Commencement Speaker
Anderson Marsh, Ph.D.

Dr. Anderson Marsh, associate professor of chemistry and director of the chemistry track for engineering, completed his undergraduate degree at Hampden-Sydney College and his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. He joined the LVC faculty in 2005 after completing a postdoctoral position at the University of California, Berkeley that was funded by an Alternative Energy Fellowship from the Petroleum Research Fund of the American Chemical Society.

A recent recipient of the E. Emmet Reid Award in Chemistry Teaching at Small Colleges from the Middle Atlantic Region of the American Chemical Society, Dr. Marsh specializes in experimental physical chemistry. His research interests span the areas of nanomaterials, surface chemistry, environmental chemistry, and catalysis.

Dr. Marsh regularly teaches physical chemistry and general chemistry courses and laboratories, as well as the senior capstone course in chemical research. Moreover, he has taught environmental chemistry and first-year seminars on nanotechnology, Harry Potter, and astrobiology, and contributed to a team-taught disciplinary perspectives course on the campus-wide Energy Colloquium. He has secured more than $250,000 in external grant money for projects with undergraduates and has mentored more than two dozen students in research, resulting in 10 published co-authored papers and over 60 presentations at national and regional scientific meetings. More than half of those students have completed or are currently enrolled in a doctoral program in chemistry or a related field.

At Lebanon Valley Dr. Marsh introduced an innovative teaching pedagogy called Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) into the teaching of physical chemistry and introductory chemistry courses. POGIL emphasizes problem solving and collaborative learning as a way to motivate exploration, concept invention, and application of learning. This student-centered strategy ensures that everyone is fully engaged in learning and develops process skills, such as critical thinking and oral communication, in addition to content knowledge. Over the past five years, the average LVC score on the physical chemistry portion of the standardized Chemistry Major Field Test has been at the 85th percentile nationally—an outstanding score for this area of chemistry.

An active member American Chemistry Society, Dr. Marsh serves on numerous committees and has held leadership roles in that organization, most recently serving as chair of the Southeastern PA ACS Section. He also has reviewed manuscripts for publication in various journals, including the Journal of Chemical Education and the Journal of Physical Chemistry. He lives in North Lebanon Township with his wife Caitlyn and their two sons Jacob and Zachary.

Baccalaureate Speaker
Patricia Johnson, National Cathedral Mission Canon

Patty joined the National Cathedral in July of 2007 as Cathedral missioner directing the outreach and social justice work of the Cathedral. Working in concert with myriad volunteers, she facilitates and leads 14 ministries ranging from hunger to homelessness, literacy to prison work, Cathedral Scholars to the Palestine/Israel Advocacy group, as well as special initiatives such as gun control. Patty is tasked to connect the Cathedral to the city via the nonprofit organizations, faith and minority groups. Her involvement at the Cathedral grew as part of her ministry in the Disciples of Christ in Community (DOCC course) and Transforming Literature of the Bible, both of which she facilitated for many years.

Prior to her service at the Cathedral, Patty was for 18 years president and CEO of Rebuilding Together, a national housing rehabilitation organization for low-income homeowners that she founded in 1988. Under her strategic leadership, the organization grew to 251 affiliates serving more than 10,000 homeowners a year. She led the re-branding of the organization, which had originally started as Christmas in April. Prior to Rebuilding Together, Patty served as a special assistant to the commissioner of community services in the U.S. Welfare Department and as a legislative assistant for the American Public Welfare Association.

Patty served on the D.C. Clergy United for Marriage Equality Steering Committee, which led to passage of the district’s same-sex marriage law. Earlier, Patty served on the boards of the Sidwell Friends School and the Field School, and as president of both the Ben Murch School and Iona Senior Service Center. Patty and her husband serve on the Companion Diocesan Committee with the Diocese of Palestine. She holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin in political science and an A.M. from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. She was named a Washingtonian of the Year in 1995. Patty lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband: their four sons are now grown.