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Math Major Excels Learn More Campaign Best Fundraising Year Ever Homecoming 2006 Class Notes

A Message from the President

As I accepted the presidency of this wonderful college, I took time to look at what lay ahead of and behind us. The growth Mercyhurst has experienced over the past several years never ceases to amaze me. Today more than 4,000 students are pursuing an education at our four locations and more than 900 full- and part-time faculty, staff, administrators and adjunct faculty are helping them reach their goals. This is amazing if you consider that just 80 years ago, Mercyhurst existed only in the imagination of Mother M. Borgia Egan and the Sisters of Mercy. Despite the changes occurring in the last year, there are many aspects of Mercyhurst that remain the same. Mercyhurst continues to remain dedicated to the mission of the college. Mercyhurst continues to focus on academic excellence. We continue to see the value in the liberal aits as well as the dignity of work. We also continue to focus on the Mercv tradition and rallies of truth, individual integrity, human dignity, mercy and justice. But, I think most Importantly, Mercyhurst continues to be about people - about seeking understanding, lhing values and making a difference in our community and the world today and in the future.

With such a large and growing network of people, it becomes increasingly important to have experts working with me. I am proud to say that at Mercyhurst we have some of the brightest and best in the country, if not the world, to teach our students and serve as administrators. Just this year, we were fortunate enough to welcome another '"dynamic dozen" highly qualified faculty members and many other staff and administrators to the Mercyhurst family I see my role emerging as a mentor, guide or coach who enables these experts to build their areas, in the best way they know how, toward the mission of the college. My role is to act as a midwife not dictating how the system should operate, but rather enabling others to flourish while guiding and assisting in the birth of new ideas and ventures. This is how Mercyhurst will most efficiently and effectively move toward our future vision.

Every year we are excited to see many of you back on campus. With your arrival always come the stories about your days on the Hill or what makes you so fond of Mercyhurst. These stories are rich in what makes Mercyhurst, Mercyhurst. These stories are also what allow the mystery and memories of the Mercy tradition and the character of Mercvhurst to live on.

Each new class and each new year help to write new stories. I hope you will continue to read the stories of the people who are writing the next chapter of the Mercyhurst legacy. I also encourage you to stay connected with us so that you can continue to add to our stories. It is our hope many generations to come will know about what has flourished from a simple seed the Sisters of Mercy planted many years ago. God bless vou and God bless Mercvhurst!

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Inside this issue

A message from President Tom Gamble Mercyhurst inaugurates its 11th president Interior design graduate gives Country Fair a new look Graduate program targets teachers dealing with autism 'Hurst approach to 'Facebook' draws national attention Archaeology students excavate remains of Texas POW camp Nursing students practice on lifelike patient simulators Center to be regional hub for public safety training A day in the life of Dr. Tom Gamble Mercyhurst West opens doors with a strong vision for the future Math major excels in international competition Ad campaign invites community to 'learn more' about Mercyhurst Women's hockey team ranked # 1 in nation Mercyhurst records best fundraising year in history Homecoming festivities draw hundreds back to campus

In an official portrait taken by photographer Michael Priestap on the day of his inauguration, President Tom Gamble wears his official presidential regalia and Mercyhurst College's new chain of office, .ides a three-dimensional cast bronze The cl medallion of the college seal and individual links naming each of the school's 11 presidents and their terms of office.

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"Because no great tree bears fruit except in the fullness of time, our duty is not merely to preserve Mercyhurst College as it is, but to imagine the fullness of that promise and to bring to fruition in our time, our part of what still lies partially concealed."
- Thomas J. Gamble, Ph.D.
Mb President of Mercyhurst College

Years that Dr. Thomas Gamble has been at Mercy-hurst, first serving on the criminal justice and psychology faculty, then as director of the Mercyhurst College Civic Institute, and finally as vice president of academic affairs. Days between Mar. 1,2006, when Dr. Gamble assumed the presidency, and Sept. 16,2006, the date of his formal inauguration. J


Alumni ait teachers who showed works in "From the Past to the Future," the art exhibit in conjunction with the inauguration that also marked the unveiling of a renovated and expanded Cummings Gallery. Pieces of art work submitted by 30 different artists for the "Friends of the College" Art Show in Old Main. Eleven of the works were donated to the college and represent the start of a permanent art collection. Banners that welcomed visitors to the Erie and North East campuses during the fall, proclaiming "Presidential Inauguration 2006" on one side, and "Carpe Diem" on the other. Clergy members who concelebrated the inaugural Mass, including the Most Rev. Donald W. Trautman, Bishop of the Diocese of Erie. The Rev. Msgr. David A. Rubino, former president of Gannon University and a longtime friend of Dr. Gamble, delivered the homily. Symbolic gifts representing the college and its Mercy heritage presented to Dr. Gamble during the Mass,, from the college seal banner to a page from the Book of Kells.


Members of the college community who served on the inauguration planning committee, chaired by Marlene Mosco '68, chair of the Board of Trustees, and Dr. Heidi ^ Hosey, executive vice president for Mercyhurst West. Events scheduled during the week leading up to the inauguration ceremony, ranging from a formal dinner for the Board of Trustees and a variety of guest speakers, to a barbecue at Mercyhurst North East and a luau for students at the Erie campus. Invitations to the various inaugural events sent to friends of the college. The artwork for the invitations was created by Michele Feidler '06, a graphic design graduate, based on imagining the possibilities of Mercyhurst College.


Participants - in colorful academic regalia - who took part in the inaugural procession. Colleges and universities that sent delegates to the inauguration. O <=^ Faculty Senate presidents from Erie (Dr. Randall demons) and North East (Dr. Peter Yaksick) who placed the chain of office around Dr. Gamble's shoulders to symbolize his new office. Former presidents of Mercyhurst College whose names and terms are engraved on the newly created chain of office. One (Mother M. DeSales Preston, RSM) served three separate terms. Kelly green chevrons outlined in gold on the sleeves of Dr. Gamble's dark green velvet academic robes. Robes of those holding doctoral degrees have three chevrons; only presidential robes bear the fourth. His hood is lined in kelly green and white, the official colors of Mercyhurst College. Thousands of dollars raised entirely through private donations to fund the inauguration festivities.

Country Fair store gets new feel courtesy ofMercyhurst designer

It started as a fairly simple project. Country Fair passed by in a blur for interior design major Mandi Gibson '06. Besides completing her coursew >rk, she was already immersed in her first paying design project - creating a new interior environment for a Country Fair store opening this winter in St. Marys. Pa. i didn't sleep much for the six months before graduation." Gibson laughs. When the convenience store chain's managers decided to expand eastward into Elk County, they envisioned a new look and asked Mercyhurst interior design program director Kathy Weidenboerner to recommend a designer. "They were looking for a professional already working in thefield."Gibson says. "But she recommended me. 1 bid on the project and got the commission." The fact that she's a St. Marys native was an added bonus. wanted her to pick outfinishes- fabrics and paint colors - for the store's dining area. -After a few meetings, I told them they really needed to look at the whole environment in the store." Gibson recalls. Her bold move paid off

plastic chairs, she chose upholstered metal seating to further soften the look. She specified a variety of seating arrangements and heights to help appeal to a broad j

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and she was hired to revamp the entire interior, including retail space, restrooms and the kitchen. She looked to coffee shops and casual sit-down restaurants for inspiration as she worked to create a comfortable, warm and welcoming atmosphere. "We want people to feel at ease enough to relax and spend time in the cafe, and to want to return for other meals." "We have eliminated the use of white as a standard neutral, and instead dove into the world ofrichcolors." Gibson explains. "On the floors and walls, Country Fair has adoptedrichertones and materials. The floors make use of more intense colors than before, such as day, browns and rust."

clientele: chairs, Mandi Gibson W stools, straight booths and u-shaped booths. "Anyone should be able tofinda place where they feel comfortable, whether dining alone or with a group." The design also uses a new approach to merchandise signage, reducing what she feels was an overuse of product graphics-on the walls. "We've substituted simple, readable signage

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Another proposed Country Fair store may also bear the imprint of Mercyhurst interior design students. About a dozen students worked together during an Industry Consulting class last year to design a Country Fair store that would appeal to Mercyhurst students. The proposed location is a vacant lot at 38th and Pine Avenue. Kathy Weidenboerner, director of the interior design program, and Daryl Georger, chair of the hotel, restaurant and institutional management (HRIM) department, team-taught the class, with additional input from architect Jeff Kidder. Paul Rankin, vice president of the Country Fair division of United Refining Company, says the company had pretty standard ideas about what its facilities should look like. "They took the paradigm we work with and threw it away totally,"he says of the Mercyhurst designers. "They totally reversed everything we thought we needed." And, while the students proposed some drastic changes to the Country Fair model, Rankin is thrilled with the results. "Their work far exceeded what we w have expected in the normal marketplace, from professionals," he says. "Their work was phenomenal, superb." The preliminary plans for the site incorporate

labeling product location," Gibson says, it's a drastic change from the traditional interior of Country Fair's stores, but we believe that it will help create a more pleasant environment." The 5,050-square-foot store features a drive-in service and gourmet espresso bar. It no longer resembles a red barn; the exterior uses a deeper burgundy color and some arts-and-crafts touches, according to Guy Strayer, director of project development. To add local flavor, Country Fair also hired a muralist whofilledthe interior wall in the dining area with images like Straub's Brewery and a salute to the town as "the powdered metal capital of the world." The other walls are glass, and the rear portion of the cafe boasts 16-foot ceilings inside a distinctive exterior tower. While the St. Marys store was built from scratch, the concepts Gibson presented could easily become a prototype for other older stores being renovated,

according to Paul Rankin, vice president of the Country Fair division of United Refining Company. Rankin savs the convenience store business is changing, with the emphasis on food and in-store dining options increasing. He said the food available at his chain's store is as good as other fast-food offerings, but the challenge is to increase public awareness. "We have to make our stores appealing enough to draw customers in," he says. "We want people to think of Country Fair as an option when they want a good, quick meal." "Mandi seemed to understand exactly what we needed, and did a beautiful job with her designs," Rankin adds. Gibson, 23, now resides in Pittsburgh and works as a freelance commercial and residential designer with assignments throughout eastern and central Pennsylvania.

the students'ideas. No date has been set to break ground, but Rankin says it's definitely his plan to build there and to use the student input. The current plan for the 38th and Pine location includes a traditional convenience store opening off the gas pump area and a dining area. The two areas would be connected with a hall that features Mercyhurst student artwork. Rankin hopes the store will offer a 24/7 eatery featuring freshly made, healthy food and a gourmet coffee line, menu concepts developed by Mercyhurst's HRIM students. Students who worked on the 38th and Pine proposal included Jessica Allison, Nicole Craven, Janelle DiFuccia, Ron Dorchak, Allison Greene, Stephanie Heher, Cassandra Johnson, Sheena Kiefer, Jill Natale, Brian Valero and Dave Wozny.

The six-year-old with the impish grin wants a cookie - but he doesn't know how to ask for one. Instead, he throws a tantrum. His favorite toy is just out of his reach on a shelf - so he throws a tantrum. For a child with autism, who has limited language skills, it's the only way he knows to get what he wants. To teach him better methods, his teachers at the Dr. Gertrude A. Barber National Institute turn to the science of behavior analysis. "Behavior analysis works with all children," notes Tom Kitchen '97, who supervises a half-dozen classrooms for children with autism at the Institute, "but it's become the gold standard for dealing with children with autism." Kitchen, who also completed his master's in special education at Mercyhurst in 2005, earned his certification in applied behavior analysis through Penn State's distance learning program. His newer colleagues have another option: a brand-new graduate curriculum in applied behavior analysis at Mercyhurst. Program director Dr. Phillip Belfiore points out that Mercyhurst's graduate program in special education has always had a behavioral focus, but the new curriculum will actually qualify students to take the certification exam that leads to a BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) designation. Students can choose either a concentration in behavior analysis within the special education master's program, or the sequence of five graduate courses. Barber Institute Executive Vice President Dr. Maureen Barber-Carey expects the new program to enhance the strong relationship Mercyhurst has had with the Barber Institute since the 70s, when the special education cc

program began. The Institute already employs more than a dozen board certified behavior analysts, and she believes it's a useful tool for all the institute's classroom teachers and wraparound staff as well. Barber Institute staff members including Kitchen and Robert Gulick, another certified behavior analyst, will be part of the Mercyhurst program's adjunct faculty. They'll also supervise students during the required 750 hours of practicum experience. "The Institute is truly a learning lab because of the number of children we serve with such a variety of disabilities," Barber-Carey points out. So how does behavior analysis work? Belfiore tries to put it in simple terms. "First, we define the behavior in question. Then,

Mercyhurst brings behavior analysis training to Erie

based on previous research and our observations, we design an intervention. Finally, we implement the intervention and monitor to

see if the desired change occurs."

'Behavior analysis

"The best teachers implement behavior management principles even without knowing they're doing it," adds Kitchen. But he says applied behavior analysis adds an analytic component, constantly evaluating data and using it to make further decisions. The boy who wants the cookie needs to learn an alternate way to ask - like giving his teacher a picture of a cookie, Kitchen explains. When the boy hands over the picture, he'll receive a cookie. If he throws a tantrum, nothing will happen to reinforce that behavior. If that strategy doesn't succeed, the teacher will try manipulating the boy's environment in some other way, and

works with all children, but it's become the gold standardfor dealing with children with autism.

then measure again. And since behavior is defined as anything a person does that can be observed and measured, the potential applications of

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behavior analysis are unlimited.

Mercyhurst students
Manv a student has found out far too late that using online networking sites is like having your diary stolen by a jealous friend: just when you thought your secrets were safe, they are being posted on the Internet for everyone's consumption. College administrators, recruiters, police, even stalkers can gain entry to what students have misguidedly believed was a dead-bolted door.. The rising popularity of online social networking sites like Facebook, used by more than 8.5 million college students each month, has heightened the problem. The sites give users the illusion that they are simply interacting privately with friends, when in fact much of their behavior is accessible to any inquiring party. Keeping Mercyhurst College students out of the crosshairs became an issue last spring when college administrators logged onto Facebook and discovered students' provocative photos and other seemingly private information available for easy perusal. "I've had students tell me they thought of Facebook as their own personal diary," said Laura Zirkle, assistant vice president of the Division of Student Life at Mercyhurst. Zirkle and Joe Howard '03, assistant director of residence life and student conduct, were thrust into the national spotlight when they pioneered a manual -facetbefacts - on how to avoid the pitfalls of Internet sites like Facebook. The brochure was born out of a scarcity of information on cyber-safety. "We would go to conferences and find everyone talking about the problem, but nobody appearing to have the solution," Howard said. "I started writing our brochure on my flight home from one of those conferences and then we all (residence life staff) tweaked it." Because Mercyhurst appeared to be the first in the country to be proactive about this hot-button issue, the college's efforts became fodder for extensive news coverage last fall, including a segment on CNN's "Situation Room," and stories carried in The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Baltimore Sun, The Christian Science Monitor and the Erie Times-News. Even before the media coverage though, colleges from across the country, including Temple University, Towson State and Virginia Tech, were responding to Mercyhurst's online invitation to "help yourself" to the brochure and assimilate it into their student programming. However silly the entry may appear, were a prospective employer to navigate John's Facebook site, the outcome might not be a laughing matter. Other students are prone to locker-room talk and exaggeration online, but sometimes the most damaging postings are the most authentic: cell phone numbers, addresses, whereabouts on a Saturday night... all of which can make students vulnerable to stalkers and other unsavorv characters. Through December, Mercyhurst had reported more than 4,600 hits on its brochure site: users, mercyhurst. edulreslifelwwwI facebook. Zirkle believes what makes facetbefacts so popular is that it delivers its message in a fresh, lighthearted way and avoids being preachy. In fact, those working in the area of student life at Mercyhurst are so enthused by their success with facetbefacts that they are considering another plunge into publishing: this time a guide to the hazards of hazing. With their track record, it's likely to be a bestseller.
FAVORITE BOOK: "How to lead an unethical life" POLITICAL VIEWS: Anarchist INTERESTS: Hurting people's feelings, abnormal levels of intoxication, breaking any rule or law (I keep a list)

Thefirststep, the authors suggest in facetbefacts, is to internalize the idea that the Internet is not your persona! playground. When you post your profile online, complete with your signature humor, don't think only your buddies can view it. Here's John's profile, afictitiousexample from ihcfacethefacts brochure:

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Student researchers preserve memories ofbomefront during WWII

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Armed with saws and machetes, student and faculty researchers of the Meityhurst Archaeological Institute (MAI) traverse the tangle of prickly underbrush at North Camp Hood determined to liberate the story of 3,000 German prisoners of war interned at this central Texas site during World War II. jgQ -**** Drawing on newspaper accounts, official documents of the time and an ongoin<8 archaeological study of the historic site, the MAI team is hoping to capture this particular war

story before time and progress obliterate the opportunity. Between 1943 and 1945, nearly 50,000 German prisoners of war mostly from the German Afrika Korps, lived and worked at 70 POW camps across Texas. North Camp Hood, a 58-acre parcel situated on the 200,000-acre U.S. Army training installation known as Fort Hood, was home to nearly 3,000 of them. "It is important to look at sites like these because they are fast disappearing," said MAI historic archaeologist Judith Thomas, who is leading the effort that began last summer at Fort Hood, where Merq'hurst is in the fourth year of afive-yearcontract to excavate a select number of prehistoric rock shelters and historic sites. "There is very little left of the home front that reveals what went on

in this country during World War II, with the obvious exception of Pearl Harbor," Thomas
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continued. "It has been more than 50 years since the war, and we are beginning

to lose people who can provide us with first- , person accounts. When Thomas and her team of 13, mainly undergraduate archaeology majors from Mercyhurst and other schools, arrived at Camp Hood last summer for a seven-week stretch, they

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brought documentation, including aerial maps, which hinted at .the layout of the POW camp. What they didn't expect was the maze of nearly impenetrable brush they had to navigate to 3IJ i

the foundation of a building that didn't fit into the standard military blueprint for a POW camp. "We have no idea what it was used for," said Thomas, who went back to Fort Worth, Texas; in November to further research archival records, hoping to eventually determine the function of the mvsterv building. -- Q. Camp Hood is one of many diverse archaeological resources on the Fort Hood property, where nearly 1,110 prehistoric sites and another 1,100 historic European settlements have been identified. All artifacts are catalogued and stored by the Fort Hood Cultural Resources Management Program. Both federal and Texas laws mandate that archaeological survevs be conducted before an area can be

so many people enjoy visiting Williamsburg, for example. Our excavations show this area*' has the potential to be used as a teaching and archaeological site and to demonstrate the way of life for prisoners of war in the United States during World War II." Thomas and her students will continue researching the archives, advertise in Republications, solicit photographs and seek out soldiers who may have lived and worked at the site. Designing her senior project along those lines is archaeology major Amy Pfeffer of Fairview, Pa. "Manv of the Armv records are classified, so

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J ^ "We spent two-and-a-half weeks of 10-hour days clearing and chopping to expose the ground surface where we were to work," Thomas said, i t was some of the densest underbrush I have ever seen." Further, the heat was stifling. "I actually counted," she said. "We had temperatures between ino and 103 degrees^! percent of the da\s we were there: 48 percent of the days, it was in the 90s. We had only one day in the 80s." In a way, they almost felt as though they wer living the lives of the POWs whose steps they had come to retrace. The prisoners' bigg complaint, historical records show, was the * oppressive heat. Texas had approximately twice as many POW camps as any other state, first because of the space, and second, because of the climate. The Geneva Convention of 1929 required that oners of war be moved to a climate similar to that where they were captured; apparently it "mis thought that the climate of Texas was similar

we are contacting the International Red Cross and researching newsletters of the Afrika Korps

if used for training. The MAI, under the direction ^ J to locate photos andfindpeople who may have more information," she said. - of Dr. James Adovasio, has been charged with shouldering a large part of that responsibility. If a survey and subsequent study of a site identify it as significant, the area is protectedfromthe rigors of training. Although one section of the former POW in its place, the remnants of North Camp Hood are not under immediate threat. Still, much of this significant area has ecn taken over by the bee brush that surrounds it, removing it from public view and memory. POW camp preserved. "It is so much easier to envision historv when you can actually see it," she said. "That's why > Thomas said she would like to see the former

Like the many other Mercvhurst students who have excavated prehistoric and historic sites at Fort Hood during the past four years, Pfeffer said thefieldexperience is unparalleled.


"You can be told something only so many times," she said. "Getting out there and doing it makes all the difference."

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the heat, but very little else," Thomas said, referring to reports from the International Red Cross in Geneva, Switzerland, the agency charged with inspecting POW camps at the time.

"The German soldiers were treated very well. They worked; they had educational programs, staged their own theater performances and formed musical groups for entertainment. Many reported eating the best food they had in years." The main camps were generally built to standard specifications: latrines, mess halls and a set of military barracks constructed on

short wooden piers and covered by tar paper or corrugated sheet iron; inside were rows of cots and footlockers. V, Although the buildings at Camp Hood were dismantled in the early 1950s, the foundations of the main structures remain obscured under the heavy brush. In comparing their summer excavationfindingsto official documents, Thomas and her group uncovered a mystery:

A group of Mercyhurst North East nursing students huddled around a mother about to give birth, watching in fascination as the baby's head appeared. Instructor Lucille Morrison then took the students to a mother holding her just-delivered baby, teaching them the procedures of postnatal care. Although it may sound like an experience that can only be found on the labor and delivery floor of a hospital, this was in the Michele and Tom Ridge Health and Safety Building on the MNE campus. And the students weren't practicing on real people, but on computerized mannequins that simulate symptoms, actions and vital signs of patients.

"I was really excited when I learned we were going to be using the mannequins,"said Kama Palmer, a second-year student in the registered nursing program. "I want to be a labor and delivery nurse, so I thought this was great. It makes it a lot more real." Thanks to a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, nine simulators were added to the nursing lab this year, including five adults, two children, one infant and one birthing mother. The list of what these lifelike simulators can do is seemingly endless. The mannequins can cough, moan and even tell the students their symptoms. They have interchangeable parts that replicate skin lesions, surgical wounds and conditions like gangrenous feet and


varicose veins. The birthing mother actually simulates giving birth, and comes complete with a fetus, placenta and newborn baby. According to the conditions and symptoms of the "patient," students can practice everything from checking blood pressure and heart and lung sounds to inserting catheters and IVs and changing dressings. "Anything we can do on a patient, we can do on these mannequins," explained Sue Vitron, director of the registered nursing program. Instructors also can develop scenarios to imitate real-life patient illnesses and can modify the mannequins'vital signs while the students are treating them. Adding to the technology offered at MNE, the nursing department also purchased an intravenous simulator to teach students how to properly insert and remove an IV. Using technology to practice medical procedures will better prepare students to perform the procedures in a real clinical setting, said Vitron. "To be able to practice real nursing skills in a safe environment is a great way to learn," she said. "You can make mistakes on a mannequin, not on a real patient."

Patient simulators give students clinical experience in the classroom

LPN students Katherine McOuiston, Christopher Bayle and Jacqueline Maxwell

Answering the call

Center meets region's needfor police,fire,emergency training
Thousands of public safety professionals have been trained at Mercyhurst's North East and Erie campuses. Now, both campuses have combined their programs to form the Mercyhurst College Center for Public Safety, expected to become the primary regional provider of public safety instruction. The center was launched in fall 2006 and is headquartered at the Michele and Tom Ridge Health and Safety Building on the North East campus. It's designed to teach first responders, police cadets, constables, corrections officers, probation and parole agents, firefighters and public safety and criminal justice executives. 'After 9/11, it became evident that the training and services given to our nation'sfirstresponders were lacking," said Dr. Art Amann, director of the new center. "These unsung heroes will be the first to respond in our region to any terrorist threat or catastrophic event. We believe it is our obligation to help these individuals so that they might help us and others in our hour of need."

The center is being funded by a combination of grant money, including a $350,000 federal grant secured through the Erie County Public Safety Department; facility usage fees; contracts; tuition and partnerships with government agencies. Under the plan, the college's existing Public Safety Institute (PSI) has moved to the North East campus. The PSI provides training and education for personnel involved in emergency preparedness for terrorism and catastrophic events that potentially threaten national security. The Institute joins several existing public safety programs at North East, among them the municipal police academy, corrections academy, constable training and criminal justice associate degree programs. The CPS also expects to offer new academic programs on the MNE campus. In fall 2007, concentrations in corrections and fire science will be added to the criminal justice degree program, which already offers concentrations in crime analysis and law enforcement. Also under consideration are concentrations in emergency management and corporate security, as well as certificate programs in risk management, corporate security, emergency services, communication specialist and criminal justice executive training. The center also works with public safety entities to train safety professionals, including volunteer and paidfirefightersand SWAT teams. "Mercyhurst College, by establishing the Center for Public Safety, is committed to building relationships withfirstresponders and providing appropriate training designed to preserve property and protect the lives of citizens," said Amann.


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A day in the life of a college president

Every new job comes with a learning curve, but the curve is especially steep for a brand-new college president. Dr. Tom Gamble has taught psychology and criminal justice at Mercyhurst, run the Mercyhurst College Civic Institute and served as vice president for academic affairs. Since being named president, though, he's been exploring other areas of the college operation for thefirsttime. "The world looked a lot simpler when I was only looking at it from one angle," he says. "Now I have to look at everything 15 or 20 different ways." That makes for some long days. We tagged along on Thursday, Oct. 5, to give the community an idea how Dr. Gamble works. Modest and unassuming, he resisted the idea atfirst.He didn't mind the shadow, but he didn't think anyone would be interested. "I'm already bored hearing about me," he notes. "Isn't everyone else?" When his schedule allows free time, Gamble enjoys watching football (he's a longtime Steelers fan) and gardening. He has a long history of involvement in civic and charitable organizations, but he's had to put much of it on hold. Groups like the Children's Advocacy Center and Mercyhurst Preparatory School (which all three of his children attended) can look forward to seeing more of him again after he completes thisfirstyear. The psychologist in him also resurfaces as he reflects on future plans. He's hoping to do some research next year, focusing on bio-psycho-social explanations for violence.

he pauses to read it. He points out that the page one photos of forensic science students helping at a murder scene look just like the college TV commercials that recently began airing.

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As Gamble checks the agenda forthe 9 a.m staff meeting with administrative assistant Sue Johnson 73 J i m Breckenridge, dean of the Walker School of Business, drops in. He wants to touch base before leaving for Grove City, where he'll represent Gamble at a meeting of the State Association of Independent Colleges.

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Art professor Dan Burke needs a minute. He worked closely with the Gambles to assemble the "Friends of the College Art Show." Now he needs to discuss permanent locations for several prints, paintings and sculpture that have been donated for the college's collection.

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In the Alumni Board Room on the second floor, the president's staff is gathering for its first full meeting of the year. There's a tempting array of fruits and pastries on the conference table, and the administrators are clustered in small groups, exchanging notes on coming projects.

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When Gamble calls the group to order, his message reflects his very democratic style. "I don't need to be in on every decision made on campus,"he tells them. "My knowledge of these issues isn't as thick and deep as yours." "I welcome opinions even when they disagree - maybe especially when they disagree," he adds. "But once a decision is made, I expect you all to work to make it happen."

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He starts calling on people around the table for updates, starting with Heidi Hosey. Fresh off the launch of Mercyhurst West and the inauguration festivities, today she's wearing her "vice president of strategic planning" hat and outlines the ways her team is gathering input from the college community. Gamble says,"I promised I would listen to folks. Anyone can weigh in with ideas, suggestions, cautions and concerns."

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Once Hvezda leaves, Gamble has about an hour clear before his final meeting of the day. He'll spend it reading e-mails (again!), reviewing messages and questions with Johnson and studying budget materials. Johnson tries to avoid any interruptions for her boss. "You can't always be as accessible as people would like you to be," he says with a note of regret.


Discussion ranges from practical details (is it essential to have a home football game during Parents Weekend?) to long-range plans (is it feasible to petition the state for a change in the school's charter so that Mercyhurst can introduce new associate degree and graduate programs without a lengthy approval process?). Gamble gently guides the talk toward consensus, but says a charter change is probably not feasible at this time.

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Although the final version of the current year's budget wouldn't be approved until later in October, Gamble's staff is already deep into preparation for 2007-08. The meeting on long-range financial issues includes Jane Kelsey, vice president for finance; special counselor Dr. Jim Adovasio; Dr. Mike Lyden, vice president for enrollment services; and Tom Billingsley, executive vice president for administration.

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Gamble heads to his home in the northwest corner of Erie, but with a full briefcase. "During the day, I tend to have a lot of meetings," he says with ironic understatement. "So any concerted effort - reading, studying, preparing for important decisions - has to happen evenings and weekends."

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Back in his office, Gamble's ready to meet with the president of Mercyhurst Student Government. The president steps out from behind the desk and joins Dan Schuler in a comfortable seating area across the room. Schuler - also a standout tight end for the Laker football team - wants to talk about a proposed expansion of the student union. That topic also came up earlier with the staff, and Gamble promises to study the idea. The whole family always gathers for dinner at the Gamble house. Besides Mary Elizabeth, the Gambles have two sons, Thomas, 24, and William, 19, both students at Mercyhurst.

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Gamble tries not to return to work after dinner. That's personal and family time. During the whirl of inauguration festivities a month earlier, he attended events on campus just about every night. Tonight he's able to stick to his plan.

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He takes a scheduled phone call from the college auditors. "They just have to ask me a lot of routine questions," he says.

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He likes to watch the local TV news before he retires with a good book. Always the college professor, he's a voracious reader and enjoys a wide variety of literature.

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Gamble grabs a protein drink from the office fridge for lunch and settles in again with that growing pile of e-mails.

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Gamble emerges to meet briefly with Dave Wallwork, a 1977 Mercyhurst graduate looking to reconnect with his alma mater.

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Bob Hvezda, director of career services, arrives for his first official meeting with Gamble since he took office. Hvezda briefs him on his office's banner year for internships and co-ops, the upcoming career and job fair and a pilot"e-mentoring"program in cooperation with alumni relations.

Mercyhurst begins new era with launch of West campus

beginnings, great expectations

In August 2006, only a year and a half after the idea was presented, and only a few months after the purchase of a building to hold classes, Mercyhurst West opened its doors to its first students. "Mercyhurst West was created as an asset to the west county community and the Erie community at large," President Tom Gamble said. "This campus will provide opportunities for the residents in the west county and in eastern Ohio that had not existed previously. These students will then be able to give back to their communities through unique fields such as property management and fields that are in demand such as business administration. It's a win-win for the community."

The building that is now Merychurst West has come a long way since its purchase in May. What was once the Faith Lutheran Church, a one-room sanctuary with an altar, has been f

renovated to include three "smart" classroomsone equipped with more than 20 computersand offices. A conference room and multipurpose area are downstairs, with room to build more classrooms as needed. "It's hard to believe how far we've come in only a few months,"said Dr. Heidi Hosey, executive vice president for Mercyhurst West. "We're all really excited to

see everything falling into place."

Eighteen students began class on August 30 and about 20 are enrolled for winter term. The student mix varies in age, background and interest: the youngest is 18, the oldest 72; some are taking one class, others are full-time students; some are just out of high school, while others are looking for a career change. Other students have found themselves out of a job and are training to re-enter the competitive job market. The variety comes from the convenience of class offerings and class times.

"We offer evening courses that easily fit into adult and traditional student schedules and smaller class sizes that enable a more personal approach to education,"said Missy Lang, enrollment coordinator at West. "We really try to work with them to meet their individual goals and needs."

According to Hosey, West will continue to be a resource in the years to come. "Through West, we will be able to expand the resources and opportunities Mercyhurst College can offer current and future students. As it continues to grow and expand, we hope it will become a vital resource to the college and to the community."


In the world of mathematics, where women have long been in the minority,! senior math major Brittany Parker proved recently that "women count." Parker, who presented her statistics research at the Interdisciplinary Mathematical and Statistical Techniques Conference in Portugal Sept. 1-4, won the "outstanding undergraduate presentation" award, competing with students from leading mathematical research departments at Harvard, UC Berkeley, Ohio State and others. "I almost didn't go to the conference because Ifiguredall the presenters would be coming from big schools around the world and it would be too intimidating," said Parker of Harmonsburg, Pa, who is also working toward her teaching certification in math. She was among a group of 35 undergraduate and graduate students from as far away as India and the Czech Republic as well as from major universities in the United States. What's more, she was one of few female undergraduates presenting at the conference. Her research was completed as part of an undergraduate summer research program in mathematical biology funded by the

National Science Foundation and hosted by Penn State-Ben rend. Her Behrend faculty mentor, assistant professor of statistics Dr. Michael Rutter, said Parker was one of six students chosen from 60 applicants nationwide to participate in Behrend's summer program. She further distinguished herself among a pool of international applicants by having her summer research selected for presentation at the Portugal conference. "To go to an international conference and to achieve what she has in competition with big-time research institutions like Ohio State and Harvard is a credit to her," Rutter said. "I think it speaks very strongly to the caliber of mathematics education she is receiving at Mercyhurst and, also, over the summer, at Behrend." Working with Rutter, who holds a doctorate infisheriesand a master's in statistics from Michigan State, Parker presented research titled "Determining Levels of Harvest on Pacific Halibut." She described it as a statistics project in which she calculated "how manyfishyou can catch each year without crashing the population." Mercyhurst mathematics professor Dr. Chad Redmond said he and colleagues Dr. Donald Platte and Dr. Roger Griffiths had the opportunity to see Parker give her presentation at Behrend. "Brittany's example is an inspiration to our majors," he said. "We are proud of her, and we are grateful to the mathematical biology group at Behrend, and especially to Dr. Rutter, for their work in hosting such a program." In acknowledging her award, Parker admitted, "I'm excited for the girl-power aspect of my achievement, and I hope it will encourage more Mercyhurst math majors to aspire to conferences like this." She added that she was fortunate both at Linesville High School and at Mercyhurst to be taught by educators who "knew how to make math fun." In pursuing certification in math, she hopes to become such a teacher. "Since children tend to struggle with math more than any other subject, I see it as my chance to make a difference," she said.
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Mercyhurst is the only college in the United States that offers both a bachelor of science degree and a master of science degree in Intelligence Studies. Mercyhurst is the only college in the country to offer a graduate degree in forensic and biological anthropology. Mercyhurst won a national championship in rowing - and a Bread Box award for its support of the local food bank. Mercyhurst education students start getting classroom teaching experience in their very first year. No news there, right? Everyone knows about the magnet programs that are drawing students to Erie, the school's achievements in sports and community service, the things that make a Mercyhurst education special. Or do they? Research the college conducted over the past two years suggests otherwise, so the college's marketing team has begun to roll out several initiatives aimed at building the college's brand and communicating the incredible stories of Mercyhurst with the community and prospective students. A television and radio advertising campaign spotlighting Mercyhurst's unique strengths hit Erie airwaves in early October. Using the tag line "Learn More," the 30-second spots encourage the community to "learn more" about what Mercyhurst has to offer while promoting the fact that students at the 'Hurst "learn more" with a liberal arts, hands-on education. The ads feature a brand-new logo that was also unveiled this fall. Over the years, several symbols have acted as Mercyhurst logos including the Old Main tower and the official college seal. But since President Tom Gamble was determined to create a unified vision and mission for Mercyhurst's Erie, North East, Corry and West locations, establishing a single logo that was flexible enough to allow use for all four locations became the goal. The logo chosen was designed by Rachel Mason Lusky '04, a Mercyhurst graphic design graduate who's now an art director at Erie's Engel O'Neill Advertising Agency (E&O). It uses a combination of M's and C's that work together to form both a cross and a four-pointed star, representing the Catholic and Mercy heritage of the college. The Bethlehem star also symbolizes the journey toward the college's vision, mission and destiny. Allowing flexibility, the word "college" is used for the Erie campus and is replaced with "North East," "Corry" and "West" when used for the other locations. The seal will continue to be a symbol of the college, but will be reserved for use by the Office of the President and for official college ceremonies such as commencement and official documentation such as diplomas. The athletic "M" also continues to represent the college's sports teams. The new logo is gradually appearing around campus and in the community, on everything from stationery and business cards to newspaper advertising and printed publications. And, of course, it's now part of the cover design of Mercyhurst Magazine.

"Small Mercyhurst now a big force in women's hockey"

- USA TODAY December 20, 2006
When Mike Sisti agreed in 1999 to coach the first women's hockey team at Mercyhurst, he had a simple goal. "I wanted to build the best program in the country and shock the world," he says. With his program only in its eighth season, Sisti's certainly managed to shock the hockey establishment. Neither as large nor as well-known as most of its competitors, Mercyhurst has quietly worked its way into the hockey elite - and finally to a number one ranking in both national polls. Ranked fifth in Division I before the season began, the Lakers climbed steadily up the ladder with wins over foes like Clarkson, Dartmouth and Providence. After beating Boston College (then ranked # 8 in the nation) and New Hampshire (#3) in a single weekend, Mercyhurst leaped to its first # 1 ranking in program history in the poll on Nov. 27. The USA Today poll agreed the following day. Continuing their winning ways against Princeton and Robert Morris, the Lakers headed into their holiday break stillfirmlyensconced atop both polls with a record of 16-1-1. There's still a lot of hockey to play, and Sisti notes that the "number one" label tends to bring out the best in all opponents. But, when the NCAA championships begin in March, the Lakers hope to make a third straight appearance. On their first trip in 2005, Mercyhurst lost to Harvard 5-4 in an epic triple overtime thriller. Last year they lost a 2-1 heartbreaker to eventual national champ Wisconsin, in double overtime. This year they've set their sights on advancing into the "Frozen Four," who'll play for the national title March 16-18 in Lake Placid, N.Y. "But regardless of how the season ends, this ranking has been an absolutely incredible achievement for the team," Sisti notes. "We're clearly respected and regarded as one of the best in the country now." Freshman forward Meghan Agosta, who played with Canada's gold mcclal-winning Olympic team, may be the highest profile member of the team. A huge recruiting win for Mercyhurst, she's led the team in scoring and has even led the nation in some statistics. But she's hardly the only big-impact player. From team captain Julia Colizza to scoring sensations Stefanie Bourbeau and Valerie Chouinard to standout goalie Laura Hosier, every team member has contributed. The veteran defensive corps, anchored by seniors Ashley Pendleton, Michelle Bonello and Jill Nugent, held opponents to just 24 goals in the first 18 games. "The entire team shows tremendous chemistry, both on and off the ice," their coach savs.

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Now that they've enjoyed a moment in the spotlight, they're poised for even bigger success in the future.

Fundraising tops $4.9 million for '05-'06

Fundraising in fiscal year 2005-06 once again topped all previous records, with more than 3,500 donors giving a record $4,944,981, a 33 percent increase from the previous year. Since 2000, fundraising has increased significantly due in large pan to the strong momentum created by the "Preserving the Legacy" campaign of 2000-04. During that seven-year period, the amount raised annually soared from just over SI million to nearly $5 million, while the college raised a total of $20,339,156. Only four months into the 2006-2007fiscalyear, the advancement department reports giving totals at SI.5 million. This total includes a $1.3 million anonymous gift received in August earmarked for the endowment. According to Gary Bukowski, vice president of advancement, since March 2006, more than $1.5 million has been added to the endowment. "The endowment enhances the college's ability to give major endowed scholarships," Bukowski said. "It also improves our ratings with bonds, U.S.News & World Report or borrowing agencies." Since 2000, the endowment has grown from $10 million to just over $24 million today.













Preserving the Legacy Campaign 2000 - 2004

1926 Society raises more than $100,000

The 58 charter members of the 1926 Society raised $109,018 for the annual fund. The society was established in fall 2005 to recognize donors who give $1,000 or more annually.

Alumni Emergency Scholarship Fund aids students in need

Alumni raised nearly SI 1,000 for an emergency fund and two students have already been granted scholarships. The goal is to establish a $ 100,000 pool of support for students at the Erie and North East campuses who are in need of emergency funding.

Bennett to head development team

Linda Bennett joined Mercyhurst as vice president of development on Jan. 2. College President Tom Gamble appointed Bennett, a fellow graduate of Syracuse University, to increase the focus on alumni relations and advancement. With Bennett's addition, Gary Bukowski 73 will be able to devote his 26-year fundraising experience exclusively to major gifts. Bennett comes to Mercyhurst with more than 25 years of experience in college advancement, alumni relations, program development and information technology, including 22 years at Syracuse. She held a variety of positions at the university, including her most recent title of assistant vice president for advancement services. She's looking forward to the new challenge that lies ahead. "I'm excited to make a difference and contribute to the vision," she said. "I hope to be an active player during this exciting time in the college's history."

Alumni Board welcomes new members
Thanks to Tom Dore '81, Mark Delio 78, Tom Nies '99 and Naomi Romanchok '87 for their years of service to the Alumni Board. Welcome to the following new members whose terms began Oct. 1: Karen Sprake Malone '03, Erie, Pa.; Eric Ridgley '94, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Stacey Fitzpatrick Starnes '97, Bay Village, Ohio; and Ken Wilson '98, Williamsville, N.Y.

e-Mentoring pilot program to launch

The Offices of Career Services and Alumni Relations have joined forces in a singular effort to help our current students become comfortable and successful in their choices of major and career. The program will match juniors or seniors at Mercyhurst with graduates who earned degrees in theirfieldof study. The two will then develop an online relationship through which the alum can mentor the student, becoming a sounding board and a knowledgeable ally as the student approaches graduation and makes career decisions. Three or four students each from the English, art therapy and psychology departments will The Class of 1963 Book Fund is specifically designated for Mercyhurst North East students. The funding has been provided by donations from class members attending Redemptorist reunions held each vear at the North East campus. The GE Transportation book fund was established in the early 1990s to provide assistance for students seeking to improve their academic skills and/or seeking new job entry skills. This fund has provided financial assistance to many students who are attending college part-time while also working to support families. take part in the pilot, that began Jan. 1, 2007. If the initial effort is successful, additional departments will be added to the program as the year progresses.

Five funds help students purchase textbooks

While tuition may be a college student's biggest expense, purchasing needed textbooks can also be a huge challenge. Mercyhurst students needing financial assistance to buv their books can turn to five special textbook funds. A dozen students have already received book fund

Marion Boyd Boyd '36, who died in 2002, endowed a book fund that will benefit Mercyhurst students for manv years into the future.

awards for 2006-07; last year, 16 students at Erie and 15 at North East received help from these funds. An anonymous benefactor created the Anonymous Student Textbook Fund to help students experiencing financial difficulty. Former prisident Dr. and Mrs. Michael McQuillen created the McQuillen Book Fund in August 2000 to assist exceptionally needy, full-time students who are single parents.

RU connected?
Alumni can register for the Mercyhurst alumni online community by visiting the college Web site at You'll receive a permanent Mercyhurst e-mail address, access to the classmate locator and the ability to quickly post class notes and view the class/ club pages. You can sign up at the same site to receive the monthly alumni e-bulletin full of up-to-date news about happenings on the Hill.

Festivities draw alumni from across country

Tom Wolfe said, "You can never go home again...". But more than 160 alumni from far and wide did come home to Mercyhurst Sept. 22-24 to celebrate their classmates and their college at events held throughout the weekend. More than 90 golfers kicked off the Homecoming festivities at the annual Jim McKeever golf outing, adding more than $21,000 to the Jim McKeever Scholarship Fund. Later that night, more than a dozen members of the 50-year anniversary class of 1956 gathered in the Mercy Heritage Room to reminisce about the past and catch up with present news. At the same time, some 60 alums, faculty and administrators gathered under a blue-and-white-striped tent for a clambake-themed welcoming event.

Saturday dawned with an incessant rain threatening to wash out the tailgate party. But the deluge ended and set up a superb afternoon of great football (Mercyhurst 35-Gannon 14), good food and good friends. The evening ended in a glittering cocktail party and dinner honoring three award recipients. One hundred and fifty people enjoyed the conversation and conviviality which is the hallmark of Homecoming. Wrapping up the weekend in the proper Mercyhurst tradition, College Chaplain Father Jim Piszker led a 10 a.m. liturgy in Christ the King Chapel for alumni and current students. In addition to these formal events, dozens of graduates gathered in smaller groups organized by sport or major, or returned to the places in which they had socialized as undergraduates.

Alumni honored
Larry Dombrowski '88, Erie's Chief County Detective, was named a Distinguished Alumnus. A criminal justice major, he returned to Mercyhurst to earn a master's in administration of justice in 1990. He coordinates the countywide DUI and Drug Task Force and commands the High-Tech Crime Investigation Unit. Dombrowski supervises 10 county detectives and has written, received and managed more than $9 million in law enforcement grants spanning DUI enforcement, computer forensics and

domestic violence. In Februan' 2005, he was featured as a pioneer computer forensics examiner on Court TV's "Forensic Files." Mercyhurst's Athletic Hall of Fame also inducted two new members during the Homecoming festivities. Former rower Ian Hessel '89 and former women's soccer player Theresa Roach Lengel '00 became the 28lh and 29,h athletes so honored. Hessel was a scholarship rower from 1986 to 1989. serving as team captain in 1988 and 1989. He and partner Chris Spencer won the college'sfirstgold medal at the Dad Vail national championship in the varsity heavyweight pair in 1986. ' Current rowing head coach Adrian Spracklen says, "His four years on the varsity represented the start of a new era for Mercyhurst rowing. Ian was highly respected by all his teammates and he set a newer and higher standard for others to follow. Everyone wanted to row with Ian and experience his power and presence in the boat." Ian was also a member of the varsity swim team that set the 4x100 freestyle school record. Roach led the women's soccer team in scoring for four successive years and graduated in 2000 as the team's second all-time leading scorer with 184 points. During her stay at Mercyhurst. the Lakers went a combined 52-21-2. She was named Great lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Freshman of the Year in 1996, its Player of the Year in 1997, and was a four-time conference First Team member. In 1999, she scored the game's lone goal in a 1-0 NCAA playoff thriller over Ashland, ranked #2 nationally at the time, propelling the Lakers into the Elite Eight.

Marge Alge '37, former society editor of the Cleveland Press, was inducted into the Press Club of Cleveland's Journalism Hall of Fame on Oct. 26. For more than 34 years, Alge's work at the Press led her to the inaugural parties of Presidents Johnson, Nixon and Carter, a Cleveland Orchestra European tour and many other major city events. She also is the author of "People, Places and Flings," a photo memoir of Cleveland's society life published in 2001. Sister Mary Mark McCarthy '60, Sister Rita Marie Hettish '66 and Sister Mary Louis Oslick '67, all of Erie, have been named by Pope Benedict XVI to receive the Papal Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice. Recipients are honored for their extraordinary and exemplary public witness to the Catholic faith. Sister Mary Mark recently retired as director of religious education at St. Peter Cathedral Center, while Sister Rita Marie and Sister Marv Louis both retired from teaching at St. George School. A fourth Mercy sister who received the award, Sister Rita Kartavich, also studied at Mercvhurst.

Alumni Award in Art from Edinboro University where she earned her master's degree. Most recently her work has been chosen for exhibition in the 2006 Arboretum Sculpture Exhibition in Overland Park, Kan.; the '06/'07 exhibition season at the Bruce Gallerv of Art at Edinboro University; and the fall 2006 national exhibition at the Impact Artists' Gallery in Buffalo, N.Y. Daniel Hill 76, Erie, has been named to the Pennsylvania Game Commission by Governor Ed Rendell. Daniel Franks 78 recentlv

doctoral dissertation in dance studies at the University of Surrey, United Kingdom. She and husband Mick Cochran reside in Wheaton, 111., where she's on the dance and humanities facultv at Columbia

College, Chicago, 111.

David Alexander '85, Pittsburgh, Pa., graduated from Duquesne LawSchool in June 2005. He served as deputy policy director of the Lynn Swann for governor campaign. Steve Borowski '85, Bradford, Pa., was recently promoted to sales manager at Kessel Construction, Inc. He has been with Kessel for eight years and is also a member of its leadership team. Andrew Abramczyk '89, manager of IT information services within the Operations and Support Department at Erie Insurance, Erie, Pa., presented at the 2006 IT Infrastructure Management Conference at the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas on Nov. 7,2006. The presentation, titled "ITIL Change Management: The Big Picture Kept Simple-A Case Study," focused op how Erie Insurance implemented its ITIL change management process into its Service Management Tool.

Martha McNulty Cuddy '56, Camillus, N.Y., has been nominated for Manchester Who '$ Who 2006.

Eight members of the Class of 1960 met at the home of Agnes Siracusa Bays in Lockport, N.Y., on July 9,2006. Attending the minireunion were (front) Adele Ontko (Brookfield, Ohio) and Agnes Siracusa Bays; (back) Marilyn Smith Batra (Fairfax, Va.), Mary Anne Kos Flynn (Albuquerque, N.M.), Joan Bye Dengler (Santa Rosa, Calif), Carrie Golanka Euliano (Winter Springs, Fla.), Joan Kostolansky Santangelo (Erie, Pa.) and Barbara Chambers (Concord, Ohio).

Dorothy Delaney Glover '66, Erie, Pa., was commissioned recently as a Mercy Corps volunteer and is working in AIDS ministry at Calcutta House, Philadelphia, Pa.

accepted a position at Northwest Savings Bank in Erie as divisional vice president, commercial lending. P. Kelly Tompkins 78, Cleveland, Ohio, was elected executive vice president and chief administrative officer of RPM International, Inc., a NYSE-listed $3 billion holding company that owns subsidiaries in specialty coatings and sealants. He was formerly senior vice president, general counsel and secretary for the company, having joined RPM in 1996. Kelly has also been appointed by the board of trustees of Cleveland State University to serve on its committee on external engagement. He chairs the Corporate Counsel Advisory Group for the National Paints and Coatings Association and is a board member of the YWCA of Greater Cleveland. Diane Wawrejko 78 was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria. She holds an x F in modern dance MA choreography and performance from Arizona State University in Tempe, and has completed her

MaryK. Schlegel McGinley 70 recently accepted a position at Moses Cone Health System in Greensboro, N.C., as senior development director. MaryK. recently was employed at Washington & Jefferson College as director of gift planning. Passle Helminski 76, Erie, is a busy artist! Her work has been part of many exhibitions all over the country and around the world, and is part of several permanent collections. In 2005 she received several awards: a \ I Kellogg's Foundation Artist 1 Residency in Battle Creek, Mich., a Pennsvlvania Partner in the Arts Grant for the Neighborhood Art House in Erie, and the Distinguished

Paula Yoviene Prohaska '91, Lockport, N.Y, has joined the Buffalo, N.Y,firmof Trautman Associates as an interior designer and project manager. She was recently certified bv the Council for Qualification in Residential Interior Design and is currently involved with commercial interior design projects in the banking industry.

Paul Mikolaj '01, Westminster, Colo., has earned his doctorate in physical therapy from Regis University. Thomas Reznik '01 received a master of public health degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomber'Q School of Public Health on May 24,2006. He is now a first-year medical student at the Universitv of

John Peluso '92, Pittsburgh, Pa., is a counselor for Mercv Behavioral Health, a long-term rehabilitation facility in Pittsburgh. He is also in the inquiry program of the Secular Franciscan Order at St. Augustine's Friary in Lawrenceville. Yvonne Maher '93, Pittsburgh, Pa., has joined The Pittsburgh Foundation as director of development, gift planning. She most recently served as director of development of the Pennsylvania State University-Beaver Campus. Jennifer Beckdol Leon '94, Yardley, Pa., has been promoted to senior recruitment account manager for Philips, North America, supporting all marketing positions for medical systems, lighting, consumer electronics, domestic appliances and corporate business units. Craig Rybczynski '95, Rochester. N.Y, was named Public Relations Executive of the Year by the National Lacrosse League. He serves as director of communications for the Rochester Americans (AHL), Rochester Knighthawks (NLL), Rochester Rattlers (major league lacrosse), Rochester Rhinos men's and women's soccer teams, and PAETEC Park. In addition, he serves as play-by-play broadcaster for the Knighthawks and Rattlers. In late April, he was featured on ESPN's Top Ten Plays: his play-bv-play description of Shawn Williams' goal in the East Division semifinals was selected as the "Cingular Call of the Day."

Ryan Banks '96, Queen Creek, Ariz., received his M.S. degree from Georgia State University in 1998. He works for PepsiCo (specifically: Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade) as the southwest regional operations manager, out of Phoenix, Ariz. Nicholas Krayger '96, Joppa, Md., has accepted a position as executive director for the Children's Guild in Baltimore, Md., after completing a post-master's degree in school administration and leadership at Towson State University. He participated in an executive administration training program at Harvard University in November 2006. Philip Supina '97 teaches law at American University in Washington, D.C. Sara Boyd Falk '98, Rochester, N.Y., completed her doctorate in physical therapy from Simmons College in January 2006. She is a physical therapist and athletic trainer at Agape Physical Therapy in Rochester, as well as clinic coordinator of their Chili location. Kathleen McGeever Williams '99 has practiced as a birth doula in Fairbanks, Alaska, since 2002 and received certification through Doulas of North America in 2005. She is co-founder and director of community education for The Natural Wisdom Project, a nonprofit childbirth and parenting resource in the Fairbanks community, promoting instinctual birth and parenting. She is also assistant editor and a contributing writer for Instinct, the group's quarter! publication.

Lillian Genres '05 served a year as an Americorps volunteer, including many months helping residents of Louisiana and Mississippi recover from the ravages of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. She also taught at a community center in Green River, Utah, worked on a project to prevent the spread of West Nile Virus in Bolinas, Calif., and cleaned creeks in Santa Rosa, Calif. Allison Hunt '05, Buffalo, N.Y., is an agent services coordinator for the Hunt Real Estate Corporation in Depew, N.Y. Sundei Mobley '05, Mitchelville, Md., was commissioned recently as a Mercy Corps volunteer and is working at St. Michael's Association for Special Education, St. Michaels, Ariz. John Buettler '06, Langhorne, Pa., was commissioned recently as a Mercy Corps volunteer and is working at St. Michael's Association for Special Education, St. Michaels, Ariz.

Maryland School of Medicine. Ryan Durnan '02, Brooklyn, N.Y., is the special events manager for Aviator Sports & Recreation. Justin Gorsage '03 recently accepted a position at First Investor's Corporation in Albany, N.Y., as registered securities representative. Justin recently was employed at Plaine & Son Inc. as assistant sales manager. Andrea Hashim '04, Bakersfield, Calif., has graduated magna cum laude from the Universitv of Arizona with a master of fine arts degree. She is an adjunct professor at Scottsdale Community College in Scottsdale, Ariz. David Bokulich '05, Erie, received his master of science degree in athletic training at Indiana State University in August 2006. He is an assistant athletic trainer for the men's soccer team at Mercvhurst. Gloria Emberger '05, Evanston, 111., is the 2006 recipient of the prestigious National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship funded by the Department of Defense. She is working on her doctorate in chemical engineering at Northwestern Universitv.

Christine Dance '88 married John Brookhouser Oct. 14,2006, at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, Erie. Mark Erie '97 married Heather Lybarger June 17,2006. Susheela Nemani '98 married David Stanger on Aug. 20,2006, in Pittsburgh. The wedding party included Heather Marshall '96, Annie Armitage '97, and Nils Magnusson '98. Scott Koskoski '00 married Melissa Kimutis on June 10,2006, at First Presbvterian Church in Washington.

Pa. The wedding party included Gretchen Koskoski '01 and Gerrit Shuffstall '00. Amy "Pie" Pieczynski '00 married Ryan "Farley" Wienand '99 on Aug. 20,2005, at St. Irenaeus Catholic Church in Oakmont, Pa. The wedding party included Jenn Groel Farrelly '00, Carrie Tappe Schreiber '00, TJ Guzy '99, and Scott Adams '99. Kristen Weigner Ummer '00 read during the ceremony and Burt Mamula '99 was the cantor. Christine Brown '01 married Michael Duey'02 on Sept. 21, 2004, in Sebastin, Fla. Susan Kozlow '01 married Scott Adams '00 on July 15,2006, in Ingomar, Pa. They currently reside in Culpepper, Va. The wedding party included Ryan "wienand '99 and Gina Gottuso '01. Paul Mikolaj '01 married Kerry Boehler July 15,2006. Katie Lubowicki '02 married Brandon Boylan '03 June 15,2006. Erin Scully '02 married Scott Quivey '02 on Aug. 20,2005, at Christ the King Chapel, Mercyhurst College. April Worst '02 married Darren Gregan May 20,2006, in Pittsburgh, Pa. Leslie Mutryn '02 was maid of honor. Andrea Blystone '03 married Mark Labowski on Sept. 16,2006, at Peek 'n Peak Ski Resort, Clymer, N.Y. Adriann Reisner Snavley '03 was matron of honor. Kristen Brown '03 married Chad Lang June 3,2006. Jennifer Radov '04 married Matthew VanEmon June 24,2005, at Dobbins Landing, Erie. Dustyn Risner '04 married Kristen Veruto Aug. 19,2006, in Elmira, N.Y. Jennifer Ruffa '04 married Stephen Wagner on Dec. 17,2005, in St. Joseph Church, Erie. Renee Morgan '04 was maid of honor. Nicole Barker '05 married Stephen Swan June 24,2006, at Dobbins Landing, Erie. David Bokulich '05 married Tara Parsons '05 on Oct. 7,2006, at Zion Lutheran Church, State College, Pa. The wedding party included Rachel Beck '05 and Kristy Badamo '05. Kelly Cortes '05 married Nicholas Stadler Sept. 24,2005, at South Harborcreek Methodist Church, Erie. Heather Kirby '06 married Ryan Ross '06 on July 15,2006, at Christ the King Chapel, Mercyhurst College. Megan Lindberg '06 married Andrew Wilson '06 on March 4, 2006, in Erie. Christina Williams '06 married Trevor Murnock '06 on July 2, 2005, in St. Joseph Church, Erie. Beth Pavlik Germano '91 and husband Patrick had a son, Patrick Giovanni, on Oct. 8,2005. Kristin Graff Graham '92 and husband Bryan had a daughter, Emma Mae, June 9,2006. Thomas Heutsche '92 and Tracy Doty Heutsche '92 had a son, Sullivan Thomas, on June 21,2006. Karin Bennett Socha '93 and husband Scott had a son, Bennett Russell, on June 20,2006. Jennifer Kraus Bach '94 and husband Eric had a son, Logan Robert, July 31,2006. Paul Casey '94 and wife Ann had a son, Sean, Feb. 4,2006. Jeremy Cooper '94 and wife Amy had a daughter, Ella Grace, on July 5,2006. Jennifer Beckdol Leon '94 and husband John had a daughter, Addison Rae, Feb. 21,2006. Nichole Bruno Mancuso '94 and husband Michael had twin sons, Dominic Richard and Anthonv Thomas, May 22,2006. Eric Anibaldi '95 and Elizabeth Watkins Anibaldi '02 had a son, Tyler Michael, Aug. 8,2006. Walter Gagric '95 and wife Roxanne had a son, Luciano Walter, June 23,2006. Holly McCray McCalla '95 and husband Darrin had a son, Kaleb Christopher, on July 18,2006. JoAnna Shirey Halenda '96 and husband Paul had a son, Caleb Paul, on Aug. 16,2006. Christine Grance Daeschner '96 and Kevin Daeschner '96 had a daughter, Alyssa Marie, on April 4, 2006. Tami Frollini Keller '96 and husband Chris had a daughter, Morgan Elizabeth, May 22,2006. Mark Williams '96 and Kathy Pomichter Williams '99 had a son, Collin Joseph, June 9,2006. Renee Masters Doody '97 and husband Michael had a daughter, Alyssa Lee, July 28,2006. Kim Kingsland Osborne '97 and husband Jeremy had a son, Parker Dennis, on Oct. 10,2005. Brad Rybczynski '97 and wife Andrea had a son, Luke Julian, March 25,2006. Michelle Lecker Saravanja '97 and husband Ryan had a son, Ethan Ryan, March 21,2006.

Jennifer Root Travers '97 and husband Bill had a son, Callen Graham, July 14,2006. Sara Boyd Falk '98 and husband

John had a son, Cole Jackson, April 25,2006. Kristina Robison Mickey '98 and husband Shawn had two sons: James Joseph, April 24,2004, and Lance Aloysius, Jan. 20,2006. Patricia Reese Rawlick '98 and Kevin Rawlick '99 had a daughter, Ellie Marie, June 29,2006. James Schmitt '98 and Caroline Lupfer Schmitt '98 had a son, Brody James, Feb. 21,2006.

Angelee Benner-Smith 7 8 and husband Allen had a son, Cole Benjamin, July 10,2005. David Quinn '90 and Antonietta Tripodi Quinn '92 had a son, Sean Anthony, Sept. 25, 2006.

Gregory Simmons '98 and Holly Burford Simmons '97 had a daughter, Madison Elizabeth, Sept. 14,2006. Tricia Petrich Young '98 and Craig Young '98 had a son, John Zar, on June 5,2006. Kathleen McGeever Williams '99 and husband Marc had a daughter, Chenoa Sky, in 2002, and a son, Koi iMountain, in 2004. Jenny Standfest Fiscus '00 and husband Jed had a daughter, Ella Hope, March 15,2006. Shaun Gayer '00 and wife Melanie McClaskey Gayer '01 had a son, Nicolas Joseph, on July 16, 2006. Brynne Sorensen Hinsdale '00 and Kyle Hinsdale '00 had a son, Bryce Daniel, on Aug. 2,2006. Thomas Palmer '00 and Heather Weber Palmer '01 had a daughter, Lauren Anne, Sept. 5,2006. Molly Rogalski Gaydos '01 and John Gaydos '01 had a son. Thomas John, on Aug. 15,2006. Brent Swain '01 and wife Carrie Frank Swain '03 had a daughter, Cassidy Lee Swain, on June 26, 2006. Elizabeth Watkins Anibaldi '02 and Eric Anibaldi '95 had a son, Tyler Michael, on Aug. 8,2006. Ryan Heramb '02 and wife Alison Stahre Heramb '02 had a son, Jack Timothy, Feb. 26,2004, and a son, Samuel Ryan, Nov. 16,2005Timothy Smith '03 and Jami Petrosewitz Smith '05 had a daughter, Sloan Lauren, on Sept. 25,2006. Nicolle Bellmore '04 and fiance Jeff Pierse had a daughter, Hailley Nicolle, July 30,2006. Emily Watkins Tomaino '04 and Anthony Tomaino '03 had a son, Anthony Leonard Jr., on Aug. 24, 2006. Christina Williams Murnock '06 and Trevor Murnock '06 had a daughter, Miriam Rose, on July 17, 2006. Andrew Wilson '06 and Megan Lindberg Wilson '06 had a son, Grant Chaney, April 22,2006. Perry Wheeler '91 (William R. Wheeler) Catherine Wheeler-Melian '93 (William R. Wheeler) Jeffrey Spitler '96 (Edward Spider) JoAnne McAndrew Whaling '97 (Joseph McAndrew) Philip Sheridan '98 (Richard Sheridan) Katrina Walker '05 (Timothy C. Walker) Betsy Jaqua '06 (Ralph R. Sliker) Melissa Barranger-Mathys, chemistry faculty (John Paul Barranger) Theresa Tonelli, graduate student (Joseph Tonelli) Brent Weber, music faculty (Charles G. Weber) Mother of Patricia Kuharsky Kreger '57 (Frances Kuharsky) Joanne Rohan Brosig '63 (Agnes Paluch Rohan '40) Philip Sheridan '98 (Isabel Sherida Husband of Margaret Bodenschatz Cannin '49 (Joseph Cannin' Brother of Margaret Broderick Mathews '53 (Reid Broderick) Mary Broderick McCormick '55 (Reid Broderick) Rhonda Rodak Kurczewski '91 (Ron Rodak) Leah Corrigan '02 (Paul Corrigan) Dawn Orsefskie '06 (Nathaniel Orsefskie) Elizabeth Polakowski, student (Andrew J. Polakowski) Al Ropelewski, ice rink (John Michael Ropelewski) Mary Jeanne Weiser, faculty secretary (Thomas G. Nies Sr.) Father-in-law of Tom Hubert, art faculty (Thomas G. Nies Sr.) Lisa Layman, adjunct music faculty hades G. Webef Kathy Thornton, campus ministry (Robert S. Thornton Sister-in-law of Leah Corrigan '02 (Kelly Corrigan Brother-in-law of Diane Bohl. education faculty (Roy Bohl, M.D.) Marion Nies, administrative assistant (Thomas G. Nies Sr. Nephew of Leah Corrigan '02 (Logan Corrigan, Braden Corrigan Friend of the College Frances Gress George Levin Mark Marchant

Alumni Agnes Paluch Rohan '40 Claudia Evans Garvey '42 Sister Joseph Mary Kosarsky, R M '47 S Marilyn Kelley Jones '53 Josephine M. Unger '57 Lois A. Wiedenhaefer Rohrbach '58 F. Berley Schaaf Adams '59 Sister M. Joachim Stabler, R M '60 S David Krupinski '78 Brian V. Carroll '83 Patricia A. Moffett '98 Students Christian Huckaby James R. Jones Sara Pieszak Father of Kathleen Zaffina Harrold '76 (Frank Zaffina) Donna Zaffina Grandinetti '79 (Frank Zaffina) Matthew Brown '89 (Dale L. Brown;



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