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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
                                                   WINTER 2005




                                Engaged with
                                 the World
                                 Around Us
                   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
                             ADVANCEMENT
                           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
                          MEDIA RELATIONS
                               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
                            CONTRIBUTORS
                                                      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
               John Secoges, Ralph Trout,
                   Jeff Unger, Hub Willson            giving shine in us all.
                                   PRINTING
   Jeffrey B. Beer ’89, Deborah W. Postma             F. Javier Cevallos
       Beer ’91 , Holland Graphic Services
                                                      President
    Address comments and questions to:
                            Tower Editor
                            Ritta M. Basu
              University Relations Office
                                                 Kutztown University of Pennsylvania will serve the Commonwealth as a dynamic, technologically advanced, collaborative, learning-centered
                     Kutztown University
                                                 public university. Kutztown University will be accessible to Pennsylvanians and others, sensitive to the need for diverse backgrounds in its
                     Kutztown, PA 19530          faculty, staff, students and community, accountable to its many constituencies, and actively engaged in the continuous improvement of its
    e-mail address: rbasu@kutztown.edu           programs and services. Above all, Kutztown University will prepare graduates to succeed in a global economy, to contribute to the economic
                                                 and social well being of the state and nation, to assume active roles in their communities, and to lead productive and meaningful lives.
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                      cover
Anita Faust, director of financial
aid services, helps an elementary
school student as part of KU’s
“College Can Be A Reality”program.
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                                          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
                                                 of themselves.


                                            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.
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                                            22   Homecoming 2004
                                            24   Under the Tower
                                            27   Class Notes
                                            30   Letters to the Editor
                                            32   Hindsight


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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



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        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
    Brock

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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




                                 SUCCESS
                          KU Staff Role Models Encourage Local Fifth-Graders to Attend College



                        B
                                   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-
                                                                                              lievable.”
                                                                                                 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
                                                                                              tough odds.
                                                                                                 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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             BRINGING THE
             WORLD HOME
                  KU HISTORY PROFESSOR JAMES SOWERWINE’S INTEREST IN WORLD
                  EVENTS RECENTLY TOOK HIM HALF WAY AROUND IT.



                 I
                     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.”


                                                                     S
                  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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                       compartir conocimíentos
                                          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




W
            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.


                                                                       T
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
        Kutztown University.
  The authors and illustrators – Caldecott
and Newberry award winners among
                                                                and letters to KU’s Rohr-
                                                                bach library, making it
                                                                the envy of collectors
                                                                everywhere.
                                                                   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
                       Local Students
                       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
                       University.
                          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



R
       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
CHILDREN TO
PLANT THEIR
DREAMS IN THE
POTS, AND THEY
WILL GROW.”




                                                                                                                                           PHOTO BY HUB WILLSON
a puppet ’s spirit                                                                         BY LIZ NORRIS ’08



                                              STUDENT JOINS MOTHER IN UPLIFTING PERFORMANCE



N
        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



                       S
                            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. ✷
PHOTO BY HUB WILLSON




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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




E
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
              Hospital Trauma
              Neuro ICU.




HEART




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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
Responses course.



        “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




                                                                                                                                                                        COURTESY
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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                                                                                                                                             University and
                                                                                                                                             community join
                                                                                                                                             hands to bring author
                                                                                                                                             to campus
                                                                                                                                                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
                                                                                                                                             business dean
                            District.
                                                                                                                                                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
                                                         Another KU
                                                                                George Tenet, former CIA director, will join Thomas Kean, chair of the 9/11
                                                      alumnus has
                                                                              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
                                                      University Council
                                                                              Gwen Ifill, who gained national attention when she moderated this year’s vice
                                                      of Trustees.
                                                                              presidential debate.
                                                      Ramona Turner
                                                                                “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
                                                      president and
                                                                              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
                                                                              rlewis@kutztown.edu.
                           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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class notes
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-
time.
                                            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
Education.
                                            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
                                           communication.
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-
   ADDRESS
                                                                                                                                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.
                               .O.
                              P Box 730
                              Kutztown, PA 19530                         Email: alumni@kutztown.edu




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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
                                                                                       1980s
                                                                                       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
                                           College.
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
                                                                                                                                  Jeffrey Kent

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
                                           ’97 7/31/2004
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
                                           6/19/2004
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
                                           7/19/2003
               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: alumni@kutztown.edu
Class of 2001                              2000s                                       Ruth (Fink) Koenig 5/23/2004
                                           Jessica (Bower) ’03 & Ryan Haas
Jon Moyer is vice president of mortgage
                                           10/11/2003
banking for Susquehanna Patriot Bank.
                                           Allison (Chickey) ’01 & Scott Douma
In February, Christopher Scappaticci
held an art exhibit displaying his ink
                                           8/6/2004
                                           Angelic (Goretti) ’03 & Chad Schnedier
                                                                                                  Did you receive the October
drawings with writing at the Baum
School of Art in Allentown.
                                           6/28/2003
                                           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
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Kelly Blocker lives in Falls Church, Va.   Laskowski, Jr. 4/3/2004
and teaches at a small public school.
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                                           6/28/2003




                                                                                                                                            Tower WINTER 2005              29
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
                                                                                                                                   e-mailed to:
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             rbasu@kutztown.edu.
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

30 WINTER 2005 Tower
                                        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                                                       hall@kutztown.edu.
                                                       l, director of Alumni Relations, at gods
    (800) 682-1866 or e-mail Glenn Godshal
hindsight
                                                                                                             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 rbasu@kutztown.edu or write to Editor,Tower Magazine, 213 Stratton Administration Center, Kutztown, PA 19530.



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