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String theory Trevor East ’15 and Ryan Ihrig ’15 play guitar and ukelele in the campus quadrangle on an unseasonably warm afternoon in April. The two friends often practiced after sociology class, where they first bonded over their shared interest in music.

On the cover Miami Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin ’84 watches players run through drills during a voluntary mini-camp practice for veteran players at the Dolphins’ training facility in Davie, Fla. For more on Philbin and his journey to Miami, turn to page 12.




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Friends in high places Elmo greets former W&J trustee and ANSYS founder John Swanson before the College’s 213th Commencement ceremony in May. Swanson and Kevin Clash, the furry red monster’s puppeteer, were presented with honorary degrees at the event, where Swanson also gave the keynote address. For Commencement highlights, turn to page 4.




president’s message

A heritage of success

President Haring-Smith congratulates four-time NCAA All-American diver Bethany Haver ’12.

When I was an undergraduate, I played three varsity sports, and athletics was a very important part of my education. It gave me the discipline I needed to get through tough situations. There is no other activity where the relationship between the effort put into an activity and the achievement that results is more obvious, more clear. The body is such a remarkable machine that a week or two of strength training results in visible changes. Practicing repeated free throws or swimmer’s turns can make a world of difference in an athlete’s performance. Sports teaches you that you have to do the work yourself—you have to practice, you have to learn the strategies, you have to think and work together with your team. These are valuable lessons that help our students perform both in the classroom and in life.

At Washington & Jefferson College, our athletes are great scholars, they are active in community service, and they have interests that drive them to study abroad, to complete challenging internships and research fellowships, and to develop into the kind of educated citizens our participatory democracy demands. The best scholar-athletes do not go to college just “to play football” or “to play field hockey.” They come to W&J because they want an opportunity to excel in those arenas, but also because they want a fine education that will prepare them for a successful career and community engagement. As competition for top-performing students gets tougher and tougher, W&J’s remarkable athletics program remains one of our strengths. Our coaches help to recruit more than half of W&J’s first-year class each year. They scour the playing fields, courts and swimming pools to find students with that rare combination of athletic talent and scholarly achievement who also want to study at a small liberal arts college. Then they reach out to student-athletes and, together with our admissions counselors, educate our applicants about the value of a liberal arts education and the special qualities of W&J as a community of scholars. We are proud of our athletes not only for their individual accomplishments and their teams’ win-loss records, but also for the way in which athletics allows students to excel in other areas. W&J enacts the insight passed down to us from the Greeks—that a sound mind requires a sound body. Those students who learn the discipline, strategy and perseverance required of a successful athlete are the same students who will succeed in other arenas in life. They will think more clearly, work better with others and have a sense of control over their lives.

SUMMER 2012 Executive Editor MEGAN MONAGHAN

Associate Editor ROBERT REID





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Letters to the Editor

In playing sports, we reveal who we are—a simple round of golf can tell you more about a potential business partner than hours spent in a conference room. You can tell who cheats, who is gracious in defeat, and who gloats over success.

W&J welcomes feedback from readers regarding the magazine or topics related to the College. Submissions may be edited for style, length and clarity.

W&J has a fine heritage of athletes to match its excellence in the sciences, business, education and law. The wonder of the body can be explored through dissection and through cross-country running. The strategy of a winning play is planned with the same kind of analysis as the preparation of a fine legal defense or an entrepreneurial business plan. As the stories in this issue of W&J Magazine attest, W&J graduates fight disease, fight for justice, fight ignorance and fight for glory in the competitive arena of sport.

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Letters A legacy of integrity Dear Editor: Thank you for the W&J Magazine article on my father, Dr. Charles F. West ’24, nicknamed “Pruner” during his college years. Each time I read about my father, I learn something I didn’t previously know, such as his comment to the general manager, Mr. Robert Murphy, about no longer playing for W&J if he was benched because of his skin color. That sounds like him. Even though he was gracious and a gentleman, he definitely would stand up for himself. Thank you for helping to keep his story alive. Much credit needs to be given to Mr. Murphy and W&J for perpetuating that spirit of positive interaction and standing up for what is right and decent, and defying ignorance and bigotry in our society. My best wishes to the entire W&J community for perpetuating this spirit of integrity. Linda West Nickens Alexandria, Va.

A lifetime of memories

Los Angeles and many spots in between, thus making my life a “shining” one.

Dear Editor: I am seldom at a loss for words, but the only response to your winter 2012 issue is “Wow!” That says it all. It was a nostalgic trip through my experiences at Jay, and I thank you for a most delightful evening of reading, reflection and remembering.  Also, kudos on the article titled “Breaking Barriers.” I often have mentioned this 1922 Rose Bowl game to my friends (especially those boasting about their USC and Penn State victories). The article also was bittersweet for me as my late brother graduated from Washington and Lee, and I could have needled him about his alma mater refusing to play African-American players!  You indeed have given me much to reminisce about and be grateful for when reflecting on my time at Jay. My self-published book, “From Sea to Shining Sea,” is a tribute to the many individuals who have graced my life.  My career in marketing has taken me from Philadelphia to

Russell “Tuck” A. MacCachran ’45 Boulder, Colo.

Two Presidents (and a General) Dear Editor: I found the article titled “Breaking Barriers” about Charles “Pruner” West ’24 in the winter 2012 edition of W&J Magazine very interesting. As the article states, West and the football team brought about a historic change in collegiate sports in 1923. I attended W&J on a football scholarship and was familiar with the legend which identified West. Upon graduating from W&J, I was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant and served at U.S. 7th Army Headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany. While stationed there, I applied and was accepted to Washington and Lee University’s School of Law (class of 1960) in Lexington, Va. During my first week of law school, a neighborly gentleman introduced himself and

inquired about my undergraduate education. When I replied that I attended a small college in southwestern Pennsylvania called Washington & Jefferson College, the neighbor stated that he knew about W&J because, as a member of the Washington and Lee football team, he traveled by train to Washington, Pa., to compete against the Presidents in 1923. Recalling that W&J was a football powerhouse in those early years, I mentioned that W&J probably won the game when he replied that the Presidents forfeited because of West. He then told me that I was a bright lad because I “traded Jefferson for Lee.” My quick answer was, “I was fortunate to have all three—Washington, Jefferson and Lee!” Memories of my attendance at both Washington & Jefferson and Washington and Lee are precious because I not only received a great education from each school, but made lasting friendships with faculty and classmates which I value and that endure to this day. George E. Anthou ’55 Canonsburg, Pa.


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With its 213th Commencement ceremony in the books, Washington & Jefferson College is developing an impressive collection of rites and traditions related to the big day. Whether practiced for centuries or introduced within the last five years, here are 13 of our favorite things about the day W&J seniors make their official transition to alumni.



Parents who get to campus at 7:30 in the morning to secure a premium view of their sons and daughters walking across the stage.


Wishing farewell to one class while welcoming back alumni who graduated 50 years ago—bringing the W&J experience full circle.



The custom of academic regalia donned by professors that dates back to the Middle Ages, giving meaning to everything from the style of their gowns to the colored lining of their hoods.




Explaining the meaning of “Whichi Coax” to family and friends not accustomed to the tradition. (SEE PAGE 29 FOR AN EXPLANATION.)



When the campus, with its freshly planted flowers and impeccably groomed lawns, gets dressed up for the occasion— making it that much harder for graduates to say “good-bye.”





Seeing the puppeteer behind Elmo receive an honorary degree alongside graduates who once called the furry red monster their friend.



The tent that has shielded the last seven graduating classes from unpredictable spring weather, which can vary year-to-year from cold and rainy to hot and sunny.


Honoring those faculty and staff members who most influenced the graduates’ time at W&J, whether in the classroom, over coffee, on the field or at the cafeteria.






When professors request that former students start calling them by their first names—a transition that some alumni are never able to make.

Admiring the artwork displayed on mortarboard hats as seniors transform an age-old academic headdress into a canvas for thanking mom and dad and showing Greek pride.



Observing the wide array of flags representing the home states and countries of the graduates—this year, there were 26, including China and Mexico.


When the mace, crafted of wood from the original pillars of McMillan Hall, is pounded three times on the podium by head marshal Stu Miller, signifying the beginning of the ceremony.




When the newly minted graduates are sent off into the world the way they came in—walking across the College seal to the applause of their proud professors.





Noted & Quoted The storytelling mind is a crucial evolutionary adaptation. It allows us to experience our lives as coherent, orderly, and meaningful. It is what makes life more than


We used Title IX as a way to



The benefit of public service is not money—it is the time it allows new graduates to consider their options and learn about themselves. ROBERTA CROSS, DIRECTOR OF CAREER SERVICES3

I’ve read about much more drastic restoration cases. In the art world, this doesn’t seem as bad. JENNIFER LOGAN, PH.D., ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, CHEMISTRY4

This is the first time that anybody has developed a public benchmark for evaluation of energy independence and done it


With the advent of character-limited social media services, users are forced to digest byzantine ideas into

140- or 160-character silver bullets. ARLAN HESS, LECTURER, ENGLISH6

I wanted to dedicate myself to an intellectual life.






1 “The Storytelling Animal,” Eric Liebetrau, Boston Globe, April 12, 2012 2 “40 Years later, Title IX is still fighting perception it hurt men’s sports,” Gloria Goodale, The Christian Science Monitor, June 23, 2012 3 “A gateway to a career through volunteering,” Eilene Zimmerman, The New York Times, May 5, 2012 4 “Museum: Fast action may help save Picasso painting,” Juan Lozano, Associated Press, June 19, 2012 5 “W&J College Index details energy consumption,” Taryn Luna, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 3, 2012 6 “Writing complex sentences in the ‘Twitter age’,” Arlan Hess, USATodayEducate. com, April 16, 2012 7 “Teaching Legacy,” Kate Helm, Lafayette Magazine, July 20, 2012 8 “Washington & Jefferson College wins prestigious Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award for Internationalization,” Liberal Arts College News, March 13, 2012

Stories that have changed the world ENGLISH PROFESSOR’S NEW BOOK EXPLORES THE POWER OF STORYTELLING When driving down the road on a beautiful day, Jonathan Gottschall was cheerfully spinning the FM dial when a country song filled his car: Chuck Wick’s “Stealing Cinderella.” As he listened to the story about a little girl growing up to leave her father behind, Gottschall, the father of two girls, found himself overcome with emotion, veering off the road to mourn the time—more than a decade off—when his own daughters would fly the nest. The roadside meltdown inspired Gottschall to write his latest book, The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human. “When we submit to fiction—whether in novels, songs or films—we allow ourselves to be invaded by the teller,” said Gottschall, an adjunct English professor at Washington & Jefferson College. “But when stories lastingly shape many minds—or just one very important mind—they can change the world.” Taken from Gottschall’s book, here are four examples of stories that have changed the world.

1. Uncle Tom’s Cabin When Abraham Lincoln met Harriet Beecher Stowe in the midst of the Civil War, he famously said, “So you’re the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war.” Lincoln went a little far in his flattery, but historians agree that Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852) exerted a momentous influence on American culture, inflaming passions that helped bring on the most terrible war in our history.

2. Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged (1957) topped a 1991 Library of Congress/Book-of-the



GROW AN ECO-FRIENDLY GARDEN Did you know that approximately one-third of the food you eat is dependent upon pollinators? According to Candy DeBerry, Ph.D., associate professor of biology at W&J, populations of pollinator insects are declining rapidly due to factors like habitat destruction and the indiscriminate use of insecticides and herbicides. DeBerry, who regularly speaks on ecological gardening for biodiversity, shares how anyone with a yard or garden can support pollinators by following these four easy steps.

Month Club poll as the most influential novel of the 20th century. Selling millions of copies, the novel spread a philosophy of hard-core anti-collectivism through American culture, inspiring the Tea Party, making the rise of politicians like Ron Paul possible and influencing the Federal Reserve policy.

3. A Christmas Carol Endless adaptations of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (1843)—in school plays, radio programs, films and even children’s cartoons—are largely responsible for how we celebrate Christmas. In writing the tale, Dickens massively elevated the holiday’s cultural profile,

Jonathan Gottschall, adjunct professor of English, is the author of The Storytelling Animal.

starting traditions like serving turkey for dinner and generally defining the holiday’s spirit of charity and good cheer.

4. Will and Grace Social scientists credit the popular sitcom “Will and Grace” (1998-2006) with rapidly liberalizing American attitudes toward gays and lesbians. It is surprising, but true. Will and his sidekick Jack, along with characters on shows like “Ellen,” “Six Feet Under” and “Modern Family,” may have done more to transform the social status of gays and lesbians than direct political action like marches and protests.

1.) Have some plants in flower at all times. Pollinator gardens are most effective when they contain at least eight different species of flowering plants, with at least three species in flower at any time. It is especially important to have flowers in early spring and late fall to provide nectar and pollen for bumblebees, which are active earlier and later in the year than other bee species.

3.) Avoid using insecticides and herbicides. Insecticides kill pollinators and other beneficial insects as well as insect pests; herbicides kill many useful plants that provide food and nesting sites for pollinators. For tips, check out Weedless Gardening by Lee Reich and The Organic Gardener’s Handbook of Natural Pest and Disease Control by Bradley, Ellis and Martin.

2.) Grow native plants. Because native pollinators co-evolved with native plants, they can more readily recognize and use native plants for food and nesting sites. To support pollinators in early spring, grow early-blooming native trees and shrubs such as serviceberry, redbud, pussy willow and red maple. In late fall, grow native herbaceous perennials including asters and goldenrods.

4.) Provide places for pollinators to live in the winter. Leave patches of bare soil and undisturbed areas in your garden to provide for the 70 percent of native bees that live in underground tunnels. Let dead foliage stand over winter to provide protection and nesting sites for the 30 percent of native bees that live in tunnels in branches and stems of shrubs, grasses and herbaceous perennials.





Clark elected chairman of W&J board Richard T. Clark ’68, retired chairman and CEO of Merck & Co., is the new chairman of the Board of Trustees at Washington & Jefferson College. He succeeds Barbara DeWitt ’74, the former first vice president and managing director of the endowment and foundation section for the Bank of New York Mellon. “I welcome Dick to the role of chairman,” DeWitt said. “His Richard Clark brings unrivaled leadership 30 years of experience experience in the at Merck to his new private sector will be role at W&J. an incredible asset to the College as we implement a new strategic plan and work to position the College for continued success.” Clark, a history major at W&J and member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, was a first-generation college student. After graduation, he spent two years as a U.S. Army lieutenant before joining Merck as a quality-control inspector. He then held various positions of increasing responsibility at Merck before being named CEO in 2005 and chairman of the board in 2007. Clark retired as Merck’s chairman at the end of 2011. Clark, who has served the College as a trustee for five years, began his term as W&J’s chairman July 1.

Psychology professor retires after 41 years A steady presence in Old Main and Dieter-Porter Hall for four decades, psychology professor Stanley Myers, Ph.D., has announced his retirement. Myers joined the Washington & Jefferson College faculty in 1971. Since that time, he has had a far-reaching impact on the College community, hosting international exchange students at his home, managing summer theater productions at Olin and keeping the official scorebook for W&J’s basketball program. Yet psychology chair Nicholas Cavoti, Ph.D., who started his career at W&J the same year as Myers, has been most impressed with his colleague’s contributions to the department. “For more than 40 years, Stan has offered highly subscribed courses in elementary psychology and applied courses in our discipline, and I can tell you that they are not highly subscribed because they are easy,” Cavoti said. The courses Myers taught specialized in industrial psychology, sport psychology, group dynamics, interviewing, communication and management. He also headed the department’s human resources management program and served as vice chair on W&J’s committee on health professions.

During his tenure at W&J, Myers, along with biology professor emeritus Vin Lawrence, Ph.D., gave more than 60 students a chance to travel to Africa during Intersession. “Dr. Myers instilled in us a new appreciation for wildlife not only through his teaching and the books we read, but through the power of example,” said Allyson Gilmore ’12, who took the course in 2010. “We could clearly see his dedication to Africa and the animals.” Outside of W&J, Myers volunteered in the animal-care program at the Good Zoo in Wheeling and taught in the diabetes-education program at Washington Hospital for 25 years. Though Myers hopes to continue working with W&J’s basketball teams in the winters, his presence in the department will be missed by Cavoti, who calls him a “dedicated, supportive and sincere colleague.” “I have been a student or a teacher since I was 5 years old,” said Myers, who came to W&J directly after earning his doctorate from Southern Illinois University. “This will be the first year that my life has not been determined by school.”

INNOVATION IN GLOBALIZATION Magellan Project scholar Eva Pfeffer ’13 takes in the view from Machu Picchu in Peru during her summer spent researching and comparing artwork in three South American countries. “I wanted to uncover the things that drive people to paint, the emotions that people want to express through art, and for what reason,” she said. For making opportunities like Pfeffer’s possible, Washington & Jefferson College is one of just three institutions nationwide selected to receive the Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award from NAFSA, the Association of International Educators. The award recognizes W&J’s Magellan Project as an innovative achievement in campus internationalization. This is the second national award garnered by the Magellan Project since its inception five years ago.



Stanley Myers has called Dieter-Porter his home on campus since the building opened in 1981.

“Magellan scholars author their own lives.” – PRESIDENT TORI HARING-SMITH, PH.D.

Holocaust survivor and W&J student form lasting bond


When Holocaust survivor Sol Lurie first shared his story at his granddaughter’s school, he received 158 letters from students who were influenced by his message of courage and love. “You have my word, Mr. Lurie, that I will be your voice,” one of his granddaughter’s classmates wrote. “I will teach people what you have taught me. The world must know what you went through so we will never repeat history.” “There were 160 kids, and I got 158 letters. When I started to read the letters, I was crying like a baby. I never cry,” Lurie said. “I was so touched by the letters and by what the kids learned. I didn’t realize the effect I had on them.”

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“We are the last generation that will be able to hear firsthand experiences of what happened.”


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Holocaust survivor Sol Lurie shares letters he has received from students with Hillel Society President Zoe Levenson.

Since that eye-opening experience, Lurie has spent the last decade spreading his story across New York and, in return, has received more than 17,000 letters from the people he has touched. He has saved almost every one. “That’s my biggest payment,” he said while poring through a stack of letters, pausing at his favorites to read them out loud. “When a kid writes to me that I changed his life forever.” Lurie impacted the lives of hundreds more when he spoke to a packed ballroom at Washington & Jefferson College on April 12, one day after his 82nd birthday and 67 years after his liberation from the Buchenwald concentration camp. Joining him was Clarence Brockman, one of the men responsible for his freedom. A member of the 80th Infantry Division, Brockman was among the first Americans who entered Buchenwald, the first Nazi concentration camp to be liberated, April 11, 1945. Lurie was only 15 years old. “When I talk about my experience, believe me, it’s not easy,” said Lurie, who lost his mother during the Holocaust and discovered, years later, that his father and three brothers survived. “But if I could change minds to love and not to hate, then my hurting and my past may bring peace in the future.” Lurie’s anticipated appearance at W&J was the result of months of planning by Hillel Society members Zoe Levenson ’14 and Jacqueline Radin ’15. As the chapter’s president, Levenson wanted to bring a Holocaust survivor to campus so that her classmates could learn about the horrific persecution firsthand. “We are the last generation that will be able to hear firsthand experiences of what happened,” she said. “It’s important that we take advantage of these opportunities and truly listen to every ounce of information so we can preserve it and pass it on to generations that follow.”

This shot of Mariah Hinkle ’12 and her classmates at Commencement was viewed on Flickr




re-tweeted @wjcollege to congratulate Joe Philbin ’84 on his new job with the Miami Dolphins MOST WATCHED


tuned in to YouTube to look back at the 2011-12 academic year at W&J

What the W&J mathematics major and swimmer didn’t expect was the strong bond she formed with Lurie, whom she calls a “remarkable and special individual.” Since his visit, the two still talk once a month. “Mr. Lurie has influenced me to become a better person,” Levenson said. “Part of becoming a better person is to show respect and kindness toward all people, no matter their background.” – ALLYSON GILMORE ’12

To hear Lurie share his story with W&J Magazine, visit





Power Players Professors design index to measure nation’s progress toward energy independence Listening to politicians regularly debate America’s “energy independence,” President Tori Haring-Smith, Ph.D., wondered why there was no accessible measure of energy independence. If it wasn’t measured, she asked, how would we know if we were making progress?

Today, the index shows a little more than 74 percent of all energy used in the U.S. comes from domestic sources. The base index has been on an upward trend for the past decade.

Haring-Smith approached Washington & Jefferson College’s own economics professors, Robert Dunn ’03, Ph.D., and Leslie Dunn, Ph.D., about the idea. She asked if they would consider creating a mathematical tool that would serve as an accessible measure of energy independence.

“What we found out is that, basically, all of these sources we have in pretty plentiful supply, except petroleum,” Robert said. “Coal, we have more than enough. Natural gas, we are finding out, we have more than we ever expected. Nuclear, we can produce that if we make that choice. Renewables? Those are always going to be domestic.”

“The main idea was to have something that was using publicly available data—unbiased,” Robert said. “We were able to do that. We got everything from the U.S. Energy Information Administration—very reliable government data.” The result is the Washington & Jefferson College Energy Index, which aims to foster a better understanding of energy issues by providing information needed to make thoughtful, considered decisions about those issues. Introduced in April at the opening of the College’s new Center for Energy Policy and Management, the index models energy information from 1949 to the present. By offering a historic view and a current view, it allows users to reflect on the energy decisions made in the past, see where those decisions have taken the country, and make new decisions that will advance U.S. energy objectives. “We have data going back to 1949 for the United States as a whole,” Leslie said. “That’s really what we were mostly interested in, that historical picture, and looking at how things have changed over time.” Looking at all of the primary energy sources in the U.S., including petroleum, coal, natural gas, nuclear and renewables, the Dunns researched how much of each source the U.S. consumes and how much of the energy consumed is imported. Each source is then weighed by proportion to the percentage of that source in overall energy use in the country to calculate the final index number.



Leslie said the usage of each source fluctuates over time, providing an historical perspective on what influences the country’s energy usage and how that usage impacts other costs. For instance, Robert said, data shows that more often than not, higher petroleum and gasoline prices lead to greater energy independence as consumers cut back on usage, causing energy imports to drop or domestic production of energy to increase. The base index was at its highest, 95.16, during President Harry S. Truman’s administration from 1949-1952. The index was at its lowest, 70, under President George W. Bush earlier this decade. “The U.S. is the third-biggest oil producer in the world, but it is not nearly enough to satisfy our demands, so we import a lot,” added Robert, who says that this index will be updated as new statistics become available. “Our energy independence will probably continue to increase some, but we are not sure it will be this dramatic.” – ROBERT REID

Professors Robert and Leslie Dunn are the economists behind W&J’s groundbreaking Energy Index introduced in April.

“The main idea was to have something that was using publicly available data— unbiased. We were able to do that.”


Eisenhower and Clift headline first W&J Energy Summit To officially open its Center for Energy Policy and Management (CEPM), Washington & Jefferson College turned to political powerhouses Susan Eisenhower and Eleanor Clift to headline its inaugural Energy Summit in April. Eisenhower, president of the Eisenhower Group and chair of the Eisenhower Institute’s Leadership and Public Policy Programs, gave the keynote address on energy independence and security, calling energy “the lifeblood of all economies.”

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“National security never came on the cheap,” Eisenhower said. “We didn’t think twice about putting together the most powerful fleets in the Navy and the most powerful army in the world. Nor should we do our energy security on the cheap. If it takes money, we have to explain to the American people that there is a difference between consumption and investment.”







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Eisenhower and Clift, along with a panel of five experts representing a range of energy sectors, sparked the kind of dialogue that the CEPM was designed to promote. By providing a neutral platform where important regional and national issues can be discussed, the CEPM aims to encourage economic and policy development that promote both traditional and alternative energy industries in southwestern Pennsylvania and across the country. “We do live in a transformational time,” Eisenhower continued. “Today, electronics and technology have not only changed the way we do business, but have changed the demands we are placing on our energy system. We want to remain competitive in that area; we want our jobs to stay here in America. They need to be near sources of energy generation.”

Susan Eisenhower addresses the W&J community on energy independence and security at the College’s first Energy Summit.

“National security never came on the cheap…Nor should we do our energy security on the cheap.” – SUSAN EISENHOWER, PRESIDENT, EISENHOWER GROUP

Eleanor Clift, contributing editor of Newsweek and panelist on “The McLaughlin Group,” also stressed the importance of the U.S. remaining a world leader in energy production. “America’s strengths are tied to its ability to keep the lights on,” she said. “And that’s energy production and our reliance on energy.” Clift added that she appreciates the CEPM’s role in emphasizing civil discourse in the energy debate. “I think it’s nice to have a neutral academic place that is actually looking at the facts in a world that just spins on rhetoric most of the time,” she concluded. “So, I really welcome it.”

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A WINNING DRIVE First-time head coach positioned to return Dolphins to NFL’s elite


of a storied NFL franchise that has not seen a Lombardi Trophy since its unmatched perfect season in 1972, Head Coach Joe Philbin ’84 is positioned to usher in a new era for the Miami Dolphins, returning the aqua and orange to the NFL’s elite.

of developing people,” said Philbin, who often compares coaching to teaching. “The average teacher just tells a student what to do, the good teacher explains it and the really good teacher demonstrates it,” he said. “But the great teachers inspire their students to higher levels of learning and accomplishment.”

The stakes are high for Philbin who, as the former offensive coordinator of the Green Bay Packers, has an opportunity to make his mark as a first-time head coach in the league. After helping lead the Packers to a Super Bowl championship two seasons ago, he recognizes the tremendous amount of work that goes into becoming a title contender.

Finding his way

“All 32 teams start out with the same goal,” Philbin said. “When you’re able to go from the first practice in training camp and ultimately culminate in a Super Bowl championship, it helps you create a vision for what it takes to get there and gives you an idea of some of the roadblocks that occur along the way.” While the new head coach is confident that a Super Bowl victory is in the Dolphins’ future, bringing the Lombardi Trophy back to Miami is not his only ambition. “Everyone coaches for different reasons and everyone has different motivations, but we’re really in the business 12


It is a philosophy that the former sociology major picked up in the classrooms of Washington & Jefferson College, where he was influenced by faculty members who “really cared about their students.” “W&J had a small-classroom atmosphere where the professors got to know you as individuals,” Philbin said. “They weren’t afraid to push you and challenge you, but they were always very helpful and offered good insight.” One of those professors, Nicholas Cavoti, Ph.D., remembers Philbin as a student who showed “great intellectual curiosity,” often staying after class to discuss the material presented that day. When Philbin told his professor that he planned to pursue a career in coaching, Cavoti said he tried his best to dissuade him. “I pointed out that football probably did not provide much promise as a potential career,” the psychology

professor recalled in between laughs. “Joe politely took my advice and promptly ignored it—much to his credit.” Coaching was not always Philbin’s intended profession. The football and baseball player from Worcester Academy in Massachusetts, where Philbin completed a post-graduate year after high school, came to W&J with an interest in law. However, he decided to hone his focus on sociology because of its application to a wide range of careers, including coaching. “I think that’s one of the great things about W&J—you don’t have to necessarily have your whole life mapped out when you go there,” he said. “There are enough good classes and good professors that will get you going in the right direction, wherever that might be.”

Laying the groundwork Philbin quickly found his stride on the W&J football field; however, an injury suffered during the tight end’s sophomore year prompted Head Coach John Luckhardt to offer him a volunteer position on the Presidents’ coaching staff. “He coached my receivers and took on the opportunity as though he was a full-time assistant,” said Luckhardt, who was particularly impressed with Philbin’s knack for recruiting. In

“I always felt that if I kept growing and working at it, that certain opportunities would present themselves.” – JOE PHILBIN ’84, HEAD COACH, MIAMI DOLPHINS


Miami Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin takes the field during a rookie mini-camp practice at the Dolphins training facility.

fact, the student coach almost persuaded Kenny Gamble, a running back from Philbin’s home state of Massachusetts, to play Division III at W&J. Though the future All-American decided on a Division I program at Colgate University, becoming the first recipient of the Walter Payton Award before going on to play for the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, Luckhardt attributes the football star’s interest in W&J exclusively to Philbin’s charisma and maturity. Commanding the respect of his peers, Philbin was able to make a smooth transition from the fraternity house to the practice field. According to fellow teammate and Lambda Chi Alpha brother Jerry Kenny ’84, Philbin exuded the leadership qualities of a future coach. “It was apparent to the team that Joe was destined to be a coach at some level,” Kenny said. “Whether it was on the football field or in a social setting on campus, Joe was someone you could look to for positive direction.” W&J Athletics Director Bill Dukett, then an associate head coach for the Presidents, recalls Philbin attending every coaches’ meeting, proving to be a “valuable addition” to the staff when W&J was in need of the help. “There were not too many volunteers in 1982 and 1983 when the wins were hard to come by,” said Dukett, who was hired by

Luckhardt to help resurrect the struggling football program that had enjoyed only one season (1970) with more than six wins since 1928. He credits Philbin with playing a critical role in laying the groundwork for the team that qualified for the 1984 NCAA Division III playoffs, the Presidents’ first post-season appearance since the 1922 Rose Bowl. “I consider Joe to be part of the building blocks of the program because he put in the time and was selfless in giving the effort to help us succeed,” Dukett said. Twenty-eight consecutive winning seasons later, Philbin is proud of the Presidents’ formidable reputation. “W&J, from all accounts, is a very, very successful program,” he said. “It really all started when they brought in John Luckhardt, and it’s been good for 30 years since, which is pretty impressive.”

Climbing the ranks Equipped with the breadth of knowledge and level of experience necessary to take his coaching career to new heights, Philbin graduated from W&J with his sights set on top collegiate football programs. Making stops at Allegheny College and Ohio, Northeastern and Harvard universities, Philbin sharpened his understanding of the game, soon establishing

himself as an authority on the offensive line. His 19 years in the college ranks culminated at the University of Iowa, where Philbin fielded one of college football’s finest offensive lines in 2002 and caught the eye of Green Bay Packers Head Coach Mike Sherman. Tapped for an assistant coach position with the legendary franchise, Philbin reached the level to which many in his profession aspire, but few achieve. “I always felt that if I kept growing and working at it, that certain opportunities would present themselves,” said Philbin, who admits he did not envision himself in the NFL when he started down this path. “But I wouldn’t have considered that I hadn’t reached my potential as a coach if I wasn’t in the NFL. I wouldn’t have retired thinking that it wasn’t worth all of the time I had invested in coaching.” In Green Bay, Philbin found himself working alongside some of the game’s premier players and coaches on one of its most illustrious stages—Lambeau Field. Assuming the role of offensive coordinator in 2007, Philbin directed a dynamic offense that ranked in the top 10 in total yards and points during each of his five seasons at the helm. En route to the franchise’s 13th world championship, Philbin was charged with developing quarterback WASHINGTON & JEFFERSON COLLEGE


A WINNING DRIVE Aaron Rodgers into one of the most productive passers in NFL history. Acknowledging the dedication required to compete and succeed at this level, Philbin compares his role to that of a professional athlete. “Even as great as the athletes are in the NFL, I don’t know if there’s anybody who just can walk out and be All-Pro. The same goes with coaching,” he said. “You’ve got to put in the time, the effort, the sacrifice and the commitment. There’s got to be some persistence to it.”

Reaching his potential

Joe Philbin has 29 years of coaching experience, including nine seasons in the NFL.

After completing nine seasons in Green Bay and clinching the Super Bowl XLV championship, Philbin felt ready to take the next step in what had become an impressive coaching career. When the Miami Dolphins offered the offensive authority their coveted head coaching job, Philbin readily accepted, calling the job offer the “right opportunity at the right time.”


As the 10th head coach in Dolphins history, Philbin is tasked with returning the once-celebrated franchise to the greatness it achieved under Shula’s stewardship. Pulling from his experience with the Packers, the newly minted head coach assures Miami’s fans that he is up for the challenge. “I’m very optimistic about what we can accomplish here,” Philbin said. “If you’re doing things for the right reasons and you have the right people in place, and you’re as detailed and as thorough as you can be, and you have a little bit of luck, things will work out.”

10 questions with up-and-coming NFL assistant coach Chris Mosley ’01

Joining Head Coach Joe Philbin ’84 on the sidelines at Sun Life Stadium this season is fellow Washington & Jefferson College graduate Chris Mosley ’01. As the new assistant offensive line coach for the Miami Dolphins, the former President has come a long way from his days of playing and coaching at Cameron Stadium. No stranger to the NFL, Mosley has two seasons of experience with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers along with an impressive resume of college coaching jobs. That expertise, combined with a solid liberal arts education from W&J, well equips the budding NFL coach to help Philbin turn the Dolphins’ program around while bringing positive attention to their red-and-black roots at W&J.

when I decided to make it my major, it has been a tremendous help to me in my career. Dr. John Krol and the sociology department did a fantastic job in terms of their core curriculum. I’m very fortunate to have been associated with that department.

How did your experience with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers prepare you to take on this role with the Miami Dolphins?

Dr. John Mark Scott was my adviser; I spent a lot of time with him after I transferred to W&J from Southeast Missouri. He helped me out and guided me along the way at W&J, so he was a big influence. All of my coaches were a constant influence, too, most notably Todd Young and Mike Sirianni.

Coaching at Tampa Bay helped me better understand how professional players work and how they transition from playing in college to playing for their careers. At the professional level, you don’t have to coach the hustle; you can just focus on fine-tuning their craft.

You first worked with your boss, offensive line coach Jim Turner, while at Boston College. How important is it to develop these relationships in coaching? The more comfortable you are working with someone, the more trust you have in them down the road. It’s so easy working with Coach Turner now because we have that past experience together. We’re basically a married couple when 14

“When you’re afforded different opportunities in your professional career, whether you’re in business, education, law or medicine, I think you have to trust your instincts at certain points in time,” said Philbin, who grew up respecting the Dolphins and their legendary head coach, Don Shula. “I thought of the Dolphins as a first-class successful organization that did things the right way with players who represented the team in the right way off and on the field.”


it comes to the coaching profession. We know what the other is going to say, what the other is going to do, and how the other thinks.

Head Coach Joe Philbin also graduated from W&J. How do you feel about working for him this season? It’s been great working for Coach Philbin and trying to do something to make the College proud. There’s a lot of tradition, a lot of history with the people who have come out of W&J academically, and now we’re doing that on the athletic field as well.

How did your sociology degree at W&J prepare you to succeed as a coach? It’s definitely about people skills—understanding and knowing people and how to build relationships. As little as I knew about sociology

Were there any faculty members or coaches at W&J who played an influential role in your college life and career?

Why did you choose to transfer from Southeast Missouri State to W&J? At some point, you have to sit back and understand that, eventually, the game does stop. I wanted to put myself in a position where I was going to have an opportunity to succeed once I decided which career path I would take. My coach at Southeast Missouri helped me find Washington & Jefferson, and there was no question about it— the academic and athletic success that it had made W&J an exciting place for me.

“Joe is a tremendous example of what W&J football has represented for a long time.”


Those who knew Philbin from his days at W&J agree. “Knowing the type of person Joe Philbin is, I feel he will be a very successful head coach in Miami,” Kenny said. “Joe is a very well-grounded individual who will not let outside interferences disrupt his vision of how to accomplish his goals.” That sharp focus was critical for Philbin as he began his head coaching career under the microscope of HBO’s popular training camp documentary, “Hard Knocks.” While the Dolphins presented a number of intriguing story lines for the television cameras, Philbin’s introduction served as a steady narrative for the series. “I am not concerned about how I am

perceived or look,” Philbin said to the media when announcing the Dolphins’ involvement with the show. “I have to do what I feel is going to help these players reach their potential and this football team reach its potential.”

Leaving a legacy When the cameras turn off and his first season with the Dolphins comes to a close, Philbin hopes he will be known, more importantly, as a coach who “made players better.” “A guy who made better players and better men, and a guy who pushes players,” he said. “That’s really how I’d like to be remembered.”

When did you first know you wanted to be a football coach? I never was an aspiring football coach. I didn’t know I wanted to coach until Todd Young suggested that I try. After graduation, I threw out my resume to a bunch of teams and, the next thing I knew, I was in South Bend, Ind., that July working as a strength and conditioning coach at Notre Dame. So, that’s how it worked out for me, but I’ll tell you what—I love coaching and wouldn’t do anything else.

You returned to W&J three years after graduation as an offensive line coach for the Presidents. How did that experience influence the rest of your career? It was nice to go back to my alma mater and be able to have a positive influence. Of course, you always want to see your alma mater do well, so I was willing to do whatever it took to make sure the players were in the best possible position to succeed and win. We had a tremendous year and reached new heights for the program. We just kept setting the bar higher and higher.

Chris Mosley (right) joins Joe Philbin on the Miami Dolphins coaching staff this season.

As for now, Philbin remains fixated on the task at hand—preparing for his first game as head coach against the defending AFC South champion Houston Texans. “We’re really only looking at the first game,” he stressed with the wisdom of a veteran NFL coach. “You have to keep your mind focused on the first game and how you can get your team ready to play as well as possible on September 9.” Though Miami’s Sun Life Stadium is some 1,200 miles away from the W&J campus, Philbin can count on the support of fans this season from his original home turf. “Joe has moved up the ladder with every step of his career and impressed people, so I am not surprised at his success in the NFL. He warrants it,” said Luckhardt, who is confident in his former pupil’s ability to “turn the Dolphins program around.” “Joe is a tremendous example of what W&J football has represented for a long time.” – MEGAN MONAGHAN

What is your dream coaching job? Right now, I just know that I want to coach my position and make it as successful as possible. I still aspire to be a head coach one day and, while that may be a long way off, I know I’m definitely taking the right steps in that direction. I’ve been put in the right situations, and I’ve faced a lot of the adversity that I need to face in order to understand what it would take to reach that level. I’m still learning every day.

Do you have any advice for W&J graduates looking to enter the coaching profession? The biggest thing in becoming a coach is to make contact early. You also have to stay hungry about it. Coaching is a very hard field to get into because there are a lot of people who want to do it, so you have to be eager and you have to stay humble. It’s also important to remember that the first opportunity you get might not be the one you thought you wanted, and it can take a while to establish yourself in the field. I was 31 years old when I came into the NFL, so I was very fortunate. For some people, it takes much longer to get here. You never know when the right opportunity will present itself, so when it does, you have to be prepared to jump on it.



The Making of an NFL Commissioner “If there is one thing I want to accomplish in my life besides becoming commissioner of the NFL, it is to make you proud of me,” wrote Roger

1977 SPRING: Roger Goodell graduates from Bronxville High School in New York. Active in football, basketball and baseball, Goodell captained all three teams as a senior and was named athlete of the year. FALL: Goodell enrolls at Washington & Jefferson College to major in economics. After suffering a knee injury the summer prior, Goodell chooses not to play football. Turning his focus to academics, he earns a 4.0 GPA in his first semester.

1982 While in a management-trainee program at J&L Steel in Pittsburgh, Goodell writes 40 letters to NFL teams and officials seeking work. When Don Weiss, NFL executive director, responds, “Stop by if you’re ever in the area,” Goodell calls and sets up an interview for the next morning. He drives seven hours overnight to the NFL headquarters in New York City. Six months later, he is offered an internship.




Goodell works as an assistant in the NFL’s public relations department, where his first project is to persuade college players not to sign with the rival United States Football League.

Paul Tagliabue is named NFL commissioner and begins trusting Goodell with jobs beyond the public relations realm. Goodell serves in various senior executive roles under Tagliabue.





FALL: Goodell works part time as a bartender at Landmark Bar in Washington, Pa. On game days, his professor, Joseph DiSarro, visits Goodell during halftime to discuss politics.

Goodell secures a media relations internship with the New York Jets. He is assigned to the team’s first-round pick, quarterback Ken O’Brien. Later that year, Jets assistant Joe Gardi offers Goodell an entry-level position on Joe Walton’s coaching staff. He turns down the position. “I was just really drawn to Pete Rozelle and how he managed the business,” Goodell later told Sports Illustrated. “That’s what I wanted to be.”

Commissioner Pete Rozelle appoints Goodell as an assistant to American Football Conference President Lamar Hunt.

Goodell helps lead an initiative for rule changes in the league to improve offensive production, including the introduction of the two-point conversion after a touchdown.

SPRING: Goodell graduates magna cum laude from W&J with a degree in economics and earns the Walter Hudson Baker Prize for excellence in economics.


Goodell ’81 in a letter to his father upon graduating from Washington & Jefferson College. Setting his sights on the NFL’s offices in New York City, the economics whiz wrote 40 letters of application to NFL teams before getting a response from the league’s executive director, prompting him to drive seven hours overnight for a shot at an interview. Thirty years later, Goodell presides over the multibillion-dollar organization, sitting in the very seat once occupied by childhood idol Pete Rozelle and professional mentor Paul Tagliabue. How did Goodell make the transition from W&J student to NFL commissioner? Here is a closer look at his unprecedented rise to the top.

“It is the only place I have ever wanted to work.” – ROGER GOODELL ’81, NFL COMMISSIONER


2008 JULY: Goodell becomes the first sports commissioner to visit troops overseas when he takes a USO-sponsored tour of Iraq and Afghanistan with New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora.

1995 When Browns owner Art Modell announces he is moving his team from Cleveland to Baltimore, Goodell is sent by Tagliabue to work out a deal that would put an existing or new franchise in Cleveland. Goodell’s plan to build a new stadium is approved by Cleveland City Council and the Browns return to the NFL in 1999, retaining their name, colors and records.

2001 Goodell is appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer of the NFL, gaining responsibility for the league’s football operations, officiating and business functions.

OCTOBER: The NFL begins supporting National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with team community-outreach programs. The players also display support by wearing pink cleats, towels, gloves and wrist bands. “With close to 180 million fans, we can make a statement,” Goodell says in an official NFL press release.

FEBRUARY: Sports Illustrated features Goodell as “the most powerful man in sports, presiding over the most lucrative league in the world.” MARCH: The NFL announces a lockout of players by team owners when consensus cannot be reached on a new collective-bargaining agreement, shutting down professional football for the first time in 24 years. In an op-ed published in newspapers nationwide, Goodell writes, “Staying with the status quo is not an option.” JULY: The NFL lockout ends when the players and team owners reach an agreement on the remaining points needed in their 10-year agreement, the longest deal in the history of professional sports. DECEMBER: Goodell negotiates long-term extensions of the NFL’s television contracts with CBS, NBC and FOX. Twenty-three of the top 25 rated TV programs during the football season were NFL games.





Goodell supports Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ request to make licensing deals with companies that are not official NFL sponsors. Since changing sponsorship regulations, the NFL’s 32 franchises have brought in at least an extra $2 billion, according to Sportscorp Ltd.

SEPTEMBER: Goodell takes office as the NFL’s eighth commissioner in the league’s 91-year history. He was elected by NFL club owners in a vote that took only five ballots and three hours to complete. By comparison, it took 12 ballots in seven months to select Tagliabue and 23 ballots for Rozelle.

Goodell takes a voluntary 20-25 percent pay cut and trims the NFL staff by 15 percent because of the downturn in the economy.

Goodell’s contract as commissioner is extended another five years until March 2019, marking the conclusion of one the most successful seasons in NFL history. In response to the news, Goodell states, “It is the only place I have ever wanted to work.”

OCTOBER: Goodell returns to his alma mater at Homecoming, where he serves as an honorary football co-captain alongside Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl ’03.



A Highlight-Reel Day When Michael Reddy ’08 arrives at ESPN headquarters on a Sunday afternoon in June, Tiger Woods is well on his way to tying Jack Nicklaus with his 73rd PGA Tour victory, and the St. Louis Cardinals are on a quest to score their first run in three games against the New York Mets. As a production assistant, Reddy’s job will be to tell the best story of each game in short, two-minute highlight reels on ESPN’s flagship news show, “SportsCenter.” From logging all the plays to working with a producer and editor to prepare the videos for air, the former WNJR sportscaster and men’s golf captain gives us a glimpse into his 10-hour workday.


I arrive at work for my highlights shift, where I will be cutting two events, the Memorial Tournament on the PGA Tour and Sunday Night Baseball featuring the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets. It’s a little unusual to have two events in a day, especially during the spring and summer seasons, so I begin by checking in with my highlight producer, Mark, who gives me a quick rundown of what happened earlier that day. For the Memorial Tournament, the biggest storyline is Tiger Woods’ quest to tie Jack Nicklaus with 73 career PGA Tour victories, which is second all-time to Sam Snead’s 82 victories. To make the story more interesting, Jack Nicklaus is the host of the Memorial Tournament.


Throughout the day, I am logging all of the shots in the tournament. The log is based on a time code, so I mark the time of day and write the play. I also have an editing system at my work station that makes the process more efficient when it comes time to prepare the video for air.


Mark and I discuss the how we want to approach the highlight video. I am listed in the “SportsCenter”



rundown at 6 p.m. for 1 minute and 45 seconds. The highlight needs to be ready as soon as CBS has signed off for the afternoon. We talk about how we are going to treat Woods and the other golfers. We decide that the first piece of video will feature Woods and a graphic explaining his quest for his 73rd PGA Tour victory. I call our research department and confirm the information for the fact bar and then send a note to the graphics producer for “SportsCenter.” I also ask the control room to build custom name transitions for the highlight. I do all of this from my work station, so I continue to watch the event and log what is happening.



At this point, I have a solid plan set. I want to show two plays of Woods from early in the day, then show Rickie Fowler, an up-and-coming player on the PGA Tour who is falling out of contention. I also want to show the 54-hole leader, Spencer Levin, making bogeys on the 10th and 12th holes along with Rory Sabbatini making birdies on the 11th and 12th holes, putting him in the lead. Mark is good with the plan I have chosen and tells me to get into an edit room soon because all of the video needs to have an upper-left screen courtesy that says “Golf Channel” or “CBS Sports.” This part of the editing process takes time to produce. When I’m ready, I’ll publish the video I have created to a


Michael Reddy captures the action at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio, home of the PGA Memorial Tournament.

server so that my editor, Marie, can work with it in the edit room.


Woods holes out for birdie from behind the 16th green to tie for the lead and things start to get exciting. With that shot, my highlight is now first in the show and must be ready to go as quickly as possible. I go back into my edit room and check in with Marie to make sure she is good with everything. We add a fact bar to the video, a process that takes a few minutes.


Sabbatini nearly holes out for a birdie on the 16th hole, the same hole where Woods hit his miraculous shot. Sabbatini would make bogey to put Woods in the lead. This will be covered in the highlight because it adds drama to the day.


Woods sinks a birdie putt on the 18th hole. Both the approach shot and birdie putt will be in the highlight video, along with shots of Woods walking up the 18th fairway and Jack Nicklaus watching the action. The highlight is now more than a minute too long. Mark and I discuss what needs to be in the highlight and what we can

By the Numbers:

W&J ATHLETICS From football to field hockey, W&J has a proud heritage of championship-winning teams and student-athletes who excel on the field and in the classroom.


Field hockey conference championship in College history, which was won by the Presidents in 2011


Head coaches in 36 years of women’s basketball


A production assistant at ESPN for four years, Michael Reddy covers PGA golf, NFL football and NCAA college basketball.

drop. These decisions can be tough because we always want to show more. As we examine the highlight, there seems to be an issue with the content. Occasionally, there can be a glitch with the system, and it appears that a few plays were added twice. Mark, Marie and I catch this problem and fix it quickly. It’s easy to adjust, but with the highlight scheduled to air soon, it’s a little stressful.

I also wanted to let him know that there will be shots of Jack Nicklaus on the final hole.


Mark and I discuss what we want to do for the 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. shows. While Mark talks with the producer of those shows, I get a visit from one of the managers of the highlight unit to discuss what we have and how it will fit with the later versions of SportsCenter. I make a couple of adjustments to the highlight, only adding three seconds. Everyone agrees that this is the best highlight for the day and it is good for the later show.

Mark checks my shot sheet to make sure everything matches the video and all the information is correct. Once that is completed, Marie publishes the clip to the server that is connected to the “SportsCenter” control room. I drop the clip into the rundown and create a cut sheet for the control room, giving the associate director the length of the clip. Once in the studio, I hand off the shot sheet to the anchor who is reading the highlight and explain a couple of things. The first time the anchor will see the highlight will be on the air, so it’s important to give the anchor a heads-up on anything unusual or something that really needs to be driven home. Today, I let the anchor know that he will see Woods’ reaction to holing out for a birdie on the 16th hole twice because the video was so good.

6:02p.m. 6:15p.m.

The highlight runs for the first time on “SportsCenter.”


After I drop the new clip and cut sheet into the 11 p.m. “SportsCenter” rundown, I deliver my shot sheet to the producer in the newsroom, completing my responsibilities for the Memorial Tournament. Now it’s time to settle in for Sunday Night Baseball.

What makes the highlight cut for Sunday Night Baseball? Read about the rest of Reddy’s action-filled day at

Consecutive PAC Men’s All-Sports Trophies won by W&J

two dozen

NCAA Division III varsity sports offered at W&J


CoSIDA Academic All-Americans in W&J history, the latest of whom is field hockey goalie Shelby Colyer ’12


Victories earned by W&J men’s and women’s athletic teams since 2000


Student-athletes recognized on the PAC Academic Honor Roll for the 2011-12 academic year

110 Total conference championships won by the Presidents



So, you want to work in sports? FIVE ALUMNI INDUSTRY INSIDERS TELL YOU HOW From working behind the camera to sitting behind the anchor desk, from recruiting top players to placing players on top teams, job possibilities in the sports industry are limitless. How do you break into this competitive field? Five alumni—including an ESPN producer and major-league baseball agent—share their winning strategies.

Take a chance Be persistent When I was looking for a position in the mid-to-late ’70s, I visited more than 200 television facilities to learn how they operated and meet people who worked in the business. In my basement is a box of the more than 200 rejection letters I received from those companies, along with the one acceptance letter that began my career as a cameraperson and character generator vacation-relief technician. My first assignment: camera operator at Yankee Stadium for WPIX New York. On a freelance job at IBM’s industrial TV studios, I met a director who had just left WPIX. He gave me the name of the person who hired vacation-relief technicians. I called him and convinced him to speak with me even though his positions were filled. The day we spoke, several of his technicians announced they were leaving after being offered jobs at other networks. Being in the right place at the right time and being persistent gave me the chance at a great opportunity. RAND JOSEPH ’75 SENIOR OPERATIONS PRODUCER, ESPN

After earning my master’s degree in broadcast journalism and sending out more than 50 tapes to stations across the country, I waited almost a year until my big break finally came. I was working in marketing when my phone rang and Steve Vesey, sports director at WETM in Elmira, N.Y., was on the line. When Steve called, I had no idea where Elmira was, but, when breaking into this field, it’s important to understand that you aren’t going to start out in Pittsburgh or New York City. I’ve had friends move to Texas, Montana and West Virginia just to land their first jobs. Also, finding a job takes time. People will tell you that you aren’t the right person, and that’s okay. Take what they say and let it motivate you to prove them wrong. Remember, all it takes is just one call, and you’ve got your shot. MARIO SACCO ’07 SPORTS ANCHOR, WETM-TV NBC, ELMIRA, N.Y.

Start small When I graduated from W&J in 1986, I expected to go right to the Pittsburgh Steelers and get a job. My father, Dan Rooney, and my brother, Art Rooney II, initially turned me down, recommending that I consider a job in minor-league baseball. Yet I never gave up on my goal of working in football. While selling insurance, I volunteered as a coach at W&J for John Luckhardt, assisted Steelers linebacker coach Jed Hughes on game days, and recorded plays for Steelers offensive coordinator Tom Moore. When I was hired by the World League of American Football in Dallas, I did various jobs, from signing contracts with prospective players to working as an equipment manager and defensive line coach. I went on to teach and coach high school football in North Carolina until, in 1997, I asked my father if I could try scouting for the Steelers. He said, “I’ll let you do it until the end of the season.” I never asked which season and, 15 years later, I still have the same job.


When I worked for the NFL Players Association, I learned early on to keep your “fan” tendencies in check. It is beneficial to know and understand the sport or team you are working for, but it also can prevent you from getting a job if it appears you are only applying to meet players or because you have been the team’s No. 1 fan since you were 6 years old. Organizations want employees who can be professional when working with players or sponsors and, if you can’t demonstrate that while entering the facility for an interview, you will probably not get a call back. KELLY SKUBICK AIREL ’03 FORMER PLAYER MARKETING MANAGER, NFL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION


Build your reputation It’s hard to jump into the sports industry right out of college. My recommendation is first to get experience in law, business or whichever field best suits you in order to grow yourself professionally, make contacts and become established. The basic elements of business apply to this field, too. You have to treat your customers well, address their demands, and represent them to the highest degree. Eventually, your successes will help grow your client base. As an agent and adviser to major- and minor-league baseball players, I’m often contacted by family members and coaches of players who know that I have negotiated big contracts for my clients and have helped place them in top programs. You have to work hard to build your reputation in order to be successful. FRANK BOTTA ’81 MANAGING PARTNER, PREMIER SPORTS GROUP LLP


Avoid fan loyalty

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Suspended three meters above an Olympic-size swimming pool, under the watchful eyes of family, friends, teammates and coaches, Bethany Haver ’12 thinks about a lesson from her sports psychology class at Washington & Jefferson College. Haver says that her professor, Stanley Myers, Ph.D., taught her about working through anxiety with preparation and focus. “Physical fitness is important, but mental toughness helped me reach the national championships,” said Haver, who earned her second-straight invitation to the NCAA championships in Indianapolis this past winter. “There are a lot of nerves when you are alone on the board. I learned to make competition a comfort zone.”

“Physical fitness is important, but mental toughness helped me reach the national championships.”


As a pre-meet ritual, Haver often turned to her headphones, listening to hip-hop and pop artists like Rihanna and Katy Perry to get her adrenaline flowing. Acknowledging the importance of staying in shape, Haver participated in a three-week boot camp in her hometown of Akron, Ohio, before returning to W&J each fall. An avid runner, she also competed in half-marathons to help increase her endurance in the water.

“Every athlete’s goal is to compete at that highest level, but what you do outside of a practice or competition sets you apart.”

When pre-medical student Taylor Hockman ’12 was not absorbed in his studies, he was preparing for the track-and-field season by passing the cold winter months at the Henry Memorial Center gym. However, limitations like shared gym time with the basketball and wrestling teams required Hockman and his teammates to work out as early as 5 a.m. “It’s not easy to get your body ready at that hour of the day. I reminded myself every day of what my goal was,” he said. “If the gym wasn’t available, we put on extra layers and went outside. You just have to find a way.” This dedication paid off for Hockman, who qualified for the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field championships this past winter, becoming the first President in 10 years to earn that distinction. He finished three spots shy of attaining All-America status after placing 11th in the long jump with a top leap of 6.78 meters. After winning the outdoor long and triple jump events at the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) championships, Hockman was honored as the PAC Field MVP for a second-straight season. “Every athlete’s goal is to compete at that highest level, but what you do outside of a practice or competition sets you apart,” said Hockman who, at 6-feet-1-inch tall and 200 pounds, also played quarterback on the Presidents’ football team. “Eating well, working


out in the weight room, going to sleep early, skipping out on social events. It’s the personal sacrifices that give you an edge.” The face of the diving program at W&J, Haver won seven PAC championships and, in March, ended her impressive career with two more All-America awards, stretching her number of national medals to four. “When I decided to attend a Division III school, I knew my goal was to make it to the national championship meet,” said Haver, who placed fourth at one meter and eighth at three meters at the NCAA championships. “I saw a lot of my high school teammates competing in Division I, and I wanted to prove to myself that I could accomplish more. That is why I set my goals higher than I thought they needed to be. Making nationals was the first goal, diving well once I got there was my ultimate dream.” Haver and Hockman were rewarded for their standout careers as recipients of W&J’s annual senior athlete awards. Haver, who was named the Walter C. Cooper Senior Female Athlete of the Year, and Hockman, who garnered the E. Ronald Salvitti, M.D., Senior Male Student-Athlete Award, were honored at the College’s 14th Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony in September. – SCOTT MCGUINNESS





A Sporting Chance

Title IX propelled success of women’s sports programs at W&J

TITLE IX: No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

–June 23, 1972


s each second slowly ticked away on the scoreboard at Utica College’s Charles Gaetano Stadium this past November, tension built on the Washington & Jefferson College field hockey sideline. Head Coach Jomara Coghlan, Assistant Coach Domineque Scott and 24 student-athletes were on the verge of bringing home the school’s first-ever field hockey conference title. After the clock finally struck zero, the players, sporting their sleek Under Armour jerseys, rushed the turf to celebrate around Academic All-American goalie Shelby Colyer ’12. W&J defeated Nazareth 2-1 to win the Empire 8 Conference Championship. It was 37 years in the making, but W&J was heading to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Title waves A few decades earlier, the scene was a bit different when the 1975 Presidents prepared to play their first-ever varsity field hockey game against West Liberty State. Five years after W&J admitted its first class that included women and three years following the passage of Title IX, the Presidents were ready to take the field hockey world by storm.

“The College always has embraced women’s athletics, and I have been very grateful for that.” – VICKI STATON, FORMER HEAD COACH, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL AND VOLLEYBALL

“I can remember putting electrical tape on the backs of our T-shirts so we could at least have numbers,” Lynn Arko Kelley ’77 said in between laughs. “Some of the girls who actually played field hockey before wore their high school jerseys. We weren’t a dainty crew by any stretch. Looking back, it was pretty cool to be part of that first team.” That field hockey squad as well as the Presidents’ basketball and volleyball teams were recognized as varsity sports in the mid-1970s when Title IX

Women’s basketball pioneers Kim Eisiminger (left) and Vicki Staton have played leading roles in the Presidents’ success since the passage of Title IX. 22


The 1975 field hockey team in the program’s third year was coached by Susan Jacobson. Lynn Arko Kelley is pictured in the back row, third from right.

Leveling the field As Division I women’s sports gained steam and television coverage, programs at small colleges struggled to attain the same level of respect. “I ran into a local sports reporter in the mid-80s and said, ‘Hey, you should come watch us play and write about our success,’” Staton recalled. “He just kind of brushed me off, saying ‘No one is interested in watching women play sports.’ I was infuriated, but 10 years later, when he dropped off his daughter at my youth basketball camp, I felt a little vindication.”

“We weren’t a dainty crew by any stretch. Looking back, it was pretty cool to be part of that first team.”

went into effect. The federal amendment, which marked its 40th anniversary in June, provided equal opportunity for women participating in educational programs or activities that received federal financial assistance. Although “sports” or “athletics” do not appear in the official wording of the amendment, women jumped at an opportunity for access to equipment, coaches and facilities that men already possessed.

Little victories By 1978, W&J sponsored women’s varsity athletic teams for basketball, volleyball, field hockey, swimming and diving, and tennis. The Presidents’ early years were lean on victories but high on spirit. “We had a couple of fraternities that would come watch us play, and that motivated us,” Arko Kelley said. “We weren’t always sure if people cared about what we were doing, but we were having a blast.” While W&J Hall of Famer Kim Eisiminger ’80 wasn’t a member of the first W&J women’s basketball team, she was there for the program’s first victory, a 56-30 triumph over Seton Hill at Henry Memorial Center. “Being a part of that first victory was something I will never forget,” said Eisiminger, who went on to score 1,333 points and grab 886 rebounds in her career. These totals still remain among the top six in the school’s record book even though Eisiminger played in half the number of games that today’s student-athletes enjoy. The opportunity to play was rewarding enough for the 5-foot-6 center.


“I never really thought about Title IX,” Eisiminger added. “Thinking back now, the men definitely had nice practice gear, and we’d be on school buses while they were riding coach buses. But, we were having fun, and that’s all that really mattered.”

Conference wars Eisiminger and Head Coach Vicki Staton both came to W&J from nearby Waynesburg High School. Staton, now the face of women’s sports at W&J, spent a quarter of a century as the Presidents’ head basketball and volleyball coach and, upon retirement, ranked 24th in NCAA Division III among active win leaders in both sports. However, when Staton arrived at W&J, the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) was comprised of male teams only. This inspired her to push for the creation of the Pennwood West Conference for women’s teams in 1977. The conference was developed under the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW), which served as the governing body for women’s sports. Eventually, the NCAA began competing with the AIAW for membership schools, staging its first Division I women’s basketball tournament in 1982 after persuading 17 of the top 20 programs to compete. Ultimately, the NCAA had better funding and television contracts that provided women’s sports a chance to grow. “The AIAW really set the foundation for women’s collegiate sports,” noted Staton. “At that time, we were just trying to give these young women an opportunity to play and compete.”

Pioneers like Staton had to put in the hard work to give her teams a fair chance to compete, often setting up the bleachers before each game and tearing them down on her own. She labored hard at providing the best for her student-athletes because she never had the opportunity to play herself. Staton grew up in West Virginia during a time when youth and high school girls’ sports were not offered. She never played one second of a sport; she never put on a uniform. “I enjoyed teaching the game, because our players were eager to learn. We needed to stress the fundamentals, something that is lost in today’s game.”

Desire to succeed Arko Kelley still has scars on her legs from serving as the team’s goalie, admitting to “just roughing it” without any leg protection. Even after receiving a shiner during a match, she recalled being happy that the College was giving her a chance to play. Eisiminger, who spent many years as a volunteer assistant coach for Staton, remembers being tossed a reversible practice jersey and socks before the season started, while the men’s teams always seemed to have the latest high-priced gear. “There were obviously issues from time to time, but I believe W&J always has done the right thing in regards to women’s sports,” said Staton, who was the 17th woman inducted into the W&J Athletic Hall of Fame in September. “The College always has embraced women’s athletics, and I have been very grateful for that.” When W&J hosted an NCAA women’s basketball tournament game in 2003, Staton clearly recalls Henry’s bleachers being packed with fans. “That was fantastic. Who wouldn’t have wanted to play in that atmosphere? It was an exciting moment for the College,” Staton concluded. “Title IX gave women that chance to participate. We always had the desire to succeed. Today, that same desire is to excel at the highest levels.” – SCOTT MCGUINNESS





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Three Washington & Jefferson College teams earned postseason bids, while a track-and-field athlete made her second-straight trip to the NCAA Division III championships, highlighting another banner spring for the Presidents.

BASEBALL As the Presidents walked off the diamond at Cene Park in Struthers, Ohio, after being eliminated from the 2011 Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) tournament, Head Coach Jeff Mountain envisioned a long off-season following the program’s first losing season (19-21) since 2003. While it was apparent to Mountain that the team needed to improve in a number of areas for the program to get back on track, what transpired this spring far exceeded his expectations. The baseball team set a school record for single-season victories and finished with a No. 20 national ranking following a 36-10 campaign. W&J earned the No. 2 seed for the NCAA Mideast Regional in Marietta, Ohio, and defeated Wooster 8-0 on the second day of the eight-team, double-elimination tournament. “I am very proud of our players and coaches,” said Mountain, who owns a 270-157-1 record in 10 years at the college. “Only 13 teams in the nation finished with more wins than us. We are trying to take the next step each year and, hopefully, the experience gained by this year’s group will lead us to even more success in the future. Our guys worked hard to get to this level, and we need to work even harder to surpass those accomplishments.” Since 2005, Mountain’s teams have won 68 percent of their games (243-114-1), including a 108-36 record (.750) in conference play. W&J also has produced six seasons with 30 or more wins during that period. Five Presidents were named to

all-region teams, including pitcher Dave Trushel ’12 and right fielder Josh Staniscia ’14, who both earned spots on the and ABCA region squads. Trushel ended the season 10th in NCAA Division III with eight complete games and 21st in victories (9). Staniscia finished sixth nationally with eight triples. Shortstop Aaron Klinec ’12 also became the school’s first-ever national ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Winner after making only six errors in 231 chances.

GOLF The men’s golf team extended its PAC record with its 16th conference championship, earning the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament in May. The Presidents placed 34th at the 41-team national championship event. W&J was led by PING All-Region honoree Colin Izzo ’14, who finished his 36 holes with 20 pars and six birdies. He tied for 82nd place individually with 154 strokes (80-74). Women’s golfer Katelyn Vannoy ’14 was appointed a member of the NCAA Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, where she will represent the PAC and the Capital Athletic

TRACK AND FIELD Track-and-field standout C.J. Corcoran ’12 capped her dual-sport career (she also swam for the Presidents during the winter season) with a 19th-place finish at the NCAA Division III javelin championship. She earned a spot in the national field for the second-straight year, joining Jaimee Heffner ’99 as the only females in school history to compete in the NCAA outdoor javelin championship. Corcoran, along with teammates Scott Ryan ’13 and Laura Lee ’14, were named to the Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District Team. The trio upped the Presidents’ academic all-district honoree total to 13 for the 2011-12 academic year and to 39 overall since 2010.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE For the third consecutive season, the W&J women’s lacrosse team earned a spot in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Mid-Atlantic Tournament. The Presidents were the No. 3 seed in the seven-team tournament and, for the first time in school history, hosted a postseason game at Alexandre

“Only 13 teams in the nation finished with more wins than us.”


Conference (CAC). “I am honored to have this opportunity and hope I will be able to carry the voice of W&J, the PAC and the CAC to the national level,” said Vannoy, who will be one of 24 NCAA Division III student-athletes (12 male, 12 female) serving on the committee.

Stadium. In the opening round, W&J downed St. Joseph’s (Long Island) 9-7 behind a three-goal effort from Kelsey Kraus ’13. The Presidents’ season ended a few days later when second-seeded Marywood nipped W&J 7-6 in the semifinals. W&J amassed a 13-4 record for the third-straight season, securing a 50-27 record since the sport was introduced at the College in 2008. WASHINGTON & JEFFERSON COLLEGE




W&J alumni

Presidents United Whether they graduated in 1951 or 2011, played a sport or edited The Red & Black, joined a Greek organization or founded their own club, Washington & Jefferson College alumni share a sense of community that transcends state lines. Gathering at wine tastings in Boston and networking events in Pittsburgh, more than 1,000 Presidents from across the country converged to celebrate their W&J bond.

Al Nickel ’65 takes in the Rose Bowl football game with his wife, Dana, and their daughters, Grace and Olivia.



Norman Berkman ’59, Tony Franty ’59 and David Odle ’59 reminisce at the Houston alumni event.

Anne and Bud Falk ’61 enjoy an evening in Naples, Fla., with Jim Lynn ’59.






The Presidents traveled 2,390 miles from Washington, Pa., to Pasadena, Calif., for a grandstand seat at the Rose Bowl parade.

Business cards were handed out by 93 alumni at W&J’s first networking event in Pittsburgh.

The Boston wine tasting drew graduates of 1948 and 2011, spanning 63 years in age.

In October alone, the Presidents made five stops in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.

For three years in a row, Patrick Correnty ’87 and Shelly Weinstein ’59 and his wife, Joanie, have welcomed Presidents into their homes.

Tom Cox, Erica Zimmerman ’05, Don MacGregor ’67, Mollie King, Paul King ’65 and Deborah Bainbridge-Lindberg ’83 talk with President Tori Haring-Smith while overlooking Lake Erie at the home of Ed Dalglish ’57 and his wife, Sally.

Justine Newcomb ’06, Brian Foye ’10, Katelyn Westcott ’11 and Cency Middleton ’11 participate in a wine tasting at the Boston Wine School.

Mark Yecies ’79, President Haring-Smith, Rich Clarke ’80 and Tom Hill ’80 show their W&J pride at the New Jersey event.

Steve Berk ’07, Beth Kelley ’08, Dean Sanders ’10, Ashley Rund ’10 and David Doom ’11 reunite at the Columbus, Ohio, alumni event.

Jordan Thompson ’10, Catlyn Kriston ’11 and Jared Pavlecic ’09 join nearly 100 alumni and students at W&J’s first alumni networking event in Pittsburgh.

Young alumni gather at the annual Washington, D.C., event hosted by Patrick Correnty ’87.





Class of 1962 celebrates 50 years Thirty-nine members of the class of 1962—an impressive group of CEOs and presidents, attorneys, scientists and physicians, authors, religious leaders and investors—reunited at their alma mater during Commencement weekend in May. “The reunion was a truly unique experience, filled with our remembrances of the W&J we loved and experienced some 50 years ago, while connecting us with an ever-evolving W&J steeped in tradition, academic excellence and an environment that is both challenging and nurturing,” Jim Shelby ’62 said.

The Class of 1962 rehearses the “Whichi Coax” cheer before processing to the Commencement ceremony to be inducted into the Old Guard.

“The reunion was a truly unique experience, filled with our remembrances of the W&J we loved and experienced some 50 years ago.”

The celebration culminated at the College’s 213th Commencement, where Shelby and his classmates were inducted into the Old Guard by President Tori Haring-Smith, Ph.D. Reminiscing about the news and world events that shaped the class of 1962’s years at W&J, Haring-Smith referenced the first televised presidential debates between Vice President Richard M. Nixon and Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy.



“As the presidential debates were televised for the first time, you followed the campaign on black-and-white TV screens, while this year’s


graduates rely on their iPhones to follow election news on Twitter,” said Haring-Smith, who also mentioned the launch of the space race, the popularity of “The Twist” and the success of the Pittsburgh Pirates. To honor its 50th reunion, the class of 1962 raised $500,471 in gifts and pledges, with 45 percent of the class participating. A portion of these funds established the Class of 1962 Endowed Scholarship Fund, which will create a permanent gift for current and future generations of W&J students.

At Commencement, members of the class of 1962 celebrated a different ceremony than the one they attended 50 years ago. Here is a quick look at how this traditional College event has evolved.


vs 2012 Ceremony 213th


June 9, 1962


May 19, 2012

College Quadrangle


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Graduates 309


Honors Graduates 105

13 Home States and Countries 26 Pre-Medical



Most Popular Major Business

Edward Augustus Weeks Editor, The Atlantic Monthly

Keynote Speaker

John A. Swanson CEO, ANSYS (Retired)

“Call to What is Beyond”

Keynote Address

“Grand Challenges”

Joseph A. Walker ’42 NASA Test Pilot

Notable Honorary Degree Recipient

Kevin Clash Elmo Puppeteer

Boyd Crumrine Patterson, 9th

College President

Tori Haring-Smith, 12th


“My parents would be so proud to know that Johnny attended W&J.”



Family Ties Growing up in Washington, Pa., John E. Frazier II ’62, M.D., recalls Washington & Jefferson College greats like Wilbur F. “Pete” Henry ’20 visiting his home. When Frazier began his college search, his father, J. Earl Frazier ’22, gave him and his brother, Thomas G. Frazier ’64, M.D., one piece of advice.

where he visited schools and learned about the country and its people. He also traveled to six different cities in China with Zheya Gai, Ph.D., professor of political science. Returning to Hong Kong after graduation, Johnny will spend a year teaching English and the American culture at Lingnan University.

“He would always say, ‘There’s a great school five blocks away,’” recalled Frazier who, following in his father’s footsteps, enrolled in the College’s pre-medical program in 1958.

While Johnny is just starting his professional career, his father continues to advance his illustrious career in medicine. After receiving his medical degree from Temple University and serving as a major in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, receiving Silver and Bronze stars, Frazier returned to his hometown of Washington to establish Frazier-Hart Cardiovascular. Frazier also was instrumental in establishing the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Open Heart Surgery Program at The Washington Hospital, where he served as Chief of Cardiology for 34 years.

Fifty years later, John found himself giving the same advice to his son, John E. “Johnny” Frazier III ’12. While Frazier and his wife, Nicole, never pushed Johnny to attend W&J, he made sure to remind his son that W&J was a “great school.” Deciding he wanted to travel farther from home, Johnny spent his first semester at Bucknell University; however, fond memories of taking classes at W&J as a high school senior led him to transfer to the College the second semester of his freshman year. Impressed by the close relationships faculty members formed with their students, Johnny was reassured of his choice after receiving an email from Russian professor John Mark Scott ’69, Ph.D. “My first day at W&J, Dr. Scott invited me for a cup of coffee and told me he was my adviser,” said Johnny, who focused his studies on business administration before deciding on a major in English. Though 50 years separate their W&J careers, Frazier echoes his son’s sentiments, recalling the strong connections Dewey Dieter, Ph.D., and Homer Porter ’26, Ph.D., forged with their students. “The close relationships with faculty make W&J very unique compared to a larger institution,” Frazier said. “W&J offers one of the best undergraduate educations, especially with all the current international opportunities.” Taking advantage of those opportunities, Johnny traveled twice with Scott to Ecuador,

Today, as a Trustee of the College, Frazier credits much of his professional and personal success to his alma mater. “W&J gave me the foundation and education to become a doctor,” Frazier said. “In addition, many of my friendships are from W&J, my patients are from W&J, and my daughter’s classmates’ parents are W&J professors.” At Commencement, the family had two events to celebrate: Johnny’s graduation and Frazier’s induction into the Old Guard. “My wife and I were so proud on Johnny’s Commencement day,” Frazier said. “We can see such growth from who he was his freshman year to the man he is today. W&J helped him to grow.” Standing in front of Old Main, dressed in his cap and gown, Johnny said he felt a special closeness to his father and grandfather. “My parents would be so proud to know that Johnny attended W&J,” Frazier said. – KERRI DIGIOVANNI ’09

Johnny Frazier and his father, College Trustee and alumnus John E. Frazier II, share a moment together before the Commencement ceremony. WASHINGTON & JEFFERSON COLLEGE




In Your Own Words:

At the 2007-08 PAC championships for swimming & diving, I remember it came down to the last relay and the girls won! We all had a nice celebratory jump in the pool together.

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INSTANT REPLAY Whether playing on the field, competing in the pool or cheering from the stands, Presidents have a reputation for creating unforgettable sports moments (and bloopers). Here are some highlights of your favorite memories.

The first women’s water polo win in the first year of the program. I still have the picture that captures the moment.

As a freshman on the football team, we were making our running entry on to the old field. I caught the tips of my football spikes on the metal trim around the track and down I went, hands first, onto the cinder track. The trainer was tending to my injuries before the game ever started. – MARK MCGRAW ’81

With only one round to go at the PAC track-and-field javelin event, I figured I didn’t have much of a chance to improve my fourth-place position so I was pretty relaxed. It ended up being one of the best-feeling throws I ever had, and it soared! I moved into first place and qualified for nationals! It was the first time I ever cried in track, and the only time I won a PAC title. – C.J. CORCORAN ’12

During a game in the 1970 football season, W&J kicked off to Carnegie Tech and the ball rolled into the end zone untouched. When there was no whistle, a W&J player touched the ball. Touchdown! Since no offensive player had touched the ball, there was no time off the clock. W&J led 7-0 before the game started! – ANDREW MCILVAINE ’70

Chrissy Marcius ’13 scored with 5.1 seconds left in the PAC women’s soccer semifinal game v. Grove City in 2010. The goal tied the game, and W&J won on penalty kicks. They won the PAC finals that season and played in the NCAA tournament. – TIMOTHY KLITZ, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY

Clear as Day


When Reed Day ’52 was a teenager, he would pass Washington & Jefferson College on his daily street car commute to East Washington High School. In the fall of 1948, instead of passing the campus during his commute, Day enrolled as a member of the class of 1952. “I recall standing on campus the first day and thinking, ‘I’m a college student,’” Day said. Sixty years later, Day’s commute once again leads him to his alma mater. Now he enters the classroom as the professor. In the years between learning and teaching, Day enjoyed a successful law career as a partner of Peacock, Keller, Yohe, Day & Ecker. “I always knew I wanted to be a lawyer,” said Day, who focused his career on public-school work. He served as solicitor for the Peters Township School District and was involved with legal issues ranging from corporal punishment to school prayer. Knowing Day’s history with the public-school system, James Longo, Ed.D., professor of education, invited Day to give one-hour lectures on ethics to W&J’s aspiring teachers. This opportunity turned into an adjunct professor position for Day, who began to teach his own Intersession course on education law. 30


Reed Day, an educational lawyer who graduated from W&J 60 years ago, reviews the concept of procedural due process in his classroom in Burnett.

When Day first began teaching the course, he had about 15 students. Now nearly 30 students take his course, which has become a requirement for special-education majors. “If I come back in a second life, I want to be a college professor,” said Day, who is one of 39 alumni serving W&J as a faculty or staff member. He added, “When I had a class with 29 students, I looked forward to coming to work every day.” Day’s connection to W&J is not limited to the classroom. Active with the class of 1952, the former Trustee served as a chairman for his 50th reunion, raising a record amount for their class reunion gift and encouraging a large percentage of the class to attend. Day even initiated the planning for a 60th reunion in September.

While Day strives to maintain connections with his classmates, he is starting a W&J legacy within his own family. His grandson, Richard Brzustowicz ’10, graduated from the College two years ago, and his granddaughter, Emily Brzustowicz ’16, began her W&J career this fall. His grandchildren’s association with the College has strengthened Day’s already deep connection with his alma mater, which, he says, has given him an education, introduced him to his wife, and entertained him with athletic events and musical programs. “Essentially, it has been my life,” Day said. – KERRI DIGIOVANNI ’09

Trustee directs gift to future W&J students


When McClellan “Guy” DuBois ’70 toured colleges as a high school student, he visited many where he was “just a number in a large waiting room.” When he visited Washington & Jefferson College, he was given a personal tour by Dean John May. Nearly 40 years later, when his daughter, Megan DuBois ’09, visited W&J as a prospective student, she interviewed with the Vice President of Enrollment Alton Newell and met President Tori Haring-Smith, Ph.D. His son, David DuBois ’11, met with Associate Dean of Faculty Charlie Hannon, Ph.D. According to DuBois, the personal relationships and close-knit community offered by W&J were deciding factors in his and his family members’ decisions to attend the College. The same reasons have driven DuBois to stay involved in the College as an alumnus. “My relationship with the College has evolved,” he said. “I first got involved because of the sentimental connection I had with the College. The more I get involved, the more I see my involvement and contributions as an investment in the future.” After graduation, DuBois attended alumni events in the Washington, D.C., area and volunteered as a W&J Annual Fund class agent. Throughout the years, DuBois’ involvement grew, leading to his participation in presidential search committees, focus groups and, now, the Board of Trustees. As his focus shifted to ways he could support the College in the future, DuBois and his wife, Lyn, decided to establish a charitable gift annuity (CGA) at W&J.

“My relationship with the College has evolved.”

“It is one of the few vehicles you can grab ahold of that meets three very important criteria,” DuBois explained. “It allows you to focus on the philanthropy issue you’re really interested in; it gives you a solid tax deduction your first year of the annuity; and it gives you a stream of payments in retirement.”

1. Based on the noises that frogs make in Aristophanes’ classic Greek comedy, The Frogs. 2. The traditional yell of Washington & Jefferson College.

President Tori Haring-Smith, Ph.D., reintroduced the yell to W&J at the College’s 2005 Matriculation ceremony. “It’s a strange cheer, but it is woven deep into the fabric of this school,” said Haring-Smith, who researched its meaning after receiving letters from alumni signed “Whichi Coax.”

A CGA is a contract between a donor and W&J in which a donor agrees to make a donation of cash, stocks or other assets to W&J that are designated as the donor sees fit. In return, the donor receives an income tax deduction and fixed rate payments for life. The rate, based on the donor’s age, is established at the time of the gift, and the payments are guaranteed for life. Choosing to defer their CGA, DuBois will receive payments at a predetermined future date.

Today, the yell is heard at Matriculation, Convocation and Commencement ceremonies after the singing of the Alma Mater.

“A CGA allows a donor to say to the College, ‘Here’s a donation, do what you need to do with it,’” he added. “In the process, the donor receives a tax deduction and, sometime in the future, it becomes an annuity. It becomes part of your planning for the future.”


DuBois, who has seen his alma mater introduce the 4-1-4 academic calendar, construct and renovate buildings, and launch new programs and majors, elected to direct his gift toward the College’s endowment, which will open doors for future generations of W&J students.


Which•i Coax (wich-e¯ kwaks)

Deep within the U. Grant Miller Library archives, the first known mention of “Whichi Coax” is found in the 1892 Pandora yearbook (pictured above). While there is no record of how the yell was chosen, it is said to have been introduced in response to Yale University’s college yell, “Brick-ke-kex Coax,” which more closely matches Aristophanes’ original Greek. Both cheers are meant to mimic the sound of croaking frogs.


To learn more about CGAs and other ways to support W&J, visit

Whichi What?

Guy DuBois, pictured in 1970 with members of the Phi Alpha Theta history honorary society, revisits W&J as a Trustee and donor.

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W&J class


Author and avid W&J historian discusses book Author E. Lee North ’46 was interviewed by the Pittsburgh Sports Daily Bulletin about his book covering a century of Washington & Jefferson College football.

E. Lee North

To write the book, titled Battling the Indians, Panthers & Nittany Lions: Washington & Jefferson College’s Century of Football, 1890–1990, North contacted every team W&J ever played, receiving inside information on many of the stars who competed against the Presidents.

North admits he encountered “one surprise after another” while researching the book, starting with W&J’s season of 1890 and going through the 1930s. “How could this little college compete—and beat—so many great football teams?” North asked in his interview, referencing top gridirons like the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania State University and West Virginia University. “I think it was a combination of western Pennsylvania athletes and people who dedicated themselves to the red and black, especially graduate manager Robert Murphy, who was so dedicated, he mortgaged his house to get the funds to take his family to his own Rose Bowl game,” he said. While the Long Island native played football in high school, North’s decision to quit the freshman football squad at

1947 Frank Petrone of Cranberry Township, Pa., was presented with the Citizen of the Year award by the Cranberry Township Community Chest and Chamber of Commerce. During his more than 50 years in the community, Petrone has been an integral part of its development, helping to secure a post office and serving on the Board of Supervisors and as a founding member and president of Cranberry Township Rotary.

1950 Warner H. Schlaupitz, a WWII veteran, relates his experiences as an infantry rifleman to personnel at high schools in his community of Dover, Del., and the Dover Air Force Base. A Purple Heart recipient, he is an active member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. He presents miniature Purple Heart medals to high achievers enrolled in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program. Schlaupitz 32


E. Lee North’s fascination with W&J football has led to the publication of two books on the program, including his first, She Produces All Americans.

W&J after only a few days remains one of his biggest regrets. Yet the sports enthusiast closely followed the team during his time at W&J, naming then Athletic Director Wilbur F. “Pete” Henry ’20 as an inspiring figure at the College. “Although he was an all-time All-American football player, at W&J and in the pros, he was one of the most unassuming gentlemen I ever met,” said North, who dedicated a chapter to Henry in his book. Battling is not North’s first book about W&J football, however. He published She Produces All Americans in 1947 while working as the sports editor for the Daily Reporter in Washington, Pa. North, who has published 13 books to date, credits W&J with introducing him to writing. “There is no question that the work at W&J propelled me ahead into the literary world,” said North, referencing the years he spent editing The Red & Black college newspaper and the Alumni Bulletin. The author’s latest book, Run, Run, Run! The 1941 Diary of a Deaf Long Island Teenager, chronicles his personal recollections as a senior at Bay Shore High School in Long Island, N.Y.

also has participated in the Senior Olympics for more than 20 years, earning 63 medals.

1953 Alan M. Barnett writes, “We are enjoying watching and being amazed at our grandson’s growth and development into young manhood!” Barnett resides with his wife, Sheila, in Escondido, Calif. Edward A. Jaeger, M.D., was selected for membership in the Jefferson Academy of Distinguished Educators, a service organization dedicated to promoting excellence in education. Jaeger is a professor of ophthalmology at

’50 Warner H. Schlaupitz participates in the Senior Olympics, earning 63 medals in 20 years.

Jefferson Medical College and works as an attending surgeon at Wills Eye Institute. Melvin Sher, M.D., retired from active practice as a surgeon after 50 years. He practiced general surgery and introduced the specialty of vascular surgery to the MetroWest area of Massachusetts. Sher writes, “It was a wonderful time and a great and rewarding life.”

1954 Malcolm L. Cowen, Ph.D., writes, “I’m enjoying retirement and working in my garden.” He resides with his wife, Kay, in Bethlehem, Pa.

1955 Arthur Sohn and members of the Class of 1955 “Grey Guard” spent their 7th Annual Florida Reunion volunteering for the “Save the Manatee Club.” The Grey Guard members worked with the Mote Marine Laboratory’s aquarium, which


WWII veteran encourages world travel for W&J students John Swick ’47, retired president of Superior Machinery in Puerto Rico, was interviewed by The Palm Beach Post about his passion for world traveling. Swick has visited more than 100 countries, collecting pieces of art from Poland, China and Russia that line the walls of his Florida home. Swick credits his love of travel to his service in World War II, during which he was part of a detachment on the U.S.S. Birmingham, a ship that supported the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa in 1945. After the war, he earned a civil engineering degree at W&J and studied naval architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before spending two years working at a shipyard in Sweden and traveling throughout Europe. After returning to the U.S., he taught at W&J, worked in the steel industry and became the owner of a Puerto Rican industrial supply house, Superior Machinery. Today, Swick gives to an international programs fund that helps W&J students study abroad. With his support, 140 awards have

houses manatees, to spread awareness and increase spectators and donations. Don Kamerer, Paul Smilow and Butler Waugh invented a way to track the manatees, an idea the aquarium decided to patent. Alan Friedman, Steve Oliphant and Victor Wood created new advertising and a mission statement for the aquarium while Bob Simonin and Sohn provided advice on establishing an endowment through legacy planning and giving techniques. Sohn writes, “This program conforms to our philosophy: that getting old we can deal with, but being old is the problem!”

1956 Paul Frederick, M.D., retired from Armstrong County Memorial Hospital in Pennsylvania after 40 years of service as a medical practitioner and surgeon. “I’d like to work until I was 99-point-999 years old, but you have to be a realist,” he said in an interview with the Leader Times. “At 77, you just can’t be as good as you were at 37.” Prior to working in Armstrong County, Frederick interned and completed a residency at The Ohio State University and studied surgery at Harvard University. After graduating from W&J, he attended Baylor University to study heart surgery before being drafted into the military. Frederick

’66 Jeffrey Siger, an international best-selling novelist, published his latest mystery, Target: Tinos.

WWII veteran John Swick supports an international programs fund that has helped 140 W&J students to study abroad.

been offered to students since 2008, with seven traveling to Austria, China, Ecuador, France, Japan, Spain and The Netherlands just this past spring. Swick told The Post, “The United States has to become more international-minded, and we have to do it by getting these kids out there.”

served during the Vietnam War and was stationed at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

1966 Jeffrey Siger, an international best-selling novelist based in New York, N.Y., released his newest novel, Target: Tinos. The mystery, which features protagonist Andreas Kaldis as the head of Greece’s special crimes division, was hailed by Publishers Weekly as “superb…a winner.” Siger also is the author of Murder in Mykonos, Assassins in Athens and Prey on Patmos: An Aegean Prophecy. Prior to fulfilling his dream of writing, Siger practiced law at a major Wall Street firm.

Clark was elected as the new chairman of the Board of Trustees at W&J, where he has served as a trustee for five years. Jim Fitzgerald, chief executive officer at WatchWORD productions, produced the WatchWORD Video Bible, which has sold more than a half-million copies in English, Japanese and Arabic. Fitzgerald lives in Sewickley, Pa. Richard E. Orwig writes, “Marge and I are loving our new home in the 55-plus golf community at Heritage Shores.” Orwig resides in Bridgeville, Del.

1972 Fred Musante of Shelton, Conn., published two novels, The Angel’s Messenger and Night of the Witch. The Angel’s Messenger is published in paperback, and both titles are available as e-books.



Richard T. Clark was appointed to the board of directors at Corning Inc., a specialty glass and ceramic company in Corning, N.Y. The retired chairman and chief executive officer of Merck & Co., Clark brings nearly four decades of experience with global markets and manufacturing to Corning. Additionally, Clark is the director of Automatic Data Processing, Inc., an advisory board member for American Securities, a trustee of Penn Medicine and chairman of the board for Project HOPE, a global health education and humanitarian assistance organization. In May,

James L. Goldsmith was elected to a three-year term on the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Board of Governors representing Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York county lawyers. Goldsmith is president and shareholder in the Harrisburg law firm of Caldwell & Kearns P.C. He is a member of the PBA House of Delegates, the Dauphin County Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the PBA Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section. Goldsmith also taught real estate transactions at the Widener University School of Law. WASHINGTON & JEFFERSON COLLEGE



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1975 Phil Friedman, a defense lawyer and triathlete from Erie, Pa., finished third in his age group at the International Triathlon Union’s Sprint Triathlon World Championship in Beijing. He competed in the sprint division, which included a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike ride and 10-kilometer run. Friedman earned a spot on his team based on his USA Triathlon ranking of 18th in his age category. Previously, Friedman placed first in his age division in the Cleveland Triathlon Sprint Division, the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon in San Francisco and the USA Triathlon Sprint National Championship in Burlington, Vt.

1976 Judge Chris Hauser was elected to the McKean County Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania. His term expires in 2022.

1978 James M. Fernberger celebrated his 33rd anniversary as a financial adviser with Merrill Lynch. He resides in Rydal, Pa.

1980 Harry Miller, National Guard brigadier general, has been named deputy commander of the New York Army National Guard. In this role, Miller will assist the commander of the New York Army National Guard in overseeing the training, deployment and family readiness of the force. Previously, he was commander of Fort Drum, where he was responsible for the safety of 38,000 soldiers, families and civilian employees at the post. Miller is a former member of the New Hampshire National Guard and a veteran of the Iraq War. His awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. Jeffrey J. Norton, an attorney at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC, was named the vice chairman of the advisory committee for the Washington & Jefferson College Center for Energy Policy and Management. He is a member of his law firm’s energy practice group.




’75 Phil Friedman finished third in his age group at the Sprint Triathlon World Championship in Beijing.

1981 Richard J. Burnheimer of Broadlands, Va., was promoted to executive vice president of risk management at RF CHECK, Inc. Previously, he was employed with Sprint Nextel, working in a series of finance, treasury and risk-management roles within telecommunications. Roger Goodell received a contract that extends his term as commissioner of the NFL through March 2019. As commissioner, Goodell has focused on growing the NFL’s popularity while addressing issues of player health and safety. His leadership also helped the NFL secure a landmark 10-year collective-bargaining agreement with the NFL Players Association in 2011, the longest in the history of professional sports. For more on Goodell, turn to page 16.

David Beveridge was named global managing partner at the law firm of Shearman & Sterling in New York City, where he has worked for more than 25 years. Previously, he was the Americas managing partner and served on the policy committee and the senior leadership team. As a capital markets lawyer with a global reputation, Beveridge represents both underwriters and issuers in debt, equity and hybrid security offerings.

’82 David Beveridge was named global managing partner at Shearman & Sterling law firm.

Radiologist and teacher honored by university, former students Wallace T. Miller ’52, M.D., was recognized as an outstanding clinical radiologist and teacher by the University of Pennsylvania’s radiology department. The first person to be honored at the department’s annual dinner, Miller was joined by 50 former students who traveled from all over the U.S., and as far away as Japan, to attend. A portrait of Miller was unveiled at the University of Pennsylvania hospital’s auditorium, which is named in his honor. A teaching award, endowed chair in radiology and scholarship fund also have been named in his honor. Each program was started and supported by former residents and medical school students who were influenced by Miller’s teaching. At age 79, Miller still reads X-rays at his home in Philadelphia for the hospital seven hours a day, five days a week. Connected to the hospital by a high-speed cable, he is able to read the films in real time and report them into a voicerecognition system.

Wallace T. Miller reads X-rays at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has been honored as an outstanding clinical radiologist and teacher.

Scott Petri, Pennsylvania state representative, has been named majority vice chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. A member of the committee since 2005, Petri has been an active participant in the annual series of state budget hearings and has kept a close watch over how taxpayer dollars are spent. “As an advocate for the taxpayers of Pennsylvania, and one who has actively sought to reduce the tax burden on the citizens of this Commonwealth and the companies that bring jobs here, I am very gratified to be in a position to do more,” he said.

1983 Steven R. Grove was promoted to a U.S. Army brigadier general. Grove is a senior intelligence officer for U.S. Forces Korea. His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and the Multinational Force and Observers Medal. Grove also holds the Master Parachutist Badge and the Air Assault Badge.

Sharon Murtha joined the law firm of Keevican Weiss Bauerle & Hirsch LLC in Pittsburgh. She is a member of the firm’s banking and bank regulatory law practice group. Previously, Murtha worked in the law department of BNY Mellon, where she led a team of lawyers with responsibility to the Treasury Service Department and other areas.

1984 Denise von Hermann, Ph.D. has been named the new provost and vice president for academic affairs at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta.

1985 Col. David K. Trautman was named the incoming commander of the 154th Legal Support Organization in Alexandria, Va., a subordinate command of the U.S. Army Reserve Legal Command (USARLC). Trautman assumes command after coming off a tour as the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7 of the USARLC. During his tenure, he supervised the activation of the USARLC and its operations and training for more than 1,700 personnel throughout the U.S. Trautman also was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.

1988 Gene Leposki, an associate at McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing, LLP, in Dallas, became board-certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Previously, he operated his own law firm for nearly 10 years. A U.S. Navy veteran, Leposki was a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

1991 Alicia M. Passerin was appointed to the board of management at North Boroughs YMCA in Pittsburgh. She is an associate in the Intellectual Property Group of the law firm of Cohen & Grigsby, P.C., where she concentrates her practice on patent prosecution, protection of trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets, licensing, and opinions and litigation. She is a member of the Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association and is on the board for the Animal Care Assistance Fund.

1994 Jan Sundahl, a realtor with 18 years of experience, joined RE/MAX Alliance Group in the University Office in Sarasota, Fla. She is a recipient of the RE/MAX Executive Club

U.S. Navy Captain interviewed about JFK on History Channel Capt. Lee R. Mandel ’72, M.D., made his television debut on the History Channel’s spinoff channel, H2, as a guest historian for the show, “10 Things You Didn’t Know About JFK.” Mandel was selected as an expert after the producer read his article, “Endocrine and Autoimmune Aspects of the Health History of John F. Kennedy,” which was published in, Annals of Internal Medicine. To research the article, Mandel was given special permission to review President Kennedy’s medical records at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston. With the publication of the article, Mandel became the first person to describe the condition of autoimmune polyendocrine syndrome type 2 (APS 2) in connection with Kennedy. APS 2 is characterized by the occurrence of Addison’s disease, a disease of the adrenal glands, in combination with a thyroid autoimmune disease—both of which Kennedy had. On the show, Mandel explains that Kennedy disguised his symptoms of Addison’s disease by taking steroids and testosterone treatments to make him “look like the picture of health.” “That’s the paradox,” he said. “I mean, who would have known that he had such a complex medical history.” Filming 10 Things lasted two and a half hours and Mandel appeared in two segments. “When you see what goes into producing a show like this, you can’t help but be impressed by all the effort that goes into production,” he said. “It was really an honor and a privilege to be part of it.”

Capt. Lee R. Mandel is interviewed about President John F. Kennedy’s medical history on the History Channel’s spinoff channel, H2.

A captain of the Medical Corps for the U.S. Navy’s Command Flight Surgeon Naval Safety Center and a historian by avocation, Mandel, who resides in Chesapeake, Va., credits W&J with helping him to develop a genuine interest in learning. “I was a good student in high school, but I became a great student at W&J, because it was there that I learned to love learning,” he said. “It’s always stayed with me over the years and, in many ways, W&J taught me how to be a perpetual student.”




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Award and a three-time recipient of the RE/ MAX 100% Club Award. Prior to her career in real estate, she was an elementary school teacher in Sarasota County.

1995 Nicholas Chakos became the national executive director of the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve (FOCUS) North America, an Eastern Orthodox social-service ministry in Kansas City, Mo. Previously, he worked for the International Orthodox Christian Charities, founding their office in Romania and overseeing its growth from a one-man operation to a multi-million dollar agency with 53 employees. Stacie Dojonovic of Pittsburgh was elected vice president of the Division of Career Development and Transition, a division of the Council for Exceptional Children in Arlington, Va., that focuses on the career development of individuals with disabilities and those who are gifted. The Council also awarded her the Outstanding Service Award for Career Development and Transition at its international conference. Dojonovic is a national board member for the Council and the Vocational Evaluation Career Assessment Professionals Association.

’95 Stacie Dojonovic was elected vice president of career development and transition by the Council for Exceptional Children.

1996 Robert T. Bojarski was promoted to a major in the U.S. Army and received a meritorious service ribbon. He is a multifunctional logistician assigned to the 316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Coraopolis, Pa. Bojarski has served in the military for 14 years. Richard Whitehead presented his paper, “Mass Media and the Religious Fringe: A Case Study of Harold Camping and Family Radio,” at the American Academy of Religion-Eastern Region Conference at Santa Clara University in California. He resides in La Mesa, Calif.

1997 Brian S. Green, a supervising attorney with Murthy Law Firm in Baltimore, was a panelist and presenter at a conference for the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s D.C. Chapter. His presentation was on employer compliance with U.S. Department of Labor 36


Pittsburgh mayor honored by Kennedy Foundation for public service Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl ’03 received the Fenn Award at the eighth annual John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards. The award—created in honor of Dan Fenn, a former member of President Kennedy’s staff—recognizes an elected official whose work demonstrates the importance of elective service as a way to address a public challenge or challenges. “In a time of great economic challenge, Luke Ravenstahl is helping to lead the transformation of Pittsburgh’s economy to create a sustainable future for all its citizens,” Caroline Kennedy, president of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, said. She referred to Ravenstahl as a public servant who exemplifies her father’s belief that “every person can make a difference.” Since being sworn in as Pittsburgh’s 58th mayor at the age of 26, Ravenstahl has worked to shepherd Pittsburgh through a challenging economic climate, posting a year-end surplus for each of his years in office and helping the city improve its bond rating. With a focus on education, health care and “green” industries, Ravenstahl has announced plans to increase the city’s sustainability and has supported key reforms in Pittsburgh’s public schools. He also is a co-founder of the Pittsburgh Promise, a scholarship fund that promises Pittsburgh public-school students up to $40,000 to pursue higher education.

regulations. Green also published an article in VOICE magazine titled “Back Wages for an H-1B? But They Never Worked on One!”

1998 Michael Bosch, a human resources director at the Cleveland Marriott East Hotel, accepted a part-time teaching role in the hospitality program at Youngstown State University. He also has taught at Kent State University. Frank Kosir Jr. joined Meyer, Unkovic & Scott, LLC, in Pittsburgh as counsel to the law firm’s real estate and lending practice group. Previously, he was an attorney for Geraghty + Associates. Kosir is a member of the executive council of the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Real Property Section. He often lectures at continuing education programs and has been recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star in real property law.

Caroline Kennedy presents Luke Ravenstahl with the Fenn Award at the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards.

2002 Rebecca Fong, a market intelligence coordinator at the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau in California, earned a CELTA, a certificate from the University of Cambridge, to teach English as a foreign language overseas.

2006 Benjamin Musial joined McKnight Realty Partners, a real estate investment company in Pittsburgh that owns, manages, develops and leases several million square feet of commercial real estate. Musial’s duties include leasing, tenant and buyer representation, and managing a portfolio of more than 300,000 square feet of commercial real estate. Previously, Musial worked in real estate brokerage with Beynon & Co. and in corporate real estate with 84 Lumber. Stephen W. Kiefer is an associate at Pepper Hamilton law firm’s Pittsburgh office, where he focuses on construction practice. Previously, he was an associate at Bowles Rice McDavid Graff & Love, LLP, in Charleston, W.Va.

Samuel Mann is beginning his third year of law school at the College of William and Mary. Mann, who played professional baseball in the Frontier League with the Washington Wild Things and Kalamazoo Kings, writes that he has retired from the sport. He is Washington & Jefferson College’s first Academic All-American baseball honoree and holder of the College’s all-time victories and strikeouts records.

2008 Luke Anderson joined the litigation department at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP in Cincinnati. His practice is focused on business and fiduciary litigation. Zak Jenniches joined the staff at The Rehab Centre in Lower Burrell, Pa., as a chiropractor. He has extensive training in treating extremity and disc conditions as well as soft-tissue injuries. Maxwell Briskman Stanfield earned a Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles. During his time at Southwestern, Stanfield received the Cali Excellence for the Future Award and served as the senior copy editor for the school newspaper.



Megan DuBois is the operations manager and education coordinator for the Maryland Symphony Orchestra in Hagerstown.

Katie Wieber was named the head coach of the women’s water polo team at Chatham University. She has 10 years of water polo experience in addition to experience in the Collegiate Water Polo Association as a player at Washington & Jefferson College and an assistant coach at Chatham. She was the second player in W&J women’s water polo history to be named to the Collegiate Water Polo Association Division III All-Conference First Team.

2010 Josh Barron is an administrative associate with Boyer Financial Planning in Somerset, Pa., responsible for detailed research, performance reporting and increasing efficiencies. Amanda Bundick, a second-year law student at the University of Pittsburgh, was awarded a 10-week summer fellowship by the Peggy Browning Fund. She spent the fellowship working for the United Steelworkers in Pittsburgh. With more than 500 applicants from 125 law schools, Bundick was chosen based on her outstanding qualifications and her commitment to workers’ rights.

’10 Amanda Bundick, a law student at the University of Pittsburgh, was awarded a fellowship from the Peggy Browning Fund.

2012 Carly DiGennaro joined the public accounting firm of Malin Bergquist & Co. in Pittsburgh as a staff accountant.

Dental school graduate spreads smiles on Haiti mission trip University of Temple Dental School graduate Megan Smith ’07 traveled to Haiti on a mission trip to provide dental care to areas recovering from the 2010 earthquake. The trip sharpened Smith’s dental skills, since she worked in conditions that were less than ideal and lacked the technology she is accustomed to using. It also gave her the opportunity to do something she loves: give back to society. “While I knew that I had a lifetime left to help others close to home, I was not sure if I would have the opportunity to help others so much in need as I would if I went to Haiti,” she said. Smith was humbled by the genuine appreciation the people of Haiti showed for her work. “There I was doing what I am most passionate about in life—dentistry—and these individuals were truly appreciative of it,” she said. “It made four challenging years of dental school completely worth it.” At Temple, Smith organized the annual “Give a Kid a Smile Day,” when Philadelphia-area elementary school students visited the school to receive free screenings, sealants and cleanings. She also volunteered at the local community center, where residents without dental insurance received discounted services. Smith, who has a particular passion for pediatric dentistry, started her residency at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia this summer. “As I spent more time in the pediatric department, I loved the ability to be able to positively influence a child’s health,” Smith said. Smith credits much of her successes in dental school to her strong foundation at W&J. “W&J provided a challenging environment where I learned to grow not only as a student but also as a person,” she said. “When I came to dental school, I was no longer scared of a challenge because the relationships that I formed at W&J made me a stronger person.”

Megan Smith provides free dental care to children in Haiti before starting her residency in pediatric dentistry.




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PRESIDENT SPOTTING A team of W&J alumni and staff members participated in the City of Pittsburgh Half Marathon in May to raise money for cancer research. Through their efforts, more than $4,300 was raised and donated to the Lance Armstrong Foundation for cancer research in memory of Virginia Lesako, the mother of W&J athletics trainers Mark and Mike Lesako. “I am proud of the number of fellow W&J graduates who joined our team to help raise money for this great cause,” team captain Kristen Morascyzk Lesako ’03 said. “It was a fun day in Pittsburgh, and we hope that our efforts helped make a difference in the battle against cancer.” Alumni who participated were Erica Beam ’11, Stacey Beam ’11, Chuck LaBelle ’62, Amanda Stanonik McGuinness ’06, Ed Morascyzk ’75, E.J. Morascyzk ’11, Morgan Payla ’11, Toni Lynn Simonini ’06, Angela Morascyzk Srsic ’02 and T.J. Srsic ’01.


2000 Andrea Singley and Rick Rolinski were married Sept. 24, 2011, at Hauser Estate Winery in Gettysburg, Pa. Andrea graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and practices in Gettysburg, Pa.

2002 Joe Davis married Melissa Gent April 5, 2012, on the beach in St. Lucia. The couple resides in Frederick, Md.

Brian Johnson, M.D., and Michelle Mantine ’03 were married Nov. 5, 2011, at Calvary United Methodist Church in the North Side of Pittsburgh. The wedding party included Jennifer Van Volkenburg Beightol ’03, Fran Burt, Lindsey Bennett Daniello ’03, Billy Josay, Laura Mantine Haywiser ’01, Karla Johnson ’06, Danielle Meyer Michelanegelo ’03, Kyle Tilger and Mike Watson. Brian is an internal medicine 38


physician for West Penn Medical Associates and Michelle is an attorney for Reed Smith LLP. The newlyweds honeymooned in Hawaii.

Gina Marchando and James R. Varner were married Nov. 11, 2011, at Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, La. Alumnae and Pi Beta Phi sorority members in attendance were matron of honor Alicia Fredrick Bachtel ’02, Rebecca Fletcher ’06, Alexandra Fisher Helms ’03 and Michelle Monnier. The couple resides in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

2004 Kara S. Eaton and Jepthah M. Orstein were married Sept. 17, 2011, in the Mansion at Maple Heights, Pittsburgh. Members of the wedding party included Michael W. Calder and Kaitlyn Orstein ’08. The newlyweds honeymooned in Kauai, Hawaii, and reside in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. Lynne Szarnicki married David Rau Nov. 12, 2011, at St. Ursula’s Roman Catholic Church in Allison Park, Pa. Alumni in attendance included Brooke Helfer, Lauren Merkt, Kristina Meshanko, Beth Ann Moore and Jonathan Stehle.

2006 Shannon Kane married Clyde Deyo July 11, 2011. Alumni in attendance included Chandel Hopkins, Jennifer Edmiston and Megan Loftis ’08. Jack Haflett and Kristen Koeppel were married Sept. 18, 2010, at St. Iraneaus Parish in Oakmont, Pa. The wedding party included Daniel Corkum ’03, Lindsey Rodgers Mitko, Marcy Dunn Pol and Kristen Gnora Tyburski. The couple resides in Colorado Springs, Colo.

2008 Hilary Miller and Jeff Tomaino were married June 11, 2011, at the George Washington Hotel in Washington, Pa. The wedding party included Drew Aloe ’09, Chris Faulk ’10, Ashley Phillips and T.J. Stock ’09. Many other alumni were in attendance, including members of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and Delta Tau Delta fraternity. Rachel Shellenberger and John Young IV ’09 were married Feb. 25, 2012, at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in West Mifflin, Pa. The wedding party included Chris Baratz ’09, Tom Prutz ’06 and Samantha Wilkie ’10. More than a dozen alumni celebrated with the couple, who reside in Pittsburgh.


1992 Lisa Bagay Hawrot and her husband, Jim, welcomed their daughter, Samantha Brooke, born Oct. 29, 2011.

1993 Larry Schwartz and Jessica Locketz welcomed their second son, Ezra, born Jan. 25, 2012.

1999 Chris Teagarden and his wife, Kristi, announce the birth of their daughter, Sarah Elizabeth, born Jan. 28, 2012. Chris is the user services coordinator for the Office of Information and Technology Services at W&J. Katie Testa Tillman and her husband, Nathan, announce the birth of their son, James, born Sept. 8, 2011. The family resides in England, where Katie is taking a sabbatical from the practice of law while Nathan works with the U.S. Department of Defense. Katie writes, “We’re enjoying our time in England, but looking forward to returning to our Florida home.”

2002 Andrew Cooper and his wife, Jeni, welcomed their daughter, Anna Grace, born Dec. 2, 2011.

2003 Erin Irvine Nemazee and Shahin Nemazee welcomed their first child, Leela Edith, born March 28, 2012.

2004 Emily McGuire Lozosky and Johnathan Lozosky ’05 announce the birth of their first daughter, Eliza Annsley, born April 12, 2011. She also is welcomed by her uncles, Jordan Lozosky ’07

and John Friedmann ’02, and her aunt, Rachel Lozosky Friedmann ’01.

2005 Kellie Grom Kaminski and husband, John, announce the birth of their second child, Parker Lucas, born Jan. 30, 2012. He joins big brother Gavin. Christopher Nesensohn and Kristina Nesensohn welcomed their first child, Arianna Nicole, born April 3, 2012.


William K. Headley ’43, Paoli, Pa., died Dec. 7, 2011, at the age of 89. Arthur Kowell ’44, Washington, Pa., died Dec. 17, 2011, at the age of 89. He was a business accounting instructor and assistant basketball coach at Salem College in West Virginia, an insurance salesman, a field manager for Ford Motor Co., and owner and operator of the Kowell Ford dealership in Cumberland, Md., for 20 years. He later retired as an office manager at Jim Bedillion’s State Farm in Uniontown, Pa. Mr. Kowell served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and was present on D-Day, Omaha Beach, as the skipper of a landing craft tank. While at W&J, he was a member of the basketball team that went to the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament at Madison Square Garden.

’44 Katie Groznik Goehring and her husband, Simon, announce the birth of their son, Benjamin Lee, born July 2, 2011.

Cyndi Lyle Richter and her husband, Glenn, welcomed their son, Elijah Ray, born Oct. 13, 2010. The couple writes, “He is already taking after his mom and loves to read and look at books.”

2007 Heather Salata Mackin and her husband, Dan, announce the birth of their daughter, Madalynn Elizabeth, born May 19, 2011.

IN MEMORIAM Harold S. Richards ’38, Beverly Hills, Calif., died Feb. 10, 2009. Eugene W. Atkins ’40 died Jan. 4, 2011, at the age of 93. David H. Donaldson, Jr. ’42 died Sept. 22, 2010, at the age of 90. Kenneth B. McCandless ’42 died Oct. 20, 2011, at the age of 91. William G. Atkinson ’43, Chattanooga, Tenn., died April 3, 2012, at the age of 90. He worked for DuPont as a process engineer at the company’s Chattanooga and Richmond Spruance Nylon Plants, retiring after 42 years of service. Mr. Atkinson served in the U.S. Navy Reserve during WWII. At W&J, he graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors.

Arthur Kowell played on the W&J basketball team that went to the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament at Madison Square Garden. Donn F. Covert ’45, M.D., Santa Rosa, Calif., died March 6, 2012, at the age of 86. He set up a private practice as an internist before serving as medical director, then chief executive officer, of Hillside Hospital for more than 20 years. Mr. Covert was president of the Trumbull County Medical Society and East Ohio Lung Association. He served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force and earned a pilot’s license, later building and flying his own acrobatic airplane. Warren Reding ’45, Forest Hills, Pa., died Nov. 16, 2011, at the age of 88. He had a private law practice, Reding, Rea & Cooper, in Pittsburgh for 44 years, retiring in 1995. Mr. Reding was a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association and Pennsylvania Bar Association, and was admitted into the Allegheny County Courts, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Superior Court and Supreme Court. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. H. Nevin Wollam ’45, Greensburg, Pa., died May 5, 2012, at the age of 89. He practiced law in Westmoreland County for more than 55 years. Mr. Wollam served in the U.S. Army during WWII and was stationed in England, Germany and Japan. Robert H. McAllister ’46, Southgate, Ohio, died March 5, 2010, at the age of 85. He was a sales engineer with Reliance Electric. Mr. McAllister was a U.S. Navy veteran. Rev. Gerald R. Cobb ’48, Arcadia, Fla., died March 16, 2008, at the age of 89. WASHINGTON & JEFFERSON COLLEGE




James E. Alexander (1913–2012) Renowned journalist and avid adventurer

Former managing editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, James E. Alexander ’35, died Jan. 13, 2012, at the age of 98. Mr. Alexander broke into the journalism field as a police reporter for the Akron Beacon Journal and a staff reporter for the Pittsburgh Press and Minneapolis Star Tribune. Creating his own paper called the Zanesville News in Zanesville, Ohio, Mr. Alexander was recognized for being among the first journalists to release the news about the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. With a journalism career that spanned more than 40 years, Mr. Alexander held several roles at the Post-Gazette before being promoted to managing editor in 1974. These positions included book reviewer, travel editor, editor of the women’s pages, city editor, assistant managing editor, and book commentator on a morning KDKA-TV program. “He was an established figure around the newsroom,” former city editor Gerard Patterson said in an interview with the Post-Gazette. “He was good at improving copy. That was one of his strengths. He was very meticulous.” Post-Gazette publisher John Robinson Block added that Mr. Alexander “carried an air of authority and elegance.” “He was steeped in the newspaper business and had a good eye for good writing and good reporting,” he said. After three decades of service, Mr. Alexander retired from the Post-Gazette in 1979. A highlight of his career, however, came in 2010 when he delivered a Commencement address at Seton Hill College titled “A Senior to Seniors.” “I’ve lived in this wonderful world more than four times longer than you,” Mr. Alexander told the graduating class. “That hasn’t made me

Keith Armstrong Lydick ’48, Greensboro, N.C., died Dec. 21, 2011, at the age of 86. He was employed with Pioneer Western Corp., a financial-services company in Clearwater, Fla. Mr. Lydick held several executive positions, including president of Pioneer Western Energy and Pioneer Western Financial. After his retirement, he followed his passion for music, directing the Burt Massengale Big Band for more than six years. Mr. Lydick served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. John R. Hails Sr. ’49, Morgantown, W.Va., died May 1, 2011, at the age of 85. He taught physics at the Keesler Air Force Base and later

’49 John R. Hails Sr. designed computer guidance systems used in early space exploration. 40


James Alexander, pictured far left, works in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newsroom with former publisher William Block Sr. and editor Frank Hawkins.

any smarter, but I’ve survived and learned a few things. Some of the things I’ve done are fantastic, some stupid, some exciting, some dull, some risky.” Some of Mr. Alexander’s greatest adventures involved his travels following his graduation from Washington & Jefferson College in 1935. Taking out a small loan from his uncle to hitchhike through Europe, Mr. Alexander traveled as far east as the former Czechoslovakia. A few years later, he traveled to New Zealand and worked as a sheep herder and explorer, returning to the U.S. in 1940 as a crew member on a 70-foot ketch. Sailing without engine power or radio, Mr. Alexander traveled across the South Pacific, down the coast of Chile, through the Straits of Magellan and back up to New York. In his Commencement address, Mr. Alexander advised the graduates never to “pass up an opportunity to do something daring.” “Never lose your curiosity,” he said.

was a computer engineer for UNIVAC, helping to design the computer guidance systems used in early space exploration. Mr. Hails was very active with the food pantry at Rock Forge Presbyterian Church. The Honorable Clyde G. Tempest ’49, Monongahela, Pa., died Feb. 5, 2012, at the age of 88. He was a private practice attorney, admitted to practice before the Court of Common Pleas of Washington County, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Supreme Court. Hon. Tempest also had served in several law partnerships, eventually resuming private practice for 18 years. Hon. Tempest served as District Justice for Monongahela, Donora, New Eagle and Carroll Townships for 12 years and was a solicitor for the City of Monongahela, Borough of Finleyville and New Eagle Sewage Authority. He also served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army during WWII.

Pearson Furst ’50, New Castle, Pa., died Dec. 5, 2011, at the age of 83. He was employed with Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. for 20 years. Mr. Furst enjoyed traveling and, together with his wife, visited 63 countries and every U.S. state. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

’50 Pearson Furst traveled to 63 countries and all 50 U.S. states. Norman Lee White ’51, Elsinboro, N.J., died Nov. 12, 2011, at the age of 83. He worked for the Moulton Ladder & Supply Co. in Philadelphia for 37 years, retiring as general manager. Mr. White served in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Thomas C. Ball ’52 died Nov. 9, 2010, at the age of 80.

Albert Rabenstein, Ph.D. (1931-2012)

Mathematics chairman and loyal son of the College Often seen walking across the Washington & Jefferson College campus or reading the newspaper in the library or bookstore, Albert Rabenstein ’52, Ph.D., former chair of the mathematics department at W&J for nearly two decades, died Feb. 24, 2012, at the age of 80. He was followed in death by his brother, Richard Rabenstein ’55, who passed away nine days later on March 4, 2012, at the age of 78. While a student at W&J, Albert was a recipient of the Clyde Shepherd Atchison Award and member of the Phi Beta Kappa honorary society and Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Graduating with honors, Albert went on to earn a master’s degree from West Virginia University and a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Teaching at several different colleges, he returned to W&J in 1972 and served as chairman of the mathematics department for the next 18 years until his retirement. Albert wrote two textbooks on mathematics, Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations and Elementary Differential Equations with Linear Algebra, the latter of which was translated into a Spanish edition. Albert’s brother, Richard, shared his love of numbers, having worked in the accounting office at Duquesne University for many years. He was an economics major at W&J.

Chauncey Roger Headley ’52, M.D., Washington, Pa., died Nov. 6, 2011, at the age of 80. He was a physician in the U.S. Navy, serving in Belgium and Norway before returning to practice medicine in Washington, Pa. He practiced with Dr. Eugene Fisher and, later in his career, with Dr. Herbert Rawnsley and Dr. David DeHaas until his retirement in 1990. Robert C. Logan ’52 died April 3, 2010, at the age of 82. Joseph A. Delisi ’53, Morgantown, W.Va., died March 4, 2012, at the age of 89. He was an accounting and economics professor at Duquesne University, La Roche College and California University of Pennsylvania, where he retired in 1985 after 17 years of service. Mr. Delisi served in the U.S. Air Corps during WWII. Stanley G. Hoover ’53, Dunnellon, Fla., died March 6, 2010, at the age of 79. James S. Kinkead Jr. ’53, Aliquippa, Pa., died Nov. 5, 2011, at the age of 79. He was employed by General Electric Co. for 28 years, working in Lynn, Mass., Philadelphia and Schenectady, N.Y. Mr. Kinkead served as a trustee at his church and was known for his support of many charities. He served in the U.S. Army. Jack W. Shipp ’54, Phoenixville, Pa., died Dec. 18, 2011, at the age of 79. He was a corporate officer for a number of financial-services companies.

In honor of the Rabensteins, a memorial service was held in McMillian Hall and attended by W&J faculty and staff members, alumni, and friends from the Washington community. Among those who shared memories of the brothers were former classmates Reed Day ’52 and Richard Holan ’52. Albert’s freshman roommate at W&J, Holan spoke fondly about how the two remained in contact during the last 50 years.

Albert Rabenstein served as chair of the mathematics department at W&J for nearly two decades.

Giving the eulogy was John Zimmerman, Ph.D., professor of mathematics and interim Vice President of Academic Affairs at W&J. “I am sure Al would find the event of their dual passing a statistical curiosity—one that seems fitting for two number crunchers: a mathematician and an accountant,” he said. Referring to Albert and Richard as “loyal sons of the College,” Zimmerman concluded, “Their legacy has only begun.”

Richard Rabenstein ’55, Washington, Pa., died March 4, 2012, at the age of 78. Born in East Liverpool, Ohio, and raised in Chester, W.Va., he worked in the accounting office at Duquesne University for many years. Mr. Rabenstein was an economics major at W&J. Joseph Calabria ’56, Salem, Ore., died April 9, 2012, at the age of 78. He worked as a teacher and owned multiple businesses, including restaurants and a golf course. Charles Stunkard ’56, South Beaver Township, Pa., died March 29, 2012, at the age of 81. He was employed by Calgon Carbon Corp. as a chemical engineer, retiring after 35 years. Mr. Stunkard served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. The Rev. John Thomas ’57, Mt. Lebanon, Pa., died Jan. 11, 2012, at the age of 77. He founded St. Francis-in-the-Fields, a summer camp, in Somerset, Pa., and spent 11 years as rector of St. James Episcopal Church, Penn Hills, Pa. In 1977, Rev. Thomas became rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Ashtabula, Ohio. He was well known for his work at Sheldon Calvary Camp in Erie, Pa., where he served on the youth camp staff as director for nine years until his retirement in 1996. Samuel B. Reed, III ’58, Warren Pa., died Dec. 7, 2011, at the age of 76. He was employed with Warren General Hospital for 33 years as the director of the laboratory. Mr. Reed served on the board of directors for his local chapters

of the American Cancer Society and American Heart Association. He also enjoyed playing Santa Claus at numerous churches and schools. While at W&J, Mr. Reed was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.

’58 Samuel B. Reed, III, a hospital laboratory director, enjoyed playing Santa Claus at churches and schools. Robert L. Burns ’60, Washington, Pa., died April 11, 2012, at the age of 78. He was a history teacher at McGuffey High School and a home-school visitor. Mr. Burns served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War as a language specialist and Russian interpreter. His awards included the National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. R. Royal King ’60, Rio Rancho, N.M., died Jan. 16, 2011 at the age of 72. Elmer George ’62, South Franklin Township, Pa., died Jan. 2, 2012, at the age of 83. A businessman, he was active in his community, serving on the election bureau for Washington




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County and as a member of the Rotary Club of Washington. Mr. George also volunteered for boys’ baseball, serving on the board of directors of the Pony League World Series, for which he was co-chairman in 1969. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Burton B. Weber ’62, M.D., Henderson, Nev., died Jan. 29, 2012, at the age of 71. For 30 years, he had a private practice in Albuquerque, N.M., for plastic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Weber traveled on mission trips to underdeveloped countries and provided free surgical care to children. He served in the U.S. Army at Fort Knox, Ky.

’63 Guy Shane worked for the Civil Service Commission in D.C. to assist with voting rights in the South during the 1960s. Guy Shane ’63, Ph.D., Dayton, Ohio, died Feb. 8, 2012, at the age of 71. During the 1960s, he was employed by the Civil Service Commission in Washington, D.C., to assist with voting rights

in the South. Dr. Shane was a professor at the University of Baltimore and U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology in Ohio as well as an adjunct professor at Wright State University. He served in the U.S. Army. James M. Caviris ’64, Monessen, Pa., died Feb. 29, 2012, at the age of 69. He was a longtime business owner and operator of Union Cleaners in Pittsburgh’s Monongahela Valley. Mr. Caviris served in the U.S. Army reserves. Donald A. Kalosky ’64, Harrisburg, Pa., died Dec. 19, 2011, at the age of 72. He was the director of sales for Nutrition Inc. and a consultant for the Central Tax Bureau. Mr. Kalosky was a member of the William Penn Association, Lawnton Legion and Sons of Italy. He served in the U.S. Army. Walter M. Newman Jr. ’64, Charlotte, N.C., died Feb. 26, 2012, at the age of 69. He worked for Air France as a district sales manager in Charlotte, N.C., before retiring after 25 years of service. Mr. Newman was a past president and original member of the Triumph Club of the Carolinas. Barry V. Cagnon ’65, Canton, Ohio, died Jan. 8, 2012, at the age of 68. He was employed as a manufacturer’s representative for Buckeye Paper Co. for many years.

Watson T. Mosebay Jr. ’65, Atlantic City, N.J., died Jan. 17, 2012, at the age of 70. He was employed as a sales representative by Xerox Corp. and later joined Wyeth-Ayerst Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Mosebay served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and remained active in military organizations. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion, among other organizations. Frederick L. Kopff, III ’66, Ridgewood, N.J, died March 3, 2012, at the age of 67. He was the owner of Meta/Mat Ltd., a business consulting firm. While at W&J, Mr. Kopff bowled competitively and was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Robert L. Rock ’67, Palm Springs, Calif., died Sept. 14, 2009, at the age of 63. Alexander C. Sabol ’68, York, Pa., died Feb. 26, 2012, at the age of 66. He worked in industrial sales for several companies, including Sun Oil. Mr. Sabol served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War as first lieutenant in the 66th Engineer Company in South Vietnam, earning a Bronze Star for meritorious service. He was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars and an avid sportsman, gardener and animal lover. While at W&J, he played baseball and served with the U.S. Army ROTC.

David A. Armitage (1978-2012)

Beloved football coach and math teacher A three-year letter winner for the Presidents’ football team, David A. Armitage ’02, South Fayette, Pa., died Dec. 31, 2011, at the age of 33 after a courageous battle with cancer. Fostering a love and talent for football, Mr. Armitage was one of the top wide receivers in Division III football while playing at Washington & Jefferson College. During his football career with the Presidents, he earned USA Football Honorable Mention All-American status and was given First Team All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference titles two years in a row, as well as two Second Team All-President’s Athletic Conferences titles. “David was a big, tall receiver who was a great leader for our football program. He made a lot of big plays and finished in the top five for career receptions at the time of his graduation,” Mike Siranni, head football coach at W&J, said. “Off the field, David had one of those great personalities that anyone who knew him will always remember.” Mr. Armitage concluded his football career at W&J with 116 receptions for 1,920 yards and 22 touchdowns. Graduating from W&J with a degree in business administration, Mr. Armitage went on to earn a certificate in teaching. He was employed as a math teacher for four years at Keystone Oaks Middle School, where he was given the opportunity to take his love for football in another direction — coaching. “He was as quality a person as you could possibly meet,” Nick Kamberis, head football coach for Keystone Oaks School District, said in an interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “He taught them about football, but always was concerned about the transfer of life lessons.” Mr. Armitage, known as “Coach Tij” to his players, served as a football coach for Keystone Oaks High School and a youth basketball and football coach for Upward Sports at The Bible Chapel in McMurray, Pa.



David Armitage tracks down a long pass during a game at Bethany in 2000. Armitage had more than 100 receptions during his standout career with the Presidents.

Henry Darlington, III ’73, Cary, N.C., died Jan. 25, 2012, at the age of 60. He was a teacher at West Cary Middle School and Hilton Head Middle School. James M. Anson ’74, Lafayette, Colo., died Jan. 30, 2012, at the age of 60. He was employed by Yellow Freight and was promoted through many levels, retiring as labor mediator. While working for Yellow Freight, Mr. Anson lived in Cheyenne, Wyo., and Overland Park, Kan., before returning to Colorado. John C. Cassidy ’74 died July 4, 2011, at the age of 59. Agnes Kucinic ’77, Charlottesville, Va., died July 20, 2011, at the age of 78. Gerald J. Sartori Jr. ’81, East Granby, Conn., died Dec. 17, 2011, at the age of 52. He worked with the information-technology consultancy, Factorum, Inc., and was contracted as an IT consultant with Cigna. While at W&J, Mr. Sartori was on the lacrosse team and a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. James R. Williams ’81, Solon, Ohio, died Jan. 1, 2012, at the age of 52. He was employed as a divisional materials manager for the Aerospace Group at Eaton Corp. in Jackson, Mich. An avid sports fan, Mr. Williams enjoyed coaching youth baseball, football and basketball. Michael Winiarski ’82, Sumter, S.C., died Sept. 28, 2011, at the age of 51. He was a vice president and the chief financial officer of Tuomey Healthcare System. Denise Martire Hansen ’83, Mt. Lebanon, Pa., died April, 28, 2012, at the age of 50. She was a loving wife and mother of two daughters. Kelly Ann Gill Pallone ’90, Harrisburg, Pa., died April 7, 2012, at the age of 44. She worked as a paralegal in Pittsburgh and as a director of the Milton Hershey School, Hershey, Pa. A dedicated mother, she enjoyed work as a homemaker. Douglas W. Rist ’91, Atlanta, Ga., died Jan. 22, 2012, at the age of 42. He was employed as a chiropractor. In 1986, Mr. Rist was elected to The Society of Distinguished American High School Students. Amy J. Strosser Smith ’92, Waterford, Ohio, died April 21, 2012, at the age of 49. She loved to ride horses and was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association. She won the association’s National Amateur Rookie award in 1990.

’92 Amy J. Strosser Smith , a horseriding enthusiast, won a national rookie award from the American Quarter Horse Association.

Josh Cervenak ’95, York, Pa., died Dec. 30, 2011, at the age of 38. He was employed as a director of marketing for Datum Filing Systems Inc., in Emigsville, Pa. Mr. Cervenak was an active volunteer with Junior Achievement and the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. While at W&J, he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. Benjamin R. Bibler ’01, Findlay, Ohio, died Feb. 26, 2012, at the age of 32. He was an associate attorney at Weltman, Weinberg & Reis. While at W&J, Mr. Bibler was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, serving as president his senior year. Bonnie Elizabeth Weaver ’03, Canton, Ga., died Feb. 25, 2012, at the age of 53. She enjoyed traveling, reading and woodworking. Jeffrey D. Cobb ’07, Gainesville, Fla., died Jan. 20, 2012, at the age of 28.

FRIENDS Colonel Roger A. Butters, Erie, Pa., died Sept. 22, 2011, at the age of 61. An active member in the U.S. Army, Col. Butters’ service included positions such as JAG officer, environmental law specialist, and associate professor of law at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He retired in 2001 but volunteered as a civilian lawyer for the U.S. Army until 2002. Col. Butters, his late brother Arthur Butters ’68, and the Butters family contributed to the W&J Butters Scholarship Fund, named after their father J. Guy Butters ’37. Sergeant Major Wilbur Clair Clouser, Clarksville, Tenn., died April 10, 2012, at the age of 90. He served in the U.S. Army for more than 24 years and made a total of 387 jumps through the Airborne Division. During his career, SGM Clouser served in all four European campaigns of WWII, three tours in Germany, as well as one tour of Iran and Korea. He was awarded a Purple Heart and Distinguished Service Medal. He was an ROTC instructor at W&J. William Richard Corwin, Washington, Pa., died March 27, 2012, at the age of 75. He was employed as an expeditor by Washington Steel for more than 30 years. Active in sports, Mr. Corwin was named All-WPIAL in both football and basketball. He attended W&J and he served in the U.S. National Guard. Charles R. Davenport, Washington, Pa., died Feb. 16, 2012, at the age of 88. He worked as a counselor at the Youth Development Center in Waynesburg, Pa., before retiring in 1984. Mr. Davenport was a WWII and Korean War U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He was one of the original African-American enlistees at the segregated Camp Montford Point in

Jacksonville, N.C., in 1942, and the first African-American enlistee from Washington County. For his services, Mr. Davenport earned many awards and was a rifle marksman. He attended W&J. Raymond Hutter, Boardman, Ohio, died April 2, 2012, at the age of 85. Mr. Hutter worked at W&J for many years until his retirement. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII participating in operations during the Battle of the Bulge. James C. Jackson, Houston, Pa., died Dec. 31, 2011, at the age of 81. He worked at W&J for more than 40 years, retiring in 1994. Mary Jubas Kania, Washington, Pa., died Dec. 24, 2011, at the age of 92. Mrs. Kania worked in the dietary department at W&J as a cook and baker. Eugene E. Ketchen, Ph.D., Kingston, Tenn., died Dec. 30, 2011, at the age of 90. He was employed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in the isotopes division for more than 30 years. Dr. Ketchen later worked at ORNL as an industrial hygienist. He briefly taught chemistry at W&J, following his service in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII. Colonel Michael S. Liles, Marietta, Ga., died March 30, 2012, at the age of 80. He served in the U.S. Army and did tours with the First Cavalry Division in Korea and the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam. Col. Liles received the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his service. After retirement, he volunteered as a Georgia State Golf Course rater and became state chairman of rating. When he attended W&J, Col. Liles was the president of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. George J. Marra, McMurray, Pa., died Dec. 4, 2011, at the age of 91. He was employed for more than 40 years by the Jessop Steel Specialty Department in shipping and receiving, retiring in 1973. He was a WWII U.S. Army veteran, receiving many ribbons and medals, such as the Victory Medal WWII Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. Mr. Marra played baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals organization and was recognized for his outstanding sport achievements with inductions into several Halls of Fame. He attended W&J. James A. Stewart Jr., North Fayette Township, Pa., died Jan. 9, 2012, at the age of 73. For more than 50 years, Mr. Stewart was involved in various duties at his family’s third-and-fourth generation printing and public relations businesses. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and attended W&J. Marjorie Skinner Vaira, Washington, Pa., died Dec. 10, 2011, at the age of 87. Mrs. Vaira was a homemaker and former teacher of dressmaking, tailoring and needlework. For many years, she opened her home to W&J students as a homeaway-from-home. WASHINGTON & JEFFERSON COLLEGE



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John McMillan Society Lifetime Members Lifetime members of the John McMillan Society have given $100,000 or more to Washington & Jefferson College throughout their lives. In the 2010-2011 Honor Roll of Donors, names inadvertently were left off the list. With our sincere apologies, the correct membership list is as follows:

Anonymous (2) Louise Allen* Lillian Bassi Robert M. Beavers, Jr. ’65 and Jo Beavers

Albert S. McGhee ’53 and Elizabeth McGhee

Thomas A. Shoup ’75 and Ellen Barker

Charles P. Eaton ’64 and Judy Eaton

Kenneth R. Melani ’75 and Tracy Melani

Ray G. Simms, Jr. ’58 and Karel Simms

Jean Eberly*

Joseph P. Mock ’59 and Barbara Mock*

James F. Slabe ’62 and Elaine Slabe

Charles T. Nason ’68 and Beth Nason

Russell F. Stein, III ’52 and Marcia L. Stein

Ronald V. Pellegrini ’59 and Donna Lucas Pellegrini

Peter N. Stephans and Joan Stephans

B. John Pendleton, Jr. ’81 and Mary Ann Butera Pendleton ’80

Robert H. Stevenson ’64

Sanford F. Beyer, II ’74 and Dorene M. Beyer

John R. Echement H’98 and Gertrude J. Echement

Violet Bica-Ross

Robert M. Elliott ’49 and Eileen Cummins Elliott

Karyn M. Brooks ’95 Robert J. Brooks and Susan Brooks Robert J. Brooks, Jr. ’92 and Shelli DeCarlo Brooks ’94

Walter Flamenbaum ’62 and Judith S. Flamenbaum John E. Frazier II ’62 and Nicole Frazier

E. Miles Prentice, III ’64 and Katharine Prentice

Learned T. Bulman ’48

Spencer M. Free ’45 and Patricia L. Free

Howard J. Burnett H’98 and Maryann DePalma Burnett

Edith Sten Gillmor

Thomas M. Priselac ’73 and Jody Priselac

Katherine C. Butters*

James F. Gismondi, Jr. ’72 and Elizabeth Gismondi

Charles J. Queenan, Jr. and Joann H. Queenan

Donald R. Cameron and Sally Cameron

Joseph A. Hardy, Sr. H’84 and Rebecca Hardy

Victor J. Raskin ’66 and Carol Raskin

James W. Cameron ’80 and Nancy Morgan Cameron ’81

H. King Hartman ’59 and Carol Hartman

Anica D. Rawnsley H’03

Lynn Cameron ’87

Elizabeth Hurwitz-Schwab ’74 and Douglas Schwab

Richard Cameron and Edwina W. Cameron H’00

John S. Reed ’60 and Cynthia Reed

J. Barry Stout ’64 and Lenore Thompson Stout Thomas Philip Stout* H’03 and Diann R. Stout William M. Stout ’64 and Saundra Stout John A. Swanson and Janet Swanson John M. Swick ’47 Jeffrey H. Van Hyning ’68 and Mary Van Hyning Craig A. Varga ’76 and Noelle Brennan

Samuel D. Isaly

Stephen I. Richman and Audrey G. Richman

John S. Kern ’64 and Marie Kern

Richard J. Riotto ’87

Audrey L. Walther

Marjory Condit

James H. Knepshield ’59 and Barbara Knepshield

David A. Ross ’78 and Dana Crummer

Alan R. Weill ’59 and Nancy Y. Weill

Patrick A. Correnty ’87

Jennie Lau Scott H. Leaf ’76

Peter J. Ross ’74 and Louise Kirkpatrick Ross ’74

David J. White ’77

Scott D. Davenport ’85 and Dianne Davenport

Richard T. Clark ’68 and Angela Clark

Samuel J. Davis ’72 and Regina Davis Louis V. DiBello ’63 and Marie DiBello D. Raymond Douglass, Jr. ’45 and Beverly Douglass James D. Douglass and Nancy Douglass


McClellan A. DuBois ’70 and Lynn DuBois


Joon Yong Lee David C. Leslie ’65 and Nan S. Leslie Margaret Hardy Magerko and Peter Magerko Virginia R. Marino Marguerite Marshall* J. Robert Maxwell ’43

Alberto W. Vilar ’62

Mrs. Peter C. Rossin

D. Lawrence Wickerham ’72 and Mary Louise Wickerham

E. Ronald Salvitti ’59 and Constance Salvitti*

F. Leo Wright ’52 and Rosemary Wright

A William Samson ’37* and Helen V. Samson

Prudence Yost

Ronald P. Sandmeyer, Sr. ’57 and Elaine H. Sandmeyer Timothy P. Schieffelin ’77 and Susan Schieffelin

George W. Zannos ’64 and Marilyn Serlin *DENOTES A DONOR WHO IS DECEASED

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