College Announces
Research Fellowship Recipients
Jefferson Elementary-Muhlenberg College Partnership Receives $10,000 Community and Economic
Development Grant
Ninth President of Muhlenberg College, Jonathan Messerli, Passes Away
Alumni with children
ages 13 and under
Glass Slipper Project
Benefits Area Teens
Birds of Armenia Fly into Martin Art Gallery
Mourning John A. Deitrich:
Alumnus, Donor and Life Member
of the Board of Trustees
Getting to Know “General Pete”
Reaction to the New Life Sports Center
The Kresge Challenge is in reach!
Class of 1970 Reunion Challenge
Two Special Naming Opportunities for the Kresge Challenge

The Kresge Challenge is in reach!

With a little more than 5 months to go to meet the Kresge Challenge, we are pleased to report that over 300 alumni and friends have contributed a total of $10.8 of the $13 million needed to fully fund the addition to the Life Sports Center. If we raise the remaining $2.2 million by August 1, 2005, we will receive $900,000 from The Kresge Foundation of Detroit, Michigan.

It will take the support of many members of the Muhlenberg College community to achieve this incredible opportunity. If you would like more information on how to support the Life Sports Center and help us meet the challenge, please call Tilghman Moyer, vice president for development and alumni relations, 800-859-2243, or visit the web at


Class of 1970 Reunion Challenge

The class of 1970 has decided upon a very special way to recognize and celebrate their upcoming 35th Reunion in June. The class is raising funds to name a room in the new Life Sports Center. The room is part of the Health Center facilities, located with the Counseling Center in the new building. The room will be the only space in the new facility named for a class; all other spaces are named for individuals or groups associated with athletic teams. Long-time class volunteers Jack and Diane Ladley came up with the idea after attending the Life Sports Center dedication:

“Once we saw this awesome addition to our campus, we knew we had to take part in its funding. We decided it was an excellent opportunity for all our classmates to have a special challenge for their Reunion giving. At our 35th Reunion and beyond, the Class of 1970 will live on by creating this legacy.”

A unique part of the fundraising plan is that a few members of the class have stepped forward and put together a pool of money that they will use to match gifts made by non-donors, as well as to match increased gifts by classmates. Jack and Diane Ladley, Paul Koehrsen and Bill Miller have all made leadership gifts and hope to challenge other classmates to give to the project. One of the main goals of this initiative is to encourage participation; the hope is that this special project will inspire classmates, who may not have supported the College recently, to consider making a gift. The Reunion Program is a great way to get re-involved and the Class of 1970 has done an outstanding job recruiting Class Agents. Agents are reaching out and encouraging classmates to come back to Reunion in June, and in addition encouraging folks to support the College and make a gift this year. If you are a member of the class, you have probably heard from an Agent.

The development office would like to recognize the following Agents for the Class of 1970 for their commitment and support of both their class and the College.

Class Agents:
Joel Beaver, Rev. Donald Hayn, Sandy Hulse, Lynn Klein, Diane Ladley, Jack Ladley, Dr. Alexander Lieberman, Bruce Reitz, Robert Shannon, Kathryn Wickenhiser Meeting



Two Special Naming Opportunities for the Kresge Challenge

Willie Hendricks

On July 26, 2004, Muhlenberg College lost a part of its history when Willie Hendricks was killed in a car accident. Willie served Muhlenberg College for more than 37 years, most recently as an assistant equipment manager. Athletes, coaches and staff all have a favorite Willie story to recall. Whether conversing with someone through the equipment room door, roaming the sidelines at a sporting event, or walking across campus saying hello to everyone, Willie was a fixture at the College. Sports were his love, and Muhlenberg athletics were his passion!

Muhlenberg is dedicating the new equipment room in the Life Sports Center to Willie’s memory, a fitting tribute to someone who touched so many lives. To date, more than 60 donors have raised more than $4,000 to name the equipment room in memory of Willie.

Coach Helene Hospodar

Coach Helene Hospodar was the cornerstone of women’s athletics at Muhlenberg. Her career at the College spanned over 30 years, and she coached women’s basketball, field hockey, and softball, as well as directing the cheerleading team. “Coach H” instilled in her athletes a desire to achieve, both on the field and in the classroom. Helene passed away on September 18, 2003.

The outpouring of support by the College community has been tremendous. In conjunction with her recent induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame, the athletics department has created an annual award in her name to be presented to a female athlete in the junior class. Many of her past players and friends are also raising funds to name the reception area in the athletics office in her memory. So far, more than $13,000 has been raised for this project.

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