Buzz Jones announced his retirement as the director of the Sunderman Conservatory of Music earlier this month. His retirement was featured in The Gettysburg Times on April 13.
From The Gettysburg Times:
Gettysburg College's Sunderman Conservatory of Music presents a spring jazz concert every spring, but this was the last one that will happen under the directorship of Buzz Jones.
Jones, clearly a favorite in the near-capacity crowd at the Majestic Theater Saturday night, will be handing over the director spot to an as-yet-unchosen person before next spring.
On the anniversary of Lincoln's assassination, Allen Guelzo penned an op-ed about what would have happened if Abraham Lincoln had lived for The Washington Post.
From The Washington Post:
The lead .41-calibre bullet with which John Wilkes Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln on the night of April 14, 1865, was the most lethal gunshot in American history. Only five days earlier, the main field army of the Southern Confederacy had surrendered at Appomattox Court House, and the four dreary years of civil war were yielding to a spring of national rebirth. But by then, the man to whom everyone looked for guidance in reconstructing the nation was dead.
The result was a costly but successful war followed by a botched and even more costly reconstruction. Lincoln’s vice president, Andrew Johnson, took the presidential oath within hours of Lincoln’s death. But Johnson had none of Lincoln’s political skills, much less Lincoln’s convictions about justice and equality for the 4 million slaves freed after the Civil War. The defeated Confederates gained a second wind from Johnson’s follies, and by the time he left office in 1869, reconstruction was already faltering. The victorious North sank into “reconstruction fatigue,” while the former Confederates simply substituted Jim Crow for slavery.
Would it have been different if Booth’s bullet had missed?
Amanda Rae Kaste '16 was profiled in her hometown paper, The Observer-Reporter, after being named to the dean's list.
From The Observer-Reporter:
Amanda Rae Kaste was named to the dean’s list at Gettysburg College, where she is majoring in religious studies and anthropology. She is a member of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity; Lambda Alpha National Anthropology Honor Society; Global Leaders of Gettysburg College, an initiative for students who have studied abroad to share their experiences through mentorship, activism and scholarship; Gettysburg College Honor Commission; the Sunderman Conservatory of Music; marching band; symphonic band; and concert choir. Kaste has been a David Wills Scholar for five consecutive semesters. She participated in a 15-week study abroad program in Africa with the School for International Training Study Abroad World Learning during the fall semester.
The focus of her studies was Post-Conflict Transformation and Community Building in Uganda and Rwanda. As part of the curriculum, she completed a monthlong independent study that included field research and work as an intern/volunteer with Gulu Women’s Economic Development & Globalization, a women’s rights organization. A 2012 graduate of Avella Junior-Senior High School, Kaste is employed as a religious and spiritual life office associate for the Office of the Chaplain and Director of Catholic Campus Ministry at Gettysburg College. Her parents are James and Lorraine Kaste of Burgettstown.
Gettysburg College men's lacrosse defeated Ursinus College on April 11. Their win was featured in The Hanover Evening Sun.
From The Evening Sun:
The Bullets trailed 2-0 and 3-2 before knotting the score 3-3 at the end of the opening period. With the score tied 4-4 in the second quarter, Gettysburg received consecutive tallies the from Paul Werner and Jimmy Morris. Werner's goal proved to be the go-ahead score, as the Bullets didn't look back. They led 6-4 after the second period, and the each team fired home three goals apiece in the final two periods of play.
Werner and Morris each scored two goals for the Bullets, as did Robby Maddux and Brendan Morris. Bijan Firouzan dished out two assists for Gettysburg. Goalkeeper Tim Brady stopped seven of the 14 shots he faced.
Women's basketball coach Mike Kirkpatrick was featured in The Hanover Evening Sun following his decision to retire after 29 years. The article focused on his career and accomplishments at the College.
From The Evening Sun:
When the Gettysburg College women's basketball team kicks off its 2015-2016 season, there will be a noticeable absence.
For the first time in 29 years, head coach Mike Kirkpatrick will not be pacing the sideline.
Kirkpatrick, who is the school's all-time leader in wins with 379, announced his retirement last week, citing a yearning to spend more time with his family.
"It was mostly family and I thought it was the right time," said Kirkpatrick, whose wife is also retiring to join him. "I wanted to make sure I was still healthy when I stepped down. I have a granddaughter on the way and I wanted to be around the family more."
In the promotion of his new book "Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War," Civil War scholar Brian Jordan '09 participated in the National Archive's Civil War book fair. This event, and Jordan's participation, was mentioned in the Washington Post.
From the Washington Post:
A Civil War historian from Gettysburg College, Brian Jordan will discuss his book "Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War" the event is part of the National Archive's Civil War book fair. At the William G. McGowan Theater.
Guy Graybill '58 spoke about Central Pennsylvania bootleggers for a Northumberland County Historical Society meeting held in Harrisburg in April. His talk focused on Prince David Farrington, a bootlegger who's illicit career was active during the mid-20th century. Farrington was also the subject of Graybill's book, "Prohibition's Prince: The Bizarre Life of America's Millionaire Moonshiner."
From the Daily Review:
Central Pennsylvania's 20th century moonshiners and bootleggers will be the topic when local author Guy Graybill speaks at a meeting Thursday of the Northumberland County Historical Society. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Hunter House, 1150 N. Front St.
After graduating from Gettysburg College, Graybill began his career which spanned three decades, teaching history on the secondary level in Middleburg. He was elected to a four-year term as the chairman of the board of the Snyder County commissioners after he retired from teaching.
Graybill is also the author of "Keystone: A History of Pennsylvania," a book of Russian folk tales, a history of Italian music and his newest volume of writings, "Whimsy and Wry."