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“GOING FURTHER. ACHIEVING MORE.” LVC alumni consistently outperform expectations.
“GOING FURTHER. ACHIEVING MORE.”
CL ASS NEWS & NOTES
ON THE COVER The idea of performing beyond expectations appeared consistently as a theme in market research the College commissioned last year. Alumni, parent, and student audiences overwhelmingly attributed their success to their hard work combined with LVC’s challenging academic programs, empowering and connected community, and focus on the well-being of humanity. As a result, generation after generation of the College’s students and alumni have made significant contributions to the arts, sciences, business, and health professions.
INSIDE COVER Spring blossoms on campus.
Dear Alumni, Parents, and Friends, On March 16, more than 300 families brought their accepted students to campus for LVC Live, an event that, unlike any other besides Commencement, captures the essence of what LVC stands for. You could see and feel the enthusiasm as accepted students connected with faculty, made new friends, chose their rooms—and in some cases, their roommates—and rang the gong to celebrate making their commitment to attend LVC. Fifty-eight students enrolled that day alone, compared to 40 on the same day in 2018, a year that brought in the largest class in history. It was an incredibly uplifting day. Colleagues at other colleges and universities have asked for LVC’s secret formula for attracting students. The truth is, it isn’t a secret—it’s a system that the College’s faculty and staff designed to sustain an exceptional academic experience. This system centers around developing in students the qualities employers seek in the 21st century: critical thinking, communication, creative, and analytical skills. Through our core curriculum, Constellation LVC, students learn deeply within their majors, integrate fields of study, and gain real-world experience and global competencies. The Edward and Lynn Breen Center for Graduate Success complements the curriculum with career guidance that spans a student’s first year through graduation and aligns programming to academic and developmental needs. We deliver our education in a highly coordinated, crossdepartmental environment that enables us to adapt quickly to the needs of students, employers, and society. For instance, the College rapidly added successful new Athletic Training, Exercise Science, and Speech-Language Pathology majors and our popular eSports program. The result of this highly intentional and adaptive system? Our students go further and achieve more than they ever thought possible. For example, 70 percent of LVC students graduate in four years, compared to the graduation rate across the Pennsylvania State System of 36%. This percentage ranks LVC among the top eight percent for actual graduation rate among the 644 regional institutions in U.S. News and World Report’s 2019 “America’s Best Colleges.” Our students also consistently receive Fulbright awards to conduct research and teach English abroad, earning LVC the distinction of being listed once again as a top Fulbright-producing institution for 2018–19. This past fall, LVC students launched a program to teach girls at a Palmyra middle school how to code, assisted low-income and elderly residents with their taxes, presented research at professional conferences, and more. As graduates, these high achievers will go on to contribute to the social, economic, physical, cultural, and psychological well-being of
(l. to r.) My Ho ’20, Matt Yansick ’22, President Lewis E. Thayne, 2019 Fulbright Finalist Alexa Kanakry ’19, Tyler Okomba ’20
humanity—all while remaining the genuine, kind, and supportive people who make our community so special. Students and graduates tell us time and again that it is the people of LVC who pushed them further and helped them achieve more in their careers and their lives. Alumni and friends: You have the insider knowledge to tell prospective students and their families about the advantages of an LVC education. Who better to share the many stories of how our graduates have led the way forward in breakthrough technologies, advances in science and healthcare, global understanding, and more? I invite you to share your LVC pride boldly and proudly, wherever you go. My deepest gratitude to you for being part of this empowering community,
President Lewis E. Thayne
Community Collaborations Students in LVC’s Storytelling for Online
veterans to campus for various events,
Media class collaborated with military
including a military-themed show,
veterans from the Lebanon VA Medical
Witness to War, and Veteran Paper
Center to share stories from those who
Workshop in the Suzanne H. Arnold
fought for freedom. The students pro-
duced a series of short videos dedicated to the veteran’s lives. Kayla Shuman ’21
(far left): Sgt. Troy Shifflett surprised
shared the story of her uncle, Sgt. Troy
his niece, Kayla Shuman ’21, then a
Shifflett, who served in the U.S. Army from 2002 to 2010, including in Iraq from 2005 to 2006.
first-grader at Pine Street Elementary School, when he returned from serving with the U.S. Army in Iraq.
College faculty have established other partnerships with veterans at the medical center, including in creative writing
Students Give Voice to Veterans
(Veteran Voices and a creative writing workshop at the VA), creative arts (Creative Arts Group and The Seeing Lens, a therapeutic photography group), and art therapy/psychology (Art Therapy Practicum), as well as a Hike and Write event this summer. They have also invited the Sgt. Troy Shifflett and his niece, Kayla Shuman ’21
WellSpan Supports New Master’s in Counseling Psychology Pending a faculty vote this fall, LVC will add a master’s in
According to Dr. Lou Manza, chair and professor of psychology,
counseling psychology degree set to launch in fall 2020.
“A master’s in counseling psychology is a high-demand degree
College faculty in the Psychology Department worked with
among students and health care organizations. There’s a clear
WellSpan officials to create a program that includes online
regional need—and it’s one that Lebanon Valley College is
options and prepares professionals to address mental health
well-prepared to answer by building on our strong undergrad-
and counseling needs in the region.
uate psychology program.” He cited data from the Economic
WellSpan provided start-up funding for the program and will
Development and Employer Planning System that projects jobs
offer internships and practicum opportunities for the advanced degree. WellSpan Philhaven is a preferred partner, and qualified employees of the WellSpan system will have opportunities to teach in the program.
for clinical, counseling, and school psychologists will grow 9.4% from 2016 to 2026.
Alumni Awards Bestowed
was honored with the June Herr Educator of the Year Award
LVC recognized three alumni at the 2018 Alumni Awards Cere-
Alumni Award for his quick rise in the field of actuarial science.
for her work in education. Ryan Ledger ’11 received the Young
mony during Homecoming Weekend. Dr. April M. Hershey ’91
Adam Tavel ’03 received the Creative Achievement Award for his work in poetry and education. Hershey has served as superintendent of the Warwick School District since June 2009. She has overseen academic growth at all levels, implemented full-day Kindergarten for all students, and enjoyed a productive relationship with the bargaining unit. Ledger is vice president of major accounts for Chubb Insurance’s North American division, where he is responsible for meeting the property and casualty needs of large corporate customers through retail broker channels. Tavel is a professor of English at Wor-Wic Community College, where he also codirects the Echoes & Visions Reading Series. In September
(l. to r.) Adam Tavel ’03, Dr. April Hershey ’91, Betty Hungerford ’54,
2017, Tavel visited LVC to share his writings as part of the
H’09 (chair, Alumni Awards Committee), Ryan Ledger ’11
Writing: A Life series.
The Hon. Thomas Corbett ’71 Headlines In an event organized by U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, The Hon. Thomas W. Corbett Jr. ’71 spoke to more than 100 area high school students during the new Youth Civic Engagement Symposium held at LVC in October. Students also heard from U.S. District Court Chief Judge Christopher Connor, Pennsylvania State Rep. Frank Ryan, LVC Professor Chris Dolan, and former State Rep. Mike Folmer.
The LVC Symphony Orchestra,
directed by Dr. Hannes Dietrich, Newton and Adelaide Burgner Endowed Professor of Instrumental Music, travels to Berlin, Leipzig, Prague, and Vienna in May 2020. Orchestra alumni and friends are invited to join the tour—and are welcome to perform with the orchestra, as well. Please contact Dr. Dietrich for additional details at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also plan to celebrate Dr. Dietrich’s 25th anniversary at The Valley in April 2020. There will be a concert with current students and alumni, as
Prague, Czech Republic
well as an alumni reunion.
The Sporting Life
Softball Superstars Celebrated Samantha Derr Snyder ’14 and Sammy Bost ’17, D’19, LVC softball’s only National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Americans, had their jersey banners unveiled at LVC Softball Park this spring. Bost, a threetime All-American and the program’s only first-teamer, also had her #14 jersey retired. Bost, who led her teams to three MAC Commonwealth Championships titles, was a 2014, 2015, and 2016 All-American; the 2014 and 2016 MAC Commonwealth Player of the Year; and 2014 conference Rookie of the Year. She is the NCAA record-holder with 97 consecutive stolen bases. Derr was a 2014 All-American and the conference Pitcher of the Year with a 23and-3 record and a 1.03 earned-run average. She also shined as a hitter, posting a .371 (l. to r.) Sammy Bost ’17, D’19, Stacey Hollinger (associate director of athletics), Samantha Derr Snyder ’14
eSports Adds Space, Games, and Partnerships LVC’s eSports program, the first varsity teams in Pennsylvania, is expanding. The program will add Call of Duty and Paladins this fall, and partner with ProGuides of California to offer student-athletes custom content and training. Also, the program will expand its eSports arena to provide all nine teams with dedicated gaming space, as well as offer an eSports scholarship to recruited students worth up to $10,000 over four years. The program, which recently defeated #1 Northeastern University in Hearthstone, also has collaborated with area schools like Conestoga Valley (CV) High School to set up a uniform partnership with Akquire, a clothing, accessory, and hard-good company. The College also sponsored the team with the LVC logo displayed on CV uniforms.
Mason Garza ’22 (in LVC eSports hoodie) was the first eSports recruit for 2019.
Women Make a Difference LVC students Bethany Kristich ’21 and Kayla Shuman ’21 are shaping the lives of young computer coders at Palmyra Area Middle School through the Girls Who Code after-school program. These digital communications majors started the program with two middle school students exploring an important STEM area last fall and it grew to 25 students this spring. Under the guidance of Jeff Remington, Palmyra teacher and longtime LVC STEM adjunct professor, Kristich and Shuman added Ozobot robots and Makey Makey mini-computers to the curriculum this semester. A video of their work can be found on The Valley’s YouTube channel.
(l. to r.) Beth, Bethany Kristich ’21, Lilly
Include, Not Exclude
Marvin Worthy, Keynote Speaker
Marvin Worthy, an educator with more
ulty and staff that day, encouraged the
Under a new symposium format, faculty,
than 25 years of commitment to minimiz-
full house in Frederic K. Miller Chapel “to
staff, and students dedicated time to
ing the devastation caused by a lack
include not exclude, to accept not reject,
provide the LVC community with a vari-
of civility, was the featured speaker
and to act not ignore.” He also noted that
ety of educational and interactive after-
for LVC’s Sixth Annual Symposium on
“acceptance is a little thing that makes a
noon sessions to further the College’s
Inclusive Excellence in January. Worthy,
commitment to Inclusive Excellence.
who also held training sessions for fac-
CDC STEM Ambassador
Dr. Keith Veenhuizen, assistant professor of physics, was the lead
Dr. Kathleen Blouch, director of STEM education, was se-
author on a research paper highlighting a breakthrough in con-
lected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
trolling the properties of crystals in glass. The findings may lead
(CDC) for the CDC Science Ambassador Fellowship this
to an increase in the number of optical devices—such as linkages
summer in Atlanta, Ga. There, she will write curriculum
between optical fibers used for data transmission—that can be
and collaborate with professionals from across the coun-
made from these crystals. Veenhuizen collaborated with col-
try. The Ambassador Fellowship is an annual appointment
leagues from Lehigh University, Corning Inc., and the Oak Ridge
through June 2020. These experiences will help Blouch
National Laboratory in Tennessee, where he conducts part of his
lead the Master’s in STEM Education and Integrative
student-faculty research. The paper was published in the journal
STEM Education Certificate programs, which offer blend-
MRS Communications and shared on the National Science Foun-
ed format and online courses to meet the needs of
dation (NSF) and Space Today websites.
Most Distinguished Dr. Thomas Dompier
Dr. Thomas Dompier, associate pro-
100 publications on athletic injuries and
fessor of athletic training, was named
injury prevention at the youth through
a 2018 Most Distinguished Athletic
NCAA and NFL levels, was also rec-
Trainer by the National Athletic Trainers’
ognized as a NATA Fellow, the highest
Association (NATA) in February. Domp-
distinction an athletic training research-
ier, author or co-author of more than
er can receive.
Ulrich Into Women’s Hall of Fame Erin Ulrich, clinical assistant professor of athletic training (AT) and director of AT clinical education, was inducted into the Lebanon County Commission for Women’s Hall of Fame. Dr. Joe Murphy, director and assistant professor of AT, nominated Ulrich for her role in Women Advocating Athletics. He noted that “Erin excelled at providing outstanding care for the underserved student-athletes before arriving at LVC as the College’s first-ever female head athletic trainer.” He added, “She has shined in her many roles, including becoming a non-physician faculty member at the Penn State School of Medicine,
(front, l. to r.) Professor Ulrich, Dr. Eva Frank (assistant professor of AT), Victoria
and developing LVC’s ‘return to learn’ protocol
ByDeLey ’19, Jack Eble (FOX 43), Shea Fisher ’19, Carlie Vaughn, Tasia Dennis ’19
for student-athletes who sustain concussions.”
(back, l. to r.) Ryan Natale ’19, Michael Dueck ’19
Camino de Santiago Reflections
(l. to r.) Dr. Rachel Albert, Josh Rinehimer ’18, Savannah Toth ’19, Sara Koros ’18, and Austin
Dr. Holly M. Wendt, director of cre-
Martinez ’18 presented their student-faculty research at the Eastern Psychological Association
ative writing and assistant professor of
Annual Meeting in New York City in 2018.
English, co-presented “One Pilgrim’s
Progress on the Camino de Santiago” at the 2019 Casper College Humanities Festival in Wyoming in February. Wendt described the rich tapestry of history, art, and cultural exchange that underpins the Camino de Santiago and reflected on experiences as a pilgrim, scholar, and writer.
Dr. Rachel Albert, assistant professor of psychology and director of LVC’s Baby Lab, was the keynote speaker for a Mile High Early Learning fundraiser in Denver, Colo., in March. The organization, which provides early childhood programs for low-income families, raised $162,000 during the event that was attended by city and state politicians. Albert’s research-based approach to language development, which has been featured on NPR and in Scientific American, focuses on the powerful impact that engaged, responsive adults can have on children.
Philanthropy Transforms Siegel, one of Pennsylvania’s largest em-
here at the beginning,” said Dr. Lewis E.
ployee benefits firms, made a significant
Thayne, LVC president. “Now Connie and
gift to LVC to create a new faculty po-
Connie’s alumni partners at the firm are
sition in the Actuarial Science Program.
giving LVC the means to achieve a new
The professor will focus on teaching and
level of excellence.”
actuarial science research that advances the field of study.
Conrad M. Siegel H’18
Gift Adds Up Conrad M. Siegel H’18, his wife, Gail, and his LVC alumni partners at Conrad
Siegel collaborated with Dr. Barney Bissinger, late chair of LVC’s Mathemat-
Several of Conrad Siegel’s employees
ics Department, to create the Actuarial
are LVC actuarial science alumni, includ-
Science Program in 1964. LVC conferred
ing five of whom became partners with
an honorary degree to Siegel in 2018 for
ownership in the firm. Glenn Hafer ’82,
his “instrumental role in establishing one
David Killick ’81, Bob Mrazik ’79, Frank
of the nation’s early actuarial science
Rhodes ’83, and Tom Zimmerman ’83
programs… and for founding one of the
each supported the program through
most respected actuarial and financial
this gift or by helping further the overall
services firms in the country.” The U.S.
goals of the major.
Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates
“Connie Siegel helped start the LVC
actuarial employment will grow by 22%
Actuarial Science Program. He was
from 2016 to 2026.
University of London Certificate in High-
of politics and director of the Law and
er Education in the Common Law. The
Society Program. “It is an ideal program
The University of London recognized
program, which will enable LVC students
for high-achieving U.S. and international
to receive a global credential in law, is
pre-law students.” Benesch designed
Lebanon Valley College as a teaching center for the university’s Undergrad-
set to begin this fall.
the program and will
uate Law Program. LVC is the first U.S.
“We will prepare
teach courses prepa-
accredited higher education institution
our students for the
to receive the distinction. Through this
University of London
new, accelerated three-year program,
first-year law modules
selected students may earn a bachelor
using a hybrid mode of study,” said Dr.
of arts degree in politics from LVC and a
Philip Benesch, LVC associate professor
ratory to University of London modules in Legal System and Methods and Public Law. He holds an LL.M degree from the University of London.
Rep. Dent Awarded Founders Medal Dr. Lewis E. Thayne, president of LVC, presented former U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent the College’s Founders Medal, one of the highest commendations issued by the institution, during a ceremony Feb. 18. Dent also met with students and faculty, and presented the lecture “Presidential Power and Congress: Checks and Balances in a Time of Divided Government,” to students in politics classes. Dent retired in May 2018 after serving nearly seven terms in the U.S. House of Representatives for the 15th Congressional District of Pennsylvania (2005–2018). He has been a close friend of the College and its students since
Dr. Lewis E. Thayne, U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent
1990, supporting pre-law majors, Peace
DLA Piper, a global law firm, and contrib-
Edward G. Rendell; philanthropists
Corps candidates, and those interested
utor for CNN.
Frank Dixon, Jeanne Donlevy Arnold
in interning and serving in government. Today, he is a senior policy advisor for
Previous recipients include Pennsylvania Govs. Thomas W. Corbett ’71 and
H’10, and William Lehr, Esq., H’19; and Maj. Gen. Jessica L. Wright.
Rachel Duong ’19
Alexa Kanakry ’19
Calyn Lutz ’19
Four Years, 10 Fulbrights LVC students set two historic Fulbright marks this spring with four scholars receiving Fulbright grants for 2019–2020. The College also had a record seven Fulbright semi-finalists, one of whom is listed as an Alternate for the grant to which they applied and can receive the grant if the circumstances of the principal awardee change.
Matthew Torrence ’19
LVC a Top Fulbright Producer—Again! After having at least one Fulbright Finalist for four consecutive years, LVC was again recognized as one of the select U.S. colleges and universities that produce the most Fulbright scholars. Each year the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational
The newest Fulbright Finalists—Rachel Duong ’19 (English and
and Cultural Affairs announces the top-producing institutions
Spanish, Brazil), Alexa Kanakry ’19 (music and music education,
for the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship inter-
Spanish minor, Spain), Calyn Lutz ’19 (Spanish), and Matthew
national educational exchange program. It is the third consecu-
Torrence ’19 (early childhood and special education, Malaysia)
tive year that LVC was recognized as a Top Fulbright Producer.
brings LVC’s total to 10 Fulbright Finalists in the past four years.
Dr. Philip Benesch, LVC’s associate professor of politics,
Scott Werner ’19 (applied history, pre-law track, Mongolia)
director of pre-law, and director of external scholarships &
is an Alternate. Kristy Sonberg ’18, one of three Fulbright
fellowships, mentors students through the highly competitive
Awardees in the Class of 2018, was accepted to renew her
Fulbright application process.
Fulbright grant in South Korea for a second year.
“I’m delighted by our students’ success,” said Benesch. “The
Other recent Fulbrights from LVC are Katie Hockenbury ’18
Fulbright U.S. student program is highly prestigious and com-
(Wales), Audrey Reiley ’18 (Malaysia), Jasmine Olvany ’17
petitive. The international experience and deep intercultural
(Hungary), Megan Lough ’17 (Bulgaria), and Hannah Pell ’16
learning it cultivates will transform our recent graduates and
enable them to perform as world-ready U.S. citizens.”
New Online, Certificate, and Graduate Offerings LVC has grown its master’s degree, cer-
a Master of Business Administration with
science in STEM education, certificates
tificate, and Act 48 Continuing Education
concentrations in general MBA, account-
in integrative STEM education or modern
Credits for Educators programs in the
ing, healthcare management, human
band, or Act 48 Continuing Education
past year. The programs are designed
resource management, leadership &
Credits for Educators. Credits earned
for working professionals who want to
ethics, project management, and supply
in the integrative STEM education and
go further in their career, and achieve
chain management & logistics.
modern band certificate programs can
and earn more. Students can take cours-
Those looking to enhance their educa-
be used toward one of the College’s ap-
es online, on campus, or in a blended format for most programs, which include
tion and job prospects also can pursue master’s degrees in music education or
propriate master’s degrees for students who opt to continue their education.
Here are a few of the many who came to The Valley with talent and determination and left prepared to achieve more than they ever imagined they could have:
Dr. Daniel W. Fox ’48 inventor of LEXAN polycarbonate, used in CDs and DVDs, car bumpers, and bullet-proof vests
Small Town Titans: Ben Guiles, Phillip Freeman ’11, Jonny (O’Neill) Ross ’12
As the holiday season gained momentum
their own music online, including the now
Ret. Maj. Gen. Ross
last November, the Small Town Titans
famous cover of the theme song of the
noticed something happening on social
classic 1966 film How the Grinch Stole
media. The numbers of views, shares, and
Christmas. They also began vigorous
comments kept going higher and higher
social media campaigning. That diligence
on posts featuring the rock band’s cover
of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” By
“Now when we go out on the road, peo-
the end of the season, the band’s social media followers had grown in number from 8,000 to 235,000—and with that increase a new, international fan base for the baritone voice of Phillip Freeman ’11 [bass and vocals], and hard-rock stylings of Jonny (O’Neill) Ross ’12 [drums], and Ben Guiles [guitar]. The seemingly sudden overnight fame did not, it turns out, happen by chance. The band’s first couple of years follow a familiar garage band story: The Small Town Titans met in college and traveled from gig to gig, gaining a loyal local following and a little income. Then, Freeman, Ross, and Guiles (who also attended LVC) decided to apply their educational training in music business, voice, and digital communications to take the band farther. Supported by donations to Patreon, a membership platform for supporters of artists, they ensconced themselves in a basement studio to record and release
Marine Corps helicopter pilot who flew high-ranking government officials and heads of state on Marine One, including U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson and Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin
ple know us and our music,” says Freeman, who credits his training in digital communications and visual design and Ross’s business acumen for the Small Town Titans’ growing success. “Everything we learned at LVC is integral to what we’re doing now.”
Dr. Ned Heindel ’59 former president of the American Chemical Society; cancer, nuclear medicine, and therapeutic drug
The story of Small Town Titans is in many
researcher with 14 patents and
ways the story of so many of LVC’s grad-
more than 260 publications
uates. The idea of performing beyond expectations appeared consistently as a theme in market research the College
Dr. Sophia Lunt ’05
commissioned last year. Alumni, parent,
and student audiences overwhelmingly attributed their success to their hard work combined with LVC’s challenging
recently highlighted in The Scientist
academic programs, empowering and connected community, and focus on the well-being of humanity. As a result, generation after generation of the College’s students and alumni have made significant contributions to the arts, sciences, business, and health professions.
Todd Snovel ’06 first-ever executive
director of Pennsylvania LGBTQ+ Commission
Dr. Carl F. Schmidt 1914 scientist and chair of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School; along with China’s K.K. Chen, re-discovered
Lottie M. Spessard 1913 a registered nurse who served as a missionary in the Pacific Islands for 34 years, including during World War II, when
ephedrine and introduced it to the Western world; worked with astronauts John Glenn and Neil Armstrong
Dr. H. Darkes Albright ’28 chair of Cornell University’s Department of Speech and Drama; author of Working Up a Part: A Manual for the Beginning Actor, coauthor of the textbook Principles
she had to hide from Japanese soldiers
of Theatre Art, and translator of
while caring for the sick and wounded
Appia’s The Work of Living Art
Dr. Paul Keene ’32, H’76 Dr. H. Anthony
Dr. Mae I. Fauth ’33
a pioneering researcher of
pioneer, founder of
father of small-college
rocket propulsion, radar, and the
environment; research chemist at
namesake of LVC’s Neidig-
the U.S. Navy’s Surface Warfare
Garber Science Center
Center in Indian Head, Md.
Neidig ’43, P’73, H’04
Malcolm L. Lazin, Esq. ’65
Miller Bains ’64 NASA scientist who helped train astronaut and astrophysicist Sally Ride to use the robotic arm on NASA’s
founder and executive
The Hon. Thomas W. ’71 and
director of LGBT civil rights
Susan Manbeck ’72 Corbett
organization Equality Forum
seventh space shuttle mission
46th Governor and First Lady of Pennsylvania
Rev. Carolyn Gillette ’82 Bryan Cutler, Esq. ’01
a renowned composer
Majority Leader of the
whose hymns are sung
Andy Panko ’99 20-year professional basketball player
Mike Rhoades ’95 head men’s basketball coach, Virginia Commonwealth University
Dr. Si Pham ’79 Vietnamese refugee who went on to become a worldfamous transplant surgeon SPRING 2019
From Foster Care to Medical School
last fall to help first-generation LVC students succeed and retain at higher rates. The program is led by former LVC football coach Vince Pantalone P’11, P’15, coor-
Born in Columbus, Ohio, Terrence
Habiyaremye needed some guidance in
dinator of retention and support.
Habiyaremye ’17 entered foster care
navigating the unfamiliar environment.
These first-generation students
Habiyaremye found a mentor in Dr. Erica
learn about topics important to
Unger ’98, assistant professor of biology
their adjustment and success at
and director of LVC’s Neuroscience
The Valley. The students also
Program. She, herself, had been a
are paired with a faculty or staff
first-generation college student at LVC
mentor who shares their first-
and understands the challenges that
generation experience and advice
he and students like him face. With Dr.
during luncheons and other gath-
Unger’s mentorship and the support of
erings. Students who complete the
with his younger sister, Alice, when he was just four years old. Life in the system was uncertain and unstable—he attended three different schools in second grade alone—until a family from Harrisburg adopted him. Habiyaremye’s parents are Rwandan refugees who wanted to “pay forward” the opportunity they had been given to succeed in the U.S. They supported their son as he excelled academically and athletically at Central Dauphin East High School in Harrisburg, Pa., and cheered him on as he enrolled in Lebanon Valley College’s biology and pre-medical programs and joined the track & field and cross country teams. But they were unacquainted with the demands and complexities of American higher education, and
many across LVC’s campus, Habiyaremye thrived. Today, he attends Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine with the
Twenty-six students participated
practice emergency medicine.
in the inaugural cohort ending
“Entering college, I too was naïve about
GPA of 3.18. In comparison, 61
college and after graduation,” Unger says.
first-generation students chose
She has as many as 10 students conduct
not to participate in the program,
research with her each year. “We discuss
and this group had an average
a lot of everyday things, but also have
GPA of 2.79. Due to this early
lengthy discussions about goals and ca-
success, the College is encour-
reer aspirations,” Unger says, noting that
aging ALL students who qualify
it is one of the most rewarding aspects of
to participate, and holding an
her job. “Having attended graduate school
advancement effort to raise schol-
mentorship for undergraduates is not a
Dr. Kristen Boeshore ’92, Dr. Robert Carey,
priority, the mentoring we offer at LVC is
the fall semester with an average
the opportunities that I would have in
(l. to r.) LVC Science Faculty and Emeriti:
Dr. Dale Erskine, Dr. Courtney Lappas
$500 renewable scholarship.
goal of returning to the Harrisburg area to
at a much larger university where faculty
Dr. Erica Unger ’98, Dr. Walter Patton,
Dutchmen First program receive a
unique and genuine.”
arships to support Dutchmen First students.
WebFX in Harrisburg recruits many LVC interns and employees. (l. to r.) Sandi McMinn (project manager), Erin Servey and Adam Murray (internet marketing specialists), and Chloe McCarty ’18 (web developer)
Getting Students Career-Ready Randall McCarty P’07 is a retired elemen-
nections and helping students prepare for
cessfully having entered the workforce
tary school principal who now serves as
life after college.
with other companies after graduation.
executive director of Clark Associates
Networking and career preparation efforts
are paying dividends for other compa-
Named the fastest growing company
nies in the area, too. Candoris, a business
in central Pennsylvania in 2018, Clark
technology provider in Annville, has been
Associates has gone from 900 to 3,300
employing LVC students and alumni for
employees in just three years. McCarty
several years now. According to Cari Max-
says the only thing that will stop this
well, director of culture and operations at
upward trend is not having the talent to fill
Candoris, LVC is one of the company’s top
providers of interns and employees.
That’s why the Clark Associates Founda-
“I have found LVC graduates to be
tion has been working with colleges like
well-rounded, professional, and driven
LVC to connect alumni working for the
candidates. It’s clear that the reputation
company to students looking to enter a
LVC has for high job placement lives up
career for which Clark Associates has po-
to its word,” Maxwell said, noting that LVC
sitions. And it all begins with making con-
employees often come to them after suc-
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Lacey Lausch ’17 visited LVC as part of the Pizza with Professionals series hosted by the Edward and Lynn Breen Center for Graduate Success.
Ed and Lynn Breen
LVC’s emphasis on career readiness
curriculum. “We’ve partnered with faculty
gained even more momentum last year
to integrate and weave career success
when it established the Edward and Lynn
concepts into the First-Year Experience,”
Breen Center for Graduate Success and
says Randall. In the coming academic
Edward and Lynn Breen Center for Graduate Success
named Matthew W. Randall associate
year, the Breen Center will complete the
Go further, achieve more, and help
infusion of all career readiness content
the next generation of Dutchmen
During its inaugural year, the Breen Cen-
into Constellation LVC. Additionally, as the
do the same. Please see page 25
demand for one-on-one career coaching
to learn how you can find your next
increases, Breen Center staff have re-
LVC intern or employee, or how
sponded by hiring undergraduate Career
Breen Center staff can help alumni
Peers to help guide their fellow students.
enhance their careers.
ter focused on aligning its services with the developmental needs of students at each stage of their education and tying its programming to the Constellation LVC
Haisam Hassanein ’14
Haisam Hassanein ’14 honed his research
The personal experiences and acquired
skills during several independent study
academic skills paved the road for
projects with faculty while he was a politi-
Haisam to return to Washington, D.C.,
cal science and international studies dou-
and work as a research fellow at the
ble major at LVC. He says the experiences
Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
“Her history is heartening to
served him well during a subsequent
For two years, he researched and wrote
all who wish well of democra-
internship at the Washington Institute
about issues important to American policy
cy. She was not founded by an
for Near East Policy, where he worked
makers related to economic normalization
alongside Jewish interns and research
between Israel and Arab states. Last year,
associates. The experience inspired him
he returned to Israel to pursue doctoral
to attend graduate school at Tel Aviv
studies. After finishing his Ph.D., also at
University in Israel.
Tel Aviv University, he plans to return to
“I found myself as an Arab and a Muslim
the states and continue working on issues
From the beginning: A vision of the Good Life industrial tycoon who took this humanitarian way of preserving his name. She was not founded by an historic church with a great educational tradition behind it. She was created by a body of devout but unlearned people (not one member of the Conference that established her was a college graduate) who shared a vision of
dealing with people from Jewish back-
related to making peace between Arabs
grounds for the first time whom I knew
and Jews in the Middle East.
nothing about,” says Hassanein. “I thought,
The Hassanein family immigrated to the
‘They travel to the Arab world to study
United States a decade ago from Egypt.
and understand my culture, why shouldn’t
They are happily integrated into American
I do a similar thing and go to Israel and
society and would like to keep pursuing
the good life and took the best
learn about theirs?’” As valedictorian of
their dreams in the land of opportunities
way they could think of to pre-
his class in the master’s of Middle East-
as American citizens to make their
serve it for their children and their
ern Studies program, Haisam delivered a
children’s children.”— Paul A.W.
commencement address reflecting on the
Wallace, Lebanon Valley College:
peaceful diversity of cultures and reli-
Please visit www.lvc.edu/valley
A Centennial History, 1966
gions that was broadcast by the BBC and later highlighted in an essay published in the Jerusalem Post.
to read additional stories about alumni who are Going Further. Achieving More.
CL ASS NEWS & NOTES BIRTHS
NOTE: All locations are in Pennsylvania and all years are 2018 unless otherwise noted.
Aug. 28. He joins sister Cadence, age 3.
Russler, Aug. 30. She joins sister Charlie,
Allison is a teacher at Mahanoy Area
High School. Eric Moucheron ’14 is the children’s uncle.
Kennedy Montijo Stella George
Kenny Montijo ’09 and his wife, Maria, welcomed a daughter, Kennedy Eliza-
Mark George ’84 and his wife, Jennifer,
beth, June 30. Kenny is the CEO of the
Stephenie Thomas Tedesco ’10 and
welcomed their first child, Stella, Dec. 27,
United Way of Lebanon County.
Benjamin Tedesco welcomed a daughter,
2017. Mark also retired that month as a
Siena Violet Mirella, June 15. Coinciden-
hearing officer with the New Jersey State
tally, she was born on her parents’ fifth
Parole Board after 31 years of service.
’00s Allison Zimmerman Reagan Baver
Kristin Turcovski Zimmerman ’09 and her husband, Arin, welcomed a daughter,
Lindsay Bauman Baver ’11 and Alex
Renee Kitchenman McGovern ’05 and
Allison Richele, March 12. She joins
Baver ’11 welcomed a daughter, Reagan
Nicholas McGovern welcomed a daugh-
brother Austin, age 4.
Joy, July 7. Lindsay is a teacher at the Woodlynde School in Stafford, and Alex
ter, Colette Mary, Oct. 23. Jaira McJilton Waddell ’05 and Mitchell Waddell ’05 welcomed a daughter,
is a manager at Ascensus in Dresher.
Juliette Ruby, July 17.
Maryn Bauer Chason Kline
Allison Moucheron Kline ’08 and Darren Kline welcomed a son, Chason Joshua,
Jennifer Cronin ’11 and Christopher
Alexis Wilson Baker ’10 and Benjamin
Bauer ’09 welcomed a daughter, Maryn
Baker welcomed a daughter, Maeve
Shea, Dec. 11.
Lindsay Bauman Baver ’11, Alexander
Casey L. Goryeb ’12 and Aaron W.
“Alex” Baver ’11, Charles McElwee ’11,
Glasbrenner ’11 married July 20, in
and Tyler Cisarik ’10 attended.
Hackettstown, N.J. Walter Choplick ’12, Shannon Neifert Peters ’10, Jeremy Neese ’12, Sarah Fritz ’12, Tim Peters ’11, Dr. Allison Wiegand Kudrak ’09, D’11,
Michael Kudrak ’09, Eric Woods ’12, Dr. James Glasbrenner ’06 (brother of the
Sherae Jones Johnson ’11 and David
groom), Stephen Spotts ’10, Alyson
Johnson welcomed a daughter, Callen Reese, Oct. 23.
’00s Amy Hartman ’07 and Jonathan Norton married Aug. 25. She is the administrative assistant for Metz Culinary Management at LVC.
Reitmeyer Trout ’12, Dr. Adam Abruzzo (front, l. to r.): Nick Averona ’13, Sarah
’12, D’14, Jason Shaffer ’11, Kristiann
Black ’14, Colin Thompson ’11, Corey
Vogler ’12, Margaret Taylor Woods ’12,
Meghan Kurta Glasbrenner ’06 (groom’s
(middle, l. to r.): Megan Rizzardi Cisarik ’11,
sister-in-law), and Bria Rose Spotts ’11
Jimmy Black ’11, Alison Black ’11, Ashley
attended. Casey is a pre-K–5 classroom
Weaver ’11, Lindsay Bauman Baver ’11, Alex Baver ’11 (back, l. to r.): Charles McElwee ’11, Dr. Chris Black ’12, Tyler Cisarik ’10, Brad Surdam ’11
Elizabeth Lynn Penn ’10 married Jean-
music and chorus teacher at C.A. Dwyer and Dennis B. O’Brien elementary schools in Rockaway, N.J. Aaron is an audio-visual design engineer at Avectus in Lebanon, N.J.
Louis Emmanuel Castro-Malaspina Nov. 3, in Devon. Elizabeth is a project manager for WeWork, a global network of shared office spaces based in New York. (front, l. to r.): Alyson Reitmeyer Trout ’12, Dr. Adam Abruzzo ’12, D’14, Jason Shaffer ’11, Aaron Glasbrenner ’11, Casey Goryeb ’12, Kristiann Vogler ’12, Margaret Taylor Woods ’12, Meghan Kurta Glasbrenner ’06, Bria Rose Spotts ’11
Michelle Norman ’05 and Bruce Barry Jr. ’05
Michelle Norman ’05 and Bruce Barry Jr. ’05 married Dec. 29, at the Reading Public Museum and Naeg Planetarium. Both teach in the Lebanon School District.
(back, l. to r.): Walter Choplick ’12, Shannon Neifert Peters ’10, Jeremy Neese ’12, Sarah Jean-Louis Emmanuel Castro-Malaspina and
Fritz ’12, Tim Peters ’11, Dr. Allie Wiegand
Elizabeth Penn Castro-Malaspina ’10
Kudrak ’09, D’11, Michael Kudrak ’09, Eric Woods ’12, Dr. James Glasbrenner ’06,
Joi-Yan Woo ’11 married Michael Kue in the Japanese Gardens at Lauxmont Farms in Wrightsville, Oct. 14. Tom and Shell Bender, former F.O.R.-U Bible Study leaders at LVC, attended.
Alison Kordonski ’11 and James
Stephen Spotts ’10
Liz Borgia ’13 and Michael Mullen ’15 married Nov. 10, in Scranton. The couple were surprised with a custom-made LVC hand towel at their wedding shower.
“Jimmy” Black ’11 married Oct. 28, 2017, in Baltimore, Md. Megan Rizzardi Cisarik ’11, Sarah Black ’14 (sister), Dr. Christopher “Chris” Black ’12 (brother), Brad Surdam ’11, Colin Thompson ’11, and Nick Averona ’13 were in the wedding party. Corey Conte ’11, Ashley Weaver ’11,
Joi-Yan Woo ’11 and Michael Kue
Michael Mullen ’15 and Liz Borgia ’13
CL ASS NEWS & NOTES Annese Mauer ’15 and Taylor Walls ’15
Morgan Strickler ’18 were in the wedding
a football coach, teacher, principal, and
married Sept. 1, in Mechanicsburg. Kelsey
party. Caitlin Armour ’17, Aislinn DuBell ’15,
school superintendent before serving as
Crouse Fowler ’15, Sara Piascinski ’15,
Alicia Moyer ’17, Ciara Marshall ’18, Abigail
LVC’s president from 1968 to 1984.
Connor McDonald ’15, Mitch Bell ’15, Luke
Corbin ’18, Jessica Geyer ’16, Bethany
Stouffer ’14, and Kevin Doty ’16 were in
Wickham ’19, Victoria Seader ’16, Audrey
the wedding party. Cindy Daneluzzi
Reiley ’18, and Jennifer Kemmery (AST
Etter ’79, Chuck Etter ’78, Sherry Etter
advisor at LVC) attended.
Brown ’77, Dr. Mike Brown ’76, Jen A.
Thomas H. Israel ’53 traveled to Albania, making it the 76th country he has visited. He continues as organist at Hill Lutheran Church in Lebanon, a career spanning 70 years. Tom enjoys travel and photography.
Brown ’03, Leanne Stansfield Walls ’92
Mildred “Millie” Troutman Hartz ’56 was
(groom’s mother), Rebecca E. Myers ’15,
recognized last fall for 60 years of ser-
and Logan Kurtek ’14 attended.
vice as organist at Grace United Church of Christ in Shippensburg. (front, l. to r.): Morgan Strickler ’18, Caitlin Armour ’17, Aislinn DuBell ’15, Meghan Fowler Kerstetter ’17, Alicia Moyer ’17, Ciara Marshall ’18, Abigail Corbin ’18
(l. to r.): Rebecca Myers ’15, Jen Brown ’03, Logan Kurtek ’14, Sarah Piascinski ’15, Kelsey Crouse Fowler ’15, Annese Mauer
(back, l. to r.): Jessica Geyer ’16, Holly Mitman ’18, Bethany Wickham ’19, Jennifer Kemmery, Victoria Seader ’16, Audrey
’60s Nelson “Nels” Umble ’60 was honored by Arizona’s Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) in October 2017. He has served the OIC movement for more
Reiley ’18, Sharon Sees Nickalls ’17
than 40 years as a volunteer and officer
Marlin Houck ’64 retired in 1994 from
after 30 years as an instrumental music
Dr. Mike Brown ’76
Meghan Fowler ’17 and Jordan Kerstetter
Dr. Frederick Sample ’52, president emeritus of Lebanon Valley College, was
and retired in 2018 after 24 years as a
married Aug. 2, 2017, in McAlisterville. Sharon Sees Nickalls ’17 (bride’s cousin),
inducted into the Columbia High School
Holly Mitman ’18, Jessica Geyer ’16, and
Athletic Hall of Fame in September. He
Walls ’15, Taylor Walls ’15, Leanne Stansfield Walls ’92, Connor McDonald ’15, Kevin Doty ’16, Luke Stouffer ’14, Mitch Bell ’15 (not pictured): Cindy Daneluzzi Etter ’79, Chuck Etter ’78, Sherry Etter Brown ’77,
won six letters in football, basketball, and baseball. He played football and baseball while attending LVC, after which he was
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of the Arizona OIC. Eastern Lancaster County School District teacher. He retired in 2015 after 26 years as New Holland band musical director, motorcoach driver for Conestoga Tours in Lebanon. Dr. Frederick Marsik ’65, a retired microbiologist, was included in the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement
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publication. It honors those who have
Barry Streeter ’71 was inducted into the
this semester. Please contact the Office
excelled in their field for at least
Gettysburg College Hall of Athletic Honor
of Advancement if you wish to contribute
in September for coaching. In total, he
to the scholarship.
Ellen Kreiser Jarrett ’67 and Dr. Albert
coached 21 All-Americans, six Academic
Jarrett are pleased to announce the birth of their granddaughter, Sawyer Rae, born Dec. 27. She is their second grandchild. Terry Gehman ’69 and his wife, Joyce, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in August at a party in Lancaster given by their daughters and their spouses. Terry taught 33 years in the Conestoga Valley School District, and operated a music production company, Anjoli Productions, for 35 years, booking entertainment throughout the Northeast. They are the
All-Americans, three Conference Players of the Year, two NCAA postgraduate scholarship winners, and 210 AllConference selections. He retired as head football coach in 2017 after 42 years.
’80s Christine Yntema VanDyke ’80 retired from Fairfax (Va.) County government in August after 33 years. She worked as a daycare center director and social work-
The Rev. Dr. Kenneth R. Bickel ’74 served
er. She looks forward to spending time
as senior minister at First Congregational
with her two children and three grand-
United Church of Christ in Dubuque, Iowa,
children and playing the Celtic harp.
for 26 years. His wife, the Rev. Nancy Nelson Bickel ’75, served as minister of church life for 26 years at First Congrega-
parents of Angela Gehman Berkosky ’02.
tional UCC. They retired in 2015 and were
Guy Lesser ’74 retired after a 43-year
named pastors emeritus. career in law enforcement, serving as chief of police in the Lower Saucon
Gary Whiting ’80, professor of the practice of chemical engineering at Virginia Tech, was reappointed as the Joseph H. Collie Professor of Chemical Engineering, a title he has held since 2016. Kay King Hatch ’81 retired from teaching public elementary school music in 2015. George Meyers ’81
Police Department (LSPD) in Bethlehem
saw his short
for more than 30 years. He coordinated
Western film, “Hell
the implementation of many programs
Comes to Mon-
in Northampton County, including the
tana,” named the
first multijurisdictional DUI enforcement
2018 Wild Card
program grant, and LSPD’s first K9 team,
Winner at The
bike patrol, and DARE program. Alumni from the classes of 1969–1975 gathered for a reunion during
Wild Bunch Film
Phillip Snyder ’74 retired after a 51-year
Festival in Willcox,
career working for Warner-Lambert
Tony DeMarco ’70 spearheaded another
and Costco. He looks forward to spend-
excellent reunion dinner during Home-
ing time with his grandson in Louisville,
coming Weekend 2018 for alumni from
Ky., enjoying his vacation home in Ten-
the 1969–1975 era. Organized through
nessee, and traveling around the U.S.
the Alumni Office, the gathering has
Jill Greenstein Weisberg ’74 retired as
ing his production company, Pullover
president of Jewish Family Service of
Films, and shooting other short and
Lancaster in October and moved to
feature films in 2019.
become one of the highlights of Homecoming Weekend. There are plans to continue the tradition this October. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending. Sally S. Lownsbery ’70 retired in June 2015, after 22 years of service as a school psychologist with the Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13. It was wrongly reported in the Spring 2018 Valley that she had served only 12 years.
Ariz. The feature-
Healthcare, Lockheed Martin Aerospace,
St. Petersburg, Fla.
length version of the film will start production later George Myers ’81
this year. He also plans on expand-
Dr. Michael Goodman ’82 was promoted
Sheila Roche-Cooper ’77 and her son,
to professor of pediatrics at Cooper Med-
Connor, established the Captain Charles
ical School of Rowan University, where
Thomas Cooper III Don Quixote Scholar-
he serves as chair of pediatrics. He also
ship at LVC in honor of her late husband
serves as the chief of the Department
who was chair of LVC’s Foreign Languag-
of Pediatrics and medical director of the
es Department. Julia Seltzer ’21 was the
Women’s and Children’s Institute at
inaugural recipient, receiving a grant that
Cooper University Health Care.
enabled her to study in Valladolid, Spain,
CL ASS NEWS & NOTES Karen Neiswender Kongsmai ’82 retired
try, was elected to a three-year term on
on the Pennsylvania tobacco industry,
from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden after
the Board of the American Translators
with emphasis on the role of women. In
32 years in the science department, work-
Association (ATA). ATA is the largest asso-
the early 1990s, Diane served as an ex-
ing in plant records and the herbarium.
ciation for language professionals in the
ecutive assistant to LVC’s President John
Joy Furlong Dalley ’83 is an ESInet
world, with 10,000 members in more than
Synodinos H’96 and as the College’s
product marketing manager with AT&T in
Ronald A. Hartzell ’87 is a vice president/
Nick O. Rowe M’94 was named chair of
Dr. Eric E. Roden ’83 is the Albert and
marketing specialist with BB&T in Winston-
the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s
Alice Weeks Professor of Geomicrobio-
board of directors. He is president of the
logy, Biogeochemistry, and Microbial
Dr. Laura Pence ’87, professor of chem-
Kentucky-American Water Company.
istry at the University of Hartford, has
Brian Stanilla ’96, vice president of Sew
led sustainability programming at the
Unique Custom Embroidery in Lebanon,
national level through her work with the
rejoined the LVC coaching staff last fall
American Chemical Society, its Commit-
as an assistant coach for the women’s
tee on Environmental Improvement, and
Ecology at the University of Wisconsin– Madison. He has more than 300 publications and has been cited by other scientists more than 12,000 times, according to Google Scholar. Spencer Coover ’84 retired from the
the Division of Chemical Education.
David Bohr ’97 published
Parks and Recreation Department of the
his first fiction novel in
Jason L. Sbraccia ’84 is the director of
MartinFederal Consulting, in Huntsville,
Timothy “Tim” Eck ’90 is the director of
was inspired by his 20
music ministries at The Bath Church in
years as a sportswriter.
City and County of Denver, Colo.
Ala. He is responsible for establishing and managing a practice focused on the Army CECOM market.
March 2019. “The Pride of Central,” a baseball story,
Akron, Ohio. He has been the interim/ guest conductor of Ohio’s Voices of
“The Pride of
Canton Inc. since October 2017 and was
previously the director of choral music at
David Bohr ’97
Lebanon High School for 22 years. Steve Young ’91 established the Dave
Travis A. Werley M’99 is senior vice president and manager of agricultural lending at Tompkins VIST Bank in Wyomissing.
the late director of career planning and
Allan A. Dutton ’85 and
placement at LVC. Evans “had a profound
The Rev. Jane Rupert Dutton ’85
impact on my time at LVC and career
The Hon. Bryan D. Cutler, Esq., ’01 was
Evans Memorial Scholarship in honor of
path,” according to Steve. Please contact The Rev. Jane Rupert Dutton ’85 received
the Office of Advancement if you wish to
her master’s of divinity degree from
contribute to the scholarship.
Lancaster Theological Seminary in May.
Dr. Diane West Wenger ’92 was promoted
She is a commissioned deacon in the
to professor of history at Wilkes Universi-
United Methodist Church and serves as a
ty. Her research and scholarship focuses
elected Pennsylvania State House majority leader in November. Thomas Killian Jr. ’01 is the executive director of Garrett County Lighthouse Inc., in Oakland, Md.
chaplain resident at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Her husband, Allan A. Dutton ’85, has taught elementary music for Penn Manor School District since 1986 and was honored as the district’s Elementary Teacher of the Year. Their daughter, Jenna E. Dutton ’13, is a production editor for Bloomsbury USA. Eve Lindemuth Bodeux ’87, a 20-year veteran of the language-services indus-
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Beth Tice ’01 is the director of human resources for VisionCorps in Lancaster. Dr. Stephanie Reissner ’02 received her doctorate in educational administration from Concordia University. She is the transition specialist at the Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents in Baltimore, Md. The late Justin Yingling ’02 was honored by the Central Pennsylvania Interscho-
Go further, achieve more, and help the next generation of Dutchmen do the same.
lastic Hockey League who established an award in his memory for his outstanding years as a player and coach. Justin’s mother, Jane Yingling, is an LVC associate professor emeritus of education. Charles Ermer ’03 studied desert and marine landscapes through ecological
Thinking about pursuing a new job or changing careers? The Edward and Lynn Breen Center for Graduate Success is here to help.
and social field methods in Baja, Calif. An education aid at Child and Youth Programs, Charles lives in Gricignano di Aversa, Caserta, Italy, and is a graduate student in Miami University’s Global
Breen Center staff are available via WebEx, phone, email, or on campus to:
Field Program. Anne Parmer ’03 was recognized by John Dame through his Evolution Leadership events as one of 10 new leaders in a
pay-it-forward initiative that gave emerging or veteran leaders opportunities for
Offer career path
Prepare you through interview
professional growth and development
advice and coaching
practice and feedback
programming. Petty Officer Second Class Jordan Sigler Stoner ’03 was named Junior Sailor of the Year 2018 for the Naval Operations
Career network through Handshake (formerly JobCenter)— contact email@example.com to register.
Support Center Harrisburg. She received her graduate certificate in intelligence studies at American Military University in October. Lori Evaristo Widney ’03 was promoted to assistant principal for the Lansdowne and Baltimore Highlands elementary schools in Baltimore County, Md. Her husband, Jason Widney ’02, is an adjunct professor of voice at Towson University and Goucher College, and sings regularly at the Washington National Cathedral in
Pass it on. We invite alumni to create internships for LVC students, volunteer for networking events, conduct mock interviews, share career path advice at special campus events, and more.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-867-6560. The Edward and Lynn Breen Center for Graduate Success launched in fall 2018 with the support of a $1.5 million gift through the Breen Family Foundation from LVC trustee Edward D. Breen, chief executive officer of DowDuPont Inc., and his wife, Lynn.
CL ASS NEWS & NOTES Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf named
of the board of directors for the 62nd
Todd Snovel ’06 the nation’s first execu-
Annual Lebanon Area Fair. His sister,
tive director of a Commission on LGBTQ
Rachel Siegel ’11, also a CPA with the
Affairs. Todd, LVC’s former assistant dean
firm, has been the chair for the fair’s
for engagement and inclusion, leads a
indoor exhibits since 2011.
40-member commission to “help coordi-
Alicia Gurdus LaFrance ’09, M’18, Penn-
nate and drive statewide equality efforts.”
sylvania director of community devel-
Charles Weber ’06 is the park lighting
opment at Aetna Better Health, led the
The LVC Symphony Orchestra,
crew chief at the Magic Kingdom for
team that partnered with Latino Connec-
directed by Dr. Hannes Dietrich,
Disney Parks Live Entertainment.
tion to earn a 2018 Gold Davey Award
Newton and Adelaide Burgner
Dr. Kym Weed ’06 was appointed assistant
for Experiential & Immersive Live Experi-
Endowed Professor of Instrumental Music, will travel to Berlin, Leipzig, Prague, and Vienna in May 2020. Orchestra alumni and friends are invited to join the tour—and welcome to perform with the orchestra as well. Please contact Dr. Dietrich for additional details at email@example.com. We also plan to celebrate Dr. Dietrich’s 25th anniversary at The Valley in April 2020. There will be a concert and alumni reunion, so watch for details.
director of graduate studies and senior lecturer of medicine, health, and society at Vanderbilt University after earning a
the Forbes list of America’s Top NextGeneration Wealth Advisors. He is a financial advisor with Fulton Financial Advisors and Raymond James Financial Services. Christine Mathis McKibbin ’04 is the financial aid administrator at The Johns Hopkins University—Carey Business School. Dr. Jarred Jenkins ’05 is an assistant professor of psychology at Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland. Dr. Mary Olanich ’05 was the featured
campaign with a 38-foot recreational vehicle, affectionately named “Cora,”
doctorate in English and comparative
short for “Corazon.”
literature from the University of North
Hope N. Roaten ’09 is the executive
Carolina at Chapel Hill in August.
director of the American Red Cross Mid
BettyLou Mihal ’07 is a lieutenant at the
Central Pennsylvania Chapter, based in
State Correctional Institution at Camp Hill, working in the security office. Jill Kidulic Whiskeyman ’07 and Steve Whiskeyman ’09 returned to LVC last fall and this spring to teach an advertising and entrepreneurship class. They own Simpatico Studios, an advertising agency, design studio, and marketing firm in
Douglas MacCormack ’04 was named to
ences for their community-based health
New Britain. Jill received the Mid-Atlantic Women’s Leadership Award in October,
State College. She oversees programs for Centre, Cumberland, Juniata, Mifflin, and Perry counties.
’10s Dr. Nicholas C. Boaz ’10 received the Clarence F. Dissinger Award for Senior Faculty. He is an assistant professor of chemistry at North Central College in
which honors CEOs and executives who
are moving their companies and commu-
Mary O’Malley ’10 is a commercial real es-
tate broker with The Mele Storage Group
Rebecca Lupfer ’08 was promoted to
of Marcus & Millichap in Tampa, Fla.
vice president of center store at Giant
Dr. Charles Schmidt ’10 earned his doc-
Food Stores in Carlisle. She previous-
torate in biophysics from the University
ly was Giant’s director of merchandise
of Virginia. He is a senior scientist with
planning and has been with the company
Progenra Inc. in Malvern.
since 2016. Durrell Martin ’08 is a senior appeals analyst with Capital BlueCross in Harrisburg.
Dr. Allix Sanders Streifel ’10 is a scientist at Kite Pharma in Gaithersburg, Md. Molly Berwager ’11 is in her second year
Courtney Reapsome ’08 was promoted
of teaching at The American International
from source manager to sourcing man-
School in Vienna, Austria, where she is a
ager at Select Medical in Mechanicsburg
high school learning specialist and sup-
where she has worked since 2012.
ports students who come from all over
and scientific project manager at the Na-
Daniel Siegel ’08, a CPA with Stanilla
the world. Molly previously taught six
tional Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md.
Siegal & Master, Lebanon, was the chair
speaker for the Second Annual Homecoming Lecture in Biological and Chemical Sciences last fall. A Fulbright Award honoree, Olanich is a Research Fellow
years at a public school in Pennsylvania.
Edward Beall ’13 earned his doctorate in
cells of the brains of those with MS may
physical chemistry from the University of
contribute to patients’ permanent disabil-
Pittsburgh in August.
ity by damaging nerves through inflam-
Katherine A. Chandler ’13 is a visiting instructor of music at Coker College in Jonny (O’Neill) Ross ’12, Phil Freeman ’11, and Ben Guiles of Small Town Titans
Hartsville, S.C. She is a Ph.D. candidate in piano pedagogy at the University of South Carolina and is a nationally certi-
mation of the brain and spinal cord. The findings were published in the Journal of Neuroimmunology and presented at a major international conference in Brisbane, Australia, in August. Nate Valdez ’14 is a technical recruiter for
Three musicians who met at LVC—Phil
fied teacher of music.
Freeman ’11, Jonny (O’Neill) Ross ’12, and
Justin Weilnau ’13, director of music and
Ben Guiles—received international
education ministries at Glenshaw Pres-
Jordan Bilicki ’15 is a general music
notoriety after their band, Small Town
byterian Church, recently oversaw the
teacher in Hamilton Township School
Titans, remade the holiday classic,
refurbishment of the church’s majestic
District in Hamilton, N.J.
“You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” Their
pipe organ, which had not been restored
video surpassed 26 million views on
Rachel Yeater Cassell ’15 is a music
Facebook and YouTube, and they performed at an LVC holiday event in December. The Small Town Titans release a new video on their YouTube channel every Wednesday. Subscribe to receive notice of any new release.
Google in Austin, Texas.
teacher in the Cornwall-Lebanon
Noelle D. Brossman ’14 is the director of
human resources for the Palmyra Area
Jeff Bates ’16 received his master’s de-
School District. She also is an adjunct instructor of accounting and oversees the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at LVC.
Emily Gertenbach ’11 was promoted to
Isaiah Luck ’14
senior copywriter/social media specialist
at Kleen-Rite Corp. in January 2019.
from associate to
gree in education from Appalachian State University. He is the resident director at Tulane University in New Orleans, La. Ian Jackson ’16 is the newly promoted assistant director of residence life at Rosemont College in Bryn Mawr. Braxton Kocher ’17 is a senior account
Kristin Rosenberg ’11 is the project direc-
tor at TRC in Fort Washington.
er for The Black
Andrea “Andi” Barr ’12 graduated with
distinction with a degree in veterinary
Kathryn Hockenbury ’18, one of three
medicine from the Royal (Dick) School
LVC Fulbright honorees in spring 2018,
of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Haisam Hassanein ’12 is a policy analyst on Arab-Israel affairs in Washington, D.C., and Ph.D. candidate at Tel Aviv University in Israel (see p. 19).
The Black Tribbles
planner at Simpatico Studios in New Britain.
is researching the history of the triple
who often engage in thought-provoking
harp at Bangor University in Wales. A
conversation on a culture often lacking a
newspaper article highlighted Kathryn as
Black perspective and influence. Isaiah,
the College’s first Fulbright resident and
aka “Super Saiyan Tribble,” shared that
discussed the music major’s distinctive
The Black Tribbles will host the first-ever
research while pursuing her master’s.
Women’s Podcast Festival, a benefit
Greg Kennelty ’12 is the senior commu-
event in Philadelphia Aug. 24–25. Visit
nications manager at Stevens Institute of
Technology in Hoboken, N.J.
podfest for more information.
Laura D. Vasko, C.P.A., M’12 is the ac-
Hannah Salapa ’14, a Ph.D. student at the
counting manager at the High Construc-
University of Saskatchewan in Canada,
tion Company in Lancaster.
and her professor are one step closer to
Sarah A. Zimmerman ’12 is the executive
finding a cause of the nerve cell death
Alexandria Lehman ’18 is pursuing her
director of operations for Keystone Pet
experienced by people with multiple
Doctor of Pharmacy at Shenandoah
Enhanced Therapy Services (KPETS) in
sclerosis (MS). They were the first to iden-
University—Bernard J. Dunn School of
tify that stress granules found in nerve
Pharmacy in Winchester, Va.
Alexandria Lehman ’18
CL ASS NEWS & NOTES Ricardo Perez Lopez ’18 is a develop-
G. Daniel Massad, A Retrospective,” ran
Queen. She dearly loved LVC and her
ment program intern for the Department
years here. She was predeceased by her
of Defense in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Mark Mecham, LVC professor emeri-
husband, William Barnes ’34.
tus of music, and his wife, Pat, hosted a Zeuch, LVC director of choral activities,
and his wife, Bethany, to The Valley. Sev-
Betty Rutherford Daiber ’41 died Dec. 22
eral alumni attended the fun event.
in Venice, Fla. She was a Lifetime Vickroy
brunch in November to welcome Kyle
member who earned a master’s degree in education from Syracuse University. At LVC, she was a member of the Delphian Meghan Ross ’18 and Chole Kapp on the
Literary Society, Kappa Lambda Nu, the
first day of school
women’s debating team, Clionian Literary Society, and Women’s Athletic Association.
Meghan Ross ’18 is completing her first
Daiber was a reporter and girls’ athletic
year teaching first grade at South Moun-
(front, l. to r.): Pat Mecham, Bethany Zeuch,
tain Elementary School in Northern York
Sarah Herb Topping ’13, Katherine “Katy”
County School District. Jennifer Keller
Raines Naimoli ’11
Kapp ’04 and Galen Kapp ’06, ’13 were
(back, l. to r.): Dr. Mark Mecham, Matthew
excited that their daughter, Chloe, had an
Topping ’12, Kyle Zeuch, Mark Naimoli ’10,
LVC grad as her teacher! Jennifer, now in her 14th year of teaching, shared with Meghan her two favorite elementary education professors (Dale “Doc” and Linda Summers), and knows firsthand the quality of the education training offered at LVC.
Jennifer Hanshaw Hackett ’93, Sean Hackett ’93
Vince Pantalone P’11, P’15, longtime football coach and current coordinator of retention support programs at LVC, published, “Incident on the Road to
Cyree Sutton-Ames ’18 is a digital
Barnes & Noble, and elsewhere. The
specialist with Balance Marketing Group
debut book features a young Geoffrey
Chaucer 20 years before he wrote “The Canterbury Tales.”
is the membership and logistics coordinator for Americans for Fair Treatment.
FRIENDS OF THE COLLEGE
G. Daniel Massad,
makeup for Wig & Buckle, and competed in archery and class field hockey. She was predeceased by her brother, former LVC president, F. Allen Rutherford ’37, H’85. Rae Sechrist Kauffman ’42 died Jan. 8 in
Canterbury,” available at Amazon, iTunes,
Rebecca Whalen ’18
editor for La Vie Collegienne, helped do
Dallastown. She retired from Dallastown School District, where she spent her entire teaching career as a choir director, accompanist, and piano teacher. She was a lifelong member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church. Kauffman is survived by daughters, Julie Kauffman Claeys ’81 and Ellen Rae Ziegler ’67; son, Richard Kauffman ’74; son-in-law, Brian Claeys ’81; and granddaughters, Bailey Claeys ’07 and Kelly Kauffman ’07. Polly Keller Rutt ’43 died April 9. She met the love of her life, the late Dr. George P. Rutt ’46, at LVC, and they were married
Minna Wolfskeil Barnes ’34 died Aug. 27
for 61 years. She lived a happy, full life in Allentown; Ormond Beach, Fla.; and Edmond, Okla. She is survived by a daugh-
Last fall the Palmer
in Ponte Vedra Beach,
Museum of Art at The
Fla. She was LVC’s
oldest graduate at age
Verna Kreider Schenker ’43 died Sept.
105. She was a proud
1, 2017, in Wilmington, Del. She taught
member of Christ
music for more than 80 years, including
at several Pennsylvania schools, and
Ponte Vedra Beach, for
became a pillar in the Wilmington Jewish
a retrospective of
ter, Carol Rutt Jennings ’72.
the work of G. Daniel
Massad, LVC art-
pastel on paper,
64 years. Barnes was a member of Delta
community. A member of Congregation
Small Radius of Light:
Lambda Sigma and was LVC’s 1934 May
Beth Emeth, Schenker served on its
24 x 23 1/5 inches. Private collection.
IN MEMORIAM board of trustees for 33 years as mem-
Evelyn Stine Ziegler ’43 died Aug. 14 in
she attended West Huntsville Baptist
bership chair. Her many contributions to
Alabama. She taught elementary school
Church and was a volunteer in mission,
the synagogue led to the establishment
in the Red Lion Area School District for 19
serving at various work camps through-
of The Verna Schenker Volunteer Service
years and was a member of the Bethany
out the country, and was a member of
Award in 2012.
United Methodist Church. In Alabama,
numerous other organizations.
Dr. Elizabeth Kreiser Weisburger ’44, H’89
food additives, drugs, environmental pollutants, and many prod-
Dr. Elizabeth Kreiser Weis-
Weisburger created the analytical methods and research proto-
burger ’44, H’89, former two-term chair of Lebanon Valley College’s Board of
ucts used by industry, such as the antioxidants in rubber tires. cols that led to a better understanding of how those chemicals metabolize to cause cancer. This then led to a rational, scientific basis for finding ways to control the disease and for removing
Trustees and one of its most
harmful chemicals from the environment.
distinguished alumnae, died
Her work resulted in the publication of more than 200 profes-
Feb. 12, 2019. Weisburger
sional articles and several book chapters. Her accomplishments
was one of 10 siblings, six of
were recognized through numerous prominent awards, includ-
whom graduated from LVC.
ing the Hildebrand Prize of the Chemical Society of Washington,
After graduating from LVC
the Garvan Medal, and the Distinguished Service Medal of the
with a degree in chemistry
U.S. Public Health Service.
and minor in biochemistry,
Committed to LVC, Weisburger served on the College’s Board of
Weisburger earned her
Trustees for 19 years, including two terms as chair (1985–1989).
Ph.D. in organic chemistry
Her family held regular reunions at the College for decades,
at the University of Cincin-
staying in dorms and eating in the dining hall. She received the
nati in 1947. She remained at Cincinnati as a postdoctoral asso-
Distinguished Alumna Award in 1978 and an honorary doctorate
ciate, beginning a career researching carcinogenesis through
(D.Sc.) from LVC in 1989.
a program financed by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and marrying fellow Ph.D. student John Hans Weisburger. Next, she moved to the NCI Laboratory of Biochemistry in Bethesda, Md., for a postdoctoral fellowship.
A member of LVC’s Laureate Society, which recognizes those individuals whose extraordinary gifts to Lebanon Valley College total one million dollars or more, Weisburger supported several campus facilities, including the Neidig-Garber Science Center,
In 1951, Weisburger became an officer in the Commissioned
Jeanne and Edward H. Arnold Health Professions Pavilion, and
Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, a position like a cap-
Vernon and Doris Bishop Library. Along with her siblings, she
tain in the U.S. Navy, according to an interview for LVC’s alumni
supported several LVC scholarships, including the Kreiser,
magazine, The Valley. A decade later, she helped form a re-
Snavely, Pfeiffer Scholarship, Grantham/Weisburger ’44 Scholar-
search group to test for carcinogenic activity in environmental
ship, and Elizabeth Weisburger Scholarship for Health Sciences.
and industrial compounds. Weisburger served as head of the Laboratory of Carcinogen Metabolism until 1981 when she was named assistant director for chemical carcinogenesis in the NCI Division of Cancer Etiology, retiring in 1988. During her career, Weisburger initiated the investigation of the fire retardant that was used to make children’s sleepwear in the 1970s, determining that it contained a carcinogen. It was later banned. She also established the National Toxicology Program at NIH. The lab investigated the carcinogenic potential of hair dyes,
She was predeceased by a brother, Wesley “Wes” R. Kreiser ’49, and is survived by her two sons, William and Andrew; daughter, Diane; sisters Edith Kreiser Probus ’46 and Ellen Kreiser Jarrett ’67; and brothers Dr. Thomas H. Kreiser ’58 and Capt. Alfred J. Kreiser ’61. Information from “County History Peppered with Influential Women” (by Jo Ellen Litz A’89) and the Journal of Chemical Education was used in this obituary.
IN MEMORIAM Ziegler is survived by a brother, C. Richard
and gardening. He is one of 20 family
service, and was one of the longest living
Stine ’48; sister, Jeanne Stine DeLong ’51;
members who attended LVC. One of his
members of the Toms River Yacht Club.
sister-in-law, Nancy Souder Stine ’49; and
sisters, Dr. Elizabeth Kreiser Weisburger
Wiedeke was an avid reader and enjoyed
niece, Andrea DeLong Kranz ’97. She was
’44, H’89, died Feb. 12, 2019. He is sur-
spending time with her family, friends,
predeceased by her father, the Rev. Dr.
vived by sisters Edith Kreiser Probus ’46
and dog Daisy.
Cawley H. Stine 1920, H’44, and her hus-
and Ellen Kreiser Jarrett ’67; brothers Dr.
band of 62 years, George C. Ziegler ’42.
Thomas H. Kreiser ’58 and Capt. Alfred
Miriam Wehry Bazar ’48 died Oct. 16 in Or-
J. Kreiser ’61; and daughter-in-law, Beth
wigsburg. She was a music teacher for the
Sumerfield Nevill ’79.
Orwigsburg School District and a piano
Virginia Werner Richards ’49 died July
in Kalamazoo, Mich. He served as a U.S.
teacher. Bazar was the organist and choir
22 in Fredericksburg, Va. She earned her
Army medic during World War II. Albert
director at Hetzel’s Church for many years.
bachelor’s degree with a major in social
served on the faculty at the University
Wesley “Wes” R. Kreiser ’49 died Aug.
science and a minor in history at a time
of Rhode Island in the department of
when only 3 percent of all women gradu-
biological sciences for 30 years, retiring
birthday. He was a U.S. Army veteran of
ated from college.
in 1990 as professor emeritus.
the Korean War. Kreiser was a member of
Patricia Sutton Wiedeke ’49 died Sept.
Sara Etzweiler Linkous ’51 died Oct. 1 in
St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Leba-
1 in Bayville, N.J. She retired from First
West Hempfield Twp. She was the owner
non; sang with the Jonestown Men’s
National Bank of Toms River, N.J., as
of C.A. Herr Inc. and C.A. Herr Antiques
Choir; and enjoyed hiking, the outdoors,
senior vice president after 40 years of
Annex in Columbia, and a member of
21 in Cornwall, one day shy of his 90th
The Rev. Norman Bucher Jr. ’50 The Rev. Norman Bauman Bucher Jr. ’50, former LVC adjunct professor in religion, died Feb. 9 in Hershey. Born and raised in Annville, he was the son of the late Norman Bucher and Edna Mae Smith Bucher, 1918 graduates of Lebanon Valley College. Bucher served as an enlisted member of the U.S. Navy (1945– 1946) before enrolling
Dr. Luke Samuel Albert ’50 died July 23
Theological Seminary and later a master of science degree in theology from Temple University. He ministered to pastorates at the Quentin-Rexmont United Church of Church (UCC) and St. Paul’s UCC in Manheim. From 1973–1993, he was the Penn Central Area Conference Minister of the UCC. Bucher also served on UCC national boards and agencies and represented the Conference at many General Synods of the national church. In retirement, Bucher continued to serve his faith and the church as interim pastor at several churches, including Christ Church in Annville where he was a member and sang in the church choir through his 91st year. He celebrated a lifelong dedication to learning and growing through doctoral work at Temple University. His studies resulted in the publishing of a book, “From Scarcity to Plenty: A Study of Christian Financial Stewardship for the Churches.” Bucher led his life with integrity, dependability, faith, and a love of people. His hobbies included golf, reading, writing, and meteorology.
at LVC. At The Valley, he played baseball, was president of the
He was predeceased by a daughter, Jane, and is survived by his
Young Men’s Christian Association, and met Janet Eppley Bucher
wife, Janet; son, Mark, and his wife, Jasmine Ammons Bucher ’97,
’50, who would become his wife of 67 years.
M’11, P’14, P’23; son, Alan Weir, and his wife, Kathy Valtos Bucher;
After graduating with degrees in mathematics and philosophy,
and four grandchildren, Rosemary ’14, Kaitlin, Andrew, and
Bucher earned his master of divinity degree from the Lancaster
Mark Aaron ’23.
Columbia United Methodist Church. Link-
aide in the Clyde-Savannah Schools,
Barbara A. Kreiser ’54 died Jan. 4, 2019, in
ous was a volunteer at Columbia Hospital
drove a bus, owned a bike and ski shop,
Annville. She worked for Johnson Con-
and served on the Columbia Borough
and devoted more than 25 years to the
trols and was a member of Heidelberg
School District School Board.
Roosevelt Children’s Center in Newark,
United Church of Christ, York, where
where she served as an aide. Woodward
she was co-treasurer and served on the
was active in Rotary, receiving its Paul
church consistory. Kreiser was a mem-
ber of the York Audubon Society, York
including Christ United Methodist in
Keith H. Lebo ’53 died Aug. 22 in Landis-
Historical Society, and the York White
Yoe for 14 years. He then served as the
ville. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the
Rose Wanderers. She is survived by
visitation pastor of Bethany United Meth-
Korean War. He began his career as a
great-nephew Zachary M. Smith ’16.
odist Church in Red Lion, where he was
secondary teacher in the Annville-Cleona
Robert B. McFarland ’55 died Sept. 18 in
a member. He enjoyed fishing, playing
School District, later becoming superin-
York. He retired from Central York School
horseshoes, country music, playing string
tendent of the Lebanon School District.
District after 38 years as a music edu-
instruments, gardening, and cooking. His
Lebo was a member of Salem Lutheran
cation teacher, and was a member of St.
wife of 64 years, Barbara Hess Gaither ’54,
Church, Lebanon, chair of the Lebanon
John’s United Church of Christ in Red
died Dec. 1.
Civil Service Commission, and a mem-
Lion. McFarland was a member of the Red
John E. Giachero ’52 died Sept. 2 in West
ber of the Shillington and Lebanon
Lion Troubadours for more than 60 years.
He is survived by granddaughter Olivia G.
the U.S. Army National Guard, last serving
John A. McKenzie ’53 died July 4 in
as Second Lieutenant. He was a music
Manheim Township. He taught elemen-
Alice Bomberger Savastio ’55 died July 12
teacher for more than 40 years, beginning
tary instrumental music in the Lampeter-
in Lemoyne. She served as the College
at Lebanon Catholic Parochial School.
Strasburg School District for 36 years, and
nurse while attending LVC. She was a
Later, Giachero taught and directed the
played in the 553rd Air National Guard
nursing instructor at Hahnemann Hospi-
marching band in South Plainfield School
Band of the Northeast for 10 years. He
tal in Philadelphia, then served as office
District and Bridgewater-Raritan Regional
was an avid flyer and commercial pilot
manager of her husband’s family prac-
School District, both in New Jersey. He
at the former New Holland Airport, and a
tice in Camp Hill for more than 20 years.
enjoyed playing clarinet with the Ringgold
member of Highland Presbyterian Church.
Savastio coordinated the officials for the
Band in Laureldale, and saxophone in the
Markus Schneiderhan ’53 died Nov. 4 in
first Avon Futures tournament held in
Reading. He taught music at every level
Hershey and played in the Eighteen Hol-
in the Cocalico School District through-
ers’ golf league.
out his 39-year career, and played the
David J. Farling ’56 died Oct. 4 in Glad-
clarinet and taught private lessons.
wyne. He served two years in the U.S.
Dr. S. Sava Macut ’52 died July 13 in Har-
Schneiderhan performed with the 553rd
Army Reserves and enjoyed a career
risburg. He served as a medical officer
Air National Guard Band of the North-
at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he
at the naval station at Chaguaramas,
east and at Grace Evangelical Lutheran
became a partner in 1969. Farling was ac-
Trinidad, B.W.I., for two years, caring for
tive at his retirement community, serving
sailors, marines, and their dependents.
Barbara Hess Gaither ’54 died Dec. 1
as president of the residents’ association
in York. A former teacher, she later
and on the board of trustees.
worked at Dentsply International and
M. Irene Gattiker ’56 died Aug. 12 in
The Rev. Golden A. Gaither ’52 died Sept. 7 in York. He was a U.S. Army veteran. As a pastor, he served many churches,
Reading. He was a 10-year member of
Windjammers Unlimited Band in Sarasota, Fla. Giachero is survived by his wife of 66 years, Eleanor, and daughters, Jennie Giachero Begeja ’80 and Carla Giachero ’84.
He next opened his medical practice in Rutherford Heights. Macut served as a physician for 25 years at the Dauphin County Home, later becoming the chief medical officer. He was a lifelong member of St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Oberlin and is survived by his wife of 65 years, Dorothy Bontreger Macut ’52.
Allis-Chambers Co. She learned to play piano at age 5, was a concert pianist in high school, and played saxophone with the marching band. She was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church in Red Lion. Gaither was predeceased by
Diane Randolph Woodward ’52 died
three months by her husband, the Rev.
Sept. 23 in Clyde, N.Y. She worked as an
Golden A. Gaither ’52.
Chambersburg. She played basketball and field hockey at LVC, being named Miss Athlete in 1954. She held various college teaching positions and had a long career as a reading specialist in the Chambersburg Area School District. Gattiker was a member of St. John’s United
IN MEMORIAM Church of Christ where she volunteered
a good meal, family get-togethers, and
place finishes in some of the country’s
for many activities, including as proof-
most prestigious parades.
William B. Hawk ’61 died July 14 in Lower
Gordon J. Gingrich ’64 died Dec. 2 in
David H. Gittleman ’56 died Aug. 25 in
Paxton Township. He was an administra-
Lebanon. He was a fifth-grade teacher for
Pottsville. He worked at Callery Chemical
tor of the Leader Nursing & Rehabilitation
Eastern Lancaster County School District
Co. for several years as a chemist, then
Centers and the Susquehanna Center.
for 38 years. He was passionate about
ran the family business, Ben Gittleman
He and his wife founded Hawk Gallery &
scouting and involved at the unit, district,
Shoe Store, from 1960–1980. In 1985, he
Framing Studio. Hawk was the super-
and council levels. Gingrich worked on
and his wife co-founded HawkMtn Metals
visor of Lower Paxton Township, chair of
various summer camp staffs and was the
and Labs, now HawkMtn Labs Inc. Gittle-
the board, and a member and president
first of three generations of Eagle Scouts.
man was a member of the Oheb Zedeck
of the Pennsylvania State Association
Synagogue and Masonic Lodge. He is
of Township Supervisors. He is survived
survived by his wife of 61 years, Sylvia
by his wife, Miriam Wiker Hawk ’61; son,
Rosenberry Gittleman ’56.
David W. Hawk ’88; and daughter-in-law,
George Henry Wade ’56 died Nov. 17 in
Elizabeth “Libby” Kost Hawk ’87.
Larry E. McGriff ’62 died Nov. 19 in West
with international students through China
Chester. He was band director for Lit-
Outreach Ministries at the University of
tlestown High School and then for Marple
Florida. He was well-known and loved for
Newtown Senior High School. McGriff
using his God-given talents in accounting
launched the Bandarama Marching Band
throughout his life. He was predeceased
Festival that has now run for 46 years.
by Lynne McWilliams Hendrix ’63, his wife
During his tenure, he had many first-
of 48 years.
’60s James Wargny ’60 died Oct. 20 in New Jersey. He was an instrumental music teacher for 36 years. He loved singing,
Janet Blank Rismiller ’59 Janet Blank Rismiller ’59 died Nov. 17 in Lakeland, Fla. She was an active undergraduate and student leader at LVC, holding positions with the Student Christian Association (chair), Wig & Buckle (publicity chair), Student-Faculty Council (secretary), Kappa Lambda Nu (CLIO, president and treasurer), Quittapahilla (co-editor), and Women’s Athletic Association (sports leader and treasurer). She was a member of the Childhood Education, History, and Political Science clubs; Student Education Association; La Vie Collegienne staff; and Student Education Association. She also sang in the choir and was the 1958 May Queen.
Marin Hendrix ’64 died Sept. 28 in Gainesville, Fla. Hendrix, the father of Liana Hendrix Riviere ’88 and Holly Hendrix Waddell ’92, had a mission that led him to serve others, including most recently
Rismiller taught elementary school for many years, including in the Lebanon City, Nether Providence Township, and East Rochester (N.Y.) school districts. She was active in various parent-teacher organizations, the Pennsylvania State Education Association, National Education Association, and Rochester Jaycees. She also remained deeply connected to her alma mater, establishing a highly successful phone chain with her husband, Bruce, encouraging class reunion attendance. Together, they supported numerous campus projects, including the Heilman Center, Clyde A. Lynch Memorial Hall, and Jeanne and Edward H. Arnold Health Professions Pavilion. The Rismillers were recognized for their extraordinary generosity to LVC through induction as Lifetime Vickroy Associates and as members of the Laureate Society, the College’s most prestigious honors for philanthropic support. In retirement in Williamsburg, Va., and later Lakeland, Fla., Rismiller enjoyed playing golf, exploring the U.S. in the family’s RV, and traveling. She was a member of the Garden Club and Ford’s Colony Travel Club while living in Williamsburg. She is survived by her husband of more than 60 years, Bruce Rismiller ’59, and their son, Gregory.
Arthur “Art” R. Dunn Jr. ’67 died Sept.
Stingley was later a vicar of St. Hilary’s
the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral
29 in Louisiana. He was an ensign in
Episcopal Church in Hesperia, Calif.
and treasurer of the American Hellenic
the U.S. Navy, serving as a submarine warfare officer aboard the USS Chivo. He was honorably discharged as a captain after 28 years of service in the U.S. Naval Reserves. Dunn retired from Shell Oil Co. after 30 years as a senior procurement specialist. He was a long-distance runner, competing in more than 25 marathons, and was an honored participant in the 1984 Olympic Torch Relay.
Educational Progressive Association.
Joseph “Joe” B. Soupik ’09 died Aug. 29
William T. Reinecke ’80 died Dec. 9 in
for Berks County. A member of LVC’s
Titusville, Fla. He spent more than 30
baseball team, he had a lifelong love
years teaching and directing bands in
for the game and continued to play first
Florida at the Apopka High School in Or-
base through the summer of 2018. Soupik
ange County and various middle schools
firmly believed in conservation, and was
in Seminole County. Reinecke also spent
an avid hunter and outdoorsman.
several years as the music development coordinator at the county level. He was
FRIENDS OF THE COLLEGE
an adjudicator of band competitions in
Jack A. Bixler, former LVC equipment
Florida and a member of Mensa.
manager, died Jan. 2, 2019, in Lebanon. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean
The Rev. Margaret “Peg” Rasmussen Olson ’70 died Nov. 7 in Omaha, Neb. She taught music and special education before being ordained in 1987. Her first ministry was with Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Elkins, W.Va. Olson also ministered at churches in Oberon, N.D.; Sutherland and Pender, both in Nebraska; and Philadelphia.
in Boyertown. He was a probation officer
’90s Capt. John J. Maransky ’90 died Sept. 1 in Lebanon. He served as a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps during the first Persian Gulf War. After his Marine Corps career, he worked for Microsoft. Maran-
War. Before LVC, he worked for Bethlehem Steel Grace Mines in Morgantown, and then as a foreman for Hershey Pasta. He was the 2012 recipient of LVC’s Hot Dog Frank Award. Bixler was a member of the Central Democratic Club and Lebanon Maennerchor Club.
sky was a member of the Holy Resur-
Matthew B. Boyer died Nov. 17 in
Eric Harp Gibson ’72 died Aug. 26 in
rection of Christ Serbian Orthodox
Whitehall. He played football for LVC
Rutherfordton, N.C. He worked for AFA
in 2008 and was a member of Holy
Products Inc., in Forest City, N.C., and was a member of First United Methodist Church. Gibson was a member of the Order of the Arrow and a Life Scout. He helped found the Rutherfordton Enrichment Council, and was instrumental in fundraising and planning for the Scout Hut.
Kenneth W. Potter ’98 died Dec. 1 in
Trinity Catholic Church in Egypt.
Camp Hill. He taught social studies and
Randall “Randy” Marks, longtime adjunct
coached boys’ basketball at Susque-
professor of music and student-teaching
hanna Township High School, and later
supervisor at LVC, died July 1 in Myer-
was the assistant varsity boys’ basketball
stown. He taught at Eastern Lebanon
coach for Hershey High School and head
County High School for 13 years, also
varsity boys’ basketball coach for Big
serving as the marching band and choral
Spring High School in Newville. Potter
director. Marks also spent 23 years as the
Abraham ’73 died Oct. 19 in Grand
attended St. Peter Lutheran Church in
choral director in the Cornwall Lebanon
Junction, Colo. He worked for Concept
Mechanicsburg. He is survived by his son,
Printing in Denver, Colo., then opened a
Dr. Kenneth F. Potter ’09.
Tyrone Matthew Page died Oct. 23 in
printing business in Moab, Utah. He was well-known in Moab for his style, generosity, and philanthropy.
New Jersey. He attended LVC for three years before transferring to become a preacher, leading the Asbury Methodist
The Rev. Elizabeth Jones Stingley ’76
Paul Giannaris ’04 died Aug. 18 in Har-
and Berean churches, and Union Baptist
died June 18 in Texas. She was a public
risburg. He worked in the Pennsylvania
Temple. In 2015, he and his twin brother
school music teacher and organist, choir
Office of the Attorney General in the
opened the Berean Church in Pleasant-
director, and hand bell choir director for
comptroller’s department. Before that,
ville, N.J. Page also ministered to those
a Lutheran church and a Jewish syna-
he owned and operated the Maverick
who were in recovery from drug or alco-
gogue. She was ordained to the diacon-
Restaurant. Giannaris was a member of
ate in 1990 and the priesthood in 1991.
IN MEMORIAM Dr. Clyde Robert “Bob” Rose died Oct. 28
taught music at Concord, Otterbein, and
worked at Interstate Container before
in Lebanon. He was a U.S. Marine Corps
Valparaiso universities, and Lebanon
becoming president and CEO at Bicknell
veteran of the Vietnam War. He played
& Fuller. Trout attended LVC for two years
Harry R. Trout Jr. died Nov. 11 in Newbury,
before transferring to the University of
clarinet in The President’s Own U.S. Marine Band in Washington, D.C. Rose
Mass. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. He
William H. Fairlamb Jr. William H. Fairlamb Jr., professor emeritus of music, died Sept. 23 in Cornwall. He taught piano, piano pedagogy and literature, and music history as a 45year member of LVC’s Music Department.
Tampa in Florida.
ful professional career. He was inducted into the inaugural class of the Lebanon County Musicians’ Hall of Fame, received an LVC Alumni Citation, and was named Outstanding Educator in America. He was awarded the College’s top teaching award, the Lindbach Award for Distinguished Teaching (now The Thomas Rhys Vickroy Award) in 1988. “Professor Fairlamb’s innate ability to sight read music amazed me as one of his students and continues to amaze me to this day,” said Tom Strohman ’75, professor emeritus of music. “He was always generous with his time to help students succeed— something I have tried to emulate as a teacher, parent, and
Considered a “legend”
by many LVC music
For 46 years, Fairlamb was the choir director at St. Andrews
faculty and alumni,
Presbyterian Church and later became the church organist. He
Fairlamb taught hundreds of piano students, including Dennis
also served as rehearsal accompanist for the Lebanon County
Sweigart ’63, who would also become professor emeritus of
Choral Society for many years.
Fairlamb is survived by his wife, Joanne Kessler Fairlamb ’49,
Fairlamb, a U.S. Army veteran of World Word II, graduated from
and daughter, Erika C. Tibbitts (Mark).
the Juilliard School in New York City before pursuing a success-
Dr. Klement Main Hambourg Dr. Klement Main Hambourg, professor emeritus of music, died Oct. 22 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He was a prominent violinist, conductor, and scion of a famous musical family
At LVC from 1982 to 1995, Hambourg established the LVC Honors Orchestra, an annual event that brings promising young string players to the College. He also was instrumental in the early success of the Summer Music Camp. Previously, he established and conducted the Peterborough (Ontario) Symphony Orchestra and, in retirement founded and directed the Celebration of Chamber Music series in Victoria, British Columbia. Hambourg studied in Switzerland, Canada, England, and the U.S. He studied at the Hambourg Conservatory, Royal Conservatory of Music (associate degree), Royal Academy of Music (advanced degree), Trinity College of Music London (advanced degree),
that established the
and University of Oregon (doctorate).
He is survived by his wife, Leonie Lang Hambourg, former LVC
vatory in Toronto,
adjunct instructor in German; daughters Corrine (Murray) and
Canada, in 1911.
Tanya (Shawn); and grandson Gavin.
affiliation with LVC. Thus, I came to know this intelligent, dignified, and accomplished man. His presence made things better no matter the circumstance. He will be missed by many.” A renaissance man, McGill taught history at three colleges before coming to LVC, was an ordained Episcopal priest, appeared in numerous theatrical productions in Michigan, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania, and was a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan. He also authored several books and short stories, served as co-owner
Dr. William J. McGill Jr. H’98 Dr. William J. McGill Jr. H’98, senior vice president and dean of faculty emeritus, died Oct. 14 in Lancaster. He also served as LVC’s interim president in 1998.
and editor of Spitball magazine, and was an avid cyclist and sailor. The College named its baseball stadium, McGill Field, in honor of McGill and his wife, Ellen Buck McGill, in 1999. Loyal Dutchmen, the McGills contributed to LVC in numerous ways: establishing the William J. McGill Sr. and Ethel W. McGill Scholarship (in honor
McGill earned his bachelor’s degree from Trinity College in
of Bill’s parents); financially supporting the creation and continu-
Connecticut and his master’s and doctorate degrees from
ity of the annual European Union Simulation in Washington, D.C.;
Harvard University. He also received an honorary doctorate
and joining The Thomas Rhys Vickroy Society, which recognizes
from LVC in 1998.
donors with lifetime giving greater than $100,000.
“Bill and I shared Trinity as an alma mater,” said Marty Parkes,
McGill is survived by Ellen; daughters Sara Ondrejko (Thomas),
retired LVC executive director of marketing and communications.
Susan Suprock (Curt), and Alison Harris (Jeffrey); six grand-
“When I was considering joining the LVC staff, the Trinity College
children, including Andrew Suprock ’13; and brother Michael
alumni magazine featured an article about Bill that disclosed his
historic Durham Cathedral, England. He was a true leader of the extensive project, and his work received media attention in the U.S. and England. He and his late wife, Vivian, also supported LVC through their establishment of the Perry Troutman and Vivian Schreffler Troutman Scholarship. “I saw a whole new side to Perry in 1993 when, as the organizer and head of The American Friends of Durham Cathedral,” he gave a brilliant speech in England at the dedication of the Cathedral’s gorgeous new signature window the group had funded,” said Judy Pehrson, former LVC executive director of college relations. “The event was part of the Cathedral’s 900th anniversary, and Perry also expertly presided at a press confer-
Dr. Perry J. Troutman Dr. Perry J. Troutman, professor emeritus of religion, died Dec. 24
ence attended by British news media and the Associated Press’ London Bureau.”
in Annville. He taught at LVC for 34 years and visited campus
Troutman received his bachelor’s degree from Houghton Col-
daily after retiring, especially enjoying spending time with the
lege, his divinity degree from United Theological Seminary, and
students and staff in the Vernon and Doris Bishop Library. He
his doctorate from Boston University.
also was a frequent exerciser in the LVC Sports Center.
He is survived by daughter Lynda Troutman O’Sullivan (P. Kevin);
During his distinguished academic career, Troutman founded
son Philip ’88; grandsons John and Michael O’Sullivan; brother
The American Friends of Durham Cathedral, a nonprofit orga-
Richard; and sister-in-law Merle. The family hosted a memorial
nization dedicated to promoting appreciation and support for
service in the Frederic K. Miller Chapel in February.
LVC students participate in the Donning of the Kente and Lavender Ceremony before Commencement in May.
(l. to r.) Jacob Whitfield ’19, Chance Atkins ’19, Ricky Pereira ’19, Nancy Diaz Fajardo ’19, Ryan Horn ’19
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