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Alumni News July 20-2018

Alumni News July 20-2018

July 20, 2018

Elizabeth Mauch, Bethany College's New VP of Academic Affairs

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Bethany College has selected Elizabeth Mauch ’93 as the college’s new Vice President of Academic Affairs. Mauch formerly served as Dean of the College of Education and Professor of Mathematics at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

During the interview process, Mauch inspired Bethany’s faculty and staff with her commitment to fostering an environment that recognizes and supports teaching excellence, championing the importance of faculty in shared governance, making a positive impact upon the institution and regional community, and supporting and serving underrepresented and underserved populations. Mauch says she has invested her career in education, because she “appreciates the transformative power that education can have in students’ lives.”

“Dr. Mauch will…be a terrific leader of academics and a wonderful colleague to faculty and staff,” says Bethany College President Will Jones.

“I am delighted to be joining the team at Bethany College,” says Mauch. “I was impressed by the dedication of the faculty, staff and administration to the students and the surrounding community. I am looking forward to working with everyone at Bethany to keep Bethany’s promise to students ‘to be a part of something bigger than yourself.'”

To learn more about Mauch’s academic career and accomplishments, see her bio on the Bethany College website.


Koury Elected President Judge


Northampton County’s Court of Common Please voted unanimously to elect Michael J. Koury Jr. ’90 President Judge. He succeeded Stephen Baretta on June 8. Koury is a graduate of Notre Dame High School, Moravian College, and Villanova University School of Law. Because of his standing in the top 3 percent of his class at Villanova, he served on Law Review.


DeNofa Receives Local Hall of Fame Honors

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Bill DeNofa (left), Tom Filipovits (center) and Joe Emrick were inducted into the McDonald's Lehigh Valley All-Star Football Classic Hall of Fame at a banquet Wednesday night at the Northampton Memorial Community Center. (BOB STECKEL / CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)


Excerpted from the article “McDonald’s Lehigh Valley All-Star Football Hall of Fame Adds Three” by Keith Groller, published in the June 16 issue of The Morning Call

Bill DeNofa ’85 knew it was a special honor to be inducted into the McDonald’s Lehigh Valley All-Star Football Classic Hall of Fame, but he didn’t know quite how special it was until he looked in the program at a list of past honorees.

“There are some truly unbelievable coaches in the Lehigh Valley, past and present, and when you look at the list of past inductees you realize you’re in great company” he said. “Everybody thinks their area is the best, but I know that football is special in the Lehigh Valley in part because of the many great people in this Hall of Fame.”

DeNofa was inducted Wednesday night, June 13, at the Northampton Memorial Community Center along with Tom Filipovits and Joe Emrick.

DeNofa was a 1981 graduate of Freedom High School where he competed in track and field in addition to football. He was a two-time honorable mention all-conference performer in football, earning five letters overall.

He went on to become a letter winner at Moravian College and then returned to Freedom as a social studies teacher. He was an assistant coach at three schools—Freedom, Liberty, and Central Catholic (CCHS)—and was also an assistant and head coach in track for the Patriots. He also coached basketball at both Freedom and CCHS.

His biggest success in coaching came on the gridiron where he helped turn two area schools to perennial state powers. At Liberty, he helped the Hurricanes get to three PIAA Class 4A games in four years and was the offensive coordinator in 2008 when Liberty won the state crown. He was also an assistant on Central Catholic’s 1998 PIAA 3A title team and served as the Vikings head coach for two seasons, beginning in 1999.

DeNofa also served as assistant coach in the McDonald’s Lehigh Valley All-Star Football Classic four times.


Benefield Releases CD

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Drummer, pianist, and composer Adam Benefield ’12 released his debut jazz album Many Moons in Spring of this year. The album is a multi-movement suite for jazz quintet and includes Moravian alumni Chris Aquayo ’15, guitarist (also a Moravian College faculty member), and David Fahim ’14, pianist. Benefield will begin graduate studies in composition at Stephen Austin State University this fall.


Mazzarella Appointed VP at Selective

Selective Insurance Company of America, a subsidiary of Selective Insurance Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIGI), has appointed Michael Mazzarella ’88 to Vice President, Commercial Lines Underwriting. Mazzarella joined Selective in 1988 as a Corporate Trainee and developed his expertise and experience through a variety of corporate and field roles throughout Selective, most recently as Vice President, Underwriting for Selective’s Northeast Region.

Mazzarella earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Moravian College and holds designations as both a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter and a Certified Insurance Counselor.


Omran Named Volunteer of the Year

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Dalia Omran ’15 has been recognized by the Junior League of Philadelphia as Volunteer of the Year. Omran works as a research specialist at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania