Volume 45, Number 4 / Summer 2013 / Spartanburg, South Carolina
Meet Woffordâ€™s 11th president
Dr. NayeF Samhat
From the Archives Through the lens of the Journal: Baseball’s early years
erhaps it began, as college historian D. D. Wallace w r i t e s , w h e n Fe d e r a l soldiers in Spartanburg during Reconstruction taught Wofford students to play baseball. Throughout the 1890s and 1900s, baseball was an important part of student life at Wofford. Particularly in years where the college did not play intercollegiate football, baseball was the primary sport. The Wofford College Journal, the student literary monthly, reported on the preparations for each season as well as the outcomes of many games. Here are a few of those articles.
also, flags to aid the umpire in his decision of fair and foul flies, will be placed on the boundaries of left and right fields. A practice game was played in April between the city and College in which the College won by a score of 19 to 2. The regular College team, with the exception of [A.M.] “Gus” Chreitzberg, who was given to the town to even matters, represented the College. Gus threw a good game for the town men, using terrific speed, but his fellow-players found no trouble in hitting him heavy. Mr. Huggin was easier than ever and the College men pounded him unmercifully. In Gus the College has the best May 1892 third baseman in its history. Gus The baseball men of the college is heavy, an able fielder of ground have organized themselves into an balls, a tremendously swift thrower, association. The President is W. T. and a slugger with the bat. Haynes (1893). Professor [Henry Nelson] Snyder has been elected March 1893 as manager of the college team. It is getting the right time Professor [S. R.] Pritchard is the of year for out-door sports to be official umpire of the association. indulged in, and as we have no Professor Snyder has his players gymnasium, no foot-ball and very on the grounds for practice every little tennis, let us not neglect the afternoon. health-giving, strengthening, inexThe grounds have undergone pensive, and “less danger-getting” a great change. They have been base-ball. Why shouldn’t we play a nicely leveled and perfectly laid off. few games with some of the near object, and there is no reason why Ropes, to determine the bounds of country towns, including Furman there should not be an organization players, will be stretched at once; University? The Faculty will not formed at once, the necessary outfit purchased, and practice begun. If the joint debate with Furman comes off, it goes without saying that we must take a good team along and give them a round or two with Chreitzberg in the box.
This Chi Phi fraternity pin, which belonged to James A. Chapman of the class of 1883, recently was donated to the archives by his great-granddaughter, Laura Chapman Jackson Hoy, who is now a member of the Wofford Board of Trustees. Chartered in 1871, Chi Phi was the third fraternity to be established at Wofford, after Kappa Alpha and Chi Psi, and it did not return after the college banned and reinstated fraternities just before World War I.
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April 1895 Baseball seems all the go now. The Boston and Brooklyn National teams have been in Spartanburg and exhibited their playing on several occasions in the park. Several members of the college club played with them and drew the interest of the students to the sport. However, these games, on the whole, were not as stirring as some we have seen. Competition was not strong enough. The Wofford boys are practicing and expect to play the South Carolina College team on the 20th. We truly hope this game can take place. The University of Georgia will also be played if suitable arrangements can be made.
any football last fall and the student body is thirsting for some athletic excitement. The athletic grounds are to be in the best condition that we have ever known. Let the student body adopt the famous motto of the “Three Musketeers,” “L’un pour tous et tous pour l’un.” Let those who can play try for the team. There are nine regular and several substitute players needed. Even if you don’t make the team, one will have the satisfaction of helping those who will represent the Old Gold and Black. Let us all “get in the game” and the team of 1903 will bring back to Wofford the laurels won by those of ’98, ’99, and ’00.
June 1903 A very successful season in the baseball line has just been completed by the Wofford team. From first to last the members of the team have been faithful in their practicing, earnest in their efforts and determined in their purpose to represent the college well. During the entire season there were fourMarch 1903 teen games played with other colThe baseball season begins un- leges — we won eight and yielded der very auspicious circumstances. six. Those played with the North In the first place, we did not have Carolina teams, with the possible
exception of the one with Trinity College, were splendid exhibitions of baseball playing. The game with the University of North Carolina, which the University won 2-0, was perhaps the most beautiful game that has ever been played on our grounds. Not a kick coming from either side, not a break, a clean, hard fought contest, leaning in the latter part of the eighth inning in favor of the “Tar Heels.” In the Trinity game, neither team played the usual game. Trinity was broken up, having just played several hard games. The Davidson game was fast and exciting — keeping the enthusiasts guessing as to which team should strike the decisive blow. Davidson came out in the lead by one point, the score being 3 to 2. The Wake Forest boys put up a good game, but from the beginning it was evident that Wofford’s team was the stronger. The tour through Tennessee resulted most successfully to our team. In the three games played our boys were triumphant, winning two off University of Tennessee, at Knoxville, and taking one from Sewanee. by Dr. Phillip Stone ’94 College Archivist
WOFFORD TODAY... Gray and Jones honored with room naming; Wofford’s SCICU professor of the year; news briefs............... 4 MEET WOFFORD’S 11th PRESIDENT............... 5 DEVELOPMENT REPORT... Seniors make first gifts to the Annual Fund; photos from spring donor recognition events............... 6 The Goldens give from the heart............... 7 STUDENTS... Gamble named Presidential International Scholar; Students get real-life consulting experience............... 8 The Class of 2013’s Rising Stars............... 9
Linda and Bud Foy ’63, wearing his Wofford rat cap, at the Class of 1963 reunion. The event welcomes Wofford graduates into the 50 Year Club and celebrates the 50th anniversary of their
ATHLETICS... Quick Hits; the college honors 1973 National Championship Golf team; Football posters recognized............. 10
graduation from Wofford.
FACULTY UPDATE... Cox, Proctor and Whisnant retire............. 11
Bilanchone danced with Anne Dunlap at the Torna alla Facolta (back to faculty) party for President Benjamin B. Dunlap.
Helmus Winners: featuring the work of some of Wofford’s brightest creative writers and photographers........ 12-13 PRESIDENTIAL VALEDICTORY........ 14-15
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Wofford Today Left to right: Sabrina Anderson ’13, Al Gray ’71, Mercedes Jeter ’13, Doug Jones ’69 and Dr. Kendra Stewart-Tillman.
Gray, Jones honored with room naming
offord honored its first African-American student and its first African-American graduate May 9 with the dedication of the Gray-Jones Room in the Burwell Building. A large multi-purpose space near the Players Corner patio and the main student dining hall at Wofford and previously identified as the AAAS (Association of African-American Students) Room, it is in constant use for both college and community events. A graduate of Spartanburg’s Carver High School, Albert W. Gray ’71 entered Wofford as a first-year student in the fall of 1964, just a few months after the Board of Trustees adopted a policy of admitting qualified students without regard to race. Wofford was the first independent college in South Carolina to take this step. His college career was interrupted by service with the Army in Vietnam, but he returned to complete his degree. Gray has been a steadfast supporter of his alma mater since graduation, serving on the Board of Trustees for 12 years. Douglas Jones Sr. ’69, also a Carver product, majored in physics at Wofford. For many years, he has been a Michelin executive in the South Carolina Upstate. Two of his children — Moneefa Jones ’95 and Jarvis Jones ’04 — are Wofford alumni and both attended the dedication ceremony. Roberta H. Bigger ’81, vice president of student affairs and dean of students, expressed the gratitude of the college to Gray and Jones. “They came and learned with their fellow students in classes and labs, but they were also excellent teachers. They showed Wofford something unique about how to face a challenge and bring about positive change,” she said. “We also honor them for their willingness to come back home to their alma mater and give back over the course of decades.”
Forbes ranks Wofford as a top college
offord is among the Top 50 ROI Colleges in the Top 100 Grateful Graduates Index released in May by Forbes.com. Wofford is number 46 on the Grateful Graduates Index listing of the top 100 four-year, private, notfor-profit colleges and universities ranked according to the amount of private gifts they receive. “One of the perennial topics of discussion among parents and pundits is which schools provide the greatest return-on-investment (ROI)?” columnist Matt Schifrin writes of how he came up with a method of determining the ROI of a particular college, which he calls the Grateful Graduates Index. His formula “measures the amount of private gifts given to a four-year college over time, divided by the number of full time students it has. After all, private donations are typically an indicator of two things: how successful an alumnus is and how grateful they feel toward their alma mater.”
Schifrin went back 10 years, looking only at private not-forprofit colleges that offered fouryear degrees and had more than 1,000 full time students. “In some ways the Grateful Graduates Index is a vindication of the old-fashioned idea of getting a good liberal arts education,” Schifrin writes.
The efforts paid off, and on March 21, Couric’s website included a link from the home page to the video. To view the video, go to: http://www.katiecouric.com/ your-stories/is-college-worth-thecost-the-students-of-woffordcollege-say-yes/.
lations class – Elle Basile ’13, Margaret Deans Fawcett ’13, Cayla Eddy ’14 and Kameron Union ’14 – noticed that TV talk show host Katie Couric mentioned in a magazine article that she wanted to do a show on the question “Is college worth the cost?” These students wanted Couric to know that they believe it is, and they produced their own video saying that and inviting Couric to come to Wofford to see for herself. The students posted the video to YouTube, then worked to get Couric’s attention.
Foreign Languages Katie Couric takes notice becomes Department of students’ video of Modern Languages, Four students in Wofford instructor Linda Powers’ public re- Literature and Cultures
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eginning in the fall 2013 semester, the Wofford Department of Foreign Languages officially will be named the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures. The name change more accurately describes the inclusive, diverse and globally oriented mission and goals of the department, and also will support recruitment and retention of language students. Wofford’s redesigned website, set to be unveiled this fall, will reflect the name change. by Laura H. Corbin
Jones receives SCICU Excellence in Teaching Award
r. Katherine “Trina” Janiec Jones received a 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award presented by South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Inc. (SCICU) in a ceremony in Columbia, S.C., on April 16. The associate professor of religion was selected by Wofford to represent the college as its recipient of the award. The most important characteristic of the nominees is their demonstration of the highest standards in teaching methods that encourage students to strive for excellence in their studies and pursuits. “Trina Jones quickly established herself on our campus as a superb teacher and an ideal community member for a liberal arts college campus,” Wofford President Benjamin B. Dunlap says. “Her contributions go far beyond her excellent classroom instruction. Students consistently heap high praise on her for her work with them outside the classroom.” Jones echoes that range and depth of academic interest in the way she approaches her discipline, religious studies, focusing particularly on the Asian and South Asian World. “My first semester in teaching, I discovered that I was trying to cover everything,” Jones says. “I was riding a wave of excitement and intensity coming out of graduate school, and I was obsessed with transmitting information and new ideas that I had found Jones interesting. “I soon discovered that the students were receptive in their required entry-level courses, but they honestly did not have the foundation to do much with the material. I learned that sometimes, less can be more. I realized that I needed to help them build a foundation before I could help them learn to think about the knowledge in more complicated ways. “Students often fear their first religion classes in college,” Jones says. “They think that the teacher will try to tear apart their religious commitments, or proselytize something else. Everyone approaches religion with baggage. The teacher’s job is to create a safe space where students can approach ideas and have a dialogue about very complicated, personal and often controversial ideas. At Wofford, we want students to leave with an understanding about religion as a human phenomenon that impacts world events. It’s one of the basic challenges of the 21st century.” A graduate of Davidson College, Jones earned a master’s degree from the University of Chicago and her doctorate from the University of Chicago Divinity School. Before coming to Wofford in 2006, she taught at Transylvania University in Kentucky where she won the Monroe Moosnick Teaching Award and the Bingham Award for New Faculty. She has received numerous research and teaching grants, including funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Lilly Project on the Theological Exploration of Vocation. She has led workshops sponsored by the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning, among others, and has been an active presenter in programs of the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the American Academy of Religion (AAR). “Being recognized by Wofford and SCICU is a great honor,” Jones says. “I hope it will give me some momentum to finish a book that I worked on while on leave in the fall, ‘Shall I Wear Heels While I Breastfeed? Feminine Liminality in 21st Century American Popular Culture.’ Gender issues are some of the most fundamental concerns reflected in popular cultures. The ways that gender norms subtly — and sometimes not so subtly — communicate how people are ‘supposed’ to comport themselves are very similar to the ways that religious norms do the same thing.” by Laura H. Corbin and Doyle Boggs ’70
Meet Dr. Nayef H. Samhat
11th president of Wofford CollegE
r. Nayef H. Samhat becomes the 11th president of Wofford effective July 1, 2013. Samhat has served as provost and professor of political science and international studies at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, since 2009. Samhat held several positions at Centre College in Danville, Ky., from 1996 to 2009, including associate dean of the college, the Frank B. and Virginia Hower Associate Professor of Government and International Studies, chair of the Division of Social Studies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities Associate Professor of Government and International Studies. He also served as the coordinator of the Environmental Field Experience Program and an instructor in the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., from 1995 to 1996. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in international affairs with a concentration in economics from The George Washington University in 1983, Samhat received his master of international affairs degree from Columbia University. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University, where he also received a minor in comparative political economy. While at Kenyon, Samhat has overseen a number of major grants, including two from the Mellon Foundation: a Critical Languages and Innovative Pedagogy grant to support post-doctoral teaching fellowships for Russian and Arabic languages, and a grant for the Center for Innovative Pedagogy and The Essentials: Renewing General Education within the Curriculum to enhance the endowment for a previously Mellon-funded Teacher Teaching Teachers grant. Samhat has made a number of presentations, participated in numerous panels and written papers centering on the challenges of the liberal arts college, the role of provost, developing faculty leaders and other topics. His also has written numerous papers, reviews and essays on foreign policy, international relations and global environmentalism. Story and interview by Laura H. Corbin
Why did you want to become Wofford’s 11 th president? What drew you to Wofford – in the universe of several thousand American colleges that grant bachelor’s degrees, what was distinctive about Wofford?
here are several things about Wofford that are very attractive. Most importantly is a reputation built on excellent curricular and co-curricular programs that foster transformational, not transactional, experiences for students. These reputations are built on people – a dedicated community of students, staff, faculty and administrators who care deeply about the institution, its history and future. The obvious commitment to global and experiential learning, and the connections made between classroom knowledge and the application of this knowledge to life beyond the academy all manifest a recognition not simply of the need to prepare students for productive lives, but the exceptional value and merit of a liberal arts education as the best means to prepare them for a productive and meaningful life after college. Indeed, infusing the learning experience with values of service, civic engagement, social justice, all contribute to fostering in the lives of students a profound sense of citizenship throughout their lives. These are the things that make an education meaningful, these are the things that Wofford does so very well, and these are the things that made and make Wofford the place for me.
Talk about the importance of a liberal arts education.
liberal arts education provides the necessary breadth and depth of understanding that students need to have an informed and meaningful life. But the accumulation of knowledge is not enough. They must also acquire a set of skills in
A native of Detroit, Mich., Samhat (far right) with his family (left to right) Harold (his father), Leila (daughter, 19), Prema (his wife, director of the Knox Community Hospital Foundation and director of marketing and communications for Knox Community Hospital), Jehan (daughter, 24) and Alia (daughter, 26).
order to apply that knowledge – writing, speaking, creativity, critical thinking, a sense of ethics, an appreciation of method – these are the instruments that enable a student to take what they have learned today, and learn something new tomorrow; to engage the community in which they live in meaningful ways; to become, in other words, a productive and contributing citizen of the world in which they live. Now, the next question is where are these elements best provided in American higher education? A good deal of criticism has been directed at higher education in the past several years, but when one looks at the target, it is not the small residential liberal arts institution, but other sectors of higher education. The small colleges are doing an outstanding job of educating young women and men for the future because they offer an intimate and studentcentered learning environment inside and outside the classroom. Small residential liberal arts colleges are the jewel of higher education in the United States. Ironically, as there’s pressure on
these colleges, throughout the world, they’re trying to replicate our model – in Europe, China, South Asia, small residential liberal arts colleges are growing up based on the American model, so clearly, we’re doing something right. Wofford exemplifies what we’re doing right – high quality education, real concrete experiences for students outside the classroom, preparing them for life after college – those are the things that make a difference.
How will you, as president, interact with students?
’ve always felt that a residential liberal arts college is a way of life, and to that end, we have tried to model such an approach and lifestyle. I like to think that I have always been available and engaged with students and colleagues across the institution, participating in and attending events, taking the opportunity to talk to students and others. It is fair to say that I spend a good amount of time wandering the campus in search of coffee and conversation ... and now I am delighted to have several campus coffee options to choose from.
How important is student life to the Wofford experience?
outstanding staff, faculty and administrators, and ollege life, particularly so, from my perspective, at a small residential the short-term vision is to liberal arts institution, continue to do the things is an all-encompassing that the institution is doexperience. The academic ing and don’t come in and program is certainly at the overturn something that is heart of the institution. working well. The longer term viBut learning experiences sion is in part creating a occur in all kinds of ways process for constituents and from many different to re-imagine, as it were, sources – student life staff Wofford going forward and administrators and into the next generation coaches offer learning opportunities every bit as im- and to identify strategies portant to a well-rounded and to plan for advancing experience. But beyond Wofford and its core goals. The liberal arts educathe learning opportunities tion evolves, and a more in this sphere, students deconscious global commitvelop friendships, confront ment is important. A more challenges, make personal conscious applied commitchoices, and have fun in more than a few ways, all ment – that is, civic enof which helps to nurture a gagement, service learning, sense of responsibility and coupling real-world experireflection outside of the ence to classroom expericlassroom on what consti- ences and having students tutes a good life. These ex- understand this in a very periences and memories of well-connected way – to their time here at Wofford me, that’s very important. are priceless and enduring. Strengthening where there is already a very strong What is your vision for transition program that ocWofford – both short-term curs in the Mungo Center, and long-term? is important. Those are the y short-term vision elements that will carry is to sustain this in- Wofford. stitution as it is currently. It is very strong – it’s a well-run institution – with high quality students and
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More than 200 donors and scholars attended the college’s 10th annual scholarship dinner in April, an evening designed to introduce students to those who have supported their education. (Below) Frances and Martha Holcombe, daughters of the late J. Neville Holcombe, share a happy moment with Holcombe Scholarship recipient Taylor Wagener ’13. (Below right) Neel Hipp meets Herman N. Hipp Endowed Scholar Julia Namey ’13.
(Above) Monique McDowell ’92, president of the Wofford College National Alumni Association, and David ’84 and Jill Moody ’84 enjoy visiting with President Benjamin B. Dunlap at the Great Oaks Society reception prior to dinner with the Wofford Board of Trustees. The Great Oaks Society honors donors who support the Unrestricted Annual Fund with gifts of $2,500 or greater.
“TAGS You’re It” teaches new grads to give back I
n their final months before graduation, the Class of 2013 (right) embarked on its first campaign to give back to Wofford. The initiative, TAGS You’re It, educated seniors on the importance of collegiate philanthropy and how gifts of all sizes to the Annual Fund strengthen the college. A record-high 40 percent of the class made an outright gift to the college. Each senior participant received an Old Main pin or pendant with their class year and the opportunity to have their photograph taken with President Benjamin B. Dunlap before exam week. The campaign was led by 20 members of the senior class part of the TAGS (Teaching Annual Giving to Students) program and coordinated by Krista Redding ’11, assistant director of annual giving. Listed below are the seniors who participated along with the people or organizations they chose to honor with their gifts. LEADERSHIP LEVEL ($100 +) Michael Carper Martha Cammack Kappa Alpha Theta, Jenny Johnson
Line Abdul-Rahman Sahar Jarwah, Sam Rahman Gaston Albergotti ROTC, Calhoun Taylor Lea Elizabeth Allen Kathy & Dale Allen, Kappa Alpha Theta Langley Altman Environmental Studies Dept. Government Dept. Arden Anderson Wendy Burnett, Lucy Reser Sarah Arnold Wofford College Accounting Dept. Wofford College Chinese Dept. Laura Arthur Lydia Arthur Chelsea Ashworth Wofford Women’s Soccer Dr. Charles Bass Cliff Ayers Russell Baker Ralph & Susan Baker Wofford Cross Country & Track & Field Kenny Barnes Katie Bidwell Anna Bishop Wofford Biology Dept., Class of 2013 Kelly Blake Wofford College Christopher Bourean Michael & Lisa Bourean, Math Academy Maggie Bratton Kappa Delta, Dr. Deno Trakas Thomas Brehmer Drew Brown Becca Bryson Kinsey Cameron Zeta Tau Alpha, Psychology Kingdom Katherine Canning
Rick & Linda Carper, Wofford Biology Dept. Jessie Cart Cody Chesneau Wofford Rifle Team, Ski & Snowboard Team Anna Childers Lara Cottrell Class of 2013 Joseph Craft Alpha Phi Omega, Dr. Chris Waidner Adrienne Dalton Accounting Dept., French Dept. Sheneq Daniels Chemistry Dept., Drs. Bass & Hill Wonderful ladies of ΔΔΔ, Meggie Watson William DaSilva Kappa Alpha Order, Parents Emily Eisenstadt Residence Life, The Space: Impact Catharine Ellerbe 330A, Cliff Ayers Jake Emanuel Samuel Dibble Ellen Ezekiel Dr. Karen Goodchild Margaret Deans Fawcett Kappa Delta, Wofford Cheerleading Caitlin Felkel Alpha Phi Omega Meredith Fishback Bonner Scholars Program, Dr. Kusher Taylor Fitch Dr. Neighbors & Dr. Rostan, Dance Team Mary Frances Flowers The Humanities Dept., Class of 2013 Sara Fowler Paul Jones Lizzie Frantz Dining Services, Gym Facility Erin Frost Zeta Tau Alpha, Wofford Women’s Basketball Guinn Garcia Coach Hall, Women’s Tennis Team Caroline Gieser Dr. Frank Machovec, Government Dept.
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JD Green Kappa Alpha Order Benjamin Green Finance Dept., Spanish Dept. Ty Gregory Football Team, Prof. R. Johnson Josh Grimes Abby Gwinn Biology Dept., Barry Gwinn Jameaka Hamilton Beta Beta Beta, Alpha Epsilon Delta Jonathan Hanson Jimbo Hardison Wilder Hastings Hunter Holladay Cliff Ayers Shelbey Holmes Bone Holt Chemistry Dept., Mathematics Dept. Charlotte Horney Cliff Ayers Matthew Houchins Freshman Roommate Jay Poston, JT Randi Howell APO, Math Club Caleb Jennings Line Rahman, Bob Utsey Jennings Johnstone Zeta Tau Alpha, Psychology Kingdom Megan Jones Kappa Alpha Theta Kelley Jones Kappa Delta, Wofford Accounting Dept. Jack Joynson Jack Joynson Carolina Kennington Jenna Kessler English Dept., Gender Studies Program Polly Ketcham Nathan Redding, Krista Redding Seth Knight Kappa Alpha Order, Professor Green Ryann Kroske Mom & Dad, Doug & Suzi Kroske Sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha
Lindsay Larkin Biology Dept., Kappa Alpha Theta Ashlyn Laws Anna Le Chuong & Lien Le, Chemistry Dept. Julie Le Kappa Alpha Theta Stefan Leonhardt Ken Leonhardt, Leah Leonhardt Miwah Li Biology Dept., Chinese Dept. Nicholas Lowe Taylor Marcus Cliff Ayers Laura Douglass Marion Kappa Delta Sorority, Dr. Alan Chalmers Jessica Mata Miguel Mata, Raquel Mata Steven Maurides My parents, Pete & Lisa; Biology Dept. Brian McCracken Karl E. Alexander, APO Hugh McMillan Government & Environmental Studies Leigh Ann Miller Dr. Wilson & English Dept. Dean Bigger, Dean Wallace, Beth Clardy & Student Affairs Katie Milton Tom & Darlene Milton, Vince & Tam Amoroso Lauren Moore Wofford Biology Dept., Kappa Alpha Theta David Moore Chemistry Dept., Karl Alexander Erin Morgan David Hunter, Christine Vollmar Laurel Murphy Zachary Murray Jack Murray, Tracey Murray Sejal Naik
Charles Nation Elizabeth Ward Pierre Nunez Psychology & Foreign Languages Depts. Angelique Nyinawabera Chemistry Dept., International Programs Office Brooks Owens Timmy Oxley Tim & Michelle Oxley, Kelly French Natalie Padron History Dept., Student Affairs Trey Parker Kris Neely Komal Patel Wofford Football Program, Dr. Davis Jay Poston Amy Powers Krista Redding, Li Qin Kinnison Allison Priddy Tri Delta, Wofford Women’s Basketball Zach Princell Gussie Rhodes Florence Snyder Anthony Rice Frank Rodgers Boss the Terrier Laurel Rosenberger Kate Sadler Kappa Delta Mackenzie Sawicki Lucy Schermerhorn Kristyn Schwartz Delta Delta Delta, Environmental Studies Alvin Scioneaux Wofford Football Team, AMS Joann Shytle Anthony Shytle, Amanda Shytle Amy Simpkins Clark & Krista Simpkins, Biology Dept.
Kackie Smith Kappa Delta, Wofford Finance Dept. Caitlin Smith Jerry Smith, Charlene Smith Kim Stauffer Women’s XC & Track & Field Michelle Stinson Mr. & Mrs. McKinley Stinson Sr. Dr. David Alvis Scott Stockholm Charles Stockholm Miranda Stockman Andrew Strasburger Pi Kappa Phi, Dean Bigger Reagan Styles The Terrier Club Katy Tamblyn Dr. AK Anderson, Dr. Trina Jones Tarah Taylor Taylor Thomas Dr. Bass, Alpha Phi Omega — Pi Iota Chapter Caroline Tracy Zeta Tau Alpha Lesley Vestal Brittany Walker Chemistry, AMS Lindsay Warren Biology Dept., Dr. Bass Meg Weimar Accounting, Kappa Delta Jennifer Welter Football Program, Meggie Watson Hampton Williams Class of 2013, Jay Poston Rebecca Willis Peter Wilson John Lane, Paul Jones Tom Wood Rachel Woodlee Wofford Volleyball Sally Young
Giving from the heart
Inez and Jim Golden ’56 establish endowed scholarship through their estate plans
Terrier fans Inez and Jim Golden ’56. The ceramic Terrier in the center of the frame bears a remarkable likeness to their Sparky. The Goldens' home is a treasure trove of Wofford memorabilia.
offord was a life-changing experience for Jim “Goldie” Golden ’56, and he and his wife, Inez, want to make sure that others have the same opportunity to build on Wofford’s old gold and black foundation. The Goldens recently named the college as a beneficiary in their wills with the proceeds of the estate designated to endow a scholarship for a Wofford student who is preparing for a career in the ministry or other Christian vocation. Their scholarship agreement ends with the Goldens’ request that recipients of their scholarship “pass it on” after they graduate. “This last part says a lot about these folks,” says Smith Patterson ’67, director of gift planning for the college. “Jim and Inez represent the heart of our alumni base, and there is no question that their generosity comes from a love of the college and a desire for it to continue its mission of educating the leaders of tomorrow.” Jim came to Wofford in 1952, recruited by Coach Joel Robertson on the advice of James Ellerbe “Daddy” Neal ’53, one of Golden’s closest friends and one of the most decorated basketball players in Wofford’s history. “Everyone thought I would go to Newberry College,” says Golden, “ but I wanted to be on my own for a while.” According to Golden, there were five young men who enrolled in Wofford that year from Newberry, including Sam Maw ’56, Wesley Hipp ’56, Bennie Coon ’56 and Jim Wiseman ’56.
Hipp and Coon were Golden’s roommates. Once at Wofford, Golden met fellow students who influenced him and contributed to the Wofford experience — Jerry Richardson ’59, Charlie Bradshaw ’59, Jesse Cooksey ’54, the Rev. Talmage Skinner ’56, Don Fowler ’57, Ray Eubanks ’56, Walt Sessoms ’56 and Russell King ’56, just to name a few. “Wofford transformed us,” says Golden. “The athletic program instilled some discipline and confidence in us, and many of the men who graduated during that era went on to become accomplished leaders in our community.” Also while at Wofford, Golden joined the Tennessee Dew Drops, a band of Wofford students that sometimes toured with Sam Moyer’s Glee Club and became local celebrities for their music,
The Tennessee Dew Drops joined the reunion of Moyer’s Men in the mid-1980s. Left to right, Jim Golden ’56, Bob Fraley ’55, Bill Vines ’55 and Joe Price ’55. Missing from the photo is Rick Dowdeswell ’55.
costumes and personalities. “The Dew Drops were the glue that held it all together for me,” says Golden. “Even after graduation we got together for reunion weekends. We’re still really close.” After leaving Wofford, Golden spent several years in the Pacific with the Army, then worked in the chemical and printing industries. He met his wife while he was working in Savannah, Ga. A friend introduced them because he said at 6‘ 6”, Golden needed to find a tall girl. Inez fit the bill, and they married in 1963. “The Lord has been good to us,” says Inez Golden, who explains that they established the scholarship at Wofford for two reasons — to help a student in need and to memorialize Jim’s parents. The Goldens are establishing a similar scholarship in memory of Inez’s parents at Newberry College,
where Inez worked for 12 years as an executive assistant to two presidents. “Jim could have been a minister,” says Inez Golden. “He served as chaplain’s assistant in the Army, worked at the Lowman Home (a Lutheran retirement home in Columbia, S.C.), and had a minor in psychology at Wofford.” Although he chose a different career path, Golden used his gift with people to bring out the best in his employees. That’s one reason Jerry Richardson and Spartan Food Systems tried to recruit him over the years. Golden finally said yes and joined Spartan Foods as a division manager of Quincy’s for the last 15 of his working years. The Goldens moved to Spartanburg during that time and adopted a Boston terrier puppy. “His name was Sparky (after
Spartan Foods) and it fit,” says Golden. “He was frisky…. He was my best buddy.” The Goldens continue to surround themselves with gold and black flags and memorabilia, and few things please them more than hearing Wofford news and visiting with Wofford friends. Originally they shied away from any sort of personal recognition or publicity for their gift to Wofford, but Patterson convinced them to share their example of generosity so that it might inspire others and further benefit Wofford. “It’s a blessing for us to be able to do this for Wofford,” says Golden. “I grew into the Wofford experience and enjoyed every minute of it. I want the same for future generations.” by Jo Ann Mitchell Brasington ’89
Sample wording for naming Wofford as a beneficiary of a will Bequest for a specific amount
I hereby give, devise, and bequeath to Wofford College, an educational institution situated at 429 North Church Street, Spartanburg, South Carolina 29303, or its successor, the sum of $___________________ to be applied to the ______________________________ __________________.
Bequest of remainder
I hereby give, devise, and bequeath to Wofford College, an educational institution situated at 429 North Church Street, Spartanburg, South Carolina 29303, or its successor, all the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, of whatever kind and wherever located, including without limitation all property acquired by me after execution of this Will and all lapsed legacies and bequests, to be applied to __________________________________________________.
Bequest of percentage
I hereby give, devise, and bequeath to Wofford College, an educational institution situated at 429 North Church Street, Spartanburg, South Carolina 29303, or its successor, _____________ percent of the residue of my estate to be applied to ______________________ ________________________.
For more information, contact Smith Patterson, director of gift planning at 864-597-4196. SUMMER 2013 • Wofford Today • 7
Wofford students consult for Charlotte-based “Yummy Club” television show
hen Jeanne Howell, a Charlotte-area newspaper columnist and entrepreneur, was researching college career centers for an article, she noticed that Wofford offered consulting services through The Space in The Mungo Center (formerly The Mungo Center for Professional Excellence). She contacted Scott Cochran ’88, dean of The Space, to inquire about having Wofford students conduct a feasibility study for a children’s nutrition and etiquette television show called The Yummy Club. “I have a fondness for Wofford,” says Howell, whose father, Dan M. Byrd Jr., served as chair of the Wofford Board of Trustees and who had several family members attend Wofford. “I liked the idea of having Wofford students, who are young and more in touch with technology and trends, help me decide if the show was possible.” After notifying students of the opportunity, Cochan formed a consulting group of seven from the 19 who expressed interest in the project. The students were Shaakira Brown ’16, Annie Currin ’15, Bria Johnson ’15, Anna Le ’13, Laurel Murphy ’13, Sally Young ’13 and Caroline Winn ’16. “People tend to associate consulting with big firms like PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte,” Cochran says. “But consulting is really about solving a problem, and liberal arts students, regardless of major, are trained to do exactly that. They’re already learning to conduct research, synthesize the information into a solution and present their findings. Problem-solving is 90 percent of what they’ll do in their professional lives. In The Space, we give them a head start by showing them how to use their skills to help a client.” Over two months and under Cochran’s guidance, the consulting group worked outside of their normal class hours to conduct extensive research into television production, both locally and nationally. They also completed a cost versus budget analysis, learned the basics
The Yummy Club consulting group. Seated, from left to right: Bria Johnson ’15, Annie Currin ’15, Caroline Winn ’16, Shaakira Brown ’16, Anna Le ’13, Laurel Murphy ’13 and Sally Young ’13. Standing, Jeanne Howell and her husband, Fred.
of project management, and studied current market conditions. “I definitely learned a lot about practical, non-academic research,” says Murphy, who graduated in May. “I think Wofford taught me a lot of those skills over my four years here, but I just hadn’t had the opportunity to put them all together in a single project like this.” Another benefit of a consulting project for students, notes Cochran, is the confidence the students gain when they realize what they can accomplish working together. “In the modern workplace, the ability to function well in a team, to understand your strengths and to leverage the strengths of others, is crucial to success. There’s no better way to get that practice than in a project like this.” For Le, who plans to pursue a career involving food and nutrition, the project was an opportunity to learn about a subject that interested her, but also about herself: “I like that the job involved both independent factors and dependent factors; that is, I had certain responsibilities to fulfill, but I was still a part of a team working to fulfill the same goal.”
On April 18, the consulting group met with Howell at The Space to present their recommendations. They didn’t have the best news: Howell’s show, as it was conceived, wasn’t feasible. But instead of focusing on what wouldn’t work, the team presented her with three fully-conceived alternatives, complete with storylines, characters, suggested themes and recipes, marketing plans and contacts for production partners and resources. “I expected it to be good, but I was really impressed with the level of professionalism, and I was pleasantly surprised that they made a recommendation for a best option,” says Howell. “I have had similar studies done before, and their work was on par with hiring a PR firm. I’ve already followed up on four of their ideas, and I’ve got more to do.” “I was absolutely blown away by their work,” says Cochran. “I’m always impressed with the work of the students, whether it’s through The Space to Consult or in a student consulting project completed as part of our summer institute. But this team really knocked it out of the park.”
Competition rewards entrepreneurship
n April 24, The Space hosted its first annual Impact and Launch Competition, bringing together five student finalists in its Impact (social entrepreneurship) and five finalists from the Launch (entrepreneurship) programs in a competition for more than $10,000 in cash and prizes. Approximately 300 attendees listened to the business pitches, voted for a fan favorite, and enjoyed nearly 50 additional project exhibits from Impact and Launch program students. For more information about the student projects and the competition, visit wofford.edu/thespace.
• 1st Place: Junk Matters ($5,000) Joseph McMillin ’13 • 2nd Place: Bumblebees ($1,000) Mallory Jones ’13 • 3rd Place: WritefullyHis ($1,000) Grace Wallace ’13
Pi Mu Epsilon charter at Wofford
he college’s Department of Mathematics has received a charter for the national mathematics honorary society, Pi Mu Epsilon. Founded in 1914, PME has more than 350 chapters at colleges and universities throughout the United States. Its purpose is to promote scholarly activity in mathematics among students in academic institutions. Nineteen Wofford students and three faculty members were inducted this spring.
OG&B wins awards from South Carolina Press Association
Impact competition winners
Wofford names 30th Presidential International Scholar
offord President Benjamin B. Dunlap selected Laura Kate Gamble, a rising senior from Summerville, S.C., as the 2013-2014 Presidential International Scholar. She is the 30th scholar in the college’s innovative program that allows one student to travel during the academic year to developing countries researching an independent project. The announcement was made April 30 at the annual spring Honors Convocation, held in Leonard Auditorium. The Presidential International Scholar is chosen personally each year by Wofford’s president as “the singular student best fitted to benefit humankind.” Funded by an anonymous donor, the program provides the student the opportunity to travel and study independently for five months during the scholar’s senior year, returning for the spring semester. During her Presidential Scholar experience Gamble will study organizations that work with children in poverty. Her initerary includes Nepal, Tanzania, Peru, Haiti, and possibly Zimbabwe. “Laura Kate Gamble is an extraordinary combination of scholarly brilliance, energetic creativity and generous compassion – not only the perfect embodiment of what we seek for the Presidential International Scholar but what we want Wofford students to become,” Dunlap says. “She is sure to make the most of this remarkable opportunity.” Gamble, who is majoring in biology, is the daughter of Donnie and Ginny Gamble. She is a Dean’s List student and is a volunteer with Wofford’s Math Academy and ARCH programs. by Lisa Ware She also is a member of Honor Council and Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She is a graduate of Pinewood Preparatory School.
• 1st Place: Let’s Read ($2,000) Michelle Green ’15, Anna Grace Hall ’15, Sarah Grace Keaveny ’15 • 2nd Place: Set in Motion ($1,000) Nancy Ford ’16 • 3rd Place: 20/20 (iPad Mini) Holten Fields ’16
Joseph McMillin ’13 pitches his recycling business, Junk Matters, to the panel of judges. From left to right: Nate Harceg ’11, assistant marketing manager, Walmart Inc.; Grant Peacock, entrepreneur, investor and member of the Wofford Board of Trustees; Jordana Megonigal, editorin-chief, Business Black Box Magazine; Peter Barth, founder, The Iron Yard. Not pictured: Chad Williamson, director, Noble Institute.
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he Old Gold & Black, Wofford’s student newspaper, took eight awards in the South Carolina Press Association (SCPA) annual collegiate awards competition, including an overall second place in the general excellence category for newspapers of colleges and universities with undergraduate enrollment under 5,000 students. Kayla Bethea ’14, the OG&B photographer, won first place in the news story category for “Snakes need no daddy.” Trent Brock ’14, co-editor of the Bohemian and freelance OG&B photographer, won first place in the photography category for “Surf Wofford.” Brock also took third place in the sports photography category for “Terrier Tackle.” Leigh Ann Miller ’13, editor of the OG&B, won second place in the column category for “Etiquette with the Editor,” a column that focused on helping students develop professional behaviors and habits as part of the undergraduate experience. Kat Kilpatrick ’14, a senior writer who will serve as editor of the OG&B during the 2013-14 academic year, took second place in the features category for “Wofford students experience archeology in Israel.” The OG&B Facebook page placed third overall. Margaret Godowns ’13, assistant editor for social media and advertising, managed that page and content. Samuel Northrop ’14, contributing writer, won honorable mention for his sports story, “Jaramillo selected SoCon Freshman of the Year.” Miller and Brock represented the OG&B at the SCPA Annual Meeting at Claflin University in Orangeburg, S.C., to receive the awards.
James David Williams ’13 came to Wofford with two goals: to gain admission to one of the finest legal institutions in the country and to travel to six continents before graduation — he's done both. After six different international study experiences, Williams will attend Harvard Law SCHOOL in the fall with eventual plans to become a member of the judiciary.
Nick Lowe ’13 will be at University of Chicago studying for a master’s degree in religious studies on his way to a Ph.D. in religion.
Rachel Woodlee ’13, Reagan Styles ’13 and Rachel Brittenham ’13 are heading to graduate school. Woodlee, Wofford’s most recent Rhodes Scholar, will be at Oxford University in England for the next two years. Styles will begin pursing a Ph.D. in developmental psychology at Arizona State University, and Brittenham has enrolled in a two-year global master's degree program in development practice at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, that incorporates Student-athletes (left to right)
environmental science, public health, policy and social sciences. She also will be playing for DCU Mercy, a semi-pro women’s basketball team in Dublin.
Adrienne Dalton ’13 and Anna Childers ’13 leave in August for China through the Chinese Culture and Education Center. They will teach at a high school in the Hebei province.
Ben Green ’13 will be an analyst in the financial management training program for EDENS in Columbia, S.C.
BLAIR CADDEN ’13, who directed “Snow White” for the Spartanburg Yo u t h T h e a t re , i s wo r k i n g f o r Piccolo Spoleto while starting her own theatre company.
Jameaka Hamilton ’13 starts the M.D. KENNY BARNES ’13 has been hired as Tori Putnam ’13 , winner of this year's MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF the district manager in the small business Benjamin Wofford Prize Novel, SOUTH CAROLINA in Charleston this fall. She is services division of ADP in Atlanta, Ga. He just moved to Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., where she is program at the
considering a career in orthopedic medicine.
was hired after a successful internship the summer before his senior year.
working as editor of a new golf magazine. She just adopted a rescue collie. SUMMER 2013 • Wofford Today • 9
Athletics Southern Conference realignment
ast Tennessee State University (ETSU), Mercer University and the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) have been extended invitations to join the Southern Conference beginning July 1, 2014, SoCon Commissioner John Iamarino announced from the league’s spring meetings on May 30. ETSU and Mercer currently compete in the Atlantic Sun Conference, while VMI is in the Big South Conference. ETSU and VMI are former SoCon members. VMI departed the league in 2003, while ETSU’s final season in the conference was 2004-05. “The addition of these three institutions will solidify the Southern Conference and ensure our position as a vibrant league with a bright future,” Iamarino says. “We are delighted to invite three quality institutions, two of which are returning to a home they previously enjoyed for many years. Our membership is excited about rekindling old rivalries and establishing new ones. Most importantly, we’ve been able to grow while not extending our geographic footprint to an extreme extent.” Founded in 1911, ETSU, located in Johnson City, Tenn., claims an enrollment of more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. The Buccaneers sponsor 17 sports and will restart the football program, which was dropped in 2003, in time for the 2015 season. Based in Macon, Ga., Mercer, founded in 1833, is an independent university with more than 8,300 students enrolled in 12 schools and colleges on campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah. The Bears will be adding women’s track and field and resurrecting football, which last played a game in 1941, for the 2013-14 academic year. VMI, founded in 1839 in Lexington, Va., is a four-year undergraduate college awarding bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees. As a member of the SoCon from 1924-2003, VMI won several league championships. The Keydets have enjoyed success in football, basketball, baseball, track and field and wrestling. The SoCon’s membership for the 2014-15 academic year will be as follows: The Citadel, East Tennessee State, Furman, Mercer, UNCG, Samford, Chattanooga, VMI, Western Carolina and Wofford. “Our core members are committed to each other and the Southern Conference,” Iamarino says. “We look forward to welcoming East Tennessee State, Mercer and VMI to the SoCon.”
Hall of Fame nominations Do you know someone who should be considered for the Wofford College Athletics Hall of Fame? The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to honor those who, by outstanding athletic achievement and service, have made lasting and significant contributions to the cause of sports at Wofford College, the Spartanburg community, South Carolina and the nation. Any Wofford graduate who received a letter as a student-athlete is eligible for selection to the Hall of Fame five years after graduation. For information on how to nominate a candidate for the Hall of Fame, please contact Brent Williamson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit www.woffordterriers.com.
Sports marketing honored NACMA, the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators, released its list of nominees for the “People’s Choice Awards” for 2012-13. The 2012 Wofford football poster series was named one of the top five designs in NACMA’s Schedule Poster Division II category. In 2012, Wofford Sports Marketing changed the design of its schedule posters to give fans the feeling of being part of the action. Photo angles were
given a more dramatic flair and in general the posters featured fewer student-athletes, but in some cases a team had more than one schedule poster design. Through a collaboration between Mark Olencki ’75, Wofford photographer and digital imaging manager; Michelle Thilges, Wofford web designer; and Lenny Mathis, associate athletic director for marketing, this new look was accomplished and implemented throughout the year for all Terrier athletic teams. Specifically to the football poster, there were three designs created (below). The first featured the offense, a second design focused on the defense and a third featured head coach Mike Ayers and commemorated his 25th season at Wofford. A fourth design was created featuring fullback Eric Breitenstein ’12 and quarterback Brian Kass ’13 and was converted into a sign that was seen on the back of several Coca-Cola delivery trucks that made the rounds all over Spartanburg this fall.
Breitenstein named SoCon Male Athlete of the Year Wofford running back Eric Breitenstein ’12, who earned consecutive Offensive Player of the Year awards from the Southern Conference, is the 2013 Southern Conference Bob Waters Male Athlete of the Year. Breitenstein
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was honored in conjunction with the league’s annual Honors Dinner on May 29 in Hilton Head, S.C. Breitenstein finished third in the 2012 Walter Payton Award voting. As a senior, Breitenstein led the Southern Conference and ranked second nationally with 2,035 rushing yards. A three-time AllAmerican, Breitenstein finished his career as the league’s secondleading rusher with 5,730 yards and ranks third in league annals with 65 career touchdowns. He set a new Southern Conference record in 2012 with 12 100yard rushing games and set the conference’s single-game mark with 321 yards at Elon. As a senior, he helped the Terriers earn a share of the conference championship and a berth in the FCS Playoffs. He is only the second Wofford student-athlete to earn this award. Matt Nelson ’04 was honored for the 2003-04 season. An environmental studies graduate, Breitenstein was a two-year co-president of Wofford’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He spearheaded a campus-wide recycling initiative and also assisted with Relay for Life while serving as a Miracle League Buddy. Breitenstein also worked as a Terrier Tales participant, promoting reading in Spartanburg libraries. by Brent Williamson
1973 National Championship Team honored; more planned On April 15, the 1973 Wofford men's golf team was honored for the 40th anniversary of claiming the NAIA National Championship in 1973. It was the first national title for any collegiate team in South Carolina. This was a special and emotional evening for the team and the family members of head coach Earl Buice. The event was held in conjunction with the Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational Golf Tournament held at the Country Club of Spartanburg. After watching the men's golf team finish their round on Monday night, the team took part in a dinner and ceremony to commemorate their accomplishments. A special treat was the presentation of a replica of the National Championship banner and a recreation of the championship team photo with Vernon Hyman ’74, Marion Moore ’75, Stan Littlejohn ’73, Paul Hyman ’73 and Pat Crowley ’73, along with Earl Buice's son and daughter. The team will be honored again on Oct. 12 during halftime of the Homecoming football game.
Whisnant retires after 30 years at Wofford
omputers haven’t always been used wisely,” says Dr. Dave Whisnant, who retired from Wofford this spring, “They’re not always a plus. But I wouldn’t go back to chalk.” Indeed, laughter covers Whisnant like chalk dust, whirs frenetically around him like magnetic tape reels, and hums with the cool nonchalance of a 21st century computer lab. More than 40 years in higher education and a lifetime of curiosity have taught him a few things — change is inevitable, adaptation is necessary, and learning is far too much fun not to be doing it all the time. “I love communicating what I am interested in,” says Whisnant. “It’s very gratifying. Every day in the classroom is a privilege.” A not-so-simple farm boy from Illinois, Whisnant has been a music and photography buff since his youth. He discovered computers in college, holds a B.S. from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. “Theoretical physical chemistry is all computers,” says Whisnant. “I did my first programming in ’65 or ’66 in the days of the (punch) card.” Little more than a decade later, Whisnant bought a Tandy TRS-80, one of the first personal computers in Ashland, Wis., where he was teaching at the time. “You couldn’t do anything with it,” he says, “but I sure enjoyed it.” Most of his publications since then have focused on how to use small computers “to help people learn.” Whisnant came to Wofford in 1983 after 13 years at Northland College. Located a quarter-mile from the shore of Lake Superior, Northland was a long way from Spartanburg. He realized immediately that Wofford wasn’t like other colleges. “My job interview started out with breakfast with the dean of the college,” says Whisnant. “And then I had lunch in the faculty dining room.” Both the faculty and the room were smaller then, but for Whisnant the faculty dining room is one of the places on campus that makes Wofford distinctive. There chemists sit across from philosophers, and mathematicians discuss literature with biologists and accountants. At some colleges and universities, the administration and faculty don’t mix and the individual departments stick to themselves. “Wofford has gotten bigger and prettier in the last 30 years,” says Whisnant. “But the character of the place has remained the same. We value teaching, and we value each other.” Whisnant taught chemistry full-time for 17 years and became
the first Larry Hearn McCalla Professor in the department. In 2000 he was appointed vice president for information technology. He stopped teaching when he couldn’t be available to his students as much as he felt he needed to be. Whisnant headed up the team that worked for two years to combine the administrative databases into a single, integrated database that could be used by departments across the campus. The Banner Conversion, as Whisnant calls it with both pride and a shudder at the memory of long hours, did more than just clean up stray spreadsheets and streamline information flow, it also brought Whisnant closer to the Wofford community. He came away from the process feeling as though he had met and worked with everyone on campus. For the past three years Whisnant has served as the vice president for educational technology, a job that weds his interests seamlessly. After 30 years one of the highlights for Whisnant has been the opportunity to co-teach with his son, Dr. Clayton Whisnant, who is an associate professor of history. Together, they have taught such Interim courses as Rhythm and Noise and The Sixties. “We share an enthusiasm for odd music,” says Whisnant. “And Clayton’s an awfully good teacher.” During the past year Whisnant had the chance to teach a general chemistry class. He put his notes back together, compiled new examples, and dove headlong into his first love. Whisnant will work as a technology adjunct during the 2013-14 academic year. After that he plans to take a course in art history, read Shelby Foote’s three-volume “The Civil War: A Narrative,” and spend as much time as possible with his four grandchildren, all of whom live in town. “Also,” he says, “I owe my wife, Linda, a lot of travelling!” by Jeremy L. C. Jones
Walking the faculty gantlet along with graduating seniors were Elizabeth Cox, Dr. Jim Proctor and Dr. Dave Whisnant, all of whom retired at the end of the spring semester.
Proctor retires but plans to be back to teach “business and beyond” course
fter serving on the Wofford faculty for 32 years, Dr. James E. Proctor ’67 retired this year as Reeves Family Professor of Finance in the Department of Accounting, Business and Finance. Ask him how he might like to be remembered at Wofford, his answer may go something like this: “One of the themes of my career has been trying to relate the liberal arts and business to each other,” he says. “I have high hopes that the college can embrace alumni success in business as part of who we are, while at the same time, honor the liberal arts in the way we teach and learn. “That approach always has been reflected in hiring faculty for our department. Michael Merriman, for example, was an undergraduate major in classical languages at Notre Dame and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Andrew Green, also Phi Beta Kappa and this year’s Covington Award recipient at graduation, was a Latin American Studies major at Tulane. Others in our department have far-ranging intellectual, civic and philanthropic interests, all expressing in thought and action the highest ideals of the liberal arts perspective.”
Dr. Jim Proctor with Cam Kimber ’13, who won the finance department’s top graduate award, now named in honor of Proctor. Kimber begins a career with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Charlotte, N.C., following graduation.
Proctor is a native of Hartsville, S.C. He came to Wofford, which some called “the oasis of tranquility,” as a student in the fall of 1963. However, enrolling in college brought about some startling changes in direction for the students of those years, as well as South Carolina and the United States. Proctor was commissioned as a lieutenant through Army ROTC and served in Alaska and in the Vietnam War. He earned an M.B.A. at the University of South Carolina and a Ph.D. in engineering management at Clemson University. Graduate school, four and a half years on active military duty, teaching a total of five years at two other colleges, and two years in banking consumed the 14 years between his graduation from Wofford and his return as a faculty member. “I came back to Wofford as a professor in 1981,” Proctor says. “The late Professor Hal Green, who taught accounting, sent me a note stating that Wofford intended to start a major in finance and asked if I was interested. I was, and in subsequent interviews with Dr. Matt Stephenson, chair of the Department of Accounting and Economics, I learned that many juniors and seniors were approximating a finance major by double majoring in economics and accounting. At that time banks were primary employers of our graduates headed into business, so a finance major served our students’ needs directly and gave them more opportunities to study in other areas. I admire Hal Green, Matt Stephenson, and others on the faculty at that time very much— they made a seamless transition from being my mentors to being my friends.”
Proctor went on to play a key role as the college added a major in finance, which has become a program of national distinction as reflected in the Certified Financial Analyst competitions, and the performance of the R. Michael James Student-Managed Investment Fund. The college also created the business minor so that students who wanted to major in one of the arts and sciences could have a value-added credential. As his career as a full-time professor comes to an end, Proctor says retiring after a 50-year love affair with his alma mater is very much like graduation, with all its mixed emotions. “Retired colleague Dr. Nancy Mandlove once said about the retirement decision, ‘You’ll know when it’s time.’ The time came for me last fall. I’ll certainly miss my colleagues and friends, and it will be the first time in decades that I won’t be living on an academic calendar. I’ll miss students, particularly on moving-in day in the fall and graduation time in the spring. Not so much at midterm and finals week.” Proctor intends to continue teaching a course titled Leadership — In Business and Beyond, that combines business with a liberal arts approach to leading oneself and others. “As for retiring, I am simply anxious to spend more time with my family, my friends and to try to develop some interests that I have put on hold for too long,” Proctor says. “I will read widely, sometimes with depth, and share ideas with friends in a virtual book club. You might say I plan to stay in my sophomore year forever.” by Doyle Boggs ’70
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Wofford continues to award Helmus prizes each year for creative writing and photography. The winning entries are published in The Journal, which is now a part of the Bohemian, Wofford’s student yearbook. This year’s winners are: FICTION Monique Collins ’13 (first place), Victoria Putnam ’13 (second place); Addie Lawrence ’16 (third place), Katherine Canning ’13 (third place); POETRY Alex Hubbard ’13 (first place collection), Aubrey Knight ’16 (second place collection), Rich Welch ’13 (third place collection); PHOTOGRAPHY Sarah Baldwin ’15 (first place), Alana Ling ’14 (second place), Philip Coffey ’14 (third place).
Fishing Dock at Night
Aubrey Knight, Second Place Collection Down there on the tide-withered dock, our bodies inked saltwater-lace into wood, like a spill of moon from that July night. Harvest night, the linger of stars on sky and sea. I was wringing out my hair, finding a shirt from our bramble of terrycloth towels, swimsuit tops, sunglasses and watches peeled back from my friends’ wrists, pure, vein-trimmed wrists I’d seen time and again. These two girls had known my long-drawn plan to ignore our veering lives, to keep them in the neat body of childhood, tied like a ribbon to my thumb. And they humored me. That night, down there on the dock, they let me dream again of redwood groves and endless car-beaten roads and the shelter of Hermes as we hide from parents and siblings and the despair-etched place of our own expectations.
The Peek by Sarah Baldwin ’15 (First Place Helmus Prize in Photography)
I’ve heard that our actions are all constant and variation. Friends abandoned and regained, our few flailing attempts to touch something beautiful in words, or sight, or deed. Pattern and break-away. Love devoid of the word: Love. I didn’t dare use it that night, down there on the dock, as I cut with clam-shell precision, my childhood fling of affection, my love—no other word—for them. They watched this with infinite patience, laid out on the moon-draped wood. And the tide rocked us and the moored motorboats and some distant cityscape. We didn’t speak to each other, or the serpentine wind, or anyone. Philip Coffey ’14 (Third Place Helmus Prize in photography) 12 • Wofford Today • SUMMER 2013
Lazy Day by Alana Ling ’14 (Second Place Helmus Prize in Photography)
Alex Hubbard, First Place Collection They say it’s necessary
I can say that when I think of the prairie
I want to tell that boy
Every other year or so
I think not of the wildfires
To stay warm:
To set the prairie on fire
Burning vegetation and inspiring migration.
To zip his coat a little more
In order to maintain ecological health.
Instead, I think of the snow—
And to wrap his scarf a little tighter
Wild grasses and plants burst into flames
Snow I have never seen
So that the snow,
Sending insects and dirt
Except once in a photograph
Drifting like seeds set sail in summer blazes,
High into the smoke-filled air.
Falling peacefully outside
Won’t freeze him.
The buffalo are forced to migrate
And blanketing the buildings and trees
In new patterns
In pure white,
And I want to tell him that
To avoid the flames.
So cold that it feels like it burns.
Even in my land of warm weather I love him in seasons I never saw and never will see
As a result They carry small seeds with them
I like to imagine a boy in the snow,
And in ways I will never know precisely.
To uncharted corners of the plains
A boy I knew,
Bringing forth new life
Wrapped in a scarf while he treks through the prairie
That I love him in the summer and the fall and the spring
Once the old fires die.
Mapping it For new ways to find the hidden routes that lead home,
It’s been two years since I left the Konza, And I cannot say precisely What seeds I have carried with me To a place so hot it feels like it’s always ablaze.
Wherever that may be.
But most of all In the burning winter That set me drifting far Far away From the prairie To a home in the East Wherever that is.
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Can we change and stay the same?
(Above) Wofford's past three presidents represent almost a half-century of service to the college. They are Benjamin B. Dunlap (2000-2013), Joe Lesesne (1972-2000) and Paul Hardin III (1968-1972).
In recent years, we have changed dramatically, growing to half again our previous size both in acreage and enrollment without appreciable diminishment of our community or collegiality. We have raised the academic profile of our incoming students while maintaining almost perfect gender balance, never ceasing to maintain our essential character. Ranking among the top handful of institutions for foreign study, we have sent our students to the ends of the earth, equipping them with the languages and skills required for truly global careers, and we’ve extensively deployed the latest technologies within our traditional framework of an intimate face-to-face instruction, which leaves its indelible stamp on truly educated minds. In short, the value-added aspect of a Wofford degree is still, as it has always been, virtually unmatched, and our graduates leave this event each year confident of both employment and eventual fulfillment precisely because you have grown accustomed here to the transformative power of great ideas and meticulous execution — even as you have lived and learned in the Wofford Village and Milliken Arboretum, the majestic expanse of Great Oaks Hall and the venerable classrooms of Old Main. Above all else, you will leave here today forever aware of having been part of what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. described so memorably as “the beloved community,” an ideal made sufficiently real to prove such things are possible. Benjamin B. Dunlap, Commencement remarks, May 19, 2013
(Above) The University of South Carolina in Columbia confers an honorary degree of doctor of education on President Dunlap at a morning commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 11. (Below) Along with faculty and staff, many friends of the college joined Mr. and Mrs. Walter Montgomery in dedicating the courtyard of the Montgomery Music Building in honor of President Dunlap and his wife of 50 years, Anne.
(Above) Harold Chandler ’71, chairman of the Wofford Board of Trustees, reveals the portrait of President Dunlap that will hang in Leonard Auditorium with those of other past presidents. The unveiling was the climax of a reception on the lawn of “Old Main” on May 23. (Below) President Dunlap reacts to a special gift presented at an informal faculty and staff “torna alla facolta” party on April 29. It's a Milliken & Co. “wall carpet” similar to the ones of famous artworks that hang in buildings across campus.
Both Hayne Hipp and President Dunlap received honorary doctor of humanities degrees during Wo f f o rd ’s C o m m e n c e m e n t ceremonies May 19. They worked together to establish the Liberty Fellowship program.
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(Above) Baccalaureate 2013
Dean of the College Dr. David Wood (left) and President Dunlap presented the Roger Milliken Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Science to Dr. G. Mackay Salley ’95, associate professor and chairman of the Department of Physics. The Philip Covington Award for Excellence in the Teaching Philip Gaston Albergotti ’13 was among the students who were commissioned during Wofford’s Commencement of Humanities and Social Sciences went to Andrew F. Green, assistant weekend. Pinning his bars on him are sisters Claudia ’11 and Martha Albergotti ’08 and parents Sam and Moyer Albergotti. professor of finance.
Dr. Phillip Stone ’94 (left) with The Rev. Thurman Anderson ’63. Members of the Class of 1963 celebrated their 50th reunion by walking with the Class of 2013 at Commencement.
Jake Emmanuel ’13 (left) stands with the portrait of his great-great-greatgrandfather, Samuel Dibble, Wofford’s first graduate (Class of 1856). Dibble's sonin-law, B. H. Moss (Jake's great-great-grandfather), graduated from Wofford in 1883 and was for many years on the Wofford Board of Trustees. Dibble's grandson, Samuel Dibble Moss (Jake's great-grandfather), was a member of the Class of 1914.
Mary Mildred Sullivan and Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award winners: (left to right) Donna Culbertson Fritz (Charles Lea Center and Bethlehem Center volunteer), Dr. Chuck Bagwell ’79 (principal of Arcadia Elementary School), Taylor McGuire Thomas ’13 and Mary Grace Wallace ’13. Wofford is one of about 50 colleges and universities authorized to present the Algernon Sydney Sullivan and Mary Mildred Sullivan Awards.
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James M. (Jim) Brown was honored by the city of Irving, Texas, in March 2013. The ceremony at City Hall included a presentation of the Bronze Star Medal for Brown’s World War II service that included landing at Utah Beach on D-Day. During an artillery barrage in the Saar River Valley on Dec. 11, 1944, he lost his left arm and two fingers on his right hand. After medical treatment, Brown quietly returned home, vowing “to do the best that I can to go on with my life.” Now 95 years old and still quite active, Brown was described by his wife, Ruth: “He is my hero and was all the way from Day One.”
It was nice to hear from Guy F. Fain Jr. He is living at White Oak Estates assisted living in Spartanburg. We send our best wishes to this retired executive and World War II veteran.
Our condolences to the Rev. Robert G. Strother on the death of his wife, Betty Roper Strother, who died on March 13, 2013. They had been married for nearly 62 years. Mrs. Strother took a number of graduate courses at Wofford during her 23-year teaching career. She was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church in Spartanburg.
Col. (Ret.) Bob Burgess and his wife, Margaret, live in Melbourne, Fla.
Attorney Wallace Sink is commissioner of accounts for the Circuit Court of the City of Hampton, Va. Sink lives with his wife, Betty, in Newport News, Va.
Larry Dent and his wife, Florence, live in Moore, S.C. Dent is owner of Piedmont Photography and Video.
Mac Dillard lives in Pawleys Island, S.C. He has three daughters and eight grandchildren. Thomas F. McDow and his wife, Lucy, live in Rock Hill, S.C. McDow is owner of the Law Office of Thomas F. McDow. Dan Montgomery and his wife, Kiyoko, live in Japan. Montgomery is a retired educator.
Reunion Chairs, Stewart Johnson and Donnie McDonald Roland Jones is a career path consultant at Charleston School of Law. He lives with his wife, Charlene, in Charleston, S.C. Richard Unger, a partner at Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, has been elected to the Charleston County Bar Association’s Executive Committee. Unger is one of 10 Charleston-based lawyers who are members of the committee, which serves as the governing body of the Charleston County Bar. He and his wife, Katherine, live in Edisto Island, S.C.
Class Chair, Richard L. Myers Joe Bullington and his wife, Georgia, live in Duncan, S.C. Bullington is a retired project manager in Spartanburg School District 2. Jimmy Jacobs and his wife, Deborah, live in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Jacobs is a retired executive from Computer Sciences Corp. John Lunday recently retired as president of Architectural Specialty & Consultants. He lives with his wife, Kathleen, in Naples, Fla. Buddy Seay and his wife, Benni, live in Pauline, S.C. Seay is retired from the Army.
Clair Walizer, a retired executive for Spiegel Brands, and his wife, Carol, live in Poquoson, Va. The couple has two adult children.
Class Chair, Kenneth E. Smith Capt. (Ret.) Jan Shekitka and his wife, Amelia, live in Tallahassee, Fla.
Class Chair, Allen S. Guignard Vic Spigener is director of college guidance at Brookwood School, working with seniors and parents in the college application process. He lives with his family in Thomasville, Ga.
George Hodges, former transportation manager for the Davidson County Transportation Department, received North Carolina’s top state citizen award, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, on Feb. 22, 2013. He worked for the department for 25 years, retiring at the end of 2012. Hodges lives with his wife, Wanda, in Greensboro, N.C.
Class Chair, John O. Moore The Rev. Bill Greeley is therapist, chaplain and director of the family care center at York Place, an Episcopal Church home for children in South Carolina. Greeley earned a master’s degree in counseling/psychology in 2011 from Prescott College.
Class Chair, John W. Gandy Buddy Corn has joined Roebuck Buildings
Co. Inc. as a project manager. He and his wife, Susan, live in Inman, S.C.
Dennis Tate and his wife, Pamela, live in Gaffney, S.C. Tate is self-employed in the real estate/construction business.
Class Chair, Wade E. Ballard Turner Padget Graham & Laney P.A. have announced that John E. Cuttino has been inducted into membership of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Membership is by invitation only, and fewer than 7,000 trial attorneys nationwide hold membership in the organization. Cuttino and his wife, Sarah, live in Columbia, S.C.
Class Chair, Paul D. Kountz Jr. Reece Wrenn has joined South Carolina Bank and Trust as vice president and loan officer. Previously, he was with Wachovia Mortgage. Wrenn and his wife, Judy, live in Mount Pleasant, S.C.
Class Chair, G. Patrick Watson Henry Orvin is senior vice president of national accounts at Allianz Global Investors. He lives with his family in Chicago, Ill.
Class Chair, W. Scott Gantt A sales representative at Western & Southern Life Insurance, Shannon Tyler lives with his family in Gaffney, S.C.
Class Chair, Kenneth M. Kirkpatrick Mike Fisher and his wife, Erin, live in Columbia, S.C. Fisher is the chief financial officer at Consolidated Systems Inc. Carolina Alliance Bank announced on May 6, 2013, that Steve Rush will be its new senior vice president and commercial lender. Rush has 29 years of bank experience and also is co-founder of the East Side Rotary Club and Palmetto Men’s club, as well as a board member of the Wofford Terrier Club, Junior Achievement and the Spartanburg Regional Hospice Board. He and his wife, Elena, live in Spartanburg. Allyson Smith is the senior product manager at Interactive Data Corp. She lives in Marblehead, Mass. Tim Walter is a real estate agent at Carolina One. He lives in Mount Pleasant, S.C.
Class Chair, Brand R. Stille Steve McCarter works in sales and marketing for Argo Cement. He and his wife, Gwen, live in Roswell, Ga. The couple has two children. Rhonda Watt Tobias is vice president of finance at Pulliam Investments Co. Inc. She and her husband, Dean Tobias, live in Spartanburg. They have three children. Beverly Wilkerson, a teacher for Polk County Schools, lives in Columbus, N.C.
Timothy Powers and his wife, Stephanie, live in Inman, S.C. Powers is a vice president at Regions Bank.
What’s so special about Wofford College?
here is a mystique about the phrase “The Wofford Way.” I have had the question asked of me many times: What is so special about Wofford College? Let me explain. There was once a hillbilly from the mountains of Virginia. He was an athlete and dated a good-looking cheerleader, and they eventually married. Wofford recruited this youngster from the mountains, and he agreed to matriculate and play football. This was the beginning of a love story with Wofford that has never faltered or changed. The young man learned that there were no shortcuts to academic success. One must work diligently, but with the understanding that one can ask for and receive help from professors as well as other students. He developed relationships that still exist today — rock solid relationships. The young man learned that athletics were secondary to academics, and that labs and chapel were not to be missed (Coaches Snidow and Brakefield). This strong push of academics first is still a part of athletic life at Wofford. The young man learned that fire extinguishers were not to be played with (Dean Frank Logan ’41); in fact, he had to stay at Dean Logan’s home to study for his history exam, which happened to be given by Dean Logan. This was part of the tough love that some students had to learn. (Dean Logan eventually gave the young man a job running a dormitory and told him he had to send money home to his wife every month.) The young man began to develop an understanding of how important the diversity of a liberal arts education is and how it affects one’s life. He began to appreciate the Glee Club concerts, Ebenezer Scrooge (Dr. Norton) in chapel at Christmas, poetry (Dr. Green), religion (Dr. Bullard), and reading quality books (Dr. Secondi). All of these helped to broaden and enlighten the life of the young man. The young man learned that civic responsibility is a part of a successful life. There were mentors from the faculty who modeled for all students. There were students who were constantly involved in activities on campus and in the Spartanburg community. These persons helped others have a better lifestyle, and they were involved with others in order to teach them civic responsibility. The youngster learned from Wofford what it really means to be a man. He learned that loyalty, respect, integrity, responsibility and courage are the bedrocks of success. He learned that, when bad times come, you stand up and face them. He learned that you are your brother’s keeper (Dr. Leonard). The final lesson learned was no matter who you are, where you came from, what your socio-economic status, the “Wofford Way” would enable you to compete and be effective no matter what path you chose (Dr. Scheerer). My relationships with God, Wofford College and my wife have been the reasons for any success that I have had in my life. Wofford College is so very special. Visit the campus, see the folks, and you won’t want to leave. It’s that special. Is there any other way?
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“The Hillbilly,” Todd Heldreth ’65
Class Chair, C. Lane Glaze Daphne Reeves Strong Wagner and her husband, Gray, live in Sherrills Ford, N.C. Wagner is owner and sales manager of Mrs. W’s Old Time Candy Inc. The firm has multiple locations in the Carolinas. The couple has three children.
Class Chair, Michael R. Sullivan Jason Hill has been promoted to logistics supervisor at RR Donnelly in Spartanburg. He previously worked in the firm’s human resources department. Hill and his wife, Dr. Jameica Hill ’88, Wofford professor of chemistry and department chair, live in Spartanburg. The couple has two children. Philip Merry won a seat on the Aiken City Council on March 13, 2013. He works for the insurance firm Hutson-Etherredge. Merry also has served 10 years on the Aiken Design Review Board, six of those as chairman. He and his wife have two children. Laticrete International and Six Sigma Academy have announced that Ron Munnerlyn has completed the requirements for certification as a “Six Sigma Gold Belt.” Six Sigma is an internationally recognized problem solving methodology that helps enhance business operations. Munnerlyn, director of manufacturing at Laticrete, has responsibility for the company’s seven U.S. facilities. He lives in Bennettsville, S.C.
Class Chair, Scott W. Cashion Ingrid Hutto Palmquist and her husband, Mark, live in Frederick, Md. The couple has two children, Cayden and Skyler. Palmquist is a self-employed attorney. Dr. Charlie Scordilis-Kelley is director of analytical chemistry at Sion Power. He and his wife, Tracy, live in Tucson, Ariz.
Class Chair, Leslee Houck Page Rodl Langford de Kock LLP has announced the promotion of Stephen Shaughnessy to partner of the firm. He has been with the firm since 2006 and will continue to manage the Greenville office’s tax compliance and consulting services. Shaughnessy and his wife, Faye Martin Shaughnessy ’89, live in Greenville, S.C. They have two children. Leanne Bell Sheffield and her husband, Cary, live in Powder Springs, Ga. Sheffield is an accountant at Tortilleria El Maizal Inc. The couple has one daughter, Courtney.
Class Chair, Nicholle P. Chunn Dr. Chris Hall, senior pastor of Clearview Baptist Church in Travelers Rest, S.C., was profiled in the March 13, 2013, issue of the Greenville News. He has served the church since 2004. Hall and his wife, Lisa, live in Greenville, S.C. They have three children. Lynn Hannah Watson has joined SynTerra Corp. as a senior environmental scientist. The firm specializes in environmental studies, design, transportation/civil, and management for industry, government and commercial clients. Watson and her husband, Daniel, live in Simpsonville, S.C. They have two children.
Class Chair, Sarah C. Sawicki Jules Savko Bryant was honored on April 24, 2013, when the Leadership Spartanburg Alumni Association (LSAA) awarded her the 2013 LSAA Champion Award. She was recognized for giving significant time, energy and service to LSAA. Bryant designated her gift of a $250 donation go to the Children’s Advocacy Center.
W. Jesse Sprinkle and his wife, Aimee Medford Sprinkle ’95, live in Inman, S.C. Jesse is vice president of finance for Renfrow Bros., and Aimee is a homemaker for the couple’s six children.
Class Chair, Alicia Truesdail Dr. Kathryn Dobbs lives in Park Rapids, Minn. Dobbs is a physician at Essentia Health. Dr. Billy Haguewood is an ophthalmologist at Palmetto Eye & Laser Center. He lives with his family in Inman, S.C. Jeff Venables, a teacher of chemistry at Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, S.C., was one of five finalists for the South Carolina Teacher of the Year Award. Venables and his wife, Cynthia, have three children. Meredith Williams and her husband, Colin, live in Broomfield, Colo. They have two children, Margaret and Conley. Holisa Coleman Wharton is an assistant professor in Lander University’s William Preston Turner School of Nursing. She and her husband, Calvin, live in Abbeville, S.C. They have three children.
Class Chair, Curt Nichols Jr. Dr. Heather Heaton Barker and her husband, Brian, live in Greenville, S.C. Barker is dentist at Hi-Tech Family Dentistry.
Julie Schmidler would like friends to know that she and her husband, Raymond, are now living in Mount Pleasant, S.C. The family had been living in California. Julie is a production manager for Apparel Manufacturing. The couple has one daughter, Kate.
Class Chair, Beth Guerrero Holly Skinner Kelley is a nurse at Mary Black Health System. She and her husband, Jeffrey, live in Inman, S.C. Brad Seabrook is a Spanish teacher for the Pickens County School District. He and his wife, Heather, live in Easley, S.C.
Class Chair, Casey B. Moore Dr. Shawn Elms lives with his wife, Danielle, in Decatur, Ga. A research scientist, Elms, is a fellow in cardiology at Emory School of Medicine. He earned his Ph.D. in vascular biology in 2012 from the Medical College of Georgia. Michael Edens is senior vice president of National Bank and Trust of South Carolina. He and his wife, Cindy, live in Columbia, S.C. The couple has two children, Everett and Lucy. Michael Holmes and his wife, Sarah, live in Spartanburg. Holmes is the owner of Squeegee Clean Windows LLC. The couple has one daughter, Martha Ann ‘Mae’. Living in Charleston, S.C., Allison Sill is a science teacher at Ashley Hall.
Class Chair, Zach O. Atkinson Attorney Natalie Alford Temples and her husband, Brett, live in Fayetteville, Ga. The couple has two sons, Ellis and Michael. Otis Franklin and his wife, Ebony Carolina-Franklin ’02, live
Extra bold health. Nothing artificial. That’s Lisa Gilbert Benton ’99 and MaverickMom.com 10 reasons to quit dieting forever... How to sleep better... Coffee and exercise... Yoga... Fast, healthy meal plans for healthy moms
hese and other topics fill the awardwinning blog of Dr. Lisa Gilbert Benton ’99, featured in the April women’s edition of The Boca Raton Observer Magazine. MaverickMom.com offers health-related articles shored up with Benton’s research and presented with humor and a style that’s intentional and concise. “I am a voracious reader,” says Benton. “I love to share health-related information with other people. The biggest problems can often be solved with the simplest solutions, but the challenge is finding the right information. It only takes one new piece of information to change your life, and my goal is to help people find that life-changing piece on MaverickMom.com.” According to Benton too many people live sedentary lives coupled with diets more geared toward convenience than health. “I’m a bit of a rogue when it comes to health and wellness,” says Benton. “I think it’s important to get away from the herd mentality, do your own research and take full responsibility for your lifestyle choices.” A licensed clinical psychologist in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., who specializes in women’s behavioral medicine and sports psychology, Benton also co-owns a fitness apparel company, iamnowclothing.com. She sneaks in time to do research and writes her blogs during her daughter’s gymnastics practice (three hours of training, three times each week). “I’m the mom who sits in the gym loft with a white laptop,” she says. Although not just for women or mothers, MaverickMom.com does include topics that help mothers deal with caretaker stress. “Exercise and healthy nutrition are two of the most essential forms of self care,” says Benton.
“Mothers who consistently meet their family’s needs without meeting their own wind up operating from a place of frustration and resentment without understanding why.” Benton blows right by the common excuse of lacking the time to exercise. “Everyone has time to exercise…. Every single person on the planet would make time to exercise if they truly understood all of the benefits attached,” she says. “Exercise is just as crucial in my own life as eating and sleeping because it promotes energy, focus, longevity and even the formation of new brain cells. It’s also a natural mood enhancer that makes us more physiologically stress hardy. Who doesn’t want those things?” Fitness and health always have been important to Benton, and she sometimes shares some of the lessons she learned in Wofford’s psychology department with her readers. In addition to living a healthy lifestyle, Benton’s overarching advice includes loving, giving thanks, helping others and “a little chocolate cake here and there is a good thing, too,” says Benton. “I know this because Dr. (James) Seegars told me so.”
Benton, above from The Boca Raton Observer Magazine; above right competing for her box with CrossFIt Harcore and, right, with her husband, Mike, in a CrossFit race.
Benton considers Seegars, professor of psychology emeritus, a mentor. She took his classes, worked as his student assistant, sat for his grandchildren and finished her senior thesis under his supervision. Benton also says that Dr. Alliston Reid ’77, professor of psychology, was another pivotal person in her life. “He brought the most
seemingly boring topics to life and made it all so interesting,” says Benton. “When I was applying for graduate school, Dr. Reid was so generous with his time…. Dr. Reid truly cares about students at Wofford, and I consider myself lucky to have known him.” After Wofford, Benton earned her doctor of psychology degree at Nova
Fogarty blogs on “Gender Gap” for Metropolis
Southeastern University. She lives in Boca Raton, Fla., with her husband, Mike, and daughter, Savanna. Find her online at: MaverickMom.com Facebook.com/maverickmom Instagram.com/themaverickmom Twitter @MommyHealth by Jo Ann M. Brasington ’89
aula Scott Fogarty ’86, who has served as president of Kindel Furniture and owner of Paula Scott Unlimited, a successful marketing and communications firm, has a new blog for Metropolis, a magazine devoted to architecture, culture and design. Her most recent post, “The Gender Gap in the American Furniture Industry,” is featured on the site’s May 13, 2013, Point of View Blog, which examines contemporary life through design, architecture, interior design, product design, graphic design, crafts, planning and preservation. According to the research cited in Fogarty’s blog, more women are graduating from furniture design programs, but those same women are finding difficulty breaking into the still traditional, male-dominated industry. Fogarty’s upcoming blogs will profile female and male furniture designers, professors of design and students as she gathers additional data to “fill the Gender Gap between the American residential furniture industry and its primary consumer (women).” Visit http://www.metropolismag.com/Point-of-View/May-2013/The-Gender-Gap-in-the-AmericanFurniture-Industry/ to read the full blog and bookmark Metropolis magazine for future updates.
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in North Charleston, S.C. The couple has three children. Jenny Weeks Purath teaches private French classes and summer camps for preschool and elementary-aged students. She and her husband, Kipp, live in Murrells Inlet, S.C. Elizabeth “Peaches” Wells-White ’90, and her husband, Terenthial White ’01, live in Pickerington, Ohio. Elizabeth is a staff underwriting consultant at Nationwide Insurance Co., and Terenthial is a portfolio monitoring analyst with Huntington Bank. The couple has three children.
Class Chair, Anthony Hoefer Katharine Dunlap is business development manager for the digital media and public relations firm TVC Group. Dunlap and her husband, Ian, live in London, England. Scott Neely and his wife, Betsy, live in Spartanburg. Neely is pastoral executive at the First Presbyterian Church in Spartanburg. The couple has two children, Ben and Anne. Chris Wright is a relationship banker at BB&T. He and his wife, Megan, live in Duncan, S.C.
Pittman and West inducted into Phi Beta Kappa Wofford’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa initiated 35 students and recent graduates as well as two alumni initiates, based upon their intellectual achievements since graduation. Dr. David W. Pittman ’94 (shown above with Dr. Joseph Spivey, chapter president) is associate professor of psychology at Wofford. He received the 2011 Roger Milliken Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Science. Collaborating with Dr. J. P. Baird at Amherst College, Pittman has received a nearly $414,000 Academic Research Enhancement Award from the National Institutes of Health to research a connection between overeating and the use of some popular anti-anxiety drugs, the first research of its kind. Dr. Catherine Paige West ’91, associate professor of anthropology at Barnard College and Columbia University, will be inducted by the Wofford chapter in the 2013-14 academic year.
Watson sworn in as president-elect of South Carolina Bar Cal Watson ’84, managing member of Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte in Columbia, S.C., was sworn in as president-elect of the South Carolina Bar Association, a position that will prepare him to lead the 14,000-member organization in 2014.
Watson served on the South Carolina Bar Board of Governors since 2009 after previously serving from 1997 to 2000. He served as treasurer in 2012-13 and as secretary in 2011-12. He’s been on the South Carolina Bar’s House of Delegates since 1997. Watson also previously has served as president of the South Carolina Bar Foundation (2006-07) and president of the John Belton O’Neall Inn of Court (2010-11). His practice areas at Sowell Gray are professional liability and commercial litigation and business dispute resolution. Watson is also a certified South Carolina Circuit Court mediator.
Powell receives prestigious grant Through a prestigious grant from the American Society of Nephrology, Clark Powell ’09 will take a year away from medical school to conduct dedicated research on a new acute kidney injury staging system developed at the University of Alabama Birmingham. Powell is a third-year UAB student in the coordinated M.D./MPH program.
Burnette wins award for civic leadership and community change The Spartanburg County Foundation awarded Dr. Craig Burnette ’68 with the Mary L. Thomas Award for Civic Leadership and Community Change. Burnette is known throughout the community and the nation as a leading expert in the area of homelessness, devoting his life and energy to assisting homeless veterans in need. Burnette served in the U.S. Army as an infantry platoon leader, company commander and military adviser. In addition to connecting with veterans through his military experience, Burnette has served veterans in many capacities, including spending 28 years with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, overseeing the planning, development and implementation of Project CHALENG, a nationwide program that annually assesses the needs of homeless veterans in 170 cities and towns across the United States and then develops local action plans to meet those needs. Last year, Burnette led efforts to coordinate the Upstate Stand Down, an event that is focused specifically on the rehabilitation and recovery of homeless veterans by providing multiple services in one location. He organized a group of more than 100 community members to ensure the project was a success. A total of 215 individuals participated in this event. Burnette also works with several local nonprofits, provides one-on-one assistance to homeless veterans, speaks to various groups about this important issue, and serves as a member of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans in Washington, D.C. 18 • Wofford Today • SUMMER 2013
Class Chair, Jenna Bridgers Dr. Ben Gantt is a comprehensive dentistry resident at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He and his wife, Lauren, live in Washington, D.C. Will Hodge and his wife, Anna, live in Greenville, S.C. Hodge is vice president of Park Sterling Bank. The couple has two children, Ella and Katherine. Jody Jennings received the Jane Bratton Spratt Award as an educator of the year at Charlotte Latin. The award is voted on by the faculty and shows a true appreciation for Jennings’ value to the school and its students. Tabitha Scarborough Talley is district coordinator of instruction for Union County schools. She and her husband, Matt, live in Spartanburg. They have two children.
Colvin fulfulls life-long dream of becoming an attorney Ellis Colvin ’83 (above left) wasn’t in a position to go to law school when he graduated from Wofford, although it had been a dream since he was 5 years old. The first in his family to graduate from college, he spent 21 years in the Army working in intelligence and financial management and earning three graduate degrees while continuing to dream about law school. This spring Colvin graduated from the Charleston School of Law, earning along the way two CALI Excellence for the Future Awards, given to the highest scoring student in each class. Writer Brenda Brady Rindge ’87 with the Charleston Post & Courier shared Colvin's story. To read Colvin's remarkable story, visit http://www.postandcourier.com/ apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130511/ PC16/130519828/1268/law-school-gradfulfilling-47-year-old-dream&source=RS S&template=artpex#pex1.
Class Chair, L. Yorke Gerrald Brooke Joye Anthony and her husband, Will, live in Mount Pleasant, S.C. Anthony is a physician’s assistant at Palmetto Primary Care Physicians. Dr. Kevin Miller is co-owner of Miller and Dixon Orthodontics. He and his wife, Dr. Joy Dixon, live in Rock Hill, S.C. They have two children. Katherine Reed Fuller and her husband, Matthew, live in Dallas, Texas. Katherine is associated with the sales and marketing services company, Crossmark. The couple has two children. Living in Atlanta, Ga., Wilmot Irvin is Realtor and principal of the Palmer Team & Associates at PalmerHouse Properties. Dr. Paul Morrow and his wife, Amarylis, live in Hillsboro, Ore. Morrow is a process engineer for Intel Corp. The couple has a daughter, Satya. Dr. Blair Tucker and her husband, Andrew, live in Charlotte, N.C. Tucker works as a veterinarian. Living in Spartanburg, Natascha Bartsch Wagner is a teacher of German in Spartanburg School District 6. She and her husband, Brian, have one daughter.
Class Chair, Tracy A. Howard Mindy Marriott Adams is a senior copywriter at the advertising agency 22squared. She writes television and radio ads for Publix Supermarkets and also writes for their social and digital media channels. Adams lives with her family in Tampa, Fla. Living in Shelby, N.C., Dr. Matthew Borders works at Huitt and Borders
Family Dentistry. He and his wife, Lauren, live in Shelby, N.C. They have one daughter, Merrin Jane. Dr. Michael Bozard and his wife, Kelly, live in Spartanburg. Bozard is president of Foothills Pediatric Dentistry. The couple has a daughter, Kennedy Weather. Amanda Farris Brennan and her husband, Sean, live in Columbia, S.C. Brennan earned her master’s degree in earth and environmental resources manager from the University of South Carolina in 2012. She is a climate outreach specialist at Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments. J.D. Caldwell and his wife, Caitlin, live in Golden, Colo. Chris Elsken is a language analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense. He and his wife, Julie, live in Augusta, Ga. They have two children. Regina Lynch Eudy is extended day program director and a sixth grade science teacher for Greenville County Schools. She lives with her husband, Matthew, in Greer, S.C. They have three children. Dr. Sally Iseman is a veterinarian at Monocacy Equine Veterinary Associates. She lives in Beattsville, Md. Mary Paris Kelleher and her husband, Casey, live in Startex, S.C. They have two children, Jordyn Maeve and Joseph Ryan. Kelly Day Miner and her husband, James Miner ’04, live in Atlanta, Ga. Kelly is a senior tax specialist at Cox Enterprises Inc. and is studying for her master’s degree in accounting at Clemson University. The couple has one son, Harrison. Rebecca Paulson Stone is a literacy specialist at the American Institutes for Research. She and her husband, Gary, live in West Springfield, Mass. Janna Webb White and her husband, Torrence, live in Haymarket, Va. White is associated with the U.S. Department of Justice. The couple has a daughter, Sydney.
Class Chair, Fred A. Byers II Michael Baker lives in Cowpens, S.C. He is associated with QS/1 Data Systems, where he coordinates the development of governmental tax software products and supervises the tax development team. Ashley Borders has moved to Savannah, Ga., where she is vice president of corporate communications and community relations for the multi-media movie production studio Medient. Living in Spartanburg, L. Grant Close is an attorney at the law firm of FordHarrison LLP. Close and his wife, Mary, have two children. Stephen Davis is a lecturer in linguistics, international relations, economics and emerging markets at several universities in Beijing, China. He received his master’s degree in international trade and economics from Beijing Language and Culture University. Kelly Moxley lives in Chicago, Ill., and is manager of a cancer immunology research lab at Loyola University. Living in Aiken, S.C., Ashley Thomas Seawell is the owner of Ashley Seawell Photography. She and her husband, David, have two children, twins Annette and Thomas. Ralph Settle is real estate finance manager for OTO Development LLC. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, in Inman, S.C. Lindsay Lyman Skelton and her husband, Thomas, live in Charleston, S.C. Skelton is a teacher of French at Charleston Day School. Dr. Melissa Foster Stiling is owner/ optometrist of Northside Vision LLC. She lives with her family in Boiling Springs, S.C. Brooks Yarborough is personnel manager for Michelin North America. He and his wife, Meredith, live in Lexington, S.C. They have one son, Michael Mae.
Class Chair, Ryan M. Waller Andre Caldwell is an associate attorney at the law firm of Crowe & Dunlevy. He and his wife, Mary, live in Oklahoma City, Okla. They have one son, Ethan James. Living in Beaufort, S.C., Alan Eisenman is finance supervisor for the Beaufort County Finance Department.
Katie O’Daniel Haney and her husband, Stephen, live in Union, S.C. Haney is a Spanish teacher in the Union County School District. The couple has three children. Living in Atlanta, Ga., Leah Harris is a senior account executive at CareerBuilder. com. Amanda Stephenson is an internal auditor for Greenville Health System. She and her husband, Jerry, live in Simpsonville, S.C. Amy Jordan Ladd and her husband, Philip Ladd, live in Summerville, S.C. Amy is a science teacher in the Charleston County School District. Elise Sanders lives in Nashville, Tenn., and teaches reading at Williamson County Schools. Meghan Turner Swink is the continuing medical education coordinator at McLeod Health. She and her husband, McCall, live in Effingham, S.C. Greg Taylor lives in St. Petersburg, Fla. He is a district human resources director for Waffle House. Living in Atlanta, Ga., Diana Toney is a registered nurse at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Class Chair, Hadley Green Inabinet Dr. Meghan Hall is an associate veterinarian at Ballston Animal Hospital. She lives in Falls Church, Va. Callie Bagwell Owens works for Spartanburg County School District 6 as a teacher of integrated business applications and keyboarding. She and her husband, Chris, live in Woodruff, S.C. Nelson Poe and his wife, Shana Glenn Poe ’07, live in Greenville, S.C. Nelson is a mortgage originator at Southern First Bank. Quynh Nguyen Roberts and her husband, David, live in Richmond, Va. Roberts is a commissioned examiner at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Corey Wilson Rollison is a teacher of mathematics and science at Bright Futures Atlanta. She and her husband, Jeffrey Rollison, live in Smyrna, Ga. They have one daughter, Anni Adele.
Ryan Grover leads the class at the USC School of Law
or the past three years Ryan Grover ’03 and Erin Harper Grover ’03 traveled together down parallel roads. While they started a family at their Spartanburg home with daughters, Lily and Iris, Ryan was a student at the University of South Carolina School of Law. At graduation this spring, Ryan was the only member of his class to earn summa cum laude honors, claiming the Cy Young Award and the Dean’s Medallion. He also was honored with the Compleat Lawyer Bronze Award, which is given to three law students who have the potential to be outstanding attorneys based on their integrity and professionalism. He was the chief justice for the Order of the Wig and Robe, an honor society. He served as the senior articles editor for South Carolina Law Review. “Ryan graduated from Wofford in three years and began working on his Ph.D. in English, while I taught high school in Spartanburg County,” Erin says. “When he started teaching college classes, I saw that he was uncomfortable with it as his life choice. I was pleased, almost relieved, when I found out Ryan had found a passion for the law and wanted to follow it. It was two weeks later when we knew for certain that we were going to be parents. That was an interesting moment in our lives, but dreams and passions are very important, and I’m glad our girls will grow up with this example of decision making.” So began Ryan’s three years of commuting and car-pooling to Columbia, a 90-mile drive each way. “I never focused on being number one in the class,” Ryan says. “I just wanted to do the best I could and learn as much as I could in each course, one at a time. “And I had some advantages. At Wofford and in my graduate courses, I had experienced
Ryan and Erin Harper Grover with their daughters Lily and Iris.
the kind of demanding written assignments that helped me prepare for those legendary law school exams. More than that, I had worked for a living and acquired enough maturity to keep things in perspective and manage my time carefully. I’m especially grateful to Erin, because she took on more than her share of responsibility for the house and the children.” “Both partners must be committed to this kind of effort,” Erin says. “We worked really hard, but in two different worlds. Honestly, there were times when it was lonely and difficult, but it all came together in the end. I’m very proud of Ryan.” After standing the bar exam and being admitted to the practice of law, Ryan will accept
a two-year appointment as a clerk in the office of the Honorable Henry M. Herlong Jr., senior U.S. district judge, in Greenville. Editor’s Note: Congratulations also to Matt Abee ’10, who also graduated from the USC School of Law this year. He was the winner of the Robert McCormick Figg Jr. Trial Advocacy Award, which is presented by the South Carolina Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers and is given for excellence in trial advocacy skills and professional demeanor as demonstrated in the classroom or in trial competitions. by Doyle Boggs ’70
LTC Edward Briant Pusey married Martha Morton, March 16, 2013. They live in Alexandra, Va. Ted is deputy director of the Office of Collaboration and Integration for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Lacey Danielle Hilliard married Matthew Charles Dellinger, May 5, 2012. They live in Wilmington, N.C. Lacey is a senior account manager at Milliken & Co. Nhu Quynh Nguyen married David Roberts, Oct. 20, 2012.They live in Richmond,Va. Quynh is a commissioned examiner for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Meredith Williams Wilkes married Leslie Mitchell Johnson Jr., March 16, 2013. They live in Washington, D.C. Meredith is the northeastern regional treasury support manager/commercial real estate with Wells Fargo Bank, and Leslie is project manager for Moran Collaborative Lighting Associates.
Carol Nicole Beck married Joshua Lewis Uhinck, March 30, 2013. They live in Charleston, S.C. Carol earned a law degree from the Charleston School of Law and is currently enrolled in the University of Alabama Law School Graduate Tax program. Joshua attended Case Western Reserve University and Excelsior College. He is employed at Nucor Steel in Berkeley County. Enrique Lopez married Katherine McKibben, Aug. 11, 2012. They live in Spartanburg. Enrique is a property and casualty producer at Compass Insurance.
Briley Brisendine and his wife, Elena, of Atlanta, Ga., announce the birth of Reid August Brisendine, Dec. 7, 2012. Holly Bragg Capp and her husband, Jac, of Stockbridge, Ga., announce the birth of Hannah Faith Capp, Dec. 11, 2011.
Andrea Peabody Westmoreland and her husband, Mike, of Huntersville, N.C., announce the birth of Ava Belle Westmoreland, Jan. 24, 2013.
1981 Suzanne Lee Gray married William J. Wilkie Jr., April 25, 2013. They live in Beaufort, S.C. Suzanne is controller for Gray Holdings.
1991 Francis Leigh Sanford married Eric Jay Platock, April 13, 2013. They live in Charlotte, N.C. Francis is a registered nurse at Carolinas Hematology and Oncology Associates.
1997 Mary-Margaret Stuart Fitzhenry married Carter Beverley Noland, May 4, 2013. They live in Atlanta, Ga. Mary-Margaret is an attorney at Hayes Law Firm, and Carter is a supply chain manager with Georgia-Pacific.
2003 Jesse Ashe Smith married Katherine Smith Blouin, Jan. 12, 2013. They live in Columbia, S.C. Jesse is employed by First Citizens Bank, and Katherine is employed by Gamecock IMG Sports Marketing.
2005 Kayce Arnette Hughes married Clayton Marshall Halstead, Dec. 8, 2012. They live in Mount Pleasant, S.C. Kayce works for the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Clay for BB&T. William Wesley Porter married Brianne Halpin, Oct. 13, 2012. They live in Mount Pleasant, S.C.
2007 Michael Christopher Greene married Leigh Hewlett, Jan. 13, 2013. They live in Columbia, S.C. Michael, a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law, is an attorney with Gignillat, Savitz and Bettis. Leigh earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of South Carolina where she now is coordinator of the Parents Programs. Kelsey Lynn Roth married Sean Richard Lucas, April 13, 2013. They live in Wrightsville Beach, N.C. Kelsey is a speech-language pathologist at New Hannover Regional Medical Center, and Sean is a partner of the Allergy Partners of Coastal Carolina in Wilmington, N.C. Meredith Marus Smith married Dr. Andrew Clarke Flandry, March 16, 2013. They live in Chapel Hill, N.C. Meredith earned a master’s degree in occupational therapy in 2012 from the Medical University of South Carolina. She is employed by Duke University Medical Center. Andrew is a family medicine resident physician at the University of North Carolina Hospital System. Taite Stribling Quinn married Richard Borden Sasnett III, May 4, 2013. They live in Savannah, Ga. Taite works in medical sales, and Richard is regional business manager with Boston Scientific Neuromodulation.
2009 Jeffrey Kent Giguere married Caroline Rebecca Springs, March, 23, 2013. They live in Greenville, S.C. Jeffrey is employed at Capital Design Associates Inc., and Caroline is employed by the Greenville Hospital System.
1998 Adrianne Porter Ochoa and her husband, Fernando, of Acworth, Ga., announce the birth of Nikole “Nikki” Lucia Ochoa, Feb. 15, 2013. Dr.Wendy Schafer-Colvin and her husband, Bradford, of Broadlands, Va., announce the birth of Emilia Jenne Colvin, Feb. 15, 2013.
2004 Fred Byers and his wife, Collins, of Charlotte, N.C., announce the birth of Everett Kimbrell Byers, March 13, 2013.
2005 Shiel Wood and his wife, Bernie Sikes Wood ’07, of Spartanburg, S.C., announce the birth of Fay Ann Wood, March 13, 2013
2006 Melia Brannon McCraw and Benjamin McCraw announce the birth of Charles Brannon McCraw, April 15, 2013. Jeff Rollison and his wife, Corey Wilson Rollison, of Smyrna, Ga., announce the birth of Anni Adele Rollison, April 10, 2013.
Caitlin Gayle Richardson married Dr. Anthony Hock-koon, March 9, 2013. They live in France. Bradley James Stewart married Jennifer Erin Thiessen, Jan. 1, 2013. They live in Duncan, S.C. Bradley earned a B.A. degree in humanities from Wofford. Jennifer holds a master’s degree in public accountancy from Clemson University, and is an experienced tax associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Laurie Spivey Edmondson and her husband, Scott, of Fayetteville, N.C., announce the birth of Samuel Robert Edmondson, Sept. 17, 2012. Amanda Davis Edwards and her husband, Gil, of Canton, Ga., announce the birth of Ainsley“Charlotte” Edwards, Feb. 13, 2012. Kelly Lorch Tucker and her husband, Daniel, of Savannah, Ga., announce the birth ofThomas Henry“Hank” Tucker and Sarah “Jane” Tucker, Dec. 5, 2012.
Tanya Frantz Renn and her husband, Chris, of Louisville, Ky., announce the birth of Isaiah Ash Renn, June 25, 2012.
Charlotte Katherine Perrow married Tyler Conrad Law, March 23, 2013. They live in Beaufort, S.C. Charlotte is a fourth generation Wofford graduate, and Tyler has a degree in agricultural economics from Clemson University. Tyler is a grain broker for Palmetto Grain Brokerage.
Helen Roper Dovell and her husband, Will, of Beaufort, S.C., announce the birth of Michael Seignious Dovell, April 17, 2013. Caroline Tootle Hayden and her husband, Sean Hayden ’02, of Nashville, Tenn., announce the birth of Emery Claire Hayden, Dec. 19, 2012. Claire Myers Winslow and her husband, Ken, of Duncan, S.C., announce the birth of William James Winslow, April 20, 2013.
Matthew T. Davis and Kirby ShelleyDavis, of Spartanburg, S.C., announce the birth of Paden Ensley Davis, Dec. 31, 2012.
2009 Will Cunningham and his wife, Christine Reynolds Cunningham, of Lawrence, Kan., announce the birth of Eliza Burke Cunningham, Sept. 17, 2012.
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From football to fashion
Joslin trades in shoulder pads for designer labels
hen Justice Joslin ’10 graduated from Wofford he didn’t expect to have a career that took him to Mauritius (a small island off the coast of Madagascar). “Going to sleep staring up at the Milky Way and waking up to the noise of the ocean — shooting on a sailboat one day, then riding on dune buggies
for another,” but then nothing’s been the same since he became an international fashion model. Joslin played wide receiver and defensive back for the Terriers, then went to Germany to play football for the Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns. He was there with Wofford teammate Kyle Horne ’08, and their
team had a perfect season and won the German bowl before Joslin received an invitation to the NFL Super Regional Combine Invitational. When the NFL didn’t work out, Joslin moved to California. “Modeling kind of chose me… It and my manager, Al David, that is,” says Joslin. Now Joslin has signed with Ford Models of New York as well as several other agencies in London, Germany and Italy. The job allows him to travel, even if means sometimes living out of a suitcase. “Presently I live in Southern California near the beach, but in the past month I’ve been to Hamburg, London, Barcelona, Helsinki, Mexico and Palm Beach. Getting to travel the world to work is always great. It also gives me the chance to experience the many different cultures and people of the places that I go.” According to Joslin, every job is different depending on the client — high fashion designers, magazines, catalogs and e-commence clients. Some of Joslin’s most notable clients include: GQ Style Italia, GQ China, Zegna and Gas Jeans. The Man of the World cover (top left) included Bungalow 13, a photo story inside the magazine, as well as a video of the photo shoot called Justice Joslin “The Actor.” His favorite designer? “Depends on who I’m working for at the time,” says Joslin. “Honestly I think I like something about everybody that I’ve worked for. But I think I will always like the standard blue jeans and T-shirt.” Joslin says that the fashion industry is every bit as crazy, eccentric and exciting as it appears on television, so he’ll continue to expect the unexpected. It’s worked so far. by Jo Ann M. Brasington ’89
View Justice Joslin’s portfolio at http://models.fordmodels. com/models/7/talents/43384. You can also find him on Twitter https://twitter.com/ justice_joslin.
MOTW/Mariano Vivanco BW/Al David
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Living in Spartanburg, Clint Settle is an agent at Farm Bureau Insurance. Janet Smith is a gallery associate at the Charleston Renaissance Gallery. She lives in Charleston, S.C. Anna Whitney is a project manager for the custom office supply firm Docupak. She lives in Birmingham, Ala.
Class Chair, Hunter L. Miller Dr. Andrew Barnes lives with his family in Greenville, S.C. Barnes is a resident physician at Greenville Hospital System. Marty Bauer, co-founder and chief executive officer of RidePost, was profiled in GSA Business magazine on March 10, 2013. Bauer lives in Greenville, S.C. Dr. Amanda Mills Dailey and her husband, Zach, live in Denver, Colo. Dailey is an optometrist at Insight Eyecare Center. Living in Charlottesville, Va., Dr. William Halligan is a resident at the University of Virginia Health System. Lauren Brooke Stafford and her husband, Luis, live in Charleston, S.C. Stafford is implementation consultant for Benefit Focus. The couple has a daughter, Lillianna. Mike VonReiche lives in Fort Worth, Texas, and is community manager at Grand Campus Living. He and his wife, Robyn, have one son, Quinn.
Class Chair, Nathan Madigan Living in Spartanburg, Martha Albergotti is director of franchise development for Pure Barre Corp. Mary Beth Broadwater is a campus ministry staff member for Campus Crusade for Christ and a teacher for BFI – Austrian Education Institute. She lives in Athens, Ala. Capt. Zachary Chillag is in the United States Army Veterinary Corps. This military branch provides veterinary care for the nation’s working animals and soldiers’ pets, and serves to protect the military’s food supply. Chillag lives in Columbia, S.C. He earned his D.V.M. in 2013 from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Living in Charlotte, N.C., Zlatin Gamishev is a senior associate at KPMG, one of the world’s largest professional services companies. Sarah Hite Kennedy and her husband, Whitner Kennedy ’09, live in Greenville, S.C. Sarah is a special education teacher at Woodruff Primary School, and Whitner is account manager at TEKSystems. Amanda Kilbourne is donor relations manager for the Nature Conservancy. She lives in Spartanburg. Michael Langley is a corporate accounting manager at Milliken. He and his wife, Ashley Glasgow Langley, live in Greenville, S.C. Kristi Lynch is an account executive for the advertising firm the Loomis Agency. She lives in Dallas, Texas. Bennett McLean lives in Columbia, S.C. He earned his master’s degree in 2013 in international business, finance and investment from the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. Becky Siegert Morgan and her husband, James Morgan ’07, live in Clemson, S.C. Becky earned her master’s degree in counselor education in 2013 from Clemson University. She is associate director of diversity education at Clemson University. Patrick Mugan and his wife, Allison, live in Greer, S.C. Mugan is associated with TD Bank. Living in Charleston, S.C., Justin Pinckney is a commercial underwriter at First Citizens Bank & Trust Co. Wes Queen is founder and owner of Simplified Logistic Solutions LLC, and was profiled in GSA Business magazine on March 10, 2013. He and his wife, Ginny, live in Greenville, S.C. Lindsey Gates Rambow and her husband, William Bates Rambow ’06, live in Bluffton, S.C. Lindsey is a reference librarian at Bluffton Branch Library. Clinton Redfern is an attorney for the Svalina Law Firm. He lives in Beaufort, S.C. Simons Swanson lives in New York City. She is an administrative assistant at Apollo Global Management.
Elizabeth Weiskittel Washburn is an advanced priority specialist for Blackbaud. She lives with her family in Oakton, Va. Christie Wilkes lives in Greenville, S.C., and is an occupational therapist with the Greenville Health System.
Class Chair, T. Peyton Hray Ashtin Bellamy graduated in 2012 from the University of South Carolina School of Law, and was admitted to the South Carolina Bar. He is an associate with Whitener & Wharton PA in Columbia, S.C. Ad Boyle lives in Columbia, S.C. He is the owner/president of Boyle Insurance/Palmetto Insurance Brokers. Drew Bryan is a resource director for Campus Outreach Greenville. He lives in Spartanburg. Mary Frances Dassel graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law and was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 2012. She is an associate attorney at Gibbes Burton LLC in Spartanburg. Living in Seattle, Wash., Bethany Jerabek is a nurse at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Amanda Lyons is a legal assistant at the law offices of James F. Brehm. She lives in Greenville, S.C. Stacey Turner McDonald is studying for her Ph.D. in chemistry at Duke University. She and her husband, Michael, live in Durham, N.C. Emily O’Hanlan is business development representative for the human resource management software firm PeopleMatter. She lives in Charleston, S.C. Sarah Page is a multimedia sales assistant for the Anderson Independent Mail. She lives in Anderson, S.C. Living in Austin, Texas, Rachel Senterfeit is a quality assurance analyst at Keller Williams Realty International. Blair Waddell lives in Chattanooga, Tenn., where she is a retail recruiter for the River City Co. Cayley Wetzig works in marketing for Google. She lives in San Francisco, Calif.
Class Chair, Kari Harris Chris Dalton joined the dance exercise franchise Pure Barre in January 2013 as director of real estate. Prior to joining Pure Barre, Dalton worked for EDENS, a developer, owner and operator of community-oriented shopping centers on the east coast. Lisa Bratton Gault earned a master’s degree in 2013 in marriage and family therapy from Converse College. She is lead therapist at Hope Reach. Gault and her husband, Ridge, live in Gaffney, S.C. Living in Jackson, Tenn., Megan Klipfel is a registered nurse at Vanderbilt University Children’s Hospital. Ryan Phillips and his wife, Erin, live in Richmond, Va. Phillips is a senior financial analyst at Capital One. Chelsea Smith is a business development representative for Synnex Corp. She lives in Mauldin, S.C. Living in Columbia, S.C., Clarke Walker is a management associate for Southern First Bank. Sadler Walker works as a business analyst for BAE Systems. He lives in Columbia, S.C.
Class Chair, Nam Hai Pham Wilson Douglas is an assistant account executive BBDO, a worldwide advertising agency. He lives in Atlanta, Ga. Living in Charleston, S.C., Cameron Ledbetter is a scientist at SPAWAR – Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. Philip Long and his wife, Amber Green Long, live in South Hamilton, Mass. Philip is a graduate student at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Amber teaches Spanish at Marblehead High School. Coleman Hornaday is an account executive for the Greenville Drive baseball team. He lives in Spartanburg.
Patterson Maker is an administrative assistant at MANA Nutrition. She lives in Charlotte, N.C. NAI Earle Furman has announced that Kevin Pogue is joining the real estate firm’s Spartanburg office. Pogue lives in Spartanburg. Vordman Carlisle “Lisle” Traywick has been elected editorin-chief of the South Carolina Law Review. He is a second-year student at the University of South Carolina’s School of Law. Traywick lives in Columbia, S.C. Margaret Tyson lives in Bavaria, Germany, where she is a freelance English language trainer. Caitlin Walsh earned her master’s degree in management in 2013 from Wake Forest University. She is a marketing and sales assistant at Simatec AG.
Class Chair, Hallie Willm Brad Bracey, a financial analyst at CNL Financial Group, lives in Orlando, Fla. John Cannon lives in Greenville, S.C., and is an internal auditor for South Carolina Bank and Trust. Living in Spartanburg, S.C., Katherine Conner is collection assistant for The Johnson Collection. Patrick Craig is the director of college and young adult ministries at Frazer United Methodist Church. He lives in Montgomery, Ala. Tyler Finney lives in Richmond, Va., and is a trader and portfolio administrator at RiverFront Investment Group. Living in Columbia, S.C., Charlotte Gantt is a retail center sales representative for BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. Micheala Jeter lives in Roebuck, S.C. She is enrolled in graduate school at Converse College and is a teaching assistant at Woodruff Primary School. Living in Easley, S.C., Mary Kathryn Jolly has joined the staff in the Wofford athletics department as a Terrier Club assistant. Chris Keenan is a research assistant at the University of South Carolina mental health department. Hannah Leirmoe teaches drama at Wilson Hall School. She recently directed a performance of “Guys and Dolls Jr.” Leirmoe lives in Sumter, S.C. Carter Mahoney lives in Charlotte, N.C. He is a secondary marketing trader for American Security Mortgage. Dixon Pitt is property manager and real estate developer for Bryan Properties Inc. He lives in Winston Salem, N.C. Allison Poole lives in Spartanburg and is an audit specialist for Spartanburg County. Lauren Hernandez-Rubio Senn and her husband, Wesley, live in Charleston, S.C. Senn is a graduate student in environmental studies at the College of Charleston. Living in Greenville, S.C., Allen Smith is associated with TEKsystems. Kelly Turn is a passport specialist at Charleston Passport Center. She lives in Ladson, S.C.
(Above) The children's rides at the annual Easter Eggstravaganza were a huge hit with alumni and their families. Almost 1,600 people attended the event again this year. (Below) Kathy Kuehn Cothran ’91 (center) brought family and friends to A trip to Australia at the site of Ayers Rock. Left to right are: Pinckney Irwin '68, Susan Hodge Irwin, Carole Davis and Mac Davis. Wofford day at Carowinds.
South Carolina Supreme Court Justice Costa Pleicones’65 (center) was the speaker at the annual Hibernian St. Patrick’s Day Banquet in Charleston, S.C., this year. Young alumni, including Kristen DeYoung ’10, Palmer Straughn ’04, Sara Riggs ’10 and Chandler Pitts ’09, spent some time catching up after the event. (Above) Meghan Lindsay ’11 and Jill Hauserman ’11 took a moment to snap a photo with President Benjamin B. Dunlap at the Annual Wofford Gathering in Atlanta on April 11.
Upcoming alumni events
(Below left) Malaika Jones and her family joined Wofford alumni and friends at Riverbanks Zoo on April 20.
July 13..................................Baltimore Orioles Alumni Event
(Below right) Kyle Roach ’92 (left) and Will Britt ’92 celebrated their 20th class reunion by running the 37th Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. It was Wofford's Homecoming weekend so they made their own shirts to join their other classmates in spirit.
July 20.................................... Boston Red Sox Alumni Event July 26.................................... Panthers Training Camp Party Aug. 10-21........... Taste of Scotland & Ireland Alumni Travel Aug. 22..................Pickin’ Crackin’ & Shuckin’ Kickoff Event Sept. 5.................................. Charleston Young Alumni Event Sept. 7......................................... The Citadel Pre-game Event Sept. 12...................................Columbia Young Alumni Event Oct. 4-5...........................................................Family Weekend Oct. 11-12.............................................................Homecoming Check www.wofford.edu/alumni for details and a full list of opportunities for alumni and friends to get together. SUMMER 2013 • Wofford Today • 21
by Doyle Boggs ’70
Morrill B. “Don” Donnald, April 27, 2013. Mr. Donnald was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and retired from the U.S. Public Health Service in 1975. He and his wife then began operating the Adventure Bird Banding Station in Potomac, Md. For more than 25 years, they made nationally recognized contributions to the conservation of migratory birds.
1939 Robert Truesdale Folk, March 8, 2013, Oxford, Miss. A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, Mr. Folk retired as supervisor of communications for the University of Mississippi. He was a member of the Oxford University United Methodist Church.
Cynthia Fowler. “Ignition Stories: Indigenous Fire Ecology in the Indo-Australian Monsoon Zone.” Carolina Academic Press, 2013.
r. Cynthia Fowler, associate professor of sociology at Wofford, met “Rangga Bella” on the island of Sumba during a 14-month stay during 1997 and 1998 while doing field research for a doctoral dissertation at the University of Hawaii. “Rangga Bella” is a young woman who had married her husband, “Lodo,” for love and had four delightful young daughters: Ami, Ria, Bibi and Sislia. She has been doing her best to bring them up in a polygamist world of complex relations with in-laws and teaching them clearly defined gender roles. Rangga Bella’s story is one of the fascinating accounts of individual Kodi people in Fowler’s new book. As the title implies, it skillfully weaves together 20 illustrated narratives centered on the Kodis’ relationship with fire, a critical tool for land management in many places on Sumba and an integral part of the Fowler folk culture. “Anthropologists often refer to ‘fire-adapted eco-systems,’” says Fowler. “On the other hand, conservationists argue that every open fire yields a gas by-product and sends particles of material into the air that may contribute to climate change. Do indigenous peoples have the right to continue their traditional ways? Indonesia, whose government is dominated by the Javanese, has national laws that prohibit land management by setting fires, but those generally have not been enforced on Sumba.” Fowler started her academic career as a philosophy major, but the possibility of doing field work and research led her into the social
sciences. She has shared that interest with Wofford students, leading an Interim trip to Bali. She hopes to continue her research on the relationship between fire and culture, perhaps investigating the fire ecology of Southern Appalachia.
communities where he has coached and taught.”
Keith O’Brien. “Outside Shot: Big Dreams, Hard Times, and One County’s Quest for Basketball Greatness.” St. Martin’s Press, 2012.
eorgetown, Ky., is perhaps best known today as the North American manufacturing center for Toyota, but it is almost equally famous in the basketball world as the home of the Scott County High School Cardinals, and their legendary coach Billy Hicks ’74. Along with “Friday Night Lights” and “The Blind Side,” reviewers are listing “Outside Shot,” among the “must read” studies of high school sports in America. Author Keith O’Brien, formerly a sports writer for the Boston Globe, clearly understands all the complexities of the game, on the court and off. He shows that successful coaching at the high school level requires not only an incredible level of empathy and motivation skill, but also a keen understanding of how to teach the fundamentals. “Billy Hicks’ hard work and efforts as a player at Wofford are reflected in his coaching,” says Danny Morrison ’75, president of the Carolina Panthers and Hicks’ teammate during the Gene Alexander era at Wofford. “With the history and tradition associated with Kentucky high school basketball, it is an amazing accomplishment to be the state’s winningest active coach. Not surprisingly, he has also had a tremendous impact on the
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Kirsten Krick-Aigner and MarcOliver Schuster (eds.). “Jazz in German-language Literature.” Königshausen & Neumann, 2013. s a first compilation on jazz of its kind, the present volume broadens the transnational conversation about jazz in literature in 16 original articles on jazz in Austrian, German and Swiss literature. Contributors trace the influence of North American jazz on Western European culture through readings of novellas, novels, poems, radio plays and essays about jazz, written or published in German from the mid-1920s through the 21st century. At the core of Western European modernity and urban sociohistorical culture, jazz maintains its relevance for today’s Germanlanguage literature and is a vehicle for addressing issues of social class, gender, race and ethnicity, as well as regional, national and transnational identity. Dr. Kirsten Krick-Aigner is professor of German and vice chair of the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Wofford.
Chitra Divakaruni. “One Amazing Thing.” Hyperon (paperback), 2010.
ach year, the entering class at Wofford participates in “The Novel Experience,” where the students read a novel, write an essay for potential publication and then have a opportunity to meet the author. For the class of 2017, the book will be “One Amazing Thing” by Chitra Divakaruni, who teaches creative writing at the University of Houston. On the first page one of the characters (named Uma) has been reading a copy of “The Canterbury Tales,” foreshadowing the framework of the novel. Trapped by an earthquake in the basement of an Indian consulate, the diverse
travelers tell their stories. Each of the narrators has a distinctive way of responding to the pressures of a life or death dilemma. What makes the book successful is the narrative skill of the author and the level of characterization that she achieves in a limited number of pages. All alumni and friends of the college are invited to read the novel and hear Divakaruni in Leonard Auditorium at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26.
http://www.theatlantic.com/ magazine/archive/2013/05/thecritics/309276/ The URL above leads to the online edition of the Atlantic magazine and a short story by Thomas Pierce ’06 titled “The Critics.” The story also may be found in the print edition of the magazine (May 2013) beginning on page 80. This is Pierce’s second major short story to be published recently — “Shirley Temple Three” was included in the New Yorker, Dec. 24-31, 2012. Pierce is a Poe/Faulkner fellow in the MFA program at the University of Virginia and will complete his degree this summer. He is working on a collection of short stories and a novel.
haser’s many fans in the Wofford community will be excited to learn that the eagerly anticipated biography now can be pre-ordered on line. Scheduled for release on Oct. 29, 2013, the title of the book by Dr. John Pilley, professor of psychology emeritus, is “Chaser: Unlocking the Genius of the Dog who Knows a Thousand Words.” Animal lovers also will learn some of the secrets of incorporating learning into play and discovering more about the unique relationship between dogs and humans. The Huffington Post also just picked up Chaser’s story. View the video story online at www. huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/23/ dog-grammar-chaser-border-collievideo_n_3328097.html.
Thad Worthington Herbert, March 1, 2013, Easley, S.C. Growing up in a campus home, Thad Herbert was the youngest of three sons of distinguished Wofford faculty member William C. Herbert. After serving in the Army during World War II, he became a banking executive. He is particularly remembered and respected as a community leader in Easley, S.C., where he served as president of the Carolina National Bank and was the first chairman of the Pickens County United Way. For many years he was the treasurer of the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. After he retired he lived in Greenwood and was an active member of St. Mark United Methodist Church. The Rev. Roland William Rainwater, Feb. 23, 2013, Columbia, S.C. Mr. Rainwater was a U.S. Navy chaplain in World War II, serving at Iwo Jima and Okinawa. After the war he worked in pastoral education with the William S. Hall Psychiatric Institute in Columbia, S.C. He retired in 1993, but he remained active in the New Hope Presbytery in North Carolina.
1941 Dr. Richard Stokes Smith, March 1, 2013, Fairborn, Ohio. Mr. Smith served during World War II as a bomber-navigator. He pursued graduate studies in physics after the war and retired at Wright-Paterson Air Force Base in Ohio. Following retirement he was known for his artistic creations in jewelry making and painting. Dr. John Oscar Wilson Jr., March 12, 2013, Smyrna, Ga. Dr. Wilson served in World War II, retiring from the Navy Reserve with the rank of captain with 36 years of service. For 35 years through 1979, he practiced dentistry in Atlanta, participating in the International College of Dentists and the American Academy of Dental Practice. He was a charter member of Buckhead Rotary and a Paul Harris Fellow.
1943 John Luther Edens Jr., May 11, 2013, Oswego, S.C. Mr. Edens was a veteran of World War II, serving with the 358th Infantry, 9th Division and receiving the Purple Heart. After the war, he taught at Berry College and Edmunds High School. He also served as principal at Alice Drive Junior High School for 17 years before finishing his career at Lemira Elementary School. Mr. Edens was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church and was a Sunday School teacher there for 50 years. He received the Order of the Palmetto in 1999. Chaplain (retired) Glynn Aubrey Oglesby, Feb. 28, 2013, Orange Park, Fla. Mr. Oglesby completed Duke Divinity School in 1945 and then was appointed to the U.S. Navy. He served 23 years until his retirement
in 1967. He then joined the staff of Duval Medical Center in Jacksonville.
ing his service in the U.S. Navy and at Wofford, Mr. Stevens was associated with Brock Reality of Spartanburg for many years. The family suggested memorials to the Wofford Terrier Club.
1949 The Rev. Warren Candler Wofford, April 1, 2013, Orlando, Fla. Mr. Wofford was a missionary to Brazil for the United Methodist Church for 40 years. He had lived in Florida since 1991. Mr. Wofford was a veteran of World War II and a past president of a Rotary Club in Brazil. David Lloyd Wright, Dec. 31, 1924, Johnston, S.C. Mr. Wright served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during World War II, earning the Purple Heart at the Battle of Leyte Gulf. After completing his degree at Wofford, he was associated with the H.J. Heinz Co. for many years, retiring as a regional sales manager. The family has suggested memorials to the Methodist Manor or to Wofford.
1950 Joe Bill Campbell, April 23, 2013, Raleigh, N.C. Mr. Campbell served in the Navy during World War II and enrolled at Wofford on the G.I. Bill. He later graduated from Clemson University and began a career as an electrical engineer. From 1979 through 1991, he owned and operated his own business in Raleigh. He served as a deacon in the Baptist church and was active in community organizations. Maxcy Clinton Lynn, March 9, 2013, Spartanburg, S.C. Mr. Lynn served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, then attended Wofford. He was a pharmaceutical representative for G.D. Searle & Co. for 35 years. After his retirement he was a volunteer for Mobile Meals and other Spartanburg service organizations. He was a charter member of St. Paul United Methodist Church and the Spartanburg Country Club.
1951 Lt. Col. (Ret.) Joseph C. Pate, April 19, 2013, Columbia, S.C. At the age of 17, Mr. Pate enlisted in the Navy during World War II. After the war he enrolled at Wofford and played football during the Phil Dickens era. He earned his commission through Army ROTC and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart in Korea. After the war he played a key role in the development of Weston Lake at Fort Jackson. For 35 years Pate was a high school football official, and he retired in 1991 from the South Carolina Department of Education. The family requested memorials to the Terrier Club at Wofford.
1953 The Rev. Robert Melvin Couch, Feb. 28, 2013, Andalusia, Ala. Mr. Couch graduated from the Southeastern Bible College in Lakeland, Fla., in 1955. He then began a 50-year career as an evangelist and pastor, serving churches in eight Southern states. He was also a youth camp director, police chaplain and hospital chaplain. In retirement, he was a member of West Highland Assembly of God. Joe C. Heriot Jr., April 10, 2013, Sumter, S.C. Mr. Heriot was a farmer and a retired official of the Farm Services Agency. He was a member of the Aldersgate United Methodist Church for more than 50 years and was a past president of the Civitan Club. He was the 1992 Volunteer of the Year for Volunteer Sumter and received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the YMCA for 1998.
1954 T. Louis Cox, March 11, 2013, Inman, S.C. A veteran of the U.S. Navy,
Dr. Linton Reese Dunson Jr., Gosnell Professor of Government, emeritus, April 20, 2013
nown as an expert in American government, state and local government, and early American constitutional and political history, Dr. Dunson earned his undergraduate degree with Phi Beta Kappa honors at the University of Georgia. He took his Ph.D. in government at the University of Virginia and began teaching at Wofford in 1966. He retired in 2008. The Honorable Dennis W. Shedd ’75, a judge on the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, notes that “Dr. Dunson was the epitome of what a Wofford professor should be, in the grand tradition of Wofford College. He was brilliant, a masterful teacher and always encouraged students to do their best. But true to liberal education, he had interests beyond academics; he was devoted to his family and was an expert in botany. Dr. Dunson was an advocate for preserving and enhancing the campus landscape, and to a large measure, Wofford’s campus beauty is due of his efforts.” Dr. Dunson was known as a strong advocate for his students, often helping them make connections in law and in the political world. He frequently sponsored congressional internships during Interim. “In the years after I left Wofford, Dr. Dunson would often call me in an effort to assist Wofford students,” Shedd remembers. Dr. Dunson’s wife, Suzanne, died in 2009. He is survived by two daughters and three grandchildren. The family suggested memorials to Wofford. by Dr. Phillip Stone ’94 Mr. Cox practiced law in South Carolina for more than 50 years and was a past president of the state bar association. He served Spartanburg County as a member of the state’s General Assembly and was the county’s first public defender. Wesley Lawton Neely, March 8, 2013, Greer, S.C. Mr. Neely was the former owner of Neely’s Inc. of Greenville, a regional building supply center. He also was a Realtor. For 52 years he was an active leader in Taylors First Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.
1955 Alfred Edward Beam, Feb. 28, 2013, Adelphi, Md.. Retired from the National Weather Service, Mr. Beam was a mathematician and computer systems analyst. He served with the Merchant Marine at the
end of World War II and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. Herman Edward Davis, March 13, 2013, Kingsport, Tenn. Mr. Davis was a retired chemist with Eastman Kodak. He was a member of the Ketron Memorial United Methodist Church and a member of the Walk to Emmaus Community. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. Willie Eugene “Billy” Smith, March 15, 2013, Spartanburg, S.C. Mr. Smith retired after more than 30 years of service with the Piedmont Natural Gas Co. He was a member of the Southside Baptist Church. Smith served in the U.S. Army in Japan from 1955 through 1957.
1956 B.B. Stevens, May 9, 2013, Chesnee, S.C. A football standout dur-
Making memorial gifts
o make a memorial gift to the college, call the Office of Development at 864-597-4200, visit www.wofford. edu/gifts or mail a check made payable to Wofford College to Wofford College, Office of Development, 429 N. Church Street, Spartanburg, S.C., 29303-3663. Remember to include the name of the person you are honoring with your gift to the college.
Cecil Graham Bond, April 14, 2013, Jamestown, N.C. Mr. Bond was a U.S. Army veteran who went on to a 40-year career in the textile business, retiring from Burlington Industries. He was a member of the Jamestown United Methodist Church, where he served in many capacities. Floyd Alister Goodwin, March 28, 2013, Conway, S.C. Mr. Goodwin served as a officer in the U.S. Army before beginning his business career with the United Merchants and Manufacturers in Clearwater, S.C. After moving to Conway in 1976, he operated the Lighthouse Christian Supply and several related businesses. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Conway. He was also a member of the Kiwanis Club. Otis Arnold “June” Mace, April 26, 2013, Charlotte, N.C. Mr. Mace served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. For 25 years he worked as a chemical sales representative. He was a member of Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church.
1959 Donald Hugh Griffin, Oct. 30, 2012, Venice, Fla. Graduating from Wofford with a degree in chemistry, Mr. Griffin was a co-founder and owner of Silicones Inc., in High Point, N.C. In retirement Mr. Griffin enjoyed spending time in Venice, Fla.
1960 Van McLaurin McAlister, April 10, 2013, Columbia, S.C. Mr. McAlister was a Columbia builder and developer for more than 60 years. He received the Gordon A. Harrison Award for integrity and ethics in the building business as well as several other professional awards. He was a member of Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church and a volunteer basketball and softball coach for 25 years. Newton Jasper Newell Jr., April 7, 2013, Anderson, S.C. Mr. Newton was the owner and operator of Newell Construction Co. He was a charter member of Christ Reformed Church and an elder in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). Madge Greene Ezell, May 1, 2013, Chesnee, S.C. Mrs. Ezell was a public school teacher in South Carolina for 42 years. She attended the Asheville Normal Teachers College, then completed her degree in Wofford summer school. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Chesnee.
1961 The Rev. James Lamar Squires, March 11, 2013, Galivants Ferry, S.C. Mr. Squires entered the ministry in 1975 after owning and operating several businesses in his native Aynor. He pastored several Baptist churches in South Carolina, most notably Bakers Chapel Baptist Church, where he served for 21 years.
1964 Benjamin “Scooter” Oliver III, May 7, 2103, Sumter, S.C. Mr. Oliver served in the U.S. Army and retired as a pilot for the U.S. Forestry Commission. He was a member of EAA Chapter 1456 and Bethel United Methodist Church in Oswego.
1971 The Rev. John Franklin Grigsby, Feb. 14, 2013, Bennettsville, S.C. A U.S. Army veteran, Mr. Grigsby was a graduate of the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He served several churches in the Pee Dee area and led an active prison ministry and “Saturday Sunday School.” William Jonathon Padget, May 4, 2013, Batesburg, S.C. Mr. Padget retired after a career in finance and sales. He served as an Army officer from 1972-1979.
1975 Jack Eidson Crawford, March 17, 2013, Batesburg, S.C. Mr. Crawford was retired from the South Carolina Department of Corrections and was serving as a behavioral consultant with the South Carolina Department of Special Needs. He was a member and Sunday School teacher at Zion United Methodist Church in Prosperity, S.C., and a member of the board of the Beckman Center.
1985 Kevin Walter Schmid, April 1, 2013, Moore, S.C. He was a computer programmer who died after a long and courageous battle with muscular dystrophy.
Friends Jeanne Crawford Cheatham, April 21, 2013, Arden, N.C. After the sudden death of her husband, Lt. Col “Elrod” Cheatham ’51, USMC, Mrs. Cheatham joined the Wofford administrative staff, working at the college until she retired. In Spartanburg, she was highly respected as a homemaker and community volunteer Charles F. Funk, March 12, 2013, Spartanburg, S.C. Mr. Funk was a professional mechanical engineer. After a long career with Lockwood-Greene, he opened a private consulting firm. Wofford College was one of his clients. Mr. Funk was a member and deacon of First Baptist Church. He served on the boards of a number of charitable organizations. James Andrew Leitner Sr., Feb. 27, 2013, Irmo, S.C. Mr. Leitner, age 107 at the time of his death, may have been the last surviving graduate of the Wofford Fitting School, a preparatory academy that had operated on the campus and closed in 1924. He graduated from Clemson and then owned a general merchandise store in Irmo, S.C. He was a member of Union United Methodist Church. Victor Niles Paananen, March 24, 2013, Cambridge, Mass. Dr. Paananen, who had completed his bachelor’s degree at Harvard magna cum laude in 1960, taught at Wofford during the 1962-63 academic year. He went on to earn his doctorate in English at the University of Wisconsin and retired as assistant dean of the graduate school at Michigan State University. John H. Pitts, Jan. 2, 2013, Clinton, S.C. Mr. Pitts was an armor officer with the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict and participated in the American Legion and other veteran’s organizations. He was a long-time member of Kiwanis and served as governor of the Georgia district in 1990-91. Margaret Marie Means Young, March 26, 2013, Union, S.C. Mrs. Young was a career educator, earning graduate credits at Wofford for summer study. She retired from teaching in 1986 after 34 years of service. She was a member of Jerusalem Baptist Church.
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