Union College Alumni Magazine - Fall 2010
Union College in Barbourville, Ky., publishes twice yearly a magazine for alumni and friends.
From the Snack Bar to Facebook This classy redhead keeps us connected UNION COLLEGE � FALL '10 Commentary Editor Brenna Wallhausser Designer Missy Frederick, '91 Photography Emily Baker, '12 Missy Frederick, '91 BillGreer.net, page 6 Gabrielle Mellendorf, '07 Melissa Newman, '08 Jay Stancil O Contributors Carrie Bistline, '09 Melissa Newman Kassandra Patterson, '12 Jay Stancil Brenna Wallhausser UNioN is published by the offices of College Communications and Annual Giving-Alumni Relations for alumni and friends of the college. Mailing Address Union College 310 College Street, Box 7 Barbourville, KY 40906 Alumni office Melissa Newman Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations (606) 546-1226 E-mail email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Web Addresses www.unionky.edu www.ucbulldogs.com Events, activities, programs and facilities of Union College are available to all without regard to race, color, marital status, sex, religion, national origin, disability or age. Union College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges to award degrees at baccalaureate and master's levels. Reprint Policy UNioN encourages reprinting of materials contained herein. Permission to reprint may be obtained by contacting the office of College Communications. October2010wasan extraordinarytimeinthelifeofour college.Itwasatimeforconfirming thatundergraduateenrollmentwas uponceagaintoaquarter-century highof785full-timestudents.It wasatimetonotetheexpansion anddevelopmentofthecampus alongJohnsonLaneandManchester Street.Anditwasatimetotake noteofandenjoythebeautyofthe campusandtheincreasingappeal ofourgeneralcampusandathletic facilities. FortwostraightweeksinOctober ourfocuswasfirstonwelcominghomecominggueststhrough anarrayofgatherings,activitiesandspecialrecognitions.On theheelsofhomecoming,wewelcomedourBoardofTrustees foranotherhistoricmeetingthatwasablendofregularbusiness aswellasclosingphasesofastrategicplanninginitiativebegun November2009. October'shomecomingweekendwasawashinsunnyfall weatherandcolor.Itwasasplendidtimetowalkaboutandsee thecontinuingworkoncollegegroundsandbuildings,torevisit oldhauntswhereconversations,activitiesandspecialeventsin yourlivestookplace.It'sasingulartimeofyearwhere,ifyou keepmovingandcrossfamiliartrails,youarelikelytoheara medleyofstories,reflectionsandobservationsthatcoverover halfofthecollege'shistory.Bringingthestorylinestogethereach homecoming,andaddingnewcharacterstothemix,keepstheplot refreshedandmovingtowardthesurpriseofnewdiscovery.We hadgueststhisyearwhohadn'treturnedsincetheirgraduation50 yearsago.Homecoming2010ranksasoneofthebest-attendedin ourhistory. Oneofourimportantstewardshipresponsibilitiestoyouisto careforthecollegetothebestofourabilityandresources,sothat theperceivedandappliedvalueofyourdegreeandyourpride inUnionincreases.Invitalways,thedeterminedworkofour facultyandstaff,andyourinterestandsupport,makeourstoryas strongasithaseverbeen.Wehaverecordenrollmentswithhigher averageACTscores.We'verecentlyreceivedaseriesofmajor grants,oneofwhichisahighlycompetitiveNationalScience Foundationaward.Ourfirstnursingstudentsjoinedusthisfall andwerededicatedthehistorical1919SoldiersandSailors Gymnasium--onceslatedfordemolition.Designworkhasbegun torepurposetheformerKnoxCountyHospitalbuildingtohouse ournursingandhealthscienceprograms.Wepurchasedseven propertiesalongManchesterStreetforimmediateuseinhousing students,additionalparkingandfuturebuildingsites.Atitsannual meetinginOctober,theBoardofTrusteestooknotethatUnion's financialsarebalancedandhavebeenstrongforsevenconsecutive years.Allouraccreditationsarecurrentandinbeststanding. Sevennewboardmemberswereapproved,eachofwhomisa distinguishedUniongraduate.Criticalneedsfornewstudent housing,scholarshipfunding,internships,renovatedscience facilitiesandfacultydevelopmentfundingwereunderscored.A ten-yearstrategicplanningdraftwasapproved,outliningthenext chapteroftheUnionstory.Afinaldocumentwillbeapprovedin April2011.Welookforwardtosharingitwithyou--itisyour legacy,too. ThankyouforyourfriendshipandloyaltytoUnion. Ed de Rosset President Association officers President Ron Sell, '69 President-Elect John Dodd, '89 Secretary Beverly Carr Bradway, '81 Treasurer Darren West, '99 Director, Annual Giving and Alumni Relations Melissa Newman, '08 Union College President Edward D. de Rosset Vice President Advancement Denise Wainscott, '74, '77 MA Alumni Trustees Class of 2011 Don Calitri, '64, '65 MA Robert Dunaway, '86 Donald Jones, '79 Board of Directors Class of 2011 Brittany Carter, '07 Alessandra Tavolini, '06, '08 MA Harry Yates, '66 Luis Prior, '01 Rachel Lewis-Rapier, '98 Adam Patin, '00 Barbara Trevor, '63 Class of 2012 Carrie Bistline, '09 Rose Brown, '64 Tom Posey, '92, '02 MA John Dodd, '89 Tim Saunders, '04 Class of 2013 Jessica Baker, '10 Chuck Conley, '64 Jack Downey, '66 Pete Green, '91 Taryn Jacobus, '05, '08 MA FEATURES 8 UNION Our Classy Redhead From honey buns to wake-up calls, Vivian Smith mothered students for 45 years. Now, at 76, this larger-than-life personality and Union icon takes to Facebook to keep hundreds of Union people connected. a l u m n i m a g a z i n e FALL '10 COVERSTORY 12 In the Shadow of the Mountains Joe Matvey, '82, came to Union with an urban, inner-city background and a longing for the mountains. A sociologist, poet and computer expert, Joe's new book shows how thoroughly the "finest backdrop" weaved itself into his life and work. 14 Homecoming Alumni and friends returned in record-setting numbers to reunite, reacquaint, and repeat the word, "wow." DEPARTMENTS 2 6 22 24 On Campus Union People Union Athletics Association News 27 30 33 Connections Class Notes At Last UNIONALUMNI Students find that the Union classroom is not contained by walls--or continents. � 1 On Campus � 4 O N C A M P U S SNAPSHOT Everyfall,justintimetotakeadvantageofsummer'slastwarmdays,Unioninviteshundredstocampusfor twosimultaneousevents:FamilyDayandFallOpenHouse.Theformergivesparentsandsiblingsachance tovisittheirstudents,havebrunchonthelawn,enjoyfootballandsoccergames,andtackleanicecreambar repletewithallthetoppings.Inflatablesandfacepaintingkeepyoungsiblingsentertained.Thefriendlyand festival-likeatmospheremakesFallOpenHouseevenmoreenjoyableforprospectiveUnionstudentsvisiting 2 � UNIONALUMNI on campus campusthesameday. O N C A M P U S $2.5 million in new grants fund academic programs Overthelastseveralmonths,Unionreceivedmillionsingrant dollarstofundnewandexistingacademicprograms. Inlatespring,thecollegelearneditwonacompetitivegrant fromtheNationalScienceFoundation.Thenearlyhalf-million dollarawardwillbeusedtofundscholarshipsandasupport programforsoutheasternKentuckystudentsmajoringinbiology, chemistryandmathematics.Theprogramisdesignedtoincrease retentionamongstudentsstudyinginthedesignateddisciplines, andtofosterconnectionbetweenstudentsandrelatedindustry andpost-graduateeducationopportunities. DanielCovington,Ph.D.,chairofUnion'sDepartment ofNaturalSciences,saysthechanceforstudentstoconduct researchandgethands-onexperienceisalsoimportanttothe scholarshipprogram. "They'llusetheknowledgeandskillstheylearntogooutinto thecommunityandidentifyandaddresscommunityproblems," hesays."And,wewillenhanceresearchopportunitiesboth hereonthiscampus,andthroughcollaborativeeffortswiththe AppalachianCollegeAssociationandtheresearchinstitutionsof Kentucky,TennesseeandNorthCarolina." Studentsinthescholarshipprogramwilltakeadvantage ofspecializedsupportservices,offered,inpart,byUnion's StudentSupportServicesprogram.It,too,hasreceivedfederal fundingtocontinueofferingacademicsupportsuchastutoring, mentoring,workshops,careercounselingandadvising.TheU.S. DepartmentofEducationannouncedinAugustthatitwillaward Dan Covington, Ph.D., outlines details of Union's National Science Foundation Award for media and guests at an August press conference. theprogram$1.5millionoverthecourseofthenextfiveyears. Theprogramservesfirst-generationand/orlow-incomestudents. Currentandfuturehealthsciencestudentswillalsobenefit fromnewfunding.TheU.S.DepartmentofHealthandHuman ServiceshasawardedUnion$495,000towardrehabilitationof theformerKnoxCountyHospitalbuilding.Oncerenovated, thesitewillserveasthehomeofUnion'snewDepartmentof NursingandHealthSciences.Inthefall,Unionwelcomedthe firstgroupofRN-to-BSNnursingstudents.Theathletictraining majoralsofallswithinthenewdepartment.Additionalmajorsare expectedtobeaddedinthefuture. Board of Trustees invites internal feedback on strategic plan AttheirannualOctobermeeting, Union'sBoardofTrusteesgaveits blessingtoaworkingdraftofthecollege's ten-yearstrategicplan. BetweenNovemberandFebruary, Unionemployeeswillhaveanopportunity toreviewtheplanandgivefeedback beforeafinaldraftisvotedonatthe board'sAprilmeeting. Thedraftwascompletedoverthe courseofoneyearthroughtheworkof sixstrategyteams.Theteamsincluded representativesfromtrustees,faculty,staff, administration,alumniandstudents. Thesixstrategyareasareemployee development,studentdevelopment, commitmenttoregion,campusbeautyand facilities,financialstabilityandacademic development.Thedraftplanincludes ten-yearstrategiesandgoalsrelatedto eacharea,andasetoftacticsthatcanbe completedwithinthefirst18monthsofthe plan. Thenextstepistodevelopa communicationandimplementation processfortheplan,whichwilldetermine howtoshareitscontentswithallUnion constituents.Afirmhasalsobeenengaged tohelpUnionpreparetoraisefundsfor thefar-reachingstrategiesandgoals developedbythecollege. Campus prepares for annual Phonathon: Feb. 14-24 Planningandpreparationfortheannual UnionCollegePhonathonareinfull swing.Thisyear,studentswillcallalumni andfriendsbetweenFeb.14and24. ThoughthepurposeofPhonathonisto raisedollarsfortheStudentImpactFund, studentcallersalsoenjoythechanceto touchbasewithalumniandhearabout theirUnionexperiences. Theyareeagertohavetheircalls answeredandhearfriendlyvoiceson theotherendofaphoneline--andfrom anotherUnionera. TheStudentImpactFund,formerly knownastheUnionFund,provides resourcestobridgethegapbetweenthe actualcostofacollegeeducationand whatstudentspayintuition.Thefund supportsallaspectsofcollegeandcampus life,frommuch-neededscholarshipsto academicprogramdevelopment. Studentcallerswillremindalumni andfriendsthateventhesmallestgifts makeadifference.IfjusthalfofUnion's alumniandfriendspledged$25during Phonathon,thetotalwouldfund$5,000 scholarshipsfor30students. Tomakeapledgeinadvanceofthe Phonathonevent,visitwww.unionky.edu/ Advance/CCPledge.asporcall606-5461659. UNIONALUMNI � 3 O N C A M P U S Major acquisition expands campus boundaries Inlatesummer,Unionfinalizeda purchasethataddsnearlyallfrontage propertiesalongManchesterStreet betweenFirstandThirdstreetstothe Unioncampus.Threefacilitiesincluded inthepurchasewereimmediatelyputinto useashousingforstaffandthegrowing studentbody.Threeadditionalstructures andemptylotsarealsopartofthe acquisitionandmaybeutilizedasparking spaceandstudenthousing. Theabilitytoimmediatelyputafewof thepropertiesintouseashousinghelped makethepurchaserevenueneutralforthe college. PresidentEddeRossetsaysthe acquisitionsignalsashiftinhowthe collegeconceivesofthecampusandits limits. "TheExecutiveCommitteeofUnion's BoardofTrusteesrecognizedthatitwas timetorethinkthefutureofthecollege," saysPresidentdeRosset."Theyconcluded thatacquiringthesecontiguousproperties wouldsolvetheimmediatehousingneeds inanaffordableway,aswellasrepresent aprudentstrategicplanforenlargingthe campus." Otherrecentpurchasesandpartnerships alsojumpthecampuscurbline,which haslongbeenborderedbyCollege, Manchester,JohnsonandAllisonstreets. Twoyearsago,thecollegeaddedthe privatelyownedCollegeHotel�across CollegeStreetfromthechapel�toits profileafteralargefallenrollment requiredadditionalhousing.Thehotelwas convertedintohousingfor20students andisnowknownasUnionCourt.More recently,apartnershipwithKnoxCounty ledtoUnion'splantorenovatetheformer KnoxCountyHospitalbuilding.Itis locatedacrossJohnsonLanefromthe MillerScienceCenterandwillhouse Union'snewDepartmentofNursingand HealthSciencesby2013. Union students take on Greece, Austria By Kassandra Patterson, '12 Winter and spring events feature arts, culture Itwasn'tatypicalsummer forEmilyBaker,AaronFarmer andRaymondSmith.Thethree Unionstudentsstudiedart, cultureandhistoryabroadin GreeceandAustriathrough theKentuckyInstitutefor InternationalStudies(KIIS). ForEmily,theten-hourflight toGreecewasthefirsttime shehadeverflown.Yetthe juniorfoundtheexperienceto beworthanypre-flightjitters. ClasseslikeLifeandArtin Emily Baker visits the Theater at Epidaurus while studying AncientGreece,shesays,gave abroad in Greece. heranewrespectfordifferent culturesandpeople. fromtheexperienceoftalkingtothe "Itopenedmyeyes,"saysEmily. Austrianspersonallythananythingelse," Onehighlightofthetripwasthechance hesays."Igotanewperspectiveandit tovisitanancienttheater. broadenedmyhorizon." "TheTheateratEpidauruswasabig Bothstudentssaytheyhaveacquired dealsinceI'matheatreminor.I'vebeen the"travelbug"andareeagertoseemore studyingthisforyearsandIfinallygotto oftheworldandexperienceothercultures. goandcheckouttheacoustics." Aaron,forone,highlyrecommendsthe Aaron,asophomore,wenttoBregenz, opportunityKIISoffersandhopesparents Austria,tostudyGermanlanguageand willconsiderencouragingtheirstudents culture.Forhim,classeswereonlypartof totakeadvantageoftheprogram."Send thelearningexperience.Aaronspentmost yourkidstostudyabroadatleastonce. eveningsatalocalpubandeatery,making ..it'ssuchanopportunitythatnoone newfriendswithwhomhecontinuesto shouldpassup.Iwouldrecommenditfor keepintouch."Ilearnedsomuchmore everyone." 4 � UNIONALUMNI The Christmas Festival concert and reception is the highlight of Union's winter events. This year's concert will open with an arrangement of "Joy to the World" accompanied by both piano and organ, and close with "A Christmas Blessing." Both will be sung by all three participating choirs. The following list is not comprehensive. Watch the calendar on Union's Web site at www. unionky.edu or call 606-546-1230 to stay abreast of upcoming offerings and learn more about the events listed below. December Christmas Festival Concert and Reception Withthreechoirs,giftedaccompanistsand thetalenteddirectionofUnion'sV.Gay Gandy,theChristmasFestivalconcert hasbecomeatradition.Theconcert featuresthreechoirs:theUnionCollege Singers,UnionHarmonyandtheUnion CollegeRegionalChorus.Theaudience getsachancetoparticipateaswell;the sing-alongoffavoritecarolshasbecome O astapleoftheevent.Anotherstapleis thereceptionafterwardsintheatriumof SharpAcademicCenter,whereconcertgoersgathertosavorrefreshments, Christmasdecorationsandachanceto mingle. January Civil Rights Film Festival TheCivilRightsFilmFestivaluses moviestospurreflectionanddiscussion. Oneachofthreeevenings,guestswill watchafilmthatisfollowedbyagroup discussion.Theeventgivesparticipantsa chancetoexplorehowthemesandideas inthefilmsrelatetocivilrightsissues. GabrielleMellendorf,directorofUnion's CommonPartnersprogram,saysthe"film festivalisgrowing,andwehopetomake thisyearbiggerandbetter." February "Twelve Angry Jurors" ThespringproductionforUnionCollege Theatrefeaturesthepowerfuldramaof ajury,alifeordeathdecision,andthe soledissenterwhochallengeshispeers' unanimousjudgmentofthedefendant accusedofmurder. A Valentine Concert TheUnionCollegeSingers,Union HarmonyandtheRegionalChorus willregaleguestswithaselection ofsentimentalfavoritesperfectfora romanticValentine'sevening. "The Afro that Ate Kentucky" and Other Poems JoinauthorBiancaSpriggsforanevening ofAffrilachianpoetryatUnion'sannual CelebrationofDiversityevent. The Staley Lectures with Martin Marty TheologianMartinMarty,Ph.D.,isthe FairfaxM.ConeDistinguishedService ProfessorEmeritusattheUniversityof ChicagoDivinitySchool.Theauthorof over50books,Dr.MartyisaNational MedalofHumanitiesrecipientandthe winnerofaNationalBookAwardfor "RighteousEmpire."ForthetwoStaley Lectures,hewilldiscussthethemeoftrust asexploredinhisnewbook,"Building CulturesofTrust." April Union College Singers and Union Harmony Spring Concert Redbud Festival and Quilting Workshop May Union College Regional Chorus Spring Concert N C A M P U S UndergraduateResearchSymposiumin September.Uniontookthelargestgroup ofanyACAschool.ProfessorJimmy DeanSmith,directorofUnion'sHonors Community,servedasthestudents' chiefadvisorfortheresearchprojectand presentations. Emily Baker, Aaron Farmerand Raymond Smithparticipatedinthe KentuckyInstituteforInternational Study(KIIS)programoverthesummer. EmilystudiedinGreece,whileAaronand RaymondtookclassesinAustria. Mike Adams, Koby HearnandColin McEachran,allsportsmanagement majors,spenttheirsummersgaining invaluableexperiencethroughcompetitive internships.Mikeworkedwiththe CarolinaBaseballCenterinSouth Carolina,Kobyspenttimewiththe LexingtonHustlersBaseballClub,and ColininternedwithMultiSportCanada. Nineteen studentspresentedresearch projectsatthefirstannualUnionCollege UndergraduateandGraduateResearch ForuminApril.Theeventisprimarily intendedtopromoteandencourage researchamongUnion'spsychology students,thoughotherdisciplinesare invitedtoparticipate. Matt Nourmohamadian,arecreation managementmajor,hasearnedaStudent CareerExperienceProgram(SCEP) appointmentwiththeU.S.ForestService inCalifornia.Oncetheycompletetheir degreeandrelatedprogramrequirements, SCEPparticipantsarehiredbythe appointingagency.Also,overthecourse ofthespringandsummer,eightrecreation managementmajorscompletedinternships withCorpsofEngineersitesandstateand nationalparksinKentucky,Tennesseeand RhodeIsland. Bethany OutlandandSusan Smithhave beenacceptedforinductionintothePhi AlphaNationalHonorSociety,asocial workhonorsociety.Botharemembers ofRhoZeta,Union'snewchapterofPhi Alpha.BethanyandSusanaresenior socialworkmajors. NOTEWORTHY academics in action Tricia Fuentes and Zhanine Gilbert havebeenselectedbyprofessor andwriterErichGoodetoconduct interviewsforaforthcomingsociology textbook,theeightheditionof"Drugs inAmericanSociety."Bothstudents willreceivecreditinthetextbookfor theirwork,whichinvolvedarranging, conductingandtranscribinginterviews thatwillhelpshedlightondrugusein ruralareas.Theprojectwassupervised byUnionsociologyprofessorLinda Silber,whosee-mailexchangewith Dr.Goode,professoremeritusatStony BrookUniversityinNewYork,ledtothe students'involvement. Jason King,agraduatepsychology student,andUnionprofessorJonathan Hammersleyhavebeenapprovedbythe AmericanPsychologicalAssociation towriteanonlinebehavioralhealth continuingeducationcourse.Thecourse willhelphealthcareprovidersunderstand theeffectsofcaffeineuseandwithdrawal. Lori Bargo, Jennifer Burke, Jessica Burke, Jonathan Fields, Derrick Herron, Juleda Hyde, Nicole Jeck, Heidi Marsh, Aaron McCollumandBradley Nelsoneachpresentedacademicresearch inbothpaperandpostersectionsatthe AppalachianCollegeAssociation(ACA)UniversityofNorthCarolina-Asheville UNIONALUMNI � 5 U N I O N P E O P L E Dena Gassner, '80 Dena is a social worker and the founder and director of the Center for Understanding in Nashville. The agency offers support to adolescents and adults with Asperger Syndrome (AS), a form of autism. She is also involved with Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership (GRASP) and the Autism Society of America. She is inspired by her children, Patrick, who has AS, and Katie. She and her husband, Rick, have been married for 17 years. In the accompanying photograph, Dena is wearing Irlen Lenses, which filter certain colors from light and help her cope with AS. Passion for Social Work:WhenIwasblessed withtwodeliciousanduniquechildren,Ihad nooptionbutto"digin"andlearnallIcould. MydaughterwastheEverReadyBatteryBunny (ADHD)andmysonwasYertletheTurtle(autism andlearningdisabilities).Learningtohelpthem exercisedoneofmyownautismtraits.IhaveAspergerSyndrome,whichallowedmetogathertremendousamountsofinformationfromtheresearch Ididontheirbehalf.Idevelopedareputationfor beingknowledgeable. Greatest Union Lessons:Godhasawickedsense ofhumor!TheharderyourunfromGod'splan,the fasterHepullsyouintoHisintentionforyourlife. Union Mentors:Dr.JanFinkeldiscoveredmy writingskills.Dr.JudiJenningsadvocatedforme whenIdidnotyethavemyidentityoravoicewith whichtoself-advocate.Dr.RayGibsonhelpedme findUnion,whichwasthesmall,intimateschool settingIneeded.Iamstillintouchwithmy"West SideStory"dancepartner,GlennNichols,andRev. SteveMarshall,whowasastudentpastorwith meandremainsoneofmyspiritualmentors.My friendsMaryTinsleyandMarilynGoldblattwere myfirstfashionandsocialskillscoaches. Gratitude for Success:NotadaygoesbywhenI amunawarethat,withoutmysonhavingautism, Iwouldnothaveknownofmyown.Becauseof Patrick,IknowwhoIamandliveanauthenticlife. Mydaughtercontinuestoteachmehowtoparent ...andhowtovalueone'stalentandabilities.My husbandhastaughtmeunconditionallove. Good Advice to Live By:Beauthentic.Behonest. Beyourself.It'swhoGodplannedforyoutobe. 6 � UNIONALUMNI Ben Phillips, '02 U N I O N P E O P L E Ben is a project engineer with Stantec, a global design firm with one of the largest geotechnical labs in the east. He earned his master's from the University of Kentucky in 2005. Ben worked on the geotechnical drilling and testing of the levee system in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina. The task included over 300 miles of levee and was one of the largest drilling jobs in U.S. history, with as many as 25 drill rigs working simultaneously. The disastrous consequences of hurricane Katrina prompted a call for levee inspections in other locations, which Ben now performs. He is involved in the inspection of U.S. Army Corps of Engineer levees in Oklahoma and Kansas, with other teams in the company inspecting levees in Arkansas, Kentucky, New York, West Virginia and Florida. Passion for Engineering: Ialwayswantedtobean engineerfromthetimeIwasinhighschool.Iwas alwaysinterestedinheavyequipmentandbuilding things. Greatest Union Lessons:WhileatUnion,Ihadto juggleadoublemajorinphysicsandmathwhile racingmountainbikesonthefirstteamthatUnion had.Timemanagementandself-disciplinewerekey inbeingabletotrainandstudy. Union Mentors:Dr.Joyce,formerpresident,was instrumentalinbringingcyclingtoUnion,andI wouldnothavebeentherewithoutthemountain bikingprogram.Dr.Henshaw,physicsprofessor, preparedmeacademicallyfortheengineering programthatIenteredafterleavingUnion.He alwaystaughthisclasseswithaproblem-solving approachthatstillservesmewell.Alumnus Dr.PhillipSharp...wasarolemodel,proving thatUnionCollegedoesn'thavetobethefinal destinationofanacademiccareer.Itcanbethefirst steptocontinuedsuccessinfieldsthatarenoteven offeredatUnion. Gratitude for Success:Ihavehadhelpfrom countlessnumbersofpeoplethroughoutlifethat allhavecontributedtothepersonIamtoday.My parentsshouldgetmostofthecredit,butIam alsogratefultotheteachers,professorsandstaff atUnionandtheUniversityofKentucky,andto colleaguesandstaffatStantec.And,Ihavethebest friendsthatanyonecouldeveraskfor. Good Advice to Live By:PutGodfirstand everythingelsewillfinditsplace. UNIONALUMNI � 7 View Photos of Vivian (6) We've been Vivian Smith fans since she introduced us to her honey buns at the Snack Bar. Her Snack Bar is now Facebook, where this Union icon continues to keep us connected. Birthday: December 7 Current City: 8 � UNIONALUMNI Barbourville, KY Information E-mail: email@example.com By Carrie Bistline, '09 Vivian Smith is one classy redhead. 58 years ago and continuing "Guess how many friends I have!" Vivian Smith says with a proud grin. "Five hundred and eighty something! Most of them are people I met through Union." That's something most 76 year-olds can't boast. But, then again, how many 76 year-olds do you find on Facebook? It will be no surprise to many that Vivian is among the minority, beating the social networking odds, doing what many her age can hardly understand, let alone participate in so successfully. Less than 10 percent of Facebook users, after all, are over the age of 55. But, this is Vivian. Those who know her know that Vivian is an odds-beater. Her foray into social networking is really just a continuation of her career as a Union employee, spanning 45 years beginning in 1952 and ending just before the new century. Before her retirement, Vivian was one of Union's common threads, connecting people and generations, usually over the counter of the old Snack Bar. Vivian's first job was in Union's cafeteria, then located in the basement of Centennial Hall. She and the college work-study students waited tables with restaurant-style service, serving fresh, wholesome meals. The meals were cooked by Al and Ethel Creasy, using food often purchased from local farmers. In the 60s, however, Union opted for the more economic and time-efficient food service option. Vivian worked a few years in the new buffet-style cafeteria, but was eventually moved to the old Snack Bar in the Student Center's lower level. It was in the Snack Bar that she found her niche. "We had an old jukebox and a big-screen TV. We thought we was in hog heaven," she says, drawing out the "o" in hog for several seconds. Then, with a don't-you-dare smile and a nod to the interviewer's notebook, she asks, "You gonna put that in there?" The Snack Bar, which opened early and closed late, gave the tender spitfire an opportunity to get to know students better. "There was only one restaurant I remember being in town then�the J&B Caf��and all the stores and that restaurant closed at dark," Vivian remembers. "So, the students came to the Snack Bar to hang out, and all of them knew they had a friend in us girls. Me, Josie Hensley, Jenetta Johnson, Louise Babbs and a few others always cooked for the students and talked to them, keeping their spirits up if they were down or homesick." The college occasionally held all-night parties for students, providing entertainment such as games, food and swimming for as long as the students could hold their eyes open. Vivian remembers how the late-night activity affected their appetites. "Those kids would go swimming at four in the morning, then come in the Snack Bar broke, busted and disgusted, wantin' me to cook them biscuits and gravy. And I did it, too." It was just one example of how far Vivian would go to help students, who shared their triumphs and travails with her. She did not step�she broad jumped�over typical professional boundaries. That was just fine with everyone, though. In fact, she could easily be said to be the red-headed embodiment of Union's current emphasis on a personal education, 50 years before "one-to-one" was officially a college slogan. One morning, for instance, she looked around the Snack Bar and didn't see one of her regulars, whom she knew was due in class in less than an hour. Vivian marched to the girl's dorm room, dragged her out of bed and to the Snack Bar, made her one of her famous honey buns--heated and buttered--and sent her to class. That young student was Anne Reed, '74, now a member of Union's Board of Trustees. Her motherly disposition led her into service as more than UNIONALUMNI � 9 "Heated, well-buttered honey buns rest in memory as Vivian's sumptuous gift to civilization. Still yet, her legacy goes deeper: she has been a respected friend to many of the more interesting, complex and gifted people who passed her way." � President Ed de Rosset an alarm clock. Unable to stand by as young male students attempted, but failed, at domestic chores, Vivian intervened. "Some of them boys who had never been away from home came in there and they'd be burning their clothes to a crisp because they didn't know how to do their laundry," Vivian says. "So, I would go on over to their apartment and show them how to do it." From cleaning young, helpless coaches' apartments to buying medicine for sick students who didn't have the money, the entire Union community knew they could come to Vivian for anything. On rare occasions, though, students took that familiarity too far. One young male student unwisely decided to give Vivian a playful, inappropriate slap as she walked by. She may be a compassionate soul, but Vivian doesn't brook disrespect. She turned, picked up a chair, and threw it at him. "Go ahead and tell the president," she yelled. "You ain't gonna touch me like that again!" Though that student may not think of Vivian with affection, most remember her as a kind and endearingly feisty campus matriarch. "Vivian was the best," says Anne Reed. "She knew every student by name and loved them all. And we loved her." Anne has maintained her friendship with Vivian over the years, still grateful for the extra mile Vivian went to make sure she made it to class. "She is one classy redhead," says Anne. "I'm proud to call her my friend." Similar friendships formed with countless students, in part because Vivian's lively but laidback manner made her an ideal confidant. They did not hesitate to disclose their secrets and antics to her. When, for instance, she saw a Volkswagen on top of the boys' dorm and shook her head in disbelief, pranksters nearly tripped over themselves to confess to her their responsibility. She laughed with them and never told a soul. "I knew nearly everything that went on in this school," says Vivian. "Half of it I can't even tell you. We didn't make too much money, but we sure had fun." Vivian's time at Union wasn't all fun and games, though. She married Denver Smith shortly after being hired. When they began a family, Vivian had to figure out how to raise three children while working full-time. They often stayed in the Snack Bar as she worked. She also had to take on side jobs to make ends meet. 10 � UNIONALUMNI One of those side jobs involved Ed Black, the former vice president for administration at Union. Vivian babysat his children, who sometimes joined her children at the Snack Bar. The friendship she formed with "Mr. Black," as she calls him, still means a great deal to Vivian. "I know he's deceased now, but I will always love Mr. Black dearly," Vivian says. "He did so many nice things for me during all the years he worked at Union." Ed Black was fond of Vivian, and she valued his esteem. She prizes a memory of a conversation in 1999, just before she retired, between her, Ed Black and others. "He said, `There's one thing about Vivian. Nobody ever went hungry. If a student came in there with no money, she'd feed them anyway,'" she remembers him saying. Vivian's quick response was in character: proud, defiant, determined. "'Amen, brother.' I said to him. 'I done it, and I'd do it again.'" Vivian spent her last years at Union working as part of the housekeeping team. She formed several friendships in that role, especially with Dan Covington, now chair of the Department of Natural Sciences. "Dan Covington has tried to keep me straight ever since he met me," Vivian says, shaking her head. "But, he can't." These days, Vivian spends her time as the primary caretaker of her husband, who is very ill. She doesn't mind her job. She has always taken care of the people she loves. But, she says, she will not be left behind by this world. She spends her spare time finding people on Facebook she never thought she'd have the chance to speak with again. "I look on there and find somebody I know and it just makes my day. I found two on there last night that I ain't seen in 30 years!" She glows as she talks about these reconnections. The people she "friends" on Facebook are clearly glad to have found her, too. One of them, Donna Dobo Canchola, '77, made a comment on Vivian's Facebook page that speaks volumes about her ability to continue bringing Union people together, even if it is over a keyboard rather than the Snack Bar counter. "Hi, Vivian!" Donna wrote. "So good to see you here on Facebook. With all of the familiar names and faces, it's almost like hanging out in the snack bar again!" U No one would be prouder of Vivian's embrace of technology than Ed Black. This year marks the tenth anniversary of his death. A beloved Union friend, alumnus and administrator, Ed graduated in 1964 and began working at Union immediately. He remained with the college until his death in 2000. Ed held what college historian W.G. Marigold called "a bewildering succession of positions." Several of those were in the student life area, and Ed was well known for his rapport with and respect of students. Later, when he became one of Union's senior administrators, the array of positions and deep institutional knowledge served him well. He was, and is, considered one of the college's legacy leaders. The reach of Ed Black's legacy is broad and deep. President Ed de Rosset, who worked alongside Ed for several years, remembers him as "the most unprepossessing and yet most respected of senior college administrators. No one knew the state of Union, her vulnerabilities and promise, nor how to navigate her shallows and rapids, better than Ed Black." In his final years at Union, technology was particularly important to Ed. He tuned into discussion about an Internet long before it was a reality for the average computer user, and he sensed how critical technology would be for all students. He led the effort to write grants and find funds, worked to create a campus culture that would adopt emerging technologies, and helped establish the first serious technology infrastructure. Ed was also responsible for the college-city technology collaborative that got Union off to a fine start and led, four years later, to Barbourville drawing national notice as one of the best-wired small towns in the U.S. Ed's efforts laid the groundwork for all that is in place at Union now, including online classes, enterprise e-mail, text messaging and more. His name graces the front of the Edward H. Black Technology Center. The concept for the facility was the subject of Ed's last major grant preparation. Written into the grant was Ed's intent for the facility to be used by the community and the college to support education, training and communication. He did not live to see it dedicated in 2003, but it stands as a permanent tribute to Ed's formative contributions to technology at Union and his exhaustive work to ensure that the college stay ahead of the curve and share its resources with the community. "Ed Black was a special gift to Union," says President de Rosset, "someone who bonded for life to help her live and thrive--a man from the New Jersey coast for all seasons of the life of Kentucky's first college in the mountains." U UNIONALUMNI � UNIONALUMNI � 1111 A book by Joe Matvey, '82, shows how the mountains followed the Pittsburgh native, even years after leaving them behind. When sociologist Joseph Matvey, Ph.D., originally wrote and published "Regionalism and Globalization: Essays on Appalachia, Globalization, and Global Computerization," the subtitle likely came as no surprise to his Union classmates. Joe thrived in the mountains surrounding Union. Even now, nearly 30 years after he left the area, his experience at Union and in the region permeates his life and scholarship. Joe was born and raised in inner-city Pittsburgh before moving into the suburbs in his teenage years. Throughout high school, he longed to see and live in the mountains. He had heard about the Appalachian Mountains and wanted to study in them. Joe's first college choice was Thiel College in Pennsylvania because they had an Appalachian semester, a program that allows students to study for a semester at a college in Appalachia. Joe, however, wanted more than just a semester in the mountains, so he asked Thiel where they sent their students. Union College was the answer. He contacted Union right away and got a quick, and surprising, response; he was called out of class one day because a Union admissions counselor was there to spend some time with him. "I knew right then this was the place I wanted to be," says Joe. "So I came down in the spring with a friend. We visited Cumberland Gap, Cumberland Falls, Stinking Creek, Corbin, Pine Mountain State Park ... and fell in love with the place." --from "Sketches of Memory" in Joe Matvey's book, "Regionalism and Globalization." 12 � UNIONALUMNI 12 � UNIONALUMNI "... always, however returning to your finest backdrop, the acclivity of eastern Kentucky � how deep these habits from the heart . . ." When he enrolled, Joe became very involved on campus and felt at home. He worked in the bookstore and adored his supervisor, Phyllis Sexton. He joined Mu Omega Beta with seven other pledges and still keeps in touch with many of his frat brothers. He also became involved with national, state, and local politics and the Student Senate. But it was the chance to immerse himself in the longadmired Appalachians that made Joe's Union experience so memorable. He declared a double major in sociology and Appalachian studies and a minor in economics, which gave him an opportunity to study the mountains he loved from complementary angles. He was impressed by Union's "commitment to Appalachia, like the Appalachian semester, the Appalachian studies major, workshops, festivals and many other things." And, of course, there were the mountains that drew him to Union in the first place, always beckoning. "I think we all hiked one or more of the surrounding mountains not but five minutes from campus in every direction. What other school can boast that?" says Joe. When his undergraduate studies came to an end, Joe left Kentucky to pursue advanced degrees in sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. The young man who spent four years focused on a specific region of the country--Appalachia-- found himself studying globalization under the tutelage of professor Roland Robertson, who Joe calls "the foremost theorist on globalization across the entire field of sociology." When he began to study globalization in earnest, it was impossible not to view it through the lens of his experience at Union, especially when it came time to write a dissertation. "I followed my heart and chose a topic I knew best: a thesis on Appalachia," Joe writes in the introduction to his book. The dissertation helped form the foundation the book, though it is ultimately the result of 25 years of ongoing social research and thinking. Interestingly, the book became a leisure and intellectual pursuit of sorts for Joe; he left academia in 1989 due to a long-term illness. He has since worked either for his late father's company or with his wife as part of a homebased business, but Joe never stopped being a sociologist. He continued his research, and published the first edition of "Regionalism and Globalization" in 2005. The second edition was released earlier this year. It contains several revisions, adds four new chapters and is interspersed with a collection of Joe's poetry. The latter softens the work and gives readers insight into Joe's lingering affection for his time at Union, his experience in the mountains, and the relationships he formed during those years in the Appalachians. The central themes of the book, as the title suggests, focus on Appalachia, globalization and global computerization. The first five chapters are devoted to a study of the economy and culture of coal in both northern and central Appalachia. Economically, Joe posits that capital and wealth are drained from the region by the corporate structure of the coal industry, where vast, out-of-state, multinational parents centralize profit from Appalachian subsidiary units and divert them into the metropolitan areas across the U.S. and the globe. This is a model familiar throughout the world, Joe suggests, and one that is central to the way globalization has developed. It is an important structure to note, not necessarily for the sake of judgment, but to help understand the cultural and economic conditions decried by many inside and outside the region. Joe maintains that it is these economic and corporate structures, not the culture or people of central Appalachia, that have created and maintained poverty in the region throughout its industrial history. Culturally, Joe contends that while Appalachia is like any other place in America, there are also continued patterns of subsistence in the region at higher levels than elsewhere. The subsistence culture, Joe says, has caused many to think of the region as "backward" or "stalled." Joe's argument, though, is that the economic structure contributes to long-standing cultural practices, such as subsistence farming and crafts. "It's not just that you have quilting and crafting because the region is rural; there are many other rural areas in the U.S. where subsistence practices died out," Joe says. The culture is not backward, he insists, but "dynamic and adapting, confronting a depressed boom-bust economy with practices that have long created value in the Appalachian household." Though the book, as Joe puts it, is "at its heart a sociology book written from a sociological perspective," the tone and poetic touches make clear that it is also an ode to the mountains Joe has always loved and to his college experience in their midst. Professor Robertson, who wrote the introduction for the 2010 edition, calls it "an interesting and moving account of the changes in thinking of a particular author over a few decades, one who was intimately familiar with the Appalachian region and moved on to consider Appalachia in a global context." The book is, in part, Joe's way of giving back to a region that still fuels his intellect and imagination and continues to crook its finger at him from afar. U By Carrie Bistline, '09 The second edition of Joe Matvey's book, "Regionalism and Globalization," was published earlier this year. In it, the former Union sociology UNIONALUMNI � 13 student takes a closer look at Appalachia in the context of globalization. HOMECOMING Underbrilliantblueskiesandsurroundedbyfallcolor,a recordnumberofalumniandfriendsmadetheirwaybackto UnionforHomecoming2010. "Thismaywellbeanhistorichomecoming,"PresidentEd deRossetsaidattheweekend'sawardsbanquet."Bynumbers,spirit,engagementandstorylines,Homecoming2010 isstillanotherconfirmationthattheseareverygoodtimes atUnion." Thisyear'stheme--Mirror,Mirror,WhatDoUC?--invited gueststoreflectonchangesatUnionsincetheirstudent days.And,though,everythingfromPfeiffer("Therearemen intherenow?!")totheSnackBar("What?Nohoneybuns?") mayhavechanged,therewerefewcomplaints. "Infact,"saysPresidentdeRosset,"thewordIheardrepeatedlywas,`wow.'Wehadmanyreturnthisyearwhohave notseenthecampusinoveradecade.Theywereeffusive abouthowbeautifulitisnow.It'sarefrainwehearthroughouteachyear,butitisespeciallyrewardingtohearthatlevel ofprideandsatisfactionfromouralumni." Union's2011Homecomingweekendwilltakeplaceon Oct.14-16. 14 � UNIONALUMNI 14 � UNIONALUMNI G Clavia Ruth Wooten-Kee, Ph.D., '96 RisingStar Gregory Lee Duncum, '89 Athletic Hall of Fame Sonya L. Jones, Ph.D., '69 Educators Hall of Fame NIMOCEMO Hall of Fame Gerald, '56, and Bonnye (Moore) Swim, '64 Distinguished Alumni Service Award Distinguished Athletic Alumni Service Award Don T. Lawson, '76 Melissa Evans, '93, `95 MA Educators Hall of Fame UNIONALUMNI � 15 16 � UNIONALUMNI 16 � UNIONALUMNI SpiritofSoldiersandSailors TheFerociousFew IntramuralBasketballTeam DanSullivan,'57 RodneyNeely,'57 JimWalters,'56 ShirleyGoodin,'57 WalterDick,'56,`79MA GlenLehew,'56 AthleticHallofFame TeamofDistinction UnionBulldogGolfTeams,1969-72 front row JohnHauser,'78 TomBennett,'72 SteveJeffers,'74 back row TomCard,'70 BillHill,'70,'71MA LarryInkster,'72,'73MA ChuckReich,'74 AthleticHallofFame TeamofDistinction UnionBulldogTrackTeam,1955 front row JimTodd,'58 GeraldSwim,'56 ErnestTrosper,'55 DoyleSwanner,'57 DarrellFleming,'57 back row RodneyNeely,'57 WalterDick,'56,'79MA W.D.Sergeant,'55 UNIONALUMNI � 17 18 �� UNIONALUMNI 18 UNIONALUMNI 1960s First row, from left (seated): LoAnna Allen Woods, '65; Mabel Helen Bingham McKenzie, '60; Jean (Hopper) Wooton, '65, '75 MA; Sandra Shetler, '65; Stella Bingham Smith, '60, '67 MA; Paula Hampton Frase, '65, '86 MA; Rose Bloyd Brown, '64; and Bob Brown, '63. Middle row, from left: Rebecca Bird Conley, '64; Joanna Carter Busroe, '60; Doris Leslie Bickel, '62; Kathryn "Kay" Mir, '60; Shirley T. Sergeant, '64; Sheila D. Halter, '69, '75 MA; Judy Bird Calitri, '68, '71 MA; and Monna Lane, '66. Back row, from left (standing): John Bowling, '60; Chuck Conley, '64; David McKenzie, '60; Noel White, '60; Betty Jane White, '61; Bucky Colclough, '62; Susan Mink Colclough, '64; Doug Logan, '68; Florentino "Chico" Mir, '60; Tom Amis, '67; Alvis Wooton, '62, '64 MA; Clyde Evans, '60; Danny J. Strunk, '64; Harry Yates, '66; David Creighton, '64; Jim Norman, '60; Bob Unterreiner, '60; Don Calitri, '64, '65 MA; Don Lane, '65; Raleigh Mitchell, '60; Leonard Shetler, '65; and Bob Heffern, '65. UNIONALUMNI � 19 UNIONALUMNI � 19 1950s & earlier NIMOCEMO Decades Reunions First row, from left (seated): Sarita (Cook) Marland, '55; Robin T. Boswell, '57; Mary Todd, '58; Elsie Parker, '47; Jessie Gayle Tye, '50; Glenna Vickers Burton, '58, '69 MA; and Wayne Lambert, '58. Second row, from left (seated): Dan Sullivan, '57; Jim Todd, '58; Willie Boughton DeSpain, '56; James Parker, '47; Arthur "Bud" Lanham, '59; David Bennett, '57; and Rodney Neely, '57. Back row, from left (standing): Larry "Rex" Hale, '57; Fred Marland, '55; W.C. Sergeant, '60; Ernest Trosper, '55; Walter Dick, '56, '79 MA; Gene Trammell, '51; Richard L. Moore, '51; Don Burton, '68; Glenn Lehew, '56; Darrell Fleming, '57; and Jim Walters, '56. 1980s First row, from left (seated): John Dodd, '89; Deborah (Bill) Hamar, '80; Sandy (Hash) Keys, '79, '87 MA; and Kimberly Martin, '86. Second row, from left: Cindy Reinhardt, '85; Pam (Garner) Smith, '84; and Lora Morrison '85. From left, third row (standing): Prentis Ragland, '87; Tim Miniard, '89; Steve Bradford, '88; Steve Marshall, '80; Dena Newman Gassner, '80; Glenn Nichols, '80; Mike Goss, '80; Terry McMonagle, '80; Steve Hoskins, '85; Roscoe Burns, '88; Frank Newman, '88; James Russell Pope, '87; Chaz C. Martin, '87, '90 MA; and Greg Thomas, '89. 20 UNIONALUMNI 20 ��UNIONALUMNI 1970s NIMOCEMO H Decades Reunions First row, from left (seated on floor): John Logan, '78; Steve Jeffers, '74; Donnie Looper, '74; Tony Auzenne, '78; Becky (Culp) Wiant, '77; Donna Dobo Canchola, '77; and Charlie Akins, '76. Second row, from left (seated): Greg Marsden, '77; Doris Stewart, '75; Diana Mills, '75, '78 MA; Stella Auzenne, '78; Myrlyn Lawson, '76; Hugh Hale, '75, '05 MA; Charley Bibble, '75; Deborah (Bill) Hamar, '79; and Jacqualeen Sellards, '79. Third row, from left (seated): Bill Oxendine, '74, '85 MA; Jo Liming, '71; Dorothy Elam Oxendine, '74; Patricia Parker, '77; Denise Cope Wainscott, '74, '77 MA; Ruth Hensley Goss, '78; Cheryl Alvis Salzman, '78; and Carolyn Vinyard, '77. From left, back row (standing): Bill Swafford, '76; Christopher Brand, '75; Chuck Reich, '74; Larry Inkster, '72, '73 MA; Bob Beck, '79; Terry McMonagle, '80; Steve Liming, '70; Jack Heller, '70; Doyle Mills, '70; Hock-soon (Robert) Goh, '70; Tom Card, '70; John Desparrois, '73; Ed Busser, '72; Jeffrey Sowles, '75; Ron Riskie, '70; Ed Hammell, '77, '78 MA; Sandy (Hash) Keys, '79, '87 MA; Sue (Slater) Milone, '79; Roberta Taylor, '79; Robert Malone, '79; Debbie Estes, '79; David Ganary, '71, '72 MA; Bill Hill, '70, '71 MA; Joseph Boswell, '79, '07 MA; Don Jones, '79. 2000s - 2010s Front row, from left (kneeling): Jessica Baker, '10, and Carley Blankenship, '10. Second row, from left (seated): Meghann Gaunt Chesnut, '07; Allison Fowler, '08; and Penny Mills, '00. Third row, from left (seated): Angie Armstrong, '09; Marlee Cooper, '09; and Deena O'Hare, '09. Back row, from left (standing): Nikki Baker Sizemore, '07; Christopher Lee Osborne, '08, '10 MA; Karisha Couch-Hayton, '02; Aaron Troutman, '05; Rafael Forti, '04, '06 MA; Ricardo Rodriquez, '04; Gabrielle Mellendorf, '07; Sam Lee, '09; Wendy Thompson House, '00; Dawn Halter Smith, '00; Lynette Vanover, '05; Kate Crum, '02; Anisa James, '05; and Mike Warren, `01. UNIONALUMNI � 21 UNIONALUMNI � 21 1990s HOMECOMING Decades Reunions First row, from left (seated): Debbie (Anderson) Pidgeon, '98; Jessica Terry Bergman, '98; and Matt Bergman, '99. Second row, from left (seated): Melissa Hyde Frederick,' 91; Melissa Newman, '08; Rachel Lewis Rapier, '98; and LaRonda Taylor, '07. Back row, from left (standing): Scott Russell; Toni Alvis Gambrel, '90; Jackie Blackburn, '90, '10 MA; Bryan Erslan, '90; Rodger G. Cotton, '94; Gabrielle Mellendorf, '07; Tommy Oates, '94; Jerry Jackson, '90; Mike Fields, '99; Larry Porter ,'91; Christi Lefevers, '97; Andre Washington, '95; Michael Gray, '93; and John Carreker, '89. U N I O N AT H L E T I C S Football Roundup It'sbeenaseasonofmilestonesforthe Unionfootballteamasseveraloffensive recordshavefallenleftandright.Meanwhile,theBulldogsarepickingupthe victories. Afteraslowstarttothe2010season, Unionwonfourofitslastfivegamesto improveto6-4overalland3-2intheMidSouthConferenceWest(asofpresstime). And,duringtherecentwinningstretch, theBulldogshavepiledonthepoints. Througheightgames,Unionhasscored 338totalpoints,whichissecond-mostin programhistory.TheBulldogstallied369 pointsduringthe2008campaign,butthey played12gamesthatseason.Unionhas posted40ormorepointsfourtimesthis season,includingawhopping84points againstBethel(Tenn.)onOct.9.Infact, theBulldogshavescoredthesecond-most andfifth-mostpointsinagamethisseason astheytallied61againstUVa-Wiseon Sept.25. Asevidencedbyitspointstotal,the Unionoffensehasbeenprolificthis season,rankingsixthintheNAIAintotal rushingoffense(2,485yards),eighthin totaloffenseyardspergame(461.7)and ninthintotalscoringoffense(393). Inadditiontoamazingteamstatistics, therehavebeenanumberofstandout individualperformances.Hereisalisting ofsomeofthetophighlights: Senior running back Armond Smith rushedforaschoolrecord312yardsand fivetouchdownson16carriesagainst Bethel(Tenn.)onOct.9.Hehasfour100yardrushinggamesthisseasonandhas scored12rushingtouchdowns. Junior quarterback Mike Brinkley becamethecareerleaderintouchdown passes.Hecurrentlyhas78.Mikemoved uptosecondontheprogram'sall-time passinglistwith6,908careerpassing yards,andthrewforacareer-high345 yardsandaschool-recordsixtouchdowns inan84-55winoverBethel(Tenn.)on Oct.9. Senior wide receiver Sean Mackey tiedtheschoolrecordformosttouchdowncatchesinagamewiththreeagainst Bethel(Tenn.)onOct.9.Hehas11touchdownreceptionsontheseasonandleads theteamwith36catches. Senior running back Terence Pollock becametheBulldogs'all-timeleading rusherandcurrentlyhas3,337rushing yards.Healsobecametheall-timeleader inrushingtouchdowns(32)andtotal touchdowns(35)inprogramhistory,and rushedforathen-schoolrecord231yards andfourtouchdownsina61-26winover UVa-WiseonSept.25. Otherhighlightsincludeheadcoach TommyReidcollectinghis40thcareer victory,ArmondandTerencebeingnamed bothNAIAandMid-SouthConference OffensivePlayersoftheWeek,anda48-0 shutoutwinoverKentuckyChristian� onlytheprogram'sseventhshutoutwin sincebeingreinstatedin1984. Running back Armond Smith's highscoring game made him a "Sports Illustrated" "Face in the Crowd." Quarterback Mike Brinkley set career and school records during Union's high-scoring win against Bethel College. Sean Mackey, a wide receiver, has tied the school record for most touchdown passes in a game. Senior Terence Polluck is Union's new all-time leading rusher, with 3,337 rushing yards. Ontheheelsofhisrecord-setting performance,Unionseniorrunningback ArmondSmith landedaspotin"SportsIllustrated's" "FacesintheCrowd"section. Armond(StoneMountain,Ga.)isamong sixpersonsfeaturedintheOctober18 edition. Heearnedtherecognitionaftersetting schoolrecordsformostrushingyards, 22 � UNIONALUMNI Smith featured in SI's `Faces in the Crowd' touchdownsandpointsinthe84-55win overBethel(Tenn.)onOct.9.Armondran for312yardsandfivetouchdownson16 carries,accountingfor30oftheBulldogs' points. Forhiseffort,hewasnamedtheMidSouthConferenceOffensivePlayerofthe Week,theNAIAOffensivePlayerofthe WeekandtheVictorySportsNetworkOf- fensivePlayeroftheWeek. Ontheseason,Armondleadstheteam inrushingwith1,133yardsand13touchdownson129carries.Heranksfourthin theNAIAintotalrushingyards,eighth inrushingyardspergame(113.3),11th intotalscoring(84points),seventhin all-purposeyards(1309)and11thinallpurposeyardspergame(150.9). U N I O N AT H L E T I C S Millsop wins NCCA DII Omnium TheUnionCollegecyclingteamended its2010seasononahighnoteinOctober, registeringasecond-placefinishinDivisionIIatthe2010USACyclingCollegiate MountainBikeNationalChampionships. Asateam,theBulldogsfinishedwith 608points,asteamDivisionIInational championBrevard(N.C.)finishedwith 630points. UnionwasledbyseniorRachelMillsop (LittleRock,Ark.),whocapturedtheDivisionIIWomen'sOmniumwith443points overall.Meanwhile,forthemen,the Bulldogshadthreeofthetopfivefinishers intheindividualOmniumstandings,with WesleyLamberson(Limestone,Tenn.) finishingsecond,ZachWinn(PortHope, Canada)placingfourthandBradNelson (Carmel,Ind.)finishinginfifth. RachelcapturedtheDivisionIIOmniumafterfinishingsecondinboththe crosscountryandshorttrack,eighthin thedownhilland10thinthe4-cross.She becamethethirdUnionridertowinthe Omninum,joiningZach,whowonon themen'ssidethelasttwoseasons,and AmandaMcKay, whocaptureditin2002. Othertopperformancesforthewomen includedfreshmanCatherineHarnden's (Ontario,Canada)performancesinthe downhill(sixth),4-cross(seventh)and crosscountry(11th)events,alongwith MariaEsswein's (Perryville,Mo.)11thplacefinishinthecrosscountry. Onthemen'sside,Wesleyplacedfourth inshorttrack,sixthincrosscountry,16th in4-crossand22ndindownhill.Zach placedseventhinshorttrack,Bennett Winn (Ontario,Canada)finishedeighthin thedownhillandBradfinishedin11thplaceinthecrosscountry. Priortonationals,Unionwonthe SoutheasternCyclingCollegiateConferencechampionshipasRachelandZach earnedSECCCFemaleandMaleRiderof theYearhonors. Overall,itwastheBulldogs'sixthconferencecrowninprogramhistory. Individually,Bulldogriderscollected sixoutofeightfirst-placefinishes.LeadingthewaywasRachel,whowonthe conference'sLadiesOmniumChampionshipafterearningfourfirst-placemedals (timetrial,crosscountry,shorttrackand dualslalom). Onthemen'sside,Zach,asenior, capturedthetopspotinthetimetrialportion ofthecompetition,whileWesley finished secondandBradplacedfourth.Inthe shorttrack,Wesleycapturedhiscollegiate shorttrackwintoleadtheway,while Zachplacedfifthintheevent. Incrosscountry,theBulldogsregistered threetop10finisheswithZachleading thepackwithafourth-placefinish,while, inthedualslalom,heregisteredastrong second-placefinish.Onthewomen'sside, freshmanCatherine finishedasolidfourth intheslalom. Senior Rachel Millsop won the Division II Women's Omnium during the USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships. Haessig places 7th at National Small College Championships Union'sYvonHaessig claimedseventh placeatthe2010USTA/ITANAIANationalSmallCollegeChampionships,held inMobile,Ala.,onOct.14-17. Yvon(Vancouver,Canada)advanced tothechampionshipsbywinningtheITA SoutheastRegionalSinglesChampionship atBresciaUniversityinOwensboro,Ky., onSept.23-26,becomingthefirstBulldog todoso. Enteringtheeight-personfieldasthe No.8seed,Yvonlosthisfirsttwomatches beforewinningtheseventh-placematch. Helost6-3,6-3totop-seededRemy CaffardoofGraceland(Iowa),who finishedasthetournamentrunner-up.In hissecondmatch,Yvonfell6-2,6-4to VladislavKhudziyofHuntingdon(Ind.), whoendedasthefifth-placefinisher. AttheITASoutheastRegional,Union hadfourofthetopnineseedsinthe 48-personfield.NicolasErnst (Rietheim, Germany)wasthetopseedwithPierre Vernin (LeCoteau,France)third,Yvon sixthandBartosMicher (Junginen,Germany)No.9. YvonhadtobeatteammateNicholasin thefinals,needingthreesetstogetpasthis fellowBulldog.Yvonwonthefirstset6-4 butNicholastookthesecondframe6-2. Yvon,though,sealedthewinwitha6-1 decisioninthethirdandfinalset. Unionnearlysentadoublesteamto theITAnationalsaswell,asNicolasand Pierremadeittotheregionfinalround beforelosing8-6toCarlonAntonand PabloNumbelaofCampbellsville(Ky.). NicolasandPierreenteredtheregionalas theNo.1seed. Unionwonthe2010Appalachian AthleticConferenceregular-seasonand tournamentchampionshipsandadvanced tothesecondroundoftheNAIAMen's TennisNationalChampionshipTournament. UNIONALUMNI � 23 Yvon Haessig, middle, is the first Bulldog to win the ITA Southeast Regional Singles Championship. He is pictured with Union tennis coach Daniel Finn, right, and Brescia's tennis coach, Jack Etchison, left. ASSOCIATIONNEWS Send snapshots of Travel Benefits vacation to be posted on the Web Foralumniwhohaven'tlookedatUnion'sdiscounttravel packagesinawhile,it'stimetotakeanotherpeek. Lastspring,TravelBenefits,thecompanythatUnioncontracts withtooffertraveldiscountstoalumni,revampeditsWebsite. ThecompanyhaspartneredwithEndlessVacationRentalsby WyndhamWorldwideandoffers7,000participatinghotels aroundtheglobe,aswellasselectedcondoandcabinspecialsas lowas$400perweek. Thesiteissearchablebytopvacationdestinations,region, state,beachandbylast-minutevacations(whichcomewitha substantialdiscountoverandabovetheusual).Youcaneven requeste-mailupdateswhenyouridealvacationat youridealpricebecomesavailable. Worldwide travel discounts available for alumni and friends ThenewTravelBenefitsWebsiterequiresnopasswordfrom theuser.Togettheirsubstantialdiscounts,alumnisimplyaccess theirWebsitefromwithintheUnionCollegeWebsite.Youcan dosobyvisitingwww.unionky.edu/Alumni/Travel.asp. Thereisnosalespitchandnostringsattachedwhenyouuse thesite.Yousimplybook,payandhaveagreattime.It'sjust onemorewayUnioncansaythankyoutoalumniandfriendsfor keepingintouchwithus. Thealumniofficewouldlovetoseeaphotoofyou onyourTravelBenefitsvacationwearingyourUnion attire.Wewillbegintopostthesephotosonthe Webassoonaswereceivesubmissions.Ifyou haveaTravelBenefitspictureyou'dlike tosubmit,pleasesenditto firstname.lastname@example.org. UC vs. U of C Battle of the Tin Plates begins Ifyou'remissingcollegerivalries,considercontinuinga friendlycompetitionwiththeUniversityoftheCumberlands. Union'sKentuckyalumnihaveanewopportunitytokeepthe rivalryaliveandsupportagoodcause. TheBattleoftheTinPlatespitsUnionagainstUniversityof theCumberlandsinanattempttohavethehighestnumberof Kentuckyalumniwhopurchaselicenseplatesthatboasttheir almamater'snameandlogo.Thelicenseplatecostsjust$10per yearaboveregularvehicleregistrationfees.The$10feefrom thepurchaseofUnionCollegelicenseplatesgoesdirectlyinto Union'sStudentImpactFund. Asmanyalumniknow,Union'sandCumberlands'football teamstaketotheturfeachfallintheBattleoftheBrassLantern. TheBattleoftheTinPlatesgivesUnionanditsalumnianother funopportunitytovieforannualbraggingrightsandshowtheir collegepridealongKentucky'shighways,allwhileraising scholarshipandsupportfundsforstudents. AsofJune30,2010,theendofUnion'sfiscalyear,University oftheCumberlandsalumnihadatotalof769platesontheroad whileUnionCollegealumniboastedatotalof406.Totalsfrom the2011fiscalyearwon'tbeavailableuntilJune30,2011.Union CollegelicenseplatespurchasedbetweennowandJune30will helpUnionclaimvictoryintheinauguralBattleoftheTinPlates. AlumnicanrequestandpurchasetheUnionCollegelicense platethroughyourlocalCountyCourtClerk.Detailsandimages areavailableatwww.unionky.edu/Alumni/UCLicensePlate.asp. 24 � UNIONALUMNI Union'sandCumberlands'rivalryisjustonecomponentofa statewidecompetitionbetweenKentuckyindependentcolleges anduniversities.TheAssociationofIndependentKentucky CollegesandUniversities(AIKCU),ofwhichUnionisa member,launchedthelicenseplateprogramtoraisescholarship fundsforstudentsandawarenessofKentucky'sindependent colleges.Eachyear,all20AIKCUmemberinstitutionscompete toputthemostplatesontheroad. Alumniwholiveoutofstatecanshowtheirpride,too.The collegestoreofferschromeUnionCollegelicenseplateframes. Pickoneupnexttimeyou'reoncampusorbuyonlineat unionky.edu/UCStore. ASSOCIATIONNEWS New Alumni Association Board members welcomed at fall meeting Ron Sell is new president after passing-of-gavel ceremony Amidsttheexcitementof homecomingweekend,the AlumniAssociationBoard heldthepassing-of-the-gavel ceremonyatthefallmeeting andwelcomedanewpresident. OutgoingAlumni AssociationPresidentJoe Beavon,'66,couldnotbe presentfortheceremony, buthecontactedincoming presidentRonSell,'69,to offercongratulations.Melissa Newman,alumnirelations director,turnedthegavelover toRonatthebeginningofthe boardmeeting. Incomingofficersinclude BeverlyCarrBradway,'81, secretary;DarrenWest,'99, treasurer;andJohnDodd, '89,president-elect.The threenewofficers,along withRonSell,willservetwo yearsontheboard.Afterthe president-elect'stwo-year termiscompleted,hewilltake thepresident'sseattoserve anothertwoyears. Outgoingofficersinclude secretaryMargaretWest,'97, andtreasurerTimDavis,'93. Outgoingmembers-at-large, whohaveservedthree-year termsontheboardasthe classof2010,includeJessica Bergman,'98;MattBergman, '99;JenniferBryant,'04; KevinR.Smith,'06;Gabrielle Mellendorf,'07;andAugust Mangeney,'07. Incomingmembers-at-large, whowillserveastheclassof 2013,includeJessicaBaker, '10;ChuckConley,'64;Jack Downey,'66;PeteGreen,'91; andTarynJacobus,'05,'08. TheUnionCollegeAlumni Associationrepresentsalumni withinthecampuscommunity. Theboardalsoseatsthree alumnitrusteeswhorepresent Melissa Newman passes the gavel to Ron Sell, '69, the new Union College Alumni Association President. Incoming Alumni Association Board members-at-large: Jack Downey, '66; Taryn Jacobus, '05, '08 MA; Jessica Baker, '10; and Charles Conley, '64. Not pictured is Pete Greene, '91. Outgoing Alumni Association Board officers: Margaret West, '97, secretary, and Tim Davis, '93, treasurer. Incoming Alumni Association Board officers: John Dodd, '89, presidentelect, and Darren West, '99, treasurer. Not pictured is Beverly Carr Bradway, '81, secretary. Outgoing Alumni Association Board members-at-large: Gabrielle Mellendorf, '07, and Jennifer Bryant, '04. theviewsofthealumniboard totheUnionCollegeBoardof Trustees. Electionsforofficersare everytwoyearsandfor alumnitrusteeseveryfour years.Newmembers-at-large areseatedeachfallatthe AlumniAssociation'sfall homecomingmeeting. Formoreinformation abouttheboardorserving ontheboard,contactMelissa Newmaninalumnirelations at606-546-1226oralumni@ unionky.edu. UNIONALUMNI � 25 ASSOCIATIONNEWS Win a free smartphone with alumni e-mail, cell phone drive Asphonewiresbecomeathingofthe past,e-communicationsevolve,andUnion gearsupforPhonathon2011,thealumni officestaffcontinuestothinkofcreative waystokeepintouchwithUnion's thousandsofalumni. Solicitingcurrente-mailaddressesand cellphonenumbersisakeypartofthat effort. Toboostthenumberofaccuratecell phonenumbersande-mailaddresseson file,Unionisgivingawayasmartphoneto oneluckyalumniwinner.FromDecember 1,2010,toJan.31,2011,thealumni officewillacceptcellphonenumberand e-mailupdatesasentriesforthecontest. Onewinnerwillbedrawnatrandomto receiveasmartphoneofhisorherchoice. Toenter,alumnishouldsendtheircell numberande-mailaddresstothealumni officethroughmailore-mailbyJan. 31.ThewinnerwillbenotifiedonFeb. 15at6:00p.m.asthekick-offcallfor Phonathon2011. Alumnicansendtheire-mailaddresses andcellphonenumberstoalumni@ unionky.edu.Makesurethesubjectline reads"UnionCollegeAlumniSmartphone Contest."Alumnimayalsosendtheir submissionbymailtoUnionCollege AlumniSmartphoneContest,310College Street,Box7,Barbourville,Ky.,40906. Thosewhoenterviae-mailwillreceivean e-confirmation. MelissaNewman,whodirectsthe alumnioffice,saysthealumnistaff collectsupdates,includingcellnumbers ande-mailaddresses,throughouttheyear atevents,throughpersonalcontactand viatheUnionWebsite.Thereisconcern, though,thatmanyalumniarebeing leftoutofthecommunicationloop.In recentyears,Union'salumniofficebegan publishingane-newsletterandsending othere-communications.Thosewhose informationisoutdatedmaymissouton alumniperks,newsandotheritems. Thewinnercanchooseamongany smartphoneonthemarket,butthedataor voiceserviceswillbetheresponsibility ofthewinner.Oneentryperalumnusis permitted. Hundreds join the pack as Mack the Bulldog debuts on Facebook MacktheBulldogmadehis firstcommentonFacebook duringPhonathonlastspring. Whatwerehisfirstwords?"I amexcitedtobeFacebooking withUnionCollegealumni. BecomemyfriendonFBand havea1:1alumniconnection atUnion!" Sincethattime,hehas accumulatedapackofover 300friendsandcounting. Mack'sgoalissimple:to provideinformationabout upcomingalumnievents, postpicturesandnewsof pastevents,answeralumni questions,andsharenostalgic photosandcommentsthat sparkconversationaboutthe Unionexperience. Mack'sfriendsarenotjust thosewhohavegraduatedin thepast20years.Theyrange 26 � UNIONALUMNI from1950's-eraalumnito 2010graduates.Alumniofall agesappreciatehearingabout upcomingeventsandcollege happeningsinrealtimerather thanwaitingforaprintedpiece toarriveinthemail. Sincehisdebuttosocial networking,Mackhasgotten over300RSVPstovarious events,includingover150for Homecoming2010.Hehas answeredcountlessquestions aboutwhat'sgoingonat Union,frominformationabout theoldhospitalrenovation projecttohowmanyincoming freshmenthecollegecounted thisfall. Healsolikesphotos. Union'sprintpieces,including thealumnimagazine,have limitedspaceforeventphotos, butFacebookallowsfor unlimiteduploads.Mackposts allphotosfromevents.After the2010AlumniFootball Day,forinstance,Mack sharedcloseto50photographs withhispackoffriendsand followers. Alumniwhohaven't "friended"MackonFacebook yetcanfindhimatwww. facebook.com/mack. thebulldog. WhenMackappearedon Facebook,he joinedtheranks ofseveralother UnionCollege Facebookpages, includingthe officialUnion CollegeFacebook page,theUnion CollegeBulldogs athleticspage, andtherecentlyaddedsite justfortheUCBulldogStore. Thousandsofalumni,friends, parents,faculty,staff,students, prospectivestudentsand communitymembersfollow theUnionCollegeFacebook sites. C O N N E C T I O N S Events&Gatherings Nuptials, softball style Philadelphia, Pennsylvania A gathering of `aughts' Several alumni from the first decade of the century get together in central Kentucky to reminisce about their college days and catch up on what's new. From left: Gabe Curtis, '06; Lakita Hampton Curtis, '05; Amber Hensley, '05; Tim Saunders, '04; Kalyn Hampton Saunders, '06; Kevin Smith, '06; and Emily Jones, '07. Proving that former Union softball players will take any opportunity to rekindle the spirit, Debbie (Anderson) Pidgeon savored ten minutes with fellow softball alumnae just 30 minutes prior to her fall 2009 wedding. Front row, from left: Suzanne Jacobs, '99; Sally Hammitt, '99; Amy (Criswell) Schooler, '99. Back row, from left: Nicole (Vidito) Sloan; Trisha DeWitte, '99; Renee Hicks, '93, '99 MA; Mandy Phifer, '99; Debbie Pidgeon, '98; Abbie (Mitchell) Rector, '00; and Michelle Yorgy, '98. Alumni at the Bar Back on their turf Participants in the 2010 Alumni Football Day take a pause from flag football, tours and a picnic lunch to pose for a group shot. Front row, from left: Colby Wilson, '08; Tom Posey, '90, '02 RI; Johnny "Cartoon" Carreker, '89, winner of the game's most valuable player award; Kip Jones, '91; Clarence Mackey, '93; and Tommy Reid, '98 MA, Union's head football coach. Back row, from left: John Dodd, '89; David Hammer, '07; Travis Bethel, '05; Shaun Person, '03; Patrick Kellendorf, '07; Will Hancock, '95; Vincent Turpin, '90; Nick Ruggieri, '08; Larry S. Salyer,'89, and son; Larry W. Porter, '89; Melissa Newman, '08, alumni director; and President Ed de Rosset. Lexington area alumni and Union alumni staff enjoy a joint event with members of the Kentucky Bar Association (KBA). Front row, from left (seated): Doyle Mills, '70, and his granddaughter Melody; Cherry Owens, '70; Vivian Landrum; Casey Armour, Union political science instructor; and Dale Moore, '71. Second row, from left: Union President Ed de Rosset; Chuck Tanner, NG; Mary Withers; Marc Roland, '88; John Landrum; Don Jones, '79; Pete Moore, '59; and Jessica Terry Bergman, '98, Union's major gifts officer. Third row, from left: Benjamin Phillips, '02; Melissa Newman, '08, Union's alumni director; Robert Armour, chair of Union's Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and a professor of criminal justice; Hon. Paul Isaacs, '66, chair of Union's Board of Trustees; Frank Newman, '88; and Rhenda Mills. UMC Conference luncheon Homecoming golf scramble The alumni staff hosts a luncheon in Covington, Ky., during the 2010 Kentucky Annual Conference for the United Methodist Church. From left: David Miller, '87, Union's college minister; President Ed de Rosset; Bob Sweeney, NG; Pam Sweeney; Jessica Terry Bergman, '98; Janis Perry; Tom Perry, NG; Jane Squires; Milton Dunaway; Bill Squires; Kathy McCurdy; Darleen Carmicle; Ernie Carmicle, '89; and Mary Alice Lay, a professor of education at Union. Alumni Baseball Day Several alumni participate in the annual Union College Homecoming Golf Tournament at Wasioto Winds in Pineville, Ky. Front row, from left: Matt Bergman, '99, with Gus Bergman; Bob Unterreiner, '60; Jim Norman, '60; Ronny Garland; President Ed de Rosset; Tommy Helton, '05, '08 MA; Terry Smallwood, '72; Jonathan Masters, a prospective student; and Steve Simpson. Middle row, from left: Tony Auzenne, '74; John Logan, '78; and Bill Swafford, '73, '76 MA. Back row, from left: Rick Jones; Terry McMonagle, '80; Jeff North; Greg Lewis, '96; Don Lawson, '76; Doug Logan, '68; John Hauser, '78; Steve Jeffers, '74; Bill Hill, '70, '71 MA; Glenn Proffitt, '80; Larry Inkster, '72, '73 MA; Ryan Proffitt; Jeff Tingle; Christopher Brand, '75; and Chuck Reich, '74. Alumni baseball players return for the annual last home game of the season. Being recognized on the field are, from left, Matt Mahony, '07; Dale Pigg, '57; Rex Hale, '57; Darin Wilson, '96; Nate Zettler, '02; Larry Inkster, '68; Jerry Carey, '59; Union President Ed de Rosset; Joe Heatherly, '95; and Union baseball Coach Bart Osborne. UNIONALUMNI � 27 C O N N E C T I O N S 50th reunion Indiana trustee and friends The class of 1960 celebrates their 50th reunion. From left: Union College President Ed de Rosset; W.C. Sergeant, '60; Shirley Sergeant, '64; Evelyn "Ginger" Purdin, '49; Jim Norman, '60; Jessie Gayle Tye, '50; David McKenzie, '60; Helen McKenzie; Noel White, '60; Jo Carter Busroe; Chico Mir; '60; Stella Bingham Smith; '60; Robert Unterreiner, Jr., '60; Bob McGuire, '60; Mary Todd, '58; Robert Halcomb, '60; John Bowling, '60; Jim Todd, '58; Raleigh Mitchell, '60; and Darrell Fleming, '60. Not pictured: Ambrose Dudley, '58. Swim team reunion Denise Wainscott, vice president for advancement, visits with Edna Mann, Union College trustee. Edna is a strong advocate for Union's new Department of Nursing and Health Sciences, inviting family and friends to support the program. From left: Terri Mann, Gerry Mann, Edna Mann, Bruce Hopkins and Sabina Hopkins. South Haven, Mich., gathering Former and current Bulldog swimmers gather at the Robsion Arena pool for a homecoming reunion and exhibition meet. Front row, from left: Don Calitri, '64, '65 MA, former swim coach; David Ganary, '71, '72 MA; Dena Gonzalez, '10; Rafael Forti, '04, '06 MA, current swim coach; and Dennis Hamilton, '72. Back row, from left: Larry "Rex" Hale, '58; Bob O'Steen, '61; Bucky Colclough, '62; Bill Lloyd, '63; Chuck Conley, '64; Ed Busser, '72; and Adam "Woody" Woodard, '09. From left: Nola and Donnie Looper, '74; Richard and Gail Brodhagen, '65; Robert Linderman, '68; Joyce and Edward Bocock, '62; Linda Pifer and Eric Pifer, '64; Diana Gallup; Stuart Comiskey, '67; and Denise Wainscott, '74, '77 MA, Union's vice president for advancement. Detroit-Novi, Mich., area gathering Music and theatre reunion Union's music and theatre students reunite in the Frances Patridge student center caf�. From left: Andelys "Candy" Wood, prof. of English at Union; Patricia Parker, '77; Carolyn (Madigan) Vineyard, '77; Melissa Newman, director of alumni relations; Roberta Taylor, '77; Debbie Estes, '79; Donald Jones, '79; Cheryl Alvis Salzman, '78; Charlie Atkins, '80; Sandy Hash Keys, '79; Donna Dobo Canchola, '77; Steve Poteet Marshall, '80; Beverly Lenzer Mahugh, '81; Clif Mahugh; Ed Hammell, '77; Leo Dontchos, former music instructor at Union; Deborah (Bill) Hamar, '78; and Mark McCarty, '75. Not pictured: Dena Newman Gassner, '80, and Jaqualeen Sellards, '79. 28 � UNIONALUMNI From left: David Creighton, '64; Barbara Franks, '75; James and Linda Taft, '59; and Denise Wainscott. Grand Rapids and Holland, Mich., gatherings Alumni gatherings also took place in Grand Rapids, Mich., and Holland, Mich., though photos are not available. In Grand Rapids, Alvis Wooton, '62, and his wife, Jean Wooton, attended. In Holland, the group included Pam Wallace Foster, '67; Sheri Cowan McKinstry, '66; Gail Matheson Brodhagen, '65; Joyce Bocock, '65; Howard Murphy, '67; Joe Foster, '66; and Bill McKinstry, '66,'68 MA. C O N N E C T I O N S Campus visits Upcoming Athletic Events Alumni Football Day Sat., April 9 HeadfootballcoachTommyReidwillbeginthedaywith atouroffootballfacilitiesat10a.m.Then,formerplayers willparticipate,iftheywish,inanall-alumnigameof flagfootball.Justbeforethegame,formerUnionBulldog footballplayerswillbecalledontothefieldandrecognized alongwithUnion'snewestfootballrecruits.Lunchison thealumnioffice.Contactthealumniofficeifyouplanto attend:email@example.comMelissaNewman,alumni director,at606-546-1226.(Seeaphotofromlastspring's alumnifootballdayonpage27.) Sandra (Mason) Porter ,'59, treats her grandsons to a Union College visit. Sandra showed them where she spent most of her time as a music major: the Fine Arts Building. From left: Wesley Porter, Jacob Porter, Sandra, Mason Porter, and Sandra's husband, Charlie Porter. Alumni Baseball Day Sat., April 16 Thedaybeginsatthealumnitentwithregistrationand alumnigifts.Then,formerBulldogbaseballplayersare invitedtoberecognizedonthefieldjustbeforetheUnion Bulldogbaseballteam'sgameversusReinhardt.Atourof campusisofferedafterward.Lunchisonthealumnioffice. Contactthealumniofficeifyouplantoattend:alumni@ unionky.eduorMelissaNewman,alumnidirector,at606546-1226.(Seeaphotofromlastspring'salumnibaseball dayonpage27.) Inaugural Basketball Alumni Weekend Jan. 28-29, 2011 Forthisfirst-timeevent,thealumniofficewillpartner withbasketballcoachesTimCurryandSeanGillespieto hostalumnibasketballplayersforaweekendpackedwith activities.Bothcoachesareexcitedaboutthenewevent. "Iamreallylookingforwardtoagreatweekend welcomingourformerplayersbacktocampus,"saysCoach Curry."WeencourageallformerLadyBulldogstomake planstoattendandparticipateintheweekend'sactivities." CoachGillespieisespeciallyeagertomeetbasketball alumniwhoselegacyhelpedbuildtheprogram. "Ithinkit'simportanttomeetbasketballalumniwho havegonebeforeus,"saysCoachGillespie."Ilook forwardtomeetingandsharingstorieswiththosewhohave competedatUnion." Thetentativescheduleincludesanalumni-studentgame, reception,brunch,campustours,andhomegamesforboth men'sandwomen'sbasketball.Alumniwillberecognized onthecourtbetweenthetwogames.Theweekendevent willalsofeaturetheBasketballLockerRoomRenovation Project,whichgivesdonorstheopportunitytohavetheir name,numberandplayerinformationpermanentlyplacedin thelockers.Therenovationincludesnewflooring,lockers, seating,videosystemwithdrop-downscreen,studylounge andmore.Formoreinformation,contactCoachCurryat firstname.lastname@example.org,orCoachGillespieat email@example.com. Richard Beason, '50, and Mary Etta (Snyder) Beason visit with President Ed de Rosset during a spring stop on campus. The Beasons explored the newly renovated Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Gymnasium and took a short tour of campus led by President de Rosset. President Ed de Rosset joins Otie Manning, a 4.0 graduate of Somerset High School, and his family at Slate Branch Retreat House in Somerset, Ky. The party enjoyed lunch at the facility compliments of The Jones Educational Foundation, Inc. From left: President Ed de Rosset; Otie Manning, who has been awarded a scholarship and will play baseball at Union; Sonya Jones, '69, Ph.D., president of the foundation; and Otie's grandparents. UNIONALUMNI � 29 C L A S S N O T E S T H R O U G H 6 / 3 0 / 1 0 Reading this at a friend's house? Wondering why you didn't get a copy? '50 Meredith "Lynn" Waage Van Vorst, '55, isnowretiredand livesinGlennville,NY,with herhusband,RobertA.Van Vorst,whorecentlyreceived theHabitatG.AlbertFinke Award. Award,theGeraldClore InternationalAwardand theP.J.TrevethonTraining Award.HelivesinRoanoke, Va.,withhiswife,Bonnie M. Matthews, '62. Sallye Eleanor (Elli) Thompson Gillum,'65, is acollegeprofessoratClear CreekBaptistBibleCollege inBellCounty,Ky.Shewas listedamong"Who'sWhoin AmericanTeachers"in2005 andhastakenherstudentsto Turkeyonmissiontripstwice ayearsince2007.Spring 2011willmaketheirtenth trip.Sallyeandherhusband, Danny,liveinLondon,Ky. '60 Roger D. Matthews, '60, isthepresidentandCEOof GoodwillIndustriesandhas receivedtheJ.D.Robing LifetimeAchievementAward, theGoodwillIndustries InternationalHallofFame Class Notable Union College trustee Harry Herren, '66,hasbeen appointedbyKentuckyGovernorStevenBesheartothe KentuckyHumanitiesCouncilBoardofDirectors.Harry, aretiredpartnerofWoodward,Hobson&Fulton,LLP, earnedajurisdoctorfromtheUniversityofLouisville. Update today. unionky.edu/Alumni 30 � UNIONALUMNI contact information your HarryisapastpresidentoftheLouisvilleOrchestra BoardofDirectorsandacurrentboardmemberofthe HistoricHomesFoundation,Inc.,andtheFamilyand Children'sAgency.HealsoservedontheJefferson CountyAdvisoryBoardfortenyears.Harrynowserves ontheCommitteeforAccesstoArtisticExcellenceand theArtsandAmericanRecoveryandReinvestmentAct ApplicationCommittee,bothcommitteesoftheNational EndowmentfortheArts. C L A S S N O T E S T H R O U G H 6 / 3 0 / 1 0 Billy J. Hensley, '98, '01 MA, hasacceptedaposition withtheNationalEndowment forFinancialEducationasthe directorofeducation.Billy willoverseethefoundation's education,researchandgrantmakingenterprise.Billylives inDenver,Colo. David Austin, '63, amember ofUnion'sBoardofTrustees, hasauthoredanewbook, "LessonsLearned:AnOpen LettertoRecreationalTherapy StudentsandPractitioners." SagamorePublishing,LLC, announcedpublicationofthe bookinSeptember. TheUniversityCouncilof EducationnamedNathana ClarkScholar.Hepresented Tom Card, '70, isaretiredlife findingsofhisqualitative memberoftheProfessional dissertationattheAmerican GolfersAssociationof EducationalResearch America.Heisthemanager AssociationConferencein oftheQuarter-Trump Chicago.Nathanlivesin InternationalBeachResortand Hyden,Ky. clubmanagerofthe2010PGA Tour.Heandhiswife,Judy, liveinPlantation,Fla. Cherry Owens, '70, has retiredascareerlawclerkto ChiefJudgeJosephM.Scott, Jr.,fortheU.S.Bankruptcy Court,EDKY.Shelivesin Lexington,Ky. Vanda Gay Abner Williams,'70, hasretired fromtheLeeCountyBoard ofEducationafter20yearsof serviceastheirdevelopmental interventionist.ShelivesinSt. Helens,Ky. Robert V. Heffern, '65, is acollegeprofessoratthe UniversityoftheCumberlands inWilliamsburg,Ky.Hewas recentlyappointedchairofthe educationdepartment.Heand hiswife,Diane,liveinCorbin, Ky. Florene Pridemore, '65, hasretiredfromNewHaven CommunitySchoolsafter 45yearsofteachingprimary grades.Sheconsidersitan honortohavetaughtthree generationsinhercommunity. ShelivesinRichmond,Mich. Irving D. Schoenacker, '69, hasbeenselectedChessCoach oftheYearforNewYork'sAll GreaterRochesterArea.He hascoachedachessteamata schoolinsouthwesternNew Yorkforseveralyearsandhas ledthemostlysix,sevenand eight-year-oldstocompetitions atthehighschoollevelforfive yearswitharecordof66-191.In2010,theteammadeit tothetopfive.Irvinglivesin Nunda,NY. '70 Class Notable Joseph J. Matvey III, '82,recentlypublished "RegionalismandGlobalization:EssaysonAppalachia, Globalization,andGlobalComputerization."Thetext exploreswhyAppalachiaremainsintheperiphery, underdevelopedandunderutilized,andwhytechnologyis '80 Joe Meibers, '80, isasecond gradeteacherforFairfield CitySchoolsandhasbeen namedto"Who'sWhoin AmericanTeachers."Heand hiswife,Laura,liveinLiberty Township,Ohio. '90 James Ricotta, Jr., '90, is theprincipalatTomsRiver RegionalSchoolsinToms River.Heisalsothepresident ofTomsRiverAdministrative andSupervisoryCouncil.He andhiswife,Gretchen,livein TomsRiver,NJ. Nathan Ambrose, '92, '94 MA, isateacherfor theLeslieCountySchool System.TheUniversityof Kentuckyrecentlyawarded Nathanadoctoraldegreein educationwithanemphasis incurriculumandinstruction. akeyfactorintheglobalizationprocess.Thebookalso considersglobalizationasacomprehensiveparadigmatic shiftinhowwe'vecometoknowtheworld.Joe earnedhisdoctorateinsociologyattheUniversityof Pittsburghin1987.Hespecializesinculturalchange andmacro-structuralchange.Joe'sresearchcenterson globalization,computerizationandAppalachianstudies. Hecontinuestoresearchandwrite,althoughhecurrently workswithWebdesignandUbuntuLinuxsystems.Joe andhiswife,Lois,havebeenmarried15years.They liveinPittsburgh,Penn. UNIONALUMNI � 31 C L A S S N O T E S T H R O U G H 6 / 3 0 / 1 0 '00 Kirstie Warren, '04, successfullydefendedher master'sthesisthrough Union'sgraduateprogramin psychology.Kirstie'sthesis exploresrelationshipsamong physicalactivity,depression andself-esteeminadolescents. David Pope, '06,isthe facilityservicesassistantat CumberlandGapNational Park.Herecentlycompleted atemporarydutyassignment astheactingmaintenance divisionchiefatanational parkoutsideofNashville. Kevin R. Smith, '06, has acceptedadmittanceto PrincetonUniversity's WoodrowWilsonSchool ofPublicandInternational Affairswherehewillstudyon afull-tuitionfellowship. Jason King, '09, and UnionprofessorJonathan Hammersley,Ph.D.,havebeen approvedbytheAmerican PsychologicalAssociationto writeanonlinehealthcourse oncaffeineeffects.Jasonisa studentinUnion'sgraduate psychologyprogram. Brian Strunk, '09, beganlaw schoolattheUniversityof Louisvillethisfall. William O. (Bill) Davis, '10, completedaninternshipwith theCincinnatiBengalsover thesummerandhasbeenhired bytheirsecurityprovidersto workallhomegamesforthe fall2010season.Billstudied sportsmanagementatUnion. Greg Gibson, '10, isa salesprofessionalwithhis ownInternetbusinesswith internationalreach.Heisalso beginningtoracemountain bikesprofessionally.Helives inMurray,Utah. Josh Presley, '10,interned withtheKnoxvilleIceBears, aprofessionalicehockeyclub andmemberoftheSouthern PremiereHockeyLeague,over thesummer.Joshgraduated withadegreeinsports management. In M eMorIaM Alumni SidneyK."Doc"Back,NG June24,2010 DavidWayneBanks,'70 May12,2010 StanleyW.Bartz,'50 March27,2010 MitchellBergman,'72 July26,2010 MaeBingham,NG June25,2010 Mamye(Dickey)Botner,'39 July02,2010 MaryL.Brown,NG Aug.14,2010 '10 Jessica Baker, '10,hasbeen admittedtothemaster's programineducation attheUniversityofthe Cumberlands. F uture B ulldogs ElizabethLouiseBakerwas bornonJuly3,2010,toTrina (Emeigh) Baker, '92,and WilliamBaker. August"Gus"FordBergman wasbornApril1,2010,to Matt Bergman, '99,and Jessica Terry Bergman, '98. Kelly Lee Evans Rankin, '00, andherhusband,WadeM. Rankin,welcomeddaughter RugerLeeRankintotheirfamilyin2009. BarbaraCoreyCarty,'57 Aug.11,2010 OrenM.Chaney,Jr.,NG July30,2010 RuthE.(Estep)Haws,'79 Feb.26,2010 JamesO.Knuckles,'41 Aug.7,2010 AlbertKeyesLayton,'57 April12,2010 RobertC.Lewis,'53 Feb.26,2010 BradleyMiracle,'53 Aug.7,2010 ElvaMoore,'72 June19,2010 EvelynTye,'50 Feb.26,2010 Amy"Bays"GibsonWest,'33 July7,2010 AaronWorks,'79 July26,2010 M arrIages Matt and Jessica Bergman welcome August Ford, born in April. Debbie (Anderson) Pidgeon, '98,marriedBenjaminPidgeon onNovember7,2009 C orreCtIons Keep Your union FamilY "in the Know" OurapologiestoAlanSaylor, whowasincorrectlyidentified asAlanTaylorinthesummer 2010issueofthemagazine.The mistakeappearedonpage17, underaphotographofAlanbeing commissionedasanArmyofficer duringMay'sCommencement ceremony. 32 � UNIONALUMNI Web: www.unionky.edu/Alumni/AlumUpdate.asp e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org mail: Alumni Relations, Union College, 310 College St. Box D-7, Barbourville, KY 40906 phone: Melissa Newman, 606-546-1226 NEW Classnotes Deadlines: Dec. 31, 2010 for the spring-summer 2011 issue June 30, 2011 for the fall-winter 2011 issue Contact Alumni Relations We know his name because we use it a lot. It'sVictor. VictorrefereesmosthomesoccergamesatUnion. He'sheresooften,he'spracticallypartoftheUnion family.Allthefansandplayersknowhim.Welike him.Helikesus.That'swhy,whenthegameisclose andeverysecondcounts,wefeelcomfortableasking fromthestands,overandover,"Victor,howmuch timeisleft?" Andhealwaystellsus.Evenwhen,fiveseconds prior,hemayhaveheardusyellthingsfardifferentin toneandcontent. "No!ThatwasNOToff-sides,Victor!Openyour eyes!" "Didyouseethat,Victor?Whydidn'tyoucall that?" "Terriblecall,Victor!Terr-i-ble!" Orworse. (Nothingthatmakesushonoraryhooligans,mind you,butcertainlynotnicethings.Soccer,afterall,is knownforitspassionateanddevotedfanbase.) Victor'sroleastimekeeperdevelopedwhenUnion installedthenewturfonBurch-Naufieldandsoccer gamesbegantobeplayedthere.Untilthen,thefield wasusedsolelyforfootball,sotheexistingscoreboarddidnotkeeptimeforsoccer.Forfootball,yes. Soccer,no. Finally,inearlySeptember,thatwascorrected. AfterthreeyearsofsoccergamesonBurch-Nau field,Unioninstalledabeautifulnewscoreboard.In additiontoallitsotherlovelyfeatures--andtheyare lovely--theboardnowkeepstimeforsoccer. So,duringthisfall'ssoccerseason,Victorheard fromusonlywhenwewereunconvincedbyhiscall. Westilllikehim,though.Hestilllikesus,evenifwe nolongerhavereasontoaddresshimindulcettones fromthestands. Hiseyesarenowfirmlysetonthefieldratherthan onhiswatch,sohecandohisjobinsteadofanswer ourquestion.Andoureyesareontheboard,keeping trackoftime,becausewecan.Atlast. A T L A S T UNIONALUMNI � 33 UNION COLLEGE Offices of Alumni Relations and College Communications 310CollegeStreet,Box7 Barbourville,KY40906 Change Service Requested NON-PROFIT ORG U.S. POSTAGE PAID LOUISVILLE KY PERMIT #879 FPO 34 � UNIONALUMNI