Alumni Insider | February 17, 2010
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Meet the Alumni Relations Staff
The Alumni Relations Office invites all alumni to stop by and visit when you are on campus. We would be delighted to meet you! Also, please remember that your feedback is always welcome. We are here to answer your questions or hear your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-464-2374.
Jennifer R. McLarin '86, Director of Alumni Relations
Jenny was appointed Alumni Director in February 2009. Originally from Princeton, NJ, she moved to Chicago after graduation. In 2002, Jenny returned to the Lehigh Valley to join the Admissions staff as Associate Director.
Lauren Conicella '10, Presidential Assistant
Lauren is a business major who works 20 hours per week in the Alumni Office as part of the Presidential Assistant program. Her sister Stephanie is a 2007 Muhlenberg alumna.
Deborah Klinger P '07, Event Manager and Volunteer Coordinator
Debbie oversees the popular 'Berg Baseball Bonanza program, among others. Her son Danny, a 2007 Muhlenberg grad, is currently in optometry school.
Kristi Romig Lecher '03, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations
Kristi has been coming to campus since childhood – her mother works in the Controller's Office! Kristi oversees the Cardinal Key program and also serves as liaison for the NYC, Philadelphia and New England Regional Clubs.
Dustin Moore, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations
Dustin is a 2004 graduate of Dickinson and previously worked in The Muhlenberg Fund. Our "technical guru," Dustin maintains the Alumni Relations Web presence and oversees distribution of the Alumni Insider newsletter and other e-communications.
Sandra Karpa, Administrative Assistant
Sandy serves as assistant to the director and supports the Alumni Board. She was delighted when her granddaughter Alycia was admitted to Muhlenberg's Class of 2013!
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For the upcoming Spring Break (March 5 - 15), some Muhlenberg students are trading the sun and the sand for a different kind of trip. These students have opted to go on alternative spring break, a program run through the Office of Religious Life. This year three groups of students will be headed to three very different locations to make their mark through service:
Patti Mittleman, Hillel Director and Jewish Chaplain, Aaron Bova, Associate Director of Housing Services, and a group of 17 students will travel to New Orleans to participate in the Saint Bernard Project, which helps rebuild homes destroyed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Led by Dave Furman, Hillel Program Engagement Associate, a group of 37 students will participate in a trip to Israel run through the Jewish National Fund (JNF). These students and a JNF associate will travel through Israel participating in several community service-based activities.
The third alternative spring break option has a more local touch: Dave Rabold, Capital Projects Manager, will be leading a group of students to Lebanon, PA to volunteer through the Habitat for Humanity program.
Where did you go for spring break? Let us know! Drop a note to email@example.com.
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With Phase One of the Dish Network TV project complete, Muhlenberg College students can tune in to international programming in six languages, including French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Russian, and Spanish. These channels are all accessible in Ettinger suites 101 and 102, and on the computers in the Language Learning Center (also in Ettinger). Check out these channels!
What's next? Phase Two of the project includes adding Arabic and Chinese to the list. This project was made possible by the Office of the Provost, the Office of Information Technology and the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
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In the late '60s, the Muhlenberg Men's Basketball team was packing the stands of Memorial Hall and chalking up win after win. This phenomenal team won three consecutive MAC South championships in 1968, 1969 and 1970 – a feat not yet repeated at Muhlenberg and accomplished by only one other team in 'Berg's conference – F & M in the early '90s. (Muhlenberg left MAC in 1993 to join the Centennial Conference.)
On Saturday, February 13, 2010, the team was invited back to Muhlenberg for a special day honoring their 40th anniversary. Team members reunited at a luncheon that featured remarks by President Randy Helm and Athletic Director Sam Beidleman '63 and the screening of a fantastic DVD of the team's accomplishments. The team was honored at halftime of the Muhlenberg vs. Gettysburg Men's Basketball game, and met some current players at a reception after the game. It was an honor to have the original "Three-Peat" team back on campus!
The 1968-69-70 MAC Champion Muhlenberg Men's Basketball team
Back row, l - r: Maynard Cressman '70; Dale Hava '72; Bob McClure '71; Ned Rahn '70; Joe Paul '73; Mickey Miller '70, P '93
Front row, l - r: Jay Haines '73; Kenny Moyer, Head Coach; Ron Lauchnor, Assistant Coach; Frank Scagliotta '72.
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This year's "Clash of the Choirs" took place January 30, 2010 at Allentown Symphony Hall. Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Sinfonia, Lehigh County Conference of Churches, the Community Music School of Allentown, the City of Allentown, the Mayor's Office of Faith Based Initiatives and Allentown Symphony Hall, the event is a musical kick-off to Black History Month. For an unprecedented second time in a row, Muhlenberg's own Rejoice Gospel Choir won first place! Lehigh Valley alumni also heard this fantastic group perform in the Master Choreographers Dance Program the weekend of February 12. Check them out when you come back to campus – they're guaranteed to get your hands clapping and toes tapping!
Were you in the choir or another type of musical group? We'd like to hear about it! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Although an earlier snowstorm that socked Philadelphia pretty much passed the Lehigh Valley by, the second one on February 9 and 10 hammered Allentown and the Muhlenberg College campus with a foot and a half of snow. Our Plant Operations staff went into overdrive to clear the snow and make the campus safe, and dining personnel found a way in to feed our hungry students! Many stories of "superstar service" from campus personnel emerged in the days following the storm.
Students were delighted to have two "snow days" in a row – only the third time in 14 years that classes had been cancelled! What's your favorite Muhlenberg snow story? Let us know at email@example.com!
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Point of Pride
Headed by Dr. Donna Kish-Goodling and Susan Norling, the Global Educational Program helps coordinate international learning for more than 50% of Muhlenberg students. The Class of 2009 had a 52.9% participation rate in Global Education! Students in all majors are encouraged to study at pre-approved institutions in Europe, Australia, Asia, Latin America and Africa. Two of Muhlenberg's popular discipline-specific programs are a theatre program at Goldsmiths College in London, and a program geared towards Accounting, Business and Economics students in Maastricht, the Netherlands.
Did you study abroad? We'd like to hear about your experience! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.