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            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
      paul ACAMPORA
                 impossibility of perfection and the illusion of the finished product. He sacrifices time with
         javier ÁVILA
               the living in order to document life in the solitude of his craft. At times the task seems
       dr. hazel FISHER

          robert HAYS

                                     harder than at first, when writing about time was not a burden. Repetition equals death,
    james l. JOHNSON ’89
            and he wants to live.”
       katherine NOLL
                    So begins the short personal essay on the nighttime habits of a professional writer by
       myra SATUREN
                 Dr. Javier Ávila, NCC associate professor of English (page 35). The essay describes the
         sandy STAHL

      cynthia TINTORRI
              writer’s nocturnal obsession. For this magazine issue, we set out to see how many other
       mallory VOUGH
                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
      patricia CANAVAN
                                     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
    traci ANFUSO-YOUNG
                                     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
          jennifer BELL
             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!”
         sholomo LEVY

       randy MONCEAUX
                    Then we have the alumni. It wasn’t difficult to find plenty whose schedules are the yin
           philip STEIN
             to the rest of our yangs. Latara Frieson, who graduated from NCC in 2007 with a degree
        michele WAGNER
              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

    northampton community 

       college foundation 

     3835 green pond road

      bethlehem, pa 18020

  NCC ● SPRING 2009
                 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
                 24 SOUTHSIDE
                 25 MONROE
                 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
                                                                           National Grant
                                                                           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

                 When counting sheep doesn't help.
                                                                           Donor Profile: Michael Italiani ’82
                                                                           Look Who’s In The Hall Of Fame
                                                                      48   Behind The Billboard
                                                                      49   Reflection

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-      
    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).
    Weak economy
                                                           ■ 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

                                                                                      crisis as
                                                                   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 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
          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
                                                                                                         Fun                               Crafts
                             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
                                                                                                                                           March 28
 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
                                                                                                         Main Campus
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

    foundation dinner
   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

   ①                                                                                       ③

                                                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
scholarship luncheons.
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

                               ③                                                          ⑤


                                                                  ⑥       ⑦

                                                                              SPRING 2009 ● NCC 11
        nor thampton
  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.
          somehow students
     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:

TOP LEFT-RANDY MONCEAUX/BOTTOM LEFT-MICHELE WAGNER/RIGHT-PHILIP STEIN                                                            SPRING 2009 ● NCC           15
                          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.
     Gruenewald says.
          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
          the boot
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
at night.
     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
forgotten where!
                                          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
computer itself.
     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.

                                          HAMPTON WINDS

                                 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.

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     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
edible flowers.
     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.
chicken parmesan.
     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
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

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                                                                      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
                                                                      non-threatening environment.
                                                                            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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                                                   MONR OE

                           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
as engaging.
     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

              watchful eyes
     “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
                       PERSONALITIES                                                                 ¡
                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 (
              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-  

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  write TIME
             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
             always an alarm clock going off somewhere.” u
                                                            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
                                                                                                      without professional
                                                                                                      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.
     or another.
                                                                      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   ,
     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

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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, 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, 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, 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;
that you have narcolepsy.       cigarettes.”                     no one can say what
If any of these symptoms                                         dreams may come, but at
                                                                                                 For tickets, call
sound like you, do see a        KNOW THINE ENEMY                 least you’ll be asleep when
specialist. Narcolepsy, usu-    And yet, it doesn’t have to      they do. u                      610 . 861. 5519
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
       aLUmNi nOTes
                          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
         Nominate a
                          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.

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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

Early Childhood
                                  1988 Christopher
                                  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
                                  funeral director.
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
                                  Miller-Bowersox Funeral
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.
                                  General Studies
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.                                       
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.
                                                                       Dental Hygiene
                                                                       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

                                                                       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:                                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

44 NCC ● SPRING 2009                                                                                               PHOTO BY RANDY MONCEAUX
                             continued from page 41
                             Massage Therapy
                             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
                                               continued on page 48

                                                                                                                  SPRING 2009 ● NCC 45
  DoNOr prOFiLe                          Michael Italiani ’82

  a vision
  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-

                                                                                                                        pany, N.J.

                                                                                                                        Registered Nursing
                                                                                                                        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-
                                                                                                                        ley Hospital.

                                                                                                                        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

48 NCC ● SPRING 2009                                                                                                                    PHOTO BY PHILIP STEIN
                              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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