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Alumni Julian Smith and Irv Batten oversee the thousands of details that make the Cooper River Bridge Run work Students intern with Filter of Hope and travel to Dominican Republic with Professor Maggie Shields Marching Band Fun Facts

Class Notes, Baby Bucs and more Honor Roll of Donors

Students attended CSU Night at the RiverDogs on Move-in weekend. photo by: Richard Esposito

On the cover: Chase Lemacks, an intern with Filter of Hope, visits an orphanage in the Dominican Republic. photo by Maggie Shields




from the president

Dear Friends, Charleston Southern University continues to thrive. We are experiencing another record-breaking enrollment this fall with 3,653 students enrolled. Orientation week kicked off with The Movement, a time of revival and renewal, sponsored by campus ministries. We are thrilled to report that more than 75 students made the decision to follow Christ in the first few days of the new semester. Two recent graduates are using their talents in the campus ministries department, and a growing group of students and professors are gathering to pray each Monday morning before classes begin. Our Graduate School continues to grow, and Gabrielle Poole, PA-C, has been hired to develop a Physician Assistant program. The program will be housed in the Health Sciences building which is currently under construction. The university recently received notification that the U.S. Department of Education is funding a Title 3 grant at CSU as part of the Strengthening Institutions Program. The grant will provide funding for faculty training for technology and excellence in teaching. Faculty and students are also conducting research this semester as beneficiaries of grants from the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities. They will present the findings from their research projects in the spring to SCICU. The cover story in this issue of the magazine features the work of current students with Filter of Hope, a nonprofit which provides clean water. Dr. Maggie Shields, a health promotion professor, took a group of students to the Dominican Republic over the summer to deliver water filters and teach recipients how to use them. Two current students completed an internship with Filter of Hope. The Cooper River Bridge Run will celebrate its 40th anniversary in the spring. Two alumni are responsible for the thousands of details necessary to make the race run smoothly. Julian Smith, the director, and Irv Batten, the deputy director, are featured in this magazine. We are grateful for the support and prayers that our alumni and friends provide on our behalf. If you haven’t visited the campus recently, we urge you to do so. An alumnus who graduated just three years ago was recently on campus and remarked that she couldn’t believe how much the campus had changed since she graduated. Our university is growing and changing, and we want you to stay connected.


Jairy C. Hunter, Jr.


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EDITORIAL STAFF: Jan Joslin ’82, Editor, Director of Publications John Strubel ’11, ’14, Director of Integrated Marketing Jon Merkling, Graphic Designer Richard Esposito, Multimedia Coordinator INTERN: Danielle Hensley ’18


4 CSU Receives Title 3 5 PA Program in the Works 6 13 Year Old Starts Classes 6 Camp to College 7 Record Enrollment Continues 8 ESL Summer Camp

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Mike McCann ’07, ’11 MBA Kevin O’Rourke ’16 MBA Jonathan Sircy CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS: CSU Sports Information Marshall Forrester


10 Faculty Publishing 11 New Positions 12 Hunter Wins NACUBO Award 18 College of Distinction 18 Sorensen Named to Hall of Honor

Chase Lemacks Rhett Marley ‘10


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Marching Band Fun Facts Church and Gospel Movement Was Best Yet Bucs Serve in Canada


28 Spaulding Lands in D.C. 29 Strickland Teaching in China 29 Joyce Rea Retires 30 Cashions Join Legacy Society 30 Lightsey Family Honored 31 CSU Family Tree 32 Class Notes 34 Memorials 36 Baby Bucs 38 RiverDogs supporting Singleton Complex 38 CSU Night at the RiverDogs 38 Do You Know? 39 Levine Speaks at Chapel 40 Meet Your Alumni Association 41 Honor Roll of Donors

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Charleston Southern Receives Title 3 Grant


he United States Department of Education has notified Charleston Southern that the university has been selected to receive funding for a Title 3 project. The $2,249,700 award will be administered over a five-year period and will fund Success Through Access and Robust Support (STARS), an initiative to introduce new best practice instructional models for distance education/blended education to solve capacity programs, expand access to programs and services and address weaknesses that hinder adequately serving students. “This new funding opportunity will enhance our commitment to promoting academic excellence in a Christian environment. The faculty will receive new technology training and will extend that expertise to our students – whether they are online or on campus,” said Dr. Jackie Fish, vice president for academic affairs. Dr. Patty Hambrick, director of academic technology and academic grants, said, “Charleston Southern has many excellent benefits as a recipient of the Title 3 Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) grant including increased technology infrastructure to support faculty and student needs for more blended and online instruction due to CSU’s ever increasing enrollment.”

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STARS will support three initiatives: 1. Improve Faculty Capacity to Offer Courses Using a Shared Classroom Model: The new model will save classroom space and allow CSU to enroll more students. The active learning emphasis has proven to be effective in increasing student success at other colleges and universities. CSU will develop a faculty certification for shared classroom active learning instruction, which is defined as a course meeting on campus half the time and using active learning out-of-classroom instruction, such as flipped classroom activities, the other half of the time. 2. Expand Access through Online and Hybrid Programming: CSU will upgrade its distance learning infrastructure and renovate and equip a faculty studio. Faculty will receive training to become Quality Matters certified instructors. These enhanced tools will allow CSU to convert its 13 Liberal Arts Core courses (general education) to online/hybrid format and redesign the existing online/hybrid Criminal Justice core courses, adhering to rigorous Quality Matters standards. 3. Expand Access to Support Services: Five online student support services will be developed:

• Orientation to online learning • Mentoring • Academic planning • Advising • Mobile services “Funds from this grant will enable our faculty to further enhance and expand teaching excellence and learning opportunities through technology,” said President Dr. Jairy Hunter Jr. “CSU recently received zero recommendations for improvement during the reaffirmation of accreditation process by a peer visiting team. I salute our faculty and staff for their commitment to academic excellence.” CSU will receive the funds under the Department of Education’s SIP which helps eligible institutions become self-sufficient and expand their capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen academic quality, institutional management and fiscal stability.

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Physician Assistant Program in Development Stage


he world of medicine is changing, and increasingly, physician assistants are being integrated into medical teams to offer affordable, accessible and quality care. Charleston Southern is developing a master of medical science (MMS) in physician assistant studies program. The program will consist of didactic and clinical academic work over the course of 24 months or six continuous semesters. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for physician assistants through the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants and will be able to apply for licensure through the Board of Medical Examiners in the state in which they wish to practice medicine. Gabrielle Poole PA-C, director of the PA program, said, “The mission of the CSU MMS in physician assistant studies program is to educate compassionate and highly motivated individuals through a curriculum integrated with Christian values, to deliver patient-centered care as members of an interprofessional healthcare team, to serve as leaders in their communities, and to continually promote the PA profession.” CNN ranked physician assistants as the second highest ranked job on their list of “100 Best Jobs in America.” The demand for physician assistants is growing rapidly due to changes in the health care industry in which the need for health care and cost containment are increasing. The expected job outlook for physician assistant candidates is exceptionally bright, with an anticipated growth of more than 20 percent between 2008 and 2018. Poole is currently developing the program’s curriculum, locating preceptors and host sites for clinical rotations, creating an advisory board for the program, and preparing to hire full-time and adjunct faculty members.

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The physician assistant program consists of classroom and laboratory instruction in basic medical and behavioral sciences (such as anatomy and dissection, pharmacology, pathophysiology, clinical medicine and physical diagnosis), followed by clinical rotations including internal medicine, family medicine, general surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, emergency medicine, orthopedics and behavioral medicine. Poole has been a physician assistant in private practice and most recently at the Medical University of South Carolina. She said she loved taking care of her patients, but something was always missing – the opportunity to lead. “This is the perfect opportunity to use the skills God has given me,” she said. Construction has begun on a 27,000-squarefoot health sciences building which will house the PA program and other health sciences classes. The building will have classrooms, faculty offices, a dry skills lab, a cadaver lab and clinical training spaces. Students will apply for the program through The Central Application Service for Physician Assistants, commonly known as CASPA. CSU will begin accepting applications in April 2017 and plans to matriculate its first class in January 2018. Poole said, “Currently CSU is seeking PA and non-PA principal faculty members and staff to serve as members of our founding team who will be instrumental in the development of the program.” She said, “We are working to build partnerships in the medical community for our student’s supervised clinical experiences which will begin in January 2019. Finally, we are looking to foster relationships with individuals in and around Charleston who are committed to CSU, the PA profession, and to being a part of improving access to quality healthcare in our community and across the world.”

Gabby Poole photo by Richard Esposito

Joining the Program or Becoming a Partner If you are interested in joining the program or partnering with us, contact Gabby Poole, PA program director, at gpoole@csuniv.edu or by phone at 843-863.7427. For those interested in applying for one of the professional staff or faculty positions, check the CSU human resources webpage for the job descriptions and a link to place your application online at www.charlestonsouthern.edu/. humanresources/faculty.php. Review of applications will begin immediately and remain open until the positions are filled.

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reshman Eli Brodskii, a computer science major, has already designed a game that is available on Steam’s gaming platform, composed numerous piano pieces and scored a perfect 800 in math on the SAT, ranking him in the top one percent of test takers in the U.S. He also turned 14 shortly after fall semester classes began. The Brodskii family has been in Charleston for a year. They are originally from Siberia, where Eli was homeschooled. The family was searching for a plan for Eli once he finished high school. Someone in their church mentioned Charleston Southern, and the

family came to campus to inquire about Eli enrolling. Eli attracted a good bit of attention when classes began, including the local ABC News affiliate. In the interview, he said he doesn’t know yet what type of computer programming he wants to go into in the future, but “I want to choose something that will change the world and will praise God with my abilities.” Brodskii is the second youngest student to enroll at CSU. John Riney enrolled at CSU in the early 1990s at the age of 10, graduating in 1998 when he was 16.

Eli Brodskii photo by Richard Esposito

Raymond McKinley: from Camp to College By Jan Joslin


reshman Raymond McKinley decided he wanted to attend Charleston Southern University after the first day of CSU’s summer music camp in 2011. He was in the 7th grade at the time. The camp faculty and staff performed for the campers on the second night of camp and clinched McKinley’s decision. Dr. Marshall Forrester, professor of music and director of instrumental studies, said,

“The campers receive a preview of the Horton School of Music during the week of camp. I often tell students I am recruiting them to come to camp for a week, because it’s a great way to learn if you’d like to spend four years here.” And these who have enrolled obviously liked the faculty, CSU students, and family-like atmosphere. Currently, there are 16 students in the CSU marching band program who are summer music camp alumni. Forrester started the camp to further music education in the Lowcountry, establish relationships with band students and schools in South Carolina and get students excited about music. “To date we’ve served 1,400 students from approximately 150 schools,” said Forrester. “I participated in a summer camp after my first year of band. It was an academic camp, but

Edna Grace, band director at Stratford High School, conducts the senior band at the first CSU Summer Music Camp in 2011. Seventh grader, Raymond McKinley, now a CSU freshman, is on the far right, the second saxophonist. File photo

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one of the afternoon electives was band. I was so very enthused after that experience, and it launched me to greater things musically in the years to come.” McKinley is enrolled at CSU as a music education, instrumental emphasis major. He is a member of the Marching Band, Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band and is hoping to join a Saxophone Quartet. “Wherever I can play, I want to play,” said McKinley. He said, “I love it every day. If you push yourself, you will discover your true passion and a true drive to do it.” McKinley plans to teach music, and in addition to his classroom studies, he is striving to perform like his role models: saxophonists Federicco Mendoci and Eugene Rousseau, a professor at Michigan. McKinley’s dream is to join the U.S. Air Force Band whenever a vacancy opens up for a saxophone player. CSU’s annual summer music camp is for 4th – 12th graders. Tracks are offered in senior band, junior band, senior chorus, junior chorus and piano.

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Record Enrollment Continues


nrollment at Charleston Southern University continues to grow with a record enrollment of 3,653. “Through the outstanding efforts of the enrollment services staff and the broad-based support of our faculty, CSU had a record enrollment to start the 2016-17 school year,” said Dr. George Metz, vice president for enrollment services. “We continue to be blessed with students seeking a faith-based institution with strong academic programs, engaged faculty and a spirited campus atmosphere.”

Academic programs experiencing changes: • The undergraduate athletic training program is transitioning to a master of athletic training. • The Graduate School has added a master of science in human resource management. • A physician assistant program is in the beginning stages. • Air Force ROTC is transitioning from a two-year program to a four-year program. • The School of Christian Studies has added a major and minor in Christian missions and church planting and a minor in women’s ministry.

Campus facilities continue to change as well. A 4,000-square-foot extension to the dining hall was completed before students returned to campus, and Russell East residence hall was renovated. Construction is underway for a 3,200-square-foot Communications Technology Building to house the university’s IT functions. An 8,000-square-foot facility for an athletic weight room and a football meeting room is in the design stages, and fundraising is continuing for the Singleton Baseball Complex, which broke ground this fall.

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ESL SUMMER CAMP CSU hosted its first ESL Summer Camp with four weeks of interactive intensive English language study combined with sightseeing opportunities to Washington D.C., Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida; Myrtle Beach, and more for international high schoolers.






ook, Full Court Press, by Dr. Jason Peterson, assistant professor of communication During the civil rights era, Mississippi was cloaked in the hateful embrace of the Closed Society, historian James Silver’s description of the white caste system that enforced segregation and promoted the subservient treatment of blacks. Surprisingly, challenges from Mississippi’s college basketball courts brought into question the validity of the Closed Society and its unwritten law, a gentleman’s agreement that prevented college teams in the Magnolia State from playing against integrated foes. Mississippi State University was at the forefront of the battle for equality in the state with the school’s successful college basketball program. From 1959 through 1963, the Maroons won four Southeastern Conference basketball championships and created a championship dynasty in the South’s preeminent college athletic conference. However, in all four titlewinning seasons, the press feverishly debated the merits of an NCAA appearance for the


rticle in Social Work & Christianity, “Warrior Faith: A Marine’s Lesson in Religion, Health, and Healing,” by Dr. Kate Hendricks Thomas, assistant professor of health promotion Thomas draws on personal experiences and the work of researchers to make the case that faith must play a part in the mental resilience of members of the military. Research has shown that religious practices have positive

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Maroons, culminating in Mississippi State University’s participation in the integrated 1963 National Collegiate Athletic Association’s National Championship basketball tournament. Full Court Press examines news articles, editorials, and columns published in Mississippi’s newspapers during the eight-year existence of the gentleman’s agreement, the challenges posed by Mississippi State University, and the subsequent integration of college basketball within the state. While the majority of reporters opposed any effort to integrate athletics, a segment of sports journalists, led by the charismatic Jimmie McDowell of the Jackson State Times, emerged as bold and progressive advocates for equality. Full Court Press highlights an ideological metamorphosis within the press during the Civil Rights Movement, slowly transforming from an organ that minimized the rights of blacks to an industry that weighted the plight of blacks on equal footing with their white brethren. Full Court Press is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other book retailers.

effects on the mind and body. Thomas shows that practicing religion with a body of believers delivers the greatest health impact. Thomas cites K.S. Masters who writes that brain scans have shown that renewal of the mind as discussed in Romans 12:2 is real. “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2. Thomas’s article discusses the behavioral benefits of religious involvement for active military and veterans alike.

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rittany Bryant joined the CSU family in June as the Experiential Learning Initiative (ELI) Internship Coordinator. She also teaches in the behavioral sciences department. As Internship Coordinator, Bryant connects internship sponsors with students and faculty and assists Dr. Nathan Martin, Quality Enhancement Plan director, in the implementation of CSU’s Experiential Learning Initiative. The initiative provides enhanced learning opportunities for CSU students in both workplace and academic environments. Bryant is completing her PhD in social work at the University of Tennessee. She earned her BS in psychology at the College of Charleston and her MSW from the University of South Carolina.

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r. Marc Embler has been named CSU’s Title IX Coordinator. As Title IX Coordinator, Embler investigates discrimination and harassment as outlined by Title IX, Campus SaVE Act and VAWA. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any education program or activity that receives federal funding. Embler may be reached at TitleIX@csuniv. edu or membler@csuniv.edu, 843-863-7131 or in his office on the second floor of the Strom Thurmond Center in the Graduate School/CAPS office. The Title IX Policy can be located at charlestonsouthern.edu/titleix. Embler is also dean of the Center for Academic Excellence.

im Grant has been named assistant dean for residence life. He leads the residence life department and works closely with Dean of Students Clark Carter on discipline, campus strategic initiatives and residence life events involving the campus community. He also coordinates with maintenance to resolve any issues within the dorms for students to ensure a quality residential living experience, coordinates summer camps, including MFuge, and partners with counseling services and security on student issues. Prior to joining the residence life team, Grant was deputy director of CSU campus security. He had also been the night shift campus security supervisor. Grant said, “The thing that interests me about my position is the opportunity to impact and pour into lives of our students. It’s also giving me a chance to build relationships throughout the campus community.” He is working with senior administrators on the addition of a residence hall, going paperless with all res life forms and building leaders through partnerships with campus ministries and the Whitfield Center for Christian Leadership. “When people see residence life I want them to see God being glorified,” said Grant. He holds a bachelor of science from Limestone College, a master of arts in theological studies from Liberty University and is currently completing a master of divinity in leadership from Liberty. He is a member of the S.C. Housing Officers Association and the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers.

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r. Jairy C. Hunter Jr. has been recognized as the 2016 Distinguished Business Officer by the National Association of College and University Business Officers. The award is given annually to “recognize outstanding achievement in the field of business and financial management in higher education.” Dr. Ronald L. Rhames, president of Midlands Tech University, who formally nominated Hunter for the honor, said, “Dr. Hunter’s passion and personal commitment to the profession of the business officer and his strong belief in the professional development of the business officer make him most deserving.” Hunter is recognized as a trailblazer as one of the first chief business officers in higher education to matriculate to the presidency of a university. “He is a proven leader as a chief business officer and a university president,” said Charles King, senior vice president for administration and finance at James Madison University. “His knowledge of higher education administration and his unique ability to relate his own experiences has inspired hundreds of business professionals to excel in their university positions.” Hunter, who was honored at the NACUBO annual meeting in July in Montreal, began his career in higher education at Blue Ridge Community College in North Carolina, where he served as vice president for business. Hunter later returned to his alma mater, Appalachian State University, as dean of student support services and professor of higher education and management. He continued to rise through the ranks as vice president for administration at Broward Community College in Fort Lauderdale, and the University of North Carolina Wilmington as vice chancellor for business affairs, vice chancellor for development and professor of accounting. Dr. Jairy C. Hunter Jr. photos by Richard Esposito

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In 1984, Hunter was named president and professor of management at CSU. His vision and leadership have been vital in the growth that has garnered national recognition such as America’s Best Christian Colleges, U.S. News and World Report Best Online Program, Military Friendly College and President’s Honor Roll for Community Service. During his tenure, enrollment has tripled, making CSU one of the largest private, accredited universities in South Carolina. “Dr. Hunter has always had the perspective of a business leader,” said J.B. Farley, president, Washburn University. “He has led innovative initiatives emulated by other business officers. Many in higher education credit Dr. Hunter and his business acumen for CSU’s current financial trajectory.” “Dr. Hunter has been the most energetic CEO that I have observed over my years in business,” added Jerry Williams, retired banker and chairman of CSU’s Board of Trustees. “He has faithfully led the university, and this distinction is well deserved as it was voted on by his peers. It has been my pleasure and extreme joy to work with an individual with the talents Dr. Hunter possesses.” Throughout his career, Hunter has made significant contributions to the business officer profession, serving as a leader for NACUBO, teaching at the College Business Management Institute at the University of Kentucky and the Western Association of Colleges and University Business Officers at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has presented countless seminars, keynote speeches and lectures for NACUBO organizations. “As a graduate, and a trustee of Charleston Southern, I have seen firsthand the remarkable leadership that Dr. Hunter has consistently provided through the years,” added Board of Trustee member Bill Carpenter. “His conservative values have provided a firm foundation, which has transformed CSU into

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a financially sound university that is nationally recognized. People – students, employees, professors, coaches, business and community leaders – are drawn to his enthusiasm and desire for excellence, as evidenced by his success and the success of those around him.” Hunter has served as a commissioner for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. He has served as president of the Big South Athletic Conference and numerous community and economic development leadership boards including the Bank of America, SCANA Corporation, Trident United Way, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Charleston Executive Economic Leadership Council, the Charleston Chamber of Commerce and the Charleston Regional Development Alliance. “As a private sector business leader, I am continually impressed by Dr. Hunter’s proactive and thoughtful leadership in assuring that Charleston Southern University is a pivotal player in our region’s business community as he shepherds the school’s efforts both externally and internally,” said Bryan S. Derreberry, president and CEO, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce. “Jairy is also an astute integrator of our region’s top business and professional leaders.” Hunter earned an associate degree from Wingate University in accounting, a bachelor’s degree in economics and business, a master’s degree in student personnel and a master’s in economics and business from Appalachian State University. He holds a PhD in educational administration and management from Duke University. Hunter has been recognized as the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year from Appalachian State University and Wingate University. In 2009, he also received the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor in the State of South Carolina.

ABOUT NACUBO The National Association of College and University Business Officers is a membership organization representing more than 2,500 colleges, universities and higher education service providers across the country and around the world. NACUBO specifically represents chief business and financial officers through advocacy efforts, community service, and professional development activities. The association’s mission is to advance the economic viability and business practices of higher education institutions in fulfillment of their academic missions. For more information, visit www.nacubo.org.

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To understand what motivates Irv Batten ’86, a man who has spent most of his life running 70 miles per week, you have to know his story. Batten was awarded a track and cross country scholarship in the early 1980s to Charleston Southern, or as he still calls it, Baptist College. He knew he was in for a special experience when his parents dropped him off at his new home: a trailer in the back of campus sitting on dirt that’s now home to the Quads. One of the people that made Batten’s college experience unique was his coach, a man who invested in his life on and off the track. His coach, Jim Settle, became a role model, lifelong friend and his first boss. Batten muses, Settle “taught me how to deal with people, how to read them and lots of people skills.” These were crucial because the

job his coach offered Batten was a part-time gig coaching track at Baptist College. In four years, the sport of running had already given Batten a college education, a mentor and a job. And that doesn’t even count the thrill of collegiate competition or the relationships he built. He felt so blessed to receive so much from his sport that he dedicated his life to running. Batten’s elementary education degree eventually earned him a full-time job at Rollings Elementary in Summerville. He wanted to stay involved with running, so he taught in the mornings then headed to Summerville High to coach track and cross country in the afternoons. For 15 years he molded youth and taught them about life through the sport that made his own so full. “Having passion,” he says, “makes all the difference.”

Batten’s story twisted when he opened On the RUN, a running store, in Mount Pleasant in 2001. He had already been running in road races for years. But now, through the store, he coordinated, volunteered at, and sponsored countless five kilometer (5K), 10 kilometer (10K) and half marathon races around the Lowcountry. In 2004 he won the Cooper River Bridge Run’s Marcus Newberry Award for the fastest local participant. He finished third in the Master’s Division and 23rd overall with a time of 32:37 – a 5:16 per mile split. He also met a man named Julian Smith ’74, the Bridge Run’s Race Director, during this stage of life. Then, in 2015, Smith became Batten’s employer when Batten accepted the position of Deputy Director for the Cooper River Bridge Run.

Irv Batten ’86

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Race Director Julian Smith ’74 recently toured the CSU campus with Cady Nell West, executive director of external relations and special gifts, and President Jairy C. Hunter Jr. photo by Richard Esposito

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Smith’s story begins at the same place as Batten’s: Baptist College. But unlike Batten, Smith didn’t have a sport to focus on or a trailer to live in. “I went to Baptist College because my parents said I had to stay in town and that I had to work. So I learned all about work ethic while I went to school.” He chuckles, “I didn’t have a choice!” Smith, who didn’t own a vehicle, carpooled back and forth from Wagener Terrace until his night job let him save enough for one. Smith recalls his carpool mates with perfect clarity; rattling off who they were, where they are today, and to whom they’re married. It’s in this moment one of Smith’s gifts becomes clear: he loves people. And more than anything, he loves bringing them together. “You know those people who hike the Appalachian Trail and spend days by themselves in the woods?” he asks rhetorically. “I could never do that. I have to be around people.”

After Baptist College, Smith took his business degree and put it to use. He held nearly every position at MUSC’s business office before being appointed the director of MUSC’s new Wellness Center in 1988. This position was perfect for two reasons. First, he hated germs and this let him continue at MUSC; dedication to one’s work was something Smith emphasized when asked about his secret to success. Second, the position allowed him to rub elbows with all of Charleston. Under Smith’s leadership, the Wellness Center became associated with a, then, small road race known as the Cooper River Bridge Run. When its director retired, Smith’s leadership and connections made him the natural choice for the position. Smith took over as the Bridge Run’s Director in 1994 when the race included roughly 6,000 runners and was minuscule compared to today.

Three members of the 1979 Baptist College track team have the distinction of notable Cooper River Bridge Run honors. Marc Embler ’79 (front row, far left) is the only local to ever win the CRBR. Anderson Obare Atuya ’80 (front row, third from left) and Francis Mwobobia Ruchugo ’80 (second row, second from left) were the first Kenyans to run the CRBR. Cutlass file photo

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Smith had a vision for what the Bridge Run could be after visiting the Portland Marathon in Oregon, his first year directing. As a guest of the race he shook legendary heavyweight boxing champ George Foreman’s hand, and his imagination ran wild. “The Cooper River Bridge Run didn’t even have a sponsor,” he exclaims with disbelief. “Yet, Portland had celebrities! When I came home, I assembled my wish list of improvements.” First, he created a promotional calendar. It included event images and businesses sponsored each month so he didn’t have to increase entry fees. It wasn’t his last idea. When asked about the ways the Bridge Run has grown in the 20+ years since he took over, Smith rattles off an endless list of improvements: a kids run, 15 charities involved, the security command center that has become a nationwide racing benchmark, and more. His words about dedication and Batten’s about passion come to life as they riff on each other’s ideas. Collectively, they talk about all the ways the Bridge Run is woven into the Charleston community as tightly as a sweetgrass basket. Some improvements were borrowed and some were innovated here in the Lowcountry, but they all make Smith’s blue eyes light up and his mustached grin widen. Nearly everything involves the community. The art contest for the ever-changing logo is open to the public. Local schools apply for grants from the Bridge Run. The Cooper River Bridge Run even sponsors other community runs that turn around and involve themselves in the community. Smith’s original visit to Portland was such a success that he continued to visit races across the country and become an increasingly important member of the running community. He noticed most races only awarded the best of the best, leaving thousands uninvolved. He expanded the awards to include new categories like the Marcus Newberry Award for the fastest local participant, the award Batten won in 2004. Smith noticed his good friend, Major Rick Nealis, the director of the Marine Corps Marathon, successfully instituted a hall of fame. Shortly after, Smith began a hall of fame that now includes Dr. Marcus Newberry, the founder of the race, and CSU’s Marc Embler

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’79, the only local to ever win the Cooper River Bridge Run outright. Today, Smith and Batten still visit races around the country. They go not only to learn, but are also, because of the Bridge Run’s massive success as the third largest 10K in the country, asked by other race directors to critique. “The last two years have been my favorite,” says Smith. Something no doubt made possible in part from Batten’s extra help. “Security has been the best ever, and we’ve safely handled well over 40,000 participants.” The Cooper River Bridge Run is considered one of the top 10K races in the world. Smith’s leadership and Batten’s experience are bound to make the next years of the Bridge Run the most fun yet. This year, with signature flair, 40 days and 40 nights of community activities will precede the 40th annual Cooper River Bridge Run. The race will be run on Saturday April 1, 2017. For more information, go to www.bridgerun.com.

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COOPER RIVER BRIDGE RUN FACTS • The 10K starts in Mt. Pleasant, goes across the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, and finishes in downtown Charleston.

• 1,200 runners showed up for the first race in 1978. Today, the run is capped at 40,000 runners.

• The Cooper River Bridge Run is now the 3rd largest race in the United States and one of the largest 10Ks in the world. • CRBR will celebrate its 40th anniversary with the April 1, 2017, race.

• The first Kenyans to run the race were Baptist College track team members Francis Mwobobia Ruchugo ’80 and Anderson Obare Atuya ’80. According to Cedric Jaggers in A History of the Cooper River Bridge Run, Ruchugo and Atuya finished 2nd and 3rd in the 1978 race with times of 31:34 and 31:44 respectively. Kenyans have dominated the winner’s list since the mid-1990s.

• Marc Embler ’79, won in 1981 with a time of 30:54. Embler remains the only local resident to win the race.

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CSU Earns National Recognition as College of Distinction


nnovative application of high impact educational practices at CSU earned the university recognition among the nation’s Colleges of Distinction. CSU students earn college credit and valuable life experience while participating in study abroad programs, as well as through service learning and our new Experiential Learning Initiative. “We’re so happy to award Charleston Southern for developing skills relevant to graduates’ lives,” said Tyson Schritter, executive editor for Colleges of Distinction. “High student engagement in college is one of the keys to a successful undergraduate education. With an increasing emphasis on hands-on learning techniques, Colleges of Distinction applauds

CSU for practicing methodologies that prepare students for their futures.” Schools must demonstrate results across the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community and Successful Outcomes. High school counselors and educators make nominations, and each school is evaluated on key indicators including student engagement, student empowerment and curricular innovation. Colleges that have distinguished themselves in each of the Four Distinctions and that have demonstrated dedication to enriching student outcomes through innovative learning opportunities are then invited to join Colleges of Distinction. The annual process to select the nation’s Colleges of Distinction also includes a review

of each institution’s freshman experience, as well as its general education program, strategic plan and alumni success and satisfaction measures. “Colleges of Distinction is more than an annual ranking of colleges and universities. We only include colleges that offer every student a holistic and valuable experience,” said Schritter. “The Colleges of Distinction has earned solid reputations for serving their students and nurturing success. Like CSU, our member schools provide the affirming undergraduate experience every student deserves.” To view Charleston Southern’s profile or to find more information about the innovative learning experiences it offers, visit CollegesofDistinction.com.



aran J. Sorensen ’86 was inducted into the College of Science and Mathematics Hall of Honor Oct. 14 at the annual President’s Club dinner. Sorensen is president and chief executive officer of Sorensen Strategies, LLC in Charleston. She has expertise in building businesses, executing innovation, information and technology solutions, implementing operation excellence programs and developing leaders. She has been recognized by CIO Magazine for helping turn-around several organizations. She recently served as interim assistant CEO at Palmetto State Armory and helped turn PSA from a D- Better Business Bureau rating to an A+ BBB company operating efficiently. Her expertise was rewarded with the BBB Outstanding Individual Employee certificate, and PSA received the 2015 BBB Torch Award as a top company and role model in the region.

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Dr. Todd Ashby, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, said, “The Nominating Committee thought Karan was ideal for induction into the College of Science and Mathematics Hall of Honor. Along with being a very successful Christian business woman, she has never forgotten her alma mater. Karan continues to be a strong advocate and benefactor for Charleston Southern.” Sorensen spent 10 years with Johnson & Johnson as the New Jersey CIO and vice president, information technology and the total oncology digital officer. She has also worked at Life Technologies, Merck & Co Inc., Jacob Engineering, General Electric Consulting Services and E.I. DuPont De Nemours & Co., Inc. She is a member of CSU’s Board of Visitors and is on the Industry Advisory Board for CSU’s computer science department. She has

Karan Sorensen photo provided

been an academic guest lecturer for MIT, Harvard Business School, Stevens Institute of Technology, Rutgers University, Johns Hopkins University, MUSC and College of Charleston. Sorensen holds a master of science, management of technology and an MBA from Stevens Institute of Technology and has worked toward a PhD in technology management at SIT. Members of the College of Science and Mathematics Hall of Honor are nominated by a CSM faculty member or by the administration and have made personal significant professional contributions to the fields of science or mathematics. Sorensen was nominated by Dr. Jeryl Johnson, retired dean of the College of Science and Mathematics.

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC This story begins six years ago, a world away, in Romania. Austin Talbott, a teenager at the time, says he will never forget the boy at the water park; a young boy – maybe six years old – covered in scars. Talbott just stared at him and whispered to himself, what happened to him?

“They told me when he was in the womb his mom tried to abort him with a coat hanger,” said Talbott. “Every single day he’s going to look in the mirror and he’s going to say, ‘Mom didn’t want me. Dad didn’t want me. No one wants me.’” The experience still haunts Talbott. Every now and again, he thinks of the boy from

Romania and how he stood just a few feet away and never spoke to him; never shared the gospel; he never even knew his name. “That experience planted a seed in me,” said Talbott. “If I could go back in time, I would talk to him and tell him, ‘Christ wants you so bad.’ I don’t want to miss another opportunity like that.” By John Strubel

Dr. Maggie Shields, center, led a team of students, including Austin Talbott and Chase Lemacks to the Dominican Republic to deliver water filters to residents and teach them how the filters worked. Talbott and Lemacks completed internships with Filter of Hope. Photo by Richard Esposito

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SERVING Ms. Eltza receives flowers and food from the CSU team.

FAST FORWARD: 2016. Talbott, a senior kinesiology major at Charleston Southern and a wide receiver for the CSU Buccaneers, joined a team of Charleston Southern faculty and students on mission in the Dominican Republic last summer. The trip was organized by CSU health promotion professor Dr. Maggie Shields and sponsored by Filter of Hope, an Alabamabased nonprofit. The organization’s mission is to transform third world countries by providing safe, clean drinking water to eliminate water-related and infectious diseases. “This was a dream of mine to be able to put a team together and be able to do a trip like this and help students better understand what global health looks like,” said Shields. “In the Dominican Republic they spend about 20 percent of their income on water, and for some, it’s not even filtered water. So, the goal was to provide as many families with water filters that can last up to 10 years and do a 100 gallons of water a day.” According to Filter of Hope, each water filter provides a family up to 150 gallons of clean water per day, for up to 10 years, providing

families with basic hygiene training. The organization reported conservative estimates showed that Talbott and Chase Lemacks, the two CSU/Filter of Hope interns, provided over 10 million gallons of clean water to people in the Dominican Republic. Based on estimates from the World Health Organization, their work has helped save people’s lives and eliminate disease and financial stress for over 1,200 people in the Dominican Republic. “I wanted to have a dialogue about Christ that would hopefully last a lot longer than the filter would,” said Talbott. “What’s great about the filter is it’s super relatable to the gospel, so every person that I built a filter for and did a filter presentation with, I was always able to share the gospel.” This would also be Talbott’s second chance – an opportunity to redeem himself from Romania. “When I went to the Dominican, I wanted to be able to say, ‘I said it,’ whenever it was time, and not miss another opportunity like that.” On the day they landed in the Dominican Republic, Talbott offered a simple prayer: Lord, what do you want me to do? What do you want me to say to these people? How can I humble myself?

A DAY IN THE LIFE: MEETING MS. ELTZA On the first full day in the Dominican Republic, the mission team was given an assignment: Take 700 pesos, ($15.25 U.S. dollars) go to the market and buy groceries for dinner. “We were given a translator, but we couldn’t use the translator,” said Shields. “The translator had to tell us what to say, and we had to speak.” It didn’t take long for the team to realize financial resources and the language barrier were the least of their worries. When they arrived at the market the group entered a small concrete slab marketplace, Talbott recalls seeing “trash everywhere.” Talbott said, “They just throw everything on the ground.” It quickly became clear health and hygiene had trumped all the other challenges. “You’re walking through probably six inches of old fruit and vegetables on the floor,” said Talbott. “There was fish laying out on the table and bushels of vegetables, and right there in the lettuce is a puppy, just playing around; just very primitive. They were breaking every single health code violation that has ever been created in any developed country.”

above: CSU team members visit the home of Ms. Eltza.

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“YOU GO INTO THESE CRIB ROOMS AND TOUCH A BABY’S BACK AND THEY ROLL OVER AND GRAB ON TO YOU AND YOUR FINGERS AND EVERYTHING AND THE BABY IMMEDIATELY STARTS TO CRY.” — CHASE LEMACKS Talbott had a desire to immerse himself in the culture. He wanted to experience life in the Dominican Republic as though he were a citizen; to live as one of them; eat what they ate; walk where they walk. His wish came to life when the team left the market and visited the local chicken butcher. Poultry feathers flew everywhere as the group piled into the small room. Chickens danced in the corner, splashing through water, chicken blood and fecal matter covering the floor. “These are how these people really go get a chicken,” he said. “It’s not a Publix rotisserie thing. If you want chicken, this is how you do it.” The butcher grabbed a chicken, showed Talbott the technique and handed over the knife. “This is like what you see in a movie,” he said. “It just blew my mind. Within two or three minutes, the thing is plucked, gutted, in the bag, ready to go. I think it cost me maybe one U.S. dollar.” Armed with vegetables, chicken and a fistful of flowers that the team picked up with the leftover change, they anticipated the next step. The team pulled up beside a shack cobbled together with sheet metal and wood. There in the opening sat Ms. Eltza, an elderly woman. The group exited the van with their care package and presented it to her. “You could see the joy in her face,” said Talbott. “What she does is sit in the doorway of her little shack and waits for the community to feed her. We prayed over her and told her that we loved her. I started to tear up because it’s so sad.” The team looked inside the shack and it broke their collective hearts. “I didn’t see any sink. I didn’t see water. I didn’t see a toilet. I didn’t see any rugs. It was just a dirt floor and what she would call a bed -- not what I would call a bed,” remembers Talbott. “Her bed was covered in flies,” Shields added. “The house is built out of the stuff that we would throw out; sections of broken wood with gaps in it. And the dirt floor? You can imagine what that would be like if it was raining.”

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As the team prayed over Ms. Eltza, a Bible verse -- James 1:27 – was playing over and over in Talbott’s head: Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained from the world. “At that moment, I was thinking of that verse -- and doing it,” said Talbott. “This is the gospel. This is what Christ would do. Take time, feed the widows and children; care for people who can’t care for themselves.” The presence of the Holy Spirit filled Shields with the word. As she prayed, she was reminded of Matthew 25:35-40: For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ “When we were leaving to go to the market there was a little voice in me saying, ‘I don’t want to be here. I want my bed. I want some AC,’” confessed Talbott. “But after we talked with Eltza, I knew this is not about me. We’re all selfish. I’m so selfish. But it really challenged my pride and humbled me to always be thinking about other people. The whole trip I kept reminding myself, ‘It’s not about you. It’s not about you. It’s not about you.’” “That was day one,” said Shields. THE ORPHANAGE No one on the CSU mission team was prepared for the emotional experience. Chase Lemacks, a sophomore business major, said he tried to prepare himself, but “you really can’t understand the concept until you see it for yourself,” he said. “We got a full dose of

5 Questions with Judith Caton Judith Caton ’16 is the part-time discipleship and missions coordinator. Q. What role do you think D-Groups play in campus ministries, and how do you see them affecting students? D-Groups allow our students who are involved in things such as Elevate, Gospel Choir, FCA, etc., to grow deeper and on a more intimate level with fellow believers. I see D-Groups affecting the depth and confidence students have in the Word of God. D-Groups have affected the intentionality of our students as well, to live more missional lives. Q. Do you think being a recent graduate helps you relate to students in your job, or is it more of a challenge? It can definitely have its challenges, but I believe it helps me relate more. It’s a unique gift that God has given me to be able to know the students well and now be a voice for them in Campus Ministries. Being a recent graduate, I’m very familiar with the spiritual atmosphere of this campus, and I believe the Lord is and will use that to further His mission here. Q. What has been the biggest surprise about working in campus ministries? I don’t think I realized just how much Campus Ministries is connected to every part of the school. I knew we were a school grounded in integrating faith in learning, leading, and serving, but I guess I never knew that Campus Ministries had such a hand in everything. There’s a lot going on! (Praise the Lord!) Q. How do you personally stay grounded in your faith? It’s crucial for me to have me-time with the Lord. It’s very easy to get caught up in the day-to-day motions and lose track of time, but I have to remember to choose Jesus everyday. My church family at Summit is also vital to my walk because they pour into me when I feel depleted. Summit is my place to sit under sound teaching and join with the body of Christ regularly. Q. What book has impacted you recently? I’m reading Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst, and it is phenomenal! Lysa attacks the very real issue of rejection and its effects on women while also teaching how to combat those issues through the Word of God.

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“GOD WILL USE THESE OPPORTUNITIES TO OPEN YOUR EYES AND OPEN YOUR HEARTS TO BEAUTIFUL THINGS THAT YOU’VE NEVER SEEN OR EXPERIENCED IN YOUR LIFE. “ — DR. MAGGIE SHIELDS it the first day and it wrecked us – in a good way.” During the week the Charleston Southern missions team had the opportunity to visit an orphanage in the Dominican Republic. Lemacks described the building “like a prison. It had cinder blocks walls with barbed wire around it; not to keep the kids in, but to keep people out,” he said. The room was flooded with children of all ages. Even more shocking is the fact that none of the children living in the orphanage is available for adoption. The children live in protective custody to ensure their safety. Most of the children living in the orphanage have no paperwork, no known name, essentially no identity. The young men and women are released to the streets at the tender age of 18 with no name, no skills and no identity. The chance of survival is tenuous. “So you can’t give the child up to adoption when you have no clue who the child belongs to,” said Lemacks. “These kids will live at the orphanage until they are 18, then where do they go?”

Lemacks was in a room littered with cribs and babies. “You go into these crib rooms and touch a baby’s back and they roll over and grab on to you and your fingers and everything and the baby immediately starts to cry,” remembers Lemacks. “They crave human contact, but they never get it. You think of a baby here in the U.S., they are constantly touched and held and loved. In the Dominican they don’t get that.” “I was tackled by about 10 kids when I walked in the orphanage,” said Lemacks. “They were crawling all over me. The kids were happy, and they all had these big smiles. It’s great, but you know you have to leave at some point.” “That was one of the fun things about this trip is to see students pour out their hearts, and time, and energy to people in need,” said Shields. “You saw them as a servant. That was something really precious to me. God will use these opportunities to open your eyes and open your hearts to beautiful things that you’ve never seen or experienced in your life.”

Lemacks said the kids began to cling to him when they recognized the team was getting ready to leave. “They were weeping, crying and screaming,” he remembers. “Then you turn around again and your group is crying. There’s just this huge mix of emotions. I was angry, sad, frustrated. “Nothing can prepare you for it,” said Lemacks. “They could sit us down and talk to us, show us videos, tell us the kids’ backgrounds, how it affects other people, but you’re not ready.” LIFE AFTER THE DR The last night of the trip, the CSU mission team met and reflected on their experience. Austin Talbott told the group he was struggling. He challenged the team to think long and hard about what they’d seen and done during the week. “These people know what it’s like to really rely on God,” he said. “I don’t rely on God. I know for a fact I’m going to eat dinner

CSU students on the Filter of Hope trip: Kaitlin Webster, junior, kinesiology and health promotion major; Katrina Houston ’16, kinesiology; Ashley Higginbothem ’16, biology preprofessional; Chase Lemacks, sophomore, business administration; Taylor Britt, senior, health promotion; Crisha Eldridge ’16 health promotion; Courtney Settles, senior, nursing; Desreia Simmons, senior, health promotion; Reagan Mobley, junior, early childhood education and Austin Talbott, senior, kinesiology. photo by Maggie Shields

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CHARLESTON SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY Dr. Maggie Shields, trip coordinator, plays with children in the orphanage. photo by Chase Lemacks

tonight. I know for a fact I’m going to sleep in a warm bed tonight. I know for a fact I’m going to have AC. I just want you to challenge yourself and think about what you are giving them: clean water. You’re really blessing them. They might be more blessed than you because if God doesn’t come through they might die. The things that you can experience in places where people literally need God every day, you’ll never experience at home. These people’s lives look more like Jesus than my life.” Talbott says the experience convicted him. “I could go to knock on every single door in the poorest neighborhoods in South Carolina and say, ‘Hey, I have some clean water if you need it,’ and every single person would probably shut the door in my face,” he said. “Because we all have access. No matter what your socioeconomic level is, you, in America, you have access to clean water. If anything, just go find a public water fountain.” Lemacks agreed, saying their outward profession of faith, despite their poor socioeconomic living conditions, was “eyeopening. These people have nothing and are still faithful,” he said. “They are praying, they are on their knees, thanking God.” According to the World Health Organization, contaminated drinking water is the number one killer on the planet. In fact, a child dies every 28 seconds somewhere around the world.

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“I want to be a doer of the word,” said Talbott. “I don’t want to be that person I used to be. It’s about me, me, me. I’m not getting what I deserve. My struggle is I’ve got to study tonight. I hate football practice. His [the man in Dominican Republic] struggle is, ‘I don’t know if my son will wake up tomorrow because he’s so dehydrated, because he’s had diarrhea for the last six months.’ That’s what he’s concerned about. Their struggles humble you – fast. “In the Dominican I would have gone up and said, ‘How can I pray for you?’ Am I going to do that here, or am I a completely different person in the Dominican than I am here? Am I living what true Christianity is in the Dominican and living what American Christianity is in America? How was this trip going to change my walk at home? I had to really analyze myself and see where I am spiritually. If I don’t obey Christ, the full wrath of God rests upon me. He’s going to look at me and say, ‘I never knew you.’” “This was the dream come true,” said Shields. “These students impacted my life by their willingness to serve; their willingness to do one more house; their willingness to stay out in the heat. I am so proud to be at an institution where we have the privilege to accompany students on a trip like this.” The Charleston Southern mission team is back in the United States. Six months has passed, the memories are beginning to fade and the sense of urgency is gone. Then, Talbott’s phone will light up. It’s a text message from Don Johnson, the director of Filter of Hope. “Hey! There are people drinking clean water today because of you.” Austin Talbott still thinks about that Romanian boy covered in scars with renewed hope. “Hopefully I’ll see him in heaven,” said Talbott.

3 Questions with Katrina Houston Katrina Houston ’16 is the assistant campus minister. Q. How did your trip with Filter of Hope to the Dominican Republic change you, and how is it impacting your job as assistant campus minister? Words cannot describe how much my trip through Filter of Hope affected my life. From the minute I stepped out of the airport and saw the natives immersed in their culture and how much love was shown toward me, my mindset was completely changed. This experience changed my outlook on how I love and treat others. It presented me with the question of: “If someone that does not even speak the same language as me can show me unconditional love and respect, then what is stopping me from showing that same love and respect to people here in the United States?” Now don’t get me wrong, there were days where I was definitely overcome with a lot of emotions and questioned why God would put people in certain circumstances of life but then he always reminds me of how faithful He is to see people through situations of heartache and the wilderness. As the assistant campus minister, this has changed my thoughts of how to treat others and to everyday continually remind myself how blessed I am to have what I have. This allows for me to reach out to students in a different way. Q. What has been the biggest surprise about working in campus ministries? The biggest surprise with working in Campus Ministries is working with THE Jon Davis. My first day, I thought, “What have I gotten myself into?” But he is by far the BEST boss and friend that I could ask for! I know that the Lord has placed us in these positions to first and foremost further the Kingdom of God by loving on these students. Q. How do you personally stay grounded in your faith? How I personally stay grounded in my faith is by waking up every morning and telling the Lord that I choose Him today and not anyone (or anything) else. The way I feel most connected to the Lord is through praise and worship. When I am listening or singing a song and the Lord is speaking through the song or speaking to me, there is no greater feeling in the entire world than to rest in the presence of the Lord. He has been so faithful to me and has blessed me in ways that I cannot imagine.

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Marching Band Fun Facts 2016 MARCHING BAND:



115 instrumentalists 13 color guard/flag

• At the end of every rehearsal or game dismissal, band faces the Chapel and shouts pride when called to attention, a reminder of the band’s mission, focus, and to boast only in the Lord.

Pride of the Lowcountry

• Percussion has the largest section – 25 members • About 45 of 128 members are music majors • Time investment: 8 hours a week during football season. Home games: 6.5 hours of rehearsal + 7 hours on game day

photo by Marshall Forrester

• During band camp: each field rehearsal dismissed in class order; freshmen are referred to as newbies. At the final dismissal of band camp, the moniker newbie is dropped, and they become full-fledged members of the Pride.

When Dr. Nick Holland arrived at CSU in 2011 he discovered there wasn’t much pride in marching band, so he selected pride – something for our campus to be proud of, but not boasting in our own works.




• Traditional CSU Fight Song • Football team adapted Lehigh University’s “Our Boys Will Shine” to “CSU Victory.” Holland transcribed the arrangement and tweaked to fit the words written by the football team. Band plays “CSU Victory” in every pregame and at end of every game.

• Front Ensemble, made up of keyboard percussion and some electronics.

2010 – 35 2011 – 56 2012 – 74 2013 – 85 2014 – 100 2015 – 119 2016 – 128

“I’m So Glad I Go to CSU” based on an African-American spiritual. Holland brought the tune/arrangement from the University of Memphis, where his staff introduced it in 2004.

• First full season of new uniforms – worn once last year (for the playoff game against The Citadel). • Show this year is a commemorative show honoring Mother Emanuel church and the overcoming spirit of the people of the Lowcountry – how we responded to evil by overcoming it with love. “Love Is Stronger” features 9 chimes and 9 white doves for the victims, and tells the story of darkness to light, evil overcome by love.






hurchandGospel.com exists to help South Carolina churches live out the gospel for Jesus’ glory. The School of Christian Studies’ ministry exists to help those who love Jesus to think and live biblically. At the beginning of the semester, the site relaunched with a new look and a commitment to consistently release new content. The site releases blog posts and podcasts each week. Dr. Peter Link, interim dean of the School of Christian Studies, said, “I believe that the content on ChurchandGospel.com will be helpful for all who want to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their daily lives. So enjoy the articles and podcasts on the site, and spread the word about the site to others! You can follow us on Twitter @ChurchandGospel.” Dr. Peter Link records a podcast for Church and Gospel. photo by Richard Esposito

The Movement 2016 was best yet


ampus Minister Jon Davis said The Movement 2016 was more than the student services team ever imagined. Davis, said, “Amazing! Powerful! Humbling! Overwhelming! It was our best one yet.” CSU believes Jesus calls us to move with Him and “walk by faith, not by sight.” 2

Corinthians 5:7 means the Christian life is a movement. Dean of Students Clark Carter, said, “The Movement helps to set the spiritual thermostat for our campus! We want people to realize that Jesus is not value added to the CSU experience; He is the value!” Students were invited to join Jesus in His movement of redeeming people to God on Aug. 19. Seventy students surrendered the call to die and live in Christ. “That number is amazing! But what makes it more special is out of the 648 in attendance, over 10 percent responded to the Gospel for salvation,” said Davis. The Movement theme continued Saturday night. Students had answered the call to live for Jesus, so what would the next step be? The Movement theme does not stop at salvation. The call shifted to who will commit to

being a disciple, or follower of Jesus, and who will disciple others? Over 80 students answered. “The front was flooded with students willing to step out and make a difference for Jesus,” said Davis. On Sunday, students attended CSU Night at the RiverDogs baseball game. After the game, students and alumni created the letters CSU for a drone picture, and then headed to centerfield for the final night of The Movement. Katrina Houston, assistant campus minister, and other CSU alumni led in worship while sophomore Seth Friend shared the gospel. Davis said, “That night five students were saved into the kingdom of God. The last night culminated with what happed the first night—salvations! In total, 75 students were saved at The Movement. Furthermore, over 80 students committed to discipleship and making disciples.”

Campus Minister Jon Davis speaks at The Movement. photo by Christi Porter

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Bucs Reflect on Mission Opportunities in Canada By Kevin O’Rourke, CSU Sports Information


he men’s basketball team made the most of its opportunities away from basketball on this summer’s trip to Canada. While sharpening their skills in competition, the Bucs also developed themselves by serving the Toronto community. Head coach Barclay Radebaugh’s number one goal for the summer was that his team learn to love one another. He believes the Bucs accomplished that due in part to abiding by a Bible verse that served as the theme for the international trip – 1 Corinthians 13:8: Love never fails. CSU conducted a clinic at a Toronto youth center and made and distributed sandwiches in an impoverished, drug-infested downtown neighborhood. Toronto resident Paul Burke, a former basketball player and coach, often frequents the community in an effort to serve. Along with Radebaugh’s wife, Hope, Burke intertwined the message of the gospel. Radebaugh, who has taken past teams on trips to Poland (2008) and the Dominican Republic (2012), was pleased to see his players embrace the mission. “The basketball part of it was good, but it’s not the most important part of it,” Radebaugh said. “The mission opportunities are lifechanging type experiences. To have the opportunity to go into a tough part of Toronto and feed some people that are drug addicts and just love them and let them know that God loves them and that they have hope. “To watch our team do that and not shy away from it, that really blessed me to see our guys willingly serve some food and share God’s love with people who are much less fortunate than us,” Radebaugh continued. “We’re so blessed and even when we’re having tough times, we’re amazingly blessed to be living in Charleston and have what we have.” Burke’s central message came from Matthew 25:40 – “The King will reply, ‘Truly, I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” CSU put that into practice during its hour in an area populated by government housing

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and several rehabilitation facilities. The following morning, Hope Radebaugh delved into The Story of Creation laid out in Genesis. Drawing a parallel to Burke’s talk, she emphasized the value of all lives and encouraged everyone to be cognizant of that in their own communities. CSU freshman Christian Keeling reflected on the benefits as a result of acting selflessly. “I think it helped us come together a lot,” Keeling said. “That unity has come together, and we’ve really developed a tight bond as a team. It helped us tremendously on the court and even more so off the court.”

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Communication Skills Land Spaulding in D.C. By Dr. Jonathan Sircy


hen Margaret Spaulding talks, people listen. One of those people is Spaulding’s boss, United States Senator Tim Scott ’88 (R-S.C.). “Any young person can tell you a story where they have been dismissed because of their age,” said Spaulding, a 2013 graduate of Charleston Southern from Jamaica Queens, New York. “I have never had that problem in [Sen. Scott’s] office. Being heard and taken seriously has allowed me to grow.” Spaulding, who currently serves as Sen. Scott’s Deputy Press Secretary, began honing her communication skills at CSU as a double major in English and political science. In fact, it was a CSU connection that led to her first position with then Congressman Scott. “I found out that he was a CSU grad and also voted 100 percent pro-life, which is a big deal for me,” Spaulding said. “I applied for an internship and ended up getting a paid internship in his D.C. office. From there, everything just kind of snowballed.” Following her internship, Spaulding served as Scott’s staff assistant in Charleston and Constituent Service Representative in Columbia before becoming his Deputy Press Secretary. Now the media listens to Spaulding too. “I help coordinate interviews and handle any press that we may have at events,” Spaulding said, explaining her current position. “I am that person who says ‘No more questions.’ Behind the scenes, I help with the Senator’s prep and make sure he is prepared for any questions that may get thrown at him.” Spaulding originally came to CSU on a basketball scholarship before stepping away from

the court to focus on her double major. While she initially saw an English degree as a path to law school, she now appreciates the degree for different reasons. “I am positive that if I wasn’t an English major in college, I would’ve never been promoted to my current position,” Spaulding said. “Other majors do not focus on writing, just on content, which handicaps people because so much of our communication is writing. I have worked with people for months without ever having a verbal conversation with them, and the only impression I have of them is how they write and vice versa. Because of my college education, I am able to make a much better impression than most of my peers.” Spaulding continues to make a good impression, mostly because she never rests on her

laurels. In 2015, she added an MS in criminal justice—also from CSU—to her résumé, and she has contemplated getting a PMBA from the University of South Carolina. Whatever her future holds, Spaulding knows that God will be listening to her even as she listens to Him. “God has put me in positions that continue to challenge me and help me improve myself,” Spaulding said. “Each time I felt that I had learned everything that I could in my current job, another opportunity became available in the office. He has never allowed me to plateau and continues to give me opportunities that I never even knew existed.”

Margaret Spaulding photo by Rhett Marley

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hen Sarrah Strickland was reading, writing, and performing in plays as an English major at CSU, she had no idea that she was preparing for her most challenging role: that of an English teacher at the Baishan School, a private school in Qingdao, China. “When I first started teaching I was terrified,” Strickland says about taking the job in October 2014. “I had to use my acting skills to hide that from my students for months.” But Strickland, a 2014 graduate from Lugoff, played the role with confidence thanks to the training she received as an English major. “In the English Department,” Strickland says, “I learned how to express myself well in my writing. I harnessed those skills while working in the CSU Writing Center, and I gained the confidence to help others correct their own writing.” Strickland’s three years as a Writing Center tutor were crucial to her landing her job. “In order to get a work visa in China, you

need one or two years of postgrad work experience,” Strickland explains. “I was a postgrad with no postgrad work experience.” But when Strickland’s contact at the school saw her tutoring experience, she decided to put Strickland through the process anyway. “God was opening a door,” Strickland says. “And if He didn’t want me to go through it, then He would close it. But, it appeared that He was holding it open for me.” Strickland notes that she has been able to share with her students how God has played a crucial role in her life. “On the first day of class when I tell my new students why I left South Carolina and moved to China, I have the chance to share who God is to me and what He’s done in my life. Such freedoms that I have as a foreigner to share Christ regularly are opportunities that I see God using me in my job as a teacher.” Strickland is not sure how much longer she will teach in Qingdao, but she is not stressing out over finding her next role just yet.

“As long as God’s making me useful for Him,” Strickland says, “I’m up for just about anything.”

Sarrah Strickland photo provided



oyce Moore Rea, longtime director of student activities and director of the Miss CSU pageant, retired this summer. She had worked at CSU for 24 years and started the Miss CSU pageant in 1994.

Pictured: standing, Julia Ard, Clark Carter, Dr. Jairy Hunter, Dr. Michael Bryant, Barbara Mead; seated, Joyce Rea photo by Jan Joslin

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Cashions Spread God’s Word through Baseball and Biscuits by Jan Joslin


r. Bill Cashion ’71 and his wife, Kathy, joined the Legacy Society and the Board of Visitors in one visit to campus in September. The Cashions also visited their granddaughter, McKenna Hickman, a member of CSU’s Class of 2020. Cashion is professor of missions and evangelism in North Greenville University’s Graduate School of Ministry and is the chaplain for the Greenville Drive minor league baseball team. The Cashions spent 10 years in Venezuela with the International Mission Board where Cashion was a church planter and sports evangelist. Later he was a consultant for World Hunger Ministries and Disaster Relief and Director of Volunteers in Missions Department with the IMB. Cashion said biscuits and baseball opened the doors for them in Venezuela. “When we

went into Venezuela we couldn’t find one single Christian ball player,” said Cashion. The Venezuelans had never had Southern biscuits, and Kathy’s biscuits brought the ball players to Bible study. Within two years, baseball players had helped start more than 20 churches. Cashion was instrumental in helping ball players get into U.S. colleges to play ball. In fact, Cashion helped Peter Blanco ’96, a teammate of Coach Stuart Lake ’94, come to CSU to play ball. The Cashion’s story began as newlyweds at BCC/CSU, where they lived in married housing in the trailers while Bill attended school and played baseball. Their daughters, Amy Hickman ’95 and Missy Bryant attended CSU, as did their sons-in-law, Jeff Hickman ’95 and Chad Bryant ’95. Granddaughter, McKenna, is a third-generation Buccaneer.



Standing: Bill Ward, executive director of development; Dr. Michael Bryant, executive vice president; Dr. Jairy Hunter, president, and Stuart Lake, head baseball coach. Seated: Bill Cashion and Kathy Cashion Photo by Richard Esposito

below: Chip Campsen, Lalla Lee Campsen, Margaret L.M. Payne, Melanie Glenn and Beth McMaster. photo by Richard Esposito

embers of the Lightsey family were recognized at the first Chapel Aug. 31 for their continued commitment

to CSU. The late Dr. W. Norris Lightsey and Dr. Nell Peeples Lightsey were founders and supporters of the university and made significant donations toward several major construction projects. The area in the Chapel foyer dedicated to them was refurbished over the summer. “All those years ago, my mother wanted a college in the lower part of the state with Christian principles,” said Margaret L.M. Payne, the Lightsey’s daughter. “This is a dream come true.” Granddaughter, Lalla Lee Campsen, said her grandmother would be so grateful that the gospel is being shared.

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A. Randy ’93 and Michelle ’93 Mellichamp and their son, Nathan B. Jeff ’95 and Amy ’95 Hickman and their daughter, McKenna C. Greg Simmons ’93 and his daughter, Hannah D. Dan Blackwell ’86 and his son, Andrew E.

Front row: Amy Hickman ’95, Whitney Feagin ’11, Denise Deveaux ’96, Michelle Mellichamp ’93, Jeannie Turner ’97, Beth Turner ’16 Back row: Jeff Hickman ’95, Dan Blackwell ’85, Greg Simmons ’93, Randy Mellichamp ’93, Nathalie Escarra ’16, Brittani Watkins ’16, Brenda Mitchell ’87, Dawn Vawter ’16, Corissa Brock ’16

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Class notes 1969

Johney Haralson and his wife Roxie received the 2016 Forest Landowner of the Year Award. Johney has taught himself forestry to manage Double K Farms, his timber tracts and quail hunting operation in Bamberg County. The Haralsons also own a State Farm insurance agency. An article about him in Forest Landowner Magazine quotes him, “Insurance is my profession, but I’m fortunate that trees are my passion. Conservation and stewardship and passing it on and everything that I’ve done have been grass roots.”

1970 Ron Jackson is planning the 5th annual Parson’s Pantry Jubilee Walk this fall to raise funds for clergy members who are in need. He plans to walk 117 miles around his town of Gaffney. He and his wife, Karen, run Parson’s Pantry. For more information, visit parsonspantry.org.

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August 12 was declared Dave Spurlock Night at the 46th Annual Hendrick Auto Group Charleston/North Charleston Sertoma Football Classic. Spurlock retired in June from Charleston County Schools where he had been a coach, teacher and administrator. He speaks nationally on the importance of daily physical activities for children.

Paul G. Cowles graduated from Southern Evangelical Seminary in Matthews, N.C., April 30 with a doctor of ministry degree in Dr. Marc Embler received the apologetics. Cowles is pastor of Jeffery D. Black Command College Friendship Baptist Church in of South Carolina at Anderson Warner Robins, Ga. He also serves University Alumnus of the Year on the Executive Committee of Award at the Law Enforcement the Georgia Baptist Mission Board. Appreciation Banquet for Anderson, Oconee & Pickens Laura Wade has been named County in April. Embler earned a executive director of Union master’s degree at Anderson. County First Steps. She was previously an Early Steps coordinator for Union County First Steps. She and her husband, Rick, have three grown daughters.



Philip A. “Al” Stiles Jr.,’94 MBA, recently published Letters to the World: A Story of Love in War. The book is an account of his first deployment to Vietnam aboard USS Manley (FF 940) as told through the letters he wrote to his late wife, the ship’s deck logs and ship’s cruise book. Stiles said the book is available at BarnesandNoble.com, BooksaMillion.com, MascotBooks. com and at the Patriots Point Ship’s Store. To order direct from Stiles, email astiles@comcast.net or 843-345-8206 for $20, and he will pay the tax and shipping.



Elaine Brackin is an underwriting representative for WHAQ, The Life FM. She was named to the position in July.

John Ling MBA is the owner of Linvest Consulting. He was previously the director of the South Carolina Department of Commerce in Shanghai where he was instrumental in recruiting businesses from China to locate in South Carolina. He and his wife, Sophie, and their two daughters live in Greenville.

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1997 Jean Graddick is the new principal of Lee Central High School in Bishopville. She is currently working on a doctoral degree from Walden University.

1999 Josh Edgar is a mortgage loan originator with NFM Lending in Greenville. He previously worked for South Carolina Telco Federal Credit Union. Mike Wilson has been named the men’s golf coach at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He was formerly the director of golf at CSU and had coached the men’s and women’s teams over his nine years at CSU. The men’s team won the conference title in 2015 and made NCAA Regional appearances in 2015 and 2016.

2002 Heather Ard Boltin owns Southern Cuties Boutique in Moncks Corner. Paula Gambrell is a teaching assistant at Batesburg-Leesville Primary School in BatesburgLeesville.

Lauren Smith Moe announces the birth of a son, Anderson Pearce, born Dec. 22, 2014. He was welcomed home by big sister, Mollie. He is the grandson of Dave Smith ’96. Lauren writes, “He is proud to be a third generation Buccaneer!” Antwan Smalls owns and operates My 3 Sons of Charleston restaurant in North Charleston. He spent eight years in the military.

2003 Casie Beasley Benton works with Century 21 Properties Plus in residential property sales. She and her husband have two daughters and live on James Island.

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has now turned into a thriving company. Carolina Sign Co. has worked with clients from all over the Lowcountry including Volvo, Dairy Queen, Google, Subway, Health First, MUSC, Moe’s, Sports Clips and many other local businesses, schools, and ministries.”

Carolina Sign Co. is a full service sign company in Goose Creek, about 10 minutes away from CSU. Hugh Welch (on right) is a 2003 business administration Cindy Gaskins was named Teacher graduate who started the company of the Year for 2016 at St. Stephen in 2012. Alex Moore ’13 (on left) Christy Areheart and her husband, Middle School in Berkeley joined the company as the lead Ben, announce the birth of a son, County. She is the school’s media graphic designer after graduating Crew Weston, born May 18. specialist. with a degree in graphic design. Alex said, “What started out as a business making cornhole boards with a vinyl plotter in a garage,

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Clint Chappell is vice president of operations for JBC Insurance Services in Burlington, North Carolina. Robert “Trey” Ingram III received the 2016 American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Child Advocacy Award for his work with adoption law. He also practices commercial real estate law. He and his family live in Greenville.

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Tommy Welch and his wife, MeLinda Campbell Welch ’05, are owners of 1st Class Painting and Restoration in Summerville. Their company was recently selected to complete painting for several upcoming shows of Restaurant Impossible and Charleston Rehab on the DIY Network.

Memorials Jim Pinckney and his wife, Dena, announce the birth of a son, James Gabriel, born Aug. 11, 7 lb., 10 oz., 21.5 inches long. Maribeth Scott and her husband, Ben, announce the birth of a son, Jasper Lee, born Aug. 16. They live in Alexander, North Carolina.

Sheena Cretella Tenney holds a master of science in public health epidemiology from the Faith Bafford Corley, and her University of South Carolina and husband, Alex, announce the is married to John Tenney. She birth of a son, Ethan Alexander, works at the University of Florida born Sept. 27, 2015. in neuroblastoma research for the Children’s Oncology Group. Amanda Nicole Nunn and Daniel She writes, “I served on the James Ballard were married June research team that improved the 25 in Rock Hill. She is a teacher at standard of care for high-risk India Hook Elementary School. neuroblastoma patients this year. A press release describing this work was released by the ASCO Post and highlights the original Kori Brown MED, is the new work available through the Journal principal of Daniel Island of Clinical Oncology. I helped School in Daniel Island. She was prepare the FDA application to previously the assistant principal license the first specifically highat the school. risk neuroblastoma treatment to ever be granted by the Food and Drug Administration. Other recent contributions in the field of high-risk neuroblastoma were presented at Advances in Neuroblastoma Research Congress 2016.



2008 Jennifer Jaffke Malone and her family were recently featured on the cover of North Charleston Magazine for the cover article about why they live in North Charleston. Jennifer is a nurse at Roper St. Francis in the emergency department. She and her husband, Ryan, have two children.

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Darrell Brace ’15 MSN, and his wife, Ashley, announce the birth of a daughter, Remington Elaine “Emmy,” born March 25. Darrell is an adjunct professor of nursing at CSU.

Dr. Robert “Bob” Cuttino, age 86, died June 23 in Beaufort. Cuttino was a retired pastor. He was a member of the CSU Board of Trustees from 1967 to 1971. He was a former president of the S.C. Baptist Convention and had pastored numerous churches during his ministry career. Wayne Vestal Dasher ’81, age 57, died Aug. 15 in Hardeeville. He was a systems analyst at Healthpac Computer Systems and a former chemist for EM Industries. Richard Mason “Dick” Kay Jr. ’69, age 69, died July 10 in Rock Hill. He owned Dick Kay State Farm Insurance Agency. He was a member of the CSU Board of Visitors and a U.S. Army veteran. While in the Army he was a member of the elite Honor Guard in Washington, D.C.

Dara Harrop MEd has been named principal of Marrington Middle School of the Arts in Goose Creek. She previously served as assistant principal at Cane Bay Middle School. Nathan Nelson has been named associate principal of SimmonsPinckney Middle School in Charleston County.


Dr. Lionel Carson Lackey, age 76, died Aug. 22 in James Island. He was a retired professor of English at CSU. He was a composer of classical music and operas and wrote poetry. James G. “Geoff” Lifrage ’71, age 70, died June 16 in Kingstree. He was a retired tax assessor for Williamsburg County. Wanda Ann Lewis Sherard ’77, age 61, died July 23 in Abbeville. She taught for 29 years in Abbeville County Schools. Mary Jane Williford Wilson ’75, age 62, died Aug. 8 in Seattle, Washington, after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was a retired elementary school media specialist with Union County School District.

Ashleigh Newell ’13 MSCJ, a crime scene investigator with the City of Charleston police department, was published in the June/August 2016 issue of Journal of Forensic Identification for research title “XCAT Capillary Analysis Test Validation Study: Practical Field Use of Presumptive Gunshot Residue Test.” She writes, “This is an international peerreviewed journal article, and I am the first member of my division to be recognized in this forum.”

Sarah Bigler and Dustin Bigler ’12 announce the birth of a daughter, Crystal Smith Hazel and her Robin, born Feb. 25 in Hampton, husband, Landon Hazel Sr., Virginia. announce the birth of a son, Landon Hazel Jr. on Jan. 5.

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BUCCANEER PRIDE LIVES ON Charleston Southern’s Brick Program provides alumni, friends, faculty and staff the opportunity to leave their mark on CSU as well as support the future of CSU students. Help build the tradition today, visit charlestonsouthern.edu/ buyabrick.



Jasmine Donovan MBA, is the vice president and director of communication for Dick’s Drive-In Restaurants in Seattle, Washington. She recently gave a presentation to members of the Charleston Chamber of Commerce who were visiting in Seattle. She and her husband, David ’12 MBA, live in Seattle and have two children.

Quincy Brown MSCJ announces the birth of a son, Preston Q., born Jan. 19 in Summerville.

Umeko Noél Favor has received her master’s in social work from Clark Atlanta University.

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Brad Holmes MSN, was named Nurse of the Year for General Units/Supervisory Care by the Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg. He is nursing director of the emergency department and director of urgent care for Bamberg and Santee.

Stephanie Hopper MEd is a fourth grade teacher at Knightsville Elementary School in Summerville. She teaches GATE language arts and is the coach for the fourth grade Quiz Bowl team. She and her husband have two grown daughters.

2015 Travien Capers and his wife, Ashley, announce the birth of a son, Nehemiah Travien, born Feb. 10, 2015, in Columbia.

Kartina Harrison MSN, received the Nightingale Award, honoring Elise and Andrew Piambo excellence in nursing, from announce the birth of a son, Isaiah the Regional Medical Center in Oliver, born July 9, 2014. Orangeburg. She is the unit based educator of the Progressive Care Rachelle Rea and Devin Cobb Unit. were married June 11. She works as an author and for Journey Amber Shea Morrison and George Church in Ladson, and he works Tomlinson Atkins Jr. were married for Lowe’s. They live in Ladson. June 11 in Hartsville. He is the children’s pastor at Emmanuel Baptist Church. They live in Hartsville.

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1. Karrington Alaya Allen, daughter of Catrella Williams Allen ’04 2. Crew Weston Areheart, son of Christy Areheart ’05 and Ben Areheart 3. Robin Bigler, daughter of Sarah Olson Bigler ’10 and Dustin Bigler ’12 4. Remington Elaine “Emmy” Brace, daughter of Darrell Brace ’08, ’15 MSN, and Ashley Brace 5. Preston Q. Brown, son of Quincy Brown ’14 MSCJ 6. Kyleigh Bryant, daughter of Kylonda Bryant ’03 and Kevin Jenkins

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7. Nehemiah Travien Capers, son of Travien L. Capers ’04 and Ashley N. Capers 8. Rhea Carlile, daughter of Kelsi Whitehorn Carlile ’11 and Chad Carlile 9. Amelia Cross Chappell, daughter of Clint Chappell ’05 and Alex Chappell 10. Ethan Alexander Corley, son of Faith Bafford Corley ’06 and Alex Corley 11. Bradford Allen Flemister, son of Jasmine Flemister ’09 and Brandon Flemister 12. Aurora Ingrid Folts, granddaughter of Kathy Folts ’92

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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.


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 onesie 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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22 13. Landon Hazel Jr., son of Crystal Denise Hazel ’10 and Landon Hazel Sr 14. Wilson Daniel Higgins, son of Cody Higgins ’08 and Bailey Higgins 15. Avery Jorydan Parker, daughter of Matthew Jordan Parker ’06 and Kristi Parker 16. Grant Mikell Lancaster, son of Chelsea Lancaster ’11 and Jordan Lancaster ’11 17. Henry Silas Meares, son of Shannon Meares ’12 and Brian Meares ’12 18. Sawyer James Hiott, son of Benjamin Hiott ’17 19. Anderson Pearce Moe, son of Lauren Smith Moe ’12 and grandson of Dave Smith ’96

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20. Isaiah Oliver Piambo, son of Elise Piambo ’14 and Andrew Piambo ’14 21. James Gabriel Pinckney, son of Jim Pinckney ’07 and Dena Pinckney 22. Jasper Lee Scott, son of Maribeth Scott ’07 and Ben Scott 23. Sadie and Grady Tew, children of Joshua Tew ’12 and Joanna Tew and grandchildren of Sarah Robertson Timm ’77 24. Whitten Tyler Prillaman, son of Whitney Prillaman ’08 and Ben Prillaman and grandson of Greg Norton, CSU employee 25. Witten “Witt” Wilson, son of Ashley Arnette Wilson ’06

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RiverDogs step up to support Singleton Baseball Complex


onstruction of the Singleton Baseball Complex began this fall. The Charleston RiverDogs are the latest Charleston-area business to pledge their support to the project. RiverDogs president

DO YOU KNOW? The first person to correctly identify this photo and the year it was taken will receive some CSU gear. Submit your answer to magazine@csuniv.edu.

Dave Echols, presented a $15,000 check to Buccaneers head coach Stuart Lake in support of the Singleton Memorial Fund in August. “The RiverDogs, our fans and the Charleston community are proud to support Charleston Southern University through our fundraising efforts during the 2016 baseball season,” said Echols. “The Charleston community remains strong and the RiverDogs remain committed to ensuring Sharonda Coleman-Singleton’s legacy and Chris’ message of strength through love will be seen as a lasting tribute through the Singleton Baseball Complex.” More than half of the funding has been committed through generous support in the community. The complex is expected to be completed during the 2017 season.

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CSU NIGHT AT THE RIVERDOGS The CSU Alumni Association sponsored CSU Night at the RiverDogs Aug. 21 with an alumni tailgate before the game.

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Levine Speaks at First Chapel


r. Glenda Levine ’97 MEd is the chief human resources officer for Berkeley County School District. She spoke to students at the first Chapel service of the year. “You are not at CSU by chance,” said Levine. “You are here because God has a plan for your life.” Levine told students that adding faith to your college education is essential to learning, leading and serving. “I attribute my success to faith, great professors and prayer.” “Integrating faith in leading means understanding that with leadership comes great responsibility,” said Levine. “You are blessed to be at a university centered on faith.” Levine said service in today’s society is an interesting – and challenging – subject. “So much emphasis is placed on personal success and I, me and my. Serving is finding the cause beyond one’s self.” She said that people are interested in knowing that what you say and do match.

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Meet your Alumni Association Treasurer ANDRE DUKES ’02, ’06 MEd Principal, St. John’s High School INVOLVED: One of the reasons I am involved is to support a network of former graduates who will, in turn, help to raise the profile of Charleston Southern University. CSU has afforded me many opportunities to engage with past, present and current students. Serving on the alumni board has afforded me opportunities to give back to the community and support CSU. FAVORITE PLACE AT CSU: The cafeteria – that is the place where we all met for laughs and fellowship. BOOK THAT IMPACTED ME: It Worked for Me, In Life and Leadership by Colin Powell ONE WORD DESCRIBING CSU: Impactful

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Honor Roll of Donors

June 1, 2015-May 31, 2016

We are grateful for the many alumni, friends, businesses, churches and more who donated so generously during the 2015-2016 fiscal year. Your gifts truly made a difference in the lives of CSU students and the campus community. Your generosity is the seed that transforms lives. Our students are the grateful recipients of your gifts, large and small. In an effort to be faithful stewards of the money you so generously give, we have moved the majority of our donor list online. We are highlighting some of the individuals and groups who have contributed this year in the printed list. To read the entire list, visit charlestonsouthern.edu/ advancement. If you have any questions, please contact the Advancement team at advancement@csuniv.edu or call 843-863-7513. Thank you!

BOARD OF TRUSTEES Each member of the Board of Trustees is elected by the South Carolina Baptist Convention for a term of five years. The board oversees the formulation of policy necessary and appropriate to accomplish the university’s mission and vision. J. Franklin Bullard III Charles W. Carpenter ’84 Johnny Caruso Kevin R. Chafin Randy E. Eller Wendell Estep Kenneth Evans Troy W. Herndon ’69 Chester H. Holmes Jr. Judith C. Kneece Hetz W. Dean Murphy III Christopher T. Niebuhr Matt G. Provost

Thomas L. Rhodes Jr. ’75 Brice R. Richardson Michael G. Roberts Timothy J. Spurling Jane Warren Kathy W. Weiss Earl F. Wheeler Michael G. Williams Jerry M. Williams R. Scott Woods Joe R. Wren Fred A. Yohe

WOMEN’S COUNCIL The Women’s Council serves through numerous service and fundraising projects to beautify the campus and provide scholarships to worthy students. Holly Cross ’92, ’02 Linda Fick Chris Grund Roni Haskell Sissy Hunter ’88 Jean Inabinet ’77 Susan Johnson ’70 Joanne Kassis Elaine Ling ’73 Lisa Main Jan Martin Cynthia Masters ’73 Claudette McCall ’73 Janice Messex ’87

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Mimi Miller Linda Mock Freda Ott Kathy Raynor Anne Russell ’71 Peggy Sineath Martha Tallon Leigh Ann Taylor Willie Dell Taylor Sandra Ward Joan Wheeler Shirley Whitfield Kaye Wren

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BOARD Established in 1982, the Alumni Board assists graduates in staying in touch with the university and investing in the future of their alma mater. OFFICERS Lecius Moorer ’00 David Weiss ’03 Ronald Jaicks ’93 Andre Dukes ’01, ’06 Rex Divine ’85

MEMBERS Mahaliah Campbell ’82 Daniel Cross ’90 Amanda Davis ’97 Denise Deveaux ’96 Jordan Pace ’11 Gary Swanger ’70 Esther Wilkins ’91 Lauren Young ’11

Giving Levels SOCIETY OF 1964, $1,000,000 + The university was chartered in 1964.

JAIRY C. HUNTER JR. CLUB, $25,000 + Second president, 1984-current

THE ELMS SOCIETY, $250,000 + Charleston Southern is located on the former Izard plantation, known as The Elms.

CLIF S. JONES CLUB, $10,000 + Chair, Board of Trustees, 1964-1968

JOHN A. HAMRICK CLUB, $100,000 + First president, 1964-1983

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Honor Roll of Donors BOARD OF VISITORS The Board of Visitors support group enables donors to participate personally with the university and its students. It is a channel for the involvement and networking of distinguished citizens and leaders who are interested in furthering the university mission and providing assistance in the areas of scholarships for students, planning, promoting and resource development. Four levels of giving opportunities are available. Companies funding membership are listed in italics.



Each member serves a two-year term and contributes a minimum of $10,000 annually. Member benefits: title sponsorship for BOV scheduled activities, meet and discuss key issues with members of the Board of Trustees, the president and senior cabinet members and private social gatherings. Members of the Presidential Council are featured in the Honor Roll of Donors annually.

Each member serves a three-year term and contributes a minimum of $5,000 annually. Member benefits: advise and support a particular college or school; have the opportunity to interact with faculty in member’s areas of interest, and if appropriate, speak to students or serve on discussion panels, and an invitation to attend selected social gatherings with dean and faculty.

Baptist Foundation of SC J. Franklin Bullard III, BB&T Todd Bulwinkle, Trident Construction Michael and Cindy Harmon ’70 Wilbur E. Johnson, YCR Law Robert Maginn, Jenzabar Foundation Ernest and Cynthia Masters ’72 SC Independent Colleges & Universities, Inc. Timothy J. Spurling Brian Stark, Barnes and Noble Jay Strack ’75, Student Leadership University Chad Van Slooten, GCA Services R. Scott Woods, South Carolina Federal Credit Union

John Black ’72 W. Russell Drake Randy Eller Maria Elliott, Knight Printing and Graphics Ken and Phyllis Evans Johney L. Haralson ’69 Kelly Muxworthy, Healthcare Trust of America, Inc. Carolyn D. Hunter Leonard Hutchison, Wells Fargo

Keith Johnson, Allstate Insurance Wendy Rolader, Pepsi Bottling Group Pleasant Places Byron Reid ’72 Thomas Lee Rhodes Jr. ’75 V. Lynn Singleton, Summerville Medical Center Boyce L. Smith III Kevin B. Welch Jeff C. Whittington Mary Williams ’81 S. Craig Young, Truss Link

BOV - LEADERSHIP COUNCIL Each member serves a four-year term and contributes a minimum of $2,500 annually. Member benefits: access to selected outstanding seniors who possess potential as future employees. Harold H. Adams Jr. ’69 Michael Kevin Alford ’95, Beyond Wealth Don Balderson, Bank of America William Phillip Brantley ’68 Jason H. Brittain Roddy Broadnax, Spirit Communications Philip L. Byrd, Sr. ’76, Bulldog Hiway Express Cary Chastain, Moes SW Grill George C. Conoly ’72

Jeff Cook, Jeff Cook Real Estate Brett Corder, Enterprise Rent-A-Car Chip Crane, Hill Construction Services of Charleston, Inc. F. Rudy Cullum III, Cullum Services, Inc. Richard B. Daniel Sr. ’92 William B. Daniel ’71 Stephen ’79 and Jana Edgington Chris Fuller Beau Ganas

Dennis Gore ’78, ’14 Denise Brown Harmon ’98 Kristopher P. Head ’05 Keith A. Hewitt ’71 John A. Hodges, Low Country Painting Bryan A. Miller ’10 David L. Morrow, CresCom Bank Robert F. Motley, IOA Justin Myers Erica Lynn Nanke ’08

William Neely, M.B. Kahn Construction Co., Inc. Christopher Niebuhr Bert Pooser, IMIC Hotels Sandra Rabon, Allstate Neil Robinson Deborah Spencer ’02 Susan M. Stevens ’16 Robert J. Williams

BOARD OF VISITORS Each member serves a four-year term and contributes a minimum of $1,000 annually. Board meetings are scheduled in March and October with spouse outings available in conjunction with the meetings. Member benefits: Invitation to the President’s Club Dinner, the spring Scholarship Luncheon, additional university events and a quarterly networking breakfast. Michael L. Able Sr. Tessa Adams ’90 Manda M. Ala ’13 Bonar B. Anderson Jr. ’70 Lester Anderson Apex Broadcasting W. Stanley Asburne Derrick Apple ’06 Barry S. Armstrong ’68 William Todd Ashby Billie Attaway David Baggs Charles R. Bailey Jr. Pamela Carlton Banas

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Martin James Barrier Paul B. Barton Donald Baus John W. Beasley ’71 Thaddeus J. Bell Kenneth M. Betsch Luke Blackmon Franklin C. Blanton William A. Blanton John G.P. Boatwright Jr. Paul S. Bolen Thomas Bolt A. Kennerley Bonnette Jr. Jo B. Bonnette

Gary D. Brantley Jim Brantley Ronald E. Brantley T. Walter Brashier Diana Braunbeck Tim J. Breckenridge ’10 Richard B. Brewer ’77, ’96 Mike Brewerton David Brinson Robert J. Brinson David C. Britt ’07 Henry E. Brown Jr. Patrick M. Brown ’96 David Brown

Dave Bruner Michael Bryant ’95 Jesse Franklin Bullard III Dexter X.O. Bunch James G. Burgess Jr. ’72 Chad C. Burn ’02 Edwin Carl Burrell ’68 Shiloe Burzinski ’96 Joseph N. Byron Jr. ’73 Steve McCullough Barbara Horton Caldwell Robert A. Caldwell Mahaliah Campbell ’82 Daniel M Campbell

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Paul G. Campbell Jr. Lalla Lee Campsen Kenneth Canty Timothy Cardwell Richard K. Carlisle Eric Carlson David Price Charles W. Carpenter ’84 Brent Case William E. Cashion II R. Jason Caskey Wade T. Caughman Kay C. Cauthen Scott Cave Kevin R. Chafin Chastain Construction, Inc. Converse A. Chellis IV Reginald Chesson Tim Chesson ChevronTexaco Products Co. Patti A. Childress Paul Sewart Coker Sr. ’92 Larry Collett William C. Collins Henry G. Condon Jack M. Condrey Jr. Brian Cook W. Ed Corbin Jr. Gene M. Corvino ’04 Scott J. Corvino ’90 Mary E. Cosby J. Kevin Crain Richard Crites Daniel W. Cross IV ’90 William Crothers Thomas F. Crumpton ’05 Frank J. Cuda ’74 Kevin & Susan Danko Henry D’Antonio Todd Kay Daniel W. Davis James A. Davis Jonathan D. Davis John E. Day Jr. Rick Day Bryan and Gail Derreberry Denise Deveaux ’96 Ronald E. DeWitt Sr. ’70 Rex M. Divine ’85 Tara Dodds ’08 Dennis E. Drew Roseann W. Drew Brian Driver Andre M. Dukes ’01, ’06 R. Aaron Dunn ’82 Stephen ’79 and Jana Edgington Harriett Parsons Edwards ’72 Thomas W. Edwards Jr. ’75 R. Malcolm Edwards Robert H. Edwards Carl W. Ehmann Aaron M. Eller Rebecca J. Engelman Dee and Michelle Evans Terry H. Ezell ’81 Francis Faile Jr. Omer Fannin

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B. Keith Faulkner ’98 George S. Fennell Jason Timothy Fick ’14, ’16 Timothy H. Fick Gerald M. Finkel Jacqueline T. Fish Stephen W. Fitchett ’79 Fleetwood Leon Fleming Jr. ’81 Joseph P. Fontanetta Gerald Footman Sandra L. Ford ’16 Daniel C. Forsberg Kenneth Foster Anthony Gerald Fountain ’85 Marion Edward Freeman Jr. ’78 Bill Frehse Peter Freissle Michael J. Frost ’69 Thomas Michael Fulmer ’71 Daniel D. Fultz Faythe R. Furman James C. Furman Richard W. Furman Kevin Futrell ’89 Todd Gallati Samuel E. Gandy ’76 John Gannon Patrick M. Garner Preston Eugene Garrett ’75 Thomas Gerarde Robert Gerber David Gerhardt Ronnie M. Givens Walter Allen Glenn ’82 Lee Glover Diane Godwin Angel Gonzalez ’16 Bill Goodwin Jr. Dennis L. Gore ’78, ’14 Bernard Arthur Grant ’68 Timothy N. Grant Bob Gray ’70 Stephen Gritzuk ’04 Richard L. Gritzuk David Allan Grubbs Terry J. Gunn William Haigler ’71 Troy Hall ’11 Joseph M. Hall ’81 Billy Hall John L. Hall Tony E. Hall Patricia Hambrick Edwin L. Hamilton ’82 Robert E. Hammel Randolph H. Harley Hope Harrison ’88 William C. Haselden Sr. Dowm M Hawley Samuel W. Hayes David G. Hearne Paul J. Heinauer Troy Wayne Herndon ’69 Joseph Albert Hinske ’92 Michael Hladczuk Dale Hoelz James E. Hoisington

Patricia L. Hollon ’81 Paul K. Hooker Kathleen Hoppmann Jackie Horton Francis R. Howard HUB International Charles Hudgens Tom Hund Douglas L. Hunter Jairy C. Hunter III Matthew T. Hurd ’07, ’08 Randall A. Hurt ’11 Mike Hutchins Wilson Virgil Inabinet Jr. ’72 Daniel J. Inabinet ’84 Bartley Jackson Michael Janaskie James K. Jarrett Alfred and Robin Jenkins Russell Jewell Manuel Jimenez IV Kirby Lee Johnson ’09 Neil Harvey Johnson ’71 C. Kenneth Johnson Harold Johnson Ronald F. Johnson Tony Johnson Dan Earl Jones ’93 Keith Jones Sr. ’03 C. David Jones Mary Joseph Jason Scott Jurkowski ’99 Jessie B. Kapaldo ’07 Teri Karges ’14 Richard Kay ’69 Todd Kay Lane S. Kelley Austin Kenny Robert Kizer Judith C. Kneece Hetz Luther Carl Knight ’73 Michael Kreft Adolph Lanza Marian M. Larisey Joyce Latham Tom Leonard John Lesemann ’68 Kenneth Ben LeVan Michael Euguene Leverette ’78 Philip Lewis ’07 Elaine L. Ling ’73 Linwood Ling Dinos Liollio Tanya F. Lott ’99 C. Dale Lusk Rob Roy MacGregor ’08 W. Thomas Magee Jr. Emory S. Main Al Malizia Robert L. Marchant Steven Sean Marshall ’98 James T. Martin Jr. Franklin G. Mason Paula Jones Matthews ’82 Vanessa Turner Maybank William Drayton McCall ’09, ’15 Claudette McCall ’73

Shawn McCarthy Jack N. McCathern Sr. Keith McCullock James H. McDaniel Douglas G. McElveen Sharon L. McGhee Michael N. McGinty Forrest McIntyre Troy A. McLeod Elizabeth McMaster Susan McWatters Louise Romans Meade ’94 Andreea Toader Meir Cheryl A. Merschen Gary Metts James R. Metts George William Metz Karen Miller Kip D. Miller Samuel Judson Miller ’73 Richard Wayne Mills ’71 Cecil Mills Carolyn D. Mims ’73 Janet M. Mims ’82 Bryan Mise John Mitchell Joyce P. Mixson Frank Mobley Richard L. Mock Victoria A. Montgomery’09 Michael Moody Brooks P. Moore ’70 Polly L. Moore Lecius L. Moorer ’00 Hazel Moorer Colleen M. Moring James B. Myers Lynn Myers ’87 Mary Elizabeth Myers ’08 Thomas W. Myers Robert J. Nagy Erica Lynn Nanke ’08 Rodney Reese Neal ’76 Kathy Lynn Nelson ’96, ’06 William Daniel Nicholson II ’84 Christopher W. Nickels Amy Jane Nolan ’94 J. Edward Nolan Wendell Nolan ’81 Denetria Norman J. Edward Norris III Michelle Annick Norton ’09 Gregory A. Norton Jose’ Angel Noy Robert H. Nuttall Jr. Sheree D. Nwanegwo Pat O’Brien Tamara M. Odom ’03, ’08 Robin Sterling Olds ’12 John S. Olson Robert “Lujack” Wilson Orr ’70 John Douglas Osborne ’02 Bobby F. Ott Freda T. Ott Robert Eugene Ott ’00 Dana Angel Painter ’84

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Honor Roll of Donors BOARD OF VISITORS Palmetto Primary Care Physicians, LLC James L. Parker Jr. Bennett Parks Jim Pascutti James L. Pasley ’75 Margaret L.M. Payne David K. Perry Melissa Peterson Shannon Phillips ’95 Bobby Pilch Kathleen Hope Plummer ’08 Jean-Pierré G. Poisson ’10 Cecelia Poplin ’98 Richard Porter ’76 John H. Pratt Jr. ’70 Robert L. Pratt Hugh W. Preacher David Price Mary Propes-Jackson Albertine Radding David W. Ramey John Colt Ramsey ’73 Robert S. Randall Sheryl L. Rector ’94, ’09 Charles Reed Burton Neil Reese ’02 Douglas A. Reeves William Renfrow Thomas R. Revels Charles F. Rhodes Sr. Jeanine G. Rhodes Allison Rhyne Russell Wilson Richardson ’08 N. Kelley Richardson Mark W. Rieman Robert D. Robbins Kimberly Roberts Michael G. Roberts Karl J. Robinson Malcolm N. Robinson

Arthur James Rooney Jr. ’74 James P. Rooney Sr. ’72 Rotary Club of Goose Creek Rotary Club of Summerville-Evening Rotary Club Summerville-Lunch Margaret H. Rush Anne M. Russell ’71 Claudia W. Sanders Linda Ann Sartori-McCallister ’00 Vito A. Scarafile Kristine Schaffer ’10 Michael Schmidt Carl T. Schultz Ellen Thurmond Senter ’68 David Severt Elizabeth T. Shealy William Sheppard ’69 Alex Shi Christina Sineath David Sineath Barry Slayden Jessica Smith ’06 Lawton R. Smith Mark Smith Raymond C. Smith Jr. Walter W. Smith ’82 Shellie Snider ’86 Euclides Solivan Jr. McKenzie Solomons Shawn Sommercamp Karan Sorensen ’86 James D. Southern Mark W. Stanton Walter C. Stanton III ’82 Michael E. Stavrinakis ’86 Gregg Stewart Philip Allen Stiles Jr. ’92, ’94 Jeremy M. Stipkala Lonnie Stith John G. Strubel Jr. ’11, ’14

Randall K. Sturkey Jonathan Sullivan Brent Suttles ’08 Joseph F. Tallon ’69 John Pinckney Tankersley III ’88 Brent Tatum Ann S. Taylor Henry L. Taylor Shirlie L. Taylor ’81 Elizabeth Marguerite Tezza ’98 David E. Thiem ’05 Denny Vincent Thompson ’91 Oscar Lee Thompson III ’71 W. Rosser Thrash David Tice Kevin Townsend Chuck Troiani DeAnna Trout George L. Tupper Jr. Geneva Anne Turner ’85, ’89 J. Floyd Tyler Charles H. Van Rysselberge James D. Varn Verizon Wireless Elizabeth Walker Weldon E. Wall Dorothy Ward J. Frank Ward Johnny E. Ward Steve E. Ward J. Emory Ware Jane Warren Reen Waterman Bill Watts Josh Watts Roderick Lane Weader ’71 William A. Weathersbee Sandy Weaver David Weiss ‘03 Gregory Welch ’03

Hubert H. Welch Jr. Frank Wells J. Scott Wells Stephen Wenger Cady Nell West ’15 Lamar West Brunson M. Westbury Anthony Weston Barry Whalen William A. Whatley James Rick White William G. White Sr. Stuart Whiteside Walter R. Whitman Michael A. Whitsitt ’08 Robert Whitten John Lewis Wiggins III ’75 Stacy Edgar Wiggins ’93, ’98 Charles A. Williams Henry Williams Jerry M. Williams Mevelyn Williams Michael G. Williams Van E. Williams Jr. R. Greg Willis Darren Wilson John Eric Wilson ’90 W. Stovall Witte Jr. Steve Wray Joe R. Wren C. Ray Wrenn Mela Wyeth John W. Wyndham Fred A. Yohe Hester Young Joe Young

BUC CLUB BOARD OF DIRECTORS Each member assists in university athletics through planning, promoting and securing resources for the athletic program. Members serve a four-year term and may serve additional terms without interruption. Members contribute a minimum of $1,000 per year during their term. PRESIDENTIAL Sam and Angie Kelly CHAMPIONSHIP Greg Barnette, Barnette Heating & Air Robert Feldbauer ’95, ’97 Vincent E. Hoover, Jr. John Paglia DIRECTORS Kevin Alford ’95 Mac Anderson Ryan Ard Nathan Ball ’06 Thaddeus Bell Luke Blackmon William Blanton

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Alex Bragg ‘09 Michael Bryant Joe Calandra Matt Campbell Douglas Cargill ’69 Bud Childers Clayton Coffman Danny Croghan Daniel Cross ’90 Tyler Davis ’11 Brent Dennison ’09 Trenton Drafts ’05, ’10 Larry and Sallie Driggers Marc Embler ’79 Steven Essig ’86 Dee Evans Jacqueline Fish

Michael Frost ’69 Kevin Futrell ’89 Bill Garlow Buddy Gray Troy Herndon ’69 Judy Kneece Hetz Lisa Hickey Charles Hirschman ’07 John Hulvey Jairy C. Hunter, Jr. Sissy Hunter ’88 Dan Jaicks Ronald Jaicks ’93 Wilbur Johnson Allen Justice John Kammeyer ’74 Chris Lanoue ’05

Preduo Mathis Michael McCann ’07, ’11 James McElheny ’04 Levoy McCray ’89 Barbara Mead Amy Mendez Theresa & Gabriel Menendez Janet Mims ’82 David Misher Anthony Moore ’07 Brooks Moore ’70 Scott Mullen ’08 J. W. Myers ’09 Bobby Ott Jerry Owens Stonewall Randolph III Reggie Robertson

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CHARLESTON SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY Ryan Robertson ’07 Jada Ross ’11 Brian Ruff Hank Small Jesse Smith Kevin Smoak

Robert Swindle ’04 Gerald Tekac David Thiem ’05 Antione Thomas ’08 Robert Tisdale ’70 Todd & Christina Tononi

Robert Trenor Frank Ward William Weathersbee Tommy Welch Cady Nell West ‘15 Frank Williamson ‘71

Michelle Williamson Brandon Wilson James Wyrosdick ’70

ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIPS The following endowed scholarships were created in 2015-2016 fiscal year to assist students in achieving their dream of a top-quality education. CSU Women’s Council Endowed Scholarship Thomas A. Driggers Endowed Scholarship The CSU Theatre Program Scholarship Fund

Berlin G. Myers Endowed Scholarship Trojan Labor Endowed Scholarship The George Edward and Judith Dunston Epps Endowed Scholarship

DONORS $10,000 + JOHN A. HAMRICK CLUB $100,000 + BlueCross BlueShield of SC Foundation Sam and Angie Kelly, Community Foundation of Greenville, Inc. JAIRY C. HUNTER JR. CLUB $25,000 + America’s Warrior Partnership Baptist Foundation of SC Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, Inc. BB&T Mary E. Cosby CSU Women’s Council Dorchester School District Two Larry and Sallie Driggers

George ’94 and Judy Epps Estate of Sybil B. Baker Estate of Ruth M. Jones Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, Inc. Roper St. Francis Healthcare South Carolina Research Authority W. Floyd and Shirley Whitfield, Whitfield Family Charitable Trust Young Clement & Rivers LLP CLIF S. JONES CLUB $10,000 + Roger S. Nielsen ‘71, Abbey Color, Inc. Arthur J. Gallagher Foundation

Earl F. & Joan Wheeler, Ayco Charitable Foundation Danny R. Blackwell Charles Koch Foundation Coastal Community Foundation of SC Manuel L. Cohen Commonwealth Annuity G C A Services Group Frank Garvin Michael Reeves and Cindy Harmon ’70 Jairy C. & Sissy Hunter Jenzabar Foundation Ernest and Cynthia Masters ’72 Singleton, MCJ Amelior Foundation

Joyce P. Mixson Mrs. Pamela C. Moore National Christian Foundation Alabama Pittsburgh Confer. on Analytical SC Federal Credit Union SC Independent Colleges & Universities, Inc. Timothy J. & Susan Spurling Student Leadership University, Inc. Trident Construction Co., Inc. Robert J. Williams

LEGACY SOCIETY Each member of The Legacy Society has remembered the university through a bequest intention, charitable trust, life income plan, life insurance, or other estate planning technique. Membership is activated when the donor notifies the university that he or she has made the commitment. Pete and Beth ’88 (Worthy) Adamczyk Harold H. Adams, Jr. ’69 Robert W. Ashby* Florence S. Atkinson* Durwood J. Barton* John E. ’72 Black and Linda Alford-Black Dr. Tony ’69* and Mrs. Susan Blanton Dr. and Mrs. Ken Bonnette David G. and Lynda M. Brown Bill ’72 and Kathy Cashion George C. Conoly ’72 Mary “Mayna” Cosby Dr. Daniel W. ’90 and Holly R. ’92, ’02 Cross IV W. Russell and Vicki Drake Roseann Drew R. Aaron Dunn ’82 Kenneth M. and Phyllis J. Evans Dr. Terry H. ’71 and Mrs. Belinda Ezell Robert C. ’69 and Marian G. ’69 Gallager

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Wayne D. Goodwin ’70* Bernie Grant ’68 Patricia A. Haile Mr. Troy B. ’11 and Mrs. Vickie Hall Dr. Greg ’00 and Mrs. Lili ’02 Gresham Hiser Dr.*and Mrs. John A. Hamrick Jackie and Earlene Horton Dr. and Mrs. Jairy C. Hunter Jr. Jairy C. Hunter III, MD and Christine L. Hunter, MD Daniel J. Inabinet ’84 Mr. and Mrs. Harold Johnson Ruth M. Jones* L. Celestina Lang ’98 Dr. Marian M. Larisey Elaine L. Ling ’73 Dr. and Mrs. James T. Martin Jr. Dr. Franklin G. Mason Mr. and Mrs. Kip Miller Brooks P. Moore ’70

Mr. Julian C. Moore* Berlin G. Myers* William D. ’84 and Debra K. ’86 Nicholson Fred K. Norris Jr.* Steve and Micki Ogburn Gene* and Freda Ott Mr.* and Mrs. C. Ronald Payne Marjorie E. Peale* John ’73 and Jane Ramsey Byron A. Reid ’72 Dr. John B. Rhodes* Dr. Johnny G. Rumbough ’81 and Mrs. Valerie English Rumbough L.H. Rowell* Robert H.* and Nina* Ritter Harry ’75* and Nan* Schickling Dr. Lloyd E.* and Peggy G. Sineath Bill* and Alice* Southern Jim and Pat Southern Porter* and Elona C. Stevens

Jeremy M. and Codey Stipkala Mr. and Mrs. James H. Stovall Dr.* and Mrs.* Otto M. Strock Lt. Col. Joseph F. ’69 and Mrs. Martha Tallon Mr. David Thiem ’05 and Dr. Gloria Thiem ’97 Dr. Geneva Anne Turner ’85 ’89 Johnny E. and Sandra B. Ward Ann H. Way Dr. and Mrs. Bert Welch Dr. Brunson M. Westbury Mrs. Debra Williamson William G. White Sr. Floyd and Shirley Whitfield Fred L. and Susan R. Worthy Ernestene P. Youmans* Mr. and Mrs. Edward T. Zeigler Sr. *deceased

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Baptist Foundation of South Carolina For more than six decades, the Baptist Foundation of South Carolina has been serving as a ministry partner with individuals, churches, associations and institutions of the South Carolina Baptist Convention and Southern Baptist Convention. Over the years, our services have grown and expanded. Our passion is to see individuals and churches become faithful stewards of God’s resources.

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Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC Barnes & Noble Education is one of the largest contract operators of bookstores on college and university campuses across the U.S. and a leading provider of digital education. Serving 5 million college students and their faculty through 758 stores, Barnes & Noble Education acts as a strategic partner to drive student success; provide value and support to students and faculty; and create loyalty and retention, all while supporting the financial goals of our campus partners. Our mission for almost 50 years has been to help students succeed and ensure they have access to the most affordable course materials. Today, we rent over 80 percent of our titles and have saved students $1.5 billion over the past five years. The clients, students and faculty we serve remain at the vital core of our company’s mission to deliver innovative educational content, competency-based educational tools and courseware solutions. Like the academic communities we serve, Barnes & Noble Education has a continuous thirst to know more. Our robust research platforms capture the voice of the customer, ensuring that we understand our industry, students and faculty better than anyone else. We share our commitment to understanding the thinking, behaviors and expectations of our customers with our partners and bring relevant data and analytics to the table. For colleges and universities, the insights we share help boost student recruitment and retention as well as support key business goals. Research will always be at our core. It brings to life the voice of the customer, inspiring everything we do and driving relevancy, innovation and success for our partners. Barnes & Noble Education is proud of our 15 year partnership with CSU.


GCA Services Group, Inc.

BB&T is one of the largest financial services holding companies in the U.S. with $210 billion in assets and market capitalization of $31.3 billion, as of August 17, 2015. Based in WinstonSalem, N.C., the company operates 2,149 financial centers in 15 states and Washington, D.C. and offers a full range of consumer and commercial banking, securities brokerage, asset management, mortgage and insurance products and services. A Fortune 500 company, BB&T is consistently recognized for outstanding client satisfaction by J.D. Power and Associates, the U.S. Small Business Administration, Greenwich Associates and others. BB&T has also been named one of the world’s strongest banks by Bloomberg Markets Magazine, one of the top three in the U.S. and in the top 15 globally. BB&T has been a proud contributor and supporter of Charleston Southern University for many years. Our University branch, which is very close to the Charleston Southern University campus, services the needs of many students and faculty.

GCA Services Group, Inc. is a leading national provider of quality facility services, including janitorial/ custodial services, contamination control for cleanroom manufacturing, facilities operations and maintenance, grounds management, in-sourced production staffing and labor management, diversified staffing, and more. With over 37,000 employees in 46 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, GCA serves a variety of sectors, including K-12 schools, higher education, manufacturing, corporate office buildings, high-tech, biopharmaceutical, nuclear power, defense, the rental car market, and others. Our clients include numerous Fortune 100 companies. GCA’s management team is recognized as one of the strongest and most experienced in the industry.

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The Jenzabar Foundation

South Carolina Federal Credit Union

Jenzabar, Inc., headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, is a leading provider of enterprise software, strategies, and services developed exclusively for higher education. The company offers integrated, innovative solutions to advance the goals of academic and administrative offices throughout the student lifecycle. Serving more than 1,000 campuses worldwide, Jenzabar has over four decades of experience supporting the higher education community. The Jenzabar Foundation is a public charity that fosters a culture of service and educates and inspires future generations to create a better world. The Foundation issues grants to institutions of higher education and other charitable organizations that recognize and support the good works and humanitarian efforts of student leaders domestically and across the globe. Robert A. Maginn Jr., chairman of the Jenzabar Foundation and CEO of Jenzabar, Inc., founded the Foundation to extend his commitment to colleges and universities beyond a vendor relationship. Over the last five years, The Jenzabar Foundation has issued more than 700 grants totaling over $2 million. www.Jenzabar.com

South Carolina Federal Credit Union has operated in Charleston since 1936. Scott Woods has been President and CEO since 2004. Woods received his bachelor’s degree from the College of Charleston and his MBA in finance from Auburn and is also a graduate of the Southeast Regional Credit Union Management School, the Credit Union National Association Financial Management School and holds CPA and CIA certificates. Woods currently serves as chairman of the board of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and the boards of Payments-First, Inc., SCF Solutions and Vizo Financial Corporate Credit Union, on the Governmental Affairs Committee of the Credit Union National Association and the Region 3 Advisory Committee of the National Association of Federal Credit Unions and on the church council of Fort Johnson Baptist Church. He is a past chairman of the CSU Board of Trustees.

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South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities SCICU supports and promotes the values of independent higher education in South Carolina. SCICU seeks to advance higher education through fundraising, scholarships, and research, as well as by facilitating collaborative activities among the member institutions. SCICU also enhances a positive public image and encourages government policies that support independent higher education.

Tim and Susan Spurling Forty years ago when learning to share my faith in Christ, with Evangelism Explosion founder James Kennedy, it was told to me that only those who had not forgotten being lost and remembered what it was like to feel guilty had the burning desire to share the message of forgiveness. Max Lucado said it as well in Six Hours One Friday. “A man is never the same after he simultaneously sees his utter despair and Christ’s unbending grace.” Thank you Lord for a wife that has shared that message in Romania these last two decades. 2 Timothy 2:8 Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel …

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Student Leadership University

Trident Construction

Young Clement Rivers, LLP

Student Leadership University is a faith-based, experiential leadershiptraining program that empowers, enables and equips students to rise to the call of leadership and awaken their potential. SLU offers unforgettable experiences that equip students to change the way they think, dream and lead, both today and for the rest of their lives. SLU offers four progressive, cumulative experiences designed to grow students’ faith, teach them to lead and gain a vision for the future through a Christian worldview. Whether they go behind-the-scenes at Sea World, explore our Nation’s Capital, immerse themselves in history in Europe or walk where Jesus walked in Israel, at SLU, young people learn to think bigger, ignite their calling, impact their world and lead like Jesus. Dr. Jay Strack, a 1975 alumnus, founded Student Leadership University.

Trident Construction has teamed with Charleston Southern University for over 25 years, delivering many exciting projects including the Science Building, Athletic Center, Softball Press Box, and renovations to the Library, Dining Hall, Art Building, Academic Buildings and Residence Halls. We are currently working with CSU on the new Health Science Building, to be completed in late 2017. Founded in 1981 by Robert D. Fairey, Trident Construction has grown to become the region’s most recognized leader for providing value-added construction services to team-oriented clients, known throughout our market as Trident Construction’s TEAM BUILD process. Today, we complete over $100,000,000 annually using our TEAM BUILD process for projects ranging from small tenant up-fits to fast-track $40,000,000 facilities. Our staff of more than 85 construction professionals works closely with our clients and design team members to provide a wide array of services including project planning; site selection; preconstruction coordination and budgeting; and construction management. With a 92 percent repeat client base, our collaborative TEAM BUILD services continue to provide exceptional value and project success.

YCRLAW is built on a proud heritage of Charleston legal professionals dating back to the 1960s. The law firm’s high standards for quality client service include providing efficient case management, a depth of legal experience, and state-of-the-art technology to meet clients’ needs for solid legal counsel at a reasonable cost. The firm celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015. In Charleston we enjoy a strong and vital community where our citizens can reach their highest potential. YCRLAW is proud to be a charter member of ALFA International, which is an exclusive, global association of law firms dedicated to improving the quality and depth of legal services provided to its clients. ALFA firms represent domestic and foreign clients in service, manufacturing, financial, and professional enterprises throughout the world. YCRLAW is pleased to offer a wide variety of services, with practice groups in many areas of civil litigation, administrative law, and real estate transactions. www.ycrlaw.com

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Transform Campaign The Transform Campaign is designed to provide for new facilities, scholarships, resources devoted to academic program expansion, improvement and enrichment and athletics. Thus far, more than $42 million has been committed.

Meet several alumni who shared why they give to CSU: Mike Dyson ’83 supports the Singleton Baseball Complex through his construction business “Dyson Construction is honored to have this opportunity to create a lasting legacy for future generations. We look forward to building a facility that will help future student-athletes learn, lead and serve the community.” Mike Dyson, former Baptist College baseball player and father of a current team member, Kyle ’17, was instrumental in moving the Singleton Baseball Complex forward by donating his time to construct the facility.

Shellie Snider ’86 supports student scholarships through the Board of Visitors program “As a member of the Board of Visitors I have the opportunity to help a deserving student receive a quality education in a Christian environment. The BOV also provides events that allow donors to network with each other, students, community leaders and faculty.”

Molly ’01 and Greg Moore ’00 support student scholarships through the brick program “My husband and I met at CSU our first day of preseason for soccer. He studied history and religion, and I studied mathematics. We have been married 15 years, and we have 2 lovely boys. CSU started it all…” Their brick says: WE MET HERE GREG ’00 & MOLLY ’01

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