2014 Lycoming Winter Magazine - page 38

Five receive alumni association awards
The Lycoming College Alumni Association Executive Board presented five
awards during homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 26.
Sonja (Burkhalter) Gonzalez ’92
Angela R. Kyte Outstanding Alumnus Award
Gonzalez is the executive director of the Northland Family Help Center in
Flagstaff, Ariz., an agency that provides shelter and crisis intervention for women
and children. Gonzalez helps at-risk women and children in her free time as well
and volunteers for community service organizations. She serves on several boards
in Arizona, including Open Inn Inc. and the Arizona Sexual Assault Network,
among others. Earlier this year, she was the recipient of the Arizona Attorney
General’s Distinguished Service Award for Service Coordination. While a student at
Lycoming, Gonzalez was a member of Alpha Rho Omega and was a cross country
team member. She earned a Master of Arts from Linwood University.
Barbara (Lovenduski) Sylk ’73 and Michael Bell ’94
Dr. James E. Douthat Outstanding Achievement Award
Sylk has been the president of the Cadme Gallery in Philadelphia. She devotes
time to painting and working on portraits. She is a trustee at the Pennsylvania
Academy of Fine Arts and involved with the Great Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.
While at Lycoming, Sylk was involved in student government. She has previously
served on Lycoming’s AAEB, was the chairwoman for the Lycoming College
Century Club and was on the Lycoming Fund Committee. Sylk earned Masters of
Art at Philadelphia College of Art.
Bell is a renowned American artist and is most famous for his large, cinematic
paintings. He has painted portraits of several infamous people, including the late
John Gotti. His artwork is also featured nationwide on “Sopranos” star Joseph
Gannascoli’s new Cugine cigar line. Bell has given workshops and keynote speeches
throughout the country. He is the recipient of the Los Angeles Good Shepherd
Community Service Award for his domestic violence activism and also the
William U. Harris Award of Excellence, which recognizes an individual who has
demonstrated extraordinary leadership skills in the field of education. Bell earned a
M.Ed. at Towson University.
Steve Wiser ’74
Dale V. Bower Service Award
Wiser taught social studies at Williamsport Area High School from 1974 until
his retirement in 2006. He has been involved with Lycoming’s football program for
42 years, having served as an assistant coach for 38 of them. His strategies for the
Warrior defense helped the team to win 14 MAC titles in 33 years. Throughout his
tenure, the Warriors have made 12 NCAA playoff appearances and two trips to the
national title game. As a student at Lycoming, Wiser was a member of the Kappa
Delta Rho fraternity. He also wrestled and played football, earning four letters as
a linebacker and two All-MAC honors. He is a member of the Lycoming Athletics
Hall of Fame and the Bald Eagle Area High School Hall of Fame.
program dedicated to the study of
politics and policy in New Jersey. As part
of the fellowship, Jordan completed an
externship with the New Jersey Office
of the Attorney General, Division of
Gaming Enforcement. He also served
as a summer associate at the law firm of
Genova, Burns, Giantomasi and Webster
in Newark, N.J., and is in his third year
of law school.
Bethany Herring
Kate Crosmer
(archaeology and
art history) recently traveled to Tuva,
Russia, as an archaeological volunteer
with the Russian Geographical Society
for an excavation of Bronze Age burial
Eric Grecco
(psychology) and
(history) helped organize the
Precision Wrestling Camp held in June
in Towanda, Pa. About 50 children
Bethany Herring
was named compliance specialist for
Integrity Bank in Camp Hill, Pa., where
she previously worked as a teller.
Army Spec.
Joseph M. Karslo
(business-marketing) graduated from
basic combat training at Fort Jackson in
Columbia, S.C.
Matthew Steffanelli
was hired as an actuary by Blue Cross
Blue Shield of Texas.
Chelsea Stein
(art-commercial) is an
account manager at the advertising and
marketing agency Caskey Group in
York, Pa.
Suzanne Smith
(physics and
astronomy) recently
returned to Lycoming
to present, “All I
Really Need to Know I
Learned at Lyco.” She
is a graduate student at
The Catholic University
of America.
RJ Wiechecki
Lacey Gustafson
design) has been accepted to State
University of New York at Fredonia to
begin a two-year master’s program in
teaching English as a second language.
Suzanne Smith ’11
Lycoming’s Alumni Association Executive Board presented several awards during homecoming. Shown
are Amy Dowling ’04, director of alumni relations, Sonja (Burkhalter) Gonzalez ’92, Michael Bell ’94,
President Kent Trachte, Barbara (Lovenduski) Sylk ’73, Steve Wiser ’74, Capt. Pamela Tipler ’05 and
W. Clark Gaughan ’77, AAEB president.
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