Class Notes

NEWS OF 1995

From Krisa Murray Arzayus:

Mary Beth Anfuso Horner and husband, Tom, live in Quakertown with their three children: Thomas, 6, Elizabeth, 4, and Emily, 2. Mary Beth is chief financial officer for LifePath Inc., a non-profit organization that provides services for the mentally retarded in Bethlehem.

This year has been very busy for me. I’ve completed a marine policy fellowship in Washington, D.C., defended my dissertation, and given birth to our first child, Lucas Young Arzayus. I will begin a postdoctoral research position at Skidaway Institute of Oceanography in Savannah this summer.

From Ann Schlottman ’94:

Eileen Rizzo ’95 has been teaching second grade at a school in Staten Island for three years. She already has one master’s degree, in elementary education, and is now finishing a second in special education.

Vicky Razawich ’95 is starting her fourth year teaching kindergarten at a private school and also teaches part-time at a Sylvan Learning Center. She still is very involved with horseback riding and traveled to Ireland in July for a training class. Vicky lives in New Jersey.

From the Alumni House:

Pawan Kapur completed his Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Stanford University and is staying on there as a research associate.


NEWS OF 1994

From Ann Schlottman:

Joan Vargo and Christopher Krem were married May 12 in New York City aboard the cruise ship Nordic Empress, bound for Bermuda. Moravian alumni included matron of honor Lisa Sparks Silvius, whose husband, Todd Silvius ’98, also was in the wedding party. Among the guests were Melanie Ruberg Bigsby, Danielle Shisko Guyer, Patti Horwath Smith, and Jeff ’93 and Katie Needham Maddock. A reception was held in Bethlehem in July. The Krems have bought a house in Macungie. She is in her ninth year teaching at Kernsville Elementary School in the Parkland School District.

Andy Sutton received his M.B.A. from Moravian in May. He works at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, commuting from West Allentown.


NEWS OF 1993
Reunion: Homecoming 2003

From Michelle M. Litzenberger:

From the Alumni House:

Michael Pierce received his Ph.D. in molecular biology and biochemistry from Rutgers University in December 2001 and is now a post-doctoral fellow at Princeton University. Mike has been married for four years to classmate Rosemary Culcasi, who received her law degree from Quinnipiac College and practices in Iselin, N.J. They live in Flemington, N.J.


NEWS OF 1992

Michael Q. Roth:

I am pleased to announce the birth of my son, Jacob Donald, on March 31. His mother is Jennifer Ann Meyer Roth ’95, and he is the nephew of James and Louise Meyer Feher ’90.

From the Alumni House:

Camilla Montgomery Modesitt and her husband, Kent, became the proud parents of Sam, born in March. Just before he was born, Camilla saw Kelly Roaldson O’Hara ’91 and her husband, Sean.


NEWS OF 1991

From Melissa dePamphilis:

Christine A. Palermo-Wallach
12172 Glenmore Drive
Coral Springs, FL 33071-7828
capw516@aol.com


NEWS OF 1990

From the Alumni House:

Marya Lucas Dempsey is a teacher at Evergreen Preparatory School in Fayetteville, N.C. She would love to hear from her international alumni and Grotto Club friends.


NEWS OF 1989

From Kerri Selland Pepoy:

Candyce Homan Chimera has been selling real estate for seven years for Prudential Reddington & Associates in North Wales, focusing on Montgomery and Bucks counties.

I received a nice note from Krista Enholm Smyth. She and her husband, Craig, are living in Apopka, Fla., just north of Orlando. They have two children: Chynna, 4, and Wyatt, born February 7. Krista keeps in touch with several Momo alums, including Michell Benitt Holmes, Ellen Ersboll Jung, Mike and Kathy Shaffer, Jamie Rittenhouse Kopko, and Laura Ruocco ’91.

From the Alumni House:

Rita Fortino has been named a product manager at Degussa Corp.


NEWS OF 1988


NEWS OF 1987

From Edie Fuchs Lewis:

Tim Cooke and his wife, Heather, are the proud parents of Connor Timothy, born May 3. Tim has worked for Prudential Financial for 13 years in sales and financial planning.

Michele Vitacco Purcell and her husband, Michael, also welcome a new child. Timothy Gabriel joined big brothers Matthew and Michael on July 17.


NEWS OF 1986

From James and Lynda Farrell Swartz:

We have not heard from many of you. Please keep in touch and let us know what is new and exciting in your lives.

Kelly Kerbel Yaeger contacted Moravian with an update. She is married to Jay, and they have 4-year-old twin daughters, Bree and Gwen. Kelly and her husband have been traffic controllers at Washington Air Route Traffic Control Center in Leesburg, Va., for 15 years.

Hope everyone had a great summer and is enjoying the fall.


NEWS OF 1985


NEWS OF 1984

Turkish Delight

Mehmet Tanyolac speaking to Moravian’s Accounting Club, February 8, 2002.

“I spent the best four years of my life on this campus,” says Mehmet Tanyolac ’84, Moravian College’s roving ambassador to the Middle East.

Mehmet, from Turkey, enrolled at Moravian in the spring semester of 1980 and graduated in 1984. On a visit here last winter, he couldn’t think of a better place to recommend for college: “This place is beautiful—a little gemstone.”

He spoke to students of the Accounting Club about professional opportunities abroad and to the magazine about his fondness for the College.

In 1979, when he finished secondary school in Turkey, he started college to major in political science and economics. Some colleagues of his father’s at the American School in Turkey recommended Moravian for Mehmet. With little more than the vocabulary he’d acquired from an English-as-a-second-language course, he decided to give it a try.

“Europeans are very xenophobic,” he says. “You’re not. I never felt anywhere in the world that the people are better than here.”

Initially shy, he made a lot of friends. “The first year was a little difficult, learning the language,” he says. “But by the second year, everything went great.” More seriously, he remembers: “I came here at the age of 19. I was a completely different person when I graduated, with much, much more self-confidence.”

The international contingent was much smaller 20 years ago, “just a handful of us,” he says, which made it easier to find one another. His friends included Suleiman (Sunny) Modjadidi ’73 (whose wife, Camie, is the student teaching coordinator for the Education Department) and Faramarz Farbod ’82, now an adjunct instructor in political science. He greeted both warmly when they came to his talk.

“I was a little bit of novelty,” he says. “People would ask me: ‘Do you got ice cream in Turkey? Do you got Star Trek in Turkey?’ ” And they seemed a little surprised when he said yes.

For his first six months, he lived with the Hauperts. Then he moved to a student residence—one ofa row of College-owned houses on Otis Place. “It’s not here anymore,” he says. “It was where [Breidegam] field house is now.”

He first went to work for AirShields in Hatsboro, the maker of a baby monitor. Then he joined the health-care division of 3M until he was head-hunted by Baxter Pharmaceuticals (now Baxter HealthCare Corp.). After five years there, he joined Johnson & Johnson, whose worldwide expansion allowed him to return home. He’s now managing director (the European equivalent of a CEO) of its Turkish operations. He lives in Istanbul with his wife, Cagla (which means “fresh almonds”), and their 7-year-old son, Dennis.

He regards his time at Moravian as crucial to his professional success. “If I hadn’t spent all this time in the U.S.,” he says, he would not have known “the values that people and society have: hard work, discipline.”

What about the charge that America is too materialistic? “Maybe to die-hard Muslims,” he says. (Turkey is a secular Islamic democracy, the only one of its kind in the Middle East.) “But I despise the statement that America is an evil place.”

—Judith Green