|• Winter 2003||Magazine Archive & Search • Muhlenberg Home|
| ’01 | Navy Reserve Ensign Jill M. Beck recently completed the Officer Indoctrination Course. The course prepares students for duty in the naval staff field that corresponds to their civilian profession. For the first five weeks, students learn naval history, traditions, personnel administration, military law, close-order drill and other general military subjects. In the final week they are tested on the application of their civilian profession within the Navy. Amy Croushore is working toward her master’s degree in biology at East Stroudsburg University. As the menagerie manager of the Pool Wildlife Sanctuary, she is responsible for training, feeding and maintenance of a variety of permanently injured wild animals including a bald eagle, great horned owl, possum and the red-tailed hawk. She lives in Emmaus, Pa. Ronald DeBiasse Jr. has recently passed all four parts of the CPA exam and has been promoted to semi-senior accountant at the certified public accounting firm, Sobel & Co., LLC in Livingston, N.J. Jerry C. Diaz teaches eighth-grade language arts at Springton Lake Middle School in Media, Pa., where he lives. Jerry also coaches eighth-grade girls’ basketball, advises the drama club, teaches night school at Penncrest High School and is working toward his master’s degree in education. Stephanie (Thorpe) Holbus and her husband Ben Holbus are planning a move to Norfolk, Va., from Pensacola, Fla. Stephanie will graduate from Binghamton University in December and plans to begin looking for a teaching job once they are settled. Meanwhile, Ben is flying E-2c Hawkeyes. Marianne Koiva is employed by Corporate Translations, Inc. as a project manager in Mansfield, Conn. She works in the editorial department for a company that translates pharmaceutical journals into different languages. She was formerly working with the Greater Hartford Arts Council. Heather Petersen was awarded the Carol and Paul Miller Endowed Scholarship to attend Rutgers University Law School in Newark, N.J. Heather started in September and is a member of the class of 2005. Brett Rackoff writes that he is currently having a great experience working for Enterprise Rent-A-Car. He lives in Conshohocken, Pa. Seth Raivetz is currently a law student at Tulane Law School in New Orleans. His sister Abbe is following in his footsteps and is a member of the class of 2006 at Muhlenberg. Natalie Rosenthal is a member of the clinical psychology doctorate program at the University of Delaware. She is a research assistant for grants involving adolescents and families. Natalie is currently living in Newark, Del. Reed Schoenly sends the following update on his personal and professional life. In 2002, Reed began working at the University of Maryland University College as an academic advisor/administrator. On Sept. 7, 2002, he and Katherine (Carleo) Schoenly ’00 were married in Egner Memorial Chapel. The following Muhlenberg alumni were in attendance as members of the bridal party: best man Jeff Neaman; maid of honor Jaime Corrado ’00; bridesmaids Heather Schoenly ’95 and Angela Vasoli ’00; and groomsmen Bob Cherry, Will Diefenderfer and Jason McLean. Reed and Katherine live in Millersville, Md. Jennifer Morgan Smith is attending the University at Buffalo School of Law for the first time this semester after working as an account manager at Kelly Services for one year. She currently lives in Lewiston, N.Y.
| ’02 | While Christina Berchock is working towards her master’s in clinical psychology at Penn State University, she is busy providing therapy services on the inpatient mental health unit of the Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill, Pa. She is currently living in Harrisburg. Robert Bergmann has relocated to Salem, W. Va., and keeps himself busy as the residence director for Salem International University. Jonathan Blitzer sends the following news: “I have taken over for the brilliant Monica Stufft ’00 in the role of Muhlenberg College’s Writing Center Peer Tutor Coordinator (formerly titled assistant director) for (at least) the 2002-2003 academic year. I’m really enjoying interacting with and getting to know the current staff of 55 tutors, although I definitely miss my Writing Center friends and colleagues from the class of 2002! My primary responsibilities include working with and assisting current Writing Center tutors, managing statistical database and record forms for all Writing Center programs and assisting Linda Miller, the program’s director, with the ‘Writing Theory’ training class and the hiring of prospective new tutors. I am living in Allentown, Pa.” Melissa C. Eicken is one of the newest assistant directors of education at the Huntington Learning Center in Turnersville, N.J. Her duties include running the teaching floor, meeting with parents, scheduling teacher hours and keeping track of payroll. Melissa also works with students either in a one-on-one basis or in small groups. Her home is in Collingswood, N.J. Daniel Frantz, Christian Jordan, Joseph Reck and Tony Sankari were recently accepted into The Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) Doctor of Optometry program in Elkins Park, Pa. PCO graduates 90 percent of the practicing optometrists in Pennsylvania and 20 percent nationwide. Matthew C. Jones is currently a graduate student pursuing a two-year master’s degree in urban and environmental policy and planning at Tufts University outside Boston in Medford, Mass. Matthew lives in nearby Somerville, Mass. Kate Laufer has recently moved to Manhattan and is working at Baron Capital, a mutual fund company in New York City. JoEllen (Kleckner) Rooney and her husband Stephen have moved to Whitehall, Pa. JoEllen is currently a sales manager at Marriot Hotels. Lindsay St. Lawrence is a marketing research analyst for Information Resources Inc., the confectionary division of Pfizer. She specializes in consumer packaged goods such as gum, mints and cough drops. She lives in Boonton, N.J.
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