THE MAGAZINE of BRIDGEWATER COLLEGE
Bridgewater is published by the Office of College Relations College Box 180, Bridgewater, Va. 22812 (540) 828-5720 firstname.lastname@example.org www.Bridgewater.edu 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, Mary K. Heatwole, Susan Keady, Matthew A. Barnhart, ’03, Ruth Jones, ’04, Louis Andrews, Steve D. Cox, ’81, Sports Information Director p h otogr aphe rs Tommy Thompson, Allen Litten, Jill Langridge, Jessica Powers, ’08, Joyce Cassel, Glenna Anderson, Barbara H. Long, ’88, Jeff Miller, David Wass, Rosemary Duca Cora, Danny Young 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 elation s Ellen K. Layman, ’65
Alumi Association Board of Directors Officers
W. Craig Waters, ’78; Glen Allen – President Kathy G. Wright, ’81; Richmond – President-Elect Robert E. Thurston, ’81; College Park, Md. – Secretary Jeffrey McCartney, ’77; Vienna – Past President
Nina Miller Arnett, ’69; Martinsburg, W.Va. R. Ted Barker, ’79; Winchester Benjamin S. Barlow, ’97; Dayton Pamela A. Bucklinger, ’87; Arlington Matthew G. Deitz, ’93; Stuarts Draft Kelly Ross Garber, ’86; Waynesboro Eric R. Gehr, ’72; Harrisonburg Gregory E. Harper, ’78; Harrisonburg Jimmy R. Ross, ’59; Waynesboro Sabrina Dolly Shiflett, ’89; Bridgewater Krista Kerns Shonk, ’98; Oakton Susanne Schramm Simmons, ’71; Churchville Barbara Ikenberry Tulli, ’72; Mechanicsville Jay M. Wampler, ’89; San Diego, Calif. David C. Wood, ’78; Manassas Kathleen Miller Williar, ’50; Bridgewater – Ripples Society President Richard A. Claybrook Jr., ’74; Broadway – Annual Fund National Chairman Debra Moyer Allen, ’78; Forest – President’s Appointee Brydon M. DeWitt, ’92; Richmond – President’s Appointee Megan A. Orndorff, ’03; Charlottesville – Permanent Class President Jonathan D. Puvak, ’04; Alexandria – Permanent Class President Justin E. Pruett, ’05; Harrisonburg – Permanent Class President
Vice President for College Relations Dr. Karen W. Wigginton
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features 14 Chairman of the Boards With more than 850 hardwood victories under his belt, Paul Hatcher (‘66) is the winningest high school basketball coach in Virginia. Author Ruth Jones (‘04) takes a look at Hatcher’s life and career, and how he has forged a coaching dynasty at Robert E. Lee High School in Staunton, Virginia.
Otelia’s Hoops BC professor of history and political science Dr. Stephen Longenecker used a Bridgewater College grant to study race, religion and societal flexibility in an antebellum Gettysburg Dunker community. In this article by Karen Doss Bowman (‘91), Longenecker explains just why race and religion were important in the village that would, in 1863, embody the violence and tragedy of the American Civil War.
Under Fire The surgical skills of Troy Glembot (‘85) have never been more in need – especially in the war-torn lands of Afghanistan and Iraq, where he has served tours of duty with the U.S. Army. Charles Culbertson sat down with Glembot, who talked about his experiences under fire.
24 Giving Peace a Chance The organization Christian Peacemaker Teams recently made headlines when several of its members were kidnapped in Iraq and one of their number – American Tom Fox – was murdered. BC students Dan Rudy and Janita Daggy spent some time with CPT in the Middle East, and share with author Louis Andrews some of their experiences.
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Dr. Nancy St. John, professor of family and consumer sciences.
Dr. Edward Huffstetler, professor of English and American Literature, receives a hug from his daughter Hannah. Photos by Tommy Thompson
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wo Bridgewater College professors and two students were honored for their achievements April 4 at the Founder’s Day Convocation in the Carter Center for Worship and Music. Dr. Nancy St. John, professor of family and consumer sciences, received the Martha B. Thornton Faculty Recognition Award and Dr. Edward W. Huffstetler, professor of English, was awarded the Ben and Janice Wade Outstanding Teaching Award. Receiving Outstanding Leadership Awards were seniors Stacy L. Gallo and Troy V. Burnett. One of St. John’s educational missions in life is to dispel as many misconceptions about the study of family and consumer sciences as possible. “We’re not our grandmothers’ home economics teachers,” said St. John, who has served as a professor of family and consumer sciences at Bridgewater College since 1988. “It was one of the reasons we changed the name. When people thought about home economics, they thought cooking and sewing and making aprons. We haven’t done that in decades.” What they do, she noted, is study the many facets of life centered on the home, including education, nutrition, economic choices, wellness, fashion merchandising and interior design – all with a goal of preparing students to meet the needs of a changing global society. Of receiving the Thornton Faculty Recognition Award, St. John said, “It is such an honor to be honored by my peers, and to join the other faculty members who have been recognized in the past.” The Martha B. Thornton Award, established in 1990, honors faculty who “provide caring concern for students well beyond the role as teacher.” Thornton, professor of religion emerita, modeled that style of teaching. St. John, through loyalty to her students and her efforts to teach family and consumer sciences by demonstrating her own dedication to the craft, upholds the Thornton tradition. Huffstetler is a professor of English and American Literature who came to Bridgewater College in 1988. He received his bachelor’s degree from Coker College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English and American literature from the University of Iowa. From 1985-88 he was an instructor of English at Kirkwood Community College in eastern Iowa, and from 1988-1991 was an instructor of English at James Madison University. At Bridgewater, Huffstetler teaches courses in 19th and 20th century American literature, Southern literature, the novel, the short story, creative writing and poetry writing, as well as seminars on Walt Whitman and Mark Twain. He also teaches a specialized course on American Indian literatures and cultures, which reflects his interests in both anthropology and ethnic literatures. “I will always look to the larger purpose and always promote the College and its work as best I can,” he said. Bridgewater alumni Ben and Janice Wade established the award in 1998 to recognize excellence in classroom teaching. Dr. Ben Wade taught religion and served as executive assistant to the president and provost at Bridgewater from 1979-85. A dedicated teacher, Huffstetler upholds the standard of excellence honored by the Wades. Gallo is one of those energetic Bridgewater College students who has pep-
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pered her resume with an impressive list of activities and accomplishments – among them serving for the last three years as president for the Class of 2006. Gallo, of Sterling, V.a, has her eye on a career as a certified athletic trainer in a high school, and has devoted herself to preparing for that eventuality. While Burnett is well known at Bridgewater College for his gridiron activities, this Ridgeway, Va. senior is also recognized by his peers and professors as a hard-working student and dedicated Christian. In addition to serving as captain of the football team and starting for the last three years as center on the offensive line, Burnett is pursuing a major in business administration with a concentration in accounting, and is one of three football players to have founded a campus-based ministry. Founder’s Day at Bridgewater College honors Daniel Christian Flory who, at the age of 26, began a new school at Spring Creek, Va., “to aid young men and women to secure a good, practical education and fit them for a higher sphere of usefulness.” The school opened in 1880 with six students – five boys and one girl – and then moved to Bridgewater in 1882. It became Bridgewater College in 1889. The observance of Founder’s Day began in 1920 as a Stacy L. Gallo commemoration of Flory’s birth on April 3, 1854. CC
B C R e c e i v e s V F I C / V e r i z o n T e c h n o lo gy Gr a n t Bridgewater College has received a grant from the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges and the
received upgrades through interactive pen displays. “These improvements not only make it possible to view
Verizon Foundation to fund a series of classroom technology
Power Point presentations in the classroom, but faculty are
also able to show portions of VCR videotapes, Internet
According to Terry Houff, chief information officer and director of the C.E. Shull Information and Technology Center, the $22,500 VFIC/Verizon Technology Grant
video clips and DVDs requiring full sound projection,” Houff said. This classroom technology grant from VFIC and the
has allowed the College to extend new projection-system
Verizon Foundation supports Bridgewater’s ongoing efforts
technology into classrooms where it did not exist and to
to provide students with state-of-the-art technology and
add equipment to take advantage of new presentation
interactive and effective classroom learning. CC
technology. Houff said that three classrooms have received new projectors, ceiling mounts and supporting equipment, while two classrooms that already had projection capability have
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Dr. Stone with Ripples Society Award Winners, Richard W. Homan and Dr. Mary H. Weybright.
Dr. Stone with Dr. Anne Haynes Price, recipient of the West-Whitelow Humanitarian Award. Far right: Ed Clark, recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award.
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ix Bridgewater College alumni were honored April 21 and 22 as part of the College’s annual Alumni Weekend celebration. Richard W. Homan, of Franklin, W.Va., and Dr. Mary Hooker Weybright of Nokesville, Md., received the 2006 Ripples Society Medal April 21 at the annual banquet of the Ripples Society. Homan is a 1950 graduate of Bridgewater College and Weybright is a member of the class of 1954. The Ripples Society comprises alumni who graduated from the College 50 or more years ago. The class of 1956 was inducted into the Ripples Society at the April 21 event. During the alumni banquet on April 22, Edward E. Clark of Waynesboro, Va., a 1973 graduate of Bridgewater, received the 2006 Distinguished Alumnus Award. The 2006 Young Alumnus Award was presented to 1996 graduate Iliana S. Ilieva of Fairfax, Va., and Capt. Eric W. Varnau of Stephens City, Va., a member of the class of 1993. Dr. Anne Haynes Price of LaVerne, Ca., a 1957 graduate of the College, received the West-Whitelow Award for Humanitarian Service. Alumni seminars the weekend of April 21 and 22 included “Lincoln’s Cabinet,” by President Phillip C. Stone, the work of the Virginia Wildlife
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Center by Ed Clark, and a panel of coaches led by Dr. Mary Francis Heishman, class of 1966, and head volleyball coach at Bridgewater College. Homan, president and chief executive officer of the Pendleton County Bank for 28 years, enrolled at Bridgewater College after serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. A combat veteran, Homan devoted much of his volunteer efforts toward veterans’ issues. He helped organize the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Sugar Grove, W.Va., and served as its commander. He also served two terms as district commander and was chair of every major committee in the West Virginia Department of Veterans Affairs. In 1957, Homan was elected commander of the state Department of Veterans Affairs and went on to serve six years on the National VFW Council of Administration, the National Security Committee, the National Legislative Committee, the National Awards and Citations Committee, the National Budget and Finance Committee and was chair of the National Loyalty Day Committee. In 1968, Homan became the first West Virginian elected Commander-in-Chief of the National VFW. While serving with the National VFW, Homan traveled in the allied European nations during the Cold War and spent several weeks studying conditions in the Far East, visiting Vietnam, Korea, Taiwan, the island fortress of
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Quemoy, Hong Kong, Okinawa, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. Active in his community, Homan has served on the Franklin Town Council, on the Pendleton County Board of Health and as president of the local board of education. In 2000, he retired as chief executive officer of the Pendleton County Bank. However, he continues to serve as its president. He is a past president of the West Virginia Bankers Association. As a member of the original Pendleton Industries group (now Pendleton County Economic Development Authority), Homan played a role in bringing the Hanover Shoe Company and the Franklin Garment Company to the Franklin area. He also was instrumental in obtaining the extension of water service to Entry Mountain and was an ardent supporter of the Corridor H project. A member of the Francis Asbury Methodist Church, Homan has served as a Sunday school superintendent and teacher. He also is a 32nd-degree Mason in Pendleton Lodge #144. Homan and his wife Jean Ann live in Franklin, W.Va. In recognition of his distinguished career, his commitment to his communty and his devotion to Bridgewater College, the Ripples Medal was presented to Richard W. Homan. Weybright, wife, mother, public educator, licensed pilot and emergency room volunteer, has accomplished much. After graduating magna cum laude, Weybright earned a master’s degree and a doctor of education degree, both in counselor education, from the University of Virginia. She was a public school teacher, counselor, principal and supervisor for more than 25 years at all levels – elementary, middle and high school – and has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in education. Weybright also has taught homebound students who are ill or injured. Owner and president of Weybright Resources LLC, she is a consultant in personnel and compensation for school divisions and industrial organizations. A licensed airplane pilot, she has volunteered with Mercy Medical Airlift, a non-profit organization that transports people with medical needs. She holds commercial, seaplane, instrument and instrument instructor ratings. Weybright has served as an emergency room volunteer at Prince William Hospital in Manassas, Va., providing assistance to the staff and comfort to the patients. She also is a member of the board of directors of Brethren Housing Corporation. As a member of Nokesville Church of the Brethren, Weybright serves as organist and pianist and is a member of the committee of deacons. She also has served as a Sunday school teacher and served as district and annual conference delegate. She has been a member of the board of trustees and served as church board chair. Weybright has also been active at her alma mater, where she served as president of the Bridgewater College Alumni Associa-
tion and on the Trustees’ Church-College Relations Committee. In December 2004, Weybright and her husband, Harold, also class of 1954, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They have four children and four grandchildren. With the presentation of the Ripples Medal, the Ripples Society recognized Weybright for her life of service and commitment to her family, her community, her church and her alma mater. For more than 25 years, Clark has been a national leader in the field of conservation. His involvement has ranged from wilderness designation and public land management to pesticide regulation and endangered species protection. Raised in Flint Hill, Va., Clark received a B.A. in history and political science from Bridgewater College. He did graduate work in education at James Madison University and University of Virginia. His professional training includes environmental mediation, organization management and strategic planning. In 1978, while still a teacher at the Virginia School for the Deaf, he became president of the Virginia Wilderness Committee and led the grassroots effort to protect more than 80,000 acres in Virginia’s two national forests. In 1979, he became the first executive director of the Conservation Council of Virginia Foundation in Richmond. In 1980, he co-founded and became assistant director of the Environmental Task Force in Washington, DC. In 1982, he returned to the Shenandoah Valley and began his work as a leadership trainer and political consultant for national conservation and non-profit groups, including Trout Unlimited, the Sierra Club, Habitat for Humanity, the Humane Society International, the Appalachian Trail Conference, and many others. He is sought globally as a conference speaker, trainer and consultant in the fields of organizational development, volunteer management, fundraising and strategic planning. In 1982, Clark co-founded The Wildlife Center of Virginia. Under his leadership, The Wildlife Center has become the leading veterinary teaching and research hospital for wildlife and conservation medicine in North America. Among the many honors the Wildlife Center has received are the 1993 National Environmental Achievement Award for Wildlife Conservation, and the 2004 21st Century Achievement Award from the Computerworld Honors Program. In 2003, the American College of Zoological Medicine certified the Center’s postdoctoral residency program, making it one of only 12 such training programs in existence, and the only one outside a veterinary school or major zoo. Under Clark’s leadership, the Wildlife Center’s programs of conservation medicine and environmental education have become prototypes for wildlife hospitals worldwide. At its Virginia facilities, the Center trains veterinary and wildlife conservation professionals from around the world. The Center also has active
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field programs in Latin America and Africa, working with wildlife rescue organizations, universities and governments to combat the growing illegal trade in wildlife, and to care for the wild victims of criminal trafficking. Active in public service, Clark has been appointed by three Virginia governors to various boards and commissions, including the Virginia Council on the Environment (the state environmental policy board), the Virginia Outdoors Foundation (one of the nation’s largest government land trusts), the Virginia Environmental Education Commission and the Governor’s Commission on Natural Resource Funding. He has also served on the boards and councils of nearly 20 regional, national and international conservation organizations. For five years Clark hosted the series “Virginia Outdoors” on Virginia Public Television, and more recently he hosted and narrated “Wildlife Emergency”, the award-winning series about The Wildlife Center of Virginia, which still airs on Animal Planet. He has also appeared in several films and documentaries by Turner Original Productions, and is frequently seen on network television programs such as CNN’s Larry King Live, NBC’s TODAY Show, FOX News, CBS Saturday Morning and C-SPAN’s Washington Journal. In 1987, the Virginia Wildlife Federation named Clark Conservation Educator of the Year. In 1992, the U.S. Committee for the UN Environment Programme named him one of the “500 Environmental Achievers.” He received the 1993 Conservation Medal from the Daughters of the American Revolution. In 1997, he received the prestigious “Chuck Yeager Award” from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for his conservation work “on the ground.” When he is not on the road (and often when he is) Clark enjoys his passion for scuba diving and underwater photography. He lives in the woods near Waynesboro, Va., with his two Labs, three cats and 11 birds. The Bridgewater College Alumni Association presented its 2006 Distinguished Alumnus Award to Clark, whose passion for wildlife preservation and education has touched and enriched lives around the world. Iliana S. Ilieva, a Levy Fellow who earned a juris doctorate at George Mason University School of Law, has accomplished much in the past decade. Ilieva spent the summer following graduation in Bulgaria, her native country, researching economic conditions in Eastern Europe. She earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from Fordham University in the Bronx, N.Y. While a student at Fordham, Ilieva taught economics there and at several other colleges in New York City.
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As a Levy Fellow at GWU, Ilieva received full tuition and fees plus a stipend for up to three years. Following graduation in May, she joined Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, a Washington, D.C., law firm. Ilieva has served as a judicial intern to the Hon. Stanley P. Klein of Fairfax, Va., and served as a law clerk in the Office of Policy Planning and Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. She presented her papers, “Efficiency in the Banking Industry” and “Monetary and Financial Aspects of Internet Stock Bubble,” which she co-wrote with Dr. Casimir Dadak, at the 2003 Eastern Economic Association meeting. Her husband, Mark Lundblad, formerly of Luray, Va., is a pharmacist at CVS. The couple’s Iliana S. Ilieva first child, Emilia Alisen, was born on Jan. 18, 2006. The family lives in Fairfax, Va. The Alumni Association, in recognizing Iliana S. Ilieva as Young Alumnus for 2006, saluted her energy, talent and professional achievements and her potential for even greater accomplishments ahead. Capt. Eric W. Varnau was named chief of police for Winchester, Va., in February 2005 at Capt. Eric W. Varnau the age of 34. He began his career with the Winchester Police Department in 1994 and has worked in the Patrol Division and as an investigator with the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force. Promoted to lieutenant of the Patrol Division in April 2000, he transferred to the Criminal Investigations Division in 2004, where he was acting captain. From 1995 – 1999, Varnau served as a D.A.R.E. instructor in addition to his primary duties as a patrol officer. Varnau earned a master of arts degree in human development from the George Washington University School of Education and Human Development and has been accepted into GWU’s doctoral program in executive leadership and human organizational studies. In July 2005, Varnau completed a one-year graduate-level certificate program in public administration through the John O. Marsh Institute at Shenandoah University. Varnau lives with his wife, Tracy, and son, Cannon, at their home in Stephens City, Va.
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In recognizing Eric W. Varnau as Young Alumnus for 2006, the Alumni Association commended him for his professional achievements and commitment to civic responsibility as well as his potential for future leadership. Dr. Anne Hayes Price is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has found many opportunities to share her skills and training with others. Since 1974, Price has practiced as a licensed marriage and family therapist providing individual, group and family counseling, as well as consulting and training in personal and interpersonal growth. She practiced with Saddleback Pediatric Medical Group for 15 years as an adjunct psychotherapist in parenting, learning disability evaluations and primary intervention. Price has worked for many years with children and other disaster victims. Since 1980, she assisted in training and childcare response for Cooperative Disaster Child Care, the official program in the United States to care for children when the Red Cross and Federal Emergency Management Agency set up application centers to respond to disasters. She trains volunteers nationwide to serve in these centers and has personally worked in localities hit by hurricanes, fires, floods and plane crashes. One of her most significant cases involved working with the children of 9/11 as a critical incident responder. Price co-founded and served as executive vice president and director of psychological services of Women’s HealthNet, which later became WOMANKIND, specializing in all levels of care for midlife and menopausal women. She also was co-founder and psychotherapist of Saddleback Valley Divorce Mediators. In addition, Price founded the La Verne Nursery School and the La Verne area Head Start program.
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In retirement, Price and her husband, Stan, have moved to Brethren Hillcrest Homes, where she continues to see clients as her schedule warrants and needs dictate. She serves as vice president of the Homes Auxiliary Board and is a member of the Christian Education Commission at the La Verne Church of the Brethren. Since the late 1990s, Price has been involved with the formation of the Church of the Brethren’s Ministry of Reconciliation Practioner Network program. As a recognized practitioner, she is on-call for conflict resolution and mediation in churches, organizations and with individuals to help settle differences and disputes. Price earned a B.A. degree from Bridgewater College in 1957, a master’s Dr. Anne Haynes Price degree in community clinical psychology at California State University at Long Beach and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California/Irvine. In 1993, she participated in a post-doctoral seminar on developmental and gender issues at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland. The West-Whitelow Award was established in 2002 to recognize exceptional humanitarian service as demonstrated by Naomi Miller West, Class of 1929, and Carlyle Whitelow, Class of 1959, who received the first awards in 2003. In presenting Anne Haynes Price with the 2006 WestWhitelow Award for Humanitarian Service, the Alumni Association acknowledged her tireless dedication and commitment to humanity, continuing the example set by West and Whitelow. M K H
West-Whitelow Humanitarian Award spring|summer 2006
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Duncan Joins BC July 1 Brenda Duncan has accepted the position of Vice President for Institutional Advancement, effective July 1. She will succeed Charles H. Scott, ’65, who will retire June 30. Duncan was the managing director of development at the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Prior to that, she held the positions at Darden of director of leadership gifts and associate director of major gifts. Before joining the Darden School in 1999, Duncan’s professional experience included serving as director of development at the University of Akron, development officer for public affairs at the University of Hartford and executive director of alumnae programs at Wilson College. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Ohio University and a master’s in education from Temple University. M K H Brenda Duncan
L i n c o l n / C i v i l Wa r E x p e rt s S p e a k at B r i d g e wat e r Just how should Virginia – and the old Confederacy – interpret U.S. President Abraham Lincoln? Two nationally renowned historical scholars helped answer that question at the second annual symposium of The Lincoln Society of Virginia on March 24. The symposium’s featured speakers were Jeffry D. Wert, author of “Sword of Lincoln: The Army of the Potomac,” and Barry Schwartz, author of “Abraham Lincoln and the Forge of National Memory.” The symposium also featured an exhibit of Lincoln documents and memorabilia. Dr. Phillip C. Stone, president of Bridgewater College and a Lincoln scholar, founded The Lincoln Society of Virginia in 2004 to commemorate and disseminate information about Lincoln family connections in the Shenandoah Valley, to protect and preserve Lincoln landmarks in the Shenandoah Valley – including Lincoln homes and the Lincoln cemetery – and to interpret the 16th president, his life, work and legacy, particularly in Virginia. Wert is a historian and author specializing in the American Civil War. He has written seven books on the subject, which have been published in multiple languages and countries. “The Sword of Lincoln” is the first authoritative single-volume history of the Army of the Potomac in many years. Wert’s presentation focused on how Union soldiers, notably in the Army of the Potomac, looked upon Lincoln as a man, president and commander-in-chief. He linked those soldier viewpoints to Lincoln’s execution of the war against the Confederacy. Schwartz is professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Georgia, and is known for his scholarly works in the field of sociology and publications about historical figures – notably, his books “George Washington: The Making of An American Symbol” and “Abraham Lincoln and the Forge of National Memory.” In his work about Lincoln, Schwartz examined the endless American fascination with the 16th president and traced his changing public perception from his 1865 assassination to the 1922 dedication of his national monument in Washington, D.C. His address for the Lincoln symposium showed, through surveys conducted over the years, that the perception of Southern hostility toward Lincoln has been greatly exaggerated. For more information about the Society or the symposium, contact Elaine Dellinger, c/o Bridgewater College, 402 E. College St., Bridgewater, VA. 22812. The phone number is (540) 828-5620 and the e-mail address is edelling@ bridgewater.edu. u
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BC Students Combat Sexual Assault According to national statistics, every two-and-a-half minutes someone in the United States is sexually assaulted. One in six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape, and 10 percent of sexual assault victims are men. As a way to educate and to break the silence about rape, Bridgewater College observed Sexual Assault Awareness Week Feb. 20-24 with a slate of activities aimed at students. Organized by The Awareness-Building Outreach Organization (TABOO) – a student-run group at BC that focuses on educating about health issues – the week featured a series of workshops and discussions that began with the White Ribbon Campaign. In this campaign, which was for men, male students handed out white ribbons to all men who made a pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women. The week also saw men and women divide into break-out groups for genderOne of the many displays during Sexual Assault Awareness “The purpose of the project specific workshops. The all-male group par- Week, which was observed at BC Feb. 20-24, included this sheet was to increase awareness ticipated in “How to Help a Sexual Assault with the message, “These Hands Are Not For Hurting.” The observance was organized and conducted by students. of the impact of sexual Survivor: What Men Can Do,” and the violence, to celebrate the women’s group participated in an interac- Photo by Jill Langridge strength of survivors and tive self-defense program in Nininger Hall. The Boitnott Room was the site of the Clothesline Project – a display to provide an avenue for of shirts with messages designed by survivors of sexual violence and their these men and women loved ones. to break the silence that “The purpose of the project was to increase awareness of the impact often surrounds these of sexual violence, to celebrate the strength of survivors and to provide an avenue for these men and women to break the silence that often surrounds horrific acts.” these horrific acts,” said Jill R. Langridge, director of special programming –Jill R. Langridge at Bridgewater. Throughout the week, the Virginia Silent Witness Campaign remained on display in the Kline Campus Center lobby. This campaign offered life-sized silhouettes of people who were the victims of a domestic violence homicide. The point of this campaign, said Langridge, was to raise awareness about and serve as a visual memorial to the victims of violence. “Sexual violence is rampant in our culture, and yet so hidden,” Langridge said. “What we sought to achieve with Sexual Assault Awareness Week observances was to break that silence and give voices to the survivors.” CC
Physics Students Snag National Honor The Bridgewater College chapter of the Society of Physics Students has been selected as an Outstanding SPS Chapter for the 20042005 school year. Outstanding chapters are selected for the previous school year, and fewer than 10 percent of chapters nationwide are so honored. Dr. Philip T. Spickler, chair of the physics department at Bridgewater and adviser for the SPS chapter, said this is the third consecutive year Bridgewater has received the designation and one of many received throughout the years. The selection of collegiate physics chapters is based on the depth and breadth of SPS activities in areas such as physics research, public science outreach, physics tutoring programs, hosting and representation at physics meetings and providing social interaction for chapter members. Spickler said one of the activities that helped Bridgewater earn the honor was its hosting of the SPS Zone 4 Meeting at Bridgewater and the conducting of several science demonstration shows for local elementary schools. “Being named an Outstanding SPS Chapter is a testament to this chapter’s superior performance, and to the time and energy it has devoted to furthering a knowledge of science,” Spickler said. “It is one way our students can see that their efforts have paid off.” CC
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BC Students Build for the Homeless While their friends skied in Aspen, unwound on the beaches of Florida or simply reacquainted themselves with home sweet home, 19 Bridgewater College students gave up their spring break March 5-11 to volunteer as construction workers for the Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge Spring Break. The students were accompanied to Johns Island, S.C., by Dr. Timothy J. Brazill, assistant professor of sociology, criminology and criminal justice. The group worked with the Sea Island Habitat for Humanity affiliate to frame four Habitat houses and help sell donated items in its store. The Bridgewater students were joined by students from Valparaiso (Ind.) University, Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and Widener University in Chester, Pa. To raise money for the trip and awareness about homelessness, the BC students spent 12 hours in cardboard boxes on the campus mall. The BC Campus Chapter of Habitat for Humanity was established in 1995 and is one of nearly 700 campus chapters worldwide. Organized by Bridgewater students, the group is affiliated with Central Valley Habitat for Humanity, located in Bridgewater. Pictured helping build a Habitat for Humanity house This makes the 14th year that Bridgewater students have used their spring breaks to on Johns Island, S.C., are (front to back) Bridgewater work in various Habitat projects, including Miami, Atlanta, New Orleans, Philadelphia College students Kara Showalter, Jaclyn Young, Tara and Austin, Tex. Students participating this year from Bridgewater were: Summy, and Heather Galang; Joe Rieu, a member Jeffrey Adams of Virginia Beach, Va.; Danielle Barnes of Pipersville, Pa.; Anthony of AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps); and BC student Jen Greenholt. Clark of Vienna, Austria; Morgan Cordle of Williamsburg, Va.; Heather Galang of Photo by Jessica Powers Bridgewater, Va.; Jennifer Greenholt of Yadkinville, N.C.; Dano Heatwole of Bridgewater, Va.; Candace Kerns of Waldorf, Md.; Jennifer Maddox of Staunton, Va.; Josh O’Donnell of Royersford, Pa.; Jessica Powers of Hagerstown, Md.; Phil Powers of Mt. Vernon, N.H.; Hillary Rohrer of Lititz, Pa.; Abby Sauder (from Elizabethtown College) of Manheim, Pa.; Tara Summy of Manheim, Pa.; Kara Showalter of Broadway, Va.; Amber Thompson of Copper Hill, Va.; Yolanda Tillman of Summerville, S.C.; and Jaclyn Young of Goshen, Va. M K H
F u n d - R a i s i n g D o u b l e s Ov e r L a s t Y e a r Bridgewater College enjoyed unparalleled fund-raising success during the first six months of the 2006 fiscal year, with more than $1 million being donated in the month of December alone, it was reported by the College’s Office of Institutional Advancement.. According to Charles H. Scott, vice president for institutional advancement, December’s receipts – totaling $1,220,182 – marked the largest December on record for the College. Additionally, he said, cash receipts for the first six months of the 2005-06 academic year (July 1 to Dec. 31) outpaced cash receipts received in all of the previous fiscal year. More than 3,100 individuals – including alumni, parents of students and alumni, faculty, staff and friends – contributed, as did many businesses in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. The increase was attributed to several large, six-figure gifts for a dramatic increase in the College’s annual giving program. Scott said the number of givers for the first six months of the year outpaced the previous year’s number by 500. “I am especially pleased that support for Bridgewater College not only remained strong during the last fiscal year, but exhibited a remarkable surge,” said Bridgewater president Dr. Phillip C. Stone. “The gifts made by our alumni, parents and friends demonstrate their belief in the work of the College and give us encouragement to continue our efforts.” CC
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Meet the Trustees
by Karen Doss Bowman, ’91
C . Ray Smith
or C. Ray Smith, ’56, serving on Bridgewater’s Board of Trustees is just an extension of his life-long commitment to higher education. A professor and administrator for 42 years at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, Smith dedicated his career to improving the school’s academic reputation and serving as a mentor to his students, who affectionately called him “Cool Ray.” The Bassett, Va., native began teaching at Darden in 1961, three years after earning his MBA as a member of the school’s second graduating class. He received several promotions in academic rank before being named the Tipton R. Snavely Professor of Business Administration in 1981 – the post he held until his retirement in 2003 – and served as interim dean three times. After his retirement, he was elected to Darden’s board of trustees and was asked to serve as a consulC. Ray Smith tant to the school. Smith, a certified public accountant, also served as executive director of The Darden Foundation from 1996 until 2003, a period during which the endowment doubled. He co-authored four books and wrote 50 case studies in the areas of finance and accounting, real estate and small business. A recipient of the 1991 Distinguished Alumnus Award from Bridgewater, Smith received The Darden School’s prestigious Charles C. Abbott Award in 1995. During Bridgewater’s Founder’s Day celebration in April 2004, Smith was awarded the honorary degree, doctor of business administration, honoris causa. An endowment was established at The Darden School in honor of Smith, and a wing of the Sponsors Executive Residence Center was formally named “C. Ray Smith Alumni Hall.” Though Smith continues to serve on the Bridgewater and Darden boards, as well as the UVA Medical Alumni Foundation Board, he has limited his professional activities to spend more time enjoying retirement – especially babysitting his three youngest grandchildren, all under 5 years old, who live close by. He and his wife, the former Phyllis Watkins, have three children and five grandchildren.
A nne Murray Reid
pples are a family affair for Anne Murray Reid, ’60. Her grandfather, who was an apple grower in Botetourt County, near Roanoke, Va., founded the Murray Cider Company Inc., where Reid serves as secretary/treasurer. Today, the company remains in the hands of the Murray family, with the fourth generation now working for the business. The elder Murray began making cider in 1929, when a hailstorm damaged his entire crop of apples, prompting him to salvage the harvest by making cider using a hand-cranked press. In the harvesting seasons that followed, he would give customers a free jug of apple
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Meet the Trustees, continued.
Anne Murray Reid
cider with the purchase of a bushel of apples to promote his orchard business. The cider caught on, and the Murray Cider Company Inc. continues to thrive today. In the late 1970s, the family decided to focus the business on producing juice and cider, so they closed the orchards. Reid’s husband, R. Coleman “Sam” Reid, also class of 1960, was a key leader in the company’s success, having served as president from 1977 until his retirement in 1998. The Reids met during their freshmen year at Bridgewater and were married after their sophomore year. Though she majored in psychology, Reid also was an active student in Bridgewater’s music department, participating in some of the choirs and playing the organ. After graduating from Bridgewater, Reid was a fifth-grade teacher for two years. She began working for the family business in 1973. A member of Bridgewater’s board since 1991, Reid also is chair of the board of trustees at Bethany Theological Seminary, of which she has been a member for 12 years. She and Sam are members of the Cloverdale Church of the Brethren, where she has been the organist for 40 years. They have two children, Mary Reid Gibson, ‘85, and David Reid.
United 93 Widow Deena Burnett to Speak at BC Deena Burnett – the widow of Tom Burnett, who helped save the White House from a terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001 – will speak at Bridgewater College on Sept. 14 as part of College’s Convocation Series. Tom Burnett was a passenger on United Airlines flight 93 on Sept. 11 when the plane was hijacked by Islamic terrorists. Through a series of telephone calls from the airplane to his wife, Deena, Tom learned of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. He then organized a group of passengers and crew members to storm the cockpit in an effort to reclaim the airplane. Through their action, the plane crashed in a Pennsylvania field rather than its intended target of the White House. Deena Burnett has become a well-known voice for the victims’ families of Sept. 11. She successfully spearheaded an effort to have the flight 93 cockpit voice recorder released in April 2002, and is currently the lead plaintiff in an unprecedented lawsuit to bankrupt terrorist organizations, foreign governments and dignitaries who knowingly fund them. Deena Burnett Twice in the past year, Deena has traveled to Germany where she represented the September 11 families as a witness in the criminal trials of two Al Qaeda members, Motassadeq and Mzoudi. She is writing a book titled “Fighting Back.” Her speech at Bridgewater will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Cole Hall. The event is sponsored by the W. Harold Row Lecture Series. CC
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The 313-page “Virginia Goldmines” is a favorite in bookstores and libraries throughout the commonwealth and – not a little ironically – is a bestseller of the Beydlers’ former wholesale book company, Virginia Publications.
All That Glitters by Susan Keady
en Beydler’s book is more than just a product of solid research and tight writing. It’s a testament to the power of love, completed and published in 2004 largely because of a promise he made to his terminally ill wife, Jo. The book is “Virginia Goldmines: The Golden Piedmont – An Historical Perspective,” and its author is a 1956 Bridgewater College graduate who spent 30 years as an Augusta County history teacher and school principal. It was because of his love for Virginia history that he latched onto the relatively unknown story of Virginia’s gold industry of the early 19th century. “I thought I was pretty knowledgeable about Virginia history,” Beydler said, “but it was a surprise to me to learn that Virginia had once been a major producer of gold. When Waynesboro historian Curtis Bowman verified it, I became interested enough to research it with a view toward writing a book.” Beydler, who was born in Bridgewater in 1931 and raised in what was then a town of only about 1,000 souls, came by his love for books honestly. After his graduation from Bridgewater College with a degree in sociology and psychology, he worked for two years with a pharmaceutical company in Florida before returning to Virginia to spend three decades immersing himself
in books as an educator. He retired in 1990 to start his own wholesale book business, Virginia Publications. Jo Beydler, who retired as a secretary from DuPont in Waynesboro, helped run the business and keep the records. They sold the business in 1997. In 1998, Beydler began researching Virginia’s long-dead gold industry, scouring libraries and museums throughout the state in his quest for information. But the writing process, while steady, was slow. His wife had developed a rare connective-tissue disease, and the couple moved from their home in Staunton to the Bridgewater Retirement Community. Despite her illness, Jo helped type the book’s first draft. “Before she died, she made me promise to finish the book,” Beydler said. “It took me another three years, but with the editorial help of my stepson, Mike Stevens, I kept the promise, and dedicated the book to Jo.” Now, the 313-page “Virginia Goldmines” is a favorite in bookstores and libraries throughout the commonwealth and – not a little ironically – is a bestseller of the Beydlers’ former wholesale book company, Virginia Publications. Beydler said that while there is, of course, the usual amount of gratification at having written a book, he is also proud to have shared with the public a little-known, yet important, aspect of Virginia history. For instance. Between 1829 and 1860, Virginia’s gold-producing Piedmont region, which consisted of a 20-mile stretch that included 10 counties in Northern and Central Virginia, boasted some 300 mines. Between 1849 and 1852 alone, more than 16,000 ounces of Virginia gold were sent to the U.S. Mint. And Virginia gold helped bankroll the Confederacy during its struggle for independence. Beydler said that two nuggets found in Virginia repose in the Smithsonian Institution. He said one of them, found in Orange County, is the size of a fist. The other, mined in Spotsylvania County, weighs 25 ounces. In all, between 1829 and 1860, Virginia produced a total of 74,865 ounces – a pretty impressive record. “My intent in writing the book was to hopefully get people interested in history,” Beydler said. “I feel that people need to know more about our past, where we came from, and how we have evolved as a people, a state and a nation.” A few copies of the first printing of “Virginia Goldmines” are still available through Beydler, who said he may issue a second printing in paperback. All inquiries about the book should be made to Beydler by calling (540) 828-9986. Photo by Charles Culbertson
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of the Boards by Ruth Jones, ‘04
So how do you get to be a legend in your own time? For BC alum Paul Hatcher, it was pretty straightforward: “If you’re doing something you enjoy, you don’t stop because you have some success.”
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Hatcher confers with son Jarrett.
Hatcher and Lee High player Hosea Berkley.
Photo courtesy of the Daily News Leader
Photo courtesy of the Daily News Leader
Hatcher coaching a basketball clinic for deaf students at the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind. Photo by Mike Tripp
ometimes it’s hard for Coach Paul Hatcher to believe what’s happened to him over the past 38 years. Sitting in his office at Robert E. Lee High School in Staunton, Virginia, the varsity boys basketball coach crosses his legs, leans back and reflects on nearly four decades at the school. “It’s hard to believe at times because when you start talking about history, it kind of blows me away,” said the 1966 graduate of Bridgewater College. What he’s accomplished is mind-boggling to many others, too. Winning is the motivating factor for any coach, and for Hatcher, winning is what his 38-year career at Lee has been all about. But he won’t tell you that. Hatcher won’t tell you that he’s won more than 800 games, or that he was honored as the winningest coach in Virginia in 2002 by the Virginia General Assembly. He also won’t tell you that he’s been repeatedly named Coach of the Year over his career, or that he was inducted into the Virginia High School League Hall of Fame in 1995, setting VHSL history with his number of wins in 1998, or that he was inducted into Bridgewater College’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999, or that he’s coached four groups through undefeated seasons to capture a state “Coaching was not championship title. If his team didn’t win the state title, you can be sure they were playing in that final game. something that was Prior to his coaching career at Lee, he played basketball at a burning desire,” Bridgewater College while earning a degree in physical education Hatcher said. “Because – and his playing career is nothing to be ashamed of, either. During his four years on the Eagles team, Hatcher led his conference, I played basketball at placing third among all-state collegiate players in scoring in the Bridgewater, the people 1964-65 season. He also finished with 1,358 points and lettered in the area knew I all four years in basketball. But basketball wasn’t the only sport had played. It just kind he excelled in. He lettered in golf all four years and was Bridgewater’s number one player in his senior season. of evolved.” Son Jarrett Hatcher, who also coaches basketball at Lee, said you probably wouldn’t get this information from his father because he’s a humble man. “He’s full of integrity,” Jarrett said. “He’s honest, works hard.” His father chooses not to focus on what he’s done, but what he has yet to do. “It’s nice, but it’s not something you can dwell on too long because there’s always another game,” Paul Hatcher said. Looking around Hatcher’s office, you can tell he’s working hard at something he loves. It’s everything basketball, from the trophies in a corner behind his desk, to the walls, right down to the trash can, where a miniature hoop hangs on the side to toss your trash through. While he’s enjoyed basketball all of his life, he had no idea he’d end up coaching. “Coaching was not something that was a burning desire,” Hatcher said. “Because I played basketball at Bridgewater, the people in the area knew I had played. It just kind of evolved.” For Jarrett Hatcher, it happened the same way. He, too, graduated from Bridgewater (in 1993) and intended to continue his education by going to law school. But by the time he graduated, basketball had its hooks in him, as well.
Photo by Vincent Lerz
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From top to bottom: Hatcher, age 4; Hatcher and the 1971 Lee High team; On-court conference during the 1989-90 season; Hatcher cuts the net after winning the Valley District Championship in the 1972-73 season.
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“My intention going there was, ‘Maybe I can get away from basketball,’” Jarrett said. “I wanted to see if I could survive without basketball.” He’d been around the sport all his life with dad, playing for him at Lee before heading off to college. His mother, Judy Hatcher (BC class of 1965), and brother, Brandon Hatcher, all experienced Paul Hatcher’s successful ride, too, usually by his side. Although on a different career path, Brandon Hatcher continues to stick close to basketball with his father and brother. But Jarrett couldn’t stay away from basketball for long. When he was a freshman at Bridgewater, Jarrett’s old Lee High team won the state title, which changed everything for him. He went from law school aspirations to wanting to coach and teach. “It was bittersweet to share the excitement and utter joy of winning with my dad,” he said. “I wanted to win a state title with my dad. That became my whole reason for being. He’s been along for the ride over the past 14 years, sharing in the joy of winning more than one state title at his father’s side.
Formula for success What is it that’s made Paul Hatcher so successful? Hatcher has a formula that he believes makes his teams winners. “We spend an awful lot of time picking teams,” he said. “Pick the wrong ones and you could have problems all the time.” Kevin Madden, a standout player at Lee from 1982 to 1985 whose team won a state title in 1984, believes this is important. “He puts the right combination on the floor,” said Madden, who went on to play at the University of North Carolina from 1985 to 1990. “The players get out there and play to win and generally like each other.” Hatcher said it’s also important to make sure each player understands his role on the team. Some guys will play a lot while others won’t. “Be up front with the players,” Hatcher said. “That cuts down on lots of dissention and problems on the team.” But it’s not only Hatcher’s coaching smarts that have catapulted him to the top. His character took him a long way too, his son, Jarrett, added. He believes going to Bridgewater helped enforce his already strong values. “I’m sure some of Dad’s ideas on how to deal with kids were shaped there,” he said. His players can attest to Paul’s character. How he was off the court stands out in their minds as much as his courtside presence. “I admire him because he’s always there to help someone and to talk to someone,” Madden said. “It was an honor to play for him and just to put on that uniform and that’s the u
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Hatcher, sporting Eagle uniform in 1966.
way he made us feel,” said Adam Huffman, a player on the 1990 championship team. He also remembers Hatcher’s antics. “Coach Hatcher is a comedian,” Huffman said. “They don’t see that behind the scenes. The first 10 minutes of practice, he’d bring the guys out to the middle to talk about the previous game. It was almost like a standup routine.” Hatcher believes his experience at Bridgewater as a player, and relationships with his coaches helped him develop into the coach he is today. “It helped my philosophy,” he said. “I had a good foundation.” When he became a coach, he began to study coaches, building on his philosophy. “I always tried to study the successful coaches, especially North Carolina,” he said. “What do they have that other people don’t have?’ He especially looked to former Carolina coach Dean Smith. The opportunity to meet him came when one of his players, Kevin Madden, was recruited by the Tarheels. Having Smith visit Staunton and taking his family along with Madden to North Carolina is an experience he’ll never forget. He calls it “one of the highlights of his basketball experience.” He specifically remembers walking into Smith’s office in Chapel Hill with his family, seeing Frank McGuire, former coach of basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain, alongside Smith, and feeling star struck. “It wasn’t long after that, Michael Jordan walks in,” he said. “I’m thinking ‘Oh, my gosh, here are two Hall of Fame coaches and the greatest player that ever played the game and a future Hall of Famer for sure, and the Hatch-
er family. I’m just a country boy from Bassett … I thought we’d died and gone to heaven!’” Over the past three seasons, Hatcher has continued to prove why he is a Hall of Fame coach himself. His most recent team went on an 85-game winning streak, undefeated for two straight seasons. After accomplishing so much – and seeing as how he’s not getting any younger – some people ask when he is going to retire. It’s a question that comes to mind after another stellar season when his 2005-06 team continued a win streak from two prior seasons, not losing a game since December of 2003. Together, they won 85 games in a row until the streak came to an end in March against Martinsville High School in the state championship game. “A lot of folks think you can’t go anywhere but down,” he said, laughing. Jarrett believes his father will be at it for Photos by Mike Tripp a while. “I think, honestly, that Dad is going to die coaching or, one day at a random point, just stop when he’s had enough,” Jarrett said. “If you’re doing something you enjoy, you don’t stop because you have some success,” Hatcher said, with a smile. “I definitely won’t be around to the point where I lose 85 in a row.”
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Otelia’s Hoops by Karen Doss Bowman, ’91
Mary, Otelia and Anna Sherfy sit for a photographer shortly before the Civil War. Photo courtesy of Adams County Historical Society, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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pre-Civil War photograph of Otelia Sherfy reveals that the Dunker preacher’s daughter had a penchant for fashion. The young girl is pictured wearing hoops, despite the decree of the Brethren’s 1861 “Yearly Meeting” that hoops were “unacceptably worldly.” Because she was too young to be a member of the church at the time the photograph probably was taken, Otelia was safe from discipline. However, as a preacher’s daughter, she certainly would have been expected to set a good example for other parishioners. At first glance, it’s just a family photograph of three sisters. But Dr. Stephen Longenecker, professor of history and political science, was intrigued by the apparent disharmony between the older girl’s fashion preferences and the church’s beliefs. “Good grief, this was a preacher’s daughter, and she was wearing hoops,” says Longenecker, a lifelong member of the Church of the Brethren, which is one of the denominations that grew out of the Dunker tradition. “And after I figured it out for a while, they aren’t supposed to have photographs taken either. So the whole thing’s a problem.” The photograph became the center of Longenecker’s recent paper, “Otelia’s Hoops: Gettysburg Dunkers and the Civil War,” which studies the Sherfy family’s faith community at Marsh Creek, Pa., located just a mile south of Gettysburg. It is “the first step” of a larger research project exploring race and religion in the “border North” states during the antebellum years, for which Longenecker recently was awarded a Bridgewater College grant. This research ties into Longenecker’s lifelong interest in Civil War history – he recalls his grandparents taking him on annual summer excursions to the Gettysburg National Military Park – and his special interest in American religious history. In writing the chapter on the Dunkers, Longenecker, whose home congregation is the Lititz (Pa.) Church of the Brethren, says he simply was tempted to use his own religious heritage as a starting point. The larger research project grew out of Longenecker’s fascination with the culture and politics of the “border North,”comprising states located along the northern border of the Mason-Dixon line. Rather than attempting to do a sweeping survey of the entire region, Longenecker has narrowed his focus to Gettysburg, which was pretty diverse during the antebellum period and located just 15 miles from Maryland – a slave state. The site of the Civil War’s bloodiest battle, the town was home to a number of free blacks who worshiped together in an AME [African Methodist Episcopal] Zion congregation. “I’d like to know if the Civil War was inevitable and if there were deep cultural divisions between the North and the South,” Longenecker says. “Maybe they were more similar than different, but people just made bad choices.” Knowing that Brethren had lived along the Gettysburg battlefield, Longenecker was curious about the
Marsh Creek Dunkers’ beliefs during the antebellum years and how the Battle of Gettysburg affected them. The photograph of Otelia wearing hoops is striking because Dunkers were known for dressing plainly and for resisting popular culture. Like other Dunker men, Otelia’s father, Joseph Sherfy, wore an untrimmed beard, and her mother, Mary, wore plain dress and a bonnet. Strict adherence to these and other Dunker disciplines – such as pacifism, foot-washing and Love Feast and adult baptism – was believed to preserve harmony within the faith community. But just as puzzling as Otelia and her sisters sitting for a photographer, Joseph and Mary also sat for a photographer after the Civil War, even though the Yearly Meetings had repeatedly admonished against “likenesses.” “One of the lessons from this, the heritage of the early Brethren had some flexibility,” Longenecker says. “We tend to look back on that period as extremely rigid, but there was some give and take.” During the antebellum years, the issue of race also threatened unity within the Marsh Creek congregation, Longenecker says. The ownership of slaves and participation in slave trade already had been prohibited by the denomination, and the 1812 Yearly Meeting demanded the abolition of slavery. But when it came to the Brethren practice of the “Holy Kiss,” Longenecker was surprised to learn that the Dunkers at Marsh Creek apparently had resisted the Yearly Meeting’s call to treat blacks equally. The Holy Kiss, Longenecker explains, was “a greeting exchanged by members of the same gender.” He was aware that some white Brethren members, particularly in the South, refused to offer the Holy Kiss to black Americans. But Longenecker discovered that the Marsh Creek Dunkers – despite living in a free, Northern state – also refused to offer the Holy Kiss to blacks, instead deciding at an 1851 council meeting that they should be greeted with a handshake. In general, the Marsh Creek community seemed rather unfazed by secession and the first few years of the Civil War, Longenecker writes. The congregation only dealt with “worldly concerns” when they threatened the unity of the fellowship. However, Marsh Creek members could no longer ignore the war when Gen. Robert E. Lee’s army moved into southern Pennsylvania in the summer of 1863. Several families in the congregation sustained damage to their homes and farms. The Sherfy peach orchard became the site of a particularly bloody battle, and when the family returned to their home after the fighting, they found shallow graves where soldiers were buried; the bodies of rotting horses and other animals littering the yard; bloodstains and bullet holes throughout the house; and their barn reduced to rubble. Their valuables had been pillaged, and the Sherfys suffered the greatest damage and monetary loss among the Marsh Creek membership. The Dunkers, who embraced pacifism, did not endorse participation in the military. As the draft became a reality,
several members of the Marsh Creek congregation were called to service. Some of them, including John and Mary Sherfy’s son, opted to pay commutation fees to avoid enlisting. But there were other Marsh Creek worshipers who did enlist: one man was expelled from the congregation, while another was suspended. “We can draw a lesson from their steadfastness during a very difficult time because most members of the Marsh Creek congregation were loyal to the peace position,” he says. “They actually sacrificed quite a bit for their peace position.” Longenecker says another unexpected finding was the Dunkers’ increasing interest in political affairs, despite the denomination’s historic rejection of political service and belief in abstinence from voting. The Yearly Meeting maintained its historic peace position, “but they loved Lincoln and the Union cause,” he says. “They really seemed to have swallowed Lincoln whole. They came pretty close to endorsing a poCivil War-era Dunkers litical party. By the end, they endorsed the war, wearing hoops, having but without fighting the their photographs taken war themselves.” Unlike many of their and supporting a wartime neighbors, the Sherfy President? It’s not all that family chose to stay in surprising, says history their community and remain in their home, professor Stephen L. despite the blood-stained Longenecker. “We tend to walls, bullet holes and look back on that period as other reminders of war, Longenecker writes. extremely rigid, but there Otelia later married was some give and take.” a state senator, Isaac Hereter. They had only been married four years when he died, leaving her to raise their son alone. Though she lived with her sister for about a decade in Maryland, Otelia returned to Gettysburg and was a member and Sunday school teacher in the Marsh Creek congregation. The front-page news article reporting her death at age 93 noted that she had heard Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, Longenecker writes. While Dunker values and practices have been challenged throughout the church’s history, Longenecker concludes that the Civil War itself did not cause any sweeping changes and had little effect on unity within the Marsh Creek congregation. “Although the sudden embrace of mainstream politics [during the war] is eye-catching,” Longenecker writes, “pressure on the ancient order of the Dunkers was nothing new, as shown by the photograph of Otelia’s hoops.”
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Photo of Italian Army medics and physicians visiting the U.S. flight line at Camp Adder (Glembot, second from left). The Italians are in the bright green uniforms. All photos courtesy of Troy Glembot
Helipad for the 10th Combat Support Hospital at Camp Adder. On the right (behind the amubulances) is the Emergency Department.
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“The next greatest generation will be this one.” –U.S. Army Surgeon Troy Glembot, ‘85
by Charles Culbertson
His father was a United States Marine and his grandfather, during World War II, hit the beaches of Normandy to help wrest Europe from the grip of Adolf Hitler. So the idea of serving his country in the military was neither foreign nor unpalatable to Troy Glembot. But when this 1985 graduate of Bridgewater College signed on as an Army surgeon to help pay off his medical-school bills, he had no way of knowing what a hot commodity he would soon become in two of the world’s most war-torn regions.
lembot, who described his decision to join the Army as a blend of “obligation, national pride and financial need,” has completed tours of duty in both Afghanistan and Iraq. He said that while each country is a war zone, each is unique in the challenges it presents and the successes it has yielded. “Afghanistan, for example, had almost no infrastructure before we got there,” said Glembot, who is a general surgeon at the Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, Va. “No paved roads to speak of, little running water or electric service, no hospitals, nothing. So, as part of our humanitarian efforts, we provide medical care for any local national with life, limb or eyesight threatening injuries.” This, of course, in addition to the main mission – providing medical treatment for U.S. military personnel fighting the Taliban and other terrorist factions. As one of only 160 deployable surgeons in the entire U.S. Troy Glembot, ‘85 Army, Glembot was sent to Afghanistan in February of 2004 to serve as the chief of surgery at Bagram Air Field Combat Support Hospital. As the only combatsupport hospital in the theater and the only real medical outlet anywhere in the country, the facility was busy. spring|summer 2006 2 1
Thanksgiving Day lunch at Camp Adder.
From left, Maj. Bill Sachs (internist), Col. Bob Mason (dentist) and Glembot waiting in Kuwait for their flight home.
Glembot poses with the medical evacuation helicopter at Camp Adder to support the 10th Combat Support Hospital.
“If a civilian came in with a brain injury, I couldn’t just transfer them to a neurosurgeon at another hospital,” Glembot said. “That other hospital didn’t exist. I was it. If there was any hope for saving them, I had to do the best I could.” Glembot remembers one instance in which four civilians and several U.S. soldiers were brought in with traumatic brain injuries. He stabilized the soldiers and got them on a flight out to Germany. He had to operate on the civilians. “I quickly refreshed myself on how to do brain surgery, and operated,” he said. “Two lived, and two didn’t. But I did the best with what I had. Even in the best U.S. hospitals, those types of injuries have a 50 percent mortality rate. That we managed to save those two civilians in a combat support hospital in the middle of a war zone is very satisfying.” Also satisfying for Glembot and his fellow soldiers was the reaction of the Afghan people to their presence. He said the locals are “very appreciative of American intervention” and “very happy to see Taliban forces removed.” “They are very anxious to see their own hopes and dreams for their country come alive,” he said. He noted, however, that many U.S. troops feel that they are fighting the forgotten war, especially now that Americans are serving in Iraq. Still, he said, the vast majority of troops feel that “what they are doing is important and that their role in history is going to have a positive impact.” Glembot served in Afghanistan until May of 2004 when he was rotated back to the United States for what the Army calls a “stabilization period.” Less than a month after this one-year period was over – on July 5, 2005 – he was notified that he was going to Iraq. “Unlike Afghanistan, this is a country that had infrastructure – roads, electricity, running water, hospitals – and whose population was educated,” Glembot said. “So the working conditions weren’t as primitive, nor the medical situations so dire.” And yet, it was a war zone, and with war comes chaos. Glembot said his base – Camp Adder, in the southern third of the country – came under attack three times while he was there. Twice, he said, terrorists tried to run the gate with armed vehicles and once the camp came under rocket attack. “You have a heightened sense of awareness,” Glembot said of serving in a war zone. “Although you do become accustomed to it, that feeling never entirely goes away. You do some soul searching and you appreciate what you have.” In addition to handling the panoply of wartime trauma and general surgical cases, Glembot managed to slip away from the hazards of combat from time to time to indulge his fascination
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Mass casualty drill with U.S airmen as “victims”.
Still, the vast majority of troops feel that “what they are doing is important and that their role in history is going to have a positive impact.” –Troy Glembot
for ancient history. In fact, between the perimeter wires for Camp Adder lies the ruins of the ancient city of Ur – the birthplace of Abraham. “I still had to wear a flak vest and helmet, and have my weapon with me, but I got to go to the archaeological dig at Ur,” he said. “What made it even more interesting was that I got a tour by the grandson of one of the original archaeologists who uncovered the site in the early 1900s.” On the lighter side of things, Glembot said the food in Iraq, while not bad, was pretty predictable. “The food at Bridgewater was a lot better,” he said. Glembot said he spent many hours with local nationals, some of whom were highly educated people who had taught themselves several languages. He enjoyed discussing current affairs with them, and asked how they felt about the American presence in Iraq. Universally, he said, Iraqis were thankful that the United States and its allies had driven out Saddam Hussein, but at the same time wanted very much to run their own country. Glembot said the Iraqis he talked to were very quick to note that it was important that America not withdraw its support too soon. Not surprisingly, neither he nor the men and women he served with have many good things to say about the American news media which, he said, seldom focus on the positive things happening in Iraq. Bad news, he observed, sells. He said the media regularly fail to report on the thousands of schools that have been built, or the millions of people who have had improvements made in their water or electric services. More than that, he said, the average Iraqi says that life now is at least as good, or better, than it was before the invasion – and that the American media will never report that. “I’ll never forget one day there was a CNN report about the Arab news service Al Jazeera, and I made a remark to one of our interpreters that Al Jazeera really portrays one side of the story,” Glembot said. “The interpreter replied, ‘Yes, and CNN is your Al Jazeera.’” Back home, now, Glembot has once more immersed himself in his surgical practice, but often thinks about his time in Afghanistan and Iraq and what it all means in the grand scheme of things. Was it right? Was it wrong? Did it make the world a better place? “We won’t know those answers for another 50 years,” he said. “But it is my belief that, 50 years from now, this period will be regarded as one of the most important times in history, much as World War II was. Back then, we had nations or groups of people who had little or no regard for human life, or diversity, or tolerance, and the world had to rise up and face them. The same holds true today. “The next greatest generation,” he said, “will be this one.”
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Peace A Chance by Louis Andrews
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A settlement, view from Bethlehem.
CPT delegate Paul Sparks playing with a child in At-Tuwani.
Atallah with his son in the Deheisha refugee camp.
Palestinians plant an olive tree.
he white wooden “peace pole” outside Bridgewater College’s Alexander Mack Memorial Library contains a powerful yet simple message for an uneasy world: “May Peace Prevail on Earth.” Rendered also in German, Russian and Chinese, the pole is a symbol of harmony, understanding and reconciliation. If it could talk, the slender obelisk would extol the virtues of people who cherish non-violence and are willing to put their lives on the line for their ideals – people such as 20-year-old Dan Rudy of Mount Airy, Md., and 19-year-old Janita Daggy of Deerfield, Va. The mettle of these Bridgewater College sophomores was recently tested during a two-week sojourn to Palestine. As part of a small Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) delegation, their objective was to observe a land that has become a social and political time bomb, with a longer view toward one day putting their philosophy of peace to use. A practical way to satisfy Rudy and Daggy’s yearning to visit the Middle East began to take shape after they talked with members of the BC faculty. Chaplain Robert Miller, they said, was instrumental in helping them find the right opportunity to go and pointing them in the right direction. Soon, plans were made to include them in a CPT delegation scheduled to leave in January of 2006.
Christian Peacemaker Teams CPT was established in 1984 to “devote the same discipline and self-sacrifice to nonviolent peacemaking that armies devote to war,” according to the organization’s Web site. CPT embraces the vision of unarmed intervention by people who are willing to risk injury – even death – to “transform lethal conflict through the nonviolent power of God’s truth and love.”
From left are Rudy, Mordecai Venunu, Daggy and Diane Row, a CPT member working with the Hebron team. All photos courtesy of Dan Rudy and Janita Daggy
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Palestinian children in At-Tuwani.
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Tour of East Jerusalem, led by a representative of the Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions. Photo by Jeff Miller
The organization was initiated by Mennonites, Brethren and Quakers, with broad ecumenical support and participation. Over the years, CPT’s founders developed a strategy that taught them a number of valuable lessons: that trained international teams can work effectively to support local nonviolent peacemaking and that “getting in the way” of injustice through direct nonviolent intervention, public witness and reporting to the world can make a difference. Additionally, CPT found that engaging congregations, meetings and support groups at home helps advocacy efforts with policy makers.
Palestinian herding sheep.
“Give a man a fish and you have fed him for a day. Teach him to fish
and you have fed him for a lifetime.” That ancient truism provided the basis for Rudy and Daggy’s sojourn to the Middle East. When they return, they said, their plan is to teach the psychology of peace, which they consider an indispensable tool for lasting harmony in a troubled land. “I’m not a member of the Church of the Brethren, but as a psychology of peace major I’d like to
Modern Palestinian sculpture. member David Wass
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work in the Middle East eventually and do what I’ve been trained to do,” Daggy said. “I might do the same in Russia.” Rudy’s urge to make the voyage began when he was 17 when he attended a Church of the Brethren conference. Two other Bridgewater College students asked him if he wanted to go that November. Rudy, who planned to become a Brethren minister (and later achieved that goal), was excited by the idea. “Unfortunately I couldn’t go then because I was right in the middle of my academic year, and I just couldn’t get away,” he said. “I was very frustrated because I felt I should go.” Rudy said that without having gone to a place where he could face arrest, beatings or possibly death from a suicide bomber, he never would be capable of truly expressing his philosophy and, eventually, taking an active part in peacemaking. “I couldn’t sit here where things are safe and comfortable, and claim that I was really following the Gospel,” he said. Daggy concurred. “The early Christians went to the ends of the earth to promote the gospel of peace, often at great peril to their lives,” she said. “We wanted to do the same.” Shortly after their airplane touched down in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Jan. 24, they were welcomed by Palestinians who would be their guides and hosts for the next fortnight. They were, noted the BC sophomores, warm and open people with an underlying frustration and hostility fueled by their belief that Israelis had settled in lands that belonged to Palestinians.
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CPT delegation standing by the Damascus gate.
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A troubled past The conflict between Jews and Palestinians has a lengthy and complex history. Israeli claims to the land of Israel/Palestine go back to the first millennium B.C. when the ancient Israelites established a kingdom in what is today Israel and the West Bank. Palestinian claims to the same land go back to the Arab-Muslim conquest of the seventh century A.D. Between 1920 and 1948, Britain was the administrative and governing authority in the area, and all attempts to pacify the national aspirations of the Jews and Palestinian Arabs were unsuccessful. In 1947, the United Nations voted to partition Palestine into two states – one Arab, one Jewish. The plan was rejected and the British withdrew. Israel then declared statehood and, moments later, was recognized by the United States. The world’s Arabs, however, said the Jews had simply confiscated land that wasn’t theirs and vowed to take it back. In 1967, after Egypt, Syria and Jordan openly Town of Bethlehem.
Palestinian children in At-Tuwani.
threatened Israel with destruction and massed troops on its borders, Israel launched one of the most dazzling military campaigns in history. In a six-day period, the tiny Jewish state destroyed the air and ground forces of its three largest enemies and, as a result, annexed the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, the Golan Heights and the Sinai Peninsula. In 1993, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzak Rabin and Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat signed the historic “Declaration of Principles.” As part of the agreement, Israel pulled out of the Gaza Strip and Jericho in the West Bank in 1994. The Palestinian Authority took control of the newly relinquished areas, assuming all governmental duties. Still, religious and political differences would not allow peace in this holiest of lands. Violence between Israelis and Palestinians intensified, with Palestinians launching an unprecedented number of suicide attacks against Israeli civilians, and Israelis inevitably responding with military reprisals. At the core of the strife is a widespread belief
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among Israelis that they have a right to be where they are, and an equally widespread belief among Arabs that Jews have no right to be anywhere. “Our position is that even if the Zionist State (Israel) is the size of a postage stamp, it has no right to exist,” said Imam Achmad Cassiem – national chairman of the South African Islamic Unity Convention – in 2002. And so it was into this cauldron of enmity and misunderstanding that two Bridgewater College students immersed themselves. Janita Daggy with a child in the Dehiesha Refugee camp.
CPT member Paul Sparks from Manchester College (left), and a Palestinian man from the village of At-Tuwani.
“If we go back it will be to work actively for peace.” –Dan Rudy
Dome of the Rock in the Old City of Jerusalem.
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Moving experiences They saw the results of years of conflict from both sides. They learned of an Israeli settler who cut the branches of Palestinian olive trees so there would be no harvest for at least five years; of the hard-line Israeli settler who spread rat poison on the ground where Palestinian sheep grazed; of Uzi-toting Israelis harassing Palestinian villages; and, in what Daggy said was one of the most disturbing things she saw, an Israeli soldier pointing his M-16 rifle at a nine-year-old girl’s face. The view from the other side presented what Rudy and Daggy said was one of the most intense experiences for them. At one point during their two-week stay, they sat down with two people from Parents’ Circle of the Bereaved Families’ Forum, whose 500 members – Arab and Jewish – lost close relatives to the conflict. The group was founded when 19-year-old Arik Frankenthal was kidnapped and killed by the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas in 1994. A year later, Frankenthal’s father founded the Parents’ Circle as a call for reconciliation and a peaceful end to the conflict. Aziz, an Arab who joined the group to help him deal with his hatred for the Israelis who had killed his brother, told Rudy and Daggy of having his heart softened when he heard a Jewish man talk about the death of his daughter to a Palestinian suicide bomber in West Jerusalem 12 years earlier. The attack, perpetrated by an extremist in the days between the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, was calculated to inflict maximum physical and psychological damage. Aziz told Rudy and Daggy that, having lost his youth grieving for his brother, he finally found others who could sympathize and share his sorrow. He dreamed that one day the Parents’ Circle will have no new members because no child will be killed in the conflict. Will Dan Rudy and Janita Daggy ever go back to the Middle East? Definitely not as observers, they said. “If we go back it will be to work actively for peace,” said Rudy.
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Bridgewater College’s title-winning equestrians. Pictured on the front row, left to right, are Kristen Banks, Cera Wadsworth, Maggie McCourt, Sara Kate Moore, Alissa Hannan (with trophy), Ashley Worrell, Katie Grove and Allison Noe. Pictured on the back row, left to right, are Betsy Davies, Laura Kissam, Meaghan McNeil, Tricia Ferrante, Cary Smith, Jocelyn Wilbanks, C.J. Caniglia, Gillian Duca Cora and Patti Ann Thornton. Photo by Rosemary Duca Cora
BC Equestrians Win Regional Title by Steve Cox, ‘81
Since its inception in 2001, the Bridgewater College equestrian team has experienced its share of success. This season, however, the program reached new heights as the team won the regional title and just missed qualifying for the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) national show. The team held a lead of several points over perennial region power Hollins University with just one show remaining on the schedule. That show, however, was going to be held on Hollins’ home turf. “Going into the season, I felt like we had a team capable of winning,” Bridgewater head riding coach Sarah Irvine said. “But seeing is believing. The riders had to make it happen and they did.” Irvine and her riders were confident heading into the final show, but they knew holding off Hollins would not be an easy task. “Hollins has been the traditional power in our region,” Irvine explained. “Hollins has the type of program that the rest aspire to be. To beat them at their place was amazing. Not only did we win the region, but we accumulated 40 points at that show – and that’s unheard of.” The victory that clinched the region title was especially satisfying because it was truly a team effort. “The riders we usually depend on to carry us had a tough day at Hollins,” Irvine said. “The cool thing about that Hollins show was we needed some of our other riders to come through and they rose to the occasion and played a huge role in winning the region title.” The team ended Hollins’ eight-year run as the region champion and qualified for zones competition as a team for the first time. At zones, the BC riders just missed qualifying for the national show as they finished just two points behind Sweet Briar College. Although the Eagles did not qualify as a team, two individual riders did qualify for the IHSA national show. Sophomores Alison Noe of Martinsville, Va., placed first in open over fences and Ashley Worrell of Charlottesville, Va., finished first in walk-trot to advance to the national show. According to Irvine, the key to having a successful riding team is having a successful riding program. “The riding team is picked from that program, so the team will only be as good as your overall program,” Irvine said. “With our equine minor, we talk about riding psychology,” she continued. “We’re able to talk about the kinesiology of the horse. We talk about how the horse thinks, how the horse moves. I believe that if the rider understands how the horse works, they will in turn be able to ride that horse better.” Irvine expects the program to continue to grow and thrive in the future. “I never took for granted that we would win this year, but it’s not a fluke that we did,” Irvine said. “We have a program with a plan. We’ve been building this program according to our plan and we will continue to execute our plan to the best of our ability in the future. We’re not where we want to be just yet, but we’re getting there.”
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NABC Honors Bill Leatherman By Steve Cox, ‘81
Bridgewater College head basketball coach Bill Leatherman has been selected as the 2006 recipient of the Guardians Award for Advocacy by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). The Guardians Award is the highest recognition that can be presented to an NABC member. The Guardians Award recognizes the four coaching pillars: advocacy, education, service and leadership. Leatherman was selected from a group of his coaching peers after being nominated by a fellow NABC member. Guardians of the Game is a national awareness and education program led by the NABC. The goal of the program is to focus attention on the positive aspects of basketball and the role coaches play in the lives of student-athletes, in addition to the contributions coaches make to their communities. NABC coaches are advocates for the game of basketball, student-athletes and coaches, providing leadership and guidance on issues affecting the basketball community. The advocacy award winner should exemplify the NABC’s commitment to taking a stand on issues critical to the integrity of the game. In addition, the winner should actively provide support and counsel for the best interests of the game, the individual and society. Leatherman just completed his 21st season as the head coach of the Eagles. He has a career record of 312 wins and 232 losses during his tenure.
BC Goes to Hula Bowl
Athletic training major Angel Aversa in action at the Hula Bowl in Hawaii – working with one of the Division I football all-stars. Aversa was one of 10 BC seniors and staff members to travel to Honolulu for hands-on, professional athletic training work in a high-profile setting. Photo by Barbara H. Long
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How often does one get to combine ESPN Sports, soon-to-be professional athletes and the liberal arts? When Barbara Long, ’88, assistant professor of health and exercise science and director of athletic training, saw the opportunity to go to Hawaii, she jumped at it. “One day this e-mail came to my attention searching for athletic training staffs to provide services to the Division I football all-stars in Honolulu, Hawaii,” she said. “Of course, I said ‘yes’ without even talking to anyone – including my husband.” The connection was made with the Athletic Training Educational Program director at Baylor University in Texas – the person charged with organizing the healthcare services at the event. Professional staff and students applied for inclusion in and the rest was history. Ten members of the Bridgewater College Athletic Training Program were selected from nearly 100 applicants to attend the event. Senior athletic training students Angel Aversa, Carla Boelte, Stacy Gallo, Abigail Hansberger, Caitlin O’Meara, Erin Seabrook and Courtney Williamson were accompanied by BC staff members Chris Horschel, Long and Charity Tyree, ’03, to the Hawaiian event. Since the event happened during the last week of interterm, it was feasible for a number of BC students to go. Thankfully, several professors and the College agreed that the opportunity was a great way to give the seniors a way to separate themselves from their peers in the job market, and supported the student trip. A few of the athletic training students needed classes in the Interterm for graduation but the professors were extremely helpful in accommodating the “chance of a lifetime.” When Long reflects on what she hoped to accomplish with this trip, she said it really had very little to do with the beauty of the environment. Having worked professionally with elite athletes at the U.S. Olympic Training Center and the World University Games, Long knew what a charge the students would get in knowing that they had the same education and knowledge as senior students coming from larger schools like Baylor and Seaton Hall. “I really felt as if the exposure to large school senior athletic training students would give our kids the perspective that they are receiving great experiences and opportunities in our program,” she said. “I suspect these kids will take things away from this experience for years to come – many more things than I could have taught them in a week of class.”
Women’s Basketball Team Realizes High Hopes by Matt Barnhart, ‘03
Three, two, one, zero. During what apparently were the final seconds of Bridgewater’s 2005-06 women’s basketball season, it appeared to be the same old story. Twenty-plus victories. No conference title. No postseason play. No chance of proving they are an elite team. This was the tale for seven of the previous nine years. That would all change just 30 hours after losing in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship game in Salem, Va., on Feb. 25. The Eagles received one of 25 NCAA tournament at-large bids, up from just 11 a year ago. Finally, an opportunity to further prove themselves presented itself. Their first round opponent was No. 24-ranked Bates College (Lewiston, Me.), a school that made it to the Sweet 16 last season. The game took place March 3 in Newburg, N.Y. Shannon Scales, a junior guard who played only five minutes in the second half, hit two three-pointers in the final seconds of overtime to lift the Eagles past Bates 71-69 for Bridgewater’s first NCAA victory since 1998. In the second-round match up on March 4, the Eagles controlled the tempo against Baruch College (New York, N.Y.) and pulled away in the second half to defeat the Bearcats, 72-49. Bridgewater had now proven themselves a force to be reckoned with beyond regular-season play, and in doing so earned a date at top-ranked Southern Maine at their home gym in Gorham, Maine. “We went up there very focused and wanted to prove ourselves,” said junior guard Katy Herr. “We went (to the first and second rounds) with a purpose. And now the sky is the limit.” Initially the game, played on March 10, looked to be a cliffhanger. With eight minutes left to play, the Eagles were down by only three points. But the No. 1 ranked team in the country began to pull away from the Eagles, and ended Bridgewater’s storybook season with a 68-55 win. The season’s final polls agree that Bridgewater was one of the country’s elite teams. The Web site D3hoops.com ranked the Eagles No. 23, while the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll ranked them No.18. Next season, Bridgewater will return 12 of 13 players. May the fairytale continue.
Marsha Kinder, the Eagles’ lone senior, drives past Southern Maine’s Katie Frost during the NCAA Sweet 16 in Gorham, Maine. Kinder finished with a team-high 17 points. Photo by Tommy Thompson
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Golf—The Eagles finished with one of the best
seasons in college history with a third-place finish at the ODAC Championships. They ended the two-day tournament at Poplar Grove Golf Resort in Amherst, Va., with a team score of 617. Head coach Leroy Williams was named the ODAC Coach of the Year. Lacrosse—Bridgewater’s lacross team ended
its season with a 4-11 record under first-year head coach Kathy Kerr. Highlights included an impressive 14-3 non-conference win over Hood College and an 18-1 victory over Hollins for its lone ODAC win of the season. Men’s Tennis—The men’s tennis team,
which finished 13-4 for the season, set a college record for victories in a season (12) and finished in fifth place at the ODAC tournament. Women’s Tennis—Ending its season with an
8-5 record, the women’s tennis team finished in fifth place at the ODAC tournament. Softball—The Eagles finished as ODAC
regular season champions with a 34-9 overall record and a 15-3 conference record. Through April 30, the Eagles were leading the nation in team batting averages at .385. Head coach Donnie Fulk was honored by his peers as the ODAC Coach of the Year. Baseball—The Eagles claimed the ODAC
regular season championship with a 15-3 conference record. Outdoor Track—The men finished second
at the ODAC Championship meet, while the women finished fifth.
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BC Equestrians Place in National Top 10 Bridgewater College riders Alison Noe and Ashley Worrell capped off stellar seasons with Top 10 finishes at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) National Intercollegiate Championship Horse Show held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Arena, May 4-7, in Harrisburg, Pa. Noe, of Martinsville, Va., placed fifth in individual competition in Open Equitation Over Fences. She competed in a field of 16 riders from across the nation. Worrell, of Charlottesville, Va., finished ninth in individual competition in Walk-Trot Equitation. Worrell also competed in a field of 18 riders. “Competing at Nationals was an extraordinary opportunity that I never would have gotten were it not for lots of hard work, both on my part and the part of my coach, Ashley TantawiMayes, who pushed me Alison Noe to my limit every lesson,” Photo by Danny Young said Worrell. “I never dreamed to be at Nationals with only two years of experience in riding and placing 9th in the competition is something I will never forget.” To qualify for the national show, riders needed to finish in the top two in his/her event at zones competition. There are eight zones across the nation. Noe and Worrell each placed first in her class during Zones competition. In other equestrian news this year, Katie Grove of Luray, Va., won the Sportsmanship Award and Gillian Duca Cora of Arlington, Va., won the Most Valuable Award. These team awards were presented at the conclusion of the academic Ashley Worrell year. S D C Photo by Danny Young
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Dr. LeRoy Baker Passes Away Feb. 28 Dr. Albert LeRoy Baker, a leader in the development of recombinant DNA technology for human health care applications, died Feb. 28. He was 66. A 1961 cum laude graduate of Bridgewater College, Baker earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Virginia Tech. He continued post-doctoral studies at Michigan State University, and earned an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. More recently, he continued his example of life-long learning taking classes at the Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. Baker began his career as a biochemist in 1965 with Worthington Biochemical Corp. of Freehold, N.J., where he rose to vice president and technical director. In 1972, he became research director of Inolex Pharmaceutical Corp. in Chicago. From 1978 until retiring in March 1999, Baker played a significant role at the Eli Lilly and Co. in Indianapolis, first as a manager of biosynthetic development and later as a senior research scientist. He led the development phase in creating the first biosynthetically-derived human drug and managed the development of Humulin®, human insulin, which was the world’s first drug from recombinant DNA technology. Baker also participated in target selection and drug localization within cancer research programs. As a boy, Baker and his brother Joe enrolled at the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pa. The school, established by Milton Hershey, the founder of the Hershey chocolate empire, and his wife Catherine, provided no-cost, residential education for orphan boys. In 1996, The Milton Hershey School named Baker as its Alumnus of the Year. In an informal conversation with Bridgewater College science majors in 1999, while on campus to receive the College’s
— providing decent housing for struggling families and going to Honduras to build clinics to serve the
In this circa 1996 photograph, Dr. A LeRoy Baker prepares to purify a protein that will be used in a screen for potential therapeutic agents in the Eli Lilly laboratory. Baker was an integral part of Lilly’s cancer research effort.
medically impoverished. He also was active in the community, working with youth development and city
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Distinguished Alumnus Award, Baker talked about the satisfaction of doing meaningful research that had practical implications for many people. He also acknowledged that he had been well paid for his work. The gratification came not from the money, he added, but from what having money allowed him to do
youth ministry programs. Baker also found ways to benefit Bridgewater College. He and a fellow alumnus, Dr. C. David Jones, ’65, also of Indianapolis, facilitated a gift of used scientific equipment, including two Nuclear Magnetic Resonators (NMRs), from Eli Lilly to the College’s chemistry department. Earlier, Baker and his wife, the former Wanda Harmon, also ’61, of Zionsville, Ind., established a scholarship fund at BC in honor of her parents, Alvin T. and Macie M. Harmon. In addition to his wife, Baker is survived by two daughters. M K H
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BC Mourns Passing of William Mengebier
Dr. William L. Mengebier
The Rev. Dr. William L. Mengebier, professor of biology, emeritus, died March 21, at the age of 84. Mengebier served in the European Theater of Operations during World War II with the 104th Infantry Division. During his service, he was awarded the Silver Star and the Bronze Star with cluster. He retired from the Medical Service Corps of the U.S. Naval Reserve as a lieutenant commander. Dedicated to education, Mengebier joined the faculty of Madison College (now James Madison University) in 1954 as professor of biology and head of the department of biology. In 1968, he transferred to Bridgewater College and became chair of the biology department, a position he held until 1982. He retired from Bridgewater College in 1987. Mengebier achieved recognition for his groundbreaking research in the continuity of biochemical control in all levels of life. He showed that hormones of invertebrates, such as crayfish, would affect vertebrates, such as rats, and vice versa. His excellence in teaching was recognized with the 1969 Meritorious Teaching Award presented by the Association of Southeaster Biologists. He was honored by the Virginia Academy of Science with research grants in 1960, 1968 and 1970. He was selected to the Outstanding Educators of America in 1970-71 and was named a Fellow of the Virginia Academy of Science in 1978. In 1967, Mengebier was ordained a deacon in the Episcopal Church and, in 1968, was ordained to the priesthood. He served as vicar of The Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church in Boonesville, Va., for 13 years and was curate and interim rector of Emmanuel Church in Harrisonburg, Va., from 1970 until his retirement in 1989. He served as the examining chaplain of the Diocese of Virginia and was appointed to two terms on the Diocesan Commission of Ministry. From 1990 to 1995, he was chaplain of the Rockingham Memorial Hospital Hospice. In 1990, Mengebier was awarded the Outstanding Service Award from Bridgewater College. He earned a B.S. degree in pre-medicine from The Citadel, a master’s degree in zoology from Oberlin College and a Ph.D. in physiology from the University of Tennessee. Among his survivors is a daughter, Dr. Margaret Kyger, ’77, of Bridgewater, Va. M K H
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Front Row: Shirley Pritchard McGrath, Carol Compton Spangler, Doris Eller Heisel, Rita Manuel Barnes, Maxine Mundy Ritchie, Joanne Newkirk Fritter, Nora “Sugar” Bollinger Garman, Catherine Sink Bridges, Janet Cook Mitchell, Mona Bross Hylton, Ruth Drake Linn Second Row: Doris Reinhold Hessenauer, Carolyn Ikenberry Weaver, Lois Roller Blackwell, Joy Harsh Flory, Nancy Withrow Sensabaugh, Forest O. Wells, Don L. Shull, Peggy Purdy Mason, Jane Heishman Hare Third Row: Winifred Heatwole McConnell, Carolyn Harshbarger Gunter, Jack W. Heintzleman, Mary Lou Offutt Smith, Emil D. Lipscomb, C. Ray Smith, T. Rodman Layman, Dolores Heatwole Hoak Forth Row: Weston A. Hare, H. Harold “Hal” Lehman, Guy E. Wampler Jr., Ben D. Beydler, John S. Wiatt, Stanley N. Turner, Thomas H. Glass III, L. Clyde Carter Jr., Kenneth E. Harper, P. Hampton Hylton, Bennett G. Miller Jr., David B. Rittenhouse.
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1964 Carolyn Petcher Wiles of Emmitsburg, Md., retired July 1, 2005, after 30 years of teaching music in the Frederick County elementary schools.
Kenneth M. Shaffer Jr. of Elgin, Ill., received a special gift from his sister, D. Jean Shaffer, ’72, of Denton, Md. In August 2004, Jean donated 55 percent of her liver to her brother at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Kenneth is director of the Brethren Historical Library and Archives in Illinois, and Jean is reverse mortgage specialist at M & T Mortgage in Maryland.
1972 D. Jean Shaffer (see Kenneth M. Shaffer Jr., ’67).
Chris Lydle Chris Lydle of Aiken, S.C., was elected trustee-at-large of Photo Marketing Association (PMA) International during its 2006 International Convention and Trade Show in Orlando, Fla. Owner of Chris’ Camera Center South, Lydle has been a certified photographic consultant (CPC) for more than 20 years. He is president of the Dixie Division of PMA and chair of the CPC Advisory Board of PMA. He also is a member of the Digital Imaging Marketing Association®.
Brent M. Holl of Bridgewater, Va., has retired after 33 years of teaching. He will be working at home as president of Beatin’ Path Publications Ltd. publishing music education materials for children. Karen Zehr of Ridgeway, Va., has retired after 31 years of teaching family and consumer sciences in Virginia and North Carolina.
1979 Victor Llewellyn has been in the real estate industry for the past 25 years and is vice president of Llewellyn Realtors. His wife, Patti
Horst Llewellyn, ’80, home schools three of their four children. The family lives in Rockville, Md.
National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. The family lives in Burke, Va.
Patti Horst Llewellyn (see Victor Llewellyn, ’79).
Jason and Marci Inman Strosnider have their second daughter, Kamryn Nicole, born Aug. 28. The family lives in Chesapeake, Va.
1983 Stephan W. Milo and Lisa Driver Milo, ’85, have a son, Charles Gabriel “Gabe,” born May 23, 2005. The family, which includes three daughters, lives in Staunton, Va.
1985 Lisa Driver Milo (see Stephan W. Milo, ’83).
1986 Susan Eagle Jones and Gregory have a daughter, Meredith Hodgkinson Jones born Nov. 3, 2005. The family, which also includes a son, lives in the Pittsburgh area. Dr. Diane L. Krahe and Ted Catton were married in Sept. 2005. Diane teaches history part time at the University of Montana and also writes park histories for the National Park Service with her husband. She completed her Ph.D. from Washington State University in May 2005. The family, which includes Diane’s three stepsons, lives in Missoula, Mont.
The Llewellyn Family. Left to right: Anna, Paul, Megan, Victor ‘79, Patti ‘80, and Mark.
The Gamble Family Beth L. Strohmayer Gamble and Jeff have their first child, a son, Eric Joseph, born June 18, 2005. Beth is an information technology specialist at the Smithsonian Institution’s
1989 Dr. Angela Breidenstine of New Orleans, is a clinical instructor in child psychiatry in the department of psychiatry and neurology at Tulane University Health Sciences Center. She earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia in 2004 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia during 2004-2005. SimonPeter Gomez of Lancaster, N.Y., had an article, “Teaching Human Rights in a Post 9/11 World: Objectivity Versus Advocacy,” published in Humans Write, a journal of the International Human Rights Education Initiative. In addition, he co-authored a paper with David LaFalce titled “Political Attitudes in the Classroom: Is Academia the Last Bastion of Liberalism?” accepted for publication in Volume 3 No. 1 (2007) of the Journal of Political Science Education. This publication is the official journal of the Undergraduate Education Section of the American Political Science Association.
1990 Heidi Jill Cline and Robert Scott Mason, ’95, were married Nov. 26. Heidi earned a master of education degree from James Madison University and is a special education teacher for Rockingham County Public Schools. Robert works for RL Mason Construction. The couple lives in Strasburg, Va. Tammy A. Severson is events coordinator for the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce. She also owns and operates an event manage-
2005. Their son, Paul Jennings “P.J.” Comer IV was born July 20, 2005. Paul is production supervisor for Continental Teves. The family lives in Stanley, Va.
son, William Harrison, born Oct. 9. The family, which also includes two girls, lives in Timberville, Va.
Paul, Micah, and Grace Elisabeth Hess. A group of former Dillon Hall residents get together every year at the home of one of the classmates to remember old times and celebrate new memories. Those present for the 2005 event at the home of Heidi Stratton, ’73, of California, Md., were: Barbara Pitman, ’75, of Falls Church, Va.; Diane Cipperly Hermanau, ’75, of North Attleboro, Mass.; Lynne Nicholas Still, ’74, of Richmond, Va.; Beth Hershner, ’73, of Alexandria, Va.; Christine Chesneau, ’73, of Arnold, Md.; Laura Connell Wurzer, ’73, of Alexandria, Va.; Heidi Thompson Peregory, ’73, of Upper Fairmount, Md.; Regina Stanley Holman, ’73, of Montpelier, Va.; Merry Eggy, ’73, of Fredericksburg, Va.; and Pam Derrenger, ’72, of Council Bluffs, Iowa. Since the photo was taken, Pitman, a consultant with the World Wildlife Federation in Washington, D.C., was diagnosed with cancer and died on Feb. 26. ment business, EME Productions. She completed a certification program in event management from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., earlier this year. Severson and her husband, Keith Schussler, live in Camden, Del., along with their three black Labrador retrievers.
Carter and Peyton Bowman
Jeffrey Faus of Wichita, Kan., is the managing editor of Trees for Life Journal, an online forum for expanding global knowledge about beneficial plants and trees. In May 2005, Dr. Kelly Manley earned a Ph.D. degree in consumer economics at the University of Geor-
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Melissa Conner Szulkowski and Jamie have a son, Tyler Oakley, born March 31, 2005. Melissa is a wireless product planner at NTELOS in Waynesboro, Va., where the family lives.
Sherri Richardson Schmidt and Stephen live in Round Rock, Texas, with their two children.
Scott M. Wilkins and Karen have a son, Jason Michael, born Oct. 7. Scott is regional accounting manager for prepared foods and turkey at Pilgrims Pride Corporation Inc. The family, which also includes a daughter, lives in Harrisonburg, Va.
Eric J. Fitzgerald and Nina Williams were married July 7, 2005. Eric is director of business development for Into Homes Mortgage Services Inc. The couple, along with Eric’s stepdaughter, Sarah, lives in Chantilly, Va.
Sherri Gardner Browning and Jonathan Browning, ’95, have their second daughter, McKenna Jordan, born Jan. 9. The family lives in Chantilly, Va.
gia. She is an assistant professor of economics at Gainesville State College in Watkinsville, Ga.
Bridget Ritter and Darren Burns were married in October 2004. The couple lives in Annapolis, Md. Karen Doss Bowman and Darin Keith “DK” Bowman, ’93, have their second son, Carter Doss, born Jan. 19. Darin Keith recently began working as art director at Daniel’s Promotional Products in Harrisonburg, Va. The family lives in Bridgewater, Va.
Tyler Oakley Szulkowski
1995 Matthew Ray Brady (see Jennifer Magers Brady, ’93). Jonathan Browning (see Sherri Gardner Browning, ’94).
Paul Jennings Comer III and Carrie Wilmer were married March 12,
Robert Scott Mason (see Heidi Jill Cline, ’90). Tara Myers Riddle and Timothy have a son, Andrew Michael, born July 15, 2005. The family lives in Franklin County, Va. Grandparents are Lynn Myers,’70 and Sandra Myers of Boones Mill, Va. (see photo Chris and Stacy Myers, ‘00)
Emilia Allisen Lundblad Iliana S. Ilieva and Mark Lundblad have a daughter, Emilia Allisen Lundblad, born Jan. 18. The family lives in Fairfax, Va.
1997 Alisa Holler Eberly (See Aaron W. Eberly, ’95). Jennifer Bane Edwards and James T. Pugh Jr., were married Sept. 24. Jennifer earned an M.S. degree in physical therapy from the Medical College of Virginia and is a physical therapist in New York City.
Darin Keith Bowman (see Karen Doss Bowman, ’91). Jennifer Magers Brady and Matthew Ray Brady, ’95, have a son, Sullivan Matthew, born April 27, 2005. The Bradys are both teachers at Shady Grove Elementary School in Henrico County. Matt also is director of music at Lakeside Baptist Church. The family, which includes a daughter, lives in Mechanicsville, Va.
Michelle Bare Hess and Eric have a daughter, Grace Elisabeth, born Dec. 7. The family, which includes two sons, lives in Waynesboro, Va.
Grace, Emma and William Eberly Aaron W. Eberly and Alisa Holler Eberly, ’97, have their first
Amy Johnson Ettinger and Matthew have their second child, a son, Brady James, born April 4, 2005. Amy is the security and emergency preparedness coordinator for the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation. The family lives in Midlothian, Va. (see photo next page)
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Brandon James Ettinger Alexander D. MacPhail and Karin have a son, Peter Alexander, born Dec. 30. The family lives in Gordonsville, Va.
Lara Robyn Warcholak and Jamie Warren were married Nov. 26. Lara earned a master’s degree in elementary education from Marymount University and teaches fourth grade in Prince William County schools. The couple lives in Bristow, Va.
James Everett Dean Sheryl Frye Dean and Louis have a son, James Everett “Rett,” born Feb. 22. The family lives in Brunswick, Md. Erik W. Koeppen and Samantha E. Dachik were married Oct. 7. Erik is director of federal compliance for Aristotle International Inc., a political technology company. The couple lives in Fairfax, Va.
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1999 Kelley R. King and Brad Haga were married Nov. 19. The couple lives in Crockett, Va., where Kelley is a physical therapy assistant with Smith County Community Hospital Home Care. Tamatha Loy Steele (see Curtis B. Steele, ’99). Richard S. Vallaster’s marketing company, Cresote Affects, was named Best of Show at the 16th annual Greater Frederick American Advertising Federation (ADDY) awards. The three-year-old business
Eric Campbell is fitness director at Dominion Valley Country Club in Haymarket, Va. Previously, Campbell was assistant fitness director at Brier Creek Country Club in Raleigh, N.C., where he designed and implemented muscle and sport specific exercise programs for a wide range of clients and sports. In 2003, he was certified as a golfconditioning specialist and recently earned his certification as a strength and conditioning specialist through National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
Emily Brooke Manifor Elin Dodd Manifor and Michael have a daughter, Emily Brooke, born Feb. 19. The family lives in Oceanside, Calif. Shawn Munoz (see Marcia Veney Munoz, ’98). Jessica O. Hepburn
1998 Marcia Veney Munoz and Shawn Munoz, ’01, have a son, Jace Braylon, born Aug. 19. The family lives in Upper Marlboro, Md.
Amy Wampler Wouters and Justin have a son, Isaac, born May 18, 2005. The family lives in Wilson, N.C.
Patrick W. Weller and Heather M. Kelley, ’03, were married Aug. 6. Patrick earned a master’s degree in kinesiology from James Madison University and is assistant men’s basketball coach at Bridgewater College. Heather is a human resource management systems specialist for the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Virginia.
Curtis B. and Tamatha Loy Steele, ’99, have a son, Braelon Liskey, born Dec. 1. Tammy is the volunteer coordinator at Sunnyside Retirement Community. The family lives in Bridgewater, Va. Aaron C. Toothman and Rachel have a daughter, Anna Joy, born March 5, 2005. Aaron is branch manager of BB&T in Ronceverte, W.Va., where the family, which also includes a son, lives.
dent of lending at First and Citizens Bank in Monterey, Va., where the family lives. (see photo, below)
Andrew Michael Riddle and Elisabeth Jo Myers. Chris and Stacy Miller Myers have a daughter, Elisabeth Jo, born Aug. 27. Grandparents are Lynn Myers, ’70, and Sandra Myers of Boones Mill, Va., and Wayne Miller, ’70, and JoAnn Cahall Miller, ’72, of Locust Grove, Va. The family lives in Rocky Mount, Va. Janae Marie Snapp and David Larimer Shields Jr. were married Feb. 18. Janae teaches third grade for Hardy County Schools in Baker W.Va. The couple lives in Mathias, W.Va. Laura Gutshall Warner and Anthony have a daughter Autumn Alexys, born Jan. 7. Laura is vice presi-
Madeline Nicole Ray Susan Roy Ray and Jason have a daughter, Madeline Nicole, born Feb. 17. The family lives in Arbovale, W.Va. Jason Threewitts and Pamela Scyphers Threewitts, ’02, have a son, Jacob Grant, born Sept. 22. Jason is a manufacturing technician for Metalsa Roanoke. Pamela is a parttime certified public accountant and staff accountant for Kennett & Kennett P.C. The family, which also includes a daughter, lives in Troutville, Va.
Jessica O. Hepburn earned a juris doctorate degree from Widener University School of Law in May 2005. While at Widener, she served on the executive committee of the Health Law Society and was a member of the Trial Advocacy Honor Society. She is the judicial law clerk to the Honorable Ronald B. Rubin, Montgomery County Circuit Court in Maryland. Shay Mitchell of Harrisonburg, Va., graduated with a B.S. degree in nursing from Eastern Mennonite University in April 2006. He is pursuing an M.S. degree in nursing, within the acute/critical care nurse practitioner specialty track with a focus in trauma, at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University in Atlanta. He is working full time as an emergency department nurse while attending school part time.
Kristen Ruffner and Ben Rodger were married July 23, 2005. The couple lives in Alexandria, Va.
Adam C. Stultz and Lynsey M. Musgrove were married Nov. 26. Adam is a support technician for Parts Depot. The couple, who live in Blue Ridge, Va., are active in the Summerdean Church of the Brethren in Roanoke, Va. Pamela Scyphers Threewitts (see Jason Threewitts, ’01).
Rachel (left) and Rebecca Leddy with Stephen.
Heather M. Kelley (see Patrick W. Weller, ’99).
Corrections: In the fall 2005 edition of Bridgewater magazine, Harvey S. Leddy, ’98, and Amanda were listed as having two children. The Leddys have three children: Rebecca, age 7, Rachel, age 3 and Stephen Joseph, born April 27, 2005. The family lives in Christiansburg, Va. Our apologies for omitting one of the children.
Kyle Elizabeth Lehman and Nicholas M. Mohler were married Jan. 21. Kyle is director of development for Ephrata Performing Arts Center. The couple lives in Lawn, Pa.
2004 Carlton Flippin of Stuarts Draft, Va., teaches English at Wilson Memorial High School. Mary J. Lewis and Jose Manuel Rodriguez were married Oct. 22. Their daughter, Alana Shanin Rodriguez was born Nov. 20. The family lives in Roanoke, Va. Pamela Shifflett Snyder and John have a son, Cade Jackson, born Dec. 22. The family lives in the Bridgewater area.
2005 Shannon Cole Huffman of Weyers Cave, Va., is the cash compliance accountant at James Madison University. In this position, he performs random audits of campus departments and assist in departmental reconciliations. Previously he was a bookkeeper for Rockingham Heritage Bank. He remains active in the Pleasant Valley Church of the Brethren. Deirdra Tate and Doug Jones were married July 9, 2005. Deirdra teaches science in Bedford County. The couple lives in Lynchburg, Va.
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The winter 2006 issue of Bridgewater magazine included a Class Note on P. Jane Crumpacker Brown, ‘62. She lost two brother-in-laws to death rather than brothers as was reported. Her brother, John Evers Crumpacker, ’61, is alive and lives in Timberville, Va. We apologize for the error.
Justus H. Ikenberry, ’29, of Daleville, Va., died March 7, at the age of 100. A lifelong member of the Church of the Brethren, he served as a deacon and sang in the choir for 50 years. He was manager of Camp Bethel and enjoyed working in his orchards harvesting apples and peaches. He also raised cattle. Hazel Breeden Ikenberry, his wife of 65 years, died March 31. They are survived by a daughter, Linda Ikenberry Shiotani, ’67, of Columbus, Ohio. Esther Pence Garber, ’31, of Lancaster, Pa., died Dec. 11, at the age of 95. She taught first grade for 22 years before retiring in 1972 from the Richmond School District. An author, she wrote three children’s books. She also wrote Button Shoes and Counting My Buttons, books about her early years growing up on a farm. She was a member of Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren. She is survived by her husband, William Jacob Garber, ’30. Also among her survivors is a daughter, Mary G. “Kitty” Puffenberger, ’58, of Elizabethtown, Pa. Elva Elizabeth Miller Wilfong, ’32, of Dayton, Va., died Jan. 7, at the age of 96. She was retired from teaching French and English at Turner Ashby High School. She was a member of Dayton United Methodist Church and the Women’s Fellowship. Rhea Olive Cody Garst, ’33, of Salem, Va., died July 7, 2005, at the age of 93. Katherine Molesworth Pickett, ’33, of Laurel, Md., died June 17, 2003. Robert B. Harrison, ’34, of Emerald Isle, N.C., died Dec. 18, 1998. Kathleen Propst Propst, ’36, of Franklin, W.Va., died Jan. 12, at the age of 91. She taught elementary school, retiring as a third-grade teacher in 1979. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, where she taught Sunday school and was active in the Luther League, the Junior Mission Band and the Woman’s Missionary
Society. She also occasionally served as organist. Catherine Marsh McVeigh, ’37, of Saint Paul, Minn., died Jan. 20, 2005. Lois Miller McCorkle, ’39, of Chico, Calif., died Feb. 20, 2003. The Rev. Ralph D. Bowman, ’41, of Reedley, Calif., died Aug. 26. Ruth Ellen Crumpacker Wine,’41, of Roanoke, Va., died Jan. 31, after a long illness. She was 87. She was an elementary school teacher until leaving full-time teaching to raise her children. She continued to substitute teach for a number of years. Wine was an active member of Cloverdale Church of the Brethren, where she taught Sunday school and Vacation Bible School. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Dr. R. Lowell Wine, a life trustee of Bridgewater College. Dr. L. Leon Reid, ’48, of McDonald, Pa., died Jan. 8. Galen E. Bowman, ’49, of Woodbridge, Va., died Jan. 6, of cancer. He was 79. He was retired after 22 years as principal of John H. Russell School at Quantico Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Va. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean Conflict. Among his survivors is a sister, Elizabeth Ann Bowman Hodge, ’46, of Danville, Va. The Rev. Stanley R. Wampler, ’49, of Bridgewater, Va., died Jan. 31, at the age of 86. He served in the U.S. Army in the European Theater in 1944 and 1945. He graduated from Bethany Theological Seminary and served Church of the Brethren pastorates at Pleasant View and Walker’s Chapel in Mt. Jackson, Va., and Wakeman’s Grove in Edinburg, Va., from 1951 to 1956. He served as district executive for the Church of the Brethren in the Shenandoah District from 1954 until retiring in 1984. In retirement, he was active in the Industrial Commercial Ministries and Hospital Chaplaincy Programs. He also served on the Bridgewater Healthcare Foundation
Board. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mazie Kirby Wampler, ’51, and a son, Wayne Wampler, ’72, of Fayetteville, N.C. The Rev. Thomas Jennings Goldston Jr., of Athens, W.Va., died March 24, on his 80th birthday. He graduated from Crozer Theological Seminary and Duke Divinity School. He served as a Baptist pastor for 47 years in churches in Virginia, West Virginia, New York and Rhode Island. A Navy veteran of World War II, he was a life member of VFW Post 8366, Gauley Bridge. He also taught in the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind in Staunton, Va. He is survived by his second wife, Garnet White. John L. Townsend, ’50, of Charlotte, N.C., died Sept. 3, 2000, at the age of 76. Anna Bowman Wright, ’50, of Roanoke, Va., died Jan. 13, from Parkinson’s Disease. Among her survivors is a brother, the Rev. Harold Bowman, ’65, of Harrisonburg, Va. Dr. Kwok Keung “K.K.” Chan, ’52, of Palo Alto, Calif., died Nov. 4, at the age of 82. Born in Guangzhou, China, he joined China National Aviation Corp. and piloted airplanes to airlift war materials to China during World War II from 1944 to 1946. He earned a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering and a Ph.D. degree in fluid mechanics both from Purdue University. Chan worked for Lockheed Missiles and Space Co. for 38 years before retiring in 1991. In retirement, he traveled the world, visiting every continent. He also volunteered at the Chinese Community Library. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Helen Chan Chan, ’51. Robert Nolan Fritter, ’57, of Lombard, Ill., died Oct. 7. Thera Grefe Craun, ’62, of Bedford, Va., died Jan. 24, following a six-year battle with cancer. She was 65. She was serving as an aftercare coordinator and organist for Updike Funeral Home and Cremation Service, pianist at Sedalia Baptist Church and
organist for the Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church. She also was the organist at Otterville United Methodist Church for over 30 years, and participated in the Bedford Choral Society. Over the past 24 years, she taught private piano to many students. She is survived by her husband Garland W. Craun, also ’62. Jean Braunlich Davis, ’63, of Atlanta, died March 20, at the age of 64. She taught physical education at the St. Jude School for nearly 30 years. She was inducted into the Bridgewater College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996. She was an avid gardener. Dr. Thomas C. Scordas Jr., of Bent Mountain, Va., died Feb. 27. The Rev. Gary D. Bookout, ’70, of Shallotte, N.C., died Dec. 9. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict and earned a master of education degree from West Virginia University. He taught school in Virginia and West Virginia and was principal of Philippi Middle School for a number of years. Most recently, he was employed with his wife, Alice, at Attitudes Unlimited Counseling Center and Ancient Wisdom Health Center Inc., both alternative-healing centers. He raised Colorado Ranger Bred and Gotland horses. Along with his wife, he was instrumental in saving the purebred breed of Gotland horses from extinction in the U.S. An ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren, he served churches in Virginia and West Virginia. Jonathan C. Roberts, ’71, of Roanoke, Va., died Aug. 2, 1995. He was 48 at the time of his death. Larry D. Maxey, ’74, of Buckingham, Va., died April 7, at the age of 54. He was the owner of Maxey Exterior Design Inc. and a member of the Virginia Society of Landscape Designers. He received numerous landscape awards from the “Keep Virginia Beautiful” campaign. He was an active member of Maysville Baptist Church, where he served as deacon, a past chair of the deacon board, a
Joshua Ryan Lee, a freshman history and political science major from Leesburg, Va., died Nov. 3. He was 18. He was a member of the Civil Air Patrol, Leesburg Squadron; a member of the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company; and a member of the Bridgewater (Va.) Volunteer Fire Department. In 2005, Lee was named the Junior Firefighter of the Year of the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company. He also was selected in 2005 as a “Future Leader of Loudoun” by the Loudoun-Times Mirror daily newspaper in Leesburg, and was the Loudoun Volunteer Service Volunteer of the Year. He is survived by his parents, Tom and Mary Lee of Leesburg; a sister and a brother.
Michael D. Dobbs, ’05, of Richmond, Va., died Feb. 5, at the age of 22. He worked for a statewide phoneservice firm and was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church. A cross-country runner at Bridgewater College, he had taken up karate. Survivors include his parents, Leslie C. and Mary Turner Dobbs.
trustee and a Sunday school teacher. He is survived by his wife Jodi and five children. Barbara J. Pitman, ’75, of Falls Church, Va., died Feb. 26, after being recently diagnosed with cancer. She was a consultant with the World Wildlife Federation in Washington, D.C. Anita Hollenberg Byng, ’76, of Sebring, Fla., died Jan. 7, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was 51. She taught music at Sun ’n Lake Elementary School for 13 years and at Heartland Christian School for two years. She was employed at Heartland National Bank. She was a member of Sebring Grace Brethren Church, where she worked with music and youth ministries at the local and national level. She is survived by her husband Terry. Also among her survivors are two brothers, Bruce Hollenberg, ’78, of Westminster, Md., and Keith Hollenberg, ’86, of York, Pa. Kevin Lee Young, ’84, of Westminster, Md., died March 25, 2005. Jonathan C. Nabors, ’00, of Fairfax Station, Va., died June 29.
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Dr. Phillip C. Stone, president of Bridgewater College and founder of The Lincoln Society of Virginia provided the keynote address at the annual Lincoln Day Ceremony on Feb. 12. The topic of Stone’s speech was “Lincoln’s Cabinet.” Photo by Allen Litten
Lincoln Day Ceremony Focuses on President’s Cabinet
even men comprised the cabinet of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, and it was these seven men who received the spotlight Feb. 12 at a ceremony honoring the nation’s 16th chief executive.
The Lincoln Day Ceremony – which has become a tradition in the
area – was held at the Lincoln Cemetery six miles north of Harrisonburg, and the keynote address was provided by Dr. Phillip C. Stone, president of Bridgewater College and founder of The Lincoln Society of Virginia. Stone’s address explored the Republican Convention of 1860 and how Abraham Lincoln received the Republican nomination ahead of other, more popular politicians. Stone then turned to Lincoln’s winning of the presidential election and his subsequent selection of his cabinet which – remarkably – contained some of the politicians he had defeated in the Republican Convention in Chicago. Although the 2006 Lincoln Day Ceremony was held the day after a snowstorm battered the area, it was well attended by a staunch group of historians and supporters.
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Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. Cole Hall
Theater at Bridgewater College presents The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill. A masterpiece of musical theater that grew out of its writers' experience of Weimar Germany.
Music Sept. 30
7:30 p.m., Carter Center
Events U p c oming
7:30 p.m., Cole Hall
Media Bias Debate: Cliff Kincaid Editor of the Accuracy in Media (AIM) Report vs. Jeff Cohen the founder of FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting). Sponsored by W. Harold Row Lecture Series
Nov. 2 7:30 p.m., Cole Hall
Gay Marriage Debate: Cheryl Jacques a sixterm Massachusetts State Senator and President of the Human Rights Campaign vs. John H. Rogers, the House Majority Leader for the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Sponsored by the Anna B. Mow Endowed Lecture Series.
Homecoming Concert featuring the Chorale and Jazz Band.
Salzburg Chamber Soloists.
Nov. 30 7:30 p.m., Cole Hall
Nov. 13 Salzburg Chamber Soloists
Debra Liang-Fenton, Executive Director of the US Committee for Human Rights in North Korea.
W. Harold Row Lecture Series
8 p.m., Carter Center
Sat., Dec. 2 – 8 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 3 – 3 p.m. Carter Center
Bridgewater College Oratorio Choir
Bridgewater College Symphonic Band.
Aug. 28-Oct. 4
“Art from the Edge: Images of Newfoundland”–Paintings, Drawings, and Photographs by JMU Professor Dietrich Maune.
Sept. 4: Artist Talk 4-5 p.m.; Reception 5-7 p.m. Cleo Driver Miller Art Gallery
7:30 p.m., Cole Hall
Deena Burnett, widow of Tom Burnett, one of the heroes on United Airlines Flight 93 on September 11, 2001.
Oct. 9-Nov. 21 “Clay Sculpture”–Large scale ceramic sculpture by Concord University Professor James Biggs.
Sponsored by the W. Harold Row Lecture Series
Student Anna J. McCready's Senior Art Exhibit.
Oct. 9: Artist Talk 4-5 p.m.; Reception 5-7 p.m. Cleo Driver Miller Art Gallery
Sept. 21 7:30 p.m., Cole Hall
Charles Kernaghan, Executive Director, National Labor Committee. "The Fight to End Sweatshops and Win Workers Rights in the Global Economy."
The Cleo Driver Miller Art Gallery is located off the main lobby of the Kline Campus Center. The gallery is open daily, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Event Tickets: Required for Lyceums and Theatre at Bridgewater productions
Sponsored by Anna B. Mow Lecture Series
Sept. 28 7:30 p.m., Cole Hall
Anthony Rapp, star of the Broadway and film versions of the award-winning musical, "Rent."
(see below). All other events are free and tickets are not required. Lyceums: $13 adults/ $10 seniors, non-BC students, children. Tickets sold only at the door beginning one hour before the performance. Theatre at Bridgewater: $6 adults/$5 seniors, non-BC students, children. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. For reservations, call (540) 828-8000
Spring Theatre production of Nora.
Sponsored by Harold T. Hersch Lecture Series
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