FroM the eDitORs
“AT NIGHT, WHILE OTHERS SLEEP, HE REMAINS ENTRANCED IN A DIMLY LIT ROOM,
EDITORS trapped in the same page, wrestling a stubbornly constructed sentence for the 20th minute.
heidi BRIGHT BUTLER As the ritual requires, he refuses to continue unless everything falls into place. Tonight,
paul JOLY nearly 20 years and 20 books after it began, he struggles the same way. He is obsessive.
CONTRIBUTING WRITERS He relies on his perfectionism to ﬁnish his work, though he certainly understands the
impossibility of perfection and the illusion of the ﬁnished product. He sacriﬁces time with
the living in order to document life in the solitude of his craft. At times the task seems
dr. hazel FISHER
harder than at ﬁrst, when writing about time was not a burden. Repetition equals death,
james l. JOHNSON ’89
and he wants to live.”
So begins the short personal essay on the nighttime habits of a professional writer by
Dr. Javier Ávila, NCC associate professor of English (page 35). The essay describes the
writer’s nocturnal obsession. For this magazine issue, we set out to see how many other
Northamptonites work, create, perform and generally live their lives at night while the rest
of us are home sleeping or spending our prime time watching TV.
CALENDAR COORDINATOR Our search for faculty, students and staff who do interesting things at night revealed
a whole world out there beyond ﬁve o’clock, on and off campus. Starting with a thriving
CLASS NOTES COORDINATOR and rapidly growing array of evening classes, the activity extends all through the night
nancy HUTT until dawn for a small cadre of staff whose jobs begin when the College ﬁnally closes. And
we found plenty of faculty and staff who moonlight or otherwise have other lives outside
kate SCHAFFNER the classroom or ofﬁce.
NCC Development Ofﬁcer, Paul Acampora contrasts his “real life” at the ofﬁce with
ART DIRECTOR his other life writing ﬁction at home. “My writing life sits in a spot ranked somewhat
higher than vacuuming behind the refrigerator yet signiﬁcantly lower than family, work
PRODUCTION COORDINATOR and the need to pick up milk on the way home. As a result, I write at night.”
marianne ATHERTON Associate Professor Donna Acerra represents the after-hours commitment that is the
daily life of a college teacher. “When I leave the College in the afternoon,” she says, “I
come home and in between my time as a mom, wife and active community member, I
grade papers, prepare for class, answer e-mail, check Facebook – sometimes all at once
robert CRAIG/gannett news service
on my iPhone while walking the dog!”
Then we have the alumni. It wasn’t difﬁcult to ﬁnd plenty whose schedules are the yin
to the rest of our yangs. Latara Frieson, who graduated from NCC in 2007 with a degree
in biotechnology works from 9 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. as an environmental monitor at sanoﬁ
pasteur, the nation’s leading producer of inﬂuenza vaccine, “I truly enjoy the night shift,”
bob DONEY she says. “The atmosphere of the shift and the time I spend with my co-workers is very
PRESIDENT Most impressive and inspiring of all are the NCC students themselves. Extraordi
dr. arthur SCOTT
narily packed schedules are the norm for our students. So many of them have to work
long hours to put themselves through college. We can only marvel at their commitment
and dedication when we hear how they routinely put in hours and hours beyond their
susan k. KUBIK classwork obligations.
Yes, Northampton Nocturnal, it turns out, is a world worth exploring. u
bruce a. PALMER
3835 green pond road
bethlehem, pa 18020
NCC ● SPRING 2009
12 NORTHAMPTON NOCTURNAL
On the other side of ﬁve o’clock, the College
takes on a different feel.
14 STUDENTS IN MOTION
15 ACTION UNDER THE LIGHTS
16 WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE STACKS?
17 LET US ENTERTAIN YOU
18 HOUSE CALLS
19 FRIENDS IN NEED
20 WHAT'S FOR DINNER?
23 EVERY NIGHT'S A SLEEPOVER
26 NIGHT BEAT
27 AFTER THE PARTY’S OVER 02 PULSE: Campus News and Scuttlebutt
02 What Next?
03 Crisis As Opportunity
28 LIFE TO THE MAX
Sometimes following your dreams leaves
Face To Face With History
Opening Doors To New Careers
little time for sleep. 07 Happenings
08 A Lesson In Courage
30 ONE LIFE BY DAY, ANOTHER BY NIGHT 09 A Night For Gratitude
32 NEVER OFF THE CLOCK
33 LEARNING BY DEGREES 10 NCC SEEN: Familiar Faces
34 HOW I WRITE AT NIGHT 40 ALUMNI NOTES
35 SOLITUDE OF THE CRAFT 40 Call For Nominations
36 NIGHT SHIFTS 41 Your Invitation To The White House Dinner
42 Dental Hygiene Reunion
44 Donor Proﬁle: John And Donna Eureyecko
38 TROUBLED SLEEP
When counting sheep doesn't help.
Donor Proﬁle: Michael Italiani ’82
Look Who’s In The Hall Of Fame
48 Behind The Billboard
PHOTO BY RANDY MONCEAUX SPRING 2009 ● NCC 1
PuLSe Campus NEWS and Scuttlebutt
NEXT? } Where is NCC going in
the next ﬁve years?
AFTER A YEAR OF The plan afﬁrms the In the conclusion to challenges have risen with
RESEARCH, DISCUSSION College’s commitment to the 27-page planning doc- our success, and we must
and prioritizing, the Col- access, engagement and ument, Dr. Jill Hirt, NCC’s remain vigilant in regard
lege has adopted a new excellence. “That will con- director of planning and to our distinction.”
strategic plan. tinue to be the focal point institutional research, Key ﬁndings of the
Close to 500 students, for all we do,” says NCC’s writes, “In analyzing the research and the plan are
faculty, staff, alumni and president, Dr. Arthur Scott. results of the last ﬁve-year summarized below. For
members of the com- “Our goal will be to raise plan, we found that NCC a full copy of the report,
munity-at-large provided students’ expectations, not is more respected, better e-mail ttucker@northamp-
input for the roadmap that just to meet them. We understood and better po- ton.edu.u
will guide the College’s want to amaze them.” sitioned than at any other
direction through 2014. says Scott. time in our history, but our
POINTS OF REFERENCE
destination 2014 ■ On a percentage basis, NCC is the fastest-growing community college in Pennsylvania.
■ Enrollment keeps breaking records.
TRENDS TO PAY ATTENTION TO ■ NCC has the highest number and percentage of minority students in the region.
■ 8 in 10 students work (40 percent work more than 30 hours per week).
■ 33 percent are ﬁrst-generation college students.
Population growing and becoming more diverse
■ 4,600 plus students receive ﬁnancial aid.
Increasing number of retirees
■ Pennsylvania ranks in the bottom 10 states in the nation in terms of state and local
support for higher education.
CONCERNS BEYOND THE CAMPUS LANDMARKS FOR SUCCESS 2009-2014
■ Increase enrollment in science, math, technical training on Main Campus
Keeping students safe
Improving graduation rates engineering and technology programs ■ Upgrade security
■ Introduce new programs in hospitality, ■ Institute book rental program to
Addressing changing employment needs
information technology, green technol save students money
Grooming future leaders ogy and allied health ﬁelds ■ Work with employers to meet
■ Implement the National Endowment work force needs
for the Humanities Challenge Grant ■ Deepen community engagement
■ Build new campus in Monroe County ■ Raise and exceed expectations
■ Expand cafeteria and space for
2 NCC ● SPRING 2009
A Plan Of Action ExpaNdiNG aCCeSS
NCC reaches out to the unemployed
gether quickly to develop projections for the region,
a Career Transitions Expo salary ranges and educa-
to help displaced work- tional requirements. “The
ers move from despair to goal was not to minimize
action. the anxiety people were
More than 500 people feeling, but to get them
registered for the half-day to focus on how they can
sessions. Stress manage- turn crisis into opportu-
ment was the ﬁrst topic on nity,” explained Maryann
the agenda. “Losing a job Haytmanek, director of
is one of the most stressful the New Choices/New Op-
experiences a person can go tions program at NCC.
through,” said Karen Veres, “It was about train-
NCC’s director of career ing, but it was also about
services. The College’s hope,” says NCC’s presi-
director of counseling & dent, Dr. Arthur Scott.
support services, Carolyn More than 25 fac-
Brady, cautioned people ulty and staff from NCC
seeking work to pay atten- volunteered their time
tion to the basics – getting on their days off to staff
enough sleep, exercising, the program. “We owe
Participants in the Career Transitions Expo listened attentively at a series of eating healthy foods and them our thanks,” Scott
free workshops staffed by academic and career counselors from NCC. taking time for pleasure. says. “Strong community
Other presenta- colleges lead the com-
LATE LAST SEMESTER AS to 260 men and women tions helped participants munity in solving commu-
UNEMPLOYMENT CREPT have taken advantage of reassess their skills and nity problems. The tuition
up above 5 percent in the offer. interests and learn about waiver program and the
Northampton and Monroe NCC instituted similar community resources, Career Transitions Expo
counties, Northampton programs in periods of including educational op- were good ﬁrst steps. We
Community College re- high unemployment be- portunities. Each person hope to work with others
activated a tuition waiver fore, but this time the Col- who attended received a in the community to do
plan that allows residents lege did something more. brochure describing job more.” u
of both counties who To counteract the panic
have been laid off due that seemed to paralyze NCC will continue to offer the tuition waiver program this
to the economy to take people as the economy summer and during the fall semester. To ﬁnd out if you
a full semester’s worth worsened, staff at NCC qualify and for more information, call the admissions ofﬁce
of college classes in one who have expertise in ca- at 610-861-5500.
of 20+ career ﬁelds – or reer counseling, academic
$900 worth of non-credit advising and personal NCC alumni have lifetime access to the resources of the
training – for free. Close counseling worked to- College's career services ofﬁce.
PHOTO BY RANDY MONCEAUX SPRING 2009 ● NCC 3
enGaGEment Making It Real
face to face
Students connect with the past..
Renaissance poet Claude where they tasted the links
McKay, the 20th and 21st between African American
century writings of Amiri history and foods such as
Baraka, the jazz of Cab cornbread and chitterlings.
Calloway, and more. Levy and Professor of
A class trip adds Geography and Geology
another dimension. Douglas Heath drove the
When the class visited vans carrying the students.
Harlem in November, Julius Little, a
students experienced a general studies major,
kaleidoscope of black is enthusiastic about the
history, paying calls at course. “I now know much
the Schomburg Center more about my African
for Research in Black American heritage than
Culture, an archive and a I did before. I already
museum; the Mother AME knew about Malcolm X
Zion Church, a stop on the and Jackie Robinson. But
From left to right: A guest and NCC students Tiana Baker, Yvette Keitt, Underground Railway and the class introduced me to
Jolisa Rosario, Jillian Nagy, Barbara Davis, Dietra Hawkins, Tyrell haven for escaping slave less well-known people
Culceasure, Devon Zwetkot-Ryan, and Professor Doug Heath in front Frederick Douglass; and who had an impact, like
of the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. the Abyssinian Baptist H. Rapp Brown and Huey
Church, founded by P. Newton. I also learned
“PREVIOUSLY, I THOUGHT studied,” she says. Adam Clayton Powell, about people from outside
THAT EVERYTHING BEGAN It is exactly this kind Sr. Standing in front of a the United States, such
with Martin Luther King,” of connection that Levy wall-sized mural by Aaron as Nelson Mandela and
says Heather Rhodes, a strives for. “Teaching Douglas, the students Mahatma Ghandi.” Little
business administration without walls is about connected, ﬁrsthand, with adds that the class has
major enrolled in “The removing any barriers that the contemporary African inspired him to further his
Black Experience.” impede understanding, be American artist’s work. education.
Through the course, it those of time or space.” The tour also included Rhodes, Little and
taught by Assistant he says. the Apollo Theater, the fellow Monroe student and
Professor of History Many teaching former headquarters of social work major, Yvette
Sholomo Levy, Rhodes techniques deepen such early 20th century leader Keitt, created a PowerPoint
discovered African involvement, including Marcus Garvey’s Negro presentation about the
American history the use of YouTube, the Improvement Association, course, which can be
stretching back to the Internet, audiovisuals, the Studio Museum in viewed on NCC’s YouTube
West African cultural poetry, prose and music. In Harlem and a home once channel by going to www.
roots of black Americans. “The Black Experience,” occupied by Langston youtube.com and typing
“The class helped us students analyze songs Hughes. “Sam Spartan presents” in
become one with history, recorded by Louis The students stopped the search ﬁeld. u
to feel that we’d lived Armstrong and Billie for lunch at Sylvia’s By Myra Saturen
through the periods we Holiday, poetry by Harlem Restaurant of Harlem,
4 NCC ● SPRING 2009 PHOTO BY SHOLOMO LEVY
Celebrating The Humanities ExCEllenCe
has been chosen by the
National Endowment for
the Humanities to receive
the largest grant awarded in
the latest round of a highly
selective competition. The
proposal garnered a “We Focuses attention on American history and culture.
the People” designation,
placing it among an elite
group of projects showing the Stroudsburg Area School
potential to strengthen District.
the teaching, study and One possible theme,
understanding of American the American work
history and culture. experience, is natural
The $800,000 award, and timely, according to
along with $1.6 million Professor of English James
the College must raise Von Schilling. “The story
from other donors, will of work in our country is
create an endowment that As shown in this old black and white photograph, digging canals was the fascinating,” he says, “and
will enable public school ﬁrst American work experience for many immigrants in the early 1800s. we have incredible work
students, college students history right here.”
and the community at surrounding community.” Bugaighis, dean of Other members of the
large to explore a different U.S. Senator Robert P. humanities and social grant-writing team were
humanities-related theme Casey Jr. said, “I’m excited sciences at NCC and Dr. Vasiliki Anastasakos,
each year through credit that the National Endowment grant project director, assistant professor of
and non-credit courses, for the Humanities has explained that themes will political science; Randy
ﬁlms, book discussions, realized the great work that be chosen by a committee Boone, associate professor
panels, podcasts, webcasts, Northampton Community of college and community of English; Sholomo
and visits by nationally College is doing. As members, including six Levy, assistant professor
known speakers. NCC continues to grow community partners: of history; Olga Conneen,
“This is a big deal,” and serve two of our Bethlehem Area Public director of library services;
said NCC President Dr. fastest growing counties, Library, the Bethlehem Rachel Frick Cardelle,
Arthur Scott. “We try hard Northampton and Monroe, Area School District, the grants specialist; and
to blur the line between the I look forward to continued Eastern Monroe Public Christine Pense, assistant
College and community, work with President Scott Library, Historic Bethlehem dean of humanities and
and this grant will beneﬁt and his team.” Partnership, Monroe County social sciences. u
both our students and the Dr. Elizabeth Historical Association and By Cynthia Tintorri
Over the past few months, NCC has been fortunate to win several other grants that will enrich students’
educational experiences and beneﬁt the community:
■ $434,439 from the U.S. Department of will fund the purchase of several new pieces Protection Agency is enabling students from
Education will help students with disabilities make of equipment for a fabrication laboratory to aid the Monroe Campus to study and contribute to
a successful transition from high school to college entrepreneurs. the operation of a biodynamic farm and to learn
and enhance their college experience through ■ $75,000 from Ben Franklin Technology how to affect public policy.
teaching strategies that beneﬁt all students. Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania is support ■ $15,000 from the Solar Scholars pro
■ $120,000 from the U.S. Department of ing research being done for the ink and coatings gram will fund the development of a certiﬁca
Commerce’s Economic Development Administra industries by scientists in a new division of NCC’s tion program to increase the number of people
tion recognizes the College’s outstanding perfor Electrotechnology Applications Center. capable of installing solar panels as an alterna
mance in the use of an earlier grant. This award ■ $35,000 from the U.S. Environmental tive energy source.
SPRING 2009 ● NCC 5
aCCeSS Where The Jobs Are
opening doors to
NCC’s new Hospitality Career Institute
of speciﬁc employers. Visitors Bureau to offer a
Many of the classes are course called “Destination
taught on the sixth ﬂoor of Lehigh Valley,” a one-day
the Fowler Family Center program designed to help
where facilities have been hotel, store and restaurant
set up to simulate the lobby, employees market the
conference room and guest region more effectively by
room of an upscale hotel. becoming more knowledge-
Courses include career able about local tourist
exploration workshops in attractions.
which participants learn The director of NCC’s
about the background and Hospitality Career Institute
skills needed for success in is David Schweiger. In ad-
casino operations, bed and dition to heading hospitality
breakfast ownership, restau- management programs at
rant ownership, franchise colleges in California, Sch-
Careers in the hospitality industry include positions as chefs, hotel managers,
ownership, bartending, and weiger has held managerial
restaurant managers and event planners. Food servers, utility workers, house
keepers, front desk clerks, banquet workers, sales representatives, hosts and event planning. positions with major hotel
hostesses and line cooks are also in demand. The College is also chains such as Hilton and
partnering with the Lehigh Starwood. u
IN EARLY FEBRUARY, employment in the leisure Valley Convention and
WHEN THE EMPLOYMENT and hospitality sector is
ofﬁce for the Sands Casino expected to increase by 19
Resort Bethlehem opened percent through 2014 in
on the second ﬂoor of areas of the country where
NCC’s Fowler Family Cen- tourism is growing in im-
ter, hundreds of job seekers portance.
lined up to ﬁle applications Northampton Commu-
for the thousand positions nity College’s Hospitality
the resort will bring to the Career Institute builds on
Lehigh Valley this spring. the success of two well-es-
Some had gotten an tablished and well-regarded
early start in preparing programs at the College:
themselves for those jobs culinary arts and hotel and
by taking classes at NCC’s restaurant management.
Hospitality Career Institute. The Institute offers
The Institute opened in the degree programs and short-
fall not just to provide the term training programs for For more information about the
Sands with well-prepared individuals interested in Hospitality Career Institute and its
personnel, but also to assist careers in the industry, as course offerings, call 610-332-6580
other local employers. well as training programs or contact email@example.com.
Despite the recession, developed to meet the needs
6 NCC ● SPRING 2009 PHOTOS BY PHILIP STEIN
Mark Your Calendar hAppeNiNGs
Theatre & Film Speakers Workshops &
March 4 – 7 March 24 Classes
METAMORPHOSES CREATING A CULTURE OF April 22
3/5, 6, 7, 7:30 p.m. PEACE. GUEST SPEAKER ADMINISTRATIVE
3/4, 3 p.m. JANET CHISHOLM, 11 a.m. PROFESSIONALS DAY
3/5, 11 a.m., Lipkin Theatre, – 12:30 p.m., West Plaza, 11:45 a.m. – 4 p.m., Fowler
Main Campus, $ 5 and/or a Main Campus Family Southside Center, $50
canned food item
Art March 10 April 18 March 14
March 2 – March 31 AMELIE (French Film) SPRING FUSION ANNUAL SPRING
PAINTINGS BY FRANK MANN, Annual New Arts Exhibit 12:30 p.m., Community 12 – 4 p.m., Spartan Center, CRAFT FAIR
3/5 – Artist lecture, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., room 141 Communica Room, Monroe Campus Main Campus 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Spartan
tions Hall, Reception, 5 – 6 p.m. Communications Hall Gallery, Center, Main Campus
Main Campus April 2 – 4, 9 – 11
April 8 – 24 4/2, 11 a.m. Especially For Prospective
KRAUS DRAWING EXHIBITION 4/3, 4, 9, 11, 7:30 p.m. for Youth Students
4/16 – Awards ceremony, 11 a.m., Communications Hall Gal 4/10, 10 a.m., Lipkin Theatre, March 14 MAIN CAMPUS TOURS:
lery, Main Campus Main Campus, $5 and/or a MEET THE AUTHOR: March 10 & April 7, 11 a.m.
canned food item CLARA GILLOW CLARK March 19 & April 23, 3:30
April 30 – May 20 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., Grades p.m. Monroe Campus Tours:
ANNUAL EXHIBITION BY NCC FINE ARTS STUDENTS April 24 – 26 3 – 8, Cops ‘n’ Kids Reading March 12, April 9 & April 20,
4/30 – Artists’ lecture and discussion, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Com THE HOT L BALTIMORE Room, Fowler Family South- 10 a.m. March 23, 4 p.m.
munications Hall Gallery, Main Campus 4/24, 25, 7:30 p.m. side Center
4/26, 2 p.m., Community March 3
June 15 – July 17 Room, Monroe Campus March 21 FINANCIAL AID WORK
CHILDREN’S ART EXHIBIT/ART AS A WAY OF LEARNING $5 and/or a canned food item YOUTH CHESS CHAMPI SHOP, 6: 30 p.m., West
6/16 – Opening reception, 5 – 7 p.m., Communications Hall ONSHIP, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Plaza, Main Campus
Gallery, Main Campus College Center, Main Cam 6:30 p.m., Community Room,
pus, $25 pre-registration/$30 Monroe Campus
Music, Dance & Poetry at the door
April 3 May 1 April 25 MONROE CAMPUS OPEN
OPEN FLOOR/OPEN MIC DANCE PERFOR SPRING CONCERT BY “BEL CANTO MEET THE AUTHOR: HOUSE, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.,
MANCE, 7 p.m., Laub Lounge, Main Campus STELLE DELLE,” NCC’S COMMUNITY MARISA DE JESÚS Community Room, Monroe
$3 students/$5 public CHOIR, 7:30 p.m., Lipkin Theatre, Main Cam PAOLICELLI, 10:30 – 11:30 Campus
pus, $5 and/or a canned food item a.m., Pre-school – Grade 3,
April 7 & 8 Cops ‘n’ Kids Reading Room,
LEN ROBERTS POETRY DAY: ALIX OLSON May 7 – 9 Fowler Family Southside Center
4/7, 11 a.m., Main Campus SPRING DANCE CONCERT
4/8, 1 p.m., Community Room 5/7, 11 a.m.
Monroe Campus 5/8, 7 p.m. Ceremonies & Celebrations
5/9, 2 p.m., Norman R. Roberts Lab Theatre April 30, STUDENT AWARDS CONVOCATION, 3:30 p.m.
Main Campus (limited seating) Lipkin Theatre, Main Campus
Fine Dining May 28, SPRING COMMENCEMENT, 6:30 p.m., Spartan Center
April 6 & 7, CHEF-IN-RESIDENCE April 17, WHITE HOUSE DINNER
See one of the region’s top chefs prepare Camelot has returned. Experience the
dishes you can easily serve at home, or enjoy elegance of the Kennedy years. Reservations are required for
a gourmet dinner prepared by the chef and Details on pg. 41 some events.
NCC’s culinary art students.
Details on pg. 39 April 24, SUPPER CLUB Call 610-861-5300 or 570-620-9317 for
Enjoy a delicious meal and live entertainment. more information.
Details on pg. 37
SPRING 2009 ● NCC 7
ExCEllenCe Salute To A Hero
a lesson in
A soldier ﬁghts his most important battle.
and shot me ﬁve times.” cal and emotional pain. He
Kislow’s wounds were put a pistol to his head, and
severe. A bullet in his head pulled the trigger. “The
caused traumatic brain in bullet lodged in the gun,”
jury. A bullet through his el Kislow says, amazed even
bow took out the better part now. “That was my break
of his radius and ulna. They ing point.”
have since been replaced. Kislow sought and
His arm functions now, but received help from the
causes him constant pain. Veterans Administration. “I
The worst injury was to his won’t say I don’t still get de
ankle, ultimately requiring pressed,” he says, but he has
an amputation. found that the best exorcism
Although Kislow’s for his demons is talking
physical injuries began about his PTSD and helping
to heal, recovering from other veterans.
the mental and emotional Kislow has resumed
ROB KISLOW IS A him to ﬁnish school. After wounds took longer. “I the active lifestyle he en
SURVIVOR. At 23, he has graduating, he completed pushed away my family, joyed before losing his leg.
survived being shot ﬁve airborne and sniper train my ﬁancée and my broth Skydiving, rock climbing,
times in Afghanistan, trau ing and ended up with the ers. I was like a junkyard hunting, ﬁshing, motocross
matic brain injury, a suicide 82nd Airborne Division dog,” he says. and riding a Harley he built
attempt and post-traumatic in Afghanistan, providing “The hardest part was himself take a toll on his
stress disorder (PTSD). security for villages that that I didn’t get to ﬁnish prosthetic leg. “I hold the
It was the PTSD that were helping the U.S. intel what I started. I wanted record at Walter Reed for
brought Kislow to Eileen ligence effort. a career in the military, to breaking the most artiﬁcial
Finelli’s English class last On June 10, 2005, Kis follow in my grandfather’s legs,” he laughs.
semester. Her students low’s life changed forever. and uncle’s footsteps. Kislow also ﬁnds solace
became interested in the “We had heard that Taliban Instead, I was in a VA in his love of cars. He works
disorder after a classmate forces were trying to come hospital, just trying to get as a mechanic in a garage in
wrote about it. in through Pakistan,” he back to normal life.” Catasaqua while majoring
Kislow had taken Eng said. “They would come Kislow’s anger and in automotive technology
lish with Finelli in a previ into town and raid every pain turned to depres at NCC. He hopes to own
ous semester. She asked her house, taking food, men and sion. “I couldn’t get out of his own high-performance
students if they would like boys, and killing those who bed. I couldn’t eat. I went garage someday.
to meet him. resisted.” from 210 pounds to 145. I Asked how his outlook
When the towers fell During a 10-hour ﬁre started drinking and abus on life has changed, Kislow
on September 11, 2001, ﬁght, Kislow tried to protect ing my pain medication says, “I pay attention to a lot
Kislow wanted to drop out a man he thought was a – anything to not be me of things I never did before.
of Northampton Area High civilian. “It was a trap,” anymore,” he recalls. I value the small things in
School and join the Army, he says. “The guy’s buddy In mid-2006, Kislow life more than I used to.” u
but his parents convinced rose up from the bushes decided to end his physi By Cynthia Tintorri
8 NCC ● SPRING 2009 PHOTO BY ROBERT CRAIG/GANNETT NEWS SERVICE
Giving Wind To Dreams DoNOrS
a night for
NCC supporters thanked at annual foundation recognition dinner.
Paul Pierpoint, NCC’s dean Charles “Chuck” Stehly
of community education. were appointed emeriti
The award is given to a board members.
member of the College’s Bruce Palmer was
staff, outside of the elected chair of the
advancement ofﬁce, whose foundation, and Diane
efforts signiﬁcantly advance Repyneck was elected vice
the work of the Foundation. chair. u By Katherine Noll
President Arthur Scott (left) and Foundation Chairman John Eureyecko
“He’s one of the College’s
(right) pay tribute to Nancy and Steve Hovey on their induction
most vocal cheerleaders,
into the 1967 Society. The following individuals and
especially as it relates to
the Fowler Family Center,” groups were inducted into
FRIENDS OF work major who is involved giving societies
in many campus activities, Eureyecko said.
NORTHAMPTON Cornerstone Society:
including Scholars in During the
Community College’s Dale and Carmella Capone
Service, a volunteer foundation’s business
foundation gathered late Frederick and Kathleen Curcio, Sr.
program whose participants meeting, it was announced
last semester for a special Gary and Sharon Poehlein
aim for 450 hours of that Dorothy Stephenson,
dinner that paid tribute
community service. Esq., was retiring from
to the College’s ﬁnancial Laureate Society:
The eldest of three the board and that John
benefactors. Almost 200 John and Donna Eureyecko
siblings, Bruno was born Eureyecko would be
people attended the event, Feather Ventures LLC/Jeffrey &
in the Bronx and moved retiring as chairman.
which was held in the G. Kathryn Feather
to Bethlehem when she Robert Dixon and
Spartan Center. William and Margaret Hecht
was 12. Facing family Robert DeSalvio were
“Your generosity helps Peter Locke and Nancy Fournier
challenges, she got into elected to three-year terms
to make Northampton Precision Medical/Michael
serious trouble while in on the board, and Pat
Community College and Jane Krupa
middle school and was Amin, John Blair, Tom
a special place,” John Bob and Ilene Wood
expelled. The community Doluisio, Silvia Hoffman,
Eureyecko, chairman of
service program Youth As Mike Krupa, Tim Lewis,
the NCC Foundation, said. 1967 Society:
Resources helped give her Mike Molewski, Chuck
“Northampton is now the C.F. Martin & Company
new direction. Peischl and Bruce
fastest growing community Dr. Arnold Cook
It was thanks to donors Waldman were re-elected.
college in the state of John and Dita Daub
like those in attendance at the Tom Doluisio, John
Pennsylvania. This fall, for Steve and Nancy Hovey
dinner that Bruno became Eureyecko, Chuck Hannig,
the ﬁrst time, the College MetLife Foundation
the recipient of a scholarship Steve Hovey, Dave
enrolled more than 10,000 Pennsylvania Automotive
to Northampton. “The Kennedy, Chuck Peischl,
credit students. The students Association Foundation
students and faculty have Bob Rupel and Frank
that I meet here each year
become my family,” Bruno Russo were elected to two-
are what motivate me to Legacy Society:
said. “It’s because of you I year terms on the executive
support Northampton.” DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund
have this story to share.” committee.
Eureyecko then The Donley Foundation/Edward
Eureyecko presented Michael Caruso,
introduced student speaker and Inez Donley
the Chairman’s Award to Dr. David Shaffer and R.
Jennifer Bruno, a social
PHOTO BY RANDY MONCEAUX SPRING 2009 ● NCC 9
NCC Seen You Never Know Who You’ll See at NCC
❶ Student speaker Jennifer
Bruno. ❷ Presidential Ambassa
dors, left to right: Susan Scheurer, ②
Jessica Sarley, Derick Degler,
Jennifer Bruno, Pamela Sarley, Kati
Smith, Meghan Singer, Diandra ③
Santiago, Rachel Warner, Amber
Khallouf, Ariel Justice. ❸ Dr. Paul
Pierpoint, vice president for com
munity education, and Foundation
Chairman John Eureyecko. ❹
President Scott with Ilene Wood,
Robert Wood and John Eureyecko. ④
monroe house parties
❶ Mary Jo and Sean Joyce. ❷ Chuck Hannig, Dave
and Marynell Strunk. ❸ Carole Ann Bowyer, Judy
④ Schuchman, Margery Becker. ❹ Bridget Williams.
❺ Barth Rubin and Dr. Art Scott.
10 NCC ● SPRING 2009
Getting To Know You:
Students meet donors at
❶ Rachel Singer (left) and Terry Pinho (right) with Dr. Herm and Kelley
Kissiah. ❷ Recipients of the R. Dale Hughes Scholarship and the Frances
Hughes Scholarship, left to right: Kristine Jordan, Renee Kresge, Peter
Garofolo, Angela Ucciferri, Natasha
Keelan, Courtney Hofmann, Susan
Vitulli, Corianne Kunz, Amber Keesler,
Debbie Weatherford, Cathy Canevari
(of the NCC staff), Christopher Minnich,
and Kenya Williamson. ❸ Elsie Lavoie
with Bob Oles. ❹ Thomas J. Mayock
Scholarship recipient Robert Kinitz
(center) with Mary Kae and Don
Mayock. ❺ Bob and Fran Ashman
Scholarship recipient Jennifer Hertzog
(right) with the Ashmans. ❻ Sharon
and Kenneth Kochey Scholarship
recipients Barry Saturen, Melissa
Shafer, Richard Cease, Laura Bugyi and
Ryan Demeter with the Kocheys (left).
❼ Alumni Association Scholarship
Luncheon, seated left to right: Shi Zhao
and Alumni Association board member
Sally Jablonski, standing left to right:
Nicholas Gaskins (with Dad on his left),
Alumni board member Scott Raab, and ②
Shaun Capwell. u
SPRING 2009 ● NCC 11
On the other side of ﬁve o’clock, the College takes on a different feel. Cars
stream into the parking lot. As some students, faculty and staff head home
or to part-time jobs, others rush from their day jobs to class, perhaps grab
bing a slice of pizza at the cafeteria on the way. The ﬁtness center buzzes
with activity, as does the library in a quieter way. Theatre and dance
performances, cooking demonstrations, meetings, and sporting events
bring many visitors to the college. So does ﬁne dining. Hampton Winds
is a popular destination for local gourmands. Outside the tranquility of
the restaurant and in the world beyond the campus, many NCC faculty,
students and alumni maintain schedules that are the yin to many of our
yangs. Northampton nocturnal, it turns out, is a world worth exploring.
C R A Z Y-L ONG D AY S :
manage to cram it all in
Twenty-four hours in a day doesn’t seem enough for Tracy
Reppert, Ashley Stires and Leigh Keiser. Like many NCC
students, all must ﬁnd ways to balance their families, their
education and their jobs.
Tracy Reppert is a mother and career woman by day,
and a second-year student at Northampton Community
College by night. With a daughter in the eighth grade, a full-
time and a part-time job, and classes at NCC, she begins her
days before dawn and ends them late in the evenings.
It is exhausting to listen to her describe her schedule. “I
wake up at 6 a.m. and get my daughter off to school. I head
off to work until 4:30 p.m., then go to my other job until 10
p.m. When I get home, I do a few things around the house
and then go to bed just to be up at 6 a.m. again.”
Reppert, who is pursuing her paralegal degree, works
full time doing secretarial work for S & S Home Builders
in Saylorsburg and part time as a waitress at Sal’s Pizza in
Wind Gap. She attends classes at NCC on Tuesdays from 6
p.m. – 8:45 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until noon.
At 37 years old, Reppert says, “My goal is to get a more
rewarding job as far as beneﬁts and long-term goals go. And
hopefully one day I can work one job instead of three or
four. I would like to work for a criminal attorney or some-
thing to that effect.”
Ashley Stires, a December 2008 graduate of NCC,
understands the hard work it takes to balance school, work
14 NCC ● SPRING 2009
and family. While earning her degree, Stires was a full-time of two boys, ages 12 and 13, Keiser is taking courses online
student by day and a waitress and mother by night. to earn a business management degree while working at
“On a normal day, my alarm was set for 6 a.m. I got up H&R Block.
and got myself ready. Then I woke up the little guy, made “My husband and I have been together for six years,”
him a bottle, changed his diaper and struggled to get him Keiser says. “I started taking care of the boys when they
dressed. I always had a hard time getting Kaiden up because were in 2nd grade because their mother died when they were
he never wanted to be bothered that early,” Stires says of the in 1st grade.”
start to her hectic mornings. Her 13-year-old son has autism. “With my son having
Her day continued at a steady pace with getting her autism, I need to be close by. If the school needs me, I’m not
son off to daycare, then herself off to NCC. After her last far. My husband works for Comcast, so his hours are always
class of the day ended at 3:15 p.m., Stires headed home for changing. I have to be ﬂexible.”
a quick shower and then off to work at her family-owned Keiser’s employer has been more than understanding.
restaurant until 9 p.m. “If I’m going to be late because of a test or something, they
When ﬁnally home, Stires spent time with her ﬁancé, understand. They also let me do my homework there some
Rob, and Kaiden, and did work around her new house. “I got times.”
Kaiden ready for bed at around 9:30 p.m. Once he fell asleep, After graduation next December, Keiser hopes to start
I packed his lunch for the next day, went to sleep myself and her own business. “Our little town is dying, so I would like
started the whole process over again in the morning.” to bring some business back. I might start a thrift shop,” she
Where did homework fall into Stires’ daily life? “I says.
didn’t have time to do homework at home, so in order to get Days are long for students like Reppert, Stires and
my work done, I took advantage of the three-hour break that Keiser, but “you just do it,” Reppert says. “ You realize what
I had in between classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays.” you have to sacriﬁce, but in the long run, it’s going to be
Now that she’s graduated from NCC, Stires plans on worth it.”
attending Penn State to obtain her bachelor’s degree in She speaks for many when she says, “Once I get it all
science. “My goal is to become an obstetrician. I would like done, I’ll look back and ﬁgure out how I did it.”
to specialize in delivering babies,” explained Stires.
Leigh Keiser lives three hours from NCC. The mother by mallory vough
S P OR T S A ND F I T NE S S : action under the lights
Lit up against the sky, the ﬁtness center at NCC could serve as a metaphor outdoor courts. Basketball players hit the boards to take their game to the
for learning. Students of all ages work at their own pace on the treadmills, next level as they go into post-season play, and wrestlers ﬁne tune their
on the exercise bikes and lifting free weights. Some push themselves to moves en route to nationals.
the limit. Others maintain a slow but steady pace. When it comes to fun and ﬁtness, there’s no need to call the game
Over in the gym, as the seasons change, athletes on winter sports for darkness.
teams jockey for space with athletes involved in spring sports. Tennis
players practice volleying over an indoor net until the snow melts on the For Athletics events listings, go to: www.northampton.edu
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S HHHHHHHH : no snoring allowed!
Outside, the sky is dark and the windows reﬂect back the Requests such as this are among many Harvey responds
comfortable warmth of the Paul and Harriett Mack Library to at night. She recalls other queries she has received in just
at night. Patrons sit with purposeful intensity at the com- the past few minutes: a student trying to ﬁnd a book by Betty
puter desks lining the walls. But for the clicking of computer Friedan, and a mother and daughter seeking the MLA Style
keys, all is quiet. Guide for a paper the high schooler is writing.
Beneath this hushed surface, much is happening. In a Sometimes Harvey teaches evening classes. “Last
glassed-in room, a man and a woman are taking a test— Wednesday,” she says, “I taught a group of literature stu-
perhaps for an online course or to demonstrate their proﬁ- dents. Their assignment was to read a poem or short story
ciency in CISCO or Microsoft to their employers. and write a paper on it. I showed them how to ﬁnd material
A middle-aged woman and her daughter approach in our collection and on our databases.”
the circulation desk to ask about obtaining a library card. One of the people in the library tonight is Jack Perry,
“Moms come here with their kids at night,” says Informa- who is doing research for his business, The Concrete Doctor.
tion Assistant Alicia Gruenewald. “They help them with Another is education major Mandee Raabe. For her, the
their schoolwork. High school students come, too, to work library is an oasis from the noise of the residence hall. She
on projects.” heads for the library whenever she has a big exam to study
The library is a different place at night. For parents for or a paper to write. Nearby Jennifer Dunne, an early
returning to school, nighttime offers the space and calm to childhood education major, is making up work she missed
study while spouses care for the children. Many evening when she was sick
patrons are NCC students who work during the day and can In this peaceful place, students and community members
only study at day’s end. For students who do not have Inter- alike ﬁnd a haven for learning, thought and study.
net access at home, the library provides technology to keep
in electronic touch with their professors. by myra saturen
Student study groups gather here too. In rooms behind
the periodical section, students can close the door and talk
without fear of distracting others.
In the evenings, patrons tend to stay at the library for
The Paul and Harriett Mack Library stays open until 10 p.m. on Mondays
hours. Some arrive at 9 p.m., as other areas of the campus through Thursdays and until 8 p.m. on Sundays. During ﬁnals week,
are closing. “They come for the company of other people,” the hours are extended until 11 p.m.
Now, two students are asking Reference Librarian The Monroe Campus Library also has evening hours, remaining open
Audrey Harvey for help with a troublesome copier. until 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.
16 NCC ● SPRING 2009 PHOTO BY PHILIP STEIN
E V ENING S OU T : talent takes center stage
When the sun goes down, the spotlight goes on in the newly renovated
Lipkin Theatre in Kopecek Hall and in other performance spaces at NCC
sites on the south side of Bethlehem and in Monroe County.
Community colleges have not traditionally been known for excel
lence in the arts, but NCC is becoming one of the exceptions.
The theatre program created by Professor Emeritus Norm Roberts
boasts over 50 majors whose productions have won awards in local
theatre competitions and in New York, with a repertoire ranging from
Shakespearean classics to experimental pieces.
A dance group called Acta Non Verba (Actions Not Words) burst upon
the scene at Halloween with a startling outdoor performance to the music
from “Thriller.” Nighttime (indoor) concerts continue to delight audiences
who appreciate the club’s talent and passion for modern dance, hip-hop,
contemporary jazz and African dance.
And how about the Community Chorus, now under the dirction of
Rosemary Murdy-Haber. The energetic new conductor has ambitious
goals for this vocal ensemble where students and singers from the com
munity make beautiful music together.
All pack the house at NCC after dark. For a schedule of spring events, see page 7.
PHOTOS BY RANDY MONCEAUX SPRING 2009 ● NCC 17
ONL INE : any time is a good time
for helping students learn
Imagine yourself in your favorite, most comfortable pair them if they go off track.
of pajamas. You’ve got a warm mug of tea in front of “If the student has a speaker and a microphone, we can
you. Night has fallen, and it’s dark and cold outside. The chat back and forth,” Learning Center Tutor Russell Wolf
last place you want to be is out and about, but you really says. “The majority of students don’t have a microphone, but
could use a little extra help in the algebra class you are most have speakers and at least they can hear me. I think it
taking. A busy day left no time to stop by the learning has more of an impact when they can hear the information.”
center to take advantage of the free tutoring offered to all The only drawback, Wolf says, is that he can’t pick up
NCC students. But with the click of your mouse, you are on visual cues. “I know a student doesn’t understand some-
able to get real-time help from a learning center tutor, all thing when I see that puzzled look,” he said. It’s a problem
from the cozy glow of your home computer. that is easily overcome. “They only have to say or type,
Students who take classes on campus, as well as ‘Sorry, I don’t understand that,’ and then I can help them.”
online, can also learn about transfer options, get study Wolf believes that online tutoring is as beneﬁcial as
skills tips and prepare for job interviews at night with the face-to-face sessions. “Students that I have tutored online
convenience of online presentations. have been successful. They have come away with their
“The growth of online learning warrants the availabi- questions answered.”
lity of online student services that meet the needs of our It’s easier than ever for busy students to take advantage
students around their busy schedules,” says Dr. Kelvin of the numerous services offered by NCC from wherever
Bentley, director of online learning. “The College has they have Internet access. Career Services offers online
begun to meet this challenge by offering online tutoring, presentations on interviewing skills, professionalism in
academic advising and career services presentations. Stu- the workplace and dressing for success. Transfer informa-
dents’ schedules continue to be driven by busy home and tion sessions provide students with tips on transferring to
work lives, and we need to extend the reach of our servi- four-year institutions, and an online study skills marathon
ces so student needs are appropriately met.” features advice on time management, stress reduction,
NCC’s learning center is one of the offices that has memory strategies, and listening and note taking.
extended its reach to include online tutoring. The center, With both technology and the number of students
which offers on-campus tutoring, now offers online tuto- juggling school, work and family obligations growing, it
ring in the evenings. Using an interactive whiteboard, seems likely the future will hold many more online oppor-
(think of it as a virtual chalkboard), tutors can watch tunities for students to take advantage of.
students work their way through equations and coach by katherine noll
GO T QUE S T ION S ?
he’s got answers
If you’ve spent any time at all on NCC’s Main Campus in the evenings,
you’ve met him, or at least seen him ﬁelding questions in the College
Center. Not 20 questions, but hundreds of questions each semester from
students, from faculty members who only teach in the evenings and from
Jeff Focht, NCC’s dean of business and technology, describes Bob
Oles as “a bit of an icon at NCC.” Ever since he retired from his “day job”
as director of the Center for Adult Learning almost 20 years ago, Bob has
worked part time as NCC’s evening administrator.
“Caring” is one of the words people use to describe Bob. His caring
extends beyond the cheerful assistance he gives everyone he meets, even
gently waking students who have fallen asleep on the benches outside the
cafeteria so they are not late for class. Several years ago, he started a schol
arship fund to help students with more substantial needs.
In addition to “caring,” colleagues also describe Bob as being funny.
“Just ask him how he is doing,” Focht chuckles. “Without hesitation, he
will likely respond, ‘Like a tall dog!’”
In the evenings, the tall dog is top dog at NCC.
18 NCC ● SPRING 2009 PHOTO BY RANDY MONCEAUX
give computer problems
What immediately catches your attention at the computer
support center are all the clocks. Eight of them—one set to
approximately the right time, the others slightly or way off.
“They’re a conversation starter, something on the
light side. They catch people off-guard and calm them,”
says Nate Righi, who mans NCC’s computer help desk
In keeping with the clocks, the tone in the small
ofﬁce on the ground ﬂoor of Richardson Hall is genial,
relaxed and ready for the ordinary or offbeat request.
Typically at night, two staff members answer calls
for help. The center supports academic computer labs,
the electronic support system for online learning, and the
College’s e-mail system.“ Many of our calls at night have
to do with distance learning,” Righi says.
A call comes in from a woman who is perplexed
because the DVD accompanying her textbook won’t run
on her computer. Righi asks questions, listens and asks
her to call him back after she calls the book’s publisher to
ﬁnd out what software is involved. about her DVD calls back. She has discovered that she has
Soon afterward, someone else calls seeking advice the software to play the DVD. Righi walks her through
on scanning and resizing an image she wants to send to a the process.
friend overseas. Setting people in the right direction is something
The calls, which can number as many as 30 a night, Righi and Rizzoto enjoy. “We are one of the only cam-
involve a wide range of dilemmas.
One conversation ended on a sur-
prising note when Righi discov- Setting people in the right direction is
ered that the caller was not an NCC
student at all. It was someone who something Righi and Rizzoto enjoy. “We are
had registered for a course and
one of the only campuses with a computer
Frequently, a computer support support center open after 5 p.m. We are
staff member will leave the small,
windowless ofﬁce and go to where open until 9 p.m.”
the problem is—right to the ornery
Staff members often extend themselves beyond their puses with a computer support center open after 5 p.m.
job description. “Anything happens at night,” says Tony We are open until 9 p.m.”
Rizzoto, who supervises the center after 5 p.m. Because “People are most grateful when, expecting to get
the center is open when most other ofﬁces are closed, a machine, they get a real person, someone to listen to
people wander in to ask about bus schedules and direc- them, sympathize with them and put them on the right
tions. The computer support staff does their best to help path,” Righi says. “It’s that human touch.”
either directly or indirectly.
Now, the woman who had called earlier in the evening by myra saturen
PHOTO BY PHILIP STEIN SPRING 2009 ● NCC 19
The Messenlehner family dine
at Hampton Winds. Left to right:
Randy, Adam, Darla, and Rick.
the perfect end to a busy day
Darla Messenlehner loves the luminous ﬁreplace on a winter with sunchoke puree, toasted barley and shallot-mustard
night. Her husband, Randy, savors the leisurely pace. For his sauce; and vegetarian choices.
brother, Rick, dinner at Hampton Winds is a relaxing end Then there’s the elegant ﬁnale. “I like to see the dessert
to a busy day. Darla and Randy’s son, Adam, a junior at cart roll in at the end,” Rick Messenlehner says. Stylishly
Moravian Academy, looks forward to dinner here all day. arranged by students, the cart is laden with eight spe
The serenity, warm atmosphere and exquisite food cialties, each featuring a baked delicacy, sauce, garnish,
at Hampton Winds are created by Northampton Commu topping, and a cookie or pastry on top.
nity College’s culinary arts students under the direction As the seasons shift, so does the menu. “In the winter,
of Director of Hospitality Programs Duncan Howden and we tend toward warm ﬂavors and in the summer more
chefs Susan Roth, Scott Kalamar and Thomas Rutherford, fruity ones,” says Howden.
and Pastry Chef Dianne Henry. In directing the restaurant and NCC’s culinary
“We aim to make dining at Hampton Winds an event, program, Howden must balance the training needs of the
an experience,” Howden says of Northampton Community students and the preferences of the diners. Menus are,
College’s ﬁne dining restaurant and training facility for in fact, lesson plans that incorporate the essential skills
culinary arts students. of cutting, chopping, slicing, sautéing, pan frying, deep
Dinner includes an appetizer, soup, homemade frying and braising
breads, sorbet, entrée and dessert, introduced in graceful Mastering so many techniques takes broad expo
sequence and artistically presented. Each night the menu sure. “Every student has a role in everyone’s meal,” says
contains 10 to 14 entrees such as pan-roasted duck breast Howden. Students work a station for one ﬁve-day week.
with crisped sweet potatoes, Brussel sprouts and roasted Mondays and Tuesdays are the lightest evenings, with
pumpkin sauce; braised boneless shortrib with gorgonzola about 25 seated, and Friday, the busiest, with the dining
polenta, wilted spinach and natural jus; seared tilapia ﬁllet room ﬁlled to capacity, 65 to 70 patrons.
20 NCC ● SPRING 2009 PHOTOS BY RANDY MONCEAUX
The numbers may be somewhat predictable, but antic- background music, played softly. “Bring someone you like
ipating exactly what to have on hand is not. “It is an engi- to dine with you,” Darla says. “You will be able to have a
neering feat—knowing how much duck to have on hand, pleasant conversation without struggling to hear.”
for instance,” Howden says. Sometimes it’s tempting to talk softly about the res-
Meticulous freshness is also important. “Salad-making taurant itself. With a twinkle in his eye, Rick says, “I’m
is not generally considered to be complicated,” Howden hesitant to tell people about Hampton Winds. If too many
says. But, he points out, it is among the most demanding people come, maybe I won’t be able to get a reservation.”
tasks; people expect high quality – no wilted lettuce leaves Actually, Randy has happily shared the secret with grand-
or spotted pears. parents, aunts and uncles, friends, and co-workers.
Perhaps above all, the restaurant strives to educate the “Phenomenal,” “extraordinary,” “always wonderful”
palate. “Creativity in food is endless,” Howden says. are words the Messenlehners use a lot when describing
This very uniqueness is what the Messenlehners Hampton Winds. “For students to function like profession-
like most about Hampton Winds. “We feel we’re on an als in a top-dining restaurant is amazing,” Rick says.
adventure every time,” Darla says. The family delights in by myra saturen
encountering unusual foods such as quail eggs, caviar and
For Adam, who has been coming to Hampton Winds
since he was 8, the restaurant has also been a growing
experience. “Knowing that dining here, around adults, is a é
very special treat taught Adam that certain behaviors were
called for,” his mother says. Hampton Winds is located at 3835 Green Pond Road, on the north side of
Northampton Community College’s main campus.
It was Adam who discovered Hampton Winds in the
ﬁrst place. “There’s more to life than hot dogs and fries,” The restaurant is open Monday through Friday, including during the
his fourth grade teacher told her class, as she brought the summer, 45 weeks a year.
youngsters to the restaurant for a lesson in dining etiquette.
Afterward, Adam couldn’t wait to tell his parents about the Luncheon is served between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dinner is served from
5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
The restaurant quickly became a family tradition. Reservations for most weekday dinners are recommended one to two
Birthdays, promotions, anniversaries, a good report card weeks ahead. For Fridays, reservations are advised one month ahead.
– all have come to be occasions for lunch or dinner at
Hampton Winds. The restaurant does not sell alcoholic beverages, but patrons may bring
their own wine, and staff members will serve it.
When Rick and Randy’s father passed away, the family
chose to hold the funeral luncheon at Hampton Winds. The Dinner is prix ﬁxe, $30, excluding beverages, sales tax and gratuity.
Messenlehners are grateful to the restaurant for the caring Luncheon is à la carte, with entrees ranging in price from $5 to $11.75.
and seamless way the staff arranged the meal for 40 people Appetizers, soups and salads average $5.00, and sandwiches are from
on very short notice. $6 to $7.50.
The family appreciates the restaurant’s respect for To view a menu, go to www.northampton.edu/hamptonwinds.
privacy. “You never have to worry about the wait staff coming
over and clapping when it’s your birthday,” Rick says. For reservations, call 610-861-4549
The Messenlehners also take pleasure in the classical
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ON C A MP U S 24 / 7
resident students call NCC home
ﬁculties, mediating roommate squabbles, and much more.
“The community we build is important to us,” he says, “and
that stuff that is going to ruin that can’t happen.”
it’s loud Right in front of Kehler’s ofﬁce sits Loveland White, a
it’s chaotic funeral service major. She has front desk duty, which means
it’s a typical night in the residence halls she’s in charge of checking visitors in and out. She’s also
at northampton community college doing some homework in the midst of the hubbub.
White has lived in the residence hall for the past three
years and has been a community assistant for the last two.
“I’m a very involved student. I’m always in the mix of
things,” she says.
Although always in the mix of things, White doesn’t
love all aspects of residence hall life. “I hate sharing a room
and a bathroom,” she admits, “but now I have a room by
myself, and sometimes I get lonely.”
When the students aren’t hovering around the Spartan
Den, you can ﬁnd them quietly studying in their rooms,
hanging out with friends or involved in a heated game of
Milta Flanders, a mentor who has spent four semesters
in the residence hall, came up with Taboo as an activity, but
didn’t realize what she was getting into when over 30 stu-
dents showed up to play. “They really enjoyed it, and they
got really competitive,” she says.
Residence hall students from across Pennsylvania and around the world Community assistants and mentors plan several pro-
form a special community within their community college. grams a week for residents, ranging from spaghetti dinners
to Monday Night Football. “The programs help build com-
munity,” Flanders says.
Megan Strange, a ﬁrst-year veterinary technician major,
“It’s an experience, that’s for sure,” says Bruce Kehler, the describes life in the residence hall as hectic. “At the begin-
residence counselor, as he watches the line in front of the ning it was hard,” she says, admitting to some homesickness.
Spartan Den, a grill in the lobby, grow increasingly longer “Now it’s really, really fun. I go to the programs, hang out
10 minutes before it is scheduled to open. He’s thinking with friends, play pool, watch movies, relax and, of course,
about going over himself. “If you ask really nicely, you can do homework.”
get French fries with cheese and bacon bits. That’s so much Flanders believes life in the residence hall has an impact
cooler than regular French fries.” on the way she views people. “You learn a lot about people
Kehler, who works as a guidance counselor at the Beth- and how to mix with different people,” she says.
lehem Area School District during the day, has been at NCC NCC is the only community college in Pennsylvania
for four years. “It’s a great job. The best part is the students that provides on-campus housing for students. A residence
and the conversation you get going with them,” he says. hall and apartments house approximately 300 students.
Kehler works in the residence hall from 3:30 p.m. to
approximately 10 p.m., helping students with academic dif- by mallory vough
PHOTOS BY PHILIP STEIN SPRING 2009 ● NCC 23
coinciding with Southside Bethlehem’s First Friday celebra-
tions. Dance instructor and Fun Dance host/deejay Loretta
Hein says, “Students in my dance classes always ask me,
‘Where can we go to try out what we’ve learned?’ It’s intim-
idating to go to a club when you’re just learning.” The Fun
Dance allows students to practice what they’ve learned in a
Another nighttime hot spot at the Fowler Family South-
side Center is the demonstration kitchen. The kitchen hosts
a variety of chefs from top restaurants creating a plethora of
taste-tempting treats. The lineup for spring 2009 includes
demos of chocolate bon-bons, Cinco de Mayo party special-
ties, French cuisine and Cajun/creole cooking.
Assistant Professor of Culinary Arts Susan Roth loves
the demo kitchen. “It’s great because of the set up: stadium
seating, mirrors above the line, efﬁcient equipment con-
ﬁguration and comfortable seats for the guests. The demo
kitchen makes it easy for people to ask questions because
the chef isn’t too distant.” Roth will host
a “50 & Fabulous” demo in the kitchen
on April 29.
S OU T H S IDE C EN T ER But it’s not all feasting and fandango
comes alive at night at Fowler by night. “We have plenty of
classes going on Monday through Thurs-
day evenings,” says Dr. Paul Pierpoint,
Stop by the Fowler Family Southside Center any evening, dean of the Southside. “There are a lot of adult literacy and
and you’re liable to ﬁnd plenty of goings-on in the new class- ESL classes, but also regular college courses in a lot of dif-
rooms, comfy student lounges, state-of-the-art demonstra- ferent areas.”
tion kitchen, and on a “ﬂoating” dance ﬂoor that would Perhaps the most exciting event to occur at Southside
make Baryshnikov sigh. at night was the ﬁlming for the upcoming “Transformers II:
The dance ﬂoor is the scene of non-credit classes in Revenge of the Fallen” movie. DreamWorks Studios used
modern/lyrical dance, country western and non-country the adjacent Bethlehem Steel site on Third Street to recreate
line dancing, ’70s disco, ﬂamenco, Latin basics, Indian folk a nighttime Shanghai street scene.
dance, gypsy Middle-Eastern fusion, salsa and tango, and There’s no doubt about it: The Fowler Family South-
ﬁtness classes like kick boxercise, Jazzercise, dance aero- side Center is a fun place to be – by day or by night.
bics, yoga and yoga/Pilates.
The dance ﬂoor also gets a workout once a month when by cynthia tintorri
the Fowler Family Southside Center hosts “Fun Dances,”
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salsa by day, cool jazz by night
Visit Monroe on a busy weekday, and you’ll experience Connell demonstrated a few “dig-it” dance steps at a recent
ﬁrsthand the exciting rhythms of students, staff and faculty evening faculty meeting. Our talent is everywhere!
as they move through classes, club activities and friendships We’re a proud campus, a spirited campus, and it does
with a “salsa” beat. Assistant Dean Denise Francois-Seeney not take one long to realize that Monroe is a “movin’ and
likes to say that many colleges do the fox trot, but at Monroe, groovin’” place, as one student put it. So come visit us – day
we twist and turn to a different rhythm, one that captivates or night – but remember to bring your dancing shoes!
all who enter. Monroe at night, by contrast, reﬂects the
more mellow strains of cool jazz – a slower pace, but just b y d r. h a z e l f i s h e r
associate dean, monroe
Around 5 p.m. as day students catch the MCTA bus and
“high-ﬁve” their goodbyes, Monroe begins to bustle with about the author: By night the dean watches the Phillies from
evening students arriving for classes. They grab a quick café April to World Series time, ﬂoats in her pool in the summer, and
“dinner” (usually French fries and coffee) and get busy with in the winter, she counts the birds at the bird feeder and the deer
last-minute reviews of upcoming work. “Community” is our eating the holly berries. It's a good life!
middle name, and nighttime brings the Monroe community
to campus for some extraordinary events. Once each semes-
ter the community room resonates with the cool sounds of
jazz and poetry at the Art and Lecture Series; the semes-
ter-ending public speaking contests draw a nice crowd,
too, and the joyous celebration of successful literacy stu-
dents and their families ﬁlls the air with laughter and quiet
pride. Evenings seem less hectic, but not less important, as
events like Celisa Counterman’s “Math Around the World”
night brought more than 55 families, parents and students
to campus for an educational and entertaining event. The
Pocono Mountain Arts Council has used the community
room for fabulous gallery displays of their members’ work,
too. Art, math, music, haunted hallways at Halloween and
gifted student speakers make us all move to the improvi-
sational nighttime rhythms at Monroe. Even Dean Matt
NIGH T BE AT
“Anything that happens in a home or an institution happens
here at night,” says Jim Lenert, NCC security guard, as he
steers his patrol car through campus after dark. “Anything”
can range from lost keys to locked doors to motor vehicle
accidents to “smash and grab” thefts from parked cars.
Lenert, an 18-year veteran of the College’s security staff,
knows every nook of the 165-acre main campus. Tonight
he lets me in on his rounds. As we start, an employee of evening, he answered a slew of calls as well as extinguish-
Hampton Winds Restaurant waves to Lenert as she heads ing two smoldering mini-blazes in cigarette receptacles in
for the parking lot. We cross Green Pond Road and enter a areas of campus where smoking is permitted.
small lot ﬁlled with cars. “These are non-registered vehicles Now, a few students wait at the bus stop at Green Pond
for the auto technology students to learn on,” Lenert says as Road. “We keep an eye on the bus stop,” Lenert says. In addi-
he surveys the lot to see that all is all right. tion, security guards resolve interpersonal issues, check the
Further along on our trip, people stride in and out of
a narrow door, toting clay pots. They are taking a ceram- security guard Jim Lenert offers these
ics class. Around the corner, the receiving dock sits empty. nighttime and general safety tips:
Just a few hours ago, Lenert checked it to see the mail go Park close to buildings and under lights. Lighting deters crime.
out. On walkways, pedestrians pass under luminous sodium
vapor lights. Emergency phone boxes stand sentinel at many Make sure all vehicle doors are securely locked. Currently, GPSs are
locations. Lenert, trained by years in the military, can spy a prime targets for theft.
cigarette light or a silhouette far in the distance.
Never leave money on your car’s console.
Whatever happens, security guards must be ready. They
are the ﬁrst responders to an accident or illness, securing the Lock detachable electrical devices in your trunk.
scene, obtaining vital information, providing ﬁrst aid and
immediate medical care, and performing CPR if needed. If you feel uneasy about walking on campus at night, security will
“Early in our shift (from 3 – 11 p.m.), we tend to get provide an escort.
fender-benders. Later, and on weekends, we see more serious For emergency and other assistance, call 610-861-5588 or use the
accidents,” Lenert says. emergency phones located throughout campus.
Like all guards, Lenert carries a radio phone. Earlier this
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alarms on residence hall doors, secure buildings after hours, The guards travel by patrol car, Segway and foot. Many,
document burned-out lights, check handicapped parking like Lenert, have military backgrounds. Some have served in
spots for permit placards and issue parking citations. Iraq, and several are current National Guard or Army Reserve
They also assess and call for salting of icy roads. They members. To become a security guard at NCC, one must pass
lower the American ﬂag when a luminary has died. Lenert physical and psychological examinations, undergo extensive
remembers doing so when Ronald Reagan passed away. training and gain CPR certiﬁcation. All guards must have
The security guards are vigilant of the safety of visi- Pennsylvania Act 235, lethal weapons training, although they
tors. “Many of the people attending theatre performances are not permitted to carry arms on campus. They also must
and dinners are older,” Lenert notes. “We can give them a satisfy some Act 120 requirements, which is the education
ride if they are having difﬁculty walking.” demanded of municipal police ofﬁcers.
As Lenert drives, a 9-11 scanner crackles with voices. He Security guards are on duty not only at the Main
listens for emergency calls that may affect NCC’s campus. Campus, but also at the Fowler Family Southside Center
Last summer, NCC guards helped the Bethlehem and at the Monroe Campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,
Township Police catch a suspected Walmart shoplifter as 365 days a year.
he sprinted onto campus grounds. In another incident, NCC
security guards spotted a car connected to a 38-vehicle van- by myra saturen
dalism spree. Their detailed description enabled police to
trace the owner and make arrests.
S HINE ON
after the party ’s over
People ﬁle out of the Lipkin Theatre or the library, then head
for home and their comfy beds. As they are wrapping up an
evening’s activities, however, the NCC nighttime custodial
crew is just getting started.
According to Jeff Kapcsos, custodial crew leader, 99
percent of NCC’s cleaning takes place at night. Cleaning
carpets, waxing ﬂoors, moving furniture all become more
feasible when hallways are not being trampled by hun-
dreds of feet.
A contingent of 33 part-time and 17 full-time custodi-
ans work at the Main Campus, the Fowler Family Southside
Center and the Monroe Campus after dark. Most start at 9 or
10 p.m. After picking up their assignment sheets, they meet
brieﬂy and then fan out to do their jobs.
In addition to cleaning, custodians set up for events
taking place the next day, and even act, on occasion, as
escorts for visitors at night. Work orders come via e-mail,
phone and fax. The most frequent request is for changing
burned-out lights. One custodian takes care of recycling. In says. The plan speciﬁes gathering places so that everyone
the winter custodians also plow and shovel snow so that the can be accounted for. Flashlights, emergency lights and
College can open the following morning. backup generators provide illumination to guide employees
Large happenings, like the biannual NCC Craft Fair, through the darkness.
graduations and Saturday Fusion can require several days of Camaraderie holds the far-ﬂung staff together, and
preparation. Even on an uneventful evening, routine activi- cooperation links the custodial staff with others who also
ties can turn out to be anything but. work late into the night. Security guards and custodians lend
Furniture-moving sometimes presents challenges. each other a hand when called upon.
“Someone will leave a phone number and the message ‘call Time on the evening shift passes quickly, Kapcsos says,
me if you have any questions,’ ’’ Kapcsos says. “But there because there is so much to do. Gradually the sky lightens,
is no one around to call at two in the morning. Then we just the custodial crew ﬁnishes their “day,” and the morning shift
have to do our best.” comes in at 6:30 a.m. u
Once in a great while the power goes out. “We have an
evacuation plan written in English and Spanish,” Kapcsos by myra saturen
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That’s how they live it! Some are NCC faculty who teach
by day and pursue other interests by night. Others are
alums who work the third shift while the rest of the
world sleeps. Many are students and faculty for whom
putting aside school work when they leave campus is
just not an option. They’re not bionic, but almost.
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DUAL have one life by day, another by night
Their reasons and their life situations vary as much as their
schedules. Some are the NCC faculty who teach by day and
practice what they teach at night. Others are instructors like
Judge Jack Panella, who hold other jobs by day, and keep
their academic chops sharp teaching in the evenings.
Their students know them as “professor,” but outside
their classrooms, they are known differently by their
clients, defendants, ﬁrst violinists, corporate contractors,
readers, constituents …
One evening each week during the school year, Penn-
sylvania Superior Court Justice Panella puts down his gavel
and picks up a whiteboard marker and eraser to teach a con-
stitutional law or criminal justice class at NCC. He calls the
classroom experience “one of the great joys of my life.”
Panella says the regular classroom interaction with
students helps keep him sharper in the courtroom. “James
Madison couldn’t have imagined 200 years ago how the
constitution he was writing would apply to situations
today,” but the judge says students always bring fresh per-
spectives to those enduring constitutional principles. And
his routine of preparing for their questions each week con-
stantly hones the judge’s own grasp of how the constitu-
tion affects everyday life.
Another NCC nocturnal species member, sociology
faculty instructor Erin Niclaus by day can be observed in Longtime NCC music instructor Donald Spieth regularly
the western side of her habitat where she is the full-time takes to the stage across Pennsylvania, and he has led performances in
Carnegie Hall and LIncoln Center.
outreach and education coordinator for the Division of
Community Health at Lehigh Valley Hospital in downtown
Allentown. Niclaus teaches three evening courses at NCC,
spending one evening a week at the Monroe Campus. While nighttime is the right time for teaching for these
For her hospital position, Niclaus works with over instructors, others teach by day and then by night are out
1,300 local, state and national databases dealing with edu- practicing what they teach. Like Judge Panella, Maestro
cation, poverty and crime. “I have been able to use this Donald Spieth is known for his public role in the community.
[information] extensively in my class when we talk about As an orchestra conductor, he regularly takes to the stage
these issues to show how relevant they are in the students’ across Pennsylvania, and he has led performances in New
everyday lives,” she said. “On nights when I’m not teach- York at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Spieth has been
ing, I like to utilize the gym on campus.” adjunct professor and NCC music department coordinator
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for more than 20 years. He is currently the conductor of the
Moravian College Community Orchestra and the principal
guest conductor of the Monocacy Chamber Orchestra.
While Spieth has devoted his career to working with
classically trained musicians, he especially appreciates
the opportunity to introduce students to the work of the
world’s greatest composers. Spieth encourages students to
“become knowledgeable advocates for the music of our
cultural heritage.” He also leads the NCC Instrumental
Ensemble, composed of an always-changing group of stu-
dents from a variety of backgrounds.
From classical cultural heritage to video gaming
culture – it would be hard to come up with two profes-
sors more divergent than Spieth and extreme video game
designer John Marco Panettiere. Games that this art depart-
ment faculty member lists among his credits include: Mon-
tezuma’s Return, Klingon Academy, Sega Smash Pack,
Fatal Fury Battle Archives, World Heroes Anthology, King
of Fighters XI and Neogeo Battle Coliseum.
Panettiere’s daytime schedule involves teaching video
game design classes at the College. Then almost every
night, he works from home on contract with some of the
top video game companies. He and a business partner in
California are the principals of G1M2 (www.g1m2.com).
Though incorporated in California, the company has no
physical location; Panettiere and his partner both work out
of their own homes. At night in a tiny home ofﬁce stuffed with computer equipment,
Panettiere has a tiny ofﬁce in his house overstuffed NCC art instructor, Marco Panettiere, designs for some of the
with computer equipment, and this diode-lit, virtual world world's top video game companies.
closet is where he lives
most of his life. “I am
generally working until Nighttime is the right time for teaching for some,
about 1 a.m. every night,”
he says. “When deadlines while others by night are out practicing what
are due, we sometimes
pull an all-nighter, though they teach by day.
if we get there, it generally
means we made a miscal-
culation early on, so I try to prevent that from happening.” hour supermarket after running out of diapers or marvel
For another artist who teaches part time at NCC, all- at a video game virtual reality scene, or hear a news story
nighters are not just occasional miscalculations. Outside about justice served or about the family in crisis helped by
the classroom, Justin Pursell works as a full-time night a healthcare outreach program, you can thank your com-
manager for Giant Food Stores, runs his own Web design munity college professor for being out there in the world
business AND he works as a freelance digital photogra- – keeping it real.
pher! “I’m used to surviving on two hours of sleep a day,”
Pursell responds to an incredulous interviewer. by paul joly
The list of faculty with off-campus alter egos is exten-
sive – we’ve barely scratched the surface. So it turns out,
college students aren’t the only ones staying awake half
the night. It looks as if those common legends of hyper-
energetic students routinely going without sleep might
in more cases than you thought also apply to their pro-
fessors. Next time you duck into your neighborhood 24-
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OFF THE CLOCK
NEVERlearning and teaching, personal and professional
time merge for teachers
Northampton advises students to devote two hours to home- their full potential in the classroom. The key is the relentless
work for every hour they’re in class. No one needs to tell striving to grow, to improve, and to expand one’s ability to
professors about their own level of preparation. reach a wider array of students.”
Not when they “live” their job. Richard Smith knows all about trying to reach students.
“Teaching, if you are doing it correctly, never shuts The assistant professor of sociology is “constantly in prepara-
off, really,” says Dr. Annette Bruno, assistant professor tion mode,” he says.
of education. “It seems like you are always thinking and “Teaching, preparation and outside-of-class time are not
reﬂecting, trying to ﬁnd new points of interest or new ways mutually exclusive,” Smith says. “My courses lend them-
to explain things.” selves to current events, trends and issues that are pertinent
Donna Acerra agrees. to the lives of my students,” he says. “Therefore, beyond
“I can’t even begin to calculate the hours I spend outside the usual tasks of grading papers, working on class discus-
of class thinking about my courses or my
students,” says Acerra, associate pro-
fessor of communication/theatre. “It is
impossible for me to isolate my role as a
professor/learning facilitator and my role Teaching, if you are doing it
correctly, never shuts off.”
as lifelong student from the other activi-
ties in my life.”
Acerra is no stranger to multitasking.
“When I leave the college in the after-
noon,” she says, “I come home and in
between my time as a mom, wife, active
community member, I grade papers,
prepare for class, answer e-mail, check Facebook – some- sions, advising, communicating with students, taking part in
times all at once on my iPhone while walking the dog!”
student and faculty groups and staying current with the litera-
Jim Von Schilling talks of late nights and playing catch- ture apropos to my ﬁeld, I have my mind tuned in to what’s
up on reading and grading papers, answering e-mail and pre- going on in the world so that I will be able to help foment my
paring for the next day. students’ sociological imaginations about the world in which
“Before I know it, it’s 9:30 p.m. or later and I’m still not they live.”
caught up – but this is the life of a teacher, and I’ve grown The line that separates teaching from the rest of life blurs.
used to it,” says Von Schilling, professor of English. “As I Whether Smith is reading, spending time with family,
recently told an old friend who’s just started a teaching career ﬁnishing a dissertation or developing himself spiritually, “I
at the age of 60, the only time I’m not preparing is in the am still looking to see how I can better relay information,
middle of a vacation.” promote learning and inspire critical thinking in my stu-
People who’re the most motivated in their work regard dents,” he says.
it as a “calling,” not just a “job,” says psychology professor Teachers are themselves students, inquisitive people
Thomas Frangicetto, invoking the name of famed scholar thirsty for information who often plug their latest discovery
Abraham Maslow. into classes.
It was Maslow who coined the term “self-actualization,” Says Acerra: “Many of the books I read relate to my ﬁeld,
which essentially means reaching one’s full potential, Frangi- the ﬁlms I watch are viewed through the lens of ‘this would
cetto says. Maslow “cautioned that only a few actually reach be great to show my students,’ the information I consume is
full self-actualization, and it should be framed as a journey, ﬁltered through my ‘teacher ﬁlter.’”
not as a destination.” Bruno is always busy, she says. “Since education is so
Even after 25 years in the classroom, Frangicetto is much a part of society, I think of my students and my courses
nowhere near achieving his full potential, he says. “I doubt every day because of some news article or report. I cut these out
that there are many teachers who believe they’ve reached and have huge ﬁles that I use in class as much as possible.”
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Citing the writings of Parker Palmer and his celebrated which your students might learn.”
book, “The Courage to Teach,” Frangicetto talks of the “Good teachers love learning and learners,” Frangi-
passion for “the teaching life.” cetto says.
“It requires dedication and openness to walk into a class- “They are constantly invigorated by learning new
room and try to connect with many individuals of different ideas and being exposed to variations on old themes and
backgrounds, abilities and expectations,” Frangicetto says. topics,” he says. “And, as Palmer says, having a deep
“The enormity of that challenge never shrinks, no matter how affection and respect for learners is an intrinsic payoff that
many classes you teach.” can’t be quantiﬁed.”
For himself and most of his colleagues, “being an effec- by robert k. hays
tive teacher is a seven-day-a-week endeavor,” he says. “If
you’re doing it well, you’re ‘on call’ each day, looking for about the author: Robert K. Hays, associate professor of jour
real-world stories or events in the news, on TV, in movies, nalism, is coordinator of the journalism program at NCC. He is
on the Internet, or in your own daily interactions with others, a former newspaper editor and columnist at The Express-Times
that might prove useful practical application examples from in Easton.
NCC staff, faculty and adminis
LEARNING BY DEGREES
good at one of the roles and some “to get what my professors have:
trators don’t just talk about the of the other roles may take a back knowledge.” Loving what you do
high value of education, they live seat. However, I still strive for will, in the end, prove worth the
it; and at the same costs as any being the best that I can be.” hard labor.
other working student. The plan Francois-Seeney These three doctoral candi
Jeffrey Focht is NCC’s dean espouses is to know where you're dates, as well as all the others not
of business and technology. After going from the start. Cate Almon, mentioned here, chose to take on
hours, he becomes a student professional assistant for English the rigors of a Ph.D. For them, it’s
himself, working toward his doc as a second language (ESL), just another part of a life of learn
torate in higher education man offers an addendum to that. “I ing. “Continual learning is essential
agement from the University of had read that when a student’s Jeff Focht, Dean by day, to a purposeful life,” Focht says.
Pennsylvania. Focht says “Having job is directly related to his or her student by night. “Having the opportunity to grow
a family and work, and pursuing studies, it is more useful than if it in understanding about the world
one’s education takes tenacity, causes more of a diversion,” says around you ... is truly a gift.”
energy and hard work.” Focht is the doctoral candidate. Following François-Seeney agrees:
one of almost a dozen admin her own counsel, Almon changed “Whatever you do, do it with
istrators and faculty currently the topic of the Ed.D. she’s pursu enthusiasm. Knowledge,” she
studying for doctorates while ing at Temple University to CITE says, “brings you closer to others;
maintaining full workloads. TESOL (curriculum, instruction, [it] bridges gaps and builds co
Like Focht, Denise François- and technology in education, operation and tolerance.” That sort
Seeney appreciates the pres with a specialization in teaching of enthusiasm is not only shared
sures facing a working student. English to speakers of other lan by our graduate students, it is a
She is a wife, mother, assistant guages) to align with her work at Denise François-Seeney, assistant major key to lifelong learning.
dean for the Monroe campus and NCC. For her, “it really facilitated dean, Monroe Campus Indeed, to love learning
an adjunct instructor in political the process.” means there really is no end, and
science. She is also a student Choosing to take on the the hard labor we speak of here
pursuing her doctorate in inter rigors of a Ph.D. for these three may be tough, but “labor?” Ask
national development, with an doctoral candidates is just Cate Almon about that. Inﬂuenced
emphasis on economic policy, another part of a life ....” Be sure by seeing her mother return to
from the University of Southern to choose your topic wisely, school at age 40, Almon says: “I
Mississippi. “Being a student is but then, take responsibility for can’t imagine a time when I will not
not an easy role,” she says. “It making it your own and learning be learning. I’m already starting to
requires discipline, thoughtful all you can about it. As François- think about what I want to study
ness and a plan of approach.” Of Seeney demands of herself: be when I ﬁnish my doctorate.”
her own multiple-role hurdle, she passionate about your subject. Cate Almon, professional
candidly admits, “Some days I am “The onus is on me,” she says assistant of ESL by james l. johnson ’89
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NIGHTTIME IS THE
zombies, dogs, deadlines
and power tools: how i write at night
time. From there, I’d use summer evenings to cut neigh-
bors’ lawns. After that, I’d race over to the next job where
I was either a country club dishwasher or a mop-pushing
night watchman till way past midnight. The next day,
my foreman – a giant of a man who wore black Harley
Davidson T-shirts so big that they could have been used as
spanker sails on 18th century clipper ships – would drop
scrap metal near my feet if it looked like I was dozing off.
I moved through those days like a sleepwalker jug-
gling lawn mowers, ﬂoor buffers, kitchen knives and pneu-
matic screwdrivers. Today, the power tools I operate while
drowsy – qwerty keyboards, ﬁfty cent composition note-
books and stolen ballpoint pens – are much less likely to
sever a limb. Still, my late-night writing life is not for the
feint of heart.
A post-midnight bump outside the kitchen window sets
my dogs into such a frenzy that you might think there were
zombies and werewolves outside. (I wouldn’t think that, but
you might.) There’s also the threat of THE DEADLINE, a
term originally used to describe the boundary around Civil
War stockades. Prisoners who crossed the deadline were
shot. Editors thoughtfully repurposed the word to deﬁne
their relationship with writers more clearly.
I like to tell a good story. In fact, I’ve sacriﬁced truckloads So late at night I sit at my kitchen table. I write my
of paper, oceans of ink and countless hours of practice so stories. My head nods. Occasionally, I drool a bit on my
that I could be a writer of ﬁction. During the past couple manuscript. It’s then that I splash water on my face, sip
years, I’ve seen a few of my short stories in print, my ﬁrst a bit of coffee, and recall a line from the great Warren
novel welcomed by kind reviews and enthusiastic readers, Zevon, who sang, “I can sleep when I’m dead.” Of course,
and my second novel recently accepted for publication. Warren Zevon really is dead now. I hope he’s enjoying a
Still, ﬁction writing rarely cracks the top 10 on the to-do well-earned rest. I also hope he’s not wandering around
lists that map out my days. my backyard, knocking on my window, helpfully trying to
Like so many of my friends and peers, I’m a full- keep me and my dogs awake.
time parent, spouse, day-job holder, dog owner, kid taxi
and generally busy person. My “real life” is full and fun. by paul acampora
My writing life sits in a spot ranked somewhat higher than
vacuuming behind the refrigerator yet signiﬁcantly lower about the author: Paul Acampora loves his day job at Northampton
than family, work, and the need to pick up milk on the way Community College where he serves as director of development
home. As a result, I write at night. and student scholarships. Acampora is also a writing instructor
I want to say that I am not a night owl, but I suppose and guest speaker at Moravian College, Bryn Mawr College and
that’s not really true. I haven’t hit the hay before the wee at middle school and high school classrooms around the country.
hours since my teen years. Back then, I was saving up to Acampora’s ﬁrst novel, “Deﬁning Dulcie,” is now available in paper
pay for college. I spent days on a long, dull factory line back. For more information, visit Acampora’s website at www.
assembling battleship components from sun-up till supper- paulacampora.com.
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the solitude of the craft
and darkness to create. A creature of habit, he knows when
his companions are ready to be seduced and when they
At night, while others sleep, he remains entranced in a need more time. In the meantime, he chooses them with
dimly lit room, trapped in the same page, wrestling a stub- utter precision, the only way he knows.
bornly constructed sentence for the 20th minute. As the Every night, he writes to enter this darkness, and he
ritual requires, he refuses to continue unless everything must write to leave it.
falls into place. Tonight, nearly 20 years and 20 books after
it began, he struggles the same way. He is obsessive. He by javier ávila
relies on his perfectionism to ﬁnish his work, though he
certainly understands the impossibility of perfection and about the author: Dr. Javier Ávila, associate professor of English
the illusion of the ﬁnished product. He sacriﬁces time with at Northampton Community College, is an award-winning author
the living in order to document life in the solitude of his whose books include “Different,” “The Professor in Ruins,” and
craft. At times the task seems harder than at ﬁrst, when “La simetría del tiempo” (The Symmetry of Time).
writing about time was not a burden. Repetition equals
death, and he wants to live.
Every night, he returns to the simplicity of the blank
page or the white screen with the blinking cursor – remind-
ers of what has yet to be documented, what remains unwrit-
ten. He immerses himself in this unglamorous black and
white space. As usual, he faces this uncertainty alone. He
knows that absolute communication will elude him, but he
aims for an approximation. He unknots the sentence that
had deﬁed him for the longest time. The rest is moving
smoothly now. Sleep can wait. He becomes a witness to
the page writing itself. A watchman of sorts, he distrusts
the ﬂow. Experience has taught him the tricks and traps of
the ﬂowing ink.
It stops. Time mocks him again. He waits.
He has mastered the paradox of patience and urgency
– the urgency of the task requires the patience of insomnia.
He stays awake, not because he wants to, but because he
cannot help it. The task must be completed with no waste.
He trims the excess, prunes the branches that suffocate it,
and waits for the ink to ﬂow again. It is a curse disguised
as a gift, or vice versa.
It ﬂows again. He follows.
Alone he works at this forsaken hour. This is when he
records what he has seen, when he builds mirrors of the
fracture of the world, when he can hug the dark and feel its
clarity, when he reafﬁrms his own existence. He is alone
and yet he knows that he is not. His predecessors spoke
to him in the intimacy of night. He holds an eventual dia-
logue with an unknown reader who also might understand.
The work goes on.
The night offers him silence and darkness, his only
two requirements – not a spacious room with a view, not
an executive chair, not an ornate antique desk; just silence
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NIGHT SHIFTS there’s always an alarm clock going off somewhere
Donna Formica-Wilsey, a
2000 nursing (RN) graduate,
who works through the night
as an emergency helicopter
ﬂight nurse with Lehigh Valley
Hospital Life Flight.
The Lehigh Valley is no stranger to the graveyard shift. our neighborhoods and our nation never really sleep.
Industrial might and manufacturing muscle has illumi- “Your body never gets used to the hours,” says Ernie
nated Pennsylvania’s nighttime skies for centuries. In fact, Barbarics, who earned a data processing degree in 1969 as
work has been a round-the-clock American enterprise since part of NCC’s ﬁrst graduating class. Barbarics works from
before Paul Revere made his midnight ride and George 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. for a local insurance company running
Washington crossed the Delaware on Christmas Eve. computer programs after the stock market closes. The
Today, however, there are more people than ever who beneﬁt, Barbarics says, is that “I’m able to work indepen-
work nights. And it’s not just factory workers, bakers dently and work at my own pace. It also helps my wife,” he
and security guards punching the clock on the third shift adds, “because I’m not in her way in the mornings.”
anymore. In an increasingly interconnected world where Other Northampton night shift alums include people
businesses must operate, compete and support one another like Jim Tomaino, who works in Air Products’ Global IT
across time zones, boundaries and responsibilities, the High Availability Operations, Sarah Cloutier, ’01, who
nighttime work force includes energy brokers, truck serves as a late night crisis counselor, and Donna Formica-
drivers, computer programmers, fast food servers, health- Wilsey, a 2000 nursing (RN) graduate, who is an emer-
care professionals, retail managers and more. Our towns, gency helicopter ﬂight nurse.
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“Little thought is typically given to those of us who prac-
tice unusual professions and work non-traditional schedules,”
says alum and licensed funeral director John Simons.
“I truly enjoy the night shift,” says Latara Frieson, who
graduated from NCC in 2007 with a degree in biotechnology.
Frieson works from 9 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. as an environmental
monitor at sanoﬁ pasteur, the nation’s leading producer of
inﬂuenza vaccine. “The atmosphere of the shift and the time
I spend with my co-workers is very rewarding.”
Perhaps the most famous nighttime worker of all, great food and
Thomas Alva Edison, struggled with his ﬁrst nighttime job. live entertainment
As a 16-year-old telegraph assistant, Edison’s assignment
was to send an hourly signal to Toronto to conﬁrm that
the telegraph lines were in working order. Thinking this a
waste of time, Edison came up with his ﬁrst invention, a
gadget to automatically transmit signal. A few weeks later,
Edison’s boss discovered the future American icon snoring
at his workbench. Edison was not ﬁred, at least not until a
few years later when a midnight experiment – conducted
while he was supposed to be monitoring the telegraph –
led to a messy accident involving a battery, some sulphuric
acid and his boss’s desk.
“Coffee, coffee and more coffee,” says Dolores
Suzansky ‘05, who works the 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift as an
RN for Lehigh Valley Hospital’s neonatal intensive care
unit. “I ﬁnd it impossible to stay awake when I work nights
without a steady caffeine intake.” After her shift, Dolores
brings her children to school, sets her alarm for 3:30 p.m.,
then tries to get to bed before mid-morning. “The night
shift works out better for me in caring for my kids. My
husband and I juggle our schedules to make things work.
But the night shift isn’t for everyone. Some staff are
permanent night people who always function well in the
wee hours. Others are day people who are known to face-
plant on the desk by 10 p.m. “Learning new schedules is APRIL 24, 2009
the biggest challenge,” says Barbarics. Suzansky agrees. SPARTAN CENTER, 6:30 PM
“You get very tired on your days off when you try to adjust
$75.00 PER PERSON
to a regular sleep schedule.”
For anybody considering a night job, Barbarics and Supper clubs were all the rage in
Suzansky both offer good advice: “Practice,” says Barbar- the 1930s and 1940s. Join us and
ics. “Stay up for the hours (of your new shift) for a week enjoy a delicious meal, live
or two and see how your body adjusts.” entertainment and a memorable
“Try different shifts,” recommends Suzansky. “See evening out to benefit the
what may or may not work for you.”
National Endowment for the
The vast majority of the nation’s labor force still
works a “regular day,” but more than seven million Ameri- Humanities Challenge Grant.
can now spend their time on evening and graveyard shifts.
In addition, more and more jobs that were once considered
traditional nine to ﬁve positions now take place at night.
Melissa Starace, Northampton Community College’s
director of alumni affairs, who stays in touch with NCC
NCC Alumni Office
alums from across the country and around the world, sums
it up best. “It’s a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week world. There’s 610 . 861 . 5088
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by paul acampora
Whether you do it on feathers, foam, air or water, a ﬁrm twin
or a sagging queen, when the day is done, all your weary
bones crave is a decent night’s sleep. Give or take an hour or
ated with such conditions
as anger, depression and
anxiety. While it can affect
job performance and put
workers at risk of injury
though, the condition usu-
ally ends when the shift
THE BIG THREE
Other sleep disorders
might prove more
difﬁculty to check. And
treatment, sleep apnea,
narcolepsy and insomnia
so, we humans spend six to eight hours a day recharging our schedule ends. are perhaps also the most
batteries. Or at least most of us do. But for an estimated 70 Other common disor- dangerous to oneself, and
million people with any of a laundry list of sleep disorders, ders include such things to others.
their mattress may as well be a bed of nails. as jet lag, sleepwalking, Obstructive sleep
The failure to get a good night’s sleep is a problem of sleep terrors, restless leg apnea, or OSA, is a disor-
epidemic proportions. Yet many people with sleep disorders syndrome (an irresistible der that causes your body
never recognize they have a problem; and often, if they do, urge to move the legs, to stop breathing during
they don’t seek treatment. The International Classiﬁcation which worsens when your sleep. OSA occurs when
of Sleep Disorders, Second Edition, documents 81 ofﬁcial body is at rest – or trying the tissue in the back of
sleep disorders. While you don’t hear much about most of to rest), and inadequate the throat collapses and
sleep hygiene, or less clini- blocks the airway, thus
them, some have the potential to touch us all in one way
cally put, poor sleep habits: stopping air to the lungs.
staying up too late, getting This blockage occurs a
Shift work, the worst of are suspect in producing up too early, or messing few times, or several hun-
which are rotating shifts, signiﬁcantly lower levels up our sleep with drugs, dred times, per night.
can disrupt the internal of serotonin, a hormone chemicals and late-night Sleepeducation.com,
clock that controls the and neurotransmitter in the activities such as televi- a Web site of the Ameri-
circadian rhythms of our central nervous system that sion. Work may demand a can Academy of Sleep
bodies. This disorder, long plays an important role in strain on our hours, but that Medicine, notes a strong
term or temporary, af- regulating sleep. The result necessity notwithstanding, relationship between
fects 2 to 5 percent of the can be tossing and turning it does seem like we should weight and OSA. As a
population. According to a sleep time and/or one to be able to control our person’s neck gets thicker
study in the August 2007 four hours less sleep than habits – though “should” is with weight gain, the level
issue of the journal SLEEP, average. Low levels of admittedly often harder to of fat in the back of the
the rigors of a rotating shift serotonin are also associ- do than spell. throat increases as well and
38 NCC ● SPRING 2009 ILLUSTRATION BY BOB DONEY
narrows the airway. But symptoms do not get better is step one. Action is step
while it is most common in without treatment. two. As noted earlier, most
obese, middle-aged men, Insomnia, the last, people with sleep disorders
part of OSA’s spookiness by no means the least of either don’t know they
is that it very well can hit our top common sleep have them or don’t seek
men and women of any disorders, has a disturbing help, perhaps thinking
age; even children with power to affect anyone’s them untreatable. That fact
large tonsils. life, or lives – the insom- alone is reason for us all to
Narcolepsy measures niacs themselves, people wake up, be informed and
up there with OSA on the close to them, and/or total seek help.
scary scale. About one strangers. The American Help is readily avail-
person out of every 2,000 Insomnia Association able. A quick search of the
of us is known to have
narcolepsy, a term that
estimates that over 20
million Americans suffer
Internet yields nearly a
dozen accredited sleep or-
describes those affected by from chronic insomnia. ganizations, periodicals or
excessive sleepiness and Insomnia’s impact on so- conference sites. Those of
a tendency to sometimes ciety, including auto and us in the Lehigh Valley are
fall asleep suddenly. These other types of accidents, fortunate to have at least
“sleep attacks” can happen healthcare costs and loss three major hospitals oper-
while eating, walking or of workplace productivity ating sleep centers: Sacred
even driving. is enormous. The National Heart Hospital, www.shh.
The dangers of nod- Commission on Sleep Dis- org, with its sleep center in
ding off at inappropriate orders Research (NCSDR), Allentown; Lehigh Valley
times aside, narcoleptics in a 1990 study estimated Health Network, www.
are often refreshed by the a direct cost to society of lvh.org, with centers at
short naps that come upon around $15.4 billion. its 17th Street Allentown
them. After two or three Take the issue on the location and at Lehigh
hours, however, they feel road, so to speak, and it Valley Hospital-Muhlen-
sleepy again. It is a sleepi- ratchets up from ﬁnancially berg, in Bethlehem; and
ness that pervades the scary to downright fright- St. Luke’s Hospital, www.
person’s entire waking life, ening. Here, too, we incur mystlukesonline.org, with
even to the point of not a monetary penalty, but four centers: in Allentown,
being fully awake – fully there is also a cost indiffer- Bethlehem, Quakertown
present – in conversation ent to money; one that no and at St. Luke’s Miners
or a learning experience, one can afford. The U.S. Memorial Hospital in APRIL 6 & 7
giving, in turn, the mis- Department of Transporta- Coaldale.
taken appearance of poor tion estimates a yearly toll Talk of a “hidden
memory. of at least 200,000 trafﬁc nightmare” and reports of April 6, 6pm
If a relative has nar- accidents directly related such dire statistics might Cooking Demo
colepsy, your chances of to driver fatigue. And the begin to sound like an Lipkin Theatre,
having narcolepsy are NCSDR says that drowsy alarmist warning. It is not. Kopecek Hall
$ 10. 00 per ticket
higher, though it is rare to drivers cause more deaths Paying attention to your
ﬁnd it in more than two per accident than drunk body’s needs is simply
April 7, 6pm
people of the same family. drivers. In his book Sleep seeking for ourselves (and Dinner at the Hampton
Sleep paralysis, an inability Disorders: America’s others) a physical, mental Winds Restaurant
to move for a few seconds Hidden Nightmare, Dr. and spiritual well-being $ 100. 00 per ticket to
or minutes while falling Roger Fritz puts the lethal – in other words: it’s good benefit the Hotel,
asleep or waking up, says cost another way: “[it is] common sense. If you Restaurant & Culinary
sleepeducation.com, is greater than that caused by think you suffer from a Arts Endowment Fund
almost a sure indicator AIDS … [or] the use of sleep disorder, take action;
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If any of these symptoms dreams may come, but at
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ally beginning between the be. So many of these trag-
ages of 12 and 20, can last edies could be prevented by james l johnson ’89
your entire life. And the by education. Education
Accounting vironmental monitor under Criminal Justice
1975 Fran Doyle of the quality sterility assur- 2005 Vincent Sakos of
Bethlehem is a realtor with ance group. Hampton, N.J. joined the
Keller Williams Real Estate U.S. Army in 2005. He is
in Bethlehem Township. Business currently in his second tour
She is also director of the Administration
Lehigh Valley Real Estate 1975 Gary Lambert is
employed at C. F. Martin
and Company in Nazareth
RECIPES FOR in the technical service sup-
SUCCESS port area. He and his wife,
Irene, live in Nazareth.
1999 Gretchen Deutsch
CALL FOR of Nazareth received a
bachelor’s degree in visual
NOMINATIONS communication online in of combat duty in Iraq as a
Learning Center, LLC in June 2007. She works in the cavalry scout with the 4th
Bethlehem. Fran has three graphics department at Co- Infantry Division. He has
children, Colleen, Michael lonial Intermediate Unit 20 received the Presidential
fellow alum, a
and James. and is a cashier at Brown Unit Citation, the Meritori-
faculty member or Daub. ous Unit Citation, the Val-
a friend of NCC for 2006 Stacy Silfies of orous Unit Award, the Army
professional Walnutport received a bach- 2006 Joseph Canovas of Commendation Ribbon/
accomplishments, elor’s degree from Kutz- Canadensis is an account Medal for gallantry in ac-
service to NCC town University in 2006. executive/stockbroker at tion, and the Combat Action
or to the She is an auditor for the DMG Securities, Inc. in Badge. Because he is in the
community. County of Northampton Great Falls, Va. He received cavalry, he is entitled to
a bachelor’s degree from wear the cavalry Stetson hat
Awards will be Advertising Design Kutztown University. in dress uniform. After his
1993 Steve Mantz of 1st tour of duty, he was
presented at the
Bethlehem is a web design Business awarded the spurs, which
annual Recipes and animation instructor at Management signifies that he participated
for Success Alumni the Bethlehem Area Voca- 2005 Christian A. in combat.
Awards Mixer tional-Technical School. He Loch and Trisha Ann
in October. is also an official for USA Romanishan of Lancaster Culinary Arts
Hockey. were married at Holy Cross 2001 Jason Hagan and
File your Lutheran Church in Moore Dana Fernsler of Easton
nomination online at Biotechnology Township on August 9th. were married on April 28th
www.northampton. 2007 Latara Frieson Christian is employed with on the beach in Jamaica.
of Tobyhanna is working MXL Industries. Jason is employed with
at sanofi pasteur as an en- Hawke Point Golf.
Registered user of AlumniNet. Log on to www.northampton.edu/alumni to ﬁnd out more.
40 NCC ● SPRING 2009
Data Processing New Jersey Institute of Tech-
1980 Dian Compton works nology in 2004. He is a prod-
at Lehigh Valley Hospital in uct applications manager at
Allentown. Dian and her Quadrangle Products, Inc.
husband, Barry, live in Ca-
tasauqua. Funeral Service
Mazzino of Scranton is a WHITE HOUSE
2006 Ashley Borden and
Jared Dolan were married at
the Chateau Resort in Tan-
teacher at the West Scranton
High School and is also a
nersville on June 29th. Ash-
ley is employed with Target 1995 Nathan Nardi of
in New Bern, N.C. The Greencastle is a funeral di-
couple lives in New Bern. rector and manager of the
Education Home in Greencastle. He is a
2001 Debra Kelley of member of the local Rotary
Bangor received a bachelor’s Club and Exchange Club.
degree from East Stroudsburg
University in 2003 and a 1996 Louis James of
master’s degree in education Bethlehem is a funeral di-
from ESU in 2007. She is a rector at the Long Funeral
first grade teacher in the Ban- Home in Bethlehem.
gor Area School District.
2006 Tiffany Ann 2008 Samuel North of
Weaver and Adam Philip Bethlehem is a counselor at
Gary were married on July KidsPeace in Orefield.
26th at Arndt’s Lutheran
Church in Forks Township. Interior Design
Tiffany is employed with 1999 Heidi Kunsman is FRIDAY
Regal Cinemas. The couple an office manager at Kevin W. APRIL 17, 2009
lives in Palmer Township. Kunsman, Inc. in Bethlehem.
Heidi and her husband, Kevin,
HAMPTON WINDS RESTAURANT
2008 Amanda Sue Kuhne live in Bath and have two chil- 6:00 PM, $75.00 PER PERSON
and Nicholas Reiche of Ban- dren, Lily and Chloe.
gor were married on July 4th Camelot has returned.
at the Knowlton American Liberal Arts Experience the elegance of the
Legion in Columbia, N.J. 1996 Darcel Gibson of
Kennedy years at this popular culinary
Amanda is a student at East Easton has been accepted in
Stroudsburg University pur- the doctoral program at the happening that focuses on a different
suing a degree in elementary University of Phoenix and era in American history each year.
education. will be starting her doctorate
of management in organiza- For reservations call
Electronics tional leadership in February 610 . 861. 5088
Technology 2009. She received a mas-
1981 Barry Dutt of Pen ter’s degree from the Univer-
Argyl is a senior failure ana- sity of Phoenix in 2008, a
lyst at LSI Corporation in bachelor’s degree from Al-
Allentown. bright College in 2004 and
an associate’s degree from
2001 Chauncey Levisay Lehigh Valley College in
of Jersey City, N.J. received 1992. www.northampton.edu/alumni
a bachelor’s degree from the continued on page 45
Proceeds beneﬁt the NCC Alumni Association
Scholarship Fund and Programming. Sponsored by
the NCC Alumni Association.
1973 Minna Grifo
Ziegenfuss works for Dr.
Edward Piorkowski. She
and her husband, Jim, live
in Bangor. They have three
children, Gretchen, Amy
and Eric, and one grandson,
1974 Gail Sakovics has
worked for John P. Iskovits
for over 27 years. She and
her husband, Bill, live in
Nazareth. Her son is home
DENTAL HYGIENE REUNION
from Iraq and is retired from
the military. Her daughter
and son-in-law have three
This fall, over 100 dental hygiene alumni returned to campus for a beautiful daughters.
program reunion. Host Cindy Stafﬁeri Workman ’74 welcomed ev
1978 Colleen Desh of
eryone back to campus and Terry Greene, director of the dental
Bethlehem has worked at
program provided an update on the profession. An afternoon of fun, Dr. Kosteva and Mihalakis’
friendship and laughter was had by all! practice for over 30 years.
She has two children, Court-
IF YOU MISSED THE FUN, you can start your own reunion by logging ney and Heather.
on to AlumniNet, NCC's alumni online community, to search for class-
1979 Cindy (Minorics)
mates and other NCC friends.
Price has worked for Dr.
Kosteva and Dr. Mihalakis
More alumni reunion photos can be found in the Alumni Photo in Bethlehem for over 19
Gallery at: www.northampton.edu/alumni. years. She and her husband,
David, have been married
since 1981. They have two
sons, Max and Karch.
1982 Frances Knoll
Folsom of Emmaus re-
ceived a bachelor’s degree
Top Left: Susan Raesly ’03,
Tonya Turtzo ’81, Deb Levin-
Goldstein, Robin Sattouf ‘07,
Barbara Wilkes, Karen Miller
‘07. Below, Left to Right: Wen
dy Lutz '93, Dorothy Petruno
'74, Tippi Williams '74, Faith
Ann Ryan '74, Debbie Parsons
'74, Cynthia Workman '74, Deb
bie Ditzig '74, Kathy Wessner
'75. Below Left: Terry Sigal
Greene, Fariba Farbod-Linton
‘94. Below Right: Donna Shear
’01, Liz Romberger ‘98.
PHOTOS BY RANDY MONCEAUX
in psychology at Cedar Crest four children: Samantha, Con- gapore to Pittsburgh, and in North Carolina for eight
College in 2005 and is now nor, Maximilian, and Sarah. now live in Austin, Tex. years and owns a home at
working on a master’s in They have two children, the beach. She is engaged to
education. 1990 Amy Kramer of Connor and Keira. be married.
Hanover, Md. began her hy-
1984 Lisa Smulligan giene career at Dr. Haslam’s 1994 Lisa Fistner 2000 Rebecca Frank of
of Pennsylvania Furnace is dental practice in Hamburg. of Bristow, Va., works four Andreas enjoys her full-time
practicing hygiene. She has She and Bill were married days a week in Northern Vir- work at the Mahoning Valley
been married for 23 years in 1993 and moved to Mary- ginia. She has two children, Family Dental Office. She
and has three children. land, where she worked in a Jessica and Sarah. has three children, Jordan,
cosmetic dental practice for Claire and Alice.
1987 Joan Herman of 10 years. She became a mom 1995 Rebecca (Daub)
Whitehall received a bach- to Zachary John in 2001, and Mawson of Bethlehem works 2001 Danelle Samsel is
elor’s degree in dietetics Trevor Lawrence in 2004. part-time in Wescosville. a full-time hygienist for Dr.
from Marywood University. She now works two days a She and her husband have Jeff Wonder. She and her
She is a part-time hygienist. week for Dr. Ximena Pareja terrific boys. husband are the parents of
Joan is married and has two in a pediatric dental office. an 18-month-old daughter.
sons, Nicholas and Joseph. She enjoys teaching chil- 1996 Kelly Marx works They live on a 100-acre farm
dren and their parents about for a wonderful general prac- in Mohrsville.
1987 Lisa (Rennick) proper nutrition and dental tice dentist, Dr. James Strang
Kurilla of Port Carbon techniques. in Colorado Springs, Colo. 2002 Jennifer (Lin
works for Fellows & Smith She and her husband, Joe, denmuth) Horst has
Dental Associates. She and 1990 Kathleen Reed of have lived in Colorado since worked at C. Robert Wolcott
Jim have been married for 19 Chula Vista, Calif. is work- 1999 and have four children for over 6 years. She andAn-
years. They have two chil- ing in southern California. and two grandchildren. drew have been married for
dren, Jim and Brittany. She passed the local anes- 3 years. They live in Read-
thesia conscious sedation for 1997 Amy Perry of Rapid ing and had their first child,
1988 Carol Stuebner her California license and City, S.D. practices dental Josiah, in April.
of Mohnton works full-time redid her boards. Kathleen hygiene three days a week.
for Dr. Stephen Hassler and loves her California life. 2003 Shaydia Younes-
part-time for Dr. Oreg Pe- 1998 Michelle (Gara) Hadid is taking time off
dro. She is also the owner of 1992 Robin Sweeney Angle works part-time at an from work to enjoy her twin
Revitalizing Therapy Thera- works one day a week and office in Pittstown, N.J. She daughters. She and her hus-
peutic Massage. Carol has spends the rest of her time lives in Cherryville with her band, Ted, live in Allentown.
been married for 23 years with daughters, Tara and husband, Eric, and daugh-
to Bryan and has three sons, Kayla. She and Joe have ters, Emma and Mary. 2005 Phyllis Roloson
Blake, Logan and Austin. been married 12 years and of Washington, N.J., is a
live in Jessup. 1998 Pamela (Jessup) registered dental hygienist at
1989 Emilee Reeder of Bartholomew of Sch- North Hunterdon Dental As-
Charleston, S.C. is a dental 1993 Janice McQuate- necksville is working in a sociates in Clinton, N.J.
hygienist for the Medical Daub works two days a practice in Allentown and in
University of South Carolina week at the Cocalico Dental Schnecksville. She has been 2006 Erika Mendock of
in their graduate pediatrics Office in Denver. She enjoys married for 10 years and has Easton works for a small of-
program. She works with raising her son, Grady, and two sons. fice in Easton and also does
healthy children under the volunteers in her free time. temp work.
age of 6 and with special She and her husband, Blake, 1998 Dawn Rost of
needs children under the live in Denver. Wrightsville Beach, N.C. 2007 Melissa Delbo is
age of 15, which she loves. works full-time at a gen- practicing dental hygiene in
Emilee has a son, Ayden. 1993 Wendy Sensenig is eral dentist practice and at a Reading and loves her work.
working three days a week Medicaid clinic. Occasion- She intends to pursue a bach-
1990 JoAnn Kiss-Hen with a wonderful dentist. ally, she works as an extra elor’s degree in 2009. Melis-
nigan of DePere, Wis. is Since graduating from NCC, for Screen Gem Studios sa and her husband, Shawn,
married to Shawn Hennigan, she and her husband have which is a movie production live in Shoemakersville.u
an orthopedic surgeon at the been on the move. They’ve company based in Wilming-
BayCare Clinic. They have lived everywhere from Sin- ton, N.C. Dawn has lived
SPRING 2009 ● NCC 43
DoNOr prOFiLe John And Donna Eureyecko
A head for business and a heart for service By James L. Johnson ’89
a different team. John’s derstanding of investment
“fellow board member” properties, Donna now has
(and “best friend”) in the a role in that.”
family enterprise is his As a volunteer, Donna
wife, Donna. The couple has served on the boards of
has ﬁve children: John’s Historic Bethlehem Part
four grown sons from a nership and Community
previous marriage, and Services for Children. She
“I was the ﬁrst in my
family to go to college,
and I've never forgotten
my blue-collar roots.”
their daughter Anna, 13. has also been involved
Donna balances the fam with Moravian Academy
ily’s busy social calendar and St. Luke’s Hospital
in addition to pursuing her charity balls and recently
own professional and vol chaired The Hillside
unteer commitments. School dinner dance. She
At the foundation dinner in November, the Eureyeckos became members Donna’s professional is drawn to community
of the Laureate Society, a designation that recognizes individuals duties include commercial needs involving children.
and organizations that have contributed $50,000 or more to real estate, with the Fred- John admires how his
Northampton Community College. erick Group in Allentown. wife handles her busy life.
“It’s parttime,” she says. Donna repays that respect,
JOHN EUREYECKO HAS succeeded, too, their ledger “We were doing a lot of noting that her husband
earned his success in the books sprinkled with extra investing, and I thought it “moves at 150 miles an
business world. His resumé characters of a numerical would be great if I knew hour, all the time.” Along
has the appearance of a kind. However, Eureyecko more about real estate. I’m with a number of busi
leaky alphabet: letters like will readily insist that while still getting my feet wet.” ness-related boards and
VP, CFO, COO and CEO his role is that of a leader, Her newfound knowledge organizations, John gives
trickle through it from his success depends on many also lends itself to family his high-speed energy to
earliest ventures to his people working as a team. interests. “Part of my busi- more than a half dozen
current position. Companies Success beyond the ness is real estate,” John local nonproﬁts including
under his leadership have corporate doors involves explains. “With her un Northampton’s founda
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continued from page 41
2001 Carol Skinner of
tion board, which he has Wescosville is a polyso-
chaired for the past four monographer at St. Luke’s Frances Mary Hughes of East Stroudsburg died on
years. Though he recently Hospital. She also owns a January 19. Trained as an art educator, Hughes was highly regarded
stepped down as chair, he massage therapy business for her commitment to philanthropy. Over the years, she and her
remains on the board and where she specializes in husband R. Dale Hughes enabled many students from Monroe County
on the ﬁnance committee. working with seniors. to attend NCC through a scholarship endowment. She enjoyed
The College is meeting the students at annual scholarship luncheons, and they
a passion for both Medical enjoyed meeting her. Her inﬂuence will continue through the student
Eureyeckos. “A major Administrative scholars, library and human services groups she and her husband
theme of the community Assistant supported.
college is ‘access for ev- 2008 Candace Adamski is
eryone’,” John says. “We an office manager at Neurol- Nick Khoury ’80
both love being involved ogy of Bethlehem. She and A talented engineer, manager and entrepreneur, Nick Khoury ’80
with that.” In addition her husband, Raymond, live passed away in November. Khoury spoke no English when his family
to the Eureyecko Family in Nazareth. immigrated to the United States from Lebanon. He learned English
Endowed Scholarship, the while studying engineering at NCC and went on to earn a bachelor’s
couple has been generous Practical Nursing degree in engineering at Lehigh University. After a distinguished
to NCC’s annual fund and 1996 Elizabeth Borow career at AT&T and Lucent Technologies, he became president of
its capital campaigns. iak of Bethlehem is a 2003 iFire, a research and development company employing 160 research
“I was the ﬁrst in my graduate of NCC’s registered ers and scientists. He never forgot the foundation he got at NCC. “I
family to go to college,” nursing program. She works had a very good experience at NCC,” he said in an interview in 2006.
Eureyecko says, “and I’ve at the Phoebe Home as a unit
never forgotten my blue- manager. She has been mar- Lawrence R. Melley ‘01 earned an associate degree in
collar roots. Anywhere ried for 18 years. psychology at NCC at the age of 76. He continued to attend classes
I’ve worked I’ve gotten into his 80s as a note-taker for students with disabilities. “It’s the
into understanding the 1998 Leslie Carter of most fun I’ve ever had,” he said. “The professors here are really
business from the ground Stewartsville, N.J. is an MP2 good, really interesting.” Melley also was known for his athleticism.
up. This means getting Administrator at Crayola. He played on NCC’s state championship tennis team as a 70-some
involved with all aspects She has two children, Quin thing, qualifying for NCC’s Athletic/Academic Excellence Award as
of the business, including and Alexandra. the male athlete with the highest academic standing for 2000-2001.
working with entry level Melley died in October.
positions, middle manag- 2007 Joanne McMahon of
ers, et cetera. Bethlehem is an assistant Helen A. Morris, a former director of the practical and profes
“I also try to be a charge nurse/LPN at Country sional nursing program at NCC, passed away on December 22 at the
mentor. Identifying the Meadows Skilled Nursing age of 95. Morris was a graduate of Liberty High School, the Easton
right people for the right Facility in Bethlehem. Hospital School of Nursing and the University of Pennsylvania.
position is often key to
business success. And Radiography William R. Samer died in November of injuries suffered in an
if you’re able to moti- 1980 James Gigliotti of automobile accident. His wife of 34 years, Judith G. Samer, gradu
vate the rank and ﬁle on Easton received a bachelor’s ated from Northampton Community College in 2004. The Samers
through all the different degree from DeSales Univer- became passionate about NCC because of the work the school does
levels, you can move sity in 1971. He is a CT tech- to help students who would not otherwise be able to attend college.
mountains.” Whether nologist at Sacred Heart The Sammers ran the W.R. Samer Insurance Agency in Allentown for
recognizing employee po- Hospital in Allentown. many years and were active in many civic organizations. u
tential or helping someone
grow with a good educa- 1998 Megan Turk of Allen-
tion, the best measure of town is a PACS/RIS adminis-
success, the Eureyeckos trator at Abington Health
would agree, is helping Lansdale Hospital.
others succeed. u
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DoNOr prOFiLe Michael Italiani ’82
For this graduate, NCC has truly been a growing experience. By Myra Saturen
A native of Palmer and his brother, Anthony, are
Township, Italiani gradu- co-owners of the nursery,
ated from Easton Area which offers trees, shrubs,
High School, enrolling in evergreens, plants, grass
Northampton Community seed, soil and an array of
College as a business major products and services.
in 1980. At the College, he Italiani loves passing
ﬂourished. “Playing bas- by a tree he planted and re-
ketball on NCC’s team was calling that its life began at
a growing experience,” he the nursery.
says. Having never played In choosing a red
basketball in high school, sunset maple for NCC’s
he made a discovery neither tribute garden, Italiani
he nor anyone else had picked a tree with spectacu-
ever recognized—that he lar fall foliage resembling a
had a talent for the game. red sunset. The young tree
He also found camaraderie will grow taller and branch
with fellow students and out as the years pass, taking
inspiration from his profes- about 20 years to mature
sors. Upon graduation, he and living on for perhaps 50
transferred to York College, years or more.
where he joined the basket- People often plant trees
MICHAEL ITALIANI ’82 GREW garden will honor friends ball team. in memory or honor of a
up among growing things. of the College, both living After earning a degree loved one. A tree is a most
A son of gardeners, immi- and departed. Adorned with in engineering management, ﬁtting symbol, Italiani says.
grants from Abruzzi, Italy, greenery, ﬂowers, a tribute
he and his brother and walk with engraved pavers,
sister helped their parents
mow, trim and cut foliage.
a fountain plaza, benches
and a grove, the garden
“You look at a tree and it
Years later, when offered will provide a place for creates a remembrance. It is
an opportunity to help remembrance, reﬂection, like a statue, except that it
NCC’s tribute garden take
root, Italiani enthusiasti-
camaraderie and an appre-
ciation of beauty.
is living. A tree does what it
cally accepted. Italiani’s donation of does best, which is grow.”
Groundbreaking for a red sunset maple was
the tribute garden took one of the ﬁrst trees to be
place last spring. The planted in the garden. He Italiani went into corporate “You look at a tree and it
dedication will be held on also guided NCC staff in sales. Seven years later, he creates a remembrance. It is
April 22. Spanning two planning the groundbreak- joined Green Pond Nursery, like a statue, except that it
acres between Penn and ing ceremony and loaned a business his father, is living. A tree does what it
Commonwealth halls, the shrubbery for the event. Domenic, started. Today, he does best, which is grow.”
46 NCC ● SPRING 2009 PHOTO BY PHILIP STEIN
All-Stars In Sports And Life ExCEllenCe
He thinks it is won-
derful that the College
Welcome to the Hall of Fame
is creating a tribute IT WAS NO ORDINARY JACKET.
garden. “It is great that When Betty Krupka was inducted into the
the College is taking Northampton Community College Ath
time out to create a space letic Hall of Fame in December, she was
where people will be able wearing the orange and black jacket she’d
to go and relax and clear earned 20+ years earlier when she won
their minds on a spring, back-to-back state titles in tennis, one in
summer or even a fall day. singles and one in doubles.
They will enjoy the plants NCC didn’t have a women’s tennis
and trees.” team at the time. Except in post-season
“Mike responded play, Krupka competed on the men’s team,
immediately when I compiling a 17-5 record against men half
contacted him about the her age.
tribute garden,” says Krupka didn’t get a chance to attend
Sharon Zondag, planned college until her daughter had already
and major gifts ofﬁcer at graduated from NCC. “She showed up at
NCC. “We met to walk From left to right: Lisa Suppan, Sherry Thompson-Casey, the courts one day and asked if she could hit
the space, and he infused Betty Krupka and Art Wolfe. Not pictured: John Sweeney. with the team,” Coach Jack Master recalled.
it with his presence and a “She knew more about tennis than I did.”
sense of excitement. Master said that when Northampton traveled to away matches, other coaches often thought Betty was an assistant
“For the ground- coach. When they found out she was a player, they would smile, anticipating their team would have at least one easy match
breaking itself,” she says, that day. The misconception didn’t last long.
“he was full of ideas to After graduating from NCC, Krupka went on to coach at Moravian College. She has continued to compete in both tennis
‘green’ the space and to and swimming. Now a grandmother, she comes back to NCC every year to meet the tennis team and watch them play.
help ensure a good begin- Other athletes inducted into NCC’s Hall of Fame this year were Lisa Suppan who played four sports for NCC, and Sherry
ning to our beginning.” Thompson-Casey, the ﬁrst Lady Spartan to help NCC bring home state championships in three sports.
Italiani looks forward Suppan led the volleyball team to two regular season championships, played on two state championship softball teams
to seeing NCC’s tribute and won a conference title in bowling. In softball, she set records for batting, ﬁelding percentage, hits, triples and home runs,
garden ﬂourish, as he has but she was perhaps best known for “the longest double ever hit,” a shot ﬁred over the trees during a conference play-off
seen the College itself game at Penn State Ogontz. Anywhere else it would have been a home run. There, it was deemed a ground rule double.
thrive. “NCC is a great After graduating from NCC, Suppan continued her education and her athletic career at Lock Haven University.
stepping stone for a lot of Today she works with troubled youth, sometimes surprising them with her athletic prowess in pick-up games.
people,” he says. “It is the In describing Thompson-Casey’s athletic accomplishments, Gena Fortner, a former teammate, praised her work
key for getting people into ethic, saying “She always pushed herself to grow as a person, as an athlete and as a professional”… except when it
a direction that they need came to suicide drills which she tried to avoid! Marlene Oberly, another teammate, said, “It wasn’t the records that
to grow and mature.” meant so much to Sherry. It was the team aspect.”
Some of these people Now an emergency room nurse as well as a wife and mother, Thompson-Casey’s next goal is to earn a master’s degree.
are Italiani’s employees and Art Wolfe was one of two coaches inducted into the Hall of Fame. The night of the ceremony, the women’s bas
a member of his family. His ketball team was busy extending its winning streak to 9-0, bringing the team’s total number of wins in Wolfe’s 19-year
nephew, Nico, is an NCC tenure as coach to 331, including eight conference championships and ﬁve state titles. Hailed as a mentor for hundreds
student and a member of of student-athletes, Wolfe dedicated his award to all of them.
the basketball team. Although he missed the ceremony due to the death of his father, John Sweeney joins Wolfe in the Hall of Fame. Sweeney
Italiani, who lives retired last December as the winningest coach in NCC history with an overall record of 443 wins and 171 losses as NCC’s
with his wife and two baseball coach from 1995-2007. That includes17 conference titles and three state championships. In recounting Sweeney’s
sons in Bethlehem, looks achievements, Bill Bearse, the retired director of athletics at NCC, highlighted Sweeney’s success in recruiting, noting that he
forward to the garden as a made it his mission to identify talented high school players and to encourage them to come to NCC.
place for visitors to enjoy Northampton’s new director of athletics, Troy Tucker, spoke of how impressed he was when he attended last year’s
and to savor their memo- Hall of Fame induction, both by the stats that were presented and by the accomplishments of the individuals who were
ries and their roots. u honored. “This year’s class is every bit as impressive,” he said. u
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beHiNd tHE BiLLboARd People You Know
1988 James Stecker of
Bangor is an operations
vet-tech manager at U.S. Security
Associates, Inc. in Parsip-
1993 Ken Kremer of
Cresco is currently pursuing a
BSN/MSN in nursing educa-
tion at Thomas Edison State
College online. He works at
St. Clare’s Hospital System in
Dover, N.J. as a critical care
transport nurse in the Special-
ty Care Transport Unit. He
monitors, cares for and pro-
vides emergency care for pa-
tients as they are transported
from one hospital to another.
A recent addition to the College's billboard campaign spotlights 10 NCC graduates, all of whom are on staff at He is also a certified critical
Lehigh Valley Animal Hospital’s two locations. care nurse and has worked in
The popular billboard campaign is one component in Northampton’s multi-media promotional program both the emergency room and
focusing on successful alumni. The vet tech program is jointly offered by NCC and Lehigh Carbon Community ICU/CCU for over 14 years.
College, with each college enrolling students separately into the joint program. The fact that all 10 of the Lehigh
Valley Animal Hospital staff members are NCC graduates was deemed billboard-worthy by the College’s market 2000 Donna Formica-
ing team. The vet techs were photographed along with some of their pet clients. u Wilsey of Richlandtown
is a flight nurse for the
University of Pennsylvania
Health System which is
an emergency helicopter
service that works out of
Nazareth, Lehighton and
Reading. She is also a core
trauma nurse at Lehigh Val-
2005 Clare Jakob of
Danielsville is a registered
nurse at Lehigh Valley
2007 Gregory Romano
of Bethlehem is a registered
nurse at Lehigh Valley
From left to right: Andrea Delong CVT with dog, Rosco; Katherine Peacock CVT; Christine Svanda 1992 Gina Stark of
CVT with dog, Mac-a-doo; Lauren Fiadino CVT with dog, Gemini; Tammy Mindler CVT; Colleen Mc- Ephrata is a training and
development specialist at
Gouldrick CVT with cat, Smoky; Lisa Day CVT; Gretchen Collier CVT with dog, Ollie; Jen Danner CVT;
Auntie Anne’s, Inc. in Lan-
Bobbie Dumoff CVT with cat, Snuggles. caster. u
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Before We Go reFLEctiON
On the ﬁrst day of the spring
semester, computer informa
tion technology major Jackie
Thompson was one of hundreds
of NCC students, faculty and staff
members who came together to
watch the inauguration of Barack
Obama as the 44th president of
the United States.
“I was thinking about my family,”
she said. “About my grandmother
who just passed away and didn’t
get to see this. I was thinking
about people’s struggles and the
changes we’ve seen and about
the opportunities we now have
– all of us.”
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