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Lebanon Valley College Magazine

Fall 2012

a proven leader, the unanimous choice LVC Welcomes its 18th President, Dr. Lewis Evitts Thayne

Volume 27 Number 1 Marty Parkes, Executive Director of Marketing and Communications Editorial Staff

Dr. Tom Hanrahan, Editor Kelly Alsedek Jasmine Ammons Bucher ’97, M’11, P’14 Tim Flynn ’05 Pat Huggins Meghan Johnson Mary Kent ’11 Christine Brandt Little, Feature Writer Marty Parkes Emily Summey Anita Williams, Class Notes Designer

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12 A Proven Leader, The Unanimous Choice The Lebanon Valley College community welcomed Dr. Lewis Evitts Thayne to campus as its 18th president on Aug. 1. The enthusiastic and unanimous choice of LVC’s Presidential Search Committee, Thayne comes to Annville from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, where he served for seven years as vice president of advancement.

Departments 2 Valley News & Notes 20 Class News & Notes 28 In Memoriam On the Cover: Dr. Lewis Evitts Thayne, 18th president of Lebanon Valley College Inside Cover: “Learn. Discover. Grow.” was the welcoming Orientation

theme that members of the Class of 2016 received when they arrived on campus this fall. Current students provided new students with advice about moving to campus, living with roommates, student life, time management, and more. (l. to r.): Shane Miller ’13, Mary Gardner ’13, Jordan Herr ’15, and Erik Brandt ’13, pictured here in the newly revitalized Mund College Center, were just a few of the current students who helped make the transition easier for the members of the Class of 2016. They are all commuting students and were staffing a table to welcome new commuters. Editor’s Note: It was erringly noted in the Spring 2012 issue of The Valley

that Jerry Frey ’74 was the golf program’s first inductee into the LVC Athletic Hall of Fame (p. 10). In fact, John Champlin ’80 was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996. Like Frey (1973–1974), Champlin (1979–1980) also was named an All-American in golf. fall 2012



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Alumni Honored During Celebration Weekend Each year the Alumni Awards Committee selects outstanding alumni to receive its Distinguished Alumnus/na Award, June Herr Outstanding Educator of the Year Award, Young Alumni Award, D. Clark Carmean Award in Admission, and Alumni Citations. The most recent class of honorees was recognized in June during Alumni Weekend 2012. For significant contributions to his profession, community, and alma mater, Dr. Thomas B. Carmany ’58 received LVC’s 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award. Carmany was lauded for devoting his entire career to improving the lives of others. After graduating from LVC in 1958 and Jefferson Medical College in 1962, Carmany accepted an appointment with the United States Public Health Service as chief of pathology at the Gallup Indian Medical Center in Gallup, N.M. There, he directed two laboratories for Gallup community hospitals. He combined the local alcohol and drug abuse treatment programs, and established a three-tiered treatment and rehabilitation program. He also established a foundation to underwrite the cost of rehabilitative services for anyone in need, regardless of their ability to pay. In 1986, Carmany was honored with the New Mexico Public Health Association Meritorious Service Award. Before his retirement in 1991, he received numerous other awards, including New Mexico’s Distinguished Public Service Award. After his retirement, Carmany returned to Annville and settled into the historic former home of LVC’s beloved Dr. D. Clark Carmean H’85 and Edna Carmean ’59. Carmany has become a force in the greater Lebanon community and remains so to this day. He has volunteered with numerous community organizations ranging



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Dr. Thomas B. Carmany ’58

Nancy Bowman Hatz ’36

from the Aids Community Alliance to Hill Lutheran Church in Cleona. Most notable, however, are his efforts toward establishing the Lebanon Free Clinic with assistance from the United Way, LVC friends such as Dr. Ed Arnold H’87 and Dr. Jeanne Donlevy Arnold H’08, and others. Today, the clinic serves hundreds of patients each year and continues to grow.

Elizabethtown College, Hatz embodies Herr’s dedication to the field. During her professional and volunteer careers, Hatz has been president of the Pennsylvania Federation of Music Clubs, the American Association of University Women, and the Women’s Club in Selinsgrove. Hatz continued her dedication to education long after retirement by teaching violin studies, serving as a music consultant, and volunteering as a pianist for ecumenical services in Mt. Gretna (see related story on page 26).

Nancy Bowman Hatz ’36 received the June Herr Outstanding Educator of the Year Award, which is presented to an outstanding graduate in the field of education. As a professor of various disciplines in music for more than 40 years at Susquehanna University and

The Young Alumni Award—given to an individual who has graduated from LVC within the last 15 years,

Rev. Christopher M. Rankin ’01

has achieved success in one’s profession, and has contributed significantly to the community or the College—was presented to the Rev. Christopher M. Rankin ’01. The pastor of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Fredericksburg since 2004, Rankin is focusing his doctoral studies on church revitalization and leadership. Since graduating from LVC, Rankin has served every year on the Recent Graduate Committee and in numerous other volunteer roles at

Andrew Thompson and Danielle L. McCarney ’02

Frank Cackovic (center) received the Alumni Citation Award on behalf of his son, Cdr. Michael Cackovic, M.D., ’87, who could not attend. Mr. Cackovic was joined by Dr. Betty Hungerford ’54, H’09 (l.) and Jayanne Hayward ’01.

the College, contributed financially to LVC as a member of The Vickroy Society, and officiated at the wedding ceremonies of literally dozens of his fellow alumni. He has also presided over the baptisms of numerous children from these LVC marriages. Danielle L. McCarney ’02 was the recipient of the D. Clark Carmean Award in Admission, which is presented to an individual with notable service to the Valley’s Office of Admission. A Biglerville High School autistic support teacher for the Lincoln Intermediate Unit, McCarney’s dedication to LVC and pride in her alma mater are evident in the ways she continually promotes Lebanon Valley College to prospective students. McCarney coached field hockey at Greencastle High School and middle school basketball in the Waynesboro School District. She remains active in the LVC community by participating in field hockey alumni activities and

serving as an online career mentor to current LVC students. Five LVC graduates also received Alumni Citation Awards: Cdr. Michael Cackovic, M.D., ’87, Nicholas T. Lacovara, Esq., ’87, Cheryl Bollinger Lacovara ’87, Lt. Col. Jennifer I. Bower ’94, and John W. “Buzz” Jones, D.M.A., ’72. Cdr. Michael Cackovic, M.D., graduated from the Hahnemann University School of Medicine in 1997 and completed a fellowship at Yale University. Next, he entered the United States Navy, and he is presently a commander in the Medical Corps stationed in San Diego, Calif. Among his many military awards, Cackovic has received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal. He has conducted medical research, taught extensively, and published many articles, book chapters, and more. Cackovic has been deployed

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Nicholas T. Lacovara, Esq., ’87 and Cheryl Bollinger Lacovara ’87

worldwide, including to Haiti for the U.S. military response to the 2010 earthquake and to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. His daughter, Hannah, is a member of the Class of 2013. Cheryl and Nick Lacovara have been a couple since their days as LVC students. Nick is a municipal judge and attorney, and Cheryl is director of project management for an organization focused on biological safety testing and biomanufacturing services. Together, they own the Plumpton Park Zoological Gardens in Rising Sun, Md. The couple had been raising exotic animals on their farm when Plumpton, a favorite place to visit for more than 25 years, closed its gates. With volunteer help and donations, the Lacovaras refurbished and reopened



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the nonprofit zoo in October 2010. They are working with area colleges and school districts on educational partnerships, including a recently established internship program that will have 25 participants this academic year. After graduating from LVC with a degree in biopsychology, Jennifer Bower was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Now a lieutenant colonel, Bower served as a transportation officer then commander at bases in Hawaii, North Carolina, and Korea. She has also served in Operation Enduring Freedom and in other leadership roles around the globe. Bower designed and taught psychology-related courses at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and today is chair and professor of military science at Boston University (BU). She

is also director of the Army ROTC program for BU and 11 other colleges and universities in the greater Boston area. The program routinely ranks in the top 10 percent nationwide for ROTC programs. Currently a professor of music at Gettysburg College, Dr. John “Buzz” Jones has served the institution as a teacher, director of bands, music department chair, and conservatory director, among other roles, during his decades at the school. His work has encompassed all genres of music. His ensembles have toured Europe numerous times to perform in major festivals. Jones is now in his fourth decade as leader of the famous Buzz Jones Big Band, which has opened for legends ranging from Tony Bennett to the Temptations. He has received 15 Standard Awards in composition from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, and his commissioned works for concert band, jazz ensemble, orchestra, and choir have been performed widely.

Lt. Col. Jennifer I. Bower ’94

Valley Graduates 426 Students at 143rd Commencement

Lebanon Valley College awarded diplomas to 426 graduates on May 12. The 320 graduating seniors were joined by 31 doctor of physical therapy candidates, 43 master’s degree candidates, and 32 students who graduated in December 2011 and formally received their degrees.

“Never underestimate the power of words, use your words to make change, circulate a discourse of kindness and acceptance, and your world will be an accepting and kind place to live.” —Dr. Catherine Romagnolo

Dr. Catherine Romagnolo

As Commencement speaker, Dr. Catherine Romagnolo, associate professor of English, transported expectant graduates back to LVC’s Class of 1870, asking them to consider important questions those students were facing and how similar they likely were to the questions today’s students face. “Never underestimate the power of words,” she advised, “use

your words to make change, circulate a discourse of kindness and acceptance, and your world will be an accepting and kind place to live.” Romagnolo spoke at Commencement after being recognized last year with the College’s top teaching honor, The Thomas Rhys Vickroy Distinguished Teaching Award.

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Valley News & Notes Dr. Philip Benesch, associate professor of political science, was named this year’s winner of the Thomas Rhys Vickroy Distinguished Teaching Award. Benesch was described by a nominator as having a “contagious enthusiasm for teaching and working with students in traditional classroom settings, highimpact academic experiences, and through his mentoring and advising.” Dr. Michael Green, vice president of academic affairs and dean of the faculty, noted that Benesch “cares deeply about both the intellectual and personal development of students and incorporates experiential learning as a powerful transformational teaching tool.”

assumed the primary instructor role for the Fundamentals of Anatomy course. One student wrote, “I admire his ability to fully devote himself to his students and their education while still working as a full-time physical therapist.” Another student shared, “He is an absolutely wonderful professor. His enthusiasm and dedication to teaching made me want to work harder than I have in any other class.”

Dr. Philip Benesch

intellectual curiosity, enthusiasm, empathy, and generosity will lead to her excellence…” Andrew Milosz, adjunct instructor in physical therapy, won the Nevelyn J. Knisley Award for Inspirational Teaching, which goes to part-time and adjunct members of the College faculty. Milosz, who joined the faculty in 2008, has effectively utilized his clinical experience in a wide range of courses and has been well received by faculty and students. Most notably, he

Andrew Milosz

The top student award, the H. Anthony Neidig Award, went to Caitlin Murphy ’12, an English, international studies, and sociology triple major from Minersville. She has an “extraordinary ability to communicate effectively with others—she is perceptive of people, of group processes, and has the qualities of a leader who can quietly and gently influence the atmosphere of a group and move it toward a positive resolution,” one mentor wrote. “Her



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Caitlin Murphy ’12

Dr. Mark Mecham

Dr. Mark Mecham, chair and Clark and Edna Carmean Distinguished Professor of Music, was honored with the Educator of the Year Award, which is voted on by the students. Ryan Humphries ’12, student government president, presented the award, saying Mecham is a teacher of “people and life.” Classmate Alyson Reitmeyer ’12 said, “I’m very excited to take the knowledge he’s provided to me— about both music and life—and use it in my own classroom. I hope that I can have as much of a positive impact on my future students as he has had on me.” Michael Nelson ’12 added, “LVC is truly blessed to have such a passionate, humorous, and helpful teacher.”

Wesley T. Dellinger ’75 Elected Board Chair; Harry B. Yost ’62 Retires after 32 Years Wesley “Wes” T. Dellinger ’75,

Dellinger Hall, in honor of the family. In addition to his great-grandfather, a member of the LVC Board of wife, and daughter, Courtney Zechman Trustees since 1988, was unanimously ’05, more than a dozen members of the elected chair of the board during its extended Dellinger family have graduated annual spring meeting May 5. During from or are attending LVC, including: the same meeting, Harry B. Yost, J. Curvin Strayer 1906 (great uncle), Esq., ’62, was awarded emeritus status. Dr. Woodrow Dellinger ’33 (uncle), Dellinger is serving a three-year Curvin N. Dellinger ’38 (father), term, replacing Dr. Lynn Garrett Dr. Ned D. Heindel ’59 (cousin), Phillips ’68, who completed her Woodrow “Skip” Dellinger Jr. ’63 term as chair. Phillips continues (cousin), Lorrie B. Dellinger ’77 on the board and is a member of (brother), Todd Dellinger ’85, M’95 the Academic/Student Affairs and (brother), and Hannah Cackovic ’13 Enrollment Committee and the (niece). Wes and Amy also have a son, Strategic Planning Committee. Ethan, who is an attorney in Baltimore. Dellinger’s family has been involved Harry B. Yost was awarded emeritus with LVC since his great-grandfather, honors for his 32 James T. Spangler, years of service to the graduated from the College’s Board of College in 1890 with Trustees, including the degrees in literature and past 23 as its elected Greek. The director of secretary. Yost, senior Lebanon operations partner at Appel & for Brownstone Real Yost LLP, met his wife, Estate, Dellinger has A. Smith Yost Carol worked for more than 35 ’62, while studying years in sales and sales LVC. After biology at management, including LVC, Yost went on to the last 20 in real estate. earn his juris doctorate In his almost 25 degree from the years as a member of Dickinson School of Harry B. Yost, Esq., ’62 the College’s Board of Law. He earned his master Trustees, Dellinger has of laws degree from the New York served on numerous committees, University School of Law the following including the advancement, executive, year and also served six years as a facilities (chair), and various campaign Army Reserve. member of the U.S. steering committees. He and his wife, A member of the board since 1980, Amy Hoopes Dellinger ’78, served Yost has served on the executive, as vice chairs of the “Toward 2001 investment, and trusteeship (vice chair) Campaign.” committees in addition to his role The Dellinger name has been as secretary. He also served on the associated with LVC for more than 100 Presidential Compensation Subcomyears. In 2002, the College named its mittee and is extremely active as a newly built, 72-student residence hall,

Wesley “Wes” T. Dellinger ’75

community and church volunteer. In 2003, Yost received an LVC Alumni Citation and in 2005, he and his wife, Carol, became Lifetime Vickroy Associates in recognition of their generosity to the College and its students.  Geret P. DePiper ’68 was elected secretary of the board, replacing Yost. DePiper is a member of the board’s Advancement Committee and Finance and Investment Committee. A member of the board since 2007, he is the retired senior vice president/ chief operating officer for CSX World Terminals.  In addition, LVC’s Board of Trustees welcomed three new members. Michael Pittari, chair and associate professor of art and art history at LVC, began a three-year term as faculty representative. Roberto “Tito” Valdes ’14, a political science and pre-law major, started a two-year term as one of two student representatives. Seth Mendelsohn, Esq., M’10, corporate counsel for the Pennsylvania American Water Company, began his first term as a member of the board.

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Alumni Office Hosts Inaugural Annual Dutchmen Family Summer Socials In order to provide incoming students with a head start on building their LVC network, the Office of Alumni Programs held Dutchmen Summer Socials in four local counties this year. The events provided opportunities for incoming students and their parents to meet current students, parents, staff, and alumni from their county. The gatherings were so successful at welcoming new students to the Dutchmen family that they will now become an annual tradition. For information about socials for next summer, call 1-800-LVC-ALUM (1-800-582-2586).

New Class Features Students from 15 States The fall 2012 incoming class

is comprised of 410 freshmen and 56 transfer students from 15 states. Seventy-eight percent of the entering freshmen graduated in the top 30 percent of their high school class, earning them automatic Presidential Scholarships of up to 50 percent off tuition. An additional 46 freshmen whose schools do not rank were

awarded Presidential Scholarships based on other factors, including standardized test scores, rigor of their high school curriculum, and extracurricular activities. There are also 18 legacies—children of alumni—who were awarded an additional $2,500 each year through the College’s Children of Alumni Award (see photo on page 24).

(front, l. to r.): Mark Berner P’16, Robyn Berner P’16, and Megan Berner ’16; (back, l. to r.): Julie Frey ’16 and Taylor Frey ’16

Happiness Is Theme of Annual Colloquium Series The 2012–2013 Colloquium Series focuses on “HAPPINESS,” concluding

the three-part series, “Health, Wealth, and Happiness.” HAPPINESS is a year-long integrated series of guest speakers, roundtable discussions, films, and courses that consider the meaning and importance of happiness as a psychological, physiological, social, and cultural phenomenon. HAPPINESS offers presentations by speakers from a number of disciplines who approach the theme from the standpoints of the arts, the wellness of body and mind, the demands of a consumer economy, the expectations and duties of political life, and the broad philosophical questions of human flourishing. For a full list of HAPPINESS programming and admission information, visit

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Students Achieve Another Community Service Milestone For the fourth consecutive year, LVC students increased the number of service hours they contributed to the greater Lebanon community, surpassing 20,000 hours (20,039). The total hours contributed had an estimated value of $436,650 worth of service. Also, 13 students earned sufficient community service hours to qualify for the College’s highest service honor: the Gold Community Service Award. These students served more than 100 hours during the year and were part of a multi-day residential service project.

LVC Auxiliary Holds Final Meeting The LVC Auxiliary, founded

93 years ago, held its final meeting at Kreiderheim this spring. Led by this group’s long-time president, Ellen McGill, the event celebrated the organization’s long and positive existence. The group was recognized by the College for the nearly 100 years that it has supported the College and its students. Through the decades, auxiliary funds have provided opportunities for students to study abroad, improved the quality of residential facilities, and helped erect many of the buildings on campus. The auxiliary’s signature fundraiser was an annual spring fashion show,

which was held in the West Dining Room in the Mund College Center from 1973 through 2006. The models were auxiliary members and women who worked at the College. Area stores provided the fashions for the community event. With families busier than ever today, “it was becoming increasingly difficult to maintain membership, particularly members who had the time to commit to the auxiliary to make it successful,” noted McGill. “Though this is a sad day, I know that members will continue to support the College and remember with pride our long history of good works.”

(l. to r.): Donna Powell, Ellen McGill, Mary Ellen Ford, Carol Kearney, Glenda Synodinos, Kathryn Burianic, Pauline Charles, Mary Warner, Helen Neidig, and Mary Jane Sample

Ashley Artz ’14 paints a tennis court fence at Coleman Park in Lebanon.

Fulbright Scholarin-Residence this Spring In spring 2013, LVC and

the Department of Business and Economics will host Dr. Holger Hinz, professor of finance at Flensburg University in Germany, under grants provided by the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program. Hinz will teach two undergraduate classes in finance, deliver the Fred Springer Lecture in International Business Management, and participate in other activities on and off campus. Hinz will also be involved with the German classes of Dr. Joerg Meindl, assistant professor of German, and work with Dr. Treva Clark, assistant professor of business administration, to deliver a program for the World Trade Center of Central Pennsylvania. Clark and Dr. David Rudd, Eugene C. Fish Distinguished Chair of Business, and professor and chair of Dr. Holger Hinz business and economics, will be the primary programming liaisons for the Fulbright visit. fall 2012



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LVEP Continues to Provide Opportunity “Because my parents

didn’t speak fluent English, I had to mature at a young age,” said recent Lebanon Valley College graduate and Dominican Republic emigrant Luisa Perez ’12. “At just 13 or 14 years old, I was translating all of their mail, scheduling doctor appointments, helping them get through life in a new country.”

Luisa Perez ’12

Perez worked hard in school. She became a student of the Lebanon Valley Education Partnership (LVEP), a program of Lebanon Valley College and the Lebanon School District that encourages children in the city of Lebanon to study, stay in school, and aspire to attend college. Perez achieved great success in high school, at LVC, and now as a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, an opportunity she might not have had without the support of LVEP. “It was easy to keep focused on my education,” Perez said. “My parents

moved to the U.S. for me to get an education, so I had no choice but school. My high school peers didn’t all have that mindset; some of them didn’t care about school at all. My parents gave up so much for me—I can’t ignore their struggles. They worked so hard for me to have a better life, so I knew I had to make them proud.” Perez is just one of 34 success stories of students who have graduated from Lebanon Valley College with the assistance of the LVEP program since 2000. This fall, 26 LVEP scholars are currently pursuing LVC degrees. The program is primarily supported by a fundraiser, the Annual Achievement Challenge Golf Tournament, now in its 23rd year. “I will always be grateful for LVEP and its supporters; the teachers from the Lebanon School District for seeing in me promise, determination, and an ability to succeed at the college level; my parents for believing in me and supporting my dreams; and last but certainly not least, for the LVC community who made my time at the Valley such a spectacular experience,” Perez said. To learn more about the program or to become a sponsor/participant, visit or contact Jamie Cecil at 1-866-LVC-1866 (1-866-5821866) or

A Success Story The Lebanon Valley Education Partnership (LVEP) was established in 1989 between Lebanon Valley College and the Lebanon School District to encourage economically disadvantaged children in the city of Lebanon to study, stay in school, and aspire to pursue post-secondary education. The program provides full tuition scholarships to those high school graduates who meet Lebanon Valley College’s academic requirements for admission. • For the Lebanon High School Class of 2012, LVEP program participants had a 100 percent graduation rate. • For the Lebanon High School Class of 2012, 100 percent of the LVEP program participants are pursuing post-secondary education. • 34 students from the LVEP program have graduated from Lebanon Valley College since 2000.  • This academic year, 26 LVEP scholars are pursuing degrees at Lebanon Valley College. • 105 students from Lebanon Middle School, Lebanon High School, and Lebanon Valley College are currently active participants in the LVEP program.

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LVC Moves Up to Number Two in U.S. News & World Report’s

“Great Schools, Great Prices”

Lebanon Valley College ranks second in the North in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category among “Best Regional Colleges” in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 edition of the book “America’s Best Colleges.” LVC has placed among the top 10 colleges in this category for all nine years this list has been compiled. In addition, LVC ranked sixth overall among the 73 comparable institutions in its regional category. U.S. News & World Report publishes the best-known ratings of the nation’s colleges and universities. The “Great Schools, Great Prices” ranking is based on a calculation that takes into account a school’s academic quality, as indicated by its 2013 U.S. News ranking, and the 2011–2012 net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid. The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the result is for students. At the start of the academic year, The Princeton Review again recognized LVC as “A Best in the Northeast” college, and Forbes once again named LVC to its list of “America’s Top Colleges.”  Additionally, LVC was also recognized for the third consecutive year as a Military Friendly School. The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools that do the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. “We are honored to be part of such an important and distinguished list of military friendly schools,” said William J. Brown Jr. ’79, LVC vice president of enrollment. “The College has long been a supporter of area military families and partner on local military initiatives, particularly with the National Guard Training Center at Fort Indiantown Gap.”

Among the 370 institutions nationwide in the U.S. News “Best Regional Colleges” category, Lebanon Valley College ranks:

Top one percent for enrolling freshmen from the top 25 percent of their high school class

Top two percent for average freshmen retention rate (meaning students return for their sophomore year)

• Fourth for having 71 percent of its freshmen ranked in the top 25 percent of their high school class; only Cooper Union, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and Bard College had a higher percentage •

Top two percent for its average graduation rate of 71 percent; only seven institutions had a higher rate

Top ten percent for average alumni giving rate

Inquiry 2012 Showcases Student Academic Achievement Coinciding with the Council for Undergraduate

Research’s weeklong annual recognition of student research and achievement, the College showcased the accomplishments of 119 students as part of its Inquiry 2012 this April. “The entire week was dedicated to academic excellence. In addition to showcasing the talents of our students, we inducted students into their respective international honors societies and presented various scholastic awards at the annual departmental awards ceremony,” said Dr. Ann Damiano, associate dean of academic affairs.  Inquiry 2012 also included musical performances, a writers’ showcase, a student play, and a culminating symposium of

student research and original work. The symposium included student representatives from every academic department, as well as internship participants and Writing Center tutors. The College has a long tradition of encouraging studentfaculty research in each of its academic disciplines. By the time they graduate, many of our undergraduates have published scholarly papers and presented at national or regional conferences. While student-faculty research is done on many campuses our size, LVC is distinct in the quality of research being conducted and in the institutional support for research. Inquiry 2013 will be held April 18, 2013. Please visit in early spring for the full schedule. fall 2012



a proven leader, the unanimous choice LVC Welcomes its 18th President, Dr. Lewis Evitts Thayne

by christine brandt little



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“Without question, Lebanon Valley College is poised to enter a very promising future.” —Dr. Lewis E. Thayne, president of Lebanon Valley College


he Lebanon Valley College community welcomed Dr. Lewis Evitts Thayne to campus as its 18th president on Aug. 1. The enthusiastic and unanimous choice of LVC’s Presidential Search Committee, Thayne comes to Annville from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, where he served for seven years as vice president of advancement. Thayne stepped into the President’s Office upon the retirement of LVC’s 17th president, Dr. Stephen C. MacDonald, who served the College for eight years as president and six years as vice president of academic affairs and dean of the faculty. Bringing with him a weighty résumé of work in the field of institutional advancement, Thayne has served at schools as diverse as Columbia University in New York City and Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ga. (see sidebar, “The Road to “We wanted a proven Annville”). He has worked with many colleges and leader with expertise universities—but he says he in strategic planning, liked what he saw at Lebanon fundraising, competitive Valley College. positioning, and fiscal “I didn’t become an active candidate for the presidency management. Dr. Thayne was the unanimous choice until I came to the campus,” Thayne said. “My wife, of a very diverse and Dorry, and I drove up thoughtful committee.” one Sunday morning after church—and we really had —Elyse Rogers, Esq., ’76, trustee a wonderful experience.” and chair of LVC’s Presidential He tells of walking through Search Committee the Neidig-Garber Science Center—“anyone could see that it was a state-of-the-art building, very impressive”—and into the Mund College Center: “It was a Sunday morning, and some of the students were a little bleary, but they were coming to breakfast, holding the door for us, saying hello, and showing a lot of consideration for one another as well as for us. Dorry said, ‘What do you think?’ And I said, ‘I like it here.’”

The Road to Annville 1981–1983

Alumni Affairs Officer Columbia University, New York City, N.Y.


Director, National Alumni Program Columbia University


Associate Director of Development Columbia College Columbia University


Director of Annual Giving Bucknell University, Lewisburg


Director of Individual Gifts Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass.

1999–2005 Vice President for Institutional Advancement Agnes Scott College, Decatur, Ga. • Created the first advancement division in the college’s history, leading a staff of 30 in a record-breaking $72 million campaign. Vice President for College 2005–2012 Advancement Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster • Oversaw seven years of recordbreaking fundraising results; • Led 12 successful capital campaigns, securing more than $140 million in institutional support; and, • Prepared the college for a proposed $225 million comprehensive campaign. August 1, 2012

President, Lebanon Valley College

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That sense of connection, not just to the campus, but to the ethos of a school, is important to Thayne. “To work as hard as we work in college administration, there has to be a visceral, emotional connection to the place as well as to the mission,” he said. “You have to like being here. You have to like the feeling of the place. It’s true when you’re a high school senior doing a college search, and it’s true in anything in life—you know right away when you’re in the right place.” But that sense of connection is only half the equation: “I wanted to be at a place where I had that immediate sense of connection—but I also wanted to be at a place that could benefit from my skills and experience,” Thayne said. “I felt early on that this would be a great place for me.”

“A stronger student community benefits our alumni and faculty as well.” Thayne repeatedly invokes the term “community” to describe the ways he believes LVC can address the challenges facing private colleges today. “Engaging and investing in our alumni and friends are things that every private college needs to do—that this school in particular needs to do,” he said. “We must leverage what our alumni are doing as a resource for our students, faculty, and staff. Having a stronger student community benefits our alumni and faculty as well.” Thayne has seen firsthand how rewarding alumni involvement can be for both alumni and their alma maters: “One of the reasons I’ve loved working with alumni donors over the years is

that in so many cases, a significant gift enables the donor to realize a life’s dream, even as their gift enables students to have an education that leads to a better life,” he said. While Thayne believes that philanthropy is an important way to increase the affordability of a private college

A Perpetual Student from Northeastern Pennsylvania Lewis Evitts Thayne was born in Scranton and educated in the public schools of northeastern Pennsylvania. During his senior year of high school, the family moved to Cherry Hill, N.J., and Thayne became a boarding student at Wyoming Seminary, graduating later that academic year. Thayne then followed his family to New Jersey, where he majored in French at Rutgers University. He went on to earn a master’s degree in comparative literature from Rutgers as well, then entered Princeton University’s doctoral program in comparative literature. Getting his degree took some time: “I completed the graduate program at Princeton, but left before finishing my dissertation in 1981,” he said. “I moved to



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New York, Dorry and I were married, we had our children, and life went on. More than a decade later, my daughters, who were in grammar and high school at the time, said, ‘Dad, you always tell us to finish what we start, but you haven’t finished your dissertation.’ So I knew that it was time.” Dorry provided the additional motivation—and support— encouraging Thayne to spend two-to-three hours researching and writing each morning before the children awoke. After three years of early-morning work sessions, Thayne finished his dissertation and sent it to Princeton. “And in 1998, I received my Ph.D. with my wife and three children standing beside me,” he said. “It was truly gratifying—a high point of my life.”

Dorothy “Dorry” Thayne is an artist and iconographer who holds a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design and an M.A. in studio art from Rutgers University. The Thaynes’ eldest child, Anne, graduated from Bucknell University and until recently worked in public affairs in Washington, D.C.; her husband, Tomek, is a doctoral candidate in physics at the University of Maryland. Their middle child, Julia, is an Emory University graduate who began a master’s program in urban economics at the London School of Economics this fall. Their youngest, Anthony, is a sophomore at Dickinson College in Carlisle. Thayne has fond memories of family vacations on Mt. Desert Island in Maine—“Our whole family

still gets together there, with any friends that our children want to bring along,” he said, adding that the family also shares a love for travel. The Thaynes live in Lancaster, just a mile from Dr. Thayne’s father, who is 103. They plan to overnight regularly at Kreiderheim so that they can participate fully in campus life. When asked how he spends his leisure time, Thayne reflected, “I was always a good student and always loved school. Then I studied comparative literature and married an artist. So what do we do in our free time? Museums, concerts, used book stores— that’s a good time for us.”

“At our best, we take students who come here with a base of experience from their family and their community, and we add a great educational experience—one that will last a lifetime. With that base of experience and that great education, our graduates are ready to encounter the world—they can do anything they want. I wanted to come to a school like this—a school that makes that big of a difference in students’ lives. I saw something here on the part of the students and the faculty—there’s a sense of mission here, an authenticity that is so important.” —Dr. Lewis E. Thayne, president of Lebanon Valley College

education, he said alumni can also play a vital role in helping LVC students prepare to launch their careers. “Alumni can provide meaningful internship opportunities, serve as career mentors, and help our students network in their chosen field.” Further, “Our graduates can help the College stay abreast of innovations in their fields.” In short, LVC’s alumni—with its faculty and staff—can help a private college education remain a strategic investment. “If you look at our program in physical therapy, we have 10 applicants for every place in the program,” Thayne said by way of example. “Students

know that if they’re admitted to that program and complete it, they’re going to go on to a career in physical therapy. They’re willing to pay for that. An LVC education is affordable to those students because they know the quality and the benefits of our program. “We need to do a good job at launching all of our students—not guaranteeing them a first job, but putting our minds and our resources to the task of making sure they’re prepared to do well when they get their first job. That makes LVC affordable,” he explained. “Because students know that they’ve got an education for a lifetime, but they know also that they

have a great start on a career and that we are a part of that.” The key to that success, Thayne believes, is LVC’s rich community of alumni and faculty. “We can engage our alumni and our faculty together in thinking through the issues of the moment—what’s the relevance of the education here to the preparation of students for lifelong learning and to productive careers?” he asked. “Academic quality is always the top priority—I see the creativity and hard work on the part of the faculty, the new, innovative programs, the way they continually undertake new pedagogical techniques with students, and I want to support that. I think we can bring our alumni in to help carry that learning out into the world.”

“There’s more quality here, there’s more innovation … than people are aware of.” In addition to increasing alumni involvement in the life of the College, Thayne would like to increase awareness of the school beyond South Central Pennsylvania. “We have a beautiful campus. We have the best athletic facilities of any college our size that I’ve seen. We have a newly renovated lab in the hard sciences, and we’re not at capacity yet for our classrooms. We have the New Student Center, and our residence halls are beautiful. All of that is wonderful,” he said. “But we also have a really interesting academic program that is not well known. There’s more quality here, there’s more innovation here, there’s so much more of interest going on here than people are aware of. We know it’s true from surveys: we really are not well known. Why?” Historically, LVC students have fall 2012



largely come from Lebanon County and five surrounding counties. Of this year’s 1,630 students, 53 percent come from this population. Thayne would like to change that, expanding LVC’s draw area and increasing the full-time undergraduate student body to 1,700. “I don’t think that’s going to be hard to do once we get our narrative out there,” he said. “We just need to let people know that the academic quality is here. It’s the core, the foundation, for everything we do. We do all the other things well here, but academic excellence should—and must continue to—come first.”

“It makes for such a rich educational experience...” One aspect of the College’s academic excellence that Thayne wants to expand may take place far from campus. He’d like to see that every LVC student engages in at least one “high-impact educational experience,” such as a paid internship, summer research project, study-abroad experience, or short-term faculty-led international opportunity. “It makes for such a rich educational experience overall,” he said. “It takes the best of being a great regional

college and adds that extra piece that every student needs. If our students are going to work on the problems of the world in a global society, they have to have those high-impact experiences as undergraduates.” Thayne believes those opportunities aren’t solely for students, either: “Every faculty member should have a high-impact experience too,” he said. “There’s a whole cadre of faculty who can’t wait to get started on that. Our faculty are very innovative—they have wonderful ideas. We just have to build the programs that they already have in mind.”

Thayne Hosts Opening Breakfast 2012 Dr. Thayne hosted his inaugural Opening Breakfast as LVC’s president on Aug. 24, at which he announced the College’s annual gifts to the community totaling more than $78,000. Thayne presented checks to Annville Township’s downtown economic development project for $50,000, Annville Township for $11,100, and the Annville-Cleona School District for $17,300. The $50,000 gift to the downtown economic development project was the College’s final installment of a five-year, $250,000 gift that helped complete the Annville Center Plaza at the intersection of Routes 934 and 422. Thayne reinforced the College’s commitment to growing along with Annville and Lebanon County: “The recent Lebanon County comprehensive plan has targeted a number of industries that will add to the area’s economic development efforts, and those industries pair nicely with some of LVC’s top academic programs,” he said, noting that the College’s academic excellence in the natural sciences,



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physical therapy, business, and education will mesh well with the County’s plan to target growth in biomedicine, health care, business, financial services, and educational services. “As the 17th-largest employer in Lebanon County, LVC is making a direct economic impact in the community, adding millions of dollars to the local economy,” Thayne said. “In addition, there are currently more than 2,000 alumni living in the county working as teachers, doctors, business owners, salespeople, and across many fields and industries. Their economic impact is immeasurable, but substantial.” Lebanon County’s comprehensive plan acknowledges the county as one of Pennsylvania’s fastest growing, and Thayne intends for the College to remain an active participant and contributor to that growth. “As we work toward our enrollment goal of 1,700 undergraduate students, we know that more of those eventual alumni will stay in the county and contribute to its economic success.”

In addition to the check presentations, Thayne spoke of meeting several faculty members who had spent the summer working with small groups of students on research projects in biology, math, anthropology, art, and accounting. “This is LVC at our best—when individual students can collaborate with faculty members in handson research and learning,” Thayne said. “Many of these high-impact experiences were made possible by grants from the Drs. Edward H. Arnold and Jeanne Donlevy Arnold Program for Experiential Education.” Thayne also welcomed the newest student members of the College, noting that it was already an historic group. “The new class is impressive in so many ways. They already have the distinction of being the Sesquicentennial Class who will graduate as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the College.” Visit to read more about the Opening Breakfast and to read Thayne’s speech in its entirety.

“It was abundantly clear to our presidential search committee as well as our board that Lewis Thayne has the vision, the experience, and the commitment to academic quality that Lebanon Valley College needs in a president. He demonstrated that he understands the community, he shares our ideals, and we have the confidence that he can guide LVC into the next successful phase of our history.” —Wesley T. Dellinger ’75, Chair of the Board of Trustees

“...this is a school that can be nimble.” Providing a high-quality, affordable education is only one of many challenges—and opportunities— facing LVC in coming years, Thayne said. “Higher education has been changing for the last 30 years, but there’s been an acceleration in the last 10 years,” he said. “I see some schools that aren’t embracing change—sometimes they have enough money so they can resist change, but I don’t think that’s smart,” he said. “At Lebanon Valley College, we certainly don’t have enough money to resist change, nor should we want to resist it! We should embrace change, without changing the character or values of the school. That means looking at new techniques in pedagogy, incorporating technology

“I think students want to feel that they are going to be understood, and at big universities it’s hard to think that they’re going to be understood—or even known. At LVC you can absolutely be sure that everyone’s going to make an effort to understand who you are—and who you can be.” —Dr. Lewis E. Thayne, president of Lebanon Valley College

into the classroom and into learning outcomes. It means investing in our alumni so that they can invest in our students. It means allowing our faculty members and students to try some things that are new. In short, it means using all of the advantages that our regional situation provides us. Rather than seeing us as being protected from the world, we can be connected to the world from a very beautiful and manageable location.” Thayne believes LVC’s size and regional stature ideally suit it to embracing change.

“This College is a place where students mold and shape their study by working closely with faculty and administrators to create a rich blend of leadership, service, and academic excellence,” he said. “What’s more, this is a school that can be nimble. Big schools cannot be nimble. Schools that have too much of their reputation on the line aren’t willing to be nimble. So I think we have some real advantages here, and I want to work on those.” Christine Brandt Little is a freelance writer from Gettysburg.

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LVC Athletics

Flying Dutchmen

A packed crowd was on hand when LVC hosted nationally ranked Widener University on September 29, in just the second football game played on the new turf at Arnold Field.

The field hockey team played the first-ever game on the new turf on September 1. They also played the first-ever outdoor night contest on campus (above) when they hosted #4 Messiah College on September 29.

FieldTurf Installed on Arnold Field Arnold Field underwent a

renovation this summer that included the installation of a FieldTurf Revolution artificial turf field, track re-surfacing, competition-quality lighting, and other enhancements. The upgraded facility is home to LVC’s football, field hockey, men’s and women’s lacrosse, and men’s and women’s track & field programs. Lebanon Valley College partnered with industry leaders in athletic facility construction to ensure the very best finished product for its student-athletes. They included designer Activitas, which has worked



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with Harvard, Penn, Villanova, and the New England Patriots; Clark Companies, which has completed hundreds of pro and collegiate athletic facility installations including the fields at MetLife Stadium and West Point’s Michie Stadium; Musco, the global leader in sports lighting systems; and FieldTurf, the worldwide standard for artificial playing surfaces, with more than 15,000 installations. “The transformation of Arnold Field has already had a significant positive impact on the quality of our student-athlete experience,” said Rick Beard ’90, M’92, LVC director of

athletics. “Soon, it also will enable the lacrosse programs to participate in winter preseason practice, because it can be plowed after snowstorms. The men’s and women’s soccer teams are able to practice on it to prepare for an opponent with a turf field, and the surface is regarded as safer to play on than grass in bad weather. It’s a project that will benefit all LVC students, not just those playing varsity sports, by allowing greater general student use of our grass fields.” To see photos and videos of the field being installed, completed, and played on, visit

Lou Sorrentino ’54 Inducted into MAC Athletic Hall of Fame As part of the Middle Atlantic

Conference’s (MAC) 100th anniversary celebration this academic year, the late Lou Sorrentino ’54 was selected as a member of the inaugural class of the Middle Atlantic Conference Athletic Hall of Fame. Inductees were chosen from all colleges and universities that have been members of the MAC throughout the 100-year history of the conference, including such schools as Temple, Lehigh, and LaSalle. Sorrentino was also honored by his MAC colleagues by having two awards named in his memory: the Lou Sorrentino Award—presented to a member administrator who has displayed a lifetime commitment to the MAC and Division III athletics;

and the Lou Sorrentino Player of the Year Award—given to the top Conference men’s golf finisher at the annual championship. The highly distinctive inaugural class of MAC Hall of Fame inductees includes national champions, coaches of national champion athletes and teams, those who have set NCAA records as athletes and coaches, and those who have played in the National Football League, North American Soccer League, National Basketball Association, and more. They have competed in the 1960 Olympics in Rome and 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. They are members of the national halls of fame for volleyball, squash, soccer, wrestling, and football. For more information on Sorrentino’s

Lou Sorrentino ’54

career as a student-athlete, coach, and athletic administrator at LVC, visit

Dando Named Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach Jackie Dando was named head

Jackie Dando

coach of LVC women’s lacrosse July 30 and will guide the team in her first season starting this spring. She was a four-year starter, two-year captain, and two-time all-conference selection at midfield for Messiah College from 2006 to 2009. There, she led Messiah to a pair of MAC titles and NCAA appearances as a student-athlete. Dando began her coaching career as an assistant at Haverford in 2010 and 2011, then served as an assistant at Villanova University the first half of 2012. At Haverford, Dando helped guide the Fords to a 13–5 record in 2010— the program’s highest single-season wins total. They advanced to the Centennial Conference semifinals and repeated that achievement in 2011 with a 10–7 overall record.

Dando followed Head Coach Julie Young from Haverford to Villanova for the 2012 season, where she served as the Wildcats’ defensive coordinator. She was involved in a number of administrative tasks, including planning practices, recruiting, coaching clinics, and producing team publications. Additionally, Dando has served as coordinator for the Philadelphia Women’s Lacrosse League and, for two years, was the head coach for the Philly Blast club lacrosse team. Dando graduated magna cum laude from Messiah with degrees in marketing and broadcasting in 2009. A three-time All-Mac Academic selection, she was a two-time Academic All-American and graduated eighth all-time with 115 goals and seventh with 44 assists.

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Class News & Notes NOTE: All locations are in Pennsylvania unless otherwise noted.

Births Stephen Trapnell ’90 and his wife, Jeanne Marie Rose, welcomed a son, William Anthony, into their family Dec. 3, 2011. In February, Steve was promoted to director of communication strategies at Susquehanna Bank, overseeing media relations, internal communications, and community relations. Mariah Kuratomi Rackley ’01 and her husband, Nate, welcomed twin sons, Benton Wesley and William Riley, into their family June 12.

Jamie Cronin Bainbridge ’04 and her husband, William T. Bainbridge ’03, welcomed a son, Evan William, into their family Nov. 11, 2011.

Dr. Michael Fink and his wife, Heather, welcomed a son, Matthew Canaan, into their family May 29. Mike is an assistant professor of physical therapy at LVC.

Robert Nordall ’05 and his wife, Jennifer, welcomed a daughter, Alexandra Elizabeth, into their family March 27.

Dr. Eric Fung, associate professor of music at LVC, and his wife, Ai-lin Hsieh, adjunct instructor of music at LVC, welcomed a son, Asaph Emmanuel, into their family May 18.

Friends of the College

Kelly Cooney Watts ’01 and her husband, Harry, welcomed a daughter, Natalie Alaina, into their family April 22. Natalie joins big brothers Alex and Cole.

Weddings Sebastian Charles Eldred Fairfield

Dr. Laura Eldred and her husband, Austin Fairfield, welcomed a son, Sebastian Charles, into their family July 14. Laura is an assistant professor of English at LVC.

Connor Richard Ciemiewicz pictured with big sister Madelyn

Sarah Dietrich Linn ’03 and her husband, Max Linn ’06, welcomed a daughter, Meredith Ryan, into their family June 17.



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Richard “Dick” Dietrich ’56 and Sandra Rosin exchanged wedding vows Feb. 14 in Aiken, S.C. Dick recently retired from the insurance business. Kristin Anne Camilli ’03 and Anthony Ternowyj exchanged wedding vows Nov. 5, 2011, in Woodbury Heights, N.J. Amy Panetta ’04, Lisette Bankus ’04, Kristen Barone ’04, Krissy Zane Lott ’04, Lauren Davis ’04, Moriah Miller D’Amico ’03, and Stephanie Katra Meyers ’03 were in attendance. Jennifer Margaret Coveleskie ’06 and Steven Fields exchanged wedding vows Oct. 8, 2011, in Bryn Mawr. Jennifer Newkam Sinner ’06 served as matron of honor. Amy Delozier ’06, Lauren Bates Eby ’06, Ashley Spearing Murray ’06, Joe Murray ’05, Olivia Palamara ’05, Kristen Wood Povorotney ’04, Jim Povorotney ’04, and Heather Przyhocki ’07 were in attendance.

Katie Ulrich Ciemiewicz ’03 and her husband, Bryan, welcomed a son, Connor Richard, into their family Nov. 1, 2011.

Victoria “Tori” Kerwin Taylor ’03, and her husband, Dr. Grant Taylor, LVC associate professor of art and art history, welcomed a daughter, Vivienne Rose, into their family March 30.

Nate Tulli and his wife, Jess, welcomed a son, Gavin Jay, into their family April 9. Gavin joins big sister Samantha. Nate is the PC support specialist in LVC’s Office of Information Technology Services.

Matthew Canaan Fink

Jaime M. Floyd ’08 and Daniel Kauffman exchanged wedding vows May 19 in Hershey. Jamie is a customer service resolution specialist at Magellan Health Services in the patient assistance program.

Jennifer Lynne Schwalm ’08 and Richard Hummer exchanged wedding vows April 22 in Lebanon. Megan Redcay ’08, Kevin Daub ’08, and Richella Hankins Daub ’08 were members of the bridal party.

(l. to r.): Amy Panetta ’04, Lisette Bankus ’04, Kristin Camilli Ternowyj ’03, Kristen Barone ’04, Krissy Zane Lott ’04, Lauren Davis ’04, Moriah Miller D’Amico ’03, and Stephanie Katra Meyers ’03

(l. to r.): Bailey Claeys ’07, Molly Hoshour ’08, Beth Templin Edwards ’08, Rev. Dr. Lawrence Potts ’82, Carol Nixon Potts ’82, Glenn Klucka, Dr. Elizabeth M. Potts ’08, Holly Andrews Berg ’08, Chris Berg ’09, Jessica Englert ’08, Paula Gahres, and Rev. Dr. Helen Rainer ’77

Courtney A. Lindgren ’08 and Philip Henry Boone exchanged wedding vows March 10 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Erika Maury ’08, Kristen Hoover ’08, and Emily Souffer Greinke ’08 served as bridesmaids. Amanda Cole ’08, Michael Greinke ’08, and Anthony Marasco ’08 were in attendance. Courtney is a medical assistant at Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma. Dr. Elizabeth M. Potts ’08 and Glenn Klucka exchanged wedding vows April 14 in Pitman, N.J. Elizabeth is the daughter of Carol Nixon Potts ’82 and the Rev. Dr. Lawrence Potts ’82. Holly Andrews Berg ’08 and Jessica Englert ’08 served as bridesmaids. Bailey Claeys ’07, Molly Hoshour ’08, Beth Templin Edwards ’08, Chris Berg ’09, the Rev. Dr. Helen Rainer ’77, and Paula Gahres, retired secretary of LVC’s Chaplain’s Office, were in attendance. Elizabeth graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine with her doctor of osteopathic medicine degree in June, and has started a family medicine residency in Williamsport. Jennifer Lynn Wert ’08 and Zachary Teisher ’07 exchanged wedding vows Dec. 31, 2011, in Middletown. Samantha Meglino Snow ’06, Dr. Danielle Kern Burns ’07, D’09, Kristin Nawoczenski ’08, Heidi Allison ’08, Adam Burns ’07, Ryan Weaver ’07, and Tyler Frantz ’07 were members of the bridal party. Erin McGarvey ’09 and Tyler Frantz ’07 exchanged wedding vows July 9, 2011, in LVC’s Miller Chapel. Lonni Wagner ’09, Kelly Moll ’09, Talia Frantz ’13, Zachary Teisher ’07, Ryan Weaver ’07, and Adam Burns ’07 were members of the bridal party.

(front, l. to r.): Zachary Teisher ’07 and Jennifer Wert Teisher ’08; (back, l. to r.): Samantha Meglino Snow ’06, Kristin Nawoczenski ’08, Sarah Zeigler Wickenheiser A’07, ’10, Heidi Allison ’08, Ryan Weaver ’07, Adam Burns ’07, Dr. Danielle Kern Burns ’07, D’09, Erin Schmid Sanno ’98, Keo Oura Kounlavong, Erin McGarvey Frantz ’09, Tyler Frantz ’07, Tami Morgan, Peter Manning ’13, Samantha Pabon ’13, E.J. Smith ’90, Bill Brown ’79, and Sue Zearing

Kathleen O’Neill Cunningham ’11 and John Thomas Pursel III ’08 exchanged wedding vows May 25 in Easton. Brittany Tobias Cunningham ’11 served as matron of honor. Rob Bell ’08 and Charlie Hopta ’08 served as best men. Tabitha Brobst ’11, Joc Heckman ’09, Matt Schaeffer ’08, Tony Gorick ’11, Matt Howell-Clarke ’10, Laura Waldon ’11,

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Class News & Notes Emily Tranbaugh ’11, Jackie Hane ’08, Jen Decker ’09, Jamie Latshaw ’11, Dwight Decker ’09, and Greg Bocutti ’09 were in attendance.

(front, l. to r.): Bob Woerner ’07, Christy Gumble ’09, Tyler Frantz ’07, Erin McGarvey-Frantz ’09, and Zachary Teisher ’07; (second, l. to r.): Leanne Mercadante ’10, Talia Frantz ’13, Dr. Danielle Kern Burns ’07, D’09, Adam Burns ’07, Jen Wert Teisher ’08, Brandi Roth ’09, Lauren Ferrara ’09, Kelly Moll ’09, Erin Staab ’09, Donna Geiger ’08, and Brian Reinhardt ’08; (back, l. to r.): Nicole Klahold ’10, Casey Goryeb ’12, Lauren Salerno, Jess Conrad ’06, Nate Bair ’09, Sarah Wise-Bair ’09, Lonni Wagner ’09, Justin Bartoszek ’09, Amy Frint ’09, Patricia Beavan ’09, Ryan Weaver ’07, Dr. Dana M. Thomsen ’10, D’12, Dr. Christopher “Trace” Rohrer ’09, D’11, and Jon Treese ’09

Christine Melissa Felegi ’11 and Brandon Glover exchanged wedding vows June 16 in Millersville. Christine’s aunt, Cheryl Blewitt Slavik ’78, flew in from California for the big day. Kristin Amy Witzel ’11 and Jared Scott Rosenberg were married May 1 in Warminster, surrounded by their family members. Kristin is a family support provider with Bucks County Head Start in Bensalem.

Kristin Amy Witzel ’11 and Jared Scott Rosenberg (l. to r.): Dottie Brehm, Kendra Feigert, Brittni Garvin Nelson ’12, Michael Nelson ’12, LaRue Troutman, and Vicki Cantrell

(back, l. to r.): Tabitha Brobst ’11, Joc Heckman ’09, Dwight Decker ’09, Matt Schaeffer ’08, Tony Gorick ’11, and Matt Howell-Clarke ’10; (middle, l. to r.): Laura Waldron ’11, Emily Tranbaugh ’11, Jackie Hane ’08, Jen Decker ’09, Jamie Latshaw ’11, Rob Bell ’08, and Greg Bocutti ’09; (front, l. to r.): Brittany Cunningham ’11, Kathleen Cunningham Pursel ’11, John Thomas Pursel III ’08, and Charlie Hopta ’08



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Brittni Garvin ’12 and Michael Nelson ’12 exchanged wedding vows June 23 in LVC’s Miller Chapel. The groom is the son of College Trustee Stephen Nelson ’84 and Deborah Detwiler Nelson ’84. The Rev. Roland Garvin ’51, Brittni’s grandfather, served as an officiant. Brandine Williams ’12, Joseph Jablonski ’12, and Matthew Ramage ’14, cousin of the groom, were members of the bridal party. Aleka Liazis ’11, Samantha Oates ’13, Sarah Herb ’12, Ryan List ’12, Katerina Seigendall ’12, Alexander Loy ’12, Kayla Baldwin ’12, David Ramage ’82, Justin Hollenberg ’13, Matthew Smith ’12, Matthew Topping ’13, Kira Echeandia ’13, Cassondra Diaz ’14, and Lauren Hinkle ’12 were in attendance. Several LVC employees attended, including James Erdman, adjunct instructor of music; Dr. Dennis Sweigart ’63, professor emeritus of music; Dr. Eric Fung, associate professor of music; Dr. Mark Mecham, chair and Clark and Edna Carmean Distinguished Professor of Music; Dottie Brehm, associate director

soloist for the hymn, “In the Garden,” which is sung at the service each year.

of financial aid; Kendra Feigert, director of financial aid; Vicki Cantrell, associate director of financial aid; and LaRue Troutman, financial aid assistant and records coordinator. (l. to r.): Arlene Schlosser Keller ’47, Dr. Mark Mecham, and Sarah Schott Fisher ’47

Class Notes The Rev. Samuel Stoner ’42 celebrated his 100th birthday July 24. His goal was to walk a mile on his birthday, and 20 others joined him for the momentous occasion. On past birthdays, he’s taken rides on motorcycles and biplanes. He keeps busy in the woodshop at his retirement home and is an avid pool player—still playing up to six games a day. He and his wife, Alice, first met in 1974 during a trip to England, Egypt, and Israel. They reconnected several years ago when he broke his hip. They celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary in September. He states, “You can’t grow older by sitting down and doing nothing. You need to have a goal for the day, every day of your life.”

Floyd M. Baturin, Esq., ’51, senior partner of the law firm, Baturin & Baturin, in Harrisburg, is a contributing writer for the “Pennsylvania Lawyer” magazine and has had six articles published on various topics pertaining to the legal profession. In 2011, Dr. Hiram Fitzgerald ’62, along with his colleagues, published nine books on children and mental health. Patsy Wise Rudy ’62 and her husband, Fred, spent the month of May 2011 in Germany visiting family and touring the country. Philip Bruenn ’63 is the CEO of Allover Media Marketing in Los Angeles, Calif. He states he’s “enjoyin’ life…hanging in Miami @ the moment.”

The Rev. Samuel Stoner ’42 pictured with his wife, Alice.

Sixty-five years ago, Barbara Kolb Beittel ’47, a member of LVC’s Conservatory class, began a “labor of love”—a scrapbook on the history of the Conservatory class. Barbara has maintained the scrapbook ever since. Classmates, Arlene Schlosser Keller ’47 and Sarah Schott Fisher ’47, are pictured (above, center) presenting the book to Dr. Mark Mecham, chair and Clark and Edna Carmean Distinguished Professor of Music at LVC, during a presentation to the Music Department March 15.

A “Festschrift”—a book of academic essays written in honor of an influential scholar—was recently published to celebrate the research and teaching career of Dr. Edgar W. Conrad ’64. “The One Who Reads” (Continuum Press) was launched in June at St. John’s College, University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. It contains contributions from well-known scholars around the world, including some of Ed’s former doctoral students. Additionally, an essay will be dedicated to Ed in a forthcoming book, “Reading Prophetic Books,” to be published by Mohr Siebeck. Dr. William “Bill” J. Lamont Jr. ’67, professor of vegetable crops at Penn State University, provided the message for the Alumni Worship Service June 10 in LVC’s Peace Garden. The title of the address was “Seeds Mirror the Seasons of Our Lives.” Cecelia “Cece” Reed Keehn ’62 served as

Mary Jane Serfass Tanner ’67 retired from the New Jersey Department of Education in January 2010. She went back to work part-time in December 2011. P. Michael Reidy ’70 had his play, “Radio Noir: Night & Day,” performed by the Gabhar Theatre Company in Limerick, Ireland, March 6. Robert G. Hamilton ’72 donated several old yearbooks to LVC, some of which the library did not have copies of. George Schwarz ’73 is the owner of Schwarz Enterprises in Willow Street. Mark Jurman ’74 is a science educator at Boston University CityLab, where he teaches biotechnology skills and concepts to high school and middle school students. He’s also responsible for curriculum development. David F. Rice, Esq., ’75 and his wife, Vickie, enjoyed the satisfying privilege of observing their son, Zachary Rice ’12 (cum laude), as well as Zach’s friend, Rebecca Farson ’12 (summa cum laude), receive their degrees at LVC’s 143rd Commencement May 12. William Lippincott ’76 is a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch in Providence, R.I. Through his church, he also worked for the last four years helping unemployed people get back on their feet. He is active with his local Boy Scouts Council, Chamber of Commerce, and Rotary Club. Dr. Robert S. Frey ’77 recently had the sixth edition of his book, “Successful Proposal Strategies for Small Businesses,” published by Artech House, Inc. He’s embarked on his fourth master’s degree—this one a master of applied science in information and communication technology—through the University of Denver. Dr. Charles “Chuck” Blevins ’78 is the director of new product program management at Edwards Lifesciences’ Critical Care Division in Irvine, Calif.

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Class News & Notes Dr. Daniel Meyer ’81 was recently elected chair of the board of the Opera Company of Philadelphia. Dr. Darryl L. Roland ’83 was named a Fellow of the Guild of Church Musicians by the archbishop of Canterbury during a presentation at the Queen’s Chapel in St. James Palace in London. He was recognized for his “outstanding work as director of the Cathedral Choir School at St. John’s Cathedral in Delaware.” He is one of two Americans to receive this prestigious award. Stephen M. Hand ’93 is the corporate training and development manager at Mountaire Farms Inc., in Delaware. Dr. Benjamin Ruby ’96 has been appointed principal of Palmyra Area High School.

Patrick R. Schneider ’97 is a CPS specialist II with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services in Dallas. He states that he can relate to his work as he grew up in foster care and knows what it’s like to grow up in the system. He participates in a monthly men’s book club and volunteers with the Red Cross and Salvation Army. Jeff Sharbaugh M’97 was recently appointed senior vice president, parts and service division, of Alfa Laval, Inc. He’s responsible for driving consistent Jeff Sharbaugh M’97 profitable growth and developing new sales opportunities for the company’s parts and service business in the U.S. Bryan Rehm ’98 was recently honored with a Rotary Teacher Impact Award by WGAL-TV8. He was one of five winners out of 300 nominees.

Dr. Daniel B. Beatty M’00 was recently recognized by “The Network Journal” as one of its annual 40 Under 40 Honorees. In addition to his LVC degree, he has a doctor of management degree in organization processes from the University of Maryland, University College, and a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He teaches classes in strategy and operations Dr. Daniel B. management at Fordham Beatty M’00 University. Heather Gateau McEndree ’00 was recognized as one of five finalists for the Washington County Teacher of the Year Award for 2012. She was nominated by her principal and the parent of a student. She teaches middle school band at Western Heights Middle School, and is also the arts team leader.

LVC Legacies Sons and daughters of 18 LVC alumni—legacies—enrolled at the College this fall. They are studying a variety of majors, including actuarial science, art & art history, biochemistry & molecular biology, biology, economics, education, English, mathematics, music, and music recording technology. Each will benefit from the College’s Children of Alumni Award. This annual award for children of LVC alumni provides $2,500 per year, for four years. (front, l. to r.): Richard Dietrich ’93, Morgan Dietrich ’16, Kirstin Luckenbill ’16, Brian Luckenbill ’88, Hannah Stone ’15, Susan Stone ’82, Maggie Kreiser ’16, Stephan Kreiser ’79, Sara Kensinger ’16, Glenn Woods ’51 (associate professor emeritus of English), Cynthia Kensinger ’90, Dr. Ronald Bensing ’76, and John Woods ’86; (middle, l. to r.): Dr. Jay Felty ’54, Justin Felty ’16, Andrew Flinchbaugh ’16, Dr. Kent Flinchbaugh ’77, Diane Lupia ’77, Timothy Lupia ’16, Diane Ramage ’85, Laura Ramage ’16, Dr. Deborah Detwiler Nelson ’84, Stephen Nelson ’84, and Jonathan Bensing ’15; (back, l. to r.): Nathan Felty ’14, Dr. Dana Felty ’80, Tyler Kollinok ’16, Stephen Kollinok ’79, Barbara Leer ’87, Bradley Leer ’16, Jonathan Leer ’12, Matthew Ramage ’14, and Dr. David Ramage ’82



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Gavin Enck ’01 was recently selected as a participant in the prestigious and competitive Integrated Ethics Clinical Ethics Fellowship Program at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Gavin is a doctoral student in the department of philosophy at the University of Tennessee. Donald Raiger ’01 is the deputy director of technology operations at the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg.

Matthew Brandt ’03 received his master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from West Virginia University in December 2011. He is employed by CJ Pony Parts in Harrisburg in marketing and web design. Stephanie George Oakley ’03 is a medical coder/abstractor at the Pennsylvania State University Hershey Medical Center. Ryan Derfler ’04 is the director of experience at CityTeam Ministries in San Francisco, Calif.

Matt R. Ralph ’01 is the assistant director of web content and digital marketing at Delaware County Community College in Media. Dr. Bryan J. Dettrey ’02 is an assistant professor of political science at the University of South Dakota. His wife, Crystal Miller Dettrey ’02, is enjoying being a stay-at-home mom to their son, Isaac, 2. Mary Hoagland Nason ’02 recently performed the piano solo for Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with the Chester County Concert Band.

Janice Powell Delgoffe ’05 is a teller at the First Tennessee Bank in Memphis, Tenn. Mara Weissman Thompson ’05, M’11 received her master of music education degree from LVC in August 2011. Meghan Kurta ’06 received her teaching certification in secondary English education from Drexel University in March.

Charles Weber ’06 is an entertainment technician with the Walt Disney Company at the Magic Kingdom theme park. Allison Abayasekara ’07 is a program associate with the National Association of Community Health Centers in Bethesda, Md. Kelly F. Gondek ’07 received her master of art degree in teaching from Wilmington University in May. Tighe Sheldon ’07 was recently hired as DreamWorks Animation’s first-ever, and sole, recording engineer. His recording engineer film credits can be found on Donna J. Geiger ’08 is a senior accountant with ParenteBeard LLC in Harrisburg. Kenneth R. Houser ’08 is a research tech, level 3, with the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey. Nicholas Jay Leister ’08 recently spent a month participating in a need-based sustainable volunteer project with the program SunCamp DR in Munoz, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. He is a family room specialist at Apple, Inc.


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Class News & Notes Justin William Ackley ’10 received his master’s degree in kinesiology with a concentration in sport management from East Carolina University in May. He is the box office coordinator for the Philadelphia 76ers. Avery Rose Carter ’10 received her master’s degree in school counseling from West Chester University in May. She is a mobile therapist with the Devereux Foundation. Guillermo Muñoz Küster ’10 received his master of music degree in conducting from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music. Jacqueline Murphy ’10 is owner of the webcam-based fitness program, Move Together Fitness LLC. It’s an online personal training and fitness service that

brings the gym to you via the Internet and Skype. Emily Welsh ’10 was recently promoted to director of client experience with TargetX in Conshohocken. Alyssa A. Bender ’11 is a marketing assistant at Oxford University Press in New York City. She was hired by Brian Hughes ’97 and joins him and Elyse Turr ’06 on the humanities academic/trade marketing team. Lauren Davis ’11 is an administrative assistant in the technology licensing office at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. Allison Kornsey ’11 is a pharmaceutical sales representative with Inventiv Health.

A Rare Opportunity As Dr. Johannes Dietrich’s instrumental music students can attest, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of being the beneficiary of a stranger’s random act of kindness. Then again, Nancy Bowman Hatz ’36 and John D. Lanese ’61 might argue that the Dr. Johannes Dietrich and members of the LVC String Studio (l. to r.), Jennifer Herb ’14, Sarah feeling that comes Marino ’14, and Angela Richards ’14, on the from performing those stage in the Zimmerman Recital Hall with good works is equally instruments from the Hatz Collection. thrilling. Either way, Dietrich’s students entered into a mutually beneficial relationship with Hatz and Lanese when the two LVC alumni generously donated vintage, highquality string instruments to LVC’s Music Department. The widow of Russell C. Hatz ’37, a former professor of music and orchestra conductor at Susquehanna University, Nancy Hatz gifted last year to LVC four violins and one viola worth more than $20,000 combined. Included in this gift were an 18th-century German violin, a 1927 English violin, and an 1880 Czech violin. Lanese, son of the late LVC music professor Tom Lanese, donated one of his father’s most treasured possessions, a 1935 L. Di Lorenzi Piacenza viola. The timing and the reasons for the donations were unrelated, but the impact they had on the students, and on Hatz and Lanese themselves, was strikingly similar. “They’ve 26 been T hecstatic, e V a ”l said l e yDietrich, LVC’s Newton and Adelaide


She promotes new pharmaceutical products for Boehringer Ingelheim at various locations on the East Coast. Christine Marie Poletti ’11 is a therapeutic staff support person at Philhaven Hospital in Mt. Gretna. Ashley Marie Farr ’12 works at Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Pottsville as a management trainee. Dr. Daniel Thomas Hinnerschitz ’10, D’12 is a physical therapist at Madden Physical Therapy in Harrisburg. Lauren Marie Lebo ’12 is a chemist with Polytek Development Corp. in Easton.

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Burgner Professor of Instrumental Music, of his students’ response to the gifts. “When they tried the instruments, it was as if someone had given them the keys to a red convertible, and told them to have fun.” Hatz, who this spring received LVC’s June Herr Outstanding Educator of the Year Award (see page 2), was able to see firsthand the students’ excitement when she attended a performance by Dietrich’s chamber orchestra and string studio ensemble students in December 2011. “That day they showed their appreciation,” Hatz said, her voice rising as she remembered the experience. “I was thrilled with that. It was a thrilling experience.” As was being able to hear them played so proficiently. “The instruments had a wonderful tonal quality,” she said. “They resonated beautifully.” Lanese hasn’t witnessed any students performing with his father’s viola yet, but hearing how much his gift has meant to the students filled him with obvious pride and joy. “It’s a great feeling to donate something of value,” he said. “I thought my father should be remembered, and one way to do that was to donate the viola. It’s a beautiful instrument and needs to be played by students at Lebanon Valley College. It makes me feel happy to know it will be well used.” Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of the donations for Hatz and Lanese will come from the fact that Dietrich’s students are not just deriving pleasure from playing such high-caliber instruments. They’re also becoming more accomplished at their chosen craft. “It’s an amazing opportunity for the students to play instruments of that quality,” Dietrich said. “It allows them to explore their full potential as musicians. It really is a rare opportunity for these students.”

Pat Huggins is a freelance writer from Lebanon and a sportswriter for the Lebanon Daily News.

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In Memoriam ’40s

Robert S. Grimm ’40 died Feb. 17 in Clinton, N.Y., at the age of 93. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served in World War II and Korea. He was employed by the General Electric Company for more than 30 years prior to his retirement. He was a member of the Whitesboro (N.Y.) Presbyterian Church. He was predeceased by his father, Dr. Samuel “Soggy” Grimm 1912, a former LVC chemistry professor; and his wife, Mildred Haas Grimm ’39. He is survived by a brother, Kenneth R. Grimm ’50. Mary “Fred” Light Bryce ’42 died May 17 in Lebanon at the age of 90. She was a substitute music teacher for various Lebanon County schools and also worked for the Census Bureau. She was a member of the Annville United Methodist Church. Bryce also was a member and secretary of the Lebanon Flower Club, volunteer at the Good Samaritan Hospital, a caregiver, and a private piano teacher. She spoke seven languages. She was predeceased by V. Earl Light Sr. 1916 (her father and LVC professor emeritus of biology), George W. Bryce Sr. ’43 (husband), and John H. Light ’48 (brother). Bryce is survived by a brother, V. Earl Light Jr. ’47; sisters, Ruth Light Leffler ’50 and Anna L. Light ’51; brother-in-law, Capt. Charles D. Bolan ’48; and sister-in-law, Mary Edelman Light ’50. Lois Seavers Miller ’42 died March 25 in South Hadley, Mass., at the age of 91. She had been a librarian at Temple University in Philadelphia, as well as a homemaker. She was a member of Zion’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jonestown, the Lebanon County Medical Society Auxiliary, the Good Samaritan Hospital (GSH) Women’s Auxiliary, and a GSH volunteer. Miller loved books, music, her cat (Dickens)—and “never met a cheese she didn’t like.” Marian Kreider Hampton ’43 died June 9 in Washington, N.J., at the age of 90. She taught at Palmyra and Ridley Park high schools. She was a 62-year member of the First Presbyterian Church of Washington, where she served as church elder, helped found the church library, and served in various roles in the United Presbyterian Women. She is survived by her husband of nearly 68 years, Dr. John E. Hampton ’43. The Rev. Dr. Gerald D. Kauffman ’44, H’65 died Feb. 16 in Newville at the age of 88. He served several LVC presidents during his more than 30 years on the College’s Board of Trustees, where he was a longtime member of the Executive Committee and received trustee emeritus status on his retirement. For his service to LVC and his community, Kauffman received an honorary doctor of divinity degree from the College in 1965, an Alumni Citation in 1998, and the College’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2002 (Please see full memoriam on page 29). The Rev. Dr. Bruce Souders ’44 died Feb. 12 in Frederick County, Va., at the age of 91. During his career, he was a professor, educator, minister, and the director of public relations at LVC. He later headed the humanities, English, and philosophy departments at Shenandoah College in Winchester, Va. Souders received an LVC Alumni Citation in 1969. He was a member of Braddock Street United Methodist Church in Winchester and was involved in countless organizations and charities. He is survived by his wife,



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Patricia Bartels Souders ’45; a son, Gregory A. Souders ’75; a sister, Agnes M. Souders ’54; and a brother, Ralph V. Souders ’49. Jean Garland Woloshyn ’44 died Feb. 15 in Arizona at the age of 88. Early in her career, she worked for StarKist Foods and was a fashion model with the Wilma Hasting Agency before becoming an elementary teacher in California. As her children grew older, she returned to playing organ and piano, giving private lessons, and teaching in community colleges. She enjoyed an exciting career as a band member, playing on several cruise ships. The Rev. Dale Russell Beittel ’45 died May 24 in Ohio at the age of 88. Following clinical training at Boston City Hospital, he was accredited as a chaplain by the American Protestant Hospital Association. He served 48 years in the clergy. In 1965, he was one of five ministers nationwide to be granted a Merrill Fellowship at Harvard University for individual study. He was ordained into the United Methodist Church in 1950 in Chicago while serving the Oak Park United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Barbara Kolb Beittel ’47. Rosalie Reinhold Bross ’45 died March 14 in Lebanon at the age of 88. She was a member of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, where she played bassoon. She was a teacher for the Lebanon School District, having taught mostly third grade. Bross was a member of the Lebanon Church of the Brethren, where she was active in leading choirs and children’s music, as well as playing the organ and piano. She is survived by a son, Thomas R. Bross ’69. Frank Shupper ’46 died Feb. 25 in Toms River, N.J., at the age of 89. While at LVC, he led the football team in scoring and became a player and coach of the basketball team. He was recruited by the New York Yankees, where he played AA baseball with Whitey Ford and Yogi Berra. At Palmyra Area High School, Shupper coached three sports to state championships—baseball, basketball, and football—and was named to the school’s athletic hall of fame. He was also inducted into the Lebanon Valley College Athletic Hall of Fame posthumously during Oktoberfest 2012. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, V. Joyce Shupper ’48. Herbert A. Eckenroth ’49 died March 12 in Las Vegas, Nev., at the age of 86. He served in the U.S. Navy, where he was stationed in Maryland and Massachusetts. He retired in 1977 as a special agent with the Minneapolis office of the FBI and moved to Las Vegas, where he operated his own travel business. Eckenroth later became director of security for Sun Country Airlines.


James K. Davis ’50 died Feb. 16 in Lebanon at the age of 92. He was a retired school administrator with the Northern Lebanon School District, where he served more than 30 years as a teacher and assistant high school principal. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the 2nd Armored Division. He served as president of the Lebanon Valley Life Underwriters, the Lancaster-Lebanon Principals’ Association, the Lebanon County Educational Honor Society, and the Central Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. He was a lifelong member of Covenant United Methodist

Rev. Dr. Gerald D. Kauffman ’44, H’65 The Rev. Dr. Gerald D. Kauffman ’44, H’65 died Feb.16 in Newville at the age of 88. He served several LVC presidents during his more than 30 years on the College’s Board of Trustees, where

the love he had for his alma mater was boundless.” Born June 20, 1923, in Guernsey, Adams

he was a longtime member of the Executive Committee and

County, Kauffman was the son of the late

received trustee emeritus status on his retirement. For his service

Rev. Walter I. and Sarah Welty Kauffman.

to LVC and his community, Kauffman received an honorary doctor

He graduated from Manchester High School

of divinity degree from the College in 1965, an Alumni Citation in

in Maryland and went on to receive his

1998, and the College’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2002.

bachelor’s degree from LVC and his master

Kauffman was ordained in the former United Brethren in Christ

of divinity degree from Yale University.

Church in 1946 and served several congregations, including as

He conducted additional studies at the

senior pastor of the Grace United Methodist Church in Carlisle for

Princeton Theological Seminary and at

32 years. He was a member of the historic General Conference

Mansfield College, Oxford, England.

of 1968, which finalized the merger of the Evangelical United

In 2004, Kauffman received the Exchange

Brethren Church and the Methodist Church to form the present-

Club of Carlisle Molly Pitcher Award. He

day United Methodist Church. In addition, he served on summer

was president of his local Kiwanis Club, a

ecumenical missions to Japan and Peru.

member of Cumberland Star Lodge #197,

The Rev. Dr. Dennis Williams, who served with Kauffman on

and served with the United Way. Following his retirement, he

the LVC Board of Trustees for many years, said Kauffman was “a

worked part-time for the Cumberland County courts. Kauffman

wise and respected person who was very personable. He was

was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor Hershey Kauffman ’46,

observant and insightful—a man who quietly found solutions.”

and a brother, Lester M. Kauffman ’30, H’54.

Williams added, “His judgment was held in high esteem, and

Church, where he held numerous positions. Golf was one of his passions, and he served as the first golf coach in the Northern Lebanon School District. He and his wife were members of LVC’s Vickroy Society for many years. Davis is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Sattazahn Davis ’42. Geraldine “Geri” Miller Lesher ’50 died Feb. 18 in Carlisle at the age of 82. She taught for 48 years, including 43 years in the Big Spring School District. For 51 years, she and her husband sang Handel’s “Messiah” as part of the Carlisle Community Chorus. Lesher was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and the Pennsylvania Music Education Association. She enjoyed ballroom dancing, and organizing and escorting trips to both domestic and foreign destinations. The Rev. Edgar D. Wert Sr. ’50 died April 21 in Ephrata at the age of 86. He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. By the time he had retired in 1992, Wert had been the pastor at numerous Pennsylvania churches, including the Brunnerville Evangelical United Brethren Church in Lititz and Christ United Methodist Church in Birdsboro, among others. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lorraine Spangler Wert ’50, and a daughter, Sharon Wert Owens ’74. Harold E. Yingst ’50 died March 30 in Anaheim, Calif., at the age of 86. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served

in Europe in the 80th Infantry Division. He received the Silver Star for gallantry in action. Norman “Bud” G. Lukens ’51 died March 4 in Wyomissing at the age of 85. He was a Navy veteran, having served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. While at LVC, he attained All-American status in football and was inducted into the LVC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004. Lukens began his construction career working for his father-in-law. He later founded N.G. Lukens Builder, later Lukens Construction Co., Inc., and N.G. Lukens Real Estate Broker. He was owner and president of both companies until his retirement in 2011. He was an active member in various organizations including the Veterans Administration, the American Legion, the Masons, and The Children’s Home. He was predeceased by his wife of 51 years, Ellen Jepson Lukens ’50. Lukens is survived by a daughter, Jeanne Lukens Worley ’74. Walter J. Sobolesky ’51 died Feb. 3 in Philadelphia at the age of 88. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy the day after Pearl Harbor was attacked. For his Navy service, he received the Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Ribbon, European Theater Ribbon with one star, Victory Ribbon, Combat Action Ribbon, and Medical Combat Badge. Sobolesky was employed by the City of Philadelphia, Department of Public Health, and retired in 1986 after 35 years of service.

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In Memoriam

Donald L. Trostle ’51 died June 22 in Lancaster at the age of 84. He served in the U.S. Navy and worked at J.P. McCaskey High School in Lancaster for 26 years. In 1964, he was appointed assistant director and arranger for The Sound of Brass, the Philadelphia Eagles’ all-brass band. During his career, he formed the Don Trostle Big Band and the Don Trostle Combo, and served as choir director and director of music at several area churches.

Barbara Geltz Doster ’58 died Feb. 12 in Winter Haven, Fla., at the age of 76. She retired from the Howard County, Md., public schools in 1999 as a choral music teacher. She was an active member of the Grace Lutheran Church Chorale and the Four Lakes Chorus. She is survived by her husband, Robert F. Doster ’58.

Joseph T. Oxley ’52 died May 4 in Middletown, N.J., at the age of 81. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Along with his wife, he was the founder, owner, and director for 58 years of the Monmouth Day Camp in Middletown, N.J. Oxley taught social studies and was the head football coach at Raritan High School in Raritan, N.J., for 30 years. He competed in basketball, football, and track while at LVC and was inducted into the LVC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004. He was a member of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in New Monmouth, N.J. He is survived by a brother, Barrett E. Oxley, ’53.

Ralph J. Ziegenfuss ’60 died March 14 in Reading at the age of 73. He was an elementary instrumental music instructor in the Wilson School District for 33 years until retiring in 1995. He was a member of West Lawn United Methodist Church, where he served on the lay ministry team, sang in the choir, was a ringer in the bell choirs, and served as secretary of the Sunday school. He was a member of the Reading Symphony Orchestra League, performed in several concert bands, and directed the Centerport and Reading Cadet Bands.

George Edward Rutledge ’52 died May 16 in Hanover at the age of 84. He served in the U.S. Air Force where he was a member of the Air Force Band and an original member of the Singing Sergeants. Rutledge was a music teacher and band director in the Hanover Public School District for 40 years. He was a member of the Spring Garden and Lyric bands, as well as the Good Times Jazz Band. He was predeceased by his wife, Betty Miller Rutledge ’50. Dr. Richard Stewart ’52 died May 22 in Escondido, Calif., at the age of 82. He served in the Second Army Band during the Korean War. He taught music in the Pomona, Calif., public schools for 15 years, after which time he was a professor of music at Willamette University in Salem, Ore., for 30 years. He was a Rotarian, a member of Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity, a member of the First Congregational Church in Salem, and a former member of Pilgrim Congregational Church in Pomona, Calif. Phyllis Barnhart Burkholder ’53 died March 5 in Lancaster at the age of 80. She was a vocal music teacher in the Manheim Township and Manheim Central school districts and, for most of her career, in the Hempfield School District. She was a member of Church of the Apostles United Church of Christ in Rohrerstown, where she was active in choral work. She was an accompanist and conductor of the Homestead Village Chorus for several years. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Donald L. Burkholder ’54. Harry E. Graham ’53 died March 18 in Andover Township, N.J., at the age of 80. He had a 33-year career in the pharmaceutical industry, where he was a research associate at Smith, Kline & French Laboratories and vice president of Sampson, Neill, and Wilkins, Inc., among other positions. Following retirement, he officiated track & field and girls’ field hockey. Graham was a member and former president of the Newton Board of Education. Barbara Neatock Cherry ’56 died April 2 in Shillington at the age of 77. She was an accomplished violinist and played in the Reading Symphony, the Reading Pops, and the Berks Grand Opera. She had her own musical group, the Crystal Strings Quintet.



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Thomas Earl Mann ’63 died March 28 in New York at the age of 76. He served in the U.S. Navy as lead alto saxophone player in the Com. 6th Fleet Admiral’s band in the Mediterranean, which toured three continents and played for Queen Elizabeth II of England. He later taught at Lebanon Catholic High School, Conestoga Valley High School in Lancaster, as well as schools in Binghamton, N.Y. He also directed the band at Broome Community College and the Maine Community Band. Gregory G. Stanson ’63, P’92, P’95 died May 18 in Lebanon at the age of 70. He taught at Hershey High School for two years before beginning his 40-year career at LVC. He served the College in several capacities: assistant dean of admission, dean of admission, dean of student services, and vice president of student services, before his retirement in 2007. He received the Alumni Citation in 2008. In October 2009, LVC dedicated its newest residence hall, Stanson Hall, in his honor. In addition to his wife, Doris, he is survived by his daughters, Kathryn Stanson Elliott, Esq., ’92, and Amy Stanson Bucks ’95. (Please see full memoriam on page 31). Joan Carissimi English ’67 died Feb. 29 in Doylestown at the age of 67. She worked for several years as a registered nurse at Grand View Hospital. She was an active member of the Doylestown United Methodist Church. English enjoyed playing bridge, reading, traveling, and the beach. She is survived by her husband, W. Bruce English ’65. The Rev. Bradley E. Rentzel ’67 died April 12 in York at the age of 66. He served as pastor at several churches during his career, including Emmanuel United Church of Christ (U.C.C.) in Hanover and for 16 years at Trinity U.C.C. in Hanover. Rentzel was the historian for his beloved Mount Wolf. He wrote “History of Mount Wolf ” for the nation’s bicentennial and in 2010 revised that publication for the Mount Wolf centennial. He is survived by a daughter, Rebecca Rentzel Verdon ’07, and her husband, William C. Verdon ’07.

Greg Stanson ’63, P’92, P’95 Greg Stanson ’63, P’92, P’95 died May 18 in Lebanon at the age of 70.

of students but felt his job didn’t end there. He made it his responsibility to help them graduate and remain connected alumni.

Beginning as an LVC freshman in 1959,

“He was a great boss, mentor, and especially, friend,” Brown

Stanson was a valuable member of the

added. “Greg was the reason I enrolled at LVC and the reason I

College family for more than 50 years.

returned to the College to try and continue his legacy.”

He retired from LVC in 2007 as vice

During his four decades at LVC, Stanson oversaw the creation

president emeritus of enrollment and

and growth of a number of offices to support students and

student services.

help them succeed. He established numerous teams as well as

A graduate of Owen J. Roberts High

programs in admission and financial aid, student services, career

School, Stanson enrolled at LVC to

services, athletics, multicultural affairs, and several other areas

study pre-law and political science. He

of the College. Stanson witnessed 12,633 graduates, six College

was actively involved in many student

presidents, and the addition of several academic programs.

organizations, serving as president of the

Though initially planning to stay at LVC for only a few years before

Political Science Club and Pi Gamma Mu,

moving on, in 2007 Stanson explained his main reason for staying

manager of the football team, and a member of the Men’s Senate

four decades: “It was the people. It is the people who make

and Faculty-Student Council, among others.

Lebanon Valley.”

After graduating, Stanson taught high school in Hershey for two

During his tenure, Stanson served on the High Industries

years before earning his master of education degree in guidance

Scholarship Board, the Hugh O’Brian Scholarship Board, the Big 33

and counseling from the University of Toledo in 1966. That

Scholarship Committee, and the LVC Alumni Scholarship, Athletic

summer, he received a phone call from the late Dr. Carl Ehrhart

Hall of Fame, and Alumni Awards committees. He was also an

’40, then dean of the faculty, inviting him to return to LVC as an

active member of the Palm Lutheran Church in Palmyra, where he

admission counselor. He began working at his alma mater under

served in various roles through the years, including superintendent

Dr. D. Clark Carmean H’85, then dean of admission. Carmean had

of the Sunday school, member of the Christian Education

enrolled Stanson at LVC and would serve as his lifelong mentor

Committee, and member of the board.

and friend. Stanson spent the next 40 years at LVC. He helped to shape the College’s admission and financial aid offices into some of the finest in the region. In 1968, he rose to become assistant

For his many decades of service to LVC, the College awarded Stanson its Alumni Citation in 2008, and in 2009 named its newest residence hall, Stanson Hall, in his honor. After retiring from the College, Stanson regularly attended

to the director of admission, and in 1972 was named director of

campus events and continued a decades-long tradition of having

admission upon the retirement of Carmean, who had also served

daily breakfasts with a group of friends, many of whom were also

LVC for 40 years. In 1980, Stanson was promoted to dean of

College colleagues. Dr. William McGill H’98, senior vice president

admission. He was named vice president of student enrollment

and dean of the faculty emeritus, was one of those. “Greg was

and student services in 1991.

taught an important principle by Clark Carmean that he emulated

“Greg Stanson is a legendary figure in the annals of Lebanon

throughout his own career—to help students learn from their

Valley College history,” said Dr. Stephen MacDonald, recently

mistakes and to not simply punish them. When a student did

retired LVC president. “As a student, administrator, ambassador,

something wrong, Greg always provided a way for them to fix

and mentor, he exemplified everything that is great about the

it themselves, to solve their problem while learning why it was

College and its people. His death is a great loss for LVC. He will

important not to repeat the mistake.”

certainly be remembered by the generations of LVC students

Stanson was born to the late George and Lula Stamboulis

he admitted, mentored, and became friends with through the

Stanson in New York City, N.Y., Aug. 25, 1941. He is survived

decades. On a personal front, I miss his sage advice, friendship,

by his wife, Doris M. Wonderling-Stanson; daughters, Kathryn

positive attitude, and personal love for the College.”

Stanson Elliott, Esq., ’92 and Amy Stanson Bucks ’95;

Through an interesting coincidence, Stanson admitted,

stepdaughters, Cynthia L. Turnbull and Susan L. Alger; stepson,

enrolled, and mentored the man who would assume charge of

Robert C. Wonderling; brothers, Peter and Leon Stanson; and

the admission office after his retirement. William J. Brown Jr. ’79,

four grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren, and four step-great-

vice president of enrollment, said, “Greg’s love for LVC and our


students was unmatched by anyone. He recruited thousands

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In Memoriam ’70s

John Martin Holbrook ’72 died June 10 in Downers Grove, Ill., at the age of 61. He remains among the top three in most kicking stats at LVC, and in 2003 was inducted into the LVC Athletic Hall of Fame. Holbrook was a lifelong educator who spent more than 25 years with DeVry and its predecessor, Bell and Howell. He became national director of admissions, then vice president of admissions. He is survived by his twin brother, Robert G. Holbrook ’72; his sister, Jean Holbrook Knudson ’75; and his brother-in-law, Howard Knudson ’74.


Gregory Paul Buck ’85 died June 24 in Cleona at the age of 50. He was employed by the Hershey Company since 1996 as an IT project manager. He was a member of the St. Joan of Arc Roman Catholic Church in Hershey, where he had been a religious education instructor. Buck helped develop soccer and basketball teams and also coached many years for the Hershey Youth Soccer League and St. Joan of Arc School. The Rev. Marjorie A. Glascow ’85 died June 10 in Lockport, N.Y., at the age of 77. She worked as a registered nurse and later became a United Methodist minister serving the Central Pennsylvania Conference at several churches in Millmont, Mill Hall, South Williamsport, Gardners, and Oval. She retired in 2005. She was a missionary to Africa in 1996. She is survived by a daughter, Michele Glascow Malone ’84.


Sean Michael Carter ’08 died July 10 in Elkins Park at the age of 26. He was commissioned as an active lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. Carter was attending the Salus University School of Optometry. He served an internship at the Children’s Cancer Center at the Pennsylvania State Hershey Medical Center and had been a member of the Shavertown United Methodist Church.

Friends of the College Blanche Foltz Heisey died March 24 in Palmyra at the age of 93. She was the widow of Eugene “Pappy” Heisey, who died Feb. 11. She and her husband were co-owners of the H&H Tack Shop in Annville. Heisey was a member of Zion Evangelical Congregational Church in Annville, where she was a member of the choir and the Missionary Society, and served as a Sunday school teacher for more than 50 years. She also served as a 4H leader, was a charter member of the Friends of the Annville Free Library, and was a volunteer at the Evangelical Congregational Retirement Home in Myerstown.



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Eugene “Pappy” Heisey died Feb. 11 in Palmyra at the age of 95. He started the H&H Tack Shop in Annville in 1948 and operated his shop until 1979. Previously, he had served as superintendent of the Annville Water Company. Heisey was a member of Zion Evangelical Congregational Church in Annville. He had been president and treasurer of the Annville Rotary Club, was named Rotarian of the Year in 1980–1981, and was a life member of the Lebanon County Fireman’s Association, the Annville Union Hose Fire Company, and the American Horse Show Association, among others. Carol Walker Kearney died June 3 in Annville at the age of 74. She served as director of the Annville Free Library from 1987 to 1999. She was a member and president of the Annville Rotary Club and assistant district governor of Rotary International. Kearney was active in the Lebanon Valley College Auxiliary, the American Association of University Women, and the Annville Home Study Group. She also served on the Pennsylvania Library Association Scholarship Committee from 1989 to 1992 and after retirement, as a trustee of the Annville Free Library. She loved to read and was a founding member of several book and reading clubs. In addition to her husband, Dr. John Kearney, professor emeritus of English at LVC, she is survived by sons Brian L. Kearney ’81 and Jeffrey R. Kearney ’82, and a daughter-in-law, Deborah Quinn Kearney ’83. J. Robert McHenry died April 11 in Guilford, Conn., at the age of 74. He was the head men’s basketball coach and with his brother, Bill, coached the men’s lacrosse teams at LVC from 1963 to 1969. McHenry captained the lacrosse and basketball teams at Washington and Lee College, graduating in 1956, then became head coach of both sports at his alma mater from 1958 to 1963. He left LVC to serve as head lacrosse coach at Yale University for more than a decade, and was also an assistant basketball and football coach there. McHenry started youth lacrosse in Guilford and was inducted into both the Eastern Pennsylvania Lacrosse Hall of Fame (2005) and the Connecticut Lacrosse Hall of Fame (2010). John Abernathy Smith died Feb. 13 in Pulaski, Tenn., at the age of 72. Smith was the College chaplain at LVC from 1980 to 1991. He graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1961 with a bachelor’s degree in history and then earned a bachelor of divinity degree from Drew University in 1965. He was ordained in the United Methodist Church in 1969 and completed his doctorate in history at Johns Hopkins University in 1972. Throughout his career, Smith was active both as a scholar and as a minister, serving several churches and teaching at both American University and Martin Methodist College.

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June 7-9, 2013

Enjoy a weekend full of fun, food, and friends during Alumni Weekend ’13. All alumni are welcome to attend and celebrate the class reunions of the classes ending in 3 and 8, plus a special 50th anniversary celebration for the newest inductees into the Carmean Society, the Class of 1963. Visit for more information.

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The Valley: Fall 2012  

Lebanon Valley College publishes The Valley Magzine biannually.

The Valley: Fall 2012  

Lebanon Valley College publishes The Valley Magzine biannually.