Class Notes - Fall 2007 Ivy Leaf Magazine

Ivy Leaf - Fall 2007

Class Notes


Helen F. Guthrie '81, of State College, Pennsylvania, has been appointed Limited Partner with Edward D. Jones Company. (Penn State Altoona 1977-79)


Penn State alum and Philadelphia area resident, Danelle Morrow '90 was selected as one of eighty-four people nationwide to ride in the 2007 Health Awareness Tour, a national effort sponsored by CIGNA Corporation to bring attention to the opportunities each of us has to improve our health. Riders were selected for their commitment to fitness, their willingness to share their own stories, and their enthusiasm to spread the message and power of health and fitness. Morrow, who attended Penn State Altoona from 1995-97 and graduated from Penn State in 1999 with a degree in marketing and a minor in health, now is employed by CIGNA.

Morrow is a true believer that a healthy lifestyle greatly improves overall quality of life, and she has her father to thank for that. After watching her father suffer through adult onset diabetes and face deteriorating health issues, Morrow was inspired as she watched him take the steps to improve his health. Not only did she watch her father's health improve, but his overall quality of life did too. As a result, Morrow has taken a proactive approach to maintaining her own health and wellness, which she says reduces her stress level and improves her overall well being. Once a non-athletic person in her high school days, Morrow is now a professional fitness instructor and competitive triathlete. She is passionate about promoting the importance of fitness in our daily lifestyles and encourages the reality that anyone can do so.

CIGNA employees from across the country rode in seven coordinated five-day bicycle tours, each averaging 426 miles. In addition to scheduled stops, the riders visited along the way with individuals they met in order to engage people in ways to improve their health and encourage them to sign a commitment card to take better care of themselves. Morrow began the tour in Pittsburgh on Monday, September 10, and arrived in Philadelphia on Friday, September 14. All of the riders on the Health Awareness Tour team want to demonstrate, in a very personal way, how each individual can take just one step on the road to better health.

Nancy (Grunden) Wasdin '98 and husband, Derek, of Duluth, Georgia, welcomed their second son, Peter Quinn, on May 25, 2007. (Penn State Altoona 1994-96)


Steven Bach '03 is employed as manager of business development with Datavibes in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Erin M. (Koeck) Bush '03 and husband, Adam, of Altoona, celebrated the birth of their first child, Isabella Elise, on February 15, 2007.

Jason Scheer '03, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is employed as a sales executive with USI Colburn Insurance Services in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

David A. Strouse '03 opened a general practice law office in Lock Haven in April 2007. He graduated from the Villanova School of Law in 2006. (Penn State Altoona 1999-2003)

Phyllis Ho '04, the first graduate of Penn State Altoona's four-year Communications degree, was awarded two 2007 Associated Press Awards for her work at WTXL in Tallahassee, Florida where she was Chief Photographer. The awards were for Best Short Hard News Feature and Best Spot News Video. Ho recently accepted a position at WJXT in Jacksonville.

Kristi Elizabeth DePaul '05, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, married Ryan Ries on September 2, 2007, at Atwood Lake Resort in Sherrodsville, Ohio. Kristi received her master's degree in nonprofit arts management from Carnegie Mellon University in May 2007. She is employed as assistant director of media relations at Central Michigan University. (Penn State Altoona 2001-03)

Nathan Koozer '06 is putting the degree he earned in history from Penn State Altoona to good use. In January 2007, he began analyzing a collection of memorabilia found in Philadelphia relating to the 1889 Johnstown Flood. The personal collection discovered was that of the Reverend Dr. David J. Beale, DD, Presbyterian Minister and flood survivor. The Johnstown Area Heritage Association gave Koozer the task of reading Beale's diaries and letters, and analyzing his photographs to gather information about the flood and its impact on Beale's life. Koozer conducted his research from January to May of 2007, and made a formal presentation of his findings Thursday, May 31, 2007, the one hundred and eighteenth anniversary of the tragedy.

Mark Cooper '07, who graduated with a communications degree, had two films accepted into the 2007 Johnstown Film Festival. The pieces were Sleepless Night, an animation short, and HellFireBlow, a spoof action movie trailer. Mike Bowers (2007) collaborated with Cooper on HellFireBlow.