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T HE MAGAZ I N E F O R ALUM N I AN D F RI EN DS O F WA S H I N G TO N & J EF F ER S O N CO L L E G E FAL L 2 005
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S T U D Y A B R O A D AT W & J
HOMECOMING 2005
A LAB OF ONE'S OWN
Women in Science at W&J
F ALL 20 05
Letters to the Editor
Production Manager/Editor We will print a representative selection of the when I was a freshman, who had a different
Joyce DeFrancesco letters we receive that refer to the most recent major, and was from a different part of the
edition of the magazine. Letters should be signed country. We were unlikely to have formed a
and include contact information. Submissions
35-year friendship had we not been in the
Editor may be edited for length, style, and clarity.
same fraternity, regardless of what the College
Robert Reid
had done to provide us opportunities to
The following letter addresses a letter to the
socialize.
editor from Roger B. Rollin, Ph.D., '52, which
Contributors
was published in the Winter 2005 issue.
Scott McGuinness, Dana Black-McGrath, Robert G. Walker, Ph.D., '69
and Tina Tuminella '94
Professor Rollin takes exception to the idea
The following letter addresses the articles "Five
expressed in the magazine's previous issue that
Designer Inducted Into Hall of Fame," "Three Recognized
"high social standards based in academic
Angela Parkhill excellence were hallmarks of W&J Greek life"
for Service and Achievement," and "Bica-Ross
Hall Opens at W&J."
in the 1940s, 1950s, and early 1960s. What
Editorial Assistant we have here, according to Rollin, is "at worst,
A recent issue of the W&J magazine stirred
Pamela Norris a whitewash of fraternity life;" "fraternity
some memories in this aging mind, a grad in
social standards were far from `high' and were
'48.
often marked by superficiality and, occasion-
Student Assistants The induction of Adam Sanders into the
ally, prejudice;" and "frats were essentially
Amy Smith '06 and W&J Hall of Fame is well deserved. Always
Courtney Grubich '07 anti-academic and certainly anti-intellectual."
nattily dressed, always "in control," and sel-
If Rollins is right about the situation at W&J
dom smiling, this lawyer-coach was great. Two
over that 25-year period, it changed remark-
Photography of his stalwarts, the Knoche brothers, sat with
ably quickly. From 1965 to 1969, when I was
Stacy Derrow '06, Joyce DeFrancesco, on campus, it was very different. From my
me in the last row of Dr. Sweet's history class
Jim Judkis, and Robert Reid and they never missed a class. I suspect Coach
experience, fraternities were a slightly positive
Sanders had a strict rule--missing class was as
influence on a student's academic perform-
bad as missing practice!
ance. An independent who failed, failed only
Another item caught my attention--Dr.
WRITE TO W&J MAGAZINE himself. A fraternity member who failed also
Tom Tredici, recipient of the Alumni
was responsible for bring down the "house
Achievement Award and a graduate of Hank
Please address your letters to: average," thereby endangering the social privi-
Bennet's dance classes. Tom and I were among
leges of all the fraternity's members. Contrary
Editor, W&J magazine the many veterans at W&J after WWII. The
to Rollin's statement that "no one I knew
Washington & Jefferson College honor conferred on Tom is also well deserved.
went uninitiated because of mediocre grades,"
60 South Lincoln Street When I see the wonderful new dorms now
students had to achieve a certain grade point
Washington, PA 15301 on campus, I remember well the rows of old
average in order to pledge and maintain at
Army barracks in which we lived, known as
least that minimum GPA in order to activate.
By e-mail: [email protected] "Splinter Village." These were not exactly lux-
By fax: 724-223-5267 Rollin is correct when he says that frater-
ury accommodations, but they did have an ice
nities continued to exist because they filled a
box, a space heater, and very thin "walls."
social void on campus, although I would not
They were hot in the summer and cold in the
ON THE COVER agree with him in castigating the College for
winter, but the rent was cheap and the colle-
that void. Fraternities then provided and con-
giality lingered long after graduation.
Chemistry lab in Lazear Hall tinue to provide a way of creating friendships
Thanks, folks, for stirring some wonderful
over three- or four-year age differences that
memories of "the greatest generation" on the
other extracurricular activities have difficulty
campus of W&J.
Washington & Jefferson College does not discrim- achieving. During Homecoming 2004, I visit-
inate in its educational programs or activities ed with a fraternity brother who was a senior
on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual The Honorable John A. MacPhail '48
orientation, national origin, age, disability, or
other protected status in accordance with
applicable state and federal laws. In addition, Correction:
W&J complies with applicable state and federal
laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. In the last issue of W&J magazine, Dr. David Schrader was credited as chair of the Department of
Inquiries may be directed to the Affirmative
Philosophy in the article "Learning Together: Faculty Scholarship at W&J." At the time of publication,
Action Officer, Washington & Jefferson College,
60 South Lincoln Street, Washington, PA 15301. Dr. R. Lloyd Mitchell was chair of the department. Schrader became chair in mid-January 2005.
724-223-6509
Table of Contents
3 Campus Housing Update
A Lab of One's Own
Women in Science at W&J 12
8 Hall of Fame Inductions
Campus News 2
Sports News 8
Dr. Tori Haring-Smith, twelfth president of W&J, Alumni News 22
was inaugurated on October 22. The ceremony
was part of a weekend-long series of inauguration Class Notes 28
events that coincided with W&J's annual Parents'
Weekend. Look for coverage of the inauguration in
your next W&J magazine. Through the Years 40
Honor Roll of Donors 41
CAMPUS NEWS
The World is Their Classroom:
W&J encourages all students to study abroad
By Joyce DeFrancesco
Washington & Jefferson College has long Haring-Smith. W&J's commitment to pro- Student International Travel Award Fund
been committed to introducing students to viding access to international travel has been with an initial gift of $25,000.
diverse cultures and a wider world through especially visible on campus this year. The award honors a promise that Greb
study abroad, providing an educational In April, juniors Susanna L. Hart, Suet made to Dr. Helena Miller during the '60s at
experience unlike any other. With the arrival Kam Lam, and Hollis J. Zemany were award- Duquesne University. Lacking the money to
of Dr. Tori Haring-Smith in January, as ed Vira I. Heinz Scholarships for Education continue his undergraduate education, Greb
W&J's twelfth president, that commitment Abroad for travel during the summer met with Miller, a professor of biology and
to study abroad and international travel months. The Vira I. Heinz Scholarship for associate dean of the College of Arts &
became even stronger as the president named Education Abroad program provides $5,000 Sciences, to withdraw from school. Instead of
implementing and enhancing international in study abroad support to a female student withdrawing, he received a personal check
programs as one of her top priorities. who is a sophomore or junior. Students from Miller, enough for tuition for the next
spend at least four weeks in the host semester, with no request for repayment, just
country and receive academic credit for a promise to extend the kindness to others in
their participation. The scholarship pro- need.
gram is sponsored by the Vira I. Heinz "I made that promise to Dr. Miller and
Endowment, a fund of the Heinz have honored my commitment many times
Endowments. since then," says Greb. "This fund is my
Hart is a French major who traveled wife's and my attempt to further honor that
to Aix en Provence, France, to study at promise to help students in need. A promise
the University of Aix-Marseille III. She made is a promise honored."
plans to become a French teacher. Lam An award will be given to one or more
is a Spanish and biochemistry major students in good standing, regardless of class
who went to the University of Seville in year, but with preference given to
Spain. Lam also interned and shadowed underclassmen, who have a desire to travel
doctors at the University Hospital internationally for college credit. Until the
Virgin Macarena. Lam plans on pursu- endowed fund has grown, awards will be
Barbara Betler Greb and Edward Greb have ing a career in medicine. Zemany is a restricted initially to international travel
endowed a study abroad scholarship fund. theatre and English major and studied at during January Intersession.
the International Summer Institute for Tara Mulkern, a senior Hardy Eagle
"International travel broadens our Ancient Greek Drama and Theatre in Scholar, can testify to both the power of
students' horizons, exposes them to cultures Cyprus, Greece. Zemany plans to pursue a study abroad and networking. She received a
unlike our own, increases their self-confi- career in theatre and education. travel award directly from 84 Lumber
dence, and introduces them to the global In May, Dr. Edward Greb, professor of Company, which financed her study abroad
world in which they will work--whether sociology at W&J, and his wife, Barbara experience in Seville, Spain, during the
their field is medicine, business, education, Betler Greb, established The Barbara Betler summer. While speaking with Maggie
research, law, or any graduate discipline," says Greb and Edward Martin Greb Endowed Hardy-Magerko, president of 84 Lumber
2 Washington & Jefferson College Magazine
Company, at the College's annual Campus Housing Update
Entrepreneurial Leadership Dinner in
February, Magerko told Mulkern to write a In recent years, W&J has undertaken an The groups will be reviewed at the end of the
letter detailing her study abroad plans to the ambitious project to increase not just the quantity year in order to evaluate how they followed
company as it sometimes sponsors such edu- of student housing on campus, but the quality of through with their plans and houses will be kept
cational experiences. Mulkern did, and was that housing as well. Phase one was completed or reassigned accordingly. Theme housing is a
awarded $7,000, which covered her entire in fall 2004 with the dedication of Bica-Ross Hall, housing option with a lot of promise, says Gerald
trip, including tuition, housing, and travel a suite-style living facility with room for 126 stu- Stebbins, associate dean of student life. W&J
expenses. Mulkern, an international business dents. This year will mark the successful comple- has plans to expand to a total of eight theme-
and Spanish major with an emphasis on tion of phase two, theme housing. style housing facilities next year.
entrepreneurial studies, took two classes in The theme house project on Chestnut Street When the housing project was first envi-
Spain, Language and Practice of Spanish is rapidly approaching total completion. Six of sioned, W&J planned to demolish the 37-year-
Business and Fundamentals of Spanish the houses--the triplex and three single hous- old quad buildings in the center of campus and
Culture, through the Center for Cross- es--were ready for occupancy on August 15. create a green space. However, due to W&J's
Cultural Study. "I hope this will be the first of The final four houses will be completed and increasing enrollment, the 10 quad houses will
many travels for me," says Mulkern. ready for students after the fall term. Each theme continue to house students indefinitely. The
house was designed to look like a home rather buildings have been renamed President's Row
than a residence hall and accommodates 26 stu- with each individual quad named for a former
dents. The freestanding structures include U.S. president--Adams, Buchanan, Grant,
amenities such as laundry facilities on each floor, Jefferson, Washington, Lincoln, Fillmore,
a full-size kitchen, a living room, a chapter/theme Harrison, Cleveland, and Monroe. President's
office, and a meeting room. Row is occupied by upper-class students with
Eight of the houses will be occupied by some quads serving as theme-style living. With
Greek organizations. The sororities and fraterni- the exception of the Phi Kappa Psi house, the
ties awarded new theme houses are Beta Theta quads are unaffiliated with any specific Greek
Pi, Delta Gamma, Delta Tau Delta, Kappa Alpha organization.
Viet Ha heads the newly created Theta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Phi Delta Theta, Phase three of the housing project was apart-
Office of Study Abroad. Phi Gamma Delta, and Pi Beta Phi. At the start ment-style housing that would give students a
of the fall term, Delta Gamma, Delta Tau Delta, taste of living on their own while maintaining a
On September 1, Viet Ha became the Kappa Alpha Theta, and Phi Delta Theta moved sense of community and access to the College's
College's first ever director of study abroad into their houses while the others will move into services. This phase is now on hold as the
and off-campus programs. With more than their new homes after the holiday break. Greek College evaluates its current housing situation
10 years of experience in study abroad and organizations will receive a review every two and whether apartment-style living meets the
international travel, Ha is leading W&J's years in order to retain a theme house. Phi current needs of students.
efforts to strengthen the quality and quantity Kappa Psi fraternity will continue to be located in
of study abroad and exchange programs at the one of the quad buildings.
College. With the addition of Ha, students Two houses will be shared by
and faculty will soon find arranging their special interest groups, which, this
international study travel to be easier since he year, are Faith House, Leadership
will negotiate articulation agreements with House, and Music House. Special
institutions offering international and domes- interest groups were awarded hous-
tic study experiences, support faculty who es by a committee of faculty, stu-
wish to teach travel-study courses, coordinate dents, and staff based on their plans
foreign visitors, and advise students who wish for the group and the theme house,
to travel abroad. Prior to joining W&J, Ha which had to include group-only and
was the assistant director of the Institute for campus-wide programming activities.
Study Abroad Programs at the University of
Wisconsin-Platteville.
Washington & Jefferson College Magazine 3
Booth Chosen as 2005 Goldwater Scholar New Web Site
Launched
a member of Sigma Pi Sigma, the physics
honorary, and the Committee on
Recruitment and Admissions.
W&J faculty members from a variety of
disciplines supported Booth's application,
including Dr. William Sheers, professor of
physics; Dr. Jenny Kline, associate professor
of mathematics; Michael Sakash, assistant
professor of music; and Dr. James March,
professor of biology and W&J's Goldwater
Scholarship advisor.
"Ryan Booth is one of the most talented
and productive physics students that I've had
the privilege to work with at W&J," says W&J has had an extreme makeover--
Sheers, who helped Booth with his scholar- online, that is.
ship essay. "He excels in theoretical work, and On August 1, W&J launched a new,
Senior Ryan Booth could be considered a his experimental skills put him in a class by improved Web site. The new site was
modern-day renaissance man--a scholar himself. He is inquisitive, self-directed, highly designed to make www.washjeff.edu
whose interests range from nuclear medicine motivated, creative, and finds enjoyment more user-friendly, cohesive, and attrac-
to jazz music--but it's for his accomplish- spending countless hours of free time doing tive. The eight-month process was
ments in the field of physics that the Barry lab research. We are very fortunate that he spearheaded by the Office of
M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in chose to attend W&J." Communications and Information
Education Foundation chose Booth as one of Scholars were chosen on the basis of aca- Technology Services in conjunction with
the 320 Barry M. Goldwater scholars for the demic merit from a field of 1,091 sophomore Ripple Effects Interactive, a Pittsburgh-
20052006 academic year. and junior mathematics, science, and engi- based interactive agency and design
"Winning the Goldwater Scholarship is a neering students who were nominated by the firm.
great honor," says Booth, a physics major faculties of colleges and universities nation- The new design was chosen for its
with minors in mathematics and music. "It wide. Of the 320 awardees, 165 are men, 155 classic look, but modern Web site fea-
makes me confident that I've chosen the right are women, and nearly all intend to obtain a tures, including both "user" and
field of study, and it proves that W&J is Ph.D. as their career objective. Twenty-seven "resource" navigation. The site's content
preparing me to compete on a national level." scholars are mathematics majors, 239 are sci- has also been updated to better reflect
The one- and two-year scholarships cover ence majors, 45 are engineering majors, and the outstanding educational programs
tuition, fees, books, and room and board up nine are computer science-related majors. and opportunities offered by the College
to a maximum of $7,500. Booth has a strong Honoring Senator Barry M. Goldwater, a as well as the growth and changes
interest in biophysics and plans to pursue a five-term Arizona senator and former taking place at W&J.
terminal degree in the field. While he presidential candidate who championed The end result of the hard work of
describes himself as a "physics nerd," Booth conservativism in the Republican Party, the many members of the College commu-
also plays tenor saxophone in the W&J jazz scholarship program was designed to foster nity is a Web site that is more represen-
ensemble, studies the instrument privately and encourage outstanding students to pursue tative of what W&J is today and one
with a W&J music professor, and was part of careers in the fields of mathematics, the that will improve the impression the
the wind ensemble. He is involved on campus natural sciences, and engineering. College makes on those who first see
as a resident assistant and physics tutor. He is W&J through its Web presence.
Take a moment to check out the
new improved W&J Web site at
www.washjeff.edu.
4 Washington & Jefferson College Magazine
W&J Participates in CMU Genetic Cognitive
Tutor Research Program
Washington & Jefferson College has joined Carnegie Mellon University's project to
research cognitive tutoring through a two-year collaboration between the schools.
Dr. Alice Lee, associate professor of biology, participated in training during fall
2004 at CMU on a cognitive tutor computer-based, problem-solving package in
genetics developed by CMU geneticists, cognitive psychologists, and computer
programmers. W&J is participating in a two-year program with CMU in which
cognitive tutors were implemented in BIO 201: Genetics during six laboratory
sessions in spring 2005. (The tutors also will be used in the laboratory in 2006.)
Data were collected, with complete anonymity and confidentiality, to help the
project directors at CMU learn more about how students reason about genetics prob-
lems and to continue to develop tutors that will help students learn faster and better
through problem solving.
Students in the BIO 201: Genetics course presented
The most effective mode of instruction for genetics, like many problem-solving their work in progress on the cognitive genetics tutors
areas, is interactive tutoring. While traditional, highly skilled, interactive human at the Science Symposium on April 9. Pictured (from
tutoring is effective, it is not practical for every student. Cognitive tutors are con- left to right) are Terra Naviglia '06 (biology), Nathan
Roberts '05 (biochemistry), Dennis Trelka, chair of the
structed around an intelligent problem-solving knowledge base necessary to solve the W&J biology department, Diana Dutra '05 (biology),
problems and give users step-by-step feedback as they work the problems as well as and Alicia Bitterice '06 (French).
provide problem-solving advice when requested.
During the first year of the project, students in BIO 201 found the tutors helpful in understanding how to think about and solve problems.
Feedback on the course evaluation was generally very positive, says Lee. It appears that W&J students who use the tutors diligently perform
better on exam questions in the same areas of genetics. Quantitative assessment after the second year of the study will determine whether this
trend is significant, she says.
Biology Professor Receives SOMAS Grant
Dr. Ronald Bayline, assistant professor of biology at Washington & Jefferson College, received a grant from the Support of Mentors and their Students in
the Neurosciences (SOMAS) program in March to study the regulation of muscle development.
SOMAS provides $10,000 for Bayline's research, which involves the interactions between developing neurons and muscles that determine their function
in an insect model system, the tobacco hornworm Manduca sexta. The SOMAS grant provided support for a W&J student, Ashley Gardner '07, to work on
the research project with Bayline during the summer, providing her with valuable experience in the methods of scientific research.
SOMAS is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation to Dr. Julio Ramirez of Davidson College in North Carolina. The program addresses
the need to enhance recruitment and retention of students in the sciences.
"By having students directly explore the frontiers of neuroscience, Dr. Bayline's research project is an outstanding example of how cutting-edge research
can be used as a vehicle to educate the next generation of scientists," said Ramirez.
The SOMAS program provides junior faculty from predominantly undergraduate institutions with assistance in launching research programs that engage
and introduce student collaborators to discovery in the neurosciences by conducting original research with their professors. Grants cover travel and supply
budgets, summer student housing, as well as faculty and student stipends. The SOMAS program also provides funds for the faculty mentors and their stu-
dents to attend the joint Annual Meetings of the Society for Neuroscience (SFN) and the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN), where they will
present their summer research findings at the FUN Poster Session held jointly with the SFN meeting.
The SOMAS program chose six recipients for summer 2005 awards. Along with Bayline, recipients are Katherine Cameron, Washington College;
Christopher Korey, College of Charleston; Laura O'Dell, University of TexasEl Paso; Seth Ramus, Bowdoin College; and Noah Sandstrom, Williams
College.
Washington & Jefferson College Magazine 5
W&J in the News
Washington & Jefferson College faculty, administrators, students, and alumni continue to weigh in
on a variety of issues around the country, showcasing the breadth of knowledge and expertise
available within the College community.
Associate Professor of Director of Government and Foundation Linda Troost, professor of
Information Technology Relations Lynn Barger were quoted in a English, was mentioned in
Leadership Charles Pittsburgh Business Times article in June about a March 2005 issue of The
Hannon's book, Faulkner W&J's climbing enrollment and capital improve- Chronicle of Higher
and the Discourses of ment projects. The story discussed W&J's enlarg- Education. Jane Austen in
Culture, was published by ing student population, the launch of the Science Hollywood, a collection of
the Louisiana State Initiative, and the new residence halls. essays on the issues of the
University Press. "popularization" of Austen's works, was co-edited
Catherine Sherman, asso- by Troost and was mentioned in the article "The
Arlan Hess, adjunct instructor of English, co- ciate director for the Center Pride of Austen's Critics: A Prejudice?" by
founded a nonprofit literary journal, Paper Street, for Learning & Teaching, Deborah Kaplan.
in the spring of 2004. In July, The Almanac had her poem
detailed Paper Street Press's move from Hess's "Blackberries" published in Michelle Vettorel, director
home to office space in Mt. Lebanon where Hess the fall issue of the Hawaii of financial aid, was quoted
holds an open writing studio and literary/art pro- Pacific Review, an annual in a The New York Times
grams each month as well as offering readings at literary magazine supported by Hawaii Pacific story in June about the con-
a local coffee shop. University. fusion caused by a federal
financial aid rule. The article
Jim Longo, associate pro- Sophomore Jeff Tomaino was profiled in the discussed the heavier finan-
fessor of education, was April 12 edition of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review cial burden for a college education that some
quoted in an Associated for his determination to become a tennis player families are being forced to carry thanks to
Press story about Mary Ann despite being born without a lower right arm. changes to the federal financial aid formula. The
Winkowski, a "ghostbuster" (See page 11.) Tomaino plays singles and article was reprinted in several papers in the
whose story inspired CBS' doubles tennis for the Presidents. region.
"Ghost Whisperer" series, starring Jennifer Love
Hewitt. Longo, who collects ghost stories and has If you're looking for the perfect place to have your conference,
published books on the subject, commented on educational meeting, seminar, wedding, or other special event,
cultural beliefs about lingering spirits. The story W&J's new Office of Conferences and Events is happy to help
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