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New graduates look to the future.

Alison Hope Liebgott '14 Aaron 3 Acrylic on Canvas York College Alumni Art Exhibition at Marketview Arts

YorkCollegemagazine Volume 6, Number 6

Spring 2017

3 Green and White

16 Spartan Sports

22 Behind the Scenes


13 Progress

From Around Campus

18 Combating Stress


20 Getting the Job Done


YConnect & Class Notes

ON THE COVER: Nearly 300 students graduated on December 21, 2016, and heard Philadelphia-based entrepreneur, venture capitalist, author, and philanthropist Wayne Kimmel give the commencement address.

End Note


Moving Forward Many thanks to all of you who took the time and trouble to contact us about receiving duplicate copies of the Fall 2016 issue of YC Magazine. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your courtesy and understanding. This was due to a printer's error. Please be assured that the College will not be charged for these extra copies. Even if you are one of the most laid-back individuals, life has a way

of throwing a few curveballs at you. Each of us has our own way of handling stress and moving forward. During their college years, students might have to face serious issues such as financial challenges or family situations including a parent's job loss or a grandparent's illness. Life can seem overwhelming at times as they juggle busy schedules with concerns about finances, health, and relationships. Fortunately, the College has created support systems to help Spartans reach their potential without burning themselves out. Intern Jen Hindley '17 (York, PA) reports on programs and services that are available to help relieve stress. Learn more by reading her piece on p. 18, and visit to hear tips

from students who describe what works for them. Some might say that working behind the scenes on a musical or theatrical performance is a good way to avoid the tension of being in the spotlight on stage. According to Theatre majors, that assumption would be wrong – there's just as much excitement going on behind the curtain as there is in front, as you will discover in the article on p. 22. James Norrie, DPM, LL.M, Dean of the Graham School of Business and the Chloé Eichelberger Endowed Chair, wants to shine the spotlight on

President Pamela Gunter-Smith Dean of College Advancement Jane C. Hogge Assistant Dean of College Advancement Mary Dolheimer Director of Alumni Relations Kristin Schab '04 Assistant Dircetor of Alumni Relations Jason Keller '16 YCDS Director of Development Laura Burkey Director of Digital Communications Nicole Montgomery '11 Director of Athletic Communications Scott Guise Director of Print and Mail Services Angie Staples '02/MBA '04 YC Magazine College Editor Gail R. Huganir Art/Creative Director Lance A. Snyder '76/'05 Photographer Mike Adams Editorial Assistant Colleen M. Adamy Spring 2017 Intern Jennifer Hindley '17 YC Magazine Advisory Board Frederick A. Bianco '72; Megan Davitt '12; Dominic F. DelliCarpini, Ph.D.; Cobey Dietrich '02; Nathan A. Eifert '91; Jaime Garland '98; Nancy Johnston '75; Patti S. Stirk '87/MBA '99; Michael J. Zerbe, Ph.D.

exciting developments, including a new Cybersecurity Management major and Master of Accounting being introduced in Fall 2017. He invites alumni to explore opportunities to expand their business acumen and advance their careers through these cutting-edge programs. Please join me in wishing our newest graduates all the best as they step forward in the pursuit of their destiny. Our world is complicated and full of surprises, but Spartans go forward knowing that they are well prepared to take on challenges and accomplish goals. All the Best,

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A Glimpse of Our Past York College's Archives, part of the Special Collections Room in Schmidt Library, serve as the institution's "memory," preserving artifacts, documents, and photographs for today's college community and those of the future. The Archives welcomes donations of college-related memorabilia. Please contact Karen Rice-Young '92, Archives and Special Collections Manager,, 717-815-1439, for more information.

Before He Sent "Greetings From Asbury Park" It was November 11, 1972, and the tickets cost $1.50 in advance. The headline band was Crazy Horse. And a 23-year-old guy from NJ named Bruce Springsteen got second billing. Albee Tellone, one of Springsteen's roadies, recalls that the students who had promoted the concert helped him and the others carry and set up the band's equipment, which included keyboard player Danny Federici's iconic Hammond B-3 organ (a six-person job). Tellone said that Bruce Springsteen was paid between $500 and $700 a gig for those pre-album release concerts. One of the people on stage assisting the sound crew was Tom Gibson, then Chief Engineer of YCP's radio station. Gibson recalls that it was a rousing concert with the second-billed Springsteen energizing the crowd more than Crazy Horse had. Once it was over, Gibson tore down the sound system, wrapped the cords, and picked up one of the discarded posters. Thanks to Gibson, this memento, shown above, is now housed in our archives. Were you there? Your recollections of this concert are needed! If you would like to share your memories or learn more about Albee Tellone's recollections, please contact by Karen Rice-Young '92

Answers to the Fashion Backward Quiz in the Fall 2016 issue:

1. e (1946) 2. g (1966) 3. a (1894) 4. d (1931) 5. b (1911) 6. f (1955) 7. c (1922) 8. h (1970) York College Magazine • SPRING 2017 | 3


Spartan Central

February marked the opening of Spartan Central at York's Central Market. A student-run stand selling spirit items such as T-shirts, jackets, pennants, and mugs, Spartan Central was the product of months of planning on the part of the College’s Graham Innovation Scholars, the entrepreneurial minds behind the project. This group of bright and diverse students played an instrumental role in every aspect of the stand, from its design to its product selection. When asked about her experience, Graham Scholar Mary Evans '19 (Manchester, PA) said, "Opening Spartan Central has been – and will continue to be – an amazing hands-on learning experience for everyone involved." –JH Visitors to Spartan Central included Donald E. Graham, Chairman of the Board, Graham Holdings Co. (below) and Kevin Schreiber '02, President and CEO of the York County Economic Alliance (right).

Nicholas Murray Class of 2017 Public Relations Major Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

“From day one, YCP was my home away from home. I will forever be grateful for my time here.”

Coming to YCP from his home in Brooklyn, NY, was truly a life-changing experience for Nicholas Murray '17. Bullied throughout his life for being different, Murray's self-confidence was severely eroded when he first arrived on campus. However, everything changed when Murray decided to become a member of the Kappa Delta Phi fraternity. Murray's new brothers encouraged him to celebrate his individuality and provided him with ample support and advice. "I credit the friends that I have made here at YCP and my fraternity brothers with helping me become the person I am today," said Murray. "Being able to find a group of upstanding men to call family truly means the world to me." Murray has enjoyed volunteering with his brothers on projects such as Homes for Troops and acting as both a Greek Week Co-Chair and Greek Life Ambassador. Outside of his fraternity involvement, Murray is a Student Ambassador and a member of YCP Players, starring in productions such as Antigone and the Anything Goes showcase. A Public Relations major and Speech Communication, Entrepreneurship, and Music Industry minor, Murray dreams of one day becoming a music publicist. "Music has been one of my biggest passions for as long as I can remember," said Murray. Thanks to help from his favorite professor and advisor Lowell Briggs, Murray is currently completing an internship with YCP Records. Eternally grateful for his YCP experience, Murray said, "As I prepare for my upcoming graduation, I know that I made the right decision in choosing York College. It is my belief that no other institution would have better prepared me for my journey into the real world." – JH 4 | York College Magazine • SPRING 2017


Philanthropy Class Awards Grant

After a semester-long exploration of the ins and outs of nonprofits, Professor Jessica Brubaker's Philanthropy, Social Impact, and Nonprofit Sector class awarded a grant of just under $5,000 to Leg Up Farm on December 13. A local nonprofit therapy center that assists individuals up to 21 years of age with a wide range of medical conditions, Leg Up Farm will be working with the Lincoln Intermediate Unit to implement a summer program for York City students who recently immigrated or fled to the United States. –JH

Economics of Urban Revitalization

YCP is continuing to bridge college and community with its new Economics of Urban Revitalization course. With the goal of helping students to grasp the impact of urban revitalization on both local and regional economies, the course is described by Professor John Brenner, former Mayor of York, as "A hands-on opportunity for York College students to study and experience urban revitalization and to contribute to the renaissance of the City of York." The course will likely have a positive impact on the York community, as Brenner and his students are working with Dominic DelliCarpini, Ph.D., Dean of the Center for Community Engagement, to obtain a grant that would help to improve some of York City's historic properties. –JH

“From day one, YCP provided me with the tools I needed to accomplish my career goals.”

Kristi Wanamaker Class of 2011/MS 2017 MS: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Hometown: Harrisburg, PA

Kristi Wanamaker has built both her life and career around helping others. During her four years of undergrad at YCP, Wanamaker served both locally and nationwide with Habitat for Humanity. In addition to repairing homes in York City, she traveled to LA, MS, and FL on Collegiate Challenge trips during Winter Break. Wanamaker graduated from YCP in 2011 with a B.S. in Nursing. In 2014, she decided to continue her education and enrolled in the College’s Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner graduate program. Wanamaker is truly passionate about community and public health. When she is not working at Pinnacle Health's various hospital campuses, she acts as the secretary for the York-Adams County Immunization Coalition, educating the community on the importance of vaccinations. Wanamaker has also devoted much of herself to medical missionary work. Since 2010, she has traveled to Guatemala six times. During each trip, she has assisted with two-day medical clinics in which she and other medical professionals provide basic dental and medical care to the impoverished people of the area. Wanamaker is forever grateful for her experiences in Guatemala as she explained, "Traveling to Guatemala has changed my life. These trips offered me so much perspective on what is truly important in life." Serving locally, nationally, and internationally has further cultivated Wanamaker’s desire to help others. "In the future as a nurse practitioner, I hope to work in an area that supports my love for the population and preventative health," she said. Wanamaker would also like to continue her education and obtain a doctoral degree in either nursing practice or public health. –JH

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Commencement 12.21.16

GRANT WALTERSDORF '16 Recreation & Leisure Administration "I enjoyed being able to learn through experience while also developing skills that will last a lifetime."

Nearly 300 students graduated on December 21, 2016.

JOSEPH GIACCIO '16 Nursing "The Stabler Department of Nursing has helped me grow not only into a competent nurse but also an all-around better person. I give thanks to our incredibly intelligent and warm-hearted faculty."

NICOLE HESS '16 Criminal Justice "My professors gave me countless opportunities and advice to improve the skills necessary for my field of work."

George H. Glatfelter II, former Chair of the College’s Board of Trustees and retired Chairman and CEO of Glatfelter, received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Philadelphia-based entrepreneur, venture capitalist, author, and philanthropist Wayne Kimmel gave the commencement address. Shown below left to right, Wayne Kimmel, William S. Shipley III, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Pamela GunterSmith, President, York College, and George H. Glatfelter II.

Summa Cum Laude (3.9-4.0) = 8 Magna Cum Laude (3.7-3.89) = 13 Cum Laude (3.5-3.69) = 29

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Graduates participated in the first alumni pinning ceremony.

ROGER GRAY '16 Business Administration "My journey at YCP has been an unforgettable experience, full of lifelong friends and supportive professors."

ROUSANNA ROSADO '16 Biology “It has been an amazing journey at YCP, full of supportive professors who always expected the best of me and never gave up on me.”

Graduates' Home States: PA = 182 MD = 45 NJ = 31 DE = 12 NY = 10 VA = 1 NC = 1 CA = 1

MBA - 8 M.Ed. - 3 BA - 52 BS - 215 AS - 5

Erec Smith, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Humanities, was the faculty speaker.

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Mark your calendars for May 13, 2017 when worldfamous artist and York native Jeff Koons will present the address at the College's commencement ceremony.


Win a YCP T-shirt

Photos of Screamer are hidden throughout this issue. See if you can find them all. Email the number (including the one on this page), along with your name, address, preferred T-shirt size, to The senders of the first five emails opened with the correct number will win York College T-shirts. Good luck!

Lessons of the World’s Most Innovative Companies

Robert Safian is Editor-in-Chief and Managing Director of the influential, awardwinning business magazine Fast Company and its digital and live-event affiliates. He oversees all editorial operations and plays a key role in guiding the enterprise’s advertising, marketing, and consumer-engagement efforts. Under Safian’s leadership, Fast Company has received numerous accolades, including the highly coveted National Magazine Award for Magazine of the Year in 2014. Named Editor of the Year by Adweek in 2009, Safian has also served as an Executive Editor for Time and Fortune and headed Money as its Chief Editor for six years. His lecture in November, sponsored by the Chloé Eichelberger Business Education Series, focused on business both as it is today and how it will be. Safian emphasized several important concepts to his audience: "there are no rules [in business], the world is ever-changing, new models are being created to fit the world, and the time of chaos is not bad." Rather, it is a chance for businesses to become versatile in their willingness to adapt to the demands of consumers. With that in mind, Safian encouraged his audience to keep adding new skills to promote their success. –LG James DiGuglielmo Class of 2017 Hospitality Management Major Hometown: Somerdale, NJ

Invasive Species

For Jonathan McKnight, Associate Wildlife Director of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, caring about the environment has been an important part of his life since he was young. His lecture at York College focused on the danger posed by invasive species around the Chesapeake Bay. The invasive species are non-native species that escape into the wild and displace the native species. They are expensive for the country because they cause crop damage and loss of forests. McKnight hoped that through his lecture, faculty and students took back a "greater appreciation for the risk and danger of new invasive species and an appreciation of the American wilderness." –LG

“From day one, York has been my home away from home. It has helped to make my dreams and goals a reality.”

There were many reasons why Hospitality Management major and 2017 Senior Class President James DiGuglielmo chose to come to York College. He was impressed by the size of the classes, the number of majors and programs, the relationships students have with their professors, and the school's hands-on learning approach. He said, "I have come to love the food and beverage industry. Dr. Joseph Scarcelli has brought great knowledge and insight into this aspect of the industry and has made a fun and hands-on learning environment. My favorite class, Common Food Production, has been with Dr. Scarcelli, downtown at the Center for Community Engagement, where we learn menu planning and basic culinary skills." Besides keeping busy academically, DiGuglielmo is active in various organizations on campus. He is the Secretary of the Ski and Outdoors Club. His other leadership positions have been within his fraternity of Kappa Delta Rho (KDR). DiGuglielmo was voted into the Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, which is a national college student recognition program that has been in existence since 1934. He was also presented with the Student Senate Community Service Award. After graduating from York, DiGuglielmo plans on applying to the Disney College Program, where he would learn valuable skills in business and guest services. Later on, he intends to return home to NJ, where he hopes to become a manager at a local catering business. –LG 8 | York College Magazine • SPRING 2017


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YCP Students, Faculty, and Alumni Travel to Poland

During Winter Break, Zac Campbell '18 (Rehoboth Beach, DE), Maura Gallant '19 (Pottstown, PA), Tara O'Malley '19 (Mechanicsburg, PA), Amanda Stagg '17 (Downingtown, PA), and Aaron Thomas '20 (Dover, PA) traveled to Poland with YCP alumni Freddie Scott '85, Lynn Drucker '77, Kristin Phillips '11, and Stephanie Roth '87 and faculty advisors Kay McAdams, Ph.D., and Kia Kuresman, M.Ed., as part of the College's new Global Citizenship program. The trip was made possible by a grant from Dr. Gunter-Smith’s Great to Greater Initiative. Over the course of six days, the group learned about the Holocaust through tours of Warsaw city and Warsaw's old town and visits to sites such as the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camp, Wawel Castle, and Remuh Synagogue and Cemetery. –JH

“From day one, I knew I could be successful.”

Siani Widman Class of 2017 Early Childhood Education Major Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Long before coming to YCP, Siani Widman '17 knew she wanted to pursue a degree in education. After experiencing the negative implications of underfunding on her school district, Widman developed a passion for teaching because she wanted to have a positive impact on students in similar circumstances. "I hope to engage kids in learning and inspire them to want to keep learning anything they're interested in, even if their community is underfunded or because of their situation," said Widman. Her experiences inside the classroom, around campus, and back home have all been instrumental in shaping her as an educator. She has enjoyed the mentorship of professors such as Dr. Anthony Fredericks and believes that her role as a Resident Assistant for the past three years has been especially formative. In addition to developing her confidence and patience, Widman explained, "Being an RA taught me that some things in life are not meant to be rushed or perfect, but by doing the best that I can when I can do it, I can succeed more fluidly." Widman has also worked as a teacher's aide at the Grace Tabernacle Learning Center in Southwest Philadelphia for four years. While she spends much of her time helping to design projects and lessons and supervising students, Widman said, "My favorite part about working there is watching the kids grow from a few months old to four or five years and seeing all the development that takes place and the knowledge they gain. It constantly reminds me how important families and teachers are in a child's life and what that means for me as a future educator." –JH York College Magazine • SPRING 2017 | 9



Bradley Rehnberg, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Biology in York College’s Biological Sciences Department. After obtaining his doctorate from Oregon State University in 1985, he completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Saskatchewan, studying chemical communication in small prairie minnows. He then spent five years as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Connecticut Health Center

investigating the sense of taste in hamsters. In 1992, Rehnberg came to YCP to teach an array of courses pertaining to animals, many of which he still teaches today, including Animal Behavior and Animal Physiology. In addition to teaching, Rehnberg spends a great deal of time mentoring students engaged in their senior thesis research as well as conducting his own research on the silk webs of fall webworms.

Bradley Rehnberg, Ph.D. 1) The curling trophy came from when Rehnberg worked as a postdoctoral fellow in Canada at the University of Saskatchewan from 1985 to 1987. His friends took him to a local rink to try his hand at curling and awarded him this trophy for being a "good sport." 2) This beautiful quilt was designed by Rehnberg’s daughter and quilted by his wife. Hung on the wall opposite the door to his office, the quilt's vibrant colors can be seen from the hallway by students and staff as they go to and from their classes. Rehnberg explains, "It's my favorite quilt, and it helps to make my office a bright and happy place.” 3) This Packer's helmet sits on Rehnberg's top shelf because, as he explained, "I'm from a Midwestern family of Packer backers.” Rehnberg's children wore the helmet for fun at various times during their upbringing, and when they outgrew it, he just couldn't let go of it. 4) The sponge poster was created in 1937 and was used in a YCP biology lab many years ago. Rehnberg rescued this and other classic posters when they were being thrown out. Instead of meeting their demise at the bottom of a dumpster, they now hang on the walls of his office and home. 5) This hornet nest was given to Rehnberg by a student several years ago and adorns the top right corner of the ceiling in his office. Rehnberg affectionately describes the nest as "a thing of beauty" and said, "It's a reminder that societies can accomplish amazing outcomes when there is vision, cooperation, and harmony." 6) This silk web was created by larval fall webworms, the focus of Rehnberg's research at YCP for the past 16 years. Rehnberg has long been fascinated by the inner workings of fall webworms and said, "I'm interested in how the silk webs of fall webworms create wonderful environmental microhabitats in which caterpillars can be safe, stay warm, and find food. The larvae live in large aggregations and cooperate to spin silk webs that offer protection and trap heat." –JH

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As the seasons change, we can hardly wait for the campus to be in bloom. Spring is an exceptionally beautiful time to be in central PA and here at the College. Spring brings our admissions recruitment season into full swing with exciting possibilities for the talented Class of 2021. As I speak with families and students who are considering York College, I talk about what sets York College apart from other institutions, including the excellence of our faculty and programs and the achievements of our graduates. I highlight our Spartan family – the unique relationships between faculty and students that enhance learning and the lasting friendships developed by our students. Importantly, I also talk about those learning experiences that occur outside of the classroom; those that help our students prepare for life after YCP. I will share two recent examples with you. Imagine, 11 current YCP students and three staff members (two alums) traveling in a van up the East Coast stopping at seven cities over the holiday break. That’s SpartaNation. But this is more than your average road trip. The stops include receptions for alumni, students, parents, friends, and prospective students and their families. But that’s not all. Our alumni in those cities opened their doors providing on-site networking opportunities at 10 different sites including Under Armour, Philadelphia Sign Company, the TODAY show,

Dr. Pamela Gunter-Smith with MRG Laboratories Vice-President Lisa Williams '08 (left) and Rich Wurzbach, President of MRG Laboratories at the J.D. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship at York College. Photo coutesy of Eric Forberger/YRK Magazine

and others. (See more on pp. 24-25 and online at An unforgettable experience. Imagine, a unique one-week study-abroad trip over Winter Break with most of the expenses funded by the College. There is just one catch. You won’t know where you are going until you are selected. One hundred students applied for five slots. After much anticipation and fanfare, both the students and the destination are announced: Poland. This is no vacation, but a faculty-led opportunity to experience a culturally dynamic location. Students are also required to share their experiences with the YCP community thereby contributing to our campus internationalization efforts. Supported by a Great-to-Greater grant, our Global Citizen Program (

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citizenship-program) seeks to expand international experiences for students, especially for those to whom cost would be prohibitive. These types of experiences can be transformative and we know that cultural and diversity competency are valued by today’s employers. There are many other distinctive experiences available to YCP students to better prepare them for their futures. A YCP degree opens many doors. This coupled with transformative experiences serves them for a lifetime. Happy Spring!

Pamela Gunter-Smith, Ph.D. President York College of Pennsylvania

Laura Niesen de Abruña


Digital Fellows Program

Laura Niesen de Abruña, Ph.D., Provost of York College and President of the Association of Chief Academic Officers (ACAO), announced the launch of an 18-month ACAO Digital Fellows Program. Supported by a $1.04 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the ACAO Digital Fellows Program is designed to provide provosts and other chief academic officers (CAOs) with critical information, effective resources, and tested strategies to help their CAOs and their faculty understand and adopt high-quality digital courseware. The goal of this project is to increase retention and persistence to graduation among undergraduates, especially those who are first generation, low income, or minority students.

Community Arts

Thanks to an anonymous donation, in October York College was able to hold the first York Community Art Scholars Exhibition at Marketview Arts in downtown York. Over 300 pieces of artwork by talented students in York County schools were on display. –KL

Above: Matthew Clay-Robison, Gallery Director at Marketview Arts, hangs a piece of art for the exhibit. Photo courtesy of Bil Bowden/The York Dispatch

YCCF Grant

York College received a $9,746 grant from the York County Community Foundation’s Fund for York County to support science education at Alexander Good Elementary in York through the construction of a greenhouse (see plan above). The project is a collaboration between the College’s Department of Engineering and Computer Science, Department of Education, and the Center for Community Engagement. The greenhouse will be designed and built by senior Engineering majors. After construction is complete, an interdisciplinary science curriculum will be developed by junior and senior Education majors. It is one of several efforts to engage YCP students and faculty in improving their local community. –JH

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YCP’s Hackathon


This past October, York College joined the ranks of dozens of other institutions when it hosted "YCP Hacks," the College's inaugural hackathon. For 36 hours straight, nearly 100 participants from schools across the country convened at the Yorktowne Hotel to work in their respective groups on projects ranging from app creation to virtual reality expansion. They competed for monetary prizes in categories such as "Best Use of Amazon Web Services" and "Best Device Privacy Hack." Much of YCP Hacks’ success can be attributed to Alyssa McDevitt '19 (York, PA), Kyle Musco '17 (West Chester, PA), Joe Beck '17 (Elizabethtown, PA), and alumnus Dan Mashuda '16 who worked for nearly a year under the guidance of Jeff Vermeulen, Executive Director of the J. D. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship, to organize the event. –JH Photo courtesy of Major League Hacking powered by Dell and Windows

WBCO's 10th Year

The Women's Business Center Organization, now entering its 10th year, started as an initiative of the J. D. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship. Today, the WBCO is part of the Graham School of Business at York College with the mission of educating women on best practices in business. It does this by providing regular learning opportunities for women in business – both professionals and business owners – and presenting topics and subject matter that empower women and inspire the entrepreneurial spirit. "It is so important that the Graham School of Business support outreach to the local businesses and

organizations that we serve and the WBCO is a wonderful example of that good work in action," said Dr. James Norrie, Dean of the Graham School of Business. Monthly meetings are opportunities to interface and build connections. They are geared toward professional women on many levels and support and advance the business potential of those women in our region. Members represent diverse industries including financial, educational, corporate, and nonprofit. Adjunct faculty member Lynne Breil, Founder and CEO of The Professional Edge, Inc., who is the WBCO Executive Director, said, "We want an outreach that goes beyond the York Community. For the past two years, we have

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networked regionally by including speakers, members, and sponsors from the central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland region." A continued initiative of the WBCO is the College to Career mentorship program where York College female business students are paired with WBCO members who mentor them for one or two semesters. Mary Meisenhelter, Ph.D., and Amy Anstine, CPA, of RKL, LLP are the current mentorship coordinators and the program is sponsored in 2016-2017 by RKL. Potential mentees are accepted into the program by application and are invited to attend all luncheon programs. Program sponsor members for the 2016-2017 year are: The CGA Law Firm, The York Water Company, The York County Economic Alliance, YWCA, North Star Marketing (Lancaster), Baker Tilly, Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC, Kimman's Gifts, and York Traditions Bank. Student mentees and mentors are pictured left to right: Renee D'Ambrosio of Glatfelter Insurance, McKenzie Zutell '17 (Seven Valleys, PA), Kimberly Brenner-Zirkle of The CGA Law Firm, Katie Runkle '17 (Hellam, PA), Donna Benner of Voith Digital Solutions, Caitlin Werder '17 (New Freedom, PA), Denise Restuccia of The York County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Kelsy Diehl '17 (East Earl, PA), Caroline Morris of Kimman’s Gifts, Carolyn Schaefer of York Traditions Bank, Kenzie Schmitt '17 (Red Lion, PA), and Erika Kling '17 (York, PA). Not pictured: Jasmine Nance '17 (Orlando, FL), Jessica Easton of Oakworks, and Kim Trone of Stock and Leader, Attorneys at Law. The WBCO is part of the YCEA Women's Professional Alliance. Contact or Lynne Breil, 717-7553333, More information can be found at



Meet Danny Green, D.M.A. Dean of Enrollment Management

I am delighted to join the York College family. Prospective students are now making decisions for college, and the selection process entails many choices. Students choose York College because it has all of the right ingredients. No individual class is larger than 40 students, and the average class size is 19 students. Only faculty teach students; there are no graduate assistants in the classroom. Ninety-one percent of graduates are employed or in graduate school within nine months of graduation, and all students are guaranteed experience-based learning opportunities. York is a close community of caring, welcoming faculty and staff. There are more than 50 majors available, including premier programs in Engineering, Business, and Nursing, in addition to a stellar general education that is the foundation of every program. The College has embarked on a bold strategic plan to become even greater. Just like prospective students, the aforementioned attributes, along with the rich history of the City of York, attracted me to the College. During my first visit, I found a vibrant, beautiful campus where students were really engaged. The Student Union was abuzz with activity, students had group study in the quad, and the library was packed. I saw many people wearing York College shirts with pride. During my first months at YCP, I have found a supportive environment with great colleagues throughout the institution. Stakeholders have pledged their support to help enrollment grow and thrive. I look forward to working with the alumni leadership and others in realizing a strong, bold, and comprehensive enrollment plan. Please invite me to your meetings to learn as much as possible about the culture, history, and quality of York. I will ask for your participation, as well, in four key ways: • Refer students to York. Seek out the good fits and send us their contact information and high schools' names. If you teach in the schools, invite faculty or staff to help you in some way strategically. Bring students to campus, whether for Legacy Day, or at any time of the year. • Be proud of York College. Wear green, attend concerts and athletic events, and talk about your alma mater. • Please say "yes." When we ask for assistance, we really need your help. For the enrollment program, this may mean calling local prospective students and/or parents, writing a postcard about your York experience, holding an event in your locale, or representing York at a local event.

The fourth way to help our students is to give back to York. This can be a financial contribution or may include becoming a mentor for a current student, providing internship opportunities, hiring a graduate, or looking to York for special guests and expert speakers to meet your needs. There are so many options. I look forward to meeting each of you! Go to for more information about becoming a student or helping the College go from great to greater. York College Magazine • SPRING 2017 | 15


Brandon Childs - Men’s Lacrosse Coach


During the summer of 2011, York College Assistant Dean for Athletics and Recreation, Paul Saikia, made an important hire. The Spartan administration decided to elevate the men's lacrosse head coaching position to full-time, and Saikia wanted to make an impact with the hire as the program had just finished its 12th varsity season. The program had an overall record of 72-97 in its first 12 seasons, making it a team with great unrealized potential. However, the Spartans needed a head coach who could cultivate a culture of excellence and recruit and develop student-athletes who would make the institution proud, both on and off the field. Saikia hit the proverbial home run with his hire of Brandon Childs, then the Head Coach of Eastern University in St. David’s, PA. Childs came to York College with the goal of elevating the program to the top of not only the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC), but also of all of Division III men’s lacrosse. Childs has accomplished his early goals for the program and he has also established York as a destination for motivated young lacrosse players who are driven to succeed both athletically and

scholastically. "I knew when I took this job that York College men’s lacrosse had the potential for greatness," said Childs. "We have worked very hard to get better each and every day. That continual improvement has allowed us to reach a number of our goals. We are still a work in progress, but I am very happy where we are as a program. We strive to improve each and every day, not only in lacrosse but in life." In five years under Childs' leadership, the Spartans have accomplished more than any previous men's lacrosse team. Childs is 66-29 in five years including 28-9 in the CAC. The Spartans captured their firstever CAC men's lacrosse championship last spring with their dramatic 10-9 win at top-seeded Salisbury. The Spartans advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time in school history and finished the year with a school-record 18 wins. Childs has won double figures in four straight seasons after posting a 9-7 record in his first year at the helm of the program. The Spartans have earned two NCAA Tournament berths and own three tournament victories in two appearances. For the Spartan Head Coach, the character of his players is just as 16 | York College Magazine • SPRING 2017

important as their athletic ability. "We have four pillars to our success: Talent, Vision, Commitment, Character. More specifically, when people watch the York College men's lacrosse team play, they use words like tough, talented, hardworking, and committed to describe our play. What makes me proud is that when people see our team off the field, they use words like excellent, compassionate, caring, and hardworking," said Childs. During his tenure at YCP, Childs has coached 11 USILA All-Americans, five USILA Scholar All-Americans, five North/South Senior AllStars, one Lacrosse Magazine National Rookie-of-the-Year, three CAC Rookies-ofthe-Year, one CAC Player-of-the-Year, one CAC Scholar Athlete-of-the-Year, and 24 All-CAC selections. "I believe we are building a sustained level of excellence," Childs said. "We have continued to change the culture and the expectations for our players. Most importantly the York lacrosse team will be built upon men with the highest level of character." Childs and the Spartans enter the 2017 season ranked in the top 10 in two different pre-season polls.



Making Cross Country History

The York College women's cross country team made history as they captured the school’s first-ever Capital Athletic Conference championship on October 29 in Hershey, PA. The Spartans edged championship favorite Christopher Newport to capture the historic championship. YCP placed six runners among the AllCAC finishers led by senior Kathleen Cannon (Chapel Hill, NC) as she placed third with a time of 23:50. Cannon finished her Spartan career as a three-time AllCAC runner after being a second-team honoree in 2014 and 2015. Alayna De Bruin '19 (Mount Joy, PA) paced a trio of Spartans that finished five through seven. De Bruin finished fifth with a time of 24:08 and was followed by Jess Delviscio '19 (West Chester, PA) with a time of 24:15.2. Stephanie Savage '19 (Avondale, PA) was the fourth Spartan to earn first-team All-CAC honors as she placed seventh with a time of 24:15.4. Seniors Kristi Wandzilak (Wantagh, NY) and Alicia Dillman (Leola, PA) both earned second team honors for the Spartans as they finished back-to-back in 10th and 11th place. Wandzilak crossed the line in a time of 24:36.3 to earn her first All-CAC award. Dillman finished the race in a time of 24:39.4. She won the race last fall and has worked very hard to get back to the Spartan lineup despite an injury and is now a three-time All-CAC finisher. "Since last year we have been quietly working toward a conference title," said Spartan Head Coach Stephen LoBianco. "It was a hard-fought race and I am very happy the women were able to walk away with their first CAC championship."

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Student Stress By Jennifer Hindley '17


College years are often painted as the best time of an individual's life. On television shows and in movies, college is portrayed as a worry-free time of partying, personal exploration, and classes that lead to successful, lifelong careers. Unfortunately, once students move into their dorms and begin classes, they often realize that life is not going to be as easy as they had originally anticipated, and some resort to unhealthy methods of stress reduction such as substance abuse. Nowhere was the endemic prevalence of student stress more evident than in the 2015 National College Health Assessment, which found that 85% of students reported being entirely overwhelmed by their responsibilities at least once in the previous year. York College students are no different. They battle an immense amount of stress on a daily basis due to a variety of factors. Stephanie Jackman '17 (Scarborough, ME) felt overwhelmed when she stepped on campus and said, "I've dealt with stress ever since I started classes freshman year. I had a lot going on at the time and was struggling to get used to college courses that were too difficult for me. I began to doubt that my major or even my decision to go to college had been the correct choice." Meanwhile, Sarah Wolf '17 (Dover, PA) explained why she felt pressure. "Between my 18-credit course load, my internship,

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and my countless other obligations to both friends and family, I feel like I'm constantly being pulled in a million directions and that the tension never ceases." In addition to attending classes, many students need to work in order to pay for their tuition. This puts an even heavier burden on already overwhelmed students. Sharlene Roberts '17 (Westminster, MD) said, "Being a college student is very stressful, especially when you work. I go to classes and then work eight-hour days and then have to come home and do homework. I never feel like I have enough time to get everything done." Umbar Kassa '18 (North Potomac, NJ) emphasized the value of friends. She said, "I personally believe that when you talk to a friend and you work on that stress together rather than putting all that pressure on yourself, you can look around and realize that you’re not alone. Once you realize that everything needs a balance then your motivation to use stress as a means to accomplish your goals will be more of a little rock to step over rather than a boulder holding you down." On their own, students like Jackman, Wolf, Roberts, and Kassa find various ways to cope with the pressures of college life. Because stress is so highly individualized, the myriad ways in which students choose to address it vary from person to person. For Wolf, a long run around the track at Grumbacher is the best way to unwind after a hard day. Meanwhile, Jackman finds great relief from listening to relaxing music and cuddling with adoptable animals at pet stores and shelters. A fun night out with friends is Roberts' favorite way to

decompress at the end of a long week. Besides longboarding and talking to friends, Kassa meditates to calm down her heart rate and hone in on what is really causing her stress. Members of the YCP community are well aware that many students deal with significant levels of stress and have taken a variety of steps in order to provide them with healthy ways to cope with life's pressures. With its combination of one-onone counseling, weekly groups, and events, YCP's Counseling Services is the College's greatest resource for overwhelmed students. Jessi Nocella, Assistant Director of Counseling Services, explained, "Stress is one of the top five reasons students come to see us, and at least 50% of students come here for something related to stress. With stress being one of the main reasons why students come in, we have had to develop a variety of ways to approach it." One-on-one counseling is a powerful tool in helping students to handle life’s pressures. The College employs highly trained counselors who help students to overcome those times when they are feeling completely overwhelmed. In particular, the counselors approach stress from a solution-focused point of view. They work with students to identify the source of their stress and to evaluate whether or not it is something they can control. They then help the students to develop strategies to cope with and manage it. In addition to one-on-one counseling, Counseling Services offers groups for students dealing with a variety of issues, including excess stress. In the weekly group "Just Breathe – the Art of Mindfulness," counselors help students to become more aware of and more comfortable with their stressors. They learn that instead of ignoring or distracting themselves from the stress, they are better off working through it and taking it to a point where it is manageable.

Left to right: Umbar Kassa '18, Gracen Schilling '17, Mary Lobeck '17, and Devin Chapman '18 York College Magazine • SPRING 2017 | 19

At the end of the session, students are more able to identify, tolerate, and minimize the stressors in their life. Events are another crucial way that Counseling Services helps to alleviate student stress. During "Paws and Relax" this past fall, students flocked to the Wolf Hall lawn to hug and pet friendly therapy dogs of all shapes and sizes. Delighted to take a break from classes and cuddle with the dogs, Rachel Robertson '17 (Wilmington, DE) said, "I love having dogs on campus because they act as a huge de-stressor for me. Being able to take my mind off of all my worries for even a few minutes is huge." Counseling Services also holds events such as "Lei Back and Relax" in December during Reading Day where they help students to de-stress by hosting a Hawaiian-themed luau intertwined with useful tips for relaxing during final exams. In addition to Counseling Services, YCP's Campus Activities Board (CAB) is instrumental in helping students deal with the pressures of college life. One evening before final exams begin, CAB hosts Stressbusters, a time of relaxation for students when they can snack on their favorite breakfast foods, sit in massage chairs, listen to relaxing music, play bingo, and make fun crafts like keychains, bracelets, and magnets. Stressbusters offers students a well-needed break as Chantel Vereen '17 (Central Islip, NY) said, "We never truly have a time to stop everything and recover from our long hours of hard work throughout the semester. Stressbusters gives us that time, and it is truly a blessing." Stress is a serious, widespread issue among college students that can have devastating consequences if not properly addressed, and YCP has gone a long way to ensure that students have the resources they need in order to handle the pressures of life in a healthy way. Whether it's someone to talk to, a dog to cuddle with, or an evening of bacon, bingo, and arts and crafts, York College students need not look far for relief when they are feeling overwhelmed.

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Getting the Job Done at the

Graham School of Business

by James Norrie, DPM, LL.M.

Welcome to this edition of the alumni magazine. I wanted to take a few minutes to introduce myself. My name is Dr. James Norrie and I was recently appointed as the founding Dean of the Graham School of Business (GSB) and the Chloé Eichelberger Endowed Chair at York College of Pennsylvania. I am so proud to be here and to lead such an outstanding school including highly engaged faculty and, of course, ongoing support from our patron, Don Graham. Let me tell you a few things about what we are up to at the School these days, and particularly about some exciting new program announcements we have just made. For those of you who are alumni of the GSB, the good work we are doing to grow the brand and reputation of the School only enhances your degree. And for graduates of other programs who enjoyed their time at YCP, these changes give us the opportunity to bring our high-quality, high-touch, academic experience to many more students by offering a really interesting array of contemporary and competitive new majors. If you know anyone who is looking for one of the best business school values around, make sure you tell them about us! One of the more exciting new majors for Fall 2017 is Cybersecurity Management. This is a fast-growing field in high demand, and we are so excited about the future prospects of this contemporary program. With our long tradition of a successful major in Information Technology Management, it seemed natural for us to work across disciplines to create a program that offers students not only appropriate training on information systems' privacy and security, (a raging national issue these days!) but also combines it with relevant curriculum drawn from our existing major in Intelligence Analysis. It also incorporates a solid dose of Psychology, Sociology, and Criminal Justice courses so that graduates of our program will understand this problem as a larger social concern and not just a technology-related problem – exactly the direction in which this field is going today. This new major supports the spirit of the YCP mission to practically blend professional programs with the liberal arts in unique and valuable ways that serve graduates well – and gets them the job and the job done, too! Another exciting new development that I am proud to share is the immediate introduction this fall of our new Master of Accounting (M.Acc) degree. With recent changes in licensure requirements for CPAs at the national level, we needed to align our already outstanding curriculum in undergraduate accounting to incorporate 150 academic credit hours in total so that our graduates remain eligible to write the CPA exam if they so elect. To do this, we have adapted an idea that is growing in popularity in order to introduce south central PA's first program of its type. And more good news? Undergraduate students enrolling in our Accounting major this fall will be able to automatically go on to this degree as their fifth year of studies and do so at the same cost as an additional year of undergraduate study. Not only is this the right thing to do for our prospective students, but it’s the right thing to do period and is an example of how we plan to ensure that the Graham School of Business stays at the forefront of serving the needs of our regional business community. So keep an eye on us – we really are on the move and, if you're around campus, drop by and say hello. You are always welcome home. Opposite, Dr. James Norrie (center) talks with Business Management majors Rachel Rosiak '18 (Sykesville, MD) and former Marine Christopher Ondek '19 (Felton, PA) in the Willman Business Center.

Go to our website to learn more about these exciting new programs and the Graham School of Business.

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Behind the Scenes by Lacey Goff ‘17

"Everyone is moving a mile a minute. The energy is unlike anything else in the world." – Caroline Haller '20 After enjoying the entertainment, the audience warmly applauds the talented student actors and actresses. But what about the ones who work off the stage, out of the public eye? The crew, in comparison to the cast, is not so readily celebrated because they stay out of the limelight for the most part, although their hard work ensures that all goes smoothly in front of the curtain.

Craig Babineaux '19 (Odenton, MD) and Caroline Haller '20 (Moorestown, NJ), both Theatre majors, enjoy all the backstage work put into a production. Babineaux says, "Despite the challenge and seemingly insurmountable feats, we always get the job done." His offstage works include, working crew for The Dinner Party and building set pieces for Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play and Dog Sees God. His onstage works include Abigail/1702, Modern Day Fairytale, Under Construction, A Christmas Carol, and Mr. Burns. 22 | York College Magazine • SPRING 2017



Lights, curtains, and the stage is set for another York College performance.

Despite being portrayed as something fun (which it is), theatre plays an important role in the lives of many people. It serves as a place for making friends based on similar interests and because of the amount of time that students work together, the friendships are strong. "I believe theatre plays an integral role in college life as it allows students to connect with new people, both personally and professionally," said Bryan Curtin '17 (Hawthorne, NJ). For non-theatre majors, it can be a way to de-stress from schoolwork and focus creative energy into something else constructive. The collaborative and problem-solving skills that come from working in theatre benefit all students. Theatre is more than memorizing lines. For actors, it takes a grasp of psychology to get inside the mind of a character. For someone working the box office, it takes skills in hospitality, and a technical director must know the engineering behind building a set. These skills are marketable for a variety of jobs in the working world. "Absolutely, I think theatre is integral to both academics and everyday life. For all aspects of theatre, it's important to be wellrounded culturally and intellectually… You have to be educated to perform your tasks on and offstage safely, efficiently, and with confidence. To succeed academically it's important to look at things from multiple perspectives, use critical thinking, and practice time-management – all of which can be learned through experience in the theatre," said Christie Lenhoff '16 (York, PA). For students like Lenhoff, who is a Theatre major, theatre has been a part of life since childhood. She attended an arts school from 6th to 12th grade, so her love for it was inspired early on. Theatre major Caroline Haller '20 (Moorestown, NJ) was also involved with theatre through grade school, middle school, and high school. For Political Science major Curtin and Theatre major Devon Morgan '18 (Newcastle, DE), their experiences began in high school. Other students did not get to discover their love for theatre until college, but their passion remains just as strong. The theatre program at York College is a welcoming place for all students no matter their major and no matter what role they play – onstage or off. Being a member of the crew is not restricted to only working behind the scenes. Many students, like Morgan, Curtin, Lenhoff and Amanda Stagg '17 (Downingtown, PA), have also been on the stage as well. Stagg was a crew

member for makeup and set creation on A Christmas Carol, and a cast member in the opening production Story Theatre. Since being a cast member and a crew member requires a time commitment, students often choose one to focus on depending on the production. Still, other students like Haller have never been on stage as an actor. Not everyone has the desire to be in front of an audience. The backstage energy is high, as you might expect, because of the excitement and challenges that come with a performance. Stagg said, "Everyone is moving a hundred miles a minute trying to get everything together for each cue." The feeling is indescribable, a different world in which the cast and crew get lost. The crew members here at the College have the opportunity to explore different backstage jobs. The Theatre majors are encouraged to try as many as possible in order to have a solid understanding of how a production is put together. Seth Werner, Production Manager, said, "Most of the Theatre majors work both on stage and off. This is due to their crewing assignments, personal preference and desires of the Theatre Division to ensure that all students are prepared for theatre jobs after graduation." This points them in the direction they want to go, whether it is as part of the cast or crew. Morgan has been a light board operator, a painter, a builder, part of the makeup crew and scene design and co-directed for Story Theatre. She tries out a little of everything when given the chance. Because the College has different theatre programs like Story Theatre or the YCP Improv Troupe, the time put into a production can vary. Some students say between 8-16 hours of work per week, not counting the actual show time. "Depending on the show, behind-the-scene workers can put in just as much work as actors, only they are not seen," says Stagg. Without the hard work put in by these crew members, a play or musical would not even be able to go on. For big productions, like The Drowsy Chaperone, the minimum number of crew members needed would be 20 and the maximum would be 60. Under the charge of the stage manager, they build the sets and work out the lights and music, and they direct the actors themselves. The crew relieves some pressure from the cast and the director, and also spreads responsibility for the production between multiple people. Behind-the-scenes is not only just work, but also a great place for creativity. It encompasses art and music, which immerse the audience and the actors in the production. The crew members help bring the theatre to life.

A new Arts Management minor is now offered to students. Go to for more information about this as well as to learn details of current and upcoming shows. WEB EXCLUSIVE

Hear from two alumnae, Meggie Scache '09 and Sarah Sindelar '16, who are enjoying careers "behind the scenes." York College Magazine • SPRING 2017 | 23

#SpartaNati YC CONNECT

#SpartaNation is an outreach program to connect on a regional level with our evergrowing York College community in a unique way. #SpartaNation is a journey of discovery that uses alumni site visits, receptions, interviews, and social media to foster connections between alumni and the YCP community.

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#SpartaNation kicked off on January 4 with a stop in Long Island for a reception. Thank you to Norman P. Weinstock '58 for his generosity and support for the reception.

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Our 20 seconds of fame was well spent. Emma Frazier '17 (Lebanon, ME), one of our #YCPRoadCrew members, got an amazing makeover by Jill Martin, and Hoda Kotb gave a shout-out to #SpartaNation. Thanks TODAY show for sharing the York College of Pennsylvania Spartan Pride.

Charlie, the TODAY show puppy, represented York College on the TODAY plaza. Looks like we have a new honorary York College Spartan. Did you know we have a Spartan parent of two alumni who serves as the Head Lighting Director for the TODAY show?

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New York City Site Visit I: Our first alumni site visit with Nickelodeon at Viacom was a huge success. Thank you to Samantha Reyes '15 for hosting the #YCPRoadCrew and sharing your amazing York College experience with our students.

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"You will excel in the professional world when you're doing what makes you happy ... and York College helps prepare you for that," said Stephen Heverin '96, during our alumni panel and luncheon in Philadelphia. Also serving as panelists were Kara Snyder '13 and Adam Melson '05.

Matthew Robinson '04 hosted the #YCPRoadCrew for a site visit at the U.S. Department of the Treasury Bureau of Engraving and Printing. The crew were taken on a tour of the manufacturing and printing process for $5 and $20 currency.

Thurs. 1/12/17

The #YCPRoadCrew held a site visit with an alumna at the Secret Service headquarters in Washington, D.C. Our students learned about the history of the organization and potential career opportunities.

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The #YCPRoadCrew had their final site visit at Under Armour in Baltimore. Did you know there are over 12 alumni who work at Under Armour? Thank you to Jeff Breslin '05, Senior Manager of Global Philanthropy, for hosting our students.

• To follow the #SpartaNation journey and to follow the #YCPRoadCrew, search #SpartaNation and #YCPRoadCrew. • 500+ alumni, students, parents, friends, and prospective families registered for a #SpartaNation reception. • Receptions were held in Long Island, New York City, King of Prussia, DC, Towson, and downtown York and included featured guest speakers from the College. • The #YCPRoadCrew completed 10 unique alumni site visits throughout the tour to meet with successful alumni and parents at their places of work. 24 | York College Magazine • SPRING 2017



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Meet the 2016-17 Roadcrew: Kristin Schab '04, Alumni Relations; Jason Keller '16, Alumni Relations; Lydia Moro '17; Bennett Alexander '19; Ashley McManus '17; Emma Frazier '17; Chantel Vereen '17; Juli Shaw '18; Christopher Samayoa '19; Regina Bowe, YC Fund; Jolynn Varano, Career Development; (not pictured) Joe Salerno '18; Katherine Hastings '18; Abigail Hettrich '18; Abhi Kudaravalli '17.

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New York City Site Visit II: Thank you to Kristie Galvani '01 for hosting a successful site visit for the #YCPRoadCrew at Rubenstein Public Relations, Inc. Galvani discussed with our students her "Top Five Rules to Work By" and how to step up as a leader in the workplace after graduating from York College.

Tues. 1/10/17

Thank you Bob Mehmet '80, President and CEO of the Philadelphia Sign Company, and Nicole Kurp '13, Project Manager, for hosting a successful site visit. Our crew had a behind-thescenes tour of the manufacturing process and had a chance to hear advice from two of our successful alumni.

The #SpartaNation tour had a site visit at Brainerd Elementary School in Mt. Holly, NJ. Our #YCPRoadCrew students made spirit posters with the first-grade class of alumna Christina Tocco-Nixon '03. What do you think . . . do we have some future Spartans in the works?

Tues. 1/10/17

Sean Cohen '02, COO for AWeber Communications, shared his amazing professional experience with us. In addition to giving a tour of the office space, he shared with our #YCPRoadCrew why it's important to stay engaged after graduating.

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Wed. 1/18/17

Thank you to the 150 Spartans who welcomed the #YCPRoadCrew home at our last reception at Marketview Arts in downtown York.

The #YCPRoadCrew brought Screamer to York Country Day School to spread the Spartan pride.

Wed. 1/18/17

The crew hosted a tailgate event on the Student Union patio to welcome back YCP students to their first day of classes.

Thank You

Thank you to our York College alumni, students, parents, and friends who connected with us on our 2017 #SpartaNation journey.

• The #YCPRoadCrew helped serve as social media ambassadors for the Office of Alumni Relations, tasked with engaging and sharing our experiences on the road with our entire Spartan Family via social media. Since the beginning of our journey on January 4, the crew have helped engage more than 60,000 Spartan alumni, students, parents, and friends of the College. • Thank you to Kenneth Kochenour '74, Founder, CEO, and President of GF Management, Inc., for sponsoring the King of Prussia and Towson receptions as well as the networking panel and luncheon in Center City Philadelphia. York College Magazine • SPRING 2017 | 25





Alumni Profile Calvin Weary '99 "From day one, I knew I was home. With faculty and staff that treated me like family I always knew I was loved and cared for. It's not just school it's an education!" Calvin Weary began his lifelong love of the performing arts when he saw The Wiz on Broadway at age two. He credits his mother, Louella Sexton-Morgan, for getting him interested in the arts. "I started taking classes in theatre from a very young age and studied piano, clarinet, and voice," Weary said. "Theatre and music have always been my great escape to the real me." Weary started going to York College in the 10th grade as a dual-enrolled student. He majored in Communications while also studying Public Relations, Speech, Radio, and Television. Weary was heavily involved on campus, participating in WVYC, the International Students Club, the Black Student Union, and the YCP Players. In addition, he worked for the computer center, acted as a Teaching Assistant for Earth and Space Science, and formed a melodic punk rock band called EDENPARK. "It was a busy time," he said. One of the most influential people in his life is his mother. "She worked at York College for over 20 years to put me through school," said Weary. "She made sure I had every opportunity to become the success I wanted to be." Today, he calls her his "YCP hero." Since graduating from YCP, Weary has worked as Director of the William Penn Performing Arts Institute and Director of Performing Arts at New Hope Academy Charter School. Currently, he is the President of the York Youth Symphony Orchestra as well as the Founder and CEO of Weary Arts Group (WAG). WAG classes include dance, theatre, musical theatre, stage combat, costuming, stage makeup, videography, music production, stage design, and film study. –MT and KL

Wrestling Grads Three YCP wrestlers graduated with Nursing degrees in December 2016. Left to right: Evan Zuzulock, Joseph Giaccio, and Adam Kritzer.

Alumni Find Their Strengths

This past fall, YCP's Leadership Development Center hosted StrengthsFinder workshops for alumni in Towson, MD, and Valley Forge, PA. Based on Tom Rath's book StrengthsFinder 2.0, the workshops helped participants to identify and utilize their top five strengths. "[The workshop] made me feel better about the career path I'm on. I think everyone got something out of it," said Jeremy Brenn '02 about his experience. Following much positive feedback, future workshops are already being planned for 2017 in several additional cities. – JH

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Alumni Profile Craig McClure '10 "From day one, I knew York College was my second home. I met my wife, Shannon Lambert '10, and all of my best friends there."

Claire Bilavsky '16, Self Portait

Matthew Apol '07, Reverence

First Alumni Art Exhibition Marketview Arts in downtown York hosted the first-ever Alumni Art Exhibition in 2017. Running from Jan. 6 – Jan. 27, the event was curated by Matthew Apol '07 and Cody Bannon '15 and featured fine art and graphic design works of over two dozen alumni. Reflecting on the experience, Bannon said, "The first Alumni Arts Exhibition set the bar for showcasing the talents that have come and gone through the York College art and design programs, which we hope becomes a staple in the growing presence of arts in the York community." – JH

Craig McClure (above left with Allen Iverson) grew up loving Philadelphia sports teams, so working for the Philadelphia 76ers as Team Lead, Member Services was a natural transition for him. At York College, McClure majored in Sport Management, minored in Marketing, participated in intramural sports, and attended Sport Management Students Association meetings. McClure also attributes his current position with the 76ers to his experiences at YCP. He spent most of his senior year off campus, gaining work experience and developing contacts. He said, "During that time, I was able to network with the people who ultimately ended up hiring me. Without that I'm not sure I would have ever been hired." McClure has been promoted three times in the past six years, and he now oversees a collection of the organization's service representatives. These representatives, or Member Services Account Managers as they are known, are in charge of renewing season ticket members and creating lasting memories. McClure's job is to coach and motivate these individuals on a daily basis. He also liaises with executives to make sure that everyone gets the most out of his or her experience with the 76ers. Creating memories for the people he works with is one of McClure’s favorite parts of the job. He said, "During the season, I have the opportunity to help our fans get on the court. The look on someone's face when you introduce them to players is priceless – especially when it's a child." McClure plans to stay with the Philadelphia 76ers for the rest of his career. He is proud to have fulfilled the goal he set for himself when he started with the organization six years ago, as he is a now a hiring manager who helps people realize their dreams of working for a professional sports organization. – KB

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Alumni Profile Lisa Welty '84


"From day one, I determined that my success or failure was up to me. While YCP afforded me the opportunity to progress, I am a firm believer in the 'you get out what you put in' philosophy."

Dr. Carrie A. (Hill) Kennedy '91, was promoted to Navy Captain in September 2016 while serving in Bahrain.

An avid motorcycle fan, a volunteer firefighter, and a professional violin player, Lisa Welty has interests spanning multiple disciplines. Her husband introduced her to firefighting in the 1980s and she has worked as a volunteer firefighter for the City of York. Music runs in her family and she has played violin since she was in fourth grade. Welty attended Boston University's Tanglewood Institute, which cemented her interest in a musical career. She enrolled at York College shortly after, being one of the only string instrument players in a small but enthusiastic Music Department. The department’s size made it a target for being potentially shut down by the College, but Welty published three articles in The Spartan to bolster efforts to keep the department going. She said the size of the Music Department didn't matter. Rather, taking advantage of opportunities to learn and perform whenever possible (with a bit of prodding from Dr. James and Mrs. Beverly Mohatt, two of her principal professors) was what mattered. And it didn't hurt to have her small circle of friends to support and encourage her. Welty was a member of Chi Gamma Iota (XGI), the Veteran's fraternity, and the Tae Kwon Do club. After graduation, Welty took on numerous jobs, working as a bartender, at a candy factory, and in the mall to "support her music habit." In 1998, she completed her Master's Degree in Music Performance from Towson University. She became a member of the York and Harrisburg Symphony Orchestras, playing with stars such as Johnny Mathis, Wayne Newton, and James Galway. While her interests may vary, Welty believes that her ability to remain disciplined and focused has allowed her to succeed in all of her endeavors. –HB

Kevin A. Eisenhart '05, CPA, MBA, MST, was named one of the Central Penn Business Journal's "Forty Under 40" young leaders. He is currently a Tax Partner with Reinsel Kuntz Lesher LLP.

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Alumni Profile Peavy Joins Announcement

Terence L. Peavy '92, was named Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management at SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, NY.

Achievements in Excellence Award

Sydney (Sarver) Campanaro '88, staff partner at the American Cancer Society, received an Achievements in Excellence award from the Akron/Canton area National Sales & Marketing Executives (NSME) organization for her community and civic involvement as well as her professional achievements with the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks.

Philip Koos '92 "From day one, I knew I had found a place that would provide me with growth and opportunities for my career and friends that would last a lifetime." Philip Koos was interested in accounting long before he attended college. After looking at various schools, he decided that York College was the best option because it offered such a quality education to its students. YCP prepared Koos for his future career by providing him with numerous opportunities to grow both academically and as an individual. He especially enjoyed courses taught by Hamid Azad, Ph.D., Sardari Khanna, Ph.D., and Frederick Leinheiser, C.P.A., because they brought fresh and unique perspectives to the classroom. While he initially struggled to balance his course load with work and internships, Koos eventually found his bearings, allowing him to gain acceptance into the Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity and to eventually graduate Summa Cum Laude and at the top of his accounting class. Thanks to the strong academic foundation laid by the College, Koos received a scholarship to attend The American University to obtain his MBA. That experience further prepared Koos for his current position as a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in their Advisory Forensics Practice. His job entails assisting individuals with government contracts. He supports, advises, and helps entities that do business with the U.S. Government, state and local governments, and foreign governments. Through his job at PwC, Koos participates with PwC's various corporate community initiatives. Additionally, Koos and his team volunteer in his clients' local markets at various entities such as the Ronald McDonald House, food banks, and client charitable organizations. In 2016, Koos and his wife Tricia '93 made a philanthropic commitment to York College that established an endowed scholarship in memory of their son Colin M. Koos. The fund will provide lasting support to students with financial need in the Accounting program in the Graham School of Business. –JD

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CLASS NOTES 80s Linda Amos '84 (York, PA), had two of her poems, "Words Fail Me" and "The Silence" published in the January 2017 issue of Amulet Magazine. This past fall, Linda celebrated her 50th year of being a published poet. Christopher A. Conrad '85 (Harrisburg, PA), is a Mortgage Loan Officer with Centric Bank

Blacker / Miller

Kathie (Noyes) Pedit '87 (Bonita Springs, FL), achieved her Certified Membership Professional (CMP) status through the national Professional Club Marketing Association. She was also awarded 2016 Member of the Year by the Membership Director’s Association of Southwest Florida. She is currently the Membership Sales & Marketing Director at Pelican Isle Yacht Club in Naples. 90s Jacob P. Coy '96 (York, PA), is a Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty. Richard J. Hoffman '98 (Levittown, NY), recently published his first novel, The Devils That Haunt You.

Bruhl / Langton

Carl Oliveri '97 (Carle Place, NY), has been named the Secretary/Treasurer of the Construction Industry CPAs/Consultants Association, a national association of accounting firms serving the construction industry. He is currently the Partner-inCharge of the construction practice of Grassi & Co in Jericho, NY. P. Christian White '94 (York, PA), was named Vice President of Sales with Doceo Office Solutions. Kevin W. Willson '90 (York Haven, PA), was one of 56 educators worldwide selected to attend the 2016 Global SMART Exemplary Educator Summit in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He is currently a high school business education/computer teacher.

Lynch / Appel

00s Kelly A. Brown '06 (Baltimore, MD), has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors for Sports Boosters of Maryland as Co-Chair of the Social Media Committee. She is currently a Marketing Manager with KatzAbosch CPA firm. P. Brett Calabretta MBA '04 (Lancaster, PA), Vice President with Warfel Construction, was named a Partner. Ian J. Delaney '05 (Camp Hill, PA), has been promoted to Vice President of Sales and Marketing with Compass Natural Gas Partners in Mechanicsburg, PA. Jessie G. (Kresge) Heimann '01 (Neffs, PA), was named Director of University Relations at Penn State Lehigh Valley.

Stapleton / Hobbs

Christopher G. Manero '01 (Plymouth Meeting, PA), was elected to a four-year term on the Plymouth Township (PA) Council. He is currently teaching social studies at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School and is also the school’s head varsity baseball coach.

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Allison M. (Cline) Saia '01 (Hanover, PA), has been named Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Positive Media Ventures, LLC. She serves as Editorial Director of the publishing division, Positive Media Press, and Editor of their magazine, Sparks of Inspiration. 10s Joel A. Copenheaver '16 (York, PA), is a Sales Analyst with Snyder's-Lance in Hanover, PA. He has also started his own photography business, J. Copenheaver Photography. Mariah K. Hertz '15 (York, PA), was named Web/Data Integration Associate by Caskey Group of York. Kevin J. Kanouse '11 (Morristown, NJ), has joined Levine, Jacobs & Company, an accounting firm based in Livingston, NJ. Michael J. McCullough '15 (Newark, DE), has joined the tax department at Cover & Rossiter. Shaun R. Rutherford '12 (Levittown, NY), has joined the Hofstra University Athletic Department as Assistant Director of Athletic Development/Special Events. WEDDINGS AND ENGAGEMENTS Laura M. Bednar '05 (Whitehall, PA), is engaged to James F. Litzenberger, Jr. '04 (Allentown, PA). A May 2017 wedding is planned. Melissa L. Berlot '10 (Lancaster, PA), married Jason P. Fallan, also of Lancaster, on October 1, 2016. Bethany N. Blacker '14 (Shady Side, MD), married Eric Miller of Berlin, CT, on September 3, 2016, in Mayo, MD. Carly A. Bruhl '14 (Newark, DE), married James W. Langton '12 (Mount Sinai, NY), on May 15, 2016, at the Blockade Runner Resort in Wrightsville Beach, NC. The couple resides in York Haven, PA. Jessica A. Burker '15 (Boyertown, PA), and Zachary J. McMichael '15 (Mechanicsburg, PA), became engaged on September 17, 2016. Jamie Caponera '10 (Valhalla, NY) married Christopher Sutton on January 9, 2016, at Grace Presbyterian Church of South Brunswick in Kendall Park, NJ. A reception was held at the Windsor Ballroom in East Windsor, NJ. Kristina M. Craven '16 (White Marsh, MD), and Joshua T. Brennan '15 (Bangor, PA), are engaged. A Summer 2017 wedding is planned. Lindsey Cummings '07 (Harrisburg, PA), married Adam Chapman at the Country Club of Harrisburg on September 17, 2016. Kellie Dwyer '09 (Warrington, PA), married Aksel O. Yavalar '07 (Bethesda, MD), in June 2016, at a private home in MD, followed by a honeymoon in Thailand. The couple resides in New York City. Patricia H. Evans '14 (Mocksville, NC), married Jordan P. Stringfellow '14 (Bel Air, MD), at Eden Mill Park in MD, on June 11, 2016.

CLASS NOTES Lianna N. Fisher '12 (Bethel, PA), married Jill R. Houtz on October 2, 2015, at Historic Acres of Hershey in Elizabethtown, PA. Alex N. Hoke '14 (Selinsgrove, PA), married Corinne Aucker of Winfield, PA, on August 13, 2016, at the Christ Community United Methodist Church in Selinsgrove, followed by a reception at the Watson Inn in Watsontown, PA. Katherine M. Lamb '14 and Sean J. Johnston '12, both of Wayne, PA, were engaged on August 19, 2016. An October 2017 wedding is planned. Michelle Lynch '13 (Burke, VA) and Colby Appel '12 (Elysburg, PA) are pleased to announce their engagement. Their wedding is planned for October 7, 2017, in Burke, VA. Anna R. Miller '14 married Kyle Finkenbiner on October 8, 2016, in Dallastown, PA. Amber N. Rishel '15 (Mifflinburg, PA), and Evan T. H. Frock '13 (Keymar, MD), are engaged. The wedding is planned for April 22, 2017. Eric P. Rush '11 (Pittsburgh, PA), became engaged to Brittany Rae Blackwood on July 10, 2016. Samantha M. Stapleton '10 (Carlisle, PA), married Matthew J. Hobbs '10 (College Park, MD), on October 22, 2016, at Stock’s Manor in Mechanicsburg, PA. Heather M. Vicenty '14 (Meriden, CT), and Carl W. Redding '13 (Dover, PA), became engaged on January 1, 2016. A June 2017 wedding is planned. ARRIVALS Raymond R. Costa, Jr. '04 (Marietta, OH), and his wife, Amanda, a second child, Audrey, in April 2016. She joins three-yearold big brother Evan. Misti R. (Bradford) '04 and Zach Ilgenfritz (Harrisburg, PA), twins Bastian Michael and Adalie Nicole on November 2, 2016. Danielle J. (Bednarczyk) '10 and Steven E. Manis '09 (Lanoka Harbor, NJ), a daughter Regina Jeanine, on August 18, 2016. She joins big brother Donovan James. Renee A. (Smerz) '05 and Justin E. Meyers '05 (Cherry Hill, NJ), a second daughter, Rita Jean, on October 30, 2016. She joins big sister Lucy. DECEASED Friends Dorise E. Bonner (York, PA), January 9, 2017. She was employed as a custodian at York College. She loved the Pittsburgh Steelers and was a member of the Vigilant Social Club. She is survived by her mother, daughters, brothers and other family members. Randall "Randy" Brown (Pasadena, MD), August 27, 2016. He created the nonprofit environmental group Clean Islands International and administered ReCaribe, which was formed to boost recycling initiatives in the Caribbean. He also managed the Virgin Islands Environmental Resource Station. He is survived by his wife, Tricia Hopkins, and his three

daughters, Liberty, Aviva, and Serena Hopkins Brown '18. Joseph B. Hunter (Springfield Township, PA), April 9, 2016. He was a key figure in the air conditioning and refrigeration industry. His career with York International spanned 21 years and he went on to serve as President and CEO of AAF-McQuay, Inc. He is survived by his brother, four daughters, and four grandchildren. Joseph D. Rojahn (Dallastown, PA), January 7, 2017. He was an adjunct faculty member of York College until 2006. He was Children's Director at Bethlehem United Methodist Church for 25 years. He was a member of the American Society of Composers and Publishers and had 91 choral works published. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter and three grandchildren.

Evan and Audrey Costa

Lois J. Yingling (York, PA), April 2, 2016. She was a former inspector at American Chain and Cable Company in York and was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church of Christ. She is survived by two sons, a daughter, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Alumni William H. "Bill" Bartenfelder, Sr. '99 (Woodsboro, MD), September 13, 2016. He was employed in management with General Motors for 42 years and also worked with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion, U.S. Power Squadron, Ravens Roost, Susquehanna Ski Club, Catoctin Club, and the Isaak Walton League.

Bastian Michael & Adalie Nicole Ilgenfritz

Ronald W. Beckmeyer '55 (York, PA), October 20, 2016. He was a York Junior College graduate. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Shirley, and is survived by their children and grandchildren. Dennis R. Camp '71 (Langhorne, PA), June 30, 2016. He worked for many years for R. J. Reynolds and Commonwealth/ Altadis Tobacco companies. He was active with the Langhorne Athletic Association and served a term as president. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Barbara, and their two sons and their families. Nancy L. Coudriet '81 (York, PA), July 18, 2015. She was retired from the U.S. Postal Service and was also a U.S. Army Veteran of Vietnam.

Regina Jeanine Manis

James T. Cover '58 (Dover, PA), June 21, 2016. He was a graduate of York Junior College and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was employed as a Safety Engineer for Aetna Life Insurance Co. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Norma, and their two daughters. Dr. Charles A. Depfer '54 (Hockessin, DE), September 8, 2016. He was a graduate of York Junior College and went on to attend medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, becoming a family practice physician until he retired in 2010. He was a member of many medical societies and was active with numerous community organizations, including the Masonic Fraternity and Rotary International. York College Magazine • SPRING 2017 | 31

Lucy, Rita Jean, and Renee Meyers

CLASS NOTES Jane L. (Fritzsche) Eastman '66 (Warrington, PA), August 26, 2016. She was a graduate of York Junior College and taught elementary school, as well as working as a receptionist in numerous doctors' offices. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Guy, and three sons and their families. Richard P. Gamber '73 (Phoenix, AZ), August 7, 2016. Holly B. (Landon) Hinkel '82 (East Texas, PA), October 5, 2016. She worked at Lehigh Valley Hospital for 35 years as a registered nurse. She was part of the East Texas Village Study Committee and a volunteer Girl Scout leader. She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Dennis, their daughters, and many family members. Richard C. "Dick" Hollinger '90 (York, PA), June 28, 2016. He served in the U.S. Navy as an Aviation Electronics Technician and retired from Freezing Equipment Sales in

York in 2005, where he was employed for over 35 years. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Janet, their children, many grandchildren, and family members. John H. Lowder, Sr. '58 (Glen Rock, PA), September 19, 2016. He was a graduate of York Junior College and a U.S. Army Veteran who served during the Korean War. He retired in 1990 from the York City School District after 35 years of teaching and coaching basketball. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Patricia, and their family. Denise J. (Naill) Piccola '72 (Susquehanna Township, PA), September 12, 2016. She taught elementary school and also worked for the Dauphin County Library System. She is survived by her husband, Jeffrey, their children and grandchildren, as well as two sisters and a brother. Kristi D. (Foor) Raymond '98 (Mesa, AZ, and Bedford, PA), May 10, 2016. She worked at the Fulton County Medical

Center and the Goddard School, as well as serving as a volunteer at a Lions Club summer camp and with the Girl Scouts. She is survived by her parents, her husband, Jacob, and their three children. Katelyn D. (Morrison) Weese '09 (York, PA), November 4, 2016. She was a Senior Project Manager at Stansberry & Associates in Baltimore, MD. She is survived by her husband, Michael, and their three children, as well as many family and friends. Student Samantha Wingate '17 (Ridley Park, PA), November 13, 2016. She was a senior Psychology major who was a member of Sigma Delta Tau, swam for York College, and was on the YMCA Rays. She is survived by her parents, her brother, maternal grandparents, and other family members.


William Trout Wolf (Mount Wolf, PA), philanthropist, passed away on September 9, 2016, at his home. Bill was a longtime supporter of numerous York County not-for-profit organizations, including York College, which had been a family favorite for support since its beginning. The Evelyn and Earle Wolf Hall was dedicated in honor of the parents of the William Wolf and Kathryn Zimmerman families. Following his service in the U.S. Army in World War II, Bill returned home to join the family business. He was the Chairman and President of the Wolf Organization. Bill was one of the founders and later President and Chairman of York Federal Savings and Loan Association. Service on other corporate boards included Lumbermens Merchandising Corp., York Container Co., Merchants and Business Men's Mutual Insurance Co., and GTE. William is survived by his wife, Cornelia W., his children, Gov. Tom Wolf, Cornelia A., Andrew and Henry, and eight grandchildren.

Bradley J. Culbertson (York, PA), passed away on November 3, 2016. His wife of 52 years, Martha passed away in 2008. He served as a radio operator with the U.S. Merchant Marines during World War II, he was awarded the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, the Pacific Theater Ribbon, and the Victory Medal. He also earned the rank of Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps. and served as a photo interpreter during the Korean War. He taught at Mount Wolf Junior High School for three years, followed by 30 years at York College, where he served as an Assistant Professor for seven years, Director of Admissions for 16 years and retired as Director of YCP's Financial Aid in 1986. He was past Master Councilor of the Continental Chapter of the Order of DeMolay. He was involved in scouting for over 45 years. He is survived by two sons, B. Eric Culbertson '82 and Brian B. Culbertson '82, and two grandsons.

Leo Ruvolis (Dover, PA), passed away on December 10, 2016. He entered the USAAC in 1939 at the age of 19 and rose from a private to the rank of major. He became a B-24 pilot and was shot down on his 22nd bombing mission over Germany and spent 10 months as a POW. He received a Purple Heart among other medals. After World War II, he attended college on the GI Bill and served in the Air Force Reserves for 20 years. He retired from York College, where he was the Director of the Computer Center and Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems. He spent many years traveling around the U.S. with his wife in their mobile home. He is survived by Margaret, his wife of 72 years, daughter Cheryl O’Brien '73, granddaughter, great-grandchildren, and other family members.

Wendell L. Lehman (York Springs, PA), a generous supporter of York College, who established The Wendell L. and Jeanne E. Lehman Scholarship in June 2007, passed away on August 2, 2016. He was preceded in death by Jeanne, his wife of 62 years. He worked for the family mill, Lehman Feed, in York Springs before working for the Wolf Organization, where he retired as a Vice President. He also worked as a real estate developer and home builder and was an antiques enthusiast. He was a lifetime member of the York Springs Fire Co., was a member of the East Berlin V.F.W., and served on the board of directors of the United Methodist Home for Children in Mechanicsburg, PA. Wendell served his country in the U.S. Army. He is survived by his wife, Beatrice, a son, three daughters, two brothers, two sisters, eight grandchildren and nine greatgrandchildren.

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by Erec Smith, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of English and Humanities

I enjoy commencement for many reasons, but most importantly because it allows me to dress like a wizard without inducing odd stares. I suppose I could do it for Halloween, but there are so many wizards out there that night. No one wants an oversaturation of wizards. But although I may be belaboring my love of wizards, a wizardry of sorts plays into this speech. But more on that later. For now, let me just get to the point: we need you. The world needs you. It needs you because it needs intelligent, ambitious and involved people. As young men and women with York College educations, you are just that. This is winter commencement and you all are ready to enter the real world. I trust that York College has prepared you for your future endeavors, but some wizardry may be needed, regardless. Sure, you have acquired great knowledge in your chosen majors. You have acquired sufficient understandings in the majors of others. You have taken advantage of extracurriculars, internships, and study abroad programs. But are you prepared for the world your prior generation has left for you? Millennials may take a brunt of criticism from society, but you had little to do with the way things are, these days. Infighting and us v. them attitudes pervade more than just politics. This is a world of contention. A world in which one person's good is another person's evil, where one person's moral act is another person's sinful transgression. How does one navigate such a world? How does one find happiness and success in a world that very few people even saw coming? Are you prepared to create a life of happiness and success amidst all that? If I had to take a guess, I'd say you are ready for dealing with and contributing to modern-day humanity. After all you shared your college careers with humans. You may have been involved in intricate group projects. You may live in one of the on-campus dormitories. You may be a part of the panhellenistic presence on campus . . . and off. But things are different now. For example, the very concept of truth is in question. People have gone as far as to say we live in a posttruth society. To that I say that you, as graduates of York College, know better. You understand the benefits of having an open mind. You also are versed in the power and necessity of critical thinking. You may realize the importance of their confluence: open mindedness and critical thinking must work together, for open mindedness without critical thinking is gullibility. We also live in a world where competition overtakes collaboration. Of course, competition can be a very healthy thing, but I want to remind you of the original meaning of competition: to run with – to make each other better through challenging one another. Thus, the goal is not to win, but to create a world in which we all have to opportunities to win. As York College graduates, you manifest greatness. Strengthen the world by finding like-minded souls; surround yourself with greatness. I read somewhere that you are the average of the five people with whom you spend the most time. I'm not saying it's no fun to have friends in low places. Those guys can be a lot of fun. But make sure to enjoy the company of those you respect and admire as often as possible. There is no motivation like competition in the original sense of the word. Run with greatness and you and society will benefit. I should say, though, that even those greats may challenge you, and they should; these challenges will make you stronger. So, I advise you not to fear conflict, but to welcome it with open arms. Conflict — disagreement based on differing beliefs and interests that can have a profound mental and emotional impact – is often inevitable. However, being open to the inevitability of conflict can open us up to the benefits of conflict. Then and only then will we be able to co-construct new stories in which shared values are focal, beneficial beliefs for all are enacted, and social gaps are bridged. As you can see, society needs you. But I dare say society needs you to jog its memory, to remember what it is and what it is supposed to be. Perhaps we all need to recognize the values we may share with our fellow Americans. Yes, family, civility, societal contribution—all these are solid values. However, I believe your generation must be the ones to recognize, or re-recognize, the core values of this society. As Americans, most of us should value the salient words of the Declaration of Independence, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal," and the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution's decree of "a more perfect Union." These words, alone, express the major values of America. Who among us does not want these things for ourselves and our families? Although diversity is a virtue, I implore you to bring on an era of commonality. Diversity of ethnicity, culture, and gender need not be relinquished, but we must not forget that we have strong and fundamental commonalities. In addition, these very commonalities can serve as bridges that connect otherwise disparate factions. But now I feel the need to return to the spirit that began this speech: Wizardry. Really, I am speaking of the efficacy of science fiction, in general. As many would tell you, make-believe in the form of science fiction like, say, wizardry, can be a solid source of good life advice. Often, such stories or sagas are parables for our own realities. So what bit of make-believe best reflects my advice for you, my urging for who you should be and who the world needs you to be? Is there a model you would do well to emulate? I know of one, and some of you know what I am going to say. Are there any Doctor Who fans in attendance, today? For those of you deprived of the joy of the long-standing television series, Doctor Who, let me give you a brief introduction. The Doctor could be construed as a wizard in his own right, but he is much, much more. A refugee from the planet Gallifrey, the Doctor traverses the universe seeking to help those in need with his thousands of years of experience, thoughts, and skills. He can live so long because, as a Time Lord—oh, did I mention he has a time machine and can go anywhere in any time? Yeah – as a Time Lord he does not die but regenerates. He maintains his memories, but acquires a new body and personality. Sure, the television producers threw the last bit in to insure that the show wouldn't fold when the lead actor left, but it makes for an excellent model for getting through life. So, when in doubt, ask "What Would the Doctor Do?" Let me explain: A. As a highly intelligent being from a world much more civilized than our own, he is known for competence, knowledge, and intelligence. Be that person. Be known as the man or woman who has his or her stuff together so well that your reputation precedes you. B. As a time traveler and space adventurer, he's seen it all. Be the kind of person for whom nothing is a surprise. You need not be a complete stoic, but work to rarely, if ever, be rattled. This takes practice and experience and it takes an embrace of conflict. C. As a person who regenerates into someone new, the Doctor is crafty, flexible, improvisational. These are all skills necessary to survive in this world. Yes, maintain your integrity and stay true to your values, but don't be afraid to say or try new things. Roll with the punches, and, when necessary, regenerate. I will end with words from the Doctor himself. As the 11th Doctor nears the moment when he will quickly regenerate into the 12th Doctor (yes, there are 12) he gives the following farewell speech: We all change, when you think about it. We're all different people through our lives. And that's okay, that's good, you've got to keep on moving, so long as you remember all the people that you used to be. I will not forget one line of this. Not one day. I swear. I will always remember when the Doctor was me. Always remember these days. Never forget your past. But never, ever, be afraid to move on. The world needs you. Be its heroes. York College Magazine • SPRING 2017 | 33

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