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					SPRING 2002                           VOLUME V NUMBER III




Northampton
C O M M U N I T Y   C O L L E G E   M A G A Z I N E




              L     ASTING
              C        ONNECTIONS

                                    NORTHAMPTON
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                 L E T T E R       F R O M     T H E      E D I T O R                                                                T A B L E       O F    C O N T E N T S

                                                                                      Northampton
O        ur theme this issue is love at,
          of, in and from Northampton
         Community College. We set
out to look for couples who met
                                           get back on track by understanding
                                           each other’s habits and behavior.
                                                 Personalities normally don’t
                                           change through life, and that isn’t
                                                                                           Volume V No. III
                                                                                                                    FEATURES
here, either as students or as co-         necessarily bad, according to                        Editor
workers. We found many more than           Gonzalez. All of us can be classified               Paul Joly            8    THE LOVE CONNECTION
                                                                                                                         Alumni, staff and students and the romances they made, Northampton-style.
we would have guessed.                     somewhere on the scale between
      The articles here can only repre-    “introvert” — people who get ener-            Contributing Writers
sent the scores of connection stories      gy from within, and “extrovert” —                                        15   CYBERDATING
                                                                                             Heidi Butler
we found.                                  people who draw energy from oth-
                                                                                           James W. Harper          16   FOOD AS LOVE
      Since we were dealing with rela-     ers. Introverts aren’t necessarily shy
                                                                                         James L. Johnson ’89            The famous way to the heart, and the foods that take us there.
tionships, it seemed appropriate to        people, and extroverts aren’t neces-
find out from an expert how differ-        sarily bubbly talkative types.This fact       Mary Ann Leone ’00
ent personality characteristics affect     is nothing new, but the Myers-Briggs            Michael E. Nagel
                                                                                                                               DEPARTMENTS
compatibility between two people.          survey can identify clear personality             Sandy Stahl
We didn’t have to look far.Virginia        characteristics that blend in different
                                                                                                                                    2        CAMPUS NEWS
Gonzalez is a Northampton profes-          ways to form predictable behaviors.
                                                                                                Design
sor of counseling who uses a proven              Some personality types like to
                                                                                      Susan Williams & Associates                  18        PROFILE: JIM BARTHOLOMEW
personality-profiling instrument to        plan their lives, while others thrive
help match up individuals with             on spontaneity. This kind of person-
                                                                                                                                   19        PROFILE: ROBERT RUTT
career and management positions.           ality difference can doom a relation-            Photography
Widely used in management devel-           ship, or it can introduce interesting           Stephen Barth                           20        ALUMNI NOTES
opment, the Myers-Briggs Indicator         possibilities, according to Gonzalez.           Conrad Bowers
is regarded as one of the best meth-       Couples who find themselves on
                                                                                          Randy Monceaux                           22        PROFILE:ALAN PITOTTI
ods of determining compatibility in        opposite ends of this spectrum need
                                                                                          The Morning Call
the workplace. But Gonzalez says           to work out ways to get through
                                                                                             Philip Stein                          28        PROFILE: SHARON AND KEN KOCHEY
the Myers-Briggs profile can also tell     their weekends without one or both
a lot about our compatibility in all       becoming completely frustrated. But
                                                                                                                                   29        PROFILE: PAT AND RON DISTEFANO
our emotional relationships.               couples who are too similar in an                      x
      When two people fall in love,        area like this may have to watch out
                                                                                                                                   30        PROFILE: KAREN AND TIM BRADY
“it’s nice to have traits that are the     either for deadly boredom or com-                   President
same, but you end up with the same         plete chaos.
                                                                                         Dr. Robert J. Kopecek                     31        PARTNERS
strengths, but also the same weak-               Some of the best, most enduring
                                                                                                                                             R.K. Laros Foundation — A legacy of caring for the community.
nesses,” she points out. On the other      relationships are those where “we’re
                                                                                             Vice President                                  R&R Provision Company — You’ll never meat two nicer guys.
end of the scale are those couples         looking for somebody to round out
we all know that are living examples       the person we can’t be,” Gonzalez          Institutional Advancement
of the “opposites attract” truism.         said. Yet we all know couples who                 Susan K. Kubik
      These opposite personality           are so alike in personality they clear-
types sometimes settle into relation-      ly were made for each other.                    Northampton
ships that thrive on each partner                On the pages that follow are life       Community College
complementing the other. Then              stories representing many different       Foundation Board Chairman
there are others in which the early        combinations of points on the com-                Paul J. Mack
thrill from dynamic tension eventual-      plex personality spectrum. And
ly becomes more tension than               these folks all have one relationship
                                                                                              Publisher
dynamism. “Often they can’t name           in common. Can you guess what
what was so attractive, and now            that is?                                   Northampton Community
                                                                                         College Foundation
those things only seem annoying,”
                                                                                       3835 Green Pond Road
Gonzalez said. Counselors can use
                                                                                        Bethlehem, PA 18020
personality profiling instruments to
get at these issues and help couples



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                                                                                                                                             HONORS & ACCOLADES                                           x                      able professional, a caring mentor and a
                                     GRADS FARING WELL DESPITE SOFT ECONOMY                                                                                                             Out of 158 adult literacy programs       model of integrity.” He compared her to a


   A     survey conducted by the Career       & Work/Life Services comments,             Travel/Tourism all achieved this            T    he Sales and Marketing Executives
                                                                                                                                            of the Greater Lehigh Valley has pre-
                                                                                                                                                                                    across the state, NCC’s was one of only
                                                                                                                                                                                    three to be accorded “Q-Stamp
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 palindrome, saying: “No matter which
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 way you look at her, she is a model of
          & Work/Life Services Office         “Despite a softening economy, our          distinction.                                sented NCC with its President’s Award —        Certification” this past winter. The “Q”     consistency and quality.”
   shows that 92 percent of last year’s       graduates are meeting their goals, find-      Graduates of the allied health fields    an accolade given to an individual or          stands for quality. A rigorous selection                           x
   graduates were either employed or          ing themselves well prepared for the       commanded the highest salaries.             organization that has a major impact on        process included review of written              Helene Whitaker was one of four
   continuing their education as of           workforce as well as for continuing        Dental hygiene reported a median            the community. NCC’s selection was a           records showing continuous improve-          women from the Lehigh Valley honored
   December 2001. Overall 32 percent of       their education.”                          salary of $43,680, followed by regis-       “no-brainer,” according to Tim Cain, chair-    ment, benchmarking of performance            as a “Woman of Distinction” by Girl
   the graduating class continued their            More than a third of NCC’s 30         tered nursing with $39,468.                 man of SME’s board. “How many people           against state standards, and an on-site      Scouts-Great Valley Council. NCC’s vice
   education, the highest transfer rate       career programs had placement rates           Students in transfer programs fared      can say they’ve never taken any training       visit. In the last decade NCC has become     president for administration was singled
   since 1974.                                of 100 percent. Applied Quality and        well, too. The survey shows they are        courses there, never served on a commit-       one of the largest providers of adult        out for her professional achievements and
      Linda Arra, NCC’s director of Career    Standards,Automotive Technology,           continuing their education at 58 differ-    tee with someone from the college staff,       literacy and basic workforce development     because she serves as a role model for
                                                                  Banking, Chemical      ent educational institutions, with East     never eaten at the college’s restaurant?”      programs in Pennsylvania, serving            girls and women. Lehigh Valley
                                                                  Technology,            Stroudsburg University, Kutztown            he asks. “The college has been a part of       close to 3,000 people each year in four      Magazine also featured Helene as one of
                                                                  Computer Aided         University, and Penn State attracting       all of our lives.”                             counties.                                    26 “Movers & Shapers” in the region for
                                                                  Design, Computer       the largest number of graduates. Other                            x                                             x                       her efforts to preserve farmland and
                                                                  Electronics,           colleges and universities selected by           Readers of The Morning Call’s                 NCC’s vice president for advancement,     recreational space and to enhance urban
                                                                  Early Childhood        members of the Class of 2001 include        “Outlook 2002” supplement were pleased         Sue Kubik, has been named “Professional      areas as co-chair of the Lehigh Valley
                                                                  Education,             Lehigh,Temple, Lafayette, DeSales,          to see NCC’s president, Dr. Robert             of the Year” by District II of the Council   Green Future Fund.
                                                                  Emergency              Cedar Crest, the University of              Kopecek, featured as one of “30 people         for Advancement and Support of                                     x
                                                                  Services,              Massachusetts, Rutgers, and the             who help shape the Lehigh Valley.” The         Education. CASE is the largest association      NCC’s Board of Trustees has approved
                                                                  Funeral Service        University of North Carolina.               article noted that “when he came aboard        of educational institutions in the world.    promotions for three members of the fac-
                                                                  Education, Office         The survey had an outstanding 97         as president in 1977, the college had          Close to 500 people attended the lun-        ulty: Effective July 1, Sharon Gavin-Levy
                                                                  Administration —       percent response rate. The graduating       8,000 students, a handful of majors and        cheon in Toronto where Sue received the      will become a full professor of English,
                                                                  Foreign Trade          class of 666 students was the second        budget of $7 million. Today it has nearly      award. In introducing her, Bill Lynerd,      Sandra Del Cueto will attain the rank of
                                                                  Option, Special        largest in the college’s 34-year history,   23,000 students, more than 33 majors and       vice president for university advancement    associate professor of Spanish, and Anita
                                                                  Education, and         topped only in 1993 with 676.               a $42 million budget.                          at the University of Baltimore described     Dickson will become associate professor
                                                                                                                                                                                    Sue as “an innovative leader, a knowledge-   of business administration.


       A NIGHT TO REMEMBER                   address by Dr. John McCartney, a profes-     archival footage of the march for the                    WHO’S NEW                        ahead and welcomes e-mail at                 their third straight conference champi-
                                             sor at Lafayette College who teaches a       video and has expressed interest in air-                                                  sjones@northampton.edu.                      onship, trouncing Penn State - Delaware
A      frican-American, Latino,Asian or
         Caucasian. At least for one
                                             course called “The Black Experience” at
                                             NCC; and the premier of a video pro-
                                                                                          ing it on its website. The video is also
                                                                                          available for viewing in the Paul and                       I     f you haven’t met her
                                                                                                                                                            yet, stop by and say        THREE-PEAT IS SWEET FOR LADY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 77-38, whopping Penn State-Berks 74-53,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and racking up a 55-42 victory over arch-
evening it didn’t matter. A “Celebration     duced by Mario Acerra, head of NCC’s         Harriett Mack Library at NCC.                                 hello to Sherri Jones,                                                   rival Manor College in the finale.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      SPARTANS
of Unity” held in memory of Martin           Radio/TV program, to chronicle the                                                                         NCC’s new director of                                                       “We finally started playing together as
Luther King, Jr. drew close to 300 people
of all races to NCC earlier this semester
                                             experiences of Lehigh
                                             Valley residents who took
                                                                                                                                                        the annual fund and         I   t looked like a sure bet. With four
                                                                                                                                                                                          out of five starters returning from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 a team,” said Bowers. While joking that he
                                                                                                                                                        alumni relations. A                                                      could use a “mental health break,” Coach
                                                                                                                                                                                    last year’s undefeated season in the
for a performance that “filled the Lipkin    part in the 1963 March                                                                                     native of the Lehigh                                                     Art Wolfe had high praise for the team.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Eastern Pennsylvania Collegiate
Theatre with love,” according to The         on Washington.                                                                          Valley, Sherri gained extensive experience                                                  “They wanted it, and they did a super job
                                                                                                                                                                                    Conference, the Lady Spartans were
Express-Times.                                  Titled “Echoes of the                                                                in alumni and development work at her                                                       — not just the five starters, but all nine
                                                                                                                                                                                    expected to romp to another conference
   Coordinated by Professor of               Dream,” the video has                                                                   alma mater, Cornell University. A member                                                    players. This victory is definitely the
                                                                                                                                                                                    championship this year. It wasn’t to be.
Counseling Frank Stanton, and assisted       since been distributed                                                                  of Phi Theta Kappa, she is a strong advo-                                                   sweetest of the three.”
                                                                                                                                                                                    First Beth Bowers went out with an ankle
by Marcia Theadford of the financial aid     to high schools, middle                                                                 cate for community colleges. She says the      injury. Then two other players found
staff, the program included a perfor-        schools and public                                                                      courses she took at Tompkins Cortland          themselves ineligible to play for academic
mance by The Roxey Ballet; music by a        libraries in Lehigh,                                                                    Community College and at Corning               reasons.
gospel choir led by Associate Professor      Northampton and                                                                         Community College prepared her well for           With a disappointing 18-7 record, the
of English Sharon Gavin-Levy; a dramatic     Monroe counties. The                                                                    Cornell. Prior to joining the staff at NCC     defending champions entered the EPCC
presentation written by Professor of         King Center, established                                                                in March, Sherri served as associate direc-    play-offs seeded third, facing one team
English Robert Mundhenk and per-             in Atlanta by Coretta                                                                   tor of the annual fund at Muhlenberg
                                                                         Fine and performing arts major Lateefa Mosley performs a                                                   who had beaten them once during the
formed by students and staff; a keynote      Scott King, provided                                                                    College. She looks forward to getting to
                                                                         scene from “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide                                                  regular season and two who had beaten
                                                                         When the Rainbow is Enuf.”                                  know many NCC alums in the months              them twice. Undaunted, they pulled out

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                                                                                                                                                                                        An early (c. 1970) group of environmental studies students
                                 CHANGE IS IN THE WIND                                                                                                                                  battling the famous wind during field study.


                     AS ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION BEGINS                                                                                                                                   NCC will have its own
                                                                                                                                                                                         “movie clips” too, with a
                                                                                                                                                                                         video of the winners being
                                     BY MARY ANN LEONE, ’00                     second floor of the College Center where                                                                 shown before the sumptu-
                                                                                Student Activities is located today. If you                                                              ous repast.
                                                                                   sat out there to eat, your lunch would
The wind that sighs
                                     N     early everyone on campus has a
                                             tale to tell about buffeting             fly back onto your lap, and your hair
                                                                                                                                                                                                 The awards selection
                                                                                                                                                                                         committee is comprised of
                                     winds. In the early days, NCC’s                      would be plastered to your head.”                                                              individuals and representa-
  before the dawn                    first president closed the                                      The winds are still                                                                 tives of organizations who
                                     college after a windblast                                  with us as we trudge                                                                     were honored during NCC’s
Chases the gloom of night                                                                              through mud                                                                       30th anniversary, including:
                                     knocked out an elec-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dedicated in 1999, the college’s newest
The curtains of the                  trical transformer.                                              and stones amidst                                                                  Patricia Chila, project director
                                                                                                      construction pro-                                                                  of the Hispanic American           building, the Student Enrollment Center,
                                     There was also con-
  East are drawn,                    siderable concern that                                        jects. Despite these                                                                  Organization; Daniel Cohen,        provides a starting point for the students
And suddenly— ‘tis light.            day that the faculty                                       challenges, enrollment                                                                   Esquire, chairman of the board     of the new millennium.
                                     “offices” (really just flim-                           continues to grow.When the        are Hank and Joanne Barnett and Inez                       of ProJeCt of Easton; JoAnn
       ~ “La Vent de l’Esprit”       sy trailers) might be in peril.                   college opened on October 2, 1967,     and Ed Donley, long known for their good      Dischinat, co-owner of G&J Mobil Pit            the Bethlehem Steel Foundation; Robert
         Sir Lewis Morris                “There is no wind like                       450 students were expected. More        works in the community.                       Stop, Inc.; philanthropist Marlene O.           C.Wood, chairman of the board of Wood
                                     Northampton wind,” declares long-time        than 800 showed up. Since then, more           The Community Fabric Awards reflect        “Linny” Fowler; Cindy Glick, director of        Dining Services, and Dr. John Updegrove,
                                     employee RoseAnn Palsi, Call Center man-   than 200,000 have taken classes here and      the creative vision of the founders.          community relations at Just Born, Inc.;         a retired physician.
                                     ager.“There was an open-air patio on the   close to 20,000 have earned certificates,     Thanks to the ingenuity of The Wood           Timothy J. Holt, director corporate rela-          “The awards are appropriate,” Harper
                                                                                degrees or diplomas.                          Company, the menu for the black-tie           tions for Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.;     says,“because serving the community
                                                                                    This year marks NCC’s 35th anniver-       event will be an exact replica of the actu-   James Kostecky, director of corporate sup-      with the best possible educational pro-
                 SPECIAL EVENTS                                                 sary. To commemorate the milestone, a         al Academy Awards dinner in Hollywood.        port programs and executive director of         grams and staff has been at the heart
                                                                                host of exciting activities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            of Northampton’s mission since its
                                                                                are planned, culminating in
           QUADFEST — Four different musical events in the                      the presentation of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            inception.”
           Quad area, with free food. The theme for the first                                                                                                                                                                  Earl Page, professor of history and
                                                                                Community Fabric Awards
           one on April 25 will be a 35th birthday party for                                                                                                                                                                sociology, recalls when he came for an
                                                                                to individuals, businesses
           NCC.                                                                                                                                                                                                             interview in 1971.“The first person [I
                                                                                and organizations who rep-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            saw] was a woman, the second was black,
                                                                                resent “threads” that come
           SPRINGFEST — May 5 from noon to 5 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                           and the third was Hispanic, and I
                                                                                together to make a differ-
           This annual day of entertainment, games, rides and                                                                                                                                                               thought,‘I can teach here.’”
                                                                                ence in the Lehigh Valley.
           displays for the entire family will include a gourmet                                                                                                                                                               Page still believes in the benefits
                                                                                    James Harper of NCC’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            of a community college and its accessibili-
           luncheon for alumni in a park area designated                        institutional advancement
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ty. Of the students he says,“They are a
           “Alumni Gardens.” Classical guitarists and other                     staff reports that the cele-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mixture of valedictorians, undecideds,
           entertainment will add to the festivities.                           bration, scheduled for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             and those forced to come by their par-
                                                                                October 26, has been in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ents, and who later blossom. Many times
           GRADUATION GALA — May 17 at 7 p.m.                                   planning stages for over a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            they leave and then come back more
           A glittering semi-formal evening for graduates,                      year.“There has been a lot
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            motivated.”
           complete with roaming musicians and delicious food.                  of community involvement,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               In the months ahead, the community is
                                                                                he says. Scott V. Fainor, presi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            invited to join alumni, students, faculty
           COMMENCEMENT — May 23 at 6:30 p.m.                                   dent and CEO of Nazareth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and staff in enjoying the 35th anniversary
           A delegate from each graduating class since 1969                     National Bank, and Robert
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            festivities on a beautifully refurbished
           will carry a banner specially designed with their                    Wood, chairman of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            campus ...on the wings of the famous
           commencement year in the processional to mark                        board of The Wood
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Northampton wind.
           NCC’s 35th anniversary.                                              Company, are serving as co-
                                                                                chairs. The honorary chairs
                                                                                                                              Construction begins on the College Center in 1970.


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          He said,                                                                                                                                              DIGITAL ART INSTITUTE TAKES SHAPE

           she said
                                                                    “  [NCC students] are a cut above other college students because
                                                              they are more serious. They want to be there and many are working.
                                                                                                                                   ”
                                                                             — Larry Melley in an interview with Madeleine Mathias of
                                                                   The Morning Call regarding his experiences in completing his degree
                                                                                         (and competing in tennis) for NCC at age 77.
                                                                                                                                         BY HEIDI BRIGHT BUTLER                        over the northeast who want to update
                                                                                                                                                                                       their skills, but who have had trouble
                                                                                                                                                                                       finding training that fits into their work
                                                “  Norman was the one who instilled in me the
                                               sense of being artist. He also gave me a sense of                                         T   o be or not to be? Sometimes it’s
                                                                                                                                                 hard to tell.
                                                                                                                                                                                       schedules. “There will be very little lec-
                                                                                                                                                                                       ture,” says Greenberg. “Most of the
                                              how seriously you have to take acting to succeed.                                              On the computer screen in Ira             instruction will be hands-on.”
                                                       It’s a lesson I carry with me every day
                                            — Michael Bentt who plays Sonny Liston in the movie
                                                                                                 ”                                       Greenberg’s office, a propeller begins to
                                                                                                                                         turn on a model airplane. As the blades
                                                                                                                                                                                          Unlike many other training programs,
                                                                                                                                                                                       the Digital Art Institute will bridge the
                                            “Ali,” speaking of Norman Roberts, his former acting                                         rotate faster and faster, the plane takes     fine and commercial arts. It also will be
                                                            professor at NCC, in The Morning Call                                        off, performs a dizzying series of stunts,    open to professionals in other fields.
                                                                                                                                         lands, and glides slowly to a stop.           “The applications for this software are
“   Hold onto [your dreams] like a bulldog holds onto its steak.
— Assistant Director of Financial Aid Marcia Theadford,
                                                                  ”                                                                          Greenberg didn’t videotape this scene
                                                                                                                                         in his backyard. Like a modern-day
                                                                                                                                                                                       diverse,” Greenberg explains. “Not only
offering students advice during a program in which she and other                                                                                                                       can it be used to create special effects
                                                                                                                                         Gepetto working in pixels instead of          for television and film and illustrations
staff members talked about some of the challenges they have faced
                                                                                                                                         wood, the associate professor of art built    for the publishing industry, it can allow
in their careers and personal lives.
                                                                                                                                         the virtual plane and gave it life using a    architects to walk a client through a
                                                                                                                                         sophisticated software package called         photo-realistic building before construc-
                                                                                                                                         “LightWave 3D.” (To see the animation,        tion begins, it can enable law enforce-
                                                                                                                                         click on www.iragreenberg.com/mp.)            ment officers to simulate a crime scene,
                                                                                                                                             Starting this spring, artists and other   and medical researchers to depict the
                                                                                                                                         professionals who were born too soon
                                                                           “  I usually pray just
                                                                           for myself. Lately I’ve                                       to be exposed to this technology in
                                                                                                                                                                                       inner workings of a cell.”
                                                                                                                                                                                          “It is the most mature tool I’ve ever
                                                                   been finding myself praying                                           school will have a chance to learn how        used,” says Greenberg. New to the facul-
                                                                                                                                         to use it in intensive weekend training
                                                                        a lot more for others.
                                                                    — Becky Olsen, president of
                                                                                               ”                                         sessions conducted in NCC’s state-of-the-
                                                                                                                                                                                       ty this year, Greenberg served as director
                                                                                                                                                                                       of new media for H20 Associates in New
                                                                    NCC’s Christian Fellowship,                                          art graphics lab.                             York City before coming to NCC. He
                                                                      quoted in The Chronicle of                                             “Introduction to LightWave 3D” and        holds a master’s in fine arts from the
                                                                         Higher Education, in an                                         “LightWave 3D Intermediate” will be the       University of Pennsylvania and a bache-
                                                                    article describing the impact                                        first two courses offered at NCC’s new        lor’s in fine arts from Cornell.
                                                                     the events of September 11                                          “Digital Art Institute.” Classes in other        To see samples of artwork generated
                                                                          had on college students                                        advanced graphics programs may follow,        in LightWave 3D, go to
          “ Justice exists in society when human beings
         are bound together by a mutual recognition
                                                                               across the country.                                       according to Tom Shillea, who directs
                                                                                                                                         the college’s art programs.
                                                                                                                                                                                       www.newtekpro.com. For
                                                                                                                                                                                       more information about NCC’s
         of rights and mutual cooperation for the                                                                                            The institute is expected to attract      Digital Art Institute, visit
         common good.
                        ”
         — Dr. John McCartney, describing Dr. Martin
                                                                                                                                         artists, designers and teachers from all      www.digitalartinstitute.com.
         Luther King, Jr.’s vision of a just society at the
         “Celebration of Unity” held at NCC.
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            THE                                                                                                   Maria (DelGrosso) Frey, ’81
                                                                                                                        & Jeffrey Frey



L      OVE                                                                                           M                 aria DelGrosso was excited about the
                                                                                                                         opportunity to have her 15 minutes of fame.
                                                                                                                       It wasn’t often that a college student had the
                                                                                                     opportunity to be on the radio — especially to support a
                                                                                                     cause she believed in.




CONNECTION                   B Y S A N D Y S TA H L
                                                                                                           Back in 1980, as a student assistant in Northampton’s pub-
                                                                                                     lic information office, Maria was asked by her supervisor, Sue
                                                                                                                        Kubik, if she would represent Liberty High
                                                                                                                          School in a new series of ads to promote
                                                                                                                           the college.
                                                                                                                                    DelGrosso was asked to help recruit
                                                                                                                             a male student to represent Freedom High
                                                                                                                           School graduates.“Sue gave me a list of
                                                                                                                           men from Freedom and I began leaving
                                                                                                                         messages,” Maria said.“Jeff just happened to
                                                                                                                      be the first person to call back.”




 W                      hat is it about academia that makes it a breeding
                    ground for love connections? If you think about
                     it, it makes perfect sense.
              After all, in college, you spend hours upon hours of your life on
 campus.You eat there, study there, perhaps even sleep there.You’re enjoying
                                                                                                           Kubik did a preliminary interview with Jeffery. “She came
                                                                                                     in and told me he was really cute,” Maria said.
                                                                                                           That March, on recording day, Maria and Jeff would meet
                                                                                                     for the first time.
                                                                                                           “It was love at first sight,” Maria said, smiling.
                                                                                                           Jeffrey agreed:“Well, we came from rival high schools,” he
                                                                                                     said with a chuckle.“When I met her in the public information
                                                                                                     office, I thought she was attractive right away.Things just went
 the best of academic and leisure pursuits.You have the rare opportunity to                          from there.”                                                             Maria and Jeffrey Frey, in a photo taken at Northampton
 meet a variety of new people, many with similar interests and goals, and many                             Fortunately, they hit it off, enjoying every minute of the         (coincidentally!) on the anniversary of their first date.
                                                                                                     studio experience.They watched each other record their
                           whose views and interests you’ve never encountered.                                                                                                Their three children,Andrew, 13, Rebecca, 9, and Peter, 4, often
                                                                                                     memorized scripts, and had time to sneak in some casual con-
                                    Chances are, you know a couple who met and                       versation as well. Because they had spent a lot of time talking          ask them to repeat the story of their meeting.
                                                                                                     the day they made their radio spots, Jeffrey said he had no                    Maria, who currently serves as Northampton’s bursar, says
                                     fell in love at college. Or perhaps you can                                                                                              she is full of constant reminders of their courtship.
                                                                                                     trouble making the first phone call to Maria to ask her out.
                                        count yourself among the fortunate who                             The radio experience continued to give them laughs for a                 “Jeffrey was a baseball player, so when I walk by the gym
                                                                                                     long time.                                                               I still get a little twang,” she said.
                                            have Northampton to thank for more
                                                                                                           “When we were dating, we’d be driving in the car and
                                            than an education. Here are a few                        hear each other on the radio.We both thought that was really
                                           stories from some of the lucky ones:                      funny,” Maria said.
                                                                                                           “Maria was one of those special students — the engaging                 Shawna Gibbs, ’95 (early childhood) and Andy
                                                                                                     one with a spark and a warm, caring manner,” Kubik says.                      Gibbs, ’91 (criminal justice) of Ardley, Pa.
                                                While it’s impossible to know just how many love     “When she and Jeff got together you could sense there was                                        I met my husband, Andy at the col-
                                                connections were made at Northampton, it’s safe to   something special there, so we were delighted for her and                                        lege in 1993.We were both in the
                                                say that Cupid has struck many times over the past   later, as we got to know Jeff, for the two of them.” Kubik, now                                  Presidential Ambassador Scholarship
                              35 years. Many relationships that began at Northampton — perhaps       Northampton’s vice president of institutional advancement,                    Program. Because we spent so much time together
                                                                                                     says she and the others on staff “took special pride in know-                 through the scholarship, we were able to get to know
                              in the classroom, or over a cup of coffee in the cafeteria — have
                                                                                                     ing we played a small part in bringing them together.”                        each other and become great friends.We dated through-
                              continued to thrive. A group of former Northampton students wanted
                                                                                                           Jeffrey proposed to Maria on Halloween night in 1981                    out college and were married in 1998.We just celebrat-
                              to share their love stories — in their own words. Look for them in     (her ring was a ‘treat’), and the Freys were married in 1982.                 ed the birth of our son in December of 2001.
                              these blue boxes, throughout the issue.


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                                                                                                              off to a guy not worth pursuing, Sheyla
                                                                       Sheyla Rivera-                         had a strong urge to meet the man who                               Kathy (Fogel) Henderson and
                                                                         Ramos, ’99 &                         had just let her down.
                                                                                                                      “I was really upset, so I went to
                                                                                                                                                                                  James W. Henderson of Lehighton
                                                                     Wilfred Ramos, ’99                       the financial aid office [where Wilfred
                                                                                                                                                                                                       My husband James and I met at NCC
                                                                                                                                                                                                       in 1977. He was a computer science
                                                                                                              was working] and asked for him,” she said.
                                                                                                              “When I saw him, I said,‘My name is                                                      major and I was a commercial art


                                                           O          ne day in July, family and friends of
                                                                        Sheyla Rivera and Wilfred Ramos
                                                                      received a nondescript manila enve-
                                                           lope in the mail. When they opened it, they
                                                                                                              Sheyla Rivera and you stood me up. Now that you
                                                                                                              know me, you can’t stand me up.’”
                                                                                                                   As she walked away,Wilfred called out for her phone
                                                                                                              number.
                                                                                                                                                                                  major. I was riding on NCC’s equestrian team and was
                                                                                                                                                                                  at Hob Nob Hill taking a riding lesson when he and a
                                                                                                                                                                                  friend of his stopped by. He had dared his friend, who
                                                                                                                                                                                  had never been on a horse, to join the team. My hus-
                                                                                                                   Ever since their first date, when Sheyla says Wilfred          band, who had ridden before, realized that he was
                                                           saw something quite unexpected — a wed-
                                                                                                              ‘let her win’ at racquetball, they’ve been best friends.They        missing out on a lot of fun, and decided to join the
                                                           ding announcement and framed photo of the
                                                                                                              approach life as a team: they took turns putting each               team also.
                                                           happy newlyweds.The couple told no one
                                                                                                              other through school, and worked toward buying a house.                 When I first met Jim, I didn't like him at all. I
                                                           about their wedding date — even their par-
                                                                                                              Wilfred went on to receive a degree in individualized               thought he bragged too much. But the more I got to
                                                           ents were in the dark.
                                                                                                              transfer studies, then transferred to DeSales to earn a B.S.
                                                                   “We had our bridal pictures taken                                                                              know him, the more my opinion changed. He was pres-
                                                                                                              in information technology. Sheyla, who studies CAD, is
                                                           early,”Wilfred explained.“We went to the                                                                               ident of Phi Beta Lambda and convinced me to join.
                                                                                                              currently attending Moravian.
                                                           courthouse, got married, and went to the post                                                                          I was also the secretary of the student senate.At that
                                                                                                                   The couple credits Northampton with changing their
                                                           office.Then we sat back and waited for the                                                                             time, the senate offices were in the same building as
                                                                                                              personal and professional lives.
                                                           phone calls.”                                                                                                          the frat’s office along with the offices of other student
                                                                                                                   “The reason I was delayed going back to school is
                                                                It was a happy moment in a relationship                                                                           organizations.We shared a common area, so I saw Jim
                                                                                                              because I tried to find an environment like Northampton
                                                           that didn’t start out well. In fact, it nearly
                                                                                                              — I would have never left,” Sheyla said.                            often in passing. One day, I was in the senate office
                                                           didn’t start at all.
                                                                                                                                                                                  doing paperwork when Jim came in.We started talking
                                                                Sheyla had been planning to attend the
                                                                                                                                                                                  and before I knew what happened, he had backed me
                                                           Monroe Campus, but when she couldn’t get
                                                           into a class she wanted, she began to attend                                                                           up against one of the filing cabinets and kissed me.
                                                           the Main Campus. She fell in love with              Ann (McGinley) Gralski, ’95 (education) and Bill                   Then he left! I was so shocked, I just stood there for a
                                                           Northampton, and became involved in several         Gralski, ’75 (life science) of Harrisburg                          minute. I realized then and there that he was the one
                                                           student activities. In 1997, a mutual friend                           My husband and I attended NCC in                for me.
                                                           suggested that Sheyla and Wilfred would be a                           the mid 70s where we met and fell                   After that, we did everything together from attend-
                                                           good match, and she proceeded to arrange a                             in love.We will be married 24 years             ing frat conventions to horse shows. Our love for each
Rivera-Ramos and Ramos used this photo to surprise their   blind date. One Monday morning, Sheyla wait-                                                                           other grew and in 1979, Jim presented me with an
friends and family members.                                                                                    this April.We have 3 children, Laura 22, and
                                                           ed for Wilfred in the cafeteria, but he never                                                                          engagement ring tied around a white ceramic horse to
                                                                                                               Christopher and Maggie, both 17.
                                                           showed.While many women might chalk it                                                                                 symbolize how we met.We were married in April 1980
                                                                                                                   After graduating from NCC, Bill went on to the
                                                                                                               University of Pittsburgh where he earned a bachelor’s              and left the church in a carriage pulled by a white
                                                                                                               degree in life science. From there it was on to Penn               horse. This year we will be celebrating our 22nd
                                                                                                               State where he earned a master’s degree in environ-                anniversary.We have one son, James IV, who is 5 years
                              Tiffanie (Wood) Jones, ’98, and Lenwood Jones, ’99                                                                                                  old.
                                                                                                               mental pollution control. He is now a registered pro-
                              (both funeral service) of Philadelphia                                                                                                                  When I think back, I can’t believe how fast time has
                                                                                                               fessional engineer and works for an engineering firm
                                                 We were both in the mortuary science program,                                                                                    passed and how much NCC’s campus has changed and
                                                                                                               in Harrisburg.
                                                 and both lived on campus.We became friends                                                                                       grown. NCC certainly enriched my life in more ways
                                                                                                                   I went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in ele-
                                                 since we had some of the same classes together.We                                                                                than just an excellent education! By the way, although
                                                                                                               mentary education from Indiana University of PA.
                              were married May 6, 2000, and we are both working as funeral                                                                                        regretfully we did not get our diplomas from NCC, Jim
                                                                                                               After 16 years as a stay at home mom, I returned to
                              directors in Philadelphia. I work with my family at Wood Funeral                                                                                    is now a senior Internet analyst. I am a part-time sec-
                                                                                                               the work force as an instruction aide at a local ele-
                              Home in West Philadelphia and Lenwood works for Savin Funeral                                                                                       retary for Concern. I belong to the Carbon County Art
                                                                                                               mentary school, where I work with students who
                              Home in North Philadelphia. We are also the proud parents of a                                                                                      League and exhibit my art work in different shows.
                                                                                                               have learning disabilities.
                              baby boy, Myles Carlin, born February 1.




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                                                                                                                                                                                              Eileen (Evans) Colahan, ’72 & Paul Colahan, ’72
                                                                                                                                  was talking about me. He was telling his friends about      (both business administration)
Damian Righi ’99 (specialized diploma in multimedia)                                      Pauline (Rice)                          some girl who called him, giving them details of our                           Paul and I met at what was called the
                                                                                                                                  conversation,” she said.“At least he was pretty nice
and Sandy Bojko ’01 (education)                                                              Pettit, ’96                          about it.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 student house. It was a small house locat-
                    Sandy and I met at a theater performance of Romeo                                                                                                                                            ed where the dorms are now. Certain
                    and Juliet the NCC theater was doing a couple of years
                                                                                         & Matthew Pettit                               After Matthew’s friends left, Pauline introduced
                                                                                                                                                                                              groups of people “hung out” there between classes. There
                                                                                                                                  herself.“He was shocked — he was expecting a tall
                    ago. I was running sound and she was an usher.Wanda                                                                                                                       was one sorority and one fraternity on campus whose
                                                                                                                                  blonde,” the petite brunette said with a chuckle.
Guzman (who has since passed away) introduced us.I was showing                                                                          Pauline and Matthew went outside to conduct the       members were usually at “the house,” but there were other
Wanda some audio stuff in the control booth and told her that I thought
"that girl down there" was pretty. So then she goes and calls her up to the
booth and introduces us! I was so nervous....Well then I give Sandy my
number after the play. The next day, Saturday, I was away at a gig.Wanda
                                                                              P            auline Pettit jokes that her life is
                                                                                              like a screenplay. She’s proba-
                                                                                           bly not too far from the truth.
                                                                                   In 1994, one of Pauline’s first classes at
                                                                                                                                  interview at a bench outside College Center.The two
                                                                                                                                  made an immediate connection because of their joint
                                                                                                                                  Asian heritage. From there, they discovered they had
                                                                                                                                  more in common: both of their fathers were Vietnam
                                                                                                                                                                                              individuals who liked to be there also. It was just a real
                                                                                                                                                                                              nice group of people who became very close.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  At the time, Paul and I were each steadily dating other
                                                                                                                                                                                              people but we became good friends. He transferred to the
got Sandy’s number from her that day. On Sunday morning, Wanda called                                                             veterans who met their wives during the war.They            University of Dayton, and I transferred to Lehigh. It was
                                                                              Northampton was journalism.With that came
my house with her number. I was sleeping, so my mom wrote Sandy’s                                                                 ended up talking for a while, getting to know each          not until we ran into each other between our junior
                                                                              the responsibility of putting out The
number down.                                                                                                                      other through their life stories.                           and senior years at Dayton and Lehigh that we found out
                                                                              Commuter, the student-run newspaper.
    When I got the message, I thought Sandy called me. So I thought I was                                                               After she did the interview, Pauline was thinking     our personal lives had changed since NCC and we started
                                                                              Pauline was looking for a story just days from
                                                                                                                                  about Matthew. She discovered that he couldn’t drive        dating.
calling her back. In reality she probably never would have called me and I    her deadline, after the one she had been
                                                                                                                                  and decided that he needed to get out, so she decided
probably never would have called her! We started dating, and now we're        chasing for weeks didn’t pan out. She was                                                                           We were married in 1976 and have two sons. Our old-
                                                                                                                                  to visit him at the house where he was staying to be
getting married May 18th.                                                     desperate, and fresh out of ideas.                                                                              est son, Trevor, graduated from NCC in 2000 and will grad-
                                                                                                                                  close to campus.A fast friendship developed.
(Righi works at Northampton as a Systems Technician in Academic                    English professor and former student                                                                       uate this May from Lehigh University with a B.S. in
                                                                                                                                        As the months passed, Pauline learned about can-
Computing & Media Services.)                                                  newspaper advisor Jim von Schilling strongly                                                                    mechanical engineering. Our youngest son, Ryan, will grad-
                                                                                                                                  cer firsthand, including the emotional and physical
                                                                              encouraged her to do a profile on a student                                                                     uate this May from NCC and transfer to either Lehigh or
                                                                                                                                  tolls it took on Matthew’s body. She visited him in the
                                                                              who was undergoing treatment for leukemia.                                                                      the University of Dayton in computer engineering. Both of
                                                                                                                                  hospital, where Matthew stayed for weeks at a time.
                                                                                         She resisted at first — the subject
                                                                                                                                  She brought pictures to remind him of all he tri-           them have appeared in the NCC television ads and Trevor
                                                                                         was just too heavy.
                                                                                                                                  umphed over.A network of her friends prayed for him.        has been on the NCC billboards throughout the valley.
                                                                                                  “I really didn’t know much
                                                                                                                                        “I began to realize that our relationship had grown       We have always stayed close to NCC and have been
                                                                                         about cancer, and I was nervous
                                                                                                                                  deeper because I had seen some real things he was           active in the Alumni Association (Paul is a past president).
                                                                                         about taking on something I didn’t
                                                                                                                                  going through. Sometimes he didn’t want me to be            NCC has proved invaluable to our entire family. Since grad-
                                                                                         know about,” she explained.
                                                                                                                                  there, but at the same time, I was the symbol of what       uation we have taken numerous other courses at NCC to
                                                                                         “Several times I looked for other
                                                                                                                                  was normal, so he didn’t want to let me go either,”         continue to widen our horizons. This semester, I am taking
                                                                                         stories, but nothing came up.”
                                                                                                                                  Pauline said
                                                                                                  She called him, and he was                                                                  a computer course.
                                                                                                                                        The transplant Matthew received was a great suc-
                                                                                         resistant. He had been interviewed                                                                       Other people who met at NCC, hung out at the house
                                                                                                                                  cess. Doctors, who had given a grim statistic regarding
                                                                                         by several reporters from area                                                                       and married in our same time frame include Dennis
                                                                                                                                  his survival, were thrilled with the outcome (Matthew
                                                                                         newspapers and he was tired of it.                                                                   Parsons and Debbie Gaertke who live in Bethlehem and
                                                                                                                                  has been in remission for six years).
                                                                                         But she was persistent, pulling                                                                      Doug Lindner and Sue Uberoth who live in Saugerties, N.Y.
                                                                                                                                        As the years passed, the couple hit some rocky
                                                                                         every excuse out of the hat                                                                          We are still in touch with both of these couples.
                                                                                                                                  times, but stayed in touch.After Matthew passed the
                                                                                         (including the fact that she needed
                                                                                                                                  five-year mark in his remission, a major milestone in
                                                                                         it for a class final grade) until he
                                                                                                                                  cancer recovery, he ventured to China for a month to
                                                                                         finally relented.
                                                                                                                                  visit Pauline, who had moved there to teach, and their
                                                                                                  They were set to meet in
                                                                                                                                  son Austin, now 4.
                                                                                         Laub Lounge.When Pauline
                                                                                                                                        “It took a few years for us to realize that we were
                                                                                         arrived, the student, Matthew
                                                                                                                                  really going to commit to each other for life.And at
                                                                                         Pettit, was sitting among a group
                                                                                                                                  that point we decided we wanted to do something
                                                                                         of his friends. She recognized him
                                                                                                                                  special, so we got registered by a magistrate in China
                                                                                         from a fundraiser poster, but he
                                                                                                                                  in January 2000,” Pauline said.An American wedding
                                                                                         had no idea what she’d look like.
                                                                                                                                  followed during the summer.That December, Matthew
                                                                                         She slid in nearby to wait for him
                                                                                                                                  moved there to be with his wife and son until they
                                                                                         to finish.
                                                                                                                                  returned to the Lehigh Valley area in July.
                                                                                                  “As I tuned in, I realized he

 Pauline (Rice) and Matthew Pettit with fireworks, a Chinese
 symbol of celebration.
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                                                                                                                                             BY JAMES L. JOHNSON, ’89                                                                               With Internet users expected to hit
               Joseph Fink & Amy Kissel                                  were talking on the phone. Even                                                                                                                                        377 million people by 2003, it seems
                                                                         though Fink knew the sentiment
                                                                         wasn’t directed to him, he seized
                                                                         the opportunity:“I love you too,” Fink                              I               n the early 1980s,
                                                                                                                                                              Bruce Palmer, ’77,
                                                                                                                                                             went techno-surfing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                like cyberdating is here to stay. If the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                thought of a tailor-made mate revs your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                modem, online personals offer the

S           ometimes what starts out as a bad day can end
              up being one of the best days of your life.
            Joseph Fink, ’98, who was working as an aide in
Northampton’s library, had one of those days during the spring
                                                                         ventured.
                                                                              “There was about five minutes of silence, and then Amy
                                                                         said she’d call me tomorrow,” he remembered.“Two weeks
                                                                         later, she told me she felt the same way.”
                                                                                                                                             for love. Kind of.“PCs were still in
                                                                                                                                             their infancy back then,” says
                                                                                                                                             Palmer, an NCC Foundation Board
                                                                                                                                             member and college Trustee.“I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                chance to find someone based on crite-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ria you input.And if it’s shyness that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                keeps you off the dance floor, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                onlines allow you to connect without
of 1998.“It seemed nothing was going right,” he explained.                    Part of what attracted Kissel to Fink, she says, was his       went to a place in Wescosville                                                                     worrying about tripping over your feet,
     Little did he know just how much that day would turn                kindness. She recalls a time when the couple was in the             called Matchmaker, without the                                                                     or your tongue: message boards mean
around — he was about to meet his future wife.                           library together. Reaching to check his email, Fink dropped a       dot com.They just used written                                                                     the luxury of tweaking your worst
     Amy Kissel, ’99, was in the library doing some work and             very heavy bookbag directly onto Kissel’s hand.The sheer            questionnaires and index cards.                                                                    words into witticisms before hitting
the two became fast friends.They started talking on the phone            force of several pounds of books nearly broke her thumb.“I          After screening, a date was                                                                        that submit button.Along with elabo-
(“for months on end,” according to Kissel), and a friendship             thought I ruined my chances,” Fink said. But what it showed         arranged by mutual consent over                                                                    rate screening processes, electronic
blossomed.                                                               Kissel was just how much he cared, after attending to her           the phone and you met face to face.”The method worked                   matchmakers also post your would-be heartthrob’s picture, so
     Romance was on Fink’s mind first. He decided to test the            every need and apologizing repeatedly.“That’s when I knew I         though; he and his wife, Judy, recently celebrated their 17th           you can elect or reject the color of their eyes or the quirkiness
waters after he heard her tell a relative,“I love you” while they        loved him,” she said.                                               anniversary.                                                            of their smile without the slightest commitment.
                                                                              Just after midnight one New Year’s morning — at 12:03                Today, wired-age lovers can click their way to romance                  While you're out there trying to score points though,
                                                                                                        a.m. to be exact — Fink proposed     with online love finders like Kiss.com,AmericanSingles.com,             don’t forget what your mother taught you: be polite; don’t be
                                                                                                        by hiding a ring under the couch.    Yahoo! personals — the list is long and filled with people              pushy! Tone of voice and body language won’t be there to
                                                                                                        Kissel accepted.When they dis-       seeking people, just like you. Kathleen Roldan, public relations        help you in the ether world. Come on too strong and your
                                                                                                        covered that the anniversary of      manager at Match.com, can boast of more than 2.5 million                pitch may wind up in the recycle bin. Heidi Muller, relation-
                                                                                                        their meeting would occur on a       members with profiles posted to their site.                             ship correspondent for the Webzine,AskMen.com, offers
                                                                                                        Saturday in 2002, they decided             “We’ve got more than a half million new members regis-            advice based on common courtesy:“[Pushiness] is unattractive
                                                                                                        that it was meant to be their        tering on the site each month,” she says.“Match estimates it is         in the real world and even more so in the wired world.The
                                                                                                        wedding day.                         responsible for arranging hundreds of thousands of relation-            same rules of etiquette that apply offline are valid online.
                                                                                                                After their April 27         ships for its members.”That’s the dating part.The company’s             Remember to be courteous and respectful.”
                                                                                                        nuptials, they plan to revisit the   Web site also boasts 1,400 confirmed marriages, with 75                       Before scanning your own image into a JPEG, you should
                                                                                                        campus to have some wedding          babies (including two sets of twins).And that’s just one site.          also be sure to weigh the cons against the pros.While the
                                                                                                        photos taken.                              If spring blossoms with love for the young at heart, the          anonymity of email can be a boon to overcoming the
                                                                                                                “We were looking for a       Web is an all-season bouquet of wildflowers.Type something              restraints of shyness, it can also allow for a lot of personality
                                                                                                        place to have some outside           like ‘online matchmaking’ into Google’s search engine and               polishing.At its most harmless, people might lie about their
                                                                                                        photos taken, so we decided to       you’ll be scrolling a list of over 100,000 sites that might just        athletic prowess, or about that new promotion they hope will
                                                                                                        choose a place that was signifi-     find the him/her of your dreams.You surely won't scroll alone.          secrete pheromones of success to tempt their intended. But a
                                                                                                        cant to us,” Kissel said.“It works   CollegeClub.com, rated the number one college-oriented site             truly dark side could emerge if you run into a stalker type of
                                                                                                        out perfectly because the location   on the Net, conducted a poll of college-aged men and women              sicko. So do beware: once you’re out there, you're out there for
                                                                                                        is between the ceremony and          that generated more than 6,700 responses.To the question:               all the world to see.
                                                                                                        reception.”                          Have you ever tried to make a romantic connection online, 83                  When it comes down to it, finding romance in the 2000’s
                                                                                                                Kissel, who works as a       percent said they either use the Internet to do so, or would            isn’t all that different from way back in the 1900’s.You just
                                                                                                        nurse’s aide at Gracedale County     consider using it for that purpose (59 percent had already met          meet a whole lot more people, a lot faster.The search to com-
                                                                                                        Home in Nazareth, has returned       someone).                                                               plete ourselves with the love of another is as old as the human
                                                                                                        to Northampton to continue her                                                                               heart.True love? Only time will tell if you’ve found your soul
                                                                                                        education, with a major in nurs-                                                                             mate.The right one lasts a lifetime. Bruce and Judy Palmer can
                                                                                                        ing. Fink graduated from Moravian                                                                            tell you that.




                                                                                                                                                   C
                                                                                                        in December 2000, and is now
                                                                                                        serving as music minister at Our
                                                                                                        Lord’s Ascension




Fink and Kissel will marry this spring.
                                                                                                        Polish National
                                                                                                        Catholic Church,
                                                                                                        Bethlehem.                                                                   YBERDATING
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                                                                                                                                              there’s an element of love in that, however




F OOD AS                                                                                                                                      broadly you want to define it.”
                                                                                                                                                    Welcoming the stranger might also lead to
                                                                                                                                              extending the family.When big sister eventually
                                                                                                                                              brings her boyfriend home to dinner, everyone
                                                                                                                                              recognizes this as a serious step toward a mutu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dr. Amy Chaballa-Wilde, ’85 (dental assisting) & James Wilde, ’84
                                                                                                                                                                                                          (funeral service) of Parkesburg, Chester County
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               My husband, James Wilde, funeral service class of ’84,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               and I, Dr.Amy Chaballa-Wilde, Dental Assisting, class
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               of ’85, met at Northampton in 1983. We played on the




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                                                                                                                                              al stamp of approval for the couple’s romance.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          college tennis team together (there was not a women’s team at that
                                                                                                                                              “Again,” says Fox,“the meal is used as a bridge
                                                                                                                                                                                                          time).We were married in 1991. I am now a periodontist and have a


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                                                                                                                                              to mark the importance of the event, and as an
                                                                                                                                              icebreaker and a demonstration of the family’s              practice in Lancaster and my husband is a partner in a funeral home
                                                                                                                                              good will.”The newcomer is assessed, and in                 in Parkesburg.We have three children, Lindsay, 5, Joseph, 4, and Abby 1.
                                                                                                                                              turn assesses, in the most familial of settings: the
                                                                                                                                              family meal.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ships, the male needs “to make some show of feeding to be
                                                                                                                                                    By the time we step out on our own, we have probably
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     acceptable.” Food and sex are physically linked in the limbic
                                                                                                                                              learned that food is a vortex for virtually every social event.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     system of the brain, which controls emotional activity in gen-
 BY JAMES L. JOHNSON, ’89                                               Lupercalia, the Roman precursor to Valentine’s Day, where an          From receptions and tea parties, to baby showers and funerals,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     eral. Good food, Fox says, equals good sex. Providing food
                                                                        orgy of food was matched by the behavior of the attending             if people are present, so is food.When it’s time for those inti-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     then, becomes an important index of a male’s suitability as a

 T            here is an Asian proverb that runs something
                 like this: In hell, people starve because their
              hands are chained to six-foot-long chopsticks.
 Heaven is the same; but in heaven, people feed one another.
                                                                        couples.That sexy side of mealtime lives on in cookbooks full
                                                                        of aphrodisiac-type recipies.
                                                                              Eating is included in everything from celebrations of
                                                                        friendships to shy, first romances to 75th wedding aniver-
                                                                                                                                              mate social gatherings made for two though, where we eat
                                                                                                                                              may be as important as what is on the menu.Thinking of win-
                                                                                                                                              ning her love with long lingering looks? Choose your eating
                                                                                                                                              venue wisely.Take it from an expert.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     mate.“Studies of Western females,” says Fox,“show that one of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     the most attractive features of a male is his willingness to pick
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     up the tab for a meal.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Men short of funds might suggest a stay-at-home cooking
     As this sketch of the realm of eternal reward suggests,            saries. Food is one of the ways we say I love you.                          “Fast food places usually have hard, uncomfortable seats,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     rendezvous. Chef Duncan sees merit in such a scenario, and
 mutual nourishment is a good thing. Indeed, in our residence                 “The connection between food and love seems difficult to        says Alan Pitotti ’95, assistant pastry chef at Hotel Hershey.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     even ties love to nutrition.“Cooking for one another on your
 on earth, much energy is devoted to the care and feeding of            deny,” says Elizabeth Bodien, instructor of sociology at NCC.         “You’ve got dinner in 30 seconds; you eat it in five or 10 min-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     day off,” he says,“can be a great way to share time.And people
 one another.The dining ritual is as old as the feast of                “One of an infant’s primary concerns is being fed. She wants,         utes.They want you in.They want you out. Next customer.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     who cook for one another can prepare low-calorie, low-fat
                                                                        and hopefully receives, not only food but food given by the           Whether you are planning that crucial impression-setting first
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     meals. It’s a good way to keep your lover healthy, as well as
                                                                        caregiver in a tender way, with affection. With love.That’s           date, fanning the smoldering logs of romance, or even reaffirm-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     attractive. In some respects it can lead to the courtship that
                                                                        important. Feeding is one of the first experiences of life.           ing the love of good friendship, Pitotti suggests you do so with
Dawn (Duckworth) Carl ’87 (liberal arts)                                                                                                                                                                             Escoffier was trying to accomplish.”
                                                                        Establishing a trusting bond in that pre-language state can be a      some intentional time on your hands.“Expect to spend a least
& Dennis Carl ’90 (math-physics)                                                                                                                                                                                          If you do opt for a home-cooked tete-e-tete, try a menu
                                                                        powerful beginning to a mature and caring adulthood.” If              a couple of hours when you fine dine,” he continues.“An inti-
                    We met in a college algebra class the                                                                                                                                                            that fuels the passion. Ellen and Michael Albertson can help.
                                                                        being loved teaches us to love others, perhaps infant feedings        mate dinner lets you forget all the hubbub and mishmosh of
                    summer of 1986. In July 1987, we mar-                                                                                                                                                            Their cookbook, Temptations: Igniting the Pleasure and
                                                                        also teach us to use food in our relationships.That nervous           the hectic lives we lead. It’s not just about not having to cook,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Power of Aphrodisiacs, is based on the idea that sex should be
                    ried at the UCC church in Broadway,                 first-date invitation to dinner may have deep-down ties to a far      it’s about time to appreciate one another’s company.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     fun. Ellen, a nutritionist and medical journalist, and Michael, a
N.J. Dawn went on to graduate with a liberal arts degree. I             earlier, and most wonderful banquet.                                        Showing your her/him that you care enough to slow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     former chef, researched a host of scientific evidence to back
graduated in 1990 with an A.S. degree in mathematics with                     If so, it is a feast that continues throughout our childhood,   down your time together is only part of the romantic cuisine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     up their claim that aphrodisiacs work.
a physics option.We will be married 15 years this July 25.              often on a daily basis with the family meal. Robin Fox, univer-       scene.The backlit menus and ceramic-tiled walls of fast food
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The couple list such love-foods as chocolate, oysters, gar-
We have no children.                                                    sity professor of social theory at Rutgers University, in his         beaneries don’t do much to flutter the pulse. Managers of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     lic (Nature’s Viagra, they say), and many others that have had
                                                                        essay, Food and Eating: An Anthropological Perspective, says          choice restaurants often outfit their dining rooms to act as
     Dawn continued her education at Kutztown and in                                                                                                                                                                 reputations as bedroom enhancers for thousands of years. But
                                                                        that along with satisfying our physical needs, eating is a “pro-      subliminal siren songs.
1990 graduated with a B.S. in education with a specializa-                                                                                                                                                           you'll find chile peppers, asparagus and avocados on their
                                                                        foundly social urge.” Learning to break bread with others is an             “The famous French chef,Auguste Escoffier, made an art
tion in mathematics. She is currently a high school mathe-                                                                                                                                                           menu too; along with pumpkin pie spices and lavender, the
                                                                        everyday ritual.The traditional setting for passing on cultural       of the whole dining experience,” says Chef Duncan Howden,
matics teacher in Lexington, Texas, instructing                                                                                                                                                                      smell of which “improves sex for men.”The couple single out
                                                                        values, as well as for fostering a sense of sharing and giving, is    associate professor of culinary arts at Northampton.“He
calculus, pre-calculus, and Algebra II. I graduated from                                                                                                                                                             fruits as well.With their sweet aromas, voluptuous textures
                                                                        the dinner table.“Mealtimes,” says Fox,“are events when the           employed it as a method of seduction: candle light, profession-
Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas in 1996, with a B.S.                                                                                                                                                             and bountiful nutrition, fruits, say the Albertsons,“are Cupid’s
                                                                        whole family or settlement or village comes together. ...Thus,        al waiters, table-side cooking.And exotic foods, like oysters
in computer science. I am currently working for the State of                                                                                                                                                         cupcakes.”
                                                                        food becomes not just a symbol of, but the reality of, love and       and truffles.”That example is followed today in fine-dining
Texas as a network specialist.We both agree the time spend                                                                                                                                                                Sharing our meals promotes good health of mind as well
                                                                        security.”                                                            establishments across the globe.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     as body. It is the sharing of ourselves; and that always enriches
at NCC and level of education we received exceeded the                        Fox’s family circle is large. He welcomes all to table: par-          Robin Fox takes Chef Duncan’s example a bit further.A
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     our sense of love for one another.When it comes to romantic
demands at each respected university. While no unique or                ents and children, in-laws, even visitors and strangers. Bodien       dimly lit atmosphere, he suggests, with thick carpets, heavy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     love, it doesn’t matter if you’re a heavily spiced lover or you
out of the ordinary circumstances surrounds our epoch                   would agree with his inclusive view of kin.“Family defines the        drapes and perhaps even brocade furniture, is surely “reminis-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     are tofu bland; or whether you dine with chopsticks, forks or
while attending NCC, Dawn worked under Louise Johnson                   meal and the meal defines the family,” she says.“Who is wel-          cent of a bedroom.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     greasy fingertips. In the search for your significant other, just
in the tutoring office for a couple of years tutoring students          comed at the table? Eating is laden with all sorts of social                Proponents of gender equality might bristle at another of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     keep the adage in mind: the way between the stomach and
                                                                        meaning. If you are welcomed to share someone’s food, well,           Escoffier’s tactics: prices listed only on menus given to the
in mathematics.                                                                                                                                                                                                      the heart is one of the truest roads to paradise.
                                                                                                                                              man. But Fox makes clear that, at least in heterosexual relation-


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                                                                                                                                   four-year program.                             doors only late in 2001. Embassy’s first          Would he recommend a
                                                                                                                                         Jim and Gina Bartholomew have            permanent location in Bethlehem is cur-      Northampton education? “Sure,” he

                 DOWN (UP & ACROSS)                                                                                                been married 26 years. In that time,
                                                                                                                                   Gina has watched Jim’s progress in the
                                                                                                                                   banking industry, to today’s responsibili-
                                                                                                                                                                                  rently under construction. This move
                                                                                                                                                                                  follows 10 years at PNC Bank, where
                                                                                                                                                                                  Jim had responsibilities in both business
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               says,“my children are proof positive.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               How you express yourself within a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               school is how you can say ‘there is no

                 THROUGH THE FAMILY                                                                                                ties in a new venture with Embassy, a
                                                                                                                                   bank that opened its Lehigh Valley
                                                                                                                                                                                  and private banking as a senior vice
                                                                                                                                                                                  president.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               problem in getting the most out of this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               setting’.”




BY JAMES HARPER                           ward to the next two years as “a chance
                                          to experience college life, and help me
                                                                                      was a factor, and, he says,“I was not able
                                                                                      to figure out what line of work I want-
                                                                                                                                              THE RUTTS ARE IN A GROOVE WITH NORTHAMPTON
T       his question gets asked many
          times: “Why did you decide to
        attend Northampton Community
                                          find out what I want to do. I think
                                          Northampton is a good place for me to
                                          get my feet wet for what it’s like to be
                                                                                      ed to be in.”
                                                                                           Many high school graduates believe
                                                                                      staying in close proximity to home has
                                                                                                                                       BY JAMES HARPER                             the basic skill sets to work with.” He
                                                                                                                                                                                   soon began teaching as a fire school
                                                                                                                                                                                   instructor himself.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              however, that she needed to enroll in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Northampton’s early childhood edu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              cation classes and, in fact, worked in
College?” Jim Bartholomew, currently
executive vice president of Embassy
                                          in college.” (An older son, James, who is
                                          now a First Lieutenant in the Army, did
                                                                                      a lot of advantages. After Jim moved on
                                                                                      to Northampton from Bethlehem
                                                                                                                                       H     ow many people from one
                                                                                                                                              family can make Northampton               In addition, he made a later deci-    the college’s day care center for
                                                                                                                                       their “educational home”? The               sion to enroll for two full semesters      awhile.
Bank and a 1973 graduate of NCC,          all his academics at Bloomsburg             Catholic High School, he decided to “go
                                                                                                                                       Robert Rutt contingent may hold a           at NCC for more computer skills.                 Dave Rutt completed
responds to the question in his no-non-   University, a fact just whispered among     west” for new experiences. At
                                                                                                                                       legacy record. Bob himself, Bob’s           That became a significant turn in his      Northampton’s tourism program as
sense way,“because I wanted to go         the Northampton legacies.)                  Northampton he majored in business
                                                                                                                                       wife Patty, Bob’s youngest brother,         career direction. He emphatically          did his wife, whom he met in class
there.”                                        In reflection, Jim Bartholomew         administration. That led to pursuit of a
                                                                                                                                       Dave (who met his Northampton               says,“Career Placement at                  and eventually married. After
     Not only did Bartholomew graduate    knows that there was more to his            bachelor of science degree from Upper
                                                                                                                                       graduate wife during classes) and           Northampton was the significant            employment at a number of Holiday
from Northampton, but in ensuing years    choice of Northampton than simply           Iowa University. Graduate courses in
                                                                                                                                       Bob’s father, Kenneth, have all attend-     help to my re-employment.”                 Inns, Dave decided to stop moving
he served as president of the             wanting to enroll. Cost of education        bank management followed at both the
                                                                                                                                       ed NCC. A daughter,Amanda, has              Computer technology provided him           around. Today he is in an information
alumni association and also as a                                                             University of Virginia and
                                                                                                                                       applied to Northampton but has not          with a new job opportunity and             technology position in central
member of the foundation board.                                                              Bucknell University.
                                                                                                                                       yet decided on her 2002 fall plans.         today Bob is information systems           Pennsylvania.
He’s also the proud recipient of                                                             Northampton gave him the initial
                                                                                                                                            Bob completed a bachelor of            chief for S & L Plastics in Nazareth, a          Bob and Patty have two children,
the NCC Alumni Association’s                                                                 understanding of what the disci-
                                                                                                                                       arts in physics from East Stroudsburg       firm specializing in plastic moldings      their daughter Amanda, who is on the
Community Service award.                                                                     pline of study at the college level
                                                                                                                                       University in 1974. He took a reverse       and extrusions.                            verge of high school graduation and
     In turn, Jim’s son Matthew                                                              was like.
                                                                                                                                       path from most NCC students; he                  Bob is currently serving his first    their son,Adam, a Pen Argyl eighth
graduated from Northampton in                                                                   “I remember the teachers at
                                                                                                                                       enrolled at Northampton after he            year as a member of the Pen Argyl          grader. Both children have strong
December of 2001, majoring in                                                                NCC were very accessible,” he
                                                                                                                                       completed his undergraduate degree.         school board and just stepped down         musical interests, singing, playing in
general studies and achieving the                                                            states. “It opened me up to meet-
                                                                                                                                       What’s the story?                           as assistant chief of the Plainfield       the school orchestra, jazz bands or
academic distinction of Phi Theta                                                            ing kids from other schools and
                                                                                                                                            “Easy to follow,” says Robert Rutt.    Township fire department.                  whatever comes their way.
Kappa. Matthew continues his                                                                 from other places. It was overall
                                                                                                                                       “I graduated in 1974 when jobs were         “Although,” he adds,“I still drive the           When asked his view of today’s
education at Moravian College,                                                               just a very good experience.”
                                                                                                                                       even tougher to find than they are          truck and man the hoses.” At one           Northampton Community College,
majoring in sociology.                                                                          The changes at the college are
                                                                                                                                       today. After ESU graduation, I started      time, he was a conductor/brakeman          Bob Rutt is definite. “It is a positive
     Andrew, a younger son, cur-                                                             positive, he notes. “There is a
                                                                                                                                       as a computer operator but was not          for the WK&S scenic railroad in            place,” he says. “It has evolved with
rently a senior at Bethlehem                                                                 growth in student diversity and
                                                                                                                                       seeing a great future.” He always had       Kempton.                                   the Valley and has been extremely
Catholic High School, will be                                                                there is a closer working with the
                                                                                                                                       an interest in serving as a volunteer            How about those other family          responsive to the community’s
attending Northampton in the fall                                                            four-year universities. I also like
                                                                                                                                       fireman, so in 1976 he decided to           members? His father Kenneth retired        needs.” He views Northampton as
of 2002. His time at                                                                         the expansion of the non-degree
                                                                                                                                       enroll in Northampton’s new fire            from General Public Utilities (GPU)        “an early adapter to employment
Northampton will continue the                                                                programs and the high popula-
                                                                                                                                       technology program.                         at the age of 62 and decided he            trends,” mentioning the dental assis-
successful Bartholomew legacy. “I                                                            tion of adults that take advantage
                                                                                                                                            “At that time,” according to Bob,      needed more education. He enrolled         tant and funeral programs in particu-
see how neat Northampton                                                                     of all Northampton has to offer
                                                                                                                                       “lots of volunteer fire company guys        in adult education classes at              lar. “Northampton does not sit back,”
worked out for my older brother,”                                                            the community.” Jim says that he
                                                                                                                                       came to Northampton as a group.”            Northampton, focusing on math,             he concludes. “I see the school doing
Andrew says. He’s looking for-                                                               continues to be impressed that
                                                                                                                                       Soon some of the paid firemen               English and computer programs.             nothing but continuing with positive
                                                                                             Northampton is able to maintain
                                                                                                                                       enrolled, particularly those looking to     Patty Rutt, with a master’s degree in      improvements. That includes the
                                                                                             a cost level that allows kids to
                                                                                                                                       advance to lieutenant or captain.           education, ran her own day care cen-       physical facilities as well as the edu-
                                                                                             attend school, especially those
The Bartholomews Jim (standing),                                                                                                       Bob notes:“Northampton provided             ter for some years. She decided,           cation it provides.”
                                                                                             who may not be interested in a
Andrew (left), Matthew (right).



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            ACCOUNTING                                  ARCHITECTURAL                      Tim’s Auto Body in Stroudsburg.The cou-            COMPUTER GRAPHICS                        Margaret Almon & Wayne Stratz
                                                         TECHNOLOGY                        ple lives in Henryville.
 x 1991 Curtis A. Kemmerer is a finan-                                                     x 1999 Winona A. Dotson is account-          x 1998 Julie M. Manno is employed by                             I met my husband in the fall of 1986 while tutoring at
 cial analyst for Merchants National Bank      x 1980 Albert James Mitchell and his        ing coordinator for Air Products &           Pax Christi USA as a web administrator.                          Northampton’s tutoring center.Wayne had transferred from
 of Bangor. He received his bachelor’s         wife, Roberta, live in Levittown, with      Chemicals Inc. in Allentown.Winona has       She and her husband, Andrew, live in                             NCC to East Stroudsburg (earning a B.A. in biology) and
 degree from Shippensburg University.          their two children, Sarah and Julie Ann.    one child, Qiana. She lives in Lansdale.     Waterford.
 His wife, Shelly ’91, is also a                                                                                                                                                       then came back to tutor. I was a student, tutoring Introduction to
                                               Albert is a carpenter foreman with PA       x Mark Blaukovitch is senior project
 Northampton grad. The couple lives in         Acoustics, Inc.                                                                             COMPUTER INFORMATION                        Philosophy. He overheard me talking about Greek philosophers and decided
                                                                                           designer for McTish, Kunkel & Associates
 Saylorsburg.                                                                              in Allentown. He and his wife,Tracey, live            SCIENCE                               this could give him a way to introduce himself. He came up to me in the
                                                AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY                      in Catasauqua.                                                                              library and said there was a book he thought I should read — “Zen and the
       ADVERTISING DESIGN                                                                                                               x 1986 Donald C. McGennis is senior
                                               x 1993 Chad O’Dell and Karen                                                             programmer/analyst at Chico’s FAS Inc.         Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,” which has many references to Greek philoso-
 x 1991 Michael D. Smull is art director       Hammerstone were married on August              BUSINESS MANAGEMENT                      He and his wife, Sharon, have two chil-        phy. (I went on the become a librarian and a poet, so recommending a book
 for The Dubbs Company in Allentown.           25, in St. Stephen’s Evangelical Lutheran   x 1988 Kelly (Statler) Illick is an ancil-   dren, Debra and Scott.The family lives in      to me in the library was a sure way to catch my attention!) I read the book,
 Michael lives in Easton.                      Church in Bethlehem. Chad is employed       lary clerk with Country Meadows              Fort Myers, Fla.                               and we started having long conversations in the cafeteria.
 x 1998 Adrianne Marie (Nastasee)              with Johnson Controls in Belvidere, N.J.    Nursing Center in Bethlehem. Kelly lives
 Simcox is a framer at Boulevard Frame                                                                                                                                                     In April of 1987, we attended a classical piano concert at NCC’s auditori-
                                               Chad and Karen live in Bethlehem.           in Easton with her husband, George, and         COMPUTER INFORMATION
 and Art in Allentown. She and her hus-                                                                                                                                                um, and later that evening, as he was driving me home, Wayne told me he
                                                                                           their children, Michael, Amber, George,               SYSTEMS
 band,Timothy, live in Bethlehem.                                                          Tonya and Chris.                                                                            was in love with me, and I was happy to be able to tell him I felt the same
 x Julie Marie Possinger and Phillip K.          BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION                   x 1990 Carola L. (Fulop) Molchany is         x 1997 Ragan (Rohn) Schoeller is
                                                                                                                                                                                       way.We were married in June of 1992, and will be celebrating our 10th
 White were married September 22 at                                                                                                     employed by The Univest Corporation in
                                               x 1975 Leroy R. Miller is a program-        manager of dining services for Wood                                                         anniversary this year.
 Water Gap Country Club in Delaware                                                        Dining Services at their Lehigh Valley       Souderton, in their computer operations
                                               mer/analyst for the U.S. Navy Fleet                                                                                                         Wayne’s sister Gail attended NCC for graphic design, and my sister, Cate,
 Water Gap. Julie is retail guest service                                                  Hospital site. She and her husband,          department. Ragan was a Lady Spartan at
                                               Material Support Office in Mechanics-
 manager for Walt Disney World in                                                          Anthony, live in Allentown.                  NCC, a member of both the basketball           also attended NCC before going on for a master’s in ESL.
                                               burg. Leroy and his wife, Constance, live
 Orlando, Fla. She and her husband live in                                                 x 1999 Kimberly Elizabeth Davis of           and softball teams. She lives in Telford.      (Cate is now a professional assistant for NCC’s ESL program.)
                                               in Mechanicsburg.
 Kissimmee, Fla.                               x 1978 John L. Fuller is a sales manag-     Norristown is sales leader at Bath & Body
 x Jeffery Vorhis and Joette Hoffman                                                       Works. She is a student at Penn State           COMPUTER INFORMATION
                                               er at Ermefer S.A. He and his wife,
 were married October 29, aboard the                                                       University with plans to graduate in May            TECHNOLOGY
                                               Donna, have two children, Deidre Moran
 Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas, at                                                 2002.                                                                                                                                  degree, 1997. Joseph lives in
                                               and John. The family lives in Kendall                                                    x 1998 Guylaine Kirouac-Campbell
 port in Miami Beach, Fla. Jeffery is super-                                               x Kelli-Ann Sawyer and Ross Steven                                                                  CULINARY ARTS                      Coopersburg.
                                               Park, N.J.                                                                               is a computer technician for Vista
 visor of building and grounds for             x 1990 Dale D. Behler is a merchan-         Walinske were married August 25 at                                                                                                     x 1980 Paul M. Rutkowski is a pro-
 Stroudsburg Junior High School.The cou-                                                                                                Bancorp Inc. in Phillipsburg, N.J. She and   x 1997 Lynda Smith is lead cook for          grammer/analyst at Chrysler First. He
                                               diser at Gibson Greeting. He lives in       Cedar Glen Golf Club in New Baltimore,       her husband, James, live in Bath with        Atria Assisted Living in Bethlehem. She
 ple lives in Henryville.                                                                  Mich. Kelli-Ann is employed by Great                                                                                                   lives in Bethlehem.
                                               Dunmore.                                                                                 their two daughters,Vanessa and Alyssa.      and her husband, Tom, live in
                                               x 1998 Gina Louise Guerin and John          Lakes Technology in Dearborn, Mich.The                                                                                                 x 1981 Major Gregory Lawrence
                                                                                                                                                                                     Bowmanstown.                                 Bucchin retired from the U.S. Army in
                                               Hernandez were married November 3 in        couple lives in Harrison Township, Mich.
                                                                                                                                               COMPUTER SCIENCE                                                                   1996. He is senior project coordinator
                                               Marshalls Creek. Gina is employed with
                                                                                                                                        x 1997 Richard M. Bauer of
                                                                                                                                                                                             DATA PROCESSING                      for Bombardier/Learjet in Wichita, Kan.
                                                                                              COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN
                                                                                                                                        Bethlehem is a programmer/business           x 1969 Ernest John Barbarics is an           Gregory earned his bachelor’s degree at
                                                                                           x 1991 Donald E. Lynch is project            support analyst at NCC. Richard has a        operations consultant at Johnson &           Kutztown University. He and his wife,
Pamela M. (Hahn) Grim, ’70 (education)                                                     engineer for Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.         bachelor’s degree from Muhlenberg            Johnson data processing. Ernest and his      Kathy, live in Derby, Kan., with their
& Gregory L. Grim, ’70 (electronics technology)                                            Donald received a bachelor’s degree          College.                                     wife, Julia, live in Bethlehem with their    three children, Caitlin, Andrew and
                                                                                           from Fairmont State College in 1994. He                                                   two children, Mark and Kristen.              Jillian.
                   Greg and I met at NCC between classes.When you had free                 and his wife, Doris, live in Easton.
                                                                                                                                                CRIMINAL JUSTICE                     x 1971 Larry Resar, Sr. is employed by       x 1981 Alan Paul works as a capacity
                   time, you would be able to get a Coke, and just hang out.                                                                                                                                                      and planning analyst at Flserv, Inc. in
                                                                                                                                                                                     EDS in Bethlehem. Larry and his wife,
                   Greg and I just started talking and he asked me out. We also            COMPUTER DATA PROCESSING                     x 1993 Christopher M. Hess and               Joann, live in Easton with their two chil-   Philadelphia. He lives in Atco, N.J.
would go to Burger King at 11:00 and I would buy him Whoppers. I guess the                                                              Melissa F. Manazer-Hess ’92 (business        dren, Larry Jr. and Michael.
                                                                                           x 1991 Tara S. Silfies of Bethlehem is       management) live in Easton with their
rest is history!                                                                           an account executive at Hampson-                                                          x 1973 Philip L. Hurst is a senior audit              DENTAL HYGIENE
                                                                                                                                        two children. Chris is assistant to the      technical specialist for the Federal
    We were married in May, 1971, and have been married for 30 years.We have               Mowrer-Kreitz in Bethlehem. She attend-      manager for Palmer Township.                                                              x 1992 Erika V. Szilvagyi and Dr.
                                                                                           ed Mansfield University in Pennsylvania.                                                  Reserve Bank of New York in East             Robert H. DePaolis were married on
two children, a boy and a girl. Greg is in the electrical supply business, so his                                                       x Vincent M. Munjone and Timmery             Rutherford, N.J. He lives in Bath.
degree in applied science has been put to good use. I was in banking and then                                                           R. Stefancin (general studies) were mar-                                                  November 3 in Notre Dame Catholic
                                                                                                                                                                                     x 1976 Joseph M. Lazorik is an appli-        Church, Bethlehem. Erika is a registered
took time off to raise our family, before returning to banking. I now work in                                                           ried May 5, 2001 in Wesley United            cation developer at Ingersoll-Rand in
                                                                                                                                        Methodist Church in Bethlehem.Vincent                                                     dental hygienist for the practice of Dr.
retail, and am the manager of a small women’s clothing store.We have moved                                                                                                           Annandale, N.J. He holds two degrees         Brian J. Miller, II of Bethlehem. The cou-
                                                                                                                                        works for Federal Express. Timmery is        from DeSales University: a bachelor’s
several times in the past 30 years, and are now living in Greensboro, N.C.                                                              employed by Gap, Inc. They live in                                                        ple lives in Hampton, N.J.
                                                                                                                                                                                     degree in business, 1986; and a master’s     x 1996 Cindi A. (Dow) Roloson is a
                                                                                                                                        Williams Township.


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registered dental hygienist at North
Hunterdon Dental Associates in Clinton,
                                                                                                                                            to have gone right from high school. Northampton’s pro-
N.J. She and her husband, Samuel, live in
Belvidere, N.J.
x 1996 Alison K. Sensenig works as a
                                                           CUPCAKE CHEMIST                                                                  gram was a great stepping stone.”After graduation Pitotti
                                                                                                                                            worked at the Inn of the Falcon, where he fell in love with
dental hygienist for Dr. Michael H.                BY JAMES L. JOHNSON, ’89                                                                 things sweet. His degree from the CIA is in baking and pas-
Cohen. She lives in Stevens with her hus-                                                                                                   try arts.
band, Fred and their son, Ethan.                                                                                                                 Pitotti has been with Hotel Hershey for nearly a year
x 1998 Michele (LaBar) Leon is a den-
tal hygienist with Dr. Robert Vandragt in
Traverse City, Mich. She lives in Traverse
                                                   A          lan Pitotti ’95 handles his baking creations with the tender loving
                                                                care of a chemist. From just the right blend of chocolate and sauce
                                                              for a filled mousse to the right plate for presentation, his desserts are
                                                   born with the glistening precision of science.
                                                                                                                                            and a half; long enough to have experienced the major hol-
                                                                                                                                            idays, some of them twice.Valentine’s Day, not surprisingly,
                                                                                                                                            has the hotel’s candle-lit circular dining room, with its
City, Mich., with her husband,
Christopher.                                             “We don’t even call them recipes in baking,” says Pitotti.“We call them for-       curved expanse of windows overlooking a formal garden,
                                                   mulas.”While recipes in cooking often allow some wiggle room (a pinch of salt            packed.The room, actually a semi-circle, was built for
       EARLY CHILDHOOD                             more or less won't ruin the soup), baking is unforgiving. Everything needs atten-        romance. Milton Hershey, the founder of Hershey and a
                                                   tion to detail.“Aesthetics too,” says Pitotti.“How it looks is as important as how       major benefactor to the area, insisted architects design a
x 1990 Nicole A. Preletz and Matthew
J. Griffin ’95 (emergency services) were           it tastes.” Pitotti loves the intricate demands of his trade; it was one of the things   room without corners or pillars.“He didn’t want there to
married December 28, in Ss. Cyril and              that drew him to it.As Hotel Hershey’s assistant pastry chef, he’s got a lot of          be a bad seat in the house,” says Pitotti. Even on the busiest
Methodius        Catholic    Church     in         demands to love.                                                                         nights, lovers of all ages have a view of the garden’s twin
Bethlehem. Nicole is a child develop-                    The life of a chef, especially at a major hotel like Hershey, is anything but      reflecting ponds and lighted fountains.
ment specialist for NORWESCAP Early                                                                                                              Indeed, at Hotel Hershey romance hangs in the air
                                                   boring. During peak season Pitotti and his staff of 10 work their sweet magic to
Head Start in New Jersey. Matthew is an                                                                                                     thick as chocolate; the perfect place for hearts to bond.
operations manager for Kistler O’Brien             a packed house nearly every night.“From late May, early June,” says Pitotti,
                                                   “when Hershey Park’s open, we’re busy — right on through to October.”                    “We do have our share of proposals,” says Pitotti.“Which
Fire Protection. The couple lives in
                                                   Conferences, holidays, long weekenders and local regulars fill the restaurant’s          can sometimes be a challenge. One guest asked for a spe-
Bethlehem.
x 1991 Rhonda Lee Geiselman is a                   months when the park is closed.“We tell our externs just out of school that              cial way to give his girl a diamond ring.We came up with a
second grade teacher at Lincoln                    they’d better love this,” says Pitotti,“because when their friends are out party-        chocolate box with chocolate truffles inside, along with
Elementary School. Rhonda received her             ing, they’re going to be working their tails off here.”                                  the ring.The servers told me he got down on one knee
bachelor’s degree from Misericordia                                                                                                         and proposed right there in the dining room. It turned out       Alan Pitotti (right) prepares his love potion at Hotel Hershey.
                                                         Pitotti is no stranger to the hard work he asks of young recruits. He’s paid
College. She and her husband, Scott, live                                                                                                   great.”
                                                   his dues to get to where he is. Fortunately, his work has always been his pas-
in Easton.                                                                                                                                       The staff at Hotel Hershey never shrinks from a chal-       everything on the spot, just for you.” For Pitotti and his fel-
x 1993 Donna Marie Fantasia and                    sion.“I used to enjoy putting off my homework and helping my mom make din-
                                                                                                                                            lenge.Take Friday nights. Once a week, Hotel Hershey             low dessert pros it is a night to showcase their art.“We
Dean Michael Davidson were married                 ner,” says Pitotti.“When we found out that NCC had a culinary arts program, my
                                                                                                                                            invites diners to its Chef’s Table, a unique gourmet experi-     love doing Chef’s Table,” he says.“You have to walk into the
September 22, at St. Anne’s Catholic               mother encouraged me to try it. I loved it from the start.”
                                                                                                                                            ence that keeps the staff on their toes and tests their cre-     refrigerator and start pulling stuff off the shelves and come
Church, Bethlehem. Donna is a graduate                   Pitotti credits Chefs Duncan Howden and Scott Kalamar for teaching him
of East Stroudsburg University. She is                                                                                                      ativity to the max.“It’s six full courses, three flights of      up with something fantastic. It’s a really neat feeling to cre-
                                                   the fundamentals of his culinary expertise.“I went on to the CIA (Culinary
assistant director of the Knowledge                                                                                                         wines and no planned menu,” says Pitotti.“The chef creates       ate something new that way.”
                                                   Institute of America),” Pitotti continues.“I would have been hugely intimidated
Learning Center. Donna and her husband
live in Bethlehem.
x 1994 Kendra Cristin Johns and
                                                          EDUCATION                          x 1973 Kathleen R. (Marfia)                     ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY                              EMERGENCY SERVICES                                FIRE TECHNOLOGY
Julian Earl Kirk were married July 7 at St.
                                                                                             Schaeffer is a substitute teacher in the
Luke’s Catholic Church in Stroudsburg.        x 1970 Weda Mosellie is a retired              Easton Area School District. She received      x 1969 Michael William Sandbrook               x 1996 Samuel N. Terry is a                    x 1977 Walter H. Niedermeyer, a
Kendra is employed as a director/pre-         English/Drama teacher. Her interests                                                          is retired from Lehigh Portland Cement         fire/EMS/911 dispatcher at the Cecil           retired firefighter for the City of Allen-
                                                                                             her      bachelor’s     degree      from
kindergarten teacher for Wee Little           include her family, her heritage, poetry,                                                     Company. He received a bachelor’s              County Department of Emergency                 town, is the mayor of Slatington. He and
                                                                                             Shippensburg University. Kathleen and
Wonders Inc. in Brodheadsville. Kendra        and literature. Weda’s poem, “Pray” has                                                       degree from the University of New York.        Services in Elkton, Md. He holds the           his wife, Mary, live in Slatington.
                                                                                             her husband, Edward, live in Easton with
and Julian live in East Stroudsburg.          recently been published. She is also                                                          Michael and his wife, Kay, have one child,     ranks of captain and board of director in
                                                                                             their two children, Brad and Audra.
x 2001 Celena Kay Finney and John             known for her award-winning recipes,                                                          Douglas.They live in Saugerties, N.Y.          the Union Fire Company #1 of Oxford.                     FUNERAL SERVICE
                                                                                             x 1973 Ronald E. Seeds is retired from
Edward Nelson, Jr. were married July 28       stories and her love of trivia contests.       Nutmeg TV Inc. He lives in Newington,          x 1981 Barry J. Dutt is senior failure         Samuel tells us the love of his life is
at Christ Lutheran Church in Easton.          Weda lives in Phillipsburg, N.J.                                                              analyst at Agere Systems in Allentown.         Heather Stevens. He lives in Oxford.           x 1987 Stephen J. Ruggiero and Holly
                                                                                             Conn.                                                                                                                                        Lynn Coccia were married May 18 in St.
Celena works in the early childcare cen-      x 1973 Donna K. Ackerman works                 x Emily Amy and Thomas Frack were              Barry lives in Pen Argyl.                      x 1997 Steven L. Leauber is a utility
ter at NCC. The couple lives in Wilson        for John C. Pittman, Inc. as an assembler.                                                    x 1997 Tina L. Negri and Michael J.            locator for PG Energy. He lives in             Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, Pen Argyl.
                                                                                             united in marriage on June 23, in Holy                                                                                                       Stephen has two NCC degrees: general
Borough.                                      Donna received her bachelor’s degree                                                          Piscitello were married June 17 in             Lewisburg.
                                                                                             Cross Lutheran Church, Nazareth. Emily                                                                                                       education, 1986; and funeral services,
                                              from East Stroudsburg University. She          is a graduate of Moravian College and is       Messiah Lutheran Church, Bethlehem.
                                              and her husband, Edward, live in Bath.                                                        Tina is employed by Agere Systems. The                                                        1987. He is a funeral director and the
                                                                                             employed by The Guardian.The couple                                                                                                          owner of Buerro & Ruggiero Funeral
                                                                                             lives in Nazareth.                             couple lives in Bethlehem.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Home in Pen Argyl. He and his wife live
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          in Pen Argyl.


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                                                                                                                                                                                     Marianne Lota Weid ’95 (general studies) and Kevin Weid ’94
x 1994 David M. Sitbon volunteered at        from Edinboro University. Jamie and his               INTERIOR DESIGN                      MEDICAL BILLING SPECIALIST                   (education) of Bethlehem
Ground Zero in New York City as part of      wife, Lori Ann, live in Allentown, with                                                                                                                     I graduated from Northampton Community College in the fall
the     National    Funeral    Directors     their son, Daniel.                           x 1990 Valerie May (Miller) Grant            x 2000 Sherry B. Cornell is a billing
                                                                                          and her husband, Keith, live in Wendell,     coordinator at LVPG Internal Medicine                             of 1995 with a general studies degree. Kevin graduated in the
Association’s “Fatality Team,” sent in       x 1982 Robert S. Gellock is a writer.
response to the September 11 tragedy.        He and his wife, La Rue, and their two       N.C. Valerie is a homemaker and the          in Allentown. She and her husband,                                spring of 1994.We started dating in October 1993 and he pro-
David is a forensic autopsy technician at    children, Mechelle and Monica, live in       mother of a daughter, Emma.                  Richard, and their daughter, Erin, live in    posed to me in July of 1994.We then exchanged wedding vows on October 5,
the Philadelphia Office of the Medical       Nazareth.                                                                                 Easton.
                                                                                                                                                                                     1996 in Connecticut, where I am originally from.
Examiner. He lives in Northeast                                                                      LEGAL OFFICE                      x 2000 Kelly Reibman is a certified
                                                                                                                                       professional coder at Hillcrest Physician         Kevin is a postman for the Emmaus Post Office and I work as a secretary in a
Philadelphia.                                         GENERAL STUDIES                     x 1997 Jessica L. Bartholomew and
x 1995 Dominic Louis Inzillo is a                                                                                                      Services/Warren        Hospital         in    small appliance business.
                                             x 1994 Joseph Dotta and Stefanie Cruz        Brian H. Trauger were married                Washington, N.J. Kelly has one daughter,
banker at MBNA America Bank, NA in                                                                                                                                                       I truly can’t believe how much the college has grown and expanded. It looks
                                             were married on May 12 in Our Lady of        September 29 at the Whitefield House in      Meagan.They live in Nazareth.
Wilmington, Del. He and his wife, Maura,                                                  Nazareth. Jessica is employed by Dieter                                                    wonderful. I enjoyed my years as a student at Northampton, and if the college
live in Narberth.                            Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Roseto.
                                             Joseph is employed by New Jersey             Brothers Fuel Co., Inc.The couple lives in                                                 would become a four-year college, which I believe one day it will, I would defi-
                                                                                                                                        MEDICAL LAB TECHNOLOGY
                                             Transit.The couple lives in Bangor.          Bethlehem.                                                                                 nitely return to continue my education.
                                             x Karen Lynn Morgan and John H.                                                           x 1976 Lucia M. Knerr is a scientist at
     GENERAL EDUCATION
                                             Schultheis were married December 22 at                   LIBERAL ARTS                     Orasure Technologies in Bethlehem. She
x 1977 Gayle Frances Hendricks is a          Paradise Valley Assembly of God in                                                        and her husband, James, and their son,
graphic designer at Lafayette College in                                                  x 1974 James C. Williams is regional         Andrew, live in Bethlehem.                      OFFICE ADMINISTRATION                            PARALEGAL/LEGAL
                                             Paradise Valley. Karen is assistant manag-   director of marketing at GenAmerica                                                                  LEGAL
Easton. Gayle lives in Bethlehem.            er for Fashion Bug in Stroud Mall,                                                                                                                                                 x 1999 Christine E. Piro is a legal
x 1980 Jamie Scott is a photo market-                                                     Financial. He received his bachelor’s
                                             Stroudsburg. The couple lives in                                                              OFFICE ADMINISTRATION                    x 1991 Shelly Lynn (Cory)                   assistant at Norris, McLaughlin &
ing manager at Rite Aid Corporation in                                                    degree from Lehigh University. James and
                                             Hackettstown, N.J.                                                                                                                     Kemmerer is a legal real estate secre-      Marcus, PA in Somerville, N.J. Christine
Trevose. He received a bachelor’s degree                                                  his wife, Lynn, and their two children,      x 2000 Nicole J. Prichard is a service
                                                                                                                                                                                    tary at Newman, Williams, Mishkin,          has two sons,Andrew and Nicholas.They
                                                                                          Emily and Erin, live in Macungie.            associate with The Vanguard Group. She
                                                                                                                                                                                    Corveley in Stroudsburg. She and her        live in Nazareth.
                                                                                          x 1985 Clare M. Persing is an educa-         lives in Easton.
    Therese (Sterner) Wescott, ’91 (liberal arts) &                                                                                                                                 husband, Curtis ’91 (accounting), live in   x 2001 Christa J. Allison is an admin-
                                                                                          tor/coach for the Bethlehem Area School
                                                                                                                                                                                    Saylorsburg.                                istrative aide in the Employee
    Scott Wescott, ’91 (biological science) of Nazareth                                   District. She received a bachelor’s degree
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Benefits/Finance office of the City of
                       Scott and I met in January 1990.We were enrolled in                from Moravian College, and a master’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Allentown. Christa lives in Easton.
                                                                                          degree from East Stroudsburg University.
                       an 8 a.m. trigonometry class together. I was not thrilled
                                                                                          Clare and her husband, Thomas, live in
                       at the prospect of such an early class, but after he               Topton.                                                                                                                                   PLASTICS TECHNOLOGY
    walked in, I decided to stay enrolled. Scott was not in class for a few days          x 1994 Cindy T. Yavor is a travel                                                                                                     x 1996 Doreen S. Gehret is produc-
                                                                                          agent/NASCAR promoter at Clark Travel           Gregg & Sheila (Stiles) Eagan of Lakeview, N.Y.
    due to a death in his family. I had never spoken to him, but when I saw                                                                                                                                                     tion planner/team leader at Bosch
                                                                                          in Whitehouse, N.J. Cindy has three                                  My husband and I met an NCC in 1988 in the college               Rexroth Corporation in Bethlehem.
    him sitting in the lounge one morning before class, I volunteered my
                                                                                          degrees from Northampton; her other                                  cafeteria.We both attended Freedom High School for               Doreen lives in Nazareth.
    notes that he missed. The rest is history....                                         two are hotel/restaurant management                                  two years at the same time but in different grades —
        Scott was on the baseball team but lived in Saylorsburg. The commute              and education; all in 1994. Cindy lives in                                                                                                  PRACTICAL NURSING
                                                                                                                                          we had some of the same acquaintances but never crossed paths until we
    was too great to go home between class and practice time. He would                    Center Valley.
                                                                                          x 1995 Melissa Cesanek and Brian                met at NCC.                                                                           x 1979 Cynthia L. (Williams)
    spend the hour or two in between with me at my parents' house in near-
                                                                                          Bauman were married October 13 in                   We were married on April 16, 1993, and we have three beautiful chil-              Hammond was promoted to assistant
    by Bath.We dated each other solely throughout NCC and afterwards.                                                                                                                                                           nurse manager for the orthopedic and
                                                                                          Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary           dren, Dwight, 5, Adele, 3, and Chase, 1.We live in Lakeville, N.Y., outside of
        Scott graduated with a biology degree and I received a liberal arts               Catholic Church, Northampton. Melissa                                                                                                 oncology units at Sun Health/Walter O.
                                                                                                                                          Buffalo.Gregg was in the engineering program at NCC and finished his                  Boswell Memorial Hospital in Sun City,
    degree with honors.We both went onto ESU, (I enrolled a year after Scott              is     employed        by     Rosenbluth
                                                                                          International. She and her husband live         degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He received his bach-          Ariz. Cynthia lives in Tolleson,Ariz.
    because I took a year off to work at NCC and gather money.) I graduated
                                                                                          in Northampton.                                 elor of science in engineering degree in 1995. He is now a manager of                 x 1994 Jennifer DiTroia and Jeremy
    from ESU magna cum laude with a B.S. in speech pathology, and Scott                                                                                                                                                         Miles were married October 20 in Ss.
                                                                                          x 2000 Mary Stockman-Smith and                  process engineering at Niacet Corporation in Niagra Falls, New York. I was
    graduated with a B.S. in biology. He was accepted to Widener University               her husband, Dave, have two children,                                                                                                 Simon and Jude Catholic Church,
                                                                                                                                          enrolled in the early childhood education department at NCC until we
    for a master’s in physical therapy. I got a position as a speech therapist for        Garrett and Tara. The family lives in                                                                                                 Bethlehem. Jennifer is employed by St.
                                                                                                                                          were married and moved to Buffalo in 1993; Now, I am a stay-at-home                   Luke’s Family Practice. The couple lives
    a school district near Widener.                                                       Bethlehem.
                                                                                                                                          mom.                                                                                  in Bethlehem.
        In 1998, after Scott graduated, we moved back to the area.We were
                                                                                                                                              We have family in Bethlehem that we visit often and every time we
    married August 15, 1998 and now reside in Nazareth.We built a home on
                                                                                                                                          pass NCC we tell our children “that’s where Mommy and Daddy first met.”
    an acre of land and have a dog that we spoil rotten. Scott is a physical
                                                                                                                                          We have also brought our children to Springfest in May.We both enjoyed
    therapist in Bangor and I am a speech-language pathologist for North
                                                                                                                                          attending NCC and are extremely thankful that we met there.
    Penn School District.




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              RADIOGRAPHY                              REGISTERED NURSING                      Marquette University. Marjorie and her          SECRETARIAL SCIENCE LEGAL
                                                                                               husband, Michael, live in Bethlehem.                                                         Bernie Boscoe, ’00 (computer science) and Dan Reed of Bethlehem
   x 1993 William F. Buciarski is a pal-         x 1970 Maryalice (Duda) Gross is              x 1994 Dawn M. Csaszar and Carl A.             x 1975 Lori Ann (Dunbar) Lazorik is
   liative care registered nurse for the         regional sales manager for a group of                                                                                                                           Nobody wants to admit it, but there is such a thing as “checking
                                                                                               Signore, III were married August 4 in          a radiology support associate at St.
   Orlando Regional Medical Center in            assisted     living    communities      in                                                   Luke’s Quakertown Hospital. She and                                out a class” — scanning the filled seats for potentials. I entered
                                                                                               Calvary United Methodist Church,
   Orlando, Fla.William also received a prac-    Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She is also      Easton. Dawn is director of nursing at         her husband, Joseph ’76 (data process-                             the doorway of my Structured Programming in C++ class and
   tical nursing certificate from NCC in         a registered chaplain. Maryalice received     Arden Courts,Alzheimer’s Assisted Living       ing) and their three children, Joseph, Jr.,   thought it hardly looked promising — most of the guys were way too young, and
   1998. He and his wife, Nancy, and their       a bachelor’s degree in education from         Facility in Allentown.The couple lives in      James and Kelly, live in Coopersburg.         one in the back was wearing sweatpants of all things — not my type. Reminding
   son, Jared, live in Casselberry, Fla.         East Stroudsburg University. She and her      Bethlehem.
   x 2000 Sara Jane Kipp is a radiologic         husband, Herman ’70 (education) live in                                                                                                    myself that I was here to learn, I sat next to the sweatpanted guy.
                                                                                               x 1997 Jean Bronson-Conway is an                     SECRETARIAL SCIENCE
   technologist at the Northampton               Bethlehem.                                    oncology nurse educator. She has one                                                             Sweatpants boy, it turned out, is named Danny.We began to talk about all
   Imaging Center in Northampton. She            x 1977 Carol Guzy, Pulitzer prize-win-
                                                                                                                                                         MEDICAL
                                                                                               child, Nat. Jean lives in Virginia Beach,Va.                                                 things computers.After class, sweet Danny would walk me to my car. One day, our
   lives in Lehighton.                           ning photographer, had her work fea-                                                         x 1974 Patti R. Larsen is an adminis-         emails took a more human tone; we even began to discuss topics other than com-
                                                 tured in People Magazine’s “Year in                                                          trative assistant at Clemson University.
                                                                                                      SAFETY, HEALTH AND                                                                    puters! Finally, it came, the best email one could get:“I’m crazy about you,” he
                 RADIO/TV                        Review.” Her photo depicted an emer-
                                                                                                        ENVIRONMENTAL
                                                                                                                                              She lives in Clemson, S.C.
                                                 gency services officer fighting to hold                                                                                                    wrote. I hit the reply button and gave him directions to my house! “Pick me up,” I
   x 1991 Matthew David Snyder is a              back tears at the funeral of a fellow offi-             TECHNOLOGY                                                                         wrote.“We’re going to go out together.”
   digital     imaging      technician      at
                                                                                                                                                    SPORT MANAGEMENT
                                                 cer who had died in the tragedy of            x 2000 Stephen S. Helms is safety,                                                               After C++ II, our second class together, the instructor, Professor Krauss, took me
   Preservation Resources in Bethlehem. He       September 11. Carol lives in Arlington,                                                      x 1998 Frank C. Huch, Jr. is opera-
   is the writer and director of Anticipating                                                  health and environmental specialist for                                                      aside and said, “I have never said something like this before, but you and Danny
                                                 Va.                                                                                          tions supervisor for Geiger’s Beverages.
   Bardot, a religious parable disguised as a                                                  Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.                                                         should go out.You two would make a cute couple!” I blushed — our secret was out.
                                                 x 1977 Constance M. (Pierog)                                                                 He received a bachelor’s degree from
   fetish farce, a take on Samuel Beckett’s                                                    Stephen lives in Topton.
                                                 Winter is interim allied health division                                                     DeSales University. When Frank is not             Now we go to Drexel together.
   Waiting for Godot. He is debuting the         chair for Bossier Parish Community                                                           working, he can be found hunting, fish-
                                                                                                           SCHOOL AGE                                                                       (Boscoe works at Northampton as the college’s Web content administrator)
   play at the Theater Outlet, August 9-11.      College in Bossier City, La. Constance                                                       ing or golfing. He lives in Bethlehem.
   The production will benefit the               earned both her bachelor’s and her mas-
                                                                                                           CHILD CARE
   American Cancer Society. Matthew              ter’s degrees from Idaho State University.    x 1997 Judith Ann Strunk and                            TRAVEL/TOURISM
   received an AST from the Art Institute in     Constance and her husband, Timothy,           Christopher Thomas Becker (education)
   Philadelphia. He lives in Allentown.                                                                                                       x 1990 Paula S. (Lutz) Bonstein is a
                                                 have one child, Madyson.The family live       were married June 30 in Our Lady of            business development assistant for the
   x 1994 Marc Fisher is an editor for           in Shreveport, La.                            Perpetual Help Catholic Church,
   Multi Image Group in Boca Raton, Fla. He                                                                                                   Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority
   lives in Boynton Beach, Fla. with his wife,
   Mona and their daughter,Annabelle.
                                                 x 1979 Marcia R. Smith is
                                                 CRNP/supervisor at Planned Parenthood
                                                                                               Bethlehem. Judith works for Bethlehem
                                                                                               Area School District Child Care.
                                                                                                                                              at Lehigh Valley International Airport in
                                                                                                                                              Allentown. She and her husband, Mark,
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Are you a ‘Who’s Who’
   x 2001 Kirk Andrew Moser is an
   entertainment technician at Universal
                                                 C/S. She lives in Pittsburgh.
                                                 x 1980 Susan J. Appel is nurse/manag-
                                                 er in the ICU unit at Mercy Health
                                                                                               Christopher is a second-grade teacher in
                                                                                               Pleasant Valley School District. They live
                                                                                               in Bethlehem.
                                                                                                                                              and their son, Parker live in Easton.
                                                                                                                                              x 1995 Christine Reo and Wayne G.                   at northampton.edu???
   Orlando in Florida. Kirk and his wife,                                                                                                     Pisarek were married July 6 in St. Mary’s
   Beth, live in Orlando, Fla.
                                                 Services. Susan lives in Durhan, N.C.
                                                 x 1985 Marjorie J. Wharton is a nurse
                                                 for Warren Hospital in Phillipsburg, N.J.
                                                 She received a bachelor’s degree from
                                                                                                     SECRETARIAL SCIENCE
                                                                                                       ADMINISTRATION
                                                                                                                                              Catholic Church, Alpha, N.J. Christine is
                                                                                                                                              employed by Adesa Auctions in New
                                                                                                                                              Jersey. The couple lives in Phillipsburg,
                                                                                                                                                                                                  S   ign up for Northampton Community College’s new
                                                                                                                                                                                                        alumni online community to make new connections, or
                                                                                                                                              N.J.
                                                                                               x 1971 Dana E. Bateman is office man-
                                                                                                                                              x 1998 Tracy Rissmiller and Sean                    rekindle old ones.
                                                                                               ager for B. Braun Medical in Malvern.
                                                                                               Dana lives in Exton.
                                                                                                                                              Conley were married June 23 in St.                  • Find out whatever happened to that classmate who sat
                                                                                                                                              Joseph’s Catholic Church, Orefield.Tracy
Tom Biechlin, ’94 (advertising design)                                                         x 1989 Carol J. (Peterson) Antos is                                                                next to you in English. • Share your career and family
                                                                                                                                              is employed by Rosenbluth Interna-
                                                                                               secretary for Student Activities and
& Alissa (Ciamacco) Biechlin, ’95 (radiography)                                                                                               tional.The couple lives in Whitehall.               information with fellow Northampton alums. • Sign up for
                                                                                               Housing at NCC. Carol received a second
                   My husband and I met in art history class in 1992. He was in                associate’s degree in early childhood
                   the advertising design program so he needed to take the class                                                                 VETERINARY TECHNICIAN                            an easy-to-remember, permanent email address that follows
                                                                                               from Northampton in 1984; in addition
                   and I had to take an elective.We were also both members of the              to her certificates for early childhood in     x 2000 Lorraine L. Earley works at                  you from address to address, from job to job. • Get
                                                                                               1983, and for word processing, 1988.           Saucon Valley Animal Hospital. She lives
Christian Fellowship club and I was a member of student senate and the presi-
                                                                                               Carol and her husband, Bud, have two
                                                                                                                                                                                                  involved in alumni activities. • Stay on top of the latest
dent of both CHARTS and Christian Fellowship.                                                                                                 in Raleigh, N.C.
                                                                                               children, Douglas and Rebecca.The fami-                                                            alumni information
    Our first technical date was at the Winter Social that the social activities club          ly live in Nazareth.
has every year. From then on we knew we were in love.We were married in 1997,
and have a daughter, Gina, who will be 2 in May.We currently have a house in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It’s easy!
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       ...AND COLLEGE                                                                                                                            BACK IN THE DAY ... CO-WORKERS NOW LIFE PARTNERS
         MAKES THREE                                                                                                                             BY MICHAEL E. NAGEL                                                      up the story.“When people ask about our second meeting, I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tell them that Ron and I traced it back to May of 1995, when
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          we both attended the Foundation’s art auction, held in a very
BY SUE KUBIK                                                                                                                                     A     visitor to Ron and Pat DiStefano’s home feels instantly
                                                                                                                                                         at ease. Ever inviting, the house speaks warmly of its           grand setting at a home in Easton. Ron was on the front porch
                                                                                                                                                 owners and their passions; for gardening, travel and most sig-           when I arrived, eating hors d’oeuvres. I’d not talked to Ron in

S        haron and Ken Kochey would say that things in life
            have a way of ‘coming full circle.’ Their life together
         seems to bear that out. They were introduced to each
other on a blind date in December of 1964, which was
                                                                                                                                                 nificantly, for each other.They are obviously a couple; she
                                                                                                                                                 watches him as he speaks; his eyes twinkle as she fills in the
                                                                                                                                                 blanks.They seem to delight in each other’s company and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          some time, and we spent 15-20 minutes having the sort of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          catching-up conversation that you have with friends and col-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          leagues.” It was a chance meeting, but later, as Ron put it “we
                                                                                                                                                 their warmth and connection fill the entire home.                        both sensed a connection.”
arranged by Tom Zern, a colleague of Sharon’s at B.F. Goodrich,                                                                                       The first question of course, is how they met.“Which                      Ron held a picnic that summer and slipped an invitation
Valley Forge, who knew Ken through the Naval Reserves.                                                                                           time?” asks Ron.“Well,” says Pat,“I usually ask if they want to          into Pat’s mailbox at the college.When she didn’t show, he
      At the time, Ken was a student at the University of                                                                                        know about the first time or the second time we met. We                  thought,“bummer, I guess she’s not interested.”Turns out she’d
Florida. Ken and Sharon engaged in a long-distance romance                                                                                       worked together at Northampton for 29 years. I started in the            been away and missed the invitation and the picnic.
for less than a year and were married in November of 1965.                                                                                       Library in November of 1970 and Ron started in chemistry in                    “I assured him I would have come, if I’d known about it,”
Their early life together took them to Washington D.C., back to                                                                                  May of 1971.”                                                            laughed Pat.Their first real date was a Phillies game, on
the University of Florida, where Ken got his doctorate, and                                                                                           Ron recalls that his appointment was approved by the                September 23, 1995.While both have an unerring ability to
finally to the Lehigh Valley. Thirty-six years later, sitting for this                                                                           board on April Fool’s Day of 1971.“I was excited and did not             recall details, such as first meeting and first date, neither can
interview, they had just returned from a trip they took to                                                                                       take the timing as a bad omen,” he said.                                 recall who won the game.
Yellowstone with, you guessed it,Tom and Helen Zern. While                                                                                            As colleagues, did their paths cross very often? They may                 “I think we were more interested in each other,” said Pat.
they maintained a good, if sometimes distant friendship                                                                                          have served on committees together, though neither remem-                They have other dating stories, like the time Pat left Ron at
throughout their working years, the Kocheys and the Zerns                                                                                        bers for certain.They did serve together on the Executive                CelticFest to go home and show her farm, which was up for
have become even closer as both couples retired.                                                                                                 Board of the AFT, Northampton’s faculty union.“I was                     sale. By the time she got home, the prospective buyers had
      Dr. Kenneth Kochey was among the earliest staff mem-                    returned to teaching full time. By then the college had grown      secretary,” said Pat “and Ron was treasurer.” In their first life        cancelled. Pat, knowing that Ron did not have a sweater, drove
bers hired at this new, upstart college which came to be                      dramatically and the small upstart school took on a different      they were colleagues, little knowing the twist that fate was             back to Bethlehem with one for him (from Wind Gap!).
known as Northampton Community College. Sharon, his wife,                     flavor. But Ken was able to capture some of the feeling of the     about to take.                                                                 Pat and Ron were married in December of 1995 in front
was in the college’s first graduating class. They speak lovingly              original campus again when the college opened a branch cam-             Tragedy struck when Ron’s first wife, Dorene, was strick-           of friends, family and a fireplace at Magnolia’s Vineyard in
of the “early Northampton years.” Out of necessity, the college               pus in Monroe county. “Tannersville is an exciting place,” he                                                      en with cancer           Guthsville. They retired together in 2000 and have enthusiasti-
became the focus of their existence.                                          notes,“it’s small, but growing and very dynamic. To finish my                                                      in 1993. She             cally embraced this newest period in their lives.Active in their
      If you ask Sharon if it was difficult being a student at a              career there was a bonus. I came full circle.”                                                                     passed away in           church, they are dedicated community volunteers, working at
college where her husband was an administrator, she will tell                      Sharon’s path in the Easton School District, where she                                                        the fall of 1994.        Musikfest, Christkindlmarkt, Celtic Classic and the Kutztown
you that it was sometimes awkward, but that the college was                   was hired in 1971, having completed a bachelor’s degree at                                                         The Dorene               PA German Festival.They also enjoy biking, gardening and trav-
so small that most students knew a lot of the faculty and                     East Stroudsburg University and later a master’s at Lehigh, fol-                                                   DiStefano Dental         el.A safari to Tanzania and Kenya, with Pat’s daughter, her hus-
administration personally. And the college staff became a fami-               lowed a similar route. She started as a classroom teacher, then                                                    Hygiene                  band and his parents, beckons this fall.
ly, in the Kocheys’ words, because just about everybody who                   specialized in remedial reading, became a reading specialist                                                       Scholarship was                They get back to Northampton on occasion and Pat, who
was hired came from someplace else. The hard work of get-                     and then returned to the classroom in 1991. Both feel that “the                                                    established by           retired from the library, was pleased to see the transformation
ting a new college started lead to long nights and often week-                intrinsic rewards of being in education are greatest in the                                                        her friends and          at the dedication of the Mack Library last year. Ron is in the
ends so socializing with colleagues became a natural out-                     classroom.”                                                                                                        colleagues in            process of building a model railroad layout and he and Pat
growth of spending so much time together. There were card                          Ken retired in 1999, Sharon in 2001. Talking to them                                                          memory of her            have corroborated on a number of household projects, includ-
parties, progressive dinners and gatherings at local bars and                 about retirement is like holding a mirror up — they both echo                                                      life and her             ing the completion of their sunroom and basement, all from
restaurants. And, try as they might, Sharon recalls that,“no                  the same sentiments. “We loved what we did when we did it,                                                         many contribu-           an impressively equipped basement workshop.
matter what we were doing, conversation always returned to                    but people always told us we’d know when it was time to                                                            tions to the                   “If I could pass something on to people, it would be to
the college.”                                                                 retire and they were right.” Today their life revolves around                                                      dental hygiene           say that sometimes positive things can happen and they can
      Because everybody hired for the developing college was                  family and friends. Ken continues his longstanding activity                                                        profession.              be right in front of your nose,” said Pat.“Both of us had down
expected to wear many hats, Ken had three titles: assistant to                with the Kiwanis Club, and they both enjoy bridge, travel, golf,                                                        Fast forward        periods, but when we saw each other that May, we came to
the president, associate dean of continuing education and pro-                tennis and just being with each other.And, oh yes, they still                                                      to the early sum-        believe that there was a light ahead for both of us.”
fessor of mathematics. Throughout his career at Northampton,                  keep that special place in their hearts for that little college                                                    mer of 1995,                   Ron agrees,“Things can seem cloudy, and suddenly, the
he was also the registrar, associate dean of students, dean of                that “gave us a chance to do what we decided to do.”                                                               where Pat takes          sun comes out,” he said, as they both shared a smile.
students and director of personnel services. In 1976 he


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                                            D O N O R       S P O T L I G H T S                                                                                                             P A R T N E R S



                                                                                                                                                 THE R.K. LAROS FOUNDATION —
                   A NETWORKED RELATIONSHIP                                                                                                  A LEGACY OF CARING FOR THE COMMUNITY
BY MICHAEL E. NAGEL                         graduate, just like her mother.               ways to remember Tim’s dog, we hit
                                                 The Bradys are atypically busy, even     upon the idea of establishing an endow-    BY MICHAEL E. NAGEL


T       alk about networking! Karen
          and Tim Brady bring a whole
        new meaning to the idea.
     “I was working on the network
                                            by today’s standards. Karen is pursuing
                                            a master’s degree in business administra-
                                            tion with a concentration in computer
                                            information science, and is “about
                                                                                          ment at the college to support the vet-
                                                                                          tech program, and the Karen and Tim
                                                                                          Brady Scholarship Endowment, which
                                                                                          benefits the vet-tech program and its
                                                                                                                                     T       he roots of the R. K. Laros
                                                                                                                                               Foundation run deep and reach
                                                                                                                                             far beyond Bethlehem, its home
                                            halfway there,” she says. Karen is also       students, was born.Two dogs, Petey, a      base of operation.
implementation, which involved train-
                                            secretary to the Northampton County           golden retriever and Dottie, the Brady’s         Founded in 1952 by Russell K.
ing college staff during the day,” said
                                            Ambulance Association, which plays off        newest Dalmatian, now grace the family     Laros, the foundation was part of a nat-
Karen. “Tim was at that time the night
                                            her involvement in the Bethlehem              along with three cats (Rusty, Sneaky &     ural evolutionary step for this early
shift maintenance supervisor, so coming
                                            Township Fire Company. She has                Mulligan).                                 entrepreneur, who operated silk mills in
in for training during the day was a
                                            worked on the ambulance and served as             Most days, at around 12:30 PM or       a region stretching from the Lehigh
problem. I ended up training him while
                                            the fire company’s photographer, an           so,Tim and Karen can be seen having        Valley into the Scranton,Wilkes-Barre
I worked late on Fridays.” Prior to this,
                                            involvement originally inspired by her        lunch together in the cafeteria in         area.The current Sure-Fit building oppo-
they certainly knew each other as col-
                                            curiosity as to why Tim’s past role as        College Center. “With our schedules, it    site the Bethlehem YMCA is a former
leagues; after all, Karen has worked at
                                            president of the fire company took up         sometimes is the only time we can get      Laros Silk mill. Even before establishing    Students enjoy the cafeteria. The Laros Foundation funded a recent renovation.
Northampton almost continuously since
                                            so much time.                                 together,” said Karen. “And our time       the foundation, Russell Laros and his
she graduated almost 28 years ago
                                                 Tim serves as a Bethlehem                together is important to us,” said Tim.    wife, Helen were well know philan-           ed from Lafayette College, and so              Ministries.
while Tim boasts 26 years at the college,
                                            Township Commissioner, past president                                                    thropists in the community, focusing         the foundation supported Lafayette,                 “We also made a grant to Meals on
mostly in physical plant. Both agree,
                                            of the Board of                                                                          their giving on causes that enhanced         St. Luke’s Hospital, Lehigh and later          Wheels so that they could buy new
however, that their relationship evolved
                                            Commissioners, and the                                                                   the community, exhibiting a particular       Moravian,” said Mowrer.“As our                 coolers,” said Mowrer. “It seems like a
out of those Friday training sessions.
                                            Township’s Emergency                                                                     concern for those individuals who had        geographic focus shifted, so did our           minor issue to some, but without those
     For their first date,Tim cooked
                                            Management Coordinator.                                                                  slipped past society’s safety nets, even     funding priorities.”                           coolers, Meals on Wheels can’t serve
lunch for Karen on her birthday.
                                            He recently participated                                                                 in those early days.                              While true to R.K. Laros’ vision, the     the community.”The Laros Foundation
“Chicken, rice and some vegetable,”
                                            in the successful negotia-                                                                     The Laroses had relatives on the       current trustees, who number ten, are          also supported a scholarship at
recalls Tim, who seems to be the detail
                                            tion for a new police con-                                                               Main Line in Philadelphia, which, when       not afraid to revisit how the foundation       Northampton Community College
person in the relationship, although he
                                            tract and is an accom-                                                                   combined with the communities where          responds to that vision.“We don’t make         in the nursing program.
tends to talk in a spare, almost off-hand
                                            plished organist as well.                                                                they had silk mills, resulted in the foun-   gifts just because we have before, and              As for Mowrer, serving as the secre-
manner.Time revealed and reinforced
                                                 As for the dogs,                                                                    dation supporting charities throughout       the trustees are always looking for ways       tary to the foundation brings other, per-
similarities; they discovered they both
                                            even here we find a                                                                      much of Eastern Pennsylvania.“The            to break new ground,” said Mowrer.             haps unexpected perspectives.
were regulars at Long Beach Island for
                                            Northampton connec-                                                                      foundation’s early records show that         “They’ve done bricks and mortar, but                “Three of R.K. Laros’ descendants,
vacations, both are animal lovers (dogs
                                            tion, alas born of tragedy.                                                              Mrs. Laros was the driving force behind      they are always looking for new and dif-       his son, grandson and nephew, none of
& cats) and both had a bent for public
                                            “I had to put my                                                                         their giving,” said Elizabeth Mowrer, the    ferent opportunities and they are not          whom live in the Lehigh Valley, are
service.
                                            Dalmatian, Mack, to sleep                                                                foundation’s current secretary.“She          afraid to take a chance, even though not       among our 10 trustees,” Mowrer said.
     Their courtship was brief, but, as
                                            after 16 years,” said Tim,                                                               made a number of $5 and $10 contribu-        every project turns out as we’d hoped.”        “Like all of the trustees, they have a
Karen, who tends to be a bit more effu-
                                            “and I was crushed.”                                                                     tions to various charities, which really          Examples of local projects support-       deep appreciation for and concern
sive points out,“we’d known each other
                                            Karen had also struggled                                                                 set the agenda for the generations to        ed by the foundation include the Laros         about this community, and it’s heart-
for a long time.”
                                            with her cat.“I spent                                                                    come. Later, her daughter took over for      auditorium at St. Luke’s Hospital, the         warming to see how much of them-
     Married in 1990, they have, among
                                            three days with my cat at                                                                her and helped continue the founda-          renovated dining room at Northampton           selves they pour into this process.The
their wedding photos, a picture taken
                                            the veterinary hospital,                                                                 tion’s focus on improving the quality of     Community College and a family health          parents of one of our trustees met at
on campus, with Keystone Hall as the
                                            during which I met two                                                                   life in the community.                       room at Donegan Elementary School in           Laros silk mill. His father was a security
backdrop.“A reminder of the connec-
                                            graduates of our vet-tech                                                                      As the silk boom began to contract,    Bethlehem.The foundation coordinates           guard who has since passed away, but
tions,” explains Tim.Among the connec-
                                            program,” says Karen.                                                                    so to did the scope of the Laros’ busi-      its efforts with the United Way and            his mother was and is thrilled that he
tions is Jessie Valek, Karen’s daughter
                                            While thinking about          The Bradys at Northampton on their wedding day.            ness and the foundation became more          other community service agencies like          serves on the board.This truly is a fami-
and a Northampton Community College
                                                                                                                                     distinctly Bethlehem.“Mr. Laros graduat-     New Bethany Ministries and South Side          ly concerned with the community!”

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                                                       P A R T N E R S



                                  YOU’LL NEVER MEAT
                                   TWO NICER GUYS
BY SUE KUBIK



A        midst candlelight, long
           stemmed red roses, choco-
         lates and a tantalizing menu
featuring tenderloin of beef and twin
stuffed lobster tails, 170 guests enjoyed
                                                                                                                                                                        We salute
this year’s Valentine’s Day version of                                                                                                      those selfless individuals and organization whose contributions
Classical Cuisine, February 15. The                                                                                                        are making dreams come true at Northampton Community College.
annual affair, which raises funds to                                                                                                          Every year hundreds of people become a part of the college
benefit the culinary arts and hotel/
restaurant management program at the
                                                                                                                                                        through our donor recognition programs.
college, began in 1995. And, since its
inception, the event has been under-
written by R&R Provision Company                                                                                                                       We’re proud of the company we keep.
of Easton.
     R&R Provision Company was
started in 1934 when two meat compa-                                                                                                                                             LAUREATE SOCIETY
ny salesmen, Russell Genua and Ralph         R&R Provision Company — a family affair for father Dick, left, and son Rick, right.         The Laureate Society is a giving society for members whose cumulative giving to the
Evely, decided to go into business for       Not pictured: daughter Cathey Fainor ’85.                                                   Foundation exceeds $50,000.
themselves. Genua put in $100, Evely                                                                                                                                         CORNERSTONE SOCIETY
sold his car and used the proceeds to             Throughout the years, Dick has            growing its current downtown location
buy a truck. Together they traveled to       seen a lot of changes in the business:         and thinking of moving.                      The Cornerstone Society is a giving society for individuals who have given, or have caused
Philadelphia, purchased $100 worth of        the advent of restaurant chains, a reduc-            R&R’s relationship with                to have given, $10,000 or more during a three-year period to the Northampton Community
                                             tion in customer loyalty and mergers in        Northampton Community College pre-           College Foundation.
meat and began selling it from store to
store. Today, R& R Provision Company         the food industry. But one thing that          dates Classical Cuisine. It began when                                               HERITAGE SOCIETY
is not only a distributor, but also a        hasn’t changed is his company’s com-           Chef Duncan Howden joined the col-           The Heritage Society was established in 1990 to recognize those individuals who have
processor of a variety of beef, pork,        mitment to customer service. Rick says         lege staff in 1988. Chef Duncan takes        provided for the future of Northampton Community College through bequests, trusts, life
lamb and veal products. The company          that it’s not unusual for the company to       his CULA 115,“Meat, Poultry and Fish         insurance policies or similar provisions.
employs 65, specializes in custom cuts       get a call for a custom cut of meat at 8       Cutting” class to R&R to give them what
                                                                                                                                                                                     GIFT CLUBS
and quality service and attends to more      a.m. and have it on the delivery truck         he calls a “real life” look at a true meat
than 3,000 accounts within a 60-mile         that same day. The ability to respond          cutting operation. “R&R is one of the        The following gift clubs exist within the Annual Fund to recognize annual
                                             quickly to customers’ special requests is      few houses that still ‘breaks down’ car-     giving levels:
radius. Its main customers are indepen-
dent restaurants, hotels and institutions.   a distinguishing characteristic of this        cass meat,” Duncan explains. “That           Trustees Club . . . . . . . .$        10,000+     Founder’s Club . . . . . . .$ 500 - $ 999
     Evely and Genua have long since         company that sets it apart from some of        means they have the expertise and facil-     Benefactor’s Club . . . . .$ 5,000 - $9,999       Associates Club . . . . . . .$ 250 - $ 499
retired. The business is now owned by        its competitors. “We pride ourselves on        ities to take whole quarters of beef and     Chairman’s Club . . . . . .$ 2,500 - $4,999       Friends Club . . . . . . . . .$ 125 - $ 249
the Rogers family: Dick, son Rick and        our service,” Dick explains.“We try to         process them into fabricated cuts.”          President’s Club . . . . . . .$ 1,000 - $2,499    Sustaining Club . . . . . . .$    1 - $ 124
daughter Cathy Fainor,’85. Dick has          take headaches away from restaurant                  “During my own apprenticeship
been in the business for 42 years.           owners. Everything we give them is             in 1978, I was introduced to products
                                             ‘case ready’. What we give them can go         from R&R,” Duncan elaborated. “Since
                                                                                                                                         For information on making a gift to Northampton Community College or to join one of our
He became a part owner in 1975 and
                                             right on the plate.” The company is also       then I have been dealing with this           giving societies, please contact Michael E. Nagel, Senior Planned & Major Gifts Officer, at
eventually bought out his partners,
                                             focusing a lot on processing items —           company and have always found them           (610) 861-5449.
gaining complete ownership in 1994.
Rick joined the company in 1990, Kathy       branching out into private labels.             to be a ‘cut above’ the other companies
in 1994.                                          The philosophy has paid off. R&R          in the area.”
                                             now finds itself at a crossroads — out-

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                        8     Cooking demonstration by Chef-in-Residence Tom Hannum, 6 p.m.
                        8     Poetry reading by Juan Delgado, 11 a.m., Monroe Campus
                        9     Poetry reading by Juan Delgado, 11 a.m., Main Campus
                       11     Awards ceremony for winners of Kraus Drawing Competition, 11 a.m.
                       12     Opening of spring theatre production, “The Rover,” 7 p.m.
                       12     Casino Night to benefit the Alumni Scholarship Fund, 7 p.m.
                       24      Administrative Professionals/Secretaries Teleconference, 11:45 a.m.
                       29     Opening of Student Art Exhibition



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                        2     Student Awards Convocation, 3:30 p.m.
                        4     Women’s Chorus Concert, 8 p.m.
                        5     Springfest, Noon-5 p.m.
                       11     Collegiate Singers Concert, 8 p.m.
                       20     First summer session begins
                       23     Commencement, 6:30 p.m.




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