Spring 2003 Magazine Archive & SearchMuhlenberg Home


Door to Door - News from Muhlenberg College
page 2 Music to everyone’s ears…
Accomplished political and religious leaders to address class of 2003
A suite project…
page 3 Organic chemistry and chamber orchestra benefit from grant awards
Anderson receives Hoffman fellowship for research
Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre unveils its 2003 season
page 4 Places We Go, Places We Know
Mark Your Calendar for the Annual Art Exhibition!
page 5 Niesenbaum Named Class of 1932 Research Professor
Curtis Dretsch returns to Theatre Department


Music to everyone’s ears…

The opportunity to conduct the Intercollegiate Wind Ensemble was almost second nature for Muhlenberg Interim President James Steffy. A former conductor, Steffy had no problem picking up the baton at a recent IWE rehearsal session at Muhlenberg. IWE is made up of the finest student instrumentalists from Muhlenberg, Moravian College, Lehigh University and Kutztown University. Typically, each director from the four colleges conducts a piece, according to James Barnes, Chair and Director of Instrumental Music in the Moravian College Music Department, who was kind enough to share this snapshot of Steffy’s impromptu performance with us.


A suite project…

The football teams of 1970 through 1980 have launched a campaign to sponsor the Football Suite in the soon-to-be constructed wing of the Life Sports Center. The suite, composed of several rooms, will be named in honor of all the teams of the Frank Marino decade and will contain memorabilia from each team. Art Scavone ’81 and Jamie Smith ’81, former co-captains of the 1980 team, have been instrumental in making this a successful endeavor. Their support and continued leadership summarize the bond that exists to this day among all of the Marino players. Thank you to all the alumni who have committed to making this project a success. All gifts and pledges to the Football Suite count toward the Atlantic Philanthropies challenge that will match commitments. For more information or to participate, email bergalum@muhlenberg.edu

Accomplished political and religious leaders to address class of 2003

U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter will serve as Commencement speaker for the Class of 2003 at Muhlenberg’s 155th Commencement ceremony, Sunday, May 18. Kathryn F. Wolford, president of Lutheran World Relief, will speak at Baccalaureate. Both will receive honorary degrees.

Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1980, Specter authored early in his first term the Armed Career Criminal Act, hailed by the law enforcement community as a major tool in fighting violent street crime in America. As chairman of the Intelligence Committee in the 104th Congress, Specter led the fight against international terrorism after writing legislation authorizing the prosecution of terrorists who maimed or murdered U.S. citizens anywhere in the world. His bill, creating the inspector general of the CIA, was the only reform legislation to emerge from the Iran-Contra affair.

From his seat on the subcommittee that funds the Department of Education, Labor and Health/Human Services, Specter has led the fight to increase funding for education and to double the budget for the National Institutes of Health, which has allowed remarkable progress in the fight against Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, cancer, heart attacks and other diseases.

Specter has served as chairman of the Veteran’s Affairs Committee since 1997 and has been a formidable advocate for Pennsylvania’s interest in steel, agriculture, mass transit, hi-tech, coal, infrastructure and military installations.

Specter lives in Philadelphia with his wife Joan, a former four-term city councilwoman. They have two sons and four grandchildren.

Kathryn Wolford has served as president of Lutheran World Relief since 1993. Previously, she served as the first Caribbean regional representative of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA/Church World Service (NCCCUSA), based in the Dominican Republic, before being named program director for Latin America at Lutheran World Relief in 1991.

Wolford is a member of the U.S. Agency for International Development Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid and serves on the boards of the Lutheran Community Foundation and Women’s EDGE. She has penned articles on Latin America and land mines for “The Christian Century” and has been selected one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by the Baltimore Daily Record. She holds a B.A. from Gettysburg College and an M.A. in public policy studies and an M.A. in religious studies, both from the University
of Chicago.


previous page CONTENTS next page