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Daisies honor alumnae that have passed since last Reunion.
Message from the President
Athens Therapeutic Trip
News from Around the Green
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Summer 2012 • Volume 85 • Number 3
Class of 2012
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ON The Cover: Cierra Rhodes ’12 and Ashley Overdorff ’12 at Commencement 2012, photo by James Butts
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message from the president | BARBARA K. MISTICK
lthough the first year of my presidency officially concluded on June 30, graduation and Reunion Weekend marked the true culmination of a year in which I got to know Wilson College and many of you came to know me. Wilson is a wonderful, distinctive place and I’m very happy to be here. At commencement, I had the privilege of being “dinked” as an unofficial “Even” by the senior class. I was touched and honored by their gesture. During reunion, I had the pleasure of meeting some amazing Wilson women who love and support their alma mater. The Class of 1962, returning for its 50th reunion, made the largest donation ever given by a class at reunion. Part of the class contribution was a generous gift for the library project. You may remember during winter 2011, steam pipes in the library’s heating system cracked, causing extensive damage to the walls and floors. That spring, the decision was made to close the John Stewart Memorial Library and relocate its services to Sarah’s Coffeehouse. While this is a solution, it is a temporary one at best. We must act as quickly as we can to reopen the library. The Board of Trustees has decided to raze the 1961 annex and replace it with a modern structure that provides the flexibility and versatility required of today’s libraries. The original building will be modernized while retaining its historical character, and the entire facility will become a learning commons, where students gather for study and discussions, receive technological and educational support, and much more. A library is an important consideration for prospective students when choosing a college, so offering a modern and vibrant facility is crucial. We’ve begun to ask for contributions and to date, have received $2 million toward the $12 million needed — a good start, but we have a long way to go. We hope we can count on your support. Also at reunion, a well-attended town hall meeting was held to discuss the important work of the Commission on Shaping the Future of Wilson College, which is engaged in finding ways to ensure the financial sustainability of Wilson College. Representatives from Stevens Strategy presented and interpreted data from our recent survey, which reinforced the importance of programs and the emphatic preference of students to attend institutions with more than 1,000 students. Commission subcommittees are studying four key areas — quality of life, programs, pricing and finance, and markets — and a trustee group is looking at success stories at other institutions. You can read more about the commission on pages 20-21. As the process unfolds, you will be receiving regular email updates. If you haven’t shared your email address with the Office of Alumnae Relations, please provide it so you can follow our progress. Also, check www.wilson.edu/commission for information and updates. We’ve made a lot of progress over the past year. The pedestrian bridge to the equestrian center has been replaced, an outdoor classroom has been built at Fulton Farm and a number of health-safety-related maintenance projects are under way. This is an exciting time for Wilson College. Together we have a tremendous opportunity to shape the College’s future so we can continue to educate students as you were educated and prepared for life. Thank you for your continued support. Sincerely,
Dr. Barbara K. Mistick President
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Class of 2012:
“Be Prepared to End Up in Places Where You Never Expected” by Debra Collins Memories, advice, hopes and aspirations were shared during Wilson’s 142nd commencement ceremony on May 20. Degrees were conferred on 121 undergraduate and graduate students and certificates were granted to 73 graduates completing the teacher intern program. About 900 people joined the celebration on Wilson’s main green.
Dr. Virginia Anderson-Stojanovic, professor of classics and fine arts, was conferred professor emerita status, presented by Philip Lindsey, associate professor of fine arts.
Stephanie Greaney ’12 processes with a diploma in hand.
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Thirty-four alumnae/i processed during commencement in the Blue and Silver Line, representing classes from 1946 to 2011.
C ommencement speaker Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda L. Kelly CFW Class of 2012 President Stephanie Bachman
ADP speaker Lois Collingwood
Class of 2012 President Stephanie Bachman and Vice President Amanda Bruno “dink” President Mistick.
Dr. Abdolreza Banan, professor of business and economics, was conferred professor emeritus status, presented by Dr. Douglas Crawford, assistant professor of business and economics (not pictured).
Dr. Beverly Ayers-Nachamkin, professor of psychology (second from left), was conferred professor emerita status, presented by Dr. Carl Larson, Ph.D. (second from right), associate professor of psychology.
“Life is a joy. Don’t drop out of it,” said featured speaker Linda L. Kelly, attorney general of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. “Savor the journey. Be prepared for twists and turns…above all enjoy it.” Kelly, who received an honorary doctorate during the ceremony, is the first woman to lead the Office of Attorney General since it became an independent elected office in 1981, and is only the second woman to serve as Pennsylvania’s attorney general. “What is in store for you as you go out into the unknown, unpredictable world?” she asked, challenging the graduates to think about what they want to do. Next to our families, our jobs are the most important things in our lives, according to Kelly. “If you should accomplish one thing, it would be to love what you do,” she said. Kelly advised the graduates to “listen to your mother and call your mother and your father, help other women around the world who are less fortunate, and honor the democratic values of our forefathers.” “The world does need to see women like you,” she said. “Set an example for the whole world.” Wilson President Barbara K. Mistick presided over the ceremony. She gave each graduate a small token — kaleidoscopes — to remind them of the many different ways there are of seeing things. “Never stop challenging yourselves to remain resilient, adaptable and to remember to sometimes examine yourself and your surroundings through a new lens,” she said. Wilson Class of 2012 President Stephanie Bachman and Vice President Amanda Bruno “dinked” President Mistick, making her an honorary “Even.” They also presented the college
with a gift from their class — a $1,740 check to furnish the campus with Adirondack chairs. Bachman shared some “light reflection” about her time at Wilson, including her first day of moving into a dorm and wondering who her friends would be. In time, she learned who her friends were and that faculty and staff “could be cool, too.” She said, “They have become part of our lives at Wilson.” “We all had our crazy moments together, and we survived tests, papers and finals,” Bachman said. She said she’s proud that her class claimed the Odds banner, but “never once lost our Evens banner!” Lois Collingwood ’12 spoke on behalf of Adult Degree Program students, offering three “uncomplicated points” of advice to her fellow graduates: Love and appreciate your family, live sustainably, and don’t be afraid to dare. “Experience life unafraid,” said Collingwood. “Follow your dreams unafraid. Graduate from college unafraid.” Three retiring faculty members received faculty emeriti status: Drs. Virginia Anderson-Stojanovic, Beverly Ayers-Nachamkin and Abdolreza Banan. In addition, Wilson conferred trustee emerita status on Dr. Barbara L. Tenney ’67, a former trustee who has devoted many years of service to the college. “All of my service to Wilson has been because of the education I received here,” Tenney said. The commencement celebration ended with cheers and Song War chants, hugs and tears. Finally, members of the Class of 2012 dispersed to live up to Bachman’s challenge: “We have struggled through good times and bad and have come out the better for it,” she said. “Now let’s make things EVEN better!”
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Q. What is your most memorable moment at Wilson College?
The Class of 2012 will be remembered by their professors as well. “This graduating
My most memorable moment was winning the first NEAC Championship in Wilson College history. Wilson College gave me the opportunity to play the sport I love, tennis, and allowed me time to focus on achieving a degree. I will never forget being a part of such a great athletic program at such an honorable college. — Amelia Doyle
class demonstrated the breadth and depth of the characteristics of a liberal arts education,” said Professor of Dance Paula Kellinger. “Of the six graduating seniors who were actively and successfully involved in
My most memorable moments were participating in the traditions here at Wilson — Sarah Wilson Week and White Dinner. — Cathy Smedley
dance and Orchesis during their tenure here, the students majored in Economics, Biology, Psychology, Equine-Facilitated Therapeutics, VMT, and Political Science. They were a funny, smart, close-knit group. A real joy.”
My science and health methods course on Saturday mornings with Celeste Barthel. I learned a lot in that class regarding science and health, but I also learned a lot about myself. I learned to speak up for myself if I didn’t feel things were right for me. — Christine Thoel
Dr. Barbara Tenney ’67 was honored at Commencement this year with Trustee Emerita status. Former Board Chair Trudi Warner Blair ’76 presented Tenney with the honor. Below is an excerpt from her speech.
This is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a Trustee of Wilson College and I cannot think of a more worthy recipient than Barb. Barbara Tenney came to Wilson as a legacy. Her mother graduated in 1932, and her aunt graduated in 1938. A classmate said this about Barb, “She’s so diverse that it’s hard to keep up with her, which I don’t even try to do academically.” This classmate also said, “Whenever I get hurt, I go to Barb – she’s my pre-doctor.” And so after Barb graduated from Wilson College in 1967 with an B.A. in biology, she went on to earn an M.D. from Jefferson Medical College in 1971. She then did her pediatric residency and fellowship at New York University’s Bellevue Hospital Center. Barb has received many honors during her career, including a listing in the 1975 8 l Wilson Magazine l Summer 2012
edition of Outstanding Young Women of America. She also received an Outstanding Teacher award from West Virginia University in 1979. Barb has demonstrated her devotion to Wilson in many ways. She served as a member of the Alumnae Association Board of Directors from 1974-77, was vice president of her class from 1997-2002 and has been reunion chair for her class since 2007. But most importantly, Barb served on the Board of Trustees for 12 years from 19962008. While serving on the board, she gladly accepted leadership roles in our most important work. The result of Barb’s leadership has been a transition to a more professional and effective Board of Trustees. Gretchen Van Ness ’80, who was vice chair of the board during much of this time, said this of Barb, “It is Wilson’s great and
enduring good fortune that she served on the Board of Trustees during a time of dramatic change and growth for the College. Her steadying hand, understated leadership style and boundless faith in Wilson College inspired everyone who met her to give their best.” Even in retirement, Barb has continued to quietly advise many of us on the board on key issues. Barb’s efforts to make Wilson a better place have been recognized by our Alumnae Association. In 2002, she was presented with the Ruth Redding Leitch Award, and in 2009, Barb received the Distinguished Alumna Award. And it is now our turn to be grateful for all that Barb has done to enhance the life of our beloved College. Dr. Barbara Tenney, it is a great honor and privilege to confer on you the status of Trustee Emerita.
My most valuable achievement is… Q. Besides your degree, what is the most valuable achievement you will take with you from your Wilson College experience?
…to talk professionally in front of people. All because of the many presentations I had to do throughout my Wilson College career. — Kristie Florentine I have gained independence and self-reliance over my four years at Wilson. If you want or need something, there’s no need to wait for others. You have to grab the bull by the horns and go full force! — Stephanie Greaney …my opportunity to study abroad in the UK, which pushed me out of my comfort zone and was an amazing non-traditional educational opportunity. — Kacie Oberholzer
…the development of leadership skills. I never considered myself to take leadership roles throughout high school, but in attending Wilson, I was able to come out of my shell and become an officer on many equestrian teams…The skills I learned as being an officer within these clubs are those that can be transferred into my everyday life. — Kristen M. Leitzell …an instructor certification from the Pennsylvania Council and the experience of riding in clinics with international instructors. — Cathy Smedley The knowledge that I am a strong, capable, intelligent woman who can achieve anything I want to when I put forth the effort. — Debra Tibbits
Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda L. Kelly (left) receives an honorary degree from President Barbara K. Mistick. Alumnae Association President Paula Tishok ’71 (left) welcomes graduates into the association. President Mistick (left) receives a check from Vice President Amanda Bruno. The senior class gift of $1,740 check will furnish the campus with Adirondack chairs.
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Return the original library, built in 1925, to its historical grandeur—Students will experience the cathedral-like atmosphere while sitting at classic long tables in the lightfilled multi-height reading room. Individual task lighting will provide discrete access to power that can reinforce quiet, contemplative, intensive, “heads down” tasks, such as reading, writing and research. The physical location and historical significance of this space inherently provides separation from other, more public, spaces and functions within the Learning Commons. The original cast iron stacks will be restored along with the exposed steel structure of the balcony and the perimeter railing system.
he John Stewart Memorial Library has always been the academic heart and center of Wilson’s campus. The reimagined library will continue to serve the campus community as the College’s center of study and communion, discourse and discovery. It will model today’s state-of-the-art libraries as a Learning Commons— a center for teaching and learning support, IT support, tutoring aid and group study space living alongside soft
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spaces and a coffee bar. It will incorporate printed books and resources as well as electronic collections and digital media. Ultimately, the newly reimagined John Stewart Memorial Library will impact the future recruitment of the highest caliber students, help retain existing students, and support the overall delivery of Wilson’s liberal arts education where students can obtain the skill sets to become lifelong learners.
new main entrance facing the Brooks Science Complex — A new 3 Amain entrance oriented toward the Brooks Complex, Warfield and
Lortz Halls will give pedestrians multiple access points to the building and create the sense of an academic quad. The entrance will meet Americans with Disability Act (ADA) standards for accessible design. High-performance windows will allow controlled light to penetrate into the building, while also framing the exterior views and illuminating the building by night.
Optimize sustainability — Use cost-effective, “common sense sustainability” measures that will be inexpensive and technologically simple, such as energy efficient lighting, variable volume airflow, demand control ventilation and lighting controls.
Food, furnishings, services and staff support — A food venue will be located within the renovated facility. Furnishings will be made of easily maintainable fabric. Some chairs and tables will have castors for safe, easy movement so that they can be rearranged in ways that accommodate small groups, impromptu meetings, lectures or other events at any given moment. An Information Help Center will provide a place for “point-of-need” staff to assist students.
Issues — The Annex, which was built in 1961, has limited ceiling height, imposes limits of existing columns and would require significant renovation.
THE Solution – Raze the annex for new construction, so the ceiling heights can be increased, the new footprint can provide increased flexibility, such as centralizing the
collections, and a new main entrance can be created on the east facade of the building to connect the library with the Brooks Complex and Lortz Hall, increasing the natural flow of pedestrian traffic.
FUNDRAISING OBJECTIVE — Raise $12
THANK YOU! — Lead donor Thérèse “Terry” Murray Goodwin has provided the lead gift of $1.1 million to Reimagine the John Stewart Memorial Library.
million, including an endowed reserve, 80 percent before construction.
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Seniors Travel to Greece for the International Congress of Therapeutic Riding
By Kristen Leitzell ’12 / Stephanie Bachman ’12
rom the moment that Professor Ann O’Shallie, director of the Equine Facilitated Therapeutics Program, mentioned the idea of taking a group of students to the International Congress of Therapeutic Riding, my classmate Stephanie Bachman ’12 and I were more than ready to jump on board. A lot went into making this become a reality for the two of us. Once we said “we’re going,” in my dorm room late one night, we were on the lookout for ways to raise money. The trip wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for the help of the Alumnae Association and President Paula Tishok ’71, who helped fund the trip, along with support from our families, outside donations and other sources of fundraising. On April 22, Stephanie and I found ourselves
sitting on the airplane ready for take-off. Our destination was the International Congress of Therapeutic Riding in Athens Greece. More than a year after the first mention of the trip, we sat rooftop with Ann looking out upon the city of Athens at night. Never in a million years did we think we would have this opportunity. We arrived in Greece on Monday, April 23, in the afternoon since Greece is seven hours ahead of Chambersburg’s time. We quickly gathered up our belongings and made our way to the airport exit. Greece relies heavily on public transportation, which was our way of arriving to the hotel in Athens. We acquired bus tickets and prepared ourselves for the half-hour ride to the city center. This proved to be a difficult ride for us with suitcases in tow and the constant
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starting and stopping while standing—the ride surely tested our balance. We descended the bus at the city center where Greece parliament resides. With all the stories on the news, one would think we would have seen riots and protests, but we saw none of that while in the country. After the initial shock of being dropped off in the busiest location of the city, we quickly looked for help to find our hotel. After asking around, we finally arrived at the Royal Olympic Hotel, not only where we would be spending our nights, but also the location of the conference. Tuesday arrived quickly, and our bodies were slowly growing accustomed to the time change. We spent Tuesday afternoon touring the Acropolis, which was a five-minute walk from our hotel room. The views around the area were picture perfect; the day beautiful, the people friendly and the backdrop gorgeous. It was nice to have a day to tour the local attractions and catch a glimpse of what makes Greece so well known. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday marked the days of the conference. What an experience it was. Horses in Education and Therapy International, also known as HETI, along with the Therapeutic Riding Association of Greece, hosted the conference. While in attendance, we not only met prominent leaders in the therapeutic riding industry from other countries, but we also made new friends our age who are working in the industry. The conference itself was very interesting. There were three sessions that occurred during each time slot. Many incorporated research, new methods, and descriptions of their programs. All revolved
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around topics such as physical disabilities, learning disorders, mental disabilities, education and sport. This allowed us to attend sessions we were interested in and would directly relate to what we plan on encountering after college. The conference ended Friday afternoon with many of our new friends planning to leave Saturday morning. We went out to dinner as a group Friday night to a small café in Plaka, a five-minute walk from the venue. The conversations were great, sitting and talking about therapeutic riding with people from different countries. Who could ask for anything more? Saturday we traveled outside of Athens to a local riding center. We were given a lesson by one of their instructors who, when we arrived, was working with his riders on practicing for their Caprilli tests, a test that riders must take and pass before they are able to show. Both of us had a good lesson, even though it was much different than what we are normally used to in a lesson. We had a great time at the center and even got to watch a couple of hippotherapy lessons taught by one of our new friends. This was very fascinating to watch, as we don’t see it much in the United States. However, in Europe it is a very popular aspect of therapeutic riding. Upon arriving back at the hotel, we walked back to Plaka to eat dinner and shop the many local shops before we had to depart Greece in the morning. This trip taught us so much. Within the conference setting, it gave us not only the chance to network with people in the industry, but it also gave us the opportunity to see what is happening currently within the industry on an international level and
where it is headed. In viewing many of the seminars on education, it truly made us realize that Wilson’s equine facilitated therapeutics major, along with Professor O’Shallie, have prepared us well for the future. We are surely ahead of the game in education, with opportunities Professor O’Shallie has presented to us; not only in relation to this trip but also in offering outside certifications such as Pennsylvania Council on Therapeutic Horsemanship. A four-year program wasn’t heard of at the conference. Many of the programs discussed in relation to education were certificate programs, not four-year degrees. We also learned of the need for more research within the field. It is our hope that after attending the conference, we can put together a research project to present in Taiwan, the location of the conference three years from now. It was difficult for us to head back to the states after having an amazing time in Greece. Not only was the conference a wonderful opportunity, but being in a totally different environment was also an opportunity in itself. The people we met in Greece were very helpful. They were willing to help us get to a specific location or take us somewhere if we needed to go. We were told that if we ever come back, we have a place to stay. Thankfully with today’s multiple media sources, we can stay connected with the many friends we made in Greece and keep each other up-to-date on the latest news within the therapeutic riding industry. Greece was certainly an experience that we will never forget. It could not have happened at a better time, being our last semester at Wilson. It gave us the chance to put the word about Wilson out there
and represent the College. It has certainly been great to return from Greece and tell everyone about our adventure. It is our hope that through attending the conference, we have set the bar for future students of Wilson within the major. It would be great as Wilson alumnae to see more students attending conferences, presenting research, and networking with others in order to promote not only their education, but also the equine facilitated therapeutics industry.
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FACULTY MEMBERS HONORED Wilson College honored faculty members at its annual Academic Awards presentation held April 27 in the Brooks Science Complex. Four faculty members received the Donald F. Bletz Awards for Teaching Excellence: Senior Faculty Members — Paula Kellinger, professor of dance, and Ann O’Shallie, associate professor of equestrian studies and equinefacilitated therapeutics. Kellinger, who lives in Chambersburg and directs the Wilson College dance troupe, Orchesis, joined the college in 1989. O’Shallie, also of Chambersburg, began teaching at Wilson in 1997. Junior Faculty Member — Tina Roles, instructor of veterinary medical technology. Roles, who is a 1996 graduate of Wilson College, lives in Hagerstown, Md., and began teaching at the college in 2000. Adjunct Faculty Member — Denise Joyal, adjunct professor of ceramics. Joyal, who lives in Smithsburg, Md., has been teaching at Wilson since 2006.
Local Horse Tries Out for National Contest at Wilson Thoroughbred owned by Gina Bortner Woods ‘93
olden Altar (a.k.a. Zeus), a horse owned by Gina Bortner Woods ’93 of Chambersburg, tried out April 30 as part of a jumper prospect contest being sponsored by John Madden Sales. Zeus, a 9-year-old thoroughbred gelding, was one of five semifinalists chosen from among 130 horses from around the nation vying to win the Breeder’s Bridge to High Performance contest. Unfortunately, he was not selected. However, he had a strong performance during his tryout in Wilson’s Penn Hall Equestrian Center. Zeus is a former racehorse who has shown outstanding promise in his new career in the show world, according to Woods. His greatgreat-grandfather was the legendary Secretariat, she said. “He’s a star to me so I’m just really pleased other people have recognized his potential to be a star,” said Woods, who purchased Zeus from owners who were racing him at Charles Town Races as a sixyear-old. After hearing about him from a friend, she went to see him at the track and placed a $20 bet on him to win, which he promptly did. “He was everything the trainer said he was and we were very happy with him,” Woods said. “He has a great work ethic. He wants to get to work right away.” When Woods heard about the Madden contest, she entered Zeus because she felt he could benefit from the training and perhaps go on to have a brilliant second career. She entered information, photos and a video of her riding Zeus “on a whim” and he was chosen as a finalist. For the past three months, Jessica Bortner-Harris ’06 has ridden Zeus in several events to sharpen his skills, Woods said. Bortner-Harris (no relation to Gina Bortner Woods) also trains and competes professionally in the equestrian sport of three-day eventing.
In addition, two other awards were presented. The Assessment Excellence Award was given to Dr. Larry Shillock of Chambersburg, associate professor of English and assistant academic dean; and the Assessment Innovation Award went to Dr. Jill Hummer of Winchester, Va., assistant professor of political science.
Gina Woods (left), Zeus and Callie Shott
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Wilson Holds ‘Student Research Day’ April 27 to Recognize Achievements
ilson College students presented the results of their undergraduate research at Wilson’s third annual Student Research Day on Friday, April 27. The public was invited to join Wilson students, faculty, staff, and administrators at all events. Thirty-three seniors presented their work, which was produced in conjunction with faculty advisers, in the Brooks Complex auditorium and Warfield Hall’s Allen Auditorium. Nineteen students also shared their work graphically in a poster session held in the Brooks Complex. An art opening was also scheduled. “Student Research Day was created several years ago in recognition of the importance of student research and accomplishments,” said Dr. Mary Hendrickson, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty. “The research demonstrates the high level of achievement by the students as they complete their quest for bachelor’s degrees.” Those who attended previous years’ research days have been impressed by the sophistication of the research and the quality of student presentations, Hendrickson said.
Wilson College welcomes new head farmer, Sarah Bay, to the campus community. Bay is responsible for overseeing the production of fruits and vegetables using natural methods that do not incorporate chemical fertilizers or pesticides. The farm supplies produce for the Fulton Center for Sustainable Living’s community-supported agriculture (CSA) program.
STUDENTS HONORED AT ACADEMIC AWARDS CEREMONY Wilson College honored students at its annual Academic Awards presentation held April 27 in the Brooks Science Complex. Edward and Sarah Anderson Psychology Prize, which goes to a senior for outstanding scholarship in psychology, was awarded to Ashley Overdorff. James Applegate Award, which is awarded to a student with an interest in drama and theater, went to Carol Zehosky (for performance) and Rachel Coldsmith (for scholarship). Alice Martin Brumbaugh Award in Sociology, which is given to a female student who has entered the college at a non-traditional age and shows a special interest and/or outstanding promise in the field of sociology, was awarded to Dana Hill. Marel Harlow Cheng Memorial Prize, which goes to a student who has done well in international studies or has made noticeable contributions to international understanding, went to Ian Irvin. CRC Press General Chemistry Achievement Award was given to Tonya Grissinger. Regina Shaputnic Cuomo Mathematics Award, given to a student who is majoring and shows outstanding ability in mathematics, was awarded to Brandy Holtzapple. Margaret Criswell Disert Honors Scholarship, given to the student whose proposal for senior advanced study and research is most worthy of support, went to Casey Beidel. Estep-Lawson Memorial Prize, awarded to a student in lower-level French who demonstrates excellence and shows future promise in French studies, was given to Courtney Wolfe.
Students were inducted into the International English Honors Society, Sigma Tau Delta, in a ceremony held on May 11. They are (l—r): Christina Giacomini, Courtney Wolfe, Laura Hans, Angella Dagenhart, Casey Beidel and Hayley Glass.
Donna Gomer VMT ADP Award, awarded to an Adult Degree Program student who exhibits excellence in the study of veterinary medical technology, went to Melissa Weitkamp.
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NEWS | from around the green Davison Greenawalt Grove Award for a student participating in research in physical and life sciences was given to Tonya Bender. Dorle Haas Memorial Prize, awarded to a senior for outstanding service within the greater Chambersburg community, went to Kacie Oberholzer. Margaret Strode Haines Award, which recognizes a student with outstanding qualities of scholarship, interest in the humanities and strength of body, mind and spirit, was given to Christina “C.J.” Giacomini. Joanne Harrison Hopkins Literary Achievement Award, given for the finest piece of imaginative literature in fiction, poetry or drama produced during the academic year went to Alexandre Howard. Josef Michael Kellinger Foreign Language Award, given to a student who has demonstrated excellence in foreign language studies, went to Mary Beth Wert. Catherine Herr Langdon Award, given to a senior who has demonstrated academic excellence and has given encouragement and guidance to fellow students during the year, went to Alyssa Sabot. The Robert Shannon McElwain Prize, awarded to the best student in mathematics, went to Sonja Hess.
Bridge Opens with Ribbon Cutting
resident Barbara K. Mistick and Wilson College Trustees were joined by students and their families, faculty members and friends for a ribbon cutting to open the new pedestrian footbridge on May 19. The bridge, which is located behind the dorms, allows easy access over the Conococheague Creek to the College’s Penn Hall Equestrian Center. President Mistick, Chambersburg Mayor Pete Prior to cutting the ribbon, Lagiovane and Chair of the Buildings and Grounds Mistick said she was especially Committee Trustee Jane E. Murray ’67. Also pictured happy to have made the bridge are Board of Trustees Chair John Gibb, Director of Equestrian Studies John Tukey, Pennsylvania possible for Wilson’s students, since many had expressed their Attorney General Linda Kelly and senior class president Stephanie Bachman. desire for a new bridge during her candidacy for president. The old bridge failed after a storm in 2008. Chambersburg’s Mayor Peter Lagiovane noted the importance of the bridge and Director of Equine Studies, John Tukey, said he was delighted that the project had been completed. Tukey also expressed his gratitude to Mistick and Wilson’s Trustees for making the bridge possible. The 60-foot-long prefabricated bridge is made of selfweathering steel with composite decking. A new lighted path to the equestrian facilities has also been added.
The Helen Adams Nutting History Prize, awarded to a member of the junior or senior class who has demonstrated outstanding ability in the field of history, went to Hayley Glass. Organic Chemistry Award, given to the student in organic chemistry who earned the highest grades for the year, went to Katie Bruner. Peer Teacher Recognition Award, given to honor exemplary service as a First-Year Seminar peer teacher for the year, went to Ashley Overdorff. Nicky Hoffman Reich Award, given to the student whose work with animals shows commitment to humane treatment, was awarded to Selena Sunderland. Helga Rist Prize, given to a dedicated American foreign language student who has shown integrity, promise and potential, went to Katelyn Sells. 16 l Wilson Magazine l Summer 2012
Dr. Ed Wells and members of his environmental 401 class took a canoe trip this spring with the Susquehanna Watershed Education Program, a branch of the Chesapeake Watershed Foundation.
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Wilson College Hosts Artists in Residence Reception and Open House Mark Start of Exhibition
ilson College hosted four artists in residence — Agenor Marti Fernandez, Daniel Burns, Cynthia Brinich-Langlois and Tia Blassingame — from June 3 through 9. Receptions and open houses displayed free exhibits, sponsored in part by Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts — Project Stream, that ran from June 7 through 9 at Wilson’s Bogigian Gallery. Fernandez is a Miami-based artist who has a degree in communication sciences and advertising from the University of the Americas in Quito, Ecuador. Fernandez, who has taught in Uruguay, Ecuador, Finland and the United States, addresses political, religious and aesthetic concerns in his art. Burns is a Lancaster-based artist who has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Catholic University and is a recipient of the prestigious Fulbright-Hayes Scholarship. His work is widely exhibited in the U.S. and abroad. While in residency at Wilson, Burns intends to create images based on recent events in his world that deal with the birth of new life. Combining representational imagery along with abstraction, he will incorporate symbolism and personal mark-making to convey images of hope. Brinich-Langlois is from Sarasota, Fla., and has a Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking from University of New Mexico. She will continue the production of prints as part of a series of woodcuts depicting scenes of daily life on Mars against the backdrop of Olympus Mons, the largest volcano in the solar system. Blassingame is a Washington, D.C., artist, who has a master’s degree in art and bookmaking from Corcoran School of Art. While in residency at Wilson, she intends to complete an edition of artists’ books, featuring a mixture of handset letterpress, hand-applied sumi ink, her own poetry, linoleum block prints and digital printing. This edition would then be handbound using traditional Japanese binding techniques. Margaret Ward ’65 discussed her book Missing Mila, Finding Family: An International Adoption in the Shadow of the Salvadoran Civil War in the Brooks Complex on April 20. Dr. José Córdova, professor of Spanish, read an excerpt from her book.
John D. Rose Award in Environmental Studies, given to an outstanding junior majoring in environmental studies or biology to fund a summer research project or internship, went to two students: Rachael Kinley and Chelsey Smentkowski. Grace Tyson Schlichter Award in Communications, which is given to a senior who has shown general academic excellence and outstanding promise for a career in a field of communications, was given to Brooke Ketron. Gloria Randle Scott-Frances Richards Hesselbein Prize, which is awarded to a senior who has demonstrated outstanding volunteer service during their four years at Wilson, went to Stephanie Bachman. The Mary Beers Sheppard Prize, awarded to the member of the senior class who has shown the keenest understanding and appreciation of literature, was given to Courtney Wolfe. The William P. Van Looy Business Prize, awarded to the junior or senior business and economics major who has demonstrated excellence in business studies and in service to the well-being of both the Wilson College and larger community, went to two students: Leslie Hoover and Randy Ehrhart. E. Grace White Prize/Summer Scholarship, which is given to an outstanding student in the field of biology or biochemistry, went to Chelsea Varner. Wilson Equestrienne Award, given to a graduating senior who has excelled in academics and equitation, went to Hayley Glass. The Carolyn Zeleny Prize, which goes to a sociology student in the junior or senior class on the basis of academic excellence and/or community service, went to Sierra Amber Schnable. Wilson College Scholar Athletes, those who have maintained a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher and participated in at least one Wilson varsity athletic team, are: Laura Beck, Amanda Clark, Hannah DeMoss, Brandy Holtzapple, Leslie Hoover, Megan Longstreet , Caleigh Oliver, Megan Schneck, Chelsey Smentkowski and Janelle Wills.
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117 First Dates: the Search for the Perfect Chap By Alyssa Hockenberry ’12
Alyssa Hockenberry ’12 began her job in the archives several months after I became College Archivist. She has learned about the collection
n my two years of working in the archives for work-study, I have learned more about Wilson College and alumnae than I ever thought possible. Some of my favorite things are the many prom dance cards, the 1875 class ring (it is evocative of the style of Jasper Johns), the drawing of The Wilson Girl by Penrhyn Stanlaws that was published in the Princeton Tiger in March of 1900, and the sawdust filled kangaroo and dachshund from the 1950s. To me the most intriguing piece of memorabilia, and my favorite, is the Chap Book. This particular chap book was put together by Janet Holmes Stewart of the class of 1897 as she searched to find a partner.
and the college alongside me
See within all nice and neat, A record of the men I meet, Amongst them all perhaps there be, Who knows, the ‘Not Impossible He’
for the past two years and has gone above and beyond the requirements of her workstudy hours. She has played an integral role in cataloging collections, re-housing delicate items and researching queries from alumnae, genealogists and college administrators. She was named Disert Scholar for 2012 and presented her research on the relationship between Pop artists Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg during Academic Research Day in April. This fall she will begin a master’s degree program in Art Market: Principles and Practice at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She will be missed at the Hankey Center, but we cannot wait to see what she will do next. — Amy Lucadamo, College Archivist
Janet drew her ideal chap on the cover as well as among the pages that record meetings with potential suitors. She, and other young women keeping chap books, would note the man’s name, occupation, date, place of meeting, and lastly, but most importantly, her candid opinion of the gentleman. Most men “made no impression,” or were given an indifferent statement like Oliver Cramer who was “a good example of a country lawyer.” Some suitors were friendly, but not worth pursuing, such as James Gilmore Fletcher who was “a good friend (perhaps) but a poor lover,” with a note that he married on Feb. 27, 1902. Only a few men made as positive an impression on Ms. Stewart as A. H. Rue de Bush who was “Lovely! Handsome—well educated, intelligent and a perfect gentleman.” Arnold Polk of Galveston, Texas, contrasted sharply to Mr. Rue de Bush, as he was “Hot-Tempered— & Stubborn.” Stewart recorded meeting 117 men from 1897-1906, but she never married. She traveled and studied in 12 countries through Europe and Asia before settling in Berkeley, Calif., where she became the editor of the North American Newspaper Alliance. In 1925 she purchased a large interest of The Riverside Daily Enterprise (known today as The Press-Enterprise), for which she was an editor. She returned to Chambersburg in 1943 when she retired and remained here until her death in 1965. The Chap Book is my favorite item in the C. Elizabeth Boyd ’33 Archives because it is unique and, aside from the now browned newspaper article glued on the front cover, I have never seen a reference to anything like it. It gives a glimpse into the life and mind of one of our alumnae, Janet Holmes Stewart class of 1897, as she methodically looked for a partner during her senior year at Wilson and the years after.
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Upcoming Alumnae/i Student Outreach Activities: Aug. 24, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Blue and Silver Dinner Jensen Dining Hall
Oct. 9, “Into the City” Career Trip to Washington D.C.
Join new students for the Blue and Silver Dinner to welcome them to the College and Wilson traditions.
The Career Development Center will be bringing a small group of Wilson students to Washington D.C. for the opportunity to experience different work environments as well as professional settings. Volunteers needed to serve as hosts. Give students a short tour of your work place, explain what you do in your position, answer questions and discuss your journey from Wilson graduation to where you are today.
Aug. 24, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. Movie Night Warfield Auditorium Volunteers needed to greet and mingle! Join new students and local alumnae/i as the Alumnae Relations Office hosts a movie night with refreshments as part of student orientation.
Aug. 25, 7 – 10 p.m. Under the Stars Fulton Farm Join new students for dessert, live music and tours of the farm while learning about the College’s sustainability programs. Contact Alumnae Relations at email@example.com or 717-262-2010.
The Career Development Center and Alumnae Relations are collaborating with the First Year Experience course to offer a variety of career panel discussions. Volunteers are needed to sit on panel discussions held on campus as follows:
Oct. 18 Oct. 25
VMT & Equestrian Arts & Humanities
Major Doesn’t Matter
Business Social Sciences
Contact Director of Career Development Jay Pfeiffer at 717-262-2006 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Barnes is the only sane place to see art in America.” — Henri Matisse
Friday, Oct. 26, 2012 Join Wilson College alumnae and friends as we enjoy a docent-guided tour of the Barnes Museum at its new location on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. Housed in the new post-modern building of raw stone and glass, the collection is one of the world’s finest holdings of impressionist, post impressionist and early modern paintings displayed according to Albert Barnes’ unique perspective.
Tour: 10:30 a.m. to noon $50 Lunch (optional) at the nearby Rose Tattoo Café $30 Please make your pre-paid reservation by August 30. This tour is limited to 30 people. To reserve your place, contact Alumnae Relations at email@example.com or 1-866-446-8660, ext. 3180.
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commission on shaping the future of Wilson College Committee Members Leslie Durgin ’69 Commission Chair, Trustee Jane Appleyard ’66, Alumnae Association Director Deborah Austin, Prof. of Chemistry Freya Burnett ’85, Assoc. Prof. of VMT Lois Collingwood ’12, Alumna Debra Collins, Dir. of Communications Michael Cornelius, Assoc. Prof. of English Brian Ecker, VP for Finance and Admin. Julie Englund, Trustee Amanda Fore ’06, Asst. Dir. of Admission John Gibb, Board Chair Cynthia Grove ’63, Alumna Richard Grove, Trustee Dana Harriger, Professor of Biology James Hay, Assist. Prof. of Accounting Mary Hendrickson, Dean of Faculty Pamela Francis Kiehl ’66, Trustee Philip Lindsey, Assoc. Prof. of Fine Arts Barbara Mistick, President of the College Mary Ann Naso, VP for Enrollment William Shoemaker Dir., M.Ed. Program Gretchen Van Ness ’80, Alumna Janelle Wills ’14, Secretary WCGA
Commission on Shaping the Positioning Wilson to Thrive Dear Wilson College Community, Early this academic year, the Board of Trustees (BOT) authorized President Barbara K. Mistick to establish the Commission on Shaping the Future of Wilson College to study and ensure Wilson’s viability for the coming decades. President Mistick announced the Commission, with Leslie Durgin, Class of 1969 and Trustee, serving as chair, in the winter issue of Wilson Magazine. All Wilson constituencies are represented on the Commission: alumnae, trustees, cabinet members, faculty, staff and students. More information about the Commission is available on the College website at www.wilson. edu/commission. The Commission’s charge is to conduct a focused strategic review to achieve Wilson College’s 2010-15 Strategic Plan enrollment goals and to determine a transformational scenario for the College to position itself to thrive and become financially sustainable. Our vision, as stated in Wilson’s Strategic Plan, is to attain recognition as a small independent college known for its academic strength, distinctive pedagogy, innovative programs and well-prepared students. Four elements guide our work: transparency, inclusiveness, confidentiality and institution-centered deliberations. To assist with data collection and analysis, the College engaged Stevens Strategy, a higher education consulting firm that has helped over 100 colleges and universities institute change and think strategically. Stevens is responsible for helping to develop and analyze the survey many alumnae completed in April. Stevens has also conducted a thorough review of Wilson’s own institutional data to help commission members understand the College’s historic financial and enrollment trends. John Stevens, Ed.D., and his colleague Christina McFarlane, Ed.M., have presented their findings to several forums: the commission, trustees, cabinet and department heads, and approximately 150 alumnae at a Town Hall meeting during Reunion weekend in June. Members of the Commission have been hard at work. Subcommittees have been formed in the following areas: Quality of Life, Programs, Pricing and Finance, Markets, and College Success Stories. Each subcommittee is conducting a focused strategic review of the data, collecting additional data and researching options. Subcommittee members have presented their work plans during the Town Hall meeting and to campus colleagues. Following the initial research phase, subcommittees will work together to develop recommendations to the President by mid-November. President Mistick in turn will present her recommendations to the Board of Trustees for approval at a special meeting in December. The timeline is tight because we have critical decisions to make to enable Wilson to thrive. Commission members understand the importance of this work and know that decisions must be transformative. Above all, they agree the Commission must be institution-centered, superseding personal and professional interests. At this time no decisions have been made about the outcome of the Commission’s work. As the work of the Commission progresses, regular updates will be provided to all Wilson constituents. For those who are able to attend, the Commission will present reports during open campus meetings on Sept. 4, Oct. 17 and Nov. 1. Regional alumnae meetings may also be held. In addition, more information is available on the College’s website as noted above. Your questions and recommendations are welcome. Please send an email to commission@ wilson.edu. Receipt of your email will be recognized promptly and be answered or shared with the Commission as is appropriate. Communications subcommittee members Cynthia Dimmick Grove ’63, Trustee Emerita; Pamela Francis Kiehl ’66, Trustee; Jane Appleyard ’66, Alumnae Association; or Debra Collins, Wilson Director of Communications, will respond.
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— Leslie Durgin ’69, Commission Chair, Trustee
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Future of Wilson College FAQs What is the Commission on Shaping the Future of Wilson? The commission will identify strategies to help Wilson achieve the enrollment goals set forth in the 2010-15 Strategic Plan and shape a realistic and optimum scenario for the College’s future.
Who is on the commission? Committee members (left) are Trustees, faculty, staff, students and alumnae. A full list of members is also available online at www.wilson.edu/commission.
What is the process? The commission’s process will entail gathering data, assembling and reviewing reports, analyzing the information and preparing recommendations. The recommendations will be forwarded by the commission to the President. The President will make her recommendations to the Board of Trustees. The process is designed to have repeated meetings with Wilson constituents, both to present information and to hear feedback and understand the perspectives and reactions of various constituencies. In addition to meeting with alumnae during Reunion Weekend, the commission will hold open campus meetings on Sept. 4, Oct. 17 and Nov. 1. Please join us.
What timeframe do you anticipate? Recommendations will be made to the Board of Trustees in October and it is anticipated that final decisions will be made by December 2012.
Why was the survey necessary?
How were the questions selected? Stevens Strategy and Wilson’s senior team worked together to select the questions in order to collect the necessary information.
What decisions have been made? No decisions have been made at this time. There are no issues or opportunities that are not available for investigation and consideration.
Who is Stevens Strategy and what do they do? John A. Stevens, Ed. D., and Christina McFarlane, Ed.M., of Stevens Strategy have been retained to facilitate this process and support the work of the commission. Stevens Strategy specializes in managing the process of strategic change in colleges and universities, and has worked with over 100 institutions from across America and around the world. More information is available online at www.stevensstrategy.com.
How can I communicate my ideas or feedback? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, which will go directly to members of the commission’s communications subcommittee. The receipt of your email will be recognized promptly and be answered or shared with the commission. We also invite you to come to the open campus meetings (Sept. 4, Oct. 17 and Nov. 1) if it is convenient for you.
How can I find out more? More about the commission can be found online at www.wilson.edu/commission.
The survey was needed to help the College understand its position in the marketplace and to inform the work of the commission.
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Wilson Softball Finishes Another Successful Season By Beth Weixel
he Wilson College Softball team had another exceptional season, finishing 26-5 overall and undefeated at 20-0 in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) South. However, the team fell short of their ultimate goal of an NEAC championship and an NCAA championship tournament. The Phoenix started the season taking home three wins out of four games at Peace College’s Triangle Classic in North Carolina. On March 8, Wilson suffered a 4-6 loss to Hood College; however the Phoenix would come back with a vengeance and ride a 23-game winning streak, spanning the entire conference schedule and extending into postseason play. The team’s perfect conference record earned them the title of NEAC South regular season champions and a number one seed in the south going into the NEAC softball championship tournament. Wilson started their NEAC tournament action with a come from behind, extrainnings, 5-4 victory over SUNY Institute of Technology (IT). In the eighth inning with a tie score of 4-4, Wilson secured the victory from a walk-off single by Tara Fields ’13 (Berryville, Va./ Clark County). The next day, the Phoenix suffered a heartbreaking 3-4 defeat to Keuka College. Wilson faced SUNY IT again for the chance to get the championship game. However, they were defeated 7-4 by the Wildcats, eliminating the Phoenix from the tournament. Wilson would get another opportunity at post-season play, when they earned their second consecutive Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III South Softball Championship appearance. The Phoenix were defeated by Neumann University 4-2 in the first round of the tournament. Several Phoenix were honored for their outstanding efforts this season. Leigh Roche ’12 (Hanover, Pa./ New Oxford) was selected to the NEAC South All-Conference first team and was honored as NEAC South Pitcher of the Year. Roche went 14-3 on the mound for
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The team’s perfect conference record earned them the title of NEAC South regular season champions and a number one seed in the south going into the NEAC softball championship tournament.
the Phoenix, leading the conference with 131 strikeouts. For the season, Roche allowed just 77 hits and 27 earned runs, with a 1.87 ERA. Tara Fields ’13 was also selected to the NEAC South All-Conference first team and was named Player of the Year for her outstanding season-long performance at the plate. Fields was in the top ten of every major statistical hitting category in the conference and led the NEAC in batting average (.453). For the season, Fields has totaled 48 hits, 46 runs batted in, 39 runs scored, nine doubles, four triples, and has posted a .483 on base percentage and a .613 slugging percentage. Joining Roche and Fields on the NEAC South first team were pitcher Nicole Musser ’13 (Middletown, Va./ Sherando) and third baseman Maggie Sipps ’13 (Philadelphia, Pa./ Little Flower). Sophomore Megan Schneck ’14 (Bethel, Pa./ Tulpehocken) and freshman Faith Ricker ’15 (Hagerstown, Md./ North Hagerstown) were named to the NEAC South All-Conference Second Team. In addition, Head Coach Brett Cline was honored as Coach of the Year after leading the Phoenix to their second straight NEAC South Division regular season championship and fourth consecutive NEAC Championship Tournament appearance.
In addition to conference recognition, the Phoenix stood out in the NCAA this season, achieving several national rankings. Out of 402 institutions, Wilson was ranked in the top 10 in nine individual and team statistical categories in NCAA Division III, including four number one rankings. The Phoenix led the nation in team scoring (9.84 per game), team stolen bases (3.9 per game), individual stolen bases (Bri Smith, Berryville, Va./ Clark County, 1.2 per game), and individual runs scored (Megan Schneck ’14, 1.55 per game). Head Coach Brett Cline is very proud of his team’s success this season, and eager to continue their journey to their ultimate goal. According to Cline, “Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. This team has a vision of a NEAC Championship and a run at the NCAA Division III Championship. This season was the next step to that goal.” Cline adds, “Our team is more than a collection of people. We believe in each other and have developed a family bond. We are so proud of the work ethic and winning attitude this team had all season. We are ready to continue the journey next season starting in September.”
Student-Athlete Profile Jami DeVanie ’12
• Boiling Springs, Pa. • Cumberland Valley HS Lacrosse #8 - Midfield • Field Hockey #8 - Forward
Major: Veterinary Medical Technology Minor: Chemistry Awards: 2011 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) All-Conference Second Team Midfielder (Lacrosse) 2012 NEAC All-Conference Third Team Midfielder (Lacrosse) Jami is a senior at Wilson and is very proud to be an EVEN. She is committed to and loves to participate in all of Wilson’s traditions. Jami also credits her participation in sports at Wilson for shaping her into the person she is today. According to DeVanie, “Being a student-athlete has taught me many attributes such as time management, leadership, commitment, family, competitiveness and many more. I am also more confident in my abilities and have such a close relationship with my teams here at Wilson. My passion for sports is more than just playing to score; it is truly playing with my heart and mind, along with all those other muscles.” Greatest Sports Accomplishment at Wilson: “…Stepping into a leadership role not only on the field but off of it as well. I never thought I would have the confidence to be on a team, let alone both teams! I also did not expect to ever play lacrosse in my lifetime, but I love that I helped the program grow, and I cannot wait to see what they will achieve in the future. Sports at Wilson will always be one of the best chapters of my life.” DeVanie’s Career Stats: Goals Assist Points Lacrosse 110 11 121 Field Hockey 11 8 33
Wilson College Athletics Celebrates NCAA Division III Week By Beth Weixel
uring the week of April 9-15, Wilson College Athletics participated in the first nationwide celebration of NCAA Division III Week. This week celebrated the unique Division III student-athlete experience, which offers a highly competitive athletic environment, a commitment to academic excellence and time to pursue other interests and passions. Wilson’s student-athletes are among nearly 180,000 students who play varsity sports in the NCAA’s largest division. Division III student-athletes play for the love of the game, while striving to excel in the classroom and demonstrate leadership, community service and campus involvement. The week kicked off with NCAA Division III Discover, Develop, Dedicate Video Day. The NCAA video was shown throughout the Wilson College campus detailing the Division III experience and
philosophy. On Wednesday, April 11, Wilson Athletics sponsored Spread the Word to End the Word, a NCAA Division III Special Olympics initiative. Wilson student-athletes helped raise awareness of the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the words “retard” or “retarded” and asked the campus community to sign a banner pledging not to use the R-word. During the weekend games, the Wilson softball and lacrosse teams hosted staff appreciation games where college staff members acted as guest coaches. The staff appreciation games were created as part of an effort to thank the Wilson College staff for all their hard work and support of our student-athletes. Maintenance personnel Matt Smoyer and grounds supervisor Chris Shane where named guest coaches for the softball team, while head safety and security officer Todd Sites and housekeeper Beverly
Neidigh helped coach the lacrosse team. The week’s celebration culminated on Sunday, April 15, with Wilson College softball and lacrosse teams holding “Pink Out” games to raise awareness of and support for breast cancer. The student-athletes showed their support by wearing pink during the games and asked Phoenix fans to do the same. The teams also provided various educational pamphlets. The Wilson Alcohol Prevention Programing and Leadership Education (APPLE) team sponsored a nonalcoholic tailgate, providing free hot dogs and drinks to fans who visited the booth. In addition, the Wilson APPLE, softball and lacrosse teams accepted donations to support women’s health and the fight against breast cancer. In total, the event raised $200 to support the American Cancer Society.
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2012 Alumnae Association Annual Meeting
During Reunion Weekend, the Alumnae Association granted honorary membership to Cesi Kellinger, a former faculty member of Wilson. Sue Ross ’66, a director of the Alumnae Association, presented Cesi with a certificate and a pines and maples pin. See page 28 for more information. Paula S. Tishok ’71 (right) passes the gavel to incoming Alumnae Association President Mary Cramer ’91.
Paula S. Tishok ’71 (left) was presented with several gifts in appreciation of her years of service as the Alumnae Association president. She is pictured with incoming President Mary Cramer ’91 (center) and Director of Alumnae Relations Marybeth Famulare.
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The Alumnae Association President Paula S. Tishok ’71 bid farewell to two directors, Tracy C. Leskey ’90 and Sandra Griggs Clark ’85 (pictured left).
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The 50th Reunion Class of 1962 presents President Mistick with a check that set a record for the most given by a class returning for Reunion.
Reunion 2012 Fun Fact Mother and Daughter –both celebrating their Reunion this year: Sue Fisher Chabot ’62 (50th) Kimberly Chabot ’87 (25th)
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Reunion 2012 Fun Fact Mother celebrating her 65th Reunion with her Daughter: Marjorie Ives Locke ’47 (65th) Diane Smith Carnahan ’71
Faculty Brunch Dr. Walter Portmann, pictured with his wife, Carol, was presented with the Alumnae Association Faculty Award.
Reunion 2012 Fun Fact Seven alumnae in attendance with the last name “Wilson” (2 maiden names, 5 married names)
Nightcap Members of the class of 2002 pose for photos during the nightcap on the esplanade.
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Odds & Evens Dinner Director of Alumnae Relations Marybeth Famulare presents the “Odds” with the trophy for most spirit at the Odds & Evens Dinner.
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Alumna who traveled the furthest: Domestic - Sara Washburn Stoops ’67 from Anchorage, Alaska International - Anne E. Grimes ’82 from Mumbai, India
Sister acts: one in Reunion year, one attending with her: Peggy Darras Lintner ’72 (40th) Pat Darras Hockenberry ’74 Hope Weishaar Asrelsky ’57 (55th) Phebe Weishaar Shinn ’53
Town Hall Meeting Pamela Francis Kiehl ’66 presents information on the Commission on Shaping the Future of Wilson College to alumnae attending the Town Hall meeting.
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Memorial Chapel Phoebe Snavely Tobin ’62 and Margaret Cooley Hsiao ’62 were the worship leaders for the Memorial Chapel Service, held Sunday of Reunion Weekend. The service was written by Elizabeth Clever Arter ’07 and the organist was Gloria Massa ’47. The choir director was Ellen H. Satterthwaite ’57.
Alumnae Awards Presented at Reunion Weekend
Award recipients Robin Herring ’07, Hope Weishaar Asrelsky ’57 and Lee Hitchens Caldwell ’62
Distinguished Alumna Elethea “Lee” Hitchens Caldwell ’62, a former trustee of Wilson College, graduated with her Bachelors of Science degree in biology and a minor in chemistry. She continued her education at Jefferson Medical College where she received her doctorate in medicine. She works as a faculty member at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry as an Emeritus Professor of plastic surgery. Caldwell has worked her way up in this same school, beginning as an assistant professor and being promoted 28 l Wilson Magazine l Summer 2012
as an associate professor to the status of professor. At the University of Rochester, she was the assistant field hockey coach and served on the admissions committee interviewing potential applicants. Furthermore Caldwell has taught, mentored, and given career advice to the university’s medical students. In addition to her work at the University of Rochester, Caldwell had visiting professorships at McMaster University in Toronto and Tufts University. She is a member of numerous medical organizations and has held leadership positions. Caldwell also is a member of
many professional affiliations like the American Board of Surgery, the American Burn Association and the American Medical Association, plus more. Affiliations include the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hochstein School of Music. Caldwell has served on the board of directors for Blue Cross Blue Shield, Rochester and volunteered as a surgeon on the volunteer surgical team for Interplast of Ecuador, which cared for children with facial, hand and burn deformities. Additionally, Caldwell has been awarded the Plastic Surgery Integrated Residents Teaching Award, given annually to an outstanding surgical teacher, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Division of Plastic Surgery of the University of Rochester, and the Pioneer Achievement Award from Frankfort High School.
Tift College Award Hope Weishaar Asrelsky ’57 graduated from Wilson with a degree in fine arts with a minor in Greek classics. She earned her Associate of applied science degree in veterinary technology from LaGuardia Community College and the City University of New York (CUNY) and a master’s degree in Classics from New York University (NYU). Asrelsky is a retired teacher who taught at Brooklyn College. She also was a meeting and convention planner, an editor of the
reunion | 2012 Encyclopedia of World Art and an assistant to the vicar of St. George’s Episcopal Church. Asrelsky is a member of the National Organization of Women (NOW) and promotes the following affiliations: Chelsea Opera, ASPCA, HSUSA, PAW, SPLC, the Sierra Club, Amnesty International, AMNH, the Children’s Aid Society, AJWS, the Grannies’ Peace Brigade, P.P.USA and OAAW. Asrelsky has also served her class as president and reunion chair.
of Chambersburg and is on the dog walk committee for the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter. Furthermore, she is involved with fundraising for the St. Thomas Fire Department. In 2006, Herring was awarded the Wilson College Award for Volunteer Service to the Community. In her graduating year of 2007, Herring earned the Wilson College Political Science Prize and the Grace Tyson Schlichter Award in Communications. As an employee of the College, Herring earned the Service to Students Award in 2010.
Outstanding Young Alumna Robin Herring ’07 graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communications and minored in political science and philosophy and religion. Currently, Herring is employed here at Wilson as the assistant to the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty. Herring is the event chair for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life
Dr. Walter Portmann
Dr. Walter Portmann taught mathematics at Wilson College from 1965 until his retirement in 1985. He was awarded Faculty Emeritus in 1992. At Wilson, Dr. Portmann was the mathematics department chair from 1965-68 and again from 1983-85. He also was an active member of campus as coordinator of all science disciplines. Throughout
his career, he was active on many campus committees and was the faculty representative for the financial policy committee. His professional societies included the Mathematical Association of America, American Mathematical Society, the American Association of University Professors and Sigma XI.
Cesi Kellinger, Honorary Alumna Cesi Kellinger was born in 1922 in Sansepolcro, Italy. She attended an academy there for young women and went on to the University of Florence where she received her doctorate in German language and literature. One afternoon in 1944, high in the standing room section of the opera, she met Josef Kellinger, a young soldier stationed near Florence with the U.S. Army. They were married in Austria in 1947. The Kellingers – Cesi, Joe, and young daughters Ellie and Paula – came to Wilson in 1957. Their hospitality was legendary through the many years that Joe served the College. Hundreds of students enjoyed German Christmas caroling and picnics. Furthermore, Kellinger has always been an avid participant in all areas of campus life, attending a variety of events. She has never missed an Orchesis concert and has provided support to the dance and fine arts departments for many years. Once she taught Latin for a semester when Professor Lutz was ill, and she worked in the language lab in its earliest days. With Harry and Esther Buck, Kellinger began a book sale to benefit Legal Services in Chambersburg. It continues to this day. Kellinger’s knowledge and love of books led her to become a bookseller in the 1970s, specializing in books about women artists. In 2004, she donated more than 500 books to the National Museum of Women in the Arts. In 2011, she donated 200 dance items to the Library of Congress. The library has designated this material as the “Cesi Kellinger Collection at the Library of Congress.” Mrs.
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Kellinger put her skills as an internet sleuth to work for Wilson as well. She has found and donated to our Archives many items of historical interest. Cesi Kellinger has been part of the Wilson community for 55 years. Throughout those years, she has shown how much she loves Wilson College. She is indeed, a Wilson Woman. Acknowledgements: Thanks to Amy Lucadamo, Archivist; Paula Kellinger, Professor of Dance; and Cesi Kellinger herself for help in telling the story of a long and generous and scholarly life. Visit us at www.wilson.edu l 29
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Getting to Know Director of Alumnae Relations Marybeth Famulare By Dianna C. Heim, Assistant Director of Alumnae Relations
t’s rare to meet someone who gives you their full attention and truly strives to understand how they can be of assistance. It’s what we see exemplified daily in Marybeth Famulare, Wilson’s new Director of Alumnae Relations. Both a rapt listener and skilled communicator, Marybeth has made person centered planning, collaboration and team building, as well as developing mentoring opportunities for personal and professional growth, a particular focus in her career. She has held positions within student and alumni services at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y. and Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, Pa. In addition, Marybeth held family service and case management positions at Finger Lakes United Cerebral Palsy, Geneva N.Y. and United Cerebral Palsy in Central PA. For the past four years, Marybeth served as the Project Consultant/Manager for the PA Link Network (ADRC) with
oversight responsibilities as ADRC’s expand throughout the state of Pennsylvania. She holds degrees from Mater Dei College, The College of Saint Rose, and Shippensburg University. Marybeth has been actively involved and held leadership positions with organizations in the communities in which she has lived and worked such as Head Start, Chamber of Commerce, Boys and Girls Club, Rotary International and grass roots social ministries. These endeavors have provided her extensive experience in working with advisory boards/trustees, committees, and volunteers as well as supervision, training and event planning. Marybeth values respect, truth, resiliency and a sense of humor – all characteristics she models for her children – Alana, 18, a recent graduate of Shippensburg High School; and Hannah, 14, who is entering the ninth grade at Shippensburg High School this fall. She also enjoys sharing life with
The Alumnae Association Tours and Travel Committee traveled to Princeton to tour the campus in April. During the tour, visitors learned of Wilson’s ties to Princeton. Dr. Tyron Edwards — a founder of Wilson—and Dr. Ethelbert Warfield—an early President of Wilson—both came from Princeton.
husband, Trever, Director of Bands and the Music/Theater Arts Department Chair at Shippensburg University, and with the ‘boy’ of their family, Freddy, a spoiled Lhasa Apso. Marybeth welcomes everyone with a Wilson connection to visit, reminisce and find more bonds with your extended Wilson family.
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An Insider’s Perspective May 6-14, 2013
The Alumnae Tours and Travel Committee invites you to explore PRAGUE — a European metropolis steeped in centuries of tradition and lore. Experience a behind-thescenes look at Prague castle and gardens, Old Town and the Strahov Monastery. Discover the city’s theater and music traditions with backstage visits to the Estates Theater and Laterna Magika. Seven nights’ accommodations will be at the deluxe Art Deco Imperial Hotel. The cost is $2,895 per-person double (air and some meals are extra). Call the Alumnae Relations Office at 1-866-446-8660 for details. Photos by: AHI Travel
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Wilson Tour Group Cruises through Holland and Belgium By Linda Collenberg Bisaccia-Ammerman
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Keukenhof Gardens, Holland
Left: Wilson alumnae visit the Keukenhof Gardens (l—r): Linda Collenberg Bisaccia-Ammerman ’68, Nancy Kostas ’64, Barbara Carton Ward ’63 and Janet Holz Ollivier ’58.
lthough spring in the Netherlands might seem like a time of showers, our Wilson alumnae toured with Gohagan Travel and made the rounds of Amsterdam, seeing the Rembrandt’s, van Dyck’s, Memling’s, and many other famous paintings at the Rijksmuseum, passing Anne Frank’s house and the floating flower market (the Bloemenmarkt), going for an Amsterdam canal boat ride throughout the old (“oulde” in Dutch) Amsterdam, while our guide spoke to us about the fascinating history of the city. We also had free time the day of arrival in Amsterdam. My husband and I wandered past the Victorian brick home of the old Heineken brewery, crossing one of the canals that rings the old city. We had a fantastic lunch at Wagamama, a modern glassed walled Japanese noodle house, watching an old Dutchman and an Indian boy play an outdoor chess game with two-foot-high chess pieces surrounded by locals and tourists of all ages and nationalities. Such is the postmodern fabric of Amsterdam. At the end of the first day in Amsterdam, the luxury of the AmaDante, our own small and elegant river boat for the coming week, awaited us at the dock. Before dinner on the boat, my husband and I bought two dozen yellow tulips (about $6) for our stateroom and 34 l Wilson Magazine l Summer 2012
a bottle of French wine, totally unnecessary as our waiters kept everyone’s glasses full each night. The dining room was quite festive as we ate from a European, multicourse a la carte menu and talked. For the hard core gringos, there were always steak, fries, coleslaw, club sandwiches and fresh iced tea. During the week, we visited and learned about fascinating places such as the world’s largest auction for flowers in the third largest building in the world (10.6 million square feet) in Aalsmeer, where we followed a walkway suspended above hundreds of small tractors pulling long chains of open cars moving approximately 19 million of every type of flower imaginable each day. We saw huge amphitheaters of international buyers bent over computers bidding for commodities of blooms, as various flowers, their data and changing price appeared on massive, moviesized screens. We also visited Bruge, the medieval city and chocolate center of Belgium. Oh, the endless small streets of shops of unbelievable chocolates and candy in every form! There we had a canal boat ride past large stone homes, gardens, old churches and convents, with graceful white swans gliding along the canals and nesting on the banks with their babies.
A big draw for our Wilson group was attending the Floriade, the 2012 world horticultural expo held only every 10 years (see floriade.com). In a beautiful park of about 165 acres, the Floriade was an international showcase of flora from around the world, striking landscape architecture, and sustainable architecture using plants both on the exterior structures as well as the interior (both modern as well as ancient traditional styles that work with nature). Five themes were Relax and Heal, Green Engine, Environment, Education and Innovation, and World Stage, and it was an very amazing educational experience. Of course no trip to Holland is complete without a visit to the Keukenhof Gardens, the world’s largest flower gardens and park and the 15th century hunting park for the nearby palace of a Bavarian countess. Over seven million flowers were in full bloom crowning a week of beautiful memories for life for our entire Wilson group. The next Wilson alumnae tour will be in spring 2013 to Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. The group will stay at the fabulous Art Deco Imperial Hotel (www.hotel-imperial. cz/Official and ahitravel.com/). The city is over 1,100 years old and considered the cultural center of central Europe. Learning and fun await!
association news | ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT’S REPORT
Alumnae Association President’s Report June 2011 – June 2012 Every year at our Annual Meeting in June, we have an opportunity to reflect on past events and accomplishments throughout the year. We’re pleased to report that the Alumnae Association Board in conjunction with the Alumnae Relations Office has many accomplishments we want to share with you.
Alumnae Relations Office During the year, we welcomed two new employees in the Alumnae Relations Office – Marybeth Famulare as director and Emma Lewis as alumnae relations publications associate. Marybeth Famulare has more than 10 years of professional experience in higher education and organization management. Most recently, she had been employed by PA Link Network as ADRC Project Contractor and Manager working on behalf of the PA Office of Long Term Living. Prior positions included working with United Cerebral Palsy of Central PA and as assistant director of University Relations for Shippensburg University. Marybeth earned a B.A. in sociology from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y., and an M.S. in organizational development and leadership from Shippensburg University. Since she began her employment in March, Marybeth has shown that she is energetic and enthusiastic about Wilson College and is eager to connect with alumnae. Last July, we were pleased to welcome Emma Lewis as our new alumnae relations publications associate and managing editor of the Wilson Magazine. Emma graduated cum laude from Shippensburg University in 2008 with a B.A. in Communications/Journalism and a concentration in earth science. While attending school she was a sales associate at the Bon Ton and after graduation was promoted to assistant manager. Then, she worked for
the Legislative Reference Bureau at the state capitol for a year and a half as a legal proofreader before being hired at Wilson. Emma is eager to bring her editing and writing skills to the Wilson Magazine and looks forward to working with alumnae on improving its features and articles. Also, I would be remiss if I failed to mention that while the Association conducted a search for a new director, Ann Terry resumed her role as interim director of alumnae relations, albeit from California. For nearly 10 months, Ann was an asset to the Association in managing day-to-day operations and working with staff. Most recently, Ann has been engaged as an independent contractor to assist in transition for the Alumnae Relations Office and to support Advancement Services. Ann was instrumental in assisting in Reunion planning, and we’re delighted that she joined us this year to facilitate events and dinners.
Board and Association Activities In November, the Association hosted the ADAPT Conference at Wilson which included alumnae directors and alumnae presidents from 13 of our sister colleges, such as Agnes Scott, Mary Baldwin, Cedar Crest, Newcomb and Meredith. We held a wine-tasting event presented by the president of Sage Dining Services, Paco Rodriguez, and a lovely dinner with President Mistick at Sharpe House – both events were well received and really showcased Wilson. During the course of the conference, many new ideas were discussed, including the idea of combining Commencement and Reunion Weekends. President Mistick asked the Board to consider this idea for implementation in 2013. The Board evaluated historical attendance patterns, space constraints, housing concerns and other logistical items that might impair the success of merging these events.
Subsequently, the Board met with a small student leadership group, surveyed a group of alumnae and interviewed staff to assist in evaluating the impact on graduating seniors and alumnae. The Board then analyzed the data, and the following is the summary and recommendations of the Board:
Summary and Recommendations While combining Commencement and Reunion Weekends would have some potential benefits, we believe that there are numerous and difficult challenges that would be detrimental to the mission and purpose of Reunion Weekend. Therefore, the Alumnae Association Board of Directors does not recommend moving forward with this idea. Instead of combining the two events, we propose instituting new, innovative activities during Commencement Weekend geared toward alumnae engagement with students and the greater campus community, such as a Blue and Silver Line, and a distinctive meet and greet reception. Furthermore, we would invite and encourage alumnae to participate in Baccalaureate, the Phi Beta Kappa ceremony, and other Commencement activities. We believe that local alumnae, alumnae delegates representing each class, and other alumnae who are unable to attend Reunion Weekend would be receptive to participating in Commencement. In this way, alumnae can share in these joyful celebrations with students and begin to integrate alumnae activities into the proud traditions that comprise our Commencement ceremonies. As a follow-up to the above-mentioned recommendations, the Board actively solicited alumnae participation for Commencement 2012. The Association sponsored a Blue and Silver Line numbering nearly 40 alumnae that processed with students, faculty, administration, Trustees and honored guests. Invitations were sent to each class president, Association Visit us at www.wilson.edu l 35
association news | ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT’S REPORT the Board by preparing written guidebooks and procedures for committees and providing for succession planning.
Paula S. Tishok ’71, President
Board members, and local alumnae welcoming them back to campus for this joyful occasion. During Winter Retreat, the Board met to discuss the idea of a name change for the Alumnae Quarterly publication. The purpose of changing the name of the publication is to be consistent with the vision and objectives of an integrated marketing strategy for Wilson that focuses on appealing to a broad spectrum of constituencies. The Board reviewed magazines from other colleges and universities, which helped to define current marketing trends, and viewed the history of Wilson College through past magazine covers from 1969 to the present. Subsequently the Board agreed to a clean, uncluttered look for the cover with a new name, Wilson Magazine. The new name began appearing on the winter issue, and we continue to receive positive comments about this change. During the past several years, we’ve examined ways to preserve the soundness and integrity of the Association by engaging in board education on a variety of topics, including leadership and governing models, the role of the Board and its committees, and the duties of directors. Our goal is to continually reinforce a common understanding of transparency, accountability and good governance – not only to ensure ethical and trustworthy behavior, but equally important, to develop strong practices that contribute to the effectiveness and long-term viability of the Association. Moreover, we are committed to strengthening the structure of 36 l Wilson Magazine l Summer 2012
Many of you are aware that the Association was granted tax-exempt status in December 2000 as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and is therefore dedicated to following a set of principles to ensure good governance. In recent years, we’ve developed and implemented sound fiscal policies for restricted and unrestricted funds and investment management. In addition, the Board approved and implemented Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest policies. The Nominating Committee has been working earnestly to strengthen the composition of the Board. To that end, the Committee developed a talent inventory to assist in gathering information about diversity, occupational credentials, and functional expertise for each Board member. Also, the committee has been working on a policy for Board self-evaluation and assessment that was presented to the Board for approval in June. As many of you know, these policies not only help to ensure ethical and trustworthy behavior, but also help to develop strong practices that contribute to the effectiveness of the Association. Board committees have been actively seeking ways to engage alumnae and to support initiatives of the College. Last year, the Alumnae Tours and Travel Committee began planning international tours once again. In October 2011, 23 alumnae and guests toured two of Italy’s best-loved regions, Chianti and the Italian Riviera, where they enjoyed Tuscan cuisine at a private cooking demonstration, wine tastings at the Castello di Monsanto, and journeys to the picturesque towns of Santa Margherita and Portofino. This trip was a tribute to President Lorna Duphiney Edmundson for her many years of dedicated service to Wilson. The Association was delighted to host the Edmundsons on this wonderful excursion. In April, the committee hosted a Riverboat Tour of Netherlands and Belgium, which was timed for the peak tulip season. Nine alumnae and friends toured the Keukenhof Gardens for
the Floriade 2012, the world’s largest horticultural festival, held once every 10 years. I was told that the tulips were stunningly beautiful this year. Also, this spring the committee sponsored a tour for Princeton: Today and Yesterday, featuring a visit to the Morven Museum and Gardens and dinner at the Nassau Club with nearly 20 alumnae and guests participating. As a result of an improved committee structure, we’ve been able to develop programs and initiatives that are more aligned with those of the College. For example, members of the Alumnae Recognition and Stewardship Committee have been working closely with Director of Development Pamela Lambert to provide volunteers to assist in stewardship efforts. Over 25 alumnae volunteers are writing thank you notes and making phone calls to donors who have given to the Wilson Fund at levels less than $1,000. As of May, these volunteers have contacted over 1,330 donors and will continue to provide support to the Development Office on an on-going basis. In addition, the Heritage Committee has been looking for ways to preserve and restore the beauty of the campus. While working closely with Amy Ensley, director of the Hankey Center, the committee was instrumental in acquiring funds for furniture to be used on the enclosed porch at the Hankey Center. One of the most rewarding things the Board considers is the selection of honorees for Association-conferred awards. During Reunion Weekend this year, we presented awards for Distinguished Alumna to Lee Hitchens Caldwell ’62, for the Tift College Award to Hope Weishaar Asrelsky ’57, and for the Outstanding Young Alumnae Award to Robin Herring ’07 during a reception held at the Brooks Complex. During Sunday brunch, we conferred a faculty award to Dr. Walter Portmann, faculty ermeriti and former professor of mathematics, who significantly contributed to the education of women for many years. The Alumnae Finance Committee works closely with Marybeth to ensure that our
association news | ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT’S REPORT funds are appropriately budgeted and allocated, monitoring both income and expense. As a result of our recent financial review from Schultheiss and Associates, the Finance Committee adopted several measures that were recommended by our auditors. First, the Association changed its fiscal year to July 1 through June 30 to be consistent with the fiscal year of the College. This change will make the budgeting process simpler. We’ve changed our method of accounting from modified cash to accrual, primarily due to a change in recording income for Reunion Gift Funds. The Association will now be recording all income for Reunion Gift Funds as unearned revenue in the year it is received – a liability on the balance sheet. Also, the committee began reviewing credit card processing rates since many banks have been raising both monthly and individual transaction fees. Two vendors were evaluated– PayPal and ProPay. A contract was signed with PayPal, the most reliable and cost-effective choice. The Board plans to review and approve the most recent audited financial report for a short year ending June 2011 with total excess revenue and support over expenses of $36,566, including both unrestricted and restricted funds. Five years ago, the Finance Committee, working in response to a request from the Class of 1966, developed an investment vehicle, the long-term Reunion Gift Fund, to enable classes to plan ahead for their 50th reunion by providing a mechanism for longterm investing. All donations to class gifts are recognized as tax-deductible contributions in the year they are given and are listed in the College’s annual Donor Recognition Report. Last year, the class of 1961 accumulated over $42,000 in donations for the benefit of the College. Currently, we have seven classes with long-term Reunion Gift Funds – the classes of ’62, ’64, ’66, ’70, ’71, ’74 and ’75. We’re pleased to report that we will be liquating the second Reunion Gift Fund this year for the Class of 1962 who have been able to accumulate over $53,000 in contributions. I regret to report that last year, the Association lost a revenue stream with respect to royalty fees when Bank of America canceled its Affinity Credit Card program. Many of you
are aware that alumnae who used the Wilson College Bank of America Credit Card helped to provide funding for student internships. The Association is still planning to assist students in funding internship opportunities since students majoring in VMT and business studies have required internships, and availability of these funds is often critical to their success. This past year, the Pittsburgh Club of Wilson College collaborated with the Association, which allowed us to broaden our outreach and provide funding amounting to nearly $3,000 to three outstanding students. These internship opportunities included funding for Stephanie Bachman ’12 and Kristen Leitzell ’12 to attend the Equine Facilitated Therapeutic Conference in Athens, Greece, and for Sarah McGuckin ’13 to study veterinary medicine at the Craig Road Animal Hospital in Las Vegas, Nev. In addition, the Association sponsors two scholarships annually with endowed funds. The Legacy Scholarship, established in 1969, is awarded to full-time, undergraduate students who are daughters or granddaughters of Wilson College alumnae. The Ethelbert Warfield Scholarship, established in 1936, is awarded to undergraduate students who have completed their junior year on the basis of scholarship, general influence and financial need. During the past few years, the Association has awarded over $4,500 for Legacy scholarships and $7,500 for Warfield scholarships to deserving students. The Alumnae Association Board, Admissions Office, and Student Development continue to collaborate in ways that strengthen the recruitment and retention of students. In January, the Board hosted the second annual event with students called Conversations at the Commons, in which students presented their experiences in research, leadership development, work-study programs, and internships. This event continues to receive rave reviews from alumnae who are eager to learn about campus life and college experiences today. The students were so enthusiastic that we plan to host this event each year. During Premiere Weekend, Vice President of Enrollment Mary Ann Naso invited young
alumnae to participate in panel discussions with prospective students and parents where they discussed their careers and experiences beyond Wilson. According to Mary Ann, each group of students and parents were truly impressed to meet these Wilson alumnae. We also sponsored events and activities on campus in conjunction with Student Development, including the etiquette dinner and the everpopular Food for Finals waffle night. The Board greatly values its role in the Wilson community and strives to find ways to strengthen relationships with administration, students and faculty. This year the Board provided funding for the Performing Arts Series and Career Services and planned its annual dinner with students at the Brooks Complex. We’re so thankful to have the opportunity to serve our alumnae and the Wilson community. Of course, you make it possible for Wilson to continue to thrive and serve new generations of students. So let’s work together to share our time, talent and treasure to most effectively serve the Wilson community. On a personal note, I have been humbled and honored to serve as President of the Alumnae Association for six years and as a Trustee, ex officio. During these years, I’ve met so many amazing alumnae and enjoyed close friendships with my wonderful Wilson sisters. Working together, we accomplished much; however, I couldn’t have accomplished anything without the support and dedication of each member of the Board. It was my privilege to work with women who love Wilson and who volunteered countless hours in service to the Association. I sincerely thank you for giving me this opportunity to serve our Wilson community, and I will continue to serve this community for many years to come. As I turn over this responsibility to Mary Cramer, President-Elect, I’m confident that she has been prepared to assume her new role, and I look forward to a smooth transition to her leadership. Warmly, Paula S. Tishok ’71, President
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Alumnae Trustees Report – June 2012 On July 1, 2011, President Barbara K. Mistick began her tenure as the 19th president of Wilson College. President Mistick quickly took the reins of leadership and began to look at Wilson’s strengths and weaknesses with a fresh approach. This past summer, the President and her cabinet examined the Wilson Strategic Plan 2010 -2015 and reviewed its 81 goals and objectives to determine which ones would hold high strategic impact for the College over the short term, high impact over the long term, and those that would have a lower strategic impact over both the short and long term. Through this exercise, the cabinet and Strategic Planning Committee reaffirmed the validity of the plan’s objectives and prioritized the importance of key objectives for each goal area. The College plans to focus its efforts in the following areas: A. Strengthening the student learning experience; B. Providing distinctive, innovative programs; C. Strengthening the College’s longterm financial stability; D. Increasing the College’s visibility and reputation; and E. Enhancing campus facilities. In order to meet the strategic planning enrollment goal of 1,000 students, in October the Board of Trustees authorized a commission to study and recommend opportunities to sustain Wilson’s future, looking at every aspect of the College. Since critical conversations are needed with members of all constituencies, the Board observed that using a similar process as the presidential search would lead to consensus, so that when the work is completed, the institution will have a solid base in support of the outcome. Members of the Commission for Shaping the Future of Wilson are:
Building and Grounds Campus Updates The new pedestrian bridge that spans the Conococheague and connects the south end of campus to the equestrian center was completed in May. The project is very important to students because of the ease of access this link provides. Wi-fi was installed and is now available in many locations throughout campus. The Board of Trustees approved moving forward with a project to “Reimagine the John Stewart Memorial Library.” Stewart was closed throughout the academic year because of significant damage to the existing steam heating system. Sarah’s Coffee House (formerly known 38 l Wilson Magazine l Summer 2012
Leslie Durgin ’69, Trustee and Chair of the Commission Jane Appleyarol ’66, Alumnae Association Director Deborah Austin, Professor of Chemistry Freya Burnett, Associate Professor of Veterinary Medical Technology Lois Collingwood, Class of 2012 Debra Collins, Director of Communications Michael Cornelius, Associate Professor of English Brian Ecker, VP for Finance and Administration Julie Englund, Trustee Amanda Fore ’06, Assistant Director of Admissions Pamela Francis Kiehl ’66, Trustee Cynthia Grove ’63, Trustee Emerita Richard Grove, Trustee Dana Harriger, Professor of Biology James Hay, Assistant Professor of Accounting Mary Hendrickson, VP for Academic Affairs/Dean of Faculty Philip Lindsey, Associate Professor of Fine Arts Barbara Mistick, President of the College Mary Ann Naso, VP for Enrollment William Shoemaker, Director, M.Ed. Program Gretchen Van Ness ’80, Everitt-Pomeroy Trustee Janelle Wills, Class of 2014, WCGA President, 2012-13 John Gibb, Chair of the Board, ex officio In order to obtain market research and data to assist the work of the Commission, the Board of Trustees approved a budget of $150,000. Stevens Strategy was engaged to facilitate the Commission process. In conjunction with the College, Stevens developed a survey for key constituencies, including alumnae and prospective male and female students. Results of the survey will be used by the Commission in making recommendations for the future of Wilson. See the Commission report on page 20.
as the ‘snackie’) has been converted to a temporary space to accommodate library needs including 24/7 computer access. This concept has been very popular among students and increases in overall use have been documented. Murray Associates, an architectural firm, was selected to develop a design to reconfigure the library. The work plan will restore the existing historic Gothic structure of the building and also reimagine the space as a modern learning commons. The Creek Restoration Project, in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and to be paid for by Norfolk Southern, continues and is expected to be completed in October 2012. Wilson College is
acting as the general contractor, but there is no cost to the college. The Trustees recently approved a capital budget to address pressing capital maintenance needs including upgrades to electrical grids, ADA compliance issues, and life safety/building code requirements.
College Advancement Update Cynthia Wood has been appointed as the interim vice president for college advancement while a nationwide search to fill the position is conducted. Marybeth Famulare was recently hired as the director of alumnae relations. Currently, a comprehensive assessment of staff competencies and responsibilities is being conducted to best utilize the talents and expertise
association news | ALUMNAE TRUSTEES REPORT of the entire advancement team. The “Leading With Confidence” Capital Campaign closed on Dec. 31, 2011. The $45 million goal was exceeded with a final total of $51,327,914 in cash and pledges. The Goodwin and Lenfest challenges were both met. The 2012 Wilson Fund passed the $1 million dollar mark in May, toward a goal of $1.3 million by the end of June 2012. The “Reimagining The John Stewart Memorial Library” project is anticipated to be $12 million, of which $1.99 million has been raised. Sources of potential funding for the project are being identified. Grants recently awarded to the College by The Mathematical Association of America, West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund, the PA Early Learning Keys to Quality and the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh have provided $17,925 in support for academic conferences, equipment and special programming. A re-design of the Wilson College website home page is underway to provide more space for news and updates.
Enrollment Management and Student Life In February, the Board of Trustees voted not to raise tuition for the 2012-2013 academic year. The message “holding the line on tuition” led to positive local press about Wilson’s recognition of the high cost of college tuition. Returning students welcomed the news, but were also concerned about the increase in room and board costs. Tuition and fees for the 2012-2013 academic year will be $28, 745 and room and board for a double occupancy will total $10,148. Financial aid continues to be vital to students with financial aid staff working rigorously to put together aid packages to meet the ever-increasing void left by flat or decreasing availability of personal savings, and state and federal grants and loans programs. Financial aid can be the “make or break” reason for attendance at Wilson for many accepted students.
WCGA reported that “Pizza Talk” with WCGA officers continues to be a successful mechanism for the purpose of hearing/discussing student concerns.
students who completed degrees in January, and 22 students will complete degrees in August.
A comprehensive report on the resident halls has revealed the need for renovations to all existing dormitories.
Trustees reviewed forecasts for income and expense for fiscal year 2012 and anticipate a deficit of over $500,000 at year-end. The deficit is due, in part, to unrealized bequests and lower than anticipated contributions to the Wilson Fund.
Enrollment figures for the 2012-2013 academic year (as of April 2012) are: CFW 311 ADP and TIP 191 M.Ed. and Humanities 15 The Admissions Office will be monitoring enrollment throughout the summer months and will present an updated report in the fall when enrollment is finalized for the academic year.
Academic Affairs In addition to fine teaching, working with students on research projects, attending conferences and publishing, the faculty has undertaken additional work for which they should be commended, and includes the following. The number of faculty committees has been restructured and reduced. This relieves the faculty of some of their workload in serving on committees. The major work of the faculty was identifying and planning signature curricular programs. Three proposals were selected for further study—fine arts, health sciences, and animal studies. The arts program could potentially include a new minor in graphic design. The health initiative will examine potential majors for consideration. The animal studies program could potentially increase degree offerings attractive to students interested in animal related careers. These proposals will be subject to a complete feasibility study this summer that will include the analysis of enrollment potential, cost and revenue projections, and related factors. At Commencement 2012, 16 master’s degrees, 91 bachelor’s degrees and 14 associate degrees were conferred. In addition, there were 25
The Trustees approved a summer working budget for 2012-13 that includes a zero percent tuition rate increase. The effort to hold the line on tuition for the upcoming year reflects Wilson’s desire to control the cost of higher education for our students and recognizes the burden of increasing student loan debt. In addition, the Trustees approved a capital budget of $1.3 million for fiscal year 2013 for pressing capital needs, including an upgrade to the electrical grid, relocating transformers, addressing ADA requirements in many of the buildings, providing updates to classrooms, and continuing to address life safety and building code concerns. The College is in the process of converting to a comprehensive, integrated computer system that will be used by all departments. The first modules of the new Datatel system, including the financial, enrollment and student development modules, have been successfully integrated. The remaining system modules, including advancement and development, are expected to be operational by summer 2012. The performance of the endowment has been steady under the able management of the Solaris Advisors. The market value of the endowment as of April 30, 2012 was $61,816,164. Of this endowment figure, 58 percent is represented in the quasi- endowment and 42 percent is permanently restricted for various purposes, including scholarships, faculty/staff development, physical plant, library, etc. Respectfully submitted, Tracy Leskey ’90 Nancy Kostas ’64 Marie Schleicher ’68 Visit us at www.wilson.edu l 39