Alumni College Schedule

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
GC 101: Longstreet's Assault on July 2, 1863 at Gettysburg

In the late afternoon of July 2, 1863 General James Longstreet, of the Army of Northern Virginia, launched one of the greatest assaults by that army during the Civil War. Two of the best divisions in the Confederate army stepped off with the hope of rolling up the Union line. We will try to find out what happened that afternoon and why it happened the way that it did. We hear the words "almost" and "if" often, as with many of the events during the battle of Gettysburg. You probably walked over the grounds of this fight when you were a college student, so come to this presentation ready to add your knowledge to the group!

David Booz, Adjunct Professor, Civil War Era Studies
Dave is an adjunct instructor in the Civil War Studies Department. He served 31 years in public education, has taught at three different colleges, and has been at Gettysburg for six years. He has an extensive background in Civil War studies, has authored several articles and served on numerous national committees regarding the Civil War. His courses the last four years at Alumni College have been extremely popular.

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
GC 102: Super (Bowl) Man: Quarterbacking the Game Plan for XLVIII

This year's Super Bowl was unlike any other - with ancillary events spanning two states, it was played in a densely populated northern climate in a dome-less stadium in the middle of winter. Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what it was like to orchestrate this monumental event from the person whose main charge was: Don't Screw Up.

Wayne Hasenbalg '76, President and CEO, New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority
Wayne Hasenbalg '76 was serving as Gov. Chris Christie's deputy chief of staff for policy when the governor appointed him to lead the sports authority for the state of NJ in 2011. He had previously served as Assistant to the Chief Counsel of the Governor of NJ in the Kean administration, as well as Chief of Staff for the Attorney General of NJ, Cary Edwards. During the time between his political appointments, Hasenbalg was a partner in a law firm in his native NJ. Hasenbalg and his wife live in Randolph, NJ.

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
GC 103: Intercollegiate Athletics: Through the Lens of Three Athletic Directors

Our panel of athletic directors and administrators will discuss the current state of intercollegiate athletics and discuss the issues each student-athlete faces at the Division I level and the Division III level.

Jack Bream '57, Director Emeritus of the Orange & Blue Club

Tom Calder P'16, Director of Athletics, Johns Hopkins University
Calder attended Hofstra University and earned a bachelor's degree in business and economics in 1975. After a coaching stint on the lacrosse staff at Roanoke College, he earned a master's degree in sports administration from Ohio University in 1978. He moved on to the University of North Carolina, where he was involved in several areas of the athletics program. Calder left Chapel Hill in 1984 to become a legislative assistant at the NCAA. In 1986, he went on to Bloomsburg University, where he was the assistant director of development for athletics. Tom is now in his 26th year at Johns Hopkins, including his 19th year as Director of Athletics after serving as the associate director for seven years. His daughter, Alex, is a sophomore field hockey player at Gettysburg College.

Jeff Hathaway P'17, Vice President and Director of Athletics, Hofstra University
Jeff Hathaway is the Vice President and Director of Athletics at Hofstra University. Prior to his arrival at Hofstra, he was the Executive Associate Director of Athletics at the University of Connecticut (UConn) from 1990-2001and Director of Athletics from 2003 – 2011. In his two years away from the Storrs campus, Hathaway enjoyed a successful tenure as the Director of Athletics at Colorado State University from 2001-03. Jeff earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Administration from the University of Maryland in 1981. He later received a Master’s Degree in General Administration from the University of Maryland and is currently continuing work on a PhD in the Department of Educational Leadership at the University of Connecticut. Jeffrey’s son Michael just completed his first year here at Gettysburg College.

David Wright, Assistant Vice President for Athletics and Development Officer
Dave Wright joined Gettysburg in 1986 as head men’s soccer coach and assumed administrative duties as assistant director of athletics in 1990. He was promoted to associate director of athletics in 1996. Wright returned to the coaching fold as the acting head men's soccer coach for the 2010 season. After 16 years as a coach and administrator, he assumed the role of Director of Athletics on June 1, 2002. He and his wife, Cindy, Director of The Jaeger Center, are Gettysburg residents and have three daughters: Shaina '08, Kylie '13, and Samantha '16.

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
GC 104: What Can Laboratory Economics Experiments Reveal About the World and Us?

Are you wondering what a laboratory experiment in economics looks like? If you are, join this seminar and you will get to participate in a demonstration of such experiment. The seminar will introduce you to our brand new and state of the art laboratory - GLEE - and will cover various examples how experimental economics is advancing our knowledge about human interactions and decision making.

Rimvydas (Rim) Baltaduonis, Assistant Professor of Economics
Rim is an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania. Dr. Baltaduonis' broad fields of specialty are energy economics, industrial organization, experimental economics, and market design. His current research is focused on deregulated electricity industry. At Gettysburg College, he teaches Industrial Organization & Public Policy, Energy Economics, and Experimental Economics. The National Science Foundation, the International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics and the Australian Research Council have supported his research. Dr. Baltaduonis is also an Affiliate Researcher at the Resources, Energy and Environmental Markets Lab in the University of Sydney, Australia, and at El Centro Vernon Smith de Economia Experimental in Universidad Francisco Marroquin, Guatemala. Prior to assuming his position at Gettysburg College, Dr. Baltaduonis was an IFREE Visiting Post-doctoral Fellow in the Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science at George Mason University and later at the Economics Science Institute at Chapman University. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut.

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
GC 105: A Taste of Unusual Wine Varietals

Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir… we’re familiar with some of the more popular grape varieties and wines, but there are many, many more! Come to this course to learn about a few unusual wine varietals and what makes them so interesting. Impress your friends with your new knowledge and maybe even find a new “go-to” grape!

Megan Sewak-Whildin, Program Manager, The Eisenhower Institute
Megan was born and raised in New Oxford, PA before attending the University of Pittsburgh to major in Communications and Rhetoric. Following her 2008 graduation, Megan began work as an events manager in DC, focusing on wine events. Megan obtained was certified as a Certified Wine Consultant in 2009 and has taught over 300 wine tasting classes.

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
GC 106: Religion and Politics in the Middle East

Stern will present the historical background of Arab-Israeli conflict and how this conflict is affected by the Arab spring and tensions with Iran.

Stephen Stern, Chair of the Religious Studies Department and Director of Judaic Studies

9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
GC 107: Night at the Observatory

Activities for this annual-favorite course will include tours of the Gettysburg College Observatory and our local night sky. We’ll start with a look at the array of equipment used in our astronomy survey courses, upper-level lab courses, and student-faculty research. Weather permitting, you’ll see how we use our larger optical and radio telescopes to acquire the data that informs our labs and research projects. We will also have smaller telescopes and binoculars set up to observe a few seasonal favorites and give you some pointers to guide yourself around the night sky. This promises to be an exciting and unique Gettysburg alumni experience, so come out and interact with the astronomy faculty. Please note astronomical observatories are purposefully remote; as part of the course takes place outdoors please plan your attire accordingly.

Dick Cooper ’65, Senior Laboratory Instructor of Physics
Dick graduated from Gettysburg College in 1965 and received his M.Ed. from Western Maryland College. He served as a mathematics/ computer science teacher at the New Oxford High School for 22 years and a computer coordinator for the Conewago Valley School District for five years. Cooper served as an astronomy lab instructor at Gettysburg College for 13 years and as a co-investigator on Project CLEA (Contemporary Laboratory Experiences in Astronomy) since 1992.

Ian Clarke, Hatter Planetarium Program Director and Adjunct Assistant Professor of English
Ian Clarke earned a BA from the University of Virginia and an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. In addition to his duties in English, Ian is also an astronomy lab instructor and director of the Gettysburg College Hatter Planetarium. His poems have appeared in The Carolina Quarterly, The Laurel Review, Shenandoah, and other journals. He has held a poetry fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Ian writes the monthly astronomy column for the local newspaper. He has been a writing tutor, a naturalist at a summer camp, and home schooling parent of his four children.

Jackie Milingo, Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy
Dr. Milingo received B.S. degrees in physics and astronomy from the University of Kansas and her Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Oklahoma. Her current research interests include magnetic activity cycles in cool dwarfs and chemical abundance studies of Galactic planetary nebulae. In addition to teaching and research Dr. Milingo serves on the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium Affiliate Management Advisory Board and as the vice chair of the National Undergraduate Research Observatory steering committee.

Friday, May 30, 2014

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
GC 208: Gettysburg Leadership Experience – The High ground: Buford at Gettysburg

The Gettysburg Leadership Experience is a distinctive Leadership development program for senior executives in the private and public sectors that uses the history of Gettysburg and the Battlefield in innovative ways to explore timeless principles of leadership, followership and organizational effectiveness. This case study on the High Ground focuses on the power of positioning ourselves for strategic advantage in our own lives.

Larry Taylor, former U.S. Ambassador to Estonia and Co-founder of The Gettysburg Leadership Experience
Lawrence Taylor is a retired career Foreign Service Officer; formerly US Ambassador to Estonia, and Director of the Foreign Service Institute. He served as a Senior advisor to two Presidents of Gettysburg College. He has served on several boards including eight years on the Board of the Eisenhower Institute,,the Baltic American Partnership Fund, and the National trust for Historic Gettysburg. He was a member of the PA Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission He is a founding partner in the Gettysburg leadership Experience.

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
GC 209: Special Collections Rare Books – A Peek Inside the Covers
(UPDATE: Registration for this course is closed)
Step into Musselman Library’s Special Collections and College Archives to see inside some of our most unique titles and learn about the conservation program that helps us to care for these treasured items. Mary Wootton and Carolyn Sautter will highlight our rare books for their content, illustrations, and bindings as well as share work done by our conservation student workers and interns.

Carolyn Sautter, Director of Special Collections and College Archives
Carolyn Sautter has worked in libraries for over 30 years. She received her M.L.S. degree from Rutgers University and her B.A. in History from the University of Notre Dame. She came to Gettysburg College in 2005 as the Cataloging and Metadata Librarian for Musselman Library. She became the Director of Special Collections and College Archives in August 2011.  Her duties in Special Collections include rare book cataloging, coordinating class visits, donor relations, collection development, and answering reference questions. Carolyn’s favorite aspect of her work in Special Collections is connecting Gettysburg College students with primary sources.

Mary Wootton, Conservator
Mary Wootton has been working in the fields of bookbinding and rare book conservation for over 30 years. Her career has involved stints at the Harcourt Bindery in Boston, MA, the Northeast Document Center in Andover, MA and the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Since the fall of 2012 she has been working with student interns in Musselman Library’s Special Collections.

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
GC 210: The Evolution of America's Public Schools, 1950s-Present

The moniker for this course is “These are not your father’s schools, indeed they are not yours!” It will focus on the changes, challenges, and opportunities of America’s public school and what that may suggest for our workforce, our way of life, and our democracy.

Ted Sharp ’64, Superintendent of Schools, Gorham, Maine
Ted has been a member of the senior staff at the U.S. Department of Education; Assistant Dean at Boston University and Chair of the B.U./Chelsea Project, the largest education reform project in U.S. History; Public School Superintendent, HS Principal and History teachers; Head of two independent schools and an international school; advanced graduate study at Harvard and Oxford; Professor, International Masters Degree Program at Framingham State University; worked with schools and education ministries in over 20 countries.

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
GC 211: The Great War Centennial: The Outbreak of War

2014 marks the centennial of the outbreak of the First World War. This lecture will describe the causes of the war and its conduct in 1914. Students will learn of the political, diplomatic, and military developments in late nineteenth century European history. Students will discuss/debate the causes of the war and gain a greater understanding of 1914's significance in world history.

Ian Isherwood ’00, Assistant Director of the Civil War Institute
Dr. Isherwood is a graduate of Gettysburg College, Dartmouth College, and the University of Glasgow. He specializes in twentieth century British history and the First World War. His dissertation, ‘The Greater War: British Memorial Literature, 1918-1939’, concerned First World War British veterans writing about their war experiences in the 1920s and 1930s. Dr. Isherwood has taught in both the English and History Departments at Gettysburg College and in the History Department of neighboring Dickinson College. In 2010-2011 he was the recipient of The General and Mrs. Matthew B. Ridgway Military History Research Grant from the U.S. Army Military History Institute.

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
GC212: Coble and Eisenhart: Two Gettysburgians Who Led Mathematics

In 1895, there were 134 students at Gettysburg College, which was then called Pennsylvania College. Of these students, two of them went on to become president of the American Mathematical Society. In this talk I will discuss these two men, Arthur Coble and Luther Eisenhart, and their contributions to mathematics and higher education, as well as look at what mathematics was like at Gettysburg at the end of the nineteenth century. Note: There will be no equations in this entire talk!

Darren Glass, Department Chair and Associate Professor of Mathematics
Darren Glass is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Gettysburg College, where he has chaired the math department for the last five years. He received his BA in Mathematics and Economics from Rice University, and his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to his interests in the history of mathematics, he does research in arithmetic geometry, Galois Theory, and Cryptography.

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
GC 213: Gettysburg Leadership Experience – Chamberlain at Little Round Top: Transactional and Transformational Leadership

This module from The Gettysburg Leadership Experience deals with transactional and transformational leadership concepts. Colonel Joshua Chamberlain models the behaviors associated with these two leadership styles as he and the Twentieth Maine Regiment defend the left flank of Little Round Top in a segment of the movie "Gettysburg."

William Rosenbach, Professor Emeritus
Dr. Rosenbach is the founding chair of the Department of Management and former holder of the Harold G. Evans Chair of Eisenhower Leadership Studies at Gettysburg College. He is a founding partner of The Gettysburg Leadership Experience, a unique executive leadership development program designed around the enduring leadership lessons of the Battle of Gettysburg.

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
GC 214: Countdown to D-Day Panel: Eisenhower, the Allies and the Invasion of Normandy

The successful landings at Normandy in June 1944--Operation Overlord—marked a watershed in World War II and contributed materially to the Nazi Germany’s ultimate defeat. This program, on the 70th anniversary of the invasion of France, will revisit the planning, execution, and ramifications of this monumental Allied initiative. Dwight Eisenhower’s role will be given due attention, as will the efforts of other commanders and the real heroes of the Allied effort: members of the Allied armed forces who implemented Eisenhower’s plan.

Michael Birkner ’72, Franklin Professor of Liberal Arts and Professor of History
Michael Birkner, '72 has taught twentieth century U.S. History at Gettysburg College since 1989, including courses on World War II and on the life and times of Dwight Eisenhower. He is the author or editor of a dozen books, including a young adult biography of Eisenhower and most recently, a new edition of The Governors of New Jersey (Rutgers University Press, 2014).

Tom Dombrowsky, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies
Tom Dombrowsky is a retired Army LTC whose last assignment on active duty was as the Director of Military History at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA. He is currently an adjunct faculty member at the War College teaching strategic leadership and strategy in the Department of Distance Education. He also is an adjunct lecturer at Gettysburg College in the History and Interdepartmental Studies Departments where he teaches courses on American Military History and the Vietnam War.

Paul Jussel, Ph.D, Colonel, United States Army (Retired)
Dr. Paul Jussel is a retired Army Colonel with 30 years of service and holds a PhD in History from The Ohio State University. Dr. Jussel has served at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA from 2002 until present as an instructor and former Chairman of the Department of Military Strategy, Planning, and Operations. As an Army officer, Dr. Jussel served in numerous armored cavalry and armor units at home and in Germany during his career. Dr. Jussel is also educated as an operational planner, having been selected to attend the prestigious School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in 1991.

William Matz, Jr ’61, Major General, United States Army (Retired)
General Matz, a 33-year Army veteran and combat infantryman, is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Airborne and Ranger Courses, the Command and General Staff College and the Army War College. He received a BA degree in Political Science from Gettysburg College and a MA degree in Political Science from the University of San Diego and is a graduate of the Senior Executives in Government/Management Course at Harvard University. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he was wounded in action during the 1968 Tet Offensive. Among his awards and decorations are the Distinguished Service Cross (second highest award for valor), Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Bronze Star for Valor, Purple Heart, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m
GC 215: Adventures (and Lessons) from Silicon Valley

This course focuses on the 9 points that drive market success at Apple / Facebook / Netflix / TESLA / LinkedIn and how this 9-point strategy checklist can help accelerate results for your key product or service. We will look at 2012-2014 market successes (and remarkable failures) – plus the reasons WHY – based on Chasm Institute's 15+ years in Silicon Valley. Come gain insights and methods for understanding why customers jump at some tech-based products (iPads, smart phones) or web-based services (Amazon, Facebook), causing a “Tornado” market, while other offerings fail. This session is not only for “techies”, but also for Gettysburg alums who are (1) managers in high-tech or marketing, (2) investors or entrepreneurs, or (3) simply curious about this fun and timely topic.

The first 25 registered attendees who arrive for this session will receive a complimentary copy of Chasm Institute's book, Crossing the Chasm (New York Times bestseller), now fully updated for 2014 with all new examples and best practices.

Michael Eckhardt ’79, Managing Director, Chasm Institute
Michael Eckhardt, Managing Director at Chasm Institute in Palo Alto, California, is a veteran of Hewlett-Packard, PepsiCo, and Price Waterhouse. A Harvard MBA, Gettysburg College alum (’79), and Wall Street Journal Award winner, Michael is a recognized expert in strategic marketing + high-tech market success.  Since 1993, he has provided clients in Silicon Valley – and throughout the U.S. / Europe / Pacific Rim – with action workshops + marketing tools for gaining market leadership in tough, highly-competitive marketplaces. Clients include Cisco, SAP, Agilent, HP’s LaserJet printer business, Intel, AT&T Wireless, Mentor Graphics, Adobe, and many other technology companies + start-ups.

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
GC 216: Life in the Lab: From Huntington's to Glowsticks
(UPDATE: Registration for this course is closed)
This class will take you on a tour of a day in the life of the chemistry department. Start with recently published research that provides insight to certain neurodegenerative diseases such as Huntington's and Alzheimer's. Then spend some time in the lab. Come prepared to get your hands dirty as we learn about the chemiluminescence of glowsticks - you can take home your experiment.

Shelli Frey, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Shelli Frey is a biophysical chemist in the chemistry department who earned her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Her current research explores Huntington's disease, interactions between nanoparticles and cell membranes, and the use of proteins in crop protection; mentoring undergraduates is central to her research. Dr. Frey is active in the application and implementation of Gettysburg's 2012 grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Through this initiative, she teaches new interdisciplinary courses that integrate biology, physics and chemistry: The Physics of Life and the Life of Chemistry.