C The Centenarian Fall 2008 TAKING TAKING THE REINS THE REINS Centenary Equine Centenary Equine Studies is the Studies is the program of choice program of choice Foundations Foundations for the Future for the Future First-year students First-year students thrive at Centenary thrive at Centenary Happy 50th Happy 50th Birthday WNTI Birthday WNTI the Centenary College magazine CENTENARY COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES News from the Office of the President Arden Davis Melick ’60/’01 HA Chairman Dr. Kenneth L. Hoyt has announced Kenneth L. Hahn that he will leave his post as President Vice Chairman of Centenary College, effective David A. Lackland December 31, 2008. 2nd Vice Chair He leaves a legacy of excellence. Under Lucinda Thomas Embersits ’59 Secretary Dr. Hoyt’s leadership the College Alan J. Shaw expanded its academic offerings and Treasurer developed a long-term strategic plan. George E. Arwady ’06 HA New facilities were built and existing Ellen Baars-Banks ’93 ones expanded and renovated to accommodate the needs of a growing Honorable Howard Burrell student body. Centenary implemented Stanley Caine a wireless laptop initiative and was Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar named one of the Top 50 Wireless John H. Fritz ’03 HA Campuses in the nation by Intel and Peter Gorry Forbes Magazine. Michael Halpin Dr. Hoyt led the successful Campaign Virginia George Hook ’44 for Centenary College which provided funding to expand and renovate the John M. David W. Johnson Reeves Recreation Center and enhance academic programs. Enrollment doubled Dr. Hae-Jong Kim to 3,100 students since his arrival at the College, making Centenary the fastest- Honorable Leonard Lance ’01 HA growing independent college in New Jersey. Honorable George D. Muller “I have enjoyed my Centenary experience, especially our students, and working with Denis Hennessy O’Rourke a dynamic Board of Trustees, faculty and staff,” remarked Dr. Hoyt. “I am proud of Diane Perrella the College’s reputation for student-centered learning and unparalleled service. I believe it is now time to help another college achieve its strategic objectives.” Jim Salerno M. Alden Siegel Arden Davis Melick ’60, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, thanked Dr. Hoyt for his many contributions to the College. “Centenary has built a reputation as an Christopher Treanor innovative college for liberal arts and career studies, with an improved curriculum Linda Van Winkle Watkins ’62 and a vibrant community of talented faculty and staff and energized students. Norman Worth We appreciate Dr. Hoyt’s many contributions on the College’s behalf.” Harris F. Smith ’99 HA The Board of Trustees is in the process of organizing a national search for Earle T. Holsapple, Jr. ’99 HA Centenary’s next President, which may take up to a year. In the interim, Dr. Barbara-Jayne Lewthwaite, former Chief Academic Officer, has assumed the post Editorial Offices of Acting Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for overseeing the operations Centenary College Magazine of the College and coordinating the efforts of the Executive Staff. 400 Jefferson Street Hackettstown, NJ 07840 The Centenary Board of Trustees and community thank Dr. Hoyt for his years of service and wish him the best for his future successes. On the Cover: Rebecca Huestis ’03, a graduate of Centenary’s Equine Studies program. • Find old classmates It’s all happening online at • Catch up on Centenary events alumni.centenarycollege.edu • Join a discussion C Contents 2 View from the Dome News from Centenary College 6 Foundations for the Future A look at how Centenary’s Academic Foundations Courses equip first-year students to succeed in college — and in life. 10 Camp Hope Centenary’s Katrina Relief Project is now focused on rebuilding and renewal. 12 Taking the Reins For ambitious Equine Studies majors, Centenary’s nationally recognized department is the program of choice. 16 National Powerhouse Centenary SIFE was the only team selected as a finalist in four areas of competition in 2008, ranking them among the most successful teams in Centenary history. 18 Leaps and Bounds WNTI looks forward to its 50th anniversary and a new home in the David and Carol Lackland Center. 20 Let the Games Begin The newly-renovated John M. Reeves Student Recreation Center is pulsing with activity. 22 Cyclones Round-Up NCAA Division III team highlights and Centenary’s Coaches of the Year. 24 End Note Five Questions for Wallace P. Parker, Jr. and three new members of the Centenary Board of Trustees. The Centenarian 1 VIEW FROM THE DOME Getting to Know “More people are discovering Centenary. High Centenary: school students have an opportunity to get to More than 100 enroll in the College’s first Summer know Centenary before they begin the college Scholars program application process.” More than 100 high school — Doug Hooper, Program Coordinator for Summer Scholars students got a taste of the Centenary Experience in July Scholars. “It was a natural people who were as passionate when the College introduced progression to offer the college about particular subjects as they Summer Scholars, an educational experience to a younger were,” remarked Hooper. camp for young people entering population,” he said. “The campers had fun while grades 9–12. “Centenary Summer Scholars discovering their talents and The program offered four one- engages students with a true interests.” week sessions in six academic college learning experience. We Participants also became disciplines: Creative Writing, offer hands-on classes taught by acquainted with Hackettstown. Radio and Broadcasting, top-notch instructors and “Centenary is definitely an asset Television and Production, courses not found at other to the town,” said Hackettstown Fashion Design, Computer colleges in our state.” Mayor Michael B. Lavery. Science and Fine Arts with a Although the majority of “Exposing groups of students staff comprised of Centenary participants were from the to the College is good for faculty members as well as immediate vicinity, a number of Hackettstown and northwest experienced outside instructors. young people came from New Jersey.” Doug Hooper, Centenary’s Web locations as distant as Texas and Organizers say Summer Scholars Site Content Manager and Canada. “What was nice about is mutually beneficial for adjunct professor in Web design this program was that students Centenary and its participants. at the College, acted as program had the opportunity to meet Because of its extended coordinator for Summer instructors and other young offerings, Hooper said, “more people are discovering Centenary. High school students who attend our programs have an opportunity to get to know Centenary before they begin the college application process.” Cyclone Card Takes Off Shopping and dining in Hackettstown has never been easier, thanks to a new debit card now carried by More than 100 high school students participated in the newly launched Summer Scholars Program at Centenary College. 2 The Centenarian NEWS FROM CENTENARY COLLEGE all Centenary students and staff. Launched earlier this year, the Cyclone Card allows members of the Centenary community to pay for purchases at local businesses with a quick swipe. “We saw this as an opportunity for Centenary to expand its boundaries beyond our physical campus,” explained Scott Hughes, the College’s Chief Technology Officer. “Now student purchasing power goes into Hackettstown.” The Cyclone Card functions Local residents enjoyed the historical narrative “Tillie Walk” presented by similar to a bank debit card, with Centenary Stage Company. participants using the card at area businesses to make purchases. effect, but it came right out of Murder Case,” provided the gate strong. At Centenary, historical commentary. Hackettstown officials hope to we look at this as a stimulus to The Tillie Walk was developed enroll up to 70 percent of the new business in the area.” town’s 430 businesses. alongside Jeanne Murray Walker’s play “The Tillie More than 450 schools Once Upon a Crime Project,” commissioned by the nationwide use similar cards, Centenary Stage Company in although only about 100 have The Centenary Stage Company 2001. Centenary Stage enabled students to use it as a presented its historical, narrated Company General Manager and debit card. 45-minute “Tillie Walk” on June Director of the Women 14 to 50 curious locals as part of Centenary students have used Playwrights Series Catherine the Hackettstown Victorian the Cyclone Card for more than Rust explains that this year’s Days celebration. The walk a year as a library card and tour helped draw people to the followed the last steps of Tillie residence hall key and to pay for Hackettstown Business Smith, the young Centenary laundry and on-campus dining. Improvement District. “We are College kitchen maid who was The College piloted the debit trying to coordinate more events brutally murdered in 1886 — card feature for two months at with the town to encourage and whose ghost reportedly still a local pizza parlor before people to come here,” she said. visits the campus today. Lea expanding to include other Antolini, a Centenary College Professor Antolini hopes to Hackettstown businesses. theatre professor and actress, and expand the walks and add Hughes reports that businesses Danielle Tampier ’08, a graduate more performers this fall. “It “have been blown away” by the of the College’s theatre program, is important to get people program. “It had an immediate led the walk along Main Street interested in the theatre and the impact, which is shocking,” he in Victorian costumes. Denis history of the area,” she said. explained. “We thought it was Sullivan, author of “In Defense “I am excited to be able to give going to be like a snowball of Her Honor: The Tillie Smith back to the community.” The Centenarian 3 VIEW FROM THE DOME “We are the only four-year college in this part of the state and for the past nine years we have had a good number of police officers, including chiefs of police, attend Centenary for undergraduate and graduate degrees,” Dr. Linskey explained. “We certainly have faculty with the expertise needed for this.” Members of local law enforcement agencies joined Congressman E. Scott Garrett First Lillian Nicholson to celebrate Centenary’s receipt of a grant from the US Department of Justice. Memorial Scholarships Centenary to Train First and first-responders are the front Awarded Responders for Crises line of defense for any possible Centenary students Christina terrorist attack and this hands- Black and Jessica Koppinger are The United States Department on training will allow them to the first recipients of the Lillian of Justice awarded Centenary better help with incident Nicholson Memorial College an $894,348 grant response and crisis management Scholarship, an award that to provide a law enforcement issues.” recognizes two undergraduate crisis-training program for Centenary’s highly regarded English majors each year for first responders in northwest Criminal Justice Program within academic merit and promise of New Jersey. the Department of Social future growth as well as financial The federal grant will fund free need. Dr. Douglas Schwegel Sciences makes the College a incident response and crisis established the scholarship in logical source for the training. management training for memory of his lifelong friend Faculty members, law personnel from approximately Professor Emeritus of English enforcement and former law 90 towns in Warren, Sussex and Harry Strickhausen, who taught enforcement personnel include Hunterdon counties. at the College for 30 years. some of New Jersey’s foremost US Congressman E. Scott authorities in the field. The award, which is applied to Garrett, who serves New Jersey’s the cost of tuition at Centenary The College will work with first 5th Congressional District, College, is named for the late responders including police, announced the federal grant at professor’s high school English firefighters, EMTs and other the College in June. “Centenary teacher, Lillian Nicholson, who emergency management is one of New Jersey’s most was his mentor and friend while professionals to develop the outstanding higher he attended Ball High School in curriculum, which should be education Galveston, TX. Professor completed by the end of the institutions,” said Strickhausen credited Nicholson year. Courses will be offered on Congressman for inspiring him to pursue the the Centenary campus, but Garrett. “Our local study of language and literature Chairman of the Social Sciences law enforcement and to become a teacher himself. Department Dr. Joseph Linskey US Congressman noted, “if need be, we will take Chairman of the English and E. Scott Garrett it to them.” Foreign Languages Department, 4 The Centenarian NEWS FROM CENTENARY COLLEGE Dr. John Holt says the when Eric Frenchman, an scholarship is a meaningful way Internet strategist for Senator to honor the memory of a John McCain’s Presidential beloved colleague who was a Campaign, visited as a guest Five Angry Employees published poet, Gates-Ferry lecturer in May. Centenary CAPS student Distinguished Lecturer and Credited with helping the directs award-winning film professor known for engaging McCain Campaign reach new A Centenary College student directed an students in long debates. “Harry levels in online donations, award-winning independent film that would be delighted,” he said. Frenchman spoke about the shift brings to life the conflicts that occur in “He set a high standard for all of corporate culture. in political campaigns towards us. We looked for a touch of electronic marketing, specifically, The 93-minute film “Conference Room Harry in each the candidates’ C” focuses on a business meeting that profiles.” the use of search engines such as goes awry when a corporate project goes Google, MSN and Yahoo to way over budget and five employees are drive voters to candidates’ Web faced with a no-win edict from the Board Guess Who’s Coming to of Directors. Difficult issues including sites. A former marketer for Lecture race, class and gender all boil to the AT&T, Frenchman is a leading surface as the film examines the dark side McCain Internet Strategist expert in the field of Internet of corporate culture. speaks to Web Design advertising. “There is no 99 Rob Buck, a Business student at students percent success rate in this Centenary’s Center for Adult and Now that voters spend more arena,” he explained to the class. Professional Studies (CAPS), received “It is either win and you move several awards for the film including Best time online than in front of Feature at the Wildwood by the Sea Film their television sets, Internet on to the next primary, or lose Festival. advertising is expected to play an and the campaign is over. Filmed at the College’s television studio, even greater role in national Thanks to a great deal of hard “Conference Room C” has a strong elections. Centenary Web work, things have gone well for Centenary presence. In addition to Buck Design students received a first John McCain’s campaign.” serving as director, the film involved Centenary’s Broadcast Manager Jon Lewis, hand glimpse into the process who aided in production, as well as the talents of several students. The CAPS student paired with writer Wayne Thorpe to produce the film after reading Thorpe’s compelling script, which the writer once admitted has a “Lord of the Flies” mentality. Buck was struck by how much the script resembled his own corporate work experiences. Despite the drama, the script injects humor into the situation as the characters socially devolve. “We’ve moved from a blue collar to more service-oriented economy,” said Buck, on why audiences are connecting with the film. “There’s someone in that conference room that most people can identify with.” The College community turned out last Eric Frenchman (center), Internet strategist for Senator John McCain, spring for a special screening of visited Centenary College's Web Design II class on May 7. “Conference Room C” at the Darress Theatre in Boonton, NJ. The Centenarian 5 Foundations for the Future With an emphasis on global issues and service learning, Centenary’s Academic Foundations Courses equip students with the building blocks of success: important skills that will help them thrive in college — and in life. Christine McLaughlin does not mince words when describing the effect Centenary’s Academic Foundations Course (AFC) has had on her college career. “Without a doubt, it was the most significant experience of my life,” said McLaughlin, an Education candidate from Long Valley, NJ, who is now a sophomore. “It completely changed my academic life.” McLaughlin is hardly alone. Since Centenary launched its first-year experience for incoming students six years ago, the program has helped hundreds of undergraduates build a foundation of academic and interpersonal skills necessary to succeed in college and in life. AFC continues to evolve with new layers and dimensions added each year. This is one of the reasons Foundations of Excellence in the First College Year, a nationally recognized model for setting standards of excellence and improving student retention, accepted Centenary College into its program in 2007. Labor of Love “It has been a labor of love for all who have been involved,” said Director of Academic Transitions and Associate Professor of Business Cheryl Veronda. “The program makes sure students do not fall through the cracks. Centenary has always placed an emphasis on the first-year experience, but now the program is even more enhanced.” Launched as a series of “passion-based” courses taught by full-time faculty, Centenary enriched the program by integrating core content and learning outcomes into the curriculum, adding a second required AFC 6 The Centenarian “Through AFC I learned how to be more confident and how to communicate with others. From the group work alone, I learned how to communicate for a lifetime.” — Christine McLaughlin ’11 course in the spring semester of freshman year, and importance. AFC also requires a community service introducing new students to their major, at the component for all first-year students. beginning of their college career. In true Centenary Professor Veronda, who has taught an AFC course fashion, many AFC courses now involve the greater each year, welcomes the transformation of her College community — faculty members, students into confident scholars with a passion for upperclassmen, librarians, student life personnel and world issues. Her class for Business majors “Exploring other administrators — who bolster the program with Entrepreneurship” emphasizes critical thinking and a wealth of experience and an added layer of support. responsibility, two skills that are vital to success in the The effort is paying off with increased retention of business world and in life. first-year students who enjoy a deeper relationship Business majors read “Kabul Beauty School: An with the College. “One of the first things incoming American Woman Goes Behind the Veil” by Deborah students receive is an immediate tie to Centenary,” Rodriguez, which chronicles the journey of a explained Professor Veronda. “Students are connected Michigan hairdresser who travels to Afghanistan to to a full-time faculty member and approximately 15 establish the country’s first beauty school. “The classmates in their discipline, so there is even more of students responded very positively,” she noted. “They an immediate connection.” really seem to crave that global perspective.” The During her first semester at Centenary, McLaughlin global focus was so powerful that several students are studied Australian cultures in a course for mixed now seeking information about studying abroad. majors that she describes as an “eye opener.” A Other AFC courses have focused on topics such as semester later she joined other Education candidates careers in the Equine Industry for Equine majors and in a course that included a lock-in at Hackettstown hats for Fashion majors, which incorporated fashion Middle School that emphasized global citizenship and design skills. the effects of socioeconomic status, along with a service learning project to understand how domestic violence affects children. “When you go to college you really do not know what to expect,” said McLaughlin. “Through AFC I learned how to be more confident and how to communicate with others. From the group work alone, I learned how to communicate for a lifetime.” A Global Perspective An emphasis on global issues is key to the series, closely aligning course content with Centenary’s strategic objectives to promote international AFC requires a community service component for all first- citizenship and service learning. year students. Above, students at the Strengthen Our Sisters shelter. L to R: Brian Dunphy, Alyssa Schatzman, Christine Centenary added a global perspective to the program McLaughlin and Felicia Ellersick. last year, exposing students to issues of worldwide The Centenarian 7 Foundations for the Future (continued) “The instructor for that class has always loved hats and the cultural statements they make,” Professor Veronda explained. “But clearly the Fashion students picked up knowledge and skills that will help them in fashion design.” Another key element of the program is called Global Mondays, which features presentations by prominent professionals such as former New York Giant Charles Way and documentary filmmaker Jonathan Kalafer. As part of their AFC second semester course, “Each speaker brought something different to the Education candidates worked closely with table,” said Mary Fazekas, a Business Administration Hackettstown area schools. major from Moorestown, NJ. “Global Mondays were a great way to get new perspectives.” Empowering Students for a Lifetime Suzanne McCarthy, a staff member at Centenary’s Academic Success Center, team-taught a course for undecided majors with Assistant Dean of Students Kathleen Boody. Titled “Major Discoveries,” the course helped students to explore potential careers while discovering their own strengths such as personal responsibility, self-management and confidence. Participants of students choosing majors, 19 of the 31 enrolled interviewed professionals from all walks of life to earned a 3.0 GPA or higher. determine how their careers have unfolded through “I felt at the end of the semester the first-year the years and shadowed someone in the workforce for students were empowered to want to continue the a half day. First-year students also created electronic exploration process of a future career in a multimedia portfolios about themselves, emphasizing knowledgeable way,” McCarthy said. “This course values important to them, their skills and how their makes them aware and equips them with the skills abilities translate into the world of work. The they need to be successful in college, the work world outcomes were substantial. In addition to a number and in relationships throughout life. They are really foundational skills.” “It was rigorous in terms of what the students had to produce. We held the students to high standards and they performed very well. They should feel proud of themselves.” — Professor Cheryl Veronda Director of Academic Transitions Connected to Centenary More than 500 enroll in AFC Through two semesters of AFC courses, first-year Centenary welcomed 330 students build strong bonds with each other, as well as freshmen this fall, a 16 with the College. Emily Williams ’05, Assistant percent increase over last year, Director of Transitions and Certification Coordinator and 175 transfer in the Education Department, team-taught a second students, that will bring the semester course for Education candidates with Vice total number of first-year President for Student Engagement Reverend David L. students enrolled in Academic Jones. The students split into eight teams and worked Foundations Courses (AFC) with different area schools to answer a question: How to more than 500. Vice can students and communities work together to President for Enrollment increase student learning outcomes? Management and Strategic Jenna McEwan is a first- In addition to the lock-in at Hackettstown Middle year leader who helps Branding Diane Finnan School that McLaughlin took part in, Centenary new students transition to reports that incoming college life. students participated in after-school programming students are very career- and worked with youngsters with Asperger’s oriented, especially in the areas of Education, Business, Syndrome. Williams says applying content (the entire Equine Studies, Criminal Justice and Fashion. class read “Three Cups of Tea,” an account of one While the College continues to draw a majority of man’s quest to build schools in Pakistan and graduating high school seniors from New Jersey, Afghanistan) to service learning was a powerful and members of this year’s class also represent international engaging experience. locales such as Korea, China and Northern Ireland “It is important for Education candidates to receive where the College has established a presence through hands-on experiences,” she said. “It allows them to articulation agreements. Many are drawn to the small connect with a school age population and determine college experience and applied liberal arts that if a career in Education is really right for them.” Centenary offers. Those involved with the program say they witnessed “I knew I wanted Centenary,” said Colleen Akroman, a AFC students blossom as they built effective academic first-year student who hopes to work in social services, foundations and greater self awareness. “It was particularly child advocacy. “I liked that I could get the rigorous in terms of what the students had to right amount of attention and direction here.” produce,” said Professor Veronda, noting that the “Centenary really helped me with my transition and to second semester AFC course required 20 hours of choose the right career path,” said Jenna McEwan, a community service, research papers and presentations sophomore Equine major who now serves as a peer to a faculty panel. “Once the students had an leader to help other first-years students adjust to college opportunity to reflect on the experience, they felt life. McEwan, who was raised in Europe until she proud of what they accomplished. We held the moved to California at the age of 13, says her AFC students to high standards and they performed very experience was significant. “The professors demonstrated a well. They should feel proud of themselves.” great deal of concern with our freshmen class,” she McLaughlin, who did not speak much during class in recalled. “They did not take our fears and shrug them the beginning, said she now feels more confident and off, but really helped us through that first year. I am connected with the Centenary community. “I feel glad to give back and help other new students make a more prepared to be an Education candidate and successful adjustment.” know how to handle challenges when they arise,” she explained. “We came in as strangers, and when we left we were a family.” The Centenarian 9 Three years after Hurricane Katrina shattered the Gulf Coast, Centenary’s relief project shifts from clean-up to rebuilding and renewal. The ideal winter break trip does not involve riding on Habitat for Humanity in the Ninth Ward, focusing a bus for 20 hours, sleeping on a floor or working in specifically on the construction of new homes in the a contaminated area. Yet three years after Hurricane Musicians’ Village. Other teams worked with the St. Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, Centenary Bernard Project in St. Bernard Parish, located students, faculty and staff are still lining up for the southeast of New Orleans. opportunity. All Centenarians lived at Camp Hope, a former Since 2005, hundreds of volunteers from Centenary middle school-turned-housing facility for disaster have given up ten days of their winter vacations to gut relief volunteers, staffed by workers from Habitat for and rebuild homes ravaged by Katrina. Assistant Humanity and AmeriCorps. While the past two trips Professor of Criminal Justice Dr. Norman Cetuk and have focused on cleaning and gutting damaged Vice President for Student Engagement and Chaplain houses, this year’s efforts shifted to rebuilding and Reverend David L. Jones, were inspired to organize the renewal. “Everything was much more hopeful this first trip after a brief visit to New Orleans following the time,” noted Reverend Jones. disaster. In January 2006, directed by the United Still, the Centenarians’ days were long and grueling. Methodist Committee on Relief, 130 Centenarians “People would get up at 2 or 3 AM to take a lukewarm partnered with volunteers from Drew University to shower,” said Dr. Cetuk. “We worked no less than ten provide much-needed assistance to Katrina survivors. hours a day, with many teams putting in 12 to 16 This year, some of the College’s 90 volunteers spent hours.” Volunteers hung sheetrock, painted houses and ten days working with the New Orleans Area assisted with all forms of installation and construction. “The staffs of both Habitat for Humanity and the St. After two years of confronting Bernard Project were encouraging and instructive,” said utter devastation Reverend Jones. “The first time I was at a housing site, on the Gulf Coast, Centenary I thought I would be useless, but they put all of us to volunteers are work very successfully. Students who thought they now helping would be unable to hang sheetrock learned to do it.” with the construction of Constance Edouard ’08, who volunteered with the new homes. project in 2007 and 2008, describes each day as a different emotional and physical adventure. “I did not 10 The Centenarian “It was the most fulfilling work I have ever done. It is rewarding to know that I have helped people move one step closer to coming home.” — Constance Edouard ’08 know the first thing about fixing houses or hearts,” she said. “It was the most fulfilling work I have ever done. It is rewarding to know that I have helped people move one step closer to coming home.” Volunteers also spent hours talking with homeowners and listening to their stories. “People want to talk about what they have been through,” said Dr. Cetuk. “We prepare our students for that and emphasize how important it is. The trip is about more than just hanging sheetrock. You might not be good at that, but if you are Through rebuilding efforts and simply listening to residents great at talking to residents and letting them tell their stories, Centenary volunteers helped plant seeds of change. stories, you are aiding in their recovery in another way.” trips, everybody uses first names — even with the Residents were eager to express their gratitude. presidents of Centenary and Drew,” remarked Dr. “We insulated and sheetrocked a house belonging to a Cetuk. “We are all the same down there. The trips single mother of three children living in a FEMA facilitate new friendships and bonds. When we return trailer,” Dr. Cetuk remembered. “One day she showed to Centenary, it is great to see 100 students wearing up in her car with a camp stove and made chicken their volunteer T-shirts with pride and talking with the gumbo for the entire group. That is so typical of the faculty and staff members who accompanied them.” people we help. They do not have much money, and Reverend Jones credits the success of the trips to the their homes have been completely destroyed, but volunteers’ positive attitudes. “It amazes me how every night we exchange stories about them going out easily everyone gets along,” he said. “Everyone copes to prepare food for eight to ten people.” with the living conditions really well.” “We never hear them complain,” added Reverend Jones. Dr. Cetuk and Reverend Jones also take great pride in “Their spirits remain amazingly unquenchable.” the fact that so many Centenarians remain committed “The Centenary volunteers were a great group,” said Liz to the service project. They estimate that 50 to 60 McCartney, co-founder and director of the St. Bernard percent of students return each year and in doing so, Project. “They really ‘got’ it. It’s one thing to go and fix assume leadership roles during the trip. Approximately someone’s home; it’s another thing entirely to take time 50 students volunteered the past two years, and six to talk to the homeowners and support and understand students have participated all three years. them. It makes all the difference. Centenary can come Megan Anderson, a senior, is one of those six. “What back for a whole year if they like!” keeps me coming back is the homeowners,” she said. During their ten-day “Seeing the smiles on their faces makes everything journey, Centenary’s worthwhile.” volunteers bonded not Michelle Hill, a junior, frequently receives e-mails from only with local a grateful homeowner she befriended on this year’s trip, residents, but also with “New Orleans was the experience of a lifetime,” she one another. “On these said. “I only wish I had more time down there to help.” Centenarians’ days Anderson and Hill don’t know the exact location of were grueling, but the attitudes were upbeat the 2009 trip or what the work will be like — but and positive. they both know they will be there. The Centenarian 11 Taking the Reins For Centenary’s talented and motivated Equine Studies majors, the career possibilities are endless. 12 The Centenarian R ebecca Huestis ’03 is living Huestis, a native of Saratoga, NY, grew up competing proof of the opportunities in local horse shows and dreamed of having her own Centenary’s Equine Studies farm. “I had thought about going to veterinary program — one of only a school,” she recalled. “Then my trainer, who handful of its kind in the graduated from Centenary, told me about the nation — provides. After program here, so my parents and I decided to visit.” graduating with a Bachelor of When they pulled up to the gates of the Centenary Science in Equine Studies College Equestrian Center, “it was exactly like the with a concentration in farm I had imagined having as a kid. I said ‘This is a Riding Instruction and sign. I have to go here!’” Training, Huestis discovered that her Centenary The equestrian spent an intense four years at degree literally opened doors to opportunities in Centenary developing her talents. “I was not an international shows and a position with one of the accomplished rider at all when I first got here,” she nation’s premier horse farms. In fact, over the past ten confessed, “but I worked really hard, and I always years, graduates like Huestis are increasingly in high rode when I got the chance. I would get up at 4 AM demand, prepared for numerous professions in the every morning and not leave campus until 11 PM.” Equine field by a wealth of academic and practical experience. Associate Professor of Equine Studies and Veterinarian Dr. Michael Fugaro remarked that this kind of “There are a vast number of opportunities for dedication is typical among Equine Studies majors. students in the industry,” said Assistant Professor of “We have to kick students out of the barn at night,” “We have to kick students out of the barn at night. They want to observe what we are doing and help us. We are all highly committed to the sport and to the horses here.” – Dr. Michael Fugaro, Associate Professor of Equine Studies Equine Studies Sarah Marchese. “The possibilities are he laughed. “They want to observe what we are doing limitless for a student who has the dedication and and help us. We are all highly committed to the sport desire to be part of it.” and to the horses here.” Professor Kelly Munz, Equine Studies Department Added Professor Marchese: “You have to be willing to Chair, attributes the success of the program to its get out of bed early if you want to succeed in this careful balance of classroom education and hands-on industry. And if you do have that passion, that desire, experience. “Our faculty members bring the best of Centenary is a great choice.” both worlds — academic and professional — to the program,” she remarked. “That combination is Huestis’ enthusiasm, perseverance and long hours important — you cannot have one without the other. quickly paid off. She started as a novice — the lowest Our department is very well-rounded.” level on the intercollegiate team — and by senior year The Centenarian 13 Taking the Reins (continued) she was one point shy of going to nationals at the have to look for jobs for them,” added Professor most advanced level. She became team captain her Munz. “Employers contact us constantly.” sophomore year, a position she would hold for the Currently the department is looking to create even remainder of her college career. greater opportunities for its Equine students. After graduation, Huestis spent six months working at Professor Munz and Dr. Fugaro are collaboratively Belmont House Stud in Ireland, where she helped to developing an Equine Science concentration for break in and train young horses for competitive students pursuing careers in veterinary medicine, riding. “I got a great deal of experience in Ireland, pharmaceutical sales and biomedical technology. “As and I became more specialized as a show jumper,” she the program developed, we attracted students with said. “Centenary helped me take the step from local strong passions for riding and competing,” said Dr. horse showing to accomplished competitive riding. I Fugaro. “Now we are finding that some of our have now ridden and shown internationally and all students want other options like attending graduate over the East Coast.” school or pursuing careers with a science focus.” “Our students have a great work ethic. I love watching them develop over their four years here. They seem so young when they arrive, and by the time they graduate, they have become professional adults.” – Professor Kelly Munz, Equine Studies Department Chair When she returned to the States, Huestis received a Centenary also offers a therapeutic riding program, call from Courtney Phibbs-Boyd, owner of Court Lin directed by Associate Professor of Equine Studies Frae Stables in West Palm Beach, FL. “She told me ‘I Octavia Brown ED.M., a North American Riding for need someone to come down to Florida and work for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) Master me, and I want to hire someone from Centenary, Instructor. The program serves local children and because I really believe in that program.’” Huestis adults with a variety of physical, mental, emotional spent the next four years traveling to horse shows and neurological disabilities who benefit from riding across the country with Phibbs-Boyd and working on and interacting with horses. Students on this track her farm, where “she essentially let me run her complete two semesters of coursework and 25 hours business, because she trusted me, and she trusted of supervised instruction. “We provide a high-quality Centenary.” The Equine Studies Department’s superb in-college therapeutic riding and training program for reputation, she explains, generates a myriad of job Centenary students and the surrounding community,” opportunities for its alumni: “People who need said Dr. Brown. “Our riders and their parents love the equine professionals call me looking for recent program.” Centenary graduates.” Huestis herself recently returned to New Jersey to “Our students have a great work ethic, and I never work as the Equine Facilities Manager at the Centenary 14 The Centenarian Top-Notch College Equestrian Center. At the Center, her duties Five reasons aspiring Equine majors are include staff management, animal supervision and choosing Centenary clerical work. “I help find homes for horses that are retiring from our program, and I also look for new ones,” she explained. “When we receive new donor 1. Choice of Studies. Centenary offers both horses, I sit on them to get an idea of their Associate and Bachelor of Science degrees in temperament. I feel I can ride anything now.” She Equine Studies, with concentrations in Riding suspects that an M.B.A. or teaching degree might be in Instruction and Training, Equine Business her future, as she would like to explore equine business Management, Communication for the Equine management or riding instruction on a deeper level. Industry and Equine Science. But for now, she says, “it is really good to be back!” 2. Equestrian Facilities. The program’s 140 Regardless of the concentration or career path chosen, students spend the majority of their time at the all Equine Studies majors must be prepared for four 65-acre Centenary College Equestrian Center in years of intense work. Professors Munz, Fugaro, Long Valley. Students ride and care for more than Brown and Marchese agree that their students rise to 100 competitive horses donated to the program the occasion: they are passionate, inspired and devoted by equine professionals. All Equine Studies majors to the sport and the animal. “Our students have a are required to take one riding course per great work ethic,” observed Professor Munz. “I love academic year, but most elect to participate every watching them develop over their four years here. semester. Additionally, students have the They seem so young when they arrive, and by the time opportunity to complete a semester at the they graduate, they have become professional adults.” University of West England. 3. Top Riding Teams. Centenary equestrians ride competitively on the institution’s top-ranked intercollegiate riding teams and the College frequently hosts prestigious intercollegiate riding competitions, including the American National Riding Commission Championships and the Intercollegiate Dressage Championships. 4. Internship Opportunities. Equine Studies majors supplement their Centenary education with outside internships. Students have worked for organizations that include hunter/jumper and dressage professionals, equine veterinary clinics, the United States Equestrian Federation, the Kentucky Equine Management Internship An innovative therapeutic Program and The Chronicle of the Horse. riding program directed by 5. Superb Reputation. Graduates of the Dr. Octavia Brown serves Equine Studies program are in high demand and children and adults with a enjoy a variety of careers that include barn management, equine business management, variety of disabilities. marketing, riding instruction, riding therapy and equine-related journalism. The Centenarian 15 National Powerhouse How Centenary SIFE became a major contender They are heroes on the Centenary campus, instantly just one Walton fellow per year from a four-year recognizable in their distinctive blue shirts and khaki college and another from a two-year college. pants. In their office, trophies for regional and Founded in 1975, SIFE is an organization in 1,500 national championships are stacked in boxes or colleges nationwide and more than 46 countries. It jammed on top of filing cabinets. They have won so provides college students with the leadership many, there is no room left to display them all. experience of establishing a variety of community A team of intellectual athletes, Centenary College’s outreach programs that teach others how market Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) has emerged over economics and businesses operate. At Centenary, the past decade as a national power in creating and more than 1,000 students have participated in SIFE presenting challenging business cases in competitions projects and presentations in the past decade. The throughout the United States. team has consistently won regional championships each year since 1992 and is now ranked among the In fact, at the recent SIFE national championships in Chicago, Centenary was the only team in the country top 40 colleges nationwide. selected as a national finalist in four areas of The pace for SIFE participants is intense, if not competition, ranking them among the most successful downright grueling. Dr. McHugh estimates that over teams in Centenary history. “Centenary has been the past year his team logged more than 5,000 hours involved with SIFE for a number of years, and we are working on projects and preparing for competitions. very proud of their participation and the high quality of their program,” said Matt Burton, senior vice Global Outreach president of marketing at SIFE. “They are really making a difference in the community.” In conjunction with Centenary’s goal to internationalize its curriculum and student experience, SIFE is also “I am very proud of them,” said Dr. Steve E. McHugh, finding ways to embrace global outreach. This summer Sr., associate professor of business and faculty advisor and into the fall, Dr. McHugh will lead Centenary of Centenary SIFE. “We do not have a football team students on whirlwind trips to Portugal, Singapore, at Centenary, so wearing the blue shirt is like wearing a varsity letter.” Dr. McHugh is an all-star in the SIFE world himself, selected this year as the Sam Walton Students in Free Enterprise Fellow of the Year. The national SIFE organization selects When they compete at national championships, Centenary SIFE is all business. During a break between competitions, the team demonstrates its lighthearted side. 16 The Centenarian Another bonus for students is exposure to real-world business leaders through SIFE’s Business Advisory Board. Noel Leuzarder of Lafayette, PA, a Centenary junior and SIFE president, credits the Board — who volunteer time, resources and support — for the team’s success. Centenary SIFE at this year’s regional championship. “They give us information on how to reach audiences effectively and help us to gain knowledge. The Guatemala, Mexico and Alaska to assist entrepreneurs awards we have received over the past year prove in launching new businesses or organizations. how effective they are,” said Leuzarder, a Business Some of the projects will involve helping Guatemalan Administration major with concentrations in women market their beaded bracelets, working with Marketing and Management. “SIFE has helped me single Mexican mothers to sell homemade baby to feel confident speaking in front of people.” booties, assisting physically- and mentally-challenged people in Alaska to market handcrafts and guiding Sam Walton Fellow of the Year youngsters in Singapore in establishing a SIFE-type Leuzarder also had the opportunity to surprise Dr. organization. McHugh with his Walton fellowship at the SIFE Throughout the year, the students will keep in touch national conference in Chicago. with the business owners to provide assistance in “He is the type of person who shakes all of the presents everything from production to finance and marketing. on Christmas morning, so we had to go about nominating him really carefully,” she recalled, explaining Competing at the National Level that students and Centenary alumni collaborated on the An elite group of SIFE participants presents the team’s nomination. “It was my most exciting experience in work at regional and national competitions, an arduous being involved with the SIFE team. He invests so pace that involves hundreds of hours fine-tuning much of himself and it was extremely satisfying for us presentations. Everything has to be perfect: the to show our appreciation for him.” speaker’s tone, cadence, word choice, pacing, gestures, As Leuzarder began her presentation, a confused Dr. facial expressions and use of technical aids. McHugh did not quite realize what was happening. While the time involved turns away some students, rich “What? What?” he asked as Centenary students rewards abound for those who stick with the program. motioned for him to accept the award. “It’s you, come Tim Viola ’08 of Clinton, NJ, participated in SIFE for on go, it’s you!” the excited students urged. the past three years. A Business Administration major “I am not an emotional guy, but with a concentration in Marketing, Viola is putting boy I got choked up,” Dr. the skills he honed through SIFE to work as he McHugh said. “I knew if I spoke interviews for a full-time position. in a monotone, said ‘umm’ or had “SIFE teaches you to come up with creative solutions long pauses, the team would laugh. to problems and to be goal oriented,” said Viola, one So I told them, ‘I am 50 percent of the team’s elite presenters. “It has already paid off Centenary junior proud of you and 50 percent Noel Leuzarder for me through better interviewing skills and people amazed by you.’ They are a very, presented the Sam skills. That is something I never would have had if I Walton fellowship to very special group of students.” had not been in the program.” Dr. Steve McHugh. The Centenarian 17 Leaps and Bounds WNTI looks forward to its 50th anniversary and a new home in the David and Carol Lackland Center Melanie Thiel, Development Director and Public continues to grow and has quadrupled its private Affairs Producer at WNTI 91.9 FM/Public Radio donor pool over the last two years,” Thiel noted. from Centenary College, could not be more excited WNTI follows the Adult Album Alternative “triple A” about the station’s 50th anniversary in 2008 and the format, which means it broadcasts a more diverse opening of its new home, the David and Carol spectrum of music than most commercial radio Lackland Center, in 2009. Thiel, who began her stations, which frequently focus on Top 40 hits. WNTI career as a community volunteer and has now been on the air for ten years, says the station has Listeners like Scott A. Andersen, a certified financial grown by leaps and bounds. planner from Liberty Township, appreciate the format. “WNTI is the reason I don’t subscribe to “We have really established ourselves as a public radio satellite radio,” said Andersen. “It gives me the station. Other stations in the same industry around education and insight I seek as a radio listener. WNTI the country know and respect us,” she said. “I think is on in my office, my home office and my car. The what gives us our heart and soul is our passion for music is motivating.” music.” “People who listen to stations like WNTI heard Thiel takes great pride in WNTI’s expansive, diverse Norah Jones before anyone else did,” Thiel explained. and loyal following. According to the radio audience “Up-and-coming musicians get their start on stations research company Arbitron, the station (which like ours. We invite them to appear as live in-studio currently broadcasts from the Edward W. Seay guests.” Administration Building) reaches more than 52,000 listeners a week in Warren, Sussex, Morris and Mixed in with these fresh tracks are songs by classic Hunterdon counties in New Jersey and Monroe and rock artists. “We play The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Northampton counties in Pennsylvania. 10,000 Maniacs and Elvis Costello — that is what grabs the listeners’ attention,” added Thiel. “That is WNTI also streams 24/7 on the Web at the magic of public radio. We are not afraid to www.wnti.org and receives e-mail from listeners in diversify and be a little more experimental.” London, Hawaii and Washington. “The station A distinguishing characteristic of WNTI is specialty “Up-and-coming musicians get their start on stations like ours...we are not afraid to diversify and be a little more experimental.“ — Melanie Thiel, WNTI Development Director and Public Affairs Producer 18 The Centenarian programming that includes British-import blues, Through the Years with WNTI bluegrass, reggae and a popular Bruce Springsteen- inspired Boss Hour hosted by station Broadcast Sept. 15, 1957 Call letters WNTI Manager Jon Lewis that the Star-Ledger once called are selected for the forthcoming FM “manna from radio heaven.” educational radio station at Centenary “WNTI is a throwback to how radio used to be in College for Women. The letters were terms of musical diversity,” said Lewis. “We play culled from the Communications songs that don’t normally get the airplay that the ‘hits’ Club name at the time, “nesce te do. We play the more obscure music, and that’s why WNTI has such a strong following.” ipsum” or “know thyself.” The WNTI staff eagerly anticipates the opening of the Lackland Center next year. “I had the chance to Dec. 8, 1958 WNTI signs on the air meet Carol and David Lackland at the while “At the Hop” is at the top of the charts groundbreaking, and I literally had tears in my eyes,” and “My Fair Lady” is a smash hit on Broadway. Thiel recalled. “I said, ‘You are giving us our new Students from the College’s radio and television home!’” program manage and produce all segments with a In addition to the new recording studios and focus on information, culture and education. production equipment, classrooms and 500-seat state- of-the-art theatre, Lewis and Thiel are excited about Mar. 4, 1959 The non-commercial, educational the opportunities the Lackland Center will bring to radio station WNTI-FM is officially dedicated and Centenary, WNTI and the Hackettstown area. “We then-College President Dr. Edward W. Seay is will be able to attract top-quality performers to presented with a Federal license to operate the station. Centenary. We can be an artist’s stop between New York and Philadelphia, or vice-versa,” said Lewis. Furthermore he predicted, “the program here is really 1973 The New York Times profiles WNTI the going to grow. Because of the Lackland Center, more “all-girl radio station” of Centenary College, the high school students are going to see Centenary as a only all-female station east of the Mississippi. Music great place to study communication.” programming during this era is mostly rock ’n roll Students who work at WNTI gain valuable with a daily news broadcast and weather. experience in communication and broadcasting and many go on to work in the New York television and Late 1980s to 1990s As Centenary College radio markets. “Our students learn to be radio evolves from a single sex to coeducational institution, professionals,” said Thiel. “We have everything we WNTI expands from broadcasting a few hours per day need here to help you go out and get a job after graduation.” during the school year to 24/7 programming. For its 40th anniversary the station celebrates with a CD Mentoring and educating young people in her field of release “A Celebration of WNTI” featuring musicians expertise gives Thiel a great deal of satisfaction. “For who made in-studio performances at the station. me, the most rewarding part about being here is working with the students and teaching them about journalism and communication. It is so exciting to see 2009 WNTI will move into a state-of-the-art students graduate and take the world by storm. My broadcasting facility in the David and Carol Lackland job is challenging and I have to juggle a number of Center. different tasks, but I absolutely love what I do.” Added Lewis: “I love working here. The people who volunteer here really make the station what it is. Everyone really wants to be here.” The Centenarian 19 Gifts at Work Let the Games Begin! From NCAA Division III athletics to intramural programs and College activities, the John M. Reeves On a weeknight by a challenge grant by The Reeves Foundation and last April, more support from friends and alumni of the College. Its than 220 people centerpiece, The Folkner Family Gymnasium, features streamed into two full-sized multi-purpose courts and seating for the John M. 1,200. The facility also includes a fitness/weight-room, Reeves Student Recreation Center for the big new locker rooms, new athletic offices, a reception area championship game. Excitement charged the air with and other training areas. fans cheering wildly as the two teams took the court. The Center offers open gym service four days a week The contest generating all of this enthusiasm: with participants renting sports equipment and using Centenary’s intramural basketball championship. The Folkner Family Gymnasium and locker rooms. Since the John M. Reeves Student Recreation Center “Students really appreciate it,” McKitish said. “As far reopened after extensive expansion and renovations as I know, Centenary has never been able to offer a last year, students have arrived in droves to work out, service like that.” participate in intramural and intercollegiate sports The John M. Reeves Student Recreation Center serves and cheer on their favorite Centenary teams. a wide variety of audiences, including students, faculty, “There has definitely been greater participation,” Cyclones fans and Centenary alumni athletes explained Kristen McKitish, who coordinates returning to campus for reunions. Drawing fans to intramural activities at the College. On weeknights, games and matches from neighboring communities in between 90 and 200 students turn out to participate northwestern New Jersey, the new facility is also in or watch an intramural game in a wide variety of raising the profile of the College and Hackettstown. sports. Since the Center’s rebirth, intramural events “We are very fortunate to have Centenary in the heart expanded to include basketball, flag football, soccer, of Hackettstown,” said Mayor Michael B. Lavery. fitness and wellness programs, as well as the ever- “Anything that attracts more students to Centenary is popular dodge ball, which McKitish describes as “so a good thing for the town. Centenary is moving in the competitive it is kind of a legacy event at Centenary.” right direction and we are happy to be a part of it.” “It is such a close-knit community, people stay and Director of Athletics Billie Jo Blackwell ’97 reports that watch the games,” McKitish added. “They bring their in addition to expanding services for non-athletes, the friends, their boyfriends and girlfriends. For state-of-the-art facility provides a more professional Centenary, it is a big social interaction.” setting that is attracting a much larger fan base, inspiring Centenary’s NCAA Division III teams to The new 30,000-square foot facility was made possible 20 The Centenarian Not just for student-athletes, the newly renovated John M. Reeves Student Recreation Center is pulsing with activity for Centenary students with a variety of interests. Student Recreation Center is serving the needs of the entire Centenary community. higher levels of competition and more winning records. well designed,” Blackwell added. “It has improved morale. The teams in general have a greater sense of “The new Center has given us the opportunity to pride for the facilities and the program.” have activities for the general campus on a regular basis,” she pointed out. “For the athletic teams, it has For Centenary’s coaching staff, the John M. Reeves provided us the flexibility in scheduling and the Student Recreation Center is helping to develop more ability to have more useful practice spaces.” competitive programs. Head Volleyball Coach Dinu Dan said the Center allows his team to focus on With more than double the amount of practice space training and strategy, rather than use valuable time for teams, as well as modern technology including a trying to squeeze in practice sessions. It is also batting cage that can be raised and lowered from the drawing more student-athletes to Centenary. ceiling by turning a key, coaches are spending less time setting up equipment and more time working “Finally, we can show prospects that we do have a one-on-one with student-athletes. facility and a gym with top-notch provisions,” Dan “We get more out of the space because it is large and noted. “It is a great outcome for the College and Athletics.” Centenary alumni and friends are discovering a unique opportunity that IT IS helps the College while securing their financial future: the Centenary Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA). Through this planned giving program, participants can make a lasting gift to Centenary while achieving long-term BETTER financial goals. Here are a few ways the CGA can work for you: • Enjoy generous payments that will continue and never shrink as long as you live. TO GIVE • Unlock spendable income from low-yielding assets. • Help support a sibling, parent or other loved one. • Reduce or eliminate gift, estate and income taxes. AND • Avoid unnecessary probate expense. For more information about establishing a charitable gift annuity with Centenary College, please contact: RECEIVE Kathleen Ward, Office of Strategic Advancement, Centenary College 908-852-1400 ext. 2387 The Centenarian 21 Record-Breaking Year for Women’s Soccer joined the College’s coaching staff in July after 2007 was an outstanding season for the Centenary spending the last four Women’s Soccer team, who capped a record-breaking seasons as Associate Head season (14–6–2) with a trip to their first ever Eastern Coach at Misericordia College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Metro Region University in Dallas, PA, Championship game. With a tough win over the where he served in a Scarlet Raptors of Rutgers-Camden, the Lady variety of roles including Cyclones’ season ended in the finals against top- Head JV Coach, Academic Coordinator for the Men’s seeded Stevens Institute of Technology. Basketball Team, top recruiter and major contributor The Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC) named to all strategic game-day and practice planning. six Centenary student-athletes to its All-Conference During the 2007–2008 season, Centenary College’s teams. Senior forward — and leading scorer — Tanya Men’s Basketball team was 4–20 overall, 2–14 in DiDonna was named to the first team; teammates conference play. Coach Mastroianni is optimistic for Melanie Pupo, Bianca Santulli, Lauren Loe, Melissa the new season. “The biggest challenge we are facing Hoffman and Lisa Stankiewicz all received PAC is changing our culture and attitude,” he said. “Great second team honors. teams were not always great — they had to learn After nine seasons coaching the Lady Cyclones, Head how to win. We have to create a belief in ourselves Women’s Soccer Coach Kevin Davies attributes the that we can win.” success of the 2007 team to a combination of factors, As for meeting these challenges head on, Coach citing a roster of returning players who gained a great Mastroianni said, “I am very excited about this deal of experience and a talented group of incoming opportunity. I believe we have the players, the facility freshmen. Davies’ hope for 2008 is “to have another fun and the support to turn things around and build a season and make it to the NCAA Tournament.” program the College community can be proud of.” Lofty Goals for Women’s Basketball Hard work and determination continue to drive the success of the Centenary Women’s Basketball program. Playing in a challenging new conference this season, the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC), the Lady Cyclones finished with an impressive overall record of 15–10. Looking back, Head Women’s New Coach, New Challenges for Men’s Basketball Coach Lorie Khalil commented, “We were Basketball Program a new team coming into a very tradition-oriented women’s basketball conference. It was much more Centenary College’s new Men’s Basketball Head Coach competitive than our former conference.” has hit the ground running. Enrico Mastroianni 22 The Centenarian Khalil attributed the winning season to veteran players understanding what it takes to be successful and passing that mentality on to the newcomers. Coaches of the Year The 2007-2008 season also included some personal milestones. The PAC named Centenary’s Ayana Way Say hello to the Cyclones Coaches of the Year: Women’s Basketball Player of the Week after she scored John Garriques and Kevin Davies, the Head a career-high 39 points in her final regular season game Coaches of Wrestling and Women’s Soccer against Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA. respectively. The duo received the honor at the Centenary College Athletic Department annual Coach Khalil has set some lofty goals for next season. Sports Banquet in May. “I have six returning players, no seniors and ten talented freshmen coming in,” she noted. “We will be a young team, but I expect us to be in the top four this season, Coach Garriques, who host a home playoff game, and then continue to build completed his second year of upon that.” coaching at Centenary, is widely credited with setting Things are looking up the Cyclones on the path to for Women’s Lacrosse becoming one of the top ten wrestling programs in the The Women’s Lacrosse team country. The team achieved finished its spring season in the new heights this year, winning matches against very first round of the Pennsylvania competitive teams, reaching number 24 in the Athletic Conference (PAC) National Wrestling Coaches Association Rankings playoffs with a 12–11 loss to and seeing nine wrestlers recognized in nearly every Notre Dame. Under the weight class of the Metropolitan Conference. leadership of Coach John McCloskey, the team’s hard work was evident in their overall record of 7–7, with a 5–5 record in PAC play. Coach Davies led the Lady The Centenary women garnered some well-deserved Cyclones to a record-breaking recognition, with three Lady Cyclones making All-PAC season and its first ever trip to Conference teams. Sophomore Kiti Ovaskainen was the Eastern College Athletic named a First Team All-PAC Conference Midfielder, Conference Metro Region Senior Nicole Becker was named to the PAC Honorable Championships. Six members Mention Team and Senior Christina D’Allesandro was a were also named to PAC All- recipient of the PAC Conference Sportsmanship Award. Conference Teams. Ovaskainen led the entire country in total groundballs Director of Athletics Billie Jo Blackwell ’97 says the for the season, and was honored as the NCAA Division two coaches were recognized for their winning III Leader, as well as earning one of 16 spots on the records and for epitomizing the NCAA Division III IWLCA’s (Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches ideal of focusing on student-athletes as individuals. Association) Boardwalk All-Region Team. “John and Kevin are both enthusiastic and The team’s offensive prowess may be the result of a passionate not only about their sport, but for “change in attitude from the past, a new level of helping their players succeed and become better commitment,” offered Coach McCloskey. “These citizens. They care about what happens to student- student-athletes have bought in to what they have to do athletes after they graduate from Centenary.” to become better.” Though some of the Centenary women graduated, McCloskey has confidence that this young team, with the bulk of its best players returning, will fare well in the upcoming season. The Centenarian 23 Five Questions for Wallace P. Parker, Jr. As the former President of KeySpan and a civic leader for numerous organizations such as the Brooklyn Bureau of Community Service and the New York Blood Center, Wallace P. Parker, Jr. has a wealth of experience to share with the Centenary community. He is a familiar face to many on campus, serving as a dynamic Gates-Ferry Lecturer in 2007–2008 and Chair of the annual Scholarship Gala in 2007 and 2008. The Centenarian: You’ve been involved with so many The Centenarian: One of your Gates-Ferry Lectures worthy organizations. How did you become involved had an intriguing title: “Hannibal Was Right.” What with Centenary? was that about? Parker: Arden Davis Melick ’60, Chairman of the Parker: “Hannibal Was Right” was about positive Board of Trustees, introduced me to Centenary when thinking, motivation and perseverance — that’s we worked together at KeySpan; she was our Vice primarily what I speak about. Hannibal, not the Stephen President of Public Affairs and I was President of the King Hannibal, was a great African general who led his company. We became good friends and at one point she army through the Italian Alps in 210 BC. There were no said, “You know, I think it would be great for you to roads in those days, and he said, “We shall find a way or become involved with Centenary.” And that’s what got we shall make a way.” I based the lecture on that idea — the ball rolling. finding creative solutions, weighing one’s options and then biting the bullet and making a decision. It’s all The Centenarian: You’ve spoken at Centenary in both about focusing on the positive. the classroom and as a Gates-Ferry Lecturer. What did you appreciate most about the experience? The Centenarian: As President of KeySpan, what would you say the biggest challenges were? Parker: My real joy came from working and interacting with the students. Education has always been a great Parker: I had the obvious business challenges — love of mine. When I graduated from Lehigh meeting the company’s goals and turning a profit University, I flipped a three-sided coin and asked, “Am I — but the toughest personal challenge was maintaining going to go to law school, go into business or become a a work/family balance. In my job, it was very easy for teacher?” And I ended up going into business, but I me to attend business commitments five nights a week, never lost my love of education or the law. and as a father of three children, that wasn’t something I wanted to do. I strove to balance my professional and personal lives. I wanted to be able to attend my children’s concerts and teacher conferences. And I coached all of them in sports. When I finally hung up my coaching spikes I realized that I’d coached 27 teams over the years. And I loved every minute of it. The Centenarian: In your leadership seminars you often tell people not to take themselves too seriously. How come? Parker: When people call me Mr. Parker, I say, “My father is Mr. Parker. My name is Wally.” Always remember that everybody puts on their pants or pantyhose one leg at a time. You need to be a regular person. I don’t care what your job is. I don’t care if you’re President Bush, the Pope or the CEO of your The Gates-Ferry Lecturer for 2007 and 2008, Wallace P. company. Always remember that you want to be seen as Parker, Jr. also served as Chair of the annual Scholarship Gala. a regular person. 24 The Centenarian Three Named to Centenary Board of Trustees Centenary College appointed three outstanding leaders to the College’s Board of Trustees. Alumnae Ellen Baars-Banks ’93 and Linda Van Winkle Watkins ’62, along with M. Alden Siegel, joined the Board earlier this year. Ellen Baars-Banks ’93 founded and mission. Worldwide travelers, the Siegels live in New serves as president of Vernon, NJ, on the historic property of Hartley Farms. Transformation Tees, LLC. The They have three children and seven recipient of a bachelor’s degree in grandchildren. Business Administration from Centenary runs in the family of Linda Centenary, she is a founding Ellen Baars-Banks ’93 Van Winkle Watkins ’62, the daughter member and former chairperson of of former Centenary Trustee Arthur the College’s President’s Circle, recipient of the Van D. Van Winkle and granddaughter of Winkle Achievement Award and a member of Linda Van Winkle Watkins ’62 former Trustee Charles A. Van Winkle Centenary’s Capital Campaign Steering Committee. ’00. Other Centenary alumni in the A resident of Independence Township, NJ, Baars-Banks Van Winkle family include her sister, sister-in-law and and her husband established the Harold and Ellen niece. Banks Legacy Scholarship to benefit Centenary students Married to Thomas “Skip” W. Watkins, III, a who require financial assistance to complete their commander in the US Coast Guard, she raised the undergraduate degrees. Born in the Netherlands, she is couple’s three children and served on many boards in also a published author, songwriter and the mother of a the seven communities in which they lived during his teenage daughter, Hannah. 22 years of service. After her children were grown, M. Alden Siegel was employed in the Watkins returned to a successful career in banking, securities industry for more than 40 serving as assistant vice president and manager of the years with several leading firms such as Citizens Bank branch in Mystic, CT. Kidder, Peabody & Co., Baird, Patrick The Van Winkle family has continued its legacy of & Co. and First Boston Corp., where service and support to Centenary for more than a he established that firm’s first M. Alden Siegel century. In 1950 the College named Van Winkle Hall convertible securities sales department. in honor of Watkins’ grandfather, a 1900 graduate of Siegel and his wife, Dorothy “Doll” Spach Siegel ’59, the Centenary Collegiate Institute. In addition, the have a longstanding commitment to Centenary College. family established the Van Winkle Musical Endowment The pair met in high school and continued dating while Fund to maintain the College’s collection of musical Doll attended Centenary and Alden studied at Lafayette instruments. Each year, the Van Winkle Achievement College. Siegel later earned an MBA in finance from Award is bestowed on a member of the Centenary New York University. community as a tribute to the family’s history and dedication to Centenary. Today, the Van Winkle legacy The Siegels have been willing and capable volunteers at lives on through a generous gift from the family to Centenary College. Alden and Doll serve as co-chairs for name the Board of Trustees room on the second floor of the Cornelius Walsh Society. Doll is currently Chairman the David and Carol Lackland Center. The Watkinses of the President’s Circle. They have graciously opened live in Mystic and have recently completed renovations their home to the Centenary community, and have on an 1818 farmhouse in Lancaster, NH. engaged neighbors and members of the College to raise recognition and financial support for Centenary’s The Centenarian 25 Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Hackensack, NJ Permit #1037 400 Jefferson Street Hackettstown, NJ 07840 908-852-1400 www.centenarycollege.edu THE FUTURE IS YOURS Centenary College awarded 419 degrees at its 133rd Spring Commencement on May 17. Radio personality Joan F. Commencement speaker Hamburg served as commencement and WOR Radio Host Joan F. Hamburg. speaker. “You can be the next great- est generation,” the WOR radio host told graduates. “The future is yours, embrace it with courage.” Centenary Valedictorian Christopher Draghi. Centenary Dean of Business and Education Dr. Heather Dunham.