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K U T Z T O W N U N I V E R S I T Y M A G A Z I N E
KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY I AM FOND OF SAYING KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY IS NOT ONLY A COMMUNITY
OF PENNSYLVANIA IS A MEMBER OF THE
STATE SYSTEM OF HIGHER EDUCATION.
of scholars, we are also scholars in the community. Our faculty, staff, and students are
CHANCELLOR, STATE SYSTEM
not only active in the classroom and on campus, they are also engaged as members of
Judy G. Hample their families, churches, civic organizations, and so much more.
STATE SYSTEM OF HIGHER EDUCATION When the university committed itself to being the region’s center for public engage-
BOARD OF GOVERNORS ment, we were making a bold move to recognize the contributions of faculty, staff, and
Charles A. Gomulka, Chair; Kim E. Lyttle,
Vice Chair; Celestino Pennoni, Vice Chair; students to the world around us. We were also recognizing our role in providing a
Matthew E. Baker; Francis V. Barnes; physical place and a forum for our community to learn, listen, and discuss.
Jude C. Butch; Mark Collins, Jr.;
Marie A. Conley Lammando; Paul S. This issue of the Tower highlights many examples of Kutztown University’s commit-
Dlugolecki; Regina Donato ’04; ment to public engagement. One article focuses on the annual Decision Makers
Daniel P. Elby; David P. Holveck;
Vincent J. Hughes; Ed Rendell, Governor;
Forum, which is a shining example of our dedication to facilitating relevant discussion
James J. Rhoades; David M. Sanko; about current world events. Through this forum, the university has hosted numerous
John K.Thornburgh; Christine J. Olsen
world leaders and offered the public the opportunity not only to hear, but also meet
COUNCIL OF TRUSTEES
with these significant figures in the ever-evolving world. Likewise, the College of
Ramona Turpin ’73, Chair
Richard L. Orwig, Esq., Vice Chair Business has brought key figures from the business world to campus, opening the
Roger J. Schmidt, Secretary forums to area business executives and entrepreneurs. The College of Liberal Arts and
Jennifer Clarke ’04
Ronald H. Frey Sciences hosted world-renowned environmental scientist David Suzuki just this past
Dr. Judy G. Hample, Ex-Officio fall. James Young, who is widely
to our readers
David Jones ’89
Dianne M. Lutz known for his expertise in the area
Guido Pichini ’74 of Holocaust memorials, spoke as
James W. Schwoyer
Kim Snyder part of the annual Hyman Lecture
John Wabby ’69 Series, and distinguished author
PRESIDENT James Kuntsler came to the campus as keynote speaker for the
F. Javier Cevallos
William Sharadin Lecture Series in the fall as well. (The Kuntsler
KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION lecture was a joint effort with the Kutztown Borough and Kutztown
INC. BOARD OF DIRECTORS OFFICERS
Raymond Melcher Jr. ’73, President Community Partnership.) Our annual Children’s Literature and Art
Robert Rupel, Vice President, Investment
Lawrence Stuardi ’79, Vice President,
Education conferences present educators with unique opportunities
Board Advancement to converse with top writers and artists in their fields. The campus
Russell Hinnershitz Jr. ’65, Vice President,
Budget and Finance community is an ancillary beneficiary of these conferences,
Lawrence Delp, Vice President, Resource
Development forums, and lectures. The larger public reaps the rewards of other-
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION OFFICERS
wise unrealized opportunities to be actively engaged in the learning
Patricia Guth ’54, President process and be a part of our success story.
Sara Galosi ’90 & ’92,
Immediate Past President What is most amazing is all these grandly planned events barely hold a candle to the
Arthur Garrison ’90, Vice President
Melissa Hershey ’87, Secretary work individuals and organizations on our campus are doing in the community. Last
Anthony Lapore ’99, Treasurer year alone, our students performed more than 37,000 hours of community service.
VICE PRESIDENT OF UNIVERSITY When I consider the countless ways our faculty and staff are involved in charitable
William J. Sutton
and nonprofit organizations, schools, churches, and other groups, I am inspired by the
DIRECTOR OF UNIVERSITY RELATIONS
tremendous impact the people of Kutztown University are making in this region.
Philip R. Breeze Our faculty and staff are volunteer coaches and tutors, they sing in their church
DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI RELATIONS choirs and perform in community theater and music groups, they are advocates for
Glenn Godshall ’75 & ’90 causes ranging from ethnic and minority issues to environmental and political causes.
TOWER EDITOR/MANAGER I’m particularly proud of the significant number of our faculty who are volunteering
Ritta M. Basu
in efforts to promote literacy. Many employees serve in elected and appointed positions
on boards and commissions for cities, counties, school districts, and a wide array of
TOWER ASSISTANT EDITOR/
MANAGER OF PUBLICATIONS organizations.
Camille DeMarco ’81 & ’01 We have professors who devote their time and talents producing programs for
DESIGN public radio and television. One professor organizes students to collect “leftover” items
Janel Smith ’96
Lorish Marketing Group at the end of each semester and insures those items are donated to local shelters and
charities. The university opens its athletics facilities to the community during the win-
Ritta M. Basu, Richard Button, ter break, and our athletics department hosts Women’s Sports Day to promote athletics
Cynthia Jones, Kim Justeson, among women.
Heather Meadows ’05, Liz Norris ’08,
Beth W. Orenstein, Kim Petrosky Again, the list of contributions is virtually endless. I feel proud to lead an institution
CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS where there are so many giving spirits, and a university filled with the spirit of giving.
Ritta M. Basu, Philip Breeze, Brad Drey, We wish all our alumni a Happy New Year and a prosperous 2005. May the spirit of
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Jeff Unger, Hub Willson giving shine in us all.
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Anita Faust, director of financial
aid services, helps an elementary
school student as part of KU’s
“College Can Be A Reality”program.
contents Volume 7 Number 1 Winter 2005
4 Making a Connection
Through the annual Decision Makers Forum both the
campus and the business community have a chance to
connect with world leaders and with each other.
6 Yes You Can!
KU’s Financial Aid staff goes into a local elementary
school where students may never dream of getting out
of poverty, and offers the children and their parents a
roadmap to a brighter future.
10 Learning Through Lending
22 a Helping Hand
Students in Dr. Christine Coleman-Young’s Intensive
Intermediate Spanish course are actively involved in
community service – learning the language as they give
12 Not Everyone Does It
The President’s Roundtable on Alcohol and Other Drugs
works to change perceptions in the university, borough
and school district about the prevalence and popularity
of drinking and drug use, using facts as their tools.
22 Homecoming 2004
24 Under the Tower
27 Class Notes
30 Letters to the Editor
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PHOTO BY JEFF UNGER
making a connection
BY MARGARET LANGAN ’05
WORLD LEADERS CONNECT WITH LOCAL PEOPLE THROUGH DECISION MAKERS FORUM
w hen Carl Garr, president of Bank
of Pennsylvania, Reading, opened
13 branches throughout Allen-
town and Reading, he wanted to find a
positive networking opportunity for his
Thatcher, Colin L. Powell, General H.
Norman Schwarzkopf, George H.W. Bush,
Walter Cronkite, John Major, Madeleine
Albright, Rudy Giuliani, and Tim Russert.
“Every year I wonder how KU will top
This year, the forum, which is set for
April 27, will take a new twist as the uni-
versity invites George Tenet, former head
of the CIA and Thomas Kean, who chaired
the 9/11 Commission to speak on issues
new employees. the event the following year and they of terrorism and homeland security. Gwen
Kutztown University was there to always succeed in doing so,” Kern said. Ifill, who claimed her fame as moderator
answer the call. “It is amazing that the university is able for the 2004 vice presidential debate, will
It was Garr’s need, and KU’s interest in to attract such prominent people to speak moderate the discussion.
bringing business leaders from through- to the students, faculty, staff, business and “We decided to take a different app-
out eastern Pennsylvania to campus that community leaders, as well as alumni,” roach this year,” Lewis said. “Homeland
sparked the idea for developing the Phoebe Hopkins ’71 said. security is clearly an issue on many
Decision Makers Forum, which will mark The first forum, which featured former Americans’ minds. These two men are
its 16th year in April. secretary of labor William Brock, had an certainly top authorities on this topic and
In addition to fulfilling Garr’s need to audience of about 150 people. During the we are happy to be making them part of
gather his employees together, the forum most recent forums, Keystone Arena has our tradition of public engagement.”
gave business and government leaders been packed to its full capacity of 3,000 With the help of a host of volunteers,
from throughout the region a reason to people. Lewis kicks off the Business and Industry
visit Kutztown University’s rural campus. Richard Button, director of development campaign each year, raising money not only
Ellen Kern, vice president for develop- at KU, and the original organizer for the for the Decision Makers Forum but for
ment at the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber Decision Makers Forum, said, “This has other programs and scholarships as well.
of Commerce, said “The Decision Makers become one of the best networking events orporate and business sponsors for
Forum is one of the premiere business in years between Reading and Allentown.” the Decision Makers Forum may
events of the year. Our members always Business executives are not the only choose to participate at varying levels,
eagerly anticipate it.” people benefitting from this series. Each with benefits ranging from the purchase
The forum, which clearly has become presenter over the years has either given of tickets for the evening lecture to dinner
one of the region’s most popular events, is an afternoon question and answer session with the speaker prior to the event. Those
a full-scale social event with a strong twist open to students and the campus com- involved in the Sponsor’s Dinner also have
of academics and public awareness. The munity, or students have been offered the opportunity to present questions that
forum is made possible through the spon- tickets to the evening lecture. will be addressed to the speakers during a
sorships of area businesses, which bring Ronald Lewis, director of corporate and question and answer portion of the even-
their employees, clients, and families to foundation relations and chief organizer ing address.
enjoy dinner and a presentation by a of the forum, said, “Students truly benefit “We are always reassured of the value of
major world figure. from the exposure to these world leaders. this event to the local community by the
Past keynote speakers have included Our speakers are positive role models who generosity of our sponsors. People enjoy the
Pierre Salinger, Elizabeth Dole, Louis can help our students set their goals high opportunity to not only attend the lecture,
Rukeyser, Steve Forbes, Margaret and choose their paths wisely.” but to be a part of the event,” Lewis said. ✷
Hon. William E.
Pierre Salinger Elizabeth H. Dole Louis Rukeyser Malcolm S. Forbes, Jr. Lady Margaret Thatcher Gen. Colin L. Powell
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Rudolph W. Giuliani
Gen. H. Norman The Right Hon.
George H. W. Bush Walter Cronkite Madeleine Albright Rudolph W. Giuliani Tim Russert
Schwarzkopf John Major
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partners for BY BETH W. ORENSTEIN
KU Staff Role Models Encourage Local Fifth-Graders to Attend College
y fifth grade, students from disadvantaged families often see little point in staying in
school and working toward college. • Studies have shown, however, that often just a
little encouragement from role models is all it takes to reverse their defeatist attitudes.
Anita Faust, director of financial aid services, and other The activities, which last up to 90 minutes, are intended to
Financial Aid staff members at KU, are hoping to be such role increase the students’ self-esteem. “The activities are designed
models at Lauers Park Elementary School in Reading, where to enhance the message: ‘You can go to college, so stay in
every student comes from a family at or below the poverty line. school,’” Faust said.
In September, Faust began a monthly program of activities The 30 students who were chosen for the program, along
for a group of fifth-graders at the school, in hopes of letting the with parents, took a tour of the KU campus in early December
economically disadvantaged children and their parents know to see the library, classrooms, and other buildings. Campus visits
college can be a reality. “We want to infuse positive messages at are planned for spring as well.
an early age,” Faust said. Faust stressed that the “College Can Be Joan Holleran (pictured opposite page top), assistant director
A Reality” program is as much about teaching students they can of financial aid, who worked with Faust on the “College Can Be
make positive choices in their lives, regardless of circumstances. A Reality” program from the start said that for all but two stu-
The program emphasizes staying in school is important. dents in the group, the visit was their first to a college campus.
Separate activities are held for the parents of the students.
Parents were asked to participate because they are another key
element in the equation, Faust said.
Gangi Cucciuffo, instructional supervisor at Lauers Park,
loves KU’s program. “Early intervention is critical with our inner
city school students,” he said. “If you don’t start telling them
and repeating that there are alternatives after high school,
including college, too many will fall through the cracks.”
Cucciuffo was overwhelmed by the response when the school
sent letters home about the program asking students and their
parents to volunteer. “The kind of interest we’ve had is unbe-
Faust chose Lauers Park because of its long-standing relation-
ship with the university and because the school has proven to
PHOTOS BY RALPH TROUT
be very progressive in helping its students succeed against
Faust sees students from financially challenging backgrounds
making college a reality each day. She said she started this pro-
gram because, “I felt we needed to be more involved in the
community, and one of the best ways to do so is a collaborative
program using our expertise.” ✷
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BY BETH W. ORENSTEIN
KU HISTORY PROFESSOR JAMES SOWERWINE’S INTEREST IN WORLD
EVENTS RECENTLY TOOK HIM HALF WAY AROUND IT.
n November, Sowerwine returned from a It also sponsors conferences, a lecture series,
Leadership Mission to Lebanon as a member and educational trips abroad such as the one
of the World Affairs Council of Americas, in which Sowerwine participated.
the largest international affairs nonprofit in Sowerwine learned about the November
the United States. Mission members met fact-finding mission to Lebanon when he
with leading political, educational, military, attended the organization’s annual conference
and media figures to discuss conditions in in Washington, D.C., in January. He was one
Lebanon and broader Middle Eastern issues. of 10 members chosen for the mission.
Now Sowerwine, who teaches Middle Sowerwine is excited about helping to
Eastern history at KU, is hoping some of his engage others, especially young people, in
interest will stir others. He will share what he world affairs.
observed in Lebanon in lectures and in a “We live in a global society now,” he said.
report being written by those who went on “Everything that you buy or do has global
the mission. implications. It’s so important that our students
Sowerwine has been involved in the World learn more about the world, history, culture.”
Affairs Council of Reading and Berks County owerwine lived and studied in Turkey in
for about four years – since he was asked to the 1970s and has traveled extensively
represent KU on its board of directors. The throughout the Middle East. His first
Reading-based group is one of 86 councils hand knowledge of the region not only
across the country that make up WACA. KU enriches his students’ learning experience,
is one of the organization’s sponsors. but also positions him as a regional expert
WACA’s purpose is to create a forum for on the Middle East.
discussion of important world issues. It does In the spring, Sowerwine will present a
so through its Great Decisions discussion series of lectures on behalf of the WACA of
series, hosting an international quiz game in Reading, which will enable him to engage
local high schools, developing curriculum the public yet again on this volatile and
materials, and producing a television program. intriguing topic. ✷
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PHOTO BY HUB WILLSON
“WE LIVE IN A GLOBAL SOCIETY NOW. EVERYTHING THAT YOU BUY
OR DO HAS GLOBAL IMPLICATIONS. IT’S SO IMPORTANT THAT OUR
STUDENTS LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WORLD, HISTORY, CULTURE.”
– JAMES SOWERWINE, PROFESSOR OF HISTORY
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BY BETH W. ORENSTEIN
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KU STUDENTS TEACH TO LEARN THE SPANISH LANGUAGE
e ach week, when Michelle Avram and
her classmates from KU arrived at
King’s Highway Elementary School in
Old Zionsville, the first- and second-
graders would bubble with excitement.
Berks County Prison, and served meals at
the Hispanic Senior Centers, emergency
shelters and at Kids Café, a program of
the Police Athletic League of Reading that
provides meals to school children. Some
college life,” Young said. It gives the high
school students a connection with the
campus that could encourage and help
them should they apply to KU.
While the outreach started as a course
Their faces would light up so brightly that KU students also have helped translate requirement, it has become popular
Avram was glad she found the time in her documents that PAL distributes to the among KU students who are not taking
busy schedule for them. families it serves. Intensive Intermediate Spanish. “So it
“They really looked up to us … and Kira Gauger ’03 spent some of her serv- must have its rewards,” Young said.
couldn’t wait for us to come,” Avram, a
junior from Reading, said.
The KU students went to King’s High-
way to conduct an after-school Spanish
club, which met for six weeks last spring.
ice learning hours at the Berks County
Immigration Center, playing cards and air
hockey with the Spanish-speaking children
waiting to be placed with families.
“Most of the children didn’t speak any
y oung believes service learning has
mutual benefits for KU students and
their community partners.
“It helps KU students make a connection
between their academic learning and the
Christine Coleman Young (pictured below English and really appreciated someone real world,” she said. “I like to think of
right), who teaches Spanish in KU’s who could understand them,” said what we do as bridging a gap between
Modern Languages department, and a Gauger, who returned to Kutztown this people that probably otherwise would not
half-dozen Spanish majors and minors, fall to earn her teaching certificate. have the opportunity to come together.”
organized the club, planning lessons and Young and her students also have Avram said her outreach experiences
activities for the youngsters. arranged a number of activities that bring definitely helped her. When she enrolled
Because Young believes the community Latino elementary and high school stu- in Kutztown, she was planning to major
is a great resource for students studying dents from Allentown and Reading to the in business. But she has changed her
Spanish and vice-versa, she encourages KU campus. career plans since her experiences with
KU students to become actively involved “The high school students get to speak the students from the elementary schools.
with the area’s Latino population. with university students and get a feel for Now, she says, she wants to be a teacher. ✷
When Young began teaching Intensive
Intermediate Spanish in 2001, she re-
quired each student to devote at least 15
hours to community service.
Students have met the requirement in
a number of ways, contributing more than
1,800 hours of service to the surrounding
community so far. “There are so many ways
the students can and do get involved,”
Young said, her excitement evident.
Over the past few years, students have
worked with more than two dozen agen-
cies and elementary and high schools in
the Allentown and Reading areas serving
PHOTOS BY JOHN SECOGES
large Latino populations.
KU Spanish students have assisted with
English Language Acquisition programs
at a number of schools as well as helped
youngsters in after-school programs with
their homework. They also have worked
one-on-one as mentors for inmates at the
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Changes in Attitude
PRESIDENT'S ROUNDTABLE ON ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS IS A JOINT EFFORT
BY BETH W. ORENSTEIN , PHOTO BY RITTA M. BASU
hen a university, a communi- through grants. As a result, the district
ty, and a school district come has offered students safe alternatives
together for a common that it would not otherwise have been
cause, the chances for success are able to afford.
relatively high. Another idea under exploration is to
When the cause relates to the use work with bars and restaurants in the
of alcohol and drugs, the stakes imme- Kutztown area to provide unlimited
diately rise. non-alcoholic drinks for free to indi-
Since 1990, Kutztown University, viduals identified as designated drivers.
residents of the Kutztown borough as The Safe Homes Project, another
well as the Kutztown School District initiative of the roundtable, encourages
have been working together to prove families to sign “contracts” stating they
that no matter how challenging the will not allow illegal or irresponsible
issue, there is always an opportunity to behavior related to alcohol and drugs
work together. Representatives of each in their homes.
of the three entities come together to form the President’s “In fact, there is statistical evidence over the past several years
Roundtable on Alcohol and Other Drugs. that the number of students who drink in large quantities or
The roundtable, on which about 60 members currently serve, who drink underage has steadily gone down. However, this year,
organizes programs and activities that encourage students to the university has also seen a pretty big increase in activity, and
make healthy and responsible decisions and discourage them we have responded appropriately with enforcement, counseling,
from taking risks. More importantly, it seeks to change attitudes and education strategies,” Tobin said.
and perceptions about the use of drugs and alcohol. Attendance at the high school post-prom party has more than
Doreen Tobin, associate vice president for Student Services doubled since its inception, Tobin said. Last year, in excess of
and Campus Life, said, “We have to change students’ percep- 100 students participated.
tions that partying is the only way to get through not only Also, she said lines outside the bars downtown on St. Patrick’s Day
school, but also life. The truth is that there is a small group of seem to be shorter than when students did not have an alternative.
students that drink and use drugs at KU. The perception is that he Rev. Dr. Harry L. Serio, pastor of St. John’s United
they are the majority. We are trying to change that.” Church of Christ in Kutztown and co-chair of the round-
Programs organized by the roundtable range from alcohol- table with KU President F. Javier Cevallos (both pictured
free events such as St. Patty’s Day on the Hill to workshops that above with Mary Gutekunst, a roundtable member and director
teach ways to prevent intoxication, drunken driving, and under- of Health, Wellness, and Counseling Services) said it is hard to
age drinking. attribute success to any single program, but he believes that
St. Patty’s Day on the Hill is an alternative celebration that drug and alcohol abuse has decreased on campus.
offers students live music and breakfast instead of beer and bars The roundtable is divided into four committees – community-
downtown – some of which traditionally open at 7 a.m. during driven initiatives, formal and informal education, priority popu-
the festive holiday. lations and public relations. Each committee is chaired by a
TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedure) workshops are campus and community leader.
held to teach servers, sellers, and students how to prevent alcohol- Many believe the roundtable’s effectiveness comes from its
related incidents. To date, more than 200 students have been structure and insistence on involving all stakeholders on the
trained and are certified to teach others, Tobin said. campus and in the community.
The roundtable also encourages faculty to include alcohol- Cevallos is one of them. “The roundtable format brings into
related topics into their class discussion to drive home the the conversation all the relevant players, and makes clear that
message of responsible behavior. we are committed as an institution to educate our students
For instance, students in a course on statistics studied alcohol about alcohol and substance abuse,” he said.
usage patterns among teenagers, which led to a productive If nothing else, Brenda Winkler, superintendent of Kutztown
discussion of the consequences of underage drinking. Another Area School District, said, “The dialogue the roundtable has
time electronic media students were asked to create public spurred has been very good and very beneficial in increasing
service announcements for television on the deadly dangers of awareness about this issue.”
drinking and driving. Serio sees the roundtable as an excellent example of what can
For the past several years, the roundtable has helped organize be accomplished when the university and community work
an alcohol-free post-prom party for students at Kutztown Area together. The work and diligence of the roundtable, he says,
High School. The roundtable received funding for the party can’t help but have a positive impact over time. ✷
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More than Words on a Page BY BETH W. ORENSTEIN , PHOTO BY HUB WILLSON
S ome of the biggest names in chil-
dren’s literature are applying to
The authors and illustrators – Caldecott
and Newberry award winners among
and letters to KU’s Rohr-
bach library, making it
the envy of collectors
The first year the con-
Eileen Kern, the librarian at Kratzer
Elementary School in the Parkland
School District and community chair,
says the conference is one reason KU has
established itself as a leader in the field of
them – want to participate in the annual ference had one speaker, children’s literature studies.
Kutztown University Children’s Literature Tomie dePaola, who has “The conference is just great partner-
Conference, which is held each April. Terre Sychterz written and/or illustrat- ship between the public schools and the
“We are attracting more and more ed more than 200 books, community and the college,” she said.
authors and illustrators who want to come including “26 Fairmount Avenue,” “Strega “The students and the teachers love hav-
and present because of what they have Nona,” and “Meet the Barker.” dePaola ing the opportunity to meet and get to
heard about the KU conference from other gave two presentations for educators and know all these authors. It’s just fantastic.”
author/illustrators,” said Terre Sychterz, librarians. Different groups on campus raise and
professor of elementary education and The conference has since expanded to donate money so that each school that
one of the conference organizers. two days – Friday and Saturday – featuring attends can have its own autographed copy
The conference began in 1999 as way several award-winning authors and illus- of the featured authors/illustrators’ books.
to honor beloved KU professor J. Robert
Dornish, who was retiring.
Dornish, who had taught elementary
education and children’s literature at KU
for more than 28 years, had made a
trators of children’s literature.
By the third conference, organizers
began inviting students from area public
and private elementary and middle schools
to participate in the Friday sessions. The
T he mailing list for the conference
has grown to more than 1,000,
Kern says. People are regularly ask
her about the date and guests for the
next conference. This year’s conference
hobby of collecting children’s books and students are invited to come to campus will be April 22 and 23. This year’s atten-
meeting those who created them. to meet the authors and question them dees include Newberry Award winner
Dornish and his wife, Alice, who live in about their works and their craft. Karen Cushman, and Bruce Hale, author
Bethlehem, had collected more than “Last year we went to three presenters of the popular “Chet Gecko” mysteries.
7,000 first-edition, autographed children’s so we could bring in even more school It’s not surprising, Kern says, “We have
books as well as original illustrations and children,” Sychterz said. “We had the never had anyone turn us down. Every
memorabilia. In recent years, they donated place filled with 700–800 kids for one person we’ve asked said, ‘Oh, yes. We
their treasured books, as well as notes presentation.” would love to come.’” ✷
ILLUSTRATION BY TOMIE DePAOLA, FROM STREGA NONA
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BY BETH W. ORENSTEIN, PHOTO BY PHILIP R. BREEZE
Fools Run Benefits
E very spring, more than 450 runners are willing to put their feet on the
line to help students from northeast Berks County attend Kutztown
The runners descend on Kutztown to participate in the Fools’Run Scholar-
ship Race, usually held the Saturday closest to April Fool’s Day, said Matt
Santos, director of athletic advancement at KU and co-director for the race.
Each year, money raised from the race is used to provide $1,000 schol-
arships to an average of two students each from Brandywine Heights,
Fleetwood Area and Kutztown Area high schools, who have a grade-
point-average of 3.0 or higher and demonstrate need. The students also
must be accepted or enrolled at Kutztown. Scholarships to current KU
students from the three high schools are awarded annually.
“Over the years, the race has raised more than $110,000 in scholarship
money for area students to attend college here,”Santos said.The majority
of the money comes from business sponsorships.
The race – now in its 16th year – has been held every year except one
since it was started in 1989 by local business owners and university staff
who wanted to make a difference, Santos said.
In fact, it was Patricia Schneider, owner of Adam ‘n Eve Boutique in
downtown Kutztown,who called Kelly Neyhart,who now teaches secondary
education, but at the time coached women’s cross country track, to ask if
they could work together to develop a collaborative race for the community.
As the race grew, and the Kutztown Area Chamber of Commerce devel-
oped, the chamber and the university worked together to make the Fools’
Run a fun and philanthropic event for the community.
“The chamber and the university are integral parts of the success of the
run,”said Liz Weiss, executive director of the KACC.“The race couldn’t take
place without either partner.”
R unners can compete for prizes in the 10-mile and 5K races, which
begin and end on the KU campus.
The fact that the race course, which was established before Neyhart
and Schneider began working on the Fools’ Run, is so scenic helps attract
runners from across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and New York.
“The 10-mile race winds north into the wooded countryside of the
surrounding townships,”Santos said.“At the midway point, you go past
the entrance to Crystal Cave and there are rolling streams, farms, farm
animals and campsites along the way. It’s a challenging, but nice course.”
Planning for the next year begins shortly after each race finishes. It takes
a good deal of time and effort to organize the race, but everyone is very
supportive, Santos said.“It’s for a good cause.It’s really a joint effort by the
community and Kutztown University to better the lives of students.”✷
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PHOTO BY HUB WILLSON
breathing easy BY BETH W. ORENSTEIN
KU STUDENTS HELP BERKS COUNTIANS BREATHE BETTER WHILE DINING OUT
estaurant-goers in Berks County Pietro Toggia, criminal justice professor, participated in the restaurant research.
may breathe a little easier thanks and John Vafeas, professor of social work, Vafeas says the students benefited from
to the combined efforts of a analyzed the data and presented it to the the project by having an opportunity to
Kutztown University graduate student council in a usable form. apply the research skills they learned in
and her professors. The Council on Chemical Abuse, class. Also through the stipends paid for
Five KU students, including social work formed in 1971 to address the problem of their research, they were able to earn money
graduate student Melissa Holleran, have chemical dependency in the Reading and to help them further their education.
been helping the Council on Chemical Berks County area, provides a smoke-free “The community benefits,” Vafeas said,
Abuse compile a list of restaurants in the dining guide distributed throughout the “from having a list of restaurants that are
county that have gone or are willing to go region. smoke-free – a list that it can trust, and
smoke-free. Holleran says the survey didn’t take the students benefit from the first hand
Over the summer, the students visited long – less than five minutes at each experience and income it provides.”
more than 200 restaurants to complete a restaurant. About a third of the county’s It’s also important, Vafeas said, that the
brief survey on their smoking policies. 600 or so restaurants agreed to participate. restaurants know that someone is moni-
Does the restaurant allow smoking? If it While the survey was straightforward, toring their compliance with state laws.
does, is the designated smoking area well it did require some judgment, Holleran Under Pennsylvania’s Clean Air Act,
ventilated? Does it have a cigarette vending said. “For example, if you went to a bar restaurants that seat more than 75 must
machine? If so, is it in an area where the during the day, rather than at night when have smoking and non-smoking sections.
identity of the purchaser can be monitored? people were smoking, it could be harder Toggia said making the list of smoke-
Holleran of Allentown, a graduate to tell whether it was well ventilated,” free restaurants in Berks County is some-
student in social work, compiled the data she said. thing of which their owners ought to be
that she and her peers collected. This is the second year that Kutztown proud. ✷
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“WE TEACH THE
DREAMS IN THE
POTS, AND THEY
PHOTO BY HUB WILLSON
a puppet ’s spirit BY LIZ NORRIS ’08
STUDENT JOINS MOTHER IN UPLIFTING PERFORMANCE
ika Belcastro has overcome storytelling show for mentally and physi- afford any kind of entertainment for me,”
plenty of odds to become a suc- cally disabled children in the tri-state Belcastro said. “Every Friday, I would
cessful children’s entertainer, area. She and her mother have performed pack a suitcase, and my mother would
and she’s now encouraging children to for more than 15,000 children since they turn her bedroom into a ‘bed and break-
follow their own dreams. began performing the program when she fast.’ We would tell stories to each other,
Belcastro, a senior music education was 12. and my mother would write all the ideas
major, was one of four women recently In the show, Belcastro plays Twig, the down.”
selected for the Spirit of Women awards, daughter of eccentric gardener Mrs. Terra When Belcastro was in sixth grade, she
sponsored by Lehigh Valley Hospital and Cotta Pots. During the show, the children and her mother received a request for a
Health Network. are given a “dream pot.” puppet show performance, and they are
The Spirit of Women awards are given “We teach the children to plant their still performing for children 10 years later.
to women in the Lehigh Valley area who dreams in the pots, and they will grow,” A friend of Belcastro’s mother recom-
volunteer or who have accomplished Belcastro said. mended her for the award, and Belcastro
something notable in their lives. Belcastro The show stems from Belcastro’s child- said that she was excited when “someone
won the young adult award; the other hood, when she and her mother had to called me up one day and told me that
three awards went to women who were find ways to entertain themselves. they were giving me this award. It was so
accomplished professionals. “We didn’t have a lot of money when I great. I was thrilled.” ✷
Belcastro and her mother perform a was younger, so my mother couldn’t
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another road to service
BY BETH W. ORENSTEIN IMMIGRANT STUDENT HELPS OTHERS LEARN ACCOUNTING
viatlana Kulagina Pollarine enrolled time job with KPMG, upon her graduation were seeking help,” he said. The first-year
in Kutztown in 2002 to earn a second in December. course is required of all business students
undergraduate degree. The 28-year- The two internships Pollarine partici- and is often make-or-break for them.
old had earned her first degree in her pated in were tremendous opportunities The supplemental sessions help many
native Belarus, where she had taught to help her decide her future. “Before the not only pass but also get a good grade
English to fourth graders. internships, I thought I wanted to go into in the class.
An accounting major at KU, Pollarine public accounting,” she said in impeccable Wagaman is proud that he was able to
has had two internships with local offices English. “The internships helped me convince Pollarine, who witnessed the fall
of major accounting firms. Last spring, decide that auditing was a better start of Communism first-hand, to major in
she worked at Herbein and Co., a regional and that I could switch to tax later on.” accounting. When she came to Kutztown,
public accounting firm in Reading, helping Pollarine’s mentor and accounting she thought she would major in interna-
prepare clients’ taxes. Over the summer, professor Dave Wagaman gushes like a tional business given her background and
she was an intern at KPMG, an interna- proud parent: “Sviatlana had actually her ability to speak three languages –
tional accounting firm, where she worked received three offers for the summer English, German, and Russian.
in auditing. internship from Big 4 firms, something Pollarine, who eventually plans to go to
Pollarine was one of two summer unprecedented for a KU accounting major.” graduate school, met her husband, Joshua,
interns assigned to KPMG’s Allentown In the fall, Pollarine helped future in 1998 when they were both working at a
office, and is a shining example of how accountants. She served as the supple- resort in South Dakota. Joshua Pollarine,
KU students, through internships, are mental instructor for Wagaman’s a native of Huffs Church, returned to
making a difference in the community. introductory accounting course. “She Kutztown in 2001 to complete his bache-
Pollarine obviously impressed her held three to four sessions a week for lor’s degree in history. He graduated last
bosses because she was offered a full- students in my accounting course who year. ✷
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PHOTOS BY HUB WILLSON
BY CAROLINE M. BROWN ’04 AND NICK HOFFMAN ’04
H E L P I N G AT T H E
Nursing course helps students address community needs
Each semester, seniors enrolled in Kutztown University’s
nursing program go into the local community to lend a
helping hand, broaden their skills and gain exposure to
different areas of the healthcare arena. These are not your
typical students – they are practicing registered nurses,
completing their bachelors of science in nursing degrees.
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Richard Riccio ’00
works as a full-
time staff nurse
at Lehigh Valley
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Amy Hollenbach ’04 and Susan experts to educate the residents, solicited donations.” Sam’s Club and Weaver’s
Manzolillo ’04, volunteered at homeless donations to fund the event, coordinated Hardware Store were among the many
shelters, while their peers worked at reha- presentations and arranged food and businesses that helped fund the event.
bilitation clinics, Head Start programs, prizes for those who attended the fair. Kim Johnston, chair of the Department
family service centers, nursing homes, “My mission was to educate low- of Nursing, said she believes strongly that
hospitals and for the March of Dimes. income parents about healthier diets for these clinical assignments are a win-win
Nursing professor Suzanne Prestoy assigns them and their children, and on the ben- situation for the students and the com-
the students to various service projects as efits of good nutrition,” said Carol Fisher, munity. “We choose placements with the
part of her Complex Adaptive Responses who teaches nutrition at the Cooperative student’s needs in mind, but also consider
by Clients to Stimuli course. Extension. She brought along visual dis- the needs of the community. Students
The nursing students become aware of plays that showed how to determine the benefit from the experience, while the
meeting the needs of a particular com- amount of sugar in a serving by reading community gets help from practicing RNs.”
munity through practical training and nutrition labels. Other presenters at the These experiences provide an opportu-
on-site interaction with patients and fair included Planned Parenthood, the nity for students to apply nursing theory
members of the community. At the Council on Chemical Abuse, the Police and experience in an environment
Opportunity House Homeless Shelter in Athletic League, Berks AIDS Network and different than the one the one in which
Reading, Hollenbach and Manzolillo the Catholic Social Agency. All of these they work every day. To better prepare
began their course assignment by assess- agencies had something to offer in terms of them for a career within the diverse and
ing the wide range of needs among the meeting the needs of the shelter residents. ever-changing health care system, the
shelter’s residents. They concluded that “Overall, I think it went very well. I saw practical experience helps students
the residents needed help with proper a lot of people taking advantage of the develop independent judgment, effective
nutrition, mental health, drug and alcohol blood pressure screening and the nutri- communication, critical thinking, and
abuse, and parenting. After recognizing tional counseling,” Hollenbach said. decision making skills through direct
these problems, they chose to organize a “Everyone who participated ended up client interaction.
health fair. getting a door prize, and there was a lot of Like most of her classmates, Hollenbach
Hollenbach and Manzolillo found food for everyone because we had a lot of was a dedicated student by day, and a
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nurse by night. She worked in Reading
Hospital’s Medical Intensive Care Ward as
a staff nurse. In fact, 94 percent of all
nursing students and 100 percent of sen-
iors are practicing RNs. This isn’t the tra-
ditional four-year degree population
either – students are spouses, parents,
and yes, even grandparents.
As a father and husband, Richard
Riccio ’00, RN, BSN, CCRN, had to divide
his time between family, KU and the field.
He worked in the Central Nervous System
Intensive Care Unit and the combined
Trauma Neuro ICU at the Lehigh Valley
Hospital. He says that it was tough, but in
the end, well worth it.
“I enjoyed my experience at KU
immensely,” Riccio said. “I learned how
to develop myself both personally and
professionally. I developed leadership
skills I didn’t think I ever possessed
before, and am working on expanding
them to this day.”
Today Riccio resides with his family in
East Texas, Pa., and is a full-time staff
nurse at the Lehigh Valley Hospital
Trauma Neuro ICU, and is certified in
adult critical care nursing. His interest in
becoming a nurse was sparked because it
has so many career options – one could
do floor nursing, operating room, recov-
ery room, emergency departments, go on
to teach or attend anesthesia school. For
the same reason, Riccio was grateful for
his experience in the Complex Adaptive
“THE NICE THING ABOUT DOING THE VOLUNTEER WORK IS GAINING EXPOSURE TO
A DIFFERENT TYPE OF NURSING AND APPRECIATING THE EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE
THAT THE RNS HAVE IN THESE OTHER AREAS.” – RICHARD RICCIO ’00, RN, BSN, CCRN
“The nice thing about doing the volun- assisting the doctors and nurse practi- complete the program in four-and-a-
teer work is gaining exposure to a different tioners with procedures. half years, while some students take
type of nursing and appreciating the Riccio and Schultz also conducted an upwards of six to 10 years to finish
experience and knowledge that the RNs outreach project in which they distributed because of their part-time status. In
have in these other areas,” Riccio said. educational materials on childcare, bike fact, he is interested in pursuing a mas-
For his clinical assignment, Riccio safety, infant car seats, and immuniza- ters degree, and hopes KU will develop a
worked with Kim Schultz ’01, RN, BSN, tions. An officer from the Allentown master of science in nursing program.
for a total of 100 hours over eight weeks Police Department was there to take Johnston would also like to see this
in the Sacred Heart Hospital Outpatient fingerprints and raise awareness of child happen. “I want to maintain the integrity
Pediatrics Unit. They worked alongside a abductions. of the BSN program while integrating a
staff of RNs who provided care for sick Looking back on those long days of masters of nursing in one to two years,”
children of all ages who did not have pri- volunteering from 8-11 a.m., then she said. For now, Johnston and the
vate health insurance. Riccio and Schultz attending a lecture from 1-5 p.m. and other nursing faculty will continue to
did almost everything the paid RNs did, working the night shift or being on call, find ways to connect students with the
such as taking patient histories, vital signs, Riccio said he would not have done any- community and develop their skills as
assessing problems, giving injections and thing differently. He was fortunate to bachelors’ level nurses. ✷
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homecoming Oct ober 30, 2004 PHOTOS BY RALPH TROUT
Class of 1979 Reunion: (1st row, L-R) Mary Ann Segaria, Deborah Friedman, Donna Class of 1984 Reunion: (1st row, L-R) Laura Broderick Danyluk, Luanne Hetz, Jane
Swartley McArdle, Jean Wagner; (2nd row) Scott Dorn, Patrick Mullins, William Davis, Shingler; (2nd row) Cevallos, Lori Esslinger, Gary Lane.
President F. Javier Cevallos.
Class of 1989 Reunion: (1st row, L-R) Linda Rappold Schafer, Dorice Covey Lessard, Class of 1994 Reunion: (1st row, L-R) Luciana Geake Spinosi, Karen Lewis, Michelle
Veronica Shapiro Stoeckel, Michele Carrasquillo Ceccola, Stephanie Beam Stamm; Gladfelter, Denise Hay; (2nd row) Cevallos, Blanca Lopez Mackrey, Janis Bossert Levy,
(2nd row) Peter Noll, Zachary Noll, Christine Noll, Robert Stettner, Cevallos, Sam Scott Buscher.
Ceccola, Keith Redding, Andrea Reiss.
Class of 1999 Reunion: (L-R) Anthony Lapore, Cevallos, Marcella Little Science Center Dedication: (L-R) Donald Cunningham, Jr., secretary of General Services,
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; Ramona Turpin ’73, chair, KU Council of Trustees; KU
Cevallos; state Sen. Michael O’Pake; Jessica Kiscadden ’06, physics major; and Regina
Gouger Miller ’84, chair, Third Century Fund, Berks County Campaign cut the ribbon in
the lobby of the new science center at the official dedication ceremony.
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Open House: Award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster David Suzuki Electronic Media Mixer: Alumni and staff reunioned and networked in Studio LC4 of
presented a lecture as part of the dedication of the university’s new science center. the Rickenbach Learning Center.
Tailgate City: Before the football game, alumni gathered, ate, and caught up with friends at student organization,
academic, and athletic-sponsored tents. This was a new and successful homecoming event held on the practice
field near university stadium.
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U N D E R T H E
Suzuki is keynote speaker
for science center dedication
KU officially dedicated its
PHOTO BY PHILIP R. BREEZE
new $21 million science center
during Homecoming festivities
on October 30.
David Suzuki, an award-win-
ning scientist, environmentalist,
and broadcaster, spoke in
Schaeffer Auditorium. His lecture
was titled “The Challenge of the
21st Century: Setting the Real
President’s Ball raises Bottom Line.”
Suzuki is best known for his
money for student 30-year broadcasting career in
scholarships which he developed television
programs that explained the
More than $58,000 for student scholarships complexities of science in very
was raised during the second President’s understandable terms.
Scholarship Ball on Nov. 6.
Approximately 250 people attended the Suzuki’s book, “The Sacred
ball, which was held in Keystone Fieldhouse, Balance,” was chosen by the
and featured music from the Steven Sheer College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in the fall as the “freshman text.” Each
Orchestra, KU Jazz Ensemble and Flute Trio. freshman class begins their college career by reading a common book, the
essence of which is incorporated into the curriculum throughout the first
With some 160 items donated for the live year of college.
and silent auctions some of the biggest Dr. Edward Simpson, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences,
excitement involved a bidding war for KU’s said, “David Suzuki is one of the biggest players in the science community
own “sea cow.” Council of Trustees chair, today. Having him at KU is a great honor. Having him here to help us dedicate
Ramona Turpin, pictured above, eventually this outstanding facility is a significant statement of Kutztown University’s
won the “war” purchasing the brilliantly commitment to building and attracting high-caliber students to its science
colored cow on behalf of her employer programs.”
Sovereign Bank, and donating it to the The first phase of the Science Center opened to students in Fall 2003, and
Rohrbach Library where it is currently on the final phase opened in 2004. The complex was built with a combination of
display. state and private dollars after university officials realized that existing facilities
Other popular items for the auction were not keeping pace with KU’s level of research and achievement in the
included dinner for 18 at the Stirling Guest sciences. The new facility now includes a multitude of classrooms and
Hotel, a prize quilt from the Kutztown laboratories, as well as expanded office space and a 300-seat auditorium.
German Heritage Festival, and a rare gem “Science and technology are ever-changing industries, with constantly
donated by John Rhoades ’75. changing demands. Our new science center stands as a symbol of Kutztown
The funds raised during the ball will be University’s commitment to providing the Commonwealth with a highly edu-
distributed between each of the university’s cated and qualified citizenry to meet those demands as we grow,” President F.
five colleges for scholarships. Javier Cevallos said.
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hands to bring author
James Howard Kunstler delivered the
William Henry Sharadin Distinguished
Lecture in mid-November. His address
was based on his influential books
about misguided community planning
and the post-WWII decline of Main
Street U.S.A.The borough of Kutztown
and the Kutztown Community Partner-
ship jointly sponsored Kunstler’s two-
day trip to town.
PHOTO BY PHILIP R. BREEZE
The author is among America’s fore-
most writers on the subject of town
planning. He has worked as a newspaper
reporter and an editor for Rolling Stone
and is a frequent contributor to The
New York Times Magazine. His books
include “The Geography of Nowhere:
The Rise and Decline of America’s
Man-Made Landscape,”“Home from
Ribbles give University a $1 Nowhere: Remaking Our Everyday
World for the 21st Century,” and “The
City in Mind.” He has lectured at
million boost in November Harvard,Yale, Columbia, Cornell,
Lafayette, and the National Trust for
William ’73 and Joanne ’74 Ribble of Gainesville, Ga., gave their alma mater Historic Preservation.
more than a nice surprise when they announced during the President’s Scholar-
ship Ball in November that they would be giving Kutztown University a $1 million
gift, in the form of a charitable remainder trust. KU welcomes new
William Ribble is vice president of corporate operational development for UPS.
Joanne Ribble recently retired as a teacher in the Marple Newtown School
Eileen Hogan, a former professor of
“The Ribbles have not only presented a wonderfully generous gift to the univer-
management at KU , has been hired as
sity, they have also established a tradition for working professionals to provide
dean of the College of Business, replac-
support that will further the growth and strength of Kutztown University and its
ing former dean Theodore Hartz.
students,” President F Javier Cevallos said. “I am personally inspired by this couple’s
Hogan holds bachelors, masters and
generosity and leadership.”
doctoral degrees from University of
The Ribbles are long-time supporters of KU, having pledged in excess of $100,000 California at Berkley. Before coming to
to the university prior to their most recent gift. The couple established the KU in 1996, she
William and Joanne Ribble Scholarship in 2001 for students who have shown a taught at the
commitment to community service. Preference for the scholarship is given to University of
students from Reading High School, Mr. Ribble’s high school alma mater. Also, the Virginia, George
Urban League of Philadelphia established a $5,000 scholarship in the Ribbles’ name. Mason University
PHOTO BY HUB WILLSON
“Joanne and I appreciate what KU has done for us personally and professionally,” and Valdosta
Ribble said. “Both Joanne and I are from humble backgrounds and are the first State University.
generation in our families to attend college. The education we received from Hogan along
Kutztown is a special thing to both of us. The courses I took and the professors with manage-
who took an interest in my education have made a significant impact on my 34 ment professor
years of service at UPS. My work at UPS helped make this donation possible and David Haas were
KU has helped me to grow and prosper at UPS.” instrumental in
overseeing the logistical management
William Ribble began his career at UPS as a part-time loader while working on of the entire strategic visioning process
his degree at KU. Over the years he worked his way up the corporate ladder, serv- that the university went through not
ing in key posts in Kansas City, Philadelphia, and now in Atlanta. In each city long after President Cevallos’ arrival on
where the Ribbles have lived, they have shown a tremendous commitment to campus.
public service working with organizations such as the United Way and the Urban
League, as well as local school districts, to build stronger communities.
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Turpin elected chair of Tenet and Kean to headline 2005
Council of Trustees Decision Makers Forum
George Tenet, former CIA director, will join Thomas Kean, chair of the 9/11
Commission, as the featured speakers for the 16th annual Decision Makers
PHOTO BY JEFF UNGER
assumed the helm
Forum set for April 27 at KU.
for the Kutztown
The pair’s discussion, “Democracy and Terrorism,” will be moderated by
Gwen Ifill, who gained national attention when she moderated this year’s vice
“We are very pleased to bring this distinguished panel to our campus and to
Turpin ’73, vice
carry on our tradition of providing a forum for networking among professionals
and a public discourse on topics of critical importance to our nation and
community relations manager for Sovereign
world,” President F. Javier Cevallos said.
Bank’s Mid-Atlantic Region, was elected as
chair for the council in November. Tenet was the 18th director of the Central Intelligence Agency, serving from
Turpin, who grew up in Reading, holds a 1997 to 2004. Prior to his position with the CIA, he was a member of President
bachelor of science degree in education. Bill Clinton’s national security transition team and later served as a special
She replaces Guido Pichini ’74 as chair. assistant to the president and senior director for intelligence programs with
the National Security Council.
Prior to joining Sovereign, she was commu- In addition to his role as head of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks
nity relations officer for Bank of Pennsylvania/
on the United States, also known as the 9/11 Commission, former New Jersey
Allfirst Bank. Before joining the banking
governor Kean has served as president of Drew University for the past 12 years.
industry, Turpin taught first grade in the
Ifill is the moderator and managing editor of “Washington Week,” the longest
Reading School District and worked 18
running public affairs program on public television, and senior correspondent
years as a teacher and coordinator for the
for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.
Berks County Intermediate Unit in the
The Decision Makers Forum began in 1990 and has featured such speakers
Community Child Care program.
as Madeline Albright, Rudy Giuliani, former President George H.W. Bush, John
Turpin serves on numerous boards and
Major, Margaret Thatcher, and many others.
community organizations, including the
For more information about sponsorship and tickets, contact Ronald Lewis,
Police Athletic League Board, the Berks
director of corporate and foundation relations, at 610-683-1394 or
County Television Board, the United Way
Board, and the Reading Musical Foundation
Board. She is also active in the NAACP
Freedom Fund Banquet Committee and the
YMCA Task Force. She is a trustee, Christian
education director and Sunday school
teacher at Bethel African Methodist
We are happy to announce
Episcopal Church. the birth of our
NEW ONLINE DIRECTORY!
We have created a bigger and better directory for our alumni with
more extensive information to help you locate old friends and network.
PHOTO BY RITTA M. BASU
And we know you are going to like it!
The new directory is password protected so you can be assured
that only approved KU alumni will be given access.
You have total control over how much information
you would like to include in the directory.
You can search for friends by:
Honoring Veterans Name, Major, Class Year, Club, Sport,
On Nov. 11, Kutztown University honored Greek Organization, Occupation, Geographic Area
veterans from all foreign wars, by inviting •
alumni to come and talk about their experi- You can submit your Class Notes right online.
ences both in the field and when they
returned to campus. Alumni director Glenn
There is no cost to join. Simply sign up at
Godshall ’75 pictured center, served as
emcee for the event. He and Tom Legath ’75, www.kutztown.edu/alumni/wiesenberger/directory.
pictured far left, both served in Vietnam.
Please note that you will need to sign up to be included in the directory.
Standing at the lectern is Dean Steinhart ’57
If you were included in our former e-mail directory you WILL NOT
who is a veteran of the Korean Conflict.
automatically be included in this one.
Others who spoke during the ceremony
were Jacob Sayshen ’42 and John Mengel ’49,
veterans of World War II, as well as Anthony
Pawlowski ’06, who served in Afghanistan.
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1940s 1970s Class of 1976 Class of 1983
Pamela (George) Kelley retired as a After spending 2003 and 2004 working
Class of 1943 Class of 1970 computer systems analyst for Travelers in eastern United States Susan Daigle-
Marie (Bachman) Hartman’s art degree John Tumas retired in June after 35 Insurance and is managing a farm Leach and husband, Gary, are back in
from KU led her to a career supervising years with the Lower Moreland School store and ice cream business. She is Arizona. They are freelance comic-book
art programs for Berks County schools District. working on her first young-adult novel. professionals doing editorial and press-
and summer handcraft courses in work for several major comic publish-
Reading. Marie continues to use her Class of 1971 Class of 1977 ers in the United States and Europe.
knowledge by teaching sculpture at Cheryl (Taylor) Bagenstose retired Deborah Budd is completing her 13th Kay Lynn Hamilton is a literary specialist
Green Valley Recreation in Arizona, from teaching in August. Her daughter year with Second Wind in Wyomissing, at Penn State University and was named
which has been a source of challenge, Erica, who is also a KU graduate, is Pa., and is beginning new web content to the 2004 Women’s All-American
pleasure, and pride in her life. currently teaching first grade in the management duties. Trapshooting Team.
Reading School District.
1950s Bill Clawser retired after 33 years of
Randy Pyle was promoted to senior
vice president of government banking
Class of 1984
for Sovereign Bank in Wyomissing, Pa. Joanne (Steinmacher) Ernst completed
Class of 1956 teaching juniors and seniors art in the
her Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction
Middleburg High School. Kenneth Daniel was promoted to vice
Roger Cocivera was for higher education at Argosy Univer-
In June, Carol (Kimball) Fox obtained president of Senior Living Services for
named president and sity in Florida.
a doctor of osteopathic medicine from the Allentown campus of Phoebe
CEO of the Textile Rental
the Philadelphia College of Ministries. Michele Lentz was promoted to vice
Services Association of
Osteopathic Medicine. president of client services for Group
America, a trade group In April, Marilyn (Frankowski) Fox
DCA based in New Jersey. She has been
representing linen Carol (Kretulskie) Mack is completing held a solo art exhibit at the Institute
working for Group DCA since 2002.
supply and industrial her last year in the school of psychology’s of the Arts, Yocum Gallery in Reading.
laundry companies. doctoral program at the Philadelphia Class of 1985
College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Class of 1978
Class of 1957 The Allyn Gallop Art Gallery in Sarasota,
Michael Moyer is an agent at State
John Hnatow was honored at a Hall Farm Insurance in Kennett Square.
Jack Eagle recently participated in an Fla., showcased Michael Kessler’s work
of Fame dinner by the Discovery
art exhibit at Northampton Community in the exhibit, “Landscapes-Part 1.” Class of 1986
Center of Science and Technology of
College in Allentown. This represents the first of a series of
Bethlehem. At Emmaus High School, Lynne (Eshleman) Brolly is taking
shows featuring a variety of styles in
Class of 1958 Hnatow teaches chemistry and is care of her two sons on the rocky
landscape prints and paintings from
co-chair of the Science Department. coast of Buzzard Bay, while husband
In May 2004, Rudy Ackerman took all over the country.
Marcia (Siwula) Kolmann is a media Michael (’81) attends the University
part in the Mayfair Festival of the Arts
juried exhibition at the gallery at specialist for Corkscrew Elementary Class of 1979 of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.
Technicolor Grand in Bethlehem. School in Naples, Fla. Terry Pierce is working for Wunderman, In March 2004, Peter Gray joined KNBT
a direct-mail advertising agency in as vice president-group manager after
Class of 1972
1960s In May, J. Gail (McGrew) Fruecht
New York, as the creative supervisor for
the Citibank Merchandising and Retail
his previous position as vice president-
senior relationship manager with
Class of 1965 retired after 30 years of teaching in account. Terry is training for his 12th Wachovia Bank.
Georgia. She is a member of American New York City marathon.
Kathy Wotring conducted an intensive Charlynn Waldron and her husband
Mensa and plans to continue writing,
one-day workshop at the Vero Beach Susan (Rudolph) Showalter is a first own two Italian restaurants located in
taking photos, and travelling. Gail and
Museum of Art, where students grade teacher at Spring Ridge Elem- Ocean City and Somers Point, N.J.
her late husband, John J. Fruecht, cre-
learned about creating miniature entary School in the Wilson School
ated a Mensa scholarship for people in Class of 1987
watercolor paintings of natural scenes. District. Her daughter, Emily, is an
the southeastern United States.
elementary education major with a Patricia (Vanek) Zubia is
Class of 1966 James DePietro won third place at the concentration in reading at KU. assistant vice president
The National Art Education Associa- Mayfair Juried Arts Show. of product development
tion named Thomas Schantz Penn- Class of 1973 1980s at Harleysville Group
sylvania’s 2004 Art Educator of the Inc., and is responsible
Year, after being nominated by former Stephen Bliss has been a registered Class of 1980 for overseeing the com-
student Thomas Kelchner ’83. This nurse for 14 years and has worked in Jamie Roth was app- pany’s commercial
award recognizes Schantz’s promotion the health insurance field for 10 years. ointed assistant pro- insurance product line.
of all aspects of the arts and his desire fessor of education at
Carol Umberger authored the book, Class of 1988
to share knowledge with students Northampton
“The Promise of Peace,” which was
through demonstrations, lectures and Community College. Cynthia (Kern) Telenko has been
released in September.
presentations at the local, state, and married for 14 years to Frank Telenko
national level. Class of 1974 and together they have four children.
Class of 1981 She has a teaching certification in art
Class of 1967 Linda (Bartholomew) Stauffer created
education and works part time as an
The Katie Stauffer Memorial Arts Center Michael J. Brolly is pursuing his M.F.A.
Judith McVaugh is a retired media degree at the University of Massach- art teacher while coaching field hockey.
in memory of her daughter, Kathryn. It
specialist and is involved with a variety usetts-Dartmouth in New Bedford,
is a nonprofit corporation providing Tracy (Misson) Kaiser earned a master’s
of quilting organizations in her spare Mass.
classes for several organizations, in- degree in education and became edu-
cluding the Upper Bucks County YMCA. cation coordinator for the Legal Studies
In the May 17 issue of Allentown’s
Class of 1982 Department at Manor College in
Dennis Boyer authored “Once Upon a
Morning Call, Peter Frisch was featured Scott Knapp, president of Central Jenkintown. Her niece, Sarah, is a KU
Hex” for Badger Books.
for his extensive knowledge and collec- Maine Community College, was freshman.
tion of antique music boxes. Class of 1975 named chair of The Maine Higher Kevin Manna is an assistant professor
Education Council. of computer science at Northampton
Class of 1968 Thomas Ardizzone is the host of the
radio program World Rhythms on Debi Short’s silk screenings titled, Community College. He is certified as a
Kathryn “Ginger” (Kapotch) Klega “Invasion of the Cicadas,” was displayed backpacking leader for the Appalachan
National Public Radio station WDIY
completed her term as president of at Artisan Touch Co-Op in Emmaus. Mountain Club and is a certified
88.1 FM in Bethlehem. He is a free-
the Florida Association for Media in wilderness first responder.
lance videographer and is married
with one daughter.
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Class of 1989 Snow Services in Marlton, N.J. He was Tracy (Sawyer) Kurtinitis is married Michael Mish completed his second
elected to the board of directors of the and working for the East Valley Tri- year as an administrator at Muhlenberg
Michael Pittaro was promoted from Snow and Ice Management Association bune, a widely circulated newspaper High School.
assistant professor of criminal justice and is responsible for marketing and in Phoenix, Ariz.
to department chair at Allentown A yard-sale was held honoring Mary
Business School. Class of 1992 Kittle who had been fighting cancer for
In 2003, Tony Milbut the past two years. Proceeds from the
Rachel Roland completed a master of served in Operation Since 1996, Roger Kitchen has sale went toward Mary’s medical ex-
science degree in communications Iraqi Freedom for eight worked with people who are homeless penses. Mary has since died.
management at Syracuse University’s months at a P .O.W. camp at the Downtown Rescue Mission in
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Huntsville, Ala. Veronica (Namnun) Cool has an 8-
in Baghdad. Tony is a
Communications, while working full month-old son and is vice president
staff sergeant in the In 2002, Michael DiBilio completed a
time as a manager in corporate com- with Wachovia Small Business Banking
Army National Guard master’s degree in education and is
munications at Air Products. in Baltimore.
based in Maryland. pursuing his principal’s certification.
Derek Peiffer is a middle school princi- Gina (Nagy) McKinnon is the curricu-
Susan (Ruggerio) Monroe received
pal for the Quakertown School District. a master’s degree from Seton Hall Class of 1993 lum coordinator and assistant director
for grades K-6 at Mystic Valley Regional
University in human resources training Michael Aloia and wife run their own
1990s and development. She is married and
has two sons.
Akido school in Collegeville, Pa.
School in Maiden, Mass.
Class of 1990 Class of 1994 Class of 1995
Class of 1991 Mari Ann Donnelly submitted the
James Breish is assistant vice president Jeff Greninger started a small design winning design in the Queen Anne
of Sovereign Bank in Blue Bell. Catherine Bodock was appointed firm called Design Foundry 328. The County’s 300th Anniversary Logo
media director for Keenan-Nagle firm offers creative communication
Ron “JR” Dabravalskie is director of Contest.
Advertising in Allentown. solutions to advertise or promote a
business development for Lipinski
company and its products. In May 2004, Marnie (White) Zim-
merman graduated from Southeastern
Oklahoma State University with a de-
gree in elementary education.
KU Alumni Awards Nomination Form Class of 1996
For three years Abigail Clayton
Please assist us in identifying alumni who have achieved success in their chosen profession. The following has been a graphic designer at the
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic
awards are presented annually at the Alumni Day Awards Luncheon in June. Please select the appropriate
Medicine. This month, she begins a
category for the person you are nominating, complete the requested information, and enclose a letter of master’s degree program in organiza-
support for the nominee. tional development and leadership.
In September 2004, Matthew Minnier
Deadline for nominations is February 2, 2005. was promoted to first sergeant in the
Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
Nominee Name:_____________________________________________________ Class Year_________________ Amy (Eldridge) McKenzie received
a degree in computer graphics from
Northampton Community College
___ Early Career Excellence Award (formerly Young Alumni Award) – Recognizes alumni who have graduated in 2000. She is married and is a youth
within 15 years of being nominated for the award and have achieved exceptional success in their profession. sports instructor for after-school
programs at the Bethlehem YMCA.
___ Rothermel Award – Recognizes the notable and distinguished achievements of alumni in their This summer, Catherine Miller directed
professional or personal life 16 years or more after graduation from KU. three children’s and one adult show at
Camp Lakota in the Catskills, N.Y.
The awards committee will select candidates for the Alumni Citation Award for Professional Achievement
In July Shawn Barndt was promoted to
and the Citation Award for Service to Kutztown University, the institution’s highest honors, from the pool executive director of Chestnut Knoll
of Rothermel Award candidates. Assisted Living.
In December, Michael Wilson received
his master’s degree from Murray State
NAME CLASS YEAR University, Murray, Ky.
Class of 1997
In July, Dawn (Harvitz) Owens accept-
ed a position in the Office of Admission
at Miami University.
CITY STATE ZIP
Ty Marr graduated with a master of
arts degree in geography from the
University of Maryland.
HOME PHONE BUSINESS PHONE Class of 1998
Scott Harrison is an art director for the
in-house design/marketing group of
E-MAIL DATE De Lage Landen (DLL), an international
finance company based in Wayne, Pa.
Please enclose your letter of support along with a copy of the candidate’s resume and/or supporting His duties include establishing, im-
plementing, and enforcing corporate
documentation, if possible. style guidelines, as well as creating
interactive presentations and print
Mail to: Alumni Awards Committee Fax: 610-683-4638 collateral. Scott does freelance design
Wiesenberger Alumni Center Attn: Alumni Awards Committee work for Valley Forge Millitary Aca-
demy and College.
P Box 730
Kutztown, PA 19530 Email: email@example.com
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After two years working at NBC in William Zimmerman graduated from Class of 1952
Washington, D.C., with “George Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Births Phyllis (Becker) Boyajy 7/17/2004
Michael SportsMachine,” Sarah May with an M.A. degree in student
Launch has moved to Chicago, Ill., affairs in higher education. He was
Deborah (Bergery) ’89 & Timothy
Class of 1954
to work at Comcast’s “SportsNet.“ then subsequently hired by Cabrini
Workman ’89, a daughter, Chloe William Walbert 7/2/2004
In January Beth Stordeur graduated Madison 7/24/2002
from Long Island University with a Class of 2003 Class of 1957
master’s degree in school counseling. 1990s Rodney DeHaven 3/1/2004
Beth is a high school guidance counselor Elizabeth Nowak is pursuing an M.B.A.
Doreen (Adam) ’97 and Brian Wynn, a
for the Charles County Public School degree at Rider University.
son, 7/17/2004 Class of 1958
System’s Career and Technology Center. Loribeth Gruber is teaching third Bettie Cobley 3/28/2004
Jennifer (Bowser) ’03 &
Class of 1999 grade at Shoemaker Elementary School Merrill Schaeffer ’94, a
for the East Penn School District. son, Andrew Theodore
Class of 1960
Mandy Miller began a part-time (left) 4/24/2004 Richard Bretz 6/13/2004
cashier job at the outdoor store, Courtney Robinson
Cabella’s, in Hamburg, Pa. (left) was hired as a Schelly (Martrich) ’93 & Class of 1962
Spanish teacher and the Robert Engelman, a son,
Gloria (Johnson) Vincenti 7/28/2004
Ryan Moyer is pursuing his doctoral girls’ basketball coach at Hunter 3/3/2004
degree in earth and environmental sci- Coatesville Area High Jennifer (McCarty) ’94 & Class of 1963
ence at the University of Pennsylvania. School in August. Charles Sealing, Jr., a son 6/2004 Rell (Ford) Karam 8/12/2004
Stephanie Uff is a new Gina (Nagy) ’94 & Brent McKinnon, a
2000s real estate agent in son 12/2002
Class of 2000 Philadelphia looking to buy and sell Tracy (Simmons) ’93 & Gregory Flail, a Class of 1964
property. daughter, Lillian Kennedy 5/20/2004 Dorothy (Smith) Romig 6/8/2004
Shannah Malmer was awarded a
Class of 2004 Amy (Thomas) ’93 &
doctor of osteopathic medicine from
John Benninger ’95, a Class of 1965
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Erica Dewey competed for the 2004 Nancy Bard 9/9/2004
daughter, Jessica Leigh
Medicine at its college’s 113th com- Miss Pennsylvania Scholarship Pageant (left) 1/21/2004
mencement in June. title this summer and spoke about, Danielle (Troxell) ’94 &
Class of 1972
“Lifting the spirits of our armed forces James Lafferty ’94, a Cecelia Roach 6/4/2004
and their families.” daughter, Emma Rose
1/8/2002 & a son, James
Class of 1973
Marriages Ryan 10/28/2003 James Walsh 4/3/2004
1990s 2000s Class of 1975
Jane (Fantasia) ’93 & Angelo Amata Melissa (Carter) ’01 & Phillip Myers, a Joseph Galm 6/23/2004
4/24/2004 son, Joshua William 2/12/2004
Rachel (Gordon) ’92 & David Caldwell
Class of 1977
Julie (Rambo) ’02 & Mark McKenna, a
7/19/2003 daughter, Skye Taylor Jane (Heffner) Kukulka 6/20/2003
Dawn (Harvitz) ’97 & Chris Owens Class of 1994
5/1/2004 In Memory Mary Kittel 8/21/2004
Jenell (Karle) ’99 & Robert Fratacci
6/13/2004 Class of 1929 Emeriti
Jennifer (Krokos) ’96 & David Garlinski Ethel Evans 3/5/2004 Jacob Mandel 8/24/2004
Robert Kane is serving a one-year Class of 1933 William H. Marsh 12/19/2004
Nicole (Lang) ’98 & Charles Hoinowski
deployment in Iraq with the U.S. Army. Fern (Mengle) Auman 6/10/2004
He is stationed in Ft. Hood, Texas as an John Mohring 6/5/2004
active-duty officer. Karly (LeMonnier) ’96 & Michael Sacco Correction:
’97 7/19/2004 Class of 1936 Kelly & Paul Lobecker '99, a daughter,
Ross Bandic (left) Corinne Lori 3/12/04
Shannon McBride ’99 & Louis (Levisky) Arlene Adam 3/11/2004
was promoted from
assistant professor to Please send Class Notes
professor at North- Sonya (Orentas) ’98 & Curt Boyer ’97 Class of 1949
2004 information to:
ampton Community Reid Gromis 6/12/2004
Office of Alumni Relations
College. Christine (Strausser) ’97 & Theodore Kutztown University
Wright Class of 1950
Sean Costik is a full- Kutztown, PA 19530
Joanne (Curry) Oswald ’97 & Matthew William Wolfinger 8/18/2004
time graduate student
Oswald 5/2/2003 Or by fax: 610-683-4638
at Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia. Class of 1951 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Class of 2001 2000s Ruth (Fink) Koenig 5/23/2004
Jessica (Bower) ’03 & Ryan Haas
Jon Moyer is vice president of mortgage
banking for Susquehanna Patriot Bank.
Allison (Chickey) ’01 & Scott Douma
In February, Christopher Scappaticci
held an art exhibit displaying his ink
Angelic (Goretti) ’03 & Chad Schnedier
Did you receive the October
drawings with writing at the Baum
School of Art in Allentown.
Sandra (Hartzell) & William Zimm-
KU Alumni Connection,
Class of 2002
Nicole Bechtel was promoted to officer
erman ’02 7/24/2004
Jennifer (Johnstone) ’02 & David Keich
our ALUMNI E-NEWSLETTER?
at National Penn Bank. 6/18/2004
Katherine (Kane) ’00 & Thomas If not, then we do not have your correct e-mail address.
Kelly Blocker lives in Falls Church, Va. Laskowski, Jr. 4/3/2004
and teaches at a small public school.
Christine (Karo) ’02 & Dennis Gogel, Jr. DON’T MISS OUT…
Elizabeth (Kane) Wunderler works as 7/26/2003 Update your e-mail address today at www.kutztown.edu/alumni.
a web designer/webmaster for Spy Kristy (Razzis) ’03 & Mark Leuthe
Follow links to the Alumni Center homepage and update
6/7/2003 your information or drop us a line at email@example.com.
Jennifer (Wlodek) ’03 & William Evans
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letters TO THE EDITOR
For five years on a daily in Bethlehem Township, preparation for teaching
basis, she rode the trolley which shortly became part through a scholarship in
or frequently walked the of the Bethlehem Area her name.We hope that it
three miles from the then School District. She ended will provide assistance to
family home in Lyons. She her teaching career at age continuing generations of
graduated and received 67 in the same school dis- Kutztown students.
her teaching diploma in trict in which she had started
1915, the only one in her 43 years earlier.Thereafter, The Family of Anna Elda
family to be college-edu- her special annual pleasure Hammes Gross
cated. was attending Kutztown Submitted by John H.Gross
Upon graduation, she reunions. She passed away
was employed by the in 1983 at age 91. Her life
Bethlehem School District was an inspiration to her Letters to the editor are
as a third grade teacher in children who have been welcome and may be
the Neisser school building. extensively associated with addressed to: Tower,
She married Charles F. education. University Relations Office,
To the Editor: It appeared in the 1970 Gross in 1920, and left We believe that her edu- 213 Stratton Administration
My fiancé and I attend- yearbook. teaching, as was mandated cation and teaching were Center, Kutztown University,
ed Kutztown State College As the limo began to at that time.Three children in the finest tradition of Kutztown, PA 19530 or
in 1970. Nobody, but pull away David thrust his were born: Jean Anne, John Kutztown University, and
nobody famous ever came hand into the car to shake Hammes and Charles for that reason we are
there with the exception of hands. He said “Hello Mrs. Franklin. For the next 20 proud to memorialize her firstname.lastname@example.org.
the Turtles and Sam & Nixon!”We both remember years, she devoted her life Kutztown education and
Dave soul trio. the wan smile she gave us to raising her family in
One day we got news – she seemed sad and Bethlehem where her hus-
that presidential candidate weary – as the limo picked band taught mathematics
Richard Nixon was going up speed and the Secret in the Public Schools.
through Kutztown on his Service man pushed David In 1943, she responded ALUMNI CALENDAR OF EVENTS
way to somewhere and away. to the World War II shortage
would stop at the college! We laugh now thinking of public-school teachers February 17-22 . . . . . . . Arizona/California
Everyone turned out, back 30 years at the inno- by accepting responsibility Gatherings
whether pro-or anti-Nixon. cence that would allow a for a one-room school in
His limo cruised to a stop college student to reach Moore Township, 10 miles March 19 . . . . . . . . . . Alumni Board Meeting
in front of Old Main and he into the presidential limo! north of Bethlehem, and
April TBA . . . . . . . . Washington D.C. Event
stood up through the Try doing that today to subsequently, transferred
moon roof to address us. Laura Bush! to a second Moore Town- May 4 . . . . . . . . . . . Ladies Tea
Secret Service men in their ship one-room school.This
“disguises” – trench coat, Martha and David Hunter involved building the fire, 6 . . . . . . . . . . . Emeriti Luncheon
sunglasses, two-way radios Class of 1971 providing water and over-
7 . . . . . . . . . . . Commencement:
– stood with backs to the seeing the daily care of
50th Year Class
car, watching the crowd. Tribute to Anna Elda about 20 students, and
Someone in the ent- Hammes Gross and the their education in grades 14 . . . . . . . . . . Alumni Board Meeting
ourage had run ahead and role of Kutztown one through eight.To sup-
done their homework – University plement the limited educa- 21 . . . . . . . . . . Alumni Weekend
Nixon told a few jokes tional material provided, June TBA . . . . . . . . Reading Phillies
about the boy/girl ratio, Anna Elda Hammes ’15 she maintained a small
the food, the dean of was born on August 17, classroom library of books July 9-21 . . . . . . . . Ecuador trip hosted by
women, and he urged us 1891, on a farm near borrowed from the President F. Javier
to vote. Bowers, Pa. She attended a Bethlehem Public Library. Cevallos
My fiancé, David Hunter, one-room school through A fellow teacher from
was the official college the eighth grade, which Bethlehem, who taught in 9-20 . . . . . . . . State System Cruise:
photographer and he was the extent of local a nearby one-room school, Romantic Danube
snapped pictures the public education at that provided daily transporta- August 11-22 . . . . . . . State System Cruise:
whole time.Those photos time. Determined to con- tion.She continued teaching Hawaii
are still in our collection tinue her education, she there until 1950 when the
and we treasure them. worked in the local silk mill township consolidated the Visit the alumni website for details on
In fact, the photo that for several years to raise various one-room schools. these and other alumni events and news:
appeared on the back of the necessary funds to Seeking a position closer www.kutztown.edu/alumni
the Summer ’04 issue of enroll in Kutztown Normal to Bethlehem, she accept-
the Tower is one of David’s. School as a day student. ed a third-grade opening
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Ecuador: July 9 - 21, 2005
ing trip of a lifetime that will
President F. Javier Cevallos will host this excit
Exclusively for KU alumni and friends - KU olumbian ruins of Ingapirca, the
dor including the Amazon basin, the pre-C
take you to the length and breadth of Ecua beaches, and colorful marketplaces
Ande s mountains and the Galapagos Islands.Visit an animal rescue center, pristine dor.
re of President Cevallos' native country - Ecua
as you absorb the beauty, nature, art and cultu
The Romantic Danube: July 9 - 20, 2005 relaxing cruise on
sylvania State System of Higher Education, this
Sponsore d by the 14 alumni associations of the Penn , Passau and Nuremberg
Danube Waltz will visit Budapest,Vienna, Melk
the waterway memorialized by Strauss' Blue
and includes a three night stay in Prague.
Hawaii: August 11 - 22 , 2005
, escape to 10 days in
Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education
Spon sored by the 14 alumni associations of the by a seven-day cruise of
a three-night stay in Honolulu, Oahu followed
paradise. This land/cruise excursion includes
i; Hilo, Hawaii; and Kahului, Maui.
the islands with ports of call at Nawiliwili, Kaua
KU Alumni Office at
derful travel adventures please call the
For information about any of these won email@example.com.
l, director of Alumni Relations, at gods
(800) 682-1866 or e-mail Glenn Godshal
Tower is published
three times yearly in
the winter, spring
S C E N E S F R O M T H E PA S T and summer.
In the fall of 1946, the Kutztown State Teachers College freshmen class made their way across Main Street toward Old Main,
much the same way they do today – albeit dressed much more formally. If you were a member of this class or recognize any-
one in the photo, please drop us a line. We would love to hear from you and any stories you may have about your first year at
Kutztown. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Editor,Tower Magazine, 213 Stratton Administration Center, Kutztown, PA 19530.
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