Archive for July 2017

Anthony Pieruccini ’18 and Nick Kochanek ’18 Perform Live on ABC

Two rising seniors, Anthony Pieruccini ’18 (music major, business minor) and Nick Kochanek ’18 (music and audio & music production double major), performed on ABC 27’s Good Day PA in early July as part of the Anthony Pieruccini Trio. The group performed their jazz piece, Blues for Mikki, on the live show and promoted their CD, Tri Me, and upcoming performances, including a show at Cassel Vineyards of Hershey at the end of the month.

Ryan Lanigan ’14 to Start New College Lacrosse Program

Ryan Lanigan ’14, actuarial science and economics, was named the first head coach of The Sage Colleges new men’s lacrosse team, which begins competition in 2019. Lanigan, a four-year defensive leader while at LVC, was the first USILA All-American in the program’s history. He previously coached at Misericordia University and Assumption College.

Students Volunteer in Puerto Rico

For the fourth consecutive year, LVC students and faculty participated in a long-distance service learning trip, this year to Puerto Rico. A dozen students, accompanied by Dr. Ivette-Guzman Zavala, associate professor of Spanish, and Rev. Dr. Paul Fullmer, former director of service and volunteerism, volunteered at Villas del Pelegrino (a retirement community), Hogar la Piedad (a center for victims of domestic violence), and Esculea Luiz Munoz Marin (an elementary school) according to the Standard-Speaker.

Dr. Michelle Niculescu and Templin Chenail ’18 Present in Denver

Dr. Michelle Niculescu, associate professor of psychology and director of neuroscience, and Templin Chenail ’18, a neuroscience major and chemistry minor, presented their research at the Research Society of Alcoholism meeting in Denver, Colo., in June. The research for their presentation, The Influence of Personality and Genetic Factors on Peer Pressure Susceptibility, was partially supported by an Edward H. Arnold and Jeanne Donlevy Arnold Program for Experiential Education grant, and focuses on the marijuana receptor and its role in peer pressure susceptibility.

Wright and Parsons Pen Piece in National Magazine

Edwin Wright, vice president of enrollment management, and Don Parsons, director of ice hockey operations, co-wrote an article, Executing a ‘Power Play,’ that was published in the June issue of College Planning & Management. The authors shared the many benefits that have resulted from LVC adding women’s ice hockey as an NCAA sport and having the men’s ice hockey team rejoining the NCAA, including the growth in LVC’s potential applicant pool.

10th Annual Harrisburg Symphony Concert at LVC

LVC marked a decade of hosting the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra (HSO) for a free community concert in celebration of the Fourth of July. Led by Maestro Stuart Malina, who served as a Lazin Distinguished Leader in Resident at LVC in 2010, the HSO performed several American classics on campus June 30.

Mike Rhoades ’95 Honors Father

Mike Rhoades ’95, head men’s basketball coach at NCAA Division I Virginia Commonwealth University, was highlighted in a recent article, Rhoades’ roots runs deep, in his hometown newspaper. The former history major took time off from his coaching duties to appear at the 8th annual James J. Rhoades Memorial Golf Tournament and Picnic, which is held in honor of Rhoades’ late father, Sen. James J. Rhoades.

Jennifer Hutchins Pettko ’02 Promotes Maryland Farming

Jennifer Hutchins Pettko ’02, business administration, was recently featured in The Calvert Recorder because of her success as Calvert County’s first agricultural marketing specialist. Working with the county’s Economic Development Department, Pettko is increasing “the visibility and viability of agriculture in the county,” according to the article, Local helps bring farming back to the forefront.

Dr. Lou Manza Cited in Associated Press Article

Dr. Lou Manza, chair and professor of psychology, was cited in an Associated Press article that ran nationwide, Off-duty cop who killed daughter’s boyfriend faces 3rd trial, July 2. Dr. Manza was quoted regarding the decision making process of some jurors.

Frank Tavani ’76 Returns to Lebanon Catholic

Frank Tavani ’76, psychology, returned to the Lebanon Valley after retiring as head football coach of Lafayette College last fall. A graduate of Lebanon Catholic School, Tavani announced that he had accepted a new position as executive director of strategic planning for athletics and advancement at his high school alma mater in June.


Tavani spent more than 40 years coaching college football after starring in the sport at LVC. He spent the past 17 years as head coach at Lafayette, winning more than 80 games.