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Songs, Skits, Stories to Honor Retiring Dean at Stamesh-Fest
By Chris Karlesky
April 26, 2012
Members of the Franklin & Marshall community will gather this weekend for a tribute to Associate Dean David Stameshkin, prefect of Bonchek College House, who is retiring this year after 34 years at the College.
Students, faculty members, professional staff and special guests will celebrate Stameshkin’s career at Stamesh-Fest, an evening of songs, skits and stories, on Saturday, April 28, in the Barshinger Center for Musical Arts. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by a reception in the Kreisel Lobby of the Roschel Performing Arts Center.
Stameshkin has held several positions at F&M since joining the College in 1978. He has worked in the Office of the Dean of Students, Office of the President and Development, and advised numerous student organizations and clubs. He also directed F&M’s Harrisburg Urban Semester in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Stameshkin is well-known for his leadership of "Fum Follies," an annual musical comedy presented by members of the faculty and professional staff for 25 years.
“After Fum Follies last year, we realized it would be David’s last show,” said Alan Levine, associate professor of mathematics and longtime participant in Fum Follies. “This year, we wanted to do something for him. He’s done so much for the College, and it’s time to give back.”
Numerous cast members from previous editions of Fum Follies are expected to attend Stamesh-Fest, including “special guest speakers,” Levine said.
Joining Levine in organizing Stamesh-Fest are Annalisa Crannell, professor of mathematics; Kelly Kennedy ’04, director of college programs; Katherine McClelland, professor of sociology; and Laura Medvic, assistant registrar and assistant director of institutional research.