Archive for October 2019

Dr. Ghimire Co-Publishes in Dalton Transactions

Dr. Mukunda Ghimire, visiting assisting professor of chemistry, co-authored Brightly phosphorescent tetranuclear copper(l) pyrazolates in Dalton Transactions. The article discussed the synthesis and photophysics of tetranuclear copper complexes, {[3,5-(Pri)2,4-(Br)Pz]Cu}4 and {[3-(CF3),5-(But)Pz]Cu}4 tailor-designed by manipulating the pyrazolyl ring substituents. Unlike their trinuclear analogues, the luminescence of the tetranuclear species is molecular (not supramolecular) in nature with extremely high solid-state quantum yields of ∼80% at room temperature.

Dr. Ghimire Publishes in Inorganic Chemistry

Dr. Mukunda Ghimire, visiting assisting professor of chemistry, published Binary Donor-Acceptor Adducts of Tetrathiafulvalene Donors with Cyclic Trimetallic Monovalent Coinage Metal Acceptors in Inorganic Chemistry. In this collaborative research work with colleagues from Italy, Jordan, and Morocco, the authors have reported the comprehensive, both experimental and theoretical, investigations of monovalent coinage metal-based donor-acceptor integrated stacks as new class of supramolecular binary donor−acceptor adducts with potential applications in molecular electronic devices, including solar cells, magnetic switching devices, and field-effect transistors.

Dr. Prince Elected President of PA Sociological Society

Dr. Barbara Prince, assistant professor of sociology, was recently elected president of the Pennsylvania Sociological Society (PSS). She will serve as president-elect in 2019–20 then president in 2020–21. PSS provides a forum for communication for sociologists working in diverse settings with a goal of increasing understanding of the interplay of sociological knowledge and social research.

Dr. Dompier Guest Lectures at the University of South Carolina

Dr. Thomas Dompier, associate professor of athletic training, presented an annual series of guest lectures on clinical epidemiology for the University of South Carolina’s Department of Exercise Science in the School of Public Health research methods course. Dompier presented Oct. 1, 3, and 8.

Dr. Dompier Co-Authors Paper on Basketball Injuries

Dr. Thomas Dompier, associate professor of athletic training, co-authored Epidemiology of Secondary Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Injuries: National Athletic Treatment, Injury, and Outcomes Network in the Journal of Athletic Training. Dompier’s co-authors included Dr. Zachary Y. Kerr from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Dr. Erin B. Wasserman, director of the NCAA Injury Prevention Program, Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention, among others.

Musical Musings: Alumni Memories

Kreider ’55 and Lutz Walter ’58 to Appear in CATV Video

Elma Jean Swope Kreider ’55 and Patricia Lutz Walter ’58 were interviewed for a video documentary about Christmas at The Valley and the very first Christmas Concert they participated in almost 61 years ago. They then sat in on the choir rehearsal and answered questions from students. Dr. Mark Mecham, long-time chair and now professor emeritus of music, Dr. Kyle Zeuch, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities, and Rachel Cheston ’20 were also interviewed for the video that will be released shortly before this December’s concert.

Dr. Robert Lau ’65 Publishes Organ Works

The Organist, produced by the Lorenz Corporation, which was founded by Rev. Edmund S. Lorenz H’36, LVC’s fourth president, recently published an organ work by Dr. Robert Lau ’65, long-time chair and now professor emeritus of music. Morningstar Music published Lau’s SAB and 2-part versions of his SATB anthem All Things Bright and Beautiful, bringing his number of published works close to 550.

Shirley Huber Miller ’63 is Still Fiddling

Shirley Huber Miller ’63 wrote that she received a great music education at LVC and, after moving to Chicago and meeting graduates of Northwestern, the University of Chicago, and other schools realized none had the methods she did, noting “Yea, yippee, yahoo!” Living at Messiah Village in Mechanicsburg at 78, Miller is still fiddling, playing the violin for different levels of care in the nursing center. She also plays in the Coachella Valley Symphony in the desert east of Los Angeles where she spends the winter months.

Ron Poorman ’63 and Karen Mellinger Poorman ’65

Karen and Ron, who met in the band at LVC, formed the South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble (SJAWE) with two friends in 1997. The ensemble started with 45 members and today has 75 college-trained members, and have commissioned 12 new works for the band, played in the Kennedy Center, performed at two Association of Concert Bands National Conventions, and received the Sudler Silver Scroll Award from the John Philip Sousa Foundation. SJAWE, whose members range from age 21 to 91, have almost 300 YouTube videos that have amassed more than a million views. They noted Professor Frank Stachow said, “Always try new things, buy the latest equipment, and music will remain inspiring and fresh.”

Dr. Trent A. Hollinger’s ’01 Band Wins Second Place

The Quincy (Ill.) Concert Band, under the direction of Dr. Trent A. Hollinger ’01, associate professor of music at Culver-Stockton College, was awarded second place in the American Prize for Band/Wind Ensemble Performance, community band division, 2018–19. The ensemble was also selected as a finalist in the American Prize Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music, community ensemble division, 2018–19, for their performance of David Maslanka’s Give Us This Day.  

May Ertle ’54 Reminisces

May Ertle ’54 taught music and 5th grade English in Marietta, Bangor, and Bucks County after graduation and still keeps in touch with some of her West Hall cohorts. A life highlight was a seven-week European tour attending music events with classmate Joann Butt Roberts ’54. At age 87, May and her daughter toured the U.S., repeating a trip she made 70 years earlier. Today, she sings in her church choir, teaches singing in Sunday School, and sings with the Pocono Concert Choral.

Dan Crawford ’12 Teaches and Directs

Dan Crawford ’12 started his seventh year as a middle school band teacher in Freehold, N.J., and eighth year as assistant band director at Freehold Township High School. This past year, He co-guest conducted the All Shore Intermediate Band (middle school level) and noted that Dr. Chris Heffner guest conducted the All Shore Band (high school level). Dan said “The conducting skills I honed through his classes helped me feel very comfortable and taught me to conduct confidently and clearly, and study scores and prepare rehearsal material. Dan also shares his thanks to the faculty in the LVC Music Department and that, because of them “He never felt unprepared to teach music.”

Ken Anderson ’64, Musician and Photographer

Ken Anderson ’64 has had an extensive music, teaching, writing, and photography career, earning a second prize in the Asahi Pentax World Photo Contest in 1972. He toured with the U.S. Air Force Band, wrote arrangements for a Panamanian TV entertainer, and led the TV band. Ken played oboe in the Binghamton (N.Y.) Opera Orchestra, Brico Symphony of Denver, Colo., U.S. Air Force bands in Colorado and the Canal Zone, and Spring Garden Band of York, Pa.

Drs. Guzman-Zavala and Hinshaw Present in Cuba

Dr. Ivette Guzman-Zavala, associate professor of Spanish, and Dr. John Hinshaw, professor of history, presented their research about Latinos in Central Pennsylvania in Havana, Cuba, in mid-October. The professors shared “Dutchirican: A History of Latinos in Central PA” as part of the “Latinos en los Estados Unidos” conference.

The Seeing Lens Opens at National Press Club

The Seeing Lens photography exhibit, a collaborative project between LVC and the Lebanon VA Medical Center, opened at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C. The exhibit is part of the Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) annual conference that showcases significant accomplishments in innovation. Dr. Grant Taylor, professor of art & art history, is part of the team presenting the project at the conference. Recently, The Seeing Lens program was chosen by VHA Innovators Network (iNET) to be trialed by Veteran Affairs centers nationally, including centers in Palo Alto, Calif., and Memphis, Tenn.

Professors Frank and Ulrich Publish on NATA Blog

Dr. Eva Frank, assistant professor of athletic training, and Erin Ulrich, clinical education coordinator of athletic training and clinical assistant professor, co-published “Globally ‘ElevATing’ the profession” on the National Athletic Trainers’ Association blog in September. They shared their experience on how programs, such as the short-term study abroad to China they recently led, support elevating the athletic training profession globally.

LVC Faculty Attend STEM Event at Governor’s Residence

Dr. Stephanie Blanda, assistant professor of mathematical sciences, Dr. Ashley McFalls, assistant professor of neuroscience, Dr. Liz Sterner, assistant professor of chemistry, and Dr. Jenna Marx, assistant professor of psychology, attended an event at the Pennsylvania Governor’s Mansion to honor Women in STEM Oct. 17. The event was sponsored by the STEM-UP Network, whose goal is to “deliver strategies, relationships, and a strong community to women so they can flourish, prosper, and advance personally and in their STEM careers.”