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  • patchesThe Magazine of Harcum College SPRING/SUMMER 2014

    When Your Passion Becomes Your ProfessionA love for animals leads students to Harcum College to pursue degrees in Veterinary Technology.

    This Issue: Preparing for our Centennial: A Look Back Harcum College from 19451985 I New Programs & Sites Mens Basketball Makes Program History I Middle States Accreditation I Bear Pride

  • patches magazine The essential purpose of Patches Magazine is to inform, engage,

    and inspire Harcum Colleges diverse readershipincluding alumni,

    faculty, staff, students, parents, and our many friends.

    Our mission is to present an honest portrait of Harcum Collegeshowcasing our people, our programs, our history, and our core values in order to strengthen our readers opinion of the college, and to cultivate our commitment towards creating a college of possibilities higher educational environment.

    Patches Magazine is published biannually by the Office of Communications & Marketing at Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, PA. Please send address changes and class notes to the Office of College Advancement located at 750 Montgomery Avenue in Bryn Mawr, PA 19010; by email: alumni@harcum.edu; or by calling 610-526-6060.

    Have comments? Contact us at patches@harcum.edu

    PATCHES MAGAZINE ONLINEVisit Patches Magazine online at www.harcum.edu/patches


    The newly renovated Charles H. Trout Library was dedicated in October 2013. SGA President Shana Weaver enjoys the variety of seating choices, including sturdy chairs for lounging and a Spun Chair.

  • EDITORGale Martin

    Director of Communications & Marketing

    ART DIRECTION/DESIGNBridget Goldhahn

    Graphic Designer & Communications Specialist


    Development Coordinator


    Director of Internal Communications & Publications

    Drew KellyDirector of Athletics

    Nancy McCannFreelance Writer

    Amy ShumoskiWeb Manager


    LifetouchAndrew Wickel

    Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. The comments and opinions expressed in this magazine do not necessarily reflect those of Harcum College. The editorial board reserves the right to edit and select content for Patches that adheres to Harcum Colleges commitment to maintaining the high standard of integrity that has always been characteristic of the college.

    On the cover: Sarah Sabatini of Mechanicsburg, PA, just finished her first year in Harcums Veterinary Technology program.

    Photograph by Kevin S. Nash


    Theodore A. RosenChairman

    Thomas J. GiamoniVice-Chair

    Michael J. BuongiornoVice-Chair

    Denis C. BoyleTreasurer

    Louise StraussSecretary

    Jon Jay DeTemple, Ph.D.President

    Beatrice C. Blackman 55Samuel P. Cimino, DDS

    Daniel HirschfeldDr. Colena Johnson-Kemp

    Alexander KleinMarvin B. LevittiesDennis S. Marlo

    Denise McGregor ArmbristerJ. Michael McNamara

    Carolyn Saligman, Ph.D.Karin B. TakiffKarl A. Thallner

    Lisa YangSusan Zeller-Kent 72

    Susan Zises Green 64


    7 Forging a New Path to Growth Harcum College from 1945 to 1985 The second in a three-part series highlighting Harcums history in preparation for our Centennial Kickoff in 2015.

    11 When Your Passion Becomes Your Profession Students in our Vet Tech Program come from all walks of life but share a common bond.

    DEPARTMENTS 2 Community News

    3 Presidents Message

    5 Events

    16 Faculty & Staff News

    18 Athletics

    20 Alumni News

    Bear Pride: Barbara Brunner 77

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  • College Begins All-Important Reaccreditation Process

    Harcum College has embarked on its institution-wide accreditation with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), an in-depth process of self-regulation and peer review required every ten years. MSCHE accreditation helps ensure student success and that Harcum College is becoming the strongest possible institution it can be. Under the leadership of Donna Broderick, who was appointed Accreditation Liaison Officer, work groups consisting of faculty, staff, and trustees began meeting regularly in 2014 to complete a Self-Study Report by 2016. The MSCHE Team Site Visit will occur in April of that year.

    More than sixty members of the Harcum College community are working on the Self-Study Report. Donna Broderick invited Dr. Robert Schneider (shown above)representing the Middle States Commission on Higher Education to visit campus on April 25 and provide input on the Self-Study Design.

    To learn more about the accreditation process, please visit:


    The 201314 Mens Basketball season has been one for the record books at Harcum. The Bears capped off a stellar regular season by receiving an at-large bid to the NJCAA Mens Division I National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas. Getting to Hutch is the goal of every team at the start of the season, said Bears Head Coach Drew Kelly. There are over 200 Division I basketball teams, with only 24 teams going. During the first four days of the tournament, the Bears defeated three other top-seeded teamsWalters State, South Georgia Tech, and Trinity Valley Community Collegesadvancing to the NJCAA Division I National Semifinals in Hutchinson, Kansas, marking Harcums first Final Four appearance in school history. By the tournaments end on March 22, Harcum finished their season with a school-record 32 wins and rewrote both team and individual school records, Jordan Goodman and Ivan Uceda were both named to the all-tournament team, and Ibn Muhammad won the prestigious Sesher Sportsmanship Award. Uceda became the schools all-time rebound leader, while Shevon Thompson broke the single season rebounding record. Muhammad ended his career as Harcums all-time assist leader, while Timmone Whatley broke the single season assist record. Goodman finished off his career as just the third Mens Basketball

    player to surpass 1,000 career points. Harcum also set new team records for field goal percentage, three point field goal percentage, and free throw percentage. It was an amazing season, said Kelly, adding, and an experience our student-athletes will remember for the rest of their lives. This team had great chemistry, great trust in each other, and that led to exceptional play on the court. Putting your teammates and the team first leads to outstanding individual success. Harcums fourth-place finish in the final NJCAA Division I Mens Basketball poll marks the second time in five seasons that the Bears have finished in top five nationally. Harcum recorded its second 30-win season and ninth consecutive 20-win season, and Harcum has now won at least 20 games in every season since starting Mens Basketball in 2005-06. Harcums all-time record is 225-58 in nine seasons.

    (Left): Coach Drew Kelly and the Mens Basketball Team went to Hutchinson, Kansas, March 17-22 for their first appearance in the NJCAA D-I National Tournament. (Below): Harcums Shevon Thompson (15) goes in for a dunk past Walters States Trey Suttles (5) during the first half of their NJCAA Tournament game.

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  • Harcum Planning Year-Long Centennial CelebrationHarcum College turns 100-years-old in 2015.

    College employees and trustees have been planning a calendar year full of commemorative events including service projects, cultural activities, performances, lectures, and a grand gala befitting the occasion.

    We want a meaningful and memorable anniversary celebration, explained President Jon Jay DeTemple, to showcase who we are and how we are unique. Two committeesa steering committee and an implementation grouphave met numerous times this semester to establish goals for the celebration and create elements designed to reach out to prospective students and alumni while heightening our visibility in the region and highlighting Harcums distinctive position in the higher education marketplace. The most up-to-date information about the Harcum College Centennial will be available on a special section of the College website devoted to the 100th anniversary beginning in August, to include a running list of all the 100 Acts of Service and guidelines on how to take part. See the inside back cover of this issue of Patches for more Centennial information.

    Read more: www.harcum.edu/HC100


    At Harcum College, we pride ourselves on preparing graduates for professions. Thats why the phrase providing men and women with outstanding career preparation to prepare [them] for success in their chosen profession is part of the College mission statement.

    This spring the College embarked on reaccreditation with the Middle States Commission on Higher Educatio