The February 4 visit of 84-year-old cultural legend, Maya Angelou — one of the great resonant voices of contemporary American literature — generated quite a buzz. Co-sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, the Center for Professional Excellence, the Student Affairs Division, and the Office of Intercultural Student Life and Global Programming, tickets were snapped up as soon as they became available. Dr. Angelou spoke lyrically to a packed audience in the Collegiate Performing Arts Center, including Mayor Bracey, and said she came to York because the College is a "rainbow in the clouds," where some are the first in their family to pursue higher education. She described the importance of courage, her "attitude of gratitude" toward life, told stories, advised students to learn languages, stressed that love heals, and displayed her deep, abiding love of poetry. She broke into snatches of song, deftly recited her own work as well as portions of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" and William Ernest Henley's "Invictus," and urged students to read poetry for a better understanding of life.
Ten Sport Management majors spent a week working at the 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans, and saw a stadium power outage and a win for the Ravens. They volunteered at the NFL Experience and with NFL on Location, and chronicled their experiences on twitter: @yorkcollege1. Assistant Professor Rich Achtzehn and Visiting Instructor Dexter Davis accompanied the students.
Front Row - (l to r) Sarah Campbell '13 (Winfield, PA), Bridget Helmer '14 (Flander, NJ), Will Stevenson '14 (Collingdale, PA), Ryan Highlands '13 (New Oxford, PA) Back Row - (l to r) Mike Wolf '14 (Kendall Park, NJ), Joe Wydner '14 (Northampton, PA), Aaron Frishkorn '14 (Elizabethtown, PA), Eric Cianfrone '13 (Piscataway, NJ), Sean Gale '14 (Bloomsbury, NJ). Brendan McCaffery '14 (Pennsville,NJ) is not pictured, but was also part of the group working at the Super Bowl.
Stephen Kushner of Philadelphia, a York Country Day School alumnus who serves as Director of Studies and Director of Choral Music at Germantown Friends School, received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at winter commencement.
Janet Rivers of York, a mother of two and botanist who runs her own nature camp for kids, was determined to walk across the stage and receive her diploma, despite the fact that she had a tennis ball-sized brain tumor removed just days before the December commencement ceremony. With help from classmates and faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences, who rallied to support her, she succeeded.
Melanie Boekel, an Accounting major from Lexington Park, MD, got quite a surprise following the December commencement ceremony. Her boyfriend, Tyler Duncan, who also graduated from college in December, proposed to her. She said yes!
Chemistry faculty members, Professor Keith E. Peterman, Ph.D. (far left in photo) and Associate Professor Gregory P. Foy, Ph.D., took two YCP Chemistry majors, Nicole Deluca '14 (East Stroudsburg, PA) and John Siller '13 (Flemington, NJ) to the annual United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 18th Conference of Parties (COP 18) in Doha, Qatar, from December 1-10, 2012. The students represented the American Chemical Society (ACS) as delegates with UN accreditation, teleconferenced with the campus community about their experience, and blogged.