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Sugar on Top: Alums baking gourmet donuts in Millersville

Opened on North George Steet this fall, Sugar on Top gives customers a chance to design their dream donut with a variety of icing flavors, sprinkles and toppings. Stephanie (Cornwell) Rowe ’12 and her husband Tim ’14 are working there. Stephanie’s parents, John and Valerie Cornwell, are the owners, and it is the second store in the Sugar on Top franchise. The first store is in Strasburg, and a third shop is planned for Intercourse. Lots of signature donuts are available, but the fan favorite seems to be maple bacon.


Filmmaker and Entrepreneur

Every day, Brad Kenyon ’93 is in charge of “making the magic happen.” The co-founder and managing partner of Lancaster County-based Aurora Films, Kenyon has put his longtime love for film and cameras to use.

Brad Kenyon

His job is “creating reality,” Kenyon says, “or what people want expressed” on behalf of their company. Inside a nearly 10,000-square-foot soundstage east of Leola, where Aurora does much of its work, he demonstrates what he means.

Taking large, quick strides over to a three-walled kitchen set, Kenyon leads his five-member crew in filming a scene for a national faucet company.

Kenyon, who grew up on a small horse farm in Kentucky before moving to Central Pennsylvania in his teens, deftly manipulates the dolly and jib holding a large video camera as it slides on tracks toward his client’s product.

His firm includes 10 key people dedicated to “helping companies communicate,” both in the business-to-business and business-to-consumer markets. His clients have included such international companies as Samsung, Electrolux, Johnson Controls and BMW North America, and regional ones like the Lancaster Chamber, Lancaster General Health and several local advertising agencies.

“Brad is a thoughtful filmmaker whom we often ask to tell our stories,” says Rosanne Placey, corporate communications and public relations manager for Lancaster General Health. “He does that in a way that resonates with our audience while being very sensitive to our patients.”

Millersville “was key in my education…to allow me to concentrate on the storytelling,” Kenyon says. “No matter how the technology [in his field] changes, you still have those core storytelling skills in your background. So it doesn’t matter if we are shooting with a 6K camera or a GoPro, as long as we’re communicating intent, delivering the right message to the right audience with the right aesthetic. That’s success. That’s art.”

His goal was never to become the biggest production company in Lancaster County, Kenyon notes. “Our goal was just to create cool stuff and be excited about making content that works.”

Aurora Films and the Shadowlight Group, a business that provides still photography, props and set design and construction for national brands, teamed up in early 2015 to open the new $1 million soundstage in Leola. Shadowlight owns a 125,000-square-foot aircraft hangar-esque building, while Kenyon and Aurora operate the soundstage 20 feet away.

Kenyon got his start in the business “writing, shooting and editing” for seven plus years for a National Geographic underwater cinematographer who used to operate a video-production company in Lancaster. Later, Kenyon worked as a freelance producer and cinematographer on different independent films across the United States. He has learned that what he does “is an art that requires a lifetime devotion to honing your craft. That’s what I enjoy about it.”

Aurora Films started in 2001, when Kenyon joined forces with Dr. John Slovak, a cardiologist with a strong interest in fi lm work. The two men were planning a documentary in Bangladesh but were unable to travel due to the 9/11 attacks. They continued working together, producing medical-education videos for Lancaster General Health, and Aurora Films was born. Later, Aurora added another partner, Col. Kurt Stein, who helped the company navigate the recession that started in 2008.

Kenyon loves his role of “constantly solving problems for customers on a project-to-project basis. It’s not just us doing what a client tells us to do and us giving [the finished product] back to them…it’s a true collaboration with the clients. I can really see that they appreciate it, and I love it. When it comes to work, I don’t think I could do anything else.”

Kenyon also was co-executive producer for the 2011 feature fi lm, “Another Harvest Moon,” which was directed by his one-time MU classmate, Greg Swartz. The film stars Ernest Borgnine, Doris Roberts, Piper Laurie, Anne Meara, Richard Schiff and Cybill Shepherd. The film, shot at the State Hospital in Harrisburg, “was an amazing experience for our company that we are all proud of,” Kenyon says.

After the movie, larger accounts were coming in. “We started picking up some real heavy hitters, and we needed a place to accommodate some of the projects that we were doing,” Kenyon says. Aurora needed a soundstage, so the new partnership with Shadowlight was a perfect fit.

Kenyon estimates that 98 percent of clients are return customers. “We’ve been very fortunate that our clients trust us with their brand.”

Of the fi ve people on his production crew, four are Millersville grads and one is still a student. Kenyon and Aurora also have a long-standing internship program with Millersville.

“We really feel that it’s important to have that program, because a lot of people want to get into this industry,” Kenyon notes. “It is not just talented people we are looking for; we really need to feel they’re the right personality, and the right maturity level, in order to work with us. Rather than have someone simply come in with a resume and a demo reel, it’s nice to be able to have a no-risk testing ground for their personality. That’s critical when you have a customer service based business.”

One of Kenyon’s mentors at Millersville was Dr. Bill Dorman—“an amazing, inspiring individual.” Dorman would tell his students, “You will screw things up, but that is what the college environment is here for…it allows you the luxury of failure in order to learn from your mistakes without losing your job.”

In addition to the facility in Leola, Aurora Films has a pre- and post-production office in downtown Lancaster. Kenyon credits “the continued renaissance of business growth in Lancaster, and the fact that I can surround myself with people I feel very lucky to work with. There is no question that I feel I have made the right move by starting a business here.”


Giving Women New Beginnings

Tricia Lee Nabors ’97, believes in empowering women to make better choices and a fresh start when life throws them a few curves.

Tricia-NaborsFor Nabors, it’s all about building confidence and navigating the system to find the right opportunities. New Choices is a program that offers educational empowerment workshops to women in transition. As director of New Choices, she offers programs for women who have run into stumbling blocks in life, such as bad relationships, unemployment, financial difficulties, substance abuse and challenging parenting situations.

“I started at New Choices as a program counselor in 2004 and was promoted to director in 2011,” says Nabors.

At the successful completion of class, New Choices provides scholarship money for individuals interested in continuing their education. Since Nabors has been director of New Choices, she has had the privilege of working with “wonderful ladies” who come in the door in some level of “crisis” and leave after a 10-day class with hope, inspiration and a belief that they can do and be anything they set their mind to do—as long as they have the motivation.

Nabors earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and then received her M.Ed. in counseling education at Millersville University. Next, she earned her certification as a Board Certified Coach from the Center of Credentialing and Education. She explains that her position with New Choices is much like being a head coach, trainer and cheerleader for the women in the program.

“New Choices provides a newfound hope that individuals may have lost in the face of adversity,” says Nabors. “I feel honored to work with these ladies who come through my door as strangers but leave as friends.”

Nabors is deeply committed to her work. It’s even taken her into prison.

After Joseph Shiffer, deputy warden of operations at Lancaster County Prison, heard about New Choices, he invited Nabors and her staff to bring a program into the prison. As he points out, “It’s something that our women really needed, and it has been working out very well. I think it makes a huge difference in their lives.”

Called New Beginnings, the program has a mission similar to that of New Choices, but since the women are incarcerated, they face additional obstacles.

“New Beginnings provides an avenue for us to show the many populations that New Choices has the ability to reach,” says Nabors, adding that the New Beginnings prison program also emphasizes the importance of addressing mental-health, drug and alcohol challenges.

Nabors has been interested in working with women since she was a child growing up in Vandergrift, a rural town northeast of Pittsburgh. She wanted to inspire women to be all they want to be and more.

“I can honestly say that I have a job that directly benefits the greater good of the community and world,” says Nabors. “I am a proponent of the idea that when you educate a woman, you educate a generation.”


1950s

Jean (Kreider) Balderston ’57, Elizabethtown, has served 17 years as the volunteer manager of the gift shop at Homestead Village in Lancaster.

1960s

Joyce (Leftwich) Smigel ’61, Crystal River, Fla., retired after 38 years of teaching and now runs a gym for women.

Richard Frerichs ’64, Millersville, was elected to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association board of directors for a two-year term.

Thomas Weaver ’65, Sayre, retired from his position as a self-employed Nationwide Insurance agent.

Barry Sussmann ’67, Maple Glen, traveled to Vietnam in May 2015 to relive the history of the Vietnam War.

Les Ihlenfeldt ’69, Newtown, retired from teaching chemistry and physics for 45 years. He is now studying piano and guitar.

1970s

Alvin Herner ’70, Dover, Pa., retired after 50 years as a physical tester, product and quality engineer. He enjoys wood turning and sells his ornamental turnings to jewelry and antique stores.

Pamela Miller ’70, Webster Groves, Mo., is in her 46th year of teaching. She has taught in Pennsylvania, Germany, Illinois and Missouri.

Michael Barton ’71, Southampton, N.J., retired from the New Jersey Department of Transportation after 28 years.

James Richards ’71, Del Haven, N.J., retired as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Cape May. He also served in churches in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Indiana, and was involved with a ministry in Guatemala for the Mayan people.

William Weigel ’72, Franklinville, N.Y., retired after teaching social studies for 41 years at Franklinville Central School. He was also the athletic director and coached wrestling, cross country and track.

Donald McCarty ’74, Conshohocken, is the senior vice president and market president for the Reading region of Metro Bank.

Nancy (Friedrichs) Weigel ’74, Franklinville, N.Y., retired as the media specialist for grades K-12 at Franklinville Central School.

Brian Wilkes ’74, Pinckneyville, Ill., received an honorary doctorate from Wolsey Hall School of Theology, Oxford, in recognition of his work to preserve Native American heritage and the Cherokee language. He translated and published a series of scripture volumes bilingually in Cherokee and English.

Barry Shreve ’75, Green Cove Springs, Fla., was named director of Limestone College’s extended campus Internet program.

Robert Walters ’75, Easton, received his 10th academic credential from Northampton Community College in May 2015.

Jay Parrish ’76, East Petersburg, was appointed special assistant for science and technology for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. He will be assisting in the development of a plan to use remote sensing to locate and monitor methane emissions.

Michael Fox ’78, Glen Rock, retired from the Department of Defense after having served as senior cyber advisor for the army. He served 42 years as an active military officer and senior executive civilian.

Carol (Campbell) Kelsall ’78, Lancaster, graduated with an Ed.D. in educational leadership from Immaculata University in May 2015. She retired after serving 37 years as teacher, principal and mathematics administrator for the Eastern Lancaster County School District.

Kathleen (Klopp) Mosko ’78, Coopersburg, retired after 36 years of teaching in the Upper Perkiomen School District.

Alan E. Eschbach ’79, Chesapeake, Va., published a book, My View from the Bridge Wing: A Reflection on life, perspective, and leadership. Now retired from a 25-year career with the U.S. Navy, he captained two warships.

1980s

Carol (Long) Krammes ’80, Pine Grove, retired after 35 years as a learning support teacher in the Pine Grove Area School District.

James Daniels ’81, Grand Junction, Colo., retired after working 30 years as a meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

Mary Beck ’83, ’10M, Harrisburg, started her own practice as a certified geriatric care manager serving Lancaster and Dauphin counties.

Melissa Byers
Melissa Byers

Melissa Byers ’85, ’90M, West Hills, Calif., is a website content producer for the Television Academy. She edits and curates content for televisionacademy.com, oversees freelance writers and writes for the website.

Donna Dambach ’85, San Francisco, Calif., is the senior director and head of toxicology at Genentech, Inc., a biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines to treat patients with serious or life-threatening medical conditions.

Christopher Kahler ’85, Baltimore, Md., is the senior producer of creative services and digital studios at Maryland Public Television.

Craig Merrill ’88, Newton, N.J., received his master’s degree in American history from the American Military University in fall 2014. He teaches social studies at Sparta High School.

Michael Resan ’88, Whitacre, Va., received certification from the American Academy of Professional Coders to become a certified professional biller. He works as a surgical team lead biller for Physician Business Solutions.

Bret Stover ’88, Oreland, was recognized as the Southeastern Pennsylvania football coach of the year by the Philadelphia Inquirer. He is in his 12th season as the head coach of Upper Dublin High School.

Ned Bustard ’89, Lancaster, published an art history curriculum for elementary-aged children called History of Art: Creation to Contemporary. He also co-edited and released a book in spring 2015 titled, Bigger on the Inside: Christianity and Dr. Who.

Sophia Carter ’89, Philadelphia, received the prestigious Rose Lindenbaum Excellence in Education Award. She teaches in the School District of Philadelphia.

1990s

Patricia Baker ’90, Kent, United Kingdom, published a book, The Archaeology of Medicine in the Greco-Roman World, with Cambridge University Press. She was also promoted to senior lecturer in classics and archaeology at the University of Kent.

Charles Kaiser ’90, Lancaster, was a featured artist at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of Arts, creating and selling his own unique style of batik.

Jeffrey Clouser ’91, Mount Joy, earned his certification in church music from Virginia Wesleyan College. He is music director at Palmyra Church of the Brethren, festival coordinator for the 2016 Lancaster-Lebanon Handbell Festival and has been selected as chair-elect for Area 2 of the Handbell Musicians of America.

Thomas DiMeo ’91, Jeffersonville, received a doctoral degree in education from Immaculata University in May 2015. He is a Spanish teacher and school safety specialist and analyst with Marple Newtown School District. He was invited to present the findings of his research at the National School Safety Conference.

Elizabeth (Stafford) Passo ’91, Camp Hill, was recognized by the 9th annual 2015 National Indie Excellence Book Awards for her book, The Reindeer Gift: A Fun, Easy Christmas Tradition.

Alfred Quarles II ’91, Willow Grove, published a book, Burning Sands: ”My Brother’s Keeper” Volume 1. He is an administrator with the School District of Philadelphia.

Tracey Staab ’92, Linwood, N.J., is the principal of Cape Educational COMPACT Alternative High School in Cape May County. She previously taught English for 15 years.

Melissa Ciocca ’93, Jupiter, Fla., was promoted to executive director of marketing operations at LRP Publications in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Stephen Avery ’94, Newport News, Va., was elected as a fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine for his contributions to the field of medical physics. He is an assistant professor and director of the department of radiation oncology for the medical physics program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Jeff Grainer ’94, Ephrata, was promoted to payroll supervisor with Parsons and Brinckerhoff Inc., an engineering and construction management firm.

Shane Moser ’94, Millersville, was hired as vice president and commercial loan officer for Metro Bank, Lancaster/Lebanon region.

Elehna (Mullin) Shores ’94, Easton, was promoted to associate professor as an information services librarian at Northampton Community College.

Daniel Boekenkamp ’95, Allentown, was promoted to division safety manager and safety, health and environmental pillar lead for Nestle Purina PetCare North America.

Tara (Eyer) Daub ’95, Sea Cliff, N.Y., was recognized as a 2014 Volunteer of the Year by the Pro Bono Partnership for her outstanding pro bono service to the Partnership’s clients.

Kelly (Rothrock) Davis ’95, Lancaster, is the assistant to the dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Millersville University. She also serves as secretary and co-chair of the Millersville University Alumni Association.

Robert Kuestner ’95, Blackwood, N.J., is the Philadelphia Eagles content producer for NBC channel 10 in Philadelphia. Previously, he worked 17 years helping to launch Comcast SportsNet in Philadelphia.

Laura (Kochert) Richardson ’95, Waynesboro, was recognized in the Record Herald newspaper for her work as a special education teacher in the Waynesboro Area School District.

John Cooke ’96, Springfield, was named president of Monsignor Bonner & Archbishop Prendergast High School in Drexel Hill.

Suzanne (Goss) Mannix ’96, Willow Street, was honored with a Master of Pedagogy Award and named 2015 Teacher of the Year in the Lampeter-Strasburg School District.

Adam Young ’96, New Hope, was promoted to chief legal officer at MagnaCare, a health services company.

Maitee Cueva ’98, Los Angeles, Calif., was promoted to senior vice president of programming and development at the OWN network.

Kimberly (Weihrer) Long ’99, Stowe, was promoted to FERC license compliance manager at Exelon Generation Company, LLC.

2000s

Sarah (Paul) Dutton ’00, Red Lion, was featured in the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing magazine for her work teaching medical Spanish to future nurses, doctors and healthcare providers.

Christopher Driscoll ’01, Pittsburgh, was elected to the Millersville University Alumni Association Board of Directors.

David Morris ’01, Middletown, was promoted to assistant vice president for development at Delaware Technical Community College.

Adam Shoffner ’01, Morgantown, joined Hartford Funds in Radnor as a senior paralegal.

Michael Denlinger ’02, Avondale, was promoted to GIS manager at Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art.

Erick Macek ’02, Los Angeles, Calif., released a new music album, Erick Macek EP. He is a professional singer-songwriter and was a contestant on the NBC show “The Voice.”

John Stauffer
John Stauffer

John Stauffer ’02, Mountville, graduated with honors from the Pennsylvania Bankers Association’s Advanced School of Banking in July 2015. He is the assistant vice president and office manager for Ephrata National Bank’s Akron office.

Amanda Helman ’03, Catasauqua, received a doctoral degree in special education at Lehigh University in May 2015.

Walter Lindberg ’03, Crofton, Md., achieved National Board Teacher Certification in the area of early/middle childhood music.

Kristi-Lynne (Miller) Dahlgren ’04, Lancaster, is senior account manager at Godfrey, a business-to-business marketing agency.

Gregory Hinner ’04, Blandon, received a master’s degree in information management from Syracuse University in May 2015. He also received a certificate of advanced study in information security management. A major in the army, he trained at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and will be assigned to a cyber unit at Ft. Gordon, Ga.

Cameron Martin ’04, East Earl, was named director of development and marketing of Berks Encore, an organization offering services and support for older adults and seniors in Reading.

Michael Shafer ’04, Quakertown, is an in-house real estate counsel with PPL Electric Utilities.

Phillip Bialor ’05, Lancaster, received a pharmacy technician diploma from YTI Career Institute in February 2011.

Nathanael Carroll ’05, New Cumberland, exhibited his paintings at Chelsea’s Agora Gallery in New York City.

Andrea (Sabia) MacRae ’05, Brooklyn, N.Y., was promoted to senior manager of human resources-college relations at Viacom.

Natalie Shaak ’05, Philadelphia, was promoted to communications manager in the LeBow College of Business at Drexel University. Sherry Welsh ’07, Columbia, received a Ph.D. in social work from Morgan State University in May 2015. She works as the operations manager for the York Adams Transportation Authority and is a councilwoman for Columbia Borough.

Daniel Dochterman ’08, Lancaster, was promoted to assistant vice president at Mariner Finance, LLC.

Douglas Madenford ’08, Howard, published a book, Schtimme Aus’m Kaerrichof.

Bradley Chandler ’09, Telford, passed the CFP® exam in March 2015 and was promoted to financial advisor at The Vanguard Group.

2010s

Sean Joyce ’10, Langhorne, is the applications lab manager of Crest Ultrasonics.

Lisa (Nota) Cunkelman ’11, East Brunswick, N.J., was featured in an article by the Sanford Herald as teacher of the week. She teaches 11th grade U.S. history and 10th grade advisory at Lee Early College.

William Hochgertel ’11, Lancaster, graduated from the Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia in May 2015. He is starting his pediatric residency at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.

Anthony Leon ’11, Lancaster, was promoted to youth education manager for the Mazzoni Center in Philadelphia.

Jordan Kuhns ’12, Dubuque, Iowa, is the new broadcasting and media relations coordinator for The Dubuque Fighting Saints hockey team.

John Scargall ’12, Ridley Park, recorded a song, “Leave It on the Track,” which was used as the main theme music for the official NASCAR ’15 video game.

Sigourney Stelma ’12, Quakertown, received a master’s degree in marine studies: physical ocean science and engineering from the University of Delaware in May 2015.

Jess Ames ’13, Royersford, works for Angel Flight East, a volunteer pilot organization that provides free air transportation to children and adults in need of medical treatment far from home.

Christopher Fieger ’14, Denver, was hired as an accountant on the finance team of ABC Keystone, a building and contracting company.

Katie Baltzley
Katie Baltzley

Abigail Stimach ’14, Springfield, Va., is the new outreach and marketing administrative assistant for the American Meteorological Society education department.

Katie Baltzley ’15, Aspers, is a GIS technician for SSM Group, Inc., an engineering firm in Reading.

Amber Hill ‘15M, Shippingport, has been awarded an assistantship from Kent State University to the doctoral program in geography.


Marriages

Jayne Johnson ’78 and Wayne Morris, 2/28/15.

Tracey Staab ’92 and Bill Catino, 6/27/15.

Cherie Skibiszewski ’94 and Robert Beideman ’95, 1/20/15.

Jennifer Oreszczyn ’96 and Joseph Pintal, 7/14/12.

Dwayne Scheuing ’97 and Theresa Quinton, 9/17/14.

Holly Hatton ’99 and Onur Kuzeyman, 8/14/14.

Christopher Driscoll ’01 and Kathryn Krupa, 5/23/15.

Andrea Sabia ’05 and Alec MacRae, 5/17/14.

Lisa Spittler ’05 and William Moyer, 7/14/07.

Everett Diebler ’09 and Ashley Weaver ’11, 6/27/15.

Dan Giangiulio ’10 and Amy Wagner ’10, 11/29/14.

Evan Ganley ’12 and Corinne Bry ’13, 5/23/15.

Ryan Thomas ’12 and Elyse Brown ’13, 6/13/15.

Julie Urbanik ’12 and Christopher Shoff ’13, 10/4/14.

Amanda Reedy ’13 and John Reynolds III, 5/15/15.


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Everett Deibler ’09 and Ashley Weaver ’11 were married on 6/27/15, aboard the Carnival Glory in Miami, Fla.

This was an “MU Only” photo taken after the ceremony. (L to r): Daniel Gonzalez ’91, Andrea Black ’11, Ashley Weaver Deibler ’11, Everett Deibler ’09, Lauren Crossan ’12, Julia Sides ’15, Brandon Snyder ’13 and Adam Hinde ’14.


Holly Hatton and Onur Kuzeyman

Holly Hatton ’99 married Onur Kuzeyman in Istanbul, Turkey, on 8/14/14 and in Philadelphia, at the Franklin Institute, on 10/11/14. The above photo was taken at the Istanbul wedding. Included are five of the bride’s former softball teammates and their spouses, who flew across the Atlantic to join the celebration. They also attended the ceremony in Philadelphia.

From l to r, top: (other French and American guests are in photo) Zach Heskett ’01, Kate (Adams) Heskett ’01, Sabrina (Atkins) Borra ’01, Michelle (Reed) Pollis ’03, ’08M, Mike Pollis ’01, ’05M. Also attending the Philadelphia wedding were Amy (Young) Brisar ’01, Andrea (Downes) Silva ’99 and Bill Adams ’74.


Andrea Rose Sabia and Alec MacRae

Andrea Rose Sabia ’05 married Alec MacRae on 5/17/14, in the Poconos.

L to r: Tiffany (Moroch) Miller ’05, Keith Kehr ’06, Beth (Cook) Kehr ’05, the bride, Nicole (Brewer) Economy ’05 and Kellen Economy ’05.


Amanda Reedy and John Reynolds

Amanda Reedy ’13 married John Reynolds III on 5/15/15.


Tracey Staab and Bill Catino

Tracey Staab ’92 married Bill Catino on 6/27/15, in Galloway, N.J. MU alumni in attendance were Maria D’Isabella ’93, Jennifer Fike ’92, James Wynn ’92 and John Matusek ’91.


Olivia Miller Caleb Cunningham

Olivia Miller ’15 married Caleb Cunningham on 7/11/15.


Julie Urbanik and Christopher Shoff

Julie Urbanik ’12 married Christopher Shoff ’13 on 10/4/14. The bride’s father, Michael Urbanik ’04, is an alumnus, as are the groom’s parents, Patricia (Dicely) Shoff ’80 and Edward Shoff ’80.

Lots of current Millersville students and Millersville alumni were in attendance. In the picture: Daniel Lipson ’13, Kyle Bomgardner ’14, Jonathan Shoff ’07, Benjamin Shoff ’15, Christopher Shoff ’13 (groom), Julie Urbanik Shoff ’12 (bride), Kelly Urbanik, Caroline Seefeldt ’12, Danielle Matthie ’10 and Celeste Bradley ’10, ’12M.


Corinne Bry and Evan Ganley

Corinne Bry ’13 and Evan Ganley ’12 married on 5/23/15. Marauders in the bridal party were Shannon Egan ’13, Trisha Coulton ’12, Robert Santoro ’12, Walter Rogers ’12, Michael Carpenter ’13, Jarret Kovalcik ’12 and Emily Wallace ’12. Other Marauders in attendance were the bride’s mother, Christine Bry ’90, Taylor Suskie ’13, Jon Coral ’12, Taylor Sulak ’12, Kyle Leahy ’12, John Friskey ’13, Eddie Turtle ’13,

Caitlyn (Engle) Carpenter ’13, Cait Fitzpatrick ’10, Jess Wolfgang, Christine Stimeck, Joan Riggins, Kendra Martz and Ryan Herman.


Amy Wagner and Dan Giangiulio

Amy Wagner ’10 and Dan Giangiulio ’10 were married on 11/29/14, with “a ton” of their favorite MU friends in attendance.

Back row (l to r): Eric Cruz ’10, Tom Gorman ’08, Ashley Gorman ’09, Brad Kenyon ’93, Nicole Laverty ’12, Christy Moyer ’10, Professor Bill Dorman, Ligeylie Fritz, Matthew Majewski ’09, Ed Roseboro ’10, Chris Malenich ’10, Katie Magliochetti ’09, Professor Stacy Irwin. Front row (l to r): Josh Hankins ’08, Erin Hankins, Jesse Keim ’10, the groom and bride, Rachel Hudak ’09, Tim Mercandetti ’12 and Meg Cranney ’10.


Births

Robert Kuestner ’95 and wife Jill, a daughter, Emily Marie, 11/1/14.

Jennifer (Oreszczyn) Pintal ’96 and husband Joseph, a daughter, Anne Marie, 11/15/13.

Michael Denlinger ’02 and wife Allison, a daughter, Mackenzie Elizabeth, 2/13/14.

Adam Shoffner ’01 and wife Tiffany (Smeal) ’03, a daughter, Josephine Maria, 6/9/15.

Katie (Cassarly) Knaub ’03 and husband Jesse, a daughter, Cora Ann, 6/11/15.

Lisa (Spittler) Moyer ’05 and husband William, twin daughters, Reagan McKenna and Rylie Paige, 2/27/15.

Kelly (May) Clouse ’07 and husband Victor ’07, a son, Mason Victor, 6/18/15.

Matthew Fried ’08 and wife Rachel (Hill) ’08, a daughter, Alexandra Lee, 3/3/15.

Christa (DiMassa) Peters ’08, ’13M and husband Brett ’10, a son, Dallas Allen, 8/20/15.

Amanda (Roland) Miller ’08 and husband Kyle ’08, a son, Levi Andrew, 6/21/15.

Allison (Accardi) O’Brien ’08 and husband Shane ’08, a daughter, Siena Faith, 7/28/14.


Deaths

Robert Grove ’39, Danielsville, died 2/28/15, at the age of 96. After teaching elementary and high school, he served as superintendent of schools for the Northampton Area School District until retiring in 1981.

Margaret (Malone) Balmer ’40, Elizabethtown, died 8/28/15, at the age of 96. She was an elementary schoolteacher for 28 years in the Elizabethtown School District.

Jennie (Mandrille) Nichols ’43, Santa Monica, Calif., died 1/8/15, at the age of 93. She was a teacher in Southern California until her retirement.

Elmer Bodie ’48, Wrightsville, died 6/4/15, at the age of 100. He taught geography, history and general science at Phineas Davis Junior High School in York.

Earl M. Weber ’48, Lititz, died 10/21/15, at the age of 93. He was a professor emeritus of industrial arts education, joining Millersville’s faculty in 1960 and retiring in 1978. He also served as chairman of the department and dean of the Graduate Studies program. 

Hugh J. Porter ’50, Morehead City, N.C., died 12/11/14, at the age of 86. He was an internationally known malacologist with the University of North Carolina’s Chapel Hill Institute of Marine Sciences and authored 40 scientific papers and several books. His father, Melzer Porter, was the head of the music department at Millersville State Teachers College for many years.

Paul Brodbeck ’51, Hellam, died 3/31/15, at the age of 85. He was a middle school science teacher with the Spring Grove School District for 34 years.

Helen (McElroy) Fergerson, ’54, Severna Park, Md., died 4/4/15, at the age of 95. She taught for 30 years in Pennsylvania, Maryland and the Philippines.

Edward Stusnick ’56, St. Augustine, Fla., died 4/15/15, at the age of 84. He was a school administrator and industrial arts teacher at Lakewood High School in New Jersey, and was involved in real estate in Florida.

Donald Wilson ’56, Highspire, died 5/5/15, at the age of 81. He worked in the materials handling department of AMP, Inc., before retiring in 1995.

Ronald Carnicella ’59, Ebensburg, died 5/22/15, at the age of 77. He retired from teaching and coaching football in 1978. He founded the Pennsylvania State Football Coaches Association and was inducted into the association’s Hall of Fame in 2000.  

Shirley (Becky) Fingal ’60, Fort Myers, Fla., died 3/25/15, at the age of 90. She taught elementary school in Lancaster.

Roxanne Umbenhauer ’60, Pine Grove, died 3/30/15, at the age of 75. She taught for 30 years in the Tulpehocken and Pine Grove Area school districts.

Andrew Bryant ’61, Longmont, Colo., died 7/3/15, at the age of 76. He served as senior associate admissions director at Duke University and director of admissions at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. After moving to Colorado, he taught at the Dawson School and was a fly-fishing guide in Lake City.

Thomas Groff ’61, Lancaster, died 4/12/15, at the age of 77. He began his career at Pequea Valley as an earth science and geography teacher, and retired from Conestoga Valley School District as a guidance counselor.

Cynthia Wiley ’61, Lancaster, died 4/18/15, at the age of 75. She was an activities specialist at Conestoga View Nursing and Rehabilitation for 15 years until retiring in 2005.

Lois (Fuhrman) Bryant Hedgepeth ’62, Durham, N.C., died 12/25/14. She was a teacher and counselor for 43 years in Pennsylvania, Colorado and North Carolina. She received numerous awards and grants during her career.

Marian (Hagstrom) Haines ’62, Lancaster, died 7/14/15, at the age of 74. She taught for 25 years for the School District of Lancaster.

Thomas Beck ’64, Lititz, died 4/14/15. He was professor emeritus at Thaddeus Stevens College, retiring in 1999. He was an active member of the Lancaster County Master Gardener Program.

Earl (Tom) Yeager Jr. ’64, Lewistown, died 3/12/15, at the age of 72. He was an industrial arts teacher for 38 years in the Mifflin and Bradford County school districts.

Sarah (Winter) Brendle ’65, Virginia Beach, Va., died 1/18/15, at the age of 71. She taught elementary and preschool in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Alaska and North Carolina.

Alma Eby ’67M, New Holland, died 3/9/15, at the age of 84. She was a teacher at Franconia Mennonite School and New Holland Elementary School. She also taught at a school for the blind in Ethiopia and became the owner of the Book Passage in New Holland West Business Center.

Nancy Claire Lovell ’68, Mountville, died 7/10/15, at the age of 68. She began her career as an elementary teacher in Europe and then continued in the United States. She was a very accomplished seamstress and used that talent as a lead seamstress on the set of the movie, “Witness.”

Fred S. Weaver ’69, Zuni, Va., died 11/17/14, at the age of 71. He was the owner of A to Zuni Construction and was an avid ham radio operator.

Nancy Wall Morris ’72, Lancaster, died 6/13/15, at the age of 73. An advocate for the City of Lancaster, she co-founded Puffer Associates, which later became Puffer Morris, a real estate firm that focused on city properties. In addition, for 15 years she was a co-owner of Zanzibar in downtown Lancaster. She was active in many community-related organizations, including serving on Lancaster City Council.

Linda Thompson ’72, Red Lion, died 1/4/15, at the age of 64. She was a teacher for the Red Lion Area School District.

David Sinton ’76, Spring Grove, died 11/26/12, at the age of 58. He was a teacher at ITT Technical Institute.

John Egan ’81, Yardley, died 6/1/15, at the age of 56. He enjoyed a 20-year career in clinical and scientific research for major pharmaceutical companies.

Kevin Day ’86, Lansdale, died 3/27/15, at the age of 51. He was employed with the U.S. Postal Service for over 20 years, most recently as a supervisor.

Tina Volz ’87, Holtwood, died 6/25/15, at the age of 59. She was a fiber artist, leader of a preteen girls’ instruction group and an active volunteer in scouting.

Christine (Quinn) Greenawalt ’88, West Chester, died 1/28/15, at the age of 48. She worked in the nuclear medicine field and lived in England for several years.

James R. Hamilton ’93, Harrisburg, died 8/28/15, at the age of 44. He was employed by Computer Aid, Inc., as a senior technical analyst.

Avery Wilson ’99, Lancaster, died 2/28/15, at the age of 40. He was an assistant principal at Solanco High School. He was also a professional barber.

Shanna (Halliday) Michael ’02, Norwood, died 3/27/15, at the age of 35. She was a teacher at Chester Community School and Norwood Elementary School.

Brian Shea Jr. ’02, Newtown, died 7/19/15, at the age of 35. He was an independent insurance agent with Brandon Insurance Group. He was also an accomplished drummer.

Julie (Beaulieu) Chronister ’07, Shermansdale, died 4/27/15, at the age of 31. She was a human resources analyst for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Christopher Pillion ’12, Johnstown, died 3/14/15, at the age of 22. He volunteered many hours in the Cleve J. Fredricksen Library in Camp Hill and with a teen advisory group.

Allison L. Rickert ’13, Yardley, Pa., died 9/18/15, at the age of 24. She was an editorial intern at the book publishing division of Highlights for Children in Honesdale.


Remembrances

Clara Desmangles, Lancaster, died 3/23/15, at the age of 84. She had worked at Millersville University as a registrar.

Jean B. Urban Funk, Columbia, died 8/23/15, at the age of 93. She was a beautician at Pink Ice Beauty Salon and worked in food service at Millersville University.

Luceille “Lucy” Hagarman, York, died 9/2/15, at the age of 86. She taught kindergarten for 31 years at York’s Old Lincoln School. A generous benefactor to the University, she established “Ruthie’s Place”—a campus garden near Millersville’s science complex in honor of her mother, Ruth Baker. She also endowed the Luceille Hagarman Reading and Sculpture Garden outside of Ganser Library.

Charlotte L. Landis, Lancaster, died 9/16/15, at the age of 93. She had worked as administrative secretary for Millersville University Office of Alumni Affairs.

Robert A. Rotz, former resident of Millersville, died 10/29/15, at the age of 89. A professor emeritus of sociology, he served on Millersville’s faculty from 1963-87 and also served as a chair of the Department of Sociology & Anthropology.

Byron Showers, Lancaster, died 4/5/2015, at the age of 85. He was a professor of counselor education and psychology at Millersville University from 1965-90. Before coming to Millersville, he was an assistant professor of psychology at Monmouth College and lecturer in education at Rutgers University.

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