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Brandywine Pride PENN STATE BRANDYWINE Higher Education for a Higher Purpose Page 16 Fall/Winter 2010 Message from Chancellor Sophia T. Wisniewska www.bw.psu.edu Dear Friends, Brandywine Pride PENN STATE BRANDYWINE We have a new feather in our PSU cap. In a survey of recruiters conducted by The Wall Street Journal, Penn State University was ranked In Higher Education for a Higher Purpose Page 16 #1 for producing the best-qualified graduates. I’d like to share with you the headline that appeared in the Boston Globe, September 13, 2010: “Forget Harvard: Penn State, Public Schools Outscore Ivies in Jobs This Survey.” This was music to our ears. Fall/Winter 2010 Issue But with a modicum of modesty, I must confess that I was not STUDENTS .......................................................3 altogether surprised. We have always been committed to helping our FacUlTy & STaFF .............................................8 students reach their goals as they prepare for life after college. Our aThlETicS .....................................................14 four-year academic programs and our excellent faculty provide students with the foundation they need to develop critical thinking and analytical aroUND campUS ..........................................16 skills—tools needed to excel in this increasingly competitive, technology- acaDEmicS ...................................................19 driven global marketplace. Moreover, our faculty and staff work side by coNTiNUiNg EDUcaTioN ................................23 side with students to help them identify and develop their own unique alUmNi & FriENDS.........................................25 interests, both inside and outside of the classroom. aDviSory boarD mEmbErS ..........................28 With all of our degree programs requiring an internship, students get iN mEmoriam ................................................29 hands-on experience in their field by applying their classroom education hoNor roll 2009 ........................................30 to “real world” projects. Internships not only expand the students’ alUmNi NoTES ..............................................31 understanding of their discipline, they also provide a leg up when it comes to the job search. Brandywine Pride Staff Further, here at Brandywine, we offer opportunities for challenging, Helene Bludman Director of Marketing and University Relations in-depth research projects as an extension of the curriculum. Our Risa Pitman strong and growing undergraduate research programs provide all of our Marketing and Special Events Manager Debbie Blanton students—yes, even freshmen—the chance to collaborate on projects with Marketing Associate faculty members and present their findings at regional and national conferences. deSign director Kathleen Mullaly, KBM Design So it’s no wonder that our graduates acquire experience and self-confidence along with their contriButing writerS Joe Biscontini diploma. Instructor in Communications Local businesses are certainly taking notice. Christina Felizzi ’10 Eng Melissa Leinen Our career fairs, held each semester on campus, Sports Information Coordinator have become a successful means of introducing Nancy Perone ’10 Comm employers to our students. Many have hired Joe Van Wyk ’10 Comm Cliff Welby, Senior our students for internships, some of which lead to full-time employment. contriButing PhotograPherS Debbie Blanton This fall, we had 50 businesses and Mel Epps, Third Eye Productions organizations attending. If you have a Scott Johnson need in your business for our talented Melissa Leinen Risa Pitman students, please put our career fairs David Steininger on your calendar. Daniel Steinmetz Jeremy Strain I want to thank you for being part Cliff Welby, Senior of our Penn State Brandywine family, how to contact uS: and wish you and your loved ones Office of University Relations joy and peace this holiday season and Penn State Brandywine throughout the New Year. 25 Yearsley Mill Road, Media, PA 19063 610-892-1255, RLP29@psu.edu Warmly, Published twice a year by the Penn State Brandywine Office of University Relations. If you have received this publication in error, or if you no longer wish to receive it, please contact the University Relations Office so that we may update our records. This publication is available in alternative media on request. Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce. U.Ed. BW0 11-7 Students Toads + Frogs÷ ÷ Pizza = Student Success If the students in the elementary education in presenting at another conference, created and submitted multicultural settings major (ELEDM) at Penn State the report and scrapbook presentation of the club’s Brandywine are representative of the next generation of accomplishments this year to APEX. McBride and Wray teachers, then the future of education looks rosy indeed. submitted their learning center, “Frog and Toad,” in the At the Student Pennsylvania State Education category of “chapter” or joint entry. Association (SPSEA) Conference held in April, then- “Although our ‘Frog and Toad’ center and APEX junior Iris Thai won first place in the state competition scrapbook report did not win at the conference, they with her entry, “Pizza Fractions.” Just two weeks later, are winners as far as we are concerned,” commented “Pizza Fractions” also won first place in the EURECA Instructor Jean McKay, who serves as the Education (Exposition of Undergraduate Research Enterprise and Club adviser and accompanied the students to the Creative Accomplishment) competition held on the conference. Brandywine campus. Despite their disappointment, there was great Thai said she was “very excited and surprised” with rejoicing when three of the Brandywine students were this double honor. “I honestly thought everyone did a elected officers of SPSEA’s Southeast Region. Moore is wonderful job,” she added. the newly elected president, Grandizio is vice president, “Pizza Fractions” employs a fun and creative approach and Thai is secretary. for teaching the concept of fractions to children in third “The conference was a really wonderful experience grade. Entertaining and educational at the same time, for our juniors and seniors,” McKay said. “In terms of it makes what is sometimes an elusive concept easy to the networking opportunities, the workshops were full of understand. information on instructional techniques and other things “My third graders at Evans Elementary School were teachers need to know.” learning fractions with an overhead [projector] and As they did last year, the students co-hosted worksheet,” Thai said. “I thought this would be more Multicultural Day and hosted the Philadelphia Zoo’s captivating for the kids because they love pizza and can traveling zoo. make real-world connections to math.” “This is a wonderful group of students, very focused,” Thai wasn’t the only Brandywine student to McKay said. Some of the students have known for a long compete. Seniors Ashley McBride, Patti Wray, and time that they wanted to pursue a teaching career, and Shana Rush, and juniors Amy Moore, Mary Grandizio, others only discovered their inner teacher after trying a and Margie Whelan participated in two competitions: different major. “They also are very bonded with McKay, APEX (Achieving Excellence) and Classroom Learning the other education faculty members Patricia Van Leuvan Centers. Moore and fellow ELEDM major Jackie and Barbara Gottlieb, and each other. It is a close-knit, Glace, a junior, who could not attend because she was supportive atmosphere.”–HB Brandywine Pride • Fall/Winter 2010 3 Students Student Takes “Quest” to Capitol Hill students nationwide to get behind the technology of Google Earth, science and writing and literacy and each QUEST pinpoints locations well, everything!” Neville said during mentioned in the books (to help her trip to Capitol Hill via her blog, improve geographic literacy), “The Quest of an Undergraduate includes photos (we’re starting to Researcher,” which can be found at incorporate audio and video as well), http://earthandspacequest.tumblr. and highlights the most important com/. content from the books. If teachers Neville’s research project want to bring nonfiction literature began during the summer of into the classroom but don’t have 2009 when she participated in the the finances or the time, the Earth Penn State-sponsored National QUEST is the perfect solution!” Science Foundation (NSF)–funded Not only did this project earn Transforming Earth Systems Science Neville recognition in the nation’s Education (TESSE) Workshop for capitol, but she was also bestowed pre-service and in-service teachers with the campus’ Undergraduate from several states. The goal of Student Research Award in front of the workshop was to help science hundreds of parents and members teachers learn how to promote of the campus community in April. inquiry-based learning and provide The award is given annually to their students with a deeper one student on campus who has understanding of important science completed serious, high-quality content. research requiring critical thinking, Sophomore Sara Neville was It was during this workshop that analysis, and creativity. –RP selected as one of 60 undergraduates Neville formed her research project, from across the nation and across all “The Earth QUEST,” which stands disciplines to present her research for “Questioning and Understanding to senators, state representatives, Earth Science Themes,” an their staffers, and representatives educational tool that integrates the from funding agencies as part of technology of Google Earth with the Council on Undergraduate the promotion of scientific and Research’s (CUR) annual Posters geographic literacy in the classroom. on the Hill event last April in The Earth QUEST is a spin-off of Washington, D.C. Jerome Burg’s Google During her trip, Neville, an Lit Trips, which honors student at the campus, met document the journeys with Congressman Joseph Sestak’s of some of the greatest legislative assistant for education, stories in literature: Adam Axler. She is the first student The Odyssey, Macbeth, from the campus selected to present and The Grapes of at this prestigious event. Wrath, just to name a “I’ve never really been one for few!” Neville wrote on politics, but spending time on her blog. Capitol Hill, people-watching, and “The Earth QUEST listening to renowned educators like is an easy way to the executive officer of CUR, Nancy provide students with Hensel, and the secretary of the free, relevant Earth Smithsonian, Dr. Wayne Clough, science content from have made me realize how difficult books they might not it is to start educational initiatives pick up on their own,” and to encourage teachers and she continued. “With FOLLOW www.facebook.com/ www.twitter.com/ www.youtube.com/ US! pennstatebrandywine psubrandywine psubrandywine 4 Brandywine Pride • Fall/Winter 2010 Students Kudos to Penn State Brandywine business students who participated in the future Business Leaders of america—Phi Beta Lambda competition last summer. The team of senior Robert Bagonis, junior Richard Cook, and senior David Vesely, placed fifth in the financial services competition. Junior Justin Matkov qualified as an individual in Macroeconomics. Pictured left to right: David Vesely, Richard Cook, Robert Bagonis. Spring 2010 Commencement Brandywine Pride • Fall/Winter 2010 5 Students Lifelong Learning, Determination Fulfill a Dream Shaké Jebejian climbed the three steps to the stage, faced the sea of blue commencement robes, and then said simply, “Thank you for this opportunity. I ended up with a healthy mind and a healthy body at the age of 78.” In the spirit of what has become a treasured tradition English-speaking countries and decided America was her at Penn State Brandywine, the septuagenarian expressed destination. In a matter of weeks, she was booked on the her thoughts via the open mic as she received her S.S. United States heading for New York. graduation diploma in May. The fact that she was alone in a brand new world Jebejian, a proud member of Penn State Brandywine’s did not dampen her enthusiasm. Instead, she drank in 2010 graduating class, turned to descend the stage, but the sights and sounds of New York before making her was startled when the crowd erupted in thunderous way to Cincinnati, Ohio to live with a distant relative applause and a standing ovation. and work as a secretary. The regular paycheck provided “I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “I was so surprised.” opportunities for travel and she delighted in visiting But it is fitting that one woman’s lifelong quest U.S. cities and historical sites. She came to know and for a college degree should be applauded. It took two love cities on the east coast for their diversity and ethnic continents, years of struggle, and an insatiable appetite charm, culture, history, and educational institutions, and for knowledge to bring her to this magical moment. ultimately she decided to pull up roots and make the Jebejian was born in Khartoum, Sudan, of Armenian move to Philadelphia and then Boston. parents who had migrated there during the Great “No matter where I lived, I tried to take a college Depression. She and her sister attended a school where course,” Jebejian said. “There was so much I wanted to English was taught. A bright and inquisitive student who learn.” excelled in her studies, Jebejian graduated at the top of It would be nice to think that she lived happily ever her class. and was offered a free scholarship to study at after, but things didn’t quite work out that way the University of London with the stipulation that she A brief marriage was followed by a bitter divorce, would return to the Sudan to teach. Joyful to be given the loss of her job, and looming poverty, with no credit that opportunity, her excitement was soon quashed by history to get back on her feet. “There was no counseling her father, who announced firmly, “A college education is available in those days for the much-despised divorced wasted on a girl. Your goal in life should be to marry and woman,” Jebejian recalled ruefully. She moved back to stay home to take care of your husband and children.” Philadelphia, where her mother and sister now lived, to “I was crushed and heartbroken,” she remembered. once again start from scratch. “I wanted to get a college education more than anything, Luckily, she found a good job in a law firm, and stayed but instead I had to get a job to support my mother, my for many years. Slowly Jebejian rebuilt what she had lost sister, and myself, since my father ended up leaving us and and regained her financial stability. She was able to buy a we were penniless.” house in Delaware County and salt away a bit of money. Life in the Sudan presented hardships in addition to When she finally reached retirement age, the mortgage the financial burden. The political unrest deteriorated was paid off and she had a small but comfortable nest egg. into random acts of violence and Jebejian feared for her “So I retired,” she said. “I stayed home for three family’s safety. After one particularly gruesome incident months. I looked at the birds and squirrels in my garden that took place right in front of her eyes, she told her and thought, what am I going to do for the rest of my family she was leaving. But where should she go? Being life?” fluent in English, Jebejian deliberated between several Her ambition to get a college degree had never 6 Brandywine Pride • Fall/Winter 2010 Students wavered; it had just been put on hold. The time had It took her 11 years—one course each semester—to come, Jebejian realized, to make that dream come true. complete her degree. Looking back, Jebejian recalled She had heard about the Go Sixty program at Penn many excellent teachers, challenging but rewarding State Brandywine, which allows senior citizens to enroll assignments, and thought-provoking books and in classes, free of charge, on a space-available basis. She discussions—all essential ingredients of a thorough enrolled in English 15, and was hooked. That led to education. Pursuing the degree fulfilled and nourished seven additional courses, one per semester. her. “I kept going,” Jebejian said. “It was all very new and At the same time, she made friends very interesting. I got my associate’s degree and then across campus, and took her role as a good decided to pursue my bachelor’s degree in American campus citizen seriously. An avid gardener, studies.” she routinely brought homemade flower This major was tailor-made for someone with such a arrangements to brighten up the library. deep, abiding interest in American history. Much of her Which is why she just can’t seem to coursework was complemented by her travels throughout part ways with the campus. the country. Just as her fellow graduates have Jebejian traveled to Fredericksburg, Jamestown, and been contemplating their next steps— Yorktown in Virginia, and President Andrew Jackson’s job search? Graduate school?—Jebejian “Hermitage in Nashville,” where she learned about the has, too. She’s not sure what the future Indians’ “vale of tears.” She visited Oklahoma where, will bring, but she knows she isn’t ready along with the natural wonders, she witnessed the abject to say goodbye to formal education. “I’d poverty of the Indians. She was inspired by George like to take math courses to keep my mind Washington Carver’s story in southern Missouri. She active,” she said. ”I think I’ll take trig and sailed on Mark Twain’s Mississippi and examined tributes see how I do.” to him in the museums of Hannibal. She absorbed Shaker The perpetual student has not yet met history in Harrodsburg, Ky. a learning curve she can’t navigate. –HB Vision in Full Drive OnlineMechanix.com. The planning process for By Clifford E. Welby OnlineMechanix.com was formed right on the Brandywine campus. “It’s all just a dream,” said Formento’s thesis, required of all technology guru, entrepreneur, and students in the Schreyer Honors senior honors student John Formento. College, gave him the time and But this Penn State Brandywine intellectual assistance to form a solid business student’s dream may not be business plan. too far away. His ambitious goal of “The small campus provided me developing and managing a one-of-a- in the Philadelphia region. This with the ability to get advice and kind website, OnlineMechanix.com, firm, cleverly named Eye-Tee, LLC, feedback on logos or the financial has the potential to revolutionize how provides computer maintenance, portion of the business.” car mechanics conduct their front-end network storage, exchange servers, Professors, such as Diane Disney, operations. According to Formento, the website basic website development, and professor of management, and will allow “mom and pop” auto shops marketing services at a price point well John Terrell, recently retired senior to increase efficiency and sales while below the competition. instructor in accounting, served as his maintaining customer relationships Formento, who has about 15 mentors. “Dr. Disney showed me how by allowing customers to request steady clients, successfully formed capable one person can be” and that appointment dates online. The site will business relationships in a variety “one person can accomplish so much.” also provide shops with access to an of different industries including OnlineMechanix.com will officially online consumer database and calendar restaurants, financial services, job launch sometime during the spring to manage all their appointments. This placement, and retail. He claimed of 2011. Formento expressed that project is now underway, thanks to that the secret of his success was the planning allowed him to educate Formento’s entrepreneurial spirit and “hitting the right price point in a bad himself and develop the skills he IT skills, and the assistance he received economy and providing customers needed to succeed. And while many from his Brandywine professors. with the right services.” Drawing on people may not be aware of the To gain the necessary capital for his talents in information technology, campus’ excellent business program, such a business venture, Formento acquired through self-teaching and an Formento said,“[Brandywine] is established a firm with a low-cost internship with Nextdocs, a document just as good as Ivy [League schools] structure that capitalizes on the management firm, Formento found if you just put the time in and stay unfulfilled needs of small businesses a source of capital for his dream of motivated.” Brandywine Pride • Fall/Winter 2010 7 Students / Faculty & Staff It’s Been a Long Time Comin’, Math Options but a Change is Student, Gonna Come Now Teacher, Nineteen-year-old sophomore Taj Magruder isn’t afraid to stand up for Turns the (Multiplication) what he believes is right, even if it means changing the law. A resident of Bryn Mawr in Radnor Township, Magruder petitioned the Board of Commissioners and local community to support a proposal Tables for a township ordinance that would bar discrimination based on sexual Little did she know, as a curious, orientation and gender identity. over-achieving seventh grader He was inspired by a similar proposal of this same ordinance in participating in Penn State Brandywine’s neighboring Lower Merion Township. Doylestown Borough has since Math Options Career Day program, that jumped on board as the seventeenth municipality in the state to pass this one day she would be on the other side ordinance. Currently, the state’s Human Relations Act bars discrimination only on of the desk, a professor teaching similar race, sex, and religion, the budding politician said. Magruder’s proposal concepts to a bright group of seventh would fill in the state law’s gap at the township level by proclaiming grade girls attending the same program. discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodation based on Funnier still, Jennifer Zosh, assistant sexual orientation and gender identity as unlawful. professor of health and human “Regardless of your race and gender, you should support freedom and development, taught in the very same equality for everyone,” the honors student said. “I am part African American. room in the Main Building last May My grandmother experienced public discrimination in the 40’s in the South that she sat in as a student attending the … no one else should have to go through that sort of discrimination and program in the mid 90s. segregation.” Zosh, who received her Ph.D. in As one supporter pointed out during a meeting with the commissioners, Psychological and Brain Sciences from it’s not just members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) community who will benefit. The ordinance “protects sexual orientation in Johns Hopkins University, has a clear general,” Magruder explained. “If a gay business owner kicks out a straight memory of that day years ago when employee, it protects him or her as well.” He pointed out that it would also protect those who are assumed to be gay but are not. So how will the law be enforced? The ordinance will establish a Human Kudos to Penn State Brandywine’s Relations Commission, similar to one created in Swarthmore, which is made up of volunteers. Members receive complaints, assess their validity, and if they Faculty determine a violation has been made, they have the authority to take action. “We just have to work out the details,” Magruder said. Though he said he is not gay, Magruder feels passing this ordinance is the right thing to do for not just his community but for anyone who is suffering Alexander Bolinger, assistant discrimination. “I’m trying to help out my LGBT family and friends and professor of business administration, neighbors to make sure they have the quality of life that they’re entitled to. presented “Grace and Gratitude in Not anything special, but the same rights and protection that everyone else Bad Workplaces” at the Academy of enjoys.” Management Conference. Currently, Magruder said the proposal, which he originally wrote, is in the beginning stages of being drafted by the commissioners, which is a good Laura Guertin, associate professor of sign. Though he’s heard from people in other areas who Earth science, was one of four faculty are angry about his proposal, the support he has received is selected for the University-wide overwhelming. 2010-2011 Teaching and Learning Since July, “I’ve talked to hundreds of people,” including with Technology Faculty Fellowship. religious leaders, political leaders, and community She was also named Jane E. Cooper members, he said. Not one person he has reached out Faculty Fellow at the Brandywine to for support has turned him away. “I have high campus. She is a co-principal hopes that the community will be behind it.” And when it comes time for an official vote, hopefully investigator on a five-year National sometime before the new year, “I assume it will Science Foundation grant, “Targeted pass.” Math Science Partnership: Middle Change is happening and this Penn State Grades Earth and Space Science Brandywine student is there to make sure.–RP Education,” funded at $9.2 million. 8 Brandywine Pride • Fall/Winter 2010 Faculty & Staff she came to the campus for a day of education and fun Space & Security Division; Pennsylvania Department structured around math and science. of Environmental Protection; URS Corporation; “What I remember most is that my mom drove me, and Stratus, Inc., are just a few of the companies that that I built a bridge out of straw, I got a T-shirt, and it participated in this year’s Math Options. was a fun day away from regular school,” she laughed. Zosh, whose area of expertise is memory The bridge building exercise, called “Straw development in infants and toddlers, taught a workshop Wars,” involved teamwork to design and build straw with co-presenter Caroline Montojo titled, “Using masterpieces that were evaluated by the presenters on Psychology to Learn about the World,” with hands-on product design and structural integrity. experiments designed to show how psychology allows The future scientist, who attended Our Lady of one to explore the mind. Charity in Brookhaven at the time, even saved her Patricia Van Leuvan, associate worksheets used in the program. “I enjoyed math and professor of education, has been the science in school,” Zosh said, “but Math Options was the coordinator of the program at Penn first time I saw theoretical concepts applied.” State Brandywine Math Options is an annual event at which girls since 1992. She from local elementary and middle schools visit the was delighted to campus, attend workshops, and begin to explore have Zosh as a career opportunities available to them in math and presenter. “Other science fields. Often, these young women learn about seventh grade opportunities in these fields for the first time. The Math participants Options Career Days have been partially funded by have returned grants from ARCO, Bell of Pennsylvania, and Lockheed as professionals Martin Corporation. to present at At the Career Day, women who are role models in Math Options, professions such as engineering, technology, research, but they were science, or veterinary medicine, provide workshops, not faculty problem-solving sessions, and panel discussions to help colleagues,” girls understand how math and science are used in their Van Leuvan professions and realize their own potential. said.–HB Lockheed Martin Corporation; Boeing Defense, Alan Horwitz, professor of David Macauley, associate professor of Content and Interactional Diversity mathematics, published, “An Area of philosophy, announced the in Multicultural Education” at the Inequality for Ellipses Inscribed publication of his latest book, Society for the Psychological Study in Quadrilaterals” in the Journal Elemental Philosophy: Earth, Air, of Social Issues, and “SDO Abroad: of Mathematical Inequalities. He Fire, and Water as Environmental The Bidirectional Relationship attended Math Fest in Pittsburgh, Between Individual Social Hierarchy Pa., and gave a talk entitled, “Taylor Ideas. He published “Head in the Clouds: On the Beauty of the Aerial Orientation and Study Abroad Polynomials Positive on the Real Experience,” at the International Line.” World” and “Night and Shadows: The Space and Place of Darkness” Society of Political Psychology. Kathleen Kennedy, assistant Wayne McMullen, associate professor professor of English, presented in the journal, Environment, Space, Place. He presented “Biomimicry of communication arts and science, “Transmedieval IT: The Law” at the presented “Project Returns from Delaware Valley Medieval Association, and the Technological Imitation of Nature” at Towson University and Investment Decisions: Evidence from and “Abridging the Medieval in Early Printed Common Law Statutes” “Geo-aesthetics and Mobility” at Biopics” at the Business Research at the Sixteenth Century Society Conference organized by the World Salisbury University. He was elected Conference. Business Institute. secretary for the Greater Philadelphia Tia E. Kim, assistant professor of Philosophy Consortium, and received Jennifer Zosh, assistant professor human development and family a sustainability seed grant from Penn of human development and family studies, and colleagues published State University. studies, presented posters on working a chapter in The International memory in infants at the International Daniela Martin, assistant professor of Conference on Infant Studies and the Handbook of School Bullying and an article in School Psychology Quarterly. psychology, and colleagues published, Vision Sciences Society Conference. She presented “Understanding “Peer Relationships of Deaf Children She also launched the website for Aggression: Do Self and Identity with Cochlear Implants” in the Penn State Brandywine’s Infant and Matter?” at the Society for Research Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Child Cognition Center (icc.bw.psu. on Adolescence. Education. She presented “The Effects edu). Brandywine Pride • Fall/Winter 2010 9 Faculty & Staff Wray Has a Clear Vision Gail Wray, a 10-year veteran of the campus’ Academic Affairs Office, and her daughter, Patti, have spent four years helping from home while volunteers from their church traveled the world on humanitarian missions. Last summer, the mother-daughter pair decided it was their turn to go. Members of New Sight Ministries, a global outreach of First Baptist worse than in Egypt, likely due to its Church of Media, bring free eye care to developing countries. Under proximity to the equator. the guidance of Dr. Donna Elcock, an optometrist and First Baptist But the smell of poverty is something member who first brought free eyeglasses to a Virginia children’s Wray will never forget. camp, Wray and the group set their sights on Africa. “I expected the poverty, but I was “It was Patti’s idea,” Wray remembered of her daughter’s decision overwhelmed by what that smelled to join the mission. like,” she said. “I think that hit me the “My heart has always been with children. I like helping them,” the Penn State Brandywine senior elementary education in multicultural settings major said. “I had always heard about the other trips and thought they were cool and fascinating but I didn’t know how I could help.” When she learned children were part of the mission, Patti knew she could lend a hand. Fifteen volunteers raised $60,000 in nine months through donations and fundraisers and last July, 14 participants, strengthened with their faith and their commitment to the cause, embarked on a two-week journey. Their contact in Cairo, where the trip began, “reinforced the most emotionally. They don’t have cultural training we had before we left” home and taught them key enough water to wash 150 kids every Arabic phrases. The team was ready, but nothing could have prepared day.” them for what lay ahead. While Wray was heartbroken by the For two nights they performed eye exams on staff and their conditions, the children, whose somber families where they stayed. They visited the pyramids in Geeza, but eyes have seen unimaginable things, didn’t sightsee for long. Their mission was to reach children in a seemed perfectly happy. Excited, even. summer camp outside the city, where the group performed 200 eye That was an eye-opener. “I learned I exams, 150 on children from the city of Zabbaleen, which means complain too much and I should be “garbage people” in Arabic. happy with what I have because there “There were a lot of health concerns, like conjunctivitis,” Wray are happier people with so much less.” remembered. Thankfully none of the volunteers caught the highly Wray, who worked on the New Sight contagious infection. In Kenya, the vision and health problems were “medical team” with six others, checked 10 Brandywine Pride • Fall/Winter 2010 Faculty & Staff of Her Mission in the 700 patients they saw during get out of there fast enough. It wasn’t until we left Nairobi that Patti the journey. “I was the first person found her flip-flops!” they saw,” she said. She collected their Later, in Nairobi, Steininger carefully chose a customs agent to information and took their photo on a approach. He explained the mission and said the team was headed to webcam, which they all wanted to see. the town of Kitale. “I’m from Kitale, go right ahead,” the agent said. “Many of them don’t know what they “They didn’t open one bag,” Wray said with disbelief. “That was just look like.” The seven “ministry team” as powerful as changing the heart of the Egyptian customs agent.” members set up Bible lessons and games In Kenya, the volunteers drove eight hours by van through the for the children. “gorgeous” Rift Valley, passed through the developed town of The team brought 31 suitcases of Nakuru, then El Dorrett, “an impoverished, congested town north clothing and badly needed supplies. Wray of Nakuru.” Further north they found shacks where people displaced remembered how these supplies almost because of the last election were “dumped along the road.” They even never left the Cairo airport. took a safari through Nakuru National Park. “You’re not bringing this into our Wray remembers her trip as a time of spiritual country,” an Egyptian customs agent growth. Though the journey was sometimes dangerous, she found moments of joy watching the children and bringing relief to suffering communities. They left over-the-counter eye drops, prescriptions, sunglasses, “cheater” glasses, and supplies at the clinics. “Most of us left behind our clothes and shoes except for what we needed to wear home,” Wray said. Once they raise $7,000, two team members will return with 320 pairs of glasses. “I would go back tomorrow,” she contemplated. “My heart would take me back there. In my heart I know this is something I want to do over and over again.” –RP said. He meant the 15 suitcases loaded with sunglasses, antibiotics, exam tools, lollipops, and other items needed to complete their mission. One agent noticed the bag of candy. New Sight Ministries Director Keith Steininger explained it was for the children and “you could see the man’s face soften,” Wray observed. He let them go. “We started stuffing our belongings into any suitcase with room. We couldn’t Brandywine Pride • Fall/Winter 2010 11 Faculty & Staff The Art of Teaching from Overseas By Nancy Perone objects, scan them, and send them to me as assignments,” she said. “I also have put an exhibit of objects I would have shown in class in the Brandywine Vairo Library showcase and created assignments that require students to examine them.” A 24-year veteran of the campus who was instrumental in founding its international study program, Kirker said designing an online course had its challenges. “What makes the class fun is that I like it,” she said enthusiastically of teaching Art History 120 in the basement of the Vairo Library for the last 23 years. “It’s hard to put flavor into an online class.” But that doesn’t mean she isn’t trying. Kirker’s class on campus involved a lot of interaction and visits to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, a trip she certainly The world gets smaller with 2009-2010 academic year, and can’t host from Singapore. each passing minute as people from believes her students benefit Instead, she assigns her every corner of the world chat, play from her immersion in Asian students optional excursions games, and even share music with culture. “I know [the students] into the community where the click of a mouse. So why not are fascinated by the fact that they observe and document take a Penn State Brandywine class I am actually in Asia,” she “aesthetic” experiences. with a professor who lives overseas? said. “I add comments They visit local cafes, Combining her passion for Asian and send photos of my galleries, museums, arts and culture with emerging experiences here that and even Indian, technology, Assistant Professor of enhance the text and Chinese, and Japanese Integrative Arts Connie Kirker gave lectures.” restaurants to her Art History 120 course a web Kirker is recognized explore their colors, 2.0 spin from her temporary home on campus not only for arrangements, and in Singapore. Using Skype, text her passion and decorations, and of and picture messaging, e-mail, and enthusiasm but also her course try the food. social networking sites, her students eclectic jewelry and shoe She said students experience her unique teaching style collection, an expression especially enjoy from across the globe. of her unique artistic one assignment Art History 120 is designed to vision. Though she is requiring them to offer non-art majors an introductory almost 10,000 miles watch and compare overview of the painting, sculpture, away, she has found a “Shogun” and “The and architecture that characterizes way to keep that passion Last Emperor,” two Chinese, Indian, and Japanese and creativity alive in movies infused with culture within the context of its her teaching. Asian culture. social history, religious background, “Instead of simply In preparation philosophical orientation, and taking notes for the course, aesthetic ideals. and answering Kirker sat in Kirker has taught the class from questions, I have front of a a non-traditional location since students make photo of her moving to Singapore with her simple sketches daughter, so husband prior to the start of the of important 12 Brandywine Pride • Fall/Winter 2010 Faculty & Staff as not to feel like she was talking to stands by on her webcam to answer herself, and pre-recorded lectures for questions. each section of the class. She then Though teaching via the web is posted them, along with PowerPoint a practical solution for being so far slideshows, to Penn State’s ANGEL from campus, Kirker said it’s not course management system “so the as rewarding. “I have to be totally students can listen to me talk over honest and say that teaching online the slides … or not!” she laughed, is not as satisfying as actually having acknowledging that they can always students in front of you in the hit the “mute” button. She also classroom,” she said. “You really assigns reading and asks students do need to see the ‘whites of their to create their own quizzes. Each eyes’ to know if they are getting assignment is submitted through interested or excited about the the system for Kirker to access right amazing art traditions of Asia. Of from her home in Singapore. course, I can see from assignments if To encourage students to observe they are mastering the material, but the art and symbols presented in what I most enjoy is the hands-on class, weekly sketches are required experience that produces the ‘wow’ in Chinese calligraphy and brush but are graded on grasp of concept moments in teaching—holding a painting courses, comprised solely rather than artistic ability. The Nepalese prayer wheel in our hand, of Singaporeans. She has visited students use scanners and digital wrapping an ikat fabric as a sarong— Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, cameras, take photos with their cell and that is harder to duplicate.” Bhutan, Hong Kong, Nepal, and phones, and send pictures messages, While Kirker is dedicated to Bali-Indonesia, and is planning trips or even set up face-time through teaching students back home, she to Laos, Borneo and Burma with the Skype, to submit their assignments. is also educating herself by taking hopes of learning new and exciting Members of the campus proctor local courses and traveling to nearby things that will add to her students’ scheduled quizzes and tests as Kirker countries. She is currently enrolled learning experience. Professor Emerita Pens Petrifying Murder Mystery Eagles Mere, Pa. sets the town with her family every summer since 1970, uses scene of a new, spine-tingling her intimate knowledge of the community to bring new murder mystery novel by life to the town’s Victorian charm—“the inn, the village Priscilla F. Clement, professor green, the ice cream parlor, and that treacherous path emerita of history and around the lake.” women’s studies at Penn State Writing a novel has always been a dream for Clement Brandywine. and her family. “My kids have wanted Blood on the Path, published me to write a novel for years,” by Eagles Mere Museum, is she remembered. “When I started the gripping tale of the 1959 thinking about writing a book I knew unsolved disappearance of a I wanted to connect to the past. I teenage girl; unsolved, that is, love mystery fiction.” until her niece sets her sights During the nearly 40 years that on the truth years later. Her she taught at Penn State Brandywine, quest to solve the mystery takes her on a dark path Clement received three teaching from historic Eagles Mere to Media, Philadelphia, and awards. She is the author of New York City. numerous articles and several books “Clement rekindles fond memories for anyone who on various aspects of the history of has visited this quaint mountain village,” Penn State children and of welfare and poverty Brandywine Head Librarian Sara Whildin writes on the in the United States. Blood on the novel’s back cover. Clement, who has visited the small Path is her first novel.–RP Brandywine Pride • Fall/Winter 2010 13 Athletics Campus Adds Varsity Golf, Cross Country Teams By Melissa Leinen Penn State Brandywine got a running start this fall as its athletic program tee’d off with two new varsity sports: men’s and women’s cross country and golf. New Cross Country Head Coach Kevin Kelly has had a storied career in the cross country and track world. He has been involved at the high school and collegiate levels for more than 40 years. This year’s cross country teams are a mix of a few recruited runners and a large number of “run on” participants. “The theme of the campus’ new running program focuses on development and learning about the sport in a supportive, fun environment,” he said. In its inaugural season, the sport attracted an excited group of runners on both the men’s and women’s teams with varied experience in athletics. The men’s team was made up of quite a few experienced runners. The women’s team boasted some extremely determined athletes who also play basketball or soccer and were willing to become more fit, both physically and mentally, for the athletic seasons to come.” The teams completed their seasons with good performances at the PSUAC Cross Country Championships at the Penn State Mont Alto campus. Led by junior Stephanie Tracy’s seventh place finish, the women captured second place in conference in their very first year of competition. In the men’s race, behind a very strong ninth place effort by freshman Anthony Petrella, the runners were able to finish fourth in the TOP SPIN University Park after two years at Brandywine to pursue a degree in either hotel and hospitality management or By Melissa Leinen finance. The Penn State Brandywine tennis team’s number While here at Brandywine, Wojcik plans on one men’s single player, Karol Wojcik, is a walk-on continuing his tennis career, which has been a big part of freshman to the Lions team this season who comes to his life. Having played for the past 12 years and traveled campus from Warsaw, Poland. Yes, Poland! The skilled throughout Europe, Spain, France, and England tennis player came in search of an American education. for tournaments, Wojcik thought about pursuing a “I went to international schools in Poland and I professional tennis career but decided at age 16 that the decided to study in the time commitment and sacrifice were not worth it in the States because of the job long run. That doesn’t mean he won’t play hard during opportunities. Poland college. is a tough area to find “Being at Brandywine has allowed me to continue decent jobs,” he said. playing a sport I love and be a part of a team without a “My brother goes to lot of extra pressure,” he said. “It’s nice to be a part of University Park and really athletics on the collegiate level.” While at Brandywine, likes it here in the States Wojcik has made a huge impact on the athletic and convinced me that I program by beating the Penn State University Athletic would have a great time, Conference’s first and second place finishers from 2009 [and being here would] early in the 2010 season. provide me with great He finished the season as the champion in #1 singles job opportunities and and teamed up with junior Kevin Kelleher to defeat allow me to make a lot of Penn State York and take first in doubles. friends.” Lloyd Vernon, head tennis coach at Penn State Following in his Brandywine, said he “is thrilled to have Karol’s talent brother’s footsteps, Karol and positive attitude on this team. It’s a morale booster plans on heading to and [he’s a] great asset.” 14 Brandywine Pride • Fall/Winter 2010 Athletics conference. Brandywine runners Coach Cal has Heart On & Off the Field performed well against more seasoned By Clifford E. Welby teams and Kelly said he looks forward to building on this success next year. On the same day his mother Golf Head Coach Jeffrey Herb received her first chemotherapy comes to Brandywine with an treatment for her battle with breast impressive background that includes cancer, Penn State Brandywine’s turning pro in 2001 and four months head baseball coach, Tom on the NGA Hooters Tour. Herb is Calvecchio, was presented the ready and willing to take the reins Citadel Heart of Learning Award of the budding new team. Having for his contribution to the students coached for more than eight years and of Avon Grove High School. being the first assistant professional at In the presence of his family Edgmont Country Club, he said he and peers, the 27-year-old Lock is looking forward to expanding his Haven University and St. Joseph’s career to the collegiate level. University’s alumnus became the “Herb has assembled a team that youngest recipient of this award. has shown itself to be very competitive in the PSUAC,” Athletic Director Although the day Calvecchio was Jim Gastner said. “It is not unrealistic honored was somber due to his mother’s continuing fight with her to expect Penn State illness, it was personally significant because of the pride his family Brandywine to finish in experienced and the validity the award brought to his career as an one of the top three educator. spots in the “This award made me feel great,” Calvecchio said. “It did not, league in its however, come close to the feeling I get from being important in the first year.” life of a child. The feeling of making someone who has been written off his or her whole life successful is enough for me to do my job for free.” As a special education teacher, Calvecchio spends his time at Avon Grove mentoring students, teaching, and mediating after-school YER OF activities for parents and students. Some of these activities are meant LA to develop skills in conflict resolution and communication, instruct PSUAC P #1 SING TH L CONFER ES ALL students on how to cope with life problems, and make the lives of ENCE E YEAR #1 SING TOURNA LES emotionally troubled students easier. Through his activities at the high M CHAMPIOENT school, Calvecchio makes it his personal mission to see that all of his N •K A • RO L W OJCIK students “find their true potential” and to help them get into college. Calvecchio also saw this award as an opportunity to convey to his Brandywine players the notion that there is more to life than baseball. Although the Brandywine Lions had a winning record last season under Calvecchio, it is the coach’s philosophy that “it’s not what you do on the field but [who] you choose to be off the field.” Calvecchio’s ultimate goal is to instill in his players some of the same virtues he lives by: “being a good teammate, picking each other up, listening to authority, and being a good student.” It is the hope of Brandywine fans that the baseball team does even better this upcoming season. But even if the team does not lead the conference, Calvecchio is making a difference. Brandywine Pride • Fall/Winter 2010 15 Around Campus Campus Examines Role of Higher Ed in Social Justice By Christina Felizzi Social justice may seem like an attendees. She spoke of the need for educational opportunities for women and children in order for inherent right of all human beings, them to gain the equality they deserve. but many areas of the world are Sophomore Rob Ewing, president of the campus’ sadly lacking, according to a panel Gay Straight Alliance, said, “You never realize how well-off Americans are until you see someone first- of experts presenting at an all-day hand who fears for her life on a daily basis just for interdisciplinary symposium, “Higher standing up for what’s right. We have the right to Education for a Higher Purpose: The organize in this country and speak freely. I can’t imagine having to hold one of our campus diversity Role of the Academy in Promoting sessions underground in fear that a government official Social Justice,” at Penn State would shut us down or jail or kill us.” Brandywine last April. He added that he would take what he learned in The outstanding roster of presenters, hailing from the sessions and apply it to “changing the world one a variety of disciplines, organizations, institutions, life at a time.” government offices, and backgrounds, provided a day Following Pakzad’s speech, which was praised of education, discussion, and reflection. with a standing ovation, participants engaged in “A “Social justice is fragile and civil respect for others Conversation on Human Rights and Institutional is not something we’re born with,” said Jeremy Responsibilities” with moderator Sondra Meyers, Cohen, associate vice president and senior associate senior fellow for international, civic, and cultural dean of undergraduate education at Penn State, who projects at the University of Scranton, and a panel of participated in the daylong dialogue. four, which included Aldo Magazzeni, founder and Afghan women’s rights activist Suraya Pakzad, director of Traveling Mercies; Marjorie Margolies, recipient of the 2008 International Women of president of Women’s Campaign International; Sharon Courage Award and founder of the Voice of Women M. Meagher, professor of philosophy and chair of the Organization, was the keynote speaker. The mother of department of Latin American studies and women’s six and wife of a supportive husband, Pakzad has spent studies at the University of Scranton; and Trudy years organizing secret schools for girls in Afghanistan, Rubin, editorial board and foreign affairs columnist at building shelters for women and children seeking the Philadelphia Inquirer. refuge from abuse, and educating the world about the Local and global perspectives, student involvement plight of women in her country. and educational practices, governmental affairs, and Many heard Pakzad’s story when she visited the the media were discussed in depth by the panelists, campus in March 2009. Knowing she had more to all of them volunteering their insights from their own share and recognizing the importance of her message, experiences in various fields. the campus was excited to welcome her back. From Magazzeni’s emphasis on individuals “How can we achieve social justice when there is becoming active in their own communities first, to no equality?” Pakzad asked the crowd of nearly 100 Rubin’s suggestion to have local newspapers get more 16 Brandywine Pride • Fall/Winter 2010 Around Campus involved in the educational systems, to Meagher’s The last formal portion of the day consisted of emphasis on student community and civic engagement four concurrent sessions: “The Clemente Course: and learning, the panel and the audience had much to Integrating a Social Justice Agenda in Humanities share and learn about the issues surrounding human Curricula,” presented by course founder Earl Shorris rights. and Eliza Reilly, director at the Phillips Museum of Following the panel discussion, U.S. Senator Art; “Developing Civic Identity in Youth,” presented Robert P. Casey Jr. discussed needed improvements in by Matthew Bundick, of Penn State, Barbara the government system to enable change in inequality, Shaiman, of Champions of Caring, and Samuel poverty, and human rights. “There are not enough Loewner, also of Penn State; “Promoting Community political officials willing to make political sacrifices,” Partnerships,” presented by Paul Downie, of Chester he said. Mural Program, Cynthia Jetter, of Swarthmore Casey’s wife, Terese (pictured below at the College, and Joann Weeks, of the podium), spoke of her involvement with “Witnesses University of Pennsylvania; and to Hunger,” a collection of photographs taken by “Scholarship for Social mothers documenting the extreme hunger and Justice,” presented poverty in their lives. The project was made possible by Greg Dimitriadis, through a collaboration with Professor Mariana of SUNY Buffalo, Louise Chilton of Drexel University’s School of Public Ammentorp, of the College Health. By sharing photographs of the run-down of New Jersey, and Eve Tuck, homes, lack of food, and unsanitary conditions, Terese of SUNY New Paltz. Casey and Chilton already have begun to change the lives of these mothers through education and awareness. “One in every eight households is affected by hunger in the United States,” Terese Casey said. She hopes to increase women’s participation in hunger issues through the exhibition. Brandywine Pride • Fall/Winter 2010 17 Around Campus tate Brandywine’s Alumni Recognition Event on for the future event YES! I want to be part of Penn State Brandywine’s Alumni Recognition Ev Penn May State Brandywine raised funds for student scholarships and useum honoring Rep. Tom Killion and Sylvia Schaffer. 22, 2010 at the Please Touch Museum honoring Rep. 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Students Tackle Tough Topics on Writer’s Blocks By Cliff Welby In honor of Constitution Day, Brandywine students jumped at the chance to express their views on two issues splitting the opinion of American citizens: the recent “9/11 mosque” controversy and the ongoing debate about gun control. Students wrote their opinions on two unique structures called “writer’s blocks.” Sophomore Natalie Munoz felt that it is un- American to be intolerant of the 9/11 mosque “because as Americans we have that freedom. Some things may come across offensive, but it’s a freedom we are all entitled to,” she said. 18 Brandywine Pride • Fall/Winter 2010 Academics StudentS, Faculty honored For excellence By Joe Van Wyk Forget about tax day. April 15 should be forever and family studies, was named the 2010 Distinguished remembered as pride day, and the campus was Teacher, which recognizes a full-time faculty member overwhelmed with a sense of Penn State Pride as it who provides distinguished teaching while providing recognized individuals for their outstanding work inside encouragement and incentive for teaching excellence. and outside of the classroom at EURECA (Exposition Richard Barrett, senior instructor in business of Undergraduate Research Enterprise and Creative administration, received the George W. Franz Advising Accomplishment) and the Spring 2010 Academic and Mentoring Award, annually recognizing faculty Awards Ceremony. or staff for their efforts in helping others achieve their The campus honored June Carfagno, Andrew potential. Dombalagian, Christina Felizzi, and Danielle Gridley The Undergraduate Research Award for faculty was as new inductees into the international English honor awarded to Professor of Chemistry Michael De Rosa, society, Sigma Tau Delta. Felizzi and Dombalagian also while Sara Neville received the Undergraduate Research joined Benjamin Bean, Jill Gillin, Jacqueline Glace, Iris Award for Students. Thai, and Shake Jebejian as they were inducted into the Senior Rebecca Hart was honored with the Dr. Phi Kappa Phi honorary society. Randall Stout Memorial Award, honoring a senior who In addition to the 166 students recognized for has demonstrated superior academic performance and academic achievement in their respective degree outstanding participation in the bachelor of science in programs, the campus recognized the recipients of business program. the 2010 President’s Freshman Award, presented Professor of Human Development and Family Studies annually to undergraduate students who have earned Cynthia Lightfoot received the Madlyn Hanes Faculty a 4.0 cumulative grade-point average based on at least Award, which recognizes a full-time faculty member who 12 graded Penn State credits. The recipients were has made outstanding contributions through exceptional Christopher Gramlich, Skylar Luxon, Jurgen Kasa, achievement in teaching, research, scholarship, creative Patricia McGinnis, Thomas Wagner, Jeremy Lim, and activity, or service. Allison Rodia. And last but not least, Professor of English Phyllis B. Vickie Francis was honored as the winner of the Cole was honored with the Faculty Research Program President Sparks Award, given annually to undergraduate Award, which honors and recognizes scholarly or creative students who have earned a 4.0 cumulative grade-point excellence in any area of the arts, humanities, social average based on at least 36 graded Penn State credits. sciences, natural sciences, engineering, business, or Katherine Meehan, instructor in human development communications. Richard Barrett Michael De Rosa Cynthia Lightfoot Katherine Meehan Phyllis B. Cole Brandywine Pride • Fall/Winter 2010 19 Academics Research Illuminates Students’ While many travelers visit Paris to see the sights and sample the delectable cuisine, five Penn State students spent their summer vacation in the slightly humid confines of a research lab at the University of Paris VI. Along with several French students, these aspiring scientists, all nominated for this prestigious opportunity by their science faculty, conducted sophisticated, graduate school–level research under the guidance of Margaret Ahmad, visiting assistant professor. The research was focused on a new type of photoreceptor, a blue light receptor found in plants, as well as in humans and animals. Understanding this photoreceptor has implications “for circadian clock (jet lag!) and may even be involved in magnetic sensing in migratory birds,” Ahmad said. “We are studying the function and molecular structure of the plant Cryptochrome, which controls how plants grow and develop in the light. The project involves a genetic screening procedure to look for mutations and detailed molecular studies to understand how it works and, ultimately, relate these findings to function in flies and humans.” The project, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), runs year- round. It is housed at Penn State Brandywine except for the summer months, when it takes place full-time at the Parisian university, located in the heart of downtown Paris and within walking distance of Notre Dame Cathedral. “In that setting, it was sometimes kind of hard to concentrate on research,” Ahmad confessed. But don’t feel too sorry for these students. When their workday came to an end, they found plenty of ways to take advantage of the “fantastique” City of Lights. So how did the fortunate five land this amazing opportunity? They have Associate Professor of Biology Elizabeth Dudkin and Instructor in Biology Adam Heinze to thank. “Professors Dudkin and Heinze targeted students for the program based on how they performed in their classes, in research programs they organized, and in a research techniques course they teach,” Ahmad said. “Dr. Dudkin offered the opportunity to my Biology 230 class, and it was definitely something I was interested in,” said junior Jacobson Ma. Added Tara Ambrosine, a sophomore majoring in biology, “Dr. Heinze introduced me to Dr. Ahmad. He felt I was qualified for the project. If it were not for this introduction, I would never have gotten this opportunity.” Clearly, it took certain qualities to succeed in this venture, and the fabulous five lived up to their promise. “The students had a very good work ethic, self discipline, and were extremely enthusiastic,” Ahmad said. “I particularly 20 Brandywine Pride • Fall/Winter 2010 Academics Experiences in the City of Lights appreciated one student who had gone back to school after Earasi agreed. “Being part of a team was a great doing military service. He routinely showed up in the early experience; working together and seeing our hard morning, [stayed] until late in the evening, and thought work pay off in the end gave us an enormous sense of nothing of coming in Saturdays and doing extra time when accomplishment,” he said. needed, even though this was not part of the requirement.” “The French students were all fantastic,” Shah said. Ahmad was impressed with the students’ dedication to “They made us feel right at home, and everyone got the project. “I found their open-mindedness and unbiased along.” outlook, leading to all kinds of observations and off-beat Ahmad praised the collaborative spirit between the questions, actually led to new discoveries that I would never Brandywine group and their French counterparts. otherwise have thought of.” “Our students made great ambassadors in the French From the students’ perspective, the days could be long, lab,” Ahmad said. “The exchange between them and but the end result was worth it. “Cryptochrome research the locals contributed to a friendly and cheerful lab is a relatively new field,” said Ma. “If we were to find atmosphere, opening up everyone’s horizons.” anything, there was a large chance that it would be the first The students stayed in furnished private apartments time that anyone has found it. That aspect of novel findings with kitchen facilities, which were sublet for the was very exciting to me.” summer, or in comfortable student residences. Housing costs were covered by the grant, and a stipend for the Integrating concepts learned in the classroom made the participants was included. research relevant to the students. “It was interesting to be “The originality of the students was the most able to apply knowledge learned from my biology courses humbling experience for me,” Ahmad said. “As a with Dr. Dudkin to actual experiments,” said senior Saikiran seasoned researcher, one is not prepared to expect Earasi, a biology major and psychology minor. useful suggestions, let alone potentially exciting new Manan Shah, a graduate of Penn State Brandywine’s directions, coming from first-year undergrads with Accelerated Postbaccalaureate Medical Science Certificate little or no lab experience. The students’ powers of Program who is now applying to medical school, said, “I observation and attention to detail were always fresh definitely had a great time toward the end when my cell and original.” lines were still going strong without infection and I was She added, “The program should go on for at least about to get some product out.” next summer as well as the summer after. I think there The students conceded that tedium was part of the is a good chance the grant will be renewed which opens process, “in the sense that we had to do a large amount of the possibility to many more years as well.” planting and transplanting to start the scientific aspect of “I would tell a student who is interested to take our research,” said Ma, “but it was worth it.” the opportunity and make the most of it,” suggested Ma related a standout moment of the experience. “We Ambrosine. “Living abroad opens your eyes to so many were on a tight schedule and there were just way too many new things and a whole different culture and way of plants to transplant on our own,” he said. “Eventually, the life.” entire lab came over to help us. It felt really special because Shah agreed. “Definitely do it,” he advised. “Go that was when I fully understood how teamwork was such with an open mind, be prepared to work hard, and grab an important aspect of a lab.” any opportunities with both hands.”–HB Brandywine Pride • Fall/Winter 2010 21 Academics Freshmen Join Summer Prides Academy Edison High School. “Be A Lion can It’s no myth that going off to college is an get you ready for that. You can gain a better exciting, often life-changing experience. So it should feeling of what the courses are going to be be no surprise that a group of recent high school like, what the workload is going to look like, grads just couldn’t wait until fall to start classes at what the demand is going to be. This really is a Penn State Brandywine. beneficial experience.” Eighteen eager incoming freshmen spent their Assistant Director of Academic Affairs summers earning six credits each as part of the Patricia Hillen, who served as the program’s campus’ first-ever Be A Lion Program, which coordinator said, “Be A Lion worked for all the stands for Brandywine’s Edge on Academics. right reasons—students enjoyed and benefitted Be A Lion offered these new students the greatly from a unique college experience that opportunity to start their Penn State career in a gave them much to work with beyond just small college atmosphere. Each student course content. Having said that, chose to join one of three “prides”: Race, Brandywine’s Edge the six-credit boost and edge on BE A Identity, and Social Justice; Mass Media academics was widely popular!” Shapes U.S. History; or Musical Theater Adjunct Faculty Member Mark and Self-Expression. The theme of the Westmoreland, who taught the two LION pride determined the topics students would learn about in the classroom— courses as part of the Race, Identity, each pride attended two different classes, and Social Justice pride, said, “My three days per week, led by Penn State students appreciated the opportunity faculty. on Academics to familiarize themselves with college “What I like about the program is courses, the campus, and the sense that you get to know the campus and the school of community that our campus embraces. The before we have to start in the fall,” Bayard ability to take two courses seemed to enhance the Rustin High School graduate Marcelo Liuzzi program by offering the students two different said. “I kind of like the concentrated lessons subjects and teaching styles.” more. I feel like I’m getting a lot out of them.” The program, which ran from July 5 to August Through this process and a number of 11, Tuesday through Thursday, was available only activities set up for the students, including a trip to first-year students offered admission to the to New York City with Djuradj Stakic, professor campus. Each student was required to apply and of human development and family studies, they meet certain academic requirements. were able to meet faculty, get acquainted with After a successful first summer, Hillen said the campus, and make friends with other new program planning is underway for summer 2011. students. “We hope to see it grow and we will be offering “From what I’ve heard from older students, more than three prides.” For more information, teachers, my peers, there’s no bombshell quite contact Hillen at 610-892-1372 or PAH14@ like that of the start of fall semester,” said psu.edu.–RP Matthew Stein, a graduate of Renaissance 22 Brandywine Pride • Fall/Winter 2010 Continuing Education Postbac Grad reaches Med school dreaM and the postbac program around the same time. I was working on getting into med school. It just took about two years—one year postbac, one year of applications and interviews.” Mulholland conceded that it was an “intense” year, but she “found a way to balance everything. “The quality of the Penn State Brandywine program is what makes it stand out,” she said. “The program was an incredible prep for the MCATs (Medical College Admission Test).” “The professors are wonderful,” she added. “They really wanted us to succeed and the support was so important. Dr. [Elizabeth] Dudkin, for example, held extra sessions if we needed them, even on a Friday night!” Dudkin, associate professor of Christie Mulholland’s dream of becoming a doctor biology, commented, “Christie was, got one step closer to reality when she officially started and continues to be, motivated by Jefferson Medical School last summer. a need to make a useful change in the world. She embodies all of the As she donned her white Machu Pichu. “I had a lot of time to qualities of a terrific doctor: she is jacket—a tradition at most medical think,” she said. “I came back with truly compassionate, really smart, schools marking the beginning a few ideas to consider, and medical she works really hard, and when of the three-year program—she school was one of them.” things get tough she digs down reflected on the journey that Without having taken science really deep and finds the strength brought her to this significant courses as an undergraduate, to keep moving on.” milestone. however, Mulholland knew she Mulholland was accepted When Mulholland (pictured would have to catch up before even to several medical schools and above, far right) graduated from applying to medical school. At the chose Jefferson. What area she Penn State in 2005 with a double same time, she knew she had to will ultimately specialize in has major in sociology and Spanish, work full-time. So she researched yet to be determined, but she is she knew she wanted to further her postbaccalaureate programs, leaning toward family medicine, education, but first there were other which provide science courses for internal medicine, or obstetrics/ mountains to climb. college graduates who are looking gynecology.–HB She found an opportunity to transition into the allied health working in north Philadelphia with a field—Penn State Brandywine offers Spanish-speaking community doing the Accelerated Postbaccalaureate home visitations as a social worker Medical Science Certificate program in the Maternal, Child, and Infant to do just that. Health Program at a non-profit “In the end, I went with a brand called Congreso. I trusted,” she said. “Penn State A year later, Mulholland traveled was my first choice, and the way to Argentina to teach English the program is structured, I could to adults and in her spare time continue working full-time. Plus, it volunteered to teach children. She was only a year long, and that was also carved out enough time to perfect for me. go backpacking through South “I started my new job (director America, hiking the Inca trail to of social services for a nursing home) Brandywine Pride • Fall/Winter 2010 23 Continuing Education Brandywine Program Provides Quality Makeover When Steve Barr, president and CEO of Keystone Services at University Park consists of 16 modules Quality Transport (KQT), took a look at his Philadelphia covering topics from conflict resolution to interpersonal medical transport business three years ago, he found his effectiveness to best practices in customer service. company had lost its competitive advantage. “We lost Program participants are thoroughly assessed and the ‘Quality’ in Keystone Quality Transport,” he said. coached during the program, Herbst explained. The “Our employees looked and acted like our competitors. assessments uncover gaps in supervision skill areas and We needed to transform ourselves to meet customer the training fills the gaps. expectations and lead the “Most of the 25 supervisors marketplace.” and managers who started the His method for change? A Penn State program embraced mandatory training program for the training,” Herbst recalled. his supervisors provided by Penn “I always try to make [the State Brandywine. Brandywine training] about them, their Continuing Education professional growth, how they Representative Sue Currie was can contribute to company ready to help, and Penn State goals. Some supervisors and senior management development managers pushed back, and over faculty member Bob Herbst was time those unwilling to buy in called in as program manager and to the transformation effort lead instructor. were replaced through internal Two years later, morale is up, promotions.” “retention is significantly better, “It is an on-going process, but the culture of the incident issues have dropped five-fold, and all of our customer service measurements are at historic highs,” company has fundamentally changed,” KQT Director of Barr said. Operations Jack Metz said. “What is remarkable is how Keystone Quality KQT Base Manager Yolanda Mosby managed 80 Transport has reinvented itself over the last two years,” employees with no formal supervision training prior said Herbst, who conducted all four of the eight to ten- to the Penn State program. “The course tapped into week programs on site at KQT headquarters. who I am,” she said. “I had to analyze myself. I am a KQT is made up of a predominately economically hard worker and the course teaches you how to use disadvantaged, urban workforce of paratransit drivers, your supervision style strengths and to be aware of your dispatchers, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), weaknesses when working with your people.” customer service agents, and administrative staff who A new employee recognition program was recently make the business function 24/7, 365 days per year. For launched at KQT. Recognizing years of service, safe 80 percent of KQT’s supervisors and managers, Penn driving, and outstanding employee performance has State’s training program was the first formal training, brought a new sense of pride to KQT. other than EMT or medical training, they had ever The Penn State Brandywine - KQT partnership will received. continue, Barr said. “KQT has been transformed by the The supervision development training program commitment of its supervisors to Penn State’s excellent created by Management Development Programs and instruction.”–RP 24 Brandywine Pride • Fall/Winter 2010 Alumni & Friends Michael Bradley: Giving Back is Simply a Matter of Course “I believe in Penn State and this campus.” With those have met many Penn Staters from other campuses.” few words, Michael Bradley ’78 Bus, summed up the This man of boundless energy is matter of fact many reasons why he supports Penn State Brandywine. about his generosity. “My parents taught me about A true blue and white Penn Stater, Bradley started giving back,” he said. “I can’t say enough about how a family tradition when he became a freshman at what much this campus helped me when I needed it. I knew was then Penn State Delaware County. The eldest of that someday I would try to help others get the same eight children, he was followed by two brothers, Dennis opportunity I was given.” To that end, he has held and Tom, and his sister Kerry, who also attended the basketball competitions and golf tournaments to raise Brandywine campus, and two other sisters, Bernadette money for student scholarships. During summer breaks and Maureen, who attended University Park all four he hires Penn State students at his business, M.J. Bradley years. Co., Inc. He also speaks to prospective students and As the first in his family to go to college, he had a big their families at campus admissions programs. He is decision to make. “My parents expected me to go to very proud to represent Penn State not only as an alum college,” he said, “but affordability was the driving force. and advisory board member, but now as a Penn State I knew about Penn State football, Joe Paterno, and the parent as well. His son Mickey is a sophomore at the University’s great reputation. But to my surprise, I found Brandywine campus. Penn State was also located in my own backyard, right “As a proud alum, I had hoped my son would choose here in Delaware County.” my alma mater, but I also wanted him to make the Bradley’s decision was an easy one. “I was able to choice that was right for him,” Bradley said. “Mickey did have the best of both worlds,” he said. “I could remain decide to attend Penn State Brandywine, and he has not at home, work, and help my family while getting a Penn regretted that choice. He has enjoyed his classes, made State education.” He spent his junior and senior years at new friends, and even travelled to Ireland with the study University Park. But he never forgot the campus where it abroad program.” all began. Mickey, who is leaning toward a major in speech “I always felt and still feel a connection to the campus communication, saw several familiar faces when he first that gave me my start,” he said. “The professors here are started at the campus. “A few of my good friends from wonderful, and the staff is exceptional.” [Cardinal] O’Hara High School are here,” he said. “That Bradley’s Penn State story did not end with his was a big advantage. But I’ve made a lot of new friends, graduation. He is a member of the Mt. Nittany Society, too, especially on the Ireland trip.” the Penn State Nittany Lion Club, the Penn State The small class size is great, he said, and he has Alumni Association, and the Penn State Brandywine enjoyed getting to know faculty—an easy thing to do Advisory Board, on which he served as president at a campus of this size. He also has a part-time job and remains an active member. He also received in the IT department, where he is “learning about the prestigious Alumni Fellow award in 2001. fixing computers. But that only scratches the surface of what “I would definitely recommend that high he does for the community. He is actively school students take a look at this campus,” involved in development and fundraising Mickey said. “It’s the same curriculum, for Cardinal O’Hara High School, the the same Penn State education as any Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and other campus.” the Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Bradley and his wife, Linda, Day Parade. He is well known have started the college for his involvement with search process again many Irish organizations. this year. Their son This year he was honored Colin is a high school as Philadelphia Emerald senior at Cardinal Society’s Man of the Year. O’Hara. No surprise: He characterizes his Penn State is his 21 years on the Advisory first choice. The Board as “a wonderful, Bradley legacy enlightening experience. continues.–HB I’ve gotten a look at the big picture and Brandywine Pride • Fall/Winter 2010 25 Alumni & Friends Alumna Inspires Love of Reading in the Tiniest Tots likes to say that she got the best of both worlds with her Penn State education. “Commuting from home to Brandywine for my first two years was a good move for me since I was still a homebody and enjoyed the small campus atmosphere. And then transferring to University Park allowed me to experience living on my own for the first time.” After graduation, she found a job at the library and quickly fell in love with the work. “It was an unexpected dream job!” she said. “I still remember texting my dad from my first library conference, telling him ‘I want to be a librarian forever,’ and I have never looked back since.” Squeals of joy and the stampeding a Splash … Read!” The word spread, Longbottom continued her of little feet announce the arrival thanks to fliers and a display in the education thanks to a grant offered of some very excited visitors at the library, but Longbottom also posted by the surrounding five-county Ridley Township Public Library. information on Facebook and the library systems: “Growing New For Lauren Longbottom, it’s all in a library’s website. Leaders Today for the Library of day’s work. “The ‘Teddy Bear Trips’ was a the Future.” This grant gave her the Longbottom ’05 Com, is head simple idea that put imagination chance to gain knowledge in the of children’s services at the Ridley to the test,” Longbottom said. “It field. “I attended the University of branch and has created a warm, started four years ago when children Pittsburgh through online courses inviting environment where books were invited to drop off a stuffed and obtained my master’s degree in and art and whimsy all mingle. It’s a animal at the library for a sleepover. library and information science in winning combination. I took pictures of the bears watching two years,” she said. “It was such an “It makes my day when I see [the movies, building forts, playing accomplishment for me!” children] running down the hallway games, reading books, and getting She credits a sixth grade teacher and into the library just to say hi ready for bed.” as a major influence in her life. “Miss and give me a hug,” she said. “It is a The kids returned the next day, McCullough encouraged me to be great feeling when you can see how she said, “to pick up their furry proud of myself and always do my much they enjoy visiting. friends and receive a CD containing best,” she said. “She wanted us to “When it comes to my activities photos from the night. They were have fun while learning, and she and events, I try to think about the thrilled!” always taught with a smile. I will kids: What would they like to do? Since then, Longbottom has never forget the lessons she taught What would make the library seem taken stuffed animals on a camping me. I want to have the same impact cool and fun to them?” trip and to the beach. “Families on the kids who walk through my In her corner of the library, really enjoy looking through the library doors every day. I want children delight in the goofy photos,” she said, “and the kids them to have a positive experience puppets, stuffed animals, colorful love seeing what their teddy bears whenever they come in and to know puzzles, and paper airplanes. did while away. I have received they have someone to look up to Longbottom creates a fun and overwhelming support and and trust.”–HB stimulating environment and designs wonderful feedback. I can’t programs that will entertain and wait to see where it will go inspire these little ones with a love next!” of books. Longbottom, who Last summer she launched a attended the Brandywine “Teddy Bear Beach Trip” to support campus and spent her last her library’s summer theme, “Make two years at University Park, 26 Brandywine Pride • Fall/Winter 2010 Alumni & Friends T ec h Suppo r T It is a well-known fact that Penn Staters help Penn Staters. So when three Penn State alumni met with Brandywine students to talk about their careers in Information Systems Technology (IST), the students were able to get straight answers and solid advice from the professionals. Peter Lechner ’03 IST, the former president of key. “The firms that you are looking at want to see your the IST Alumni Society, and Brian Freas ’04 IST, the experience,” he said. “I did a project with Raytheon alumni relations chair for the IST Alumni Society, one summer, and put that on my resume.” Now an made Brandywine a stop on their visit to all Penn State information security engineer at Lockheed, he said, “My campuses that offer the four-year IST degree. dream job was to get to Lockheed. Having Penn State Joined by Shawn Manderson ’03 IST, of ARAMARK, on my resume carried such weight.” currently president of Penn State Brandywine’s Alumni An IST student asked what the best time was to get Society, Lechner and Freas shared their experiences with an internship. “Do internships as soon as you can,” Freas approximately 40 current students and new graduates advised. “I got one after my second semester working looking for employment in a for the Department of Defense and competitive market. then did a second internship there “You’re all in a similar boat,” the following fall. I feel it is never Lechner told the students. too early to start.” “Companies need to see what sets Lechner explained that the IST you apart.” He cited the CCSA Alumni Society is there for current (Check Point Certified Security students to provide mentoring and Administrator) certification other connections. He encouraged as a way to get a jump on the the students to check out the competition. Manderson noted group’s website, www.istalum.com, that having the CISA (Certified and to ask for advice when needed. Information Systems Auditor) certification helped him “You should all understand the value of a Penn State maintain a competitive edge in the IT profession. degree,” Lechner said. “There’s nowhere I go that Adding an academic minor to your curriculum can people haven’t heard of Penn State. The Penn State IST be beneficial, too, according to Manderson. “I did a program has helped students get jobs. One of the most business minor, which enhanced my degree. It got me powerful things in IST across the University is the great in the door at Ernst and Young, where I got my first job faculty that can teach you and mentor you.” after graduation.” Despite the recession’s effect, all three alumni felt Manderson advised students to list their core IST certain that there are still hundreds of available jobs. classes and what they were about on their resumes. “There are a lot of opportunities out there. “Companies want to know what you learned, and going I’m not just talking about helpdesk or computer through this program will give you plenty to tell them. technician work,” said Freas. “I mean there’s a need Penn State’s IST program is distinctive. It is second to for professionals in information security, application none.” development, IT governance, IT auditing, Freas agreed that relevant IST disaster recovery planning, security experience on top of the coursework is risk analysis, telecommunications, and more.”–HB Brandywine Pride • Fall/Winter 2010 27 Alumni & Friends / Advisory Board Greetings from the President Advisory Board Members of the Penn State Brandywine James Bonner Advisory Board President Alumni Society Physical Therapy Physicians Michael J. Bradley Jr. Hello fellow alumni and friends, M. J. Bradley Co., Inc. Robert S. Buxton Jr. Eight years ago when I was a student NovaCare Occupational Health Services at Penn State Brandywine, I learned Edmond D. Costantini Jr. an important lesson from one of my TEEM Development Management Co., Inc. mentors: the power of encouragement Mark H. Dambly keeps the human spirit alive and it kindles Pennrose Properties a belief that anything can be done. Those words have helped me get through Joanne F. Finegan ReMed Recovery Care Centers some of my most difficult challenges so far in my life. More importantly, it was Lawrence Gallone Sr. the encouragement from my mentor Siemens Medical Solutions, USA that helped me become confident, diligent, and responsible in Peter Gilligan achieving my goals. Wawa, Inc. Today, I find myself in the same position that my mentor was in G. Michael Green, Esq. eight years earlier, except now I have a platform where I can help District Attorney, Delaware County encourage others on a larger scale. Jennifer McKee Hannon For the first time ever, the Alumni Society decided to host The McKee Group a graduation dinner for our spring 2010 graduates last April. C. David Hoffritz The Alumni Society saw this as a perfect opportunity for alumni Raymond J. Hunter to network with our graduating seniors, to encourage our new John P. Iannacone graduates to give back to Penn State, and to recognize three Giannini Jeweler’s Inc. special graduates. Robert Judge We were honored to have Paul deGategno, director of Exelon Generation academic affairs at Penn State Brandywine, as the guest speaker for Joseph W. Linker the dinner when we honored these students, who best exemplified Advisory Board Vice President, Development excellence in the areas of citizenship, extra-curricular activities, and Conner Strong Companies, Inc. scholarship. Joseph C. Miller The Penn State Brandywine faculty nominated students who deserved to be recognized at this wonderful event. After reading Gerald J. Parsons CTDI, Inc. a lot of outstanding recommendations, the Alumni Society was proud to present certificates of recognition to Nancy Perone ’10 Ernest L. Repice Com, for citizenship; Teron Meyers ’10 Com, for extra- curricular Karr Barth Associates Inc. activities; and Rahel Teklegiorgis ’10 Com, for scholarship. Anthony D. Scanlon, Esq. Congratulations to the graduating class of 2010 and good luck! District Justice, Springfield Regional Court Finally, I would like to say thank you for staying connected with Sara B. Schukraft the campus and the Alumni Society, and for being the best alumni Peggy Sharp in the world. Advisory Board Vice President If you would like to join our e-mail list, have ideas, or want Arkema, Inc. to be a member of the Alumni Society, please feel free to look us Douglas R. Smith up at www. alumni.psubw.org or contact us at alumni-society@ Verizon Pennsylvania, Inc. bw.psu.edu. Andrew P. Stimmler Laboratory Corporation of America Let’s Go State! John D. Unangst Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union Shawn Manderson ’03 IST Sophia Wisniewska President, Executive Board Advisory Board Secretary Penn State Brandywine Alumni Society Penn State Brandywine 28 Brandywine Pride • Fall/Winter 2010 In Memoriam landon c. Burns, “A Gentleman and a Scholar” By Joe Biscontini Landon C. Burns, 80, a college professor described by colleagues as a true “gentleman and a scholar,” and the author of a book of literary criticism on the works of novelist Pat Conroy, died April 15 following a long illness. Mr. Burns, as he asked to be called by students, was professor of English at Penn State Brandywine from 1969 until his retirement 20 years later. Within two years of his arrival there, he became the first faculty member at any branch campus of Penn State to achieve the rank of full professor. Mr. Burns was born in Westminster, Md., and completed his high school education at St. Andrews School in Middletown, Del. Between earning his bachelor’s and Ph.D. degrees in English at Yale University, Mr. Burns served in the U.S. Navy for four years, leaving in 1955 with the rank of Lieutenant JG. He taught English at the University of Pennsylvania for nine years, and served as Provost and Dean of the College at Washington College, Chestertown, Md., prior to joining the Penn State campus near Media (then called Penn State Delaware County). Mr. Burns’ faculty colleagues there described him as both a gentleman and a scholar. George Franz, director of academic affairs emeritus, said “During Don’s last years of teaching, an era of encroaching casual attire by students and faculty, Don wore a jacket and tie to every class. He addressed his students as Mr. and Miss, not by first name, yet this touch of formality merged seamlessly with his gentle, patient, and soft-spoken manner.” Mr. Burns published numerous articles in scholarly journals, and in 1996 published, through Greenwood Press, Pat Conroy, A Critical Companion. The book is in use in many schools and recently became available electronically on Amazon’s Kindle Reader. A lifelong devotee of literature and the arts, he was a member and patron of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the Philadelphia Athenaenum, and other organizations. He is survived by his companion of 44 years, Russell Fulton, of Drexel Hill, and one cousin. Through the Pennsylvania Humanity Gifts Registry, Mr. Burns donated his body to Jefferson Medical College for research purposes. Contributions may be made to the Landon C. Burns Scholarship Fund at Penn State Brandywine campus. —Joe Biscontini is a longtime friend and colleague of Don Burns. Brandywine Pride • Fall/Winter 2010 29 Honor Roll Honor Roll 2009 Friends of Penn State Brandywine (January 1–December 31, 2009) Thank you for your support of our campus and our students. $10,000+ John and Carol S. Wixted David and Maria Dychala Jim and Karen M. Clyde Harold and Jean Schaeffer Steve I. and Caryn Retter Katherine Westover Gerst Paul R. Amaya The Estate of Ralph B. Glusman David W. and Valerie R. Rasheed O. Amoo D’Iorio Michael and Linda Bradley McClung Michael D. Arlen Lynn M. Johnson Patrick J. and Kathy L. Meehan Elizabeth Buckmaster $5,000–$9,999 Robert E. and Wendy C. Timothy F. and Lori Dubois David Polnerow John and Christine Coffey Iannacone Randall and Gillian Nancy L. Turnbull Brian Daniel and Marie Robert and Marian Stonis Hannum Willis S. White Daniel Suburban West Realtors Joan H. Impagliazzo Douglas R. and Sue Justin M. Di Matteo Association Doris K. Kahmar Zimmermann Fidelity Investments John and Martha Kolln Richard and Cynthia Charitable Gift Fund Lightfoot $2,500–$4,999 Sophia T. Wisniewska Robert B. Finucane Djuradj Stakic Boeing Company John and Kathie Furgele Nannette D’Imperio Penn State Chapter $250–$499 Lawrence and Bernadette of Delaware County, Adam J. Sorkin Gallone A. A. Markley Pennsylvania Joseph and Mary Jane Theodore and Emily John Tierney Linker Ernest and Angela Repice Gunther Richard T. and Gwendoly Arthur T. Beer Schwab Fund for M. Barrett Alfred R. and Cynthia Charitable Giving Mark A. and Marianne C. D.W. Haight Terry D. Ernest Hellerman Thomas J. McKelvey Robert L. and Linda L. Joseph and Kathleen Rosemary O. Hughes Hennel McManus $1,000–$2,499 David and Lee Krah Paul M. Hurych Gerald and Eleanor Kenneth and Mary Gergen Parsons Gregory and Danielle Julie A. Gallagher Pratico Philip L. Kurland Michael and Maria Zuccato Gordon and Diane Crompton John Spychalski John and Robin Landino Ted D. Hadley and Betty Ann Hadley James L. and Margaret L. Scott E. and Christine Phillip and Rosemary Gastner Allen McGavin Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program Stephen Jones Stephen J. and Elizabeth James J. Mollica A. Cimbala National Woodcarvers Don and Sara Taylor William W. and Jacalyn Association, William Rush Lisa R. Yerges Moyer Paul and Gale Stimmler Chapter Patrick J. Bradley Carol A. Nordo Keith Amann James and Rochelle Gordon B. and Kathleen Paul E. Petroll Morgan Paul V. Latimer E. Burkett Andrew and Terri Lynn Robert E. and Jeanette G. John R. Terrell Barbara LaRosa-Martini Rieck Stimmler Nolan-Fidale Funeral Albert J. Socha $500–$999 Home, Ltd. $100–$249 Theresa I. Stollsteimer David and Dianne Elderkin Deborah J. Erie Sean D. Nichols Edmund A. Grafstrom Greg Nolan and Laurie Nolan Wayne J. McMullen Paul A. Orlov Elaine M. Gorman Joseph G. Biscontini 30 Brandywine Pride • Fall/Winter 2010 Alumni Notes Call for Distinguished Teacher Award Nominations! Please consider nominating a current faculty member at Penn State Brandywine who makes an outstanding contribution to students through exceptional teaching. All full-time faculty members and librarians are eligible for the award, with the exception of members of the selection committee: Kathy Meehan, Seongeun Kim, and Arnold Markley. Fill out the nomination form at http://bit.ly/teacheraward. Use the drop-down menu for the “Distinguished Teacher Award.” In the text box that appears, please indicate clearly in your statement of nomination why the nominee deserves the award and provide evidence to support your nomination. The awards will be presented at the campus’ Honors Convocation in April 2011. Alumni Notes 1993 W. Jonathan Comisiak ’93 LIR, of Baltimore County, Md., wed Michele Driscoll on April 24, 2010. 2003 Mariejel (Luistro) Weber ’03 Bus, of Lansdowne, Pa., wed Brandon Weber in the Phillipines on November 28, 2009. The couple welcomed their first child, daughter Ariel Marie, on March 18, 2010, and moved into a brand new home last August. “I feel very blessed that I was given so many joys in life one after the other ... all before I turn 30,” she said. 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