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Ingrid Bonilla’s reason for searching for a cure for breast cancer is a personal one Head football coach Jamey Chadwell is leading the Bucs into the record books A Warrior’s Journey: Josh Warrior moves from blocking tackles to building disciples 4 Alumni Honored for contributions to careers and the community

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Dear Friends, We are enjoying a busy summer, and the university is bustling with summer school students and campers who are attending MFuge, Summer Music Camp and numerous sports camps. Also, university personnel are getting ready for the start of another great academic year. We have some exciting physical changes taking place on campus. Artificial turf and a new track are set to debut this fall at the football stadium/Bagwell Settle Track, and an improved entry and ticket booth area will greet fans attending football games and track meets. And, our dining hall is undergoing an expansion to accommodate our growing student body. In the classroom, our students are making a name for Charleston Southern through research projects which enhance what they are learning. In these pages you will read about Ingrid Bonilla and her work with Dr. Amy Albrecht in the search for a cure to breast cancer. The Albrecht student research team has been awarded a Student/Faculty Research Grant from South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities. They will present their findings at the SCICU Symposium in spring 2016. Another group bringing attention to Charleston Southern is our wind ensemble. They recently were invited to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. On page 24 you will read about head football coach, Jamey Chadwell, who is about to begin his third season. Follow his journey to becoming a head coach. Tabitha Hutto, a senior business major, has been named a Newman Civic Fellow. And former football player, Josh Warrior, is impacting current football players as a mentor for Campus Outreach. Also in these pages, you will find stories about many alumni and current students who are impacting our world for Christ. We love to hear what our graduates are doing, and you can keep us updated by sending an email to alumni@csuniv.edu. We appreciate your continued support, and we ask that you pray for our students, faculty, staff and coaches as we begin a new academic year.

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Jairy C. Hunter, Jr.

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contents 4 CJ Seniors Present at Symposium 5 Retiring Professors 5 High Schools Sign Dual Enrollment Agreement 6 Master of Science in Computer Science 7 MA in Christian Studies Begins in Fall 11 5 Questions with Amy Albrecht 12 Class of 2015 Graduates 16 McMaster Receives Excellence in Teaching 17 Faculty Reflections 18 Special Ceremony for International Graduates 20 Peper Honored for Media Excellence 21 Whalen Wins National Contest 22 C.J. Johnson Shows Off Speed Art Skills 23 Men’s Golf Champions 27 Sports Recap: Postseason Action 28 Wind Ensemble at Kennedy Center 30 Infographic 35 Hutto Named a Newman Civic Fellow 36 Class Notes 38 Memorials 39 Baby Bucs 40 Lowcountry Giving Day 40 Haile Endowed Nursing Scholarship 40 Fun Shoot Raises Scholarship Funds 41 Why Have a Will? 44 Heard on Campus 45 Students Thank Scholarship Donors 46 Rick Brewer Named President at Louisiana College 47 Singleton Memorial Fund 48 Transform Campaign: Why I Give

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hree criminal justice seniors recently presented research proposals from CRIM 402: Research Methods in Criminal Justice at the Carolina Undergraduate Social Sciences Symposium. Dr. Rebecca J. Howell, assistant professor of criminal justice, said, “They did an excellent job fielding questions

from the audience and defending the decisions underlying their research designs.” “I am confident the knowledge you gained through the research class and the conference presentations you have made will greatly enhance your professional careers,” said Dr. Jackie Fish, vice president for academic affairs.

RESEARCH PROPOSALS: Nathan Jackson, Cybercrime Victimization: A Study Identifying Major Risk Factors “Cybercrime is criminal activities that specifically target a computer or network for damage or infiltration. Types of cybercrime: hacking, phishing, Internet extortion, Internet fraud, identity theft, child exploitation, personal info, access data and ransomeware.” Reilly Chapman, Correlates of Driving Under the Influence “Previous studies are primarily national and biased toward large public universities in the Midwest. The current study will add to the existing literature for demographics and prevalence in South Carolina.” Josh Ballentine, Underage Initiation of Alcohol among High-School Students Measured were: “perception assessment: personal perceptions of alcohol use and peer’s perception of alcohol use, and association/surroundings: parental/legal guardian’s drinking habits, siblings drinking habits and association with peers who drink alcohol.”

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CSU AND LOCAL HIGH SCHOOLS SIGN DUAL ENROLLMENT AGREEMENT

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harleston Southern University has signed an agreement with First Baptist School and Pinewood Prep to offer a dual enrollment program starting in the 2015-2016 academic year.

“At the request of Pinewood Preparatory School in Summerville and First Baptist School in Charleston, conversations and meetings were held at each school,” said Dr. George Metz, dean of the CSU School of Education. Both

Steve Mandell, headmaster, Pinewood Prep; Dr. Jairy Hunter, president, CSU, and Will McCombs, principal, First Baptist High School, sign the dual enrollment agreement.

high schools expressed an interest in partnering with Charleston Southern for several course offerings in 2015-2016. Dual enrollment is designed to offer high school students a chance to enroll in college coursework and receive college credit while also fulfilling state requirements for high school graduation. The agreement between Charleston Southern and Pinewood Prep and First Baptist School will serve as a pilot program. Students may earn up to 15 credits over a twoyear enrollment period. Additional credit hours may be requested, subject to CSU approval. Course offerings may include: Public Speaking, Old Testament, New Testament, English Literature, World Literature, Geography, Economics, U.S. History and Anatomy and Physiology. Additional courses may be added in the future.

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Retiring Professors EUGENE KOESTER, WHO HAS TAUGHT PIANO AT CSU SINCE 1974, SUMMED UP THE ATMOSPHERE AT THE MAY LUNCHEON HONORING RETIRING FACULTY MEMBERS, SAYING “THANK YOU FOR THE PRIVILEGE OF DOING WHAT I LOVE TO DO.” Retiring faculty members: Dr. John Harper, professor of kinesiology; Dr. Melanie Harris, lecturer of English; Nancy Canavera, assistant professor of Bridge and English; Eugene Koester, assistant professor of music; James Roberts, assistant professor of computer science and chair of the department, and Dr. Jeryl Johnson, professor of mathematics and dean of the College of Science and Math.

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harleston Southern will begin offering the master of science in computer science degree this fall. The master of science in computer science degree is designed to provide an advanced understanding of the technical fundamentals of computer science – architecture, database, networking and software engineering. The program offers specialized tracks in cyber security and software engineering with a major focus throughout the curriculum on test and evaluation.

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“Over 60 percent of all IT occupations experienced growth in 2013, and this is projected to increase rapidly into the next decade,” said Dr. Valerie Sessions, chair of the computer science department. “Our program gives students the edge to succeed in this growing field.” All MSCS courses are available in an online or a hybrid format. In addition, MSCS students may choose between a nonthesis and thesis program of study. The nonthesis program of study is designed to enhance professional devel-

opment for those currently working in the field while providing advanced skills and knowledge to those seeking employment. The thesis program of study provides a strong technical basis for further advanced study and research in computer science. Reflected in the programs of study is a commitment to the highest ethical, intellectual and social values. For more information, go to charlestonsouthern.edu/graduateschool.

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lasses begin this fall for the new master of arts in Christian studies degree at Charleston Southern University. Dr. Michael Bryant, dean of the School of Christian Studies, said, “Historically, seasons of spiritual renewal have come when Christians emphasized theological education and missions. Our hope is that this degree will play a role in equipping believers with the knowledge and skills necessary for strengthening the local church, serving others and promoting the gospel.” Courses for the 36 hour online degree focus on: Scripture, theology, philosophy, church history, and ministry, providing a well-rounded program of study that is academically rigorous, yet practical for ministry. Bryant said any Christian who desires a stronger foundation in the key areas of Christian studies will be interested in the program. “Pastors and church staff will benefit from the degree, but laypeople who wish to be better equipped for ministry will also find the degree helpful,” said Bryant. Each online class is seven weeks in length, so the degree can be completed in as little as 2.5 years for those working full-time. Classes will be taught by professors who affirm Scripture’s inspiration and inerrancy. For more information, log onto charlestonsouthern.edu/graduateschool.

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he collects data and finds a place to put it in the puzzle. She might not understand the data until she’s conducted multiple trials. And in the end, her research may simply prove why her results are wrong, or she might just find a cure for a major disease. But there’s one more piece Bonilla adds to her research puzzle – the personal piece. Bonilla has been by her mother’s side as she has battled breast cancer – twice. “God used that journey to push me on with what He wanted me to do in life,” she said. A senior majoring in biology in the premed program, Bonilla has always been interested in science and medicine. Her interest started early with lots of hospital visits. She still bears the scars of an attack by a rabid dog when she was 2 years old in her native country of Colombia. Her family moved to the U.S. when Bonilla was 8, and she grew up listening to family stories about her medical adventures.

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The Bonillas entered the world of oncology for the first time in 2011 when her mother was diagnosed with cancer. “My mom is conversational in English, but not as strong when dealing with medical history. My siblings and I would take turns going to chemo to translate,” she said. As translators, Bonilla and her siblings were allowed into areas family members don’t usually enter. Bonilla used the time to ask doctors specific questions. Everything she saw and learned fueled her desire to enter the medical field even more. In 2014, the family received unwelcome news – her mother’s breast cancer had returned – this time stage 3. Mrs. Bonilla endured a lymph node dissection, 10 months of chemo and radiation. “My mother is a strong Christian, and she handled her sickness well,” said Bonilla. “But it showed me again that you can’t just have book knowledge; you have to have patience and compassion.”

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A passion for learning Determined to increase her knowledge, Bonilla completed internships with the Cancer Institute and with Charleston Pediatrics – learning about adult oncology, hematology, pediatrics, and viewing things from the physician/nurse side and from the clinical side. “It was one more way to find out if it was something I wanted to do,” said Bonilla. “I am stubborn, questioning. You have to have a passion for medicine. If you’re in it, you’re in it for good.” She applied for a spot on Dr. Amy Albrecht’s breast cancer research team and received it. The first time Bonilla saw breast cancer cells under the microscope is burned into her memory. “To the naked eye, breast cancer looks like pink water in the flask. But when you observe it under the microscope, it is a little tiny square shape. And you realize – this is what causes so much harm to people,” said Bonilla. She has met her research requirements for her degree, but her desire to know more drives her work with the research team.

Research grant Albrecht and her students have jumped into the world of essential oils and breast cancer research. They are testing essential oils to see the effect they have on cancerous breast cells and normal breast cells. The public has rediscovered essential oils in recent years, and their popularity has led to research studies. “My grandmother in Colombia used a lot of natural medicine,” said Bonilla. “As a kid I thought, that’s not going to work. But now this research is coming out.” Do the essential oils stand up under scientific research? Can essential oils help cure cancer or make it worse? Modern medicine? Ancient essential oils? A combination of both? These are the questions driving researchers. “The use of modern medicine alone comes down to technology,” said Bonilla. “Companies can make more money selling pharmaceuticals that can be produced faster and cheaper.”

The Albrecht student research team was recently awarded a Student/Faculty Research Grant from South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities. The grant provides funding for materials and a student stipend for Bonilla to work as a paid undergraduate research student. The SCICU Student/Faculty Research program encourages students to explore careers in research. Grant recipients will present results of their research at the SCICU Symposium in spring 2016. The Albrecht student team is currently researching the effect of frankincense oil, one of the oldest known oils, on breast cancer cells. “Frankincense oil is rare and is produced seasonally, similar to maple syrup,” said Bonilla. The team is excited to begin research again in the fall. They feel they have some valuable results thus far, but the testing is a long process. The team studies research articles, compares their results to those of other researchers, and runs tests that published scientists have run to check their results and make sure they are on the right track. And all that data leads to more questions. All those questions and tests add up to joy for Bonilla, joy in learning more about her passion. Albrecht, who has a background in breast cancer research, is learning about this breast cancer cell line and about essential oils right along with her students. “The fact that she as a professor is so excited makes me think I can’t wait for the fall,” said Bonilla. Despite her excitement for the future, the research team and applying for med school, Bonilla is living firmly in the present this summer. Her mom is cancer free, and Bonilla has promised to help her mother with the project she couldn’t keep up with while she endured chemo. This summer you can find Bonilla and her mom in the garden.

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r. Amy Albrecht, associate professor of biochemistry, has been researching breast cancer since she was in graduate school. CSU students vie for a spot on her research team a year in advance. She holds a BA in chemistry from the University of Minnesota and a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of North Dakota. Albrecht and her research team recently won a South Carolina Independent College and Universities faculty/student research grant. They will present their research in spring 2016. We recently asked her about the research experience for undergraduates and specifically about breast cancer research.

Why do you think student research teams are important in the undergrad experience? Undergraduate research is important for students because it gives them a competitive edge when they enter the workforce or enter the pool of applicants for professional schools. The experience of working in a research laboratory is unique in that the students are learning to think and work independently in the laboratory; this helps as they transition into the workforce.

treatments; I need some data to back up the claims. So I started to look at the scientific journals to see what data/studies there are to help back up the claims of essential oils, and in the area of cancer there are very few scientific studies done. Since there is little work being published in this area, I thought why not do a study and help other people (and myself) out there with some data to help understand essential oil use in the area of breast cancer.

How did you get interested in researching breast cancer? In graduate school I was fortunate enough to be able to work as part of Dr. Donald A. Sens’ research team at the University of North Dakota. This team looks at a variety of cancers including breast, prostate, bladder and kidney. The time spent on this team was wonderful and developed my base of skills to continue with cancer research at CSU. Even before graduate school I was interested in cancer research because who doesn’t want to help cure cancer? I have always wanted to help people through science, and if I can help one person even in a small way I know that it will help to show God’s Glory to the world.

Do you think essential oils will prove valuable in assisting traditional medicine? There are certainly a lot of people that claim using oils has helped them, which is wonderful; I am glad they are feeling better. At this point, we don’t have enough data for me to decide if they are helpful or not.

What will the SCICU faculty/student research grant mean to the CSU team? The SCICU grant helps in a couple of ways. First, it helps to enhance CSU’s image by showing the community that we are actively participating in research which will ultimately help all people. Second, the grant helps to fund the research and provide a means to further the experiments and allows us to expand the What sparked your interest about researching experiments from just dreams/ideas into data and hopefully publications. The grant can essential oils? also help to involve more students in research. Essential oil use is currently a hot topic, and Third, it validates the fact that we are doing several people I know use oils for a variety of reasons. A good friend of my husband has been great research here at CSU and the scientific community recognizes this; which personally trying to convince us to use oils. As a scientist puts a smile on my face. I am skeptical of many of the quick and easy


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harleston Southern University’s graduation ceremony May 9 was the culmination of the university’s 50th Anniversary celebration. Approximately 500 undergraduate and graduate students received degrees. Kenneth M. Evans, president of Lord & Evans Capital Group and a retired businessman, who has served as president and CEO of Armor All Products and group president for Home Care Products at Eastman Kodak Company, was guest speaker at the ceremony. Evans said the 2015 commencement ceremony was full of symbolic meaning as the university wraps up the 50th Anniversary year. “The centerpiece of this historic moment is

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the mantle of leadership being placed on your shoulders as a college graduate.” He reminded the graduates that leadership is inescapable and they needed to serve as role models. “Influence comes from the same word as influenza,” said Evans. “You can spread your influence. Think about someone you can lift up.” Evans has served on numerous boards including Charleston Southern’s Board of Trustees, Board of Visitors and the Buc Club Board of Directors. He and his wife, Phyllis, are longtime friends of the university and have established three endowed scholarships at CSU. In addition to awarding diplomas to graduates, the university gave several special awards, including:

• An honorary doctorate in business to Kenneth M. Evans • Emeritus professor of music to Eugene Henry Koester • Distinguished professor designation to John F. Harper, Jeryl W. Johnson and James E. Roberts • Excellence in Teaching Award to Celeste L. McMaster • Several student awards - The Myrtle E. Hamrick Award: Christina Marie Jones - The John A. Barry Scholar Award: Ashley Nicole Allen - The Hunter Cup: Christian Thomas Reyes - The Carolyn Killen Hunter Outstanding Christian Teacher Endowed Scholarship and Award: Candace Nicole Kyle

right: Charles McLamore II shows off his diploma.

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Ken Evans, guest speaker, reminded graduates that leadership is inescapable, and they need to serve as role models.

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top: Amber Williams, 17-year-old graduate, accepts her diploma from President Hunter. above: Father and daughter, John and Sarah Kirkpatrick, both graduated. John received a BS in organizational management with concentration in human resource management. Sarah received a BS in early childhood education.

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MCMASTER RECOGNIZED FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING Dr. Celeste McMaster, associate professor of English, was Charleston Southern’s Excellence in Teaching winner. Recipients are chosen annually by their peers and honored by the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities. “When I hear a student refer to a professor using terms such as enthusiasm, knowledgeable, respectful and praising the small class relationships they are able to build upon, I know we have an excellent professor in the classroom,” said Dr. Jackie Fish, vice president for academic

affairs. “To see students who choose to major in English because of their classroom interactions with a faculty member is an amazing confirmation of Dr. McMaster’s success in teaching.” McMaster has taught at CSU since 2009. She earned her PhD from the University of South Carolina, her MA from East Carolina University and her BA from University of Arkansas in Little Rock. Her main areas of interest include 19th and 20th century British literature, Victorian, romantic and contemporary literature and creative writing.

“I have been teaching (imaginary students) since I was four years old,” said McMaster. “I’ve always loved it, so being recognized for excellence in teaching is a dream come true for me. I am honored and humbled because I know there are so many excellent teachers here at CSU.” McMaster enjoys the energy that comes when students have read the literature and want to share their insights and then apply it to their own lives. She said, “I love it when I can see they’re making connections.” Her favorite part about teaching at CSU is her students, who always surprise and encourage her, and other faculty members. She said, “Some of my best friends are here.” McMaster is a faculty advisor to Sefer, CSU’s student literary magazine, and is active on faculty committees and in the community.

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Faculty Reflections on Faith Integration DR. MARK CRAWFORD SCHOOL OF BUSINESS When discussing the foundations of our legal system, the impact of Christian beliefs and traditions is readily apparent and undeniable. Likewise, the study of ethics essentially boils down to questions of right and wrong. Students generally understand that the answer to those questions is dependent upon one’s worldview – is morality merely a shifting idea of man or an immutable truth passed down from our Creator? Ultimately, I try to teach all of my students that their own faith – or lack thereof – impacts every area of their lives. Faith provides motivations to act that are often radically different from the incentives of the marketplace.

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worldview is so different from many others. We talk as a group about how being a Christian would influence our behaviors in the profession of Computer Science and how we might seem different from people who do not believe. It also clearly shows how the realms of computer science and faith are not distinct and should intersect, especially in their professional lives.

I consistently try to help my students understand that teaching is a calling from God and that as teachers we need to help all students succeed. In Classroom Management and I encourage my students to consider that English Methods, I work with senior education ultimately they perform for an audience of students who want to teach high school. This ONE, and that it is important that we consider requires me to help the students see that they our gifts, which have been given by God to each need to find instructional strategies that will PROFESSOR ED SPEYERS of us, as something that should be offered back help all of their students learn. God created us GRAPHIC DESIGN to Him as an act of worship. It matters little in His image and while standing in front of a whether the performance is a Christian song, classroom, our students need to remember that. Our heavenly Father has designed us to seek or a powerful aria from an opera or a selection out and appreciate what is visually appealing. from a Broadway musical. What is important is Beauty lends credibility to both good and bad that we are using our gifts to bring Him glory. ideas with equal effectiveness. In today’s visual DR. VALERIE SESSIONS We serve and worship an infinitely creative culture, graphic designers are uniquely suited COMPUTER SCIENCE God. I ask my students to consider it a high to give credibility to ideas that glorify God and calling that they are made by a creative God not men. We are required by our accrediting body to to be CREATIVE. In his book, Art and The give students an ethical foundation for the com- Many students enter CSU oblivious to the Bible, Francis Schaeffer wrote, “Christian artists puter science profession. In class we discuss culture war surrounding them. The postmodern do not need to be threatened by fantasy and influences found throughout mainstream media ethical situations – software piracy, copyright imagination, for they have a basis for knowinfringement, use of data/privacy concerns and undermine Christian principles with a ruthless ing the difference between them and the real efficacy. It is not enough to make our students the global impact of computing on society. In world out there. The Christian is the really free introducing this topic to the class I present a aware of it. They need to stand against the person - he is free to have imagination. This too series of worldviews (including the Christian relativism of secular-progressive ideology and is our heritage. The Christian is the one whose work to create a culture that holds a godly unworldview). As I describe each worldview and imagination should fly beyond the stars.” derstanding of our world, possible only through how it would influence one’s decision making a life of faith. process, it is clear to see how the Christian DR. JENNIFER LUIKEN HORTON SCHOOL OF MUSIC

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Coach Mike Baker and the women’s tennis team surround Angelica Sidorenko, Marketa Placha and Yvonne Hubler at the special graduation. photo by Rick Esposito

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SPECIAL CEREMONY HONORS INTERNATIONAL GRADUATES By John Strubel

With Commencement still a day away, CSU did something unusual: held a special graduation ceremony to recognize three student-athletes -- Marketa Placha (Czech Republic), Yvonne Hubler (Germany) and Angelica Sidorenko (Canada). The graduating seniors were members of the Bucs Tennis Team and would miss the May 9 commencement because the team was competing in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Regional Tournament in Athens, Georgia. The ceremony was held Friday morning in the Whitfield Center for Christian Leadership, where Placha, Hubler and Sidorenko were surrounded by family, friends and teammates. All three student-athletes have achieved major success both on the court and in the classroom. On the court, Placha earned her second Big South Player of the Year. Hubler graduated magna cum laude and Placha cum laude. Hubler’s parents, Rolf and Christa Hubler, flew in from Germany with plans to attend their daughter’s graduation ceremony on Saturday morning. Things changed when the Lady Bucs won the Big South regular season title and advanced to the NCAA tournament. The Hublers had the opportunity to see their daughter graduate and play in the NCAA tournament. “This is very exciting for us,” said her father, Rolf. “We are so proud of her.” Hubler saw her dreams come true over 48 hours. She received her bachelor’s degree in business management and played in the NCAA tournament. “I was sad when I found out we wouldn’t be able to walk (at graduation),” said Hubler. “I am so happy they were able to put something together for us so I could accept my degree and my family gets to be here to see me graduate and play.” “This means a lot to these girls – and a lot to this program,” said Coach Mike Baker. “Yvonne’s parents came from Germany, and the bonus is we get to go play Georgia in Athens.” CSU is coming off of a championship season, capturing the Big South regular season crown for the second straight year and winning the first Big South Tournament in program history to make the NCAA Tournament.

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arren Peper ’74 was awarded the Herman Helms Media Excellence Award at the 55th annual South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony recently. Peper, who now serves as the director of the Graduate School at Charleston Southern, spent nearly 40 years as a sports broadcaster in the Charleston area including WCSC, WCBD and the Post and Courier. He has covered the World Series, Final Four, The Masters, the Super Bowl and Clemson’s national championship. He is the second member from CSU to be honored with the SCAHOF. ”It’s always gratifying to be singled out for your work,” said Peper. “Truth is, though, telling the people of the Lowcountry what was going on as a sportscaster never felt like work to me. I’m very humbled by this honor and thankful for the recognition.” Andy Solomon, associate athletic director at The Citadel, presented Peper with the award. After the ceremony Solomon said, “I’ve known, and worked with, Warren for almost 40 years. His face and words are among the most recognizable in the Lowcountry. He is a pro in every sense of the word.” The late Howard Bagwell, who served as athletic director for the Baptist College at Charleston (now CSU), was inducted in the South

Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in 1966. The Class of 2015 Hall of Fame inductees include former Clemson running back Terry Allen, USC pitcher Kip Bouknight, Clemson soccer player Bruce Murray, Lander tennis coach Joe Cabri, Greenwood native Ben Coates, Furman football coach Jimmy Satterfield and former Spartanburg Herald-Journal sports editor Les Timms.

The annual ceremony celebrates the lives of men and women whose remarkable talent and drive to succeed will earn them a place in athletic history. Past inductees include Frank McGuire, Shoeless Joe Jackson, Dottie Pepper, Bobby Richardson, Sterling Sharpe, Art Shell, Ray Tanner, Mookie Wilson, Harry Carson, Dwight Clark, Larry Doby, Deacon Jones, Joe Frazier, John McKissick and Jim Rice.

The Graduate School staff congratulates Warren Peper at the Hall of Fame ceremony.

The Horton School of Music and the Theatre Program present

YOU’VE GOT TO BE CAREFULLY TAUGHT, FALL 2015 Exploring how the arts can reveal and potentially heal A review/compilation of songs, readings, scenes inspired by the song You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught from South Pacific 7:30 p.m., Oct. 21-24 and Oct. 28-31, Black Box Theatre, Lightsey Music Building

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WHALEN GOES TO LA AS WINNER OF NATIONAL CONTEST By Jan Joslin

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ydney Whalen squeezed in a whirlwind trip to LA before spring exams began. A junior psychology major and art minor, Whalen was selected the winner of an art competition sponsored by GUESS?, Inc., in a partnership with Peace Over Violence to sponsor Denim Day, April 29, 2015. Whalen’s decorated jeans were selected by GUESS cofounder, Paul Marciano, as the winning pair. Whalen works at the GUESS store at the local Tanger Outlet. Each store was asked to design and decorate one pair of jeans to protest violence and send them to LA. She said, “Everyone in the store knows I love art, so they asked me to make the jeans. I enjoy expressing myself through art – especially like this, when it’s a good cause.” The only contest requirements were to use the hashtags #denimday and #peaceoverviolence. Whalen said she incorporated a little bit of GUESS and a little bit of Peace over Violence into her design, and she received most of her inspiration looking at social media. As the winner of the contest, Whalen was flown to Los Angeles to meet Marciano. She also learned models wore the decorated jeans during Mexico City’s fashion week. Whalen ultimately wants to attend grad school and become an art therapist, to help people through art. Peace Over Violence and GUESS encourage wearing jeans on April 29 to protest against violence and as a sexual violence prevention and education campaign.

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.J. Johnson thumbs through tracks on his iPod and taps a selection. As the beat starts pumping out of a small JBL speaker, Johnson drops his head and begins to pray. A few moments later his eyes open, he takes a deep breath, grabs a blank canvas and starts working feverishly.

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Johnson, a junior in the graphic design program, creates speed art. Each piece takes about five minutes, a creation influenced and inspired by the large music catalog stored on his iPod. On this day, under the sun outside the Lightsey Chapel Auditorium, a crowd is gathering around him as John Coltrane blows through

the speakers, followed by Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York.” Johnson said his work is heavily influenced by the Harlem Renaissance. “There is more to art than what you see,” said Johnson. “Art has soul.” Johnson was born and raised in Columbia. According to his website, KolPeace.com, his mission states, “The mind is a terrible thing to waste in the world of imagination and creativity. There are no excuses; no timid-minded creators. There are no monuments of nothingness.” What is kolpeace? Johnson said, “Think about the smallest thing you’ve ever seen. Now imagine the largest thing you’ve seen. Close your eyes and just imagine those two things in a blank white room. Now ball up your fist as tight as you can then release the pressure after 10 seconds and just smile. That is what kolpeace is about, creating new views of the world of imagination.” He has presented his work at the Taste of Charleston, the Black Expo, CSU Cultural Festival and on weekends he sets up shop among the Market Street vendors. You can explore his work online at www.kolpeace.com.

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Men’s Golf earns berth in NCAA Regional By Seth Montgomery

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ith a record-setting final round, Mike Wilson and the men’s golf team recorded one of the best rounds in Big South Conference history in winning the 2015 Big South Championship at The Patriot Golf Club at Grand Harbor. The Bucs started the final day in fourth place but would not stay there long. CSU posted a 10-under 278 in its final round – the lowest final round in Big South Championship history – to surge to a six shot victory, finishing at 11-under par for the event. The Bucs’ total was

the third-lowest in Big South Championship history and gave CSU its third men’s golf title and first since 2003. Freshman R.J. Keur was the medalist, finishing at 8-under par to win by a stroke after beginning the day in a six-way tie for second at 5-under. He had five birdies in Tuesday’s round and capped off a strong freshman year with one of the most impressive performances in CSU history. Keur had 14 birdies in his three rounds and was the Bucs’ first medalist since 2006. The Buccaneers’ championship earned them

The Men’s Golf team won the Big South Championship and advanced to NCAA Regional competition.

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the Big South’s automatic berth into the NCAA Regional, where they traveled to The Rawls Golf Club in Lubbock, Texas, taking part in the regional field hosted by Texas Tech. Keur again stood out on the final day of the round as the Bucs finished 13th overall in the regional field. He fired a 4-under 67 – tying the lowest NCAA Tournament round in CSU history. He had five birdies and one bogey in his round, tying David Ryles 4-under of 68 set at the 2001 East Regional.

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hen Jamey Chadwell was introduced as head coach of Charleston Southern University’s football program two years ago, he told the fans and the media: “We’re going to coach with passion, and we’re going to be intentional about our relationships. We are going to engage this community. We are going to engage this student body. This is their team. We want the student body to be proud of their team – and that doesn’t happen overnight.”

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PASSION. INTENTION. RELATIONSHIPS. PRIDE. Those, said Chadwell, were the ingredients that would lead to success for the Charleston Southern University football program. Oh, and patience. Remember that last statement, “… that doesn’t happen overnight.” Well, it kind of did. Winning will do that to an athletic program and, since his arrival, all the CSU Bucs have done is win football games. Chadwell has led the team to a combined 18-7 over two seasons, the most wins over any two-year period in program history. During the last two-year stretch Charleston Southern has chalked up a pair of wins against in-city rival The Citadel and conference wins against Coastal Carolina (2013) and Liberty (2014) on the road. “To beat Liberty on the road, to beat Coastal Carolina here, those are wow kind of things,” said athletic director Hank Small. “Those are tough games. You can see the respect the program is getting.” Respect -- and honor. Chadwell’s success earned him the 2013 Big South Coach of the Year, the AFCA Region II Coach of the Year, and a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award, which is awarded to the top FCS coach, after CSU set a school-record for wins during a 10-3 season. Last season, CSU led the country in time of possession and ranked 16th in rushing offense while the Bucs’ aggressive defense also excelled, leading the Big South in total defense, rushing defense and pass defense. The team finished the season 8-4. “He has a great relationship with his players,” said Small. “The whole purpose of playing football is to have fun. Jamey and his coaching staff have the ability to really relate to the players.” “More than anything, I learned, be who you are; I can’t be Coach Mills or Steve Spurrier, I’ve got to be Jamey Chadwell,” said the Bucs head coach. “So, I’ve tried to put my personality into

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the program and, hopefully, that shows.” Chadwell’s football education began on 100 yards of Tennessee green grass, between the hash marks and in the shadow of his father. The senior Chadwell coached his son in middle school and, later, at Campbell County High School as head coach in football, baseball and assistant basketball coach. “We were at it constantly,” said Chadwell. “It was something that was in our blood.” After high school, Chadwell attended East Tennessee State University, where he quickly excelled and by his sophomore season, he was starting at quarterback. But two weeks prior to the opener, he tore his tibia and deltoid ligament in his ankle. The experience was a turning point in Chadwell’s life. “I was lying in a hospital bed and I said, ‘Alright, I accepted you in my life, but you’ve always been second; sports was always first,” Chadwell prayed. “I’m going to give it to you.’” With his life firmly in God’s hands, Chadwell soon began charting a new course for life after college: coaching. “My roommate (Mark Collins) and I talked about how we were going to coach,” he said. “I remember vividly staying up at night talking about what we were going to do and how we were going to coach, but it was all high school. College was not in our mind at all.” After completing his bachelor’s degree in economics and business education from East Tennessee State, Chadwell accepted a coaching job at his alma mater as a recruiter and assistant, working with quarterbacks, tight ends and running backs. Collins went on to coach at Michigan, Georgia and in the National Football League with the Atlanta Falcons before landing his current position as outside linebacker coach for the New York Jets. In 2003, East Tennessee State announced it would drop the football program, but the team would continue to play through the 2003 season to honor commitments. The clock was ticking, and Chadwell knew he needed to find a new opportunity. After the 2003 season, then CSU head coach Jay Mills contacted Chadwell and asked if he would be interested in joining him in Charleston as a full-time assistant and recruiter. Chadwell accepted, and over the next five seasons, he listened and learned everything he could from Mills.

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“Coach Mills was great with detail and organization, and I learned that from him,” said Chadwell. Charleston Southern finished 7-4 and won the Big South co-championship capped off by a thrilling comeback win the final game of the season against Coastal Carolina in 2005. In 2006, his third season as an assistant, the team finished 9-2, and Chadwell completed his master’s in business administration from Charleston Southern. Chadwell, who grew up in the church and attended Fellowship of Christian Athlete meetings at East Tennessee State, was experiencing a deeper commitment at the faith-based college. “When I came here in 2004 my faith grew from being in this environment,” he said. “Being able to talk with spiritual leaders, attending Chapel and campus events really helped me grow in my walk.” In 2009, the head coach job opened at North Greenville, and Chadwell asked Mills if he thought he should pursue the opportunity. Mills encouraged him. Not long after, Chadwell was named head coach at NGU. He packed up his belongings -- and all his experiences -- and headed for North Greenville. The team struggled the first season under Chadwell, finishing 2-8. “We were lucky we got two (wins),” he said. “I started questioning myself about a month into the season and thought maybe I was in over my head. I think that is your faith being tested. I’m a big believer that you have to go through failure and adversity before you can reach your full potential.” Chadwell called his first season as a head coach “miserable,” but he saw some hope in some of his young players. North Greenville went 9-3 and 11-3 over the next two seasons, including the university’s first-ever national ranking, finishing the 2011 season 12th in the American Football Coaches Association DII Poll. “He had the potential to be an excellent head coach,” remembers Small. “What he did at North Greenville was amazing. He immediately had an impact on the program and immediately impressed me with his ability to be a head coach. Not everyone can make that transition.” Despite the success, Chadwell’s heart was still in Charleston. “In the back of my mind, I always thought one day, if I have the opportunity and they want me back – I feel that’s where I am meant to be,” he said. “We got married here. We have a home here. A lot of who I am and who I became was

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developed here at CSU, personally and professionally. People ask me where I am from – I’m originally from Tennessee – but my home is Charleston.” Chadwell’s opportunity arrived after the 2012 season, when Mills announced his retirement after 10 years as head coach at Charleston Southern. When he returned to CSU to interview for the job as head coach, Hank Small was struck by his maturity. “He was a completely different person,” he said. “He was ready. He really wanted to be at Charleston Southern.” Chadwell looks back at his four-year stretch as head coach at North Greenville and later Delta State as a learning experience. Chadwell vividly remembers the day he was offered the head coach job at CSU. “I was on the phone and I told the university, let me pray about this and I will get back to you,” he said. “I hung up the phone and turned around, and my wife said, ‘You can pray all you want, I’m packing.’” The CSU football program has experienced physical growth too. Since 2012, the university has invested in a new Athletic Center (including new locker rooms), new uniforms, stadium lights and, in 2015, a new stadium entrance, turf and upgraded seating and amenities. “It shows we’re serious about the future of the program,” said Chadwell. “When you show that kind of support to players, it makes them want to play harder. We are trying to give every student and student-athlete a great college experience.” The 2015 CSU Buccaneers will open the 2015 under new lights and on new turf. The transformation is creating a lot of excitement around the university, the program and Chadwell himself, who confessed, “Every morning I drive on to campus, I get chills when I see the facility going up right before my eyes.” Fittingly, the CSU Buccaneers kick off the 2015 college football season Thursday, September 3 at home and under the lights against North Greenville University. Winning comes with its own set of unique challenges. Recent success has created high expectations among fans and the media. In May, the Sporting News’ FCS Preseason Top-25 Poll, ranked the Bucs at No. 24. While Charleston Southern has been ranked in both major polls each of the last two seasons, this marks the first time in history that the football program has been ranked in a major preseason poll.

CHADWELL VIVIDLY REMEMBERS THE DAY HE WAS OFFERED THE HEAD COACH JOB AT CSU. “I WAS ON THE PHONE AND I TOLD THE UNIVERSITY, LET ME PRAY ABOUT THIS AND I WILL GET BACK TO YOU,” HE SAID. “I HUNG UP THE PHONE AND TURNED AROUND, AND MY WIFE SAID, ‘YOU CAN PRAY ALL YOU WANT, I’M PACKING.’”

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SPORTS RECAP: Women’s Tennis Sees Postseason Action By Seth Montgomery

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he Charleston Southern spring athletic season closed with a pair of Big South Championships and NCAA Tournament berths as the Buccaneers’ women’s tennis team and men’s golf team both reached postseason play.

Luecke both earned All-Conference doubles accolades. Cooper and Sidorenko combined to go 15-7 overall in doubles play, posting a 7-1 record in Big South play on court no. 1. Hubler and Luecke went 19-2 in dual match play, 7-1 in conference, all on court no. 2. Consistency throughout the Big South season Women’s Tennis also saw the Bucs take three individual singles The women’s tennis team won the Big South flight championships and a doubles championConference Championship for the first time ship. Hubler defended her title on court no. after sweeping their way through the postseason 2, while Cooper took the honors on court no. tournament. The Bucs topped Gardner-Webb, 4, and Valeria Koussenkova captured the title Liberty and Coastal Carolina on their way to on court no. 6. In doubles, Placha and Sophie the most successful season in program history. Cloessner took the flight title on court no. 3 CSU’s success over the final weeks of the with a 7-1 record in conference action. season was propelled by their leadership at the CSU advanced to the Athens Regional of the top of the lineup, as all three of CSU’s seniors, 2015 NCAA Tournament, before closing out the Marketa Placha, Yvonne Hubler, and Angelica season in falling to regional host Georgia in the Sidorenko, were recognized among the Big first round. South’s annual award winners. Placha was recognized as the 2015 Big South Women’s Golf Player of the Year after finishing the regular The future is bright for women’s golf. Playing season with an 18-2 overall singles record and exclusively with five underclassmen in the a 16-5 doubles record on the year. The senior lineup, CSU finished fourth at this year’s Big from the Czech Republic recorded a 13 match South Conference Championship. The Bucs winning streak on court no. 1 during the season ended their season with four players in the Big and was recognized on the All-Conference South Top 20 in scoring average. Freshman HaySingles Team. ley McNeill was fourth in the Big South and led Hubler went 16-3 overall in singles play on CSU with a 75.1 scoring average. Sophomore the season in dual match play, boasting an 8-1 Shelby Thompson won the Wendy’s Invitational record in the Big South Conference in taking in the fall, finishing 1-under for 54 holes at All-Conference honors for the second straight Rivertowne Country Club. season. She went 14-2 overall on court no. 2 and won her last seven matches. The duo of Angelica Sidorenko and Mi’Kola Cooper and the duo of Hubler and Nicolin

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Softball The softball team also made noise in the tournament before falling in the semifinal round. The Bucs’ softball team advanced on the arm of senior ace Jennifer Giles as the right-hander pitched complete games in all four CSU games in earning All-Tournament Team honors. She was joined on the All-Tournament team by sophomore shortstop Stephanie Bergmann. The softball team had three players recognized on the Big South All-Conference team in Marci Christian, Cheyenne Gandara and Amanda Matsumoto. Christian set the CSU single season and career home run records during the season, while Matsumoto set the Bucs’ single-season hits and runs record. Baseball Baseball also saw records fall this year as senior Chase Shelton set the Bucs’ all-time hits record this season on April 22 against Furman. The Bucs advanced into the Big South Tournament led by All-Conference selection Andrew Tomasovich, as well as Big South honorees Nate Blanchard and Bryan Dye. CSU set a team record with 471 strikeouts in a season, fueled by Tomasovich’s 177 Ks and seven wins. He was selected in the 21st round of the 2015 Major League Draft by the Oakland As. Women’s Track and Field The Bucs also had several medalists at the Big South Women’s Track and Field Championships as senior Talei Tagivakatini finished third in the discus; senior Joshlyn Noga finished third in the shot put, and the Bucs’ 4x400 and 4x100 teams both finished third. The 4x400 squad shattered the school record in finishing with a time of 3:43.83.

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WIND ENSEMBLE MAKES APPEARANCE AT KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS Dr. Marshall Forrester, director of bands, conducts members of the CSU Wind Ensemble at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., Sunday, May 31. “Performing at the Kennedy Center was a real treat for our students and me – the acoustical signature of the hall is ideal and complementary of large ensemble performance,” said Forrester. “I was proud of the level of concentration displayed by our students and the fantastic performance they presented in this world-renowned concert hall.” Photo by Emily Reeves ’15


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A WARRIOR’S JOURNEY: FROM DEFENSE TO DISCIPLES By Mike McCann

“Hey man, can I share something with you?”

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t was a question that forever changed the young man’s life. It was a question he had been yearning for someone to ask him. A question that would not only alter the course of his life but the countless lives of others as well. As this self-proclaimed punk sat in the cinder block dorm of the freshman quads, he was asked if he knew Jesus for the first time.

“JOSH WAS THE FIRST PERSON WHO DISCIPLED ME AND TRULY TAUGHT ME WHAT IT MEANS TO WALK WITH CHRIST. HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN A SUPER FAITHFUL DUDE, ALWAYS GRACIOUS AND NONJUDGMENTAL WHEN YOU BRING HIM YOUR PROBLEMS. HE ALWAYS SHOWS YOU GRACE BECAUSE HE’S RECEIVED IT HIMSELF.” - ADAM WITZMANN

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Josh Warrior had always identified himself as a football player. It is natural to think of yourself first and foremost as an athlete when you earn a Division I scholarship. “But something was missing, I had a hole in my life,” Warrior explains. No matter how sweet it was, no amount of playing time could fill the gap in his heart. He tried that in high school. All it got him was a trophy that read MVP on the front. But trophies lose their luster, and it wasn’t recognition he was seeking, anyway. Warrior was looking for something more, but he didn’t know what that something was. When he accepted an offer to play football at Charleston Southern in early 2004, he “had no idea what a Christian environment meant,” but this was Division I so he didn’t care. His first glimpse came as Bowe Butler, a rising senior, led a Bible study Warrior attended on his recruiting trip. Butler just happened to be the same one asking Warrior about his purpose in the freshman dorms.

“HE HAD A REALLY BIG IMPACT ON ME AND I’M SO THANKFUL FOR HIM, HE LED ME TO JESUS. HE KEPT PUSHING ME AND ASKING ME ABOUT MY FAITH, ABOUT WHERE I STOOD. HE NEVER GAVE UP ON ME. HE TAUGHT ME HOW TO BE A CHRISTIAN AND HE PRACTICED WHAT HE PREACHED. NOT ONLY WAS HE A GOOD EXAMPLE OF A GODLY MAN, BUT HE WAS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF A HUSBAND TO HIS WIFE AND FATHER TO HIS KIDS WHEN HE WASN’T BUSY WITH US.” - DYLAN BLACK

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“Josh was respected on the football field. He was known as this young, hard-hitting safety,” recalls Butler, a player who, just a year and a half prior, had been led to Christ by a group called Campus Outreach. Not as many people knew who Warrior was off the field, but Butler was one to try and find out. “I felt my purpose was to share Christianity with my teammates.” With his upperclassman friend by his side, Warrior decided he wanted something more for his life. It took him, as it does many people, a few months to comprehend what being a Christian really meant. God works in mysterious ways, and that on-boarding period was crucial. Just two days after being crowned the Iron Buc the strongest player on the team - his newfound faith was tested. Warrior and a car full of friends were in an accident that left him with broken L1 and L2 vertebrae in his back. While in a body brace for over a month, he couldn’t even put on his shoes without enlisting his roommate’s help. He went from squatting 600 pounds and bench pressing 350 pounds to needing help getting out of cars. To add salt to the proverbial wound, if he couldn’t play, his full scholarship would be reduced. “I was devastated,” Warrior recalls. “It wasn’t everything, but I still loved football. That experience gave me perspective and testimony to say how God worked in my life.” A testimony he would use over and over through his journey. It’s a good thing Butler stuck with Warrior, and it’s a good thing Warrior responded to Butler. Without an authentic sense of identity, Warrior could have lost hope – hope that he could still fulfill his dream of becoming a starting safety for the Bucs, hope that head coach Jay Mills would rip his scholarship reduction in half and keep him on a full ride. Hope that he wasn’t just a football player. The summer after the accident was pivotal in Warrior’s life. He took a chance and followed Butler, against his teammates’ and his coach’s will, to his first Summer Project in Orlando, Fla. Campus Outreach Summer Projects are a place where young men and women learn more about their faith, evangelism and leadership. For Warrior, it was a place he would learn to accept the journey God had laid out for him, a place where he memorized scripture. In the coming summers, it became a place where he would meet his partner in life and the mother of his two children. Two hundred career tackles, five

“HE IS A GUY I LOVE AND RESPECT IN SO MANY WAYS BECAUSE HE HAS SO MUCH WISDOM. HE LISTENS AND HE CARES ABOUT YOU IN A GREAT WAY. HIS JOB WAS TO MAKE DISCIPLES AND HE DID THAT TO THE BEST OF HIS ABILITY. HE WOULD BE THERE FOR US IN EVERY ASPECT, LIKE A FATHER, A BROTHER AND A LEADER. YOU KNOW SOMEONE’S REAL WHEN THEY DECIDE THEY WANT TO GO OVERSEAS TO SERVE THE LORD!” - ZACH JOHNSON

interceptions and countless delivered headaches later, Campus Outreach became a place where he would start his career when he retired his cleats. Today, Warrior’s journey still leads through the cinder blocks of the freshman quads. Warrior and his wife, Ashley, work with Campus Outreach, ministering to young men and women who attend CSU. He is passing on the lessons of spiritual leadership taught to him by Butler and the Campus Outreach staff so many years ago. Warrior’s long-term path didn’t include playing football at a professional level, but the game he loves is still a huge part of his journey. As a campus outreach director, he spends most of his days working with and hanging around the football team, using Life on Life discipling with student-athletes like Dylan Black, Zach Johnson, Adam Witzmann and Nathan Prater. Warrior’s focus has shifted from making tackles to making disciples, but the intensity is still present. Warrior’s journey is far from finished. His next steps will take him far from the campus that has given him so much. In the fall, Josh and Ashley, along with their son, Titus, and their daughter, Millie, will be moving to Malaysia to lead a Short Term International (STINT) team. The STINT missionary program is a branch of Campus Outreach that sends former outreach directors overseas for missionary work. You can learn more about their journey by going to www.costint.org.

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Hutto Named a Newman Civic Fellow

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abitha Hutto has been named to the 2015 class of Newman Civic Fellows, a group made up of 201 student leaders from 36 states and Washington, D.C. Hutto, a senior majoring in business with an emphasis in marketing, was nominated by CSU. She is a member of Rotaract, Campus Activities Board, mentors a student at Stall High School and helped plan the campus Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week in 2014. “To me, giving back to the community is a big part of who I am,” said Hutto. “I want to be that person to help others make a difference no matter if it is big or small.” Presidents of universities which are a member of Campus Compact nominate promising student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in their community to be Newman Civic Fellows. President Jairy Hunter said, “Tabitha has an empathic heart providing her the motivation to find solutions to social issues. Based on her role as a university student leader, Tabitha’s future will impact many lives.” Through service-learning courses and other opportunities for community engagement, colleges are developing students’ public problemsolving skills, such as the ability to analyze community needs, the willingness to participate in public processes and debate, the commit-

ment to raise awareness about challenges and the ability to inspire others to become part of solutions. “These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can – and does – play in building a better world,” said Richard Guarasci, a member of the Campus Compact Board.

Campus Compact is a national coalition of nearly 1,100 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility. The Newman Civic Fellows Award is sponsored by the KPMG Foundation.

Kevin Coriolan, volunteer coordinator at CSU; Tabitha Hutto, 2015 Newman Civic Fellow; Dr. Hester Young, CSU’s assistant dean for student services. Photo provided

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Class notes 1972

1983

Austin Beard is a member of the Georgetown County Council. He is a manager of the Anderson Brothers Bank in Georgetown.

1982

Kim Duncan Gray earned her doctor of education degree in educational leadership from the University of St. Francis in May. She completed her dissertation on The Effect of Test-taking Skill Instruction on Reading Achievement as Measured on Standardized Tests. She has Brad Dobbels MAT ’94 was named served as principal of Spencer Teacher of the Year at Berkeley Pointe Primary School in New Middle College in Moncks Corner. Lenox, Illinois, for the past eight years. Kim received her master’s in educational leadership from Northern Illinois University in 2004. She resides in New Lenox with her husband, Eric, and daughters, Jillian, 12, and Cassidy, 9.

1989 Neyda A. Mora was named United Teachers of Dade Steward of the Year for Miami-Dade County Public Schools in the fall. Neyda is a 27-year veteran teacher with Miami-Dade County Public Schools specializing in bilingual education. She resides in Homestead, Florida, with her son, Antonio, her two fur babies, Bella and Coco, and is a soon-to-be grandma.

1985 Rob and Nancy Timmons Pierce were featured in the February Randy Cox recently changed from issue of She Magazine. Rob is the flying as a Captain on the Boeing pastor of Latta Baptist Church, 737 with Korean Airlines in Seoul, and Nancy teaches kindergarten at South Korea, to a Boeing 737 Dillon Christian School. Rob has Business Jet Captain with a private been a member of the CSU Board corporation in Saudi Arabia, flying of Trustees, and both of their extended range worldwide routes. daughters are CSU graduates.

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1995

Ladell Grice is a law enforcement instructor at Central Carolina Technical College. She has 25 years of experience in law enforcement.

1977 Stanley Pasley was recently named to the Williamsburg County Public School Foundation’s Hall of Fame. He is the county supervisor for Williamsburg County.

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1991

Steven and Debbie Crittendon serve in South Asia. They have five children: Caleb and Allie are students at NGU, Daniel, 14, Erin, 12, and Brooke, 10. Julie Allen Parker, center, front row, recently brought her Iroquois Softball team to tour CSU while the team was in the area playing in a tournament. She and her Kelly Walker was named Teacher husband, Michael Parker ’88, of the Year at Summerville High live in Eerie, Pa. Julie pitched School in Summerville. for the CSU softball team while a student and still holds several Denise Chandler MEd ’94 was CSU records. named Teacher of the Year at Westview Primary in Goose Creek.

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COMPILED BY JAN JOSLIN ’82

1998

Lyndi C. Valicek was named Teacher of the Year at Macedonia Middle School in Moncks Corner.

Chris Edge was named Campus Teacher of the Year for 2014-2015 for Crestwood High School. He and his wife, Teress, and their two children, Natalie, 9, and Silas, 6, A.J. Chambers, media technology live in Sumter. teacher and adviser to WAVETV at Summerville High School, Leslie Ratliff MEd was had a team of students win third named Teacher of the Year at place in the East division in a Summerville Elementary School in national video contest sponsored Summerville. by C-SPAN.

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1999 Catherine Watson was named the Teacher of the Year at Oakbrook Elementary School in Summerville.

Kevin S. Watson has been promoted to chief warrant officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. He is stationed at the Surface Forces Logistics Center, which is located in Baltimore, Md.

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Aarona Muckenfuss is a loan officer assistant at Shelter Lending Services LLC.

Kentrel Clement MEd ’12 was named Teacher of the Year at Beech Hill Elementary School in Summerville.

2005 Daniel Bryant is working with a Christian radio station in Columbia to create a radio show based on his animated series, “Boys of Valor.” He was also recently named an American Graduate Champion by South Carolina ETV.

2006 Keri Hayes MEd teaches math at Gregg Middle School and was recently named Teacher of the Year.

2009 Ruth Butka was named Teacher of the Year at Whitesville Elementary in Moncks Corner. Robert M. Hemby II MEd has been named principal of Lee Central High School in Lee County. Previously, he was principal of Allendale-Fairfax High School. Jessica Horne Keller and her husband, Allen Keller (a 2004 graduate of Clemson) announce the birth of a daughter, Millie Rose Keller, born July 16, 2014. The Kellers live in Goose Creek.

2010 Kylee Roberts and her husband, Silas Roberts ’09 announce the birth of a son, Levi Roberts, born Sept. 18, 2013. The Roberts live in Summerville.

Corey Simmons and his business partner operate a stuffed chicken wings food truck, 2 Fat 2 Fly, in Columbia. The food truck has been featured on the Steve Harvey Show and has had a reality series on the Oprah Winfrey Network. If you are in the Columbia area, you can find out their location by following them on Twitter at #2FAT2FLY.

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2011 Tracey Epley Fore and her husband, Heath Fore, announce the birth of a son, Landon Allen Fore, born April 8 at 6:42 p.m. at Carolinas Hospital System in Florence. Landon weighed 4 pounds 8 ounces and was 18 inches long.

2012 Amanda Miller MEd was named Teacher of the Year at Marrington Middle School in Goose Creek.

Memorials Margaret Perrin Johnson and Stanley Adam Wall were married March 7 in Georgetown. She is a nurse at Georgetown Memorial Hospital, and they live in Georgetown. Mark D. Moore is a staff accountant with Moore Beauston & Woodham LLP. Megan Profit MEd is a math teacher at Rollings Middle School of the Arts in Summerville and was named Teacher of the Year.

Elizabeth “Beth” Kirby Connolly ’76, age 61, died March 20 in Eutawville. She was a former teacher.

2013

Ally G. Cullipher and her husband, Thomas R. Cullipher, announce the birth of a son, Tanner Rylan Culliper, born Feb. 11. The Culliphers live in Summerville.

2014

Betty Lou Griffith Blackwell, age 80, died April 24 in Kershaw. She was a former member of the CSU Board of Trustees and started the kindergarten program at First Baptist Church, Kershaw. Memorials may be made to the Mrs. Danny R. Blackwell Scholarship Fund, CSU Advancement Office, PO Box 118087, Charleston, SC 29423. Helen Patricia Campbell ’89, age 75, died April 1 in Wilmington, N.C. She was a former police dispatcher and health department worker.

Brittany Runyon Terlinde, and her husband, Cody Terlinde, announce the birth of a daughter, Harper Jane Terlinde, born Aug. 24, 2014.

Chelsy Marie Clark and Jared Colin Proper were married Nov. 1, 2014, in Charleston. She is an interpreter at The Powder Magazine, and he is a graphic designer. They live in Hanahan.

Larry Michael Blackmon, age 66, died Jan. 31 in Lancaster. He was a contractor and was a member of the CSU Board of Visitors.

Rachelle Rea has signed a three-book deal with WhiteFire Publishing. Her debut novel, The Sound of Diamonds, is the first installment in The Steadfast Love Series. The Sound of Diamonds is available on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and ChristianBook.com.

James H. Goodman Sr., age 77, died Feb. 14 in Beech Island. He was a member of the CSU Board of Visitors and served three terms as chairman. He was a longtime supporter of the university and with his wife, Emily, funded the majority of the Goodman Family Endowed Scholarship. CSU awarded him an honorary doctor of humanities in 1999. He was a businessman and was co-owner of Goodman Chevrolet and Coachman RV.

Juliette Anne Gum ’89, age 47, died Jan. 25 in Little River after a long battle with cancer. She was a traveling physical therapist. Randall “Randy” Kelly Hutchinson ’81, age 55, died March 11 in Charleston. He worked as an insurance adjuster and was a general contractor. Dr. Fred Samuel Miller Jr., age 87, died Feb. 5 in West Columbia. He was a retired pastor and received an honorary doctorate from CSU in 1985. Edward Leonidas “Lonnie” Rowell ’81, age 86, died March 21 in Summerville. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and was the owner of Pyramid Enterprises. Michael “Jody” Joseph Tolomea III ’03, age 39, died Feb. 26 in Mt. Pleasant. He worked for SAIC. Donald Edward Wilkinson Jr., ’79, age 60, died April 25 in North Charleston. He was an educator and newpaper writer.

Nivia S. Collins MEd was named Teacher of the Year at St. Stephen Elementary School in St. Stephen.

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Baby Bucs

TO SUBMIT YOUR BABY BUCS PHOTO: Email a picture of your Baby Buc wearing the shirt to alumni@csuniv.edu. Pictures should be 1 MB in size or larger, in jpg format.

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5 1. Tanner Rylan Cullipher, son of Ally G. Cullipher ’13 and Thomas R. Cullipher 2. Landon Allen Fore, son of Tracey Epley Fore ’11 and Heath Fore 3. Millie Rose Keller, daughter of Jessica Horne Keller ’09 and Allen Keller 4. Ezra Lacey, son of Lynnsey Lacey ’06 5. Levi Roberts, son of Kylee Roberts ’10 and Silas Roberts ’09 6. Harper Jane Terlinde, daughter of Brittany Runyon Terlinde ’12 and Cody Terlinde

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TO ORDER A SHIRT CSU graduates – if you have a child under the age of 2, let us know at alumni@csuniv.edu, and we will send a CSU creeper for your Baby Buc. The shirt is free – all we ask in return is a photo of your Baby Buc for the magazine.

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Students are Winners of Lowcountry Giving Day

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ay 5 was a great day for CSU student scholarships. CSU’s participation in Lowcountry Giving Day, a one-day fundraising event that is part of Give Local America, resulted in 83 donors contributing $61,935 to aid student scholarships. In addition, through the generosity of donors who provided incentive money to the Coastal Community Foundation, the host for Lowcountry Giving Day, the money Charleston Southern receives will be greater than the $61,935 raised.

Haile Endows Nursing Scholarship

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atricia A. Haile recently signed guidelines for the Patricia A. Haile Nursing Endowed Scholarship and joined the Legacy Society at Charleston Southern. Haile is a member of the Baptist Nursing Fellowship which has conducted the Blessing of the Hands ceremony for CSU nursing students.

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Lowcountry Giving Day Fun Facts: • Charleston Southern ranked #14 on the leaderboard for amount raised out of 179 participating nonprofits • 26 percent of the donors on Tuesday were first-time donors to Charleston Southern • Total raised through Lowcountry Giving Day on May 5: $4,069,965.05 with 14,285 gifts for 179 nonprofits Pictured: Valerie Rumbough, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Baptist Foundation of S.C.; President Jairy Hunter, Patricia A. Haile and Dr. Andreea T. Meier, dean of the College of Nursing. Photo provided

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Sporting Clays Fun Shoot Raises Scholarship Funds

porting Clays shooters from across the Midlands and Lowcountry enjoyed cool temperatures and sunshine as they gathered March 28 for the 6th annual CSU Sporting Clays Fun Shoot for Scholarships at Partridge Creek Gun Club in Ridgeville. A beautiful specially engraved CSU 50th Anniversary crystal and marble trophy compliment of Tilden Trophies was presented to the champion, Rodney Raines, of Orangeburg. After a challenging morning on the course filled with much good-natured ribbing, shooters enjoyed Mike Fields’ championship BBQ and all the fixin’s for lunch and the awards presentation. Shooters, sponsors and contributors raised $4,500 for the university’s General Scholarship Fund.

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egardless of your life circumstances or estate size, your will is perhaps the most important document you will create. It expresses your values and also effectively provides for the people and charitable causes important to you. If you’ve been putting it off, here are eight important reminders why you need a will. 1. Without a will, your state’s laws – not you – determine how, when and to whom your property is distributed. 2. You can reduce (or maybe even eliminate) future estate taxes. 3. You can name your executor (a person, bank or trust company you choose to personally represent you) to manage and settle your estate. 4. You can designate beneficiaries for items such as heirlooms, art, jewelry or real estate. 5. You may create trusts to provide for your spouse, children and others. 6. Through a “pour-over” will, you can transfer leftover assets to your living trust. 7. You can support Charleston Southern University through a gift in your will, which is simple, flexible and revocable at any time. 8. You can designate the guardian for dependents under your care.

IMPORTANT REMINDER

STEP BY STEP: HOW TO CREATE YOUR WILL

• List all of your major assets. • Decide which individuals or organizations you want to receive specific possessions or a share of your assets. • Contact an attorney who specializes in estate planning. • Determine who will be your executor. • Have your attorney draft your will. • Sign and date it before witnesses. (In some states, it must be notarized to be valid.) • Keep it in a safe place and make sure others know where it is and have access to it.

If you already have a will, make sure it’s up-to-date. Life changes such as grown kids; births, deaths or marriages; increased estate value; or a move to another state should be a trigger to meet with your estate planning attorney to review your will.

We can help provide gift planning information to you and your professional advisors at no cost or obligation. Simply contact

Bill Ward Executive Director of Development © The Stelter Company The information in this publication is not intended as legal advice. For legal advice, please consult an attorney. Figures cited in examples are for hypothetical purposes only and are subject to change. References to estate and income taxes include federal taxes only. State income/estate taxes or state law may impact your results.

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CLASS OF 2015 AND FOUR ALUMNI HONORED AT ANNUAL LUNCHEON By Jan Joslin, phots by Rick Esposito

Shawn Jenkins, CEO of Benefitfocus and a 1995 MBA graduate, spoke to the Class of 2015 at the annual CSU Alumni Association luncheon to honor graduates. Jenkins wrote an eight-page business manifesto in 1995 while in the MBA capstone course which eventually led to the creation of Benefitfocus. He is highly recognized in the business world for the creative business environment he has built, and Benefitfocus has been named to the One of the Best Places to Work list.

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Jenkins likes to write things down. In addition to writing down the vision that became Benefitfocus, he sets goals and writes down phrases. One of his favorites is do big things. He said, “I have a lot of 3 x 5 cards on my desk.” When the company was just starting out, Jenkins and his team met with a lot of resistance and humiliation. He said, “We took in the legitimate criticism and got back to work. The more resistance we got, our aspirations became bolder.” When his company went public in

2013 and was worth a billion dollars, Jenkins remembered the naysayers and bet they were wishing they had bought stock in the company. Jenkins encouraged the graduates to dream massive dreams and said the world will be looking at this generation to do big things. In addition to recognizing the Class of 2015, the Alumni Association honored the 2015 recipients of the annual alumni awards. Receiving awards were:

Jocelyn Jenkins Shawn Jenkins Jairy Hunter Trevor Yager Josiah Bryan Sissy Hunter

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Ronald Jaicks ’93

Shawn Jenkins ’95 MBA

ALUMNUS SERVICE AWARD recognizes an alumnus who has given outstanding service to the university and the Alumni Association or other alumni activity.

Anne Turner ’85, ’89 MEd, ’05 MEd in Administration

OUTSTANDING ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR recognizes an alumnus who reflects honor on ALUMNUS COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD the university for exceptional achievement in his honors an alumnus who goes above-and-beor her field of endeavor. yond the expectations of a community, church or nonprofit group and recognizes his or her Ron Jaicks is the general manager of the Wing- Shawn Jenkins is one of the founders of Benpersonal sacrifice and exceptional volunteer ate by Wyndham at CSU. He is the president efitfocus and is currently the CEO and a mem- service to a charitable organization. of the Buc Club, treasurer of the CSU Alumni ber of the board of directors. He actively serves Association and a Board of Visitors member. the community on the Advisory Board for the Anne Turner currently spends the majority Not only does Ron give back to his alma mater School of Computing at Clemson University, of her time volunteering in the Charleston but also he currently serves as the vice chair the Board of Directors at Medical University of community through the Journey Food Pantry, for tourism for Greater Dorchester Summerville South Carolina Foundation, the Board of Gover- Charleston Southern and Cordesville Baptist Chamber of Commerce, commissioner for nors at the College of Charleston and the CSU Church, as well as serving on several boards the Board of Elections for Dorchester County, Board of Visitors. He has been chairman of the such as the Screven Association Administrative and commissioner for the Board of A-Tax for Growing Forward Campaign for the LowcounCommittee, Sumter Free Health Clinic and is Dorchester County. try Food Bank. the immediate past president of the Charleston Southern Alumni Association.

Tessa Spencer ’90 UNIVERSITY MISSION AWARD goes to the outstanding alumnus who exhibits the ideals and ethics of CSU. Tessa Spencer joined the ABC News 4 Team as a reporter in 2011. Following college, Tessa served in the U.S. Army Reserves and is a veteran of the first Gulf War. Her broadcasting career spans 22 years with stops in Greenville, S.C., Nashville, Tenn., where she also earned a spot as a cheerleader for the NFL’s Tennessee Titans, and Providence, R.I. She is also a voice-over artist and can be heard locally and nationally as the TV announcer for the Gospel Stellar Awards and The Trumpet Awards.

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HEARD Christian higher education must move away from being isolated campuses to “engaging the culture as our calling, preparing men and women who can think, learn and serve in a Christian way.” — Dr. David Dockery at The Lens Conference President, Trinity International University

“Influence comes from the same word as influenza; you can spread your influence.” — Kenneth M. Evans at Commencement President, Lord & Evans Capital Group

ON CAMPUS

“Life is a struggle. Forgiveness gives us an opportunity to practice a divine quality.” — Ruth Graham at Chapel author, speaker, founder of Ruth Graham Ministries

“I came to Jesus before I came to Christianity. I came to the cross before I came to church.” — Naeem Fazal at Chapel Pastor, Mosaic Church, Charlotte, author of Ex Muslim

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Students Thank Scholarship Donors

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tudents and their scholarship donors enjoyed a time of giving thanks at the 18th annual Scholarship Luncheon. Joyce Mixson, a longtime donor to the university, said it is a blessing to have the privilege of helping someone else. She said, “Whatever I have given – I have gained.”

Sophomore Christian studies major, Hallie Jordan, hopes to be a missionary and work with children. She credited her scholarship with getting her to where she is. Garrison Stewart, a junior nursing major, said “Your generosity has impacted me. My mother raised us on a teacher’s salary. God has paid

bills when there was absolutely no money. God is using you to further His Kingdom.” Rev. Ron Jackson ’70 said, “The Lord has used so many people here to encourage me. What a privilege to make an investment in the lives of our students.”

DORCHESTER COUNTY MEDICAL SOCIETY AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS TO NURSING STUDENTS

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he Dorchester County Medical Society has awarded two $3,000 scholarships to CSU nursing students from Summerville. Laura L. Sadler, a senior, and Shawntrell T. Martino, a junior, received the scholarship money from Dr. Joseph C. Moore, the DCMS representative. Dorchester County Medical Society has awarded scholarships to Charleston Southern nursing students for 11 years.

Laura L. Sadler, Summerville nursing student; Dr. Joseph C. Moore, Dorchester County Medical Society; Dr. Andreea Meier, dean of the CSU College of Nursing; Dr. Jairy C. Hunter Jr., CSU President; and Shawntrell T. Martino, Summerville nursing student

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LEARNING

LEADING

SERVING

DR. RICK BREWER NAMED PRESIDENT AT LOUISIANA COLLEGE

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ouisiana College trustees have elected Dr. Rick Brewer ’77, ’96 as its ninth president. Brewer, who served 28 years at Charleston Southern University, began his duties in April. At CSU, Brewer served as the Director for External Relations (1987-1989), Assistant to the President (1989-1995), Dean of Students (1995-2001), Interim Director of Athletics (1999-2001), and Vice President for Planning and Student Affairs (2001-2009) and Vice President for Student Affairs and Athletics since 2009.

Photo: Rick and Cathy Brewer and Jairy and Sissy Hunter at Rick’s going away reception.

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“Cathy and I will be forever grateful to Jairy and Sissy Hunter for their friendship and the opportunity to serve our alma mater these past 28 years,” said Brewer. “I’ve learned invaluable leadership lessons from my relationship with senior officer colleagues, trustees, South Carolina Baptist Convention pastors, board of visitors, Buccaneer Club board of directors, staff, coaches, alums, and students which will continue to guide our ministry and work going forward.” “Dr. Rick Brewer is a strong Christian leader with extensive experience in strategic planning

and budgeting, enrollment management, revenue development, student development, athletics and Christian ministries,” said CSU president Jairy C. Hunter. Brewer earned a PhD in educational leadership and policies with cognates in management and higher education administration from the University of South Carolina, and an MBA and BS in history from Charleston Southern. He also completed postgraduate certifications at both Harvard and Duke. Brewer, and his wife, Cathy ’89, have two married sons and two grandchildren.


LOVE

CHARLESTON SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

is always stronger than hate. So if we just love the way my mom would, the hate won’t be anywhere close to what love is.” -Chris Singleton

CSU CREATES SINGLETON MEMORIAL FUND

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SU has created the Singleton Memorial Fund in memory of Chris Singleton’s mother, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, one of the nine individuals killed June 17 at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. Chris is a rising sophomore and a member of the Buccaneer Baseball team. Funds will be used to meet Chris’s educational expenses at

CSU. It is Chris’s wish that any remaining funds be applied to the planned CSU baseball enrichment center in memory of Ms. Singleton. The University would like to thank the NCAA for extending this opportunity to assist the Singleton family during this difficult time. The NCAA is committed to the welfare of studentathletes nationwide.

For those wishing to support the Singleton Memorial Fund, please visit Charlestonsouthern.edu or you may send a check to Charleston Southern University, Advancement Office, PO Box 118087, Charleston, SC 29423. Please put Singleton Memorial Fund in the memo line.

WE ARE GRATEFUL THAT $23,000 HAS BEEN RAISED TO DATE THROUGH YOUR GENEROSITY Photo: Chris Singleton, surrounded by his teammates and coaches, addresses the media in the days after the Emanuel AME Church shooting. Photo by Rick Esposito

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Transform Campaign The $40 million Transform Campaign is designed to provide for new facilities, scholarships and resources devoted to academic program expansion, improvement and enrichment. Thus far, $30 million has been committed.

Meet several alumni who shared why they give to CSU: George Conoly ’72 – supports the university through the Board of Visitors, Legacy Society and Endowed Scholarship “Charleston Southern has become of great importance to me, along with God, the Gideon ministry and my wife, Iris. CSU’s vision, Integrating Faith in Learning, Leading and Serving, is more than JUST a motto to me. Psalm 111:10 tells me, ‘The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, a good understanding have all they that do His commandments, His praise endures forever.’ God has made real to me the knowledge that when I study His Word every morning, He gives me the answers I need in the day. Charleston Southern teaches and makes real the ability to know Him and to share Him and to be His servant and the servant of those He has made.”

Stephanie Nino ’05, ’15 MBA – supports student scholarships through the Buy a Brick Campaign “I worked full-time and went to school full-time for both my bachelor’s and master’s degree with CSU. I purchased a brick to inspire my grandchildren to set goals and know that they can achieve anything through hard work and dedication. I believe in supporting students to achieve their dreams, and that is why I would encourage others to purchase a brick.”

Dr. Mahaliah Campbell ’82 – supports the university through the Alumni Phonathon “College opened my eyes to the world. Because of the opportunity I was blessed with, I try to do as God instructs me to do, which is to give my time, talent to ensure that others have the same. Matthew 5:16 says, ‘In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.’”

Mike McCann ’07, ’11 MBA – supports athletics through the Buc Club “Charleston Southern Football has opened countless doors for me in my personal and my professional life. I give because I want to reciprocate that same generosity to the athletic programs that helped shape me as a young man. The coaches and administrators at CSU truly invest in their student-athletes and help mold them into strong, capable graduates. I owe more to CSU than a monetary donation could balance out, but this is one small way to try and settle the score.”

Q u e s t i o n s a b o u t t h e Tr a n s f o r m a t i o n C a m p a i g n – c a l l A d v a n c e m e n t a t 8 4 3 . 8 6 3 . 7 5 1 3

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THERE ARE THOSE WHO PAVED A WAY FOR YOUR FUTURE – PAY IT FORWARD BY PAVING SOMEONE ELSE’S WAY.

Amanda Karnath

I bought a brick because I feel a lasting connection and deep appreciation toward Charleston Southern University. My undergraduate college was enormous, and I felt like just another face in an endless sea of students. At CSU, every professor doubles as a mentor and becomes a family member of sorts.

I came to CSU seeking to redefine myself as an adult student and was intrigued by a small student body and peaceful campus. Not only did I find a new passion and career path but also in the process I renewed my faith … which was something I didn’t realize I needed to address. I bought a brick for two reasons: I want to leave my mark on a campus that has become beloved in my heart, and I want prospective students who struggle with the cost of tuition to have the same experience I had. Amanda Karnath ’15 Master of Science in Criminal Justice

The cost of $100 per brick includes engraving as well as a donation to our Charleston Southern University Fund to provide scholarships for students.

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