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West Chester University MAGAZINE

The Student/Community



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On the Cover: The Student/Community Connection


Neighbor-helping-neighbor resonates as WCU’s Office of Service-Learning & Volunteer Programs celebrates its 22nd anniversary.

Alumni Profile: Stephen Kinsey ’81


Pennsylvania State Representative Stephen Kinsey ’81 might be the textbook definition of someone who is walking the walk.

WCUAA Board of Directors Candidate Bios


Background information and candidate statements for the nominees for the WCUAA Board of Directors.

WCUAA Board of Directors Ballot

The Bett family

West Chester Becomes a Family Tradition


imberly Bett traveled 7,500 miles from suburban Nairobi to attend WCU. But the distance from home seemed much shorter since both of her older sisters had already made the trip, graduated from WCU, and stayed in Pennsylvania to earn their graduate degrees. The women share an apartment as well as an alma mater. Kimberly received her bachelor’s in mathematics/actuarial science at the December 17 morning commencement ceremony. Eldest sister Natalie established the family’s educational preference when she enrolled at West Chester for the spring 2009 semester. She earned her bachelor’s in fine arts with a concentration in graphic design and a minor in art history in May 2013. Antonette earned her finance degree in December 2013. All three sisters also worked on campus for Aramark/New Street Catering, Kim in Aramark’s finance department. She would also like to find a job in insurance or risk management and complete a graduate degree in the U.S. Youngest sister Claire and both parents came from Kenya to attend Kim’s graduation, along with Natalie and Antonette.


The WCUAA Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the 2018 WCUAA Board of Directors ballot.

4 University News 10 WCU Profiles 12 Cover Story 16 Sports News

17 WCU Events 18 Chapter News 22 Alumni Notes 30 Alumni Events Digital version of the WCU magazine is available at




CU students and graduates understand that contributing to the common good means having goals for success that go far beyond personal achievement. To instill this, the University has made an intentional commitment to provide students with opportunities to actively engage in environments outside the classroom where they can learn from those who may not look like themselves, form friendships outside the boundaries of their neighborhoods, and become exposed to varying points of view. Educating the whole person is not just a concept, it is a commitment to a transformative process that turns students into graduates who can think critically, communicate effectively, respond thoughtfully to diversity, make ethical decisions, and engage productively within the community. Improving the situation of those around us, while improving our own, is as important to the educational process as attending class, asking questions, and mastering subject matters. As the Office of Service-Learning & Volunteer Programs celebrates its 22nd year, our magazine takes a look at the evolution and expansion of academic service-learning at WCU as it trends toward understanding social problems and then making an impact. Highlighted, too, are some of the many in our extended University community who are working to help those affected by the horrific fire at Barclay Friends senior living facility; beating the drum for justice over spring and winter breaks; piloting a program to help students with intellectual disabilities attend college; providing a caring home for a man in need of a family; and more. Many thanks to all of our WCU Rams who commit their lives to service every day. Sincerely,

Editor & Executive Director of Communications Nancy Santos Gainer Associate Editors Matt Born Loretta MacAlpine Design JoAnne Mottola Contributors James Zuhlke President Christopher M. Fiorentino Vice President for University Affairs John Villella Director of Alumni Relations Debbie Cornell Naughton

The West Chester University Magazine is published three times a year for the alumni, families, students, and friends of West Chester University. We welcome letters concerning magazine content or issues pertaining to the University. Letters must be signed and kept to one typed page. Please include address and daytime phone number. Send correspondence to: Editor, The WCU Magazine, West Chester University, West Chester, PA 19383 West Chester University Magazine is published by the West Chester University Office of Communications

Christopher M. Fiorentino President

WCU is an AA/EEO institution

Thanks to a generous $50,000 gift from the Honorable Dr. Clifford E. DeBaptiste, the first African-American mayor of West Chester Borough and a recognized champion of education, WCU will celebrate the legacy of the renowned abolitionist, orator, and statesman Frederick Douglass through a distinguished lecture series that will bring renowned experts to the attention of students and those within Pennsylvania. The gift was made in honor of the 200th anniversary of the birthday of Douglass. The Dr. Clifford E. DeBaptiste Frederick Douglass Lecture Series will begin in the fall with the inaugural lecture by Professor Emeritus of English James Trotman, author of Frederick Douglass: A Biography, on October 13, 2018. Pictured (L - R) during the presentation are WCU President Christopher Fiorentino; the Honorable Dr. Clifford E. DeBaptiste; daughter Lillian DeBaptiste; and Christian Awuyah, professor of English and director of the University’s Frederick Douglass Institute.

WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY COUNCIL OF TRUSTEES Thomas A. Fillippo ’69 (chair) Barry C. Dozor ’71 Ryan M. Long (student) Christopher Franklin ’87 J. Adam Matlawski ’80 (vice chair) Jonathan Ireland ’95, M’03 Marian D. Moskowitz (secretary) Stephen Kinsey ’81 Eli Silberman Christopher A. Lewis Robert M. Tomlinson ’70 The West Chester University Foundation Board of Trustees Officers Paula D. Shaffner, Esq. ’80 (president) Thomas E. Mills, IV ’81 (vice president) Christopher J. DiGiuseppe ’89 (treasurer) John H. Baker ’74 (secretary) Susan Vanscovich (interim executive director) Jennifer Coffey (assistant treasurer and CFO) Trustees


Frank Branca ’70 J. Alan Butcher ’88, M’92 Millie C. Cassidy Deborah J. Chase ’76

Edward N. Collison ’93 Zebulun R. Davenport, ex officio Paul D. Emerick ’88 Thomas A. Fillippo ’69 (Council of Trustees representative) Christopher M. Fiorentino, ex officio David A. Gansky ’88 Carl Gersbach ’70 Maury Hoberman David P. Holveck ’68 Joan M. Kaminski ’69 Kathleen Leidheiser Donald E. Leisey ’59 Todd Murphy Tahany Naggar John N. Nickolas ’90 John R. Panichello ’83 Michael Peich Lewis Raibley, III ’83 James P. Shinehouse ’80 May Van ’89 MBA Roger B. Ware Jr. ’82 Christine Warren ’90, M’99

West Chester University Alumni Association President Matt Holliday ’09 Vice President Nick Polcini ’00, M’05 Treasurer Mark Drochek ’86 Secretary Lisa Wright Bryant ’87 Past President Dean Gentekos ’07 Directors Lauren Bolden ’12, M’14 Lisa Wright Bryant ’87 Clay Cauley ’96 Mark Drochek ’86 Robert Fanelli ’60, M’66 Dean Gentekos ’07

Jamie W. Goncharoff  ’82 Matt Holliday ’09 Jonathan Long ’03 Lovisha Love-Diggs Alison Maguire ’07 Amy Miller-Spavlik ’90, M’92 Stephen Nicolai ’08 Alyssa Polakowski ’09, M’11 Nick Polcini ’00, M’05 William Scottoline ’74 Denise Bowman Trigo ’98 Michael Willard ’03 Emeriti Carmen Evans Culp ’52, M’64 (deceased) Janice Weir Etshied ’50 (deceased) Karl Helicher ’72, M’82, M’87 Joseph F. Kienle ’72, M’74 Richard D. Merion ’59, M’69 John F. Murphy ’43 (deceased) Luther B. Sowers ’49 SP RING 2 018

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t the University’s two separate undergraduate Winter He has served the University community as the 2015-2016 Commencement ceremonies on December 17, 916 Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center’s Entrepreneur students graduated. On December 16, 214 master’s in Residence and as a member of the College of Business and students and nine doctoral students graduated. Public Management Advisory Board. Rudine Sims Bishop ’59, a renowned trailblazer in multicultural Serial entrepreneur Ravi Amble M’90 addressed post-baccalauchildren’s literature, addressed the morning audience. The Ohio reate candidates from all five WCU colleges. Founder, president, State University professor emerita quoted and chief executive officer of Suquino Inc., he from her trailblazing 1990 essay, “Mirrors, has launched and owned multiple businesses Windows & Sliding Glass Doors,” on the in the medical and information technology need for diversity in children’s books. She sectors, but noted in his address that “The based her address about encouraging lifeexit is more important than the entry.” Paslong reading on the essay, which explained sionate about developing telemedicine as a how books can often be windows offering key component of modern healthcare, he views into other either real or imaginary has created patented software in the field. worlds, or sliding glass doors inviting readStudent speakers were also compelling. Hisers to pass through and become part of the tory major (social studies certification) Ian author’s world. Gallagher was a transfer student who found Eli Kahn ’86, founder and president of the his niche at WCU. He said his department E. Kahn Development Corporation, spoke faculty were supportive, exposing him to at the afternoon ceremony. In 2011, he and research, taking him to academic conferhis former business partners at J. Loew & ences, encouraging him to present his work. Rudine Sims Bishop ’59 Associates created a novel approach to fundDylan Bronson, a School of Interdisciplinary raising. Along with contributions from other Studies graduate, admitted that although companies, they built a private home and when it sold in 2013, he began his WCU journey in 2001, he didn’t do well and left all proceeds were donated to Chester County homeless shelters. school after his third year. At age 34, he got his second chance Kahn called his experience at WCU “amazing,” noting that, in to complete his degree at WCU. addition to being an advisee of now-WCU President Christopher In addition, three individuals earned WCU President’s MedalFiorentino, he met his wife and created lifelong friendships. lions for Service: 4 WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY


Elizabeth A. Gontarz and John A. Gontarz are key, longtime University benefactors. Passionate about championing student success, Liz and John established and funded the Gontarz Family Scholarship for students in need. In 2012, they were awarded the President’s Circle Award in recognition of their long history of supporting WCU and its students. Liz Gontarz is a pioneering computer programmer. A retired research chemist, John Gontarz held prominent roles at Imperial Chemical Industries, which, for much of its history, was the largest manufacturer in Britain. Karl Helicher is a three-time graduate of West Chester University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Education (1972), a Master of Arts in Political Science (1982), and a Master of Science in Public Administration (1987). In 1973, he earned a master of library science from the University of Pittsburgh and began a 43-year career as a public library director, serving the final 37 years as director of the Upper Merion Township Library.


(1) Ravi Amble M’90 (2) President Christopher Fiorentino, John A. Gontarz and Elizabeth A. Gontarz (3) President Christopher Fiorentino and Karl Helicher ’72, M’82, M’87


(4) Eli Kahn ’86

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Artistic Director

for Poetry Center Named


Sue Yoder Schick ’88

Growing Up Purple and Gold QVC, every minute is a chance to engage a customer,” says Sue Yoder Schick ’88, director of category production for QVC US, the pioneering multi-platform, digital retail giant. Schick has held a variety of positions with QVC over the years. She’s led teams in the functions of commerce platforms, talent, ecommerce, content production, and sales. “It’s been 25 years — quite a journey. And I’ve loved every role.” The one constant you hear when talking with Schick about that QVC journey is the value the company places on its rapport with the customer. The overriding element to delight and engage QVC customers is a fundamental presence on all the delivery platforms, including Facebook Live, Roku, the QVC mobile app and, as is the transparency of that relationship. To that end, QVC was one of the first retailers to broadcast live testimonial calls — a practice that led to unedited online reviews, as well. That unregulated dialogue creates trust and builds loyalty. “We know what we do well, and we challenge ourselves to do it better every single day. “We’re always looking for new and innovative ways to present and tell the stories behind our products across all platforms,” she says. In building what she calls an “organic relationship,” she says that spirit of connection has to be true and legitimate. “We’re telling a story in a live environment. There’s freedom within the framework — freedom that gives our program hosts



and vendors the space to delight our customers and to continue to grow those relationships.” At West Chester University, Schick’s experience was a novel one. Her father, Dick Yoder ’59, was a fixture in the community and on campus. A two-term mayor of West Chester Borough, Yoder served WCU for 38 years as a teacher and administrator, including many years as the director of athletics. Among his numerous honors, he received the West Chester University Distinguished Alumni Award and is a member of both the Killinger and Sturzebecker halls of fame. “My sister and brothers and I certainly spent a lot of time on campus,” says Schick, adding with a chuckle, “and we grew up with a lot of purple and gold clothes.” She always felt closely connected to campus, saying that there was “a definite comfort level once I became a student, but there was a heightened sense of responsibility, too. My father had enormous pride in WCU and I knew I needed to preserve that presence on campus.” That’s a pride she grew to understand as a student and maintains today. “At QVC, we have student interns from many universities, including quite a few from WCU. We have a ton of success with West Chester students. They have a noticeable hunger to seize opportunities, and they don’t take anything for granted.” Schick, who cites her own WCU experience as a significant contributor to her professional success, says the WCU interns invariably “go the extra mile, maximize their interaction…that kind of fire is a real positive for potential employers.”

Making Dreams Come True


he Real Achievement Matters (RAM) Initiative, a new pilot program designed to provide a two-year fully inclusive educational experience for students with intellectual disabilities, was awarded a $60,000 grant from the D.R.E.A.M. Partnership, in conjunction with the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and Access College-Employment Success project. The D.R.E.A.M. Partnership provides start-up funding to institutions of higher education in PA for the development of a post-secondary education program for students with intellectual disabilities. The RAM Initiative pilot will select two students for admission to the University in fall 2018. Pictured (L - R): Executive Director of D.R.E.A.M. Sherri Landis, Associate Professor of Special Education Claire Verden, WCU President Christopher Fiorentino, Chairperson of the Board for D.R.E.A.M. Donna Partin, and Professor of Kinesiology Monica Lepore.

Grandparents University Brings Two Generations Closer


ow in its eighth year, WCU’s Grandparents University brings grandparents and their grandchildren together for two and a half days of side-by-side learning on the WCU campus. Classes have included creating a family newscast; being a radio DJ; learning about alternative energy and wind power; and investigating heritage through DNA. In some classes, families will make takehome items like mini-robots; in others, they’ll suit up in a lab to conduct small experiments. Participants have enjoyed scavenger hunts and even donned helmets for a ropes adventure course. This year, the families will check in Monday, June 25, and “graduate” on Wednesday, June 27. They’ll live in one of the University’s newest residence halls, share meals at the dining hall, explore campus, and enjoy evening entertainment and activities. The program is open to the public. Classes and rates for 2018 had not been finalized by press time. For details, contact Mary Beth Kurimay, WCU Conference Services: 610-430-6931 or MKurimay@

esse Waters has been named interim artistic director of the West Chester University Poetry Center. He will continue the center’s mission as a forum for formal poetry and serve as director for the Poetry Conference, to be held on campus June 6 – 9, 2018. Waters has more than 10 years’ experience in academic and arts management. His fiction, poetry, and non-fiction work has been nominated for multiple Pushcart Prizes and has appeared nationally and internationally. Currently director of Elizabethtown College’s Bowers Writers House, he has taught poetry in both creative writing and literary analysis forums; interacted closely with poets as student, mentor, and campus host; judged contests; and worked with both editors and print-makers in the construction of poetry broadsides. He will continue his role at Bowers, noting, “I am looking forward to the opportunity to contribute in a larger community perspective. I believe in the mission of arts and writing as vehicles through which a community rises to greater levels of awareness, interaction, and aesthetic growth.” Among Waters’ honors are finalist in the Glimmer Train 2003 Poetry Open, the Davoren Hanna International Poetry Contest, and the 2010 Atlanta Review International Poetry Contest; a 2003 NC Artists’ Grant to attend the Vermont Studio Center; winner of the 2001 River Styx International Poetry Contest; and runnerup for the Iowa Review Fiction Prize. Human Resources, Waters’ collection of poetry, was published in 2011 (Ink Brush Press) and So Let Me Get this Straight, his work of short fiction, is forthcoming this spring (Paycock Press).

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Community Mental Health Clinic’s Formal Opening


CU’s Community Mental Health Clinic conducted a formal ribbon cutting and open house for the campus and community on March 9. Pictured at the event are those principally responsible for the clinic’s existence: (L-R) Jeffery Osgood, Jr., senior vice provost and dean, School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies; Laurie Bernotsky, executive vice president and provost; Vanessa Johnson, professor of psychology; Chris Fiorentino, president of the University; and Leanne Valentine, clinic director. Open to the community, the clinic is a non-profit training and research facility and offers affordable cutting-edge psychotherapy and testing for children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families from all backgrounds with specializations in trauma-related disorders and child & adolescent mental health. The faculty supervisors are experienced, licensed psychologists; one is bilingual and supervises the doctoral students who see Spanish-speaking clients. The clinic is located at 125 West Rosedale Avenue on the eighth floor of Wayne Hall with free parking in front. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 610-436-2510 or visit the WCU Community Mental Health Clinic website.

State Grant Supports “It’s On Us” Initiative


CU is among 39 universities in Pennsylvania to receive an It’s On Us PA grant to support programs that improve awareness, prevention, reporting, and response related to sexual misconduct. The national It’s On Us movement invites and trains bystanders to take a role in ending sexual assault. WCU’s $29,996 grant supports “It’s On Us WCUPA: Building Allies,” which will include a four-day Green Dot Institute this May for campus, community organizations, and local high schools. A one-day training in December will focus on building the capacity of a larger group of campus and community members to facilitate education programs and to advise survivors of appropriate resources.


Five Degrees of Separation from the Super Bowl Trophy


ould you believe that WCU is connected to the Eagles’ historic Super Bowl win? WCU Department of Sports Medicine faculty member Chris Peduzzi was the head athletic trainer for the Philadelphia Eagles this season, as well as the previous 14 years. That’s right. Chris is pictured here welcoming the Super Bowl trophy home. In fact, interim Dean of the College of Health Sciences Scott Heinerichs, Coordinator of Athletic Training Education Neil Curtis, Joe Iezzi ’75, and Jack Entriken ’87 continue to be concussion spotters for the National Football League (NFL). Working in pairs in the press booth at Lincoln Financial Field stadium, Heinerichs, Curtis, Iezzi, and Entriken traded off watching the Eagles for signs of concussions during each home game. Interestingly enough, Eric Sugarman ’91, the head athletic trainer for the Minnesota Vikings, and Rob Roche ’98, the assistant athletic trainer for the Vikings, are also WCU athletic training alumni.

Drum Majors Rev. Dan K. Williams and Debonair Oates Primus with student emcee Christina Thomas (center).

25th Annual Scholarship Brunch Honors Martin Luther King


he University honored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on January 25, after students, faculty, and staff had returned to campus for the spring semester. In addition to the sold-out 25th annual scholarship brunch, the day featured a service project to make no-sew blankets for children at Nemours A.I. DuPont Children’s Hospital, patients at Abramson Cancer Center at Chester County Hospital, and “Fleece for Keeps” for local children in foster care. Two WCU alumni whose professional lives and vocational activities have reflected Dr. King’s ideals were named 2018 Drum Majors for Justice. Debonair Oates Primus ’05, assistant professor of English at the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP), is also coordinator of CCP’s diversity fellowship program and co-founder of the first diversity certificate program. Her roles at CCP include lead or-

ganizer for study abroad in South Africa; organizer and leader of the discussion series related to the Black Lives Matter movement; and co-chair of CCP’s President’s Diversity Council’s college-wide events subcommittee. During the 2014-2015 academic year, Primus was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer, but it did not deter her from co-writing a grant proposal on race, identity, and mistrust in the classroom and submitting a conference proposal to the 2015 PACIE fall conference on social responsibility for study abroad participants. Today, Primus is cancer free and expects to complete her doctoral program in English/literature and criticism in May 2018. Rev. Dan K. Williams is senior pastor of New Life in Christ Fellowship, a Coatesville community leader, a board member of the National Men’s Ministry’s Mighty Men of Valor (Harrisburg), plus director of urban programs and assistant professor of practical

theology at Biblical Theological Seminary, where he is the first African American board of trustees member. He has led State Senateappointed committees on education and been part of the New Abolition, a movement that weaves Black religion into social justice. He is also part of a speaking initiative — one supported by one of his former West Chester professors, State Senator Andrew Dinniman — that takes a stand against human trafficking. In Coatesville, Williams’ leadership brought a cyber high school, a successful pre-school, and a summer reading program for area students that also provides tutoring during the academic year. He led his fellowship in two gun buy-back programs and, when Coatesville experienced a series of fires, he had the parish building renovated so a displaced family could live there free for a year.

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Nadine Bean Spencer Camacho

Emily Powers

First 15 Students Selected for $1.6 Million HRSA-Funded Integrated Health Project


ver the next four years, 100 students from WCU’s departments of Graduate Social Work and Counselor Education, specifically School Counseling, will each receive a $10,000 stipend to support their education and training in settings that integrate primary health care and behavioral health care. Funding is provided through a $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded to Nadine Bean, master of social work professor. The project aims to expand the number of social work and school counseling professionals who can deliver integrated behavioral health services to people in vulnerable and medically underserved populations in southeastern Pennsylvania, Camden, NJ, and Wilmington, DE. “We are developing leaders within an integrated framework and strengthening partnerships in the community,” says Bean. The key is interprofessional education training with faculty from WCU’s nutrition, health, and nursing departments in addition to those from the MSW and M.Ed. School Counseling programs. Field supervisors and community partners are invited to these trainings and provided free continuing education units. As advocates for patients/clients and families, social workers and school counselors are trained in integrated behavioral health and are ready to collaborate and provide leadership in the interprofessional collaborative care (IPC) model. IPC leads


H to better outcomes for clients and supports cost containment, notes the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), by addressing an individual’s health needs holistically: from access and diagnosis to support services and culturally competent care. Bean explains using food insecurity as one example. “It’s been proven that flora in the gut can affect mental health. It’s important to ask the client — and for the primary care provider to ask them — for example, ‘How far is it to your grocery store? How difficult is it for you to get there?’ “IPC provides the ‘warm hand-off ’ from one health professional to another that patients need,” says Bean. Plus, new CSWE standards require students to have interprofessional classroom and experiential training. The first 15 students, all in their final year of field placement, are now serving at regional hospitals, schools, substance use disorder treatment centers, and other area community health partners. Each contributes 1,000 hours of community placement. The MSW program has more than 25 such affiliation agreements, ensuring sustainability for the program. The M.Ed. School Counseling program has agreements with a number of Title I school districts. HRSA is the primary federal agency for improving health care to people who are geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable.

Community Engagement

onors student Emily Powers developed a capstone that also meets the requirements of her political science major and satisfies her desire to work toward justice and fairness in law, which she plans to pursue upon earning her law degree. To make a difference, she explains, “I want to do my best to make the world as unbiased as possible for those around me. … This is where I find my roots in opposing oppression, especially through the judicial system of the United States. “What can I do as a citizen to influence legislation in the U.S.?” she pondered and found an answer in the Innocence Project (IP), piquing her interest in working to secure justice for the wrongly incarcerated. As a result, she has partnered with IP’s Pennsylvania branch (PAIP), which works to exonerate those convicted of crimes they did not commit and to prevent innocent people from being convicted. Powers developed a three-pronged capstone to support PAIP’s mission. First, she will complete a full policy analysis and research the subject of compensation statutes for the wrongfully convicted. “I’ll focus on why Pennsylvania is one of only 18 states that doesn’t have a compensation statute,” she notes. Next, she will draft a piece of legislation that can be presented to Congress in the 2019 congressional term. Her final task is to create an action plan for the proposal of the bill and how it can gain support within Congress and from Pennsylvania citizens. One aspect to educate legislators and the public on the need for this legislation will be creating an informational video to spread awareness via social media. “My goal in life is to make sure people in the U.S., and hopefully, eventually the world are not being taken advantage of by their governments and do whatever I can to strive toward a society where everyone is treated equally,” says Powers. With this capstone, it looks like she is on that path.


Honors Capstones


pencer Camacho is hoping his capstone has similar impact and sustainability. A junior music education and performance keyboard double major minoring in music production and communication studies, Camacho wants to bring music to the Oscar Lasko YMCA in the heart of West Chester Borough. The Y ended its children’s music program some years ago, but Camacho found that, in an initial meeting, “Some Y students mentioned they love choir and could not take it in school. Students are missing opportunities to express themselves creatively at school, and I hope through this program, they can continue learning how to articulate their emotions and express themselves in a healthy and creative way.” In February 2018, Camacho launched the Rams Songwriting Program for Y students in fifth to ninth grades. Every Friday for 10 weeks, he leads 10 volunteer WCU music and English education majors in working with the 10 children in the class. “This allows every student to be heard and get individual attention,” he notes. “After fostering the creativity in poetry and writing, we [WCU students] will help bring their words to life through music.” A recital for the students to perform their compositions for friends and family is planned for late April. The project aligns with at least one of the Y’s areas of focus: youth development. In addition, as participating children bond with their WCU volunteers, they may become more socially engaged and confident in unleashing their creativity. Camacho sees possibilities for “academically stimulating their minds through writing. …This songwriting process necessitates commitment and performing requires a level of confidence.” SP RING 2 018

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COVER STORY Today, the concept of community service has evolved considerably. “At WCU, academic service-learning is central to the University’s mission,” says Jodi Roth-Saks, director since 2012 of the office that falls under the Division of Student Affairs. “Academic service-learning takes community service to the next level. It is a teaching method that combines a community service project with specific curricular goals that help students unpack possible stereotypes, talk through the root causes of social issues, and discuss the ways that real change can be made in the community.” “Within the context of academic service-learning, faculty are integrating and developing a service project that is directly related to something in the course,” adds Ashlie Delshad, professor of political science and service-learning faculty associate. “Before students perform their service work, faculty orient them with pre-service reflections about how the work they will be doing will relate directly to what they are learning in class. These linkages continue throughout the course.” Widening students’ angles of vision on the world and expanding their social consciousness is ultimately the end goal of servicelearning and volunteerism. Equally important is the community engagement aspect that benefits all corners of Chester County, the Philadelphia region, as well as various parts of the world. “The student is learning throughout the entire service experience, including while on alternative break trips in the summer, spring, and winter, both domestically and internationally,” says Delshad, who will soon be leading her fourth alternative break trip to Philadelphia to work with several organizations, including

the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s City Harvest Program, to support community gardens that grow food to aid underprivileged neighborhoods. “What exists between the University and the community is a mutually beneficial partnership.” The service-learning program’s success is quite evident on its 22nd birthday. Last year alone, 7,454 students performed 707,424 academic service-learning hours with the guidance of 153 faculty in 510 sections of 139 courses. All in all, for 2016-2017 alone, the Office of Service-Learning & Volunteer Programs ushered in an 8.5% increase in service-learning course sections offered to students. The dramatic growth is even more evident when compared to the program’s more formative years when, in 2003-2004, a total of 3,255 students performed 113,147 hours of academic service-learning with 84 faculty in 190 sections of 67 courses. Touching a wide range of majors and disciplines, the servicelearning projects are as creative as they are vital. For example, statistics students are currently building their skills as statisticians by working with nonprofit agencies that have a plethora of data about the clients that they serve. In turn, the agencies are benefiting from the students’ analyses. Soil-testing, trail mapping parks and reserves, and studying sink holes have been just a few of the many projects. “The community is the asset,” says Roth-Saks. “At some point, someone is going to ask one of our students in a job interview, ‘Can you tell us about an experience you had working with diverse groups of people?’ Our students need to be in the community getting to know different types of people, learning how to problem solve, working as a team, thinking reflectively, and being mindful

The Office of Service-Learning & Volunteer Programs Turns 22:

The Student/Community Connection


n the wee hours of a bitter cold November evening, a five-alarm fire devastated one of Chester County’s most vulnerable populations — the elderly residents of Barclay Friends senior living facility. An outpouring of volunteers rushed to extinguish the blaze, cover patients with blankets, and wheel residents to safe spaces. Among the first to respond that tragic night were numerous WCU campus police officers, students, faculty, staff, and alumni. As Ehinger Gym was transformed into a makeshift shelter for many Barclay Friends residents waiting to be transferred to area facilities by the Red Cross, it became quite clear that helping others without pause or doubt rests at the foundation of West Chester University. The act of neighbor-helping-neighbor in historic proportions resonates at a time when WCU’s Office of Service-Learning & Volunteer Programs celebrates its 22nd anniversary. Established in 1996 as an exploratory pilot developed by Maggie Tripp, former director of the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs, the office was born out of a call to band students together to help those in need. Twenty-two years later, the office’s legacy continues to thrive at a time when aiding one another continues to be quite relevant. 12 WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY

(Opposite) On-campus student chapters of NAACP and Sisters United have a long history of making no-sew blankets for donation. (Left) Alternative Spring Break in Pittsburgh, PA. (Right) Assistant Professor of Literacy Katie Solic’s students at St. Agnes Day Room.

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With Help From Puppies, Students Raise $2,500+ for Barclay Friends Residents


n January, WCU Honors College students Aria Swanson and Danielle Gendler (above, L-R) accepted the “Nonprofit of the Year” award from the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry, that recognized the entire West Chester-area community for their inspirational efforts to assist residents of Barclay Friends senior living facility. Swanson and Gendler represented the University’s students and employees who rallied when a fire destroyed part of Barclay Friends’ facility (see this issue’s cover story). The pair were not a random choice: They had both volunteered at Barclay Friends and were heartsick for residents with whom they had connected. So the two students organized a December fundraiser to help residents replace glasses, hearing aids, and dentures lost in the fire. For their “Winter Puppyland” event, the Brandywine Valley SPCA — where both young women also volunteer — brought 14 puppies to Sykes Student Union for three hours of cuddling and playing. Members of the public and the WCU community each paid $3 to enter. There were raffles and donation jars and when all was over, Swanson and Gendler had raised more than $2,500 for Barclay Friends residents. The benefits extended to the canines, all of which were adopted that week (seven to Puppyland attendees), and to WCU students, who could de-stress at the end of the semester with a little puppy-time. These students also represent the sustainability of some of the student “capstones,” which are projects in which each honors student develops a relationship with a community organization to solve a problem. Swanson and Gendler were Barclay Friends volunteers thanks to a previous honors student’s capstone approximately 10 years ago. Gendler is co-director of Traveling Across Generations (TAG), the honors community outreach program that connects students with senior citizens.



of their civic responsibilities.” These are among the very skills that can be found in the 21st century “tool kit” that WCU is making sure each student carries with them upon graduation. The office is moving nimbly with the trends in the field. “The work we are doing with our faculty, and the programming work that we are undertaking in our space, is really more in line with what is happening on a national level in offices like ours,” continued Roth-Saks. “We are now focusing efforts on understanding the social problems in our communities and then building programming around that need. Thanks to the foundation of the philanthropic activities started 22 years ago, we can now have deeper conversations about social change, and help students understand what type of impact they can have.” In keeping with this commitment, a hefty arsenal of new initiatives has been added by the office to combat pressing social issues and engage students in meaningful longterm service. A Community Engagement Scholars Program now exists that has 10 student scholars working with 8 faculty and 30 community organizations to create new service-learning projects. A fruitful partnership with the Office of Financial Aid has led to the creation of two vital projects: the opening of an on-campus Resource Pantry to help support WCU students who demonstrate great need on a daily basis, and the overseeing of a collaboration, through the national America Reads Youth Mentoring Program, that dispatches 30 Federal Work Study students and 20 volunteers as tutors and mentors to more than 400 youth in the community. With its comprehensive Alternative Break program, the office also immerses more than 100 students annually in a wide range of meaningful, shortterm service trips across the globe during breaks in the academic year, all of which are student led and staff supported. The lengthy list of teachable program-based moments even includes a Campus Election Engagement Project where the office’s efforts to encourage students to be civicminded individuals led to the University’s designation as a “Voter Friendly Campus”

WCU’s culture of service has been in action for more than two decades. by the Campus Vote Project and NASPA, along with 83 other universities and colleges nationwide. A whopping 10,077 WCU students voted in the 2016 presidential election as a result, which is far above the national average for voting college students. WCU’s culture of service is so impressive that it has received the coveted Carnegie Classification, making it one of 361 schools in the U.S. that have earned the prestigious designation based on active engagement with the community and long-lasting partnerships. As the University readies for reclassification, a campus-wide task force has been established to determine how the University can deepen its relationships with the community. Upon its 22nd birthday, the Office of Service-Learning & Volunteer Programs has significant meaning for the University and the community in which it lives. The office has immersed thousands of students into a life of service dedicated to aiding people and communities in critical need. As milestone markers, birthdays tend to prompt reflection — some more than others. Engagement. Impact. Partnerships. Social change. The words conjure a call to action that has purpose. What better way to turn 22?

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Criterions Jazz Ensemble

1-12 Art Exhibit: Senior Exhibition 2 Chamber Orchestra

4 Criterions Jazz Ensemble

5 Kennett Symphony Children’s Choir

6 Liberty Wind Ensemble

6 Symphony Orchestra and Choirs

12-13 Commencement 14 Commencement (Philadelphia campus)


To Be Inducted Into Capital Area Chapter of PA Sports Hall of Fame


ormer West Chester University quarterback Michael Horrocks ’85 will be inducted into the Capital Area Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame on June 9 at the Red Lion Hotel in Harrisburg. Horrocks was first officer of United Airlines Flight 175, which crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center during the 9-11 terror attacks. He is one of 10 persons who will be celebrated during an induction ceremony. In 1983, Horrocks led West Chester to its first win over the University of Delaware in 23 years. Horrocks made his first career start that day and led the Golden Rams to a 35-27 victory, despite entering the contest as a 35-point underdog. He finished his college career with a 14-7 record in two seasons as West Chester’s starting quarterback. Following graduation, Horrocks served in the U.S. Marine Corps, becoming a commercial pilot for United Airlines after being honorably discharged from the military. Built in remembrance of the WCU hero, a statue of Horrocks stands at the bottom of the hill in the north end zone of John A. Farrell Stadium overlooking the field that is home to the Golden Rams football team. 16 WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY

18-20 Brandywine Ballet: Sleeping Beauty 19 WCU Organ Competition JUNE

West Chester’s National Championship Baseball Team Helps Out at Handi-Crafters

West Chester University’s national champion baseball team spent the morning of January 15 helping out at Handi-Crafters, one of the largest support-service programs for differently-abled adults in Southeast Pennsylvania. The team worked throughout the facility and helped the staff at HandiCrafters stuff boxes and fill orders. Golden Rams bat boy and Handi-Crafters employee Tim Hoge welcomed showing the baseball players around the building during the day.

MAY 18-20

Brandywine Ballet: SLEEPING BEAUTY

1 Artist Reception: Artist Equity

6-9 Poetry Conference 25-27 Grandparents University

For a full schedule of events please visit Cultural & Community Affairs at & the College of Arts & Humanities at eventsCalendar.aspx.

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CHAPTER NEWS For more information about any chapter or its events, contact the chapter directly or the WCU Alumni Office at


Our Abbé Society continues to be active in service throughout the alumnae network and is always seeking new alumnae. To stay up to date on upcoming events, find us on Facebook: Abbé Society.


The Alumni Dance Chapter hosted their 10th Annual Winter Festival X: Decade of Dance in January with sold out performances and proceeds benefitting the Barbara J. Lappano Dance Scholarship. Our chapter remains active in promoting the current dance programs at WCU and providing a network for alumni dancers. Congratulations to the newly elected board members: VP of Advancement Lauren Bariglio, Secretary Kayla Welsh, and Treasurer Jamie Capriotti! Are you a WCU Dance Team alumnus interested in getting involved with this chapter? Find us on Facebook: WCU Alumni Dance Chapter.


We have a vigorous alumni network in the Baltimore metro area and we are looking for more members! The chapter is gearing up for new elections of leadership to the chapter. Please join us on campus for Alumni Weekend and connect with your fellow Baltimore alumni. Interested in getting involved with this chapter? Follow us on Facebook: BMAC WCU.


Mark your calendars! Homecoming is November 2-4, 2018, and the Bands Alumni are looking forward to being a part of all the festivities. Are you an alumnus of WCU Bands and interested in getting involved with this chapter? Find us on Facebook: WCU Bands Alumni Association.


In 1965, the Black Alumni Chapter (BAC) was established to keep Black alumni connected with West Chester University. The chapter continues to do so by extending reconnection opportunities to current Black students and alumni through networking events. Join the BAC and attend the Annual Scholarship Luncheon hosted at Penn Oaks Golf Club on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at 11 a.m. Follow us on social media for updates on future events including the Spring Commencement Kente Ceremony on May 11, 2018. Facebook: WCU BAC.




Are you an alumnus living or working in the Greater Boston area and interested in getting involved with this chapter? We are always recruiting members on social media and looking forward to connecting alumni through networking and social events. Find us on Facebook: WCU Greater Boston.


We’ve been busy! First, congratulations to Brigid Gallagher, our former chapter vice president as she’s taken a job with the University and has passed the torch to our newly elected vice president — Andrea (Hogg) Jones! Andrea graduated from West Chester University in 2009 with a B.S. in marketing and has an M.B.A. from St. Joseph’s University. She is involved in the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry as a member of Women Influencing Business Committee. We’re very lucky to have her on our team as we continue to grow. We had a sellout crowd for our Nutcracker Ballet Brunch and on April 14, we had our Third Annual Princess & Superhero Brunch at the WCU Alumni & Foundation Center. This was also a sold-out event! Thank you for the support and we hope we can continue to provide quality events for our friends and families. We will be holding officer elections in May for our new Chester County executive committee. Let us know if you’re interested! We meet monthly and we hope to see you at the next event! Make sure you “like” our Chester County Facebook Page to stay tuned with the latest and greatest. Kyle C. Rheiner ’06, President. Facebook: WCU Chester County.


With more than 12,000 alumni in Delaware County, this chapter is being revitalized and is seeking interested alumni for leadership roles. Are you an alumnus who lives or works in Delaware County and is interested in getting involved with this chapter? Contact the WCU Alumni Office: alumni@


Please join us for the Eighth Annual Friars’ Society Alumni Association Golf Outing on Friday, May 4! The outing will be held at Honeybrook Golf Club. The format will be a scramble with registration opening at 8 a.m. and a 9 a.m. shotgun start with lunch to follow. The price will once again be $100 per golfer which includes golf and lunch. Prizes will be awarded for longest drive, closest to the hole, and best team score. If you cannot attend the outing, please consider a hole sponsorship at $125 per hole. The money raised will help support our undergraduate brothers’ mission of community service. Please contact John O’Brien at with any questions.


Started just four years ago in 2014, the Graduate Student Alumni Chapter works to connect graduate alumni through social and professional networking events. If you are an alumnus of a WCU graduate program and would like to get involved, please contact the WCU Alumni Office: alumni@


Are you an alumnus who lives or works in the Greater Seattle area and interested in getting involved with this chapter? Seeking membership and leadership roles for our alumni chapter. Follow us on Facebook: Seattle WCUAA.


The Honors College Alumni Chapter was officially created in May 2014 and is committed to engaging alumni of the Honors College by inviting them back to the University to participate in social and service events on campus. It is our hope that Honors alumni may network with each other as well as provide valuable insights to current students. Are you an Honors College alumnus interested in getting involved with this chapter? Contact the WCU Alumni Office: alumni@


Are you an alumnus veteran interested in getting involved or taking on a leadership role with this chapter? Stay in touch with all that is going on within our alumni veteran community and contact the WCU Alumni Office:


Alumni and students participated in the annual Law Alumni Chapter event “What to Expect in Law School” panel featuring alumni in all stages of law school and career. Are you an alumnus employed in a legal-related field and interested in getting involved with this chapter? Contact our chapter representative:


The LGBTQA Alumni Chapter remains active in their support of the current University LGBTQA programs and is always seeking new alumni to get involved with their network of alumni. Interested in getting involved with this chapter? Find us on Facebook: West Chester University LGBTQA Alumni.


The Omega Delta Chapter alumni continue to support the interest in West Chester University in all areas of academic,

cultural, and social needs, as well as provide mentoring and support to our undergraduate members through programming and scholarships. Are you an alumnus of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity interested in getting involved with this chapter? Find us on Facebook: Omega Delta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.


The Political & Government Affairs Alumni remain active and are recruiting new alumni to get involved and join this network. Interested in getting involved with this chapter? For upcoming events and information, find us on Facebook: WCUPGA.


Our alumni enjoyed a fun-filled weekend of events in March including an alumni tailgate, Phillies spring training game, Sarasota polo match, and a private reception at Flapjacks Café hosted by two alumni! If you’re interested in getting involved with this chapter, contact the WCU Alumni Office:


We are looking ahead to continuing the legacy of our nation’s capital alumni chapter and will hold elections. For more information on how you can join this chapter or take on a leadership role among your fellow alumni, contact the WCU Alumni Office: Follow us on Facebook: WCUAA, Washington D.C. Chapter.


York County Chapter alumni welcome you to join them for the West Chester University Alumni Association of York County’s Annual Networking and Scholarship Event. This year’s event will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at Stone Grille and Taphouse located at 204 St. Charles Way, York, PA 17402. Refreshments will include a light dinner, soft drinks, and a cash bar. All West Chester graduates from York or the nearby areas — along with their significant others/friends — are welcome to attend. WCU alumni are free of charge! Register online: Each year, our organization awards scholarships to deserving York County high school seniors who are planning to attend West Chester in the fall. Last year, donations toward the scholarship fund enabled us to award two $1,000 scholarships. To learn more about the longest-running WCU Alumni Association chapter, participate in community outreach, or attend future events: contact the WCU Alumni Office: and check out our website: www.

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Norman Moore

Stephen Kinsey ’81

Used with permission of Philadelphia Inquirer Copyright©2018. All rights reserved.

Representative Stephen Kinsey ’81: Walking the Walk


alk the walk,” a relatively recent idiom, is an informal way of saying someone is able to deliver on a promise. It’s high praise — perhaps the highest in some circles. This is especially true in sports and politics, two professions that seem built almost diabolically to prevent one from succeeding. Yet, in that very environment, Pennsylvania State Representative Stephen Kinsey ’81 might be the textbook definition of someone who is walking the walk. Kinsey, the PA District 201 representative serving a part of Philadelphia County, earned a B.S. in elementary education at WCU before taking his master’s in business administration at Eastern University. Thereafter he quickly transitioned to a life of service that has seen roles in direct care, grassroots community activism, and public representation. Working for a series of organizations that provide services for individuals with disabilities, including Woodhaven Center and KenCrest, Kinsey said, “The common theme throughout was the funding available — or not — from the government. The process was often frustrating. I realized I wanted


to go from being a receiver of funding to one who delivered. I wanted to be a provider of resources.” As a director at Horizon House, a non-profit that provides myriad services to the homeless, people with mental illness, and adults with intellectual disabilities, Kinsey oversaw the creation of the organization’s lifesharing program. That program, which guides arrangements for disabled adults to live with qualified, unrelated adults, would play a much larger role in Kinsey’s life than he ever imagined. As the program was getting off the ground, Norman Moore, a Horizon House client who had developed a friendship with Kinsey, shared his desire to be a part of the lifesharing initiative at one of the house’s public meetings. “With him,” Moore said, pointing at the organization’s only male director: Kinsey. “I thought ‘no way,’” says Kinsey now with a laugh. “I was a single father raising three young girls. [Now a father of four, his youngest daughter was not yet born.] My girls knew what my job was, and they were used to seeing clients accompany dad

home from time to time. But home for dinner, or a backyard barbeque, is a very different thing from coming home to live with our family.” Ultimately, he said he thought he’d “give it a try.” Now — 18 years later — “Norman is absolutely part of our family. He’s part of our community, and everyone knows him. He’s incredibly proud to be part of a family, to be part of our family’s culture.” And while Kinsey says he spends quite a bit of time wondering what’s next, “for me, professionally … for my kids … for Norman, who has his own desires and goals,” Kinsey sums it up by noting: “Eighteen years. I guess it worked.” As a state legislator, Kinsey has risen to leadership status within the Democratic Caucus, serving on numerous committees while working to establish a job training center, provide quality of life resources, increase funding for social services, and create and sustain programs that support individuals with disabilities. For him, walking the walk has been instrumental in gaining traction with fellow House members. “Colleagues see my story, and it helps to break barriers. ‘He lives it,’ they think. My story illustrates and translates: every single member has someone in their district with an intellectual disability. It’s a people issue, not a political one.” Kinsey says one of his greatest challenges is simply one of educating fellow House members and constituents. While Kinsey’s path from elementary education to legislator, community builder, and lifeshare partner may seem an unlikely one, he’s quick to point out it’s not all that surprising for a WCU graduate. Nominated by Governor Tom Wolf, Kinsey joined the West Chester University Council of Trustees in 2017, and he has full appreciation for the culture of activism and service at West Chester. Last year, 7,454 WCU students provided more than  755,000  total hours of volunteer service. Kinsey, who recognized WCU on the House floor for that feat, says he loves the University. “It worked for me, and now I work for it. I’m so proud of the tremendous growth West Chester has had and for the role it plays in higher education and in our state.”

Debbie Cornell Naughton

West Chester University is growing and so is our alumni base! With more than 100,000 WCU alumni around the world, we are working to get our network connected. Are you already involved in your local chapter or interested in starting a new one? We’d love to get connected and hear from you! For more information and for updates and events coming to a city near you, contact the WCU Alumni Office:

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Wells ’58

Forsell ’99


Heckler ’72

Filling-Brown ’02

1950s Richard G. Wells ’58 and Elizabeth J. Wells ’60 received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Owen J. Roberts School District. Richard was director of bands and an instrumental music teacher at Owen J. Roberts High School from 1961–1968. He was director of bands and an associate professor of music at Kutztown University for 29 years. Elizabeth taught English and history at the junior and senior high schools in the Pottstown School District for 40 years.

1960s Robert Noltenmeier ’69 retired as a clinical assistant professor in the New York University graduate program in public relations and corporate communication. Previously, he was a U.S. Air Force information officer and earned a master’s degree in public relations from Boston University. He held senior corporate communication positions with ExxonMobil, Hoechst, and Unisys and was a principal of 22 WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY

Austin ’80

Jones ’04

McNeil ’82

Gaudio ’08

Quadrant Communications Co., Inc. He served three terms as president of the New York chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators. He now teaches writing part-time at the Princeton Learning Cooperative in Princeton, NJ.

1970s Kim Holston’s ’70 latest book was published by McFarland & Co.: Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Film Sequels, Series and Remakes: An Illustrated Filmography, Volume II (1996-2016). Dave Bullock ’72 retired from Longboat Key as town manager. Bullock worked at Longboat Key for more than six years. Howard J. Buss ’72 has written and published more than 170 compositions. His “Divertissements” for clarinet and percussion and “Spectrum” for bass clarinet and percussion ensemble were premiered at ClarinetFest 2017. Other recent premieres include “Serendipity Suite” for trumpet, trombone, and

Flynn ’90

Harrison ’92

Tsoflias ’10

piano at the 2017 International Trombone Festival, and “Sylvan Magic” for clarinet and vibraphone at Newberry College. In November 2017, the American Trombone Quartet premiered his “Trombone Graffiti” at the Midwest Trombone Symposium at Eastern Illinois University. His compositions have been recorded on the Albany, Bottega Discantica (Italy), Crystal, Capstone, DUX (Poland), Equilibrium, HoneyRock, IBS Classical (Spain), PL Productions, Ravello, C. Alan Publications, and Urania (Italy) labels. He is the founder and editor of Brixton Publications (ASCAP) and Howard J. Buss Publications (BMI), which publish music by American composers.

through 12. He was a PE teacher, volleyball coach, and athletic director for 42 years. MacFarlane instituted a “no-cut” policy for athletes. Participation levels were 75% with 49 state titles. Married with five children and 17 grandkids, he is in the New Mexico Activities Hall of Fame. Dr. John Pursell ’75, M ’76 recently had his 25th article published in a national journal. “Understanding Brain Function for More Efficient Practice Routines” appeared in the Journal of the International Trumpet Guild. Pursell is retired from the U.S. Air Force Band and performs nationwide as a trumpet artist and clinician for the Yamaha Music Corporation of America. He also teaches at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Maryland. James Vito ’76 was named the new board president of the Chester County Hero Fund.

1980s Elizabeth Claghorn Austin ’80 is a candidate for the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses National Board of Directors. Lee Dengler ’81, M’84, composer of hundreds of sacred music anthems, will be the featured composer for Settle Memorial United Methodist Church’s “Living Composer Series,” now in its fifth year.

Steve Heckler ’72 visited Hawaii to celebrate his 46th wedding anniversary with wife Vonnie. This photo was taken on top of iconic Diamond Head crater overlooking Waikiki Beach & Honolulu.

Eileen Garland Jaskuta ’82 was hired as the system vice president of quality and patient safety for the Main Line Health System in April 2017. Jaskuta also held the same position at Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown, MD, as well as for the Mercy Health System.

Pete MacFarlane ’72 recently retired from Sandia Preparatory School in Albuquerque, NM, a private co-ed school for grades six

Eileen McNeil ’82, vice president of government affairs for SeyferthPR, has been named to the ownership team of the firm. McNeil’s back-

ground includes more than 20 years of experience working on public affairs, community initiatives, and crisis communications. Paul Pickering ’82 was appointed chief revenue officer at Micralyne Inc. Pickering is responsible for marketing, sales, and business development on a global basis. Tracy Blunt ’84 was named principal at Clay Elementary School in Ephrata, PA. Robin Zaremski ’84 was promoted from interim to permanent director of the Winter and Ware Centers at Millersville University. Maureen Gallagher Loughead ’85 accepted a position with Barrette Outdoor Living as an associate channel marketing manager. Loughead is responsible for the execution of various marketing initiatives in support of the Building Products Distribution business unit Charles Madden ’86, a long-time Radnor Township School Board member, was recently named one of six advocacy ambassadors for the Pennsylvania School Boards Association. James K. Wilson M’87 was appointed interim director of choral at Berks Youth Chorus. Andrea O’Reilly Herrera M’88, professor in the English department and director of the women’s and ethnic studies program at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, was named associate vice chancellor for inclusion and academic affairs. Nancy Romito ’89 was named client service officer at Conestoga Capital Advisors, LLC. Romito joined Conestoga after nearly 20 years with Kalmar Investments, where she was a partner and a client services director.

1990s Shawn Flynn ’90 stepped away from his career after more than 25 years as a market-research executive to pursue his passion for writing. His debut book, The Kitty Who Rescued Me After I Rescued Him, received a 2017 Readers’ Favorite Book Award and was recognized as an award-winning finalist in both the International Book Awards and the Best Book Awards competitions. Joe Yeager ’90, M’96, the founder of Safety Net of PA, LLC, has joined the advisory board for Fifty Shades of Purple Against Bullying, a nonprofit organization that supports families and individuals who have been targeted for bullying. In this role, Yeager will be helping families understand how online bullying and harassment can be avoided and how to cope with it when it happens. Jeff Stein ’91, president of ELPS Private Detective Agency, was inducted into the Vidocq Society on January 18, 2018. The Vidocq Society is an elite society dedicated to solving cold case homicides. Eric Sugarman ’91, director of sports medicine and head athletic trainer for the Minnesota Vikings, and Rob Roche ’98, assistant athletic trainer for the Vikings, were recognized along with the entire Vikings athletic training staff as the Ed Block Courage Award NFL Athletic Training Staff of the Year. All 32 NFL athletic training staffs and membership of the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society vote on this prestigious award. Jennifer Hann Harrison ’92 was named to the 2018 Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP executive committee. Jodie Morgan M’92 was named chief executive officer at Green-

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Mantra Technologies. Morgan previously served as president of Pinova Inc., a leading global supplier of renewable rosin and polyterpene resin innovations, Solazyme Roquette Nutritionals, LLC, a multi-national food ingredients company, and SPI Polyols, Inc., a global manufacturer of specialty polyols and sugars. Regina Widdows M’92 was appointed chief executive officer of Serv Behavioral Health based in Ewing, NJ. Douglas Hochstetler M’94, was named interim director of academic affairs at Penn State Lehigh Valley and was selected as the Distinguished Scholar Award recipient for 2018 by the National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education (NAKHE). The award is awarded to a person who has made significant contributions to kinesiology and physical education in higher education through scholarly pursuits within a multi-disciplinary perspective and has been a contributing member of NAKHE continuously for at least five years. Bridget McGarvey Suvansri ’95 was selected as Greenwich Public Schools Teacher of the Year for 2018. Allison Snavely ’97 was hired by the Chester County Historical Society as its director of development. Jason C. Imler ’98 and George W. Swartz II ’02 were named partners in the law firm of Mooney & Associates in May 2017. Mooney & Associates is a full-service law firm with 15 locations in south central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. Imler is a managing partner and senior personal injury litigator. Swartz is a managing partner and general practice litigator.



Mark Shires ’98 was named assistant athletic trainer for the Baltimore Orioles. Shires entered his 20th season as an athletic trainer in the Orioles organization. In summer 2017, Aislinn Benfield ’99 studied new frontiers in community-driven education while co-developing an eco-leadership program with Para La Tierra, a local conservation organization in Paraguay. Benfield, an eighth-grade science teacher at Allentown (PA) School District, took the graduate course in pursuit of her master’s degree from Miami University’s Global Field Program. Jennifer Breton ’99 was named a board member of the Kolbe Fund, a non-profit that provides lodging and other needs for families who must travel to receive medical treatment for a sick child. Breton owns Jennifer Breton Law, a West Chester law firm specializing in estate planning and small business legal services. Michelle M. Forsell ’99 joined Norris McLaughlin & Marcus as of counsel in the firm’s estate planning and administration group. Ryan D. Lake ’99 was promoted to chief financial officer at Recro Pharma, Inc.

2000s Linda D. Miller M’00 is a distinguished biographee of Marquis Who’s Who. A respected voice in the field of nutrition, Miller serves as a founding partner with IDLife, LLC, a health and wellness company. Sara Painter ’00, current president of the Media Arts Council in Delaware County, PA, was recently awarded a senior fellowship in the National Environmental Leadership

Program. She serves as development and marketing director of French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust in Chester County, PA.

athletic director of the year for the Philadelphia region. Poploskie is the athletic director at Mastery Charter School – Pickett, in Philadelphia.

Michelle Filling-Brown ’02, chair and associate professor of English, will serve as acting dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Cabrini University, beginning in June 2018.

Elizabeth Pacelli Horvath ’06 started the company Sister Cities Food and Shop Tours. The twoand-a-half - to three-hour tours include a light food spread with the shopping portion of the tour and samples from four to six rotating local restaurants as the tour moves onto each eatery.

Chris Mullen ’03, M’05 was named director of human resources for housing and dining services at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Mullen is responsible for payroll management, organizational and employee development, and personnel management for close to 2,000 diverse employees. Mullen is also founder and CEO of Elevate Yourself, LLC, where he acts as a speaker, trainer, executive coach, consultant, and blogger at Kyla Shoemaker ’03 was selected for the Key West Chamber of Commerce Tom Sawyer Five Star Program Teacher Recognition Award for the 2017-2018 first semester/ quarter. Steven M. Jones ’04 was elected to partnership at law firm of Begley, Carlin & Mandio, LLP. Sara Randall Hill ’05 was recently installed as the moderator of the Presbytery of North Central Iowa. After graduation from WCU, she earned her master of divinity degree at Princeton Theological Seminary and is an ordained minister in the PC (USA) denomination. In addition to this year-long moderator appointment, she serves as the associate pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Fort Dodge, IA. Mike Poploskie ’05 was named the 2018 Pennsylvania State

Adam R. Waldron ’06 reaffirmed his oath of office as city council member in Bethlehem, PA. Nafessa Williams ’06 stars in The CW’s newest comic-book-turnedtelevision-series drama Black Lightning. Williams takes on the role of Anissa Pierce, a.k.a. Thunder, a medical student and high school teacher who is also a Black, lesbian superhero. Joseph Gaudio ’08 was promoted to manager in the tax & small business department at Belfint Lyons & Shuman, CPAs. The John Graves Production (JGP) Company celebrated its 10th anniversary. Founded by Philadelphia native John W. Graves III ’08, the company was created as “an outlet for all those who were gifted but had no idea or place to cultivate those gifts,” and for the past decade has reached 10,000 families with more than 30 original productions. Ethel Stewart M’08 recently relocated to Atlanta metropolitan area to begin a career with Emory Healthcare as the senior manager patient access operations of Winship Cancer Institute at all seven hospital locations. Corey Ross ’08 and chef owner Eric Yost opened Suburban Brewing Co.

in Honey Brook, Chester County, in mid-February 2018. Ross will oversee brewing operations. Suburban Brewing Co. has a one-barrel system, and features between eight and 12 beers on rotation and local Pennsylvania spirits and wine. Susan E. Powell M’09 has been named associate vice president for student affairs at Jackson State University.

2010s Abbey Beisswenger ’10 joined the Philadelphia Metro Market as a senior associate. Beisswenger utilizes her analytical ability to successfully solve problems and help clients achieve their overall objectives. Most recently, she was at RSM as a senior audit associate. NBA referee Aaron Smith ’10 stopped by the Donald McKay School in January to take part in the TIMEOUT for Reading program, a collaboration between Scholastic and the National Basketball Referees Association (NBRA). Through this program, NBA referees volunteer their time to act as mentors, stressing the importance of literacy in their personal and professional lives. Smith commits one hour, once a month, to visit classrooms and promote literacy by reading to students in NBA cities across the country. Peter I. Tsoflias ’10, an associate for Blank Rome, was welcomed to the Association for Corporate Growth University Class of 2018. Nicole Ober McCoy ’11 was named the 2017 adapted teacher of the year by the Pennsylvania State Associate for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. Timothy Chubb ’12 was appointed the chief investment officer (CIO) of Univest Wealth Management.

Ellyn M. Kojanis ’12 graduated in May 2017 from St. Peters College with a master’s degree in reading with a concentration in educational leadership. Frank McKnight ’12 joined UrbanCore as site superintendent. Tiara Whaley ’12 was part of The American Pops Orchestra who performed “Around the World in 80 Days.” Cory Mandel ’14 received the JEVS Human Services’ Inspiration Award at JEVS’ annual luncheon. Singer-songwriter Danni Peace ’14 welcomed the New Year with a new song. “Awaken Love” is available through online music distributors such as iTunes, Apple Music, and Amazon. Donalee Unal M’14 presented her paper “The Politics of Indian Health Care: A Social Welfare Policy Analysis” at a roundtable session of the 2017 annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems in Montreal, Canada. Unal is currently a Ph.D. student in social work at Widener University. Christopher Nazha ’16 joined the Avalon Police Department. Nazha started his law enforcement career in 2017 as a seasonal officer in Avalon. Alexandra Straulina ’17 was named band teacher at Kittatinny Regional High School. Straulina graduated from Kittatinny Regional High School in 2012. Amanda Tokarick ’17 is currently attending Moravian College, Bethlehem, and is employed by Seton Manor Nursing Home, Orwigsburg. Tokarick tried out for the Greater Pottsville Winter Carnival “queen of snow” title. SP RING 2 018

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A Message from the Director Debbie Cornell Naughton





Marriages Rachel Schwalm Miccarelli ’14 to Nick Miccarelli in February 2018


n the past few months, we have been lucky to celebrate our “underdogs” and “wonderdogs” in collegiate and national sports championships. Although winning is a great feeling, no one gets there on their own. It takes teamwork. The Office of Alumni Relations is no different. Recently, we had the opportunity to add another position to our team. In December, Brigid Gallagher ’12 began her career at WCU as the assistant director of Alumni Engagement. Brigid is responsible for building new and existing relationships in our chapters, clubs, and affinity groups. As a WCU alumna, she understands the culture

Debbie Cornell Naughton Director, Alumni Relations

Jenna Cardaciotto Birch ’06 Assistant Director, Alumni Relations


of our alumni and appreciates the value of her degree. She is a proud Golden Ram who is bringing new ideas to our programs and is learning quickly the value of working closely with others to get the results needed for the alumni office of the future. We are very lucky to have her on our team. Along with our other assistant director, Jenna Birch, and our administrative assistant, Diane Maldonado, we are striving to make our alumni relations team a “dream team” that serves our more than 100,000 alumni with pride and integrity. If you have any suggestions for any programs or events, feel free to contact us.

Brigid Gallagher ’12

(1) Anne Kramer Dickinson ’04 to Christopher Dickinson in October 2017 (2) Kate Monaghan ’14 to Julia Anthony ’15 in October 2017 (3) Ethel Richards Stewart M’08 to Robert Stewart, Jr.

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in memoriam Arlen R. Saylor Sr. ’50, who grew up in Pottstown and taught music in the Boyertown School District for 35 years, was the originator of the “Fly, Eagles, Fly” theme song for the Philadelphia Eagles Sound of Brass band in the 1960s. Saylor passed away in 2015 at age 86.

1936 Geneva Henderson Bost 1948 Martha Stitt Orner 1950 Charles “Bud” Kerner 1951 Dorothy Yates Reed 1953 Margaret Aird Martin 1953 Charles “Chuck” Weber 1954 David Dolbin, Jr. 1955 Robert “Bob” Futer 1963 Nancy Detweiler Nyce 1964 Robert “Don” Mears 1967 Melania Ruggieri Eapen 1967 Charles Burtnett, Sr. 1967 Concetta Gallo 1973 John Hatch 2002 Adam Swope

Antonio Littles ’15 to Kim Bydlon ’15

Future Alumni Kelly Hannigan Carty ’04 and Brett Carty welcomed son James Edward Carty on February 1, 2018. (4) William Davis ’13 and Christina Durbin Davis ’12 welcomed son Liam Davis on October 8, 2017.

Assistant Director, Alumni Engagement

Alumni Office

Friends from the Class of 1950 still meet twice a year. Seated is Louise DeBatin Schmidt. From left to right: Renee Kinsey Slemmer, Betty Nolfe Talley, Jean McIntire Flagg, Janet Eickorn Marchant, and Jane Hogeland Darling.

SUBMIT your class notes to the Office of Alumni Relations to

DEATH NOTIFICATION PROCEDURE Contact the Alumni Relations Office with a copy of the decedent’s obituary from a newspaper or the internet, or a copy of a letter or email from a family member of the deceased. Please note: death notifications will not be accepted via telephone.

WANT TO GET MORE INVOLVED? There are lots of ways to get involved in the WCU Alumni Association. You can find or start a local chapter, learn how to share your expertise with students, or find out about upcoming events online at or by calling 610-436-2813.

The Nominating Committee of the West Chester University Alumni Association (WCUAA) is pleased to announce the 2018 WCUAA Board of Directors ballot. Six members will be elected to serve a three-year term of office beginning July 1, 2018. The results of the election will be posted online at www.wcualumni. org before July 1, 2018, and will be published in the fall magazine. Some background information and the candidates’ statements follow. The nominees are listed in random order. Questions regarding the election can be directed to the Alumni Office at 610-436-2813 or


WCU Education: M.Ed., 1993 Employment: Director of Business Development for Hitachi Consulting Corporation After military service and while working a full-time job, I attended WCU at night. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and was very impressed with the faculty and staff. This experience provided me with a strong desire to give back to WCU. As a board member, I will use the experience I have attained working in technology to articulate how the workplace is evolving and how we can better prepare students for future success.


WCU Education: B.S. in Criminal Justice, 1989 Employment: Campus Aid at Lower Merion School District; retired from Lower Merion Police Department For 13 years I have served the WCUAA as a volunteer and as a member of the board. I founded the Outreach Committee and developed numerous successful programs. I served for two years as president and as past-president. I was instrumental in expanding Senior Day and Freshman Day and founded signature alumni events such as Rams in the Sand and the Sarasota Polo Match — which are in their 11th and 8th year. I chair the Executive Council Nominating Committee and serve on the Finance Committee. I would like to continue to serve as a director because I am extremely proud to be a WCU Ram!

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WCU Education: B.A. in Speech Communications, 1991 Employment: Director, Global Congress Lead for Pfizer, Inc. My time and education at WCU helped make me who I am today. It gave me the confidence, the knowledge and set me on a path to make a positive contribution to my career, industry and community. I welcome the opportunity to give back in a positive way to the University that guided me to be a leader in my field and provided the foundation for success.


WCU Education: B.A. in Communications, 1996 Employment: Master/Hearing Officer for Chester County Government I have had the honor of serving on the board and witnessing and participating in the decision-making process in growing awareness and an affinity for alumni activities. I am dedicated to WCU and believe I have so much to offer. I subscribe to the biblical directive that much is required from the person to whom much is given. I have been blessed by the foundation WCU provided me and am determined to pay it forward.


WCU Education: B.S. in Music Education, 1980 Employment: Engagement Strategist for Raising Standards As a proud Golden Ram, it was my pleasure to serve you on the board in the 1990s. With so many changes in the world, the community and the University, I want to get back to work for you. My experiences and skills will be an asset to the alumni board. Thank you for your vote.


WCU Education: B.A. in Political Science, 2006 Employment: Finance Manager for Engineered Arresting Systems I want to work with the University to help it grow, give back to an organization that helped me get where I am today, and to create opportunities for others in the community to have the same.


WCU Education: Attended Employment: Operations Manager, Accounting & HR for Tarsa Therapeutics I’m interested in serving on the WCUAA Board of Directors, partly due to my love of the very establishment that has significantly influenced my current successes, educational


values and community involvement, as well as my dedication to its continued impact on other students. I’ve benefited tremendously from my time at WCU. I believe that it would behoove me to give back of my talents and gifts toward the continued success of the University and its future students.


WCU Education: B.A. in Theater Arts, 2009 Employment: Associate Director of Marketing for The Grand Opera House/The Playhouse on Rodney Square and Associate Consultant for TRG Arts I am thrilled to have the opportunity to give back to WCU. I have seen the transformational power that an education at WCU provides its attendees. Since graduation, I have been afforded multiple opportunities to come back to work with, or lecture to, current students; I continue to be blown away by their talents and passion. I look forward to cultivating excellent experiences for WCU’s students, as they prepare for their next chapter in life.

WCUAA BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2018 BALLOT Candidates for Board of Directors (Vote for 6)

Voter 1

Voter 2

Patrick J. O’Connor M’93

Edward J. Monroe ’89

Elaine Mann ’91

Clay Cauley ’96

Ruthann Waldie ’80

Morris Cohen ’06

Lovisha Love-Diggs

Andy Truscott ’09

Nick D. Polcini ’00, M’05

Brian Guidera ’92

Signature of Voter 1____________________________________________


WCU Education: B.S. in Education, 2000; M.Ed. in 2005; Doctoral Candidate Employment: Special Education Teacher at Henderson High School I am currently an active board member and serve as the vice president. I have the knowledge and background to understand our role as board members. I want to continue to work collaboratively with my colleagues on the board, the University, and most of all our alumni. I am passionate about West Chester. I want to see WCUAA grow and continue to outreach to all of our constituents. I want to continue to outreach to all of our alumni and the University to implement great programming to our great institution as West Chester has come to be.


WCU Education: B.A. in Political Science, 1992 Employment: IT Manager at Cigna I decided that I would like to run for the alumni board to give back to a University that I care for greatly. The education and experience that I received at WCU has helped me become the individual that I am today. I wish to serve on the alumni board to assist with the continued growth of the University, meet other alumni and current students, and stay involved within the West Chester University community.

Print Voter 1 Name/Year________________________________________ Signature of Voter 2____________________________________________ Print Voter 2 Name/Year________________________________________ Street________________________________________________________ City/State/Zip_________________________________________________ Telephone (with area code)_______________________________________ E-mail_______________________________________________________

Please seal the ballot in an envelope, one ballot per envelope. Clearly write your name(s), class year(s), and address on the outside, and mail to: WCUAA Nominating Committee, Office of Alumni Relations, 202 Carter Drive, West Chester, PA 19382. The ballot must be received by mail no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, May 18, 2018.

VOTING GUIDELINES The following alumni have been nominated for election to serve on the Board of Directors upon the recommendation of the WCUAA Nominating Committee. Each candidate has agreed to serve if elected. All WCU graduates are eligible to vote for a maximum of six (6) candidates. There are two ways to cast your ballot: Online and this original written ballot. Alumni who choose to vote online can go to and select 2018 Board of Directors Election. Directions will be explained. If you do not wish to vote online, please check the box next to the name of the candidate(s) of your choice as listed below. Couples who are both WCU graduates may use one ballot, indicating Voter 1 and Voter 2. The Office of Alumni Relations will verify the name(s), class year(s), and address on each mailing envelope as requested by the Nominating Committee. The order of names on the ballot is random. For this ballot to be considered valid: Only this magazine ballot with the alum’s mailing address on the reverse will be accepted. No copies or scans will be permitted. Each voter must sign and complete the name, class year, and address section of the ballot. Please print or type. The ballot must be received by mail no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, May 18, 2018.

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West Chester University Magazine Spring 2018  

In this issue: The Student and Community Connection, Alumni Profile: Stephen Kinsey, WCUAA Board of Directors Candidate Bios and Ballot, WCU...

West Chester University Magazine Spring 2018  

In this issue: The Student and Community Connection, Alumni Profile: Stephen Kinsey, WCUAA Board of Directors Candidate Bios and Ballot, WCU...