Jon “Craig” Koons
(570) 587-3928
Linda (Burton) Kochanov
(203) 744-0393
Virginia “Ginny” Shamlian
Sherrie (Burton) Smith
(410) 280-9086
Sherry L. MacPherson
(856) 765-1476
Pamela Wight
(English literature)
teaches creative
writing in Boston and
in the San Francisco
Bay area, where
she resides with
her husband. She
recently published
her first book, “The Right Wrong Man,”
with Near.Perfect.Press. Her e-book
is available from Amazon or Barnes
& Noble. She also posts a weekly
blog called Rough Wighting at www.
Victoria Satterthwaite
(French) was
recently appointed as an ambassador
in Montgomery and
Lower Lehigh (Pa.)
counties for Business
Network International.
She has also been
recently elected to the
board of directors for
Youth Awareness, a
national organization
working with risk-
prone teens. Victoria will be handling the
communications outreach for the group.
Gail (Gleason) Beamer
(508) 460-0682
Mazzante named Alumna of the Year
By Dana Borick Brigandi
Another exceptional Lycoming College alumna was honored during
the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce’s annual Education
Celebration. On March 7, Marilouise Mazzante ’76 was recognized as the
College’s 2013 Alumna of the Year. Recipients must live in Lycoming County
and be active in the community and respected in their profession.
Mazzante, affectionately known as “Maz,” has been a social studies teacher
at Williamsport Area
High School for 37
years. She estimates
she has taught more
than 5,000 students
and coached more
than 500 young
In addition to
teaching, she helps
lead the National
Honor Society, Model
United Nations
and Constitutional
Convention groups;
is a department leader
and co-coordinator
for graduation; and
coached track and cross country for 20 years.
Mazzante has earned a number of civic awards and honors, including
being Rotary’s Honoree of the Year in 2011; has been nominated by students
and selected numerous times for the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers;
elected to Lycoming County and state halls of fame; a nominee for the
DisneyHand Teacher Award, a national recognition; the 1994 WAHS Teacher
of the Year recipient; and serves on many educational, service and athletic
Mazzante earned a bachelor’s in history and credits the small liberal arts
atmosphere at Lycoming for giving her a well-rounded approach to teaching
and instruction.
“My professors served as great mentors in skill and content,” Mazzante
said. “Drs. Loring Priest, Robert Larson and John Piper represented the
foremost authorities in the courses they taught. Their expertise in a multitude
of areas gave not just me, but every Lycoming student that had the benefit
of taking their courses, the optimum experience in learning history. All of
them were great mentors and are responsible, in some way, for the successful
teaching career that I enjoy.”
At Lycoming, Mazzante played tennis and was successful in the Mid-
Atlantic Conference in singles and doubles. “In addition, I loved working
with the education department as I rewrote curriculum for history using the
newest skills at the time to apply to the instruction of teaching history,” she
said. “My membership in the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society has always been a
special part of my Lycoming experience.”
Mazzante resides in Montoursville with Michael Fessler and is surrounded
by her extended family. “My parents – Eleanor and Louis – who are
deceased, taught my brothers and me the values of hard work, commitment
and dedication as the key components in driving one to be the best we can
be,” she said.
Marilouise Mazzante ’76 listens as a student discusses an
issue in character during a recent Enlightenment Salon at
Williamsport Area High School.
Pamela Wright ’74
Satterthwaite ’74
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