Archive for the ‘Alumni Accomplishments’ Category.

Snovel ’06 Named Nation’s First LGBTQ Affairs Executive Director

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf made history this summer after naming Todd Snovel ’06, then LVC’s assistant dean for engagement and inclusion, the nation’s first executive director of a

Commission on LGBTQ Affairs. Snovel will lead a 40-member commission to “help coordinate and drive statewide equality efforts.”

Panko ’99 Helps Light ’18 Pursue Professional BB Career

Former LVC men’s basketball star Sam Light ’18 is pursuing a dream of playing professional basketball after recently signing with Araberri of the Spanish professional league LEB Oro, one of the top pro leagues in the world. In a recent Lebanon Daily News article by Pat Huggins, Light thanked fellow grad Andy Panko ’99 for assistance and mentorship. Panko has played professionally throughout the world for two decades.

Nelson Rudiak’s ’76 Arrangement Accepted by Baseball Hall of Fame

Nelson Rudiak ’76, a musician in Rome, N.Y., recently had his arrangement of Take Me Out to the Ballgame accepted by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. It was added to the museum’s permanent digital online collection. Listen to the song here.baseball

Andrew Kruter ’14 Competes for Team Israel in World Championships    

Former standout lacrosse player Andrew Kruter ’14 competed for Team Israel in the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships in July in Israel. He is one of just 13 Jewish diaspora players from the U.S. and Canada selected to the 30-man roster. Kruter has competed for Israel since the 2014 FIL World Championships and helped lead the team to the country’s first-ever gold medal in any sport when the squad won the 2017 European Box Championship.

Josh Kesler ’98 Partners with Keesman Brewery in Germany

Josh Kesler ’98, German and politics, has created a new partnership with German beer maker Keesman Brewery in preparation for expanding his Harrisburg-based Millworks to Cumberland County. The collaboration with the Bamberg family-owned brewery resulted in the release of a special pilsner beer.

Fulbright Kristy Sonberg Cataloging Her South Korean Experience

Kristy Sonberg ’18, early childhood and special education, is blogging about her Fulbright year in Korea including this update. Kristy was one of three LVC student Fulbrights this past spring.

Danielle Yoder ’92 Named Principal of Easterly Parkway

Danielle Yoder ’92, elementary education, was named principal of Easterly Parkway Elementary School in the State College Area School District. She was previously principal of Penns Valley Elementary and Intermediate School and earlier at Centre Hall-Potter Elementary School.

Hon. Thomas Corbett, Esq., ’71 Appears on Pennsylvania Cable Network

The Hon. Thomas Corbett, Esq., ’71, politics and law, Pennsylvania’s 46th Governor, was interviewed by a host from the Pennsylvania Cable Network in July. During the show, he discussed serving as Governor and his political career, which included serving as Pennsylvania Attorney General and as a district attorney.

Dr. Shawn Fitzgerald ’88 Named Provost

Antioch University New England named Dr. Shawn Fitzgerald ’88, psychology, its new provost and campus chief executive officer. As the new university leader, Fitzgerald began his new duties in mid-July. He previously held leadership roles at Widener University in Chester, Pa., and Kent State University in Ohio.

Horst ’01 and Ruth ’08 Named to CPBJ’s Forty Under 40

Steve, Horst, Esq., ’01 and Peter Ruth, Esq., ’08 were recently named to the Central Penn Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 class of 2018. Horst, a biology major who graduated from Villanova Law School, is managing counsel and director of vendor risk management and contracts administration at Fulton Financial Corporation. Ruth, a history and politics double major who also minored in law, graduated from the Widener University School of Law and is an attorney with Stock and Leader in York.