Millersville University Review - Winter 2010-11

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Winter 2010-11

Special Campaign Edition


Soar to Greatness: The Campaign for Millersville University will raise

$85 million by 2013

to help

provide students an

educational opportunity that is second to none.

Contents table of

Cover Story


Soar to Greatness Millersville University announces a capital campaign focused on opportunities for students with a vision upward and toward the future. (Photo: Millersville University - Lancaster)

Highlights 12 Community &

Civic Partnership Developing civic leaders and involved citizens takes many paths, locally and globally. • Developing future leaders • Caring for the Children of Haiti


• Nonprofit Resource Network

18 Visual &

Performing Arts The importance of the arts is clear to those who developed their talents at Millersville and future generations.

24 Swans –


Campus Life




Alumni Interest


Class Notes

Miller & S’Ville Resident swans continue to be the most popular celebrities on campus.

26 Homecoming 2010 A fun-filled Homecoming, October 21-24.

Cultural Events A four-page insert, highlighting events January through May, is located in the center of this issue.



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Millersville University - Lancaster 42 N. Prince Street, Lancaster

The “lights are on” at Millersville University - Lancaster. The building is just one component of the Soar to Greatness campaign’s eight priorities, which includes enhancing the visual and performing arts.

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TO G R E AT N E S S Millersville university announces a capital campaign goal of $85 million to enhance


the arts, building renovations and scholarships.

illersville University knows where it is going. Even in the current economic climate, Millersville has chosen not to remain still, but rather to move forward, and up. In keeping with this idea, the University launched a major capital campaign—with a goal of raising $85 million by 2013. To date, almost $60 million has been pledged. Soar to Greatness marks the largest capital campaign in Millersville’s history. The fundraising initiative focuses on the construction of facilities and the endowment of scholarships and programs. The seeds of the campaign were sown in 2005, the 150th anniversary of the

founding of Millersville. The University community was asked to identify major program needs, with the added caveat of “if money were no object.” Through the process that followed, eight funding priorities emerged: • Visual and performing arts • Renovations to Ganser Library • Instructional equipment • Student-faculty research and faculty development • Global opportunities • Community/civic partnerships • Scholarships and fellowships • Student health and wellness

“Our campaign philosophy is supported through the concept of total revenue generation. We worked to obtain financial support from multiple sources such as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, mainly though matching dollars for facilities as well as gifts from alumni, friends and corporations. Advancing the University cannot be done alone. The new partnerships we have formed are empowering as we work to deliver our promise of a high quality, affordable education to our current students and future generations.” Dr. Francine G. McNairy President, Millersville University


Campaign Priorities

Progress to date



Visual & performing arts

$25 million

$19.3 million

Library renovation

$23 million

$10.0 million

Community/civic partnership

$ 4 million

$3.8 million


$16 million

$14.3 million

Instructional equipment

$ 6 million

$2.8 million

Student health & wellness

$ 2 million


Global opportunities

$ 2 million

$1.5 million

Student faculty research

$ 7 million

$6.6 million

Unrestricted endowment TOTAL

$ 956,000 $85 million

$59.9 million

The campaign is designed to strengthen Millersville now and into the future. This is especially important given the dwindling support from the Commonwealth. Millersville receives less than 30 percent of its annual operating budget from the state. Tuition and fees only cover a fraction of the actual expenses. The situation is even more precarious con-

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sidering that Millersville, and the other 13 universities of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), cannot determine tuition rates, which are set annually by PASSHE’s Board of Governors, usually in July, just weeks before the fall semester begins. Despite fewer resources, Millersville is expected to deliver a high quality education—further underscoring the importance of the campaign. By raising funds that can be invested in endowments, the monies are better able to sustain and grow for more scholarships, equipment and programming. The reliance on state support is not an option, and the concept of total revenue generation has become the focus. “This campaign is asking all of us—government, corporations and individuals—to think and act differently,” said McNairy. “We have been, and continue to be, good stewards. We must keep our promise of providing our students with educational experiences that are second to none.” A summary of the campaign’s eight priorities follows. Each priority will be featured in the Review (this issue and future magazines). Two priorities are showcased in this issue: Community and Civic Partnerships (pp. 12-17) and Visual and Performing Arts (pp. 18-23). For more information about the campaign, visit and meet Millersville students, faculty and donors.

About the Campaign Priorities Scholarships & Fellowships More than 70 percent of Millersville’s undergraduate students need financial aid. Fewer than 35 percent of our students receive full scholarships. Most must take out loans that leave them debt-laden upon graduation. The case regarding fellowships— scholarship aid at the graduate level—is similar. Despite growth in our graduate programs that engage nearly 2,000 fulland part-time students, Millersville has a mere handful of scholarship funds or awards for these students. Millersville’s endowed scholarships cross nearly every discipline and a number of athletic and other co-curricular activities,

representing an array of need, as well as merit-based tuition support. However, with few exceptions, current endowed scholarships and fellowships underwrite 20 percent or less of a recipient’s annual tuition. Improving the number and value of scholarships and fellowships is a priority, for reasons, which include: • Scholarships and fellowships enable students to concentrate on studies more than finances. • Full and renewable scholarships keep more students on track for graduation in four years. • Merit-based scholarships recognizing academics, athletics and other cocurricular activities attract students of distinction.

Student-Faculty Research & Faculty Development Students can work directly with professors on cutting-edge research, whether it’s in the name of scientific discovery or presenting a paper at a national conference. While this kind of academic involvement may seem rare at the undergraduate level, at Millersville these kinds of field and professional experiences are available and encouraged by faculty. Students with undergraduate research experience graduate with exceptional credentials, enhancing their prospects for success in graduate and professional schools and throughout their careers.





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CAMPAIGN CABINET CHAIR Mr. Stephen Kepchar ’70, Senior Vice President, Morgan Stanley

“Millersville is fulfilling a promise to students to provide an education second to none.”

VICE CHAIR Mr. Bennett J. Cooper, Esq. ’67, Senior Distribution Consultant, Branca-Rampart

HONORARY CHAIRS Dr. James P. Argires, Neurosurgeon, Argires Becker Westphal Group Dr. J. Freeland Chryst ’50, ’98H, Founder & Chairman, The Jay Group

MEMBERS Mr. Paul S. Beideman ’71, ’05H, President & CEO (retired), Associated Banc-Corp Mr. Richard E. Blouse Jr. ’67, President (retired), Detroit Regional Chamber Hon. Scott Boyd ’80, State Representative, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Dr. Kathleen Brabson ’70, Instructor, Early Childhood & Elementary Education, Millersville University (Past President, Alumni Association) Mrs. Joanne W. Cooper ’67, Community Volunteer Stacey M. Fink, M.D., Ph.D. ’72, ‘77M, Neonatologist, Women and Babies Hospital, Lancaster General Mrs. Barbara B. Hunsberger ’65, Professor Emeritus, Library, Millersville University Mr. Thomas G. Klingensmith, Esq. ’72, Attorney & Partner, Gingrich, Smith, Klingensmith, & Dolan Mr. Gregory S. Lefever ’89, Market President, PNC Bank Mr. Will L. Lewis ’80, Director of Player Personnel, Seattle Seahawks Mr. Donald H. McCarty ’74, Senior Executive Vice President, Susquehanna Bank Mr. William McGrorty ’82, Vice President, Pemcor LLC Dr. Renee G. O’Leary ’50, Early Childhood Science Teacher, Caravel Academy Ms. Kate Y. Parker ’76, Vice President, SAIC Mr. Robert E. Patterson, Chief Investment Officer (retired), Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (Past President, Millersville University Foundation) Mr. Gerald S. Robinson, Esq., Partner, Robinson & Geraldo, Attorneys at Law Mr. Robert L. Slabinski ’78, CEO (retired), Student Services, Inc. & CEO (retired), Student Lodging, Inc. Mr. Michael R. Stief ’77, President & CEO, Intelligencer Printing Company Mr. Robert S. Walker ’64, Chairman & CEO, Wexler & Walker Public Policy Associates Mr. Michael G. Warfel ’84, Vice President of Government Affairs, Highmark Blue Shield (Chair, Millersville University Council of Trustees) Mr. Stephen P. Winterstein ’82, Managing Director & SVP, PNC Capital Advisors

MILLERSVILLE UNIVERSITY Dr. Aminta H. Breaux, Vice President, Student Affairs, Millersville University Dr. Mary H. Glazier, Associate Professor, Sociology/ Anthropology Dr. Michéal B. Houlahan, Chair & Professor, Music Mr. Hiram G. Martinez, Interim Assistant to the President for Social Equity and Diversity Dr. Francine G. McNairy, President Dr. Vilas A. Prabhu, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Robert T. Smith, Dean, School of Mathematics and Science Dr. Marjorie M. Warmkessel, Professor, Library Dept.

Providing our students with these transformative learning experiences requires a top-notch faculty. Sustaining this quality of educational leadership is imperative for our students’ and the University’s continued success. Through a comprehensive professional development program, Millersville University is committed to providing its faculty opportunities to enhance teaching and scholarship activities that will continue to promote and develop research, scholarship and creative possibilities for our students.

Visual & Performing Arts Millersville University seeks to expand its visual and performing arts programming. As a unique provider of education, performance and community service in the arts, the University provides one of the finest liberal arts music degree programs in Pennsylvania. Millersville has begun a major renovation of Lyte Auditorium, to upgrade and enhance the facility for educational activities and, further, to expand its use as a multipurpose center. Millersville’s primary goal is to support its commitment to the liberal arts. The improved facility enhances the experiences of all students, especially those majoring in theater, art and music. Millersville will also continue to be a destination for the arts and build on existing partnerships with cultural organizations, such as the Fulton Opera House, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, art galleries and community arts organizations.

Millersville University - Lancaster, 42 N. Prince Street, Lancaster accommodates educational arts outreach activities. It is already attracting and building new audiences with underserved populations, such as school districts, retirement communities and organizations. (See the feature story on pages 18-23.)

Student Health & Wellness Today’s students encounter a host of challenges to their mental and physical well-being. Furnishing these young adults with opportunities to understand and address these challenges reduces future health-related costs to society. Millersville encourages students to become socially responsible, establish strong individual identities and emotional maturity, and develop communication and interpersonal skills through its programs. Student health on campus is addressed through several initiatives, funded by both annual gifts as well as permanent endowments: • Alcohol and substance abuse. • Lifestyle education through the Peer Health Education program. • Aggressive smoking prevention and cessation programs. • The Elsie S. Shenk Women’s and Wellness Center, which offers programs on sexual assault, date rape, body image and domestic violence. • The Health Services Center, which provides medical services to students.


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Global Opportunities The changing needs of a dynamic society require a global perspective and students with many opportunities to succeed. International studies enhances the knowledge of the business major, the pre-law student and the prospective teacher. Millersville University has a wellestablished reputation for strong global partnerships and programs, from the Chinese Executive Training Program to the study abroad program, featuring two dozen education partners in nations around the world. Bringing the world to Millersville also means continuing our tradition of hosting on campus international leaders who lecture and interact with students and community members. Guests have included Jehan Sadat, humanitarian and widow of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, and Paul Rusesabagina, subject of the movie “Hotel Rwanda.”

Community & Civic Partnerships Millersville’s students, faculty and staff understand their roles and responsibilities as members of the greater community. Each year, hundreds of students participate in opportunities that take them beyond the classroom and provide thousands of hours of service through internships and volunteerism. The opportunities have grown through the Nonprofit Resource Network and the Civic and Community Engagement

Stephen Kepchar Jr. ’70 Capital Campaign Chair

Stephen Kepchar, a senior vice president with Morgan Stanley in Lancaster, considers his education at Millersville University to be the best investment he ever made. When he was a Millersville student, the tuition was just $125 a semester. Kepchar, who is chairman of the capital campaign board, has been an active volunteer and advocate for Millersville for many years. He believes “that a great university cannot be successful without the support from alumni and the community.” At the launch of the public phase of the campaign on October 1, Kepchar spoke of the importance to support Millersville students and the impact of “touching the future.”

Research Project (CCERP). Be it training for civic leaders, the entrepreneurial leadership center, the Susquehanna Bancshares Nonprofit and Public Sector Interns, the Walker Center or student poll workers—these programs demonstrate the importance of an active citizenry and an experiential learning for all involved. (See the features on pages 12-17.)

“We will soar­—the theme of the campaign reflects our aspirations,” he said. He thanked donors for their “dedication to the goals of the campaign during these early days. It demonstrates your leadership role in moving the campaign forward.” He encouraged those who support Millersville’s higher education goals, but who have not yet joined the ranks of Millersville donors, to make that next step. “On behalf of the campaign cabinet, thank you for your current and future gifts to the University, for your vision of a strong and successful Millersville that offers our students educational opportunities second to none.”

Instructional Equipment Meaningful student educational experiences result from the combination of inspired faculty and the array of tools, equipment and support materials that foster learning and knowledge. Specialized equipment needs are apparent in the sciences, such as earth sciences and

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Soar to Greatness: The Campaign for Millersville University

Celebration Friday, October 1, 2010 Millersville University - Lancaster


industry & technology. In some departments, such as physics, wellness & sport sciences and communication & theatre, the lack of sufficient resources reduces students’ abilities to reach their highest potential. A steady source of funding to purchase and update equipment also ensures that faculty members are able to continue their research on campus, enabling the valuable experience of student-faculty partnerships to flourish. To keep pace with business expectations of graduates’ skills, Millersville University must continually maintain and upgrade current equipment and purchase new equipment. To remain competitive in securing federal and other grants, it must offer the appropriate technological environment. In addition, the economic development needs of the region are attracted to the combination of a laboratory-rich environment, working and teaching scientists and equipment.

Held at Millersville UniversityLancaster, located at 42 N. Prince St., the campaign celebration event kicked off the campaign’s public phase.

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Campaign Identity To visually identify the capital campaign, a logo was designed around the symbol of a swan— a long-standing icon of the pair of swans that reside at the pond nestled in the center of Millersville’s campus. The swan pointing up, accompanied by the outstretched wings signifies movement, along with reaching new heights and future goals. The logo includes gold, which is

Library Renovations The role of academic libraries has changed significantly over the 43 years since Ganser Library opened its doors. The library is the heart of the University, where information meets curiosity to produce knowledge in all subjects. Moving away from sole reliance on physical materials, students now have the ability to access much scholarship electronically. Consequently, use of the library building has shifted dramatically to a more technologically rich, flexible and multipurpose educational space. The renovation of the library will bring the facilities into the 21st century,

From top left, clockwise: Dr. Ruth Benns-Suter, psychology professor, performed with the Jazz Ensemble. The audience was captivated by the Soar to Greatness video. In the foreground (l to r): President Francine G. McNairy and Michael G. Warfel ‘84, chairman of MU’s Council of Trustees and member of the campaign cabinet. Guests Kay and Bob Troxell. Soar to Greatness banners welcomed the guests. Millersville University’s Men’s Choir participated in the evening’s entertainment. General Jerry Beck ‘75 (left), Monique and Gregory Szcyrbak, assistant library professor. Arts patron Eleanor Isaacson donated funds for a dance studio for the new Visual and Performing Arts Center on campus. The lobby offered a perfect view of First Friday in Downtown Lancaster. Millersville University gratefully acknowledges Highmark’s sponsorship of the evening.

one of Millersville’s colors. The blue accent color signifies the unlimited vastness of water and sky—paralleling the unlimited opportunities of the University’s future. The logo captured a Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Gold Accolade award for design.

Among the features for the renovated library are: • An architectural design focus on open floor plans, natural lighting and flexible configurations for collaborative space to aid group and individual research. • An expanded, climate-controlled, secure space for the University Archives and Special Collections will ensure the longevity of valuable documents and materials. • Programming areas and exhibit space will provide opportunities for civic engagement and student learning with campus and community organizations. • The renovated library will be ADAcompliant including restrooms and elevator access to each floor. • Additionally, redesigned library classrooms will allow faculty librarians to utilize new models of teaching and learning. • A 24-hour public access area, centrally located café and expanded technology will enhance student access.





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Community & Civic Partnership Millersville University strives to offer its students the highest level of education possible. But the goal doesn’t stop there. After years of planning, Millersville’s Civic and Community Engagement and Research Project (CCERP) came to life to encourage students, faculty and staff to engage in all aspects of their community— locally, regionally and globally.

The University reaches out in many ways—student internships, sharing faculty expertise, providing assistance to nonprofits, promoting entrepreneurial thinking, and offering community-focused research and problem-solving. That engagement is opening the doors to a myriad of volunteer opportunities that not only enrich the lives of students, faculty and staff, but allow nonprofit agencies to benefit from the wide-ranging talents that can help them help their clients. Students can learn things not found in the classroom or textbooks while offering their time to both local agen-

cies and communities around the world. Millersville is where it all begins for so many: Community involvement and civic engagement, once inspired, can grow and flourish for decades. The passion to achieve, once ignited, can carry the ideals of service forward for a lifetime. Read about a few of the many Millersville students and alumni, who find a way to share their time, talents, knowledge and resources with others to make the world a brighter place.

Her commitment to volunteering and service learning, she said is “because I know what it is not to have much. Being able to give [others] the opportunity to succeed always helps me keep going and stay motitvated.” She also spearheaded the campus initiative of First Book, a project that provides a “first book” for underpriviledged or low-income school children. The effort raised more than $2,000. Price Elementary in the School District of Lancaster is among those schools qualifying for the program. It was where Jassinya went to elementary school, and now those children will soon be the proud owner of their very first book.

Through the Color of Teaching, she stays closely tied with other organizations needing assistance including arranging for food and clothes drives for the homeless. Whenever they bring kids to campus, “we always feed them,” she said. “We know a little bit always helps.” Trying to balance her studies and service to others can be challenging, but, she said, “I always find a way to bounce back.” She said, “When others see you do things, it shines a light on [it], and influences people to take a step forward.”

For more information about CCERP, visit or call 717-872-3049.

Mentee turns mentor Jassinya Alvarado-Padilla, a senior education major at Millersville, makes giving back a part of her life every day. For starters, she is president of the Color of Teaching organization, which trains Millersville education majors to mentor middle and high school students of color. Today, she is an active mentor to two high school students. Many of the students never thought college was an option for them. Jassinya has been there—as a mentee.

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Developing future leaders

Walker Center for Civic Responsibility and Leadership Robert S. Walker ‘64 believes in public service. It is how he has lived his life and now wants to provide young people with the tools needed for leadership and the complexity of public policy decision-making. One way he is doing that is through the establishment of the Robert S. and Sue A. Walker Center for Civic Responsibility and Leadership at Millersville University. Its mission is “through civic education students will be awakened and equipped to become active leaders in civic affairs.” Walker spent twenty years as a U.S. Congressman serving the people of Pennsylvania’s 16th district. He is currently executive chairman of Wexler & Walker in Washington, D.C. Referring to his expertise in leadership and public policy, Walker said, “You gain a great deal of experience and knowledge, but that doesn’t do much good if it is not shared.” Walker understands the challenges facing society and that “the whole concept of community is changing.” He wants to share his leadership experience with Millersville students. The Walker Center provides studentcentered educational and developmental projects and activities. One initiative of

the center is the junior fellow program, where a select group of Millersville University students participate in a leadership cohort experience in Washington, D.C. Held during the summer, the weeklong experience allows students not only to learn about working in politics but also opens doors for future opportunities. David Botte was one of the five students who participated in the 2010 fellowship program. A Millersville senior who is a member of the Student Senate, Botte was thrilled with the opportunity to met elected officials and key staff members. Of the experience in Washington, he said, “That’s where we get the hands-on experience.”

Walker himself is one of the policy makers the students meet with. “I enjoy the interaction,” he said. “Having Bob Walker work with us... is a tremendous opportunity,” Botte said. “People coming together for the common good is the essence of civic engagement,” said Walker. It is also, he believes, a uniquely American approach. The program’s multifaceted curriculum helps students make connections between their own unique experiences and the complexities of leadership issues in today’s global society. The center, Walker said, “is an extension of my commitment and my family’s commitment to public service. From my father’s tenure as a Millersville professor through my late wife Sue’s history as an educator and board chairman at Millersville to the lessons I learned at Millersville.” Walker said he wanted to give back to Millersville University and “establish something that would really tie together the concept of public service, civic engagement and active work inside the community.” He did.

BENEFIT EVENT David Baldacci, the acclaimed bestselling author, will be the featured speaker at an event to benefit the Walker Center on March 29. For ticket information, contact 717-871-2308. Former U.S. Congressman Bob Walker (center) shows Millersville students around Washington, D.C. He has also provided a program, which gives them a unique insider view of public policy and how Washington works.





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Caring for the Children of


The January 2010 earthquake which devastated Haiti, triggered an unprecedented global awareness of Haiti’s many problems. The response was an outpouring of money and humanitarian assistance from around the world. But for two Millersville alumni, Haiti captured their hearts long before the 7.0 magnitude earthquake added unimaginable suffering to the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. With their college graduations separated by almost four decades, the alumni found their way into the impoverished country in very different ways. Both passionately say they need to continue helping there because the Haitian people are not only worthy of help, but are appreciative and willing to learn to help themselves.

Jan Bowman ‘69, a retired software engineer for the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, is dedicated to helping the people of Haiti. Bowman and his wife, Patricia ’69, have been supporting efforts in Haiti for the past decade. They work with Practical Compassion ( supporting schools for Haiti’s elementaryaged children. “We started with donations,” Bowman said. “I started making trips there in 2004. My wife took one trip, but she’s busy with prison ministries here.” The not-for-profit group was started through Calvary Church, but is set up in such a way the church is not affected, Bowman said. “Every penny goes to the schools or

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churches in Haiti. We have no expenses because we are all volunteers,” he said. “We have one donor who supports any and all expenses we might incur.” The earthquake has increased the organization’s involvement in Haiti. Before that tragedy, Practical Compassion focused on sponsoring children to go to school. “The public school system is almost non-existent,” he said. The group has built and runs seven schools for grades kindergarten through 6. The tuition for one student is $300. The salary for a teacher is $700 to $1,000 per year. The group also provides one hot meal for the students because many Haitians have little or no food. Bowman started by donating $25 a

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month to sponsor a child. After traveling to the country to see first-hand what was happening, he jumped in head first. “We support them so they can do this for themselves,” he said. “When we build a school, we take carpenters who work with the Haitians to build the school. That way, they learn a skill while a school is built. If a volunteer can’t pay his own way, our donor steps in.” Bowman, who is teaching himself Creole, the native language, said the Haitian people are enthusiastic about learning and the children are very engaged in school. “They are never late and they are eager to learn.” The goal of the organization is to make each of the schools self-sufficient. One of the schools, Leogane, in a seaside city southwest of the capital city Port-auPrince, was supporting itself because it is a farming community. The earthquake leveled the school and most of the homes. Now, the residents are living in tents and trying to rebuild the schools. Twice a year, the group travels with a medical team to provide care for the communities around the schools. The volunteer doctor, nurses and support staff travel to each of the schools over a one-week period to provide medical care. “We live in a tent city just like they do,” he said. “The medical team never stops working while they are there.” Bowman, who travels about three times a year to Haiti, said watching the people learn to care for themselves is very rewarding. “This is a symbiotic relationship,” he said. “We are friends, not just missionaries. We stay in their homes and get to know them well.” He would like to see the government do more. But, in the meantime, he hopes more people around the world will work to help the country overcome its obstacles.

Katie Benner ‘10 is teaching the children at an orphanage in Haiti. According to there are 490,000 orphaned children in Haiti and 200,000 of those children live in institutions (the rest are fostered, live with relatives or are street children). Benner first traveled to Haiti with her church for a mission trip during summer 2008. There she met Dorothy Pearce who founded and runs Faith Hope Love Infant Rescue in Port-au-Prince. Benner received her degree in elementary and early childhood education in May 2010 and spent the summer working to earn money to return to Haiti in September. For four months, Benner helped Pearce care for the sick and malnourished children. “Dorothy’s ideal goal is to care for them until they are healthy and big enough to eat table food. Then, if possible, they return to their families,” Benner said. The rescue cares for about 25 infants, toddlers and children. “We have children with all types of problems such as HIV, sickle cell anemia, hydrocephalus, severe malnutrition, mental retardation, clubbed feet, tuberculosis, pneumonia, etc.” Benner said the job is huge, and she and the other caregivers are constantly on the run. “Although I came here to teach, I am kind of a ‘jack of all trades.’ It is really the only way to survive here,” said Benner. “There are no typical days.” Like Bowman, Benner is learning Creole, which she says is difficult.

“As awful as this country seems from the outside looking in, there is beauty here. I do have hope for Haiti.” Katie Benner ’10, with one of the young orphans.

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“When I’m not busy playing or teaching, I am most likely helping to chauffeur children to the HIV or TB clinic. I have also done things like cutting down broken tree limbs after a huge storm, trying to start a garden in our yard, chopping down banana trees with a machete, scraping and painting the concrete wall that surrounds our property,” she described. Benner was candid about the conditions: “NOTHING is easy here.” There is no guarantee of electricity or running water. She said the children spent a week without water because the pump wasn’t working and no one knew how to fix it. They resorted to using a bucket to draw water from a cistern under the house. “Imagine how much water you need for 25 children and two adults to bathe, cook and do laundry. I’ve showered with roaches, and I was bit on the foot by a mouse my first week here,” she said. “These are the things we take for granted in the states. The reality is most of the world lives like this.” Outside the orphanage, Benner has seen many frightening and heartbreaking things. “As awful as this country seems from the outside looking in, there is beauty here. I do have hope for Haiti.” Bowman agrees. “You have to learn to look harder for the beauty in the small things­—the smiles on the children’s faces and the confidence in the men as they learn new skills,” he said. “My goal is that in teaching the children and providing opportunities for them, they will be able to grow up as educated and compassionate leaders for this country,” Benner said.





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Nonprofit Resource Network Nonprofit

Resource Network S T R E N G T H E N I N G C O M M U N I T Y O R G A N I Z AT I O N S

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“If you want to change society, you have to change the system, not just the client.” Anne Gingerich, Director of NRN

ary Steffy has been helping people cope with mental illness for longer than she wants to admit. Now executive director for Mental Health America of Lancaster County, formerly Mental Health Association, the charismatic advocate works with other nonprofits, government agencies and individuals to make life better for those she serves. Steve Brubaker, chief vision officer for Water Street Ministries, makes his life’s work helping people find their way out of homelessness. Both nonprofit executives and their boards found themselves a bit bogged down in all the paperwork and regulations and turned to Millersville University’s Nonprofit Resource Network (NRN) for help. “Nonprofits start with someone’s passion or dream,” said Anne Gingerich, director of the center. “What they haven’t attended to is how to run it effectively, efficiently and financially. That’s what we do by offering training and resources.” The Nonprofit Resource Network offers training in a variety of ways to teach human resource management, financial

management, communication with the media and customized training. “People who work for nonprofits are underpaid and overworked,” she said. “It’s an environment where you end up doing a bit of everything, even if you are not trained.” While neither Steffy nor Brubaker represent new start-up operations, they did find themselves in need of the specialized training the center offers. “Mental health touches everything,” said Steffy, who came to the center looking for strategic direction. “We can’t be all things to all people,” she said. Gingerich helped Steffy and her organization narrow their focus to mental well being, improving lives and preventing illness. “You can’t put a value on nonprofit management, especially if you are new in the field,” Steffy said. “Things are more complicated than ever so these classes are invaluable.” Steffy found the peer circle program especially helpful. Executive directors from United Way agencies and other nonprofits get together and troubleshoot. The program is facilitated and structured, but flexible enough to address the

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“They came to Millersville University to ask for help. We were able to get a grant to finance it and a partnership formed.” Anne Gingerich

needs of the group. Steffy said there were enough differences in her group in 20082009 that she came away with valuable information. But like the Las Vegas promotion, “What happens within the group, stays within the group,” she said. “Confidentiality is key.” Brubaker and his board took advantage of the center’s customized consulting service to find a way to evaluate Water Street’s programs in order to clearly report on their outcomes. “Anne told us ‘if you don’t make a difference in people’s lives, why do it’,” he said. “That helped us focus.” The Water Street Rescue Mission has been operating for more than 100 years and wanted to scrutinize themselves. “We were trying to see how effective we were ... so we wanted to look at ourselves from the bottom up, the top down and side to side.” Through those efforts, the organization was able to develop a philosophy, but didn’t know how to make the programs effective. “We had our chief executive officer and the board’s support to go outside the agency for help,” he said. “Anne came in to help us write outcomes in 2008-2009. It took about six to eight months to develop a database.” Water Street is still in the developmental stage of implementing the database. Brubaker said they have a much clearer picture of what they are doing and how they are meeting the needs of clients.

“We want people to leave homelessness so we need to see how to move them effectively from a dependent state to selfsustainability. If we give a client a box of food last year and give them the same box of food this year, we are not moving forward,” he said. Although the plan is in place, Brubaker said that it brings up more questions. “But we will be able to evaluate what we’re doing, and we will have a clear demographic so we know who we are dealing with,” he said. The Lancaster County Community Foundation also identified the need for NRN’s services. “They came to Millersville University to ask for help. We were able to get a grant to finance it and a partnership formed,” Gingerich said. The NRN is now located at the University’s downtown campus at 42 N. Prince Street. The center works with students as well as nonprofit organizations. Lorena Soto, a graduate student studying for a master’s degree in social work, spends a great deal of time registering clients for training and analyzing data for the program’s outcomes. “I’m learning professionalism, how to take minutes and organization,” she said. Her internship is enabling her to learn how agencies function, not just how to work with clients. “I want to work at the administration level, and I can’t learn this stuff in the

classroom,” she said. “If I can make changes at the system level, I think I can make better changes at the client level.” “If you want to change society, you have to change the system, not just the client,” Gingerich said. For more information about NRN, call 717-871-2178 or visit Millersville’s Nonprofit Resource Network offers specialized training and resources to assist organizations.




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VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS The famed opera singer Beverly Sills once said that “Art is the signature of civilizations.” By art, she meant music, singing, theater, painting, sculpture, design, dance, photography, film and everything that comprises the arts. These are the things in life that put a mark on our existence and transform ordinary lives into something quite extraordinary. Think of society without the arts. Without music. Without dance. Without theater. Without visual arts. The world would seem cold and barren. The arts transcend the human experience and lift it to a higher level. From the ancient pyramids of Egypt to a Broadway performance of “Les Miserables,” the arts are indeed what remains behind as a signature of the civilizations.

Millersville University is committed to providing students with academic, artistic and cultural experiences that are second to none. The creative and performing arts at Millersville are burgeoning. Scheduled for completion in fall 2011, the expansion and renovation of Lyte Auditorium in Alumni Hall will create a new visual and performing arts center on campus. The establishment of Millersville University - Lancaster, 42 N. Prince Street, Lancaster in the heart of downtown, will add new performance space and an arts outreach into the community. These landmark projects will help make possible a new era of opportunity for our students and faculty and the community.

Left: Renowned pianist Awadagin Pratt in rehearsal with Millersville students.

MUSIC The Soar to Greatness concert held October 2, was the first time the Millersville University Orchestra performed inside the walls of the new building at Millersville University-Lancaster. “Preparing for this concert was a little challenging, in that it was planned quite early in the semester,” says Dr. Vera Volchansky, orchestra director. “However, soon after we began rehearsing, I realized that the performance would be a success.” The highlight of the evening was the presence of renowned pianist Awadagin Pratt, and his performance of Beethoven’s “Emperor Concerto.” “Awadagin’s playing exhibited electricity and depth, and was able to touch and inspire not only orchestra players, but also every person in the audience,” says Volchansky.





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Millersville students rehearse for a concert under the direction of Dr. Vera Volchansky.

“The students brought an enormous amount of dedication to this project, and were also able to connect with the music of Beethoven’s concerto very early in the process,” said Volchansky. The music department held a master class, at which several music students were able to perform. As part of Millersville’s community outreach, Dr. Philip Tacka, professor of music, arranged for Pratt also to interact with Lancaster elementary school students. Many of the students’ music teachers were Millersville graduates. The music department is a vital cultural and educational resource in Pennsylvania. Dr. Míchéal Houlahan, professor and chairman of Millersville’s Department of Music, agrees. Houlahan says, “Our mission is to embrace artistry as well as create opportunity. We have an extraordinary music faculty who enable us to fulfill this mission.”

The new facilities for the performing arts enhances opportunities for students as performers, educators and entrepreneurs. MU-Lancaster also allows the University to expand its liberal arts programs into the greater community, in collaboration with key education and arts organizations. Dan Bergman, a senior music education major, is just one of Millersville’s many talented music students. He combines his passion for music with a gift for woodworking, creating hand-crafted musical instruments. “Music is expressed in a way nothing else is. To me, the message from a piece of music is unique—interpreted by me, totally subjective and completely personal,” says Bergman. “To be a part of that, as well as the countless composers and musicians who devote themselves to this art, is a beautiful thing.”

A guitarist and drummer, Bergman is currently studying piano with Dr. Anita Renfroe, piano professor. He has been involved in music for nine years, when he started playing drums in a band and later progressed into guitar and then classical music. His focus has been mainly studying classical guitar, and he has worked on various solo repertoires with Marcia Engler, guitar instructor. The past year, he studied violin with Volchansky, and became a member of the orchestra. Bergman is also an artist in woodworking, primaily building and repairing guitars and other stringed instruments. He is working on his first violin and a bass for a customer. He has added making custom conducting batons to his repertoire. In addition to their beauty, the batons are balanced and suited to conduct an ensemble.

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Theater As a young man, Stan Deen ‘59 headed to California to fulfill his dream of a movie career. It’s a good thing for countless people in the Lancaster area that his dream didn’t quite come true. Instead of becoming a movie star, Deen returned to his hometown of Lancaster to be an educator. His choice has affected hundreds, or maybe even thousands, of people in the local theater world. “I am grateful for the opportunities I have had to play a role in the lives of young people and adults over the years,” says Deen. He, in turn, credits his Millersville professor, Rebecca Sheaffer, for influencing his life and fostering a love of Shakespeare, poetry, the theater and creativity. While Deen was a student at Millersville, majoring in English and social studies, he was also a member of Sheaffer’s Citamard Players—that’s dramatics spelled backwards. Sheaffer was involved with the theater group until she was 92. “That’s very impressive, don’t you think?” says Deen. “I’d like to be doing that too.” He’s headed in the right direction. Although he is supposedly retired, Deen serves as an adjunct theater professor at Lancaster Bible College. Deen has also been teaching theater at Veritas Academy for the past six years and directed the fall show, “Charly’s Aunt.” At Chabod Community Theatre, he is directing “It’s a Wonderful Life” for the holidays. As if that’s not enough, Deen teaches theater for the TEACH cooperative of home-schooled students, helping the students put on the classic Charles Dickens tale of “Nicholas Nickleby.” And he spends the rest of his free time with public speaking engagements.

“I believe that theater gives people a chance to use their creativity to express themselves, discover who they are and build self-confidence.” Stan Deen ’59

So much for retirement. “I love my work and hope to continue as long as I possibly can,” says Deen. “I believe that theatrer gives people a chance to use their creativity to express themselves, discover who they are and build self-confidence.” He’s grateful for the path his life has taken and so are his many students. After teaching at Penn Manor for three years, Deen recalls that he headed to California to study acting and graduated from the famed Pasadena Playhouse. When the “making it big” didn’t quite work out, he returned to Lancaster and worked in television for WGAL-TV. Education called and he answered by teaching at Solanco High School for two

Student production of “Hair.”

years before taking an English teaching position at Garden Spot. In his 30 years at Garden Spot, Deen created the Garden Spot Performing Arts program, which became a vibrant arts program for the high school. Deen acted locally at the Fulton Theater and Sight and Sound Theaters. In his long career, he has directed more than 100 shows. He is fond of reminding people that, “All the world’s a stage,” in the words of Shakespeare. “Everything I learned about intellect, creativity and spirituality came from my education at Millersville,” says Deen. “I am blessed to be able to pass those lessons on to others.”





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Visual arts In October 2010, artist Dean Radinovsky ‘93 had a special homecoming, when he returned to his alma mater for his first major exhibition at Millersville University. Held in Sykes Gallery, Radinovsky’s show was a big deal, mostly because it was a large-scale exhibition, titled “Dean Radinovsky: Large Paintings.” It was an important moment for an artist who has been nationally and internationally recognized. Now living in Queens, N.Y., Radinovsky likes to do things in a big way. One of his most notable works was a walk-in painted installation in New York City, known as Chapel Americana. Inspired by the meditation caves on the isle of Crete, Chapel Americana was undoubtably Radinovsky’s largest work ever, measuring 12 by 16 feet. Constructed with cinder blocks, mortar and milk glass coffee mug lights, then lined with abstract paintings, Chapel Americana was a building within a building, erected in a warehouse on

“My father taught me to approach art from a laboratory perspective, as an experiment.”

Dean Radinovsky ‘93

57th Street, near the West Side Highway. Almost as soon as it was built, it was deconstructed. “The chapel was never about permanence,” says Radinovsky. “I was able to show it to a lot of new people so the destruction was actually a culmination.” Radinovsky, who graduated with a degree in art and literature, was influenced by many of his art professors including Robert Andriulli, John Markowicz and Jeri Robinson. After an independent study and exploration in Paris, Radinovsky returned to the states and earned a master’s degree in the fine arts at Queens College, studying with Robert Birmelin, Cynthia Carlson, Arthur Cohen, Tyrone Mitchell and Jenny Snyder. During this period, he also studied in Perugia, Italy, with John Walker

and Don Kimes in an American University painting program. Radinovsky received the prestigious Chashama Artist-in-Residence Subsidized Space Grant, and was named Chashama’s Artist of the Year in 2008. In 2009, in collaboration with Ferdiko Piano Duo and classical composer José Beviá, he created digital images which were projected in accompaniment with the world premiere of Beviá’s “Three Enigmas” at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City. Millersville was more than a foundation for Radinovsky’s art career. It was the foundation for his life, as the son of a beloved professor, the late Syd Radinovsky, who was known as Dr. Rad. “My father taught me to approach art from a laboratory perspective, as an experiment,” says Radinovsky. Paintings by Dean Radinovsky (below, left to right): “Before the Feast of the Devil,” “Shadow Face” and “Saints Place.”

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He still does. He is influenced by historic and contemporary artists, filmmakers, writers and composers, noting that his “experimental” works evolve from prehistoric cave paintings, Chinese painting, Medieval period Sienese painters Pietro and Ambrogio Lorenzetti and Sassetta, Rembrandt, Goya, Cezanne and many others. “I felt that I just had to experience and work through the issues of the twentieth century for myself,” says Radinovsky. “Ideally, in painting, the subconscious becomes conscious, and the transcendent space behind the literal idea is revealed.”

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A love of the arts “I’m a firm believer in a liberal arts education. Whether your field is in mathematics or biology, the arts help you become a well-rounded person.” Daniel Biemesderfer’s contribution to the new visual and performing arts center is both an effort to make the arts more available to students and the community, and an expression of his Millersville heritage. He and other family members made the donation in the memory of their late grandmother, Elva (Walter) Biemesderfer, who loved the arts and was known for her beautiful soprano voice. Her husband was the late D. Luke Biemesderfer, president of the University from 1943-65.

Dan’s grandparents, both members of the class of 1917, met and fell in love at Millersville. As students, the couple created quite a sensation when they kissed on stage during a theater production. Dr. Daniel Biemesderfer ‘71 Associate professor of medicine (nephrology), Yale University

Support the new Visual and Performing Arts Center with “Take a Seat.”

The “Take a Seat” initiative is a continuation of the plaque program started in 1992, when Lyte Auditorium was being refurbished. The previous plaques will be honored, reinstalled and placed on new seats. Just remember: Purchasing a seat does not reserve it. The two naming options for seats are:

• Lyte Auditorium $600 per seat • New Concert Hall $300 per seat

Purchase “Take a Seat” online: • Go to • Click on “Giving to Millersville” Brass plaques are limited to two lines with a maximum of 23 characters per line.

Above: Renderings of the new Visual and Performing Arts Center, which is under construction.




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Miller & S’Ville B E H I N D T H E F E AT H E R S

Residing at the pond in the center of campus, the swans— Miller and S’Ville­—enjoy the adulation reserved for celebrities. For more than five decades, the birds have been embraced as a source of enjoyment, serene beauty and distinct symbols for the University.

In 1966, a pair of swans was presented as a gift from employees who belonged to the Millersville State College Business Association, the organization now known as Millersville University Business Associates (MUBA). Along with the swans, which were purchased for $100, the group also presented a declaration stating that the swans “...were given with great pleasure, for the beautification, edification and enjoyment of the college students and personnel.” Since then, the swans have changed and so have the names, but the swans popularity remains unrivaled.

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• The name game. Since 1987, the swans have all shared the names of Miller and S’Ville (originally spelled Seville). The Snapper’s “Name the Swans” contest also tallied votes for Bogey and Bacall, George and Charlotte, Doc and Mama, Bonnie and Clyde, Ozzie and Harriet. The first school-wide contest to name the swans resulted in the monikers of Fred and Ethel in 1978. Other names on the ballot were Splish and Splash, and Miller and Seville. After Ethel’s death, a swan named Ralph replaced her. That didn’t work out on several levels, especially as Ralph turned out not to be a female. • About the swans. Miller and S’Ville are fully grown mute swans, and weigh between 30-35 pounds. • How can you tell who’s who? S’Ville wears a band on her leg.

• Seasons. The swans live at the pond year round, because the spring-fed pond does not freeze completely. Twenty some years ago, the swans used to be moved across campus to the research pond near Lancaster House for the winter. At the time, it was thought that the more private location might encourage romantic encounters between the swans. • Mating. Adult swans mate for life. Or at least, that’s what we like to think. Experts now debate that assumption. • Swan sounds. The swans honk, and will make hissing sounds if they are mad or upset. • Baby swans are called cygnets. Although eggs have been laid the last two years, no cygnets have been born since 2007.

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• Care and feeding of the swans. The swans eat a mix of cracked corn and turkey feed provided by the Millersville grounds crew. Leftover leaf lettuce from the dining hall is an occasional treat. Well-intentioned humans bring bread and other food to feed the swans. Unfortunately, this only encourages an abundance of Canadian geese and ducks to inhabit the pond area. The swans recognize the grounds crew and their equipment such as the small tractor. According to Kevin Bevenour, grounds supervisor, “The swans recognize we are not a threat.” Rather, it is a welcomed occasion usually meaning a food delivery. Bevenour is often asked if the swans have a broken leg. Not to worry, he says. Swans often swim with just one leg, and flip the other up out of the water.




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Millersville University’s Homecoming celebration included an assortment of fun events, activities and reunions. The Millersville Community Parade, golf outing, football, Fall Fling and pig roast were a few highlights of the beautiful fall weekend!

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Grand marshal David Patterson of Wiley’s Pharmacy leads the Millersville Community Parade.

On a crisp, sun-filled Saturday afternoon, Biemesderfer Stadium was the place to be, which included the Homecoming football game, a Marauder Marching Band performance, crowning of the 2010 Charity King and Queen contest (where 8 MU students raised more than $21,000), a pig roast and the alumni hospitality tent

Adding to the Wild, Wild West parade theme, a Red Visions Native American Dance Troop member

Fall Fling included pony rides, entertainment and food and craft vendors. 1965 class members gather for their 45th reunion.

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Above, left to right: Friday evening’s Athletic Hall of Fame induction dinner attracted 200 guests to enshrine five alumni and one team. Family-friendly programs were a hit at Fall Fling. Members of the Class of 1970 gather for their 40th Class Reunion at the pig roast following the football game.

Left, top to bottom: The Lone Ranger and his horse, Silver, were a crowd favorite at the parade. Spectators visit with one of the mascot team members. The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment perform in their American Revolution uniforms.

Inset: Marauder football enthusiasts show their black and gold pride for wide-receiver, Thomas Wilmer (#13), a senior from Philadelphia.




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Distinguished Civic Leadership Awards Recognizing notable civic and community contributions on the part of individuals and entities that have had a positive impact locally, regionally, nationally or internationally is important to a university that believes in fostering and coordinating civic and community engagement. The Civic and Community Engagement Research (CCERP) project at Millersville University announced this year’s distinguished leaders award winners during the third annual Distinguished Civic Leadership Awards banquet, held November 18 on campus. Those honored at the ceremony were:

Student: Jassinya Alvarado-Padilla– President of the Color of Teaching Program; mentors young women from the School District of Lancaster; served on First Book Advisory Board. Read more about her on page 12. Nonprofit Organization: Lancaster Area Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (LAVORP) – Provides a restorative justice option to juveniles who have victimized residents of Lancaster County and are petitioned into juvenile court. Local Figures: Schirlyn Kamara and Saheeb Sabur – Created the Threshold Foundation, Inc., which runs a summer program for inner city youth since 1973, focused on youths from diverse backgrounds working together to build a sustainable food system.

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President Francine G. McNairy (far left) congratulates Millersville professors Drs. Ruth Davis and James Cosentino, who were honored for their civic and community contributions.

Alumni: Richard Moriarty ’72 – Mayor of Millersville, Pa.; has worked with the Millersville Fire Company for over 35 years; Treasurer – Millersville Homecoming Parade; Millersville Business Association; Pennsylvania Economic Development Association. Millersville Faculty: Dr. Ruth Davis (Department of Nursing) – Runs a clinic for abused women in Lancaster; provides primary healthcare for Native Americans in Rosebud, S.D., Keems Canyon, Ariz., and for the Blackfeet Tribe in Browning, Mont.; volunteer for persons with HIV/AIDS; volunteers her services at the Water Street Rescue Mission. Millersville Faculty: International Figure: Dr. M. James Cosentino (Department of Biology) – Works with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to bring African scientists to Advancing Science Serving Society meetings; developed chemistry libraries in Kenya and Uganda; has provided education to third-world countries through his organization, Books for International Development. For more information on CCERP, visit

Students at Philadelphia’s Overbrook High School will have a better opportunity to attend a postsecondary school because of a partnership with Millersville University. The partnership kicked off with an event at Overbrook High School on September 17, headlined by Mayor Michael Nutter and Millersville President Francine G. McNairy. The partnership is in response to Nutter’s PhillyGoes2College initiative, a call for colleges and universities to work with Philadelphia high schools and help create a “college going culture” in each school. “We want to enhance the educational opportunities for young people in Philadelphia,” explained Nutter during the event. In a news release, Nutter stated that he was proud of the progress that has been made in the city but realizes that there are still challenges to face. “What you see in this room are parents, supporters and organizations that are all about you and wanting you to succeed,” said McNairy, speaking to students during the event at Overbrook. “There are people in this room who are here to say ‘We’ve got your back.’ That is what this partnership is all about.” Millersville has been, and will be, working with Overbrook’s Student Success Center to provide college admissions and financial aid information, campus visits and other opportunities for the high school students to interact with Millersville University students. Millersville is one of 10 post-secondary institutions to partner with a Philadelphia high school.

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Intersection signals safety improvement Millersville University was honored by the Susquehanna Association for the Blind and Vision Impaired (SABVI) during White Cane Day on October 15. Pat Weidinger, human resources, accepted the award on behalf of Millersville for the University’s contributions and advocacy for installing Accessible Pedestrian Signals at the busy intersection (pictured above) of George and Frederick Streets on campus. The signals benefit the safety of all pedestrians especially those who may be talking on a cell phone or wearing headphones. With the new “talking signals,” pedestrians have a visual cue and voice-activated guide to prompt them when to cross the street... and when to wait. There is also a countdown of how many seconds are left before the signals change. The white cane is the international symbol and tool of personal achievement for the blind and vision impaired person.


Sam the Robot (and handlers) takes first The Robotics Team from Millersville University demonstrated their National Championship Award Winning Robot (SAM, Semi-autonomous Marauder) in Stayer Hall. The team took first place at the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) conference held in Panama City Beach October 27-30. Each team’s robotic vehicle moved across the beach in an effort to autonomously detect the location of multiple steel cylinders of varying size in the sand. Once the location was found, the robot was supposed to automatically extract and pick up a steel cylinder and return to its starting position under operator control. The Millersville University vehicle was the only one to successfully use autonomous control to detect and pick-up a cylinder and move about the sand with ease­—they did this using vision, which adds to the complexity of the task. In addition to their first place victory overall win (Robotics Cup), their first place performance win and their first place award for best/electrical/ control methodology, Millersville’s Robotics team, advised by Drs. John Wright and Chris Erickson, industry & technology, received numerous prizes including $950 in cash, free

software and robotic kits; Rixan Robotics Training for team members (valued at $1,000 per seat); a professionally printed vinyl banner for the department and a trophy, passed on to Millersville University from the previous year’s winning team. “The combination of challenges made this competition that of a graduate level control problem, in my opinion,” said Wright. “The team worked very hard all year and did a wonderful job representing Millersville University.” Check out a video of the robotics team at

US News & World Report Ranking ContributorS Communications Students: Shannon Trautmann, Kristy Biehl, Kerri Anderson, Adam Hoy and Alexandra Wachman ’10

U.S. News & World Report, in its annual college rankings issued for 2011, ranked Millersville University at 67 in the category of Best Regional Universities - in the North region. Millersville shares the 67th slot with seven other universities. Millersville was the highest ranked among the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) universities in this category. Shippensburg came in at 77, West Chester at 84 and Bloomsburg at 88.




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Athletic Hall of Fame Millersville University’s Athletic Hall of Fame inducted five former studentathletes and one national championship team on October 22 during Homecoming weekend. The 16th annual class included: James Carney, ‘00 cross country and track; Ini Hazatones ‘00, field hockey; Andrew Marshall ‘94, men’s basketball; Dr. Lauren Witmer Westermann, tennis ’01; Joseph Wilt ‘65, track and field and soccer; and 1982 women’s lacrosse team. James Carney ‘00 is hailed by former and current Millersville coaches as one of the greatest distance runners the University has produced. Carney set a cross country school record in the 10K, and was twice a NCAA All-East Region performer. As a senior, he achieved AllAmerican status with a 13th-place finish at the NCAA Championships. During his senior track season, he set school records in the indoor mile, 3,000-meter run, 5,000-meter run and outdoor 10,000-meter run. Carney placed fourth at the U.S. Track & Field Championships in 2009 and placed sixth at the 2008 Olympic trials. Ini Hazatones ‘00 was a three-time PSAC Scholar-Athlete and the only three-time NFHCA/NCAA Division II All-American in Millersville field hockey history. Hazatones scored a team-high 11 goals as a junior in 1998, landing first team All-American, All-PSAC First Team and NFHCA All-Academic honors at season’s end. As a senior, she also received the NCAA Division II Woman of the Year award and was a PSAC Fall Top Ten award winner in 1999. Andrew Marshall ‘94, a three-time All-PSAC East selection, helped Millersville post an incredible 95-25 record with three PSAC Eastern Division titles, a PSAC Championship and three-straight

The 1982 women’s lacross team was on hand for the Hall of Fame recognition at Saturday’s football game during Homecoming weekend. Also pictured at the far right are inductees Ini Hazatones and Joe Wilt.

NCAA Division II Tournament appearances. Marshall concluded his Marauder career with 1,486 points, ranking 13th of all time. He also ranks third in career assists and fifth in career steals. In 2000, Marshall was named as one of the top 30 basketball players in Millersville history. After his graduation in 1965, track coach Art Hume called Joseph Wilt ‘65 “the greatest athlete to ever go through Millersville State College.” Wilt set school records in the javelin, long jump, intermediate hurdles and triple jump. In 1964 and 1965 he won back-to-back PSAC titles in the javelin. His winning throw at the 1965 championships established the school record. Wilt was renowned for his scoring ability at dual meets. In the 1965 season alone, he scored 178 points and finished with 418 for his career—both school records. Dr. Lauren Witmer Westermann ‘01 won more total matches than any women’s tennis player in Millersville history. She also won 90 singles matches, ranking third all-time, and she and Abbey Neff formed the most prolific doubles team in program history. Each season of her career, Westermann won a PSAC singles and doubles title. As a

junior and senior, she repeated as PSAC Athlete of the Year and PSAC Tournament MVP. Also, the Marauders won four-straight PSAC Championships and reached the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals four times. The 1982 Women’s Lacrosse Team is just the second team to be enshrined in Millersville’s Athletic Hall of Fame, and it holds the distinction of the only Millersville women’s team to win a national championship. Coached by Barb Waltman, the 1982 club posted a 10-4-1 record and captured the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) Division III Championship. All eight seniors missed their graduation ceremonies by participating in the championship game. Team members included: Joan Aker ’82, Jill Clayton ’85, Carolyn Czarnecki ’84, Lorraine Galante ’82, Paula Geno ’85, Terry Geno ’82, Gale Glowitz ’84, Rebecca Grady ’84, Patti Gremminger ’85, Cathy Loring ’82, Linda MacLennan ‘82, Cynthia Manuel ’82, Darlene Newman ’84, Sandy Okino ’84, Dian Randall ’83, Kelly Roberts ’84, Kerry Sacco ’82, Michelle Savino ’82, Alana Wolownik ’86 and assistant coach Joni Garber.

Star goalie Millersville field hockey coach Shelly Behrens almost gushes when she talks about her junior goalkeeper Sara Dickinson. Goalie Sara Dickin“Sara is the hardest son makes a save. working goalie I have ever coached; it is a privilege for me to coach her, and you just can’t outwork the kid. She’s selfless,” said Behrens. Behrens took over as coach at the beginning of Dickinson’s freshman year and the respect the two have for each other is mutual. “[Behrens] trains us at practice with an intensity that is game-like, sets high goals for [the team] that we have to work towards,” said Dickinson. “She has a great knowledge of the game.” Dickinson can relate to having pressure put on her from the get-go, as she has started all but one game in goal for the Marauders in her career. She posted seven shutouts and seven saves per game while winning the PSAC Rookie of the Year award in 2008. “It was a big confidence booster, definitely,” Dickinson said. But she has been able to keep the personal success in perspective. “I’ve found that you have to think about individual goals because it motivates you, but as long as you are doing the best for the team, that’s most important,” Dickinson said. A 4.0 student, Dickinson’s classes are just as important to her as field hockey, if not more. She has won multiple academic All-American awards. She jokes that she “has no life outside of studying.” Dickinson, a psychology major, plans to go on graduate school, but doesn’t know what specific field yet. For now, her focus is “to be the best goalie I can be and put the team in a position to win.”

Soccer The Millersville men’s soccer team rallied with a late-season winning streak to reach the PSAC Tournament for the third season in a row. The Marauders were led by a stingy defense and senior goalkeeper Matt Langione, who set Millersville records for career victories and shutouts.

Hockey On Oct. 16, the 10th-ranked field hockey squad knocked off unbeaten and then-No. 1-ranked East Stroudsburg, 1-0. The Marauders received one goal from senior Emily Woodland, and goalkeeper Sara Dickinson did the rest, recording a shutout with 11 saves. For the game-winning goal, Woodland was named PSAC East Athlete of the Week. Millersville finished the season ranked No. 10.

Cross Country Elicia Anderson had some tough running shoes to fill when alltime great Priscilla Jennings graduated in 2009. But Anderson emerged as an outstanding cross country competitor. She placed second at the PSAC Championship. Through the conference championship, Anderson had placed in the top six of five-straight races, and she won the 6K event at the Paul Short Invitational. She qualified for the NCAA Championships with a second place finish at the NCAA Atlantic Regional.


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Forward Andrew Dukes set a freshman goal record as well. Dukes was named PSAC Freshman of the Year. Kyle Langione and Jeremy Yoder also made the All-PSAC first team.

Football In Millersville football history, few individual seasons can match Jamal Smith’s 2010 campaign. The senior wide receiver became the third player in history to total over 1,000 yards receiving. He also caught 12 touchdown passes, making him the first Marauder to record two seasons of at least 10 touchdown catches. In a victory over Gannon, Smith set a single game record with 252 yards receiving. At one point during the season, Smith led Division II in allpurpose yards and receiving yards.

Hall of Fame To nominate a candidate visit Click: Athletic Info; then Hall of Fame; then How to Nominate. Nominations are due March 31, 2011.

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Soar to Greatness events

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Alumni and Friends Travel Program is open to the public. For details, call Christie or Craig at Cruisin’ Inc./Main Line Vacations at 800506-7447 or ›› June 23 - July 7, 2011: U.S. National Parks. 15 day/14 night tour cost is $2,999 for double occupancy; airfare is not included. ›› July 7 - July 20, 2011: Mediterranean Cruise. 14 day/13 night trip. Prices for double occupancy start at $3,830 and include round-trip airfare from Philadelphia.

Trips for fall 2011: ›› Kenya, Africa ›› London, England/ Brugge, Belgium Trips for 2012 include: ›› Mexican Riviera Cruise ›› Australia & New Zealand ›› Baltic Capitals Cruise ›› London/Scotland ›› China/Southeast Asia

Attorney Kerry Steigerwalt ‘80 was the host of a special Soar to Greatness gathering of alumni and friends in San Diego in December. The excitement of the campaign has been the featured topic at special alumni events held this fall in Atlanta and Washington, D.C. More events are planned. The San Diego attendees are pictured below. Front row: May Helfrick, Barbara Perry ’83, Betsy Chamberlin ’69, Beth Steigerwalt and Rich Ahrendt ‘79. Back row: Dr. John Helfrick ’85, Dr. Tom Tirado (professor emeritus, history), Dave Chamberlin (professor emeritus, English), Dr. Francine G. McNairy (Millersville University president) and Kerry Steigerwalt Esq ’80.

Class of 1960 reunion Members of the Class of 1960 reunited during Homecoming weekend. Thanks to everyone for a great turnout. Sitting (l to r): Thomas Crauer, Matthew Farley, Arthur A. Lesh, Carl Ernst, Cathy Love, Mary Ann Bolenius Price, Patricia E. Bacher, Pat Hoffman Hodgson, Nancy Brackbill, Kay (Shiffer) Gontner and Judy Carter.

Standing (l to r): Jon Martin, Norm Fogel, David Spahr, Ralph Daywalt, John Steinermann, Edwin Myers, Bill Brackbill, Millersville University President Francine McNairy, Ron Kerr, Robert Lorenz, Saul Weinstein, Dale Messerschmidt, Merrill Detweiler, Lew Jury, Jane Gueldner, J. Alan Little and Andrew Amway.

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Upcoming events

Nominations are now being accepted by the alumni association for: • Board of Directors • Distinguished Alumni Award • Honorary Alumni Award • Outstanding Volunteer Service Awards For descriptions of criteria and nomination forms, visit and then click on the alumni association; awards and scholarships. The deadline for nominations is February 18.

We are soaring to several destinations this winter. Watch for the alumni e-newsletter, website updates and your mail for information about alumni gatherings. We hope to see you soon.

Philadelphia Flower Show “Springtime in Paris” is as close as Phildelphia. The alumni association is sponsoring a bus trip to the 2011 Philadelphia International Flower Show on Saturday, March 12. Open to the public, the price per person is $55 and includes motorcoach transportation from campus. Reservation deadline is February 4.

Plan ahead:

Homecoming 2011 is the weekend of October 29!

› Seattle, Washington Tuesday, January 25 at 6 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel and Tower › Baltimore, Md. Monday, February 7 › Florida West Palm Beach - Thursday, Feb. 17, dinner at 6:30 p.m. Naples - Friday, Feb. 18, drop-in for appetizers at 4-7 p.m. Venice - Saturday, Feb. 19, brunch at 11 a.m. › Charlotte, N.C. Thursday, March 24 - Dinner

Hockey in Hershey Will the Hershey Bears make it to three back-to-back Calder Cup championships in a row? Watch the Hershey Bears on Saturday, March 5, as they take on the Norfolk Admirals (Tampa Bay Lightening’s farm team). Tickets: $19.50 (reserved seating 100 level). Sign up early as tickets go fast. Make reservations online at

ALUMN I E V E N T I N F O R M AT I O N For event information: Call Millersville University’s Alumni Services Office at 800-681-1855, or 717-872-3352. email:

To register for an event online: Click on Event Calendar; locate the event and click Register.


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› Hearing Loss Advanced Tech Hearing Aid Centers of Lancaster County, Pa., is offering special pricing and warranties to alumni. Advanced Tech has a doctor of audiology on staff and specialists are nationally board certified in hearing instrument sciences. Visit or call 717-560-5023 to schedule a no-obligation appointment.

› Verizon Velocity Order a qualifying residential Verizon product (including advertised promotions) and the alumni association will receive a donation from Verizon to support scholarships and programs. A FiOS Triple Freedom order will generate up to a $65 donation. Mention MU’s special code (50449) when ordering. To place an order, call 888-3457544 (in Pa. and Del.); in N.J., call 888-678-1384.




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Class Notes In order to ensure that your news will appear in a given issue, please submit it according to the schedule below:

Summer 2011 issue: March 1, 2011 Fall 2011 issue: June 1, 2011 Please send news to: Alumni Services Office P.O. Box 1002 Millersville, PA 17551-0302 Phone: 800-681-1855 Fax: 717-871-5050 Email: Online community:

Correction Frank S. Lisella ‘57, Watkinsville, Ga., received an Outstanding Alumni Award from the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa, where he earned his Ph.D. in preventive medicine and environmental health. He retired from the Centers for Disease Control.

1940s Caroline E. (Weinhold) Huber ‘47, Lancaster, retired after a 51-year teaching career, 10 years with Ephrata High School and 41 years with Manheim Township High School.

1950s Joseph W. Glass ‘53, Millersville, retired professor of geography at Millersville University, delivered the annual Professor J. Williams Frey Memorial Pennsylvania German Lecture at Franklin & Marshall College on 10/6/10. Titled “It’s Just An Old Barn,” his talk focused on the Pennsylvania barn. He discussed the barn’s features, its importance as a farming tool, its centuries-long life span, and its fate in the 21st century. This type of barn was developed by Germanic people in Switzerland in the mid-1500s and their descendants brought it to Pennsylvania 200 years later. Charles Podlesny ‘54, Langhorne, was inducted into the Hazleton Area Sports Hall of Fame. He was an all-star basketball, football and baseball player for West Hazleton High School and Millersville University. Donald Kliewer ‘57, Manheim, serves as adjunct faculty at Lancaster Bible College.

1960s Richard Hitzelberger ‘62, Mount Pleasant, S.C., retired after more than thirty years of teaching in New Jersey. John Eyster ‘63, Red Lion, was inducted into the York Area Sports Hall of Fame for his achievements in coaching boys basketball and golf at West York Area High School, where he

Wooden Marauder statue The project started with an 1,100 pound block of wood. The largest wooden replica of a Millersville Marauder is now at Jefferson Hall, home to Millersville University’s athletic department. As a special tribute to the Marauders, a group of Millersville alumni came to the forefront in the winter of 2010 and developed a plan of purchasing the wood, carving it, painting it and mounting it on a base for permanent display. The Marauder statue was carved from basswood, originally from Vermont, that was kiln-dried and once was a block measuring 30” x 36” x 6’ and now stands at approximately 500 pounds and 6’. The colorful carved Marauder itself only weighs about 275. This wooden statue took about 700 hours to complete—including more than 400 hours in carving alone! Expenses for the project totaled about $3,200—all donated by alumni. Several individuals were instrumental in the purchase and crafting of this project, which was donated to Millersville in October, including countless-hours by former Millersville University basketball player Robert E. Lehr ‘57 (master carver and painter); Kelly (Lehr) Gallagher ’94 (detail painter); K. Eugene “Gene” Forrey ‘76,’91M (planing/gluing), K. Matthew Forrey ‘95 (planing/gluing), Martin Stopli (carpenter/sawman) and Dominick DiNunzio ’53 (major wood financier). Historically, back in 1957, MaryLou (Smith) Riley ’58 and Edwin Bearer ’58 conceptualized the Marauder costume for Millersville University’s mascot.

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retired in 1998 after 35 years of teaching. Ann (Rehmeyer) Kietzman ‘66, Havre de Grace, Md., a retired librarian from Harford County Public Library, donated her foreign language children’s book collection of 242 titles to the National Museum of Language in College Park. Robin (Wiggins) Broomall ‘68, Newark, Del., serves as a consultant in leadership and communications programs for the Newark Morning Rotary Club. She has been a Rotarian since 1993 and a founder and charter member of that club. William Thompson ‘68, ‘70M, Harrisburg, was named vice president of academic affairs at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology.

1970s Rodney Loose ‘70, West Lawn, retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a supervisory special agent. He has been an instructor at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va., teaching new agents. J. Harold Sahm ‘70, Glassboro, N.J., retired as the director of continuing education at Rowan University after almost 34 years of service. Kay L. (Brevik) Yantorn ‘70, Broadview Heights, Ohio, retired after 26 years of teaching for the Brecksville-Broadview Heights City Schools in Northeast Ohio. Steve Lennox ‘71, Delaware County, was inducted into the Delco Chapter of the Pa. Sports Hall of Fame. He played football at Collingdale High and Millersville University and has been a coach for 34 years. Constance (Keck) Tiefel ‘71, Sierra Vista, Ariz., retired from civil service after 30 years work-

ing for the U.S. Army. Her final position was program director for New Beginnings Child Development Center at Fort Huachuca. Dennis Beamenderfer ‘72, ‘78M, Lancaster, retired as an art teacher from Octorara Area School District and is currently a seasonal employee ushering at Beaver Stadium for Penn State campus. Stephen L. Powell ‘72, Lancaster, was appointed to the board of trustees at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. James Hower ‘73, Lexington, Ky., was featured in the article “Earth on Fire” in the July/August 2010 issue of Discover magazine. He is in his 32nd year with the University of Kentucky’s Center for Applied Energy Research and is an adjunct professor in the university’s Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences. Vicki Kramer ‘73, ‘81M, Boyertown, retired from teaching at Boyertown Junior High West after 37 years. Todd H. Umbenhauer ‘73, Souderton, was named broker of record for Keller Williams Real Estate in Montgomeryville, supervising more than 100 licensed associates in that location. Paul E. Miley ‘74, Ephrata, retired from Case New Holland after 32 years of service. Phillip G. Hays ‘75, Robesonia, retired from teaching social studies at Conrad Weiser Area District after 35 years. Christina Koch ‘74, Reading, retired from the Reading School District after 34 years in education. She previously taught in Lampeter-Strasburg and West York school districts. Nancy Ruth Fuller (Marks) Wainwright ‘75, Sewell, N.J., retired after 28 years in the


Three alumni teach at same New Jersey school At Haviland Avenue School in Audubon, N.J., a suburb of Philadelphia, three alumni share an employer and an alma mater. Roberta (Dost) Ignaczewski ‘84 teaches first grade. Bernadette (Versace) Brogna ‘84 teaches math to special education students in the regular classroom setting. Nancy Ruth Fuller (Marks) Wainwright ‘75 retired in June 2010 after 28 years in the Audubon Schools, providing speech-language therapy to preschoolers and students grades K-2. She is now concentrating on her part-time position directing three choirs at First Presbyterian Church, Haddonfield, N.J., and singing with The Philadelphia Singers Chorale, the resident chorus of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Left to right: Roberta Ignaczewski, Bernadette Brogna and Nancy Wainwright have been colleagues at the same school. Audubon Schools and four years at Alice Costello School. She provided speech-language therapy to preschoolers and students grades K-2. Jim Zellers ‘75, Severna Park, Md., was named “Outstanding Teacher of the Year 2009-2010” at Farring Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore, where he teaches kindergarten. Cathy (Rubenstein) Brownstone ‘76, Sacramento, Calif., earned her master’s degree in counseling from Saint Mary’s University. She is licensed family therapist in private practice. Gerald Meck ‘76M, Akron, joined North Group Consultants as an affliated consultant. He previously was president and CEO of United Disabilities Services for 26 years. Robert A. Shue ‘76, Hanover, retired after 34 years of teaching

social studies at South Western High School. Cheryl (Jackson) HollandJones ‘78, Lancaster, serves as director of the Crispus Attucks Community Center Denise (Raughley) Spence ‘79, Framington, Mass., was appointed to the board of trustees for the Delaware Museum of Natural History. She worked as a programmer/analyst and manager of IT at Furman Lumber, PUMA and Follett United Bookstores.

1980s Sandy (Coombs) Emerich ‘80, East Petersburg, serves as director of human resources for Manheim Central School District. Donna (Hooper) Cerza ‘82, Dallas, was appointed director




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Eye for the future When the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University welcomed the Class of 2014 this fall, there were three Millersville University alumni who came onstage to don the symbol of their future profession, a white coat. Pictured, from left to right, are Abby Brubaker ‘09, Radoslav Ivanov and Rachel Fritz . Ivanov and Fritz will receive their B.S. in biology from Millersville University after completion of their first year of study in the doctoral program. Under the agreement between Millersville and Salus University, students in the optometry program can transfer after completion of three years of undergraduate study. The alumni are on their way to earn a doctor of optometry (OD) degree. The four-year program includes didactic studies, clinical training at the Salus’s clinical optometric facility, The Eye Institute and 12-14 months of rotations in a choice of U.S. and international externship locations in a variety of optometric specialties.

of financial aid at King’s College. Val Ellsworth Winter ‘82, Key West, Fla., achieved board certifications in criminal trial law by the Florida Bar and as a criminal trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is a major crimes prosecutor for Florida’s Office of the State Attorney, Key West office. Maureen C. Walls ’83, Trenton, N.J., was one of seven graduate students selected to be a guest of the city of Seoul, South Korea, for a week in May 2010. She attended seminars taught by city commissioners on the various responsibilities of government leaders. She is presently working on a master’s degree in public administration at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Janet (Ammarell) Hangen ‘85, Reading, serves as general manager of Valhalla Health and Fitness Club.

Eileen (Bogart) Thomas ‘85, ‘88M, Millersville, retired after 23 years at Penn Manor School District. Steven Buterbaugh ‘87, Lancaster, serves as vice president of marketing, advertising and sales for McConkey Insurance & Benefits, named one of the top 50 fastest growing companies in Central Pa. Howard Schmidt ‘87, Newtown, received the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Science Achievement Award in air quality. The award was presented for the design of a lead ambient air monitoring network in the Mid-Atlantic region. Brian Smith ‘87, Lancaster, is the interim head coach of the Millersville University women’s volleyball team.

Rebecca Lyttle ‘90, Lancaster, was elected vice president of the Lancaster chapters of the League of Women Voters and the Democratic Women’s Club. Beth (Werner) Stoudt ‘90, Mertztown, teaches math and computer science at Emmaus High School. Vincent Garcia ‘91, Lebanon, was named president of the accounting firm of Faren, Garcia & Garman, PC. Michael T. McCarter ‘92, Patuxent River, Md., completed a three-year tour as a supply officer in USS RAMAGE in support of the Global War on Terrorism. He received orders to Naval Air Systems Command to serve as the lead business financial manager for the Airborne Electronic Attack and EA-6B aircraft program office. Scott Alan Mitchell ‘92, Lititz, joined the law firm, McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC. He practices in the firm’s asset planning, federal taxation and business counseling groups. Steve Riccio ‘92, Carlisle, received his doctoral degree in educational administration from the University of NebraskaLincoln. Jerry Schorn ‘92, Hatfield, was named vice president of global sales for IMANY, the leading provider of contract performance solutions. William Wurm ‘92M, Richmond, Va., was recognized by the Hanover County (Va.) School District for completing 10 years of service and the J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College for five years of service. He recently lead a tour of 11 students and parents through the German-speaking countries.

Kenneth Grace ‘93, Orwigsburg, was promoted to environment, health & safety director for Alcoa Building and Construction Systems, headquartered in Norcross, Ga. A certified safety professional, he was recognized by the National Safety Council as one of the”Rising Stars of Safety”—the Council’s first-ever 40 under 40 ranking of individuals who have distinguished themselves by improving workplace safety. Sean McKnight ‘93, Lancaster, teaches technology education at Penn Manor High School. Catherine (Fulger) Davis ‘95, ‘02M, Lancaster, graduated with a master’s degree in religion from the Lancaster Theological Seminary. Lon R. Wible ‘95M, Mount Gretna, serves as deputy director of the Lancaster County Office of Aging. Paul Young ‘96, Elizabethtown, joined Millersville University at the director of its Corporate University. Kimberly (Arnold) Coons ‘97, Syracuse, N.Y., is now the owner of KidzClub Indoor Play and Party Place in Phoenix, N.Y. Kimberly (Magni) Crosson ‘97, Lebanon, joined Lake Wales Medical Center as director of emergency services. She also serves as an instructor for FEMA’s Healthcare Leadership & Decision Making and Hospital Emergency Response Team Training. Kristin Joivell ‘97, Huntingdon, was selected as an NOAA Teacher at Sea to conduct science research in Alaska in 2009 and received an Earthwatch Fellowship Award Expedition to conduct research in the Bahamas in 2010.

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Randy Oehling ‘97, Pittsburgh, is employed in the operations department of Transtar Incorporated. David Iskra ‘98, San Francisco, Calif., serves as curator of the exhibit portion of the touring production “Star Wars: In Concert,” which appeared at Giant Center in Hershey. Alexander L. Kaufman ‘99, Montgomery, Ala., was awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor of English at Auburn University, Montgomery.


Jamie A. (Marcus) Zucker ‘00, Bensalem, won an American Graphic Design Award for Publication Print & Online for her former company VITETTA. Jillian Gallagher ‘01, North Wales, was promoted to an air quality district supervisor with the Pa. Department of Environmental Protection. Jeffrey Ratcliffe ‘01, Hatboro, was accepted into the American Mensa division of Mensa International. Tom Baker ‘02, Pittsburgh, released his second book, Get Involved! Give Our Passion, and also was named a 2010 Jefferson Award for Public Service winner by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. In honor of the first annual Service Summit, the City Council of Pittsburgh passed a resolution naming April 22 as Get Involved! Service Summit Day. Erin (Johnson) Baker ‘03, Pittsburgh, was promoted to vice president with PNC Financial Services and is the manager of the corporate and institutional banking development program. Justin Drabick ‘04, Philadelphia, joined the Eyewitness News weather team on CBS 3 and CW Philly.

John A. Luciano ‘04, Lancaster, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training in Great Lakes, Ill. Randi (Stern) Martin ‘04, New Holland, was promoted to director of social services for the Meadows Health Care Center. Scott W. Micklewright ‘05, Harrisburg, was promoted to senior vice president and chief lending officer of Mid Penn Bank. Emiyaril Andino ‘06, ‘10M, Lancaster, joined Millersville University as the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency grant and veterans coordinator. Jeremy DeBord ‘06, Lancaster, joined Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home Inc. as the manager of marketing and strategy. Ryan Dorman ‘06, Washington, D.C., is managing the network engineering team at Blackboard Inc., which provides software to educational institutions. Stephanie Good ‘06, New Holland, accepted a position at Dutch Wonderland as the ride operations manager. Steve Parsons ‘07, Longmont, Colo., is teaching eighth grade language arts at Rocky Top Middle School. Kelli Hornberger ‘08, Marietta, Ga., earned her master’s degree in earth and atmospheric science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Jeremy Miller ‘08, Coraopolis, joined Shippensburg University as assistant dean of admissions. Priscilla Jennings ‘09, Quarryville, won the female division of the Red Rose Run in June. Lucas Neiderer ’10, Denver, Colo., is an account coordinator at Saatchi and Saatchi’s Denver office.


Mackenzie M. Wrobel ‘10, Bloomsburg, completed a 15-week internship with the Pa. Department of Health, which was sponsored by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

Marriages Jacquelyn Jecen ‘92 and Emil George Lohin, 8/7/10. Tami Wittenberg ‘93 and Gerald Dayharsh, 7/16/10. Lynn Soyka ‘94 and Joseph Quinn Jr., 4/10/10. Elizabeth O’Day ‘99, ‘01M and Samuel Mutzabaugh, 7/16/10. Jillian Tarves ‘99 and Jim McGilvery, 9/26/08. Michelle Kaufman ‘03 and Kenneth Murray, 5/15/10. Jeffrey Dahlgren ‘04 and KristiLynne Miller ‘04, 10/24/10. Jessica O’Malley ‘04 and Richard Olff, 6/6/10. Marie Klein ‘05 and Patrick McDevitt ‘05, 7/31/10.

Kristi-Lynne Miller ‘04 and Jeffrey Dahlgren ‘04 tied the knot on 10/24/10 in Lancaster. From 2000-04, the bride was a member of the women’s tennis team and the groom played with the men’s ice hockey team. The Class of 2004 was also well-represented among the wedding party: Katelyn McManamon, Allison Brewer, Nick Galati and Dan Reinert.

Ashley Dodson ‘08, currently a graduate student at Millersville, married Nathan Tice on 6/26/10 in York.

Matthew Benner ‘06 and Elaine Jaenke ‘07, 6/10. Jeannie Emhof ‘06 and Kenn Ludwig ‘07, 6/26/10. Stephanie Saez ‘06 and Bret Snyder, 5/9/09. Adric Clements ‘07 and Nicolle Goble ‘08, 6/10/10. Ashley Dodson ‘08 and Nathan Tice, 6/26/10. Erin M. Anslow ‘09 and Ryan S. Evans ‘09, 6/19/10. Andrew Gehman ‘09 and Jocelyn Weitzel, 4/3/10. Wesley McCully ‘09 and Teresa Saunders ‘09, 6/26/10. Daniel Seddon ‘09 and Barbara Choroneko ‘10, 6/5/10. Kristiann Webster ‘09 and Jack Rizzo, 6/20/09.

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Loving math—and each other Math has special meaning for Marie Klein ’05 and Patrick McDevitt ‘05 who were married on 7/31/10. The math majors met in math class at Millersville and that was also the place where Patrick proposed. Front Row - Marie (Klein) McDevitt ‘05, Patrick McDevitt ‘05, Brian Bedesem ‘06 and Nate McElhenney ‘05. 2nd Row (L to R) - George Eckinger ‘05, Kevin McDevitt (scheduled to graduate 2012), Michael Barclay ‘04, Jonathan Notte ‘04, Juliann Jones ‘05, Brooke McAndrew ‘05, Courtney Whitehouse ‘05, Nicole (D’Andrea) Bainbridge ‘06, Anna (Schrott) Metzler ‘05, Kristin (Yiengst) Wade ‘05 and Andrew Bainbridge ‘05. 3rd Row - Jonathan Fanelli ‘03, Adam Denard ‘04, Stacey Bainbridge ‘07 &’10, William Colby ‘86, Lori (Crawford) Coleman ‘04, Michael Coleman ‘04, Kevin Kenney ‘05, Reggie Pforter ‘04, Megan Barclay ‘06, James Woodruff ‘03, Dan McLaughlin ‘04, Patrick McNelis ‘ 04, Bridget (Corry) McNelis ‘05, Wes Childs ‘05 and Donald Spangler ‘05.

Births Beth (Baron) Manley ‘94 and husband Timothy ‘96, a son, William Desmond, on 6/20/10. Felicia (Stezzi) Bailey ‘95 and husband Timothy ‘99, a son, Austin James, on 8/16/10. James Medina ‘95 and wife Stacie (Amoroso) ‘97, a daughter, Aubrey Lauren, on 6/7/10. Matt Armstrong ‘96, ‘04M and wife Stacy, a son, Lucas Allan, on 9/8/10. Kristen E. (Feller) Leik ‘96 and husband Brandon, a daughter, Kallie Addison, on 11/10/07. Jason Grosse ‘97 and wife Kristin (Moss) ‘97, a daughter, Isabella Kay, on 4/27/10.

Sara (Rakus) Marine ‘97 and husband James, a daughter, Emily Love, on 4/30/10. Joseph Wowk ‘97 and wife Marcy, a son, Aiden Joseph, on 8/1/09. Rustin (Bladen) Daughtery ‘98 and husband Jason, a son, Bladen William, on 5/14/10. Sarah (Joseph) DiIorio ‘98 and husband Wesley ‘98, a daughter, Elena Ciaran, on 3/17/10. Tina (Rich) Berger ‘99 and husband David, a daughter, Gianna Josephine, on 11/17/09. Jillian (Tarves) McGilvery ‘99 and husband Jim, a son, Kieran James, on 8/31/10. Harlan Williams ‘99 and wife Laura, a daughter, Madison Ann, on 4/4/10.

Denielle (Godshall) Zollo ‘99 and husband Anthony, a daughter, Cianna, on 9/6/09. Jason Wilson ‘00 and wife Megan (Amitrano) ‘01, a daughter, Alexa Reese, on 1/26/10. Samuel T. Gates ‘01 and wife Leslie L. (Hoffer), a daughter, Evelyn Adele, on 8/4/10. Ellen Panofsky ‘02 and husband Mark Noel, a daughter, Abigail Rose, on 6/15/10. Rachel (Berkman) Scotten ‘02 and husband Keith, a daughter, Marina Lily, on 9/12/10. Rachel (Zufelt) Jurman ‘03 and husband Daniel, a daughter, Helena Inez, on 7/9/10. Jessica (Hayes) Misel ‘05 and husband Matt, a daughter, Ella Lee, on 2/7/10. Andrea (Ehrenfeld) Wolfinger ‘05 and husband Seth, twin daughters, Julia Theresa and Natalie Elaine, on 4/20/10.

Deaths Mary (Graybill) Smith ‘38, Lancaster, died on 6/11/10, at the age of 93. She was a teacher and tutor, and volunteered with Junior Achievement, the Red Cross and her church. She was secretary and valedictorian for Millersville State Teachers College’s Class of 1938. Anne E. Peifer ‘39, Lancaster, died on 6/16/10, at the age of 93. She taught at Rohrerstown Elementary School for 39 years. Florence “Flossie” (Cargas) Wileman ‘39, ‘59M, Clearwater, Fla., died on 7/26/10. She taught in the Philadelphia school system, primarily as an instructor of English as a Second Language. Mary Alice Smith ‘42, Conestoga, died on 3/7/10, at the age of 90. A pioneer in special

education, she was professor emeritus of special education at Lock Haven University. She served on Lock Haven’s faculty from 1953, until her retirement in 1979. Her life was dedicated to education and she received many honors and awards including the Special Educator of the Year Award from the Department of Special Education, Millersville University. She was also a longtime volunteer with the Millersville University Alumni Association, serving as a class reunion planner. An active community volunteer, she helped to create the Conestoga Area Historical Society by donating its first item, an authentic Conestoga wagon that had once welcomed people to her family’s general store. Leon B. Hendrickson Jr. ‘49, Georgetown, Texas, died on 5/2/10, at the age of 87. He finished his 28-year Air Force career in 1970 and began a second career as an industrial arts teacher for 13 years. Robert William “Bob” Gaddis ‘50, Pocomoke City, Md., died on 8/28/10, at the age of 82. He worked as a teacher, principal and supervisor, and retired as the superintendent of schools in Maryland. Mary Jane (Fetherman) O’Brian ‘53, Hagerstown, Md., died on 5/31/10, at the age of 78. She was a teacher for many years and later retired from the State of Maryland Child Care Administration Agency, where she had been a child development specialist. Mae (Rohrbaugh) Wentz ‘55, Ulysses, died on 7/7/10, at the age of 76. She was a fourth grade teacher at several school districts from 1969 until 1997. She also co-owned the Nine

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Mile Lakeside Cottages Motel in Potter County with her husband. Eugene V. “Rock” Moran ‘57, Laramie, Wyo., died on 8/4/10, at the age of 82. He was a teacher at public schools and universities for 41 years, teaching English at the University of Wyoming for 25 years. As a student at Millersville, he played baseball and served as the manager of the wrestling team. Russell Downs ‘59, Clementon, N.J., died on 12/30/09, at the age of 78. He served as a guidance counselor for more than 19 years at Bishop Eustace Preparatory School in Pennsauken. After retirement, he worked as a counselor and mentor. Archie Krug Loss ‘60, Erie, died on 7/19/10, at the age of 71. He was a teacher for many years, and retired from Penn State Erie, where he was professor emeritus of English and American Studies. Jeannette (Dombach) Marlin ‘60, Lancaster, died on 6/27/10, at the age of 71. She taught 43 years in public and private schools. After retiring in 2005, she continued to teach and tutor English as a second language. Sandra (Oxenford) Lawley ‘65, Chadds Ford, died on 6/10/10, at the age of 66. She worked as a teacher before becoming a stayat-home mom. Michael J. Sheaffer ‘66, York, died on 7/30/10, at the age of 71. He was owner and appraiser for Sheaffer Appraisal Service. Mary (Ehemann) Rieker ‘69, Lancaster, died on 4/21/10, at the age of 62. She taught fourth and fifth grade in Manheim Township for many years. Recently, she was employed as a teller supervisor at the Lanco Federal Credit Union.

Susan (Peffley) Risner ‘70, Newport, died on 6/4/10, at the age of 61. She was retired as executive director of the Perry County Literacy Council, where she continued to volunteer after retirement. Victor R. Washington ‘70, Lancaster, died on 6/2/10, at the age of 71. Michael L. Fuller ‘74, Leola, died on 7/6/10, at the age of 58. He was a chiropractor for more than 24 years and helped established ChiroPlus in Leola. S. Eileen (Martin) Shimp ‘75, ‘82M, Lancaster, died on 6/4/10, at the age of 74. She served as a counselor and psychologist for over thirty years, working at Lancaster Guidance Center, Family Services and Philhaven Behavioral Services. Sally (Kirk) Sullivan ‘76, Pottsville, died on 6/20/10, at the age of 61. She held several librarian-related positions for a number of years, but she most recently was a receptionist with ManorCare Health Services. Kimberly Bright ‘79, Harrisburg, died on 6/30/10, at the age of 53. She was an associate professor of special education at Shippensburg University. Randy “Archie” Wilson ‘85, Hampton Bays, N.Y., died on 4/22/10, at the age of 52. He traveled extensively during his career as a set and lighting designer, while also maintaining an antique clock repair business. Deborah R. (Hoy) Baker ‘98, Tower City, Pa., died on 4/17/10, at the age of 50. She was CEO of Health South Regional Specialty Hospital. Ashley L. Clark ‘09, Millersville, died on 12/20/09, at the age of 24. She was awarded her degree posthumously.




Winter 2010-11

Vol. 124

No. 2

The Review is published by Millersville University of Pennsylvania of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and mailed free to Millersville alumni, faculty, staff and other friends of the University.

President Dr. Francine G. McNairy

Millersville Review Staff Amy H. Dmitzak, Executive Editor Patricia Coulson, Editor Wendy Sheaffer, Art Director Janet Kacskos, Campus News Ethan Hulsey, Sports News Steven A. DiGuiseppe ‘82, Alumni News Dianne O’Connor, Alumni News Kelly Davis ‘95, Class Notes

Contributors Laura Knowles Cris Foehlinger Frost Imaging

Alumni Association William Martin ’81, president Jerri Anne Johnson ’76, ‘87M, president-elect Stephen Focht ‘70, treasurer Lori Dierolf ‘91, secretary Scott Bailey ‘98, Thomas Baker ’02, William Benner ‘84, Abraham Breslin ’98, Joseph Choi, M.D., Ph.D., ’96, Dr. Carl Ernst ’60, Catherine Glass ’53, John Held ’02, Amy Hoffman ‘94, Eric P. Jackson ’83, Richard M. Moriarty ’72, Scott Muenz ’06, Daniel Sidelnick ’75, Leigh Walter ‘88, Kristin Waters ’05, Dr. Richard Frerichs ’64, past-president.

PASSHE Board of Governors Kenneth M. Jarin (chairman), C.R. “Chuck” Pennoni (vice chair), Aaron A. Walton, (vice chair), Leonard B. Altieri III, Matthew E. Baker, Marie A. Conley Lammando, Paul S. Dlugolecki, Thomas L. Gluck, Michael K. Hanna, Vincent J. Hughes, Jamie Lutz (student), Jonathan B. Mack, Joseph F. McGinn, Jeffrey E. Piccola, Guido M. Pichini, Edward G. Rendell, Harold C. Shields, Thomas M. Sweitzer, Christine J. Toretti, Mackenzie Marie Wrobel (student)

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