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Engaging students in learning

Music is everywhere at Millersville. Silhouetted against a sunny sky, a few of Millersville’s talented student-musicans play for the more than 1,600 people who attended the Honors and Awards ceremony (see pages 18-19).

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Spring/Summer 2013


Vol. 126 No.3

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

President Dr. John M. Anderson

Millersville Review Staff Amy H. Dmitzak, Executive Editor Patricia Coulson, Editor Janet Kacskos, Campus News Ethan Hulsey, Sports News Mike Saraka, Alumni News Kelly Davis ’95, Alumni News

Contributors Kelly Smedley ’93 Frost Imaging Laura Knowles Matthew Lester Photography Madelyn Pennino James Yescalis Photography Linda Forte Creative

Young Educators Teaching is a profession that is everchanging and the pressure to keep things fresh and interesting has never been greater. Learn what some Millersville alumni are doing in the classroom.


Millersville’s 14th President There’s a new president at Millersville and he seems to be everywhere. Learn more about Dr. John Anderson and his vision for Millersville.


Printed by Pemcor, Inc. Alumni Association Lori Dierolf ’91, president Scott Bailey ’96, president-elect Stephen Focht ’70, treasurer Cassandra Karamanos ’94, secretary Jennifer Bertolet ’92, Sandra Brown ’76, Nathan Claycomb ’01, Jenna Craig ’10, William Dewan ’93, Catherine Glass ’53, John Held ’02, Amy Hoffman ’94, Patrick Leahy ’97, Greg Ortlieb ’09, Katie Petermann Breit ’02, Daniel Sidelnick ’75, Carroll Staub ’72, ’90M, Kristin Waters ’05, Tamara Willis ’99, Jerri Anne Johnson ’76, ’87M, past president.

PASSHE Board of Governors Guido M. Pichini (chairman), Marie Conley (vice chair), Aaron A. Walton (vice chair), Sen. Richard Alloway II, Rep. Matthew E. Baker, Jennifer G. Branstetter, Governor Tom Corbett, Sara J. Dickson, Laura E. Ellsworth, Rep. Michael K. Hanna, Ronald G. Henry, Bonnie L. Keener, Jonathan B. Mack, Joseph F. McGinn, Harold C. Shields, Robert S. Taylor, Ronald J. Tomalis, David F. Wolfe, Sen. John T. Yudichak

Millersville University Council of Trustees Michael G. Warfel ’84 (chairman), Caroline M. Hoffer, Esq. ’77 (secretary), James P. Argires, Gibson E. Armstrong, Julianne Dickson, Robert A. Frick ’66, ’69M, Kevin F. Harley ’86, William B. McIlwaine, Olayinka Osibodu (student), Brian A. Rider ’87, Gerald S. Robinson, Esq., Dr. Peter Garland, acting chancellor, State System of Higher Education, ex officio.

Blades of Steel The Ice Hockey Club was started at Millersville 35 years ago and is stronger than ever. Students and alumni share the Marauder bond, which was formed on and off the ice.


Residence Halls Project A multiyear project is under way to replace existing residence halls more than 40 years old with modern facilities for today’s students.


Student Success The annual Honors & Awards Convocation recognizes student achievement and brings students together with their benefactors.


Millersville University Foundation Board Robert Laskowski ’74 (president), David Thompson ’09P, ’13P (vice president), Tamara Willis ’99 (secretary), Amanda J. Shaw ’01 (treasurer), Daniel Biemesderfer ’71, Beverly Hacker Breniser ’69, ’73M, Judith Carter ’60, ’76M, Ximena Catepillan, Kenneth DeLucca, Benjamin Del Tito ’77, Robert A. Frick ’66, ’69M, Richard A. Glenn, Jan L. Graybill ’80, Albert Hoffman, Sarah M. Holland ’15 (student), Patrick J. Hollowell ’13 (student), Anne Jackson ’78, Thomas Janke ’11P, Eric Liddell ’71, F. Perry Love ’58, Elizabeth Martin, William B. McIlwaine, Barry E. Miller ’77, Robert Patterson, Gerald Robinson.

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In a day and age

where advancing technology is changing the landscape of teaching almost constantly, the profession itself is more demanding than ever before. Still, as teachers face challenges, many are thriving in the classroom and loving every minute of it. And teachers who have graduated from Millersville University are leading the pack. One of those teachers is Bryan Svencer ’05, who teaches fourth grade at Lincoln Elementary School in Emmaus. He recently wrote a book called EDUtainment: Entertainment in the K-12 Classroom. Watch the video trailer. Svencer said it’s imperative that children have fun when they are learning, especially now that most are so wrapped up in technology. “The reality is, that’s what they are into these days,” Svencer said. He came up with the idea of writing the book after taking a geography course with Millersville professor Dr. Derek Shanahan, who assigned Svencer’s class to write a research paper based on European education philosophies. Svencer, then a senior, wrote about the Montessori Method and Shanahan joked that the paper was about “edutainment.”

Bryan Svencer is serious about teaching and has developed unique methods that work.

“It stuck with me,” Svencer said. Svencer’s book has been getting rave reviews. In December 2012, just a few weeks after it was released, the book was ranked #1 in teaching pedagogy on Amazon. His teaching strategies have attracted attention from and the Pennsylvania Association for Curriculum and Supervision Development, which asked him to write an article published in the spring 2013 issue of the Pennsylvania Educational Leadership Journal. Svencer comes by his nickname, “The Engager,” honestly by getting his students engaged in the learning process. In EDUtainment Svencer outlines fun teaching concepts in chapters such as “DiscoSnack” and “Karaoke Choreography.” The educational concept in “DiscoSnack” is incentivebased. In this case the incentive is a disco-themed snack party complete with a disco ball, karaoke machine and light-up computer keyboard for students to use.

Students jump at the chance to learn more from Bryan Svencer’s innovative teaching approaches. (left): Fourth-graders ham it up on the playground at Lincoln Elementary School in Emmaus.

The concept in “Karaoke Choreography” is to take educational contemporary songs and put them to movement, which Svencer said helps kids with memorization. “It’s a big hit,” Svencer said. “Kids get interested because the lyrics aren’t cheesy. I’ve seen great progress. Parents are pleased too,” Svencer said. “They say to me, ‘my kid used to be so bored and fidgety, and now he can concentrate.”’

Technology Technology is also an integral part of everyday curriculum, according to Kari Miller’s ’06. Miller, a fourth-grade teacher at Sinking Spring Elementary School in the Central York School District, said even if some of her students don’t use much technology at home, they pick it up quickly at school. “They amaze me with everything they do,” Miller said. “I show them a little bit and they take over. I give them leeway and flexibility and just marvel at what they can do.” Middle-school math teacher Jeffrey Wile ’11 agrees that

technology plays a large role in how students learn. Wile, who teaches at Signal Knob Middle School in Shenandoah, Va., regularly uses math applications as part of his instruction. But for a long time he couldn’t find quite what he was looking for. “There are fun math applications out there, but they are too basic,” Wile said. “I couldn’t find anything for my kids.” So he decided to create one himself. The application took several weeks for Wile to develop because he had to learn a new computer language as part of the process—a challenge he enjoyed. “I felt I was getting to a point where I was getting more confident in the classroom,” Wile said. “I wanted to try something else and this was that something else.” The WileD Math application, which contains 36 math topics to practice including algebra, equations and fractions, was published in January. “It’s a very broad spectrum of higher-level math,” said Wile, who graduated with a secondary math degree and a minor in computer science. Like Svencer, Wile also believes in a classroom-based reward system. When students are successful in learning math topics on WileD Math, they get credit points which add up to an end-of-the-week reward. Wile recently received the “Innovation in K-12” award from the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council. The free application has become very popular with teachers and parents as well as students, and has been downloaded more than 1,500 times. “I am excited to see that number grow,” Wile said. “I’ve enjoyed all of this so much at this point.” Young Educators Spring-Summer 2013  5 

Math teacher Jeffrey Wile created an innovative application for the iPad. WileD Math helps students practice their math skills. After answering the questions correctly, the user gets to play a minigame as a reward.

“With every decision I make, I want to walk away knowing the student was a priority in that decision,” Transue said. Transue graduated from Millersville with a degree in both elementary and early education and later obtained a master’s degree in education. She also participated in Millersville’s Education Leadership Program and earned a principal certification for K-12 and a supervisory certification in curriculum and instruction.

Benefits of co-teaching As technology becomes immersed in education, teachers also are contending with other major shifts in education. Bray said one of the latest trends in the last three to five years is the concept of co-teaching. “It’s wonderful,” Bray said. “It’s a huge, huge shift from the former isolation of teaching.” Bray believes the benefits of co-teaching are numerous. “It’s nice to have teachers with different educational backgrounds automatically working together as a team to reach a goal,” Bray said. The other large benefit is that students who need special attention have more one-on-one time with a teacher. “Teachers get more sit-down time with students who need it and give students who are gifted more challenging work,” Bray said. “Alone, that is a huge mountain to climb.” Dr. Jane Bray, dean of Millersville’s School of Education, said while it’s important that teachers make learning enjoyable for students, it is also important that the learning process is active. “The more engaged they are, the more they will learn,” Bray said. “Teaching certainly has to be more creative than before. The days of teachers standing with flash cards in front of you are long gone.” Michelle Transue ’03, acting principal at Martic Elementary School in the Penn Manor School District, agreed with Bray. She said hands-on teaching brings teachers and students closer. “Teaching is about relationships,” Transue said. “Building relationships with staff and parents to connect professionally and personally.” To do that. Transue said she must trust herself as an educator. 6  Young Educators Spring-Summer 2013

Changing certifications Another huge mountain to climb is what it takes now to become a certified teacher. Through the years, classes and certification requirements have become more rigorous. “The demand is greater than in any other profession,” Bray said. As the bar is set higher than ever for educators, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has made significant changes in certification requirements. In January, PDE eliminated the elementary education certification and added a new certification in middle-level education instead. Teachers who earn a middle-level education certificate are qualified to teach grades 4 through 8 in particular subject matters. Also, there is an enhancement in pre-existing early child-

hood certification. It now includes pre-kindergarten through fourth grade; previously, it had only included kindergarten through third grade. Bray is pleased especially with the new middle-level education certification. “Middle education had been forgotten in this state,” Bray said.

Michelle Transue ’03, acting principal at Martic Elementary School in the Penn Manor School District, believes that hands-on teaching brings teachers and students closer.

Special education redefined However, one of the largest changes—if not the largest— is that PDE eliminated special education as a stand-alone major. This means that if students want to be certified in special education, they need another certification. She is also satisfied with the elimination of special education as a stand-alone major. But she thinks PDE could have taken it one step further and required that all teachers be certified in special education. That’s because Bray said there is a large shortage of special education teachers as the number of blended classrooms have increased. “It is fortunate that there are so many different students in the classroom, but it is so difficult to meet the needs of all the students,” Bray said. “But with a special education degree, a teacher may need help, but will have far more knowledge.” Christopher Keeler ’03 also believes the elimination of the special education major is appropriate. Keeler is an exceptional student specialist for the School District of Lancaster. He also acts as a consultant to other district special education teachers. He teaches children with multiple disabilities, who are in the hospital, or have severe behavioral problems. “I do agree with the sentiment,” Keeler said. “The closer we get to everybody

Teacher Bryan Svencer engages his students. EDUtainment: 1. The byproduct of simultaneously educating and entertaining a student. 2. An entertaining incentive that occurs in an educational setting. 3. A philosophy and/or way of thinking that merges entertainment and education.

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being specialized, the better off the kids will be.” However, he said, “It’s more important for teachers to hold standards in themselves and their achievement for the benefit of the student. Education is absolutely linked to quality of life.”

Job outlook for teachers Many Pennsylvania universities offer teaching certification programs, so the state typically produces more teachers than needed. Statewide there are 91 teacher preparation programs that produce a lot of teachers for the Commonwealth, according to Bray. In fact, in the 2011-12 academic year, there were four newly minted graduates with education degrees for every one teaching vacancy in the state, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Besides it being highly competitive in Pennsylvania to obtain a teaching position, there has also been a decline in hirings due to cutbacks in district budgets. During the last several years, public school districts have been forced to lay off teachers or leave positions unfilled because of statewide budget cuts to education. As a result, Bray said, graduating Millersville students realize they may not be able to get hired as teachers locally, but many try to stay as regional as possible. “Many of them are going to Maryland, Bray said. “There are plenty of teaching jobs there because they don’t produce as many teachers.” Bray doesn’t expect the job outlook for teachers to improve for the next three to five years or until statewide education budgets begin to become robust again. As a result, she said both districts and students must think hard about the future and how to overcome its challenges. “Districts need to return to their normal hiring levels. In addition, teacher candidates need to think carefully about what areas are lacking in the teaching profession and seek those certifications,” Bray said.

Christopher Keeler uses a flashcard game with Tatiana to get her to say and sign a letter. She’s very good at this as most of the responses from her were correct and immediate.

Millersville’s teacher preparation However, teachers who graduate from Millersville will have the knowledge and skill to overcome challenges and rise to the top of their professions. That’s because Millersville’s teaching program is superior on a number of levels, according to Bray. Millersville University has deep roots in teacher preparation since its founding in 1855 as the first Normal School in Pennsylvania. Today, three departments are devoted primarily to the preparation of teachers, emphasizing learning communities and demonstrating best practices. One in every three Millersville students is enrolled in a teacher preparation program. A major draw is the University’s nationally recognized faculty members who have dedicated their careers to preparing future teachers. Many faculty members have published text books that are used in classrooms across the nation. “Our teacher candidates are very fortunate to learn from these highly recognized experts,” Bray said. Millersville offers multiple opportunities for field experience for teacher candidates. They are placed in school environments early in their college careers exposing them to young students and different types of schools at an early stage in their education. Some education students are involved in cutting-edge Professional Development Schools, which are highly collaborative and very much supported by school districts. The future educators also get a solid foundation in the liberal arts and in technology. “This preparation is combined with strong teaching pedagogy classes, producing teachers who have strong content backgrounds who also possess the skills to teach,” Bray said.

Millersville University is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, and its graduates have been cited as outstanding teachers. Millersville students had an overall passing rate of 99 percent for all Praxis tests as compared to a statewide passing rate of 94 percent for 2010-11. These tests are often part of the certification process required by many states and professional licensing organizations for those entering the teaching profession. Leadership in schools today is a critical and often difficult position that requires preparation to equip leaders with the skills and information necessary for rewarding careers. The new breed of Millersville-trained educators are demonstrating what has always been true: Gifted teachers can transform lives—and can have fun doing it.

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Millersville’s President On April 1, 2013, Millersville University welcomed its 14th president, Dr. John M. Anderson Inauguration: Friday, October 25, 2013

by Janet Kacskos

In true Millersville fashion, the community and campus rolled out the red carpet, figuratively speaking— electronic signs flashed greetings, welcome banners fluttered in the breeze, and a Marauder-led crowd bearing gifts paraded from the Student Memorial Center to Biemesderfer Center, where Dr. and Mrs. Anderson met them with sincere smiles and hearty handshakes. Not even the brief shower could dampen the enthusiasm of the honorees and those who gathered for this event.

The Road to Millersville Anderson’s journey to Millersville began when he attended a public institution of higher education. “I was the youngest of three children and my family didn’t have money for me to attend college. Public higher education allowed me access to this opportunity,” he stated. Anderson has first-hand knowledge of the financial struggles today’s students are facing. After completing his associate degree in math and science at Westchester Community College in New York, he had to take a break from his education and work full-time to get the money to continue. Anderson would go on to receive his B.A. in physics from SUNY Brockport, an M.A. in physics from SUNY Geneseo, and his Ph.D. in education from Cornell University. He also received postgraduate education at Harvard University. Perhaps his own background explains Anderson’s passion for public higher education.“If it wasn’t for public higher education, I wouldn’t be here,” he maintains. But Millersville wasn’t Dr. Anderson’s first stop on the journey. His more than 20 years experience in senior-level administrative posts at various institutions includes service as dean of student development, interim vice president of student services, vice president of institutional advancement, vice president for academic affairs, provost, executive vice president and president. Immediately prior to his appointment at Millersville, Anderson served for five years as the 11th president of Alfred State College in Alfred, N.Y. 10  Millersville’s 14th President Spring-Summer 2013

Poised for Takeoff Early in his career, Dr. Anderson’s research interests were in the field of atomic and nuclear physics, specifically neutron activation analysis and Proton Induced X-ray Emission (PIXE) spectroscopy. Over the years his areas of administrative expertise evolved to include strategic planning, student civic engagement and sustainability—proficiencies that dovetail beautifully with Millersville’s priorities. Sustainability – For three consecutive years, the University has been cited in the Princeton Review as one of America’s “green colleges.” Dr. Anderson, who currently serves on the executive committee for the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), wants to take that a step further and will be meeting with interested faculty and staff who aspire to a deeper sustainability commitment. Civic Engagement – Millersville University students annually contribute approximately 75,000 hours in volunteer service in the community. “There’s already a great civic engagement initiative here through the Civic & Community Engagement & Research Project,” Anderson notes. He’s looking forward to learning more about projects that are already under way and others that are being planned. Anderson himself models the commitment he’s seeking from Millersville students. For the past nine years, he has served on the board of Springbrook in Cooperstown, N.Y. Springbrook is a not-for-profit organization with approximately 1,000 employees that supports children and adults with development disabilities, or as he likes to point out, “people with different abilities.” Strategic Planning – The campus and its new president are preparing for a University-wide strategic planning process. “There’s been a lot of great work done recently by Transformation Action Teams, a variety of groups representing

President Anderson’s mode of transportation around campus is his bike. Welcoming Millersville’s new president (above, left to right): A giant sign on the SMC tower; a T-shirt was among the basket of goodies presented by students; and Vivien Anderson and her husband chat with students on Anderson’s first day in office.

all of the University. They should be concluding their work by the end of this semester and preparing final reports over the summer,” Anderson shared in a recent communication with the campus. Team reports will be used to inform the campus on transforming actions and initiatives that have been implemented, as well as other recommendations that the teams suggest for future action or consideration in the strategic planning process. “In the fall we’ll prepare the committees, take up the reports and prepare a very focused discussion of where the University is headed so we can create a new vision and excitement about Millersville in the next 5 to 10 years,” Anderson enthused. The transformation initiative was introduced by Anderson’s predecessor, Dr. Francine McNairy. The president considers himself fortunate to have both Dr. McNairy and Dr. Joseph Caputo living close to campus. “Both have been supportive and want what’s best for the University,” Anderson shared in a recent interview.

The Path to the Future On numerous occasions Dr. Anderson has been asked about his vision for Millersville’s future. It is not Anderson’s style to come in with a preconceived vision and force it on the campus community. He came to Millersville with the intent of helping determine its destiny. To that end, he has spent the time since his arrival listening to faculty, staff, students, community leaders, trustees, donors and alumni. He’s listened to the stories of Millersville’s history, challenges and dreams. He has sought to gain an understanding of Millersville’s traditions and culture. There are already signs that Anderson is a quick study. He’s encouraging the University to rethink how it describes itself. “If you keep saying you are a regional university, you will remain a regional university,” Anderson said. “We have to get beyond that. We are a top-notch university.” And Anderson is prepared to champion that cause. “I definitely want to see us work closely with the business community. We just introduced the Slaugh entrepreneurship minor that leverages an interdisciplinary approach to student innovation. I want to take that a step further and create a business incubator. I also want to capitalize on our civic engagement work and sustainability efforts and expand both areas.” Anderson also

wants the University to consider how we can advance a more distinctive institutional reputation. Meanwhile, there are challenges to be faced, among which is the increasing difficulty in meeting the University’s goal to enroll new students. Declining demographics coupled with increasing competition for students dictates that Millersville makes enrollment management the most important strategic planning initiative for the foreseeable future. Anderson believes that this is an initiative in which the entire University community, as well as key stakeholders, must be engaged. He wants the alumni to have an important role in this undertaking. “It is alumni sharing their personal and professional success stories and connecting those to their Millersville educational experience that will be meaningful to prospective students and their families. Alumni who promote their alma mater are one of our best marketing tools,” Anderson asserts. Despite some obstacles, Anderson is enthusiastic. “Although there are challenges ahead, I see a bright future filled with an abundance of opportunities for Millersville University to further distinguish itself as a destination university—a university in demand, a preferred choice for students and their families.” Is it any wonder that this is the president Millersville University has chosen to lead us into the future?

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By Kelly Smedley ’93 It’s been 35 years since Millersville stepped out on the ice to play its first club hockey game. Much has changed since the days when masks were optional, coaches were hard to come by and players had to bum rides to games. The team now travels in coach buses, holds numerous charity fundraisers throughout the season and is a “force to be reckoned with” in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA), having made it to the title game the last two years. For those who aren’t familiar with this fast-paced sport, imagine trying to place a puck in a net while on skates dodging bone-crushing hits from your opponents. The dedication goes far beyond the physical demands. Latenight practices, securing rink time and funding the pricey equipment are just a few of the challenges. Hockey players will be the first to admit they are a unique breed. Despite the stitches, bruises and aching muscles, they all say there is nowhere they would rather be than out on the ice. For this reason, Millersville’s ice hockey team continues to get better every year and its fan base broadens throughout the campus and surrounding community.

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The Millersville Ice Hockey Club’s 2004-05 team (above)

From Pond to Rink Tab Kurtz ’81 remembers how it all got started. “We played on the pond near Wickersham Hall,” said Kurtz, who serves as an Army National Guard recruiter in Delaware. “One day someone said, ‘We should start a team.’” Kurtz credits goalie Greg Moran, who played hockey for Haverford High School outside Philadelphia, as the driving force behind forming the team. Kurtz, who was the team’s first captain, did not have a hockey team at his high school, but recalled playing on icy ponds since he was a kid. “I played 12 straight years of football, but always had an interest in hockey,” Kurtz said. While in college, Kurtz was working part-time for Bill Shoals, who owned a local sporting goods store. Shoals played in a rec hockey league and was instrumental in helping get the team off the ground.

Keeping it Going Dr. Thomas Greco, retired professor emeritus of chemistry at Millersville, served as faculty advisor to the team until the late 1990s. Two years after the team was formed, Shoals handed

the reins over to Greco so he could commit more time to his business. “I was a reluctant coach,” said Greco, who played with Shoals in the same rec league. “I loved to play, but didn’t know a lick about coaching.” Steve Mescanti, who was captain of the team in the early 1980s, helped Greco run practices. During that time games were played in the old Hershey Park Arena, since no rinks had been built locally. Greco admired the commitment the players had to keeping the program alive. “The hockey players were some of the finest people I met at Millersville,” recalled Greco. “They were a very dedicated bunch of kids, and I was proud to be part of the program.” Fred “Chip” Smedley, who gradu-


ated in 1978 from nearby Franklin & Marshall College, coached the ’Ville team from 1984-86. Smedley, now a local newspaper reporter, began playing hockey in St. Louis in the mid-1960s. Greco said Smedley was a key factor in keeping the team alive during its fledgling years. “I was extremely grateful to Fred [Smedley],” said Greco. “He understood the time commitment and was great. He may have saved the club.”

Finding their way Kurtz recalled one of the major challenges the team faced was navigating to games each week. Many were held in the Philly area, where colleges like Drexel, La Salle and Temple not only had teams, but nearby rinks as well. “There was no team bus, so every time we traveled to a game, it was an adventure,” said Kurtz, who recalled a near-miss with a passing train, getting caught in an ice storm and seeking help from a police officer that almost cost him his life. “We were lost and we found a cop car,” Kurtz remembered. “The cop was asleep in the car, but there was a big

Left, previous page: The 2005-06 team huddled at the bench before a big showdown with F&M. At right: The annual alumni hockey game in Lancaster in April is a popular event.

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dog in the back seat that barked when he saw us.” Kurtz said the cop woke up and drew his gun, pointing it in their direction. “We had some adventures, but generally speaking it was so much fun,” said Kurtz. “Some of my fondest memories are with the Millersville hockey team.” The team finally found a closer rink when Franklin & Marshall built a rink in an abandoned ironworks building just a few miles from the MU campus. Unfortunately the rink closed less than a decade after opening. By that time hockey had finally made its way to Lancaster County, and two new rinks were under construction.

“Dark Day” for MU Hockey Despite the uphill battle the early Millersville hockey program faced, it pales in comparison to what happened in 2002 while the team was playing a game against Lafayette. “We were poisoned,” recalled John Yorks ’06. “The Zamboni was leaking nitrous dioxide and carbon monoxide from a vent into our team’s locker room.” Yorks said the next day all the players were out of breath and coughing up blood. “We all had to go to the hospital and cancelled a month of the season.” He remembers it as a tough time in Millersville hockey history, but the silver lining was that the situation raised awareness for air quality safety in ice rinks throughout Pennsylvania. “There wasn’t any permanent damage, but needless to say, they put in a lot of precautions.”

The F&M Rivalry Almost every Millersville player has a story about the annual game against Franklin & Marshall.

Giving the Team a Voice

Senior night 2006: Bill Cleary ’06, John Yorks ’06, Brandon Murphy ’07 and David Peisel ’06.

“The stands would be packed,” remembered Yorks, who is an atmospheric scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center doing climate research and also working on his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland. “One year we held it during homecoming weekend. I scored a hat trick and we won 8-3,” said Yorks. “My girlfriend [the former Haley McLaughlin ’07, now wife] was also named charity queen, so it was a really great weekend.” Mike Mascitelli ’08 remembers that game as well. “I scored my first goal as a defender,” said Mascitelli, who works as a safety manager near Baltimore and coaches a high school team with Yorks. “John Yorks dropped a pass between his legs and I scored as a freshman. It was a surreal feeling.” In addition to the assist, Mascitelli credits Yorks with keeping the team together after they lost their coach. “The players had to step in and act as coaches until we found a new coach. Yorks is the reason the program is the way it is.”

For the past several years, Jordan Kuhns ’12 has served as the megaphone for all things Millersville ice hockey. While in college he was the team’s media director—doing play-by-play at each game, writing stories and posting to the club’s social media sites. Kuhns now works for Marauder Sports Broadcasting Network and a local cable provider. During his time with the team, he saw a lot of changes in the program. “There’s been an unbelievable shift in the philosophy,” said Kuhns. “We were always kind of in the middle of the pack, but the past two years we have gone to the championship game. It’s a thrill to see that change.” Kuhns attributes some of the changes to the club’s strong focus on recruitment as well as the team’s new leadership. Ryan Behnken joined the team last year as coach and brought with him a new level of professionalism. “I think we were missing a key component,” explained Behnken. “We needed more hockey sense and had to take it more seriously.” Behnken, who was used to coaching NCAA teams, said he turned the program “into a job” requiring players to be on a disciplined schedule during hockey season. “They had to work out two or three times a week [in addition to ice time]. They had to take care of classes and homework. They had to eat right.” Behnken wanted Millersville hockey players to become “next level athletes.”

The hard work paid off. The team went to the ACHA championship for the second year in a row. Behnken is optimistic about the team’s chances for success next season, considering they still have a lot of young talent and have a great new batch of freshman recruits. “Hiring Ryan Behnken was a big step in becoming a more professional team,” said Kuhns, who added that Behnken has coached at both Penn State and the University of Maryland. “The team used to show up in sweats, but now they dress up in suits for each game.” When asked to recall his fondest memory, Kuhns returned, “Do you have three hours?” After a bit of thought, he narrowed it down to last year’s semifinal playoff game. “We were playing Rutgers and it was a tit-for-tat game that went into triple overtime,” said Kuhns. “Then Sam Neilsen ripped a shot top shelf to win the game. They fought back under such adversity.” Kuhns’ commitment and pride in Millersville ice hockey is evident. Spending his college career in a completely volunteer role for the team gives him some license to speak his deepest feelings about the club. “Millersville hockey needs to be a focal point at this university,” said Kuhns. “It continues to build and it’s exciting to watch. They play their hearts out and aim to win.”

Beginning of a Tradition For the past seven years, former players have returned to compete in the annual alumni game, thanks in large

part to Mascitelli, who organized the first game while still in college. Everyone got really excited when we had the first game,” said Mascitelli. “I got a lot of messages of thanks on Facebook. Now I get texts months in advance asking about the next alumni game.” Kurtz, who faithfully returns each year for the alumni game, has a renewed interest in the club and does what he can to support it. For the past couple of years, Kurtz has been supplying the team with branded apparel that he purchases through a recruitment website. “This year I brought sweatshirts and stadium seat covers,” said Kurtz. “I like to do my part to help pump up the team.”

Millersville Ice Hockey Today Much has changed since the early days. In addition to receiving some funding from the University, each member of the Ice Hockey Club pays $2,000 in membership dues to cover expenses such as equipment, rink time and buses to each game. Clearly, this is a dedicated group of Millersville students. The Ice Hockey Club’s success on the ice and their efforts off the ice helped them become the Club Sport of the Year. Off the ice, the team participated in several philanthropic and community service projects. Instead of fundraising to cover team expenses, the club now holds numerous charitable events throughout the year to support organizations such as Breast Cancer Awareness, the American Diabetes Foundation and Salute the Troops.

“It’s always been team first,” said Gaeten Juliano, who is a fifth year senior. “We really try and help [nonprofit] organizations and perform extensive community work.” The club hosted a variety show and bake sale in the fall semester and raised $1,900 for diabetes. In the spring, they sponsored the Thomas Lee Duffey Tournament to raise money and awareness for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. In January, Thomas Duffey, the father of Millersville defenseman Travis Duffey ’13, died of pancreatic cancer. The event raised $4,500 and helped to increase awareness of pancreatic cancer. The team also worked with Kurtz to send care packages overseas to troops in Afghanistan. In addition to these philanthropic efforts, several of the members of the club volunteer their time at the Lancaster Ice Rink to help teach younger children how to skate and play hockey. Zach Juliano, a senior who is Gaeten Juliano’s brother, was named Club Sport President of the Year for his dedication to the club and to the University. He was very involved with the operation of the Ice Hockey Club and organizing its many philanthropic ventures. “Zach worked long hours and was one of the members who volunteered countless hours working with kids at the local ice rink,” said Dr. Gordon Nesbitt, associate professor and director of campus recreation at Millersville. “We have all sorts of activities,” said Juliano, who created the club’s new website ( as well as the team’s new logo. Juliano said

he also uses social media to encourage fans to attend games. Hundreds of spectators now show up for the games, and for good reason. Millersville Ice Hockey Club has become a source of pride for both the University and the community as a whole. In addition to the tremendous community outreach, the team has also reached the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division II championship game the past two years. Although they were defeated both years, many feel a team division title is not far away. “This team is really going places,” Kurtz said. “I encourage former players not just to come to the alumni game, but come out and support the team for all their games.” Kuhns summed it up best in a farewell letter he posted on the team’s website following his final game of broadcasting before graduating last year. “There is still hockey to be played, and the men on this team deserve your praise and your support, from this season until the end of time,” Kuhns wrote. “I will always root for the Black and Gold, and I will never forget where I came from. It has been an honor to be a part of this team. Thank you all for being a tremendously important part of my life. Ville Hockey forever.” Behnken appreciates how far the team has come since it was founded 35 years ago. He agreed there is a bond in hockey that pulls players together no matter what their level of play. “It’s like a brotherhood,” he said. “We make sacrifices for each other.”

Left: The Ice Hockey Club’s alumni event continues to grow in popularity. It’s all about fun and, of course, goals. Right: Yorks in action in a game in 2005.

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$180-million, Multiphased Housing Initiative Work began in May on eight new residence halls for Millersville University’s campus. These will replace the existing residence halls, which have been in operation for more than 40 years. In moving forward with this project, the University saw an opportunity for growth and a positive change to the living experience that it offers prospective and current students. “This dynamic project is designed to have a long-term, positive impact on the entire Millersville campus,” said Dr. Aminta Breaux, vice president of student affairs. “The project demonstrates Millersville’s strong commitment to providing state-of-the-art housing for our students. Ultimately, it will aid the University in delivering a superior collegiate experience for decades to come.” Student Services, Inc. (SSI) will own the new buildings and the University will manage them. The $180-million public/ private partnership will be paid for with private bonds. No state funds will be used. “This is a model that has been used throughout the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE),” said Geoff Beers, CEO of SSI. “This will be a self-supporting project that will be entirely financed through tax-exempt bonds.” The estimated 600,000-square-foot, 2,000-bed modern16  Review Spring-Summer 2013

ization initiative, located primarily on the University’s South Quad, will eventually replace each of the existing residence halls on campus. However, construction will take place in phases so that the bed count isn’t decreased during the building process, which is scheduled to take approximately five years. “These are facilities that will appeal to today’s students as well as tomorrow’s students,” said Jeremy Doss, vice president at Ambling University Development Group, which is managing the project and the development team. The general contractor is Benchmark Construction of Brownstown. The first two buildings are scheduled to be completed by August 2014 and will include 185,000 square feet, 695 beds and will be constructed in the existing parking lot at the south end of the South Quad of campus. Three halls will be demolished in spring 2014: the two high-rises, Lenhardt and Burrowes Hall, as well as Hobbs Hall. In order to provide supplementary housing during construction, SSI-owned Shenks and Reighard halls will now be under University management. Students dislocated from Hobbs Hall will have first priority in the selection of the new residence halls when the first phase of the new residence hall project is complete.

Left: An aerial view of the construction site. Previous page and below: Renderings depict the new residence hall complex, which is being built on the University’s South Quad.

In addition to the new residence halls, a new 350-space parking lot will be constructed across Centennial Drive from the South Quad and will offset the loss of the 180-space parking lot for the construction site. “These new communities will provide an innovative living/learning environment for students,” said Doss. “There will be a continuum of fully furnished living suites ranging from shared bedrooms for freshmen that encourage interaction, to a full suite layout that includes a living room, kitchenette and private bedrooms. In all cases, no more than two residents will share one bathroom, and each suite will feature individual heating/cooling controls.” The new residence halls will also feature game rooms, larger study rooms with small conference-style rooms for studying, a business center, Wi-Fi throughout, and all areas will be fully wired for highly programmable access control. There will also be a smart laundry facility, where students can check availability, reserve machines and monitor the progress of their wash/dry cycles online. The exterior of the buildings will be a combination of the traditional brick façade look of the campus, and will also incorporate some of the modern elements recently introduced in the Student Memorial Center (SMC). “When designing the new buildings, the team’s goal was to tie the Victorian look of the Biemesderfer Center with the new Student Memorial Center and McComsey Hall,” said Doss. “We feel the resulting design truly achieves an integrated balance of these architectural styles and blends well into the fabric of campus.” “Millersville’s new residence halls will include living-learning communities,” said Breaux. “This project creates more appeal to the preferences of more privacy, better amenities and more support for learning.”

The Bush

Gets Trimmed Part of the Bush, a multi-acre wooded area on the Millersville University campus, was trimmed this spring as the $180-million residence halls project got under way. Approximately three acres were razed to make way for a 262-space parking lot, a detention basin and the relocation of a water line. The forested area, known as “The Bush,” is on the south side of campus and hugs the Conestoga River. Several biology department faculty members were upset with the construction work, which cut into some of their outdoor labs. The University and Student Services, Inc., are discussing the possible use of a wooded area that abuts University property, and can be used by the biology department for labs and field research. “Much of the work we did in conjunction with the residence halls project was required by Millersville Borough,” explained Roger Bruszewski, vice president of administration and finance. “They required us to replace and reroute 1,200 feet of the water line and install a retention pond—which incidentally is also required by federal, state and local government agencies. We have discussed the required work in our master plans, through news releases, emails and in-person meetings on campus since 2009.”

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Celebrating student success

thanks to our supporters

The annual Honors & Awards ceremony, is always a time of celebration–the pride of achievement for students and the opportunity for donors to meet the students that they are helping by seeing the real value of their generosity. Held this year on May 4, more than 366 Millersville students walked across the stage to receive awards and be recognized for their accomplishments. Among the highlights were: • 350 scholarships • Monetary awards ranging from $30 up to $6,690 for a full year’s tuition (estimate for 2013-14) • 45 awards (no monetary value) • 35 new scholarships for 2013-14, all as a direct result of the Soar to Greatness campaign

Dr. William Yurkiewicz Undergraduate Research Fellowship Award Dr. Yurkiewicz is a professor of biology emeritus (1966-2004). The award was established in his honor by H. James Reisinger II ’69, Dr. Jim Miller ’70. Dr. Carolyn Mathur ’69 and Dr. Harold Mohler ’70. Scholarship recipient: Kayla W. Branyan Photo, l-r: Reisinger, Branyan and Miller.

Marjorie A. Trout Women in Athletics Scholarship Mrs. Trout is instructor of wellness and sport sciences emerita and former director of women’s athletics (1964-2001). Scholarship recipient: Rachel L. Dickinson Photo, l-r: Trout, Dickinson and guest

AFSCME Local 2421 Award The scholarship was established by AFSCME Local 2421. Recipient: Allison L. Baker Photo, l-r: Deb Miller, president of Local 2421, Baker and her mother.

Dr. Sandra A. Yeager Chemistry Scholarship Dr. Yeager is professor of chemistry emerita (1974-2000). The scholarship was established by Nadene K. Hausmann ’78. Scholarship recipient: Huyen T. Dao-Kendig Photo, l-r: Dao-Kendig (second from left) with her family and Hausmann (far right).

C. Maxwell and Edna H. Myers History Scholarship C. Maxwell and Edna H. Myers are both deceased. Dr. Maxwell Myers served as dean of men (1941-1947), director of the Psychological Clinic (1948), professor of history and social studies (1949-1966), and was department head (1956-1966). Scholarship recipient: Emily C. Roberts Photo: Kenneth Oberly is the widower of Myers’ niece (he is second from left), Roberts and her parents.

William S. Trout Award for English Education Mr. Trout ’47 (deceased) was professor of English (1958-1967). The award was established by J. Terry Zeller ’64. Award recipient: Tyler S. Barton Photo, l-r: Zeller and Barton

Ratzlaff Scholarship Dr. Willis Ratzlaff is a professor of biology emeritus (1963-88). The scholarship was established by Ratzlaff and his family. Recipient: Melissa D. Sell Photo, l-r: Sell, Ratzlaff and his wife, Dr. Genevieve Tvrdik.

Harry A. ’65 and Carolyn J. Lohss Physics Scholarship The scholarship was established by Harry and Carolyn Lohss. Scholarship recipient: Graham Waegel Photo, l-r: The Waegels, Graham Waegel, and Carolyn and Harry Lohss.

Charlotte A. Lafferty History Scholarship Mrs. Lafferty (deceased) was a friend of the University. The scholarship was established by her daughter, Elizabeth (Lafferty) Garner ’91, and her son-in- law, Joseph W. Garner ’90. Scholarship recipient: James N. Rooney Photo, l-r: Rooney and his parents, Elizabeth Garner and Joe Garner.

Robert N. and Darlene I. Ford Scholarship Dr. Robert N. Ford (deceased) was professor of geography emeritus (1957-1985). Mrs. Ford is a friend of the University. Scholarship recipients: Daniel L. Gochnauer and Thomas F. Mertz. Photo, l-r: Gochnauer, Darlene Ford and Mertz.

Dr. Benjamin J. DelTito ’77 and Anna DeBlois DelTito Scholarship The scholarship was established by DelTito, who is a director on the Millersville University Foundation. Mrs. DelTito is a friend of the University. Scholarship recipient: Heather A. Smith Photo, l-r: Anna DelTito, Smith and Benjamin DelTito

Campus News Planning for a Millersville Veterans Memorial The Veterans Memorial Project is a collaborative venture of the Millersville 250 initiative, the Millersville Area Historical Society and area friends who noted that the community did not have its own veterans’ monument. Located in the Millersville Borough’s Freedom Memorial Park, the new memorial will be dedicated to veterans of the United States Armed Forces and Merchant Marines. It will include several facets, including bricks purchased by the public to honor those who have served in any branch of the military during war or peace. Bricks will be etched with tributes to all those who sacrificed for liberty and freedom. A brick paver engraved with up to 2 lines of text is $40 each; 3 lines of text: $50 each. There is a limit of 15 characters per line. Plans also include flagpoles, a stone wall with armed forces medallions, benches, handicapped accessibility and landscaping. All monies generated through the sale of bricks will be used to build and/or enhance this memorial project. A special dedication ceremony is planned for Veterans Day, November 11, 2013. For events and updates relating to the project, visit

Millersville Veterans Memorial Committee L to R: Andy Boxleitner, Dr. Charles Scharnberger, Lynette Trout, Steve DiGuiseppe ’82 (co-chair); Sue Bleacher, Ed Arnold, Phil Gerber ’67, ’87 (co-chair), Carl Kanaskie, Kitty Glass ’53, Jack Miller and Barbara Douglas.

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That’s entertainment One of the many highlights of the inugural season at the Winter Visual and Performing Art Center was Garrison Keillor on April 18. America’s premier storyteller, best-selling author and beloved Garrison Keillor host of the public radio show, “A Prairie Home Companion,” wowed the sold-out crowd. Watch for more outstanding entertainment and cultural events at Millersville University’s Winter and Ware centers.

One Book, One Campus In the fall, all incoming students will arrive having read the same book, thanks to the One Book, One Campus program at Millersville University. In this year’s selection, How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America, author Moustafa Bayoumi captures the lives of seven Arab-Americans living in Brooklyn, facing various challenges given their ethnic identities. On September 5, Bayoumi will visit Millersville University and make a presentation, which will be open to students and the general public. Additional events to encourage dialogue, including film screenings, will be offered. “We decided on the broad theme of understanding Middle Eastern culture and experience to help students grappling with ongoing military engagements in the Middle East and with the return of veterans to our communities and campuses,” said Dr. Caleb Corkery, assistant chair and associate professor of English. “We are likely to misunderstand the perspective and experience of the people associated with the target of the conflict. Broadening understanding through different perspectives is an important component of the liberal arts program at Millersville University.” The goal of this program is to provide a shared intellectual experience for all new students and present an opportunity for members of the Millersville University community to interact with students in an informal discussion that engages critical thinking.

Millersville University announces a new minor based on the premise that the study of entrepreneurship is not confined solely to those topics studied in business administration, but rather it is a dynamic, cross-disciplinary field of study. Millersville’s entrepreneurship minor is named for Lancaster businessman Pete Slaugh. Slaugh and his wife Kit were recognized by President John Anderson (far right).

Entrepreneurship has a role in every field of study. And, Millersville’s new entrepreneurship minor is for students in any major. It brings an entrepreneurial perspective to their major field of study and offers a way to nurture and mobilize a student’s creative potential and to connect it to life beyond the campus. On April 16, the Entrepreneurial Pete and Kit Slaugh Academic Minor Program was officially named in recognition of Paul H. “Pete” Slaugh Jr., as a successful, community business leader and for endowing the program. “I’m pleased to be part of this new program which will support students and encourage them to work in Lancaster County, where my business career started and grew,” said Slaugh, who is the managing director of Homesale Services Group for Prudential Real Estate in Lancaster. “The University is an important economic force for our region, and this program will have long-lasting benefits to the community. I particularly look forward to the interaction I and other business leaders will have with the students through internships.” “This is the University’s first academic minor in entrepreneurship, the first such program in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and

also the first named academic program of the University,” said Dr. Vilas Prabhu, Millersville’s provost. The Slaugh Entrepreneurial Program will be directed by Dr. Stephanie Schwartz, associate professor of computer science. “An essential part of this initiative is the involvement of profit and nonprofit business and community leaders as advisors to curriculum and program development,” said Schwartz. “Outside leaders will also serve as mentors to students working on projects and papers, give career advice and interact with the students.” An increasing number of colleges and universities have embraced entrepreneurship to provide an environment for students to focus their energy, ambitions and willingness to assume risk— key characteristics of entrepreneurial thinking. Millersville’s entrepreneurship minor is based on the cutting-edge approaches to entrepreneurship in premier programs across the country. It explores innovation and creativity and fosters relationships and collaboration among faculty, students and organizations beyond the campus. Furthermore, it links classroom learning with applied research, reflection and experiential learning.

Effect on employers

The minor provides opportunities for regional employers to offer cooperative education and internship experiences to students directly related to their study of entrepreneurship. Plus, employers will have opportunities to participate

Photos courtesy of Nick Gould

New Entrepreneurship Minor

in co-curricular programming and can benefit from hiring MU students. The scope and purpose of the minor is to teach students to recognize problems as opportunities and to develop the tools needed to sustain an idea from conception to realization. The curriculum includes courses in which students will explore creativity and innovation; learn practical tools, such as how to write a business plan and leverage the power of social media; and apply what they have learned to creating or supporting a business strategy and entrepreneurial venture. In this program, students will learn to: 1. Think entrepreneurially, where the student, regardless of business or social environment, recognizes opportunities, prioritizes and manages problems, and demonstrates both initiative and perseverance in pursuing ideas. 2. Identify resources and tools in order to translate opportunities into sustainable solutions. 3. Formulate a business plan and recognize its value as an assessment tool, as well as write a venture plan that guides a sustainable solution and outlines the competencies needed to execute the plan. 4. Devise a clear and compelling value proposition to win support for their ideas and translate that support into effective action. 5. Develop ethical orientations to make informed decisions, create strategies, practice leadership, and build relationships.

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to Millersville University graduates

Above: Kyle Barnhart (in the wheelchair) delivered a moving speech to his classmates and guests. The newest graduates are at times somber and jubilant.

Commencement at Millersville University on May 18 was filled with celebration for the Class of 2013 and its 1,110 graduates. Graduate Kyle Barnhart delivered a moving message to the thousands of people in Biemesderfer Stadium. Barnhart, who has cerebral palsy, is confined to a wheelchair. In addition to physical impairments caused by the disorder, he is also considered “non-verbal.” He relies on a communication device to convert his electronic messages into the sound of a synthesized voice. Intellectually, he has no disabilities and was an excellent student,who lived independently on campus. Barnhart’s “Moment of Reflection” was heartfelt and inspiring. He spoke of his dream to attend college. “Sometimes you think your dreams are out of reach,” he said. “It might take you longer or you might have to do things a little differently to achieve your goals, but you should never, ever give up on your dreams.” Barnhart added, “My parents have taught me a lot of things over the years, but they never taught me how to quit.” The keynote speaker was Governor Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania. He praised the graduates and acknowledged the importance of family and parent support. “None of you is the same person who entered this school a few

Governor Tom Corbett asked the graduates to stand in a gesture of appreciation for their parents and families.

years ago, and if the world works the way it’s supposed to, none of you will be the same person by the time your life closes,” he said. “Life is for growing, for changing, for trying out new ideas, firming up old values and finding joy in the journey.” He closed his comments with these words of advice. “The only limits to your hopes are the ones you set for yourselves and, today, I urge you to reach for the stars,” Corbett said. “You won’t be able to grab one, but you’ll be reaching in the right direction.” The announcement of Corbett as the commencement speaker sparked a debate from some people including members of the graduating Class of 2013, alumni and faculty. Those objecting to his appearance disagreed with some of his policies, primarily in the area of higher education and his past proposals of deep cuts in funding. People expressed their disapproval through online petitions, Facebook comments and threats of boycotting the ceremony. At commencement, about a dozen graduates turned their chairs around when the governor began to speak. A number of faculty members sported pins proclaiming, “I support public education.” However, with few exceptions among the estimated 10,000 attendees, the Millersville community acted politely and respectfully to the governor. His remarks were well-received.

Above: President John Anderson, sporting sneakers to match his academic regalia, congratulates a new alumnus at the ceremony for postgraduate degrees and certifications. Below: Rocio Torres ’10 (far right) received her master’s degree in emergency management. Bottom, left: A helping hand adjusts the tassel on a graduate’s cap. Bottom, right: Students begin the procession to the stage for their diplomas.

Dr. Cheryl Desmond

Ceremony for College of Graduate & Professional Studies Approximately 200 students received advanced degrees and professional certifications on Friday evening, May 17. Dr. Cheryl T. Desmond, a professor in Millersville’s Department of Educational Foundations, delivered the keynote speech. Prior to commencement, she expressed the honor she felt to be asked to address the graduate students. “They are graduating at a time of high expectations for them nationally and globally,” Desmond said. “They will be called upon to put their education to work, to invent their lives and their jobs and to imagine their futures into reality.” Campus News Spring-Summer 2013  23 

Campus News MU Honors College hosts PASSHE student development conference Dr. Dennis Downey (far left) with the Millersville students who participated: Emily Neideigh, Daniel Lipson, Rachel Kunicki, Betsy Hernandez, Emily Yost, Amy Parker, Erin Runyon, Benjamin Shoff, Emily Lazar, Brittany Tomes, Jordan Weller, Cassie Werth, Chelsey Wirth and Allison Breiner.

On Monday, April 15, Millersville University’s Honors College hosted the PASSHE Honors Student Development Conference at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg. Nearly 75 undergraduate Honors students from across the State System participated in a day of networking, advocacy, and panel discussions devoted to “best practices” in academic, social and community engagement. The conference was supported by PASSHE and the Office of the Chancellor, and it was held in conjunction with the spring meeting of the PASSHE Honors Directors Council. From start to finish, the entire program was student-centered and student-directed. Emily C. Neideigh, a Millersville Honors sophomore, chaired the planning committee that worked closely with peers from other campuses to define issues of common concern. “The conference was a great opportunity for the students from the 14 state schools to get together and discuss issues relevant to each of their honors programs,” said Neideigh. A dozen other Millersville students played vital roles in crafting the agenda, organizing registration and facilitating sessions. On the 15th, a dozen Millersville Honors students journeyed to Harrisburg to join their colleagues for strategy sessions dedicated to academic standards, integrating study abroad into Honors curricula, student governance, mentoring and alumni involvement, community-building, and promoting statewide advocacy, among other topics. Dr. Dennis B. Downey, director of Millersville University’s Honors College, accompanied the students. Drs. John Anderson and Vilas Prabhu, Millersville’s president and provost, respectively, attended part of the day’s activities.

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“It was great to see the continuous interaction, and to listen to the really well-formed ideas about community building and academic excellence within PASSHE being proposed by students,” Downey said. “I was especially proud that Millersville students had taken the leadership role, and that our University administration demonstrated strong support for their efforts.” One of the program highlights was MU alumnus Paul Beideman’s luncheon address. Based on 40 years of corporate and civic leadership, Beideman pressed the case for active student engagement and the value of alumni and professional mentorship as keys to future student success. He cited his own continuing support of Millersville University’s Honors College as a case in point. While noting the rewards of “giving back,” Beideman drew applause when he observed that it was just as important for universities to invest in student success in the job market as it is in recruiting students to come to the university in the first place. For his part, senior Daniel Lipson commented, “The poster session was one of my favorite parts of the day... It was a great opportunity to walk around, meet new people, and find out how the other Honors College programs operate.” Added Chelsey Wirth, “I never realized how different the honors colleges are in other PASSHE schools. It is so important to learn from diversity, and I think that is one of the most invaluable aspects of this annual conference—to be able to grow academically, socially and civically.” Building on Millersville’s success, West Chester University’s Honors College will host next year’s conference.

Baseball stadium is newly dedicated as Cooper Park or “The Coop” Joanne (Wargo) Cooper ’67 and Bennett J. Cooper ’67

Marauder Park, Millersville’s baseball home since 2007, received one big change. There was no new scoreboard, no new dugouts, no new bases and no new press box. Those are already topnotch. Instead, Marauder Park received a name change to Bennett J. Cooper Park, in honor of former Marauder baseball player Bennett J. Cooper ’67, ’12H. Cooper Park, which will now be known as “The Coop,” had new signage added to the press box, and a plaque and banner in left-center field were unveiled. Cooper’s name was branded on the park due to generous gifts he has given to the program. Cooper played baseball and football at Millersville from 1964-67 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history.

Cooper has had a very distinguished career since graduating from Millersville and is currently the senior distribution consultant and in-house counsel for Branca-Rampart Financial Services, Inc. He is a longtime supporter of the University, serving as the vice-chair of the Soar to Greatness Capital Campaign, exhibiting commitment to the Honors College and student mentoring programs as well as supporting baseball scholarships. “The gift provided to our program from Mr. and Mrs. Cooper was an act of tremendous kindness and philanthropy that will leave an everlasting impact on Millersville University and its baseball program,” said Millersville baseball head coach Jon Shehan. “Our program has a storied past, rich in tradition.

Bennett Cooper’s generosity will help to ensure that the tradition of success is continued well into the future. “Recruiting intelligent, talented prospects is the key to running a successful athletic program, and this gift will momentously further our ability to do so,” said Shehan. “Mr. Cooper is a fantastic example of the type of person that Millersville University is capable of producing. He is incredibly successful and more importantly, as an alumnus, a role model for our current and future students. I speak for Marauder baseball, its coaches and former coaches, alumni, players, and supporters when I say that we are very proud to have his name on our beautiful ballpark.”


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Campus News News Bites Community Service Award

Left to right, front row: Tamara Willis ’99 (secretary), Gerald Robinson, Albert Hoffman, Kenneth DeLucca, Beverly Breniser ’69, ’73M, Dr. John Anderson (University president), Robert Laskowski ’74 (president). L to r, middle row: Judith Carter ’60, ’76M, Elizabeth Martin, Thomas Janke P’11, Anne Jackson ’78, Jan Graybill ’80. L to r, back row: Daniel Biemesderfer ’71, F. Perry Love ’58, Eric Liddell ’71, Ben DelTito ’77, Robert Patterson and David Thompson P’09, P’13 (vice president).

Millersville’s Foundation The Millersville University Foundation Board of Directors is a group of dedicated alumni, parents, community leaders, faculty and students who manage the investment, stewardship and awarding of endowed funds. These funds, numbering more than 400, exist to support the University through scholarships, lectures, research and equipment. Founded in 1966, the holdings have grown in excess of $25 million, generating more than $650,000 in awards this year. Endowments exist in perpetuity, with only a percentage of gains being used on an annual basis. With a threshold of $25,000 for a named endowment, supporters gift their endowments over periods of up to five years and through a bequest in their will. For a complete list of foundation board members, see the Review masthead on page 3. To read more about our board members, visit mufoundation.

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Millersville University has been honored with the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, with distinction, for the third time. Millersville University was one of only five Pennsylvania universities and the only school in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) to receive the noteworthy recognition “with distinction” for this year. The award highlights the importance universities play in aiding communities and promoting student civic leadership by recognizing schools that create notable and direct impacts in their surrounding communities.

Graduate Classes Now in Center City Philadelphia Millersville University will offer graduate programs onsite in Philadelphia, starting with the fall 2013 semester. The three graduate programs in Philadelphia are a master’s degree in sport management, one in technology education and English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher certification program. Classes for the programs will be located at the PASSHE Center City on 701 Market St. in the heart of downtown Philadelphia. The site is easily accessible by public transportation and strives to be flexible in meeting the needs of students living in the area.

Millersville Gets Princeton Review’s “Green” recognition Approximately 50 percent of the campus grounds at Millersville University are maintained organically. This is just one of the reasons Millersville University has earned a spot in the Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges for its sustainability efforts and environmental initiatives. Millersville’s “green” highlights included Millersville’s partnership with Oregon Dairy Organics and Edie Waste Systems to develop a recycling program to convert organic waste into high-quality compost to benefit waste within Millersville’s dining and conference services. The goal is to recycle 70 percent of organic waste.

Keys for the City

Stop by and make some “musical moments” with the piano located outside of the Ware Center in Lancaster.

The pianos are back in downtown Lancaster. From now until late September, the community pianos are available for anyone to play at any time and to enjoy “musical moments,” according to John Gerdy of Music for Everyone, a nonprofit group. In its fourth year, the Keys for the City program offers 12 decorated pianos at locations throughout the downtown area, including one outside of Millersville University’s Ware Center at 42 North Prince Street. This piano is extra special because it is the first piano designed and painted by Millersville University. Gerdy approached Brant Schuller, chair of Millersville University’s art & design department, about designing and decorating one of the pianos. Schuller turned the project over to the student Art Club, which then brainstormed multiple ideas on multiple occasions. The timing and circumstances of the project was problematic—“being smack-dab in the middle of art finals, everyone was super busy.” Millersville student Kyle Yuditsky, co-organizer of the Art Club, took on the project and served as the project manager. It turned out that he was a natural for the project. In addition to his design talent, Yuditsky is also a musician. “I play the piano, among other instruments such as guitar, banjo and accordion. I have been playing mostly self-taught for about eight years,” said Yuditsky. He designed and executed the design, utilizing a projector to build up the composition piece by piece. Kayla Ackelson, who will be the new president of the Art Club for 2013-14, assisted in the painting. After talking to the board of Lancaster International Piano Festival (LIPF), Yuditsky chose to represent world musicians. “People all over the world have developed music independently from one another,” he said. “Even isolated tribes in deep forests utilize music as a means of expression and holistic therapy.” Yuditsky said, “The ideas of sound and interaction play

heavily into my artwork—as well as ideas of spiritual oneness in the world through senses and sounds.” Yuditsky explained the elements of the piano design. “The sound wave on the top of the piano reads, One World Through Music. The simple two-color choice was a way to unify the piano as an object and as a whole. “The overall pattern on the bottom of the piano is actually an anthropomorphic image of the New World Orchestra, but one must catch it at the right angle [typically, as one would walk up to the main door] to see the true image.”

Lancaster International Piano Festival July 20-29, 2013 Love the piano? The second annual Lancaster International Piano Festival (LIPF) returns for aspiring concert pianists, teachers, amateurs and piano lovers at large. The 10-day festival combines an intensive, educational program with an outstanding concert series presented by world-class pianists. Workshops and master classes will focus on both piano solo and piano ensemble repertoire. Participants will also have an opportunity to work with prominent educators in daily one-on-one coaching sessions. Guest recitals and lectures will be held in Millersville University’s two outstanding performing arts venues—the Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center and the Ware Center in Lancaster. An exciting part of the festival will be a series of piano concerts featuring internationally renowned artists. Participants will have the opportunity to perform in recitals at the Ware Center’s Steinman Hall. LIPF is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to the performance and teaching of classical music at the highest standard. Whether you are interested in being a participant or an observer, visit for more information.

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National scholars of distinction Maria Thompson and Roos Bulthuis (left to right).

Because of outstanding achievement inside the classroom, Marauder field hockey players Maria Thompson and Roos Bulthuis were honored with the Gladiator by SGI/NFHCA Division II Scholars of Distinction Award in March. Studentathletes who have put together a cumulative GPA of 3.90 or

higher through the first semester of the 2012-13 academic year receive this award, and only 29 players at the NFHCA Division II level were recognized this year. Thompson, an elementary education major, owns a 4.0 GPA in her four-year career.

Dynamic duo in women’s hoops A pair of women’s basketball players finished spectacular careers in Black & Gold with the conclusion of the season in the PSAC Tournament Semifinals. Aurielle Mosley and Mashira Newman, now the highest-scoring pair of classmates to ever play together, were both named to the All-PSAC East First Team. In addition, Mosley was named as the PSAC East Player of the Year, Daktronics All-Region First Team and to the WBCA All-America Honorable Mention list. Mosley is just the fifth player in program history and the first since 2002-03 to be the PSAC East Athlete of the Year. Mosley concluded a four-year run that places her fifth all-time in points scored and first in the school records for rebounds and blocks in a career. Newman finished her career at fourth in points scored, second in assists, third in steals, 10th in blocks and 11th in rebounds, making her the only player to rank in the top 11 of all five categories.

Men’s basketball

Aurielle Mosley (#31) became the fourth player in program history to be named PSAC East Athlete of the Year.

Men’s basketball senior Elijah Obade (pictured on the right) was recognized for leading a Millersville turnaround that saw the team make its first conference tournament since the 2008-09 season. For his work on the defensive end of the floor, the 6-9 center was named as the PSAC East Defensive Player of the Year and claimed a spot on the AllPSAC East First Team. Obade—the first Marauder to win the award--was a force to be reckoned with in the paint during 2012-13, blocking an eye-popping 75 shots, which set the single-season school record. The 2.5 swats per game led the PSAC by a wide margin and were eighth nationally, and the 11.1 rebounds per game he pulled down were the fifth-highest per-game total in the nation, leading the conference.

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Marauder baseball players think fast to help save toddler’s life Baseball players are known for quick reaction time. Several Millersville baseball players put that skill to work and helped save the life of a young boy following a PSAC Tournament game in Johnstown, Pa. As Tyler McDonald, Tyler Orris, Evan King, Tyler Thomas, Dan Stoltzfus and Zach Stone made their way from Point Stadium to the town’s Sheetz for a postgame snack, the Norman family jumped out of a car holding 20-month-old Braydin, who had suffered a seizure because of a high fever and was not breathing. The players sprang to action. McDonald helped the mother administer CPR, Pine quickly dialed 911, Stone grabbed the boy’s hand and the other team members calmed the family and kept the rain from falling on Braydin, who eventually responded by squeezing Stone’s hand.

Tyler McDonald holds Braydin Norman in his arms. Braydin’s dad is on the far left and his mom, on the far right.

As Braydin was being placed into the ambulance, Thomas slipped a yellow Ville baseball wristband on his hand. This lone wristband was the only clue as to who helped Braydin and the Norman family in its moment of crisis. The Normans used it to track the Marauders and showed up at their next two games. The players presented Braydin with a signed baseball, and until the group had its picture taken with the Normans after the game, no one else on the team, or in Johnstown for that matter, knew of the lifesaving actions of the Marauders. While the Marauders’ tournament run ended one game short of the championship game, they won a few new fans for life.

Pitching a perfect game Marauder baseball pitcher Chris Murphy made history in the spring when he became the first pitcher in school history to throw a perfect game and the first to throw two no-hitters in the same season. During the team’s eighth game of the season, the second-year transfer tossed a no-hitter against Glenville State, coming just one fielding error shy of a perfect game. He found a way to top that. Two weeks later, Murphy fired just the 18th perfect game in NCAA Division II since 1957, against Clarion. He needed just 64 pitches to complete the feat. In the first two months of the season, Murphy won two NCBWA Division II National Pitcher of the Week awards, three NCBWA Atlantic Region Pitcher of the Week awards and two PSAC East Pitcher of the Week honors.

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Greg Breitbach new football coach Greg Breitbach was living the good life in Grand Forks, N.D. He served as the offensive coordinator of a Division I program fresh off a conference championship. He came home to three healthy kids and a bright, hardworking wife who was running a daycare business that she started. With his wife Kara’s family in Montana and his in North Dakota, they lived near grandparents and in the region that he spent most of his life. Meanwhile, 1,400 miles to the southeast, the Millersville football program was looking for a new leader. It had suffered through a 2-9 record and its 12th consecutive losing season. In February, Greg Colby ended his five-year stint as the Marauders head coach to return to his alma mater, the University of Illinois, where he is now the defensive line coach. Breitbach coached the last seven years at North Dakota, which transitioned from a Division II powerhouse to a Division I conference champion. He coached at every level of college football, from NAIA to Division III, Division II and Division I. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business education from the University of Montana-Western in 1994, and received a master’s degree in education administration from Portland State University. As a student-athlete, he played two seasons at Dickinson State University and two at Montana-Western, where he served as a team captain during his senior season. Breitbach decided to throw his hat into the ring and apply for the job at Millersville University. Two weeks and two plane transfers later, Greg and Kara Breitbach stepped into Harrisburg International Airport. It was the first time either had ever been to Pennsylvania. Breitbach was the first of six candidates to interview and the first to experience an open forum where 12 years of frustration poured out of the alums and community members. Breitbach

“We need a culture change. We are going to be proud of who we are and what we are trying to accomplish here.” Coach Breitbach

took it all in. He heard every reason why Millersville football hasn’t been successful and won’t be successful. He was asked why he would give up what he had at North Dakota to be the head coach at Millersville. Less than a day on campus, he already had an answer for the naysayers. “I got the perception in my interview through certain people that excuses are being made, and they are asking me why would I come to Millersville? My response is why wouldn’t I? This is a fabulous place. This university has a reputation academically, and athletically there are teams doing it,” said Breitbach. “We need a culture change. We are going to be proud of who we are and what we are trying to accomplish here. I will not ever drop my head and feel like I’m inferior for working at Millersville University. “Some of my best experiences came at North Dakota in Division II under that umbrella and realizing that the experience as a coach and the impact you can have on the university and players at that level is pretty unique,” said Breitbach. “It’s a high level. It’s still scholarship football, but there’s still an element unlike Division I, where academics and athletics coexist and are equally important.” In just a day’s time, Breitbach saw that the resources for success exist at Millersville. He talked to

winning coaches like Mary Fleig and Jon Shehan. He felt the unwavering support of the administration to get the football program turned around. Most of all he saw a program in need of his leadership. “After investigating the job and going through the process, I started seeing that there was a lot of room for growth— not just on the field and in X’s and O’s, but internally with fundraising and marketing and just in an overall energy level, that if done the right way this could be one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had in my life,” said Breitbach. “I saw a commitment from the administration starting with President Anderson, Peg [Kauffman], Aminta [Breaux], with the people that were involved. I started to believe that if I do things right, work hard and push the envelope, that we can get everyone on board going the same direction, working internally first and letting that filter out into the community Coach Breitbach with and into the fundraisassociate athletic director ing environment. At Dr. Anthony Grant. some point this thing is going to turn, and when it does it’s going to be really exciting and a heck of a lot of fun for everyone involved. But more importantly, it will be rewarding for those kids who have had to take a leap of faith to come here with hopes that it would change. I want to see them rewarded.” Within 48 hours of being offered the position, he bought the first one-way plane ticket of his life, conducted a press conference as the head coach of Millersville University and opened spring practice. After 20 years as an assistant, Breitbach looked comfortable in the head coach’s chair right away. “We can improve a lot of our alignment on campus and the relationships we have in the community. I’m excited about it, I have an idea and a plan for everything that we are touching. I want BREITBACH’S COACHING EXPERIENCE 2008-13: University of North Dakota, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks 2006-07: University of North Dakota, running backs 2003-06: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, offensive coordinator, quarterbacks, receivers 1999-03: Lewis & Clark College, special teams coordinator, receivers, running backs 1996-98: University of Montana-Western, offensive coordinator, quarterbacks, receivers 1995-96: Wolf Point High School, defensive coordinator 1993-94: University of Montana-Western, linebackers, running backs

to implement them, and I believe it will help us be successful,” said Breitbach. Breitbach realizes that winning football is so much more than X’s and O’s. He understands that every department on campus affects his program, and he’s going to push everyone to jump on the bandwagon he is driving. Breitbach shot ideas to marketing and athletic communications about increasing exposure of the program. He formulated his fundraising plan with development. He established meet-and-greet dates with alumni relations. He overhauled the recruiting procedures with his assistant coaches. He gutted the office space. He held a football picnic at a Millersville baseball game and led cheers. Breitbach calling plays (above). With his family after “I try to make a personal connection with the players and a North Dakota win in 2011. coaches. It’s important to have a relationship with those you are working with, not just a football relationship but a real one where you know who their girlfriend or spouse is and you care,” said Breitbach. Breitbach, who has recruited to non-scholarship schools, schools of high academic standards, schools in transition and schools at a financial disadvantage, understands the importance of evaluating and developing relationships. “They are going to know that Millersville is out there on the recruiting path,” said Breitbach. “They are going to know me because I’m going to be in the schools. We’ve definitely gotten rolling on recruiting, and our guys are working hard right now, finding and evaluating talent, talking to them about their grades and intangibles, and finding out if they are a fit for us and getting them on campus to see if we are a fit for them.” Some see Millersville football as a tough sell right now, but Breitbach envisions a new life ahead despite the challenges and obstacles. “That culture starts with an attitude and a belief that what you are doing is right, what you are doing is important and what you are doing is going to allow you to be successful,” said Breitbach. “I think here, within the football program, there is some doubt. There are skeptics out there; I’ve heard them. There is a belief that you are going to win or a belief that you are going to lose; it perpetuates itself. To change the culture and win a few games and get the ball rolling, create some energy, it’s doable. It’s going to take a lot of hard work, organization, effort and belief. But that doesn’t happen without a culture change and people start expecting it to happen.”

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sports Lacrosse team

steps up in light of tragedy

Women’s lacrosse saw a tragic accident occur during its 2013 season. The morning of March 16, the Seton Hill University lacrosse team was traveling to Millersville for an afternoon game. On the Pennsylvania Turnpike outside of Harrisburg, the bus carrying the team veered off the road and crashed into a tree. Seton Hill lacrosse coach Kristie Quigley and her unborn son were killed along with the bus driver. Although stunned by the tragedy, members of the Millersville lacrosse team and its coaches sprang to action and attempted to help. The team sold wristbands with the text #onelaxfamily and the initials “KQ” embroidered on the bands to honor the late coach. An amazing 2,700 wristbands were sold, and donations were also given, with the lacrosse team bringing in a profit of $13,000 to benefit the Quigley family. “It was important for us to sell the wristbands because we were able to

channel our grief through something positive,” women’s lacrosse coach Mia Hall said. “We had no idea we would sell that many; if we would have sold 200, that would have been great. But through two days, we were up over 1,000 and it just kept going up. The best thing about it was that people were continuously supporting Seton Hill and the Quigley family throughout the entire season.” What amazed Hall most was that the support was coming not only from the regional area and the surrounding states, but it was also coming from clear across the country, making this story a truly special one. “We would look online, and we would see where people were ordering from,” Hall said. “You had California, Maine and Iowa. Across the nation, people were ordering these wristbands.” In addition, members of the team strung red and gold laces through their shoes and put red and gold netting in their lacrosse sticks. After the accident occurred, the team also went and gave blood immediately in order to aid relief efforts and help out in any other way it could. The website to donate to the Quigley family is still active.

Caitlin Shannon

Slam dunk partnership During a recent luncheon ceremony, the women’s basketball program received a gift of $15,000 from Lancaster-based Mulá Architects, a fullservice architecture, planning and specialty design firm. These resources will directly fund scholarships for deserving student-athletes and are a result of the University’s continuing work in connecting with the corporate community. “We are very fortunate to be in a position to give back to our community,” said Richard Mulá, founder and principal of Mulá Architects, “and we are very proud to assist Millersville University and the women’s basketball team.”

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Millersville University and Student Services, Inc., representatives take a moment to thank Richard Mulá for his firm’s gift to women’s basketball. L to r: Robert Slabinski ’84 (chairman of Student Services, Inc., and president of Student Lodging, Inc.), Mary Fleig (head coach, women’s basketball), Richard Mulá and Darlene Newman ’84 (assistant coach).

Madison makes memorable debut Freshman Erin Madison didn’t need long to acclimate herself to life in Division II track. Madison was the PSAC runner-up and school-record setter in the 400-meter hurdles. On the strength of her 1:01.45 time in the PSAC Outdoor Championships, Madison qualified for the NCAA Division II Championships in Pueblo, Colo.

Coyne breaks through Erin Madison shows her moves.

Junior Rob Coyne joined select Millersville company by finishing as the runner-up at the NCAA Atlantic/East Super Regional and qualifying for the NCAA Division II Championships in Hershey, Pa. The event was coincidentally hosted by Millersville, and Coyne represented his school well. The championship appearance capped a memorable season in which Coyne won the Mercyhurst Invitational and the Dr. Edwin B. Cottrell Invitational, placed third at the PSAC Championships and finished second at the super regional.

Rob Coyne

Baseball top awards

Zach Stone heads home.

Production on the field leads to wins, and team recognition leads to individual recognition. The Millersville baseball team won the PSAC Eastern Division and the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Atlantic Regional for the second time in the last three years. At season’s end, Coach Jon Shehan was recognized as PSAC East and NCBWA Atlantic Region Coach of the Year. Sophomore Chris Murphy was named PSAC East, NCBWA, ABCA and Daktronics Pitcher of the Year. Zach Stone was picked as the PSAC East Player of the Year. Prior to this season, no Millersville player had ever won league player or pitcher of the year honors. A total of seven players were named All-PSAC East, matching the most in a single season since 1982. Tim Mayza, who was also named All-Atlantic Region by Daktronics, NCBWA and ABCA, was joined on the AllPSAC East First Team by Murphy, Stone, Dan Johnson and Evan King. Pitcher Tad Barton and freshman outfielder Jeremy Musser were picked to the second team. Millersville capped its season with a 40-18 overall record and fell one game short of the regional title game.

Bucklin-Webber honored again One year after winning the PSAC Coach of the Year award as the Millersville men’s coach, Shari Bucklin-Webber won the PSAC East Coach of the Year award as the women’s coach in 2013. Now a three-time Coach of the Year Award winner, Bucklin-Webber led the Marauders to a 4-2 divisional record and a trip to the PSAC Semifinals. Sports Spring-Summer 2013  33 

Alumni Interest

Alumni award recipients recognized at annual Honors & Awards Convocation

Department of Mathematics at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va. Jerri Anne Johnson ’76, ’87M, Dr. Francine G. McNairy, Dr. Mel Allen ’69, Dr. Keith Mellinger, Stephen Kepchar Dr. Francine G. McNairy, ’70,’12H, and President John Anderson at the 2013 Honors & Awards Convocation. 13th president of Millersville University, was named the 2013 Honorary Alumni Award recipiour individuals were honored at Millersville University’s ent. Appointed president in 2003, McNairy served as the annual Honors & Awards Convocation on May 4. These chief executive officer, with oversight of a $167 million four awards are sponsored annually by the Millersville budget, 1,000 employees and 8,368 undergraduate and University Alumni Association (MUAA). graduate students. Prior to becoming president, she served Dr. Melvin Allen ’69 was named the 2013 Distinguished as Millersville’s provost from 1994. Throughout her career, Alumni Award recipient. A student at Millersville in the McNairy has been dedicated to public higher education, the 1960s, Allen earned his bachelor’s degree in 1969. For almost growth and development of students, multiculturalism and 40 years Millersville was his home, with occasional short civic engagement. She has championed faculty and student absences—for a stint as an official for State APSCUF, to comdiversity, global education, economic development within plete his J.D. degree at Dickinson Law School, to pursue an the Lancaster region, accountability and transparency within unfinished Ph.D. in philosophy at Temple, and to do research and external to the University. She retired from the Univerand study with the famous American philosophers Hilary sity in January 2013. Putnam, John Rawls and Stanley Cavell while on a sabbatical Stephen Kepchar Jr. ’70, ’12H was named the 2013 at Harvard University. While a student he founded the Black Outstanding Volunteer Service Award recipient. This annual Student Union—an organization still active on campus. A award, established in 2010, recognizes one alumni volunteer professor in the Department of Philosophy from 1969-2011, who has distinguished himself/herself by devoting signifihe was awarded emeritus status on his retirement. cant time and effort and outstanding service to the MillDr. Keith Mellinger ’95 was named the 2013 Young ersville University Alumni Association or the University on Alumni Achievement Award recipient. The Outstanding Young behalf of the Millersville University Alumni Association. A Alumni Achievement Award was created in 2012 to recognize 1970 economics graduate of Millersville University, Kepchar has provided extraordinary service to his alma mater. Millersville University baccalaureate graduates identified as being outstanding in their professions and to present them He was involved in three successive capital campaigns at to current Millersville University students as examples of Millersville, most recently chairing the Soar to Greatness exemplary achievement. He received his B.S. degree in mathcapital campaign cabinet. The campaign, which concluded in ematics from Millersville. He went on to graduate school December 2012, raised $88 million, exceeding the $85 million at the University of Delaware, where he earned an M.S. in goal. Kepchar joined Morgan Stanley Wealth Management 1997 and a Ph.D. in 2001, both in mathematics. After graduin the Lancaster office in 1973, where he is now a senior vice ate school, he held a National Science Foundation-funded president and wealth advisor. He also earned an Executive Vertical Integration of Research and Education post-doctoral MBA from the Wharton Business Program, University of position at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is an Pennsylvania. In 2012 he received an honorary doctorate associate professor of mathematics and the chair of the degree from Millersville University.


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Alumni Gathering in Las Vegas Gordon Biersch Brewery - 5:30 p.m. Meet the Football Coach Reception (Meet new MU Head Football Coach Greg Breitbach) Arooga’s Sport Bar in York - 6 p.m. MU After Work - Washington, D.C. Sign of the Whale - 6 p.m.

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MU Night at the Philadelphia Phillies Reception - 5 p.m.; Gametime - 7:05 p.m. Join us at McFadden’s Restaurant adjacent to the ballpark at 5 p.m. MU Bustrip to Orioles Game, Oriole Park at Camden Yards Bus leaves at 11 a.m. Gametime 7:05 p.m. Package includes bus trip, meal in the bullpen area and game ticket in section 86. 1985-95 Greek Alumni Event Holiday Inn Stadium (Tailgate) – 5 p.m Citizens Bank Park – (Phillies vs. Dodgers) – Gametime - 7:05 p.m. For more information, contact Wendy Richard at 267-575-9563.

For more information about alumni events or to find out how to register, contact the Office of Alumni Engagement, P.O. Box 1002, Millersville, PA 17551-0302. Phone: 800-6811855. Keep checking the alumni website for updates to these and other events at www.

ALUMNI EVENT REGISTRATION For event information:

Call Millersville University’s Office of Alumni Engagement at 800-681-1855 or 717-872-3352, or email

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

Millersville student Kristen Lambert and her mother Deborah Lambert ’76, of Harrisburg, attended last year’s legacy breakfast.

Millersville University Legacies Who is considered a Millersville University alumni legacy? Daughters, sons, granddaughters, grandsons, stepchildren and step-grandchildren and/or siblings of a Millersville graduate are considered Millersville University Alumni Legacies. What is the Millersville Legacy Program? Alumni and students are the most important people in the Millersville community, and this program is designed to honor them as well as encourage their family to become part of the Marauder tradition. The Millersville Legacy Program recognizes families for making Millersville education part of their family tradition. The program is offered to encourage the Marauder spirit in students who are children, grandchildren, and/or siblings of Millersville graduates. Generations of families have passed on the Marauder tradition to their children, grandchildren, and siblings, and we want to help celebrate this special relationship. Are you a Millersville Legacy? If you have a parent, grandparent and/or sibling alumnus/a of Millersville, please contact the Office of Alumni Engagement to join this group. If you have any questions, please contact Monique Boots-Gonzalez, administrative assistant in the Office of Alumni Engagement at or 800-681-1855. Annual Pinning Ceremony and Breakfast Entering freshman legacy students and alumni legacies who have never received their pins before are invited to celebrate and be recognized for continuing and supporting the Millersville educational tradition. Student and alumni legacies are presented with a specially designed pin by members of the Millersville University Alumni Association. The event is held during the University’s Parent-Family Symposium. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, November 2, 2013, from 9:30-11 a.m. in Biemesderfer Center. There are currently more than 500 legacy students at Millersville. There will be a brief program with remarks by University president Dr. John Anderson and Lori Dieroff ’91, alumni association president. This event will include breakfast and refreshments. Dress is casual. To register for the Legacy Breakfast, please call the Office of Alumni Engagement at 717-872-3352 or toll-free at 800-681-1855. The event is free, but we request you register your family, including Millersville University students, by Thursday, October 31.

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MU After Work at the House of Pie More than 65 Marauder alumni and friends attended the MU After Work event in May at a Millersville landmark, House of Pizza (aka, the House of Pie). The MU Alumni Association treated guests to a slice of pizza, and everyone had a great time networking with their fellow classmates and making new connections. Alumni welcomed several members of the graduating Class of 2013 to their first alumni event just a few days before commencement.

New football coach Greg Breitbach and his family were in attendance, and he invited everyone out to cheer on the team this fall. MU After Work is a local initiative to encourage networking in an informal, social setting. If you are interested in hosting an MU After Work event in your hometown, please contact our office for details and help planning your event at

Meet your fellow Marauders to celebrate the end of the workday at MU After Work. This is a great opportunity to meet old friends and network with new contacts. Join us the second Wednesday of every other month at locations around Lancaster County. MU After Work begins at 5:15 p.m. 7/10/13 9/11/13 11/13/13

Loxley’s in Lancaster Annie Bailey’s in downtown Lancaster McCleary’s Public House in Marietta

Alumni travel program Reservations are available for several exciting destinations with the PASSHE Alumni and Friends Travel Program, which is open to all state system alumni, retirees, faculty, staff and friends. For more information, contact Cruisin’ Inc./Main Line Vacations at or 800-506-7447. The schedule for 2013-14 includes: San Francisco and Wine Country Delights – August 9-16: Land trip including Quarryhill Botanical Garden, Ravenswood Winery, cooking class, V. Sattui Winery, Domaine Carneros and more. Mosaic Masterpiece – Sept. 18-29: Oceania Cruises with ports of call including Cartagena, Malaga and Seville, Spain;

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Gibraltar, U.K.; Casablanca, Morocco; Lisbon, Portugal. Splendors of South Africa and Victoria Falls – Nov. 3-15: Land tour including Cape Town, Johannesburg, Victoria Falls and more. South Pacific Isles - Jan. 15-25, 2014: Escape the cold of winter in the exotic paradise of Tahiti. Guests will be sailing on the Oceania Cruises’ Marina. Paris to Normandy’s Landing Beaches – May 12-20, 2014: This trip is in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion. In any year, this itinerary is one of the most popular river cruises in Europe, and in 2014 it will be even more so. This river cruise is expected to sellout early.

Meet the New Alumni Board President: Lori Dierolf ’91 What is your educational background? I grew up in Minersville, Pa., a small town just outside of Pottsville. I come from a large family and have two sisters, who both graduated from Millersville with education degrees, and three brothers. When I came to Millersville University in the fall of 1987, it instantly became “home.” After graduating with my bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1991, I permanently moved to Lancaster County. I completed some graduate courses in both clinical psychology and human resources management over the past 20 years, and I thoroughly love my work in the human resources field. What is your professional background? After a few years of providing personal care for individuals with traumatic brain injuries, I began working as a human resources director in the long-term care community. Since 2005, I have been the administrator of human resources for Oak Leaf Manor, a personal care community with locations in Millersville and Landisville. It is so satisfying to be able to impact the lives of both my employees and our residents. And living, working, worshipping and volunteering in the same town gives a person a full understanding of what “community” really means. Why do you serve on the MU Alumni Association Board? Like so many alumni who are asked the question, I “grew up” here at Millersville University. I met so many wonderful friends, learned from so many gifted teachers, and had so many life-changing experiences during my college years, it made me not want to leave! I initially became involved

Patrick Leahy ’97 and his guide dog, Galahad

Katie Petermann Breit ’02

because Millersville University has given me so much, I wanted to impact the lives of current and future students, as well as celebrate the bond of being a proud Millersville alumnus with my fellow Marauders. I serve on the MUAA Board because it allows me to stay connected with what is happening right now at Millersville, and to be an ambassador for the University with other graduates.

Lori Dierolf ’91

What are your goals as president of the alumni association? My presidential goals align with the MUAA goals: to encourage more alumni to recognize the value of reconnecting to their alma mater and to engage them with events and programming that bring them back to campus; to communicate current information about the University to alumni; to enrich the lives of current Millersville students and strengthen their connection with their alumni association. What does Millersville University mean to you? Home. Family. Fun. I have made so many new friends through MUAA—smart, funny, caring people. I look forward to every event because I get to spend time with them.

Kristin Waters ’05

Tamara Willis ’99

Amy Hoffman ’94

New alumni association board members The Millersville University Alumni Association held elections on April 13, which resulted in five alumni being named to its board of directors. These alumni will serve two-year terms, which began on July 1, 2013, and will end on June 30, 2015. The newly elected and reelected board members include:

Patrick Leahy ’97 (second term) Katie Petermann Breit ’02 Kristin Waters ’05 (second term) Tamara Willis ’99 Amy Hoffman ’94 Officers were also elected and include: Lori Dierolf ’91, President Scott Bailey ’96, President-Elect

Cassandra Karamanos ’94, Secretary Stephen Focht ’70, Treasurer Also serving on the executive committee is Jerri Anne Johnson ’76, ’87M, as immediate past president. The alumni board consists of 19 voting members and meets quarterly.

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Guten Tag! Marburg’s 50th Reunion

David Eichelberger, Dr. Leroy Hopkins ’66 and Bill Aust ’65. Hopkins, a foreign language professor at Millersville, has been affiliated for more than 40 years with the Marburg Program as a student and a program director.

Below: Dr. Richard Beam, founder of the Marburg Program, received a standing ovation in tribute to his outstanding accomplishments. His wife Dorothy (far left) is also a scholar and contributed to the success of the program.

No matter what year they went to Marburg Study Abroad Program, the same love and fondness for the program seemed to be shared by more than 100 people who attended the reunion on April 19-20 at Millersville’s campus. John Snyder ’73, Donna Kraus Shearer ’78, Fred Oppenheimer (former Perhaps being foreigners in program director), Tobias Schoenwandt ’77 and Gary Benner ’78. a strange country helped them to forge a bond that has, in some cases, endured for 50 years. Dr. Richard Beam, director of Millersville’s Center for Pennsylvania German Studies, established the Marburg Program in 1963 under a directive from the Commonwealth to begin study abroad programs at the state teacher colleges. He had studied in Marburg himself, so it was a natural choice for him. The program was open to students from all colleges across the United States. Of the approximately 700 students who have participated in the Marburg Program, more than half are from colleges other than Millersville. Studying in Marburg was a “pivotal year,” said John Snyder ’73. The sentiment was shared by many guests with regard to the blessing of the friendships made and the lifechanging opportunity to see the world through different eyes. During Kaffee and Kuchen on Saturday, reunion attendees conducted a Skype session with Millersville junior Brandon Mountain, who is currently studying in Marburg and is the first recipient of the Marburg Scholarship Fund. The scholarship was established by Terry Long ’73, who studied in Marburg in 1971-72. A celebration dinner Saturday evening capped off the reunion events and included presentations to the former program directors in attendance. Jeanne Kendig Moore ’65, a member of the first group to travel to Marburg in 1963, penned “An Ode to Marburg.” Among the excerpts from her ode were: “Marburg, our home away from home. Becoming changed lives in Marburg’s enticing history of time. Germany captivated our hearts and souls.” With the Marburg Study Abroad Program, students study for a year at Philipps-Universität Marburg. As part of the immersion experience, all courses are taught in German, and students participate in excursions to places of cultural and historic interest. Mach’s gut!

Michelle Bittner Opdyke ’87, Mary Lengner Kramer ’93, Kris Lovgren Wilson and Amy Walker Gorham ’85.

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Janice Mitchell and Friedlinde Ebersole ’66.

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• 1970s

• Esther (Gannes) Francos ’46, Lancaster, and husband, Dr. Charles Francos, celebrated their 65th wedding annivesary on 1/26/12.

• Donald Miller ’70, Harrisburg, published his 13th book, Mystic Chords of Memory: The Lost Journal of William Wallace Lincoln, updated from the 2009 edition. Three more of his books will be published in 2013. • Joan Detz ’73, Millersville, presented “The Business of Speechwriting” at the American Society of Journalists and Authors conference in New York City in April 2013. • Laurence “Larry” McKenna ’73, Wayne, is the playwright and director of “Strictly Platonic,” which ran at the Hedgerow Theatre in

• 1950s 1950s decade alumni are invited to the 15th annual fall get-together at the home of Robert ’57 and Mary ’58 Lehr on Saturday, 9/14/13, beginning at 2 p.m. Call 717-397-7965 for further information or reservations.

• 1960s • Carl Ernst ’60, Leola, presented the keynote address at the International Conference for Freshwater, Tortoise and Sea Turtle Conservation and Ecology in Baltimore. • Bernard Stein ’60, Media, retired after 52 years of teaching physics, earth science, chemistry, physical science and forensic science. He taught at Penn-Delco, Rosetree Media and Deptford in the New Jersey school districts. • Anthony DePietro ’62, Barrington, N.J., was inducted into the South Philadelphia Athletic Hall of Fame in May 2013. He was a member of Southern High School’s football and baseball teams during the 1958 season. • Barry Sussman ’67, Marple Glen, revisted China 34 years after his original visit, finding it a modern and bustling country, much changed through the years. He originally studied in Taiwan and taught Chinese culture for 30 years.

Wayne earlier this year. • Michael Lavigne ’74, San Francisco, Calif., had his first novel, Not Me, published by Random House. His second book, The Wanting, was published by Schocken Books. He was the speaker last year at Millersville’s annual Friends of Ganser Library spring lecture series. • Richard Ressel ’75, Lancaster, was a featured artist of an insider’s tour of the Pennsylvania Watercolor International Exhibit, part of an installment of the State Museum of Pennsylvania’s Popular Artists Conversations series in January 2013. • Mary Boomsma ’76, Peach Bottom, published a novel, Andy’s Peach Bottom Railroad Adventures. She retired after 25 years of

teaching in the Solanco School District elementary schools. • Kevin Love ’78, Palmyra, is retiring from Annville-Cleona School District in Lebanon County, after 34 years of teaching industrial arts and technology education. • Susan (Smith) Klinger ’79, Norristown, was elected to signature member status in the Pastel Society of America. She had one of her pastels juried into the Ninth Annual National Pastel Exhibition held in Old Forge, N.Y. • James Kramer ’79, Wiconisco, retired in December 2012, from American Education Services/ Pa. Higher Education Assistance agency after more than 33 years of employment as a computer programmer.

Class of 1953 celebrates 60th reunion The Class of 1953 celebrated their 60th reunion on Saturday, May 4, with more than 20 classmates in attendance. Front row, left to right: Gerald Hodge, Mary (Pelger) Fry, Lorraine (Kreider) Patton, Dave Thier, Mary Ruth Jones, Kitty (Charles) Glass, Anne (Golab) Skilton, Dorothy (Golden) Wert. Middle row, l to r: Pasquale D’Amico, Laura (Reiter) D’Amico, Gwendolyn (Wallwork) Grimm, Betty Lou (Noll) Cunningham, Dian (Sherer) Beamesderfer, Patsy (Baker) Walker, Jean (Graybill) Aspril, Shirley (Benedick) Grill, June (Ulmer) Harper. Back row, l to r: Shirley (Evans) Stoner, Ken Stoner, George Treadway, Joe Glass, John Skilton and Dominick DiNunzio.

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class notes Entrepreneurial spirit Dr. J. Freeland Chryst ’50, ’98H, started life in humble beginnings. Growing up during the Depression, selling cantaloupes door-to-door in Lancaster City. He went on to start a multi-million dollar business enterprise, The Jay Group. With the publication of his autobiography, Street Smart, he has now added author to his many accomplishments. In it, Chryst shares many of high and no-so-high points in his life. Just out of high school, he enlisted in the Navy and served aboard the USS Kershaw during the invasion of Okinawa in 1945. While studying to be a teacher at Millersville State Teachers College, he was a standout four-year lineman on the football team and captain in his senior year. In 1995 Chryst was inducted into Millersville’s Athletic Hall of Fame and received an honorary doctorate degree in 1998. A long-time advocate and supporter of his alma mater, Chryst is making a special offer to alumni and friends. For each book purchased by a MU alumnus, he will donate $5 to Millersville’s alumni association. The book is available for $28.95 plus 6% Pennsylvania sales tax. To order your copy, contact Sharon Hicks at 717-285-6212 or 800-953-3572 x2212, or by email: Be sure to give your class year when you place your order. Chryst will also personally sign your copy, just make this request when place your order.

Diocesan administrator named Rev. Robert M. Gillelan Jr. ’79 has been elected to the position of diocesan administrator by the College of Consultors of the Diocese of Harrisburg. He is filling the vacancy caused by the unexpected death of Bishop Joseph P. McFadden on May 2 in Philadelphia. Gillelan will hold the office until a new bishop is appointed, which is often a lengthy process. Rev. Robert M Gillelan Jr. As administrator for the diocese, he will also continue to serve as pastor of Prince of Peace Parish in Steelton. He served as pastor of Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in York from 1999-2012. His previous assignments have included Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish/San Juan Bautista Parroquia, Lancaster, St. Leo the Great Parish in Rohrerstown, and St. Joseph Parish in Hanover.

• 1980s • Todd Reitnouer ’80, New Holland, was named Lancaster/ Lebanon League Athletic Director of the Year by the Lancaster/ Lebanon Secondary Athletic Association. He is the director of athletics at Garden Spot High School in New Holland, where he has been a technology education teacher for the past 32 years. • Karen Richie ’81, Mechanicsburg, earned certi-

fication through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. She teaches special eduation at Menomonee Falls High School in Wisconsin. • Georgina Hamer ’82, Middletown, received the 2012 Teacher of the Year Award from Middletown Area School District. She has taught language arts for 25 years throughout the district. • Glenn Esler ’84, Portland, Ore., completed the University of Oregon Sustainability Leadership

Special Forces Hall of Fame

Terry Spisak ’79, Suzanne Cooper-Spisak ’80, Charles Rossi ’82, Rita Rossi, Gaye McGrorty and William McGrorty ’82.

Spring training score: 4 - 4 - 4 For Will McGrorty, it marked his eighth trip to spring training in Florida. This year, he extended the invitation to good friends to join him and his wife on the 4-day trip to Clearwater, Fla. The three couples packed in four baseball games at four different ballparks in four days.

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Retired Colonel William Davis ’72 was inducted into the U.S. Special Forces Hall of Fame during a ceremony in North Carolina in May. He joins a special organization of American heroes. This is the more recent recognition of his distinguished military career. A career officer in the U.S. Army’s Special Forces, Davis retired from active duty in 2005 after 34 years. His service in the Gulf War rendered him disabled. The Colonel Bill Davis Fund for Research on Gulf War Illness at a key medical research center in Dallas, Texas, was named in his honor. A member of the Marauder football program from 1969-71, Davis was inducted into Millersville University’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009 (above photo is from that occasion). In 1996, he was inducted into the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame.

Chef paints on the canvas of Philadelphia’s Il Pittore A satiny cauliflower soup drizzled with jeweled green pesto oil. Hearty ribbons of pappardelle pasta with rich red sauce of wild boar, rosemary and parmesan. Delicate ravioli filled with braised duck and sage. Crimson-hued ahi with coral-toned sea urchin and blood oranges. Il Pittore means “the Painter” in Italian. And at Philadelphia’s newest Rittenhouse Square restaurant, Il Pittore, the painter is none other than chef and owner Chris Painter ’89. Painter graduated from Millersville University with—of all things—a degree in political science. Who would have imagined that he would become one of Philadelphia’s most notable chefs? Certainly not him. “I always enjoyed cooking, my mother was a wonderful cook, and my great-grandmother was Alsatian,” says Painter, who never really considered becoming a chef until after college. He was working as a bartender, mixing up cocktails, when he realized he didn’t want to go to law school or become a politician, as most political science majors might do. He wanted to become a chef. A native of Pottsville, Painter graduated from the Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts in Pittsburgh in 1992, then eventually returned to the Philadelphia area to make his mark as a chef. His newest creation is Il Pittore, an artistic dining spot at 2025 Sansom Street, that opened in fall 2011, near Rittenhouse Square. It is a narrow swath of whitewashed brick, sunlight dappled skylights, deep-red leather seats and lush herb greenery. At Il Pittore, the emphasis is on Northern Italian cuisine, most notably pasta dishes with simple, yet imaginative presentations. The menu changes with the seasons, as Painter incorporates the freshest produce, seafood, meats and cheeses into each dish. From spicy rabbit sausage to sea urchin, Painter encourages people to try something new, that really isn’t new in the world of hearty country Italian food. Who would have thought that a little cockscomb would add the perfect spark to braised duck ravioli? Ever wonder what tender veal cheeks—yes, they really are cheeks—might taste like, especially when served with buckwheat polenta and blood orange marmalade? Funny thing is, Painter isn’t even Italian. His ancestry is Irish-German. “To me, the food of the countryside of France and Italy are my inspiration,” says Painter. Over the years, Painter has been a force in the Philly dining scene, mostly within the Stephen Starr empire of restaurants. When Painter opened Il Pittore, it was his chance to shine on his own. Every dish has his signature touch, and he presents them as if each is his offspring. “With Il Pittore, I wanted to do the modern interpretation of Northern Italian food, not what most people think of as Italian, which is more Southern Italian,” he points out. While Painter’s name has become synonymous with Philadelphia Certificate Program. He is a scientist at Integral Consulting, Inc., in Portland. • Diane Yateman ’84, Hanover, received a master’s degree in international relations and conflict resolution in February 2013, from the American Military University. • Steven Buterbaugh ’87, Lancaster, was named executive

vice president at E.K. McConkey & Co., an insurance, risk management and benefits consulting firm. • Melinda (Gates) Fee ’87, Manheim, was sworn in as Pennsylvania state representative for the 37th District in January 2013. • Douglas Ober ’87, Lancaster, was promoted to supervisor at

dining, he has been well-traveled as a chef. After culinary school, he worked at The Hotel Hershey, then at The Woodstock Inn in Vermont. He was lured back to Hershey—perhaps by chocolate?—and became chef de cuisine, overseeing the four-star hotel’s fine dining operations. Later, Painter headed west to Portland, Oregon, where he was executive sous chef at Avalon Restaurant, then to California’s Napa Valley at the French Laundry and back east to New York City at Lespinasse. In 1999, he began his true rise to Starr-dom, with his role as executive chef at Tangerine, a Stephen Starr gem brimming with the diversity of Mediterranean flavors. Painter was named by the Philadelphia Inquirer as the Best New Chef of 2000. In 2003, Painter went on to serve as executive chef of Starr’s Angelina, then serving as a consultant and executive chef for New Jersey’s PJW Restaurant Group in 2005, as well as executive chef at Izakaya at Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. To prepare for his latest endeavor of Il Pittore, Painter spent more than three weeks traveling and eating through Italy for inspiration. The result draws on influences from Emilia Romagna, Piedmont, Tuscany and Sicily, with antipasti such as braised octopus with pickled sweet peppers and housemade pasta like corzetti pasta coins with braised goat, mint and chili oil. The most acclaimed dish of all is the tender, slow-cooked suckling pig with pear mostarda, roasted baby carrots and cavolo nero. People come back again and again for this hearty main course. And one of the favored side dishes is Brussels sprouts, which Painter magically transforms with burrata cheese. “I aim for a nice balance of big, fresh modern flavors with classic, soul-satisfying techniques,” says Painter.

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP, an accounting firm in Lancaster. • Susan (Boltner) Barnhart ’89, Glen Rock, received the Outstanding Teacher Award for 2012-13, sponsored by the Shippensburg University School Study Council. She has taught elementary school in the Southern York County School District for 23 years.

• 1990s • Kathleen Frankford ’90, Harrisburg, became president of the Pennsylvania Dutch Convention and Visitors Bureau in January 2013 (see profile p. 42). • Robert Mancini ’93, New York, N.Y., was promoted to executive producer at the Bravo Television Network.

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• Craig Rodenberger ’93, Landisville, was hired as director of marketing at Ephrata National Bank. • Sheri Horner ’94, Lititz, was named interim principal at Akron Elementary School in January 2013. • Kia Damon ’97, State College, is an assistant women’s basketball coach at Penn State University,

where she serves as the recruiting and offensive coordinator for the Lady Lions. The team won the Big Ten regular-season title in 2013 and 2012. • Kent Wissinger ’97, Hockessin, received the Alumni of the Year award from Millersville

Promoting Lancaster County tourism

Kathleen Frankford ’90 embarked on her newest adventure in late January 2013 as president of the Pennsylvania Dutch Convention & Visitors Bureau (PDCVB). “This is a wonderful opportunity,” says Frankford, who was known an Kathleen Keller back in her days at Millersville University. “Lancaster County has so much to offer, and I am looking forward to being a part of marketing the county.” Frankford credits her education at Millersville with laying the foundation for a diverse career in tourism, entertainment and marketing. She majored in communications and initially planned a career in broadcasting. Then she became intrigued with marketing and public relations, and garnered experience through internships with the Pennsylvania Builders Association, the State System of Higher Education and Community Hospital of Lancaster. After earning her master’s degree in journalism with an emphasis on public relations at Temple University, Frankford took a position with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society doing marketing, fundraising and creative design for the nonprofit organization. Her next step was advertising and public relations for the Crown American Corporation, doing mall and department store marketing. “I was manager of marketing and sales at Hershey Entertainment Resorts for seven years, which was a great experience,” says Frankford, adding that she handled everything from Hershey Bears ice hockey to the introduction of the Great Bear roller coaster at Hersheypark. From Michael Bolton to REM to Meatloaf to Clint Black to James Taylor, she promoted concerts at Hershey and welcomed the performers to the stage at Hershey, where they were each presented with a Hershey’s chocolate bar.

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University’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) in April. He is the communications manager for Wilmington Trust in Delaware. • Galen Charlton ’98, Seattle, Wash., a software engineer at LibLime, was named one of 2013’s “Movers & Shakers” by Library Journal magazine. This prestigious award recognizes 50

outstanding library professionals and their commitment to excellence and innovation in the field of librarianship. • Amadi Ramos ’98, Landisville, works for the missile products division of ATK in Elkton, Md., and was able to watch NASA’s first rocket launch of 2013. The Atlas V rocket was powered, in part, by retro-rockets that he designed.

Positions with Dodge-Regupol doing marketing and branding, Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau in Carlisle serving as tourism director, the Whitaker Center in Harrisburg as vice president of sales and marketing and most recently as vice president of sales and marketing at the American Music Theatre paved the way to her latest endeavor with the PDCVB. “Lancaster County may be one of the most diverse destinations in the country,” says Frankford, pointing out that membership with the Visitors Bureau includes Amish quilt and furniture makers, Pennsylvania Dutch restaurants, farmers’ markets and bed-andbreakfast inns. But that’s just the half of it—or maybe just a third or quarter of it. Lancaster County has outlet stores, shopping centers, fine dining, international cuisine, theater, music, art galleries and museums, elegant hotels, microbrews, wineries, pubs, sports venues, boutiques, charming small towns, bicycling, rails to trails, historic sites, a convention center and much more. “People who live here may not realize how diverse and unique Lancaster is,” says Frankford. “It is such a fun thing to market and develop the brand.” As president of the Pennsylvania Dutch Convention & Visitors Bureau, she will be marketing some 700 member restaurants, inns, stores and attractions that make up the county’s tourism industry. As the county’s second largest industry—after agriculture— tourism brings some 10 million visitors to the county. And Frankford is determined to keep them coming. Despite the big challenges that lie ahead for Frankford, she has her priorities in line. She and her husband of two years, Todd, have a busy, active blended family with their three children along with two dogs and two cats. “Needless to say, I have a lot of energy. I thrive on it,” says Frankford, who is also a runner and a voracious reader. Looking back at her days at Millersville, Frankford is glad she made the choice that she did as a senior at Palmyra High School. She thrived on being a cheerleader at Millersville and a member of Delta Zeta sorority, where she made lifelong friends and “sisters.” Then there was Dr. Bill Dorman, who she credits with inspiring her toward her career path. “I can’t say enough about how Millersville prepared me for all the things I’ve done, and all the things I plan to do with the Visitors Bureau,” says Frankford.

Mark Druckenmiller ’98 wed Kim Gallagher, on 5/4/12 in Siesta Key, Fla. At the reception (left to right): Ryan Kidwell ’98, Chris Maag ’98, Laura Kidwell ’00, bride Kim Gallagher, groom Mark Druckenmiller, Pat Dufner ’99, Michael Tuohey (attended 1992-97), Jeff Albo ’98 and Pete Fahringer ’98.

Natalie Gaggini ’04 and Francisco Alvarez were married on 6/23/12, in Saint Louis, Mo., where they attend graduate school at Saint Louis University. She is a graduate teaching assistant in meteorology. Presiding over their wedding celebration was Fr. Dan Powell, who was the minister at Millersville University from fall 1998 to spring 2003. From left to right: Becca Goetz Padget ’03, holding her son David, with her daughter Sophia in front of her and her husband Pat to the right. Wayne MacKenzie ’04, Mike Charlton ’05, Jessica Coster Staub ’02, Francisco Alvarez, Natalie Gaggini Alvarez ’04, Christine Ferreira Olsen ’04, Amanda Cavallo LeCrone ’03 with husband Charley standing behind her, Erin Smith Feerick ’03, John Feerick ’03, Fr. Dan Powell. Not pictured: Justin Staub ’02 and Emily Eisenacher Berndt ’02.

Ceciley Bradford ’99 and Mark Jones ’99 were married on 10/7/12, in Philadelphia.

Jeffrey Clouser ’91 (right) and Brent Weaver were married on 6/25/12, in Darien, Conn. Clouser is employed as a customer service specialist by JBT in Palmyra. Weaver is employed as a world language teacher by Manheim Township School District, Neffsville, Pa.

Colgan Leaming ’08 and Kevin Love ’10 were married on 7/27/12. Millersville graduates were in the wedding party including bridesmaids Mary Waters ’08, Dianna Zarli ’08, Regina (Caffey) Cheesman ’08 and groomsmen Jake Corl ’10 and Mark Miller ’11. Other Millersville alumni there to celebrate the couple’s special day were Tiffany (Hunsberger) Corl ’10, Jess (Bair) Miller ’12, Janet Sullivan ’75, Cheryl Trago ’81, Dave Holler ’11, Matt Esser ’11, Justin Roth ’11, Cody Mellott ’08, Megan (Abruzesse) Weber ’08, Sean Joyce ’10, Tom Schroeder ’08, Blaine Blontz ’10 and Courtney (Robbins) Blontz ’10. Kevin is an energy efficiency analyst at Orange Energy Solutions in Havertown, and Colgan is a special education teacher at Radnor Middle School in Wayne, Pa.

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class notes He received his master’s degree in mechanical engineering and is pursuing his Ph.D. degree at Villanova University. • Carrie (Hershey) McGough ’99, Millersville, has been named student services coordinator by HTI Career Institute-Lancaster. • Stephanie (Hudson) Perino ’99, Schuylkill Haven, earned her master’s degree of education from Cabrini College in January 2012.

Alumni public relations award Tom Skelley ’95 received Millersville University’s Department of Communication & Theatre Alumni Appreciation Award. He is the chief operating officer for Millers Insurance Agency in Downingtown, Pa. Skelley was instrumental in developing and planning the communication alumni networking event.

Tom Skelley (left) and Dr. Thomas Boyle, chair of Millersville’s Communication & Theatre Department.

• 2000s • DaVita Garfield ’00, Philadelphia, accepted a position as a clinical liaison at Extendicare Health Services in Philadelphia. • Christopher Driscoll ’01, Pittsburgh, completed a certificate in architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He is director of information technology at Duquesne University’s School of Law. • Andrew “Drew” Folmar ’01, Mountville, was named head football coach of Kutztown University’s Golden Bears. Since 2009, he has coached KU’s offense and quarterbacks. He was an assistant coach for the Marauders from 2003-07. As a player at Millersville, he was a star, record-setting quarterback. • Michael Hiller ’02, Quakertown, was promoted to the director of metrology at Laboratory Testing Inc., in Hatfield, Pa. • Joshua Federer ’03, Tacoma, Wash., earned a master’s degree in aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in October 2012. He

Christa DiMassa ’08, ’13M and Brett Peters ’10, 11/10/12. Alumni included l-r: Louis Costanza, Alicia (Salter) Keiser, Nicolle (Goble) Clements ’08, Alyssa (Woerth) Martin ’08, Mandy (Adams) Deininger ’08, Amanda Husser ’09, Amanda Smith, Ellen Richardson ’08 (bridesmaid), Patricia (Wesolek) Bonilla ’08, (bridesmaid), the bride and groom, Joseph Jeffries, Ashley McColgan ’11, Tiffany Skias ’11, Josh Bundy, Kate Connelly, Adric Clements ’07, and Patrick Howard. The wedding had a Millersville theme; all the tables were named for Millersville buildings.

A Millersville Family: Dana Cornett ’11 and Jeffrey Wile ’11, were married 6/18/11, in Kennett Square, Pa. The couple reside in Woodstock, Va. (read more about Jeffrey on page 5-6). James Wile ’71 and Susanne (Curtis) Wile ’71, parents of the groom, met at Millersville. The groom’s grandmother, Dr. Elizabeth (Wile) Guindon ’69, is also a Millersville graduate. On the bride’s side, her mother, Susan (Jackel) Cornett ’80, is an alumnae, but her father, Dan Cornett, is not. Millersville students and alumnus in attendance: Virginia Wood Hustis ’67, Chuck Alex ’70, Susanne Wile ’69 (aunt of the groom), Debbie (Wile) Granger ’77 (aunt of the groom), Jeanne Boltz ’70M (groom’s cousin), Karen Light ’57 (groom’s cousin), Gerry Boltz ’72M (groom’s cousin), Tom Feeman ’74, Jeremy Grimm ’05, Holly (Browell) Plum ’11, Andrew Gehman ’11, Bret Fitti-Hafer ’11, Jesse Morrissy ’11, Jesse Adams ’11, Sandra Aquilera ’11, Susan Sentz ’11, Amanda Godley ’11, Sarah Billings ’11, Spencer Shambaugh ’11, Heather Krout ’11, Erika Shannon ’11, Jenna Kramer ’11, William Tommy Jensen ’11, Jason Beisel ’12, Julie Hughes ’12 and Stephanie Pilacik ’12.

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is a C-175A pilot for the U.S. Air Force, stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. • Megan (Reiner) Jaeger ’03, Chalfont, earned her national board certification in teaching in November 2012. • Meade Peters ’05, Lancaster, was promoted to account manager at Godfrey, a nationally ranked business-to-business marketing communications agency. • John Schreck ’05, Lancaster, received his Ph.D. in physics from Drexel University in December 2012. He also received the Guoliang Yang Award for excellence in biophysics research and the graduate student research award (senior division). • Angela Bauman ’06, Lancaster, along with Beau, her German shorthair pointer, was named winner of the 2012 dream dog park contest sponsored by Purina Beneful. • Daniel Desmond ’06, Lancaster, was elected to the board of directors for Aevidum. He is an associate at

She said “yes” Members of the Phi Sigma Pi, a national co-ed honors fraternity, acted as co-conspirators to deliver a unique marriage proposal on May 11. Rebecca “Becky” Smith ’11 thought she was meeting a couple of her friends and boyfriend Nick Mierzwicki at the Sugar Bowl in Millersville. She rushed from work to get to there in the rain, but given a crowd at the Sugar Bowl, the ladies decided to head to Jack’s. One of her friends wanted to cut through campus to the pond to see the ducks. Becky had tried to phone Nick to alert him about the change in restaurants when she saw him walking toward them. When Nick arrived at the pond, he was out of breath and seemed distracted. He told Becky he wanted to look at the swans from the bridge. Becky stopped to gaze at the swans. When she turned back to face Nick, he directed her attention across the pond to where he was pointing. It was a group of their friends and brothers of PSP (aka Phi Sigma Pi) fraternity, which Becky belonged to during college. Each person was holding a letter to spell out “Will you marry me.” When Becky turned back to Nick, he said, “I love you.” He got down on “one knee in the rain, pulled out the ring and asked ‘Will you marry me?’” Becky said yes. Her parents, Bob and Phyllis Smith (pictured above with Nick and Becky), appeared from the other direction and everyone joined in congratulating the couple. the law firm of Barley Snyder. • John Gemmer ’06, Millersburg, received a postdoctorate fellowship for applied mathematics at Brown University. • Matt Henderson ’06, Lancaster, is an editor and project

manager for World Technology Evaluation Center, a federal contractor. He was promoted to project manager for an international study called Systems Engineering for Clean and Renewable Energy Manufacturing, sponsored by the

Toss Your Caps Philadelphia’s annual Toss Your Caps event, held May 11 on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, attracted approximately 300 new college graduates including four of Millersville’s newest alumni. The event is part of Mayor Michael A. Nutter’s initiative to increase the number of Philadelphians with a college degree. L-r: Tamara Smalls, Yociris Valerio, Mayor Nutter, Kara Freeman and Larry Sowell.

National Science Foundation. • Joseph March ’06, Riverside, N.J., was promoted to director of finance at Front Row Marketing Services in Philadelphia. • Stephanie (Miller) Barilaro ’07, York, received a master’s degree in business administration from York College in December 2012. • Heather (Ziemba) Pfaff ’07, Arnold, Md., received her national board certification for teaching. She is a teacher at Arnold Elementary School in Anne Arundel County. • Stephen Toth ’07, Orefield, and business partner Mike Hubbs own Lehigh Valley Bat Works and

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class notes turn out about 5,000 baseball and softball bats a year for Little Leaguers, minor leaguers, beer leaguers and American Legion players.

• 2010s • Jeffrey Wile ’11, Woodstock, Va., released his own free application for iPads: “WileD Math.” He teaches math at Signal Knob Middle School in Shenandoah, Va. The app was recognized by the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council for the “Innovation in K-12” award. (See feature story on pages 4-9.) • Matthew Dudas ’12, Harleysville, was hired as a radio broadcaster for the 2013 season, joining veteran play-by-play broadcaster Phil Elson on the “Sports Animal” program on 920


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Delta Zeta reunion More than 75 sorority sisters attended the Delta Zeta reunion on Sunday, May 5, in Gordinier Hall. The sisters came together to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Delta Zeta Xi Tau Chapter at Millersville University campus in May 1988. KARN-AM Radio. • Ryan Garchinsky ’12, Lincoln University, developed a mobile application which was on the list of “10 Colleges with Awesome Android Apps,” published by EdTech magazine.

Marriages • Jeffrey Clouser ’91 and Brent Weaver, 6/25/12. See page 43. • Kevin Sharkey ’96 and Brandi Wright, 5/7/11. • Mark Druckenmiller ’98 and Kim Gallagher, 5/4/12. See page 43. • Jessica Rosiak ’98 and Ethan Barrett, 12/8/12. • Ceciley J. Bradford ’99 and Mark Jones, 10/7/12. • Farrah Pappa ’00 and Harold Roberts, 9/22/12. • Melissa Jankowiak ’03 and James Miller, 10/15/11. • Natalie G. Gaggini ’04 and Francisco Alvarez, 6/23/12. See page 43.

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• Mary Billig ’06 and Brad Ribarchik, 10/6/12. • Lindsay Horan ’06 and Blake Strosnider, 5/19/12. • Julie Haney ’07 and William Kirtsch IV ’08, 12/7/12. • Christa DiMassa ’08, ’13M and Brett Peters ’10, 11/10/12. See page 44. • Dana Cornett ’11 and Jeffrey Wile ’11, 6/18/11. See page 44.

Births • Sandra (Minney) Lundgren ’93 and husband Matthew, a son, Johnathan Matthew, on 6/14/12. • Trevor Myslinski ’98 and wife Alexia (Gutner) ’98, twin sons, Mason Colar and Nolan Benjamin, on 3/19/11. • Jennifer (Gulick) Miller ’99 and husband Mark ’99, a son, Colton Evan, on 12/5/12. • Melissa (Deets) Berryman ’00 and husband Daniel, twins, a son, Derek Joseph, and a daughter, Ellie Viola, on 1/8/13.

• Susan (Longley) Detwiler ’01 and husband David, a son, Samuel Frances, on 3/24/12. • Laura (D’Ambrosia) Farrell ’01 and husband John, a daughter, Emma Elizabeth, on 11/7/12. • LaRae (Robinson) Hege ’01 and husband Allan, a daughter, Jenna Irene, on 11/28/12. • Camella (Baumgardner) Leitzel ’01 and husband Michael, a daughter, Madalyn Jency, on 1/25/13. • Jacob Swick ’01 and wife Jamie (Barbush) ’03, a son, Helios Barravelo, on 1/30/10, and a daughter, Aurora Liliana, on 4/1/12. • Blaze Cambruzzi ’02, ’06M and wife Nichole (Scicchitano) ’03, a daughter, Bella, on 9/22/12. • Colleen Neal ’02 and husband David Rothgeb, a daughter, Hazel Marin, on 10/31/12. • Lauren (Herb) Dow ’05 and husband Brian ’04, a daughter, Maci Elizabeth, on 3/1/13. • Charlene (Clarke) Edwards ’03




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and husband James, a daughter, London Brielle, on 4/4/12. • Lauren (Klein) Jannotta ’03 and husband Anthony ’05, ’09M, a daughter, Leyna Joy, on 6/1/11. • Theresa (Aungst) Kennedy ’03 and husband Keith, a son, Declan Duryea, on 8/18/12. • Katie (Cassarly) Knaub ’03 and husband Jesse, a daughter, Elinor Mae, on 11/2/12. • Eric Miller ’05 and wife Jennifer (Dorman) ’07, a daughter, Emma, on 4/13/11. • Margaret (Gardler) Aull ’06 and husband Ray, a daughter, Ainsley Catherine, on 11/4/12. • Dominic Barilaro ’06 and wife Stephanie (Miller) ’07, a daughter, Taylor Rose, on 2/1/13. • Joseph Marsh ’06 and wife Kelly, a daughter, Colbie Jade, on 11/14/12. • Eric Brobst ’07 and wife Gretchen (Coleman) ’08, a daughter, Eliza Livia, on 11/25/12. • Victor Clouse ’07 and wife Kelly (May) ’07, a daughter,

Abigail Elizabeth, on 2/14/13. • Jason Hollister ’07 and wife Jody, a daughter, Autumn Veronica, on 11/5/12. • Ashley (Dodson) Tice ’08, ’11M and husband Nathan, a daughter, Alivia, on 2/22/13. • Karen (Weaver) Low ’08, ’12M and husband Jeremy ’08, a daughter, Grace Yun Xuan, on 11/14/12. • Marc Squires ’09 and wife Cassandra (Chillas) ’10, a son, William Ryder, on 6/11/12. • Jenna (Waters) Earley ’11 and husband Brad, a son, Ty Anderson, on 9/11/12.

Deaths • Sara (Mowrer) Erb ’34, Lancaster, died on 1/24/13, at the age of 97. She taught for three years in the Soudersburg Rural School, and third and fifth grades in the Conestoga Valley School District for 26 years. • Madeline Frantz ’35,

Columbus, died on 12/30/12, at the age of 98. She was an active board member of Friends of the Library at the University of Pennsylvania, the America-Italy Society of Lancaster and the Friends of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. • Janet (Case) Pontz ’37, Lancaster, died on 2/16/13, at the age of 97. She taught elementary school. She and her husband owned and operated the Knollwood Inn on New Hampshire’s Lake Sunapee for 20 years. • Ruth (Reachard) Pincavage ’39, Wyomissing, died on 3/4/13, at the age of 93. She was an elementary school teacher in York’s West Manchester School District from 1939-43. She taught first grade in the Governor Mifflin School District from 1961 until her retirement in 1982. • Betty (Fritz) Weaver ’39, ’64M, New Holland, died on 12/24/12, at the age of 93. She had been a

teacher at Terre Hill High School and teacher and librarian in the Eastern Lancaster County School District, retiring after 32 years. • Carl Furniss ’40, Bloomfield, Conn., died on 1/3/13, at the age of 92. He served in the Navy during World War II. He spent his long career in the insurance business with Connecticut General’s Hartford agency. • Nancy (Shreve) Paden ’40, ’70M, Lancaster, died on 1/8/13, at the age of 94. Her teaching career spanned 40 years, starting in a one-room schoolhouse and finishing as a guidance counselor for the Donegal School District. • Janet (Myers) Schwalm ’42, Langhorne, died on 8/22/12, at the age of 93. She was an educator for 30 years and retired as principal of Dwight E. Eisenhower Elementary School in Levittown in 1972. • Cecelia (Norris) Crawford ’46, Stewartstown, died on 6/4/12, at the age of 86. She worked as a

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class notes teacher in York City Schools in the 1940s and West York Area School District from 1956-85. • Richard Leiphart ’47, Lancaster, died on 2/13/13, at the age of 91. He served with the Coast Guard during World War II. He was a teacher for a few years before joining Sperry New Holland; he retired in 1981. • Wella (Campbell) Craley ’48, Wrightsville, died on 3/10/13, at the age of 96. She started her teaching career in a two-room schoolhouse in Springettsbury Township. She then transferred to the Wrightsville Elementary School, where she taught third grade for the next 33 years. • Russell Hillegass Jr. ’49, Orlando, died on 10/22/12, at the age of 88. He served in the Navy with the amphibious forces in the South Pacific during World War II. He spent his career teaching and coaching in the public schools in suburban Philadelphia. • Grace (Zimmerman) Fissel ’50, Lititz, died on 2/12/13, at the age of 83. She taught kindergarten for 30 years, spending much of her career at West Willow Elementary School. • Nellie (Carrigan) Grubb ’51, Quarryville, died on 3/18/13, at the age of 82. She was a school teacher for more than 30 years. • Clarian (Groff) Horst ’53, Palmyra, died on 10/1/12, at the age of 83. She taught for 36 years in the public schools at Rehrersburg and Bethel in Berks County, and Myerstown in Lebanon County. • Curtis Aspril ’54, ’79M, Mountville, died on 1/30/13, at the age of 80. He taught biology for 35 years at Penn Manor and Hempfield, where he was head of the science department

for 13 years. He also worked at Brubaker Consulting Services for 20 years. • Frank Schreiner ’55, Lower Gwynedd, died on 11/23/12, at the age of 81. A psychologist, he retired in 1994 as director of the counseling center at La Salle University. • Philip Kessler ’57, York, died on 2/25/13, at the age of 76. He coached baseball and basketball at both Northeastern and York high schools. He also umpired for the American Legion’s Central and Susquehanna leagues for many years. • Robert Heron ’58, Lititz, died on 2/4/13, at the age of 76. An educator for 41 years, he worked for Solanco School District prior to serving 35 years as a principal in the Warwick School District. • Kathryn (Borry) Shreiner ’58, Lancaster, died on 10/9/12, at the age of 91. She was a school nurse for the Ephrata Area School District for 30 years, before retiring in 1984. • Ella “Cindy” (Worrell) Walter ’58, Wyandotte, Mich., died on 1/12/13, at the age of 76. She was employed as the special education director for the Regional Education Service Center of Northeastern Oklahoma for six years and retired as executive director for the Northeast Oklahoma Community Action Agency after 16 years. • Robert Holzhauer ’59, Holtwood, died on 3/10/13, at the age of 76. He taught industrial arts at Solanco High School for 34 years. • Charles Lebo ’59, Palmyra, died on 2/1/13, at the age of 81. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean conflict. He retired

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Brothers posthumously inducted into the Wrestling Hall of Fame George “Doppy” Doherty ’53 and Richard “Dick” Doherty ’61, both of Long Island, N.Y., were inducted posthumously into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Okla. in April 2013. After their highly successful wrestling years at Amityville High School, New York and then at Millersville Teachers College, the brothers went on to coach wrestling at Berner High School in the Massapequa School District of New York for a for a combined 19 years. During this time, they produced two New York State champs, 10 New York State placewinners, 10 Nassau County champions, including two outstanding wrestlers and 36 Nassau County place-winners, and won an impressive 18 high school tournament championships. The Doherty brothers received many awards and recognition for their coaching talent and dedication to the sport and were posthumously inducted into the New York State Wresting Hall of Fame in 1996. George Doherty received the 1953 Theodore H. Rupp Award as outstanding Marauder wrestler. He was posthumously inducted into Millersville University’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003. Following his death, Millersville established the George “Doppy” Doherty endowed wrestling scholarship.

as field supervisor for Millers Mutual Insurance Company. • Pauline (Spangler) Pyle ’59, York, died on 12/19/10, at the age of 73. She was an elementary school teacher in York County for 20 years. • Joyce (Beck) Rutt ’59, Ephrata, died on 12/7/12, at the age of 75. She worked as a teacher for 28 years, mostly as a kindergarten teacher at Brecknock Elementary School in Eastern Lancaster County School District. • Anna Lombardo ’60, Lancaster, died on 9/30/12, at the age of 94. Her nursing career included employment at Lancaster General Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital. After retiring from Lancaster General Hospital, she volunteered at St. Anne’s Retirement Village in Columbia. • Jane (Smoker) Davidson ’61, Glenmoore, died on 12/15/12, at the age of 73. She

was employed by the Chester County Historic Preservation Office and was awarded numerous awards for her work identifying and documenting historic structures. • Elsie (Watterson) Franck ’63, McDaniel, died on 12/26/12, at the age of 99. She was a certificate holder of the Miles River Sail and Power Squadron (MRSPS), a local unit of the U.S. Power Squadrons, and a member of the Half Miles Auxiliary of the MRSPS. • Frances (Miller) Funk ’63, Elizabethtown, died on 1/9/13, at the age of 94. She had a long career as a nursing educator and also worked as a private duty, industrial, physician’s office and hospital care nurse. • James Cooper ’64, Hershey, died on 10/1/12, at the age of 70. He was employed as president of the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank from 1970 until retiring in 2007. He also co-

Remembrances • John F. Apple II, Millersville, died on 1/22/13, at the age of 71. He was an associate professor in the Department of Wellness and Sport Sciences at Millersville University for 38 years. He retired in 2002 and was named professor emeritus. He served as head swimming and diving coach at Millersville for 20 years. A certified scuba instructor, he taught scuba from 1967-2000. An aquatics specialist with a passion for mentoring young people, he coached countless swimmers for more than five decades at the YMCA and various summer swimming pools across Lancaster County. He and his wife owned and operated Skyline Swim Club from 1977-86. • Dr. Edward Clarke Beardslee, Lancaster, died on 2/7/13, at the age of 71, and was a professor emeritus. He taught at Millersville University from 1983-2001, first as a professor of mathematics and computer science, and later as professor of elementary and early childhood education in mathematics. An author of mathematics textbooks and activity books, he conducted workshops for teachers to teach mathematics, calculators and computers using games, activities and manipulative aids that he had created for grades K-12. • Dr. Cynthia Dilgard died on 3/6/13, in Dayton, Ohio. She was a professor of English emerita. At Millersville from 1979 until 2005, she taught a wide variety of classes including writing, Shakespeare, English Romanticism, Victorian Literature and Drama. She made significant contributions to the English curriculum, developed the technical writing course and chaired the English department from1983-93. She also was committed to the advancement of women’s roles and leadership at Millersville University. • Arthur Glatfelter Jr. ’98H, York, died on 2/14/13, at the age of 88. He was the founder of Glatfelter Insurance Group and a respected leader in the insurance industry. He was very active in the nonprofit community, serving on numerous boards, and was often recognized for his philanthropy, which benefited many institutions and organizations, including Millersville University. • Dr. Joseph A. Meier, professor of mathematics emeritus, died on 4/7/13, at the age of 82. Starting in 1963, he was a member of Millersville’s faculty for 30 years and chaired the mathematics department for a number of years. In addition, he performed research at the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic and taught statistics at RCA. Prior to joining Millersville, he worked at Armstrong World Industries as section head of the applied mathematics and computer science department. He also played clarinet in the Lancaster Liederkranz band and had a passion for model railroading. Memorial contributions may be made to Millersville University Foundation, Millersville University, P.O. Box 1002, Millersville, PA 17551, or online at Please specify that the contribution should be directed to “The Joseph and Anita Meier Mathematics Scholarship.”

• Dr. Charles R. Winter ’08H, Lancaster, died on 2/21/13, at the age of 90. Born in Magdeburg, Germany, he was a physician and renowned orthopedic surgeon. He provided care for patients at the former St. Joseph Hospital, where he served as chief of orthopedic surgery, and in his own practice, Winter Orthopedic Clinic and Colonial Hall Rehabilitation Center on Rider Ave. In 1963 he garnered national attention after reattaching a severed arm, then again in 1970 when he successfully attached one of the nation’s first Myo-Electric prosthetic arms. He was a loyal supporter of Millersville University, and the Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center was named in honor of him and his wife Anita. • Gary W. Reighard, Lititz, died on 2/25/13, at the age of 78. He was vice president for student affairs emeritus. He joined the faculty at Millersville State College as associate professor of counseling and psychology in 1967. He then served as dean of students and in 1971 was named vice president for student affairs, retiring from that position in 1997. He was known for his strong support of student life and for championing the rights and responsibilities of the student. At Millersville, he led many efforts that greatly impacted the University including the expansion of resident life opportunities for students, the development of gender equity in athletics and the growth of athletic programs from Division III to Division II, the establishment of strong programs in support of wellness, the implementation of campus safety and security measures, and the initiation of the Women’s Center. He was instrumental in the creation of the Student Services, Inc., and Student Lodging, Inc., organizations. The multipurpose room in the Student Memorial Center is named in honor of Reighard and his wife Jacqueline. In 2005, a residence hall was named for him. A U.S. Army ­veteran who served during the Korean War, he was actively involved in numerous community organizations including the United Way of Lancaster County, Leadership Lancaster, and Family and Children’s Services of Lancaster County. Memorial contributions may be made to Millersville University Foundation, Millersville University, P.O. Box 1002, Millersville, PA 17551, or online at Please specify that the contribution should be directed to “Reighard Student Award.” • Nathan Weiss, Egg Harbor, N.J., died on 4/9/13, at the age of 90. He was the husband of Dr. Bernice Rydell, vice president of finance and administration emerita at Millersville University (1993-2007). He was president emeritus of Kean University for 20 years, retiring in 1989. During his tenure, the college was transformed from a teachers college to a multipurpose institution. In 1998 Kean named its graduate division, Nathan Weiss Graduate College, in his honor.

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class notes founded the Professional Home Health Care Agency in 1977. • Philip Kilbride ’64, Norristown, died on 9/15/12, at the age of 70. An internationally renowned anthropologist, scholar, teacher and author of seven books, he was a professor of anthropology at Bryn Mawr College for 43 years. • Ruth (Foster) Northup ’65, Lancaster, died on 11/25/12, at the age of 98. She taught fifth grade, retiring from Conestoga Valley School District. • Sarah (Homsher) Hobbins ’66, Lititz, died on 10/2/12, at the age of 68. She was a special education teacher with IU-13 at Conestoga Valley High School. • Ann (Rehmeyer) Kietzman ’66, Havre De Grace, died on 12/14/12, at the age of 68. She was a school librarian and worked as head of cataloging for the Harford County Library, retiring in 2005. • Neil Kinsey ’68, ’72M, Lancaster, died on 1/17/13, at the age of 66. He was a special education teacher at Lancaster’s Hand Junior High School. He also held several different teaching positions during his 26-year career at J.P. McCaskey High School. • Paul Barber ’71, Lancaster, died on 1/7/13, at the age of 70. He was a social studies and gifted education teacher at Garden Spot High School for 35 years. He also coached chess, rifle and tennis. • Marie (Krucke) Kushubar ’71, Summerville, N.J., died on 9/5/12, at the age of 81. She retired from Dorchester Mental Health Center as a counselor. She was also a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and Summerville Medical Center.

• Thomas Fridy ’74M, Lancaster, died on 2/13/13, at the age of 67. He was a self-employed antique dealer and had several outlets for his antiques in Lancaster and York counties. • Pamela Shriver ’74, Elmira, N.Y., died on 12/26/12, at the age of 60. She was a foreign language teacher in Horseheads, N.Y. • Paul Titter Jr. ’74, Lancaster, died on 1/9/13, at the age of 60. He was a special education teacher with the School District of Lancaster for 35 years. • Margaret (Clarke) Craig ’75M, Lancaster, died on 3/3/13, at the age of 79. She worked as a staff nurse at Lancaster General Hospital in the mid-1960s and was then an elementary school counselor for the School District of Lancaster from 1975-83. • Robert Lugg ’77, Tatamy, died on 11/24/12, at the age of 58. He served as a behavior modification program technician at the Hunterdon Developmental Center in Clinton, N.J., for 25 years. • Charlotte (Mathers) Nuss ’77, Lititz, died on 12/27/12, at the age of 75. She was a substitute teacher throughout Lancaster County. After retiring, she worked at Luther Acres as a nurse’s aide and volunteer coordinator. • Virginia Liberman ’79, Ardentown, died on 1/15/13, at the age of 69. She had a lengthy career as a nurse and enjoyed traveling and water sports, especially scuba diving. • Patricia (Gross) Klipp ’80, Waynesboro, died on 11/11/12, at the age of 83. She was a school nurse for more than 20 years.

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• Linda Masengarb ’81, Lancaster, died on 12/19/12, at the age of 69. She was a consultant in the field of workers’ compensation and employee returnto-work programs. • George Rule ’81, West Chester, died on 2/16/13, at the age of 53. He was CFO of Reilly Foam Corporation for more than 30 years. He loved the game of golf and made many lasting friendships through the years. • Joyce Ann Addie ’82, Lancaster, Pa., and Fort Myers, Fla., died on 3/6/13, at the age of 77. She was very active in volunteer activities with the Friends of the Library and Millersville Meals on Wheels program, where she was a cook for more than 10 years. • Linda (Logan) Backof ’82, ’86M, Lititz, died on 10/3/12, at the age of 62. A psychologist, she worked in a variety of clinical positions in treatment facilities, specializing in nursing, counseling and program development. She retired in 2002. • Linda Klahr ’83, Ocean View, Del., died on 1/27/13, at the age of 71. She worked as accountant and controller for several Delaware businesses. • Susan (Brandt) Liebig ’84, Lancaster, died on 12/1/12, at the age of 51. She was devoted to her family and enjoyed traveling with her husband, following their favorite sports together, and spending time with friends. • Lisa Ressler ’85, Willow Street, died on 12/17/12, at the age of 51. She was a computer consultant and the owner of Strategic Microsystems for the past 17 years.

• Marsha (Work) Boone ’91, Lancaster, died on 1/11/13, at the age of 51. She was an elementary school teacher at the King Elementary School in Lancaster. • Pamela Anthony ’92, Harrisburg, died on 11/16/12, at the age of 44. She was a teacher for the Harrisburg School District. • Justin F. Hilton ’07, Montoursville, died on 1/6/13, at the age of 28. He was employed by Susquehanna Bank and coached ninth-grade basketball. As a student, he was a member of the Marauder baseball team. • Patrick Michael Hellmann ’09, Lancaster, died on 4/28/13, at the age of 27. In high school, he was a two-time LancasterLebanon League football all-star. He was a four-year letterman in wrestling, and a state medalist at 189 pounds. He volunteered with the Hempfield wrestling program and was involved in PAK, a charitable organization aimed at helping the Lancaster community. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steeler fan. His friends described him as a “foxhole buddy,” because he was the guy who would always have your back.


Why I

Joe Arsenault ’84

Lifelong Friends and Memories Sometimes it doesn’t really matter which college you choose. And, sometimes it makes all the difference in the world. For Joe Arsenault ’84, transferring to Millersville University after his freshman year opened doors to lifelong friends, a burgeoning career and fond memories of “some of the best years of my life.” Arsenault was one of the first students to graduate from Millersville with a bachelor of science degree in computer science from the newly formed department. That was one of the best decisions he made. “Part of the fit of a university is what you major in and the nurturing of the professors,” says Arsenault. “I got that from Millersville, especially in what was then a field in its early stages.” A native of Media, Pa., Arsenault had graduated from Nether Providence High School, then set off to Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, where he was planning to major in chemical engineering and play football. It wasn’t the right fit. “I realized that I was not cut out to be a chemical engineer,” says Arsenault, who decided to change his major and transfer to another university for a fresh start. When he visited Millersville University, he knew it was the right place. He also discovered the right career for him in computer science. Sometimes you don’t always know what’s right for you until you find it. For Arsenault, giving back to his alma mater has been a top priority. He wants to make sure other students benefit from the same opportunities he had. For every year since he graduated, Arsenault has made his annual donation to Millersville. The first few years, it was just $20 or $25. Over the years he has been able to progressively increase his contribution, thanks to matched donations by his employer. More than 15 percent of Millersville alumni work for companies that will match gifts, but many aren’t aware that they can double their gifts to Millersville this way. As an annual contributor to Millersville’s Impact Fund, he

has personally seen how relatively small gifts can have a big impact when they are grouped together. In fact, gifts of $100 or less contributed $93,000 to the Impact Fund in 2012. “When I realized the impact my steady, consistent donations have made over the years, I was amazed,” says Arsenault, who has earned his place as a member of the Golden Swan Gift Society for his loyalty. With more than 20 years of donating to Millersville, Arsenault has been recognized as a Gilded Feather member. He was surprised to learn how few people (only seven percent of our alumni) contribute to Millersville compared to other state universities, and is now encouraging his friends and fellow alumni to give back. “The many friendships I made at Millersville and the close friends I still have today after nearly 29 years since graduating mean a lot to me,” says Arsenault, adding that they get together several times a year. “I always look forward to the alumni golf outing every October at Millersville. We still tell the same stories over and over about Millersville and laugh even if we have heard them 100 times before.” Millersville University prepared him for his successful career in computer science, which he attributes to the professors and administrators who gave him academic challenges that pushed him to do his best. Arsenault has worked in information technology for the Vanguard Group in Malvern, Pa., for 14 years. Right out of college, he began working for Conrail in downtown Philadelphia as a software developer. During more than 13 years with Conrail, he received his M.B.A. from Widener University, then joined Norfolk Southern Railroad. In 1999, he joined Vanguard as a line manager, bringing his IT experience into full play. Millersville has meant a great deal to Arsenault, and he hopes his own two sons have similar experiences in college, explains Arsenault. “To this day when I return to the Millersville campus, a smile comes to my face and all those positive memories rush to the front,” says Arsenault. “That’s why I give.”

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Millersville Community Parade – 9 a.m. Alumni Tailgate Zone Tent – 11 a.m. – Parking lot between Sugar Bowl and Football Stadium Football Game – 1 p.m. Reunions – Class of 1963, 100th Anniversary of Student Government, Sigma Tau Gamma, 50th Anniversary of Greeks on Campus – 5-10 p.m. – Gordinier Hall Millersville University Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremony – 6:30 p.m. – Ware Center, Lancaster

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