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Robin Weinstein Recognized on Floor of US House of Representatives

Robin Weinstein ‘03 was recognized as an "outstanding member of South Jersey" on the floor of the US House of Representatives by Congressman Jeff Van Drew at the beginning of April. Rob is an associate professor at Wilmington University, founding pastor of Bethany Grace Community Church in Bridgeton, NJ, and quite involved in his local community, especially as the Founder and President of the M25 Initiative, a non-profit dedicated to empowering and equipping the local church community to help the poor. To see the video clip of his recognition, click here

John Wunderlich III '86 to Serve as District Superintendent

Beginning July 1, 2019, John Wunderlich III '86 will begin to serve as Superintendent in the Cumberland-Hagerstown District of the Baltimore-Washington Conference. John has been the pastor of First Saints UMC in Leonardtown, MD for 11 years. To see the full press release, click here

Ethel (Storms) Swartley '87 Led STEM Workshops in Iraq

The U.S. Department of State English Language Programs, in partnership with AMIDEAST, recently invited Ethel (Storms) Swartley '87 to provide two 10-day training workshops for STEM and English faculty in Iraq. The 48 faculty in the two workshops represented six Iraqi cities, 18 universities, three high schools, and at least 23 academic disciplines. With such a varied group, including both language teachers and content instructors, I chose to provide training that included both English for specific purposes (ESP) and content-and-language integrated learning (CLIL) approaches. To read more about the the STEM program and Ethel's involvement, click here

Amanda (Beckenstein) Mbuvi MTS '02 To Speak at Lecture Series

Amanda (Beckenstein) Mbuvi MTS '02 of High Point University will present the annual Bishop Alfred E. and Mrs. Mamie White Endowed Heritage Lecture Series Feb. 8-9 at Hood Theological Seminary. To read more about what she will be doing, click here

Rev. Claudia Waters MDiv '05 To Speak at Church Anniversary

Hurlock United Methodist Church will celebrate its 31st annual Church Anniversary at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10. The Rev. C. Claudia Waters MDiv '05 will be the guest preacher. She serves as pastor of St. Paul UMC in Milford, DE and Wesley Chapel UMC in Lincoln, DE. To read the full press release, click here

Jonathan Peri PhD '17 Continues Presidency at Manor College

After more than three years of ambitious transformation at Manor College in Jenkintown, PA, its Board renewed President Jonathan Peri PhD '17's contract nearly a year early. When Peri arrived at Manor in late 2015, the college was facing financial challenges. Within seven months Peri led the college to a balanced budget, erased deficits, created significant excess revenues, and restructured debt by fiscal year-end. By fall 2017, and for the first time in about ten years, both enrollment and revenues increased. 

Elliott Zaagman '08 Contributes to Tech Article

Elliott Zaagman '08 contributed to an article entitled Is An Iron Curtain Falling Across Tech?  To read the full article, click here

Stephanie Summers MS ‘08 Received Grant

The Center for Public Justice announced that it is an awardee of the first-ever Reflective Leadership Grant from Duke Divinity School.  Stephanie Summers MS ‘08, who will accept the award on behalf of CPJ, is one of twenty Christian leaders from a variety of faith-based organizations who have been selected in this first year of the new Reflective Leadership Grant program. To read the full press release, click here

Kevin Casey '98 Is The Voice of The Union

Kevin Casey '98 is the PA Announcer for the Philadelphia Union. To read the full interview, click here

Sheila Tolbert MTS '15 Releases Two Books

Sheila Tolbert MTS '15, Founder/CEO of Sheila Tolbert Ministries, Ordained Minister, Chaplain, speaker, and author was proud to announce the concurrent release of her two books, The Seven Heavenly Crowns Of A Gentleman and The Seven Heavenly Crowns Of A Lady on amazon.com in December 2018. To read the full press release, click here.

Alan Rudnick '03, MDiv '06 Featured in Baptist News Global

Alan Rudnick '03, MDiv '06 was featured in an opinion column in the Baptist News Global about selective outrage of Christians to news stories. To read the full article, click here

Bryan Stevenson '80 Interviewed by New York Times

Bryan Stevenson '80 was interviewed by The New York Times on January 16, 2019 about "how he wants the US to face it's history". To read the interview, click here

Bryan Stevenson '80 Is Honored at MLK Day Event

On January 21, 2019 in Media, PA, Bryan Stevenson '80 was one of three people added to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Spirit Wall of Fame this year for instilling the following qualities of the wall’s namesake: Loyalty, leadership, integrity, honesty, determination, and courage. To read the complete story, click here

Nicholas Jacobs '14 Joins BellCornerStone Real Estate

Congratulations to Nicholas Jacobs '14, who joins BellCornerStone Commercial Real Estate as a senior contracts analyst. To read the full press release, click here

Tony Sundermeier '97 To Speak at Day1

The Rev. Dr. Tony Sundermeier, senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, is the featured preacher Jan. 27 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible online at Day1.org. For the full press release, click here

Carlos Bonilla MATS '96 and Mayra Giovanetti MATS '96 to Serve in Columbia

International Ministries (IM) is excited to announce that IM missionaries Carlos Bonilla MATS '96 and Mayra Giovanetti MATS '96 will be the first IM missionaries to serve in Colombia, South America. They will begin their service this month and plan to reside in Cartagena, a port city on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. The family’s home church is Primera Iglesia Bautista de Caguas in Caguas, Puerto Rico. To read the full press release, click here

Scott Davidheiser MEd '00 Named Superintendent of Schools

Though this only marks Dr. Scott A. Davidheiser’s first month as the superintendent of schools of the Lower Moreland Township School District, he is already right at home in his new position.
“What I’ve come to learn in my short time on the job is that this is a very welcoming community,” Davidheiser said. “The community and school district have a wonderful partnership.”
Before being appointed as superintendent, Davidheiser was the assistant superintendent for secondary education in the Central Bucks School District, a position to which he was appointed in 2016. Previously, he served as the district as principal and house principal of Central Bucks High School South. Prior to Central Bucks, he worked at Phoenixville Area Middle School as an assistant principal, the dean of students and a language arts teacher.
To read the full article, click here


Rev. Stuart Spencer '84 Named New Pastor in Moorestown, NJ

Just about every pew was filled at the First Presbyterian Church on Bridgeboro Road on a recent September evening for the installation of the church’s new spiritual leader, the Rev. Stuart Spencer '84.
It was an evening filled with prayer, ritual, and hope, with remarks from the larger Presbyterian community in the region, members and leaders of the Moorestown church, and enhanced by choral music led by Joel Krott, who has long been at the helm of the church’s musical life. To read the full article, click here

Obed Arango MDiv ’05's Organization Wins Award

Founded in 2011 by Obed Arango MDiv ’05, CCATE (the Center for Culture, Art, Training and Education), located in Norristown, Pennsylvania, has just been named 2018 recipient of the renowned Ohtli Award. This award is the highest honor a Mexican or Mexican-American individual or organization located outside of Mexico can receive and is granted by Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Institute of Mexicans Abroad. The name “Ohtli” comes from the Nahuatl word meaning "road" or "path,” and symbolizes the opening of a path for others. For the complete press release, click here

Tom Klaus PhD '13 Co-Authors Book About Community Change

Tom Klaus PhD '13 co-authored the closing chapter of Using Collective Impact to Bring Community Change. The chapter, based on research conducted with his co-author Liz Weaver of the Tamarack Institute (Waterloo, ON, Canada), was titled "Progress, Challenges, & Next Steps in Collective Impact: Collective Impact as Disruptive Illumination." The chapter highlighted three community change approaches that utilize the collective impact framework and a community development lens. Over the past decade, Tom has been refining one of those, the Tenacious Change Approach. In 2016 his work on the Tenacious Change Approach resulted in an invitation to the Obama White House to meet with Promise Zone leaders from across the U.S and has been gaining attention and traction since then. For example, in early 2018 the Tenacious Change Approach and Collective Impact 3.0 were adopted for use in West Palm Beach, FL by a broad, diverse community collaborative aimed at creating community change related to behavioral health. The book is available through Amazon.

Marcia Bailey MDiv ‘86, the New Acting Pastor at FBC in Pottstown

Rev. Dr. Marcia Bailey MDiv ‘86, the new Acting Pastor at First Baptist Church in Pottstown, PA, is an ordained American Baptist pastor with 32 years of pastoral ministry experience. In addition, she is an associate professor for teaching in the Intellectual Heritage Program at Temple University, teaching critical thinking and writing for more than 10 years. She intermittently serves as a transitional pastor in local churches seeking settled pastors. To read the full article, click here

Kaitlyn (Drasher) Kuhns '11 begins Homeschool Co-Op

A Richfield mom planning to homeschool her first child this fall, is branching out to help other homeschoolers connect. Rooted Oaks Co-op for Homeschoolers based in Richfield is enrolling students now through Aug. 15. Kaitlyn (Drasher) Kuhns ‘11 has an elementary school teaching degree and a language arts for middle school degree from Eastern University and has always longed to be in the classroom. Now a mom of three, including a five year old, a toddler and newborn, she feels her time is best spent at home. Kuhns began researching the university model of home school groups that are established to bring homeschool parents and children together. After years of studying the various ways to homeschool and be part of a group that met the needs she felt necessary, Kuhns decided to start a cooperative on her own.  Click here to read the full news article and to get more information on the Co-op. 

Col. Douglas Mastriano '86 Interviewed on Fox Business News

On July 24, 2018, Col. Douglas Mastriano '86 was interviewed on Fox Business News about current political issues. To see a clip of the show segment, click here

Jean (Morse) McIntire '71 Releases New Book

Jean (Morse) McIntire '71, along with her mother, Alice Morse, has co-authored a book entitled "Meditations for Church Musicians".  For the full press release, click here

Lucas Ramirez '05 Interviewed About His New Book

Lucas Ramirez '05 was recently interviewed on Fox & Friends about immigration.  To see the full interview, click here.  Ramirez also co-authored a book, "Designed for More: Unleashing Christ's Vision for Unity in a Deeply Divided World" (FaithWords, 2018).  

Nick Mandia '09 Named Lacrosse Coach

Nick Mandia '09 was the perfect man for the job. The Philadelphia native, who grew up playing the game through high school and then in college at Eastern University — just outside of Philly — has been the head man at Littleton's Chatfield for the past two seasons and will start the co-op program at Erie in the spring.

"When this opportunity presented itself, it was exciting for a multitude of reasons," said Mandia, who had hopes of landing a physical education teaching job when he came to Colorado two years ago, but it never surfaced at Chatfield. "The administration sold me on my first visit with their enthusiasm and there is a lot of support for the game in the community.

"I like the pressure that comes with it, because obviously people care and they want to succeed. That's the kind of atmosphere I want to be in." To read the full news article, click here

Robin Weinstein '03 To Host Gun Control Forum

Robin Weinstein '03, Pastor of Bethany Grace Community Church in Bridgeton, NJ is set to host a forum on gun control on June 14th.  Urban Studies professor, Dr. Drick Boyd is one of the panel members. For more information and to read the news article, click here.

Ruth Roberts PhD '17 Named VP of Human Resources at United Way

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey recently announced the addition of four executives to its leadership team, including Ruth Roberts PhD '17,  who has been named Vice President of Human Resources. To learn more about Ruth and to see the full press release, click here

Steven Stewart '68 Receives McCormick Medal

Steven B. Stewart '68, an alumnus parent and retired longtime Middle School history teacher at Harrisburg Academy, accepted the 2018 McCormick Medal at Harrisburg Academy’s annual Founders Day celebration on May 20, 2018.  The award is presented each year to one individual who exemplifies leadership and service to the school.  Founders Day is held at the John Harris and Simon Cameron Mansion in downtown Harrisburg, Harrisburg Academy’s original location. Stewart spent his entire 44-year career teaching at the Academy, starting in 1969 and retiring in 2013.  He is the longest tenured teacher in school history.  In addition to his work in the classroom, Stewart also served in the following roles:  director of summer camp (1976-1989); assistant head of Middle School (1995-2000); athletics director (1970-1989); Middle School athletics director (1989-1995); and coach of multiple Middle School and Varsity athletics teams (soccer, basketball, and softball) between 1969 and 2007. To read the full press release, click here.


UPS Promotes Charlene Thomas MBA '00 To West Region President

UPS said it has promoted Charlene Thomas MBA '00 to West Region President, responsible for small package business operations in 25 states, succeeding George Willis, who took the role of UPS President of U.S. Operations. “We’re pleased Charlene has accepted the role of West Region President,” Willis said. “She has deep experience in UPS operations as well as broad business experience in other facets of the company. Charlene is an excellent fit for this key role.” To read the full press release, click here.

Robin Weinstein '03 Is the 2018 Rand South Jerseyan of the Year

Robin Weinstein '03 is one of three recipients for the Rutgers University Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs 2018 Walter and Leah Rand South Jerseyan of the Year for the Nonprofit Sector. He is honored to receive this award on behalf of the great work is done through the collective work of the M25 Initiative.

Singer Sean Cox ’13 Is Bringing Musical Project to Lynchburg, VA

Sean Cox ’13 is sharing his musical talent. “A little over a year ago I started to realize that I had stockpiled quite a few songs that were outside of the style and sound of my then band,” he says. “They were more lyrically focused, acoustically driven and contemplative.”
Soon after, The Band of Rivals disbanded and Three Strands became Cox’s sole focus. In July of 2017, he released his first EP, “Letters to the Light.” To read the full article, click here.

CNN Covers the Work of Brisa DeAngulo '07 for International Women's Day

CNN World crews traveled to Bolivia to cover the work of Brisa De Angulo ‘07 in Cochabamba. As part of International Women's Day, CNN featured her video and story as part of their series, #AsEquals, which covers gender inequality and efforts to stop it. To read the article and watch the video, click here.

Kristin Stayer MA ’13 Named Executive Director of the Community Center at Park Place Church of God

Kristin Stayer MA ’13 is the executive director of the Community Center at Park Place Church of God. Stayer strives to establish a welcoming place for the community to connect. A local farmer’s market has been pivotal. “We’ve been able to give it a permanent home, and it has allowed us to be creative about the ways we open up our space,” Stayer explained. To read the full article, click here.

Cameron Tough '13 Named Boys Lacrosse Coach at Conestoga Valley

The final two coaching vacancies in Lancaster-Lebanon League lacrosse were filled in recent weeks. At its Feb. 20 meeting, the Conestoga Valley School Board approved CV alum Cameron Tough as the Buckskins’ new boys lacrosse coach. They will be among nine new head coaches in L-L boys and girls lacrosse for the 2018 season. Tough is a 2009 CV alum who went on to play collegiately at NCAA D-III Eastern University. After serving as a CV boys lacrosse volunteer assistant coach the last couple seasons, Tough is now the program’s fourth head coach in as many years, taking over a Bucks’ team that went 5-13 a year ago, the program’s most wins since 2012. To read the full article, click here.

Marili Cancio BA ‘93 Is Reappointed by Gov. Scott

Florida’s Governor, Rick Scott, announced four appointments and nine reappointments to multiple state boards. For the Miami Dade College District Board of Trustees, Marili Cancio BA ‘93, of Key Biscayne, is the owner of Marili Cancio & Johnson P.A., was reappointed for a term beginning February 27, 2018 and ending May 31, 2019. To read the full news article, click here.

Howard Stevenson '80 Presents a TEDMED Talk

The Racial Empowerment Collaborative is super excited to share the release of Dr. Howard C. Stevenson’s TEDMED talk!! You can watch the video here, and read the accompanying blog here.
Dr. Stevenson was also recently featured in a CBS Philly interview “Conversation For All People: Experts Try to Find Solutions For Parents, Educators Over Racist Incidents”.
Throughout the past few months, Dr. Stevenson and the REC team have had the privilege and honor of presenting keynote addresses, leading workshops & trainings at several schools and groups across the country, including but not limited to…Columbia Justice Center, City and Country School in NYC, Greentown Montessorri, University of North Carolina, University of Pittsburgh, Strawberry Mansion Learning Center in Philadelphia, The French American Academy in NJ, Penn Law, Buckley School in NYC, and the Germantown Jewish Center in Philadelphia,  just to name a few.

Rob Hytha '12 - Up & Coming Entrepreneur

Rob Hytha '12 is a born entrepreneur, seeking & executing on opportunities is his way of life. Guided by the purpose of always adding value, he has built his young career by helping others find success or navigate tough financial situations. To read the full press release, click here.

Ronald W. Whitaker II MBA '09 Co-Moderated Local Film Festival

In honor of Black History Month, the Greater Norristown NAACP branch is hosting a series of celebrations and relevant programming in the Norristown area. Our upcoming event will be an African-American History Film Festival. The festival was held on Saturday February 17, 2018 at the Mt. Zion AME Church in Norristown.
Moderators for the event were Ronald W. Whitaker II MBA '09, Assistant Professor of Education and Co-Director of the Center for Urban Education and Improvement at Cabrini University and Angela N. Campbell, PhD Assistant Professor of Education Policy and Leadership and Assistant Dean of the School of Education at Cabrini University in Radnor. To read the full news article, click here.


Joseph Birli '94 Named President & CEO of the Children's Home of York

A 30-year veteran of the human services field has been named to lead the Children's Home of York. Dr. Joseph Birli '94 will serve as the nonprofit's new president and CEO. He will be responsible for the organization's strategic planning as well as overseeing the daily operations of programs and services. To read the full news article, click here

Scott A. Davis '77 Selected Pennsylvania STEM Ambassador

Scott A. Davis '77, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physics at Mansfield University, has been selected as a Pennsylvania Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Ambassador. Davis, and the other ambassadors selected after a state-wide nomination process, will participate in a 10-month advocacy training program for leaders in business, education and/or STEM-related fields, sharing their experiences and content knowledge with influential Pennsylvania stakeholders and helping shape Pennsylvania policy through targeted relationships with elected officials and media. To read the full article, click here.

Jeremy Montgomery MBA '08 Leads Habitat For Humanity in Florida

Jeremy Montgomery MBA '08 was featured in the Sun Sentinal newspaper on his work with Habitat for Humanity of Broward County, Florida. To read the full article, click here.

Rear Admiral Barry Black DMin ’82, DD ‘06, USN (Ret.) to Speak at Valley Forge Military Academy & College

On Sunday, February 18, 2018, Valley Forge Military Academy & College welcomes Rear Admiral Barry Black DMin ’82, DD ‘06, USN (Ret.) who is the 62nd Chaplain of the U.S. Senate and first African American to serve as the Navy’s Chief of Chaplains. RADM Black will address the 90th Corps of Cadets at 10am at the Alumni Memorial Chapel of St. Cornelius the Centurion located on the VFMAC campus in Wayne, Pa. All are welcome! For more information, click here.

Dr. Phaedra Blocker MDiv '03 Is New Director of Programs at New Baptist Covenant

New Baptist Covenant is excited to welcome Dr. Phaedra Blocker MDiv '03 as their new director of programs!
Dr. Phaedra Blocker is an ordained Baptist minister.  She graduated from Temple University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, Phaedra has also earned a Master of Divinity degree from the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree in Spiritual Transformation at Northern Theological Seminary.  In addition, she has done clinical training in marriage and family therapy and is an Affiliate Professor in Leadership & Formation at Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University.  You can read more about Dr. Phaedra Blocker here.
Dr. Blocker will continue her responsibilities at Palmer Theological Seminary while serving with the New Baptist Covenant.

Turquoise Brennan MEd ’10 Interviewed About her Passion for Education

2016 Teacher of the Year, Turquoise Brennan MEd ’10 was interviewed by the company, Olori. They not only make quality products that make women feel strong, and confident, it is through their collaborations with local artisans and women-owned businesses, that they help create continuity and more economic opportunities for women. During the interview, Brennan spoke about her philosophy of teaching and the importance of education. To read the full interview, click here.

Renee McKenzie MDiv '93 Begins Healing Trauma Ministry

You have to be tough, yet warm and welcoming, to do McKenzie’s job at George W. South Memorial Church of the Advocate in North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since 2011, McKenzie has dug into the struggles of this church with a long-standing reputation of ardent inclusiveness and a mission to fight for the rights of anyone who’s oppressed. In May, McKenzie earned some recognition that will make these goals more possible. The Episcopal Church Foundation awarded McKenzie one of five 2017 fellowships.  It was McKenzie’s proposed Healing Trauma project that earned the financial award of $15,000. She also won a Lilly Foundation Clergy Renewal Grant for $43,005. To read more about Renee McKenzie MDiv ’93 and her ministry, click here.

Peggy Lee-Clark BA '95 Was Appointed Executive Director of PAID

Peggy Lee-Clark  BA ’95 believes in the borough of Pottstown. "One of my expressions is like Tinker Bell," Lee-Clark said. "I believe, I believe, I believe. I do believe that it's all here. We're within 45 minutes of Philadelphia. You've got the river, you've got the trail. We are a livable, workable, bikeable community."
Lee-Clark was appointed executive director of Pottstown Area Industrial Development Inc., or PAID, in May, succeeding Steve Bamford, who left to take a similar position in Allentown. To read the full article with the interview and video, click here.

Samantha Ambrico '17 Teaches Dance to Students with Different Abilities

Twirl, a dance studio located at 3544 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, has ongoing dance classes for students with Down syndrome. Two weekly classes are offered specifically for these dancers.
Owner Sam Sinns, who teaches the older Down syndrome students, hired Samantha Ambrico '17, a dance instructor with a heart for students with disabilities, to teach the class for younger students. Ambrico recently obtained a dance degree from Eastern University and has overcome her own obstacles in learning to dance. She is legally blind and required special assistance in her dance classes.
“When I met her, I knew she was the perfect choice to teach these students,” said Sinns. “She has such a great story. Samantha is someone that the students and their families could relate to and admire. She’s an overcomer.” To read the full article, click here.

Brandon Robinson '08 Interviewed by Nothing But Net

When we’re young, we have dreams and aspire to do our dream job for the rest of our lives. For Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson '08, his dream job came to him at the age of 12 and he hasn’t looked back since. Robinson was interviewed by Nothing But Net on November 25, 2017 and to read the full article, click here.

Douglas Avilesbernal MDiv '05 Appointed Executive Minister

At the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Evergreen Association of American Baptist Churches, held October 14 at New Beginnings Christian Fellowship in Kent, Wash., the members of the Association agreed by consensus to call the Rev. Douglas Avilesbernal MDiv '05 as their second Executive Minister. This action was taken following the search committee’s nomination of Rev. Avilesbernal. He will begin his work with the region in January 2018. To read the full press release, click here

Wes Allen '96 Leads a NJ Church Into the Future

In the third installment of a series of articles profiling the leaders of Palmyra, NJ’s places of worship, this week highlights the life and work of the Rev. Wesley Allen '96 of Central Baptist Church. To read the full article, click here

Kevin Padworski '08 Composes Song for Denver Bell Tower

On August 24, 2017 a new sound rang out from the bell tower in downtown Denver, CO. Out of 52 applications, Denver Arts and Venues selected a proposal by Colorado Chorale artistic director Kevin T. Padworski '08. Padworski composed the piece in part on the bells themselves, and was inspired by the throngs of Denver’s downtown dwellers. To read the full news article, click here.

Howard Stevenson '80 Helps Leaders Manage Racial Challenges

Howard Stevenson '80 helps leaders around the country manage racial challenges. He works with a wide range of establishments, from urban public schools and selective boarding institutions to law enforcement. Stevenson will share this research in a TEDMED talk in November. To read the full article, click here.

Candace Matthews-Bass MA '12 and Philabundance Community Kitchen Serves Folks Who Are ‘Just Looking for a New Start’

Formerly incarcerated individuals can have a tough time finding employment upon their return to society.
Enter Philabundance Community Kitchen, a culinary arts and meal production job training program designed for low-income adults and returning citizens who are trying to rebuild their lives while also alleviating hunger within their communities.
“Our program seeks to address the [returning citizen] community specifically: What have been those patterns resulting in them ending back into prison?” said Candace Matthews-Bass MA '12, Philabundance’s director of personal resource development and training. “[We’re also] doing our best to work closely with providers throughout the Philadelphia area, those who are advocating for rights on behalf of returning citizens.” To read the full article and see the video interview, click here.

Mark Specht '84, MA '99 Named Alumnus of the Year by Williamson College

Mark Specht '84, MA '99 was named Alumnus of the Year by Williamson College of the Trades’ Alumni Association recently. Specht, a 1977 Williamson graduate who has been Williamson’s chaplain for 22 years, received the award for leading groups of Williamson students and alumni on service trips to other countries. To read the full article, click here.

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove '03 Interviewed for PBS Newshour

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove '03 co-authored a book with Rev. William Barber, entitled  The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear . They were interviewed for PBS Newshour about what it "takes to tackle America's racial divide."  To watch the video, click here.

Nick Trombley ’16 is Combining His Degree and His Passions to Serve Others

New City Café on Parsells Avenue serves a range of espresso-based drinks, filter coffee, and locally-made pastries — but the real purpose of New City is behind the scenes. The café, which opened on June 9, currently employs three teenagers as part of its mission to mentor local youth, and Executive Director John Lee hopes that number will only rise.
"The coffee community in Rochester is defined by collaboration, not competition," says Assistant Director Nick Trombley '16.
Trombley, a 2016 graduate of Eastern University, says that like most college students, he stumbled into a love of coffee as a means to keep himself awake. However, it wasn't long before he began to see the connections between his caffeine fix, his major in economic development, and his passion for socially responsible business. "There's nothing that connects us more to the third world on a daily basis than coffee," says Trombley, who is making it a point to carry fairly traded and ethically sourced coffee at New City. To read the full article, click here.


Thea (Sholander) Ramirez ’06 Is Founder of Adoption Share

As a social entrepreneur, Thea (Sholander) Ramirez ’06 is the CEO and Founder of Adoption-Share, a technology non-profit designed to bring efficiency to domestic Adoption and Foster Care. After getting her Masters in social work and working in the adoption arena, she saw how countless families were waiting to adopt children while simultaneously, hundreds of thousands of children were are also waiting for families. Thea envisioned how today's technology could remove the barriers for these children and families. The vision is to revolutionize the way we connect children with the only resource that can meet their basic human need to belong: loving families.
Most recently, her team at Adoption-Share has focused their energy on Family-Match, the first technology of its kind that will use data and matching algorithms to match children in Foster Care with the best family, not just an available family. Today, the average child in foster care goes through 3 disruptions within the first 12 months of care, damaging further their ability to make the critical bonds and attachments that make for a healthy childhood. With the horsepower of the people behind that launched the algorithms eHarmony, they have a tool that will have broad impact in our communities.  Already, Virginia is running an active pilot of the Family-Match tool, there are two more states about to launch and 13 more showing strong interest! To watch Thea talk about Adoption Share on CNN, click here.

Lucas Ramirez '05 Spoke at Catalyst Conference

Lucas Ramirez ’05 had the chance to speak at the Catalyst Conference - one of the largest stages for Christian leadership development. He spoke at the Atlanta, Orange County and Cincinnati conferences. You can see his recent talk at Cincy here.
He will also be releasing a book in 2018 based on the vision shared at the Catalyst Conference. He is so honored to have a publishing deal with Paris based Hachette Books and FaithWords, their US Christian imprint. The book is scheduled to be released in June 2018.

Justin McClelland ’11 Returns to the Florida Gators

Justin McClelland ’11 returns to the Florida Gators as a strength and conditioning coordinator after spending the 2016-17 season at East Carolina University where he trained the Pirate's men's basketball team. McClelland, who worked with the Gator men's hoops squad during the 2015-16 season, will work directly with the women's basketball, women's tennis and women's golf teams. To read the full press release, click here.

Elliot J. Harrigan '97, MTS '99 Is An Alumni Author

Elliot J. Harrigan '97, MTS '99 has just published his first book, From the Beginning: The Mystery and Relevance of Marriage (WestBow Press, 2017).  Harrigan shares that the central concept of the book is based on the premise that a lasting marriage rests in the power of two becoming “one” flesh. In this context, it brings into focus the relevance and mystery of marriage as it relates to life and redemption. To read the full press release, click here.

Darryl Hamm BA ‘02 Installed As Public Director

Darryl Hamm BA ‘02 was installed as the public director of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) at its 98th Annual Business Meeting. NCARB is a nonprofit organization made up of the architectural licensing boards of the 54 U.S. states and territories. The organization’s mission is to protect the public health, safety, and welfare through the development and administration of national programs for the licensure and credentialing of architects. As a member of NCARB’s Board of Directors, Hamm will provide the Board with a valuable outside perspective. To read the full press release, click here.

David Bradstreet '76 and Shane Claiborne '97 Are Finalists for RNA Award

Congratulations to David Bradstreet '76 and Shane Claiborne '97 who are finalists for the 2017 RNA Award for religious reporting excellence.  Bradstreet's book "Star Struck" and Claiborne's book "Executing Grace" are two of six finalists in the book category. To read the press release, click here

At 97, Emilie Ballard MRE '47 Receives Sparrowk Presidents Award

Emilie Ballard MRE '47 and Newton Old Crow, Sr., have been named the 2017 co-recipients of the Cora and John Sparrowk President’s Award. The award will be presented at the Biennial Mission Summit, June 30-July 2, 2017, on behalf of the Board of General Ministries. The recipient must be an American Baptist, who has over a period of years made an exceptional and outstanding contribution to the life of Christ’s Church and who in life and service manifests richly the fruits and gifts of the Spirit. To read the full article, click here

Joe Calfapietra '92 Named Coach of Kansas City T-Bones

Joe Calfapietra '92 has a new coaching gig with the Kansas City T-Bones. He says “The biggest thing about taking this job was the opportunity to try to build something special in a new location. On top of that, when we brought the Jackals to Kansas City in 2012 (during interleague play), I realized fans in Kansas City are passionate about baseball, the facilities are beautiful, and the little time I spent there, it seemed like a great city. All of those things made it feel like a good fit for me.” To read the full article, click here.

Lara (Miller) Owlett '09, MEd '13 PA Teacher of the Year Finalist

Lara (Miller) Owlett '09, MEd '13 is one of 12 finalists for the Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year award. The winner will be selected in December after judges view video recordings of lessons from each finalist. The award, granted annually by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTY), recognizes teachers who exhibit excellence in teaching and who have made outstanding contributions to the young people of Pennsylvania. The winner also becomes a nominee for the National Teacher of the Year award.
Lara received a B.A. in French and a minor in Spanish from Eastern in 2009, and a M.Ed. in Multicultural Education/TESOL from Eastern in 2013. She currently teaches French in the Wellsboro Area School District. To read the full press release, click here.

Kevin Casey '98 Awarded James Madison Fellowship

Congratulations to Kevin Casey '98,  a teacher at Pitman High School, who has been awarded a James Madison Fellowship by the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation of Alexandria, Virginia. To read the full article, click here

Lydia Antunes-Black '99, MS '03 Conquers Major Professional Hurdles

Lydia Antunes-Black '99, MS '03 was featured in the June issue of Gulfshore Business Magazine for her work with a Florida non-profit, Alliance for the Arts, and the hurdles she overcame as as woman in the business world.  To read the full article, click here.

Annalie Korengel MDiv '13 is New Chaplain for Police Department

Annalie Korengel MDiv '13 has been sworn in as new chaplain of the Kennett Square Police Department. Bill Holdsworth, Kennett Square police chief, said Korengel has vast experience in first responder trauma care. Korengel told borough council she volunteered to serve in that capacity because of the nationwide increased tension police officers have been under lately. To read the article, click here.

Rebecca (Kolb) Hobbs '06 is a 2017 Pennsylvania Rising Star

The law firm of O’Donnell, Weiss & Mattei, P.C. has announced that attorney Rebecca (Kolb) Hobbs ‘06 has been named a ‘2017 Pennsylvania Rising Star’ by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Magazine and superlawyers.com. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. To read the full article, click here.

Nikki Toyama-Szeto MA '07 Is New Executive Director for Evangelicals for Social Action

Nikki Toyama-Szeto MA '07 is the new executive director for Evangelicals for Social Action, an organization serving as a catalyzing agent for Christ's shalom through projects focused on cultural renewal, holistic ministry, political reflection and action, social justice and reconciliation, and creation care. Nikki comes to ESA by, most recently, International Justice Mission (IJM), where she served as the vice president and director of the IJM Institute and Global Prayer. For the complete press release, click here.

Jonathan Hilsher MS '06 Honored with Award for Excellence

Jonathan Hilsher MS '06 was honored with the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service at Alfred State, SUNY College of Techology.
Over the past five years, Hilsher has made significant contributions to Alfred State in areas of civic engagement, student leadership, and sustainability as director of the Center for Civic Engagement.
Since he was hired, Hilsher has helped Alfred State move from 46,000 community service hours a year to 86,000 in 2015-16 alone. Furthermore, upon the opening of the Student Leadership Center in 2012, Jonathan provided oversight and guidance for the Student Leadership Suites, which yielded 9,916 service hours and $25,646 in philanthropic fundraising in 2015-16.
Hilsher also created a pinnacle event known as Celebrate Service Celebrate Allegany. Over the past five years, this annual event has featured more than 2,000 students providing more than 11,000 hours of service within Allegany County. Beyond his duties at Alfred State as director of Civic Engagement, Hilsher has also been acknowledged as an expert in his field, receiving multiple awards and recognition for Alfred State, including the NASPA Excellence Award, SUNY Outstanding Student Affairs Program Award, and the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Kevin Gelzhiser '01 Named Delco Hero

Kevin Gelzhiser '01 was featured in the May 2017 issue of Delaware County Magazine  as one of Delco's Heros. Kevin is featured on page 43 and represents the National Guard.  To read the full article, click here.

Elyse Garner '13 Is A Published Photographer

We are excited to share that our very own Elyse Garner '13 is a published photographer!  Many of you may not know her name, but we know you have seen her work.  Elyse works in University Relations at Eastern as the Communications Specialist and Staff Photographer and posts many of the photos she takes of campus and our events on our various social media sites. We have used some of her photos in our alumni publications as well.
Elyse shared that she was contacted several months ago by the creative team at She Reads Truth to purchase a collection of photos from a recent trip she took to Rome. She says "Not only is it humbling to be listed as a "featured photographer" amongst such talented professionals, but I'm so glad that my photos could be used in a project that helps point people to Christ (plus Romans is one of my favorite books in the Bible so that's pretty cool)." Elyse has five photos printed in the book and she is featured during "week 4" of the book's six week study on the book of Romans.
We are excited for Elyse and if you are interested in seeing her photos, books are now available in the SRT Shop: bit.ly/SRTRomans.

Brenda Salter McNeil DMin '00 Was EU's Commencement Speaker

Brenda Salter McNeil DMin '00 was the commencement speaker at the May 6, 2017 ceremony at Eastern University.  She was awarded the Doctor of Humane Letters during the 10am ceremony.  To read more about Brenda, click here.

Beauty Queen, Victoria Graham '16, Uses Platform to Bring Awareness to Genetic Discorder

For the first time in more than two years, beauty queen Victoria Graham '16 didn't have to spend her birthday in the hospital. Since 2014, Graham, who has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, said she has undergone 10 surgeries. EDS is a rare genetic disorder that can weaken blood vessels, cause extreme elasticity of the skin and make joints so flexible that they are unstable and prone to dislocation. And she's using her newfound fame to help raise awareness: visiting children in local hospitals and sharing her story. She also started a support group for people with EDS called the Zebra Network. In June, she will compete for the title of Miss Maryland.  To read the full article and watch the ABC News video, click here.

Renee Patrone ’03 Named The Philadelphia Business Journal's 40 Under 40

The Philadelphia Business Journal's 40 Under 40 is one of their most time-honored and successful programs. It aims to identify and recognize current and future leaders in various industries and in the community.  One of the 40 Under 40 named is Renee Patrone ’03, the owner of Events by Renee and Party Host Helpers. For more, click here.

Daniel Pascoe Aguilar MDiv '94 Named Executive Director of the Office of Career Services at Ithaca College

Following a national search, Daniel Pascoe Aguilar MDiv '94 has been named executive director of the Office of Career Services at Ithaca College. Aguilar will lead efforts across the college to advance the professional and career development of IC students. Aguilar's own career spans over 30 years of leading and managing a diversity of higher education, social service and religious organization teams. He is currently director of the Career Center at the University of Oregon, where he has served for the past seven years. Prior to that, he held leadership positions in career services operations at Seattle University, the University of North Texas and Indiana University. To read the full press release, click here.

Ed Travis '02 Working With Austin Community

Ed Travis '02 came aboard three years ago as a volunteer in the Genesis Garden program, helping Community First! residents raise vegetables. At that point, he said, "There was just an amphitheatre with grass. But the screen wasn't there, and there was no projection equipment." A year later, he started working full time with the village, but with his background as a film PA and editor-in-chief of movie news site Cinapse, he quickly gravitated toward the screening project. He said, "Pretty quickly, they said, 'When we're ready to have programs, you're the guy.'"
So last May, he started free bimonthly community screenings, starting with Mad Max: Fury Road. The cinema has also held special events, such as the filmmaker dinner during Fantastic Fest, and seasonal holiday screenings. Travis said, "We had 200,000 Christmas lights strung around the entire property, and I was dressed as Santa. I even sprayed my beard white." To read the full article, click here.

Robin L. Smith MAR '86 to Speak at Princeton Seminary

National TV personality and best-selling author the Rev. Dr. Robin L. Smith MAR '86, will speak on Tuesday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the Daniel J. Theron Assembly Room in the Princeton Theological Seminary Library. Smith will give a talk titled, "Moving Forward with Restorative Justice: Strategies in Engaging Racial Fatigue." It is free and open to the public. 
The talk is part of the Seminary's Navigating the Waters Courageous Conversations series. Navigating the Waters is an educational and empowerment initiative that explores and provides diversity and intercultural proficiency tools for establishing and sustaining the Princeton Seminary community with mutual respect and accountability. Courageous Conversations is a seminary-wide initiative creating safe, confidential, and sacred spaces for hearing one another's stories.
Smith will discuss strategies and qualities of restorative justice as a process of mutual accountability, reconciliation, and community trust-building. She will shed light on why simple everyday activities like walking off campus to explore the surrounding community can sometimes be challenging for black and brown students.

Dr. Deborah Winters MDiv '85 Wins Illumination Book Award

Palmer Seminary professor, Dr. Deborah Spink Winters MDiv ‘85, has won the Silver Medal Illumination Book Award in the Biblical Studies category, for her book Through Her Eyes: Bible Studies on Women in Scripture. Dr. Winters, with the help of her “Women in The Bible” class, wrote this 20-chapter book about the ancient women of the Bible and the lessons they teach us today. The Illumination Book Awards is a group of awards created by the Jenkins Group, a book publishing service out of Michigan. The goal of these awards is to bring recognition to the books that are written and published with a Christian worldview. To read the full press release, click here.

Gena Thomas MA '14 is an Alumni Author

Gena Thomas MA '14 has published a book, A Smoldering Wick, about biblical justice and reframing the church's vision of short-term missions through a foundation of justice rather than a lens of American charity. It merges missions and development principles based on my experience as a missionary and my graduate degree in International Development. She has an article here at Red Letter Christians about the book and another here at Missio Alliance.
Craig Greenfield has listed A Smoldering Wick as one of the top 7 new books for world changers. ​For more on the book, you can visit my website: www.genathomas.com.

Virginia Holmstrom MTS '04 Announces Retirement

Virginia Holmstrom MTS '04, Executive Director of American Baptist Women's Ministry, announced her retirement for March 2018. Holmstrom has served in the role of executive director of ABWM, based in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, since August 2001. Prior to this, she was director of communications for the Board of Educational Ministries, ABCUSA, from 1990 to 2001. Holmstrom serves with the leaders of American Baptist Home Mission Societies, International Ministries, and MMBB Financial Services, along with the General Secretary of American Baptist Churches, on the National Executive Council. To read the full press release, click here.

Madison Anderson '15 Appointed As Regional Press Secretary

Madison Anderson '15 was recently appointed as one of two Regional Press Secretaries for the National Republican Congressional Committee communications staff.  Maddie has previously served in various roles on presidential, statewide, and congressional campaigns. She was a state political director for Governor Bobby Jindal's presidential race in Iowa, Deputy Press Secretary for Carlos Beruff's Senate race in Florida, and most recently, Communications Director for Rep. Brian Mast's (FL-18) congressional campaign also in Florida. To read the full press release, click here.

Bryan Stevenson '81 Is Featured In Documentary

Ava DuVernay's 13th, an Oscar-nominated documentary film about the 13th Amendment, features Bryan Stevenson '81. In one of the final shots of 13th, lawyer and activist Bryan Stevenson '81 puts it thus: "People say all the time, 'Well, I don't understand how people could have tolerated slavery?... That's so crazy, if I was living at that time I would never have tolerated anything like that.' And the truth is we are living in this time, and we are tolerating it." To read the full article, click here.

Bradly Richards '99 Opens Barber Shop

Pittsburgh-area barber Bradly Richards '99 used to be a barista at The Vault, a cafe in a former bank building in Brighton Heights. It closed around 2008. “I was always looking for a traditional barber, but so many had died or retired,” he said. He decided to be the barber he was always looking for. He left his job at The Vault to go to barber school. To read the full article, click here.

Bailey Pretak '08 Defies Bullies and Wins Beauty Pageants

Bailey Pretak '08 was featured in a news article on dailymail.com in February 2017. A performer cruelly mocked for her dry 'scaly' skin condition is defying bullies by winning beauty pageants. Bailey was born with lamellar ichthyosis - a genetic disorder that means her skin constantly cracks and sheds. She's now travelling around the US, using her performances as a platform to educate others about ichthyosis and raise money to help further research for a cure. To read the full article, click here.

Ann Hatfield MDiv '09 Highlighted in Article About Women Finding Leadership in Religion

The associate pastor for pastoral care at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Ann Hatfield MDiv '09 is a birthright Quaker who joined the Presbyterian Church when she married her husband, Jim. Her strong math and science skills had led her to study civil engineering at Johns Hopkins University. She worked in the field for seven years before leaving to take care of her mother. Always interested in education, social work and the ministry, Hatfield re-entered the working world as a teacher at her sons’ preschool. She entered Palmer Theological Seminary in 2003 as a part-time student and completed her Master of Divinity in 2009. Hatfield was ordained in 2011 and joined the staff at Westminster. To read the full article, click here.

Lumintza Nichols ESCM '06, MDiv '15: Her Faith & Bible Kept Her Safe During Her Imprisonment in Romanian Jail

Rev. Lumintza Nichols ESCM '06, MDiv '15 is now serving the congregation at First Baptist Church on North Duke Street in Lancaster after being a prisoner in her former homeland.
This is all you need to know about Luminitza Cristecu Nichols' faith: She was willing to die for it.
A former nurse, she is the first native-born female Romanian Baptist pastor in the world. To read the full article, click here.

Ryan Mitchell '16 Is an Energy Professional

Ryan Mitchell '16 is an energy professional with a profound interest in intelligent, sustainability solutions. His commitment dates back to his leadership role as the president of the Environmental Science Club at Eastern University.
As an Account Manager for Independence LED Lighting, Ryan has multiple key responsibilities. He manages the increasing flow of accounts in the company’s agriculture line of LED Grow Lights for both indoor commercial farming as well as the education verticals. On the academic front, the company’s Grow Lights and the accompanying Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) curriculum programs range from charter schools to universities. In many cases the academic institutions express interest in Independence LED Lighting’s line of US made building illumination technology, and Ryan runs point on the school accounts as well as other relationships outside of the agriculture market. Ryan also oversees the growing roster of interns that have expanded recently from summer support staff to year round programs. In sports, a utility player is one who can excel at multiple different aspects and rise to meet challenges. Ryan is a former college athlete and a top utility player on the Independence LED team. From research to presentation reports and from trend articles to competition analysis, Ryan performs with agility, tenacity, and attention to detail. Ryan also brings a very positive attitude to the field every day that exemplifies his spirit of cooperation and problem solving. To read the full article, click here.

Brandon Robinson '08 Is Busy Getting the "Scoop"

Brandon Robinson '08 is a sports writer for Respect Magazine.  He also has his own podcast Scoop B Radio. His most recent article for Respect Magazine and his podcast feature former Knicks basketball player, Tim Thomas.

Marcia Patton MAR '73, MDiv '84 Announces Retirement From the Evergreen Association of American Baptist Churches

The Rev. Dr. Marcia J. Patton MAR '73, MDiv '84, executive minister of the Evergreen Association of American Baptist Churches, has announced her planned retirement to the executive committee of the region. The region has commissioned a search committee to find a successor to Patton, who plans to retire when a new Executive Minister has been named. The Search Committee anticipates having a name to present to the Annual Meeting scheduled for October 13-14, 2017 at New Beginnings Christian Fellowship in Kent, Wash.
Patton is the first Executive Minister of Evergreen Association of American Baptist Churches, installed in June 2004. She worked with organizers of Evergreen Association, a group of churches invited by the American Baptist Churches of the Northwest to form a new region. To read the full news article, click here.

Joe Tatta '55 Teaches Italian to the Community

Joseph Tatta '55 is one of the founders of Il Circolo Italiano of the Main Line. Il Circolo Italiano, or the Italian Circle, is a club that promotes the Italian language with lessons, an opportunity to practice speaking it, along with cultural programs, fellowship and, of course, food. To read the full article, click here.

Bryan Stevenson '81 to Be Awarded Honorary Degree from Oxford

Oxford University announces honorary degrees for 2017 and Bryan Stevenson '81 is one of the recipients! The degrees will be awarded at Encaenia, the University's annual honorary degree ceremony on June 21, 2017. He is one of two receiving the Doctor of Civil Law, honoris causa.
Stevenson, a lawyer and social justice activist who has campaigned for fair treatment of children and minorities in the US criminal justice system. He is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, which provides legal representation to those who may have been denied a fair trial. He has been awarded the Olaf Palme Prize for international human rights, the Gruber Justice Prize and the Four Freedoms Award. To read the full article, click here.

Mark Saylor '02 Featured in Barron's Mututal Fund Profile

George Cipolloni and his co-manager, Mark Saylor '02, earned customers an average of 6.8% a year over the past decade, better than 98% of their fund’s Morningstar peers—and with roughly 25% less risk, as measured by standard deviation. Their aim is to find undervalued securities and deliver consistent risk-adjusted returns. The fund’s universe is limited to income-generating investments; it can put up to 30% of its assets into dividend-paying stocks; the balance is in fixed income and cash.
“This is a fund that is built from the bottom up,” says Saylor, 36, who joined Berwyn Income’s original advisor, the Killen Group, in 2007 after what Cipolloni describes as a persistent interview process. When Saylor was passed up for an analyst position the first time he applied, he called the firm’s director of research for guidance. With more experience and a chartered financial analyst credential in the works, he applied again, landed the job, and began working alongside Cipolloni. In April 2016, Chartwell Investment Partners acquired the Killen Group. To read the full article, click here.

Many Alums Contribute to Melmark's Video

When is the last time you felt joy? I mean pure, unadulterated joy? As adults, the kind of joy we experienced as children just swinging on the playground or spinning around on a merry-go-round can be as elusive as buying that winning lottery ticket.

That’s where Melmark’s Joybells come in. I dare you to watch the premiere of their first video here, and not, for at least a few seconds, experience that sensation of pure joy once again.

Melmark’s Joybells is an incredibly talented hand bell choir that has been around since the 1970s. The choir, consisting mostly of adults with Down syndrome, have made appearances at the White House, been featured on the “Today” Show and performed for Pope Francis at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

The video’s director is Andrew Bilindabagabo '14, a video producer for Franklin & Marshall College. Andrew's wife, Carley (Evangelista) Bilindabagabo '13, was Line Producer.  Laura (Diestler) Park '14 was the choreographer.

Singer-songwriter Catie Parker '12 is a music therapist and co-director for the Joybells and the writer and performer of the video’s tune, “Ooh La La.” Parker makes up a third of the Little Hill Trio (her sister Amelia Parker and cousin Tess Beckwith '12 round out the group), which released its newest CD at Scythian’s second annual Appaloosa D.C.’s Roots Music Festival over Labor Day Weekend 2016.

To read the full article, click here.

Alums featured in The Kindred Awards - January 14, 2017 from 12:45-4pm

Tim Ewing '02 announces that The Kindred Awards are back and better than ever and we want you to join us for all the fun and excitement. This year we have 85 nominees. 15 categories and over 20 live performances by:

Benita Farmer, The Michael Sweigard Band, Dana Isles & Facedown (includes alums Dana Isles '96 and Tammy Vaughn '96), Dixon Carrares, Cristabelle Braden, Lane Simkins, Christa Deana, Kelly Deaver, BeSure Worship Band, The Aaron Palermo Band, Renatah Henderson,  Erek McFadden & The Praise Alliance, Jim Gaven, Peace II The Puzzle, Josue velez, Behold The Beloved, Russ Shanks B-Wellz, Silent Culture and more.

Hosted by Dez Childs, this is one night you won't forget.

Come cheer on your favorite artists as they strive to win the coveted Kindred Award. This is a free event and there is free parking. There is plenty of room for everyone so bring your family, friends, youth group, or random person from the street.

Chick fil a will be selling sandwiches and desserts with a portion of the sales to benefit the ministry. There will also be merchandise available from the artists. There will also be a free will offering to help cover the costs for the night, but you are under no obligation to spend any money unless you want to.

To learn more about kindred you can check out our Facebook page at facebook.com/kindredconcerts

Susan Kim MBA '12 Is New Director of Surgical Services

Susan Kim MBA '12 joined Grand View Health as the new Director of Surgical Services. Kim will oversee the scheduling and daily operations of the Grand View Health operating room located at the health system's main hospital campus. Grand View Heath serves the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania. To read the full article, click here and scroll down to the bottom. 

Michelle Neil MTS '12 Rcently Appointed to the Pennsylvania State's Commission on Crime & Delinquency

Michelle Neil MTS '12 was recently appointed to the Pennsylvania State's Commission on Crime & Delinquency (PCCD) by Governor Tom Wolf. The PCCD's efforts help to protect and support crime victims, enhance law enforcement and empower communities through collaboration.  The Commission also works on advocating for safe schools, provides technological and information-sharing tools and launches evidence-based innovative programs. To read the full article, click here.

Angela Burns '93 Released Her Much-Anticipated Second Album

Eastern University alumna and local singer/songwriter Angela Burns '93 released her much-anticipated second album Deeper Than The Blue with an Album Release Party at World Café Live in Wilmington on Saturday January 7.  While Angela’s first album could be described as alternative folk, with banjo and acoustic guitar accompanying her dulcet voice and keyboards, Deeper Than The Blue’s lush orchestration and electric guitars create a more lavish ambience through which her voice and lyrics shine.  The Album Release Party will be the first time Deeper Than The Blue’s complex instrumentation will be recreated in a live show.
Angela wrote her first song at the age of ten and in her early years used her songwriting as a personal journal kept for private enjoyment and reflection. Her love of songwriting also fueled a desire to learn the piano with which she now crafts complex songs in her own unique style. ‘Break of Dawn,’ the first song on the album, instantly draws you in to its message of hope, redemption and second chances and breaks to a march-like chorus, lifting and inspiring the listener. To read the full press release, click here.

Rev. Alyn E. Waller DMin '98 Leads Growing Congregation

Under the leadership of Rev. Alyn E. Waller DMin '98, Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church in Philadelphia grew from a few hundred congregants praying in a historic church in Germantown to 15,000 members of a mega-church, convening in an amphitheater-like sanctuary on the city's northern edge. To read the full article, click here.

Jean Brannan MS '08 Is the First Director of Philanthropy at The Harford Community Action Agency

The Harford Community Action Agency has appointed Jean Brannan MS '08 its first director of philanthropy. As director of philanthropy, Brannan serves as the principal fundraising officer, overseeing, planning and implementing a comprehensive development program to secure financial resources from individuals, foundations and corporations. Prior to joining Harford Community Action Agency, Brannan served as development director for Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding, where she established the development program and led the nonprofit’s first capital campaign. She has also served in development positions at The Highlands School, Preservation Pennsylvania and York County Heritage Trust. To read the full press release, click here.

J. Nicole Morgan MTS '14 Writing Book About Body Image and Faith Communities

J. Nicole Morgan MTS '14 is writing a book about body image and faith communities, which was mentioned in an OSV Newsweekly article "Dignity at every size: Catholicism and the size acceptance movement both seek to bring mercy and community".  To read the full article, click here.

Luke Glaze MA '10 Provides Transitional Employment with Sparrow Furniture

After launching Green Creations, a social business merging environmental awareness with poverty alleviation in the Middle East, Luke Glaze MA '10 returned home to Salem, Oregon and again saw an opportunity, this time providing employment for refugees. Sparrow Furniture will provide transitional employment to our new neighbors as they learn English and build their resume with practical skills.  Customers will in turn see hints of the home cultures of the artisans incorporated into the unique up-cycled furniture pieces and home decor that will soon be for sale online and in their showroom!  To learn more about Sparrow Furniture check out their website or facebook pages: www.sparrowfurniture.org or www.facebook.com/sparrowfurnitureco.

Brisa De Angilo '07 Named One of Sixteen Global Heroes for 2017

Brisa De Angulo '07, Founder and CEO of A Breeze of Hopewill be named one of Together For Girls' sixteen Global Heroes for 2017. This year's list of heroes includes Vice President Joe Biden. This award highlights and celebrates leaders in the forefront to end violence against boys and girls around the world. 
She and her husband, Parker Palmer '09 have also received four awards during the last 3 months recognizing A Breeze of Hope's work in Bolivia to prevent sexual violence and provide free, legal, social, and psychological services to child survivors. 

Justin Tomevi ’09 Named to the “Pennsylvania Rising Stars” List

Justin Tomevi ’09 was named to the “Pennsylvania Rising Stars” list for the prestigious “Super Lawyers” list released each year.  Tomevi works for Barley Snyder, a central Pennsylvania law firm.
The lists appeared in Pennsylvania and Delaware Super Lawyers Magazine, Philadelphia Magazine and Pittsburgh Magazine.
Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Mark S. Caruana MDiv ‘85 New Dean at Houghton College

Mark S. Caruana MDiv ‘85 will concluded his 17½  year ministry as the senior pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church of Utica, New York on January 15, 2017.  During his tenure, the congregation has developed a ministry of welcome to ethnic Karen refugees from Burma being resettled in their city that has transformed their church.  Mark has accepted the invitation of his undergraduate alma mater, Houghton College to serve as dean of an associate of arts degree program serving refugees, immigrants, and other new Americans that the college will offer in Utica beginning in September 2017. To read the press release from Houghton College, click here.

Lydia Antunes-Black '99, MS '03 Honored for Service to Community

Lydia Antunes-Black '99, MS '03, Executive Director for Alliance for the Arts, has been named one of 16 Men & Women of the Year in the November issue of Gulfshore Life.

The Alliance was sputtering at the time Black was named executive director. Since, she’s given it stability and vision. The next big thing is an evolution of the 10-acre campus into a community hub with an expanded theater and gallery, more classroom space and an outdoor auditorium. She wants it to be a part of the community, not just a place where you come for a couple hours to be entertained. She places arts in the greater context of a society. Her question: “How can the arts impact our lives?” The answer comes in many forms. Of course, there’s the obvious one of entertainment and enlightenment. But don’t forget the potential economic impact—artists selling their work, nearby businesses getting traffic after a show. And there’s the community-building aspect, as it brings neighbors together for a class, a concert or just a lazy afternoon with the family in the park on campus. “The arts have an ability to touch people in so many ways,” she says. To read the full article, click here.

Dr. Timothy Brigham '76, MDiv '79 Focuses on Physician Well-Being

Dr. Timothy Brigham '76, MDiv '79, chief of staff and senior vice president in the Department of Education at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), was speaking to representatives from the 32 member schools of the AMA’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium at the 2016 consortium meeting in Chicago. His keynote, which focused on physician well-being, referenced what many know but are reluctant to mention. To read the full article, click here.

Doug Horton '99 Organizes Goliathon Event in South Jersey

Event organizer Doug Horton '99 said the obstacle course run, a semiannual event held in the spring and fall, has grown each year since it kicked off in 2014. This October, he expects 1,000 participants to try their hand at the family-friendly, yet challenging course.
Horton, one of the 11 organizers, said Goliathon started out of a love for obstacle courses and a passion for helping others. Proceeds from the event go to charity: water, a nonprofit organization that brings safe, clean water to third-world countries.
"It's not a race, it's a mission," Horton said. "We don't torture you. There's no mud crawls, barbed wire, ice baths, fire or electric shock. We want people to have fun, but our overall goal is to improve people's lives."  To see the video and read the full news article, click here.

Brent Satterly '93 Received the 2016 Lindback Foundation Award

Congratulations to Dr. Brent Satterly '93, associate professor and director of the bachelor of social work program in the Center for Social Work Education at Widener University, who received the 2016 Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching. To read the full press release, click here.

Iola Harper MA '08 Will Join the Department of Commerce in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Mayor, Jim Kenney, and Commerce Director, Harold T. Epps, announced that Iola Harper MA '08 will join the Department of Commerce as the Deputy Commerce Director for the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) beginning October 3.  As the Deputy Commerce Director for the Office of Economic Opportunity, Iola Harper will develop and implement the strategy to increase the opportunities available to minority, women and disabled-owned business enterprises (M/W/DSBEs), and contribute to the Administration's focus on increasing the capacity of M/W/DSBEs to do business with the City. She will also be responsible for identifying corporations, non-profit organizations, trade unions, Chambers of Commerce and lending agencies who will partner with the City to be part of the solution.

Justin McClelland '11 Hired by East Carolina University

Justin McClelland '11, hired by ECU in May to take over strength and conditioning for men's hoops, brings a wealth of knowledge acquired in the classroom, but the lessons he learned working at Villanova and Florida — two programs with national championship banners hanging in their gyms — probably resonate more with Pirate players than McClelland's degrees. To read the full news article, click here.

Joan (Parker) Frizzell '69 Elected to The Court of Honor of Distinguished Daughters of the Philadelphia High School for Girls

Joan (Parker) Frizzell '69 has been elected to The Court of Honor of Distinguished Daughters, the Hall of Fame, of the The Philadelphia High School for Girls by the Alumnae Association.This award is their highest accolade and is given to alumnae in recognition of their outstanding lifetime achievement. The installation ceremony will take place at Girls’ High School on Friday, October 28, 2016.

Carter Crain '98 Receives the 2016 Eastern Region Food Sourcing Leader of the Year Award

The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is proud to report that their very own Food Resources Manager, Carter Crain '98, has won the 2016 Eastern Region Food Sourcing Leader of the Year award! As the Food Resources Manager, Carter interacts extensively with members of the food industry to secure food for their partner agencies. He exhibits excellence when sourcing, transporting, and distributing produce to the community. In addition, Carter collaborates with other Food Banks to source food, so that no food donation gets turned away. To read the full article, click here.

Bryan Stevenson '81 Featured in The New Yorker Magazine

Bryan Stevenson '81 was featured in the August 22, 2016 issue of The New Yorker magazine, documenting his life's work and introducing his newest project – a commemoration of the history of lynching in the south, with the first national memorial to lynching victims, to be built in downtown Montgomery, AL.  In preparation for this memorial, volunteers are filling gallon size jars with soil from the sites of 363 lynchings cited by Equal Justice Initiative in Alabama. The names of the victims and date of their deaths are marked on the jugs (dates range from 1877-1950). Click here to read the full article.

Tony Campolo ’56, BD ’60, ThM ‘61 Gives Benediction at the Democratic National Convention

Rev. Dr. Tony Campolo ’56, BD ’60, ThM ‘61, Professor Emeritus of Eastern University, is honored to have been invited to offer the benediction at the Democratic National Convention on the evening of July 26th, after President Bill Clinton’s address. Dr. Campolo views this as a civic and gospel opportunity. To see a video clip of his benediction, click here.

Nick Trombley '16 Receives the Faithful Neighbor Award for Climate Stewardship.

Y.E.C.A. would like to congratulate Nick Trombley '16 as the July winner of the Faithful Neighbor Award for Climate Stewardship.
Each month, Y.E.C.A. is recognizing a young Christian in this country who is striving to live out what Jesus said was most important: loving God fully and loving our neighbors as ourselves. Climate change is already impacting our neighbors and God’s creation, both in the United States and around the world, and we believe God is calling us to faithful action and witness in the midst of the current climate crisis.
Nick Trombley is a recent graduate of Eastern University with a BS degree in Economic Development and Accounting and Finance. While at EU, Nick was president of Youth Against Complacency and Homelessness Today, a homeless ministry in Philadelphia, Earth Keepers, and The Humane League.  His passion for resource stewardship and climate change developed during his time on campus, where he learned about the negative environmental implications linked to animal agriculture. To read the full article, click here

Eastern's Oldest Alumnus, Whalen Jones AB/ThB-MRE '52, Passes Away at 107

The long and impactful life of the Rev. Dr. Whalen S. Jones AB/ThB-MRE '52 has come to an end. Dr. Jones, the founder and pastor emeritus of Messiah Baptist Church, passed away on July 13. He was 107-years-old.
During his 79-year ministry, Dr. Jones led congregations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania before coming to Los Angeles. He also earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Eastern Baptist College and Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, respectively. Years later, he received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Eastern College and earned a Doctor of Ministry degree at California School of Theology.
Dr. Jones served 34 years as Messiah’s senior pastor before retiring in 1987; however, he remained active in the church. He regularly attended Sunday worship and for several years, he instructed the Teacher’s Bible Training Institute.
To read the full article, click here.

Daniel Ison '11 Stars in Com­mon­wealth Clas­sic Theatre Company's Pro­duc­tion of “Tartuffe”

Daniel Ison ’11, is play­ing Valere in the 1980s-set take on the 1664 com­edy, with fel­low South Phil­adelphi­an Al­lis­on Heish­man dir­ect­ing.
“My char­ac­ter def­in­itely serves as a coun­ter­part to Tartuffe be­cause Valere is an hon­est, earn­est, straight­for­ward guy,” the thespi­an said. “He doesn’t need to be brash and ar­rog­ant to stand out. I think it’s his in­teg­rity that car­ries the day for him.”
Re­call­ing his amaz­ing pro­fes­sion­al pre­par­a­tion thanks to the late Mark Hal­len, who had served as East­ern Uni­versity’s Dir­ect­or of Theatre, Ison is tak­ing his ment­or’s ad­vice to “throw strikes” and “say it truth­fully” as he meshes with the cast, which also in­cludes Bar­ry­more Award-win­ning South Philly oc­cu­pant Aman­da Schoonover. Happy to help his act­ing peers to mesh the 17th and 20th cen­tur­ies, he is also in­tensi­fy­ing his ap­pre­ci­ation for the piece by serving as the pro­duc­tion’s sound de­sign­er, his second such task for Com­mon­wealth. Striv­ing to “keep it simple, stu­pid” through each as­sign­ment, Ison loves hav­ing the open-air op­por­tun­ity, with eight per­form­ances left, in­clud­ing today’s 7 o’clock ven­ture to Brookhaven Mu­ni­cip­al Park, and he, un­like Tartuffe, has noth­ing but truth to speak con­cern­ing his for­tune. To read the full article, click here.

Steven Houser '73 To Become 80th President of the American Heart Association

Incoming AHA president, Steven Houser '73 is still driven by dad’s death from heart disease.
Once he relinquished his dream of playing in the NBA, Steven Houser began studying to become a doctor. He was in his second year of medical school at Temple University when he received an unusual call from his mom.
“You’ve got to come home,” she said.
Home was on the other side of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge from Philadelphia, just outside the town of Camden, New Jersey. He visited often enough that she wasn’t merely seeking face time. Steven was needed immediately because his dad – his lifelong coach, mentor and hero – was gravely ill.
All Ruth Houser knew was that Robert “Bob” Houser was having trouble breathing. Soon, more details emerged. To read the full article, click here.

Brandon Ziegler '06 Spills Some Sweet Secrets of Sugar Cookies

Brandon Ziegler '06 has been baking sugar cookies for a few years now, using a recipe steeped in Lancaster County tradition. He acquired it along with the bakery he now runs with his family in Lititz.
Zig’s Bakery & Cafe, at the Brick Gables catering and event venue on Newport Road in Lititz, sells sugar cookies along with breads, scones and other goodies. Ziegler, in business with his parents, Dean and Carol Ziegler, also sells their baked goods at Lancaster Central Market and the Lebanon Farmers Market. To read the full article, click here.

Rev. Donald H. Ashmall ‘65 Named Council Minister Emeritus

The International Council of Community Churches has named the Rev. Donald H. Ashmall ‘65 its Council Minister Emeritus. The honor is the first of its kind awarded by the Protestant communion, which was formed in 1950 in a merger between two church associations, one predominately Afro-American and the other predominately Caucasian.
Born in Yonkers, NY, Ashmall served churches in Massachusetts, Michigan and Maine. He was a financial consultant for Merrill Lynch, and was a licensed Realtor dealing in residential and commercial properties. Ashmall began service in January 2011 as Council Minister of the International Council of Community Churches and retired this month. He was named the ICCC Trustee of the Year in 1997.
The International Council of Community Churches is affiliated with the National Council of Churches in the USA where Ashmall has been a member of its Governing Board and chaired its Committee on Membership and Ecclesial Relations.

Bryan Stevenson '81 to Receive 2016 John Gardner Leadership Award

Independent Sector has announced Bryan Stevenson '81, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, as the recipient of the 2016 John W. Gardner Leadership Award. Established in 1985 to honor IS founding chair John W. Gardner, the annual award recognizes an individual whose leadership in the nonprofit community has been transformative; who has mobilized people, institutions, or a cause that improves the lives of others; and who exemplifies the leadership and ideals of the award's namesake. To read the complete article, click here

Deneen LM Diggs MBA '13 Appointed Chief of Missions & Manpower

Deneen LM Diggs MBA '13, a Retired Army senior noncommissioned officer with 20 years of service, was appointed Chief of Missions & Manpower at the US Army's Defense Distribution Center, Susquehanna PA.  This center focuses on family morale, welfare, and recreation, working to ensure service members and their families live the same quality of life as those they defend. To read the full press release, click here.

Angela Bruecks '10 Is Changing the Way Cyber Schools Look at Special Education

Angela Bruecks '10 and her team of educators are working to change the way cyber schools prepare students with special needs for life after high school. Angela, along with several other cyber educators, will be presenting on the topic, Awakening the Transition Journey in Cyber Schools where they will discuss and share resources and educational options to attendees. To read the full press release, click here.

Bryan Stevenson '81 Appears on CBS This Morning

In the wake of the fatal shootings of two black men by police in Louisiana and Minnesota and the killings of five police officers during a peaceful protest in Dallas last week, EJI director Bryan Stevenson '81 appeared on CBS This Morning  on July 11, 2016 to discuss how the presumption that people of color are guilty and dangerous impacts policing in America.To see the video clip, click here.

John Liberati '76 Lends a Helping Hand

John Liberati '76 is a comptroller for the Glen Mills Schools in Concordville, PA and he is assisting students with their math assignments. As a Certified Public Accountant, Liberati has a big part in the Project Help math tutoring program at the school.  To read the full article, click here.

Katie Bubb '16 to Work in Eztramadura, Spain

Katie Bubb '16, one of the student speakers at the May 2016 commencement ceremony, just received word that she has been selected by the government of Spain to be a Language and Culture Assistant in the public school in Extramadura, Spain for the academic year 2016-2017.
Katie received this award from the North American Language and Culture Assistants Program, which is an initiative of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain. The program is primarily devoted to providing US and Canadian  graduates -majoring in any subject- who are native speakers of English with the opportunity to assist foreign language teachers in a variety of schools in Spain and to learn about Spanish culture and society and also about its education system. Its main objective is to provide North American students with the opportunity to assist teachers in the English programs in elementary, secondary or language schools in Spain (12 to 16 class periods a week). Cultural Assistants will spend a full academic year in Spain from the beginning of October until May 31.

Brenda Hughes '98 Begins "Journey To Success" At Cleveland State

Cleveland State's 2016 Community First Person of the Year Brenda Hughes '98, credits CSCC for starting her on her "journey to success." Hughes had attended Bradley Central High School, but later dropped out. It was at CSCC where she was able to complete her GED 27 years later, and the connection with CSCC didn't stop there.
"I found so much support at Cleveland State," stated Hughes. "When I stepped foot on that college campus for the first time, everyone was so welcoming. It was such a pleasant environment and still is. I'd like to thank CSCC for being the first step in my educational career."
After earning her GED at CSCC, she later entered Eastern University in St. David's, Pennsylvania where she graduated with honors in a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Economic Development and then went to Chicago for additional training at the Center for New Community. In 2005, she earned a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She then returned to Cleveland and founded the Bradley Initiative for Church and Community (BICC) in 1998. The organizational model of engaging many people from across the community has been a major contributing factor to the success of the organization. The first BICC meeting was held on November 12, 1998 at Cleveland State. To read the full news article, click here.

Alexandra Riggs '12 Promoted to Head Cheerleading Coach

Midland University has promoted Alexandra Riggs '12 to head cheerleading coach. Riggs has assisted the cheer program at MU for the past year and will assume head coaching duties for the three-time defending Great Plains Athletic Conference cheer champions this week. “Our cheer program has performed at high level and accomplished great things in recent years,” MU Athletic Director Dave Gillespie said. “I believe with Alex’s leadership the team will see significant success and continue to be a great representative of the university.” To read the full press release, click here.

Juan Aragon MDiv '16 Endorsed as American Bapsit Missionary to Mexico

The Rev. Juan Aragón, 2016 graduate of Palmer Seminary (M.Div), and his wife, Denise Osejo, have been endorsed to serve as American Baptist International Ministries (IM) missionaries in Chiapas, Mexico. They will work with the Council of Rural Indigenous Evangelicals of Mexico (Consejo Indígena Campesino Evangélico de México, CICEM), an IM partner in Mexico, to empower leaders in their communities. The Aragóns and their two children reside in Ravenswood, West Virginia.
Through this new role, Denise and Juan will continue a ministry that they have already begun. In his current position as Hispanic Ministries Strategist for the West Virginia Baptist Convention (WVBC), Juan has worked extensively within the Mexican-American community, and this vocation has engendered a personal mission for both him and Denise. To read the full press release, click here.

Johnson Eapen MBA '99 Is Stepping Down As Chief Human Resources Officer

Johnson Eapen MBA '99, who worked with American Baptist Churches USA for 16 years in the office of Human Resources, will conclude his service as Chief Human Resources Officer effective May 31, 2016. Prior to his work with ABC, he served as Human Resources Training Manager for GE Financial Assurance in Ft. Washington, PA, and as Human Resources/Organizational Development Specialist for Philadelphia Workforce Development Corp. He also served as an Adjunct Faculty member in Organizational Management at Eastern University, in St. Davids, PA, from 1995-2008. To read the complete press release, click here.

Nathan Farris '13 Begins Career as Real Estate Attorney

This month, Nathan Farris '13 will graduate from the University of Pennsylvania's Law School and begin as a real estate attorney at Ballard Spahr, a Philadelphia-based law firm. Nathan is "fascinated by how space affects human interaction." I've always had an intuitive notion that certain patterns of real estate and buildings are good for us while others are not," he reflected.  Considering that both Nathan's father and brother are involved in real estate in Kansas, Nathan's interest is not a surprise, but it was as a Templeton student that he realized this vocation was a profoundly Christian calling: "I read Philip Bess's essay, 'Why Design Matters' and began to understand that different physical environments change the way that the community functions together, raising questions of what forms of building and land use are best - and how these intersect with our stewardship responsibilities as Christians." To read the full article, click here.

Tony Sundermeier '97 Is Featured Preacher on "Day 1" Radio Show

The Rev. Dr. Tony Sundermeier '97, senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, is the featured preacher June 26 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible online at Day1.org.
Sundermeier has served at First Presbyterian for the past two years. Before that, the Philadelphia native served churches in Allentown and West Chester, Pa. He is a graduate of Eastern University. He earned his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from Biblical Theological Seminary.  He serves on the board of directors for the “Gospel and Our Culture Network” and Presbyterian Homes of Georgia, the board of trustees of Agnes Scott College, and the advisory board of NEXT Church.
“Urgency and Focus,” Sundermeier’s sermon for June 26, is based on Luke 9:51-62 in which the words of Jesus suggest the cost of discipleship. “What is clear in Luke 9 is both the urgency and focus that marks the call to follow Jesus in and for the world,” he says. “There is no time to wait, even to bury one’s own father.” The program includes interviews with Sundermeier conducted by Wallace, who is also executive producer.
“Day 1” has been broadcast every week for more than 70 years, formerly as “The Protestant Hour.” Featuring outstanding preachers from the mainline denominations, “Day 1” is currently distributed to more than 200 radio stations across America and overseas. The program is produced by the Alliance for Christian Media, based in Atlanta, Ga. For more information, call toll free 888-411-Day-1 or check the program’s website, http://day1.org.

Brandon Robinson '08 Catches on at CBS Sports

For Brandon "Scoop B" Robinson '08, the bar that he had set as a 12-year old has only continued to rise as he has moved in to his adult life. Now hosting his own radio show on CBS Sports known as "Brown and Scoop", Robinson has managed to turn the momentum he garnered in his youth into a full-time career. After being selected to be a personality on a radio show, Robinson began to stand out amongst his peers and eventually caught the eye of the New Jersey Nets, who were in the midst of a bit of a rebranding with John Calipari taking over as head coach. The Nets wanted to shake things up in terms of their public relations and chose to start a show known as "Nets Slammin' Planet", but before they could get it off of the ground they needed a host. The name at the top of the team's list was Robinson, then 12-years old. As Robinson tells Nothin' But Nets, this opportunity was one that he could only have dreamed of. To read the full article, click here.

Gregg Bostick BA '04 Becomes New CCO

Merit Integrated Logistics, announced the hiring of Gregg Bostick BA '04 as the company's new Chief Commercial Officer. The hire symbolizes Merit's continuing commitment to expanding its client base by recruiting the best and brightest minds in the industry to spearhead new company initiatives. With Bostick's diverse retail background and proven industry insight, it's a hire that is sure to bring new perspective and value to this rapidly growing logistics services provider. To read more, click here.

David Bolander '92 Announced Candidacy for Judge in Missouri

David Bolander '92 announced his candidacy for the Division 2 Circuit Judge seat as a Republican candidate. The current Buchanan County Judge, Weldon Judah, is retiring so his seat is up for grabs. Bolander has practiced law in the St. Joseph area for more than two decades. He says he's ready to tackle the job and his supporters say he's the perfect man to do it. To see his campaign launch video, click here.

David Wicklund '01 Nominated for Teacher of the Year

David Wicklund '01 was nominated for the 2016 Minnesota Teacher of the Year program and was chosen as one of the top 34 semifinalists. He has been a teacher since graduating from Eastern in 2001.  He also earned his Masters of Education from the University of Minnesota in 2008.  He has served as an elementary school classroom teacher, special education teacher, teacher leader, and as the student services assistant at his current school, Pinewood Elementary.  He is so deserving of this honor and credits much of his passion for social justice and teaching to our time at Eastern and the amazing professors who were our teachers. To read more about David and his nomination, click here.


Shane Claiborne '97 on PBS Show

Shane Claiborne '97 participated in PBS's ARMED IN AMERICA, a special two-night television event exploring the nation’s rising gun violence, on May 9-10, 2016. To read the full article about the program, click here.

Bryan Stevenson '81 Receives Civil and Human Rights Award

Bryan Stevenson '81 received The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights’ Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award on May 11, 2016, for his tireless efforts combating poverty and discrimination. To read more about Bryan and the other honoree, Nancy Pilosi (Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives, click here.

Jenny Germann MS '15 Hired As Executive Director

The Manheim Township Educational Foundation has hired Jenny Germann MS '15 as executive director. Germann, of Lancaster, most recently was development manager for the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree from Eastern University.

Mark J. McDonnell MBA '01 Promoted at Vermont Mutual Insurance Group

Mark J. McDonnell MBA '01was recently promoted to Executive VP and Chief Operating Officer of the Vermont Mutual Insurance Group. To read the full press release, click here.

Bailey Pretak '08 Doesn't Let Skin Disorder Define Her

If you've ever been bullied, made fun of, or didn't fit in because you didn't meet society's standards, Bailey Pretak '08 and her mom have a unique message of hope for you. They've spent most of their lives learning how to overcome those same challenges. To read the full article, click here.

Marvin Rees MS '01 Is Mayor-Elect of Bristol

Marvin Rees MS '01 was recently named mayor-elect of Bristol, England.  To read the full story, click here.

Andrew Bradstreet '08 Interviewed on Fox News

Andrew Bradstreet '08 was interviewed with his daughter, Aliya, on Fox News this past week for a project they were involved in for miliary dads and daughters. Photographer and veteran, Vanessa Hicks did a tea party photo shoot to honor our military in the month of the military child (April). Andrew is the son of David Bradstreet '76 (Astronomy professor at EU) and Colleen (Dourte) Bradstreet '76. To see the interview, click here.

Jonathan Peri PhD '16 Becomes President of Manor College

On April 21, 2016, Jonathan Peri PhD '16 was inaugurated as the first lay president of Manor College, a two-year school in Abington, Montgomery County, founded in 1947 as St. Macrina’s by the Byzantine Ukrainian Sisters of Saint Basil the Great. Last Nov. 16 Peri actually took the helm of the college that offers associate degrees in more than 30 majors to approximately 1,000 students who may continue onto bachelor degrees through university partners that offer programs on Manor’s campus. To read the full article, click here.

Elisa O'Keefe-Smith MBA '07 Is Web-TV Host

Elisa O’Keefe-Smith MBA '07 has created and hosts her own web-TV shows: The Melbadelphia Show and Diva Docs. To learn more about her shows, click here.

Kevin Glover AA ‘11 Becomes Head Coach

Dover Area High School in Dover, PA recently announced that Kevin Glover AA ‘11 will take over as girls' basketball head coach for the 2016-2017 season. Glover is the third coach in three years for the Eagles, who finished 6-16 last season. To read the full article, click here.

Greg Marco MBA '08 Named Vice President of FNB Weath Management

Pittsburgh-based FNB Wealth Management named Greg Marco MBA '08, a vice president and wealth adviser for Lancaster County. He has more than 15 years of experience, most recently as an account executive with McConkey Insurance & Benefits. He has a bachelor's degree from Penn State and an MBA from Eastern University.

Bryan Stevenson '81 Described as "America's Nelson Mandela"

Bryan Stevenson '81 has been called a few things over the years. As the founder and executive director of the legal organization Equal Justice Initiative, he’s been described as “America’s Nelson Mandela” by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and as “Atticus Finch meets Martin Luther King Jr.,” and he was named a MacArthur Fellow in 1995. The titles are apt, as his career has been centered on equality after he witnessed the desegregation of his hometown’s schools as a child. To read the full article, click here.

Alecia Osisek '04 To Recive Excellence Award

Alecia Osisek '04 will receive the Lara Jane Parker Award for Excellence on April 21, 2016. The Lara Jane Parker Awards for Excellence and Advocacy was established in 2013 to recognize and reward individuals who work tirelessly to improve the lives of New Voices Children. To read the full news article, click here.

David Mayer '89 is Serving the Gloucester Township Community

David Mayer '89 says "Mayors can see things before others do, because of the developers who come in and express interest." He is a Democrat and former New Jersey assemblyman who since 2010 has served as mayor of Gloucester Township. To read more about what he is doing in New Jersey, click here.

Matthew Sharayko '14 is Making Music

Matthew Sharayko '14 will begin his Seasons EP Project this fall and will finish up next summer.  He is a songwriter from Harleysville, PA who fronts an Indie-Rock, Americana, Alternative trio. For more information on Sharayko's music, click here.

Rev. Ryan Paetzold '07 Hired by Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia

Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia is pleased to announce that The Rev. Ryan Paetzold '07  has been hired as the new Coordinator of Distributed Learning and Co-op Pathways for the MDiv program at LTSP.  He will begin April 1, 2016. The Rev. Ryan Paetzold is a New Jersey native born in Marlton, NJ and grew up in Shamong, NJ. Rev. Paetzold attended Eastern University in St. Davids, PA where he earned a BA with a double major in Biblical Studies as well as in Youth Ministry. He earned an MDiv degree from the Lutheran Theologcal Seminary at Philadelphia in 2013 and was later ordained in the ELCA. Currently he serves as the pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Audubon, NJ. Rev. Paetzold lives in Marlton, NJ with his art-educator wife, Katie.

Jill Abrams MEd '99 Inducted into VIP Professional Woman of the Year Circle

Jill Abrams MEd '99 was honored by the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) with her induction into its 2015-2016 VIP Professional Woman of the Year Circle. She was recognized with prestigious distinction for leadership in healthcare.  To see the full press release, click here.

Teresa Beck MA ’97 Hired as Director for the Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit

Teresa Beck MA ’97 was recently hired as the Director for the Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at Grand View Health in Marlton, NJ. She is responsible for supervising the unit and helping patients recover from illness, surgery or an accident through physical, occupational and speech therapies. Most recently, she was with Weisman Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital.

Derek V. Gatling MDiv '12 Installed as Pastor of a New Jersey Church

Derek V. Gatling MDiv '12 was installed as pastor of the First Baptist Church of Jericho in Deptford, NJ on Sunday, March 13, 2016. Previously, he had served the African Methodist Episcopal Church in the South Jersey area for 12 years. For more about Rev. Gatling, click here.

Jeff Thomas '94 Performs with his band, All-Volunteer Army

Jeff Thomas '94 and his band, the All-Volunteer Army, performed on March 12, 2016 in his hometown of Wellsboro, PA.  He is a full time musician, composer, and music teacher. He is music director and composer for Yes And...Collaborative Arts in Philadelphia and refurbished his parents' barn in Wellsboro and started the Red Barn Arts Center. To read the full article about Jeff and his projects, click here.

Chocolatier Gail Warner '03 and her Growing Business

Gail Warner '03 considers chocolate to be a necessary luxury. What she found even more necessary for building her chocolate business is the ability to borrow money. Today she tells the story of a sweet relationship with Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union, which helped her grow. But getting credit for her small business wasn't always so easy. To read the full article, click here.

Jennifer Tanner ‘94 Selected as a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute

Congratulations to Jennifer Tanner ‘94, a University of Wyoming Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering associate professor, recently was selected as a fellow of the American Concrete Institute (ACI). She was selected based on her “outstanding contributions to the production or use of concrete materials, products and structures in the areas of education, research, development, design, construction or management.” Additionally, she was cited for “significant contributions to ACI through committees and/or local chapters.” To read the full press release, click here.

Rev. Betty Wright-Riggins MDiv '96 to Speak at American Baptist Churches' Virtual Mission Encounter

Rev. Betty Wright-Riggins MDiv '96 will be speaking at the American Baptist Churches' Virtual Mission Encounter on March 7, 2016.  She is a Philadelphia Baptist Association Consultant for Area Ministry and Communication and founder and Principal of TrustOne, a ministry of Spiritual Direction and Leadership Coaching. She is an educational consultant for Bacone College and an adjunct professor in Palmer Seminary’s School of Christian Ministry. For more about the event, click here.

Stacey Amanda (Beckenstein) Mbuvi MTS '02 Has New Book Published

Congratulations to Stacey Amanda (Beckenstein) Mbuvi MTS '02 who has authored a book entitled Belonging in Genesis: Biblical Israel and the Politics of Identity Formation and it is being published by Baylor University Press. She earned her Ph.D. at Duke University and specializes in the Hebrew Bible and questions of identity and community. The book will be in stores March 15, 2016.


Wendy Van Wyhe MA '11 Is Transforming Beaver Falls, PA

When post people see a vacant lot, that's all they see, but for Wendy Van Wyhe MA '11, she see opportuniy.  Through an initiative called Spaces in-Between, Van Wyhe is in the process of converting vacant lots in the downtown business district of Beaver Falls from sights for sore eyes to sights to behold. For the complete article, click here.


Marion Goertz DMin ‘03 Appointed Director of Tyndale Family Life Center

Marion Goertz DMin ‘03 is a Marriage and Family Therapist with over 16 years of clinical practice and teaching experience in the mental health care field. She was recently appointed Director of a subsidized counseling service and professional development center known as the Tyndale Family Life Center (FLC).  Dr. Goertz collaborated with the college's well-established counseling department to recruit a team of 12 Masters-level therapists for the new center. The Family Life Center marked its official launch on December 2, 2015. Within 2 months of the launch date, word quickly spread about the new center and the client base jumped to 60 regular clients. To read the full press release, click here.

Bryan Stevenson '81 for the Supreme Court

The various short lists of potential nominees for the Supreme Court vacancy contain well credentialed, mainstream members of the legal establishment, largely judges and former prosecutors who have spent their careers wielding the power of the state against individuals. President Obama should move beyond the establishment and nominate someone, like a public defender or human rights advocate, who has protected the rights of citizens in the face of government power.

Montgomery, Alabama civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson '81 is the right choice for the Supreme Court. To read more about Stevenson and the potential nominees, click here.


Aaron Benz '13 Creates New App...Making It Easier To Meet Up With Friends

You know the drill. You want to meet up with a few friends for happy hour -- or find out where your crew is at during Blues on the Green or some other big festival. But, 15 group texts later and everyone is still trying to decide which bar to hit or how to spot each other in a sea of concert-goers.

Aaron Benz '13 thinks there's a better way to cut the chase -- that satisfying moment when you and your gang are all in the same place ready to clink bottles or sprawl out on the picnic blanket. And Benz quit a pretty stellar job and bootstrapped a startup with his savings to prove it. To read the full article, click here.


Michelle (Snavely) Chronister '98 Promoted to CFO

Michelle (Snavely) Chronister '98, current Controller at Triangle Refrigeration has been promoted to CFO.  Chronister has been with the company for 18 years. To read the full press release, click here.

Rev. Edward Lamar Elllis III MDiv '97 Guest Preacher at Historic Savannah Church

The members of the historic First Bryan Baptist Church in Savannah, Georgia invited Rev. Edward Lamar Elllis III MDiv '97 to be guest preacher at their anniversary celebration on January 17, 2016.

Ellis graduated from Savannah High School with honors in 1987 and from Morehouse College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion in 1992. In April, 1994, Rev. Ellis heeded the call to preach and delivered his initial sermon at First Bryan Baptist Church. Soon after, he enrolled at the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, graduating with a Master’s of Divinity degree in 1997. Further, he has received a certificate in executive leadership from the Harvard Divinity School Summer Leadership Institute in 2000. For the complete article, click here.


Mike Sheridan MA '13 Joins the Staff at United Way

Mike Sheridan MA '13 has joined United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley in Allentown as its capacity building manager for education.

Sheridan's will work with United Way's role will involve building capacity with UWGLV's funded education programs in its community school network. so that they are most aligned and effective throughout our community school network.

Sheridan has 30 years of experience in higher education, community and youth development, public, non-profit and church leadership. He is a graduate of Eastern University near Philadelphia with an MA in organizational leadership.

Rebekah Henson '08 and Her Siblings' Story Goes Viral

Rebekah Henson '08, was featured in SJ Magazine, lThe Daily Mail, Baby Center, Viral Nova, and more when a story about her once-in-a-lifetime reunion with her six siblings went viral in December. Rebekah and her siblings were separated at birth and adopted by five different families. They found each other in college and the seven of them reunited for the first time in June 2015. Click here to read the Daily Mail feature.

Craig Van De Mark '98 Inducted into Neshaminy Hall of Fame

Craig Van DeMark '98 is one of 12 being inducted into the Neshaminy Hall of Fame. Van DeMark is already in the hall of fame for basketball, but will be inducted for soccer on January 15, 2016. To read the full article about the induction, click here.

Moorestown Taps Carole Butler '87 as Interim Superintendent

The Moorestown (NJ) Board of Education appointed Carole Butler '87 as interim superintendent at a special meeting last month. Butler joined the district in 2007 as principal of the William W. Allen Middle School and was promoted to director of curriculum and instruction six years later. To read more, click here.

Mark Tarzwell BA '95 Named COO

Tom Twardzik, the President of Ateeco, Inc. (the maker of Mrs. T's Pierogies) , announced that Mark A. Tarzwell Sr. BA '95 will be joining the company as Chief Operating Officer. Tarzwell brings 45 years of extensive food industry experience. To read the full press release, click here.


Rebecca (Kolb) Hobbs '06 Recevies Certification in Elder Law

The law firm of O’Donnell, Weiss & Mattei, P.C. (OWM) in Pottstown, PA, is very pleased to announce that Rebecca A Hobbs, Esquire recently completed the requirements and examination to become Certified as an Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF).  For more on Rebecca and her certification, click here.

Betty Glover Palmer MS/MBA '88 Is Alumni Author

Dr. Betty Glover Palmer MS/MBA '88, who is a Nonprofit Consultant and Certified Life Coach/Trainer and Director of Unconditional Love for Children, Inc., wrote a book entitled "Beyond Success: My Amazing Journey to Significance". It was published in 2014.

This book chronicles the path that led Betty Palmer to success and beyond. Success To Significance focuses on moving beyond one’s own success and making an investment in the lives of others — essentially helping to propel others to success. In a compelling way, she celebrates lessons learned in: Purpose, Service, Relationships and Faith. For more on the book, click here.

Nicole LaBonde '05 Is the "Dancer with Cancer"

Nicole LaBonde '05 is the Creatrix and Master Instructor for CaBARREt, an international dance fitness trend that blends toning barre work and cardio burlesque dance to create a calorie burning, muscle sculpting and female empowering workout.

I have been diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin's Lymphoma.I'm shocked. I'm guessing you were too when you heard it. "She's so healthy/young/active/etc". And yet, here we are. I am now the "Dancer with Cancer". Catchy tagline, don't you think?

Being diagnosed with cancer has not made me suddenly wise. If anything, it has shown me how much I don't know. Not just about the world, but about myself and my body, subjects with which I thought myself to be intimately acquainted. To read the full article, click here.


"Just Mercy" to Become a Movie

"Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption", the recent book by Bryan Stevenson '81, is set to become a movie! Actor Michael B. Jordan (Friday Night Lights, All My Children, Parenthood) has signed on to play Stevenson, a civil-rights lawyer.  To read more about the movie, which is entering the production phase, click here.

Rod Snyder '02 at UN Clilmate Summit in Paris, France

Rod Snyder '02, who is running for a Legislative position in West Virginia, was in Paris, France for the UN Climate Summit this past week.  He hosted an event which he said highlighted "the leadership role that the US food and ag sector is playing to reduce greenhouse gases and build a more resilient and sustainable food system."

Shane Rineer '06 Receives Regional Coaching Honor

Congratulations to Haverford College coach, Shane Rineer '06, who received the Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year honor after leading his program to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III Tournament. To read more about his coaching career and honor, click here.

Rev. Dr. Alyn E. Waller DMin '98 Performs in "The Movement, Revisited"

On November 21, 2015 at the Merriam Theater, bassist Christian McBride performed like it was 1969. McBride’s “The Movement, Revisited” is centered around the words of four Civil Rights icons, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Rosa Parks and Muhammad Ali.  McBride and his 18-piece band were joined by the Philadelphia Heritage Chorale, and four narrators – Rev. Alyn Waller as Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Dion Graham as Muhammad Ali, Samuel Stricklen as Malcolm X, and Sonia Sanchez as Rosa Parks. The narrators brought to life the personality and passion of their character. To read more about the performace, click here.

Donna Kiscaden MBA '96 Named VP of Finance at Dover Federal Credit Union

Dover Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce Donna L. Kiscaden has been promoted to the position of Vice President of Finance. With 28 years of management experience in the financial services industry, serving most recently as Controller for Dover Federal, Ms. Kiscaden has the analysis expertise and forecasting capability to manage the $400 million in assets held by Dover Federal Credit Union. Click here to read more about her promotion.

Bryan Stevenson '81 Invited to Deliver Common Reading Lecture

Executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and author of "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption," Bryan Stevenson will deliver the ninth annual Common Reading Invited Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, at Beasley Coliseum on the Washington State University campus. The public event will be followed by a book signing.
Stevenson, 56, is nationally acclaimed for his life's work of challenging bias against the poor and people of color. He has won relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, argued five times before the U.S. Supreme Court, and was named one of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People" of 2015. He has also developed community-based reform litigation aimed at improving the administration of criminal justice. To read more, click here.

Joan (Parker) Frizzell '69 Becomes an Alumni Author

Joan (Parker) Frizzell '69 is an Associate Professor at LaSalle University's School of Nursing and Health Sciences. She co-wrote, with Dr. Theresa Capriotti, a textbook entitled, Pathophysiology: Introductory Concepts and Clinical Perspectives. It will be released in 2016, but you can view a sneak peek here.

Dr. David Bradstreet '76 Writes Book

Congratulations to Dr. David Bradstreet '76, Professor of Astronomy and Physics at Eastern University, has co-written a book with Steve Rabey entitled Star Struck: Seeing the Creator in the Wonders of the Cosmos.  For more information on the book, click here

Donna (Gillenardo) Duffy '83 Receives Woman of the Year Award in New Castle County, DE.

Congratulations to  Donna (Gillenardo) Duffy '83 who was named 2015 New Castle County, Delaware Woman of the Year. To read the full article about the award and the Business Women's Expo, click here.

Vote for Tommy McGrady '10

Tommy McGrady '10 has been nominated for the CCCU (Council of Christian Colleges & Universities) Young Alumni award.  After serving for three years as the Mnager of Youth Projects and Coordinator for Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania, Tommy McGrady is now the Campus Minister at Saint Louis Catholic High School in Lake Charles, Louisiana. As said by the Diocese of Scranton: "Tommy McGrady is a hot commodity on the national youth ministry marker these days.  The 27-year-old manager for youth projects in the Diocese of Scranton's Office for Parish Life is quickly gaining a reputation as a dynamic presenter for Catholic youth groups around the country."

Tommy  says he is "humbled and honored to represent the place that helped form me into who I am today!"

To read more about Tommy and to submit your vote, click here.

Jacquelyn (Brauckmann) Kline '05 Receives Award

Congratulations to Jacquelyn (Brauckmann) Kline '05. She was one of three individuals  who was presented with the Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Award in October 2015. Jackie represents families in the Berks County Residential Cener. To read the article, click here.

Anthony Majewski CERT '02 Is Finalist for Education Prize

Since November, 2014, TheBestSchools.org has solicited finalists for the Escalante-Gradillas Best in Education Prize. Founded in 2014, the Prize has so far been awarded to each of three founding recipients: the late Jaime Escalante, featured in the standout film, Stand and Deliver (awarded to his wife Fabiola), his principal Henry Gradillas, and to Angelo Villavicencio, a close colleague of Escalante. Together, they set the standard for all future prize winners.

After screening nominees from around the United States over the past several months, TheBestSchools.org is pleased to announce the top ten finalists for the Best in Education prize. 

We are happy to announce that Anthony Majewski CERT '02 was one of the top 10 finalists!  He serves as principal at Hill-Freeman World Academy in Philadelphia, PA. To read more about the award, click here. The award winners were announced and Majewski placed 3rd. To read more about the award winners, click here.


Rev. Dr. Alyn E. Waller DMin '98 Releases Music CD

Rev. Dr. Alyn E. Waller DMin '98 released a CD on October 20, 2015, entitled Enon Tabernacle The Experience.  Check it out on Amazon.com.

Ian Snyder '04 Aids At-Risk Youth at The Refuge

Ian Snyder '04 feels extremely blessed to be able to show off tens of thousands in renovations and program materials for the after-school youth center that provides at-risk youths in the Shikellamy School District with homework assistance, food and fellowship.

More than $30,000 donated by the John’s Family Fund helped pay for 3D printers and to renovate the second and third floors into additional space for studying and fellowship at The Refuge, said Snyder, 33, the director of the program at 821 Market St. To read more about what Ian is doing in Sunbury, PA, click here.

William Eberwein MBA '03 Promoted to President & CEO of Choice Services International, Inc.

On September 19, 2015, the Board of Directors announced that William J. Eberwein II MBA '03 has been promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer of Choice Services International, Inc. and its affiliated companies, Children’s Choice, Inc. (Pennsylvania); Children’s Choice of Delaware, Inc.; and Children’s Choice of Maryland, Inc. Click here to read more.

Melissa McBain '69 Play Debuts

Melissa McBain '69, an esteemed Chestnut Hill poet, playwright and daughter of a Baptist minister (L. Doward McBain ABTHB '43) who also has a gay son, has written a play, “Altar Call,” that depicts a minister’s daughter trapped between the demands of her fundamentalist father and the needs of her gay son. Faith and family erupt at the altar. To read the full article, click here.

Josh Horton '11 Appears on the Ellen DeGeneres Show

Josh Horton '11 is a juggler who appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on September 28, 2015. To see the video clip, click here.  To learn more about Josh, click here.

Richard Ross MBA '92 Develops Christian Early Childhood Development Centers

Richard Ross MBA '92, owner of Los Angeles, California-based Early Childhood Professionals, saw a need for a company that consults with and designs/builds early childcare centers for private and public schools. Ross says that the need for more childcare centers is rising at a faster pace than ever, especially in cities in the Midwest and along the Southeast border states, and mostly in parochial schools. To read the full article, click here.

Andre Butler '12 Joins Penn State's Baseball Coaching Staff

Andre Butler ‘12 has joined the Penn State baseball coaching staff as a volunteer assistant, head coach Rob Cooper announced on September 18th.

At Penn State, Butler will help with the team’s hitters and work with the outfielders.

"We are excited to welcome Andre to Penn State and the Penn State baseball program,” said Cooper. “He is a smart, young, energetic, coach who will make an enormous impact on our student-athletes." To read more, click here.

Jamie Moffett '98 Strives to Make Kensington a Better Neighborhood

If every block is a story, then the 3300 block of Argyle Street is a novel.

It's a sultry Friday afternoon at the corner of Westmoreland and Argyle in Kensington, where innocence and chaos collide.

Adept drug dealers revel in a fruitful day as fidgety buyers form a line for dope. Across the street, three small girls thrash around and giggle in the blow-up wading pool perched on the cracked sidewalk where weeds peep through.

It took decades for Argyle Street to sink into a Philadelphia archetype of blight, poverty, neglect, delinquency, crime and despair.

Today, this one block, including two houses at the corner of East Ontario, is more than a quarter of a million dollars in debt to the city for unpaid taxes and water bills.

There are hundreds of blocks like this in the city's poorest sections, where nearby factories shuttered long ago…

Jamie Moffett '98, a documentary filmmaker who has a studio steps from Argyle Street, has made it his mission [investing in the neighborhood]. His dad grew up a few blocks away and his cousin is the letter carrier. So far, he has bought six properties in the neighborhood. He recently went to a sheriff's sale to buy a house on Westmoreland in partnership with Shift Capital, which is redeveloping houses and abandoned factories in Kensington. To read the entire article, click here.


Bryan Stevenson '81 Receives The Delaware History Makers Award

At the 9th Annual Delaware History Makers Award Dinner on September 15, 2015, Delawarean Bryan Stevenson ’81 was honored. The evening’s theme of Public Service and Servant Leadership reflected and honored the career, accomplishments, passion, and dedication of an outstanding and inspiring public servant.

The Delaware History Makers Award was created in 2007 to recognize living individuals who have made extraordinary and lasting contributions to the quality of life in Delaware, our nation and the world. Past award honorees have included Ed and Peggy Woolard, Vice President Joseph Biden, Toni Young, Governor Pete Du Pont, Ken Burns, Harold R. “Tubby” Raymond, Dr. Carol Hoffecker, Father Roberto Balducelli, the Reverend Canon Lloyd Casson, and Ellen Kullman.

The Delaware History Makers Award event is the signature fundraising event of the Delaware Historical Society. Proceeds from the event support the Historical Society’s award-winning educational programs that occur year-round throughout the State.


Jonathan Hargis '00 Awarded Hubble Space Telescope Time

Astronomer Dr. Jonathan Hargis '00 was awarded time to use the Hubble Space Telescope for his research on the formation and evolution of dwarf galaxies.  Dr. Hargis' award is the result of a highly competitive selection process, where astronomers from around the world submit proposals to use the Earth orbiting, space-based telescope.To read more about what he is doing, click here.


Cara Sue (Hezlebeck) Achterberg '93 Is Now an Alumni Author

Cara Sue (Hezlebeck) Achterberg '93 has had her first book, I'm Not Her, published. The work is a fictional account of walking in someone else's shoes.  Cara also teaches workshops based on the information shared in her book, Live Intentionally: 65 Challenges for a Healthier, Happier Life, which was chosen as first runner up at the 2015 Green Book Festival. To read more about Cara and her book, click here

Stephen Koffel '15 Has a Published Paper in the Lambda Pi Eta Undergraduate Journal

Stephen Koffel ’15 took an excellent paper he wrote for Professor John Hatch in COM 300 and submitted it, first to the Eastern Communication Association Undergraduate Scholars Conference, and then to the Lambda Pi Eta Undergraduate Journal.

When Steve presented his paper in Philadelphia last April, it was awarded recognition as one of the top four papers in the ECA Undergraduate Scholars Conference.

His paper was then accepted by the above mentioned journal, which is sponsored by Lambda Pi Eta, the international communication honor society for undergrads.

His paper has just been published online as the lead article in the 2015 issue (volume 3) of the Lambda Pi Eta Undergraduate Journal. The article is entitled "Rage and Love: A Rhetorical Analysis of Green Day's American Dichotomy."

To read Stephen’s article, click here and scroll down to page five.


Renee Patrone '03 Receives Philadelphia Honor

Renee Patrone '03 and her company, Events by Renee, was recently named 2015 Best Party Planning.  To read the full article and learn more about the Best of Philly, click here.

Gail Warner '03 Owns Thriving Chocolate Shop in Phoenixville, PA

Stacked on trays in the cramped rear of Gail Warner's shop, enticing pillows of sugar gleam with a fresh chocolate coating. Warner proudly pulls out a tray of marshmallows. It's a warm Thursday in July, and she has just finished hand-dipping a batch of 50. She predicts that they will be gone by the weekend. Already known by locals for her chocolate, Warner, who owns Bridge Street Chocolates in Phoenixville, is drawing customers from across Chester County and farther with the new marshmallows. The corporate executive-turned-candymaker's shop may be part of an upswing for Phoenixville, a borough historically far less affluent than most in Chester County but that today touts its "rebirth." To read the full article, click here.

Jennifer Tuomisto '07 to Research at Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences

It might seem unusual for a Central Pennsylvanian woman - a French major in college - to want devote her life to marine biology and oceanography. But for Jennifer Tuomisto, 29, of Northumberland, it all began with her fascination with orca whales, and a summer Bloomsburg University biology course that took her to Puget Sound, Washington. And this August, she’ll begin a three month research project at the prestigious Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, where she’ll be working with world-class marine scientists doing research on ocean plankton. To read more about Jenn's adventure, click here.


Bryan Stevenson '81 Book Signing on September 5, 2015

Bryan Stevenon '81 will be at the Nation Book Festival at the Washington DC Convention Center on September 5, 2015 for a presentation and book signing.  The presentation will be from 4:25-5:10pm and the book signing will take place from 5:30-6:30pm.  For more information, click here.

Bryan Stevenson is a professor of law at New York University Law School and the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a private, nonprofit organization in Montgomery, Alabama. He works to challenge bias against the poor and people of color and has won relief for dozens of condemned prisoners as well as argued five times before the Supreme Court. He has received numerous awards for his public service, advocacy and law work, including the MacArthur Foundation “genius” Award, the 2009 Gruber Prize for Justice and Smithsonian magazine's 2012 American Ingenuity Award for Social Progress. His new best-selling book, “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” (Spiegel & Grau), is the winner of the NAACP’s Image Award for Best Nonfiction, and accounts Stevenson’s experiences in the pursuit of justice.


Walter N. Hill THB '38 Celebrated 100th Birthday

Congratulations to Walter N. Hill THB '38 who celebrated his 100th birthday on July 21, 2015, surrounded by family and friends.  His daughter, Judi (Hill) Holloway '65, and her husband, Stan Holloway '65 are alums of Eastern Baptist College.  To read the full article, click here.

US Sentate Chaplain Barry Black MDiv '82 to Speak in Ocean City, NJ in September

United States Senate Chaplain, Barry Black MDiv '82, will be speaking at the Ocean City, NJ Tabernacle on Sunday, September 6, 2015. To read more information on Chaplain Black and other guests at the Tabernacle, click here.

Bryan Stevenson '81 Has a Plan to Memorialize Lives Lost During America's Lynching Era

Attorney Bryan Stevenson '81, executive director of Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) and a professor of law at New York University School of Law, is taking monumental steps in implementing a plan to memorialize those that lost their lives during America’s lynching era. The plan – to place memorial markers at lynching sites of Black men, women and children.

This year, EJI released the report, Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror, which documents multi-year investigation into lynching in 12 Southern states during the period be-tween Reconstruction and World War II. EJI researchers documented 3959 racial terror lynchings of African Americans in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia between 1877 and 1950 – at least 700 more lynchings of Black people in these states than previously reported in the most comprehensive work done on lynching to date.

“The narrative of racial difference that lynching dramatized continues to haunt us,” initiative leaders said in their report.

Stevenson and EJI have been working tirelessly seeking leaders in the communities that are the sites of former lynchings, speaking privately with mayors, making plans to address city councils, to secure support to erect the simple bronze markers. To read the full article, click here.

Melissa McBain '69 Debuts Play in Philadelphia This Fall

The latest play by Melissa McBain '69, Alter Call, is the story of a mother of a gay son who is also the daughter of a minister. Loosely based on her own life, the play will be opening in Philadelphia October 9-17, 2015at the Random Act of Theater, after two successful productions in Illinois.  More more information, click here.


Rebekah Henson '08 Celebrates with her Siblings for the First Time
Rebekah Henson '08 was on the cover of the Philadelphia Daily News on June 22nd.  She is one of seven fully biological siblings who were split up and adopted by five different families and they been in the process of finding each other again for the past 15 years. One thing they haven't been able to do is have all seven of them together at the same time.To read more about her story and the Daily News article, click here.
Chris Smith '93 Writes Broadway Musical

Chris Smith '93 wrote a musical set to open this Thursday, July 16th, on Broadway at the Nederlander Theater.  Having no formal musical training, Chris has an incredible story... from his discovery of John Newton's biography, Amazing Grace, to his work experience as a police officer, private investigator, and Church Education Director. Chris spent years singing, what is now the Amazing Grace musical, into a small recorder. To read the article, click here.

Patricio Diaz '05 took over as Chief of Staff of the Minister Aurora Williams

Patricio Eduardo Diaz ' 05 MBA - is in position to become Chile's next Mining Adviser for Aurora Williams, Chile's Minister of Mining.  Chile is the world leader in copper production, and smaller mines are facing financial difficulty with the bottoming out of copper prices.  Williams recently asked the current Mining Adviser to resign, and Patricio is the leading candidate.  He currently serves as a mining consultant. To read more, click here. To translate, copy the article into Google Translate.

Brian '95 and Joleen (Senter '96) Durham Win Awards

Congratulations to Brian '95 and Joleen (Senter '96) Durham who own Piney River Brewing, which opened in November 2011. Piney River Brewing won a gold and three silver awards at the US Beer Open Championships on July 4th. The competition featured over 4,000 beers from 90 different styles from breweries from around the world. An international panel of judges gave the awards based on blind taste tests. To read more, click here.



Mark McDonnell MBA '01 Promotion with Vermont Mutual Insurance Company

Vermont Mutual Completes Leadership Transition with Bridge and McDonnell

MONTPELIER, Vermont (July 1, 2015)—With the June 30th retirement of CEO William Catto, President Dan Bridge will take on the Chief Executive role. Current Senior Vice President Mark McDonnell will elevate to the number two position in the organization and partner with Bridge to lead the company.

“This completes a well-planned leadership transition that began several years ago”, said Bridge. “Since joining the company in 2014, Mark has made significant contributions to our organization and I look forward to partnering with him as we move the company forward.”

Bridge continued “I think I speak for both Mark and myself when I say we are excited about the future of this organization. We are fortunate to work with an exceptional team here at Vermont Mutual, comprised of both our dedicated employees and our agency partners.”

“Our goal,” McDonnell added “is to maintain the practices and measures that have produced a sustained period of extraordinary results for our organization and carefully modernize those areas that will benefit our customers, agency partners and staff.”

Bridge and McDonnell each have approximately 30 years of insurance industry experience and have held a variety of leadership positions at national and regional carriers before joining Vermont Mutual. Both are located in the company’s Montpelier, Vermont Home Office.


Shane Claiborne '97 wrote an article posted on Patheos: What do I do with my Confederate flag?

I own a Confederate flag. I grew up in East Tennessee, and the Confederate flag branded everything we looked at in our high school – even the cheerleaders had “butt-flags” that flapped over the back of their mini-skirts at football games.  We were the Maryville High School “Rebels”. Growing up, the flag meant little more to me than school spirit, pep rallies, and Southern pride… until I left East Tennessee. I’ll never forget the moment things began to change.  I moved into my college dorm room, and established my new home at Eastern University in Philadelphia.  I carefully set up my desk, put my posters on the wall, and displayed my high school yearbook – with a Confederate flag on the cover — proudly on my bookshelf. To read more, click here.


Scott Shaffer ’08 is the newly ordained Pastor of First Methodist Church of Blairsville PA

Newly ordained Methodist minister Scott Shaffer credits his late pastor with shepherding him along his career path. Shaffer, 28, the son of Kevin and Lorraine Shaffer of West Sunbury, was ordained June 14 at the Grove City College Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. As part of the ceremony, Shaffer received a stole once worn by the late Rev. J. David Panther, the longtime Butler First United Methodist Church senior pastor who passed away May 26, 2013. Panther served as senior pastor at First United, 200 E. North St., for 21 years, launching its Crossfire Campus in 1999. “The receiving of the stole, it’s a symbol of authority. The whole idea is to continue Dave’s ministry,” said Shaffer. “I will never live up to the pastor that he was, but I feel a strong calling to the ministry and reaching new people,” Shaffer said. In fact, Shaffer, who served two years as provisional elder at Blairsville United Methodist Church in Indiana County, before his ordination, credits Panther with helping find his calling. Click here to read more.

Bryan Stevenson '81 on Charleston and Our Real Problem with Race

Bryan Stevenson has spent most of his career challenging bias against minorities and the poor in the criminal justice system. He is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative , based in Montgomery, Ala., an advocacy group that opposes mass incarceration and racial injustice. Stevenson is a member of The Marshall Project’s advisory board. He spoke with Corey Johnson. The interview has been edited for length and clarity. Click here to read more.


David Bailey MS '04 Honored with The Libby Fogg Award

The Inter Agency Council of Human Services honored David Bailey Jr. by presenting him with The Libby Fogg Award at the IAC's 30th Annual Award Luncheon at the Riverview Inn on May 28. Bailey is the 29th recipient of this prestigious award that is named after Libby Fogg who was a long-serving member of the Inter Agency's Board of Directors as well as the librarian for the Salem City Public Library. The award is given to the person who did the most in bringing social service needs to light or provided exceptional community service in Salem County the previous year.

Bailey is executive director of Ranch Hope having spent 22 years there in a variety of positions. He earned his Bachelor's Degree from Penn State University and his Master Degree in Non-Profit Management from Eastern University.

To read more, click here.


Eric Pelletier '92 to head Alibaba government affairs

Alibaba Group, one of the world’s largest Internet companies, on Friday will name Eric Pelletier, a GE Capital executive who worked in the White House of President George W. Bush, as head of international government affairs, based in Washington.

Pelletier – whose title will be Vice President, Head of International Government Affairs — will lead the e-commerce giant’s government and regulatory relations outside China, where is it headquartered.

Read more here.



Q&A with Kensington community activist Jamie Moffett '98

Jamie Moffett's family has a 150-year history in this area. "Whatever boat we got off of, it was on the Delaware River, and we kind of stayed there," he says.

The documentary filmmaker and community activist grew up in Palmyra, N.J., and moved across the river to go to college at Eastern University right outside of Villanova. Moffett was drawn to community work in the mid-'90s, when he and some college friends befriended the homeless families camped out at the abandoned St. Edward's Church at 8th and York streets.

"The Catholic Church wanted them removed, the families arrested, the kids taken away," he said.

So he and his friends went house shopping after they graduated. Eighteen years ago, they made a down payment on a house in Kensington with his credit card and moved in the next day. He has been involved in rebuilding that community ever since.

Read more here...


Col. Douglas Mastriano '86 - Norwich University names Alvin York biographer winner of 2015 William E. Colby Award

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Biographer Colonel Douglas V. Mastriano, PhD is the 2015 William E. Colby Award winner for his book, “Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne.” Norwich University awards the Colby annually to an author of a first book. 

 A veteran of the first Gulf War and Afghanistan, Colonel Mastriano was commissioned in the United States Army in 1986 and began his career with the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment serving along the German Iron Curtain. With the end of the Cold War, he deployed to Iraq for Operation Desert Storm, where his regiment led the main attack against Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard.  Colonel Mastriano subsequently served in tactical, operational and strategic assignments during his ongoing career in the army. He also served four years in NATO Land Headquarters in Germany, and deployed three times to Afghanistan, where he was director of the ISAF Joint Intelligence Center. Click here to read more.


Rev. Walter Silva Thompson Jr. '89 New Ministor at Calvery Baptist Church in East Hampton

After being without a permanent pastor for nearly two years, Calvary Baptist Church in East Hampton officially welcomed its new pastor, the Rev. Walter Silva Thompson Jr., with three days of special events culminating with an installation service on Saturday.

Mr. Thompson has been acting minister at the church since December.

According to Saturday’s program, Mr. Thompson has served as pastor at Morning Star Baptist Church in Jamaica, Queens, Calvary Baptist Church of Pittsburgh, and Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Springfield, Mass. He has also studied, lectured, and preached at the Ecumenical Institute at Chateau de Bossey in Switzerland, the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica, the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and the Buenos Aires School of Theology in Argentina, and has been a faculty member of the Congress of Christian Education both in the United States and in Germany.

The pastor holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Eastern University in Pennsylvania, and a Master of Divinity in practical theology from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, also in Pennsylvania.

Here in East Hampton, Mr. Thompson may be recognizable to the broader community from Calvary Baptist’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in January, when he delivered a moving address urging those in attendance to remember King’s message and to “join in a cause of transformation in our own community. . . .”

He is a founding member of Empowered Queens United in Action and Leadership, and is a member of the National Association of Black Seminarians, the American Baptist Association, and the National Baptist Convention.

More than a dozen pastors from New York and Long Island joined in the installation service at Calvary Baptist on Saturday. Among them were the Rev. Dr. H.G. McGhee of the First Baptist Church in Bridgehampton, the Rev. Michael Jackson of Triune Baptist Church in Sag Harbor, the Rev. Dr. Connie Jones of Calvary Baptist, and Donald E. Butler of Community Baptist Church in Southampton.


Article by: By Carissa Katz  To read the full article, please click here.


Rescuing children from human trafficking and sexual exploitation

Chris Cazzone '13, and his wife Ana, are working to rescue children from human trafficking and sexual exploitation in Ana's home country of Malina, Philippines.  Click here to read more.

Alvin York biographer named winner of 2015 William E. Colby Award

Congratulations to Col. Douglas V. Mastriano '86 on winning the 2015 William E. Colby Award for his book, Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne.  Since 1999 The Colby Award has been recognizing and honoring the highest caliber of published works.  To read more on Mastriano and his book, please click on the links below.  


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Eastern Alum Bryan Stevenson '81 Receives National Recognition

"Bryan Stevenson, Eastern alum of the class of 1981, has recently been receiving national attention in regards to his work against the injustice within the legal system. Racial bias, false convictions, unreliable eyewitness testimonies, and botched executions are just a few of the issues that plague the American Justice system within the 21st century."  Click here to read the rest of the article...

Bryan's book, Just Mercy, hit #10 on the New York Best Seller's list within one week of being released.  Congratulations Bryan!

The Rev. Alice Cook '80 brings life experiences to Paoli Methodist

In July, Rev. Alice Cook '80 joined the Paoli United Methodist Church; Cook brought 30 years of experience in ministry at seven churches in Pennsylvania, Alabama and Tennessee.

Cook said she is “happy” to be appointed to the “great church” at 81 Devon Road because “Paoli United Methodist Church strongly believes in three things: loving God, following Christ and serving others.”

To read the full article, please click here.

Dr. David Bradstreet '76 Receives Honor of Having an Astroid Officially Named After Him

Congratulations to Dr. David Bradstreet ’76 who recently received the honor of having an asteroid (#5826) officially named after him. Bradstreet spoke at the Great Lakes Planetarium Association conference in Muncie, IN last week where he was presented this honor by Scott Huggins of Spitz.

To view the official listing, click here: http://www.minorplanetcenter.net/iau/ECS/MPCUPDATE/this/Citations.txt

Rich Beattie '04 has been selected as Owner/Operator of the new Danbury Fair Mall Chick-fil-A restaurant
Rich Beattie '04 has been selected as Owner/Operator of the new Danbury Fair Mall Chick-fil-A restaurant. Beattie, who grew up in northern New Jersey, got his first taste of Chick-fil-A signature taste and service while studying at Eastern University near Philadelphia, Pa. He and his roommates went so frequently they joked that someday one should own a location.  Click here to read the article...
African Americans Who Hold Endowed and Distinguished Professorships in Education, Howard Stevenson '80

Howard Stevenson '80, was mentioned on The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, in the article: African American's who Hold Endowed and Distinguished Professorships in Education.  You can read the article here.

The Man on Death Row Who Changed Me, Bryan Stevenson '81

Bryan Stevenson '81, the founder of the Equal Justice initiative, was featured in the New York Times on October 24, 2014.  The following article is an excerpt from his book, “Just Mercy”.

The visitation room was 100 feet square, with a few stools bolted to the floor and wire mesh running across the room. For family visits, inmates and visitors had to be on opposite sides of the mesh. Legal visits, on the other hand, were “contact visits” — the two of us would be on the same side of the room to permit more privacy. I began worrying about my lack of preparation. I had scheduled to meet with the client for one hour, but I wasn’t sure how I would fill even 15 minutes with what I knew. I sat down on a stool and waited until I heard the clanging of chains on the other side of the door.  To continue reading, click here...

William J. Eberwein II Promoted to Chief Executive Officer of Choice Services International, Inc. and its Affiliated Companies


Please be advised that as of August 1, 2014, William J. Eberwein II, MBA has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer of Choice Services International, Inc. and its affiliated companies, Children’s Choice, Inc. (Pennsylvania); Children’s Choice of Delaware, Inc.; and Children’s Choice of Maryland, Inc.


William J. Eberwein II has served as Chief Operating Officer for the listed corporations since 2010 and was Agency Deputy Director for Administration for 3 years prior to being named Chief Operating Officer.  He earned a Masters in Business Administration from Eastern University in 2004 and a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from Eastern University in 2001.  He is a newly appointed member of the Board of Directors of William Glasser Institute of the United States.  He began working with Children’s Choice, Inc. in Chester, Pennsylvania in 1988 as a Recreational Aide.


Choice Services International, Inc., headquartered in Bellmawr, New Jersey is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 1982 in Chester, Pennsylvania by his parents, Carolyn A. Eberwein, Ed.D., the current President of Choice Services International, Inc. and the late Reverend William J. Eberwein, Sr. to provide foster care, kinship care and adoptive placements.  Today, Children’s Choice serves 1,238 children through offices in Philadelphia, Chester and Lewisburg, Pennsylvania; Newark and Dover, Delaware; and Baltimore, Stevensville and Salisbury, Maryland.


William J. Eberwein II is married to the former Melissa Alfano and the father of 6 children.


Kwanza Devlin '01 is named 2014 North Dakota Family Physician of the Year

Dr. Kwanza (Brown) Devlin, Biology major/Spanish minor who graduated in 2001 is a distinguished physician and the 2014 North Dakota Family Physician of the Year!

To read more, click here.


Howard Stevenson '80 is received the 2014 BMe Leader Award
Howard Stevenson '80 says:
"I am so excited to be one of 10 men in Philadelphia to receive the 2014 BMe Leader Award. I was awarded $10,000 by BMe to support my ViRUs project (Villages Raising Us) which trains a neighborhood network, including barbers, coaches and pastors to counsel families and youth using cultural strengths"


Bryan Stevenson on MSNBC
Eastern University alum Bryan Stevenson '81, Attorney and Founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, was interviewed on NOW with Alex Wagner last night, on MSNBC. They discussed the death penalty in the U.S.  You can click here to view the show.


Dr. Tony Sundermeier new Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church

Dr. Tony Sundermeier '97 is the new senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church - click here to read the story.

Richard Berkey '98 - Construction Superintendent and Ecological Specialist at Ecotone

"Companies large and small, and in just about every industry, make a concerted effort to advertise and market their environmental awareness and ecological measures in the workplace in an effort to “go green.” For some, it’s simply a matter of contributing to the well being of our planet, while others have realized actual business savings in areas such as energy usage, selling recycled materials, etc. Harford County-based Ecotone, Inc., an ecological restoration design-build firm, however, has created a niche business plan that allows it to offer clients a wide range of services – everything from construction to design, restoration, conservation easement purchases, mitigation and more – while improving and preserving Maryland’s natural landscape....Ecotone’s ability to offer both design and construction services is unique in the industry. On the design side, environmental scientists, biologists and landscape architects work hand in hand with the construction management team to restore wetlands, streams, forests and wildlife habitat."...continue to the full article

Ecotone’s ability to offer both design and construction services is unique in the industry. On the design side, environmental scientists, biologists and landscape architects work hand in hand with the construction management team to restore wetlands, streams, forests and wildlife habitat. - See more at: http://i95business.com/2014/06/natural-habitat/#sthash.gCCzoU4G.dpuf
Ecotone’s ability to offer both design and construction services is unique in the industry. On the design side, environmental scientists, biologists and landscape architects work hand in hand with the construction management team to restore wetlands, streams, forests and wildlife habitat. - See more at: http://i95business.com/2014/06/natural-habitat/#sthash.gCCzoU4G.dpuf
Ecotone’s ability to offer both design and construction services is unique in the industry. On the design side, environmental scientists, biologists and landscape architects work hand in hand with the construction management team to restore wetlands, streams, forests and wildlife habitat. - See more at: http://i95business.com/2014/06/natural-habitat/#sthash.gCCzoU4G.dpuf
John Post (JP) '06 Honored by Eastern SAAC

Eastern SAAC honored JP tonight for more than 20 years of dedication to all of our student-athletes. Thanks for all your hard work and for being such a great guy!

Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding (CTR) is pleased to announce the addition of Jean Brannan, Development Specialist, to its staff.

Jean comes to CTR after serving as the Director of Development at The Highlands School in Bel Air.  Before her 2012 relocation to Maryland, Jean was the Development Director for Preservation Pennsylvania, a statewide historic preservation organization based in Harrisburg.  She held this position after working as the Director of Development for The York County Heritage Trust in York, PA.

Jean holds graduate degrees in American Studies (M.A.) and Nonprofit Management (M.S.) from The Pennsylvania State University and Eastern University, respectively. 

Jean is thrilled to be a part of CTR’s team and working with a mission-driven, farm-based organization.  She lives in Churchville with her husband, Steve, and four children.

Since 2005, CTR has provided horseback riding lessons and horse related activities for people with special needs in Harford County, Maryland.  CTR is a Member Center of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International.




Daniel Ison '11 Sponsored Artist for White Pines Production Company

Daniel Ison '11 recently began his work as a composer for White Pines Production Company and has been selected as a sponsored artist. 

This is how it all came to be:

Eva Hall, another Eastern alum, and I were hired as an actors for White Pine's production of Luckiest Kid.  When I applied/audition I sent them some samples of music I wrote for Mark Hallen's last production, Our Town, at Eastern University. I told them I held a degree in music composition from eastern and if they could use some original music in their production let me know.

They took me up on my offer but informed me they didn't have any room in the budget to pay a composer.  I agreed to volunteer my time as a composer.  The play and the music worked together beautifully.  Ben Lloyd, the founding producer of White Pines, selected me to be a sponsored artist for White Pines Exchange because of the success of my musical work with them.

Here is the mission statement of white pines:
White Pines is dedicated to creating a place where community members and artists come together to make new work in the performing arts, classes for young and old, and to explore new economic models for creating art and supporting artists.

I think this is valuable work Ben Lloyd is doing.  As an artist I find myself overworked and underpaid.  It's exhausting working over 60 hours a week and not getting an equivalent monetary gain.  Organisations like White Pines are a necessity for a career in the arts to be even remotely possible.

White Pines is starting a new crowd funding initiative (like a kick starter), where they match the needs of local artists with local businesses.  To view the website please CLICK HERE.

Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne (American Warriors Series)

Alvin C. York (1887--1964) -- devout Christian, conscientious objector, and reluctant hero of World War I -- is one of America's most famous and celebrated soldiers. Known to generations through Gary Cooper's Academy Award-winning portrayal in the 1941 film Sergeant York, York is credited with the capture of 132 German soldiers on October 8, 1918, in the Meuse-Argonne region of France -- a deed for which he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
At war's end, the media glorified York's bravery but some members of the German military and a soldier from his own unit cast aspersions on his wartime heroics. Historians continue to debate whether York has received more recognition than he deserves. A fierce disagreement about the location of the battle in the Argonne forest has further complicated the soldier's legacy.
In Alvin York, Douglas V. Mastriano sorts fact from myth in the first full-length biography of York in decades. He meticulously examines York's youth in the hills of east Tennessee, his service in the Great War, and his return to a quiet civilian life dedicated to charity. By reviewing artifacts recovered from the battlefield using military terrain analysis, forensic study, and research in both German and American archives, Mastriano reconstructs the events of October 8 and corroborates the recorded accounts. On the eve of the WWI centennial, Alvin York promises to be a major contribution to twentieth-century military history.

The book is available on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble.

Holy Trinity’s Rev. LaQuintano retires

OCEAN CITY – For nearly 15 years, Rev. David LaQuintano has called Ocean City, and in particular, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, home.

By the end of the month, LaQuintano will be officially retired. Though he and his wife, Christine, are looking forward to a new chapter in their lives in Swarthmore, Pa., LaQuintano said they will miss the seashore community that has long embraced them.

CLICK HERE to read the full article.


Selected Writers for 2013 Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop

In April, Farafina Trust called for entries for the 2013 Farafina Trust creative writing workshop, inviting writers from all over the world to submit their short pieces. From the numerous applicants, twenty-five outstanding writers have been selected to participate in the workshop this year, which will be taught by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Eghosa Imasuen, Binyavanga Wainaina and other writers of note.

Our own Zenique Gardner '11 was selected to be one of the writers!  CLICK HERE for the full article.

Dr. Whalen Jones Rejoices in 104 Years of Living

"The grace of God smiled upon me and kept me and brought me to where I am.  I feel wonderful," Said Dr. Jones, who just celebrated his 104th birthday.

The founder and pastor emeritus of Messiah Baptist Church in Los Angeles, Dr. Jones possesses a sound mind, good healthand an unwavering commitment to Christ after more than 10 decades of living.  Also, he regularly attends Sunday worship and for several years, he instructed the Teacher's Bible Training Institute.

To read more please CLICK HERE.

Wayne's Joe Tatta Honored by Eastern University

Wayne resident Joe Tatta was among three Eastern University alums who were recently inducted into the Eastern University Hall of Honor.

Tatta, class of '55, along with Kate Hoy Kramer '07 and David Lewis '68, joined 11 other members of Eastern's Hall of Honor.

CLICK HERE to read the full story.

Harden Named to Hall of Fame

Antoine Harden, class of 1996, was inducted into the Philadelphia Area Small College Basketball Hall of Fame last year - check out the article! http://www.goeasterneagles.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1975&Itemid=17

Historian John Ruth '56 honored with LHS award

LOWER GWYNEDD, PA — Local historian John Ruth '56 has earned many titles in his 83 years: professor, author, filmmaker, producer, husband and father are just a few. On Tuesday night he added one more, as Ruth was honored by the Lansdale Historical Society with its 2013 Edwin G. Holl Historic Achievement Award at the society’s annual banquet... read the entire story

Why Shane Claiborne '97 Began Turning Guns into Garden Tools

As debates over gun control continue we need to completely reimagine the way we live in the world, says Shane Claiborne '97. Looking for a creative solution to violence around him, he turned two AK-47s into a rake, a shovel and three hand trowels... read the entire story

Slants of Light: Stories and Poems From the Women’s Writing Circle is now available.

Created by 15 writers [including Kimberly Emilia Ely, MEd '12] from the Philadephia area, the collection spans fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry. Part memoir, part meditation, Slants of Light: Stories and Poems From the Women's Writing Circle reflects the voices of women and their challenging and changing roles in society. Five unique pen and ink illustrations created by illustrator and artist Jane Choc of Downington, PA are included in the Book, which has been independently published... to find out more

Stacey (Solley) Sauchuk '81 Named President of Valley Forge Military Academy and College

St. Davids, PA, April 11, 2013: Dr. Stacey R. Sauchuk, a 1981 graduate of Eastern University, will become the first female civilian head of Valley Forge Military Academy and College (VFMAC) on June 1. Dr. Sauchuk also served as a member and later chair of the Eastern University Board of Trustees from 2005 to 2012... read the entire story

Recognition for Work Well Done: Somerset County Youth Services Commission Presents 2012 Awards to Two from the Resource Center

The Somerset County Youth Commission's annual awards luncheon for 2012 held a special honor for two of our very deserving associates. Mary McGloughlin ['95], children's counselor for the Resource Center, received the Paul and Jean Krauss Award for Professional Excellence in Services to Youth. Nicole DeSario, a youth volunteer for the agency, received the Amanda Hydro Award for Outstanding Leadership and Community Service ... read the entire story

Econsult Corp. Appoints Senior Advisors

Econsult Corporation today announced the appointment of Brian Uher, Dee Kaplan, Michael Golden, David Lawrence, and Michael Pahides as Senior Advisors.

Econsult Corporation’s Senior Advisors are experts in a broad range of disciplines. As public officials, policy makers, and business and civic leaders, Econsult Corporation’s Advisors bring decades of hands-on experience, strengthening and expanding its areas of expertise. With such a strong pool of talent, Econsult can quickly assemble valuable, experienced teams to meet its clients' short and long term needs.

Michael K. Pahides ['79], MS, joins Econsult as Senior Advisor for Economic Development. Michael is the Founder and Managing Director for Center of Effort, LLC in Media, Pennsylvania, and brings a breadth of expertise in workforce development, revenue growth, and business development to Econsult. He has spearheaded a number of innovative strategies to increase organizational and business development for clients such as the School District of Philadelphia and the Collegiate Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development (EEB Hub). Michael has orchestrated public policy research projects and created partnerships and consortiums utilizing technology transfer models, addressing how technology impacts job design, and how educational programs should be structured in order to meet market needs.

Broadcast Hearts Recording in NYC

Eastern University alumni Avery Bazan '11 and Justin Molfese '11 are recording their first professional CD in NYC with their band Broadcast Hearts. They have been working very hard over the past several years and they have finally made it! To learn more about Broadcast Hearts, you can visit their website, keep up with them on Facebook, and check out their video on Kickstarter

Mother-Daughter Journey Leads to Christian Bookstore

Joanne Urbany knows what it means to step out on faith. Urbany, 64, and her daughter, Joanna Halliburton ['10], 23, both gave up jobs and the comfort of being near family in New Jersey to move to Akron in obedience to God ... read the entire story

Renovated Waterwheel Pumps Up Eastern's Campus

Notre Dame has its golden dome; the University of Virginia has its Jeffersonian Rotunda; Duke has its Georgian-style Baldwin Auditorium. And Eastern University has its own campus icon, the waterwheel. “It’s beautiful; it’s very meaningful for us,” says Joe Tatta, Class of 1955 graduate and longtime Wayne resident, about the waterwheel. On Saturday Tatta and hundreds of other alumni and current students of Eastern attended the re-dedication of the century-old waterwheel and terra-cotta-roofed pumphouse, which recently underwent extensive renovations. The ceremony included an appearance by the university’s eagle mascot and a cake replicating the waterwheel crafted by The Master’s Baker in West Chester. The detailed confectionery included a motorized rotating waterwheel and captured shutterbugs’ attention as much as the actual waterwheel turning in the background ... read the entire story

Area Sports Scene: Gettysburg College Hires Men's Lacrosse Assistant Coach

Dan Sharbaugh ['09] has been named assistant men's lacrosse coach at Gettysburg College, head coach Hank Janczyk has announced. A 2009 graduate of Eastern University, Sharbaugh comes to Gettysburg from York College, where he spent the 2012 campaign as the defensive coordinator and man-down defense coach. Sharbaugh also coached at his alma mater in 2010-11. As a student, Sharbaugh was a four-year starting defenseman and a two-time team captain ... read the entire story

Johnathan Wilson-Hartgrove Writes Book on Christian Faith

Eastern University graduate Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove ’03 has just published The Awakening of Hope: Why We Practice A Common Faith (Zondervan, August 2012). His newest book questions and explains some of the fundamental practices of Christianity ... read the entire story

Josh Lake Wins Hubble Astrophotography Contest

Eastern University 2001 graduate Josh Lake has won both the Jury and People's Choice prizes for the international Hubble's Hidden Treasures contest, an astrophotography processing competition ... read the entire story

BWA Appoints New Personnel

The Baptist World Alliance® formalized two appointments during a meeting of the General Council in Chile on July 6. The General Council forms part of the Annual Gathering in the capital city of Santiago from July 2-7, and is one of the governing bodies of the BWA. Rothangliani Rema Chhangte [MBA '87], originally from Mizoram state in Northeast India but whose last position has been liaison for Burmese refugees with American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) in the United States, was formally appointed by the General Council as the director of Baptist World Aid ... read the entire story

Michael Dowd [MDiv '88] to Speak August 12

The Rev. Michael Dowd [MDiv '88], a big integrity/big history/epic of evolution enthusiast, is one of the most inspiring speakers in America today. He is the author of “Thank God for Evolution: How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World” a book endorsed by 6 Nobel laureates and other science luminaries, including noted skeptics, and by religious leaders across the spectrum ... read the entire story

Glassboro Church Welcomes New Pastor

Glassboro First United Methodist Church will have one service on Sunday, July 1 at 9:45 a.m. Everyone is encouraged to wear their red, white and blue. Sixteen youth and five adults will be commissioned prior to departure to Manassas, Va., where they will be participating in a mission project. The group is scheduled to depart at 10:15 a.m. There will be no Sunday school this day. This is the first Sunday that Pastor Larry F. Oksten [MDiv '05] assumes the pulpit. Pastor Larry grew up in Paulsboro, graduated from St. James High School in Carneys Point and Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer), and has been in the ministry for 10 years ... read the entire story

Where the Pastor Engages her Flock

To a pastor, shepherding a church can be a daunting task, but to be the founder and pastor of a congregation can be even more daunting. The Rev. Juanita Rivers [MTS '96] is very familiar with the rewards and stress of handling both roles as pastor and founder of Ebenezer Temple Pentecostal Church, in Southwest Philadelphia. Rivers is a graduate of Palmer Theological Seminary, where she earned two degrees: a master of theological studies in Old Testament (1996) and a master of divinity (2001). She was an employee of the Internal Revenue Service for 28 years, holding various technical and managerial positions ... read the entire story 

Steenburg Honored by Baden Powell Council of the Boy Scouts of America

Last month, the Baden Powell Council of the Boy Scouts of America honored Reverend Terry Steenburg [DMin '72], Pastor of the Owego Baptist Church, during their Tioga County Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner that took place at the Owego Treadway. The Rev. G. Terry Steenburg began his Pastoral duties at The First Baptist Church Of Owego on Nov. 1, 2003. Born in Endicott, in the old Ideal Hospital, and raised in Vestal, Rev. Steenburg came back home to the Southern Tier of New York State to live and to serve our God after being away for 40 years ... read the entire story

Radnor Librarian Starting New Chapter

Dorothy Carlson ['69] has spent the last 42 years of her life helping Radnor children foster a love of learning. After years of puppets and presentations, story times and quiet times, the Head of Children's Services at Radnor Memorial Library is retiring. But Carlson is not just going to sit back and read some books ... read the entire story

Manna on Main Street Announces New Executive Director Suzan Neiger Gould [MS '03]

The board of directors of Manna on Main Street has named Suzan Neiger Gould [MS '03] as Executive Director, effective October 1, 2012. Manna is a food pantry, soup kitchen and emergency financial aid provider serving the North Penn region. Suzan will bring 16 years of experience as the Executive Director of Camp Onas, a Quaker camp located in Ottsville, Pa. Suzan has extensive leadership experience and a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Eastern University. She is eagerly anticipating the leadership and service opportunities at Manna with its deep roots in the local community ... read the entire story

Sunday Reflections: Swissvale Pastor to Retire

Dr. Jay Hollinsworth will be retiring as pastor of Swissvale Presbyterian Church on June 30. Rev. Hollinsworth has been the pastor at Swissvale Presbyterian for eight years ... read the entire story

Former Instructor at Franklin County Career and Technology Center Promoted to Assistant Technology Services Officer

Joshua S. "Josh" Davis ['06] has been promoted to assistant technology services officer at F&M Trust. Prior to joining F&M Trust in 2010 as a technology service analyst, Davis was an instructor at the Franklin County Career and Technology Center. At F&M Trust, his duties include technology support, network administration and management reporting ... read the entire story

Donna Karstetter-Colona [MBA '09] Named Vice President of Operations at Redgo Development

Eastern University graduate Donna Karstetter-Colona [MBA '09], an experienced commercial real estate development and management executive, has been named Vice President of Operations for RedGo Development in West Chester, PA. Karstetter-Colona holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Saint Joseph’s University and a Master of Business Administration from Eastern University ... read the entire story

Adams Pastor to Retire After 17 Years

A staple of the village community is ending his time in the pulpit as he retires after nearly two decades at Adams Village Baptist Church, 24 E. Church St. The Rev. Nevario “Bud” Masters [MDiv '76, DMin '83], who often goes by the more informal “Pastor Bud,” has worked at the house of worship for 17 years and is wrapping up a career of about 40 years ... read the entire story

A Way with The Word - Millville Pastor Says Goodbye After Decade of Good Works

People enjoy a well-told tale, and the Rev. Dr. Steven Bernon Shuster ['81] enjoys telling them. So preaching is a vocation made in heaven for the Millville pastor. “I didn’t feel just called to be a minister,” said Shuster, an Audubon native. “I felt called to preach, and that’s always been, I think, the focus of my ministry. I had two master’s degrees in preaching before I started on the doctoral level. It’s just something that’s always fascinated me, being able to make that connection with people and to communicate that message.” ... read the entire story

The Reverend Dale R. Miller ['78] Honored with Doctor of Divinity Degree by Palmer Theological Seminary

At the 87th Commencement Ceremony of the Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University held on May 19, 2011 at Enon Baptist Temple, Philadelphia, PA, Dale R. Miller ['78] was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree ... read the entire story

Patricia Frank, RN, BSN ['98], Receives 2012 Oncology Nursing Society Pearl Moore “Making a Difference” Emerging Leader Award

Patricia Frank, RN, BSN ['98], is the recipient of the 2012 Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Pearl Moore “Making a Difference” Emerging Leader Award. This award recognizes her as an emerging oncology nurse leader who has made a difference in the oncology nursing profession at the local or regional level. Frank has served in leadership positions in the ONS Penns Wood Chapter, including secretary, president, co-chair of fund raising, and web master.

“I am very humbled and honored to receive this award,” said Frank. “Nine years ago, I felt my oncology nursing career was ending. How could I continue to follow my dream, if I could not work? It took a little time to realize that I had the knowledge and love of oncology nursing to share it. With the support of so many of my friends both in the local area and national level of ONS, I have succeeded in my role as an oncology nurse by being a mentor to my peers and sharing with them the love of oncology nursing. Thank you to my local Penns Wood Chapter of ONS for the nomination and making me realize I do make a difference in many lives. To the national ONS, thank you for this prestigious award.”

Frank has donated time, money, and expertise to advance other young oncology nurses at the national and chapter level. Her efforts have resulted in thousands of dollars in ONS conference travel scholarships to the chapter members. A major, disabling illness has caused Frank to stop working clinically, but she has persevered through the illness and continued to put 100% effort into her local ONS chapter. “Pat has taken on multiple tasks to better our chapter,” said her nominator, Beth Eaby-Sandy, MSN, CRNP, OCN®. “She has been the glue that holds together the Best of ONS conference that is hosted by a consortium of ONS chapters in the Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Delaware areas. She is almost solely responsible for mentoring me in my chapter leadership duties. I have served as secretary, president-elect, and a 3-year presidency term, all thanks to her encouragement and mentoring.”

Frank received her associate of science in nursing degree from Delaware County Community College in Media, PA, and her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Eastern College in St. David’s, PA. She is an active member of ONS and the Penns Wood Chapter of ONS. She is coordinator and training center faculty at the American Heart Association’s Mercy Fitzgerald Training Center.

ONS is a professional association of more than 35,000 members committed to promoting excellence in oncology nursing and the transformation of cancer care. Since 1975, ONS has provided a professional community for oncology nurses, developed evidence-based education programs and treatment information, and advocated for patient care, all in an effort to improve quality of life and outcomes for patients with cancer and their families. Learn more at www.ons.org.

"Inner Monologues": A Benefit Concert for Arts Education

Yes! And… Collaborative Arts, in conjunction with the Philadelphia Folksong Society, is hosting an evening with The Spinning Leaves, joined by guests Zach Stock and John Mallinen at 8 p.m. Friday, May 11, at the Yards Brewing Company, 901 N. Delaware Ave., to raise funds for its summer theater program ...

...Michael Brix ['98], a spokesman for Yes! And… Collaborative Arts discussed the arts education organization and its impact on the community. “We use the arts in order to teach literacy, improve reading levels, build self-esteem and self-confidence, and teach students to work as a team,” Brix said. “We are trying to produce active, responsible citizens.” ... read the entire story

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove ['03]: Reaching Out by Moving In

He’s a leader in the New Monasticism movement – and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove ['03] has plenty to say about the blessings of building the church by building up a community... read the entire story

Project 25: Students Rise to the Challenge of Creating Change on their Campuses and Around the World

Nate Landis ['98] is the man behind the vision that has taken off like wildfire and ignited the passion for service in the hearts of many young people. Landis found the non-profit Urban Youth Collaborative (UYC) to connect kids to the resources of the kingdom of God by linking churches to schools ... read the entire story (begins on page 56)

Meet the Teacher: St. Katharine’s Mike Gavin [MED '04]

Mike Gavin [MED '04] teaches Religion, Math, Science, English, Reading, Writing, Spelling, and Vocabulary to fourth-graders of St. Katharine of Siena grade school... read the entire story

Dr. Energy Saver Columbia Employees Awarded BPI Certification

Columbia, S.C. - Dr. Energy Saver® Columbia is proud to announce the certification of two of its employees by the Building Performance Institute (BPI). The individuals are sales person Rod Arters ['92], and production team member Cyle Shirey... read the entire story

Wyckoff Family YMCA Presenting Five Humanitarian Awards

The Wyckoff Family YMCA will present the William E. Boye Jr. Humanitarian Award at its 30th annual Friends of the Y dinner at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25.This year’s event will honor five individuals who have been instrumental in creating harmony and promoting inclusion. This year’s award winners are: Franklin Lakes Mayor Frank Bivona , Rev. Louis Kilgore [M.Div '86] of the Presbyterian Church of Franklin Lakes, Wyckoff county committeewoman Joann Torack, Wyckoff florist owner Dorothy (Dottie) Van Der Horn, and Wyckoff attorney Jeffrey Wild... read the entire story

Mennonite Heritage Center

The Historical Library at the Mennonite Heritage Center is named in honor of John L. Ruth ['56], a leading historian, author and speaker who has contributed significantly to the understanding of Mennonite history, faith and culture over several decades. His work has supported and helped to fulfill the mission of the Mennonite Historians of Eastern Pennsylvania... read the entire story

Once a Writer...

Jason Kap Kirwok [MBA '95], or Kap, as most people call him, grew up in a small village in Mt Elgon and attended local schools, but later served in high positions including consulting for the World Bank. He has also published four books.... read the entire story

Former Philly Mayor Wilson Goode [DMin '00] Shifts to a Career Centered on Youth

W. Wilson Goode [DMin '00] made his way into the history books when he became the first black mayor of Philadelphia in 1984, a position he held until 1992. But in recent years, he has become known for his work as a founder and champion of a program that provides mentors for children of parents who are incarcerated... read the entire story

New BWAid director named

Washington (BWA)-- A new director of Baptist World Aid (BWAid), the relief and development arm of the Baptist World Alliance, has been appointed.

Rothangliani Rema Chhangte [MBA '87], liaison for Burmese refugees with American Baptist Home Mission Societies in the United States, was approved by the Executive Committee of the BWA at its March meeting in Falls Church, Virginia, close to Washington, DC.

Chhangte's appointment came after an international search for the head of the division.

The new BWAid director has deep Baptist roots. She served on the BWA General Council from 2001-2007 and has attended a number Baptist World Congresses and several Baptist Youth World Conferences. She was pastor of the Woodland Baptist Church from 1994-2000 and, prior to that, was assistant pastor of Chestnut Street Baptist Church, both in Philadelphia in the state of Pennsylvania.

Chhangte has worked with a number of church-affiliated organizations. She was, at various times, program analysis coordinator with Church World Service; director of ecumenical formation at American Baptist Churches USA; executive director of the Asian American Youth Association; and administrator at the Oxford Conference on Christian Faith and Economics.

Since 2006, she has been a member of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches and was a member of the Executive Committee and Governing Board of the National Council of Churches USA from 2001-2007, co-chairing its Interfaith Commission between 2004 and 2007.

She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Palmer Theological Seminary and an MBA degree from Eastern University, two Baptist-affiliated schools near Philadelphia. She was also a business major in her Bachelor's degree program at another Baptist school, Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. In addition, she holds diplomas from the Oxford Graduate Summer School of Theology in the United Kingdom and the Graduate School of Ecumenical Studies in Switzerland.

She received a Human Rights Award from the Human Relations Commission of the City of Philadelphia in 1998, and a Community Service Award from the Association of Asian American Educators in 1996.

Chhangte takes up her appointment on August 1. She succeeds Paul Montacute who retires in July.

COAL Bible Leader – Rev. Dr. Peter Ely [DMin '05]

As church officers and leaders from across our New Jersey we will begin our day in worship and sharing a Bible Study with Rev. Dr. Peter Ely [DMin '05] at Columbus Baptist Church, Columbus, New Jersey. The focus of the message will be upon Excellence in Ministry, II Timothy 1:13-14. You have been called to serve in the ministry of your church and to do so in dynamic ways that will affect the lives of your community... read the entire story


Kispert ['98] at the Helm of Manna

She’s only temporarily stepping in as executive director for Manna on Main Street, and she’s fine with that.“I won’t be so much the public face of Manna. My position as executive director, especially as an interim, is to work behind the scenes a lot. I see my role as very much of a supportive role,” said Karen Kispert [MS '98], who has hit the ground running since she was named interim director Feb. 6, filling the void created by the departure of Tom Allebach... read the entire story

HAGELIN: Website Demystifies Adoption for All Parties

Anthea (Sholander) Ramirez ['06] was featured in an article in the Washington Times on February 5, 2012 about adoption. Thea founded Adoption-Share, a website that provides networking and information services for adoptive parents and those considering adoptions... read the entire story

iPhone Gets Charge From Hamilton Native

Hamilton-Wenham —The iPhone. It’s not just for talking and texting. Music. Directions. Up-to-the-minute scores. News. Solve a trivia question. Get emails. Play games. Watch videos, TV shows and movies...Enter Hamilton native Nate Trunfio ['09], who has just launched a new techno accessory — an iPhone case that carries a 9.5-inch USB cord making it convenient for users to recharge their 4 and 4S smart mobile phones... read entire story

Tony Campolo ['56]: If Evangelicals Vote Gingrich, Count Me Out

Tony Campolo ['56] has long been one of America's most high-profile evangelical Democrats. From his 1976 campaign for Congress, to his service as spiritual adviser to President Bill Clinton amid the Lewinsky scandal, to his work on the 2008 Democratic Party platform committee, his party affiliation has never been in doubt. And while others have questioned his evangelical bona fides (he experienced a heresy trial in the mid-'80s), he has always emphasized his identity as both an evangelist and as an evangelical, even as the two words have experienced their share of baggage. Even the name of his organization remains the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education... read the entire story


Weathersby Creates Fund in Honor of Late Father

Two weeks into his final semester at Richmond, Geoff Weathersby has already raised more than $6,000 toward a memorial scholarship fund for his father, Terry Weathersby, using only social media. Weathersby’s father lost a five-year battle with head-and-neck cancer in October 2011; his family decided that in lieu of flowers, they wanted people to donate to a fund... read the entire story

Acsis, Inc. Appoints Paul Allen ['79] to Board of Directors

Acsis, Inc., a leading software solutions provider of products and services for supply chain optimization, serialization, visibility and traceability, announced today the appointment of Paul Allen ['79] as a new member of its Board of Directors... read the entire story

EU Legacy Student Releases CD

Olesia Gordynsky, a second year student at Eastern and daughter of Nadia Gordynsky CCGPS '04, recently released her first CD. For more information, please visit the Grace Ukranian Baptist Church website: http://www.graceukrainian.com/.

Wallace Joins School Board Race

Dr. Coleman Wallace [D.Min '97] joined the race for school board Thursday, officially announcing his candidacy for the Escambia County Board of Education ... read the entire story

Volunteer of the Week: Amy Shumoski ['01] of Daddy's Spirit Moves me Forward

Aidan Peterson’s father died suddenly at age 28 of an undetected heart defect five years ago, two weeks after his first birthday. Aidan’s mother, Amy (Wise) Shumoski ['01], suddenly faced the challenges of dealing with her own shock and grief and raising a son without a father, unlike most kids. She felt isolated and struggled to connect to people whose experiences were similar to hers; she also sought a means of providing Aidan with the companionship of other children whose fathers had passed away. Three years ago she discovered Daddy’s Spirit Moves Me Forward, a group whose mission is to bring positive experiences to kids who have lost their fathers. Both her life and Aidan’s, she says, got better as a result ... read the entire story


Heather Kelly ['96] Named Shareholder of Mette, Evans, & Woodside

Harrisburg, PA – The law firm of Mette, Evans & Woodside is pleased to announce that Heather Z. Kelly has been named a Shareholder. Ms. Kelly joined the firm in 2010 and practices in the firm’s Creditors’ Rights, Litigation, Bankruptcy and Banking groups.

Ms. Kelly has lived and worked in Harrisburg since starting her legal career as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Sylvia H. Rambo, United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Mette, Evans & Woodside, she practiced with a regional law firm and a local non-profit agency. Originally from New Hampshire, Ms. Kelly is a summa cum laude graduate of Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania, and a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Law School.

Ms. Kelly is admitted to practice in the Pennsylvania Courts, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a member of the Dauphin County Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Middle District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Bar Association.

Thomas F. Smida, Managing Shareholder said, “We are pleased to welcome Heather as a Shareholder. Her commitment to providing exceptional legal services and obtaining great results for our clients has made Heather a vital part of the firm.”

Ms. Kelly is committed to public service, serving as Co-Chair of the Brethren Housing Association 20/20 Vision Campaign, a fund distribution volunteer for the United Way of the Capital Region and a member of the membership Committee of the Country Club of Harrisburg. She is also the past president of the Board of Directors of Aurora Social Rehabilitation Services.

Mette, Evans & Woodside has a long-standing tradition of providing comprehensive legal representation for businesses and individuals and serves clients throughout Pennsylvania. More information is available at www.mette.com.

Oprah Star Dr. Robin Smith [DD '07] Makes Main Line House Call

A touch of the old “Oprah Winfrey Show” infused a charity lunch in Gladwyne this week when Oprah’s former go-to psychologist Dr. Robin Smith [DD '07] challenged local women to live their best, most authentic lives. Smith, who lives in Mt. Airy, gave the keynote address at Tuesday’s $150 a plate fashion show/luncheon at Philadelphia Country Club, a benefit for the Montgomery County women’s shelter Laurel House. Before she spoke, Dr. Robin talked to Flair about her connections to the Main Line and her many appearances on the Oprah show ... read the entire story


Jessica Hickman Schneider [CCGPS '03] is the new Norristown Area Education Foundation (NAEF) Director

Ms. Schneider brings over fourteen years of nonprofit management experience to the NAEF and is a dynamic leader in the human services field.

"I am very excited about working for NAEF," said Schneider. "The foundation has a wonderful board of directors who is enthusiastic and committed to the mission of our organization. Having worked in the Norristown area for over a decade, it’s nice to be back in this diverse and welcoming community." ... read the entire story


Wesley Enhanced Living Appoints Pat Lamoreux [CCGPS '96] as Assistant Vice President of Human Potential

Wesley Enhanced Living, a non-profit continuing care retirement community (CCRC) provider throughout Pennsylvania, has appointed Pat Lamoreux as Assistant Vice President, Human Potential. Lamoreux previously served as Director of Compensation and Benefits for the organization.

Lamoreux joined Wesley Enhanced Living in 2007 with more than 15 years of long-term care experience. She previously held the positions of Benefits Manager, Assistant Director of Human Resources and Director of Business Services for Presby’s Inspired Life in Lafayette Hill, Pa. As Assistant Vice President, Human Potential, Lamoreux is responsible for the development of an innovative workplace culture program designed to inspire Wesley Enhanced Living employees to embrace strong job ownership skills, enabling each individual to achieve their highest potential. She will lead the operational HR functions of talent acquisition & retention, staff development, employee relations, compensation and benefits, HR information systems and advise leadership on administration of HR policies and programs related to HR services.

Lamoreux is an HRCI certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and holds a bachelor’s degree from Eastern University. She currently resides in Bucks County with her husband and children.

For more information on Pat Lamoreux’s appointment as Assistant Vice President, Human Potential, please contact Caroline Pennartz at 215-825-9644 or cpennartz@levlane.com.



Results Official for West Chester School Board Race

With more than 40,000 write-in votes to count by hand, Chester County Voter Services has certified the winning candidates for the West Chester Area School Board almost two weeks after counting began. Candidates who won the five full-term open seats were Republicans Karen Miller, Maureen Snook, Linda Raileanu and Vince Murphy ['95]. Write-in candidate Sue Tiernan filled the fifth position. Gary Bevilacqua, also a write-in, came in 140 votes behind ... read the entire story


Sarah Shepherd ['99], a Life of Loving Gardens and All Things that Grow

Her interest in plants and gardening began early in life. She remembers her vegetable garden, maintained when she was in high school, and how much she missed it when she went away to Eastern College outside of Philadelphia ... read the entire story


New State Chief Information Officer Named

E. Steven Emanuel ['76], a highly experienced public sectorinformation technology manager, has been named Chief Information Officer(CIO) for the State of New Jersey. As CIO, Emanuel will coordinate NewJersey’s statewide information technology strategies and policies. He will alsooversee the State’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) and assume all theresponsibilities of New Jersey’s Chief Technology Officer ... read the entire story


Alexander Kroll [CCGPS '94] Named Senior Vice President of The Victory Bank in Limerick

Alexander S. Kroll recently joined The Victory Bank to serve as Senior Vice President.  In his new position, Kroll will assess a clients’ financial position and develop strategic solutions to meet their goals.

A resident of Wayne, Kroll is a graduate of Eastern College, St. Davids, Pennsylvania where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management and received the Distinguished Honors Award.  In addition, he graduated with Distinction from ABA’s Stonier Graduate School of Banking ... read the entire story


War veteran U.S. Army Lt. Col. James Johnson Ph.D War [D.Min '94] speaks at Headquarters Library

Johnson graduated from Wake Forest University and earned a doctorate in marriage from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He completed Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth and has served in many counseling capacities, including minister of counseling at Snyder Memorial Baptist Church from 1990 until 2005.His military awards include Bronze Stars for Valor and Service, the Air Medal (for combat), Meritorious Service Medals, and Army Commendation medals ... read the entire story


Douglas W. McPheeters ['02] will be the New Pastor of Middletown Presbyterian Church

Pastor Douglas W. McPheeters was warmly welcomed by everyone in attendance at Middletown Presbyterian Church in July when he delivered an inspiring sermon, and was voted upon and joyfully accepted by the congregation ... read the entire story


Lilly Endowment Awards Clergy Renewal Grants to Congregations in 40 States, Inclduing Victoria (Gardner) Byroade '94, MDiv '97

A record number of congregations – 158 – have been selected for the 12th class of the National Clergy Renewal Program, funded by the Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. The program allows these congregations to send their pastors for an extended time of renewal and reflection. They can step back from their busy lives and gain the fresh perspective and renewed energy that a carefully considered season of travel, study, rest and prayer can provide.

Many of these pastors will work to regain spiritual vitality through the ancient Christian practice of walking as pilgrims in several countries: the path of Jesus in Israel, the path of the Exodus, some or all of the 500-mile Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James) in Spain. Others plan extended time in retreat settings or monastic communities in the United States, Europe and Australia to devote themselves to Ignatian spiritual exercises or the Benedictine practice of hospitality. Still others will seek spiritual guidance and sustenance by becoming part of the Taize community in France known since 1940 for its strong devotion to peace and justice through prayer and meditation. Many pastors participate in the prayer and worship of the community on Iona, a tiny island off the west coast of Scotland whose monastic history goes back to the 6th century.

This class of 158 brings to 1,598 the number of congregations that have participated since the program began in 2000. Through this program the Endowment invites Christian congregations to apply for grants of up to $50,000 to support an extended period of intentional reflection and renewal for their ministers. Working with their congregations, the ministers design their renewal periods to suit their own needs and aspirations. The pastors are encouraged to include their families in the renewal activities. Up to $15,000 of the grant may be used for the congregation to pay for interim pastoral leadership while the pastor is away, as well as for renewal activities within the congregations.

“The intensity and demanding character of pastoral work in most congregations is difficult for many to appreciate,” said Craig Dykstra, senior vice president for religion at the Endowment. “They write and preach sermons, make hospital visits, administer the business of their churches, preside at weddings and funerals, and counsel parishioners. And they are expected to ‘be there,’ to be available at both the best and the most difficult times in people’s lives.

“The National Clergy Renewal Program gives pastors the gift of being able to live for a while at a different pace and in an alternative environment – to live in sabbath time and space, and to honor that moment as God-given,” Dykstra said. “Many clergy renewal participants have reported to the Endowment that when they returned they found their vision for ministry enlarged and their call and commitment renewed.

“We find that these programs can be transformative for the congregation, too,” Dykstra continued. “Not only do members grow in their leadership abilities in the pastor’s absence, they also learn how to create an environment at their churches that supports their pastor’s continued service at a pace that he or she can sustain. Many of them discover ways to renew and refresh their own lives and spirits as well.”

What these pastors do with their three- or four-month “gift of time” varies widely. Music makes the heart sing for many of these pastors, whether it’s singing or lessons in flute, piano, cello or double bass. Pastors also plan to build guitars, study drumming in Uganda and attend the Oregon Bach Festival.

As in past years, clergy continue to pay attention to their health. Hikers will walk among the world’s natural wonders – the Himalayas, Swiss Alps, mountains of Nepal, rim of the Grand Canyon. Bikers will cycle the coasts of England or take a riding tour of France. One runner will invite others to join him on a 30-mile leg of his planned 300-mile marathon. Many pastors will join health centers, begin or intensify a regular exercise program, or take classes to learn healthy cooking and food choices.

While several pastors will travel to the Mediterranean to follow in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul or to Israel for an archaeological dig or to take classes at St. George’s College, one pastor will trace the footsteps of Dr. David Livingstone in England and Africa. Another is a descendant of John Knox, so his travels will lead him to his ancestral roots in Scotland. Other pastors will visit relatives in Vietnam, Korea, China and India or do mission work in Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Kenya or other areas of Africa. Three plan to make a pilgrimage to the major sites of the American civil rights movement, while several others will be in South Africa to learn about that country’s efforts at reconciliation.

This year’s group includes congregations in 40 states. For the first time, Alaska is represented with two Anchorage congregations. The grantees are affiliated with 23 denominational bodies; one is nondenominational and one is a union of two denominations. The average size of the grants is $43,177, and Endowment support for this 2011 program is $6.8 million. While 13 churches regularly see more than 1,000 at worship services, 75 report attendance ranging from 51 to 200.

All these renewal programs exhibit the basic thrust of the Endowment’s initiative: a chance for congregations and ministers to engage in renewal of a kind that will have an important impact on their churches, their individual members and their communities.

“The wealth of imagination unleashed by this program is truly wonderful to see,” said the Endowment’s Dykstra. “We can think of no better way to honor these hardworking, faithful men and women than to help them experience personal growth and renewal in ways that they themselves believe will feed them most deeply.”

The Endowment will continue the program in 2012. Application materials are available at clergyrenewal.org.



Dr. Terry Weathersby has Gone Home to be With the Lord

Professor Terry Weathersby (Psychology professor on St. Davids campus) went to be with his Lord around noon on Sunday October 23, at Bryn Mawr Hospital.  Terry had successfully battled through two bouts of cancer in the past decade, but this time the complications of pneumonia took their toll on his already fragile health.  Terry was a much-loved professor in the psychology department who taught  B.S. track courses to our students.  He also loved Eastern University very much, and his family wishes to thank everyone at Eastern for their concern, love, and prayers on his behalf over the past three weeks since his hospitalization.  While we mourn the loss of Terry's presence, we rejoice in the promise and desire of Jesus in John 14:3:  "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also".

Please continue to pray for Terry's immediate family (Jill, and their two adult children, Jennifer and Geoffrey), his extended family, friends, and the students who knew him as mentor and friend.

"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the dying of his saints."
(Psalm 116:15)
Celebration of Life Service to remember Dr. Terry Weathersby has been planned for Sunday November 6th at 2:00 pm on the Walton Hall Terrace, St. Davids campus (outside, weather permitting).   A tree will be planted on the St. Davids campus in Terry's honor, with a plaque to honor his life and work amongst us.  Like the tree, our love and appreciation for Terry will live on.   If the weather is inclement, the Service will be held in the Gough Hall Great Room.  A determination will be made on this closer to the 6th. 

Terry's wife Jill and family have invited us to join them - Weathersby family with Eastern family - in a reception after the Service in the Baird Library (Walton Hall).

University Chaplain Joe Modica will officiate.
Cards and notes of support can be sent to

Jill, Jennifer and Geoffrey Weathersby
2419 Wynnefield Drive
Havertown, PA 19083

We give thanks to God for the gift of Terry's life - a life of deep faith, a well-lived, honest and humble life of service - while we hold his devoted family close in prayer and share their loss.  

Jesus said: "Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me.  In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also" John 14:1-3.  

Our friend Terry has gone Home, in that we rejoice.


He Has Grounds for Satisfaction with his Tea Country

Howard James [MBA '01], 63, is the president of Tea Country, a local company that provides gourmet tea and other tea-related products such as tea ware, tea pots, strainers, etc. Tea Country’s tea room is located in East Oak Lane at 6722 Old York Rd. In addition to being a tea shop, Tea Country provides tea catering, fund-raising for churches, schools and other non-profit organizations, as well as internet services ... read the entire story


Long on Faith: Cinnaminson Church Marks its 200th Anniversary

It began as a log cabin back in 1811, when Bishop Francis Asbury, traveling on horseback, met with a small group of Christians here and formed the Asbury Church, named in his honor.

On Sunday, the church (pastored by Rev. John W. Doll [M.Div '91]) will mark its 200th birthday with a celebration befitting its long, rich history ... read the entire story


Bank Names VP Team Leader/Commercial Lending

Columbia Bank announces that William H. Cossaboon ['86] has been promoted to the position of vice president, team leader – commercial lending ... read the entire story


Evan Hewitt Plans to Revitalize Rwanda

Faith, reason, and justice:" it is the mantra you cannot avoid when you are around or affiliated with Eastern University. Evan Hewitt, a 2011 Templeton Honors College graduate, has gone beyond taking this motto to heart. He is applying these principles to impact an entire nation. The Intercollegiate Studies Institute announced Evan as the winner of the William E. Simon Fellowship for Noble Purpose. As ISI describes it, "The Simon Fellowship is a $40,000 unrestricted grant awarded to those graduating college seniors who have demonstrated passion, dedication, a high capacity for self-direction and originality in pursuit of a goal that will strengthen civil society."  


Memory of Alumni Honored

Over the years, Eastern students have been encouraged to leave behind a legacy. Domenick Rowe ['04] and Benjamin Carr ['06] are two young men who heeded that call. In light of their recent passing, Eastern University will be honoring the memories of Rowe and Carr, two young men who exemplified what it means to leave a legacy behind. They will be further remembered with scholarships that the Templeton Honors College will be instituting in their names ... read the entire story


Visiting Scholar Carolivia Herron ['69]: Epic Poetry and Nappy Hair

When Carolivia Herron ['69] wrote a children’s book about nappy hair, she didn’t intend it to be just a book about locks. “It’s about the African-American tradition of call and response,” Herron said from her home in Washington, D.C. “That’s why I wrote the book – many people think I wrote the book because I was concerned about hair.” ... read the entire story


Powerful New Book Gives Hope for Churches Dying to Survive

Jimmy Dorrell's [DMin '01] new book 'Dead Church Walking' brings fresh ideas to put churches on the road to recovery ... read the entire story


One thing leads to another for [Joanna] Hoover ['10] ... in Iraq

Hoover, a 2010 graduate of Eastern University with a degree in business management and history, wasn't sure what she wanted to do with her life. The SALT program of the Mennonite Central Committee (Serving and Learning Together) gave her the opportunity to help at a kindergarten in northern Iraq in the mornings, and teach English to adults in the evenings. Her classroom was filled with 30 to 60 youngsters at a time. Some children were as young as two and a half.
"If you could go to the bathroom by yourself, you could come," she recalled ... read the entire story


Methodist Pastor Finds Home in School-Based Church

The Rev. Wendy S. Orzolek [MDiv '07], 49, of Exeter Township preached at her first weekly service last Sunday at the newly organized NorthStar United Methodist Church. It was as if she were back in her own junior high school. In fact, she was. There, in front of scores of adult parishoners, a worship praise band nearby and children preparing for youth ministry, Orzolek held services at the Exeter Junior High School cafeteria ... read the entire story


New CB South Principal is Committed to Kids

Scott Davidheiser [MED '00] loved coaching high school football and wrestling. That led him to teaching. And teaching led him to a job that requires him to do a little of both — teaching students and coaching teachers. Davidheiser is the new principal at Central Bucks South High School, where he has served as house principal since 2008 ... read the entire story


Welcome home, Andrew Battista ['03]

When the University of Montevallo’s Carmichael Library had an opening for a librarian, Andrew Battista ['03] picked up his life in Lexington, Ky., and moved to answer the help-wanted ad in July. “I moved here from Lexington, Kentucky, where I finished my PhD in English literature,” Battista said. “I’ve been teaching for a while, but this is somewhat of a shift.” ... read the entire story


Going Back Naked Opens at Plays and Players Studio Theatre
Melissa McBain ['69], former Radnor Township teacher and Eastern University graduate, returns to Philadelphia to tell her mother's story in the Philly Fringe 2011 solo show, GOING BACK NAKED. The drama will open on September 6, 2011 in the historic Plays and Players Studio Theatre, just steps away from her mother's former residence in Rittenhouse Square and minutes away from her mother's winning competitions with Steinway and Juilliard in Center City ... read the entire story


SHCS/CCA announces Mr. Jake Becker [MBA '07] as the New Head of School

The Board of Directors of Spruce Hill Christian School/City Center Academy today announced that Jake Becker has been chosen to succeed Seth Cohen as Head of School. “We believe we have found a man with great leadership ability and a deep commitment to urban Christian education,” said Keith Fallon, the board president, in announcing Mr. Becker’s hiring. “We are excited about his arrival and confident that he will build on the momentum we have gained under Dr. Cohen’s leadership,” Fallon said ... read the entire stroy


An Aspiring "Master"

The email inviting her to November auditions came as a bit of a surprise to Jennifer Behm ['01]. It had been months since a 1 a.m. whim spurred the Trolley Square real estate agent to fill out an online application to compete in a new season of "Master Chef," the Fox show that seeks the country's best amateur chef. Behm had watched some of it the last season, and when the show began asking people to apply for the next season, friends urged her on, saying she would be perfect for it ... read the entire story


Western PA Salvation Army Leaders Moving On - Majors Robert and Lynette Reel to Retire

Majors Robert [CCGPS '92] and Lynette [CCGPS '93] Reel are hands-on leaders. As co-bishops of The Salvation Army's Western Pennsylvania Division, you may find them manning kettles in the cold; feeding the homeless at a community dinner; or shopping with children for new coats through Project Bundle-Up. This couple forged their career and calling on the streets, not behind a desk. Now, after 42 years, they are about to embark upon a new adventure – retirement ... read the entire story


Eastern Graduates Ready for the Next Storm

The clouds gathered, but the storms stayed away — at least until the celebrations were through. Even as their keynote speaker delivered a speech on weathering the storms that they’ll encounter as they go forward in their lives, the 284 members of Eastern University’s Class of 2011 remained in a celebratory mood during commencement exercises held on the school’s soccer field Saturday ... read the entire story


Lines Drawn for Yeadon Council Primary

Seven Democrats and three Republicans are vying for three open seats on borough council. The Republican slate features the Rev. Rohan Hepkins ['91], Moses D. Kpoyea and Eileen J. Perna. On the Democratic ballot are Eddie C. Fitten Jr., Rosalind Jones-Johnson, Dawn Presbery, Liana Roadcloud, Gracie Snead, Sandra Thomas and Nelva Wright ... read the entire story


PWIA President Tim O’Donnell receives Special Governor’s Award from the National Solid Wastes Management Association

HARRISBURG—Tim O’Donnell [MBA '08], president of the Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association (PWIA), has received a Special Governor’s Award from the National Solid Wastes Management Association.

PWIA represents private-sector waste haulers, recyclers, and landfill operators and is the Pennsylvania state chapter of the National Solid Wastes Management Association.

The award, which was given for O’Donnell’s five-year record of outstanding service as PWIA president, was presented May 10 in Dallas at the 2011 Waste Expo, the waste industry’s largest national trade show.

The National Solid Wastes Management Association said O’Donnell had fought against trash taxes, promoted free-market waste solutions, publicized the industry’s contributions to the Pennsylvania economy, and helped organize two first-ever events, the Pennsylvania Recycling Industries Congress and the Philadelphia Recycling Industries Congress.

O’Donnell, a registered professional engineer, is general manager of eastern Pennsylvania post-collection operations for Republic Services, Inc. including operations in York, Morgantown and Philadelphia.

An Altoona native, he holds a B.S. in mining engineering from Penn State and an MBA from Eastern University. Over a 28-year career, he has worked for the state Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation, in Ebensburg, at Waste Management landfills in Pottstown and Butler and has been based at Republic Services’ Modern Landfill in York since 1996.

For more information about PWIA, visit www.pawasteindustries.org.


Beth Sheely and Lt. Gregory Lathbury

Steve and Janet Sheely of Gettysburg, announce the engagement of their daughter, Beth Sheely ['06 MED '09], to Lt. Gregory Lathbury, son of Steve and Cathy Lathbury of Havertown ... read the entire story


Hatboro-Horsham High School Inducts Seven into Hall of Fame

Donald Beck ['72], a graduate of the Class of 1968, was inducted for his business accomplishments. He taught in the Hatboro-Horsham School District from 1972 to 1984 after receiving an undergraduate degree from Eastern University and a master’s degree from West Chester University ... read the entire story


William (Bill) Armstrong '64 Inducted into Delco Athletes Hall of Fame

Bill Armstrong: A Chester High and Eastern University alumnus, he was an All-Star in the Chester West Little League. He was a Delco Baseball League umpire for more than 20 years and also worked in high school and collegiate games in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland as well as umpiring in the Wilmington Semi-Pro League. He was president of the Delco Officials Association, Interstate Umpires Association and District Board 11 IAABO (basketball officials) as well as serving as vice president of the Delaware County Chapter of PIAA Basketball Officials. Read the entire story

Eastern University Spring Dance Show

Eastern University Dance presents the 2011 Spring Dance Concert, Friday, April 29 and Saturday April 30 at 8PM and Sunday, May 1 at 3PM in McInnis Auditorium on the Eastern University Campus. Tickets are $10 for general admissions, $8 for students and seniors and $5 with an Eastern University ID. Tickets can be reserved by calling 610-225-5545.

Each spring the Dance Department showcases the results of a semester’s worth of exploring dance and the creative process. The 2011 Spring Dance Concert includes a lively selection of dances by Eastern University’s dance faculty and students, featuring historical and new works by faculty choreographers Joselli Deans, Saleana Pettaway, and Janine Bryant. The Concert also includes works by student choreographers Heather Mahurin, Liz Lyle, Caroline Butcher, Kristin Gianoukas, Kayla A. Davis, Angela Littlefield and Kristen Davies.

Pieces include:

Joselli Deans has reconstructed Les Sylphides. This neoclassical ballet work was originally created in 1909 by choreographer Michel Fokine. The piece is set to music by Chopin.

Saleana Pettaway’s A Luta Continua is a reconstructed piece based on the original work, "Ibo's Landing" by Dr Kariamu Welsh. It honors the African spirit in dance, word and rhythm through the historic tale of enslaved Ibos and their tenacious spirit to live free. This piece is in collaboration with Master Percussionist, Alex Shaw and Guest Tap Artist, Kahlil Munir.

Janine Bryant’s Thaw is a visual study of musical form and shape—and a response to the cold winter months that we are now emerging from.

Heather Mahurin’s A Time to Embrace is a combination of American Sign Language and dance. It reflects life as a prayer and how we lay ourselves before God through words, actions, and especially, movement.

What Remains? choreographed by Liz Lyle is about the pressures that women face and how they can overcome those pressures in a world with specific views on beauty.

Kristin Gianoukas’ and Caroline Butcher’s tap duet is an exploration of creating new rhythms and experimenting with live music by Brandon Kopp who will accompany them on acoustic guitar. It is a fun and entertaining piece that all will enjoy.

It’s Now or Never, choreographed by Kayla A. Davis, demonstrates a thriving passion for unanswered questions. The presence of a divine spirit that is much stronger than any other force physically restrains her movement expression.

Toy Box, choreographed by Angela Littlefield, encourages the audience to use their imagination and think inside the box. What actually happens when nobody is watching?

Kristen Davies’ piece Fixated is about becoming so consumed by your daily tasks and routines that you don't realize that you are supposed to get more out of life.

“This year the faculty and students were inspired by the joy and newness that comes each year at springtime,” said Dr. Karen Clemente, Ed.D, Chair of the Dance Department at Eastern University. “The wholeness of life is captured in all its intricacies, through the choreography and the performances of our students and faculty and is meant to move, inform, remind and inspire the audience. I am really proud of the hard work that went into this year’s Spring Dance Concert, and the outcome that we can all enjoy.”

The 2011 Spring Dance Concert runs from April 29 – May 1. Tickets can be reserved by calling 610-225-5545.


Portico Systems CTO Scott Fraser '95 Selected as a 2011 SmartCXO Winner by Philadelphia SmartCEO Magazine

Portico Systems, the leader in Integrated Provider Management (IPM) solutions for payers, announced today that CTO and Co-Founder Scott Fraser '95 has been selected as one of ten winners in the chiefinformation/technology officer category of the Philadelphia SmartCEO magazine’s first annual SmartCXO Award program.

The SmartCXO Award program highlights chief executives who have gone above and beyond to support their organization’s initiatives. This elite group of executives will be celebrated with an event held at the Ballroom at the Ben in Philadelphia on Wednesday, April 20. Additionally, each award recipient will be profiled in the April issue of SmartCEO magazine ... read the entire story


Hopeworks Hires Literacy Director

Hopeworks ‘N Camden announced that it has hired Joshua Cooper ['09] of Lawnside to serve as literacy director of the Camden-based nonprofit.

Cooper will oversee Hopeworks’ literacy department and design curricula tailored to youth trainees in both the Day Training and Hope Through School programs. His responsibilities will include providing one-on-one tutoring for youth, managing and recruiting of Literacy Volunteer staff, creating and implementing Individual Literacy Plans and connecting youth to the larger world of college and career options ... read the entire story


Offices of Children’s Choice 211 will be Dedicated and Named After Rev. Dr. William J. Eberwein '68

On 4/1/11 the offices of Children’s Choice 211 Benigno Boulevard, Bellmawr, New Jersey will be dedicated and named “Rev. Dr. William J. Eberwein, Sr. Administrative and Training Center” in ceremonies at the site.

Co-founder in 1982 of Children’s Choice, a private non-profit foster care and adoption agency and Pastor of Berkley Baptist Church, Mt. Royal, New Jersey, Dr. Eberwein died on 9/30/10 of complications from a brain tumor.

Dr. Eberwein received a Bachelor’s degree in history from Eastern University, St. Davids, Pennsylvania; a Master’s degree in Social Work from Marywood College Graduate School of Social Work, Scranton, Pennsylvania; and a Doctorate in Education from Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Children’s Choice administers foster care and adoption services for 1,000 children in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware.  In New Jersey, Children’s Choice is licensed to perform adoption services.  In 2010, 156 adoptions were consummated by Children’s Choice and 207 children were reunited with their families.



Eastern University Theatre Presents “CAROUSEL”

Eastern University Theatre presents the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein classic: CAROUSEL. The play runs from Wednesday, April 6 at 8PM to Sunday, April 10 at 3PM in McInnis Auditorium. Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 for students and seniors and $5 with an Eastern University ID. Tickets can be reserved by calling 610-225-5545

Eastern University’s CAROUSEL is directed by Teresa Moyer with musical direction by Dr. Bryan Edgett and choreography by Dr. Karen Clemente.

The cast includes performances by Eastern University Students as well as students from local elementary schools, including Gilbertsville Elementary in Gilbertsville, PA; Owen J. Roberts Middle School in Malvern, PA; Girard Academic Music Program (GAMP) in Philadelphia, PA; Bridgeport Elementary in Bridgeport, PA and and C.W. Henry Elementary in Philadelphia, PA ... read the entire story


Christian Battle of the Bands Hosted by Art Salvagno '98 and Lighthouses of Oxford Valley on April 1st

Lighthouse Ministries presents the 2011 Battle of the Christian Bands on Friday, April 1st, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. The event will take place at Conroy Caterers at Knowlton Mansion (8001 Verree Road and Rahn Street, Philadelphia, PA).

This year's event will benefit the Child Protection Program of St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. The judges for this year's event are:

Scott Evans, former 92.5 FM XTU Radio Personality
DJ Disarray, State College 90.7 FM Lion-Radio Personality
Pastor Robert Jones, Lighthouse Ministries
Diane Zaiko, Owner/Engineer, Junction Music

Seven bands will compete for a Top Prize Package of six hours recording studio time, mastering, 100 CD's, and major Christian label submission.

There will be a roast beef buffet, soft drinks, and prizes. Tickets in advance are only $15.00 (tickets will NOT be available at the door).

For more information, contact Art Salvagno '98 (Phila. P.D. SVU-Child Abuse):
Cell: 267.738.3369 or SVU-Child Abuse: 215.685.3272

Christian Battle of the Bands: http://www.lhov.org/bob
Lighthouse Ministries: http://www.lhov.org
Salvagno Productions: battlebands@verizon.net


Lancaster County Couple Writes Music They Hope Will Raise Funds for Those in Need

For those who believe there is nothing to sing about in poor old downtrodden Reading, they haven't heard the energetic Dan Smith ['06], 27, and his wife, Lauren [(Brown) Smith '06], 28, - soon to be parents of a baby boy - sing the song "Awake (Let the Whole World Sing)." ... read the entire story


Love: Maggie Stewart and Justin Best

Maggie [(Stewart) Best '10] and Justin [Best '10] met in junior honors English at Broad Run High School in Ashburn, Va. She had just transferred from elsewhere in Virginia, he from a small town in central Texas. "I was intimidated by her," Justin confessed. "She wears long, flowing skirts. She has beautiful, fierce eyes. And she's really smart." Maggie had noticed Justin, too. Not only was he cute, but his presence at Christian club meetings clued her into his values, she said ... read the entire story


Acting Township Manager's Son Returns from Afghanistan

Staff Sgt. Stephen Bonanni Jr. ['03] was returning following a five-month stint as a medic in Afghanistan. It was his second tour of duty in that country, and he has also served in Iraq.

“It’s unnerving,” Stephen Bonanni Sr. said. “You’re const