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YCSummer 2017MagazineWorld-Renowned Artist Jeff Koons Speaks at Spring CommencementX-Ambassadors performed to a sell-out crowd in March.Summer…
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YCSummer 2017MagazineWorld-Renowned Artist Jeff Koons Speaks at Spring CommencementX-Ambassadors performed to a sell-out crowd in March.Summer 2017YorkCollegemagazine3105 Jeff KoonsGreen and White15 From Around Campus20 Spartan Sports18 Faculty Focus22 Educational TrailblazersA Passion for Research17 Faculty Profile25 YC Connect & Class NotesON THE COVER: Jeff Koons chatted to Amanda Stagg ’17 (Downingtown, PA) Mass Communications, and James Manjo ’17 (Derwood, MD) Music, before he gave the commencement address.EDITOR'S NOTETTransitions In just a few days, I'll join everyone at York College in extending warm greetings to incoming students, as well as welcoming back returning Spartans, as they arrive on campus to start classes. Many congratulations to our May graduates who are now fully-fledged three-monthold Spartan alumni! They were privileged to hear a commencement address from world-famous artist and York native Jeff Koons. I hope you enjoy the article about Koons, written by Director of York College Galleries, Matthew ClayRobison, M.F.A. It was intriguing to hear how Koons made thegeneration students, as well as alumni (including York College professors), and a freshman in the Class of 2021, for their perspectives on getting the most out of school, and were especially interested to learn what advice they can offer to others following in their footsteps. Speaking of going in the right direction, many thanks to those who participated in a recent readers' survey, including alumni from 2006-2016, who gave sound advice. It is important for us to know how you feel about the contents and design of the magazine, and to learn what you want to see in the future. With your continued feedback and guidance,Pamela Gunter-Smith, Ph.D. President Dominic DelliCarpini, Ph.D. Dean, Ctr. for Community Engagement Daniel Green, D.M.A. Vice President of Enrollment Management Christine Heine, Ed.D. Head of School,York Country Day School Jane C. Hogge, M.S. Vice President, College Advancement Joshua Landau, Ph.D. Associate Provost, Student Success Kenneth Martin, Ph.D. Vice President, Campus Operations Joseph Merkle, M.A. Vice President, Student Affairs Laura Niesen de Abruña, Ph.D. Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs C. Matt Smith, C.P.A. Vice President, Business Affairs and CFO Ilya Yakovlev, Ph.D. Chief Information Officer YC Magazine Mary Dolheimer Assistant Vice President of Communications Gail R. Huganir College Editor Lance A. Snyder '05 Art/Creative Director Mike Adams Photographer Colleen M. Adamy Editorial Assistant Jennifer Hindley '17, Spring 2017 Intern Jeremy Gottsch '17, Marisa Schirk '18, Summer 2017 Internstransition from unknown student to internationally recognized figure in the art world. The College itself is in continual transition, introducing distinctive programs and building on best practices so that students gain the knowledge that will serve them well in pursuit of furthering their education, enriching their lives, and building their careers. As Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. said, "The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving." You can be sure that York College students and alumni are moving in many exciting directions as evidenced in this issue’s profiles and articles. First-generation, nontraditional, and transfer students are among those who have some challenges to face during their transition to college life. It is not easy to enter a new environment, especially if no one from your family has had a similar experience. There are plenty of expectations for these Spartans, but where do they turn to for support? We asked several first-we look forward to keeping you up to date with Spartan news and events. Participants in the inaugural Undergraduate Research Showcase, organized by Cynthia Crimmins, MS.Ed., Director of the Center for Academic Innovation, know about the benefits of working closely with faculty mentors. By all accounts, the first Showcase was a huge success. It gave students and recent graduates an opportunity to show their hard work and inspire others to undertake their own projects. The Showcase is just one of many new initiatives that are underway as we prepare to celebrate York College's 50th anniversary. If you graduated in or near 1968, I'd love to hear your recollections of being a YCP student in the 1960s. Please send your memories and any photos to me at I look forward to publishing them. All the Best,2 | York College Magazine • SUMMER 2017YC Magazine Advisory Board Frederick Bianco '72 Megan Davitt '12 Dominic DelliCarpini, Ph.D. Cobey Dietrich '02 Nathan A. Eifert '91 Jaime Garland '98 Nancy Johnston '75 Patti S. Stirk '87/'99 MBA Michael J. Zerbe, Ph.D. Contacting YCP College Operator • 717-846-7788 Advancement • 717-815-1410 Email: Admissions • 717-849-1600 Email: Alumni Relations • 717-815-1500 Email: Communications • 717-815-1562 Email: Editorial • 717-815-1425 Email: Changes of Address Send address label along with new address to:Division of College Advancement York College of Pennsylvania York, PA 17403-3651 717-815-1410 or email: The York College Magazine is published three times a year (April, August, November) by the Department of College Advancement, York College of Pennsylvania,York, PA 17403-3651. Periodicals postage paid at York, PA, and additional mailing offices. Permit No. 174. Postmaster: Send address changes to Department of College Advancement,York College of Pennsylvania,York, PA 17403-3651. Copyright 2012 York College of Pennsylvania.Printed in U.S.A. We welcome your news and comments at York College of Pennsylvania does not discriminate because of race, color, religious creed, disability, ancestry, national origin, sex, or age in employment or in recruitment and acceptance of students.4GREEN AND WHITEA Glimpse of Our Past York College's Archives, part of the Special Collections Room in Schmidt Library, serves as the institution's "memory," preserving artifacts, documents, and photographs for today's college community and those of the future. The Archives welcomes donations of college-related memorabilia. Please contact Karen Rice-Young '92, Archives and Special Collections Manager,, 717-815-1439, for more information.When There was Plenty of Parking by Karen Rice-Young '92In 1961, York Junior College (YJC) had just moved to its Country Club Road campus. In those early years, you couldn't drive through the stream Tyler Run because there was no back entrance to the campus and you couldn't wear jeans without violating the dress code. You rooted for the "Flying Dutchmen" or the "Dutcherettes" at sports events, and, for your convenience, there was a pay phone in the lobby of the classroom building. This 1961 photograph shows the YJC campus in that first year. What was known as "The Clubhouse (1)" and "The White House (2)" are visible, as is the only structure added to the grounds of what had been the Out Door (Country) Club for the campus: York Hall (3). And Country Club Road (4) zigzags to intersect with Rathton Road. York Hall (now Campbell Hall) was much more than a classroom building; it was also the Admissions and Records Offices and the Library. "The Clubhouse" of the Out Door Club was referred to as "The Administration Building" where everything from the dining hall to the office of the president was located. "The White House," which had been the caretaker's cottage, was the Student Affairs Building. By 1966, (YJC's 25th anniversary), the gym, two dorms, a student center and the library and maintenance buildings had been added.What do you recall about those early days on the new campus? Please share your memories: archives@ycp.edu213Photography provided by J. David Allen. York College Magazine • SUMMER 2017 | 3GREEN AND WHITECOMMENCEMENTMAY 20176 Associate Degrees 686 Bachelor Degrees 3 Master of Education / 6 Master of Business Administration / 34 Master of Science in Nursing / 3 Doctor of Nursing Parctice738Samantha WingateOverall 738 students earned their degrees (including May and August graduates)Samantha Wingate's family accepted the bachelor's degree she received posthumously.Bridgette HagertyJeff KoonsJeff Koons, York native and internationally recognized artist, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree and gave the commencement address. He encouraged graduates to pursue their passions, and said, "Grasp each opportunity, don’t let anything pass you by."James DiGuglielmoJames DiGuglielmo, President of the Class of 2017, warmly thanked faculty and his family for helping him succeed, and advised fellow graduates to maintain their college friendships.Assistant Professor of Biology, Bridgette Hagerty, Ph.D., received the Presidential Award for Teaching and Mentoring Excellence.4 | York College Magazine • SUMMER 2017Stephen OkothBig planet, small world. Stephen Okoth, (shown with his parents), graduated with a Master of Science (Nursing) from the Nurse Anesthesia program. In an amazing coincidence, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Ann Norwich, DNP, discovered that Stephen's family knew her brother who teaches at Stephen's former school in Nairobi, Kenya.GREEN AND WHITEOJEFF KOONSby Matthew Clay-Robison, M.F.A, Director of York College GalleriesOn Friday, May 12, world-famous artist Jeff Koons installed his latest spectacle, Seated Ballerina, a 45-foot high inflatable nylon sculpture, at Rockefeller Center in New York City. The next morning the York native gave the commencement address to York College's Class of 2017 and received an honorary degree. The trip from New York City to York, PA, and role switch from international art celebrity to low-key native son is one the artist makes regularly. While Koons' primary residence is a nearly 20,000-square-foot mega-mansion near Central Park, the artist and his family spend significant time at his family farm in Red Lion, PA, which he restored for weekend and summer getaways. Koons began his commencement address with a brief history lesson highlighting moments when York has played a key role in the story of America. He conveyed to the graduating class that they chose a place of significance in which to pursue their education. Koons also told stories of his childhood, crediting his strong foundation in York and family support with helping him succeed. He suggested that the graduates also enjoyed these same advantages in life, as evidenced by the devoted family andPhoto by Branislav Jankicfaculty in attendance. Koons went on to share insights into success gleaned from his own experiences, such as the importance of exhibiting readiness and eagerness to participate in a world looking for people to lead. He imparted wisdom received from his mentor, artist Ed Paschke, and spoke about him with affection and admiration. He said that Paschke had impressed upon him the importance of being consistently at the service of his work, making choices and behaving in ways that allow his work to succeed. Koons encouraged the graduates to embrace the philosophy of becoming; to remain open to change and focus on their own particular interests as a guide in their constant evolution. Koons' own evolution since graduating college took him from serving as Ed Paschke's studio assistant in Chicago to working the membership desk at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He then became a Wall Street stockbroker before fully breaking into the art world in the 1980s, quickly emerging as the international art star he remains today. The $58.4 million spent on his 10-foot tall stainless steel Balloon Dog set a record for price paid for a single work by a living York College Magazine • SUMMER 2017 | 5artist. His methods are unconventional but not without precedent. While the typical concept of an artist is a solitary figure making work with their own hands, Koons employs several dozen, often more than 100, assistants and fabricators to create his work. In 2015, Koons generously gave a personal tour of his massive, tightly organized operation to a large group of York College students, faculty, and staff. During the tour, he pointed out all of the aspects of his work that have their roots in his experience of York; from the design of the wheelbarrow in his piece Hulk (Wheelbarrow), to the use of blue gazing balls in his recent series of large-scale replicas of art historical masterworks. It seems that part of the process of becoming for Koons involves cycling back to the place of his birth to seek inspiration and remain grounded. In 2002, he exhibited at Sonnabend Gallery and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, Kunsthaus Bielefeld in Germany, MusĂŠe d'art Contemporain in France, Sao Paulo Biennial in Brazil, Chosun Ilbo Art Museum in Korea, and the York College Galleries in York, PA. The title of the latter? Embrace Your Past.culturalseries 2017-2018HIGHLIGHTSART Paul Rucker, REWIND August 31-October 21, 2017 York College Galleries and Marketview Arts York Community Art Scholars Exhibition (YCASE 2.0) November 2-11, 2017, Marketview Arts Amy Boone-McCreesh, Taste and Privilege November 8-December 20, 2017 York College GalleriesMUSIC Port Ellis September 15, 2017, 7:30 p.m. DeMeester Recital Hall Simple Gifts, Crossing Borders September 29, 2017, 7:30 p.m. DeMeester Recital Hall Music Industry Panel Discussion October 11, 2017, 7:30 p.m. Weinstock Lecture Hall, Willman Business Center The Music of Judah Adashi November 4, 2017, 7:30 p.m. DeMeester Recital HallHUMANITIES Lecture Series Panel I Connecting Sci-Fi and Social Justice September 14, 2017, 3:30-5:00 p.m. Humanities 218 Tom Foster, Ph.D., English Dept., University of Washington Cyberculture and Social Justice November 8, 2017, 7:00 p.m. Weinstock Lecture Hall, Willman Business CenterFILM L.A. 2017, with TV Critic David Bianculli September 14, 2017, 7:00 p.m. Waldner Performing Arts Center 2001: A Space Odyssey, with Oliver Gaycken, Ph.D. October 26, 2017, 7:00 p.m., Humanities 218 Scoring Film and TV, with Composer Al Sgro November 16, 2017, 7:00 p.m., Humanities 218SUSTAINABILITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES The Burden, Film Viewing and Discussion September 12, 2017, 7:00 p.m. Weinstock Lecture Hall, Willman Business Center David Fyfe, Ph.D., Climate Change and Atoll Countries in the South Pacific October 18, 2017, 7:00 p.m. Weinstock Lecture Hall, Willman Business Center Robin D. Rogers, Ph.D., Dept. of Chemistry, McGill University,What is an Appropriate Academic Business Model to Drive Commercialization of Sustainable Technology? October 25, 2017, 7:00 p.m. DeMeester Recital Hall Divide in Concord, Film Viewing and Discussion November 15, 2017, 7:00 p.m. Weinstock Lecture Hall, Willman Business Center THEATRE A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare October 26-27, 2017, 7:30 p.m. Waldner Performing Arts Center October 28, 2017, 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Waldner Performing Arts CenterSPECIAL EVENTSAn Evening with Piper Kerman, Author of Orange is the New Black September 26, 2017, 7:00 p.m. Waldner Performing Arts Center 2017 Vizzi Family Lectureship in Leadership Excellence 3rd Annual Perspectives on Peace Lecture: Chris Dacre November 9, 2017, 5:30 p.m. DeMeester Recital Hall R. David Edelman, Ph.D., Presidential Technology Advisor Machines that Discriminate: Fairness and Social Justice in the Era of Big Data November 13, 2017, 7:15 p.m., Waldner Performing Arts Center ChloĂŠ Eichelberger Business Education Series Lecture Dr. Chandra Manning, Lincoln Refugees from Slavery, and the Difficult Birth of Freedom November 14, 2017, 7:00 p.m. Weinstock Lecture Hall, Willman Business Center Langston Lincoln Lecture to changes in events after this publication has gone to press, please be sure to visit for up-to-date information. 6 | York College Magazine • SUMMER 2017GREEN AND WHITEShaiQuana Bailey '18Public Relations Major. Hometown: York, PALeft to right, Jacob Van Brunt '20 (Frederick, MD) and Kyle Abrahims '19 (Spring Grove, PA)NASA Student Launch ClubA roar punctuates the air followed by a rush of smoke dusting a line across the sky. Moments later a parachute releases and it touches back to Earth; a rocket soaring over 4,000 feet above you. This past May, the NASA Student Launch Club launched a rocket at Central Sod Farms in Centreville, MD. Central Sod Farms is part of the Maryland Delaware Rocketry Association, Inc. (MDRA) that supports the education affiliated with engineering rockets. The Club's rocket soared an astounding 4,288 feet in the air. In 2016, the Club was formed by Kyle Abrahims '19 and Adam Cavanaugh '20. Their passion for competing in the NASA Student Launch program in high school inspired them to form the NASA Student Launch Club at YCP with their faculty advisor Tristan Ericson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering. MDRA allows the Club to launch their rocket at Central Sod Farms without having to acquire their own Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) waiver if they reach a height of 5,280 feet. The Club is funded by contributions from businesses and people in the community, including the PA Space Grant Consortium. This marks the first year of the Club with Abrahims as the Team Captain of 15 students. Next April, the Club plans to compete in the NASA University Student Launch Initiative (USLI) competition in Huntsville, AL. Members also plan to visit the York City School District to teach about STEM education to local schools for the NASA Student Launch program. – MS“From day one, I knew YCP would set me up for success and help push me harder to be the best in every aspect of my life!” As a local student, ShaiQuana Bailey is proud of York and, once she experienced what York College had to offer, she was captivated. In high school, Bailey participated in the York College Community Opportunity Scholarship Program (YCCOSP), which is what introduced her to YCP. ShaiQuana said she and her twin sister, ShaWanna, both received the same YCCOSP scholarship opportunity during high school and "we have been roommates during our college careers. We have the same amount of motivation to strive and work hard at everything that we do." Bailey sings her heart out as a Parliamentarian on the YCP Enharmonix, which is the jazz and show tunes group. One teacher in particular has been an inspiration for her – Jennifer Wilt '08, M.Ed., was her middle school science teacher and has since come to the College to teach as an adjunct faculty member. "Her love and compassion for me, as well as other students, really makes coming to class worthwhile. She has seen me grow from a young girl to a young woman and her kind words and encouragement to always go for my dreams will stick with me for a long time," Bailey said. Because of her love for York City, Bailey hopes that she can bring the benefits of her education to the children here. Whether through an after-school program or becoming an advocate for youth, Bailey wants to motivate children and young adults of all ages, genders, and races. "My experience at York College has taught me that you have to go wholeheartedly into something in order to achieve anything worth having," she said. –LGYork College Magazine • SUMMER 2017 | 7GREEN AND WHITEEngineering and Computer Science ExpoNoelle Becker '18The Kinsley Engineering Center was buzzing with excitement during this year's Engineering and Computer Science Expo. On April 27, the Engineering and Computer Science Depa
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