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Lives of Service: Jessica Hoagland

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Bend in road leads to where she’s supposed to be “It’s grounded in purpose and why we are doing the things we do.” For her entire life, Jessica Hoagland Heintz ’07 thought of nothing but becoming a doctor. But, when she was a junior at Elizabethtown College, the biology pre-med student experienced an epiphany of sorts. “I looked where I was headed, and I didn’t know why,” she said. Though terrified at the concept, Heintz reconsidered becoming a doctor. That proverbial wake-up call set her on a pathway that, after graduation, lead directly to a two-year contract with Teach for America. Then, in 2009, Heintz became a site director with Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia. These are choices for which she has been vastly thankful. Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia, a students-teaching-students organization, has a dual mission, Heintz said. First, it...

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Oya Ozkanca Awarded First Kreider Prize for Teaching Excellence

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Awarded First Kreider Prize for Reaching Excellence Oya Ozkanca, associate professor of political science, was named the inaugural recipient of the Kreider Prize for Teaching Excellence. She was recognized in the May 2015 Commencement program and was honored at Convocation in August. While the College rewards faculty involvement with tenure and merit pay, there has not been a teaching recognition award such as this since the 1990s, explained E. Fletcher McClellan, dean of faculty. Thomas Conner ’72, professor of history at Hillsdale College, approached Elizabethtown with the idea of an award, named in honor of J. Kenneth Kreider, professor of history emeritus, and Carroll L. Kreider, professor of business emerita. McClellan said Kreider was surprised and honored by the prize; he was unaware of how much he had influenced Conner. The College’s Professional Development Committee called for nominations from...

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Ware Lecture Welcomes Pulitzer-Winning Journalist

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New York Times journalist-columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristof visited Elizabethtown College in mid-April as the speaker for the 2015  Judy S. ’68 and Paul W. Ware Lecture on Peacemaking, sponsored by the College’s Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking. While on campus Kristof also visited classes to speak with students and took part in a question-and-answer media breakfast with regional journalists. He spoke about his book “A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity,” written with his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, and offered tangible ideas of how people truly can make a difference at attainable levels. As a journalist, Kristof initially covered economics and worked as a correspondent in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Beijing and Tokyo. He then covered presidential politics and was associate managing editor of The New York Times, responsible for Sunday editions. Today, his columns appear...

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Board Welcomes Three Trustees, Approves Faculty Promotions

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The Elizabethtown College Board of Trustees, at its April 2015 meeting, elected three new members: Nancy Arnold, a senior advisor at the investment firm Gardner Russo & Gardner in Lancaster, is a graduate of Penn State, a CPA and a former senior partner at the Lancaster accounting firm Reinsel Kuntz Lesher. She served on numerous philanthropic and community boards, including the Economic Development Co. of Lancaster County.   Franklin Fox  is a former executive at Armstrong World Industries, an engineer and a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College. He is active in promoting sustainable agricultural projects in Uganda through a social business known as Hiinga.     Velma Redmond is a retired general counsel for American Water and an attorney. She is a graduate of Princeton University, a member of the board of directors of the Milton Hershey School...

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Five Fulbrights

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E-town Honored with Five Fulbrights for 2015-2016 Academic Year Fulbright recipients are among the academic elite. The program gives just 8,000 awards each year —1,600 to U.S. college students and 1,200 to U.S. scholars. Since its inception in 1946, only 310,000 “Fulbrighters” have participated in the Program. This academic year, five Fulbrighters—three students, two professors—call Elizabethtown College home: Dr. Robert Wheelersburg, professor of anthropology, is spending the fall semester in Iceland exploring sustainable economic development in the Arctic. Dr. Cristina Ciocirlan, associate professor of management, is researching discretionary environmental behaviors in the workplace at Durham University Business School (England). Jessica Leidy ’15, a mathematics secondary education graduate serves as an English teaching assistant in Malaysia. Katie Appleby ’15, a graduate of the Spanish education program, is an English teaching assistant in Mexico. Matt Walters ’15, an English secondary education graduate,...

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Campus Improvements

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A glimpse into recent campus construction and renovation projects. Safety and Security, Phase II: The new card-access system is now in place for all academic buildings (in addition to residence halls) and tied into the College’s access control system and safety grid. This  means increased security for students, faculty and staff members. Nicarry Hall, Phase II: First floor renovations include state-of-the-art technology; advanced, flexible-learning classrooms; updated furniture; and improvements to flooring, walls, ceilings and lighting. Phase I included corridor renewal with seating areas, a lounge and classroom renovations. Outdoor Track: A new Mondo Track SX (vulcanized rubber) surface with a 15 year lifespan was installed. The new surface is highly valued by athletes for improved performance times. The $759,000 project includes removing the existing track surface, asphalt and base repairs and installation. Thompson Gymnasium: New pitched roof and roof repairs took place and...

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Gaining Momentum: First Momentum Class Graduates

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In 2014, Momentum students began planting trees around the main entrance where every Momentum student first enters campus under the Elizabethtown arch along Schlosser Loop. A total of four trees have been planted and another will be added in the spring to commemorate the newest class. The Momentum program helps to prepare first generation college students for the academic expectations of college. Here we celebrate the first graduating class of Momentum students—all of whom, as alumni, have become members of the Momentum Society. As each Momentum student received your diploma from President Strikwerda, my mind was immediately taken back to memories of all of you driving into Schlosser Loop and being welcomed to the program and the College. — Jean-Paul Benowitz, Director of Student Transition Programs, Asst. Dir of Academic Advising. Momentum Alpha Class Row 1: Noel​​ Abastillas, Shannon​ Bessonett, Francis​​...

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New Master’s Degree Programs

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Beginning in summer 2017, a fifth-year Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) will be offered to students with an interest in state and local government, nonprofit agencies, think tanks, lobbying firms and NGOs. Modeled after the College’s fifth-year master’s degrees in Occupational Therapy and Special Education, the new program offers a full-time internship during the summer following a student’s senior year, followed by a year of full-time graduate work. It is the only Master’s program of its kind in Central Pennsylvania. A Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction in Peace Studies (M.Ed.) is a fully online graduate program designed specifically for full-time teachers, with the flexibility of part-time classes offered over two summers and two academic years. Classes in this new graduate program will be offered beginning the summer of 2016. Ph.D. level advisors will help students map their...

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The Moyers – Giving Backstories

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Life has a way of coming full circle and in the case of Dave Moyer ‘63 and his wife, Joanne, there is no truer example. A retired superintendent, Dave came to E-town by way of a well-traveled road, one he hitchhiked from Shamokin, Pennsylvania in 1959. With a small scholarship and a job as the head dishwasher, he worked his way through College with assistance from then-treasurer Earl Kurtz, who helped him extend payments, and the ladies in the cafeteria, who sneaked food into his pockets for late night snacks in his room. People at E-town made the difference in his life. And, now, it’s his turn to make a difference in the lives of our students. Through an annual gift and the establishment of an endowed scholarship, the Moyers are ensuring that future generations of E-town students are able...

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Clemens Inducted Into Family Business Hall Of Fame

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 As children of food business owners have done for generations, Philip A. Clemens started helping at an early age, doing simple chores. Sweeping the floor. Wiping counters. Today, he’s chairman and CEO—and third-generation leader—of Hatfield, Pa.-based Clemens Family Corp. His grandfather founded the company in 1895, when he began selling pork products at Philadelphia-area farmers’ markets. Today, the holding company owns Hatfield Quality Meats and Wild Bill’s Foods (known for its beef jerky), among others, and has annual sales of more than $600 million. It employs more than 2,000 people. Clemens was inducted into the High Center Family Business Hall of Fame March 20 at the 2015 Family Business Forum. Center Director Mike Mitchell explained that the Hall of Fame is designed to recognize and honor an outstanding family-owned business leader who has shown concern for his or her...

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