of Christian Education
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary
FROM THE PRESIDENT
CALVIN L. TROUP
We are celebrating the 50th anniversary of glorifying to God, confronting honestly and confidently
the problems and challenges of new knowledge, and
Foundational Concepts of Christian Education this year. contributing to the welfare of society under God.” With
Foundational Concepts was adopted by the Geneva College the first things of an education that is Christ-centered
Board of Trustees in October 1967. and biblically-directed in place, students can learn
discernment, and therefore “should not be sheltered
In the sixties, our society was challenged by turmoil from non-Christian viewpoints, but must become able to
associated with the Vietnam War. Because many college men evaluate all knowledge critically, to gain from that which
were being drafted, college campuses became sites of protest is true and to discard error.”
aimed at societal institutions including the government,
politics, marriage and the family.We continue to live with 3. Foundational Concepts directs Geneva students to
the consequences—intended and unintended—of many attend to Christ’s call and claims on their whole lives.
ideological movements and cultural dynamics that emerged
in that day. First, in response to the gospel,“Christian education
emphasizes the person and work of the Lord Jesus
Today, we face uncertainty and distress tied to cultural Christ in order that students may be yielded to Him as
conflicts tearing at the fabric of our society. Campuses have their Savior from sin, and that they may see in Christ the
once again become sites of unrest. But this time, society is ultimate purpose and meaning of the whole universe.”
not looking to universities as a source of hope for the future. And second, in dedicating one’s life toward service to
In the world, higher education has come under increasing God and neighbor,“students should be aware of God’s
scrutiny; higher education seems to have lost its way. call on their lives and thus see their education as an
opportunity to prepare for their life work.”
Students and parents are asking important questions about
the value of higher education and about the values of higher As we reflect on Foundational Concepts, the case for a
education.Alumni are also asking important questions about the Geneva education becomes more compelling. Our confusing
current mission, vision and values of their schools—whether and chaotic moment is revealing the foundations upon which
their alma maters are remaining faithful to their heritage. different houses of higher learning are built.We are grateful for
the rich heritage we have received in Foundational Concepts,
Where does Geneva stand as a Christian college in such a which helps us answer the question: Geneva, where do you
tumultuous moment? stand within the troubled waters of higher education today?
We continue to stand pro Christo et patria, and as Dr. Edwin We seek to stand on the rock who is Jesus Christ.
C. Clarke reminded us, the Bible at the center of our seal is
no accident. Like the college seal, Foundational Concepts deliberate, courageous ways.
seems vital to the college’s work today for a number of basic
reasons: Calvin L.Troup
1. Foundational Concepts proclaims our unequivocal President
commitment to God’s word as Truth.
“Ultimate judgments must finally be made in light
of God’s word, the holy scripture, which is the
only adequate and inerrant standard of truth.” This
commitment locates Geneva within the historic
Christian faith.The Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed,
the Westminster Confession of Faith, and the Testimony
of the Reformed Presbyterian Church all reside within
this historic Christian faith, which C.S. Lewis refers to as
“the belief that has been common to nearly all Christians
at all times...” and “which is what it is and what it was
long before I was born and whether I like it or not.”
Foundational Concepts simply states:“The historic
Christian faith is permanently true.”
2. Foundational Concepts compels the college to integrate
faith in Christ into every dimension of learning and life,
in service to God and neighbor.
“The curriculum should lead students to grasp the
foundations of learning so that they can live a life
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college and its constituencies as
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necessarily represent the opinions
of the editorial review board or
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EDITOR DAN DIETER
DESIGNER BEN LICHIUS
EDITORIAL REVIEW BOARD
DR. MARVIN DEWEY
DAVE LAYTON ’88
DR. RICHARD TALBERT
DR. CALVIN L. TROUP ’83
VAN ZANIC ‘93
GREGORY BEECHAUM, JR. ‘18
OLIVIA FORTON ‘19
JACOB YARNELL ‘19
JOCELYN ENGLEHART ‘18
CHRISTIANNA MARTIN ‘16
OLIVIA FORTON ‘19
ABIGAIL BANKES ‘19
RACHEL STEVENSON ‘19
GREG MEILANDER ‘19
1 From the President 13 Faculty News 25 Trewon Marshall: From
Struggle to Strength
God and Neighbor: 15 New and Improved Programs
3 Dr. Lutitia Clipper ‘75 27 Athletic News
5 Alumni-Student Connection: 17 Foundational Concepts of Christian 29 In Memoriam
Melissa (Carolas) D’Angelo ‘06, MBA ‘09 Education - 50th Anniversary
30 Class Notes
7 Guests at Geneva: C.S. Lewis, Caleb 21 Campus News
Stegall and Lisa Sharon Harper
11 A Conversation with Dr. Esther 23 Aficionados: Honoring Christ
Lightcap Meek through the Arts
Please send feedback to [email protected] or Geneva Magazine, Geneva College, 3200 College Ave., Beaver Falls, PA 15010.
are important because we have
seen through life experience what
happens when you have 500- and
1,000-year flood scenarios because
of extreme rainfall rates per hour
resulting in home and highway
rescue and sometimes recovery.”
It was during this time Clipper
understood the impact she could
have through engineering.“It’s all
interconnected,” says Clipper.“It’s
never just busywork. People’s lives
are at stake and it matters.”
With an interest in the mechanics
of everyday items, Clipper focused
her energy on the environment and
wise stewardship of the resources
God has given us.This led her to
Peoples Natural Gas utility company
where she was responsible for the
development of natural gas vehicle
usage and refueling infrastructure in
God & Neighbor: Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Accomplishments from this time
The Impactful Service of Dr. Lutitia Clipper ‘75 include securing Pennsylvania Energy
Office funding to introduce the first
BY JESSICA DRISCOLL-OWENS ‘14 dedicated transit bus in AMTRAN
in Altoona, PA. She also worked to
Impactful, innovative, inspirational, energetic and provide natural gas in addition to
diesel, gasoline and propane at local Pennsylvania gas stations,
enabled by the Holy Spirit - these words represent the such as the one in Cranberry, UPS CNG vehicles and refueling
life goals of Dr. Lutitia Clipper ‘75.The word that most facility in New Stanton, and the Pitt Ohio company CNG
summarizes Clipper’s personal and professional life is vehicles and refueling facility in Harmar. Using natural gas for
impactful. transportation can reduce emissions and help the environment.
“I believe we need to be wise stewards of our environment, and
“(In my family) it wasn’t a question of what you were this is just one small but significant way that we can make a
going to do or how you were going to do it but that you difference,” explains Clipper.
were consistent and being impactful,” explains Clipper. Clipper’s impact on society through engineering did not stop
With a desire to surround herself with Christian values there. During this time, Peoples Gas underwent tremendous
and challenge herself in math and science, Clipper found change.“I became interested in better understanding how the
Geneva to be the perfect fit. culture at a company impacts leadership and how someone
“I wanted a career that would give me stability, as well as can be a leader at any level in their company,” Clipper says.
allow me to do new and different things,” recalls Clipper. These leadership questions brought her back to Geneva
Geneva’s engineering program met that challenge “ It wasn’t a question of
and exposed her to a full range of specialties: civil, what you were going to do or
mechanical, electrical and industrial engineering. how you were going to do it
After graduating from Geneva with a Bachelor’s
of Science in Engineering, Clipper was hired into
the company with which she interned during her
undergraduate studies. She worked as member of
a survey crew early on, then as a staff engineer on
hydrology projects as an assignment of the consulting but that you were consistent
engineering firm.“I remember asking myself how a 100-
year flood study would connect to today,” she recollects. and being impactful.”
“It was astounding to understand, though.These studies
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for answers where she earned a Master’s of Science in INTRODUCING THE 1848 SOCIETY
The 1848 Society is a community of Geneva College alumni
Her M.S. degree allowed her to take on new responsibilities, and friends who care deeply about Geneva and invest
and with her engineer’s mind, she enjoyed diagnosing annually in its mission of equipping students for faithful and
and adjusting the operational and cultural “nuts and bolts” fruitful service to God and neighbor—Pro Christo et Patria.
in other areas of the company. She became involved Membership consists of those who contribute a minimum of
in a number of special projects involving commercial $1,000 annually in support of Christ-centered higher education
customers in Pennsylvania and West Virginia to generate to Geneva College. Membership recognizes cumulative giving
revenue streams.“I had a very interesting career,” Clipper to the College during the fiscal year (June 1 to May 31).
summarizes. The 1848 Society recognizes five circles of giving. Each
circle bears a significant connection to Geneva’s history.
In 2008, Clipper earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education
Administrative and Policy Studies Social Comparative LEVELS OF GIVING
Analysis in Education from the University of Pittsburgh, and
once again defined a new way to make an impact. Coming (JUNE 1 TO MAY 31)
from a family that highly valued education, she was happy
to begin educating others.“It was a full circle moment $25,000 and beyond ����������������������������������������Old Main Circle
to come back to Geneva and teach in the Organizational $10,000 to $24,999 ���������������������������������������McCartney Circle
Leadership class that I participated in,” she says. $5,000 to $9,999 ������������������������������������������ Northwood Circle
$2,500 to $4,999 ����������������������������������������������Ferncliffe Circle
Clipper loves everything in the classroom from students’ $1,000 to $2,499 ����������������������������������������������Founders Circle
“lightbulb moments” to mentoring young adults.“To have this
opportunity is really a blessing,” she explains. BENEFITS OF ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP
Clipper has received numerous awards including: • Invitations to attend two briefings about the latest
developments and plans at Geneva College
• 1996 Geneva - Alumni DSA Award
• Invitations to the President’s Council dinner, The
• 2012 Doug East Breakfast Series Speaker Genevans’ Christmas concert and reception, and
The Genevans’ spring home concert and reception
• 2013 BusinessWomen First Honoree (Pittsburgh
Business Times) • Free admission to the Homecoming football game, “Oldies
Night,” “Songs from the Movies,” and jazz band concert
• 2013 Women in Natural Gas (WING) Award (Shale Media)
• The satisfaction of making a significant investment in
• 2013 Women in Excellence (New Pittsburgh Courier) Geneva College’s mission of equipping students for
faithful and fruitful service to God and neighbor
• 2016 Women in Energy Leadership Award (Pittsburgh
AUTHOR Business Times) To learn more about the 1848 Society,
Clipper is currently the CEO of Clipper Enterprises, LLC, visit Geneva.edu/give.
a consulting firm focused on developing collaborative
strategies for alternative fuel transportation. She also 800-847-6505 | [email protected]
serves as Project Manager of research, funded by the U.S.
Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration
investigating conversion of a marine vessel from diesel
power to natural gas.This impactful project also has an
impressive name, the First Inland United States Waterway
Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities Emissions Reduction
Research Demonstration Conversion of a Marine Vessel
Project. In addition, Clipper continues to teach in Geneva’s
Organizational Leadership program.
“It’s a blessing that someone can make a difference by what
they learn through a vocation,” she says.
Clipper’s career accomplishments, stewardship contributions
and knowledge-sharing exemplify a life of service to God and
neighbor and has been nothing short of impactful. G
Jessica Driscoll-Owens ’14 has a B.A. in
Communication from Geneva College. She currently
specializes in grant writing and public relations
management for Beatitude House in Youngstown,
Paying Forward with Business Insights
BY DANIEL DIETER
“It’s really important for alumni to share their stories with Raver says,“The Management Insights program is a high value
current students so they have a better idea of what to expect way to connect our junior and senior business and accounting
once they graduate and walk out the door,“ says Geneva alumna students with professionals.We are blessed by the many speakers
Melissa (Carolas) D’Angelo ‘06, MBA ‘09. who have given of their time and knowledge for the benefit of
D’Angelo currently works for energy multinational Chevron as our students.” He adds,“And the students are very eager to learn
more about what will come next in their lives.”
Performance Improvement Coordinator and has worked during
her entire early career in the energy industry. She will soon return
I come back to Genevato her position at the energy giant after a maternity leave to care
for her five-month-old twin boys. D’Angelo is also the mother of a
“ to talk to the studentstwo-year-old son and wife to her husband,David‘08.
Despite the busy nature of her life, D’Angelo accepted because it is important
an invitation several years ago from the Geneva Business
Department to come back to campus to speak to business
students after she completed her MBA. She has a standing to pay forward in young
invitation when the department offers the Management Insights
course, a one-credit class designed to give soon-to-be graduates a students’ lives today.”
look at the new world of business they will be entering.
“I come back to Geneva to talk to the students because it is D’Angelo notices this eagerness in the questions students ask.
important to pay forward in young students’ lives today,” D’Angelo One student asked about how her concentration in marketing
explains of her decision to return up to twice a year to offer affects the work she does in her job. She explained that even
her time and insight. She adds,“We had the same opportunity though she does not work directly in a marketing role, she
available to us when I was an undergraduate, and I found it to be recognizes marketing in everything she does. It plays a role in
very beneficial to hear real-life stories of alumni and to see who each of the positions she has held, from giving presentations to
they are now and how they play a role in the community.” motivating co-workers and working with customers.
Business professor Dr. Dan Raver explains that the Management Students ask about her undergraduate experience and how it
Insights class was started by Dr. Paul Arnold and Dr. Dick prepared her for her career. D’Angelo comments that getting her
Gordon as a lunch program enabling Geneva students to start in the energy industry was not her initial plan but that her
interact with working professionals. It evolved into a class led Geneva education prepared her well for the inevitable twists and
by Dr. Randy Nutter. turns of a career in business.
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“Even though my classes were not specifically geared toward the “Melissa has been a key, regular contributor. She brings Fortune
energy industry, my business degree at Geneva prepared me with 500 experience and small corporate experience and shares current
transferable skills that I was able to readily apply to my work in energy,” knowledge of business and the business environment in a very
she says.“I think the skills I learned could be used in any field of work practical way for our soon-to-be grads. Plus, she is one of our own
because they provide a problem-solving mentality and the relationship- as she earned both the BSBA and MBA from Geneva.”
building skills that could be an asset in D’Angelo is equally complimentary and
just about any situation.” appreciative of the business faculty. She
Students wonder what her work says her business professors focused on
entails.“I work with my co-workers to developing close relationships with their
identify performance improvement students in smaller class environments,
opportunities for our business, which complemented her learning style.
focusing on being competitive in the She tries to relate in the same way to the
development of the Marcellus Shale students she talks with each semester.
of the Appalachian Basin, found in She tells them to appreciate what they
Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, have at Geneva.
New York and Virginia,” she replies. “The professors at Geneva hold you
accountable. It matters to them if you
“It’s satisfying to know that we are show up for class and turn in assignments.
They want to invest in you and help you to
providing a product that people use be the best that you can be, and they really
every day.” care about you,”she says.” The faculty and
staff do support the students and invest
Geneva takes faithWhile current students in time into enriching students’ lives – that’s
something Geneva can be really proud of.”
the Insights class hear from
If Melissa D’Angelo is a measure, you can
“seriously and you willexperienced professionals in their
field, D’Angelo says there is an be challenged spiritually
unexpected benefit for alumni like
her who come back to campus.“It’s
always a time of reflection, to think no matter what f ield or add Geneva alumni to her list of interested
about how the Lord’s been good parties who invest into the lives of current
to me and for putting me in the profession you pursue.” students. “It’s a pleasure to come back to
right places at the right time for my campus to engage with business students
current walk. It’s really cool to see and to share the experiences – the ups
how all of the pieces have been put together.” and the downs – of the journey that I’ve been on,”she says.
Raver lauds the program and alumni like D’Angelo who get Along with her biannual talks to undergraduates in Management
involved in the preparation of his business and accounting Insights classes, D’Angelo will also appear in Geneva’s newest TV
students.“This is a great way to invite some of our alumni back commercial, premiering on a TV channel in your home or Geneva.edu
to the campus to connect with current Geneva students,” he says. very soon. G
New TV Spot Features Through her biography, alumna Melissa D’Angelo highlights
Outcomes the positive outcomes of her undergraduate business
education and her MBA program as she builds a career
A new Geneva College TV commercial is in production with in the energy industry. The TV spot also highlights various
a message that centers on how a Geneva undergraduate people and locations on campus.
education prepares professionals who excel in the workplace.
The commercial is geared towards traditional undergraduates. The commercial was shot on-location at Geneva in October
and is expected to air in local markets in the coming year
and during the Winter Olympics.
Is That Really C.S. Lewis? The Hon. Caleb Stegall ’93
Reading Our Unwritten
C.S. Lewis took the John White Chapel stage on Constitution
November 3 and 4, 2017. Seasoned with British humor,
actor David Payne’s one-man performance, My Life’s Kansas Supreme Court Justice and 1993 Geneva College
Journey: An Evening with C.S. Lewis, masterfully guided graduate, the Honorable Caleb Stegall spoke on Thursday,
the audience through the life of the beloved author. September 21, in Skye Lounge on “Reading Our Unwritten
Lewis endured tragedy – he lost his mother at the tender Constitution” in a presentation recognizing the 230th
age of nine, encountered the hard rod of a crazy boarding anniversary of the adoption of the United States Constitution.
school director, and experienced a love that grew softly,
blossomed, and then slipped away.Yet, underlying this Here are some excerpts from Justice Stegall’s September
dramatization was the ever present message of hope and 21 address. Full audio versions of “Reading Our Unwritten
thankfulness. Constitution” and his “What Is Law?” talk from September 22
are available at Geneva.edu/academics/lecture_audio.
Through this depiction of a life turned to Christ,
audience members were touched by a story that started “So what is an unwritten Constitution? To set the stage, I want
hopeless and bleak but with the grace of God, was you to think about something.What that something is we aren’t
transformed into a life full of hope, thanksgiving, joy quite sure, but think about something that sits above, behind or
and redemption. perhaps, within our written Constitution, giving it life.”
7 GENEVA MAGAZINE “Alexander Hamilton, one of our founding fathers, expressed
the views of the whole founding generation when he said
that what constitutes the American colonies is written
but it is not written on paper. He said the sacred rights of
man are not to be rummaged for in parchments or dusty
records.They are written as with the sunbeam on a whole
volume of human nature by the hand of divinity itself. I’m
sure some people in this audience will hear echoes of the
prophet Jeremiah perhaps.We’re talking about law written
on hearts.The Declaration of Independence itself appealed to
this same concept, the ancient constitution, as it lay claim to
the legality of our revolution.”
“There is a curious quality to written constitutionalism.This
quality or characteristic is its tendency to, over time, put
strains on, to put a burden on, if not to undermine the ability
of a society like ours – a heterogeneous, geographically large,
culturally diverse, religiously pluralist society – to live at
peace with itself.”
“This is the way that I think we can re-appropriate, if you
will, the notion of the unwritten constitution to serve as a
check against this tendency.
“St.Augustine talked about constitutions… He 2SP0RI1N8G
said that there are two ways that a people can be
constituted: they can be constituted according to justice LAURA PETTLER ‘97 FEBRUARY
or they can be constituted according to love. And a justice-
based constitution is a written constitution, in effect. It’s a Thursday, February 15 T H U R S D AY
constitution that says, according to Augustine,‘This is what “The American Cold Case Epidemic: Crime Scene
we agree is right.’And Augustine said there’s a whole different 15
way to constitute a people.And that is a constitution, in Staging in Domestic Violence Homicide”
our language of tonight, an unwritten one.And rather than Skye Lounge | 7 PM | Free
ordering what people do, rather than ordering their behavior,
it orders their desires. People can be constituted when they Dr. Laura Pettler is a Geneva alumna who has earned
come together around loved things held in common.” a national reputation as a forensic criminologist. Her
area of expertise is staged crime scenes in domestic
“And I want to suggest that focusing on this notion of violence homicide cases; however, she is well versed
an unwritten constitution as an effort to order desire by
articulating loved things held in common could actually bear in serial homicide, sexual homicide, bloodstain
quite a bit of fruit.And it doesn’t have to be fruit in a court pattern, and shooting reconstruction.
room or in legal theory. It can bear fruit in our society.”
IAIN DUGUID MARCH
Lisa Sharon Harper
Speaks of God’s Dominion Wednesday, March 21 W E D N E S D AY
Metheny Fieldhouse, Chapel | 10 AM | Free
Renowned speaker, writer and activist, Lisa Sharon Harper, 21
spoke to Geneva faculty, staff and students on November 10. Vos Lecture
“Is Jesus in the Old Testament?”
Harper told of her personal journeys, the image of God’s
governance, and what God’s and human dominion really Skye Lounge | 7 PM | Free
looks like. Looking into the early chapters of Genesis, she
spoke of the close relationship between man and God. The Rev. Dr. Iain Duguid (PhD, Cambridge) is
Reflecting this God-man connection, she explained, is professor of Old Testament at Westminster Theological
the relationship between man and nature. She described
what God’s governance looks like as well as what human Seminary. Dr. Duguid’s academic interests include
governance over nature should look and how we as various topics of Old Testament theology, and he has
human beings can have dominion over nature through
stewardship and care, rather than dominance and published scholarly and popular work on numerous
oppression. Old Testament books.
Harper is the author of TIMOTHY MOONEY
several books, including
The Very Good Gospel, Thursday, April 19
which earned the “Breakneck Hamlet”
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Englewood Review of
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A Conversation with Contact With Reality: Michael
Dr. Esther Lightcap Meek
Polanyi’s Realism and Why It Matters
BY GREGORY BEECHAUM, JR. (Cascade, 2017), the fifth published
work by Geneva Philosophy Professor
9 Dr. Esther Lightcap Meek, is a reflective
work that develops the concept of
realism found in her previous books,
Longing to Know:The Philosophy of
Knowledge for Ordinary People (Brazos,
2003); Loving to Know: Introducing
Covenant Epistemology (Cascade,
2011); and A Little Manual for Knowing
As a member of the Polanyi Society since
1990, Meek has dedicated her efforts to
understanding the work of the scientist-
turned-philosopher, Michael Polanyi. His
work and contribution to philosophy
focuses on realism through personal
discovery and epistemology, the study of
In the new book, Meek advances her
series of books on epistemology. Contact
With Reality consists of two parts:
her doctoral dissertation and her new
applied work. Meek explains that unlike
her previous books, this book is more
“I’m not sure if this book is a natural
sequel,” she equivocates regarding
Contact With Reality’s relation to her
earlier books. She does recognize a
transformation in herself from part one
to part two of the book. “I was a baby
skeptic [at the time of the dissertation],”
she states.“I wanted the book –
with its old and new – to show
that shift.” She describes herself
now as an “exuberant realist.”
She says,“I want the readers
to understand that this really
matters, and that modernity is an
anti-realist age. People today do
not trust modernity. My students
– when I have first used the word
‘reality’ – they want me to define
it. They just presume that you can
only use it to say, this is ‘my reality’ or
‘your reality.’ They’ve taken the word
and made it subjective.We think we can
make reality whatever we want, which
means we don’t trust it to be there for
us.We think we are supposed to
make it up.”
Meek’s Contact With Reality
challenges the “anti-realism”
perspective of modern Western
culture and its contributions to
doubt, skepticism, relativism and
Meek says anti-realism can result it will take them way beyond the understandable.
from several motivations. She
explains,“Anti-realism can be “But the feeling they should get when reading my books is
motivated by fear. But power and more the feeling of reconnection with yourself,” she explains.
control can motivate it, as well.
I’ve heard foremost scientists Being in the image of God,
say about their work, that their our better nature wins out,
claims just summarize data rather than witnessing to an and we don’t consistently
unknowable reality.This can be because we want the live out the anti-realism
control that certainty brings.” we often voice.”
She continues,“But being in the image of God, our better
nature wins out, and we don’t consistently live out the anti-
realism we often voice.”What Dr. Meek’s work offers is a
Polanyi-inspired account of knowing as communion with
“an abundantly generous and endlessly interesting real.
Two big questions have drawn Meek ever since her youth:
How do I know that God exists? And, How do I know that
there is a world outside my mind?
For Meek, the process of writing this book was like writing
the others, and like a creator’s process.“But for me, the act of
writing is my philosophizing; that’s when I make discoveries
and breakthroughs in understanding.That’s exciting.”
Through working through this fourth book on the topic, Ultimately, she hopes this concept of realism and reading all
she completed her effort to answer those philosophical her books bring much-needed, deep philosophical healing,
questions that had gripped her for decades, which made it and restoration of reality.This is something that Dr. Meek takes
really special.“The monkey fell off my back. I felt it when joy in bringing to readers. She explains that for those who
I finished writing the last
chapter, and it felt so good,” do read there is this natural
she laughs.“Now I’m finally process where struggle
ready to begin new ventures!” resides and that’s necessary.
Meek understands that Meek definitely sees the
people don’t exactly fruit of her labor flourish
gravitate to reading in the lives of those who
philosophy. She jokes about stumble across it.
quickly getting over her
initial hope that publishing “I have learned to stop
a philosophy book would looking for fireworks and
make her famous on the celebrate the people that
spot;“there would be come in contact with
fireworks and celebration.” In reality through my books,”
fact, she says, a lot of people she concludes,“Touching
hear the topic and fear that just one person has infinite
LINDA SUMNER ’91, MBA ’15, DR. RICHARD TALBERT & DR. JOEL WARD,
Was inducted into Geneva College’s Athletic Hall of Fame
for her career as a soccer player in the late 80s and early Led communication major students to the 2017 PA
90s. Sumner finished her Geneva career as a player as the Communication Assocation (PCA) conference where two
school’s all-time leading scorer with 66 goals. She still ranks Geneva students placed in a first-place tie for best
second on Geneva’s all-time list today having earned NAIA undergraduate paper, Natalyn Chamberlain and Erika
All-American status along the way. She has served as Kaufmann. Geneva communication alumnus Michael
Geneva’s head women’s soccer coach for the past 10 years Kearney ’17 placed first in the graduate paper competition.
and is now also teaching in Geneva’s business department.
GARY DUNDA, PHYSICAL EDUCATION Talbert participated in a 100-mile bike ride in support of
M.S. research in August 2017.
Earned his 100th career victory as a Geneva College men’s
soccer coach on October 28 with a win against Alfred
State. Coach Dunda has led Geneva to four PAC title
games and helped Geneva earn its first PAC championship
DR. JENNIFER CARTER ’06, REGISTRAR DR. SHANNAN SHIDERLY ‘94 & PROF. CALEB
THOMPSON ’11, MS ’13, COUNSELING
Presented “An Examination of Religious Struggle Among
Undergraduates Attending Evangelical Institutions” at Presented a paper, “Forged in Fire: One Program’s
the annual meeting of the American Education Research Journey to CACREP Re-accreditation under the 2016
Association, San Antonio, TX, April 2017. Standards,” at Association of Counselor Education and
Supervision (ACES) Conference, Chicago, IL, October
She also co-authored the chapter, “Civic Responsibility 2017. Thompson was also certified as a Provider of
Development Among College Students: How Is It Different Mental Health First Aid, July 2017.
by Student Race?” in the book, Cultural Awareness and
Competency Development in Higher Education, published DR. BYRON CURTIS ’76, BIBLICAL STUDIES
in 2017 by IGI Global.
Was appointed Old Testament editor for a new journal, The
Greystone Theological Review. He also taught the Old
Testament at a seminary in North Africa in June 2017.
PROF. MATTHEW FUSS ’94, MBA ’04, BUSINESS
Presented a paper, “Reciprocity as the New (Old) Paradigm
in Business,” at the Northeastern Association of Business,
Economics and Technology Conference, October 2017.
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REV. RUTLEDGE ETHERIDGE, CHAPLAIN DR. LYNDA SZABO ‘85, ENGLISH
Co-wrote and co-presented with Dr. Esther Meek a paper,
Was contracted to write “God Breathed,” an introduction “Beauty in Exile in Higher Education,” at the Eastern
and overview of the nature, purpose and content of Regional CCL conference, March 2017.
scripture aimed at young adults with no experience or a
negative experience with the Bible. DR. ELIZABETH BELCASTRO & DR. KAREN SCHMALZ
Published a co-authored article about the Special
Education internship program at Geneva in Educational
Practice & Reform Journal, October 2017.
2017 Excellence in Part-Time Teaching
Award - Prof. Lauraine Key
DR. DAVID ESSIG, BIOLOGY 2017 Excellence in Full-Time Teaching
Award – Dr. Frederick “Jay” Neikirk
Co-presented four papers with four undergraduate students
at the 38th Annual Western Pennsylvania Biology Research 2017 Excellence in Scholarship
Symposium, April 2017. Award – Dr. Eric Miller
2017 Outstanding Service
Award - Dr. Bradshaw Frey ‘73
DR. DARYL SAS, BIOLOGY UNDERGRADUATE GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS
Geneva College is pleased to announce increases in the
Coauthored the article, “CRISPR-CAS9: The Latest Fashion number and amount of Grants & Scholarships for new
in Designer Babies,” in Ethics & Medicine, 2017 along with undergraduate students.To receive priority consideration,
alumna Hannah Martin ’14. students should apply for admission and be accepted to
Geneva before December 31.
DR. BRIAN YOWLER, BIOLOGY The list of grants & scholarships includes:
• Academic Scholarships - from $12,000 to $16,000 a year
Co-presented “Identification of • Church Affiliation Grant* - $2,500 a year
a pseudogene in Drosophila • Christian/Homeschool Grant* - $2,500 a year
ficusphila using comparative • Ohio Choice Grant - $2,000 a year
genomics,” with undergraduate • Beaver County Scholarship - $2,000 a year
Belle Henry at 4th Biannual • Beaver Falls High School Grant - guaranteed to meet need
Undergraduate Bioinformatics Check for details at Geneva.edu/grants_scholarships.
Education Conferences, April
2017. *Student may receive only one of the three awards in this category.
New & Improved Programs
The Geneva College Board of Trustees approved a new Earlier this year, Geneva signed a new articulation agreement
program for nursing in cooperation with the Community with the Community College of Beaver County (CCBC)
College of Beaver County (CCBC).An agreement is in strengthening the connection between CCBC’s Aviation
development with the two schools joining forces to offer a Associate’s degree program and Geneva College’s Business and
strong program. Missions bachelor’s degree programs.
The Nursing program will soon begin accepting applications “Students will have numerous options for meaningful service
for admission with a targeted start of classes in Fall 2018. In in the aviation professions, management or wherever they go.
cooperation with CCBC, Geneva College has developed a four- Literally, the sky is the limit,” says Dr. Denise Murphy-Gerber,
year program by which a student may earn the Associate in Business chair.
Nursing degree (ADN) from CCBC and the Bachelor of Science
in Nursing (BSN) from Geneva. Students who complete the The agreement enables Geneva College students to pursue
ADN requirements at CCBC are eligible to sit for the national specified programs of study in aviation sciences at CCBC. It
licensure exam (NCLEX-RN). permits students at CCBC who are in aviation programs to
easily transfer credits to Geneva and graduate with the Bachelor
Students enrolled in this program may reside at Geneva during of Science in Business Administration or the Bachelor of Arts
all four years, with student payments made directly to Geneva. in Missions at Geneva College. Graduates of these dual-degree
programs enter the world of work with an Aviation Associate’s
We will keep you up-to-date on the Nursing program at degree from CCBC and a Bachelor’s degree in Business
Geneva.edu/nursing as soon as an agreement is signed. Administration or Missions from Geneva. And students can
pair aviation with other areas of interest outside of business or
missions by taking advantage of Geneva’s Independent major.
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Students in the Business/Aviation program choose from one of Computer Information Systems
With the addition of the Computer
• Professional Pilot Information Systems (CIS) program at
Geneva College, students now have an
• Air Traffic Control option to develop a solid grasp on both
the technical skills of programming and
• Aerospace Management networking and the practical acumen
needed in business.
• Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV or Drone) “The program is a blend between traditional
computer science information courses and
Missions/Aviation program students have two concentration business,” says Professor of Computer Science
choices: Dr. Gordon Richards.“There is a large need for
people who possess skills in both of those areas,
• Professional Pilot and because of that need we added the program
here at Geneva.”
• Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV or Drone) Programming and system development are
generating demand in the job market today. Many
Geneva’s partnership with CCBC has always been an attractive of the students coming out of the Computer
program for students who have the opportunity to learn Information Systems program will start as business
from some of the best instructors in the world, since CCBC’s analysts where they will determine requirements and
aviation program is the #1 aviation training program in the develop specifications for systems, or they may start
nation. Now, the increased coordination between the two out testing software in quality assurance and move into
Beaver County schools makes the process nearly seamless for software development, systems analysis and design activities as
students. they gain experience.The CIS program is perfectly positioned
to help them.
While many aviation programs can cost students well over The computer information systems program is expected to
$200,000, Geneva’s partnership with CCBC provides a world- draw new students, but Richards says current students might
class course of study that can often cost less than half of those also find it interesting.“We will discuss the options with
programs, achieving greater accessibility for students of all students who are early in their degree progress and those
means. who will be coming with us in the future,” says Richards.“A
student who completed their first year here, or maybe even a
In addition, students in the program can qualify for the year and a half, can still look in the direction of the Computer
Restricted Airline Transport Pilot License, which will allow Information Systems major.”
students to get hired by an airline with fewer flight hours
because they are in the college program. 16
Get more information on the Aviation / Business, Aviation
/ Missions or Aviation / Independent Major dual-degree
programs at Geneva.
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of Foundational Concepts
of Christian Education
BY DANIEL DIETER
On the 50th anniversary of the adoption of The Calvin L.Troup:We are so thankful for your time and
especially for helping us institutionally to recollect on
Foundational Concepts of Christian Education by the important things about Foundational Concepts that are
Geneva College Board of Trustees, Dr. Calvin L.Troup, going to be really important to the community but also to
President of Geneva College, sat down to talk about this students.What are some of the memories you have of the
watershed moment with four of the original seven joint development of the Foundational Concepts? How long did
committee members who developed it. it take to put it together?
Commissioned by the Reformed Presbyterian Church of James Carson: I graduated from Geneva in 1950, graduated
North America, Foundational Concepts was pivotal in from the seminary in ’53, had my first charge out in
renewing the Christian identity of the college, rejuvenating Portland, Oregon and came back in ’58, which was just at
the mission and vision for Christian higher education at the time that Ed Clarke had become president.That was
Geneva. A joint committee of the Board of Corporators a time when there was still the question,“Where was the
and Board of Trustees developed the document, which was college going?” It was a time when nobody really knew
adopted on October 26, 1967. the direction, so you had people wondering,“Where is this
going?” and “What’s happening?” But at the same time, there
JOINT COMMITTEE MEMBERS was quite a renewal of interest in Christian education.
Dr. James D. Carson ‘50, chair – Dr. Carson, an ordained Jean Hemphill:The college didn’t have any real foundation
Reformed Presbyterian pastor (retired), served on the upon which we were basing our actions, our thinking. It
Geneva College Board of Trustees from 1976 to 1991. was important for us to put down what we really believed
and what we were working toward.
Mrs. Jean Hemphill ’43 – Mrs. Hemphill served on the Board
of Trustees from 1967 to 1994 as its secretary and as the Ken Smith: I was in Christian education full time. I got
secretary of the Joint Committee developing Foundational assigned to make the original draft. I sweat that out. I read
Concepts. a lot of books including Rushdooney’s The Messianic
Character of American Eduation, which impacted me
Dr. Kenneth G. Smith ‘49 – Dr. Smith is an ordained pastor quite a bit. But, I didn’t know what to do – how to bring
who was on the Board of Trustees from 1976 to 1993 and a draft of something like that. So, I went to (J.G.) Vos and I
the Board of Corporators from 1982 to 1988. told him what my problem was. I was supposed to come
up with some kind of draft; and he gave me the first set –
Dr. John H.“Jack”White ’58 – Dr.White is President Emeritus he gave us the basic outline of how to put it together with
of Geneva College, serving from 1992 to 2005 and as a part those succinct statements. So, that’s how the draft came
of Geneva Administration from 1970 to the present. He was into being, and then it was worked over by the committee.
a Trustee from 1966 to 1971 and a member of the Board of
Corporators until 1980. TROUP: So,Vos was involved?
Other members of the committee, now deceased, included SMITH: He was.Well, he set the whole course once he
Dr. John O. Edgar ‘31, J.R. Patterson ‘43 and Dr. J. Merrill had put me on track like that. I now knew what to do as a
Robb ‘29. Faculty Consultants, also now deceased, were Dr. follow through to finish it. But it was the whole committee
Stewart M. Lee ‘49, Dr. Howard Mattsson-Bozé and Dr. Robert agreeing on it.
HEMPHILL: I just remember the basic beginnings of it when
(Opposite: Clockwise From Top Left) Jean Hemphill, Dr. John H. White, we would work on it, and I would take it home and prepare
Dr. Kenneth G. Smith and Dr. James D. Carson the notes and then we would work on it some more…
I remember meeting in the basement of the College Hill
Church, and I can’t remember whether all the meetings were
there or not. But I remember sitting around the table there. significant thing that happened during my 23, 24 years of
Jack White: There were two or three years in the formation administration here at Geneva was something that I, frankly,
of it.The thing that I remember most is at least two faculty opposed,” Now I think that is an overstatement; I think he
meetings where the draft was distributed.This was Dr. was really saying,“I wasn’t sort of enthusiastic in promoting
Clarke’s method along with Willard McMillan - we owe him a this and carrying it along and that is the Foundational
bit of gratitude. I don’t remember many revisions. Do you, Jim? Concepts.”That is Ed Clarke in a nutshell, humble, willing to
CARSON: No, I think it was largely a process by which it be transparent and honest, and that’s the Ed Clarke that all
was simply added onto step-by-step until we had the whole of us know and love and respect, who under his presidential
thing.We figured that whatever the outcome of the process administration, the Foundational Concepts took root and
would be, there would be enough time for revisions. But blossomed into what you have today, Calvin, as you’re here
three years came and went and revisions were very minor. as president.
Dr. Clarke was nervous… Even though he had said this is
what he wanted, he was nervous about what this committee TROUP:That’s a wonderful story because if you read his
was going to do. So, we made a deal that after every meeting inaugural address, you would think that he might well have
we would take material directly back to Dr. Clarke.With almost authored the Foundational Concepts on his own. His
our permission, he had his own set of faculty members as inaugural address is a wonderful preamble almost to what
kind of a backup team. So, material from us was going to the happens in Foundational Concepts, but in fact, he was not
president, then to the faculty group, and from them back to one who was actually active in getting it through, although
the president, back to us. Instead of having a seven-member he did implement it in significant ways.
group, we really had a 12-, 13-, 14-member group that was
working on this. It smoothed out the whole operation. It WHITE: He did and I had the privilege of serving in his
wasn’t the kind of thing where you would just get a first administration and the kind of thing that he would do is
draft and go through it. encourage those things rather than lead in the starkest sense
TROUP: I have to tell you that I would much rather have of leading. Remember, he built the Fieldhouse, the Student
the Foundational Concepts as part of our heritage than Center, built all the residence halls, purchased the Geneva
one more building that people fondly remember or any Arms building. He didn’t mention the buildings or the
particular experience that they have had with us. Because increase in academic standards here at Geneva, but he did
mention Foundational Concepts.
the impact of a Geneva education is normally felt five to
10 years after leaving the place, when they need it.And SMITH:The document gave Geneva a foundation that was
there’s something deep and abiding and faithful in the articulated in terms of Christian education.
education that travels well. So that we have things that It had a foundation, certainly, it always
Geneva students, Geneva alums take with them that have had, but it had never articulated what is
to do with the transforming work of Christ as teacher in Christian education. I think there was a
the hearts of students that study here. climate in the country among Christians.
WHITE: Dr. Clarke said at his retirement dinner,“The most The homeschool movement started
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something happening in the church that
flavored this… the RP church was going
through another dimension, too, and that
is when many of us at a young age were
learning what it meant to be in a union
with Christ.And that was an influence
that was coming in from outside the
church. Dr.Wayne Spear and I sat down
and talked about the two main influences
in the church over the last 50 years. One
of them was the influence of Christian
education through J.G Vos and the other
was the influence of the Navigators as a result of their work
with Billy Graham.That touched many of us, changed us
immensely. So, I can look at Foundational Concepts and see
it personally, not just intellectually.And that was going on, it
was going on on campus, it was going on in seminary. And I
think it has had a profound influence on the church.
TROUP: One of the interesting things for us about
Foundational Concepts is that it doesn’t read as an old
document; it still has a freshness and a currency today. That has flipped radically and wonderfully. I would say 90%,
What are some of the reasons you think that Foundational maybe more, of today’s students have chosen to come to
Concepts can continue to provide guidance to the college? Geneva because either their parents want them to have it or
they themselves want to have a Christ-centered, Biblically-
SMITH:Well, I think it’s basically because of the format that directed education.That was not true in the Geneva of
Vos gave us.Terse, summary statements, not to be debated, the 50s and even somewhat in the 60s when your dad
and that’s theology. (PR director W. Lee Troup) came to join the team to help
us make it a vital part of the DNA of Geneva. Secondly,
WHITE: It’s consummate J.G Vos - simple, straightforward, the faculty is radically committed to developing a Biblical
but profound in its simplicity.That is exactly what I was
thinking. worldview. Frankly, that was not the case back in those
early years.They were great, wonderful men, but this whole
HEMPHILL:The average idea of talking about how the Bible, the worldview of the
layman can understand it Bible relates to your academic discipline, especially if it’s an
without having to have it academic discipline like rhetoric or like one of the sciences
explained to them. or something like that, was just almost a foreign language.
It’s not that way now, and that’s been a wonderful thing.
CARSON: I was giving that God has been wonderful in preserving and maintaining and
a bit of a thought the other heightening the DNA reality of the Foundational Concepts
night, thinking about the HEMPHILL: I’m just thankful for the Foundational Concepts,
change of the culture in and I think it was very important that we worked on those
the last 50 years, which when we did. I think it’s important that the college holds to
is enormous. I think it is them. Part of what I’m thankful for is a good, solid faculty that
so important that people we have.The commitment to teaching the truth, faithfulness
in their high school years to the Scriptures... Pro Christo et Patria. I think it helps us to
hopefully coming up, Geneva particularly, would emphasize remain faithful to our commitment to the Lord. G
the source of this that it isn’t just a statement that we’ve
made up out of the blue.This is a biblical statement of
who God is and who He wants you to be. I think that has a
tremendous power in our current age.
WHITE:The prescient providence of God leading with the
Holy Spirit that caused us to use the word “inerrancy” just
amazes me. Inerrancy was not used much in the late 50s,
early 60s; it wasn’t the issue. It became the issue and is the
issue today, whether you are going to believe and follow the
Bible or not.Whether you trust the accuracy and reliability
of the Bible will always be the point.
TROUP:What do you think has been the impact of
Foundational Concepts in the life of the college?
WHITE: I would say that most of the students were not here
in the 1950s because it was a Christ-centered institution.
Fiftieth Year of Core Curriculum The curriculum centered on worldview questions:
One of the many lasting impacts of Foundational Concepts 1. How can man understand himself and his world?
was the development of a Christian liberal arts core
curriculum, which will conclude its 50th academic year 2. How does the individual relate to the state?
in May.To develop this curriculum, the college appointed
three faculty members to a Core Curriculum Commission: 3. How does the individual relate to the cosmos?
Dr.Theodore McMillion, Dr.Art Fleser and Dr.Ann Paton.
Paton was joined by Dr. Howard Mattsson-Bozé and Prof. 4. How does creative man express through the arts his
Elizabeth Douglas in writing the new curriculum – a four cultural values and his prevailing world-view?
semester sequence of courses required of all Geneva
students and launched in 1968. The structure and content of Geneva’s Christian liberal arts
core has been modified numerous times over the past 49 years;
however, it continues to build students’ capacity for practical
reasoning, creative thinking and personal character, and
remains central to a Geneva education.
Meet Cliff McNary, Jr., He developed his unique
Geneva’s New Director of expertise in professional
Gift Planning positions at BlueVase
Cliff McNary is the new Director of Gift Planning. With NationsBank, PNC,
a strong background in financial and estate planning, and CIGNA Individual
McNary will assist alumni and friends of Geneva College Financial Services. In
with a variety of gift planning strategies throughout the addition, he was the
giving process. Co-Founder, Managing
Director & CCO of Fusion
McNary arrived at Geneva following a successful stint Investment Group.
as Director of Development at West Virginia University’s
College of Physical Activity & Sport Sciences (CPASS). McNary received a
He previously served as the Director of Special Gifts at bachelor of Business
Grove City College. Administration and Management from Southern Methodist
University (Dallas, TX). He also earned a diploma in
Systematic Theology from Moody Bible Institute (Chicago, IL).
Geneva Sponsors A Glorious The Drowsy Chaperone
Christmas Tour of Top CCM
Musicians The Geneva Theater program staged their production of
The Drowsy Chaperone, a musical comedy by Bob Martin
Geneva College is sponsoring A Glorious Christmas Tour at and Don McKellar with music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert
PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA on December 15, 2017. and Greg Morrison.
The tour will feature GRAMMY® award-winning artists For
King and Country, Rebecca St. James and Casting Crowns. Under the direction of Mindy Williams, eight performances
took place at the Bagpiper Theater in October and
Geneva College is offering discounted tickets at a cost November. The musical featured seniors Benjamin Kennedy
of $26 per person available online at Geneva.edu/ as Robert Martin, the dashing groom; Kianna Skal as Janet
glorioustour. Along with a discounted ticket, attendees Van De Graff, the glamorous bride; Abby Preston as the
will receive a free Geneva mini flashlight. Current Geneva bride’s drowsy chaperone; Regan Scott as Mrs. Tottendale,
students can receive a larger discount through the Center the forgetful hostess; Tyler Piper as Mr. Feldzieg, the harried
for Student Engagement. producer; and Caitlin Radziewski as the Woman in Chair,
the audience’s guide throughout the show.
A Glorious Christmas Tour is an excellent addition to
Christmas or Advent activities for families. The concert will McKenna Pontoli and Melanie Katip provided choreography
feature Christmas music, brand new songs and the biggest and musical direction. The show transported the audience
hits from top acts in contemporary Christian music. to another world full of color, music, glamor and fun. With
multiple sold out nights, this musical was highly popular with
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its side-splitting jokes, glamorous costumes and delightfully
catchy songs, it had a meaningful message.
2017 Homecoming Court Tim Weir (Engineering) and Aubrey Milroy (English with
Secondary Education) represented the sophomore class.
The 2017 Homecoming King and Queen, Ethan Stahl
(Engineering) and Hannah Kelly (Chemistry with Secondary The junior class was represented by Gregg Meliander
Education), were crowned at halftime of the Golden (Engineering) and Student Body President Paige Wintermute
Tornadoes’ football game on November 7. Along with the (Psychology and Human Services).
royal couple, the Homecoming Court was announced and
honored. In addition to the Homecoming King and Queen, the
senior class was represented by couples, Christian Baybutt
Representing the freshman class were Jory Detwiler (Computer (Engineering) and Gina Christopherson (PK-4 Education and
Science) and Emma Govachini (Engineering). PK-8 Special Education); Malachi (Biology) and Mary Price
(Human Services); and Ethan Huston (Communication) and
Kianna Skal (Human Services).
Athletic Hall of Fame Join the Genevans for
Class of 2017 Inducted their 80th Anniversary
Tour in Europe
Geneva College welcomed 12 members of the
Athletic Hall of Fame class of 2017 during Hall of You are cordially invited to travel abroad
Fame weekend on November 4. with the Genevans on their “Soli Deo
The 2017 Geneva College Athletic Hall of Fame Gloria” international tour. Departing
class spans nearly 90 years with representation Monday, May 7, and returning home
from eight different sports. Following is the list of inductees for 2017: Wednesday, May 23, they will travel
• Chelle (Simons) Fuss – Women’s Basketball/Women’s Softball (1990-93) to Northern Ireland, Germany, Czech
• Tim Lee - Men’s Soccer (1983-87) Republic and Austria.
• Michele (Marchi) Powell – Women’s Track and Field (1989-92)
• Claire and Melba Merriman – Support (1929 Graduates) The Genevans will share God’s word
• Justin Myers – Football (1996-99) through music in churches, schools, historic
• Daryl Patten – Baseball (1985-88) locations and public spaces. Their prayer
• Nancy (Paxton) Gary – Women’s Basketball (1984-88) is that God will use their music to bring
• Jerry Slocum – Coach – Men’s Basketball (1987-96) encouragement to local Christians, bring
• Gene Sullivan – Coach – Football (1976-92) others to a saving knowledge of Christ and
• Linda (Neinhuis) Sumner – Women’s Soccer (1987-91) open their eyes to the needs of the world.
• Tom Tommelleo – Football (1976-80)
• Stan Yukica – Men’s Basketball (1953-56) For details about how you can support or
join the tour, contact Dr. David Kenneth
Smith, conductor of the Genevans, at
Honoring Christ Through the Arts
“Although permeated by darkness,
the darkroom is centered upon
a return to ‘light’ and ‘seeking’
as precious, latent images will
undergo a transf igurative
process, revealing themselves
in a glorious fashion.”
- Prof. William Kofmehl III
The Beauty of the Dark BY OLIVIA FORTON ‘19
Geneva recently installed its first official darkroom – strange, in an and fix the final piece of photo paper, watching with excitement
era in which digital technology makes photography fast and cheap. as the image emerges from the blank, emotionless page. Once the
Film is considered obsolete, a thing of the past. Recently, however, darkness turns to light, the mystery of the darkroom turns to wonder,
there has been a rebirth of film photography, punctuated by Kodak’s and I visualize a marvelous picture created seemingly from nothing.
announcement earlier this year of its decision to once again manufacture
Ektachrome film, which was discontinued in 2012. Geneva is joining Although time-consuming, the completion of this process is valuable for
this film revival. anyone interested in pursuing photography. As a digital native, images
are easily attainable and disposable; I took over 6,000 digital images
I am enrolled in a the black and white photography class offered by on a trip in May with Geneva’s Rome Experience. At that volume,
Geneva. I am gaining an understanding of the origins of photography images begin to lose their value.
and the conceptual framework for the numerous processes that go into
creating a film print photograph. With film, however, every image becomes precious because
each picture is invested with money, effort and time. In an era of
With no film photography experience, I was exposed to the magic immediacy, this extended process also develops valuable qualities
of the darkroom for the first time this fall. Stepping into the darkroom and skills in the photographer that can extend to other areas of
seems like stepping into a void. Slowly my eyes adjust from the life, such as patience, craftsmanship, artistry and care. Rather than
lighted hallway outside. The surrounding air feels cool as I fumble in snapping shots randomly, it forces the photographer to think deeply
blind attempts to cut and wind the film around a reel in preparation about each click of the shutter, developing intentionality in each and
for development. Once complete, I return to the dark for enlarging, every frame.
where the warm glow of the “safe light” vanquishes the darkness,
illuminating the precise movements of my fingers and the empty Now when I see a photo, I see an item of worth, an item that cost
canvas. Surrounded by the tangy smell of chemicals, I develop much, developing in me an appreciation for the photographers of the
past and the grassroots of the field I have come to love.
Telling Geneva’s Story in Photos I love individual shots because I get
to focus on one person; it’s a big
Geneva College’s commitment to photography is also evident with the responsibility to record a person
addition of Christy (Razete ’16) Martin, who recently joined the Public visually. You have to be accurate and
Relations and Marketing Services Department. show them in their best light.
MARTIN: I think about who will see the photos I’m taking every time There are plenty of opportunities for
I shoot, and I take photos of people daily, so I have to be able to student photographers to get involved
communicate effectively. As I walk around campus, I think about how on campus. The Public Relations office
I can document who Geneva is visually. My photos should portray the is always looking to use interns for
personality of the college and the student body, which is important not photographing the many events on
only for archival purposes, but to the world looking in. campus, portraits and other photo or
video shoots that are planned. Also, I
I try to show what campus is really like: smiling people, friends always think that it’s a good idea for
talking, professors teaching, beautiful buildings. When a prospective young creatives to have other creative
student sees a small window into Geneva via a postcard or brochure friends that they can bounce ideas off
in the mail, I want them to imagine themselves here! of, critique, and collaborate with.
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“ As an education major, I am very aware of all
that it takes to develop and carry out exceptional
educational experiences with students. One day,
I hope to be like so many of the teachers at Geneva.
They have truly made a difference in my life, and
I want to have the same impact in my students’
lives. I know without donors who play a role in my
Geneva education, this opportunity would not have
been possible. I want to sincerely say ‘thank you!’
to all of you.” GFenunedva
- Britteny Douglas ’18
Your generosity is so
Alumni like you help students have their eyes opened
and their hopes and dreams awakened through a
Christ-centered education.Your financial support to
Geneva helps future teachers like Britteny prepare
to enter classrooms with the Gospel truth, reaching
out to another generation for God’s glory.
The Geneva Fund is essential to equip students to
faithfully serve both God and neighbor by spreading
the Good News wherever they go.
Every area of life at Geneva is greatly impacted by
this fund. Your gift to the Geneva Fund prepares
students for a wide-range of vocations.
Almost all students at Geneva receive some form
of financial aid, which makes a Christ-centered
education possible. Reach those who need it most
through scholarships funded by your generous gifts
From Struggle to Strength
BY CHRIS MATHEWS
with a cousin’s friend was the catalyst of change. “
Marshall was introduced to a young lady named Taylor,
The most difficult things to worry about for most 14-year- someone whom the Lord would use to change his life.
The two quickly became friends and eventually started
old kids are generally the algebra quiz the next day in math dating.Taylor was stability for Marshall, something he did
class, what to wear for school and how many likes their most not have up to that point in his life.Taylor and her family
recent Instagram photo garnered. Geneva’s junior running back recognized Marshall’s need for a better environment, so
Trewon Marshall had far more significant things on his mind at they invited him to come live with them at the beginning
that age. He was concerned about where he was sleeping that of his sophomore year in high school. He gladly accepted.
night and where his next meal was coming from.
Along with his new address, Marshall also began to join
Marshall was raised in Ambridge, PA, and by the time he turned Taylor’s family each week at New Hope Community
14, his life was headed in the wrong direction. His father, who Church, and there the Lord began to change his heart.
hadn’t played a significant role in his life, was incarcerated, and While he had heard of God growing up, he did not give
his relationship with his mother had become more than a bit faith a second thought. But after six months of attending
rocky. He looked for any means possible, including crime, to New Hope, Marshall was baptized and got involved in
help provide for himself. the worship team.
In the midst of Marshall’s chaotic and difficult life, the Lord was After spending his freshman year at Ambridge, Marshall
watching over and protecting him. An unexpected encounter started attending the school in the district of his new
residence, Quaker Valley.As a sophomore, he immediately
became a starter on the varsity football team. Marshall was
a slot receiver in the spread offense, and his talent was
beginning to attract the attention of coaches from several
area colleges, including some small Division I schools.
By Marshall’s senior year, he knew
he wanted to find a place to play
football in college, but he also knew
he needed a strong community that
would help him develop, not only as a
football player, but more importantly
as a student and as a man. He heard
about Geneva College when an
assistant coach contacted him during his
junior year, but even then, he didn’t realize
that there were colleges that maintained
a faithful Christian testimony throughout
all their campus and community.When
he paid a campus visit to Geneva as a
young man desiring to play football and to
grow in Christ, he knew exactly where he
needed to be.
Even a sure thing can start out awkward,
and that’s how Marshall’s first year went.
He had never lived in a large community
where people cared, not just about what
he did on the football field, but about
Trewon Marshall, the person.“Everywhere
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I looked, people wanted to help me,” he Marshall began to excel in the classroom, as well. He focused
recalls.“That’s not something I had for most more on academics as he pursued a computer science degree
of my life growing up, and it was a little with an eye toward a career in web development. He began
overwhelming at first.” to realize the significance of being a part of the Geneva
community, and how to enjoy college life in God-honoring
In his sophomore year, Marshall really ways without partying or other similar activities. He became
started to feel at home. Head Football even more active in his church as a worship leader.And in the
Coach Geno DeMarco was implementing summer following his sophomore year, he married Taylor.“The
a run-heavy, triple option offense, and Lord used her to change me,” Marshall says.“If it wasn’t for
he asked Marshall to move from his slot Taylor, I don’t know where I’d be right now. I know I wouldn’t
position as a receiver to a featured fullback. be here, and I wouldn’t be the man of God I’ve become.”
Coach DeMarco didn’t have to ask Marshall
twice. He realized it represented an It’s safe to say Coach DeMarco is quite pleased to have Marshall
opportunity to show his true talents, and he on the football field. In his junior season, Marshall put together
was immediately onboard.After assuming a one of the more statistically dominant rushing seasons in recent
complementary role as a freshman receiver, Geneva history. Halfway through the season, Marshall was
he became an integral part of the rushing attack. leading the nation in rushing with over 200 yards per game.
“ Everywhere I looked, Even after facing the toughest teams in
people wanted to help me. the President’s Athletic Conference (PAC)
and suffering through some bumps and
T hat’s not something I had bruises over the last five games, he was
still selected as a first team all-conference
for most of my life, and it was running back and led the PAC in rushing
with 1,520 yards. Marshall, along with the
a little overwhelming high performing offensive line, dominated
the PAC in rushing offense production
at f irst.” with an average of 314.5 yards on the
ground per game. Marshall also scored 13
For all of Marshall’s gridiron success, it’s
never been ultimately about football to
him.And that’s where Geneva College
has proven so pivotal. He says,“What
you learn here, it’s so important. It’s
more than football. It’s the family you
gain. It’s the community you have
around you. I can talk to anybody about
anything. People here, they just care.
Coming here, it has shaped my life
BY CHRIS MATHEWS
Celebrating Athletic Excellence
Gib McCracken MEN’S SOCCER
April Mann The men’s soccer team once again put together an excellent season, capped
Erica Hughes off by a third straight trip to the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC)
championship game, where the Golden Tornadoes dropped a hard fought 1-0
game to Thomas More. Head Coach Gary Dunda’s squad finished with an
impressive 14-4-2 record, 6-1-1 in conference play.
Defender Gib McCracken was honored as the PAC player of the year, the first
time a Geneva College soccer player has been given the highest award in
the conference. A day later, McCracken was named to the College Sports
Information Directors of America All-District Academic team which recognizes
athletes who excel not only on the field of play, but also in the classroom.
McCracken was the only player from the PAC to make this team.
Senior forward Abel Carleton, junior midfielder Liam O’Halloran, and junior
goalkeeper Luke Nolan also joined McCracken as first team all-conference
selections. Sophomore midfielder Jake Broadwick was selected to the
second team, and senior defender Spencer Edwards was selected to the
Head Coach Linda Sumner had a young team that included just one senior,
Kelsey Ingold. They finished 5-11-1, including a 2-6-1 record in the PAC.
Freshman midfielder April Mann was chosen as a second team all-conference
selection, while junior midfielder Megan Schoeneweis received honorable
mention recognition. Junior defender Sydney Kern was selected to the
sportsmanship team. Sophomore goalkeeper Dani Lincoln was second in the
conference in saves per game.
Head Coach Wendy Smith’s volleyball team once again advanced to another
PAC conference semifinal where the squad lost to eventual conference champion
Thomas More. Geneva finished at 13-21 overall, but 10-8 in the PAC,
highlighted by their quarterfinal playoff road win over Washington and Jefferson.
Senior outside hitter Erica Hughes led the way and as a result was chosen
as a first team all-conference selection. Hughes led the conference with 441
kills on the season. Freshman setter Daphne Hunsinger, who finished sixth in
the conference in assists with 886, received honorable mention recognition.
Junior setter McKenna Shick was selected to the sportsmanship team.
The second season of running the triple option, run-heavy offense for Head
Coach Geno DeMarco’s squad brought early season success as Geneva won
three of its first five games. Junior running back Trewon Marshall led the way
in those early contests, rushing for an average of 202 yards per game, not
only leading the conference but also the nation at the time.
The latter half of Geneva’s schedule was more difficult, and despite playing
competitively in most of those games against the top teams in the conference,
Geneva finished the season with a 3-7 record overall, 2-6 in the PAC.
The Golden Tornadoes finished the season atop the conference in rushing
with 315 yards per game, which also placed them an impressive fifth overall
in the nation. Marshall was the top rusher in the conference with 152 yards
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per game, eighth overall in the nation. Senior Quarterback, Bryan Luke Estep
Stafford added 93 yards rushing per game, good enough for seventh in Sarah Stoll
the conference. Marshall and senior offensive lineman Luke Estep were
recognized as first team all-conference selections. Defensively Geneva
was led by junior defensive back Joe Shively, who led the conference with
9.6 tackles per game, as well as four interceptions and was selected as a
second team all-conference performer.
Head Coach Mandee Craft’s tennis team put together one of the best
seasons in recent Geneva College history as the ladies finished with a
12-3 record, 5-3 in the PAC. The season was highlighted by an eight
match winning streak to start the season, propelling them to a fourth place
finish in the competitive PAC conference.
In the conference tournament, sophomore Grace Moyer finished in 2nd
place in third singles while finishing with an impressive 12-1 singles
record over the season. Senior Sarah Stoll (13-2 singles record),
sophomore Victoria Hinds (10-2 singles record), and freshman Felicity
Orndoff (7-4 singles record) all finished in 3rd place in their respective
flights. Sophomore Rachael Letterman led the way all season in #1
singles with an 11-3 singles record.
Head Coach Brian Yowler’s cross country teams continued their program
improvement in 2017. The men’s team finished in 4th place in the PAC
conference meet. Junior Josh Duffie and senior Clay Smith led the way
with top 12 finishes in the conference. With Smith’s finish, he became the
first Geneva College cross country runner to receive all-conference honors
all four years of his career. The women’s team finished in 5th place in the
PAC conference meet as sophomore Jennifer Simmons and senior Madelyn
Blosser led the way with top 20 finishes. Blosser’s season also included
breaking the Geneva College record in the 4K race earlier in the season.
Locker Room Project Locked Up Madelyn Blosser Clay Smith
The Geneva College football community
came together in an evening of fellowship
and laughter to celebrate 25 years of
service by head football coach Geno
DeMarco. Last April, nearly 250 guests
filed into the Pittsburgh Marriott North in
Cranberry to celebrate Coach DeMarco’s
quarter century anniversary. While it was
an evening of stories and rekindled alumni
relationships, it was also profitable to the
Geneva football program. The Anniversary
Roast was designed to help raise funds
for a much-needed locker project for the
Golden Tornadoes’ football team, and the football community generously
raised over $12,000 to completely fund the project.
Geneva’s football team is experiencing unprecedented growth in terms
of roster size. The funds supported a project to install 40 additional
lockers for a roster of over 125 players for the 2017 season. On
behalf of Geneva College and the Golden Tornadoes football program,
thank you to all who attended Coach DeMarco’s celebration and who
generously supported the Locker Project.
30s David “Ken” Fowler ’54 on July 29, 2017
Barbara G. (Barr ’54) Lang on August 18, 2017
Faye (Steele ‘38) Davison on May 27, 2017
40s William H. Onuska ’54 on October 11, 2017
Donald G. Kerr ’55 on August 17, 2017
James Philip Sawyer ’43 on May 31, 2017 Samuel W. Wilson ’55 on April 19, 2017
Clara (Renn ’44) Askanas in March 2017 Fred E. Zoeller ’55 on July 13, 2017
Margaret R. (Luciny ’44) Dunn on June 8, 2017 Christopher M. Milne ’56 on May 20, 2017
Raymond H. Loughridge ’44 on July 26, 2017 Charles J. Mowry ’56 on September 20, 2017
Irene D. Palfi ’45 on June 26, 2017 Kenneth W. Woodeshick ’56 on August 27, 2017
Dr. Marilyn (Sohn ’46) Mahon in April 2017 Zaven G. Hatutian ’57 on May 17, 2017
Leland E. Howard ’47 on May 24, 2017 Eleanor M. (Mann ’57) Sims on October 4, 2017
Dr. Donald A. Magee Sr. ’47 on May 3, 2017 Mary June (Blair ’58) Bruska on May 15, 2017
Rev. George S. Rawding ’47 on April 29, 2017 D. Lee Shroads ’58 on September 25, 2017
A. Benjamin Fox ’59 on May 7, 2017
Dr. Richard “Dick” B. Weir ’47 on May 12, 2017 Gerald D. Zeh ’59 on September 3, 2017
William H. Orr ’48 on June 10, 2017
Paul T. Anderson ’49 on August 25, 2017 60s
Lois A. (Hadfield ’49) Knaggs on August 9, 2017
William M. Thorpe ’49 on June 27, 2017 Eugene A. Schleiger ’60 on September 24, 2017
50s William E. Vild ’60 on May 24, 2017
Richard T. Burris ’61 on April 21, 2017
Carolyn (Osteen ’50) Miller on May 4, 2017
George W. Rowse ’50 on August 5, 2017 Thomas R. Pantoni ’61 on November 14, 2016
Jesse J. Swaney ’50 on May 17, 2017 Richard A. Brown ’62 on August 26, 2017
Mary (Dan ’50) Tirlia on September 10, 2017 Florence Fattal ’62 on July 31, 2017
Eunice J. Whitford ’50 on August 12, 2017 R. Lee Maxwell ’62 on September 9, 2017
Lloyd E. Cable ’51 on August 25, 2017 George S. Churchin ’63 on August 14, 2017
Harold V. Farris ’51 on August 3, 2017 Nancy L. (Hodge ’65) Braman on May 6, 2017
John W. Oliver Jr. ’51 on March 21, 2017 William E. Gallagher ’65 on June 8, 2017
G. Theodore Coene ’52 on September 18, 2017 Kay A. (Watterson ’66) Corradino on May 4, 2017
John W. Ellefson ’52 on August 8, 2017 Leonard F. Spinnenweber ’66 on August 15, 2017
Dr. H. Frances (McClure ’52) Griffin on May 13, 2017 Earl E. Wilson ’68 on August 7, 2017
Edna J. (Mooney ’52) Milnes on July 19, 2017 Annette L. Wilson ’69 on April 15, 2017
Kathryn (Metheny ’53) Greig Burger on September 5, 2017
Anthony H. Cimino ’53 on July 4, 2017 70s
David M. Smith ’53 on May 21, 2017
Paul V. Stevens ’53 on October 3, 2017 Nelson M. Cumpston ’70 on July 24, 2017
Robert M. Black ’54 on May 10, 2017 Paul W. Haynie ’70 on June 5, 2017
Catherine L. (Vekasy ’70) Swogger on July 5, 2017
Linda A. Rudek ’71 on May 9, 2017
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A. William Bauman III ’72 on June 27, 2017 00s
Dietlind I. (Herrgeist) Winnell ’72 on October 8, 2017
Wade L. Coyle ’73 on September 6, 2017 Rosalie J. Brown ’04 (DCP #019) on October 9, 2017
W. Dwight Hayes ’73 on August 1, 2017
Bradford H. Marr ’73 on May 15, 2017 10s
Peter L. Mendicino ’74 on April 30, 2017
Marianne (Foley ’75) Hill on July 20, 2017 Travis A. Ramsey (MBA ’10) on June 15, 2017
David R. Howard ’75 on May 30, 2017 Jeremy L. Shull (MA ’14) on August 6, 2017
Ralph L. Burroughs ’76 on June 6, 2017
David M. Lordi ’76 on September 3, 2017 Friends
Marcia (Bennett ’77) Cornell on August 30, 2017
Gregory R. Jones ’77 on May 31, 2017 Edna Marian Dunlap on July 26, 2017
Robert L. Tonks ’77 on June 18, 2017 Roger W. Lindenfelser on May 27, 2017
John B. Schaefer on May 6, 2017
80s Sister Rosemarie Schwartz on June 17, 2017
R. Thomas Barrett ’81 on August 18, 2017 H Raymond S. Walker on June 9, 2017
Carol M. (Smith ’84) Barringer on June 14, 2017
Lonzie G. Cox Jr. ’88 on September 13, 2017 Heritage SocietyDenotes members of the ,
90s which recognizes the valuable contributions of
Donna S. Kopp ’94 on July 5, 2017 alumni and friends who include Geneva in their estate and/
or financial plans by gifts made through annuities, charitable
trusts, gifts of life estates, undivided partial interests in real
estate or life insurance, and gifts made through their will. To
learn more, visit Geneva.edu/planned-giving/heritage-society.
Class Notes are available on 50s (not pictured, Barb (Huston ’59)
Geneva.edu. Visit the site to This group of alumna from the Catloth)
learn about fellow classmates, classes of 1958-1959 gathered
and submit an update so they in September in North Carolina to 60s
can remain connected with you. celebrate their 80th birthdays. Back Rt. Rev. Douglas Weiss ’66 published
in 2005 they earned the nickname “Deckhand: The Humorous Redemption
40s of “The Golden Girls” as named by of an Angry Man” in 2006. Soon to be
Dr. Ralph “Pat” Kilpatrick ’40 the hotel where they were staying published is “Invitations: A Handbook
celebrated his 100th birthday on for a Geneva reunion. Members of for Interactive Worship Beyond the
July 16, 2017 with 250 family the group have met regularly since Altar Call”. He and wife Eleanor reside
members and friends. He and 2005 for a total of 8 trips across in Ambler, PA.
wife Naomi (Smith ’42) reside in the country and a cruise. They hail
Greensboro, NC. from the states of FL, KS, CA, PA
and NC. From left to right: Sandra
(McElroy ’58) Johns, Ginny (Wilson
’59) List, Elaine (Wineland ’59)
Kantner, Lois (Ramsey ’59) Gross,
Louise Marshall ’59, Sue (Robb
’59) Wilkey, Mary (McCracken ’59)
Spear, Wilma (Shaw ’59) Windham
Ron Elkin ’67 retired from the Ruidoso Joanne (Parillo ’73) Massey resides in sons. Olga works in the emergency
School District in 2012 after 44 Chattanooga, TN. department as a Physician Assistant
years in education in OH, WY, and at St. Luke’s/Cornwall Hospital and
NM. Merry (Blair ’70) Elkin retired in Janice (Comer ’74) Miller resides in is the full time didactic coordinator in
2013 after 29 ½ years in education. East Brunswick, NJ with husband the Physician Assistant program of the
Ron and Merry have three grown Michael. The couple has four children CUNY School of Medicine at The City
daughters, four grandchildren, and and four grandchildren. College of New York.
reside in Seattle, WA. Janet (Bennett ’76) Baker is retired Bob Altenhof ’81 was inducted into the
and resides in Pittsburgh, PA with her West Branch High School (Beloit, OH)
husband Tom. Hall of Fame on September 23, 2017.
He retired from West Branch in 2014
Dr. Steven Garber ’76 was appointed after 33 years as an English teacher,
Professor of Marketplace Theology guidance counselor, and highly
and Leadership at Regent College in successful football and track coach.
Vancouver, Canada beginning August Previously, Bob was inducted into the
Dr. Lawrence “Larry” Hitchens ’69 is a Hall of Fame at his alma mater, United
High School (Hanoverton, OH), for
retired pastor. He and wife Jan have Michael Plank ’77 married wife Marsha athletic accomplishment in 1999.
three grown children and reside in on April 22, 2017. The Plank’s are
Sachse, TX. residing in Havre de Grace, MD. He and his wife of 35 years, Andrea
70s H. Robert Headland ’78 was inducted (McCandless ’83), live in Homeworth,
Marjorie (Furnival ’71) West resides in into the Beaver Valley Musicians Hall OH. Their three children are all
Ostrander, OH. of Fame on May 7, 2017. He resides teachers.
R. Bruce Andrews ’72 is the founder in Beaver, PA. Wanda (Lair ’83) Tooker resides in
of General Pump and Machinery. Shirley (Reed ’78) Rutter was named Garland, TX.
He recently transferred ownership of NCTE High School English Teacher Rev. Timothy Yates ’84 has started
the business to three of his four sons of Excellence. Shirley teaches at
a new Reformed publishing
but has no plans to retire from the Weeki Wachee High School in Weeki company explained at www.
company. Bruce and wife Elizabeth Wachee, FL. unveiledfacesreformedpress.net and
reside in Palmyra, PA. just published his first book called
Robert Wright ’78 is a Senior “Foundations: God’s Glory as an
Linda (Frazier ’72) Brown was Associate at Stantec and is serving Integrating Perspective on Reformed
inducted into the Lakewood High as project director for Greensburg Theology”. Email [email protected]
School Hall of Fame, Lakewood, Veteran’s Sunrise Center, a proposed for a free PDF copy to any Geneva
NJ, in May 2017. In June of 2017, veteran’s transition center in faculty, staff or alumni. Print and Kindle
Linda received the Community Service Greensburg, PA that will train veterans editions available from Amazon.
Award from the Lakewood Chapter for jobs in skilled trades. Robert and
of the NAACP, Lakewood, NJ at his wife Audrey (Walko ’78) reside in Dr. Ilia Matos ’85 resides in Winter
their annual Freedom Fund Banquet. Latrobe, PA.
She has set up a scholarship fund in Springs, FL.
memory of her late husband, John R. Bruce Axon ’79 lives in Jackson, MI. He Nancy (McFarland ’86) McCollum and
Brown, Sr., for children of veterans. has been married for 34 years to wife husband Norman announce the birth
Becky. They have six children (three
Ronald Colonna ’72 was recently of their first grandchild, Calum Robert
honored for being an adjunct boys, three girls) and four grandchildren. Morrison, born on May 27, 2017, in
instructor in the Liberal Arts Bruce is currently working at Consumers Antrim, Northern Ireland, to Erin and
Department of Cuyahoga Community Energy as a Sr. Financial Analyst where Andrew Morrison.
he has been for 38 years.
College in Cleveland, OH for 35 Rev. Jim ’87 and Patricia (Heiland ’88)
years. Despite his semi-retirement, 80s Megchelsen reside in Elburn, IL.
Ron has maintained a mental health Olga (Fernandez ’80) Waters resides
counseling practice for the past seven in Cornwall, NY with husband Sharon Rudolph ’89 resides in
years. Ron and his wife Catherine Roger. The couple has three grown Hagerstown, MD.
reside in South Euclid, OH.
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90s Benjamin Hanna ’97 was recently John Rice ’05 is a staff engineer for
Eric Dugan ’90 has spent the last promoted to the position of Chief the City of Wooster. He and wife
few decades as a youth pastor and Deputy District Attorney at the Shasta Jenna have two children, Lila and
recently released a series of youth County District Attorney’s Office in Lucas.
Bible curriculum, a small group book Redding, CA, where he has served
and a game guide. as a prosecutor since 2001. As Chief Laura (Askey ’06) Mack and husband
Deputy DA he is the second highest James have three children, Jacob,
David Fabricatore ’90 was awarded ranking employee in the office, Hannah and Sarah, and reside in
two patents from the country of China reporting to the elected district attorney. Doylestown, PA.
related to his work on the Ford Focus
Electric Vehicle. David and his wife Cory Valentine ’98 graduated with Sarah (Doren ’07) married John Illsley
Michelle (Droz ’90) reside in Canton, high distinction from Liberty University on August 20, 2016. The couple
MI. with a Doctorate in Curriculum and resides in Roxboro, NC.
Instruction in August 2016. He is
John McBurney ’91 and wife Alisha currently finishing up courses to obtain Azure (Parker) Reed ’07 (DCP) and
are pleased to announce the birth of an Administration Certificate. Cory is husband Aaron reside in West
their second daughter, Jasmine Elaina, a teacher at RTS Middle School and Chester, OH.
on August 26, 2017. She joins big resides in Hallstead, PA with wife
sister Abigail. Wendy (Blair ’98) and their five children. Steve ’07 and Tammy (Kish ’07)
Stouffer adopted their third child, Jay
Ellen (Dorozowski ’91) McQueen 00s Stouffer, on April 5, 2017. Jay was
is a paralegal at Zimmerman Kaleesha Jackson ’01 resides in Glen born November 7, 2015. The Stouffer
Pfannebecker Nuffort & Albert LLP in Burnie, MD with daughter Sanaa. family currently resides in Phoenix,
Lancaster, PA. AZ.
Kristy Dean ’03 authored and
Marc Santom ’92 received his M.Div. published a Christian fiction book
from Regent University and in May called “Twice Alive.” It entails a
2017 was ordained as a minister gripping journey of a gangster and
in the Evangelical Presbyterian his encounter with Heaven and
Church (EPC) and installed as the Hell. The story confronts the many
Family Ministries Pastor at Kempsville false concepts that keep people from
Presbyterian Church in Virginia Beach. salvation. The hope is that believers
Marc and his wife Christina have will be inspired by this book and Garrett Marvich ’09 married
two children, Rachel and Ethan, and share copies with those that need this Alexandra Savidge on May 27,
reside in Virginia Beach, VA. life changing message. 2017. The Marvich’s reside in
Dr. Antonio “Tony” Campbell ’95 Robert Lowe ’03 is the Associate Pastor Lewisburg, PA.
received his doctorate of ministry at First Covenant Church in Rockford, Dr. Elisabeth (Eriksson ’09) Jacobson
from Liberty University in 2016. IL. He and wife Jennifer have two was awarded the title of doctor on
His research was on utilizing local children, Miguel and Isabella. May 26, 2017. She completed her
churches in a network of faith
Candace “Candie” Dobson ’04 (DCP) doctor of education degree and
practitioners to reduce suicides of defended her dissertation entitled
“Teachers’ Perceptions of Instructional
veterans and National Guard military resides in Pittsburgh, PA.
personnel. Dr. Campbell authored a
book entitled “A More Perfect Union.” Amy (Totten ’04) Lassiter and husband Practices for Yup’ik Students with
Special Education Needs: A Case
Elliott announce the birth of their
daughter, Meadow Grace, born on Study.” She is currently working
on submitting an article based on
July 28, 2017. Meadow joins big
brother Nathan who is two. The Lassiter this dissertation to a peer-reviewed
journal. Elisabeth continues to work
family resides in Monroeville, PA.
at the local high school in Bethel,
AK and is looking to transition to the
Thomas Meyer ’09 resides in Maple
10s and wife Lisa (Lyon ’11) moved to Wright’s reside in Goose Creek, SC.
David Callahan ’10 is beginning Sterling, KS and in August Brian was
his third year as Head of School/ ordained and installed as the pastor of Andrea (Hinds ’15) married David
Principal of Payson Christian School the Sterling RP Church. Lisa is working Jensen on January 2, 2016. The
(PreK-8). He and wife Julia (Urbanski part-time as a Speech-Language couple resides in South Abington
’11) welcomed their second daughter, Pathologist providing early intervention Township, PA.
Dorothy Steel Callahan, on December services to children in Rice County. Lindsay Monihen MAHE ’15 serves
8, 2016. She joins big sister Ailee. The
Callahan family resides in Payson, AZ. Sean Campbell ’14 received his CPA as president-elect for OHAAA (Ohio
license on May 25, 2017. He resides Association of Academic Advising)
Sarah (Marshall ’10) married Luke in Sarver, PA. as well as chair of UAA (University
Mannion on June 3, 2017. Sarah was Administrative Assembly) at Shawnee
promoted to Quality Control Specialist Gwenyth (Gamble ’14) and Austin State University. Lindsay was
Jarvi ’15 were married on May 13, promoted to Director of the College of
at Cardinal Financial, as a remote 2016 and reside in Pittsburgh, PA. Professional Studies Student Advising
team member in California, while
continuing to support her husband in Linae (Hayward ’14) Mahoney and and Support Services at Shawnee
his career as an Artillery Officer in husband Mark welcomed daughter State University on July 1, 2017.
the United States Marine Corps. The
Mannion’s reside in Oceanside, CA. Norah Mae Mahoney on October 15, Travis Rogan ’15 resides in Cranberry
2016. Linae taught first grade the past Twp., PA and works at Discovery
three years and recently switched to Christian Church. He is engaged to be
teach pre-kindergarten. The Mahoney married to Hannah Rozgonyi ’15.
family resides in Somerset, PA.
Jennie Smith ’15 completed her two-
year commitment to Teach for America
Memphis and has committed to
Daniel Thomas ’10 is a RAN teaching a 3rd year in a different part
Optimization Engineer for AT&T. He of the city. She is a student at Christian
and his wife reside in Glenshaw, PA. Brothers University working toward
Josh Brown ’11 married Jazmin earning a master’s in urban education.
Velazquez. He is attending UCLA Rebecca “Becki” (Smith MAHE ’14) Sadie Jackson ’17 is a counselor
School of Law. married Zachary McCue on October at Cove Forge BHS. She resides in
10, 2016. Becki is an admissions Tyrone, PA.
Adam Fencil (MSOL ’11) resides in
representative at Harrison College.
Butler, PA. The couple resides in Avilla, IN. Tina Lewis ’17 (ADP) resides in
Jennifer (White ’11) married Jeremy Monument, CO.
LeRose on June 20, 2017. The couple Elliott ’14 and Amanda (Weaver ’14) Photos appear after the corresponding
resides in Sewickley, PA. Jennifer is a Neese welcomed daughter Mackenzie class note.
Senior Tax Analyst at Rice Energy and Mae on March 25, 2017. The Neese
is planning on attending Robert Morris family resides in Akron, PA.
University in the fall of 2018 for a Class Notes Information
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is a Speech-Language Pathologist at Wright on March 4, 2017. Corrine is
Carolina East Medical Center. The a second grade teacher at Berkeley
County School District and her husband Inclusion of all items in Class Notes is
couple resides in New Bern, NC.
Todd is a United States Marine. Corrine at the discretion of Geneva College,
Rev. Brian Wright ’11 graduated with a will be furthering her education in
M.Div. from the Reformed Presbyterian administration so that she may one in accordance with the community
Theological Seminary in May. He day become principal of a school. The standards of the institution.
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exchange for your gift, Geneva agrees to pay you a fixed dollar amount annually for life.
Part of the income paid to you and your Gift Property
beneficiary(ies) may be tax-free or taxed at more
favorable capital gains tax rates, depending DONOR $ Remainder
on the asset you use to fund the annuity. The Principal
income is based on the age(s) of the income CGA
beneficiary(ies) at the time of the gift. At the end GENEVA
of the last income beneficiary’s lifetime, Geneva Income Stream COLLEGE
College will use the principal in accordance
with the terms of your gift. Annuities can be
established with minimum gifts of $10,000.
The chart below illustrates for a range of ages Geneva’s gift annuity rates, payments, tax-free portion and deductions
for a $25,000 cash one-life gift annuity. We can provide an illustration specifically for you or you and your spouse. A
$50,000 gift would provide roughly twice this annual payment.
Age Rate Annual Payment Tax Free Deduction
65 4.7% $1,175 $827 $8,870
70 5.1% $1,275 $943 $11,564
75 5.8% $1,450 $1,119 $14,247
80 6.8% $1,700 $1,370
85 7.8% $1,950 $1,680
Example based on annual payment and an Applicable Federal Rate of 2.4%
Your payout rate would be fixed and will not change regardless of prevailing interest rates or what happens in the
financial markets. For more details, kindly contact Cliff McNary, Director of Gift Planning, at 724-847-6614 (office),
412-999-1862 (cell) or [email protected]
Contact Dr. Marvin Dewey at [email protected] for more
information on gifts that will bless students for many years to come.
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