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    H A R C UM C O L L E G E F A C U LT Y I L E G A C Y O F M A R V I N L E V I T T E S I H OM E C OM I N G 2 0 1 1

    The Magazine for Alumni & Friends of Harcum College WINTER 2012



  • I advocate life-long learning and hope that my students

    are inspired and motivated to develop a thirst for

    learning. My wish is for them to view my class as the

    beginning of a rich meaningful journey that will

    continue throughout their career and their life.

    Heidi Techner, Program Director for Interior Design & 2010 Phillip Klein Award recipient

  • EDITORIAL GUIDELINESThe Office of College Advancement publishes Patches.

    Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Thecomments and opinions expressed in this magazine do not necessarily reflectthose of Harcum College. The editorial board reserves the right to edit and selectcontent for Patches that adheres to Harcums commitment to maintaining the high standard of integrity that has always been characteristic of Harcum College.

    Harcum College is an equal opportunity institution and, as such, does not discriminate in its educational and employment practices with regard to race,color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, sexual orientation,applicable veteran status, or any other legally protected classification.

    On the Cover: 2011 Commencement Awardrecipients Kathy Koar & Jan Greenlee. A mem-ber of the Veterinary Technology faculty, KathyKoar received this years Lindback Award for herexcellence in teaching and enthusiastic encour-agement of lifelong learning. Dental programsfaculty member Jan Greenlee received thePhillip Klein Award for her demonstration ofinspiration and creativity in the classroom andoutstanding services to Harcum students.

    Photograph by Josh


    c ntentsThe Magazine for Alumni & Friends of Harcum College WINTER 2012

    8 Harcum College Faculty: Educators at the Heart of Harcum

    12 The Legacy of Marvin Levitties

    2 Presidents Message and Campus Highlights

    4 Athletics

    6 Harcum Events Homecoming 2011

    14 Faculty/Staff Notes

    16 Class Notes

    18 Honor Roll of Donors



    Melissa SamangoDirector of Alumni Relations &Individual

    Andy BackDirector of PR & Marketing

    Carol GreenwoodOffice of College Advancement

    Sachiko MallachVP of College Advancement

    Susan FriedlandDirector of Foundations & Special Gifts

    Drew KellyAthletic Director

    Special Events PhotographyKevin Nash of KSN Images, questions and opinions can be directed to:

    Office of College AdvancementBedford Hall750 Montgomery AvenueBryn Mawr, PA 19010610-526-6060 or COLLEGEBOARD OF TRUSTEES2011-2012

    Dennis MarloChairman of the BoardBeatrice C. Blackman 55Vice ChairTheodore A. RosenVice ChairMichael J. BuongiornoTreasurerAlexander KleinSecretary

    Denis C. BoyleSamuel P. Cimino, DDSThomas J. GiamoniDan HirschfeldMarvin B. LevittiesDenise McGregor ArmbristerHeather Rodale 72Louise StraussKarin B. TakiffSusan Zeller-Kent 72Susan Zises Green 64

  • on campusThe College held its first semester of events in the newKevin D. Marlo Little Theatre, beginning with a 9/11 remem-brance performance in honor of Kevin D. Marlo, who lost his life inthe attacks on September 11, 2001. His family, Christine Marlo 00,Karen Marlo and Board of Trustees chairman Dennis Marlo, werethe lead supporters of the Theater renovation. With Their Eyes toldthe story of eyewitness accounts of Stuyvesant High School stu-dents, staff and teachers who saw the attacks of September 11,2001 from their school building, just four blocks from Ground Zeroin downtown Manhattan. Cast members in the production includedHarcum staff members Carol Greenwood and Crystal McCray.

    The Theatre was filled to capacity when the Chosen DanceCompany visited in September. Chosen is a hip hop dance per-formance and workshop led by founder Clyde Evans, whose pastappearances include Superbowl and NFL commercials, ESPNs X-Games VIII, and BETs 106 & Park. The four-person group puton a lively event, which included discussions on the history ofhip-hop and concluded with a dance lesson.

    Poetry came alive when founder Greg Corbin brought hisPhiladelphia Youth Poetry Movement (PYPM) to campus for aPoetry Slam in October. PYPM is a non-profit organization com-mitted to helping the youth of Philadelphia discover the power oftheir voices through spoken word and literary expression. Severalyoung poets came out to the Theatre to perform original spokenword poetry for an audience of Harcum students, faculty & staff.

    The Kevin D. Marlo Little Theatre plans to host a number of excitingevents during the spring 2012 semester. The College encourages allalumni, friends, and community members to attend. To learn moreabout upcoming events, please visit

    Dear Friends,In this issue of Patches we recognize and salute our faculty

    the foundation of our students academic experi-

    ence. We are proud of our long tradition of out-

    standing faculty, many of whom not only teach

    but are practitioners in their respective fields.

    With the advantage of small classes, our faculty

    are able to know every student individually.

    Positive, caring instruction and strong support

    services yield higher persistence and graduation

    rates at Harcum than many of its peers.

    College success is more important than ever in todays

    economy. While the present political administration is

    promoting higher education access to all Americans, there

    are those who worry that the depressed job market will

    saddle students with too much debt.

    Adults with college degrees earn twice as much over a

    lifetime than those with only a high school diploma

    a substantial personal benefit. Benefits for the larger society

    include more taxable resources, fewer health problems,

    lower rates of crime, and greater levels of civic engagement.

    Graduates of our allied health programs continue to be very

    much in demand. Students in all majors are given opportu-

    nities for career-related work either through required

    internships or clinical and practicum experiences.

    Networking is so important to all aspects of career

    building, not only while job hunting but also in expanding

    opportunities in a current position. We encourage you to

    network with usthe employment services office, the

    continuing education department, our faculty, and your

    program colleagues. Learning and growing is a life-long

    occupation. We are here for you, so keep in touch!

    Best Regards,

    Jon Jay DeTemple, Ph.D.President

    The Abram and Goldie Cohen Dental Center offers affordable,preventative dental care to patients as well as hands-on educationfor students in our dental programs. This year, with the help of foundations, area dentists and alumni, Harcum is giving the Centera much needed renovation. The project will help to ensure that theCollege is well-equipped to meet the growing demand for highlyqualified licensed dental hygienists and certified dental assistants.It will also ensure that students can serve the optimum number ofpatients by operating at full capacity within the restrictions of limited physical space.

    Faculty and students from Dental Hygiene, Dental Assisting andExpanded Functions Dental AssistingHarcums three outstandingdental education programsuse the Abram and Goldie DentalCenter as their primary teaching facility. The Center also encom-passes the Dental Clinic where dental hygiene students care forover 1,000 patients annually, including many moderate to lowincome, uninsured and under-insured patients. Outreach to social

    Cohen Dental Center

  • H A R C U M C O L L E G E W I N T E R 2 0 1 2 3

    Harcums collaboration with Congreso and I-LEAD tookanother major step forward with a groundbreaking ceremonyfor the new Pan American Academy/Harcum at Congreso buildingon American Street in eastern North Philadelphia on September 16.Students attending Harcum at Congreso will be able to enjoy theuse of modern classroom facilities at this new site beginning sum-mer 2012. Dr. Jon Jay DeTemple attended the ceremony along withMayor Michael Nutter, District Attorney Seth Williams and otherofficials. Congreso is one of the areas most influential Latino organizations.

    The Iota Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa inducted 44new Harcum students during its fall ceremony in November.Guest speaker Brenda Mason 06, a Harcum graduate and PTKmember, offered words of congratulations and encouragement to thenewly-inducted class.

    Harcum hosted its 2nd annual Civility Week this Septemberin an effort to promote responsible, civil interaction across campus.Its the Colleges belief that through education, discussion, andrespect for individual voices, a small step forward has been achievedin creating change. Civility Week events included educational work-shops, community meals, a roundtable discussion, and fun contests.

    Students from Harcums Fashion Design and FashionMerchandising programs served as stylists during Taste ofArdmore Food and Fashion event in November. The event show-cased Ardmore restaurants and local style at Max Paul's ArdmoreToyota on Lancaster Avenue. Fashion students dressed and acces-sorized 25 models and