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New soccer/lacrosse complex inspires Lions’ pride (and an AMCC championship). Learn more about the complex—and the new track facility—inside.

Message from the Chancellor Creating pathways to success as unique as students themselves


ometimes, it starts with an “aha” moment: During a particularly tough game when her teammates most need the boost, a soccer player discovers she has a real talent for motivating those around her. Other times, it comes as a dawning awareness: A longtime gamer in his first software development class finds himself wondering if he just might be capable of creating electronic worlds of his own imaginings.

“ It’s not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” — William Shakespeare

No matter the route to self-discovery, it begins with opportunity—with having diverse avenues to explore academic and research interests, to develop leadership and teamwork skills, to become innovators and problem solvers. This issue of Behrend magazine highlights just a few of the ways our students are growing into their futures: • Managing an investment fund with real money, thanks to a generous gift by alumnus Vincent Intrieri. • Studying the genetic make-up of bacteria found in major agricultural pests known as scale insects. • Presenting research work at an international conference of psychology professionals in South Africa. • Embracing the use of advanced 3D animation and modeling technology through a major gift by global software developer Autodesk. • Taking the initiative to help others through random acts of kindness across campus.

In these and countless other ways, Penn State Behrend students are working to define their destinies. In the future, our job will be to create even more opportunities and support for their success—in the classroom and lab, on playing fields and in student organizations, in our community and in study abroad. You can expect to see further evidence of this in the coming years, as the college’s strategic plan unfolds. We envision continuing to expand our academic offerings, particularly in interdisciplinary programs. We’ll look to enhance our physical infrastructure; we’re already planning the next phase of the soccer/lacrosse complex. And we’ll be working to further advance the open lab environment on campus, bringing business leaders, faculty, and students together in research and development teams. In fact, we expect to announce soon the creation of a new innovation center in Knowledge Park by a global company that will involve our faculty and students in research roles. We hope you enjoy this issue of Behrend magazine—reading about the accomplishments of our students and the progress of the college. Looking ahead, we welcome your interest and support in helping our students discover their unique pathways to success.

Don Birx, Chancellor

Vol. 30 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: William Gonda Editor: Heather Cass Associate Editor: Christine Palattella. Contributors: Kristen Comstock ’06, Robb Frederick ’92. Photo sources: John Fontecchio, Rob Frank ’06, Tim Rohrbach, Matt Kleck. Design: Vizzini Creative. Change of address/unsubscribe: Development and Alumni Relations at 814-898-6159 or Correspondence: Penn State Behrend Magazine, 207 Glenhill Farmhouse, 4701 College Drive, Erie, PA 16563-1902. Phone: 814-898-6419. Copyright 2013 Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce. U. Ed. EBO 13-78



embers of the Penn State Behrend soccer teams strike a pose on their new home field, east of Junker Center. They are, from left, Philip Broadus, Danielle Pelensky, Jimmy Belack, and Samantha Vasy. The college’s new state-of-the-art soccer/lacrosse complex, which opened in the fall, energized and inspired the Lions. The men’s team lost just three games in the regular season and boasted an elevengame winning streak, earning the number-one seed in the AMCC Championship where, unfortunately, they fell in the final round. The women’s team took all, however, winning their sport’s AMCC Championship with a dramatic 2-1 double overtime victory. Read more about the soccer/lacrosse complex as well as the new track and field facility and find out how the college’s fall sports teams fared (Hint: Behrend sits atop the AMCC President’s Cup standings right now) beginning on page 16.


Getting a Hands-on Education....................................................... 2 College Receives $21.7 Million Software Gift................................ 6 New Arts Administration Major Added.......................................... 8 Students Drive Effort to Feed Hungry......................................... 10 Alumnus Flips Houses in Nashville.............................................. 14 Fall Sports Recap........................................................................... 17 Water Polo 101.............................................................................. 18 Gifts Report .................................................................................. 20 Alumni News................................................................................. 32 Parting Snapshots.......................................................................... 36




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Getting A Real-World Education I hear, and I forget I see, and I remember I do, and I understand. —Ancient Chinese proverb


t’s been true throughout the ages that we sometimes learn best by doing. That’s why Penn State Behrend offers myriad opportunities for students to get hands-on experience in their field of study.

Here are just a few examples:

Student-Managed Faculty-Student Research Fund Projects Hypothetical portfolios and stock trades help finance students practice moneymanagement skills, but Penn State Behrend alumnus Vincent Intrieri ’84, an accounting graduate and senior managing director of Icahn Capital Management, recently upped the ante, gifting the Sam and Irene Black School of Business with $100,000 to launch a studentmanaged investment fund. Now, students in Dr. Hunter Holzhauer’s FIN 461 Portfolio Management and Analysis Class are investing real money, and they’re doing so carefully. “They aren’t talking about investing in crazy unknown South American mineral mines,” said Holzhauer, an assistant professor of finance. “When they actually have a real investment strategy that includes risk management, and when real money is at stake, they automatically get more conservative.” The students choose approximately fifty stocks. Any profits are reinvested; any losses are judged against the market’s overall performance. Either way, the students are gaining valuable experience.



Scale insects, tiny parasites that attach themselves to plants, are one of the most problematic agricultural pests in the world, causing millions of dollars of damage each year. Dr. Matthew Gruwell, assistant professor of biology, has been working to eliminate these pests by studying the genetic makeup of the bacteria that live inside them in an effort to turn the bacteria against its host. Gruwell has help in his quest: his biology students. “At big universities, it’s primarily graduate students who do research work,” Gruwell pointed out. “But, here, we have high research expectations and no graduate students in the sciences, so we rely on undergraduates. It’s a tremendous opportunity for them.” Students who participate in research projects with faculty members graduate with much more than a degree. They leave with hands-on research experience and, often, with their names listed as authors in scientific journals, an accomplishment that impresses both employers and graduate school admissions counselors. Students Zack Duda, left, and Tim Gaw, center, both seniors majoring in biology, work with Dr. Matthew Gruwell, assistant professor of biology, on various research projects.

World Travel and Professional Presentations This summer, eight Penn State Behrend students presented their research work to an audience of psychology professionals at the International Congress of Psychology Conference in Cape Town, South Africa! It was not a student conference, but a gathering of psychologists from around the world. Few undergraduate students have the chance to attend and even fewer actually present their work. The students attended the conference along with seven other Penn State Behrend students as part of a twenty-day embedded travel course—PSYCH 497A South Africa: Psychological Research and Culture, which was team taught by associate professors of psychology Dr. Dawn Blasko and Dr. Vicki Kazmerski. “It was an amazing experiential learning opportunity for the students,” Blasko said. “It was a very research-focused conference, but beyond that, the trip also opened their eyes to the reality of life in a third-world country.” Read more about the students’ trip and see their photos at the college’s study-abroad blog: (under “Categories,” choose “South Africa 2012”).

Penn State Behrend students in PSYCH 497A South Africa: Psychological Research and Culture, a twenty-day embedded travel course taught by associate professors of psychology Dr. Dawn Blasko and Dr. Vicki Kazmerski, at the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa.

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Hands-on Academia/Industry Partnerships A $500,000 expansion at FMC Technologies Measurement Solutions, an Erie-based manufacturer of precision metering products for the oil and gas industry, will provide hands-on job training—and job offers—to engineering students at Penn State Behrend.

“This partnership is a progressive model of collaboration between industry and academia.” The new, 2,000-squarefoot Engineering Design Center is expected to boost the Erie division’s role in FMC Technologies’ global subsea engineering work. When fully staffed, the center will employ twelve interns from Penn State Behrend who will spend twenty hours a week at FMC, with the option of working full-time during the summer. The center builds on a ten-year partnership between FMC Technologies and Penn State Behrend. The college has provided thirty interns to the company’s engineering department during that period; seventeen went on to accept full-time positions with the company after graduation. “We are proud of our strong and longstanding relationship with Penn State Behrend and its School of Engineering,” said Jim Ertl, vice president and general manager of FMC Technologies’ Erie-based operation. “We are both leaders in our respective disciplines, and this Design Center will allow us to provide tomorrow’s engineers with the skills and experience necessary to make a lasting, positive impact in our communities and in the business world.”



Penn State alumnus Mitch Reckner ‘08, left, an ultrasonic engineer at FMC Technologies, talks with interns Brad Kasperski, center, and Nick Morganti, both juniors majoring in mechanical engineering.

“This partnership is a progressive model of collaboration between industry and academia,” said Dr. Ralph Ford, director of the School of Engineering at Penn State Behrend. “It will provide invaluable practical experience and professional growth for our students, preparing them well to compete globally.”

Education Hi-Tech Simulation Labs

“It’s as close to the real thing as we can possibly get.” – Dr. Jo Anne Carrick

Nursing student Jeanne Howell, left, and Dr. Susan Roche, lecturer in nursing and simulation lab coordinator, administer aid to a “patient,” while being monitored from the programming room.

For Penn State Behrend nursing students, experiential learning takes place on campus in an advanced simulation center. Designed and equipped to mirror a hospital room environment, the center offers an authentic clinical setting, complete with fourteen programmable “patients” of all ages and sizes, from infant to elderly adult. The simulators can be programmed by the instructor to replicate a wide range of health care scenarios, from cardiac arrest to giving birth. They can bleed, blink, and talk. They can also realistically respond to interventions such as CPR and intubation.

“It’s as close to the real thing as we can possibly get,” said Dr. Jo Anne Carrick, campus coordinator for nursing programs and assistant professor in nursing. At $50,000 to $80,000 each, the human simulators aren’t inexpensive, but compared to the cost of a human life, they’re a bargain. “The real benefit of the human simulators is strengthening the student’s ability to assess the patient, especially when it is life-threatening, and take action,” Carrick said. “Practicing this in the lab is much safer than practicing in the field and it gives students a chance to gain real confidence.”

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Could An Oscar Winner Take Shape Here? College gifted with $21.7 million software package


he next Shrek will be created with software from Autodesk, a top developer of 3D design, engineering and entertainment products. The company’s Entertainment Creation Suite was used to animate the last seventeen films that won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. Whatever form it takes – ogre, robot, whip-tailed avatar – the character could have a Penn State Behrend connection: In October, Autodesk announced a first-of-its-kind partnership with the college, a $21.7 million gift of software that makes the company’s top products available to every student on campus. The Autodesk products will jumpstart the college’s digital arts, media and technology initiative, which blends film and video game development with other advanced simulation work. “In the game industry, this is what’s being used,” said Dr. Matthew White, lecturer in game development, computer science and software engineering. “If you’re doing this work, you use Autodesk’s Maya for animation, and you use 3ds Max for modeling.” Both products were part of the Autodesk gift. So is Simulation Moldflow, an engineering tool that optimizes the design of plastic parts and injection molds, which cuts costs and speeds production processes. The partnership also allows Penn State Behrend to offer the annual Moldflow Certification exam. Students who pass have an advantage as they seek jobs or graduate school offers. “Graduates of Penn State Behrend and its School of Engineering have enjoyed a rich employment track record,” said Ralph Ford, director of the School of Engineering, “and with access to this software they will be even better positioned for success. With this gift, Autodesk has invested—and invested big—in our students, faculty, and the future of the college and the region.” Two alumni—Matt Jaworski ’98 and Jeff Higgins ’97—proposed the partnership after talking with John Beaumont, chair of the Plastics Engineering Technology program.



First-year software engineering student George Gotsiridze, left, points out features of the Autodesk software program to Steven Porter, a junior majoring in business.

“We have hired several Penn State Behrend graduates,” said Tom Cameron, vice president of manufacturing sales at Autodesk. “This partnership reinforces our commitment to providing students and educators

“With this gift, Autodesk has invested – and invested big – in our students, faculty, and the future of the college and the region.” with the resources they need to inspire the next generation of professionals.” Not all of them will be engineers. Dr. Heather Lum, research associate in psychology, is using Autodesk’s Inventor software to build digital prototypes of the cars used in the college’s annual PLASTcar competition. Dr. Michael Justik, associate professor Images created with Autodesk’s Maya software

of chemistry, is using Autodesk’s Maya to model the magnetic vectors in medical resonance imaging. That interdisciplinary approach was a key goal of the partnership. “Depth of knowledge is important, but coupling expertise with a breadth of experiences creates a richer, more meaningful education,” said Chancellor Don Birx, who sat for a 3D scan that was animated, Max Headroom-style, for the announcement of the Autodesk gift. “The entire college moves forward on the momentum this gift creates.”

Retreat Helps Business Students Bridge Gaps


hirty-nine Penn State Behrend students, dressed in matching khaki pants and white polo shirts with “Sam and Irene Black School of Business” embroidered on them, shuffle slowly around a meeting room in Erie’s Ambassador Conference Center, shaking hands. “Remember, grasp firmly, squeeze once, and make eye contact,” Randy Brown, lecturer in finance and management, shouts above the cacophony of greetings. The perfect handshake isn’t usually taught in the classroom, but it is considered an essential skill in the business world. The same can be said for appropriate wardrobe, proper introductions, and dining etiquette. While each of these topics might be touched on in class, students who participate in the annual Business Bridge, a weekend-long, off-campus retreat for Black School sophomores, get more in-depth instruction in the finer points of doing business. They also get to explore business careers by meeting with a range of experts, including faculty members, alumni, local business professionals, and Black School upperclass students, who have valuable advice and experiences to share.

“We want to help students make career decisions by exposing them to a wide range of expertise, from those just about to enter the business world to well-established leaders,” Brown said.

“We want to help students make career decisions by exposing them to a wide range of expertise, from those just about to enter the business world to well-established leaders.“ — Randy Brown, lecturer in finance and management Some of the sessions take place in a traditional roundtable or lecture format, but several are done in the dining room, which gives students a chance to practice their table manners and conversation skills. The Bridge, as Brown calls it, was created thirteen years ago by Black School faculty members. The event, held each November, runs from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. Students are bused to the conference center each day. They pay a modest fee of $75 to participate, which could be considered quite a bargain given that participants

leave with improved self-presentation skills, a more solidified career plan, and a pocketful of business cards from important professional contacts. “Networking in business is one’s lifeline,” said Ross Zambanini ’07, senior global market segment manager for aerospace and defense at LORD Corporation in Raleigh, North Carolina. “The sooner students start speaking with those in their chosen industry, the sooner they can identify the skills they truly need and get those skills before they graduate.” Zambanini, who graduated with dual degrees in international business and marketing, has participated in Business Bridge twice as an alumnus. He encourages other Black School graduates to give it a try. “It’s fun, and I like reconnecting with my roots,” he said. “Plus, from a business perspective, it’s important to give our feedback to the college on how to prepare students we’ll want to hire some day.” Black School alumni: Would you like to take part in the next Business Bridge? Call 898-6560 or email for more information.

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Mixing Business with Pleasure New Arts Administration major makes it possible


and event planning—skills that would n Rome, at the Villa Borghese, prepare them for work at auction where Pluto clutches Persephone, houses, art galleries, museums and a snarling three-headed dog at their music companies. feet, Franchesca Fee had a moment of doubt: Maybe I’m not a business major. She was a first-year student then, “You can work at your passion, on spring break, traveling with a group organized by Dr. Sharon Dale, associate and you can eat, too” professor of art history. She didn’t draw, — Dr. Sharon Dale, associate didn’t paint, didn’t think much about professor of art history art, but there it was: Pluto, bemused, so sure of his strength, and the dog, all teeth and claws, a proxy for what There are jobs there. Pennsylvania awaits in Hades, where Persephone alone has more than 20,000 arts-related will be taken. businesses, employing more than She stood there, staring. There was 100,000 people, according to a study other art: the sculpture of Aeneas, by Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit carrying his father. The Caravaggio arts-advocacy group. painting of St. Jerome with his skull. “You can work at your passion, and The frescoes at the French embassy, so you can eat, too,” Dale says. mesmerizing that she literally tripped as Fee, a junior now, was the first she walked beneath them. But it was student to enroll in the new major. Persephone, still fighting, though the She already has completed one of two battle was lost, who truly moved her. required internships, cataloging the “That trip kind of changed my 400-piece collection at Erie Insurance perspective on everything,” Fee says. headquarters in downtown Erie. “Great art works that way. You can look The works, many of which were not at a painting five times, and you still see labeled, hang in offices and conference something different on the sixth.” rooms, and in a company art gallery. She talked with Dale, who had She likened the internship experience been developing a new major in Arts to that of a detective. Administration. Students would be trained in marketing, management

“You find the medium, you get the dimensions, and you go from there,” Fee says. “I loved every minute of it.” Visit for more information about the new Arts Administration program.

Industrial Engineering Major Also Added The School of Engineering has added a bachelor of science degree in Industrial Engineering, a broad-based, versatile discipline that educates students in the design, analysis, and improvement of a wide range of engineering, industrial, and business systems and processes. Industrial engineers are trained to develop a “big-picture” perspective, bringing people, resources, equipment, and technologies together to improve systems and processes. As companies across all industries strive to control costs and maximize efficiency, the versatile skill set of industrial engineers offers career opportunities in nearly every sector of business. Occupational outlook surveys show a strong demand for these professionals. For more information about this new major, visit engineering.

Franchesca Fee, left, a junior majoring in Arts Administration, one of the college’s newest majors, talks with Dr. Sharon Dale, associate professor of art history, at Erie Insurance. Fee did an internship at Erie Insurance where she cataloged the company’s extensive art collection.



Game on!

Certificates help students customize education to meet career goals


ompeting for a job in the gaming industry can be tougher than beating Bowser in the Super Mario Bros. games, but any good gamer knows that inside knowledge and strategic planning will get you to the next level. That’s why Stephen Chalker, a senior majoring in software engineering (pictured above), is boosting his degree with two game development certificates—Digital Arts and Design and Technical Programming. A gamer since the age of 10, Chalker wants to work in the video game development/ design industry, preferably for Blizzard Entertainment in California, the company that makes some of his favorite games, including World of Warcraft. Chalker believes the certificates, in particular the hands-on experience he’ll get while earning them, will give him an edge over the competition. “The bottom line is that in order to

get in the door, students need some kind of formal education in the subject matter,” said Dr. Matthew White, lecturer in game development. That notion is increasingly true in a growing number of fields and subfields. It is why Penn State Behrend now offers more than twenty-five certificates that students can use to customize their education to suit their career goals. “As graduates face an increasingly competitive marketplace, we want to offer our students every advantage to distinguish themselves from the crowd,” said Dr. David Christiansen, senior associate dean for academic affairs. Certificates can be earned concurrently with a Penn State Behrend degree, and they are also available to adults interested in returning to the classroom. For more information on any Penn State Behrend certificate program, visit

Current certificate offerings • Actuarial Math and Statistics • Advertising • Asian Studies • Behavioral Health and Counseling Psychology • Business • Child Development • Crime, Psychology, and Public Policy • Consumer Psychology • EET: Circuits Basic • EET: Electric Machines and Control • EET: Electronics Analog and Digital • Entrepreneurship • Financial Planning • Financial Risk Management • Game Development: Digital Arts and Design • Game Development: Technical Programming • Global Awareness • Human Factors • Legal Studies • Mechanical Engineering Technology • Medical Plastics • Middle Eastern Studies • Oracle eBusiness Suite • Premedical • Public Relations • SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) • Social Media

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Brian Wilking

Steve Galdo

Waste Not

Students drive effort to feed Erie’s hungry


s the dinner hour at Dobbins Dining Hall winds to an end, employees take stock of what’s left on the serving line. They stick thermometers into the leftover marinara, Alfredo sauce, and rigatoni. One employee carefully records all of the temperatures while another scoops the food into recyclable aluminum pans. Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity brothers Mitchell Rankin and David Keri arrive at 7:30 p.m. They stack the pans into red thermal carrying cases and drive to the Erie City Mission, where Erie’s hungry will benefit from perfectly edible leftovers.

Inspired to Waste Not Steve Galdo’s stomach rumbled as he listened to Dan Quigley, director of operations at the Erie City Mission, talk about hunger in Erie. Galdo, a junior majoring in management information systems, was participating in a thirtyhour famine as part of a 2011 Lenten observation, and as he listened to Quigley (and his stomach), his thoughts drifted to Dobbins. As a Housing and Food Services shift supervisor, Galdo had witnessed prepared food being scraped into compost bins at the end of the night



because, by law, once food has been on the service line, it cannot be offered to students again. He and his friend, Brian Wilking, a sophomore majoring in accounting, talked about finding a way to donate the wasted food. “We may not be able to donate $1,000 to help the hungry, but we can donate our time and find ways to help,” Wilking said.

What Red Tape? “Steve asked me, ‘What red tape is associated with donating leftover food?’” said Mike Lindner, director of Housing and Food Services at Penn State Behrend. “He and Brian were willing to do whatever it took to make it happen.” Lindner expected liability to be a stumbling block, but thanks to the Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act, which was created to encourage food donation to nonprofits by minimizing liability, it was not an issue. Furthermore, he learned that University Park was already donating leftovers. “University Park had all the processes and paperwork in place,” Lindner said. “From there, Brian and Steve ran with it.”

Zero Waste = Mission Accomplished Galdo and Wilking worked with Lindner and the Erie City Mission to hammer out the details and they also rounded up student volunteers to transport the food from the kitchen to the mission in downtown Erie. Food deliveries began in early November. “We planned to begin with three days a week, but we had so many students volunteer to deliver that we were able to start right off with five days a week,” Wilking said. The amount of food that is donated fluctuates; some nights there may be just a few pans of food to send because the college makes every effort to minimize waste. But Quigley said the Erie City Mission is grateful for whatever comes its way. “We serve 14,000 meals a month and one of the places we deliver to is The Refuge, which houses families and maxes out at thirty people, so a few pans of food is perfect for that site,” Quigley said. “We use 100 percent of whatever the students bring us.”

Thinking of You

Anonymous students performing random acts of kindness


hey had heard that a fellow student, a woman, had recently contemplated suicide. A group of eight students gathered in secret late one night to discuss it. What could they do to help? How could they let her know that she matters? “We ended up getting her a teddy bear so that if she’s ever feeling alone again, she can look at it and know that there are people who care,” said “X,” a Penn State Behrend junior and founder of Random Acts of Kindness, a new student-led service committee. Who is “X”? While we’d love to give credit where it’s due, “the whole point of the RAK committee is for this to be random and anonymous,” said X. “Besides, this is more God’s idea; He is just working through me.” So while we can’t tell you who belongs to RAK, we can tell you that a group of ten to fifteen members are delivering kindness all over campus.

On the first day of classes, RAK members spread their message through the first-year residence halls, distributing 900 Pop-Tarts at 3:00 a.m. so that the new students would open their doors to a sweet surprise on a day they might be feeling especially anxious. “We really try to examine each situation from an interpersonal standpoint and give others what they

need most,” X said. “The Pop-Tart thing wasn’t about food. It was about letting the freshmen know that the Behrend community will be there to support them.” Other recent RAK committee projects have included sending a basket of goodies and flowers to a student whose mother was killed in a car accident and providing food for a student couple who had no money for weekend meals. The group operates through Reality Check, a student-led service organization. You can nominate a member of the college community— students, faculty, staff—for a RAK or donate to the cause at behrendrandomactsofkindness. Follow RAK (whoever they are) at:

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Live at Behrend! Now playing (And teaching. And directing.) David Vegh................................lecturer in theatre and director of the Studio Theatre

Vegh made his big screen debut opposite Tom Hanks, playing the injured paratrooper Oliver in Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan. Character roles followed—look for him on Dexter, House, Grey’s Anatomy, Chicago Hope, and Mad About You reruns, among others—but a decade of unpredictable paychecks made Vegh rethink his acting career. The Cleveland native’s fond memories of three summers spent at Chautauqua Institution —one year teaching and two in the acting company—inspired him to enroll in an M.F.A. program at California State University, Long Beach, that prepares mid-career actors to recast themselves as university-level educators. What’s exciting about teaching acting to non-majors, Vegh says, “is that there are so many transferable skills. Like interviewing, acting helps you demonstrate that you are personable, someone an employer would want to be around eight hours a day. Being part of a theatre production will draw you out of your shell and give you experience working with others to creatively achieve a shared goal, which is applicable to any career.”

Dr. Gabrielle Dietrich.............lecturer in music and artistic director

for the Young People’s Chorus of Erie

Dietrich was praised as “graceful and musically intuitive” by the Denver Post during her tenure conducting that city’s St. Martin’s Chamber Choir, St. John’s Cathedral Choir, Colorado Conductors’ Chorus, and 150-voice Denver Gay Men’s Chorus. While earning her doctoral degree in choral conducting and literature at the University of Colorado at Boulder, she served as assistant conductor of the University Singers and coordinated an annual Madrigal Festival for high school students. As an undergrad at the University of the Pacific, Dietrich worked with the Stockton Youth Chorale, which led her to discover her dual passions: working with singers of all ages, and promoting musical literacy. She spent a year at the famed Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary, and taught at the Kodály Graduate Program at Loyola University, literally preaching to the choir the importance of developing age-appropriate skills for reading musical notation. “You can be a doctor or a lawyer or a car mechanic, but you can be a musician, too,” Dietrich notes. “Everybody has the ability to read music. With it, you learn faster and enjoy rehearsals more, because the learning isn’t by rote. And it creates musical independence; left alone on an island with the works of Bach, his scores will keep you entertained for decades.” ❖

Anatomy of Gray will be Vegh’s spring Studio Theatre production; Dietrich’s college choirs and Young People’s Chorus of Erie, a youth outreach program of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, have multiple spring performances planned. Details will be posted at



From Selling Cocaine to Serving Up Foie Gras Award-winning chef, bestselling author, and ex-offender appears on campus


eople figured Jeff Henderson for a statistic, just another inner-city black kid running the streets of South Central L.A. and San Diego while his single mother struggled to put food on the table. He almost proved them right. By 19, he was running a $35,000-a-week cocaine operation. By 24, he was doing time. But Henderson was not destined for a life of crime. While incarcerated, he discovered a passion for cooking and a drive to turn his life around. “I wasn’t arrested; I was rescued,” Henderson said during a phone interview from his home in Las Vegas, where he lives with his wife and three children. “If I hadn’t gone to prison at that moment in my life, I wouldn’t be where I am today.” He rose through the ranks to become the first African American executive chef at Caesar’s Palace and the Bellagio in Las Vegas and later hosted the Food Network hit, The Chef Jeff Project. His memoir, Cooked: My Journey From the Streets to the Stove, was a New York Times best-seller.

Q. As an African American and an ex-convict, you must have faced discrimination. How did you overcome it? I’ve always accepted those barriers as a challenge. You have to work harder, smarter, and faster than the competition. I knew I had to be extraordinary in everything I did because I had to make that felony jacket disappear. When they gave me a chance to prepare a tasting meal for the chef at Caesar’s Palace, I blew them away with six courses of classic California French cuisine.

Q. In your book, you detail your rise in the drug dealing empire of the late ’80s. Did it, in some way, help you learn business skills? There are traits that successful businesspersons have in common—

Q. Food you could live without? Liver and onions.

Q. Food people shouldn’t knock until they try? Foie gras. The texture, creaminess, and flavor is amazing.

Q. If you were a college guy looking to impress your girlfriend on a limited budget, what would you cook? It’s all in the presentation. Buy some tomato soup, add a little salt and a swirl of real cream on the top with a few croutons and diced fresh tomatoes. Serve it in a nice white bowl. marketing skills, communication skills, accounting skills. I was using all those skills to sell a bad product, for sure, but, if you boil it down, I was running a successful business. I never used drugs myself.

Q. Cooking up any new projects?

Q. What do you hope to teach your audience? No matter what your story is, how you were raised, or the color of your skin, you have the power of potential. If you can see it, you can be it. To achieve any level of greatness, you have to believe you can get there and put in the work and preparation needed.

My fourth book is coming out in the spring of 2014. It’s a self-improvement book. I’ve also got a few deals in the works for cooking shows, and I’m developing a cooking seminar, an urban street version.

Q. How do you handle the pressure in a busy kitchen? I was born under pressure, and I’m truly at my best under pressure. I’m a quick thinker and effective manager. I thrive on the chaos in a kitchen.

We’re giving this book away on our Facebook page ( February 1, 2013

Upcoming Speakers February 18 – Peter Annin, environmental journalist and author of Great Lakes Water Wars March 20 – Kohl Crecelius, CEO and cofounder of Krochet Kids International April 4 – Sapphire, author of Push, which inspired the Academy Award-winning movie Precious The Speaker Series is supported by the Student Activity Fee, the Division of Student Affairs and the Harriet Behrend Ninow Memorial Lecture Series Fund.

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Alumnus Doing Flips in Nashville


Photo by John Walker,

roy Dean Shafer ’04 did quite a bit of career flipping—architect, business manager, country music singer, artist—until he found his calling in Nashville Flipped, a homerenovation business he founded that is a perfect mash-up of all the careers he had dabbled in, and one he didn’t necessarily want to. His father, Tim Shafer, owned a custom home-building company that was based in Harborcreek, not far from campus. Troy didn’t want to build houses, though; he wanted to draw them. He planned to be an architect, but, fearing it might be a limiting choice for himself, he opted to attend Penn State Behrend to earn a degree in business management. After graduation he announced to his parents that he was moving to Nashville to try his luck at being a country music singer. You can imagine how that news went over with his father. “Let’s just say it was pretty darn obvious he wasn’t into it,” Shafer said with a laugh. Tim Shafer needn’t have worried, though. Troy had a solid foundation to fall back on.

Father Knows Best So the country-music singing thing didn’t work out. Troy sang harmony with Billy Falcon and his band, the Sowing Circle, and, later, put his business degree to use acting as tour manager for Falcon, who, on one tour, opened for Bon Jovi. He also went back to drawing houses, painting pictures of recently sold homes and then selling them to real estate agents to use as thank-you gifts at closings. It became a lucrative endeavor. “But being around the real estate industry again got me wanting to flip houses,” he said. It was an idea that his father could get behind. Tim Shafer was the first investor in Nashville Flipped.

It’s All About Marketing Troy knew that marketing would be key to building a successful business. Once he came up with the name Nashville Flipped, he made sure the domain was available (check), then designed a logo and business cards (check, check) that incorporated the Nashville skyline. “If you turn the logo upside down, it’s the skyline of Nashville, hence Nashville Flipped” he said. “I designed it that way so I can replicate it with any city in the future.”

Troy plans to build the first houseflipping franchise.

Creating New Historic Homes “I’m saving historic homes that other people would just raze,” he said. “I gut the house and rebuild it with all the latest amenities, while preserving the architecture and character of the house.”

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Troy renovates about ten houses a year with the help of five employees and a variety of subcontractors. He does a lot of the work himself, which makes him a little sentimental. “I think about the future of that house—the newborn baby that might be brought home to it, the Christmas tree that will fill the front window, the driveway where a kid may learn to ride their bike…,” he trails off, adding, “It’s cool to be a hidden part of those future memories.”

In the Black, Thanks to the Black School In early 2011, one of Troy’s houses caught the attention of producers at HGTV, who featured his home in My First Place. “Not only did they want to use my house on the show, but it’s the one the woman on the show wanted to buy, so I sold it, too,” he said. He’s sold all of his houses, at a profit. “My education has given me such an advantage over my competition,” he said. “Every house is a mini management project that requires budgeting, accounting, team building, and more. I’ve been fortunate to learn those things from the best in the business—my father and the Black School of Business.” Troy is currently in talks with a major TV network about filming a reality show based on his houseflipping endeavors. • Read more in a Q&A with Troy at • Visit, or follow Troy at

Ultimate Internships Revealed It was billed as the Ultimate Internship Contest, a chance for Penn State Behrend students who had participated in career-related work experiences to share what they learned for the chance to win prizes that included event tickets and gas cards. “Students were asked to submit essays detailing the work that they had performed, the uniqueness of the experience, and how it connected to their future career plans,” said Courtney Steding, internship counselor in the Academic and Career Planning Center, which sponsored the contest. And the winners were…. 1st place — Angela Sweeney, global service organization intern at GE Transportation in Erie

Year/Major: Senior, dual major in Finance and Business Economics What he did: “I was immediately given important responsibilities. By the end of the internship, I was analyzing, summarizing, and approving multimillion dollar Andrew McDonald contracts!” Accomplishments: “The internship exposed me to how a large corporation manages to keep all of the aspects of its business running smoothly and efficiently. The work was challenging and demanding, and by the time I left, I had learned a lot about how to handle stressful deadlines and solve problems.” Runner-up — Brooke Schupp, supply chain purchasing intern at Occidental Chemical Petroleum in Dallas, Texas Year/Major: Junior majoring in Interdisciplinary Business with Engineering Studies

Angela Sweeney

Year/Major: Senior, dual major in International Business and Marketing What she did: “I was hired to help commercialize a new product that required knowledge in a number of areas of marketing. Because the product was created for an international market, my background in international business significantly helped the development of our product.” Why it was the Ultimate Internship: “It fit exactly into my career objective, and I was able to take part in professional development the entire time I was there. GE has a terrific internship program that is designed to help interns grow and improve by setting and achieving goals.” Runner-up — Andrew McDonald, finance intern in the Engineering and Technology Department at SiriusXM in Washington, D.C.

Brooke Schupp, far left.

What she did: “I had multiple small projects and two fairly large ones, which were a bid for pipe insulation between two competitors and creating a spend report in Excel with pivot tables.” Accomplishments: “As the result of my bid project on the pipe insulation, I was able to save OxyChem 5.7 percent over three years’ time. Seeing dollars saved because of the work I did was one of the most satisfying parts of my internship.”

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Now in Play!

New facilities getting plenty of use


ork is complete on the first phase of the college’s new soccer/lacrosse complex and the new track and field facility. Now the real work begins as our student athletes get to know their home fields the hard way—by logging miles on them. Stop by and see the new facilities.

To get to the soccer/lacrosse complex: Park in the Junker Center parking lot and walk east to the field. To get to the track: Park in the Erie Lot and walk the Behrend Fields path a quarter-mile to the track, which will be on your left. Don’t forget to stop by Police Services and get a free visitor’s parking pass.



Behrend Takes Lions’ Share of AMCC Championship Titles


enn State Behrend sits atop the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) President’s Cup standings after a stellar fall semester.

Four teams—men’s golf, women’s soccer, and men’s and women’s cross country—took top honors, and most of the other teams came close.

Men’s Soccer

After an opening loss, the Lions reeled off eleven straight wins to secure the number-one seed in the AMCC conference tournament. They lost the championship game but extended their season by competing in the ECAC South Region Tournament, where they advanced to the semifinals before falling. Two players—Jake Gamble and Eric Hackworth—earned AMCC Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively, and four others were chosen for the All-AMCC team.

Women’s Soccer

As the number-one seed, the Lions earned hosting rights for the AMCC Tournament, where the team captured its second AMCC Championship in dramatic fashion with a 2-1 double overtime victory. The Lions earned the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, but lost in the first round. Eight team members were named to the All-AMCC team, and head coach Patrick O’Driscoll was named Co-Coach of the Year.

Women’s Tennis

The women’s tennis team welcomed six newcomers this year but still managed to post a 6-2 conference record to earn the number-two seed in the AMCC Tournament. Unfortunately, the Lions were upset in the finals. Four players made the All-AMCC team, including Patra Sangpoompong, who was also named the AMCC Newcomer of the Year.

Men’s Golf

The men’s golf team successfully defended its AMCC title. The Lions had four out of five golfers place in the Top 10 to win the crown with a twenty-stroke lead. Sophomore Dante Vetica was named AMCC Golfer of the Year, while interim head coach Brian Streeter was named Co-Coach of the Year. The team will represent the conference in the NCAA Championships in Destin, Florida, this spring.

Men’s & Women’s Cross Country

Penn State Behrend cross country swept the AMCC Championships with both teams taking top honors. Seven women and eight men earned All-AMCC honors; Catie Bertges was named Runner of the Year, Danielle Stanko was Co-Newcomer of the Year, and Mathew McWilliams earned AMCC Newcomer of the Year. Greg Cooper, head coach for both teams, was named Coach of the Year.

Women’s Volleyball

The volleyball team made a big statement, finishing undefeated in AMCC play and locking up the top seed for the AMCC Tournament. Unfortunately, the team fell short of the AMCC title with a 3-1 loss in the championship game. The Lions extended their season with an invitation to the ECAC South Region Tournament but lost to the twotime defending ECAC Champions, Bethany College. The team ended the season with an impressive 19-10 record and five players having earned All-AMCC honors.

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Penn State Beh We can’t let California have all the fun


sked to explain water polo to a person with no concept of the sport, head coach Joe Tristan puts it in terms any native Northerner can understand: “It’s like hockey in the water.” Ah, now that makes sense. Hockey we Northerners understand. Water polo? Not so much. It’s time we broaden our athletic horizons, though, because while it has traditionally been a California thing, the sport of water polo is spreading to the northeastern states. Penn State Behrend has had varsity men’s and women’s water polo teams since 2000. Once one of the only Division III teams north of the Mason-Dixon line, the Behrend Lions have seen competition increase each year as more northern colleges add the sport to their athletic offerings. Don’t confuse water polo with the highfalutin matches played on horseback by future kings. Water polo is not a game



for aristocrats and the only horsepower involved is the selfgenerated kind, as players must kick continuously to stay upright with their heads and chests above water. Teams play in deep water and players can use only one hand to catch and throw. The goalie can use both hands. It’s not a game for the meek or mild; play can be quite aggressive. “What happens under the water stays under the water,” Tristan said with a laugh. “There’s some pushing, shoving, and grabbing going on under there. It’s all part of the game.” Hence the hockey comparison. In water polo, each team’s objective is to get the ball into the opposing team’s net to score the most points. The team with the highest number of points at the end of thirty-two minutes of play wins.

ehrend Sports Players must be very strong swimmers. Exceptional leg and core strength is needed to stay upright in the water while catching and throwing the ball with one hand and fending off opposing team members with the other. It’s a fast-moving game that features plenty of whistling from the referees on the pool deck. But spectators need not understand every rule or whistle to enjoy a game. “The action is non-stop because there are just four eightminute quarters of play at the college level,” Tristan said. “It’s very exciting.”

History of Water Polo When water polo was introduced to the United States, it featured rugby-style play that was much like football in the water. Violence was the game’s main attraction. As the sport grew in popularity, so did its level of violence, with few rules to prevent it. In the 1800s, the intent of the game was to place the ball with two hands against the wall at one end of the pool to score. Players often swam underwater in an attempt to gain an advantage, only to be attacked by their defenders in the same manner. Over the years, the game evolved to become more like soccer; an opponent can make contact only if a player is holding the ball. The game has also changed from one of brute strength underwater to passing and speed above the surface. Source:

The men’s water polo team’s season ended in November. The women’s team begins play in February. Visit for a schedule or to watch games streamed live.

California Dreaming? Many of the college’s water polo players are recruited from warmweather states where the sport is popular, such as California, Texas, and Florida. Coach Joe Tristan said that while most of the students he recruits would prefer not to trade sunshine and palm trees for pine trees layered with frost and snow, a Penn State education is an easy sell. “Ultimately, they choose to come here for a great Penn State education that will take them anywhere,” Tristan said.

Water Polo by the Numbers 4 – Quarters in a game, each eight minutes long 7 – Players on each team in the pool during a game — six field players and one goalkeeper 10 – Width, in feet, of the goal 12 – Number of years varsity water polo had been played at Penn State Behrend

2012 Hall of Fame Inductees


ix individuals were inducted into the Penn State Behrend Athletic Hall of Fame this fall, including former college administrators John M. Lilley and Jack D. Burke. The athletes inducted were: Angela Albertson Field ’02, tennis; the late Jake Boyle ’02, baseball; Erin Phillips DiGello ’02, basketball; and, Tommy Sieg ’01, soccer. The 2003 baseball team was also honored for the ten-year anniversary of its winning season. Learn more about these accomplished members of the college’s athletic history at athletics. Sponsored by the Behrend Lions Athletics Association, the Hall of Fame has honored more than 130 individuals and eleven teams since it was established in 1991.

On hand for the 2012 Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony were, from left, Brian Streeter, director of Athletics; Dr. Jack D. Burke, chancellor emeritus; Tommy Sieg ’01; Angela Albertson Field ’02; Erin Phillips DiGello ’02; Gary Boyle, father of Jake Boyle ’02; and, Dr. John M. Lilley, provost and dean emeritus.

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Gifts Report


e are pleased to recognize those who helped

support students and strengthen our academic

Buseck and Gary Clark and our campaign committee of

programs during the 2011-2012 fiscal year,

Don Birx, Robert Metzgar, Herm Weber, Joseph Benacci, Pat

A special thank you goes to campaign co-chairs Kurt

which ended June 30, 2012.

Black, Karen Burton Horstman, J. Gary Raimy, Nick Scott Jr.,

Ted Junker, Scott McCain, Ann Scott, and Tom Hoffman.

Donors made cash gifts of $3,793,825 and commitments

(pledges and estate gifts) of $7,821,000.

its students.

Donors who are Penn State graduates are indicated by

Thank you for supporting Penn State Behrend and

their graduation year and an abbreviation for their college – BRD for the Behrend College, LIB for the College of Liberal Arts, etc. A slash indicates that the information that follows refers to the second name in the couple. Margaret Taylor, 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 Myron & Marlene Jones Edward P. Junker III ’59 HHD Alan F. Kirk. & Patricia L. Roenigk* ’76 LIB/’80 LIB Ethel S. Kochel 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 ’60 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 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 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 unrestricted funds of the college ($1,500 or more to unrestricted funds 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. Evelyn Balmer Joseph A. & Berit I. Benacci ’57 DUS Donald R. Blair ’52 COM J. Charles* & Carolyn Brock ’10 H David M. & Joan P. Chalikian John R. & Judith Theobald Cipriani ’58 ENG /’58 HHD Gary L. & Cindy A. Clark Elizabeth A. Ennis ’86 BUS 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 H. Hagen ’55 BUS John S. & Diane L. Heller ’67 SCI George G. & Jory A. Herbert ’58 ENG Joseph M. Hilbert William M. Sr. and Martha M. Hilbert Howard L. & Joan A. Hudson ’53 SCI Vincent J. & Joanne M. Intrieri ’84 BRD Jeremy & Denise K. Johnson /’99 BUS Myron & Marlene Jones Edward P. Junker III ’59 HHD

M I L L I O N raised to date

Suzanne Perry-Loss ’67 M.S., ’73 D.Ed. Dr. Suzanne Perry-Loss established the Archie K. Loss Undergraduate Honors Thesis Award in memory of her late husband, Archie—a beloved Penn State Behrend professor of English and American studies. Perry-Loss’ pledge commitment was combined with contributions made by family and friends.   “I wanted to establish an award that would keep the memory of Archie’s love of learning alive.”

Alan F. Kirk & Patricia L. Roenigk* ’76 LIB/’80 LIB Roland E.* & Deanna S. Larson Kay H. Logan ’99 H Suzanne Perry Loss ’67 EDU, ’73 EDU Marilyn R. Mangels Charles A. & Elinor Strohm Matts ’56 ENG Donald P. McCain Jr. J. Scott & Julie K. McCain ’80 BUS Sarah Hagen McWilliams Daniel S. & Wendy Mead ’75 BUS, ’77 BUS David W. & Janice E. Meehl Richard A. Merwin Robert D. & Sally Nelson Metzgar ’60 BUS Mary Lou Herbert Pae ’63 LIB Joseph J. & Isabel J. Prischak J. Gary & Susan M. Raimy ’61 BUS William F. & Shirley J. Roberge ’61 BUS Robert G. & Ann C. Rutkowski Larry V. & Kathryn A. Smith Paul A. Sonnenberg Kenneth L. Spencer ’96 BRD Robert F. Taft Timothy N. & Margaret U.* Taylor ’74 AGR

Barbara H. Walker Barbara J. Welton & Jason L. Williams* ’94 BRD/’90 ENG, ’92 BRD David M. & Barbara Zurn James A. & Geraldine D. Zurn

Presidential Associates Presidential Associates contribute between $1,000 and $2,499 in annual gifts. Anthony F. Azzato ’04 BRD Beth Baldwin D. Jason Bishop Darcie R. Bradley ’93 BRD David T. & Nancy Morrison Briggs ’76 BUS /’65 HHD Gary E. & Emy S. Dougan Michael B. Edwards Thomas C. II & Paula A. Hoffman ’88 BUS /’87 BUS Dharma Jairam*







Fostering Discovery and Creativity

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Gifts Report Thomas M. & Kimberly A. Kennedy ’91 BRD Jeffrey S. & Pamela Olson Kochel ’72 AGR /’73 LIB Robert W.* & Judy Hand Light ’83 IDF John M.* & Geraldine Mills Lilley /’68 HHD Keith T. & Linda Berlin McGarvey /’82 BRD Robert M. & Elizabeth Quimby Mehalso ’64 EMS Charles W. Michali ’68 ENG Kenneth P.* & Ann M. Miller Paul D. Olson* John & Diane H.* Parente John B. & Mary A. Pellegrino John C. Petersen Richard C. Progelhof* Richard Rambaldo Mark A. & Patricia A. Rickloff Craig A. Robson ’96 BRD James J. Rutkowski, Sr. Mary Chisholm Scott* Christopher J. & Melissa Shearer ’02 BRD Brian F.* & Sandra R. Streeter

Roger L. Sweeting* ’63 HHD Herbert S. Sweny Bruce & Judith Swayze Vande /’61 SCI James D. Waldemarson ’68 BUS Herman C. & Lynn Thomas Weber ’61 A&A /’63 EDU Patrick & Jennifer A. Wilczynski ’92 BRD E. Joseph & Donna Jean Williams ’67 BUS Chuck Yeung* & Huisu Cao

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. Clemont R. III & Penelope Austin Norman L. & Karen K. Balmer ’68 ENG Joyce Bevan*

Paul and Dianne Sonnenberg The Kenneth Jonathan Sonnenberg Poetry Award is given annually to a Penn State Behrend student for excellence in poetry. Kenneth Sonnenberg, a poet and 1985 graduate of Penn State Behrend, died in 1987. Recent donations by Ken’s brother, Paul, and Paul’s wife, Dianne, have increased the endowment. Making the gift doubly nice is a match from Paul’s employer, Apple Inc. “We’re very happy that the Sonnenberg Poetry Award at Penn State Behrend continues to memorialize my brother and his work.”



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Stanley Bogusz John J. Jr. & Elaine V. Brinling ’90 BRD Jeremy E. Brubaker ’00 BRD David J.* & Cindy Christiansen Gregory D.* & Laura S. Cooper ’01 BRD /’04 ENG Carl J. Diluzio ’04 ENG Juan Fernandez-Jimienez* & Guadalupe Alvear-Madrid* Robert G. & Christie Ferrier Chris F. Fette Sr. John K. Gamble Jr.* William P. Garvey William V. Gonda Jr.* Frank M. & Diane M. Grabowski ’68 ENG Thomas B. & Susan H. Hagen ’55 BUS Deborah L. Hayes* Jennifer A. Heilman & Craig Campbell ’96 BRD David A. & Carolina P. Heintz ’78 BRD Robert W. & Norma Michael Henderson /’57 EDU Jeremy & Denise K. Johnson /’99 BUS Dom A. Kasony Jr. ’98 BRD John J. Kennerknecht ’01 BRD Dario & Tara Braden Kis ’03 BRD/’04 BRD Ethel Swavely Kochel William C. Lasher* Darlene M. Lay John M. III* & Ann M. Magenau Kathleen J. Muhonen ’99 ENG Michael J. Patterson ’85 BRD Albert S. Jr. & Margaret N. Richardson John T. & Linda Hall Schakenbach ’76 EMS /’77 HHD Joseph E. & Nancy J. Schmitt ’57 LIB/’55 UNK Allan Slovenkay Margaret P. Taylor Rod L. * Judith H. Troester Myron L. & Kirsten Turfitt Anne Waldmiller Patti Lynn Williams

Robert J. Altsman ’58 BUS Joseph A. & Berit I. Benacci ’57 DUS Donald R. Blair ’52 COM Robert D. & Susan E. Chapman ’59 SCI John R. & Judith Theobald Cipriani ’58 ENG /’58 HHD Howard S. & Karen Getzoff Gochberg ’56 AGR /’53 EDU Thomas B. & Susan H. Hagen ’55 BUS Robert W. & Norma Michael Henderson /’57 EDU George G. & Jory A. Herbert ’58 ENG Frank J. & Maxine C. Hitchcock ’54 ENG Shirley Pritchard Hudders ’54 EDU Howard L. & Joan A. Hudson ’53 SCI Andrew E. R. & Eleanor Breyley Jass /’56 ENG Ardelle E. Johnson ’55 HHD Edward P. Junker III ’59 HHD Charles A. & Elinor Strohm Matts ’56 ENG Wesley S. & Nancy Broscious Pfirman ’52 ENG/’52 LIB Frank F. & Anna Lee Porto ’58 BUS Charles L. & Judith F. Putnam ’54 AGR Joseph E. & Nancy J. Schmitt ’57 LIB/’55 UNK Frank J. Ulyon ’55 BUS

1960s Leon E. & Susan Vanderwende App ’63 AGR /’65 LIB Norman L. & Karen K. Balmer ’68 ENG Eileen K. Boyer ’67 LIB Nancy Morrison & David T. Briggs ’65 HHD /’76 BUS Judith F. Caplan ’62 BUS Ronald L. & Phyllis Ann Chase ’67 ENG John D. & Allene Chriest ’62 ENG Larry R.* & Cozella Harvey Eckroat ’66 SCI /’91 BRD Robert L. & Donna C. Einodshofer ’65 ENG /’65 EDU A. Daniel Frankforter III* & Karen Keene* ’69 LIB Frank M. & Diane M. Grabowski ’68 ENG Ronald I. & Regina Greenwald ’68 ENG Jerome C. & Colleen M. Gressley ’68 ENG J. Paul & Shelby J. Hanson ’66 BUS John S. & Diane L. Heller ’67 SCI Ronald G.* & Patricia Brunclik Hoffman ’69 ENG Joseph H. & Georgeann Holmwood ’67 HHD Ann Peoples Kennedy ’69 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. U





Ensuring Student Opportunity


Robert C. & Donna J. Lemmler ’66 ENG John M.* & Geraldine Mills Lilley /’68 HHD Howard C. & Mary Swed Lincoln ’61 HHD /’62 EDU James L. & Aleda Litzel Littlefield ’66 SCI /’65 EDU Suzanne Perry Loss ’67 EDU, ’73 EDU Theodore M. & Delores McNamara ’68 ENG Robert M. & Elizabeth Quimby Mehalso ’64 EMS Lawrence W. Messenger ’69 ENG Robert D. & Sally Nelson Metzgar ’60 BUS Charles W. Michali ’68 ENG James P. & Angelene M. Miller ’67 ENG Thomas C. Nicolls ’64 EDU Gilbert O. Nielsen ’61 ENG Mary Lou Herbert Pae ’63 LIB Mary Carr & Keith L. Pierce ’67 DUS/’73 SCI 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 Robert C. Scott ’61 LIB Michael F. & Phyllis Simmons ’67 A&A Richard S. Smith ’64 ENG Robert J. & 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 Herman C. & Lynn Thomas Weber ’61 A&A /’63 EDU E. Joseph & Donna J. 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 Jeanne Bauman ’76 SCI Dominic M. & Marcy M.* Bencivenga ’71 EDU Dicken and Cornelia Ferguson Bettinger ’73 EDU James M. Bowser ’73 AGR



Over the years, the Lake Erie Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association has given more than $70,000 to Penn State Behrend. Recent contributions have been made to the college’s general scholarship fund, the Ernest Fryer Division of Undergraduate Studies Scholarship, and the Robert Sparks Memorial Scholarship.

David T. & Nancy Morrison Briggs ’76 BUS /’65 HHD Paul A. & Carolyn J.* Brown ’72 ENG Robert J. & Deborah Wood Burger ’77 ENG Robert M. & Marianne M. Calabrese ’75 SCI Andrew R. & Linda Jaffe Caplan ’76 LIB Joseph M. & Patricia B. Chalovich ’74 SCI Mark R. & Margaret A. Chesko ’78 BUS Erik C. Christiansen & Linda C. Mazzu ’79 AGR /’81 HHD 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 William R. Cunningham ’76 BRD Thomas W. & Pamela Peglow Daniels ’73 BUS John D. Darr & Kathryn A. Holliday-Darr* ’78 ENG William G. & Lori P. Davitt ’75 LIB George J. Jr.* & Carolyn M.* Dudas ’74 SCI /’90 BRD John C. Farren ’77 BRD Bradley G. Federspiel ’78 BUS David R.* & Bobbi Forsman ’74 CAP Kim A. & Janice Frey ’78 BUS

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Paul A. & Elaine Chandler Frieberg ’74 SCI /’74 LIB Toby M. & Jacquelyn Froehlich ’72 BUS Charles E. & Irene G. Fryer ’77 DSL Ronald F. Gehrlein ’71 LIB Mark S. & Nancy Weber Graham ’77 HHD /’76 HHD Peter M. & Marcia Lu 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 Barbara S. Gunnison* ’74 HHD Keith C. & Judith Jerge Hackley ’78 EMS /’77 SCI Donald E. Jr. & Kathy Marie Hall ’75 ENG Thomas A. & Joy A. Harvey ’74 COM David A. & Carolina P. Heintz ’78 BRD Jay D. & Linda Bitter Henderson ’75 ENG /’78 SCI Andrew F. Jr. & Sally Ann Henry ’76 CAP Ronald K. & Patricia M. Henry /’76 SCI Daniel W. Holler ’74 SCI Sandra L. James ’79 BRD Glenn E. & Carlene L. Johnson ’70 ENG Stephen M. Johnson* ’75 SCI Michael J.* & Deborah Melrose Kauffman ’71 EDU/’76 LIB Amirhossein Khalilollahi* & Antonella Cupillari* ’78 ENG

Rodney A. & Barbara Long Kindler /’78 AGR Alan F. Kirk & Patricia L. Roenigk* ’76 LIB /’80 LIB 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 Paul J. & Debbie Repinel Malaspina ’77 EMS Steve & Lisa M. Maples /’79 BRD George L. & Adrienne Lieberman Martin /’75 HHD John W. Masterson ’78 BUS Richard D. & Theresa J. Matson ’77 HHD Nicholas J. & Catherine J.* Mauro ’70 BUS M. Gene & Kathleen McFail ’76 BUS Ronald L.* & Corinne Gante McCarty ’75 SCI Daniel S. & Wendy Mead ’75 BUS, ’77 BUS Paul & Barbara Mellon ’72 ENG Richard A.* & Cathy Sargent* Mester ’71 LIB /’70 LIB Lee W. & Peggy Jo Mimm /’72 EDU Eric C. Sr.* & Kathleen Obert ’73 AGR David B. & Marcia G. Peterson /’73 HHD Keith L. & Mary Carr Pierce ’73 SCI/’67 DUS David W. & Dottie Mc Carthy Pratt ’74 ENG James F. Raffetto ’74 HHD T. Phillip Reiley ’73 SCI







Sustaining a Tradition of Quality

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Gifts Report

Donors Help Create Medical Plastics Center of Excellence

Christine L. Straub & Robert M. Harrison ’75 SCI Sally Schuwerk Strucker ’71 SCI Timothy N. & Margaret U.* Taylor ’74 AGR Steven G. & Lucile W. Thompson ’77 ENG Ann Lane & David M. Umbach ’77 SCI /’83 IDF Stephen M. & M. Jean Bundy Urash ’79 BRD Melvin N. Waxham Jr. ’78 SCI Daniel W. & Suzanne P. Weber ’74 ENG Richard A. & Mary Siciliano Winkelman ’75 SCI/’75 SCI Douglas R. Zimmerman ’70 HHD


On hand for the opening of the Medical Plastics Center last fall were, from left, Dr. Ralph Ford, director of the School of Engineering; Jason Williams ’92, lecturer in engineering and head of the MPC; John Somers, Harmac Medical Products; Jim Chiamardas ’00, TPStek; Dan Osborne, MEDRAD; and Steve Stegman ’89, Philips Respironics. With a growth rate of nearly 10 percent annually, the medical plastics sector in the United States plays a critical role in the health-care industry. In response to this increasing demand, the School of Engineering at Penn State Behrend has created a state-of-the-art Medical Plastics Center of Excellence (MPC). Industry supporters of this new initiative include Harmac Medical Products, SIGMA Plastics Services, TPStek, Philips Respironics, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The MPC is part of Penn State Behrend’s open lab initia-

tive, bringing members of industry and academia together to work side-by-side on research and development, sharing expertise and resources.

The applied research and outreach center will support

companies in the development of new medical devices and packaging using advanced plastics materials.

Roger W. & Nedra Richards ’79 DSL Ted R. & Linda McCartney Sachs ’72 ENG John T. & Linda Hall Schakenbach ’76 EMS /’77 HHD

Roger L. & June Jacobs Schlosser ’76 BUS /’77 BUS Anne McCarthy Seamans ’77 HHD Suellen L. Smock ’77 BUS

$ 991,945 raised to date



Charles E. and Beth Corcoran Allgeier ’85 ENG Stephanie Parker & Richard H. Alstadt ’81 SCI /’76 ENG Francine E. Armstrong ’80 BRD Mark W.* & Bonnie M. Bestoso ’85 BUS Timothy R. & Jodi A. Bevevino ’84 BRD Todd L. Bills ’87 BRD Keith N. & Jill A. Born ’80 BUS/’00 BRD John J. Jr. & Elaine V. Brinling ’90 BRD Mark W. Brown ’83 BRD Barbara A. Byers ’87 BRD Eric M. III & Karen M. Campbell ’81 HHD JoAnne S.* & F. John Carrick ’82 HHD /’06 CWC Arthur O. Chauncey ’80 BUS Charles J. Connors Jr. ’87 ENG Kent F. & Deborah Gibson Davis ’83 SCI David S. & Robin Despres ’82 CAP Frank W.* & Ann Marie DeWolf ’80 BRD Joseph & Patricia Blandford DiDomenico /’86 HHD Michael E. & Elizabeth Iacoponi DiFrancisco ’84 ENG Elizabeth A. Ennis ’86 BUS Eric W. Enzbrenner ’89 BRD Matthew M. Farkas ’88 BRD Karlene C. & Steven T. Fryxell ’89 BRD David P. & Cheryl D. Garrett ’80 ENG R. Randall Geering* & Jodi M. Rae* ’88 HHD /’06 BRD Neil & Beth Kestel Gollogly /’81 BRD Roger K. Grape ’82 ENG Janet L. Gray & Albert U. Gesler III* ’88 BRD Linda L. Hajec* ’88 BRD Joseph E. & Donna Higgins Herbst ’83 BUS/’83 LIB James T. & Julia D. Herr ’85 LIB/’87 BRD


David S. & Christine K. Hess ’84 BRD Thomas C. II & Paula A. Hoffman ’88 BUS /’87 BUS Ronald J. Huegel ’85 ENG Vincent J. & Joanne M. Intrieri ’84 BRD Marlene M. Heidecker ’83 BRD Sean P. Kersten ’89 BRD James A.* & Gail McGaughey Kurre /’85 BRD Anthony & Natalie Schwab Laska ’84 BRD Ruth Kimutis Liebold ’81 AGR Robert W.* & Judy Hand Light ’83 IDF Richard A. Mac Donald ’89 BRD Jerome A.* & Candace Magraw ’87 BRD Mark G. Marshall ’80 BRD Mark H. & Ellen Steele Masteller ’84 SCI /’84 BUS Carol Matulevich ’81 BRD Linda C. Mazzu & Erik C. Christiansen ’81 HHD/’79 AGR J. Scott & Julie G. Knox McCain ’80 BUS Keith T. & Linda Berlin McGarvey /’82 BRD Maurice R. Jr. & Lark Ann McGill ’88 BRD Mitchell E. & Kristine L. Miller ’81 ENG Russell J. & Sheila Gorman Miller ’82 SCI Kerry A. & Lisa A.* Moyer ’87 EMS/’89 LIB James R. & Michele C. Moyer /’84 LIB John E. & Holly A. Murphy /’86 BRD Patrick J. & Robin E. Murphy ’82 BRD David C. Navecky ’81 AGR Robert F. & Kathryn Balos Nusbaum /’89 BRD Michael D. Patsy ’88 BUS Michael J. Patterson ’85 BRD Robert D.* & Heidi A. Patterson ’85 BRD /’91 BRD Michael T. Payne ’89 BRD Jeffrey S. & Donna Perkins ’81 HHD Kevin R. & Sara L. Peterson ’89 BUS Brent J. & Holly Piccola ’89 BRD Kenneth W. Pillar ’80 BUS Stephen & Suzette Marofsky Quinn /’87 SCI Audra L. Riebel ’89 BRD Patricia L. Roenigk* & Alan F. Kirk ’80 LIB /’76 LIB Thomas L. Salem Jr. ’88 EMS Jason K. & Michelle Bambauer Sanford ’88 BRD/’90 BRD Thad J. & Ann Karmazon Scott ’83 BRD /’82 BRD Victor L. Skukalek ’88 ENG Melinda I. Stasenko ’85 BRD Milissa I. Stasenko ’85 BRD Kelly J. Suman ’87 BRD Mary Welsh Swenson ’82 EDU






Enriching the Student Experience

Anthony M. & Christine Tedesco ’80 AGR Gary J. & Louise M. Teodosio /’85 BRD Daniel J. & Gayle Thomeier ’82 BUS Lawrence L. & Amanda Trick ’82 ENG/’87 LIB David M. & Ann Lane Umbach ’83 IDF /’77 SCI Daniel J. Wallace ’86 ENG Michael G. Willis* ’86 ENG Clifford H. & Cynthia A. Woodruff ’89 BRD /’89 BRD

1990s Joelle A. Abke ’93 HHD Dennis & Jolynn E. Agostini /’91 BRD Shawn M.* & Tracy R. Alexander ’94 BRD /’94 BRD William G. Allamon ’96 BRD Carol A. & James E.* Amann ’01 HHD /’75 HHD Randy S. Baughman ’91 BRD Michele A. Beisler & Sharon DeLong ’92 BRD Paul R.* & Michelle Grover Benim ’92 BRD /’94 BRD Gregory M. & Laurie Billman ’98 BRD Dawn G. Blasko* & Michael Drabik ’99 BRD Darcie R. Bradley ’93 BRD Anne Bonner Bradshaw ’94 BRD John J. Jr. & Elaine V. Brinling ’90 BRD Gordon E. Brown ’95 CAP John R. & Sharon Burgert ’92 BRD David & Nichole J. Call ’98 EMS Elizabeth A. & Thomas B. Calloway ’99 BUS/’02 GRV Jonathan L. Clark & Jessica B. Moon ’ 98 BRD/’01 BRD Jodi McWilliams Dahlberg ’91 BRD Douglas D. Del Porto ’92 BRD David & Caroline C.M. Dorn /’91 BRD Carolyn M.* & George J.* Dudas Jr. ’90 BRD/’74 SCI Cozella Harvey & Larry R.* Eckroat ’91 BRD/’66 SCI James P. English ’93 BRD Colleen Evans Erb ’96 BRD Jennifer Burick Farrar ’98 BRD Louis J.* & Becky J.* Faulhaber ’97 BRD Amy S. Fessler ’91 LIB Matthew A. Filippi ’91 BUS Ross & Jacqueline S. Fonticella /’94 BRD John M. & Shelley M. Gardner ’98 BRD /’96 BRD Michael W. & Jana G. Goodrich /’95 BRD



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 Steven E. & Robyn Heitzenrater ’91 BRD Scott E. & Dengtoy Helsley ’94 BRD Paul D. & Suzi Jo Heter ’95 BRD/’10 CAP Richard E. & Rebecca J. Hollerman ’98 BRD /’00 BRD Dan & Stephanie Curtis Howell /’92 BRD Robert E. & Carolyn M. Huston ’93 BRD Brenda K. Jackson-Stack & Jeffrey Stack ’92 BRD David E. & Mary Beth Kroko Jacobs ’91 BRD Amanda E. Jantzi ’99 BRD Jeremy & Denise K. Johnson /’99 BUS Kyle E. Junk ’95 BRD Dom A. Kasony Jr. ’98 BRD Thomas M. & Kimberly A. Kennedy ’91 BRD William M. & Bridget M. Kennelley /’97 BRD Joseph E. Kissane ’97 BRD Kay H. Logan ’99 H Christopher P. Loss ’94 LIB Edward J. & Georgina M. Lucas ’92 ENG Kirk J. Lux ’92 ENG Jennifer Marie Maloney ’98 BRD William J. & Stacey Unger Matthias ’91 BRD /’98 EDU Daniel A. & Patricia G. Mayton ’92 BRD Richard P. Mc Dowell ’92 BRD Douglas W. Jr. & Carrie A. McCloskey ’98 BRD Gary A. & Sharon K. Mc Master ’98 BRD Jonathan A. Meckley* ’90 BRD Mark & Lisa Waytenick Mitchell /’90 BUS Teresa R. Mitchell ’92 BRD Luis J. & Gretchen Mongil-Casasnovas ’93 BRD David W. & Pamela A. Morrison ’93 BRD David M. Moyak ’96 ENG Laurence J.* & Kelly S. Mroz ’94 BRD/’96 LIB Kathleen J. Muhonen ’99 ENG Fred* & Michele Nitterright ’91 BRD John M. & Loretta J. Nosko /’94 BUS Steven G. & Pamela L. Palmer ’92 BRD Heidi A. & Robert D.* Patterson ’91 BRD /’85 BRD Thomas C. Pendrick ’92 BRD James A. & Carol Perrotto ’91 EDU Matthew & Ruth C.* Pflueger /’96 BRD David E. Plotner ’92 BRD

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Frank and Julie Russ ’96 BRD/’99 BRD Frank and Julie Russ have contributed to the Behrend Future Fund, the John M. Lilley Library, and the Behrend Computer Equipment Fund. Their gifts are doubled because they are matched by Frank’s employer, Raytheon. “We are where we are today thanks to those who believed in us and pitched in to help us. We feel blessed to be able to help students become part of the great Penn State Behrend family.”

Jonathan D. & Debra R. Pollock ’91 BRD Megan E. Post ’95 BRD Kenneth M. & Kathleen A. Potter ’94 BRD Jennifer L. Rhodes ’97 BRD Craig A. Robson ’96 BRD Robert & Jacquelyn A. Roddy /’98 BRD Michael K. & Melanie Dunn Ross ’90 BUS /’92 BRD Frank K. & Julie L. Russ ’96 BRD/’99 BRD Michelle Bambauer & Jason K. Sanford ’90 BRD/’88 BRD Philip G. & Deborah A. Schmalzried ’90 BRD Simon N. & Carolyn Winkler Secarea ’90 BRD Christopher J. & Michelle L. Shaw /’96 BRD Terry A. & Kelly A.* Shrout ’98 BRD/’92 BRD Rebecca A. & Surendra Sivarajah ’98 SCI /’02 MED Scott L. Smay & Melissa A. Pavlock ’92 BRD /’92 BRD Kenneth L. Spencer ’96 BRD Peter D. & Cherie Varrassa Stadler /’95 BRD Brian K. & Helen Sutton ’91 BRD Brian P. & Elizabeth Shewan Swantek ’90 BRD Juanita M. Tryon ’90 BUS Sean M. & Stephanie L. Tucker ’98 BRD /’98 BRD Daryl L. Vettori ’98 ENG Steven N. & Shelley S. Vogel ’90 BRD

Jonathan P. Wasey ’94 BRD John X. & Evelyn Ann Wedzikowski /’91 BRD Barbara J. Welton & Jason L. Williams* ’94 BRD/’90 ENG, ’92 BRD Patrick & Jennifer A. Wilczynski ’92 BRD Darren M.* & Jody B. Williams ’98 SCI Robert W.* & Amy L.* Wittman ’93 HHD Jessica Skelton* & Nicolas I. Wolfe ’98 HHD /’12 IST Darin T. Wotus ’91 BRD Brian A.* & Jessica Young ’94 BRD Jason M. Zaczyk ’99 BRD

2000s Carol A. & James E.* Amann ’01 HHD /’75 HHD Eric J. Anderson ’01 BRD Elton Armady ’09 BRD Anthony F. Azzato ’04 BRD Jason T. Bartlett ’08 BRD Marley E. Behrendt ’09 BRD Robert L. Bigler Jr. ’02 BRD Jonathan A. Bondzie ’00 BRD Justin B. Bookshar ’05 ENG Jill A. & Keith N. Born ’00 BRD/’80 BUS







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Gifts Report Angela Albertson Boyle ’02 BRD Douglas E. Braden ’03 BRD Terrance A. Brand ’00 BRD Jeremy E. Brubaker ’00 BRD Melissa M. Brutosky ’02 BRD Samuel M. Burns ’04 BRD Thomas B. & Elizabeth A. Calloway ’02 GRV /’99 BUS Jessica L. Carlson ’08 BRD F. John & JoAnne S.* Carrick ’06 CWC /’82 HHD Keith C. Cerroni* ’02 BRD Andrew J. Chrobak ’09 BRD Peter L. Chrobak ’03 BRD Gregory D.* & Laura S. Cooper ’01 BRD /’04 ENG Glenda A. Corner ’05 BRD Gregory D.* & Jessica Gardner Cramer ’00 BRD Timothy D. Croft ’09 BRD James R. & Stephanie M. Curren ’04 BRD /’06 BRD Carl J. Diluzio ’04 ENG Michael L. Divito ’05 BRD David P. Duberow Jr. ’04 BRD William R. Dyakon ’04 BRD William C. & Susanna M. Ebner /’04 BRD Jamaal O. Erskine ’08 BRD Matthew T. Esek ’03 BRD James F.* & Jacalyn M. Fairbank ’00 BUS Joseph J. Ferguson ’06 BRD Christina M. Gavala ’03 BRD Katherine J. Giles ’01 BRD Walter H. Goedicke III ’00 BRD Kenneth L. Gray ’06 ENG Michael J. Hargather ’04 BRD Kathryn A. Harvey ’01 BUS Thomas D. Hauser ’04 BRD Alexander M. Henderson ’06 BRD Ronald P. Henry ’08 BRD Joshua J. Hilewick ’04 BRD Rebecca J. & Richard E. Hollerman ’00 BRD /’98 BRD Scott M. Hrinko ’05 BRD Stephanie L. Ivancza ’07 BRD Michael W. Jenkins ’00 BRD Justin E. Jennings ’06 BRD Ashraf A. Jessani ’03 BRD Mathew D. Kacprowicz ’04 BRD Marcus P. & Celene M. Kalivoda ’01 BRD /’01 BRD Philip A. & Christina Gritzer Katen /’02 BRD Matthew J. Keller ’03 BRD Robin C. Keller ’03 BRD John J. Kennerknecht ’01 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 William L. & Cynthia M. Lillis ’04 BUS /’03 BUS Antoinetta D. Lindell ’04 BRD David R. Madl ’03 BRD



Michael F. Marchini ’07 BRD Bryan L. & Laurel L. Martin ’01 BRD/’01 BRD Michael P. & Darcy Martin ’01 BRD Anthony J. Massaro ’00 BRD Christopher J. McCartney ’07 BRD Ashley D. McFarland ’07 BRD David R. Miller ’09 BRD John & Wendy E. Miraglia /’00 BRD Jessica B. Moon & Jonathan L. Clark ’01 BRD /’98 BRD Michael D. Moon ’05 BRD Brett E. & Lisa McGarvey Myers ’04 BRD /’02 BUS Anh P. Nguyen ’08 BRD Matthew C. Parson ’01 BRD Peter & Denise Cady Pekelnicky /’01 BRD Nicholas J. & Angela M. Petruzzi ’00 BRD /’02 HHD Nicholas R. & Mary A. Pflugh ’02 BRD /’02 BRD Lauren S. Piera ’04 BRD Jodi M. Rae* & R. Randall Geering* ’06 BRD/’88 HHD Mark D. Reynolds ’06 BRD Ethan C. Rice ’06 BRD Katie M. Ritchey ’08 BRD Shane A. & Staci Banaszek Rock ’06 BRD /’06 BRD Emily M. Rogan ’08 BRD Christopher J. & Melissa Shearer ’02 BRD Christopher L. Sitter ’06 BRD Surendra & Rebecca A. Sivarajah ’02 MED/’98 SCI Scott A. & Alice M. Sjolander ’00 BRD Matthew M. Slavonic ’01 BRD Joseph G. & Mary Jane Smalley /’02 HHD Scott E. & Kimberly S. Snyder ’00 BRD Duwayne J. Stainbrook ’04 BRD Gabriel O. Stephenson ’07 LIB Joseph M. Strom ’07 BRD Dale W. II & Kristina M. Tingley /’00 BRD Erin E. Troester ’05 BRD Timothy M. & Jennifer Mendes* Ulrich ’01 BRD/’02 BRD Patrick R. Walling ’09 BRD Kristen M. Webb ’00 BRD Stephen A. Webb ’02 BRD Bradley A. Williams ’02 BRD David A. Williams ’01 BRD John J. Williams ’03 BRD Thomas I. Wortman ’02 EDU Jillian E. Yamma* ’00 BRD Matthew D. Yingling ’03 BRD David J. Young & Jennifer M. Crawford ’02 BRD/’03 BRD

2010s Kyle R. Abbott ’12 BRD Nicolle R. Bittner* ’10 BRD Yuri Becerra ’11 BRD J. Charles* & Carolyn Brock ’10 H Katie E. Cooper ’12 BRD

Erie Broadcast Legend Honored, Award Established

The new Myron Jones Broadcasting Award was established at Penn State Behrend to recognize communication students who demonstrate excellence in leadership, volunteerism, or entrepreneurship. Myron Jones, third from right in the photo above, was honored at the gala premiere of the college’s new 3,150-square-foot multimedia communications lab.

Jones founded Erie’s Jet Broadcasting. He served as chief

executive of the radio and television company for forty-nine years, retiring in 2000. Jones also helped establish the college’s business radio station, WP$E-AM 1450/FM107.1.

Joining Jones at the ribbon cutting were, from left,

Dr. Steven Hicks, director of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences; Kim Young, instructor in journalism; Kayla Miller ’12, the first station manager for BVZ Radio; Jones’ wife, Marlene; Chancellor Don Birx; and Dr. Rod Troester, associate professor of speech communication. Shane M. Cyphert ’12 BRD Dustin M. Dubensky ’10 BRD Lauren A. Englert ’12 BRD Robert M. Ferguson ’11 BRD Ryan J. Ford ’12 BRD Lorraine M. Gdanetz* ’11 NUR Joseph M. Guild ’11 BRD Suzi Jo & Paul D. Heter ’10 CAP/’95 BRD Thomas J. Kinney ’10 BRD David L. Koerbel ’10 BRD Geoffrey A. Lang ’11 BRD Stephen C. Lasalle ’11 BRD Robert J. Leck ’10 BRD Adrianne R. Morris ’11 BRD Patrick M. O’Loughlin ’10 BRD Alfonso L. Perez ’12 BRD Kim M. Raines ’11 NUR Robert N. Shrawder ’10 BRD Zachary J. Sullivan ’10 BRD

Kelly C. Thill ’11 BRD Nicolas I. & Jessica Skelton* Wolfe ’12 IST/’98 HHD Thomas M. Zajac ’10 BRD

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.* & Carol A. Amann ’75 HHD /’01 HHD

Alyson Amendola* & Matthew Cummings Jay C.* & Andrea G.L. Amicangelo Barbara W. Anderson Paul G. Ashcraft Dean Baldwin Mark S. & Brenda C. Bane* Paul E. Barney Jr. George W. III* & Aileen Baxter Mary E. Bayuk Paul E. Becker Paul R.* & Michelle Grover Benim ’92 BRD /’94 BRD Mark W.* & Bonnie M. Bestoso ’85 BUS Joyce Bevan Donald L.* & Linda B. Birx Nicolle R. Bittner ’10 BRD Dawn G. Blasko* & Michael Drabik /’99 BRD Carol A. Bray J. Charles* & Carolyn Brock ’10 H Charles A.* & Traci A. Brown Paul A. & Carolyn J.* Brown ’72 ENG Randy C. Brown Kathryn L. Buesink John D.* & Candace S. Burke Morton K. Buss Jr. Anne Campbell Michael A.* & Martha* Campbell JoAnne S.* and F. John Carrick ’82 HHD /’06 CWC David J.* & Sheila Dempsey Causgrove Keith C. Cerroni ’02 BRD David J.* & Cindy Christiansen Gregory D.* & Laura S. Cooper ’01 BRD /’04 ENG

Eric W. Corty* & Sara Douglas Brent S.* & Carol A. Crandall John D. Darr & Kathryn A. Holliday-Darr* ’78 ENG 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 Beverly S. Dinicola George J. Jr.* & Carolyn M.* Dudas ’74 SCI /’90 BRD Qi Dunsworth Larry R.* & Cozella Harvey Eckroat ’66 SCI /’91 BRD Robert C. Edwards Bradley K. & Laurie P.* Enterline James F.* & Jacalyn M. Fairbank ’00 BUS Xiaocong (Simon) Fan Louis J.* & Becky J.* Faulhaber ’97 BRD Juan Fernandez-Jimienez* & Guadalupe Alvear-Madrid* John J.* & Kim J. Fontecchio Ralph M.* & Melanie R.* Ford Rosalyn M. Fornari David R.* & Bobbi Forsman ’74 CAP A. Daniel Frankforter III* & Karen Keene* ’69 LIB John K. Gamble Jr. Lorraine M. Gdanetz ’11 NUR Robert R. Geering* & Jodi M. Rae* ’88 HHD /’06 BRD J. Andrew George Albert U. Gesler III* & Janet L. Gray /’88 BRD William V. Gonda Jr.

Barbara S. Gunnison ’74 HHD R. Thomas* & Charlotte A. Guth Dennis R. Hadlock Linda L. Hajec ’88 BRD Steven R. & Tracy Oriskovich* Halmi ’94 ENG /’93 SCI Deborah L. Hayes Caitlin D. Henning Andy A. Herrera Barbara J. Hido Ronald G.* & Patricia Brunclik Hoffman ’69 ENG Dharma Jairam Paul R. Jr. & Marcia* Jensen Stephen M. Johnson ’75 SCI Rande L.* & Christine Joy Frank J. & Linda A.* Kaleta Carl A.* & Wendy G. E. Kallgren* 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 Alan F. Kirk & Patricia L. Roenigk* ’76 LIB /’80 LIB Roger F. Knacke 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 Robert W.* & Judy Hand Light ’83 IDF John M.* & Geraldine Mills Lilley /’68 HHD John V. Lindner

Every year, the Penn State Behrend Alumni Society hosts the college’s coolest (and tastiest) fundraiser — the Berkey Creamery ice cream sale. The society uses the proceeds to fund alumni events throughout the year and to contribute to the Penn State Behrend Alumni Scholarship. Pictured here are, from left, Amanda Lasky ’05, Dana Williams ’03, Steven O’Donnell ’05, Jennifer O’Lare Trapp ’00, Jeff Lasky ’94 (vice president), and Carrie Egnosak ’03 (president).

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Sarah D. Luttfring John M. III* & Ann M. Magenau Jerome A.* & Candace Magraw ’87 BRD Phylis M. Mansfield Donna R. Martin Edwin C.* & Marianna Masteller Nicholas J. & Catherine J.* Mauro ’70 BUS Margaret I. McCarthy 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 Laurence J.* & Kelly S. Mroz ’94 BRD/’96 LIB Ann C. Nagosky Phillip W. & Beth E.* Nagy Sudarshan R. Nelatury* & Mary C. Vagula David F.* & Debra A. Niland Fred* & Michele Nitterright ’91 BRD Thomas W. Noyes Eric C. Sr.* & Kathleen Obert ’73 AGR Paul D. Olson Oladipo Onipede Jr.* & Selin Yalcindag Christine McCammon Palattella John & Diane H.* Parente Robert D.* & Heidi A. Patterson ’85 BRD /’91 BRD Daniel P. Perritano* & Jane Brady* Matthew & Ruth C. Pflueger* /’96 BRD John A. & Stacy L.* Pondo Michelle Previte Richard C. Progelhof Ann B. Quinn Robert J. Roecklein Anthony A. Salvia Mary Chisholm Scott Emily Semrau Terry A. & Kelly A.* Shrout ’98 BRD/’92 BRD David A.* & Frances J. Skellie Ronald F. Slomski Robert W. Speel Mark H. Steensland Rhonda J. Steg Brian F.* & Sandra R. Streeter Vaunita R. Struble Roger L. Sweeting ’63 HHD Timothy N. and Margaret U.* Taylor ’74 AGR Alan R. & Janice A.* Totleben Soledad Traverso Rod L.* & Judith H. Troester Blair R. Tuttle Timothy M. & Jennifer Mendes* Ulrich ’01 BRD/’02 BRD Ray R.* & Uma M. Venkataraman Margaret A. Voss Alfred G.* & Jonne M. Warner Andrew E.* & Barbara L. Watters Barbara J. Welton & Jason L. Williams*’94 BRD/’90 ENG, ’92 BRD



Gifts Report Darren M.* & Jody B. Williams ’98 SCI Michael G. Willis ’86 ENG Carol Wilson Robert W.* & Amy L.* Wittman ’93 HHD Jessica Skelton* & Nicolas I. Wolfe ’98 HHD /’12 IST Jillian E. Yamma ’00 BRD Chuck Yeung* & Huisu Cao Brian A. & & Jessica Young ’94 BRD Kimberly J. Young Beth Zielinski 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. Donald W. Adams James R. Agras Thomas P. Agresti Arthur Andrews Clemont R. III & Penelope Austin Robert W. & Gretchen A. Bach Meridith L. Bailey Beth Baldwin Evelyn Balmer Richard P. & Robin S. Barbara Scott M. & Carrie E. Bastow Donna J. Battersby Warren J. Beaver Raymond F. & Marilyn M. Benim Marlene Bergstresser Cynthia Best Richard D. & Christine R. Best D. Jason Bishop David M. Blake Bruce F. Blanchard Thomas C. Bly Stanley Bogusz Samuel J. Borgia Tiffany M. Brandon Kevin L. Brandt Isabella M. Bretz Victoria Brogdon Charles W. Brown

Leo J. & Teresa M. Brugger Joanna Budday Donald C. Buseck‡ Judith F. Caplan Carl M. Carlotti Carol L. Caruso Terrence W. Cavanaugh David & Joan P. Chalikian Robert J. & Carol B. Chitester Winston & Paulette Chu Nandita Chukkapalli Gary L. & Cindy A. Clark Susanne M. Clark Eleanor B. Conaway John W. & Beth A. Condit William B. & Suzanne Conner Tina Costello Steven F. Croasmun Joan B. Cross James D. Cullen George M. & Susan Currie Frank W. & Shirley Czulewicz Christine A. Dahlkemper Lui Damasceno Alicia Danenberg Dennis Dapra Shirley N. Deemer Robert G. & Rita M. Del Greco John Desantis James E. & Judith A. Dible Susan J. DiCara Todd M. & Maria J. Dinner Gary E. & Emy S. Dougan Louis P. & Rebecca S. Dubensky Penny Duckett William C. Dunlavey Bruce J. Dunn Jean S. Dunn James J. & Helene B. Duratz Michael B. Edwards Maria P. Emert Gregory F. Engel Virginia M. Erickson John B. & Arlene J. Evans Robert G. & Christie Ferrier Chris F. Fette Sr. Debra C. Field Jennifer A. Ford Pamela J. Forsyth-Pfeifer Dante Franco Darlene M. Fredricks Bernice C. Fryer

$ 27,648

raised to date



William P. Garvey Cynthia E. Gawlowski Michael Geer John F. Gemler Lisa A. Gordon Richard E. & Noreen-Frances Griffith Bernard M. Grimm Stanley & Mary Gurney John Hanisak George R. Harrington Gloria K. Hasel Dennis L. Heinle Robert Heinlein Jane M. Henning Kathleen J. Henning D. E. Herman Jr. D. Garth & Margaret L. Hetz John L. Sr. & Nancy Scalzitti Hilbert Joseph M. Hilbert William M. Sr. & Martha M. Hilbert Sheldon M. & Diane A. Hirschberg Pamela M. Huddleston Mellina Jizmajian Eric F. Johnson Kenneth C. Johnson Tamara F. Johnston Myron & Marlene Jones Charles A. Joy Ronald K. Junk MaryAnn Kanzius Bruce A. Kemmerer Bruce Kern Kathy Kern Edward P. & Kristine Kessler Ethel Swavely Kochel Bruce Kraynak Maria J. Langer Darlene M. Lay Daniel F. & Marianne L. Levstek Laverne J. Lewis Patricia A. Lewis Stephen L. Lieman Andrew & Amanda Lincoln Catherine J. Logan F. Brady & Irene D. Louis Sheila M. Mack Thomas A. Robin Maloof Marilyn R. Mangels Luther M. Manus Jr. Gary L. Mariani Christina M. Marsh Michael P. Martin

Anthony G. Marucci Sharon Mayabb Jack K. & Susan C. McAllister Blossom McBrier Donald P. McCain Jr. Timothy J. & Elizabeth S. McCormick Danielle McRickard Sarah Hagen McWilliams Adele M. Mead Edward & Maurita Mead David W. & Janice E. Meehl Richard A. Merwin Kevin Misko & Laura A. Misko Michael Morasca Marlene D. Mosco Christina Mulvin Leon T. Muroski Douglas S. & Deborah W. Murphy John & Judy A. Nestor Gery T. Nietupski Brendan J. & Barbara O’Donnell James B. & Susan N. Ohrn Kathy A. Oldach Rodney S. Oliverio Corey W. Overby Steven A. & Ellen R. Parnes Helen Pelensky John B. Pellegrino John C. Petersen Barbara R. Pollock Louis J. Porreco Vennette Post Joseph J. & Isabel J. Prischak Richard Rambaldo Dennis L. Ratti Randall Ratti Richard L. Rayburg Inara Renkis Albert S. Jr. & Margaret N. Richardson Mark A. & Patricia A. Rickloff Christine E. Riehl Paul C. & Marne Roche Patrick Rose James J. Rutkowski Sr. Robert G. & Ann C. Rutkowski Robin Scheppner Raymond P. & Kathy Schreckengost P. Tylon Schuerman John M. Schultz Jr. M. Peter & Ellie Scibetta Ronald K. Semple William G. & Cecily Sesler







Enhancing Honors Education

James H. & Rebecca Jo Shearer Allan Slovenkay Larry V. & Kathryn A. Smith Paul A. Sonnenberg Andrew G. & Susan Stephenson Sheila Sterrett Josh A. Stewart Joseph E. Sulc Herbert S. Sweny Maria A. Szastak Robert F. Taft Edward M. Sr. & Bonnie A. Tansey William M. & Diane L. Taylor Margaret P. Taylor Lynne Tidwell Ronald H. & Cheryl J. Till Sheralyn Tinsley John J. & Suzanne M. Trucilla Myron L. & Kirsten Turfitt David A. Valliere Chester J. Vendetti Anne Waldmiller Barbara H. Walker Deloris L. Wassum David J. Weinzierl Patti Lynn Williams Robert T. & Dawn A. Wilson Ellen R. Wolf Janet M. Woods Diane K. Ziegler Ethan I. Zohn David M. & Barbara Zurn James A. & Geraldine Zurn

Corporations 1-800-RADIATOR of State College A. Duchini Inc. Advanced Finishing USA Allegheny Ludlum-Allegheny Technologies Alliance Plastics Inc. ArcelorMittal USA Inc. Art & Logic Inc. Asbury Communities Inc. Autodesk Inc. Automation Devices Inc. BBL Leasing Beaumont Technologies Inc. Bonded Services Corporation Burton Funeral Home & Crematory C. Classic Dodge Chrysler Jeep CareFusion Chiropractic Specialists of Pittsburgh Conner, Riley, Friedman & Weichler Contine Corporation Corporation for Penn State Corry Rubber Corporation County National Bank Creative Imprint Systems Inc. Cybersonics Inc. Dahlkemper Landscape DiNicola Law Offices Dow Chemical Company

Dresser-Rand Company E.I. Du Pont de Nemours and Company Ear, Nose, & Throat Specialists of NW PA East Coast Plastics LLC Eastway Lanes RPA Inc. Enterprise Rent-A-Car-Pittsburgh Erie Aquatics Club Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority Erie Grand Rental Erie Insurance Group Eriez Manufacturing ETG Communications Farmland Foods Inc. Fralo Industries Inc. Freddie’s II Friends of Barry Grossman GE Transportation Grise Audio Visual Center Inc. Hall Councils-Behrend Harmac Medical Products Inc. Highmark Inc. Hovis Auto Supply Inc. Hubbard Bert Karle Weber Inc. Humes Chrysler Jeep Dodge Image Sports Network Instron Corporation Joe B’s Carpet Connection Joe Chromik & Sons Plumbing Johnson Motors Inc. Joy Global Inc. Keystone Automotive Industries Inc. Larson Texts Inc. Lord Corporation Marquette Savings Bank McCarty Printing Corporation McQ Inc. McShane Welding Miller’s Solar Store LLC Modern Industries Inc. Molly Brannigans Morris Coupling Company Murray’s Ford Inc. Nathaniel J. Lemock Memorial Fund Navistar Corporation New Motors NEXCTRL Inc. North Penn Pipe and Supply Inc. Northrop Grumman Northwest Savings Bank Odyssey Builders Inc. Osso’s Pizza Shop Peppino’s Wine Bar and Chop House PHB Inc. PNC Foundation Polymer Conversions Port Erie Plastics Inc. Powered Aire Inc. Precision Compacted Components Inc. Purchase and George PC Quinn Buseck Leemhuis Toohey & Kroto Reddog Industries Inc. Reed Supply Company RGS Products Inc.

Erie Insurance Supports Outreach Efforts For the past several years, Erie Insurance has sponsored enrichment programs at Penn State Behrend through Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program. Math Options and the Young People’s Chorus of Erie (YPC), both outreach programs of the college, have benefited. Math Options is designed to spark middle-school girls’ interest in science, technology, engineering, and math studies. YPC brings together youth from the Erie area to work, sing, and perform, developing their musical skill and a sense of community while forging life-long friendships.

Sain Vincent Health Center Samuel P. Black & Associates Inc. Scott’s Corporate Services Inc. Sisters of St. Joseph SKC Inc. Smugglers’Wharf Inc. Snap-tite Inc. Spiegel Builders Inc. St. Mary’s Insurance Agency St. Marys Insurance Agency Inc. Swimmers Network Inc. United Refining Company Volkwein’s Music Vorsheck Family Foundation Inc. Weber Murphy Fox Architects Inc. Welton Law Wendy’s of Fort Wayne Inc. WICU-TV William T. Spaeder Company Inc. Zadrozny International Zenith Systems LLC Zurn Industries, Plumbing Products Group

Associations Allegheny College Development Office American Foundry Society Associated Student Activities, Behrend Ben Franklin Technology Center C. N. Earll for Senate Committee Erie Section IEEE Erie Youth Soccer Association Five Star Suzuki Friends of John Evans Friends of Nursing Program-Behrend Lake Erie Chapter of PSAA Nature Conservancy Northwestern Rural Electric Association Society of Plastics Engineers Inc. United Way of Erie County Wolves Club Erie Den VIII

Memorial Gifts Foundations ArtsErie Charles A. Dailey Foundation Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation Erie Community Foundation Fidelity Investments Charitable Fund Friends of Fish Foundation John & Sarah Rees Charitable Foundation McCain Foundation Inc. Merwin Foundation National Christian Foundation Seattle Nypro Foundation Thomas Lord Charitable Trust

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We recognize those individuals and organizations who gave a gift to Behrend in memory of a loved one, colleague or friend. In Memory of Jane J. Rosenberger (to the Behrend Future Fund) Ardelle E. Johnson ’55 HHD

In Memory of Michael J. Sider (to the College for Kids-Sider Music Fund) Laurence J.* & Kelly A. Mroz ‘94 BRD/’96 LIB Bradley R. & Sharron E.* Zimmerman



Gifts Report In Memory of Angelo DeSantis (to the Jake Boyle Memorial Scholarship) Carol J. Carey Celestine Cioccio Ellen M. DiSanti Debra C. Field Mary J. Kidd Nancy L. Mack William M. & Diane L. Taylor James F. Weber Jr. Beth Zack

In Memory of Justin E. (Jake) Boyle ’02 BRD (to the Jake Boyle Memorial Scholarship) Terrence J. Carlin Janine K. Petersen Anne McCarthy Seamans ’77 HHD

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

Arthur Andrews Meridith L. Bailey Dow Chemical Company Stanley & Mary Gurney Andrew W. & Leslie A. Jaglowski ’02 BRD /’03 BRD Tamara F. Johnston Thomas A. Robin Maloof Josh A. Stewart David A. Valliere Anne Waldmiller

In Memory of Louis W. Balmer* ’52 EDU (to the Louis & Evelyn Balmer Trustee Scholarship)

In Memory of James P. Lay III ’57 LIB (to the Sally Weber Nursing Book Fund) Mary A. Kozlowski ’74 SCI

In Memory of James P. Lay III ’57 LIB (to the James P. Lay III Memorial Fund)

Thomas P. Agresti Joseph A. & Berit I. Benacci ’57 DUS Donald C. Buseck ‡ Carl M. Carlotti Conner, Riley, Friedman & Weichler Law Offices DiNicola Law Offices William C. Dunlavey Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists of NW PA Gregory F. Engel Richard E. Griffith Maria J. Langer Howard C. & Mary Swed Lincoln ’61 HHD /’62 EDU Marlene D. Mosco Laurence J.* & Kelly S. Mroz ’94 BRD/’96 LIB Nicholas R. & Melissa J. Pagliari ’98 LIB /’05 DSL Louis J. Porreco Purchase & George P.C. Quinn Buseck Leemhuis Toohey & Kroto Inc. Chester J. Vendetti

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

Friends of Nursing Program-2012 Class Gift Mark S. & Nancy Weber Graham ’77 HHD /’76 HHD

Evelyn Balmer Norman L. Balmer ’68 ENG Edwin C. Masteller*

In Memory of Rose M. Abfall (to the Behrend Nursing Program)

In Memory of Archie K. Loss* ’66 LIB (to the Archie K. Loss Memorial Scholarship)

In Memory of Frank C. Endean (to the Behrend Nursing Program)

Jonathan L. Clark ’98 BRD Juan Fernandez-Jimienez* & Guadalupe R. Alvear-Madrid* Marvin B. & Linda S. Heyman /’78 BUS Suzanne Perry Loss ’67 EDU,’73 EDU Edwin C. Masteller* Laurence J.* & Kelly S. Mroz ’94 BRD/’96 LIB

Joyce Bevan*

Joyce Bevan*

In Memory of Eugene Furey (to the Behrend Nursing Program) Joyce Bevan*

In Memory of Joyce E. Johnson (to the Behrend Nursing Program) Joyce Bevan*

New Scholarship for Students with Disabilities A new $100,000 scholarship endowment will significantly expand educational opportunities for students with disabilities at Penn State Behrend. The Elizabeth Lee Black and Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation Trustee Scholarship will assist students with financial need, reinforcing the college’s ongoing efforts to support a diverse student population. The endowment was made possible by gifts from Samuel P. “Pat” Black III, chairman of the Erie Management Group, and The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation. Thomas Wilfrid, executive director of The Newcombe Foundation, is shown above with Jane Brady, associate director of financial aid.

In Memory of Kathleen A. Kramer (to the Behrend Nursing Program)

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

In Memory of Frances R. Parsons (to the Behrend Nursing Program)

In Memory of Kenneth J. Sonnenberg ’85 BRD (to the Kenneth J. Sonnenberg Poetry Award)

Joyce Bevan*

Joyce Bevan* JoAnne S.* & F. John Carrick ’82 HHD /’06 CWC

In Memory of Norbert Romanowicz (to the Behrend Nursing Program) Joyce Bevan*

In Memory of Elizabeth Warren (to the Behrend Nursing Program) Joyce Bevan*

In Memory of Nancy Zupcic (to the Behrend Nursing Program) Joyce Bevan*

In Memory of Nat Reyburn (to the Nat Reyburn Memorial Scholarship) Lucy A. Lenhardt* ’91 BRD Society of Plastics Engineers

Gifts by Alumnus Add Up Ron Larson, founder of Larson Texts Inc. and a mathematics professor emeritus, was instrumental in developing a mathematics major at the college. Larson’s continued gifts to the college’s School of Science, math club, and math scholarship have helped more students than we can count (though, we’ll bet Ron could calculate the sum).



Susanne M. Clark

Mellina Jizmajian Paul A. & Dianne Sonnenberg

In Memory of Benjamin A. Lane (to the Behrend Future Fund)) Judith F. Caplan ’62 BUS

In Memory of Julie Ann Masteller (to the Julie Ann Masteller Memorial Scholarship) Edwin C. Masteller* Mark H. & Ellen Steele Masteller ’84 SCI/ ’84 BUSI

In Memory of Donald M. Alstadt (to the Donald M. Alstadt Advanced Chemistry Lab) Thomas Lord Charitable Trust Lord Corporation

* 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

Notes from your classmates . . . and more

Cannons, Sails, Turtles, and Penn Staters


he Penn State Alumni Association’s popular program City Lights came to Erie for the first time this summer. With Penn State Behrend as the exclusive co-sponsor, the familyfriendly, educational program featured a half-day sail on Pennsylvania’s flagship, the U.S. Brig Niagara, a lunchtime lecture about the War of 1812 by Rev. Charles Brock ’10H, docent-led tours of the Erie Maritime Museum, and presentations aboard ship by members of Pennsylvania Sea Grant, an outreach program administered by Penn State Behrend. The sold-out program, with more than 120 Penn Staters and their guests, had been in the works for

more than two years. Mother Nature must have caught wind of the momentous occasion because she provided perfect sailing weather—sunny and warm with a slight breeze. Aboard the ship, the guests learned about Great Lakes invasive species, got to interact with some stowaway turtles, and learned more about Pennsylvania Sea Grant. The ship’s crew explained what life was like aboard the ship in the 1800s and how, today, the flagship represents Pennsylvania at tall-ships festivals around the country. Alumni and friends even got to witness a live cannon demonstration and help hoist the sails.

Rev. Charles Brock ’10H, senior research associate in religous studies, addresses the lunchtime crowd of 120.

Shipmate David Goldman explains how the  U.S. Brig Niagara’s sails will open.

Bill Roberge ’61 and, his wife, Shirley, 

Roger Williams ’73, ’75, ’88, executive director of the Penn State Alumni Association, helps hoist the sail.

get ready to board the U.S. Brig Niagara.

Linda (Williams) Maxson ’61, Albert Maxson ’57 and his wife, Linda. Al and Linda traveled from Minnesota for the event.

Carrie Egnosak ’03, president of the Behrend Alumni Society, and her father, David Egnosak.

Alison Samuels ’94 and her son 

Andrew Samuels (future Penn Stater?).



U.S. Brig Niagara photo: Reprinted with permission from the Times Publishing Company, Erie, PA. Copyright 2012

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Alumni News Here’s the Latest Word from Your Classmates 1960s Judith F. Caplan ’62 has retired after working since the age of 12, first at her dad’s furniture store and, most recently, at Washington County Health Partners. Judi writes, “My fondest memory of Behrend was the fall season and how beautiful our ‘little’ campus was, plus wonderful, warm memories of Dean Lane.”

1970s Ginny Neff Campbell ’72 (Behrend

1968-69) has retired from teaching art in the Shaler Area School District. Ginny and her husband, Reed, live in Gibsonia; their son and daughter also are Penn State graduates.

Robert R. Kiehlmeier Jr. ’78

retired in 2010 from GE Hitachi Nuclear in Wilmington, N. C. Bob’s 39-year career with GE also included assignments in the company’s Transportation and Aircraft operations. He and his wife, Janis, continue to live in Wilmington.

1980s Diane Adiutori ’80 earned her RN,

MSN, CCRN, and CRNP designations after graduating with an associate degree in nursing. She recently accepted a new position as a nurse practitioner with the Lake Erie Medical Group at Saint Vincent Health Center in Erie.

Josette Skobieranda-Dau ’85, ‘88 M.Ed. (Behrend 1981-82) has been

promoted to assistant director for residential communities at Kent State University and recently began a two-year term on KSU’s Student Multicultural Resource Board. She and her husband, Paul, live in Ravenna.

Daniel H. Glasser ’87 (Behrend 198385) was included in The Best Lawyers in America for the fourth time. He is a partner at the Pittsburgh family-law firm of Pollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz.

Terrance A. Brand ’00 M.B.A.

works as a manufacturing quality engineer for GE Aviation in Hooksett, N.H. He and his wife, Trina, live in Derry.

(Behrend 1983-85) lives in Springfield, Va.

David V. Wiest ’87, ’09 M.S. is a

Valerie Krasinski ’95 lives in Pittsburgh.

is a senior manager at Crowe Horwath in Atlanta. Kim and her husband, Chris, live in Alpharetta, Ga.

Kelley Clements Keller ’96,

Lauren Arrigo Giulianelli ’00

senior manufacturing engineer at Lord Corp. in Erie, where he lives with his wife, Betsy.

Andrew P. Dobry ’88 and Natalie Shields Dobry ’88 recently moved

to Berryville, Va. Andrew works for Booz Allen Hamilton as a senior associate in internal auditing.,

1990s Kristy Young Locke ’91 has been

awarded a scholarship to begin her master’s degree studies at the National Intelligence University. Kristy is an intelligence specialist analyst for the U.S. Pacific Command stationed at Buckley AFB; she and her husband, Gordy, and their four children live in Colorado Springs.

Stephanie Curtis Howell ’92

works at GE Transportation as a service parts fulfillment leader. She and her husband, Dan, have two children; daughter Hadley is in junior high school and son Sam is a fourth grader. They live in Harborcreek.

Chris Hilden ’93, a senior business ana-

lyst for the Wawa convenience store chain, earned his M.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst last May. He lives in

• All alumni whose names are in bold type spent some or all of their Penn State years at Penn State Behrend. • 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. Find us on the Web: • On Facebook: “Penn State Erie, The Behrend College Alumni” • On LinkedIn: “Penn State Behrend Alumni Society” • On Twitter: Follow us on “BehrendAlum”


Vincent F. Smith ’94 is a member


of the clerical staff in the Allegheny County Assistance Office’s Greater Pittsburgh East District. Vince is living in Pittsburgh.

William M. Roberge ’87

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Broomall with his wife, Karen, and children Tom, 12; Jon, 10; Josh, 8, and Amanda, 7.

founder and managing member of The Keller Law Firm in Carlisle, was a recipient of a Central Penn Business Journal 2012 Forty Under 40 award. She and her husband, Christian ’98 M.A.,’01 Ph.D, live in Carlisle.

Cora E. MacBeth ’96 is an assistant professor of chemistry at Emory University in Atlanta, where she lives with her husband, Simon B. Blakey. Douglas D. Dickinson ’97 is a vice

president within the industrial technologies division of Ingersoll Rand in Davidson, N.C. He is responsible for the lean transformation of the $3 billion business. Doug and his wife, Janet, reside in Mooresville.

Joneatra Henry-Florence ’97 works for Family Resources. She lives in Moon Township.

Erik M. Graff ’98 (Behrend 1994-96)

is director of training for Symon Communications. Erik, his wife, Bridget, and their three daughters live in Pittsford, N.Y.

Tammie Liszka McElhinny ’98,

an ABC-certified prosthetist/orthotist, recently joined Bay City OrthoCare. She and her husband, Mark, live in Meadville.

Julie Wieczorek Fritsch ’99 was promoted to partner at Rudberg Law Offices in Pittsburgh. She lives in Allison Park with her husband, Jason. Kevin Wellejus ’99 graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. He manages Holsum Dairies, a 7,000-cow dairy in Hilbert, Wis.

Kimberly Burkey Ciamarra ’00

is employed as a sales and service support manager at PNC Bank in Pittsburgh. Lauren lives in McMurray.

Mark J. Macioce ’00 is director of business intelligence at Aleris in Cleveland. Mark and his wife, Deanna, have a son, Nathan, 4, and two daughters, Emma, 2, and Sophia, 1.

Jill Barbisch Bell ’01 works for Verizon Wireless. She lives in Avalon.

Jessica Manno ’01 has been promoted

to director of student affairs planning and assessment at Lehigh University in Bethlehem.

Cheon C. Graham ’02 completed her Ph.D. in school psychology at Duquesne University and is working as a psychologist for the Randolph County, N.C., school system. She lives in High Point. Amy LaRocca ‘02 lives and works in Erie. She is a retirement plan specialist for Northwest Savings Bank. Jennifer Bradford Manz ’02 is employed as a product assurance engineer for Renal Solutions Inc. in Warrendale. Michelle Malatesta Martin ’02

is a teacher in the Chartiers Valley School District and 2011 inductee into the Behrend Lions Athletic Hall of Fame. She lives in Venetia with her husband, Eric, and children Camden, Cailin, and Mia.

Daniel Pyewell ’02 is a project estimator for the low temperature and cryogenic systems group of CB&I. He has obtained his professional engineer certification and, in

October, married Vy Hoang. Dan and Vy live in Houston.

Melanie Brewer ’08 is a Realtor with

Greg Teetzel ’02 is a loan officer

Jessica Carlson ’08 is a relocation

for Select Mortgage in Erie.

Emily Allen Artello ’03 and Jason P. Artello ’05 welcomed their second

child, Nathan, on May 21, 2012. He joins older brother Michael, 3. Emily is an academic adviser at Behrend.

Kathleen Scarpino Applebee ’04 is an operations project leader at GE

Transportation in Erie. Kathleen, her husband Robert, and son Robert Jr., 2, live in Erie.

James Curren ’04, ’08 M.B.A.

works in surgical sales at Intuitive Surgical Corp. He lives in Erie.

Carrie A. Smock ’04 is a server at the

Sheraton Chapel Hill and at the Cheesecake Factory in Durham, N.C. She lives in Raleigh.

Neil D. Pergar ’05 (Behrend 2001-03) is a steel shop maintenance coordinator at United States Steel. He resides in North Huntingdon. Scott M. Soltis ’05,’07 M.B.A. and Jennifer Haight Soltis ’07 live in

St. Louis. Both are recent graduates of the University of Kentucky; Scott earned a Ph.D. in business administration and Jenn an M.A. in higher education. Scott is an assistant professor of management at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Matt Jackson ’06 received his Ph.D.

from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2011. He is a research scientist at Cytec and lives in Hattiesburg, Miss. mbj117@

Nicolo LoGalbo ’06 is a control analyst at eBay in Austin, Texas. Nic lives in Round Rock.

Stephanie Ivancza ’07 and John Watkins ’08 were married in September; they met in Almy Hall in 2004. Stephanie is a project specialist at Fairmont Supply Co. in Washington and John is an engineer with Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory in West Mifflin.

Francis Kargbo ’07 and Michelle Newland Kargbo ’06 live in Lewes,

Del. Francis is a field service engineer with Northrop Grumman Corp.

Briana A. Theiss ’07 is a broadcast

media buyer at Southwest Media Group in Dallas, Texas.

Coldwell Banker in Erie. specialist for Champion International Moving in Canonsburg. She lives in Jefferson Hills.

Danielle DeMay ’08 teaches second grade in the Bethel Park School District.

Katie Ritchey ’08 is employed as a

production supervisor at JSP International. Katie lives and works in Butler.

Lisa Hinkston Smith ’08 oversees

human resources, training, and development functions at Pharmaceutical Calibrations and Instrumentation in Raleigh, N.C. She is pursuing a master’s degree in human resource development at North Carolina State University.

Jennifer L. Balsiger ’09 is a contract-

ing officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs. She has been with the VA for three years and recently relocated to Erie.

Amy L. Chapman ’09 is a staff accoun-

tant at Malin, Bergquist & Co. in Erie.

Justin M. Ford ’09 works at Westing-

Patrick M. Petraglia ’10 is a

Brad Anthony ’12 lives in Leechburg. He works as an electronics technician for Universal Well Services in Buckhannon, W.Va.

Mike Sabolcik ’10 by day is a mildmannered millwork sales manager at CW Ohio. By night (and weekends) he is Random Mike, Surveyor of All Things Random. Check out Mike’s random activities on’s video gallery.

Julia Marie Baker ’12 is a program

design engineer at Eagle Manufacturing Co. in Wellsburg, W.Va. He lives in Imperial.

Michael R. Sceiford ’10 relocated to assume responsibility for the branch office of Edward Jones in Port Jefferson, N.Y. He now resides in Babylon. michael.sceiford@ Michelle L. Wunderley ’10 is a

Emily A. Harrington ’12 is enrolled

ville. He is a financial services representative for MetLife Financial in Delmont.

Tiana M. Novak ’11 lives in Finleyville.

Amy Platz ’11 is an associate financial

institutions examiner for the Pennsylvania Department of Banking. She works and lives in Reading.

with PLS Logistics in Cranberry. Lance lives in North Huntingdon.

2010s Danielle Budziszewski ’10 and Thomas S. Newman ’09 live in Glenshaw.

Joseph S. DeWitt ’10 is manager of business development at Step One Systems. Joe lives and works in Pittsburgh.

the University of Denver in Colorado.

Brian J. Bodnar ’11 lives in Murrys-

Jenna Cook Kochis ’09 and Jordan R. Kochis ’09 live in Glen Burnie, Md.

engineer at Kensey Nash Corp. in Exton. Beth lives in Glenmoore.

Samantha Bates ’12 is a student at

Kristi Gdanetz ’12 is attending gradu-

Lisa R. Puhak ’11 is a buyer for turbo components at GE in Grove City.

Beth Manganaro ’09 is a project

Tracy J. Banas Jr. is head coach at Nittany All Star Cheerleading and Dance in State College. T.J. lives in Pittsburgh.

staff environmental specialist at Enercon Services in Murrysville. She lives in Irwin.

house Electric, developing physical security systems for nuclear power plants. He is married to Brittany Bennett Ford ’10, who is enrolled in the iM.B.A program at Behrend. They live in Evans City.

coordinator for The Mentor Network in Akron, Ohio. She lives in Titusville.

Lance Sabol ’11 is an account executive

ate school at Michigan State University in East Lansing. in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s Interdisciplinary Biomedical Science Graduate Program.

Steven Jewell ’12 is a hard lines team member at Target. He works and lives in Erie. Joseph B. Markiewicz ’12 is

employed as an engineering intern at Lord Corp. in Erie.

Eric D. Schultz ’12 is a manager at Westway Lanes. He works and lives in Girard. Jacob Sherk ’12 is an electrical design

Jillian Sebrosky ’11 is an analyst at

engineer at Exelon Corp. in Middletown. Jacob lives in Elizabethtown.

Kelly Thill ’11 works as an auditor for

Nicholas Snyder ’12 is an engineer at Lord Corp. in Erie.

PNC Bank in Pittsburgh. She lives in Bethel Park.

PNC Financial Services in Pittsburgh. Kelly lives in Wexford.

Jerry Tortella ’11 is an accounting

Sarah Steen ’12 is a manager at Papaya Clothing in Erie.

coordinator for CDS Administrators. Jerry works and lives in Pittsburgh.

Breanna R. Williams ’12 is a pharmacy technician at Wal-Mart. She lives in Girard.

Kyle Abbott ’12 works in Richmond,

Aja Lea Zanoni ’12 is a manufacturing

Va., as an operational analyst for Capital One.

engineer for MFCO in Canal Winchester, Ohio. Aja lives in West Middlesex.

Kayla Frost ’10 lives in Erie. She is the assistant women’s soccer coach at Mercyhurst University.

Bethany Lacy ’10 is employed as a

financial consultant for AXA Advisors in Erie.

Now let’s hear from you! Email your class note information to Kristen Comstock at, mail it to her at Penn State Behrend, Metzgar Center, 4701 College Drive, Erie, PA 16563 or go online at

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Supermileage Team Wins International Competition!

photo by John Pearson Members of this year’s winning Supermileage Team pose with team adviser, Rich Englund, associate professor of engineering, far left. Team members included, from left, Kathleen Murzynzski, Mike Matczak, Jeffery Chan, Chad Rudinski, James Boorman-Padgett, Joel King, Alexa Woods, Cody Colpo, Luke Barr, Robert Ford, and Taylor Pearson. The car’s three drivers are in front, from left, Katie Burbules, Tina Raeke, and John Pearson.


lightweight, single-seat test car designed by Penn State Behrend students won the Society of Automotive Engineers’ 2012 International Supermileage Challenge. The team, using a lawn mower engine, aced the design phase of the two-day competition. The car also performed well on the track, recording a test run at a pace that would squeeze 1,485 miles out of a single gallon of gas. (That is an improvement of 474 miles from the 2011 competition, when the team placed fifth overall.) Team member Tina Raeke ’12, drove the winning test lap, keeping the 91-pound car to an average speed of 15.03 m.p.h. Any faster, and the car would have been less efficient. The Supermileage team has every intention of staying on top. They are already hard at work on the 2013 vehicle.

Behrend Magazine - January 2013