MORAVIAN COLLEGE MAGAZINE â€¢ WINTER 1998
Forty alumni of the Class of 1982 celebrated their 15th reunion in the HUB Pavilion.
Beth Williams Boyer ’78, Karen Garrison Calvo ’78 and Dave Calvo ’76, and Pete ’76 and Ann Raines and their families won the prize for the most original tailgate.
Erv and Pam Rokke led the parade in a horse and buggy owned by Greg Seifert ’69.
The Class of 1992 gathered at J. P. McGillacuddy’s to celebrate their fitst reunion. Photos: Gregory M. Fota ’69.
Thirty-seven alumni and spouses of the Class of 1987 got together for their 10th reunion at the Hotel Bethlehem on Saturday, October 18.
Danielle Weida ’73, Kristina Stoneback, Kim Cruise, and Tracy Fahr ’93 garnered the trophy for the most creative tailgate.
Pat Ward ’91, Desiree Hoke (Mrs. Scott Hoke ’86, and Jeanne Taccarino Guaraldo ’69 showed their support for the Hounds and won the trophy for the tailgate with the most spirit.
Moravian College Magazine Staff Editor Susan Overath Woolley Assistant editor Judith K. Mehl Sports editor Mark J. Fleming Class Notes assistant Lisa G. Hahn
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Table of Contents Around Campus
It’s Not like High School
Let There Be Light Waves
The Cell Detective
Memory and Awareness in the ARC
Alumni Association News
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Volume 47, No. 1 Moravian College Magazine Winter 1998 Cover photo
Stephen Barth Physics professor David McGee and chemistry student Chris Carlen ’98 have collaborated to bring new laser technologies to Moravian. 3
Around Campus Major Endowment Gift Received
Inauguration Plans Get Underway “A Heritage to Celebrate, a Future to Define” will be the theme for the inauguration of Dr. Ervin J. Rokke as president of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary the weekend of April 17 and 18, 1998. Robert J. Schoenen and Patricia Nemesh Schoenen, active members of the campus and local community, have been appointed to head the committee to plan the festivities. Pat received her B.S. in mathematics from Moravian in 1970 and has been involved ever since. “It started with the Antiques Show,” she said, “and probably in the course of the last 27 years my hands have been in the pot somewhere.” Bob, although not a Moravian graduate, has been active on the Business Committee and with some of the sports and alumni proRobert J. Schoenen and Patricia Nemesh Schoenen ’70 are grams. He said, “I agreed co-chairs of the Presidential Inaugural Committee. to take on the job because Photo: John Palcewski ’86. Moravian has done a lot for not only me but the whole community. It’s a chance for me, now that I have some time, to give something back to a very valuable institution.” A steering committee consisting of representatives from all College and Seminary departments, trustees, faculty, staff, parents, and students has been established to provide input from all institutional constituencies and assure total campus involvement. “The response from all constituencies has been excellent,” reports Bob. “The Student Committee submitted ideas that will be incorporated in the schedule. The staff has been most helpful in getting planning underway, and faculty members have helped develop theme, program, and showcase ideas.” Two sub-committees have been formed so far: the Installation Committee chaired by Martha Reid, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, and the Alumni Committee, co-chaired by Joseph Lennert ’69 and Colette Geier Lennert ’71.The Installation Committee will coordinate and design the installation ceremony itself and solicit faculty ideas and participation in the inaugural event. The Alumni Committee will solicit alumni help in the implementation of inaugural events. A tentative schedule of whirlwind activities is forming. A reception will be held Friday evening followed by a dinner dance for the internal community. The installation is set for Saturday at 10:00 a.m. A delegates’ luncheon will be followed in the afternoon with musical presentations by students and faculty members in Foy Concert Hall, displays of student honors projects and faculty presentations, an art show of student and faculty work in Payne Gallery, and athletics events. The weekend’s events will conclude with an Inaugural Gala in Johnston Hall on Saturday evening. Alumni and friends who wish to receive invitations may call (610) 861-3908 to be put on the list.
On December 31, Moravian College received a gift of $500,000 to the endowment fund from an anonymous donor. The gift is one of the largest received specifically for endowment in the College’s 256-year history. The gift brings the combined endowment for the College and Theological Seminary to $57 million, up nearly 350 percent from $13 million in 1986. The endowment fund is invested to produce income that offsets the College’s operating expenses. This gift alone provides the College with an additional $25,000 per year to be spent in areas of need, such as financial aid for students. The largest single gift ever received by the College was a $4 million endowment given in 1995, also from an anonymous donor, which supports Moravian’s fine arts programs.
Historic Stained Glass to Be Renovated Moravian has received $27,000 in grants from two private foundations and two individual donors to support the preservation of historic stained glass windows in Peter Hall. The Byers Foundation of Chalfont, Pa., granted $5,000, and an anonymous foundation awarded $16,000 for the project. The individual donations were $5,000 and $1,000. The grants will help fund a $65,000 program to repair and restore six windows in Peter Hall. The stained glass windows, which depict the different disciplines of a liberal education, were installed from 1919 to 1931 through the support of College alumni and parents of students. Each window represents a different theme: Religion (dedicated in 1918), Music (1919), Drama (1920), Literature (1920), Science (1931), and Education (1931).
Students Support Problem Teens It was pick-up basketball and baseball and much more. Last March and again in October students from Moravian met with youths from the Lehigh County Juvenile Probation program in an effort to provide advocacy and mentorship for high-risk youths.
“It could be one of the model programs of the state,” said Brian Muschlitz, probation officer for Lehigh County Juvenile Probation. Called Teen Empowerment through Advocacy at Moravian (TEAM) the program was created through the cooperation of several people and organizations on campus with the probation agency. “You could see in their eyes what it meant to them,” said Ed Little, Moravian’s head baseball coach, who attended the get-together in October. About 15 to 20 members of the baseball and softball teams did some one-on-one with the youths picked by Muschlitz to experience life on campus. In March 25 to 30 basketball players participated. To top off the events, pizza was provided by Campus Community Connection, a student organization involved in community service. “The youths enjoyed not only the sport, but the advocacy. Being on campus was exciting for them. College is a whole different ball game,” Brian said. He discussed the benefits that covered so many levels and described a bonding between a mentor and a high-risk youth. “Two hours of his time (given by a Moravian student mentor) made a lifetime impression on this young kid from south Philly.” He hasn’t missed school since. The enthusiasm at both events and the feedback from Brian’s students encouraged Moravian students to make the effort again. “It’s a great idea. We would like to keep it as a tradition,” said Jennifer Lentz ’98, co-chair of Campus Community Connection.
Sam Zeller Books and Memorabilia Donated to College Archives Helen K. Zeller, the widow of professor Samuel C. Zeller, made a gift last fall of books and memorabilia from her husband’s personal collection to the College Archives, reported Dan Gilbert, College archivist. Sam, as he was affectionately known by colleagues and students, was the son of the Rev. Franz Zeller, a native of Tubingen, Germany, who graduated from the Moravian Theological Seminary in 1902. Sam Zeller graduated from Moravian College in 1927 and Moravian Theological Seminary in 1929, and then
taught German and Greek in the ColCollege. Alumni participation increased lege and Seminary for nearly twenty 5.6%. The Annual Fund closes June 30, years. Along the way he received a 1998. master’s degree from the University of The College also received a bequest Pennsylvania and a doctorate from the from the estate of Estelle Haupert. This Philadelphia Divinity School, taught bequest adds approximately $300,000 to briefly at Lehigh University, and during the exisiting Raymond S. and Estelle W. World War II was the acting dean of the Haupert Scholarship Fund. Theological Seminary. In 1947 he Art Auction Chair Chosen became the chairman of the College’s Pamela Rokke was named honorary Department of Religion, a position he chair of the 1998 Moravian College Art held until his retirement in 1968. He Auction. Funds raised by the successful also served as College chaplain from 1997 auction were used to create a New 1947 to 1958. Books/Best Sellers reading area in Colleagues recall that Sam was a Reeves Library. restless scholar, whose interests included such diverse topics as the Indian missions in the Colonial American Ohio Territory, the religious icons of the early Christian era, and the religions of the Native Americans of the western plains. He was a much-beloved figure on campus, and his classes were always heavily enrolled. Alums recall fondly the picture of Sam walking from Comenius Hall to the HUB surrounded by an inevitable crowd of Bob Huth and Pam Rokke display the Fred Bees painting which Bob successfully bid on at the 1997 Art Auction. students, eager to conPhoto: John Palcewski ’86. tinue a class discussion in At the 1997 Art Auction, Robert the Snack Bar. Huth, Moravian’s senior vice president During World War II he edited a for administration, was the high bidder newsletter in order to keep in touch on an original water color by area artist with all Moravian students in the armed Fred Bees. Bees will donate another services. In 1964 the Moravian Alumni original water color for auction at the Association awarded him the Medallion 1998 event. Because of the interest of Merit. expressed by those in attendance, the College Receives Funds Art Auction Committee will seek to present for bid original works by other This fall two important grants added local artists at the 1998 auction. $18,000 to the Annual Fund. The The auction will be held on SaturLebensfeld Foundation grant of $10,000 day, June 6, in the Haupert Union included support for the Writing Center Building. The reception and preview while an $8,000 grant, the first of two will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the auction installments, from the Charlotte will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. AdmisNewcombe Foundation supports scholsion is $15 per person or $25 per couple. arships for mature, second-career Tickets will be available at the Reeves women students. Library reference desk or at the door. Six months into the Annual Fund, Highlights of art to be offered at the 53% of the $1,100,000 goal has been auction include Civil War, primitive, achieved. Compared to two years ago, and folk art. 1,000 more donors are supporting the 5
Online Research Expanding at Moravian
Cohen Arts and Lectures Series Brings New York Chamber Orchestra to Moravian
A superior online research system became available on campus through Reeves Library for the first time this fall. The new package provided access to a variety of new resources including more than 3,100 scholarly journals—1,000 of them with full text coverage, 921 business periodicals, and ERIC, the educational database. Anyone on the campus network is able to access the service. The comprehensive multidisciplinary database provides one-stop shopping campus-wide. “Students are attracted to the userfriendly interface and the many full text articles have saved the day for lastminute researchers,” said Linda LaPointe, Reeves Library systems administrator.
1818 Christmas Ode Returns after 179 Years A Christmas pamphlet returned to Moravian College this fall after 179
Todd Phillips, a violinist with the New York Philomusica, performed on campus with the group on November 11. The group was brought to Foy Hall as this year’s Cohen Arts and Lectures event, Photo: Stephen Barth. funded by Berte Cohen ’35 and Bernard Cohen.
years away. The copy of the 1818 Christmas program entitled “Ode on the Incarnation of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” was provided by Al Venseret, a Bethlehem native now living in Louisiana, who donated it to the College Archives. Handwritten on the cover of the booklet was the name Amelia Sauter. A check by College archivist Dan Gilbert showed records of an Amelia W. Sautter, born October 18, 1803, who entered the school in 1809. The record also notes that on September 27, 1824, Amelia Sauter married the Rev. D. Lichtenthaler of Lititz, Pa.
Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Sexual Abuse Prevention Underway on Campus
Ethnic Instruments Demonstrated Andrew Kaye, an ethnomusicologist and Music Department adjunct, discussed the changing role of the musician in contemporary West Africa in Peter Hall December 4. Here he demonstrates the mbira, or backyard thumb piano, and the valiha, a “tube zither” from Madagascar. Photo: John Palcewski ’86. 6
Drinking responsibly has always been an issue on campus but as times, student’s lives, and expectations change, so do the demands on the Student Services staff. This year multiple plans were drawn up to tackle the situation and deal with the increasing student need in this area. This fall Donna Satterlee filled the newly-created position of assistant dean of residence life, with a major responsibility of developing and enhancing an alcohol-and-other-drug use program on campus. In addition, two peer educator
groups formed last year and are available to help— R.I.T.E (an alcohol education group) and S.H.A.R.E. (a rape and sexual assault group). An AOD (alcohol and other drug) Advisory Board was organized this fall to guide efforts not only in the area of alcohol use but in related problems such as violence and sexual assault. It is a campus-community coalition designed to bring a broad spectrum of perspectives to the issues at hand. These, plus a survey to pinpoint the concerns, and the programs already in place through Student Services are aiding in confronting the problem. Programs to educate as well as ones to provide alternative activities were underway this fall with many more planned for spring. Student input is an essential ingredient of all the programs. “Research reveals that students learn best from other students,” said Satterlee.
Moravian College Gardens Volunteers are still being sought to form a new group, the Moravian College Garden Club, to plan, implement, and maintain perennial gardens on the College campus. Anyone interested in participating should contact Jane Schaffer at (610) 861-1348.
e k i l t o It’s N l o o h c High S
On the campus bus after choir practice in the fall of 1996, Sarah Soden ’99 had her first “celebrity recognition” experience. She was getting acquainted with two freshmen. “What’s your last name?” they said. “Soden,” said Sarah. “Wait a minute,” said one of the freshmen, narrowing her eyes and pointing straight into Sarah’s face. “Are you the one who wrote that book we got in the mail? That was so cool! I brought everything on your list! And I used it all!” “That book we got in the mail” was Your First Year: A Survival Guide, a student-to-student compendium of tips for new students, now in its second edition. It started with questions from Sarah’s best friend Emily, a year behind her in school. What is college like, what are you supposed to do when you get there, what are you supposed to bring, how are you supposed to find the laundry room? Sarah finally said, “I’ll just write you a book!” So she did. She gave Emily a 30-page tome for Christmas, full of everything she wanted to know and some things she didn’t: The Essential Guide to Everything They Don’t (or Won’t) Tell You about College. Afterwards, she showed it around the Admission Office at Moravian, where she works as a member of Twenty-Six Points, a group of student tour guides. Kathy Martin, then associate director of admission, was looking for a way to ease the passage of students from applicants to registrants, and to maintain contact with them over the summer until they arrive on campus. She asked Sarah to shorten it and MoMo-ize it for Moravian’s incoming class. All the other information new students got was so serious— financial aid, roommate assignments, dorm assignments, registration, finding a work-study job—and the guide told them the light-hearted stuff. “Students just want to know what’s going to happen to them, and the financial aid brochure and the viewbook don’t tell them that,” said Sarah. Instead, the Survival Guide tells them things to bring that they might not think of in advance (masking tape, lots of quarters for the laundry, tapes you can fall asleep to, jeans four
sizes too big, and a well-loved stuffed animal— “good for throwing at your roommate when he/ she doesn’t turn off the alarm, or as an extra little pillow”), how to pack the car if Superman is unavailable to help, things to do the first week (ask questions, explore, “assess just how many alarm clocks you and your roommate collectively possess,” rearrange the furniture before the semester gets busy and before you bring more stuff from home, and accept the fact that it’s OK to feel lost and homesick at first), eating at college (including dorm-food recipes), and dealing with “the absolute weirdest thing you’ve experienced since you learned how to drive”—the first visit home. Sarah spends her time helping students get acquainted with Moravian in other ways, too—as a tour guide and as an international student advisor. She sometimes greets them at the reception desk at the Admission Office, and sometimes at the airport. “I like to meet people, and talk to them face to face. They ask things they can’t ask over the phone, or things they can’t find out from the catalog or the viewbook. It’s reassuring to them to be able to ask a real live person, especially a student who’s going through it.”
Sarah Soden (seated) welcomes Amanda Wilson from Aloha, Oregon, to the Admission Center at Moravian. Photo: John Palcewski ’86.
A small school like Moravian offers students opportunities to participate in its daily running, says Sarah. The Survival Guide was an unlooked-for chance “to help other people not get lost on their way to the laundry room.” And to help their parents survive finding out how much they have grown up in a few short weeks. The Survival Guide concludes Ultimately, remember— They’re your parents, and no matter how long you’ve been away, when you come home, you’re their little kid again. So humor them. Eat your carrots.
Let There Be Light Waves
by David McGee
Imagine that a stone is thrown into a still pond with leaves floating on the surface. A single water wave travels outward from the point of impact in circles of increasing diameter. The leaves signal the arrival of the water wave by bobbing up and down once. A physicist would describe this by saying that the leaves respond linearly to the passage of the water wave. This is one example of a broad range of natural phenomena in which the cyclic motion of some medium (called a “wave”) induces a corresponding motion in objects in the wave’s path. Sound is a classic example, in which air molecules execute a back-and-forth motion, causing the eardrum to move in a similar fashion. Light is another example of wave-like behavior. Light is a wave of the electric force, the fundamental force that holds atoms together. When light encounters some object in its path, the atomic particles that compose the object are set into motion by the passage of the light wave. The atom’s outermost constituents, the electrons, are most susceptible to the wave and we can consider these electrons to be the “leaves” that bob up and down in response to the light wave. When electrons bob up and down once in response to a single wave, the object is said to exhibit a linear response to light. Most common optical materials, for example window glass, respond linearly to the passage of a light wave. Now return to the pond and imagine that the leaves were altered so that they bobbed up and down several times in response to the passage of the single water wave. Here it is conceivable that the leaves could produce their own waves, which could alter the propagation of the original wave; this is an example of a nonlinear response. 8
Leaves don’t really behave nonlinearly in response to water waves, but some optical materials do in response to light waves. Atoms or molecules that behave nonlinearly when exposed to light present interesting possibilities for the control of light by light. That is, a light wave propagating in a nonlinear optical material could be used to create an atomic configuration that would alter in some predetermined way the propagation of a subsequent light wave. Moravian College students and faculty members, in a new and exciting interdepartmental collaboration, have been studying phenomena like these for the past two years. Beginning as a student research program in nonlinear optics in the Physics Department, it has grown to include student and faculty participation by the Chemistry Department, and has attracted significant external funding. Investigating nonlinear optical effects provides a window to view fundamental atomic processes, and the applications of nonlinear optical materials have far-reaching implications in fields such as fiber optic communications, information storage and processing, advanced lasers for surgery, industrial processing, and chemical sensing, and many other diverse areas. Moravian is one of only a few institutions in the nation studying what are referred to as photorefractive nonlinear optical materials, and we are the only small college that can produce what is the newest and perhaps the most exciting nonlinear optical material, namely, photorefractive polymer composites. Although funding agencies are clearly optimistic about the technological potential of nonlinear optical materials, the success of this student research program is due to the multidisciplinary nature of the research, the transferrability of
the results to the instructional laboratories, and the relevance of the work to the undergraduate curriculum. Research in this branch of nonlinear optics involves fundamental concepts seen by every undergraduate physics and chemistry major, with the result that the students are not simply pushing buttons on mysterious equipment, but can actually assume ownership for the results of their work. What we are really doing is adapting the researcher’s investigative method and using it as an alternative to the traditional mode of instruction. At Moravian, we are studying a particular nonlinear optical mechanism known as the photorefractive effect. This effect is attractive from an applications standpoint because it can be activated using low power laser light, and also because the materials are relatively inexpensive. The low light requirements mean that they are safe to use with students, and their low cost makes it possible to include them in instructional labs. The photorefractive effect was first discovered in relatively rare crystalline materials. When light strikes a photorefractive material, the atoms or molecules within the material release electrons. These electrons are free to move about the material, and redistribute themselves in a spatial pattern resembling that of the light striking the material. The redistribution of electrons creates forces which slightly distort the atomic structure; this distorted structure can then be used to distort, or bend, light waves that happen to pass through the material, so that new light waves going in can “read out” the information recorded by the distortion. The ability of photorefractive materials to redistribute electrons in response to a light wave means that they can be used to store and process information in the form of holographic images. Holographic storage is a scheme that allows massive amounts of information to be stored in a relatively small space. In the last several years, researchers have constructed prototype holographic storage devices capable of holding over a billion bits of information using photorefractive crystals. When I started at Moravian two years ago, I developed student projects using photorefractive crystals to demonstrate this image storage capability on a smaller scale. But crystalline materials with the structural symmetry necessary for photorefractive effects are rare and expensive, and sometimes exhibit unpredictable optical properties that make them unsuitable for student research. In the early 1990s, scientists tried a different approach to photorefraction. Instead of relying on the crystal structure to provide the desired effects, they focused on embedding lightabsorbing molecules called chromophores in a chain of connected organic molecules (a polymer, or plastic) that provide a pathway for the movement of electrons. These new polymer composite photorefractive materials have already proven to be much less expensive and more versatile than their crystalline counterparts. And we’re now making these materials here at Moravian. When I first realized that it might be possible for us to make these composite materials ourselves, I found that the only published article about them mentioned several chemical
Light and Technology In 1752 Benjamin Franklin proved that lightning and electricity are the same thing. Over a century later, in 1865, the great Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell showed that lightning and light itself are manifestations of the same thing: electromagnetic waves. Maxwell summarized the observations of scientists such as Franklin and Michael Faraday into four beautifully simple mathematical statements that provided engineers and scientists with an “electricity user’s manual” that changed the face of society. Radio, television, computers, lasers, radar, CD players, VCRs, and many other conveniences we take for granted all originated from Maxwell’s four equations that describe how electrical forces can be used to control the motion of electrons. The impact of the computer alone is staggering. Computers can process and store massive amounts of information, helping scientists model natural phenomena that otherwise would be too complex to visualize with paper and pencil. Space travel, weather prediction, DNA research, medical imaging, and pharmaceutical manufacturing are just a few of the fields that benefit from advances in computer technology. Computers are based on materials that allow electrons to control the flow of other electrons. As computers become faster and smaller, we will eventually encounter several obstacles related to the fact that electrons don’t like to be near other electrons. The ENIAC electronic computer of 1946 used 18,000 vacuum tubes and filled a 30- by 50-foot room. In a modern desktop computer the Pentium II processor chip contains five and a half million transistors that occupy a space about the size of a human thumbnail, and researchers excited about new copper chip fabrication methods are talking about the possibility of increasing the number of transistors to around 200 million. Eventually, though, chip makers will hit a physical space limit: there will be a point at which they won’t be able to pack any more transistors onto the chip without running out of room for the electrons to function. Light waves, however, don’t mind being near each other and don’t need as much “elbow room” as electrons do. Nonlinear optical materials that can allow pieces of light waves called photons to control the flow of other photons could become the basis for a new generation of computer technology that would make today’s PC look as primitive as the ENIAC does now. The race to develop nonlinear optical materials is intense. The first device using a nonlinear optical material to store information (in effect, a new kind of optical hard drive) appeared on the market less than two years ago, with advanced versions presently under development. Lightning photo: Daniel J. Robinson. Other photos: Stephen Barth.
structures which looked daunting to a physicist, so I called on Now that we can produce relatively stable polymer composMoravian’s Chemistry Department for help. Carl Salter, an ites, we can begin to explore their image storage properties in assistant professor of chemistry, Cole Hamel, an adjunct chemmore detail. The first question, to be addressed in an Honors istry professor, and chemistry student Chris Carlen ’98 took a project by physics student Megan Leahy ’99 next year, will be look at the “recipe” for photorefractive polymer composites whether miniature semiconductor lasers—the kind found in and mapped out a plan for the synthesis, and the Council on CD players and bar code scanners—can be used to store images Undergraduate Research gave Chris a summer fellowship in in the long-lifetime material. A related issue is whether the 1996 to carry out the work at Moravian. Chris successfully chromophore-polymer combination can be chemically “tuned” produced the photorefractive polymer composite, leading to to optimize its response to the particular color of light emitted another summer fellowship from the American Physical Sociby semiconductor lasers. ety in 1997. The role played by the students, as they participate in this After the initial excitement wore off, we realized we were at work in the form of a paid summer research fellowship, or as an a crossroads. We ran into two problems, one specific to the independent study or Honors project, has been critical. Stuoptical materials and one common at small colleges. dents have made real contributions to science while learning The research was so new that some of the problems unique skills such as optics, electronics, and image processing, all of to photorefractive polymer composites were not even published which are valued by graduate schools and employers. The yet. The most obvious problem was that the composite was greatest value, however, is that students from a variety of unstable—the chromophore scientific disciplines can was incompatible with the participate in this work. The polymer, resulting in a problems we have addressed so separation of the chrofar have involved physics and mophore from the polymer chemistry. Future questions sometimes just hours after will require expertise in comthe composite was fabriputer science and mathematcated. ics. The ability to solve probThe other problem was lems by synthesizing ideas simply the lack of basic across disciplines will be optical instrumentation critical to graduates’ success necessary to perform detailed when they leave Moravian. studies of the materials. From my own perspective, Fortunately, Jeff Gregus ’88, this project has given me an a Moravian physics graduate even fuller appreciation of the now working at Lucent value of a physics education. Technologies, stepped in and In the last half-century, techIt isn’t as pretty as a crystal, but this insignificant-looking blob of plastic cooked arranged a donation of nology has advanced so rapidly up by Chris Carlen ’98 exemplifies a ground-breaking trend in optical technology. that many fields of research optical equipment. This allowed us to continue our have matured from their studies and formulate a plan for solving the incompatibility origins as pure physics research into specific subdisciplines; problem. materials science, for example, is now a separate major offered Chris and Carl figured out that the composite was unstable by many universities. This specialization is a natural outcome because we were adding more chromophores than could be of our growing understanding of physical phenomena. dissolved in the polymer. When you add too much sugar to There is a paradox in that this understanding allows reiced tea, eventually the sugar won’t dissolve any more, and searchers to dig deeper into more complex issues, eventually sugar crystals accumulate on the bottom of the glass; the chrofinding themselves faced with questions involving phenomena mophores were behaving the same way. We could have simply outside the realm of their specialty. An undergraduate physics added fewer chromophores to the polymer, but then the noneducation in mechanics, optics, thermal physics, quantum linear optical effects would be essentially unnoticeable. physics, and electromagnetism, however, remains the paradigm The answer was to modify the structure of the chromophore of a multidisciplinary curriculum rooted in a problem-solving to make it more compatible with the polymer. Just as Chris and approach that provides the framework to understand problems Carl were reaching this conclusion, a similar approach was across scientific disciplines. Physicists, in a sense, are the published by researchers in England. The corroboration helped “conductors” orchestrating the contributions of experts in a Moravian obtain a grant from the Research Corporation, a variety of fields with a goal to understand a particular problem. nonprofit organization that promotes student research at Giving undergraduates an opportunity to participate in this undergraduate colleges, to pursue a solution to the incompat“scientific symphony” is something few colleges can do—and at ibility problem. Our initial results from summer 1997 are very Moravian, it happens daily. promising, and we have produced polymer composites that show no signs of decay after six months. David McGee is assistant professor of physics at Moravian. 10
The Cell Detective always loved biology and absolutely loved the academic research environment. Once I got there, I realized it’s where I belonged all along.” At the University of Massachusetts, Osborne leads a 12-person laboratory team investigating the changes and mechanisms involved in cell death. Her research has focused on lymphocytes, the human body’s disease-fighting cells, and especially on T-cells, which are produced by lymphocytes to help the body identify disease-causing intruders. One of the many intriguing things about T-cells is that when the body has successfully warded off an infection, these cells somehow know their job is done and program themselves to die harmlessly in a process called apoptosis. It sounds like an esoteric research topic, but apoptosis has recently become a subject of intense scientific study. Many experts believe that understanding how and why cells die naturally may lead to new treatments for diseases such as cancer (in which tumor cells refuse to die) and Alzheimer’s disease (in which nerve cells die prematurely). “The bottom line is that if you understand how cell death happens, you might be able to fake out tumor cells and make them die, and you might be able to prevent inappropriate cell death, like that caused by strokes, heart attacks, and nervous system injuries and disease,” Osborne said. She believes clinical applications based on apoptosis research are at least 10 years away. But the pace and intensity of research in the field has increased dramatically in recent years as scientists have grasped the potential for new treatments. “When my lab became involved in this research in 1991, very few people were investigating cell death. Most of the work was descriptive rather than interpretive—it didn’t explain how or why cell death happened,” Osborne said. Just one or two genes involved in apoptosis were known when Osborne began her investigations. Now hundreds of the genes have been documented, but more research is needed. “The field has moved forward immensely in just the last five years. But there are still huge amounts of things we don’t know,” she said. “We can now clinically stop cell death. But we don’t know how to stop it in specific cells at specific times, nor do we know how to start the process in specific cells.” To Osborne, her work is all about solving a great mystery. “It’s very much like being a detective,” she said. “You follow clues and leads. You put together the puzzle. It’s intellectual, challenging, and stimulating. I’m naturally inquisitive and so I find the work extremely fun.
by Doug Bruce
In 1970, when Barbara Osborne graduated from Moravian College with a degree in English, she wasn’t quite sure what she wanted to do in the “real world.” Her eventual career choice—research scientist—seems an odd one for an English major. But it was obviously the right decision. Today Osborne is an internationally acclaimed biologist. At the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, she heads her own research lab specializing in the study of how and why living cells die. Her pioneering work is at the forefront of research into potentially revolutionary treatment breakthroughs for diseases ranging from cancer to multiple sclerosis to Alzheimer’s disease. Osborne has received many awards, including a U.S. Public Health Service Fellowship, in recognition of her research. She has presented her work in seminars at the National Cancer Institute, Harvard University, Dartmouth University, and Duke University, and at professional conferences in Canada, Switzerland, Australia, the Netherlands, Ireland, Japan, China, France, and Spain. Along the way, Osborne has followed a somewhat unconventional career path—from undergraduate English major to graduate student studying genetics and immunology to professional research scientist specializing in biology. “It’s been a sort of serendipity that’s gotten me from English to biology,” said Osborne, now a resident of Leverett, Mass. “I
“It’s hard work and it’s important work. But I consider nated by the topic and immediately saw its applicability to her myself extraordinarily fortunate to be involved in this research work. and to enjoy it as much as I do. It sounds terrifically nerdy, but She geared her experiments toward the study of apoptosis my work is also my hobby.” and quickly became one of the leading researchers in the For those many college students who approach graduation emerging field. Her work has been so influential and created so with some apprehension because they don’t know what they much interest, in fact, that she now finds much of her profeswant to do in the workaday world, Barbara Osborne’s career sional time taken up by preparing grant proposals, working on offers a tale of reassurance. manuscripts, and speaking at conferences around the world. In 1970, fresh from graduating from Moravian with an These days Osborne’s staff handles most of the actual English degree, Osborne wasn’t sure what she wanted to do. experimentation in the lab. She also teaches a few undergraduShe wasn’t even sure she had chosen the right major. And it ate and graduate courses, but her primary responsibility is wasn’t until after she tried the wrong job that she found her managing the overall operations of the lab. true calling. “When you reach a certain level of success as a scientist, “I was in college in the late ’60s and there were all sorts of you become a manager of what amounts to a small business. I things going on inside and outside the classroom. And, of would love to do more of my own experiments now, but there’s course, there were my friends, a social life, the Tally Ho bar on always other work to do, especially fund-raising,” Osborne said. the Southside,” she said with a laugh. “This has become a very hot area of research. That’s good, “I took a lot of biology courses as an because it makes for progress, but it also undergrad and I liked biology, but I ended makes for a lot of competition among up with a degree in English,” she said. different laboratories.” Coming from a family of educators (both On October 24, 1997, Osborne reher parents worked in the public school ceived the Comenius Alumni Award, system and her sister is a teacher), given annually to a Moravian graduate Osborne decided to become an elemenfor outstanding achievement in his or her tary school teacher. She has great respect field of work. Osborne said the liberal for the profession, but it did not suit her arts foundation of a Moravian education well. has served her well during her wide“I fell into elementary education. I ranging career. didn’t like it, and I wasn’t very good at “When I was an undergraduate at it,” she said. So she began taking graduMoravian, there were fairly rigorous ate courses in biology at the University of requirements for liberal arts courses— Maryland, with the hope of someday English, history, foreign languages, phibecoming a high school or college biollosophy. I benefited from a much broaderogy instructor. based education than my students get It was in graduate school at Maryland today,” Osborne said. that Osborne discovered her affinity for She cited biology professor James the laboratory, for the academic research Mitchell Jr. as her most influential Barbara Osborne ’70 accepts the Comenius Alumni environment, for the scientific “detecteacher at Moravian. Mitchell, now in Award from Connie Stirling Hodson ’68, Alumni tive” work that she would build a career his thirty-third year at Moravian, was one Photo: Stephen Barth. on. It was at Maryland, too, that she met Association President. of the College’s newest faculty members her husband, immunologist Richard when Osborne came to the school in the Goldsby. They’ve been married 23 years now, with four grown mid-1960s as a Comenius Scholar. children from his first marriage and one grandson. “Jim Mitchell was super. He was great with students. He Osborne received a doctoral degree in genetics from was very supportive then and has continued to be through the Stanford in 1979. She then moved to the National Institutes of years,” she said. Health in Bethesda, Maryland, working there first as a postBecause of her busy schedule, Osborne rarely comes back to doctoral student and later as a staff scientist. When her husMoravian. But she had a chance to visit with students and band took a faculty position at Amherst College, Osborne faculty members when she was on campus to receive the moved to the University of Massachusetts-Amherst as a biolComenius Alumni Award. The return trip to Bethlehem conogy professor and head of her own lab. firmed her belief in a Moravian education. Most of her early research at Massachusetts-Amherst was in “I found there is still a close bond between students and genetics and immunology, with a specialty in the study of professors,” she said. “As a professor myself, I find the dedicaantibodies. But Osborne’s career took one more important turn tion of Moravian’s faculty to the students to be admirable. in the early 1990s, when a colleague asked her to serve on a There is still that wonderful small college atmosphere at doctoral thesis committee. The group evaluated the work of a Moravian.” student involved in research on cell death. Osborne was fasciDoug Bruce is director of media relations at Moravian. 12
Memory and Awareness in the ARC The AIDS Quilt comes to Moravian by Christina Harget ’00 and Susan Overath Woolley
“May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon your fields, and until we meet again . . . may God hold you in the palm of his hand.” This Irish blessing was placed on a panel for the AIDS quilt that Lillian Boyle of Flanders, New Jersey, made for her brother, Michael Flanagan, who died of AIDS. Lillian’s panel for Michael was one of the 928 panels of the Names Project AIDS memorial quilt on view in Moravian’s Athletics and Recreation Center from November 21 to 23. More than 3,000 visitors came to the ARC to view the tributes to victims of AIDS as readers recited the names in the panels on display. Some left flowers or other tributes of their own. Some brought new panels to be added to the more than 43,000 already in the quilt. Julio Martinez. Michael Wright. James W. Murch Jr. Keith Haring. Marty. Matt Groman. Dick Engle. Fred. The quilt was last displayed in its entirety in October 1996 on the Mall in Washington, D.C. The entire quilt expands over 15 football fields—17 acres of land—and weighs 46 tons without its walkway in place. All 50 states of the U.S. have contributed to the AIDS quilt, as well as 40 foreign countries. Michael Patrick Flanagan died at the age of 46. He was the youngest of seven and Lillian’s baby brother. When Michael and Lillian were young they had a very close relationship. This relationship faltered when Lillian moved. After that she seldom saw him. Michael reappeared in her life when he started to get sick in December of 1994. He died September 1995. Lillian was happy to know that part of the quilt would be displayed at Moravian College, where her other family members could see the panel in its finished form. Lillian didn’t plan on making a panel for the AIDS quilt. Her daughter Theresa gave her the idea. She had been reading a book about how to handle the death of an AIDS victim. In it she found a section about the grieving process. It said that making a panel for the AIDS quilt helped many people deal with the pain of loss. So Theresa called the Names Foundation and asked for information. Justine. Ed Christie. Walter Bermudez. Robert. Joe Alongi. David E. Rodale. George H. Each panel of the AIDS quilt must be three feet by six feet, symbolizing the size of an actual grave. Theresa helped her mother with the quilt, and it took about one week to do it all. The end result was a panel with Michael’s full name on top of the panel and the years of his birth and death on the bottom of the panel. A picture of Michael was placed below his name and a Celtic cross was next to his picture. The Irish blessing was below his picture and the Celtic cross. Shamrocks were spread about on the entire panel making the tan background distinctive from the green of the Irish. Lillian didn’t find the process of making the panel a way to ease her grief; it simply made her angry. “Every time I put down a letter I wanted to smack him.” She felt that she shouldn’t be doing this, and that he should have been more careful. 13
It cost $16,000 to bring the AIDS Memorial Quilt to Moravian. Many campus organizations and outside donors contributed. IMPACT, United Student Government, Wal-Mart, Central Moravian Church, Caldor, and St. Luke’s Hospital are just a few. A major contributor to the success of the event was nationally-prominent folk singer John Gorka ’80, who returned to his roots to give a concert at Moravian on September 23, and donated the proceeds to the AIDS Quilt project. Gorka majored in philosophy and history at John Gorka ’80 in performance. Photo courtesy of Fleming, Moravian but began Tamulevich & Associates. his career as a performer at the College and in local coffee houses while he was a student. He has since released six albums, each more successful than the last. Rolling Stone has dubbed him “the pre-eminent male singer/songwriter of the New Folk Movement.” Bringing the AIDS Memorial Quilt to Moravian was the idea of a committee of students headed by Margaret D’Ambra ’00. Douglas Kleintop ’00 and Elizabeth Nicholas ’99 took charge of the fundraising for the event. Jessica Rittenhouse ’99 made a panel for the quilt. Melissa Hroncich ’00 was the head of the display promotion. Christine Sabo ’00 was in charge of the merchandise. Jennifer Lavoie ’98 and Marianne Zwicker ’99 dealt with the education aspect of AIDS and Rachel O’Donnell ’00 with the media. Rebecca Kline ’98 coordinated the volunteers, and assistant dean of students Donna Satterlee was in charge of the ceremonies during the weekend.
Theresa and her mother visited Washington to place their panel into the quilt. Off to the side of the main quilt was a section where new panels were being placed. Lillian was extremely anxious to pin Michael’s panel in so she quickly signed up and pinned the panel into the quilt. Afterwards she said, “It was overwhelming, something greater than what it was; I can’t put it in words.” She was very happy that her daughter made her go. While making the panel she dealt with a lot of pain and anger that vanished from her heart as she viewed the panel among the others.
More than 3,000 visitors viewed the AIDS Quilt panels in the Breidegam Field House during the weekend.
The experience turned out to be different from anything Lillian had expected. She thought she was going to place his panel in, and spend the rest of the weekend touring Washington. But she was wrong. Instead she walked and looked at many of the different panels that made up the huge quilt spreading from the Capitol to the Washington Monument. In the corners of each section were tissue boxes for the many tears that people wept that weekend. Gregg Zorin Somora. Art Seeley. John Evans. Jim Waldorp. Theresa Rae Rissmiller. Steven Conway. Father Jim.
Much of the success of the AIDS Memorial Weekend was due to volunteers like these, shown here at the ceremonial unfolding of the quilt panels.
Lillian was amazed to see how each panel held its own individuality, and how they went from the very simple to strikingly elaborate. A heartbreaking panel was a pair of ordinary blue jeans. “Sorry I never found your parents maybe somebody will see this and tell them,” was written on one leg.
Another plain panel merely said “Daddy” and had a few of his favorite items on it. One panel was airbrushed in purples and greens to create a lily. Inside the petals of the lily lay a baby girl. Next to her picture was her exact age; months, weeks, and days. Lillian spent the whole weekend looking and still she couldn’t view the entire quilt. But she did understand the emotions when realizing this quilt was a cemetery for the young and old. No one was excluded. Brian John McKee. Cliff Resch. Jack Kelly. David Newman. Stephen A. Roberts. Luis Eric Gutierrez. Lillian’s compassionate voice was filled with questions. “I don’t understand why people in this day and age aren’t more careful. It is scary and it can happen to anyone.” Two of her family members have already died, one gay and one straight. It didn’t make a difference what their preferences were because the disease still found them. Seeing such a devastating sight as the AIDS quilt, she said, really makes people question their choices in life, and what one small mistake can turn into. The Names Project estimates that the 1996 display on the Washington Mall was the last time the quilt will ever be shown in complete form. Nine hundred twenty-eight panels made up into 116 quilt sections fit into the Breidegam Field House. Busy volunteers spent the two days before the opening of the display unpacking the quilt sections, hanging up 20 of them on nettings near the walls, and tying the other 96 into groups of four each to be spread out on the floor. The floor panels were carefully folded up and left like cocoons to await the opening ceremony. Bob Guaglianone. Frank. Tina. Henry D. Lewis. Larry Lovin. Dan Turner. Lowell Thomas Ward. After welcoming speeches by President Rokke and Margaret D’Ambra ’00, head of the student committee that brought the quilt to Moravian, the white-clad volunteers moved in on the bundles on the floor, ceremonially circling and unfolding them until all of them displayed their colors. Readers began reading out the names on the panels, and kept it up throughout the weekend. The Washington display had tissue boxes at the corners of each quilt section and counselors on hand; so did the Moravian exhibit. In Borhek Chapel on Sunday, November 23, six new panels for the quilt were dedicated, and later that afternoon in the field house Ardath Rodale began the closing ceremony with a commemoration of her son David, whose panel was on display there. Barry W. Poff. James Austin Kirby. Brian Field. Joseph Brown. Jon Carpenter Ogg. Eric Barton Miller. Michael Patrick Flanagan. There were nine hundred twenty-eight names that nobody forgot that weekend. Christina Harget is a junior at Moravian College and a friend of Lillian Boyle. Susan Overath Woolley is director of publications at Moravian and editor of this magazine.
Photos: John Palcewski ’86 except where otherwise noted. 15
Greyhound Sports Michael Arner ’85, Jack Bradley ’81, Robert Henshaw ’87, and Vincent Pantalone ’77 make up the 1997 class that was inducted into the Moravian College Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, November 8. John Compardo ’42 was honored with the Robert Martin Herbstman Award, and the achievements of the 1982-83 men’s basketball team were also recognized. Arner, who lives in Bethlehem, was tapped as the Moravian Outstanding Male Athlete in his senior year, and was a four-year letterwinner on the men’s basketball team. He was tapped as the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year in 198182. Arner was also a Middle Atlantic
Conference Southwest AllStar and the Greyhound Team Award winner twice. As a senior, he was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches District II All-Star second team. Arner finished his career with 1,319 points. He was the tenth player in school history to surpass the 1,000 career point plateau and also set a school record with 105 consecutive games played. Arner currently works as a teacher in the Bethlehem Area School District. Bradley lettered four years in both football and baseball. In his final football season, he was the Maxwell Award winner and the team’s Most Valuable Player. The following spring, Bradley was honored as Moravian’s Outstanding Male Athlete. He set six passing records on the gridiron and still ranks in the top ten in five of the six categories. Bradley 16
also set seven records on the baseball diamond. His school record of 24 stolen bases ranked him fourth in all of NCAA Division III in 1981. Bradley was a member of the MAC Southern All-Star squad as a senior. Bradley lives in Downington, Pa., and is currently the manager of parenteral manufacturing at Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories in West Chester. Henshaw played three years of football for the Greyhounds. He was the team’s Most Valuable Player in his final season in 1984. Henshaw was the first
Hall of Fame inductees Michael S. Arner ’85, Robert Henshaw ’87, Jack Bradley ’81, and Vincent L. Pantalone ’77 flank Herbstman Award winner John Compardo ’42. Photo: George Baker ’72.
Moravian student-athlete to be named as a first team All-American and the first to be tabbed as an All-American three times. Henshaw also made the MAC All-Star team each year. He set the school mark for career tackles by a defensive lineman with 311 and also set the school standards for sacks in a season and a career. His mark for sacks in a season of 14 is still tops at Moravian. Henshaw lives in Atlantic City, N.J., and works for Harrah’s Casino.
Pantalone competed in both football and baseball for four years. He served as the football squad’s captain as a senior and was also awarded the team’s MVP honors the same season. Also in 1976, Pantalone was second in all of NCAA Division III in punts return average with a 18.4 yard average per return. As a junior, the wide receiver was named to Churchman’s All-America team. He finished his career with 50 receptions and 810 career yards. In his final baseball season, Pantalone was named to the All-MAC Second Team. Pantalone now lives in Hershey, Pa., and is currently a teacher at Lower Dauphin High School. Compardo lettered in football and baseball for four seasons.
He received the Robert Martin Herbstman Award for his work after graduation. Compardo, who completed his doctorate at Lehigh, built the Allentown College of Saint Francis de Sales Athletics Department from the ground up after being named the school’s first athletics director. He was previously inducted into the Allentown College and Pen Argyl High School Halls of Fame. While at Moravian, Compardo was a Comenius Scholar and a member of the German Club and the Omicron Gamma Omega fraternity. He also played intramural basketball for four years. He lives in Allentown. The 1982-83 men’s basketball team was the MAC Southwest League CoChampions and made an appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament. The team’s 19-8 record set the Greyhound mark for wins in a season.
Alumni Association News A Message from Alumni Board President Connie Stirling Hodson ’68 After revising our mission and setting new goals, the Alumni Board has recently completed a strategic plan which will help to guide the Alumni Association into the 21st century. It provides a framework for us to build new programming as we continue to support the many valuable programs already in place. Sponsoring events for seniors such as the M.B.A. and Division of Continuing Studies dinners, the Senior Honors Banquet, and the Senior Breakfast helps us to welcome them into the Alumni Association. By supporting classrelated activities, an active Student Alumni Association, and various financial awards and scholarships, the Association begins to build important bonds with undergraduates. After graduation we continue to nurture these bonds through reunions, Homecoming, and other alumni programming. Dedicated volunteers and staff run our programs for both our students and alumni. While an Alumni Association endowment fund and the Alumni Relations budget finance many of these programs, additional funding is needed. Many of you have helped support programs for students by purchasing an Alumni Association mousepad or watch. Even more of you have participated in our most outstanding fund-raiser, our Moravian College credit card program. This successful program is giving us the opportunity to reach out more effectively to our students. Each time you and I use our Moravian College credit card a percentage of the sales gives our programming a boost. Thanks for your added help. Your support continues to make an impact on the life of the College.
The Executive Committee of the Alumni Board meets President and Mrs. Rokke. From left, seated: Pamela Rokke, Tom Tenges ’70, Ervin J. Rokke, and Jessica Dunlap ’80; standing: Carl Ackerman ’59, Jeanne Taccarino Guaraldo ’69, and Connie Stirling Hodson ’68. Photo: Bertie Knisely ’69.
Area Club Update Washington D.C. Area Alumni Club thanks Deb Oplinger McKinnon ’73 for hosting President and Mrs. Rokke and 35 alumni and guests in her home on Saturday, November 1. Lehigh Valley Area alumni welcomed President and Mrs. Rokke at the Saucon Valley Country Club on September 19. The event was spon-
sored by Summit Bank, Fitzpatrick Lentz, and Bubba, P.C., and Realty World/ Benchmark Realty. Over 150 alumni and friends of the college came.
Young Alumni Watch your mail! We are going to hold our second annual March event on March 7 in Philadelphia. Look for more details.
Nominations for Alumni Board 1998-2000 The following is the slate of proposed candidates for the Alumni Association Board of Directors, to be voted upon Alumni Weekend. Carl Ackerman ’57 (2nd term) Hellertown, Pa. Self-employed Spouse: Dolores Children: Guy and Thea Moravian College Activities: 1957 class reunion Committee member, Alumni Weekend volunteer, Alumni Weekend Committee, Class Representative, Vespers Service volunteer, current Alumni Board treasurer. Ron dePaolo ’64 Stockholm, N.J. Author/Writer Children: Britton, Damon, and Baird Volunteer Activities: Habitat for Humanity volunteer, literacy volunteer Moravian College Activities: Volunteer Leadership Conference, 1964 reunion chair, regional alumni event host, Alumni Weekend volunteer, reunion volunteer, helped host a D.C. event, Magazine Resource Committee, presented Comenius Award to Andy Semmel, previous Alumni Board member, Alumni Ambassador, Alumni Input. Connie Stirling Hodson ’68 (2nd term) Kenilworth, Ill. Fundraiser Spouse: Tom Children: Hollistir and Andrew Volunteer Activities: Children’s Committee Board, University of Chicago Children’s Hospital, Winnetka Associate Board of Art Institute of Chicago, Moravian College Activities: Chicago Alumni Club coordinator, Alumni Board of Directors and President, 1968 reunion Committee and 17
reunion fund Committee, member of the Board of Trustees, Volunteer Leadership Conference, Vespers Service volunteer. Liz Gerger Ihrie ’63 (2nd term) Bethlehem, Pa. Homemaker Spouse: William Jr. ’64 Children: Mark ’96 Moravian College Activities: Alumni Weekend volunteer, 1963 Reunion chair, 1963 Reunion Committee, Parents’ Council, Lehigh Valley Alumni Club member, Antiques Show Committee, Antiques Show patron, Class Agent, Magazine Resource Committee, Volunteer Leadership Conference, Vespers Service volunteer, Art Auction volunteer. Anthony Morelli ’59 Telford, Pa. President, A.M. Industries, Inc. Spouse: Patricia Ann Children: Leonard, Mentana, and Tony Moravian College Activities: Omicron Gamma Omega Alumni Board member, Alumni Golf Classic participant, Philadelphia Alumni Club member, 1959 Class Reunion Committee, Alumni Weekend Committee, Blue & Grey member, Rocco Calvo Golf Tournament participant and volunteer, Homecoming attendee.
Alumni Trustees Candidates 1998-2000 Ronald Stupak ’61 Earlysville, Va. Academic and Consultant Spouse: Katherine Children: Valeska Volunteer Activities: Virginia Strategic Council, Travelers Protective Association. Moravian College Activities: Class representative, Comenius Award recipient, Endowments and Trust Contributions. F. James Hutchinson ’69 Rumson, N.J. Senior vice president/regional executive, Bank of New York Spouse: Daren Anne Children: Emily and Jim Volunteer Activities: Corporate Development Committee member at Monmouth Day Care Center, Council of Trustees member at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Moravian College Activities: Guest speaker at seminar sponsored by Bethlehem Area Chamber of Commerce, hosted New Jersey Area Alumni luncheon. Mark your calendar for the Rocco Calvo Golf Tournament and Homecoming ’98 October 30 and 31
Alumni Weekend Moravian Carnival A Carousel of Classes May 29 and 30 For all reunion class years ending in 3 and 8. Featuring the third annual reunion parade of the classes, barbecue, reunion luncheon, Medallion of Merit, Golf Classic XVII, family-oriented activities, 50+ breakfast and much more.
Calendar of Events February 21 Lehigh Valley Alumni Club Family Day February 24 Boca Raton, Fla., welcome luncheon for President and Mrs. Rokke February 26 Sarasota, Fla., welcome luncheon for President and Mrs. Rokke March 7 Second Annual Young Alumni event March 26 Lancaster, Pa., welcome dinner for President and Mrs. Rokke April 2 New York Area Alumni Club welcome reception for President and Mrs. Rokke April 26 50+ Club Tons of Money theatre event May 29 Founder’s Day For alumnae of the Women’s College. May 29 Golf Classic XVII Golfers, please note this is a Friday! May 29 and 30 Alumni Weekend June 6 Second Annual Art Auction June 14 Washington D.C. Area Alumni Club picnic
Members of the Lehigh Valley Club Pat Reichard Skrip ’66, Tom Keim ’49, Lynn Muschlitz LaBarre ’85, and Anne Enright ’52 relax after a club tour of Clover Hill Vinyards and Winery given by Pat. The club members invite all present and future Lehigh Valley alumni to join their activities. Photo: [name to come]. 18
July 23 Lehigh Valley Alumni Club Freshman Welcome Picnic
✒ 1997 Jennifer Kastle 1078 Spring View Drive Southampton, PA 18966 email@example.com Melissa Romanoski 122 S. Shamokin Street Shamokin, PA 18872 From Jen: I can’t believe it has been six months since we all sat at McGillicuddy’s with our $3 pitchers, since Senior Week with Scott Stevens and the guys from 257 singing their rendition of Madonna’s “Like a Virgin,” and, of course, since graduation. Fortunately, I have been able to keep in touch with a lot of people from our class. Unfortunately, my phone bill proves it. My roommates from 1110 are all doing great. Bonnie Katz is working as a package designer for Campbell Soup in Camden. Terri Flowers is a resident director at Lafayette College, and Becky Kobler is the volunteer coordinator for Habitat for Humanity in Butte, Mont. Lisa Dixon is in her first year at Widener Law School along with Tracy Asper. This summer I visited Gina and Joe Martin in Spring Lake Heights, N.J. They had a beautiful baby girl named Madison Claire on July 9. Joe is teaching history at Wall High School and Gina is teaching fourth grade at Point Pleasant. I also visited Rania Neddoff in Washington where she was interning over the summer. She said that Monica Kolinsky is studying for her Ph.D. in pharmacology at Cornell University and that Jayme Shulter and Beth Shrey are teaching in Easton. A few weekends ago I hung out with my former Monocacy Street neighbors Sean Richardson and Al Pape, and also Greg Webb. Sean is living in Silver Spring, Md., and works as an assistant for Congressman Richard Gephart in D.C. Al is working as a chemist in a lab. Greg is working for Enterprise Rent-a-Car. He told me Bob Wolak is also working for Enterprise. Roy Beeson is stationed in Oklahoma, and Chris Seifert is stationed in Georgia—they are both in the Army. Greg also told me that Chad Clark just finished his first season of semi-pro football for the Scranton Eagles. I also saw Jeff Farrlley who is living in Bethlehem with some APO brothers and working at Ingersoll Rand. Laura Sortino and Craig Neiman are also living in Bethlehem. Craig is working for BOC Gases and Laura is pursuing her art career. Cluny Erickson e-mails me and is teaching high school math in Sussex County, New Jersey. I saw Kelly DeWalt this summer and she is working in the communications department at Lehigh. Hillary Bond writes that she
CLASS NOTES moved to Stroudsburg and is teaching there. She told me that both Melissa Earle and Liz Karhan recently got engaged. Mike Jobst is the assistant art director at Health Care Communications in Fort Lee, N.J., and keeps in touch with Josh Klein, who is an admissions counselor at Keystone College, Bob Assolino, who is in hotel management for the Sheraton at the Meadowlands, Bill Wekluk who is installing computer software and Brian Gonor who is working for a brokerage firm in Jersey City. Kim Moffitt is a therapist with CATCH mental health organization in Philadelphia and is also taking grad classes. Megan Schock is living in Kutztown and is completing her student teaching. Kim told me Amy Holtzman is in grad school at Northeastern studying psychology. I am busy working in the public relations department at the headquarters for the Easter Seal Society in Philadelphia. From the Alumni House: Marie Nuno recently became engaged to Patrick Mullins. They are currently living in West Lafayette where Marie is attending vet school at Purdue University. Jayme Shulter recently became engaged— the wedding is planned for October 1998. Mason Taube is a full-time graduate student and research assistant in computer science at the University of Delaware. Sean Brice McGrath moved to Boston after graduation. He is working in the Undergraduate Academic Affairs Office at MIT. He will be moving to a new place in Belmont and starting school again at the Harvard Extension School.
✒ 1996 J.P. Orlando 3737 Congress St. Allentown, PA 18104 firstname.lastname@example.org Mary Kate Turowski Andris 49 W. Laurel Street Bethlehem, PA 18018 email@example.com From the Alumni House: Beth Rohn is now a full-time cast member at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. She is in the characters department.
Alisha Miller recently began working at Merck, Inc. Michael Maher is working at Red Hat Software, doing support, testing, documentation, and development. Chad Kurtz has been working full time at Sct. Group, a software utilities company, in Columbia, S.C., since graduation as a software developer. Craig S. Comerford is currently a secondyear graduate school student in clinical psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
✒ 1995 Julie Moyer 824 Cherry Street Lansdale, PA 19446 Fax (610) 861-3959 From the Alumni House: Tim Fick is in his second month of teaching. After trying law school he went for his teaching degree. Tim is also in his second year as the varsity soccer coach at his high school. He is now living in Wyomissing, Pa. Alicyn Sabol is planning to attend Middlebury College in Vermont next year to obtain her master’s degree in Spanish. Becky Kleintop, who is doing graduate work at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music, recently played at Longwood Gardens on “possibly the world’s loudest” organ. She has been working as an organist at the Woodside Presbyterian Church in Yardley and an assistant at the Wanamaker Grand Court Organ in Philadelphia. Michelle Hamilton received the Justice Roy Wilkinson Jr. Scholarship at the Dickinson School of Law. She is co-president of the Public Interest Law Fund, secretary of the Women’s Law Caucus, and is a member of Delta Theta Phi fraternity.
✒ 1994 Ann Marie Schlottmann Washington College 300 Washington Ave. Chestertown, MD 21620 From Ann Marie: I was happy to receive letters from two classmates. Nelson Rosario graduated from City University of New York Law School in May, and is working in Miami, Fla., in immigration law. Jen Shelly graduated from the Zoo Animal Technology Program in Gainsville, Fla., in August. She is now employed at the San Antonio Zoo as a zookeeper in the bird department. Right now I am making the much-dreaded sports information transition from fall to
winter sports. Winter to spring won’t be much easier. But I am loving life here at Washington College. I recently made a return trip to the Division III NCAA Field Hockey Championship with the Shorewomen, and had a great time despite the 1-0 double overtime loss to host Salsbury State in the first round. As anyone who knows me even a little bit can imagine, I can’t wait for basketball season to get going. After hoops (and swimming), I will be busy with men’s lacrosse, the Division III NCAA runners-up the past two seasons. We are hoping for a title run this year. I’d love to hear from anyone who has time, especially electronically. Whenever I am in my office my e-mail account is open, so I will read your messages almost immediately when you send them. From the Alumni House: Elizabeth C. Cannon and Joseph D. Perilli received juris doctor degrees from the Dickinson School of Law on May 31, 1996. Matt Williard is currently a management analyst at the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, working for the school services division. He recently became engaged and is busy planning his fall ’98 wedding. Matt is also helping to develop programs for the Northern Dauphin County YMCA. Matthew Watson married Christine Simone on June 18, 1994. They have one son, Owen Matthew, who was born on April 2. Matthew is currently in his fourth year of medical school at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. Elizabeth Saraceni is teaching fourth grade in Long Valley, N.J. She is also starting work for her master’s degree in reading. Erika Chiavetta has been hired as assistant cross country/track coach at Swarthmore College. John Stanley is continuing his Ph.D. studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.
✺ 1993 Michelle M. Litzenberger 1866 Mansfield St. Hellertown, PA 18055 From the Alumni House: Amy Rittenhouse Corrado ’95 and Bryan are living in Oreland, Pa. Helen Pearson was recently ordained at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Williams Township. Amy Fish has been working at the American Lung Association for almost a year. She helps administer the Indoor Air Public Outreach Program, a grant funded through the EPA. Prior to coming to the ALA, she worked as a microbiology research technician 20
for the Army at Walter Reed in D.C. Amy and her husband, Doug, celebrated their third anniversary this past January. They have a 23month-old son. Carrie E. Schaller is now living in Wind Gap, Pa. She is an editorial project manager at the People’s Medical Society in Allentown. Gerald Varga has recently been named a semi-senior accountant in Withum, Smith & Brown’s acounting and auditing department. Amy Endler finished her graduate work at Montclair State University in May 1997. She received her master’s degree in coaching and sports administration. She has been the head field hockey coach for four years and head basketball girls’ coach for two years at Roselle Park High School in New Jersey. This past summer Amy was one of twelve finalists in a basketball shooting contest held at Madison Square Garden during a N.Y. Liberty WNBA game. The grand prize was a 1997 Buick Regal GS. She made it through the preliminary round to the finals which were held at half-time, and in front of 18,051 people Amy made five foul shots in thirty seconds and won the car! Debbie Axiotis and her brother Michael, a part-time student at Moravian, are the owners of H.W. Crossings, a restaurant which opened in December 1993.
✒ 1992 John S. Nunnemacher 235 North Valley Street #136 Burbank, CA 91505 firstname.lastname@example.org Michael Q. Roth 944 Renaldi Road Wind Gap, PA 18091 From John Nunnmacher: Hello, classmates, it’s been a busy five years for me. I spent a couple years after graduation doing graphic design work and a few months as a caricaturist at Seaworld of Orlando, before moving to Los Angeles to pursue my animation career. Recently I started working at Walt Disney Television Animation on a new project staring Mickey Mouse and friends. This summer I received a note from Kathy Beck DeKorte and her husband Todd announcing the birth of their son Nathan Everett on February 20, 1997. Alyssa Orfanelli sent a note telling me that in 1996 she married classmate Michael White. In June this year they celebrated the birth of their son Devon. Alyssa is working for K-III Directories, a publishing company in Hightstown, N.J. Michael is a research analyst for the Crime and Justice Research institute in Philadelphia and working on a dissertation for his PhD. Alyssa also updated me on a few
other classmates: Cara Hamrock married Chris Mueller ’91 in December 1994 in a beautiful Christmas wedding. Cara is working as a fine jewelery buyer. She and Chris have a house in Cinnaminson, N.J. Megan Urffer is now a Navy nurse and is stationed in beautiful San Diego. She lives on Coronado Island, has taken up sailing, is still riding horses, and is working in the labor and delivery unit of the Navy Hospital. Michele Sharr Schuler is working at Wyeth-Ayrest Labs doing all kinds of funky biological experiments to test new drugs! Michael Bodisch married Eileen Murphy ’91 in 1993 or 1994 (sorry, I can’t remember which), and they are expecting their first child in January 1998. From the Alumni House: Rebecca Stevenson and Gorka Angulo ’91 are living in Madrid. Gorka is working for Pepsi Spain and Rebecca is teaching English. They were married in June 1996. Jacquelin J. Brova was promoted from manager, union relations, to general manager, compensation and benefits department, Bethlehem Steel Corporation’s human resources department, this past May. Camilla Montgomery writes: “When I received the last issue of the Moravian College Magazine I decided it was about time that I let people know what I’ve been up to since I graduated in 1992. Right now I am living in Boulder, Colo., and going to Denver College of Law. I had a skiing mishap this year and as a result, I had knee surgery. But I plan on returning 100% next season. “Matt McAllister ’94 is living in Boulder and teaches martial arts. I have been training for my black belt and managed to get halfway through but I have been sidelined by my knee injury. I plan on picking karate up again as soon as my doctor gives me the OK. “I am also working for an attorney and working on a U.S. Senate campaign.”
✒ 1991 Melissa dePamphilis 8 Knoxbury Terr. Greenville, SC 29601 Christine A. Palermo 380 Mountain Road Apt. 609 Union City, N.J. 07087 From the Alumni House: Suzanne Kmet Diaz and her husband Bill recently moved into the new home they built in Bridgewater, N.J. Michael Koch is working as a counselor for KidsPeace at the Bethlehem ATP site. Megan K. Weston received her M.S. in instructional technology from the Philadel-
phia College of Textiles and Sciences. She is teaching fifth grade at Longstreth Elementary School in southwest Philadelphia. Marine Cpl. David E. Wyckoff recently received a Meritorious Mast award, which is given for superior individual performance. Dave is married to Kim Breiner ’96. Geoff Nase obtained his Ph.D. in physiology at the University of West Virginia in 1997. He is currently doing postdoctoral work at the University of Indiana. Howard Renner and his wife Meredith had a son, Chad Joseph, in 1995.
Dan Carusi is now living in Ashburn, Va., and is employed at the Hyatt Regency as senior sales manager. John Stocker is working at the American Red Cross in Philadelphia. Bob Emery competed in a number of triathalon competitions in the spring, summer, and early fall in the Fort Worth/Dallas area.
From the Alumni House: Mary Albert gave birth to a girl, Ellen Darrow Sproule, last August. Ellen joins her brother Benjamin who is 4. Mary has been working part-time for Sarnoff Corporation as a project manager since March. April BaSaing has been working at Quantum Corporation in Milpitas, Calif., as a senior financial analyst. She has been living in the Bay Area for almost five years. Her energetic son Cameron keeps her very active. Ellen Bielecki Zimmerli has moved back to Pennsylvania from Chapel Hill, N.C. She will obtain her M.Ed from Lehigh University in January 1998. Ellen will teach at the Montessori School at Grace Church and also teach Suzuki flute and baroque recorder out of the Lehigh Conservatory.
Jeannine O’Grady 4 Renault Drive Flanders, N.J. 07836 From the Alumni House: C. Melissa Ledbetter lives in Stokesdale, N.C., with her husband Joseph P. Slayton. Victoria Healy Delorenzo is living and working in Manhattan at Siemens as an account manager for healthcare customers. Gregory Hughes has been working in New York for Lehman Brothers in the FX trade analysis group. He is married to Kathy Kratzer ’89 and is living in Oradell, N.J. Chris Regan e-mailed what he has been doing since graduation. In 1990 he took a job as a biologist at Merck and Co., Inc. He received his Ph.D in physiology and biophysics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1996, and is a postdoctoral fellow in the department of molecular physiology and biological physics at the University of Virginia. Chris was married July 6, 1996. His wife Sara is a clinical dietician. Karen Andres Mattei has been spending time at home with her two-year-old daughter Seneca, and is bookkeeping for her homebased custom wood-working business. Paul M. Staudt is currently working at AT&T headquarters in New Jersey as a marketing manager of prepaid cards.
✒ 1989 Amanda Westphal Radcliffe 68 Highpoint Drive Berwyn, PA 19312 From the Alumni House: James C. Russell is married to Eve Weiss, a classical guitar teacher at Moravian, and has a son Jonathon who was born on April 4, 1995. After a few years on Wall Street, he is coordinator of technology for school public affairs at Baruch College, CUNY. Paul Kurzeja is an attorney at Deloitte & Touche and recently passed the CPA exam and is completing his master’s in accounting.
✺ 1988 Cris Santini 2900 Delk Road Marietta, GA 30067
✒ 1987 Lauren Kelly Lawn 1948 Stirling Drive Lansdale, PA 19446-5561 Edie Fuchs Lewis 216 Old Lancaster Road Devon, PA 19333 fontlock@AOL.com From Edie: It was nice to see everyone at Homecoming. Many thanks to Steph Schweder-Kratzer for all her work in organizing our reunion party. There were about twenty of us there— we hope more of you will be able to join us for the fifteenth reunion. Steph has also been busy with a new job. After several years working at Moravian, she has changed sides and is working for Muhlenburg as the promotion director of the Muhlenburg Fund. Rich Brendel and Tammy Maxwell Brendel ’88 traveled the farthest to join us. They are now living in Florida and love it. They have two girls and Rich is a detective for Flagler County. Rich filled me in on a few classmates. Jim Wollner is doing very well in the construction business. He and his wife live in southern New Jersey (still Eagles territory!) and have three girls. Dale Houser has a
vending business and is also doing well. Mike Rossi ’88 is coaching basketball at Tufts University while working on his doctorate in clinical psychology. I also spoke with Brian Horrocks ’88. He and his wife have a new son, Braydon, and live in Zionsville. Brian is in business with his dad selling fire trucks. Joe Racine and his wife live in Denville, N.J. Joe is the corporate controller for Torre Lazur in Parsippany. He has two kids, Matthew and Jennifer. Joe talks to Mike Brill who loves living in Arizona. Cathy Dunning Catanach and her husband and two boys were also at the game. They live close by in Easton. Cathy is keeping busy with her boys and is also a public relations and marketing consultant. It was fun to see Sandy Hammel Cinque and her husband. Sandy brought her Moravian scrapbooks and we had lots of fun reminiscing about our days at school. She saved everything—from pic books to “The Men of Moravian” calendars. Sandy is now a nurse and works for Tiffany & Co. in Parsippany, N.J. Sandy filled me in on Ruth-Marie Cole Burcaw. Ruth has two kids and is working for the mayor of Winston-Salem, N.C. Kristin Carlson Green and her husband traveled up from Richmond, Va. Kristin is teaching third grade and expecting her first child in February. Erin Ryan-Petit and her husband and daughter Megan came. Erin is staying home with her daughter after doing sales in New York. Pam Messerschmidt Pfeiffer and Ray also have a new daughter, Elizabeth, and live in Amherst, Mass. We were also joined by Jim Kling, Dan Bloom, Chris Glackin, Maria Pillsbury Kammetler, Denise O’Neill, Cathy Kopec, and Mary Weidmuller-Knierim, and expected Mike Deegan, who didn’t make it. A few people were expecting additions to their families and could not come. Karen Dingwell Kwiecinski and Chris ’86 are expecting their third child. They have two girls and live in Neshanic Station, N.J. Karen told me Anne Boutin McGuire was expecting her first child. Anne and her husband Ed live in Las Vegas. Bruce Spencer made a big move recently, getting his M.B.A. and finding a job in Guam. From the Alumni House: Susan Erney-Skelton has been elected assistant secretary and personal lines underwriting manager by the board of directors of Harleysville Mutual Insurance Company. Conrad J. Radcliffe, Esq. will be speaking on behalf of the Insurance Society of Philadelphia. He is an associate member of the Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith practice group. 21
✒ 1986 James and Lynda Farrell Swartz 153 Lilac Drive Allentown, PA 18104 From Lynda and Jamie: Congratulations are in order for Marie Strelecky Schwartz and her husband Scott on the birth of their daughter Julia on August 10. In an effort to give Marie more time to attend to her family, we have assumed the duties of the class correspondent. We take this opportunity to thank Marie for her 11 years of reporting alumni news and events. Marie writes that Julia’s “aunt” Amy Potter came down for a visit when the baby was three weeks old and was a huge help—especially at 2 a.m. They were also able to visit Michele Morris Cinti and her two boys, Christopher and Nicky. From the Alumni House: Deborah Palmucci Gottlieb is married with two children, Russell, 5, and Rachael, 3. She recently left her position as a deputy attorney general with the New Jersey Division of Law and now works at the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, where she focuses on regulatory matters involving hospitals and nursing facilities. Jeffrey S. Maxwell recently received his NAUI scuba certificate. Denise M. Eisenhauer is working as associate director for Lifepath, a human service agency in Bethlehem, and is pursuing a master’s degree. She continues to stay involved in sports, and likes racquetball and deck hockey.
✒ 1985 Lynn Muschlitz LaBarre 651 Long Lane Road Walnutport, PA 18088 Paula Colizzo Lewinski 118 Springdale Lane Lansdale, PA 19446-3529 email@example.com From Lynn: They came from near and far to Homecoming on October 18th. It was great to see so many classmates and I hope that many more will make the trek to Bethlehem next fall (on Halloween!) for the annual festivities. From the deep south came the Hoke family. Harris Hoke and Kathleen Hanifan Hoke ’87. Harris is a process technology leader at Allied Signal in Myrtle Beach, N.C., where they are building a house. Also from the south came OGO alum Paul Brock who now resides in Maryland with his wife and two children. Other OGOs spottted
at the tailgate were Doug Breen and Bob Hoffman. Is it true that Bob is Rich Caracio’s neighbor? That would make for an easy OGO family reunion. From Lansdale (still south, but a bit closer to Bethlehem) came Paula Colizzo Lewinski and Joe with their daughter and son. From Macungie came David Edmonds and his wife Corinne ’86, Homecoming regulars. There were several Sigma babies enjoying the Edmondses’ tailgate: Erin Ryan Pettit ’87 and her husband John with their 10-month-old daughter Meghan; Amy Wells Schmeal ’86 and Bruce with 9-month-old Kurt; and Jim and Mandy Taylor Roth ’87 with 8-monthold Ian. The only babies that were missing were Shanon Elizabeth and Mary Kathleen Scott from Ambler. Hope all is well with mom Kim Dunphy Scott ’87 and dad Peter. From the North and the shores of Cape Cod came Ruth Errico Olson. She’s been back to Homecoming almost every year. Of course she leaves the family home so she can enjoy her reunion with fellow Violators Chris Lentz ’84, Lynn Contini, Jill Moncman Murphy ’84, Robin Weinstein Lucas ’83, Sue Bennett ’84 and Maureen Herman Leaswitch. Ruth has a son, Miles, 6 and a daughter, Hannah, 18 months. Her husband’s contracting business has given Ruth reason to purchase “blow-up furniture” to cope with frequent moving experiences; however, when she is not unpacking U-Haul boxes, Ruth can be found out on the tennis courts. Locally, Mike Arner and his tailgate were winners in the college’s Homecoming contest. He was there with his wife Deb and their two sons, Craig, 5, and Andrew, 3. Mike is in his 11th year of teaching at Northeast Middle School in Bethlehem as the seventh grade social studies teacher. Also enjoying the Homecoming activities were Betsy Shaeffer Wenger and her family from Allentown, and Lisa Makukek Godshall ’84 and her husband Frank. Frank enjoyed a game of tackle with his young son after the Hounds beat Susquehanna in the Homecoming game. Lisa and Frank have a new baby daughter, Corrine, who was born in July. More Lehigh Valley classmate news finds Rich Hooper’s picture in the paper for yet another promotion—to the job of chief financial officer at STC Technologies, Inc. in Bethlehem. Recently, while pumping gas in Walnutport I ran into Mark Stine ’85 who had the day off from work and was heading off to the bookstore with his wife for an afternoon of reading and relaxing. Also in the Bethlehem area is Marti Noel Mamrak. I met her goddaughter at a College function.
From Paula: I’m back from being MIA with a report that there are many new babies in our classmates’ lives. Kim and Art Leiby had their first child on October 8, a girl, Sullivan Forrest. Ann and Greg Kopyta had their third child, a son, on August 11. In the expecting category we have Mercedes and Len Korn awaiting their third in May, and Jeanette Montesinos and Clint Sickel expecting their first. We made it to Homecoming this year. It was a beautiful day despite the rain the night before. There was not a huge turnout for the Class of ’85. We were greeted by Kerry Freidl and bumped into Lynn Muschlitz LaBarre as we were leaving. Frank Godshall with wife Lisa Makuvek ’84 were seen tending to their two children. If you haven’t been to the campus lately, you have to be sure to get to the HUB. You wouldn’t recognize the common areas. We couldn’t find the Valentine Haidt Room or the John Antes Room. I guess it’s all in the name of progress and that most things eventually go the way of Otis Place. Hope you noticed that you can now e-mail me. I know how much easier it is to steal five minutes of non-work time at your desk to fire off a quick e-mail than it is to pull together a letter. I look forward to hearing from some of you now that it’s so convenient! From the Alumni House: Arthur C. Schanz ’85 was married in 1992 in Borhek Chapel to Annette Sine, whom he met while working at Bethlehem Steel. They have a three-year-old daughter, Amanda. Arthur is currently working in Richmond, Va., for the Federal Reserve in the automation services division. William Hronis is currently in his second year of solo practice in Allentown. His wife Tammy runs their family business with help from their children Christina, 6, and Peter, 5. Richard P. Hughes Jr. has been working for the Easter Seal Society for the past eleven years as director. Richard also runs a part-time concession business (funnel cakes and other goodies) which he and his wife began about twelve years ago and are now expanding.
✒ 1984 Janet Gomes Feakes 18 Hamilton Ave Berkeley Heights, N.J. 07922 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com From Janet: I just returned from Homecoming ’97. I enjoyed catching up with Noreen Padilla who was there with her two beautiful daughters, Olivia, 7, and Victoria, 5. She bought a house in Crofton, Md., last July. She is currently
working for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as a project manager developing bank examination systems. Tom Blikle e-mailed that he and his wife Kathy Fleck Blikle ’83 have two sons and are living in Harrisburg, where they both work for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Tom writes, “I just started a graphic design company which specializes in political mail. Next time you see a nasty campaign ad, you can think of me! It’s funny how starting out in student government at Moravian led me down my career path. I wonder what I would be doing today if I had lost that first election?” Tom is in touch with his DeSchweinitz roommates—Rob Hosier, Ken Koelln, and Jamie Schwartz ’86. John Messemer also emailed me. He is living in White Plains, N.Y., with his wife Cindi and has been teaching sixth grade at Westlake Middle School for the past nine years. He says Dave Salter ’84 is teaching at York College in York, Pa. Leigh Newbaker Smith tells me Diane Sciabica Mandry is teaching seventh grade English at Easton Middle School. Cindy Gessell is a consultant to advertising, public relations, and pharmaceutical companies working on-site and from home. I received a note from Laurie Ann YeisleyDrogin, who is living in Louisville, Ky., with her husband Eric. She gave up a position last year as a psychology professor to become a chaplain intern with Hospice of Louisville. She is able to get up to Bethlehem a few times a year and last May saw Joanne Regina ’83 at the St. Luke’s Ball. Laurie Ann was on the Ball Committee and Joanne is on staff at the hospital. She also sees Patti Berger Bartolacci ’84 when she is in the area. From the Alumni House: David S. Larmour has been elected vice president of Wachovia Bank in WinstonSalem, N.C. He is a project leader in the control group. John Steiger Jr. married Cheryl Lantz on December 21, 1996. He is teaching world history at Wallkin Valley High School in Hamburg, N.J., and coaching football and track.
✺ 1983 Dawn Bullara-Stawiarski 26 Fox Chase Drive Blackwood, N.J. 08012 From Dawn: Where is the class of ’83? I would love to hear from all of you. As for John and myself, we’re keeping very busy raising our three sons, C. J., 10, Tony, 7, and Alex, 4. Between “fall ball,” school, and class trips it is a wonder I have any time at all.
I work part-time at Mercy Hospital as an oncology nurse. After MoMo I got another degree in nursing and I love my profession. Lately, it has been very helpful being a nurse because our son Tony was diagnosed in August with juvenile diabetes. I’m very active with the foundation and am hoping for a cure! John also works in Philadelphia as a senior systems analyst. He travels sometimes, but he loves it! We’re planning a vacation for the summer in Italy and the south of France. We celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary in Monte Carlo and we’re hoping to spend our 13th in Venice. From the Alumni House: D. J. Nimphius was recently named the Star-Ledger 1997 Girls’ Outdoor Track and Field Coach of theYear. He has been coaching track at Glen Rock High School in New Jersey since 1992. Jeff Laub has moved to Georgia for a new job as chair of the division of natural sciences and mathematics at Macon State College. He has one son and another on the way. Terence R. McConlogue has been teaching at Temple University for the past five years. He is a Ph.D candidate at Temple. He married Amy Singel ’90 on February 14, 1997. They have one daughter, Kevyn Britton, born June 20, 1997. Amy received her master’s in special education from Lehigh and is currently teaching learning support in Pottstown, Pa.
✒ 1982 Joanne Belletti Molle 618 Jamie Circle King of Prussia, PA 19406 From the Alumni House: William Feigley has been working as a guidance counselor at Broughal Middle School in Bethlehem since 1987. He received his doctorate in counseling from Lehigh University in 1995. William is also a part-time director of music at the Quakertown United Methodist Church. Jeffrey E. Green is now working as a controller at Majestic Athletics. He has three sons and a daughter. He is married to Linda Smith Green ’83, who is a homemaker. Joyce M. Mante is currently serving on a committee for the Moravian College Art Auction and raising her 2-year-old son.
✒ 1981 Tamera Boote Hatton 715 Pineview Lane North Wales, PA 19454 From the Alumni House: Kathleen Swell Burke is currently working as senior editor of Silver Burdett Ginn Reli-
gion Division. She has been with the company nine years. She is also serving as director of music ministries and education assistant at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Linden, N.J. In spring 1997, she began a program in private investigation (an unexpected hobby).
✒ 1980 Molly Donaldson Brown 1906 Wenner Street Allentown, PA 18103 Patrick J. Malloy 372 Central Park West, Apt. 3M New York, NY 10025-8203 From Molly: Last summer, my family and I were invited to a picnic at the home of Rich LaDuke ’78 and his wife Mary Ellen Sahaydak LaDuke ’79. The visit gave us the opportunity to see their beautiful children, Philip, Emily, and Justin, plus tour their gorgeous Victorian farmhouse in Whitehall, Pa. Too bad the video cameras weren’t rolling when one of the kids (I won’t say who) dropped Mom’s huge birthday sheet cake in front of the crowd of hungry party goers. As expected, Mary Ellen was a good sport about the whole thing. Last time around there was a mix-up in the info on Susan Mantegari Hill and her husband Jim. I need to clarify that it is Jim, not Susan, who plays golf, basketball, and softball. Although remembering Susan’s athletic prowess from Moravian, probably only a few of you even suspected there was something odd about what you read. I had the pleasure of having lunch with classmate Renee Sullivan James in October. Renee, her husband Pat, and their three sons live in Allentown. Renee works at Rodale Press in Emmaus, Pa., as special sales manager in the book division marketing department. I have been in touch with several alumni from our class and from others who have graduated within a year or two of us. There is an interest in having a reunion gathering in the year 2000, similar to what we did in 1990 to celebrate our 10th reunion. If you are a member of classes 1978 to 1982 and would like to be a part of this event, please drop me a line. (You do not have to live near Bethlehem to help out.) I’ll let you know in future columns if there is enough interest to pull it off. From the Alumni House: Cindy L. Brown is engaged to Robert Black, a fireman from Easton. She enjoys traveling and has recently visited Canada, Mexico, Las Vegas, and Maine. Angie Didonato Anderson is currently working on her master gardener certificate at Penn State. 23
John E. Snyder writes, “I got riffed from my position at the Naval Research Laboratory due to budget cuts. I then worked for nine months at Commonwealth Scientific Corporation in Alexandria, Va. I have just accepted a soft-money research position at Ames Laboratory (a Department of Energy lab on the campus of Iowa State University). I am hoping to raise enough grant money to make the position permanent. I am also hoping to have the opportunity to teach at the university as an adjunct professor. “I have just moved to Iowa. I admit that I expected Iowa to be a boring landscape, flat and treeless (my East Coast prejudice talking). However, I find the area to be a great place for the outdoors-oriented: there are rivers and small lakes, woods and prairie, rolling hills and valleys. Last weekend I added 13 birds to my lifelist without driving more than 30 minutes from home. I was lucky to find an apartment with a balcony overlooking the South Skunk River Greenway, on the edge of town.”
✒ 1979 C. Jayne Merlo Bray 322 West Street Bethlehem, PA 18018 From Jayne: I was delighted to hear from several of our classmates recently. Mark Cremonni lives in Chatham, N.J., with his wife LuAnn and daughters Lauren, 7, and Christine, 4. He is in charge of the Jersey City office of Merrill Lynch, and has 15 financial consultants working with him. Mark and LuAnn see Mike and Brenda Merrill Jacobsen and their three children, Kevin, 13, Keith, 10, and Colleen, 8. Mike edits a sporting goods magazine for a subsidary of Disney and has a staff of ten. Jean Leach Lohmann lives in Wall, N.J., with husband Neal and brand new baby, Isabella, born in August. She joins big sister Rebecca, 17. Jean writes that she is thrilled to do this all over again, and is changing diapers and looking at colleges simultaneously. She writes: “The career is temporarily on hold while we switch gears. So many highlights in the past few years—after finishing my master’s degree in special ed, I had the opportunity to teach pilot inclusion class in my regular fourth grade classroom. It prompted me to write an article which was published in American Childhood Education in spring of 1996. Neal is still with Citibank and is now sharing his quality programs internationally.” I saw Mary Ellen Sahaydak LaDuke and her adorable kids this summer. We’re hoping to have another reunion of the Fifth Avenue apartment crowd: Kris Jones Groller, Robin DeWees, and Jill Kelly Giulianelli. 24
Last but not least we hear from John Jackman, who writes from Union, N.J. “I have been remarried now for five years to a wonderful gal from Reading, Pa. Debbie has been a wonderful stepmother to Andrew (almost 11) and we have a daughter Abigail, 3. In 1995, after 13 years as pastor of the Reading Moravian church, I moved to a part-time pastorate at a smaller church in Union, N.J., called Battle Hill Community Moravian Church. This allowed me to expand my media production work for the Moravian Church as director of video ministries. Over the last couple of years we have put the Moravian Church on the Web and have moved from just producing videotapes for churches to producing broadcast and cable programs. Over the last year, I’ve worked on two private broadcast pilots and one of our productions received a bronze Telly award. We are hoping to produce a broadcast documentary on the history of Bethlehem early next year. I’ve also become a fairly regular contributor to several magazines in the video/animation field, including Digital Video, 3D Design, and others.”
✺ 1978 Robin Tobman Lubin 5120 Chevy Chase Parkway Washington, DC 20008-2920 From the Class of ’78 Reunion Committee: Music has changed, styles have changed, Moravian has changed and so have we! Can you believe we’re celebrating our 20th Reunion? Please mark your calendars for Friday, May 29, and Saturday, May 30—come celebrate, reminisce, and renew old friendships! We are busy planning many activities for you (and your families) to participate in, but we need your help to make this a success. Please return your surveys to the Alumni Office, so that we can plan a weekend that will best meet everyone’s needs. Hope to see you there! From the Alumni House: Donna Kish-Goodling recently received tenure and was promoted to associate professor of economics at Muhlenburg College. Kathryn Pavelec Kasturas is married with one son. She is working as a freelance fullservice editor in publishing. Glenn Smith is practicing law in Keene, N.H. He is active in his community and enjoys fishing, canoeing, playing basketball, and hiking with his family.
✒ 1977 Kathy Ozzard P.O. Box 330373 Coconut Grove, FL 33233-0373
From Kathy: Gene Tutzauer is back in France doing M.A. work at the University of Angers. Gene ran in the Philadelphia Marathon November 23—I am writing this in October, so he will have run by the time this is printed. He and his wife will also have had their third child. I received a birthday card from Jane Karole Newschwander in October. She is working part-time in the library at the boys’ high school and is a full-time mom to Tim and Chloe. She plays tennis regularly and stays in touch with Beth Glenfield Strohl and Lise Zinkhan Lanceley. The Mr. B.A.N.G.S. video for children I sang on is now selling through F.A.O. Schwartz in New York! I don’t receive residuals, but it’s fun to have it out there. My massage practice is growing by leaps and bounds and I now specialize in mother massage (working with pregnant women) and reflexology. From the Alumni House: John Fauerbach has been married for eight years and has two boys, 7 and 2. He is teaching adult Bible study, is involved with Christian education, and is working on his master’s in pastoral ministry. John and his family are happily living on the prairie in Montana in cattle and horse country, keeping sheep as a hobby and food source.
✒ 1976 K. Dale Zusi Scolnick 55 Dyckman Place Basking Ridge, N.J. 07920-1413 From the Alumni House: Scott Stewart recently moved from Ansonia, Conn., to Carmel, Ind., to work for one of his customers. He was a technical service engineer for a worldwide chemical supplier for the printed circuit board and metal finishing industries. During his 61/2 years with his employer, Scott traveled about 90% of the time all over the country (but mostly Indiana) and spent a week in Taipei, Taiwan, and Inchon City, South Korea. Scott enjoyed his time in Indiana so much that he decided to move there if the opportunity presented itself. He is now working for Diversified Systems, a printed circuit board company in Indianapolis, as a chemical process engineer.
✒ 1975 Carol Brown Dibley 21 Chandler Road Chatham, N.J. 07928-1803 Rev. John Zoppi P.O. Box H Hunker, PA 15639
From the Alumni House: Nancy Smith Widdoes just celebrated her first year managing children’s behavioral managed health care for the State of Delaware. Her next step is to seek JCAHO accreditation this year. Nancy and her husband Pete have a 7th-grade son Aaron, and a 1stgrade daughter, Courtney. Elizabeth A. Kovach was recently promoted to director of media relations at Bethlehem Steel. Julie A. Morris Chowansky and Paul ’78, now have a new Moravian connection. Their daughter Jill is currently attending Moravian.
✒ 1974 Otto and Susan Lenius Dreydoppel 117 North Main Street Nazareth, PA 18064
✺ 1973 Dennis Jones 614 Crestline Avenue Bethlehem, PA 18015-4204 Priscilla Barres Schueck 703 West Goepp Street Bethlehem, PA 18018 Form the Alumni House: Ed Wazontek is working for OMG Americas as a plant controller at the Johnston plant. He has been married for 24 years and has two daughters, Brooke and Lauren. Lynn C. Hunsicker just returned from six years in Europe as assistant director of PTT integration efforts for the EEC. Daniel T. Ruth has been working for Air Products since 1983. He married in 1973 and has two children. Tim Gardner and his wife Lynn Castagnoni Gardner ’74 attended new parents’ orientation at Syracuse University where their daughter Kristin is a freshman. As they were leaving the auditorium they met Beta brother Rick Eberts, his wife Cindy, and their daughter Kerrie, also a Syracuse freshman. They had a picnic the next day following the opening convocation. Tom Kwiatek recently retired from his position of executive vice-president of the Musikfest Organization. He was with Musikfest for ten years.
✒1972 Beverly Papps Skeffington 25910 Stuckey Avenue S.W. Vashon, WA 98070 firstname.lastname@example.org From Beverly: Hello? Is anybody out there? I can’t hear you! Come on, gang, let’s get chattin’. Don’t
Improving People’s Lives by Helping Them Look Good David B. Vasily ’71 is quick to say he uses the training from his physics classes at Moravian almost daily in his dermatology practice and during the lectures he conducts nationally and internationally to train physicians in the clinical use of the new Erbium:YAG laser, a device which is revolutionizing dermatology, ophthalmology, dentistry, and many other medical fields through its ability to operate on tissues at the microscopic level without damaging surrounding areas. Using such high tech equipment, Vasily helps his patients achieve the more youthful appearance that is so desired in today’s world. “Everyone thinks it’s only the aging baby boomers who want to look younger,” comments Vasily. “Competition in the marketplace is intense and people in every socioeconomic group want to look young, sharp, and ‘with it.’ Even my patients of retirement age say that looking good keeps them from being left out of social gatherings.” Vasily has helped design a prototype Photo: Linda Robertson for a laser surgery table that is more comfortable for the patient and easier on the doctor’s back and legs. He is also testing a lidocaine cold mask that reduces discomfort during and after lasing. His expertise extends into sports medicine and he is the author of the international protocols on infectious diseases in wrestlers and fields calls weekly from coaches and trainers in the U.S. and abroad. For years he bred and showed standard poodles. Misty, his first prizewinner, is the main character in a children’s book Vasily is writing. He hopes to publish the story of how his beloved dog alternately coped and suffered, eventually dying of cancer. In an attempt to cure the pet, Vasily even tried using his own T lymphocytes to develop a serum to combat the disease. Ironically, his father succumbed to the same type of lymphoma, inspiring the book. Proceeds will go to children’s cancer research. “Children can relate to animals,” he says, “and thus we can use our furry friends to calm and help quell the fears of the child with cancer.”
let this end up yet another blank column. I did hear from Chas Pisano recently. He lives in Castro Valley, Calif., and does carpentry work in the Bay Area. Chas was back at Moravian a year or so ago and the highlight of his day was visiting Dr. McConnell on his farm. In our last edition, we were anxiously awaiting the birth of another child for Dinesh Pandya. Evan Amit was born July 19, weighing in at 9 lbs. 43/4 oz.! On a recent Kiwi International Airlines flight from Newark to Chicago, Diane Murphy was surprised to see Jan Gollins. Diane has been a flight attendant for Kiwi for several years. Speaking of Jan, the Alumni House reports that he has been appointed to the Alumni Board as reunion chair. Heard from Jeff Curry ’73 recently by e-mail. He and Diane and children Bobby and
Allison are still living outside Tampa, Fla. Jeff enjoys coaching his daughter’s basketball team and recently did some sailing around Sanibel and Captiva Islands. From the Alumni House: Janine Jagger, with support from a coalition of health industry manufacturers, founded the International Health Care Worker Safety Center.
✒ 1971 John Madison 5749 Blue Grass Tail Coopersburg, PA 18036-1835 Constance M. Sokalsky 1441 Hillcrest Ct. Camphill, PA 17011
From the Alumni House: Sandra Browning recently wrote that after a year in Rouen as a member of the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program, she is returning to the United States. She is now living in Rehobeth Beach, Del. Betsy Prunest Walker’s son Ryan recently was named to Phi Beta Kappa at Haverford College where he is a junior. Diane Nauroth Hardock was in an auto accident in which her left eye was injured. Diane has been doing volunteer work at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church.
✒ 1970 Denise Maday Greiner 309 High Street Catasauqua, PA 18032-1428 Kenneth T. Small 216 Owego Street Candor, NY 13743
From the Alumni House: J. Michael Dowd and Kathleen Doyle Dowd have been busy during the past year. Kathleen continues to teach ninth grade English in the Easton Area School District. Their daughters, Meg and Mary, are now 10 and 8 years old. Michael has been busy moving his offices. They sold their office building in October and moved into a larger newly renovated office building in downtown Easton. Barry Scheinberg writes, “I have been raising a family, staying married, and practicing law for the past 25 years. I have been practicing labor law, teaching college and law school, and lecturing. I am still in touch with Jeff Gernsheimer and Bob Gingrich. I am looking forward to our 30th reunion this year.”
From the Alumni House: Garry Earles is finishing course work for his M.A. in American history at Fitchburg State College in Massachusetts. He is hoping to teach at the community college level upon completion of his thesis next semester. He regularly visits the Lehigh Valley to see his family and friends. After 21 years as executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, David Richart resigned his position to assume a teaching position in the social work department at Spalding University. He will also head the National Institute on Children, Youth, and Families, Inc., a non-profit organization he cofounded in 1990 which trains child advocates from around the country.
From the Alumni House: Michael Gallo is working as a coordinator at Bristol-Meyers Squibb in New Brunswick, N.J. Michael and his wife Rita recently adopted a 2-year-old girl. They are enjoying the blessings of parenthood. Margaret Morgan Blanda and her husband attended their son Arthur’s graduation from Moravian last May. Isidoro J. Perez has been appointed vicepresident for international regulatory affairs for Schering-Plough Research Institute.
Wayne Beaver 15848 North Tenth Street Phoenix, AZ 85022-3143
Gail Winson 18 Sherman Ave. Bristol, RI 02809
From the Alumni House: Classmates Caroline Funk Rabold, Linda Evans Shotkus, Dana Burt Donaldson, Martha Poole, Cindy Nocek, Nancy Glassmoyer Brittingham, and Ann Egolf Gellings celebrated their 28th reunion in Sedona, Arizona. They spent six days sightseeing (including the Grand Canyon), hiking, and enjoying many of Sedona’s fine restaurants and shops.
From Gail: I’ve been meaning to write to you for the last two years; so here goes at last. I left Hastings College of Law in San Fransisco in June 1993 and accepted a position as director of the Law Library and associate professor of law at Roger Williams University School of Law. I teach advanced legal research in addition to administering all library services. Roger Williams is a new law school and the first in Rhode Island. We opened our doors in August 1993 and graduated our first class of law students in 1996. Roger Williams has published two issues of the fledging Roger Williams University Law Review.
✺ 1968 George Berger 107 Mohawk Drive Johnston, PA 15905 email@example.com
Jill Stefko 734 Second Avenue Bethlehem, PA 18018
Marisue Brugler Easterly R.D. Box 3109 Saylorsburg, PA 18353
From the Alumni House: Stephen Magyar Jr. has been approved as a professional safety source by the Workers’ Compensation Commissions of Texas and Arkansas. He works with Raytheon E-Systems in Greenville, Tex.
✒ 1965 William Horwath 22300 Maplewood Drive Southfield, MI 48034 From the Alumni House: Robert Houser and his wife recently moved from Alexandria to Fairfax, Va.
✒ 1964 Judith Morecz Simpson 2532 Hepplewhite Drive York, PA 17404-1216 From the Alumni House: Bruce Coull has been appointed dean of the newly formed School of the Environment at the University of South Carolina.
✺ 1963 Sandra Walker Kreutzer P.O. Box 90882 Allentown, PA 18109
✒ 1962 Emma Demuth Williams Box 221 Newfoundland, PA 18445 Merr Trumbore 1040 Ebenezer Church Road Rising Sun, MD 21911 firstname.lastname@example.org
✒ 1961 Sandra Kromer Jones 9 Driftwood Drive Somerset, N.J. 08873-1717 From the Alumni House: R. Joan Thomas Warren recently moved from Mohnton to Laureldale, Pa. Thomas F. Schmoyer retired from Berks County Intermediate Unit in April of 1996. He is currently providing staff development for non-profit agencies.
✒ 1960 Jane Ziegenfus Hamill 237 Thorn Street Swickley, PA 15143 E-mail: email@example.com From Jane: A rousing cheer, a toast of beer for all those years from all your peers, Harriet, for keeping
all of us informed with your great sense of style and terrific wit and humor. I’m not sure I can fill your shoes but I’m gonna give it the Old Moravian College try. I need all of you out there to help me write my column. Write, phone, fax, or e-mail me and fill me in on your life, work, interests, travel, etc. A little update on me—I was married for 32 years to Dennis Hamill (a great guy) who died in October 1994. I have four children. Christopher resides and works in Chicago as a consultant and managing director of a large catering company. He also has an interest in a micro brewery (what else!). Sean is an investigative and political reporter, also in Chicago. Susan Hamill Raysdell is currently a homemaker with two children. They live with me in Swickley. (What a great treat to have two little boys running around the house.) Charlie is a senior at the University of Missouri majoring in wild-life/biology. With two kids in the “Windy City” I go there quite frequently for art shows, jazz, blues, etc. When my husband died I continued with his business. My title is senior account executive. (No one was in the office the day I made up my business cards, so I gave myself a title.) Specifically I sell promotions, products, corporate incentive programs, recognition and awards programs, etc. Enough about me. I want to hear from all of you. I did receive a letter from Mary Lou Clewell McGinley who shared with me a similar experience February 1995 when her husband died. I spoke with her on the phone and had a wonderful chat catching up on the past 37 years. Mary Lou has never been back to a reunion and has promised to be at our 40th in the year of the millenium. I sure hope to see most of you there. Let’s start planning for the year 2000. From the Alumni House: James Houser recently received the Laureate Award for his outstanding service to his community. Dr. Houser is an internist at Northwest Medical Center in Franklin, Pa. Charles and Rita Roseman Bartolet ’61 both retired from the field of education in June 1996. Charles was the assistant principal and was with Saucon Valley School District for 36 years. Rita was a teacher in the Saucon Valley School District for 35 years.
✒ 1959 Kathy Werst Detweiler 1383 North Allen Street State College, PA 16803 firstname.lastname@example.org
✺ 1958 F. Jarrett (“Dee”) DeJulio (Bennie Bennett) P.O. Box 607 Dover, N.J. 07802-0607
✒ 1957 Pearl Stein 1900 Frontage Road #1306 Cherry Hill, N.J. 08034-2216
✒ 1956 Robert Gray 3190 Pheasant Drive Northampton, PA 18067-9768
✒ 1955 Helen Varady Keyser 2038 Kenmerer Street Bethlehem, PA 18018 From Helen: Time just seems to fly by. I know that when I receive my Moravian College Magazine, the next class column is due within a few weeks. Everyone is always so busy but Barbara Cump Schmoyer, Joan Landrock Schlegel, Rose Mandic Donchez, and I always manage to get together for lunch. We all enjoyed a nice lunch and lovely atmosphere at the Palace Gardens in Whitehall in June and Barbara’s granddaughter, Sarah, joined us. In July, Helen Desh Woodbridge ’54, Anne Enright ’52, and I took a ride to Boyertown, Pa., where we visited with Sister Millicent Drake ’54 who is a deaconess at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Besides serving as a deaconess to 2,400 parishioners she serves as minister to the congregation also. Sister Millicent, Helen, Anne, and I enjoyed a delicious lunch at Schaeffer’s Family Restaurant where we reminisced about our school and college days. And I was in another world when I saw all the covered bridge paintings there because I am so very interested in covered bridges. After our lunch we went back to St. John’s Lutheran Church where Sister Millicent took us on a tour. What a beautiful church in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country. During Musikfest, our nine-day multicultural festival in Bethlehem in August, John and I met Helen Woodbridge, Beverly Bell ’56, and Anne Enright coming out of Central Moravian Church where we heard the Concord singers, who were part of the Vespers Concert Service at Central Church. Later that evening John and I attended the Satori (a classical chamber group from the Lehigh Valley) in the Old Chapel, performing beauti-
ful music from the 16th to the 20th centuries. Five of us—Joan Landrock Schlegel, Rose Mandic Donchez, Nancy Zeleski Frantz ’52, Barbara Cump Schmoyer, and I finally got together for lunch at the Bridgeworks near Lehigh University. Nancy and Bob stay with Bob’s mother when they are here for the summer. Nancy tells us that Margaret Czipoth Underwood and husband Eugene visited Nancy and Bob in Hollywood, Fla. Margaret and Eugene have located to Costa Rica in retirement and also have an apartment in Hollywood Beach, Fla. I’m sorry to report that Margaret’s lovely sister, Helen Jean, passed away in August. John and I attended her service at our St. John’s Windosh Lutheran Church. Rosie, Joan, Barbara, and I love to go to Jean Elizabeth’s Lavendar Lace Tea Room in Emmaus once a year when Nancy is here in the summer. However, Nancy had foot surgery and was unable to be with us and we certainly missed her! We always enjoy our tea luncheon here and, of course, the fellowship and the reminiscing about Moravian College days while students. Rosie and Frances took a 10day trip to Alaska, the Yukon, and Vancouver in September. Joan and Wallace were in Texas and Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Barbara and Charles took their family to Rehoboth Beach in Delaware in July. John and I met Rosie and Frances at the St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church’s chicken dinner in October. We all enjoyed the wonderful ethnic dinner. We also saw Rosie and Frances at the Bethlehem/Murska Sobota Sister Cities Association (our ethnic association) get-together at St. John’s Windish Lutheran Church. Frances is a trustee of the organization. Barbara was taking care of a sick friend and was unable to be with us at the Newbury Inn in October. We missed Barbara but we had a good time as we always do—talking about Founder’s Day which we always look forward to, and our canasta days in the Wineberry Room on South Campus. We wondered whatever happened to Mae Kressly Arnold ’53 and Mary Lou Brachman Watchman. From the Alumni House: Dr. John Galgon, medical director of respiratory therapy at Lehigh Valley Hospital’s Pulmonary and Sleep Disorder Center, has designed a T-shirt to help people who snore while sleeping on their backs. The shirt has three pockets sewn down the middle of the back in which the wearer puts tennis balls so that he will be prevented from falling asleep on his back. The T-shirt is being sold under the name of Sleep-ezzz.
✒ 1954 Helen Desh Woodbridge 3574 Browning Lane Bethlehem, PA 18018 From Helen: From our affliations with both the Moravian Museum and Moravian Historical Society and from visits to Czechoslovakia in ’88 and the Czech Republic in ’94, Cas and I wanted to join the museum’s three-day February bus trip to the Gallery in Old Salem, N.C., to see the exhibit “A Thousand Years of Czech Culture: Riches from the National Museum in Prague.” The objects on display brought viewers a fascinating display of Czech history and culture from the middle ages to WWI. Cas and I are planning to travel to the Metropolitan Museum in New York in April with members of the National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors, of which Cas is an active member. Our plans have reawakened my memories of the World History course given over forty years ago at Moravian by Dr. Hotchkiss and our trip to the museum’s section on ancient Egypt. The sight of its impressively lasting as well as small objects from ancient times has remained with me and played a part in my appreciation of Egypt’s ancient monuments. Founder’s Day again brought together many old friends and classmates. Shirley B. Dutt, Lois L. Geehr, and I were joined by Jan B. Cook for a last lunch with President Martin. At the chapel service Lois’s voice added much beauty to the hymn singing, and at the get-together afterward we viewed the familiar but long-covered stained glass windows of our former chapel, now Peter Hall. There on the stage around the piano, joined by Bev Bell ’56 Anne Enright ’52, Helen V. Keyser ’55, and Corny Schlotter ’57, we sang our Alma Mater and expressed our thanks, our thoughts and hopes for meeting together next Founder’s Day. On July 3, Anne Enright, Helen Keyser, and I traveled to Boyertown to visit with Sister Millicent Drake. We saw a bit of the town as we walked to Schaffers Restaurant, where we enjoyed lunch while catching up on the years since any of us have seen or heard from her. She continues to find fulfillment in her work there, as pastor for services on Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings once a month. She likes preaching opportunities, admitting she was born before her time. She visits church members who are in the hospital or at home. The trip to Bake Oven Knob was a first for Bev and Anne who survived the hike to the top, saw no hawks but familiar buildings to the 28
distant south. While we were sitting atop the Kittatanny Range, Bev suggested to us a Sunday drive to Belleville where she once lived and to other spots in Huntingdon County. One October Sunday morning we did just that, seeing places that have meaning for her. The area means a lot to me, too, having visited Big Valley during the first ten years of our married life in nearby State College. I had a chat with Mim Bott before she and Don left for winter in Phoenix. I saw her at our Christian ed building (Central Moravian Church) lending a hand in preparation for Market Day, October 25. She spoke of the Phoenix reunion last March which Marge E. Martin also attended. Jerry Ihle’s retirement following his 43 years of service as pastor for the United Methodist churches in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference is noteworthy, as is his and Janet’s 40th anniversary this fall and their celebration in New England. They will return to a new address in New Jersey. Cas and I also celebrated our 40th this fall, back in Bermuda where we had the pleasure of visiting another alumna, Gwen Samuels Outerbridge ’31, in her home. Though a Bermudian for 65 years, she still likes to talk about her days at Moravian, the Moravian Book Shop, sugar cake, and the beeswax candles which she shares in a special way with her two sons in Colorado and in Canada and with her daughter nearby. Pat Nebinger enjoys the company of her grandson Victor a couple days a week while daughter Lori continues her job. She also is a helpful neighbor to Pat B. Hunter, now a nearby resident in the Buchanan Park Apartments. Glad to know that Pat Hunter is doing well after a serious attack of pancreatitis.
✺ 1953 Charlie Hasenecz 3940 Washington Street Bethlehem, PA 18020 Mundahas@aol.com Marilyn Nuss Landon 1510 Taylor Avenue Ft. Washington, MD 20744-2911 E. Allen Schultz 931 San Carlos Avenue, N.E. St. Petersburg, FL 33702 From Allen: From Waconia, Minn., where he and his wife Faith live, Wolfram Fliegel wrote in a brief note that he retired several years ago but remains very active. His activities include occasional preaching assignments and numerous volunteer projects including leading a discussion group for adults, volunteering with
Parents Anonymous, and serving on the board of a local foundation. The last time I saw Wolfram was about six years ago at Lake Mills Moravian Church where he was in the church kitchen assisting with serving of a supper meal at a special event. We found him the driving force in keeping things moving, and shortly thereafter he led a discussion group with great skill and enthusiasm. As with many of us, he is so busy in retirement that he wonders where he found the time for full-time work. Doug Strack writes from Franklin, N.C., that after retiring from a law career he enrolled in radio and tv courses at Southwestern College and then embarked upon a new career and so far has been shooting documentaries. He said that he and his wife Linda just returned from Jasper, Colo., shooting video and that they have complete editing facilities at their home. He also mentioned that North Carolina is second only to California in film and tv production. He mentioned several major films that were shot on location in North Carolina, including The Last of the Mohicans with Daniel Day Lewis and Nell with Jody Foster. Jim Weaver reports from San Bernardino, Calif., that he un-retired in 1995 after two years of retirement, and claims to have the “best job I’ve ever had” with Shipley Electronics. He reports further that he left the ministry in June 1963, had his own business from December 1970 to December 1984, divorced in 1985, moved to California in 1986, and worked with Circuit City until his retirement in 1993. He says his health is great, and that he has a wonderful family of two children and four grandchildren. His son Mark is a supervising engineer with Air Products and travels the world. His daughter Martha is a professional opera singer and has sung roles with many opera companies and will be in recital in London in April 1998. Jim says that his grandchildren are also doing well. His eldest granddaughter is a sophomore at Illinois Institute of Technology in aerospace engineering; and his eldest grandson received the highest SAT score in the history of his high school—1530 out of possible 1600! I learned that Gene Glasser retired from his position as planned giving officer with the Western District of the Moravian Church about a year ago, and that he was one of a team who dismantled the original 1861 Mamre, Wis., Moravian Church building and reconstructed it at the Lake Mills-Aztalan Historical Museum. Gene and his wife Jean live in Lake Mills, Wisconsin. I recall that Gene was an excellent woodworker and, as a freshman, I was impressed that he built an attractive chair which he brought with him from Michigan—and it was comfortable, too!
It was great to learn that retirement for these three individuals at least does not mean being confined to a porch rocker. The summer of 1997 found my wife Jean and me trying to escape the heat and humidity of Florida on an extended trip up and down the eastern seaboard visiting friends and relatives from Florida to Maine. Near record heat and humidity followed us all the way! We did have the privilege of visiting with Dave Henkelmann and his wife Mary Ellen (Mel) in Lebanon, Pa., and John Smith ’54 and his wife Dixie in Lancaster. On our way back to St. Petersburg we had a family reunion at the over 100-year-old log cabin belonging to our son Glen ’84 and daughter-in-law Arleen ’84 in the North Carolina mountains. Glen rechinked the logs and made other repairs to restore it to its orginal condition. (Glasser would be proud of this boy’s woodworking skills!). We really roughed it—thirteen of us in one room with no electricity or running water! Fortunately, we were all family. I want to express appreciation to Charlie Hasenecz for coming on as co-agent for the Class of 1953. We will share this column, so, guys, send news to either of us. From Charlie: Ken Achey is retired from the Steel Co. He and his wife Mabel have three sons and one grandson. John Baird and his wife Mary have an antique shop at the Green Dragon Farmers’ Market. Their two sons and a daughter have given them eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Dan Gallagher has been retired 15 years from the Steel. He spends a lot of time golfing. Jerry Labanz and his wife Mary enjoy Florida during our cold winter months.Their five daughters have bestowed eight grandchildren on them. Lou Michelin and his wife Joyce also fly south to Florida to beat the cold. They visit their three daughters and six grandchildren “scattered across the country.” Lou also golfed in Scotland and Ireland. Ed Pastir retired in ’92 from the Steel. He and his wife Virginia enjoy their two daughters and son. Ed also enjoys “fishing” period. Rev. Engelbrecht, Bob to many of us, is a walking docent at the Bethlehem Moravian Museum. He and his wife Joan are active in the Moravian Historical Society in Nazareth. Charlie Peters retired from the Bethlehem Area School District after 35 years of teaching and coaching football. He was assistant coach to Rocco Calvo at Moravian. He and his wife Betty travel and enjoy their four daughters and three grandchildren.
✒ 1952 Gloria Parkhill PO Box 214 Stockertown, PA 18083-0214 From Gloria: Thanks to those who returned reunion surveys, giving me news to pass along about classmates. First, however, is a short review of the 45th reunion. Because of limitations to my ambulatory ability, I had to skip the Founder’s Day chapel services on May 9, but Mary Pongracz and I managed to splash through a heavy downpour to attend the luncheon on South Campus. Joining us at the table were Evelyn Buss Conover, Alice Jane Schofer Durner, and Anne Enright plus Janet Fabian Andre ’51. Friday evening, in still somewhat wet weather, my husband Stanley escorted Mary and me to the reception and barbecue, also on South Campus. Throughout the weekend, particularly on Saturday morning, Stanley and I enjoyed chatting with alumni in various reunion classes, from near and far geographic areas. I restricted participation on Saturday morning, again because of my knee, so I could walk in the second annual reunion parade. Until just minutes before the start of the parade, I was the only class member and sole bearer of the purple and gold 1952 banner. Luckily, Mary P. arrived in time to help hold the banner; half a block along the route we waved Frances Webber Horton into line from the sidewalk and put her between us behind the banner. Mary had to play at a wedding so she did not attend the awards luncheon, but Frances was there as was Janet Andre, and Polly Rayner ’53 joined us. Sorry to have missed any of you present at the evening festivities, which I was unable to attend. Dolores Pfeffer Wolfe, like several others who wrote, enjoyed the 40th reunion and is looking forward to our 50th. For the 45th, however, she was getting ready for a high school reunion in June and a four-week western and Alaskan trip with her oldest granddaughter. Meanwhile, husband Frederick was tending the old Vermont country store he and Lorry co-own in Chester. They want to sell the store so they can retire to have more time for their volunteer activities, which include emphasis on quality of life for youth, and elder care that enables seniors to remain in their homes. Ruth Treut Schlecht sent an invitation: “To all my classmates: Arizona is a long way from Bethlehem but I would welcome any of you who are traveling this way.” Now a retired medical technologist, Ruth and husband
William, a retired engineer, live in Wickenburg. She is a volunteer at D.C. Western Museum in Wickenburg. Grace Flath Bentzin is “trying to retire, but having such a good time working!” She’s a legal assistant for a firm in Watertown, Wis. Grace lives in the Moravian Marquardt Village in Watertown and is able to visit every day with her mother in the Village’s nursing home. She is still singing, playing the organ, and directing a choir. Grace attends concerts, the opera, and so forth in Madison, Milwaukee, and sometimes Chicago. To escape Wisconsin’s blustery weather, she has been able to take winter breaks in Florida and Palm Springs and even got to Paris in April. Mary Innes Christman, who left Moravian after our sophomore year, wrote to say she enjoys seeing familiar names in the Moravian College Magazine. As a volunteer Mary teaches swimming at the YMCA; she is an Athritis Foundation/YMCA-certified instructor in water exercise. Mary retired January 1, 1992, after 35 years as a medical technologist and supervisor of hematology and histology. Her husband John is also retired from his position as a school counselor. They have a celebrity cat, Turf, whose photograph was published in a local newspaper for qualifying, at age 23, as a Miami Valley “Senior Citizen Cat” in Sidney, Ohio. Evelyn Buss Conover wrote from Ewing, N.J., that she and Charlie are enjoying “our golden years.” She said many friends have moved to condos but they kept their house for children and grandchildren visitng from Virginia, New York, and California. Evie also mentioned they both are in good health, play tennis and bridge, and enjoy traveling. Their last trip was September 1996 to China with Lehigh and Northwestern alumni. Evie just finished a term as president of her garden club; she volunteers on the Mercer County Deaf Contact Helpline of which she is director. Elaine Wagner Martinez, who lives in Roselle, Ill., retired April 1, 1995. She has “taken on volunteer activities,” and spends time with her eight grandchildren ranging from 10 years to 5 months. She retired from Zurich American Group where as a computer programmer/analyst, she was head office claims supervisor. In July, Elaine participated with her church choir in a performance of Haydn’s Creation in a choir festival at Wells Cathedral in England. In addition to the choir at church, Elaine is a Stephen minister, a support group facilitator for the Alliance for the Mentally Ill and a helper with children whose mothers are substance abusers. Baroque music concerts, gardening, walking, and reading are things she does for her benefit. Frances Webber Horton retired in June 29
1993 and finds herself busier than during her more than 30 years as an elementary teacher. Besides volunteer work as a church musician, she is active in Meals on Wheels and “Art Goes to School” programs, has been taking classes in water color, and is “revisiting” Bach by producing tapes of his organ and piano music. Fran and her husband Rodney have traveled in France, Germany, China, Alaska, and Hawaii, and this July will be visiting England where their younger daughter and family are affiliated with Boeing. The Hortons live in Audubon, Pa. Alice Jane Schofer Durner enjoyed teaching in the ’50s but after her husband passed away, the thought of returning to teaching in the ’80s “definitely scared” her. Since she had enjoyed hospital work (20 years as an ER volunteer at St. Luke’s Hospital), she became an admissions clerk at Muhlenberg Hospital Center in Bethlehem and stayed 15 years. Now retired, Janey shares a condo with her mother in Bethlehem. Her eighth grandchild arrived last October and lives close enough in Allentown to be visited. The others are in Atlanta, Ga., Greensboro, N.C., and Wayne, Pa. Janey recently learned that her daughter in Greensboro plays tennis with a daughter of Sue Ann Henkelman Fortney ’53. Zora Martin Felton wrote from Washington that she is “still recovering from Ed’s passing, now more than a year ago.” She is keeping busy as a volunteer at a neighborhood elementary school, several community boards of directors, a Howard University research center and at the Smithsonian Institution’s Anacostia Museum from which she retired in 1994 as director of education and outreach. Zora exercises three times a week at a senior center, attends concerts and other cultural programs, and enjoys having nine grandchildren. She is looking forward to a cruise of the Greek Isles in the fall and hopes to become an Elderhostel participant before this year ends. Mary Pongracz made a list of the things she does and noted that she may have forgotten a few. Her interests are many but it would be safe to say that her organist and choir director duties take precedence. She also is a Democratic committeewoman. She is a member of the Metropolitan Opera Guild, president of the boards of both the Bethlehem Area Housing Development Corp. and the Housing Opportunity Movement, and a member of the boards of Exodus, Bethlehem Musikfest Association, Friends of Music of Bethlehem, and South Bethlehem Historical Society. Trying to coordinate the 45th reunion came at a busier time than usual for Mary and at what became a physically challenging time for me, the designated class correspondent who tries to keep a low profile in this column. 30
Several weeks after Alumni Weekend, I learned that a prescription mistake had caused some of my miseries. Feeling much better by the change of one half of one small pill, I have been trying to catch up on my responsiblities. My volunteer work involves being an assistant minister at our church, for which I prepare news releases and supervise the lector schedule. I am in the last few months of a three-year term on the Congregation Council for which I have been recording secretary. My non-volunteer work as an elected member of the Stockertown Borough Council continues until the end of 1999. In mid-1988 I was named to fill a vacant seat, and I have been successful in three elections since then. As part of my duties I was a representative to the Middle Eastern Counties Association of Boroughs and currently representing the Borough on the board of directors of the Bushkill Stream Conservatory. Perhaps, for the 50th reunion, any of you who are still around would be interested to know that the Alumni Office, when made aware in advance, does remarkably well in trying to make arrangements for those with special needs.
✒ 1951 Andy Jasso 35 Greenwich Street Bethlehem, PA 18018-2439 Carol Buechner McMullen 613 Cliff Street HoHoKus, NJ 07423
✒ 1950 Bob Scholl P.O. Box 5083 Bethlehem, PA 18015
✒ 1949 Faye Werley Jurden Oak Lane Manor 1113 Parkside Drive Wilmington, DE 19803 Thomas E. Keim 422 East Locust Street Bethlehem, PA 18018 William H. Woods 3032 Coplay Lane Whitehall, PA 18052 From the Alumni House: Dr. Harold Allen is enjoying his retirement and is a docent for the Singer Society for the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. The museum is located in Hagerstown, Md., a few miles south of Chambersburg, Pa., where he resides.
Bernard J. Terzigni writes that he is doing locum tenens work as an internist and is completing his study for a Ph.D. His son Douglas and his wife are both practicing neurologists in the Tampa Bay area. Bernie’s other son David is in his fourth year of medical school and plans a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiology. Michele, Bernie’s daughter, is a registered nurse in Michigan. Joyce and Bernie are in Europe touring fifteen countries in three months. Then they return to the Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City, continue “leaf peeping” in New England, North Carolina, and Tennessee, and then will catch the October Fest in Helen, Ga. Joyce and Bernie will return to Florida for the holidays and the birth of a new grandchild.
✺ 1948 Marion W. Eichman 1280 Wymewood Drive Bethlehem, PA 18017-3553 From the Alumni House: Lloyd Bergner has retired as a surgeon and is now living in Israel. Janice Trauger Bewley recently moved from Fort Walton Beach, Fla. to Niceville, Fla.
✒ 1947 June Urffer Moyer 27012 Aldeano Drive Mission Viejo, CA 92691 From June: I received a note from Jacqueline Burpeau who lives in Florida. “It is with sadness I am writing to tell you of the death of my sister Jane Egeln Spooner ’47 on August 8, 1997. Jane had bypass surgery on the 6th, but the procedure was too much for her weakened heart. She is missed by her children, Stacey, Eric, and Bryon, three grandchildren, and sisters, Jacqueline, Dorothy, and brother William. Jane had hoped to make the 50th class reunion but the trip to Bethlehem from Tulsa, Okla., was too much for her. Jane had so many happy memories of Moravian and her many friendships.” Lorry Zoschak Kelly is keeping busy. She enjoyed three-, four-, and five-year-olds in Vacation Bible School, although two days later she came down with a virus that may have “been given with love” by the little ones. Marjorie Coleman Silverberg called me from Pennsylvania. She took her children, their spouses, and all thirteen grandchildren on a seven-day cruise. Jane, Mickey’s daughter, had baby number two in December so Mickey is flying to Chicago to help the family. Mickey enjoys serving on the Moravian Alumni Board.
Charlotte Unangst Schisler writes about going to Albuquerque for a family reunion, visiting in Colorado, seeing family in North Carolina, and attending a three-day wedding in Boston. Charlotte and Al celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary in July with a hundred family members and friends. In September, they spent a week at Virginia Beach with the Shriners. Bob and I were in Pennsylvania for a month in autumn. We enjoyed the effects of Mother Nature’s paintbrush. We had lunch with Ethel Wuchter ’41 and her husband, as we drove through town on our way to our grandnephew’s wedding. We left Pennsylvania just in time. It was getting chilly at our cabin in the mornings and evenings. Temperatures reached 26 degrees the night we left for California where we flew into 75 degree weather. We love having two residences and enjoy two different lifestyles. Always fun to be with family and our friends on the East Coast. From the Alumni House: Jean Achey Schrader writes that her granddaughter, Jacquelyn Foeund, was selected to sing the “Morning Star” solo at the Moravian College Christmas Vespers. Her sister Jessica sang the solo at the 1994 Vespers.
✒ 1946 Martha Miexell Danner 10 Lynbrook Drive Lambertville, N.J. 08530-3007 Ada Zellner Flower 834 Hilltop Road Oyster Bay, NY 11771 From Ada: During the last year Barbara Shepherd’s mother died at age 98 and Phyllis Clark’s dad, also well into his 90s, died. It was difficult for both women to adjust to their loss. John and Mary Titlow Harrison find retirement great, with children and grandchildren near. The Harrisons communicate with Dotty Wilson Schlottman and her husband via e-mail. Ann Roat Meyer and Ed (a retired Marine general) travel to Europe and Hawaii annually. In 1997 they went on their third trip on a French barge. Ed collects WWI commemorative medallions. Ann keeps in touch with a number of Moravian and Lehigh friends. They have two sons, a daughter, and five grandsons. Frank and I have traveled lots in 1997: California, Yellowstone area, Egypt, the Outer Banks, and Bald Head Island in North Carolina, a Smithsonian Study Tour of Gettysburg. We appreciate being able to go! On the down side, three of our grandchildren have been critically ill this year.
From the Alumni House: Barbara Shepherd missed the alumi luncheon in Florida this year but was able to have lunch with Pat Duckworth Brown and Grace Keeler Hodge. They enjoyed the time spent reminiscing over the good old days.
✒ 1945 Jane Smith Ebelhare 805 Buckeye Street Ft. Collins, CO 80524 From Jane: Shortly after I sent off the fall column, I received a “gangbusters” letter from Ruth Fikentsher Smith. It was in response to the history of the last 50 years of my life which I sent her, and it covered her moves from Bethlehem to Colorado and then to Arizona. Her son Bill still lives in Colorado and is the director of the sanitation district in Cortez, Colo., and drives a restored 1934 Ford. Among other amusing things that she reported, the highlight of the day was that Harry managed to have the computer checkbook balance the first time through. Eleanor Beidelman Kline spent ten days with her sister and brother-in-law in Columbia, Md., in September and then went to Pennsylvania to visit her 96-year-old aunt. Despite the extreme heat there in Katy, Tex., this year she has had lots of activities with her grandson, Chris, who is a busy sixth grader. What a nice surprise to hear from Helen Westerman Moidel. She moved to Pittsburgh about a year ago after having lived in Wheeling, W.V., for more than fifty years, and she is very happy with all aspects of her move. The big news is that she became the great-grandmother of a darling baby girl, who lives in Baltimore, on August 1, 1997. I can always count on Ellen Peters McGinnis both for the help and news. The trip to Seattle and the San Juans in August was “delightful” and included grandson Riley’s third birthday party. Actually, Ralph and Ellen have been able to visit all of their children and grandchildren in 1997, and that’s no easy project, since the combined family includes eight children and eight grandchildren spread over Pennsylvania, Alaska, California, and Washington. Ellen claims to do other things, but I think she is on the road most of the time. Dorothy Stump Lied sent me a snapshot of one of her paintings. It is a scene of Welshpool, Campobello Island, Canada, where Dorothy attended a workshop, and it is absolutely beautiful. In early September, Dorothy flew to Luxembourg with European Backroad Tours, spent two days in Turckheim, France, and then circled Switzerland by train and bus. At Kandersteg, Dorothy had a visit
from a young lady who had been an exchange student at a German high school last year with Dorothy’s granddaughter. It was a very rewarding experience, especially since the teen had traveled three hours on the train for the meeting. Dorothy returned just in time for the Ephrata Fair, September 20-25, where her entries cleaned up. Her knitted afghan and child’s cardigan won first and third prizes, and her paintings were first and second. Then in the baked goods she ran off with the first, second, and third for her cookies, sticky buns, and biscuits respectively. She admits to enjoying all the great food, so I guess that’s why she goes to exercise class regularly. Jackie Stout McGiffert has a house at Flathead Lake, Mont. (between Missoula and Glacier National Park), where she spent most of her time last summer and fall. I spoke to her in mid-October and she was making preparations to close the lake hosue for the winter. Her son Brian and grandson Cameron visited for several enjoyable weeks in August. Florence Drebert Fritts and husband Warren celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Florida and were joined by their children and grandchildren. One of Florence’s cousins from Edmonton, Canada, visited for a week, and Florence took her to visit many of the places of interest. She was very much impressed with the marvelous old architecture of the Lehigh Valley. Then the last week in August was spent in Ocean City, where they ran into Janet Moyer Paulus and her husband, Dick strolling along the boardwalk. Janet Moyer Paulus wrote me while waiting for her grandson at the orthodontist’s. She has graduated from steering the stroller to being a V.I.P chauffuer now. In early October, she had a telephone call bonanza—one each from Ellen McGinnis, Gloria Chipman, and Florence Fritts, all within an hour. Janet, Florence, and Jackie Haas Bauder attended a memorial service for Muriel Kemper Morse in August and were able to spend some time with Muriel’s family. She and Dick had their annual luncheon date with Marie Fehr Goodyear and her husband. Marie was Janet’s “Big sister” at Moravian. The embroidered blocks which Janet and her friends are doing for their church’s wall hanging should be done by the end of October. Lois Moser Harke and husband Al are now settled in their new home in Marquard Village, Watertown, Wis., and seem to be loving it. Some of their long-time friends live there as does Lois’ sister. A recent CAT scan brought them excellent news about Al and he is feeling wonderful. Lois also reports that the local dinner theatre productions have been very enjoyable.
Alice Joyce Yeager put in some serious travel time this fall. After her trip to visit her son in Rocky Mount, N.C., she spent time in September with her daughter who was recuperating from surgery and who lives in Laurel, Md. Then she and her daughter visited relatives in Pleasantville, N.J., and toured some of the seashore towns. While in Ocean City, they met a woman from Moscow whose stories of loneliness, disillusionment, and near poverty make us realize how fortunate we are. Gloria Gately Chipman wrote right after she and Frank had returned from Europe in October. The trip was enjoyable but not exactly planned. They went to Vienna for a few days and then were to take a seven-day cruise on the Danube. However, the water level on the lower Danube between Vienna and Budapest was so low that the boat couldn’t navigate, so they traveled up the river for four days to Passau, Germany, and took bus trips to Bratislava and Budapest. Despite some major home improvements, Beryl Harrison has squeezed in a little golf three or four times a week. She is anticipating her annual trip to Florida, where she plays a number of different golf courses. She will be staying with a friend in Tamarac, Fla., whose house just happens to have a heated pool and jacuzzi. She says that they “golf, swim, eat out, and play bridge in the evening.” My sympathies go out to you, Beryl. As I’m writing this column on October 25, we are experiencing the Fall of 1997 Colorado blizzard. We have about eighteen inches of snow with drifts of two to three feet here in Fort Collins, but it’s worse in Denver and points east of here. We are now about to experience one of the great benefits of retirement—we don’t have to go out to work in it and can just enjoy its beauty. We will go back to Wellington, Fla., in early January to help with the Winter Equestrian Festival until midMarch.
✒ 1944 Jane Shirer 6447 Overbrook Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19151
✺ 1943 Margaret L. Albright 129 North 11th Street Allentown, PA 18102 June Bright Reese 22 East Washington Avenue Bethlehem, PA 18018 From June: Recently the College Class of 1943 and the Secretarial Class of 1941 held a mini-reunion at a local restaurant. The two classes have 32
merged for some of their social events because some of the local women were graduated from the same area high schools. Much of our discussion centered around our approaching 55th class reunion in May. Betty Adams Roach, our reunion chair, gave us a pep talk about returning the surveys sent out by the College and urged us to contact other members to ask whether or not they are coming. Betty also asked for suggestions for a theme for the Alumni Parade. We were happy to have Bertie Knisely ’69, director of alumni relations, attend the luncheon. She gave us an update on plans for the Alumni Weekend this year on the last weekend in May. The theme will be “Carousels.” Some of the program will be more informal to attract the younger classes. Bertie reported that Moravian’s new president, Dr. Rokke, will be inaugurated on April 18. Some members of our class had a very interesting summer. Frances Correll Hablett, “Macky” Sortwell Kerrigan, daughter Debbie, and friend Sue took a delightful cruise to Alaska. Fran has concluded treatment for her illness and is doing very well. “Macky” celebrated her birthday on board ship with “lots of lobster.” Peggy Mason Marcks has been working for five years during the summer months in the Hamilton Stores in Yellowstone National Park. This year, besides doing that, she also took a trip to China via Hong Kong. The tour group, with a lovely Chinese girl as a guide, visited Beijing, Tiananmen Square, and the Great Wall, viewed the Chinese warriors, and took a five-day trip on the Yangtze River, where a hydroelectric plant is being built. She also saw evidence of a diversion of the river to form a dam. They also noted a great deal of construction elsewhere. China is indeed a “sleeping giant,” she said. Most people in the big cities travel by bicycle, even men dressed in suits and ties. Peggy was impressed with the Chinese people who were always well-dressed and very polite. Joyce Gilbert Lukehart, who very kindly arranges our luncheons, and her husband are looking forward to spending two months in Florida’s east coast. Bill and I attended our niece’s wedding recently in San Diego. We also enjoyed courses on drama through an Elderhostel while there. We expect to spend the winter in Marco Island. Our address there has changed. Betty Roach’s Bethlehem address has also changed. Contact the Alumni Office for both. Nancy Reichard Kichline ’41 and Marian Carty Durkee are quite involved in the Bethlehem Garden Club. Marian also volunteers at St. Luke’s Hospital and the Moravian Museum.
I am very sorry to report the deaths of two of our members. Alice Dax and Laenore Yeisley ’41 died in the spring of 1997. Remember to attend our 55th reunion in May. It will be fun if you come. If it is not possible, please drop a line and do send in your survey. We will be looking for you!
✒ 1942 Mary Kuehl Concevitch 1036 Center Street Bethlehem, PA 18018
✒ 1941 Ruth Hemmerly Kelly 30 West Market Street Bethlehem, PA 18018 From Ruth: The class of 1941 has suffered another loss of a husband. Dottie Lukens Comegys lost her husband Massey last May just after they had returned from a trip to Maine. So it was a sad but also a good summer in some ways for her. Her granddaughter was married in Norway to a Norwegian in a Stav church which was all wood and completely carved and painted on the inside. Dottie and her daughter toured around in Norway after the wedding. Thelma Scheifele Heiberger resigned from her music ministry in Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northampton on September 1 after 25 years of directing the choir and 21 years of playing the organ. She has many cherished memories of this long service to youth and adults, and was complimented by her pastor for her great attention to unity in the service, matching the music to the reading of the day. Ruth Overfield Fidorak and her husband Mike gave an interesting travel log on the trip to Vietnam recently. They plan to go back there shortly. I think they must be running out of new places to go. It was quite a thrill running into Tom Keim ’49 with his Moravian sweatshirt last June on the top of Cadillac Mountain. We all do seem to get around. My summer involved a five-week stay in China, one week of orientation in Beijing, and four weeks teaching English at Shenyang University of Science and Technology. It was a fascinating experience in spite of the 90degree weather, and the 100 steps we climbed each day to our 4th-floor classrooms. The emphasis was on speaking and pronunciation and the students were a delight, so eager to learn. We also did some sightseeing in Beijing, the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and Tiananmen Square where there were flying kites of many kinds. Also to the Palace in Shenyang, and the water caves in
Benxin, where you wear a down coat and ride for an hour in a boat looking at formations lit by colored lights and marked by titles in both Chinese and English.
✒ 1940 Anne Borhek Manning 2913 Anderson Drive Raleigh, NC 27608-1507
✒ 1939 Arlington A. Nagle, M.D. 855 N. Park Road, Apt. 201 Reading, PA 19610 Alice Snyder Wilson 10 Hillside Place Cranford, NJ 07016 From Arlie: This is just a short note because I only heard from one person in our class and that is Allen Stever and his good wife, Mary. Allen had a cataract operation on October 1, 1997, after having waited three months for this appointment. Needless to say, he is rather upset by this. Otherwise, he has recovered well from his hip trouble. Mary continues to receive many awards for the large amount of volunteer work she does for their area. Many alumni are disappointed at the cancellation of the Alumni Association Antiques Show. This was a very good show and a good time for us to gather and get together in an informal alumni meeting. I have spoken to alumni director Bertie Knisely about the closing and I encourage all of you to support the new Art Auction which has taken its place (we can gather, there, too). Kas and I will be leaving for England on October 1, 1997, for several weeks to visit with two of our friends over there. We are not going on a tour—this will be a nice visit with our friends. From Alice: For our next 1939 column I am proposing that each of you send me as soon as possible a happy thought—something good that has happened to you or a member of your family during the last year. We hear enough bad news so I ask you to send me some good news soon. As a starter for happy news I wrote to Peggy Hastings Johnson. From her home Peggy does volunteer work for her public library. She recently covered all the children’s paperback books with laminated paper. This gives the paperbacks a longer shelf life. Peggy listens to library tapes to detect any flaws. She also does work on their card files. For her several clubs and her church she does telephoning. Doreen McLean Moses and Bill come to visit Peggy quite often.
Once a Star, Always a Star Charged by the electrifying leaps of captain “Boom Boom” Baum, the Moravian basketball court was ablaze in 1928. Elected team captain three times, Hannah Baum was a most valuable player. The Mirror (the periodical for Moravian College for Women) called her the “mainstay of the team.” While records for that period are sketchy, it is said that Hannah held the girls’ scoring record for years. Hannah’s talents were not limited to the basketball court; she shared her vocal skills at Glee Club performances and also at Vespers where she was soloist for “Morning Star.” Her spirit of participation cast her in a number of MCW activities from holding class office to being “a friend to all and everybody’s friend,” said the Mirror. While it is true the Allentown trolley transported Hannah to Moravian’s door, a touch of fate and a $75 scholarship helped, too!
Photo: Marion Preston.
Peggy’s daughters and their husbands came to visit her from North Carolina. They rented a van that will lift and carry a wheelchair. They took Peggy on several errands, but best of all they took her to Ocean City. That was a big treat because she loves the seashore. Beth Michel Persons called me from Minnesota to inquire about the 1939 column missing in the last Moravian College Magazine. She thought that something had happened to
Today at age 90, an engaging Hannah Baum Brown reflects on her twenty-eight-year teaching career and hopes she has lived up to the MCW motto: “Not for education alone, but to raise the standard of living.” By all accounts, she has. Her Moravian spirit has touched her niece, Lucy Romig Hilder ’48, her great-niece, Anne Romig Weiss ’82, and many others. All 70th reunion celebrants will be honored at Alumni Weekend, May 2930, 1998. Look for Hannah there and, on your next visit to Payne Gallery, listen for the echoes of Hannah’s footsteps flying across the old gym floor. She was a basketball star; she is a Moravian “star.”
your correspondent. I was able to reassure her that the glitch took place at Moravian, not at my Cranford desk. I told her that my broken hip is mended. That’s happy news, but Beth did have some sad news. Her husband, Cyril, died last spring. Millie Diefenderfer Thompson has also recovered from her broken bones that were reported in the last fall issue.
Esther McNomee Sleight wrote of her busy happy life in her new community. She is taking three courses—comparative religion, customs and celebrations, and Shakespeare sonnets. Mac sings in the chorus, has a part in a play, serves on the entertainment committee and plays the piano for Sunday services.
✺ 1938 Evalyn Adams Hawk 306 Ohio Avenue, Shimer Manor Philipsburg, N.J. 08865
Jennifer Mitchell to Edward James Roncoroni, May 24, 1997. Amy Rittenhouse to Bryan Corrado ’93, in 1997.
To Dinesh Pandya and Kelly, a son, Evan Amit, July 19, 1997.
1991 Shawn Eric Baksa to Lori-Jean Alicia Funk, in 1997. Dave Wyckoff to Kimberly Breiner ’94, in 1997.
1992 Rebecca Stevenson to Gorka Angulo ’91, June 1996.
1979 To Jean Leach Lohmann and Neal, a daughter, Isabella, August 11, 1997.
❀ Deaths 1970 Elizabeth Rohs McLennan, September 18, 1997.
1959 Michael J. Koury, October 22, 1997. Robert T. Sottile, March 20, 1997.
Bertha Finkelstein Cohen 2800 South Ocean Boulevard, Apt. 9A Boca Raton, FL 33452
Terry D. Rader, November 7, 1997.
Amy Singel toTerence McConlogue ’83, February 14, 1997. Kerri Selland to Steven Jon Pepoy, October 3, 1997.
Harold E. Orvis 421 East Drake Road Ft. Collins, CO 80525-1731
✒ 1935 Wilma Kistler Uhrich 300 Willow Valley Lakes Dr., Apt. A319 Willow Street, PA 17584 From the Alumni House: A. Franklin (“Tubby”) Campbell wrote that he and and Naomi attended their 66th reunion at Liberty High School on October 5. They are currently residing at Westley Village and are happy with their care. Tubby mentioned his founding of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in 1972 and praised alumni who have done missionary work, such as outstanding women’s basketball player Kathy Beck DeKorte ’92 who “took the gospel” to Russia, Ukraine, and the Czech Republic, and Andrea Birdsall ’93 who went to Croatia in 1994 with the Mennonite Gospel Team, to Bosnia in 1995, and back to Croatia in 1996, where she is now. “Many alumni keep in touch,” wrote Tubby. “Regina Frejer Yorke ’83 is involved in teaching Christian day school. She went to Ukraine in 1996. “Vito Guarino ’80 joined the F.B.I and has traveled the world. Mary Alice Keenan ’80 and Kent Marton ’83 are missionaries under Worldwide Christian Gospel and have been to Spain preaching the gospel.”
❦ Marriages 1996 Ann Rissmiller to Dan Flood, October 3, 1997.
C. Melissa Ledbetter to Joseph P. Slayton, September 20, 1997.
❣ Births 1992 To Bob Wascura and Sarah, a daughter, Emily Tillson, August 2, 1997.
1990 Amy Singel McConlogue and Terence, ’83, a daughter, Kevyn Britton, June 20, 1997.
1989 To Lisa Adone Renschen and Steven, a son, Matthew Tyler, June 28, 1997. To Christine Germuga Rander and Erik, a daughter, Megan, December 11, 1996. To Traci and John Stocker, a son, Daniel, May 31, 1997.
1987 To Edie Lewis, a daughter, Caroline Elisabeth, on June 1, 1997. To Georgine Danyi, a daughter, April 10, 1997.
1986 To Beverly Kirk Altemose and Charles Altemose Jr. ’88, a daughter, Elizabeth Maura, May 8, 1997. To Ann Zacek Bazin and Brad ’87, a daughter, Kelly Ann, January 4, 1997.
1985 To Kim and Art Leiby, a daughter, Sullivan Forrest, October 8, 1997. To Ann and Greg Kopyta, a son, August 11, 1997.
Michael Howell, April 4, 1997.
1952 Walter G. Mooney, November 6, 1997. Harold G. Skinner, September 23, 1997.
1951 Lois Pearson Carson, August 24, 1997.
1947 Jane Egeln Spooner, August 8, 1997.
1945 Josephine Belshaw, October 1, 1997. Muriel Kemper Morse, December 3, 1996.
1943 Laenore Yeisley Cawley, January 11, 1997.
1939 Regina Hauck, March 27, 1997. Martha Pullen, May 29, 1997.
1938 Beatrice C. Wachter, July 16, 1997.
1933 Geraldine Quier, no date given.
1929 Elizabeth Epstein, no date given.
1926 C. Earl Albrecht, July 18, 1997.
1915 Margaret E. Brennecke, May 18, 1997.
Other Paul Mueller, professor of German at Moravian 1947-1965, November 23, 1997.
Building a Solid Foundation Helps Provide for the Future The roots of Charles D. Couch’s family run deep into Moravian history. Charlie is a direct descendent of Count Nicholas von Zinzendorf and his daughter, the Countess Benigna von Watteville. Benigna’s founding of the Moravian Seminary for Young Ladies in 1742 is counted as its founding date by Moravian College, and Charlie’s family has been involved in the other streams of tradition that have flowed together to make up the modern-day institution. Among those in his family tree are the Rev. Paul de Schweinitz, men’s college Class of 1884, and a president of the Northern Province of the Moravian Church in America, and the Rev. Edmund de Schweinitz, who served as president of Moravian College and Theological Seminary from 1867 to 1885. In all, more than a dozen members of Charlie’s family have attended Moravian. While Charlie appreciates his Moravian roots, his real concern is that Moravian College will be able to train future generations of students at both the Theological Seminary and the College. That’s why he has provided generously for them through life income gifts that also will benefit him during his lifetime. By making gifts of appreciated securities to fund a charitable gift annuity, he avoids paying capital gains tax and can enjoy increased income which is guaranteed for his lifetime. Upon his death, his gifts will be added to Moravian’s unrestricted endowment and will benefit Moravian students in perpetuity. For more information about how to make a gift to benefit yourself as well as Moravian, contact Lisa Dippre Titus Director of Major and Planned Gifts Moravian College · Moravian Theological Seminary 1200 Main Street Bethlehem, PA 18018 610-861-1342; toll-free:1-800-429-9437 fax: 610-861-3983 e-mail: email@example.com
Make someone happy
When you get a phonathon call from Moravian, it won’t be some anonymous telemarketer. It will be a Moravian student like Jason Beltz ’99. Jason has raised over $10,000 so far in Moravian’s phonathons. Every dollar helps some student learn more, play more, get more out of the Moravian educational experience. Jason wants to raise $25,000 to help other students before he graduates. Make Jason happy. Make a pledge when he calls. It will help others be happy, too. Including you.
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