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New Trustees Named to College Board

In April, the Board of Trustees elected four new members and a life member. Marion Glick, Melanie Mason, Susan Pobjoy and Paul Silverman are new members; Donald T. Shire has been named a life trustee.

Marion Glick is a 1982 graduate of Muhlenberg College and served as an associate trustee for seven years before her
election to the Board. She is vice president of media relations for Porter Novelli International, one of the world’s largest public relations agencies, located in New York City. She holds a master’s degree in journalism and science communication
from the University of Maryland.

An active member of the Muhlenberg alumni association, Glick has served as an alumni admissions representative and on steering committees for College reunions and alumni events. She has participated in career development programs for current and graduating students.

Melanie (Mika) Mason, a 1983 graduate of Muhlenberg College, is the Alumni Association representative to the Board. She earned her master’s in healthcare administration from the University of Minnesota and has held administrative positions at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, Md., and the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C. She currently serves on a regional board for the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago. Mason serves the Muhlenberg community as an admissions ambassador, and has chaired her regional alumni club and reunion committees. She and her husband, Scott, live in Potomac, Md.

Susan Kienzle Pobjoy ’73 is vice president of worldwide sales, HP Services-Annuity & Channel Business division of Hewlett Packard. Currently based in Mountain View, Calif., she has spent much of her career working from offices in the United Kingdom and Geneva, Switzerland, working in sales and marketing management and executive positions. She holds a master’s of science in mathematics from Pennsylvania State University and a master’s of business administration in
international marketing from La Salle University.

Beginning in 1999, Pobjoy and her husband, Graham, spent nearly two years circumnavigating the globe as part of the Blue Water Rally. They now reside in Portola Valley, Calif.

Paul Silverman ’78 is the president of MDC Logistics, Inc., a family-owned and operated regional warehousing, distribution and transportation company for the New York and New Jersey metropolitan areas. He served as an associate trustee for seven years before his election to the Board. He has served as chair of the advisory board for the Hudson Transportation and Management Association. Silverman and his wife, Denise, live in Upper Montclair, N.J.

Donald T. Shire served on the Muhlenberg College Board of Trustees from 1976-1995. He received the Alumni Association Achievement award for service to the College by a non-alumnus in 1986. In 1991, he and his wife established the Donald and Anne Shire Distinguished Teacher Professorship to recognize and promote excellent teaching within the College faculty. Shire earned his B.S. and L.L.B. at Boston University and studied advanced management at Harvard Business School. A former lawyer and U. S. Naval Reserve officer, Shire retired as senior vice president of administration for Air Products & Chemicals, Inc., in 1993.


“The Tortoise and the Mule:
Who Wins the Race?”

Ever wonder about the turtle in Parents Plaza? If you’ve stopped below the Shankweiler bridge, you may know that the bronze casting of Clemmys muhlenbergii was commissioned and gifted to the College by former President and Mrs. Jonathan Messerli in 1991.

Commonly known as the bog turtle, the species has had Muhlenberg family ties since the 18th century – it’s named for naturalist Gotthilf Henry Ernest Muhlenberg, founder and first president of Franklin College, now known as Franklin & Marshall College. He and “General Pete” were sons of Henry Melchior Muhlenberg; Gotthilf’s grandson, Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg, was Muhlenberg College’s first president.

Nearly every underclassman passes the bronze turtle on his or her way to class from Prosser, Brown or Walz; it’s a special memory for many. Heather Wassall ’01 remembers this:

“My best friend from high school came with me to June Advising and we had a joke about turtles from biology class. When we saw the Muhlenberg turtle, we couldn’t stop laughing. My dad took a picture of us sitting next to the turtle which we both took framed copies of to our respective colleges!”

Did we choose the wrong mascot? ‘Berg students are hardworking, dedicated Mules, but Carl Oplinger, professor of biology, points out that bog turtles are loyal and can make their way back to their home from great distances. So the next time you find yourself “homing” back to Muhlenberg, stop by Parents Plaza and say hello to Clemmys muhlenbergii, an old friend and – for some – unofficial mascot.

Editor’s note: We found much more detail than we could include about the bog turtle at
Dana Perillo ‘03 contributed to this article.


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