On this page:
- Newly Elected Officers of the Board of Trustees
- Gold Star
- Tbilisi Trip
- Sports Roundup
- Alumni Survey Highlights
A number of Gettysburgians were honored for their contributions to their communities and the College as part of Commencement and Reunion Weekend. This year’s Distinguished Alumni Award winners included Lancaster Court of Common Pleas President Judge and Drug Court founder David L. Ashworth ’77, P’06; President of U.S. Networks Distribution at Paramount Global (formerly Viacom/CBS) Ray M. Hopkins ’87; St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Jazz Pastor Emeritus The Rev. Dale R. Lind ’60; and Achieva Senior Vice President Nancy Jess Murray ’75, who is also president of The Arc of Greater Pittsburgh. Calum B. Anderson ’73 and Francis J. Cannon ’78 were given Meritorious Service Awards to recognize their volunteer contributions to the College, while Nicole Holuba LaMarca ’08, David C. Moore ’08, Sarah E. Cardwell ’15, and James P. Russell ’08 received Young Alumni Achievement Awards. Helen-Ann (Souder) Comstock ’54, who founded the Association for Frontotemporal Dementias (AFTD) in 2002, was also presented with a 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award.
From substantially reducing the amount of waste produced at dining facilities to collecting rainwater for irrigation on campus, Gettysburg College continues to make strides toward reducing its carbon footprint and was recently awarded a Gold rating as part of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) reporting process conducted by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). With more than 900 participants in 40 countries, AASHE’s STARS program is the most widely recognized framework in the world for publicly reporting comprehensive information related to a college or university’s sustainability performance in the areas of academics, engagement, operations, planning and administration, and innovation and leadership.
In June, Economics Prof. Rimvydas Baltaduonis presented at the University of Georgia in Tbilisi, Georgia, as part of the UGSP Conference: “After the War in Ukraine: Prospects and Implications for Europe and South Caucasus.” This visit was funded by Gettysburg College’s Public Policy department as part of an effort to build a stronger connection to the university in Tbilisi. Baltaduonis was a part of a working group discussing post-war security architecture in Europe, security guarantees for Ukraine and other post-Soviet states, energy security of the region, and other topics related to European security.
The winter and spring sports seasons saw memorable moments. The women’s basketball team claimed its second consecutive and fourth overall Centennial Conference championship, advancing to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the fifth straight season. Wrestler Luke Kowalski ’24 became the first All-American on the mat since 2016 with a seventh-place finish at the national championship. The women’s swimming program also sent six representatives to NCAAs, marking the first national trip for the women’s program since 2008. In the spring, women’s golf claimed its 11th conference title and advanced to nationals for the seventh time. Men’s and women’s lacrosse both once again made deep postseason runs, including a fifth appearance in the national title game for the women’s program. Holly Ferrara ’24 made a return trip to the outdoor track and field championship, earning All-America honors for the second straight year with her fifth-place finish in the javelin to become the first to earn two All-America honors in the sport since 1995. In all, 20 teams made postseason runs, 91 individuals were honored as all-conference players, and 13 were named All-Americans in their sports.
Alumni Survey Highlights
In January, more than 2,500 alumni completed a survey sharing their feedback about the people and experiences that made an impact on them during their time here.
Top Two Activities Of Importance For Alumni
- Identify job opportunities for graduates
- Provide externships (job shadowing) and/or internships
Impactful People Most Frequently Mentioned
- Biology Prof. Emeritus Ralph Cavaliere
- History Prof. Emeritus Charles Glatfelter
- History Prof. Michael Birkner ’72, P’10
- Chemistry Prof. Emeritus Alex Rowland
- Former Director of Enrollment and Educational Services (EES) Student Success and Well-being Cindy Wright
What is Important to you as Alumni?
- Staying connected
- Giving back