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Fall 2022

8Haven Homecoming:

The Tradition Continues


A History of




A Message From the president

Alumni from across the

decades took part in Lock

Haven’s annual Golf Cart

Parade. A beloved tradition

on campus, the event unites

students, alumni, employees,

and the local community

to kick off The Haven’s

Homecoming activities.

History has a lot to teach us if we let it. Our Fall issue of The Haven focuses

on the transformative power of education—a topic I’ve been thinking a lot

about the past few months. Our institutions have undergone many changes,

positioning us to continue our mission of educating tomorrow’s leaders.

Perhaps what’s most striking when considering the transformation we’re currently

undertaking is that this process of evolution is not new to our institution. In fact, taken

together with our mission of serving students and placing their needs at the center of

all we do, it may be the one constant in our history.

Our cover story takes a deep dive into our history while looking to the future of

teacher education. Lock Haven, like all of Pennsylvania’s State System universities,

began as a Normal School with a mission to educate the Commonwealth’s future

teachers. As we boldly reimagine public higher education in Pennsylvania in order to

continue the legacies of our centuries-old universities, there is much to learn from

examining our history. A lot has changed in the world and in the ways we deliver and

experience education. But innovation, progress, evolution—those have remained

central to who we are. Our highest aspiration as educators has always been to change

lives. To make a difference. That’s the power of education.

That word, transformation, doesn’t just denote the shifts happening across

institutions. It’s most meaningful when viewed through the lens of our students

and their experiences. What we hope for them is that education will serve as a

transformational force in their lives. Many of our students are first-generation.

The skills, knowledge, and career preparation they gain in their time with us is life

changing. It’s why we have a responsibility to offer them an affordable education

and the goal of allowing them to graduate ready to begin a career without financial


In these pages you will read about one of the ways we’re putting this promise to our

students into action through partnership agreements with 50 Pennsylvania school

districts in the communities Commonwealth University calls home. These agreements

guarantee admission, merit-based scholarships, and on-campus housing to qualified

students in our backyard—ensuring they have access to an affordable, high-quality

education close to home.

As we enter the holiday season, I wish you and your families all the comforts this

time of year brings. I want to thank you for your ongoing support of our students

and their goals—you are a key partner in ensuring our students have the resources

and mentorship to achieve their professional goals. I hope you enjoy this issue of The

Haven magazine and wish you a wonderful holiday.


Dr. Bashar Hanna



lock haven university’s Alumni Magazine



Chancellor—Dr. Daniel Greenstein

Board of Governors—Cynthia Shapira, Chair


Dr. Bashar Hanna, President

Dr. Diana Rogers-Adkinson, Provost and Senior Vice President for

Academic Affairs

Dr. Ron Darbeau, Vice President for Faculty Affairs and Academic Operations-

Lock Haven Campus Administrator

Dr. Stephen Lee, Vice President for Enrollment Management

Dr. Marty Wygmans, Vice President for Student Success and Campus Life

Erik Evans, Vice President for Advancement

Timothy Shuey, Vice President for Fiscal Affairs, Chief Financial Officer

Suzanne Williamson, Vice President for University Affairs, Chief of Staff

Jennifer Umberger, Associate Vice President for Marketing

and Communications

Albert Jones, Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer


John Wetzel, Chair

Karen Russell, Vice Chair

Michael Hanna Jr. BA ’05, MA ‘08, Secretary

Daniel Elby ‘71, Trustee at Large

Amy Brayford

Krystjan Callahan ‘02

Steven Crawford

Patrick Henderson

Susan Kefover

Brian O’ Donnell

Angela Smith ‘07

Ray Zaborney


Amee Lewis Vance ’75, President

COL John Newcomer ’84, Vice President

Matt Henry ’18, Secretary

Kyle Losch ‘15, Treasurer

Elected Members: Dr. Dave Bower ’75, Paul Brennan ’01,

Phillip Burlingame ’78, Michele Charmello ’91, Dan Cruttenden ’73,

Norman Gordon ’73, Christopher Harris ’99, Zakiyah Ingram ’15,

Terri Koehler ’85, Andrew Kremser ’09, Jason Madigan, ’98

Brandon Pardoe ’92, Emilee Sassani ’15 & ’17, LaToya Smith ’98,

George Way ’78

Ex-Officio Members:

Ashley Koser, Executive Director of Alumni Engagement

Dr. Bashar Hanna, President


Jennifer Riter ’96, Foundation Board Chair

Robert Maguire, Vice Chair

Jeffrey Parker, Treasurer

James Berkebile ‘59, Secretary

MEMBERS: Milton Stan Allen ’87, Wayne Allison ’67, Donald Calcagni

’98, Barbara Collins ‘90, Frank Condino ‘72, Annette Davis, Gary Laubscher,

Robert Lomison ’77, Bill Miller, Gail Nestlerode ’77, Jeffrey Parker, Jennifer

Riter ’96, Polly Spangler ’87, Thane Turner ‘89

Executive Editor: Elizabeth Arnold

Contributing Writers: Julie Stellfox, Doug Spatafore, Adam

Kaylor, Joby Topper, Tom McGuire, Eric Foster, Ashley Koser, John

Vitale, Andrea O’Neil, Tom Schaeffer

Photography: Bill Crowell, Chris Valdez, Mike Dickie, Scott Pilutik,

Jaime North, Eric Foster

Design: Kayla Waldron

The Haven Magazine (ISSN-2474-932X) is published biannually by the Lock Haven University

Office of Marketing and Communications in partnership with the Lock Haven University

Foundation, free of charge for alumni, supporters, and friends of LHU.

The Haven connects alumni, parents, and donors with LHU and aims to support, enhance, and

advance the University’s image by publishing news and stories about LHU alumni, students,

faculty, staff, and stakeholders. The magazine’s feature stories intend to motivate, inspire, and

inform readers about issues relevant to LHU through content that is both entertaining and

intellectually engaging.

6A Partnership in Water


on the cover

Do you know this student and


A search of Lock Haven’s archives

uncovered this photo of a student and

teacher from the 1960’s reading together

at the Akeley School. Help us identify

the individuals in this photo and win Lock

Haven gear. Email names to lhualum@

lockhaven.edu with the subject line

Haven Mag Cover.

Alumni news items should be identified by class year and may be sent to the Lock Haven University Office of Alumni Relations, 10

Susquehanna Ave, Durrwachter Alumni Conference Center, Lock Haven, PA 17745. You may email news items to lhualum@lockhaven.edu.

Please contact us by phone at 570.484.2586

Not all news submissions will result in coverage in The Haven. The Haven staff reserves the right to edit submissions used in the magazine or

through other means of publication by the University.

Lock Haven University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to

excellence through diversity.


letter From the editors


4 haven happenings

17 Alumni feature

18 Sports Corner

23 news & Notes

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Hello Bald Eagles!

Happy fall from Lock Haven.

We are so thankful that many members of The Haven family were able to

return “home” for our Homecoming 2022 activities. Tailgating, our Annual

Alumni Golf Classic, and the Annual Golf Cart Parade were all big hits.

This year, several alumni groups aked if they could decorate golf carts and

participate. These groups joined in on the fun with our students and even

had a social media contest to determine the best decorated cart. On Friday

evening, we had our Annual Alumni Mix and Mingle along with the 50th

reunion for the Class of 1972. The band and cheerleaders really got us into

the spirit! We are already planning ahead and thinking about Homecoming

2023. Save the date and join us, September 21-24, 2023!

The annual James C. Reeser Scholarship Brunch took place on October 9.

We recognized our donors for their generosity and they were able to meet

their student recipients, many for the first time. We also recognized two Bald

Eagles for their support, Norm Gordon, who received the Wagner Volunteer

Award, and Paula Bell, who received the Philanthropy Award.

Our team is gearing up for Giving Tuesday, which will take place on

November 28. We hope that you will join us and make a gift to the LHU

Foundation during the National Day of Giving and support our students.

Gifts of any size can be designated to the area of your choice by visiting

www.givetolhu.com or calling 570-484-2586.

The Alumni Office will be planning several affinity and regional events this

winter and spring. Please continue to check our website at www.lockhaven.

edu/alumni and our Alumni Association social media accounts for the latest


If you are ever in the area, please stop in to visit us. The Alumni Office is

located on the 3rd floor of the Durrwachter Alumni Conference Center.

We hope that you and your family have a happy and safe holiday season!

Elizabeth Arnold

Executive Communications and Editorial Director

Ashley Koser

Executive Director of Alumni Engagement




P.S. If you have a class note that you would like to share for

an upcoming issue of The Haven Magazine, please email it to


@Lock Haven University Alumni










Agreements guaranteeing admission

and up to $28,000 in merit-based

scholarships, as well as on-campus

housing at any location, were recently

signed with 50 school districts

from Northeastern and Central


The agreements guarantee admission

for qualified graduates who enroll in a

bachelor’s degree program.

Graduates will be eligible for four

tiers of academic merit scholarships

according to the following academic

preparedness of the student applicant:

Tier 1

95% or above

or 3.8 to 4.0

cumulative GPA -

$28,000; $7,000


Tier 3

85-89% or above

or 3.0 to 3.49

cumulative GPA -

$16,000; $4,000


Tier 2

90-94% or above

or 3.5 to 3.79

cumulative GPA -

$24,000; $6,000


Tier 4

80-84% or above

or 2.5 to 2.99

cumulative GPA -

$12,000; $3,000


The scholarship is renewable for

up to four academic years, or eight

consecutive fall and spring academic



Resource Center


Lock Haven celebrated the grand

opening of the new Robert and

Dolores Lynch Multicultural

Resource Center (MRC) on

September 16.

During the opening event, several

attendees offered comments

about the impact Dr. and Mrs.

Lynch had on their lives. An open

house also was held for students

earlier that same week.

The Multicultural Resource Center,

located in 103 Raub Hall, has

been over a year in the making.

In the spring of 2021, Lock Haven

students, staff, faculty, and alumni,

reached out to President Bashar

Hanna regarding the need for a

multicultural center on campus.

Then, in the fall of 2021, Albert

Jones ‘99, Chief Diversity, Equity,

and Inclusion Officer, was charged

with bringing the center to life.

The MRC is designed to foster

healthy relationships and

community on campus by focusing

on student success, leadership, and

engagement. It is open to all students

and will serve as an inclusive place

where students can feel welcome, safe,

and respected. In addition, a wealth of

programming will be created to introduce

students to different cultures, ethnicities,

and religions.

“We want nothing more than to lead with

love and provide a sense of community

and support for students,” said Mia

Swales ‘19, MRC Director. “We strive to

advocate for student needs and to be a

liaison when needed. We want all students

to feel at home and have a sense of

belonging here at The Haven. Within the

center, we want students to be engaged

and at home as they create the community

and relationships they want and need.”

Students Plant Orchard

to Combat Food


In a hidden patch of space outside the

Fairview Suites, grows a solution to help

combat food insecurity.

In September, Lock Haven Biology

faculty member Dr. Heather Bechtold,

along with Biology faculty from two

other PASSHE universities, Cem Akin

from the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation

(FTPF), and 46 volunteers planted 40

fruit trees to help combat food insecurity


on campus and in the


“The idea of an orchard

is an easy sell since it

beautifies the campus,

provides fresh food,

and makes an instant

outdoor classroom.

It was hard to resist!”

Bechtold said.

The orchard will also

help stock the Haven

Cupboard food pantry,

which provides food

and other necessities

to current Lock Haven

students in need.

Each orchard contains

varieties of apples,

plums, and sour


Bechtold hopes to

use the orchard as an

outdoor classroom

to teach students

about horticulture,

grafting, pruning,

and provide career

skill development.

The space can also

be used for research

projects including plant

pathology, horticulture,

and pollination issues.

“I hope it will create

a greater sense of

community and draw

students and others

to this courtyard area

by Fairview Suites,”

Bechtold said.

“This initiative is a

phenomenal example

of faculty and students

from across our

State System coming

together in ways that

benefit our community.

The orchard will

provide valuable

outreach and learning

opportunities for years

to come,” said Bashar

W. Hanna, President.


Leadership Team

Set to Lead

As part of the Commonwealth

University academic structure

several new individuals have

been hired to lead the new

integrated university.

Dr. Kara Shultz has been

named as the Vice Provost of

Undergraduate Education and

Dean of the Honors College.

“Many of our high-performing

students come to college

with a large number of credits

already earned through AP

and early college courses,”

Shultz said. “In support of this

we are designing a program

that will enhance the learning

experiences of our most

motivated students, while

allowing them to design their

honors college program to fit

their needs”

Two new deans have also

been added to the academic

leadership team. Dr. Ann

Elisabeth Larson is the inaugural

Dean of the College of

Education and Human Studies

(CEHS) and Dr. Leo-Felix M.

Jurado as the founding Dean of

the College of Health Professions


Dr. Kara Shultz

Dr. Ann Elisabeth Larson

“I look forward to supporting,

growing, and advancing

academics, research, and

service in education and human

studies, a diverse student body,

student services, commitment

to students’ personalized

education through quality

real-life experiences, and key

academic priorities and initiatives Dr. Leo-Felix M. Jurado

including strengthening current

quality programs and developing new pathways for regional and

community,” Larson said.

“I am committed to supporting the integrated university’s

strategic initiatives especially in fostering student success and

career readiness; promoting academic innovation, excellence, and

expansion; and advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusion in

all areas,” Jurado said. “I envision seeing more interprofessional

education to promote interdisciplinary collaboration; facultystudent

scholarly partnerships; faculty-student-alumni civic,

community, and professional engagement; and establishing a

stronger alliance with healthcare networks in the region.






Commonwealth University

leaders swiftly developed key

partnerships with community

colleges throughout the

region. The newly established

agreements embody

Commonwealth U’s mission to

provide life-changing education

access to Pennsylvania’s future

leaders—ensuring they can

pursue their academic and

professional goals unencumbered

by concerns about affordability.

The creation of Guaranteed

Transfer Admissions Agreements

with multiple community colleges

across the state guarantee

graduates of the partner

community college full juniorlevel

standing at Commonwealth

University. The agreements

offer four tiers of guaranteed

scholarship awards based on the

students’ academic performance

at community college. The

renewable scholarship is awarded

for up to $5,000 per year.


A Partnership in Water Ecology

In a move that wouldn’t

have been possible

without integration,

five Commonwealth

University faculty members,

representing each of the

main campuses, Lock

Haven, Bloomsburg, and

Mansfield, are collaborating

to create a Watershed

Ecology Center. In addition

to creating a resource to

help preserve Pennsylvania

watersheds, this future

Center of Excellence

expands students’ research

opportunities and career


“About five years ago,

we were noticing a bit of

burnout in the students

who were not getting to

do what they wanted for

careers related to water,

water conservation and

ecology in general,” says

Dr. Steven Seiler, professor

of Biology at Lock Haven.

“So, we developed

coursework and did a lot of

small research projects with

freshmen and sophomores,

that would continue until

the time they graduated,

just to get them excited,

engaged, and retained. We

like to include students on

our research projects with

agencies and conservation

groups like Trout Unlimited

and the PA Fish and Boat

Commission to build

connections to future job


Seiler was joined in his

efforts by Lock Haven

biology colleagues Drs.

Heather Bechtold and

Daniel Spooner. With the

integration of Bloomsburg,

Mansfield, and Lock

Haven as Commonwealth

University, they were

joined by Dr. Steven Rier,

professor of Biology at

Bloomsburg, and Dr.

Gregory Moyer, associate

professor of Biology at

Mansfield. In addition to

representing a variety of

campuses, the faculty bring

a variety of specializations

to the Center. Bechtold

specializes in contaminants

and algae, Rier specializes

in algae and microbial









PHOTO: Dr. Daniel Spooner takes students into the field to survey freshwater mussels.

ecology; Seiler is an

expert on fish and

invasive species;

Moyer focuses on

fish and conservation

genetics; and

Spooner is an expert

on freshwater


“The idea is to give

students experience

with hands-on skills

so that they are

easily employed,”

says Bechtold.

“Before they leave

our campuses if they

have experience


or taking water

samples, or if they

know those sorts

of methodologies,

agencies are going to

scoop them up real


Water ecology is

particularly relevant

to Pennsylvania.

“Pennsylvania has

the second highest

density of streams

in the entire country

next to Alaska,” says

Rier. “And there’s a

range of conditions of

the streams — from

super pristine and

rich to systems that

have been seriously

impacted. We’ve got

this natural laboratory

right here. We can not

only do research and

understand it better,

but we can also

educate our students

so they understand

how ecosystems

should work and

how humans have

impacted them.”

“Once students

have their own kind

of projects and

participate in these

research activities,

there’s more buy-in

from the student in

terms of their own

education,” says

Spooner. “I have

students whom I’ve

done research with

and now they find

really interesting

articles and bring

them to me. They own

their own science.”

In addition to

involving students

in research on their

home campuses,

they also envision

having students

work together across

campuses, particularly

during summers.

Dozens of students are

involved in research

courses and projects

at each campus every

semester. And this

fall, faculty have

begun interacting

with students across


“Steve Rier had me

join a committee for

one of his master’s

degree students,”

says Bechtold. “That’s

an opportunity for

me to help shape the

student’s project and

get involved in the

creeks and streams

near Bloomsburg.”

“Connections and

networking are

an important part

of getting a job,”

Bechtold added. “With

our connections across

three campuses, we

have a large network

where we can place

students. We’ve

tripled the network of

any given student on

any given campus. We

can let our contacts

know about our

students, what their

interests are, and they

will get hired.”

What is Your Favorite Haven Tradition?

-Shannon Louszko ’25 - Jasmyne Kymer ’23

-Moira Mihan ’23

-Thomas Kaikai ’23

-JD Wright ’26

-Anthony Day ’26

-Evan Sylstra ’26



haven homecoming

Lock Haven University celebrated its 2022 homecoming

from September 15-18.

The festivities began with The Haven’s 11th annual Lawn

Party and Golf Cart Parade. This year’s parade theme was

“Adventure Awaits.” A total of 55 golf carts, decorated

by campus clubs and organizations, as well as alumni

groups made their way down North Fairview Street before

transitioning to Ivy Lane and parking on the Poorman

Commons to enjoy food, lawn games, and music with the

rest of the campus community.

The annual Alumni Classic Golf Tournament took place at

Belles Springs Golf Course. The winning golfers were Brian

Deutsch, Thomas Foley, Kevin McGarry, and Dalton Kephart.

More than 70 alumni gathered at the Durrwachter Alumni

Conference Center for an alumni Mix & Mingle that included

performances by the Lock Haven marching band and


There was tailgating in the Hubert Jack Stadium parking

lot before the Bald Eagle football team took on Clarion

University. During tailgating, the class of 1972 celebrated its

50th reunion.

Nine athletes, coaches and alumni, and four teams from the

2020, 2021, and 2022 classes were inducted into the Lock

Haven Athletics Hall of Fame.

Haven Homecoming 2023 dates are set for September 21-24,

2023. We hope to see you there!




cover story

A History of Transformative Education

by Andrea O’Neill, Elizabeth Arnold, Eric Foster

eginning with Ben

BFranklin’s library

system, well before the

United States even existed,

there has never been a

shortage of education

innovation in Pennsylvania.

In 1834, Thaddeus Stevens

championed a bill that

established a public-school

system in the commonwealth.

The resulting demand

for teachers created the

foundation for Pennsylvania’s

State System of Higher

Education (PASSHE) 130

years later. Today, three of

those schools have integrated

to form Commonwealth

University and continue that

tradition of innovation.

The PA Normal School Act of

1857 originally established 12

teaching, or “normal” schools

A student teacher assists a student circa


that would set the “norm”

for teacher education in the

coming centuries. Normal

Schools were designed

primarily for teacher education

and were considered the most

affordable option for working

class students at the time. By

1927, PA Normal Schools had

all been purchased by the

state, renamed State Teacher’s

Colleges, and given authority

to grant bachelor’s degrees.

Nearly 30 years later, in 1960

they were again renamed as

State Colleges with the ability

to confer advanced degrees.

On July 1, 1983, the now

14 former Normal Schools

became full universities under

the umbrella of PASSHE.

These institutions of higher

education have been evolving

and growing ever since;

adding new majors and using

A student teacher in front of the class in an

unidentified photo.

Elementary School students broadcast the news at the Akeley School circa 1963-1976.

new methods, expanding and

contracting to meet the needs

of their students.

And while the strict and rigid

rules upheld in the 19th

century would be challenged,

shaped, and relaxed by the

world around them, the goal

of providing an affordable

education to Pennsylvania’s

students has not. First year

students are no longer

required to wear beanies.

Men are no longer required to

wear a jacket and tie to dinner,

and women are allowed to

wear shorts to class. Today’s

students are no longer

forbidden “amusements, visits

of pleasure, [and] noise” on

Sundays and rather than study

penmanship and elocution,

they major in digital forensics

and instructional technology.

Over time, PASSHE

institutions like Bloomsburg,

Lock Haven, and Mansfield

have hosted speakers like

Booker T. Washington and

Susan B. Anthony, and

performers such as Billy Joel,

and Johnny Mathis. They’ve

educated a vast array of

professionals, including four

Pennsylvania governors and,

since 1987, 20,000 teachers

who have impacted the

lives of more than 500,000

students. They’ve adapted

to social and technological

changes and most recently,

a worldwide pandemic.

From paper catalogues to

mainframes and servers,

from cable to wireless, and

desks to Zoom, educational

and social traditions have

changed dramatically. So

too have the needs of


Focus on Curriculum and

Community Partnerships

students as they not only become teachers, but also scientists,

graphic designers, cyber security professionals, accountants,

nurses, writers, and financial advisers. And while faculty are no

longer called “professors of pedagogy,” the goal is the same:

to provide Pennsylvania’s students an entry into a profession

that will elevate them and their families to a secure and stable


Which leads us to question—what is “normal” anyway, when

taking a look at nearly 200 years of education and education

preparation in the United States and Pennsylvania?

Partnerships with school districts and enrollment

growth, along with establishing new curricula,

represent strong areas of focus as Larson begins

her role. In October, CommonwealthU signed

partnership agreements with 50 local school

districts guaranteeing admission, merit-based

scholarships and on-campus housing for qualified

students. The agreements will help to solidify

CommonwealthU’s campuses as strong choices

for prospective students and their families who

are focused on both affordability and high-quality


We need teachers.

Now more than

ever. Sitting down

with Dr. Ann Larson, Dean for

Commonwealth University’s

College of Education and

Human Studies, it’s clear that

she’s passionate about the

field of education. “I want to

share with young people that

teaching is the profession

of all professions,” she said.

“Our three universities share a

rich history of education as a

bedrock of civic education and


Look back nearly 200 years

and follow the course of our

evolution as institutions and

you’ll see teacher education

at the core. With that focus

came a pioneering spirit for

innovation and cutting-edge

programs and practices that

have worked to propel the

field of education forward

through the decades.

The image on our cover shows

a teacher and student from

Lock Haven’s Akeley school, a

Model School which helped to

train teachers on campus from

Perhaps most appealing to future students is

the fact that, across programs and departments,

CommonwealthU is rapidly responding to

changing demands. Provost Diana Rogers-

Adkinson cites the curriculum review process as

unique to CommonwealthU and a benefit of the

integration process. She said, “We are currently

engaged in a process to completely design new

curricula for all programs. Meaning, that soon we

will likely have the most updated curricula of any

University in the world.”

1929-1977. No doubt,

the teacher or teacher-intraining

is intently focused

on her young student.

Though the methods and

pedagogies may have

evolved, her goals and

motivations as an educator

are likely not too different

from those of today’s

future teachers. It’s safe

to bet that she wanted to

make a real difference in

the lives of the students in

her classroom—to inspire

greatness and foster a love

for learning. Perhaps the

answer to what is normal—

is just that—the one

constant through decades

of education. Those early

educators likely asked

themselves, are we putting

students first? Are we

preparing them for lives

of meaning and success in

their profession?

It’s a question we’re still

asking today and it’s

what’s driving our mission

to remain relevant for

today’s students and

generations to come.

“So many young people

today have a calling to

make the world a better

place,” said Larson.

Equipping students to

follow their calling is a

mission that’s carried

our universities through

nearly two centuries

of transformative


students to earn the skills

necessary to make a

difference in the world.

Larson’s excitement for

moving the college into

the future is grounded in

a respect for the schools’

LHU student teacher circa 2015.




Empowering Students to

Understand the ‘Why’ and ‘How ’

“Teachers are not the owners of knowledge,”

said Chris Grouzes ’07 (Lock Haven), an English,

communications, and theatre teacher at Rose Tree

Media School District and a 2023 Pennsylvania

Teacher of the Year nominee.

“The task of the teacher has changed—it’s more

important to teach media literacy. Students live

in a world where they can find information at

their fingertips. My job is to help them filter it.

Just because you have access to information

doesn’t mean you’re an expert in navigating that


Grouzes first attended Lock Haven for journalism.

While taking a Spanish class, one of his fellow

students was on the “struggle bus.” “I helped

him and that was my first taste of an ‘I got it’

moment.” A job at the campus writing center

further validated education as a career for


Grouzes understands students’ struggles. He’s

been there himself. In high school, he struggled to

memorize his lines for school plays and discovered

he had ADHD. In the Advanced Tutoring Network

(advancedtutoringnetwork.com) forum that he

founded, Grouzes also helps coach other adults

in working with ADHD. “I work with adults as

well and give them permission to be weird or

different,” he said. “The atmosphere is ‘here’s why

your brain works the way it does.’ That experience

validated that I care deeply for the art of teaching,

the science of teaching. The people part of it.”

“My teaching philosophy is always progressing,”

said Grouzes. “I really like to help the people

around me break down the barrier between

teacher and student. Students are internet

natives. They don’t know a world where they

can’t find the fact online.” Technology has

made today’s students “a lot more socially

aware, in terms of society and their friends,”

said Grouzes. He emphasizes the need to see

students as individuals. “Students aren’t walking

scores or grades. They are people with specific


long and successful histories of

teacher preparation. “Each school

has a solid heart and foundation

with diverse programs. I’m eager to

build on their legacies and continue

recruiting teachers to our programs,”

she shared.

Larson has spent her career in

education, beginning as a classroom

teacher for middle and high school

English and Language Arts. After

earning a Ph.D. in Curriculum

and Instruction and Educational

Policy Studies, she went on to the

University of Louisville where she

served for nearly three decades as

a faculty leader and administrator.

“At CommonwealthU, I saw three

universities with strong reputations

for education. Integration presented

an opportunity to be part of building

something new and to serve as a

model for the transformations that are

certain to take place in colleges and

universities across the country,” said


Recognizing and rising to

meet workforce needs

has proven central to the

University’s mission. Even before

the pandemic, teacher shortages

have garnered headlines. According

to a national survey by Education

Week, nearly 75% of principals and

district officials said they did not

have applicants to fill open positions

going into the 2022-23 school

year. While the pandemic seemed

to exacerbate the rate of teachers

leaving the profession, the reasons

for nationwide shortages are

complicated and highly dependent

on location, institutional support,

and demographics. “We know since

the pandemic that workforce needs

“We have a


to deliver high

quality, cuttingedge


that produce


teachers who

are prepared to

meet students’

needs and foster

a lifelong love

for learning.”

An LHU student teacher assists a student with


have profoundly and urgently

changed. There are shortages

in all areas. It’s crucial that

our teacher candidates are

strongly prepared in all

disciplines,” said Larson

Commonwealth U’s unique

charge to focus on building

workforce development

programs is one way that

the college of Education

and Human Services is

poised to meet the growing

workforce demand while

addressing the complexity

of current issues. According

to Larson, employing a

range of strategies to

reach and educate future

teachers will prove key.

Teacher education is now a

registered apprenticeship

with the Department of

Labor. “We need to have

a portfolio of pathways for

certification. Traditional

routes are important, but so

too are alternative routes to

teacher preparation through

models including compressed

programs and apprenticeships

that allow students to be

employed while taking


She went on to say that,

“Developing and launching

those programs while

following licensure and

Pennsylvania Department

of Education requirements

will allow us to be part of

the movement to continue

transforming education.

Workforce initiatives won’t

supplant our traditional

programs, but will enhance

our array and allow more

pathways for teachers to enter

the profession and receive

high-quality preparation.

Teacher education has to be

responsive,” Larson added.

“We’re already looking

at ways to partner with

school districts and create

apprenticeship programs

where students don’t need

Cathy zavacki

Dedicated to ‘All kids can learn’

Cathy Zavacki ’99 (Bloomsburg) may teach

chemistry in the Hillsborough (N.J.) School

District. “But my joy is being a teacher and

teaching students how to learn. I just do it

through chemistry. My passion is inclusion

and including all students of all abilities,

and the idea that all kids can learn. I

use the hashtag ‘All Kids Can Learn’ on


Her message is gaining traction among

fellow educators. Zavacki’s honors

include 2019 New Jersey Coalition for

Inclusion Education Teacher of the Year,

2017 Excellence in High School Teaching

winner for the ACS Division of Chemical

Education Middle Atlantic Region, and

2016 Outstanding High School Chemistry

Teacher from Princeton and Trenton

Sections of the American Chemical Society

“My favorite students are the ones who

don’t believe in themselves. When they

walk in your room, they’re already head

down. They say, I’m not good at science,”

said Zavacki, who is a member of the

Bloomsburg Alumni Association Board.

“One year, I had a girl who at the end of

the year said, ‘you believed in me more

than I believed in myself.’”

For nearly the past 15 years, Zavacki’s

secret weapon in the classroom has been

kinesthetic education, a method in which

students move during lessons instead of

sitting. For example, they may be asked to

stand and step left or right to indicate the

answer to questions.

“No matter their academic ability, every

student is engaged. Every student

interacted with each other,” said Zavacki,

who teaches graduate courses on

kinesthetic education. “We are creatures

that are meant to move. It creates a sense

of belonging.”

brendan cregan

Our students have always

come to us eager to make

a difference in the world.

Together we will continue

forging new paths for

innovation and empower our

students to do the same.

impacting a community through


Brendan Cregan ’89 (Mansfield) never

envisioned becoming a school administrator.

“I’ve always liked school,” said Cregan,

secondary principal at Hempfield School

District. “As a student, I only missed one

day in four years of high school. I liked the

camaraderie. I liked the teachers, even in the

classes in which I didn’t do well.”

This made education a natural fit for Cregan.

For college, he chose Mansfield, one of the

campuses of Commonwealth University, after

visiting his older sister, who was studying

education. “Everybody was genuinely friendly.

My three sisters and a brother graduated from

Mansfield, and two became teachers.”

“I could have never done the big school scene.

The smaller setting was exactly what I needed,”

said Cregan, president of Mansfield’s Alumni

Association Board. “At Mansfield, I learned that

the details matter—when you’re preparing a

lesson and when you’re meeting with parents.

In my role as principal, the details matter.”

“I taught social studies for 10 years. It was

always about building relationships with

students and helping them find the best path

for themselves. It wasn’t about the content. It

was about the student. I was teaching students.

You’re using the content to teach the person.”

The importance of building relationships has

been a cornerstone of his career. “It’s very easy

to get stuck behind your desk, to get away

from being involved. Even as an administrator,

I try to spend as much time in the hallways and

classrooms as I can.”

“In administration, you’re trying to make a

change in the who system to help students.

Each step impacts a different level of the

community,” he said. They’ve all had different

rewards. As a principal, I get to see a broader

spectrum of what students do.”

to drop out of the workforce to

become certified to teach.”

Larson is encouraged by the

ongoing work of alumni teachers

and the ways they’re embracing

innovation to meet students’

needs. “We have deep traditions

and a strong alumni base who

have long careers as master

teachers, principals, counselors

and superintendents. They are

our best ambassadors to recruit

new students to our programs

and the profession.”

“The demands on teachers

are a lot,” she said. “It takes a

broad spectrum of knowledge

and skills to be a great teacher.

Children have complex lives

and issues. They come to us

facing issues of poverty with

complex social and emotional

learning needs. As teachers,

we have to understand how

to help students with those

needs. It’s why understanding

human development along

with technology is so important

LHU student teacher circa 2015.

to our teachers meeting the

demands they’ll face in the in

the classroom.”

“The education of our

future leaders is important,”

said Larson. “We have a

responsibility to deliver high

quality, cutting-edge programs

that produce classroom-ready

teachers who are prepared to

meet students’ needs and foster

a lifelong love for learning.”

Amazingly, in nearly 200

years of education and

transformation, our mission has

remained constant. Perhaps

transformation rests at the heart

of that fact—when institutions

embrace change and rise

to meet the challenges of

their time, students and their

aspirations remain central. Our

students have always come to

us eager to make a difference

in the world. Together we will

continue forging new paths for

innovation and empower our

students to do the same.



current student spotlight



Drawn to The Haven for its accelerated

Physician Assistant (PA) and Army ROTC

programs, as well as its proximity to

home, senior Christian Good, of Muncy,

is a proud member of The Haven Family.

Good, who will complete his

undergraduate degree in May 2023,

plans to continue his education at Lock

Haven to receive a Master’s in Physician

Assistant Studies and be commissioned

as a military officer in May 2025.

With a career goal of becoming a

certified physician assistant and an

officer in the U.S. Army, The Haven was

a perfect fit.

“My time at LHU has been great—

meeting amazing peers, professors,

club advisors, and ROTC Cadre who

have all helped me to complete my

education, while making memories

along the way,” Good said. “ROTC

puts you in a position where you

have to make quick decisions in

stressful situations. It has really

helped me to become more

organized and to become better at

thinking on my feet.”

Active in the campus community,

Good is a member of The Boxing

Club, intramural volleyball, and loves

the levee along the Susquehanna

River, where he also enjoys fishing.

He is the recipient of the John F.

Curico Scholarship and Perna Family

Memorial Scholarship for the 2022-

23 school year. He has made the

dean’s list multiple times and boasts

a 3.82 GPA.

“I am incredibly thankful for the

financial assistance receiving the

scholarships provides, and for the

way they enable me to focus on my

academic and ROTC requirements

that ultimately make my college

experience more enjoyable,” Good


“I thank God for the opportunity to

go to school here and for all friends,

family, and staff who made that

possible to make attending LHU

such a phenomenal experience and

how greatly they have impacted my

life,” he added.


ALUMNI feature

Investing in

the Future

A college degree can change

the future for a graduate and

their family for decades to


First-generation college

graduate, Don Calcagni, is

a real-life example. Calcagni

graduated from Lock Haven

University (LHU) in 1998

with degrees in History and

International Studies, along

with minors in Economics

and Spanish. Fast forward

24 years, and Calcagni is

the Chief Investment Officer

and partner for the wealth

management firm, Mercer


Now as a member of the Lock

Haven University Foundation

(LHUF) Board of Directors,

he hopes to impact the

lives of students and future


“First-generation alumni

like Don are a testament

to the way state-supported

universities like Lock Haven

can truly change someone’s

life,” said Dr. Bashar W.

“I’m a firm believer that it’s now

our time to pay it forward to the

next generation.”

Hanna, Commonwealth

University president. “I thank

Don for his commitment to

paying it forward to the next

generation of Bald Eagles and

applaud his vision for helping

business students gain realworld

insight into financial


Calcagni’s volunteer service to

the University began in July

2021, when he was elected to

the LHU Alumni Association

Board of Directors. With a

professional resume boasting

nearly a quarter century

of financial management

experience and more than 70

corporate acquisitions and

mergers under his belt, he

transitioned to the LHUF Board

of Directors in June.

“Since joining the LHUF

board of directors, I have

been impressed with the

commitment demonstrated

by each board member to

make the Lock Haven campus

a better place for faculty and

students,” Calcagni said.

“Our LHUF chairperson, Jen

Riter ’96, has a powerful and

motivational vision for the

future of the foundation.”

Along with his volunteer service

to the University, Calcagni

is also a foundation donor.

He is especially passionate

about supporting students

in need of tuition assistance

and tutoring services and

helping them combat food

insecurity. He sees retaining

students as essential to the

university’s mission, not

only for the vibrancy of the

university, but to ensure all

students overcome obstacles

on their way to graduating and

achieving their professional


“I believe that each of us has

a responsibility to give back

so that future generations can

have the same educational

opportunities that we had,”

Calcagni said. “Every Lock

Haven alumnus is a direct

beneficiary of the university

and the wonderful faculty,

staff, advisors, and peers that

cared enough to invest their

time and talents into each of


“I’m a firm believer that it’s

now our time to pay it forward

to the next generation,” he

added. “The Haven needs us

now more than ever.”



sports corner

ATHLETIC NEWS & NOTES @lhuathletics @havenathletics

Coach Hammaker in action during his record-breaking

career at Lycoming College.



Named Head




Prior to the start of

the 2022-23 season,

Jerry Hammaker was

named the new head

women’s swimming


The Williamsport,

Pennsylvania native

enjoyed a recordbreaking

career at

Lycoming College

from 2001-2018 and during his 17 seasons at Lycoming,

Hammaker coached both the men’s and women’s swim teams.

“I’m proud to join the Lock Haven family,” said

Hammaker upon his hire. “I’d like to thank President

Hanna, Dr. Ron Darbeau, and Dr. Tom Gioglio for

giving me this opportunity. I’m excited to get

started and I can’t wait to help these women

achieve their goals in and out of the pool.”

During his first season (2001-02) as the head coach at

Lycoming, Hammaker led the women’s program to the

only undefeated season in school history. The Lycoming

women were 11-0 in dual meets. In his second season

(2002-03) at Lycoming, he led a male swimmer to All-

American honors.

Hammaker holds the program record for overall career

dual meet wins (220), most wins with the men’s program

(107), and most wins with the women’s program (113).

The Warrior women posted 15 straight winning seasons

under Hammaker from 2001-16.

Lock Haven opened the season on October 8. To read

more about Coach Hammaker and view the Bald Eagles

full 2022-23 schedule, visit GoLHU.com.

Haven Athletics

Hits High Mark in


During the 2021-22

academic year, Lock

Haven student-athletes

continued to hit high

marks in the classroom

and 15 different teams

achieved a cumulative

GPA of 3.0 or higher

as academic success

remained the top priority

for the Bald Eagles.

On the women’s side, the

Lacrosse team posted

the top overall team

GPA of 3.405 and on the

men’s side, the Men’s

Soccer program hit the

highest mark with a team

GPA of 3.281.

Other programs with

a team GPA of 3.0

or higher included:

Women’s Basketball,

Baseball, Men’s Cross

Country, Women’s

Cross Country, Field

Hockey, Golf, Women’s

Soccer, Softball,

Swimming, Tennis,

Men’s Track and Field,

Women’s Track & Field,

and Volleyball.

Individually, the

Bald Eagles saw 169


named 2021-22

Pennsylvanian State

Athletic Conference


To be eligible, a

student-athlete must

have maintained a

cumulative GPA of

at least 3.25 upon

completion of the

academic year.

The Lock Haven Lacrosse team was all smiles before a game last

spring. The Bald Eagles’ excitement extended to the classroom as

they achieved high academic marks during the 2021-22 academic



Athletics Hall of Fame

Classes of 2020, 2021 and

2022 Enshrined

The Lock Haven Athletics

Hall of Fame Classes were

celebrated and inducted

during Homecoming Weekend

2022 festivities.

One of the many great events

of Homecoming Weekend

2022 included the return of

the Lock Haven Athletic Hall of

Fame Induction Ceremony.

On September 17, the Bald

Eagles honored, celebrated,

and officially enshrined the Hall

of Fame Classes of 2020, 2021,

and 2022.

The Class of 2020 featured

nine individual inductees:

Billy Arre (Men’s Basketball,

athlete ’09), the late Tim Davey

(contributor ’74), Golden Era

Inductee, the late Maylouise

Dixon (coach/administrator),

Shannyn Gillespie (Men’s

Wrestling, athlete ’94), Sandy

Hess (Softball, athlete ’89),

Ron Insinger (Men’s Basketball,

coach/contributor ’74), Leigh

(Titus) Leaf (Lacrosse, athlete

’10), Michael Parker (Men’s

Soccer, coach) and Steve

Podgajny (Men’s Cross Country

and Track & Field, athlete).

The Class of 2021 featured the

1966 and 1967 Men’s Wrestling

teams and the Class of 2022

showcased the 1981 and 1982

field hockey teams.

The Hall of Fame Committee is

looking for nominations as the

group prepares to select the

Class of 2023. To nominate,

and for more information on

the Lock Haven Athletics Hall

of Fame, visit GoLHU.com.



Ron Darbeau, Billy Arre,

Sandy Hess, Leigh Titus,

Steve Podgajny, Shannyn

Gillespie, Ron Insinger,

Joby Topper (accepted in

honor of Maylouise Dixon),

Mike Davey (accepted in

honor for Tim Davey), and

Tom Gioglio (Director of

Athletics, representing

coach Michael Parker).


CLASS OF 2021:

Members of the 1966

and 1967 Men’s Wrestling

teams. Led by Hall of Fame

head coach Gray Simons

(not pictured), the Bald

Eagles won back-to-back

national championships.


CLASS OF 2022:

Members of the 1981 and

1982 Field Hockey teams.

Led by Hall of Fame

head coach Sharon Taylor

(pictured, center), the Bald

Eagles won back-to-back

national championships.



Coach Rudy, Haven Alumnae Power Team USA at World Cup

Pat Rudy, Lock Haven’s

Division I head field

hockey coach led Team

USA to the Bronze Medal

at the 2022 Masters

Field Hockey World Cup

in October.

In early October, current

Lock Haven Division I

head field hockey coach

Pat Rudy ’77 helped

lead Team USA at the

2022 Field Hockey World

Cup in Cape Town,

South Africa, as part of

the United States 0-65

Women’s Masters Team.

As the team’s co-captain,

the Bald Eagles’ coach

turned player guided

the United States to the

bronze medal.

Coach Rudy was

joined by fellow Lock

Haven alumnae Denise

Gobrecht ’78, who

served as manager for

the 0-65 team.

“The trip to the Master’s

World Cup Tournament

in Cape Town, South

Africa, was an amazing

experience,” Rudy said.

“It was an honor to be a

part of this team and play

Lock Haven Division I head field hockey coach Pat Rudy.

the sport that we all love. I

was inspired by everyone who

participated in this event and

it was truly an opportunity of

a lifetime. Cape Town is one

of the most beautiful places

on the Earth.”

The 0-65 U.S. team went 2-1-

1 at the tournament.

Additionally, former standout

Left-to-Right: Jane Cygan, Pat Rudy, Pam Sherry and Denise Gobrecht. The

group is pictured after a game at the 2019 Grand Masters Hockey European

Trophy tournament in Antwerp, Belgium.

players Jane (Shaw) Cygan

’81 and Pam (Whittaker)

Sherry ’78 represented the

United States on the 0-60

team. The 0-60 team picked

up a win over one of the

squads from England during

the tournament in October.

Previously, the four helped

power the U.S. Women’s

Masters Team to the gold

medal at the 2019 Grand

Masters Hockey European

Trophy tournament in

Antwerp, Belgium.

For Rudy, it’s another

impressive honor in what’s

already been a storied

career. During the 2018

season, she collected her

600th career head coaching

victory and that milestone

win came after she was

inducted into the National

Field Hockey Coaches

Association (NFHCA) Hall

of Fame in January 2018.

Among many awards, Rudy

is a three-time national

coach of the year.

LHU Foundation,

Alumni Association

Volunteer Boards

Announce Newly-

Elected Leadership

The Lock Haven University

Foundation and Lock Haven

University Alumni Association

announced newly-elected

volunteer board leadership

effective July 1.

The LHU Alumni Association’s

Board of Directors consists of

20 alumni from the 1970s to

the 2010s. The board is divided

into four committees: legacy,

relationships, campus events, and

professional engagement. The

foundation board is comprised

of 20 alumni, community

members, and local business

people who collectively form

three committees: advancement,

finance, and governance.

Jennifer Riter ‘96 is the Chair of

the Foundation Board. A member

since 2016, Riter is the first female

chair in the foundation’s 39-year


Joining Riter in leadership

positions are Bobby Maguire (Vice

Chair), Jeff Parker (Treasurer), and

Jim Berkebile ‘59 (Secretary).

Amee Lewis Vance, a 1975 Lock

Haven State College alumna,

is the LHU Alumni Association

board’s new President as of July 1.

Joining Vance in elected

leadership roles are retired U.S.

Army Col. John Newcomer ’84

(Vice President), Kyle Losch ’15

(Treasurer), and Matt Henry ’18



alumni news

Doyle '19

wins YWCA





Kylee Doyle ’19

is the winner

of the 2022

YWCA of Greater

Johnstown Community Service Volunteer

Award for her continuous efforts to

improve her community.

Since 1987, The YWCA of Greater

Johnstown has honored women and

leaders who work and reside in Cambria

and Somerset counties with the Tribute

to Women Awards. Each year, individuals

in the community nominate women who

have demonstrated leadership qualities

in their workplace, their personal lives

and for their commitment to community


After earning her Communication degree,

Doyle wanted to pursue a career with a

non-profit organization.

Through AmeriCorps,

she took on the role of

Project Coordinator of

the Cambria County

Backpack Project, where

she provided 118,386

meals to 782 children

in Cambria County

during her two years of

service. She then became

Program Director at

Camp Harmony.

Outside of work, she

volunteers as the advisor

for the Technology

Student Association Club

and the assistant junior

high school volleyball

coach for Conemaugh

Township. She is on

the board of Common

Grounds Outreach and

serves as a deaconess,

helping with the youth

group at her local church.

Tau Kappa

Epsilon Alumni

Return to

Campus, Raises

Over $9k for TKE


Forty Lock Haven University Tau

Kappa Epsilon alumni returned to

campus in August, raising more than

$9,000 during their annual TKE alumni


The brothers enjoyed a golf outing

at Belles Springs Golf Course and

the 31st Annual Richard Weede Golf

Classic at Clinton Country Club.

In total, $9,010 was raised over three

days with $5,010 going to the TKE

Alumni Scholarship and the remaining

$4,000 going to the TKE’s Friends of

Finken fund, named in honor of TKE

brother Gary Finken ’71. Finken died

in 2009 butt is widely recognized

among the TKE’s as the driving force

behind maintaining their alumni

brotherhood over the last five


The $5,010 added to the TKE

Alumni Scholarship pushed

their endowment above

$115,000. Established in 2013,

the TKE Alumni Scholarship

has traditionally been awarded

annually to one outstanding

student-athlete known for

their leadership, character,

and integrity, who also has a

demonstrated financial need.

This year, for the first time,

the scholarship was awarded

to three student-athletes:

sophomore softball player

Bella Schmitt, junior basketball

player Jackie Fetsko, and junior

lacrosse player Abby Hampson,

each receiving $1,000.

Klinefelter '22 Named

WTAJ-TV's Newest


Nexstar Media Group’s CBS affiliate for the

Johnstown-Altoona-State College market,

WTAJ, hired 2022 Lock Haven University

graduate Tristan Klinefelter as the station’s

latest news reporter.

Klinefelter is responsible for writing,

reporting, shooting, and producing

engaging multimedia news content, for

the station’s broadcast, digital, and social


Klinefelter landed the position with the

station one week before earning his degree

in Communication with a focus in Electronic

Media and Journalism in May.

During his time at LHU, Klinefelter was a

part of the Radio Club, WLHU Radio, and

served as Vice President of LHU’s television

club, Havenscope—helping, along with

Communications faculty member, Matthew

McKeague ’06, and a fellow classmate, to

grow the club from

two to 18 members in

a single semester.

Klinefelter said the

hands-on learning

experienced through

participation in those

clubs directly aided

him in earning the

position at WTAJ. His

ultimate career goal

is to work his way to

becoming a lead news


Kappa Delta Rho

Alumni Reunion


Generates More

Than $9K for KDR


In June, more than 50 Kappa Delta

Rho alumni returned to campus,

raising over $9,000 for the Kappa

Delta Rho Alpha-Alpha Scholarship

during their KDR alumni reunion


Organized by eight alumni committee

members, this year’s event aimed to

generate funds for the scholarship

through various initiatives like a golf

tournament and silent auction. Their

goal was $5,000. In total, the group

raised $9,360.

Along with the tournament and silent

auction, the group also took time to

pay their respects to 65 Lock

Haven KDR brothers who have

passed away.

The KDR Alpha-Alpha

Scholarship awards $1,500

annually to a KDR Alpha-Alpha

Brother or KDR Alpha-Alpha

Legacy Brother and was

awarded for the first time in the

2021-22 school year.

In addition to raising funds

for the scholarship, the group

is also focused on recruiting

alumni involvement and finding

additional ways to support

students, perhaps by providing

future housing assistance for

students who pledge to join the




alumni board spotlight

latoya smith

LaToya Smith, a 1998 Lock Haven University graduate, knows

that both a scholarship and having a mentor can go a long

way in helping a student graduate from college. That’s why

she helped establish the Shades of LHU Legacy Scholarship.

Smith has been a member of the LHU Alumni Association

board of directors since July 2021. She is a member of the

Legacy Committee and prides herself on being an advocate

for students of color.

The Shades of LHU Legacy Scholarship she helped get

off the ground, awards up to $1,000 annually to a black

Commonwealth University-Lock Haven student with a GPA

of 3.0 or higher. It was awarded for the first time in the 2021-

22 school year to Tymir James, a junior mid-level education

major, who received the maximum award.

Along with providing financial assistance to establish the

scholarship, and recruiting alumni to support it, Smith also

works with former Alumni Association President, Ed Wright

’71; Lock Haven’s Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion,

Kenneth Hall ’94; and Commonwealth University’s Chief

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Officer, Albert Jones ’99, to

provide mentorship to students

of color.

After earning a degree

in Journalism and Mass

Communication from LHU, Smith

earned a Master’s in Education

and Counseling from Auburn

University, and a Master’s in

Divinity from Drew Theological

School. In 2016, she founded LCS

Counseling & Consulting Agency.

“I work in a helping profession.

Helping people process how

to become better versions of

themselves is what I do,” Smith

said. “Mentoring students is

important because I think about

what I needed back when I was

that age.”

“It’s great to give money if you

can,” she added. “But voices

matter too, and using our

voices to empower students is

something each of us can do to

make a difference.”

donor profile

Emeritus Lew Magent ‘66, Wife

Myla ‘69 Impact Students Through

Philanthropic Support

Lock Haven State College (LHSC) alumni, Lew

’66 and Myla (Bradford) Magent ’69 met on the

Lock Haven campus in 1966. The husband and

wife say their life-changing Haven experience

is the reason they continue to assist students

through philanthropic support to the Lock

Haven University Foundation (LHUF) more than

five decades after graduating.

Lew was in his third year of teaching in the

Lock Haven School District in 1970 when he

was asked to pilot a Social Studies project with

his students. He then was offered a faculty

position at the Akeley Campus School and

in 1975, when Akeley closed, Lew became

a faculty member in the Special Education

Department at LHSC. A year later, he received

his certification in Special Education.

Over the course of his career, Lew

received various honors and distinctions,

including the Commonwealth of PA

Department of Education Certificate of

Excellence in Teaching Award during the

1974-75 school year. In 2002, he received

the Lock Haven University APSCUF Award

and, in 2007, was presented with the Roll

of Service Award from the LHU Alumni

Association. In 1981, he was initiated into

the Phi Delta Kappa education fraternity.

Following his retirement in 2001, he

gained LHU emeritus status.

“Being an emeritus is an honor,” Lew

said. “After working at the University

and seeing the caliber of faculty, staff,

and administrators who worked for one

sole purpose—the students—it is quite

humbling to be included with those


Myla taught second grade at Woolrich

Elementary for a year, did some substitute

teaching at Akeley School, and was a

teacher and director at The Nurtury

preschool in Woolrich.

“Without Lock Haven University, our lives

would have been totally different,” Myla

said. “LHU was one of those decisions

that molded our entire lives, so how can

we not give back?”

In 2002, Lew and Myla established

the Lew and Myla Magent Education

Scholarship. Each year, the scholarship is

awarded to a student majoring in Special

Education, Early Childhood Education,

or Elementary Education. Students

must have a minimum GPA of 3.4

within their major and 3.2 overall.

Students’ service to the University is

also considered during the selection


“We wanted to help students in one

of these majors realize their dream

of becoming a teacher,” Lew said.

“Hopefully these students will impact

the lives of their future students in

positive ways and the recipients will

realize that giving back is a rewarding

thing to do for everyone involved.”

Along with their scholarship, the

Magents have provided additional

assistance to other University

initiatives including the Student

Retention Fund, the Haven Cupboard,

the Class of 1966 Bald Eagle Statue,

and numerous other scholarships.

“Being involved 50 years later

signifies just how much we value the

education we received, friendships

we maintain, and the opportunities

the university offers to support current

students,” Lew said.

“We are so thankful for donors and

alumni like Lew and Myla, who have a

deep connection to their alma mater

and a passion for helping Lock Haven

students achieve their goals and gain

invaluable college experiences and

a love for The Haven like they have,”

said Bashar W. Hanna, President.


News & notes




The 2022 Nursing Honor Society at the

Clearfield campus has established an

Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN)

uniform closet to help decrease the

financial strain of nursing school.

The “Scrubs for Students” closet is open

to all nursing students who are in need

of assistance with the purchase of clinical


To launch the closet, scrubs were

collected from the 2022 graduating class

and nursing alumni. The uniforms are

free, but honor society members are

asking for a small donation to help

the Lock Haven Nursing Honor

Society keep this service available

to future nursing students.

The “Scrubs for Students” closet

opened on August 12, during the

ASN nursing student orientation.

Three second-year honor society

members, Stephanie Beck, Elijah

Williams, and Sarah Snyder, assisted

with the launch of the closet.

Approximately 25 new members of

the Class of 2024 visited the closet

with more than $210 in donations

collected to help future Nursing

Honor Society students maintain

this valuable student service.






Lock Haven has been providing students

and faculty the opportunity for mission

trips to the rural village of Harmons,

Jamaica, since 2015.

The program is a cooperative effort

between Dr. Amy Way, health science

professor and international servicelearning

program coordinator; Jennifer

Bell, physician assistant faculty; and

Won by One to Jamaica (WBOTJ), a

nonprofit organization located in the

rural community in south central Jamaica.

The groups have focused on dental

care, providing each of the children who

attend school in the community with a

toothbrush, as well as applying fluoride

varnish to each child between the ages

of 3 and 12 every year, and educating

them about proper brushing and food


With its emphasis on the care of

underserved populations, Lock Haven

Physician Assistant students regularly

participate in this program.

“Our students have been sponsoring

twin girls through the mission’s school

sponsorship program, and the Health

Science Club has been organizing

vitamin drives for us each year. So,

while we have not been able to be

there as a team since 2019, we are still

engaged with the community,” Way


A new preschool dental program

initiative through the Jamaican

Ministry of Health (MOH) and WBOTJ

began this fall for Harmons students.

The teachers were instructed on the

best way to teach preschoolers how

to properly brush their teeth. Each

child was given their own toothbrush

and toothpaste to be kept at school

and every day following lunchtime, the

teachers have the children brush their


“Our students have been working for

years to educate the community of

Harmons on the importance of oral

health,” Bell said. “We are so excited

to be able to have the Jamaican

Ministry of Health recognize that this

initiative for children is an effort worth

partnering with.”

“Thank you to Dr. Way and faculty

member Jennifer Bell for their

leadership in this initiative. It serves

as a wonderful example of service in

action and demonstrates the power

of students coming together and

using their professional skills to make

a difference in the world,” said Dr.

Bashar W. Hanna, President.

A donation page has been created

to help with gathering monetary donations

for the dental health project in Harmons. To

make a donation, visit www.givegab.com/




Class Notes


Jerry Swope ‘66 was inducted into the

National Wrestling Hall of Fame on May

1. The induction was held at the Hershey

Lodge in Hershey, Pa.


Michael Crosby ’79 was chosen to

officiate the New Hampshire Division II

High School Girl’s Lacrosse championship

game on June 8.


Timothy J. Walter ’80 was selected for

induction into the Pennsylvania State

Athletic Directors’ Hall of Fame as a

member of the 2023 class. Walter served

as director of athletics in the Bradford

Area School District for 18 years, among

numerous other honors and distinctions.

Mark DiPippa

’89, had his Haven

Pride on full display,

while participating

with more than

2,500 Jeeps in the 2022 New Jersey Jeep

Beach Invasion 2022 in Wildwood, NJ

from July 15 to July 17.

Kim (Evelyn) Kidd ’89 was promoted

to Director of TV Programming for QVC,

Inc. and leads the team responsible for

programming and airtime allocation

for both QVC TV channels, as well as

managing the on-air talent scheduling for

TV and streaming platforms.

Michelle (Miller) Rill ’89 & ‘12 was

promoted to Assistant Director for World

Campus Central (WCC) at Penn State

University. The WCC team is an online

one-stop office for enrollment services

management for students enrolled at Penn

State World Campus.


Douglas Madenford ‘02

received the Emichsburg

Prize for the preservation

of German language

and culture. The prize is

awarded by the Mundart

Tage Bockenheim Verein,

an organization that aims to

protect the Paelzisch dialect and culture.

Madenford, a German teacher at Central

Mountain High School, is the only non-

German to win the award in its more than

50-year history.

Charlie Brenneman ’04

and Amanda (Young)

Brenneman ’04

celebrated their 10th

wedding anniversary

on May 12. The

couple resides in Elizabethtown, Pa. with

their children Gracie and Rocky, along with

their French Bulldog, Josie. Rocky’s name is

partially inspired by Charlie’s former wrestling

coach at LHU, Rocky Bonomo.

Ashley Foltz ’06 & ’08 opened

a second location of her popular

clothing and accessory shop,

Skeleton Key Boutique, at 442

William St. in Williamsport. The

original Skeleton Key Boutique

is still located at 19 E. Main St.

in Lock Haven. Foltz also works

part-time as a physician assistant.


Jeff Ross ‘15 & ’17 and Haley

(Bridges) Ross ’14 welcomed

to the world twin baby girls

Rosie and Ruby on July 18.

Maria Johnston ’17 recently

joined My Care Now, LLC as

one of its newest Certified

Registered Nurse Practitioners.

Along with her earning

her Bachelor of Science in

Nursing from Lock Haven

University, she also has a Master of Science

in Nursing from Walden University, and she

is nationally certified through the American

Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a Family

Nurse Practitioner. She is a member of the

American Association of Nurse Practitioners

and Pennsylvania Association of Nurse



Alyssa Felty ’21 & ’22 was

named director of events at

Penn State University. In her

role, she will organize the

logistics and facilitation of

athletic events for the men’s

and women’s soccer and

lacrosse teams, and she will

also assist with football gameday duties.

In Memoriam

George Boyce ’65

Melinda J. Cavagnaro ’77

Mrs. Sheila Frankenfield ’91

Timothy P. Hannon ’99

Robert McCauley ’83

Shauna Moore ’13

James A. Morris ’70

Patrick M. Renehan ’66

David M. Richardson ’96

Carl A. Sprock ’57

Carol Lee Swaltek ’61

Col. David L. Swartzlander ’69, USA Ret.

Edward T. Williams ’71

Mrs. Betty B. Witt ’47

LHU emerita, Betty Schantz ’59, passed away

peacefully on June 2, 2022. Schantz earned

LHU’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1975

and LHU’s Distinguished Service Award in 1987.

From 1997 to 2011, she served on the LHU

Foundation Board of Directors, chairing its

Capital Campaign Committee from 1990-94.

She gained emerita status from LHU in 2001. In

2017, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of

Public Service by LHU.

LHU emeritus, Dr. Ira Graybill Masemore

began teaching history at Lock Haven State

College in 1969. Ten years later, he was

promoted to Dean of the College of Education

and Human Services and remained in that role

until his retirement in 1996. In 1997, Masemore

earned emeritus status, and, he and his late

wife, Gillian, established and endowed the Ira

G. and Gillian Masemore Scholarship, which

is awarded annually to a student majoring in

Geology or Teacher Education.

LHU emeritus, Dr. Kenneth Settlemyer

passed away on July 8, 2022. Settlemyer

taught Biological Sciences and Botany from

1966-1996. From 1970-1988, he initiated

and directed the LHU Campus Beautification

Program where over 500 trees and shrubs were

planted and 3,500 to 5,000 annual plants were

grown on campus and planted every year. He

also designed the Sloan Courtyard Project,

the patio landscape at Stevenson Library, and

participated in the design of the LHU Marker

and the Normal School Arch. In 1974, he was

honored with LHU’s Outstanding Educator


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By: Joby Topper, Library Director and

1929-1977 Assistant Director of CU Libraries

Akeley Hall stands as the third oldest

building on campus, behind Rogers

Gym (1896) and Bowes Hall (1927).

Built in 1929 as a “Training School,”

Akeley served as a public elementary

and junior high school on campus

where our Education majors were

trained as school teachers. This

is where they did their classroom

observations and student teaching.

The Training School was a common

feature at Teachers’ Colleges across

the nation. They were also known

as “Model Schools.” Because they

were so closely tied to a Teachers’

College, where education professors

were regularly conducting research

and experimenting with innovative

pedagogies, these Training/Model

Schools were expected to be models

of effective teaching and learning.

Akeley was not the campus’ first

Model School. LHU had Model Schools

long before Akeley was built. One of

these was a beautiful building, often

Archibald P. Akeley, 1925.

called “the Old Clock Tower Building,”

and it stood close to where Himes Hall

is today. By the mid-1920s, the Old

Clock Tower Building was overflowing

with students, kindergarten through

9th grade. Akeley Hall was built to

solve this problem of overcrowding.

Grades 7-9 were moved to Akeley, so

it became known as the “Junior High

Training School.”

In 1953, all campus buildings and

athletic fields were named in honor

of men and women who had given

distinguished service to the Lock

Haven State Teachers College. The

Training School was named for

Archibald P. Akeley (1886-1972),

a long-time college trustee and

superintendent of schools in Potter

County from 1918 to 1956.

By 1960, the Akeley School had

reduced its enrollment from K-9 to

grades 1-6. In 1971, President Frank

Hamblin called attention to the trend

among former Teachers Colleges to

close their Model Schools. During the

1960s, Lock Haven gradually became

a multi-purpose college for the liberal

arts and sciences. Our number of

Elementary Education majors—the

students who would need the Akeley

School as a training ground—had

dwindled to about 25 percent of our

student body. In short, the cost of

operating the Akeley School was no

longer in proportion with the costs

of supporting the non-Elementary

Education programs. Hamblin and

the Board of Trustees were forced to

make a difficult decision. On March 18,

1977, the Board voted unanimously

to close the Akeley School, ending a

century of Model School education on


Student and teacher on Akeley steps in 1960.

A teacher assists students with an Akeley School art project

circa 1963-1976.



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Lock Haven University

Lock Haven, PA 17745


For the past 13 years, Erik Evans ’88 has served as Vice President for

Advancement at Bloomsburg University. On July 1, he officially took the

lead for Commonwealth University’s Advancement Division, serving the

Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, and Mansfield communities. Evans is no stranger to

Lock Haven, having previously earned a degree and worked at The Haven.


:Tell us about your role and what it has meant to you to Come Home to

The Haven.


:In 1999, I was honored to become Lock Haven’s third Director of

Alumni Relations. During my seven plus years at The Haven, I had the

opportunity to learn from several LHU legends who took a chance on an

inexperienced “kid” from New Jersey. Without those incredible mentors,

I would never have been qualified to serve in my current role as VP for

Advancement for Lock Haven, Bloomsburg, and Mansfield. One of the most

rewarding parts of my new role is reconnecting with dedicated Lock Haven

colleagues, volunteers, and donors. Having graduated from Lock Haven with

a BA in Speech Communications and a Master’s in Business Education from

Bloomsburg, I can proudly say I now get to work at both of my alma



: As Lock Haven unites with Bloomsburg and Mansfield

under the banner of Commonwealth University, what do you

see as the biggest opportunities to impact student success?


: Expanded opportunities for students is what excites

me most about our three universities integrating.

Students will have access to additional programs and

employer partners to assist with their career aspirations.


: What is the most rewarding part of your job?


:As philanthropists, we have a front row seat in

seeing dreams come true! With each gift, our goal

is to marry a strategic priority with a donor passion. When

this happens, the ultimate impact to our students is simply



: When you’re not on campus, how do you enjoy spending your



: When off campus, my wife Cori and I enjoy spending time outdoors.

We both also love to exercise and recently took up the frustrating,

and sometimes rewarding, game of golf. On weekends and vacations, we

enjoy our downtime with family and friends, often over dinner with a nice

glass of wine.


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