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Alumni Spotlights

The music careers of Holly Krafka '78 and her son Nick Krafka '11 began with music education majors at Gettysburg College.

K. Richard Brunner, Jr. '58 led the project to build the Gettysburg College Veterans Memorial.

Flora Darpino and Christopher O'Brien '83 have risen through the ranks of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps.

Gail Bower '84, president of Bower & Co. Consulting LLC, helps non-profit organizations increase their visibility, revenue, and impact.

Lisa DeBanico ’84, Marc Favieri ’90, Walt Hemberger ’54, Ann Hymes ’96, and Matt Rockstroh ’87 are the newest members of The Rudisill Hall of Athletic Honor.

Nick Johnson '90, senior vice president of digital media sales at NBC Universal, returned to campus and shared the secrets to his success with students during Career Week 2011.

Gettysburg College graduate Debra Wolgemuth '69 is working to develop the first-ever marketable male contraceptive pill.

Charitable giving by Bruce and Carol Hamilton '59 was featured in the Wall Street Journal in September 2011.

Made possible by a generous gift from James Heston '70, the Heston Summer Experience allows students to participate in social justice initiatives in local and global communities.

Class of 2011 alumni Sara Cawley, Gracie Raver, Michael Hannum, and Anskar Fossee, as well as Calynn Dowler '10, received Fulbright grants to study and teach in nations around the world.

Carol Cantele '83 was named NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Coach of the Year. Her Gettysburg College team won the college its first NCAA championship.

Denise Harnois '84 is a liver transplant specialist at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla.

Mary E. "Betty" (Shaub) Baldwin '49 left a bequest of $160,000 to Gettysburg College.

From Saturday Night Live to real estate, Maria (Constantine) Vecchione ’86 is continuously exploring.

Jen (Fisher) Bryant '82, Wilson Allen Heefner '56, and Olivia Parr-Rud '73 published new books in 2011.

A $1 million gift from Daria Lo Presti Foster '76 will fund scholarships for talented students.

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Marsha (Hoffman) '94 and John B. '94 Comegno II

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Comegno Family


"Gettysburg College is a passion of ours. We can't give back enough."

This could have been said in unison, because Marsha (Hoffman) and John Comegno approach their support for Gettysburg College as a team. "We became a team when we met freshman year, and we've been a team ever since," Marsha said.

Strong teams do great work. Beyond their full and active family, professional, and community lives in Moorestown, N.J., they've volunteered for Gettysburg's reunion committees and with the class agent, admissions, and career development programs. Marsha serves on the Alumni Association Board of Directors. The Comegnos are loyal supporters of the Gettysburg Fund, the heart of the College's annual giving program, and are members of the Cupola Society.

"Gettysburg made us mindful of our responsibilities to serve all of the communities in our lives," said John, who chairs the Burlington County Bridge Commission and leads the mid-sized general practice law firm he established in 2004, concentrating his practice in special education and school law."The College prepared us for life and provided experiences that informed our leadership in our professional and civic lives. The impact of Gettysburg is felt well beyond the campus, and for us, virtually every day."

Marsha's doctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania focused on fund-raising in higher education. "Those who are involved tend also to give gifts—they put their stake in their institution and want to help make it better," she said. "It's about choice. We chose Gettysburg for our educations, and we also choose it as a philanthropic priority. It's important to propel our College forward."

John sees Gettysburg as "an old place with incredible energy that constantly pursues new ideas." Both Marsha and John value that the College "stays true to its core principles" yet meets the needs of changing times. "Gettysburg has a gravitational pull on us," says Marsha. "We took advantage of the opportunities, became part of the community, and learned that being part of something means giving both time and treasure."


Read more giving stories.

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Luke Cuculis '12 Lynn Royer '83 Laura A. McIntyre '11 Comegno Family
Luke Cuculis '12 Lynn Royer '83
Laura McIntyre '11 Comegno Family
Judy Vandever '62 Brian Kelly '10
Judy Vandever '62
Brian Kelly '10 Adam Ortiz '10
Caitlin Hoy '11

Jack Bostrom '11
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The Smith Herman Family
Devon Grote '11

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