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1990

James Gleixner -- 1990 Distinguished Service Award

James Gleixner, who retired March 30 as assistant vice president for human resources, was the first personnel director on a state college campus when he started his duties at Clarion in June 1967.

In addition to guiding the personnel area at Clarion and influencing his field throughout the state, Gleixner was also responsible for the dramatic growth of the Clarion University Credit Union.

Gleixner is also responsible for directing and securing millions of dollars in job training money for Clarion University during his tenure.

Dr. Ngo Dinh Tu -- 1990 Distinguished Faculty Award

Dr. Ngo Dinh Tu, a Clarion professor since 1996, was born in central Vietnam and graduated from National College in Vietnam. Fluent in four languages- Vietnamese, English, French, and German- Tu is also literate in Spanish. Vietnamese, English, and French were learned in school in Vietnam, while German and Spanish were learned through the use of self-study tapes from the U.S. State Department.

A South Vietnam military officer for five years before serving as a diplomat for the country, Tu was assigned to Ft. Benning, GA and later to Washington, DC.

Before taking over diplomatic duties, Tu was a teaching fellow at American University in Washington, DC where he also received a master's degree.

Serving as a diplomat for his native country from 1961-62 and 1965-66, his main duties were working in Washington, DC for the support of the government of South Vietnam.

He finished work on his doctoral degree at Harvard University in 1964 and completed his dissertation in 1969.

A number of changes in the government in South Vietnam left Tu the victim of a coup and unable to return to his home. When he left Harvard his dossier was retained and sent to a number of colleges and universities throughout the United States. He received several offers in 1966 and Clarion was one of them.

Tu's philosophy in the classroom is to be well prepared and challenge the student. "I like to challenge the students and give them a chance to ask a lot of questions," says Tu. "I even like them to challenge the instruction." He prides himself in knowing each student, even in classes of 100 or more.

Dr. Jayne K. Kribbs '68 -- 1990 Venango Campus Distinguished Alumni Award

Dr. Jayne K. Kribbs '68, a faculty member and former dean at Temple University, was presented with the first Distinguished Alumni Award at Venango Campus during spring graduation ceremonies. Josephine (Joey) Zuck, a member of the Clarion University Alumni Association Board of Directors, presented the award.

Kribbs is an associate dean for graduate study for Temple University College of Arts and Sciences. She began her higher education at Venango Campus, earning 77 credits from the fall of 1964 through the summer of 1966.

She received a BA from Clarion University in 1968, MA from Pennsylvania State University in 1969, and Ph.D. from the Penn State University in 1973.

In addition to her present position at Temple University as an associate professor of English, Kribbs has held several prior management and teaching positions in higher education.

The majority of her last ten years at Temple has been as an academic dean. The past four years were spent as graduate dean in the College of Art and Sciences. She was responsible for the recruitment, admission, and retention of nearly 3,000 graduate students and for the academic programs of approximately 450 members of the graduate faculty in the 14 departments in the college.

She has published five books and 11 articles, presented a number of papers/speeches at various conventions, and served in many leadership positions on professional boards and associations.

One of the purposes of award was to recognize distinguished Venango Campus alumni and, in the process, inspire current and prospective students and the Venango County Community at large.

The Venango Campus Distinguished Alumni Award Committee consisted of: Greg Barnes, Linda Hawkins, Dave Marchand, Martha Ritter, Jeff Smith, Barb Stright, and chairperson James Kole. Also assisting were Bill Belzer, Libby Williams, Al Crawford, Lenny Abate, Glenn McElhattan, Rich Snow, Don Morgan, John Reinhardt, and Audean Duespohl. Special assistance was also provided by Ron Wilshire, Al Kennedy, and Interim Provost Helen Lepke.

Dr. James Demski '58 -- 1990 Distinguished Alumni Award

Dr. James Demski, a 1958 graduate of Clarion and a native of Sarver, has been a member of the faculty at the University of Georgia since 1966. As a full-time researcher in the Department of Plant Pathology, he has developed a worldwide reputation in virology. He has published widely in scientific journals; has traveled extensively, giving invited lectures and training sessions, especially to those in underdeveloped countries; and brought recognition to his university and department through grant support from the Agency of International Development, U.S. Department of State.

Demski's role in international agriculture is believed to have played a vital part in helping to reduce world hunger.

A new virus, which could have threatened the peanut industry, was discovered by Demski, and thwarted by his recommendations. The World Food and Agriculture Organization selected Demski to give seven lectures and laboratory training sessions at a workshop in East Java.

He has made presentations throughout the world, including Oxford University, the Chinese Academy of Science, and Brazil. He organized an international research team to address the problems with the virus he discovered. Members of the team came from Thailand, China, India, Japan, Philippines, Indonesia and Australia. The Agency of International Development has provided approximately $720,000 in support of Demski's international project and recently approved its continued support over the next five years.

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1991

Robert Crawford -- 1991 Distinguished Service Award

Robert Crawford, an administrator and faculty member at Clarion University for the past 29 years, received the Distinguished Service Award at the 122nd Annual Clarion University Alumni Association Banquet on May 4.

Crawford, the vice president for finance and administration, is in charge of matters concerning the physical plant, public safety, computer center, and plant services at Clarion University. He retired from Clarion on June 30.

"I am quite pleased and honored to receive this prestigious award," Crawford said. "I am very proud that I've spent a large part of my life at Clarion University. I provided the best service I knew how, and I am pleased to receive the Alumni Distinguished Service Award."

Crawford is a native of Punxsutawney and a graduate of Worthington High School, near Kittanning. He received his B.S. degree in geography at Slippery Rock State College and an M.A. degree in geography at the University of Pittsburgh. He has done additional work in cartography and photo interpretation at the University of Washington. He taught geography in the Grove City School System for six years and worked part-time in architectural design and cost estimating for the McGowan Company, Slippery Rock.

Joining Clarion in 1962 as an assistant professor of geography, Crawford developed the cartography program and was promoted to associate professor. He was named director of the physical plant in 1970.

"I enjoyed the classroom, but my administrative responsibilities have been so varied that I had an opportunity to do a lot of different things," he said. "The job never became monotonous. But, there was a lot of work to be done when he was named to his new position.

"The campus was in shambles when I was named director," he recalled. "Carlson Library, Tippin Gymnasium, and Marwick-Boyd Fine Arts Building had just been completed. Nair and Wilkinson Halls were just holes in the ground. Riemer Student Center and McEntire Maintenance Building were under construction. A utility project to install electrical, water, steam, and telecommunication lines was underway throughout the campus, and landscaping and sidewalks had not been completed. It was an extremely exciting time."

Crawford was later responsible for the design and construction of the Keeling Health Center, Becker Hall, Still Hall, and Rhodes Hall, and Suhr Library, at Venango Campus, in Oil City, as well as major renovation projections in several buildings, including Davis Hall, Stevens Hall, Hart Chapel. Steam Plant, and Montgomery Hall, at Venango Campus. "One of the things that was most exciting was working with the architect to design McKeever Environmental Learning Center, at Sandy Lake," he said. "It was fun designing and laying out the center that would be used for environmental education."

Most recently, Crawford has been involved with designing the addition to the Riemer Student Center now under construction, and during the next year he will coordinate the design of a president's residence.

Crawford has served for the past six years as the vice president for administration.

He is married to the former Dorothy Simms.

They live in the Clarion area. The Crawfords have two daughters, Deborah, who lives in Grand Rapids, Mi., and Beth, who lives in Pittsburgh.

"Dr. James Gemmell was president in 1970, he told me that being involved in administration would give me an opportunity to leave my physical mark on the campus," said Crawford. "That has happened."

Dr. John Moorhouse -- 1991 Distinguished Faculty Award

Dr. John Moorhouse, professor of education at Clarion University for over 30 years, was recognized as the Distinguished Faculty Award winner during the 122nd Annual Alumni Association Banquet on May 4.

"This award came as a total, utter surprise," said Moorhouse. "Honestly, I am very, very please. I never dreamed of any of this, and I really feel honored that I was considered."

Moorhouse's work at Clarion has followed two different paths since September 1961, when he joined the faculty to teach elementary mathematics methods courses. In his early years on campus, he served on the General Education Committee and the Early Childhood. Block Planning, and Promotion Committees of his department. He was part of the state committee concerned with the development of a teachers' course of instruction dealing with diagnostic and remedial math. He also advised Phi Sigma Epsilon fraternity and served as assistant rifle coach.

"It was great to have this relationship with the students and see them grow," he said.

An accident in 1978 left Moorhouse paraplegic and curtailed many of his activities, but not his drive to help on campus. "I've had to do most of my work here in the building," he said. "I miss the school visitations, because so many places are inaccessible to me. After 30 years here, 40 to 50 percent of some school's faculties are my former students."

Moorhouse helped to write the first book on accessibility for the handicapped at Clarion and has tried to be a support person for handicapped students here. "It is nice to be able to have a person to talk to that can empathize with your situation," he said. He served on the board of directors for the Frontiers in Human Resources program until it was disbanded last year. He has been listed in "Educators with Disabilities," the U. S. Government handbook on handicapped educators.

A native of Brownsville, Moorhouse received his B.S. in education from California State Teachers College, and master's in elementary education and Pennsylvania elementary principal certification from the University of Pittsburgh, and his Ed.D. in elementary education and educational psychology from Penn State University.

He was in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953 and from 1956 to 1961. When he joined Clarion, he was a teaching principal at Amwell Township School District.

"Clarion so resembled Tomah, Wi., the first community I lived in," said Moorhouse about his arrival. "the park and the theater were even in the same place, and the main street was wide. Coming from a coal-mining region, we wanted a good, healthy, clean place to raise our children."

"One of the major attractions was Clarion's smallness. There were only 65 faculty members here when I arrived. Everyone knew everyone else. The students benefited from the fact that we knew them. It was very close knit."

Moorhouse and his wife, Doris, reside in Clarion. They have two daughters, Laurie Kulski and Beth Ann.

"I've always loved Clarion, the university, and the students," he said.

Dr. J. David Griffin -- 1991 Distinguished Alumni Award

Dr. J. David Griffin of Homewood, a 1967 graduate of Clarion State College, was recognized as the "Distinguished Alumni" award winner during the 122nd Annual Alumni Banquet, May 4, at Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

Griffin, a vice president and executive dean of the Allegheny Campus of the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC), received a B.S. in secondary education/mathematics from Clarion in 1967, M.Ed. and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in counselor education, and has completed specialized postgraduate work in the Academic Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

In his current position, Griffin is responsible for leadership and supervision of the campus executive cabinet; facilitating and implementation of strategic planning, marketing, and budget development; implementing consistent hiring practices and authorizing all final recommendations; representing the campus at a variety of forums; establishing consistent interaction with bargaining units. He also continues as a part-time mathematics instructor in the evening division.

Griffin joined the CCAC Allegheny Campus in 1973 as a counselor. He has also been director of counseling (1975-82), acting dean of students (1982-April 1983 and December 1983-85), and dean of the Homewood-Brushton Branch of the CCAC Allegheny Campus ( 1985-89). He was named interim vice president/executive dean of CCAC Allegheny Campus in June of 1989 and was appointed permanently to the position in June 1990.

Upon his graduation from Clarion, Griffin taught at Lansdowns High School in the Baltimore County Schools, Baltimore, Md., from 1967-68. That same year he was named outreach program assistant for the Hill Detached Workers Program, Metropolitan Y.M.C.A., Pittsburgh. He became director of the same program in 1970. In 1971, he was named a counselor intern at the University of Pittsburgh and in 1972-73 was a teacher/counselor for the University Community Education Program at Pitt.

Griffin was appointed to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education Task Force on Off-Campus Programs in 1989. One of 12 nationally known experts in non-traditional education named by the commission, he assumed special responsibility for administrative affairs. The Commission on Higher Education accredits colleges and universities in the mid-Atlantic region.

Griffin has received the 1980 Annual Black Alumni Award presented by Pittsburgh's "Talk Magazine," the 1981 Outstanding Black Alumni Award from the Clarion State College Black Alumni Conference, the 1987 CCAC Merit Award, the 1989 Wilkinsburg NAACP Human Rights Award, and the 1990 Willie Stargell Most Valuable Person Award in the field of education by the Champions Association.

He is a member of the American Association of Higher Education, Black Conference on Higher Education, Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Pennsylvania College Personnel Association, Association for the Study of Afro American Life and History, Pennsylvania Personnel and Guidance Association, and National Orientation Directors Association.

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1992

Oleta B. Amsler -- 1992 Distinguished Service Award

"I was overwhelmed when I opened the letter announcing I would be recognized," said Oleta Amsler. "I have always been interested in education. I started out with informal education in Girl Scouts and continued my interest through school board and university work." Amsler and her husband, Wilson, married in 1946. Wilson was attending the Penn State agriculture school and was assigned to Clarion State College. Eventually he was reassigned to State College and both he and Oleta received degrees from Penn State. They returned to Clarion following their graduations. "I have been interested in Clarion University ever since that time," said Amsler. "Dr. James Gemmell, who was one of my professors at Penn State, was named president at Clarion. I was very happy to see him come to Clarion."

In 1982, Oleta was appointed to the Clarion University Board of Trustees by Governor Richard Thornburgh. She spent five years on the board serving as president, vice president, and secretary. In 1983, she was named the trustee's representative to the Clarion University Foundation, a post she held for nine years, including four years as president.

"I have a belief in higher education," said Amsler. "If we can help some student to continue in or start higher education, it is important. I also believe in helping Clarion. The more we help students the more students will be attracted to Clarion. The university is a very important part of this community."

Dr. Clifford M. Keth '55 -- 1992 Distinguished Faculty Award

Dr. Clifford Keth, a Clarion native, is retiring as professor of physics at the end of this semester. Along with Dr. Paul Shank, he is responsible for the development of the physics department at Clarion University. His 32 year association with Clarion University started as an undergraduate.

"I am very pleased with this honor," said Keth. "I am also rather surprised. I feel there are a lot of distinguished faculty on this campus. I have been at Clarion a long time as a student and a faculty member. There is some satisfaction knowing that what I spent my life doing has made some small difference somewhere. I look at Clarion's alumni and see them making a major contribution to society. If I in any way helped in their education, I get satisfaction from that fact."

Keth received his degree in science and mathematics from Clarion State College in 1955 and taught mathematics until 1959 in Penn Hills, Cranberry and Marienville school districts. At that time, Clarion State College was looking for a basic physical science teacher and Keth was hired. Adding an M.Ed. in 1961 and D.Ed. in 1969, both from the Pennsylvania State University, he taught primarily physics and optics in addition to spending three years as planetarium director.

Carl and Charlene McManamy '63 -- 1992 Distinguished Alumni Award

Carl and Charlene Benninghoff McManamy are both 1963 graduates. Carl, originally from Oakmont, has owned Spectrum Dealer Service in Atlanta since 1985. Spectrum specializes in consulting in the automotive community, with an emphasis on developing better customer relations. Following his graduation from Clarion, Carl taught history at Plum High School until 1964, before joining the General Motors Insurance Division. He was also employed by Frank Fuhrer and Associates and served as president of Voyager Warranty Corporation of Jacksonville, FL.

Charlene, originally from New Castle, is currently a residential realtor affiliated with Remax in Atlanta, a career she entered in 1983. A life member of the Atlanta Board of Realtors Million Dollar Club, she has been selected twice as one of the top 100 agents in Atlanta. After receiving her degree from Clarion, Charlene taught English at Penn Hills, Plum Borough, and DuBois high schools in Pennsylvania and high schools in West Virginia and North Carolina. She was also curriculum coordinator for the Greenville County Schools in Greenville, SC.

Together, they served as chairpersons of the 1990-91 Alumni Campaign. "Charlene and I are most grateful and want to thank the Clarion University Alumni Association for favoring us," said Carl. "We hope in some small way we contribute to making Clarion an even better institution for the students."

"Carl and I want to thank all of the alumni who helped us with our fund-raising campaign and ask that each of you share this recognition with us," said Charlene. "We also want to thank the staff of the alumni office for their never-ending support. Without them our fund-raising efforts would not have been successful."

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1993

Dr. Robert Baldwin -- 1993 Distinguished Service Award

"I am still stunned by this," said Robert Baldwin about receiving the honor. "I never thought about it and it is deeply flattering to be honored. It means a lot to me. I have spent one-third of my life here. The quality of the people, the type of commitment, the desire of Clarion to be first rate kept me here."

Baldwin received his B.A. in philosophy and M.A.T. in secondary education from Wesleyan University, certificate as an NSF Fellow at Allegheny College, and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. He joined Clarion in 1971.

"The 1970's were an exciting time when we were looking at different ways to teach and conduct education," he said. "So many of the things that are current today we were doing in the early 1970's, but were terminated by the late 1970's.

Baldwin, who joined Clarion as the dean of the school of professional studies, was one of the overseers in the development of the McKeever Environmental Center at Sandy Lake and the Flexible All-Year School at Clarion.

The all-year school, housed in then newly constructed Becker Hall, provided a highly individualized instruction program for children during the entire year. Money for the program ran out in the late 1970's and the program was terminated.

The Penn-Soil Conservation Center at Sandy Lake, now McKeever Center, is a consortium operated outdoor education facility focusing on new teaching strategies concerning environmental issues.

Also during his term as dean, the habilitative science program in special education (now rehabilitative science), speech pathology and audiology, and psychology departments developed and grew in enrollment.

Baldwin was one of the leaders of the effort to separate psychology from the College of Education and place it in the College of Arts and Sciences.

However, Baldwin always looked at the department of education as heart of professional studies. "Education always carried an enormous burden in terms of teaching," he said. "In 1973, we added early childhood education, and later we added a graduate program in reading and a separate unit for elementary education that was merged with the department of education.

Following a retirement in 1981, Baldwin was named director of field services and a half-time teacher. He transferred to full-time faculty status in 1983. He served on the Faculty Senate from 1972-75 and 1978-88 and also served as a director of the Clarion University Foundation from 1979-84, the last three years as president.

Dr. William Kodrich and Dr. J. Robert Moore '57 -- 1993 Distinguished Faculty Awards

Two long-time friends and retired biology department faculty members, Dr. William Kodrich and Dr. Robert Moore, have been honored with the Clarion University Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Faculty Award.

For 25 years Moore and Kodrich shared an office at Clarion University. They were also roommates in graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh. During their time together at Clarion they acquired in excess of $250,000 in contracted research funding for the university. Most of the funding was used to support graduate students and to purchase research equipment for the biology department. Both, even in retirement, continue to advise graduate students.

"I am very excited," said Kodrich. "I never expected to ever receive anything like this. I am glad Bob Moore is getting one at the same time because we were such a team at Clarion. I always thought of Clarion as home. I couldn't have been at a better place at a better time. I was able to do two things I love, teach and do research."

He was the first in the family to attend college, receiving his first degree in physics with a minor in mathematics at Hartwich College. He attended the University of Pittsburgh earning his Ph.D. in biology. He joined Clarion State College in 1967.

Kodrich taught comparative anatomy, embryology, and basic biology at Clarion before moving on to other areas. In 1969 he helped organize the master of science in biology program. He had 36 students earn their master's degrees under him.

"Bruce Dinsmore, Jack Shontz, Dana Still, and President James Gemmell helped shape my career for me at Clarion," said Kodrich. "They made it possible for me to develop the research program uninhibited."

In retirement, Kodrich is doing environmental consultant work and is active in Trout Unlimited and other professional organizations.

"Obviously, this is one of the most rewarding things that has happened to me," said Moore. "I feel very honored to receive the recognition. Clarion maintained a stimulating environment for me for 27 years. I have had the opportunity to develop a graduate program in biology and to continue an active research program.

"Perhaps our greatest achievement was the development of the Pymatuning Cooperative Program in teaching and research with the University of Pittsburgh. The benefits of this program are numerous: exposure of student to a more diverse faculty, facilities, and equipment sharing; availability of expanded course offerings for students and increased efficiency for all participating universities. Usually the courses are full and there is a waiting list."

Moore, a native of Cecil, earned his B.S. in comprehensive science and mathematics from Clarion State Teacher's College. "I came to Clarion as an undergraduate with the encouragement of my uncle James Moore, who was dean of academic affairs at Clarion," he recalled.

The Soviet Union's launching of Sputnik in 1958 created an accelerated need for the upgrading of science programs, Moore enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh as a research assistant/teaching fellow and earned his M.S. in botany and Ph.D. in biology.

"I selected biology because I did my best work in that area," said Moore. "Clarion was actively searching for professors when I graduated in 1965. They called and offered me a job at a competitive salary.

"If Clarion had remained a teaching institution, I may well have looked into other positions. But, they provided the opportunity to do research. If you can't do research you tend to stagnate."

Moore also served Clarion in other capacities, including a four year term on the board of directors of the Clarion University Alumni Association and a three year term on the advisory board for the Clarion University Foundation.

Beverly Hlawati-Settlemire -- 1993 Venango Campus Distinguished Alumni Award

Hlawati-Settlemire is a program specialist for gifted education for the Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System, Broward County School Board of Broward County, Florida. She is also an adjunct professor for Florida Atlantic University, Boca Rotan, St. Thomas University, Miami, and Nova University, Ft. Lauderdale. She received her B.S. in elementary education and comprehensive English from Clarion University in 1972, spending two year of that time at the Venango Campus.

"As a young wife and mother, Venango Campus provided me an opportunity to enter college 12 years after graduating from high school," she said. "The small campus afforded an ideal setting for a non traditional student to become really involved in student activities. The faculty and staff went an extra mile to know and to assist students in personal as well as academic areas. Venango Campus provided me with a strong undergraduate education, reaffirmed my belief in my abilities and solidified my love of learning."

In addition to earning her undergraduate degree Magna Cum Laude at Clarion, Hlawati-Settlemire also received her M.S. in communication from Clarion University in 1975. She enrolled at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, and received a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction. In addition she was a school psychology candidate at Edinboro University, and received her administration and supervision certification from Florida Atlantic University.

Hlawati-Settlemire spent 13 years in the Franklin Area School District as an elementary and secondary teacher, and teacher/director of the district program for gifted learners. She joined the School Board of Brevard County in 1985 as lead teacher/director of the gifted education program.

She is a member of Phi Delta Kappa, the Council for Exceptional Children, the Florida Association for the Gifted, the National Association for Gifted Children, and numerous professional committees. She has served professionally for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the national Education Association, the Pennsylvania State Education Association, and as a cooperating supervisor for student teachers for Clarion State College. She presented at numerous workshops and for professional organizations, and has had three articles published.

Dr. Samuel Farmerie '54 -- 1993 Distinguished Alumni Award

"I am very surprised," said Dr. Samuel Farmerie ('54) about the recognition. "There are so many quality Clarion graduates, I am surprised that I rose to the top."

Farmerie is a professor of education, director of the graduate program, and former chair of the department of education for Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA. "I was one of the many first generation college students who attend Clarion," he said.

"I received a very good education at Clarion because of the quality of the faculty. My success was substantially due to professors like Thomas Carnahan, James Moore, Donald Peirce, and Waldo Tippin. "I sometimes think that the award should go to those people because they made it all possible."

Farmerie went on to earn his M.S. at Westminster College, and D.Ed. from the Pennsylvania State University. He was a teacher in the U.S. Marine Corps; a teacher at SRU Joint District; and an administrator at Lebanon Valley College before joining Westminster in 1966.

Farmerie is the author of "Clarion State College: A Centennial History" published in 1968. "My orientation as an undergraduate was in history," said Farmerie. "I always had an interest in and pursued history. I am very interested in college and local histories. I was finishing my degree at Penn State and volunteered to do the Clarion project. A Clarion history was something that needed to be done."

Farmerie recently completed an update of the history, which will be published as the spring "Clarion Magazine."

Farmerie was recently named Teacher Educator of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of College and Teacher Educators (PAC-TE). Previously, he received the Westminster College Distinguished Faculty Lecturer award and was named the Phi Delta Kappa Educator of the Year by the Westminster Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa.

While at Westminster, Farmerie has maintained links with Westminster College in Oxford, England, a teacher education institution which exchanges students with Westminster College in New Wilmington; designed the institution's programs to meet the teacher certification standards of Ohio; developed a superintendents' program to meet the needs of educators and school districts in rural northwestern Pennsylvania's fostered involvement of teacher preparation students with Native Americans and in urban education; and served as a consultant for a variety of college and school districts.

Farmerie is very active in graduate education. He engineered the development of cooperative graduate education programs with Penn State, Edinboro, and Slippery Rock Universities, and was active with the Pennsylvania Association of Graduate Schools, including serving as the organization's president. He also developed a three year in-service program for the professional staff at the Schutz American School in Alexandria, Egypt.

He is a member of numerous professional and community groups and has published in educational and historical journals in addition to presenting papers at education and geographical meetings at state, regional, and national levels.

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1994

Dr. James Cole -- 1994 Distinguished Service Award

Dr. James Cole was a professor of and dean of the College of Communication and Computer Information Science at Clarion University from 1967-88. Cole linked his business world experience with his academic background in developing the communication department during the 1960s. He watched the department grow from a handful of students to a college with an enrollment of over 500 undergraduate and graduate students.

Cole earned his M.S. and Ed. D. from Indiana University. He served as manager of the media division of the American Book Company in New York City from 1957-60, working with authors and editors of textbooks ranging from elementary through college. Cole cited the approval of a graduate program in 1968 and the approval of a media specialist certification program as his most significant accomplishments at Clarion.

In retirement, Cole is using his motor home for a lot of traveling. "We have been coast to coast," he says. "Things that we have seen in haste before, we now have as much time as we want to visit. We spend six months in Florida and visit our daughters in New Mexico. We are enjoying different cultures and having fun participating in them."

Mel Mitchell -- 1994 Distinguished Service Award

Mel Mitchell was a professor of mathematics at Clarion from 1965-91. He was one of the developers of the mathematics curriculum for the school of business in 1966, was a recognized Commonwealth Distinguished Teacher, and was one of the originators of the CORES/ITEC program for Clarion University.

Three courses developed by Mitchell are still taught at Clarion. He received the Clarion Distinguished Teaching Award in 1981. In 1988, Mitchell and T.A. Carnahan created an endowed scholarship for secondary education mathematics majors at Clarion.

Mitchell remains active with Clarion University, serving on the financial committee of the Clarion University Foundation and a committee of appointed by President Diane L. Reinhard.

Dr. Glenn McElhattan '56-- 1994 Distinguished Faculty Award

Dr. Glenn McElhattan is a 1956 Clarion State Teacher's College graduate and a professor of chemistry at the Venango Campus, Oil City. "I am very humbled by this honor," says McElhattan. "I never even considered such an honor. I have been with the Venango Campus my entire career and I didn't think enough people knew about me. I just think of myself as a teacher."

A Clarion County native, McElhattan has taught at the Venango Campus since 1968.

"I was planning on going into industry until Dr. Donald Peirce talked to me about benefits of teaching and directed me that way," says McElhattan. "He told me it would be rewarding and it has been rewarding."

McElhattan has worked to increase Venango Camps scholarship opportunities serving as chair of the Venango Campus Scholarship Committee for over eight years. During that time the number of scholarship offered by the campus has increased nearly 400 percent from eight to 40. IN 1993, an anonymous $10,000 contribution was made to the Clarion University Foundation to establish the Dr. Glenn R. McElhattan Scholarship Endowment.

Kay Ensle '76, '78 -- 1994 Venango Campus Distinguished Alumni

Kay Ensle (‘76, M.S. ‘78) of Oil City will be recognized as the Clarion University Venango Campus Distinguished Alumni during commencement ceremonies on May 14. The selection is made by the Venango Campus Distinguished Alumni Award Committee through the Clarion University Alumni Association.

Ensle is the director of the Oil City Library. After two years at Venango, she earned her B.S. in elementary education in 1976 form Clarion and continued on to receive an M.S. in library science in 1978 with additional certification as a public school librarian. She has earned post master's degree credits at Clarion.

"Venango Campus provided me with a solid academic foundation for additional study," said Ensle. "I took the required classes at Venango Campus and then concentrated on my major at Clarion."

While working on her master's degree, Ensle gained extra library experience by serving as a student assistant and an intern in the Suhr Library. After graduation, she worked in the Franklin Area School District form 1978-80 as a substitute high school librarian, elementary school librarian for three buildings, and elementary teacher.

Ensle joined the Oil City Library as assistant director in 1980 and was named director of the library in March 1984. She was a temporary instructor for the Clarion University College of Library Science. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Library Science in 1987.

Virginia Kaufman -- 1994 Distinguished Alumni

Virginia Kaufman, a 1937 Clarion State Teacher's College graduate, is an executive in Penn Art Associates, a Pittsburgh graphic arts and communication firm.

"This award comes as a surprise," she says. "I was aware of them in general, but I never associated it with my life. This a tribute to the good basic education I received at Clarion. That education helped to launch me on my career."

It is a career in which Kaufman has excelled for 50 years. Her Clarion education in mathematics and English, along with writing for and editing the student newspaper, paid off for Kaufman as her career progressed.

Kaufman continued her education at a business school for a brief time and worked at the Clarion County Thrift Plan, as a market researcher for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and as assistant to the director of advertising and merchandising for the Pittsburgh Group of Sears, Roebuck and Co. stores. She joined Penn-Art Studio in 1945, a firm that handled a variety of assignments for some of the country's major companies. Becoming a partnership in 1983, the company downsized, eliminating its formal office, but still does some work through the homes of the partners.

"This award is a tribute to the people at Clarion and my good teachers," says Kaufman. "I was fortunate to work with people who were supportive throughout my career. The situation when I left college is quite different from today. At that time women were not well fixed for advancement., but Clarion had prepared me well. I am proud to be associated with Clarion University."

Jack White Fuellhart '68 -- 1994 Distinguished Alumni Award

Jack White Fuellhart is a 1968 Clarion State College graduate who has had a varied life from career style as a teacher, businessman, entrepreneur, and farmer. "To say I am honored is an understatement," says Fuellhart. "As I think of the many graduates of Clarion University who have distinguished themselves so well, I am greatly honored as well as being humbled. It is an eminent honor to join the ranks of those who have been selected to this prestigious status with the university. The privilege of being singled out as a distinguished alumnus presents for me a challenge and obligation to see that Clarion continues to pace emphasis on academic achievement."

A native of Tionesta, and a current resident of Crown, Fuellhart earned degrees in elementary education and business from Clarion. He taught in the Warren School District until 1969, when he purchased the Tionesta Cable Company, now the Allegheny Valley Cable Company. He organized a cable construction company to build cable, for his own and other cable companies. He owned and operated systems in Oklahoma and New York, founded Cable Systems USA, USA Mobile Communications Inc., and Cellular USA Inc. As a farmer, he spent three years experimenting with seed blending to achieve the "champion" crops.

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1995

Martha Glosser -- 1995 Distinguished Service Award

Martha Glosser has served Clarion University in many capacities for the past 34 years, including her present position as special assistant to the president.

A graduate of West Forest High School in Tionesta, she started working at Clarion State College in February 1961 as secretary to Dr. Dana Still, chair of the English department, and Dr. James King, dean of men and professor of history.

She became the first department secretary on campus in 1963 for the social science faculty until the fall of 1970 when the department split to form separate areas for history and social studies. She continued working with the history department. A 1972 promotion placed Martha as secretary to the director of libraries, Dan Graves.

In 1979 she was named secretary to the president, under interim president Charles Leach and served presidents Thomas Bond and Diane Reinhard.

In May 1992, Glosser began doing prospect research on a halftime basis and continued to serve as staff secretary to the Council of Trustees. She also played an active role with the Clarion University Foundation.

She plans to retire within the next year.

Glosser and her husband, Fred, reside in Shippenville. Their daughter, Mona, is married to Kevin Hartle, and they reside with their two sons in the Poconos.

Frank Clark -- 1995 Distinguished Faculty Award

Frank Clark retired in 1994 after 27 ½ years with Clarion University and the Alumni Association Award tops off 42 ½ years of teaching. Clark earned his B.S. from IUP and a M.F.A. from Ohio University. He completed graduate courses at a number of universities in the United States and England.

He taught at Cranberry High School for 15 years prior joining Clarion State College in the summer of 1967 as an assistant professor to speech.

In addition to his teaching duties at Venango Campus, Clark twice served as acting campus administrator. He also served on many committees for Clarion University, Venango Campus, and his department; obtained several grants for the campus; and added three courses to the speech communication and theater curriculum at Venango Campus.

Theater was a passion for Clark. He worked with high schools, colleges, universities, and amateur theater companies.

Clark and his wife, Margaret, live in Oil City.

Dr. Charles Snyder -- 1995 Venango Campus Distinguished Alumni Award

"Education is a pathway to possibilities," says Snyder. "Venango Campus was a stepping stone in my life adventure."

That educational trip started in Oil City, where Snyder's parents John and Fern, still reside. He received his B.S. degree in education from Clarion University in 1971 and went on to earn an M.S. degree in communications from Clarion in 1972.

Snyder went on to earn his M.D. degree from UTESA University, Santo Domingo. He did his residency in pediatrics at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital in Pensacola, Fl. In 1989, he did independent study while residing in Franklin. From 1989-92 he was a resident in psychiatry at SUNY Health Science Center, Syracuse, N.Y., and from 1992-94 he was a fellow in psychiatry in the Child and Adolescent Department at the SUNY Health Science Center, Syracuse, N.Y.

A veteran of the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy, Snyder was presented with the Viet Nam Service Award from the South Vietnam government in 1967. He has held teaching and administrative positions in public, state, and private education in the U.S. and abroad. He is a member of the American Medical Assocaition, American Psychiatric Association, and National Teachers' Association.

Snyder's three sisters all attended Venango Campus. Beverly received a BSE in 1971 and MS in 1975 and went on to earn a Ph.D. and Exceptional Student Education Specialist designation and currently is in Broward County, Fl. Linda attended classes at Venango but went on to another career choice. Peggy is currently enrolled at Venango and is applying to the R.N. program.

Libby Williams '56 -- 1995 Distinguished Alumni Award

For 28 of the first 29 years of operation of the Venango Campus in Oil City, Mary Elizabeth (Libby) Williams served as the librarian. That association ended with her retirement in 1990, but she continues to be active with her other Clarion University activities.

A graduate of Clarion Area High School, Williams earned a B.S. degree in education at Clarion University in 1956 and later earned a master's degree in library science and an advanced certificate in library science at the University of Pittsburgh.

Following a year at Northwestern High School in Albion and five years with the Oil City School District, Williams became the librarian at the one-year-old Clarion University branch campus. The library in the Frame Building soon outgrew its allotted space involving Williams with the design of what would become the Charles L. Suhr Library.

In the next decade, Williams helped expand the Suhr collection, and modern library technology, and develop resource sharing agreements that aided both the campus and the community.

A lifetime member of the Clarion State College Alumni Association, Williams is active with the Clarion University Foundation, and since 1991 has co-chaired the Venango Campus Community Campaign.

Williams also remains very active in the community with the United Way, Red Cross, YMCA, Chamber of Commerce, Zonta Club, and the Oil City Chorus, a Clarion University Continuing Education program. She has been with the chorus since its inception in 1978.

Williams and her husband, Arthur, reside in Oil City.

Jim Kassel '33 -- 1995 Distinguished Alumni Award

Jim Kassel was the first president of the student senate and lettered in football, basketball, baseball, and track as a student leader at Clarion State Teachers College.

Graduating in 1933, Kassel started a 26 year teaching and coaching career in St. Petersburg, Salem Township, and Clarion High Schools. He also earned a masters degree in biology in 1940 from the University of Pittsburgh. During World War II, he was a physical training instructor and director of intramural and intercity sports programs for the U.S. Air Force in Los Angeles.

In the late 1940s, Kassel taught summer classes and night courses in biology, field botany, and audio visual at Clarion State Teachers College.

Active as a Clarion resident, he operated a pet supply business, called square dances, and coached and managed Little League and American Legion Baseball for over 30 years.

Jim and his wife, Mary, now live at St. Andrews Village in Indiana, where they are active in the Calgary Presbyterian Church.

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1996

Jean Ferguson -- 1996 Distinguished Achievement Award

The late Jean (Blake) Ferguson (1948) will receive an Outstanding Achievement award from the Clarion University Alumni Association during the annual Alumni Day activities on May 4.

"Jean would have been pleased to receive this award," says Harold Ferguson (1941). He married the former Jean Blake in 1947 in Clarion in a double wedding ceremony with their college and life-long friends Norma Bloom and Jim Siar (both 1947).

Jean (Blake) Ferguson died on Feb. 25,1994. She was born and raised in rural Pennsylvania, spent her first three years of high school at Uniontown, but graduated from New Bethlehem High School (now Redbank Valley High School) in Clarion County. She received her B.S. from Clarion University in 1948 and M.S.L.S. from Villanova University in 1966.

She was a research librarian for Bryn Mawr College in 1957-58; school librarian for the Baldwin School, Bryn Mawr, 1959-62; head librarian for the Penn Wynne Library, Penn Wynne, 1962-66; director of the Lower Merion Township Library Association, Bryn Mawr, 1966-79; district administrator/consultant librarian for the Clarion District Library Association, Clarion, 1979-89. She was a guest lecturer for Villanova University, Drexel University, and Clarion University from 1970-90. She was the recipient of the 1965 Penn Wynne Civic Association Award for outstanding community service; 1966 Summa Cum Laude, M.S.L.S., from Villanova University; and was the 1967 Pennsylvania Library Association Librarian of the Year.

"We had a tremendous time when we were students at Clarion," says Ferguson. "We have always been involved with Clarion University as alumni. We helped form the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter. We enjoyed Clarion and knew a lot of people. When we moved to Mayport we were active locally. Jean was active in recruiting students and was always very pro Clarion University."

Ferguson also recalled his wife as an outstanding mother; avid reader; community volunteer, who once took a Girl Scout troop to St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands; and outstanding "canner," who once canned 140 quarters of peaches in one year. "She was just great," he says. "Jean was a motivator to the children. They were all oriented to education and went on to get advanced degrees and good employment."

The Ferguson's have four children, Lorene Ruberg of Wheeling, W.V., James of Honeybrook, Blake of Broadview Heights, Ohio, and Jeffrey of Perrysburg, Ohio.

Philip Wallace -- 1996 Distinguished Service Award

"I appreciate this very much," says Wallace about the award. "It is especially pleasing to receive this award after being retired so many years because it means I am remembered and others think I am worthy of this recognition."

Wallace was born in Belltown and graduate from Brookville High School before starting his first student stint at Clarion State College in 1941. "Waldo Tippin came to Brookville to recruit me to play football," he says. "He became a father figure to me and took an interest in me as an individual. I was never a statistic at Clarion. That is what I liked about Clarion."

World War II interrupted Wallace's education and he spent three years in the service before returning and receiving his degree in 1948. He was a four year letter winner for the Golden Eagles in football, a three time letter winner in basketball, and was a member of the 1946-47 undefeated baseball team.

"Clarion helped me here too," Wallace recalled. "When I needed extra money they helped me to find an extra job so I could continue classes. I was six credits short of graduation when I was offered a teaching and coaching position. Clarion backed me and I completed my degree while doing my job."

Wallace taught and coached at Cranberry and Oil City, served as principal at Rouseville, supervising principal at East Forest and chief school administrator for the Forest Area School District. At that time he sought to return to higher education.

"I applied to three institutions for jobs and all of them accepted me," Wallace says. "Walter Hart and Bill Paige came to Brookville and asked me to come visit campus. Dana Still gave me the tour and within 15 minutes I knew I was going to stay."

Wallace joining Clarion State College in 1967 as an assistant in the admissions department. He retired in 1980 as the director of professional education services. "Walter Hart was a driving force in making Clarion number one," says Wallace. "I was very happy working with student teachers. I had taught and been an administrator at all levels and I felt I could relate to these students. I liked that job."

Since retiring, Wallace has traveled, spending winters in Florida, summers fishing in Montana, and the remainder of the year in Brookville with his wife, Bertha (Thompson), a 1948 Clarion State Teachers College graduate.

They have three sons, Richard, a teacher in the Brookville School District, who has taken graduate courses at Clarion; Daniel, a member of the U.S. Navy stationed in Chambersburg; and Andrew, a 1972 Clarion graduate with a degree in business, and manager of a K-Mart in Providence, RI.

An avid sportsman, Wallace is a director of the Iron Furnace Chapter of Trout Unlimited, a member of the Mountain Wildlife Federation, and is active in the Heath Township Sportsmen's Club.

Dr. Benjamin Freed -- 1996 Distinguished Faculty Award

"I was very surprised, to say the least, when I received word of the award," says Freed, who has also served as chair of the mathematics department since 1983. "I can think of a lot of faculty members in this department alone deserving of this award. I would like to accept it on behalf of the mathematics department and all faculty members."

Freed grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia and was always interested in mathematics. When he graduated from high school, he wanted to go away from the city for college. "I visited one college and applied to Marietta College in Ohio, but never went for a visit," he recalled. "I was accepted at Marietta. Two days before classes started I left on an eight hour bus ride to a place I had never seen before."

Entering as a mathematics major, Freed never deviated from his goal of a degree in that field. But, when it was time for graduation he readily admits that he hadn't thought much about what he was going to do next.

One of Freed's professors suggested graduate school and helped him get an assistantship to attend Kent State University. There he ran into a national event during the United State's rocky Vietnam War protest era, the "Kent State Massacre."

"I was returning to my office from lunch on Monday, May 4, 1970, when I saw a confrontation between the student protestors and the National Guard," he says. "I watched the tear gas fired at the students and the students throwing the tear gas back. Once the crowd started to disperse, it didn't seem to be a threatening situation and I went to my office."

Shortly after that the shootings took place. Freed's office building was occupied by the National Guard and Kent State eventually was closed down. He finished the first year of graduate school by correspondence.

Freed also had one other recollection from this time period at Kent State. "I was graduate teaching assistant and I had future Pittsburgh Steeler Jack Lambert in two of my classes," he says.

"Although I hadn't been thinking about a Ph.D., just about the time I was completing my master's degree Kent State started its Ph.D. degree program in mathematics," says Freed. "It was an easy transition to stay and continue in the Ph.D. program. So that's what I did. When I started college in 1965, I knew I wanted to major in mathematics, but I never thought about being a teacher. By the time I finished my Ph.D. in August 1975, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. So in the spring of 1975 I sent out numerous resumes to colleges and universities.

"I had never heard of Clarion, but I applied there. I got a nice letter from Steve Gendler saying there were no openings. However, in July I received a phone call from Mel Mitchell asking me if I was still interested in a job. I came to Clarion for the interview, accepted the position, and have been here ever since."

"I like living in Clarion very much. I grew up in a big city and now when I visit one I can't stand the traffic and congestion. It's nice to be able to walk or bike everywhere, especially to school."

Since joining Clarion, Freed has been involved in university activities from serving on scholarship and other committees to a six year term on Faculty Senate. He has run a high school mathematics competition at Clarion University for many years and served as advisor to student clubs. In the community, he has been involved with Little League, the Clarion University Wrestling Pin Club, and Clarion River Runners Club.

"Being surrounded by caring, dedicated, enthusiastic faculty and staff all these years makes going to school every day an enjoyable experience," he says. "I know I made the right choice in becoming a teacher and coming to Clarion."

Freed lives in Clarion with his wife, Deb. They have two children, Kate, a sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh, and, Mark, a senior at Clarion High School.

Dr. Vickie Harry -- 1996 Venango Campus Distinguished Alumni Award

"I am very honored and surprised to receive this award," says Harry, who successfully defended her doctoral dissertation in January and will be receiving her Ph.D. degree from Penn State University on May 10. The Venango Campus recognition will continue a big weekend for her that includes a son's graduation from Penn State University.

"Like many people who attend Venango Campus, I was a returning adult," says Harry. "I spent a year at the Penn State Behrand Campus in Erie after I graduated from high school, but I got married and dropped out of school. Two children and 10 years later I was working as a teacher's aide in the Oil City School District and decided I wanted to be a teacher."

A meeting with Venango Campus administrator Charlie Blank followed and he encouraged Harry to follow her dream. She did that by enrolling in a class taught by Dr. Frank Clark. "I heard he had one of the toughest classes and I thought if I could succeed in his class, I could see anything through," she said.

Working full time and gaining release time from her jobs, Harry earned 46 credits at the Venango Campus over three years, before completing her final year at Clarion, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1981. She was hired as a permanent substitute by the Oil City School District in January 1983.

In 1986, Harry received her master's degree in science education from Clarion University earning many of her credits through the Pennsylvania Science Teacher Education Program. "I was remarried by that time and with my husband's three children, now had five at home," says Harry. "I thought I was at the end of the education road, until Clarion University signed a letter of agreement on a cooperative doctorate degree programs in science education with Penn State University. I took a sabbatical to be a full time student again."

Harry intended to return to classroom teaching but instead answered an advertisement for a one-year faculty member at Clarion University. She accepted a one-year job and in 1995 was offered a tenure track position teaching education classes at both Clarion and the Venango Campus.

"I love being here," she says. "It is rewarding to say I was a student at Venango Campus. Venango prepared me well and enabled me to pursue my master's and Ph.D. degrees."

Harry also advises all education majors at the Venango Campus. "It is important for the students to have real life role models," she says. "I like to encourage single parents and others to pursue their educational goals. I think it has an impact on them to see someone else who has obtained lofty goals. I hope I will be able to continue to teach classes at the Venango Campus."

Harry and her husband, Rev. Richard Harry, pastor of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church and reside in Leeper. They have five children, Brian Fry, a Youngstown State University graduate now residing in Austin, TX; Thomas Fry, a U.S. Air Force Academy graduate, who is stationed at Edwards Air Force Base, CA; Richard Harry, who will graduated from Penn State University this year with a degree in mechanical engineering; Lance Harry, who will graduate from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in May; and Amanda Harry, a student at Clarion University.

Dr. Christine Hinko -- 1996 Distinguished Alumni Award

"The announcement of this award was a very wonderful surprise and a real thrill," says Hinko, a professor of pharmacology at the University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio. "Clarion sent me on my way. I always speak highly of the chemistry department and Clarion University."

Hinko received a B.A. in chemistry Magna Cum Laude from Clarion University in 1975 and went on to earn a Ph.D. degree from the Ohio State University in 1979.

"I enjoyed science in high school and after I took advanced chemistry as a senior decided that I wanted to go into a career related to science," says Hinko. "That was unusual for a woman at the time, but I went to an all girls high school and I had good role models. My father was apprehensive about me going to a college away from home, but my grandmother brought me to Clarion for an interview. I liked the faculty and the curriculum, my parents said yes, and I enrolled.

"I received a good start at Clarion. Classes were small and there was hands-on use of instrumentation. I had the opportunity to do an internship in analytical chemistry and that helped me to decide to follow my present course. There was a lot of interaction between students and faculty particularly in the laboratory. That is important because it enabled me to speak with the faculty frequently. It was a family type atmosphere."

Although Hinko had no direct experience in pharmacology at Clarion, she became interested in the field through reading. Dr. Paul Beck suggested to Hinko that she apply for a graduate program and she received a full fellowship at Ohio State University.

Hinko joined the University of Toledo in 1979 and teaches physiology and pharmacology in addition to mentoring research projects. "I enjoy teaching and consider it an extremely important part of my life," she says. But, Hinko's personal research involves seeking a treatment for epilepsy. "Epilepsy affects thousands of people, some of whom can't control their seizures even with the drugs available," she says. "For the last 12 or 13 years my research has involved looking for a novel anticonvulsant to treat seizures. My work has involved working with synthetic chemist to develop these agents. I test them to see if they prevent seizures in animal models. I have studied a large number of compounds seeking one that is effective and non-toxic. I am also interested in whether these compounds affect memory or learning in patients and the mechanism of action of these drugs in the central nervous system."

Hinko resides in Sylvania, Ohio, with her husband, Alexander, and two children, Kathleen and Allison. Her parents, Oscar and Evelyn Nesterick, still reside in Erie.

Dr. Thomas Barratt '50 -- 1996 Distinguished Alumni Award

Retired educator Dr. Thomas Barratt (1950) will receive a Distinguished Alumni award from the Clarion University Alumni Association during the annual Alumni Day activities on May 4.

"I am very pleased to accept this honor," says Barratt. "Twenty-one years ago, I had the privilege of presenting the Distinguished Alumni award to Stanley Lore. I know several other recipients so it is an honor to be chosen for the award."

Stanley Lore was one of the reasons Barratt attended the then Clarion State College when he graduated from Wilcox High School. He spent a semester at Penn State on a Senatorial Scholarship before leaving to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II. When he returned, Penn State was not accepting freshman on campus, but sent them to other state campuses. He selected Clarion because Lore, one of his high school teachers, was now teaching at Clarion.

"I liked it at Clarion and I decided to stay," says Barratt. "With the kind of personnel on the faculty at that time you truly got an education. The faculty saw education as more than a vocation and gave us an excellent background in the liberal arts as well as our majors. They also made us aware of being a benefit to society."

Barratt was a member of several honoraries and was president of the student senate and his fraternity while attending Clarion. Graduating in 1950, he debated teaching or going on in the field of pharmacy. "My father was a country doctor and encouraged me to get a teaching job," Barratt recalled. "Jobs were scarce and I was one of 52 applicants for a position in the BCI Joint (now Glendale) School. I got it, decided I liked teaching, and eventually went to Penn State for my master's and Ph.D."

He was a teacher and administrator in the Warren County School district from 1952-69, serving as teacher and assistant principal in Beaty Jr. High School, Warren, from 1952-54; supervising principal at Sheffield Area Joings Schools, 1957-63; assistatn superintendent of the Warren Public School, 1963-66; and becoming the first superintendent of the Warren County School District on July 1, 1966, when 18 districts were merged into the new Warren County School District.

"The legislature passed an act in 1963 reorganizing school districts and allowing the county boards to do the district planning," he says. "In Warren County a single school district was created with four high schools. Even though I objected to the plan I was named superintendent."

It was not the last time that Barratt would take on an innovative school reform project. Moving on to Edinboro State College as a professor of education and director of the educational development center from 1969-72, he become the primary developer of the first school principal certification program approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for any of the 14 state colleges.

"None of the state teacher colleges was able to get approval for a principal's certification program," he says. "I wrote the program and set it up on a seminar basis featuring the principal as an agency of change. The program was approved."

Later, he was an administrator for the Gateway School District, Monroeville, and the Crawford Central School District, Meadville; served as dean of administrative affairs for Alliance College, 1986-87; and was director of education and training for the Meadville Area Chamber of Commerce in 1987-88.

Moving to Arizona, he worked in a medical/surgical supply business and as a part-time faculty member at Superstition Mountain Campus of Central Arizona College. He is currently an adjunct professor at Park College and Wayland Baptist University at Luke Air Force Base.

Barratt lives in Sun City, Arizona, with his wife, Jo (Anderson, originally from Kane), whom he married in 1950. Sun City is a retirement community for those 55 and over and Barratt has organized a World War II Roundtable with the intention of preserving the personal histories of those from that time period.

They have two children, Thomas, and Jennifer Alonso, and four grandchildren. Thomas is employed by Pratt & Whitney and resides in Clarksburg, W.V., with his wife, Sarah (Rudy, originally from Meadville), and daughters Errin, Carrie Jo, and Lauren. Jennifer resides in Peoria, AZ, with her son, Joshua Thomas. Barratt's sister, Virginia Smith, still resides in Wilcox.

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1997

Al Jacks -- 1997 Distinguished Service Award

Al Jacks, legendary head football coach and former long time faculty member, will be honored by the Clarion University Alumni Association with its "Distinguished Service" award during Alumni Day activities on Saturday, May 3.

Jacks, who retired at the end of the 1995-96 academic year, was a faculty member for 33 years, serving as head football coach for 19 years and health and physical education department chair for 17 years.

Jacks, the winningest football coach in Clarion football history, will receive his award and retired mathematics department faculty member Lois Linnan ('56) will receive the Distinguished Faculty Award during the "Alumni Gathering" in Hart Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Reunion diplomas will also be presented to the classes of 1952 and 1957.

In addition to teaching and coaching Jacks served on numerous campus wide committees examining such items as sabbaticals and tenure, and served on the administrative council. "These are just things a person should do in their job," says Jacks. "I thought I worked reasonably hard and did what was needed on campus."

Jacks came to Clarion in 1963 after earning both a B.S. and M.S. degrees in health and physical education at Penn State University. He played quarterback for the Nittany Lions under coach Rip Engle. He served as an assistant coach at Penn State and Slippery Rock before joining Clarion.

"I was fortunate to have had previous contact with Clarion President James Gemmell when he was a Penn State dean," says Jacks. "It was a nice situation for me and they were very patient with me. I knew football but I didn't know how to be a head coach, the recruiting, financial aid, and other off the field things that needed to be done."

With administrative support, Clarion was one of the early schools to establish scholarship funds from outside contributions to recruit athletes.

"When I first came here in 1963 there was no organized outside support for athletics," recalled Jacks. "We tried to promote football interests and started the first athletic scholarship. A year later we started to have weekly meetings at the Modern Diner and had memberships fees to raise scholarship money. In 1966 the football team won the state championship and athletic director Frank Lignelli started the Century Club with a $100 membership fee. That enabled us to offer partial financial aid to perspective football players. This was eventually expanded to provide scholarships to other sports."

Jacks coached the Golden Eagle football team to an overall 128-46 5 record, still the highest winning percentage among Clarion football coaches, three Pennsylvania Conference Championships, and six Pennsylvania Conference Western Division titles, all while maintaining a full teaching load. This football success brought Jacks a number of job offers. In 1971 he resigned to take the head coaching job at Williams College, Massachusetts. He spent one week at the school before asking if he could return to Clarion.

"I thought I originally wanted to be a major college coach," he says. "But, I didn't want to be in a situation where I might have to move to a different team every few years. I enjoyed the Clarion students. I loved the rewards of personal contact with our athletes, who were always hard working, respectful, and mostly first generation college students. My family was also a big factor in my desire to stay in Clarion."

Jacks and his wife, Karen, have three sons and four grandchildren. Craig is employed by Georgia Pacific in Atlanta, GA; Glenn works for Manheim Auto Auction in Pittsburgh; and Dean is currently working on a Ph.D. degree at the University of Toledo.

"Clarion was a great place to work," says Jacks. "The longer I was here the more I realized that fact."

Lois (Singer) Linnan '56 -- 1997 Distinguished Faculty Award

Linnan retired as an associate professor of mathematics in December 1996, following 29 1/2 years at Clarion. "The thing I liked the most about Clarion was the focus on teaching and the autonomy of the classroom," says Linnan. "The schedules were flexible to allow the faculty to focus on their particular interests in teaching."

A Pittsburgh native, Linnan first visited Clarion State Teacher's College as a high school student. "I liked what I saw and decided to come here," she recalled. "My high school teachers encouraged me into science and math because that is where my strengths were. While I was a student at Clarion, Dr. George Lewis told me I should be a mathematics major."

But, Linnan went beyond the mathematics and when she graduated in 1956 had earned a double major in mathematics and science. Her first teaching job was at Penn Hills High School. After marrying she returned to the Clarion area, teaching at Keystone High School for several years, before deciding to attend graduate school.

A year of study in Boston earned Linnan an M.A. degree in mathematics from Boston College in 1968. Applying for jobs following graduation, she received an offer from Clarion and accepted.

"The mathematics department was very nice to work with," she says about her 29 1/2 year experience. "It was a very cohesive group. I enjoyed the students. They make a choice to further their education, are motivated, and are here because they want to be."

Linnan was also active on campus with the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculty (APSCUF), chairing the grievance committee and serving on the meet and discuss team for 15 years. She also served for six years as chair of APSCUF's statewide grievance committee. She also chaired the CCPS and the Clarion University Faculty Senate in addition to taking classes at Clarion in such varied topics as computers, art, and sign language.

Retiring in December 1996, Linnan has continued to take classes at Clarion and has authored a test bank for a mathematics textbook as well as reviewing mathematics textbook chapters and checking the problems presented for accuracy.

Linnan has three children, Lorrie Hager of Clarion, Linda Hinderliter of Bedford, VA, and William Mushrush of Washington, D.C., and four grandchildren.

John Best -- 1997 Venango Campus Distinguished Alumni Award

John Best sought higher education a little later in life than the traditional college student, but was selected by the Clarion University Alumni Association to receive the Venango Campus Distinguished Alumni Award. Best, a 1990 Clarion University graduate, received his M.D. degree from the Temple University School of Medicine in 1994.

The Cranberry resident has lived most of his life in the Franklin and Oil City area. Graduating from Cranberry High School in 1973 he attended drafting school in Pittsburgh and worked at Joy Manufacturing in Franklin for 13 1/2 years.

"I was laid off twice," recalls Best. The Venango Campus was a good location for me to go to class, so I started to take courses in the evening to see if there is something I could fall back upon or perhaps switch to in the future. I took a wide variety of courses, but found out that I was interested in science.

"Dr. James Cole and Dr. William Belzer each talked to me and told me that I had reached the point that I would have to go to Clarion campus to get any additional classes. When I was laid off for the second time I started full-time at Clarion and with the help of the pre-professional committee, graduated and got accepted at Temple. I really liked my classes at Clarion and I was prepared to do well on the medical college admissions test."

There were 4,000 applicants for the Temple University School of Medicine that year and Best was among 178 selected for entrance. "I was exempted from the genetics course thanks to what I learned in Dr. William Barnes' class," says Best. "The rest was more intensive than any college classroom I had ever been in. Sometimes we were all overwhelmed, but I feel I was well prepared for the basics by Clarion."

Following graduation from Temple, Best completed six months of his residency in family practice at the St. Vincent Health Center in Erie before requiring orthopedic surgery. With the surgery, Best, who is a hemophiliac, became the first in the country to use a recently approved clotting drug, which allowed the operation to take place. "I was involved with the drug study on hemophilia conducted in Pittsburgh and got to be the first to use it after it was approved," he says.

Best is a son of Esther and the late Floyd Best of Cranberry.

Charles R. Alexander '54 -- 1997 Distinguished Alumni Award

Clarion County Judge Charles R. Alexander will receive the Clarion University Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award during Alumni Day Activities, Saturday, May 3, at Clarion University.

Alexander will receive his award during the Alumni Banquet, beginning at 12:15 p.m. in Chandler Dining Hall. Also at the luncheon, the Class of 1947 will receive reunion diplomas and be inducted into the Half Century Club and other reunion classes will be recognized.

Alexander, who graduated from Clarion State Teachers College in 1954, was appointed judge of Clarion County in November 1988 by Governor Robert Casey. He was elected to the position during the May 1989 primaries when he won the nomination of both parties and will serve until January 2000.

"I have many good memories of Clarion," says Alexander, a lifelong Clarion resident. "The college was part of my boyhood. I knew all of the teachers at the college and many of the student when I was growing up. A few of us used to sneak into Harvey Gymnasium to shoot baskets. The President, Dr. Paul Chandler, knew about it, and allowed us to do it."

Alexander also spent part of his youth in Cook Forest where his father, George "Heap", was a forester. Some of his early schooling came in a one-room school house taught by Lucille Cook and he graduated from Clarion High School in 1950.

When it was time to go to college, Alexander spent two years at Denison University, Granville, Ohio, before getting married. He returned to Clarion, where he took over the management of the "Modern Diner" from his parents George and Miriam Alexander. The Modern Diner was a landmark for Clarion students from the 1930s through the 1960s. Alexander continued to operate it until leaving for law school.

Working full-time at the dinner, Alexander also attended classes at Clarion and graduated in 1954 with education degrees in social studies and English. "I remember my literature course taught by Harriet Skaggs Hearst and the science class taught by Donald Peirce very well," recalled Alexander. "I almost switched my career to science after having Dr. Peirce, but I was too close to my degree to change my mind."

However, it was law that finally won out and Alexander's Clarion education held up quite well at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated fourth in the class of 1957, cum laude with a juris doctorate degree and the Order of the Coif.

"It was something that I seemed to pick up on," says Alexander about studying law. "The flexibility of the schedule led me to it. I felt it was a good way to make a living and to be my own boss. I had time to hunt and fish and still practice."

Alexander was admitted to the Court of Common Pleas of Clarion County on Dec. 24, 1957, Pennsylvania Superior Court on April 11, 1960; Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Sept. 29, 1958; and Federal District Court of the Western District of Pennsylvania on May 20, 1959. He was appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners in 1995 and is currently vice chairman of that board.

He started his own law practice in Clarion, which grew to become Alexander, Garbarino, Kifer, Speer, & Neely. Alexander remained with the firm until his appointment to the judge's position.

Alexander and his wife, Maxine, reside in Farmington Township. Their children include, Charles Alexander, an accountant and timber consultant in Brookville; Dr. Stephen Alexander, a professor of physics at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio; James Alexander, an attorney in Clarion; Larry Kifer, an attorney in Clarion; and Sandra Kifer, a returning adult student enrolled at Clarion University.

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1998

Dr. James D. Schwab -- 1998 Distinguished Volunteer Award

Dr. James D. Schwab ('49) originally intended a short-term relationship with the then Clarion State Teachers' College, but found Clarion a place that he could call his own. He has been a willing helper for Clarion and its educational objectives for several years. As a result, he is being recognized with a "Special Volunteer" award by the Clarion University Alumni Association.

"Clarion did a lot for me,"Schwab says in explanation of his efforts to help his alma mater. Schwab served a stint with the Army Air Force and when he returned home, enrolled at Clarion.

"I planned to stay a short time and then transfer," he says about his college career. "But, like most other people, once you go to Clarion you tend to stay. I was receiving a good education, made several lifelong friends, and decided this is where I belonged."

After receiving his degree in social studies/geography with minors in English and elementary, Schwab went to graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh where he received his M.Ed. degree. He took additional graduate work at several colleges and received his Ph.D. in human services through Walden University at the University of Delaware.

Schwab taught in the elementary and secondary schools before moving on to the Oil City Area School District where he served as a guidance counselor, assistant high school principal, and director of guidance. Being a state licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist, most recently he has been involved with career testing and counseling of adults.

He became involved with the Alumni Association and as a speaker at Clarion's college career program for high school juniors. He has participate in the annual fund raising campaigns at the Venango Campus and serves on the current Investing in Futures Capital Campaign. He has recruited several students to attend Clarion among his many commitments to the university.

Schwab also participates and volunteers in several community activities. He and his late wife, Shirley, have two sons, Bryan, a teacher in the Oil City School District, and J. Douglas, a vice president with Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh.

"Clarion was right for me," says Schwab. "I was well prepared for graduate school and I have so many fond memories of my experiences along with the life-long friendships I made there."

Joyce Fosdick -- 1998 Distinguished Achievement Award

Joyce (Ulizio '74, M.S. '78) Fosdick, a native of Ohioville in Beaver County, received her B.S. in elementary edcation and M.S. in science education from Clarion Univeristy. She taught second grade at the Keystone School District in Knox for 20 years.

In 1989, Fosdick began organizing a service-learning project where her fellow second grade teachers and began a school-wide learning project Student Making an Impact through Learning Experiences with Seniors (SMILES) in 1991. While coordinating SMILES, she was named a Penn SERVE Fellow for two years, 1991-92 and 1992-93, serving as a resource for service-learning projects throughout the state under the auspices of the Governor's Office of Citizen Service, Department of Labor and Industry.

By 1994, Fosdick and fellow collaborators at SMILES won a grant from the Corporation for National Service and established the Keystone School District as an AmeriCorps grantee. With Fosdick serving as executive director, Keystone SMILES/AmeriCorps moved into a vacant store in Oct. 1994, and by Christmas of 1994, she and 28 AmeriCorps members opened the Keystone SMILES Community Center.

The Keystone SMILES Community Learning Center Inc., was formed as a non-profit corporation in 1995 with Fosdick as the executive director. She was chosen as the president of the cdorporation's board of directors in 1996. SMILES added a second building in 1995 and grew to 37 AmericCorps members and four staff. In 1996, in partnership with other organizations, SMILES added two satellite programs and now has a totl of 60 Americorps members, eight staff, and several other employees.

The Keystone SMILES Center in Knox provided the only day care center in Knox, while also providing an educaitonal classroom equipped with computer, a fithness, center, a gymnasium, and an open room. The center has hosted community and county-wide art shows, GED classes, first aid classes, and classes on computer use and resume writing. Senior citizens as well as youngsters have found activities at the center.

Joyce and her husband, Steve, reside in Shippenville with their daughter and son.

Mary Seifert -- 1998 Distinguished Service Award

Mary L. Seifert ('46) is an alumna with family connections to Clarion University since it was Clarion Normal School.

"I love Clarion," says Seifert, a retired teacher who supports Clarion University through several scholarships and other activities.

"My mother and her entire family went to Clarion," explains the New Bethlehem resident. "I was well indoctrinated to it by my family and wanted to attend Clarion too."

Seifert was from nearby Kittanning, but lived on campus instead of commuting during the World War II years. The war meant small classes and an intimate setting for all attending.

Receiving a B.S. degree in secondary social studies and geography and a minor in English, Seifert went on to a successful career as a teacher. She taught for 35 years and retired from the West Mifflin School District. "Clarion prepared me for teaching," she says. "I had all the information that I needed to be a successful teacher. I also liked working with the children."

Seifert continues to show her affection for Clarion and the education of future children through support of scholarships at Clarion University. She recently established the Mary L. Seifert Music Department Scholarship. Its purpose is to annually reward academic achievement; departmental and university service; and the musical contributions of a junior or senior major.

This increased to three the number of scholarships established by Seifert's family.

The Sabina Mooney Seifert Scholarship was established by Seifert in honor of the musical talent of her mother, a member of the Clarion Normal School Class of 1909. It is given to an incoming freshman majoring in music.

The Dr. John A. Mooney Scholarship, named for Seifert's uncle who graduated from Clarion in 1915, is presented to a music major of at least sophomore standing based primarily upon musical talent and secondarily upon financial need.

Seifert also supports the Clarion University music department and actively recruits students for Clarion. In the latter case she has paid tuition for several students to attend Clarion.

"They are children of good friends, who didn't have the finances to attend college," she explains. "I wanted them to go to college and be able to stay in college."

In the community, Seifert is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and is actively involved in several local civic organizations, and supports the arts, the Presbyterian Church, and several charities and individuals, including Habitat for Humanity, Erie House of Prayer, and the Salvation Army. She is a member of the Metropolitan Opera Guild, a life member of Delta Zeta, the Clarion University Alumni Association, Clarion County Historical Society, and the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees. She is a former member of the Mendelssohn Choir in Pittsburgh.

Her rich family history with Clarion can be traced to her grandfather, John A. Mooney, who served as a trustee for Clarion Normal School. Her mother and four brothers also graduated from Clarion and two of the family became medical doctors, graduating from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). "Clarion has done a good job of preparing everyone in my mother's family for the world."

Romaine McClune -- 1998 Distinguished Service Award

Romaine McClune has been involved with education at Clarion University for over 40 years as a secretary for the College of Education and Human Services.

Two years ago, McClune, a lifelong resident of New Bethlehem, was recognized for 40 years of employment at Clarion University. "I've been in college for 42 years and never got a degree," she jokes about her longevity.

McClune joined Clarion State Teachers College on Oct. 22, 1956, directly out of high school, as the first full time student teaching/placement secretary in the department of education. She has never worked in another department.

Clarion has evolved from state teachers college, to state college, to university during McClune's tenure. She has worked in four different buildings migrating with the department office from Stevens Hall, to Carlson Classroom, to the Wood Street House, to Becker Hall, and then back to Stevens. Five presidents have come and gone, and she has had eight bosses, including current interim associate dean of education Dr. Vicki Harry, and she worked with eight other secretaries in the office.

"My job has always been the same, even as the staff expanded, student teaching and placement," she says. "When student teaching and placement were separated, I stayed with the student teaching. I do the paperwork involved in the initial student teaching assignments."

In this capacity, McClune has helped all of the students who have had field experience in the last 42 years. She said the number of students student teaching peaked at over 300 per semester in the late 1960s. These numbers declined with the diversification of the curriculum at Clarion and supply and demand needs of the school systems.

"This has always been a good job situation with nice co-workers," she says. "I also like the interaction with the students. I enjoy my work and I am contented to contribute what I can where I can. I appreciate receiving this award, there are many other deserving people on this campus who could earn one too."

Working at Clarion has also allowed McClune to follow the Golden Eagle sports teams, particularly the football and wrestling teams. "I have enjoyed being able to watch them play," she says.

Dr. Eugene Rhoads -- 1998 Distinguished Faculty Award

For 22 years Eugene Rhoads was a leader in mathematics education at Clarion State College.

Born and raised in Lamartine, Rhoads received his B.S. from Clarion State College in 1951 following a stint in the U.S. Navy from 1944-46. "Clarion was only 16 miles away," he recalled. "Even during high school, area students came to take courses at Clarion.

"When I came back from the war, I was thinking about veterinarian school, but very few colleges were accepting freshman at the time. I decided to go to Clarion for a year. I got to play on the baseball team and I liked college so much that I decided to go into teaching."

Mathematics became Rhoads' teaching field of choice. "I had math instructors that inspired me all the way back to high school, including Clarion graduate Norbert Masters," he said. "When I got to Clarion, Dr. Tom Carnahan, and particularly Dr. George Lewis inspired me to keep up with that study and Dr. Dana Still and Dean James Moore provided me with additional support."

Graduating, he taught secondary mathematics in the Smethport School District for 10 years, where he was visited yearly by Lewis and Walter Hart on their regular student recruiting visits.

During those 10 years, Rhoads went on to earn an M.S. in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1961. He also did graduate study at the University of Chicago, Penn State University, St. Bonaventure University, the University of Kansas, and the University of Pittsburgh. He also attended the National Science Foundation Institute at San Jose, CA, in 1968, and was named to Outstanding Educators in America in 1980.

It was after attending a National Science Foundation institute at the University of Chicago that opportunity to teach at Clarion opened for him. "I had just finished my graduate degree and I was contacted by Edinboro State College about teaching for them," recalls Rhoads. "They contacted Dr. Lewis about me. Dr. Lewis told them that they wouldn't get me because he wanted me to teach at Clarion, and he called to talk to me about a job."

Rhoads accepted and that started a 22-year teaching relationship with Clarion. He worked with Lewis to teach night courses to help upgrade area mathematics' teachers' skills. He was instrumental in starting and participating in the M.S. in mathematics degree for elementary teachers, was a consultant for the Title I Remedial Mathematics program, coordinated mathematics seminars for talented youth from 1971-80, conducted seminars in the metric system at area schools, participated in the Project Flourish Program, served as the liaison between the education department and the mathematics department, and supervised student teachers.

Rhoads was also chair of the Alumni Association board, served on Faculty Senate, chaired and served on the housing and dining committee and the mathematics department tenure committee and elementary committee.

Living in Clarion also enabled Rhoads to continue another passion, coaching baseball. With four sons of his own, he coached Little League, Connie Mack, and American Legion baseball teams in Clarion.

But when retirement time arrived Rhoads and his wife, Sandy ('71, M.E.D. '75), relocated to North Myrtle Beach, S.C., a place they had been visiting yearly since the late 1970s. Sandy continues to teach school.

"I decided if I was going to take a second job it would be one that didn't involve a lot of thinking," says Rhoads. "I started as a greeter at Wal-Mart in 1992. Four months ago they asked me to join the personnel department because of my background. They had a new store going in and had to interview to hire the employees, so I am helping with that job."

The Rhoads' have four grown sons, Bruce ('76) of Bloomsburg, Gary of Mentor, Ohio, Brent of Ridgway, and Greg ('79) of Summerville along with 10 grandchildren.

Dennis Lavery -- 1998 Venango Campus Distinguished Alumni Award

Dr. Dennis Lavery ('68) was honored as the Distinguished Alumni by the Venango Campus at its annual commencement ceremonies in May.

Lavery, an Oil City native who currently lives in Manassas, VA, is the deputy records administrator for the Department of the Army, Fort Belvoir, VA. He has spent his post-college career in Federal Civil Service with several different agencies.

He spent two years at the Venango Campus in Oil City, prior to earning his degree in education from Clarion State College. He went on to earn an M.A. in history from Northern Illinois University in 1971, and a Ph.D. in history from Penn State University in 1974.

"My attachment to Venango Campus remains both deep and affectionate," says Lavery. "It was there that I first received attention as a person whose opinions were worth something, and it was there that I was first encouraged to think and to examine what I was thinking.

"Most of the opinions I held then, I do not hold now, largely through the habit of self examination that I acquired at Venango Campus. It was also there that I picked up a love of knowledge and a questioning attitude. These habits do not lead one to have a quiet mental life, but they certainly make for an interesting and lively one.

"I attribute most of this to the style of instruction I had at the Venango Campus, and this is mostly due to three people then on the faculty, Alastair Crawford, John Reinhardt, and Mary Williams."

In his current position Lavery has established an automated editorial process covering all installation publications; eradicated Ft. Belvoir's 10 year backlog of nonessential and outdated regulatory publications; created an effective management program for the acquisition and utilization of office copier equipment bringing about an annual savings to the Federal taxpayer of $115,000 per year; created a system for the retention, retirement, and destruction of office records; served as the installation instructor on records management and correspondence, as well as on the handling of Freedom of Information and Privacy Act requests; and served as the installation publications editor.

Lavery started his Federal Civil Service career as the historian for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. During his time with the Corps, he: researched and wrote the history of the Corps' construction project for the U.S. Postal Service; researched and wrote the history of the Corps' implementation of an involvement with federal environmental regulation; researched and wrote the history of the Union Army's engineering operations during the Civil War; established and managed the oral history program for the Corps of Engineers; and was the Corps' expert on 19th Century American history, and on environmental regulatory history.

Joining the Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior, Lavery: was the agency's liaison between the U.S. government, all interested parties, and all northeastern U.S. Indian groups seeking legal recognition as Indian tribes eligible for Federal assistance and protection; researched and wrote historian opinions on groups seeking such recognition, preparing final reports for submission to the Secretary of the Interior; and was the agency's representative to the ad hoc committee concerned with the reorganization of the U.S. National Archives.

Lavery married the former Anita Louise Roby, also a career Federal civil servant, in 1977. In addition, to history, Lavery has interests in gourmet cooking, baking, and in gardening. He is currently working on a project on the command policies and structure of the British navy during World War I.

Dr. Audrey Hall -- 1998 Distinguished Alumni Award

Dr. Audrey (Sader '73) Hall took an unusual road to the medical profession. Now a physician specializing in internal medicine at St. Francis Hospital, Pittsburgh, Hall pursued her M.D. degree 10 years after leaving Clarion University.

"I came to Clarion because it had a solid reputation in science and mathematics," recalls Hall. "Those factors were important to me because I envisioned a professional career. Academically, Clarion had what I wanted and it was affordable. I also enjoy a rural environment and when I came for my interview I could tell that Clarion was a place that I would enjoy and where I could be happy."

Hall got to establish some precedents at Clarion, becoming its first woman tuba player and being one of the first to live in a co-ed residence hall. "Elk Hall was a men's residence hall, but because of lack of space some of the women were moved in, forcing the men to double bunk," she recalled. "It was a great adventure for us, but some of the men had mixed emotions about it. I met my very best friend, Ann (Latta '74) Karayusuf, while living in Elk Hall and we have remained close ever since. Our families and children are friends now."

Graduating Magna Cum Laude with a degree in biology in 1973, Hall felt she had received a good education and enjoyed her professors. "I was fortunate to be a work study student for Dr. Ernest Aharrah and helped him with his Ph.D. research," she says. "He taught me research skills which proved extraordinarily helpful in the future."

Following graduation, she spent several months at Allegheny General Hospital as a cancer research technician in the cell and radiation biology laboratories. "I used the same skills in this job, that I learned at Clarion," she says.

Marrying Douglas Hall ('73), they moved to Ontario, Canada, where they worked for an insurance company for three years. They returned to Pittsburgh in 1977 and she continued in the insurance business until 1984.

"I had studied biology and science, and thought at one time I wanted to be a veterinarian," recalled Hall. "I was considering a career change, and I thought of becoming a physician. It seemed impossible -- I was married and I had children, and I knew how demanding it is, but something inside kept urging me to try to do this. I thought I was too old to change careers, which was rather humorous, considering I was in my late 20s at that time.

"I ended up having everything I needed except the second semester of organic chemistry, which seemed like a real obstacle. I went back to night school at the University of Pittsburgh and took organic chemistry to make up that deficit and then applied to medical school."

Clarion's faculty were also helpful to Hall during the application process. "Many of the advisory board, including Dr. Paul Beck and Dr. Nadine Donachy, still remembered me 10 years later and recommended me," she says. "This helped facilitate the entrance process. I did very well on my admission test, really better than I had hoped."

Hall interrupted her medical study for a full year, when her third child was born, but still graduated with honors in 1989. She completed her residency as chief resident in internal medicine at Allegheny General Hospital. She joined the staff of Allegheny General Hospital and became a faculty member of the Medicine College of Pennsylvania/Hahnemen University. She is now in private practice with the Greater Pittsburgh Medical Associates, with offices in Cranberry Township and St. Francis Hospital.

"It was hard, going through medical school after being out over 10 years," she says. "The things that I had to relearn myself to apply at medical school I had already had at Clarion. Most people entering a profession feel some anxiety because everyone who gets in is a top student. I chose to apply myself diligently because I was more mature with greater life experiences. I wanted to do well and I was able to graduate at the top of my class."

Hall lives in Harmony with her husband, two sons, Gregory and Alexander, and a daughter, Stephanie.

"I was very satisfied with my undergraduate education at Clarion University and have many fond memories of the wonderful experiences I had during my college years," concludes Hall.

Joan Engel -- 1998 Distinguished Alumni Award

Rear Admiral Joan M. Engel ('69) is the Assistant Chief for Operational Medicine and Fleet Support at the Navy's Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) in Washington, D.C. She served as the 18th director of the Navy Nurse Corps from Sept. 1994-Aug. 1998.

A native of St. Marys, Engel is a 1961 graduate of Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, Buffalo, N.Y., received a bachelor of education in public school nursing from Clarion State College in 1969, and MSN from the University of Alabama School of Nursing in 1980. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, a Wharton Fellow, and also holds an honorary fellowship in the American Academy of Medical Administrators.

From the beginning, Engel did not want to be limited in her career. "That is why the Navy always appealed to me," she says. "I saw it as an avenue for doing many things and going many different places. The military is not for everyone. It's definitely a lifestyle choice. But for me, the opportunity to move all over the country - even the world, has been gratifying."

She first considered joining the Navy while in nursing school in Buffalo, but didn't follow up on the idea. After a year working as a nurse in Buffalo she returned home to St. Marys to be the first school nurse at Elk County Christian High School, and to go back to school for a baccalaureate degree.

The school was at Clarion State Teachers College at the time, where she and several other nurses made the round trip several times a week during the summer. "One thing that always stood out in my mind about Clarion is how progressive they were," she says. "They recognized the need for public school nurses to obtain their degrees and were flexible enough to accommodate our schedules so we could take the courses we needed."

But, Engel also knew she did not want to be a school nurse the rest of her life. With that in mind, she entering the Navy Nurse Corps and was commissioned a lieutenant in 1969, starting her on her lifelong career.

"The Navy gave me so many diverse opportunities to use my nursing background," she says. "I was the first Junior Nurse Corps Detailer, which entailed providing career counseling to and assigning junior nurses worldwide. As a charge nurse, I had the opportunity to set up a dispensary at the newly established medical clinic in LaMaddalena, Sardinia. I was even able to go back to school to receive my master of science in nursing at the University of Alabama in Birmingham courtesy of the Navy."

Engel was able to provide input into the construction of new hospitals while serving at the Naval Medical Command Northeast Region. "Having worked in a variety of hospital settings with a wide range of patients, I felt I could use my experience to help make big improvements in the hospitals' design that could benefit patients and staff alike. The Navy also fulfilled my dream of heading up a nursing staff when I was Director of Nursing at Naval Hospital in Pensacola, FL. But, my ultimate dream came true when I was selected to head the entire Navy Nurse Corps of over 5,000 active duty and reserve nurses. It was truly a humbling and rewarding experience."

Her resume with the U.S. Navy covers a wide range of experiences and includes:

•Clinical nursing assignments at the Naval Hospital, Millington, TN; Branch Medical Clinic, Iwakuni, Japan; Branch Medical Clinic, LaMaddalena, Sardinia; and Naval Hospitals in Charleston, SC, Jacksonville, FL, Newport, RI, and Pensacola, FL.

•Administrative assignments as the first junior Nurse Detailer, BUMED; the first Assistant Chief of Staff, Logistics, Naval Medical Command, Northeast Region, Great Lakes, IL; Naval Inspector General staff, Washington, D.C., and Naval Medical Inspector General staff, BUMED; and Deputy Director, Navy Nurse Corps, BUMED.

She has earned two Legion of Merit medals, four Meritorious Service medals, two Navy Commendation medals, and a National Defense Medal with Bronze Star.

"Because I was a commuter student while earning my degree at Clarion, I didn't have the opportunity to get involved in campus activities," she says. "But I was always impressed that Clarion was so willing to accommodate me and my fellow commuters. It was among the more progressive academic institutions at the time, not only in its flexibility to provide us with the classes we needed, but also in accepting credits from other institutions. I will always look upon Clarion as heaving played an important role in my career success."

Engel currently lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband LTCOL Walter Limbach, U.S. Marine Corps, retired.

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1999

Brad and Sue Leonard -- 1999 Distinguished Volunteer Award

Brad and Sue Leonard are the type of volunteers all organizations like to find. They give time willingly beyond what is requested and find others to help, too.

Their efforts are being recognized with the awarding of the Distinguished Volunteer Award. Together, they chaired community campaigns for the Clarion University Foundation in 1994-95, 1995-96, and 1996-97. Brad is in his fifth year as a member of the Clarion University Foundation Board and is currently the organization's treasurer. Most interestingly, neither of them had any affiliation with Clarion University before 1980.

"It feels great when people tell you that you have done a good job when you do volunteer work," says Sue about her recognition. "There is something everyone can do to be a volunteer."

The Leonards' first connection with Clarion was in 1980 when they obtained the Pizza Hut franchise in Shippenville. They moved to Clarion from Elkins, WV, in 1981, and now operate Pizza Huts in Clarion, Shippenville, and Grove City.

"Clarion basketball coach Joe DeGregorio approached me about helping to sponsor a holiday basketball tournament in the early 1980's," says Brad about the start of his involvement with Clarion. "Since 1990, we have sponsored the Pizza Hut Classic Basketball Tournament at Christmas."

The appointment of President Diane L. Reinhard in 1990 provided a new Clarion connection to the Leonards. Reinhard was an administrator at Brad's college alma mater, West Virginia University. The final step in their attachment to Clarion came with the hiring of Harry Tripp as vice president for advancement in 1993.

Brad was named to the Clarion University Foundation board in 1994, leading to their leadership of three successful community campaigns. Their efforts go beyond asking for money and serving on boards. When Clarion's football team participated in the 1996 NCAA Division II playoffs, the Leonards were in charge of one of the two buses that made the trip to Michigan for a game. Sue has even shown up to stuff envelopes at the Haskell House during the campaign.

The Leonards reside in Clarion. They have a daughter, Betsey, at home, and two grown sons. Brian operates the Grove City Pizza Hut, and resides with his wife, Amber, and sons, Josh and Rob, in Grove City. Sam resides in Boston, MA.

Dr. Crystal Park '85 -- 1999 Distinguished Achievement Award

Dr. Crystal Park ('85) has converted her education into a successful career. She will join the psychology department at the University of Connecticut in August, after spending the past four years as an assistant professor of clinical psychology for Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

A Brookville native, Park's decision to attend Clarion was based on familiarity.

"I didn't know much about college and picking a major was difficult," she says. "I always loved psychology. But, I met another student at orientation who told me how hard it was to get a job in the field, so I became an undeclared major."

That started an odyssey for Park that led her through computer science, accounting, pre-law, and education, before settling again on psychology. The psychology courses she took as part of the education curriculum revived her interest and she graduated summa cum laude in 1985 with a B.S. in psychology.

"I discovered I needed to follow my heart," says Park. "My professors directed me toward graduate school and helped me to go beyond a four-year degree. This is the most important thing that happened to me at Clarion. It was small enough that I knew my professors and they knew me. They were interested in me as a student."

Following a year as a counselor for the Clearfield-Jefferson Community Mental Health Center in DuBois, Park went on to earn an M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Delaware.

She discovered her research area, looking at religion in the process of coping with stress, and her dissertation was published in one of the most prestigious journals in psychology.

Following graduate school, Park received an NIMH Post-Doctoral Fellowship in psychology and medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. At Miami University, she conducted research on managing stress and how religion fits into the mix.

In her new position at the University of Connecticut, Park will have more opportunities to do research. She is investigating how stress can have a positive outcome by transforming life and encouraging personal growth.

Park is a daughter of Martha Park of Brookville and the late James Park.

John Shropshire '61 -- 1999 Distinguished Service Award

John Shropshire ('61), dean of enrollment management and academic records, has a long history with Clarion University.

"I am one of the few people left on campus to know all of the Clarion presidents of the last half-century," he says.

Shropshire decided he was coming to Clarion as an eighth grader in 1951 because, "They had an undefeated football team and I liked the name, even though I didn't know where Clarion was located."

The Pittsburgh native received five football scholarship offers, but came to Clarion in 1957, receiving a degree in English and secondary education social studies in 1961.

"The faculty were the key to me," Shropshire recalls. "Frank Campbell, Dana Still, Walter Hart, Frank Lignelli, President Paul Chandler, and President James Gemmell, were always around the students. They knew everyone well and the friendships you could establish were remarkable."

Shropshire continued his education at Shippensburg, Yale, and Penn State.

"I received a very competitive scholarship to Yale, and when I got there I knew how outstanding my training had been at Clarion," Shropshire said.

He taught and coached sports and debate for 11 years in the Central Dauphin School District, where he was the first black head coach in central Pennsylvania. He returned to Clarion State College in 1972 as an assistant director of admissions and was named director of admissions in 1978.

"I still got to work with young people in admissions, that's why I took the job," he says. "I still enjoy the constant interaction with young folks. That is the best part of my job."

A long-time supporter of minority education opportunities, Shropshire recently received the prestigious Mary Davis Baltimore Award from the Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education Inc. (PBCOHE). The award is named in honor of Mary Davis Baltimore, one of the co-founders along with K. Leroy Irvis.

The PBCOHE executive board votes each year on a recipient who has shown exemplary service and contributions to the organization over a period of years,

Shropshire and his wife, Jamie, reside in Shippenville. They have a grown son, Philip, a 1984 Clarion graduate, a daughter, Alicia, and a son, Christopher, who will be a freshman at Clarion University for the Fall 1999 semester.

Dr. Allan Larson -- 1999 Distinguished Faculty Award

Dr. Allan Larson, a professor of communication, has taught at Clarion since 1971. He teaches communication law, TV production, broadcast writing, and supervises interns.

A native if Stillwater, MN, teaching was not what Larson envisioned when he earned his B.A. in speech from St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, or his master's in radio and television from Michigan State University. He went on to earn his Ph.D. is mass communication from Ohio University. He served seven years in the U.S. Air Force, flying 96 combat missions during the Vietnam War, and worked in radio and television broadcasting before entering teaching.

"I came to teaching accidentally," explains Larson. "When I received my master's, I intended to work in public or commercial TV. The last summer I was at Michigan State I taught a course in TV production. I found it to be the most fulfilling thing I had ever done in my life."

When a position opened at Clarion, Larson decided to accept it because it provided an opportunity to "ease" into teaching. He worked in instructional TV services and did some teaching.

"Teaching grew on me," says Larson. "When I came to Clarion, I intended to stay three or four years. My wife and I fell in love with western Pennsylvania."

Larson left briefly to complete his Ph.D. degree. When he returned in 1977, Clarion was beginning its undergraduate program in communication. By 1981, computer information science was added to the College of Communication and two departments were established.

Larson became the first chair of the communication department. He served two terms on Faculty Senate and served on a number of university committees.

Working with students will be Larson's legacy. Perhaps he has helped his students most with his outside connections to the communication internships with CNN, NBC, MSNBC, CBS, all of the Pittsburgh television stations including KDKA, WPXI, WTAE, and WPGH; in public relations with major companies such as H.J. Heinz, USA; and with hospitals in Erie, Indiana, and Titusville.

He has advised a number of student organizations, including WCCB radio. He helped to found and is advisor to the Clarion Chapter of the National Broadcast Society and its related honorary, Alpha Epsilon Rho. He has also advised Clarion's International Association of Business Communicator's and the Veterans Club.

Larson and his wife, Mary, reside in Marianne. They have a grown daughter, Kari Keener, who works in public relations in Florida.

Dr. Susan Winters '82, '85 -- 1999 Venango Campus Distinguished Alumni Award

Dr. Susan (Cramer) Winters received the 1999 Clarion University Alumni Association Venango Campus Distinguished Alumni Award during commencement ceremonies at the Venango Campus. Winters, an associate professor of nursing at John A. Logan College, Carterville, IL, received an associate's degree in nursing in 1982 and a bachelor of science in nursing in 1985.

"This completed the circle for me to come back to the Venango Campus to receive this award," says Winters. "I am honored, especially as the first nursing graduate to receive this award."

A native of New Bethlehem, Winters could not afford to attend college directly out of high school. Instead, she worked for four years as the secretary for the geography/earth science department at Clarion University before pursuing nursing at the Venango Campus.

Winters recalls her time at Venango fondly."I was a student worker for Dr. Glenn McElhattan fortwo years," she says. "He was quite a student advocate and an asset to the campus. He helped me in more ways than I can remember, even buying me lunch when I was short of money."

An awkward moment for Winters during her time at Venango also proved valuable for to her in the future. In order to graduate, she needed a patho-physiology class that wasn't being offered that semester. Special arrangements were made with Dr. Bill Belzer to teach her as an independent study offering.

"It was just Dr. Belzer and me in the classroom and I found it quite embarrassing," she recalls. "When I completed that class, I knew the topic inside out and backwards. It came from all that one-on-one attention that I received. All of this attention helped me when I continued my education.

Receiving her associate's degree in 1982, Winters went to work at the Franklin Hospital and continued with classes at Venango Campus to receive her B.S.N. in 1985. She enrolled at the University of Virginia in 1986, receiving her master of science in nursing in 1987. Marriage, the birth of her children, and serving stateside in the U.S. Navy Reserves during Operation Desert Storm, delayed Winters from receiving her Ph.D degree from the University of Virginia School of Nursing until 1997. The Winters moved to Murfresboro, IL, in 1994, where Susan accepted her present position. Winters and her husband, Dr. Todd Winters, have two children, Sloan, 4, and Luke, 1.

Dr. Barbara Grohe '67 -- 1999 Distinguished Alumni Award

Dr. Barbara ( Artuso '67) Grohe, the 1998 American Association of School Administrators )AASA) National School Superintendent of the Year, continues to pass along the educational philosophy she learned at Clarion University.

Superintendent of the Iowa City Community School District since 1990, Grohe will move into a new job July 1 as the superintendent of the Kent School District, Kent, WA.

"It is rather humbling to be representing 35,000 alumni when receiving this award," she says. "Clarion has produced many impressive alumni over the years."

Growing up in Arnold, Barbara Artuso decided early on that she wanted to be a teacher.

"Clarion offered the best education program in Pennsylvania so I decided to go there," she recalls. "It was one of the better decisions of my life. I received an excellent education, which has served me well throughout my career."

Grohe points to her experience on Clarion's debate team as the defining part of her college experience.

"The late Roger Hufford was the coach and was very influential in my life," she recalls. "Jan (Callen '67) Porter and myself were the top varsity debaters for four years, a time when it was unusual to have two women on a debate team. Debate taught me to speak on my feet and be articulate and convincing. I also got to travel to other colleges, such as West Point and Harvard for competitions."

Receiving her B.S. degree from Clarion in 1967, Grohe earned her M.S. in education from Ohio University, and Ph.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Selected as Iowa's superintendent of the year by her fellow superintendents, Grohe became one of 51 people nominated for the AASA national award. The winner was named during AASA 130th Annual National Conference on Education in San Diego, CA.

Grohe is the first Clarion graduate to be named AASA Superintendent of the Year.

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