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MARCH 2014

Love 101 Alumni couples share memories of campus courtship

Message from the Chancellor Supporting a 150-year pledge to meet the needs of the world around us


he land-grant mission: It’s tempting to think of it as an outmoded concept, but nothing could be further from the truth. Indeed, it’s been around for more than a century and a half. And Penn State was one of the first universities in the country to commit to an integrated strategy of education, research, and service to fulfill it. For more than seventy years, Penn State Behrend has been furthering the land-grant legacy in northwestern Pennsylvania. At the heart of the land-grant promise is collaboration—working with others to address educational, economic and social issues. And among the most recent examples for Penn State Behrend is our partnership with Edinboro, Gannon, and Mercyhurst universities on a vision for Erie’s future— a vision that includes fostering entrepreneurial activity, building strengths in emerging technologies, promoting improved quality of life, and establishing a regional education and training consortium. Our role in this endeavor leverages the myriad ways in which the college is already working to meet community needs. We’re helping an area school district reduce its teen pregnancy, truancy, and drop-out rates through a program administered by the Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Community Outreach, Research and Evaluation (CORE). We give special-needs children the chance to develop soccer skills and build friendships through TOPSoccer. We introduce area youth to potential career futures in our Engineering K-12 Outreach Center. Low-income residents file their tax returns with the assistance of our Accounting students. Schoolchildren learn strategies to reduce bullying in a program developed by our Psychology faculty members and students. Nonprofit organizations get help developing their websites from students working in our Partnership Erie outreach program. Our environment

and all of us, in turn, benefit from the research, education, and extension programs of Pennsylvania Sea Grant, administered by Penn State Behrend. When I think of the many ways we work with others to meet the needs of the world around us, it seems to me that collaboration is in Penn State Behrend’s DNA. And that provides the basis for the open-lab environment we’re now establishing— in which business and industry, the arts and entertainment, nonprofit organizations, and others will work with Behrend faculty members and students in shared spaces. The result of such collaborations could be an advanced bearing design or a new video game, an improved plastics process or a revolutionary fundraising model. We’ve begun to advance this open-lab partnership with FMC Technologies, SKF Aerospace and others. Our plans call for new facilities and programs to more fully realize this vision to benefit our students and contribute to the larger community. In doing this, we’ll continue to keep our part of the land-grant promise made by Penn State more than 150 years ago—to work with others to transform our economy and create global leaders in making things that matter.

Don Birx, Chancellor Vol. 31 No. 1 Penn State Behrend Magazine is published twice a year and provided free to alumni and friends of Penn State Behrend by the Office of Marketing Communication. Executive Editor: Willliam Gonda Editor: Heather Cass Associate Editor: Christine Palattella. Contributors: Robb Frederick ’92, Steve Orbanek, Jill Yamma ’00. Photos: Andy Colwell, Rob Frank ’06, Matt Kleck. Change of address/unsubscribe: Development and Alumni Relations at 814-898-6159 or Correspondence: Behrend Magazine, 207 Glenhill Farmhouse, 4701 College Drive, Erie, PA 16563-1902. Phone 814-898-6419. Copyright 2014 Penn State Erie,The Behrend College. Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce. U. Ed. EBO 14-81.



rom couples who met on campus, to couples who were engaged on campus, to couples who married on campus, Penn State Behrend has been home to many romantic encounters. Behrend Magazine asked alumni to share tales of their campus courtships, and there was no shortage of love stories to choose from! Our cover couple, 2006 graduates Shane and Staci (Banaszek) Rock, bonded while running sprints and negative splits as members of Behrend’s track and field team. In fact, it was on a team trip to Walt Disney World in their senior year that Shane proposed. They married a year after graduating. Today, their 1-year-old son Caden keeps them running. Read more about Shane and Staci’s love story (and the stories of five other couples, too) on pages 14-15.


Collaborative Projects Benefit Everyone........................................ 6 Hospital Stay Leads to Language Lessons.................................... 10 Tree Points to a New Career For Professor................................. 12 First Comes College, Then Comes Marriage................………….14 Internship Inspires Psychology Major.......................................... 16 Alumna Personifies Determination.............................................. 18 Saving the Purple Martin.............................................................. 20 Lions Sweep Fall Championships................................................. 22 Gifts Report.................................................................................... 24 Class Notes.................................................................................... 34

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Briefs Oh, my stars!

Math education lab, partnership established The secondary math education

Penn State Behrend will operate the Erie Planetarium when it moves to the School

program now has an authentic

of Science complex this year. The facility will be relocated from the Watson-Curtze

test-teaching space in the Prischak

Mansion in downtown Erie, where it has operated since 1959.

Building that will allow Behrend

students to apply and assess

“The planetarium is a great addition,” said Dr. Martin Kociolek, director of the

School of Science. “It will further expand our science outreach and complement our already-strong astronomy courses and events.”

strategies and techniques learned in the classroom. They’ll have the opportunity to try them on teens from the Erie School District, who will participate in lessons prepared and taught by Secondary Math Education majors. The lab, which also will be used for teacher workshops, was funded by a $159,000 National Science Foundation grant.

Jim Gavio, director of the Erie Planetarium, has joined the Penn State Behrend staff.

A map to the trees Long known by area environmentalists as a haven for

New degree programs offered Three new academic programs have been added to address demands in growing career fields:

Childhood and Early Adolescent Education: This bachelor’s degree program prepares undergraduates to teach children in preschool through fourth grade. It meets or exceeds all requirements for certification in any state that requires a bachelor’s degree.

some of Erie’s most diverse and interesting trees, Penn State Behrend is a recognized member of the American Public Gardens Association.

There are more than 200

species of native and exotic trees on campus, and now, thanks to an updated

Project and Supply Chain Management: Students in this bachelor’s degree program

arboretum map

learn how to manage complex assignments across business functions, understand the

and brochure,

critical components of supply chains, and apply business analytic methods to fully

it’s easy to

integrate supply chain practices throughout an organization.

find them.

Master of Manufacturing Management: This master’s degree, a joint program of the School of Engineering and Sam and Irene Black School of Business, approaches manufacturing as a global enterprise that requires a unique set of engineering, business, and quality skills that work hand-in-hand with the communication and emotional intelligence expertise needed to be an effective leader.

Arboretum maps are located on signs near the Health and Wellness Center, Reed Union Building, and Erie Hall. You can also download a map at

For information about these or any of Penn State Behrend’s academic programs, visit and click on “Academics.”


BEHREND MAGAZINE (enter “arboretum” in the search box).

Rain gardens The college has grown a little greener with the addition of two rain gardens filled with colorful flowering plants designed to attract pollinating insects and birds. The gardens are not only aesthetically pleasing, but they also help to manage storm water runoff.

The gardens—one between Fasenmyer and Hammermill buildings, and one to the

east of Nick, near College Drive—sit lower than the surrounding lawn and act as basins to catch and slowly absorb rain water, helping reduce potential flooding during storms as well as decrease erosion and sedimentation of eroded particles into streams.

The gardens were made possible with a $36,495 Growing Greener grant from the Department of Environmental Protection awarded to Ann Quinn, lecturer in biology and director of Greener Behrend. Quinn and students helped plan and plant the gardens with the assistance of the college’s maintenance and operations

Taylor Minkus, a senior Biology student, works in one of the college’s new rain gardens. Minkus is helping to assess the efficiency of the rain gardens through ongoing research work.

grounds crew.

In need of new employees? The fall 2013 career and internship fair at Penn State Behrend was the largest yet, with more than 160 companies and 1,000 students attending. Among the companies recruiting students: AT&T, Bayer Material-Science, Coca-Cola, Erie Insurance, FMC Technologies, GE Transportation, Honda, LORD Corporation, Norfolk Southern, PPG Industries, Target, and U.S. Steel. Reprinted with permission from the Times Publishing Company, Erie, PA. Copyright 2014

The spring career and internship fair is scheduled for Thursday, March 20, at Junker Center. If your company would like to recruit from this talented pool of applicants, visit and register. Space is limited!

MARCH 2014

Distinctions, honors pile up The college continues to be recognized for its commitment to academic excellence. Recent honors include: • U.S. News & World Report listed the School of Engineering among its top fifty undergraduate engineering programs in the nation. • The Sam and Irene Black School of Business was featured in The Best 295 Business Schools: 2014 Edition, a guide published by The Princeton Review, which described the college’s MBA program as “the best value for a working student.” The MBA also continues to be included among the Best Graduate Schools by U.S. News & World Report. • Students in the Black School MBA program scored in the top 3 percent on the most recent ETS Major Field Test, a national assessment of university programs. Students earned, on average, 265 of 300 possible points on the test. That put them in the 97th percentile when ranked against students from 260 other institutions. • The engineering technology programs have been reaccredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, the recognized accreditor of university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. • Victory Media has again named Penn State Behrend a Military Friendly School and placed the college among the top 20 percent of Veterans Affairsapproved institutions.



Briefs Early Learning Center maintains accreditation The Penn State Behrend Early Learning Center in Knowledge Park has maintained its accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Only 8 percent of all preschool programs in the country earn the distinction.

The center was first accredited by NAEYC in 2005.

To maintain that standard, the program is subject to more than 400 accreditation criteria, including site visits, annual reports, and unannounced inspections. The center, which opened in the fall of 1993 and provides

promotes programs that have eliminated or reduced

services for children between

environmental health hazards to align with “best practice”

6 weeks and 6 years of age, also has been re-endorsed

guidelines for air quality, pest prevention, household

as an Eco-Healthy Child Care program. That designation

chemicals, and toy and playground materials.

In memory of the “mother” of Behrend Were it not for Mary Behrend and her generous gift of the

Glenhill estate in 1948, there wouldn’t be a Penn State


Behrend. Yet there is only one tribute to her on campus,

a historical marker near the original family farmhouse.

Behrend Science building in Mary’s former flower garden,

includes a monument in a plaza of engraved pavers. At least

A group of student leaders felt that wasn’t enough and

Miller was impressed and gave his approval to the The memorial, to be located across from the Otto

came up with a plan to create a memorial befitting the

500 pavers must be sold to begin construction. Find out how

“mother” of Behrend.

you can buy a paver on page 33 and leave your permanent

mark on campus, too.

“A bunch of us got together and brainstormed ideas,”

said D.J. King, a senior Marketing major. “We wanted to do something prominent and eventually settled on the idea of a monument.”

The students got quotes and prices. Engineering

students in the group used Autodesk software to create a rendering. Marketing students explored fundraising ideas. Business students calculated the costs. Then they presented their idea to Dr. Ken Miller, senior director of campus planning and student affairs.



iMBA program to offer merit-based scholarships

Apartments to open in summer Winter didn’t slow construction of the Hudson Lofts apartments. Located on Station Road east of Junker Center,

Ninety percent of all students who earned an MBA in 2013

this off-campus complex of efficiency, two-bedroom, and

are employed, according to the Graduate Management

four-bedroom apartments will house up to 178 students.

Admission Council. Even more telling: 74 percent say they could not have gotten their current jobs without an MBA degree.

To make that possible for more working adults,

Penn State’s online iMBA program, which is administered by Behrend, is now offering merit-based scholarships. Ten students will receive funding this year. Each will get between $4,000 and $10,000 per semester.

Students drive change at Kochel

“iMBA scholarships will allow us to attract and retain

highly qualified applicants,” said Dr. Ashutosh Deshmukh,

Kochel Center has received a makeover. The stiff metal

iMBA program

benches that once lined the halls are gone, replaced by

chair and

plush chairs and wooden end tables. On the lower floor, the

professor of

computer kiosks have been revamped, and carpeting was

accounting and

laid to add warmth and muffle echoing footsteps.



The changes are largely the result of suggestions made


by students.

“These scholarships make us more competitive and broaden the appeal of the iMBA program.”

The iMBA is a collaboration of Penn State Behrend,

Penn State Harrisburg, the Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies, and Smeal College of Business. Those units and Penn State’s World Campus, which delivers the course material, are pooling funds to

provide the scholarships.

“Projects done by students in CAS 252: Business and

Professional Communication helped drive many of the

improvements to the civility and quality of the Kochel

on the strength of their application portfolio. Awards will

physical and social environment, including the digital

be made by the iMBA program office and the Academic

signage screens, the upscale coffee machine, the new

Steering Committee, which Deshmukh leads.

furniture, and the printer near the new computer kiosk,”

said Dr. Rod Troester, associate professor of communication.

together and participate as a group in a company residency,

where students prepare a deep analysis of the company at

According to Dr. Ken Miller, senior director of campus

iMBA students will be selected for scholarships based

iMBA students proceed through the two-year program

planning and student affairs, funds from the Student Facility

no cost. They also attend a large-scale business simulation at

Fee paid for the furniture and carpet, funds from the

University Park.

Technology Fee paid for the computers and kiosks, and

Housing and Food Services provided the coffee machine.

among U.S. online MBA programs. Nearly 700 students have

completed the program since it began in 2002.

“It was really a team effort to improve a highly-trafficked

The iMBA is AACSB accredited and highly ranked

area,” Miller said.

MARCH 2014



Two (or twenty or 200) heads are better than one col·lab·o·rate intransitive verb: To work together, especially in a joint intellectual effort.

Collaboration is at the heart of everything we do at Penn State Behrend. From one end of campus to another, you’ll find students and faculty members putting their heads together and working with one another, industry leaders, and community partners to make great things happen.

Innovation Center takes flight



external relations. “Our students and faculty benefit from the expertise and knowledge of SKF Aerospace and its employees. At the same time, their work is advancing the technology that supports SKF’s business objectives.”

Reprinted with permission from the Times Publishing Company, Erie, PA. Copyright 2014

SKF Aerospace, a leading global supplier of bearings, seals, and structural components for aviation engines and frames, recently partnered with the college to develop an applied research center at Knowledge Park. The SKF North America Aerospace Innovation Center is a 1,400-squarefoot research space in the growing technology complex. A dozen students and faculty members currently are working at the center, collaborating with SKF Aerospace teams in the United States and Europe to offer highly engineered customized solutions for aircraft, helicopter, engine, and system manufacturers. One early project involved a student-built robot that automated a manufacturing process at SKF’s Falconer, New York, facility. It’s expected to bring a 400 percent return on the company’s initial investment. “Penn State Behrend and Knowledge Park offer a unique opportunity to collaborate on research and product development projects that not only support our technology road map, but also create a pipeline of future talent for SKF engineering,”

said Greg Zimmerman ’02, manager of product development at SKF Aerospace NA in Falconer. He oversees work at the Knowledge Park lab. “It’s a win-win,” said Dr. Ralph Ford, director of the School of Engineering and associate dean for industry and

Research assistant and senior Mechanical Engineering student Tyler Remington, left, looks on as Greg Zimmerman ’02, manager of product development for SKF Aerospace NA, exhibits a plastic device used to test ball bearings.

Will work for a good cause In MGMT 301: Basic Management Concepts, students are tasked with working in teams of five to plan, design, and implement fundraising campaigns for nonprofit organizations.

“We definitely learned about time management, group communication, and the importance of individual responsibility,” Connell said. “It’s good practice for the real world.” — Ian Connell, a junior Marketing major

“We believe in the value of integrating service with learning,” said Dr. Ryan Vogel, assistant professor of management. “This assignment not only meets that requirement, but it also gives students practical experience working in teams with real clients on projects that have social impact.” Ian Connell, a junior Marketing major, was a member of the top fundraising team from the spring 2013 semester. He and his teammates met with marketing professionals at the Regional Cancer Center in Erie to develop a plan. The team decided to host a bowl-a-thon, which raised $1,400 for the center.

Ian Connell, a junior Marketing major, was part of a team in his MGMT 301: Basic Management Concepts class that organized a bowl-a-thon and raised $1,400 for the Regional Cancer Center in Erie.

“We definitely learned about time management, group communication, and the importance of individual responsibility,” Connell said. “It’s good practice for the real world.” It’s also good for the nonprofit organizations that benefit from the brainpower, energy, and enthusiasm of Penn State Behrend students.

MARCH 2014



Statistics professor helps tell fish’s tale When the U.S. Department of State lifted Presque Isle Bay’s designation as an environmental Area of Concern, it based the decision on research by Pennsylvania Sea Grant, a partnership of Penn State Behrend, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

“It was nice to be involved in something concrete, and local, that solved a problem with a major body of water.” — Dr. Michael Rutter, associate professor of statistics Sea Grant’s work in the bay began in 1990, when Eric Obert, extension director at the time, helped to tag and track 2,000 brown bullhead catfish. Bullheads are a good indicator species: As bottom-feeders that have no scales, they are particularly susceptible to the effects of pollution. Obert found skin lesions on 65 percent of the bullheads he tagged. To better chart their overall health—and,



Dr. Michael Rutter, associate professor of statistics, helped to analyze and standardize data that contributed to Presque Isle Bay being removed from Pennsylvania’s Area of Concern list.

by extension, the quality of the bay’s water—he turned to Dr. Michael Rutter, associate professor of statistics. Rutter analyzed the weight, length, and gender of each bullhead. He also considered their ages, which biologists had overlooked in earlier studies. Rutter examined data provided by Pennsylvania Sea Grant, the Presque Isle Bay Public Advisory Committee, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “We standardized it,” he said. “They had data back to the ’80s and early ’90s, but the collection methods kept changing.

Different people were looking for different things, and age was not always part of it.” It needed to be. Older fish are far more likely to develop tumors. Bay researchers still find tumors on fish, but there are significantly fewer of them. Because of this and other data collected, the U.S. Department of State has determined that the bay no longer is an Area of Concern. It lifted the designation in 2013. “That felt good,” Rutter said. “It was nice to be involved in something concrete, and local, that solved a problem with a major body of water.”

Kathi Danielson, owner of Performance and Event Management, talks with some of the COMM 422 students who will be helping with this year’s Rib Cook-Off event. From left, with Danielson, are: Doug Moore, Chris Carroll, and Juntwillis Sanders.

A rib-tastic experience all around When Kathi Danielson, owner of Performance and Event Management, was looking for fresh perspectives to promote Erie’s Wild Rib Cook-Off and Music Festival last year, she turned to Penn State Behrend’s Communication program. “I thought the rib fest could be a great educational tool for communication students and, fortunately, Dr. Chen did, too,” Danielson said. Dr. Huan Chen, assistant professor of communication, chose nine students from her COMM 422: Advertising Media Planning class to work with Danielson, splitting the group into three teams with specific tasks, such as social media and community outreach, procuring sponsorships, and graphic design of marketing materials. “It was an opportunity for students to get hands-on experience working with a real client—and with one

“It was an opportunity for students to get hands-on experience working with a real client to accomplish a specific goal.” — Dr. Huan Chen, assistant professor of communication

another—to accomplish a specific goal,” Chen said. “I had so many students volunteer that we had to draw names.” The student groups met regularly with Danielson and worked independently outside class to design and create an updated and unified look for the festival’s marketing materials, launch a social media campaign, and drum up enthusiasm and support for the event throughout the tri-state community.

It worked. The students surpassed their social media brand awareness objective and garnered hundreds of new followers through various contests. “They came up with some very creative ideas,” Danielson said. “As a direct result of this collaboration, we attracted a broader demographic to the rib fest. I’m looking forward to working with more students this year.”

Last year, students in COMM 422 gave the promotional materials for Erie’s Wild Rib Cook-Off and Music Festival a hot (pun intended) new look.

MARCH 2014



¿Dónde te duele (Translation: Where does it hurt?) Hospital stay inspires medical Spanish course for nurses


ost hospital care begins with a nurse: Tell me where it hurts. Patients can’t always answer that. In Pennsylvania, for example, more than 140,000 residents speak only Spanish. For them, an emergency diagnosis often requires an awkward pantomime: a clutched belly or a finger pointed to a sore throat. Hospitals often have interpreters on staff. There can be gaps, however, especially at night; at a meeting last year with health care staff at Saint Vincent Hospital in Erie, Dr. Soledad Traverso, professor of Spanish, asked if anyone had treated a patient who spoke no English. Every hand went up. “They want to help,” Traverso said. “They just don’t have the vocabulary to do it.” She saw that herself, as a patient, during a several-day stay at Saint Vincent. When a colleague, Dr. Laurie Urraro, came to visit, a nurse heard them talking in Spanish. She asked for help with a few basic words. “She said it was hard for her when the interpreter was out,” said Urraro, a lecturer in Spanish. “She was on her own.” Saint Vincent contracts with an emergency call service, which provides



translations by phone when the hospital’s interpreter is unavailable. Traverso and Urraro thought of something better: With funding from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and additional support from the college’s Nursing program and Office of Community and Workforce Programs, they developed a sixteen-week course in conversational medical Spanish. They created a 100-page

arrive early to find them at their desks, practicing with flash cards. “They were so eager to learn this,” she said. The students, in turn, taught the instructors how to speak in a medical context. “This was an out-of-the-box experience for us,” Urraro said. “I know the language, but I didn’t know how to say, ‘I have a stabbing pain,’ or ‘I have kidney stones.’ I’d never had to.” One two-hour “They want to help,” Traverso said. “They session took just don’t have the vocabulary to do it.” a scatological side-track: dual-language “reader,” a vocabulary The nurses, who sometimes deal with handbook with chapters on anatomy, children, asked for the Spanish slang for pain management, childbirth, and certain bodily functions. Those are the emergency-room care. A companion CD words a young person would use. models the pronunciations, allowing the Traverso, ever the pragmatist, gave students to practice at home. them some examples. Traverso and Urraro offered to teach She and Urraro hope to further the course for free. Saint Vincent provided develop the course, possibly as an the classroom, where, beginning in elective for students in the Nursing September, sixteen nurses and unit clerks program. This semester, however, they rehearsed basic medical conversations: are teaching again at Saint Vincent: Half “¿Dónde te duele?” Where does it of the original class has signed on for an hurt you? advanced course in Spanish, with more “¿Le duele aquí?” Does it hurt here? specific terminology for oncology and The class met biweekly, on endoscopy work. Those sessions began Wednesday evenings, after most of the in January. nurses had worked. Traverso would

Engineering a New, Improved Tutoring Program


ngineers are a unique breed. Their field can be a trial-anderror enterprise, and their work often involves a series of refinements, whether design, operational, or processoriented. The nature of the job often trickles down into other aspects of an engineer’s life, so it’s little wonder that Dr. Robert Weissbach would apply a systematic approach to tackling a non-engineering problem: a tutoring program.

that didn’t seem to be the case for his students in the first few years. It turns out that the tutors themselves were struggling—they felt ill-equipped by their lack of knowledge of engineering concepts—and that prevented them from effectively evaluating the engineering students’ papers. The issue, noted Ruth Pflueger, director of the Learning Resource

particularly helpful. “It really changed the dynamics,” Weissbach said. “We started to see better student-tutor interactions once the tutors understood what their true purpose was with regard to guiding the engineering students.” But engineering students are not the only ones benefitting.

“One of the important aspects of an engineering career is the ability to communicate effectively…” — Dr. Robert Weissbach, associate professor of engineering

Eight years ago, Weissbach, associate professor of engineering, started instructing students in his Linear and Discrete System Analysis course to meet with student writing tutors in the college’s Kristina Peszel, a senior English major, says her experience tutoring engineering students not only helped Learning Resource Center them, but also gave her experience editing technical copy. In her role as a tutor, Peszel works with students for help writing one of the in a variety of majors. Here, she works with Wesley Dorrenbacher, a junior majoring in Psychology. course’s lab reports. Tutor Kristina Peszel, a senior Center, is that “there’s a difference “I think a lot of engineers know between what engineering students and English major, hopes to pursue writing colleagues who were very talented professionally, and she can now add writing tutors see contextually.” technically, but had weaknesses in With this accepted, Weissbach began technical writing to her list of skills. communication that held them back “It’s definitely been a great working with Pflueger to develop an in their careers,” Weissbach said of his experience, and I can now say I’ve approach that would allow the writing interest in seeing students hone their edited electrical engineering papers,” tutors and engineering students to writing skills. “One of the important Peszel said. “You never know where communicate more effectively from aspects of an engineering career is the you’re going to be working after their individual perspectives, laying ability to communicate effectively, and graduation, and it’s great for your the groundwork for successful tutoring this tutoring process can help that.” résumé if you can get that kind of sessions. Steering the tutors themselves Early on, however, the results of the experience.” to focus not on the technical data but tutoring weren’t as fruitful as Weissbach on the descriptive and analytical would have hoped. While tutoring portions of the report has been is supposed to be innately helpful,

MARCH 2014



Tree Points to a New Career for


r. Pelin Bicen had every intention of spending her life immersed in numbers at a financial institution in her home of Istanbul, Turkey. With a mathematics degree, an impressive GPA, and seven interviews lined up, she seemed to have the equation just right. But she was turned down for every job. At her final interview, she gathered the courage to ask why.

Dr. Pelin Bicen



The interviewer said he could tell she wouldn’t be happy working alone in a cubicle all day. She came across as loquacious, effervescent, and curious—traits the bank did not desire for the position for which she interviewed. Unsettled by this revelation, Bicen wandered around thinking. She had no Plan B. She had worked her whole life to be a mathematician. She ended up on her university campus, where she sat on a bench, staring into space. A “help wanted” flyer tacked to a nearby tree came into focus. “I could just make out the words: Math majors needed,” she said. “I thought, ‘This is silly. I’m now looking for a job on trees?’” But having few other options, she got up to look at the flyer. She went to a nearby phone booth and called the number listed. She was asked to come immediately for an interview. Already dressed in her interview clothes from that morning, she agreed. “I didn’t even know what the company was, but I got on a bus and went to this skyscraper in downtown Istanbul,” she said. “On the thirtieth floor, the sign on the door said BBDO.” BBDO is one of the largest and most acclaimed advertising agencies in the world with locations in eighty countries. It was a lively office, the polar opposite of the bank Bicen had interviewed at that morning. In Istanbul, BBDO had just established a direct marketing department and was in desperate need of someone with experience in data mining, analysis, and statistics. The agency offered her the job on the spot. “I got home at 5:30 and thought, ‘What the heck happened today?’” Bicen said with a laugh. “I made a complete career shift in one day! Who does that?” Within two months, Bicen had fallen in love with marketing and advertising and the creative, flexible, and friendly environment it fostered. “But it was eating me up inside that I didn’t know marketing,” she said. “I craved more information, so I went to graduate school.”

Professor She came to the United States to study for her Ph.D. at Texas Tech University. “The author of some of my favorite marketing textbooks, Shelby D. Hunt, was a faculty member there,” she said. “I wanted to learn from the best, and the best are in America.” With an insatiable need to learn and share that knowledge, Bicen felt a college classroom was the place for her. Armed with a Ph.D. in marketing and no geographical limits, she applied for faculty positions at thirty schools across the United States. Penn State Behrend was the first northeastern school Bicen visited. She wasn’t impressed by the weather when she landed in October. “It was so cold I thought, ‘There’s no way I am taking this job,’” she said. But marketing faculty members Dr. Syed Saad Andaleeb and Dr. Mary Beth Pinto lit a fire in Bicen.

“I got home at 5:30 and thought, ‘What the heck happened today?’” Bicen said with a laugh. “I made a complete career shift


Interesting facts about Dr. Bicen

1. She’s a triathlete. 2. She loves to snowboard. 3. She really wants to try skydiving. 4. She’s a movie fanatic and enjoys independent films. 5. She loves to cook and frequently throws Turkish dinner parties. 6. When she was young, she wanted to be a physicist. 7. She’s taking an improv class from a local comedy troupe. 8. Her favorite food is biryani, a rice-based Indian dish. 9. She thinks the biggest challenge facing students today is a lack of creative confidence. 10. Failure doesn’t scare her.“How can you learn or achieve anything if you never try because you are too afraid to fail?” she asks.

in one day! Who does that?” “They put me right in a classroom and told me to teach,” she said. “No other school had done that. I was nervous, but I decided to be myself and teach the way I wanted to teach.” Pinto and Andaleeb were impressed, as was Bicen. The three clicked. And the college was looking for someone with Bicen’s research interests. A final casual comment at the end of her interview sealed the deal. “Because I was so new to marketing and teaching, I hoped to find a strong woman as a role model,” she said. “When they told me that new faculty members at Behrend are assigned a mentor and that if I accepted the position, my mentor would be Mary Beth, I really wanted the job.” She canceled her next interview from the plane and accepted the assistant professorship in marketing in the Sam and Irene Black School of Business. Finally, things had added up just right for Bicen.

MARCH 2014



Love S tories Josh and Wendy (McGaughey) Boyce

Degrees: Josh ’02 Management Information Systems, ’07 M.B.A.; Wendy ’06 Communication First met: In 1999, in THEA 102: Fundamentals of Acting Married: May 24, 2003, at the Larry and Kathryn Smith Chapel Children: Identical twins, Molly and Lilly, 6 Home: Sagamore Hills, Ohio Professions: Josh is a software development manager at MRI Software. Wendy is a

Travis and Jennifer (Emberg) Turkalj Degrees: Travis ’10, Jennifer ’11, both in Biology First met: Fall 2006 at Junker Center Married: August 20, 2011 Home: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Professions: Travis is a truancy advocate specialist for Youth Advocate Program, Inc.

How they met, as told by Wendy: “I was a freshman at Behrend when I walked

Jennifer is a medical technologist with the Center for Organ Recovery and Education.

into THEA 102 and saw Josh. I thought he was electrifying. After a few classes, I gathered up my courage to talk to him. A few weeks later, he told me that I was the most beautiful girl he’d ever laid eyes on. I blushed and thought the fraternity brothers he was sitting with had put him up to it. Then, he didn’t talk to me for more than a month. I had to make the next move, so on his birthday, I gave him a card. Later that week, he gave me his number and made me promise to call. I did and we talked all night long. We’ve been together ever since.”

On raising future Penn Staters: “Before our babies could even walk, they could chant ‘We Are!’ Parent win!” Wendy said.

Kevin and Natasha (Kraut) Eck Degrees: Kevin ’01, Natasha ’01, both in Mechanical Engineering First met: 1999, in an engineering class Wedding date: March 5, 2004 Home: Portsmouth, Virginia Profession: Kevin and Natasha are both mechanical engineers at Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va.

Their story, as told by Natasha: “In the winter of 2000, Kevin and I were in our junior year. We were both majoring in mechanical engineering and had several classes together. Kevin’s father had just won a free seven-day cruise, but because his father doesn’t like to travel, he gave the ticket to Kevin to use for spring break. Kevin’s close friends weren’t able



How they met, as told by Jennifer: “Travis played baseball and I played basketball and we were always running into each other at Junker Center. We were both biology majors, so we had a lot of classes together, too. I thought he was weird because he was the class clown, but he grew on me.”

Favorite Behrend memories: Walking in Wintergreen Gorge, attending basketball and baseball games, hanging out in Perry Hall, and trying to trek through the snow to 8:00 a.m. biology labs.

Parting thoughts: “Behrend has such a beautiful campus with great professors. It will always hold a special place in both of our hearts. Not only did we both receive a wonderful education, but we made a lot of great friends and, best of all, we fell in love!” Jennifer said.

to go, so while waiting for a class, Kevin asked me to go. Once I realized he wasn’t joking, I told him I would have to ask my mom. She told me that if I didn’t go, she would! After seven days on a ship, we realized that we enjoyed spending time together and started dating.”

Favorite Behrend memories: “Two years after moving to Virginia to build aircraft carriers, we returned to the same hallway at Behrend where Kevin had initially invited me on the cruise,” Natasha said. “This time when he popped the question, I didn’t have to ask my mom!”

Shane and Staci (Banaszek) Rock

Gregory Bossart and Emily Harrington

Degrees: Shane ’06 Electrical Engineering, Staci ’06 Accounting

Degrees: Greg ‘12 Electrical Engineering; Emily ‘12 Biology

First met: Fall 2002 in track and field

First met: August 2010, in Dr. Antonella Cupillari’s Introduction to Mathematical

Married: August 11, 2007

Proofs class

Children: Son Caden, born March 13, 2013 Home: McKean, Pennsylvania Professions: Shane is an electrical engineer at Cybersonics Inc. Staci is a financial analyst at GE Transportation.

How they met, as told by Staci: “We met as freshmen on the Behrend track and field team and have been together ever since. Shane proposed to me in front of the castle in the Magic Kingdom on our senior track and field trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando. We had taken a bus there and the entire team sang Disney songs on the way, including ‘A Whole New World.’ Our former teammates ended up singing that song to us at our wedding reception.”

Favorite Behrend memories: Bruno’s chicken wraps, intramural sports, comedians and concerts in Bruno’s, midnight bingo, Alpha Phi Omega community service fraternity, and of course, track and field.

Engaged: September 14, 2013 (Greg proposed in front of Glenhill Farmhouse.) Home: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Professions: Greg is an electrical engineer at ATI Allegheny Ludlum and is pursuing a master’s degree in electrical engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Emily is a Ph.D. student in the molecular pharmacology and chemical biology program at Pitt, where she holds a laboratory research position at the Magee Women’s Research Institute. Her thesis involves breast cancer.

How they met, as told by Emily: “We met in Introduction to Mathematical Proofs class in 2010. Group work was a strong component of weekly assignments in the class, and I sat next to Greg since he looked friendly. I quickly asked him to be my partner. Our friendship grew as the class continued, complete with homework ‘dates’ and long talks over coffee plus frequent trips to Dobbins Landing in Erie to watch the sunset. I never expected that my math partner would end up changing my life.”

Favorite Behrend memories: Gamma Sigma Sigma service sorority, friendships made and retained, and the seasons. “You can’t help but slow your pace when walking through campus in the fall. It’s just stunning,” Emily said. Parting thoughts: “We’re both glad we chose Behrend,” Emily said. “It was like being part of a big family. We really felt at home there.”

Parting thoughts: “Every day, I pass by Behrend on my way to pick up my son from daycare and I think about how much fun college was and how it was four of the best years of my life,” Staci said.

Ken “KJ” Margraff and Jessica Brown Joshua Weaver and Hilary MacManus

Degrees: KJ ’06 Science, Jessica ’05 General Arts and Sciences, ’10 Psychology First met: 2005, in Bruno’s cafe

Degrees: Joshua ’11 Mechanical Engineering; Hilary ’11 Finance, ’12 M.B.A.

Wedding date: September 9, 2007, at Smith Chapel

First met: 2008, on the swimming and diving team

Home: Savannah, Georgia

Wedding date: June 7, 2014

Professions: KJ is a manager at Helzberg

Home: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Diamonds. Jessica does volunteer work with hospice.

Professions: Josh is a sales engineer at Mosebach Manufacturing. Hilary is a financial analyst at Kadmon Pharmaceuticals.

How they met, as told by Jessica: “I

How they met, as told by Hilary:

was having coffee with my friend, Carrie, in Bruno’s, killing time before our evening class. KJ knew Carrie and came over to say hello. The three of us talked for a while and KJ and I discovered we both worked at the mall and we had many friends in common. His fraternity was hosting a bonfire that night and he asked several times if we would go. Before he left, he boldly ‘whispered’ to Carrie, ‘Make sure your friend knows I’m single.’ He winked at me and left the café. We started dating at the end of January. In May, we were engaged and had bought a house. The next year, we had a big Penn State wedding at the Smith Chapel.”

“Our first awkward conversation took place in the Junker Center weight room. We just acknowledged that we knew each other and were both on the swim team. During the first few weeks of getting to know each other, assistant swim coach Joe Tristan tried to convince me that jokester Josh had no sense of romance. It didn’t take Josh long to prove Coach wrong.”

Parting thoughts: “We did not use the current Penn State colors for our wedding,

Parting thoughts: “Not only did our choice of education bring us together but the

but opted for the original University colors of pink and black, a little known trivia fact I learned while working in Development and University Relations in the Logan House,” Jessica said.

opportunities to compete in athletics with such a wonderful group of teammates and coaches made our falling-in-love moments even more special,” said Hilary.

MARCH 2014



Glade Run Adventure Internship leads to new career goal for Psychology major

Life is a meandering and often serendipitous thing. You think you’re headed in one direction, and suddenly you’re guided down a new and unexpected path.


atey Marsh, a junior Psychology major, is no stranger to twists and turns. She planned to enlist in the military after high school. When that didn’t work out, she applied to Penn State Behrend, intending to pursue a career in bioengineering. Psychology 100 changed her mind about that, though. She enjoyed the class so much that she decided to major in Psychology. A few years later, Marsh encountered yet another life-altering curve at the Academic and Career Planning Center (ACPC), where in the process of learning how to use the Nittany Lion Career Network, she ran across a summer internship opportunity at Glade Run Lutheran Services, a Katey Marsh hopes to open an animal-assisted facility for soldiers. She’s shown here with Google, a certified Zelienople-based facility therapy dog. that offers animal and horticultural therapy covered the academic cost of the four-week, to children and adults with mental and 3-credit internship; however, she enjoyed the physical disabilities. experience so much that when her four weeks Marsh, who grew up on a farm in were up, she decided to stay and volunteer for Clarion County, got the internship, beating the rest of the summer. out dozens of other applicants, due in part “Obviously, I was extremely happy there,” to her background and experience with she said. “You have to enjoy it to get up at six horticulture and animals. a.m. and work nine hours a day for free,” she Making the internship even better, Marsh said with a laugh. was awarded a stipend from ACPC that Animals are known to have a calming effect on many people. Research has suggested that animal interactions can temporarily affect the release of various neurotransmitters in the brain.



Over ten weeks, Marsh helped oversee operations at Glade Run’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, assisting six teenage clients with emotional and behavioral challenges in planting, weeding, harvesting, and delivering weekly CSA shares to paying customers. She also worked in Glade Run’s summer camp program as needed, assisting participants with autism who required more personal attention. During her time at Glade Run, Marsh was able to put into practice some of the lessons she’d learned at Behrend.

“Obviously, I was extremely happy there,” Marsh said. “You have to enjoy it to get up at six a.m. and work nine hours a day for free.” “I definitely tried a lot of the cognitive defusion techniques (separating thoughts and feelings from behavior) we talked about in class,” she said. “And I learned

that a diagnosis isn’t a definition. Different things work for different people.” One thing that worked for nearly everyone at Glade Run? The animals — horses, chickens, cows, and a beloved 16-year-old miniature donkey named Taco. “Animals are proven to have a calming effect on people,” Marsh said. “And animals don’t judge, so people with behavioral or emotional problems feel safer connecting with them. Once the students learn how to bond with animals, we can work on human relationships.” It’s a concept Marsh hopes to use in the future to assist adults. Her new career goal is to open an animalassisted therapy facility for soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder. “I’d like to rescue animals, maybe even retired military dogs, and use them to help soldiers,” she said. “It’s funny. I went to ACPC to update my résumé and ended up with a new career goal.”

Glade Run Lutheran Services in Zelienople offers animal and horticultural therapy to people with mental and physical challenges.

MARCH 2014



Mission P Alumna Presents Strong Case for

Life turns on a dime. A casual conversation, a few words of encouragem


s she sat in Dr. James Kurre’s ECON 002: Introduction to Microeconomics Honors class in her first year at Penn State Behrend, Denise (Cady) Pekelnicky, a self-described overachiever and lifetime straight-A student, contemplated dropping out of school. An unexpected pregnancy had put Pekelnicky in a precarious position. She had a decision to make, be a student and a mom, or drop out and possibly enroll again later. She wrote about her dilemma in an assignment for Kurre, “The most an associate professor of supportive thing economics he (Dr. Kurre) did and director of the Economic was challenge me.” Research Institute of Erie — Denise Pekelnicky ’01 (ERIE). When she received her paper back, Kurre had written on it that he would do anything he could to help her stay in school.

“I remember discussing it with Denise in my office,” Kurre said. “I kind of went over the options with her. We analyzed it like economists: What are the possible approaches you can take, and what are the costs and benefits of each?” Kurre suggested she take a semester off and come back as an Econ major. “Frankly, I figured I wouldn’t see her again

Denise Pekelnicky ’01 and Dr. Jim Kurre, associate professor of economics

VITAL STATISTICS Name: Denise (Cady) Pekelnicky ’01 Age: 34 Family: Husband, Peter; daughter, 15; son 12. Degrees: Business Economics, Penn State Behrend; Juris Doctorate, Case

Western Reserve University Business: The Law Offices of Denise Pekelnicky, 68 E. Main St., North East, and 2525 W. 26th St., Erie Why she opened her own practice: “I like that I can pick my own clients and cases, and I can set my own hours. I put family first. You can’t do that at a firm.” Most difficult cases: “Custody cases. I refuse to use kids as pawns, and I’m very upfront with my clients about that.”



How Behrend helped her in law school: “Econ helped train me

for law school because we were taught to think critically. Economics classes were often taught in the Socratic method (a form of teaching by question and answer; students must identify and analyze fact patterns), which is the same method used by law schools. My experience gave me a real advantage over my classmates.” Must-have traits for a lawyer: “I’d say 90 percent of us have a type-A personality and we are highly competitive. For me, it’s personal if we win or lose. I always want to win.” Advice for future lawyers: “Shadow a lawyer for a day. Choose one that practices the kind of law you’re interested in so you know what you can expect.” Parting words: “I had everything stacked against me, and I still made it through undergraduate and law school with great grades. Don’t give up, even if you have to take a detour.”

Possible Perseverance

ent, a smile, a class assignment—these simple things can change a life. because that is a huge life change to deal with at her age,” he said. But, with help from her family, Pekelnicky returned the next semester. “Denise was determined to make it work,” Kurre said. And she did, graduating in 2001 with an Honors degree in Business Economics while raising a daughter and working two to three jobs, including a stint at Kurre’s ERIE. “The most supportive thing he did was challenge me. He gave me my first B,” Pekelnicky said with a laugh. “I have great respect and admiration for her,” Kurre said. “Many would not be able to handle what she did.” The two stay in touch today, often chatting via email. Kurre always inquires about her children. Her daughter, that unexpected blessing, is now a 15-year-old high school student.

Pekelnicky wanted to go to law school after graduating from Behrend, but as the married mother of a toddler, and another child, a son born right before graduation, to care for, she went to work instead, accepting a position in the actuarial department at Erie Insurance. Then her marriage fell apart, seeming to push her dreams of being a lawyer even further from her grasp. It was her second husband, Peter Pekelnicky, who supported her dreams and challenged her to achieve them. “He pretty much said, ‘Put up or shut up,’” she said with a laugh. So she took a leap of faith, quit her job, and attended Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, commuting two to three times a week. She graduated magna cum laude

in May 2010, ranking third in her class. Pekelnicky said her Business Economics degree prepared her well for law school. “It was a critical thinking major, which was great training for law school because you have to learn how to think quickly and apply a solution to the situation that you’re in,” she said.

Today, the situation that Pekelnicky is in is the one she has always dreamed of. She owns her own small practice, The Law Offices of Denise Pekelnicky, with locations in Erie “I have great respect and her hometown of North East. She could have gone the and admiration for corporate route, joined a large firm, her (Denise),” Kurre and made a lot of money, but says that was never part of her plan. said. “Many would “I got into this because I wanted not be able to handle to help people,” she said. “It may not be as financially rewarding what she did.” as working for a firm, but it’s personally fulfilling. Every day, I can see the direct results of my work. I love going to work.” Kurre echoes her sentiments. “When you choose to be a professor, you give some things up, like wealth,” he said with a laugh. “But the tradeoff and the real payback are in knowing that you have made a difference in another person’s life. I don’t have any children of my own, but through my students, I feel like I’m having an impact.” That’s certainly true in the case of Pekelnicky.

March 2014



Saving the Purple Martin Alumnus manages international conservation effort


hen it comes to entertaining aerial acrobatics, the Navy’s Blue Angels have nothing on purple martins, which are known to dive from the sky at great speed,

directly into the tiny entrance of their nest box. The purple-plumed birds, a member of the swallow family,

“They are very social birds who like to be around humans” — Bob Aeppli ’10, field biologist

are social, chatty, intelligent, and endlessly entertaining. They like people, which is good because purple martins are entirely

dependent on humans to provide housing—typically a group of hanging gourds or a large birdhouse with multiple nesting boxes.

Bob Aeppli ’10, field biologist for the Purple Martin Conservation Association



Purple Martin Facts 1. At 7.5 inches in height, purple martins are the largest member of the swallow family in North America. 2. East of the Rockies, martins are entirely dependent on housing provided by humans. 3. The male and female pair share equally in building a nest and caring for their brood. 4. The female lays three to six eggs, which hatch sixteen days later.

Despite growing up next door to what he called a

5. They are aerial insectivores. They eat only

“monstrous” purple martin colony in New Wilmington,

flying insects they catch while in the air.

Biology alumnus Bob Aeppli ’10 didn’t know much about 6. They do not help keep mosquitoes under

the birds until it was suggested he apply for an internship at

control. Martins are daytime feeders, and they

the Purple Martin Conservation

feed high in the sky. Mosquitoes come out at

Association (PMCA), an

night and fly low.

international nonprofit

7. The primary reason people fail to attract

organization headquartered at

martins is that they place their housing

the Tom Ridge Environmental

incorrectly. Martins have very specific

Center in Erie.

requirements; find them at

The internship led to a job

8. The most common reason martins abandon

offer, and today, Aeppli, a field

a colony site is because predators (a snake,

biologist for the PMCA, can identify a purple martin from a mile away. He’s spent nearly four years studying the birds.

raccoon, squirrel, owl, hawk, etc.) have raided Aeppli bands an adult male purple martin

their nests. 9. Presque Isle State Park in Erie is home to

He knows their calls, habits, behaviors, and, with a good

a large purple martin roost. Every year in

pair of binoculars, he can even tell you which brood the bird

late summer, 20,000 or more birds gather at

belongs to. He’s banded thousands of them.

the park before beginning their 5,000-mile

Aeppli and his research partners have outfitted dozens

migration to Brazil.

of birds with geolocators before they migrate to the Amazon river basin of Brazil. When the birds return to Erie in April,

10. The normal lifespan of a martin that survives

the data loggers reveal the purple martins’ migration pattern.

its first year is five to six years.

The birds make pit stops.

“We found out that they are hanging out in the Yucatan

For more information about purple martins

during migration to rest and fatten up before flying on to

or attracting your own colony, contact the

Brazil,” he said.


See, we told you they were smart birds. Who wouldn’t

love to kick back in Mexico for a few weeks?

March 2014



Li on s At Lions Sweep AMCC Championships


enn State Behrend’s fall sport teams accomplished something never done before in the history of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference: They won every fall championship. Seven teams—men’s soccer, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, women’s tennis, men’s golf, women’s cross country, and men’s cross country—brought home top honors. As a result, Penn State Behrend sits atop the 2013-14 AMCC President’s Cup standings with a commanding lead. In addition to the team titles, Denny Lydon and Catie Bertges were the AMCC’s top individual cross country runners, marking the first time in program history that both cross country teams won the team and individual championships in the same year! Three teams—men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball—and Bertges advanced to the NCAA Division III championships this fall. Women’s tennis and men’s golf will compete in the NCAA Tournament in the spring.

Keeping Score

The Lions fall 2013 season by the numbers


Number of conference titles won by the Lions


Coaches of the Year


Players of the Year


Defensive Players of the Year


Runners of the Year



Field of Dreams

Two phases down, one to go! The second phase of construction of Penn State Behrend’s soccer/ lacrosse complex—bleachers, press box, concession stand, and restrooms—was finished this summer, just in time for what turned out to be a championship-winning season for both the men’s and women’s soccer teams! Phase Three calls for expansion of the concession building, and the addition of locker rooms and coaches’ offices for wrestling and men’s and women’s lacrosse, sports the college plans to add once the complex is complete. It’s likely to be a while before lacrosse players are cradling the ball and wrestlers hit the mats for Penn State Behrend. According to Brian Streeter, director of athletics, the third phase is estimated to cost between $10 and $14 million. The college is actively seeking donor funds for the project. The complex is seeing plenty of play. In addition to being utilized by the varsity soccer teams, the artificial-turf field hosts intramural and recreational sports and even was used as the venue for an evening rock concert in the fall.

t hl e ti c s Catching up with Catie

Senior sets 6K record, competes at national level


atie Bertges, a senior Psychology major, made athletic history at Penn State Behrend this fall. She was the first woman runner to compete in the NCAA Division III Championship after winning the individual championship with the fastest AMCC 6K time ever! We caught up with Bertges (which wasn’t easy, she’s very fast, you know) to ask her a few questions about her running career and her experience at the NCAA competition.

You never ran cross country until college, correct? Right. I competed in track, soccer, and swimming in high school. After I ran track for the Lions, Coach Greg Cooper convinced me to try the 5K in cross country.

Was it hard to transition from track to cross country? I remember being in a lot of pain my first year. But once I got used to the mileage, my body adapted well.

What makes a good cross country runner? Distance runners have to be internally driven. Your coaches can’t watch you the entire time you compete, so you have to be disciplined enough to go out and do what needs done even if they aren’t there to pat you on the back or push you.

Vital stats

What is running through your mind when you compete?

Name: Catie Bertges

I’m constantly telling myself to push harder. The end of the race comes faster the quicker I run. Why drag out the pain? Get it over with.

Major: Psychology, senior Hometown: Erie

How did it feel to qualify for nationals?

Favorite distance to run: 6K for cross country, 10K for track,

I was very honored, but I’m not sure I was mentally prepared for it.

long runs for practice.

Inspired by: “Runners, in general. Fast or slow, it’s admirable when they don’t give up.”

At the NCAA Division III Championships, you finished in 22:45.72, which was not as well as you had hoped. Tell us about it.

No. 1 lesson learned in cross country: “Hard work pays off.”

I did the best I could that day. My body felt drained from having pushed so hard at regionals, and I’d never run a race like that before. It was loud and crowded and pretty overwhelming. I was happy to have our assistant coach there with me, but I missed my team. Even though cross country is kind of an individual event, you come to count on your teammates for support.

Pet peeves: “People who don’t care about their health and people who litter or don’t recycle.” Favorite post-race treat: “I’m a vegan, so most of my treats are healthy. I don’t usually get things like brownies unless I make them so they are vegan, and that doesn’t happen often.”

Will you continue to run after college?

Favorite sport to watch: The Olympics.

Definitely. I want to compete in marathons and possibly a triathlon.

Advice for aspiring runners: “You can push yourself harder than you think, and once you’ve done that, you can still push harder. There’s a mental block you have to get past.”

March 2014



Gifts Report


e are pleased to recognize those who helped support students and strengthened our academic programs during the 2012-13 fiscal year, which ended June 30, 2013. Donors made cash gifts of $11,328,530 and commitments (pledges and estate gifts) of $682,208. Donors who are Penn State graduates are indicated by their graduation year and an abbreviation for their college— LIB for the College of Liberal Arts, BRD for Penn State Behrend, etc. A slash indicates that the information that follows refers to the second name in the couple.

A special thank you goes to Kurt Buseck and Gary Clark, co-chairs of Penn State Behrend’s “For the Future” campaign, along with the campaign committee of Robert Metzgar, Herm Weber, Joseph Benacci, Pat Black, Karen Burton Horstman, J. Gary Raimy, Nick Scott Jr., Ted Junker, Scott McCain, Ann Scott, and Tom Hoffman. Thank you for supporting Penn State Behrend and its students.

We also have many organizations to thank for their continued support. On pages 31-32, you will see a substantial list of corporations, foundations, and associations that have helped strengthen the college through their philanthropic support this past year.

Margaret Taylor, CFRE, Director Office of Development and Alumni Relations

Donor Honor Roll 2012-13 Laurel Circle The Laurel Circle recognizes individuals whose support has reached $1 million or more, either through cumulative giving or irrevocable commitments. James O. & Gerda M. Benson ’57 ENG Samuel P. III & Susan Stonesifer Black ’64 LIB J. Charles* & Carolyn Brock ’10 H Daniel A. Cooney ’72 ENG Thomas B. & Susan Hirt Hagen ’55 BUS Edward P. Junker III ’59 HHD Kay H. Logan ’99 H Robert D. & Sally Nelson Metzgar ’60 BUS John M. & Gertrude E. Petersen Joseph J. & Isabel J. Prischak Larry V. & Kathryn A. Smith Quentin E. & Louise Lowe Wood‡ ’48 EMS/’54 LIB

Mount Nittany Society The Mount Nittany Society recognizes individuals or couples whose lifetime giving totals $250,000 or more (effective January 1, 2008). Melinda Patterson Ampthor ’81 HHD Joseph A. & Berit I. Benacci ’57 DUS James O. & Gerda M. Benson ’57 ENG



Samuel P. III & Susan Stonesifer Black ’64 LIB Donald R. Blair ’52 COM J. Charles* & Carolyn Brock ’10 H Gary L. & Cindy A. Clark Daniel A. Cooney ’72 ENG George J. & Mary T. D’Angelo Jack L. & Kathy M. Fatica James A. & Janice Frye ’73 LIB/’77 HHD Charles E. & Irene G. Fryer ’77 DSL M. Fletcher Jr. & Elsie O.‡ Gornall ’50 DSL Thomas B. & Susan Hirt Hagen ’55 BUS John K. Henne ‡ William M. Sr. & Martha M. Hilbert Vincent J. & Joanne M. Intrieri ’84 BRD Myron & Marlene Jones Edward P. Junker III ’59 HHD Alan F. Kirk & Patricia L. Roenigk* ’76 LIB /’80 LIB Ethel S. Kochel ’13 H William B. & Wendy Trout Korb ’62 ENG /’63 SCI Charles P. Lada ’77 BUS Roland E.* & Deanna S. Larson Mark H. & Catherine M. Loevner ’54 BUS Kay H. Logan ’99 H Gary W. & Darlene Rumbaugh Lyons ’56 SCI/’57 SCI Wilhelm & Peggy J. Maier ’63 ENG Charles A. & Elinor Strohm‡ Matts ’56 ENG Raymond L.‡ & Virginia L. McGarvey ’52 BUS Daniel S. & Wendy Mead ’75 BUS

Robert M. & Elizabeth Quimby Mehalso ’64 EMS Robert D. & Sally Nelson Metzgar 6’0 BUS Robert F. & Martha D. Painter ’44 ENG Stuart Parmet John M. & Gertrude E. Petersen Joseph J. & Isabel J. Prischak Richard C. Progelhof* J. Gary & Susan M. Raimy ’61 BUS Paul C.* & Marne R. Roche ’96 H M. Shawn & Sharon M. Rooney Martha S. Roth Larry V. & Kathryn A. Smith Robert F. Taft Clifford & Louise L. Troyer Barbara H. Walker William C. & Jean Witkowski ’62 ENG Quentin E. & Louise Lowe Wood ’48 EMS /’54 LIB Michael J. & Tracy Kimes Woods’ 76 LIB

Glenhill Society The Glenhill Society recognizes those who exemplify the vision and generosity of Mary Behrend, who donated the 400-acre Glenhill estate to establish a permanent Penn State presence in northwestern Pennsylvania. The Glenhill Society recognizes donors of $50,000 or more. The names are listed as they appeared when originally recognized.

Jacqueline A. Baker Louis W.*‡ & Evelyn Balmer ’52 EDU Joseph A. & Berit I. Benacci ’57 DUS James O. & Gerda M. Benson ’57 ENG Samuel P. III & Susan Stonesifer Black ’64 LIB Donald R. Blair ’52 COM Suzanne E. Britton J. Charles* & Carolyn Brock ’10 H John R. & Judith Theobald Cipriani ’58 ENG /’58 HHD Gary L. & Cindy A. Clark Daniel A. Cooney ’72 ENG George J. & Mary T. D’Angelo D. Grant & Bonney C. Daubenspeck ’05 BRD Jack L. & Kathy M. Fatica Richard J. Fasenmyer Foundation Charles E. & Irene G. Fryer ’77 DSL Marcia Nelson Grode‡ ’67 EDU Thomas B. & Susan Hirt Hagen ’55 BUS John K. Henne ‡ William M. Sr. & Martha M. Hilbert Hirtzel Memorial Foundation Robert P.* & Eloise Hostetler ’65 EDU Howard L. & Joan A. Hudson ’53 SCI Myron & Marlene Jones Edward P. Junker III ’59 HHD Ethel S. Kochel ’13 H William B. Jr. & Wendy Trout Korb ’62 ENG /’63 SCI Charles P. Lada ’77 BUS Roland E.* & Deanna S. Larson Mark H. & Catherine M. Loevner ’54 BUS

Kay H. Logan ’99 H George P. & Bonnie Loranger Jeannine D. Loranger Gary W. & Darlene Rumbaugh Lyons ’56 SCI /’57 SCI Wilhelm & Peggy J. Maier ’63 ENG Marilyn Reed Mangels Uzal & Carroll Martz McCain Family Foundation Raymond L.‡ & Virginia L. McGarvey ’52 BUS Daniel S. & Wendy Mead ’75 BUS Edward M. & Maurita Mead Robert M. & Elizabeth Quimby Mehalso ’64 EMS Richard A. Merwin Robert D. & Sally Nelson Metzgar ’60 BUS Robert F. & Martha D. Painter ’44 ENG Stuart Parmet John M. & Gertrude E. Petersen Barbara R. Pollock Joseph J. & Isabel J. Prischak Richard C.* & Patricia L.‡ Progelhof J. Gary & Susan M. Raimy ’61 BUS William F. & Shirley J. Roberge ’61 BUS Paul C.* & Marne R. Roche ’96 H Thomas J. & Nancy M. Roche William J. & Jane H. Roche /’76 BUS M. Shawn & Sharon M. Rooney Martha S. Roth George R. Sample‡ ’46 COM Larry V. & Kathryn A. Smith Storm Development LLC Robert F. Taft Clifford & Louise L. Troyer Barbara H. Walker Lloyd G. & Lorraine B. Waterhouse ’73 BUS William C. & Jean M. Witkowski ’62 ENG Michael J. & Tracy Kimes Woods ’76 LIB Ralph T. Wright‡

Atherton Society The George W. Atherton Society recognizes benefactors who have included Penn State Behrend in their estate plans or any planned gift arrangement. The names are listed as they appeared when originally recognized.



Peter J. Bottke ’89 BRD J. Charles* & Carolyn Brock ’10 H Bernard F. & Janet L. Coombes ’55 ENG Daniel A. Cooney ’72 ENG Mary Duval James A. & Janice Frye ’73 LIB/’77 HHD Edward P. Junker III ’59 HHD Lauren D. & Viola J. Larson ’64 ENG W. Craig & Alice G. McClelland ’88 H George R. III & Beverly T. Metcalf Richard C.* & Patricia L.‡ Progelhof Alan F. Kirk & Patricia L. Roenigk* ’76 LIB /’80 LIB

President’s Club The President’s Club formally recognizes those individuals and couples who make annual gifts of $2,500 or more to the college ($1,500 or more from individuals age 35 and under). You can become a member of the President’s Club with a gift of, or cumulative gifts totaling, $2,500 or more per year to any Penn State college, campus, or program. Nancy J. & Gareth J. Anderson ’97 BRD /’89 BRD Joseph A. & Berit I. Benacci ’57 DUS James S. & Suzanne Williams Broadhurst ’65 LIB/’66 EDU David M. & Joan P. Chalikian John R. & Judith Theobald Cipriani ’58 ENG /’58 HHD Bernard F. & Janet Leahey Coombes ’55 ENG Anne K. Eisert ’86 ENG, ’95 BRD Toby M. & Jacquelyn Froehlich ’72 BUS Bernice C. Fryer Charles E. & Irene G. Fryer ’77 DSL David W. & M. Diane Grzelak ’71 ENG Thomas B. & Susan Hirt Hagen ’55 BUS George G. & Jory A. Herbert ’58 ENG William M. & Martha M. Hilbert Howard L. & Joan A. Hudson ’53 SCI Vincent J. & Joanne M. Intrieri ’84 BRD John H. & Rebecca K. Kathman ’72 SCI Ethel S. Kochel ’13 H

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Bernard (’55 BRD) and Janet Leahey Coombes “When I graduated from Wesleyville High School, college expenses were a major factor. The scholarships that I received from the Times Publishing Company and General Electric, along with savings accumulated from my newspaper route and summer jobs, enabled me to pay 90 percent of my college expenses. My wife and I feel compelled to pay it forward and help future students in need.” Bernard and his wife, Janet, created the Coombes-Leahey Trustee Scholarship to help Erie County students.

Chancellor Associates Chancellor Associates contribute between $1,000 and $2,499 in annual gifts.

Jeffrey S. & Pamela Olson Kochel ’72 AGR /’73 LIB Lauren D. & Viola J. Larson ’64 ENG Roland E.* & Deanna Larson Suzanne Perry Loss ’67EDU Michael C. Mauer Daniel S. & Wendy Mead ’75 BUS David W. Meehl Richard A. Merwin Robert D. & Sally Nelson Metzgar ’60 BUS Mary Lou Herbert Pae ’63 LIB John M. & Gertrude E. Petersen Joseph J. & Isabel J. Prischak J. Gary & Susan Raimy ’61 BUS William F. & Shirley J. Roberge ’61 BUS Christopher J. & Melissa Shearer ’02 BRD Larry V. & Kathryn A. Smith Timothy N. & Margaret Taylor* ’74 AGR Andrew & Stephanie Whittaker Michael J. & Tracy Kimes Woods ’76 LIB

Darcie R. Bradley ’93 BRD Samuel P. III & Susan Stonesifer Black ’64 LIB John J. Jr. & Elaine V. Brinling ’90 BRD Robert E. Capwell & Amy Abaray-Capwell ’88 BRD Kurt E. & Janet Mazur Cavano ’78 BRD /’79 LIB David A. Cooper* Gary E. & Emy S. Dougan Michael B. Edwards Charles E. & Irene G. Fryer ’77 DSL Thomas B. & Susan H. Hagen ’55 BUS Robert L. Harteveldt George G. & Jory A. Herbert ’58 ENG Joseph M. Hilbert Howard L. & Joan A. Hudson ’53 SCI Dom A. Kasony Jr.’98 BRD John & Kathy Kern







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Gifts Report Dario & Tara Braden Kis ’03 BRD/’04 BRD Jeffrey S. & Pamela Olson Kochel ’72 AGR /’73 LIB Andrew C. & Mary Good Lawrence ’00 ENG /’01 BRD Robert W.* & Judy Hand Light ’83 IDF John M.* & & Geraldine Mills Lilley /’68 HHD Keith T. & Linda Berlin McGarvey /’82 BRD Daniel S. & Wendy Mead ’75 BUS Charles W. Michali ’68 ENG Kenneth P.* & Ann M. Miller Paul D. Olson* John & Diane H. Parente* Todd M. & Dawn Pavuk ’90 BRD John C. Petersen Richard C. Progelhof* Mark A. & Patricia A. Rickloff Craig A. Robson ’96 BRD Mary Chisholm Scott* Allan Slovenkay Brian F.* & Sandra R. Streeter Martin E. & Deanna Balmer Svrcek /’70 SCI Roger L. Sweeting* ’63 HHD Bruce & Judith Swayze Vande /’61 SCI James D. Waldemarson ’68 BUS Anne Waldmiller Barbara J. Welton & Jason L. Williams ’94 BRD/’92 BRD Patrick & Jennifer A. Wilczynski ’92 BRD E. Joseph & Donna Jean Williams ’67 BUS

Individuals & Couples Contributing from $500 to $999 Penn State Behrend is grateful to many friends, alumni, faculty, and staff for their annual support of the college and its mission. Alex A. & Ngozi R. Agwuna Beth Baldwin Donald L. Jr. & Pamela J. Beaver Joyce Bevan* Stanley Bogusz Kurt F. Buseck Richard W. Celik ’91 BUS David J.* & Cindy Christiansen James F. III & Carol Michaels Crawford ’73 LIB /’73 LIB Susan Daley* Carl J. Diluzio ’04 ENG Gary L. Erck Robert G. & Christie Ferrier Angela Albertson Field ’02 BRD John K. Gamble Jr.* William V. Gonda Jr.* Frank M. & Diane M. Grabowski ’68 ENG Thomas A. Hanes & Mili Chiang-Hanes Deborah L. Hayes* Robert W. & Norma Michael Henderson /’57 EDU

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Charles L. & Judith F. Putnam ’54 AGR Loita Laube Ross ’57 HHD James P. & June Roth ’57 ENG Joseph E. & Nancy J. Schmitt ’57 LIB/’55 UNK George L. Walz Jr. ’55 EMS

1960s Leon E. & Susan Vanderwende App ’63 AGR /’65 LIB Samuel P. III & Susan Stonesifer Black ’64 LIB Eileen K. Boyer ’67 LIB Jutta Braune ’62 SCI Nancy Morrison & David T. Briggs ’65 HHD /’76 BUS James S. & Suzanne Williams Broadhurst ’65 LIB/’66 EDU John D. Jr. & Allene Chriest ’62 ENG Daniel J. & Elaine A. Erhard ’69 ENG Lorrain A. & Ellen J. Etzel ’67 ENG Albert R. & Barbara J. Ferguson ’65 ENG John A. & Beth Kraschneske Fisher /’68 EDU A. Daniel Frankforter III* & Karen Keene* ’69 LIB Frank M. & Diane M. Grabowski ’68 ENG Jerome C. & Colleen M. Gressley ’68 ENG J. Paul & Shelby J. Hanson ’66 BUS Ronald G.* & Patricia Brunclik Hoffman ’69 ENG Joseph H. & Georgeann Holmwood ’67 HHD Lauren D. & Viola J. Larson ’64 ENG John M.* & & Geraldine Mills Lilley /’68 HHD James L. & Aleda Litzel Littlefield ’66 SCI /’65 EDU John B. & Jeanne Chambers Lloyd ’62 BUS /’62 HHD Suzanne Perry Loss ’67 EDU J. R. Lumley ’66 SCI Duane E. May ’69 BUS Theodore M. Jr. & Delores McNamara ’68 ENG Lawrence W. Messenger ’69 ENG Robert D. & Sally Nelson Metzgar ’60 BUS Charles W. Michali ’68 ENG Thomas C. Nicolls ’64 EDU Gilbert O. Nielsen ’61 ENG Robert L. & Nancy Heyl Nielsen ’62 SCI /’63 EDU Larry & Barbara Diehl Noll /’69 LIB Thomas C. O’Connor ’68 BUS Mary Lou Herbert Pae ’63 LIB Gale Richards Peirson ’68 HHD

Alumni Support Penn State alums who contributed $50 or more to the college are listed alphabetically in the decade in which they graduated. Couples who are both Penn State grads but who have different surnames or graduated in different decades are shown under each name. 1950s

“I believe that every child should have the chance to experience art and music opportunities regardless of their socioeconomic background. Every child needs to express their artistic and creative energy.” Joseph M. Hilbert, president and owner of Pulakos Chocolates in Erie, supports the Young People’s Chorus of Erie. He is a past member of its board.

Kent Herzog William C. Lasher* David A. & Ruth P.L. Lind ’72 EMS John C. & Mary-Ellen* Madigan John M. III* & Ann M. Magenau Rob Malburg Duane E. May ’69 BUS Kathleen J. Muhonen ’99 ENG John B. & Mary A. Pellegrino Albert S. Jr. & Margaret N. Richardson James P. & June Roth ’57 ENG Robert G. & Ann C. Rutkowski James J. Jr. & Joan Rutkowski John T. & Linda Hall Schakenbach ’76 EMS /’77 HHD Gregory M. & Heather A. Yahn ’85 ENG /’00 BRD Chuck Yeung* & Huisu Cao Kimberly J. Young* Bradley R. & Sharron E. Zimmerman*

Robert J. Altsman Jr. ’58 BUS Joseph A. & Berit I. Benacci ’57 DUS James P. & Shirley E. Boylan ’53 EMS Robert D. & Susan E. Chapman ’59 SCI John R. & Judith Theobald Cipriani ’58 ENG /’58 HHD Bernard F. & Janet Leahey Coombes ’55 ENG Richard C. & Alice S. Davis ’58 ENG John R. & Carollyn J. Falcone ’53 LIB Thomas B. & Susan H. Hagen ’55 BUS Robert W. & Norma Michael Henderson /’57 EDU Robert S. & Cynthia West Henrich /’56 EDU George G. & Jory A. Herbert ’58 ENG Frank J. & Maxine C. Hitchcock ’54 ENG Howard L. & Joan A. Hudson ’53 SCI William M. & Barbara Jackson ’54 ENG Andrew E. R. & Eleanor Breyley Jass /’56 ENG Wayne A. & Marion Y. Pihl ’56 AGR






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Gregory J. Pfister ’69 BUS J. Gary & Susan Raimy ’61 BUS Karola M. Ranft ’68 EDU Robert & Charlene M. Rausch ’67 HHD William F. & Shirley J. Roberge ’61 BUS Mel E. & Mary Shea Ross ’65 LIB/’65 LIB John E. & Mary Margaret Scheuer ’68 BUS Richard S. Smith ’64 ENG Richard R. & Karen Chervenitski Sorensen ’66 SCI Judy C. Stewart ’68 EDU Robert J. Jr. & Rita Buetikofer Stewart ’66 ENG Roger L. Sweeting* ’63 HHD Jack L. & Jeanne M. Torok ’67 ENG Richard D. Uber ’69 ENG Bruce & Judith Swayze Vande /’61 SCI James D. Waldemarson ’68 BUS E. Joseph & Donna Jean Williams ’67 BUS

1970s Richard H. & Stephanie Parker Alstadt ’76 ENG/’81 SCI James J. Alvino Jr. ’79 ENG James E.* & Carol A. Amann ’75 HHD /’01 HHD Nicholas F. & Patricia Zerambo Amicucci ’72 ENG Dominic M. & Marcy M. Bencivenga ’71 EDU Dicken & Cornelia Ferguson Bettinger ’73 EDU James M. Bowser ’73 AGR David T. & Nancy Morrison Briggs ’76 BUS /’65 HHD Paul A. & Carolyn J. Brown* ’72 ENG Robert J. & Deborah Wood Burger ’77 ENG David W. & Judith I. Carey ’70 CAP Kurt E. & Janet Mazur Cavano ’78 BRD /’79 LIB Mark R. & Margaret A. Chesko ’78 BUS James D. & Jeanne Williams Codrea ’73 BUS /’73 EDU Paul C. & Judith A. Hayes Cole ’70 BUS Benjy L. & Jean E. Conover ’73 AGR Joseph P. & Ann Marie Conti ’76 HHD Donald A. & Lisa G. Craig /’79 LIB James F. III & Carol Michaels Crawford ’73 LIB /’73 LIB James J. & Darlene M. Davis ’77 BUS Charles D. & Rebecca C. Donnell ’73 BUS John C. Farren ’77 BRD


Bradley G. Federspiel ’78 BUS David R.* & Bobbi Forsman ’74 CAP Kim A. & Janice Frey ’78 BUS Paul A. & Elaine Chandler Frieberg ’74 SCI /’74 LIB Toby M. & Jacquelyn Froehlich ’72 BUS Charles E. & Irene G. Fryer ’77 DSL Mark S. & Nancy Weber Graham ’77 HHD /’76 HHD Peter M. & Marcia McCord Grant ’75 SCI William A. & Ann Baker Gray ’78 HHD /’78 HHD Teresa Walker Gross ’75 LIB David W. & M. Diane Grzelak ’71 ENG Donald E. Jr. & Kathy Marie Hall ’75 ENG Thomas A. & Joy A. Harvey ’74 COM David A. & Carolina P. Heintz ’78 BRD Ronald K. & Patricia M. Henry /’76 SCI Daniel W. Holler ’74 SCI Jeffrey H. & Dorothy Colhocker Imler ’74 BUS Glenn E. & Carlene L. Johnson ’70 ENG John H. & Rebecca K. Kathman ’72 SCI Michael J.* & Deborah Melrose Kauffman* ’71 EDU/’76 LIB Amirhossein Khalilollahi* & Antonella Cupillari* ’78 ENG Rodney A. & Barbara Long Kindler /’78 AGR Jeffrey S. & Pamela Olson Kochel ’72 AGR /’73 LIB Vic J. Kopnitsky Jr. & Marian J. Cerio ’74 LIB Mary A. Kozlowski & John Lowry ’74 SCI Howard W. & Janet Craig Krack ’72 EDU Dennis C. & Martha S. Lamb ’70 BUS David A. & Ruth P.L. Lind ’72 EMS James E. & Linda Loesch ’73 ENG Steve & Lisa M. Maples /’79 BRD R. Dirk & Theresa J. Matson ’77 HHD Clinton L. & Michelle McBeth ’74 EDU /’77 BRD M. Gene & Kathleen McFail ’76 BUS Ronald L.* & Corinne Gante McCarty ’75 SCI Emma Lee McCloskey & George A. Spiegel ’74 AGR/’76 BUS Daniel S. & Wendy Mead ’75 BUS Paul & Barbara Mellon ’72 ENG Richard A.* & Cathy Sargent Mester* ’71 LIB /’70 LIB Eric C. Sr.* & Kathleen Obert ’73 AGR Anthony F. & Elizabeth P. Pekny ’79 BUS Ted R. & Linda McCartney Sachs ’72 ENG John T. & Linda Hall Schakenbach ’76 EMS /’77 HHD Jeffery M. Seth ’76 HHD


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Linda J. Shorey ’73 SCI David G. & Kathy M. Smith ’77 BUS Sally Schuwerk Strucker ’71 SCI Martin E. & Deanna Balmer Svrcek /’70 SCI Timothy N. & Margaret Taylor* ’74 AGR Ann Lane & David M. Umbach ’77 SCI /’83 IDF Richard A. & Mary Siciliano Winkelman ’75 SCI/’75 SCI Michael J. & Tracy Kimes Woods ’76 LIB

Patrick K. & Ann Wiest LeMay /’88 BUS Robert W.* & Judy Hand Light ’83 IDF Todd D. & Elizabeth Lindenmuth ’88 ENG Thomas E. & Angela Cuccinello Lowe ’86 SCI /’85 ENG Andrew R. & Tina Passerotti Lyons ’85 ENG Mark G. & Silvia Marshall ’80 BRD Maurice R. & Lark Ann McGill ’88 BRD Keith T. & Linda Berlin McGarvey /’82 BRD Scott B. & Brenda Mitchell ’84 BRD Michael J. & Nancy Kasich Mixon ’81 BRD /’84 ENG Kerry A. & Lisa A. Moyer* ’87 EMS/’89 LIB James R. & Michele C. Moyer /’84 LIB Michael D. Patsy ’88 BUS Robert D.* & Heidi A. Patterson ’85 BRD /’91 BRD Jeffrey S. & Donna Perkins ’81 HHD Leslie Gail Hutcheson Prince ’80 HHD Audra L. Riebel ’89 BRD Thomas L. Salem ’88 EMS Curt F. & Kathy Skaluba ’82 LIB Melinda I. Stasenko ’85 BRD Milissa I. Stasenko ’85 BRD Timothy M. Sukel ’82 LIB Kelly J. Suman ’87 BRD Ellery L. & Barbara A. Tarbell ’84 BRD Anthony M. & Christine Tedesco ’80 AGR Gary John & Louise M. Teodosio /’85 BRD Kathleen D. & Ray Gerald Thomas ’80 ENG Daniel J. Thomeier & Gayle HoffmanThomeier ’82 BUS David M. & Ann Lane Umbach ’83 IDF /’77 SCI David F. & Amy Bane Whitesmith ’80 BUS /’82 BUS Steven M. Wiesner ’85 BRD Michael G. Willis* ’86 ENG Thomas C. Woodley ’84 CAP Clifford H. & Cynthia A. Woodruff ’89 BRD /’89 BRD Pat & Paula K. Woodyard /’87 BRD Gregory M. & Heather A. Yahn ’85 ENG /’00 BRD

1980s Charles E. & Beth Corcoran Allgeier ’85 ENG Stephanie Parker & Richard H. Alstadt ’81 SCI /’76 ENG Gareth J. & Nancy J. Anderson ’89 BRD /’97 BRD Kevin J. & Nancy Beichner ’85 ENG Mark W.* & Bonnie M. Bestoso ’85 BUS Timothy R. & Jodi A. Bevevino ’84 BRD Tammy S. Bishop ’81 BUS Debra L. Bull ’86 BRD Barbara A. Byers ’87 BRD Robert E. Capwell & Amy Abaray-Capwell ’88 BRD Jo Anne S.* & F. John Carrick ’82 HHD /’06 CWC Michael A. & Eileen Consiglio ’81 ENG Kent F. & Deborah Gibson Davis ’83 SCI David S. & Robin Despres ’82 CAP Frank W.* & Ann Marie DeWolf ’80 BRD Michael E. & Elizabeth Iacoponi DiFrancisco ’84 ENG David C.* & Susan J. Falvo ’86 SCI Matthew M. & Mary Farkas ’88 BRD Russell C. & Katherine E. Fisher ’80 ENG Steven T. & Karlene C. Fryxell /’89 BRD Michael A. Gallagher ’89 SCI David P. & Cheryl D. Garrett ’980 ENG Ellen S. Goldberg ’89 BRD Neil & Beth Kestel Gollogly /’81 BRD Janet Gray & Albert U. Gesler III* ’88 BRD Gary F. & Linda Anderson Hajec* /’88 BRD Victoria M. & Richard P. Hedderick* ’83 HHD/’00 BRD Kenneth C. Hensler ’82 BRD Thomas G. Hicks ’85 BRD Vincent J. & Joanne M. Intrieri ’84 BRD Sean P. & Tanya Marie Kersten ’89 BRD Todd A. & Deborah Kightlinger ’86 COM Phillip J. Kuhn ’87 BRD James A.* & Gail McGaughey Kurre /’85 BRD

1990s Joelle A. & David A. Abke ’93 HHD Dennis & Jolynn E. Agostini /’91 BRD Shawn M.* & Tracy R. Alexander ’94 BRD /’94 BRD Nancy J. & Gareth J. Anderson ’97 BRD /’89 BRD U






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Gifts Report Biology Award Established Aaron Meehl ’12 spoke so highly of the support he received from the biology faculty and his soccer coaches that his family decided to give back to Penn State Behrend to help future students in need. “Aaron’s professors gave him the opportunity to work on several independent research The first award winner is expected projects that enhanced his to be recognized at the Honors and academic career, and his coaches Awards Convocation in April. If you’d like to help students by contributing encouraged him to accept a to the fund, contact Kathryn Buesink leadership position on the soccer at 814-898-6345 or team, further developing his professional skills,” said David Meehl, Aaron’s father. The Meehl family contributed $30,000 to create the Aaron Meehl Biology Award, which recognizes outstanding academic achievement by undergraduate Biology majors at the college.

Randy S. Baughman ’91 BRD Michele A. Beisler & Sharon DeLong ’92 BRD Paul R.* & Michelle Grover Benim ’92 BRD /’94 BRD



Gregory M. Billman ’98 BRD Darcie R. Bradley ’93 BRD Anne Bonner & Burton C. Bradshaw III ’94 BRD

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John J. Jr. & Elaine V. Brinling ’90 BRD Gordon E. & Christina K. Brown ’95 CAP James W. III & Kristy Bender Bunce* ’99 ENG /’01 BRD John R. & Sharon Burgert ’92 BRD Brigetta R. & Robert C. Burkett ’93 BRD Richard W. Celik ’91 BUS Dean P. & Paula J. Dombrowski /’93 ENG Michael Drabik & Dawn G. Blasko* ’99 BRD Jennifer Burick Farrar ’98 BRD Amy S. & John B. Fessler ’91 LIB Ross & Jacqueline S. Fonticella /’94 BRD William F. & Jennifer A. Galdo ’96 BUS John M. & Shelley M. Gardner ’98 BRD /’96 BRD Timothy S. & Gabriele P. Gland ’94 BRD Michael W. & Jana G. Goodrich /’95 BRD Eric A. & Staci Gustafson ’90 BRD Clark N. & Carole E. F. Hall /’91 EDU Steven R. & Tracy Oriskovich Halmi* ’94 ENG /’93 SCI Michael L. & Adele Harrington ’93 BRD Brian M. & Andrea Hart ’97 BRD/’99 BRD Dennis E. Jr. & Vickey Heberlein ’94 BRD Jennifer A. Heilman & Craig Campbell ’96 BRD Paul D. & Suzi Jo Heter ’95 BRD/’10 CAP Christopher J. & Karen R. Hilden ’93 BRD Richard E. & Rebecca J. Hollerman ’98 BRD /’00 BRD Dan & Stephanie Curtis Howell /’92 BRD Robert E. Jr. & Carolyn M. Huston ’93 BRD David E. & Mary Beth Kroko Jacobs ’91 BRD Trevor R. & Dana J. Johnson ’93 BRD Dom A. Kasony Jr. ’98 BRD Lara Herrmann & Tate M. Kauffman ’98 BRD /’05 MED Thomas M. & Kimberly A. Kennedy ’91 BRD Amanda C. Knepper ’98 BRD Gordon C. & Kristy A. Locke /’91 BRD Daniel P. Logan ’97 BRD Marcos M. & Jennifer Puerto Lopez ’95 BRD /’96 BRD Emma P. Loss & Paul S. Eisenstein ’91 LIB Joseph M. & Sarah J. Lunger /’91 BRD Kirk J. Lux ’92 ENG John A. & Janet R. Mack ’90 BRD/’91 EDU Timothy J. & Betsy D. Mallon ’98 BUS /’95 BUS Jennifer L. Maslar ’93 BRD William J. & Stacey Unger Matthias ’91 BRD /’98 EDU Daniel A. & Patricia G. Mayton ’92 BRD

Gary A. & Sharon K. McMaster ’98 BRD Jonathan A. Meckley* ’90 BRD Mark & Lisa Waytenick Mitchell /’90 BUS Teresa R. Mitchell ’92 BRD Christopher P. & Christine Calandra Mong ’90 BRD Shawn G. & Marcy Monnie ’91 BRD Laurence J. & Kelly S. Mroz ’94 BRD/’96 LIB Kathleen J. Muhonen ’99 ENG Michael S. Murphy ’91 BRD Joseph A. Mycka ’94 BRD Fred* & Michele Nitterright ’91 BRD Jerrett F. Nollinger ’93 BRD John M. & Loretta J. Nosko /’94 BUS Heidi A. & Robert D. Patterson* ’91 BRD /’85 BRD Todd M. & Dawn Pavuk ’90 BRD Glenn A. Perry ’99 ENG Matthew & Ruth C. Pflueger* /’96 BRD David E. Plotner ’92 BRD Jonathan D. & Debra R. Pollock ’91 BRD Paul F. & Lori Ann Port ’93 BRD Megan Musante & Ryan C. Post ’95 BRD Rebecca A. Reed ’96 BRD Jennifer L. Rhodes ’97 BRD Vicki J. Roberts ’91 BRD Craig A. & Emily Robson ’96 BRD Robert & Jacquelyn A. Roddy /’98 BRD Frank K. & Julie L. Russ ’96 BRD/’99 BRD Thomas J. Sada & Jackie L. Mangus ’92 BRD /’93 EDU Philip G. & Deborah A. Schmalzried ’90 BRD Travis D. Shamp ’95 BRD Christopher J. & Michelle L. Shaw /’96 BRD Michael G. & Melissa Hayes Shirey ’94 BRD /’97 BRD Terry A. & Kelly A. Shrout* ’98 BRD/’92 BRD Kurt P. & Marisa C. Smith /’99 BRD Peter D. & Cherie Varrassa Stadler /’95 BRD John M. & Rebecca W. Stansfield ’92 BRD Joseph W. & Linette F. Stevenson ’93 BRD Brian K. & Helen Sutton ’91 BRD Robert & Carol A. Tobin* /’92 LIB Douglas J. & Jillanne Torrance /’99 BRD Juanita M. Tryon ’90 BUS Sean M. & Stephanie Roberts Tucker ’98 BRD /’98 BRD Rudolph J. Valentino ’99 EMS Daryl L. Vettori ’98 ENG Neil R. Vidt ’97 BRD Steven N. & Shelley S. Vogel ’90 BRD Barbara J. Welton & Jason L. Williams ’94 BRD/’92 BRD






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Aaron C. & Erin Hall Westfall ’99 LIB Brandon R. & Tracey Siggins Westmoreland /’94 BRD Jay P. & Nicole A. Whalen ’91 BRD Patrick & Jennifer A. Wilczynski ’92 BRD Darren M.* & Jody B. Williams ’98 SCI Robert W.* & Amy L. Wittman* ’93 HHD Brian A.* & Jessica Young ’94 BRD Jessica Skelton* & Nicolas I. Wolfe ’98 HHD /’12 IST Jason M. Zaczyk ’99 BRD Daniel G. & Lara B. Zelch ’90 SCI

2000s Carol A. & James E. Amann* ’01 HHD /’75 HHD Jason T. Bartlett ’08 BRD Adam L. & Lauren Weidle Best ’04 BRD Robert L. Bigler Jr. ’02 BRD Donald F. Binda ’09 BRD Lori S. Bly ’04 BRD Justin B. Bookshar ’05 ENG Terrance A. & Trina Buhr Brand ’00 BRD Jeremy E. Brubaker ’00 BRD Danielle M. Budziszewski ’10 BRD Kristy Bender* & James W. Bunce III ’01 BRD /’99 ENG F. John & Jo Anne S. Carrick* ’06 CWC /’82 HHD Jeffrey E. Choffel ’01 BRD Andrew J. Chrobak ’09 BRD Peter L. Chrobak ’03 BRD Brian W. & Jennifer A. Conway ’03 BRD Gregory D.* & Laura S. Cooper ’01 BRD /’04 ENG Jacoby D. Curtis ’08 BRD Carl J. Diluzio ’04 ENG William C. & Susanna M. Ebner /’04 BRD Carrie A. Egnosak* ’03 BRD Matthew T. Esek ’03 BRD William L. Fader III ’06 BRD Angela Albertson & Ryan Field ’02 BRD Thomas L. & Susan Foster ’02 BRD Anne C. Friedman ’07 EMS Robert L. Gargasz ’05 BRD Benjamin T. Gasbarre ’08 BRD Walter H. Goedicke III ’00 BRD Luke R. Goldner ’05 BRD Kenneth L. Gray ’06 ENG Matthew J. Grimmke ’02 BRD Michael J. & Chelsey L. Hargather ’04 BRD /’12 IDF



Richard P.* & Victoria M. Hedderick ’00 BRD /’83 HHD Joshua J. Hilewick ’04 BRD Rebecca J. & Richard E. Hollerman ’00 BRD /’98 BRD Chad M. & Allison J. Holzshu ’03 BRD /’04 BRD Christopher T. Hughes ’00 BRD David B. Irvin ’07 BRD Ankur Jain ’08 BRD Mathew D. Kacprowicz ’04 BRD Tate M. & Lara Herrmann Kauffman ’05 MED /’98 BRD Robin C. Keller ’03 BRD Jennifer Petures Kelly ’05 BRD Dario & Tara Braden Kis ’03 BRD/’04 BRD Randy A. & Andrea Eckroat Konkol* /’00 BRD Todd G. Kudas ’01 BRD Kristen D. Latch ’05 BRD Andrew C. & Mary Good Lawrence ’00 ENG /’01 BRD Thomas R. Lulich ’05 BRD Bryan L. & Laurel L. Martin ’01 BRD/’01 BRD Michael P. & Darcy Martin ’01 BRD Ashley D. McFarland ’07 BRD David R. Miller ’09 BRD Daniel G. & Sandra K. Mitchell ’07 BRD /’07 BRD Christy Lynn & Russell J. Mogel ’08 BRD /’08 BRD Michael D. Moon ’05 BRD George J. & Cody Morales ’02 BRD Thomas S. Newman Jr. ’09 BRD Anh P. Nguyen ’08 BRD Nicklaus H. Paris ’05 BRD Nicholas R. & Mary A. Pflugh ’02 BRD /’02 BRD Thomas R. Pietro ’05 BRD John C. & Ashley Mary June Ponsoll ’04 BRD Travis A. & Catherine A. Reich ’08 BRD /’08 BRD Emily M. Rogan ’08 BRD Wesley A. Salandro ’09 BRD Ryan M. Seyler ’03 BRD Christopher J. & Melissa Shearer ’02 BRD Scott A. & Alice M. Sjolander ’00 BRD Matthew M. & Stacey A. Slavonic ’01 BRD Carrie A. Smock ’04 BRD Duwayne J. Stainbrook ’04 BRD Jeffrey J. Stempka ’07 BRD Joseph M. Strom ’07 BRD Matthew K. Sudak ’01 BRD Dale William II & Kristina M. Tingley /’00 BRD

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John (’72 BRD) and Rebecca Kathman “Since retirement, Becky and I have been working with disadvantaged youth, and we can see what a tremendous impact a chance to attend college could have on their lives, thus the gift.” John, a former supply chain executive at GE Transportation, and Rebecca established the John and Rebecca Kathman Trustee Scholarship. GE Transportation matched the Kathman’s gift, essentially doubling the number of students who can be helped.

Erin E. Troester ’05 BRD Stephanie Lynn & John D. Watkins ’07 BRD /’08 BRD Stephen A. Webb ’02 BRD David A. Williams ’01 BRD Jillian D. Wooldridge ’06 BRD Thomas I. Wortman ’02 EDU William B. & Catherine Ann Wykoff ’04 BRD Heather A. & Gregory M. Yahn ’00 BRD /’85 ENG Matthew D. Yingling ’03 BRD

Bridget M. Gutting ’10 BRD Chelsey L. & Michael J. Hargather ’12 IDF /’04 BRD Andrew M. Herzog ’10 BRD Suzi Jo & Paul D. Heter ’10 CAP/’95 BRD Joseph V. Ivsan ’13 BRD Edward A. Kessler ’11 BRD Ethel S. Kochel ’13H A. J. & Jennifer R. Korbely /’10 BRD Elisa M. Kownacki ’13 BRD Lauren E. Kownacki ’13 BRD Adam Kraft ’13 BRD Robert J. Leck ’10 BRD Adrianne R. Morris ’11 BRD Samantha M. Nan ’11 BRD Patrick M. O’Loughlin ’10 BRD Joseph E. Paterniti ’12 BRD David J. Pocratsky ’13 BRD Leo J. Rosenbauer IV ’11 BRD Jennifer L. Slane ’13 BRD Bryan Smith ’13 BRD Cassandra E. Teti ’13 BRD Justin A. Wheeler ’13 BRD Nicolas I. & Jessica Skelton Wolfe* ’12 IST /’98 HHD Thomas M. Zajac ’10 BRD Brennan R. Zanella ’13 BRD

2010s James A. Battaglia Jr. ’12 BRD James F. Boorman-Padgett ’13 BRD Ashley R. Brightwell ’13 BRD Mark E. & Deborah A. Chiffon /’10 BRD Shane M. Cyphert ’12 BRD Mark W. Dempski ’12 BRD Timothy L. Donovan ’13 BRD Dustin M. Dubensky ’10 BRD Robert M. Ferguson ’11 BRD M. Gregory* & Janis M. Filbeck ’13 SCI Lorraine M. Gdanetz* ’11 NUR Davis J. Gigogne ’12 BRD Tj S. Gustafson ’13 BRD







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Gifts Report Faculty, Staff, and Retirees We thank faculty, staff, and retirees who made gifts of $50 or more to the college. If the gift was made in the name of more than one person, the faculty member, staff member, or retiree is indicated by an asterisk after his or her name. Shawn M.* & Tracy R. Alexander ’94 BRD /’94 BRD James E.* and Carol A. Amann ’75 HHD /’01 HHD Alyson M. Amendola* & Matthew Cummings Jay C.* & Andrea G.L. Amicangelo Paul G. Ashcraft Mark S. & Brenda C. Bane* Paul E. Barney Jr. George W. III* & Aileen Baxter Paul E. Becker Paul R.* & Michelle Grover Benim ’92 BRD /’94 BRD Jason A. Bennett Mark W.* & Bonnie M. Bestoso ’85 BUS Joyce Bevan Donald L.* & Linda B. Birx Dawn G. Blasko* & Michael J. Drabik ’99 BRD Carol A. Bray Charles A.* & Traci A. Brown Paul A. & Carolyn J. Brown* ’72 ENG Randy C. Brown Kathryn L. Buesink James W. III & Kristy Bender Bunce* ’99 ENG/’01 BRD Morton K. Buss Jr. Anne Campbell Michael A.* & Martha Campbell* Jo Anne S.* & F. John Carrick ’82 HHD /’06 CWC Daniel L. & and Heather Cass* David J.* & Sheila Dempsey Causgrove David J.* & Cindy Christiansen David A. Cooper Gregory D.* & Laura S. Cooper ’01 BRD /’04 ENG Eric W. Corty* & Sara Douglas Sharon Dale Susan Daley Michael J. Degenhart* & Carmella Mulroy-Degenhart* Ronald W.* & Carole R. Del Porto Ashutosh V.* & Hemangini A. Deshmukh Joseph M. & Kathleen L. Deutsch* Frank W.* & Ann Marie DeWolf ’80 BRD David F. Dieteman Robert C. Edwards Carrie A. Egnosak ’03 BRD Bradley K. & Lauri P. Enterline* David C.* & Susan J. Falvo ’86 SCI Xiaocong Fan Juan Fernandez-Jimenez* & Guadalupe R. Alvear-Madrid* M. Gregory* & Janis M. Filbeck ’13 SCI



John J.* & Kim J. Fontecchio Ralph M.* & Melanie R. Ford* David R.* & Bobbi Forsman ’74 CAP A. Daniel Frankforter III* & Karen Keene* ’69 LIB John K. Gamble Jr. Lorraine M. Gdanetz ’11 NUR J. Andrew George Albert U. Gesler III*& Janet Gray /’88 BRD William V. Gonda Jr.* Dennis R. Hadlock Linda L.* & Gary F. Hajec ’88 BRD Steven R. & Tracy Oriskovich Halmi* ’94 ENG /’93 SCI Deborah L. Hayes Richard P. & Victoria M. Hedderick* ’00 BRD/’83 HHD Andy A. Herrera Barbara J. Hido Ronald G.* & Patricia Brunclik Hoffman ’69 ENG Hunter M. Holzhauer Paul R. Jr. & Marcia Jensen* Rande L.* & Christine Joy Frank J. & Linda A. Kaleta* Wendy G. E.* & Carl Alfred Kallgren III* Michael J.* & Deborah Melrose Kauffman* ’71 EDU/’76 LIB Victoria A. Kazmerski* & Glenn McKnight David M. & Margaret O. Kertis* Amirhossein Khalilollahi* & Antonella Cupillari* ’78 ENG Randy A. & Andrea Eckroat Konkol* /’00 BRD Ronald P.* & Karen A. Krahe James A.* & Gail McGaughey Kurre /’85 BRD Roland E.* & Deanna Larson William C. Lasher Dean Q. Lewis Robert W.* & Judy Hand Light ’83 IDF John M.* & Geraldine Mills Lilley /’68 HHD John V. Lindner Mary-Ellen* & John C. Madigan John M. III* & Ann Marie Magenau Phylis M. Mansfield Margaret I.* & John J. McCarthy Jr. Mary Beth McCarthy Ronald L.* & Corinne Gante McCarty ’75 SCI Jonathan A. Meckley ’90 BRD Richard A.* & Cathy Sargent Mester* ’71 LIB /’70 LIB Kenneth P.* & Ann M. Miller Ido Millet Gregory L.* & Gayle A. Morris Kerry A. & Lisa A. Moyer* ’87 EMS/’89 LIB Phillip W. & Beth E. Nagy* Sudarshan R. Nelatury* & Mary C. Vagula Fred* & Michele Nitterright ’91 BRD Thomas W.* & Amy Jo Noyes Eric C. Sr.* & Kathleen Obert ’73 AGR Paul D. Olson Oladipo Onipede Jr.* & Selin Yalcindag Edward & Christine McCammon Palattella* John & Diane H. Parente*

Frank S. Palkovic ’68 BRD We’d love to ask Frank Palkovic why he chose to leave his estate, worth more than $1 million, to support the School of Engineering at Penn State Behrend, but his gift was a surprise, bequeathed to the college following his October 2012 death.

What we do know is that

Palkovic played on Penn State Behrend’s soccer team and graduated with an associate degree in Drafting Design and Technology. He later earned a bachelor’s degree at Penn State Harrisburg and worked for Consoer Townsend Envirodyne Engineers in Erie before retiring to Florida.

The college used the gift to create the Frank S. Palkovic

Trustee Scholarship for undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll in engineering.

While we can’t ask Palkovic for a quote, his final gift

speaks volumes. Robert D.* & Heidi A. Patterson ’85 BRD /’91 BRD Daniel P. Perritano* & Jane D. Brady* Matthew & Ruth C. Pflueger* ’96 BRD John A. & Stacy L. Pondo* Richard C. Progelhof John M. & Ann B. Quinn* Paul C.* & Marne Roche Robert J. Roecklein Mary Chisholm Scott Terry A. & Kelly A. Shrout* ’98 BRD/’92 BRD David A.* & Frances J. Skellie Ronald F.* & Dianne M. Slomski Robert W. Speel Rhonda J.* & Mark A. Steg Brian F.* & Sandra R. Streeter Roger L. Sweeting* ’63 HHD Timothy N. & Margaret Taylor* ’74 AGR Emily Thompson

Robert & Carol A. Tobin* /’92 LIB Alan R. & Janice A. Totleben* Soledad Traverso Rod L.* & Judith H. Troester Blair R. Tuttle Mary M. Tuzynski Tera L. Van Doren Ray R.* & Uma M. Venkataraman Margaret A. Voss Jennifer N. Wallace Alfred G.* & Jonne M. Warner Andrew E.* & Barbara L. Watters Darren M.* & Jody B. Williams ’98 SCI E. Joseph* & Donna Jean Williams ’67 BUS Michael G. Willis ’86 ENG Carol Wilson Robert W.* & Amy L. Wittman* ’93 HHD Jessica Skelton* & Nicolas I. Wolfe ’98 HHD/’12 IST

Chuck Yeung* & Huisu Cao Brian A.* & Jessica Young ’94 BRD Kimberly J. Young Dorothy J. Youngman Bradley R. & Sharron E. Zimmerman*

Friends and Parents Since its founding in 1948, hundreds of individuals and families have provided substantial support for the college and its mission. We thank the following friends and parents who contributed $50 or more to the college. Andrew Adamus Alex A. & Ngozi R. Agwuna Beth Baldwin Richard P. & Robin S. Barbara Lavaughn B. & Craig E. Bartholomew Richard Basler Donald L. Jr. & Pamela J. Beaver Richard D. & Christine R. Best D. Jason Bishop Stanley Bogusz Edward V. & Diane D. Bolt Leo J. Jr. & Teresa M. Brugger Mary I. Burrows Frances Q. Buseck Kurt F. Buseck Thomas R. & Sherri L. Campbell Joan P. & David M. Chalikian Daniel J. & Debra L. Chrobak Winston & Paulette Chu John W. & Beth A. Condit William B. & Suzanne Conner Steven F. & Valerie S. Croasmun Frank W. & Shirley Czulewicz Sheryl Decker John Desantis Glenn W. & Mildred E. Detrick Daria S. Devlin James E. & Judith A. Dible Susan J. DiCara Todd M. & Maria J. Dinner Gary E. & Emy S. Dougan John P. & Sharon A. Downey Louis P. & Rebecca S. Dubensky Brendan J. Duffe Michael B. Edwards Gary L. Erck Virginia M. & Ralph L. Erickson Craig R. & Cinda L. Ewing Mark A. Falbo Gregory R. Ferencik Sarah S. Ferer Robert G. & Christie Ferrier Daniel H. & Annette K. Fishbone Daniel Fosnacht Richard Frattura Bernice C. Fryer Larry F. Fuller

William P. Garvey Michael & Sheryl Geer James F. & Nancy J. Gibson David & Gina Gurska Thomas A. Hanes & Mili Chiang-Hanes Robert L. Harteveldt Thomas L. & Cynthia L. Hartwig Dave & Lisa Hasser Francis L. III & Sheree L. Haus Kent Herzog Daniel & Denise Hesch D. Garth & Margaret L. Hetz Joseph M. Hilbert William M. Sr. & Martha M. Hilbert Donna M. Hildebrand Sheldon M. & Diane A. Hirschberg Patricia B. Hitchings Gary J. & Jackie L. Hlavinka Gerald J. & Lori W. Hordych Veronica V. Hotchkiss Floyd R. Hyatt Scott E. & Candy K. Ingram Ronald K. & Debra J. Junk Duane G. Kemling John & Kathy Kern Edward P. Jr. & Kristine Kessler David W. & Cheryl M. Koerbel Carolyn A. Lane John S. & Greta G. Lasher James & Mary Jane Laskowski Daniel F. & Marianne L. Levstek James E. & Susan P. Livingston Ralph J. & Karen M. Lovette Dale & Jean Lyons Rob Malburg Luther R. Jr. & Constance L. Manus Joseph J. Manzella James E. Martin Michael P & Ellen L. Martin Stephen E. Marx Michael C. Mauer Kevin Mazon Blossom McBrier Troy A. & Lisa A. Mcqueeney Adele E. Mead David W. Meehl Meghan M. & John J. Mehler Susan L. Messenger Beverly Morris Douglas S. & Deborah W. Murphy Kathryn Nusbaum Brendan J. & Barbara O’Donnell Corey W. & Dana L. Overby Mark H. & Julie Paden Roger E. & Mary Pais Steven A. & Ellen R. Parnes John B. & Mary A. Pellegrino John C. Petersen Barbara R. Pollock Sue Preston Joseph J. & Isabel J. Prischak Deborah A. Ranish James M. & Suzanne Reed

Stephen E. Rengers Mark D. & Jacqueline L. Rice Albert S. Jr. & Margaret N. Richardson Mark A. & Patricia A. Rickloff Christine E. Riehl Robert G. & Ann C. Rutkowski James J. Sr. & Joan Rutkowski Francis & Maria G. Scapellato M. Peter & Ellie Scibetta Ronald K. & Renae L. Semple William G. & Cecily Sesler Karen R. Sifford Allan Slovenkay Larry V. & Kathryn A. Smith Joseph A. & Carol A. Spinelli Chris A. & Carmen M. Stauffer Mark H. Steensland Paul D. & Janet V. Stemme Andrew G. & Susan Stephenson Sheila Sterrett Pauline M. Stevens John H. Strange & Frances E. Rovituso-Strange Kevin & Susan Teribery John A. & Trina K. Thompson John J. & Suzanne M. Trucilla Jack D. & Heidi Utley Anne Waldmiller Kenneth H. Weber Arla J. Weible Carole M. Weinmann David J. & Susan C. Weinzierl Joseph H. & Elaine E. Wertheim Andrew & Stephanie Whittaker David A. & Londa E. Wilkins David A. & Sandra J. Wolczko Thomas J. & Kristen L. Zurat

Corporations 180 Physical Therapy Inc. A. Duchini Inc. Accudyn Products Advanced Finishing USA Aerolib Healthcare Solutions American Turned Products API ArcelorMittal USA Inc. Asbury Communities Inc. Atlas Auto Body Inc. Autodesk Inc. Bianchi Motors Inc. Blackstone-Ney Ultrasonics Bonded Services Corporation Burton Funeral Home & Crematory C. A. Curtze Company C. Classic Dodge Chrysler Jeep Charlotte Foot and Ankle Chiropractic Specialists of Pittsburgh Coach USA Inc. Northeast Region Corporation for Penn State Corry Rubber Corporation Country Fair Inc.

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Crawford County Community Council Creative Imprint Systems Inc. Dow Chemical Company Dr. Gertrude A. Barber Center Inc. Dresser Piping Specialties Dresser-Rand Company Eagle Precision Tooling Inc. Eaglesome Images Inc. Eastway Lanes RPA Inc. Elliott Group Ellwood City Forge Corporation Engineered Plastics Inc. Enterprise Rent-A-Car-Pittsburgh Erie Aquatics Club ErieBank Erie Concrete and Steel Supply Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority Erie Federal Credit Union Erie Grand Rental Erie Insurance Group Eriez Construction Inc. Field Fastener FMC Technologies Friends of Tracy Claybaugh Frontier Lumber Inc. GE Transportation - Rail General Motors Corporation GKN Sinter Metals Grise Audio Visual Center Inc. Haddad Family Trust Helping Hand for Erie County Hembold & Stewart Inc. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Hovis Auto Supply Inc. Image Sports Network Industrial Sales Mfg. Inc. Irwin Car and Equipment Joe B’s Carpet Connection Joe Chromik & Sons Plumbing Johnson Motors Inc. LH Plus Sdn. Bhd. Lord Corporation Lyondell Chemical Company Matric Matrix Tool Inc. MBK Management Inc. McCarty Printing Corporation McShane Welding Meadville Medical Center Medrad Inc. Menasha Corporation Mid South Wire Mitsui Chemicals Americas Inc Multisorb Technologies Inc. Murray’s Ford Inc. New Motors Newell Rubbermaid Northrop Grumman Northrop Grumman Foundation Ophelia Project Perry Construction Group Inc. Philips Home Healthcare Phoenix Contact Inc.



Gifts Report Plastek Industries Inc. Plymouth Tavern Inc. PNC Foundation Polymer Conversions Port Erie Plastics Inc. Power Drives Inc. Precision Compacted Components Inc. Process and Data Automation Inc. PV Communications Inc. Radio Shack Corporation Rayn Business Development LLC Register Graphics Rehrig Pacific Company Ricardo’s Restaurant Rovituso Strange Architects Inc. Sara’s Ice Cream Pub Scobell Company Inc. Scott’s Corporate Services Inc. Scott’s Splash Lagoon Inc. SKF USA Inc. Smugglers’Wharf Inc. Spring Ridge Club LLC St. Mary’s Insurance Agency St. Marys Insurance Agency Inc. State Farm Insurance Company Steven Schaefer Associates Inc. Stoltz Toyota Scion StreetSports International LLC Swimmers Network Inc. Therm-O-Disc Inc. Thogus Products Company Time Warner Cable Shared Service Center Truck-Lite Company Inc. University of Ulsan Weber Murphy Fox Architects Inc. Welton Law WICU-TV XTO Energy Inc.

Foundations ArtsErie Charles A. Dailey Foundation Charles Koch Foundation Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation Erie Community Foundation Friends of Fish Foundation John & Gertrude Petersen Foundation John & Sarah Rees Charitable Foundation McCain Foundation Merwin Foundation Nypro Foundation Thomas Lord Charitable Trust Vorsheck Family Foundation Inc.

Associations American Foundry Society, Northwestern PA Chapter Associated Student Activities-Behrend Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership



Five Star Suzuki Friends of Jake Boyle Friends of Nursing Program-Behrend Friends of Tom Ridge Center Grandview Basketball Camp Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Penn State Alumni Association Society of Plastics Engineers Inc. Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh United Way of Erie County

Memorial Gifts

We recognize those individuals and organizations who gave a gift to Behrend in memory of a loved one, colleague or friend. In Memory of Donald M. Alstadt (to the Donald M. Alstadt Advanced Chemistry Lab) Thomas Lord Charitable Trust Lord Corporation

In Memory of John and Marjorie Augustine (to the Behrend Nursing Program) Joyce Bevan*

In Memory of Louis W. Balmer* ’52 EDU (to the Louis & Evelyn Balmer Trustee Scholarship) Martin E. & Deanna Balmer Svrcek /’70 SCI

In Memory of Jean E. Caskey Banaszek (to the Behrend Nursing Program) Joyce Bevan*

In Memory of John D. Berarducci Sr. (to the Sally Weber Nursing Book Fund) Joyce Bevan*

In Memory of Justin E. (Jake) Boyle ’02 BRD (to the Jake Boyle Memorial Fund for Athletics)

Paul R.* & Michelle Grover Benim ’92 BRD /’94 BRD Charlotte Foot & Ankle Adam Derry Dow Chemical Company Gregory R. Ferencik Field Fastener LH Plus Sdn. Bhd. Lyondell Chemical Company Christopher Mazza Menasha Corporation Mid South Wire Mitsui Chemicals Americas Inc.

Newell Rubbermaid PV Communications Inc. Christopher J. & Melissa Shearer ’02 BRD Anne Waldmiller Friends of Jake Boyle

In Memory of Justin E. (Jake) Boyle ’02 BRD (to the Jake Boyle Memorial Scholarship) Angela Albertson Field ’02 BRD Kimberly M. Hoffman Tamara F. Johnston Rob Malburg Rudolph J. Valentino ’99 EMS

In Memory of Joseph Catalano Jr. (to the Jake Boyle Memorial Scholarship) Elizabeth A. Atwell Ronald R. Barnes Craig & Lavaughn Bartholomew Donald L. Jr. & Pamela J. Beaver Marlyn Choffel Crawford County Community Council Pauline A. Edwards Sarah S. Ferer Thomas & Kristin Gajdowski David A. & Janice M. Giltinan Edwin R. & Carol R. Grove Patricia B. Hitchings Julie A. Hovis Meadville Medical Center Debra W. O’Neill Denise S. Pollard Spring Ridge Club LLC Kenneth H. Weber Carole M. Weinmann Joseph H. & Elain E. Wertheim

In Memory of Jesus B. Flores (to the Sally Weber Nursing Book Fund) Joyce Bevan*

In Memory of Christopher M. Geitner ’97 BRD (to the Christopher M. Geitner Award) Jamie L. Rossi

In Memory of Dolores A. Haughey (to the Behrend Nursing Program) Joyce Bevan*

In Memory of Archie K. Loss* ’66 LIB (to the Archie Loss Undergraduate Honors Thesis Award) Diane C. Knight-Kallor ’75 HHD Emma P. Loss ’91 LIB Suzanne Perry Loss ’67 EDU Michael P. & Ellen L. Martin

In Memory of Joseph Vincent Paterno (to the Behrend Future Fund) Joseph & Judy DiRienzo

In Memory of Rita R. Pol (to the Sally Weber Nursing Book Fund) Joyce Bevan*

In Memory of Sharon M. Reed (to the Sally Weber Nursing Book Fund) Joyce Bevan*

In Memory of Jane Rosenberger (to the Behrend Future Fund)

Loita Laube Ross ’57 HHD

In Memory of Carl F. Schmid (to the Behrend General Scholarship) Robert W. & Norma Michael Henderson /’57 EDU

In Memory of Michael J. Sider (to the Behrend College for Kids-Sider Music Fund) Justina M. Solties ’10 BRD Bradley R. & Sharron E.* Zimmerman

In Memory of Clarence “George” Trinder (to the Arboretum & Landscape Fund-Tree Memorial) Sonya L. Adams* ’98 BRD Joyce Bevan* David J. Christiansen* Qi Dunsworth* Friends of Tracy Claybaugh Carl A. III* & Wendy G. E. Kallgren* Andrea M. Lutz* Mary-Ellen Madigan* Christine M. Meckley* Shelley E. Readel* Emily Semrau*

In Memory of Sally Weber (to the Sally Weber Nursing Book Fund)

Jo Anne S. Carrick ’82 HHD Friends of Nursing Program-2012 Class Gift Carol E. Kieda ’75 SCI Mary A. Kozlowski ’74 SCI * Faculty, staff, or retiree ‡ Deceased # Company that matches employee gifts If your name is not listed and you think it should be, please contact the Development Office at 814-898-6159.

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Alumni News Here’s the Latest Word from Your Classmates 1950s William Rohrer ’57 (Behrend 1951-52) taught for 30 years in New York, California, and Nevada before retiring in Reno 12 years ago. He writes that he has fond memories of Behrend Center and its 60 students.

1970s John K. Reidy ’77 (Behrend 1971-73)

and his wife, Marianne, live in Pittsburgh. Jack is the business development supervisor for global real estate at the law firm ReedSmith.

David Blazek ’79 (Behrend 1975-76) is a senior creative producer at the Philadelphia Inquirer, writer and illustrator of the nationally syndicated daily comic strip Loose Parts, and author of five Loose Parts books ( Dave recently signed a deal for a second syndicated daily comic, Biz, and also is an animator, director, and producer of television and radio commercials. He and his wife, Eileen ’79, live in Valley Forge.

1980s Robin Ruhl Strobel ’80 and Larry Strobel ’83 live in Carlisle. After 30 years’

service in the U.S. Army, Larry recently retired at the rank of colonel. Their daughter Kirstin ’08 is a Behrend grad.

Gay Marie Catania ’84 has joined the Times Publishing Co. as its human resources manager after 19 years of full-time HR consulting. She lives in Erie.

Risa Glick ’86 works as a proposal manager for Intelligent Decisions in Ashburn, Va. She lives in Sterling.

1990s Robert J. Frazier ’90 is a partner at

Junction Climate Control in Cheswick.

Brian J. Nelson ’90 just published his first book. The Balanced Journey is available for Kindle at Gary Flavell ’95 is an engineering

coordinator at Honda of America in East Liberty, Ohio. Gary lives in Powell.

Jason B. Martin ’00 and Katie Granetto Martin ’00 live in Waterloo,

Belgium, with their four children: Cole, 10, Liv, 7, Sophie, 5, and 2-year-old Piper. Jason is the CFO for Stanley Black & Decker’s European Security Division.

Michael J. Wisniewski ’00 lives in Willoughby, Ohio. Brendan Rodgers ’01 is an engineer at Westinghouse. He lives in Pittsburgh.

Christine Chan Tang ’01 earned

Cynthia Lee ’07 lives in Reston, Va.

Joshua W. Serafini ’07 recently

received his M.B.A. from Duke University. He now works as a financial analyst at ExxonMobil in Houston.

Jaime Orcutt Kline ’02 and Matthew Kline ’04 live in Elkridge,

Md., with their three children, Hanna, 12, Dylan, 8, and Olivia, 3. Jaime is a project lead for satellite servicing at SGT Inc. in Greenbelt. Matthew works in NASA’s Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office.

Patrick J. Conklin ’08 is a network

second-generation president and owner of VIP Machining in Corry and Burke Forging & Heat Treating in Rochester, N.Y. Ron lives in Corry with his wife, Debra.


Jennifer Pitelka Shazer ’03 and Justin J. Shazer ’04 live in Ellwood

is employed by PepsiCo. She and her husband, Kenneth, live in Duncansville.

Ronald K. Thompson ’95 is the

Patrick Flynn ’00 works as a

community relations manager for Riverset Credit Union. He lives in Pittsburgh.

City. Jennifer is a finance assistant at Black Box Corp. in Lawrence.

Jeanine Noce Larson ’04 (Behrend 2000-02) has a new baby, son Peyton James, and a 3-year-old, daughter Addison. Jeanine,

• For those who completed their studies elsewhere in the University, years at Behrend are shown in parentheses after the graduation year. • Regular type indicates a Penn State graduate who did not attend Behrend—most often a spouse of someone who did. • If no state is given after a city name, that city is 1) in Pennsylvania, 2) in the state referred to earlier in that class note, or 3) a major city requiring no further identification.

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(Behrend 2001-03) is a meeting and event coordinator at Maritz Travel Company in Chicago. She and her husband, Joseph, live in Bartlett.

Lynzie Rae Collard ’08 works as a

Aaron M. Krott ’95 works as interior systems director for Toledo Molding & Die. Aaron and his wife, Tanya, have two sons, Mitchell and Dalton.

• All alumni whose names are in bold type spent some or all of their Penn State years at Penn State Behrend.


Margaret Venema Miller ’04

her M.B.A. at St. Joseph’s College and is director of information technology at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology in Queens, N.Y. She lives in Sloatsburgh with her husband, Mario, and children, Logan and Hayleigh.

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her husband, Ryan, and their children live in West Fargo, N.D., where she is a web content coordinator for Bell State Bank & Trust.

project engineer for SMC Ltd. in Sterling, Mass. She lives in Marlboro.

system operator for the U.S. Army at Fort Bliss, Texas. He lives in El Paso.

Randa Amsler Lingenfelter ’08

Benjamin Morris ’08 earned his M.F.A. in fiction from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is enrolled in the doctoral-degree program in English at the University of North Dakota. Grant Reschenthaler ’08, a dentist

and lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, recently graduated from the dental general residency program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He serves aboard the amphibious attack carrier USS Whidbey Island.

Kirstin Strobel ’08 is a captain in the U.S. Army. She currently is stationed in Louisiana, as hospital chief for Fort Polk’s Clinical Support Division. Zachary Walko ’08 (Behrend 2004-06) received a master’s degree in finance last year from American University. Zak works for Deloitte in Washington, D.C., and lives in Fairfax, Va.

Amanda Wiest ’08 works at Allstate Insurance Company as a senior financial analyst in external reporting. Amanda lives in Arlington Heights, Ill.

Justina Solties ’10 is a member engagement coordinator at Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority’s national headquarters. She lives in Indianapolis.

Corey Zeller ’08 published his first

David J. Artuso ’11 is co-founder

book-length poetry collection, Man vs. Sky, available at

Jennifer Balsiger ’09 and Christopher Callahan ’09 were

married in Butler on October 13, 2013.

Nicole S. Kaschauer ’09 and Adam J. Wingertsahn ’09 met as freshmen

and CMO at Cellhelmet, a designer and manufacturer of indestructible iPhone and iPod cases headquartered in Wexford. David writes that Cellhelmet combined his passion for technology with his desire to be creative, and led him to appear on ABC’s “Shark Tank” last spring. Learn more about David’s company at

Julie Baltes ’12 lives in Bowling Green,

on move-in weekend 2005 and were married in Pittsburgh on February 23, 2013. The wedding party included Nikki’s sisters Stephanie ’12 and Rachel, a first-year Behrend student. They live in Bridgeville; Nikki is a special education teacher with Community Specialists Corp., and Adam is an assistant construction coordinator at McKamish.,

Matthew D. Erdman ’13 is a graduate assistant in mechanical engineering at the University Park campus.

Jon McConnell ’09 earned his M.F.A. at Emerson College. He is the associate editor of Whole Beast Rag and lives in Los Angeles.

Dane M. Klaproth ’13 works at GE

Jared Spaniol ’09 works as a mechanical design engineer in R&D at Canon Virginia in Newport News. He lives in Portsmouth.

Michael E. Lee ’13 is a process


Jocelyn O’Donnell ’13 is resident

Nicolle R. Bittner ’10 is an admissions counselor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Academy of Culinary Arts. Nikki and Adam M. Lewis ’11 recently purchased a house in Homer City and are planning a 2015 wedding in Smith Chapel.

Nicole Frisbee Gailey ’10 earned a

master’s degree in engineering management from Gannon University; she recently was promoted to global measurement and integrity specialist at FMC Technologies. Nicole lives in Erie with her husband, Brent, and son, Maverick Richard, born June 6, 2013. nicole.

Ryan Grant ’10 is a global commodity

plastics project engineer at Philips Respironics; Jillian Sebrosky Grant ’11 is a corporate financial analyst at PNC Bank. The couple lives in Pittsburgh.


Daniel R. Kensky ’13 is a mechanical engineer at Metso Minerals Industries in Canonsburg.

as a lab technician. He and his wife, Barbara, live in Erie. engineer for Aerotek. He lives in Erie. director at Bradford School in Station Square. She lives in Pittsburgh.

Abram D. Pleta ’13 is a graduate

research assistant at Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in automotive engineering with a focus on superalloy machining.

Brennan R. Zanella ’13 joined BNY Mellon in Pittsburgh as a securities settlement processor last July. He writes that he loves working in the financial services field because every day brings something new, adding “I wouldn’t be where I am today without the education and experiences I received at Behrend.” Brennan lives in Butler.

Three Alumni Honored Three Penn State Behrend alumni were recently recognized with University-wide awards. Ethel S. Kochel ’13H was named an Honorary Alumna for her half-centuryplus commitment to the college, including her many behind-the-scenes efforts to smooth a growing two-year campus’ transition to a graduate and undergraduate college. The Honorary Alumni Award recognizes individuals who are not graduates of Penn State but have worked to significantly better the University. Kochel and her husband, Irvin ’47, ’48g, moved to Erie in 1954, when Irv was hired at what was then The Behrend Center. He led the campus for twenty-six years before finishing his career at University Park. The couple retired to a home near Penn State Behrend and remained active in the campus and community. They endowed three scholarships—the Irvin Kochel Leadership Scholarship, the Irvin and Ethel Kochel Trustee Scholarship, and the Ethel and Irvin Kochel Scholarship for International Study—and created the Irvin H. Kochel Lion Ambassador Fund to support the student organization he founded. Mechanical engineering graduate David W. Boyce ’01 was honored with an Alumni Achievement Award, the Penn State Alumni Association’s recognition of accomplished young alumni. Boyce is president of Pittsburghbased Bloom Engineering Company Inc. Prior to joining Bloom in September, he was CEO of CMI Industry Americas Inc. Boyce also has worked at CMI Energy, LLC, Thermal Engineering International, and Siemens Energy. MBA alumna Nancy J. Anderson ’97g was named an Alumni Fellow, the most prestigious honor bestowed by the Penn State Alumni Association. The CIO for GE Transportation, Anderson also acted as GE’s Penn State executive for five years. During that time, GE sponsored more than $11 million in projects with the University; Anderson was instrumental in facilitating relationships between Penn State Behrend and GE Transportation and Oracle Corporation. She is a member of the Sam and Irene Black School of Business Board of Visitors and serves on the board of directors of the North East Community Foundation.

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Science (Guy) Rules! A jam-packed, standing-room-only crowd of nearly 2,000 squeezed into Junker Center this winter to see the bow-tied Bill Nye, popular host of the former PBS show Bill Nye the Science Guy. Nye appeared as part of the college’s Speaker Series. The next speaker in the series, award-winning journalist Laura Ling, appears on April 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Reed Union Building.

Welcome Week 2013: Zip-lining, T-shirts, free ice cream, and more!

First-year students were welcomed to campus in the fall with a weekend full of fun activities. Students were invited to make their own custom T-shirts, get a spray-on tattoo, try some delicious Berkey Creamery ice cream, and zip-line across the Reed Union Building parking lot. Photos by student photographer Sarah Jelinek.

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