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WINTER 2011 • Volume 84 • Number 1

Wilson College Students Work To Improve Local Community page 6

Members of the Alumnae Association Board and select students enjoyed a dinner together during the Association’s Winter Board Meeting. The association board members and students were involved in a new program called ‘Conversations at the Commons’ that we will feature in the Spring AQ.

Cover photo by Matthew R. McLaughlin

Corrections: The photo on the front cover of the Fall 2010 incorrectly identified Edgar Hall as Norland Hall. Thank you to our eagle-eyed alumnae who caught the error, and we sincerely apologize for the mistake.


Alumnae Quarterly winter 2011 • Volume 84 • Number 1

Cover Story: 6 Wilson Students Work to Improve Local Community

In Every Issue:

Rita Dibble

Alumnae Association BOARD




Lauren McLane

4 Message from the President



Dianna Heim Lauren McLane Cathy Mentzer Shelly Novak ’92


8 ‘Mid A Group of Pines & Maples: News from Around Campus

Paula Spezza Tishok ’71

VICE PRESIDENT Marian “Mimi” Stevenson ’74

SECRETARY Peggy McCleary ’71


12 Odds & Evens: Alumnae News


Jennifer Nickle Banzhof ’94

14 Athletics

Debra Collins Shelly Novak ’92 Ryan Smith


18 Class Notes 37 Life Lines

Design Jennifer Glosser

PRESIDENT OF THE COLLEGE Lorna Duphiney Edmundson

We have moved Life Lines wedding and baby pictures to Odds & Evens: Alumnae News section, you can find them starting on page 12!




Ellen Van Looy Reed ’53 Tracy Leskey ’90 Nancy Kostas ’64

DIRECTORS Jane Appleyard ’66 Linda Collenberg Bisaccia-Ammerman ’68 Sandra Griggs Clark ’85 Mary Cramer ’91 Tina Robertson Dorsey ’92 Kendal Hopkins ’80 Cazella Hinojosa Goodall ’70 Jane Stever Jones ’73 Kristina Heuck Knubel ’02 Patricia Darras Hockenberry ’74 Patricia Keffer ’96 Laureen Lutz ’08 Rebecca Ross ’05 Susan Ross ’66 De-Enda Peck Rotz ’05 Sarah Muller Smith ’85


NOMINATING COMMITTEE Betty Jane Weller Lee ’57 Robin Herring ’07 Amy Allen Boyce ’73

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MESSAGE from the President


hese are exciting times for Wilson College, as more and more of you join with us to achieve the goals of Leading with Confidence: The Campaign for Wilson. I am happy to say that you’ve helped us surge past the $45 million goal. We have raised a total of $46,231,338 to date for our four campaign priorities: science education, global citizenship, faculty/ staff/technology endowment and a strong and growing Wilson Fund. With more than $29 million raised for the science initiative and more donors and larger gifts coming in for the Wilson Fund, I want to also underscore the importance of fully funding the endowments for faculty/staff and technology development, and for the Global Citizenship Initiative. As we clearly state in describing the Global Citizenship Initiative (GCI), Wilson must educate and empower women to serve as leaders who are fully capable of developing sustainable solutions to the world’s intractable environmental, political, economic and social problems. More women must become part of the deep human talent pool that is required. Wilson’s Global Citizenship Initiative is inspiring, practical and near and dear to my heart. The beauty of giving an unrestricted gift to the GCI endowment is that you can simultaneously support student scholarship for cross-cultural study, faculty and staff professional development, administrative costs required to coordinate the program, and technology enhancements that will make it possible for Wilson to engage more fully with other cultures, even from the comfort of our own residence halls and classrooms. To date, we have raised $1,130,176 for these purposes, but we have a long way to go in building an endowment that will ensure long-term success. I will be talking with you about this and other matters as I continue my visits to major cities in the Northeast, the South and western regions of the country in this, my final year at Wilson. Meanwhile, buoyed by your contributions to date and recent grants from the Heinz Endowments and Henry Luce Foundation, we’ve already begun. I’ve appointed a Global Citizenship Steering Committee, whose members are clarifying program priorities and maximizing resources available to fund student and faculty study/travel programs, curriculum development, co-curricular activities, and participation in several powerful international networks of colleges and universities that share our commitment to global citizenship. The United Nations Academic Impact program is one such new network. In November 2010, I led a Wilson delegation that included Dr. Mary Hendrickson, vice president for academic affairs/dean of faculty; Dr. Bertin Kouadio, assistant professor and director of international studies; and Rita Dibble, director of alumnae relations, to the United Nations for the official launching of the academic impact initiative. In his keynote speech, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that, “The United Nations understands the enormous impact of scholarship, innovation and ideas. We are trying to harness that great power to build a better world; a world where human ingenuity will make our homes, communities and consumption patterns socially and environmentally sustainable; a world where research receives the funding and support it needs to defeat disease, deprivation and despair; a world where the ‘unlearning’ of intolerance will bridge barriers that still divide nations and peoples.”



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More than 540 colleges and universities from 90 countries have joined together to share with the world a culture of intellectual social responsibility. As a founding member of the U.N. Academic Impact initiative, Wilson and other participants commit ourselves to a set of 10 principles derived from the United Nations Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the U.N. Millennium Development Goals. We must undertake at least one activity or project on our campus every year that tangibly supports and furthers the realization of those principles: • Fostering human rights, including freedom of inquiry, opinion and speech. • Providing educational opportunity for all people regardless of gender, race, religion or ethnicity. • Building capacity in higher education systems across the world. • Encouraging global citizenship through education. • Advancing peace and conflict resolution through education. • Addressing issues of poverty through education. • Promoting sustainability through education. • Encouraging intercultural dialogue and understanding, and the “unlearning” of intolerance, through education. The members of Academic Impact also seek to support the U.N. in meeting its 2015 timeline for achieving the eight "Millennium Development Goals" that were adopted by 189 nations and signed by 147 heads of state and governments. These goals are to: • Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger. • Achieve universal primary education. • Promote gender equality and empower women. • Reduce child mortality. • Improve maternal health. • Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases. • Ensure environmental sustainability. • Develop a Global Partnership for (Resource) Development. This surely is an ambitious agenda. But just consider how closely aligned Wilson’s purposes and those of the United Nations are. Consider how much we are already doing to empower women, promote gender equality, improve maternal and child health through education, and ensure environmental sustainability. Consider also how joining with the United Nations and our higher education counterparts in achieving these purposes inspires all of us and will help leverage Wilson’s resources. In my remaining four months as Wilson’s president, won’t you help me do everything possible to raise a sizeable endowment for the Global Citizenship Initiative – an endowment large enough to ensure that the program not only endures, but flourishes? As I travel in the coming weeks to cities in the Northeast, South and West, I look forward to thanking you for giving me the opportunity to serve as your president for the past 10 years, saying farewell and encouraging you to give to your capacity to help me make the Leading with Confidence campaign the most successful one ever. Meanwhile, I invite you to sit back and enjoy reading more on the theme of empowering women in this issue of the Alumnae Quarterly.

Lorna Duphiney Edmundson, Ed.D. President

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Archives Searching for suffragettes in the C. Elizabeth Boyd ’33 Archives by Amy Lucadamo, College Archivist


hen the idea of writing an article about the suffrage movement at Wilson College was first proposed to me I did what any good archivist would do. I knew there was a slim archival box containing suffrage pamphlets in the reading room, but did not know who donated them. I searched my database, accession logs, and indices of The Billboard, Pharetra, and Alumnae Quarterly. I read through WCGA meeting minutes and searched papers donated by alumnae from key years. I found nothing. There was nothing in the C. Elizabeth Boyd ’33 Archives about suffrage, aside from that slim box of pamphlets. I am not convinced that this is the limit of the suffrage movement at Wilson. Wilson alumna Hannah J. Patterson ’01 was chair of the Woman’s Suffrage Party of Pennsylvania (1912-1915) and corresponding secretary of the National American Woman’s Suffrage Association (1916). With such a woman among its alumnae and former trustees, I cannot believe there aren’t more. I will continue the search, but in the mean time I would like to share the fascinating information that I did find in the suffrage pamphlets. The pamphlets vary in size and print quality. Some were written as testimonials from high profile men and women; others are informational, seeking to provide counter arguments to common opinions against female voters. All are presented in logical, practical language and all pose a variety of reasons why women should have the vote and how it will improve politics and government. One reason that women should have the right to vote

as cited in multiple pamphlets is that the government now has great control over areas that were traditionally in the women’s sphere such as child-rearing. The pamphlet argues that if the government decides when children go to school, what they learn, how they are disciplined; their mothers should have a voice in that government. Another popular theme is that women voters will be a moralizing influence on politics and legislation. For example in 1915’s “What Have Women Done with the Vote?” author George Creel writes “The inevitable first result of equal suffrage is the removal of all poling [sic] places from the neighborhood of saloons. What is good enough for men is not good enough for their women folk.” Other topics include assuaging fears that with the vote women would start running for office in great numbers; that the votes of “disreputable women” will lead to the election of corrupt officials; and that women will overwhelmingly support “radical” legislation. To the suffragette, one pamphlet “Pointers for Suffrage Workers” offers these tips: - Don’t do absurd things. The ridiculous never never makes votes. - Don’t mix up any other issues with suffrage. - Don’t get excited. Preserve your womanly dignity. Keep sweet. - Ask voting citizens if they think their “influence” would be enough without their votes. - Distribute literature on every occasion. Were there any Wilson students using these pointers? I am still searching for the answer to that question.

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On the Cover

“It’s a great feeling.”

~ Jordan-Clapsaddle

Heather Jordan-Clapsaddle and Lesley Eichelberger

Wilson College Students Work


ilson College students are making a difference in the community by identifying and helping solve problems that relate to both the surrounding community and the environment. Students in Dr. Edward Wells’ Environmental Sociology class are engaged in what is called “problem-based, service learning” projects, which this semester include a community health fair for underprivileged children in Chambersburg, a food drive for a local food pantry, an information campaign to help address a growing bedbug problem and helping Mexican immigrant children who speak a unique dialect that is neither Spanish nor English. “The class investigates the relationships between environmental and social problems,” Wells said. “What I want to get them to do, besides studying a textbook, is see how this plays out in the community.” Students are working with community partners to solve problems faced by those organizations and the people they serve, according to Wells, who is chair of



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the Department of Environmental Studies. Sophomore psychology major Heather JordanClapsaddle and freshman Lesley Eichelberger worked with Chambersburg’s Elm Street revitalization program on a health fair geared toward poor children, including those in the Hispanic community. The health fair, which will include providing parents with fingerprints of their children, was held Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010. “It’s a great feeling,” said Jordan-Clapsaddle, who with Eichelberger, spent several hours a week since the start of the semester organizing the health fair. The two chose their project – which involved educating families and children about fire safety and other issues affecting kids’ health, such as how the presence of cockroaches in a child’s environment can trigger asthma – after meeting with Elm Street manager Jack Jones. “I knew I wanted to get out on the street and get involved with lots of different types of people,”

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“A problem that (the food pantry coordinators) face is access to food.” ~ Hill

Dana Hill

By Cathy Mentzer

To Improve Local Community Eichelberger said. “I am very interested in the Spanish population of Chambersburg. This is a great opportunity for me to work with some of the (Hispanic) business owners, meet some of the people and try to help.” Another student, sophomore sociology major Dana Hill, conducted a food drive to benefit the Chambersburg Food Pantry. “A problem that (the food pantry coordinators) face is access to food,” Hill said. “This will assist with hunger and food insecurity within the community, and help families with food this Thanksgiving.” Students Stacy Grenke ’14 and Mary Beth Wert ’10 organized a neighborhood meeting recently in Chambersburg to talk about the bedbug problem that has emerged here and elsewhere. Two other students, Alicia Mills ’13 and Tina Brown ’12, are working with the Chambersburg Shade Tree Commission and borough council member Tom Newcomer to create an arboretum

along the rail trail that runs through the downtown area. They have been mapping and identifying trees. “It’s amazing to see how much you can accomplish when you go out in the community and talk to people and are persistent,” said Brown. “To pull something like that off is pretty amazing. I’ve gained a lot of confidence.” Another student, environmental studies major Judy Scriptunas ’11, is trying to help a group of Mexican children who come from an isolated town where residents speak a unique dialect. They are having difficulty in their public school classes because Spanish interpreters don’t speak their dialect, according to Wells. Another student, Sheryl Snider ’11, is helping Elm Street Program officials track progress with the enforcement of codes aimed at keeping properties looking nice. “It doesn’t matter how much time you have, even a little bit can help,” Snider said.

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‘MID A GROUP OF PINES & MAPLES News from Around Campus

March 1, 2011 Dear Members of the Wilson College Community, It is my great pleasure to announce that the Wilson College Board of Trustees has unanimously approved the appointment of Barbara K. Mistick as the 19th president in the College’s 142-year history. Dr. Mistick will begin her term as Wilson’s next president on July 1, 2011. As the search process began late last summer, we assembled a remarkable committee of current and former trustees, faculty, students, alumnae and staff with a full range of perspectives on the College community, but who came together to focus on the singular goal of selecting a president who could lead Wilson as a collegial, intellectual community and as a vibrant college in the liberal arts tradition. We have certainly been successful in finding such a person with the skills to meet that challenge in Dr. Barbara Mistick. As you come to know Barbara, you will learn of her deep interest in higher education for women and the undergraduate liberal arts experience. A proud alumna of Carlow College, Dr. Mistick embodies Wilson’s core values of ethical leadership and social responsibility. Throughout her academic and professional career and extensive community involvement, she has demonstrated a commitment to women’s education, civic engagement, philanthropy and volunteerism. Over the course of her 30-year career, Barbara has been an entrepreneur, educator and leader at institutions such as the H.J. Heinz School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, the National Education Center for Women in Business at Seton Hill University in Greensburg and at various businesses she managed and/or founded. In her current role, Dr. Mistick provides strategic leadership and operational oversight of the library system in Pittsburgh, which serves approximately 1.2 million people and includes 19 neighborhood library locations and a number of other facilities. Barbara earned a doctorate in management from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Business in 2003; a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business in 1992; and as mentioned earlier, a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Carlow College in 1990. In conversations with the search committee and the campus constituencies, Dr. Mistick articulated a vision for the future of a liberal arts education at a time when all of higher education is going through a period of reflection and readjustment.



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In particular, based on her knowledge of Wilson’s mission and strategic direction, Barbara conveyed to the search committee confidence in the College’s ability to thrive in an ever more global, diverse and interconnected world. We are certain that Dr. Mistick will build on Wilson’s many strengths and will engage our community in exciting new efforts to ensure our students are prepared for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. Installation of a new president is an important moment for any college and I am grateful to the Presidential Search Committee, supported by our search counsel, Archer-Martin Associates, and chaired by John Gibb for the hundreds of hours spent on this search. We are especially grateful to our communications team, led by committee member Paula Tishok ’71 with the thoughtful and helpful support from Wilson’s communications staff, Debra Collins and Cathy Mentzer. Their efforts facilitated the search committee’s work in many ways from fashioning the innovative Presidential Search website, to assembling exciting and informative new content, to getting the word out to the campus community and beyond. Thank you! I must give a special thank you to Carole Gallagher and Rene Parson for staffing the search committee and for their good guidance and formidable work on behalf of the College. I would also like to express thanks to current President Lorna Edmundson for her legacy of success over the last 10 years, laying the foundation for building a strong future for the College. We look forward to working with her to prepare for a smooth transition in the months ahead. And, finally, I must thank all of you – the support and enthusiasm from the entire Wilson College community has been inspiring! Even though I knew it already – the campus visits in late January gave me a heart warming and hopeful glimpse of the talent, professionalism, energy, and, most of all, love of Wilson College that is here – this is truly a campus poised and ready for an exciting future! On behalf of the Wilson College Board of Trustees please join me in celebrating the appointment of our next president, Barbara K. Mistick. We are eager to work with all of you to create an even brighter future for Wilson and the students we educate. Sincerely,

Trudi W. Blair ’76 Chair, Wilson College Board of Trustees

‘MID A GROUP OF PINES & MAPLES News from Around Campus

Memories of the Spices Back Home By Jyotsna Dhakal ’14, Nepal


attended an information session in my country before coming here, which aimed at better preparing us for an American way of life. We were informed about a lot of things; it was then that I learned about the “Freshman 15.” For as long as I can remember, I have been underweight. I have never had to worry about gaining too much weight. Of course, it’s great and all that I don’t have to resort to dieting or fasting for the sake of losing weight. But it’s no fun listening to people exclaim all the time how tiny you are. So while the prospect of gaining around 15 pounds in our freshman year appalled my friends, I was (secretly) overjoyed. I already started dreaming about chubby cheeks; but within a month of arriving at college, I realized my dream was, well, shattered. Overeating in all-you-can-eat college dining halls is often listed as the main cause of the Freshman 15. The other reasons put forth include stress and alcohol consumption. But I found that I simply couldn’t devour the food here the way I planned. Instead of gaining weight, I think I have lost a few pounds. And no, I have not been drinking. Well, so much for the Freshman 15. So, I decided to find out how the other international students were doing. The international students from Korea, Ghana and Nepal (yes, that’s me) miss their spices. American food is pretty bland when compared to the food we’re used to. We also miss our rice terribly. For all of us, Rice is a diet staple. And we consume different kinds of vegetables with it, with meat occasionally. The rice here, the international students say, is different. And I concur. The Korean girls find the meat-oriented American diet pretty different because their meals back home are vegetable-oriented. “We love to eat meat, but it is not our main food,” they said. For the Irish international student, the food here is, “the same but different.” “We just do the same things differently,” she says. “Food here is a lot sweeter.” She is surprised to see people here consume cheese with almost everything. Rice is not huge in her country, but potatoes are. The Irish are “potato people,” according to her. What she likes most about food here is that there is a lot of variety. The student from China misses her spices, too. She feels that people “separate” the food ingredients here; the Chinese put spice into their food to make it a whole dish but here, there’s bland food and some kind of sauce to go with it. “They have a lot of ‘microwave’ food here,” she says. Food, she reminisces, is always fresh back home. On asking her what she likes about American food, she promptly replies that she loves the desserts here. “The ones that are not too sweet,” she adds. But of course, if we put the criticisms aside and think enough, we realize it’s just a matter of habit and what we’re used to. I hear how some of the international students gave up eating spicy food on returning to their countries because they had gotten used to the blander American food. We have not gotten used to it, yet. So at least for me, food definitely tops the list of things I miss the most about home. Till we get accustomed to and start liking the food here, all we can do is wait and, well, eat. Visit us at



Calling all golfers! The Wilson College Blue Jacket Golf Classic will be held during Reunion Weekend on Friday, June 3 at the Chambersburg Country Club. The tournament begins at 8 a.m. with a shot gun start – with a "modified" Ryder Cup format. The divisions are Men, Women and Corporate Sponsors. Golfer registration is $75 and includes a continental breakfast, lunch, cart, greens fees, door prizes, division prizes and a beautiful venue. Call your classmate friends - get a twosome or foursome together - and join us for a fun summer morning at a course, very close to campus. Deadline to register is May 15. To register, call 1-866-446-8660, ext. 3180, and ask to speak to Dianna.

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2011 Orr Forum on Religion The 2011 Orr Forum on Religion speaker will be Dr. Kecia Ali, an assistant professor of religion at Boston University. She was invited to be the forum’s speaker because of her ground-breaking work in Islam and gender.



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The forum will be held April 11 and 12. For more information, contact David True at 717-264-4141 ext. 3396 or by e-mail at

ODDS & EVENS Alumnae News

Wilson College...

A Home Away from Home Cheika Lakdini Hewagama ’04

Chaitri Hapugalle ’92

“My time at Wilson was great—it was a fantastic experience and I still relish the memories. In fact, today’s meeting brought back a lot of memories. I think your plan to bring out Wilson students to other countries would create a great experience for them, just like Wilson did for us international students.”

“Wilson College was more than a college. It was a fabulous home, filled with love, friends, knowledge and caring professors and staff. We were always considered very special, given all the encouragement to express ourselves, mature and learn! The friends and professors are very much a part of my life. We were so excited to meet Rita. I hope the Sri Lankan ladies continue to shine. Thank you for wonderful memories.”

Chethika Hapugalle Ratwatte ’95 “Wilson was home away from home; the beautiful surroundings, warm people, small classrooms with academics who became friends made it a wonderful experience in the USA.”

From left to right: Standing are Cheika Lakdini Hewagama ’04, Chethika Hapugalle Ratwatte ’95, Rita M. Dibble - Director of Alumnae Relations, and Chaitri Hapugalle ’92 Seated are Dr. Natasha Peiris Fernando ’93, Premali Wijenaike Munasinha ’81 and Nelu Senanayake de Silva ’75

Dr. Natasha Peiris Fernando ’93 Premali Wijenaike Munasinha ’81

Nelu Senanayake de Silva ’75

“My three years at Wilson helped me achieve my goal of becoming a doctor. My Wilson experience was a very memorable one.”

“Wilson was a fantastic place to begin my higher education. It provided me with a good foundation for my Ph.D. at Cambridge.”

“I still consider my four years at Wilson as some of the best years of my life. I am co-class correspondent and keep in touch with most of my classmates.”

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KC Toms ’95 married Brian Watkins on July 24, 2010, in Annapolis , MD. Stacy Stallsmith Brosius ’95 was one of her bridesmaids.

Jessica Bernard ’08 married Shawn Leisey Sept. 18, 2010. Her roommate, Heather Dunkin ’08, was a bridesmaid.

Dale Greenberg ’81, married Rich Nicholas on 9/4/2010 in Baltimore.

Mary Dorwart Bearup ’01 and husband, Jonathan, welcomed daughter Kendall Athene Bearup Dec. 20, 2010. She weighed 6 lbs., 6 oz. and was 18.4 inches long. She was welcomed home by big sister Kali and big brother Brayden, who are “curious and fascinated with her,” Mary reports.



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Heather Young Weeks ’95 and husband, William, welcomed daughter Elizabeth Jane.

ODDS & EVENS Alumnae News The Pittsburgh Club recently met Director of Alumnae Relations, Rita Dibble. Seated L to R: Bonnie Morris ’69, Rita Dibble, Phyllis Davidson ’52 Standing L to R: Wendy Culver ’63, Ruth Kelley ’50, Paula Tishok ’71,   Jean Zehner ’41, Gretchen Patterson ’68, Carol Heppner ’64, Celeste Gallup ’49, Kathryn Karns ’74, Jane Fox ’59

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President Lorna D. Edmundson recently visited Philadelp hia, New York C ity and Washington, DC . She is pictured he re in DC with alumnae an d friends as she tours the country and says farewell, prior to her retirement in June.

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Reception at The Union League in New York City on February 17, 2011

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Two generations of Wilson women By Beth Weixel


hat is it like to grow up on a college campus? There are late nights, living in dorms, eating in the dining hall, sporting events, irregular schedules, and community bathrooms. That is exactly the teenage experience Vanessa Whitfield ’14 received when her mother, Keshie Mansouri ’10 enrolled at Wilson in the Women with Children program in the fall of 2007. At the time, Vanessa was a sophomore in high school, and not exactly happy about her mother’s decision to move to south-central Pennsylvania. According to Vanessa, “I wasn’t very excited about the move. I had to leave everything I Vanessa with her mom, Keshie, and had known—my President Lorna Duphiney Edmundson family, friends, and my basketball team.” Keshie also had her concerns. Who would be her support system? Could she get a job? Could she balance being a student, being a mother, and working full time? Keshie describes her time spent at Wilson as life-changing. She found a support system in the professors and other students enrolled in the Women with Children program. She was also able to experience the life of a traditional student, something she had always wanted but thought she would never have the opportunity to do. More importantly, she says at Wilson she found her voice. “Everyone said I could do it, but I had to prove it to myself. My experience at Wilson gave me the confidence to express myself, and now I have the courage and confidence to go after things I want out of life.” She also believes that enrolling at Wilson was by far the best decision and environment for Vanessa. As for Vanessa, she was in the unique position of seeing what college life was like as a high school student. She was able to develop relationships with professors and college-aged students. She was able to watch the basketball team and the other Wilson teams play. Most importantly, she was able to see, through her mother’s experience, what to expect and how much work it takes to succeed in college. Now Vanessa finds herself experiencing Wilson again, this time as a student-athlete. Ultimately, she decided to attend Wilson College because she knew first-hand from her mother what opportunities a Wilson education would give her. Here at 14


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2010-11 Basketball Stats (FINAL) Vanessa Whitfield #22

Points...................... 14.9 per game Rebounds............... 11.45 per game Assists..................... 2.14 per game Steals....................... 1.45 per game

Wilson, Vanessa could gain an excellent education and still play basketball, the sport she loves. She also has the opportunity to take on new challenges. In the spring, Vanessa will be playing lacrosse, a sport she has never played competitively. Keshie is happy about her daughter’s decision and hopes that Vanessa will find herself like she did here at Wilson. She is also excited that Vanessa has decided to play college sports, and can be found in the stands during basketball games, cheering loudly and being Vanessa’s biggest fan.


Student-Athletes Beyond Athletics Play 4 the Cure The field hockey and soccer teams participated in the nationwide “Play 4 the Cure” raising $300 to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Play 4 the Cure is the world’s largest grass roots network of breast cancer activists and the largest source of not-for-profit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer.

Adopt-A-Highway The Athletic Department recently adopted Philadelphia Avenue (around the campus), Commerce Street and part of Scotland Avenue in the state-wide effort

to “Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful.” The soccer and field hockey teams were the first teams to participate in this effort in October. Throughout the year, each team and the coaching staff will spend time participating in this event.

Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week The Wilson College Basketball team and athletic department collected nonperishable items and donated them to the Franklin County Shelter for the Homeless located in Chambersburg. The Shelter, which opened in 1986, has helped more than 3,000 homeless Franklin County families.

2010 Wilson Soccer Recap

The Wilson College soccer team finished the 2010 season with an overall record of 1-15-0 (1-10-0 in the North Eastern Athletic Conference). The team succeeded in winning its first ever NEAC conference game against SUNY Morrisville. Leading the team in goals this season was freshman midfielder Courtney Bernecker ’14 (St Thomas, PA/James Buchanan), with nine goals. Team captain Collen O’Reilly ’14 (Mardela Springs, MD/Salisbury), a junior, was also a huge offensive threat for the Phoenix, finishing the season with six goals. Sophomore Katie Murphy ’13 (Schnecksville, PA/Parkland) had a total of 195 saves and played every minute of all sixteen contests in the net this season. “This season was a huge step forward for us, even though our record doesn’t necessarily reflect it. We accomplished things this season we could not have in 2009, and I am very proud of the progress we made as a team this year,” Head Coach Beth Weixel said. The soccer team scored 16 more goals this season than last and tallied an additional 131 shots over the previous year. Defensively, it held its opponents to 13 fewer goals and 78 fewer shots.

Arts Day The field hockey team participated in the campus-wide Arts Day. The original artwork of Chelsey Smentkowski ’13 was transferred to a large mural and then painted by the entire team. The mural was displayed on the back of a field hockey cage at the field hockey field.

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Wilson College Wins Independent Championship, Concludes Successful Season with NCAA Division III National Ranking By Beth Weixel From the onset of the 2010 season, the field hockey team set several goals, hoping to raise the bar and improve upon the program’s strong foundation and tradition. The team finished 12-4 overall, capping the season in dramatic fashion by defeating the Saint Vincent College Bearcats 1-0 in a stroke-off in the Championship game of the Independent Tournament. The Phoenix held a 27-6 shot advantage and 23-4 advantage in penalty corners. Despite the offensive onslaught, the Bearcats held the Phoenix at bay and the game remained scoreless after 100 minutes of play. Four of Wilson’s five strokers converted during the stroke off. Saint Vincent’s second stroker struck the post and went wide, and goalkeeper, Brandy Holtzapple ’13 (Red Lion, PA/ Red Lion) turned away the Bearcats’ third stroker, securing the win for the Phoenix. “This victory was earned by the entire team and capped off a great season,” says Head Coach Shelly Novak ’92. Scoring for Wilson in the stroke off were: Whitney Hawkins ’12 (Quarryville, PA/Solanco), Chelsey Smentkowski ’13 (Manalapan, NJ/Saint Vianney), Victoria Whitbred ’14 (Emmitsburg, MD/Catoctin), and Katelyn Alleman ’11 (Newville, PA/Big Spring). When the NCAA released final statistical rankings in January, the Wilson Field Hockey team debuted at first place. While the team ranks in the top 10 in four categories, it earned its firstever first place ranking in Shut-Outs Per Game. Of the team’s 12 wins, eleven were shut-outs. Goalkeeper Brandy Holtzapple also ranks in the top 10 in goals against average (second with a GAA of 0.64) and save percentage (seventh with an average of 0.847). Novak attributes the team’s success to a new initiative. During pre-season, the coaching staff presented the team with a series of personal challenges which combined academic, social and athletic aspects of their lives. The emphasis on these challenges changed the focus of each player and the season be-



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came more about the journey than the destination. “This year was about more than winning, it was about facing challenges and overcoming them,” Novak said. “Winning simply was the result of our team’s ability to meet the challenges head-on.” When Novak reviewed the season, she was happy with the team’s overall success but also recognized room for improvement. “As a coach, I would be at fault if I didn’t analyze our short comings and praise our strengths,” Novak said. “One of the losses we could have won, because it was a loss in penalty strokes, two of the losses we should have won, and one of them we deserved to lose. But overall, I am very proud of this team and their success.” The field hockey team will graduate four seniors this year but hopes to build on the foundation of returning players. According to Novak, the natural evolution of a team always changes, each year different from the one before, “You never replace your seniors, you simply start with a new team each year and work and grow together.”

All Tournament Team for the Independent Championship


NCAA Division III National Statistical Rankings Team Category Shutouts Per Game Goal Against Average Penalty Corners Per Game Save Percentage

Rank Actual 1 0.69 3 0.64 6 13.94 8 0.849

Individual Goals Against Average Save Percentage

2 7

0.64 Brandy Holtzapple 0.847 Brandy Holtzapple

Most Outstanding Player: Katelyn Alleman ’11

Jami DeVanie ’12

Maggie Sipps ’12

Brittney Smith ’13

Liesel Troshak ’11

Field Hockey Team Firsts • 12 win season during Novak’s nine-year tenure • Independent Championship Title • First Place NCAA Division III National Statistical Ranking • Ranked in the top 10 nationally in six statistical categories

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featuring TAVARNELLE VAL di PESA San Gimignano Florence Siena Lucca SESTRI LEVANTE Portofino Cinque Terre Santa Margherita

CHIANTI & the IT Experience the trip of a lifetime through two of Italy’s best-loved regions, Chianti and the Italian Riveria, on an eight-day trip Oct. 8-17, 2011. Beginning in Florence, the tour will immerse you in this historic, lovely city’s museums—Galleria d’Accademia and the Galleria degli Uffizi, among others—and offer you an opportunity to say farewell to President Lorna Duphiney Edmundson, who is retiring from Wilson in June after a decade of exceptional service to the College.

TALIAN RIVIERA The cost is $3,045 per person, with a $500 discount per couple at bookings made by May. Highlights of the trip include: • Enjoying flavorful Tuscan cuisine during a private cooking demonstration. • A private tour and wine tasting at Castello di Monsanto. • Visiting the storied towns of San Gimignano, Siena, Lucca and Carrara. • Traveling the Chianti Road to visit the well-preserved hill town of Castellina. • Seeing the ancient walled city of Lucca. • Journeying to the picturesque towns of Santa Margherita and Portofino. • Visiting beautiful and remote Cinque Terre. And more! Visit the AHI website ( to see a sample itinerary.

If you are interested in visiting museums and galleries during your free time in Florence, please reserve your tickets as soon as possible. The Uffizi and Accademia galleries can only be visited with tickets issued for a specific date and entrance time. You may book these on line at uffizi/. Click the British flag in the upper right corner for English, sign up, select the museum and buy. After entering your credit card # click ‘invio’ which means ‘send’; clicking ‘annulla operazione’ will cancel your transaction. Print the voucher. Please know that these tickets are non-refundable and cost 6.50 Euros each. Your day in Florence will fall on the Tuesday of your trip with leisure time in the afternoon; please request your entrance no earlier than 1:15 PM and no later than 3:30 PM You can also buy these by calling the state museum office; it is an international call 011-39—055-294-883 – Italy is six hours ahead of US Eastern Standard Time. Call AHI or the Alumnae Relations Office at Wilson College if you have any questions.

Call the Alumnae Office at 1.866.446.8660 and reserve one of the 36 spaces on this Wilson College-exclusive trip!

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A Wilson ambassador-at-large Pamela Francis Kiehl ’66, a former foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State, is turning her business and pleasure trips abroad into opportunities to spread the word about her alma mater in hopes of attracting new international students and reconnecting with Wilson graduates. “Several years ago, I had a chance to meet some of our alumnae in Sri Lanka. They were a very impressive group of women,” Kiehl recalled. When Kiehl, who serves on the Wilson College Board of Trustees, accompanied her husband, William P. Kiehl, a consultant and retired diplomat, to Norway last October, she decided to take advantage of what seemed a unique opportunity: “Bill told me Norway could be fertile ground for recruiting students for several reasons, including the fact that there are more college-age students than places at in-country universities. In addition, most Norwegians speak good English and their college education is paid for by the government. This seems like a win-win possibility!” Given that she was there with no commitments, Kiehl contacted the educational coordinator at the American Embassy in Oslo for advice and told her the Wilson story. This advice led to meetings with several educational advisors and high-school counselors who work with students planning to study outside of Norway. Kiehl introduced them to Wilson College; an interesting exercise in a land where the idea of a women’s college is essentially unheard-of. “Some of them were intrigued; they all went to our website before we met,” said Kiehl. “That was just my

intention—to get our name out there, to have them think of Wilson as an option for a young woman. Wilson is now on their radar. (The enrollment office subsequently sent materials to all the advisers). Who knows what will come of this, but I thought why not try? All we need is one student to start a trend that becomes a tradition. There is potential for setting up some exchange programs as well. Norway is a very welcoming and accessible country.” Kiehl says she felt so positively about the experience in Norway that when planning a vacation to Thailand she consulted with the enrollment and alumnae relations offices, having “realized I would benefit from some advanced preparation and guidance.” This time she travelled armed with Wilson College materials and names of high schools Wilson has dealt with in the past. She also wrote to establish contact with Wilson alumnae living in Thailand. Kiehl was, once again, able to have several fruitful exchanges with academic and financial advisors who help students study abroad, and she has now heard from Nataya “Mint” Masavisut ’94. Kiehl’s efforts have been a great asset in updating the most difficult-to-update alumnae—the ones living overseas. “I’m on a mission—my own personal recruiting mission,” Kiehl laughed. “We’re all trying to recruit. I figured why not give it a try. I have the opportunity, I have the means. I have the contacts. I fully support Wilson’s Global Citizenship Initiative and this is a contribution I can make to further those goals. It is something many of us can do when we travel and have the time—introduce Wilson College and connect with alumnae. That said, I would check with the appropriate Wilson officials first for guidance.” The first fruits of Kiehl’s labors have paid off. Wilson received an application from a student in Chiang Mai, Thailand. “I checked with my contact there and learned that after my meeting with him he brought Wilson to the student and her mother's  attention and encouraged her to apply,” Kiehl reported.

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Exodus from Egypt Alumnae experience Egypt’s history

A lifelong dream of visiting the pyramids and the antiquities of Egypt quickly turned into a challenging exit from a country in revolutionary turmoil last month for Martha ‘Marty’ Baum Walker ’69 and her husband, David Spang. The couple recently returned from Egypt along with friends, Patricia ‘Pat’ Hicks Hartman ’69 and her husband, Barry. They left Jan. 21 and planned to stay until Feb. 2, scheduled on a Nile cruise to take them from Aswan (with a side trip to Abu Simbel temples) to Luxor and the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens. “Hearing about the unrest, our guide assured us and said it would blow over by Thursday night,” Marty recalls. The two couples boarded the cruise ship and were three days on the Nile. Leaving the boat at Luxor, they took what should have been a short bus ride to see the temples at Karnak. “We had delays getting to Karnak because the bus driver had to find alternate routes,” she said. The bus passed close to demonstrators and they saw white smoke pluming over the crowd. The tour guide was worried it was tear gas and gave towels to the bus passengers to cover their mouths. “We saw the temple,” Marty said. “Then the bus driver had trouble getting back to the boat because of the demonstrations in and around Luxor. The guide became frustrated and called the ship’s captain. The bus brought us to a remote location about 15 miles away south of Luxor (to board).” Their traveling companions were becoming nervous about the situation. “And our guide was panicky,” Marty added. He had no cell phone service and could not reach his wife and children in Cairo. The travelers could make international calls on their phones. Pat and Barry’s children had been calling the state department to get travel advisories. The foursome’s original plan was for Marty and David to stay in Cairo while the Hartmans visited Petra in Jordan before returning together to the States.



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“We knew things were dicey when the Marines were sent in to beef up security for diplomats,” David said. “I think this civil unrrest sort of came onto the scene under the radar. No one expected it.” “I never felt like we were under any personal threat, but there was uncertainty. Would they become violent, involve Americans?” Marty added. Had the couple stayed in Cairo, they probably would have confined themselves to the hotel – Delta Airlines had already cancelled all flights back to the US. Pat and Barry called their son-in-law in New York and arranged for four tickets from Cairo to Vienna – “we were on the last flights out of Luxor and Cairo on Saturday. The plane almost didn’t come in to Cairo, then when it did, it had trouble leaving because the internet was shut down and the pilot had a problem filing his flight plan,” Marty said. From Vienna, they flew to Stockholm and Newark before returning safely to Chambersburg on Jan. 30. The couple, who have toured extensively abroad including Buenos Aires, Croatia, Israel, Turkey, Thailand, Tokyo and Vietnam before this trip, hope to return to Egypt. Although disappointed about its conclusion, Marty was still pleased they saw the sites they did. She had spent a year in preparation, studying Egypt. “I was a history major at Wilson,” Marty said. “Egypt was always high on my list of places to see – anything dealing with adventure or travel – and even with all the airline delays, injuries, lost luggage, and civil unrest – what I learned at Wilson was to be a logical thinker and independent. And it has always served me well.”

Th re e P re s i d e n t s a n d a U n i v e r s i t y April 28 - 30, 2011

A tour to Charlottesville, VA Join Wilson alumnae, family and friends for a custom-designed tour of Charlottesville, Virginia, a charming historic southern town located in the foothills of the rugged Blue Ridge Mountains. Timed for the spectacular flowering dogwoods, we will visit the homes of three presidents—Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe— and learn about their roles in the establishment of the University of Virginia. Also included in the program is a visit to Barboursville Winery with its fine wines and ruins of the Barbour house designed by Thomas Jefferson and now on the National Register of Historic Sites. Dr. Jill Hummer, professor of political science, will accompany attendees on the trip. A FREE reception for attendees and all local alumnae will be held Thursday evening in Charlottesville.

Rotunda at UVA

Contact: Wilson College 1015 Philadelphia Ave. Chambersburg, PA 17201 Contact Dianna Heim phone 717-262-2010 x 3180 fax 717-262-2042



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Hotel Omni Hotel Price: Based on double occupancy $511 Based on single occupancy $711 Transportation to Charlottesville, VA is on your own. Charlottesville is served by four airlines, Greyhound and Amtrak.

Th re e P re s i d e n t s a n d a U n i v e r s i t y DAY ONE Thursday April 28

DAY TWO Friday, April 29

Arrive in Charlottesville, VA. Check in Omni hotel 4:00 p.m. Historic tour of campus for one hour.

8:45 a.m. Depart for Monticello. 9:00 Arrive in Visitors Center. 10:00 Depart for House. 10:30 House tour of Monticello. 11:00 End of tour. 11:30 Tour of gardens etc. 12:15 p.m. End of tour. 12:30 - 2 p.m. Step back in time for lunch at historic Michies Tavern. This rustic Inn has served travelers a traditional “Colonial Midday Fare” for more than 200 years. 2:00 Visit Ashland Lawn - James Monroe Home. 3:30 Return to Hotel Dinner on your own.

Individuals are on their own to depart for the University of Virginia campus. There is a free public shuttle that circles the city and goes to UVA or participants can drive or take a taxi. Depart on free shuttle to visit the University of VA. It runs every half hour. 5:00 p.m. ‘Happy Hour’ FREE Reception – AshlawnHighland Room of Omni Hotel. 6:30 p.m. Dinner on your own.

DAY THREE Saturday, April 30 8:30 a.m. Depart for Montpelier for a visit to James Madison home with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 9:15 Visit House. 11:00 Depart House. 11:30 Arrive at Barboursville Winery. Free time to visit ruins of the Barbour house designed by Thomas Jefferson or wine tasting ($5 paid on own) or to take a free tour at noon. 12:30 p.m. Depart for Gordonsville for lunch at the Gordon Tavern. 2:00 Depart Gordon Tavern for Charlottesville for departures. 2:30 Arrive back to Charlottesville.


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Winter 2011 Alumnae Quarterly  

Alumnae Quarterly page 6 WINTER 2011 • Volume 84 • Number 1 Corrections: The photo on the front cover of the Fall 2010 incorrectly identifie...