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Peter Baran
Peter Baran

Associate Professor of Chemistry

If chemist Peter Baran created a soundtrack for his life, some of the songs describing his career might include The Long and Winding Road, I Get Around, I've Been Everywhere, King of the Road and Ramblin' Man.

Jim Latten
Jim Latten

Associate Professor of Music

Musicians are often a sum of their influences filtered through the prism of their own experience. The progression goes something like this: Muddy Waters begets Chuck Berry, Chuck Berry begets Keith Richards. Or for drummers: Gene Krupa begets Buddy Rich. Buddy Rich begets Keith Moon. Jim Latten, associate professor of music at Juniata, is a drummer.

John Bukowski
John Bukowski

Professor of Mathematics

Although he knew early he was destined for the classroom, the path to the blackboard was hardly a straightforward solution. Besides, Bukowski was never the clicheÅLd disheveled math guy in the corner writing incomprehensible equations on a weathered chalkboard.

Grace Fala
Grace Fala

Professor of Communication

Grace Fala's grandfather, an Italian immigrant from the Abruzzi region, worked as a lamplighter in the streets of Philadelphia, helping people find their way through a place that could be warm, cold, welcoming, alienating and adventurous all in one.

Emil Nagengast
Emil Nagengast

Professor of Politics

The Nagengast kids were named Bill, Steve, Bernie, Don, Chris, Beth and... Emil. Perhaps it was foreordained that the youngest member of the family would grow up with a fascination for all things European and German.

John Matter
John Matter

Associate Professor of Biology

When your childhood backyard is 125 acres of Missouri woods intersected by streams, meadows, and bordered by a river, it might be pre-ordained that you would grow up to be a biologist. After all, wandering through wildlife habitat can become habit-forming.

Jim Borgardt
Jim Borgardt

Associate Professor of Physics

For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Even those of us not well versed in physics know that this is Newton’s Third Law of Motion. But for Jim Borgardt, associate professor of physics, it’s sort of a mantra for his life.

Pat Weaver
Pat Weaver

Charles A. Dana Professor of Accounting Business and Economics

If a workforce researcher were to trace the steps on the career path of accounting professor Pat Weaver, there would be gentle rises, then a gradual downhill slope, followed by several abrupt turns and ending with a straight and steady rise.

Jack Barlow
Jack Barlow

Professor of Politics

No one really can miss Jack Barlow when walking around the Juniata campus. He's the one that looks like a college professor-blazer, bow tie, professorial glasses and comfortable shoes.

Jim Donaldson
Jim Donaldson

Professor of Economics and Business Administration

It's probably no coincidence that Jim Donaldson played trumpet in his high school marching band. Like college faculty, trumpets are distinctive, yet part of a cohesive ensemble.

Doug Glazier
Doug Glazier

Professor of Biology

Doug views research as a culmination of his teaching. "If I wasn't an active researcher, I wouldn't be as creative as a teacher,"

Klaus Jaeger
Klaus Jaeger

Professor of German

Those who know Klaus Jaeger well know he is a baker of fine breads, using four simple ingredients-flour, water, salt, and yeast-to create tasty, aromatic loaves.

Dennis Johnson
Dennis Johnson

Associate Professor of Environmental Sciences Chair

Talk to Dennis Johnson, assistant professor of environmental science at Juniata, about any aspect of college life and he can tell you about it.

Judy Katz
Judy Katz

Associate Professor of English

Judy Katz's activism on behalf of women goes way back. To the cradle in fact. New York City born and bred, she grew up in a politically active in household that valued speaking out."

Debra Kirchhof-Glazier
Debra Kirchhof-Glazier

Professor of Biology

A single conversation with Deb Kirchhof-Glazier is an education in itself. In the course of an interview, she can address topics from pottery to politics -- all while communicating her overwhelming love for family and her fierce commitment to helping Juniata remain a place where diversity is celebrated.

Cynthia Merriwether-DeVries
Cynthia Merriwether-DeVries

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Merriwether-DeVries, called "Cy" by all who know her, points out that her family history and path to a career closely parallels the typical Juniata student.

Ruth Reed
Ruth Reed

Jacob H & Rachel Brumbaugh Professor of Chemistry

Take a rather shy young woman from Clemson, S.C. and send her to Germany for a year of study at a German university and what do you get? Well, you get Ruth Reed, whose experience as a Fulbright scholar so energized her career that she has become a tireless advocate for study abroad almost from her first days on camps.

Randy Rosenberger
Randy Rosenberger

Swigart Support Associate Professor of Business & Economics

Ask Randy Rosenberger any question on any subject and be prepared to receive a response that encompasses all sides of the question. After all, this is a man who admits that he loves to analyze everything from the microbrewery industry to Allen Iverson's jump shot.

Belle Tuten
Belle Tuten

Associate Professor of History

It's safe to say that Juniata historian Belle Tuten isn't a big fan of "the great man" theory of history. For her, that methodology, with an emphasis on dates and focus on leaders of nations, is as boring as this sentence. For Tuten, history is all about stories—the more unlikely and humorous the better.

Donna Weimer
Donna Weimer

Col. Sedgley & Elizabeth Bailey Thornbury Professor of Communication Chair

If Donna Weimer's current life were set to its own soundtrack, one of the songs that might aptly encapsulate her career is from "Oklahoma," where an oft-engaged character called Ado Annie sang, albeit in a much different context, about not being able to say no.

Chuck Yohn
Chuck Yohn

Director of the Raystown Field Station

Looking back on his career, Chuck Yohn has exhibited an uncanny ability to predict what he is going to be doing decades down the road. After all, this is a guy who wrote in an elementary school writing assignment that he "wanted to be a forest ranger and live in the woods.