Class Notes

NEWS OF 1995

From the Alumni House:

Lisa Bittenbender was married to Thomas Lutzi Jr. in March at the Barristers Club in Allentown. Her matron of honor was Megan Lamontagne, who attended Moravian from 1991 to 1993. Lisa’s daughter, Amber, was a junior bridesmaid.

Ed Roach works for the National Park Service as a historian in Prince William Forest Park just outside Washington, D.C. He has written five brochures on the park’s history, which can be found on its extended website, and currently is writing an entry for the American National Biography on Robert Fechner, first director of the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Carrie Beleno’s fifth-grade class at Thomas Jefferson School in Bethlehem was filmed by Good Morning America because the students are pen-pals with a class at Camp Pendleton, Calif., home of the First Marine Division (now in Iraq).

NEWS OF 1994

NEWS OF 1993
Reunion Homecoming 2003

NEWS OF 1992

NEWS OF 1991

From the Alumni House:

Brett Weber will end this year having exhibited his work in two shows in New York City, one in Philadelphia, and one in Hania on Crete. Integral to his art is his desire for public awareness and support for research on multiple sclerosis.

NEWS OF 1990

From the Alumni House:

Dana Al Nammari Ahram was working as a manager-in- training at HSBC Bank in Amman, Jordan, but now is between jobs, spending time with her 2-year-old son.

Michael J. Koury confirmed a reelection bid to keep the Wilson district justice seat he has held since 1998. Michael has handled more than 19,000 cases as a district justice, presiding over summary judgments, civil trials, landlord-tenant disputes, and traffic court.

Amy Yahna runs the Yahna Center for Health in Stroudsburg. It specializes in deep-tissue massage, acupressure, and other neuromuscular therapies. She and a partner are about to open another business, building environmentally friendly homes.

NEWS OF 1989

From Kerri Selland Pepoy:

Amanda Westphal Radcliffe and her husband, Conrad ’87, have moved to Malvern with their kids: Toni, 7, Kailey, 5, and Cal, 3. Amanda recently sold her business to be home more with the kids, though she’s still involved in her family’s business, Vertex, in Berwyn. Conrad is chair of the bad faith and coverage department of the law firm Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin. In his spare time, Conrad plays guitar and sings with the firm’s band.

Joanne Varga married George Lauder on April 27 in New Jersey. They live in Houston, Texas, and work in federal law enforcement.

Patty Borkowski and Michael Pepe welcomed their first child, Adrianna Marie, on December 7. After a few months of maternity leave, Patty has returned to her job at Towers Perrin.

Donna Custard and her husband, Neil Wildonger, adopted a baby boy, Mitchell. He is their first child and will turn 1 in August 2003. Donna is in her sixth year with the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce.

From the Alumni House:

Right after college, Holly Hutchison moved to Los Angeles to go into the music business and has enjoyed an exciting, unique, and fun journey—though it has required a lot of 18- to 20-hour days. She has been a talent executive for Atlantic Records and Capitol Records, responsible for bringing artists to these labels, supervising their recordings, and championing them. Among those she’s discovered are the pop/punk band Blink 182 and heavy rocker Saliva. She also signed and produced a record with Swedish pop artist Bosson, who was nominated for a Golden Globe award. Holly is enjoying being single while it lasts. Not long ago, she drove cross-country and moved back to the East Coast to catch up with family and old friends. She has started her own music company from her home.

Craig Haney has started a software company, Nominum.

NEWS OF 1988
Reunion Homecoming 2003

From Donna Male Siegfried:

Greetings from Atlanta! My family and I have been living here for two years, and life is good. I love being medical editor of Arthritis Today magazine, in which I get to inform 2.8 million people about medical topics and fitness in every issue. I feel as though I’m helping many more people than I would have as a physician. My husband, Keith, is assistant director of business systems for Intracorp and works from home full-time while I commute to the city. It’s a fair trade—after all, I free-lanced for eight years.

Our oldest son, Steven, is 9 already and in third grade. He keeps us busy with soccer and tennis matches and baseball games. Being a huge Braves fan, he’s glad to be living here in Atlanta, where we frequent Turner Field and Georgia Tech baseball games. Our middle child, Ryan, is 5 and in kindergarten. He is into those three sports, too! We foresee spending lots of time juggling game schedules. Our little girl, Abby, is 4 and stage-struck. She’s drawn crowds at the mall when she erupts into a song-and-dance routine. But, like her brothers, she wants to play soccer, tennis, and baseball, as well as gymnastics, dance, and cheerleading! Keith and I play tennis, too. Keith sings and plays guitar in a local group, and I play flute in a woodwind group. What time we have remaining is devoted to sleeping!

Annjeanette (AJ) Ruggiero Peiffer has a star-struck little one, too. Her daughter Emily was in a production of The Hobbit, and her little boy Ryan has just started gymnastics. AJ is a physician’s assistant and distributes Starlight International wellness products. Her husband, Derek, is an assistant principal at Emmaus High School.

Now that I’ve volunteered to be class correspondent, I want to hear all about your lives and families so I can share it with everyone! We all want to know how life is treating you. Write, call, or e-mail—whatever works for you! And don’t forget Homecoming on October 25.

From the Alumni House:

Yasmin Bugaighis ’88, M.B.A. ’00 has joined the planning department at Lehigh University.

NEWS OF 1987

From Diane Hvizdak Taylor:

Edie Fuchs Lewis asked me to take over the news for the Class of 1987. Thanks for doing such a great job over the past 15 years, Edie!

Sandy Hamel Cinque and her husband, John, welcomed their second child in March. Their new son, Joseph John, joins big sister Jennifer.

Mary Wiedmuller Knierim was expecting her second child in April. Her new daughter will join 2-year-old Connor. Mary and her family are living in Switzerland for the next few years while her husband, Michael, completes an international assignment.

We are happy to have Melanie Kloiber St. Hill back in Pennsylvania after many years in Southern California. Mel has a 1-year-old daughter, Natalie.

I ran into Erin Ryan Pettit and her daughter on the streets of Westfield, N.J., on a freezing- cold day in January. She told me she missed Homecoming because she had just given birth to her fourth child, a son named Ryan.

I’m working as a financial planner in Livingston, N.J., and I keep busy with my 5-five-year old son, Brennan.

From the Alumni House:

Elizabeth Bugaighis, assistant dean of arts and sciences at Northampton Community College, has been chosen to participate in the National Institute for Leadership Development, an international program for administrators and faculty in higher education. Elizabeth is a member of the American Educational Research Association, policy chairwoman of the Bethlehem branch of the American Association of University Women, and a board member of the Illick’s Mill Partnership for Environmental Education.

NEWS OF 1986

From the Alumni House:

Tom Tyson was selected by NJ Business News as one of 40 executives under 40 that had made significant contributions in their field. Tom is president of Coastal Financial Group in Parsippany, New Jersey.

As her deanly schedule permits, Carol Traupman-Carr (associate dean for academic affairs at Moravian) has been named staff arranger for the MainStreet Brass Quintet of Bethlehem. Her arrangement of three Christmas carols can be heard on the group’s forthcoming CD. Classmate Brian Hay, trombone, is a charter member of the quintet.

NEWS OF 1985

From Lynn Muschlitz LaBarre:

As mortgage rates go down, my days at Keystone Savings Bank get crazier. I picked the perfect time to go back to work and a great place to work at. It’s so filled with Moravian alumni that we could have a reunion in the office.

Neil Koplin ’82, vice president for business development, runs around all day long making sure we all have enough to do. He has been at the bank for more than 20 years. He and his wife, Debbie, have two daughters, Katelyn, 14, and Kelley, 10. Look for Kelley, an outstanding gymnast, at the Olympics soon.

Across from my cubicle is Nancy Friend Schrader, who has been at Keystone since 1985. We are always learning new procedures from her as she updates the bank systems. She married Scott in December 2001 and has two stepdaughters and a stepson who attend school in the Parkland School District.

Andrea Malavolta Carr ’86 is a consumer loan officer who has been with Keystone for 13 years. (Andrea’s cousin is Alisa Malavolta Dartnell.) Andrea is our health nut, always training for 5K races.

Jim Fereno ’89 is vice president for commercial lending. After graduating with a degree in economics and history, he worked for Mellon Bank in the Pittsburgh area. Later, he went to PNC Bank and then to Keystone. He has two young boys, Zachary and Christopher.

At Christmas, I heard from Mae Lynn Neyhart Arlinghaus and Maureen Sinnott Kopczyski. Both are keeping busy with their young boys.

Recently, Corinne Parker Edmonds ’86 called. She and Dave built a house in Coopersburg almost three years ago. They are busy with swimming lessons and other boy-related activities with their sons, Parker and Conner.

Dave and Corinne went to the wedding of Robin Zwickl ’84 and her husband, Nelson Randolph, on March 8. The newlyweds live in the Bethlehem area.

NEWS OF 1984

Moravian Coaches (Most of Them Alumni) Sweep Up Awards

Assistant head football coach Jeff Pukszyn ’97 with team members Shawn Nelson ’05, Richie Kline ’06, and Kevin McLaughlin ’05.

Photo: John Ferko

Assistant head football coach Jeff Pukszyn ’97 was selected as one of 500 high school and college assistant coaches from a field of more than 350,000 across the nation as a winner of the second annual AFLAC National Assistant Coaches of the Year Award.

Pukszyn has completed six years on the football coaching staff. In addition to his duties as assistant head coach, Pukszyn has been Moravian’s defensive coordinator for the last three seasons. The Greyhounds, who finished the 2002 season at 7-4, were 20th in the country in rushing defense, only allowing 93.9 yards per contest on the ground (1,033 yards on 400 carries), and the squad was tied for 39th in scoring defense, allowing just 16.4 points per game (180 points in 11 games). After a six-game winning streak during the season, Moravian participated in the 2002 Eastern College Athletic Conference Southeast Championship game, losing 21-7 to McDaniel College. The postseason appearance was the school’s first-ever berth in the ECAC Championships.

Moravian head softball coach John Byrne ’82 and his staff of assistant coaches Scot Dapp, Scott Hoke ’86, Ron Cardinal, Becky Stroup ’00 and Erin Kelly were named the 2003 National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III East Region Coaching Staff of the Year, announced May 15 at the banquet prior to the NCAA Division III Softball National Championship in Salem, Va. Byrne and the rest of the staff led Moravian to a 32-10 record this season, the squad’s fourth consecutive Commonwealth Conference Championship and the program’s sixth straight NCAA Division III Tournament berth. The Greyhounds had their best-ever finish at the regional, finishing as the runner-up after winning their first three games of the tournament.

—Mark J. Fleming