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Juniata College

Motto Veritas Liberat (Latin: Truth Sets Free).
Established 1876
Type Private liberal arts college
Endowment US $58.2 million
President Dr. Thomas R. Kepple Jr.
Staff 403
Undergraduates 1,449
Location Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, USA
Campus Rural, 800 acres (2.6 m²)
Colors Old Gold & Yale Blue
Mascot Eagles
Website http://www.juniata.edu/

Juniata College is a small private liberal arts college located in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. It is named after the Juniata River — one of the principal tributaries of the Susquehanna River. In 1876 it became the first college founded by the Church of the Brethren and has been co-educational since that time. Juniata has a current enrollment of approximately 1,400 students from 28 states and territories and 26 foreign countries. Image File history File links JCseal. ... For other uses, see Motto (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Latin (disambiguation). ... The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... Year 1876 Pick up Sticks(MDCCCLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a leap year starting on Thursday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Private schools, or independent schools, are schools not administered by local, state, or national government, which retain the right to select their student body and are funded in whole or in part by charging their students tuition rather than with public (state) funds. ... Liberal arts colleges in the United States are institutions of higher education in the United States which are primarily liberal arts colleges. ... A financial endowment is a transfer of money or property donated to an institution, with the stipulation that it be invested, and the principal remain intact. ... Look up million in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... University President is the title of the highest ranking officer within a university, within university systems that prefer that appellation over other variations such as Chancellor or rector. ... Employment is a contract between two parties, one being the employer and the other being the employee. ... In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... Huntingdon is a borough located in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania. ... Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ... Sign in a rural area in Dalarna, Sweden Qichun, a rural town in Hubei province, China An artists rendering of an aerial view of the Maryland countryside: Jane Frank (Jane Schenthal Frank, 1918-1986), Aerial Series: Ploughed Fields, Maryland, 1974, acrylic and mixed materials on apertured double canvas, 52... School colors are the colors chosen by a school to represent it on uniforms and other items of identification. ... Millie, once mascot of the City of Brampton, is now the Brampton Arts Councils representative. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... Liberal arts colleges in the United States are institutions of higher education in the United States which are primarily liberal arts colleges. ... Huntingdon is a borough located in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania. ... Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ... The Juniata River is a tributary of the Susquehanna River, approximately 90 miles (145 km long), in central Pennsylvania in the United States. ... The Susquehanna River (originally Sasquesahanough per the 1612 John Smith map) is a river located in the northeastern United States. ... Year 1876 Pick up Sticks(MDCCCLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a leap year starting on Thursday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Pope · Archbishop of Canterbury Patriarch of Constantinople Christianity Portal This box:      The Church of the Brethren is... Coeducation is the integrated education of men and women. ...



The Huntingdon Normal School was established by a young Huntingdon physician, Dr. Andrew B. Brumbaugh, and his two cousins, Henry and John Brumbaugh. Henry provided a second-story room over his local printing shop for classes while John lodged and fed the college's first teacher, Jacob M. Zuck, free for one year. Andrew was to "provide students and furniture". Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... A normal school or teachers college is an educational institution for training teachers. ...

Juniata's first classes were held on April 17, 1876 with Zuck teaching Rebecca Cornelius, Maggie D. Miller, and Gaius M. Brumbaugh, the only son of Andrew Brumbaugh. In 1879 classes moved into Founder's Hall, the school's first permanent building on the present day campus. The college was renamed "Juniata College" in 1893 for the nearby Juniata River and its watershed. Year 1876 Pick up Sticks(MDCCCLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a leap year starting on Thursday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Year 1879 (MDCCCLXXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Year 1893 (MDCCCXCIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... The Juniata River is a tributary of the Susquehanna River, approximately 90 miles (145 km long), in central Pennsylvania in the United States. ... A drainage basin is the area within the drainage basin divide (blue outline), and drains the surface runoff and river discharge (green lines) of a contiguous area. ...

In 1895 Dr. Martin Grove Brumbaugh, an 1881 graduate from Huntingdon Normal, took over the active presidency of Juniata until 1901 whereby he continued in name only until 1910. During and after his tenure, Brumbaugh remained intimately connected to the college, and reacquired the presidency in 1924. Martin Grove Brumbaugh (April 14, 1862–March 14, 1930) was Pennsylvanias 25th Governor, a Republican. ...

M. G. Brumbaugh died unexpectedly in 1930 while on vacation in Pinehurst, North Carolina and was succeeded in his presidency by a former pupil at Juniata, Dr. Charles Calvert Ellis. Pinehurst is a village in Moore County, North Carolina, United States. ...

The current president of Juniata College is Thomas R. Kepple, Jr. of "TKep's Ties" fame.

Juniata was the first educational institution to have a contractual agreement with the United Nations.[citation needed] UN and U.N. redirect here. ...


The main campus area is 110 acres, but the college also manages a 315 acre Baker-Henry Nature Preserve, on which a retirement community is being discussed of being built. Two new buildings since 2000 include the Von Liebig Center for Science and the Suzanne von Liebig Theatre. Other off-campus sites include the Baker Peace Chapel (designed by Maya Lin) and the Raystown Field Station, a 365-acre reserve on Raystown Lake. The Raystown Field Station includes a LEEDS certified 'green' building and two lodges for semester-long residential programs, often focused on environmental topics. Visitors at Vietnam Veterans Memorial Maya Ying Lin (Chinese: ; pinyin: ; born October 5, 1959) is an American artist who has become known for her work in sculpture and landscape art. ... Raystown Lake is the largest lake in Pennsylvania. ... 7 World Trade Center, considered New York Citys first green office tower by gaining gold status in the US Green Building Councils LEED program. ...


Program of emphasis

Juniata College features a "Program of Emphasis" rather than the common Academic major. Within a certain course framework, students choose and create their own Program of Emphasis and graduate with a degree in it. There are designated Programs of Emphasis that follow a set of courses (e.g. Environmental Science, Communication and Anthropology, etc.) or students may create their own with the approval of two faculty advisors. An academic major, major concentration, concentration, or simply major is a mainly U.S. and Canadian term for a college or university students main field of specialization during his or her undergraduate studies. ...

Areas of Study

Juniata is a liberal arts institution -- it has strong programs in a variety of areas, from the natural sciences to the arts, social sciences and humanities. Many students enter Juniata for the strong science programs however find they enjoy world culture, international programs, peace studies, politics or a variety of other disciplines. This varied combination allows students to explore different facets of the world.

The strong academic tradition of Juniata College is made apparent in the success of its students. The school touts an impressive graduation rate, 75% of all students entering Juniata graduate, and of those, 93% do so within four years. Juniata also has a 95% acceptance rate to all postgraduate programs, including medical, podiatry, dental, online, occupational therapy, physical therapy, chiropractic and law schools.

Since 2003, Juniata has produced eight Academic All-Americans, five American Physiological Society Undergraduate Research Fellows, four Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholars, seven Fulbright Scholars, seven Goldwater Scholars, two Pickering Fellows, eight St. Andrew's Society Scholars and one Davies-Jackson Scholar. Juniata also perennially places at least one student as a Harvard Summer Research Scholar.

Nearly five percent of Juniata students design their own program of emphasis, and Juniata offers study-abroad opportunities in 20 countries.


Juniata is a Division III collegiate sports institution, and charter member of the Landmark Conference. Juniata athletes compete in the newly-formed Landmark Conference except for the football. The Juniata Eagles Football Squad is a member of the Centennial Conference. Juniata had a school record of five Academic All-Americans in 2004-2005 academic year and 38 All-American honors since 1998. In addition, College Hill sports 2 National Championships in Women's Volleyball (2004 & 2006) and 5 Championships in Men's Volleyball (1998, 2004, 2005, 2006 & 2007) Division III (or DIII) is a division of the National Collegiate Athletic Association of the United States. ... The Landmark Conference is an intercollegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA’s Division III. Member institutions are located in the eastern United States in the States of Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Washington, D.C.. // Catholic University of America Drew University Goucher College Juniata College Moravian College... The Centennial Conference is an athletic conference which competes in the NCAAs Division III. Member teams are located in Maryland and Pennsylvania. ...

Student life

Annual events

Juniata College has a tradition of campus-wide events dating back to its founding days.[1]

  • Mountain Day, Established: 1896 — Mountain Day is the oldest tradition at Juniata and occurs on an unannounced fall day. The specific date of Mountain Day is not known to students nor faculty until the morning of the event; however, its possible date is a constant source of campus speculation. On Mountain day, all classes are canceled and both students and faculty are shuttled to one of the state parks in the area. The day includes a picnic lunch, nature walks, crafts, music, tug-of-war, and a faculty/staff vs. seniors co-ed flag football game.
  • Homecoming Weekend, Established: 1923 — Homecoming features alumni reunion activities, sporting events, and a class spirit competition. One of the highlights of the class spirit activity is the Lip Sync Competition, during which each class performs a medley of songs, complete with costumes, props, and sets. A unique aspect of Juniata's Homecoming celebration is the presentation of the Community Contribution Awards during half-time of the football game rather than having a Homecoming king and queen. The award recognizes students who have made outstanding community service contributions, both on-campus and in their local communities.
  • Family Weekend, Established: 1936 — Usually occurring on a weekend in September, Family Weekend is a chance for students' parents and families to visit the campus. The weekend is filled with activities such as picnics, sporting events, cultural events, tours, etc.
  • Storming of the Arch, Established: Mid-1940s — Storming of the Arch takes place on the second Wednesday of fall semester and is optional for any new freshmen. Freshmen gather on North Lawn with the intention of charging the Cloister Arch and making it through to the other side, a mission complicated by a group of upperclassmen - "defenders" of the Arch. Freshmen charge the Arch until they are all knocked down or someone gets through the gauntlet of upperclassmen. To date, no freshman class has made it through the Arch successfully. Storming of the Arch was canceled in the mid-90's due to the number of students being injured but was reinstated by several officers of the Men's rugby team who reorganized it as a charity event.
  • Madrigal dinner, Established: 1970 — Madrigal Dinner is one of the most popular traditions, with 600-700 students attending, and occurs on the last Saturday of fall semester. This holiday tradition starts with a meal served to the students by the faculty and staff of their choosing. After dinner, guests are entertained with performances by members of the campus community and the group participates in a holiday carol sing. This sing-along culminates with the singing of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" with various sections of the dining hall acting out the different parts of the song. Tickets for the sections are sold first-come first-serve and students camp out during the week(s) prior in order to acquire their desired section (the "Five Golden Rings" section is very popular). The Madrigal "line" is typically an elaborate tent city on the lawn around the campus center.
  • Pig Roast, Established: 1986 — Pigroast is an annual barbecue held at Raystown Lake and is sponsored by the Men's rugby team with the support of the Women's Rugby team. It started as a replacement activity after the school banned the annual Raft Regatta, another event held by the notorious rugby teams. [note: although Pig Roast is very popular, it is not officially sponsored by the college]
  • Lobsterfest, Established: 1988 — Lobsterfest is held at the end of the first week of fall semester classes and welcomes students back to campus after summer break. Lobsterfest is a picnic that features small, watery lobsters as the main course and live entertainment. In addition, the Student Organization Fair is held during Lobsterfest during which new students have the opportunity to see and sign up for campus clubs.
  • Mr. Juniata Pageant, Established: 1997 — Sponsored by Circle K, the Mr. Juniata Pageant is a tongue-in-cheek spoof of beauty pageants with men from each class competing for the coveted Mr. Juniata crown. The categories include take-offs of formal wear, talent, and interviews.
  • All Class Night, Established: NA — For All-Class Night, each class performs an original production spoofing campus events and personalities. A professor serves as the MC and a panel of faculty and staff judge performances. The winning class takes home the All-Class Night Cup. Occasionally, the faculty and staff present a performance as well. Performances have included live sheep "show" on stage, students roller-skating down aisles, demonization of Staci Weber and William J. von Liebig, and the president of the college in dark sunglasses belting out a Blues Brothers song.

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Notable alumni of Juniata include: This is a list of noted Juniata College alumni, in order of graduation year. ...

  • Miriam Smith Wetzel, Ph.D., 1952, Harvard Medical School faculty and member of the team that developed the new medical school curriculum; Miss Pennsylvania 1952
  • Chuck Knox, 1954, former National Football League head coach, Los Angeles Rams, Buffalo Bills and Seattle Seahawks, also the NFL's fifth winningest coach
  • Klare S. Sunderland, 1956, President, Sun Enterprises, Inc.
  • Bruce Davis, 1965, executive director, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  • William Phillips, 1970, atomic physicist, National Institute of Standards and Technology, jointly awarded Nobel Prize in Physics in 1997 for his contributions to laser cooling.
  • Karen Stone Fritz, 1977, Vice President Program Development and Syndication WETA TV; Creator of The News Hour with Jim Lehrer and Washington Week
  • John Kuriyan, 1980, 2005 winner of the Lounsbery Award for extraordinary scientific achievement, Howard Hughes Investigator and Chancellor's Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at the University of California Berkeley.
  • Robert M. Biter, M.D., 1992, playwright; one of the 50 winners of the 2000 American Medical Association Outstanding Young Medical Professional Award
  • Erik P. Du Mont, 1997, National Field Director of the Arctic Wildlife Refuge, Alaska Wilderness League
  • Donald T. Carpenter, 1999, Founder of the Carpenter Center for Kids Who Want to Read Good and Learn to do Other Things Good Too.
  • Owen Gebler, 2001, Owen, coined Owen Da Giant, was recently featured on Ripley's Believe It or Not for being the world's largest college student.
  • Wendel M. Hullihen, 2003, CEO of PCwendel.com, a digital marketing and website design firm.
  • Christopher Bender, 2004, Corporate Casuals Model for 2006 American Eagle Outfitters Office Edition sponsored by AE Better World. Chris was one of the 8 models hand picked by Laine Douchel, AE's Trend Engineer for his unique style and charm.
  • John O'Donnell, 2005, Listed as number 1 in GQ magazine's best dressed men of 2007 issue. Named American Art News Magazine's best selling artist of 2006 for his famous "three boats" painting.
  • Kristen C. Holloway, 1997, Founder (2004) of the nonprofit organization Operation Troop Appreciation, which sends packages and letters to U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. She was named to Redbook magazine's 2005 list of 'Mothers & Shakers', honoring women for grassroots activism. Recipient of the Presidential Volunteer Service Award from President Bush.
  • Micheal Hars, Drummer for the World Famous band, "The Chillers" [2]
  • Travis Sumner, Class of 2008, Current holder of the "Strongest Man Award", as well as the strongest man to ever set foot on to Juniata College Property. Travis, recently diagnosed, suffers greatly from the "Laugh at your own jokes, while looking around to see if everyone else is laughing" disease. We will keep you updated on how his anti-laugh treatment is progressing.
  • James Preuss, 2008, Small time professional boxer out of Conemaugh Twp. Was given an chance to fight the heavyweight champion of the world in 2004. He lost by a split decision. The next year he was given a rematch and won becoming the first boxing champion to come out of the Johnston area. Lost his title in 2006, but with the help of the former champ, who gave him his original chance, learned how to fight like an african-american fighter and won back his title. After the death of his close friend, former oppenent, and trainer in an exibition fight by a Soviet heavyweight, Preuss traveled to Moscow and defeated the man who killed his friend. The Soviet fighter was later found to be using HGH. James Preuss is now working as a trainer and has seen little action in the ring, but much action fighting in the streets of Huntingdon, actually fighting one of his students and ending the fight with a vicious uppercut. James Preuss hopes to open up a small restaurant and has not ruled out the possibility of a return to the ring.

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In the press

Juniata College is mentioned in the following publications: 2006 Princeton Review's Best 361 Colleges; Loren Pope's Colleges That Change Lives; Kaplan, Inc.'s Insider's Guide to the 328 Most Interesting Colleges; Peterson's Competitive Colleges; Miriam Weinstein's Making A Difference College Guide: Outstanding Colleges to Help You Make a Better World; Barron's Best Buys in College Education; Leland Miles' Provoking Thought: What Colleges Should Do for Students; ELLEgirl Magazine: Top 50 colleges that Dare to be Different; Rugg's Recommendations on the Colleges; and Don Asher's Cool Colleges. The Princeton Review (TPR) is a for-profit U.S. company that offers private instruction and tutoring for standardized achievement tests, in particular those offered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), such as the SAT, GRE, LSAT, GMAT, and MCAT. The company was founded in 1982 and is based in... Loren Pope is a nationally renown college advisor with several national publicatons on colleges and universities in the United States. ... Colleges That Change Lives (Penguin, 2000) is a best-selling book by nationally renowned college advisor Loren Pope. ... Kaplan, Inc. ... ELLEgirl was the largest older-teen fashion and beauty magazine brand in the world with 12 editions and supplements worldwide. ...

The college was listed as 1 of 13 "best performing" colleges according to a 2004 study by the Teagle Foundation. It was noted as an "overachieving college" based on an "exceptionally high graduation rate" and "has a high percentage of students who go to earn doctoral degrees and achieves those numbers through efficient use of resources."


  1. ^ http://www.juniata.edu/studentlife/traditions.html
  2. ^ http://www.thechillers.com/Mike%20Hars.htm

A History of the Juniata Valley, vol. 1, National Historical Association, Harrisburg, PA, 1936.

Coordinates: 40°29′58″N, 78°0′59″W Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...

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Juniata was the first educational institution to have a contractual agreement with the United Nations.
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