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Essary’s Legacy Law School dean’s six years were marked by positive change

Q&A with the Coach Camel skipper talks about baseball team’s record-breaking season

Leah’s Story

Pharmacy’s top grad inspires others after family tragedy


Leah’s Story Our cover story features recent College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences graduate Leah Hutchens Mitchell, whose father was a WinstonSalem Police officer shot and killed in the line of duty in 2009. Despite the pain of losing her father, Leah completed a rigorous four years of pharmacy school with a perfect 4.0 to become the top graduate in 2012. But that’s not where Leah’s Story ends ...


10 Things You Didn’t Know ... From an alumna who’s the sister of a world-famous athlete to the secret of the school’s high success rate on national exams, we offer “10 Things You Didn’t Know About” the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences.


Exceeding Expectations Patrick Newman didn’t let physical disabilities stop him from getting his law school degree a year earlier than anybody expected.


Sports: Baseball’s Sudden Rebirth Coming off one of the most disappointing seasons in the program’s history, Campbell’s baseball squad enjoyed a record-setting season in 2012. We talk about it in a Q&A with Coach Greg Goff.

Departments 4 To the Editor 6 Around Campus 27 Alumni Spotlight 37 Athletic Notes 42 Alumni Class Notes

After six years of heading Campbell Law School through major growth and a major move, Dean Melissa Essary is ready to return to her first love (professionally) ... the classroom (p 20)

t A Toast To 25 Years

College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences Dean Ron Maddox offers a toast to kick off the school’s 25th Anniversary Gala held in Raleigh in May.

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Re: “Rooted in Campbell,” Spring 2012 edition of Campbell Magazine (“Campbell’s first car” inset, pg. 20) What an honor and great memory for you to place this picture of Dad’s Model T, the first automobile at Campbell. Every time I drive between the University and Sanford, I imagine the open car, the classic motor noise, wind blowing ... even though then he didn’t have much hair!



Campbell is blessed Re: “Rooted in Campbell,” Spring 2012 edition of Campbell Magazine In this article, it is clear that Dr. Christopher Stewart is very proud of his family and their contributions to Campbell. Dr. Stewart will carry on this family tradition of community service and dedication to this university. I hope Campbell knows how incredibly blessed it is to have such a fine, outstanding and honorable young man serving on their educational team. Donna Byrd Hemminger, ’78


He and Mom loved Campbell, and we children are honored and privileged that they gave of themselves to a wonderful institution. I thank Campbell also for the honor to be affiliated in the curriculum with the first class of the Physician Assistant Program. Al Hartness, MD


A great spring issue I just read the Spring 2012 edition of Campbell Magazine. What a good issue! We have been at Campbell in the Divinity School since 1996 when Bruce (Powers) helped begin that new school along with Michael Cogdill. We will never learn all the stories of the “old timers,” but we love to keep trying. The picture of Catherine King and her anecdote about dancing were wonderful. She was our neighbor when we lived in

the Profitt House and attended Memorial Baptist with us. And the story of Dr. Christopher Stewart and his roots and connections with Campbell and Buies Creek was most interesting. Never say anything bad about anybody in the Creek, because you might be talking to a relative of that person! We have season basketball tickets and really enjoyed the article about Eric Griffin. We are proud of the team and the hard work of Coach Laing and his team of coaches. The past season was an exciting and entertaining one. Lastly, I love the cover. I recently saw a TV piece on The New Yorker and the history of their magazine covers. I see the homage in the artist’s work. Thanks for all the work you and your colleagues have done. Jean Powers


Submit A Letter Campbell Magazine wants to hear from you, whether it’s about a story in this edition or anything involving Campbell University. Send a Letter to the Editor to or by mail to: Campbell Magazine ℅ Letters to the Editor P.O. Box 567 Buies Creek, NC 27506

MEMORIES Paul Granger, Class of 2005 Randy Costa and I were hanging out at Joel Schlieman’s place across from the Business Building, and kids were running around in the snow on his property. We decided something must be done. Our solution: build a giant snowman, put Randy inside, and when the kids came around, he’d jump out and scare the life out of them. The kids never came back, but we managed to scare a few girls we knew. An hour or so into it, we thought Randy was freezing, so we put a candle in through his peep hole. We also gave him a camera, which allowed for this picture.


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Over the summer, we called on students and alumni to share their favorite memories of Campbell University, and in honor of our 125th year, we have reprinted a few of those memories in this edition of Campbell Magazine.

To read all of the entries, visit

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Volume 7 • Issue 2 President

Jerry Wallace Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Britt Davis Director of University Communications and Publications

Haven Hottel Assistant Director of Publications

Billy Liggett Digital Content Coordinator

Cherry Crayton Graphic and Digital Publication Designer

Jonathan Bronsink Web Designer team

Bob Dry Angie Barker

In this issue We all have a story or two to tell when it comes to our college years. Whether it’s meeting the love of our lives, late night studying (or not studying) with our friends, experiencing the atmosphere of a college football or basketball game or simply enjoying our newfound freedom and ascension into adulthood — the memories from college tend to be some of the best memories that stick forever. As Campbell University celebrates its 125th year, we’ve worked to help our alumni share their cherished moments with the rest of the Campbell community, whether it’s archived photos posted on the University’s Facebook timeline or the recent memories sent to us by alumni and current students. This issue of Campbell Magazine is an extension of that effort. In addition to photos and stories about everything from freshman orientation to graduation, we’ve included several memories shared by you in the Summer 2012 edition.

Founded in 1887, Campbell University is a private, coeducational institution where faith and learning excel. Campbell offers programs in the liberal arts, sciences and professions with undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. The University is comprised of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business, the School of Education, the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences and the Divinity School. Campbell University was ranked among the Best Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report in its America’s Best Colleges 2012 edition and named one of the “100 Best College Buys” in the nation by Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc.

The centerpiece of this magazine, however, is recent graduate Leah Hutchens Mitchell, who this spring finished her eight years at Campbell University with a degree from the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. Her memories of Buies Creek are marked by success (she graduated with a 4.0, never dropping below an ‘A’ in any class during all eight years) and tragedy (her father, a Winston-Salem police officer, was killed in the line of duty during her second year of pharmacy school). Leah’s story is about overcoming adversity … but her story doesn’t end with graduation. This summer, she donated a kidney to the son of a police officer who once served with her father. We feel Leah embodies everything that is special about Campbell University. Of course, the stories and memories don’t end with this issue. We encourage the thousands of Campbell alumni, staff and students who read Campbell Magazine to continue to share their memories and write to us for future editions. Email Editor Billy Liggett at liggettb@ to be published. Until then, enjoy our Summer 2012 magazine. We’ll see you again in the fall.

Billy Liggett Assistant Director for Publications

PHOTO: Lauren Barefoot graduated from Campbell University on May 12, 2012, but that wasn’t the biggest life-changing event to happen to her that day. After commencement, her boyfriend Steven Goldsmith (’11) got down on one knee in front of the fountain near the LundyFetterman School of Business and popped the question to Barefoot, who responded with a resounding “Yes!”

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Campus End of the Road

Annie Ellison receives her hood at the Campbell Law School commencement ceremony held at Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh. More than 950 students received degrees from Campbell’s six schools over a two-day period in early May. | Photo by Karl DeBlaker


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School of Osteopathic Medicine

Med School begins recruiting first class


busy summer for Campbell University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine kicked off with the announcement that the school was awarded provisional accreditation status. The new status, which went into effect on July 1, meant the University was eligible to actively recruit students, matriculate new students and offer a program of medical instruction with an approved curriculum. Campbell began taking applications for its first class — the Class of 2017 — on June 1. According to Dean Dr. John Kauffman, the school took in more than 700 completed applications through Aug. 1, from students all over the country. The school, which is scheduled to open its doors in the fall of 2013, is also currently busy hiring professors and staff to prepare for that opening, now just a year away.


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“We have assembled an outstanding team of medical educators,” said Kauffman. “I look forward to meeting and working with potential students to ensure that we identify and recruit the highest quality applicants for CUSOM.” Campbell’s medical school will eventually graduate 150 physicians each year, many of whom will practice in rural and underserved regions of the state. Students will spend their first two years training in the new medical school at Campbell University. According to Kauffman, third- and fourth-year medical students will train in community hospitals across the state, where he expects many will live and become active members in their communities. Construction on the 96,500-square-foot facility on Highway 421 began last December and is expected to be completed by May.

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Campbell Law launches smartphone app

Professor honored for her impact on N.C.

Campbell Law School released a new smartphone application, “CU LAW,” for Android and Apple products in April. The app was the third of its kind among all law schools in the United States, and the first among all law schools in North Carolina. The free app was created in-house by Campbell Law Director of Information Technology Mark Gibbons and associates Chuck Toscano and Cole Dickens. “CU Law” allows for prospective students, current students, alumni, faculty, staff and community partners to stay in touch with Campbell Law regardless of time or location. “Our smart phone application further solidifies our standing as a forward-thinking law school in terms of technology and access,” said Gibbons. “Our app allows all of our stakeholders to stay informed, in touch and connected with Campbell Law via one all-encompassing resource.” The app boasts a wealth of information, including admissions, school history, news feed, event calendar, videos, faculty bios, location information and a photo gallery. Additionally, the app uses GPS technology to individually connect with, and send pertinent messages and event information, to users in specific geographic locations. The app is currently available in both the Android Marketplace and the iTunes store.

Campbell University professor Dr. Peggy Smith was named the recipient of the Jay Robinson Leadership Exemplary Educator Award in May, an honor given to educators who have made a "statewide impact in K-12 education." Smith, who is also a member of the Johnston County School Board and is coordinator of Campbell’s Master of School Administration program, was honored at a reception and luncheon on June 11. She was nominated for the award by Mandi Campbell, Head Start coordinator and member of the Kannapolis City Schools Board of Education. “Dr. Peggy Smith has filled many roles in education," Campbell said. "She is dedicated, driven and passionate about education. She has a vision that all students can succeed and this vision is contagious in all students, parents and teachers that have worked with her through the years. For Smith, there are no barriers when it comes to educating and preparing children to become life-long learners.” Smith’s experience in education covers the public school area — classroom teacher, college instructor in school administration, statewide and national consultant, North Carolina Wachovia Principal of the Year in 2001, Dean of Students at the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics and school board member.

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New Physical Therapy Program gets director Dr. Gregory Dedrick was named founding director of Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences’ new doctor of physical therapy program in June. His responsibilities will include leading the development of the program, obtaining accreditation and overseeing faculty recruitment. "Dr. Dedrick is highly respected in physical therapy education and understands the challenges of implementing a new degree program," said Ron Maddox, PharmD, dean of Campbell University’s College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences and vice president of health programs. Dedrick brings more than 15 years of clinical knowledge and over a decade of teaching and research experience to the position. Most recently, he served as an associate professor of physical therapy at Texas Tech University, where he taught numerous physical therapy courses in both master’s and doctoratelevel programs as well as post-professional education. “One of the reasons I was drawn to Campbell University is its unique position to provide students with inter-professional learning experiences,” Dedrick said. “I believe this type of training will improve communication and respect among health care practitioners to ultimately provide better care for patients.”

DID YOU KNOW? The 2011-12 school year marked two major milestones for Campbell University with the 125th anniversary of the University’s founding and the 25th anniversary of the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. But another milestone has gone somewhat unnoticed – the 100th anniversary of the first Pine Burr Yearbook. That first edition, published in 1912, was dedicated to founder J.A. Campbell and included 62 pages of photos, essays, poems and advertisements.

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Campbell’s inaugural physician assistant class finished its first year in July, and students and faculty gathered to celebrate with an end-of-the-school-year cookout in front of Carrie Rich Hall. With the 13-month didactic phase of their training complete, the students embarked on 15 months of clinical rotations after a three-week break in August. The second class of PA students began their journey just before the official beginning of the fall semester. | Photo by Andrea Pratt

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Smith makes list of nation’s top J-Profs Campbell’s Dr. Michael Smith was recognized by as one of “Top 50 journalism professors for 2012." Smith, a professor of Communication Studies and adviser of The Campbell Times student newspaper, was also awarded Campbell University’s first Teaching Excellence Award this spring. Before beginning his teaching career, Smith spent a decade working in the newsroom and writing for several publications in the 1980s. He works with Drs. Edward Johnson and J. Dean Farmer to teach more than 100 students in the Department of Communication Studies.


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Smith said the key for students in the Technology Age is to adapt to the everchanging role of a journalist. Whether or not newspapers survive, Smith says there will always be careers for students who write well, and the nation will always need talented, hard-working journalists. “There’s a valuable, respectable notion that democracy depends on the free flow of information, and journalists provide that information,” he said. “(Journalism) is not just writing well, it’s about having a community that flourishes.” Law School Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Dual degree program connects law, public health Campbell University’s College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences and the Campbell Law School announced the establishment of a new dual-degree program over the summer. The four-year program, which will begin this fall, allows students to pursue and obtain a Juris

Doctor at Campbell Law, as well as a Master of Science in Public Health from CPHS. “The JD/MSPH is a powerful degree that will provide our students with an understanding of the intersections between law, health policy and public health,” Interim Campbell Law Dean Keith Faulkner said. “This program will be a great compliment for those students seeking a traditional legal job in health law and will provide an alternative career path for those seeking careers in the health care policy and nonprofit arenas.” Graduates will enter the workplace prepared to represent clients, health organizations or systems, and serve in leadership roles in health policy at the national, state, county and local levels. Prospective students are required to gain admission to both programs in order to pursue the dual degree. “This specialized focus will give law students an in-depth perspective on health care and prepare them for advanced careers in health law and policy throughout North Carolina and beyond,” CPHS Dean Ron Maddox said.

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Incoming freshmen pack 50,000 meals for Ethiopia during summer orientation


helley Hobbs has seen firsthand what an arena full of future freshmen preparing packaged meals can do for hungry families half a world away. That’s why Hobbs was front and center and leading the way this summer during the “service project” portion of Campbell University’s two summer orientations for freshmen and transfer students. A few thousand students and family members were in Buies Creek for both two-day orientations, designed to introduce them to life at Campbell University and make the transition into college life a little easier. A recent tradition of the orientation is the service project. This year the students were given the task of packing 25,000 meals to be delivered to families in the African country of Ethiopia. Hobbs, a Campbell graduate and now the University’s Private School and Christian Markets counselor, helped deliver food and minister to poor families in the region back in March, and Friday, she and Chris Leader of Ignite Outreach presented a film of their experience to the orientation

crowd before their work began. The story shared of a malnourished father who declined his meal so his family could eat more left some in tears. “It’s just incredible to me how one hour of service can impact the lives of thousands,” said Hobbs, who described her trip in March as both humbling and inspirational. “There wasn’t anything that could have prepared me for the poverty I saw there … yet, it was humbling to see the joy and the zest for life these families had despite everything else. They are truly grateful for these meals.” Donning hair nets and comfortable shoes, hundreds of future Campbell students manned a few dozen meal-preparation tables and worked in shifts for the hour-plus. Students on one end filled bags with rice, soy, dried vegetables and vitamins; those bags were passed down to students who sealed them and stacked them. Finally, students at the end of the table boxed the meals and loaded them to be carried off.

It’s by no means back-breaking labor, but it’s also not what you’d think a university would ask of the students who just signed on for at least four years. According to Campus Minister Faithe Beam, the opportunity to serve is just one of the reasons many students choose Campbell University. “This is a generation that wants to change the world. They want to make a difference and serve,” Beam said. “That culture of service begins now.”

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Campbell University rising senior Kendra Batie poses for a photo with Mount Kilimanjaro serving as a background during her recent Study Abroad trip to Tunisia with other health sciences students from Campbell University. A biology major, Batie hopes to attend medical school after graduation next spring.

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New Christian Ministry Degree offered Campbell University Divinity School has created a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry Degree, available beginning this fall. The MACM is a professional degree designed to prepare men and women for specialized, ordained or lay ministry. It will provide a foundation in the theological disciplines and specialized training in an area of specialized ministries. “It will allow focused preparation for ministry that will be especially suited for and accessible to persons who may already be serving in churches, in lay ministry, and in other ministry contexts,” said Divinity School Dean Dr. Andy Wakefield. Currently, the specialized training areas include Congregational Leadership, Youth Ministry, Teaching the Bible, Christian


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Education and Children’s Ministry. Additional specializations are already planned and will be developed as opportunities allow. Forty-eight credit hours are required for completion of the degree. School Of Business

Big year for PGA Golf Management Program Director David Orr, director of instruction for Campbell’s PGA Golf Management Program, has earned in recent months national and world recognition for his ability to work with students at Campbell and teach the world’s best golfers on the PGA Tour.

Orr was recently named the Palmer Maples Teacher of the Year for 2011, an award that goes to the “teaching professional who has performed outstanding service as a golf instructor.” The award takes into consideration the past five years of the winner’s career. At Campbell, Orr not only instructs golfers, but also heads curriculum and instructs academic courses like Player Development, Instructor Development and PGM Internships. Across the pond in Great Britain, Orr was the subject of an article published in several newspapers and websites after being sought out by British pro golfer Justin Rose to help him with his putting. According to the article, Rose spent two days with Orr to work on his putting problems. Orr has put years of research into putting and has published several articles on the subject.

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OASIS Conference guests find reflection, renewal and rest in Buies Creek


he life of a church music minister — or most ministers, for that matter — means often having to work (and work hard) so others can enjoy their worshipping experience. It means that there are few times when the ministers themselves can shed their responsibilities and immerse themselves in the experience. That’s where OASIS comes in. Campbell University Divinity School’s second annual OASIS: Renew for the Journey Church Music Conference in July was designed to inform and teach those who’ve made a career of music ministry, and to offer them time to “reflect, renew and rest.” “It provides them with quiet time and opportunity to hone their skills, all while allowing them to network with others in their field,” said the Rev. Lionel Cartwright, a 2009 graduate of Campbell Divinity School and pastor of First Missionary Baptist Church in Chadbourn who also served as a planner and volunteer for this year’s OASIS. “For them, it’s like a canopy of grace … a break from the norm. A minister’s life is a busy life.” More than 150 guests took part in this year’s event, which included worship services

and several breakout sessions led by nationally known church music leaders. The final worship service at Butler Chapel included distinguished pianist and composer Joel Raney, organist and composer Jane Holstein and musicians from Hope Publishing Company, in addition to the Campbell Children’s Choir and the Grace Notes Handbell Choir from Winstead United Methodist Church. The concert was free and open to the public. Sitting in the “Oasis Room” — a comfortable lounge in Taylor Hall set up for relaxation between breakout sessions — Marcy Mittlestadt of Cornelius talked about why she came to Buies Creek to take part in the threeday program.

to the violin or organ, it’s a fairly new instrument to many churches. But it’s a beautiful instrument … and I encourage people to attend these seminars and other national seminars. You just learn so much.” Carol Dickerson, a music teacher and choir director from Nashville, Tenn., instructed a session titled, “Tips and Tricks for Terrific Rehearsals.” The class was designed for those who teach children’s choirs, and the 25 in her class clapped, sang and even danced along with Dickerson as she presented new ways of keeping children interested in music.

“It allows me to worship and to do so without having to at the forefront, in front of hundreds,” Mittlestadt said.

“We’re here to make it not only fun, but learning fun,” Dickerson said from behind a digital piano. “We’re dealing with kids … so I know it can get rowdy.”

Even the workshops had a relaxed feel to them. Joyce Wolfe, director of the Winstead Handbell Choir, had students bouncing tennis balls and doing other odd exercises in sync with the beat … creative techniques these music directors can use with their own music groups.

According to organizers, OASIS features special tracks for pastors, worship leaders, worship technologists, youth and children’s choir leaders, accompanists and handbell directors. The bent is toward traditional music, but also includes some contemporary selections.

“Nobody goes to college for a handbell degree,” Wolfe told her class. “And compared

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Through Tragedy,

She lost her father, a police sergeant killed in the line of duty in 2009. Today, Campbell Pharmacy’s top graduate is helping save a life by donating a kidney to the son of an officer who served with her dad. Story by Billy Liggett • Photos by Hooman Bahrani


n a gorgeous spring day, Leah Hutchens Mitchell and 12-year-old Marshall Baker walked together, talked together, hugged and laughed together … all while surrounded by lush greenery and flowers at a park in Winston-Salem. The perfect day was the perfect scene for the photographer capturing their every moment together.

“He’s a goofy little 12-year-old with braces … pretty quiet, but there’s a little mischief to him,” said Leah, unable to hide the smile as she talked about her new friend. “All of this just happened to him in January … the diagnosis, the dialysis, the pain ... and it has changed his life.” Leah can relate. She knows about life-altering events. She has endured bad news.

A staged get-together, yes … but those smiles and those hugs?

And like Marshall’s family, she understands pain and adversity.

Anything but staged.

If there’s anybody Marshall can look to for advice on working through it and finding success and happiness in life, it’s Leah Hutchens Mitchell.

This day marked another bonding opportunity for Leah and Marshall — she a recent graduate of Campbell University’s College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences … he the young man set to receive her kidney just three days later. The two had only met a few weeks prior to this planned gathering, yet already Marshall was becoming the little brother Leah never had. And if all went according to plan, because of Leah, Marshall would be on the road to doing “typical kid things” like swimming, eating a whole pizza, drinking a Coke … stuff he’d missed out on since his diagnosis of kidney failure in January.


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Marshall and Leah were strangers up until a few months ago, but their families were not. Their fathers served together on the WinstonSalem police force for years until the night in October 2009 when a suspect in a domestic dispute shot Leah’s father, Sgt. Mickey Hutchens. Sgt. Hutchens died five days later. A registered donor, his organs were used to save the lives of others. Leah’s decision to follow in her father’s footsteps was a personal one.

Winston-Salem Police Sgt. Mickey Hutchens was killed in the line of duty in October 2009.

“I’ve seen how organ donation impacts other families,” she said. My family has been involved in these campaigns since then, and we’ve met other families who’ve donated organs or who’ve benefited from donors. For us, it’s taking away something positive from a horrible situation.”

Just days before the photoshoot and the surgery, Leah graduated from pharmacy school with a perfect 4.0 grade point average … the top student in the Class of 2012. The commencement ceremony in early May was bittersweet for her and her mother, Beth Hutchens. “Her dad had been her biggest supporter,” Beth Hutchens said, “urging her to work hard and achieve the highest level she could.”

On Oct. 7, 2009, Mitchell had just finished a pharmacology quiz when she learned her husband (her boyfriend at the time) Cory Mitchell was looking for her in the Pharmacy Building. Cory was a student in Campbell’s Divinity School, so his presence across campus at that time of day struck Leah as odd.

By the time she received the news, Leah’s father was fighting for his life in a WinstonSalem hospital after being shot multiple times upon arriving at a domestic dispute that began in a fast food restaurant. Sgt. Hutchens and Officer Daniel Clark received a report of a man confronting his ex-wife, who worked at the restaurant and called police to say her ex was wanted on several warrants. When the officers arrived, the man ran, and they followed. After a struggle, the man pulled out a gun and shot both officers. Clark, despite being wounded, returned fire and killed the suspect. Both men were rushed to the emergency room. Leah and Cory, with the help of a state trooper escort, made it to Winston-Salem from Buies Creek — a 110-mile trek — in just over an hour. It was all a blur to Leah. The drive … the six days her father lay in ICU … the countless number of friends, families and well-wishers who offered their prayers … everything leading up to Oct. 12, 2009. The day her father died. Sgt. Hutchens was survived by his wife, Beth, and his daughters, Leah and Jill. His death was not only tragic for family and friends,

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“I knew something was wrong, but I didn’t know what,” she said. “When he found me, he just said, ‘You need to get your stuff. You’re leaving.’”

but for many in the city of Winston-Salem, especially those involved in law enforcement. Hundreds attended his funeral and memorial services; hundreds more who didn’t know the family paid tribute by donating blood, laying flowers at his patrol car at the police station or through other acts of kindness.

The day before her father passed away, Leah turned 21. Following the memorials and around the time her aunts, uncles and cousins were starting to return to their normal lives, she had to decide whether to take (at least) a semester off from pharmacy school or return to Campbell and spend the semester playing catch-up while still dealing with the pain of losing her father.

She chose to return to school. “It wasn’t really an option for me,” she said. “I was going back to Campbell regardless. I was comfortable (in Buies Creek), and I told myself that if my family could go back to work and get back to their lives, I could, too.” It wasn’t going to be easy. Over the course of two weeks and a few days, she’d missed three exams. And while her professors did go out of their way to accommodate her, catching up was far from easy. “I had to double up on pharmacology exams, and throughout the semester, I was always a week behind,” she said. “By the end of the semester, I had to take seven finals in five days. “But I pushed through.”

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Understandably, Leah found it difficult to focus at times throughout the semester, and even into the spring. Before losing her father, she had spent most of her weekends on campus, but now she was driving to and from Winston-Salem every weekend to be with her family. Campbell University and Pharmacy Dean Ronald Maddox offered tutoring to help her get through the fall, but Leah refused. Leading up to that moment her boyfriend pulled her from class, Leah had been literally a perfect student. She finished her first year of pharmacy school with a 4.0, this after a perfect 4.0 as an undergraduate at Campbell. And that perfection in school goes back a long way. She made all A’s in high school, and all A’s in middle school. The last time she received a B was in an elementary school computer class … probably the third or fourth grade … Leah wasn’t sure which. “I just remember I was devastated,” Leah recalled. “We did these fun typing tests in that class, and I could type ridiculously fast, so I’m not sure why I made a B. I’m still mad about that.” That drive for perfection and that stubbornness that led her back to school after her father’s death are both qualities Leah said she gets from her father. “He never said I had to make all A’s growing


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up, but he always told me to study hard and do the best I can,” she said. “He worked hard for his degree at Gardner-Webb, and in 27 years on the police force, he only had one write up …” for a minor incident involving a suspect in his cruiser and an alleged trip through a Burger King drive-through for lunch. Dealing with the worst adversity imaginable, Leah finished the fall of 2009 with another perfect 4.0. That GPA never changed through her graduation this past May. “I am thankful for the support and caring spirit Campbell University offered Leah both before and after Mickey’s death,” Leah’s mother said. “I’m so proud of the woman she’s become.”

Eight years of studying health sciences helped prepare Leah for the surgery. Not only did she have a pretty solid understanding of the procedure and how it would affect her, but all those years of research and studying helped her find the answers to whatever questions she did have in the days leading up to going under the knife.

Her desire to become a pharmacist didn’t hit Leah until her senior year at Forbush High School in Yadkinville. That year, she accepted an internship with a local pharmacist. “I knew I wanted to do something in the medical field, but I wasn’t sure what,” she said. “I thought about med school or a physician assistant program, but I really enjoyed my time as an intern, despite the fact it was really busy. The pharmacist I worked for was really compassionate, and I learned a lot from him.” Despite nearly a lifetime of straight A’s, school never came “naturally” for Leah. She said she succeeds because she never skips class and because of a strict studying regimen she stubbornly sticks to … one that involves alone time and very few “group sessions.” And while she said she did manage a social life while in college, Leah said she put countless hours into studying. “I have to work hard … some people can just sit in class, listen and absorb everything. I can’t. I have to study,” she said. “I was worried [about how I would do] at first, but I saw there were others struggling in the science classes that first semester. Knowing I wasn’t the only one, it reassured me. I knew I was doing the right thing.”

Leah said pharmacy school at Campbell is made up of four very different years. The first is more like an “advanced science year,” with immunology, anatomy and similar courses. The second year is centered around the main course, pharmacology, where students learn how drugs work in the body. The third year includes courses like pharmacy law and therapeutics. And the final year consists of clinical rotations where “you’re pretty much a pharmacist,” Leah explained. She said her “straight-A” streak was only ever in doubt once. She didn’t name the course, but said the final grade was 90.1 “My mom told me once she hoped I would make a B on a rotation so I’d just get it over with,” Leah said. “This summer, I joked about going to med school in the fall … but she said I couldn’t do anything that required a grade.”

The lathroscopic surgery used to remove Leah’s kidney and the transplant took less than six hours to complete. By early July — less than two months after the procedure — Leah was back to full health … and studying again.

Against her mother’s wishes, Leah is still being graded.

Bojangles chicken just a few days after the transplant.

She used her recovery time — time needed for her body to not only heal from the surgery, but to re-route itself now that she’s running on one kidney — to study for board exams. Two of them — the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam and the North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam.

“His recovery was a real eye-opener for me,” Leah said. “Before, he had to endure eight hours of dialysis every day. And he just felt bad all over … plus, he couldn’t swim or play like he wanted to.”

Beyond those exams, Leah will soon start a pharmacy administration residency in Winston-Salem for Novant Health, a nonprofit system of 13 hospitals and numerous health care clinics and medical centers. Her career goal is to become president of a hospital, or at least president over pharmacy at a large hospital. “It’s a long road,” she said. “It’s going to take a lot more hours to get there. But hopefully this residency can lead to a managerial position. And I can work my way up from there.” Kidney donors tend to have a longer recovery period than the recipients, Leah said. For nearly three weeks after the procedure, she experienced swelling and discomfort (which made studying only a little more difficult). Marshall, on the other hand, was eating

He did go to school that whole time, Leah pointed out, adding that his refusal to miss classes made him much like her in that regard. Marshall’s father, Winston-Salem Police Officer David Baker, called Leah’s unselfish act part of God’s plan. “You can’t make this up. You can’t write this out. This is God doing what he does here,” he told a WinstonSalem TV station in May. “Mickey’s family is going to touch my family in a permanent way.” The transplant, losing her father, maintaining a 4.0 in pharmacy school despite the tragedy … Leah Hutchens Mitchell said she understands why people view what she’s done as impressive and even inspirational. But she doesn’t view her actions and her accomplishments as anything special. “I try to keep everything in perspective,” she said. “Anyone can donate an organ. Other students have endured pain and succeeded. I just think it’s great that people are supporting and caring.”

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She Led with

After six years of leading Campbell Law through major growth and a major move, Dean Melissa Essary is ready to return to the classroom Story by Billy Liggett • Photos by Bennett Scarborough

Is going to law school worth it for today’s student?

This was a question posed by the now former Norman A. Wiggins School of Law Dean Melissa Essary during an April meeting with her assistant dean of admissions, Dexter Smith. Smith had just delivered good news about a recent uptick in deposits from prospective students … great news, considering law schools around the nation are failing to meet their target enrollment … considering law schools around the nation are seeing a 30-percent decline in applicants from two years ago.

“Some, we think, are waiting,” Essary explained, optimistically. “They want to become lawyers … they just don’t see it as the best time to go for it. At least not financially.” Law school, she added, had been a fallback for many students over the years — something “to do” while they figured out what they really wanted their careers to become. Today’s economy, however, dictates that students can’t wait around anymore.


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“Those who matriculate to us are dedicated to the idea of becoming a lawyer,” Essary said. “There’s more passion there.” “Passion” is a word often used by those who’ve worked for and with Melissa Essary over the past six-plus years when describing what the native Texan has brought to Campbell Law School. Since 2006, Essary has led in moving the school to its prominent location in downtown Raleigh and has played a vital role in positioning Campbell among the top law schools in the state and region in terms of enrollment, notoriety, bar passage rates and overall respect.

“It takes a long time to be considered a top national law school,” said Britt Davis, Campbell’s vice president for institutional advancement who joined the University after Essary hired him shortly after she came on board in 2006. “She has given us visibility in national education circles that never existed before here. “Without a doubt, Campbell’s on the move.”

And after six years at the helm, so is Essary. On June 30, Essary stepped down as dean to return to her first love, professionally — teaching. Essary joined the Campbell Law School faculty, and on July 1 was replaced by Interim Dean Keith Faulkner, who’s been by her side since Day 1 in Buies Creek. Her time as dean — her legacy — will be remembered for not only the big move but also big advancement for an institution that started small in the early 1970s from the late Norman A. Wiggins’ vision for a school that would develop lawyers “with moral conviction, campassion and competence.” “We’ve undergone significant changes, and not just geographically,” said Faulkner. “Trying to be a leader during a time of change is challenging, but Melissa was able to navigate that with strong leadership and, quite frankly, with grace.”

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From Baylor To Buies From the Southern “twang” in her accent to her love of barbecue (not the Carolina kind), Essary is all Texas … a characteristic, like most Texans, she’s proud to share. A 1982 summa cum laude graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, she attended law school at Baylor University School of Law, where she was a 1985 magna cum laude grad. While at Baylor, she served as executive editor of the Baylor Law Review, and after school, she served as a trial lawyer for two Texas firms, one in Dallas where she litigated complex commercial cases. In the early 1990s, she got a call from one of her former professors at Baylor, who asked if she’d return as a professor. Essary would spend the next 16 years in Waco teaching — a job she loved and felt “privileged” to have. But by 2006, Essary said she felt restless in her career. One night, she asked God to show her the right career move or take away that restlessness. “Be careful what you ask for,” Essary said. “It wasn’t but a few months later I got a phone call from Baylor Provost Randall O’Brien, who happens to be a friend of (Campbell University President) Jerry Wallace.” O’Brien, now the president at CarsonNewman College, was asked by Wallace if


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he knew anybody on the Baylor faculty who would be worthy of a nomination for dean at Campbell Law School. “He left me a voicemail and said, ’I want to nominate you,’” Essary said. “I didn’t really think I had a chance, but he thought it would be a great opportunity for me.” The thought of leaving Texas was tough for Essary and her family — her husband Larry and two daughters, Amber and Rachel. But several things about Campbell intrigued her … its Baptist affiliation and the law school’s advocacy programs both reminded her of an early Baylor Law.

the hardest thing they’d ever done.” The sun had set on her way back to Raleigh, and Essary admits she got lost on her way back thanks to all the confusing highways that begin with the number four. But she made it, and the next day, she shared her experience with the search committee, some of whom seemed surprised that she went out of her way to see the campus for herself. “I thought it was ordinary,” Essary said. “I guess it was the investigative journalist in me … I did major in journalism in Texas before a media law class changed my career outlook.”

“I saw an opportunity to lead Campbell to greater heights,” she said. “I also had a desire to see North Carolina, so I called O’Brien the next day and said I was interested in exploring.”

Essary was one of three finalists for the job, and after a 14-hour interview in Buies Creek weeks later, she and her husband had fallen in love with the idea of coming to Campbell.

And explore, she did.

“I felt like it was an opportunity to fulfill whatever untapped potential I might have had,” she said. “I was offered the position, and my husband and I prayed a lot about the decision. It did mean leaving Texas, but ultimately, we felt the Lord led us this way.”

Her first interview was held in her airport hotel’s lobby, as was the case with several other candidates interviewed by Campbell over two consecutive Saturdays. But before her big day in Raleigh, Essary rented a car on her own dime and drove to Buies Creek to see the campus and the law school first-hand. “I went into the law school and talked to some of the students,” said Essary, who didn’t tell the students why she was in town at the time. “They said they loved the school … that it was

One of her first hires in Buies Creek was Britt Davis, whom Essary chose to be the law school’s director of development. Davis said it barely took five minutes into his interview before he was convinced he wanted to work with Melissa Essary.

“She had energy and charisma, vision and charm … but she was also so highly personable,” Davis said. “She carried herself as if she was far more experienced than she actually was.”

Not Your Grandfather’s Dean “Law school dean” isn’t the same job it was 20 years ago. “A dean today is a public figure, the most visible ambassador for the school, which itself is important to this city,” said Faulkner, who’ll serve at least one year as interim while a search for Essary’s replacement is conducted. “You have to prioritize, run an enterprise, focus on admissions and development, be the chief academic officer … it’s the equivalent of being a CEO of a major company. The modern-day dean is much different than the ’gentleman’s deanship’ from years ago.” The average tenure of a law school dean is between three and four years, depending on who you ask. Faulkner attributes the turnover rate to the immense workload most deans take on. Davis said that workload for many leads to burnout, brought on by the stress that accompanies high expectations. “The needs of students, both new and existing, plus the extensive pressure to be a face in the community, a voice on national issues and a fundraiser … as a dean, you’re constantly focused on that,” Davis said. In addition to the “daily grind” that comes with the title, Essary had to guide Campbell Law through not only the hiring of 10 new faculty members (the school only had to worry about one such hire in the previous 10 years before she arrived), but also the move to Raleigh — a move that would transform the school’s image in any way imaginable. Before she arrived at Campbell, the law school was housed in Kivett Hall, which at over 100 years old, was by far the University’s oldest structure. A study had begun about the potential for a move before Essary’s hire, but by no means was the move a “pressing issue,” she said. “When I came to Campbell, Kivett had been

closed for renovations,” Essary said. “And during those renovations, they found some problems, which raised the issue … do we spend millions here, or is this the appropriate time to reconsider relocating to Raleigh?” Essary became part of a team led by Campbell University Provost Dr. Dwaine Greene charged with conducting a feasibility study and creating a list of pros and cons. “To make a long story short, the task force unanimously recommended to the Board of Trustees that we relocate if it was economically feasible,” Essary said. “We

“Melissa was the right person to be dean these last six years. Her greatest strength is her ability to lead through times of change.” — Britt Davis — Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Faulkner: Strategic Plan biggest goal for interim year After six years as assistant dean to Melissa Essary and eight years total with Campbell Law, Keith Faulkner took over the reigns as interim dean on July 1. Faulkner will hold the interim title for a year, and in that time, he’ll focus on implementing a strategic plan that’s been a year in the making. “It’s one thing to have a plan. It’s another thing to execute it,” said Faulkner, a Campbell Law and School of Business alumnus. “It’s going to be a major focus for me.” Without giving away details of the plan, which will be presented to faculty, Faulkner did say part of his challenge will be addressing admissions and placement at a time when law schools around the nation are experiencing a drop in enrollment. “It’s a very competitive time for law schools right now,” he said. “It’s also a competitive time for law grads who are trying to find work. Shoring up our admissions as well as our career and professional development center is a big key toward our success.”

found a building — 225 Hillsborough … just a block and a half from the Capitol — that ironically had housed a law firm.”

Essary, who will enter the fall as a member of the Campbell Law faculty, said Faulkner will have no trouble taking on the leadership role this academic year.

That location, surrounded by not only the bustling, growing city of Raleigh but also trees and historic churches (“We joke that we’re under conviction by a number of denominations,” Essary added) was more than ideal for a law school ready to take the next step in respectability.

“From the beginning, I recognized how talented he was and what a hard worker he was,” she said. “He occupied a key leadership role during my deanship. And our relationship was more of a partnership rather than me being his boss. I’m very comfortable putting the law school under his leadership.”

“The location is par excellence,” Essary said. “I’ve never seen a law school this close to the state capitol and literally within walking distance to an array of learning opportunities in law. Students don’t even have to re-park their cars for externships at the legislature or

Faulkner said he views Essary as both a friend and a mentor. “She led by example with her work ethic and with her desire to communicate and hear all sides of a debate before making a decision,” he said. “Hopefully I can carry what I learned from her into my year as interim.” Campbell Magazine


at law firms, the Department of Justice, local courts or nonprofits.” That externship program has expanded by 400 percent since the move from Buies Creek, Essary said. And now, roughly half of Campbell’s law students have two or more of them. “It’s giving them the opportunity to see the law in action, to learn by doing,” she said. “It’s opening doors for them to network and get real experience.” When Campbell originally announced the move, applications to the law school rose by 40 percent at a time when other schools were seeing a steady decline. But hindsight is usually perfect. In the time between the announcement of the move to Raleigh and the arrival of the fruits of Essary’s labor, the dean faced criticism from a vocal group who didn’t want to see the school leave Buies Creek.

“In the end, cooler heads prevailed.”

“There was one rumor that she had moved Baylor’s law school to Austin … which wasn’t true. Baylor doesn’t even have a law school in Austin … and she wasn’t even dean,” said Davis, who was with the law school every step of the way during the move. “It was challenging for Melissa … difficult and very emotional. There’s a love and fondness for the way the law school was in the ’70s and ’80s, and some people didn’t want to see that change. But times do change, and this change needed to happen.

“Melissa was the right person to be the dean of Campbell Law School for these last six years,” he said. “I think her greatest strength is her ability to lead through times of change.”


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Davis said he believes Essary was called to lead the law school through the change, even if nobody knew it at the time of her hiring. Faulkner agrees.

The other change Essary is proud of is the addition of 10 new faculty members during her tenure. Campbell Law continues to lead or be near the top of all North Carolina law schools when it comes to the percentage of students who pass their bar exam. Essary credits not only the quality students they enroll, but the faculty who mold them as well.

“We’ve been fortunate to hire incredibly talented and brilliant faculty members,” she said. “They are highly visible in their substantive areas of the law; many speaking in national conferences, publishing or simply excelling in the classroom. I don’t know if I call it the hallmark of my deanship — because it’s a faculty effort — but the investment of time in choosing members of the faculty has really paid off.”

Pictured: (Top) Dean Melissa Essary discusses admissions numbers with Assistant Dean of Admissions Dexter Smith in May. (Bottom) Essary greets Durham Superior Court Judge Jim Hardin and his daughter, Maren Hardin, a prospective student at Campbell Law.

Back To The Classroom Among the stacks of law books, plaques, degrees and other things you’d expect to see on and around the desk of a law school dean in Essary’s office hangs a handwritten note, taped to the side. “I just wanted to let you know you’re amazing in everything you do, and I admire you so much,” the note reads. “Thank you for helping me grow as a person. You are an amazing mother. “Love, Rach.” Rach is Essary’s now 15-year-old daughter Rachel, who was a fourth-grader when her family left Texas. Melissa and her husband of 23 years, Larry (the chief information officer at William Peace University in Raleigh), also have a 21-year-old daughter Amber, who’ll be a junior this year at UNC-Chapel Hill.

It won’t be all teaching for Essary — she’s a much-sought-after speaker in the law and business ranks, and she said she’ll stay on the speaking circuit for as long as people want to hear what she has to say. “I’ve been asked to speak several times on leadership during times of change,” she said. “That’s something I’ve definitely lived through.” Rather than return to her roots in Texas, Essary and her family chose to remain at Campbell. She said it wasn’t a tough decision to stay in North Carolina. “We love it here,” she said. “Of course, we miss our family in Texas. I miss Texas barbecue. But we’ve really fallen in love with North Carolina, and I’ve fallen in love with this law school.”

“When you look back on U.S. history, lawyers have played key leadership roles in both forming our country and building it to leading it through times of crisis,” Essary said. “One simply cannot understate the importance of lawyers in our society. “I think every lawyer, in some capacity, is a leader and is certainly a servant.” Students will continue to weigh that career opportunity with the potential debt that comes with any grad school education. In an effort to “sweeten the deal” for prospective students, Campbell has offered dual-degree plans and has formed partnerships with other state universities to offer the best possible education. “I’m very excited about the future of Campbell’s law school,” Essary said. “I’m

For the past six years, Larry, Amber and Rachel have been supportive of their wife and mother’s packed schedule and long hours. Essary’s decision to step down as dean is as much about them as it is any “burn out” she may have experienced as a result of such a high-demanding job. “Being dean is a 24-7 job,” she said. “And I’m very much looking forward to spending more time with my family. I still anticipate long hours as a professor, but definitely not 24-7.” And while leaving “the top” will be tough, Essary said she is looking forward to returning to the classroom, where her career in academics began at Baylor. “I miss the in-depth mentoring that goes on between student and professor,” she said. “And I miss the bonds … the only reason I have a Facebook page is so I can keep up with the Baylor Law School students I taught. Some have even made their way here to Raleigh just to stop by and say ’Hello.’ That’s really meaningful.” Faulkner said he’s glad Essary will remain close by during his year as interim dean, and he said he won’t hesitate to knock on her door for advice. “Her insight will be helpful to me probably more times than she’ll like,” he said. “We’ve operated as a team for these past six years, and not having her in the office next to me will be strange.”

But Is It Worth It? The national trend is alarming. About 60 percent of American Bar Association-approved law schools failed to meet their enrollment target last year. Campbell went over its target, but Essary and Faulkner know it will continue to be a challenge for Campbell Law School to be able to say that. But whether it’s as a dean or a professor, Essary said she will always advocate the importance of an education at a quality law school.

excited about the leadership of Keith Faulkner next year. And I think 20 years from now, this law school will be known throughout the country, if not the world, as what a law school should be. “We and the people before us have worked shoulder to shoulder before and after the move to Raleigh to create something bigger than any of us,” she added. “We see our alumni doing remarkable things across this state, this country and even internationally. It’s a very proud heritage … one we’ll always strive to fulfill.”

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Things you didn’t know about

Campbell Pharmacy

On April 28, more than 200 students, staff, faculty and alumni gathered in Raleigh to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. When the school opened its doors in 1986, it was the nation’s first pharmacy school in 35 years. But that’s a free fact … below are 10 other things you may not have known about Campbell’s largest graduate school, which has been led all 25 years by Dean Ron Maddox (for whom the building that houses the school is named … but you already knew that).





Not everybody thought the pharmacy school was a good idea back in the mid-80s. In fact, the News & Observer of Raleigh came out against it — "Not all private schools are as expansionist as Campbell, which opened a law school in a state overrun with lawyers," the N&O wrote on Jan. 30, 1985. The Wilmington Star and UNC-Chapel Hill’s pharmacy school dean were also critical of Campbell at the time, fearing the school would cut into public school funds and enrollment. In 1990, the charter class set a high standard posting a 100-percent passage rate on the NAPLEX board exam (like a pharmacist’s bar exam). Throughout the history of the program, the graduating pharmacy classes achieved a perfect passage rate nine times and maintained an average passage rate of 98.3 percent. Why the high rate of NAPLEX success? Third-year pharmacy student take the Top 300 Examination. Known for the anxiety it gives Campbell students, the exam is a fill-in-the-blank exam covering the top 300 drugs. Before 1994, it was only 200 questions (and multiple choice). When the pharmacy school opened in 1986, North Carolina had what University President Norman A. Wiggins called at the time a “pharmacist shortage.” The state had one pharmacist for every 1,620 people. Today, there are 13,451 pharmacists licensed to practice in North Carolina, one pharmacist for every 717 people.

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Pat Ogrin had quite the career before coming to Buies Creek. He was a defensive lineman for the Washington Redskins’ 1982 Super Bowl-winning squad. He earned his pharmacy degree at Campbell in 1995. Today, he is a pharmacist in Wilmington. Diana Maravich-May, the sister of basketball legend “Pistol” Pete Maravich, is a 1991 graduate of CPHS and the regional medical scientist at GlaxoSmithKline in Raleigh. She came to Campbell when her father, Press Maravich, moved here to become an assistant basketball coach.

When Hurricane Hugo ripped the East Coast in 1989, Campbell’s pharmacy students started a university-wide food drive to obtain food and other supplies for victims in Charleston, SC. A truckload of supplies and 23 pharmacy students (plus two faculty) went to Charleston for a weekend of clean-up. The group did an estimated $50,000 worth of work. Campbell’s Christian atmosphere is part of what sets its pharmacy school apart from others. The Doctor of Pharmacy program offers a Pharmacy Christian Missions elective, allowing students the opportunity to travel to developing countries as one of their clinical rotations. Hartness Lecture Hall is where it all began. The majority of the college’s alumni were trained in those seats (which used to be wooden … ouch!). The lecture hall was named for Blanton A. Hartness, a well-known North Carolina businessman who also brought the first automobile to campus back in 1927.


It’s been said that if Dr. Dan Teat gave you a nickname, it stuck well past graduation. Teat, the former assistant dean of admissions, was one of the first faculty members hired at the pharmacy school. During his 16-year tenure, his outgoing personality left an impression on students as he encouraged them to strive academically for acceptance into the program.

DIV Astrid Rivera (left) interviews famed Puerto Rican television personality Walter Mercado

Anything but ‘blah’

Campbell alumna’s online magazine connects with Latino community BY BILLY LIGGETT


strid Rivera (’08) felt lost in translation when she arrived at Buies Creek in 2005.

“My English wasn’t very good looking,” she jokes about the experience. Rivera, who grew up in Puerto Rico, was in the Army Reserve and stationed at Fort Bragg when she considered Campbell University to continue her education. Despite the language barrier, Rivera wanted to study communications. Her dream career: Journalism. She found the right adviser, Campbell Professor Dr. Michael Smith; and before her senior year, she interned with WNJU-47 Telemundo in New Jersey, setting the stage for the success that was to come. “I always wanted to be a journalist … I remember striking a pose with my microphone/hairbrush, reporting from my bathroom,” Rivera said. “Sticking to my dreams and finding other dreamers like me was what made LatinBlah happen.” LatinBlah is an online magazine geared toward U.S. bicultural Latinos, according

to Rivera. “Passionate about bilingualism,” LatinBlah — started last August — is music, culture, fashion, humor, passion, family and community, according to its founder. She started the site after noticing many Latino publications stopped printing or posting online in Spanish (opting for English or what Rivera calls “Spanglish”). “We try to connect our abuelos’ (grandparents) traditions with our own,” Rivera said. “We focus on audience engagement, striving for fresh content and connecting with what’s going on culturally in our community. We also believe the users should always get something in return, whether it’s giveaways or coupons.” In her short career leading up to LatinBlah, Rivera participated in the coverage of several big events, such as the 2010 arrest of José Figueroa Agosto, known as the Pablo Escobar of the Caribbean. She’s interviewed and become friends with famed Puerto Rican astrologer Walter Mercado, a television legend in the Latino community for decades. Currently, she’s working toward her master’s degree in Spanish multimedia at Florida International University, where she’s been

Painting by Dori Roberts of Sunset Beach, who is the mother-in-law of Pam Roberts, assistant to CPHS Dean Ron Maddox.

chosen to take part in Education Nation, an NBC News initiative to engage viewers in conversation about the state of education in the U.S. In her private life, Rivera is married and the mother of a 4-year-old boy and a girl on the way. In addition to her business ventures, she’s founder of the nonprofit organization Lots of Love, which is dedicated to children with special needs in the Miami area. Beginning in September, she’ll launch LatinBlah Does Good, which will work with businesses to help support good causes in the community. Looking back, Rivera credits Smith and Campbell University with getting her on the right track to fulfill her dreams. “I learned so much from Dr. Smith,” she said. “Even a few years after graduation, I like to hear his opinion about my career and the things I’m doing in my life. You learn from everyone, and once in awhile, you find mentors who offer you the best education and training possible.” Learn more:

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Campbell Pride spurs record giving

Donor Profile A $1.75 million gift announced in April 2012 from BB&T is helping to fund the new medical school building. “With BB&T celebrating our 140th birthday this year (and Campbell celebrating its 125th year), both institutions have roots dating back to the late 1800’s serving Central and Eastern North Carolina,” said BB&T Eastern Region President Scott Evans. “With the aging population within our markets, the ability to support Campbell’s new School of Osteopathic Medicine is consistent with BB&T’s mission and the right thing to do for the future of our communities in the markets we serve.”


ampbell University realized its strongest fundraising year in history for the fiscal year (ending May 31) in 20112012, a result that Britt Davis, vice president for institutional advancement called, “truly remarkable.” “Our alumni and friends rallied around the medical school capital campaign and many other critical needs,” Davis said. “We believe the past 12 months will lead many future milestones.” Donors to Campbell committed a total of $19,774,355 in support of student scholarships, facilities and other needs from June 1, 2011, to May 31, 2012. The total represented a highwater mark in the history of Campbell University and a milestone for the “The Time is Now” campaign that launched in June 2005. More than 7,000 contributions were received from nearly 3,500 Campbell alumni and friends during the past year. The impact of private giving


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spanned across the entire university, touching many needs, including: endowed and direct aid scholarships for students in health sciences, business, divinity, law and education; School of Osteopathic Medicine building campaign; improvements to football, baseball and softball stadiums; and general University operating support. “What’s been accomplished over the past year is a tribute to thousands of generous benefactors,” said University President Jerry Wallace. “It speaks highly of Campbell alumni pride and the desire of our graduates and friends to advance the university’s mission and support our students.”

The Time Is Now “The Time is Now” campaign launched in June 2005 with a goal of transforming Campbell University. Over the past seven years, nearly $100 million has been provided by alumni and friends

for student scholarships, capital projects and other needs. The addition of Butler Chapel, John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center, Maddox Hall (Pharmacy), Barker-Lane Football Stadium, Irwin Belk Track, two new dormitories, two roundabouts on Leslie Campbell Avenue, a renovated University library, extensive landscaping and other projects have brought about the physical reshaping and beautification of the Campbell campus. Additionally, 35 miles north of Buies Creek, the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law expanded Campbell’s footprint by relocating to a world-class facility in downtown Raleigh. “Thanks to generosity and pride of thousands of individuals, the Campbell University campus has literally been transformed,” Davis said. “Our academic buildings, dormitories and athletic facilities look fantastic and serve our students incredibly well.”

School of Medicine, 2013

New Women’s Residence Hall, 2010

Convocation Center, 2008

Law School Relocation, 2009

Every Gift Matters While Campbell realized record-setting external contributions during the past year, the average gift size was a reasonable $30. “We need major gifts to help move our capital projects forward,” Davis said. “But generating widespread support that fits the budget of all of our alumni and friends is equally important. Broad participation establishes a culture of philanthropy and builds alumni pride.” There are three key reasons why alumni giving — no matter what the gift size — matters to Campbell. Foremost, annual alumni giving is a “vote of support” that U.S. News & World Report tracks. Alumni giving percentage is an important measure that U.S. News uses to calculate its annual list of “Best Colleges and Universities.” Campbell ranked No.28 in the “Regional University: South” category in the 2012 U.S. News & World Report college rankings.

Campbell moved up seven spots from 2011, in part, because of increased alumni giving. Second, alumni participation matters to many foundations and corporate donors. Foundations play a major role at Campbell University, especially for building project funding. However, many foundations and corporations will only consider a grant if alumni and faculty/ staff also participate. Foundation and corporate leaders certainly understand that most alumni can’t give major gifts, but they hope alumni will contribute “participation gifts.” Third, Campbell University has always been a place that seeks to give students a quality education at a great value. Giving back, as one is able, shows a spirit of gratitude and thankfulness to the university and the people of Campbell. “Campbell University has existed for 125 years by the grace of God, hard work by many and the incredible generosity and pride of its graduates,” said Davis. “Campbell is only as strong as the people who support it.”

Maddox Hall, 2007

Employee Giving Campbell’s faculty and staff also made an impact during the past year, with 89 percent of full-time faculty and staff making a financial contribution to the University. This number topped the previous record of 83 percent set the prior year. “This University’s employees rose to the challenge this year,” said Peggy Mason, director of the Annual Fund. “It was fantastic to see us working together on a common goal.” Davis said he was “overwhelmed” by the support of the school’s alumni, friends, faculty and staff this year. Nearly 3,500 alumni and friends, and nine of every 10 individuals who work at Campbell gave back financially, Davis said. “It’s a wonderful testimony about the quality of Campbell University and the pride of our alumni, friends, and internal team. We’re truly grateful and look forward to the year ahead.”

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Exceeding Expectations Graduate Patrick Newman defied the odds (again) and earned a law school degree a year earlier than anyone expected BY BILLY LIGGETT


t’s been a challenging summer for Patrick Newman, with all the preparations that go into taking the bar exam and then turning his focus to getting a job, something that’s proven to be a struggle for many freshout-of-school lawyers. It’s a challenge he’s up for, and if experience is any indication, Newman will continue to surprise and succeed. Born without arms and confined to a wheelchair since he was 2, he was given five years to complete his degree at the Norman A. Wiggins School of Law because of the extra time he needs to complete assignments.

He did it in four. On May 11, Newman joined 142 of his classmates on the stage at Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh to receive his Juris Doctor degree. Joining the stage with his mother — Renne Newman, the woman who was told early in her son’s life that he probably would never be fit for a typical public school — he received a standing ovation from his peers and those in attendance, fulfilling a dream of his that began in middle school when a teacher suggested he should be a lawyer. “My sixth-grade social studies teacher and math teacher … they said I’d argue with a

wall if it talked back to me,” Newman said. “That’s when I started thinking about it. I have an analytical way of thinking, so it started to make sense. And obviously, manual labor was out of the question.” That sense of humor about his condition has helped Newman in convincing others that his disabilities shouldn’t change the way they treat him. In addition to never having arms, Newman has had multiple surgeries for scoliosis, and his legs are not weight-bearing. His feet function much like hands in that he can write with them, control his wheelchair and do other things like

manage a controller for video games (he’s a big fan of the "Mass Effect" series). Born in Greenville but raised in Beaufort, Newman excelled in high school and attended St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, where he majored in politics. He was accepted into Campbell Law soon before the school relocated to downtown Raleigh, so Newman was consulted by engineers when it came time to make the new school more wheelchair accessible. The normal course load for law school is three years, but Campbell administration allowed Newman five. “It took me four,” Newman said, “but not because of the difficulty of the work … trust me, it’s plenty hard enough for anyone … but because of the amount of time someone in my situation needs for typical assignments. There’s a lot of writing, and voice-activated computers help, but they aren’t perfect.” Newman relied on note-takers hired by the school. The fact that they were his classmates made a big difference, he said, because they took notes like their grades depended on them, too. “At this point, you aren’t going to school with many people who didn’t do well academically in high school or college,” he said. “And the vast majority of those in law school got here because they worked hard.” His fourth year ended with a senior project that included a 50-page report. “There went my weekends,” Newman said with a laugh. “You can’t coast through these classes, or you’ll fail quickly.” He said he enjoyed his time at Campbell not only because of what he learned, but because of the friends he made and the way he was treated by his peers and professors. “It’s a friendly community here,” he said. “Some think of law school as cutthroat, but everyone here had the same goal — a degree. And they were all willing to help me and each other to get it.” They also didn’t treat him any differently than anybody else, Newman said, something that can be frustrating for those with disabilities.

“Nobody wants to be treated differently, but I realize I need certain accommodations that I can’t do without,” he said. “But it gets frustrating when I’m at a restaurant and the waiter asks somebody else if I want something to drink. Your intelligence has nothing to do with your physical capacity.” A sharp sense of humor and a hint of sarcasm has helped Newman deal with those awkward occasions. But not having to worry about that so much within the walls of Campbell Law School made his experience a memorable one for all the right reasons. “They were supportive, but never tried to keep me from being independent,” he said. “I was allowed to take part in the process of making it more accessible, and as much as possible, when classes started, I was just like everybody else. I did the same work and was given the same assignments, and they didn’t treat me as any less capable intellectually. That’s what you want at this level.”

Law grad balanced books and a budding country singing career The last week of April was an eventful one, to say the least, for third-year law student Jamie Tate.

On May 11, Newman shared the same feelings as most of his fellow graduates at commencement.

Monday through Friday consisted of studying for her finals — tests that would determine whether or not she would graduate the following month. The week ended with Tate taking the stage in front of thousands as the opening act for Gretchen Wilson at the Fayetteville Dogwood Festival.

A little excitement. A little fear of the unknown.

We’re happy to report she nailed it … both the tests and the concert.

“I’ve been in school since I was 5,” said Newman, now 26. “That’s 21 years. I really don’t know what it’s like to not have the next set of classes to go to or the next assignment to worry about.”

The now graduate of Campbell Law School is also an aspiring country music artist who’s already grown a following thanks in part to her patriotic tune “I’ll Give My All,” a tribute to the military released in May. In the song’s video, Tate performed with the 82nd Airborne All-American Chorus in Fort Bragg.


He did have the bar exam to worry about (students took the exam in late July; results were not available before the printing of this magazine). And, as mentioned earlier, there’s the challenge of finding work. But Newman didn’t seem too worried about the future. “If I have to, I’ll work for myself,” he said. “That’s one of the wonderful things about being a lawyer. I’d rather work for someone else so I don’t have to deal with the accounting part of it, but we’ll see what happens. I’m willing to work hard … I don’t mind hard work at all. I’d flip burgers if it came to it. “I just wouldn’t be very good at it.”

“This is a great opportunity for me at a very special time in my life,” said Tate. “I am excited to have this opportunity to begin focusing on my career as a country music artist.” Tate began performing around the time she enrolled at Campbell Law in 2009. She has spent the bulk of her free time as a law student in Nashville writing and recording as time permits. “I’ll Give My All” has been downloaded more than 100,000 times; and in addition to opening for Wilson, Tate has performed before stars like Colt Ford, Josh Thompson and Alabama’s Jeff Cook. Since May, she has packed up and moved to Nashville to continue her singing career. She’ll return to North Carolina in October to perform at the State Fair in Raleigh, according to her tour schedule. LEARN MORE:

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In his fifth year at Campbell, baseball skipper Greg Goff led the Camels to their best season in school history. But it was the rocky third year that made him a better coach. The 2012 Campbell University baseball season was a record-breaking campaign in many aspects. The Fighting Camels broke 10 single season team records, including a program-best 41 overall wins. The banner season came following a disappointing 17-37 campaign in 2011, one marred by injuries.


In July, head coach Greg Goff — who guided Montevallo to the Division II College World Series before coming to Buies Creek — sat down with Campbell Magazine to talk about the squad’s success in 2012, why 2011 made him a better coach and what’s in store for the program’s future.

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" I COULD SEE THEM GROW AS A TEAM THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. THEY HAD JUST A HUGE WILL TO WIN." in 2009 were the most in eight years), the bottom sort of fell out when you went 17-37 in 2011. What were the expectations heading into 2012? Did you have any inkling you were in for this kind of season? Goff: I didn’t have any idea we’d win 41 games, that’s for sure. The year before was a turning point for this program and in my life, really. Definitely in my coaching career. I was in my fourth year, and we had a lot of things going in the right direction. But then we lost our top three arms, and that really put us in a terrible bind. We could score, but we couldn’t hold people down.


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It was a very tough year, and it brought me down to reality a little bit. More importantly, it brought me closer to God ... it strengthened my relationship in that regard. And I’m just very thankful, after having gone through it, because now I see it made me stronger and made me appreciate everything a lot more. I grew as a person, coach, husband and a father. This year, we had a lot of new guys, but I could see on paper, our talent was better. All three of those pitchers we lost last year were back and healthy. We knew we had a chance. It helped that, for the first time, all 27 scholarship players were my guys, kids I recruited. The combination of being healthy and having the loyalty and everything else made for a smooth fall. I could tell there was something different about this team. We ended up getting off to a great start against some really tough teams.

Q: At what point in the season did you step back and say to yourself, "You know, I think I’ve got something special here ..." ? Goff: I knew when we started we had guys who were great players and great leaders. Guys were vocal in our dugout and overall, just motivated to win. I saw before games the excitement in this team, the energy and focus. It was just different. A lot of times, you’ll have a player or two who does that. But this was the whole team. Early in the season, a scout from the Atlanta Braves told me I had something special here. I said he was watching one of my guys in the stands working the radar gun. "You won the game, and this guy is pumping his fist in the stands, as excited as if he was wearing the uniform," the guy told me. I could see them grow as a team throughout the year. They had just a huge will to win. Fifty-six games is a long season, yet the focus was always there. It was really something to see.

Q: You had big wins over nationally ranked N.C. State (8-6 on April 17), and you beat Duke on the road in February. What do wins like this do for your program? Goff: Any time you can beat some ACC guys, it’s a tremendous asset for a mid-major school. Beating N.C. State in front of the largest crowd of year, about 2,000 folks, was amazing to see. After getting behind and coming back to beat the best N.C. State team I’ve seen since I’ve been here — a team that made it to Super Regionals and almost to Omaha (the College World Series) — the opportunity to do that was a big boost for this program. It certainly helps with recruiting. I also point to some of our conference wins. One game against Liberty ... we came back and won the third game in extra innings after two tough losses on the road. It was a big turning point for us in conference this year. Liberty’s a great program ... they won 40-something games this year, too.

Q: The season didn’t end the way you wanted (losing two of three to High Point in the first round of the Big South Tournament). What can you take away from that ending to use for next year’s squad? Goff: A lot of folks don’t remember we started Game 1 and got to play only two innings because of rain. Serge [senior ace Matt Sergey] threw more than 50 pitches, so we couldn’t bring him back the next day. So we had to start our No. 2 for the rest of Game 1 ... our No. 3 in Game 2, and so on. It was tough to deal with, but there was nothing we could do about it. But what did we take from it? We saw how difficult this conference can be. The exposure was a learning experience for the guys returning next year. We saw what we need to do to win. We’ll grow from it ... we’ve got everybody returning except six seniors in 2013. We’re going to be ready.

Q: You do have a lot of guys coming back next year. Players such as Michael Felton (who led the nation in hits with 103 through conference and was fourth in batting average with a .424 mark), slugger Jake Kirkland and pitcher Andrew Jacobsen lead a talented group of Camels with at least a year under their belt here. What are the expectations looking ahead to 2013? Goff: We have some really good recruits coming in, and we’re thankful for that. They’ll join a great group of seniors ... guys who’ve changed the complexion of this program. We’re excited about that leadership returning. On paper, yes, we’re already anxious for next year to start. Our goal is to knock off Coastal Carolina and win the league. We’re talented enough, and the pieces are here if we stay healthy.

Liberty and Coastal Carolina, those are the teams we have to beat to be successful in the Big South. We did the same thing against Coastal ... lost two games on the road and came back to win the third, 2-1. These are games that stick in my mind ... games where we really stepped up and competed against quality competition. Campbell Magazine


Q: Speaking of the recruiting class ... you’ve got players coming in from California and Florida, among other states. How do you get these guys to come to Buies Creek? Goff: [laughing] Ha, it’s not easy. But Coach [Justin] Haire and Coach [Rick] McCarty have built great relationships with these players, and that’s where it starts. If you can build that strong relationship, and if they have confidence that coming to Campbell will mean they can get what they want academically and athletically, then they’ll come. Most of these kids never grew up wanting to come to Campbell ... most had never heard of Campbell. But we bring them on campus and show them all the wonderful things this administration is building and renovating. They’re seeing the growth at Campbell ... it’s much different than it looked here 10 or 15 years ago. We show them that this University places a huge emphasis on student athletes and getting them a great degree. That’s just how we do it, and it works. They’re also excited about the stadium... Phase I of the renovations are done, and we hope to begin Phase II in the next few months. That will include 600 or so chair-backed seats and more.

I had a good friend who coached at Kent State who did the same thing. And Samford ... it’s a small Christian school like us that was one inning away from beating Florida State and getting to Omaha. With a couple of good arms and good defense, mid-majors can knock off the big guys. In the past two years, the bats have been scaled down, and offense has gone down because of it. You have to manufacture runs and play small ball more ... that’s our style.

Q: Campbell was nationally ranked in batting average this year. Why didn’t the "dead ball" era have the same effect on this team? Goff: Our offensive system stresses the little things like HBP (hit by pitch) and stolen bases. We don’t preach home runs here ... we like doubles and being aggressive on the base paths. We don’t rely on the three-run home run. We’ll take it, but we don’t need it.

Q: Hit by pitch? You stress that? Q: That’s how you get athletes to come here ... how did you get to Campbell? Goff: I had a friend who called me and said there was a good job available on the East Coast. I was at Montevallo (in Alabama), and we’d been to the Div. II World Series and regionals the following year. So I interviewed and was fortunate they offered me the job. My wife and I prayed about it, and we saw it was a door opening for us. We were led to come here and do something special. We can do some great things here at Campbell. Baseball is different from other college sports in that you can really step up and compete against big programs. The Stony Brooks [which beat LSU to earn a trip to the College World Series in 2012] of the world are proof of that. When Stony Brook beat LSU, I was texting my guys and saying, "See? This can be us next year. It can happen."


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Goff: We just teach our hitters to hold their ground. A lot of guys will move when a 90 mph fast ball is coming their way. We don’t step into it or anything, but we don’t move either. It takes practice. It takes hundreds of Incredi-balls (softer batting practice balls) before they get the hang of it. Our philosophy is if you can’t get on base, you can’t score. The HBP helps in other ways. Pitchers don’t want to hit us, so they’ll pitch away. We’ll answer by hitting the ball (to the opposite field). Once we’re on base, they’re concerned about stolen bases, so the ball gets elevated, which is easier to hit. We have a pack mentality on offense. It’s all about working together. If you can get nine guys to buy into that philosophy, you’re successful.

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Big South player of the year named PING All-American

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Griffin earns spot on Lakers’ summer team Passed over on NBA Draft Day despite the predictions from some he’d go in the second round, Campbell University men’s basketball standout Eric Griffin got his foot in the door by signing with the Los Angeles Lakers’ summer league team, which concluded a fivegame mini-season in mid-July. A native of Orlando, Fla., Griffin was coming off a big senior year at Campbell, where he was named a first-team All-Big South Conference and NABC District 3 performer. He averaged 16.8 points and 8.6 rebounds during his senior year for the Camels with a .610 field goal percentage. He ranked sixth in the nation in shooting and set a single-season schoolrecord with 73 blocks. His .559 career field goal percentage is also a new school record.


Felton named 2nd-team all-american Campbell’s all-time single-season hits leader Michael Felton was named a Second Team AllAmerican by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America following the 2012 season. Felton, a junior second baseman, helped the Camels to a 23-3 start and 18-game winning streak, both marks the best in program history. The Tempe, Ariz., native was the nation’s leader in hits (103) prior to the NCAA Tournament, and ranked fourth in batting average with a .424 clip.

Signed just a day before the start of the season in Las Vegas, Griffin saw limited action in the team’s five games, appearing in two and playing just seven minutes total. Still, his mere presence in the league goes a long way in legitimizing Campbell’s basketball program, according to head coach Robbie Laing.

Felton is Campbell's first Division I baseball All-American.

"We’ve come a long way in improving our talent level, and I think Eric is the first of a line of guys that will play at a higher level, and that includes some guys in our program right now,” Laing said. “It just shows that you don’t have to sign with a BCS school or one of the big guys on Tobacco Road to make it to the next level."

Felton led the Big South in batting average (.424) and hits, breaking the conference record. He also ranked second in on-base percentage (.474) and total bases (124) in the league and tied for fourth in runs (52).

“I was so thrilled to hear that Mike is an AllAmerican,” said Campbell head coach Greg Goff. “What a great accomplishment for not only a great player, but a great man. He has set the standard high.”

Vaita Guillaume of Campbell University was named an honorable mention PING All-American by the Golf Coaches Association of America after he became the first Campbell player to advance to the NCAA men’s golf championship in 35 years. The senior from Tahiti was one of two Big South Conference performers to gain AllAmerica status and is the first Campbell men’s golfer to earn All-America honors on the Division I level. "This is the candle on top of the cake," said Campbell head coach John Crooks. "Vaita has had a great career and certainly this past year has been special with five wins, leading the country in par-4 scoring, being named player of the year in the conference and at the University.” Guillaume finished in a 3-way tie for top individual honors May 19 at the NCAA Greensboro Regional at 3-under par 213. He won a playoff on the first hole with Matt Schovee of Southern Methodist to earn the NCAA Championship individual berth. Guillaume was the first Campbell player to advance to the NCAA men’s golf championship since the program moved to NCAA Division I status in 1977-78. He is the lone Camel player to play in three NCAA regionals (2009 team berth, individual bids in 2011 and 2012), and one of only five to make a regional appearance. He finished in a tie for 77th place (75-7772—224) at the NCAA Championship medal play event held at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

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Let There Be Lights

Four Campbell football games, including opener, to be played at night


arker-Lane Stadium is now ready for primetime after the installation of new lighting, a process that began in June and was completed in late July. The four 110-foot poles, two on each side of the stadium, feature 42 each and 168 total fixtures, providing a 100-foot candle on all portions of the playing field. The permanent lights will allow Campbell’s athletic teams more options for practice times, as well as greater flexibility for broadcasts and other sporting events. The football team will be the first to take full advantage of the illumination. The Camels will begin their 2012 football schedule with the program’s first home night game Aug. 30 against Shorter University. The 11-game schedule will feature a total of four night games, including Sept. 8 against UVA-Wise, Sept. 29 against Drake (Family Weekend) and Oct. 20 against Davidson (Homecoming). The final two home games of the year — Nov. 3 against Valparaiso and Nov. 17 against Marist — will be 1 p.m. kickoffs.


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"We are very appreciative to the many Campbell alumni and friends who have supported this effort to bring night football to campus," said Director of Athletics Bob Roller. "This opens so many doors for selected Thursday night games, and later starts on Saturday will enhance weekends such as Homecoming and Family Weekend." The night games should add to the building excitement toward the football program, which enjoyed its first winning season since returning to the gridiron after a decades-long hiatus in 2008. The Camels were 6-5 overall in 2011 with a 5-3 record in Pioneer Football League play. "Night football will be an exciting addition to Campbell University, to Buies Creek, and the greater area," said head coach Dale Steele. "Being able to play at night will allow our fans and our student body an option that will make for an exciting atmosphere week-in and weekout. It’s another first for this program, and I think it’s going to be a great experience for our football players and our fans."



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squad advanced to the championship game of the Big South tournament. With an average of 9.22 points, Campbell finished behind Liberty (12.59), Coastal Carolina (11.28) and High Point (9.29) in the Sasser Cup. Campbell also placed fourth in both the men’s and women’s all-sports standings. Photos by Bennett Scarborough

Liberty won the Sasser Cup for a leaguerecord fifth-straight year and claimed the title for the 10th time in the last 15 seasons. Campbell capped its previous tenure as a Big South member (1984-94) with three-straight Sasser Cup titles (1992-94). Campbell Athletics

Inaugural ‘Cammys’ honor student-athletes Campbell University athletics recognized both the athletic and academic achievements of its student-athletes at the inaugural CAMMYS, held in April at the John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center. The event was led by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, which consists of male and female student-athletes from Campbell’s 20 NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics programs. The evening showcased the best in Camel athletics over the last calendar year and was hosted by the “Voice of the Fighting Camels,” Chris Hemeyer. Women’s golf and women’s soccer were the big winners, with the teams combining for four awards. Sophomore golfer Kaylin Yost was named Female Athlete of the Year, while her head coach, John Crooks, was named Coach of the Year. Women’s soccer, meanwhile, was named Team of the Year, and freshman Ashley Clark garnered Female Rookie of the Year honors. Senior Vaita Guillaume of men’s golf was tabbed Male Athlete of the Year, while Trey Freeman of men’s basketball took home the Male Rookie of the Year award. The feature awards of the night were Mr. and Miss Campbell, who were given to Jordan Cramer from football and Libby Sanderson

from swimming (pictured above with Campbell President Jerry Wallace). The honor was presented to male and female senior athletes who had a overall GPA of 3.0 or higher and displayed leadership roles both on and off the playing surface. The winners were both advocates and role models for their teams. Eric Griffin’s now famous dunk against North Carolina A&T was named Play of the Year, while freshman swimmer Chelsea Lawson was handed the Greatest Fan award. Big South Conference

Campbell finishes 4th in Sasser Cup Standings In its first year back in the Big South Conference, Campbell University finished fourth in the Sasser Cup, which is awarded to the member institution with the most successful year athletically based on an average points system. Named for former commissioner “Buddy” Sasser, cup points are awarded based on both regular-season and tournament finishes in each of the league’s 18 championships. During the 2011-12 campaign, Campbell had an average finish of fourth in all its Big South sports. The women’s golf team won the league championship, while the baseball team finished as regular season runner-up. The men’s basketball, men’s soccer and women’s soccer teams placed third in their respective standings. The women’s soccer

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University dedicates Irwin Belk Track Campbell dedicated its newest athletic facility in April, officially opening the Irwin Belk Track and Clarence E. Roberts Field. Named for the Charlotte philanthropist and head of Belk stores and for the late dentist and longtime Campbell University donor respectively, the facility includes a 400-meter track with eight 42-inch lanes on a polyurethane surface, a water jump for steeplechase, a high jump “D” area, pole vault runway, two shot put rings and one discus/hammer ring. There is also a long jump runway adjacent to the home stretch with a sand pit on each end to allow for wind direction changes. “We have a first-class facility,” said head track and field coach Norbert Elliott. “I’ve been to many schools, and I’m not sure there’s another track that’s better than ours.” Elliott thanked the Belk and Roberts families during the April dedication ceremony, calling the track “another way to showcase our beautiful campus.” “We look forward to having great days out here going forward,” Elliott said. “This is not only the varsity track team’s facility, it’s Campbell’s, Buies Creek’s and the surrounding community’s track.”

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For Amanda

Stadium named for softball star who lost battle with cancer


even months after she lost her battle with cancer, former Lady Camel softball star Amanda Littlejohn was honored by Campbell at a ceremony dedicating the University’s softball stadium in her name.

Among the guests in attendance for the ceremony, held April 20 between doubleheader games against Coastal Carolina, were Amanda’s parents Jim and Kim Littlejohn, her former coach Andy Kim and former teammates Ashton Hardison and Brittany Lee Stanley. Current head softball coach Drew Peterson presented a plaque to the Littlejohn family


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before the name of the facility was unveiled to the 300 fans, supporters and current and former players in attendance. "Our softball family is greatly saddened with the loss of our dear friend," Peterson said. "We deeply miss her, but we will cling to the daily example she set for us to battle, never give up and never make excuses. She was a true warrior and wonderful friend." Peterson said it was both meaningful and fitting that the renovated stadium bear Amanda’s name. "She will always be near and dear to our hearts," he said. Littlejohn battled various forms of cancer over the last four years of her life and passed away on Sept. 1, 2011. She was the starting catcher for the Camels during the 2007 and

2008 season despite being diagnosed with melanoma in 2007. She finished the 2008 season with a .367 batting average, 15 home runs and a schoolrecord 72 RBI. She helped lead Campbell to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 13 years. Her three-run homer helped catapult the Camels to a 7-6 victory at North Carolina in the Regional. The stadium renovation includes new grandstand seating and an enclosed press box. It was made possible by donations from Campbell alumni, supporters and friends of the softball program.

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"It was great to finally have lacrosse on the campus of Campbell University," said Schuman. "This has been a long time in the making and the feedback we have received has been incredible. The lacrosse community continues to be impressed with our facilities, staff and community." Cheerleading

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Lady camels win league title, earn another postseason berth For the 15th time in 20 years, Campbell University participated in NCAA women’s golf postseason play in 2012. Ranked No. 49 in the final Golfstat NCAA head-to-head rating, Campbell earned the Big South Conference’s automatic berth by winning the league championship in April at The Patriot Golf Club in Ninety Six, S.C. Under the direction of 21st-year head coach John Crooks, Campbell won its 11th league title and made its 15th regional appearance since 1993 when the Camels captured the Big South title by six strokes over Coastal Carolina. At the NCAA East Regional in State College, Pa., Campbell produced its second-best ever team showing in postseason play and senior Michelle Koh narrowly missed a chance to advance to the national finals. In addition to the Big South crown, Campbell also won the Xavier/LPGA International Invitational and Fighting Camel Classic during the 2011-12 campaign. At the Big South Championship, Campbell led from start to finish and claimed a sixstroke edge over runner-up Coastal Carolina. Big South player of the year Kaylin Yost tied for second on the individual leaderboard, followed by senior Michelle Koh, who was fourth. Conference freshman of the year

Lisbeth Brooks finished seventh, while junior Teresa Urquizu was eighth. Freshman Brooke Bellomy was 13th. Each of Campbell’s five starters ranked among the top-nine Big South players in stroke average. Yost (75.1) topped the league, while Koh (75.24) was second, Brooks fourth (76.03), Bellomy eighth (76.89) and Urquizu ninth (76.91). As a team, Campbell tied for 24th nationally with 355 birdies in 12 events. Lacrosse

Coaching staff hosts first lacrosse camp Campbell’s women’s lacrosse coaching staff hosted the school’s first summer camp in the sport in late July. Head coach Phil Schuman, assistant coach Lindsey McDonald and visiting coaches taught high school players fundamentals of the game as well as fitness and nutrition of athletes. "We spent three days coaching and teaching the sport that we love to a group of athletes that love the sport," Schuman said. "We look forward to Campbell University Lacrosse Camps becoming a summer tradition." The camp introduced high school players to the lacrosse program and facilities at Campbell the summer before the school’s inaugural women’s lacrosse season in the spring of 2013.

As a cheerleader at Campbell University, Lauren Dixon routinely performed in front of crowds between 3,000 and 5,000 at home basketball and football games. This fall, her potential audience will be exponentially greater when she steps on the field at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte in front of 73,778 NFL fans. A 2012 graduate, Dixon was one of 24 individuals who made the final cut as Carolina Panthers TopCats cheerleaders for the 2012 season. A health communications major from Summerfield, Dixon was one of 11 rookies who earned a spot on the squad along with 13 returning members. She earned her place during a monthlong tryout process from a pool of nearly 150 aspiring TopCats. "Lauren is one of the most well-rounded cheerleaders I have ever coached," said Campbell head cheerleading coach Lisa Stewart. "She is self-motivated and extremely skilled, not only in cheerleading but also in dance. Her exuberant personality shows not only on the sidelines but in her day-to-day life. While at Campbell, Lauren was always a crowd favorite and did a wonderful job getting the fans involved in the game."

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Class Notes Class of ’66 ������������ Dr. Ann Denlinger (’66 BS/’82 Med/’99 LHD) was named the new vice president of academic affairs for William Peace University, a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh.

John Griffith Class of 1960 1960 was the first year Campbell had a track team, but there was no track, so we ran up and down the highway. We had a good time, but we we did not practice like we should have and needless to say, all of our meets were away due to lack of facilities. We made some great memories running for the Camels!

Class of ’76 ������������ Brooks Matthews (’76 BS/’80 M Ed) retired as principal of Triton High School. Brooks had been at Triton for 27 years since it opened in 1985. During his time there, he served as principal for 11 years, assistant principal for nine years and taught biology and advanced biology.

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Gary Clemmons (’81 JD) of Chesnutt, Clemmons & Peacock P.A., was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America 2012" in the field of personal injury litigation. Clemmons has served as law clerk to U.S. Federal Judge John D. Larkins Jr., as an assistant U.S. attorney in Raleigh and has been in the private practice of law in New Bern since 1985.

Class of ’86 ������������ New Hanover County named Tim Burgess (’86 BBA/’90 MBA) to the position of assistant county manager. Burgess previously served as assistant county manager in Alamance County.

Tiffanie Boddie Class of 2002 My fondest memory of Campbell University happened my very first day. My roommate and I both attended the same high school in Pennsylvania and were shocked that, as we walked around the circle in front of D.Rich, people looked us in the eye and said hello. We were used to avoiding eye contact at home as you passed on the street. Now that I have a family and have chosen to live in North Carolina, it is still one of my favorite Southern charms. Kindness.

Pettway is the senior research engineering analytical chemist for the Southern Research Institute in North Carolina.

Bissette ’79 Kay Bissette (’79 BA) received the Trinity Baptist Church Baptist Heritage Award, which is given to recognize Baptist statesmen. The money given each year with the award goes to the Trinity Baptist Church Baptist Heritage Scholarship at Campbell University Divinity School. Kay is a member of Trinity Baptist Church.

Class of ’81 ������������ Demps Pettway (’81 BS) won the Excellent Award in Innovation for his research and development in the area of bioenergy.

Thomas C. McClay, Jr. (’86 BA) was promoted from small business loan officer to assistant vice president at New Century Bank. Thomas has been employed with New Century since 2007.

Class of ’91 ������������ Tina Thornhill (’91 PH) published “Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis” in the eighth edition of the Comprehensive Pharmacy Review. Penny Shelton (’91 PH) presented “Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Fire: A National Legislative and Regulatory Update” at the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists Chronic Care Convention.

alumni Class Notes Class of ’92 ������������ Rev. Terry-Michael Newell (’92 BA) recently completed a clinical pastoral education residency at WakeMed Health and Hospitals in Raleigh. Newell is employed as a pastoral counselor in private practice in Raleigh, offering counseling for individuals, couples and families.

Conn. She will be in the Neuroscience Research Training Program, which is a specialized training program dedicated to nurturing future clinical and basic neuropsychiatric researchers. Amen plans to continue studying the neurobiology and treatment of diseases of addiction. She and her 2-year-old daughter Sophia moved to New Haven in June.

Will Cantrell and Rebecca King Cantrell (’03 PH) announced the arrival of their daughter, Susanna Elizabeth, on Nov. 29, 2011. Susanna joins her big brother, Sam, who turned 3 in November. The Cantrell’s reside in Lebanon, Va. Rebecca is an assistant professor of pharmacy practice at Appalachian College of Pharmacy in Oakwood, Va.

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Jennifer Smith (’02 PH) published “Druginduced Skin Disorders” and “GERDRelated Sleep Dysfunction” in U.S. Pharmacists along with Valerie Clinard, PharmD; and “Accuracy and Precision of the Prodigy AutoCode Blood Glucose Monitor” in the Journal of Pharmacy Practice along with Charles Herring, PharmD.

Daniel B. Hughes (’04 BBA/MBA) was promoted by Wells Fargo to vice president and earned Concord Elite Chairman’s Club recognition for 2011. Hughes joined Wachovia in 2004 and serves as a trust and fiduciary specialist with The Wells Fargo Private Bank in Wilmington.

LeAnne Kennedy (’93 PH) received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences’ Alumni Association during the institution’s 25th Anniversary Gala on April 28.

Class of ’94 ������������ Paige Thomas Houston (’94 PH) and family celebrated 60 years of business of their familyowned Thomas Drug Store on May 22.

Class of ’95 ������������ Manuel Salazar (’95 MBA) became an assistant professor at William Jessup University in California.

Billie Hurley Gordon (’04 BA/’07 MDiv) and Tommy Gordon were married on May 5.

Class of ’96 ������������ Earl “Chip” Mangum III (’96 BS) is the new principal for Triton High School. He was previously the assistant principal and athletics director at Triton.

Class of ’99 ������������ Sharon Haney (’99 PH) and husband John Haney, along with big sister Addison, welcomed Kendall Dawn on Oct. 24,2011. Kendall weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces.

Class of ’00 ������������ Ann Butts (’00 BAS) was promoted from management analyst to management and program analyst at Womack Army Medical Center’s Business Systems Branch in Fort Bragg. Butts has worked for the federal government since 1979. Blair E. Propst (’00 BA) was hired as the Carteret County Public School System’s new assistant superintendent for personnel, policy and student services. Shelley L. Amen (’00 BS) is a resident physician in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven,

Wilson ’02 Jen Spataro-Wilson (’02 BA) and her husband Buddy Wilson welcomed a daughter, Hope Victoria Wilson, born on Jan. 30, 2012.

Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Sauls of Garner announced the engagement of their daughter Brittany Sauls (’11 BS) of Garner to Adam Petty (’04 BBA) of Bonlee, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Petty of Bonlee. The nuptials are set for Sept. 23, in Garner.

Class of ’03 ������������ John Inscore Essick (’03 MDiv), his wife Amber and son Olin welcomed baby Leif to their family on May 19. Charity Roberson (’03 MDiv) was installed as the pastor of Sharon Baptist Church in Smithfield on April 1. Troy Bernardo (’03 PH) and Hilcia Lambert Bernardo (’03 PH) are delighted to announce the birth of Xevian Anthony Bernardo on Oct. 10, 2011. Xevian entered the world weighing 7 pounds, 14 ounces. Amy Henson (’03 MDiv), her husband Andy and big brother Caleb welcomed Ethan Jordan Henson to their family on Jan. 23, 2012.

Sauls ’11 and Petty ’04

Class of ’05 ������������ Trent Sesames (’05 BA/’09 MDiv) is the new pastor of Knightdale Baptist Church. Jeff Scholar (’05 BA/’09 MDiv) is the new pastor of Cedar Falls Baptist Church in Fayetteville.

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Friends We will Miss Charles L. Tate Jr. (’59) Nov. 5, 2011 Charles W. Baker (’52) Nov. 12, 2011 Milton W. Griffin (’33) Nov. 16, 2011 Dr. Ellen W. Granade (’03) Nov. 20, 2011 Dr. Russell T. Cherry Jr. (’89) Dec.2, 2011 John M. Harry Jr. (’65) Dec. 4, 2011 Wesley D. Whitley (’96) Dec. 6, 2011 Boney E. Wilson Jr. (’45) Dec. 9, 2011 Katharine M. McNeill (’50) Dec. 23, 2011 Msgt. T.H. McLeod Jr. (’56) Dec. 25, 2011 Rachel M. Hamrick (’56, ’58) Dec. 30, 2011

Jane M. Downing (’85) Jan. 14, 2012 Priscilla B. Glaskin (’72) Jan. 15, 2012 Reddin S. Beaman (’66) Jan. 21, 2012 Dr. Sara Parker (’78) Jan. 22, 2012 Dr. Mary D. Semans (’71) Jan. 25, 2012 Mildred B. Adams (’54) Feb. 4, 2012 Lacy S. Castleberry (’66) Feb. 8, 2012 Edward G. Ormsby (’67) Feb. 11, 2012 Rev. Norman S. Aycock (’51) Feb. 17, 2012 Hershell G. Barbour (’48) Feb. 19, 2012 Dwight C. Gregory Jr. (’56) Feb. 19, 2012

Jeffrey Davidson (’05 BS) has been promoted to superintendent of Raven Rock State Park in Harnett County. Davidson has worked with the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service in Oklahoma, as a researcher for N.C. State University, and as a seasonal employee at Raven Rock before becoming full-time ranger at Lumber River State Park in 2008.

Karen D. Kilburn (’06) March 4, 2012 Clarence R. Walton (’57) March 14, 2012 Dr. Charles F. Gilbert (’53) March 17, 2012 Joye A. Campbell (’79) March 22, 2012 Vernon R. Sullivan (’63) March 31, 2012 Gerald E. Matthews Sr. (’02) April 1, 2012 Sen. Robert G. Shaw Jr. (’48) April 7, 2012 Frank G. Perry (’49) April 7, 2012 James W. Matthews (’64) April 8, 2012 Joseph T. Plummer (’60) April 13, 2012

Class of ’07 ������������ Logan Brelsford (’08 MBA) and Lyndsay Furr Brelsford (’07 BA) announced the birth of their daughter, Laken Champlain, May 21. Laken has a brother 11 months older, Channing Reed.

Class of ’06 ������������ John Bowen Walker (’06 JD) has become a member of the Ragsdale Liggett law firm in the litigation department. He previously practiced at Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog in Raleigh. James Zboyovski (’06 PH) and Stephanie Wooten Zboyovski (’06 PH), along with big brother Will, are delighted to announce the birth of Eva Ann Zboyovski. Eva Ann was born on Nov. 22. April Jones (’06 BA/’10 MDiv), Brian and Cameron welcomed Samuel Christopher into their lives on April 12. He weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and was 19.5 inches long.


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Brelsford ’07 Matt Suggs (’07 MDiv) and Christina Whitehouse-Suggs (’07 MDiv) welcomed Dylan James Suggs to the world on April 1. Dylan weighed 6 pounds, 15.8 ounces and was 19.5 in long. Everybody is happy, healthy and excited.

William W. Stanfield Jr. (’65) April 14, 2012 Eleanor F. Owen (’90) April 24, 2012 William J. Cox (’81) May 4, 2012 Dexter M. Miller (’76) May 5, 2012 Dr. Roger L. McDaniel Jr. (’75) May 11, 2012 John H. Manthey (’73) May 16, 2012 Jenna C. Winn (’04) May 30, 2012 Bobby M. Parker (’64) June 6, 2012 Dr. Sherri P. Merritt (’87) June 13, 2012

Dustin Wilson (’07 PH) was recognized as Professor of Year by the Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences PharmD Class of 2013. Bryan Lee (’07 BA/’11 MACE) and Annie Purser Lee (’10 BS) welcomed their first child, Samuel Lauchlin, on Feb. 11. Travis Hellstrom (’07 BS) completed three years with the Peace Corps and published a book, "The Unofficial Peace Corps Volunteer Handbook," in 2010. Hellstrom will be teaching an online course called Peace Corps 101, which will have 500-plus students from all around the world and also feature 50-plus professors who are currently all over the United States and in places like Zambia, Ukraine, Mongolia and the Eastern Caribbean.

Class of ’08 ������������ Brenda Flowers (’08 MDiv) is now the interim minister of music at Lake Forest Baptist Church in Wilmington. Chad Whitley (’08 MDiv) his wife Carol and big sister Autumn welcomed Gabriel Milton to their family on Feb. 16.

alumni Class Notes Jonathan Altman (’08 BBA/’11 MDiv) graduated summa cum laude with a Master of Theology in Missiology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Mass. Jessica Lee (’11 BA) and James Yost (’08 BBA/’10 MBA) were united in marriage on May 26 in the Robert B. and Anna Gardner Butler Chapel in Buies Creek. Webster Glenn Harrison (’08 JD) and Elizabeth Manly Jernigan were united in marriage on May 12 at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Raleigh. Webster is employed as an associate attorney with McAngus Goudelock and Courie LLP and Elizabeth is working to complete her dual master’s degree at Duke University. They reside in Raleigh.

Class of ’09 ������������ Nathan Rogers (’09 MDiv) started working as the bereavement coordinator for Providence Hospice in Anchorage, Alaska, in January. In this position, he is working as a chaplain to support and offer counseling to friends and family who have lost loved ones. Doug and Heather Bowers (’09 PH) welcomed Atley Douglas on April 11. He weighed 8 pounds and was 21 inches long. Big brothers Aiden and Asher are proud of their new little brother.

Marlo Brooke Ricks (’09 JD) and Garrett Greg Williams were united in marriage on April 21, at Yankee Hall Plantation in Greenville.

Class of ’10 ������������ Edisson Etienne (’10 MDiv) is a clinical chaplain with the North Carolina Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in Rocky Mount. Katherine Serzan Copeland (’10 PH) and husband Mark welcomed a daughter, Ava Caroline, to their family. Ava was born on March 8, weighing 8 pounds, 5 ounces and measuring 20.5 inches long. The proud parents are delighted to welcome their new addition. Andy Foley (’10 MDiv) is the interim pastor at Lemon Springs Baptist Church in Sanford.

Class of ’11 ������������ Hardy Andrews (’11 BBA) is currently working as an investment advisor for Sterne Agee Group, Inc. Andrews began his career at Sterne Agee’s headquarters in Birmingham. Paul Burgess (’11 MDiv) is the new associate pastor (students and outreach) at First Baptist Church in Clayton.

Paul Cannon (’11 MDiv) was called as the pastor of Community Presbyterian Church in Hysham, Mt., on Feb. 5. Kathryn B. Harris (’11 MDiv) was ordained at Evergreen Baptist Church in Rose Hill on Jan. 15. Leah Catherine Daniel (’11 MBA) and William Patrick Stout were united in marriage on April 14 at Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh. Leah is employed as a deputy finance director with the N.C. Republican Senate Caucus. William is employed as a civil engineer with CDM Smith. Kayla Faircloth (’11 BS) and Matthew Fahey were united in marriage on June 6 in the Robert B. and Anna Gardner Butler Chapel in Buies Creek. Rebecca Faye Kinsey (’11 BA) has been accepted to N.C. State’s communication graduate program for fall 2012. She received a full scholarship and teaching assistantship.

Class of ’12 ������������ Both Marshall P. Conrad (’12 BA) and Grayson David Oakley (’12 BBA) will be attending the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law.

Amanda Rouse (’11 MBA/MS/PH) and Emory Rouse announce the birth of Elijah Emory Rouse, born April 18.

MEMORIES Laura Rich, Class of 2009 I have many, many Campbell memories, but one of my favorites was sharing the 2012 basketball season with my daughter, Ellie. She’s a camel fan through and through! We had her third birthday party between the Lady Camel win over UNC-Asheville and the men’s overtime win against Coastal Carolina. It was a great night to be a camel.

Lindsey Thornton Being a recent freshman at Campbell I have made some great memories along with meeting amazing friends that will last a lifetime. My fondest memory from Campbell would be the basketball game when we won against East Carolina University. Attached is a picture of my roommate and me after the game wearing the T-Shirts we made. The front reads, "If Campbell was easy..." and the back reads, "we would have an E in front of CU!” Campbell Magazine

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CAMPBELL COLLECTIONS Faculty, Staff and Alumni Publications

„ I’m in Cells: The Captivating Story of Bob Barker and the Bob Barker Company

„ Shelter of Lies

Bob Barker (’65) and Campbell University professor Tony W. Cartledge wrote this ragsto-riches story of the North Carolina native and distinguished Campbell alumnus. The Bob Barker Company is the nation’s leading supplier for detention facilities, and “I’m in Cells” reflects not only the rise of his family business, but the values of the company’s namesake.

Patricia Knutson (Campbell Law ’98) released this legal suspense thriller inspired by her years of experience as a family law courtroom attorney back in May as an eBook. In July, the print version became available at Her story is set in a present-day North Carolina city in fictitious Wade County. True-to-life characters populate the suspenseful plot, which includes the highly-skilled but reluctant lawyer who takes on the pro bono case that threatens all she stands for.

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„ Nurturing the Vision: First Baptist Church, Raleigh, 1812-2012

„ Faith and Spirituality in Masters of World Cinema, Vol. II

The 200-year history of Raleigh’s oldest Baptist church is the subject of Dr. Glenn Jonas’ book, published by Mercer University Press. A professor of Religion and chairman of Campbell’s Department of Religion and Philosophy, Jonas chronicles the capital city’s second-oldest church from North Carolina’s early years to the Civil War through World War II and into the 21st Century. The story is told within the context of the story of Raleigh’s growth and the growth of our nation.

Dr. Kenneth R. Morefield continues the work presented in the first volume of this title, published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in 2008. The associate professor of literature at Campbell provides informed yet accessible articles that will give readers an introduction to masters of world cinema whose works explore the themes of human spirituality and religious faith. The essays bring insight from such varied disciplines as New Testament Studies, Clinical Psychology, Art History and Medieval History.

„ Atonement and the Logic of Resurrection in the Epistle to the Hebrews

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Drawing on contemporary studies of Jewish sacrifice (which note that blood represents life, not death), parallels in Jewish apocalyptic literature and fresh exegetical insights; this volume by David Moffitt, assistant professor of New Testament and Greek at Campbell Divinity School, demonstrates that Jesus’ embodied, resurrected life is crucial for the high-priestly Christology and sacrificial soteriology developed in Hebrews. Available at

„ That’s Elizabeth Campbell Trustee and alumna Ester Holder Howard (’44) waited until her mid 80s to publish her first book, “That’s Elizabeth,” the story of a young woman who “lived by the Fruit of the Spirit,” inspired by her relationship with God and her love of music and art. Howard is a retired teacher whose career as an educator spanned 43 years. In 1994, she was named a Distinguished Alumna of Campbell. Available at Barnes & Noble at Campbell University

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