna Williams, Penn State University, ’08. He is employed as a Corrections Officer at the Moshannon Valley Corrections Center. The wedding date is set for May 29, 2010. Allison (Shaw) Marinak, ’04, and her husband, Roy, announce the birth of their second child, a daughter, Lauren Alexis, on April 26, 2009. Allison is currently employed as a Physician Assistant at Altoona Arthritis and Osteoporosis Center.
CLASS NOTES Kelly Wyss, ’04, announced her engagement to Michael Raudabaugh. She is employed as a Kindergarten teacher in the State College Area School District. Alicia (Adzema) Cummings, ’05, married her husband, Rich, in June 2007, and announced the birth of their son in June 2008. She is teaching first grade in the Lewisburg Area School District. Mariah (Gantt) Kireta, ’05, and Tim Kireta were married June 28, 2008 in Lewisberry, Pa. Two of the bridesmaids and many of the guests were fellow LHU alumni. The couple honeymooned in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic for two weeks and is now living in Carlisle, Pa. Abbey Eck, ’06, and Daniel Gibson, ’07, announced their engagement and their plans for an August 7, 2010 wedding in Williamsport, Pa. Abbey is a Preschool Teacher in Enola, Pa. and Daniel is a Financial Advisor in Harrisburg, Pa. They currently reside in Carlisle, Pa. Jennifer M. Eiswerth, ’06, married Christopher J, McPherson on September 27, 2008. She is employed by the state Department of Corrections, State Correctional Institute, Muncy, Pa. Travis Parks, ’06, married Amanda Landon, ’06, on Oct. 10, 2008. They live in Billings, Mont. Ashley (Summers) Stubbeman, ’06, and Jason Stubbeman, ’06, recently celebrated their second wedding anniversary. They reside in Homer Glen, Ill. Karen A. Zoda,’06, has been promoted from Events Manager to Corporate Sales Manager for Ripken Stadium and the Aberdeen IronBirds. Karen has been with Ripken for 3 years and
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS We value your support and welcome your continued participation in campus life. You may be especially interested in the following calendar of events, both on campus and “on the road.” Join us often. UNIVERSITY EVENTS Sept. 1: Convocation, Price Performance Center, 1 p.m. Sept. 24, 25: Homecoming Oct. 24: Family Day ARTS AND CULTURAL CALENDAR (Dates, times and locations are subject to change. Please check the Lock Haven University Website for updated information.) Sept. 14 - Oct. 10: Opening Sept. 16, Art Exhibition: Graphics Assemblage, Lee Millard Sloan Fine Arts Gallery Oct. 12 - Nov. 7: Opening Oct. 14, Art Exhibition: Drawing, Jeremiah Johnson Sloan Fine Arts Gallery Oct. 18: University Fall Choir Concert, Price Performance Center, 3 p.m. Contact Ron Miller. Free. Oct. 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 24 at 2 p.m.: University Players Presents, Mainstage Production, Sloan Auditorium, Adults $5, high school students and seniors, $3, LHU ID. Free Oct. 24: Lock Haven University Theatre Festival, Theatre Workshops for area high school students, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sloan 121, 242, 321, 336 and Sloan Auditorium Oct. 31: University Marching Band Concert, Price Performance Center, 7:30 p.m. Contact Jack Schmidt. Free. Nov. 3: Student Recitals, Price Performance Center, 6 p.m., Contact Mahlon Grass. Free.
is continuing to further her career with Ripken Professional Baseball. Lindsey Brun, ’07, and Aaron M. Sutton, ’07, announced their engagement and plans for an April of 2010 wedding. The couple reside in Mt.Olive, Nc. Lindsey is a fourth grade school
Front row from left: #22 Sarah Norris, #7 Ilia Lopez, #5 Julia Popovich, #4 Kristin Erb, #10 Amanda Roosa, #17 Nancy O’Connor, #3 Erica Eisenbise,
Nov. 5: Dr. David Curtin Recital, Price Performance Center, 7 p.m. Contact David Curtin. Free. Nov.9 - Nov. 29: Opening TBA, Faculty Art Exhibit, Sloan Fine Arts Gallery Nov. 11, 12, 13, 14: University Players - Studio 1 (321) Nov. 17: student recitals, Price Performance Center, 6 p.m. Contact Mahlon Grass. Free. Nov. 20 at 7 p.m., Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.: Dance Production, Sloan Auditorium, Contact Jayme Host. Free. Nov. 22: Holiday Concert, Lock Haven Community Orchestra & Community Chorus, Price Performance Center, 3 p.m. Contact Kay Knarr-Fisher and Jack Schmidt. Free. Nov. 27: Student Recitals, Price Performance Center, 6 p.m. Contact Mahlon Grass. Free. Dec. 6: University Holiday Choir Concert, Price Performance Center, 3 p.m. Contact Ron Miller. Free. Dec. 6, 7: University Players Presents “A Showcase of Work by New Student Directors,” 8 p.m., Sloan 321 Dec. 7 - Dec. 18: Opening Dec. 11, art exhibit: Graduating Seniors Show, Sloan Fine Arts Gallery Dec. 9: Percussion Ensemble Concert, Price Performance Center, 7:30 p.m. Contact Jack Schmidt. Free. Dec. 11: Jazz/Rock Ensemble Concert, Price Performance Center 7:30 p.m. Contact Eddie Severn.
ESPECIALLY FOR ALUMNI: Dec. 4: Greater Lock Haven Alumni Holiday Reception Dec. 9: Philadelphia Holiday Reception Dec 10: State College Holiday Reception. teacher at Grantham School. Aaron is a counselor for the North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Brandon Mendoza, ’08, was recently asked to speak at The Fresh Air Fund's Spring Gala. It
#15 Jess Jefferies. Back row from left: Coach Kelley Green, Becca Bailey, #19 Jess Sefter, #13 Chelsea Reish, #8 Brittany Pataky, #33 Jillian Johnstone, #21 Krystin Montoro,
was hosted by NBC's Brian Williams and honoring Oscar nominated actress Michelle Williams, Donald and Susan Newhouse, and Michael Strahan. The event was a star filled event with many of New York’s prominent philanthropists in attendance. Brandon is a former Fresh Air kid who has a very compelling life story. He is a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Brittney Maddox, ’09, has announced her engagement to Cody Smith. Cody is serving his second tour in Iraq with the U.S. Army Reserves, and is a Criminal Justice major at LHU.
Admissions employee honored in Twitter contest TargetX’s “Recruitment Minute,” a weekly online publication offering student recruiting tips and trends, recently ran a Twitter contest. Twitter is one of the newest and most popular online sites, on which users post quick messages (“Tweets”) of 140 characters or less. Colleges and universities all over the U.S. and Canada submitted entries to the TargetX “Twitpitch” contest, in which they tried to sum up the distinctive quality of their institution within the 140-character limit. Lock Haven University earned an Honorable Mention for its submission: Small campus lifestyle, big university education. Personal attention and quality academics at a price you can afford — opportunity awaits! Credit goes to Michael Hall, assistant director of admissions. For those of you who just have to know the winner, check the LHU Alumni Connection online: http://www.alumni.lhup.edu.
#20 Meredith Morris, #14 Brittany Muthard, #25 Amanda Gutmaker, #23 Diana McMullen, #12 Erin Clary, #9 Kristin Labant, Student Assistant Coach Shawna Bellaud, Assistant Coach Kelly Shannon.
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