Scope Barton College
A Magazine for Alumni and Friends of Barton College
Empowering Others Teaching the Joy of Giving Serving Haiti
Scope Barton College
A Magazine for Alumni and Friends of Barton College
Academic Year 2013/2014
Contents 1. A Message from the President 2. Empowering Others 3. Ties That Bind 4. Teaching the Joy of Giving 6. Health & Physical Education for the Next Generation 8. Barton Partners with Wilson County Schools for Parent Symposium on Autism
2 • Empowering Others
Catherine Okafor has received local and national acclaim for founding the W.I.S.E. (Women Inspiring Success and Empowerment) Girls Camp.
10. Notes from the Dog House 12. Thursdays with Dr. Fulks 14. Serving Haiti 16. New Guys on the Team 17. Barton News
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Breaking Ground at Barton New Trustees on Board in 2012 Jeff Broadwater Honored With Ragan Old North State Award Rodney A. Werline Recognized for Faculty Excellence Eighth Annual Scholarship Luncheon 2013 Jefferson-Pilot Faculty Members of the Year 2013 Spirit of Barton Award Dr. Joseph D. Russell Honored At Conference Jane S. Webster Publishes Two Books in 2012 Barton’s Rod Werline Publishes Second Volume of “Experientia” Barton College’s Undergraduate Scholars Week
25. Alumni Update • Alumni Awards
27. Alumni Class Notes
• Faculty Emeritus • In Memory of Dale Bone • In Memory of Dr. Darwin William McCaffity, Trustee Emeritus, and his wife, Margaret Brown McCaffity • In Memory of Dr. E.D. Winstead
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Michaela Trefethen has realized one of her purposes in life is to help others achieve happiness…
14 • Serving Haiti
When a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti in January 2010, the community of Barton College organized a response within twelve hours to collect and package materials for Church World Service hygiene kits. This year, a group of 15 traveled to Haiti for a week of rebuilding homes using the rubble of the earthquake.
.................................... In Memory of Jackie
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4 • Teaching the Joy of Giving
Barton College Dr. Norval C. Kneten, president Kathy Daughety, director of public relations J. Keith Tew, director of publications Harriet Barnes Summer Brock, Kathy Daughety, Hollie Woodruff Duncan, Gary Hall, Dr. Norval Kneten, Kasey Thornton J. Keith Tew Hollie Woodruff Duncan
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Jackie M. Harris, former director of publications and a past editor of the “Barton Scope” passed away on May 14. An alumna of Atlantic Christian College, she was employed at the College from 1985 until 1992. Jackie will be remembered for her beautiful smile and dancing eyes, her sense of kindness and compassion, and her love for and dedication to her alma mater. Creative by nature, she met opportunities and challenges with enthusiasm and provided encouragement and inspiration to her colleagues. In her memory, we dedicate this 253rd issue of the “Barton Scope” to our beloved friend and fellow alumna Jackie Harris.
BARTON SCOPE is published two times a year and distributed free by Barton College located at P.O. Box 5000, Wilson, NC 27893. It is designed to provide alumni, parents of students, and other friends with information concerning activities and programs at the College as well as news of alumni. Thirdclass postage paid at Wilson, NC 27893.
President a message from the
One of the rewards of the academic environment is that there is always a new beginning. Our messages to our students, their parents, and our alumni are based upon the theme “Inspiring Futures,” a theme that carries with it the promise of new beginnings and renewal. This theme gathers all our combined efforts across campus to grow accomplished and confident graduates. Barton, as a college, is experiencing its own period of new beginnings and renewal. We began with our groundbreakings during the 2012 Homecoming Weekend. The promise of those groundbreakings is being fulfilled through our partnership with the City of Wilson and the N.C. Department of Transportation, and through the generous support of alumni, friends, and donors of the College. The NCDOT has completed revising traffic patterns around the campus and has installed a new traffic circle at the east entrance of the College. The City of Wilson is completing extensive work, burying utilities and other major infrastructure changes in anticipation of our fall construction of the new West Entrance. Architects have finalized plans on the new Aileen and Bill Parish Plaza, a plaza which integrates our new West Entrance, a reconstructed Moye Science Plaza including an updated Creasy Greenhouse, the Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre’s Yelverton Plaza, and the student commons. As a focal point and entrance to a revitalized Howard Chapel, which is currently in the planning and fundraising stage, the Aileen and Bill Parish Plaza will affirm our commitment to the values as represented in our continuing church relationship. The landscape of the campus is also under transformation. With the removal of the concrete canopy along Belk Hall, greenscaping efforts are beginning to transform the Campus Quad and other areas of the campus. A million-dollar renovation and upgrade of the dining facilities in Hamlin Student Center has been completed and the Hackney Library will become the host for a new rare book and special collections room, a collection that will include elements of the Discipliana Collection. Barton has welcomed new trustees to the College’s Board, whom you will read about in this issue of “Barton Scope,” and the College community mourns the loss of Trustee Dale Bone and Trustee Emeritus Darwin McCaffity who have passed away this year. Their dedication and service to Barton College have left indelible marks on this campus and its community. Looking forward to the new academic year on the horizon, we take time to recognize the ingenuity and achievements of our students. In the issue, you will have a chance to meet a recent graduate and a rising sophomore who are changing the world with their vision of reaching out and helping others. And, speaking of reaching out, I hope you will take time to read about our students’ experience rebuilding homes in Haiti and our faculty leading a symposium on autism for parents in our local community. Looking back on this past year, we take time to celebrate the achievements of our student-athletes, our faculty, and our alumni, all of whom are honored for their dedication and service to campus and community. As you have noted on the cover, the theme for this issue is “Ties That Bind.” With so much to share with you in this summer issue, I invite you to take your leisure and enjoy reading about these “ties that bind” you and fellow alumni to your alma mater. Norval Kneten
by Kasey Thornton
It’s no secret that young people have always faced unique and difficult challenges. Females and males alike are bombarded with magazine covers, billboards, and media dictating how they should look, act, and – most devastatingly – how they should feel about themselves. It’s a problem that leads to depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem for an overwhelming majority of young adults and especially young women. Luckily, Barton College continues to prepare its students to face social issues head-on and to solve them with determination, courage, and passion. Recent graduate Catherine Okafor has received local and national acclaim for founding the W.I.S.E. (Women Inspiring Success and Empowerment) Girls Camp, which has been held for the last two springs on the Barton College campus. In addition, she has twice been invited to attend the Clinton Global Initiative, and she has started writing for the “Huffington Post” on a regular basis about social issues that interest her. Okafor started developing the idea for the W.I.S.E. Girls Empowerment Camp in a class debate about body image,
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where she noticed that many of the other students sat quietly and seemed at a loss for what to say. It W.I.S.E. was at that moment she decided to start a serious conversation in the Barton community about positive and negative body images. “I read an article recently about a girl who committed suicide,” Okafor shared. “She [the girl in the article] was caught up in the desire to be skinny and perfect, and it overwhelmed her. Other countries view body image differently than we do as Americans, and I feel like our media, in particular, promotes negative body image. It’s bad for our generation, and I want to support other females in this issue.” In January 2012, Okafor sought help from her campus counselor, professors, and friends to develop the themes that would soon blossom into a mission “to empower, inspire, and educate girls on topics that we as women face, such as body image, leadership skills, health, fitness, and discovering Breakout Sessi ons Inclu
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what we are passionate about.” On March 31, 2012, 27 local middle and high school students came to Barton College for the W.I.S.E. Girls Empowerment Camp, participating in a day of workshops and fun social activities. The camp featured Dr. Kelly M. Thompson, vice president for external relations at Barton College, as the keynote speaker. Okafor’s bravery in creating this opportunity for young women in the Wilson community soon led to an unbelievable opportunity for herself. After the camp, she was looking for something to give the young women that they could keep as a memento of the experience. “I reached out to the 'Huffington Post' as a potential sponsor, trying to get some donations to help the program, and I asked one of the editors if they had any ideas,” she continued. “The editor suggested, ‘Why don’t we have the girls write for the Teens’ Section?’ So I helped one of our girls have a poem about her perception of leadership published. After that, the ‘Huffington Post’ asked me to write for them on a regular basis.” Okafor writes and publishes at least one article every month. “It’s stuff that’s on my mind, events on the news… the [Sandy Hook] school shootings, for example,” she explained. “I want to make sure we continue to have meaningful conversations about the issues we face.” The W.I.S.E. Girls Empowerment Camp gained national attention when Okafor was accepted to attend the Bill Clinton Global Initiative. According to the web site, “CGI University hosts an [annual] meeting where students, youth organizations, topic experts, and celebrities come together to discuss and develop innovative solutions to pressing global challenges.” Though she didn’t attend last year because it interfered with the W.I.S.E. Girls Camp, she was accepted again to attend the conference in 2013. “At first, I didn’t even want to apply because I didn’t want it to interfere with the camp again,” she added. “But a professor convinced me to give it a shot. I was accepted to attend the conference in St. Louis in April on a full scholarship.” Okafor was excited for the opportunity to discuss Education and Women’s Rights, two issues that are nearest to her heart, with her peers. She appreciates the chance to network with other passionate college students from across America. She credits Barton with helping her develop her passion for women’s education and rights. Okafor admits that, at first, the main goal of her college career was simply to make good grades and please her professors with academic success. Her focus shifted when she started thinking about what she could do to make her college days more personally fulfilling and exciting. “When I first came to Barton as a transfer student in 2010, I noticed that a lot of people were involved in campus life and organizations that they were interested in,” Okafor noted. “I’m a very observant person, and noticing everyone’s passion for the things they were doing inspired me to get involved as well. I wanted to do something that would have a long-lasting impact on others.” And, she has succeeded in doing just that.
You can read Catherine Okafor's “Huffington Post” articles at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/catherine-okafor/
Ties That Bind “Blest Be The Tie That Binds.” I learned that hymn at the knee of my father, standing beside him in church on Sundays. It was one of his favorite hymns, and I can still hear his voice carrying those words from the sanctuary of the church over the threshold of our back door on Sunday afternoons. I was too young to understand the power of those words back then, and I think only now, in the middle of middle age, can I begin to understand what he knew to be true. There are unbreakable ties that bind us to one another in this world and beyond. For Christians, the words of this hymn are at the center of our faith. And, perhaps these words are a perfect segue to talk about other important ties in our lives, ties of relationships and experiences remembered on common ground. Those relationships and experiences of which I write are bound to this common ground we know as our alma mater. Whether we recognize this place as Atlantic Christian College or as Barton College, we are tied to this campus because of these connections we share. The relationships and experiences during our college years have shaped the individuals we are today; they have shaped how we touch the lives of others along the journey. These ties bind us together. My father, Zeb Whitehurst, class of 1955, held several roles at Atlantic Christian College, including director of alumni affairs, dean of students, and director of college relations. During his service, I grew up on campus and came to know faculty, staff, students, and alumni, many of whom are part of an ever-growing cloud of witnesses related to our alma mater. They, too, recognized those who came before them — those who had founded, served, attended, and supported this institution of higher learning. This legacy of witnesses, upon whose shoulders we stand, hopefully inspires us to ensure this place we call Atlantic Christian College or Barton College will not only survive but also thrive for future generations to study, teach, serve, and support. These ties cross generations, years, and miles. Everyday, I walk across campus overwhelmed with ghosts and memories and dreams for our alma mater. So much has been accomplished since our founders established that one-building college on five acres of campus in 1902. And, in 2013, there is still much to be accomplished as the College moves forward in its service and education of future generations. You and I are a part of our alma mater’s legacy, whether we choose to be active in the life of the College or not. I hope your heart holds a special place for our alma mater, and I hope you know how welcomed you are on campus. I literally grew up on this campus and have begun my 27th year serving the College as an employee. This place that I call both Atlantic Christian College and Barton College is tied to my heart in inexplicable ways, and I hope it is tied to yours. I also hope you will enjoy reading this issue’s articles about fellow alumni, faculty, staff, and students who are reaching out on campus and beyond to extend these ties across community, region, country, and abroad. Blessed be the ties that bind. Kathy Whitehurst Daughety, ’80 Editor 3
Teaching the Joy of Giving by Kasey Thornton
“It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little. Do what you can.”
This quote by Sydney Smith, an Anglican author, is one of Michaela Trefethen’s favorites. It highlights the idea that everyone should do something to make the world a better place even though it seems like we can never do enough. Trefethen made a big impact on her part of the world in 2012 when she founded PriscillaPlace, a one-for-one company with a goal of teaching children the joy of giving to other people. Trefethen, a rising sophomore at Barton, had just finished making stuffed animals for Christmas gifts in November of her freshman year when she got the idea to start a small business. She set to work right away, making new animals and adding new designs and products, then bouncing around 4
different business models to family members and friends. “The one-for-one model became the obvious choice,” she said, referring to the concept of giving an item to a person in need for every item sold. As an education major, Trefethen realized this was her opportunity to teach children about kindness. Her immediate goal for the company was to see PriscillaPlace as a leader in the fight for happiness and love in the world. The company is named for her grandmother, who taught her to sew. “So often, we hear of violent acts, natural disasters, disease, and other terrible things,” she explained. “There is so much sadness and anger in this world and a lot of it affects kids in negative ways. We want to bring joy and love to children because each and every child deserves to know that they are loved, and that this world is actually a great place.” Currently, PriscillaPlace is operated by Trefethen and
“It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little. Do what you can.” ..................................................
four other “givers,” which is a word she uses to describe committed volunteers: Keisha Parker, social media/marketing leader; Amy Cogan, public relations; Hannah Finkelstein, correspondence leader; and Allison Dellinger, web master. The volunteers also assist in the design, testing, and creation of the products themselves. “Our givers are volunteers because all the money we make goes directly back into the business,” Trefethen continued. “Once our company grows, the givers will receive a salary.” Some of the products made by PriscillaPlace include: Magic Miffles, handmade stuffed animals; Silly Shorts, functional shorts in colorful designs; Piggybacks, fun drawstring packs that are lightweight and perfect for kids of all ages; and Doodle Dresses, sundresses for young girls in bright colors and unique patterns. For every item sold, a similar item is given to a child in need. The slogan for the business is
“Products for kids who like to give.” When asked about some of the quirky names for her products, Trefethen shared that her family inspired many of them. “The term ‘Doodle Dress’ came about in a funny way,” she added. “I remembered how my mom used to call me Micki-Doodle… and I realized ‘Doodle Dress’ sounded perfect. I think the name captures the joy and uniqueness in every dress we make.” Trefethen and her mother also coined the word “miffle” because of the inherent fun and magic in the word. The company has already experienced significant growth since the beginning of 2013. Many of Trefethen’s professors and other Barton staff members have assisted and supported her work, helping to spread the word about PriscillaPlace’s unique charm. “We’ve gone from having one order a month to having one order every day,” she continued. “But we’ve kept up with the growth because we are very motivated. PriscillaPlace was not created as a way to win fame or fortune. We just want to help children have happy childhoods.” In addition to the generous one-for-one concept of the company, Trefethen and her team of givers also feature a “Cause of the Month.” They choose a different organization every month to highlight and create a product or series of products for the theme. For example, in February, PriscillaPlace teamed up with Sister to Sister to raise awareness for women’s heart health, and they created a special dress in their honor. For every one of these dresses sold, PriscillaPlace donated $10 of the profits to Sister to Sister. The American Cancer Society/Relay for Life and the Disabled Veterans Association are scheduled for features in the coming months. Trefethen shared that her biggest challenge is having enough time to do everything required of a college student and a young business owner. She also works part time during the school year in Barton’s Hackney Library. “Even though you just want to relax sometimes, you keep pushing through it, because it’s not about us,” she said. “It’s about the idea of giving back, the love and the intention behind this movement. It’s a lot of hard work, but it’s really fun!” One day, she hopes to travel all over the world with the PriscillaPlace team delivering products to children in need, but, for now, Trefethen’s top priority is making PriscillaPlace an official non-profit organization. This summer, with the help of a legal team, the company will be applying for nonprofit status on the state and federal levels. If successful, she hopes to use the subsequent benefits to aid in PriscillaPlace’s growth. Trefethen credits Barton with inspiring her to create her company. “In my FYS class with Holly Zacharias, we learned about purpose and vision,” she concluded. “I realized one of my purposes in life was to help others achieve happiness… I love knowing that we’ve brightened someone’s day. It’s the best part of the business, hands down.” You can find Trefethen’s creations at: http://www.etsy.com/shop/PriscillaPlace 5
& Physical Education FOR THE NEXT GENERATION by Kathy Daughety
Walk around the block. Hit the gym. Dust off that bicycle in the garage. Rarely a day goes by without online medical reports, newspaper and magazine features, or the evening news reminding us of the significance of physical exercise in leading a healthy lifestyle. Professors in Barton’s Department of Physical Education, Sport Studies, and Gerontology have touted the benefits of physical fitness for years, and this academic program is graduating educators who are echoing this important message as they take their place in K-12 classrooms across the state and beyond. Barton’s Health and Physical Education (HPE) graduates, choosing to teach in North Carolina, boast a 100% hiring rate. And, for the last four consecutive years, the HPE program has celebrated one or more HPE alumni being named Teacher of the Year in their respective school systems. The reputation of this program’s quality is historically strong across the state. There is no doubt that Barton’s Health and Physical Education professors, students, and alumni are serious about good health. And, it all begins in the classroom at Barton. “The Physical Education faculty have adopted the motto ‘Our graduates will guide students in the process of being physically active and healthy for a lifetime,’ ” shared Dr. Dawn McCrumb, program director for health and physical education teaching licensure. “Our students’ first lesson is to adopt and live out this goal for themselves.” In recent years, she and Dr. Claudia Duncan, chair of the Department of Physical Education, Sport Studies, and Gerontology, have led the effort to revamp curriculum of the HPE program, strengthening and enhancing academic 6
instruction and practicum components of the major. They are joined by a cadre of professors who add their own teaching expertise and extensive knowledge base to the academic courses required within the program. “Barton College has always had a great reputation for producing excellent teachers for our state, and we have continued that with our HPE majors,” shared Dr. Duncan. “It’s not unusual for Dr. McCrumb to hear from principals about the quality instruction our graduates are providing their students. And, many of our graduates are Nationally Board Certified as well.” Dr. McCrumb developed the seven practicum-based courses that students recognize as their hurdles of opportunity toward the finish line of the program. If anyone enters the HPE program thinking this is an “easy A,” they are sadly mistaken. This is a serious major with high expectations by faculty and students alike. Senior Amber Weaver noted, “There is an advantage at Barton to be in the schools early in our collegiate experience, which is not necessarily the norm for other programs. Each practicum course adds an additional
30 to 35 hours to a student’s academic schedule each semester. This program definitely requires a significant commitment from those enrolled in the program.” Not for the faint of heart, these practicum-based courses allow students to apply previously-learned theory in a supervised classroom setting. HPE students will complete a total of 220 practicum hours of in-school, hands-on teaching experience before their senior year student-teaching experience. “The HPE program supports a committed focus on teaching,” continued Dr. McCrumb. “By observing students during practicum hours, we are able to assess early in the program if students are a good fit for teaching and coaching.” Working side by side with HPE students, Dr. McCrumb oversees the hands-on classroom experience during health and physical education practicums as students build their levels of confidence and expertise. “These assessments are paramount to the advising process,” she added. “By the senior year, HPE students are not only prepared for the studentteaching experience, but they also have developed strong relationships with area HPE teachers, many of whom are A.C.C. and Barton graduates.” “We are definitely ready to give our best in the classroom,” Weaver added. “We have a chance to work with a wide variety of resources in some schools and learn how to be creative with extremely limited resources in other schools. We learn how to incorporate ordinary objects, like two-liter plastic bottles for bowling pins, to create equipment when needed for classes. Better teaching preparation helps us to be more creative in our .................................................. classes.” “Student teaching "Student teaching was a great experience was a great experience last fall because I felt so well prepared. last fall because I felt so Those practicum hours provided the well prepared,” shared December 2012 graduate experience I needed to be confident in my Lee Webb. “Those ability and my preparation." practicum hours provided .................................................. the experience I needed to be confident in my ability and my preparation. And, an invaluable part of my Barton experience was learning how to continue learning.” The updated practicum component also includes 12 courses of health content to strengthen teaching preparations for the classroom. Additional practicum hours provide HPE students with a focus on special needs children and at-risk youth, preparing Barton graduates to work with a diverse population of students and their particular needs. HPE students are also extremely committed to community service, another component of the program. They heartily support the American Heart Association’s “Jump Rope for Heart,” leading this fundraising project that promotes healthy exercise and heart health awareness in area schools. They also volunteer with annual field day programs at schools and work with CHEW (Children’s Hunger Elimination in Wilson, Inc.), distributing food on Fridays to children who are chronically hungry over the weekends. Barton students fill backpacks for these children and help at the distribution center. In addition, HPE students work with
Top and facing page: Lee Webb leads a class in activities with the P.E. Parachute. This cardio exercise gives the kids a fun workout and affords the teachers opportunities to discuss the science behind parachutes and air currents. Bottom: Lee Webb and Justin Willoughby take a break between classes at Selma Elementary.
the Special Olympics at Hunt High School and the Easter Egg Hunt at Fleming Stadium; both are Wilson County programs for special needs students. They conduct fitness assessments for students in area schools and also support special projects such as Barton alumna/ physical education teacher Whitney Way’s effort to incorporate a new dance program at Wilson’s Rock Ridge Elementary School. These efforts reflect Barton’s campus-wide vision for students to adopt a lifelong commitment to service. As with all things important in life, physical fitness takes commitment and discipline. And, Barton’s HPE graduates are committed to improving the lives of their students, teaching them the benefits of exercise and physical fitness — not for a day, not for a class, but for a lifetime.
Barton Partners with Wilson County Schools for Parent Symposium on Autism by Kasey Thornton
During Autism Awareness Month this past April, several Barton faculty members decided to focus on a key player in the life of an autistic child who generally doesn’t receive the help he or she needs: the parent. This effort led to Barton College and the Wilson County School System partnering to host an evening symposium especially designed for parents of children with autism. The goal of the symposium was to further educate the parents on what they can do to help their sons and daughters thrive both in and out of the classroom. The event attracted a variety of people – not just parents of children with autism spectrum disorder, but aunts, uncles, and grandparents as well. Many parents of children with autism may not know how to work with their sons and daughters effectively. In many cases, they don’t know what questions to ask or where to begin filling their gaps in knowledge. Dr. Bettie Willingham, associate professor of education and program coordinator for social studies education and special education in Barton’s School of Education, explained that the main objective for the April symposium was to provide information to parents. “We focus so much on what a child with autism needs to be successful in the classroom and what future teachers need to facilitate that success,” Dr. Willingham noted. “But my goal when I developed this program was to collaborate with the school system to bring a focus on what the parents may need.” Autism is defined as a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior. Scientists aren’t certain about what causes autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but it’s 8
likely that both genetics and environment play a role. For now, there is no known cure. Many more unanswered questions exist about the disorder, a fact that lends to a natural rise in misconceptions that experts like Dr. Willingham and Dr. Susan Bane, associate professor of physical education and sport studies and women’s health physician, are working to combat. “Many of these kids are not verbal, so the assumption is that they’re not smart,” shared Dr. Bane. “The simplest definition of autism is that it’s a social communication disorder. Most .................................................. children with autism “Many parents of children do not have an intellectual disability with autism may believe and are incredibly there is nothing they can bright. Teachers and do to improve their child’s parents can help them learn to express situation. As a key speaker themselves.” at the symposium and the Many parents of children with autism mother of a son with the autism spectrum disorder, may believe there is nothing they can Dr. Bane worked hard to do to improve their dispute that misconception.” child’s situation. .................................................. As a key speaker at the symposium and the mother of a son with the autism spectrum disorder, Dr. Bane worked hard to dispute that misconception in her presentation. With a background in medicine and a Ph.D. in Exercise Science, she was well prepared to discuss some easy and proven ways to help improve the symptoms of
Dr. Bane shares a moment with her son Max.
autism spectrum disorder. “The truth is, there are things they [parents] can do to help their child’s health,” she explained. The current research suggests that in genetically-susceptible children, various environmental exposures, that individuals without autism can handle, contribute to the symptoms of autism. “For instance, removing wheat and dairy from their child’s diet and minimizing exposure to chemicals as much as
possible by eating organic and choosing natural household cleaners and pesticides can reduce symptoms. An Epsom salt bath, at the end of the day, is also great for helping a child detoxify his or her body, and it’s very calming.” With the right medical care and therapy in the classroom and at home, many children with autism can reach a point where they no longer meet the criteria for autism. They will always have the disorder, but they show no symptoms. “The noticeable rise in autism is true,” Dr. Bane continued. “Some people think that we’re just better at diagnosing it these days. That is partly correct, but it’s not the whole story. Years ago, it hardly existed, and, now, 1 in 88 people have it. Autism has become an epidemic. Physicians, teachers, and parents have to be trained differently.” Barton College and the Wilson County School System have enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship for many years, and this symposium was the first collaborative effort of its kind. Dr. Willingham shared that there are already preliminary discussions for future presentations to benefit the educators, parents, and students of the Wilson community. "I really commend the work that Dr. Willingham and Dr. Bane did for this symposium,” noted Dr. Jackie Ennis, dean of the School of Education at Barton. “Not only did they work with the school system to provide this symposium, but they also engaged Barton students from the School of Education in this meaningful endeavor. We are very proud of the relationship that Barton College has with the Wilson County School System and the larger Wilson community, and we are looking forward to more collaborative efforts with them in the years ahead.”
Wilson-Barton Partnership Business Leadership Award On a beautiful September evening, nearly 300 members of the Barton College and Wilson communities gathered on the Barton campus to honor the legacy of Charles H. “Buddy” Bedgood, Jr. The 2012 recipient of the Wilson-Barton Partnership Business Leadership Award, “Buddy” Bedgood left an undeniable mark on Wilson, a mark left through his business and real estate dealings, through his community involvement, through his family, and, most importantly, through his many friendships. Award recipients are selected annually based on significant contributions to business, strong leadership qualities and dedication to the community. Mr. Bedgood was the eighth Business Leadership Award honoree. Through the generosity of his family, friends, and other members of the The Charles H. Bedgood III Family Wilson community, four one-time scholarships have been established in Mr. Bedgood’s name. Two of the student recipients, Business majors Sarah Casey, ’14, and Holly Lafond, ’14, addressed the gathering and expressed their appreciation at having been selected for this recognition. Scholarships will also be awarded to two students enrolled in the College’s Accelerated Professional Programs while several additional scholarships will be established to recruit outstanding students to the Barton Class of 2017. The evening was a fitting tribute to a highlyregarded business leader and the many contributions he made to the Wilson community. 9
Athletics Notes from the Dog House
by Gary Hall, director of athletics As we entered the 2012-13 year, our athletic program welcomed the addition of intercollegiate teams in men’s and women’s indoor track and field. The two new teams brought our total number of sponsored sports to 18, an institutional record high. We have actually doubled the number of teams fielded in less than a 20-year period. Karen Godlock has added coaching duties for the indoor track and field teams as her work continues as Head Coach for Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Outdoor Track and Field. Conference Carolinas is sponsoring indoor track and field for both men and women as league sports this year as over half of the member institutions are now fielding teams. Under the leadership of Head Coach Matt Akins, our men’s soccer team came very close to winning the championship of Conference Carolinas. The Bulldogs advanced to the championship game of the league tournament, before losing 6-1 at Limestone College. The team won three late season conference matches by 1-0 scores on shutouts by goalkeeper Yasily Yakimkin and finished the regular season at 6-4, and in fourth place among the 11 competing schools. This team advanced to the championship match of the tournament after hosting North Greenville University in the quarterfinals and Queens University of Charlotte in the semifinals. Midfielder Dante De Luca was named a First-Team All-Southeast Region selection and Senior Richard Worthy was named an Academic All-American. Our student-athletes achieved a great milestone at the completion of the fall semester of 2012 attaining an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0, a first since this data has begun to be recorded. In recent semesters, this average had improved to a 2.9. In reaching this milestone, we have met one of our primary goals for the intercollegiate athletics program—ensuring that our participants are students first and athletes second. And, we are demonstrating this initiative more successfully than ever before. Each of our teams was represented on the Conference Carolinas Presidential Honor Roll for the fall semester, and 84 Bulldogs, 39% percent of our total student-athlete population, received this recognition. This level of broad academic achievement doesn’t happen by accident. Our coaches encourage team members to excel, and they produce practice and competition schedules that facilitate such performance. Faculty members and the Office of Academic Success provide support for the needs of this population and aid them in meeting the high standards set by the institution. One of our great team success stories is this 3.0 average record for academic performance, for which we can be very proud. The 2012-13 basketball season was great fun as our men’s and women’s basketball teams combined for a 24-4 record in the Dog House (Wilson Gymnasium). Our men’s team under Head Coach Ron Lievense had an overall record of 23-8, shared the Conference Carolinas regular season championship with Limestone College with a 15-5 mark, qualified for the NCAA Division II tournament for the second year in a row, and advanced to the finals of that event with two victories before being defeated by the host University of South Carolina at Aiken in the championship game. This team was led by Conference Carolinas Player of the Year Gerald Boston, who also was named a Second Team AllAmerican. Our women’s team, under the direction of Head Coach Wendee Saintsing, had an overall record of 21-8, placed second in the Conference Carolinas regular season standing with a 19-3 mark, and played in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament for the third straight season. Junior Nyeshea Willie was named 10
Conference Carolinas Player of the Year and Senior Elaine Morgan was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year. Our men’s golf team, with John Hackney serving as Head Coach, maintained an NCAA Division II national ranking for the 2012-13 season. Led by senior All-American Daniel Claytor, this team was ranked 25th nationally in the fall and moved up to a ranking of 16th during the spring portion of its schedule. This team continually placed high in tournament competition, fifth or better in over half of its events, and often defeated other nationally ranked teams. The team concluded its season with a strong performance in the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Regional Golf Tournament, placing eighth of 20 teams and missing qualification for the national tournament by one place. Our men’s volleyball team made great strides in its second season of existence under first-year Head Coach Jeff Lennox. With three late-season wins for 2013, this team demonstrated that it is performing well under his leadership. Coach Lennox was able to coach our women’s team to a fourth place finish in the East Division of Conference Carolinas in the fall of 2012 and thus a place in the conference tournament. For his efforts, he was recognized for the second year in a row as a recipient of the American Volleyball Coaches of America’s Thirty Under 30 Award. This award was established by the AVCA to identify the nation’s best young coaches, and it is great to have Coach Lennox on this list in his first year coaching our Bulldogs. And, on a final note, Conference Carolinas will be undergoing some membership changes in the near future as both Coker College and Queens University of Charlotte begin competition in the South Atlantic Conference in 2013-14. Emmanuel College (Franklin Springs, Ga.) and Southern Wesleyan University (Central, S.C.) requested consideration for membership to our league, had visitation teams sent to their respective campuses, and were voted on by our league’s CEOs to be accepted into the league. Both institutions will be transitioning from national affiliation with the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) to NCAA Division II over the next few years, and they can become full conference members when this process is completed. Go to http://bartonbulldogs.com for the latest in Bulldog Sports.
Randy Pridgen, ’83; Stacey Radford Miller, ’02; and Shemkia Reid, ’02
Athletic Hall of Fame Membership in the Barton College Athletic Hall of Fame grew to 119 with the inductions of Stacey Radford Miller, ’02, Randy Pridgen, ’83, and Shemkia Reid, ’02 at the Bulldog Club and Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Banquet held on October 26. All three inductees were originally from Wilson County. Miller was the first AllAmerican in the history of the women’s soccer program and coached the team to a 38-31-2 record over four seasons. Pridgen was the Head Athletic Trainer for 23 years. Reid is one of the most decorated female studentathletes in the history of the College, having been named our conference’s Player of the Year in women’s basketball three times and starring for our volleyball team as well. She was coached by Wendee Saintsing in both sports. At this same event, Susan and Norval Kneten were recognized as the recipients of the Bulldog Club Award for 2012-13 for their tireless support of our Bulldog teams. As we prepare for Homecoming Weekend 2013, an excellent group of Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized at the banquet on October 25. Inductees will include Tim Black, ’03, All-American basketball player who has enjoyed a successful 10-year professional career in Europe; Elfatih Eltom, ’80, Conference Player of the Year in 1979 and standout on our first two championship soccer teams; Jagadish Gowda, ’86, standout on our 1984 national championship tennis team; Jennifer Mills, ’98, three-time First Team AllConference volleyball standout and member of the AllTime CVAC Team; Danny Smith, ’74, who is deceased and was a five-time individual conference champion in track and field; and Stony Wine, ’93, Honorable Mention All-American in baseball in 1992, who led our team to conference regular season and tournament championships in 1993, and served as assistant coach for four seasons.
thursdays I with Dr. Fulks
by Kathy Daughety
It is impossible to measure the impact of a professor’s influence on students during his or her teaching career. Yet, for the teacher or professor who seeks to inspire students, that centrifugal influence will continue to ripple outward for generations. Created as a platform for student research in the Gerontology Program, Dr. J. Steven Fulks’ Thursday Seminar Series inspired freshman Anna Batts, and seniors Madison Cauley, Sandy Dickerson, and Autumn Herrin to merge their research, personal experiences, and passion to work with the elderly into insightful campus presentations. Dr. Fulks’ guidance and encouragement empowered the students to find their voice as they shared personal journeys of student research and its impact on their vocational focus. The presentations were so well received, these students had the opportunity to share their research with external constituencies at local, regional, and state levels, including the 34th annual meeting of the Southern Gerontological Society in Charlotte, the 10th Annual Caregiver Education Conference at Barton College, and the Barton College Scholars Symposium. In addition, Batts was contracted by the family caregiver support program for a series of paid presentations, Cauley has been hired by AARP North Carolina, and Herron and Dickerson’s work was adopted by Alzheimer’s North Carolina for use in caregiver support groups and training. Part of the Legacy: A Photographic Journey into Caregiving What began as a way for Batts to learn more about her camera
while capturing memories of treasured time spent with her maternal grandmother, in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, turned into a chronicling of both of her grandparents during this last chapter of their lives. Batts was an awardwinning student photographer and artist in high school. When she enrolled at Barton, she chose to combine her love of art with this newfound interest in gerontology, an interest born out of her experience assisting in the care of her grandparents during seven very difficult but precious years. “We find inspiration in many forms and in many ways,” shared Batts. “Helping my grandparents for so many years and watching them deal with such a difficult disease gave me firsthand experience on what it was like to be a caregiver to the elderly. I documented their decline through photographs, on the good days as well as the bad. With the classic book ‘Gramp,’ by Mark and Dan Jury, as inspiration for my presentation, my photographs serve as a timeline depicting my grandparents’ fight with Alzheimer’s and the impact that fight had on my entire family.” Batts’ photographic journey illustrates her personal experience of witnessing her grandparents’ advanced aging, while including viewpoints from other members of her family. Through her photography, Batts captured fleeting moments of clarity and recognition from her grandparents sandwiched between their anxiety of memory loss. And, during her presentation, Batts subconsciously reminds the viewer of familial ties that permanently connect each other beyond words, spoken or written. Helping Children Understand Family Caregiving: Resources for Adults and Their Children Who Are Affected by Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Forms of Dementia Cauley approached her Thursday Seminar presentation by focusing on the viewpoint of the child who experiences difficulty in comprehending the visible and behavioral changes in loved ones who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.
Through her own experience during the first six years of her life, Cauley watched her parents care for her elderly grandfather who suffered from dementia. “The process of a child growing up can be difficult; however, when a child’s family member is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia, this period of growth can become even more challenging,” shared Cauley. “The relationship between the child and the person with Alzheimer’s disease will change, and the family dynamics are going to be forced to adjust accordingly.” She noted that it is a long and difficult journey for adults, but an even more perplexing one for children. Each family member’s relationship with the family member affected by dementia will obviously change, but for the young child, it is difficult to comprehend the “why,” and that’s where Cauley’s resource guide begins. In her presentation and printed resource booklet, she provided examples of how to talk to children about dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and the potential difficulties children may experience. She also covered helpful tips for introducing discussions with children about the debilitating disease and how to diffuse emotional and sometimes embarrassing situations with dementia
chances of falls related to age and the need for quick medical response to aid in an elder person’s full recovery and, in some cases, survival. “Home Alert Systems are important tools for families, but when the need arises in a household, caregivers may not have time to compare their options when purchasing a system,” shared Herrin. “Sandy and I hope our resource guide can eventually be utilized to assist family members who are searching for the best product to fit their loved one’s needs.”
Madison Cauley (l) and Anna Batts (r) deliver their presentations at the spring caregiver education
“Helping my grandparents for so many years and watching them deal with such a difficult disease gave me firsthand experience on what it was like to be a caregiver to the elderly.” ..................................................
patients when children are present. Cauley’s resource booklet included a cursory list of guidelines for families beginning to address these issues as well as a list of appropriate activities to keep children connected, in an engaged and safe manner, with their loved ones suffering from dementia. An Overview of Home Alert Systems Herrin and Dickerson’s presentation was an exhaustive compilation and analysis of resources available to families seeking assistance for loved ones wanting to maintain independence in their own homes. Their presentation reviewed 12 leading home alert systems offering a comparison/contrast of their effective range, price, service contracts, accessibility, summary of features, and reliability. Their presentation was designed to assist the older individual, the caregiver, and the professional in making an informed decision from the multitude of products and services available. In addition to providing these comparisons, Herrin and Dickerson shared tips for providing a safe home environment for elder members of the family. They also reviewed important statistical information regarding the
These four young adults are preparing for vocations of service that will affect and influence the lives of numerous patients and clients. And, their research and course of study have been influenced by a teacher/student relationship from a prior generation. Dr. Fulks, who serves as director of the Gerontology Program at Barton, developed the concept for the Thursday Seminars as a result of his own experience during graduate studies in gerontology at the University of North Texas. Following a 12-month academic course load, he completed a seven-month internship at the Texas Research Institute for Mental Sciences (TRIMS) in Houston to complete his master’s degree. It was at this research institute that he met and interned with Howard Rabinowitz, a well-respected rabbi and clinical social worker who became an influential mentor to him. Through that internship, Dr. Fulks participated in student research programs that became models for Barton’s current caregiver education conference, now in its 10th year, as well as Barton’s newly established “Thursday Seminars.” Professor Rabinowitz’ guiding hand during Dr. Fulks’ internship inspired the future Barton professor and helped define his own teaching style. And, the ripple effect continues.
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Serving Haiti by the Reverend Hollie Woodruff Duncan
When a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti in January 2010, the community of Barton College organized a response within 12 hours to collect and package materials for Church World Service hygiene kits. Within 24 hours, the response echoed through the Wilson community, and, within 48 hours, three other area colleges were on board to collect and make the same kits. The student leadership that led this response officially organized a couple of months later as Campus Compassion. Since 2010, Campus Compassion has organized countless volunteer efforts in the community. The group has sponsored a family in Africa through Compassion International, collected shoes for Soles for Souls, organized clean-up efforts after Hurricane Sandy, raised money for water projects in the Horne of Africa, and planned several Alternative Spring Break trips to Louisiana, Washington, D.C., and Charlotte, N.C. This past year, the Campus Compassion organization even established an endowment with Week of Compassion, the relief, refugee and development fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). With all of these efforts, there has always remained a deep desire to serve where it all began — Haiti. This past March, a group of 15 “Compassionites” (as they call themselves), 12 Barton students and three adult leaders, finally had that opportunity. Working with Conscience International, the group spent a week rebuilding homes, using the rubble of the earthquake, outside of the capital in Grande Guavé. Rising senior communications major Rachel Moore knew such a trip would be life changing. After all, she grew up in a missionary family, with her mom in South Korea and her dad in the Congo. They were even missionaries together in Haiti after they married. “I grew up listening to stories and looking at pictures of their time in Haiti,” Rachel recalls. “I was excited about the Haiti trip, but I was even more excited because my dad was going with us.” The Reverend Bill Moore of Bedford, Va., minister of Bedford Christian Church (DOC) and a Barton College dad, connected the Barton group to Conscience International and helped the students prepare for the trip with history and language lessons. “It had been 13 years since I had last visited Haiti and 24 since my wife and I lived there as missionaries with the American Baptists,” Rev. Moore explains. “It was a great time for me personally to have the opportunity to go back, to resurrect some of my Creole language, and to witness the changes in the country. My greatest pleasure, however, was to get to see Haiti through the eyes of the [Barton] students, especially my daughter Rachel. I enjoyed watching them step out of their comfort zones and adjust to having their world expanded beyond anything they had experienced before.” Rachel adds, “It was a privilege for both my dad and me to be there with each other. He was able to see what it was like to experience a new culture with fresh eyes, both through me and with the rest of the group. The learning experience I had was what we called ‘Haitian patience.’ I want to be like the 14
Haitians – go with the flow, make the best of situations, be grateful for what I have, and live happily.” The week spent working side by side with the Haitians was stunning and humbling. “Flying into Haiti was eye-opening,” shares Ashley Denton, a rising junior gerontology major and secretary of Campus Compassion, as she reflects on her time in Haiti. “From my window seat, all I could see were blue tarps and tents. Piles were burning, and smoke filled the air. I now understand the meaning of culture shock. I wondered ‘What did I get myself into?’ I was scared and uncomfortable, but, as the week went on, I became more accustomed to their way of life. I realized that there is more to life than the clothes you own or other material possessions. It is about the community helping and loving each other.” The focus on community is central to the Haitians. Of course, Haitians recognize their individuality but, unlike the United States, a greater focus is on the community. This is best understood by the Haitian concept of time. “One of the many jokes of the week was that we were on ‘Island Time,’” explains newly elected Campus Compassion president Kevin Toth. “This usually meant that none of us knew the day’s schedule, allowing the unexpected to usually occur. Out of all the challenges that I faced, this was the most difficult. After much reflection and discussion with my fellow Haiti companions, I realized I was giving up control. Suddenly,
group. Service comes from a place of friendship. “I realized they don’t need our pity,” Ashley notes. “They make the best of everything they have. They are happy with their lives and the communities in which they live in.” And, Kathi Shaner, vice president of Campus Compassion, adds, “It made many of us wonder who was really in poverty.” The Haiti project has come full circle. Barton students reached out to connect with global neighbors in need, expecting nothing in return. And, during Barton's spring break, compassion and gratitude were entwined, securing a lifelong bond.
when I was no longer concerned with my schedule, what emerged was more time to be present with those around me. In the process of giving up control, I g a i n e d w h a t the Haitians have all the time – community. As I learned from our Haitian friend Destine, ‘Put people first, your schedule second.’” The emphasis on community was a clear theme of the trip. The group witnessed a community that had so few material possessions, many living in tents with dirt floors, and yet they were rich with laughter, friends, and family. Joy radiated from every Haitian. Upon arrival, pity was expressed; “those poor Haitians” many muttered while driving through Port au Prince. Campus Compassion came to help them, the poor Haitians, but it was the group that was transformed. No longer captivated by the blue tarps and tents or the stench of burning trash, it was the beauty of Haiti and the kindness of its people that captivated and motivated the 15
New Guys on the Team Meet the newest members of the Institutional Advancement staff: Brent Godwin, associate director of annual giving, and Zac Bailes, associate director of development. They joined the division earlier this year and have already made a big impact. “I am very excited about Brent and Zac joining our team,” shared Jason Gipe, assistant vice president for development. “They bring a passion for Barton that is contagious. When you meet them, you can see they care deeply about our mission and traditions at Barton College. They are Bulldogs to the core.” A Wilson native and 2008 graduate of Barton College, Godwin’s responsibilities on the Institutional Brent Godwin Advancement team include facilitating all aspects of the Annual Giving program through direct mail, the student-led phonathon, and online giving campaigns. He also supports fundraising efforts within the Department of Athletics, such as the new fence project for Nixon Baseball Field and the soccer field spectator seating project. As an alumnus, Godwin provides a unique perspective on Barton’s tremendous growth and development. His deep, motivating love for the College began during his time as a student-athlete pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in fitness management. “I played baseball all four years; we had a really strong team and had some great wins,” Godwin reminisced. “And, during my junior year, the men’s basketball team won the NCAA DII National Championship. Those were exciting moments not only for the students but for the entire campus community and the city of Wilson too.” “Brent’s experience as a student-athlete at Barton will benefit the College in raising awareness and funds for our athletics program,” Gipe continued. “He has a strong work ethic and is extremely detail-oriented and organized, attributes he developed while serving as an admissions counselor after graduation. These strengths transfer well as he leads our Annual Giving program.” “Barton College invests in the success of every student who steps foot on campus, and both of these opportunities have been my chance to give back to the school that invested so much in me,” Godwin explained. “I want to help young people find direction for their life, the way Barton helped me and so many others.” As an alumnus, Godwin finds it easy to connect with other Barton graduates, no matter how far they’ve roamed since graduation. He is able to relate to those who share common experiences, stories, and interests, and he has assisted in developing new programs specifically designed with young alumni in mind. “I am most eager about the new online giving programs we’re beginning to launch,” Godwin continued. “Creating an electronic philanthropic community will make it incredibly easy for young alumni to give back to their alma mater. We expect an enthusiastic response, especially from Zac Bailes our millennial alumni. “Baseball drew me to Barton as a student, but the relationships created have kept me here,” Godwin shared. “I continually meet some awesome alumni and friends of A.C.C. and Barton, and I know I’m developing lifelong friendships.” The second new face in the Office of Institutional Advancement is new Bulldog Zachary Bailes. A native of Owensboro, Ky., Bailes averages nearly 30 visits per month to alumni, friends of the College, and corporations. His responsibilities include developing and implementing initiatives to identify and cultivate new donors as well as stewarding ongoing donor relationships, thereby ensuring a strong base of ongoing financial support for the College. 16
Completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy with a minor in Religion from Georgetown College, Bailes went on to earn a Master of Divinity degree at Wake Forest University. Bailes’ prior fundraising experience has included working with a non-profit organization in WinstonSalem and U.S. Congressional races. He credits Georgetown with providing him the opportunity to study in a small, liberal arts college environment similar to Barton. “However, my Master of Divinity degree gave me the tools to understand communities,” Bailes explained. “I discovered how stories, individual and communal, shape people’s interaction with institutions, and I have developed an abiding love for building relationships with people of diverse backgrounds.” “As a graduate of a small school, Zac understands the mission and the needs of Barton,” Gipe explained. “He has an extremely engaging personality and wants to hear everyone’s A.C.C. and Barton stories. And, his fundraising experience is a tremendous asset to the College.” When considering employment at Barton, Bailes was excited to learn about Barton’s close ties with the Wilson community, its progressive construction campaigns signaling growth and development, and most of all, the opportunity to be engaged with Barton faculty, staff, students, and alumni. “I applied to Barton because I believe in its vision for the future,” Bailes continued. “We’re a geographically, generationally, and historically diverse family. Our stories and histories unite under the college’s motto, ‘they shall have the light of life.’ Visiting and hearing from those who love the College is the favorite part of my work. The moments I spend hearing about someone’s life at A.C.C. and Barton College are opportunities for me to more fully understand the heritage of this institution.” True blue to the core, these two “new guys” on the team look forward to meeting you. Give them a call or dash off an email to share your stories, catch up on College news, or ask them about new initiatives on campus. They’re anxious to hear from you! .................................... Brent Godwin may be reached at 252-399-6594 or email@example.com. Zac Bailes may be reached at 252-399-6360 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aileen and Bill Parish Plaza at Howard Chapel
Breaking Ground at Barton by Kathy Daughety
It’s that sense of expectation — a collision of anticipation and anxiousness when something exciting is on the horizon. It draws us in every time. We’re not sure what awaits us, but we know we don’t want to miss it. Well, no one was disappointed at the dual groundbreakings held on the Barton campus during the 2012 Homecoming Weekend. It was a day full of celebrations, and, despite the threat of storms, nothing could dampen the spirits of those in attendance at the Saturday morning groundbreaking for the new chapel plaza honoring alumni Aileen and Bill Parish or the afternoon groundbreaking for the Lee Entrance, part of the planned West Entrance onto the campus, honoring alumni Lynn and John Lee. Aileen and Bill Parish Plaza at Howard Chapel Beautiful bouquets of flowers welcomed attendees under the tent at the groundbreaking for the Aileen and Bill Parish Plaza at Howard Chapel. That was a fitting tribute for remembering the late Aileen Parish who loved anything and everything blooming. Her husband, Bill Parish, and her daughters, Tricia Parish and Phyllis Parish Howard, gathered with family members, friends, and fellow alumni as stories were shared about this devoted couple that loved and served the College together for 61 years. Any time the doors The Parish Family turns ground for the Aileen and Bill Parish Plaza. were open for an alumni event, the Parishes were there. Aileen Parish faithfully served as an alumna representative on the College’s Board of Trustees and the Alumni Board, and the couple supported numerous capital and project campaigns and established scholarships that will continue to impact students for generations. They sent both of their daughters to Atlantic Christian College to complete their baccalaureate degrees, and Parish Howard currently serves as a member of the
College’s Board of Trustees. During the groundbreaking, Parish Howard noted that her family’s roots run deep at Barton as she referred to her father’s greatgrandfather, John James Harper, the second president of the College, his great aunts, Mertie and Fannie Harper, the college librarian and mathematics professor, respectively, and her mother’s relatives that included Archie Reel, an A.C.C star quarterback in the 1920s. In his remarks, Dr. Kneten told both thoughtful and amusing stories that Aileen and Bill had shared with him over the years, and he emphasized their commitment to college and church. “The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is the tie that binds A.C.C., Barton College, and the Parish family together,” Dr. Kneten explained. “Their family history and their days at the College have been intertwined through years of work and study, and through our commitment to common values forged within the historic communities of college and church.” Parish Howard reiterated Dr. Kneten’s message as she shared with attendees that her family had chosen to honor her mother and father with the naming of the chapel plaza because of their family’s historic ties to the College and the Christian Church (DOC) and because of their love for Barton, an affection that has truly transcended generations. “This plaza will be a place to sit, relax, reflect; to enjoy nature and appreciate this beautiful campus,” she continued. “We thank you for being with us today 17
as we celebrate Aileen and Bill’s loving legacy for college and church...for education and service. May that love surround people who gather here and live on through generations of Barton students to come.”
matches the accomplishments and reputation that Barton College has achieved in its work with our students. It will reinforce the pride that our alumni feel in their alma mater, and it will give our students an environment that encourages their best. As one Lee Entrance student said, ‘I learn best in a quality environment.’ And, finally, it forms a Along the solid base for our grassy vista near neighborhood Wenger Hall, a revitalization double crescent efforts, of American underlining flags marked the Barton’s proposed curved commitment to drive for the Lee our town-gown Entrance, the relationship with gateway of Barton’s Wilson.” Stephenson new West Entrance. shared, “In the Nearby, ribboned 2010 spring board shovels stood at meeting, in about attention as the 15 minutes, we crowd gathered unanimously under a tent for the raised $650,000 groundbreaking in pledges to ceremony. Dr. get this project Norval C. Kneten, airborne. And, it immediate past has been soaring Board Chair Russell ever since.” L. Stephenson, Jr., Stephenson went and alumnus John on to say that F. Lee provided brief The Lee family helps break ground for the Lee Entrance. the success of remarks prior to the Barton is a critical component to the turning of the earth. Dr. Kneten’s remarks included a success of Wilson and this region of special note of gratitude for the Board North Carolina. He noted the national of Trustees’ and the Alumni Board’s attention the College has received for support of and the foundational gifts its focus on students’ critical thinking made toward the new West Entrance, skills. “These students are graduating board commitments that were led and providing a steady source of talent by Stephenson and alumnus Whit for public and private enterprise in Coolbaugh, respectively. He also noted eastern and central North Carolina. the significant partnerships with the Changes that we are witnessing here city of Wilson and the North Carolina today will only enhance Barton’s ability Department of Transportation, the to continue in this important role for support of Wilson Mayor Bruce Rose many years to come.” Lee, an alumnus of the College and and Governor James B. Hunt, and a trustee for the past two decades, countless others working faithfully concluded the program on a very behind the scenes to help bring this personal note. “Lynn and I admire the transformational project to fruition. Among those making leadership gifts attitude here in being conservative were Dr. Georgia Campion, Lynn and yet not being “paralyzed by fear” of John Lee, Bridgestone Americas, the the future and moving forward to Harold Ladwig family, Chuck Finklea, improve the lives and experiences of Jo Brown, Dale Bone, Linda Connor, our greatest assets, ‘our students.’ This, and Ken Kennedy. “Their vision we are grateful for. Lynn and I love and support have guided our efforts Barton for the difference it has made throughout this project,” Dr. Kneten in our lives, not just for the completion continued. “The new West Entrance of our college degrees 30 years ago, will provide a first impression for but for the relationships we have had prospective students and visitors that with so many, the love, support both 18
personal and business, and the many acts of kindness, too many to mention. This, we are grateful for.” Lee ended his remarks about the new entrance by reminding the audience, “You never have a second chance to make a first impression!” ...................................
New Trustees on Board in 2012 The Barton College Board of Trustees welcomed John C. Brantley III, Donald I. Evans, Joan Adams Jones, Anne Odden, and Gary Williamson as the newest members of the Board this past year. The five new members were installed at the fall 2012 Board meeting. Meet these new trustees. John C. Brantley III retired as the Director of the Raleigh-Durham International Airport at the end of 2011. He was employed with the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority for over 34 years and over 29 years in that capacity. A native of Raleigh, Brantley is a 1964 graduate of N.C. State University in Civil/Construction Engineering with graduate studies at Northwestern University and the University of California. He began his career with the Federal Aviation Administration in Atlanta and later worked with Wilbur Smith & Associates in Columbia, S.C. He also operated a consulting firm specializing in airport planning and design. Brantley is a 40year member, and a past president and director of the Raleigh Kiwanis Club. He has been honored as Kiwanian of the Year and recognized with the Hixon, Hyatt, Dillon and Zeller awards by the Raleigh Kiwanis Club. He also is a past 12-year member and president of the Board of the Raleigh Rescue Mission, a past six-year member of the N.C. State University Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering Department Advisory Board, a past member of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership and Wake County Economic Development Boards, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Research Triangle Foundation. He has been inducted into the N.C. Transportation Hall of Fame, and he is a member and past director of the North Carolina Airports
Association. Additional memberships include the Fifty Group of the Triangle, life membership in the N.C. State University Alumni Association, and the N.C. State University Wolfpack Club. Brantley has John Brantley been recognized with a number of honors including the John B. Ross, Jr. Leadership Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau, the A.E. Finley Distinguished Service Award of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, the Captain of First Flight Award of the N.C. Department of Transportation, the State of North Carolina’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine, and the Triangle Business Journal’s 2010 Businessperson of the Year, among others. He has served 30 years as an adjunct professor of the Practice of Civil Engineering at N.C. State University, where he teaches an airport planning and design course. Brantley and his wife, Marilyn, have two grown children and three grandsons. Their oldest son passed away in 1991. Donald I. Evans was born in Saulston, N.C., and he moved to Wilson in 1955. He graduated from Ralph L. Fike High School in 1965 and served in the United States Army Reserves for six years. He completed management courses at Purdue University and North Carolina State University. He is president and owner of Evans MacTavish Agricraft, Inc. (formerly Evans Machinery & Metal) in Wilson. Evans has served as a County Commissioner for four years and is serving his third term as City Councilman. He was honored as the 2011 Chamber Citizen of the Year. Evans is a board member of the Wilson Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Wilson Industrial Management Council. He and his wife, Brenda, have two daughters, Amanda Barnes and Pam Evans. Amanda has a daughter, Isabella. The Evans are members of Evansdale United Methodist Church where he serves on a variety of committees and as Chair of the Board. The Evans make their home in Wilson. Evans enjoys golfing, traveling and spending time with his family.
Joan Adams Jones is a native of Wilson and grew up on the Barton campus. Her parents, Sarah and Milton Adams, were both alumni of the College, and her father served Atlantic Christian and Barton College in various and often overlapping roles, including athletic director, business manager, vice president, chief financial officer, acting president and, even after retirement, a revered financial advisor. Jones earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health and Physical Education and was a valued member of the women’s tennis and basketball teams. Graduating in 1977, she followed in her father’s footsteps when she received the Coggins Cup (then called the Faculty Cup), presented at Commencement to the student voted best all-around by the Barton faculty and staff. Jones later joined her father and other distinguished athletes when she was inducted into the Barton College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989. During her professional career, she taught physical education (K-12) for 11 years and also coached tennis. She is married to Rob Jones, CEO of The Little Bank, a community bank in eastern North Carolina, and they have two grown children, Elly and Jake. Jones currently volunteers with the “Little by Little” program sponsored by Little Bank. Through this program, she focuses her energy by serving as a mentor and helping young students with their reading development at Southeast Elementary School in Kinston. The Jones family are active members of St. James United Methodist Church in Greenville. Prior to joining the Board of Trustees, she served on the College’s Board of Advisors. Anne Odden was born in Bronxville, N.Y., and raised in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She completed high school at Penn Hall Preparatory School in Chambersburg, Pa., and earned her
Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Duke University in 1959. She moved to Wilson in 1966 and later started Severance Givens, an advertising agency. After several years in the business, she began doing marketing consulting for important local referendums for the Wilson Chamber of Commerce. She developed strategies for campaigns including the approval of Liquor by the Drink in 1983, the Buckhorn Reservoir Bond Referendum, two Wilson County School bond campaigns and later consulted with the Board of Directors of the Wilson County Library during their expansion project. Odden has served on the boards of the Wesley Shelter and the Wilson Chamber of Commerce, and she was an inaugural member of the board of the Arts Council of Wilson. She is married to Conrad Odden, a retired engineer and Captain in the U.S. Navy. As a member of First Presbyterian Church, she has served as a deacon, an elder, a Sunday School teacher, and a volunteer office helper. Odden was a member of the “Barbara Berry Singers” for many years and currently enjoys singing with “Friends,” a musical group that performs folk, pop, and Broadway tunes. She also enjoys reading, travel, bridge, an occasional game of golf, and especially spending time with her children John and Vicki Givens, Mary and Michael Sargent, and her nine grandchildren. A native of Oklahoma, Gary Williamson earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma. He relocated with Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations to North Carolina from South Carolina where he was a member of the Greater Aiken, S.C. Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Career and Technology Education Board of Directors, the Executive Committee 19
of the Aiken County American years, and I Society and was listed among the Cancer Society-Relay for Life, was actually “Washington Post’s” Best Non-Fiction and was involved with the United one of the three Books of 2006, “Adlai Stevenson and Way of Aiken and the Aiken Arts judges for this American Politics: The Odyssey of a Council. Williamson is the Plant award two or Cold War Liberal,” and “Eisenhower Manager for the Bridgestone three years ago. and the Anti-Communist Crusade,” as Americas Tire Operations Wilson So, I’ve given well as a chapter titled “James Madison Plant. His professional career the award, but and the Dilemma of American Slavery” began with Bridgestone 33 years never received for “A Companion to James Madison ago in Oklahoma. Since moving to it. This was a and James Monroe,” which was North Carolina in August of 2011, nice surprise.” published recently by Wiley-Blackwell. Williamson has joined the Board of Broadwater’s Directors for the Wilson Chamber of “James “James Madison: A Son of Virginia and Commerce, the Board of Directors Madison: A Son a Founder of the Nation” is a selection Dr. Jeff Broadwater for the North Carolina State of Virginia and a of the History Book Club, Military Book Chamber of Commerce, the Wilson Founder of the Club, and Book-of-the-Month Club. $30, Industrial Management Council, the Nation,” published by the University hardcover, ISBN # 978-0-8078-3530-2 Wilson Sustainability Council, the of North Carolina Press, received the Wilson Vision 20/20 Board as viceconsensus of the judges and, of the 19 ................................... chair, and the Wilson Education titles entered, Broadwater’s biography Workforce Committee. He also is a of Madison was the only one named on Rodney A. Werline member of the Executive Leadership all three ballots. Recognized for Faculty Committee for the 2012 American The North Carolina Literary and Excellence Heart Association-Wilson Area Heart Historical Association, established Walk, a member of the Upper Costal in 1900, aims to foster the interest Dr. Rodney A. Werline, Marie and Plains Learning Council, Campaign of North Carolinians in the state's Leman Barnhill Endowed Chair Chairman for the United Way as well literature and history and to serve as a in Religious Studies and professor as a Board member, a member of the medium for the constructive exchange of religion at Barton College, was Substance Abuse Coalition, and is of ideas among persons concerned recognized in fall 2012 with the actively involved in the community for the permanent well being of North T.A. Abbott Award for Faculty with the Wilson Crisis Center, Wilson Carolina. Established in 2003, the Ragan Old Excellence. He is the 29th recipient Relay for Life, and the Arts Council of North State Award is given annually of this prestigious award, which was Wilson. Williamson currently makes and honors Sam Ragan: a poet, critic, presented on campus by Dennis his home in Rocky Mount. publisher, and the first Secretary of the Landon, president of Higher Education present North Carolina Department of and Leadership Ministries of the ................................... Cultural Resources. Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Broadwater has received critical “This is the most prestigious Jeff Broadwater Honored acclaim for his newest recognition that our With Ragan Old North State biography. “Publisher’s church gives to members Award Weekly” called the of faculties of the book “meticulously colleges and universities Dr. Jeff Broadwater, Barton College researched and surprisingly in covenant with the professor of history, and author of readable,” while Gordon church…We offer our “James Madison: A Son of Virginia S. Wood at “The New congratulations,” shared and a Founder of the Nation,” was York Review of Books” Landon, in his letter of recognized this past academic year reviewed it as “very solid announcement. Award with the Ragan Old North State and scholarly… the best recipients are recognized Award for Nonfiction by the North medium-sized life of with a plaque and a Carolina Literary and Historical Madison that we have.” cash award of $1,000 to Association. The award was presented Even the “Wall Street be used for expanding to Broadwater by Joe Mobley of the Journal” has taken notice, a personal library, North Carolina Literary and Historical saying Broadwater’s book developing new courses, Dr. Rodney A. Werline Association, during a capstone dinner “deals with the whole man or continuing education ending a daylong conference on “The and with the complete or research. Cultural Roots of North Carolina.” The The T.A. Abbott Award was story of [Madison’s] life insofar as the conference was held at the University established through a gift to the Higher biographer can limn it.” of North Carolina at Asheville. A lawyer, historian, and scholar, Education and Leadership Ministries “I was surprised,” Broadwater Broadwater also is the author of three from the descendants of the Reverend shared. “I didn’t even realize I was previous books, “George Mason, T. A. Abbott, an administrator and up for the award. I’ve been a member Forgotten Founder,” which received faculty member at Culver-Stockton of the North Carolina Literary and the Richard Slattern Award for College, who died in 1914. Nominees Historical Association for several Biography from the Virginia Historical must be full-time teaching faculty at 20
Disciples-related institutions of higher education, and the final decision on recipients is made by the HELM Board of Directors. Criteria for selection include quality of teaching, personal example and commitment to the integration of Christian faith and learning. Recipients of this award are affirmed by their institutions as professors who, by the strength of their teaching and personal example, inspire students toward excellence, and whose underlying educational philosophy, irrespective of academic discipline, is wholeness of person. They are recognized as professors who continue to grow and learn in their academic discipline and manifest a personal faith. Dr. Werline also serves as general editor of the “Early Judaism and Its Literature” series published by the Society of Biblical Literature. Other professional positions for Dr. Werline have included co-founder and co-chair of the Religious Experience in Early Judaism and Early Christianity Consultation for
The Society of Biblical Literature, and founding member and steering committee member of Penitential Prayer: Origin, Development, and Impact Consultation for The Society of Biblical Literature. While serving appointments in both the classroom and the parish ministry, Dr. Werline has maintained a strong focus on research and publishing. Widely respected for his work, he has numerous books, projects, articles, and book reviews in print. He is the author of two books, his most recent being
“Pray Like This,” written for a lay readership. He has co-edited six books of collected essays. As an expert in early Judaism and religious experience, Dr. Werline has delivered a number of conference presentations across the United States and abroad, including Lisbon, Portugal; Rome, Italy; and London, U.K. In spring 2011, he was invited to give a lecture to the New Testament graduate students and faculty at Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
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Rachel Moore talks with Bill Parish at the annual Scholarship Luncheon.
Eighth Annual Scholarship Luncheon The eighth annual Scholarship Luncheon was held under a large tent on Center Campus on April 4. The unseasonably chilly temperatures and overcast sky did little to dampen the warm and heartfelt feelings that prevailed among the more than 250 students and donors in attendance. Featured speakers for the event included Barton professor Dr. Susan Maxwell Bane, ’87, and Barton College Board of Trustees’ lifetime member Dr. William P. Nixon Jr., ’64, as well as three truly impressive student scholarship recipients. A highlight of the year, this gathering provides an opportunity for donors and scholarship representatives to meet their scholarship recipients and for the students to extend a special thank you to the donors for their support. ..................................... 21
2013 JeffersonPilot Faculty Members of the Year The 2013 JeffersonPilot Faculty Member of the Year awards were presented to Dr. Susan M. Bane, ’87, associate professor of physical education and sport studies, and Adam J. Twiss, assistant professor of theatre and director of Theatre at Barton. Each spring semester, the campus community celebrates teaching excellence in the classroom and faculty commitment to our students’ success by recognizing two distinguished members of the faculty with this prestigious award. The annual recognition includes a cash stipend for international study in conjunction with Barton’s global emphasis. .....................................
2013 Spirit of Barton Award The 2013 Spirit of Barton Award was presented to J. Keith Tew, director of publications. Tew, ’89, has been employed with the College for over 20 years. Awarded each spring, the Spirit of Barton Award was established to recognize staff members who have given service above and beyond to the College. .....................................
Dr. Joseph D. Russell Honored At Conference
The Tenth Annual Caregiver Education Conference welcomed back Joseph D. Russell, M.D., a doctor of internal medicine in Wilson since 1975, who joined Alice Watkins, Executive Director of Alzheimers North Carolina Inc., to open the conference with introductory greetings to the participants. Passionate about his commitment and support of furthering patient education, Dr. Russell generously supports this conference through an endowment he made in memory of his mother, Lillian Hester McDaniel Russell, who served as a caregiver for her husband, Norman, following his stroke and, later, declining health. This endowment also honors caregivers across the state. The Gerontology Program of Barton College, Alzheimers North Carolina Inc., the Upper Coastal Plain Area Agency on Aging Family Caregiver Support Program, and Joseph Dr. Joseph D. Russell D. Russell, M.D., team up each spring to sponsor this significant series of workshops and keynote addresses. On this 10th anniversary, the Gerontology Program of Barton College, Alzheimers North Carolina Inc., and the Upper Coastal Plain Area Agency on Aging Family Caregiver Support Program honored Dr. Russell for his continued support of the conference as well as his vision and work in assisting families and professionals in providing care for older individuals in need. Dr. Steven Fulks, director of 22
the Barton Gerontology Program, presented the award.
Jane S. Webster Publishes Two Books in 2012 Dr. Jane S. Webster, professor of religion and philosophy at Barton College, has co-edited a new book, “Teaching the Bible in the Liberal Arts Classroom” (Sheffield Phoenix Press) with Dr. Glenn Holland, professor and Bishop James Thoburn Chair at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania. The project began with her search for better methods of teaching biblical studies to undergraduate students. When she joined the Department of Religion and Philosophy faculty at Barton College in 2000, Webster found herself pondering how she could make biblical studies more relevant and interesting to both religion majors and students enrolled in her classes to fulfill general education requirements. Hoping to gain more insight on the subject at the Society of Biblical Literature’s (SBL) annual meetings, Webster attended numerous sessions on teaching, but she found they dealt mainly with graduate school and seminary teaching contexts. As a result, she proposed a new program unit, “Teaching Biblical Studies in the Undergraduate Liberal Arts Context.” The new program unit generated substantial interest right from the start. The steering committee invited proposals for conference papers through the SBL web site. “We accepted submissions based on timeliness, relevance, creativity, and persuasion,” Webster explained. “And, each paper needed to focus on pedagogical issues in the undergraduate liberal arts context.” In order to make these papers accessible to other professors in the liberal arts context, Webster and Holland compiled the best of them into a book. The collection addresses several fundamental questions that plague many religion professors. “Do biblical studies deserve a place at a secular liberal arts college?” “Should courses in Bible follow the denominational line in churchaffiliated colleges?” “How do biblical studies advance the goals of liberal education?” And, “How do instructors of the Bible simultaneously engage the attention of students from non-
religious backgrounds with no real knowledge of the Bible, and students who think they already know what the Bible is all about?” All the authors of these essays teach biblical studies in undergraduate liberal arts colleges and profess a passion for excellent student-centered teaching. “I really enjoyed the editing process,” Webster added. “The essays were all very well written and interesting; I learned a great deal lingering over their words.” “Dr. Holland and I have been very happy collaborators on the program unit and on this project in particular,” she continued. “We worked together to find the best way to communicate the authors’ ideas.” Both Holland and Webster have essays included in the volume, and they collaborated on the introduction. Webster’s essay, “Teaching with Meta-Questions,” describes an approach to teaching religion that she has developed during her tenure at Barton. “Lady Parts: Biblical Women and The Vagina Monologues” (Wipf & Stock 2012), is a collection of narratives co-edited by Dr. Webster and Dr. Kathryn D. Blanchard, associate professor of religious studies at Alma College in Michigan. The book originated in a classroom collaboration. In spring 2011, Dr. Webster and Dr. Blanchard worked together on a course titled “Women in the Biblical Tradition.” To set the stage, they both took their students to see “The Vagina Monologues,” a celebrated and controversial play by Eve Ensler that documents the struggles that modern women face in grappling with their own bodies and lives. Dr. Webster and Dr. Blanchard put a twist on this concept and asked their students to provide imaginative answers to the question, “How might women in the Bible tell their stories if they were prompted to do so by ‘The Vagina Monologues?’” The resulting monologues were so powerful and interesting that the professors decided to get them published, filling out the collection with additional contributions from scholars, pastors, and counselors. Dr. Webster and Dr. Blanchard contributed a monologue each, co-wrote the introduction, and provided “Questions for Further Discussion” to prompt reflection in the classroom, book clubs, and church groups. The monologues are at times faithful or irreverent, tragic or even funny. Some are quite shocking; some are profoundly sad. All of them speak some truth about and for women. Dr.
Webster explains, “Many of the contributors found safety in telling their own stories through the voice of the biblical woman. Many also struggle with the effect of silencing, the empowering act of speaking the truth, and the role of religion in gender-based violence.” “Lady Parts” received acclaim within the academic community and beyond. Kristi Upson-Saia, associate professor of religious studies at Occidental College, said, “In this exciting collection of monologues, the authors expand the voices of biblical women and, in so doing, find a way to speak things that are regularly deemed unspeakable in Judeo-Christian tradition: they graphically describe their experiences of sexuality, embodiment, and trauma; they remember and resist religion’s collusion with women’s submission, suffering, and silencing; and they express their religiosity comingled with anger, longing, and fraught relationships. This is certainly a book that would make Eve Ensler proud.” “Roaring off the page and whispering through the cracks, authentic struggles with God are laid bare in these midrashic monologues,” shares Darryl W. Stephens, assistant general secretary for advocacy and sexual ethics for the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women in the United Methodist Church. “Through the fourfold feminist hermeneutic of suspicion, resistance, remembrance, and reconstruction, the Word is made flesh again and again by women with the courage to bring real-world concerns to their readings of Scripture. May their witness contribute to an end to violence against women and girls!” Dr. Webster reports that both the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature will feature the project prominently in a special session at their annual congress in Baltimore in November. “We are honored that the academy has received this work so enthusiastically,” she added.
Barton’s Rod Werline Publishes Second Volume of “Experientia” Dr. Rodney A. Werline, Marie and Leman Barnhill Endowed Chair in Religious Studies at Barton College, co-edited and published through the Society of Biblical Literature “Experientia, Volume 2: Linking Text and Experience,” a collection of essays concerning the relationship between text and experience in studying early Judaism and Christianity. Dr. Colleen Shantz, of the University of St. Michael’s College in the Toronto School of Theology, served as co-editor of the new collection. The essays collected in this new volume and in “Experientia, Volume 1,” represent the first sustained effort to examine religious experience in early Judaism and early Christianity by an international group of scholars. “I have been working on various projects with my coeditor, Colleen Shantz, for about seven years,” Dr. Werline shared. “She has also become a close and dear friend, and she continues to produce fresh, new scholarship.” He added that a third volume of “Experientia” may be in the works under the leadership of Dr. Shantz. “The most exciting part of religious scholarship arises when someone is able to apply new methods to ancient texts, bringing new knowledge to the foreground that previous 23
scholars overlooked,” Dr. Werline continued. “The texts in “Experientia, Volume 2” come from real people who claim some experience of the divine. The essays are helping to shape this new area of research.” He hastened to add, “The people who contributed to this volume are some of the best scholars in the world, and they are also some of the nicest people in the world. That is the most rewarding part of this project.” This collection of essays continues the investigation of religious experience in early Judaism and early Christianity begun in “Experientia, Volume 1,” by addressing one of the traditional objections to the study of experience in antiquity. The authors address the relationship between the surviving evidence, which is textual, and the religious experiences that precede or ensue from those texts. Drawing on insights from anthropology, sociology, social memory theory, neuroscience, and cognitive science, they explore a range of religious phenomena including worship, the act of public reading, ritual, ecstasy, mystical ascent, and the transformation of gender and of emotions. Through careful and theoretically informed work, the authors demonstrate the possibility of moving from written documents to assess the lived experiences that are linked to them. The contributors are István Czachesz, Frances Flannery, Robin Griffith-Jones, Angela Kim Harkins, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte, John R. Levison, Carol A. Newsom, Rollin A. Ramsaran, Colleen Shantz, Leif E. Vaage, and Rodney A. Werline. Dr. Werline also serves as general editor of the “Early Judaism and Its Literature” series published by the Society of Biblical Literature, co-founder and co-chair of the Religious Experience in Early Judaism and Early Christianity Consultation for The Society of Biblical Literature, and founding member and steering committee member of Penitential Prayer: Origin, Development, and Impact Consultation for The Society of Biblical Literature. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at Kentucky Christian College in Grayson, Ky., in 1983. Dr. Werline continued his studies, earning a Master of Divinity degree at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., in 1986, and a Ph.D. in Religion at The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, in 1995. His area of study focused on Judaism and Christianity in the Greco-Roman World. Throughout his professional career, Dr. Werline has maintained a strong focus on research and publishing. Widely respected for his work, he has numerous books, projects, articles, and book reviews in print. He is the author of two books, his most recent being “Pray Like This,” written for a lay readership. He has co-edited six books of collected essays. 24
As an expert in early Judaism and religious experience, Dr. Werline has delivered a number of conference presentations across the United States and abroad, including Lisbon, Portugal; Rome, Italy; London, U.K.; and Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He was invited to be a Researcher in Residence at Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, during spring 2013. Copies of “Experientia,Volume 2” may be purchased through SBL Customer Service P.O. Box 2243, Williston,VT 05495-22453 or by phone at 877-725-3334 (toll-free) or 802-864-6185, or email: sbl@ sbl-site.org
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serving as an adjunct instructor in the Barton College School of Nursing. Her family counts a number of alumni of Barton/Atlantic Christian among its members. Her daughter will continue the tradition this fall. Mary and her husband, Mike, make their home in Nashville with their two children, Cole and Casey.
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Mary Elliott Strickland, Kelly Dawkins, and Ashley Hooks
Congratulations, 2012 Alumni Award Recipients! by Summer Brock
2012 Alumnus of the Year: Ashley Hooks A member of the Class of 1969, Ashley Hooks has been a strong advocate for Barton College since his days as a student. From his days of keeping his fraternity brothers of Alpha Sigma Phi out of mischief to serving as the executive vice president of operations for BB&T, Ashley has built his life around service to his community and alma mater. In his introduction, Steve Williams, Class of 1971, Ashley Hooks noted that Ashley, “while being committed to his profession, always found time to serve his community with a belief that helping others, and helping make Wilson a better place to live is a personal responsibility.” Ashley has served on many boards and committees in Wilson, including the American Red Cross, the United Way, the American Heart Association, and Wilson Kiwanis. At Barton, he has shared his expertise with the Friends of Hackney Library, the Wilson/Barton Symphony, the Barton College Board of Trustees, and, since 2005, served as chair of the Wilson/Barton Partnership Board of Directors. He and his wife, Diane, are loyal members of the Barton Society and the Bulldog Club, and they cheer loud and long for the College’s athletic teams. With 47 years of involvement with Atlantic Christian/Barton College, and 38 years with BB&T, Ashley Hooks was a natural choice for our 2012 Alumnus of the Year Award. As he said himself, “I want you to keep doing your part in promoting Barton College so we can continue to graduate well-educated, well-rounded students prepared for the real world of tomorrow. This should always be part of our payback to Barton.”
Kelly Dawkins, Class of 2004, received his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Barton. He continued his studies at Thomas M. Cooley School of Law in Michigan where he graduated in the top one-third of his class. Following a year as an assistant district attorney in Carthage, Kelly was hired by Poisson, Poisson and Bower law firm in Wadesboro. In less than three years, he was invited to become a partner in the firm. Active with Big Brothers/Big Sisters in the Charlotte area, Kelly also helps educate students and other members of the community about the role of the justice system. A “regular” at Barton’s Homecoming since his graduation, Kelly said, “…the important thing to remember about Barton is that we come back for the people, for the friends. That’s what makes Homecoming at Barton so special each year; that’s why I come back. I’m proud to accept this award… and I’m proud of Barton.”...................................
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2012 Alumni Achievement Award Mary Elliott Strickland, Class of 1986, is the director of the Women’s Center for Nash Health Care Systems. In her introduction, Carol Ruwe, associate professor of nursing at Barton, said, “While the recitation of her professional achievements is impressive, it still fails to adequately capture Mary’s passion for nursing, for caring, for making a difference, and particularly for Barton College.” She has held positions at Wilson Medical Center and Pitt County Memorial Hospital (now Vidant Medical Center), and also as an advanced staff nurse in the neonatal Intensive Care Nursery at Duke University Medical Center. She continues
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Camp Chanco, Surry, Va., and was instrumental in its wide range of programs for over 40 years. This past summer, Camp Chanco was featured in Virginia Living Magazine as the number one of top three summer camps in Eastern Virginia. He and his wife, Carol Austin Hughes, ’60, have lived in Virginia Beach, Va. since 1960.
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Amos Council “A.C.” Dawson, ’37, was inducted posthumously into the Educational Hall of Fame by the North Carolina Association of Educators. Dr. Dawson, who died in 2009, became the first director of NCAE, which was formed in 1970 through a merger of the North Carolina Education Association (NCEA) and the North Carolina Teachers Association (NCTA). The Hall of Fame Award was presented to members of Dawson’s family during a special presentation at the NCAE Convention on March 23. ....................................
1960s Hazel Hatcher Surles, ’61 celebrated her 95th birthday on July 24, 2012. Arthur Grant Mangum, ’62, has published a book titled “Health Care Practice Valuations.” Clifford Uzzle, ’68, a lifetime resident of Wilson’s Mills, was named Wilson’s Mills Citizen of the Year during the 2012 Pumpkin Festival. Clifford has been married 45 years. He has two children and two grandchildren. ....................................
1950s James “Ted” Hubert, Jr., ’58, has actively participated in The Texas Silver-Haired Legislature after retiring as superintendent of Milano, Texas Schools several years ago. This group was established as a nonpartisan legislative body of seniors who are at least 60 years and older, who are charged with identifying, researching, and offering solutions for concerns to older Texans. Many significant laws have been passed and signed by the governor in response to this committee’s work. Ted and his wife, Thurla Boswell Hubert, live in the Milano area where they are active in firefighting services and other civic duties, and where Ted also writes a column for seniors in a local paper. Charles E. Hughes, Jr., ’58, retired from Norfolk Public Schools in September 2012, where he had taught since 1960. He also had taught two years at Charles L. Coon in Wilson prior to moving to Virginia. Charles elected to stay as a teacher in the classroom rather than getting into administration after receiving his post graduate degree from the University of Virginia. He taught specialized classes, ranging from many phases of Marine Science, hands-on programs, camping programs, outdoor classroom curriculum, and restoration of oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay. He was the first program director for
Dr. Thomas H. Brugh, Jr.,
We congratulate Dr. Thomas H. Brugh, Jr., who was recently elected Professor Emeritus of Biology, by the Barton College Board of Trustees, for his distinguished teaching career, his outstanding contributions to the mission of the College, and his commitment to students.
with Delta Airlines. He resides in Palm Springs, Calif., with his domestic partner and looks forward to more time on the tennis court, and, of course, more time to travel.
Richard Charles Bozarth, ’70, married Mary Louise Reynolds Wood on November 5, 2011.
Barbara Mangum Watkins, ’74, retired in July 2012. Her teaching career spanned 38 years.
John Hartgrove, ’70, and Betty Bobbitt Hartgrove, ’72, welcomed their grandson, Jaxson Lee Hair, who was born on January 20.
Mary Dennis Wolfe, ’74, retired in June 2012 after teaching for 38 years. Mary has two children, ages 24 and 26. Her husband retired in December 2012 from his service as the Pickens County magistrate.
Stuart “Sonny” William Thomas, ’70, retired from Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations on March 1, after 38 years and eight months of service. He was the Senior Development Engineer with the company. Norma Jean Respess, ’71, retired from the Pinellas County Florida School System in June 2010. She toured Venice, Florence, and Rome in March 2012 and looks forward to additional travels in the future. John G. Cherry, ’73, is the Chief of the Criminal Division for the United States Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of Mobile, Ala. Alton Thomas Johnson, Jr.,’ 73, retired after 32 years in the airline industry. Al started with Republic Airlines in 1981, which merged with Northwest Airlines and then merged
Allen R. Stallings, ’76, received the Frances Barshay Award for his dedicated service in the fight for victory over mental illness. He was presented the award during the annual banquet of the Wilson County Mental Health Association. Elizabeth Cederquist Gilbert, ’78, has been married over 13 years to John Gilbert. She would love to hear from her former classmates. Lynne Covington Raymond, ’78, and her husband moved from the East Coast six years ago to the Northwest Plains of North Dakota. Lynne is currently an adjunct faculty member at Williston State College where she teaches painting, drawing, and psychology courses. Her two children are enrolled at Montana 27
State University and Colorado State University. She is active in the community, serving on the board of the Williston Tennis Association and teaching art to children at the local arts center. Lynne and her family enjoy skiing and fly fishing in nearby Montana. Dennis R. Sherrod, ’79, Professor and Forsyth Medical Center Endowed Chair of Recruitment and Retention in the Division of Nursing at WinstonSalem State University, has been named one of the Top 20 medical and nursing professors in North Carolina by Online Schools North Carolina. He was also recently selected by the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina to receive one of the 19th Annual Awards for Excellence in Teaching.
December 2012, Frieda graduated with a master’s degree in ethnomusicology (music in world culture) from Liberty University and is seeking employment as an instructor in higher education. She currently works part time as a private music teacher. Frieda wishes all of her friends and former classmates much joy and success.
Laura Hutchinson, ’96, became the pastor of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Anniston, Ala., in December 2012.
Lynn Teague Ligon, ’89, has joined the staff at WilMed Nursing Care Center. Lynn is a member of a multidisciplinary team that provides patient-focused, holistic care to 70 long-term residents and 20 short-term, rehabilitative patients.
Tracie Johnson Shoe, ’96, is currently a career advisor with Colorado Technical University in Denver, Colo. Tracie is currently working on her master’s degree in leadership management from Colorado State University. As of October 2012, she has been happily married for 14 years. They have no children and love to travel across the U.S.
1980s Burton “Tripp” George Campbell, ’83, is the owner of an insurance agency in Charlotte. Tripp and his wife, Kendis, have five children: Burton (19), Mark (16), Ben (15), Hope (13), and Joshua (10). Deborah Ann Steeves, ’83, has moved back to North Carolina after living in Tennessee. Deb has transferred to the VA Hospital in Durham and is celebrating her 19th year working with the VA. Her daughter, Sarah, is currently in graduate school at the University of South Carolina studying viola performance. Deb says, “Life is grand.” Donald “Chip” Bailey, Jr., ’86, a nursing professor at Duke University School of Nursing, has been inducted into the Fellowship of the American Academy of Nursing. Evalina “Lucy” Huggins, ’88, currently pastors the Varick Memorial AME Zion Church in Washington, D.C. Lucy has just completed her first formal book publication titled “Press Your Claim,” which can be found on Amazon and Barnes and Noble web sites. Frieda Craft Eakins, ’89, moved to Rural Hall in 2010. Frieda’s two oldest daughters graduated from East Carolina University in 2012 and her youngest is a junior in the Early College High School at Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem. Frieda’s husband, Darrell, works for Budd Services in Winston-Salem. In 28
Sandy Paulette Alston, ’91, married Brian Martez Morgan on September 15, 2012, at their home in Wilson. Michael Timothy Bracy, ’91, serves as superintendent of the Jones County Schools. He was recently recognized as the 2013 Regional Superintendent of the Year and was a finalist for the 2013 A. Craig Phillips North Carolina Superintendent of the Year. Thomas S. Holland, Jr., ’92, is a realtor in Virginia and has developed the 1Step2Referrals app. The 1Step2Referrals is a simple database controlled by agents that allows them to enter contacts, notes, and weekly or twice-weekly reminders. Dana Bunch Borum, ’94, and her husband, Brett, have two children. Halle Rae was born on May 24, 2011, and they have a three-year-old son, Davis. Eric Boyette, ’94, has been selected to serve as the Interim Commissioner for the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles. Eric has more than 17 years of experience with the NCDOT. Valerie Hamm Kersey, ’95, has recently changed positions at Wilson Medical Center. Valerie is an oncology nurse navigator who helps patients, with a new cancer diagnosis, “navigate” the care process. She and her husband, Tim, live in Wilson and have two children, Amber Edwards (22) and Daniel Kersey (13). Amanda Poe Atkinson, ’96, and her husband, Leslie, welcomed their first child, Oliver Grey Atkinson, on December 22, 2012.
Morgan P. Potts, ’96, is the coproducer and director of UNC-TV’s Emmy Award-winning series “Our State.”
José Gregorio Carrero, ’98, has retired from his teaching career with Nash/ Rocky Mount Schools. Timothy Wayne Hewlett, ’98, and Christina Carawan Hewlett, ’95, and children, Carson (3) and Faith (10) have moved back to Wilson. Tim has joined the Morrison Law Firm, PLLC, as an attorney. Receiving his license to practice law in 2003, Tim represents people in family law matters, personal injury, worker’s compensation, and civil litigation, such as unfair and deceptive trade practice and fraud. He is initially concentrating his practice in assisting injured workers in worker’s compensation cases and those seeking Social Security Disability benefits. They live within a minute of the College and feel a profound sense of nostalgia whenever they drive by the campus. They are enthusiastic about their return to Wilson. William Paul Cox, ’99, and his wife, Christy, reside in Raleigh. B.P. has opened a mobile DJ service based out of Raleigh that serves North Carolina. His DJ services include wedding receptions, private and corporate events, and class reunions. Check out his web site at www.coxmusicservices. com. Christy has recently received her CPA license and has accepted a controller’s position with United Therapeutics in the RTP. Stephanie Davis Moore, ’99, married Scottie Moore on November 17, 2012. Christi Hill Ray, ’99, is married, living in Maryland, and currently teaching. She has two children, Kaleb William (2) and Kenlea Rebecca who was born on May 30, 2012. ....................................
2000s Carey Lynn Causway, ’00, married Matthew Jon Lundbert of Strandburg, S.D., on November 11, 2012. Crystal Langston Fuhrmann, ’00, is a certified athletic trainer and corrective exercise specialist. She has joined the Aquacare Physical Therapy Team in Millville. Jennifer Nance Watson, ’00, and Chris Watson, ’99, welcomed twin daughters, Catesby Anne and Aubrey Claire, on September 12, 2012. Melissa Nelms Goodsell, ’01, married Timothy Goodsell in June 2011, and they recently welcomed Leah Scott who was born on January 4. Leah has a big brother, Jackson, who is seven years old. Melissa graduated from Nash Community College in May 2012 with an associate’s degree in nursing. She is employed at Wake Medical Center and works in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. Susan Strickland Reed, ’01, and her husband, Eric, are thrilled to welcome their first child, Sarah Josephine, who was born June 28, 2012. Sarah weighed 7 lbs., 3 ozs. and was 18 inches long. Kimberly Nesbitt Jones, ’02, was honored as the 2012-13 Teacher of the Year at Snowhill Primary School in Greene County. James T. Riddick IV, ’02, married Erin Straight on September 15, 2012. They live in Cary with their daughter, Emma. Vilakshan Jakhu, ’03, received the CIO 100 Award in Hyderabad, India, on October 7, 2012. He would like to thank his professors and friends at Barton College who helped him get this award. Karen Machinski Paul, ’03, and her family have lived in Hawaii for the past two years. Her husband, Scott, has just completed his active duty in the Navy, and they have moved to Memphis where Scott is a pilot for FedEx. They have two boys, Logan (4) and William (six months). She shares that life has been crazy with all of their moves, and they are looking forward to this major life change. Kelly Dawkins, ’04, and his wife, JaineClaire, welcomed their first child, Mary Brittingham Dawkins, on June 12, 2012. Laura Robinson, ’04, married Reza Shahoseini in July 2012.
Tiffany Lynne Matthews, ’04, married Jarrett Thomas Thorne on March 16 at the One Harbor Church in Beaufort. Tiffany is a registered nurse at Carteret General Hospital. Brian Allen, ’05, has been appointed to a three-year term on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Harnett County. Kelly Clairmont Johnson, ’05, and her husband, Travis, were married on October 1, 2011 in New Bern. They live in Rocky Mount were Kelly works as a Quality Control Analyst at PNC Bank. Travis also works at PNC and graduated in May from Wesleyan College with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration. In the fall of 2012, Kelly was a volunteer Girl Scout Troop Leader. Terri Pearce McDowell, ’05, and her husband, Jeff, have three beautiful children, Haley (13), Quin (7), and Cullen (5). Terri has been working as a staff nurse in the cardiac intermediate care unit at WakeMed for eight years. Most recently, she has been accepted into the MSN-Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program at Duke University. Her studies will begin this fall. Sonya Horton Smith, ’05, was named Teacher of the Year for Elm City Elementary School. Lori Cox Cochran, ’06, and her husband, Brian, welcomed their first child on March 17, 2012. Elizabeth Grace weighed 6 lbs. and 5 ozs. Allen Davis, ’06 and Jennifer Fox Davis, ’06 welcomed their first child, Gabriel Fox Davis, on September 17, 2012. Clayton Thomas Belcher, ’07, married Allison Pittman on July 7, 2012 at Hinnant Family Vineyards. They honeymooned in Curacao, an island off the Venezuelan Coast in the Caribbean Sea. They currently reside in Greenville, where Clayton is the general manager of Aaron’s. Tyler Dean, ’07, and Jessica Powell Dean, ’07, welcomed their first child, Corinne Rose Dean. Corinne was born January 14 and weighed 8 lbs. 13 oz. Josephine Denevan Gosnell, ’07, married Larry Phillip Gosnell, on April 27, 2012. Jo is a NSCA Certified Personal Trainer and a Licensed Massage Therapist. Amanda Leigh May, ’07, married Matt Maynard on July 14, 2012.
Matt is a Greensboro police officer. Amanda completed her master’s degree in gerontology in 2010 from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is employed as the Access to Services Director for Senior Resources of Guilford, and she also serves as an adjunct faculty member, teaching gerontology courses at Forsyth Technical Community College. Malcolm Akeem Eatmon, ’08, and Meagan Nicole Faulk, ’08, were married June 19, 2010. They welcomed their first child, Alexander Charles, on August 6, 2011. Meagan obtained her MSW from East Carolina University on May 7, 2011, and she is employed as an Intensive In-Home Team Leader in Durham and a Medical Social Worker in Raleigh. Malcolm taught middle school language arts for three years at Toisnot Middle School in Wilson and has recently changed careers. He is now a Financial Services Representative at State Employees’ Credit Union in Wilson. They reside in Knightdale. Gina Dee Harshman, ’08, married Jason Airing on October 6, 2012. Gina teaches PE/Health at Toisnot Middle School and coaches boys’ and girls’ soccer for the Hawks. Heather Whitley Perry, ’08, and her military husband have moved to Bossier City, La. They have a precious 10-month-old daughter. Heather is a nurse in Louisiana. Lauren MacEslin Pulsifer, ’08, and her husband, Allan, welcomed their first son, Logan Jeremiah, on July 10, 2012. Logan weighed 8.6 lbs. and was 22 inches long. Luciana K. Brown, ’09, wants to share her great news. She is grateful for all that has been done in her life. At the end of 2011, Luciana was attacked with a rare type of cancer. She proceeded with surgery and chemo, which miraculously lasted only six weeks. She now celebrates one year cancer-free when she was tested in March. Her last chemo treatment was April 27, 2012. Luciana is so grateful and thankful for what God has done in her life and would not trade this experience for anything. Jay Eason, ’09, is currently working on his Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration. His dissertation is on Intramural Programing. Michelle Hemmer, ’09, has been named financial aid advisor and loan coordinator at William Peace University. Michelle is a member of the North Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. 29
Freddy Massimi, ’09, and his wife, Alex Denton Massimi, ’08, have just become first-time homebuyers. They have been living in Lucama since they were married in October 2011, but closed on a home in Wilson in April. Jared Parker Morgan, ’09, and his wife, Laura, celebrated their one-year anniversary on June 25, 2012. Parker is a sales manager at Morgan Printers, Inc. in Greenville. Marcus Alan Peele, ’09, recently moved to Minnesota to accept a job as a loan officer with Heritage Bank, NA. Marcus and his fiancée are planning an August 17th wedding. ....................................
2010s Carlos Devon Mercer, ’10, completed his Master of Arts degree in Human Resources Management from Webster University on December 14, 2012. Amanda Atkinson Garner, ’11, and her husband, Justin, have built their dream house in Johnston County. Tasha Renee Tyson, ’11, is enrolled at Webber University and working on a master’s degree in human resource management. Tasha plans to finish graduate school in the summer of 2014. Michole Brown, ’12, is the new marketing and projects manager at the Wilson Chamber of Commerce. She is responsible for social media and the chamber’s electronic newsletter and Web page. Michole will also work with the Chamber Young Leaders and develop new initiatives for Small Business Week, which is held annually each spring. Victoria Bynum, ’12, was sworn in as a deputy sheriff of Wilson County in April. ....................................
In Memoriam Alumni
Geraldine Jernigan Paradise ’38 Daisy Lockliear Cotton ’39 Anne Saunders DeHart ’40 Geneva Denning Strickland ’41 Joseph Q. Holliday ’42 Margaret Ange McClees ’42 Charles Edgar York ’42 Lyman Royce Gray ’43 30
Katherine “Kittye” Farmer Bailey ’44 Lovie Beard Shelton ’44 Nancy Langston Harrison ’45 Mary Anne Perry Land ’46 Peggy Holton Martin ’46 Mary Olivia McDaniel Watson ’46 Virginia Dare Barwick Wilson ’46 Mary Elizabeth Barrett Woodard ’46 Aaron Smith ’47 Jane Goff Moore ’48 Jean Gardner Overman ’48 Carl Daniel Pate ’48 William George Shivar ’48 Evelyn Tudor Stallings ’48 William B. Stallings ’48 Druice Lee “Pete” Warren ’48 Marguerite Grady Whitfield ’48 Darwin William McCaffity ’49 Alice Irene Langston Connolly ’50 Richard Arlen Lewis ’50 Sam E. Everhart, Jr. ’51 John Hamilton Sawyer ’51 Catherine Olivia Philyaw Tyndall ’51 Harold Boney Wells ’51 Worley Harr Keene ’52 Marjorie Jennette Martin ’52 Margaret Brown McCaffity ’52 Henry Willis ’52 Mary Shepherd Burton ’53 Laura Ercell Curley Jamison ’53 Jacquline Mallison VanLeer ’53 Richard Gordon Eakin ’54 Needham Sloan Stevens, Jr. ’54 Elena L. Edwards ’55 Ruby Keen Ottimo ’55 Jose Dominguez ’56 Sarah Alice Harris ’56 Julia Elizabeth “Betty” Barbre ’57 Ralph Barrow Gray ’57 Charles Albert Waller ’57 John David Wooten, Jr. ’57 Jane Clark Bass ’58 Douglas Brooks Hunter ’58 Patrick Wayne Jordan ’58 Rachel High Taylor ’58 Ruth Barden Waller ’58 Curtis Ray Frederick ’59 James Lacy Johnson, Jr. ’59 James Layton Tart, Sr. ’59 Chester Redmond Bissette ’60 Sarah Brown Daniels ’60 Donald Ray Williams ’60 Elton Dewitt Winstead ’60 Billy H. Mayo ’61 William A. Ethridge ’62 Charles Wesley Fisher ’62 Claude E. Gillikin, Jr. ’62 Richard Vernon Soles, Jr. ’62 Billy Charles Merritt ’63 Mildred Lucille Best Latham Yeo ’65 Walter Donovan Bailey ’66 Myrtle Aycock Ballard ’66 Lazarus King Stallings III ’67 Vickie Torrey Stone ’67 James Hugh Byrne ’68 Carol Hicks Fleet ’68 James K. Shook ’68 Thomas Broadhurst Banzet ’69 Elizabeth Hooks Brinchek ’69 Carolyn Rhodes Manning ’71 Lorna Rodgers Williams ’71 Virginia Kime MacMillan ’72
Melvin L. Saunders ’72 Mary Staples Chambers ’73 Rickey Lee Batts ’77 Robin Perry Copeland ’77 Nancy Turner Melvin Howard ’77 Margaret Gold Dickerman Dempsey ’79 Larry Alfred Heaton ’79 Amy Hanson Johnson ’79 Judy Carol Blue Mack ’83 Rodney Charles Fitzgerald ’85 Mary Wheeler Peele ’85 Robert Bruce Frantz, Jr. ’86 Shirley Ann Martin ’88 Thomas Gray Capps’89 Jill Barwick Parks ’51 McNeely Daniel Shingleton ’91 Robert Keith Stanfield ’92 Tracey Whitley Jovino ’95 Darlene Michelle Upchurch Burke ’06 ....................................
Marion L. Bass Ruth Cox Braswell Doris J. Bryan Teresa Bullock Gwen Cunningham Genevieve McDonald Grogan Walter Ferrell Jackson Mary LeGwin Lamm Dorothy Mae Wynne Liles Esther Elizabeth Webb Parris Stacy Chambers Phaby Elsie C. Shires ....................................
Lawrence Brett Katie Lee Boswell Etheridge William C. Friday John Christopher Gauss Ernest Deans Hackney Charles Allen Hester Curtis William Howard III Edward Jagnandan Doris Theodore Johnson Glenn C. Routt John A. Shanks Vincent B. Thomas Emma Jean Wilson ....................................
Former Faculty and Staff Jones Ross Albert Ruby Gilbert Barnes Horace Pope Benton David Lawrence Cleveland Gordon E. “Sam” Coker Sarah Brewer Gattis Jacquelyn McIntosh Harris Ann Bishop Messick
Clarice Leland Moore Mary Wheeler Peele Helen Lassiter Ruffin Sharon Lee Smith Catherine Olivia Philyaw Tyndall Druie Lee”Pete” Warren Elton Dewitt Winstead Mildred Lucille Best Latham Yeo ....................................
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In Memory of... Dale Bone, Trustee Barton College Trustee Dale Bone passed away on December 11, 2012, following a courageous battle with cancer. Mr. Bone was a valued and well-respected trustee who led by example. An astute businessman and entrepreneur, his professional career was focused primarily on agricultural business. Though retired at the time of his passing, he spent many years as owner of Nash Produce Company and Dale Bone Farms. He was a devoted husband and father to his wife, Genia, and their son, Michael. Firm proponents of higher education, Mr. and Mrs. Bone joined the Barton Society and established the Dale and Genia Bone Scholarship at Barton to support students who have financial need and demonstrate interest in career and community. Mr. Bone generously shared his financial resources to support numerous projects and programs on the Barton campus including the Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre and the new West Entrance project currently underway. A dedicated member of the :45 Club and the Bulldog Club, he supported Barton Athletics through a variety of generous gifts, including but not limited to the soccer lighting project, seats at the Nixon Baseball Field, the golf program, and the women’s softball program. We are thankful for the life of Dale Bone, a gentleman of honorable character and humility, who had a deep commitment to serving his community and often reached out to provide support. His quiet manner belied his tenacity and focus, and those who knew him best appreciated his dry wit and zeal for life.
Dr. Darwin William McCaffity, Trustee Emeritus, and his wife, Margaret Brown McCaffity We give thanks for the life of Trustee Emeritus Darwin W. McCaffity and his wife, Margaret, and for the gifts and talents they so willingly shared with the community of Barton College. Dr. and Mrs. McCaffity passed away on
December 31, 2012 and June 12, 2013, respectively, but their tenure of faithful leadership and service to their alma mater will be etched on the heart of this institution for years to come. Dr. McCaffity embodied the spirit of a true Southern gentleman who served God, his family, and his community with a steadfast devotion. Generous in both spirit and support, he will long be remembered for the strong sense of integrity and quiet dignity with which he conducted his life and served his fellow man. A woman of strong faith and sterling character, Mrs. McCaffity approached life with compassion, generosity, and a Southern gracefulness. They celebrated family life with their three children and five grandchildren. A valued member of the Barton College Board of Trustees since 1980, Dr. McCaffity served as chair of the Board from 1992-1997. During his tenure as chair, the College completed a successful capital campaign, installed an underground fiber-optic network, established the Friends of Hackney Library organization, completed the Kennedy Recreation and Intramural Center, established the Elizabeth H. Jordan Endowed Chair for English (now recognized as the Elizabeth H. Jordan Endowed Chair for Southern Literature), received national accreditation by the Council for Social Work Education, and became a member of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division II, among other notable milestones. Dr. McCaffity’s keen insight and wisdom proved invaluable to the College’s governing process, and his leadership helped guide significant decisions for Barton’s future. Married for 60 years, Dr. and Mrs. McCaffity were stalwart supporters of numerous projects and programs on the Barton College campus. They were recognized in 1999 with the naming of the McCaffity Biology Lab for their generous gift toward the renovation of Moye Science Hall, and they have been members of the Barton Society since its establishment in 2004. A past president of the Alumni Association, Dr. McCaffity was recognized as a 1983 recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award and was named Alumnus of the Year in 1991. In 2010, he was honored by the Board of Trustees with the meritorious distinction of Trustee Emeritus. 31
Margaret McCaffity, a devoted alumna in her own right, was recognized as Alumna of the Year in 1996 for her outstanding service to Barton College, her church, and her community. Dedicated to the field of medicine, Dr. McCaffity was a well-respected member of the Raleigh/Wake Dental Society, the American Dental Association, and the North Carolina Dental Society. He was a faithful member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and held a number of leadership roles at the local and regional levels. Mrs. McCaffity also served in a multitude of roles within the church community, especially through their local membership at Hillyer Memorial Christian Church (DOC) in Raleigh. Her professional life included teaching elementaryaged students for a decade before managing her husband’s dental practice. In later years, she also enjoyed her work with Hudson Belk in Raleigh. Each time we remember their smiling faces, we will recall the kindness and compassion for which Dr. and Mrs. Darwin McCaffity were known. When this gracious couple walked into a room, they were met with enthusiasm and admiration, not because they expected it but rather because they had earned it. Our lives, once blessed by their presence, are now enriched by our memory of them.
Remembering Dr. E.D. Winstead (An excerpt from his obituary)
Dr. E.D. Winstead, 99, retired professor of mathematics at Atlantic Christian College, passed away on March 25. A native of Wilson, Dr. Winstead lived a life of honor and integrity serving his country, community, and family. A member of “The Greatest Generation,” his loyalty and love for his country was evident throughout his entire life. He enlisted in the Army on Feb. 6, 1934, and served almost 24 years before retiring from that chapter of his life on Dec. 31, 1957, as a Lt. Colonel. He was a combat veteran of World War II, fighting in the Battle of Corregidor in the Philippines at the beginning of the war. However, after the fall of Corregidor, he spent the remaining three years of the war as a Prisoner of War in the Philippines, held by the Japanese. (His wife and baby son had been evacuated back
to Wilson from the Philippines just before the war started, and for the first year of his captivity, his wife did not know if he was alive or dead.) As one of the fortunate survivors of those ordeals, he returned to Wilson after the war and was presented the Key to the city of Wilson in a special community ceremony in front of the courthouse. (On March 31, 1995, an “E.D. Winstead Day” commemorating that ceremony with a second key to the city was held as part of Wilson’s special 50th anniversary commemoration of the end of World War II.) He was post commander of Fort Davis in the Panama Canal Zone guarding part of the Panama Canal during the Korean War. Some of his Army assignments are indicated by the birthplaces of his four children, Ed “Dee” at Ft. Mills on Corregidor Island in the Philippines, Ray at Ft. Monroe in Virginia, Sue at The Presidio of San Francisco (the historic Army post containing Ft. Scott) in California, and Gene at Ft. Davis in Panama. After graduating from Charles L. Coon High School in Wilson in 1930, he attended Atlantic Christian College in Wilson for one year. He told his parents there was no need for him to continue as a student at A.C.C., since he was not going to be either a teacher or a preacher. (Ironically, later in life he became a full-time teacher and a substitute preacher.) After retiring from the Army and moving back to Wilson, he continued where he left off and graduated from A.C.C. 30 years later in 1960. After earning a master’s degree in education from Duke University, he became a faculty member at A.C.C. in 1962. In 1966, he completed his doctoral degree from Duke University, became the first chairman of the new A.C.C. Department of Mathematics, and remained a professor in that position until his retirement in 1977. He married Josephine “Jo” Minshew, a Wilson nurse from Black Creek (Wilson County) in 1938, and they shared their journeys and lives together until her death in 2000. Their last move together was from Wilson to a retirement community in Durham, in 1996. Their relationship was one of loving commitment and caring.
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Howard Tang and his wife, Dena, know the positive difference a scholarship can make for a college student. As scholarship recipients themselves, they understand how much a donor’s gift can mean to a student trying to complete his/her education. Working part-time jobs while enrolled in courses full time, they valued the scholarships they received at their respective campuses.
The Tangs A Scholarship Legacy
Now retired from the banking industry, Mr. Tang, class of 1972, looks back on his college days at Atlantic Christian with the fondest of memories, which include favorite professors Ashton Wiggs and Walter Anderson who provided a great deal of encouragement and support. Transferring with friends from Louisburg College to A.C.C., he found the Wilson campus to be a good fit. Mrs. Tang also chose North Carolina private colleges to complete her education, beginning at Brevard College and completing her degree at Wake Forest University. Because of their experiences on private college campuses, they have chosen to give back to these institutions that were so supportive of their educational pursuits. At Barton, the Tangs have designated the College as beneficiary of a life insurance policy earmarked for the establishment of the H.W. Tang International Student Endowed Scholarship Fund. This scholarship fund will be used to support Barton College students from Southeast Asia with financial need. “We recognize this is one simple, small way to help international students complete their college degree and fulfill their own educational goals,” shared Mr. Tang. The Tangs’ son, Anthony, a recent graduate of Wake Forest University and now a WFU undergraduate admissions counselor responsible for diversity recruitment, encouraged his parents to consider establishing scholarships for students and programs that are sometimes overlooked, which inspired their establishment of a band student scholarship at WFU.
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Another area often overlooked on campuses are scholarships for nontraditional students, and that is why the Tangs are also in discussion with Barton about establishing a second scholarship in the future for non-traditional students, in particular, a scholarship to assist single parents who are juggling the demands of supporting their families while trying to complete their college degrees. “My wife and I hope to inspire my fellow alumni to consider establishing their own Barton College scholarships,” Mr. Tang continued. “We have found life insurance to be an easy and manageable avenue for giving back to our respective alma maters and have used this opportunity for establishing scholarships at both of my alma maters, Louisburg and Barton, as well as at Brevard and Wake Forest University for Dena. It’s our way of saying ‘thank you’ for the scholarships we received as students.”