|Outstanding LVC Alumni Honored At Alumni Weekend
Alumni Weekend 2013 attracted alumni and family members from the past seven decades back to the Valley for three days of fun reuniting with old friends, reminiscing, and making new memories. The event-filled weekend began with the Alumni Awards Ceremony and Dinner where seven notable alumni were recognized for their outstanding achievements. View photos from the awards ceremony and the entire weekend here.
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The first award of the evening, the June Herr Outstanding Educator of the Year Award, is one that is presented to an alumnus who has proven to be an impactful influence in the field of education. This year’s award recipient was Dr. Dennis J. Tulli ’69. With more than 40 years of service in public education, Dr. Tulli has been a teacher, counselor, and administrator to many.
Over those years Tulli has been actively involved within the LVC community. A former varsity lacrosse and football player for the College, he was inducted into LVC’s Athletic Hall of Fame and currently serves as chairman of the Hall of Fame Selection Committee.
Dr. Tulli has also been an active member of his community serving as chairman of the Community Health Council of Lebanon County, a member of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Lebanon County, a Board Member of the YMCA, and a member of the board of Good Samaritan Hospital.
The next alumnus to be honored was Angela C. Undercuffler ’07, who received the Young Alumni Award. This award recognizes an individual who graduated within the last 15 years for achievements in one's profession, significant service to the community, or College. Undercuffler currently serves as the residential community director of the Dickinson College Upper Class Quads, Greek Houses, and Special Interest House Program, where she was nominated for Supervisor of the Year.
Before graduating from LVC with a bachelor of arts in English, Undercuffler was instrumental in the creation of “The F-Word,” a student-run organization that raises awareness of feminist issues by sponsoring activities and promoting discussions for the campus community and is still active on campus. Earlier this year she presented at the Central PA LGBTQ Alliance Conference in a seminar titled “That’s So Gay,” a presentation about the casual use of homophobic language in today’s schools.
The Creative Achievement Award for distinguished creative accomplishments in the arts and journalism was presented to George Meyers ’81. Recognized for acting in popular TV shows such as “General Hospital,” “Days of Our Lives,” and “Monk,” Meyers has had great success in his acting career in New York, Orlando, and Los Angeles.
In addition to his television career, Meyers is also involved in portraying Superheroes and Supervillains in live stage shows throughout the world. Working with Marvel Comics he has now toured in Istanbul, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi, as well as several cities here in the United States.
Three LVC alumni were awarded an Alumni Citation for significant service in one of three areas: to one’s profession, to the community, or to the College. The first recipient, Gerald (Jerry) S. Wingenroth ’58 graduated with a degree in music education. From there he continued his education and eventually became head of the music program at Conestoga Valley School District until his retirement in 1989. Because of his honorable achievements within the music program and for bringing the first professional “Music to our Schools” program to the entire Intermediate Unit he was listed in the edition of “Outstanding Educators of America” in 1975.
In addition to his dedication to music education, Wingenroth has served his community on the Board of Directors for many years with the Reading Musical Foundation, the Reading Symphony Orchestra, and the Berks Art Council. He is a Lifetime Vickroy Donor and has endowed scholarships at LVC and Temple University.
Dr. Jane C. Snyder ’71, the second Alumni Citation recipient, is currently president of The Boston Graduate School on Psychoanalysis (BGSP). Dr. Snyder has held many positions at the school including director of the Extension Division, coordinator of the Institute for the Study of Violence, dean of Graduate Studies, and provost.
Snyder holds a bachelor’s degree in English from LVC, a master’s degree and certificate in psychoanalysis from BGSP, and a Ph.D. in psychology from Boston University. She continues to co-chair the Research Committee at BGSP and teaches, supervises, and conducts training analyses.
The final Alumni Citation recipient was Dr. Robert C. Lau ’65. Head of the Music Department at Lebanon Valley College for 11 years, he is currently the organist and choirmaster at Mt. Calvary Episcopal Church in Camp Hill, Pa. He has held this position for more than 25 years and in addition has continued to work in higher education by being an active adjunct faculty member in the School of Humanities at Penn State Harrisburg. Having had a love for church music since his youth, Lau has been active within the church his entire life. Lau teaches violin, viola, and composition privately.
The Distinguished Alumni Award, for significant service to one’s profession, the community, and to the College was awarded to Dr. Jerry Bachman ’58 at the conclusion of the Awards Ceremony. Dr. Bachman is a university distinguished research scientist and research professor at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research where, for nearly five decades, he has directed a program of research on youth and social issues. He has authored more than one hundred articles in peer-reviewed journals, numerous chapters, and many other technical reports and monographs.
Having completed a master’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania and Ph.D. at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Bachman’s current research interests include drug use and attitudes about drugs; the interface between substance abuse and academic achievement; correlates of student part-time work; other values, attitudes, and behaviors of youth; and public opinion as related to a variety of other social issues. Dr. Bachman is a member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Coordinating Committee on Youth Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Surveillance Initiatives. He also serves on the U.S. Education Department’s National Household Education Survey Advisory Panel in their Office of Educational Research and Improvement.