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Theatre Oct. 26-29

Lectures Sept. 28

Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.–Cole Hall

7:30 p.m.– Cole Hall

Theatre at Bridgewater College presents The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill.

Anthony Rapp–Star of Broadway and film versions of Rent.

Nov. 28 9:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. –Cole Hall

Steve Kidd: Providence-based actor, director and assistant professor of theatre at Brown University.

Music Oct. 16

7:30 p.m. –Carter Center

Marcolivia—String Duo

Nov. 13 8 p.m.–Carter Center

Salzburg Chamber Soloists

Dec. 2-3 Sat., Dec. 2 – 8 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 3 – 3 p.m.– Carter Center

G.F. Handel’s Messiah. Bridgewater College Oratorio Choir

Dec. 5 8 p.m. –Cole Hall

Jazz Band. Dr. Daniel Galyen, Director


Aug. 28-Oct. 4

Sept. 4: Artist Talk 4-5 p.m.; Reception 5-7 p.m.– Miller Art Gallery

Sponsor: Harold T. Hersch Lecture Series

OCT. 5 7:30 p.m. – Cole Hall

Media Bias Debate: Cliff Kincaid, editor of the Accuracy in Media vs. Jeff Cohen, founder of FAIR. Sponsor: W. Harold Row Lecture Series

Oct. 12 7:30 p.m. –Cole Hall

Confrontation at the Locks: A National Protest of the Japanese Evacuation. Sponsor: W. Harold Row Lecture Series

NOV. 2 7:30 p.m. – Cole Hall

Gay Marriage Debate: Cheryl Jacques, six-term Massachusetts State Senator vs. John H. Rogers, House Majority Leader for Massachusetts House of Representatives. Sponsor: Anna B. Mow Lecture Series

Nov. 8 7:30 p.m. – Cole Hall

Kenneth K. Mwenda: Senior Counsel in the Legal Vice-Presidency of the World Bank.

Nov. 14 7:30 p.m. – Cole Hall

Eleanor Clift, reporter on White House and presidential politics for Newsweek. Co-sponsors: Woodrow Wilson Foundation /W. Harold Row Lecture Series

NOV. 30

“Art from the Edge: Images of Newfoundland”– Paintings, Drawings, and Photographs by JMU Professor Dietrich Maune.

7:30 p.m. – Cole Hall

Oct. 9-Nov. 21

Sponsor: W. Harold Row Lecture Series

Debra Liang-Fenton: executive director of the US Committee for Human Rights in North Korea.

Oct. 9: Artist Talk 4-5 p.m.; Reception 5-7 p.m.–Miller Art Gallery

“Clay Sculpture”–Large scale ceramic sculpture by Concord University Professor James Biggs. The Cleo Driver Miller Art Gallery is located off the main lobby of the Kline Campus Center. Open daily, 8 a.m.–11 p.m. Event Tickets: Required for Lyceums and Theatre at Bridgewater productions. All other events are free. Lyceums: $13 adults/$10 seniors, non-BC students, children. Tickets sold at the door one hour before the performance. Theatre at Bridgewater: $6 adults/$5 seniors, non-BC students, children. Call 540-828-8000 for more information.

For more information on all the events for 2006-07, please refer to our Arts & Events brochure or visit


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Kathy G. Wright, ’81 – President Robert E. Thurston, ’81 – President-Elect Eric R. Gehr, ’72 – Secretary W. Craig Waters, ’78 – Past President

President of Bridgewater College Dr. Phillip C. Stone

Board of Trustees The Hon. G. Steven Agee

Mr. Michael C. Martin

Mrs. Doris N. Albaugh

Mr. Marion E. Mason

Dr. Glenn R. Barnhart

Mr. Nathan H. Miller

Mr. Volcy Beauplan

Mr. Jerry F. Morris

The Hon. Pasco M. Bowman II

Mr. L. Manning Muntzing

The Rev. L. Clyde Carter Jr.

Mr. Wilfred E. Nolen

Mrs. Violet S. Cox

Mr. F. Gary Osborne

Mrs. Susan L. Craun

Mrs. Anne M. Reid

Mr. William S. Earhart

The Rev. Judy Mills Reimer

The Rev. Matthew P. Fike

Ms. Brenda Rinehart

Mr. Yancey W. Ford Jr.

Prof. C. Ray Smith

The Rev. Harold D. Garber

Mr. Rodney I. Smith

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Mr. Robert I. Stolzman

The Rev. Lawrence M. Johnson

James H. Walsh

Mr. James L. Keeler

Dr. J. Paul Wampler

Dr. Michael K. Kyles

Mr. James L. Wilkerson

Mr. J. Allen Layman

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features 13 And Justice for None Four men, wrongly convicted of the 1997 rape and murder of a Norfolk woman, have had their lives and reputations irreparably damaged. Three of the four still languish in prison, although DNA evidence and a confession by the guilty man have cleared them. So why are they still in jail? Veteran police investigator Larry McCann (‘70) wants to know, and is pressuring Virginia’s Gov. Tim Kaine to grant clemency. Story by Ruth Jones, ‘04, photographs by Tommy Thompson.


Talk of the Town Carving out a niche in the voiceover industry one commercial, audiobook, video and promo piece at a time is 1972 BC grad Brian Holsopple. Working out of a high-end recording studio he built himself, this popular musician and actor can do it all, from easy-chair smooth to car-lot hardsell. Story and photographs by Karen Doss Bowman, ‘91.

19 Edi tor  Charles Culbertson art di r e ctor   Debra L. Sheffer, ’80 class not e s e ditor  Mary K. Heatwole e di to r i a l a ss i stants  Mary K. Heatwole, Sandra J. Hottel contri buti ng writ ers  Charles Culbertson, Karen Doss Bowman, ’91, Ellen K. Layman, ’65, Nan Feibig Mary K. Heatwole, Matthew A. Barnhart, ’03, Ruth Jones, ’04 photogr aph e rs Tommy Thompson, Charles Culbertson, Karen Doss Bowman, ’91, Scott Jost Archive photos courtesy of Alexander Mack Memorial Library p r i nte d by McClung Companies, Waynesboro, Va. di r e ctor of alumn i r e lation s Ellen K. Layman, ’65 vic e pr e s i d ent for coll e ge r elation s Dr. Karen W. Wigginton

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Voices From the Past He may be a thoroughly modern man, but Nick Picerno – BC’s chief of police – spends much of his spare time squarely in the middle of the War Between the States. His collection of artifacts focuses solely on a single Maine regiment and is the world’s largest privately owned collection relating to that or any other Federal unit. In the process of putting it together, Picerno himself has become a leading Civil War historian. Story by Charles Culbertson, photographs by Tommy Thompson.

24 The 11 Percent Solution It’s a fact – only 11 percent of Bridgewater College students now associate themselves with the Brethren faith, outnumbered by Baptists, Methodists and Catholics. How did it get that way, and what does it mean for a college with Brethren roots? Story by Ellen K. Layman, ‘65.

departments Editor’s Note............................................... 2 Across the Mall............................................ 3 Eagle Sports............................................... 29 Transitions................................................. 33 Class Notes................................................ 34 Timelines.................................................... 40 Cover photo: Larry McCann (‘70). Photo by Tommy Thompson.


Editor’s Note


utumn is always an exciting time here at Bridgewater College. Our students have returned, the drumbeat of intercollegiate sports ratchets up to a fever pitch and the never-ending game of musical parking spaces is enthusiastically played by faculty, staff and students alike. Some things never change. And some things do – such as Bridgewater magazine. Beginning with the spring/summer issue, we made some modifications that streamlined and modernized the publication. One of those changes was to go from a high-gloss paper to one that is softer, silkier and more glare resistant. Another was to redesign the Bridgewater banner on the front cover, adopt new fonts inside and to make a number of other, smaller design changes that make the magazine more readable. Hardly the kinds of things you might take instant notice of. But more obvious changes have been instituted in this, the Fall 2006 edition, and will be continued into the Winter 2007 edition. We believe these changes will help move Bridgewater to the cutting edge of alumni publications. Readers will notice that the section of the magazine that normally appears in black-and-white now has some color. The use of an additional color to shade selected areas of the black-and-white pages gives them a vibrancy they didn’t have before, and helps break up what is essentially a large gray area with little or no overall visual interest. Perhaps the greatest change will take place in the ever-popular Class Notes section. This is the final edition in which we will publish individual photographs, either of children or of alumni. Beginning with the Winter 2007 issue, Bridgewater will join most other top-notch college and university alumni publications in not running such photos. The good news is that beginning with the Winter 2007 edition, Class Notes will have much more room for information about its alumni and what they’re up to. Also, we plan to continue to run group reunion photographs. Finally, this editor’s note represents a small, but important, change to the magazine. We feel it’s a key communications tool that can help keep our readers informed of what’s going on behind the scenes and, hopefully, will help establish a sense of collaboration (and maybe even collusion) between the magazine staff and Bridgewater readers.

Charles Culbertson

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Five Inducted in

Athletic Hall Of Fame

Delmer Botkin, ‘64

Robert J. Stevens Jr., ‘74

Michael A. Kidd, ‘77

Alice Hopkins Puckett, ‘81

Dorita Puffenbarger Webster, ‘89


ridgewater College inducted five alumni into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 29, in the Kline Campus Center, as part of Homecoming activities. The inductees for 2006 were Michael A. Kidd, ’77; Dorita Puffenbarger Webster, ’89; Delmer Botkin, ’64; Robert J. Stevens Jr., ’74; and Alice Hopkins Puckett, ’81. Michael A. Kidd finished his athletic career at Bridgewater College as one of the top track and field performers in College history, setting several records in track and cross-country during his career. As a senior, Kidd ran the five-mile cross-country course in 24:54, a time that was never threatened on the old course. He also ran the 1,500 meters in 3:52.7 during his senior year at the State Championship meet. The time still stands as a College record nearly 30 years later. In addition to his record in the 1,500 meters, Kidd ran the 880 in 1:56.7, the mile in 4:17.9 and the two-mile in 9:20. All of those times rank near the top of the charts in the BC record books. Dorita Puffenbarger Webster finished her career at BC as one of the top volleyball players in College history. She served as team captain as a junior and senior. During her four years in the program, the volleyball team posted a 105-23 record. The Eagles finished first in the regular season and placed second in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) tournament during her freshman year. The team finished with a 22-6 record. The Eagles posted another ODAC runner-up mark during Webster’s sophomore campaign, finishing with a 23-8

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record. As a junior, the Eagles posted a 27-7 mark and again finished second in the conference. Webster held the College record for kills with 1,113 for 15 years and still ranks No. 3 on the all-time kills record list. Delmer Botkin was an outstanding baseball player while a student at BC. He signed a professional baseball contract with the Cleveland Indians upon graduation from high school and played for the Milwaukee Braves between his sophomore and junior year at Bridgewater. Botkin was ineligible to play for the Eagles, but stayed involved with the athletic program. He served as the baseball student assistant coach in 1963-64 and basketball team trainer from 1962-63. Following graduation from BC, Botkin embarked on a distinguished career in public education spanning more than 40 years. He began his career as a teacher and coach and moved quickly into administration. He coached both baseball and basketball early in his career before moving into the role of athletics director. During his tenure as both an assistant principal and principal, Botkin served on numerous committees and held many executive positions at the Valley District, region and state level. From 1985-87 he served as president of the Virginia Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association and, in 1986, was the recipient of the National Federation Citation for Contributions to Interscholastic Athletics. In 1989 he was the recipient of the Virginia High School League Distinguished Service Award and the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association’s Distinguished Service Award. In 2000, Botkin was inducted into the Virginia High School League Hall of Fame. The Valley District, where Botkin served as an administrator at Robert E. Lee, Broadway and Turner Ashby high schools, instituted the Botkin Cup for the 2005-06 school year. The award recognizes the Valley District high school displaying the highest level of achievement in all VHSL activities during the school year. Robert J. Stevens Jr. was a four-year letter winner in both football and basketball during his career at BC. He excelled on the gridiron where he earned All-Conference honors and national recognition during his senior season. He was captain of the 1973 football team and helped lead the team to a 5-4 record. He was Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the Mason-Dixon Conference and Most Valuable Player runner-up in the Virginia Collegiate Athletic Association (VCAA). Following graduation from BC in 1974 with a degree in health and physical education, Stevens embarked on a 30-year

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career in teaching and coaching. He coached basketball and football at the high school level and, in 1987, returned to Bridgewater as an assistant on Bill Leatherman’s basketball staff. He coached eight seasons with Leatherman, with the Eagles posting a 125-83 record. Stevens was an assistant on the Eagles’ first-ever NCAA tournament team. Stevens earned his master’s degree in 1992 from James Madison University and, in 1995, accepted the job at Turner Ashby High School as director of athletics. During his nine years on the job, Stevens helped lead Turner Ashby teams to 48 district, 13 regional and five state championships. He served on numerous committees in the Valley District, Region II and Virginia High School League levels, and helped host many regional and state events before retiring following the 2003-04 school year. Alice Hopkins Puckett played three sports during her career at BC and excelled as one of the College’s top field hockey performers. Puckett played one year of basketball and four years of tennis. She played No. 3 singles for three years and played at No. 2 one season. Puckett left her mark in field hockey where, as a senior, she helped lead the Eagles to their best record ever. During her junior season, the Eagles finished 12-9-1 overall and placed second in the state. The Eagles won the regional championship that season and advanced to the National Field Hockey Tournament at Princeton University. During her senior season, the Eagles posted the best record in College history with a 14-4-1 mark. Bridgewater placed first in the state and fifth in the region. Puckett led the team in goals with 22 and was named to the All-State tournament team. Following graduation, Puckett embarked on a career in education. During her 23-year coaching career at Fallston (Md.) High School, Puckett has coached field hockey, basketball and tennis. Her field hockey teams have won nine state championships and have finished second three times. Her teams have won 14 regional titles, 18 county championships and one conference title. Her career field hockey coaching record is 289-58-17. In 2003, the National Federation of High School Sports named Puckett the National Coach of the Year for field hockey. In 2005, she was recognized as teacher of the Year at Fallston High School.  CC


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‘06-’07 Convo Series Reaches New Heights Writers, performers, newsmakers and social activists generated intense public and media interest in last year’s Convocation Series, keeping the stage in Cole Hall under a sometimes very sustained spotlight. Well, here we go again. By the time you read this, the 2006-2007 series will have already hosted BC alumnus Troy Glembot, who has served as an Army surgeon in Afghanistan and Iraq; Deena Burnett, the widow of 9/11 Flight 93 hero Tom Burnett; Donald Kraybill, a Senior Fellow at Elizabethtown College (Pa.) who explored the topic of “Amish Conflicts With the State;” Anthony Rapp, star of the 2005 film “Rent;” and a number of others. The coming months will feature no fewer than 58 speakers, performers, plays, worship services, films and observances, all arranged and coordinated by Jeffrey Pierson, professor of communication studies, department chair and director for the Convo Series. “This year’s convocation series is, I believe, the best in my three years as director of the program,” Pierson said. “Many of the program ideas were suggested by our faculty, students, and community members who have attended events in the past. While I direct the series, it really is collaborative effort by a lot of people.” He added that nearly all Convo events are free, and that all are open to the public. Eleanor Clift Highlights of the new series include Woodrow Wilson Foundation Cameron Mitchell, who will discuss humor in the Civil War; a debate over bias in the media; performances of “The Threepenny Opera,” which spawned the hit song “Mack the Knife;” an address by Eleanor Clift, a Newsweek contributing editor and Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow; two performances of Handel’s Messiah; Beth Holloway-Twitty, mother of Natalee Holloway on safe traveling; a showing of the films “Rebel Without a Cause” and “Dr. Strangelove;” and an exploration of “The Future of Islam: Toward the Islamic Reformation.” Many other events are on tap, of course, and may be viewed online by visiting A copy of the Arts and Events brochure may be obtained by calling the BC Office of Media Relations at (540) 828-5486, or by writing to the Media Relations Office, 402 E. College St., College Box 180, Bridgewater VA 22812-1599.  CC

Beth Holloway-Twitty, mother of Natalie Holloway, and Kentucky Attorney General Greg Stumbo, at the 15th annual Kentucky Crime Victims’ Rights Day Rally. Office of Attorney General, Commonwealth of Kentucky

Original “Rebel Without A Cause” movie poster Photo courtesy of Charles Culbertson

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More than 400 incoming freshmen at Bridgewater College fanned out into the Harrisonburg-Rockingham County area on Aug. 28 to perform a day of service-learning at over 20 public and charitable agencies. The Class of 2010 Freshman Day of Service, titled “Into the Streets,” was part of the College’s new-student orientation, and marked the second 2006-2007 Academic Year year that BC has F U L L -T I M E F A C U LT Y required all incoming freshmen to perform Ben Erickson charitable service as Instructor of Communication Studies part of the orientaPhoto: Daily News Record Daniel Galyen tion process. In years Assistant Professor of Music/Director of past, freshmen were required to perform 10 hours of service over the course of a semester. Instrumental Music Bill Miracle, dean of students, said the Freshman Day of Service springs from Bridgewater’s institutional mission and focuses on making students aware that service to humanity is part of beJean Hawk ing a citizen. It is, he said, an important part of the educational process. Professor of Education “There’s a difference between community service and service-learning,” said Miracle. “You Mark Hogan can rake leaves and perform community service, but service-learning requires the kind of personal Associate Professor of Education contribution that fosters reflection on what you’ve done, how it has changed you and what it means to the community.” Hunter Honeycutt The freshmen performed their duties in two shifts on Aug. 28, from 8:30-11 a.m. and from Assistant Professor of Psychology 1:30-4 p.m. Bridgewater College and several of the agencies involved provided transportation in the form of vans and a 47-passenger bus. Kimberly Korcsmaros Instructor of Communication Studies Agencies the BC freshmen assisted: The ARC/OP Shop Central Valley Habitat for Humanity Cathy McKay (moved to full-time status) Camp Brethren Woods Friendship Industries Assistant Professor of Health & Education Citizens Against Sexual Assault Harrisonburg Children’s Museum Amber M.K. Smallwood Blue Ridge Area Food Bank Harrisonburg Public Works Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Bridgewater Presbyterian Church Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation Bridgewater Public Works Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society Kara Vuic Bridgewater Rescue Squad Mercy House Thrift Store Assistant Professor of History Bridgewater Retirement Community North River Clean Up Bridgewater United Methodist Church Rockingham County Fair Camp Kaleidoscope Salvation Army Thrift Store Camp Massanetta Sunnyside Retirement Community Camp Overlook WVPT Public Television

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Students removed graffitti, built shelves, helped lay linoleum, shampooed carpets, scraped and painted, hung curtains, moved furniture and office equipment, weeded and pruned, spread gravel, cleaned ductwork, installed a sink, took photographs, assembled furniture, washed windows and many other tasks. “The Freshman Day of Service is the quintessential Bridgewater College experience in that it captures the essence of teamwork, community and service to others, all of which are embedded into the framework of our college of character,” said Jill Langridge, director of special programming for student affairs.  CC

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Construction Projects Consume Summer Months at BC For every college and university, summer is always a time to tweak, torque and take care of the countless chores that make for a smooth operation during the school year. BC was no exception this summer, with major projects dominating portions of the normally calm, picturesque campus. Easily the most visible project was the second-phase replacement of a steam line running under College Street and the Carter Center for Worship and Music parking lot to Wright Hall. Throughout the summer, the sounds of asphalt being sawed into chunks, cement mixers whirling and trucks endlessly beep-beep-beeping reverberated across the Mall (and into offices) as the antiquated, leaking system was ripped out and replaced with a new one. Anne Keeler, vice president for finance and treasurer, said the steam system provides heat and hot water campus-wide, and that the 40-year-old lines were costing the College money through lost energy. She noted that during winter months, steam could actually be seen seeping up through the Carter Center parking lot, indicating a number of breaks and leaks. The six-phase replacement project will, she said, save BC upwards of 10 percent in heating bills. The remaining phases will be completed over the coming summers, she noted. A $4 million overhaul of the food service area also got under way this summer with the renovation of the Eagle’s Nest. A redesign of the popular campus eatery, which included new furniture, ceiling and flooring as well as layout, has given it a fresh, modern café look. The good food and Phase two of a six-phase steam-line replacement project was completed this summer reasonable prices when new lines were installed beneath the Carter Center parking lot over to Wright Hall. When the overall project is finished, BC expects to see energy savings reaching as high remain intact. as 10 percent. Photo: Charles Culbertson According to Keeler, the Eagle’s Nest upgrade was necessary in order to accommodate new walk-in coolers and freezers that will be installed in the kitchen. In the past, she said, kitchen employees had to leave the building to get to the large refrigerators, a chore that will soon be a thing of the past. Keeler said the kitchen and serving-area project will continue next summer with a complete redesign. Outdated equipment will be replaced with modern appliances and the old cafeteria-style dining hall will give way to a food-station arrangement in which students and employees can select the type of meal they want, such as pizza, stir-fry, sandwiches, grilled foods or standard meals.  CC

A welder plies his trade as work on the steam line progressed over the summer. Photo: Charles Culbertson

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across the mall Gifts and Pledges Top $8 million Bridgewater College enjoyed unparalleled fund-raising success in fiscal year 2005-2006, with gifts and pledges totaling $8,074,548. The College’s fiscal year extended from July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2006. According to Brenda Duncan, vice president for institutional advancement, highlights of the year include several gifts in the range of $500,000; estate distributions totaling $800,000; additions to the endowment totaling $4.2 million; Annual Fund donations totaling $1,073,000; and $1 million in December. Approximately 4,000 alumni, parents of students and alumni, faculty, staff, friends and organizations contributed. “It is gratifying to see support for Bridgewater College remain strong,” said Bridgewater president Phillip C. Stone. “We are grateful to our alumni, parents and friends who believe in the work we are accomplishing and who help support it with their donations.”

Dale Harter

Roger Getz

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Two Join Library Staff Two new librarians have joined the staff of the Alexander Mack Memorial Library. Dale Harter is college archivist and curator of the Reuel B. Pritchett Museum. He holds an American Library Associated-accredited master’s degree in library and information science and a master’s degree in applied history with concentrations in archives administration and U.S. history, both earned at the University of South Carolina. Harter received his professional librarian certification from the Commonwealth of Virginia. Most recently, he was librarian at St. Margaret’s School in Tappahannock, Va. He also established the archives for the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society in Dayton, Va. From 1989 to 1992, he served as director of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society museum. Roger Getz is information literacy librarian. He recently completed his ALA-accredited master’s degree in library science at Clarion University in Pennsylvania. While at Clarion, he was awarded a full graduate assistant position at Carlson Library and developed an online information literacy tutorial. Getz’s tutorial was selected by the Information Literacy Committee of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to use as a starting point for the statewide system. Prior to his tenure as a librarian, Getz taught high school social studies for more than a decade.  MKH

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House Calls by Nan Fiebig, Assistant Director, Bridgewater Fund If you’re part of the Bridgewater College community – alumni, parent or friend –then you’ve probably heard from the BC Phonathon. Staffed by current students, the BC Phonathon is the personal outreach arm of the Bridgewater Fund. Each call is designed to share news about Bridgewater, update important information and provide a quick and easy way to pledge financial support to the College. Last year’s Phonathon was a key factor in reaching the annual goal. Student workers are already busy working on this year’s goal of just over $1 million. BC students are the number one reason that alumni, parents and friends pledge support. These much-needed funds also support Bridgewater’s overall operating budget. Student callers endeavor to make each call friendly and personal while providing a snapshot of the College today. They work after classes from 6-9 p.m. throughout the school year. By doing so, students gain valuable paid experience for their future careers. Marci Ferguson, a senior from Huddleston, Va., chose to be a Phonathon caller because it would enhance her communication skills. “I know that being able to communicate effectively “I chose this job because I wanted to will be essential to any job, and the Phonathon has give something back helped me with those skills,” Jeff Adams and Marci Ferguson on the job for the Bridgewater Fund. to Bridgewater. The she said. Photo by Nan Fiebig While on the job, FerguCollege has given son enjoys the interaction she has with the Bridgewater community. Even if an me so much.” alum, parent or friend can’t make a pledge, Ferguson enjoys any call in which – Jeff Adams ‘07, Phonathon she personally relates to the individual. student caller “I feel great when I’m able to connect people with what’s happening at Bridgewater,” she said. Jeff Adams, a junior from Virginia Beach, Va., wanted something different from the other jobs on campus. He sought the Phonathon job, he said, because it benefits the entire community. “I chose this job because I wanted to give something back to Bridgewater,” he said. “The College has given me so much.” Both Adams and Ferguson experience first-hand the areas on campus supported by the Bridgewater Fund – resources for students, new technology, faculty development, campus activities and financial aid. Some calls result in more than just a pledge and a pleasant conversation. Adams especially remembers meeting Jeffrey Miller, class of 1993. Miller came back to BC to accompany former FEMA director Michael Brown, who spoke as part of the College’s Convocation Series in April of this year. Adams and Miller quickly established a bond due to the conversation they had during the Phonathon a few months before. The experience was equally rewarding for Miller, who said, “Jeff explained the reasons to give to Bridgewater. He was conversational and wasn’t rushing to the next call to meet a quota.” Adams and Ferguson both say their favorite calls are those in which alumni, parents and friends offer their support to Bridgewater College by pledging over the phone. So when you hear from one of our hard-working student callers in the coming year, please consider contributing to the Bridgewater Fund and making an exceptional education possible.

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B r i d g e wate r P u rc h a s e s Stu d e n t A rt W o r k s Manakin Sabot, Va. She sold “Wood You Love Me?” and “The End,” both mixed media works. Waddell, a 2002 graduate of Turner Ashby High School, is the daughter of Spencer and Debbie Waddell of Mount Crawford, Va. The piece selected from Waddell was “Dead on Departure,” an oil on board work. McCready and Waddell graduated May 14. Also, art major Angela Flage received the inaugural Paul and Betty Kline Art Scholarship, which is presented to a junior or senior art major who has demonstrated significant growth and accomplishment in the study and production of visual art. Flage is a 2004 graduate of Harrisonburg High School.  M K H Brooke Waddell

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Works by senior art majors Anna Joy McCready and Brooke Waddell have been purchased for Bridgewater College’s permanent collection with the Paul M. and Betty Kline Student Art Purchase Award. Paul and Betty Kline are Bridgewater College graduates. He retired as professor of art in 1997 after 38 years on the faculty, and she formerly served at the College as dean of women and psychology instructor. They live near Bridgewater. The award carries a cash prize for each recipient and the works are displayed on campus. McCready, a 2001 graduate of Grove Avenue Baptist Christian School, is the daughter of Brenda McCready of

Anna McCready

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MAD about Brownie When Michael Brown, former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), came to Bridgewater in April to speak as a favor to an alum, more than a little media attention was expected. But Brown couldn’t know that his appearance at BC would soon earn him a place in one of America’s most, um, renowned publications – MAD Magazine. Here’s how it played out. Twenty minutes before Brown was to give a talk as part of the College’s Convocation Series, Jonathan Huffman – then a junior – was reading a MAD Magazine and came across a reference to Michael “You’re Doing A Heckuva Job, Brownie” Brown. So he snatched up his copy of MAD and headed for the Convo session. After Brown’s address, Huffman approached him and asked if they could pose for a photo holding MAD Magazine. Brown said yes, the photo was snapped, and four months later there it was Michael Brown with Jonathan Huffman, for all to behold – Michael Brown holding a copy of MAD, and Bridgewater College junior Jona‘07. than Huffman standing beside him, smiling. Always tongue-in-cheek, the folks at MAD asked Huffman in print: “When you asked him to pose, did he respond right away or did it take a few weeks until he got around to it?”  CC

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by Karen Doss Bowman, ’91

W. Wallace Hatcher


uring three decades of loyal service to the College’s Board of Trustees, life trustee W. Wallace Hatcher, ’55, has worked with two different Bridgewater College presidents and been a key decision-maker guiding the College through major growth in enrollment and the physical plant. Hatcher, who served as chairman of the board from 1985 to 2003, is the retired president and CEO of Lantz Construction Co. in Broadway, Va., one of the leading commercial builders in the Shenandoah Valley. The firm, which he founded in 1960, has built several prominent facilities in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, including several public schools and buildings at Bridgewater College, James Madison University and Blue Ridge Community College. A sentimental project for Hatcher was the firm’s 1984 construction of the structure that connected Bridgewater’s historic Wardo and Founders halls, creating the building now called Flory Hall. A devout churchman, Hatcher serves on the board for his congregation, Linville Creek Church of the Brethren, and has participated in service projects for the denomination at the district and national levels. He and his wife, Carolyn Hatcher, who is a registered nurse, have participated in disaster relief projects and W. Wallace Hatcher during the 1980s spent a month working on a construction project in Nigeria. In recent years, they have committed at least one month annually to traveling to San Antonio, where they volunteer for Bible Study Fellowship International. Hatcher’s service has extended beyond his alma mater to include service on the boards of numerous community organizations, including the Park View Federal Credit Union and the non-profit retailer, A World of Good, for which he also spends two days each week volunteering. He recently retired from the board of the Broadway Hometown Partnership. During the 2003 Founder’s Day celebration at Bridgewater, Hatcher was presented an honorary degree, the Doctor of Humane Letters, and in 1998, he received the College’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. The Hatchers live in Broadway, Va., and have three children and five grandchildren.

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across the mall

Meet the Trustees, continued.

Yancey W. Ford Jr.


Yancey W. Ford Jr.

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ancey W. Ford Jr., ’62, is serious about golf. A regular on the Senior Amateur Golf circuit, he plays in tournaments throughout the year in the United States and abroad. Ford currently serves as president of the Society of Seniors, North America’s premier senior American golf organization of more than 700 members nationwide. Only a small number of new members are inducted into the organization each year, and membership is contingent on meeting stringent playing requirements, including making significant achievements in golf at the national level and having a handicap of three or less (Ford has a handicap of 1.). “You have to play your way into (the organization),” Ford explains. The Madison, Va., native enjoyed a distinguished career at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., where he retired in 1995 as executive vice president. Shortly after graduating from Bridgewater in 1962, he began working for the company as a sales representative and quickly moved up the ranks. During his three decades of service to the company, he held various management positions in Maryland, Connecticut, Michigan and Pennsylvania, as well as in the company’s headquarters in Winston-Salem, N.C. A member of the American Wholesale Marketers Association Hall of Fame, Ford is a past member of the boards of the Greater Winston-Salem YMCA and the Special Children’s School for the Handicapped. He also has received several awards, including California Man of the Year from the California Wholesalers; the Harden E. Goldstein Humanitarian Award from the National Association of Tobacco Distributors; the Allied Dean of the Confectionery Industry Award from the National Candy Wholesalers Association; and the Milton Rothenberg Award from the Illinois Association of Tobacco and Candy Distributors. Ford and his wife, the former Peggy Pound, reside in Winston-Salem, where they are members of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church.

A n d J u st i ce for none

by Ruth Jones, ‘04


t’s one of the most bizarre cases Larry McCann has ever seen. Nearly 30 years of investigative police work and FBI training didn’t prepare him for the injustice he was about to see. It began on July 8, 1997. An 18-year-old newly-wed, Michelle Moore-Bosko, lay dead – raped, stabbed, strangled and left to be discovered by her husband in their Norfolk, Va., apartment. Her husband, William, was a sailor who had just returned from a week at sea only to find his wife lifeless on their bedroom floor, clad in a black tee-shirt. She had been in Norfolk just six weeks. What happened next would ruin the lives and reputations of four men. Derek Tice, Joseph Dick and Danial Williams – all serving in the U.S. Navy and stationed in Norfolk – found themselves in prison with double life sentences for the rape and murder of Moore-Bosko. A fourth sailor, Eric Wilson, served an eight-and-a-half-year sentence for her rape. There’s just one problem. None of them had anything to do with the crime. At least

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that’s the conclusion of 1970 Bridgewater College graduate Larry McCann and a host of other experts, as well. McCann was asked to look into the case by Danial Williams’ defense attorney, Donald Salzman, of the prestigious law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meaher and Flom. “We wanted someone who had expertise in crime reconstruction,” Salzman said. At the time, McCann was a retired Virginia State Police investigator who was working for Academy Group, Inc. (AGI) in Manassas, Va., the world’s largest privately owned forensic behavioral science firm. Salzman was referred to AGI through someone he knew in the business and, as a result, began to work with McCann on what Salzman said was a seriously flawed case. “The more we looked into it, the more concerned we became that these men were innocent,” Salzman said. Soon after Norfolk police began their investi“We’re better than that in america. we gation, attention was focused on Moore-Bosko’s don’t make those kinds of mistakes.” neighbor, Danial Williams. According to the testimony of a neighbor, Williams had been bother–Larry Mccann, ‘70 ing Moore-Bosko, who was afraid of him. Under intense questioning, Williams repeatedly denied having anything to do with the crime, and even passed a lie detector test. That’s when Norfolk police Det. R. Glen Ford joined the questioning, and threatened Williams with the death penalty if he didn’t confess. The thoroughly intimidated sailor did just that. Police quickly went after one of Williams’ acquaintances, Joseph Dick, who suffered similar questioning and also confessed. Derek Tice and Eric Wilson came under scrutiny – and confessed – in much the same way. The 800-pound gorilla sitting on the living room couch was the painfully uncomfortable fact that not one of the four sailors’ DNA matched DNA found at the crime scene. Not one. Meanwhile, a man named Omar Ballard serving prison time on sexual assault charges in the Norfolk area, wrote a letter to an acquaintance. “Remember that night I went to Mommie’s house and the next morning Michelle got killed,” 14 4 B Br r ii d dg ge e wat wat e er r 1

Ballard wrote. “Guess who did that, Me, ha ha.” The acquaintance came forward with the letter, and investigators subsequently found that Ballard’s DNA matched that found at the crime scene and on Moore-Bosko’s body. In 1999 Ballard admitted that none of the four sailors arrested for the rape and murder were involved, giving police information that only the killer would know – things the other convicted men couldn’t confess to. The case of the Norfolk 4, as they have come to be known, isn’t the type AGI readily accepts. While the firm does assist police with cold cases, their forte is corporate America, focusing on the workplace, preventing workplace violence and conducting threat assessments. “This is huge because I don’t work very many criminal cases any more,” McCann said. But the innocence of the Norfolk 4 was so overwhelmingly clear in this case that McCann took it on. His initial reaction was surprise, thinking; “We’re better than that in America. We don’t make these kinds of mistakes.” He got his hands on the evidence, put out of his mind everything the defense told him and went to work. It wasn’t hard for him to deduce. McCann was convinced two weeks into his analysis that only one person committed this crime. “As I looked further and further into it, it became apparent that there were only two people in that apartment — the victim and offender,” he said. McCann even wrote a letter to the editor, published in the Washington Post, on his stance. But why would four innocent men offer up confessions? McCann noted that R. Glen Ford, the Norfolk police detective who had coerced the confessions from the men, had a track record. He’d done the same thing at least twice before and charges in both instances were dropped. Profiling the defendants in the Moore-Bosko case, McCann surmised why they might have bent to police pressure. All were low-ranking in the Navy. “They were very much used to taking orders from authority figures,” he said. “You can kind of understand their mindsets.” Understanding mindsets is what McCann spent the majority of his police career doing, with his time at Bridgewater College setting him up for what was to come. However, he had no idea how far his police career would go. He started off wanting to major in something else a little more scientific. “When I went to Bridgewater College, I was going to be a physics major. I was going to send rockets all over space,” McCann said, chuckling at the memory. But one summer, after working in a mental institution, McCann realized something that ignited his curiosity. “I realized that with a lot of these people, there was a very slim difference between them and me, and with some of them, the only difference seemed to be that I got to go home at 5 o’clock and they had to stay there,” he said. “I came to realize there are a whole lot of mentally ill people on the street.”

... And if there’s one thing he learned about humanity ... “The world is full of a lot of

good people — wonderful, loving people.”

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Enter psychology. “Bridgewater College was a big help in getting me excited about psychology,” he said. When McCann graduated, he landed in police work thanks to some criminal justice courses, starting as an officer in Arlington County, and then moving on to the Virginia State Police in Henrico and Hanover counties in Richmond. He later served as bodyguard to former Virginia Gov. Mills Godwin for three-and-a-half years. McCann entered police work figuring it would be a short-term deal, “until I find a real job,” he said. He soon realized he could blend psychology into his profession with investigations. In 1988, McCann went to training with the FBI for criminal investigative analysis, well-known as psychological profiling today, and for 11 years, he did just that, working on crimes all over the world, from Canada to Tasmania to Greenland until his retirement. Friend Greg Lam, a 1971 BC alumnus, worked with McCann in the early days as an officer in Northern Virginia. The pair took their police testing the same day and have remained friends ever since. “Larry was always a very methodical person and not calculating to his own advantage,” Lam said. “Larry takes it farther,” knowing at least 12 things about the perpetrator. Diligence and perseverance are two words that flow from Lam’s mouth on more than one occasion when he thinks of his friend, calling it McCann’s mantra. For McCann, it’s what makes the work enjoyable. But don’t get him wrong. In his line of work, McCann saw things that could give you nightmares. Larry and his wife, the former Barbara Walbridge (‘69), make their home near “You see a lot of horrible, horrible things,” he said. Richmond, Va. Over the years, he lost 12 friends in the force, but he made it a point to not bring the horrors of work into his personal life. “When I was in the department, I had a very distinct line between work and home,” McCann said. He kept his home life open for family — a wife, the former Barbara Walbridge (’69), and two children, Nathan (’00) and Rachel (’04). And if there’s one thing he learned about humanity, it’s that there’s more good than bad. His perspective is, “The world full of a lot of good people — wonderful, loving people.” He’s hoping the good part of humanity will come through for the Norfolk 4. The only hope for three of them now is a governor’s pardon. The request landed on the desk of former Gov. Mark Warner last November, and everyone’s holding out hope as it goes before Gov. Tim Kaine. Salzman, who’s never seen a case like this before, remains positive. “I’m very hopeful that if these materials are carefully reviewed, they’ll see that these men are innocent.” Ruth Jones, ‘04, is a staff writer for the Daily News Leader in Staunton, Va., and a frequent contributor to Bridgewater magazine.

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BC alum Brian Holsopple makes it sound good and look easy.

Talk of the Town by Karen Doss Bowman, ‘91

Brian Holsopple in his Verona, Va., studio. Photo by Karen Doss Bowman, ‘91


alk isn’t always cheap – in fact, sometimes it can be a lucrative business. Just ask Brian Holsopple. The 1972 Bridgewater graduate uses his silky smooth voice and conversational skills to earn a living as a voiceover professional, narrating corporate training videos, promoting products and recording audio books. A music education major at Bridgewater, Holsopple taught music at Stuarts Draft High School for five and a half years and determined that teaching wasn’t the right career for him. He “fell into radio by sheer chance,” he says, and worked for 14 years as a DJ. Working in radio, he learned the art of voiceover and commercial production – because DJs have to do both – and started doing freelance voiceover out of his home about 12 years ago. Since then, his business has taken off, and Holsopple works out of his Verona, Va., home in an upstairs office equipped with a high-end studio and a breathtaking view of rolling Shenandoah Valley farmland. “This is fun,” Holsopple says. “I’m 20 steps from work, and I’m doing what I want to do. This is exactly what I’ve worked toward for years.” – Brian Holsopple’s vocal training at Bridgewater College and his 25 years experience as an actor in community theater have certainly prepared him for the business. According to his Web site,, Holsopple can utter a variety of vocal styles to meet a client’s needs, including armchair storytelling, authoritative documentary narrative, and commercial hardsell or softsell. To deliver the right nuance, Holsopple says he gets into character – even a narrator is a character, he says – and imagines an appropriate setting.

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“It’s more a mood,” he says. “In the laid-back armchair storytelling mode, I can imagine myself in a wing chair with a cup of hot tea on the end table and a well-worn storybook in my hand. The authoritative documentary style would call up visions of me in a hard hat describing how the cranes work building the Hoover Dam ...” Holsopple’s clients have included Merck & Co. Inc., the Smithsonian Institution, the U.S. Department of Education, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Pirelli Tires and Virginia Lottery. Recent projects include reading a textbook for middle- and high-school students, a science fiction book and training modules for Merck, the pharmaceutical giant. Though he tried using an agent when he first started his business, Holsopple found that selfpromotion was a better strategy. He put together a demo and sent out hundreds of query letters to broadcast houses, agencies, corporations – any place that might need his services. At first, work trickled in at a steady pace, but within two or three years, his business took off. Holsopple installed his own WhisperRoom brand studio in his home office so that he could make his own high-level recordings, giving him an edge over his competitors. The WhisperRoom, a tiny four-foot by four-foot enclosure made of heavy fiberboard, is just large enough for a computer, a stool and a music stand to hold his script. While the “egg-carton” acoustical foam gives Holsopple crystal clear recording capabilities, he has to pay careful attention to silencing unwanted noises, such as the high-pitched squeal of the wireless mouse or the sound of his stomach growling, which he suppresses with a large pillow. Once he’s completed a recording, he edits it and delivers his voice to customers via e-mail. Holsopple says he enjoys the independence and variety that comes with operating his own business. It allows him enough flexibility to participate in local theatrical productions. He’s done more than 100 plays over the years, most recently starring as the Duke in “Big River” and last year as the “Cat in the Hat.” Holsopple also retired this year from his position as music director at First Presbyterian Church in Staunton, Va., where he served for 31 years, freeing up his schedule for more theater and allowing for more time with his wife, Beverly Kiser. “This isn’t glamorous work – it’s not like being a movie star, but I don’t care about that,” Holsopple says. “I can make a good living at it, and it sort of compares to the thumbtack manufacturer. It’s not glamorous, but by golly, somebody needs a few million thumbtacks. If I can be the thumbtack king, that’s fine with me. If I want some applause, I’ll go on stage and do a play.” Karen Doss Bowman, ‘91, is a freelance writer living in Bridgewater, Va.

BC revamps Web site The next time you’re surfing the World Wide Web, take a look at Soon, it will not be the same site you’ve been seeing over the last couple of years. Thanks to the design skills of a higher education Web site consultant – and the input of BC faculty, staff and students – Bridgewater College will have a completely revamped Web site by early October. The site will be comprehensive in terms of content yet flexible and functional in terms of navigability. “The redesign was an effort to better serve our constituencies,” said Dr. Karen Wigginton, vice president for college relations. The site will feature such changes as a new look, enhanced usability and functionality, and inclusion of faculty and student profiles. Other features will continue to be added after the launch date.

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Voices From the Past Here is American history in its purest, most evocative form.

Photo by Tommy Thompson

by Charles Culbertson


very day he dons the uniform of Bridgewater College’s chief of campus police and patrols its environs to keep it safe, orderly and accessible. He is attuned to his surroundings, abreast of the technology upon which his job increasingly relies. To all outward appearances he is a completely modern man. But beneath the badge of Nicholas P. Picerno beats a heart that is in tune with an event that ended 141 years ago – the defining event in American history – the War Between the States. As one might expect, there’s more to it than that. Picerno is not only the leading expert on one of the war’s premier Union regiments, he also owns the world’s largest private collection of artifacts from that regiment or any other Union army regiment, as well. There are more than 20,000 items in the collection of Nick Picerno, all of them originating from an infantry regiment that started out as the 1st Maine, reorganized as the 10th Maine, and finally ended up as the 29th Maine. It wasn’t as famous as, say, the 20th Maine,

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Two non-commissioned officers of the 29th Maine pose with the regimental mascot, Major, shown sitting on one of the men’s laps. Major was killed in April 1864 at the Battle of Mansfield in Louisiana. This photo appeared in Time-Life’s series of books on the Civil War. (Nicholas Picerno collection)

Maj. William Knowlton was one of the 29th Maine’s officers who paid the ultimate price, dying at the battle of Winchester during the 1864 Shenandoah Valley campaign. (Nicholas Picerno collection)

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Portrait of Col. George H. Nye, whose letters, now in the Picerno collection, tell of having been shot in the face at the battle of Cedar Creek. (Nicholas Picerno collection)

“You can’t collect everything. Plus, a sword is a sword is a sword. I wanted to collect things that had a known history. I wanted to know who owned the sword. What did he do in the war? What was his life like? How did he die?” — Nick Picerno which grimly held Little Round Top at Gettysburg against repeated Confederate assaults, but it did make significant contributions and ended up burnishing its reputation to a high and enduring luster. The names trip from Picerno’s tongue rapidly and confidently, spoken with the assurance of a man whose research has cost him many sleepless nights in many dusty archives: Antietam, Winchester, Sabine Cross Roads, Pleasant Hill, Mansfield, Cedar Creek, Fisher’s Hill. His voice notches down a bit as other names come to him: George Beal, William Knowlton, John Gould, George Nye, Charles Emerson. He knows these men, he knows what they endured. Here’s a weapon. Here’s a photograph of the man who owned that weapon, cradling it in the crook of his arm. Here’s the uniform that man was wearing the day a Confederate bullet or shell ended his life. Here’s a stack of letters he wrote to a sweetheart, or a wife, describing his longing for home and his thoughts on life, death, God and country. Here is American history in its purest, most evocative form. It’s enough to turn a collector into a historian. Which Picerno is. Yes, the collection he houses is huge. Pistols, rifles, sabers, uniforms, accoutrements, diaries, letters, photographs, commissions signed by Abraham Lincoln, even Col. George L. Beal, who would rise to the rank of brigadier general and command the 10th and 29th Maine, is shown in this May 1863 photograph posing with the flag of the 10th Maine. camp stools and trunks, swell every avail(Nicholas Picerno collection) able inch of space. But it has been Picerno’s relentless drive to connect these artifacts with the men who owned them that has created the country’s foremost authority on this Maine regiment, and made him a sought-after historical resource for Civil War writers such as James McPherson and Jeffrey Wert, and Time-Life books. “Growing up, I was always interested in history,” said Picerno, a native of Queens, N.Y. “I did really well at it in school. In my early teens, I took a trip to Florida from New York and on the way stopped at the Fredericksburg National Battlefield Park. It was there that the bug bit me. “The next year,” he said, “my brother and I went to Gettysburg. That did it. I was hooked.” At about this time, Picerno made friends with an elderly gentleman in Queens who dealt in

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Photograph of the winter camp of the 29th Maine Infantry, taken the winter of 1864-65 at Stephenson’s Depot, Va., near Winchester. (Nicholas Picerno collection)

American military antiques. Captivated by the items in the man’s shop, Picerno took to collecting, amassing uniforms, artillery projectiles, weapons – whatever struck his fancy. And then it came to him that he had to seek specificity rather than generality. “You can’t collect everything,” he said. “Plus, a sword is a sword is a sword. I wanted to collect things that had a known history. I wanted to know who owned the sword. What did he do in the war? What was his life like? How did he die?” The focus he sought came about in 1978 when Picerno was a deputy sheriff in Moore County, N.C. A friend in Maine acquired a trunk with a uniform in it. The trunk had belonged to Col. George Beal of the 10th Maine. Picerno bought the trunk and uniform and, not long after that, bought a photograph album bearing the carte-de-visite likenesses of 20 men from the 10th Maine. The journey to build a connected collection then began in earnest. Over the years, Picerno has raided the vaults of antique dealers nationwide, duked it out on the floors of auction houses, played the Internet-auction game and, when it became widely known that he was searching for 1st, 10th and 29th Maine artifacts, obtained items directly from the descendants of soldiers. “These descendants have contacted me and offered me their great-grandfather’s letters, photos, weapons and other artifacts because they realize their value as a whole, and they know these things will be kept together and interpreted in connection with their ancestor’s lives and achievements.” Interpreting such a vast array of artifacts requires, of course, assiduous research and a never-flagging sense of mission. Picerno’s is a familiar face in the National Archives in Washington, D.C., where he has rooted out great chunks of information about the men who fought with the 1st, 10th and 29th

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Maine. A prime source for him, he said, are the applications for pensions, in which the soldiers had to give detailed accounts of their service and attach corroborating documentation. This treasure trove of information has made it possible for him to piece together the lives of men who, for all intents and purposes, have largely been forgotten by the world at large. The thrill and value of connective collecting – that is, affixing a history to an artifact – can quickly be understood with one look at a recent Picerno acquisition. It is a Confederate saber, belt and scabbard, captured from a Southern cavalry guerilla at a farmhouse near Bollington in Loudon County. Two companies of the 10th Maine surrounded the farmhouse and captured three Confederate cavalrymen who were part of “White’s Commanches,” a unit commanded by Capt. Elijah V. White of the 35th Battalion of Virginia. The regimental historian of the 10th and 29th Maine kept an inventory book of items captured by the unit, and dutifully logged in the liberated 1833 dragoon saber. To emphasize the connectivity, Picerno smoothly produces a copy of the inventory book and points to the Oct. 21, 1862, entry. He adds that the farmhouse and barn where the Confederates were captured are still standing, and cooly mentions that in his collection are photographs of some of the men who made the capture. But as exhilarating as it is to hold a captured Confederate saber, see the inventory book into which it was logged, and view photos of the men who made the seizure, nothing brings home the pathos and tragedy of the American Civil War as do the thousands of handwritten letters in Picerno’s collection. Here are voices from the past communicating what it was like to march, fight, take a bullet in the face and survive, stand guard duty, watch executions and fear daily for their lives. “These letters speak to us across the years about the people who wrote them – what made them leave the farms and mills and factories and take up arms,” Picerno said. “It makes me think about today’s situation, in Iraq, these young people, some of whom are our graduates and have asked me to write reference letters for them to go into the military. They know what they’re facing, just as the young men of the North and the South did in 1861. There’s a connection there, as well.” Picerno, a career police chief whose career in law enforcement led him to Bridgewater College in 2002, said he continues to collect items from the Maine regiment. One day the collection will go to his son, who is a police officer in Maryland. Beyond that, there is the possibility of the items finding their way into a suitable museum. Until then, Picerno – who also works for battlefield preservation as a trustee of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation and chairs the committee on education and interpretation – will keep working to bring home to today’s Americans pieces of this country’s most violent and defining hour.

Picerno and two of his prized portraits. Left is Col. George L. Beal, and right is Col. George H. Nye. Photo by Tommy Thompson

Charles Culbertson is Bridgewater College’s director of media relations and editor of Bridgewater magazine.

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11 Percent Solution by Ellen K. Layman, ‘65


t’s not hard to visualize what happens when you add 11 ounces of fire-engine red paint to 89 ounces of brilliant white paint. That 11 percent solution certainly changes the tint. It influences the character of that bucket of paint. And, even though Bridgewater College’s percentage of Church of the Brethren students has dropped from 18 percent to 11 percent in the last seven years, those 168 Brethren students in a 2005-06 student body of 1,515 often exerted an influence beyond their numbers. Last fall, there were more Baptists on campus than any other stated religious affiliation – 316. The Catholic students out-numbered the Brethren with 176. Methodists did, too, when the 72 students who identified themselves as Methodist were combined with the 157 who said they are United Methodists. And there are strong A small minority of Bridgewater students now claim campus leaders in each denominational group across denominational lines. affiliation with the Brethren faith. How did that and Are all of the Brethren students firehappen to a Brethren-based college, and what does engine red in witnessing to their faith, to their Brethren-ness? No, of course not. And it mean for BC’s future? the rest of the student body is not seen as a faithless mass, vulnerable to absorbing the Brethren tint. Still, many Brethren students do act on their faith in ways that exemplify what the denomination stands for. In a recently published essay, written as a brief guide for the non-Brethren parents and students who come to the Bridgewater campus, President Phillip C. Stone cited peace, justice and service as historic emphases of the denomination in explaining “What is the Church of the Brethren?” 2 4 B r i d g e wat e r

opinions... opinions... Two Bridgewater students made a very personal statement on peacemaking during Interterm 2006 when they traveled to Palestine as part of a Christian Peacemaker Teams delegation. One is a member of the Church of the Brethren and is considering entering the ministry. On the justice front, the College holds firmly to an honor system, based on personal integrity. Alleged violations are investigated and adjudicated by students with counsel from faculty advisors. And service is integral to the Bridgewater experience. As part of freshman orientation last fall, all incoming students spent one day in community service with agencies in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. The College’s innovative Personal Development Portfolio (PDP) program requires community service each year; successful completion of PDP is a condition for graduation. Fifteen students, including three Brethren, devoted spring break to the Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge in Johns Island, S.C. Each year, the Interdistrict Youth Cabinet, a committee of six Brethren students advised by the Rev. Steve Spire, ’92, organizes, promotes and hosts the Youth Roundtable, a weekend of worship, recreation and personal growth attended by several hundred Brethren teenagers. The IYC also leads youth retreats in the six southeastern Church of the Brethren districts. Dr. Robert R. “Robbie” Miller, ’79 , campus chaplain, has begun a peer ministry program on campus. In its inaugural year, half of the peer ministers were Brethren, and Miller anticipates that Church of the Brethren congregations will cite the peer ministry opportunity as another advantage as they encourage young people to consider Bridgewater for their undergraduate studies. Even so, the declining number of Brethren students raises concerns. In the last decade, Brethren enrollment peaked at 210 in the fall of 2000. Miller sees holding onto a significant core group of Brethren as “crucial for maintaining our connection to the spiritual and ethical values of a Brethren heritage that is increasingly overshadowed by other influences and priorities.” Jonathan Brush, ’99, director of admissions and marketing, reported to the trustees’ church-college relations committee last spring that recruiting Brethren students is a top priority for his office. At that time, five of the admissions counselors were themselves Church of the Brethren members, and the counselors often attend church-related youth gatherings. The drop-off in Brethren enrollment parallels a continuing decline in denominational membership – 12.5 percent since 1993, according to statistics reported annually by the denomination. The four other Brethren colleges and one Brethren university (Elizabethtown, Juniata, Manchester and McPherson colleges and the University of La Verne) all have shown decreased Brethren enrollment. Of the six Brethren colleges/universities, Bridgewater has both the highest number of Brethren students and the highest percentage of Brethren in the student body. For the 2005-06 academic year, Manchester’s 112 students and 10.4 percent ranked second. Juniata had 66 Brethren students (4 percent); Elizabethtown, 54 (3 percent); McPherson, 44 (9.2 percent); and La Verne, 10 (.2 percent).

“Recruiting Brethren students is a top priority.” — Jonathan Brush, ‘99, Director of Admissions and Marketing

“If the percentage of Church of the Brethren students on campus continues to decline, I assume it would have a subtle, yet significant, impact on the spiritual and ethical culture of our campus as a whole.” —Robbie Miller, ‘79, Campus Chaplain

“The number of faculty and staff members who are Brethren has declined steadily as well as the number of Brethren students. From my subjective observations, I suggest that optimal percentages in a Brethren-related college would be for 50 percent of the faculty and administrative staff and 25 percent of the student body to be members of the Church of the Brethren. Brethren colleges do not approximate that level of engagement by Brethren people.” — Dr. Dale V. Ulrich Provost and Professor of Physics Emeritus

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Almost every college in the land is looking for the kind of student that Church of the Brethren teenagers tend to be – solid academically, good citizens, community-oriented and conscientious. The competition is vigorous. Why the decline? Having fewer Church of the Brethren members reduces the pool of teenagers from which to recruit. As private colleges, the Brethren institutions frequently have a higher sticker price for tuition, room and board than many public institutions, although generous financial aid packages level the playing field considerably. Brethren have stereotypically been frugal folks. And almost every college in the land is looking for the kind of student that Church of the Brethren teenagers tend to be – solid academically, good citizens, community-oriented and conscientious. The competition is vigorous. Dr. Dale V. Ulrich, provost and professor of physics emeritus, has looked at another trend in his analysis of the church-college relationship. He suggests that the number of faculty and staff members who are Brethren has declined steadily as well as the number of Brethren students. “From my subjective observations, I suggest that optimal percentages in a Brethren-related college would be for 50 percent of the faculty and administrative staff and 25 percent of the student body to be members of the Church of the Brethren,” he told a gathering of Brethren scholars in 2003. Brethren colleges “do not approximate that level of engagement by Brethren people,” he added. Although the College does not maintain records of employees’ church affiliation, an estimate would put Brethren membership at 15-20 percent. Church membership is not a factor in hiring, although part of the interviewing process for new faculty members includes a discussion of the College’s values, based on its church affiliation, and an informal affirmation of support of those values. As to the future, Miller suggests that “if the percentage of Church of the Brethren students on campus continues to decline, I assume it would have a subtle, yet significant, impact on the spiritual and ethical culture of our campus as a whole.” Spire, who sees a “significant impact” of Brethren students on campus life – in leadership roles, academics and extracurricular areas – notes that the impact, “in good Brethren tradition, is often a quiet influence.” Somewhat like drops of red paint subtly tinting the bucket of white. Ellen K. Layman, ‘65, is director of alumni and church relations for Bridgewater College.

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HSLA Celebrates 10 Years at BC

“The Academy is designed to expose students to the various aspects of good leadership through a diverse group of speakers and hands-on learning experiences.” —Dr. Karen Wigginton, vice president for College Relations, HSLA director

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he High School Leadership Academy entered its 10th year at Bridgewater College this summer, with 89 high-school students from 10 states visiting the campus for an intensive, one-week immersion into the principles and practices of leadership. The 2006 Academy adhered to a proven format of workshops, seminars and extensive indoor and outdoor activities designed to develop ethical leadership traits and skills. HSLA is sponsored by the Zane D. Showker Leadership Institute, which was established in 2002 to help promote leadership and civic responsibility. “The Academy is designed to expose students to the various aspects of good leadership through a diverse group of speakers and hands-on learning experiences,” said Dr. Karen Wigginton, vice president for college relations and HSLA director. “HSLA participants have been

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recognized by their schools as individuals who have the potential to be good leaders, and we think it is important to help them develop their leadership skills and enhance their opportunities to be successful leaders.” This year’s Academy featured a powerful slate of local, state and national leaders who shared their leadership secrets with HSLA participants. Michael Clark, BC’s head football coach, kicked off the opening banquet with a speech titled “Why Lead?” Clark gave several examples of the differences between leaders and followers during his talk. Under Clark’s direction, the Bridgewater Eagles have won more games in the 21st century than any college football team in the state of Virginia. Clark has been named “Coach of the Year” five times. Teacher, coach and business owner Joe Showker discussed “The Leader Mindset,” which included information on goal setting and team play for achievers. His presentation centered on “qualities of a team player.” Showker has traveled extensively throughout the eastern United States speaking on success, goal setting, computer/online ethics and team dynamics. Justin Pruett, a 2005 Bridgewater College alumnus and paralegal for the Harrisonburg, Va., firm of Wharton, Aldhizer & Weaver, first came to BC in 1999 as an HSLA participant. He returned as an assistant facilitator in 2000 and, as a BC student, served as facilitator for four years. His presentation this year was “Testing Personal Integrity,” which examined the benefits and pitfalls of servant leadership. The issue of conflict resolution was addressed by Dr. Harriet “Betsy” Hayes, an associate professor of sociology at BC. Conflict, she told the Academy’s participants, is inevitable in any group, and is neither good nor bad in and of itself. “It is how we manage the dispute that leads to definitions of conflict as either constructive or destructive,” she said. Dr. Jeffrey H. Pierson serves as professor and chair of the communication studies department. His presentation on “Effective Communication” focused on the ability to successfully communicate one’s thoughts and ideas – “an absolute requirement for the practice of leadership,” he said. Pierson also led students to consider the possible ethical problems arising from incomplete, improper or inaccurate information dissemination. “Gender and Leadership” was explored by this year’s Academy participants with Dr. Melanie Laliker, who teaches courses in interpersonal, romantic and gender communication in the BC communications studies department. The seminar addressed and answered the question, “If men are from Mars and women

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are from Venus, how can we communicate, let along engage in effective leadership?” Richard Claybrook Jr. is a 1974 graduate of Bridgewater who now serves as deputy commonwealth’s attorney for the Harrisonburg/Rockingham Commonwealth Attorney’s office. Claybrook, who is a 2005 graduate of the Political Leaders Program of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia, led a discussion on “Ethics and Community Involvement.” Lee Corder, chaplain for the Washington Redskins and senior vice president for Young Life, returned to HSLA this year to head up an examination of “Motivational Leadership the NFL Way.” Using athletes and other famous leaders as examples, Corder challenged students to be leaders of character and humility. The operator of Harrisonburg’s Chick-fil-A restaurant, Ashley Bellamy, examined the ins and outs of “Entrepreneurial Leadership,” using Chick-fil-A for her source material. She shared with students what it is like to be an operator of a franchise and the vision and culture of the restaurant. She also discussed the leadership structure in her store and how attitude plays a part in the success of one’s employees and business. Bridgewater College staff members Whitney Smith, ’01 and Carrie Harman, ’04 addressed the question, “What do you get when you have a school in need of programs, needy students, very talented students leaders and only a short time frame to complete a task?” Their answer was to build an extreme program, and explored with HSLA’s participants event planning for the high-school leader. The session challenged students to think “outside the box” and to creatively plan an event. Steve Watson, an associate professor of philosophy and religion at Bridgewater, led a session titled “Putting It All Together.” The session required students to demonstrate the skills they have learned during the week – to reason critically about leadership and demonstrate practically that they have learned skills. Jonathan Brush, who graduated from BC in 1999 and currently works as BC’s director of admissions and marketing, conducted a highly popular question-and-answer session about how to choose a college, obtaining educational grants and the importance of visiting a prospective college campus. Also providing leadership opportunities and expertise was Cathleen P. Welsh, an attorney with Keeler Obenschain PC and keynote speaker for the closing ceremonies. Zanette Showker Hahn, ’77, daughter of the late Zane D. Showker for whom the Leadership Institute is named, offered words of guidance before presenting HSLA participants with their certificates.  CC

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Men Seek Basketball Comeback by Matthew A. Barnhart, ‘03 The men’s basketball team had an aberration last season, finishing 9-16 and being ousted from the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) tournament in the first round. Heading into his 22nd season as head coach, Bill Leatherman has won 57 percent of his games – eclipsing the 300-win mark two seasons ago – and has led the Eagles to the NCAA tournament three times. The Eagles look to get back to their winning ways with a bevy of returning experienced players. Sophomores Kris Cecil and Michael Oblitey, and juniors Andrew Cathlin and Jay Strotman, started at least seven games last season, with senior Josh Maupin and junior Josh Fox starting all 25. Maupin, one of only two seniors, will be looked upon to lead the team with his great shooting range and excellent ball handling. He averaged 10.1 points and 1.4 assists for the Eagles last season, making good on 40 percent of his three-pointers and 82 percent of his free throws. Fox, who transferred from Division I-A Radford in 2005, scored 11.0 points and pulled down 4.7 rebounds a game a year ago. At 6-foot-8, Fox can play either inside or outside, evidenced by his 44 percent shooting from behind the arc and making good on 78 percent of his attempts from the charity stripe. Cecil, a point guard with good quickness and floor vision, had the second best assist-to-turnover ratio last season. He averaged 2.4 assists Andrew Cathlin, Junior, Guard – 5.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per game last season in his eight starts. Cathlin (6-foot-3), Oblitey (6-4) and Strotman (6-3) provide a lot of versatility, each having a nice shoot touch, being able to handle and ball and play hardnosed defense. The Eagles begin their season on Nov. 17 by competing in the Eastern Mennonite University Invitational. New to the schedule this year is a mid-season trip to Lexington to face Division I-A Virginia Military Institute.

B C P ro m ote s N o n - U s e B e h av i o r i n Stu d e n t At h lete s Bridgewater College, along with other Division III schools, is taking the lead in promoting safe play criteria by implementing a year-round drug testing and drug education program for all Bridgewater College athletes. “In an attempt to balance fair play for all in a supportive environment committed to healthy lifestyle choices, both drug education and testing will be used to promote non-use behavior,” said Barbara H. Long, director of athletic training for Bridgewater College. “All athletes are subject to testing.” Long added that the emphasis is on how student athletes can enhance their performance without using drugs. Curt Kendall, athletic director for Bridgewater College, added that “the world around us is changing, and we need to take the lead in educating athletes about healthy lifestyles and safety.” He noted that the College prohibits the use of all drugs that are banned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Each Bridgewater student athlete, he said, is provided with a copy of the list of banned drugs prior to athletic participation. Kendall pointed out that the NCAA only mandates random drug testing for Division III athletes involved in post-season competition. He said that the College is taking a proactive approach to safe play rather than waiting for a problem to occur. “Providing our student athletes with this type of education is consistent with Bridgewater College’s commitment to ensure that our graduates are prepared to become leaders in their communities who conduct their lives with a strong sense of personal integrity,” said Bridgewater president Phillip C. Stone. “It is essential that we communicate to all our students, including our athletes, that achievements in any endeavor are only of value if obtained the right way — through hard work, self control, and compliance with rules,” he added.  CC

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eagle sports Eagles Sharpen Talons for New Season

Warning to BC’s gridiron opponents – Wipe that grin off your faces! by Matthew A. Barnhart, ‘03 The rest of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) must be smiling. Bridgewater’s largest and third-most dominant class of players in program history graduated, only eight starters will return, and offensive coordinator Bob Colbert left after eight seasons to take on the head coaching role at St. Vincent. But fresh off their fifth consecutive ODAC championship, sixth straight season in the NCAA playoffs and extension of an ODAC record 35 straight conference wins, the Eagles aren’t ready to hand over the reins quite yet. “Until someone beats us, we’re still the [ODAC] champion,” said head coach Mike Clark. Similar to 2002 – the year after the National Championship appearance – the Brandon Copeland, Junior, Wide Receiver Eagles will have just as many 577 career receiving yards, five receiving touchdowns newcomers as they will returnees. Nearly 140 kids reported to camp on August 12. To Clark, there will be three ingredients to having a successful roster for 2006. First there are franchise-type players who, when on, can win you a game. Next, there are program kids, who played behind a heck of a senior class. And finally, the newcomers, who Clark hopes are as good as the recruiting class from four years ago. The Eagles showed a lot of grit last season in the face of multiple injuries. They lost an All-Conference linebacker during preseason camp, a deep-threat

receiver in the second game of the year, and a starting quarterback and running back while down by two scores during a key ODAC road game. Yet, when the dust settled, two other linebackers earned all-conference honors, another receiver stepped up and averaged 18 yards a catch, and they won that game versus Washington & Lee in route to another undefeated conference season. At quarterback, junior Jeff Highfill is coming off a 2005 campaign having started four of the last five games, including all three playoff contests. In his four starts, he was 46-for-77 passing for 557 yards and five touchdowns, leading the Eagles to the NCAA quarterfinals. All-Conference Winston Young brings career marks of 2,019 rushing yards and 34 total touchdowns into his senior year at running back, being only 11 scores short of setting a school record for career points. Impressive, considering he has only started in five games. “What has made us good has been our productive depth at this position – tailback by committee,” says Clark. Clark is hoping junior Phillip Carter, sophomore Rocket Gadsden, or one of new recruits helps with the load. “Carter is a physical back, Gadsden has raw talent, and our recruits at this position have a lot of promise.” With the return of All-Conference senior Robbie Matthews, the fullback position promises to be a potent weapon once again. In 36 career games, Matthews has racked up 1,102 rushing yards and 13 total touchdowns. – Mike Clark His career 7.16 yards per carry is second best in Bridgewater history. “We’ve gotten spoiled with our fullbacks having tailback speed over the last couple of years,” said Clark. Clark believes the receivers will be the deepest position for the Eagles in 2006. With the return of junior Blake Warring from injury last season, Bridge-

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water will once again be able to keep the field spread for whoever is in the backfield. “We have quantity and quality at wide receiver, and we recruited solidly there,” said Clark. Warring averaged a startling 27.5 yards per catch last season. Junior Brandon Copeland caught 27 passes for 484 yards and five touchdowns, including a school record 99yard reception during the playoffs. Michael Oakes brings 429 career receiving yards into his final year. The tight end position is wide open with the graduation of Corey Hulsebus and Julian Pierre. Senior Jeff Jones, a former defensive end, took most of the snaps during spring practice, but some of Bridgewater’s top recruits are tight ends. Eight different offensive linemen started at least one game last season. Four are returning in seniors Matthew Capriani and Henry Thode, and juniors Anthony Cotton and Keaton Culver. Junior Grant Holsinger also saw extensive playing time last year. “We will look to develop the young kids we’re bringing in,” said Clark. “And we have third-year kids like Marcus and Marcel Anderson who – if they worked hard during the offseason – could give us good volume again.” In 2005, the defense had to face four of the top six passing offenses in the country. Even though they gave up an average of 30 points against those opponents, they were 4-0 in those games. Because of the pass-happy ODAC, and the graduation of five of Bridgewater’s top eight defensive backs, the coaching staff put a lot of emphasis on that area during recruiting. “The defensive back position has been well recruited,” said Clark. “Half the time, we have to have five of them in the backfield. We need to develop half a dozen secondary kids in three weeks because of the teams we play.” All-Conference senior Josh Knight recorded 53 tackles, 11 pass breakups, six interceptions and three blocked kicks in 2005. Knight will be joined in the secondary rotation by seniors Derrick Burroughs and Desmond Jalloh, and junior Earl Chaptman, who combined for 95 tackles, 11 pass breakups and two interceptions last season. The defensive line lost three to graduation, taking 17 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks with them. But All-Conference senior defensive end David Clements returns, having led the team last season with 11.5 tackles of loss and 4.5 sacks. Seniors Tony Burt and Josh King both started more than half the games in 2005, combining for 13 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. Juniors Carlton Morrison and Brandon Orndorff also received significant playing time last year. Clark feels that the defensive line will be the biggest position battle this off-season.

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There were three all-conference performers at linebacker returning in seniors Brandon Borst and Craig Smith, and junior Antwaine Campo. Then the coaching staff learned that Campo injured himself playing basketball this summer, losing him for 2006. “It’s never a good thing to lose a first team all-conference player and your best pass rusher,” said Clark. “He was a big play linebacker.” But senior Brandon Kelley saw plenty of action last season to vie for a starting role. “Then you have kids like Venancio NCAA Taps Clark Biela who have worked hard for three for Committee years and waited their turn,” said Clark. Michael Clark, head football “We also recruited this position well.” coach at Bridgewater Special teams will continue to give the Eagles an edge in 2006. The return College, began a fourof junior Kyle Beach, All-Conference year term as chair of the four years ago, will replace a graduated National Collegiate Athletic All-Conference kicker David Blackwell. Association (NCAA) football Beach only played two years (2002 and 2003) before transferring, but placed rules committee in September. himself in the record books with 72 The 12-member committee, career made extra points. Senior returnconsisting of representatives ing starter Colin Owens and sophomore from Division I, I-A, I-AA, II Scott Ruebush will be called upon for the punting duties. and III, ensure the safety of “Those two have the leg strength players, coaches, officials and to change the complexion of a game,” fans; maintain a competitive Clark said. balance; and improve the Young and Copeland will likely be sport.  MKH the kick and punt returners for 2006. Young averaged 22.4 yards on 10 kickoff returns last season. Opponents are happy to see the graduation of All-Region performer Brian Awkard and All-American Marcus Washington. Awkard is Bridgewater’s all-time leader in punt return yards with 1,149, while Washington set a school record of 28.7 yards per kickoff return for his career. But BC’s gridiron foes shouldn’t grin too widely, since talent and determination stack this year’s lineup of players. They’re going to make things really hot for an awful lot of teams. Matthew A. Barnhart, ‘03, is college relations coordinator for Bridgewater College and a frequent contributor to Bridgewater magazine.

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eagle sports Women’s basketball by Charles Culbertson

So how do you top a stellar year? Jean Willi, BC’s head women’s basketball coach, has a simple answer: “We want an ODAC championship.” Willi, in looking back over the 2005-2006 season in which the Eagles soared with 20-plus regular-season victories and went on to compete – fiercely, it might be added – in the NCAA tournament. After achieving their first National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament victory since 1998 with a 71-69 win over Bates College in Newburg, N.Y., the Eagles romped to another NCAA win over Baruch College the next night and then – in a heartbreaker – lost to top-ranked Southern Maine at their home gym in Gorham, Maine. Their success was hard won and much appreciated. The Web site ranked the Eagles 23rd, while the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll ranked them 18th. “It was great getting to the NCAAs, and to have the good times that we had, but we want that ODAC championship,” Willi said. “If you win that, then you have an automatic bid, and you don’t have to rely on a committee to decide if you’re good enough to go to the NCAAs.” So what are the chances that an Old Dominion Athletic Conference title will find its way into the Bridgewater College trophy cases? Willi is optimistic, noting that recruiting efforts have gone well. “We have a good nucleus returning,” she said. “We had a fairly successful recruiting year, and with the class graduating four seniors, we knew we really needed to get some people in this year as opposed to waiting until next year and having to refill the cupboard all at one time.” She also noted that freshman players will return this season with last season’s victories fresh in their minds – and as a result will carry the fire to win onto the hardwood. Once they taste victory, she noted, they want more. Willi added that in addition to talented, dedicated players, a key to winning in the next season will be the leadership of upperclassmen. Upperclassmen, she said, set the work ethic for other players early in the first weeks of pre-season conditioning, making sure the group works as a cohesive unit before they actually get onto the floor. But, of course, Willi is realistic, especially when it comes to the abilities of BC’s opponents. “Everyone seems to get bigger and strong and faster each year,” she said. “There are some new coaches on the scene who are beginning Shannon Scales, Senior, Guard – Started all 31 games last season, making to develop strong programs, and so it’s much tougher than it was just 67 three-pointers five years ago – or even one year ago.” One of the elements working in BC’s favor, Willi said, is the tremendous crowd support the Eagles receive. “Other teams are accustomed to playing in front of, say, 50 people, and then they come here and 500 people turn out to watch the game,” she said. “It’s intimidating to them, and a real boost for us. It’s the one thing we count on and would love to see continue – the support of the crowd for Bridgewater athletics. “Without it, we couldn’t achieve nearly as much.”

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BC Mourns Passing of Bernard Logan Retired Bridgewater College professor Dr. Bernard S. Logan – one of BC’s most beloved and respected faculty members – died Friday, Aug. 18, 2006. He and his wife, Eleanor, who survives him, were residents of the Bridgewater Retirement Community. Logan, who taught economics and business administration at Bridgewater from 1959 to 1967, and economics from 1978 until his retirement in 1984, was born Jan. 13, 1918 in Asheville, NC. He graduated from Bridgewater College in 1938 with a degree in history and taught at Dayton High School from 1938-40 and at Harrisonburg High School from 1940-42. In 1942, Logan joined the United States Marine Corps where he served throughout World War II. He became an officer and retired from the Marine Corps Reserves with the rank of major. After the war, Logan completed his education with a master’s degree in history in 1947 and a doctorate in history in 1949, both from the University of Wisconsin. He held jobs teaching history, economics and general studies at the University of Akron, the University of Pittsburgh and Geneva College before coming to Bridgewater in 1959. He reorganized the department of economics and business, and built it into one of the strongest majors at the College. “Dr. Logan had a profound influence on me as my teacher, mentor, role model and friend,” said Bridgewater College President Phillip C. Stone, who graduated from BC in 1965 with a degree in economBernard Logan riding the rails in this 2000 photo. Photo from The News Leader, Staunton ics. “From the time I met him as a freshman as my academic advisor in 1961 until his death our friendship continued. During those 45 years, I was blessed with countless good conversations with him in which I benefited from his counsel and encouragement. “Even in the last months of his life when his strength and faculties were declining,” Stone continued, “he never failed to encourage me. I shall never forget him or the wonderful memories of our times together.” In 1967, Logan went to Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va., where he served as professor of economics until 1978 and his return to Bridgewater. He was named professor of economics and business administration, emeritus, following his retirement in 1984 and, in 2000, was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters. Logan, who lived for many years in Staunton, was an avid railroad enthusiast. He often rode Amtrak’s silver superliner from Staunton to Clifton Forge, where his wife would pick him up and bring him back to Staunton. He also was a contributor to Chesapeake and Ohio Historical Magazine. In addition to his wife, Logan is survived by two daughters – Susan Logan Craun of Harrisonburg, Va., who serves as a member of the Bridgewater College In the 1938 edition of Board of Trustees, and Margaret Vincie of Plains, Va. Ripples, Senior Bernard Logan A memorial service for Logan was held on Aug. 26 at Staunton’s Covenant is described as “business Presbyterian Church, where Logan and his wife had been members since the late manager, ladies’ man, good 1960s.  CC student, ambitious...”

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1940 Dr. George and Thelma White Kromhout write they enjoy keeping in touch with their BC friends including a continuing exchange of letters with Dr. Harry G.M. Jopson, professor of biology, emeritus. The Kromhouts, who live in Hillsborough, Calif., have four children, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

1953 Dr. Otis D. Kitchen, professor of music and director of bands emeritus at Elizabethtown College, was honored at the American Bandmasters Association (ABA) conference in Richardson, Texas, for his research on concert bands from around the world. He serves on the International Relations Committee and has served as guest conductor in Europe, the Orient and Central America. Kitchen is one of seven college, university and military band directors from Pennsylvania to be nominated and selected for membership in the ABA.

1954 Dr. Dale Huffman of Auburn, Ala., received the 2006 R. C. Pollock Award presented by the American Meat

Science Association (AMSA). The award honors AMSA members whose work through teaching, extension, research or service represents an extraordinary and lasting contribution to the meat industry. Huffman joined the animal science faculty at Auburn University in 1963 teaching undergraduate and graduate courses. He served as professor until retiring in 1995 and forming a private consulting firm until his second retirement in 2004. He was named Man of the Year in Service to Agriculture by Progressive Farmer magazine and Southern Living magazine recognized him as a “Southerner Who Made a Difference.”

1967 Dr. J. Michael Jacobs of Shepherdstown, W.Va., has been inducted into the Shepherd University Athletic Hall of Fame. Over four decades, Jacobs has served as a coach and administrator at Shepherd. He has been head coach for the football, baseball, track and men’s golf programs. He also spent 13 years as director of athletics at the University. He was president of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in 1990 and served as NAIA liaison to National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) from 1990-94. Jacobs was a driving force in moving Shepherd to NCAA II status and also

The Wardo Quintet held a reunion May 11-15 in Beaufort, N.C., The group of Wardo Hall residents formed as a singing group in 1955 and represented the College in many engagements over the next two years, still performing occasionally. The quintet’s most recent performance on campus was at Alumni Day 2004. Present at the reunion were Dr. Joseph Kinzie Jr., ’59, of St. Clair Shores, Mich.; Dr. Thomas Myers, ’59, of Beaufort, N. C.; Kermon Thomasson, ’58, of Martinsville, Va.; Jerry Wampler, ’59, of Bridgewater, Va.; and Jerry Wright, ’59, of Virginia Beach, Va. was instrumental in the creation of the Shepherd Athletic Hall of Fame.

deputy assistant director of the FBI’s laboratory.

The seniors of the 1979 Razorback football team – Southwest Conference Football Champions – honored Dean Weber, ’67, long-time director of athletic training at the University of Arkansas, with an endowed scholarship. The Dean Weber Scholarship Fund will provide educational opportunities for students in the Athletic Training Education Program.

Charles “Chip” Ruscher was presented the Dean’s Award for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence by Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. The award was given in recognition of his innovative teaching and learning strategies in the undergraduate business curriculum. His wife, Dianne Witters Ruscher, ’79. is a school psychologist in the Tucson Amphitheater school district.

1973 Karen Smith Crites and William R. Hayes Sr. were married Dec. 30. Karen retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 2003. The couple lives in Paw Paw, W.Va.

1976 Dr. Judith Huffman Wilfong of Harrisonburg, Va., has been named associate professor of teacher education at Eastern Mennonite University. She earned an M.A. degree in reading from James Madison University and an Ed.D. in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Most recently she was principal of Fulks Run (Va.) Elementary School, where under her leadership the school won the Distinguished Title I School of Virginia award in 2005.


Dr. W.G. Moody (left), chair of the American Meat Science Association Educational Foundation presents Dr. Dale Huffman (right) with the R.C. Pollock Award.

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Tod Hildebrand retired on June 30 from the Federal Bureau of Investigation after 27 years as a special agent. At the time of his retirement, he was

1979 The Rev. Dr. Robbie Miller, chaplain of Bridgewater College, received a doctor of ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., on May 8. Dianne Witters Ruscher (see Charles “Chip” Ruscher, ’78).

1982 Daryl Ritchie graduated from Eastern Mennonite Seminary on April 29. He is serving as pastor of Smith Creek and Friends Run Church of the Brethren congregations near Franklin, W.Va.

1983 Curt Dudley of Bridgewater, Va., was named assistant sports media relations director for electronic communications at James Madison University. He will manage the JMU Athletics Web site, coordinate the JMU sports Broadcasting Network and serve as a


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commentator. Since 2001, he has been a radio commentator for football and men’s basketball on the JMU Sports Network. On July 1, Enten Eller became director of distributed education and electronic communications at Bethany Theological Seminary. Most recently, he was owner and senior consultant of Eller Computer Services and owner and resident manager of Gidan Salama International House, a residence for international students in La Verne, Calif. He also has served as a pastor, teacher and in various information technology positions including training and computer support for the New Sudan Council of Churches and the All Africa Council of Churches. Eller also volunteered for Hurricane Katrina response in telecommunications and computer operations, and has been a member of the On Earth Peace Board and the Ministry of Reconciliation.

1985 Wolfgang Drechsler of Marburg, Germany, has been named professor and chair of governance at Tallinn University of Technology in Tallinn, Estonia. He also is teaching Economic Foundations of Innovation at the European Business School in the Rheingau and has accepted a visiting professorship at the University of Erfurt.

1986 J. Douglas Tollinger III of Solomons, Md., is a program manager in the Program Office for Navy Aerial Target and Decoys Systems (PMA-208), a componet of PEO(W), Strike Weapons and Unmanned Aviation. PMA-208 develops and procures subsonic and supersonic targets for test and evaluation, fleet training and strike operations.

1989 Theresa Michelle Johnson of Bowling Green, Va., completed the master of business administration program at Strayer University. Her

Karin Schenker Ducommun and family visit Bridgewater from Switzerland. Karin was an exchange student at Bridgewater College in 1986-87. Karin, her husband Michel, and their four sons: Colin (10), Noe (8), Basile (6), and Leandre (4), live in Chexbres, Switzerland, on the north shore of Lake Geneva.


thesis was “How Does Birth Order Affect the Personality?” She teaches kindergarten in Stafford County.

lives in Waynesboro, Va., with his wife, Sarah LaCharité Miller, ’89, and their two children.

Sarah LaCharité Miller (see Howard L. Miller, ’90).

Neil Porter, a physical education teacher at Walkersville High School, was selected for the 2006 edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. During summer breaks, he travels with his wife Mary, visiting a dude ranch in West Yellowstone, Mont., in July. They have traveled to California, Nevada, Wyoming, Colorado, New England, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. The Porters live in Brunswick, Md.

1990 Leigh Anne Willett Langston and Tim have a son, Hunter, born March 26, 2003. Leigh Anne is a stay-at-home mom and is a part-time children’s ministry coordinator for King’s Way Church of Williamsburg. She also has served as volunteer fundraising coordinator for the James City/Bruton Volunteer Fire Department for the past six years. Howard L. Miller passed the exams for Virginia Life and Health Insurance in March. He is an agent with American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus (AFLAC). He

Dana McDaniel Somers and Jonathan have a son, Luke Nathanael, born April 19. Dana is a part-time health and physical education teacher with Roanoke Valley Christian Schools. The family, which also includes two daughters and another son, lives in Roanoke, Va.

Lynnette Bassett Adams and John have a daughter, Tabitha Joy, born Oct. 26, 2005. The family, which includes two other daughters, lives in Saint George, W.Va. In July, Tim Nicely of Grottoes, Va., became human resource director at Blue Ridge Community College. He is pursuing a master’s degree in education from Old Dominion University. Previously, he was a human resource analyst with the Virginia Department of Transportation.

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class notes Patrick K. McCloud and Pamela Damron McCloud, ’95, have a son, Cameron Kemper, born April 23. The family lives in Glen Allen, Va.


Stephen E. Smiroldo Stephen E. Smiroldo of Troutville, Va., has been promoted to associate at the Roanoke office of Hayes, Seay, Mattern & Mattern Inc., one of the largest architectural and engineering design firms in Virginia. As webmaster and 3D graphic/rendering specialist, he was recognized for excellent work ethics, commitment and positive results.

1992 Jamie and Katrina Chamberlain Eberly have their third child, a son, Ethan Rhodes, born Dec. 3. Both Jamie and Katrina teach in the Rockingham County public schools. The family, which also includes another son and a daughter, lives in Bridgewater, Va. Dr. Rebecca Barr Simmons is the lead author of a review of Sphecosoma Genus Group Using Adult Morphology (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae) published by the Entomological Society of America in 2006. This is part of the Thomas Say Publications in Entomology: Monographs. Simmons is assistant professor of evolutionary biology at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.

1993 Stephanie Parrott Haraway and Keith celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary on June. 22. Stephanie is in her third year as a special education teacher at Waddell Elementary and Lylburn Downing Middle schools in the Lexington City Schools. The Haraways live in Lexington, Va.

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In June, Johnny Barr became director of external relations at City Year Inc. in Chicago. He coordinated a fund raising dinner with Illinois Senator Barack Obama as the keynote speaker. City Year is an action tank for national service combining theory and practice to bring about major changes in society. Teams of eight serve as role models and provide children and youth with service learning activities, safe and structured out-of-school programs and in-school tutoring. On May 1, David L. Pugh was promoted to the rank of major in the U.S. Air Force in San Antonio. He is in charge of a team of Air Force environmental scientists and engineers who study and mitigate radioactive contamination in the environment. He is second in command of the Air Force Radiation Assessment Team and is a recognized expert on nuclear/radiological hazards and threat response. In recognition of Pugh’s contributions to the USAF, the Air Force Material Command selected him as the Air Force Health Physicist of the Year.

1996 Kerry Estabrook Cofield (see Charles A. “Tony” Cofield, ’95). Tracy Eble Garavaglia and Rick have their second child, a son, Matthias Allen, born May 25, 2005. Tracy is a physical therapist at Affiliated Physical Therapy. The family lives in Bridgeport, W.Va. Fonda Auville Harper and Tim have a daughter, Lindsey Anne, born May 13. Fonda is a certified public accountant for Miller & Jameson, LLP in Harrisonburg, Va. The family, which includes another daughter, lives in western Rockingham County.

1997 Hunter B. Jones and Dr. Melissa R. Groft, ’99, were married June 3. Hunter is vice president of Everett Jones Lumber Corp. Melissa is a special education teacher in the Spotsylvania County schools and also is an independent sales director with The Pampered Chef. The couple lives in Spotsylvania, Va.

Justin and Kristen Bennett Eaton have a daughter, Sarah Elizabeth, born April 14. The family lives in Baltimore. Dr. Melissa R. Groft (see Hunter B. Jones, ’97).


Charles A. “Tony” Cofield and Kerry Estabrook Cofield, ’96, have a son, Daniel Eli Alexander, born March 23. The family lives in Bridgewater, Va.

Pamela Damron McCloud (see Patrick K. McCloud, ’93).

born May 3. The family lives in Elkton, Va. Andrea is a research associate at Responsive Management in Harrisonburg, Va. Grandparents are Donald B. “Skip” Eger II, ‘67 and Mary Crummett Eger, ‘69 of Bridgewater, Va.

Emily R. Taylor and Billy Thomas, ’01, were married July 2001. Their first child, a daughter Taylor Nicole, was born Sept. 21, 2004. The family lives in Spotsylvania, Va.


The Salem Choral Society, under the direction of Aaron Garber, sang in Carnegie Hall in November 2005 and will have a return performance in 2007. In addition, Garber has composed his second oratorio, “Mary, the Mother of Jesus.”

Rylan Mackenzie Criscione

Emily and Bethany Rebecca Lang. Stephanie Powell Lang and John have their second daughter, Bethany Rebecca, born March 30. Stephanie is a commercial loan assistant at Planters Bank in Staunton, Va.

1999 Andrea Eger Criscione and Jeff have a daughter, Rylan Mackenzie,

Kevin M. Flory and Lisa have a daughter, Isabelle Grace, born May 6. Grandparents are Ted and Mary Beth Myers Flory, both ’70, and great-grandmother is Marie Mason Flory, ’45, all of whom live in Bridgewater, Va. Chris and Carla Bumanglag Perry have a daughter, Cameron Ava, born April 26. The family, which includes a son, lives in Gainesville, Va. Jennifer W. Porschen and D. Scott Damon were married Nov. 5. Jennifer is pursuing a master’s degree in social work. The couple lives in Dallastown, Pa.


Matthew J. Stevens and Leslie Brooke Coffey were married June 24. Matt earned an M.S. degree in education administration from Shenandoah University. He teaches physical education and is head boys basketball coach at Stuarts Draft High School. The couple lives in Bridgewater, Va.


Cameron Ava and Carson Perry. Chris Tibbs and Lindsay have a daughter, Camryn Alexis, born Aug. 25, 2005. Chris is produce manager at Kroger. The family lives in Lynchburg, Va.


Dr. Heidi Fike of Frederick, Md., earned her doctorate in optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry on May 27. Dr. David C. Flack earned a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine on May 27. While at WVSOM, he received the Joan Moore Award, presented to a graduating senior who plans to pursue radiology as a specialty. He plans to intern in family medicine at Winchester (Va.) Medical Center. Dr. Matt W. Huffman graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and will be doing his residency in internal medicine at UVA. Jessica Goldsmith Poetker earned a master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Phoenix in February. She teaches fourth grade at St. Augustine School in Elkridge, Md. Her husband, Michael Poetker, is a firefighter for the District of Columbia. The couple lives in Ellicott City, Md.

2004 Julie L. Carper passed the certified public accounting exam and is a supervisor at Yount, Hyde & Barbour P.C. in Winchester, Va.

2005 Aria Ritchie Blewett and Eric have a daughter, Alexandria Lynn, born March 31. The family lives in Harrisonburg, Va. Grandparents are Daryl and Amy Bryant Ritchie, both ’82, of Franklin, W.Va.; greatgrandparents are Jim Bryant, ’59, and Dottie Potter Bryant, ’61, of Bridgewater, Va., and Lowell Ritchie, ’55, of Chandler, Ariz., and Maxine Mundy Ritchie, ’56, of Harrisonburg, Va.


Billy Thomas (see Emily R. Taylor, ’99).


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Matthew and Lauren Barnhart Matthew Abraham Barnhart and Lauren Russell Clark were married July 1. Matt is college relations coordinator at Bridgewater College. The couple lives in Harrisonburg, Va. Victoria Leigh Cribb and Chadwick Neil Moyer were married April 1. Victoria works at Blue Mountain Animal Clinic. The couple lives in Luray, Va. Andrew C. Graves earned a juris doctorate from the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Va., on May 13. He was presented the Willard Owens Award for Excellence in Community Service and the Appalachian School of Law Outstanding Achievement in Community Service Award for his drug prevention program, which he created and presented in the Buchanan County Public Schools. Jason Muehleck and Amanda Catherine Ritenour were married May 13. Jason is safety director at AmeriStaff Inc., in Martinsville, Va., where the couple lives.

April Elaine Johnson and Aaron Christopher Cosner, ’08, were married May 27. Aaron is pursuing a philosophy and religion degree at BC and works for Rusty Hammer Construction. The couple lives in Harrisonburg, Va.

2008 Aaron Christopher Cosner (see April Elaine Johnson, ’06).

• Important Notice: Last Issue for Baby Photographs Beginning with the winter 2007 issue, Bridgewater magazine will no longer publish baby or individual photographs in the Class Notes section. Alumni are welcome, however, to continue to send news about births, marriages and other important events. Bridgewater magazine will continue to publish reunion photographs, and asks its readership to keep sending us reunion and group images. As always, the editor reserves the right to select the most appropriate images for publication.

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memorials Hazel Mae Speicher Weitzell, ’33, of Winchester, Va., died Dec. 13, at the age of 90. She was a member of Market Street United Methodist Church. After attending Bridgewater College, she earned a bachelor of science degree and a bachelor of education in secondary education from the University of Maryland. Among her survivors is a sister, Mable Speicher Weitzell, ’33, of Capon Bridge, W.Va. Gaye Vest Simpkins, ’34, of Christiansburg, Va., died June 10, at the age of 94. She taught in the Floyd County schools for 23 years. She was a Sunday school teacher and served as pianist at Bethlehem Methodist Church. Dr. William O. “Doc” Beazley, ’37, of Abilene, Texas, died June 13, at the age of 90. He earned a master’s degree and a doctorate from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and was an ordained Baptist minister. He held numerous administrative and faculty posts during a 45-year association with Hardin-Simmons University. In 1985, he retired as executive vice president and directed the Six White Horses program, writing 10 books about the horses. In 1994, the new Six White Horses complex was named the Bill “Doc” Beazley White Horse Center in his honor. Herman S. Miller, ’38, of Bridgewater, Va., died June 27, at the age of 90. He began his farming career as an independent poultry producer and continued a beef operation until his health declined. He was a member of the Bridgewater Church of the Brethren. He is survived by his wife, the former Phyllis Cupp, ’47. Richard Cline Kinzie, ’39, of Marion, Va., died June 27, 2004. He is survived by his wife, the former Rosa Wagoner, ’39. Also among his survivors is a daughter, Barbara Kinzie, ’71, of Baltimore. Elson M. Summers, ’39, of Dearborn, Mich., and formerly of Bridgewater, Va., died June 26, at the age of 90. He is survived by his wife Kimberly.

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Otho Leon Garber, ‘42, Colonel USMC (Ret.), died July 20 at the age of 87. He was born near Bridgewater in 1918 and entered Bridgewater College in 1938 where he participated in sports and other college activities. After graduation, Garber enlisted in the U.S. Marines and served in the South Pacific during World War II, participating in battles that included Guam and Iwo Jima. He also fought in the Korean War. Leon was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Dorothy Hylton Garber, ‘45. Robert E. “Bob” Kinzie, ’42, of Salem, Va., died May 22, at the age of 85. He earned a master’s degree from Virginia Tech and taught agriculture at Andrew Lewis High School prior to becoming a State Farm Insurance agent for 31 years. He was a member of Green Hill Church of the Brethren, where he served as deacon, Sunday school teacher and choir member. He is survived by Doris, his wife of 58 years. Also among his survivors are a daughter, Carolyn K. Clatfelter, ’72, of Shelby, N.C.; a brother, James Kinzie, ’38, and a sister, Helen K. Crumpacker, ’40, both of Roanoke, Va. The Rev. Carl Seidler, ’42, of Lakeland, Fla., died May 31, of complications from heart disease. He was 89. He was retired as a supervisor of education for the Department of Corrections. A graduate of Bethany Seminary, he was a minister in the Church of the Brethren. He is survived by his wife, the former Frances Kastendike, also ’42. Delmar “Hurl” Mitchell, ’45, of Sugar Grove, W.Va., died April 29, at the age of 83. He was a retired farmer and a member of Francis Asbury United Methodist Church. Among his survivors is a daughter, Barbara Woodward, ’89, of Bridgewater, Va. Paul W. Mauzy, ’46, of Broadway, Va., died July 12, at the age of 80. He was the former owner of Agri Bedding Corporation and had served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was

a member of Linville Creek Church of the Brethren and attended Broadway Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife Ann. Dorothy Jones Viers, ’47, of Charmco, W.Va., died May 9, at the age of 80. Ernest “Ernie” M. Hooker, ’50, of Nokesville, Va., died April 24, at the age of 77. He was a retired banker with Signet Bank and a life member of Nokesville Volunteer Fire Department. He was former president of the American Red Cross, a member of Prince William Industrial Development Authority and the Virginia Asset Financing Corporation. He was a director of the Dr. William S. Flory Small Business Center and a member of Nokesville Church of the Brethren. He is survived by his wife Shirley. Also among his survivors is a daughter, Suzanne H. Evans, ’75, of Nokesville; and two sisters, Bernice H. Walter, ’47, of Richmond, Va., and Dr. Mary H. Weybright, ’54, of Nokesville. Luvina Hylton Heskett, ’57, of Brunswick, Md., died March 8, 2004. Mary Sue Bowman Smith, ’57, of Virginia Beach, Va., died June 21, at the age of 72. She worked for Raytheon and for the Alexandria City School Board for a number of years. She volunteered her time as a docent at Lynnhaven House and Francis Land House. She attended Community United Methodist Church, where she participated in the Friendship Sunday School class and the United Methodist Women. She also was a founding member of Kempsville Discovery, a community-based program. She is survived by her husband, Gene. Also among her survivors are two sisters, Norma B. Bixler, ’50, of Harrison city, Pa. and Janet B. Canady, ’60, of Springfield, Mo.; and a brother, Dr. Charles D. Bowman, ’56, of Los Alamos, N.M. Gene E. Clatterbuck, ’60, of Harrisonburg, Va., died June 30, of complications from heart surgery he underwent in July 2005. He was 68.


He worked as a banker for 40 years, most recently for Black Diamond Bank, which became FNB Southeast. He also was an official in football, basketball and baseball for the Virginia High School League for 40 years, and refereed 14 state championship basketball games. He also was a basketball official for the Atlantic Coast Conference. Clatterbuck was involved with the Rockingham County Baseball League for over 50 years, playing for 30 years, mostly as a pitcher. He served as manager for the Harrisonburg Chics and the Briery Branch Braves, and held every league office, culminating with a two-year term as commissioner. A member of the Harrisonburg Baptist Church, he is survived by his wife Shelba. Wilmer E. Botkin, ’61, of Sugar Grove, W.Va., died April 11, at the age of 72. He was retired from Pendleton County Bank and had served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of Crummet Run Church of the Brethren. He was a past member of South Ford Rescue Squad and South Fork Volunteer Fire Department.

Service in Elkton for 18 years, and was a member of the United Methodist Church in Keymar, Md. He was a car enthusiast, an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed mountain climbing. Thomas J. Conners, ’76, of McGaheysville, Va., died May 24, at the age of 53. He worked for Good Printers before owning and operating Mechanics R-US in Harrisonburg, Va. He was a coach for the East Rockingham Lacrosse Club and a member of Ducks Unlimited, the National Rifle Association, Massanutten Dog Club and Wildlife Turkey Federation. He is survived by his wife Ann.

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Suzanne Wampler Masiello, ’86, of Richmond, Va., died July 11, at the age of 41. She was a member of the Dayton 4-H Club and a state 4-H ALL-Star. She enjoyed teaching three year-olds and pre-school children in Charlottesville and Richmond. She was a member of the Dayton Church of the Brethren. She is survived by her husband George. Among her suvivors are her parents, William D., ’50, and Bonnie Lou Wampler, an honorary BC alumnus, of Harrisonburg, Va.

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George E. Lowman, ’69, of Elkton, Va., died April 21, at the age of 58. He was employed by the U.S. Postal

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Student Senate Honored Obenshain


n the summer of 1979, the student senate of Bridgewater College presented a portrait of the late Richard D. Obenshain to be hung in the College’s Alexander Mack Memorial library. The senate also voted to contribute $250 to the Richard D. Obenshain Endowed Scholarship Fund, which was established at Bridgewater by friends and classmates of Obenshain. Obenshain, a 1956 graduate of Bridgewater and rising leader of the Republican Party of Virginia, was killed in a plane crash on Aug. 2, 1978, while campaigning for the U.S. Senate. The small, twin-engine Piper PA34 airplane carrying him home from a campaign appearance crashed in trees while attempting a night-time landing at the Chesterfield County airport near Richmond, Va. Killed with him were a pilot and a flight instructor. As a student at Bridgewater, Obenshain served as president of the student body and, in the early 1970s, was president of the College Alumni Association. At the time of his death he was a member of the Bridgewater Board of Trustees. The portrait of Obenshain – which still hangs on the second floor of the library – was acquired through Broadway Studios Jonathan Lyle, president of the student senate, is shown in this 1979 photograph presenting Richard in Richmond and was used throughout his Obenshain’s portrait to Bridgewater’s head librarian, Orland Wages. senate campaign. Bridgewater College archives Jonathan Lyle, president of the student senate in 1978, said at the time that purchasing the portrait was a year-long process. “While the scholarship fund will provide behind-the-scenes assistance to deserving Bridgewater students, it is hoped that the portrait will remind students of the more intangible service aspects of college life.” The Richard D. Obenshain Endowed Scholarship Fund is still in existence and funds from it are awarded to a senior or seniors interested in a career in public service.  CC

“The most important goal in my life is to have some significant impact in preserving personal freedom in the life of this country.” – the late Richard D. Obenshain, ‘56

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Why Should I Support the Bridgewater Fund? H ere are four g r e a t reaso n s :

Megan Powell Senior from Culpeper, VA

Megan is the student production director of Eagle Productions, a member of Alpha Psi Omega as well as the Screamin’ Eagles Pep Band. She is also public relations director of Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) and is majoring in business Administration with a concentration in accounting. “Alumni giving is vital to the current and upcoming Bridgewater College students. My years at Bridgewater are a prime example of how successful and involved a student can become with the financial aid of alumni.” –Megan

Brad Buracker Sophomore from Bridgewater, VA

Brad didn’t have to go far to find the college of his choice. Majoring in business with a concentration in management, he also plays outfield for the Eagles baseball team. Brad is active in Athletes in Action (AIA), a Christian organization for athletes. “I know that my education will help me achieve my career goals someday. When that happens, I plan to give back to the Bridgewater Fund each year even if it’s only a little bit at first. This is a great college and with everyone pitching in, it will remain that way!” –Brad

Melissa Albright Senior from Woodbridge, VA

Melissa is Student Senate president for the second straight year, president of the Black Student Association and participates in Forensics and Eagle Productions. She is majoring in communication studies. “I liken my [future] graduation from Bridgewater College to a chapter in a book. …I have had boundless opportunities to reach my full potential because members of my community, alums and friends of Bridgewater continue to support the college by giving back tirelessly, thus making my journey at Bridgewater College a story that I will never forget.” –Melissa

Rebecca Weber Senior from Spotsylvania, VA

Rebecca is a transfer student from Old Dominion University and says everything “fell into place” when she obtained the necessary scholarship assistance to come to Bridgewater College. She credits convenient access to professors and others on campus for her success here. Rebecca plays midfield/forward on the varsity women’s soccer team and is majoring in allied health science. “It’s simple. Without scholarship money, I couldn’t attend Bridgewater.” –Rebecca

For more information or to give online, visit or call 800-476-4289, ext. 5448. 4 0 2 E . C o l l e g e S t . | B rid g ewa t er , V I R G I N I A 2 2 8 1 2 | 5 4 0 - 8 2 8 - 5 4 5 5

B r i d g e wa t e r C o l l e g e O ra t o r i o C h o i r p e r f o r m s

Saturday, December 2 at 8 p.m & Sunday, December 3 at 3 p.m.


Carter Center for Worship and Music

or more than 250 years, this great and most popular of oratorios has survived and endured numerous revisions and reorchestrations in performance. It presents, through Charles Jennens' adroitly chosen scriptural works, a kind of meditation on the story of the Messiah, a story so familiar that no members of the audience would have needed assistance in drawing the implied narrative out of the sung texts. The three parts of the Dr. jesse hopkins, conductor oratorio reflect on the coming of the chosen Messiah, his sufferings and triumph, and the ultimate meaning of that triumph. (Excerpts from Dr. Alan Lewis, Calvary Episcopal Church, Pittsburgh, Pa.)

Our performance will feature all of Part I and sections of Parts II and III with student soloists and chamber orchestra. For more information on this event, call 540-828-5303.

Featuring performances by student soloists and Bridgewater College chamber orchestra. entered as PERIODICALS at BRIDGEWATER, virginia aND ADDITIONAL OFFICES

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