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FALL/WINTER

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UNIVERSITY REVIEW

New Welcome Center Named for

Sam & Dena Lombardo


From President Anderson Greetings! I invite you to enjoy the fall/winter edition of Millersville University’s magazine, The Review. In this issue, you will hear the voices of alumni, faculty and administrators who experienced the tumultuous Civil Rights era, and you will read about some of our alumni who are enjoying success in the music industry. You will also see a photo montage of Homecoming and be introduced to the newest inductees into our athletic “Hall of Fame.” One of my favorite articles features the Lombardo Welcome Center, which is our in-the-works Net-Zero Energy Building—a major sustainability project on campus. The goal of the Net-Zero Energy Building is to produce as much energy as it uses over the course of a year. The $7.5 million, 15,000-square-foot building will incorporate solar panels, water conservation and renewable materials. It is scheduled to open in January 2017 and will showcase Millersville’s commitment to sustainability. The new building will house the Welcome Center, admissions office, administrative offices and will feature a sustainability-focused educational atrium, which will annually host more than 10,000 visitors. This facility, in combination with other campus sustainability initiatives, will enable us to achieve our goal of carbon neutrality in the coming decades. There are so many exciting and engaging things happening on the Millersville campus. I hope you find that The Review helps to keep you abreast of all that is so very special about this institution and the students, faculty, staff, alumni, special friends and administrators who continue to make this University a place to inspire learners. The end of a year provides time for us to reflect on our accomplishments, to celebrate where we are now and to dream of what is to come. As 2015 draws to a close, I want to thank all of you for your support, and I look forward to sharing an exciting new year with you. Best regards,

John M. Anderson, Ph.D.

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MILLERSVILLE UNIVERSITY: NET-ZERO BUILDING

UNIVERSITY REVIEW Fall/Winter 2015 · Volume · 129 · No. 1

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

President Dr. John M. Anderson

Millersville Review Staff Adam Owenz, Executive Director of Marketing & Communications Janet Kacskos, Executive Editor Patricia Coulson, Editor Ethan Hulsey, Sports News Denise Berg, Alumni News Lorie Mahoney ’13, Alumni News Kristin Yoder, Class Notes

Contributors Thomas Bacho ’14 Adam Hoke Photography Janet Kacskos Laura Knowles Stephen Kopfinger ’85 David O’Connor Jon Rutter UTB Productions Jim Yescalis Photography Ed Zuschmidt, EJZ Design LLC

Printed by Pemcor, Inc. Alumni Association Scott Bailey ’98, president Tamara Willis ’99, president-elect Richard Moriarty ’72, treasurer Kelly Davis ’95, secretary Leslie Arnold ’78, Jennifer Bertolet ’92, Chad Bolt ’08, Katie Breit ’02, Nathan Claycomb ’01, Ashley Christman ’12, William Dewan ’93, Christopher Driscoll ’01, Kathy Focht ’70, ’75M, Kitty Glass ’53, Alicia Good ’14, John Held ’02, Matt Hepler ’83, Amy Hoffman ’94, Jonathan Mimm ’08, Sean O’Donnell ’99, Carroll Staub ’72, ’90M, Matthew Storm ’12, ’14M, Ashley Tose ’14, Steve Yacovelli ’93, Cheryl Youtz ’69, ’72M, Lori Dierolf ’91, past president.

PASSHE Board of Governors Guido M. Pichini (chairman), Marie Conley (vice chair), David M. Maser (vice chair), Sen. Richard Alloway II, Rep. Matthew E. Baker, Jane M. Earll, Christopher H. Franklin, Sarah Galbally, Rep. Michael K. Hanna, Ronald G. Henry, Jonathan B. Mack, David P. Meuser, Pedro A. Rivera, Sen. Judy Schwank, Harold C. Shields, Robert S. Taylor, Aaron A. Walton, Governor Tom Wolf.

Millersville University Council of Trustees Michael G. Warfel ’84 (chairman), Richard L. Frerichs ’64 (vice chairman), Kevin F. Harley ’86 (secretary), James P. Argires, Gibson E. Armstrong, William B. McIlwaine, Brian A. Rider ’87, Gerald S. Robinson, Esq., Ann S. Womble, President John M. Anderson, ex officio, Chancellor Frank T. Brogan, ex officio.

Millersville University Foundation Board David Thompson (president), Jan L. Graybill ’80 (vice president), Tamara Willis ’99 (secretary), Barry E. Miller ’77 (treasurer), Daniel Biemesderfer ’71, Beverly Hacker Breniser ’69, ’73M, Judith Carter ’60, ’76M, Ximena Catepillan, Benjamin Del Tito ’77, Steven J. Fellin ’87, CFA, Saul Fink ’85, Richard A. Glenn, Nicole Guy (student), Anne Jackson ’78, Darryl L. Landis ’85, M.D., Eric Liddell ’71, Julie Lombardi, Elizabeth Martin, William B. McIlwaine, Robert Patterson, Gerald Robinson, Kathryn Ross, James Warner ’80, Benjamin Daniel Yoder ’15. Millersville University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution.

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Net-Zero Energy Building A generous gift from Sam and Dena Lombardo moves Millersville’s sustainable building closer to reality.

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Philly Music Notes

Philadelphia and Millersville musical talent have intertwined “roots” in the industry.

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Embracing Diversity

America has come a long way in the past 50 years when landmark legislation helped bolster the promise of equality for all.

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Charting the Political Landscape

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Instead of turning away from politics, Millersville alumni are working to make a difference.

Homecoming 2015

Enjoy the fun and excitement of Homecoming in pictures.

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Welcome to Sustainability The Lombardo Welcome Center BY JANET KACSKOS

Lombardo. “And, I served on the Lancaster Symphony Board The “Lombardo Welcome Center” at Millersville University, with Jerry Eckert [retired vice president of advancement a Net-Zero Energy Building currently in the design stage, at MU]. Jerry got me involved with Millersville during was named in honor of two lifelong Lancastrians: Samuel N. the renovations at McComsey Hall and the plans for the Lombardo and his wife, Dena. performing arts center. When John Anderson came on Sam graduated from J.P. McCaskey High School. Dena board, he told me about the new Net-Zero Energy Building graduated from Ephrata High School. coming into play, and the whole idea of “We both come from very modest the welcoming center intrigued me. I’m family environments growing up. I had an “I’m flattered that flattered that our name will be on the immigrant family. My mother was born in building.”  Italy, and my father was first-generation our name will be The Lombardos are also sharing their American,” explained Sam Lombardo. on the building.” belief in the feng shui system—a Chinese “We have been very successful, and we’re financially blessed. I like giving back. We want philosophical system of harmonizing to share our blessings and success.” everyone with the surrounding environment. Their feng shui consultant is helping with the To that extent they have graciously given Millersville University a $1.2-million gift to help build a Net-Zero Energy design of the Lombardo Welcome Center, which will impact Building on campus. The building will serve as the Welcome everything from the positioning of the building, to space Center for the University, hosting thousands of prospective layout and location of entranceways. students and visitors each year. “We’ve had a consultant involved with our residence here Sam is a well-known insurance entrepreneur and is the and in Florida, as well as our office,” explained Lombardo. chairman and CEO of the Lititz-based Benecon Group, which “It stems from China and is a way of life there dating back to ancient times. We believe it’s worth the practical application develops and administers self-funded health insurance not to take any chances. Let’s put our best foot forward. products through the brokerage market in 15 states. His Let’s take advantage of all the tools we have.” companies gained national recognition when they were listed The Lombardos have been generous contributors to four different times by Inc. magazine as one of the “500 Millersville’s Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center Fastest Growing Companies in America.” and the renovation of McComsey Hall. Additionally, “Sam and Dena are not only extraordinary friends of the couple have been benefactors of other programs the University, but they have the foresight to see how their investment will impact thousands of people each year,” said involving children and education in the region, Dr. John Anderson, president of Millersville University. “What giving to the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic, Schreiber a meaningful way to invest in a building that will promote the Pediatrics, the Clinic for Special Children and Franklin & Marshall College. importance of sustainability and seeing it put into practice.” In 2007, the University presented Sam with an “Having spent my early adult professional life in the honorary Doctor of Letters degree. “I’d like to think I received Millersville area, I became very familiar with the college,” said 4  REVIEW FALL/WINTER 2015 


the honorary degree for being more than just a donor,” said Sam. “I believe they appreciated my entrepreneurial spirit. I’m a businessperson who started with nothing; I’m three generations in one. A typical success story starts with the granddad, then the father and then the son takes over. I’m all three. I started this from scratch, built it into a boutique and grew it into an enterprise.” Sam’s advice for college students who want to be entrepreneurs? “Get a mentor and start reading books on business. I would recommend The Purple Cow and The Big Moo, both by Seth Godin, and Heart, Smarts, Guts, and Luck by Anthony K. Tjan, Richard J. Harrington and Tsun-Yan Hsieh.” Sam is considering writing a book about mentoring. “I love the idea of being to mentor people. Some people are “We’re financially blessed. able close to the vest—not free to helping people. Dena and I are both very free and I like giving back. We love to help people. The more people we want to share our help, the better it gets for all of us.” Sam has two grown children, a son in blessings and success.” Los Angeles, Gregory, who is a senior vice president at Fox Entertainment, and a daughter, Megan, who lives in Savannah and works as a first assistant director with movies, TV programs and commercials. The Lombardos have three grandchildren and three golden retrievers—Clare, Bo and Tes, named after cars. When they’re not working or traveling with family or playing with their dogs, you can find Sam on the golf course or driving his cars at track events at Palm Beach International or Daytona Speedway, and Dena behind a tennis racquet.

The goal of the Net-Zero Energy Building (NZEB) is to produce as much energy as it uses over the course of a year. This is achieved by implementing efficient construction techniques, installing renewable technology and low-energy appliances, and educating the public on how the facility should be used. The $7.5-million, 15,000-squarefoot building will incorporate solar panels, water conservation and renewable materials. It is scheduled to be ready by January 2017 and will be constructed near the new residence halls on the south side of campus. The building will showcase Millersville’s commitment to sustainability and will relocate the Welcome Center for prospective students to a more centralized location on campus. The new building will also house the admissions office, administrative offices and will feature a sustainability-focused educational atrium, which will annually host more than 10,000 visitors. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, commercial and residential buildings consume 40 percent of primary energy and 72 percent of electricity in the United States. The key to improving these statistics can be found in the creation of NZEB. Many of these buildings incorporate passive solar technology to heat and cool the building through channeling sunlight, solar heat and wind to create stable indoor temperatures. NZEB uses high-quality windows and insulation to allow natural sunlight to permeate through the building, creating daylighting. NZEB utilizes water conservation techniques, including rainwater harvesting— the collection, storage and use of rainwater which is often used to irrigate the landscape.

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Philly Music Notes BY STEPHEN KOPFINGER’85

Chill Moody

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For generations, Philadelphia has been home to some of the greats in music—John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Chubby Checker, Bill Haley, Patti LaBelle and Bobby Rydell are only a few. Rock and roll got a major boost in the 1950s when a Philly TV station started broadcasting a show called “American Bandstand,” hosted by Dick Clark. The city has also been a driving force in the early development of hip hop and rap music. Two major players on that scene happen to be Millersville alumni. So let’s give it up for Chill Moody and Shawn Gee. Ask Eric “Chill” Moody ’09 what he does to relax and you’ll hear a laugh at the other end of the phone. “It’s just one long day—with threehour naps in between!” says Moody, who keeps busy as a rapper, DJ, businessman, manager of artistic talent and a man holding the title of Music Ambassador in Philadelphia. Somewhere in between, Moody was named “Best Rapper” by Philadelphia magazine in 2014. He also runs nicethings LLC, which provides event and music consultation to artists and sells, well, nice things, such as T-shirts and his own brand of bottled water, Cerebellum H2O. This is a man who doesn’t rest. And it all goes to his hometown, the City of Brotherly Love, or, as Moody calls his efforts, “new-age love that kind of personifies Philly.” A graduate of Overbrook High School, he obtained a scholarship to Millersville. There was no way he was turning that down. “My parents said, ‘You have to take that!’” He did, and Moody honed his interest in music at Millersville while majoring in public relations. As the website jumpphilly.com notes, “even though he wrote his first rap in the third grade, it wasn’t until he attended Millersville

University that Chill began to put out his first few mixtapes under the name Yung Chill tha Blokk Capt’n.” That sounds kind of heavy, but Moody isn’t. Rap sometimes gets a bad name, often associated with violence and profanity. That’s not Moody’s method. He describes his style as being “true to myself.” Moody’s kind of rap celebrates his beloved Philadelphia and “it’s not really vulgar.” He credits his mother. “I don’t want her to look crazy when she plays my music for her coworkers,” he says. That kind of family influence goes back a long way and continues today. Moody has collaborated with his cousin, Hank McCoy; their musical effort “Who Do You Love…More?” drew acclaim from the Philadelphia music press. Moody says with pride that “I have family everywhere.” He can “walk up and down in West Philly” and he’ll find somebody who is related to him. Though Moody keeps his act focused on the positive, he isn’t afraid to tackle social issues. In 2014, he penned “We’re Worth More,” a sobering address written in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed AfricanAmerican teenager, by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. But mostly, Moody’s songs are about connection and community. He found both at Millersville, and sometimes that was a matter of coincidence. For instance, one of his ties to MU is a fellow classmate, Jasmine “GoGo”

Ask Chill Moody what he does to relax, and you’ll hear a laugh at the other end of the phone.


CityFest in Birmingham, Alabama, is just one of the annual music festivals Shawn Gee produces. L to r: Two members of The Roots, “Black Thought” and “Questlove;” Gee; and William A. Bell, mayor of Birmingham.

Morrow ’08 (profiled in the Winter 2011-12 Review). Also hailing from West Philly, Morrow has streamlined her talent as a background singer and dancer for superstar Lady Gaga. As it turns out, Morrow’s mother “actually taught at my middle school,” says Moody. “Understand the importance of building your network,” Moody advises. Yet another connection is Shawn Gee ’93, a major Philadelphia music mogul and president of SEFG (Sports & Entertainment Financial Group). The two men haven’t done a lot of business with each other, but when they do get together, “we sit around and talk about Millersville,” notes Moody. SEFG is now part of Maverick, a superstar management group that has connections with everyone from Madonna to Pharrell. It’s the pet project of California music titan Guy Oseary. Gee specializes in coordinating new business development on behalf of SEFG clients and manages the finances of well-known artists and athletes. Also a veteran tour producer, Gee has represented such artists as silky jazz singer Jill Scott, the outrageous but fun Nicki Minaj, rapper Lil Wayne and Philly’s own The Roots, the house band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. “I came to Millersville on a basketball scholarship,” says Gee, who played for

the Marauders until fate intervened. “Like most kids, I loved sports and I loved music,” Gee recalls. “But I hurt my knee in my sophomore year, which stopped my dream of being an NBA player.” It was a diversion but not a setback. Gee studied accounting at Millersville and then earned a master’s degree in finance from George Washington University. He worked in private banking for Citibank, obtaining recognition as one of that company’s rising young star executives. But music proved to be his calling. “I made a jump of faith,” he admitted. It paid off. In the 1990s, when he was still working in finance, Gee forged a business connection with The Roots, whose members include Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, who attended Millersville. Today, Black Thought is renowned as a rap artist and lead vocalist with The Roots, which has rocked Philadelphia’s spectacular Fourth of July Jam festival billed as the “largest free concert” in America. Gee is also executive producer of the annual The Roots Picnic music festival. Gee has not allowed things to go to his head. After all, he was once a kid who loved every kind of music from Run-D.M.C. to LL Cool J to Culture Club to Duran Duran. Gee was a regular guy, and he hasn’t forgotten it.

“The best influences I had at Millersville were my classmates and my teammates,” he said of his basketball days. He still keeps in touch with college chums. “We all hang out when we can,” Gee says. Millersville allowed Gee to form “a strong social circle.” In the high-flying world of dealing with music artists, you have to deal with artistic temperaments. Gee takes it in stride. “Every individual artist is different,” he sums up. “I’ve been blessed with a wide range of clients I work with.” Gee’s adult son Darren works for the prestigious Los Angeles-based Creative Artists Agency “on the sports side,” Gee says with pride. What does Gee tell his children? “Use me as a model. If you have a passion for something, you can create a career from it.” And asked to put forth a personal motto, Gee thought for a moment before saying, “When you grow up, make sure you are a humble winner.”

Triple Threat Foundation The Triple Threat Foundation was established by Shawn Gee and two of his friends to help address the obstacles and challenges facing today’s youth. The men have known each other since they graduated from Central High School in Philadelphia. Strong advocates for education, each of the men has earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in their respective fields. Below, l to r: Eric Worley, principal at a Philadelphia charter school; Shawn Gee ’93; and Carnell Groomes ’93, a social worker for the City of Philadelphia.


Embracing Diversity BY JON RUTTER

Mikel Houston and Sam Brown


to be more tolerant today, says Dr. Melvin Allen ’69, retired Leaving freshman English that hot August day in 2013, associate professor of philosophy and founder of the Black Samuel Brown felt tense. Student Association 48 years ago. “That’s not unimportant.” The semester was rolling. Brown had long since won In these comparatively enlightened times, McNairy says, scholarships and lugged his stuff into Harbold Hall dorm. But she can promise any youth that “if you come to Millersville and suddenly he wasn’t sure he belonged. meet the faculty halfway, you will be surprised at what you can He was an 18-year-old black student from Coatesville, the achieve.” first-ever college student in his family. He’d It was not always so for minorities. chosen “predominantly white” Millersville In fact, says professor emeritus of University over other schools. But he soon Brown is acutely aware German and historian Dr. Leroy Hopkins realized he hardly knew a soul. ’66, for years after Lancaster County “I was torn down the middle about of long-ago civil rights Normal School was founded in 1855, none whether I wanted to be here or not,” he struggles that helped emerged. says. “I went back to the dorm and made Emanuel Epps was the first black a phone call,” talking hours with a mentor propel him—and his graduate in 1897. But his achievement back home. school—forward. opened no floodgates. When Hopkins, “I changed my major that afternoon who is of West African and European [from business to communications],” descent, entered Millersville State College Brown says. He joined the Black Student as a freshman in 1961, he found just two Union (BSU), which welcomes all races other black students and no faculty of color. and collaborates with other groups to socialize and promote By the mid-1960s, says Paula Jackson ’69, the nation’s black culture. And he kept cracking the books. seething social ferment was still mostly underground at small, Today, he’s a junior student ambassador who introduces sedate Millersville, where her peers once demonstrated in favor others to Millersville University. He’s also BSU president and of the Vietnam War. “The students were that conservative,” was voted the 2015 Homecoming King. Jackson muses. And mostly white. Brown is acutely aware of long-ago civil rights struggles that So Jackson, a young, white English major with an activist helped propel him—and his school—forward. bent, invited three black city residents to share their stories. And he’s keenly following the still-evolving movement. Into a classroom the guys trooped, sporting Afros and Half a century after sweeping reforms outlawed dashikis, loose West African tunics. “They were well spoken,” discrimination and transformed the nation, racial issues have remembers Jackson, who had met the young men drumming in welled up anew—in police shootings, a “Black Lives Matter” a Lancaster park. And very well received. Students just hadn’t movement and in belated dialogue about yawning class had much exposure to blacks “as classmates and friends.” disparities. But change was coming. In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson The worst conflicts may seem remote from MU, which has had signed the watershed Civil Rights Act prohibiting racial long striven to nurture cultural diversity. and gender discrimination. Martin Luther King Jr. inspired But while those contacted for this story praise the efforts of followers with peace talks and nonviolent marches. Then, in the the school, they say it’s still haunted by racism simply because aftermath of his 1968 murder, the country was rocked with race the country is. riots in major cities. “The students come from the world,” and the world It was the same year that the late civil rights leader Julian is troubled, says Dr. Rita Smith-Wade-El, a professor of Bond first spoke at Millersville, paving the way for firebrands psychology and longtime force for advancing minority culture like Abbie Hoffman and Angela Davis to come to campus. at Millersville. “I think the conditions for the everyday African By that time, Vietnam violence was escalating, and American have not improved.” disproportionate numbers of poor whites and poor blacks were That’s the verdict of Dr. Francine G. McNairy, the first black being drafted. woman to lead a Pennsylvania state university. She says she’s After National Guardsmen shot at protesters and killed four more conscious of that milestone Kent State University college students on May 4, 1970, angry now than when she was president youths nationwide went on strike. President William Duncan of Millersville, 2003-13. “That’s supported the class cancellations at Millersville. scary. It’s almost as if I’m seeing Cries for peace and social justice had merged, observes Dr. history repeat itself.” Jack Fischel, a history professor emeritus who joined the faculty But there’s also good news. in 1965 and launched the Venture Coffee House lectures to air Black enrollment at MU is nine the issues. “You couldn’t be against the war and not support percent. Millersville president Dr. civil rights,” Fischel says. “We drew students.” John Anderson’s administration Around this time, a lanky Philadelphia basketball player is exploring new initiatives named Mel Allen thought Millersville’s small pool of black to grow student diversity and students needed a stronger voice. He formed the Black Student retention. Association (now BSU) in spring 1967. And younger people appear Dr. Francine McNairy

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1971 Black Student Association

He faced sharp backlash, recalls Dr. Richard Frerichs ’64, professor emeritus of educational foundations, with some opponents even arguing for a white student union. But this “very courageous guy,” Allen, persisted. There were no black professors, and Dr. Raymond Runkle, director of athletics, bravely stepped up as advisor. Runkle’s daughter, Noel Brooks ’70, ’75M, recalls BSA gatherings at her parents’ home in Millersville. “This was the ’60s,” she says, a decadelong renunciation of the status quo. “Everything was exciting.” Bolstered by white classmates in the new Students for Progressive Action group, the BSA pressed Duncan in 1968 to hire black faculty and improve black enrollment and retention. After graduation, Allen joined the staff as Millersville’s special assistant for minority affairs. Now officially working to meet the government’s college desegregation mandate, he advocated for “the same issues I had confronted them with as a student.” English teacher Hazel Jackson and counselor Julia Muldrow were soon hired. Dr. Edgar Thomas was brought in as graduate school dean and to “sort of institutionalize” the new affirmative action initiative, Allen says. Meanwhile, black enrollment accelerated at Millersville, from 23 full-time students in 1968, to 72 in 1970, to 350 in 1990, to almost 700 black students enrolled in fall 2015. Hispanic/Latino students, who were almost nonexistent on campus 50 years ago, now number 618, and there are 200 students of Asian heritage. In all, minority students comprise 21 percent of Millersville’s almost 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students. “In the last 20 years,” Hopkins sums up, “Millersville has taken extraordinary steps to recruit students of color.” 10  REVIEW FALL/WINTER 2015 

And teachers of color. Though some transplants figured they’d landed on the moon. “I grew up in chocolate city [Washington, D.C.],” reflects Smith-Wade-El, who in 1983 moved to this whiter, more rural community after teaching for 10 years in Philadelphia. “I think I was in shock being in Lancaster.” She planned to leave after rental homes she sought were mysteriously leased out from under her. But she ended up staying. “I didn’t see racism institutionally,” she says. Moreover, Millersville approved her African-American studies program proposal. And it OK’ed year-round programming for cultural events, which had been limited to Black History Month. “The institution was just very flexible.” It’s since grown more so, says Darlene “Dar” Newman ’84, longtime assistant women’s basketball coach and former MU hoops star. When she competed in the early 1980s, she says, blacks had few role Mel Allen


models or teammates of color. These days, about half of Newman’s players are black. The tone has shifted “big time.”
The civil rights momentum also helped turbocharge the career of retired president Francine McNairy. When the steelworker’s daughter entered the University of Pittsburgh in 1964, she was among only a handful of blacks. She later rose through Clarion and West Chester universities as an administrator, and in 1994 joined Millersville as its provost— her then “dream job.” President Joe Caputo had helped position the school as a top minority recruiter, says McNairy, who believes he and she made “a great team… At Millersville I did not hear that [pervasive] myth” about diversity and academic excellence cancelling each other out. When Caputo retired in 2003 after 22 years, McNairy was named as his successor. “I was stunned,” she recalls. Still, says McNairy, who volunteers at a Lancaster city school, “for all the progress that has been made, I’m concerned” that people think the problems are fixed. They’re not. Dwindling public school money diminishes college prep opportunities and retention. That especially impacts blacks, who, according to the National Poverty Center and other sources, suffer three times the poverty rate of whites. McNairy worries that “there may be more separation between the haves and have-nots than existed in the 1960s.” Money is a sure roadblock for many minority scholars, says Mikel Houston, “In the last 20 years,” NAACP student chapter Hopkins sums president at MU. Racial divisions linger up, “Millersville has on campus, he adds. taken extraordinary “You kind of see the whites hanging with steps to recruit the whites and the students of color.” blacks hanging with the blacks.” People will always be disparate even if they’re friends or allies, Houston reasons. “I think that’s the beauty of life. It’s a gift and a curse.” That was the case for Florenz Webbe Maxwell ’72. When she attended Millersville as a student in the mid1950s, Webbe Maxwell says dark-skinned blacks were blatantly discriminated against. Webbe Maxwell, who gives her age as “over 21 and under 100,” was one of about five black students then. She could earn only Ds and Fs from her advisor, she recalls. “Any Negro who gets a D should be satisfied,” she was told, “because that’s equivalent to a white student’s A.” Ironically, adds Webbe Maxwell, a Bermuda native who worked her way through college, she won an extracurricular writing contest her advisor helped judge. At one point, she relates that a professor gazed at her and declared, “The best-looking people of color are Indian.” Webbe Maxwell says, “I looked straight back at him because I thought he was stupid.”

A “wonderful” exception to all this was Dr. Louis Jennings. Webbe Maxwell remembers the late English professor as “very different” from the other teachers in class and “sympathetic toward my being there.” The slurs only stung her; however, she couldn’t overcome bad grades or convince the administration to let her switch advisors. Also plagued by allergies, she went home to Bermuda well shy of completing her degree, but vowed to return. She did just that in the 1970s to study library media. Joining her this time were her husband, the late Dr. Clifford Maxwell, and their sons, Alphonso Maxwell, now a medical doctor in Bermuda, and Dr. Clarence Maxwell, now an assistant professor of history at Millersville. The civil rights movement had altered everything. Millersville was “almost like a different school,” recalls Webbe Maxwell, who with her husband had also battled segregation in Bermuda. “The first [time] was hell, the second was heaven.” She enjoyed warm, long-term friendships with her 1970s Millersville teachers, mentors and friends. A librarian, journalist and storyteller, she recently wrote the historical novel Girlcott. Webbe Maxwell earned a diploma from the London School of Journalism and a master’s degree in library science from Atlanta University. She has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including being named a member of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth for library service to youth and the community. “So Millersville redeemed itself,” Webbe Maxwell concludes, but “subliminally, there are still racial problems all over the world” and concurrent struggles to repair self-esteem.

Florenz Webbe Maxwell (left) was the first recipient of the Library Association of Bermuda’s Excellence in Service Award. Presenting the award is Minister of Public Information Services Neletha Butterfield. Photo courtesy of the Library Association of Bermuda.

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CHARTING THE POLITICAL LANDSCAPE At All Levels of Government

BY LAURA KNOWLES

G. Terry Madonna ’64 “There is tremendous fascination with politics, and politics has shaped our nation since its inception,” says G. Terry Madonna ’64. After earning his Ph.D., Madonna returned to Millersville, where he was a member of the faculty for 37 years as well as chair of the government department and head of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs. In 2004 Madonna joined Franklin and Marshall College, where he is director of its Center for Politics and Public Affairs and professor of public affairs. He also hosts a program on WGAL-TV called “Pennsylvania Newsmakers” and is recognized as a national expert on politics and the American presidency. With the 2016 presidential campaign ramping up full force, Madonna has been called on by media as wide-ranging as the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, National Public Radio, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS and Fox News to offer his analysis of the upcoming campaign. “One thing I have observed is how polarized our country has become,” says Madonna, noting that issues such as gun control, the environment, immigration, abortion and foreign policy have created a political climate with no middle ground. As Madonna notes, our political system tends to lean sharply to the right or to the left, with little room for moderation. And yet, Madonna has discovered that this powerful divide masks a reality that most Americans are not fully aware of. “In truth, most Americans are moderate. The conservative views of the Republican Party and the liberal views of the Democrats do not represent the more moderate views of most Americans,” says Madonna. Madonna says that “I think we are seeing the death of the middle class,” pointing out that what most people care about are 12  REVIEW FALL/WINTER 2015 

issues like the economy, healthcare and social issues that affect them more directly. Even gun control gets a moderate take from most people, who neither see themselves as NRA [National Rifle Association] supporters nor gun haters. Yet the political lines would make it seem that Americans are sharply divided. Most people are disturbed by the school shootings and do not want guns to get into the hands of persons with mental illness. With the 2016 presidential campaign gearing up, Madonna is intrigued by the number of Republican candidates. At one point, there were 17 candidates, participating in debates that seemed more like a sideshow than debates on clear issues. Madonna predicts that the numbers will gradually dwindle to a handful of viable candidates for the Republican party, while Democrats will be choosing between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. “One thing you can say is that we have a very interesting mix of candidates on both sides, and underlying it all is extreme anger among Americans,” says Madonna. “Just wait ’til the gloves come off.” While national politics have a show-biz quality, local politics tend to be much more pragmatic. In truth, it is local politics that has a greater effect on the personal lives of people, such as the taxes they pay, where they live and how their children are educated. Mindy Fee ’87 State Representative for the 37th Legislative District, Mindy Fee ’87 offers simple advice for future legislators. “Get a good education, find a career that you love that isn’t involved directly with politics and then run for office,” says Fee. Fee, who is serving her second term, points out that the 203 members of the Pennsylvania House come from many


VOTE Voting is both a privilege and duty. Here is an abbreviated history of voting in the U.S.A.

1790 - Only white, male adult property owners had the right to vote.

1866 - The first Civil Rights Act granted citizenship to all native-born Americans—but not the right to vote.

1868 - 14th Amendment granted citizenship to people once enslaved, who had been born in the United States. backgrounds, such as teachers, farmers, CPAs, business owners, lawyers and police officers. Everyone brings a different set of skills, and all of these perspectives are valuable in working together for the good of Pennsylvania. She credits her parents with getting her interested in politics. Her parents served on the borough council in Manheim, and her mother was the first woman ever elected to that post. Later her husband Tommy served as mayor of Manheim, and then as the area’s magisterial district justice. “After he passed away in 2011, I decided it was time for me to join the ranks of those who were willing to serve in that capacity,” says Fee, who has a degree in economics. Fee believes that everyone who pays taxes is affected by government. If you have kids in school, government affects you. If you drive on roads and fill your car’s tank with gas, government affects you. She urges people in all walks of life to devote some time and energy to learning about the issues and all of the ways that government affects daily life. “Knowing about politics isn’t just about hearing about the people running for president. It means knowing what your school board is working on. It means knowing about what your municipal officials are doing about an intersection near your house. It can be tempting to just ignore politicians in general, but the truth is that you need to make your voice heard,” she says. “The issues that are consistently at the top of my agenda are property tax reform, pension reform, prevailing wage reform and farming issues,” says Fee, adding that her district includes a big chunk of Pennsylvania’s most prime farmland. Jordan Harris ’06 Jordan Harris ’06 was in high school when he decided that politics was his chosen path in life. It all started with a campaign to keep a Philadelphia school open. That’s when Harris saw that standing up for an issue could empower people. “We do have a voice, and we can make a difference,” says Harris, who was so anxious to vote in his first election that he registered the day he turned 18. “I was hugely influenced by professors like Rita Smith-Wade

1870 - 15th Amendment prohibited the denial of the right to vote based on race, color or previous condition of servitude—granting black men the right to vote.

1920 - 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote.

1964 - 24th Amendment outlawed poll taxes.

1964 - The Civil Rights Act prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, gender or religion in voting, public areas, the workplace and schools.

1965 - The Voting Rights Act prohibited denial of the right to vote on the basis of race.

1971 - 26th Amendment set the national voting age at 18 and over.

1975 - The Voting Rights Act was extended and new provisions were added, such as outlawing literacy tests.

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Bob Walker answers questions with several Millersville students.

El and Richard Glenn,” says Harris. He credits a financial aid package from Millersville with making college a reality. A government and political affairs major, his goal was to return to his hometown of Philadelphia to improve his community. In 2012 his dream came true when he was elected as the state representative for the 186th District in Philadelphia. Before pursuing a career in public service, Harris worked as an educator in the Philadelphia Public School System for several years. He was also the executive director of Philadelphia’s Youth Commission. Harris was instrumental in designing Slam Dunk, a summer program that assisted over 600 high school students in meeting credit requirements for graduation. “What I care about most is education and the educational system. Through education, anything is possible,” says Democrat Harris. He is pursuing his doctorate in educational leadership. Harris will return to Millersville as the keynote speaker at the December 2015 commencement ceremony. Tom Baker ’02 Tom Baker ’02 first got interested in politics when he served as Millersville University Student Senate president from 1999-2001. “I was exposed to so many terrific learning opportunities about how local government works,” says Baker. Baker went on to become the youngest candidate for Allegheny County Council’s District 1 in Pittsburgh, unseating an incumbent in May 2013 and winning the November 2013 general election. Before that he served on the North Hills School Board and as chairman of the Young Republicans of Pennsylvania. “Government impacts our lives on a daily basis,” says Baker. “One of my favorite things about being a councilman is helping constituents every day with their issues and concerns. I always do my best to respond quickly and try to work as hard as possible to help them with the issues they have. I really like to hear from my constituents—I represent 100,000 residents.” Baker finds fulfillment in seeing the impact that elected officials make in the everyday lives of neighbors and communities. “Keeping taxes low is something that I find vitally important,” says Baker. “Millersville played an incredibly large role in my development as a leader,” says Baker. “Millersville has never let me down, and I am proud to be a Marauder for life!”

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Scott Martin ’02 Scott Martin ’02 took a path to politics that had lots of twists and turns. He majored in sociology and criminology, with a minor in athletic coaching. Professionally, Martin had worked as business development officer, director of the Lancaster County Youth Intervention Center and supervisor of Barnes Hall Juvenile Detention Center. Martin feels strongly that a life of service has great meaning to him and those he serves. He believes he found his calling when he was elected to the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners in 2008, and since then has served as vice chairman. Martin actively serves on several statewide and county committees, demonstrating his dedication to issues that include criminal justice, ending homelessness, juvenile crime and ending sexual exploitation of youth. He was inducted into Millersville’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007. A two-time All-American football player and a PIAA state heavyweight wrestling champion, Martin admits that his can-do attitude from athletics has given him a competitive edge when it comes to politics. He sees himself as a champion for the causes that mean the most to him. Patricia Brogen ’75 Patricia “Pat” Brogan ’75 has served as chief of staff to Lancaster’s Mayor Rick Gray since he took office in 2006. Although Brogan, who previously worked for Pennsylvania State Representative Mike Sturla, never went into politics on purpose, you might call it a fortuitous accident. All set to enter the social work field, Brogan was lured into politics when Louise Williams was running for District Judge in the late 1970s. She asked the young college grad to be a campaign volunteer and help get signatures for her nominating petition. “Long story short, if you volunteer for a political campaign once, you’re sucked in forevermore,” she jokes. A registered Democrat, Brogan always votes for the person, not the party. As a child, Brogan lived with her Italian grandparents, and on Sundays the family gathered for a spaghetti dinner after church, which inevitably led to political debates with strong opinions. “Watching and listening to all that energy and passion about politics sure had an impact on me,” says Brogan, adding that her grandmother was a huge influence in her life. “She was a very tolerant and patient person, but she had no patience or tolerance for people who didn’t vote. She considered it a mortal sin.” Brogan believes that local politics is “where the rubber hits the road.” With local government there is no distance between those who serve and the people who are being served. She considers poverty as “the root of so many of our problems, and I’m very concerned about what’s been termed


the plight of the middle class.” Brogan says, “I believe that, as a country, we’re ignoring poverty and the concentration of wealth at our own peril.” Interestingly, Brogan felt most impacted by nonfaculty staff at Millersville, who took her under their wing. “My first Thanksgiving after graduation, I was unemployed and living in Millersville. They put together a huge turkey dinner basket and brought it over to my house,” says Brogan, adding that Bob Slabinski ’78 also had a major impact when he hired her to work at Student Services. “To this day, I can say that my life has been enriched by each and every one of these kind, generous and wise people.” Jess Yescalis ’06 Jess Yescalis ’06 started volunteering in campaigns at the age of 13. He served as a political aide to Tom Ridge in his first campaign as governor of Pennsylvania. That’s when he realized that he loved campaigning more than working in government. After a year in the Ridge administration, Yescalis followed his passion and became political director for the Arizona Republican Party. The Republican National Committee then asked him to run the Hawaii Republican Party, where he served for two years as the youngest state party executive director in the country. After that it was a whirlwind of national and world travels, as Yescalis took on a “flyaround” job with the National Republican Senatorial Committee, helping U.S. Senate candidates in six competitive races. Today, he has his own company, Yescalis Campaign Strategies based in Phoenix, which specializes in fundraising and campaign strategy. “I have worked with hundreds of candidates, party committees and public policy organizations across the country, raising over $100 million for center-right candidates and committees,” he says and has visited 124 countries, 50 states and seven continents. He trained candidates and political party leaders for seven weeks in post-revolution Egypt; helped the leaders of the NLD, Aung San Suu Kyi’s political party, on strategic messaging in Burma; led a leadership academy for rising political stars in Mongolia; worked with new members of Parliament in post-coup Fiji and monitored presidential runoff elections in post-revolution Tunisia. “We are blessed to live in the greatest, freest society the world has ever known, which we take for granted,” he says. “There are still too many countries where activists literally risk their lives to engage in politics. They are arrested, persecuted, tortured and even killed fighting for the fundamental rights that we take for granted. The least we can do is volunteer for someone we believe in, write a check to a good cause and, at a minimum, take the time to show up and vote.”

Millersville alumni who served as legislators Marriott H. Brosius, Class of 1866

U.S. Congressman (1889-1901), Republican. Practiced law in Lancaster and served with the 97th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Volunteers during the Civil War. (1843 - 1901)

William W. Griest, Class of 1876

U.S. Congressman (1909-1929), Republican. He was also a teacher, newspaper editor, secretary of state of Pennsylvania (1899-1903) and president of lighting and street railway companies (1903-1927). Lancaster’s only skyscraper, the Griest building, is named in his honor. (1858 - 1929)

Joseph F. Biddle, Class of 1894

U.S. Congressman (1932-1933), Republican. Filled the vacancy caused by the death of Congressman Beers. Biddle was a lawyer and newspaper publisher. (1871 - 1936)

Jere W. Schuler, Class of 1956

Pennsylvania State Representative (19822002), Republican, 43rd District. Previously, he was a teacher and baseball coach at LampeterStrasburg High School for 25 years. (born 1934)

Ralph W. Hess, Class of 1962

Pennsylvania State Senator (1971-1990) Republican, 28th District. Chair of the Education Committee, he spearheaded legislation which established the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and the PHEAA loan program. (born 1939)

Robert S. Walker, Class of 1964

U.S. Congressman (1977–1997), Republican, 16th District. High School teacher; assistant to U.S. Congressman Eshleman for 10 years; chairman of the House Committee on Science. Now CEO of the lobbying firm of WexlerWalker. Established the Walker Center for Civic Responsibility and Leadership at Millersville University. Millersville is the repository of the former Congressman’s office papers and archives. (born 1942)

H. Craig Lewis, Class of 1966

Pennsylvania State Senator (1974-94), Democrat, 6th District (Bucks County and a portion of Philadelphia). He was a lawyer and served as a vice president of Norfolk Southern Corp. (1944 –2013)

Scott W. Boyd, Class of 1980

Pennsylvania State Representative (20032012), Republican, 43rd District. CEO and owner of a commercial display company. Previously, he served on the West Lampeter Planning Commission and Pequea Township Citizens Advisory Group. (born 1958)

Jess Yescalis monitoring elections in Tunisia.

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Dr. William B. McIlwaine, parade grand marshal.

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Alumni Interest 2016 Travel Program Reservations are available for several exciting destinations with the PASSHE Alumni and Friends Travel Program, which is open to all. England, Scotland and Wales - May 1 – 15 Memphis to New Orleans river cruise - June 5 – 13 Scandinavia and Russia cruise - July 3 – 16 Buenos Aires to Rio cruise - November 7 – 19 Cuba’s Charming Colonial Cities and Havana - December 3 – 11 For more information, visit www.alumnivacations.com. Or contact Steve DiGuiseppe ’82, PASSHE travel coordinator at Millersville: 800-681-1855 or steven.diguiseppe@millersville.edu.

Class of 1965 Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

UPCOMING EVENTS JANUARY 12 M  U AMS Alumni & Friends Reception – Hilton Riverside, New Orleans, 6-9 p.m. 20 MU After Work – Fireside Inn, Strasburg 23 Basketball Alumni & Friends Day, Pucillo Gym MARCH 16 M  U After Work – Conestoga Country Club, Lancaster APRIL 16 J azz & Java featuring Alumni Jazz Ensemble, Lehr Room, Gordinier Hall MAY 14 Delta Phi Eta Reunion, Gordinier Hall 18 MU After Work – Forklift & Palate, Manheim

For more complete coverage of Homecoming activities, please visit the Alumni website at www.villealumni.com. Save the date for next year’s Homecoming October 22, 2016.

First row (l to r): Faith Ann (Snyder) Vining, Katherine (Jodon) Fichtner, Mary (Riddiough) O’Gorman, Judy (Jones) Miller, Susan (Freundel) Payes, Lynn (Kirk) Hunter, Betty Ann (Schaffroth) Seiser, Leon Ahlum , Ellen Jo (Noonan) Malloy, Catharine (Kammerer) Keim, Pauletta (Helfrich) Copenheaver, Nancy (Fischer) Folske, Jeanette (Harkins) Trefny, Jane Rinehart, Class Advisor

Third row: Charles Wagner, Cheryl (Levin) Moretz, R. Kenneth Shearer, Faith Ann (Snyder) Vining, Janet (Ankrum) Simon, Joanne (Myers) Roush, Jean (Tarantino) Herring, Carolyn (Ahalt) Stambaugh, Thomas Campbell

Second row: Scott Vining , Daniel Witman, Carol (Kershner) Witman, Diane (Potteiger) Kelly , Joan (Cocco) Strayer, Dorothy (Hassler) Saunders, Helene (Heuer) Endy, Geraldine (Henly) Hurst, Walter Engle

Fourth row: Joseph Wilt, DeWayne Howell, Donald Rineer, Janet (Beaverson) Smith, Edward Green, Edward Schopf, Philip Loht

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Sigma Phi Omega Reunion Seeking Nominations!

Kappa Alpha Psi Reunion

Phi Sigma Pi Reunion

Do you know a fellow alumnus who deserves special recognition? The Millersville University Alumni Association (MUAA) celebrates outstanding alumni achievements through the Alumni Awards program: • Distinguished Alumni Award • Young Alumni Achievement Award • Outstanding Volunteer Service Award • Honorary Alumnus Award Please visit our web page to review qualifications, recent recipients and/or to submit a nomination: www.villealumni.com “Awards.” The deadline is December 31. Nominations can be sent to: MU Alumni Association Millersville University PO Box 1002 Millersville, PA 17551-0302 Email: mualumni@millersville.edu

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Campus News McIlwaine receives Presidential Medallion Dr. William B. McIlwaine, emeritus professor, received the Presidential Medallion at the University’s Convocation on Aug. 28. It is one of the highest honors Millersville University bestows to recognize individuals, businesses or organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to the universal values of higher education. McIlwaine, a member of Millersville’s faculty from 195891, is a distinguished educator and respected leader in the Millersville community and beyond. He is also a decorated veteran of World War II and was selected to serve as the grand marshal for the 2015 Millersville Community Parade. “Dr. McIlwaine, whose perseverance in the face of adversity, and whose far-reaching and trailblazing work in higher education has impacted thousands of students in Pennsylvania and across the country, is a treasure to Millersville University,” said Dr. John Anderson, president of Millersville University. A member of what is referred to as “the greatest generation,” McIlwaine served in the 3rd Army, 80th Infantry Division, 317th Infantry Regiment. As a soldier, he fought across Europe, including the Battle of the Bulge, where he was wounded by artillery fire. In May 1945, his unit liberated inmates from the Nazi concentration camp in Ebensee, Austria. For his bravery and contributions, he was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge and four Theatre of Operation Stars.

At Millersville, he was the first director for grants and awards; chairman for the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education; and emeritus professor of science education. McIlwaine also served as chairman of the earth sciences department, where he taught geology. He also developed a program in student teaching for the Navajo Indian reservation. Although McIlwaine has been retired for more than two decades, he remains an active member of Millersville University. He serves on the University’s Council of Trustees and Millersville University’s Foundation Board.

News Bites Millersville’s Department of Nursing earned approval to begin offering the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), starting in summer 2016. The program is designed for busy nurses who already have their MSN degree. The Doctor of Nursing Practice builds on the existing advanced practice MSN education and is in line with the goals and objectives of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). Students with intellectual disabilities are already experiencing an inclusive educational program at Millersville University. The University received a $2.36 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to develop an innovative program that colleges and universities across the Commonwealth will be able to replicate. The program will help to change lives and create learning opportunities. 20  REVIEW FALL/WINTER 2015 

President John Anderson and Dr. William B. McIlwaine


Staying safe Millersville University has adopted a new tool to keep students even safer. Known as LiveSafe, it turns smartphones into powerful personal safety tools, increasing communication between students and University police officers, and bringing more awareness of safety issues. Users have the ability to keep their friends safe by virtually walking them to their destinations, request a safety escort from University police, or be tracked via GPS in the event of an emergency. LiveSafe is a free application and is supported on Apple iOS and Android operating systems.

Providence Project Millersville University and LancansterHistory.org are partnering to create the Providence Project, a research project that tells the importance of the Lancaster region in the founding of the nation. The project, led by Dr. Marlene Arnold, professor of anthropology, aims to create a compelling tale highlighting the story of Native Americans and the cultural degradation they faced. The project will have an interdisciplinary approach, incorporating various MU departments, and the end goal is to present a research book as well as a television series focusing on southeastern Pennsylvania history leading up to the American Revolution.

Riding for Scholarships Thanks to all of our participants, sponsors and volunteers for making the Second Annual American Dream Scholarship Ride on September 19 a success. Over $17,000 was raised to provide scholarships for Millersville University students to achieve their educational goals and to live the “American Dream.” The event also educates the public on the health benefits of bicycling and its environmental impacts.

Chancellor Frank Brogan

Move-In Day On August 20, more than 1,300 freshman students descended upon campus to begin their college experience. And with them was their “stuff.” Refrigerators, microwaves, clothes, sheets and comforters, towels, computers, packed storage bins and more. Fortunately, the freshmen brought along parents and family members to help. They got some extra help from Frank Brogan, who is chancellor of the 14-university State System of Higher Education, and a few members of his staff. Brogan plans to participate in move-in days for all of the PASSHE universities. After unpacking, the freshmen began their four-day orientation to Millersville and college life.

President John Anderson and Millersville’s mascots—Skully and the Marauder— welcomed the new freshman class on move-in day.

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sports Athletic Hall of Fame The Millersville University Athletic Hall of Fame’s 21st annual class of inductees was honored at a ceremony on October 23, during Homecoming weekend. The class includes Ray Davis ’75 (baseball/men’s basketball); Cathy Sipes Jennings ’96 (volleyball); Charlie Parker ’09 (men’s basketball); Carol Forry Roth ’92 (women’s track and field); Kelley Shea ’87 (field hockey/softball); Jerry Swope (wrestling coach); and Greg Wright (sports information director). Beyond the five athletes’ outstanding individual accomplishments, all were winners and tremendous team players. Each of the athletes led teams to at least one PSAC Championship. The class also features all-around athletes, with Davis and Shea earning All-PSAC recognition in two sports. Swope took Millersville’s wrestling program to national prominence over 15 seasons. Wright, the first sports information director ever inducted into the hall of fame, revolutionized publicity for the Marauders in 22 years on the job. Ray Davis was not just a two-sport athlete at Millersville. He was a two-sport star. An All-PSAC selection in both baseball and basketball, Davis was a dominant pitcher on the diamond and a dangerous scoring threat on the hardwood, scoring 1,146 career points from 1972-75. He won back-to-back PSAC Championships on the diamond and two NAIA District 19 titles on the hardwood. He is a plant leader at W. L. Gore & Associates in Elkton, Md. A true winner and a force at the net, Cathy Sipes Jennings led Millersville volleyball through its most successful four-season stretch (1992-95), winning four consecutive PSAC East titles and the program’s lone PSAC Championship in 1995. A two-time All-PSAC East selection and AVCA Atlantic Region pick in 1995, Jennings piled up 195 block solos and 1,167 kills during her career. Nearly 20 years later, Jennings still ranks first in career block solos, eighth in career block assists, third in career kills, third in career hitting percentage (.267) and seventh in career service aces (162). She is a preschool teacher at Hayshire United Church of Christ. Charlie Parker ranks among the best basketball players in Millersville’s storied history. He capped his brilliant four-year career as Millersville’s second-leading scorer of all time, with 1,949 points. His 454 assists rank fourth, and his 288 career steals rank second. He was the 2005 PSAC East Freshman of the Year and followed that accolade with back-to-back PSAC East Player of the Year awards in 2006-07 and 2007-08. Parker is one of only four players in Millersville history to win the award and the only player to win it twice. He is the owner of Crunchtime Hoops L.L.C. As a Marauder from 1986-89, Carol Forry Roth not only won the

(L-r) Ray Davis, Jerry Swope, Kelley Shea, Carol Forry Roth, Greg Wright, Cathy Sipes Jennings, Charlie Parker

PSAC heptathlon championship twice, but she also won the 100-meter hurdles at the conference championships in 1988 and 1989. Those exploits landed her the Outstanding Track Athlete Award at the 1989 PSAC Outdoor Championships. She set Millersville records in the 100-meter hurdles and the long jump that are still standing more than 25 years later. She is an instructional technology coach in the Central York School District and an adjunct professor at York College. A two-sport standout for the Millersville field hockey and softball teams, Kelley Shea has the rare distinction of earning All-PSAC honors in two sports. A back-to-back PSAC Champ in field hockey and record-setter in softball, Shea left Millersville as one of the school’s finest all-around athletes. Shea was a key midfielder for the PSAC Championship-winning field hockey teams in 1985 and 1986, and played in three NCAA Division III Tournaments with the team, reaching the national final in 1985. She also set records in assists, triples and walks as a shortstop with the softball team. Jerry Swope’s wrestling teams posted a 133-83-3 dual record, including a 104-35-2 record from 197079. His 1977-78 club finished as the NCAA Division III runner-up. It also took third place at the national championships in 1976-77. Swope coached five Marauders to individual Division III titles, and seven won PSAC Championships during his tenure. He lives in Lock Haven. Greg Wright, known as the founder of sports information at Millersville, was responsible for the publicity, game-day media operations and athletic publications for Millersville’s diverse intercollegiate athletics programs. Wright received 10 citations for publications and writing excellence from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). He also created Millersville’s first athletic website. He resides in Lititz.

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Marauder alum returns to lead Women’s Soccer Millersville women’s soccer has a new leader, and it is a familiar face for Marauder soccer fans. Matt Procopio ’09, a men’s soccer great, also served as assistant coach for the women’s program in 2012-13. In his first stint at Millersville, Procopio built a reputation as a tireless recruiter while running highly successful summer camps and clinics. His influence was integral in the development of the players, and he made an immediate impact on the program. With Procopio on staff, the team posted its best season in six years and made another leap forward by garnering a national ranking in 2013. Many of the players that he recruited were the catalyst to a 9-6-2 record in 2014, which was the program’s best

record in more than a decade. “Millersville is the perfect fit for me,” said Procopio. “As an alum there is no better way to give back to a university that has given me so much. I love the University, location, administration, coaches and most importantly the women in this program.” After elevating the Marauders to new heights, Procopio landed a role as the men’s soccer assistant coach at Tiffin University. Procopio helped guide the Dragons to a 12-5-1 record, GLIAC Championship and NCAA regional appearance. He was a Marauder under Coach Steve Widdowson from 2005-08 and played a prominent role in the Marauders’ rise to PSAC power. He started 53 of

Miller and McDade star against nation’s best In a league that features the bestof-the-best Division I baseball players and professional scouts filling the stands, Millersville’s Brandon Miller and Jim McDade more than proved they belonged. The Marauder duo took to the Cape Cod League—the nation’s premier collegiate summer league—and established themselves as pro prospects in 2016. Miller, with a 4-0 record, 1.50 ERA and 27 strikeouts to just one walk, was so impressive that he earned the team’s Willard Nichols Most Outstanding Player Award, which is given to the person who selflessly volunteers hours

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of his time to maintain the franchise when it is needed most. He was the only Division II player in the league to play in the Cape Cod League All-Star Game, and he even pitched two scoreless innings in that game. McDade entered the league on a temporary contract and impressed in four outings, giving up only three hits and one walk over seven innings. “It is a lot of fun being [playing against the best],” said McDade. “It gives us a lot of confidence, having the same success as the D1 guys. This has shown us that we can pitch and be successful against the best in the country.”

63 games as a defender and served as the co-captain of the 2008 club that set a school record with 18 wins, won a PSAC East Championship and NCAA Atlantic Regional Championship. His team climbed to No. 6 in the national rankings. Procopio was a two-time AllPSAC East and an All-Atlantic Region selection by NSCAA/Adidas and Daktronics. He garnered All-America honorable mention status as a senior. “The Millersville women’s soccer program will be built on organization, communication, discipline and hard work,” said Procopio. “I am looking forward to building a program that will not only compete in the PSAC, but on a NCAA regional and national level.”


Probst brings energy and winning reputation to softball program Jennifer Probst, a two-time MAC Freedom Coach of the Year, was named the softball program’s head coach, bringing a championshipwinning resume and link to the PSAC as a pitcher and graduate of Bloomsburg. Probst started her head coaching career at Misericordia in 2010 and compiled a 150-109 (.580) record, with a MAC Freedom Championship in 2012. Her teams totaled three MAC Freedom championship game appearances and postseason berths in five of six seasons. Probst’s teams were remarkably consistent, winning between 25 and 28 games five times. The 2012 club reached the NCAA Tournament. Probst was voted the MAC Freedom Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2012. “There is a lot of potential within the current program, and I am looking forward to getting to know the student-athletes,” said Probst. “I’m also excited to get started recruiting, adding great talent to build a foundation for the future of the program.”

Pucillo Gym gets new playing surface

Her teams’ successes have been built on strong pitching staffs and lineups that get on base and hit home runs. Misericordia ranked in the top three of the MAC Freedom in team ERA in each of her six seasons, and led the league with a 3.19 mark in 2015. Twice her team led the league in home runs, and it hit 38 in 45 games in 2015. Probst coached 23 All-MAC Freedom players, including four first-team pitchers, a pitcher of the year and rookie of the year award winner. Additionally, her players accounted for 50 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Academic awards. Her team’s GPA has remained over 3.4 for six consecutive seasons.

The hardwood of Pucillo Gymnasium has hosted thousands of games, and millions of feet have run and jumped on it since its installation in 1969. This summer, after 46 years, the floor was replaced. Tear-out of the existing floor began in July and was completed just in time for the start of the volleyball season in September. The overhaul included installation of the new floor and paint with a fresh design featuring the recently unveiled Ville mark at center court. West Chester-based company Miller Flooring handled the project and has worked with the United States Naval Academy, Villanova University, the University of Delaware and Penn State, as well as numerous area high schools. The floor, an Aacer PowerLoc System, has improved shock absorption, providing a better experience and decreased wear and tear for Millersville and other PASSHE student-athletes. In addition to the new playing surface, the walls, doors and trim of the gym received fresh paint. The wrestling, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, volleyball and soccer team locker rooms also received a facelift. New lockers were installed, shower and wall tile was upgraded, and ceiling tiles and light fixtures were replaced.

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• Jean (Kreider) Balderston ’57, Elizabethtown, has served 17 years as the volunteer manager of the gift shop at Homestead Village in Lancaster.

1960s • Joyce (Leftwich) Smigel ’61, Crystal River, Fla., retired after 38 years of teaching and now runs a gym for women. • Richard Frerichs ’64, Millersville, was elected to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association board of directors for a two-year term. • Thomas Weaver ’65, Sayre, retired from his position as a selfemployed Nationwide Insurance agent. • Barry Sussmann ’67, Maple Glen, traveled to Vietnam in May 2015 to relive the history of the Vietnam War. • Les Ihlenfeldt ’69, Newtown, retired from teaching chemistry and physics for 45 years. He is now studying piano and guitar.

1970s • Alvin Herner ’70, Dover, Pa., retired after 50 years as a physical tester, product and quality engineer. He enjoys wood turning and sells his ornamental turnings to jewelry and antique stores. • Pamela Miller ’70, Webster Groves, Mo., is in her 46th year of teaching. She has taught in Pennsylvania, Germany, Illinois and Missouri. • Michael Barton ’71, Southampton, N.J., retired from the New Jersey Department of Transportation after 28 years. • James Richards ’71, Del Haven, N.J., retired as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Cape May.

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He also served in churches in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Indiana, and was involved with a ministry in Guatemala for the Mayan people. • William Weigel ’72, Franklinville, N.Y., retired after teaching social studies for 41 years at Franklinville Central School. He was also the athletic director and coached wrestling, cross country and track. • Donald McCarty ’74, Conshohocken, is the senior vice president and market president for the Reading region of Metro Bank. • Nancy (Friedrichs) Weigel ’74, Franklinville, N.Y., retired as the media specialist for grades K-12 at Franklinville Central School. • Brian Wilkes ’74, Pinckneyville, Ill., received an honorary doctorate from Wolsey Hall School of Theology, Oxford, in recognition of his work to preserve Native American heritage and the Cherokee language. He translated and published a series of scripture volumes bilingually in Cherokee and English. • Barry Shreve ’75, Green Cove Springs, Fla., was named director of Limestone College’s extended campus Internet program. • Robert Walters ’75, Easton, received his 10th academic credential from Northampton Community College in May 2015. • Jay Parrish ’76, East Petersburg, was appointed special assistant for science and technology for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. He will be assisting in the development of a plan to use remote sensing to locate and monitor methane emissions. • Michael Fox ’78, Glen Rock, retired from the Department

Sugar on Top: Alums baking gourmet donuts in Millersville Opened on North George Steet this fall, Sugar on Top gives customers a chance to design their dream donut with a variety of icing flavors, sprinkles and toppings. Stephanie (Cornwell) Rowe ’12 and her husband Tim ’14 are working there. Stephanie’s parents, John and Valerie Cornwell, are the owners, and it is the second store in the Sugar on Top franchise. The first store is in Strasburg, and a third shop is planned for Intercourse. Lots of signature donuts are available, but the fan favorite seems to be maple bacon. of Defense after having served as senior cyber advisor for the army. He served 42 years as an active military officer and senior executive civilian. • Carol (Campbell) Kelsall ’78, Lancaster, graduated with an Ed.D. in educational leadership from Immaculata University in May 2015. She retired after serving 37 years as teacher, principal and mathematics administrator for the Eastern Lancaster County School District. • Kathleen (Klopp) Mosko ’78, Coopersburg, retired after 36 years of teaching in the Upper Perkiomen School District. • Alan E. Eschbach ’79, Chesapeake, Va., published a book, My View from the Bridge Wing: A Reflection on life, perspective, and leadership. Now retired from a 25-year career with the U.S. Navy, he captained two warships.

1980s • Carol (Long) Krammes ’80, Pine Grove, retired after 35 years as a

learning support teacher in the Pine Grove Area School District. • James Daniels ’81, Grand Junction, Colo., retired after working 30 years as a meteorologist for the National Weather Service. • Mary Beck ’83, ’10M, Harrisburg, started her own practice as a certified geriatric care manager serving Lancaster and Dauphin counties. • Melissa Byers ’85, ’90M, West Hills, Calif., is a website content producer for the Television Academy. She edits and curates content for televisionacademy.com, oversees freelance writers and writes for the website. • Donna Dambach ’85, San Francisco, Calif., is the senior director and head of toxicology at Genentech, Inc., a biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines to treat patients with


ADVANCE YOUR CAREER POTENTIAL WITH OUR GRADUATE PROGRAMS serious or life-threatening medical conditions. • Christopher Kahler ’85, Baltimore, Md., is the senior producer of creative services and digital studios at Maryland Public Television. • Craig Merrill ’88, Newton, N.J., received his master’s degree in American history from the American Military University in fall 2014. He teaches social studies at Sparta High School. • Michael Resan ’88, Whitacre, Va., received certification from the American Academy of Professional Coders to become a certified professional biller. He works as a surgical team lead biller for Physician Business Solutions. • Bret Stover ’88, Oreland, was recognized as the Southeastern Pennsylvania football coach of the year by the Philadelphia Inquirer. He is in his 12th season as the head coach of Upper Dublin High School. • Ned Bustard ’89, Lancaster, published an art history curriculum for elementary-aged children called History of Art: Creation to Contemporary. He also co-edited and released a book in spring 2015 titled, Bigger on the Inside: Christianity and Dr. Who. • Sophia Carter ’89, Philadelphia, received the prestigious Rose Lindenbaum Excellence in Education Award. She teaches in the School District of Philadelphia.

1990s • Patricia Baker ’90, Kent, United Kingdom, published a book, The Archaeology of Medicine in the Greco-Roman World, with Cambridge University Press. She was also promoted to senior lecturer in classics and archaeology at the University of Kent. • Charles Kaiser ’90, Lancaster, was a featured artist at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of Arts, creating and selling his own unique style of batik. • Jeffrey Clouser ’91, Mount Joy, earned his certification in church music from Virginia Wesleyan College. He is music director at Palmyra Church of the Brethren, festival coordinator for the 2016 Lancaster-Lebanon Handbell Festival and has been selected as chair-elect for Area 2 of the Handbell Musicians of America. • Thomas DiMeo ’91, Jeffersonville, received a doctoral degree in education from Immaculata University in May 2015. He is a Spanish teacher

and school safety specialist and analyst with Marple Newtown School District. He was invited to present the findings of his research at the National School Safety Conference. • Elizabeth (Stafford) Passo ’91, Camp Hill, was recognized by the 9th annual 2015 National Indie Excellence Book Awards for her book, The Reindeer Gift: A Fun, Easy Christmas Tradition. • Alfred Quarles II ’91, Willow Grove, published a book, Burning Sands: ”My Brother’s Keeper” Volume 1. He is an administrator with the School District of Philadelphia. • Tracey Staab ’92, Linwood, N.J., is the principal of Cape Educational COMPACT Alternative High School in Cape May County. She previously taught English for 15 years. • Melissa Ciocca ’93, Jupiter, Fla., was promoted to executive director of marketing operations at LRP Publications in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. • Stephen Avery ’94, Newport News, Va., was elected as a fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine for his contributions to the field of medical physics. He is an assistant professor and director of the department of radiation oncology for the medical physics program at the University of Pennsylvania. • Jeff Grainer ’94, Ephrata, was promoted to payroll supervisor with Parsons and Brinckerhoff Inc., an engineering and construction management firm. • Shane Moser ’94, Millersville, was hired as vice president and commercial loan officer for Metro Bank, Lancaster/Lebanon region. • Elehna (Mullin) Shores ’94, Easton, was promoted to associate professor as an information services librarian at Northampton Community College. • Daniel Boekenkamp ’95, Allentown, was promoted to division safety manager and safety, health and environmental pillar lead for Nestle Purina PetCare North America. • Tara (Eyer) Daub ’95, Sea Cliff, N.Y., was recognized as a 2014 Volunteer of the Year by the Pro Bono Partnership for her outstanding pro bono service to the Partnership’s clients. • Kelly (Rothrock) Davis ’95, Lancaster, is the assistant to the dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Millersville University. She also serves as secretary and

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Filmmaker and Entrepreneur Every day, Brad Kenyon ’93 is in charge of “making the magic happen.” The co-founder and managing partner of Lancaster County-based Aurora Films, Kenyon has put his longtime love for film and cameras to use. His job is “creating reality,” Kenyon says, “or what people want expressed” on behalf of their company. Inside a nearly 10,000-square-foot soundstage east of Leola, where Aurora does much of its work, he demonstrates what he means. Taking large, quick strides over to a three-walled kitchen set, Kenyon leads his five-member crew in filming a scene for a national faucet company. Kenyon, who grew up on a small horse farm in Kentucky before moving to Central Pennsylvania in his teens, deftly manipulates the dolly and jib holding a large video camera as it slides on tracks toward his client’s product. His firm includes 10 key people dedicated to “helping companies communicate,” both in the business-to-business and business-to-consumer markets. His clients have included such international companies as Samsung, Electrolux, Johnson Controls and BMW North America, and regional ones like the Lancaster Chamber, Lancaster General Health and several local advertising agencies. “Brad is a thoughtful filmmaker whom we often ask to tell our stories,” says Rosanne Placey, corporate communications and public relations manager for Lancaster General Health. “He does that in a way that resonates with our audience while being very sensitive to our patients.” Millersville “was key in my education…to allow me to concentrate on the storytelling,” Kenyon says. “No matter how the technology [in his field] changes, you still have those core storytelling skills in your background. So it doesn’t matter if we are shooting with a 6K camera or a GoPro, as long as we’re communicating intent, delivering the right message to the right audience with the right aesthetic. That’s success. That’s art.” His goal was never to become the biggest production company in Lancaster County, Kenyon notes. “Our goal was just to create cool stuff and be excited about making content that works.” Aurora Films and the Shadowlight Group, a business that provides still photography, props and set design and construction for national brands, teamed up in early 2015 to open the new $1 million soundstage in Leola. Shadowlight owns a 125,000-square-foot aircraft hangar-esque building, while Kenyon and Aurora operate the soundstage 20 feet away. Kenyon got his start in the business “writing, shooting and editing” for sevenplus years for a National Geographic underwater cinematographer who used to operate a video-production company in Lancaster. Later, Kenyon worked as a freelance producer and cinematographer on different independent films across the United States. He has learned that what he does “is an art that requires a lifetime devotion to honing your craft. That’s what I enjoy about it.” Aurora Films started in 2001, when Kenyon joined forces with Dr. John Slovak, a cardiologist with a strong interest in film work. The two men were planning a documentary in Bangladesh but were unable to travel due to the 9/11 attacks. They continued working together, producing medical-education videos for Lancaster General Health, and Aurora Films was born. Later, Aurora added another partner, Col. Kurt Stein, who helped the company navigate the recession that started in 2008. Kenyon loves his role of “constantly solving problems for customers on a project-to-project basis. It’s not just us doing what a client tells us to do and us giving [the finished product] back to them…it’s a true collaboration with the clients. I can really see that they appreciate it, and I love it. When it comes to work, I don’t think I could do anything else.”

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Brad Kenyon ’93 xxxxxxxxxxxxx Kenyon also was co-executive producer for the 2011 feature film, “Another Harvest Moon,” which was directed by his one-time MU classmate, Greg Swartz. The film stars Ernest Borgnine, Doris Roberts, Piper Laurie, Anne Meara, Richard Schiff and Cybill Shepherd. The film, shot at the State Hospital in Harrisburg, “was an amazing experience for our company that we are all proud of,” Kenyon says. After the movie, larger accounts were coming in. “We started picking up some real heavy hitters, and we needed a place to accommodate some of the projects that we were doing,” Kenyon says. Aurora needed a soundstage, so the new partnership with Shadowlight was a perfect fit. Kenyon estimates that 98 percent of clients are return customers. “We’ve been very fortunate that our clients trust us with their brand.” Of the five people on his production crew, four are Millersville grads and one is still a student. Kenyon and Aurora also have a long-standing internship program with Millersville. “We really feel that it’s important to have that program, because a lot of people want to get into this industry,” Kenyon notes. “It is not just talented people we are looking for; we really need to feel they’re the right personality, and the right maturity level, in order to work with us. Rather than have someone simply come in with a resume and a demo reel, it’s nice to be able to have a no-risk testing ground for their personality. That’s critical when you have a customer servicebased business.” One of Kenyon’s mentors at Millersville was Dr. Bill Dorman— “an amazing, inspiring individual.” Dorman would tell his students, “You will screw things up, but that is what the college environment is here for...it allows you the luxury of failure in order to learn from your mistakes without losing your job.” In addition to the facility in Leola, Aurora Films has a preand post-production office in downtown Lancaster. Kenyon credits “the continued renaissance of business growth in Lancaster, and the fact that I can surround myself with people I feel very lucky to work with. There is no question that I feel I have made the right move by starting a business here.”


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Giving Women New Beginnings Tricia Lee Nabors ’97, believes in empowering women to make better choices and a fresh start when life throws them a few curves. For Nabors, it’s all about building confidence and navigating the system to find the right opportunities. New Choices is a program that offers educational empowerment workshops to women in transition. As director of New Choices, she offers programs for women who have run into stumbling blocks in life, such as bad relationships, unemployment, financial difficulties, substance abuse and challenging parenting situations. “I started at New Choices as a program counselor in 2004 and was promoted to director in 2011,” says Nabors. At the successful completion of class, New Choices provides scholarship money for individuals interested in continuing their education. Since Nabors has been director of New Choices, she has had the privilege of working with “wonderful ladies” who come in the door in some level of “crisis” and leave after a 10-day class with hope, inspiration and a belief that they can do and be anything they set their mind to do—as long as they have the motivation.  Nabors earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and then received her M.Ed. in counseling education at Millersville University. Next, she earned her certification as a Board Certified Coach from the Center of Credentialing and Education. She explains that her position with New Choices is much like being a head coach, trainer and cheerleader for the women in the program.  “New Choices provides a newfound hope that individuals may have lost in the face of adversity,” says Nabors. “I feel honored to work with these ladies who come through my door as strangers but leave as friends.”  Nabors is deeply committed to her work. It’s even taken her into prison.  After Joseph Shiffer, deputy warden of operations at Lancaster County Prison, heard about New Choices, he invited Nabors and her staff to bring a program into the prison. As he points out, “It’s something that our women really needed, and it has been working out very well. I think it makes a huge difference in their lives.” Called New Beginnings, the program has a mission similar to that of New Choices, but since the women are incarcerated, they face additional obstacles.

co-chair of the Millersville University Alumni Association. • Robert Kuestner ’95, Blackwood, N.J., is the Philadelphia Eagles content producer for NBC channel 10 in Philadelphia. Previously, he worked 17 years helping to launch Comcast SportsNet in Philadelphia. • Laura (Kochert) Richardson ’95, Waynesboro, was recognized in the Record Herald newspaper for her work as a special education teacher in the Waynesboro Area School District. • John Cooke ’96, Springfield, was named president of Monsignor Bonner & Archbishop Prendergast High School in Drexel Hill. • Suzanne (Goss) Mannix ’96, Willow Street, was honored with

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a Master of Pedagogy Award and named 2015 Teacher of the Year in the Lampeter-Strasburg School District. • Adam Young ’96, New Hope, was promoted to chief legal officer at MagnaCare, a health services company. • Maitee Cueva ’98, Los Angeles, Calif., was promoted to senior vice president of programming and development at the OWN network. • Kimberly (Weihrer) Long ’99, Stowe, was promoted to FERC license compliance manager at Exelon Generation Company, LLC.

2000s • Sarah (Paul) Dutton ’00, Red Lion, was featured in the Johns

Tricia Lee Nabors ’97 “New Beginnings provides an avenue for us to show the many populations that New Choices has the ability to reach,” says Nabors, adding that the New Beginnings prison program also emphasizes the importance of addressing mental-health, drug and alcohol challenges.  Nabors has been interested in working with women since she was a child growing up in Vandergrift, a rural town northeast of Pittsburgh. She wanted to inspire women to be all they want to be and more.  “I can honestly say that I have a job that directly benefits the greater good of the community and world,” says Nabors. “I am a proponent of the idea that when you educate a woman, you educate a generation.”

Hopkins School of Nursing magazine for her work teaching medical Spanish to future nurses, doctors and healthcare providers. • Christopher Driscoll ’01, Pittsburgh, was elected to the Millersville University Alumni Association Board of Directors. • David Morris ’01, Middletown, was promoted to assistant vice president for development at Delaware Technical Community College. • Adam Shoffner ’01, Morgantown, joined Hartford Funds in Radnor as a senior paralegal. • Michael Denlinger ’02, Avondale, was promoted to GIS manager at Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art.

• Erick Macek ’02, Los Angeles, Calif., released a new music album, Erick Macek EP. He is a professional singersongwriter and was a contestant on the NBC show “The Voice.” • John Stauffer ’02, Mountville, graduated with honors from the Pennsylvania Bankers Association’s Advanced School of Banking in July 2015. He is the assistant vice president and office manager for Ephrata National Bank’s Akron office. • Amanda Helman ’03, Catasauqua, received a doctoral degree in special education at Lehigh University in May 2015.


• Walter Lindberg ’03, Crofton, Md., achieved National Board Teacher Certification in the area of early/middle childhood music. • Kristi-Lynne (Miller) Dahlgren ’04, Lancaster, is senior account manager at Godfrey, a businessto-business marketing agency. • Gregory Hinner ’04, Blandon, received a master’s degree in information management from Syracuse University in May 2015. He also received a certificate of advanced study in information security management. A major in the army, he trained at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and will be assigned to a cyber unit at Ft. Gordon, Ga. • Cameron Martin ’04, East Earl, was named director of development and marketing of Berks Encore, an organization offering services and support for older adults and seniors in Reading. • Michael Shafer ’04, Quakertown, is an in-house real estate counsel with PPL Electric Utilities. • Phillip Bialor ’05, Lancaster, received a pharmacy technician diploma from YTI Career Institute in February 2011. • Nathanael Carroll ’05, New Cumberland, exhibited his paintings at Chelsea’s Agora Gallery in New York City. • Andrea (Sabia) MacRae ’05, Brooklyn, N.Y., was promoted to senior manager of human resourcescollege relations at Viacom. • Natalie Shaak ’05, Philadelphia, was promoted to communications manager in the LeBow College of Business at Drexel University. • Sherry Welsh ’07, Columbia, received a Ph.D. in social work from Morgan State University in May 2015. She works as the operations manager for the York Adams Transportation

Authority and is a councilwoman for Columbia Borough. • Daniel Dochterman ’08, Lancaster, was promoted to assistant vice president at Mariner Finance, LLC. • Douglas Madenford ’08, Howard, published a book, Schtimme Aus’m Kaerrichof. • Bradley Chandler ’09, Telford, passed the CFP® exam in March 2015 and was promoted to financial advisor at The Vanguard Group.

2010s • Sean Joyce ’10, Langhorne, is the applications lab manager of Crest Ultrasonics. • Lisa (Nota) Cunkelman ’11, East Brunswick, N.J., was featured in an article by the Sanford Herald as teacher of the week. She teaches 11th grade U.S. history and 10th grade advisory at Lee Early College. • William Hochgertel ’11, Lancaster, graduated from the Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia in May 2015. He is starting his pediatric residency at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. • Anthony Leon ’11, Lancaster, was promoted to youth education manager for the Mazzoni Center in Philadelphia. • Jordan Kuhns ’12, Dubuque, Iowa, is the new broadcasting and media relations coordinator for The Dubuque Fighting Saints hockey team. • John Scargall ’12, Ridley Park, recorded a song, “Leave It on the Track,” which was used as the main theme music for the official NASCAR ’15 video game. • Sigourney Stelma ’12, Quakertown, received a master’s degree in marine studies: physical

Everett Deibler ’09 and Ashley Weaver ’11 were married on 6/27/15, aboard the Carnival Glory in Miami, Fla. This was an “MU Only” photo taken after the ceremony. (L to r): Daniel Gonzalez ’91, Andrea Black ’11, Ashley Weaver Deibler ’11, Everett Deibler ’09, Lauren Crossan ’12, Julia Sides ’15, Brandon Snyder ’13 and Adam Hinde ’14.

Holly Hatton ’99 married Onur Kuzeyman in Istanbul, Turkey, on 8/14/14 and in Philadelphia, at the Franklin Institute, on 10/11/14. The above photo was taken at the Istanbul wedding. Included are five of the bride’s former softball teammates and their spouses, who flew across the Atlantic to join the celebration. They also attended the ceremony in Philadelphia. From l to r, top: (other French and American guests are in photo) Zach Heskett ’01, Kate (Adams) Heskett ’01, Sabrina (Atkins) Borra ’01, Michelle (Reed) Pollis ’03, ’08M, Mike Pollis ’01, ’05M. Also attending the Philadelphia wedding were Amy (Young) Brisar ’01, Andrea (Downes) Silva ’99 and Bill Adams ’74. Andrea Rose Sabia ’05 married Alec MacRae on 5/17/14, in the Poconos. L to r: Tiffany (Moroch) Miller ’05, Keith Kehr ’06, Beth (Cook) Kehr ’05, the bride, Nicole (Brewer) Economy ’05 and Kellen Economy ’05.

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ocean science and engineering from the University of Delaware in May 2015. • Jess Ames ’13, Royersford, works for Angel Flight East, a volunteer pilot organization that provides free air transportation to children and adults in need of medical treatment far from home. • Christopher Fieger ’14, Denver, was hired as an accountant on the finance team of ABC Keystone, a building and contracting company. • Abigail Stimach ’14, Springfield, Va., is the new outreach and marketing administrative assistant for the American Meteorological Society education department. • Katie Baltzley ’15, Aspers, is a GIS technician for SSM Group, Inc., an engineering firm in Reading. • Amber Hill ‘15M, Shippingport, has been awarded an assistantship from Kent State University to the doctoral program in geography.

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Marriages • Jayne Johnson ’78 and Wayne Morris, 2/28/15. • Tracey Staab ’92 and Bill Catino, 6/27/15. • Cherie Skibiszewski ’94 and Robert Beideman ’95, 1/20/15. • Jennifer Oreszczyn ’96 and Joseph Pintal, 7/14/12. • Dwayne Scheuing ’97 and Theresa Quinton, 9/17/14. • Holly Hatton ’99 and Onur Kuzeyman, 8/14/14. • Christopher Driscoll ’01 and Kathryn Krupa, 5/23/15. • Andrea Sabia ’05 and Alec MacRae, 5/17/14. • Lisa Spittler ’05 and William

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Moyer, 7/14/07. • Everett Diebler ’09 and Ashley Weaver ’11, 6/27/15. • Dan Giangiulio ’10 and Amy Wagner ’10, 11/29/14. • Evan Ganley ’12 and Corinne Bry ’13, 5/23/15. • Ryan Thomas ’12 and Elyse Brown ’13, 6/13/15. • Julie Urbanik ’12 and Christopher Shoff ’13, 10/4/14. • Amanda Reedy ’13 and John Reynolds III, 5/15/15.

Births • Robert Kuestner ’95 and wife Jill, a daughter, Emily Marie, 11/1/14. • Jennifer (Oreszczyn) Pintal ’96 and husband Joseph, a daughter, Anne Marie, 11/15/13. • Michael Denlinger ’02 and wife Allison, a daughter, Mackenzie Elizabeth, 2/13/14. • Adam Shoffner ’01 and wife Tiffany (Smeal) ’03, a daughter, Josephine Maria, 6/9/15. • Katie (Cassarly) Knaub ’03 and husband Jesse, a daughter, Cora Ann, 6/11/15. • Lisa (Spittler) Moyer ’05 and husband William, twin daughters, Reagan McKenna and Rylie Paige, 2/27/15. • Kelly (May) Clouse ’07 and husband Victor ’07, a son, Mason Victor, 6/18/15. • Matthew Fried ’08 and wife Rachel (Hill) ’08, a daughter, Alexandra Lee, 3/3/15. • Christa (DiMassa) Peters ’08, ’13M and husband Brett ’10, a son, Dallas Allen, 8/20/15. • Amanda (Roland) Miller ’08 and husband Kyle ’08, a son, Levi Andrew, 6/21/15. • Allison (Accardi) O’Brien ’08 and husband Shane ’08, a daughter, Siena Faith, 7/28/14.

SUBMISSIONS

Robert Grove ’39, Danielsville, died 2/28/15, at the age of 96. After teaching elementary and high school, he served as superintendent of schools for the Northampton Area School District until retiring in 1981. • Margaret (Malone) Balmer ’40, Elizabethtown, died 8/28/15, at the age of 96. She was an elementary schoolteacher for 28 years in the Elizabethtown School District. • Jennie (Mandrille) Nichols ’43, Santa Monica, Calif., died 1/8/15, at the age of 93. She was a teacher in Southern California until her retirement. Elmer Bodie ’48, Wrightsville, died 6/4/15, at the age of 100. He taught geography, history and general science at Phineas Davis Junior High School in York. Earl M. Weber ’48, Lititz, died 10/21/15, at the age of 93. He was a professor emeritus of industrial arts education, joining Millersville’s faculty in 1960 and retiring in 1978. He also served as chairman of the department and dean of the Graduate Studies program. Hugh J. Porter ’50, Morehead City, N.C., died 12/11/14, at the age of 86. He was an internationally known malacologist with the University of North Carolina’s Chapel Hill Institute of Marine Sciences and authored 40 scientific papers and several books. His father, Melzer Porter, was the head of the music department at Millersville State Teachers College for many years. Paul Brodbeck ’51, Hellam, died 3/31/15, at the age of 85. He was a middle school science teacher with the Spring Grove School District for 34 years. • Helen (McElroy) Fergerson, ’54, Severna Park, Md., died 4/4/15, at the age of 95. She taught for 30 years in Pennsylvania, Maryland

and the Philippines. • Edward Stusnick ’56, St. Augustine, Fla., died 4/15/15, at the age of 84. He was a school administrator and industrial arts teacher at Lakewood High School in New Jersey, and was involved in real estate in Florida. Donald Wilson ’56, Highspire, died 5/5/15, at the age of 81. He worked in the materials handling department of AMP, Inc., before retiring in 1995. • Ronald Carnicella ’59, Ebensburg, died 5/22/15, at the age of 77. He retired from teaching and coaching football in 1978. He founded the Pennsylvania State Football Coaches Association and was inducted into the association’s Hall of Fame in 2000. • Shirley (Becky) Fingal ’60, Fort Myers, Fla., died 3/25/15, at the age of 90. She taught elementary school in Lancaster. • Roxanne Umbenhauer ’60, Pine Grove, died 3/30/15, at the age of 75. She taught for 30 years in the Tulpehocken and Pine Grove Area school districts. • Andrew Bryant ’61, Longmont, Colo., died 7/3/15, at the age of 76. He served as senior associate admissions director at Duke University and director of admissions at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. After moving to Colorado, he taught at the Dawson School and was a flyfishing guide in Lake City. • Thomas Groff ’61, Lancaster, died 4/12/15, at the age of 77. He began his career at Pequea Valley as an earth science and geography teacher, and retired from Conestoga Valley School District as a guidance counselor.

Represents a veteran who served their country in the U.S. military.


Julie Urbanik ’12 married Christopher Shoff ’13 on 10/4/14. The bride’s father, Michael Urbanik ’04, is an alumnus, as are the groom’s parents, Patricia (Dicely) Shoff ’80 and Edward Shoff ’80.

Amanda Reedy ’13 married John Reynolds III on 5/15/15.

Tracey Staab ’92 married Bill Catino on 6/27/15, in Galloway, N.J. MU alumni in attendance were Maria D’Isabella ’93, Jennifer Fike ’92, James Wynn ’92 and John Matusek ’91.

Lots of current Millersville students and Millersville alumni were in attendance. In the picture: Daniel Lipson ’13, Kyle Bomgardner ’14, Jonathan Shoff ’07, Benjamin Shoff ’15, Christopher Shoff ’13 (groom), Julie Urbanik Shoff ’12 (bride), Kelly Urbanik, Caroline Seefeldt ’12, Danielle Matthie ’10 and Celeste Bradley ’10, ’12M.

Corinne Bry ’13 and Evan Ganley ’12 married on 5/23/15. Marauders in the bridal party were Shannon Egan ’13, Trisha Coulton ’12, Robert Santoro ’12, Walter Rogers ’12, Michael Carpenter ’13, Jarret Kovalcik ’12 and Emily Wallace ’12. Other Marauders in attendance were the bride’s mother, Christine Bry ’90, Taylor Suskie ’13, Jon Coral ’12, Taylor Sulak ’12, Kyle Leahy ’12, John Friskey ’13, Eddie Turtle ’13, Caitlyn (Engle) Carpenter ’13, Cait Fitzpatrick ’10, Jess Wolfgang, Christine Stimeck, Joan Riggins, Kendra Martz and Ryan Herman. Amy Wagner ’10 and Dan Giangiulio ’10 were married on 11/29/14, with “a ton” of their favorite MU friends in attendance.

Olivia Miller ’15 married Caleb Cunningham on 7/11/15.

Back row (l to r): Eric Cruz ’10, Tom Gorman ’08, Ashley Gorman ’09, Brad Kenyon ’93, Nicole Laverty ’12, Christy Moyer ’10, Professor Bill Dorman, Ligeylie Fritz, Matthew Majewski ’09, Ed Roseboro ’10, Chris Malenich ’10, Katie Magliochetti ’09, Professor Stacy Irwin. Front row (l to r): Josh Hankins ’08, Erin Hankins, Jesse Keim ’10, the groom and bride, Rachel Hudak ’09, Tim Mercandetti ’12 and Meg Cranney ’10.

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class notes • Cynthia Wiley ’61, Lancaster, died 4/18/15, at the age of 75. She was an activities specialist at Conestoga View Nursing and Rehabilitation for 15 years until retiring in 2005. • Lois (Fuhrman) Bryant Hedgepeth ’62, Durham, N.C., died 12/25/14. She was a teacher and counselor for 43 years in Pennsylvania, Colorado and North Carolina. She received numerous awards and grants during her career. • Marian (Hagstrom) Haines ’62, Lancaster, died 7/14/15, at the age of 74. She taught for 25 years for the School District of Lancaster. • Thomas Beck ’64, Lititz, died 4/14/15. He was professor emeritus at Thaddeus Stevens College, retiring in 1999. He was an active member of the Lancaster County Master Gardener Program. • Earl (Tom) Yeager Jr. ’64, Lewistown, died 3/12/15, at the age of 72. He was an industrial arts teacher for 38 years in the Mifflin and Bradford County school districts. • Sarah (Winter) Brendle ’65, Virginia Beach, Va., died 1/18/15, at the age of 71. She taught elementary and preschool in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Alaska and North Carolina. • Alma Eby ’67M, New Holland, died 3/9/15, at the age of 84. She was a teacher at Franconia Mennonite School and New Holland Elementary School. She also taught at a school for the blind in Ethiopia and became the owner of the Book Passage in New Holland West Business Center. • Nancy Claire Lovell ’68, Mountville, died 7/10/15, at the age of 68. She began her career as an elementary teacher in Europe and then continued in the United States. She was a very accomplished seamstress and used that talent as a lead seamstress on

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the set of the movie, “Witness.” • Fred S. Weaver ’69, Zuni, Va., died 11/17/14, at the age of 71. He was the owner of A to Zuni Construction and was an avid ham radio operator. • Nancy Wall Morris ’72, Lancaster, died 6/13/15, at the age of 73. An advocate for the City of Lancaster, she co-founded Puffer Associates, which later became Puffer Morris, a real estate firm that focused on city properties. In addition, for 15 years she was a co-owner of Zanzibar in downtown Lancaster. She was active in many community-related organizations, including serving on Lancaster City Council. • Linda Thompson ’72, Red Lion, died 1/4/15, at the age of 64. She was a teacher for the Red Lion Area School District. • David Sinton ’76, Spring Grove, died 11/26/12, at the age of 58. He was a teacher at ITT Technical Institute. • John Egan ’81, Yardley, died 6/1/15, at the age of 56. He enjoyed a 20-year career in clinical and scientific research for major pharmaceutical companies. • Kevin Day ’86, Lansdale, died 3/27/15, at the age of 51. He was employed with the U.S. Postal Service for over 20 years, most recently as a supervisor. • Tina Volz ’87, Holtwood, died 6/25/15, at the age of 59. She was a fiber artist, leader of a preteen girls’ instruction group and an active volunteer in scouting. • Christine (Quinn) Greenawalt ’88, West Chester, died 1/28/15, at the age of 48. She worked in the nuclear medicine field and lived in England for several years. • James R. Hamilton ’93, Harrisburg, died 8/28/15, at the age of 44. He was employed by Computer Aid, Inc., as a senior technical analyst. • Avery Wilson ’99, Lancaster, died 2/28/15, at the age of 40. He was an assistant principal at Solanco High

Remembrances • Clara Desmangles, Lancaster, died 3/23/15, at the age of 84. She had worked at Millersville University as a registrar. • Jean B. Urban Funk, Columbia, died 8/23/15, at the age of 93. She was a beautician at Pink Ice Beauty Salon and worked in food service at Millersville University. • Luceille “Lucy” Hagarman, York, died 9/2/15, at the age of 86. She taught kindergarten for 31 years at York’s Old Lincoln School. A generous benefactor to the University, she established “Ruthie’s Axxxx Place”—a campus garden near Millersville’s science complex in honor of her mother, Ruth Baker. She also endowed the Luceille Hagarman Reading and Sculpture Garden outside of Ganser Library. • Charlotte L. Landis, Lancaster, died 9/16/15, at the age of 93. She had worked as administrative secretary for Millersville University Office of Alumni Affairs. Robert A. Rotz, former resident of Millersville, died 10/29/15, at the age of 89. A professor emeritus of sociology, he served on Millersville’s faculty from 1963-87 and also served as a chair of the Department of Sociology & Anthropology. • H. Byron Showers, Lancaster, died 4/5/2015, at the age of 85. He was a professor of counselor education and psychology at Millersville University from 1965-90. Before coming to Millersville, he was an assistant professor of psychology at Monmouth College and lecturer in education at Rutgers University.

School. He was also a professional barber. • Shanna (Halliday) Michael ’02, Norwood, died 3/27/15, at the age of 35. She was a teacher at Chester Community School and Norwood Elementary School. • Brian Shea Jr. ’02, Newtown, died 7/19/15, at the age of 35. He was an independent insurance agent with Brandon Insurance Group. He was also an accomplished drummer. • Julie (Beaulieu) Chronister ’07, Shermansdale, died 4/27/15, at the age of 31. She was a human resources analyst for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. • Christopher Pillion ’12, Johnstown, died 3/14/15, at the age of 22. He volunteered many

hours in the Cleve J. Fredricksen Library in Camp Hill and with a teen advisory group. • Allison L. Rickert ’13, Yardley, Pa., died 9/18/15, at the age of 24. She was an editorial intern at the book publishing division of Highlights for Children in Honesdale.


Why I

give

Lois Todd Morgan ’54

Putting Young Women into the Competition

When Millersville University’s field hockey team won their first-ever NCAA Championship in Louisville, Kentucky, last fall, one fan in Lancaster was especially thrilled by their victory. “I didn’t get to play field hockey when I was at Millersville, but I love the game and I was so happy to hear that our team were champions,” says Lois Todd Morgan ’54, who graduated with a degree in elementary education. In a way, Millersville University’s field hockey team are Morgan’s girls, even though she has never given them pointers on corners, demonstrated the proper dribbling technique or cheered them on from the stands. What she has done is to establish the first endowed scholarship for field hockey at Millersville University, giving these female athletes an opportunity to get into the academic game. “I know that the cost of education has escalated in recent years, and this is my way of helping young women compete educationally,” says Morgan, who has supported both the Athletics Academic Support Program and the Impact Fund over the years. It seems that Morgan cares deeply about athletics and education, and the field hockey scholarship will support both causes that are close to her heart. It also gives her a chance to relive her own days as a field hockey player in high school. Back in the late 1940s, Morgan played field hockey at Manheim Township High School in Lancaster. She was a center halfback who helped her team win a local championship. When she went to Millersville, she had to give up her favorite sport so she could pursue her studies and work part-time at Lancaster Newspapers in the classified advertising department. She would have loved to compete in sports at Millersville, but her busy schedule didn’t give her time. “I enjoyed field hockey, softball, basketball and gymnastics,” says Morgan. “I think that students do well when they balance mind and body.”

Back in 2012, Morgan established another endowed scholarship known as the Lois T. Morgan ’54 Student-Athlete Endowed Scholarship, which awards educational funds to one or more student-athletes from both men’s and women’s sports. As she points out, deep down she will always be a student-athlete herself. Morgan grew up in Manheim Township and was always interested in sports. She met her husband, Milton K. Morgan Jr., when the two were in seventh grade. They even “went steady” for about two weeks in eighth grade. They both went off to college— she to Millersville and he to Penn State. When they saw each other again at a high school get-together, something clicked and they began dating in earnest. They got married in their junior year of college and moved to Ohio after graduation, where Milton worked for General Motors. Morgan became a busy full-time mom with four youngsters, including twins. In 1958, the Morgans moved back to Lancaster, and once the children were older, Lois Morgan was able to pursue teaching as a substitute teacher, noting that “I wanted to be there for my children.” Over the years, her family has grown to 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. In 2007, Morgan became an author, writing her own self-published autobiography. It all began when her youngest grandson was working on a school assignment on the psychology of aging. He asked her what life was like growing up in southern Lancaster County, when her grandfather drove cattle from Atglen to the New Danville Pike. She began putting together her memoirs and adding photographs until she had a detailed life history that would stand as a legacy to her family. “It kind of snowballed,” says Morgan. “But it was therapeutic after Milt’s death.” Her husband died in 2011 after nearly 59 years of marriage. An educator at heart, she loves sharing her stories with family members and young friends. And she loves watching Millersville’s student-athletes reach for the stars. “I really enjoyed meeting Coach Shelly Behrens. She did a wonderful job with her field hockey team, and I hope to get to a few games this fall when they try for another championship,” says Morgan.

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he Snapper, Millersville’s student newspaper, celebrates 90 years of reporting all the campus news that is fit to print—and then some. It is clear in this photo from the 1936 Touchstone yearbook that students took their roles as journalists, editors and layout artists seriously. Many Snapper alumni launched successful careers in journalism, publishing and multimedia.

Note to the Millennial Generation: The two machines on the table are called “typewriters”—invented in the 1860s and now pretty much obsolete since the explosion of personal computers.

Take a digital walk down memory lane and access the Snapper online: http://blogs.millersville.edu/archivesandspecialcollections/digital-collections

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