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T H E M A G A Z I N E of B R I D G E W A T E R C O L L E G E

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SPRING-SUMMER 2014

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EDITOR Charles Culbertson ART DIREC TOR Debra L. Sheffer ’80

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CLASS NOTES EDITOR Mary Kay Heatwole

Whacking off the tops of mountains is bad enough, but leaving them unfit for anything to grow is even worse. This is the story of how a group of Bridgewater students and their professor helped bring new life to a desolated coal-country landscape. (Story by Charles Culbertson)

EDITORIAL ASSISTANCE Office of Marketing and Communications EXECUTIVE DIREC TOR OF MARKE TING AND COMMUNIC ATIONS Abbie Parkhurst DIREC TOR OF ALUMNI RELATIONS Ellen Burkholder Miller ’79

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ALUMNI ASSOCIATION OFFICERS Ina Fitzwater Baker ’69 – President Melvin E. Williams ’95 – President-Elect Sherrie K. Wampler ’85 – Secretary Anita Hall Waters ’78 – Past President

During the dying days of segregation, when black collegiate athletes weren't even allowed to eat in restaurants with their white teammates, one Bridgewater coach stood strong against bigotry and backwardness. (Story by Nancy T. Sorrells '81)

PRESIDENT OF BRIDGE WATER COLLEGE Dr. David W. Bushman BOARD OF TRUSTEES Dr. D. Cory Adamson The Hon. G. Steven Agee Mrs. Nancy M. Bowman Mr. J. Russell Bruner Mrs. Susan L. Craun Mr. Mensel D. Dean Jr. Mr. Michael D. Del Giudice Mr. William S. Earhart Mr. Carl R. Fike Dr. Mary G. Garber Mr. A. Wesley Graves VI Mr. Stephen L. Hollinger The Rev. Lawrence M. Johnson Dr. Krishna Kodukula

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Dr. Michael K. Kyles Mr. J. Allen Layman Mr. Nathan H. Miller Mr. Wilfred E. Nolen Mr. Ronald E. Sink Mr. Robert I. Stolzman Mrs. Kathryn A. Tuttle Mrs. Donna P. Walker Mr. James H. Walsh Dr. G. Benjamin Wampler Mr. James L. Wilkerson Mr. Dewey M. Williard Ms. Kathy G. Wright

How about Bangalore, India, as a jumping-off point for a new Bridgewater graduate? J.J. Krehbiel, a 2013 alumnus and Kennedy Center Fellow, recently traveled halfway around the world to teach the art of acting to economically and socially disadvantaged youth. (Story by Charles Culbertson)

23 Landing in Latin America Former Bridgewater athlete and 2013 alumnus Sam Dietze finds his perfect job in a country not everyone automatically thinks of when pounding the employment pavement – Panama. (Story by Martha Bell Graham)

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With 23 seasons as the Eagles' head softball coach under his belt, Donnie Fulk retired this past spring. Bridgewater caught up with Fulk and asked him to reflect on his tenure. (Story by Mark Griffin '88)

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31 Memorials 36 Timelines

On the cover: Dr. David W. Bushman, President of Bridgewater College, during Inauguration ceremony on April 11, 2014. (Photo by Tommy Thompson)


Message from the President

As I sit and write today, my first year at Bridgewater is coming to a close. And now as I re-read that sentence, it seems as though it can’t possibly be true! How is it possible that an entire year has moved so quickly, and at the same time seem like Suzanne and I have always been here? I’ve come to the conclusion that this odd combination is the inevitable result of the great people in this very welcoming community that we have joined - and the fact that Bridgewater College is indeed a very good fit for us! You have made us feel at home from the very start, and we could not imagine being anywhere else. I have spent this year truly getting to know the people of Bridgewater College – the students, faculty and staff on campus, and the friends and alumni all around the Commonwealth of Virginia and beyond. It has been a very enriching experience as I’ve listened to the hopes and dreams of those who care deeply about the College’s success and who have nurtured and sustained BC over the years. From the very first Alumni Welcome events last summer to our opening convocation last fall to the very special week of Inauguration activities to the commencement exercises for the class of 2014, I have come to see with stunning clarity the very deep commitment of this College to the transformative power of a liberal arts education and to the success of every single student who is a member of our academic community. In this edition of Bridgewater we highlight many different kinds of student success and some special stories of the people who have helped make those successes a reality. Our commitment to each student is little changed from our founding 134 years ago: to educate and enrich the whole person – mind, body, and spirit – for a life of professional accomplishment and personal fulfillment. We are preparing our students to make a difference – a very powerful difference – in local, national and global communities, and the stories you will read here are just the tip of the iceberg. And now, fully part of this very special academic community, I am energized and excited to lead Bridgewater to ever greater success in achieving the extraordinary potential we all know to be here. As always, we could not achieve this success without your support, and for that support I am ever grateful. The successes of our students are very much your successes too. I hope you are inspired by the stories you read on these pages. With warm regards,

David W. Bushman, Ph.D. President

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Bushman Becomes Ninth Bridgewater College President ACROSStheMALL

(ABOVE) LEFT TO RIGHT: Nathan H. Miller '65, chairman of the Bridgewater College board of trustees; Dr. David W. Bushman, president of Bridgewater College; Virginia Delegate R. Stephen Landes Photos by Tommy Thompson

Dr. David W. Bushman officially became Bridgewater College’s ninth president April 11 in an inauguration ceremony on the campus mall. An estimated 1,900 people gathered to see Bushman installed by Nathan H. Miller ’65, chairman of the Bridgewater College board of trustees. In his inaugural address, Bushman promised to “lead with integrity and care, to serve with humility and respect, and to earn anew every day the trust that true leadership and true service demand.” He also took note of the challenges facing higher education, including heightened scrutiny for financial value. “These are trying times for higher education,” he said. “Issues of cost and access and completion and quality are the stuff of mainstream media with an almost metronomic regularity. There exists a growing

wariness or skepticism about the value of higher education in general, and of the liberal arts in particular, and that skepticism to me seems different in kind, and not just in degree, from times past.” Bushman said the College is poised for the next level of excellence in providing a sound liberal arts education. “The opportunity clearly exists for Bridgewater to achieve a very public and very prominent level of excellence,” he said, “and for our graduates to have a profound impact on the world – all by remaining true to those core principles that have guided us and sustained us on the journey we now share.” Bushman came to Bridgewater from Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., where he was the founding dean of the university’s School of Natural

Science and Mathematics. Prior to Mount St. Mary’s, Bushman served as president of Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, N.C. Bushman has also served as an executive committee member for North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities and was a board member for The Edgar Tufts Memorial Association. In addition, he has served as a campus site visit member for SACS reaccreditation. Bushman’s inauguration was complemented by a week-long slate of events designed to reflect the four Latin words that appear on the College’s seal – bonitas, veritas, pulchritudo and concordia, which mean goodness, truth, beauty and harmony. The inauguration also overlapped with Alumni Weekend, which included the Ripples banquet, Alumni Awards ceremony, class reunions and sporting events.

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acrossthemall EXCERPTS FROM DR. BUSHMAN’S INAUGUR ATION SPEECH (Editor’s note: Dr. Bushman’s inaugural speech may be viewed in its entirety online at bridgewater.edu/president.)

Of Mission and Moment: A Shared Journey Institutions may live for centuries, but certainly individuals do not, and it’s important, especially at a college that values community as we do, to remain connected to the mission and vision and narrative that accompanied the founding of the institution and continues to nurture it still. These are trying times for higher education. Issues of cost and access and completion and quality are the stuff of mainstream media with an almost metronomic regularity. There exists a growing wariness or skepticism about the value of higher education in general, and of the liberal arts in particular, today, that seems different in kind, and not just in degree, from times past. Higher education has always had a public purpose, has always been directed in important ways toward the public good. Certainly that public good includes economic prosperity, but it has always included much more. A democracy cannot flourish, economically or otherwise, in the absence of an educated citizenry. Now it seems that a broader public purpose is of far less importance than narrowly tailored private gain: the value of higher education is increasingly being equated solely with economic success and less and less with the development of an engaged citizenry. There is a need, I think, to engage big challenges boldly, but also with humility and a deep understanding of the obligations we have to each other – especially when the “other” is from a different place or even a different time – a generation far in the future. We need to ask not just what can be done and how to do it, but also what ought to be done and how best to do it. How fortunate are we, then, to be celebrating today an institution committed by mission to the very principles demand-

ed by this moment…That mission compels us to educate the whole person, to nurture intellect and talent, to pursue truth and understanding, and to cultivate judgment and respect for others. This is what a liberal arts education is meant to be: persistent and purposeful study committed to the notion that we live and learn in relationship with others and that we have obligations to more than just our own well-being. We nurture sensibilities and cultivate habits of mind. Certainly, this liberal learning prepares our graduates for a career (even if many do not believe this to be so), but more importantly, it prepares them for the personal synthesis needed to discern their profession as vocation. Bridgewater occupies a position that speaks to the concerns and goals for higher education in general: that we prepare students for careers, but more than that, we empower them to become productive members of an engaged citizenry. Bridgewater College, indeed, all of American higher education is like a fabric, a tapestry. The fabric is strong and the tapestry beautiful because of the nature of individual threads, but stronger and more beautiful still by virtue of the many threads woven together. My hope is that in celebrating the College in this way, we re-dedicate ourselves to a shared mission committed to pursuing truth, to living lives tempered by beauty, to aspiring to goodness, and to achieving a vision of unity and community – the harmony of living in relationship that is enriched as we share our journey together. May we always be committed to the mission and the moment and the journey of Bridgewater College.

LEFT: Dr. Bushman after his inauguration with his family. Pictured from left are his daughter Emily, wife Suzanne, and son Will. CENTER: Dr. Bushman delivers his inauguration speech. RIGHT: Onstage just prior to Dr. Bushman’s inauguraton. Photos by Tommy Thompson

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TOP: The Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Carter BOTTOM: Steve Watson, professor emeritus

Carter Urges Grads to Value the Power of Relationships As Bridgewater College’s graduating seniors and their famipeople who made them feel special, and your name will be rememlies celebrated on Saturday, May 17, the Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Carter, bered because you created, through the content of your character, a president of Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Ind., and lasting impression.” a 1992 graduate of Bridgewater College, urged the class of 2014 to Of the graduates, 95 earned bachelor of arts degrees and 258 pay attention to the people they will meet in the earned bachelor of science degrees. The Colyears to come and to invest time, attention and lege’s president, Dr. David W. Bushman, “Often people do not resources in the lives of others. conferred the degrees at the ceremony. remember us by name His address, “A Lasting Impression,” exhorted Thirteen members of the class graduated the graduates to focus on creating memorable summa cum laude – the top academic honor or even what we say, but relationships with others. which requires at least a 3.9 grade point average what we say and do does on a 4.0 scale. Fourteen graduates earned magna Carter entered the ministry in 1993 as associate pastor of the Florin (Pa.) Church of create a lasting impression cum laude honors – a 3.7 or better average. Cum the Brethren. In 1995 he joined the Manassas laude honors, requiring a 3.4 grade point aver...Therefore, our call is to age, were earned by 78 graduates. Church of the Brethren as associate pastor, then served as team pastor until being named On the evening of Friday, May 16, Steve place great care in our senior pastor in 2003. He earned his master of Watson – professor emeritus of philosophy and words and deeds, never religion at Bridgewater College – delivered the divinity degree from Bethany in 1998 and, in 2006, received a doctor of ministry degree from message at the College’s baccalaureate service. underestimating the Princeton Theological Seminary. His topic was “Why a Liberal Arts Education in power of a relationship a Christian Context?” “Often people do not remember us by name or even what we say, but what we say and do as we pay attention to life Watson was a member of the Bridgewater does create a lasting impression,” he told the College faculty and community for 43 years, and the lives of others.” retiring at the end of the 2013 academic year. graduates. “Therefore, our call is to place great care in our words and deeds, never underesti- THE REV. DR. JEFFREY CARTER '92, During his tenure he gave priority to his teachmating the power of a relationship as we pay ing, resulting in life-long relationships with COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER attention to life and the lives of others.” many former students, some now teaching in Carter said the graduates should learn names, the Bridgewater faculty or serving on its board ask questions and invest time, attention, money and their lives in of trustees. One of his students was the next day’s commencement other people. speaker, the Rev. Dr. Carter. “For one day,” he noted, “someone will be listing the teachers Photos by Tommy Thompson who have made a difference, or the friends that really care, or the B R I D G E WAT E R   5


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Five Honored During Alumni Weekend

ABOVE, LEFT TO RIGHT: Ina Baker ’69, president of the Bridgewater College Alumni Association; Douglas Allison ’85, Distinguished Alumnus Award; Bruce Elliott ’76, West-Whitelow Humanitarian Service Award; Christian Saunders ’99, Young Alumnus Award Photo by Holly Donahue ’14

AT RIGHT: James and Sylvia Bowman ’57 with Dr. and Mrs. Bushman

Five Bridgewater College alumni were honored as part of the College’s annual Alumni Weekend celebration April 11-13. At the annual banquet of the Ripples Society on April 11, James Owen Bowman and his wife, Sylvia Kline Bowman – both graduates of the class of 1957 – were awarded Ripples Society Medals. The Ripples Society, which comprises alumni who graduated from the College 50 or

more years ago, also inducted the class of 1964 into the Society that evening. At a ceremony April 12, Bruce H. Elliott ’76 was awarded the West-Whitelow Humanitarian Service Award, Douglas A. Allison III ’85 was presented the Distinguished Alumnus Award and Christian M. Saunders ’99 received the Young Alumnus Award.

Three Faculty Recognized on Founder’s Day On April 1, Bridgewater College celebrated 134 years since its founding when it presented three awards during the Founder’s Day convocation in the Carter Center for Worship and Music. Three faculty members were recognized for excellence in teaching and scholarship. Dr. Charles Fleis, associate professor of world languages and cultures, received the Martha B. Thornton Faculty Recognition Award; Dr. Melissa Hoover, associate professor of mathematics, received the Ben and Janice Wade Outstanding Teaching Award; and Nan Covert, associate professor of art, received the Faculty Scholarship Award. The Founder’s Day observance at Bridgewater commemorates the April 3, 1854, birth of Bridgewater College founder Daniel C. Flory. Nan Covert, Dr. Melissa Hoover and Dr. Charles Fleis

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A check for $2,500 is presented to Bridgewater College from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation to fund the purchase of an electric-powered utility vehicle for use in the College’s recycling program. Pictured (from left) are Teshome Molalenge, director of sustainability at Bridgewater; Holly Crews, area manager for Enterprise Rent-A-Car, presenting the check; Dr. David Bushman, president of Bridgewater College; and Debra Eye ‘98, manager of Harrisonburg Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Photo by Charles Culbertson

A $2,500 grant to Bridgewater College from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation will fund the purchase of an electric-powered utility vehicle for use in the College’s recycling program. The Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the company that operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands. Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s Harrisonburg location is the College’s primary provider of rental vehicles. According to Teshome Molalenge, director of the Bridgewater College Center for Sustainability, the purchase of a used, extended-cab electric utility vehicle will double the recycling transportation options available to the College’s student-run recycling program. Molalenge said Bridgewater has made its recycling program a focal point of attention on campus, placing many recycling bins in high-traffic areas and implementing a student-run collection program. Eight students currently work in the program and share one small electric utility cart and a student-assembled bike cargo to transport recycling items throughout the 240-acre campus. “As the recycling program has expanded and collections increased, it has become increasingly difficult for the students to keep up with demand, given the resources currently available to them,” said Molalenge. “The Enterprise grant will give our students the tools they need to make the BC recycling program a sustainability success story.”

Josefson Snags Best Political Theory Paper at National Conference “Imagination and Spirit in Arendt and Kant” – an essay by Dr. Jim Josefson, associate professor of political science and history – won the Review of Politics Award for the best paper in normative political theory delivered at the 2013 Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) National Conference. Josefson was presented the award at the MPSA conference in April 2014. Political theorist Hannah Arendt, a German Jew who emigrated to America in 1941 to escape the Nazis, is most famous for her argument in Eichmann in Jerusalem about the “banality of evil.” According to Josefson, Arendt meant that evil doesn’t come from a malevolent desire to do bad things, but rather from everyday mindlessness or an inability to think. “This was, and is, controversial because many people think evil comes from bad people who refuse to follow the rules of legality or morality,” Josefson said. “Scholars generally attribute that view to Immanuel Kant who famously held that actions were only moral if they are motivated by rational assent to the moral law, rules of conduct discovered by the universal rule called the ‘categorical imperative.’ 8  S P R I N G - S U M M E R 2 0 1 4

The conventional wisdom, Josefson noted, is that the viewpoints of Arendt and Kant are irreconcilable, such that Arendt’s use of Kant in her work is inappropriate.  However, in his paper he showed that Arendt’s view is consistent with (and anticipated by decades) the work of Henry Allison, who interpreted Kant’s thought not as claims about the truth of scientific, moral and aesthetic principles, but rather as suggesting a set of principles that people adopt to make knowledge, morality and aesthetics possible. “In that case,” he said, “morality isn’t about whether we know the right rules and follow them. It’s about freely choosing a set of comportments and principles that make freedom possible. The most original part of my paper is my argument that Kant and Arendt shared the idea that the faculty of spirit, an ability to resist easy judgments and really see the singularity of something, makes finding and applying such principles possible.”


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College Dedicates Mapp Courts

As food composting programs spread throughout the United States, Bridgewater College is moving forward with plans to enhance its sustainability efforts and environmental Composting stewardship. The College recently discarded organic implemented a composting pilot material returns the program for all of the food waste nutrients to the soil, from its dining hall. supporting efforts “Bridgewater College has on the Bridgewater always been environmentally campus and conscious, but there’s always elsewhere to sustain more that can be done,” said Anne healthy soils and grow Keeler, vice president for finance. food without chemical “By instituting the composting fertilizers.” pilot program, we are committed – DR. DE VA O’NEIL to do even more to help protect and preserve our environment.” The benefits of composting are numerous. When composting waste instead of sending it to the landfill, less methane is released into the air, reducing emission of greenhouse gases. Diverting the food waste from the landfill also avoids adding even more waste to rapidly filling landfill areas. “Composting discarded organic material returns the nutrients to the soil, supporting efforts on the Bridgewater campus and elsewhere to sustain healthy soils and grow food without chemical fertilizers,” said Dr. Deva O’Neil, assistant professor of physics and campus sustainability committee member. The pilot program is also providing excellent educational opportunities for students. Heather Latham Sheffer ‘14 of Bristow, Va., and Zack Salisbury ‘14 of Front Royal, Va., are two environmental science majors who interned with the pilot composting program, which allowed them to learn the process of composting as well as the business and outreach aspects. A collaborative effort was required to make the program a reality. Waste Management of Virginia, Inc., partnered with Crimora, Va.-based Black Bear Composting to enable Bridgewater to collect and compost its food waste. The College’s dining service, Parkhurst Dining, has also been integral in the success of the program. The dining staff is able to collect food waste from different elements of the food preparation process, thus maximizing the potential for the amount of waste collected. “The composting pilot program is going well despite initial challenges,” said Teshome Molalenge, director of the center for sustainability. He added that the program has the potential to influence attitudes and behaviors regarding waste minimization efforts on campus.

Bridgewater College celebrated one of its coaching legends April 13 when it dedicated the Mapp Tennis Courts prior to the Eagles’ women’s tennis match with Emory and Henry. The courts are named in honor of BC Athletic Hall of Fame member Laura S. Mapp, who coached the women’s tennis team from 1961-97 and led the Bridgewater women to 161 wins during that period. “Laura Mapp spent nearly four decades at Bridgewater College, teaching women to be leaders in the game, the classroom and the community,” said Bridgewater College President Dr. David W. Bushman. “She left an unparalleled legacy at Bridgewater College. We are honored to preserve that legacy into the future by naming the College’s tennis courts after her.” Mapp is also noted for her accomplishments with the Bridgewater women’s basketball and field hockey teams. She was the Bridgewater women’s basketball coach from 1961 to 1996 and compiled a remarkable 484-262 career record. At the time of her retirement, Mapp ranked seventh on the active winning list of college coaches in all of Divisions I, II and III. Largely due to Mapp’s coaching skills, the Bridgewater program ranked second overall in total wins in the NCAA Division III ranks entering the 1997-98 season. During Mapp’s tenure, the Eagles captured Virginia Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (VAIAW) state champion- Laura Mapp at the tennis ships in 1976, 1977 and 1980 and competed courts newly named in her in the VAIAW national tournament in 1980 honor. and 1982. She also guided the Eagles to Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) regular season titles in 1983 and 1989 and the ODAC tournament title in 1990, while participating in the ODAC Tournament finals a total of seven times during her reign as head coach. Mapp’s teams had 30 winning seasons, four 20-win seasons and posted double-digit wins 31 times over the course of her career. Mapp’s field hockey squad won 224 games from 1961-95, including an Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) Southern Region II championship in 1979 and a VAIAW Division III state championship in 1980. Mapp’s 1979 team advanced to the final four of the AIAW national field hockey tournament. Following the completion of renovations, a road to Nininger Hall will also be renamed to Mapp Drive in honor of Mapp’s 36 years of service to the College. “Miss Mapp was a staple at Bridgewater College for almost 40 years. Her record on the courts and on the field speaks for itself,” said Curt Kendall, director of athletics at Bridgewater. “Her service to the College and her undying passion and support of women’s athletics is a testament to the person she is, and she is certainly very deserving of this recognition.”

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Bridgewater College welcomed home several alumni this spring to speak in convocation. These included Heather Galang ’08, Joanne Harris ’98, Greg Via ’79, and Dan Reed ’08, who shared with the Bridgewater community their work since leaving college. In February, Heather Galang told the story of how she became a cardiac nurse at Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg, Va. Galang, Dan Reed ’08 who earned her degrees in biology and Spanish from Bridgewater, pursued her nursing degree from James Madison University. Galang also talked about her trip to Burma in 2011, a “learning tour” which she took through New Community Project (NCP). There, she learned about gender inequality and lack of hygiene – two serious problems affecting the country. She said NCP works to help young girls stay in school through it’s “Give a Girl a Chance” program. Greg Via '79 Since the trip, she has become passionate about NCP and their humanitarian and conservation issues. In March, Joanne Harris talked about her work with genderneutral marriage. Harris has been with her life partner, Jessica Duff, for 12 years, and together they are raising a son. The couple participated in a commitment ceremony in 2006, but are not legally married. “It’s not just that we were denied the marriage license,” Harris said, “it’s that we were not even allowed to apply.” Harris and Duff have filed a lawsuit, with representation by Lambda Legal and the ACLU, to legalize same-sex marriage in Virginia and to recognize marriages that have taken place outside the state. This recognition would enable same-sex couples with children to both be viewed as parents, instead of only one being seen as the single parent. “The only way for [Duff ] to adopt [my son] would be as a step-parent, and since Virginia does not recognize same-sex marriage, that is not an option for us,” Harris said. Harris is now the director of diversity and advocacy at Mary Baldwin College. In her position at Mary Baldwin, she focuses

on diversity training and advocacy talks. Her goal is to help people find their similarities rather than focus on their differences. On March 27, Bridgewater College alumnus Greg Via was Joanne Harris ’98 the featured speaker at the Scott Symposium on Business Ethics. Via, who is the global director of sports marketing for Gillette Company, spoke about his journey with ethics in the commercial marketing industry, citing many examples of people not being ethical, which resulted in their dismissal. “Your reputation is the most important thing you have,” he said, lamenting that far too often, people just don’t think before acting. He said that money, power, fame and tickets in the sports world are a great temptation. However, Via added, it is important to look past all of that and to Heather Galang ’08 make sure your reputation is your priority. On April 22, Dan Reed – who works for The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs – talked about his involvement with Planet Forward, which addresses ideas such as world hunger. “As a planet, we will need to produce more food in the next 40 years than we have in the last 8,000 years,” Reed said. Planet Forward uses social media to connect young innovators with politicians and business executives in Washington, D.C. Reed explained how his project works by allowing people to post videos to Planet Forward containing their problemsolving ideas, and how these ideas are then passed along to those who have the power to make change happen. Reed urged the audience to be curious, ask questions, communicate and, most of all, contribute. By gleaning the benefits of mass and social media, Planet Forward hopes to inspire individuals to take the first step in changing our world.

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Gettysburg Religion is Focus of BC Professor’s New Book The diversity of religion in a small town that saw one of the most horrific battles of the Civil War – Gettysburg, Pa. – is the focus of a new book by Bridgewater College professor of history Stephen L. Longenecker. Gettysburg Religion: Refinement, Diversity, and Race in the Antebellum and Civil War Border North was published by Fordham University Press in January and is Longenecker’s sixth book. Longenecker, who is also co-founder of the Bridgewater College Civil War Institute, said the book explores the diversity of religion in Gettysburg at the time of the war and how the town exemplifies mainstream society and religious patterns. “This famous little place and the surrounding region are just full of fascinating surprises,” said Longenecker, who has taught at Bridgewater for 25 years. “The Gettysburg community was much more diverse and complicated than might be expected, and pursuing this project was fun from beginning to end. Rhett Butler’s phrase ‘some little town in Pennsylvania’ doesn’t come close to articulating all the twists and turns in Gettysburg during this period.” The book, he said, uses this famous town as a setting to ask big questions about American society. He also noted that, as the only local history of antebellum Gettysburg, the book brings to life a fascinating and surprisingly diverse little place. Edward L. Ayers, author of In the Presence of Mine Enemies: Civil War in the Heart of America, described Gettysburg Religion as an “elegant and graceful study” that “illuminates our understanding of America at the time of the Civil War in a remarkable way.” Longenecker, who holds a doctorate from Johns Hopkins University, is also the author of Shenandoah Religion: Outsiders and the Mainstream, 1716-1865 and The Brethren During the Age of World War: The Church of the Brethren Encounter with Modernization, 1914-1950: A Source Book.

Jost Highlighted at Book Festival Scott Jost, associate professor of art at Bridgewater College and author of Shenandoah Valley Apples, was a featured writer at the 20th Annual Virginia Festival of the Book in March at venues throughout Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Va. The festival, which is produced by the Virginia Department of the Humanities, is the largest educational book event in the MidAtlantic, drawing a cumulative attendance of more than 20,000 people. Through oral histories and color photographs of apple orchards and workplaces in the Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge regions, Shenandoah Valley Apples tells the story of one of Virginia’s most important and rapidly disappearing cultural landscapes. It features orchards ranging from a nine-acre roadside operation and midsized enterprises on diversified family farms to some of the nation’s largest commercial orchards. The book primarily presents the perspective of apple growers who own the land they farm. At the festival, Jost joined hundreds of authors, illustrators, storytellers and other publishing professionals in every genre. After defeating top-seeded Shenandoah twice on Championship Sunday in April, the Bridgewater baseball team is pictured with the program’s conference-leading 14th Old Dominion Athletic Conference title. The championship was the first for the program since 2010 and propelled the Eagles to their second-straight appearance in the NCAA South region tournament.

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never have the last say.’”

Last year (Bridgewater College senior Amanda) Harpine won the Waynesboro Innovative Student Entrepreneur competition, which provides a $5,000 grant to an area student who presents a promising business idea, $4,000 of which is designated for website development and the rest for marketing. 5.

“Even though I graduated in 1977, I am extremely young and good looking.” 4.

“As we celebrate this sesquicentennial year of the Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley, it is fitting that we focus on this pivotal campaign with some of our nation’s leading and most noteworthy historians.” 6.

1. Deborah Dunn “Guide to Gluten Free” Bloom Fall 2013 2. Dr. Jamie Frueh “Bridgewater Professor Reflects on Mandela’s Life” WHSV Dec. 6, 2013 3. Dr. Mwizenge Tembo “Nelson Mandela: Larger Than Life” The Zambian Post Online Dec. 12, 2013 4. Dr. Chip Studwell “Unique BC Alumnus Helps Students Navigate School, Life” Daily News-Record Jan. 1, 2014 5. “The Jewelry Spectrum” Daily News-Record March 1, 2014 6. Nick Picerno “1864 Valley Campaign is Focus of BC Civil War Institute” Targeted News Service March 5, 2014 7. Dr. Krishna Kodukula, BC board of trustees Virginia Business Magazine March 2014 8. Bushman Inauguration Special Daily News-Record April 11, 2014

7.

His best advice for students? “I

always tell them that imagination is their limit… Kids have to

imagine, and it is possible to achieve their goals.”

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Bushman’s inauguration comes after nearly a full academic year getting acquainted with the job and the students – some of whom serenaded him, to his surprise, during the first snowstorm of the academic year. 8.


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Legacy families The Hallocks

Bridgewater College has been home and alma mater to generations of family members. Parents, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren – there’s just something about Bridgewater that keeps ‘em coming here. The Hallock family of Want a chance to be a Frederick, Md., is a case legacy family for this space in the magazine? It’s easy. in point, and is our Gather the Bridgewater legacy family for this College graduates in issue of Bridgewater. your family, take a high

resolution (1 MB or larger) PICTURED IN THE BACK ROW, LEFT TO RIGHT: photo, and email it to Katelyn (Katey) Hallock, us with a description of class of 2016; Karla McCray who’s in the picture. You Hallock, class of 1986; can submit legacy family Bradley (Brad) Hallock, photos to class of 1986; and Jenna Hallock (currently a high cculbert@bridgewater.edu. school sophomore with no plans – yet – to attend Bridgewater!) SEATED: Edward (Ted) Hallock, class of 1960; and Mary Edith Lease Hallock, class of 1959.

Bridgewater College Campus Store—Coming Fall 2014! This summer, the College’s traditional bookstore is going modern! Students will now buy their books online at a virtual bookstore, and the store in the Kline Campus Center will become a College-run campus store. You’ll be able to buy apparel and other logoed merchandise at the store and online. The College will get to choose what items are sold to better meet customer needs. Watch for more info to come!

Photo by Holly Donahue '14

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FIGHTING MTR (mountain-top removal) WITH MTR (mountain-top reforestation) by Charles Culbertson

It breaks my heart to see what is happening to the mountains of Appalachia. I remember what the area was like as a child, and it’s not that way any more.” – Dr. Karie A. Barbour

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magine standing on top of a Kentucky mountain and being able to see absolutely everything – valleys, hollows, other mountains, great sweeping stretches of forested land. But something’s wrong. You shouldn’t be able to see all that. Then you realize, with a sinking feeling, that you’re standing on a mountain that’s had its top sheared off, and you’re looking at other mountains that have been similarly deformed. No trees on the devastated mountain top obscure your view because trees won’t grow in the impoverished soil. No birds, no animals, no wildlife of any kind – with the exception of an occasional small reptile scurrying in the scruffy meadow grasses – exist up here. For all intents and purposes it’s a dead landscape, albeit one that provides you with a scenic – if inappropriate – view. This was just one of the experiences shared by a group of Bridgewater College students enrolled in an honors section of the first-year seminar, PDP 150. Late last year they traveled with their professor to Pike County, Ky. to help reforest an area that for years endured what the coal mining industry calls “mountain-top mining.”

Photos courtesy of Dr. Karie A. Barbour and Green Forests Work.

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For the uninitiated, “mountain-top mining” – also known as “mountain-top removal” (MTR) by opponents of the process – involves the mining of the summits or summit ridges of mountains where coal seams are known to exist. Explosives are used to blow up the mountain tops, which are then removed and dumped into nearby hollows or valleys. After the coal seams are exhausted, some of the dumped soil – which is now filled with toxic mining byproducts – is returned to the mountain to cover mining scars. But the original shape of the mountain is gone forever, as is most of the soil’s original health and vitality. MTR is the most prevalent form of coal mining in the U.S. today because it is less expensive than conventional strip mining. It is used primarily in Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee. Dr. Karie A. Barbour, an assistant professor of economics at Bridgewater, was born in the coal-mining region of southern West Virginia, and was instrumental in setting up the expedition to plant trees in an area heavily affected by coal mining. “Even though I left West Virginia when I was eight years old, I have always felt compelled to give something back to the coal-mining community,” she said. “Although my employment has taken me elsewhere, this was a way I felt I could accomplish that goal.” Barbour’s passion about coal-mining reform and land reclamation merged when structural changes to the Personal Development Portfolio (PDP) curriculum allowed professors to choose their own topics and required that students complete a community engagement project. The opportunity to expose BC freshmen to an Appalachian issue – and to make it fun and exciting at the same time – was too much to resist. Personal contacts led Barbour to Green Forests Work, a nonprofit whose goal is to re-establish healthy and productive forests on formerly mined lands in Appalachia. Since the organization relies primarily on volunteers and has worked with university groups in the past, the way seemed clear for Barbour and the 12 Bridgewater students studying with her to instigate a reforestation effort somewhere in coal country. Originally, Barbour sought a tree-planting expedition that was close to Bridgewater, but as it worked out she and her team ended up traveling six hours to Pikeville for a two-day adventure.

“I don’t think any of us were prepared for the magnitude of the project,” said Barbour, who noted that the team was assigned to work on 30 acres of a site measuring up to 11,000 acres. “I also don’t think we were prepared for the nature of the soil. We think of planting a garden in nutrient soil, where plants will do quite well. Not at the mine site. Most of the topsoil is gone and what you’re left with is a very rocky, rough soil, grayish in color. “ The soil was so bad, in fact, “I just have to keep and so compacted, that Appalachian Regional Reforestation in mind that all good Initiative and Green Forests things come in time Work arrived before the Bridgewith patience and water team in order to loosen up perseverance, and the dirt in the reforestation area. although I could not see Barbour said that, normally, the the results that day, I survival rate for new trees in MTR areas is 10 percent; with walked away knowing group preparation, she said, that that in 10 to 20 years figure goes up to 40 percent. I can come back with She and her students, who my children and show partnered onsite with students them the young forest from the University of Kentucky reclaiming the land, and and Berea College, planted some 3,400 trees. Among them see the difference I made were 20 American chestnut trees there.” engineered to be blight resistant. -ABIGAIL CROMER '17 “For me, the most significant aspect of the trip was being able to make a contribution back to the community I am from,” said Barbour. “This community has given a lot to the economic development of our country through coal production, and coal production has had some significant negative impacts in the area. “It breaks my heart to see what is happening to the mountains of Appalachia,” she continued. “I remember what the area was like as a child, and it’s not that way any more. I would like for my kids and grandkids to experience the wild, wonderful Appalachia that I knew, so we’ve got to do something about it.”

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reflections from participants

Sean Bright '17 “MTR is one of the largest ecological problems in the United States today. Millions of acres of forest have been destroyed for its sake, and mountains are irreparably harmed by it. Beyond the mountains themselves, MTR is responsible for tainting the drinking water of hundreds of families, and there have been numerous industrial accidents related to MTR.”

Abigail Cromer '17 “Of course, there are many things we could have done to improve our environment, but after learning about how entire ecosystems are destroyed in the coal mining process, our class thought, ‘What better way is there to see firsthand what strip mining really is and does than to go out and find one of these mining sites?’” “I just have to keep in mind that all good things come in time with patience and perseverance, and although I could not see the results that day, I walked away knowing that in 10 to 20 years I can come back with my children and show them the young forest reclaiming the land, and see the difference I made there.”

Daniel Feivor '17 “We all really wanted to be there doing hands-on work and making a real difference. I’m not saying that educating people here at Bridgewater wouldn’t necessarily make a difference, but it just didn’t have the same feel.” “People might drive through the area and say, ‘Well, that doesn’t seem so bad, it’s just missing some trees,’ but they wouldn’t know that the soil has been contaminated and compacted, making regrowth very difficult, or that entire species have been wiped out of that region.”

Darean Talmadge '17 “While I realize that what we did was such a small step in reversing the effects of MTR, it was still a step.” “I want everyone to know that the process of restoring the environment, such as we did, can be so much fun. The work can be tiring, but as long as you keep your purpose in mind, there is no inclination to stop.” Charles Culbertson is director of media relations at Bridgewater College and editor of Bridgewater magazine.

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A Profile in Courage by Nancy T. Sorrells ‘81

It took a team leader and a team effort to bring change to the College and the community during a bewildering time. In the sports arena and in the game of life, Coach Daniel Geiser and his team changed the rules. Quietly. Simply. Together.

America will never forget the civil rights struggle of the 1960s, especially in the South where the death throes of segregation sometimes played out in tragic violence. But a decade earlier, on the campus of Bridgewater College, a quiet, principled coach used the vehicle of athletics and the underpinnings of the Church of the Brethren to achieve equality without fanfare or violence.

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ducators Daniel and Elizabeth Geiser arrived in Bridgewater in 1946 – he as a physical education instructor and coach and she as an English and drama professor. They hailed from Waynesboro, Pa., and the recent war that had temporarily delayed their career plans was over. During the war, Lt. Geiser piloted a biplane, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross. Some men might have been overwhelmed by the lengthy “to do” list handed him by the College: teach physical education and kinesiology, develop the discipline as a major (on a $500 budget), reinstitute and coach the football team, coach basketball and baseball, and serve as athletic director. There was one other item, not on the list, but perhaps the most important of all: oversee the integration of the school. Bridgewater could not have chosen a more perfect candidate. On the playing field, “Pee Wee” Geiser had few equals. He lettered in every sport possible in high school and at Juniata College. While at Bridgewater he played in the Rockingham Baseball League. The quiet coach with the twinkling eyes came to Bridgewater with a mas-

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ter’s degree from Ohio State and, while at Bridgewater, earned his doctorate from Columbia. When Geiser left Bridgewater two decades later to head the physical education department at American University, the loss for Bridgewater was palpable. And the grief over his departure had little to do with the win-loss columns of the teams that he coached,

"He was a prince of a guy. He was not a yelling coach. We never saw him angry or getting in your face and he never humiliated his players." – C ARLYLE WHITELOW '56 although those numbers were impressive. Rather, it was what he had instilled in his students and athletes. He taught them how to play the game of life. “I never heard him raise his voice,” said his daughter, Jean Geiser. Carlyle Whitelow remembers his former teacher and coach with a swell of emotion. “He was a prince of a guy. He was not a yelling coach. We never saw him angry or getting in your face and he never humiliated his players. There was never a harsh word. He would just say, ‘We may want to do it this way,’ and he got his point across.” Whitelow, an African American, knows more than most what Geiser meant to the Bridgewater community. Whitelow grew up

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in Bridgewater, walking past a well-appointed white school to a smaller black school. When he went to Harrisonburg he had to ride in the back of the bus and sit in the gallery at the movies. But Bridgewater College was deeply embedded in his life. His father was head chef and his mother helped bake in the kitchen. When he and his younger brother, Alfred, came home from the Catholic military school in Richmond where his parents sent them for a better education, they would help out on campus. It was only natural that Whitelow wanted to attend Bridgewater after serving two years in the army. The only problem was that it wasn’t common in the Jim Crow South. At Bridgewater, two black students, one man and one woman, had already quietly transferred into the school. But in 1955 when Whitelow arrived, he became the first black freshman, and when he stepped on the football field, the basketball court, and the track he became the first black athlete at a white school in Virginia and almost certainly in the South. The move did not go unnoticed among other schools and in the community, but it was handled by Geiser and the school administration in such a way that it was never disruptive and hardly newsworthy. This was uncharted territory for all – the Bridgewater coaches had never coached an African American, most of the students had never sat in a classroom with black students, and Whitelow and his brother, who came to Bridgewater a year later, had never competed with white athletes. “I didn’t really see much discrimination,” said Whitelow. “All were great, great coaches and the players treated me like there was no difference. At Bridgewater the teachers, administrators and stu-


OPPOSITE PAGE LEFT: Coach Geiser tapes up a player before a game. THIS PAGE INSET: Carlyle Whitelow in a circa 1955 Daily News-Record clipping that notes Whitelow "is among the Eagle grid candidates being counted on…during the season…and the young veteran of army duty thereby probably becomes the first negro ever to see action on an Old Dominion college (field)." RIGHT: Whitelow as a basketball coach at Bridgewater.

“If one place wouldn’t let Carlyle in the front door then they all went in the back door. If they couldn’t stay together at a hotel, then they would drive all night to get home. Dad didn’t think one color was different from another.” – JEAN GEISER

Whitelow, class of 1959, completed his master's degree at the University of Virginia and returned to Bridgewater College to teach and coach in 1969. He retired in 1997.

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Daniel Geiser was honored with a plaque on the Coaches’ Corner wall on Bowman Plaza during Homecoming Weekend 2013. At right, Geiser’s daughter, Jean, speaks about her father and (far right) she and Bridgewater President David W. Bushman, unveil the plaque. Photos by Holly Donahue ’14

dents accepted me and never said anything. Never did I ever hear anything derogatory, racial or anything.” He would go on to teach and be an administrator in the Staunton, Va., public schools before getting his master’s degree and returning to Bridgewater College to teach and coach. Things were harder on Geiser and his athletic department. His daughter remembers that first year as being very tough. “Dad drove the bus and faced so much animosity from opposing coaches and teams,” she said. But she remembers his calm, nonjudgmental attitude through the entire period. “He would sit there and hold the phone out and let them rant and rave. If one place wouldn’t let Carlyle in the front door then they all went in the back door. If they couldn’t stay together at a hotel, then they would drive all night to get home. Dad didn’t think one color was different from another.” Another local Rockingham boy, Sam Ritchie, entered Bridgewater as a freshman that same year. Although he had attended all-white schools in Rockingham, his three years in the service had given him some interaction with African Americans and he thought little of having a black teammate until the football team traveled to play Newport News Apprentice School. “That was the worst,” remembered Ritchie. “They made a big issue out of us having a black player and they tried to hurt him. They said some bad things and they tried to take him out of the game,” he said of that contest. Whitelow, too, remembers. “On the way to the game, the coaches wanted to stop at the Howard Johnson. They called ahead and were told they wouldn’t serve us, so the coaches said we would go somewhere else.” Once on the field as a running back, he said, “All eyes were on me, but the guys on the team protected me and blocked for me.” Ritchie went on to be a beloved coach, athletic director, and principal at nearby Turner Ashby High School and the two stayed in close contact with each other. They both remember another incident when their basketball team was spending the night in Baltimore and four teammates went out to grab a bite to eat. “The man at the restaurant said that he couldn’t serve us,” said Whitelow. “I told the other three to go on in and I would go somewhere else. But the rest of them walked out and said, ‘you are one of us.’”

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There was also a track incident in which another team refused to compete if the Whitelow brothers ran. “‘Doc’ Jopson said that if my brother and I didn’t run, then Bridgewater didn’t run. So the other team accepted us.” Bridgewater’s quiet integration did not go unnoticed in the larger collegiate world. The Virginia Independent College Association told the school that by allowing the Whitelows to participate in collegiate athletics they were endangering their membership. The administration answered that it had accepted black students and so they would have to do what they wanted with the school’s membership. The issue faded away. Jean Geiser remembers 1955 as a trying year for the entire family. “Dad was very patient about it and my parents told me not to be judgmental of other people.” Almost certainly Coach Geiser didn’t set out to be a leader in the Civil Rights movement, but he didn’t back away from doing the right thing when he found himself in the middle of it. “He didn’t like violence of any type,” said his daughter. “He wouldn’t box because he didn’t want to punch people. He said, ‘If you want to build muscles, go out and dig a ditch!’” In the end, Geiser’s gentle demeanor and quiet moral compass won the day, but Jean Geiser remembers one scary incident unrelated to the College, but more to the general fear of societal change and unrest. In the town of Bridgewater, an angry mob had gathered to burn a cross. “I was probably a sophomore in high school,” she said. “I was in the car with my father. We drove to the scene and my father got out of the car with a flashlight, locking me in. Then he went up to each one and shone the flashlight in their faces, saying ‘I know you, go home. I know you, go home.’ I remember crying I was so scared.” In the end, it took a team leader and a team effort to bring change to the College and the community during a bewildering time. In the sports arena and in the game of life, Coach Daniel Geiser and his team changed the rules. Quietly. Simply. Together. Nancy T. Sorrells ‘81 is a freelance writer living in Greenville, Va. (Editor’s note: Daniel Singer Geiser Jr. died Nov. 8, 2009, in Bridgewater. He was 92 years old.)


Ready to

ROLE by Charles Culbertson

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Gardens, as Rudyard Kipling once noted, are not made by sitting

in the shade. Nor is much of anything else, come to think of it, especially when it comes to helping improve the lot of people less fortunate or privileged than yourself. Nothing seems to work as thoroughly as abandoning the ease and comfort of the shade and just pitching in.

hich is what one recent Bridgewater graduate did, in the very land that helped make Rudyard Kipling a household name – India – and in a most unusual way. In the spring of 2013, sociology and international studies major J.J. Krehbiel of McPherson, Kan., was accepted as a Kennedy Center Fellow. As part of his fellowship, Krehbiel, upon graduation, would receive financial assistance to serve as a volunteer in Bangalore, India. But Krehbiel wouldn’t be building houses or repairing roads or laying water

pipes or doing any of the kinds of projects that are usually associated with overseas humanitarian work. Krehbiel would teach the art of acting to economically and socially disadvantaged youth. Krehbiel, who was very active in Bridgewater’s theater program, was one of only five students in the United States to receive the fellowship, which covered the costs associated with his work with Artists Striving to End Poverty

Photos courtesy of ASTEP

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“I was a little nervous about how they would deal with the Shakespearean language, but they handled it like champs…” –J.J. KREHBIEL ‘13

(ASTEP). He was selected based on ASTEP’s criteria of exemplary leadership and dedication to using the arts to empower communities. Even though Krehbiel had, as a junior, spent a semester in Chennai, India, and enjoyed it, he was still nervous about this new venture. He spent the months between graduation and his departure in August boning up on teaching and theater education, gleaning much from the books Theater Games for the Classroom and Teach Like a Champion. In the last week of August, Krehbiel left for India and by early September was settling in at Shanti Bhavan, a school near Bangalore. “The school provides a free, quality education for children who come from very poor socio-economic backgrounds,” Krehbiel said. “Unfortunately, when the global financial crisis hit in 2008, the school saw a drastic decrease in donations and had to let many teachers go. Since then, volunteers have been coming to the school to teach academic classes.” During his first week at Shanti Bhavan, Krehbiel first shadowed other volunteers to observe how they handled their classes, and then dove into the experience for himself. He started out teaching English, literature, persuasive writing and dance classes. “So I know many of you are worried about my dancing skills,” he wrote to his friends in an email on Sept. 3, “but luckily the 5th grade dance class is mainly a break for the kids who otherwise have a very long day of classes. For dance, I’m mostly teaching them some goofy camp songs.” Overall, he said, the transition to teaching was easier than he thought it would be, and that his students were “very sweet and enjoyable to work with.” Later in September, Krehbiel and eight visiting ASTEP volunteers organized Art Camp, which comprised a week of theater, film, music and dance classes. He helped the younger kids – the “spazzes,” as he dubbed them – perform the Pyramus and Thisby scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. “I was a little nervous about how they would deal with the Shakespearean language, but they handled it like champs and did great with memorizing their lines,” he said. By October, Krehbiel’s friends were receiving news via email

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about the volunteer versus student basketball game, highlighting the fact that life for the Kansas native wasn’t all work and no fun. Except for losing, that is. The students won by two points, 58-56, which meant that Krehbiel would have to make good on a bet he made and shave his beard. In his 11th grade English class, he and his students studied “Phenomenal Woman,” a poem by Maya Angelou. All other poems studied in the classes were written by Romantic-era Europeans, to which the students had a hard time relating, so their examination of Angelou’s poem was, according to Krehbiel, especially rewarding for them. Another volunteer who had interviewed Angelou spoke to the class, and the ensuing discussion about activism, civil rights and feminism was lively and engaging. “I had never seen them as engaged in class as they were when we talked about Maya Angelou,” Krehbiel said. “I’m hoping her personal story will inspire some of the students, especially the girls, to persevere through the hardships that they undoubtedly will have to go through.” Krehbiel’s sojourn extended through early December. His last week in India was a blur of activity that included both work – grading exams – and celebrating. The school’s Christmas party was held a week earlier than usual so that Krehbiel could experience it before he left. After an evening of caroling, games and watching movies, Krehbiel quietly slipped out of the school at 3 a.m. to go to the airport. “In a way I felt really lucky to be leaving in the middle of the night, especially after a day of partying,” said Krehbiel. “It made saying goodbye a little easier.” Before returning to Kansas, Krehbiel visited relatives in London. He said while it was good to be back in a large city where no one knew your name, he suddenly experienced pangs of longing when he took a tour of Shakespeare Globe Theatre. “I wish I could have had all those students with me during the tour,” he said. “They would have loved it.” Krehbiel’s next adventure is a stint with the Peace Corps. In May 2014 he left for Ecuador to begin training as a health extension volunteer. He will live and work at the community level, promoting awareness of health education needs and assisting local leaders with health, nutrition and sanitation education.


Landing in Latin America by Martha Bell Graham

Sam Dietze '13, in his Panama City office.

School wasn’t quite over for Sam Dietze when he graduated from Bridgewater in May 2013. With his bachelor’s degree in hand, the business administration major from Chantilly, Va., headed to Panama and his first job — one he landed after a little networking and a casual interview on a beach. Dietze, who played football for the Eagles, is an assistant manager for Petroport SA, a 15-year-old Panamanian company that imports, exports, stores and bunkers liquefied petroleum — butane and propane. Living and working in Panama, he oversees fuel tank management for the company. He is responsible for accounting for and explaining unexpected changes in fuel tank levels, which can result from factors as varied as temperature, leakage or robbery, he said. Dietze also handles logistics. In this role, he formulates optimal timing patterns for shipping movement and how much fuel to give each ship during a transfer, while trying to maximize profits and guarantee safety. “When I was offered the job, I kept hearing the phrase, ‘do it while you’re young.’ I accepted within a week,” he said. “It was an impulsive decision, but it was time to do something different. I’d spent all of my life in Virginia.” When he first arrived in Panama, Dietze had plenty to learn. “I spent the first couple of weeks reading books on the oil industry, on bunkering (moving fuel on and off ships), and studying the company’s operation.” His next step was to explore the job site in Colon, less than 40 miles across the Isthmus of Panama from Panama City, where the company is headquartered. “It took a few weeks, but I was able to apply tools learned in the classroom.” He said he is especially grateful to professors Thomas Fechtel, David Huffman, Ronald Kline and Louis Pugliese of the economics and business administration department, and Spanish instructor Valerie Dinger for their relentless encouragement and wise advice. “There was a lot to learn, but it was a matter of doing and

learning from my mistakes along the way. I think they’ve entrusted me with the responsibility because I’ve worked hard to prove myself accountable since day one.” Even though Dietze had studied Spanish, he concedes that Panamanians talk “very, very fast.” Fortunately, his boss is fluent in English. When conversing with his co-workers, however, it’s all Spanish. “I am definitely the ‘gringo’,” Dietze said, but he gets along fine in Panama. “It’s cool to experience life from the minority stand point because I’ve never been able to feel that until now. It has taught me a lot about people.” He added, “The most challenging aspect was when my Spanish was minimal. But once that was complete, the challenge was timing.” Like every other first-time employee, he had to find the hours to work out, schedule Spanish classes, get groceries, pay bills — finding a work-life balance. “But at the end of the day, work is conquered by being on time, persistent engagement and an optimistic mindset,” said Dietze, who also stays busy as a freelance consultant, swim team trainer and new business owner (beverage distribution). Living and working in Panama do have their perks. “I love the fact that I can wake up and head to work in warm weather every day. That will get you going!” “I would call this a dream job for a student right out of college,” Dietze said. “It was such a comfortable feeling knowing I had a job with one semester to go. Between having fantastic professors and summer internships with IT company Intelligent Decisions, I was ready. Nothing felt better than knowing that my teachers were as excited as I was anxious in regard to my journey. Bridgewater shaped me for the better and will always hold a special place in my heart.¨ Martha Bell Graham is a freelance writer in Harrisonburg, Va.

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In a League of His Own by Mark Griffin ‘88

Head softball coach Donnie Fulk ends 23 seasons with a Bridgewater interview, reflecting on his winning tenure at the college.

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ith 23 seasons as the Eagles’ head softball coach under his belt, Donnie Fulk retired this past spring. As he headed into the 2014 campaign, the Bridgewater native had compiled a 578-299 overall record and three regular season Old Dominion Athletic Conference titles. Bridgewater magazine caught up with Fulk and asked him to reflect on his tenure. How did you transition from a successful career in industry to one in coaching? “I was coaching rec league softball. Former BC athletic director Dr. Tom Kinder’s daughter, Mandy, played for me. Dr. Kinder invited me to talk with him about coaching softball. I was offered the position of softball coach as well as starting and coaching men’s soccer. I had only seen one soccer game in my life, but I coached the men’s team for six years and then came back as an assistant with the women’s team for three years.” How did you get into softball? “I played in the Rockingham County Baseball League for 14 years. A friend asked me to play on his fast-pitch softball team. It was a much faster game and the teams were all local. During that time I started coaching rec league softball. My daughter, Misti, was just starting to play and I coached her all through rec league and travel ball. That’s how I got my start.” You joined Bridgewater in 1991. What was it like then? “There was no soccer field. We were building it as I came on board. The field was poorly constructed, so many of our games were played off campus. We did win our first soccer match here against Juniata. It was a 2-1 overtime win over a quality team. I was feeling really good about myself and then we lost the rest of the games. But the kids were

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Head softball coach Donnie Fulk retired this spring with 23 seasons and 578 wins under his belt. Fulk said he will miss coaching, but looks forward to spending more time with family. Photos by Tommy Thompson

great. I was honest with them in recruiting in my lack of soccer skills and I still hear from a lot of them.”

my first All-American. She is the best clutch hitter of any player I have ever coached.”

The 1992 season was your first as softball coach. What was that like?

You have Ashlee Adams’ jersey framed on your wall. Can you talk about her?

“We had 10 players and it was tough. We had no depth and a losing record. The first win was against Christopher Newport in extra innings. In 1993, we only played 25 games and we ended up 12-13 after the NCAA took away a pair of forfeit wins that we had gotten. We haven’t had a losing season since. We had an 18-18 record and we have had 20 non-losing seasons in a row.”

“The saddest day of my coaching career and my life was the death of Ashlee. She was killed in a car wreck leaving school after her freshman year after finishing her exams. She was a great player, made second-team all-conference her freshman year and would have probably developed into an All-American.”

What was the recruiting like when you started? “The travel teams weren’t as prevalent as they are now. For the first five, six years, I mostly went to high schools. That’s changed, as most of my recruiting is done in the summer. Then I follow up with students in high school.” What are some of the highlights of your coaching career at BC? “Coaching my daughter, Misti, for all four of her years in college was the highlight of my career. Also, in 2007 and 2009 we advanced to the Final Sixteen in the NCAA tournament. In 2007 we were one strike away from going to the Final Eight and in 2009 we lost 2-1 on two unearned runs or we would have advanced to the Final Eight. We knew then that we could compete on the national level.” Who are some of the players that really stood out during your career? “We have had so many great players to come through this program. We’ve had six All-Americans and some very good players that came through. Kameron Tucker, who is currently my assistant coach, was

As you look back on your career, how do you feel that you reached your goals? “Year-in and year-out we put a top notch team out there. That’s one of the things that has been greatest for me – that, and two trips to the Final Sixteen. The other thing is the graduation rate of all the players that have come through the program. There have only been two people who took longer than four years to graduate, and that’s what it is all about.” How do you feel about retirement? “I will definitely miss coaching, the players and the people. It keeps you young, but there are a lot of things in life that I want to do. My wife, Jane – who is known as ‘coach’ – and I have been married for 43 years, and she has supported me though travel ball and college ball, made thousands of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, washed uniforms and prepared meals for the teams. I want to spend more time with her and do some traveling. I want to be around for my grandchildren. I want to do some gardening, golfing and just spending time with the family. Mark Griffin ‘88 is senior associate director of admissions at Bridgewater College.

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Celebrating Tuition Free Day is just one way the Bridgewater College Student Alumni Network (SAN), recently formed as a student club, works throughout the year to promote connections between different generations of alumni and current BC students. Usually held in February, Tuition Free Day marks the symbolic point at which tuition and fees would no longer cover the cost of the academic year. From that day on, gifts from alumni and friends of the College would be the source of revenue for the rest of the year. BC celebrates Tuition Free Day to raise awareness on campus about the support the College receives from generous donors and give students the opportunity to learn what it means to give back. As part of the celebration, we collectively say “Thank you!” to all of BC’s supporters through signing a banner and participating in a brief video. “Most students do not even realize where their scholarships Students' signatures on the "thank you" banner. come from, so it was rewarding to help them understand and Photo by Holly Donahue '14 appreciate the alumni and friends of the College who are so generous,” commented Jen Pivar ’14. She continued, “I am motivated to give back when I hear stories from so many different alumni, who all have their own reasons for giving. It is very inspiring to me.” In addition, students who attend the celebration party receive a milk carton piggy bank that encourages them to collect spare change and return it to the alumni office when full. It’s a fun way to encourage students to make a gift even before they’ve graduated. The students involved in SAN take an active role in homecoming, alumni weekend and the freshman send-off parties that take place during the summer for our incoming students. Events such as the annual tie-dye t-shirt event before homecoming help build school spirit and community. SAN is excited to keep building student support and to help students connect to the ideas of giving and being part of a larger community of BC alumni.

BC Alumni Association (BCAA) promotes the interest and welfare of Bridgewater College through its alumni. Recruit students Help identify and recruit prospective students. Let your friends and coworkers know you are a Bridgewater graduate and tell them about the value and distinction of a BC education.

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Nominate BC alumni for the annual alumni awards – go to bridgewater.edu/AlumniAwards. Host an event for local alumni and friends in your area. Volunteer to serve on the newly-created geographic region committees. Informal committees are currently forming. If interested in

Yankees vs. Orioles at Camden Yards Baltimore, Maryland Saturday, July 12 Picnic begins at 2:30 p.m. in the Garden Terrace Picnic Area of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The game begins at 4:05 p.m. $75 per person includes picnic and admission to game. Register online for the picnic and the game at: bridgewateralumni. com/2014MLBgame. For more information, contact: rhylton@bridgewater.edu 540-828-5451 Tickets are limited. Please order early.

learning more, call the office of alumni relations at 800-476-4289, ext 5451. Make an annual gift to the Bridgewater Fund in any amount. Connect with fellow area alumni by attending alumni events in your area.


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Notes 1951 CARROLL CONNER of Manassas, Va., writes, “I am hitting 86 and still in the mix.”

1956 ROWLAND and BARBARA BOWER WAMPLER celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Aug. 22, with a dinner hosted by their children and grandchildren. The couple lives in Botetourt County, Va.

1964 HUGH HARRIS of North Chesterfield, Va., is a published novelist with his first novel, A Change of Heart, released by Tate Publishing on Oct. 15. The second novel in the Dinkel Island Series, Return of Bliss, was released in the spring of 2014.

1966 In retirement, JACOB “JAY” HENRY KOCH of Hagerstown, Md., volunteers as a patient escort at Meritus Medical Center and is an assistant at John Marsh Cancer Center Treatment Center. He is an associate member of the local Marine Corps League where he helps with Toys for Tots.

1970 DOUG ALBRECHT of Glen Arm, Md., has retired as a certified public accountant. He and his wife, Marie, have been married for 38 years.

1977 J. RUSSELL BRUNER has been appointed president and chief executive officer of Maersk Line Limited (MLL). He was president

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and CEO of Maersk Inc. since 2004. MLL is the U.S.-based Maersk unit that runs the world’s largest fleet of U.S.-flagged vessels, manages a fleet of U.S.-flagged vessels and provides U.S. government agencies and their contractors with transportation and logistics services.

1980 CLOIS WALTON BELL of Albuquerque, N.M., is a National Board Certified Teacher. She teaches music in the Albuquerque Public Schools.

1986 RUTH-ANN ALEXANDER and Christopher H. Adam were married Jan. 26. Ruth-Ann works for Booz Allen Hamilton in the corporate core contracts department. The couple lives in Springfield, Va.

moted to colonel in the U.S. Army. He is chair of the department of orthopaedics and rehabilitation at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital at Fort Belvior, Va. He graduated from the Air War College with a master’s degree in strategic studies in 2012. He and his wife, Lisa, live in Fairfax Station, Va., with their three children, Bailey, Taylor and Rucker.

1992 MELANEY FLAHERTY MULLINEAUX of Keymar, Md., received the Friends of Catholic Education Excellence in Teaching Award. She is a second-grade teacher at Mother Seton School in Emmitsburg, Md. She earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Western Maryland College in Westminster.

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ment of Veterans Affairs. The couple lives in Nashville, Tenn.

1996 DR. JOHN WHITE of Moncks Corner, S.C., has been named the dean of libraries at the College of Charleston. He has served as interim dean since 2012. He earned a master’s degree in history from the College of Charleston and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Florida. He is the author of a number of works on southern history and politics.

1998 CLARK ANDREW and AMANDA CALHOUN RITCHIE ’99 have a son, Eston Quinn, born Dec. 1. Clark is deputy commonwealth’s attorney for Harrisonburg/Rockingham County. The family, which includes another son, Romney Clark, lives in Broadway, Va.

BRAD GROFF of Charlottesville, Va., was appointed chief executive officer of Teachstone, effective Jan. 1. He has served as interim CEO since Jan. 1, 2013. Teachstone improves learning from birth to high school by making teachers more effective in their interactions with students.

JENNIE WAREHIME WELSH and Ken have a daughter, Emily Grace, born Feb. 5. Jennie is an accountant with Lorien Health Systems. The family, which also includes a son, Christopher, lives in Westminster, Md.

1988

AMY JOHNSON and Brian Hutcherson were married Dec. 28. Amy is in her 10th year as a school psychologist with Waynesboro Public Schools. The couple lives in Fishersville, Va.

In November at the Virginia School Board Association’s annual conference in Williamsburg, Va., RON RAMSEY of Staunton, Va., was re-elected vice chair for the Valley Region for 2013-14. Ramsey is also the owner of Bookworks, a bookstore in Staunton.

1990 MATT GARBER was recently pro-

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Erin Beth Kelly '94 and K. Layne Brown

1994 ERIN BETH KELLY and K. Layne Brown were married Oct. 19. Erin is a consultant for the U.S. Depart-

AMANDA CALHOUN RITCHIE (see Clark Andrew Ritchie ’98).

2000 CESAR SEBASTIAN GOMEZ ABERO of Arlington, Va., has been

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cl assnotes in Aspergillus nidulans.” She is a research assistant at the University of Kansas. HOLLY MOYER WOOD (see Joseph Dean Wood ’02).

2004 ALLISON BAKER BOWERSOCK and Tyler have a son, Tyler Adam Bowersock Jr., born April 10. The family lives in Roanoke, Va. COLLEEN ELIZABETH KARN married Hugh Joseph LaBree on Oct. 5. Each has a daughter from a previous marriage. The family lives in Winchester, Va.

The Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs (ADVA), of which Sandy Ingram Speakman '96 of Auburn, Ala., is general counsel, received the Abraham Lincoln Pillars of Excellence Award for Innovative State Programs. The award, presented by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, honored ADVA for its leadership and innovation in the state’s Veterans Treatment Court program for veterans involved in the justice system.

named chief of the Office of Small Business Policy by the Securities and Exchange Commission. He previously was a special counsel in the Office of Chief Counsel of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance, where he played a key role in drafting proposed rules to implement the crowdfunding provisions of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. He received his law degree from Northwestern University Law School.

2001 DENISE MCLEOD FLOOD and Dustin have their first child, a son, Brayden Thomas, born Nov. 1. The family lives in Sussex, N.J. SUSAN LYNN ROY RAY and Jason have a son, Brayden Joseph, born Dec. 22. The family, which also includes a daughter, Madeline, lives in Arbovale, W.Va. SUZANNE SOULÉ SNYDER and Jeremy have their first child, a

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daughter, Paige Elizabeth, born Oct. 4. The family lives in Bainbridge, Pa. CAPT. DANNY TAYLOR and Heather have their first child, a daughter, Adelaide Leyton, born Nov. 3. Danny is an aviator with the U.S. Army. The family lives in Savannah, Ga.

2002 RYAN R. BLAKE and Heather have a son, Brandt Ryan, born Sept. 29. The family, which also includes another son, Andrew, lives in Lewisburg, W.Va. BETH HOTTLE and Steve Proudfoot welcomed their first child, a son, Benjamin Lee Proudfoot Hottle, born April 4. Beth is an elementary art teacher for the Frederick County Public Schools. The family lives in Middletown, Va. TIFFANY BRIDGES LAYMAN and DJ have a son, Trey, born Nov. 24. The family, which also includes

SANDY LAGANA of Sykesville, Md., has been named the MidAtlantic Region coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). She completed her second season as women’s soccer coach at McDaniel College and was named the Centennial Conference Coach

two daughters, Lexie and Madison, lives in Mount Solon, Va. MICHAEL and JESSICA GOLDSMITH POETKER have their second son, Thomas, born Nov. 22. Mike is a sergeant for the District of Columbia Fire Department and Jessica is a labor and delivery nurse at Washington Hospital Center. The family lives in Bel Alton, Md. JOSEPH DEAN WOOD and HOLLY MOYER WOOD ’03 have their first child, a son, Oliver Dean, born Dec. 17. The family lives in Raphine, Va.

2003 DR. HEATHER D. EDGERTON of Lawrence, Kan., earned a Ph.D. in molecular cellular and developmental biology from The Ohio State University in August. Her dissertation was “Gamma-Tubulin regulates the Spindle Assembly checkpoint and Anaphase Promoting complex/Cyclosome

Jennifer Shirey Murray '04

of the Year. JENNIFER SHIREY MURRAY and John have a daughter, Audra Carleigh, born Jan. 2, 2013. Jennifer received an Achievement in Service Award from the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents at the 2013 Galaxy IV Conference held in Pittsburgh. She is an educator with the Taylor County West Virginia University Extension Office. She serves as president of the Planned Approach to Community Health (PATCH) Coalition of Taylor County. The family lives in Bridgeport, W.Va. ELIZABETH CUPP PACKER and Matthew have a daughter, Rebecca Continued on page 30.


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classreunions Alumni Weekend - April 12, 2014

Classes of 1944 and 1939

ROW 1: Hardenia Click Zigler, Irene Sanderson Beahm, Mary Reed Rice ’39, Janet Evers Foster ROW 2: Sam Flora

Class of 1949

ROW 1: Ginny Bittinger Whitten, Hugh Whitten, Elva Aylor Einsel, Edgar Flora, Nancy Layman Bertholf, J.L. Hopkins, Owen Shifflett, Wanda Martin Bowman ROW 2: Harley Kline, Herman Brubaker

Class of 1954

ROW 1: Mary Hooker Weybright, Priscilla Wakeman Wampler, Joyce DeBolt Miller, Betty Naff Caricofe, Mary Lipscomb Ludwick, Joan Myers Mason ROW 2: Harold Weybright, Paul Wampler, Chester Bowman, Carolyn Garst Dinst, Martha Furry Reichard, Marian Sadd Layman, John Dove Layman, Elizabeth Shaver Wray

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Class of 1959

ROW 1: John Lowell Kline, Leann Myers Cloud, Violet Siron Cox, Ruth Ann Holman Garrigan, Mary Edith Lease Hallock, Joe Heatwole, Peggy Brubaker Webster ROW 2: Robert Compher, Christine Miller Cole, Carloyn Yates Seidel, Margaret Wampler Thomason, Jerry Wampler, Tom Myers, Ken Kline, Loyce Hayslett, Mary Jo Sheets Mitchell ROW 3: Jim Simmons, Doug Wenger, John Garber, Ron Cox, Thomas Wright, Richard Gordon

Continued from page 28.

Elizabeth, born Dec. 27. Elizabeth teaches third grade for Augusta County Schools. The family, which includes a son, Garrett, lives in Mount Sidney, Va. JONATHAN and CAROLINE GUST PUVAK ’05 have a son, William Jonathan, born June 18. The family lives in Annandale, Va.

2005 DOUG and JENNIFER CHILLAS BALMER ’06 have a daughter, Evelynn Grey, born April 3. The family lives in Lancaster, Pa. CAROLINE GUST PUVAK (see Jonathan Puvak ’04). TIMOTHY and PATIENCE HANNAWALD WALZ have a son, Noah Bryant, born June 21. The family, which also includes another son, Ben, lives in Denton, Md. DR. AMANDA WILLEY and Cody Matoushek were married Oct. 19. The couple lives in Bluefield, W.Va., where Amanda is assistant professor of psychology at Bluefield State College.

2006 JENNIFER CHILLAS BALMER (see Doug Balmer ’05).

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JOEL BREMNER and RACHEL ELLER BREMNER ’07 have a daughter, Sarah Joy, born Nov. 29. The family lives in Roanoke, Va. BRIAN and JESSICA VILELLA FIKE ’08 have a son, Jack William, born Jan. 30. The family lives in Morgantown, W.Va. KATHERINE HEATH LAWSON and Ty have a son, Benjamin Rucker, born on Sept. 10. The family lives in Roanoke, Va. KEITH MURPHY has been deployed to Afghanistan as a MV-22B Osprey pilot in the U.S. Marine Corps. His wife, ANDREA EISENSMITH MURPHY ’09, is an emergency room nurse in Jacksonville, N.C. CLAY and BRITTNI STOVER SHIFLET ’07 have a daughter, Ellington “Ell” Ann, born Nov. 22. The family, which includes another daughter, Kennedy, and a brother, Berkley, lives in Dayton, Va.

2007 RACHEL ELLER BREMNER (see Joel Bremner, ’06). In May 2013, APRIL MILLER graduated with a degree of osteopathy from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. She is an

emergency medicine resident physician at York Hospital in York Pa. BRITTNI STOVER SHIFLET (see Clay Shiflet ’06).

2008 CHRIS and APRIL REED BAREFOOT have a son, Reed Manly, born March 18. The family lives in Ruckersville, Va. BRENT DARSCH and KARI THORSTENSON ’09 were married Oct. 12. The couple lives in Herndon, Va. JESSICA VILELLA FIKE (see Brian Fike ’06). KIRBY GREEN SMITH and Cody have a son, Cullen Saul, born Aug. 5. The family lives in Warm Springs, Va. HEIDI YODER STEELE and Eric have a daughter, Olivia Grace, born Jan. 21. Heidi is office manager for First Presbyterian Church in Waynesboro, Va. The family lives in Bridgewater, Va.

2009 AUTUMN BARE and Hunter Barnett were married Aug. 3. Autumn is a radiology technician at Sentara RMH Medical Center. The couple lives in Harrisonburg, Va. APRIL REED BAREFOOT (see

Chris Barefoot ’08). JULIA BROCKMAN and Michael Joshua Knight were married Aug. 24. Julia is a pharmaceutical sales representative for Sucampo Pharmaceuticals. The couple lives in Cincinnati. ROBERT BRANDON and AMANDA NELLING LEE have their first child, a daughter, Charlotte Jane, born July 13, 2013. The family lives in Roanoke, Va. ANDREA EISENSMITH MURPHY (see Keith Murphy ’06). BRIAN REMSCH and Maria have a son, Andrew David, born April 25, 2013. Brian is pastor of New Beginning Nazarene Church. The family lives in Mount Airy, Md. KARI THORSTENSON (see Brent Darsch ’08). NICOLE YURCABA of Mathias, W.Va., received a master of humanities in English from Tiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio in December 2013. Her thesis project was a collection of poetry focusing on her Ukrainian heritage. She published her first book of poems, short stories and photography, Backwoods and Back Words through Unbound Content. She is an adjunct instructor of English at


m e m oria ls Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College in Moorefield, W.Va. and American National University in Harrisonburg, Va.

2010 For the past six months, CHELSEA GOSS has been a full-time volunteer at the Brethren Volunteer Service office located at the Church of the Brethren general offices in Elgin, Ill. Chelsea and another volunteer will cross the U.S. on bicycles in support of the BVS program. “BVS Coast to Coast” started from Virginia’s Atlantic coast on May 1 and the cyclists hope to end the trip by late August on Oregon’s Pacific coast.

2011 AMANDA EVERHART and JAMES SIMMONS ’12 were married Oct. 19. The couple lives in Henrico, Va. MICHAIL MADISON has accepted the position of customer quality center representative in Technical Sales Service at MVW in Covington,

Va. MVW is a global packaging company that also operates Specialty Chemicals and the Community Development and Land Management Group. He works with the Food Packaging, Tobacco and Commercial Print strategic business units.

2012 CASSANDRA BROWN of Midland, Va., won two awards from the Virginia Press Association for her work for Fauquier Now, a news website in Fauquier County. She received second place for her feature writing portfolio and third place for general news writing coverage of the financial struggles of the Boys & Girls Club of Fauquier. BETHANY GREGORY and MICHAEL REUSCHLING were married Nov. 30. The couple lives in Cambridge, Md. JAMES SIMMONS (see Amanda Everhart ’11). Julia Brockman '09 and Michael Joshua Knight

Memorials PLEASE NOTICE: Due to space constraints, all submitted obituaries may be no longer than 75 words beginning with the next issue of Bridgewater (Fall 2014). Thank you for your understanding.

JESSIE HOPKINS STANLEY ’35 of Richmond, Va., died March 21, at the age of 100. She worked as a social worker and public school music teacher. After her marriage to the Rev. Wilson Stanley, who preceded her in death, she became a full-time wife and mother. She was an active member of Westover Hills United Methodist Church for many years. She enjoyed sewing, quilting and playing the piano. After losing most of her sight to macular degeneration, she became a low-vision artist. WILLIAM KAYLOR MONGER ’38 of Harrisonburg, Va., died Jan. 5, at the age of 96. He graduated from Virginia Tech and worked at the family’s business, R.S. Monger and

Sons Inc., serving as president from 1955 – 90. He served his country during World War II in England, Germany and France. He was a lifetime member of Asbury United Methodist Church. He was an original member and served as president of the Harrisonburg Electric Commission and the Blue Ridge Community College board. Among his survivors are two daughters, Sandra Monger Shifflett ’69 of Harrisonburg, and Susan Monger Shifflett ’69 of Bridgewater, Va. WILLIAM ZIGLER CLINE ’41 of Evanston, Ill., died Dec. 5, at the age of 96. He enrolled in Bethany Seminary, but left in 1947 to help establish the Christian Rural Overseas Program (CROP) under

the auspices of Church World Service. He was one of six founding members of the American Friends of the Middle East, a peace group in New York City. He went on to work for the Near East Foundation and the Gallery of Modern Art before moving to Chicago to direct the first major capital campaign for the Chicago Symphony. From 1973 to 1984, he worked in the development office of Northwestern University, receiving the Grand Award of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education in 1980. After leaving NU, he established the Trust Annuity and Bequest Program at the American Bar Foundation. He was a long-time member of the First

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m em ori al s Presbyterian Church of Evanston, where he served as a deacon. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Elizabeth. Also among his survivors is a sister, Doris Cline Egge ’46 of Roanoke, Va. MILDRED FLORINE “MILLIE” MUNDY ’42 of Bridgewater, Va., died Feb. 28, at the age of 94. She earned a master of religious education at Bethany Theological Seminary and a degree in advanced studies of the New Testament from Columbia University. She taught Weekday Religious Education in the Rockingham County Public Schools and was director of religious education at Mill Creek Church of the Brethren, which was her home church. She was actively involved in “camping” at Camp Bethel in Fincastle, Va., and Camp Brethren Woods in Keezletown, Va. In 1982, she moved to the Bridgewater Retirement Village, where she was active in the Bridgewater Church of the Brethren. She also was active in volunteer work at the retirement community. ELSIE LOVENA JONES BEAM ’45

Class of 1964

of Cross Keys, Va., died Feb. 24, at the age of 91. She taught elementary school in Cunard, W.Va., and at McGaheysville Elementary School for several years, before becoming a substitute teacher for Rockingham County Public Schools. She was a member of Mill Creek Church of the Brethren, where she taught Sunday School, directed the children’s and junior choirs, sang in the adult choirs and served as a deaconess. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, C.J. Beam Jr. ROBERT KEITH MINNICK ’47 of Timberville, Va., died Dec. 29, at the age of 87. He was a combat veteran of World War II (Germany) and the Korean War. He was released from active duty with the rank of master sergeant. He worked as an accountant for Mutual Cold Storage, Shen-Valley Meat Packers and was postmaster of Timberville for 18 years. He was a life member of Rader Lutheran Church, where he served as treasurer and Sunday School teacher. THE REV. PAUL DAVID CRUMLEY SR. ’48 of Harrisonburg, Va.,

died March 25, at the age of 87. He graduated from Bethany Biblical Seminary in Chicago in 1953 and was a minister in the Church of the Brethren and served congregations in Maryland, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. In retirement, he served in Brethren Volunteer Service and as a hospice chaplain for a number of years. He was a member of Montezuma Church of the Brethren. He is survived by his wife, the former Corinne Miller Early Crumley ’50. Also among his survivors is a daughter, Ann Crumley Cherian ’76 of Alexandria, Va., and three sons, P. David Crumley Jr. ’77 of Harrisonburg, Mark A. Crumley ’78 of Waynesboro, Va., and Phillip C. Crumley ’78 of Oakland, Md. ISABELLE SHEETZ LEWIS ’48 of Chapel Hill, N.C., died Nov. 4, at the age of 87. She initially taught elementary school in Appalachia for six years. In 1955, she and her husband, the late James William Lewis, moved to Chapel Hill. She was an early childhood educator and conducted one of the first private kindergartens in Chapel

Hill. In 1975 she became curriculum specialist at the University of North Carolina’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. She co-authored several early childhood curricula, including one that is still widely used by early intervention and child care programs today. She was a founding member of the Community Church and was later active in the Chapel Hill Quaker Friends Meeting community. ELEANOR SCHLOSNAGLE GROVE ’49 of Waynesboro, Pa., died April 1, at the age of 86. She was a sales associate for J.C. Penney Department Store for 30 years before retiring in 1998. She was an active member of Waynesboro Church of the Brethren, where she was a member of the choir, served as a deacon, on the music and worship committee, funeral luncheon committee, served with the Under Shepherds, was a member of the Fidelis class and represented the church in the annual Relay for Life. HAZEL DARLENE HUNTER MORRIS ’50 of Bridgewater, Va.,

ROW 1: Carolyn Fifer Seilhamer, Donna Spitler Swartz, Patricia Sullivan Good, Carolyn Johnson Belt, Judy Row Galang, Fran Draper vonSeldenick, Shirley Phillips Miller, Susan Frantz Clark, Dorothy Hollenberg Light, Jan DePriest Kratz, Judy Nolen Henneberger, Mark Early Myers ROW 2: Larry Seilhamer, Jim Fleck, Ken Wenger, Dorsey Whittig, Barbara Rinehart Airing, Wilma Livingston Ferguson, Carol Ann McDaniel Hoover, Alice Hoffman MacPhail, Boots Preddy Kinzie, Donna Jean Carr, Carolyn Petcher Wiles, Frank Wiseman ROW 3: J. Robert (Bob) Branner, Wayne Judd, Jim Poling, A.J. Botkin, Ron Hylton, Larry Huffman, Norm Sulser, Julie Fitzwater Swope, Delmer Botkin, Robert Burgess, James Crumpacker, Bill Sar, Paul Phibbs, Jay Sylvester, James Neighbors, Hobert Harvey

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m e m oria ls WILLIAM DAVID “BILL” WAMPLER, Bridgewater College class of 1950 and a life member of Bridgewater College’s board of trustees, died March 14. He was 85. He was born April 9, 1928, to the late Charles W. Wampler Sr. and Zola H. Wampler. His father pioneered the modern poultry industry, establishing the legacy of contributions to agriculture that his family has maintained through the decades. Wampler was a stockholder and partner in his family’s businesses, including Wampler Feed & Seed Inc., Wampler Feed Inc., Virginia Valley Processors Inc., Farley-Wampler brothers, Wampler-Bryan Co. and Sunny Slope Farm Hatchery. He formerly was secretary and treasurer of Massanutten Hatchery, vice president of Wampler Foods Inc. and senior vice president and second chairman of the board of WLR Foods Inc. He continued to serve as president and treasurer of May Meadows Farms Inc. and as managing partner of Charles W. Wampler and Sons, a farm that, at its peak, had a herd of 75 purebred Aberdeen Angus brood cows while also backgrounding about 300 steers annually and growing some 240,000 tom turkeys and 4,000 turkey breeders a year. While Wampler was in charge of the turkey-breeding program, Charles W. Wampler and Sons developed Wamplers’ Big White Turkeys, bronze turkeys with white feathers. Wampler served the Virginia State Poultry Federation as president in 1965, after receiving its Distinguished Service Award in 1962. He was president of the National Turkey Federation in 1966. The Wamplers raised Charolais cattle and Bill Wampler was the first president of the Virginia Charolais Association and president of the Virginia-Carolina Charolais Association. He also helped to organize and served as the first president of the Rockingham County Sheep and Wool Producers Association. Wampler served as president of the Virginia Angus Association and twice had the top three Angus bull at the Culpeper Bull Test Station. While serving on the Staunton Production Credit Association and the Staunton Land Bank Association, he was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to the Federal Farm Credit Board and was its chairman in 1986. Earlier, he had been an advisor to Orville Freeman, secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. He served on Bridgewater’s board of trustees since 1983 and chaired a major fundraising campaign, Projection 21. The College recognized him with its Outstanding Service Award in 2000, and one of the College’s Wampler Towers, a student resident complex, was dedicated in recognition of him and his wife, the former Bonnie Lou May. A long-time member of the Dayton Church of the Brethren, he served as a deacon, trustee, board member and on the stewardship commission. After retiring from the farm and moving to Bridgewater in 2013, he joined the Bridgewater Church of the Brethren. Wampler is survived by his wife of 62 years, Bonnie. Also among his survivors are a daughter, Melinda W. Smith of Laguna Hills, Calif.; and a son, Dr. Charles W. Wampler II of Birmingham, Mich.; a brother, Charles W. Wampler Jr. of Harrisonburg, Va.; and two sisters, Elizabeth W. Custer of Hinton, Va., and Margaret W. Strate of Harrisonburg.

died March 15, at the age of 87. She taught in the Augusta County Schools for seven years and then became a mother and homemaker. She was member of Summit Church of the Brethren, where she taught Sunday school, sang in the choir and participated in women’s activities at the church. She also attend Bethany Presbyterian Church in Staunton, where she was a member of the adult choir. She enjoyed music, flowers and cooking. She is survived by her husband, Byron Morris ’51. JUNE REVERCOMB FUNKHOUSER ’51 of Somerset, Va., died Nov. 30, at the age of 83. She was active in Virginia politics and served as chairwoman of the 7th District Republicans. In 1994, Gov.

George Allen appointed her to be chairwoman of the Virginia State Compensation Board. She served in this role for eight years under both Allen and Gov. James Gilmore III. She regularly attended Blue Run Baptist Church in Somerset. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Sam ’50 of Somerset. WARREN CONRAD “TACK” GARBER ’51 of Broadway, Va., died Feb. 14, at the age of 88. He graduated from National Business College. He served in the U.S. Army from May 1944 to June 1946, initially serving with the 66th Panther Division and later became part of the Rainbow Division in France, Germany and Austria. He was a market associate with Early and Eddins in Broadway, Va., Harrisonburg Fruit and

Produce and retired from Sysco of Virginia in 1988, after 37 years. In retirement, he worked part-time for Timberville Food Lion for 20 years and volunteered at the Plains District Museum and with the Meals on Wheels program. He was an active member of Rader Lutheran Church, serving on council and as an usher for many years. He was an avid sports enthusiast and enjoyed the outdoors and trout fishing. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ellen. ROBERT SAMUEL LANDES JR. ’51 of Staunton, Va., died March 20, at the age of 88. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving during World War II in the Pacific Theater. He also was a Military Police Private First Class. He retired

as president and CEO of J.B. Wine & Son Inc., general contractors, in 1993. He served on the board of directors of Planters Bank and Trust Co. Inc. (Union First Market Bank). He was a member of Second Presbyterian Church, where he served as deacon, ruling elder and Sunday school superintendent. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth. BETTY LEW POLING FLORY ’52 of Beavercreek, Ohio, died Dec. 23, following a brief illness. She was 82. She was a classroom and substitute teacher in Illinois, Maryland, Virginia and Ohio, while her husband served as pastor of three Church of the Brethren congregations. She enjoyed gardening. MELVIN LEMMON MYERS ’52 of Bridgewater, Va., died Feb. 25,

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m em ori al s at the age of 83. He taught and coached high-school basketball in the public schools for 10 years. In 1962, he returned to his alma mater, where he taught and was head men’s basketball coach for 23 years. In 1996, he was inducted into the Bridgewater College Athletic Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the Carroll County Athletics Hall of Fame. He was a member of the Bridgewater Church of the Brethren. He enjoyed traveling, playing with his dogs, and watching sports. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, the former Elizabeth Louise Fike ’53. Also among his survivors are two daughters, Linda Myers Arnette ’75 of Goochland, Va., and Diane Myers Stevens ’76 of Bridgewater, and a son, Bruce Myers ’86 of Morrisville, N.C. ARTHUR W. MCDANIEL ’53 of Orono, Maine, previously of Sebring, Fla. and Newark, Del., died Dec. 23, following a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 82. He earned an M.Ed. from the University of Delaware. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a high-school English teacher and guidance counselor in the Delaware public schools. He was the assistant director of continuing education at the University of Delaware for many years and retired from there in 1986. He was a long-time member of the Church of the Brethren and enjoyed traveling. He is survived by a brother, the Rev. Alton McDaniel ’46 of St. John, Kan., and a sister, Shirley McDaniel Rogers ’51 of North Manchester, Ind. OLLIVER OTT TRUMBO ’54 of Leesburg, Va., died Jan. 12, at the age of 91. PHYLLIS RUTH LAMBERT ALEXANDER ’55 of Mount Crawford, Va., died Jan. 3, at the age of 79. After graduating from Bridgewater College, she did graduate work at James Madison

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University. She taught English at Mount Clinton High School for one year, then at Turner Ashby High School for eight years.

the age of 76. He worked at Belk department store and attended Singers Glen Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Doris.

JOHN F. POWELL ’57 of Clinton, Md., died Feb. 13. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a longtime parishioner of Clinton United Methodist Church.

CAPT. JAMES MARKWOOD WINTERMYRE ’62 of Bend, Ore., died April 9, at the age of 73. After attending Bridgewater College, he earned a B.S. degree from the University of Kentucky and an M.S. in civil engineering from Clemson College. In 1964, he received a commission to the uniformed commissioned service of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey (USC&GS), which later became the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. During his 23-year career, he served as a junior officer on the USC&GS ships Hodgson, Pathfinder and Surveyor, as executive officer on the NOAA ship Fairweather and as commanding officer on the NOAA ship Davidson, before retiring as a captain in 1987. He enjoyed fly fishing, golf and skiing. An active golfer, he volunteered with the PGA, OGA and OSAA. He is survived by his wife, Karen.

E. LEROY “ROY” PRESTON ’57 of Valdese, N.C. and formerly of Orlando, Fla., died Feb. 7, at the age of 79. Following service in the U.S. Army, he was a licensed mechanical contractor. He was a Sunday School teacher, a youth leader and an elder. He was adventurous, inquisitive, loved learning and enjoyed reading and telling stories. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Hyla. THE REV. FRANK BENJAMIN LAYMAN JR. ’59 of Rocky Mount, Va., died Feb. 7, at the age of 93. He earned a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina. He was a retired dairy farmer, chemistry teacher and ordained Church of the Brethren pastor. He was a lifetime member of Antioch Church of the Brethren. He served numerous congregations in the Church of the Brethren. He held many revivals throughout the Shenandoah and Virlina Districts. He served on the Standing Committee for the denomination’s Annual Conference. As a member of Pastors for Peace, he helped transport relief supplies to Nicaragua. He and his wife, Mary , who predeceased him, did disaster relief work for the Church of the Brethren in the United States and abroad. He was one of the first trustees for the Antioch Community Center. Among his survivors is a daughter, Jeanette Layman Wright ’66 of Rocky Mount, Va., and two brothers, Daniel Layman ’49 of Edgefield, S.C. and David Layman ’61 of Chester, Va. RICHARD EDWARD JACOBS ’61 of Harrisonburg, Va., died Feb. 6, at

CARLOS VICTOR DIEHL JR. ’65 of Harrisonburg, Va., died April 5, at the age of 70. He earned a master’s degree in education from the College of William and Mary where he was inducted into Kappa Delta Pi. He served 43 years in public education as a teacher, counselor and principal in Milford, Del., and York and Rockingham counties in Virginia. In 1990, he was named Greater Madison’s Shenandoah Valley Administrator of the Year and received the 300th Anniversary Certificate of Public Service from the College of William and Mary in 1993. He was a researcher of military history and co-authored five books and numerous articles. His book, Deutsche Marinedolche, co-authored with Hermann Hampe and published in German, has been permanently placed in the German National Library and the edged weapons focused upon in

the book have been declared part of Germany’s cultural heritage by UNESCO. He has traveled to many historic sites around the world, including much of the United States, Europe, Africa, Canada, Mexico and most of the Caribbean Islands. He was a founder and congregational president of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Dayton, Va., and more recently attended Saint James Lutheran Church in Fishersville, Va. He is survived by his wife, Betty, who he married in 2012. KAREN TAGGART HAMILTON ’65 of Flower Mound, Texas, died Feb. 27, at the age of 70. She taught for 31 years at Robert Frost Middle School in Fairfax, Va., where she served as head of the English department. JOHN HOWARD “HOWDY” MACK JR., ’66 of Charlottesville, Va., died Jan. 12, at the age of 69. He earned a master’s degree from Hollins University and taught high-school Spanish and English in many schools around Virginia. He also coached football, wrestling, track, baseball and basketball. He retired from his head coaching position at Albemarle High School in 1994 and retired from teaching at AHS in 2006. He loved golf and enjoyed a position as a players’ assistant at Birdwood Golf Course in retirement. LINDA FLORY STOUT ’67 of Fort Defiance, Va., died Nov. 28, following a long battle with cancer. She was 68 and a direct descendent of Daniel C. Flory, the founder of Bridgewater College. In 2011, she retired as director of enrollment operations at BC. She was active in the Church of the Brethren, first at Middle River Church of the Brethren in New Hope, Va., and more recently at Lebanon Church of the Brethren in Mount Sidney, Va. She enjoyed bird watching, trips to the beach and playing cards with friends. She was an outstanding cook and valued family, enjoying


m e m oria ls DR. RUSSELL LOWELL WINE, a life member of Bridgewater College’s board of trustees, died Jan. 12 in Botetourt County, Va. He was 95. He was born Aug. 17, 1918, in Indian Springs, Tenn., to the late Frank and Mary Wine. Wine attended Bridgewater College where he met his wife, the former Ruth Crumpacker, who preceded him in death. They married in June 1942, a year after graduating from Bridgewater. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Virginia and a doctorate from Virginia Tech. During this time, he also taught at Amherst College in Massachusetts and the University of Oklahoma. In 1957, Wine established the department of statistics at Hollins College (now Hollins University). He retired as professor emeritus in 1985 and was the author of several textbooks. Wine joined Bridgewater College’s board of trustees in 1968 and was a member of the Committee on Educational Policy and Campus Life. In 1986, Wine received the College’s Outstanding Achievement Award. An adventurous soul, Wine enjoyed visiting new places and he traveled extensively. He liked to travel off the beaten path and spent many hours hiking in the American West, on the Appalachian Trail, in the Peruvian Andes, the Annapurna circuit in Nepal, interior China and in various other mountainous locations. During his travels, Wine developed an interest in photography. His digitized slide shows were presented to campus audiences and, ultimately, donated to the Hollins University library. He was an active member of the Cloverdale Church of the Brethren, where he taught Sunday School for many years. Wine was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth. He is survived by two sons, Ron and David, and a daughter, Suellen.

her grandchildren to the fullest in retirement. J. DALE MILLER ’70 of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., died Jan. 20, at the age of 65. He earned a master’s degree from Virginia Tech. He worked as a fisheries biologist at Millstone Nuclear Power Plant in Waterford, Conn., for 20 years. He moved to Florida in 2003 and was the technology manager of Loss Technologies Services, a division of SkyeTec. He enjoyed woodworking, traveling to historical landmarks and spending time with family. He is survived by his wife, the former Sharon Dolbear ’70. Also among his survivors is a brother, Robert Miller ’61 of Wye Mills, Md. RICHARD ALAN NEWTON ’75 of Roanoke, Va., died Feb. 22, at the age of 62. He was a teacher and assistant football coach in the Roanoke County and City of Salem School systems for several years before opening his State Farm Insurance Agency in 1978.

He retired from State Farm in 2010 after suffering a heart attack. He was a member of Troutville Church of the Brethren, where he sang in the choir. He enjoyed BC football games, family gatherings, beach trips, fishing and hunting.

27 years specializing in firearms and retired in 2006 as a detective. He is survived by his wife, the Rev. Deborah Scott-Banks of Louisa.

BETH MILLER WINSTEAD ’76 of Lakewood, Ill., died July 17, following a battle with ovarian cancer. She was 58. She taught preschool for more than 30 years, recently at Rogy’s Learning Place and previously at Somerset Early Childhood Center in Rochester, Mich. She enjoyed summers on the Outer Banks with her family and time spent with her golden retriever, Murphy. She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Russell Winstead ’77. Also among her survivors is a brother, Alan Miller ’80 of Harrisonburg, Va.

SCOTT OWEN SMITH ’94 of Hot Springs, Va., died Aug. 17, following a long illness. He is survived by his wife, the former Tamra Claytor ’81.

JASPER C. “JC” BANKS JR. ’79 of Louisa, Va., died Feb. 22, at the age of 56. In 1980 he joined the police office for the Charlottesville Police Department. He served for

GARY L. POWELL ’79 of Charleston, S.C., died Dec. 6, at the age of 56.

BRIAN ANDREW BROOKS ’00 of Lynchburg, Va., died suddenly on March 10, at the age of 36. He was an employee of Hill City House Restaurant. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, where he played piano, trombone and handbells. He then transferred to Chestnut Hill United Methodist Church. He liked to ride mountain bikes and hike along the Blue Ridge Parkway. He is survived by a son, Ayden Michael Brooks.

PLEASE NOTICE: Due to space constraints, all submitted obituaries may be no longer than 75 words beginning with the next issue of Bridgewater (Fall 2014). Thank you for your understanding.

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The Evolution of Nininger The Bridgewater College Newsette photo above shows what construction on the College’s gymnasium (in what would become Nininger Hall) looked like in April 1957. The photo below, taken earlier this year by the sports media relations department, shows the massive scale of the current renovation and expansion of Nininger – which includes a makeover of the gym. The new project is expected to be completed by the start of the 2014-15 school year.

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