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www.westminster.eduFive New Members Elected to Board of TrusteesWestminster College’s Board of Trusteesadded 11 members in its Class of 2008,including five first-time trustees.Melinda Claire Knight ’77, GlennMahone, and Roberta Taylor ’75 wereelected to their second consecutive four-yearterms, while former chairman LeonardCarroll, Ann HopeHaldeman ’48, and RossMusgrave ’42 rejoin theBoard after a one-yearabsence.New to the Board in2004 are Charles BurkeJr., William Carlton ’67,John Landolfi ’86,Doreen McCall, andJeffrey Wiley ’75.BurkeBurke is chairman of the GrableFoundation in Pittsburgh. He earned abachelor’s degree in psychology fromKenyon College, and a master’s in Frenchliterature from Bowling Green University. Hehas served as a board member for FamilyCommunications, Inc., Pace School,Mentoring Partnership of SouthwestPennsylvania, and was chair of ThePittsburgh Project’s capital campaign. Helives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Laura, andtheir four children.Carlton is chairman and CEO of Carlton& Company, a full-service fund-raisingconsulting firm. After graduating fromWestminster, he earned a master’s in divinityfrom Princeton Theological Seminary andworked for 20 years at Ketchum, Inc.,reaching the post of executive vice president.He is one of 71individuals nationallywho hold the advancedACFRE credential, andbelongs to theAssociation of Fund-Raising Professionals, theAmerican Association ofCarltonFund-Raising Counsel,and University Club ofPittsburgh. He and his wife, Adrienne, andtheir daughter, reside in Osterville, Mass.Landolfi is a partner in the Columbus,Ohio, law office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour andPease LLP. A graduate ofWestminster and OhioState University Collegeof Law, he is a memberof the Columbus, Ohio,and American BarAssociations, the OhioState Bar Foundation,the American CancerLandolfi Society, and a number ofother organizations,including the Towering Titans Organization.He also serves on the board of directors ofA&F Trademark, Inc., and J.M.H.Trademark, Inc. He lives in Columbus withhis wife, Christina, and their three children.McCall is chief counsel for thePennsylvania Historical and MuseumCommission in Harrisburg and also servesas counsel to the state’s Historic PreservationBoard. She previously served as assistantgeneral counsel, then deputy general counselin the Governor’s Office of General Counsel.She received herundergraduate degreefrom Slippery RockUniversity and her lawdegree from OhioNorthern University, andis a member of thePennsylvania Bar Association, DauphinCounty Bar Association, and the AmericanInns of Court. She resides in Harrisburg.Wiley is managingdirector for the law firmof Dickie, McCamey, andChilcote. He earned hisundergraduate degree inpolitical science fromWestminster and hislaw degree fromWileyEight Full-Timers Added to Faculty RosterWestminster College added eight new full-time facultymembers and several new administrators for the 2004-2005academic year.The Department of Religion, History, Philosophy, and Classicsadded two new faculty members: Patricia Clark, assistantprofessor of history, and Beverly Cushman, assistant professorof religion and Christian education. The Department of Economicsand Business also added two new full-time members, welcomingWalter Dunlavey, instructor of economics and business, and DavidSmith, assistant professor of accounting.Also hired was Keith Corso, instructor of speechcommunication; Gisela Gonzales-Dieter, visiting lecturer inSpanish; Natacha Merz, instructor of mathematics; and SherriPataki, visiting assistant professor of psychology.A number of Westminster professors were promoted in rank.Darwin Huey was named professor of education, and librarianDorita Bolger was also named a professor.Promoted to associate professor were: John Bonomo (computerMcCallCase Western ReserveUniversity’s School ofLaw. A former assistantdistrict attorney in Allegheny County, he is amember of the Pennsylvania Bar Association,the Allegheny County Bar Association, thePennsylvania Defense Institute and wasformerly a member of the board of directorsof North Hills Passavant Hospital. He livesin Allison Park with his wife, Sharon, andtheir daughter.Four new associate trustees were alsoelected for 2004. Barbara Faires, professorand chair of the Department of Mathematicsand Computer Science, and James RhoadsJr., associate professor of political science,were named faculty representatives. JuniorJaime Carter and senior Russell Mills wereadded as student representatives.science), Martha Joseph (chemistry), Deborah Mitchell (English andpublic relations), Ann Murphy (French and Spanish), and TammySwearingen (physical education).Alan Gittis and Nancy DeSalvo were named chair of psychologyand music departments, respectively. Gittis replaces Sandra Webster,while DeSalvo takes over for Grover Pitman.Webster, a professor of psychology, has added administrative duties,taking over as faculty development officer in the Office of AcademicAffairs. She is joined by Jeffrey Bersett, assistant professor ofSpanish, who is the new director of off-campus study.The College also hired Bonnie Van Bruggen as its new director ofdisability services. She was most recently adjunct associate professorof special education at Geneva College.Melissa Krenzer, a former science specialist at Grove CityChristian Academy, and Floyd Zehr, a professor of physics emeritusat Westminster, have joined the Science in Motion staff. Krenzer servesas the elementary mobile educator, while Zehr, who taught atWestminster from 1965-2000, is the new physics mobile educator.2 Summer 2004 • Westminster College Magazine


www.westminster.eduFurno Family Establishes $2 Million Scholarship at WestminsterQualified graduates from MonongahelaValley school systems will have theopportunity to attend Westminster College ona full scholarship thanks to the generosity ofa $2 million bequest from Virginia andJoseph Furno.“We are grateful to the Furnos forremembering the College and establishingthis scholarship,” said Gloria Cagigas, vicepresident for institutional advancement. “Itgives the opportunity for bright, motivatedstudents from the Monongahela Valley tobegin their future at Westminster College.”Joseph Furno, a 1929 graduate ofWestminster, served 37 years as an educatorand athletic coach in the Elizabeth ForwardSchool District. The scholarship in hismemory will support scholarships for theacademically well prepared students whohave a minimum high school grade pointaverage of 3.0 in academic subjects anddemonstrated leadership qualities throughinvolvement in a range of extracurricularactivities.The four-year renewable Joseph R. FurnoMemorial Scholarship Fund is designed toprovide deserving students with a fullscholarship that meets the full cost of tuition,room, board, books and related academicfees. Two scholarships will be awardedannually starting in 2005.Information on memorial scholarships andother planned gifts may be obtained from SueRudloff, director of advancement programs,Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA16172 or call (724) 946-7673.WestminsterOne of Nation’sBest in GraduationRate PerformanceWestminster College ranks thirdamong liberal arts colleges and sixthin the nation overall in graduationrate performance, according to U.S.News & World Report’s 2005 Guideto America’s Best Colleges.The category ranks schools basedon the difference between aninstitution’s six-year graduation ratefor the Class of 1997, and thepredicted rate for the class. Thepredicted rate is calculated using aformula that accounts for thestandardized test scores of thestudents and the school’sexpenditures on them over the year.Westminster’s 77 percent graduationrate was 17 percent higher thanpredicted.Only Lane College (+38%) andFisk University (28%) posted higherrates among liberal arts colleges.Widener College (27%), AlabamaA&M University (22%) and St.John’s University (21%) had higherrates among national universities.Westminster was also recentlyfeatured in the 2005 version of TheBest 357 Colleges, published by ThePrinceton Review.The rankings, based on thecompany’s survey of 110,000students, named Westminster one ofthe “Best 115 Colleges in the Mid-Atlantic,” and placed the College’stheatre program 16 th nationally in the“Great College Theatre” category.Vereen, Louise Mandrell Headline2004-2005 Celebrity Series SeasonMandrellVereenThe Ten TenorsPerformances by song-and-dance man Ben Vereen, theversatile Louise Mandrell, and a tribute to the music ofHarold Arlen highlight the 2004-2005 Celebrity Seriesseason, which began on October 1.Also scheduled to appear this season are the MendelssohnChoir, The Ten Tenors, a touring production of Crazy ForYou, as well a holiday concert featuring the John PizzarelliTrio and the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra.Vereen will be joined by an 18-piece orchestra, as heperforms the songs of Sammy Davis Jr., as well as hits fromhis own Broadway show, while Mandrell’s show promisesto showcase her considerable talents and a blend of herbluegrass and Broadway backgrounds.Broadway stars Faith Prince and Tom Wopat will teamup to celebrate 100 years of the music of Harold Arlen,including “Over the Rainbow” from “The Wizard of Oz.”The Ten Tenors, a vocal group from Australia, kicked offthe season, followed by the Gershwin musical, Crazy ForYou. The 100-voice Mendelssohn Choir will appear withGrammy Award-winning musical director Robert Page. TheJohn Pizzarelli Trio will perform holiday favorites with theYoungstown Symphony, under the direction of IsaiahJackson.October 1October 20November 20December 3February 2March 19April 9The Ten TenorsCrazy For YouMendelssohn ChoirThe John Pizzarelli Trio and theYoungstown Symphony OrchestraTom Wopat & Faith Prince:Celebrating a Century of Harold ArlenLouise MandrellBen Vereen Sings the Songsof Sammy Davis Jr.All shows at 8 p.m. For ticket information, call the Celebrity Series box office at 724-946-7354.Summer 2004 • Westminster College Magazine3


www.westminster.eduWestminster Students Build HomesDuring BreakWhile many collegestudents head to southernbeaches during spring break,15 Westminster Collegestudents spent their vacationbuilding Habitat forHumanity houses andrenovating homes forHosanna Industries.Ten students traveled toRaleigh, N.C., with KeturahLaney, chapel assistant atWestminster, and fivestudents traveled toRochester with the Rev.James Mohr, the College’schaplain.The Westminster contingent – 10 students and chapelassistant Keturah Laney – posed for a snapshot withthe home they were helping build in Raleigh, N.C.“It was an amazing trip,” said Erin Bartley, a sophomore biology major. “There wewere – 11 women with no experience. We were given a blueprint, measurements,sawhorses and tools. I was impressed by the leadership there. They were available toanswer questions, but we were left to make cuts and put it together on our own.”“We weren’t babied, and they didn’t assume that we didn’t know anything,” saidSarah Melanovich, a sophomore business administration major. “We built three exteriorwalls with window and door frames, five interior walls, and raised the walls by the endof the week.”“Students learned how to use a miter saw for cutting the two-by-fours for the walls,and a rip saw for cutting out the windows and doors,” Laney said. “One crew of threewomen worked on attaching the metal flashing between the exterior walls and the porch.”It was not all work for the group. They got in some sightseeing, too.“We visited Duke University, which was about 15 minutes from where we werestaying,” Bartley said. We also visited the Natural Science Museum, where we saw theTitanic exhibit. We also got to explore Raleigh.”“The best part of the trip was meeting the lady who will own the house we werebuilding,” Melanovich said. “We were building a house not for the homeless, but helpingthe working poor. The owners have to spend at least 300 hours working on their ownhouse, and they will have a mortgage. They are families, like mine, with kids runningaround what will be their yard. You really have to see it because I can’t put into wordshow that makes me feel.”“Work was secondary,” Bartley said. “First was what you learned about yourself. Icould see the fruits of our labor at the end of the day, and not everyone can say that.”Tropical Ecology Class Culminates in AustraliaSeventeen Westminster College students recently finished their biology class not withtheir noses in a blue book, but strolling barefoot on the coral reefs of Australia.“I just want to tell everyone to take this class,” said Katie Schultz, a junior musicmajor. “It was such a great, once-in-a-lifetime experience.”The early rising each morning did not deter Schultz’s enthusiasm.“Our routine on Lizard Island included breakfast, snorkel, lunch, lecture, snorkel,and dinner. After our first breakfast there, we never wore shoes,” Schultz continued.Before leaving for Australia, the students spent a semester in a Westminster classroomstudying the fish and coral in the area.Their Australian guides continued the learning experience with daily lectures aboutthe local fish, how they interact, and what happens when man interferes with their habitat.After learning about marine life in Australia, the class went to stay at Mungalli Fallswhere they hiked twice a day to visit falls and study the natives.Russell Buttler, an Aboriginal elder, talked to the class for two days about their culture.Relay for LifeRaises $24,000 forCancer ResearchWith some help from the campus and NewWilmington communities, the brothers of AlphaSigma Phi raised nearly $24,000 for theAmerican Cancer Society in its seventh annualRelay for Life.“This brings our total to almost $150,000 overthe past seven years,” said David DiDesiderio,a junior public relations major from NewWilmington and Relay for Life chair from AlphaSigma Phi. “There were 447 people thatparticipated in 48 teams. We had severalsponsors such as UPMC, Giant Eagle, R&AScreen Printing, Staley Communications, TheTavern on the Green, McDonalds, KrispyKreme, Titan Radio, Alpha Sigma Phi, andWestminster.”The concept behind Relay for Life involvesteams of 8-15 people taking turns walking orrunning around the track, relay-style, for 12straight hours. Each team member is asked toraise donations to support the American CancerSociety’s services, programs, and research.“Cancer affects everyone in one way oranother,” said DiDesiderio. “It’s important forus to do our part to fund cancer research, provideservices for cancer patients, and achieve ourultimate goal of eliminating cancer forever.”Westminster StudentPresents Research atStudent SymposiumFelicie Reid, a junior environmental sciencemajor at Westminster College, recently presentedher research, “Effects of Chlorine on PopulationGrowth of Selanastrum Capicornutum,” at theSlippery Rock Watershed Coalition StudentSymposium.“I tested local wastewater treatment planteffluents being released into the LittleNeshannock Creek behind Westminster’scampus for free and total chlorineconcentrations,” Reid said. “From this data, Iconducted toxicology tests of chlorine’s effecton Selenastrum population growth. Selenastrumis a unicellular algae commonly found infreshwater and moist soils.“I found that increasing chlorineconcentration caused a decrease in Selenastrumgrowth. I also concluded that chlorine doesindeed have a significantly detrimental effect onalgal populations at the concentration beingreleased into the Little Neshannock.”Summer 2004 • Westminster College Magazine5


www.westminster.eduFounder of College’sInternational FilmSeries RecognizedJacob Erhardt, professor of German emeritusat Westminster, recently received recognition forfounding the College’s International FilmFestival.The serieswas renamed theJacob ErhardtInternationalFilm Series inhis honor and hewas presentedwith a plaquewhich was hungin the Sebastian Mueller Theater in theMcKelvey Campus Center, where the films areshown.“Jake taught German at the College for 36years and was a major contributor to his fieldand the campus,” said Ann Murphy, chair ofthe Department of Modern Languages. “Wehope this is one way that he and his contributionswill always be remembered here.”Erhardt, who began teaching at Westminsterin 1968 and was department chair from 1970-86, retired in 2004 after 36 years of service.Triennium AttendeesSeveral first-year Westminster students attended the Presbyterian YouthTriennium held July 20-25 at Purdue Uiversity. Pictured, clockwise from upperleft, are: Andy Polack, Young Presbyterian Scholars coordinator Carey AnneMeyer LaSor ’86, Sarah Westermeier, Willy DeLair, and Amanda Bohler. Visitwww.westminster.edu/yps to learn more about the Young Presbyterian ScholarsProgram.Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning Offers ClinicsWestminster College’s Drinko Center forExcellence in Teaching and Learning offeredTotal Leaders, a two-day seminar for schooldistrict administrators.Charles Schwahn, co-author of the book,Total Leaders: Applying the Best Future-Focused Change Strategies to Education,shared his ideas and work with teams ofschool district administrators to developchange strategies. The Total Leadersapproach integrates concepts from theauthentic, visionary, cultural, quality andservice leadership domains and applies themto schools.In the spring, the Drinko Center and theTri-State Area School Study Councilsponsored the second annual MathematicsCoaches Clinic in the McKelvey CampusCenter.The clinic was open to all mathematicsteachers, administrators, department heads,and all interested education personnel.The John Deaver and Elizabeth DrinkoCenter for Excellence in Teaching andLearning, which is located in Westminster’snew $14-million Campus Center, is designedto advance world-class teaching and enrichThe Total Leaders two-day seminar, held in the Witherspoon Rooms this August, was offeredto local school district administrators by the Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching andLearning.K-12 education through outreach programsfor area educators. The Drinko Center helpsWestminster fulfill its mission of excellencein education and public service by expandingopportunities in student life, academics, andcommunity outreach.6 Summer 2004 • Westminster College Magazine


www.westminster.eduTitan Golfer MatuneCompetes in U.S. AmateurWestminster men’s golf standout John Matune competed in the2004 United States Amateur Championship, held Aug. 16-22, 2004,at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y.A junior at Westminster, Matune shot a two-day, 36-hole total of81-84-165 at the nation’s most prestigious amateur golf tournament.The top 64 finishers (36-hole scores of 150 or below) advanced to thematch play competition.Matune qualified for the U.S. Amateur by finishing fourth out ofapproximately 135 golfers at the Cleveland Area Sectional Qualifieron July 26. He fired a 72-72-144 in rounds at Lake Forest CountryClub and Fox Den Golf Course in Hudson, Ohio. The top five finishersat the sectional qualifier earned a spot in the national championshipfield at Winged Foot.A two-year letterman for the Titan golf team after transferring fromOhio State University in 2002, Matune earned Team MVP honors in2003-04 with a team-low 77.35 stroke average in 17 rounds. He wasnamed to the All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Second Teamafter placing sixth (79-81-160) at the league championships, helpingthe Titan linksters to their second consecutive PAC team championship.He was also medalist at the Pitt-Greensburg Fall Invitational(71) last season.In 2002-03, Matune earned first-team all-conference recognitionafter shooting 76-77-153 to place second at the conference event. Hewas also medalist at the Thiel Invitational (76) and posted a 79.76stroke average in 17 rounds.Westminster’s John Matune earned a highly coveted spot in theU.S. Amateur Championship at Winged Foot Golf Club thissummer. The junior golfer placed fourth at the Cleveland AreaSectional Qualifier (72-72-144) to advance to the nationaltournament.LeViere, Pancake ReceivePostseason HonorsWestminster spring athletes BrooksLeViere and Jennifer Pancake receivedpostseason recognition after splendid 2004seasons.LeViere, a junior outfielder on the 2004Titan baseball team, was named to theAmerican Baseball Coaches Association DivisionIII Baseball Second Team, while Pan-LeVierecake, a freshman pitcher/designated hitter,was one of 15 players named to the EasternCollege Athletic Conference Southern SoftballSecond Team.LeViere hit .369 with 10 doubles, 10 homeruns, 40 runs scored, 40 RBIs and 10 steals Pancakefor the Titans, who finished 18-22 in 2004.His homer total tied the Westminster single-season recordset by Scott Higgins in 1982 and matched by Rob Nogayin 1995.Pancake, named to the All-ECAC team as a DH, batted.387 with team-high totals in hits (46), doubles (eight), homeruns (three), and RBIs (34). On the mound, she posted a15-9 record with a 1.59 ERA. The Lady Titans finished 28-13 overall.Froelich Named to TwoPreseason All-America ListsWestminster’s Scott Froelich wasnamed an NCAA Division III PreseasonAll-America by a pair of publications thissummer. The senior tailback was named asecond-team preseason All-American byLindy’s National College Football Magazine,and was a third-team pick by DonHansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette.Froelich was named Player of the Yearin both the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Froelich(PAC) and the ECAC Division III SouthRegion in 2003. As a junior, he recorded 281 carries for 1,486 yards(5.3 avg.) and 15 touchdowns. He also caught two touchdown passesand threw for two more on halfback options. His 2003 rushing totalwas the third-highest mark in school history, and his total of 3,552 careerrushing yards is 1,717 shy of the school’s career rushing mark.Westminster, which finished 5-5 in 2003, including a 3-2 mark andthird-place finish in the PAC, was picked to place third again in 2004.Results of the voting done by conference coaches, sports informationdirectors and members of the media were released at the annual PACFootball Media Day in Pittsburgh. The Titans earned four of 36 firstplacevotes and finished with 152 points in the poll, trailing defendingPAC champion Waynesburg (195 points, 22 first-place votes) and Washington& Jefferson (175 points, eight first-place votes).Summer 2004 • Westminster College Magazine7


www.westminster.eduSpring Sports HighlightsBaseball(18-22, 6-9 PAC)Under first-year head coach CarmenNocera, Westminster posted a three-gamesweep of Thiel to finish fifth inthe Presidents’ Athletic ConferenceTournament.After a rocky 3-9 start, the Titans finishedthe season strong, winning 15 of their final25 games.Five Titans earned All-PAC honors,including a pair of first-team selections.Senior second baseman Brian Goettlerbatted .381 (53-of-139) with 11 doubles, 27runs scored, 10 stolen bases, and 26 RBIs,leading the Titans in hits, at-bats anddoubles. He was joined by junior outfielderBrooks LeViere, who hit .369 with 10doubles, 10 home runs, 40 runs scored and40 RBIs.Second-team honorees included seniorcatcher Ben Yeckel, junior first basemanBrian Andrews, and senior third basemanJohn Hanlon.Men’s GolfThe Titan linksters captured their secondconsecutive PAC championship in 2004, asWestminster overcame a one-stroke deficitafter the first day of competition to defeatWashington & Jefferson by 13 strokes. Headcoach Gene Nicholson was voted PACCoach of the Year for his efforts.Four Titans earned All-PAC recognitionfor posting Top 10 finishes at the leaguechampionships. Junior Scott Voelker andsophomore Matt Kurtz were both first-teamhonorees for the second straight year, whilesophomore John Matune and freshmanRobbie Jewell earned second-team laurels.Women’s GolfIn just their third season of varsitycompetition, the Lady Titan linksterscompleted their meteoric rise with acommanding 51-stroke victory overWashington & Jefferson, giving Westminsterits first-ever PAC women’s golfchampionship.Head coach Debi Behr was named PACCoach of the Year following the victory.Four Lady Titans finished in the overallTop 10 at the conference tournament,securing All-PAC recognition. FreshmenFreshman Kelly Spisak was named first-teamall-conference after placing fourth at thePAC Championships at Crispin Golf Coursein Wheeling, W.Va. She shot a 27-hole totalof 133, helping the Lady Titans post a 51-stroke victory and their first PAC title in threeyears of varsity competition.Sara Bonchosky and Kelly Spisak finishedthird and fourth, respectively, in overallcompetition to be named to the All-PACFirst Team. Sophomore Kayla Pursifull andsenior Rena Peroz were second-teamselections.Softball (28-13, 7-3 PAC)The Lady Titan softball team placed thirdin the PAC and posted its 21 st winning seasonin the past 23 years.Westminster placed five players on the2004 All-PAC teams. In addition, freshmanpitcher/DH Jennifer Pancake was named2004 PAC Freshman of the Year and 2004PAC Co-Pitcher of the Year, while LadyTitan head coach Jan Reddinger was named2004 PAC Co-Coach of the Year.Three Lady Titans were selected to theAll-PAC First Team, as Pancake was joinedby junior first baseman Heidi Kimmel andsenior catcher/third baseman Julie Zappa.Pancake,15-9 with a 1.59 ERA as a pitcher,posted team-high totals in batting average(.387), hits (46), doubles (eight), home runs(three) and RBIs (34). Kimmel batted .312this season with team-best totals of 28 runsscored and five triples. Zappa hit .255 withfour doubles, one triple, 11 runs scored, onestolen base and 22 RBIs.Junior shortstop Lauren Boris andsophomore second baseman Abby Mazarwere selected to the All-PAC Second Team.Men’s Tennis (10-9)The Titans posted a second-place finishat the 2004 PAC Championships andrecorded the program’s first-ever individualPAC champions.Westminster’s #3 double team of seniorJohn Libert and sophomore brother BenLibert captured the PAC title and first-teamall-conference honors with a pair of threesetwins.Three Titans posted second-place finishesin singles competition, good for secondteamall-conference laurels: junior CoreySacca at #2 singles; junior Dave Molitor at#5 singles; and Ben Libert at #6 singles.Men’s Track & FieldThe Titan track & field squad posted athird-place finish at the 2004 PACSenior Phil Frye grimaces as he lets loose inthe shot put at the Grove City Invitational inApril. Frye captured the discus title at GroveCity and placed third in the discus and fifthin the shot put at the PAC Championshipsfor the Titans, who placed third at theconference meet for the second consecutiveyear.8 Summer 2004 • Westminster College Magazine


www.westminster.eduAthletic Department Hands Out First WESPY AwardsThe Westminster College Department ofAthletics hosted its first WESPY(Westminster Exceptional SportsPerformances of the Year) Awardsceremony last spring in Orr Auditorium.The WESPYs, which replaced the annualfall and winter/spring sports banquets,honored team MVPs for 18 Titan varsitysports teams, and also featured numerousannual awards and recognition of topathletic achievements throughout the 2003-04 academic year.Highlighting the event was the awardingof the annual David B. Fawcett andMarjorie A. Walker Awards, given annuallyto honor and acknowledge thoseindividuals who best exemplify thequalities of fairness, sportsmanship,leadership, determination andcompetitiveness. The Fawcett Award wasgiven to senior football player JamesChaney, while the Walker Award waspresented to senior swimmer BrittanyJardine.The Senior Scholar-Athlete Awards, given annually to thegraduating senior male and female student-athletes with thehighest cumulative GPAs, went to Chaney and seniorvolleyball/track & field standout Diana Barnes. Jim Smith ofNew Castle, a regular fixture at nearly all home athletic eventsand many road contests over the past several years, was namedan Honorary Titan.Several new WESPY awards, nominated and voted on bymembers of Westminster’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council(SAAC) and members of the athletic department staff, wereintroduced as well. The WESPY, given for the top single-eventathletic performance, was given to freshman swimmer RyanTrunk, who captured seven gold medals (three individual, fourrelay) at the PAC Swimming & Diving Championships, andto senior women’s soccer defender Michelle Chovan, whoscored two goals, including the game-winner, in a 3-2 upsetvictory over top-seeded Grove City in the PAC title game.WESPY Coach of the Year honors went to men’s basketballcoach Larry Ondako and women’s swimming coach RobKlamut.WESPY Team Performances of the Year went to the Titanmen’s basketball team and the Lady Titan golf team.Senior swimmer Brittany Jardineaccepts the Marjorie A. WalkerAward at the WESPY Awardsceremony, as Walker and athleticdirector Jim Dafler look on.WESPY Team Comebacks of the Yearwent to the Titan men’s golf team, whichrallied from a one-stroke deficit tocapture their second straight PACchampionship, and the Lady Titanvolleyball team, which rebounded fromtwo regular-season losses to Washington& Jefferson and a 30-19 loss in theopening game, but rallied to top thePresidents and advance to the PACTournament finals.WESPY Comeback Athlete of the Yearlaurels went to senior defender NickWhite of the men’s soccer team andsenior Megan Lytle of the women’sswimming team. White recovered froma season-ending injury in 2002 to earnAll-PAC honorable mention andNSCAA/adidas College Men ScholarAll-East Region honorable mentionhonors in 2003. Lytle was an 11-timeconference swimming champion,including six conference titles after beingdiagnosed with Systemic LupusErythematosus (SLE). She also led the Westminster women’sswimming teams to PAC championships as a junior and senior.Finally, the following individuals earned Team MVP awardsfor the 2003-04 academic year:Baseball - Junior outfielder Brooks LeViereMen’s Basketball - Junior guard Ed PagleyWomen’s Basketball - Junior forward Erica TalloMen’s Cross Country - Senior Sean GallagherWomen’s Cross Country - Senior Sara IalongoFootball - Junior running back Scott FroelichMen’s Golf - Sophomore John MatuneWomen’s Golf - Freshman Sara BonchoskyMen’s Soccer - Senior midfielder Brian GlassWomen’s Soccer - Senior forward/midfielder Alyssa PyleSoftball - Freshman pitcher/DH Jennifer PancakeMen’s Swimming - Freshman Ryan TrunkWomen’s Swimming - Senior Brittany JardineMen’s Tennis - Sophomore Ben LibertWomen’s Tennis - Junior Bethany GrubbsMen’s Track & Field - Senior Tim SnyderWomen’s Track & Field - Sophomore Carrie FleckensteinVolleyball - Senior outside hitter Diana BarnesChampionships under first-year head coachDon Augustine. Westminster had severalindividuals post solid finishes at the event.Three Titans captured individual PACtitles at the event, led by sophomore AdamHadbavny, who won both the discus (46.22meters) and shot put (14.49 meters) whileplacing third in the javelin (49.00 meters).Hadbavny fell just short of qualifying forthe NCAA Division III Championships.Other victors included senior Tim Snyderin the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:28) andjunior Josh Drab in the 800-meter run(2:03.08).Women’s Track & FieldThe Lady Titan track & field squad, injust its third season as a varsity sport, alsofinished in third place at the PAC meet underAugustine.A pair of athletes earned individual PACcrowns. Sophomore Sonya Cole placed firstin the shot put (11.92 meters), while juniorFelicie Reid was the top finisher in the10,000-meter run (49:06).Summer 2004 • Westminster College Magazine9


www.westminster.eduAeros-dynamicsThe ties that bind us toWestminsterMemoriesTraditionsFriendships& FunWeekend Planning CommitteeCarolyn Waszcak Adams ’69, ChairPreston Dibble ’01 Roberta Laird ’76prestondibble@hotmail.com rlaird@penn.comBarbara Braden Guffey ’70 Carey Anne Meyer LaSor ’86guffeyb@sasd.k12.pa.us meyerca@westminster.eduDorothy Pollock ’46alumni@westminster.eduPhone, fax, snail mail, e-mail, IM, text message ortelegraph your Westminster roommates, classmates,lab partners, study group, fraternity brothers,sorority sisters, teammates, and friends to makeplans to gather on campus June 23-25, 2006.Akron-area alumni rooted for the home team during a June Akron Aerosbaseball game.First row: Chet Claire ’49, Hidge Stockhausen Claire ’49, Erma SmithLewis ’57, Jack Lewis ’57, Jim Perkins, Jane Perkins, Sue Oestreich,Nelson Oestreich; Second row: Cindy Dafler ’03, Amanda Gashel Dillon’95, Noelle Dillon, Mike Dillon ’95, and Tyler Dillon.What do you remember ofThompson House?What can you do?What can you do to be an involved alumnus/alumna?Are you already an active volunteer interested inlearning more about your alma mater and how bestto offer your support? Come to the WestminsterWorkshop, Saturday, April 16, 2005, for a halfday packed with Westminster news, informativesessions and a chance to meet current students.Were you a resident of, or spent much time in, Thompson House? Theeffort to identify residents and gather memories of time in the house continues.We would love to know when you were in the house and what youremember. Please send your memories, or send your name and phone numberto the alumni office so we may contact you. Dorothy Pollock ’46, Officeof Alumni Relations, Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA 16172-0001, or phone (724) 946-7372 or e-mail alumni@westminster.edu.Cruise the British Isles with Alumni, FriendsSee the highlights of the British Isles as part of a vacationplanned for May 19-June 1, 2005. Start with two nights in London,then embark on a 10-day cruise aboard the Golden Princess toHolyhead, Wales; Dublin and Belfast, Ireland; and historic Edinburghand Glasgow, Scotland; plus the Orkney Islands.Enjoy a luxurious tour at an incredible price which includesairfare from New York to/from London. For information, contactClance Martin at cj.martin@worldnet.att.net, 126 Colony Dr., NewWilmington, PA 16142. Before Oct. 15, call 724-946-8449; afterOct. 15, call 772-229-8119.10 Summer 2004 • Westminster College Magazine


www.westminster.eduREMINDERHomecoming & ReunionWeekend, October 15, 16 & 17Friday Night ConcertWatch the mail for your Homecoming &Reunion Weekend mailer. The full weekendschedule and reservation form for bothreunions and Homecoming activities areincluded. Information and a printable reservationform are also available online,www.westminster.edu.Reunions to be celebrated at 6 p.m.Saturday, October 16:15 th Cluster – classes of 1988, ’89, and ’90 –Sharon Country Club25 th Reunion – Class of 1979 –New Castle Country Club35 th Cluster – classes of 1968, ’69, ’70 –Oak Tree Country Club50 th Reunion – Class of 1954 – RadissonFor more information, contact the alumni officeat (724) 946-7362 or alumni@westminster.edu.We’re halfwaythere!Pennsylvaniaalumni, showyour Westminsterpride with a commonwealthofPennsylvania license plate. A minimum of 300applications are needed to begin production andwe are halfway there. Don’t wait to submit yourapplication! For an application, contact the alumnioffice, phone (724) 946-7372, fax (724) 946-7366, e-mail alumni@westminster.edu or writeto the Office of Alumni Relations, WestminsterCollege, New Wilmington PA 16172-0001.Printable applications are available online,www.westminster.edu/alumni/license_plate.cfm.Pittsburgh-area alumni and friends enjoyed music and fresh air during the“First Fridays at the Frick” outdoor concert featuring Harmonious Wail at theFrick Art and Historical Center. Richard Sass ’62 is wearing his WestminsterCollege sweatshirt, and wearing the hat is Cindy Judd Hill ’46.Upcoming events:OctoberDecemberJanuary15-17 Homecoming & Reunion Festivities15 Pittsburgh-area alumni at the Pittsburgh PublicTheater for “The Chief”7-12 Concert Choir Tour7 Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church, Savannah, GA8 St. James Catholic Church Cathedral, Orlando, FL9 First Presbyterian Church, Delray Beach andCoral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Ft. Lauderdale, FL11 First Presbyterian Church, Vero Beach, FL12 Church of the Palms, Sarasota, FLMoved recently?Send your new address to the alumni office, 319 S. Market St., New Wilmington,PA 16172-0001, or e-mail alumni@westminster.edu.Summer 2004 • Westminster College Magazine11


www.westminster.eduThrough the RoofWestminster reports big increase in applications, freshmen as competition heats upWestminster welcomed a larger-than-average incoming classof 420 first-year and transfer students in August. But, the competitionfor each seat at Westminster also continues to increase.The College announced that it received over 1,500 applicationsfor a spot in the Class of 2008, the most ever in the school’s 152-year history. The total represents a rising trend for Westminster,which has seen its applications increase in each of the last fiveyears. Its 1,547 applications for 2004-2005 is up 17 percent overlast year’s record of 1,327.The 388 new freshmen and 32 transfer students represent a 14percent increase over last year’s incoming class. Westminster traditionallylimits its incoming classes to 350 new students and 25transfers, but a large graduating class allowed for a one-year expansion.“Since we stress quality over quantity, it forced us to makesome tough admissions decisions,” said Westminster Dean of AdmissionsDoug Swartz. “We have implemented an early actionprogram to help high achieving students secure a spot in futureclasses. We also have two special merit scholarships to allowPresbyterian pastors and Westminster alumni employed in theeducation field to nominate deserving students during the earlyaction phase.”The College’s two new nominated merit scholarships – theYoung Presbyterian Scholarship and the Jerb Miller Scholarship– were an immediate hit in their first year of operation. Together,they yielded 99 students from over 200 applicants.The Young Presbyterian Scholars (YPS) Program, originatingfrom the College’s 150 th anniversary celebration in 2002,offers up to 150 scholarships, worth $11,000 annually, to outstandingPresbyterian Church (USA) students who wish tocontinue to grow in faith and leadership in college. Applicantsmust be active in a PC (USA) congregation, exhibit a cumulative3.5 GPA and be nominated by his/her pastor. (Visitwww.westminster.edu/yps for more information.)Members of the Fresh Start team are present to assist first-yearstudents and their families in many ways on their first day ofcollege, including hauling in heavy appliances.▼Dave Barner, associate professor of broadcast communications,gave the address, “Letters from Home, Freshman Memories.”▼▼ After getting unpacked, some students found time to sit back,relax, and open their mail.The Rev. Jim Mohr delivered the invocation and benedictionat the Opening Convocation ceremony for first-year studentsand their parents.▼12 Summer 2004 • Westminster College Magazine


▼www.westminster.eduThe inaugural class of YPS students, including the greatgrandsonof former Westminster president Robert Galbreath(see sidebar at right), had an average SAT score of 1098 andhailed from a number of states outside of Westminster’s traditionalrecruiting area. Applicants came from such states as California,Oregon, Florida, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, andMaine, to name a few.One hundred Jerb Miller Scholarships, named in memory ofthe beloved professor of education who taught at Westminsterfrom 1968-1992, award $10,000 annually. Students must possessa 3.5 high school GPA and be nominated by a Westminsteralumnus in the education field. (Visit www.westminster.edu/jerbfor more information.)The 59 Jerb Miller Scholarship recipients had an average GPAof 3.73.Applicants for both scholarships must submit their applicationby November 15, meaning that next year up to 250 seats inthe first-year class could be claimed during the early actionperiod. Early projections put the size of the Class of 2009 atabout the usual 350.“We already have over 14,000 high school juniors inquiringabout admission for fall 2005,” Swartz said. “All of the availablespace in our residence halls is filled, so we expect admissioninto Westminster to be even more competitive next year.”“We strive to keep class sizes level each year, and becomingan impersonal mega-university is not part of the Westminsterplan,” said Westminster President R. Thomas Williamson. “Wehave a strategic plan that emphasizes controlled growth. Westrive to become a better college, not a bigger college.Westminster prides itself on recruiting bright, well-rounded students,and then exceeding their expectations while they arehere.”The Class of 2008 came to Westminster with a solid academicbackground and an average high school GPA of 3.42 in coreclasses. The Westminster freshmen have an average SAT scoreof 1082, 80 points higher than the average score in Pennsylvaniaand 56 points higher than the national average.Galbreath DescendentLands in First YPS ClassAmong the students accepted intoWestminster’s first class of YoungPresbyterian Scholars is someonewhose roots run deep both atWestminster and the PresbyterianChurch.William DeLair, a first-year studentfrom Zanesville, Ohio, is the greatgrandsonof former Westminster presidentand Presbyterian minister Robert DeLairF. Galbreath.Galbreath, a 1907 Westminstergraduate, was a popular president, wholed the College through the Great Depressionand World War II. Prior to becomingpresident, he was a UnitedPresbyterian minister. After resigningfrom the presidency in 1946, he thenserved as pastor of the First PresbyterianChurch in New Castle from 1947-1956. Galbreath Hall, dedicated inGalbreath1957, was named in his honor.Galbreath’s daughter Ruth, a 1944Westminster graduate, married Edward DeLair and they hadthree children, including William’s father, also named Edward.Dozens of Galbreath descendents have attendedWestminster in the last three-quarters of a century, but WilliamDeLair is the first brought in on a Young PresbyterianScholarship.Among theirmany stops,students lined upto have theirpicture taken fortheir TitanCard.Summer 2004 • Westminster College Magazine13


▼www.westminster.edu▼At the close of the reception following Opening Convocation,students posed for pictures and said their goodbyes as theyheaded off to orientation.First-year students arrived on campus on Friday, August 27. Theywere welcomed by nearly 70 Fresh Start student volunteers, whohelped them move in and led them through a weekend of orientation.Among the list of activities on the first day, new students attendedthe Opening Convocation, officially welcoming them to the College.The convocation, which included welcomes from PresidentWilliamson, Dean of the College Jesse Mann, and SGA presidentJessica Rummel, was held in the newly renovated Orr Auditoriumwith air conditioning. Dave Barner, associate professor of broadcastcommunications, gave the address, “Letters from Home, FreshmanMemories.” A reception was held following the convocationon the patio outside of McKelvey Campus Center.During their first weekend, first-year students attended educationalworkshops on academics, social issues, residence life issues,chapel opportunities and were introduced to the campus computernetwork. They also participated in the Titan Traverse program, receivedFitness Center orientation and heard about services in theCareer Center and Safety and Security.Classes began on Tuesday, August 31.Westminster Freshman Helps Open Democratic ConventionSteven Ruperto’s trip to Boston was somuch more than just a summer vacation.It was a journey to the center of thenation’s political process.The 18-year-old Moon Township nativewas one of two youths chosen togavel open the Democratic National Conventionat the Fleet Center on July 27.Ruperto’s essay, “I Believe,” was pickedRupertoas a co-winner from more than 400 entriesin the Democratic National Committee’s “Gavel in the Future”contest, which asked 13- to 18-year-olds to write about how theycan use politics to improve their communities.“I wasn’t nervous at all. I was just excited,” Ruperto told thePittsburgh Tribune-Review.Ruperto, who gave a two-sentence address, shared the stagewith 13-year-old Kristen Turner of Boston. Together they bangedthe gavel opening the convention.He told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he saw the speechesof former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, as well asRon Reagan Jr., and rubbed elbows with such Democratic heavyweightsas Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, House MinorityLeader Dick Gephardt, and former Vermont Gov. HowardDean. He also attended a taping of MSNBC’s “Hardball withChris Matthews.”“It was a great thing that I’ll never forget,” said Ruperto, whoplans to major in political science and economics. “It’s a storyI’ll tell for the rest of my life.”14 Summer 2004 • Westminster College Magazine


www.westminster.eduThe Chimesof Your LifeFriends of the Carillon aims to keep tower bellsringing for generations to comeBy Patrick S. BroadwaterBefore he met the other love of his life, Paul Musser heardbells. The bells in Old Main Memorial, to be specific. ◆“I was taken by hearing the bells at the conference,” said Musser,a 1945 Westminster College graduate who first heard the chimesring in 1937 while attending the New Wilmington MissionaryConference. “The students played them for the conference andI thought that was real nice.”Summer 2004 • Westminster College Magazine15


www.westminster.eduHis immediate connection with the melodic tunes seeminglyfloating down from the sky above kindled a lifelong affectionfor bells. As a freshman, he dove into the topic, choosing to writea research theme on musical bells. Although Musser was involvedin the school band, during his first year at Westminsterhe was soon on the receiving end of an unexpected request. Musicprofessor Donald Cameron approached Musser, a Bible/psychology/philosophymajor, and asked if he’d be interested inplaying the chimes for 15 minutes each evening, Monday to Friday.“They couldn’t get a music major up there, so he asked me,”said Musser, who developed a repertoire of 75-80 hymns forwhich he rewrote music to suit the bells. “The wires were allrusted, the pulleys were tight, nobody had played it for a longtime. I got up there with a can of oil and some rags and knockedthe rust off it. The first thing I played was an Easter Sundaymorning service.”That same year, Musser was sitting in the Chapel when inspirationstruck again. This time, it was meeting Margaret(Peggy) Newcomb ’45, who sat two seats away during compulsorychapel services.“There was a gal between us, but she cut chapel all the time,”Musser said. “So we were using the hymn book together a lot.”They began dating the following year and have been togetherever since. So it was that two lifelong passions began for PaulMusser in the same year.One can still find, 62 years later, undergrads discovering (orsearching for) lasting love while the tower bells provide a pleasantand reassuring accompaniment from above. For nearly 70years, the bells have resonated, producing for students asoundtrack of sorts of their time at Westminster, and for alumni,a nostalgic echo of days gone by.The 1944 Argo made the bells the theme to its yearlychronicle, crafting a timeless valedictory to its routine:For all of us, when we are away, perhaps the one thingwhich will longest be close to our hearts, a real substancein our treasured memories, the one thing held truly typicalof Westminster will be the Chimes.The Chimes, the pulse beat of our college, have accompaniedus through every experience here. Ringing outthrough the day and the dark, awakening us for our eighto’clocks,faithfully reviewing each quarter-hour throughclasses, signaling the approach of dinner, and calling us outto an evening of “college life.” They were understanding,and seemed to ring more slowly as we said good night to thatcertain someone; then later, more gently than ever, badeus goodnight and pleasant dreams. Again and again, we hadour happy hearts made more light by the droning of theVictory bell, and we, the conquering Titans, laughed brazenlyat the losers. But, then came the quiet of Sundaymorning, and the Chimes invited us to the calm of thechurch, and to chapel in the evening. The Chimes and “TellMe Why,” ringing through the shadows and over the hills… symbols of the Westminster we love.The fear of losing that special connection is what promptedMusser to start a group dedicated to recognizing and preservingthat relationship, the Friends of the Carillon. Over the years,very few students have been trained to play the bells and nostudents were learning to play when the group was formed lastspring. The hope of the Friends of the Carillon is to raise enoughmoney to fund an endowed scholarship, which would be giveneach year to a person or persons who would agree to play thebells during specified times.“You get much more color inplaying by hand than you can ifit’s automatically done. That’slike kissing through cardboard.It doesn’t have any feeling.- Paul Musser ’45”“What would Westminster College be like without ourfriendly bells?” Musser wrote to a small group of bell enthusiastsin the spring. “Through the years our gifts will continue to producefunds for many student players. We will make certain thatour fight song and alma mater will never die.”The original 12 bells – known collectively as chimes – were agift to Westminster from William and Mary Duff in honor oftheir daughters, Charlotte and Letitia. Originally crafted forDelaware-DuPont Estate Gardens, the bells were never installedthere due to the Depression. The Duffs purchased the bells andpresented them to the College on Easter 1935. In 1978,Katherine Stewart Armington ’16, then a member of the Boardof Trustees, presented 23 additional bells, bringing the total to35.The current 35-bell arrangement is known as a carillon, aninstrument composed of 23 or more bells tuned in chromatic sequence.It is played from a console that resembles a simple organ,with batons (for the hands) and pedals (for the feet). Thebatons, like the keys of a piano, move the clappers (metal balls)that strike and sound the bells, which remain stationary.At Westminster, the console is housed midway up the toweron the roof of Old Main, accessible by a small, iron, windingstaircase. The bells are directly overhead. In the center of thebells is the “victory” bell rescued from the fire that destroyedthe original Old Main building.Carillons can be set to be played automatically –Westminster’s carillon chimes automatically every 15 minutesfrom 8 a.m. until midnight – but electric mechanisms fail todeliver a variation of touch and thus a variation in sound, speedor volume that would be required for proper musical performance.Electrically operated clappers hit the bell with the sameforce each time, muting the range of each bell, which can beexploited by a manual player.“The good part about playing by hand is you get more expression,”said Musser. “If you have an electronic gizmo hooked up,you can’t slow down or go softer. Softer is simply a lighter push.Harder, you get louder. You get much more color in playing by16 Summer 2004 • Westminster College Magazine


www.westminster.eduhand than you can if it’s automatically done. That’s like kissingthrough cardboard. It doesn’t have any feeling.”Musser and a few others, including Raymond Ocock ’50, professorof music emeritus, continue to play the carillon manuallyfor special occasions – Commencement, Homecoming, weddings,memorial services, even vespers. But it’s not hard to envisiona day when no one on campus is trained to play theinstrument.The physical act of playing the carillon isn’t terribly demanding.Greater physical challenges often arise just trying to getthere. Players must ascend to the third floor of Old Main, squeezethrough a closet, up a set of stairs and out onto the roof, wherethey cross to the tower and head up the spiral staircase to theconsole. The console cabin is surrounded by a few open windows,and the player is exposed to the weather conditions. It’sstifling in the summer and bitter cold in the winter, though afan in the summer and heat lamps in the winter make it morecomfortable.It’s not easy to find a carillon to practice on. The College hasa practice console in the music department, which uses batonsand tuned metal bars, instead of bells, so students can learn thebaton movements without the whole neighborhood hearingtheir mistakes. Most active carillons are located in Europe, wherethe instrument originated. Fewer than 200 exist in NorthAmerica. Thirteen are located in Pennsylvania, and of those,only two are located on college campuses – at Westminster andPenn State-Behrend. (Doug Gefvert, a 1971 Westminster graduate,is carillonneur at the Washington Memorial Chapel inValley Forge.)For now, when not trying to line up future carillon players,Musser will continue to play the bells when asked. “I just liketo play,” he said. He lives only a block away from Old Main, soafter each performance, he walks home and checks in with hiswife, Peggy, a music major.“I say, ‘Well, how’d I do?’ and she’ll say, ‘About a B-minus,’”said Musser. “She listens to it and she knows when I slip up.“But I’ve gotten an A several times.”Ringing Out the Bells in Old Main…Paul Musser is picturedplaying the chimes in Old Main tower in 1943. The old console,then located at the base of the tower, was connected to only 12bells. Twenty-three additional bells were added in 1978, forming a35-bell carillon.For information on the Friends of the Carillon, contact PaulMusser, associate member, Guild of Carillonneurs of NorthAmerica, at 724-946-2114 or pmuss@earthlink.net. Gifts can bemade to Westminster College, designated to Friends of the Carillon.(Broadwater is editor of Westminster Magazine.)Revitalization of Old MainMoving ForwardThe preliminary phase of Old Main Memorial renovation has been completed, but thebulk of the project remains to be conducted during the next 12 months.The $3 million revitalization project to upgrade the building infrastructure, accessibilityand general aesthetics began quietly in the summer. Bridges and Co., of Pittsburgh,which handled the renovation of Thompson-Clark Hall, was chosen as the contractor.The tower masonry was repointed and cleaned, while inside the building, some areas wereremodeled and reconfigured to accommodate a reorganization of offices on the first floor.To minimize disruption of educational and student programs, work will pick up againin mid-December and continue through winter break. The remainder of the work will becompleted from May to August 2005.With a 75-year-old electrical system still in place, electrical remediation is the primaryfocus of the revitalization project. Other improvements likely to occur include upgradingthe heating system, possible installation of air conditioning to select areas, and the installationof an elevator on the east end of the building.Summer 2004 • Westminster College Magazine17


www.westminster.edu(c) 2004, The Washington Post. Photo by Robert A. Reeder. Reprinted with permission.Majoras RulesWestminster alumna appointed chairman ofFederal Trade Commissionby Patrick S. BroadwaterBy her own admission, the new chairman of the Federal Trade Commissionwas a shy, somewhat sheltered, small-town girl when she enteredWestminster College in the early 1980s.Those attributes may seem incongruous for someone whose appointment nearly a quarter of a centurylater to head a federal agency responsible for protecting consumers and fair trade practices has18 Summer 2004 • Westminster College Magazine


www.westminster.edumade her a very public and powerful figure in thenation’s capital. A distinguished career at one of theworld’s largest law firms and her key role in the resolutionof the government’s highly visible case againstMicrosoft certainly helped prepare Deborah PlattMajoras ’85 for a place in the hot seat.So, too, did her Westminster education, whichMajoras credits with bringing her out of her youthfulshell and allowing her toexpand her world in somany ways.“Westminster was exactlywhat I needed atthat time in my life,” saidMajoras, who was swornin as chairman of theFTC on August 16. “I wasa little shy and rathersheltered, you might say,and I was not really certain what I wanted to do withmy life. Westminster was a very supportive environmentin which to learn. That made a big difference. I gaineda lot of confidence in my own abilities, not only in termsof intellectual abilities, my ability to make a living, butalso in my ability to deal with people while working withorganizations.”A native of Meadville, itself a small college town,Majoras had an idyllic vision of college life – all greenquads, towering stone classrooms and smiling faces. Butshe also wanted to spread her wings a bit. She found inWestminster a college that fit her image of what collegeshould be like, and was both near and far enoughfrom home to make her comfortable.She soon also discovered the beauty of a liberal artseducation that went so much farther than memorizationand multiple-choice tests. She found herself seekingout classes with a particular professor, taking coursesoutside her primary study interests, joining a number ofcampus organizations, and taking a leadership role inthem.Majoras, a sociology and Spanish major, was a memberand president of the Sociology Interest Group anda drill instructor for Spanish. But she also served as vicepresident for Zeta Tau Alpha, was senior class treasurer,and was a member of the May Court, in addition to belongingto the “alphabet societies” like Lambda Sigma,Omicron Delta Kappa and Pi Sigma Pi.“I always think back on it and how the professorstaught me how to think,” Majoras said. “There’s a realdifference in learning facts and learning to think. Theytaught me how to think for myself. Not just the coursework, but with the other things I was involved in, too.I learned how to communicate – both written and oralcommunication. Those are the skills you have to haveno matter what you decide to do in life. The major isnot really what’s important. But leaving with a skill set,a good tool kit, is critical.”Two professors in particular shaped Majoras’ undergraduateexperience: Nancy Mandlove, now a professorof Spanish at Wofford College in South Carolina,and the late Eugene Sharkey, who taught history at theCollege from 1972-2003.“Dr. Sharkey was phenomenal. I took anything inLatin American history that he taught,” she said.Majoras recalled how Sharkey had seen the 1984Goldie Hawn movie “Protocol,” about a charmingyoung cocktail-waitress-turned-diplomat who takesWashington D.C. by storm, and he said it made himthink of her and herroommate Kirsten“Westminster was exactly whatI needed at that time in my life.”– Deborah Platt Majoras ’85Chairman, Federal Trade CommissionSampson Snyder’85, who is now employedat the NationalAcademy ofSciences.“He said, ‘I cansee you two downthere in Washington,just makingsuch an impact.’ Well, Kirsten lives down here now andsometimes when we go out and have a glass of wine,we’ll think back all these years and wonder ‘How didwe get here?’ I still think of us as girls living togetherin our freshman dorm. And I often think ofDr. Sharkey’s comment, how we’re downhere tearing up Washington.”Mandlove, a language professor atWestminster from 1972-1990 and formerchair of the Department of Foreign Languages,encouraged Majoras to leave hercomfort zone – to try choosing courses forwhat they will expose to her, rather than herprobability of getting an A. That a perfect4.0 GPA, while a testament to maintaining Sharkeyexcellence amid the increasing pressure eachsubsequent semester brings, is somewhathollow without courses that challenge andbroaden her sphere of knowledge. Part ofthat broadening involved a J-Term independentstudy in Lima, Peru, where Majoraslived with a native family, did interviews,and kept a journal in Spanish.“It was wonderful,” Majoras said. “It wasmy first trip out of the country, other thanto Canada, and it was my first time on an airplane.It was definitely the highlight of myMandlovecollege experience.”“I certainly remember Deborah Platt asone of the most outstanding and most interesting studentsI had the pleasure of teaching at Westminster,”Mandlove said recently. “She is certainly impressiveand a real credit to Westminster.”“Dr. Mandlove taught me a great deal. She identifiedin me something every early on. She could see thatI was such a perfectionist. She was afraid that I was nottaking chances, not doing anything exciting, becauseI was afraid of not getting an A,” Majoras said. “Sheconvinced me to take advanced literature in Spanish,and to take it pass/fail. I would never take it pass/fail. Idid it and she told me not to worry, to take chances andSummer 2004 • Westminster College Magazine19


www.westminster.eduto write beautiful literature and not to worry.“She taught me about taking risks. When you stayso perfectly within the lines – you certainly want to followthe rules – but to stay too much within the linessometimes is not necessarily the ticket to success andhappiness.”******In her professional career, Majoras has certainlyshown the strength to color outside the lines a little bit,while still getting ahead. After graduating fromWestminster summa cum laude, she earned her J.D. fromthe University of Virginia, where she was articles editorof the Law Review, and was a member of Order ofthe Coif. She then served a two-year clerkship for JudgeStanley Harris, in the U.S. District Court for the Districtof Columbia. In 1991, Majoras joined Jones Day,a huge global law firm with over 2,100 lawyers in 29locations around the world. She was based first in Chicago,then Cleveland, rejecting repeated offers from thefirm’s partners to join the Washington office, insteadchoosing to fly in and out of the capital only when requiredfor business.“I was really soured on the environment of Washington,”Majoras candidly admitted. “I was concernedabout whether this city’s environment was conduciveto living with the valuesthat I hold so dear.”One of the firm’spartners finally helpedpersuade Deborah tocome back to Washington:her husband, JohnMajoras.“He doesn’t understandthe objection.But I think – we’vebeen back since early2001 – that we’ve beenvery happy here,”Above: Deborah Platt’ssenior picture from the1985 Argo. Below: Arecent corporateheadshot.Deborah Majoras said.“I do appreciate thiscity and all it has to offer.I also appreciatethat all of us that workin Washington, particularlyin the federalgovernment, everyoneshould be humbleenough to recognizethat it’s very easy to getcaught up in politics,the power struggle inthis city. It’s importantfor all of us to get outsometimes – that’s whyI like to get home andvisit family and friends– to realize that there’slife outside the Beltway. After all, the people we workfor live outside the Beltway. Sometimes we need to bereminded of that.“I like to go to Meadville a lot. My parents are stillthere. I think there’s something really important aboutstaying close to your roots. There’s something very spirituallyuplifting about going back home.”Majoras’ straight-forward attitude toward public serviceand her ability, while serving as deputy attorneygeneral for the antitrust division of the Department ofJustice, to maintain relationships in the face of disagreement,particularly during a time when the cross-talkbetween opposing parties has become deafening, havenot gone unnoticed.“By the time she left the justice department, twothings were clear: That she dealt with the business communityand its legal representatives in a way that wascandid, direct and thoughtful,” William Baer, a formerdirector of the FTC’s Competition Bureau, told DowJones Newswire. And that inside the justice department,“the affection she developed was extraordinary.”Majoras is “emblematic of the kind of person whodoes well in this town,” Mike Pettit, president of a technologytrade association called ProComp that opposedthe Microsoft settlement, said in the Dow Jones story.“You can vehemently disagree with her on policy, butstill get along.”“You can build great working relationships evenwhen you disagree,” Majoras said. “When practicinglaw, whether working for the government or a privateparty, you have to represent your client aggressively andto the best of your ability. You don’t have to hate theopposition. You can show respect to everyone on allsides.”That demeanor was especially beneficial in thehighly public and controversial Microsoft case. WhenMajoras left Jones Day for the Department of Justicein 2001, she was thrown into the middle of the longrunning,contentious antitrust case against the softwaremaker.The trial began in 1998, and in a 1999 preliminaryruling, Microsoft was found to hold monopoly powerwith its Windows operating system and that it used thatpower to harm consumers, computer makers and othercompanies. The judge in the case ruled that the companybe split in two. The U.S. Court of Appeals in 2001issued an opinion that upheld the antitrust violationfindings, but reversed the trial judge’s order to break upthe company.“We were looking for a remedy for the violations thecourt sustained. So we went back to trial court and wewere ordered to go into intensive settlement negotiationsover five weeks in 2001,” said Majoras, who wasassigned by the assistant attorney general to be thegovernment’s chief negotiator. “I got married to Johnin the middle of the negotiation, but we did manage toget married. And we also ended up settling the case.”The settlement made portions of the Windowssoftware code available to competitors and gave computermakers the option of choosing which Microsoft20 Summer 2004 • Westminster College Magazine


www.westminster.eduproducts it wanted to load onto new machines withoutfear of reprisal from the software giant.In such a high-profile case, where seemingly everyonewho owned a computer had an opinion on the matter,there was no shortage of backlash against thesettlement, including Microsoft’s competitors, opponents,and even prosecutors for nine states, who withindays of the settlement announced that they would seekharsher punishment.“The settlement was controversialto a lot of people,”Majoras said. “A lot ofpeople wanted Microsoftbrought down to its kneesand split in two, but wecouldn’t do that. When theCourt of Appeals threw outthe case, it threw out thatremedy. We did some otherthings, but some felt thatwasn’t strong enough.”The trial court, however,approved the settlementwith a glowing opinion, andMajoras herself argued in itsdefense before the six-judgeCourt of Appeals, which thisJune upheld the settlement6-0.“Debbie negotiated it and Debbie argued it, and theCourt of Appeals reviewed and affirmed what we did,”said R. Hewitt Pate, who became assistant attorney generaland head of the antitrust division in 2003. TheCourt of Appeals had the final say, and its conclusionwas “‘well done,’ exclamation point,” Pate told DowJones.“That was a challenging negotiation. But those experiences,you can look back on them and say, ‘Wow!That was an amazing experience and I learned a lothaving gone through it,’” Majoras said. “One of thegreat things I learned is how to withstand public criticism,which I’m sure will help me in this job.”******Majoras left the justice department in December2003 and returned to Jones Day. But she didn’t staylong. Sitting in her new office, surrounded by stacks ofunpacked boxes, she got a call gauging her interest ina future opening on the FTC. She had been back in privatepractice for less than a week.By May 11, FTC chairman Timothy Muris had announcedhis resignation and President Bush had signaledhis intention to nominate Majoras as hisreplacement. As chairman of the FTC, Majoras wouldoversee the executive and administrative functions ofthe agency, which is charged with protecting consumerinterests and protecting competition through enforcementof antitrust laws.Her confirmation hearing went without so much as“That was a challenging negotiation.But those experiences, you can look backon them and say, ‘Wow! That was anamazing experience and I learned a lothaving gone through it,’” Majoras said.“One of the great things I learned is howto withstand public criticism, which I’msure will help me in this job.”a mention of the Microsoft case. But her nominationwas held up in the U.S. Senate by Oregon Sen. RonWyden, who pressed her on the rising gasoline pricesin his state and nationwide. He used parliamentary maneuversto block her confirmation in the Senate CommerceCommittee.“I did think the Microsoft case would be raised somewherealong in the process,” said Majoras. “I knew petroleumissues were foremost in many members’ minds,so I was not surprised that I was called upon to answerto that industry. Obviously, it’s very important to consumers.”With Congress out of session this summer, the Bushadministration did an end-around the blocked nominationand, on July 30, used a recess appointment toinstall Majoras as chairman. Her appointment, withoutSenate confirmation, is good for only one year, insteadof running until 2008 as confirmation would haveallowed. Her tenure may be longer or even shorter, dependingon whether she is re-nominated and confirmedin 2005.In the months between her nomination and recessappointment, Majoras sweated out the wait. Literally.Since her caseload was limited – to avoid the appearanceof conflict of interest – she dove headfirst intoathletic pursuits; running, playing tennis, and had eventaken up golf, which she said, “is now my passion.” Butthen in July she broke her foot and spent the remainingweeks of waiting on crutches, struggling to find anythingto take her mind off the confirmation process.“Everyone was trying to keep me upbeat and myfriends would constantly remind me that this is reallynot something you can take personally. I worked hardto take that advice. I’ve had to find ways to keep myselfbusy and calm,” said Majoras.“It’s definitely been one of the more interesting summersof my life.”(Broadwater is editor of Westminster Magazine.)Summer 2004 • Westminster College Magazine21


www.westminster.eduYoung or Old, Field StationTaking on Increased RoleOutdoor Laboratory component includes College’s “oldest academic building”By Patrick S. BroadwaterThe Nature Center at Westminster’s Field Station was createda little more than a decade ago. But, if Clarence Harms getshis way, it would be recognized as the College’s oldest academicbuilding.Harms, professor of biology emeritus and director of the FieldStation, believes the retrofitted barn to have been constructed in1877, well before such longstanding classroom buildings as OldMain Memorial (1929), or Thompson-Clark Hall (1893). Even beforeHillside, the residence hall built in 1885 and widely consideredthe College’s oldest building.An inscription on a door found on the 46-acre plot included theinitials “W.C.” and a number of dates from the 1880s and one thatsaid “1877.” Harms at first assumed that the carvings were the workof a proud, but perhaps indolent, Westminster College student witha pocket knife. But about four years ago, he received a call from awoman inquiring about a barn built by her great-grandfather, WilliamCox. Upon further inspection, Harms discovered another dooretched with the initials “Wm. C,” leading him to conclude that thebarn had been raised nearly 130 years ago.“It’s now an academic building and we use it for instruction,” saidHarms. “It deserves to be recognized as the oldest academic building.”Whatever its pedigree, the Nature Center is just one componentof a growing facility called the Field Station. The former farm, convertedinto at least 15 separate specialized components, is used extensivelyby the College’s biology, chemistry and environmentalscience students and has become an essential part of the academiccurriculum.In just the last few years, as funding has increased and upgradesThe Nature Center, built in 1877, was converted from a barn intoa classroom and laboratory facility. It is one of at least 15components of the College’s Field Station, a part of the OutdoorLaboratory for Biological and Environmental Sciences.A Foundations of Biology (BIO 110) class held inside theNature Center.have been made, the facility has also become an increasingly biggerpart of the social fabric of the College and the surrounding community.The Field Station now regularly attracts non-science majors,art classes, community and College organizations, preschool andelementary school children, and even walkers, who can stroll alongthe Lucile Beerbower Frey Nature Trail.Last spring, over 400 trees were planted at the Field Station, manyby local preschool and elementary students. Beta Beta Beta, thebiology honorary, and Circle K helped with the planting, and thelocal Kiwanis Club donated $400 for the purchase of some trees.“We have an obligation to the community, we feel, in the area ofenvironmental education,” said Harms. “That means opening thisfacility and the whole area for school children, Cub Scouts, GirlScouts, the College’s preschool. Whatever opportunity there is tohelp people understand what is going on in the world of nature –why we have some tree here and not others – that’s part of ourmission as we see it.”The Field Station, Brittain Lake, and the College Woods, a 40-acre mature woodlands adjacent to the President’s home along Rt.158, comprise the College’s Outdoor Laboratory for Biologicaland Environmental Science. Brittan Lake, a man-made lake builtin 1951, is often used by biology classes to study standing bodiesof water, while the College Woods, which hasn’t been logged forover 100 years, is mostly utilized for ecological studies that requirea mature, undisturbed woodland.The Field Station is situated to the southeast of campus betweenthe Little Neshannock Creek and Fayette-New Wilmington Road.It includes the Nature Center, an arboretum, a microforest, a nursery,wetlands, a weather station, a composting center, a nature trail,successional plots, gardens, and more. The College purchased theproperty in 1964 but made no direct educational use of it until22 Summer 2004 • Westminster College Magazine


www.westminster.edu1979, when the biology department proposed using it as an outdoorteaching and research area.The Board of Trustees agreed, allowing the property to be usedin that manner for a 10-year period. In 1992, the Department ofBiology was granted an unlimited extension. Soon after, the FieldStation began to really take shape. In 1994, the College received agrant from the 1525 Foundation in Cleveland, which allowed forseveral important improvements: the building of a boardwalk overthe muddiest portions of the nature trail; the purchase of field equipment,such as tractors to properly care for the grounds; and the retrofittingof the old barn, converting one-third of the upstairs areainto a classroom and lab.Subsequent bequests from Jean Van Vranken Reichmann ’42and Lucile Beerbower Frey ’26, a former professor of biology atWestminster, added more essentials to aid in making the most ofthe area’s potential. A second and then third classroom was addedto the Nature Center, as well as a restroom and a furnace, makingit an all-season, all-weather facility. Funds were also set aside foran endowed undergraduate student summer research program inecology and environmental studies, and for a salary for the directorof the Field Station.“Education has to be the driving force behind everything we do,”said Harms. “Every first-year biology class spends time out here.Last week, we had a total of seven different classes and labs outhere during the week. Making use of the facility in that way is important.“Students doing independent study and honors work, if they cantackle an environmental or biological issue that can be solved outhere, they can do that. Some upper-level classes spend a great dealof time out here. When I taught Field Zoology, we were out here90 percent of the lab time.”While it’s not unique to have such outstanding natural resourcesavailable to students, most colleges don’t have those resources intheir own backyard. At some institutions, outdoor laboratory facilitiesare 25, 100, 150 miles away from the main campus.At Westminster, the campus is connected to the Nature Centerby the half-mile Frey Nature Trail. Completed in 1998, it includesa 700-foot boardwalk, benches and a wildlife observation tower.The trail passes through a wetland, a forest and a pasture, givingwalkers opportunities to observe a variety of organisms and ecologicalcommunities.In the arboretum, trees are planted on an eight-meter grid basedon their taxonomic classification – all the oaks together, all theBiology 110 students in the field.A rough mapof the threeparts of theOutdoor Lab– the FieldStation,Brittain Lakeand theCollegeWoods – inrelation tothe rest of thecampus.maples, etc. Bordering that area is the William and Virginia OffutMicroforest, which aims to reconstruct a forest as it would havelooked before development. Trees are selected by native speciesthat would have existed in that area in the 18 th and 19 th centuries,but are planted in random locations. Each tree, though, is numberedand its position is noted by global positioning software. All of thetrees are then tracked on a chart that includes such information aswhen they were planted and by whom. Their rate of growth andthe mortality rate can also be tracked, promising a significant futurestudy of Pennsylvania forests.Each tree can also be identified for its planter. When childrenplant a tree, they’re invited to come back to visit it. Using the trackingsystem, the tree can quickly be located when its owner returns.“I tell the children that they own the tree,” said Harms. “Theyjust have to leave it here.“If you plant a tree, I say you’re an optimist: there will be a future.Trees don’t do their thing in one year or even 10 years. It takesa long time.”Time is a key factor in another component – successional plotsalong the southern border of the Field Station. In 1981, one acre ofland was plowed up, then left unattended, no mowing or weeding.Another acre was plowed up a little farther along the southern propertyline in 1993. Next year, a third plot will be plowed. The intentionis to be able to observe succession as it occurs without humaninvolvement. In future years, as the number of one-acre plots grows,students and others will be able to march through time and observehow the undisturbed growth varies in 12-year intervals.The College’s weather station for monitoring basic meteorologicaldata was established by Robert Travis, professor of biologyemeritus, in 1979 and then moved to the Field Station in 1983. Thisstation was officially named the Robert Travis Weather Station bythe Board of Trustees in 2003 to honor Dr. Travis who served asthe first director of the facility. In addition to data on precipitationand air temperature, the instruments were upgraded in 2001 to electronicallymonitor and record a dozen environmental factors, includingbarometric pressure, soil temperatures, solar energy, windspeed and more. Historic data of this type are necessary for manyecological studies.“This facility forms an integral part of the curriculum,” Harmssaid. “It’s not just a luxury. It’s essential for a good biology program.But, we can do more. We’re still in the embryonic phase inthe sense that we have not arrived at all we can do.”(Broadwater is editor of Westminster Magazine.)Summer 2004 • Westminster College Magazine23


www.westminster.edu49 Doris Masse Bower wasawarded the 2004 Service toJournalism Award, given annuallyto an outstanding journalist inPennsylvania by The Press Club ofWestern Pennsylvania. She andher husband, Howard Bower ’50,live in Sewickley, where Doris isan elder in the PresbyterianChurch.51 Richard Coleman, formereditor of The Kane Republican,received the Kane Chamber ofCommerce Outstanding Citizen ofthe Year Award for hisvolunteerism with KaneCommunity Hospital, the LutheranHome, the American Red Cross,the Kane Area Recreational andCultural Commission, and theschool board. Dick is the firstperson to receive the award twice.He and his wife, ElizabethWagner Coleman ’52, live inKane.52 Al Krause and his wife,Ruth, are writers andphotographers in Birch Bay,Wash.54 MaryBeth McIndoe Hoekjeof Corpus Christi, Texas, is amusician and retired teacher. “Ms.Beth the Bird Lady” was honoredas a recipient of the JeffersonYour IRA andTax “Savings”Have you considerednaming WestminsterCollege as a beneficiaryof your IRA, 401(k), 403(b)or other retirement plan?You can gift all or someof these assets and providesupport for the future ofWestminster College.And you may receive anestate tax deduction.For more information onincluding Westminster inyour estate planning, contactSue Rudloff, director ofadvancement programs,at (724) 946-7370.Volunteer Award for her work ineducating the youth of hercommunity about birds. As avolunteer in the KEDTEducational TV Department, shevisits school-age children,tailoring her message to the age ofthe group.60 The Rev. Charles Brewster,pastor of a church in Queens,N.Y., was named moderator ofNew York City Presbytery for aone-year term.Donald Mitchell, professoremeritus of chemistry and retireddirector of science outreach atJuniata College, received theTechnology Educator of the YearAward from the TechnologyCouncil of Central Pennsylvaniaand was recently the subject of afeature story in The New YorkTimes. While at Juniata, Donfounded the Science in Motionoutreach program, which hasexpanded to 10 states and 10additional colleges inPennsylvania, includingWestminster.62 Anita Coryea McMann ofOrient, Ohio, has retired asaccounts receivable and creditmanager at Buckeye SteelCastings in Columbus.Jane Gary Schubert and herhusband, Bob Woolfolk, live inWashington, D.C., where Jane isemployed in educational researchat the American Institute forResearch.63 Jane Miller Beiswengerreceived the 2003-2004 GoldenApple Award for outstandingteaching in introductory levelcourses at the University ofWyoming. An instructor in theDepartment of Zoology andPhysiology, Jane and her husband,Ron, make their home in Laramie,Wyo.64 Ann Armstrong Shira hasretired as a foreign languageteacher in the Mohawk AreaSchool District. She and herhusband, Charles, live in EnonValley.Renee Sarchet Erickson andSusan McClinton Lloyd haveA Grand CelebrationThree members of the Class of 1961 who met as freshmenrecently visited the Grand Canyon to celebrate their 47-yearfriendship and the retirement of Ila Jeanne Sensenich as afederal magistrate judge for western Pennsylvania. Picturedfrom left to right are Ann Boardman Rodgers, Ila JeanneSensenich, and Janet Foster Anderson.retired as elementary schoolteachers. They have collaboratedon a musical CD and songbook,Pieces of the Puzzle, whichincludes songs on charactereducation and reading instruction.68 Evanna Baldwin Murray hasretired as a reading specialist inthe Stamford School District. Sheand her husband, Keith, live inPace, Fla.Sandra Neininger Armstrong andher husband, Thomas Armstrong,live in Avon, Conn. Sandy is thechief information officer for theUConn Health Center, whichincludes a hospital, physicianpractices, and medical and dentalschools. Tom is a senior partner inenvironmental law with Reid &Riege.69 John Mangieri and his wife,Debbie, reside in Charlotte, N.C.,where John is president of theCenter for Leadership andPersonnel Development. He is coauthorof Power Thinking: Howthe Way You Think Can Changethe Way You Lead, which rankedNo. 1 in sales in February amongleadership/management books.Milann Ruff Daugherty recentlyconcluded six years of service onthe Pennsylvania State Board ofthe P.E.O. Sisterhood by presidingat the Pennsylvania StateConvention in Allentown. Milannis a teacher at the New CastleChristian Academy and lives inNew Castle with her husband, BillDaugherty, and their twochildren.71 Douglas Gefvert of King ofPrussia is carillonneur atWashington Memorial Chapel.Nancy Heilman Kichak received a2003 Presidential DistinguishedRanks Award, one of the nation’shighest civil service honors. Sheis employed in the Office ofPersonnel and Management.24 Summer 2004 • Westminster College Magazine


www.westminster.eduKappa Delta ReunionSeveral members of Kappa Delta held their fourth minireunionat Sanibel Island, Fla. Pictured are Carole BurryForsythe ’63, Judy Zellefrow Lightner ’64, Marge SchmidtMcConahy ’63, Mary Keim Pfister ’64, Ann Allen Kirk ’63,and Janet McVicker Ecke ’63.Adam Smith of Knoxville, Tenn.,is self-employed as a writer.72 James Klebe is a licensedpsychologist at Camp Hill StateCorrectional Institute. He and hiswife live in Elizabethtown.73 Bruce Robinson, generalmanager of Laurel Valley GolfClub, was named to the board ofdirectors of Commercial NationalFinancial Corporation. He lives inGreensburg.74 Noel Calhoun has acceptedthe position of director ofdevelopment at The AllendaleAssociation, a not-for-profitagency serving troubled youth. Heand his wife, Judy, live in Gurnee,Ill.Ralph Dise Jr. has been electedpresident of the Northwest OhioHuman Resource PlanningSociety. He and his wife, Kathy,reside in Shaker Heights, Ohio.Whitney Fraier Bohan is vicepresident, marketing and externalaffairs, at Stan Hywet Hall andGardens in Akron, Ohio.75 William Baker, presidentand CEO of Irwin Car andEquipment, was named a finalistfor the Ernst and YoungEntrepreneur of the Year 2004Awards in western Pennsylvania.One of more than 50 nominees,Baker purchased the Irwin Car andEquipment in 1993 and raisedtotal sales from $700,000 to $18million annually.77 Sue Barrow Schmidt and herhusband,Patrick, areemployedbyWycliffeBibleTranslators.They arestationed inYaounde, Cameroon.John Hepler of Indian Springs,Ohio, is senior marketingmanager, mid-central region, forMiller Brewing Company inCincinnati.Jim Leslie is income developmentspecialist with the AmericanCancer Society. He and his wife,Judy Jamison Leslie ’81, and theirthree children live in New Castle.78 Signe Myhren, vocal musicteacher attheDorchesterSchool inWoodcliffLake, N.J.,washonored bythe NewJersey Symphony Orchestra as amaster teacher for 2004. As aparticipant, she created lessonplans that will be used by musicteachers throughout the state tointroduce their students to themusic that will be played by thesymphony during their upcomingseason.Peter Pfaff is a product managerfor Travaini Pumps USA. Heresides in Yorktown, Va.79 Scherrie Binder CreasyM’82 is a math teacher in theSeneca Valley School District.She resides in New Wilmington.Jeffrey Boyer received his masterof human resource managementfrom St. Francis University and isa human resources administrator atSalisbury University. He and hiswife, Gemma, and their threechildren live in Salisbury, Md.Dean Boyle is CEO and presidentof Intermountain InsuranceAgency in Great Falls, Mont. Helives in Great Falls with his wife,Patricia, and their two children.Ralph Clingan is a resident ofGermantown, Md., where he isassociate pastor at NeelsvillePresbyterian Church.James Grose II of FairportHarbor, Ohio, is purchasingmanager with Aztec ComponentsInc., an electronics reseller.Donna Runge Strobel is a sixthgrademath teacher at Bay ShoreMiddle School in Leonardo, N.J.She and her husband, Gregory,and their three children areresidents of Matawan, N.J.Michele Stipanovich Kirsch isMBA admissions director at theSmeal College of Business atPennsylvania State University.She was recently interviewed for afeature in Business Week.Tracy Thomas is self-employed asan attorney. She and her husband,Henry Smith, and their twodaughters live in St. Petersburg,Fla.Cindy Weber Gibb recentlyreceived a master’s degree fromWest Virginia University. Shelives in Benwood, W.Va., and is ateacher in the Marshall CountySchool District.81 Jeffrey Murray lives inSaranac Lake, N.Y., where he is ateacher/lawyer with AdirondackLeadership Expeditions.Gail Sternbergh Durrett is aninclusion specialist in the ConroeIndependent School District. Sheand her husband, Jaime, and theirdaughter live in Spring, Texas.82 Mathew Swogger is ownerof the Angel City Fitness Center inLos Angeles. He resides inMarina Del Ray, Calif., with hiswife, Leah.83 Melanie Magula Werner andher husband, Eric, live inSewickley, where Melanie is theowner of Galerie Werner,specializing in antique Europeanart.J. R. Miller was inducted into theFox Chapel Area Schools SportsHall of Fame for his athleticachievements. While atWestminster, he was all-districtand honorable mention NAIA All-American defensive back.85 Joe Jordano, head baseballcoach at the University ofPittsburgh, opened DiamondTraining Center, a year-roundinstructional facility in CranberryTownship. His business wasSummer 2004 • Westminster College Magazine25


www.westminster.eduA Family AffairJohnstown a collaboration of three generationsBy Sandra E. ChandlerIt’s not unusual for two family members towork together on a writing project, but whenLyndee Jobe Henderson ’77 set out to penJohnstown, a history of her hometown for ArcadiaPublishing’s Images of America series, sheenlisted the aid of her spouse, her parents, evenher adult children.The desire to be a writer began when Lyndeewas in second grade, but took a secondary role inher adult life. When Lyndee was a junior religionmajor at Westminster, she applied to seminary,certain that ministry was her calling. It was at thesame time that the Episcopal Church ordained itsfirst female pastors, causing a rift in thedenomination. Her application denied, Lyndeewas advised by the local bishop to “go out andwork in the world for five years, then reapply. Thecontroversy should die down by then.” Five yearslater she had a husband, two children and a careerin sales and marketing. She never made it toseminary.She credits her father, R. Dean Jobe, the coauthorof Johnstown, for fostering a love of historyat an early age. An amateur archeologist, Jobetook his daughter on digs at sites that included Ft.Ligonier. At the age of nine, she learned thathistory is a study of life rather than of the past.Stories and local lore of the Johnstown Floodhad always fascinated her, so when she left herbusiness career in 1999 to pursue writing full time, the topic seemed clear. By then, she and herfamily were living in Illinois, and the subject was at the long end of a 13 1/2-hour drive. Herfather, a 50-year resident of Johnstown who had worked in Bethlehem Steel’s general officefor nearly 30 years, became invaluable in advising on details and researching facts.Several more family members assisted in the photo department. Her mother contributed aphoto from the 1950s, showing a young Lyndee on “Romper Room,” a children’s TV show.Lyndee’s daughter shot photos of the Iwo Jima monument (one of the flag-raisers in the famousJoe Rosenthal photo was from Johnstown), while her husband, Lawrence “Larry” Henderson’78, helped repair and restore old, damaged photos.Many of the images owned by the Johnstown Area Historical Association were severelydamaged by flood waters and were considered unusable. Thanks to digital photographytechniques, Lyndee and Larry, a vice president at Kodak, were able to restore them.The book includes over 200 rare images, some published for the first time. Hundreds of phonecalls were made in an effort to track them all down, one call often leading to another. Many ofthe steel mill shots came from Mr. Snavely, an octogenarian who met Lyndee at a meeting ofthe local historical society and invited her to have a look at his father’s pictures.Originally published in May, the book is already in its second printing. Lyndee has two morebooks on the horizon. Illinois Firsts: The Famous, Infamous and Quirky of the Land of Lincoln,a history trivia book, is awaiting publication and should be out by year’s end. More ThanPetticoats: Remarkable Illinois Women will be coming in 2006.(Chandler is print production manager at Westminster College.)Lyndee JobeHenderson ’77 andher father, R. DeanJobe, co-authoredJohnstown, a historyof the Pennsylvaniatown part of ArcadiaPublishing’s Images of America series.Several other family members, includingLyndee’s husband, Larry Henderson ’78,collaborated on the project.recently featured in the PittsburghBusiness Times.86 Dory Uhlman Leahey wasselecteddean ofstudentretentionservices forHarrisburgAreaCommunityCollege.She wasrecently recognized as a risingleader in education as part of theNational Institute for LeadershipDevelopment. She and herhusband, Steve, make their homein Palmyra.88 Carl Missigman is anoperations manager for KissimmeeConstruction Management. Helives in St. Cloud, Ill., with hiswife, Rae, and their five children.Keith Stevens is music directorand afternoon drive personality onStar 99.1 FM in New York. Helives in West Milford, N.J., withhis wife, Susanne, and their fourchildren.Esther Vendemia of Louisville,Ky., is vice president, internalaudit, for First Bank, Inc.89 Lauren Hutnik is a residentof Palm Coast, Fla., where she is areal estate sales executive withOcean Hammock Realty.Beth Rankin and her family arethe owners of Weatherby’s, afishing and hunting lodge inGrand Lake Stream, Maine.90 Katherine EdwardsShanosky received her MBA fromFairleigh Dickinson Universityand is regional sales manager withAT&T Communications. Kathy,her husband, Christopher, andtheir two sons reside in LakeMary, Fla.Leslie Johnson received hermaster’s in music from The HarttSchool and her A.D. from TheYale School of Music. She lives inPhiladelphia, where she is projectmanager with Astral ArtisticServices, a classical musicorganization that gives assistanceto young emerging artists.26 Summer 2004 • Westminster College Magazine


www.westminster.edu91 Julia Sampson waspromoted to associate professorand was granted tenure at MaloneCollege in Canton, Ohio. She isthe Sam Walton Fellow for theMalone Students in FreeEnterprise team, and was selectedto receive the 2003-2004 MaloneCollege Distinguished FacultyAward for Service.92 William Craig is industrialmarketing manager with Ingersoll-Rand, manufacturer of vehicletools. He and his wife, JaniceFarren Craig, and their twodaughters are residents ofAllentown.Joseph Diggins, CPA has beenpromotedto thepartnerlevel in theassuranceandadvisorybusinessservicespractice atErnst & Young LLP in Pittsburgh.He and his wife, Hope, and theirthree children live in Sewickley.93 Jennifer Bowser Pittore iscontroller for Exact SoftwareNorth America, Inc. She and hertwo children live in Dublin, Ohio.94 Christian Shane, a teacher inPittsburgh’s North AlleghenySchool District, was named one of15 semifinalists for the 2005Pennsylvania Teacher of the YearAward.Chad Singiser of Coral Springs,Fla., is an export sales manager foran international logistics firm.95 Capt. Edward Grimensteinis completing a Th.D. inhomiletics from the University ofToronto. He is currently serving aschaplain in the U.S. Army, 3-27 thField Artillery Regiment stationedat Ft. Bragg, N.C.Heidi Jorgensen Begeot, directorof medical records at OregonVeterans’ Home, races motocrossfor Mid-Columbia YamahaMarine & Motor Sports. She andher husband, Ron, make theirhome in Mosier, Ore.Sun, Sand and SingingWestminster alumna living the American summer dreamWho wouldn’t want to spend the entire summer at the beach,and get paid for being there? Julianne Laird ’84 did just thatthis season on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, a favoritechildhood vacation spot.From September through May Laird can be found in anelementary classroom in the Indiana (Pa.) Area School District,where she is a music and chorus instructor. A woman of manytalents, Laird is proficient on the piano, cello and guitar. Andthen there is her voice. As a high school student, “What I reallywanted to do was sing and play guitar. I wanted to be a folksinger,” she told the Blairsville Dispatch in a recent article.She continued to study voice when she entered Westminsterin 1980, but was steered toward more formal vocal styles, forwhich she came to develop a true appreciation. After graduatingwith a degree in music education, she took over as choral Lairdinstructor and music teacher for the entire Commodore PerrySchool District. She later added a master’s degree in voice performance from the University ofAkron. “My voice professors told me that if I went back to teaching, my voice career would beover,” due to the strain on both her voice and her time.She put in time as a freelance artist, including three seasons with the professional core of theMendelssohn Choir, the elite group of singers with the Pittsburgh Symphony. The call to teach,however, was very strong. She realized that she couldn’t do that and drive to Pittsburgh forevening rehearsals and performances, so she spent a year substitute teaching before being hiredfull time by Indiana.Throughout the changes in her life and career, the love of folk music and an adventurousspirit remained. A year ago she ventured down south unannounced to find someone willing tohire her as a short-term performer. Armed with her business card, her guitar, and a CD of heroriginal songs, she drove up and down the beach, stopping to ask if anyone was hiring. Sheended up spending five weeks in Nags Head, playing at the Lone Cedar Café, a family-stylerestaurant.The experience was so rewarding that “I thought I’d take the whole summer and come downhere.” Twice a week she could be found on the deck of the Lone Cedar, performing acousticisland music that included a lot of music by Jimmy Buffett and the Beach Boys. In addition, sheplayed outside a complex of boutiques once a week in Manteo, N.C. When she wasn’t performing,she was writing songs and preparing to record a new CD.“I plan to return to the Outer Banks to perform next summer,” Laird said.Coming from a musical family certainly helped prepare Laird for a lifetime of sweet harmony:Her brother, on the faculty of the North Carolina School of Science and Math, is a nationallyrecognized string pedagogue and serves as a guest clinician and conductor for youth symphonyfestivals. Her sister teaches music and is principal second violinist for the Johnstown Symphony.But preparation for singing on the beach? “When I was a little girl, I used to go out in the sandboxand sing at the top of my lungs.”96 Brian Rising isadministrative quality managerwith FedEx Ground. He and hiswife, Amanda, and their childrenare residents of York.97 Douglas Kamper has movedfrom Chicago to Pittsburgh, wherehe is a financial adviser with AXAAdvisors.Gary Lyons Jr. and his wife,Melissa, live in New Castle, whereGary is a teacher in the ShenangoArea School District.98 Jennifer Bronder receivedher master’s in education fromNew York University. She isassociate director of education forMaking Books Sing, aneducational non-profit in NewYork City.Kristin Keller resides inManassas, Va., where she is apharmaceutical salesrepresentative.Shelly Walters is a trader forFederal Home Loan Bank ofAtlanta.00 Michael Loos is a CPA inthe federal government auditingand accounting practice of CliftonGunderson LLP. He resides inArlington, Va.Summer 2004 • Westminster College Magazine27


www.westminster.eduDana Toth of Vandergriftreceived her master’s of humanresource management fromLaRoche College.01 Jill Boreman recentlygraduated from Seattle PacificUniversity with a master ofscience degree in marriage andfamily therapy and a post-graduatecertificate in medical familytherapy. She resides in Seattle.Lisa Gasperi has moved toDayton, Ohio, where she isemployed at WRGT Fox.Jay Lundy of Punxsutawneygraduated from Ohio NorthernUniversity’s Pettit College ofLaw.Seth Rice has relocated toPittsburgh, where he is an attorneywith Babst Calland Clements &Zamnir, PC.02 Dan Arnett of Hermitage isa pharmaceutical salesrepresentative with AndrxLaboratories, Inc.Sarah Lohr of Oakmont isassistant manager of special eventsat the Carnegie Museum of Artand Natural History in Pittsburgh.Rita Longan lives in Philadelphia,where she is program coordinatorfor the Archdiocese ofPhiladelphia, Catholic SocialServices.Attention, Educators:FROM THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OFEDUCATION – IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUTTEACHER CERTIFICATIONIn November 1999, the state legislature passed Act 48which requires all persons holding Pennsylvaniaprofessional educator certification to complete continuingeducation requirements every five years in order to maintaintheir Level I and Level II certificates as active. The lawapplies to all public school certificate holders no matterwhere they are, what they are doing or when theircertificates were issued. Inactive certification willprevent an educator from serving in a professionalposition in the public schools of the Commonwealth.Educators must maintain their certificates as active byearning six collegiate credits or six PDE-approved inservicecredits or 180 continuing education hours or anycombination of the above every five calendar years. The firstfive-year period began on July 1, 2000, and included the600,000-plus educators whose records are maintained by theBureau of Teacher Certification and Preparation at theDepartment of Education.Educators who are not employed as professional ortemporary professional employees by public school entitiesmay elect to request voluntary inactive certification statusfrom the Department in order to suspend the requirementsof Act 48.At least 12 months prior to the end of the five-yearperiod, the Department will notify educators regarding theircontinuing education status and the remaining credits/hours,if any, to be completed. The Department will again notifythe educator at the end of the five-year period.Information regarding Act 48 requirements and yourcontinuing education status is available through theDepartment’s Web pages at www.pde.state.pa.us.Westminster Weeklywww.westminster.edu/news/weeklyWhat’s happening at Westminster?Just send your e-mail address toeberhacl@westminster.eduand the Westminster Weekly newsletterlink will be sent to you each Wednesdayduring the academic year – free.Carrie Mathers is a graduatestudent/research assistant in earlychildhood research at PurdueUniversity.Kate McKenzie is a resident ofPittsburgh, where she is studentfinance adviser at ThePennsylvania Culinary Institute.03 Glynnis Armogost ofEmmaus is employed in thehousewares department at BedBath & Beyond in Whitehall.Michael Crochunis of Coraopolisis a licensing analyst with thePennsylvania Liquor ControlBoard.Jaime Lynn has relocated to SouthEuclid, Ohio, where she is a creditanalyst at MBNA America.Jerilyn Matejka of Wexford is asales and marketing representativewith Ryan Homes in Pittsburgh.Erin McCronich Erickson and herhusband, Herman, live inBrookville, where Erin is aSpanish teacher in the BrookvilleArea School District.04 Patrick Boyle is assistantmanager at Sherwin Williams inDuBois.Diane Brest and her husband, Bill,are residents of Hermitage, whereDiane is head teacher atHermitage Elementary School.Robert Cucitrone and his wife,Danielle, live in Hermitage, whereRobert is a financial adviser withMerrill Lynch.Michael Farner has moved toAnnapolis, Md., where he isemployed by AmeriquestMortgage Co.Thomas Freed IV is an accountantwith Born2Run sports complex inGrove City.Brian Glass is employed at CRCAdvertising in Falls Church, Va.Hillary Gustafson resides inBoardman, Ohio, where she isemployed at Creative CornerLearning Center.Kevin Huber has moved toFriendship, Md., and is aproduction supervisor at NVHomes.Marisa Ialongo of Ellwood City isa math teacher at Butler SeniorHigh School.Niels Jorgensen is co-owner ofJorgensen Construction in NewWilmington.Heather Klink is a math teacher inthe Jamestown Area SchoolDistrict.Ralph Ledbetter and his wife,28 Summer 2004 • Westminster College Magazine


www.westminster.eduGennifer, live in New Castle,where Ralph is attached to the402 nd Quartermaster Battalion ofthe U.S. Army.Jacquie Lyons of Allison Park isin the manager training programwith Abercrombie & Fitch inPittsburgh.Marriages91 Jennifer McHenry and ErikLorence, Sept. 20, 2003, at HolyFamily Church in Latrobe. Alumniparticipating in the weddingincluded Wendy Bock, TuesdaeRodgers Stainbrook, Joe Shaffer,Kerry Wood Casarella, TrinaBond Barkley ’92, Chris DeFillipTraynor ’92, Laura HipkinsSlawuta ’92, Mishele ThomasGrimpe ’92, and T.J. Grimpe ’94.The couple resides in Butler.92 Douglas Kirk and GloriaMoscatello,March 6,2004. EricHolmbergwas inattendance.The couplelives inLittle Ferry,N.J., whereDoug works at Holy NameHospital.94 William Maurizio andHeatherWard, Aug.2, 2003, attheImmaculateConceptionChurch inIrwin.Alumni in attendance were RondaWitkowski, Jeff Witkowski ’99,Charlene Thomas-Schiller ’95,and Dale Richards ’66. Williamis manager of softwaredevelopment in the media divisionof Management ScienceAssociates, Inc. in Pittsburgh. Thecouple lives in Oakmont.95 J.C.Thomas and SylviaRose, April 24, 2004, in NagsHead, N.C. Alumni and fraternitybrothers in the wedding partyincluded David Gormel andRobert Andrews ’96. Alumni inattendance were Frank Samarin’96, Amy Sheliga Samarin ’96,Richard Holsopple ’96, andAngela Kiefer ’99. The coupleresides in Durham, N.C., withtheir daughter, Emma.97 Kelly Limmer and Dr.Michael Greer, June 16, 2001, inVolant. Many alumni were inattendance, including the groom’smother, Virginia Johnston Greer’67, his aunt Rebecca Johnston’63, and his grandfather CarterJohnston ’36. The couple residesin Kannapolis, N.C.98 Courtney Baker and ChadLuchette, Feb. 7, 2004, at St.Stephen’s Episcopal Church inSewickley. Courtney is nationalaccounts liaison for HighmarkBlue Cross/Blue Shield. Thecouple lives in Sewickley.Anna Straughn and JoshuaWilkinson, March 20, 2004.Matron of honor was KristinaParker Jean ’97. Anna is juvenileprobation officer in MercerCounty. The couple lives inGreenville.99 Karin Urbaniak and JeremyGalish, Oct. 4, 2003, at Our Ladyof Lourdes Church inBurgettstown. Kelly UrbaniakWheeler ’98 was a matron ofhonor. Alumni bridesmaids wereAmy Peppel Williams ’98, JaclynWest Grissett, and Jaime PuttMikulas. Karin is safety salescoordinator for Fisher Scientific inRobinson Township. The coupleresides in Sturgeon.00 Sal Hanna and MelissaHicks, May 15, 2004. MikeLeiper and Kevin Bell weregroomsmen, Mike Baily ’99 wasan usher, and John Creasy andAlyssa Mann Creasy performedspecial music. The couple lives inLigonier, where Sal is a summercamp director.01 Stephen T. Hierro Jr. andSarahHolokai,May 1,2004, inYoungstown,Ohio. Bestman wasPLEASE NOTE …Future Events:Future events (e.g., pending marriagesor births) are not listed inClass Notes. Please send us yournews after it has happened.Marriages:Because of the great response to Class Notes, we cannotaccommodate photos of your wedding party. Pleasesend your information and a photo of the bride and groomonly. Include name(s) and class year(s) of any Westminsteralumni who participated in the ceremony.Deadlines:Class Notes printed in this issue were received prior toJuly 2, 2004. Because Westminster Magazine is a quarterlypublication requiring significant lead time, please allow atleast three months before your news is published. ClassNotes received prior to Jan. 1, 2005, will appear in theWinter 2005 issue.Ryan Plocinik, and ushers wereBill Spencer and Brad Ebel.Stephen is a chemist in Cleveland.The couple lives in NorthRoyalton, Ohio.Amy Nansen and Cassidy Chase.Amy is first-grade teacher in theWarren County School District.The couple lives in Youngsville.Tina Proudfoot and Joshua Stidd,April 17, 2004. Tina is sixth-gradeteacher at Taft Middle School inCanton, Ohio, where the coupleresides.Jennifer Rich and GeoffreyWheelock. Jennifer is secondgradeteacher in Mercer AreaSchool District. The couple livesin New Castle.Kelly Sloan and Mark Nord, Feb.28, 2004, at St. John’s LutheranChurch. Betsy Finley was abridesmaid. Kelly is a CPA withCarbis Walker.03 Nicole Beaver and RyanWilliams ’02. Ryan is aninvestment advisor for ButlerWick & Co. in Franklin; Nicole isemployed at GNC Headquarters.The couple lives in CranberryTownship.Sarah Plimpton and ScottSempier, May 22, 2004. Sarah is acomputer programmer forComputer Sciences Corp. inMoorestown, N.J. The coupleresides in Cherry Hill, N.J.Please rememberto send your photowith your Class NoteSummer 2004 • Westminster College Magazine29


www.westminster.eduNew Additions84 Rebecca Logoyda Cantlerand her husband, Karl Cantler: adaughter, Holly Christianna, onFeb. 8, 2004. She is welcomed byeight siblings: Seth (18), Jared(17), Joshua (14), Noel (10), Joy(8), Justin (5), Kaylee (4) andJoseph (3). The family lives inWaynesboro.85 Lynn Baxter Bachman andher husband, Kirk: a son, Brady,on Jan. 25, 2004. The family livesin Carlsbad, Calif.87 Scott McClain and his wife,Sheila: twin daughters, Abigailand Amanda, born on Oct. 16,2002. They arrived at the family’shome in North Huntingdon fromChina in September 2003.91 Kerry Wood Casarella andher husband, Rocco: a daughter,Victoria Marie, on Oct. 27, 2003.Kerry teaches special education inthe Hazelton Area School District.The family lives in White Haven.94 Kara Ezdebski-Blasko andher husband, Gregory: a son, VanAndrew, on Sept. 26, 2003. Hejoins Avery (4) and Ellie (3) athome in Poland, Ohio.Shayne Garcia-Bish and herhusband, Todd: a daughter, JulianaBarragan, on Dec. 11, 2002. Thefamily lives in Butler.95 Amy Langer-Salada and herhusband, Ronald: a son, Nathan,on Dec. 1, 2003. He joins Victoria(3) at home in Harrison City.Jeffrey Pepperney and his wife,Kirsten: a son, Mark, on April 6,2004. He joins Luke (3) at homein Algonquin, Ill.96 Lisa Krotzer McClinchieand her husband, Mark: adaughter, Sadie Rose, on March20, 2004. She joins Mia (3) athome in Pittsburgh.Stephen Murphy and his wife,Beth: a daughter, Lily Grace, onMarch 17, 2004. The family livesin Greensburg.97 Christine KnightStillwagoner and her husband,Dennis: twin sons, Joshua Allenand Seth James, on April 28,2004. They join Kaylee Marie (2)at home in Martinsburg, W.Va.Julie Pry Kunklemann and herhusband, Gregg Kunklemann’94: a son, Kason Gregg, on Dec.14, 2003. The family resides inCranberry Township.00 Jennifer Roth Harvey andher husband, Ryan Harvey ’99: ason, Cameron Ryan, on Feb. 25,2004. The family lives in SlipperyRock.In MemoryWord has reached us of thepassing of the following alumniand friends of WestminsterCollege.To submit information for theIn Memory section, pleaseprovide a complete obituarynotice (if available) to the Officeof Alumni Relations. Please besure to include the names andclass years of any survivingWestminster alumni relatives.28 Evelyn Winger French ofPasadena, Calif., March 31, 2004.A retired teacher and missionaryto China, she had recentlycelebrated her 98 th birthday.Survivors include a son and adaughter.31 Hazel Bergland Owens ofDade City, Fla., March 7, 2003.Virginia Duff Chambers of NewCastle, March 16, 2004. She didgraduate work at the University ofWisconsin and taught at GeorgeWashington Junior High School.She was active with the Clen-Moore Presbyterian Church, theP.E.O. Women’s Club, LawrenceCounty Historical Society, andAmerican Field Service. She wasalso former president and treasurerof the board of trustees for AlmiraHome. Survivors include adaughter, the Rev. NancyWant your news published?Chambers ’67, and her husband;a son, and his wife; fourgrandchildren and four greatgrandchildren.32 Edward A. Dunlap of NewWilmington, March 27, 2004. Aneye surgeon and the author ofseveral books and more than 50articles on eye disease, Dr. Dunlapwas the division head ofophthalmology at the CornellMedical Center, New YorkHospital. He retired in 1972 andwas named clinical professoremeritus. He developed newtechniques in eye surgery, andheaded ophthalmologic teams onvoyages of the S.S. Hope, whichsailed the world teachingAmerican practices in medicine.He was awarded the WestminsterCollege Alumni AchievementAward in 1969, and in 1973 washe was the speaker atWestminster’s Commencement,where he was awarded anhonorary doctor of science degree.35 Jean Beatty Magill of EauClaire, Nov. 6, 2003. She workedfor many years in the financee-mailus your class notes at:alumni@westminster.eduorfaxus at:(724) 946-7366ormailus a letter at:Office of Alumni RelationsThompson HouseWestminster CollegeNew Wilmington, Pa. 16172-0001office and was treasurer of J.M.Beatty Automotive. Survivorsinclude a brother, and numerousnieces, nephews, grand-nieces andgrand-nephews.Clement Lausberg of Greensburg,May 3, 2004. He was an areadevelopment director at WestPenn Power before retiring in1977. He worked at theKittanning, Springdale and CabinHill plants. He was a member ofBlessed Sacrament Cathedral,where he was a former choirmember, and was past president ofthe Westmoreland Symphony, amember of Hannastown Golf Cluband participated with theGreensburg Art Club and AARP.Survivors include his wife of 65years, Frances; a son; twodaughters; and five grandchildren.Thelma Merrilees Williamson ofBradenton, Fla., April 10, 2004.She was formerly a teacher in theNew Castle schools.36 Catherine Hittner Brown ofHilton Head, S.C., April 12, 2004.Survivors include three daughtersand their spouses; a sister, Ann30 Summer 2004 • Westminster College Magazine


www.westminster.eduHittner Collins ’38; sixgrandchildren and four greatgrandchildren.Marjorie McGeorge Denniston ofMount Holly, N.J. She wasformerly a teacher in the NewCastle schools.37 Lorna A. Wells ofHockessin, Del., June 11, 2004.She was a retired chemist inbiochemical research at HaskellLaboratories, and was a memberof the Nature Conservatory andthe Delmarva OrnithologicalSociety. Survivors include twonieces.39 Robert Goss of Tulsa, Okla.,May 22, 2004. He was formerlygeneral manager of sales forPicoma Industries. Survivorsinclude his wife, Alice, and twochildren, including Douglas Goss’66 and his wife, Lyn Hill Goss’66.40 Margaret “Peg” McCrackenMcKibben of New Castle, March18, 2004. She spent her entire 44-year career as a teacher at ArthurMcGill Elementary School,retiring in 1986 with the mostseniority of any teacher in theNew Castle Area School District.She taught dramatics, and was afourth-grade teacher for 30 years.She was a former president of theJunior Woman’s Club and amember of the New Castle CivicClub, the Jameson Hospital JuniorGuild, the Pennsylvania RetiredTeachers Association, the TrinityEpiscopal Church, the TrinityJunior Guild, and the AlphaGamma Delta sorority. Survivorsinclude a sister and a nephew.41 John E. Heselbarth ofTionesta, April 29, 2004.Survivors include his wife, Edith.42 Lois King Baker of Trafford,May 28, 2004. She was formerly alibrarian at the Trafford PublicLibrary.Paul R. Thomas of Edinburg,Nov. 16, 2003. He was ameasurements engineer forGeneral Electric.Anne C. Thompson Snyder ofNewville, March 29, 2004. Shewas a member of First UnitedPresbyterian Church, taughtSunday school, sang in the choirand belonged to and was pastpresident of Presbyterian Women.She was also a member of theNewville Historical Society, theGreen Ridge Village Auxiliaryand the Big Spring Senior Center.Survivors include two daughters; asister; a brother; fourgrandchildren; and several niecesand nephews.46 George R. Zambelli of NewCastle, Dec. 25, 2003. The head ofthe famed Zambelli FireworksInternationale, he took over aspresident and owner of thecompany in 1946. Since then, heproved to be an innovator and anastute businessman. He was thefirst to introduce choreographedfireworks displays and helpedexpand the market, incorporatingfireworks in more intimatesettings, such as weddings, andcultural and religious festivals.The company, founded by hisfather in 1893, now produces morethan 3,500 fireworks displays ayear worldwide. Survivors includehis wife of 59 years, Connie; fivechildren; a brother; and 10grandchildren.47 Josephine Chitti Martin ofSpringdale.Donald R. Snyder of Sarasota,Fla., Feb. 28, 2004.48 Jane CampbellCruickshanks of Indianapolis,May 6, 2003. She was retired fromNational City Bank.Elizabeth Luther Simpson ofCanandaigua, N.Y., April 6, 2004.She was a retired elementaryschool teacher. Survivors includeher husband, James Simpson ’49.49 Eve Elsas Guggenheim ofHilton Head, S.C., April 25, 2004.Born in Stuttgart, Germany, shewent on to receive a master ofscience degree from ColumbiaUniversity (1952) and a jurisdoctorate from the University ofToledo (1967). She was apracticing attorney in Ohio,Pennsylvania and South Carolina.She is survived by her son.Dr. Harold Hassel of Naples, Fla.Maurice “Mac” McLure ofAkron, Ohio, Jan. 21, 2004. Heworked in corporate industrialrelations and corporate industrialengineering at B.F. Goodrich andFirestone Tire for 32 years. Hewas an avid golfer and was alongtime member of FirestoneCountry Club. His hobbiesincluded assembling his own golfclubs and woodworking. Survivorsinclude his wife, Janette DiehlMcLure M ’51, and two sons.50 Leroy Barnett of Scotts,Mich., March 26, 2004. He was adecorated veteran of World WarII, serving in the U.S. Army. Hewas a sales manager at Fisher &Porter and a member of St. Luke’sEpiscopal Church and the MasonicTemple. Survivors include hiswife of 56 years, Emogene; twochildren; and two grandchildren.Richard Dale Baxter of NewCastle, June 6, 2004. He was aretired financial and taxconsultant. A World War IIveteran of the Navy Air Corps, heworked for 25 years each at IDSand Financial Concepts, and wasself-employed as a tax consultantfor 50 years. He was a member ofthe Elks Lodge, Polish Falcons,Tall Cedars and New CastleConsistory. He was also an avidgolfer and a member of SecondPresbyterian Church. Survivorsinclude his wife of 52 years,Joanne; three daughters; two sonsin-law;a son and daughter-in-law;a brother; and six grandchildren.Robert M. Garis of Zelienople,April 1, 2004. He retired fromJohns Manville and was a memberof St. Paul’s Lutheran Church andthe American Legion Post 474. Heis survived by a niece and nephew.Marion Powell Popp of Tampa.51 Janet Lindsey Cready ofClairton, Dec. 18, 2003. Sheretired from U.S. Steel in 1989.Edgar H. Moorhead ofJacksonville, Fla., March 3, 2004.He was a veteran who served inthe Army during World War IIand as an Air Force officer inKorea. He retired from the AirForce in 1963 as a major in theOffice of Special Investigations.He taught ROTC at the Universityof Florida and was a guidancecounselor at the Florida StateUniversity School before retiringin 1980. Survivors include hiswife of 56 years, Kayron; twodaughters and their spouses; twograndchildren; and four greatgrandchildren.Homer C. Neff Jr. of Hamilton,Ohio, May 12, 2004. He retired in1988 as superintendent of theSummit County Schools. Hepreviously served as assistantsuperintendent, high schoolprincipal, teacher and coach. Hewas an elder and deacon at ChristPresbyterian Church. A U.S. Armyveteran of World War II, he was amember of VFW Post 14000,American Legion Post 138, theBuckeye Association of SchoolAdministrators, and served on theBoard of Control of the Ohio HighSchool Athletic Association.Survivors include three sons; adaughter; six grandchildren; abrother and two nieces.54 Merle Leak of Charlestown,Mass., March 11, 2004. He startedand administered daycare andHead Start centers in Philadelphiaand Massachusetts. Survivorsinclude three sons and theirspouses, and four grandchildren.55 Doris Whittaker Andre ofWesley Chapel, Fla., April 29,2004. She was formerly head oflibraries in the Franklin SchoolDistrict.56 William B. Carson Sr. ofLake Mary, Fla., July 2003.Harry Jacobson of Poland, Ohio,March 5, 2004. He was a foremanfor Youngstown Sheet & Tube formore than 20 years and laterworked for Stambaugh Thompson.He was a member of the BrownleeWoods Presbyterian Church wherehe was deacon and elder.Survivors include his wife of 53years, Anita; three daughters andtheir spouses; a son and his wife;two sisters; and six grandchildren.Summer 2004 • Westminster College Magazine31


www.westminster.edu57 Dr. H. William Knab ofSarver, March 25, 2004. Aprominent local physician, he wasa board certified general familypractitioner; a member of themedical staff at Allegheny ValleyHospital for 41 years; a physicianfor many years at the ColonialClinic; and a school physician for40 years at South Butler CountySchool District. He was a memberof the Christian Medical DentalAssociation for 32 years, servingas a trustee for six years, andparticipated in medical missions toThird World countries for 18years. He also donated time to awell-baby clinic, providing freemedical care to infants whoseparents could not afford it. Dr.Knab was president of the generalstaff at Allegheny Valley Hospitalfrom 1988-1990 and a formermember of the Board of Directors.He was a member of thePennsylvania Osteopathic MedicalSociety, American OsteopathicAssociation, and AmericanCollege General Practitioners inOsteopathic Medical. He was alsoa member of Saxonburg MemorialPresbyterian Church, where hewas a Sunday school teacher andelder, and co-chaired for 30 years theCommunity Good Friday Men’sBreakfast. Dr. Knab was pastpresident of the Westminster CollegeParents Association, and co-chairedthe Saxonburg Festival of ArtsPhotography Exhibits for three years.Survivors include his wife of 46years, Patricia Bowley Knab ’56; twosons, William P. Knab ’86 and hiswife, and Kevin D. Knab ’93 and hiswife, Jennifer Austin Knab ’93; twodaughters, Karen Knab Williams ’82and Laura Knab Walters ’83 andtheir spouses; and 11 grandchildren.60 Dean K. Shoup of Emlenton,Dec. 7, 2003. He was retired as aguidance counselor in the Oil CityArea School District. Survivorsinclude his wife, Charlotte.68 David Miller of Port Clinton,Ohio, April 28, 2004. He was ateacher and principal for 37 yearsand was active with the PlaymakersTheatre, where he performed in over25 plays. He was principal of PortClinton Junior High School from1976 to 1982 before becoming aCharles H. Cook Jr. of Jonesport,Maine, April 5, 2004. He was aprofessor of English emeritus atWestminster College, having servedthe College for 32 years (1953-85).After receiving an undergraduatedegree at Northeastern Universityand his master’s and Ph.D. at BostonUniversity, he taught at Sampson College and Colby Collegebefore joining Westminster. He settled in Jonesport uponretirement, where he enjoyed sailing his 22-foot sloop,Endeavour, and feeding wild animals from his deck. Survivorsinclude a daughter, Carole Cook Donovan ’68, and herhusband; a brother; a sister; and several nieces and nephews.history and government teacherand tennis coach at the highschool. He retired from the PortClinton schools in 1993, buttaught at Temple ChristianAcademy for an additional sixyears. He was active in the GraceBaptist Church and sang with theSandusky Choral Society.Survivors include his wife of 39years, Ruth; two sons; a brother;Friendsand seven grandchildren.David M. Robinson of Hamburg,N.Y., Jan. 7, 2004. Survivorsinclude his wife, Susan MinichRobinson, and two children.69 Ann Marie Filicky ofYoungstown, Ohio.Information UpdateHave you moved, changed phone numbers, or do you have some news about yourself or your family that you want to share withother Westminster alumni? Fill out the form below and return it to the Office of Alumni Records – Updates, Westminster College,New Wilmington, PA 16172-0001.Name _____________________________________________________ Class ___________ Today’s Date ____________________Address _____________________________________________________________________________________________________City ___________________________________________________________ State ________ Zip ______________ – ___________Social Security Number ____________________________________ I.D. Number (see mailing label) _______________________Occupation __________________________________________________________________________________________________Name of Employer ______________________________________ City _______________________ State ____ Zip _______ – __Home Telephone _________________________ Business Telephone _________________________________________________Spouse’s Name __________________________________________________ Spouse’s Westminster Class ____________________Children’s Names and Birth Dates _______________________________________________________________________________Here’s my news: ______________________________________________________________For Office Use Only________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________❑ Include my e-mail address in the online directory _______________________________❑ This is an address change.❑ This is new information which I have not submitted before.*Please state your zip + 4. Refer to your utility bills for this number.32 Summer 2004 • Westminster College Magazine


For our FutureEndowment is a measure of institutional strength. The reliable, stable income generated through endowed giftsallows Westminster to operate with assured financial security and affords donors the satisfaction of making permanent,lasting contributions. The four trustees who make up the Board’s leadership team for Westminster’sFor our Future initiative explain below why they choose to support the College’s endowment:A Leadership Team“I believe in Westminster College and her people. Westminster has visionaryleadership, brilliant faculty who enjoy teaching and mentoring, dedicated staff, andwell-rounded students who are a pleasure to talk with. It’s a special place. I trustedWestminster to educate my daughter and son, along with their spouses. Hopefully,my financial support of Westminster will enable future generations to experience ahigh quality, personalized liberal arts education in a caring environment.”George R. BerlinPresident, Allegheny Investment Group, Inc.Chair, Westminster College Board of Trustees“Westminster College definitely made a positive difference in my life. I met mywife JoAnn at Westminster. The lessons I learned in and out of the classroomhave helped me immeasurably. At Westminster, you learn ‘how to think,’ insteadof ‘what to think.’ You also learn that most problems and solutions are interdisciplinary.This prepares you for success in any career and is one of the reasons webelieve endowing Westminster’s future is a sound investment.”John T. Weisel ’79PartnerAccenture Ltd.“My husband and I graduated from Westminster College three decades ago. Thecampus has undergone dramatic improvements with new buildings, renovationsof historic treasures, and the emergence of technology as a teaching and learningtool. What has remained the same is Westminster’s commitment to helpingstudents develop their skills and be successful in any field they choose. We lookforward to watching our son walk across Senior Terrace in May 2008, and wehave made a future gift to Westminster so other deserving students can reapthe many benefits of a Westminster education.”Debora S. Foster ’74Vice President - Corporate CommunicationsH. J. Heinz Company“I didn’t have a formal connection to Westminster College until I joined the Boardof Trustees in 1992. Over the past dozen years, I have developed an understandingand appreciation of the value of a Westminster liberal arts education and the valuesimbued in this church-related environment. It’s a goal I support financially. I encourageothers to invest in Westminster College. It’s a special opportunity for yourplanned gift to have a profound impact on the lives of others.”Leonard M. CarrollManaging DirectorSeneca Capital Management, IncFor more information on Westminster’s endowment and planned giving programscontact Gloria G. Cagigas, vice president for institutional advancement, at 724-946-7673or cagigagc@westminster.edu, or Sue Rudloff, director of advancement programs, at(724) 946-7673 or rudlofse @westminster.edu.


Class of 2008 Legacy StudentsA whopping 18 members of the Class of 2008 are following the footsteps of at least one parent who previously attendedWestminster College. First-year legacy students, pictured left to right, are: Front row – Jaclyn Pfeiffer, Jacqueline Faber, JohannaHutchison, Kelli Shaw, Kathryn Pride, Jennie Pride, Melissa Barnes; Back row – Jared Foster, Luke Cypher, Jack Marti, JohnCochran, Ellen Venema, Beth Porter, Emily James, Justin Sedlak, Jared McConkey, David Timm, Gene Cunningham.CHANGE SERVICE REQUESTEDNON PROFIT ORG.U.S. POSTAGEPAIDNEW CASTLE PAPERMIT NO. 121Office of Communication Services319 S. Market St.New Wilmington, PA 16172-0001

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