Spring Keynoter

 Our Spring Keynoter will be available soon. This edition includes many alumni stories, including our feature article on Lucy Malmberg '67,  our Alumnus of the Year recipient. 

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Kim O'Bryan - Alumni Coordinator 

Upcoming Reunions

The Class of 1964 

50th Reunion - The Class of 1965 may plan a second gathering for its class to take place this year. Contact Jean McCurry at jmcurry.313@gmail.com.

The Class of 1975 

40th Reunion - October 16-17, 2015: Homecoming Weekend. Possible plans include dinner with the class and dessert including DC graduates of the 70's. Contact Steven Brutsche at steven.brutsche@gmail.com.

The Class of 2000

15th Reunion - October 17, 2015: Homecoming Weekend. Details to come. Contact Lindsay McGowen at lindsaymcgowen@gmail.com.

Milestone Reunion Year

Is this your milestone reunion year or has your class not planned a reunion in a while? Homecoming Weekend is a great time to meet your classmates back on campus with their families or to meet for dinner after the festivities. Contact Kim O'Bryan at kobryan@dccs.org.

Homecoming Weekend!

~Save the Date~

October 16-17 is Homecoming Weekend 2015. Mark your calendars now to attend this great weekend of events: Sports Games, Moonbounce, Face-Painting, 5K Race for DC, Pancake Breakfast, Class Reunions, & Powderpuff under the lights!

March Madness

Were you caught up in the March Madness frenzy? Read how this math whiz unlocks NCAA Bracket Formula. Tim Chartier '87, a professor at Davidson College, gets his students involved in the math side of sports strategy. "When Tim Chartier, a professor in Davidson’s mathematics and computer science department, approached the coaching staff with an idea, there was uncertainty that the unorthodox partnership would pan out." Click below on the link to read the full article:


Want to read more about Tim? Click the link for the article on the bracketology of March Madness:


The Class of 1965
Class of 1965 - Seven members enjoyed a delightful evening together at the home of Betsy Dorman Neilson on March 4, 2015. Pictured above: Betsy Dorman Neilson, Diane Krentel Hodge, Sue Myers Eldredge, Jean McCurry, Martha Cochran, Bobby Boyd, and Barbara Vickers Moore.
Martha Cochran '65 has been a missionary in Japan for 43 years, 33 of those years working with a Japanese pastor. She works with Gospel Fellowship Ministries serving with Narashino Baptist Church in Japan. She is involved in  church work supporting the children, youth and ladies' ministies and music ministries.


Cindy Hayes Williamson '88

Remember the first writing assignment every year in elementary school? "How I spent my summer vacation?" I always wrote about going to Maine with my family to run Vacation Bible Schools through American Missionary Fellowship. Growing up at DC there were occasionally missionary kids (MKs) in my class. Many others came to our church year after year to the annual Missionary Conference. I enjoyed befriending them and listening to what life was like for them. From the bottom of my heart I wanted to be a real MK - Not just a summer MK!

It was in Mrs. Thetford’s Spanish class in high school where I first began to consider a call to missions in Latin America. My motives may not have been entirely correct, but the desire to go was there! I set aside that aspiration for many years as I pursued my education.

While in college at Taylor University, I went to Urbana Missions Conference. It was there that I felt God calling me to work with MKs in some capacity. Little did I know I would marry one and raise four! God did not call my husband Wes and me into missions immediately out of college, as we expected. He prepared us through several jobs within the church as well as “secular.”

Thirteen years later, the Lord brought things together for our family – now with four children in tow – to begin language school and training in Costa Rica. We have spent the past 10 years working through a Honduran church at their camp out in the country. As we look back, we see that camp was a way to get us down here to work with individuals and in families we would otherwise never have met. Our true ministry has been in the lives of those we have touched by living for the Lord wherever we are.

Wes spent much time and energy training the employees in camp to run things well. Our families studied the Word of God together. Our children grew up together. Today, two of the men he invested in the most have moved on from camp and are hosting Bible studies in their homes. One is leading the actual study as well! They are reaching their families and their neighbors for Christ and are living as a light in places that are very difficult for us to go.

God has called us to move into another area of Honduras to work with the Garifuna people – Hondurans of African and Caribbean descent. Our Honduran church has asked to send us out. Our desire is to live for the Lord among these people who many Hondurans see as “hard” and “dark”. We know that as we delight ourselves in the Lord, He will give us the desires of our heart (Ps. 37:4-5) – to see a people changed from the inside out as they give their lives completely over to the Lord.

Online Business Directory 

Check out the Online Business Directory with listings of DC alumni and parent owned businesses at www.dccs.org/businessdirectory. If you are an alumnus who owns a business and would like to be included in this free online directory, fill out the form found ont he left column of the directory page under "DC Life" tab.


Join the DC alumni group or "like" us on the alumni page on Facebook to check out the latest info or to post your event or status! 

April 2015

Mrs. Linda Unger will be honored on the evening of April 24th to recognize her faithful 30 years of service at DC. She will be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award. This is, of course, top secret as many of us know Linda does not like to draw attention to herself. I have requested letters and videos from you, our alumni, to let her know the impact she has made on the lives of her previous students. These will be be presented to Linda in a special presentation. Video and letter submissions can be sent to kobryan@dccs.org BY 9am Monday.

In addition, the Arts Alumni Award will also be presented to a graduate of the school that is impacting the greater community through the arts. This year's award recipient is Josh McGuire '04. Josh was recognized as one of the 30 Most Creative in Advertising Under 30. His full article, describing his work achievements as Creative Director at Tribal Worldwide in NY, are featured in the latest Keynoter.

The Auction

Dan Hussar '58 & Lucy Bartkow Malmberg '67

The DC Auction was a beautiful night as our DC community gathered together to celebrate our 65th year of Christian education. Thank you to all who attended the event. The evening raised over $75,000 for the Annual Fund. Praise the Lord from whom all blessings flow!

Highlights from the evening included performances by the Knight Tones select choir and classical guitarist Gideon Whitehead. Alumnus of the Year, Lucy Malmberg '67, shared her inspiring and encouraging testimony. In addition, we are grateful to the many alumni who attended, served, and/or supported their alma mater.

Thank you to our alumni Auction Committee members Lindsay Good '12 and Karen Anderson '94. Thank you also to the DC alumni who made valuable donations in support of the auction: Scott Bateman '73, Doug Pittman '06, Kristen Dill Levis '92, John '02 and Bill Vesper '02 (John's Market), David Bonner '04 (Chick-fil-a), Kim Pettit Schumaker '88 (Stella & Dot), Kim Rowe '86 (South Hill Designs), Scott McClelland '02 (Paper meets Press), Jenny Landman Iott '91, The Tucker Family '90 (Beatty Lumber), Lucy Malmberg '67, and Heather Templeton '94 and Jeff Dill '94.

 Alumni Updates

Drew Darby '14, a freshman at William and Mary, was the team captain for Team Impartial Ostriches (pictured holding the certificate). His team won the Jury Award as the Winner of Best Film Overall and Best Use of Prop for the 24 Speed Filmmaking Contest (presented by the Swem Media Center and the W&M Global Film Festival). Open to W&M students and alumni, teams were given the opportunity to write, shoot, and edit a short film in only 24 hours after they are assigned a genre, a prop, and a line of script that must be used in their film. To view Drew's film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqcTUAWSmck

Kelly Keelan ‘06 recently joined the Vanderbilt women’s soccer coaching staff this March 2015. She will coach the goalkeepers for the Commodores. During the 2014 season she was an assistant coach at Georgetown but served the previous two years at Penn under current Vanderbilt head coach Darren Ambrose and alongside current Vanderbilt assistant coach Ken Masuhr. Kelly played for George Mason in the positions of both goalkeeper and forward. She served as the team captain and was named All-Colonial Athletic Association. Congratulations Kelly!

Sarah McDonald Daniels '02 earned her BA in Human Development and Family Science and her MA in Nonprofit Management from Messiah College. In 2013 Sarah received the Outstanding Alumni Award from Messiah College for distinguished contributions to the service of individual and families in Chester County. She has worked in nonprofits for the past 10 years including the YWCA, Domestic Violence Center of Chester County, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Elite Charitable Foundation. Since May 2013 she has been working as the Development Director for the Garage Community & Youth Center in Kennett Square, PA. The Garage is an After-School Program whose mission is to empower at-risk youth to reach their full potential by partnering with local businesses, churches and individuals to provide tutoring, metnoring and community service opportunities. On April 17th they will be hosting a Benefit Concert starring David Kim to benefit the After-School Program. Information and tickets: https//garagedavidkim.eventbrite.com.

All DC alumni can use the Discount Code YOUTH for FREE tickets. Sarah lives with her husband Shane and their baby boy Shane William, born in October 2014, and currently reside in West Chester, PA.

Rob Lukens '90 

Rob Lukens ’90 clearly remembers the impact of DC’s history classes on his life choices. He was fascinated with the stories told by Warren Boettcher about the 1960s. Projects and presentations assigned by Dr. George McFarland left a huge impression on Dr. Lukens’s desire to explore and share the past.

 Following graduation in 1990 and a year he’d rather forget at Grove City College due to an ill-fated computer science major, Rob made the leap to center city Philadelphia, majoring in history at Temple University. He graduated in 1994 from Temple with grand visions of becoming a college professor someday and went on to attend graduate school for an M.A. in American History. This was in the era when students could jump right from B.A’s to Ph.D.’s. 

But a curious thing happened when Rob Lukens starting volunteering, then interning, at the Chester County Historical Society in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Although determined to see things through with a Ph.D. and a tenure track position someday, he gradually fell in love with public history and museums. In fact, while studying towards his M.A. at the University of Tennessee he worked at the McClung Museum as an exhibit assistant, performing work ranging from coordinating educational tours to couriering a stuffed bison across state lines.

While searching for a suitable Ph.D. program, Rob took a year off to work at several Philadelphia area historical organizations. He worked deep in the library of the venerable Historical Society of Pennsylvania and delved into the archives of the Presbyterian Historical Society in Old City. After returning to school on a fellowship at the University of Delaware, Rob spent a summer interning at the Shelburne Museum in Vermont. As a McDowell Fellow, Rob’s job was to assist with the reinterpretation of a 900 ton steamboat on the museum’s property. His love for museums became complete that summer, and he dropped out of the UD program in order to work full-time in museums.

Fortunately in 1998 the Chester County Historical Society (CCHS) in West Chester took him in as their Collections Manager. His job was to oversee a collection of 80,000 objects related to Chester County’s past and assist with exhibition research and installation. And remember, until 1789, Chester County encompassed all of the current boundaries of Delaware County straight down to the Delaware River!

Rob Lukens spent over four years at CCHS. While working there he got the itch to return back to school. So after ten years, between 2004 and 2011, he attained his Ph.D. in American History.

Following his work at CCHS, Rob went on to work with an interesting variety of institutions. He was the head of collections at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, an organization in Philadelphia dedicated to telling the history of chemistry and the chemical sciences. From 2004-2009, he was the Executive Director of Historic Yellow Springs, a village in Northern Chester County, comprised of 15 historic structures and 145 acres of open space. Starting in late 2009, Rob served as Exhibits and Education Director at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C. There, he oversaw educational programs and exhibitions for the U.S. Capitol’s two million annual visitors.

In 2011, Dr. Lukens was presented with an opportunity of a lifetime – to return to West Chester and manage the Chester County Historical Society as the organization’s President. He was chosen, accepted, and moved his family back to the area. Now, his entire family, including his wife Becky Gadsby Lukens (class of ’90), eleven-year-old daughter Abbie, and eight-year-old son Finn, love living in the borough of West Chester. He also enjoys the .8 mile daily commute!

Dr. Lukens has been living his dream job ever since. The Chester County Historical Society is a dynamic institution with big plans for the future, which focus on digitizing records, online access for students, powerful in-house exhibitions, and unique programming for school students and adults alike. He can honestly say that it all began in high school, attending classes taught by talented D.C. instructors that knew their stuff, and more importantly, knew how to engage students in some pretty important subject matter.


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