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WESLEY A Magazine for Wesley College Alumni & Friends


Legal Linda Linda Broyhill ’71 shatters the glass ceiling


homecoming 2009


undergrad opportunities


athletic hall of fame



Dr. and Mrs. Johnston chat with Ed Moore '58 and wife Trish at Homecoming.

esley College continues to chart an innovative course. With a new strategic plan, the College is focused on the central elements that will distinguish its future. With the largest entering class in the history of the institution, Wesley is financially sound and making decisions based on a position of strength. With a gifted and caring faculty and staff, the holistic educational experience we offer provides an outstanding knowledge base to launch our graduates. At the same time, the new campus master plan has articulated the specific needs for future facilities. Having experienced my second Homecoming celebration here on campus, I was touched by the many remembrances shared by alumni of how Wesley professors, coaches and other staff members shaped your lives and the deep appreciation you hold for your alma mater. As we continue to educate the next generation, your ongoing involvement and support enable the College to build on the proud tradition of helping students to reach their academic goals and preparing them as future leaders. In that spirit, the first New Student Leadership Retreat occurred this fall and allowed members of the Class of 2013 a unique opportunity for character and team building with fellow classmates. The leadership skills they gained from this experience will be invaluable to them in their academic pursuits at Wesley and beyond. A number of you demonstrated your support for this particular cause and made this opportunity financially possible for all incoming students, and we sincerely thank you for that, as do the young men and women that benefited. Enjoy this edition of Wesley magazine which showcases the College’s many internship and research programs. These are an important component of the educational experience at Wesley and we are most appreciative of the many Wesley graduates and community members who provide numerous opportunities for our students to gain significant experience in professional settings. On behalf of our students and faculty, thank you! Susan and I hope that your Christmas and holidays were filled with joy and peace. May the new year bring you happiness and good memories of your association with Wesley College. Very best wishes,

Dr. William N. (Bill) Johnston





Dr. William N. Johnston President Dr. Patricia Dwyer Vice President for Academic Affairs Chris Wood Vice President for Institutional Advancement Eric Nelson ’85 Vice President for Finance William Firman Dean of Enrollment Management Mary-Alice Ozechoski Dean of Students Dr. Mark Pruett-Barnett Chaplain/Director of Church Relations

Charles R. Dashiell, Jr., Chair Ann Burton, Vice-Chair Rev. Dr. James T. Seymour, Secretary Frank Andrews Dr. Basilio Bautista Dr. Joseph S. Bellmeyer Thomas W. Burn, Jr. ’79 Rev. Boyd B. Etter, ex-officio Robert V.A. Harra, Jr. Rev. Dr. Patricia Bryant Harris D. Wayne Holden Rev. W. LeRoy Jones ’53 Alan B. Levin Donald L. Masten Dorothy McLaughlin Rev. Dr. Sandra Steiner Ball William J. Strickland Harry D. “Skip” Willis ’70 Dr. Rafael Zaragoza

Rev. David A. Baker Rev. Jonathan E. Baker ’70 Hon. Eugene D. Bookhammer Elizabeth M. Barber ’52 Lillian Burris Dr. George V. Kirk Dr. Thomas C. Roe ’31 Mr. Gilbert S. Scarborough, Jr. Bishop Peter D. Weaver

Stephanie Smith Christiano ’98, President Lynn Schmid Knable ’67, Vice President Anne Buckler ’62, Secretary Tamra Antanaitis ’90, Treasurer Richard Bradley ’70 Tad Fox ’95 Barry Hawlk ’72 Kirsten Higgins ’98 Daniel Kimmel ’95 Debra Kubacki ’91 Thomas J. Leary ’70 Matt Lindell ’03 Louisa Jane MacDonald ’60 David Maxwell ’69 Chad Robinson ’05




Leigh Ann Coleman ’09

Cathy Anderson


Director of The Wesley Society (302) 736-2410


Tommi Barrett-Greenly ’09 Leigh Ann Coleman ’09 Amanda Downes ’06 Geoff Goyne Mark Gregorio Elise Marie Knable ’09 Lauren Mignogno ’07 Jennifer Telles ’09

Dr. William N. Johnston President (302) 736-2508 Vice President for Institutional Advancement (302) 736-2316


Linda Broyhill ’71 shares her success as a first generation career woman.





Wesley College’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement expresses his vision for Wesley.

24 ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME A record 18 former student-athletes were inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame.


Director of Publications & Campus Photographer (302) 736-2315

Geoff Goyne

Chris Wood


Director of the Annual Wesley Fund (302) 736-2317

Leigh Ann Coleman ’09



Jennifer Telles ’09

Coordinator of the W Club (302) 736-2330

MSK Partners, Inc.


Director of Alumni Affairs & Parent Relations (302) 736-2318

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Getting Involved New Student Leadership Retreat BY ELISE MARIE KNABLE ’09


hile many studies show that student apathy is a much greater challenge today than it ever was a generation ago, Wesley College administrators are taking a proactive approach with incoming students to reverse the trend at Wesley College. What better place to start than with the class of 2013, the largest freshman class that has ever set foot on Wesley’s campus. Earlier this year, the Office of Student Life enacted a program to encourage new students to “take a big bite out of their college experience” rather than just go through the motions of school. This took the form of a New Student Leadership Retreat at Camp Saginaw in Oxford, Pennsylvania. While it was an optional program, the


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idea was to create enough buzz early on to make this an experience the students would not want to miss. Mary-Alice Ozechoski, dean of students, explained that the Office of Student Life wanted for students to gain an understanding of the opportunities available to them and learn how to get the most out of their college experience. She noted that the model used at this retreat was one she had used at other schools in the past. “I found it to be a very effective tool for increasing student participation in events, clubs and organizations,” she said. Another potential benefit, she pointed out, would be a gain in student retention and overall student satisfaction with the College. This Retreat gave first-year students a chance to get away and learn new things about themselves as well as Wesley

News and views from Wesley College College. Designed to provide insight into the importance of being involved on campus, the Retreat also helped students realize their potential as leaders, emphasizing that leadership skills are not only applicable to teams and campus organizations, but will also benefit them in innumerable circumstances throughout life. Students learned “why leadership and involvement are so critical to employment and graduate school success,” Ozechoski explained. In total, 110 freshmen and 30 upperclass student leaders, such as the orientation leaders, attended the Retreat. Ozechoski was pleased to see that student attendees found a way to “break out of their shell” and develop skills that she believes will help them negotiate a “complex world.” They gained valuable problem solving, creative thinking, teamwork and communication skills and acquired the stepping stones toward having a beneficial and productive Wesley experience overall. As an orientation leader who participated in the Retreat, Wesley student Noelle Jacob enjoyed being a part of the process that helped the new students “realize what they’re capable of being or doing on campus and in their future.” Jacob found that she strengthened her own individual leadership skills at the same time. Ozechoski expressed her desires for all students at Wesley, especially the new class of freshmen, to continue to challenge themselves, try new things and become a part of the College by finding their voice and helping Wesley to move forward. “I hope students understand that a small college affords you every opportunity to become involved in or out of the classroom,” she said. On Family Day on October 24, all students who attended the Retreat were honored at a ceremony and reception at the Wesley Chapel. This gave families an opportunity to celebrate their students’ involvement in the program, and it was another way for the College to reward the student participants for their hard work

at the Retreat and leave an impression that they are important to the campus community. Ozechoski commented, “I hope they [the students] appreciate that their talents are unique and that we all benefit from those who are engaged in campus life and then in the larger world.” For the 140 students who attended, the important skills they learned will serve them well throughout their Wesley College careers and well into their future lives. For some of the upperclassmen like Jacob, participating in the program reinforced the self-fulfillment of being in student leadership roles on campus and how that is perceived by other members of the campus community. “Attending the New Student Leadership Retreat benefited my future by showing individuals I care about being a leader and that I enjoy having a positive impact on others,” she said. For all the participants, the friendships they formed will be another lasting effect of the experience. The bonds and memories made at Camp Saginaw will always be part of their Wesley story. ■





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Smile! Class of 2013




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Perspectives for the Future Sydney Kahan BY LAUREN MIGNOGNO ’07

WHEN IT was time to find a college, Sydney Kahan knew exactly what she wanted. She wanted to move out of the cold north and away from home. She also wanted to keep playing soccer, study to become a nurse, and continue to travel. She found all of those opportunities at Wesley College. Kahan and her family are Reform Jews. When Kahan was a junior in high school, she participated in March of the Living, a trip to Poland and Israel for Jewish teens. She spent two weeks away from home without a cell phone or a laptop. This was her first time out of the country. During the week in Poland, Kahan joined 11,000 Jewish youths from all over the world as they marched in silence from Auschwitz to Birkenau on Yon Hashoah - Holocaust Remembrance Day. This was the same route Jews were forced to march to the gas chambers, the route known as the March of Death. She and the other teens then toured the concentration camp at Birkenau. Visiting such an important piece of Jewish history was not easy for Kahan. “Poland was the hardest thing I have ever gone through. I had trouble sleeping some nights.” Israel, on the other hand, was a completely different experience. The youth who participated in March of the Living spent a week in Israel where they celebrated Israel’s Independence Day, Yom Ha’atzmaut. “On this day, you pretty much party in the streets of Israel. It’s crazy,” she said. The crowd in the streets was a mixture of Orthodox, Conservative and Reform Jews, all coming together to celebrate and sing songs they all knew.


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After the celebration, Kahan marched from the old city of Jerusalem to the Wailing Wall. She felt a strong connection with her religion while she was there. “My whole Jewish identity I feel like I’ve gotten in touch with, especially in Israel.” She hopes to return again one day, possibly in a study abroad program. Kahan chose Wesley College because it fit her search for a school south of her hometown, Cranston, Rhode Island, that had a competitive Division III women’s soccer team and a strong nursing program. She found all of that at Wesley, and after spending a night with “the soccer girls,” Kahan knew Wesley was the place for her. She already loves the school after spending the first half of the fall semester taking a full class load and playing goal keeper on the Wolverines women’s soccer team. “So far,” she said, “soccer has been amazing. It is a huge reason why I like the school so much. It gets you involved so quickly.” Juggling sports and academics is not easy, though, especially since the nursing program is intense, so her goal is to maintain the balance between the two while she is at Wesley. Kahan is considering moving on to a master’s in nursing after she graduates and hopes to be a pediatric oncology nurse. Her best friend was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 11 and Kahan has been interested in helping sick children ever since her first exposure to that world. When she was a sophomore in high school, she attended the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF) on Medicine, a ten day experience for high school students who want to explore medical professions. She stayed on Emory University’s campus in Georgia and attended lectures by top doctors and surgeons. She also toured a hospital, watched a birth, and even helped skin a cadaver. She learned about possible options in the field of medicine and made some good friends in the process. Kahan was fortunate to have taken part in the NYLF trip as well as March of the Living, both eye-opening experiences for a teenager. As the trip to Georgia was also her first extended time away from home, it helped solidify her later decision to move away for college. Now completely content in her pursuits at Wesley, she hasn’t regretted her decision one bit and she looks forward to the many opportunities still to come in her college career. ■

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Success in Any Language Hui Zeng BY ELISE MARIE KNABLE ’09 WESLEY COLLEGE has become a home to the thousands of

students who have passed through its doors. Those who spend part of their life at the College experience a nurturing environment that provides both learning and growth. Some students come from further away than others, making the home away from home element even more important. Hui Zeng, a 20-yearold international student from Shanghai, China, has found that her Wesley home has far surpassed her expectations.


“I believe to be an international student is a challenge and also a wonderful experience. That’s why I came here,” Zeng explained. A former student at Yangtze University in Jingzhou-Hubie, China, Zeng studies English as her major and has a passion for American culture. “I think for a language learner, environment is very important,” she noted. Wesley provides the perfect environment for her needs as a student and visitor from across the world. Zeng has found “the way of study” in America to differ greatly from China. “Here I feel like I can really learn something, not just fight for the final grade in the last one or two weeks,” she explained. At Wesley, she has found an atmosphere that engages students every day in and outside the classroom and promotes lifelong learning. Zeng has taken a variety of the classes offered, including Introduction to Business, Public Speaking, American Heroes, College Writing, Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) and College Choir, and she has enjoyed every single one of them. She shares a common sentiment with many other Wesley students who have attended over the years. “We have small classrooms and we can talk to professors like we talk to friends.” She likes the fact that she is not just a number in Wesley’s system, and found that her initial worries of coming to an American school subsided quickly once she arrived on campus. Zeng believes the small college atmosphere has benefited her in more ways than one. “I feel that Wesley has taken good care of me,” she commented. She is very pleased with her apartment-style accommodations in Malmberg Hall. Zeng admits to “having a lot of fun” outside the classroom too. She has enjoyed trips to Philadelphia with Wesley’s International Student Association (ISA) and Washington D.C. with her history class. Zeng came to Wesley “expecting to learn better English skills and know more about American culture.” But she will take away from her experience so much more than that, including an increased self-confidence and awareness of the world around her. During her one year stay at Wesley, she has already become much more independent. Zeng explained that in China, her dependence on family and friends was a large part of her life, and she worried about adapting to the American way of life as an international student here alone. “I think the most important thing of one’s life is to experience, and being an international student is just that. It is eye-opening. I learned how big the world is and how different life can be,” she commented. This has been the icing on the cake in her American college career. When she returns to China, Zeng will not only have better English skills and understanding of American society, but also her own personal achievements that will enhance her future as a student and working professional. And that spells success in any language. ■




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Fresh Experiences A New Freshman Lecture Series BY ELISE MARIE KNABLE ’09

Walter Everett speaks to students about the power of forgiveness.

LAST JANUARY, a faculty committee was formed to evaluate the freshman experience on campus. While discussing ways to help Wesley students better acclimate themselves to the college environment and increase student retention rates at the same time, the idea for a freshman lecture series was sparked. The Office of Student Life worked in conjunction with the faculty committee to carry out the vision for a series of seven lectures and one photography exhibit throughout the first semester that would offer important life lessons and new perspectives to students. “We wanted freshmen to have a ‘shared experience’ and to address what faculty thought were issues for many students,” commented Mary-Alice Ozechoski, Wesley’s dean of students. An important goal for the programming was to provide valuable information to students while helping them gain the tools to deal with the pressures they will


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face in college and throughout their young adult lives. She noted that many of the topics discussed were issues that generally affect the college age population across the nation such as alcohol abuse, diversity, hazing and body image. She also pointed out the importance of addressing these problems regularly on college campuses, not just when students first arrive at the beginning of the year. Dr. Jeffery Mask, faculty committee member and professor of religion and business, was pleased with the lecture schedule that resulted from the group’s discussions. “The Student Life staff really carried the ball in putting the series together. I think they did a good job of finding topics that are both interesting and relevant to students.” For the many students and members of the community that attended the lecture series, there were powerful messages and practical lessons to take away.

One influential presenter was Stacy Nadeau, one of the original models from the Dove ® Campaign for Real Women. She is now a motivational speaker who promotes body image awareness and overcoming negative influences that are partially to blame for the fact that only 2 percent of American women feel comfortable calling themselves beautiful, according to a Harvard University study. Audience members were also moved by Walter Everett’s lecture entitled “Is Healing Possible After the Murder of a Loved One?” A United Methodist pastor, Everett spoke about the power of forgiveness, telling his story of developing a gradual friendship with the individual that murdered his 24-year-old son in 1987. Another lecture in the series featured Peter Bielagus, a financial guru for young people who learned the hard way about credit card debt when he was in college, and now advises how to avoid it. Bielagus See Fresh Experiences, page 39


Ashley Peard, Maddie Vonada, Devon Reynolds and Mandie Buet hang out in the Bellmeyer Honors House.

Reaching Beyond Boundaries


Wesley’s Honors Program NOW IN ITS fifth year, Wesley’s Honors

Program has grown into a well established and important element of the College’s academic life. It began under the guidance of Dr. Anthony Armstrong, chair of Wesley’s Political Science Department, who envisioned an innovative curriculum centered on the “big questions of life.” Armstrong directed the Honors Program during its first two years. Now it is under the leadership of Dr. Alban Urbanas, professor of philosophy and French whose diverse teaching and research interests include comparative culture, management theory and applied ethics. As director, Urbanas maintains the curriculum, which includes four seminars: The Nature of Reality, The Nature of Knowledge, The Good Life and The Social Good. The seminars are structured to sharpen critical and analytical skills. “Students are encouraged to think creatively, articulate ideas and appreciate different perspectives,” explained Urbanas. After taking a required course in research methods, students in the Honors Program also complete and defend a thesis in their major course of study.

While the seminars are intellectually enlightening, the learning is not limited to what is taught within the classroom walls. For example, the students visited Washington D.C. to see the Dalai Lama speak. They also went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Oneida Community Mansion House in Oneida, New York, Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania and, most recently, Princeton University. These trips broadened the perspectives and experiences of the students. Admittance to Wesley’s Honors Program is selective. Incoming freshmen that meet minimum requirements based on their high school GPA and SAT scores are invited to interview for the program. Letters of recommendation are also considered in the selection process. “One’s entry depends on the proper fit of the program with regards to the student’s overall academic goals,” explained Urbanas. Students must then maintain a GPA of at least 3.3 throughout the course of their four years in order to remain in the program. Once accepted in the Honors Program,

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students are eligible for various benefits, such as a presidential scholarship each semester, other scholarships based on merit and need, travel support for professional conferences, and special recognition on transcripts, at graduation and on their diploma. Another advantage to being an honors student is the eligibility to reside at the Joseph S. Bellmeyer Honors House, a beautiful Victorian-style home centrally located on campus. The Bellmeyer Honors House offers an enriching atmosphere for its residents and is also the site for periodic guest lectures and special events designed to further enhance the Honors Program experience. Considering all the benefits offered by the Honors Program, it is not surprising that it has such a positive impact on the lives of its students. Brandon Grossman, a history major, is just one of the many students who appreciates all he has experienced so far. “The Honors Program makes me want to do better in school and keep up with my studies,” Grossman said. “It introduces you to a whole new world and friendships that will last for years to come.” Amanda Beodeker, an elementary education major, added, “I’ve learned to think beyond the boundaries of the classroom, into the world and to everything that relates.” Past members of the Honors Program also have positive remarks about their experiences. Kevin Shuman ’09, now a first year biological sciences PhD candidate at the University of Delaware, shared his thoughts about participating in the program. “It opened my mind to different viewpoints of people around the world. This will help me to think differently about my future work and how

it may affect others.” Wesley’s Honors Program greatly enriches the lives of its students. It also has been a source of pride for the College and a potential selling point to attract more academically gifted students to campus. The rigorous curriculum and unique programming opportunities of the Honors Program are effectively preparing the student participants for a bright future beyond Wesley. ■




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Tommi Barrett-Greenly '09 interns with NASA.

Undergrad Research

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tudents receive world class opportunities through internships and research programs. Traditionally, research opportunities on college campuses, especially at large research universities, are the privilege of graduate students or faculty. However, in recent years, institutions like Wesley

have sought to engage undergraduate students in research and creative discovery by providing opportunities for them to work with faculty mentors or to conduct their own inquiries with the guidance of professors. In this way, what students learn in the classroom is made relevant as they work closely with those on the cutting edge of their discipline. Students who attend Wesley are introduced early to the world of internships and research. For example, the College’s Science Department offers qualified undergraduates the opportunity to become research assistants and participate in a wide variety of high-level science experiments. During a typical academic year, research assistants with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher will work in a lab setting for approximately 10 to 15 hours per week, receive two academic credits and get paid $10 per hour for their work. Undergraduate research provides many other perks, as students get to travel across the country and present their findings to a panel of experts at national conferences. Being at the right place at the right time also pays off for science majors. During the summer, the College offers a 10-week summer internship program where students can earn up to $6,000 and gain valuable research experience with organizations like the Delaware Biotechnology Institute, NASA, Christiana Hospital, Quest Pharmaceuticals, AmeriCorps and the Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children. Getting a jump start on the job market is equally important, as Wesley students can vouch for having research experience under their belts when seeking employment opportunities after graduation. Dr. Malcolm D’Souza, a chemistry professor at Wesley, knows that pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries generally will not hire graduates without the proper undergraduate research background. “Students who have research experience are more likely to get absorbed quickly by companies and graduate schools than those without any experience,” he said. Working closely with faculty, these student researchers have an added advan-

tage in getting in to graduate school or landing a job because of the likelihood of getting a strong recommendation from the professors with whom they have conducted research. College officials also credit the school’s Nursing Department with providing its students the chance to develop and hone their professional skills. With a Master of Science in Nursing degree program that is nationally-ranked by U.S. News & World Report, the Wesley Nursing Department’s 225 undergraduate students and 80 master’s candidates are afforded unique opportunities for clinical and research experience across the state and in Maryland and Pennsylvania. They participate in and observe clinical interventions in a variety of health care settings

Institutions like Wesley have sought to engage undergraduate students in research and creative discovery by providing opportunities for them to work with faculty mentors or to conduct their own inquiries with the guidance of professors. practical experience in the health care profession. One way is through a fun learning environment, where Wesley nursing students attend health fairs and

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such as the Crozier-Chester Burn Unit in Pennsylvania. Wesley nursing students often attend local and national conferences through professional organizations like the National Student Nurses Association, and some have even studied abroad in hospice settings in England. Dr. Lucille Gambardella, nursing professor and department chair, noted that the College encourages students to be connected to the Delaware community through service so that they can gain

provide practical information to the campus community on how to stay healthy and prevent illness. Each year, they hold a depression screening on the Wesley campus to identify students who might be experiencing sadness they cannot handle on their own. For the past eight years, Wesley nursing undergraduates have screened the largest number of individuals at any screening in the state and have received special recognition from the Delaware Mental Health Association

for their efforts. For many college students, the first chance to apply textbook knowledge to a real world setting can be life-changing. For the past twenty years, the History Department at Wesley has offered students the opportunity to earn academic credit through internships with local agencies and museums such as the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, the Biggs Museum, John Dickinson Plantation and the Air Mobility Command Museum. Also, through an application process, qualified history majors can get an inside look at the political process by working as government interns at either the local or federal level. Students gain credit during the year by supporting legislative staff and addressing constituent concerns, monitoring news outlets for daily developments and attending political events such as town hall meetings. Wesley professors help students start networking professionally through clinical experience and internships and these out-of-classroom experiences pay huge dividends for students after graduation. Students credit the hands-on learning that occurs with helping them learn to work in a team atmosphere, to multi-task and balance various aspects of their lives, and to find renewed interest in their fields. Senior history major Ross Luzey said, “My internship at Fort Delaware is giving me insight into the workings of a state or national park. Hopefully by the time I graduate, the experience will point me toward a future career.” ■




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lumni came out in droves this year for a Hollywood Homecoming celebration on campus October 2 –4. Beautiful fall weather created the perfect backdrop for an action-packed, box-office hit of a weekend. Alumni homecoming events kicked off the morning of Friday, October 2 with the 14th Annual Wolverine Fall Golf Classic at Jonathan’s Landing. The alumni, friends and local business leaders who participated had a great time on the greens while supporting the College’s student-athletes, as all proceeds benefited the W Club. Later that afternoon, the campus was transformed into Sunset Boulevard for the Celebrity Carnival sponsored by Wesley’s Student Government Association. That evening, the Wesley Alumni Association hosted an elegant evening affair at the Schwartz Center for the Arts to induct the newest members of the Athletic Hall of Fame. Meanwhile, the field hockey team was demonstrating Wesley’s winning tradition by clinching a 3-0 victory over Hood College.


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Alumni and friends arriving on Saturday morning were welcomed back to campus with a continental breakfast and check-in at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Johnston. Attendees enjoyed meeting the president and his wife and visiting the historic Annie Jump Cannon House. The Homecoming Parade livened up the streets of downtown Dover and drew a terrific crowd. The parade featured student organizations, alumni honorees and College administrators as well as various community groups and marching bands. To reflect the Hollywood theme, student organizations had the opportunity to perform a movie skit, dance or routine at the judges’ grandstand set up on State Street in front of DuPont College Center. Sigma Phi Sigma sorority swept most of the categories, winning best float and best banner and tying the Dance Team for best parade performance. Many more alumni arrived later in the day, filling the tent for the Tailgate Party where they enjoyed free food and live music. Attendance for this year’s bash was the largest yet, drawing in a




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spread of alumni classes spanning more than fifty years. In Alumni Party held in two different locations this year – The addition, a moon bounce and kids activity station were also Loockerman Exchange (LEX) and W.T. Smithers. The LEX provided to keep the youngest guests of alumni entertained featured live entertainment by Dover-based band “Pray for throughout the afternoon. Mojo” followed by a DJ. Many graduates moved between the At Scott D. Miller Stadium, a standing-room only crowd two downtown bars, catching up with Wesley friends and cheered on the Wolverine football team. The 44-9 trounce over enjoying drink specials and free appetizers. Frostburg kept the Homecoming spirit high. The halftime show Sunday’s activities began with a Homecoming Worship included an exciting guest performance by the Brooklyn High Service at Wesley Chapel, hosted jointly by Hope United School for Music & Theatre Soldier Marching Unit, the Methodist Church. Members of the golden anniversary class of introduction of the 2009 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees, and 1959 were recognized during the service and honored at a special the crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen - Jarrhin Golden Grads brunch at the president’s home immediately folThomas and Francesca Levantis. lowing. The reunion group joined guests from other classes that The glitz and glamour graduated more than 50 years of the weekend events ago and enjoyed continued Saturday a delicious meal hosted by Dr. Page 13 Page 14 evening at the Sheraton and Mrs. Johnston. Alumni Top right: Brandon Wright Top left (foreground): Ed McGee ’58 Dover Hotel with the All received lapel pins signifying and Patty (Grant) Livesey ‘74 Center right: Mia Brocco Class Reunion Dinner, their membership in the (foreground) and Martha Top right: Khawaja Hameed and decked out to look like a Golden Grads circle as well as Henshaw Kelly Morgan Hollywood awards party. a brief update on their alma Bottom left: Chelsea Center left: Jarrhin Thomas and Moore and Santina Francesca Levantis The College literally rolled mater. The same day, Wesley’s Beckwith 2nd row center: Stephanie Hitchcock out the red carpet for volleyball team picked up a Bottom right: (50th 2nd row right: Steve Eady ’93 more than 100 alumni pair of wins over Penn Statereunion group): top row, and Coach Mike Drass and guests for an evening Abington and Delaware Valley from left: Richard 3rd row center: Band members Gallagher ’59, Frank of dinner and dancing. in the Wolverine Classic from “Some Odd Reason” Culhane ’59, Paul President Johnston delivInvitational Tournament that Lundrigan ’59, Bruce 3rd row right: Aaron Jackson, ered remarks and asked took place in Wentworth Gym. Balderson ’59. Bottom Alpha Koroma and Larry Beavers row, from left: Janice reunion alumni to briefly As the weekend concluded, Bottom left: Tom Baumgardner ’69 (Yaglenski) Page ’59, introduce themselves and alumni reluctantly said their Bottom center: Margaret (Bosley) Val (Megee) Hyde ’59, Eldon ’51, Walter Norbet ’51, share some highlights of goodbyes to their classmates. Sally (Kendrick) Barbara (Hall) Schubert ’51 Cavanagh ’59, their Wesley experiences. Brimming with Wesley pride Edie (Whittle) Rogers ’59, Bottom right: Kathleen Meredith, Vivid recollections and and joy after a fun-filled Jean (Harris) Basore ’59 Deana Banning and Barbara Spain heartwarming comments weekend of reconnecting and filled the room, highlightreminiscing with old friends, ing the common bonds of many alumni made plans to Wesley College among individuals from a mix of eras. meet up for the festivities again next year. Homecoming 2009 was After posing for class photos, graduates celebrating their one of the largest turnouts ever of alumni on campus and the 35th, 40th, 45th and 50th reunions as well as one alumna celeCollege hopes to build on the momentum. Whether or not you brating a very special 65th class anniversary were recognized attended this year’s activities or even if you have never attended and given mementos from the College. Reunion volunteers that Homecoming, please take a moment to complete a brief survey were instrumental in contacting classmates and assisting with at and share reunion efforts also were recognized and presented with small your comments and suggestions. The Wesley College tokens of appreciation. community looks forward to welcoming even more Meanwhile, more reuniting and revelry was taking place at participants for Homecoming 2010 - October 15-17. Mark your the History Department Alumni Supper, and at the Young calendars now! ■

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Faculty Accomplishments Noted writer and critic Kate Bernheimer calls Bobby’s book “a collection that can be seen to contribute not only to the very important living history and interpretation of contemporary fairy tales – so nascent and now – but to a conversation about what constitutes a ’fairy tale,’ that monumental type of art we so know and love.” Bobby was also excited to learn about a recent five-star review from “I was so thrilled with the critique of the book. The online review says that this is precisely the book that students need,” she said. At Wesley College, Bobby teaches classic and contemporary fairy tales and adolescent literature. She received both her bachelor of arts degree and master’s degree in English from Millersville University in Millersville, Pennsylvania. She currently resides in Felton, Delaware with her husband. ■ Bobby Susan Bobby, assistant professor of English, is the author and editor of “Fairy Tales Reimagined: Essays on New Retellings,” (McFarland and Company, Inc., 2009). The book takes a fresh look at reimagined fairy tales of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. It explores the social, political and cultural truths of our age with insight, intelligence and complexity. Bobby includes 16 essays from both best-selling and lesser-known writers who apply a variety of theoretical perspectives, including postmodernism, psychoanalysis, Marxism, feminism and gender studies. Before Bobby could begin work on the book, she put a call out to literary scholars who specialize in writing contemporary fairy tales. “I didn’t want to deal with fairy tales from earlier periods and certainly didn’t want anything Disney related; it had to be literary in nature,”


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she said. According to Bobby, most of the essays in the book range from the 1980s to the present. Once everyone was on board and Bobby completed a proposal for the project, a publishing company from North Carolina was so interested in her topic that within 48 hours, a deal had been struck to write the book. Bobby says the audience for her book is primarily those who are studying in the literary field. “These are going to be professors and scholars of fairy tale studies who need the material, but a majority will be college students who want to learn more about best-selling and lesserknown contemporary fairy tale writers,” she added. When asked which one out of the 16 essays in the book is her favorite, she said, “Helen Pilinovsky. It’s the essay that strikes me as the most beautifully written and she tends to be more of a creative writer than an analytical one.”

Allison Dr. Bruce E. Allison, professor of environmental studies, has been reappointed by Governor Markell to serve three years on the Community Involvement Advisory Council (CIAC). Allison was first appointed to the statewide Council in June 2006 by Governor Minner. The legislation signed

by Governor Minner charged the CIAC to deal with interactions between the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and local communities. The Council and the community ombudsman work to increase the flow of information between communities and DNREC, increase community participation, and facilitate dialogue among all stakeholders during the environmental decision making process. The CIAC reviews community environmental restoration proposals, and they also take a proactive approach to assisting Delaware communities with environmental issues. ■

County SPCA. The SPCA is endeavoring to construct a new building strictly to house cats in a more community-oriented environment and with separate medical and surgical facilities for cats separate from dogs. Presently, the SPCA is looking at plans for buildings that are also environmentally-friendly. ■

expressed interest in the details of the course sequence as well as the results presented. One of Kashmar’s primary educational interests is the teaching of freshman chemistry for science majors, especially variations in course sequencing and course content and how other instructors and institutions handle this type of course. ■

Kashmar Bunyaratavej Dr. Richard Kashmar, associate pro-

Lofthouse Dr. Lynn Lofthouse, associate professor of speech communications, recently had a paper accepted for the 2009 conference of the International Academy of Linguistics, Behavioral and Social Science. The paper is entitled “Likely unintended cultural impacts resulting from failing to hold financially irresponsible U.S. borrowers accountable for their actions.” She also was asked to moderate a panel discussion at the conference held November 11-14 in Orlando, Florida. Lofthouse has been appointed chair of the Feline Pavilion Project at the Kent

fessor of chemistry and physics, gave a presentation entitled “Description of an Alternative Freshman-Sophomore Chemistry Sequence and an Analysis of Student Performance” at two national meetings. He gave an oral presentation at the chemical education conference ChemEd2009 at Radford University in Virginia on August 4 and did a poster presentation at a Division of Chemical Education meeting at the 238th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Washington D.C. on August 16. Kashmar discussed the current freshman-sophomore chemistry sequence used at Wesley College and included statistical research comparing student grade performance in some lower-level science major courses in the current sequence with that of the previous sequence. He reported that conference participants

Dr. Kraiwinee (Nok) Bunyaratavej, assistant professor of business administration, presented a paper entitled “Services Nearshoring: An Empirical Perspective on Location Determinants” at the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences Annual Meeting held October 11-14 in San Diego, California. She previously visited San Diego this summer to attend the Academy of International Business Annual Meeting since her paper entitled “Cultural Aspects of Offshoring of Services” had been accepted for presentation there. These two papers are part of her research stream on offshoring of services that she has been working on with her colleagues Dr. Eugene Hahn of Salisbury University and Dr. Jonathan Doh of Villanova University. ■




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Gibson Dr. Jeffrey Gibson, associate professor of English, developed, proposed and chaired a panel entitled “Graphic Narrative: Innovation & Adaptation” for the 40th Annual Convention of the Northeastern Modern Language Association. The panel featured scholars from across the United States and Canada, each of whom focused on theoretical and pedagogical issues that arise when authors and artists adapt classic literature into graphic narrative or when graphic narrative is adapted into film. On the whole, the panel served as a testament to this hybrid genre’s growing influence on literary and popular culture. Gibson also conducted an editorial review of “Writing Matters: a Handbook for Writing and Research,” which was recently published by McGraw-Hill. The handbook was authored by Rebecca Moore Howard and focuses on getting college students to understand and accept responsibility for their own writing and to respect writing and ideas found within their academic sources. In addition, Gibson published an article of literary criticism on the fiction of contemporary British writer A.S. Byatt. His essay entitled “ ‘And the Princess, Telling the Story’: A. S. Byatt’s SelfReflexive Fairy Stories” was published


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August 4 in the collection “Fairy Tales Reimagined: Essays on New Retellings,” edited by fellow Literature and Languages Department colleague Susan Bobby. As the lead essay in the section “Rewriting Narrative Forms,” Gibson’s essay analyzes metafiction, intertextuality and postmodernism in Byatt’s fairy stories by tying them to her more significant historical fiction works. His essay brings to light the complexity of her shorter works while tying them to the larger tradition of feminist literature and the evolution of storytelling as an art form. Gibson teaches Byatt’s works in his course on the Contemporary British Novel. This publication allows his students to see firsthand the connection between the selections they study in class and original published literary criticism on such works. ■


Dr. Malcolm J. D’Souza, professor of chemistry, Stefan M. Hailey ’09 (B.S. Biology), Brian P. Mahon ’11 (B.S. Biological Chemistry) and Dr. Dennis N. Kevill, distinguished research professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Northern Illinois University, recently co-authored a poster entitled “Mechanistic Trends Observed with Sulfur-for-Oxygen Substitution in Chloroformate Esters.” This poster was presented and published in the Royal Society of Chemistry, Faraday Discussion

145: Frontiers in Physical Organic Chemistry, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, United Kingdom. D’Souza also attended the NASA MidAtlantic Regional Space Grant Consortia Meeting held October 4-6 in Charleston, West Virginia. Attendance to this conference has now opened additional internship/scholarship opportunities for Wesley’s science and math majors who have a GPA of 3.0 or greater. D’Souza, Fumie Koyoshi ’08 (B.S. Biology) and Dr. Lynn M. Everett, associate professor of biology, had a paper entitled “Structure Activity Relationships (SARs) Using a Structurally Diverse Drug Database: Validating Success of Predictor Tools” published in the November issue of the refereed e-journal, Pharmaceutical Reviews. This is Koyoshi’s sixth INBRE-supported undergraduate research publication under the direction of D’Souza. This article describes a methodology of using documented properties of 75 consumer drugs within a commercially available Wesley College drug database to predict a drug’s pharmacokinetic or toxicological property on the basis of chemical structure. Initial results of this project were presented as a poster at the 235th American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting held April 6-8 in New Orleans, Louisiana and earned a Certificate of Recognition from the Division of Chemical Education (CHED)-Medicinal Chemistry Section. Along with Jeanette L. Miller, M.Ed., assistant director of the Delaware Biotechnology Institute, D’Souza presented a poster entitled “Partnershipmodel to launch biomedical research at a small liberal arts college,” at the 238th ACS National Meeting held August 1620 in Washington, D.C. The poster, detailing the enormous achievements of Wesley’s seven-year participation in the National Institute of Health for Delaware’s Idea Networks for Biomedical Research Excellence (NIH-INBRE) program, was also one of 23 CHED papers (out of 452 papers presented in that division) chosen to be showcased for a second time during the

ACS national conference’s SciMix event. D’Souza was recently honored by his alma mater, Northern Illinois University (NIU), as one of the 50 Golden Anniversary Alumni Award recipients from NIU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The award recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves either in professional fields or through involvement in civic, cultural or charitable service. Selected from a pool of distinguished alumni spanning the five decades of the college, D’Souza was surprised to be chosen for this honor. D’Souza was recently appointed codirector for undergraduate research on a $17.4 million grant from NIH-INBRE. His research has resulted in 52 peer-reviewed articles, $2.6 million in grants, one commercially available pharmaceutical database, and over 150 national and international conference presentations. Dr. Patricia Dwyer, Wesley’s vice president for academic affairs, noted that D’Souza’s scholarly achievements, teaching excellence and working with students in research have gained the college national recognition. “Dr. D’Souza’s personal attention to our students and his advocacy for grant funding that supports their undergraduate research showcase the distinctive advantage of a Wesley College experience,” she remarked. Having been particularly effective at involving students in his research projects, D’Souza has mentored over 50 undergraduates in the laboratory since 1992. In turn, his students regularly have received merit and recognition awards at national conferences, been awarded significant scholarships and fellowships, and been accepted in competitive graduate and professional school programs. ■ In June 2009 the Delaware Board of Nursing elected Rebecca Walker, JD, MSN, visiting instructor of nursing, as the new president of the Board of Nursing. Walker is a nurse attorney who has spent her legal career defending nurses in Philadelphia health care litigation and her nursing career practicing in critical care and emergency


nursing at Christiana Care. She is also a MSN graduate of Wesley College. Members of the Delaware Board of Nursing are appointed by the governor. The Board is charged with the regulation and approval of nursing licenses and the oversight of nursing educational programs in Delaware. The Board also determines the process of disciplining those licensees who violate statutory standards of care or the State of Delaware nursing rules and regulations. Walker will serve as president of the Board of Nursing until 2011. ■ Dr. Lucille Gambardella, professor and chair of the Department of Nursing, was inducted into the Academy of Gambardella

Nursing Education at ceremonies during the National League for Nursing Education Summit on September 26 at the Marriott Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. President and Mrs. Johnston and nursing faculty member Dr. Nancy Rubino attended the event. Selection to the Academy is competitive and has been awarded to only 86 nurse educators across the country. Fellows are chosen based on contributions to innovative teaching and learning strategies, nursing education research, faculty development, academic leadership, promotion of public policy that advances nursing education and collaborative educational practice, and community partnerships that sustain excellence in the field of nursing education. Currently in her 26th year at Wesley, Gambardella is well known to the nursing community in Delaware and beyond. Her contributions to the innovative RN to MSN program at Wesley have made it one of the largest graduate programs on campus and a hallmark of educational mobility for those nurses who strive to reach the advanced level of nursing practice. Gambardella has promoted public policy through her service as the former president of the Delaware Board of Nursing and the Delaware Nurses Association, and she was instrumental in the development of legislated advanced practice policy and rules and regulations in Delaware. She serves on several governing boards in and out of Delaware and she is licensed as an advanced practice nurse in psychiatric/mental health nursing with independent practice and prescriptive authority. Gambardella has presented her clinical research both nationally and internationally and is a frequent presenter on nurse academic leadership at conferences. She also has authored several articles on nurse faculty roles, psychiatric/ mental health nursing and role development in nursing education. In addition, she is the co-author of the “Handbook for Students” that accompanies the Wilson/ Kneisl text on Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. ■





inda S. Broyhill ’71 knew exactly where she wanted to continue her education after high school. However, the University of Virginia (UVA) at that time didn't allow women to attend for their first year. Her father tried to convince her to attend The College of William & Mary, but Broyhill wasn’t so sure. Aimlessly searching for an alternative, she saw an ad for Wesley College in Seventeen magazine. “I thought, ‘This looks great! It’s a small school, it’s close to home, it’s near the beach. I think I’ll go there.’ ” She applied, then came for a visit and fell in love with the campus. At Wesley, Broyhill said she was “one of those boring people,” a classification she credits for helping her graduate with a 4.0

GPA. But beyond earning good grades, she thrived in an atmosphere that allowed her to explore new beliefs and ideals. Experiences at Wesley also helped equip this first generation career woman with the skills to tackle any adversity that would come her way. Although Broyhill was raised and educated in the Catholic faith, she kept an open mind about Protestantism while attending a United Methodist school. Wesley students were then required to attend chapel and take a religion course. “I took Old Testament and it was one of my favorite courses. I loved going to chapel and I loved the Protestant Church and I thought, ‘Gee, maybe this is what Christianity is all about.’ At that young age, it profoundly affected my outlook on the

world,” said Broyhill. The new perspective she gained was not unlike the unique experiences that many young people encounter today through higher education. The major difference, however, was the time period in which she experienced college and the context of the world around her. In the early 1970s, more doors were starting to open for young women. Although women had been attending college for years, schools across the nation were still male dominated and most women graduates were pursuing more traditionally feminine jobs. Amongst the unrest of the Vietnam War and Women’s Liberation, Broyhill was among the first generation of women seeking a career in law. The progressive mentoring from Wesley faculty members allowed students like Broyhill to come to their own conclusions and establish their own belief systems. Perhaps the most engaging was Uncle Louie. Broyhill remembers his English class and all the research she conducted for her paper defending women’s rights, just as landmark case Roe v. Wade altered abortion laws to protect women’s health. Outside of the classroom, Broyhill thoroughly enjoyed living with the other young women in Budd Hall. Spending time with her dormmates, sharing the laughs and the tears, taking trips to Rehoboth Beach and the occasional mischief rounded out her education with a healthy support system. “It was the happiest time of my post high school education. I was very happy at Wesley,” she said. After graduating from Wesley Junior College, Broyhill transferred to UVA. Although others encouraged her again to attend William & Mary, she was determined to follow her dream and go to the university she had already waited two years to attend. Her experiences there were the complete opposite of those at Wesley. The university was much larger and predominantly male. In class, Broyhill was one of only a handful of female students in classes that ranged from 150 to 250 students. At that time, the faculty was comprised of all men and some would not even call on female students “for fear they would cry.” Broyhill lived off campus in an apartment by herself and at times, she wished she was back at Wesley. She had entered a new world for career-oriented women in America without the luxury of female mentors. Still, Broyhill faced each challenge head on and never compromised her goals. She graduated from UVA with her B.S. in Education in 1973 and decided to return to UVA six years later to pursue a degree in law. She hoped to help the family business, Broyhill Enterprises, Inc., by practicing real estate law. “I thought I had the right skills and it was that time in our country where women were empowered to go into male dominated professions.”

“I like being able to find a way to fix a problem or find an answer to a question no one else can find. That’s what I have always excelled at.” Shortly after graduating from law school in 1983, Broyhill worked for Hazel & Thomas, P.C., a small real estate firm where she ended up practicing bankruptcy law. In 1992, she practiced at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP. By 2003, Broyhill was practicing both bankruptcy and real estate in her current position at international firm Reed Smith LLP in Falls Church, Virginia. A little over a year ago, she was elected by her peers and the publishers of Virginia Business Magazine's Legal Elite as one of Virginia's “Best Bankruptcy Attorneys”. One of her greatest memories and accomplishments was when her firm filed and confirmed the first Chapter 11 reorganization plan for a Class I Railroad in the United States under the new Bankruptcy Code. Broyhill now lives in Vienna, Virginia with her husband Robert Lawrence, who is also an attorney. Although free time is scarce for the couple, Broyhill says she enjoys that time indulging her “passion for fashion.” She also loves to spend time in her garden and likes to cook, particularly in the winter months. Her husband is an accomplished saxophonist and loves to entertain when they have get-togethers with family or friends. Despite the long hours of such a demanding career, Broyhill served her local American Red Cross board for the See Legal Linda, page 39

Broyhill served as chair of her local American Red Cross board.



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Chris Wood Interview with Vice President for Institutional Advancement WHY DID YOU CHOOSE A CAREER IN DEVELOPMENT?

Actually, I wouldn’t say I chose a career in development. It chose me. The first 15 years of my professional life were spent as a United Methodist pastor. Serving the last seven years of that time in a new church start, raising significant money was required to stay in existence. The same was true for the six years I spent as the executive director of a statewide non-profit agency. But beyond producing dollars, I discovered a passion and fulfillment in building up an organization or institution. The field of institutional advancement is more than just raising money. The dollars are simply the means to the eventual end – an institution that is more secure, robust and more effective. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS THUS FAR?

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opened doors of opportunity to donors who wanted to find real fulfillment in their philanthropic gifts. I truly consider it a privilege to work with donors who discover joy and meaning through their giving as it changes the life of another. I always laugh when someone says, “Why would you have a job where you beg people for money?” I have never begged anyone for a dime. Begging and guilt are poor motivators. My life is enriched when a donor is motivated to help and I am able to align the donor with an opportunity. WHAT ARE YOUR INITIAL IMPRESSIONS OF WESLEY COLLEGE?

Wesley is rich in opportunity. Built upon a firm foundation established over the years by so many faculty and staff, alumni, community partners and United Methodist supporters, there is an air of excitement and possibility that pervades the College. I have been struck by the

love and pride of Wesley demonstrated by so many alumni I have met, the personnel I am privileged to work with daily, and the students I constantly encounter. That sense of expectation and opportunity is frequently affirmed by individuals I meet within the Dover community and beyond. WHAT WOULD YOU DESCRIBE AS WESLEY’S GREATEST NEEDS FOR FUNDRAISING?

The simple answer is significantly increasing dollars for unrestricted giving towards the Wesley Fund, dollars directly invested in our students. With the cost of higher education today, Wesley must provide significant financial aid to enable deserving students from various socio-economic backgrounds to experience the life-changing difference a Wesley education offers. The Wesley Fund needs to grow so that at least one million dollars annually can be assured for our students. That will require both new donors and more generosity of our existing donors in order to more than triple our current efforts. Wesley’s history affirms this can be done! With the recent adoption of a new

campus master plan by our Board of Trustees, we are beginning to address the capital needs of our campus community. A number of existing buildings, particularly residence halls, are in critical need of renovation. In addition, to serve our students’ needs, new facilities are required. The first of several phases of the master plan needs to begin immediately. Those who love Wesley College will be asked to tangibly demonstrate their commitment through both annual and capital financial commitments. Critical to the long-term success of Wesley are planned gifts. Wesley has not historically been the beneficiary of these gifts in equal proportion to many other similar institutions of higher education. A sustained educational effort concerning planned gifts will become a permanent part of our advancement efforts.

n’t need to “sell” Wesley to those whose lives have been impacted. The pride and affinity appears to be alive and well among so many Wesley graduates, yet we lag behind many of our peer institutions in alumni giving, so we need to unashamedly and boldly invite our alumni and friends to tangibly demonstrate their desire to see Wesley prosper by giving financially and doing so generously. In turn, we pledge to be good stewards of those gifts so that current and future students can benefit from a Wesley College education. With more than 20,000 alumni and friends, it is tough for the advancement staff alone to successfully ask each and


One of my favorite verses of scripture reads: “To those whom much is given, much is expected.” The lives of our alumni have been molded by Wesley College. Regardless of the amount of money they paid in tuition, the cost of their education exceeded those payments. Thus, someone else, in part, provided for them the gift of a Wesley education. As I travel and meet alumni of Wesley I am constantly hearing about “...the impact Wesley had on my life.” Those from the days of Wesley Junior College talk about the training ground for that next educational step, while those from the four-year institution speak glowingly of their baccalaureate experience. All recognize that they would not be where they are today without the people who are Wesley College. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES THAT WESLEY COLLEGE FACES IN TERMS OF FUNDRAISING?

Our greatest challenge is successfully asking for support. In theory, we should-

every individual to provide their financial support to our students. However, the advancement staff is not alone. We are surrounded by hundreds and perhaps thousands of individuals who have the ability to give annually and ask others to join them. One alumnus who contacts classmates and asks that they match his/her pledge makes a difference. Athletic team members asking their fellow teammates to add their dollars to a major gift from the team given in honor of their former coach make a difference. The list of possibilities is endless. The financial challenges that lie ahead are substantial, but by working together I know we can meet the challenges of this day as well. DESCRIBE THE CONCEPT BEHIND THE WESLEY SOCIETY AND THE BENEFITS FOR THE COLLEGE AS WELL AS THOSE


The Wesley Society is a group comprised of individuals, businesses or organizations that commit $1000 or more on an annual basis or make an irrevocable planned gift to Wesley College. It is not simply a “recognition” society, meaning donors are thanked and recognized and nothing more. The Wesley Society is a “cultivation” society, meaning that we are interested in forming strong relationships with and among Society members through frequent communication and invitations to events with President Johnston and other institutional leaders. The Wesley Society was launched in September 2009. Initially 69 donors qualified for membership. By December the number had climbed to 92. By the end of the fiscal year on June 30, I am confident that we will not only have met but surpassed our goal of 125 members for the first year. A future gala celebration will be planned to recognize and thank our charter members and to encourage others to join us. I have personally witnessed the momentum generated by a cultivation society and am excited about the addition of The Wesley Society to the advancement efforts of this college. What is my vision for The Wesley Society five and 10 years from now? It will be a dynamic group more than 500 members strong. From Society members will come more than 80% of the gifts to Wesley’s growing advancement efforts. Planned gifts and transformational gifts will be realized from the cultivation efforts with its members, resulting in renovation and new construction, some of which will carry the name of the donor. Finally, continued growth in both the number and quality of Wesley students will be partially a result of the enthusiastic gifting of alumni, trustees, personnel, businesses, church supporters and other friends that are valued partners in the always unfolding Wesley story. ■




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And the winners... 2009 Athletic Hall of Fame

Left to right standing: President Johnston, Assistant Head Football Coach Chipp Knapp, Head Football Coach Mike Drass, Trevor Perkins ’97, Craig Stephenson ’72, Kevin McDermott ’99, Jimmy Connolley ’95, Jim Horan ’96, John Maroney ’99, Rich Renshaw ’93, Ed Muntz ’94, Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Bill Gorrow, former Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Scott Burnam, Head Men’s Soccer Coach Steve Clark. Seated: Joe Kingsborough ’97, Curt Hahn ’96, Jonathan Hardy ’95, Kristin Lupo ’98, Steve Eady ’93, Chris Furrule ’94, Ken Pippin ’92, Matt Addonizio ’99/’01


s part of the College’s recent Homecoming celebration, the Wesley College Alumni Association inducted a record 18 former studentathletes into the Athletic Hall of Fame at the Schwartz Center for the Arts in Dover. Established in the early 1980s by the Alumni Association, the Wesley Athletic Hall of Fame was founded to honor, pay tribute and perpetuate the memory of those individuals who, either through participation, support or interest, have made outstanding contributions in the field of intercollegiate athletics and who have helped bring recognition, honor, distinction and excellence to the College. To be eligible for induction, recipients must receive at least three varsity letters or equivalent accomplishments and demonstrate outstanding success in varsity intercollegiate athletics. Family members, friends, former teammates and coaches of the honorees were present as each individual award winner received a plaque from the Alumni Association. The celebration continued at a reception following the induction ceremony. Coming to Wesley after serving the U.S. Army in Vietnam as a chief warrant officer and helicopter pilot, Craig Stephenson ’72 was the football team’s leading tackler and an all-conference selection in each of his two seasons. A team captain and a Dean’s List student, he was named All-American in 1972. He also participated in the National Junior College All-Star Game before transferring to Duke University, where he let-


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tered in football two years and played in the 1974 Blue Gray All-Star Game in Alabama. He has been head football coach and a biology teacher at Dickinson High School for the past 17 years. Stephenson has been selected twice as assistant coach and once as head coach for the state’s Blue Gold All-Star Game. He and his wife Sue and one daughter live in Hockessin, Delaware. A football standout, Ken Pippin ’92

was the first Wesley student-athlete to be named an All-American after the school joined NCAA Division III, earning the honor in 1990. He was the National Player of the Week as a junior, and former Wesley President Dr. Reed Stewart retired his jersey in 1994. Pippin was a team captain and ranks in the top 10 alltime at Wesley in sacks, tackles for loss, tackles and blocked kicks. He went on to spend three years on the sidelines as an assistant coach for the Wolverines. Pippin is now a national sales manager for LAN Connect, Inc. He and his wife Debbie live in Landenberg, Pennsylvania with their two children. Basketball honoree Steve Eady ’93 finished his career as Wesley’s all-time scoring leader and is currently third all-time with 1,708 points. As a senior, he rated among the NCAA Division III scoring leaders with an average of 27.9 points per game. He still rates among Wesley’s alltime leaders in steals and assists and holds the school records for points in a game with 49. In addition to various Eastern States Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III “All League,” “All

Star” and “All District” team honors, Eady was a team captain and named MVP in 1992. After his Wesley career, he spent four years playing professional basketball nationally and abroad. He now works as a major account executive for Ricoh Business Solutions. He and wife of 11 years, Stacey, live in Upper Marlboro, Maryland with their two children. During his football career, Rich Renshaw ’93 was named the USA Today National Player of the Week and was also the MVP of the 1991 ECAC Championship. He ranks in the Wolverines’ top five in pass efficiency, passing yards, touchdowns and completions. A team captain, Renshaw earned honors as team MVP and Male Athlete of the Year in 1991. He also spent one year as an assistant coach at Wesley. He has worked for the Nuclear Division of Wackenhut Corporation for the past six years as a certified security specialist. He and his girlfriend Dawn currently reside in Riverside, New Jersey. In his football career, Chris Furrule ’94 was named an All-American and AllECAC in 1993, a year in which he was also named the team’s Most Improved Player and Defensive Player of the Year. He ranks in Wesley’s top five in career quarterback sacks and was the all-time leader when he graduated. As the only defensive lineman at the time to have had a sack, interception, tackle for a loss and fumble recovery in the same game, his name was mentioned in Sports Illustrated. A Dean’s List student, he later joined the Wesley coaching staff. As president of The Creative Financial Group of New Jersey, Furrule has earned many accolades in the financial services industry on an individual basis and for his business leadership.



He and fellow Wesley graduate Dawn (Flanagan) Furrule ’92 married in 1994 and they have three children. Men’s soccer honoree Ed Muntz ’94 still holds all of Wesley’s career records with 117 career points, 47 career goals and 31 assists. In 1991, he set school records with 17 goals, 12 assists and 46 points in a season. Muntz was a two-time team captain in soccer and captained the tennis team as well. Upon his graduation, he joined the men’s soccer coaching staff as an assistant and later became the first and only coach the school has had in women’s soccer. As a head coach, Muntz is the winningest coach in both women’s soccer and men’s tennis. He and his wife Jennifer and their two sons live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Jimmy Connolley ’95 was an AllAmerican Honorable Mention on the gridiron in 1994 and was also named AllECAC. At the time of his graduation, he ranked 11th in NCAA Division III history in pass efficiency, was Wesley’s all-time leading passer and is currently third in the school record book in passing touchdowns, passing yards and pass completions. He was two-time football team MVP and named Male Athlete of the Year in 1994. On the lacrosse field, Connolley led the team in scoring in both 1994 and 1995. He and his wife, fellow Wesley alumnus Andrea (Paterson) Connolley ’94, have three sons and one daughter and reside in Warwick, Maryland. Connolley has been employed by Mason Building Group, Inc. for 12 years as a project manager and estimator. Jonathan Hardy ’95 is the only player in school history to earn All-American honors in the same football season at two different positions, earning the honor in



1994 as both a punter and a free safety. An All-ECAC pick in 1993 and 1994, he ranks among Wesley’s all-time leaders in punting, interceptions, tackles and blocked kicks. He also set a school record with 26 tackles against Thomas More in 1993. Hardy is now a marketing and sales representative for Idearc Media. He resides in Woolwich, New Jersey with his wife Heather and daughter Hannah. Football honoree Curt Hahn ’96 received back-to-back All-American and All-ECAC selection honors in the 1994 and 1995 seasons. As a member of the 1995 defense that rated second in Division III, he still ranks among the school’s alltime leaders in tackles and tackles for loss. Hahn was named the team’s Rookie of the Year in 1992, Most Improved Player in 1993 and the Defensive Player of the Year in 1994. He also received the team MVP award in 1995, the Murray Award in 1996 and was the school’s Male Athlete of the Year both years. He and his college sweetheart, Jennifer (Rutherford) Hahn ’96, have been married for 10 years and currently live in Jamison, Pennsylvania with their four children. For the past 13 years, Hahn has run his own litigation and reprographic support services company out of Center City, Philadelphia. Jim Horan ’96 is the school record holder in men’s lacrosse with 688 saves during his career. He finished among the national leaders in both number of saves and save percentage in 1995 and 1996. He also holds the school record for career and season save percentage. He served as a team captain during the first years of the varsity men’s lacrosse program at Wesley and was named team MVP in 1993. Now living in Jacksonville, Florida, Horan is a national account manager for Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a leading





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international company in its industry. Football honoree Joe Kingsborough ’97 was an All-American and an AllECAC pick as a senior. He was named the MVP of the 1993 ECAC Championship and played in the National Division III All-Star Game. As a senior, Kingsborough was a member of the defense that ranked second in Division III and he rated in the top 10 at Wesley in tackles, tackles for loss and sacks at the time of his graduation. A two-time team captain, he was also named Male Athlete of the Year and was a Dean’s List student. Residing in Penn Township, Pennsylvania with his wife Denise and two daughters, Kingsborough currently serves as an assistant principal at Garnet Valley High School after 12 years with the school district. Soon he will be finishing a doctorate program at Wilmington University. Trevor Perkins ’97 was a two-time Academic All-American and a member of the 1995 football team defense that rated second in Division III. At graduation, he ranked among the school’s alltime leading tacklers. A dual sport athlete, Perkins also excelled on the lacrosse field, serving as a team captain for the Wolverines. A Dean’s List student in the classroom, Perkins was named to the CoSida Academic All-District team. Married to fellow Wesley graduate, Michelle (Raley) Perkins ’01, Perkins began a career in construction management and started his own contracting company in 2005. He and his family, which now includes three children, live in Owings, Maryland. Lacrosse honoree Joe Kline ’98 is the all-time leader in both goals scored and points in a career for the Wolverines. During his time at Wesley, he had multi-




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ple seasons which rank in the top 10 in single season points and goals. Kline was a team captain and helped lead the Wolverines to an ECAC Championship. Kline has been in the construction industry, having started his own company, and is currently living in upstate New York. Kristin Lupo ’98 led the women’s soccer team during its transition from club to varsity status. Despite only spending three years of her career at the varsity level, she is still the school’s all-time leader in assists. She also ranks second in the record books for goals and points. A team captain at Wesley, she received the MVP award in 1997. Upon graduation, Lupo began her teaching and coaching career with the Capital School District. For 11 years now, she has taught chemistry and been the head coach of the girls’ varsity soccer team at Dover High School. In 2006 and 2007 she was selected as Henlopen Conference Coach of the Year. Michelle (Vincent) Williamson ’98 finished her basketball career as the school’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder. She still rates among Wesley’s all-time leaders in points, rebounds and blocked shots. Williamson was an All-Conference selection as well as a Dean’s List student in the classroom. She served as a team captain and was named team MVP in 1997. Now living in Dallas, Texas, she and her husband recently celebrated the birth of their second son. Matt Addonizio ’99/’01 was an AllPAC selection and ranks in the Wesley baseball record book in runs scored, stolen bases, at bats, fielding percentage, games played and double plays turned, and was named team MVP his senior year. He was a team captain in baseball as well as the men’s soccer team, a mem-



ber of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, runner up for Male Athlete of the Year and made the Dean’s List. He later served at Wesley as both an assistant coach and head coach of the baseball program and is the winningest coach in women’s tennis history. Addonizio is now a Corporal assigned to the Patrol Unit of the Delaware State Police and was nominated for Trooper of the Year in 2008. He resides in Kent County with his wife Angelic. John Maroney ’99 helped lead the Wolverines men’s lacrosse team to a pair of ECAC Championships in 1996 and 1997. He was named MVP for defense the following year. At the end of his career, he rated second at Wesley in career saves and held the record for save percentage. A team captain for two seasons, Maroney went on to become an assistant coach for Wesley’s lacrosse program. He and his wife Tanya reside in Dover, Delaware. He has worked for United Distributors as a sales representative for the past seven years. Kevin McDermott ’99 finished his lacrosse career among the all-time leading scorers at Wesley College. He still rates second in career goals with 164, third in career points and is in the top 10 in assists. He has the top two single season marks for goals in a season and the third highest single season point total. A team captain and a Dean’s List student, McDermott was instrumental in Wesley’s back-to-back ECAC Championships. Married to fellow alumnus Christine (McGrath) McDermott ’98 with a three-year-old son, he and his family live in Smyrna, Delaware. He is now in his 10th year with the Colonial School District as a physical education and health teacher. ■


Raise the Wall


his year’s Athletic Hall of Fame class joins a distinguished group that comprises the entire membership of the Wesley College Hall of Fame. In an effort to further grow this tradition and continue to recognize worthy graduates, the Alumni Association Board of Directors plans to hold a spring event to induct new Alumni Hall of Fame members. 2010 will mark the 30th year since the first individual induction into the Alumni Hall of Fame. Help us honor the many Wesley alumni that have made outstand-

ing contributions to their professions or made a difference in their communities and the lives of others. Nominate a classmate or fellow alumnus today by completing the brief form below. Wesley College and the Alumni Association have proposed the creation of a Wall of Fame on campus to honor current and future members that have proudly represented Wesley College. We hope that this tribute will showcase the achievements of individual inductees and bring joy to family, friends, teammates

and fellow alumni. With $15,000 needed to raise the Wall of Fame, we are seeking contributions that will bring us closer to our goal. Gifts of $100 or greater will be acknowledged with the donor’s name on a plaque displayed among the wall. Please consider demonstrating your support for the Wall of Fame or perhaps making a special tribute gift in honor of a friend or loved one. For a complete listing of Hall of Fame members, visit

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SPORTS For all the latest scores and highlights, visit the athletics website at


WOMEN’S FIELD HOCKEY REGULAR SEASON: 11-8 OVERALL: 12-10 CONF: 3-3 Brooke Tadlock, Amanda Fisher, Abigail Hill and Sarah Johnson were named to the All-CAC Field Hockey team, as voted by the conference coaches Earned the fifth seed in the 2009 ECAC Mid-Atlantic Championships Lost (4-0) to Alvernia in ECAC Mid-Atlantic First Round

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Winning seasons and NCAA tournament play dominate the Fall Season FIELD HOCKEY One of Wesley’s most decorated athletic programs, the field hockey team, set a school record with a 7-0 start that included a win over perennial conference power Mary Washington. Also included in the streak were three of the Wolverines’ four shutout victories of the season. The fast start also propelled the team to its 12th straight season of at least 11 wins. Junior Brooke Tadlock (Middletown, Del./Middletown) led the team and ranked among the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) leaders with 11 goals and 25 points. Over the course of the year, the nursing major moved into fourth place all-time at Wesley in both scoring categories. Sophomore Sheree Pleasanton (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) also entered the career top 20 in goals, ending the season with six to bring her career total to 15 and reaching 18th in the record book. Sarah Johnson (Honeybrook, Pa./Twin Valley) turned in a strong season in goal, ranking among the conference leaders by stopping nearly 80 percent of the opponents’ shots on goal. During separate weeks this season, she and senior Erin Bailey (Rehoboth Beach, Del./Cape Henlopen) were named to the National Honor Roll by In the CAC playoffs, the Wolverines had a dramatic 3-2 overtime win over St. Mary’s (Md.) in the first round, Wesley’s fifth overtime contest of the year. During the game, freshman Abigail Hill (Dover, Del./Lake Forest) tied the game with just 1:34 left with her second goal of the afternoon. Then

in overtime, it was Pleasanton with the game-winner to lead Wesley to a semifinal matchup with a Salisbury squad ranked No. 2 in Division III. To find out details of the season ending, visit the athletics website at

MEN’S SOCCER On the men’s soccer pitch, the Wolverines turned in another winning season - their seventh in the last eight years. Wesley’s season opening win at McDaniel was the 200th career victory for head coach Steve Clark. All of his victories have come coaching the blue and white.

Injuries seemed to plague the squad to some extent all season, but the team still came through to register 10 wins due to the contributions of several newcomers. While the defense was led by senior Ryan Fisher (Eastampton, N.J./Rancocas Valley) and juniors Nick Talarico (Little Egg Harbor, N.J./ Pinelands) and Dan Canova (Ocean City, N.J./Ocean City), the offense was paced by several newcomers. Kyle Long (Delaware, Ohio/Buckeye) scored seven goals, the most for a Wolverine since 2006. The next three leading scorers, Frank Buffa (Pheonixville, Pa./Owen J. Roberts), Luis Rivera (Rockville, Md./Rockville) and Josh Chellah (Columbia, Md./Long Reach), were freshmen.

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WOMEN’S SOCCER The women’s soccer team featured a roster with 16 freshmen and a schedule with seven games against regionally ranked opponents, yet still managed to salvage a seven win season and the team’s first berth in the CAC playoffs since 2007. The team played well late in the year and nearly knocked off three regionally ranked foes, falling in each match by just a single goal. Samantha Hannibal (Baltimore, Md./Loch Raven) led four freshmen who topped the team in scoring with seven goals, three assists and 17 points. Sammi Nevin (East Greenville, Pa./Upper Perkiomen), Kaitlin Barry (Chester, N.J./Immaculata) and Lindsey Campbell (Bear, Del./Padua Academy), also freshmen, each scored at least five goals. Wesley also broke in a freshman goalkeeper, Sydney Kahan (Cranston, R.I./Cranston), who stopped 79 percent of the shots taken at her. She also posted six shutouts on the year while making 124 saves and playing every minute in net for the Wolverines.


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VOLLEYBALL The Wesley volleyball team stepped up its scheduling in the program’s fourth year. While the team took a step back in the win column from 2008, the experience should help a youthful team in the future. Seniors Lilia Brekke (Prescott, Ariz./Caesar Rodney (Del.)) and Nettie Choice (Lewes, Del./Cape Henlopen) paced the team in hitting and blocking once again as they finished their careers as the school’s first four-year players in volleyball. Sophomores Sophie Reed (Dover, Del./Dover) and Kristen Roberts (Loveland, Colo./Middletown (Del.)) and freshman Carle Ax (Lewiston, Idaho/Lewiston) also turned in strong performances hitting, setting and serving to provide hope for 2010.

Carle Ax, Lindsay DiMuzio and Kristen Roberts

Kristine Bailey

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY On the men’s side, senior John Clarke (Middletown, Del./Middletown) paced the squad at three meets, while freshman Terry Harens-Walgreen (Shadyside, Md./Southern) led the way at two more races. To see how the Wolverines fared at the CAC Championships, visit the athletics website at Terry Harens-Walgreen

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY The women’s cross country team featured one student-athlete pulling double-duty on the field hockey team in Tristin Burris (Camden, Del./ Polytech). Twice this season, she played field hockey on Friday and Sunday with a cross country meet on Saturday. She earned a CAC Runner of the Week honor on October 6 after finishing fourth overall at the Wilmington

Invitational, the day after scoring her first career field hockey goal and the day before helping the field hockey team to another victory. One of Wesley’s 10 fastest women at both 5,000 and 6,000 meters, Burris was joined by another strong newcomer in the record books. Junior Kristine Bailey (Vancouver, Wash./Evergreen) formed a strong one-two punch with Burris for Wesley, pacing the Wolverines at three different meets in her first season with the team.




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Two of a Kind Growing On and Off the Court BY GEOFF GOYNE

IN THE FALL OF 2006, Wesley College fielded the first varsity volleyball program since moving into the Division III era. The Wolverines won nine games that season with a roster of mostly freshmen and the program looked to have a solid foundation. Freshman Lilia Brekke earned All-Pennsylvania Athletic Conference second team honors. One of her classmates, Nettie Choice, paced the conference in blocks. Then everything changed. And then it changed again. In the program’s first three years, there were three different coaches. There was not a revolving door just on the coach’s office, but on the locker room as well. A total of 27 different players had suited up for the Wolverines. The only constants were Brekke and Choice. “It was definitely hard,” Brekke remarked. “It put a lot of stress on Nettie and me.” “We came into every season expecting a new coach,” Choice added. “It was very unstable. The two of us just got used to it.” It took until their senior year to play for the same coach for two consecutive seasons. As one might expect, this brought the duo closer, on and off the court, especially since they were being looked to for primary leadership as early as their sophomore seasons. “Playing with Nettie so much, we know each other inside and out, on and off the court,” Brekke said. “It made the two of us play together really well and that’s helped the team while the new players have learned to play together.” If the bond could be made stronger, the two even line up next to each other with Choice playing middle hitter and Brekke on the outside. “I got used to looking to the left and always seeing her there,” Choice noted. While it may seem obvious they would hold virtually every career record for the young program, it certainly has not been by default. The pair has racked up nearly every season record as well. Between them, they have racked up eight of the top 10 kill totals and five of the six best block totals. Brekke also has the season record for digs. The career totals add up well too. Both players tallied over 550 career kills. Brekke added 222 aces and 934 digs while Choice patrolled the net for 449 blocks. Despite playing their final match in the blue and white this


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Brekke and Choice

October, the two young women see a bright future ahead for the program. Aside from the two senior captains, the rest of the roster has been made up of entirely freshmen and sophomores. The two agree that the recent consistency with Head Coach Gerry Szabo has been a welcome change. It also has been beneficial for the program in order to recruit the next generation of volleyball players. “We have players who came here to play volleyball,” Choice observed. “Before we just worked with whomever we had. Sometimes people were learning to play.” “The group we have now is going to be able to grow and develop together,” added Brekke. Something else they agree on is that more than the volleyball, the relationships they have built with each other and their teammates are what they will remember most after they leave Wesley. “There are girls on this team I’d call my sisters,” Choice said. “It’s like a family.” For Choice and Brekke, their career paths on the court certainly have had more twists and turns than those of their peers on Wesley’s more established athletic teams. Despite the turbulent beginnings for the program, however, the volleyball team has now reached a plateau. In addition, the two standouts have emerged stronger than ever, in their game and their friendship. “Looking back,” Brekke said, “I wouldn’t have it any other way.” ■


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Are you ready for the future?

Al is. Judge Albert A. Stallone ’53 attributes his life’s success to the opportunity and experience he received at Wesley College. He is passionate about giving back to the College that has given so much to him. Please join Al in learning how you can plan for the future and make a difference in students’ lives. Read Al’s story and learn how to plan for your tomorrow at planning

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STU-FUNK LACROSSE CLUB Club was formed in 1996 and plays in both the Masters and Open 2 Divisions Will play their 15th tournament in Lake Placid, NY in summer 2010



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ARNOLD SPICER and PAULINE (KELLY) SPICER wrote in to share that they had

GINNY (BENNISON) PAUL reported that all of the alumni from the class of ’69 that attended Homecoming this year gathered around the memorial of classmate Dave Petruncio before the game. Dave passed away in 2006. Seated from left: HERB DENNY, ROBERT

LISA (SYKORA) WEICK and HEATHER (CAMERON) TREML ’90 caught up on old

recently celebrated 60 years of matrimony in June of 2009.

’52 FRANK D’ANNOLFO has been retired for 22

years from his career as a teacher and coach after 32 years of coaching soccer, ice hockey and lacrosse. He enjoys playing golf six days a week. He and his wife Suzi have four grown children: David (50), Debbie (46), Casey (26) and Matthew (24).

’58 SUSAN (KEMPF) TAYLOR writes,

“Homecoming 2009 was a month ago, but the memories are still fresh in my mind. There were about 10 from the class of 1958 in attendance. Most of us had attended our 50th class reunion last year so we still recognized each other this year! Amazing how, even though we change physically and facially, we still hold a common bond. In addition to myself, those in attendance this year were ED MOORE, ED MCGEE, DON MCCORD, PHIL SCALI, DICK ESHLEMAN, GAIL (HEMHAUSER) VAIN, RICK VALDES, GENE MEREDITH and FRED SPAIN. Many stories,

followed by much laughter, were told during the weekend. We all would like to see more classmates attend Homecoming weekend 2010. The dates have been set for the third weekend in October. Please mark your calendars now and plan to join in on the fun. This year we had the experience of eating at the President’s home. For those of you who can remember the meals at Richardson Hall....these far surpassed any of those!! Wesley is very fortunate to have President and Mrs. Johnston at the helm. If you have not been back to Wesley in over 50 years, you are in for a big surprise! Please consider coming back in 2010 for our 52nd reunion we would love for you to join in the fun.”

’66 CAROL (BETZ) DUNN reports that she recently retired after 30 years of teaching. She is now the director of a Christian pre-school and loves it!

times at a birthday party recently in Chesapeake City, Maryland. 3



JESSICA (HERNANDEZ) ZANINELLI and her husband Todd report that their family had a great summer. Their second son Tommy just turned 1 in June and his big brother Peter turned 4 in July.



STEVE ETTER reports that he and his wife

GUILLERMO FLORES JR. writes, “My lovely wife Michele and I were married March 27 aboard the Norwegian Cruise Ship ‘SKY’ in Miami, Florida. We had the pleasure of 19 additional sailing guests which included family and friends alike on our memorable weekend. The cruise left Miami and visited the Bahama Islands.” Since graduating from Wesley, Guillermo has completed his MBA in human resource management from the University of Phoenix. He is now in his final year of law school in Orlando, Florida and will graduate May 15, 2010. The couple currently resides in Jupiter, Florida. He writes, “My wife and I have 6 children between us (3 each – a true Brady Bunch). We also enjoy two grandchildren. Wesley has grown tremendously and clearly offers a great educational experience. Keep up the great accomplishments.” 5

Nancy just became majority owners in Time Realty LLC in Pocono Mount in Blakeslee, Pennsylvania.

’77 CARL WILLIAM SANDERS III announces his

recent marriage to Mara Kaye Morgan. The couple wed on September 27.


writes, “We returned to Rock Hall in May 2008 for yet another reunion. Missing from our ranks, Charlie (finest man to ever go to Wesley), Mollo (leader of the band), Pretty Kitty-Linda, Sunshine Guy, Beth (Homecoming Queen), Lady Di (Briggs’ better half) and anyone else that I forgot to mention (don't be mad at me). New attendee – Tripp from the Carolinas. Looking forward to our next adventure.” 2

’78 SUSAN (LUDLAM) DASHIELL is living in Whitehaven, Massachussets. She writes, “I am still painting! Loved Lon Fluman’s write-up [in the last Wesley magazine].”

ELIZABETH MEECHAN announces the news

of her marriage to Keith Harding on June 7. She received her AA and her BA at Wesley and is currently employed as an office manager for Quality Technology Solutions, Inc. The couple resides in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. 4


’99 Back in the summer of 1996, a group of Wesley College men’s lacrosse players decided to create a club team called StuFunk Lacrosse Club. Since that summer, the alumni players and friends have played in many tournaments up and down the east coast, including the Bump and Grind Tournament in Medford, New Jersey, Laxtoberfest in Annapolis, Maryland and the Summit Lacrosse Classic in Lake Placid,



New York. This summer will be their 15th year at the tournament in Lake Placid and for the second year in a row, will feature two StuFunk Teams of Wesley alumni, players and friends. The first team competes in the Masters Division and includes PETE MORAN ’06, JEFF BLACK ’00, TIM CLARK ’98, MICHAEL MCGRATH, and two 2009 Hall of Fame inductees - JOHN MARONEY and KEVIN MCDERMOTT. The second team com-

petes in the Open 2 Division and includes JIM MCCLEAFT ’09, KIRK WALDIE ’09, NICK PISACANO ’10, SHANE LYNCH ’10, ERIC CRUMBOCK ’11 and JOE TREZZA ’11. 6

’04 MICHELLE (LEE) KERSEY shares the news of her marriage to Kenny Kersey on October 4, 2008. The wedding took place at the Duncan Center in Dover, Delaware. The bridal party included Wesley alumnus AMANDA (HOCKING) FESEL ’03. Michelle is employed at Lake Forest High School as a physical education and special education teacher and is also head girls soccer coach. 7

’07 AMANDA KNIGHT and CHRIS KULAK ’03 are pleased to report that they were married on July 11 at Wild Quail Country Club in Wyoming, Delaware. The maids of honor were Kristin Knight and Katie Miller. Matron of honor was LAUREN (HUNT) BELAIR. Bridesmaids included Lisa Uttenreither, CANDICE (COREA) MICHELINI, KRYSTAL HELMER and Sharon Davis. Flower girl was Becca Lane. The best men were Mike Parks and David Kulak Jr. Groomsmen included Matt Kulak, Trevor Knight, Kevin Davis and Bob Golas. Ring bearer was Ryan Kulak. The bride is a 5th grade teacher at W. Reily Brown Elementary in the Caesar Rodney School District and the groom is a 4th grade teacher at Central Elementary in the Lake Forest School District. Following a honeymoon in the Florida Keys, the couple now resides in Frederica, Delaware. In addition to Wesley graduates in the bridal party, there were a number of other alumni and friends in attendance, including: GEOFF BELAIR ’03/’05, BILL BUCZYNSKI ’93, JESSICA ISKANDER, JOHN and LAURA LEACH, BRIAN SHANKLIN ’01 and LAUREN (DECKER) SHANKLIN ’02, FREEMAN WILLIAMS ’99 and TAMEKA (MCCULLOUGH) WILLIAMS ’97, JOHNNY WOODS ’02, STUART TRAFFORD ’04/’05, TARAH (WINTERS) CURL ’04, MARY DURHAM, JEANETTE PANUNTO ’08, KRISTINE (WALLACE) SCHULTZ ’95, KATHRYN STANT and SUSAN COOPER (FACULTY). 8


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are pleased to announce their marriage. The wedding took place on October 3 at Maple Dale Country Club in Dover, Delaware. The two met at Wesley College almost five years ago while living in the same dormitory – Roe Hall. Justin graduated with a BS in environmental science and is employed as an analytical chemist for the State of Delaware and Jillian graduated with a BA in media arts and is currently an admissions counselor at Wesley. After celebrating at the reception with many Wesley alumni in attendance, including a majority of the women’s lacrosse team, the couple honeymooned at Disney World in Florida. 9 Pictured from left: DONALD BLACK, KARLA RATLIFF, ADAM JOHNSON, NATALIE BAKOMENKO ’09, MICHAEL BRITT, JILLIAN (TRACY) LONTZ, JUSTIN LONTZ ’07, BRITTANY BLOCK, MEGHAN JONES ’09,


’09 LEIGH ANN (LITTLE) COLEMAN proudly announces her marriage to Jason Coleman. The couple wed on August 14 at Pizzadili Vineyards in Felton, Delaware. Leigh Ann is the director of publications and campus photographer at Wesley College and her husband is employed by Areas USA as a general manager. The couple lives in Hartly, Delaware. 10

IN MEMORIAM Norma McVean Towle ’55 Hazel (Brandenburg) Celis ’60 Kimberly D. Dyar ’92 Margaret H. Nichols

Weddings Photo Contest While it was difficult to choose among the wonderful photos received, the votes have been tallied and we are pleased to announce the photos that were selected for each of the following categories. Congratulations to each of our alumni contest winners who will be receiving a $50 gift card to Crate and Barrel! Most Romantic

Most Classic Couple

Ethan Rhodes ’96 and Tara Johnson

Victoria Runyon ’03 and Robert Windle, Jr.

Most Alumni Pictured

Groom Ronnell Peters ’06 and bride Mandie LaFermine surrounded by fellow Wesley alumni. Pictured from left: Robert Gordy ’08, Mike McClendon, Nick Minor ’06, Derek Jones, Gary Payne, Larry Bryant ’04, Cody White and Tyrell Brown ’07.


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| alumni event Dr. and Mrs. Johnston chat with Dr. R. Jervis Cooke and Mae (McCabe) Dukes ’31.

Reaching Out Gatherings Keep Alumni & Friends Involved BY AMANDA DOWNES ’06

WITH LESS THAN 18 MONTHS into Dr. William Johnston’s presidency at Wesley College, a new vision is quickly taking shape. With a comprehensive campus-wide strategic and master planning process well underway, along with recordsetting numbers of students on campus, the College administration is embracing the involvement, support and feedback of all its constituents at this critical time in Wesley’s development. Coinciding with this are a number of outreach efforts being made by the Office of Institutional Advancement, including plans for some regional gatherings to keep alumni and friends informed about the College and its progress. Since many alumni have not yet had the opportunity to meet President Johnston, he will be hitting the road to greet and interact with graduates at upcoming events designed to combine an informal meeting format with a social component. Starting with some of the closest neighbors to the Dover campus, alumni in classes of 1964 and earlier along with other


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friends of the College residing in Delaware’s Sussex County were invited to a “Town Hall Meeting and Social with the President” on October 27 at the Methodist Manor House in Seaford, Delaware. Attendees enjoyed some light hors d’oeuvres and casual conversation with the president and his wife, Susan Johnston, along with a couple Wesley staff members. The group shared stories of their days on campus and fondly recalled their Wesley experiences and friendships. They also discussed historical moments at the College as well as some of the more recent campus developments. One distinguished guest at the event was Dr. R. Jervis Cooke, former Wesley president who led the institution from 1977-1983 after long-standing connections with Wesley as a trustee and former director of the Peninsula Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Cooke remarked, “I was pleased that Dr. and Mrs. Johnston, the alumni director and the vice president for institutional advancement took the time to visit with us and that the Methodist Manor House in Seaford was chosen as the location in which to gather.” There are plans to bring events of this kind to other areas in order to reach greater numbers of College alumni and friends. Visit to find out about upcoming events. Or if you are interested in hosting a special Wesley gathering in your town, please contact Director of Alumni Affairs Amanda Downes at 302-736-2318 or ■


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Here Comes the Fun Fall Activities for Alumni and Families BY AMAN DA DOWN ES ’06

Fresh Experiences, from page 8

provided the Wesley audience practical financial advice from his popular book “Getting Loaded: A Complete Guide to Personal Finance for Students & Young Professionals.” Throughout the series, faculty members were encouraged to juxtapose their own course curricula with the various lecture topics and many assigned attendance at one or more of the programs as part of a course requirement. Ozechoski stated, “Any time we can link the co-curricular experience to the curricular experience we enhance learning.” While steady participation throughout the series was promising, the committee still needs to evaluate its overall success. “Once the faculty reviews it, we will decide whether or not to continue this,” Ozechoski said. “I hope annually, we will hold such a series,” she added. ■

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n November 1 a group of alumni and families took in the sights, sounds and tastes of fall at Linvilla Orchards in Media, Pennsylvania. Participants enjoyed a picnic lunch followed by an entertaining afternoon of activities on the grounds of the 300-acre farm well known for its agriculture as well as its educational and recreational activities. Alumni and guests were treated to a private hayride tour through the fields and orchards. The youngest attendees also enjoyed roasting marshmallows over the campfire, navigating the corn maze, trying out the apple sling and taking part in feeding the menagerie of animals that make their home there. After the original event date had to be rescheduled because of severe rain storms, the group that gathered on November 1 ended up with a clear and dry day in which to participate in the many activities offered at Linvilla Orchards. The sun even made an appearance in late afternoon. The Wesley staff welcomes all alumni to get involved in future programming and visit the online community at where upcoming events are continuously posted. Events are also announced in the monthly We Are Wesley e-newsletter. If you are not currently on our email list and would like to be added, please update your personal profile online with your current email address at or call 302-736-2467 for assistance. ■

past 20 years, the last three of which she served as chair. As a native of Arlington, Virginia and a resident of Fairfax County since 1960 when the area was still very rural, Broyhill is very proud of how the area has grown and prospered since then. “Fairfax County and Tyson’s Corner have become one of the largest, most populous areas in Virginia. I enjoyed watching the transformation of my hometown into a little thriving city.” Serving and providing leadership to her local Red Cross chapter was very meaningful because it allowed her to give back to the community she loves and still be dedicated to her profession. Looking back on her career, Broyhill credits Wesley College for providing the building blocks for a lifetime of success. “Wesley helped me get into UVA and law school and gave me the foundation that makes me who I am now,” she said. She jokes that her greatest accomplishment may be surviving 20 years of practicing law. “It’s been a wild ride, that’s for sure.” Her advice to currents students, especially young women, who are considering a career in law is to realize the inevitable sacrifices that come with such an ambitious career path. “This is a stressful job. It is a lot of responsibility and long hours,” she noted. Yet, she is quick to note the highlights of her field. “In the entire practice of law what I enjoy the most is when I have a diagnostic challenge. I like being able to find a way to fix a problem or find an answer to a question no one else can find. That’s what I have always excelled at,” she said. When Broyhill graduated from Wesley, she received a small silver candy dish as a reward for her perfect GPA. Recently, she found the tarnished silver memento, had it polished and now proudly displays it in her home. “Whenever I see it, it reminds me of Wesley and all the fond memories.” To this day, she still considers it one of her most cherished possessions. ■




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Allison and Brad Gudeman with their boys, seven-year-old Maxwell and five-year-old Spencer

Giving Back, Looking Ahead BY JEN N IFE R TE LLES ’09

After 11 years of marriage, Brad Gudeman ’95 and Allison (Snyder) Gudeman ’98 both recall their Wesley College days as the most influential time in their lives. Having met at Wesley during Allison’s freshman year and Brad’s senior year, the two knew they were destined for each other from the start. “Allison’s entire college experience reflected our relationship,” remembered Brad. “We were engaged in Allison’s junior year and married three months after she graduated.” Yet, the fond Wesley memories the Gudemans hold do not just include their courtship. Both were captivated by what Wesley College offered as a whole. “We were drawn to Wesley for its small class size, teacher to student ratio, and close proximity to our families,” Allison reminisced. Brad had been recruited by an upperclassman who had participated in the Wesley College ambassador program and Allison was introduced to the College through the guidance coun-


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selor at her high school. Both knew that Wesley had exactly what they were seeking in a college. Both Allison and Brad were active participants in the Wesley College community and gained experiences that fostered their development and prepared them for the professional realm. During his sophomore year, Brad pledged Alpha Phi Delta. He stated, “The bond of brotherhood with college friends extended well beyond my college years.” Allison graduated with a degree in elementary education and has since used her skill-set as a childcare director and substitute teacher in the Baltimore County Public School District. She has also been an educator at her local church. Brad is currently an owner in a commercial modular building construction company known as Modular Genius, Inc. He attributes his ability to run a business to the fundamentals he learned at Wesley. “Dr. Jacobs thoroughly challenged all business majors and truly prepared them for the real world,” he noted. Feeling that they owe much of their success to their Wesley education, Allison and Brad have recently joined other dedicated alumni and friends in financially supporting the College. As new members of The Wesley Society, the Gudemans believe in the College’s mission and have pledged to become partners through their involvement and financial support. They were proud to make their first major gift to help maintain Wesley’s proud traditions and provide opportunities for future generations. “Without Wesley our life together would have never happened and our business opportunities would have never come to fruition,” said Allison. “Giving to The Wesley Society is a satisfying way to give back what Wesley has given to us.” The Gudemans were pleased to be updated on campus developments and view a glimpse of the new master plan during a recent meeting with Chris Wood, vice president for institutional advancement. “The potential growth in the next 10 years is very exciting,” stated Brad. “Already, since the 10 years of our graduations, the changes that have occurred on campus are amazing.” The Gudemans continue to stay connected with fellow graduates through annual Homecoming events and stay abreast of campus and alumni news through Wesley magazine. Enthusiastic about the vision for Wesley’s future and eager to demonstrate their support to make it possible, the Gudemans encourage their peers to do the same. Allison expressed, “It is a great way to support our College and get reconnected. Go Wolverines!” ■ To learn more about The Wesley Society visit

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