Westminster Magazine Fall/Winter 2023

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FALL/WINTER 2023 Volume XLII, Issue 1

EDITORIAL STAFF Elizabeth Fontaine Hildebrand ’92 Editor & Designer Kristen Aleprete Staff Writer

OFFICE OF ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT 724.946.7364 Kara H. Montgomery Pamela Marlowe Zackal ’08 ALUMNI COUNCIL Dr. Nanci Kleese Hosick ’95, M’03 President PRINTER Printing Concepts, Inc. Erie, PA EXECUTIVE OFFICERS Jeffrey A. McCandless ’80 Chair, Board of Trustees Dr. Kathy Brittain Richardson President Dr. Jamie G. McMinn Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean of the College Kenneth J. Romig ’85 Vice President for Finance & Management Services Dr. Karen H. Schedin Vice President for Enrollment Management Dr. Gina M. Vance Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students Jason A. Lener ’93 Director of Athletics The Rev. James R. Mohr II College Chaplain Erin T. Smith Chief Information Officer On the cover:. Alyssa Brest ’26 Photography credits: Derek Buck, Colleen Dreyer ’24, Kevin Fenstermacher, Elizabeth Hildebrand ’92, Jason Kapusta, Alex Marinski ’24, Kara Montgomery, New Castle News, Erin Smith, Gary Swanson, Warner Bros., Pamela Zackal ’08 Mailing address: Westminster College, 319 S. Market St., New Wilmington, PA 16172-0001 ATTN: Westminster Magazine Editor Email address: wcmagazine@westminster.edu For Admissions inquiries, call: 724-946-7100 Westminster Magazine is published twice a year by the Office of Marketing & Communications. Westminster College does not discriminate, and will not tolerate discrimination, on the basis of race, color, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, veteran’s status, religion (except for those positions where religious affiliation is a necessary qualification), or any other classification protected under applicable federal, state, or local law, in the administration of any of its educational programs, activities, or with respect to admission and employment. Westminster College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and acts in accordance with applicable laws in all of our hiring and employment practices. Inquiries may be directed to the Equal Opportunity Officer, Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA 16172-0001, 724-946-7247. Westminster College is related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) through the Synod of the Trinity.

Fall days are for frolicking on the Quad.


FALL/WINTER 2023 | Volume XLII, Issue 1


Message from the President


Campus News


Living the Dream: Stories of Titan Entrepreneurship and Success


Ten Things Titan


Titan Sports Hall of Fame Inductees


Homecoming & Reunion Weekend Highlights


Titan Alumni Lauded During Homecoming


Alumnus Spotlight: Abby Sumpter Wheaton ’05


Message from the Alumni Council


Class Notes


National Connections & Alumni Events


In Memoriam


Meet the Class of 2027


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s you walk through the hallways of the Hoyt Science Center, Patterson Hall, Thompson Clark or Old Main, you’ll see numerous posters or photos that display student, faculty, staff and alumni achievements. The Huey Heritage Center and the hallways in the Memorial Field House similarly bear witness to the athletic and academic achievements of generations of students and coaches. The walls of the Tower Room in Old Main are bedecked with plaques saluting outstanding faculty and alumni. Even the grounds and benches across campus carry plaques that tell of beloved Titans. Evidence of decades of Titan pride abounds at Mother Fair. Earlier this fall, we received another recognition that points to the truth of this pride when Washington Monthly named Westminster as No. 84 among the top 201 national liberal arts colleges that make “contributions to the public good” through promotion of social mobility, research, and community and national service. When applying the magazine’s service metric, Westminster stood out as the No. 24 institution nationwide. This type of national recognition aligns so well with the College’s mission: “to help students develop competencies, commitments and characteristics that have distinguished human beings at their best. The liberal arts tradition is the foundation of the curriculum continually designed to serve this mission in a rapidly changing world.” I encourage you to visit the College website to see the outcomes of the mission as they are outlined there—they include the development of key skills in communication, creativity and reasoning; the demonstration of moral and ethical commitments; the acquisition of the knowledge and appreciation of self, others, cultures, the natural world and relations to God; and the attainment of skills for careers and responsible service as citizens. These are lofty aspirations. We seek to recruit and then graduate students who understand that how one lives as a Titan is as important as becoming a Titan. But it is a mission I see realized day after day, year after year, in the lives of our most recent alums to those who graduated decades ago who live each day with meaningful purpose, integrity, faith and a commitment to serving those in their families, communities and the world. In these challenging times for higher education, the importance of such an education cannot be overemphasized. Titans do indeed contribute to the public good—and inspire our Titan pride. Thank you for all you do to make this educational mission realized in our students. Your support is critical to the good work done on campus—and makes a difference in so many ways while our students are here at Mother Fair and then beyond. It’s truly a great (and proud) day to be a Titan! Dr. Kathy Brittain Richardson President of Westminster College

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CAMPUS NEWS | Titan news on and beyond campus

College receives ARC grant Nursing simulation lab to be ready in fall 2024


$437,351 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) will be used to support the development of a high-fidelity nursing simulation lab. This award is part of a nearly $54 million package supporting 64 projects in 217 coal-impacted counties through ARC’s POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative, which directs federal resources to economic diversification projects in Appalachian communities affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations and coal-related supply chain industries. This is the largest single POWER awards package to date since the initiative launched in 2015. The simulation lab will benefit Westminster’s nursing students and regional first responders seeking to further their skills by providing realistic medical scenarios and dynamic learning environments. The laboratory spaces will be equipped with five lifelike manikins, including a mother that can give birth, a newborn and an infant. The lab will also be outfitted with standard medical equipment such as beds and crash carts, an observation room with recording equipment and three-dimensional anatomy and physiology tables. “Westminster is deeply grateful for the Appalachian Regional Commission’s support of our high-fidelity simulation lab. Reflecting the confidence of our elected federal, state, and local officials, foundation and employer partners, ARC leaders recognize the value of a Westminster education in nursing and health-related fields and also the College’s ability to be a great neighbor in our region,” said Westminster College President Dr. Kathy Brittain Richardson. Additional funding for Westminster’s high-fidelity simulation lab project has already been provided by the Lawrence County Commissioners, the Buhl Regional Health Foundation and two private donors. “We are excited to implement this dynamic, experiential mode of teaching and learning as we

train nursing students and allied health professionals to provide, or continue providing exceptional care across Lawrence, Mercer and Beaver counties,” said Westminster College Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Jamie McMinn. “At a time when these three counties are facing tremendous healthcare shortages, I am so proud of our nursing students and the education they will receive in this new facility.” The new lab is expected to be completed by fall 2024. The ARC is an economic development partnership entity of the federal government and state governments from Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. Focusing on 423 counties across the Appalachian Region, ARC’s mission is to innovate, partner and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia.

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Faculty adds three members


estminster welcomed three new faculty members to the teaching ranks this year, enriching the School of Business, the School of Social Sciences and the School of Arts and Humanities. Dr. Andrew Bain, assistant professor of criminal justice studies. He earned his master’s in criminal justice studies and his Ph.D in criminal justice from the University of Portsmouth. Martha McGrathBrown, instructor of sports management. She earned an undergraduate degree in political science from Taylor University and a master’s in sports management from Slippery Rock University. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in parks, recreation and tourism management at North Carolina State University (NCSU). Dr. David Horst Lehman, assistant professor of history. He earned an undergraduate degree in history and interdisciplinary studies from Goshen College. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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How do we rate? Mother Fair fares well during ranking season


all is college ranking season, and Westminster continues to receive recognition as a top liberal arts college in the nation. The College’s commitment to affordability, helping economically disadvantaged students and doing the best for the public good earned the plaudits of ranking leaders U.S. News & World Report, Washington Monthly and Money magazine.

helping non-wealthy students obtain marketable degrees at affordable prices. Money magazine’s “2023 Best Colleges” list moved to a five-star rating system this year and Westminster has made a strong showing with a solid four stars. The system aims to give collegeshopping families a more useful tool when looking for the best school for its value.

Westminster increased its standing in the annual U.S. News’ “Best Colleges” list, jumping 11 spots to No. 112 this year in the National Liberal Arts Colleges category. The College was also named 16th in the nation in the “Top Performers in Social Mobility” list, the fifth year appearing in the category’s top 20 list.

Colleges of Distinction recognized Westminster College for its handson learning, strong student-teacher relationships, a vibrant campus life and successful outcomes. The College was also named a Pennsylvania College of Distinction and was cited for excellence in its business, education and nursing programs.

Focusing on schools that contribute to the public good, Washington Monthly placed Westminster among the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the country. Westminster is one of only two Western Pennsylvania colleges to make the Top 100 placement. They also named the College a “Best Bang for the Buck College” in the Northeast region for

Westminster was listed in the Best in the Mid-Atlantic section of Princeton Review’s “2024 Best Colleges: Region by Region” website. Schools that made the list are those that the publication deems “academically outstanding” and worthy of consideration in students’ college searches.

2010 alumnus to lead PDCE


ustin Gregorich ’10 has been appointed director of the new Office of Professional Development and Community Engagement (PDCE).

Westminster College student musicians perform off campus at the New Wilmington Borough Amphitheater, pictured below.

New series to build relations between students, community


estminster’s new Professional Development and Community Engagement (PDCE) office is encouraging students to make connections with members of the local area through a new initiative, Beyond the Quad.

The Beyond the Quad art series kicked off in October with three arts-based opportunities for students to engage with New Wilmington and its residents. The School of Music hosted the first event in October, a concert at the New Wilmington Borough Park Amphitheater featuring the Trumpet Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble. In November, the College welcomed community members to Mueller Theater for the Titan Terror Showcase—a screening and award ceremony for entries to Westminster’s Titan Terror Project short film competition.

In his new role, Gregorich will offer students career planning strategies and connect them with local, regional and national employers for internships, networking and placements. Gregorich earned his B.A. in elementary education from Westminster and has worked in Mercer County public school and higher education institutions. He previously served as assistant director of admissions and financial aid counselor at Thiel College. The PDCE is a new collaborative endeavor that connects students not only with internship, career and networking opportunities, but also with problembased and service learning opportunities that complement classroom instruction. Gregorich and Dr. Helen Boylan ’95 will lead this endeavor, developing synergies among Westminster, regional employers and community partners. The PDCE is located on the second floor of McKelvey Campus Center.

On Dec. 3, environmental artwork from local college and high school students will be featured during a community art walk and creative writing reading showcase. “The Beyond the Quad art series is an opportunity for students to connect with the community through the arts,” said Dr. Helen Boylan ’95 of the PDCE. “We are excited for students to get off campus, share their talents and feel part of the New Wilmington area community.” Beyond the Quad is supported by Westminster College alumni Bob ’80 and Debby Caleskie Jewell ’80.

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Students network with alumni, professionals


undreds of alumni and students joined forces during this year’s Professional Networking Symposium (PNS) on Sept. 29. The annual event places alumni panelists and professional and industry experts in front of students for frank conversations regarding a variety of professional fields. The day featured a career fair, breakout panels and networking opportunities with alumni and multiple experienced professionals. Each session addressed specific topics and interests for students in all majors. Notable skill-based sessions included “Beating the Bots,” a session dedicated to LinkedIN and resumés in the artificial intelligence era, and “Using TRIO Tools to Support Your Career Goals,” a session about the services offered by Westminster's TRIO program.

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PNS kicked off the day prior with a keynote address from author, Wall Street financial executive, professional athlete and speaker, J. Derek Penn. Author of “Diary of a Black Man on Wall Street: From Youngstown, Ohio, to the Big Apple,” Penn discussed how to leverage both the college and sports experience, and how to prepare for the first year at school to the first job and beyond. Penn, originally from Youngstown, Ohio, earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University and an MBA from Duke’s prestigious Fuqua School of Business. He held brief stints in the NFL and CFL. He has worked for firms such as Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers, Fidelity Investments, Pershing LLC and BNY Mellon.

Lackey tapped to lead Drinko


r. Patrick Lackey, associate professor of chemistry, has been selected to serve as director of Westminster’s Drinko Center for Undergraduate Research. The Drinko Center for Undergraduate Research seeks to promote and provide students with a variety of research, scholarly, and creative opportunities in all academic disciplines. Lackey, who has been a member of Westminster’s faculty since 2016, earned his undergraduate degree from Duquesne University and his Ph.D. in biochemistry and biophysics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Financial aid has new leadership


egene King ’03, M’08 has been promoted to serve as director of financial aid.

King, who has worked in the financial aid office since 1999, has served as assistant director since 2007. She succeeds Cheryl Gerber who retired last year. “Regene is a steadfast supporter of Westminster, a proud alumna and a talented professional in her field committed to customer service and excellence in compliance,” said Dr. Karen Schedin, vice president for enrollment management.

Henderson lecturer Kohler discusses OERs


amie Kohler, director of McGill Library and associate professor, presented the 2023 Henderson Lecture in October. Kohler discussed open educational resources—free learning materials that can be downloaded and shared with students and eliminate the need for textbooks—and how they are utilized and perceived by faculty members. As OER becomes increasingly popular, Kohler’s research found that educators are more accepting of OER. Most reluctance stems from the extra time required to implement new material using the system. The lecture highlighted the research on faculty’s willingness to use OER and best practices for programs that support them. Kohler joined Westminster College since 2011.

WELCOME WAGON | Morgan Byers ’24 and Alex Hough ’25 are two of 41 student orientation leaders who helped usher in new students. Orientation leaders help plan and execute activities for incoming first-year, transfer and international students in order to make their first days at Westminster an easier experience.

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Esteemed faculty members such as, above from left, Dr. Russell Martin, Dr. Trisha Cowen and Dr. Timothy Grieve-Carlson, share their research.

Campus celebrates faculty scholarship


ne-third of Westminster’s faculty scholars discussed their research and creative works at the day-long Faculty Scholarship Celebration on Oct. 18. Intended to introduce Inquiry and First Year Program students to the wide variety of faculty scholarship, the event also was an opportunity for all students, faculty and staff to discover and explore the impressive faculty work happening all across campus. Faculty scholars who participated were: Dr. Jenna Copper, education, “Keeping the Wonder in Teaching and Learning: Writing an Instructional Methods Book.”

Keith Bittel, business administration, “Accountants: An Endangered Species?” Summer Zickefoose, art, “Artist Residencies.” Dr. Patrick Lackey, biochemistry and chemistry, “Studying RNA/Protein Interactions in the Lab and on the Computer.” Dr. Joshua Corrette-Bennett, biology, “Using Salamanders as a Model for Tissue Regeneration.” Dr. David Horst Lehman, history, “Glacier Erasure: Stories, Speculation, Surveys, and Soil Science in Potawatomi Homelands.” Dr. James Rhoads, political science, “The Obama Legacy: Some Early Perspectives.” Bradley Weaver and Kandice Hartner ’12, communication, “Extreme Makeover: Learning Experiences and Extreme Deadline Projects.”

Dr. Eric Fields, neuroscience and psychology, “The Negativity Bias and the Positivity Effect: Changes in the Processing of Emotional Information as We Age.”

Dr. Jessica Rhodes, psychology, “The Psychological Impact of Nature Therapy.” Dr. John Robertson, biology, “Morphology—On a Musical Plane.”

Dr. Jeffrey Bersett, Spanish, “Being Invisible: Scholarship and Translation in the 21st Century.”

Dr. Deanne Buffalari, neuroscience and psychology, “This Is the Brain on Stress: What Systems Affect How Vaping, Diet, and Exercise Affect Animal Stress?”

Dr. Andrew Ade, English, “Adventures in Playwriting.”

Dr. Matteo Luisi, physics, “Mysterious Radio Sources in Our Galaxy.”

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Dr. John Bonomo, computer science, “A Small Fib: Exploring the Fibonacci Sequence.” Dr. Russell Martin, history, “Translation and Meaning—Insights From the Trenches of an Ongoing Research Project.” Dr. Trisha Cowen, English, “Bringing Horror Back: Researching Monstrous Literature.” Dr. René A. Picó, education, “Deconstructing the American Narrative of Race.” Dr. Kristianne Kalata, English, “‘Think it With a Man’s Brain’: Narration and Gender Identity in Charlotte Bronte’s Fiction.” Dr. Patrick Krantz, Center for the Environment, “The Westminster College Apiary—Research, Rewards, and a Persistent Rash.” Dr. Timothy Grieve-Carlson, religion and philosophy, “How Did Climate Change Affect Religious Belief in the 17th Century?” Dr. Ann Throckmorton, biology, “Assessment of Water Quality at Westminster College: Results From a Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Project.” Dr. Peter Smith, chemistry, “Recovering Critical Minerals From Waste Streams.”

Kneeling in front, from left, are Jonas Clark ’25, Alexa Ransom ’24, Abigayle Hvizdak ’23, Emiley Kushner ’23, Dr. Tricia Ryan and Brad Weaver. Standing in back, from left, are Rachel Summers ’26, Jocelyn Whalen ’26, Owen Martin ’25, Tyler Dickson ’23, Aubrey Suttelle ’26, Jayneil Latham-Mason ’23, Lane Voytik ’24, Ashley Madasz ’24, Rachel Brady ’26 and the Rev. James Mohr.

Experience Alaska: A mission of discovery


or the past seven years, the Rev. James Mohr, college chaplain, has led students on a journey to Anchorage, Alaska, where they do God’s work, commune with nature and find time for personal introspection. Experience Alaska 2023 was no different. This year’s service trip, May 15 to June 1, included Mohr, 13 students and two faculty members, Dr. Tricia Ryan, assistant professor of nursing, and Brad Weaver, lecturer in the School of Communication. Once arriving in Anchorage, Alaska, the travelers connected with the Rev. Matthew Schultz ’95, pastor of Anchorage’s First Presbyterian Church, which would serve as their home base for much of the trip.

“This service-oriented trip looks at a variety of issues facing Alaska and the world. Each day is designed as a time of deep reflection,” said Mohr. Students spent time volunteering in homeless shelters, soup kitchens, food banks and a recycling center. They also led worship services at First Presbyterian Church and Palmer Community Church. Mohr said they studied the Alaska Native culture and looked at the social concerns facing Alaskans, such as political dynamics, family trauma, food insecurities, affordable housing and dependency issues. They also learned about environmental threats such as global warming and glacier melt and how they impact marine life.

The group experienced Alaska’s natural beauty by visiting the wilds of Denali National Park and Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park. Time was also spent in the world’s most northern rain forest and on the waters of Resurrection Bay looking for whales and other sea life.

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BILL ’73 & ANNE (McKee) craft ’73 English majors

The Crafts during Westminster’s Homecoming & Reunion Weekend in October.

In our words: Supporting the institution that shaped our lives



Dr. William Craft, 11th president of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and Anne McKee Craft, an academic counselor in Concordia’s Center for Student Success, both retired in June.

estminster is in our bones. As infants, we lived on campus where Galbreath (Bill) and Eichenhauer (Anne) now stand; we went to kindergarten in the WWII barracks where Beeghly Theater is today. Bill rebounded for Buzz Ridl’s Titans when they warmed up for home games, and Anne held the train of a long-ago May Queen on Old Main Terrace. Years later, in June of 1973, we held our wedding reception at McGinness Dining Hall. The connections started before we were born and never stopped. Bill’s father and grandfather built or renovated several buildings on campus. Anne’s dad, Delber, taught history at Westminster. Our mothers both earned master’s degrees at Westminster and all our siblings went to college there. The faculty of our day—Fritz Horn, Bob DeSieno, Larry Sells, Clancy Martin, Art Jenson, Delber McKee —transformed our lives. We fell in love with college at Westminster and in many ways never left. It’s no accident that we’ve spent our lives as college teachers and administrators: we just followed the path blazed by the Westminster men and women we so admired. We’re glad to give consistently each year (going on 35 years) so that others can have the same life-changing experience. 10 w w w.w e s t m i n s t e r. e d u

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Faculty granted sabbaticals in 2025



wo Westminster faculty members have been granted sabbatical leaves during the 2024-2025 academic year and will use the time to broaden the scope of their research and scholarly interests.

Dr. Michael Aleprete, professor of political science, has been approved for a spring 2025 leave and plans to work on a textbook regarding the politics of the Russian Federation following the collapse of the Soviet Union. This book, aimed at upper division undergraduate students, will examine contemporary Russian politics by focusing on the emergence of the Russian Federation as a state within a region comprised of its former empire. Aleprete, who joined the Westminster faculty in 2007, earned his undergraduate from Duquesne University and his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. John Robertson, associate professor of biology, has also been approved for a spring 2025 leave. Robertson plans to conduct research regarding gill arches and the pyloric cecum, elements of the digestive system of fishes. Robertson hopes his research will enrich his teaching of the Comparative Anatomy and Anatomy and Physiology courses and provide opportunities for lab projects and collaborative undergraduate research. Robertson joined the Westminster faculty in 2000. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts, a master’s from the University of Rhode Island and a Ph.D. from Arizona State University.

C. harrison greene ’16 Broadcast & Digital Communications Home:

West Middlesex, Pa.


TRIO pair elected to state board


RIO Student Support Services (TRIO SSS) Program Director Erik Austin and TRIO Academic Advisor Marissa Kelly ’14 were recently sworn in as president and president-elect, respectively, of the Pennsylvania Association of TRIO Programs (PA TRIO). The mission of PA TRIO is to engage Pennsylvania TRIO program personnel in professional and leadership development, legislative affairs, increased communication, collaboration and support of student success and lifelong learning. Austin and Kelly both joined Westminster’s TRIO SSS office in 2021. The federally-funded program provides services and resources to first-generation, income-eligible students and students with disabilities to ensure they successfully navigate their college education.

Program Analyst, NASA SBIR/STTR Program

Why He Gives:

“I feel a sense of responsibility, as an alumnus, to nurture Westminster College’s potential for ongoing growth and prosperity. By establishing a consistent practice of giving as a member of the Westminster College Coffee Club, I maintain my strong connection to the Titan community and guarantee a lasting place at home in New Wilmington. My monthly Coffee Club donations are driven by a genuine commitment to preserve the institution’s core values and high standards, ensuring it continues to stand as a beacon of excellence for generations to come. The perks of being a part of the Coffee Club for me are tangible, but the lasting effects on Westminster students are immeasurable.” W e s t m i n s t e r C o ll e g e M a g a z i n e 11

Alumni returned to the announcing booth this fall. At left is Jason Mackey ‘06 covering the Homecoming football game. At right, student Ben Kelly, left, and Kellen Gursky ‘17 get ready to call the game against the Thiel Tomcats.

Alumni return to call football games


his fall’s live sports broadcasts on WCN/Titan Radio featured some familiar voices, as several alumni returned to the broadcast booth to call games and work with current student Ben Kelly, a sophomore marketing and professional sales major from Vineland, Ontario, Canada. Returning to the airwaves this year were: Kellen Gursky ’17: Sept. 9 football game against Thiel College. Gursky has announced for IHeart Radio and Steelers Nation Radio. Jason Mackey ’06: Oct. 7 Homecoming game against Bethany College. Mackey is a sports writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Joe Salmen ’18: Oct. 21 football game against Allegheny College. He works for JFS Wealth Advisors. Augustus Necastro ’20: Nov. 4 football game against Carnegie Mellon University. He is currently pursuing a doctor of chiropractic degree. Craig Rechichar ’04: Nov. 11 football game against Geneva College. He is employed with BankUnited and is also in his 16th season working for the Pittsburgh Penguins radio network.

HONORED GUESTS | Members of the All-College Honors Program gather with President Kathy Richardson, left, and adviser Dr. Jamie Chapman, right, following dinner at the President’s Manse.

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Living dream the


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t’s been only a few short years since Joshua Veon ’21 was approached about filming some drone footage of the Westminster football team. He accepted the challenge and during that fall 2019 season, he spent his time shooting practices and games for the Titans, providing a birds-eye view of the action. But he wanted to do more—so he grabbed his own camera and started shooting highlight videos from the sidelines when he wasn’t piloting the drone. “Those videos got a lot of positive attention from the coaches and players, and I continued to make them all season,” he says. Other Westminster teams caught wind of his camera skills and soon he was creating similar content for softball, soccer, lacrosse, basketball and golf. His entrepreneurial spirit—and his film and video production company Orchard Eight Media—was born. Today Veon, who graduated with a degree in marketing and professional sales, can be found helping clients from an array of industries showcase their brands. “I describe my job as a content creator. It is not as simple as a videographer or photographer. It encompasses both jobs,” he says. “You have to always be looking for the next piece of content that will bring value to your clients or the world itself. My job is always changing.” While he’s often creating content for athletics, small businesses, corporate accounts and influencers, he acknowledges he does it all. “I have done weddings, dog calendars, real estate listing videos, high school football, drone operations, cooking videos and the list goes on,” he says, adding that he appreciates that each job brings a new experience.

3Opposite page: Joshua Veon '21

“My favorite thing about my job is the fact that it is never the same. I am in different environments every day, which helps keep it fresh and exciting. I also really enjoy being able to meet so many interesting people from all sorts of different backgrounds,” he says.

“I was in the perfect spot and that clip was used all across social media and seen by millions of people,” he says. “That was the first pro game I really got to appreciate what I was doing and on the scale that is the National Football League.”

Last summer he had the opportunity to work on a high-profile project with Pittsburgher Ryan Peters, who was working on a social media series that involved making pasta from flour and fresh eggs—but doubling an egg yolk in each episode. “By June 2023, it was episode 14 and he was up to 10,000 eggs. At that point he got the call to fly down to North Carolina and complete the next episode with MrBeast, one of the biggest YouTube brands in the world with over 189 million subscribers,” he says. Veon was able to travel south for a week to film the episode, an opportunity he cherishes. And while Orchard Eight continuously brings new experiences and opportunities his way, Veon isn’t sitting idle during his off hours. His entrepreneurial mindset is still in gear. He hosts the podcast “The MVP” with fellow Westminster alum Alex Mullen ’23. He also has taken on a couple of choice side gigs that have introduced his skills to a much larger audience: working with the social content team for the NFL and MLB. Last season, Veon covered the Christmas Eve Steelers vs. Las Vegas Raiders match-up. The 8 degree temperatures didn’t prevent him from capturing the game-winning Steelers touchdown in the final minute of the fourth quarter. When rookie Kenny Pickett threw the touchdown pass to George Pickens, Veon was there ready and waiting with his camera.

JOSH VEON ’21 Veon’s drive, passion and determination are traits that embody many successful alumni and student entrepreneurs who have passed through Westminster’s School of Business and the Westminster Entrepreneurship Center (WEC). The WEC, under the direction of Westminster Lecturer and Entrepreneurin-Residence Eric Gaber, works to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit in all students—regardless of major. The WEC helps guide students and provides all the support necessary through mentors,

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opportunities and tools necessary to be successful individually or with their own ventures. “Through the WEC, Westminster students are given the opportunity to turn their dreams and ideas into action,” says Gaber.

“We offer students the chance to grow their network and collaborate with successful alumni and business leaders, getting necessary hands-on experience working in the real world. We’re preparing them for the future.”


One such networking opportunity takes place each spring during the Westminster Entrepreneurship Center Symposium. There students can rub elbows with industry professionals and take part in panel discussions on current business issues, trends and best practices. The annual Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year Award is also presented during the symposium (see sidebar of past winners), and students have the chance to hear their stories of success.

2022 David King ‘91 2021 Rick Cesari ‘78 2019 Lyn Goss ‘66 2018 Chad Wise ’97, DDS

“The symposium is a great way for students to connect with and learn from other curious, driven and innovative thinkers,” says Gaber. Veon, who remains connected to Gaber and WEC, is happy to share what he’s learned on his path to entrepreneurial success, reminding students to have patience and be prepared to make sacrifices. “The battle isn’t won overnight. It requires a lot of work and time to start up a business, especially early on. It takes a lot of deliberate action to slowly work towards your goals. Get comfortable with working late nights and early mornings. You may even have to sacrifice time with friends or hobbies,” says Veon, also pointing out that there will be setbacks along the journey. “You must be able to pick up the pieces and keep going. Get used to being ghosted and rejected. Every ‘no’ is one step closer to a ‘yes.’” S E.F.H.

2017 Laura Scotford ‘86 2016 David Robbins ‘82 2015 Dave & Robin Gooch ’75 ‘75 2014 Robert Jazwinski ’75, CPA/PFS, CFP

Gaber selected to lead entrepreneurship council


estminster College Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Lecturer Eric Gaber, director of the Westminster Entrepreneurship Center, has been appointed chair of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Council (ELC), a consortium of more than 20 colleges and universities from the tri-state region. Gaber will lead the council in its mission to empower future innovators and leaders. The ELC is an essential institution dedicated to advancing innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership across the region. 16 w w w.w e s t m i n s t e r. e d u

Gaber has more than 30 years of experience leading organizations from corporate inception through ongoing organizational management. He is president of E&C Services Inc., a leader in executive search consulting services primarily operating within the engineering, construction, manufacturing, real estate, health care and biopharmaceutical industries. He earned his undergraduate at Clarion University and an MBA and EMBA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.




t was 15 years ago when Amy Johnson Schneider’s prayers were answered. She and her husband, Jim, had both been longing to make a difference and were looking for a way to weave their faith into their daily work. Jim shared with her his God-inspired idea to start a faith-based eyewear company that would deliver God’s message through the gift of sight. After finding no similar brands in the optical industry, their vision—Eyes of Faith—soon came into focus. “It was clear that God combined Jim’s years in the business world and my years as an optician to inspire the vision for a new faith-based company,” said Schneider, who had been working as an optician since earning her history degree in 1993. The pair found their entrepreneurial calling and Eyes of Faith found their niche of providing eyeglass frames featuring Biblical scriptures printed on the inside of the temple. “Eyewear is one the most noticeable accessories we wear and so our frames become a catalyst for someone to share their faith,” she said. “When someone comments on your glasses you can show them the scripture and it becomes an easy ministry tool.” But Eyes of Faith is more than just fashionable glasses imprinted with scripture messages. The Schneiders felt a stronger calling to help others on a deeper level—and they answered with innovation. With each purchase of an Eyes of Faith product, funds are used to help support missions that deliver eye care around the world and other faith-focused causes. Schneider is particularly proud of their collaboration with Delilah Rene—host of the syndicated radio show “Delilah”— and her Point Hope foundation which supports disadvantaged children in West Africa and the U.S. Eyes of Faith has helped fund the construction of three homes for widows and orphans at Delilah’s Point Hope in Ghana, West Africa, and this year, they spearheaded an effort for the building of a communitysustaining eye clinic in Ghana’s Point Hope Village.


“This facility will help deliver life-changing eye care to people who may otherwise never have had the opportunity to see clearly,” said Schneider. Schneider credits her Westminster education with giving her the fundamentals necessary to follow her entrepreneurial dreams—even if she isn’t directly involved in the field of history. “My liberal arts education is what prepared me for the professional path I chose,” she said. “It paved the way for my future success, and gave me the foundation to branch out beyond any specific degree I could have received.” S E.F.H. W e s t m i n s t e r C o ll e g e M a g a z i n e 17




ed Kerr ‘93, owner of Touchstone Capital Inc., a multimillion-dollar financial services company in Pittsburgh, utilizes his finance degree to continually guide his professional and personal entrepreneurial path.

Maintaining ties to Westminster, Kerr received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 2002 and currently serves on the Westminster College Board of Distinguished Visitors. Entrepreneurial experience along with a strong calling to help others led Kerr to create Touchstone Cares, a 501(c) 3 organization in 2018. Kerr and his wife Patty Reis-Kerr recently established an elementary school in Brazil that serves 200 students with the intention to build more schools in the future. “My work in Brazil preceded my success in business by many years. Don’t wait until you can afford to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate,” said Kerr. “The fact is that if someone graduates from Westminster, they are already among the most privileged people in the world and should have the capacity to begin giving back in some way.” Kerr believes the unpredictable nature of business often provides universal lessons. “I find the fragility of business plans very surprising. I have learned to hold loosely to the plans that I make, preferring to see them as a choice of direction rather than the prediction of a destination,” said Kerr.

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Becoming an entrepreneur was not always a career goal for Kerr. “I envisioned being a professional investor, someone who passively invests in and owns businesses. I did not necessarily envision being the owner-operator of a business myself,” said Kerr. DON’T WAIT “Learn to think like a business UNTIL YOU owner even if you never become CAN AFFORD one.” Continuing his education, Kerr earned his Certified Financial Planner certification from the College for Financial Planning in Denver, Colorado. He also attended the Trinity School for Ministry and holds a Master of Arts in Religion, Christian Ministry and Missiology degree.


Reflecting on his time at Westminster, Kerr considers his liberal arts education a lifelong learning experience. “It broadens one’s mind, makes one more wholesome, and causes one to be a better steward over God’s creation. Westminster has certainly impacted me in these ways,” said Kerr. S K.A.




shley Ray Sharek can trace her entrepreneurial lineage back four generations. Her greatgrandmother owned a jewelry store that was later passed down to Sharek’s grandmother. Her father and aunt, Dr. Herbert Ray ’84 and Dr. Heidi Ray ’87, operate a dental practice, continuing the entrepreneurial tradition. But Sharek—a 2008 Westminster graduate who holds a law degree from Duquesne University School of Law—had other plans: to become a litigator at a large law firm. She toiled away at a larger Pittsburgh firm after law school, but after several years, she felt pulled in a familiar direction. It was time to hang out her own shingle. Sharek Law Office opened in 2018, and the boutique firm focuses on estate planning, probate and elder law. “I am too much of a people person. Estate planning is an area that I love. Helping people ease through a tough subject is a huge passion of mine,” Sharek said.

Recently “Law Firm 500” named Sharek’s business the third-fastest growing law firm in the country, and she said that is due to taking a slow and methodical approach when she began this journey—something she was able to do thanks to another entrepreneurial endeavor. Sharek also owns a clothing boutique, so when she made the jump from a big firm to building her own practice, she had another income stream. “That allowed me to grow my business slowly with a solid foundation of networking and referral partners,” she said. Running her own firm comes with its ups and downs, but at the end of the day, Sharek said she knows she made the right move. “Every time I work with clients and see the sense of relief on their faces, I know I’m doing exactly what I’m supposed to be doing,” she said. Her firm’s “heartcentered approach”—getting to know her clients, understanding their goals and putting their needs first—is something she can trace back to her entrepreneurial background, but also to her alma mater. “Westminster builds an amazing community and culture and it’s something that I strive to build in my own business,” she said. “Pittsburgh is a pretty small network and I can’t tell you how many conversations that have begun talking about Westminster. Whether they’re older or younger, we always find the conversation comes easy after that Westminster connection.” S E.F.H.


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ee Hite ’66 grew his family business, The Hite Company, through years of dedication and an entrepreneurial approach to life and work. The company began in 1949 and currently serves Pennsylvania, New York and West Virginia with over 20 business locations. Hite maintains his successful business through expansion and consistent growth.

The Hite Company. The scholarship provides financial assistance to students enrolled in economics, business or a related field of study, with first preference given to a student who lives within the service area of The Hite Company. His commitment to others through education is a large part of Hite’s personal and professional life.

After working for U.S. Steel for four years, he joined the family business in 1968 as vice president of marketing. He was named president in 1976 when his father became chairman. He later served as served as chairman and CEO of the company. The Hite Company has grown to 21 stores in three states and almost 300 associates. His keen business sense has led the company to sales of more than $120 million.

The Hite Company offers a broad range of electrical products and services and has expanded as industry needs have changed and grown. The company's dedication to customers is evident by their long-standing success in the business. Hite’s client base of electrical contractors, purchasing agents, builders and more, reflects his commitment to supporting entrepreneurs through partnership.

Hite is a longtime supporter of higher education, providing scholarships to many schools in geographical locations where he owns a business. The Robert L. Hite Memorial Scholarship Fund at Westminster was established to honor Hite’s father, founder of

In keeping with their entrepreneurial family tradition, Hite’s sonin-law, Scott Lawland, was named president of the company in 2009. His daughter, Katie Brouse, is vice president of marketing. S K.A.

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bigail Cannon believes she was born to be a wedding planner. She recalls many childhood days playing dress-up in her mother’s wedding gown and happily watching any rom-com movie or television program with a wedding theme. “Frankly,” Cannon says, “I’ve always just loved love.” A senior business administration major and honors student, Cannon has spent the past two years helping couples find their happily-ever-afters by working for one of Pittsburgh’s full-scale wedding planning firms, Wanderlust Weddings and Events, and interning with the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. Between both outlets last year, she helped execute more than 50 weddings and this year she has handled about 20—more than half of which she fully led herself. “It brings me immense joy to be able to help others and this job allows me to do that,” she says. “I get to help people celebrate their love for one another and play a small part in one of the most important days in their lives. That is really special to me.” She has begun exploring her future options and hopes to one day turn her love affair with love into a career path. She has created her own entity on Instagram—“Abby’s Arch”—where she shares her journey as a budding wedding planner. She’s also been able to develop a network of vendors, clients and other wedding-related professionals. Cannon said that Westminster and the Westminster Entrepreneurship Center have prepared her for whatever step she takes next. “Westminster prides itself on ‘Real Experiences, Real Success.’ I have found that what makes Westminster different is the commitment to giving students real hands-on experiences,” she said. “Westminster has prepared us for the real world and has given us memories that will last a lifetime.” S E.F.H.

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TEN THINGS TITAN 10 things making us pretty Titan proud right now Titanic actions


It was a moment of quick thinking for Westminster junior Patrick Benedict this summer when he saved the life of a choking coworker by performing the Heimlich maneuver. The marketing and professional sales major sprang into action while working as a Pittsburgh Pirates game-day security employee at PNC Park. The Pirates awarded Patrick with the Pin of Excellence, while the American Red Cross presented him with prestigious Lifesaving Award. Well done, Patrick. We’re honored to call you a Titan.

Principal spot


The nation’s #1 public high school, Early College of Guilford in Greensboro, N.C., is under the helm of Westminster history alumnus Pete Kashubara ’92! Since 2020, Pete has served as principal of the school that U.S. News & World Report has ranked the best—from a pool of 18,000 schools—in the country.

Stick skills


Men’s lacrosse player sophomore Jahiem Hawkins played for team Jamaica in the 2023 World Lacrosse Men’s Championship held in San Diego, Calif. Jamaica went 4-0 in Pool D after posting victories over Germany 5-3, Switzerland 105, Poland 6-4 and New Zealand 10-6. Hawkins, a sophomore pre-nursing major from Huntinton Station, N.Y., played in three of four Pool D games and caused a turnover against both Switzerland and Poland. Titan proud!

Fiddling around


September was a busy month for Melinda Crawford Perttu, professor of music. The Scottish fiddling champion shared her skills on the main stage at the 64th annual Ligonier Highland Games. Later that month, she presented a workshop and judged the U.S. National Scottish Fiddling Championships at PennWest Edinboro University. Keep on fiddling!

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Barbie, 2023. Courtesy Warner Bros.

Barbie dreams

5 & 6.

James Leon ’20 and Casey McDonald ’13 each had special connections with the biggest —and pinkest—movie of 2023, “Barbie.” James, a biology graduate and former Titan football player, appeared as a lifeguard in the summer blockbuster, acting opposite Ryan Gosling’s “Ken.” While he didn’t appear on screen, public relations alum Casey had plenty of behindthe-scenes involvement as global corporate communications manager for Mattel, the company that owns the iconic Barbie brand.

Sheer poetry


David Swerdlow, professor of English, has released his third collection of poetry, Nightstand. His new book, which highlights the struggle to shelter family in violent times, also features cover artwork from the late Peggy Cox, former professor of art. Although Nightstand has been called David’s best book by far, we’re already looking forward to his next creation.

Select ensemble


The Wind Ensemble, under the direction of R. Tad Greig, has been invited to perform at the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Eastern Regional Conference at Cornell University in February 2024. Chosen through a blind selection process, Westminster’s ensemble is one of only six bands invited to perform at the confearence. Other ensembles performing are from Penn State University, University of Delaware, Dartmouth College, Cornell University and Montclair University. The ensemble also earned a performance spot at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All State Conference in April 2024. Congratulations!

Drumroll, please


Put your sticks together for first-year student Myles Henneghan. As a member of the Connecticut Hurricanes Drum and Bugle Corps, Myles competed in the Drum Corps Associates World Championships in September. The Hurcs won their second World Championship in the Open Class Division. Myles, who hails from Norwalk, Conn., is majoring in accounting and music as a second major.

Rescuing reading


We’re proud of alumna Amy Hazlett ’85 for helping to keep literacy alive and books in the hands of young learners in the Wilmington Area School District (WASD). Amy and two fellow retired WASD secondgrade teachers—Christine Zarone and Pam Redfoot— have come out of retirement for one year to run the district’s junior-senior high library, which has been closed for six years.

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The Class of 2023 Hall of Fame inductees, from left, are Jessie Szakacs Daly ’12, Steven Brooks ’15, Michael Killian ’89, Matt Bendig ’88, Rick Sewall ’65 and Erin Hinks Tack ’06.

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ix former Westminster athletic standouts joined the Titan Sports Hall of Fame in September. The Class of 2023 members were formally inducted at a ceremony on Sept. 8 and recognized during halftime of the Westminster vs. Thiel football game on Sept. 9.

Matt Bendig ’88, Football/Men's Track & Field

Matt Bendig spent four years with the football program and two years with the track and field program. A four-year letter winner and three-year starter, he was a key contributor with the 1987 football team that finished 9-2. The defensive end was named to the Pittsburgh Press All-District Second Team following the 1987 season after posting 55 tackles and five pass breakups. He totaled 282 career tackles and helped the program post a 25-11-1 record. He competed in the javelin and was a qualifier for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) national championships in 1985, but was unable to compete due to injury.

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Steven Brooks ’15, Swimming & Diving

Steven Brooks, a two-time team captain, earned four letters with the swimming and diving program. A two-time national qualifier, he earned Honorable Mention All-American citations in both the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke at the 2015 NCAA Division III Championships. Brooks also competed in the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke at the 2014 national championships. A four-time All-PAC selection, he earned First Team in his final three seasons and claimed three-straight Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Swimmer of the Year awards from 2013 to 2015. Brooks was a seven-time PAC individual champion, winning three-straight titles in both the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke, and competed as a member of nine PAC championship relays. He was named Honorable Mention All-American by the College Swimming & Diving Coaches of America (CSCAA) in 2015 and was a key contributor to PAC team titles in both 2013 and 2015. Brooks owns individual school records in the 50 freestyle, the 100 backstroke and the 200 backstroke and is a member of the school-record 200 medley and 400 medley relays.

Erin Hinks Tack ’06, Volleyball

Erin Hinks Tack, a four-year starter and three-time All-PAC selection, was an outside hitter with the volleyball program. She earned First Team All-PAC as a junior and senior after claiming Second Team All-PAC as a sophomore. Tack was a first-year starter on the 2022 PAC championship team, Westminster’s firstever title as a member of the league. She had 13 kills in Westminster’s 3-1 upset win over Washington & Jefferson College in the semifinals of the 2003 championship tournament and totaled 23 kills in 2004 to help the Titans earn a four-set semifinal victory over the Presidents. She was voted a team captain and team most valuable player as a senior. Tack ranks in the program’s top 10 in career kills (1,325) and career service aces (143).

Michael Killian ’89, Soccer

Michael Killian, a goalkeeper, was a three-year letter winner with the soccer program and was a member of Westminster’s first varsity team in 1986. He was named a team captain as a junior and senior and earned Western Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Soccer Conference (WPISC) Honorable Mention recognition in 1998. As a junior, Killian was selected to play in the WPISC NorthSouth All-Star Game. In 1992 he played professionally in Arequipa, Peru, with Sportivo Huracán before signing with the

Pittsburgh Stingers, an indoor team that played in the Continental Indoor Soccer League (CISL), for the 1994 and 1995 seasons.

David “Rick” Sewall ’65, Baseball

Rick Sewall, a four-year letter winner with the baseball program, was the ace of the pitching staff throughout his final three seasons and helped lead the Titans to the West Penn Conference (WPC) Championship in each of his four seasons. He won at least five games as a starting pitcher in each of his final three seasons and totaled over 20 career victories. Sewall’s earned-run average (ERA) also led the staff in two of his final three seasons. In 1963 he fired a pair of two-hitters, one against Grove City College and the other against Saint Vincent College, and finished the year with a 0.94 ERA. Sewall was elected team captain and president of the Titan Varsity W All-Sports Organization as a senior. In 1965 Sewall was honored as the first-ever recipient of the NAIA’s Gene Waldron Memorial Award as the nation’s top student-athlete in baseball, given for athletic ability in baseball, academic achievement and good citizenship. A national award, it was presented at the NAIA World Series at Phil Welch Stadium in St. Joseph, Mo.

Jessie Szakacs Daly ’12, Volleyball

Jessie Szakacs Daly, a three-time All-PAC First Team selection with the volleyball program, remains one of the best setters in school history. Recognized as a member of the PAC’s 60th Anniversary Team in 2014, she ranks second in program history with 3,309 assists--just the third Westminster player to total over 3,000 career assists. Daly was among the top four PAC assists leaders in each of her last three seasons. She appeared in 33 matches as a freshman and finished second on the team in assists (478), helping Westminster net its secondstraight PAC title. She served as a co-captain as both a junior and senior. Daly added 539 career kills, 1,245 career digs and 124 career service aces.

Westminster partnering with NIL platform MOGL


estminster is partnering with MOGL as the exclusive name, image and likeness (NIL) solution for Titan student-athletes. Through MOGL Monetize, Westminster will have access to top-notch digital agency services, compliance technology and educational resources to support student-athletes in their pursuit of NIL opportunities. This partnership is a significant step forward in expanding NIL opportunities for Westminster student-athletes and providing the College with the essential technology for streamlined automatic disclosures to reduce the burden on staff. As part of the partnership, Westminster will be able to connect Titan sponsors and fans to student-athletes enabling them to request endorsements, video shout-outs, appearances and more in one ecosystem. Westminster is the first school in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference to collaborate with an exclusive NIL solution. MOGL

is also working with Division III schools Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., and the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va. “This is a game-changer for the Westminster community, as it allows our network of donors, business owners and fans to connect with our studentathletes,” said Director of Athletics Jason Lener ’93. MOGL partners are provided with a comprehensive compliance solution, which includes disclosure logs, contract review and valuable insights on NIL transaction activity. Additionally, they can direct their brand partners, local businesses and alumni to a secure platform designed to engage with their talented athletes. W e s t m i n s t e r C o ll e g e M a g a z i n e 2 5


Juniors Mia Sherman and Dalton Hamm were crowned the 2023 Homecoming King and Queen.

MORE PHOTOS AVAILABLE ONLINE! www.westminster.edu/2023homecoming

Class of 1972

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50th ANNIVERSARY | Members of the Class of 1973 celebrated their Golden Anniversary at this year’s Homecoming. Front row from left: Gary Rice, Susan Talbott, Hugh Anderson, Allene Morris Scott, Katie Klepfer Chamberlin, Mary Marsh Gleason, Kappy Jackson Sarver, Dave Sarver. Second row from left: Thomas Campbell, Susan Swager Johnston, Joe McCaw, John Luce, Bruce Michelotti, Bill Eavenson, Carl Teets, Rob Rosche, Barb Mitchell Rosche. Third row from left: Jeffrey Jones, Jack Riddell, Anne McKee Craft, Bill Craft, Gail Guidosh Flanigan, Larry Housholder, Ruth Elsinger King, Ward King, Leatha Kieser. Fourth row from left: Skip Winter, Judy Engwer Winter, Scott McGrath, Linda Seneff Gross, Lois Frost May, Susan Twaddle Chiafullo, Pam Griffith Block, Barbara Kitchen. Fifth row from left: Dave Flower, Bob Wiskemann, Millard McQuaid, Kathy Orr Venema, Pam Pope Courtney, Kathryn Swaney Doby, Vivian Gahring Lay, Janet Stamm Nevin. Sixth row from left: Frank Leon “Tim” Herron, Gene McNamara, David Knight, Carleton Young.

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Titan alumni lauded during Homecoming


estminster Alumni Award Citations and the Young Alumni Award are presented annually to those alumni who have made significant contributions, achieved success and served their communities well. This year’s honorees made their marks in various fields—business, tech, broadcasting, finance, real estate development—but each started out at the same place. From the inspirational and empowering liberal arts education to the relationships they formed, skills they developed and new experiences the gained, their years at Mother Fair were foundational and life changing. “I will forever remember the overwhelming feeling of support, love and fellowship when I gave my Senior Chapel Address,” said Dan Matt ’13 “Having family and friends, current students and alumni take the time out of their day to come listen to my faith journey and reflect on my four years was the culmination of my time at Westminster.” “My favorite Westminster memory was arriving on campus on day one—and it only got better from there,” said Gary Brown ’71, has continued to support Westminster since his graduation more than 50 years ago. “The best thing about the Westminster experience is developing many, many lifelong friendships.” Matt agrees, and is continuously impressed by the network of Westminster

Young Alumni Award

President Richardson, standing center, and Alumni Council President Nanci Kleese Hosick, right, congratulate this year’s award winners. In front, William Hazen, and in back from left, Gary Brown, Theresa Schneider and Sebastian Driver-Salazar. Missing from photo is Dan Matt. alumni who are willing to elevate and support fellow Titans. “When I moved to Montana directly out of college I knew no one, however, leveraging the Westminster network, I quickly made a lifelong friendship with fellow alumni Wayne ‘61 & Rhudi Forrest Miller ‘62 who lived in the area. Though these alums graduated nearly 50 years prior, through our shared passion for Westminster and their heart of service, they quickly made Montana feel like home.” Current senior and soon-to-be alumna

Theresa Schneider ’24 said she feels prepared for the next chapter of her life, thanks to the many opportunities for growth that Westminster provided. “These opportunities have allowed me to grow as a person and reach my full potential. None of my accomplishments would have been possible without the support of my friends, teammates, coaches and professors,” she said. Westminster presented Alumni Award Citations, the Young Alumni Award and the Rising Titan Award as part of the 2023 Homecoming & Reunion Weekend.

Alumni who graduated within the past 10 years and are making significant contributions as they build careers and serve their communities or the College

Daniel Matt ’13, who holds a degree in business and communication studies from Westminster, is a manager at Deloitte Consulting LLP, where he focuses on human services transformation within the government public service industry. He is currently implementing strategic plans regarding health and human services policy and the latest in innovative technology to best serve recipients of social service programs. While a student at Westminster, Matt served as the treasurer for the Student Government Association and created a donation account for peers who experienced a tragedy in their lives.

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Alumni Citation Award Winners

William “Bill” Hazen ’65 spent his professional life as an industrial engineer, methods analyst, manager of methods, director of information technology, vice president of claims payment and senior vice president of merger implementation. With a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Westminster and a master’s in business from the University of Dayton, he established Bill Hazen & Associates—a management consulting company with an emphasis on interim chief of information officer services, managing company IT departments—in 1992. Hazen served as a member of the Westminster College Board of Trustees and is a member of the Westminster College Titan Sports Hall of Fame, inducted in 2002 for football. He built and is owner of Creekside Cabin, a log cabin located three miles outside of New Wilmington, which he converted to a short-term rental property.

Rising Titan Award

Gary Brown ’71 is the CEO of Mount West Investments, a private equity and real estate investment organization. Prior to forming Mount West Investments, Brown spent 14 years as president and CEO of Iron City Sash & Door Company and vice president for over 20 years. Brown also owned and operated the Greentree Racquet Club for 27 years. A member of the National Advisory Board of The Salvation Army, he also is a lifetime member of the Greater Pittsburgh Advisory Board and chaired its Emergency Disaster Services Committee. He was the 2008 recipient of the William Booth Award and volunteered his services at ground zero after the 9/11 attacks. He has served four terms on the Westminster College Board of Trustees, to which he chaired the Athletic Advisory Committee and the Student Affairs Committee and was vice chair of the Finance Committee. As a Titan supporter, he’s contributed to a multitude of capital projects and established an Athletic Endowment. In 2010, he was inducted in the Westminster College Titan Sports Hall of Fame for basketball.

Sebastian Driver-Salazar ’05, who earned a degree in broadcast communications from Westminster in 2005, is a host, reporter and play-by-play announcer for ESPN. He covered the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup on the ground in Russia and Qatar, providing bilingual coverage for ESPN and ESPN Deportes. Since joining the network in 2016, DriverSalazar has also covered the International Champions Cup, the USWNT, and the Little League World Series. He regularly contributes to ESPN podcasts “TwoOnTri,” “Max & Herc,” and “ESPNFC.” While at Westminster, Driver-Salazar was a member of the men’s soccer team and a finalist for the region for All-Conference Player. He currently resides with his family in Washington, D.C.

Honoring up-and-coming students who showcase the ability to be leading alumni

Theresa Schneider ’24, a senior business administration major and entrepreneurship minor from Chardon, Ohio, is currently serving as director of public relations and content creation for the Westminster Entrepreneurial Center. She has worked in Westminster’s Faith and Spirituality Office and the Office of Alumni Engagement and is currently a representative on the Student Experience Council. In spring 2022, she completed the Disney College Program, and more recently, completed an internship with Delaware North’s Sportservice concession team at Progressive Field. This academic year, she is participating in an Americorps internship in New Castle. She is a member of the women’s swimming and diving team and also has competed with the golf team. W e s t m i n s t e r C o ll e g e M a g a z i n e 2 9



A champion in the field of education By BECKIE HARRIGER ERWIN ’86

Great teachers are great teachers because they learned from great teachers.


estminster College alumna and history major Abigail “Abby” Sumpter Wheaton ’05 is writing her own history in the ever-evolving field of education.

Since graduation, Wheaton has excelled as an award-winning teacher and credits much of her success to Mother Fair. “It cannot be overstated how much Westminster College impacted my path in life,” she said. “I learned so much and feel forever thankful to have started my higher education at Westminster.”

She discovered her love for history at Westminster, eventually becoming a history major with a minor in secondary education. She appreciates Dr. Russell Martin, Dr. Tim Cuff, Dr. Patricia Clark and the late Dr. David Twining for instilling in her a deep love for learning. From Martin, she learned to “set the bar high and students will rise to meet those expectations;” from Cuff to “teach the whole student, not just the subject;” from Twining that “it’s OK to not follow the plan;” and from Clark that “it’s OK to be the only woman in the room.” “All of this advice has served me well in so many ways,” she said. “Great teachers are great teachers because they learned from great teachers. And I had great teachers.”

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After Westminster, Wheaton earned master’s degrees in intercultural studies at Alliance Theological Seminar in Nyack, N.Y., and in literacy at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky. She makes her home in Kentucky and currently serves the Union County Middle School and High School in Morganfield as the gifted and talented resource teacher for students in grades six through 12. “My students challenge me every day,” she said. “I am so grateful to be able to offer them the space they need to really, truly be who they are, taking them deeper into learning what they want to learn. I strive to ensure my students know that whatever the dream, it’s attainable.”

“Hence, Abby’s God-given talents and faith and trust in the Lord characterize and assist Abby in meeting those challenges. She is courageous, energetic, dedicated, and a caring individual (teacher) who goes the extra mile(s) to create a better life for her students.” Alissa Bookwalter ’07 serves as a Rutgers MBS Externship Exchange adviser on Wheaton’s project. “What really makes Abby and this project stand out is the impact at scale; each semester, the Rutgers’ student teams are able to see their efforts and the immediate, positive impact that they have made in the students’ lives. Abby is truly an inspiration!”

From personal experience, she realizes how important it is for students to trust their teachers and know they care about them, something she says she also learned at Westminster. “Teachers don’t invest in their students for a year, they invest in them for a lifetime,” she said. “My professors and mentors at Westminster knew my name,” she recalls. “They still know my name. They care about me and we are a family. I want that for my students.” Wheaton has achieved enormous results working with students in her rural western Kentucky community, tapping into the Westminster alumni network as a personal and professional resource. According to Ben Nelson ’06, a classmate of Wheaton’s and past member of Westminster’s Board of Trustees, “Abby is a tireless advocate for public education and a shining example of how to create opportunities for alumni to get involved to help her students achieve their full potential.” Nelson happened upon a wish list Wheaton had compiled through Amazon and within three days, the list had been fulfilled almost entirely by Westminster alumni. “I was in absolute tears,” Wheaton recalled. “These were people whose only connection to me was through Westminster and they were supporting me and gifted education in Kentucky.” Nelson and his wife, Christie Grewe Nelson ’06, subsequently collaborated with Wheaton and her students on a Rutgers University research project, along with Ginny Petraglia, wife of Westminster alum Phil Petraglia ’83. Ben had asked Wheaton to participate as a mentor for the Rutgers Externship Exchange program, created by Christie. The scope of the program, according to Wheaton, was to examine school supply and funding gaps. “All of this started with an Amazon wish list and some very generous alumni,” Abby said. As Wheaton’s colleague and friend to Westminster, Ginny said, “When Westminster alumni and friends come together to achieve a specific goal, great things happen. Abby is a testimony to that greatness.” Ginny continued, “Today, students and teachers are challenged more than ever on issues not found in textbooks,” Ginny said.

Along with Bookwalter, Wheaton also serves on the Westminster College History Alumni Advisory Council, which seeks to grow the history major on campus. As the only teacher representative, Wheaton’s goal is to help streamline the requirements of the major. “History and secondary education is one of the most demanding combinations of study,” she said. “I don’t want students to become discouraged because of the demands pressed upon them just getting to graduation.” When it comes to her own young students, Wheaton expressed concern about their growing loss of curiosity due to the instant gratification of the internet. “Kids in today’s education environment don’t find pleasure in reading,” she said. “They don’t understand the joy of research, sitting in a library pouring through stacks of books to find the answers.” “I wish my students a life full of relationships. Good, trusting relationships are critical to growth and success. I am so grateful to have the relationships that came from my time at Westminster and I want that for my students,” she said. Don’t rule out the small colleges, especially Westminster, because that is where you will find a family of supportive and encouraging people to help direct you on your way.” S Abby was honored with the 2019 High School Teacher Achievement Award from the Kentucky Department of Education, a result of her deep devotion to her work. Additionally, she very recently was awarded the gifted and talented endorsement in gifted and talented education at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky. W e s t m i n s t e r C o ll e g e M a g a z i n e 3 1

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Friday, April 12, 2024 Avalon Country Club at Buhl Park 1030 Forker Boulevard | Hermitage, PA

Celebrating the impact of our key contributors who, through selfless generosity, ensure that Westminster College continues to thrive as a place where students develop the competencies, commitments and characteristics that distinguish human beings at their best.

hosted by Dr. Kathy Brittain Richardson | President of Westminster College


formal invitation to follow.

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MESSAGE FROM THE ALUMNI COUNCIL Hello Titan Family, When you reflect on your years at Westminster, what memories permeate your thoughts? Do you think of the friends you made in your freshman hallway? Of Greek life? Of sports teammates? Of your favorite professors or other mentors on campus? Whatever comes to mind, I hope you look back on your time fondly and that you share countless entertaining stories with fellow alumni every time you are together. If you are like me when considering your college years, you probably didn’t realize how many people worked behind the scenes to support you until after you graduated. It has been this revelation that pushes me to give back to Mother Fair. As president of the Alumni Council, I am honored to ask you to join me in becoming one of those behind-the-scenes supporters of our current Titans. With more than 50 majors and pre-professional programs, Westminster is doing a wonderful job of growing in a direction that supports the current needs of Gen Z college students in majors that are thriving in today’s world. If you are wondering how you can support Westminster, I am happy to list a few ideas! I hope you choose to actively support the College in whatever way best fits your current stage in life. First and foremost, we all know that the annual giving campaigns and crowdfunding efforts help to bridge the gap between the visions of the College and actually bringing those visions to fruition through support of our students. Westminster has been able to build a beautiful new addition to the Hoyt Science Center, establish a music gallery, modernize one of the College’s most utilized lecture halls and countless other enhancements, in part, because of financial gifts from alumni. If you’ve ever wondered, “Does my gift make a difference?” know that if every one of our solicitable alumni gave $100 a year, a transformational $2 million dollar sum would be achieved. How extraordinary! In addition to making financial gifts, the Professional Development & Community Engagement (PDCE) Center, run by alumnus Justin Gregorich ’10, would love to use the gift of your talents. The PDCE coordinates internships and work experiences through alumni leads and other outreach. We need alumni like you to provide expert professional connections as we help students build their resumés through internships and other valuable partnerships. And finally, if you are able and willing, you can also give back by donating your time. You can complete paperwork to volunteer, or nominate a friend, to serve on Alumni Council. You can become a Regional Alumni representative, who keeps their state or geographic area in the loop on the most recent happenings on campus. There are so many opportunities to give back and be one of those behind-the-scenes helpers aiding students in their success. President Richardson’s famous saying is, “It’s a great day to be a Titan!” I agree with her wholeheartedly and would add, “It’s been a great day to be a Titan FOR DECADES!” May we all stay engaged and find a way to contribute to the next generation of Titans. I look forward to seeing your name among our list of future volunteers and contributors! Sincerely,

Nanci Kleese Hosick ‘95, M’03 President, Westminster College Alumni Council

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STORY Everyone has a story—and we want to hear yours! We want to know all about you—your career, your family and your many adventures. Westminster Magazine’s Class Notes section is a wonderful way to share your story and keep up with old friends and classmates. Send us your news today!

CLASS NOTES | Titans doing incredible things. 1959

THE REV. ROBERT PALISIN was elected chaplain of the Order of St. Luke chapter in Avon Lake, Ohio, in January. Bob attended the Phi Kappa Tau National Convention in Las Vegas in July and in August, he participated in the New Wilmington Mission Conference. While at the conference, he climbed to the top of Old Main Tower and gave a one-hour carillon concert. In September, he officiated the wedding of his eldest son. Bob sings regularly, and occasionally as a bass soloist, at the Avon Lake Presbyterian Church.


WILLIAM MYERS and his wife, Barbara, recently published After Christendom: How Theological Anomalies Took the USA Into Chaos, and What Can Be Done, which considers how unexamined theology from

the Constantinian Era often morphed into destructive theological anomalies inside American Protestantism.


DAVID ORR is the editor of a new book, Democracy in a Hotter Time: Climate Change and the Democratic Transformation, a collection of essays from leading scholars, public intellectuals and political leaders about the dual crises of democracy and climate change. Orr is a professor of practice at Arizona State University, as well as Oberlin College’s Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics Emeritus.

ONLINE FORM westminster.edu/classnotes

EMAIL alumni@westminster.edu

MAIL Westminster College Office of Alumni Engagement 319 S. Market St. New Wilmington, PA 16172

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GOLFING BROTHERS | In May, 24 Phi Kappa Tau brothers from the classes of 1970 through 1975 gathered for an annual golf outing near Myrtle Beach—their largest reunion yet. Attending this year were, bottom row from left, Darrell Davies ’70, Craig Dimon ’72, Brent Long ’72, Alexander Sandy Black ’72 and Mike Hutkowski ’72; second row from left, John Zupanovich ’74 and Bob Bodycombe ’72; third row from left, Bill Cole ’71 and Ron Roppa ’75; fourth row from left, Chip Gerhart ’71 and Dave Williams ’74; fifth row from left, Ralph Dise ’74, Ron Wiggand ’70 and Tom Jackson ’72; and top row from left, Dave Sarver ’73, Patrick Lydon ’70, Bill Crawford ’70, Bob Watson ’70, Bill Kennedy ’70, Bob Boyd ’70, Dave Acheson ’70, Wally Clements ’73, Herb King ’74 and Bill Johnston ’72.


DR. DONALD McKIM published a new book, Following in the Way of Jesus: Theological Thoughts for Daily Living. A third edition of his book, Historical Dictionary of the Reformed Churches, written with Robert Benedetto, was also recently published.


ART KUSSEROW’s essay on reflections on suicide was published in the January 2023 edition of Quillette magazine. Although the retired director of behavioral health at Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Art continues to work as psychotherapist at the Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute (PPI), where he provides individual and marital therapy.


JANET MORROW DAWSON published her first book, Storm Season: A Hatteras Island Novel. Jan recently retired as owner and operator of the

Cape Hatteras Motel in the Outer Banks town of Buxton, N.C.


JOHN WEISEL was tapped as the global growth leader for Trask, a leading European digital solutions integrator. John will lead the company’s expansion into the North American professional services market.


CHIP GALUSHA has been named acting director for the Miller School of Entrepreneurship in the College of Business at East Carolina University.


MINDY NICHOLS WENDELL has authored Light and Air, her debut middle grade historical novel. Published by Holiday House Books for Young Readers, the book was named a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection and will be released in January 2024.

ORCHESTRAL REUNION | Amy Marasco Simpson ’86, center, performed Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2—a staple of orchestral literature and one of the most beloved, and hardest, of the piano concerto repertoire—with the Westminster College Symphony Orchestra in April. Pictured with Amy are classmates, from left, Anita Anderson, Chris Holland Herrera, Douglas Friant and Carrie Triko Widener.

TOURING TITANS | Liz Allen Margulis ’85 and her husband, Kent, got more than just exquisite views on a recent tour of the Canadian Rockies— they also discovered fellow Westminster alumna Judith Zellefrow Lightner ’64 and her husband, Charles, among the group of fellow travelers.


ROBERT OSTROWSKI was among 26 Pittsburgh-area business leaders selected by Pittsburgh Business Times for its 2023 C-Suite Awards. Robert is the executive vice president and chief investment officer for Global Fixed Income Group at Federated Hermes.

EIGHTIES LADIES | After almost 30 years, Jenny Schenck Murray ’86, Sheri Walker Young ’84, Kirsten Pealstrom Colen ’84, Nancy Ley Stenger ’86 and Jeannie Hatch Anthony ’86 recently gathered in Charlottesville, Va., for a long-overdue reunion.

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Effort. His songs have been featured on programs on HBO, the CW, MTV and many more. Also an entrepreneur, Greg launched a new micro-influencer brand, Earhopper, specializing in curated audio analog ephemera.

FOREVER FRIENDS | A small cluster of friends from the class of 1994 routinely get together several times a year for dinner, drinks and lots of laughs. Pictured are, in front from left, Kristin Marko Montanti, Julie Presecan Mollica and Brian Wilson, and in back, Mike Micco and Ronda Witkowski.


MELISSA WARD WEIKEL is serving as the secretary of the Board of Directors for LifeStyles of Maryland, a nonprofit supporting people experiencing homelessness and other at-risk groups in southern Maryland.

CHRISTOPHER LATTA was promoted to executive director of the Pennsylvania Legislative Budget & Finance Committee (LBFC). LBFC is a nonpartisan agency of the Pennsylvania General Assembly that conducts performance audits and program evaluations of the executive agencies of Pennsylvania’s state government. RICHARD RODA was promoted to chief legal officer for MSA Safety Inc. in June.



MAGGIE STEVENS VUONO launched TraConcepts LLC, which provides services such as business development and marketing, technical proposal writing, CRM assistance, contract management and sales team development. The company has also been granted women’s business enterprise and disadvantaged business enterprise certification. Maggie resides in Sarasota, Fla.


GREG HOY, a singer-songwriter, recently released a vinyl LP Yay For

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KIMBERLY DAVIS KLADITIS has been promoted to assistant principal at New Castle High School. She previously spent 18 years teaching at Farrell Area


ANDREW WINNER earned a Ph.D. in organizational leadership from the University of the Cumberlands. He is currently a Charitable Relationship Manager in Westminster’s Office of Institutional Advancement.


JESSICA RUMMEL METZGER joined The New York Times as a senior editor for the podcast “The Headlines.”


JACKIE FAIR PREPELKA was a presenter at the International Coalition for Girls Schools conference in Cleveland in June. Her talk on reimagining community in post-COVID times was a recap of the work that she does at The Ellis School, where she serves as the middle school Spanish teacher and grade-seven dean. Jackie and her family reside in Pittsburgh.

School District.


SARAH STANKORB has published a book, Disobedient Women: How a Small Group of Faithful Women Exposed Abuse, Brought Down Powerful Pastors, and Ignited an Evangelical Reckoning. A journalist, Sarah has written for various publications including The Washington Post, The New York Times, Vogue, Marie Claire and Glamour.

BENJAMIN NELSON was appointed to the Moody’s Foundation Advisory Board, comprised of senior leaders across the Moody’s company. Ben is the senior vice president and global credit officer of ESG Moody’s Investors Service.


ALISSA BOOKWALTER has been named chief of staff for 08W Naval Reactors.


VALERIE TUITE was named a Pittsburgh Business-Times’ 2023 Women of Influence award winner. Valerie is a business experience planning and administration specialist for PNC Financial Services Group Inc.


SARAH COOK BATOVSKY was promoted to learning design coach at Anclote High School in Holiday, Fla.

REBECCA BAKER AHARRAH was named the executive director of the Clarion (Pa.) Free Library in June. MICHAEL GORMAN has been recognized on the International Employment Lawyer’s list, “Tomorrow’s Leaders” for 2023. Gorman is an associate with the Morgan Lewis law firm. MOLLY SHARBAUGH ROMEO recently wrote and illustrated a children’s book, What If? KRISTEN THOMPSON was named a “30 Under 40” honoree by the Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce in May. She is a real estate agent with Howard Hanna Real Estate in Hermitage, Pa.

LECOM GRADUATES | Anna Lish Kaiser ’19 and Zachary Fryda ’19 graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine - Bradenton in June. Anna is pursuing a residency in neurology at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Zachary is pursuing a residency in pediatrics at Washington University in St. Louis - St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

ANNE TILLIE was named to Crain’s Cleveland Business’ “Twenty in Their 20s” list. Tillie is the project coordinator for the City of Cleveland.



TRAVIS GULLING, executive director of the Central Ohio Chapter of A Kid Again, was selected as a Columbus Business First “40 Under 40” honoree.



ASHLEY HELMICK BATEMAN was promoted to director of operations for OhanaLink Technologies.

JAYNE PISKORIK PIZZUTO joined the University of Pittsburgh’s Division of Student Affairs as director of new student programs.

AUGUST SANTILLO was named a “30 Under 40” honoree by the Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce in May. August is the chief compliance officer for JFS Wealth Advisors.


SARAH SLONAKER graduated in May from Liberty University with a Master of Education degree with a reading specialist endorsement. Sarah teaches second grade with Manassas City Public Schools in Manassas, Va.

2019 CARTER HALL joined the Centre College’s lacrosse coaching staff in 2022. In 2023 season, he helped guide the defense in his first NCAA tournament run with the program.


TAYLOR GALASKA was named a “30 Under 40” honoree by the Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce in May. Taylor is the guesthouse supervisor and marketing manager for Buhl Mansion Guesthouse & Spa in Sharon, Pa.


CHLOE JAWORSKI is working as a life skills teacher for grades four through six in the Mount Pleasant Area School District.

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WEDDINGS | Love always. 2020 | BAILEY DUNKS and Austin Fitch, May 27, 2023, at Red Fox Winery in Hickory, Pa. Titan alums in the bridal party included Emily Grimes ’20, Bailey Griffith ’21, Makayla Guntrum ’22, officiant Chelsea Gregley ’19, and ushers Marissa Miller ’18 and Jaira Cowie ’22. Other alumni in attendance were Andrew McMurray ’13, Jeremiah Shepherd ’16, Samantha Tome Shepherd ’18, Kyle Mucroski ’18, Sam Hockenberry ’19, Hunter Alexander ’19, Natalie Horstman ’20, Rebecca Hansen ’20, Nina Silver ’20, Ben Patosky ’21, Cass Nielsen ’21, Makenzie Snarey ’22, Alyson Pattison ’22, Maddie Miller ’23, Nathan Hughes ’23 and Jaden Knopsnyder ’23. The couple resides in Sturgeon, Pa. 2009 | KEVIN SHIELDS and Christian Peña, April 22, 2023, at Terrace in the Park in Queens, N.Y. Charlie Judge III ’07 served as a groomsman. Many Westminster alums were in attendance, including Sarah Spardy ’07, Jeremy Lawler ’08, Kial Vidic ’08, Steve Ruperto ’08, Carsen Nesbit Ruperto ’08, Gene Cunningham III ’08, Zach Marsh ’09, Floyd Dierker ’09, Aimee Gerber Wilson ’09, Christina Roseto Hays ’09, Jon Maielli ’09, Kimberly Hasara ’09, Tony Gomez ’09, and Zach Balog ’19. School of Music faculty member Bill Ambert also attended. The couple lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Westminster scholarships in your school district A select list of high schools maintain scholarship opportunities for students planning to attend Westminster College. These scholarships are often established by alumni who attended that high school and wish to honor their time at Westminster with a scholarship. Did you establish such a scholarship or are you aware of one in your school district? We would love to add your district’s name to our running list. Please let us know by contacting us at alumni@westminster.edu.

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We love a wedding! Did you recently tie the knot? Be sure to send us your wedding announcement and a photo. Do you have a big Westminster group photo? Send it along! We love to show those Titan connections! Email your high-resolution picture to alumni@westminster.edu or use the online form at www.westminster.edu/classnotes.

NEW ADDITIONS | Welcome, Tiny Titans. 2010 | MINDY ELIAS GROBE

2010 | BRIAN PETRUS and his

and her husband, Matthew: a daughter, Macy Elizabeth, on Jan. 9, 2023. She joins big sister Madison at home in Bozeman, Mont.

wife, Traci: a son, Salem Robert, on June 28, 2023. Salem joins big brother, Casper, at home in New Castle.



WELLER and her husband, Troy: a son, Tristen, on Aug. 6, 2022. The family resides in Quakertown, Pa.

UMSTEAD and her husband, TYLER UMSTEAD ’14: a daughter, Nadine June, on July 6, 2023. The family lives in Freedom, Pa.



SCHAUER and her husband, Ian: a son, Henry David, on March 14, 2023. The family resides in Cranberry Township, Pa.

MOSLEY and her husband, BRANDON MOSLEY ’14: a son, Elijah Lee, on April 20, 2023. The family resides in Norfolk, Va.

Welcome to the world, Tiny Titans! Westminster Magazine is happy to include the news of your latest arrival. Birth announcements and photos can be emailed to alumni@westminster.edu or submitted through the online form at westminster.edu/classnotes. Digital photos must be high resolution and 300 dpi. If emailing, please do not embed photos in the body of your email, but instead attach your high-resolution image.

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Alumni events are open to all alumni and friends of Westminster College. The Office of Alumni Engagement works with volunteers to plan events in cities and regions across the country— or virtual online events. Get connected with alumni in your area!

SUMMER & FALL 2023 JULY 20, 2023 Coffee Club Sip & Share

Those enrolled in the Westminster College Coffee Club, a recurring giving program, were invited to a special virtual trivia series, which included greetings and updates from President Richardson. Members were encouraged to bring their Westminster College Coffee Club mug and indulge in various Titan trivia questions for the chance to win prizes. JULY & AUGUST Summer Analyst Program Fireside chats with Dr. Marshall Poe helped to shape the final presentations of this summer’s Analyst Program cohort. The program is cooperatively coordinated by the Westminster College School of Business, Wall Street Bootcamp program of the MBS Externship Exchange at Rutgers University and several special guests. This summer’s offerings featured the following alumni: Brian Petrus ’10, Suzanne Wasilko ’15, Dave Nesbit ’79, Courtney Behm ’01, Kial Vidic ’08, Benjamin Nelson ’06, Dr. Christie Grewe Nelson ’06, Celebrity Series Director Connie McGinnis, Trustee Jen Bertetto and Professor of Economics and Business Emeritus Dr. Daniel Fischmar. Assistance was also provided by History Alumni Advisory Council members Matt Kerns ’07, Alissa Bookwalter ’07 and Professor of History Dr. Russell Martin.

CLASH KICK-OFF | As a kickoff to this year’s Clash of the Titans crowdfunding campaign, nearly 80 former student-athletes and coaches joined together at the Cambria Suites in Pittsburgh on May 19. Guests heard from Director of Athletics Jason Lener ’93 and learned how they could impact the student-athletes of today with gifts to their programs. Pictured above from left are Mark Pinnix ’79, Gary Kirstein ’79, Titan Head Basketball Coach Kevin Siroki ’93 and Kai Skinner ’21.

SEPTEMBER 10, 2023 Foxburg Alumni Dinner Roberta Laird ’76, regional representative for the Clarion area, hosted an alumni day in Foxburg on Sept. 10. Alumni enjoyed biking, kayaking and other outdoor activities in the area before gathering together for an evening dinner at the Allegheny Grille. 4 0 w w w.w e s t m i n s t e r. e d u

BUCCOS NIGHT | Raise the Jolly Roger! It was Titans night at the Buccos game on June 9 and 45 alumni gathered for a pre-game tailgate and night at the ballpark. Attendees enjoyed loaded tickets good at any of the venue’s food stands, pre-game foods and their names on the big screen welcoming Westminster. The event was coordinated by the Pittsburgh Regional Alumni Committee with special credit to Mandie Giambroni ‘09 and her husband, Andy, for assistance with the tailgate.


EVENTS NOVEMBER 28 Giving Tuesday Campaign for student impact projects NOVEMBER & DECEMBER Titan Holiday Market DECEMBER 10 Christmas Vespers Service DECEMBER 16 Kraynak’s Alumni Early-Access Event ZOO DAY | Alumni roared over our return to alumni day at the Pittsburgh Zoo. Easily one of our most popular gatherings, this year 60 + gathered under the Village Pavilion for a special lunch hour featuring an interactive animal visit. Guests also enjoyed all day zoo passes and loaded Zoo Bucks to make the most out of their day. Special thanks to Pittsburgh Regional Alumni member Melissa Spencer ’98 for helping coordinate this event.

JANUARY 10 Coffee Club Sip & Share* JANUARY 19 Wear Westminster Day APRIL 12 Celebration of Philanthropy APRIL 21 Florida Dinner Cruise hosted by Keith McCauley ’68



* Invitation only event

Stay connected with your classmates and other Titan alumni through in-person or virtual events. We’re frequently updating our events calendar, so please check back often!



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IN MEMORIAM | Titans we will miss. Word has reached us of the passing of the following alumni and friends of Westminster College. To submit information for the In Memoriam section, please provide a complete obituary notice (if available) to the Office of Alumni Engagement.

ALUMNI LOIS BURTON MASCORELLA ’47 of Huntsburg, Ohio, May 12, 2021. FRANK HOLUB JR. ’48 of Akron, Ohio, Feb. 11, 2022. DOROTHY MACKEY VANDER MAY ’48 of Dingmans Ferry, Pa., May 19, 2023. JAMES ORAVETZ ’49 of Norwalk, Conn., June 15, 2023. RUTH KARTLICK REID ’49 of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Dec. 5, 2021. ROBERT LOSA ’50 of Munhall, Pa., July 21, 2023. EDWIN DAVIS ’51 of McKeesport, Pa., Aug. 1, 2023. MARYLOU EDGAR CORBA ’51 of Novi, Mich., July 24, 2023. VICTOR BIANCHI ’52 of New Berlin, Wis., formerly of Ambridge, Pa., Sept. 6, 2021. BILLEE GAMBILL MOORE ’52 of Niceville, Fla., July 29, 2023. PATRICIA McCLURE HARDING ’52 of Quincy, Mass., Aug. 6, 2023. JACK RAMSEY ’52 of Salem, Ohio, March 29, 2020. ELEANOR “ELLY” REGULE BARTOE ’52 of Fort Myers, Fla., Jan. 5, 2023. VERNA SCARAZZO FABIAN ’52 of Liverpool, Pa., May 21, 2023. MAXINE ALCORN MCKAY ’53 of Taylorsville, Ky., March 28, 2023. PHYLLIS DOLSEN WATKINS ’53 of Clarks Summit, Pa., May 30, 2023. WILLIAM STRAILE ’53 of Rehoboth Beach, Del., Sept. 26, 2023. JEAN TOCHER STUBBS ’53 of Tempe, Ariz., Dec. 15, 2021. THEODORE WHITE ’53 of Bethlehem, Pa., May 8, 2023. LYNNETTE WILSON GRAHAM ’53 of Bradford, Pa., June 28, 2021. THE REV. DR. EDWIN YORK ’53 of Milford, N.J., June 6, 2023. WILLIAM BARCLAY ’54 of Windber, Pa., Sept. 21, 2023. RUTH EDWARDS WELTY ’54 of York, Pa., Nov. 19, 2022. NORMA REID LEHMAN ’54 of West Chester, Pa., June 15, 2021. GEORGE TUCCI M’54 of Grove City, Pa., June 20, 2022. LOIS VIERHELLER FISCHER ’54 of Mansfield, Ohio, Sept. 2, 2023. M. IRENE FERGUS ’55 of New Castle, Pa., Nov. 19, 2022. HOWARD FRIEND M’55 of Youngstown, Ohio, Dec. 31, 2021. ROBERT DORAN ’56 of Gibsonia, Pa., Feb. 26, 2021. NATALIE HODACK SCHENCK ’56 of Erie, Pa., May 26, 2020. KENNETH HOFRICHTER ’56 of Bridgeville, Pa., Sept. 22, 2023. RALPH HOFRICHTER ’56 of Bridgeville, Pa., Feb. 15, 2021. CAROLYN DART DETRICK ’57 of San Antonio, Texas, Oct. 27, 2019. DR. ROBERT DETRICK ’57 of San Antonio, Texas, Nov. 21, 2018. MARYNELLE DOUGHERTY KNESS ’57 of Ellwood City, Pa., Nov. 22, 2021. CAROL DOWNEY McCLOSKEY ’57 of Victor, N.Y., Oct. 28, 2022. HOWARD LEUKHART ’57 of North Huntingdon, Pa., May 3, 2023. RACHEL BECKER GIBSON ’58 of Sun City Center, Fla., April 3, 2023. GARY GARDNER ’58 of Latham, N.Y., July 28, 2023. 4 2 w w w.w e s t m i n s t e r. e d u

JAMES HOLIDAY ’58 of Somerset, Pa., May 12, 2023. WILLIAM PORTER JR. ’58 of San Clemente, Calif., May 19, 2023. KENNETH WESSEL ’58 of Ocala, Fla., June 11, 2023. STEWART LEE ’59 of Allentown, Pa., Aug. 2, 2023. ROBERT PATTERSON SR. ’56 of Hermitage, Pa., Oct. 28, 2021. ORLANDO CORSALE M’59 of Girard, Ohio, Feb. 2, 2022. SHIRLEY ROSS COX ’59 of McNeal, Ariz., March 12, 2022. WILLIAM VANCE ’59 of Mars, Pa., May 26, 2023. WILLIAM ARMOUR JR. ’60 of Saint George, Utah, Feb. 15, 2023. O. BENNING FAST JR. ’60 of Fountain Hills, Ariz., Aug. 12, 2023. M. SUE FIGLEY KLEIN ’61 of Greenwich, Conn., March 7, 2020. GARDNER “BUD” STAHLMAN ’61 of O’Fallon, Ill., Aug. 2, 2023. ALBERT TIMMS M’61 of Valencia, Pa., Dec. 25, 2021. JULIUS BELLUCCI M’62 of Hermitage, Pa., Jan. 19, 2021. LOUIS CASSIMATIS M’62 of Poland, Ohio, June 5, 2022. JUDITH CUNNINGHAM FRANK ’62 of Homeworth, Ohio, Dec. 6, 2021. SUZANNE HANKS WILSON ’62 of San Francisco, Calif., Oct. 15, 2021. WILLIAM HAYES M’62 of Wooster, Ohio, May 23, 2021. GEORGE McKEE ’62 of Salem, Ohio, June 3, 2023. SUSAN MULLEN SWANIK ’62 of Wampum, Pa., May 24, 2023. STANLEY RUDICK ’62 of Pittsburgh, Dec. 6, 2019. JOSEPH SERGI ’62 of Coraopolis, Pa., July 12, 2023. RANDALL WILSON M’62 of Warren, Ohio, Feb. 9, 2022. CARLTON BAKER ’63 of Vero Beach, Fla., April 28, 2020. BONNIE JONES WEBER ’63 of Naples, Fla., March 16, 2022. RICHARD NELSON ’63 of Green Cove Springs, Fla., Sept. 18, 2021. JAMES O’DONNELL ’63 of Export, Pa., Dec. 16, 2021. EUGENE SANTORO M’63 of Poland, Ohio, June 6, 2023. KAREN SEELAR WIEN ’63 of Pittsburgh and formerly of Erie, Pa., Jan. 21, 2020. N. CRAIG FETTERS II ’64 of Redmond, Wash., June 17, 2023. SANDRA HERTRICK WARNER ’64 of Clarence, N.Y., May 31, 2023. GENE MINNER ’64 of Ammon, Idaho, Oct. 7, 2021. RICHARD TAAFFE M’64 of Canfield, Ohio, Feb. 20, 2022. PATRICIA ALLCORN CULVER ’65 of Livingston, N.J., Jan. 31, 2023. CLARENCE “PAT” BROWN M’65 of New Castle, Pa., Sept. 12, 2023. ALEXANDER DELBENE M’65 of Girard, Ohio, July 4, 2022. ANTHONY GAETANO M’65 of Canfield, Ohio, April 28, 2022. JOHN HUSAK ’65 of Pittsburgh, Sept. 1, 2020. MARIANNE JONES ABER ’65 of Youngstown, Ohio, Aug. 4, 2023. STANLEY SIMANTIRAS M’65 of Aliquippa, Pa., May 6, 2020. JUDD WETZEL M’65 of New Castle, Pa., Sept. 28, 2023. PATRICIA DONOVAN GEORGIANA ’66 of Coraopolis, Pa., Aug. 16, 2023.

WILLIS WEBSTER M’66 of Oil City, Pa., May 19, 2023. PAUL ALLISON ’67 of Edgewater, Md., June 5, 2023. JUDITH BEGGS WOOD ’67 of Pine Hill, N.J., June 14, 2021. ANSON RAYMOND JR. ’67 of Dunedin, Fla., Aug. 12, 2020. WILLIAM MUCHOW ’67 of Shakopee, Minn., March 27, 2002. THE REV. RICHARD BYERLY ’68 of Sharon, Pa., Sept. 20, 2023. ROGER HANNIGAN ’68 of Bonita Springs, Fla., Sept. 25, 2022. RONALD WHEELER ’68 of Lancaster, N.Y., April 27, 2023. ROBERT ARTMAN ’69 of Grove City, Pa., Jan. 14, 2018. DALE KRIZ ’69 of Stow, Ohio, Feb. 13, 2020. RICHARD SANTILLO M’69 of Seminole, Fla., May 27, 2022. LLEWELLYN “TOM” THOMPSON JR. M’69 of Alliance, Ohio, June 30, 2023. SARA CHALFANT WILSON ’70 of New Wilmington, Pa., March 12, 2023. RUBY JOHNSON HAWKINS ’70 of Warren, Ohio, Aug. 6, 2023. KEITH KITTERMAN ’70 of Irwin, Pa., Dec. 28, 2021. DR. JOSEPH PERRY M’70 of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Feb. 4, 2021. BRIAN BRUBAKER M’71 of Tylersburg, Pa., Jan. 20, 2022. MELYNIE MURRAY KOHN ’71 of Winter Park, Fla., Dec. 25, 2020. WILLIAM NEFF M’71 of Girard, Ohio, May 18, 2023. JOHN WHITELOCK JR. ’71 of Neosho, Mo., Oct. 31, 2022. BARBARA DAVIS BAUZENBERGER ’72 of Cedarburg, Wis., May 26, 2023. DIANE HACKETT HARRELL ’72 of Oakmont, Pa., Aug. 2, 2023.

LESLIE COE JELACIC ’73 of Annapolis, Md., Sept. 30, 2020. DAVID COFFEY ’74 of Youngstown, Ohio, April 25, 2023. KERRY EWING ’74 of Linesville, Pa., June 23, 2023. JACK FRANKENBURG M’74 of Poland, Ohio, Aug. 8, 2023. ANDREW YOUNG ’74, formerly of Venetia, Pa., Feb. 6, 2022. ROBERT BURNETT M’75 of Cranberry Township, Pa., April 15, 2022. CLAUDIA MORRIS GRAY M’75 of Grove City, Pa., Oct. 2, 2023. CONSTANCE TODD BRAUN M’76 of Beaver Falls, Pa., Oct. 20, 2021. JUDITH WILLIAMS WATSON ’78 of Beaver Falls, Pa., Sept. 16, 2023. THOMAS ARCHER M’79 of Girard, Ohio, Dec. 22, 2021. MELINDA NEALEIGH KUHN ’79 of York, S.C., formerly of Columbus, Ohio, Aug. 4, 2023. MARK PRACKO ’79 of Natrona Heights, Pa., April 8, 2023. KURT LAEMMER JR. ’85 of Bradford, Pa., July 23, 2023. RANDY LYNCH ’88 of Meadville, Pa., Nov. 4, 2021. SALLY JO PALMER LOCARNINI ’89 of Charles Town, W.Va., May 24, 2023. GREGORY PATTERSON ’93 of Columbia, S.C., Feb. 17, 2022. CHRISTOPHER SALTMAR ’95 of Mars, Pa., Oct. 7, 2023. MARY JANEEN CARR HARRIS ’98 of Mifflinville, Pa., April 26, 2020. BRADLEY PHILLIPS ’99 of Powell, Ohio, Dec. 31, 2021. CHRISTINE TERLESKY M’99 of Boardman, Ohio, Dec. 26, 2020. MELISSA MURPHY DUNHAM ’03 of Hartville, Ohio, Aug. 24, 2023. TYLER ROBINSON ’13 of Burbank, Ohio, April 22, 2022.

FRIENDS & CAMPUS FAMILY DR. PAUL SUORSA ’19 ­­— SEPT. 27, 2023 At 90, DR. PAUL SUORSA returned to Westminster to claim his bachelor’s degree, an achievement that had been 70 years in the making. His long path to a Westminster degree began in 1949 when he enrolled as a chemistry major after spending three years with the U.S. Navy. In 1952 he was accepted into the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and left Westminster before he was able to complete the German credit hours that were required for him to complete his Westminster degree. He planned to take the language courses at Penn and transfer the credits to Westminster, but not all the credits transferred, leaving Suorsa just two credit hours short. Despite that, he earned his Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris (VMD) degree from Penn in 1956 and went on to have a successful veterinary career in Slippery Rock, Pa., retiring in 2003. In the fall of 2018, Westminster College approved the request to consider life experience and fluency in Finnish as grounds to fulfill his degree, and Suorsa was presented with his diploma during the spring 2019 Commencement ceremony. He is survived by four children, including Katherine Suorsa Super ’81.

JEAN RODGERS SHANNON ’48 — MAY 29, 2023 After JEAN RODGERS SHANNON ’48 graduated from New Wilmington High School, she completed a two-year Secretarial Science program at Westminster College. She spent all of her working years in the Office at the Registrar at Westminster, retiring in 1990.

MARCILYN MOON— AUG. 14, 2023 MARCILYN MOON was employed as the accounts payable and purchasing agent at Westminster College for 20 years until she retired. She is survived by four children, Karen Moon Ott ’80, Donna Moon Slick ’89, Douglas Moon ’90 and Roy Moon ’92.

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Students hail from (in order) Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, Maryland, Texas, Virginia, Connecticut, New York, West Virginia, California, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, South Carolina and Wisconsin!



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TIDBIT: Incoming students often quote the TV show “The Office,” although the program ended its run in 2013, when most students were only 13 years old.


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TIDBIT: In 2005, the year most of this fall’s first-time students were born, Dan Rather retired, Pandora was created and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck.

Dr. Kathy Brittain Richardson, Westminster College President, will be visiting with alumni in various pockets of the U.S. in the coming months. Titan alumni and friends are invited to join us at these casual gatherings to meet President Richardson, learn more about what is happening on Westminster’s campus and discover why it’s a great day to be a Titan! Details will be posted on the alumni events calendar at www.westminster.edu/events.

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