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Civic Engagement Rewarded Commencement ’10

The 2010 Charter Day audience enjoys the humor and down-to-earth vision of Ken Farmer, Charter Day speaker and 1972 E&H graduate. “It doesn’t matter where you start,” Farmer said. “It’s where you wind up that counts.”

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COVER STORY: TEACHING HONORS: Result of focus on transforming lives PRESIDENTIAL AWARD College recognized for civic engagement


President’s Message


On The Campus


Sports Highlights


Institutional Advancement


Alumni Association


With the Alumni


In Memoriam


Emory Memory

COMMENCEMENT Former Governor speaks of wonderful world of opportunity


The Alumni Magazine is published quarterly for alumni, parents and friends of Emory & Henry College. Send news, letters or change of address to the following: The Alumni Magazine Emory & Henry College PO Box 950 Emory, Virginia 24327-0950 Phone: 276-944-6126 E-mail: Website:

The Alumni Magazine Dirk Moore, Editor Monica S. Hoel ’85, Alumni Editor Jamie Smyth, Graphic Designer, Writer Contributors Dave Grace, Photographer Nathan Graybeal ’82, Writer, Photographer Alicia Phelps ’06, Photographer, Writer Rhonda Widener, Writer, Clerical Support Charlie Sydnor, Contributing Writer Robert Vejnar, Contributing Writer

Cover photo: E&H Professors Honored: Back row from left, Dr. Steve Fisher, Dr. Samir Saliba, Dr. Teresa Keller, Dr. Kathleen Chamberlain; front row from left, Dr. John Lang, Dr. Jack Roper, Dr. Ed Damer. Not pictured: Dr. David Copeland and Dr. Jim Duchamp. Photo by Dave Grace.

Alumni Association Board of Directors Matt Hankins ’94, President Bob Cline ’69, Immediate Past President Greg Hagee ’86, Vice-President Anne Gerard Carty ’76, Tenn. Jenny Poston Bishop, ’93, Tri-Cities (Tenn.) Steve Walker ’72, New River Valley Judie Eller ’70, Shenandoah Valley Allison Mays Wilburn ’95, Washington County Patsy Fitts Reed ’70, Smyth County Margaret Turman Kidd ’98, Richmond Bill Naehle ’82, Northern Virginia Pat Shrader ’93, North Carolina Mike Sullivan ’68, Tidewater/Peninsula Kell Mason ’95, Piedmont

Jon Crutchfield ’91, Roanoke Valley Ruth Wilson Blankenship, Mountain Empire Lee Lane McCloud ’92, West Virginia Chuck Alexander ’89, D.C./Maryland Scott Sikes ’99, Current Decade January Haile ’04, Current Decade Duke Thomas ’90, 1990s Rep. Anne Thomas-Abbott ’89, 1980s Rep. David St. Clair ’73, 1970s Rep. Dean Newman ’62, 1960s Rep. Sue Young Payne, ’51, 1950s Rep. Sally Sprinkle Bentley ’54, Gold Club Kelly Espy ’94, Alumni Volunteer Aux. Cyndi Jennings ’91, At-Large Mary-Margaret Justis ’69, At-Large



Dear Emory & Henry Alumni and Friends, As I travel far and wide to visit alumni across the continent, I always hear stories about good friends and remarkable teachers. What is it about Emory & Henry that develops and sustains such outstanding teachers? What is our teacher-scholar model that generates the extraordinary recognition documented in this issue of our alumni magazine? Embedded in the conversations I have with alumni and in the citations describing our state and national teacher-of-the-year awards is the understanding that members of our faculty care deeply about their students and about the process of inquiry and discovery. They are true teacher-scholars who believe that scholarship and teaching are inseparable because scholarship is the foundation of teaching. Our teacher-scholars possess an advanced understanding of the material they are teaching, introduce students to the important questions within and across fields of study, create assignments that encourage students to pursue intellectual inquiry, and connect students to academic and professional circles where they obtain internships, jobs, and graduate study opportunities. Most significantly, Emory & Henry teacherscholars inspire their students to a life-long commitment to learning and to the ideals of citizenship. Talk with Dr. Teresa Keller or Dr. Jack Roper or any of the other faculty award winners and you will quickly learn that they provide a learning environment where all students are respected and challenged to develop the skills necessary to understand complex issues and topics. Under their tutelage, students learn


“Good teachers dwell in the mystery of good teaching until it dwells in them. As they explore it alone and with others, the insight and energy of mystery begins to inform and animate their work. They discover and develop methods of teaching that emerge from their own integrity—but they never reduce their teaching to technique.” —Parker J. Palmer

to appreciate the difference between knowledge and information and they begin to recognize the continual evolution of what we think we know. All teachers create learning opportunities for their students. But our teacher-scholars show students the process by which they are able to understand and to help create knowledge. At its core, Emory & Henry is a center of education and learning for our students and for all individuals in our community. This learning occurs in many locations where teachers and students join together to share knowledge, to cultivate informed critical thinking and creative expression, and to serve the common good. The heart of our campus is this learning process, wherever it occurs. Parker J. Palmer wrote: “The connections made by good teachers are held not in their methods but in their hearts — the place where intellect, emotion, spirit, and will converge in the human self — supported by the community that emerges among us when we choose to live authentic lives.” Emory & Henry College is this community and our faculty truly make these connections in their hearts. With Kindest Regards

Rosalind Reichard, Ph.D. President


E&H Receives Highest National Recognition for Civic Engagement Emory & Henry College has been named one of six colleges and universities nationwide to receive the 2009 President’s Award, the highest federal recognition for commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. The President’s Award is the highest distinction for a college or university among those institutions that are selected annually for the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Emory & Henry was chosen from among 780 applications nationwide for this honor and became the first Virginia college or university to be recognized as one of the top six Presidential Awardees since the Honor Roll was established in 2006. The other five institutions receiving the 2009 President’s Award are the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio; Willamette University in Salem, Ore.; Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn.; and Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, N.J. The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll award, recognized the college and its students in the category of “Service to Youth from Disadvantaged Circumstances” for their impact on at-risk populations and economic development in rural Southwest

Virginia. More than 80 percent of Emory & Henry students participated in service projects in 2009, joining with faculty to help transition the local economy from its former manufacturing-base to an economy that thrives on cultural and outdoor recreation. “At Emory & Henry College, we engage students, faculty, staff, and communities in empowering individuals and groups to generate solutions from within the community, rather than being imposed from the outside,” said E&H president Rosalind Reichard. Student and faculty members built a Habitat for Humanity house they called the “House of Hope” in just six weeks, and raised nearly $26,000 from the college community and area churches to construct the house. Other service projects include tutoring and mentoring students through both the College’s Highlands Project for Public Education and the Emory & Henry Tutoring Program. The college recently launched a graduate program that provides leadership training in the areas of public service and non-profit sustainability. The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps State and National, AmeriCorps VISTA, AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. v

175th Anniversary of College Celebrates Southwest Virginia Emory & Henry College: a way of thinking, a way of living In 2011, Emory & Henry College will celebrate the 175th anniversary of its founding with a year of events aimed at drawing attention to the institution’s history and timeless quality. The celebration will begin August 2011 at the opening convocation of the 2011-12 academic year. A variety of anniversary events will continue until May 2012, all of them celebrating the historic founding of Southwest Virginia’s oldest institution of higher education. “This will be a year of celebration not only for the Emory & Henry family but for Southwest Virginia, a region that is dear to the hearts of Emory & Henry people and important to the mission and longevity of this incredible institution,” said Dr. Rosalind Reichard, the 20th president of the College.


To date, events for the year-long celebration include, among other activities, faculty lectures, alumni speakers, and an enhanced Homecoming Day celebration. The theme for the anniversary celebration is “Legacy & Vision: Timeless Quality Since 1836.” The slogan is derived from President Reichard’s inauguration theme in 2007 and a quote attributed to an E&H alumnus, Kermit Hunter, when serving as an E&H Commencement speaker. Hunter said, “Emory & Henry has a timeless quality that keeps reaching on and on down the years, not only blessing and hallowing this mountain country of Southwest Virginia, but also sending out tides of influence that touch the whole hungry soul of man. This is more than a college — it is a way of thinking, a way of living.”


Teaching honors reflect E&H’s dedication to transforming lives


On occasion, Dr. Jack Roper wanders the hallways of

Miller Hall to catch portions of lectures delivered in

profound respect for teaching colleagues and a

nearby classrooms by some of his colleagues, including

constructive competitiveness among professors who are

Dr. Teresa Keller in Mass Communications, Dr. John

motivated by a creative, interdisciplinary environment,

Morgan of the Geography Department, Dr. Tom Little

a loud and persistent call to service, and a constant

in history and Dr. Linda Dobkins, who teaches

challenge to “increase in excellence.”

economics. “I am never disappointed in what I hear,”

Roper says.

well documented. During the last 21 years, Emory &

Henry has been represented 12 times by the recipients

What he acquires from these moments just outside

At work in this inspirational dynamic are a

Emory & Henry’s record for teaching excellence is

classroom doors is inspiration, a desire to work harder

of major state and national awards for teaching. When

and a firmer conviction about the value of the E&H

adjusted for the size of the student population, this

educational environment. “I have taught at five very

record for teaching awards is the best among all

different schools, but I have never been associated with

Virginia colleges and universities.

such a dedicated group of people who really know

how to teach,” Roper said.

Award given in 1999 to Dr. Stephen Fisher, professor

emeritus of political science, by CASE and The Carnegie

Roper, a history professor and the 2003 recipient

The awards include one U.S. Professor of the Year

of the Virginia Professor of the Year Award given by the

Foundation. The honors also include five other Virginia

Council for the Advancement and Support of Education

Professor of the Year Awards given by CASE to Roper in

(CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation, joins other E&H

2005, Keller in 2003, Dr. Ed Damer of the Philosophy

award-winning professors in praising the College’s

Department in 1989, Dr. Kathleen Chamberlain of the

teaching environment. It is that environment, they

English Department in 1993, and Dr. David Copeland, a

contend, that has allowed them to have an immensely

former E&H professor who taught in the Mass

positive impact on the lives of students and has

Communications Department, in 1997.

provided Emory & Henry with what is one of the best

records of teaching accomplishment in Virginia, if not

recipients of a second state-wide award, the

the country.

Outstanding Faculty Award, which is given annually by

Five Emory & Henry professors have been the


“We give time and talent to the greatest students in the world. And they give us no less.” — Jack Roper

“Innovative teaching is valued and encouraged here; professors have a lot of scope to try new things,” — Kathleen Chamberlain the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia

works, of course, but we’re given the latitude to

(SCHEV). E&H recipients of this award include Dr.

experiment, to be creative.”

Samir Saliba, political science, 1994; Fisher, 1996; Dr.

John Lang, English, 1999; Dr. Jim Duchamp, chemistry,

also the result of the College’s ability to attract quality

2009; and Keller, 2010.

professors who embrace and promote the E&H mission

of service and excellence. “Quite a number of us are

The many teaching honors reflect Emory &

The consistent effectiveness of E&H teaching is

Henry’s intense emphasis on an academic environment

truly ‘Emory born and Emory bred,’” Damer said. “And

dedicated to transforming lives. “Winning just a few of

we carefully vet those who join us to make sure that

these awards would be an outstanding achievement,

they have a similar evangelical passion about what they

but to win consistently over the years and with

can contribute to our students.”

professors representing a broad range of disciplines

speaks to the fundamental excellence of this institution

professor in the Philosophy Department, who

and the strength and relevance of its mission,”

demonstrates both a passion for the institution and an

President Reichard said.

even deeper passion for what he is teaching. The same

is true of other professors in the Division of Visual and

The transformative academic environment at

Damer points to Dr. Ben Letson (E&H ‘79), a

Emory & Henry is the result of a flexible,

Performing Arts, which Damer leads. “They are skilled

interdisciplinary teaching environment that liberates

artists, but they are more than that; they are intensely

educators from the confines of their

committed to the creative life and their

departments or divisions and allows

students find it contagious.”

them to interact with other

disciplines, different teaching

award brought E&H science education

methods and broader ideas,

into the spotlight, the award was

according to E&H professors.

recognition of the tremendous work

“Innovative teaching is valued and

done by genuinely caring and dedicated

encouraged here; professors have a

professors in his division. “Much of the

lot of scope to try new things,”

credit must go to the Chemistry

Chamberlain said. “Not everything


Steve Fisher

For Duchamp, whose SCHEV

Department and Science Division, where


“Those who don’t work well with students don’t survive here.” — Teresa Keller

”The faculty is intensely committed to the creative life and students find it contagious.” ‑—Ed Damer

students are encouraged to draw connections between

their studies and research and the positive change they

Henry—more than can be recognized by such awards,”

can make in the world.”

said Lang, who has taught at Emory & Henry for 27

years. In his own division, Humanities, Lang speaks of

For those who have won teaching awards, the

secret to E&H teaching success is perhaps boiled down

intelligent and articulate colleagues with highly

to one fact: Emory & Henry is a teaching college. And

impressive commitments to teaching and to

because of that emphasis, the focus is on the students

undertaking “countless responsibilities to make Emory

and improving the trajectory of their success. Everything

& Henry a better place to teach and learn.”

else, including research, of which there is much for a

campus of this size, is enlisted for the purpose of

E&H professors, however; it is the success of students

improving the education of students.

and their responses to their teachers and their college.

Many professors find their greatest rewards in the

“Those who don’t work well with students don’t

It is not only awards that document the success of

survive here,” Keller said. “The tenure process is

communications they receive from their current and

extremely rigorous and demands good evaluations by

former students, in which they express gratitude for

students, faculty and administrators in the areas of

their educations and the influence of their professors.

teaching, research and service. The standards are very

high in a strong, transparent community with a great

awards, Keller was receiving such letters, phone calls

Long before she was nominated for her teaching

sense of history and pride.”

and emails. The head of the Mass

Communications Department who

Thus, it comes as no surprise to

E&H professors who have won major

came to Emory & Henry in 1985, Keller

awards that so many of their colleagues

maintains contact with most of her

have been honored disproportionately

former students, keeping records on

to professors at other colleges or

their careers and accomplishments, and

universities. They eagerly point to

devoting many hours to personal

several of their older colleagues as

communications with them. Her

deserving of such awards and to

recognitions have been in large part

younger colleagues who soon will be.


“There are many excellent teachers at Emory &

Samir Saliba

due to the effusive praise her students E&H ALUMNI MAGAZINE • SUMMER 2010

Keller Receives 2010 Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award Dr. Teresa Keller, who has taught mass communications at Emory & Henry for 24 years, was recognized by the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) for her success as a teacher, her scholarship and her outreach to the community. Another E&H professor, Dr. Michael Lane (’94) of the College’s Chemistry Department, was named a finalist for the Outstanding Faculty Award in a special category that recognizes rising stars. Keller’s leadership resulted in a major expansion of power—from 500 watts to almost 9,000 watts—for WEHC radio, which now carries a wide variety of national public radio programming as well as a variety of campus and community programs. The recent power boost takes the WEHC signal (found at 90.7 on the FM dial) to an audience that stretches east beyond Marion, Va, west of Bristol, Va., north into Richlands and Tazewell, Va., and south to Mountain City, Tenn. Keller, the co-author of a widely used textbook for broadcast journalism, has long been recognized as a

John Lang

Teresa Keller is congratulated by Virginia Secretary of Education Gerard Robinson at the SCEV ceremony this spring.

champion for open government and of cameras in the courtroom. The chair of the E&H Mass Communications Department, she has led in efforts to establish an on-line news site and a departmental television operation, EHC-TV. In 2003, these efforts were recognized by the Carnegie Foundation and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), which named Keller Virginia Professor of the Year. Keller’s honor marks the 12th time in 21 years that an Emory & Henry professor has won a major state or national teaching award. v

provide her in letters

makes the work of teaching them easier.

of support in her


or often quickly acquire when they come here a belief

in making a difference. Such a belief drives students to

For Fisher,

Students at Emory & Henry either bring with them

whose national

seek positive change, beginning with themselves and


then in the world around them, and to work with the

represents the

professors who are

biggest prize won by

helping them in

an E&H professor,

that direction.

the letters of support

he received from

and talent to the

“We give time

students strengthened his conviction that he was doing as

greatest students

a teacher what he had set out to do. “Those letters

in the world,”

touched me deeply,” he said.

Roper said. “And

they give us no

E&H professors work hard to make a difference in

the lives of students. But it should not be forgotten, professors insist, what the students do for themselves that E&H ALUMNI MAGAZINE • SUMMER 2010

less.” v

Jim Duchamp



CAMPUS 10th Annual Hope Awards


he Appalachian Center for Community Service recently celebrated the life of service at the 10th anniversary of the Hope Awards as well as the 20th anniversary of the Bonners Scholars Program at Emory & Henry College. The recipients for this year’s Hope Awards include E&H faculty member Jack Roper, student Joni Ritter, staff member Denise Asbury, community member Jimmy Wallace and community organization Mt. Rogers Combined School. Jack Roper has introduced hundreds of public school children to the art and craft of history through the events of National History

Day, opening to these young learners the life of the mind and the stories of history. In helping E&H students to establish a Circle K Service Club on campus, and in guiding the brothers of Blue Key Honor Fraternity into work more grounded in service, he has demonstrated that he is a teacher by example, pointing and charting the way. Jack is also an active mentor with the Boy Scouts organization.

Joni Ritter has served as a tutor in the public schools, as a member of the staff of both Afternoon Academy and Highlands Project. She has played an instrumental role in the River’s Way program for youth with special needs. As a member of the summer staff, Joni worked in Caretta, West Virginia with Big Creek People in Action (BCPIA), leading reflection opportunities for groups serving in that community, organizing home rehabilitation work, and helping BCPIA to redesign its reflection experiences for school and church groups serving there. As a member of the Justin Foundation, Denise Asbury (’86) helps that organization and this community give meaning and hope to a young man’s too-early death by creating opportunities for higher education for the youth of Washington County. In her service to the American Heart Association, Asbury uses her continued


President Reichard stands with the recipients of the 10th Annual Hope Awards, Joni Ritter, John Alexander (representing Mt. Rogers Combined School) Jimmy Wallace, Denise Asbury and Jack Roper, along with members of the Mt. Rogers Combined School (in back). E&H ALUMNI MAGAZINE • SUMMER 2010

Two E&H Students Honored with Accounting Awards Two Emory & Henry students were recently recognized for their accomplishments as future accountants by the world’s leading organization dedicated to empowering management, accounting and finance professionals. Michael Pennington of Marion and Brad Lester of Abingdon were awarded Outstanding Achievement Awards during the Mountain Empire Chapter meeting of the Institute of Management Accountants. Pennington received a bachelor’s degree in accounting and economics from Emory & Henry this spring. He will pursue a master’s of accounting and information systems degree from Virginia Tech in August. Lester plans to graduate in December 2010 with a degree in accounting. “Michael and Brad are wonderful young men who strive for excellence in accounting. I know they both will be assets to the accounting profession,” said Dr. Denise Stanley, E&H economics and business professor. With a network of approximately 60,000 professionals, the Institute of Management Accountants provides a dynamic forum for management accounting and financial professionals to develop and advance their careers through its Certified Management Accountant (CMA®) program, cuttingedge professional research, networking, and advocacy of the highest ethical and professional practices. v

Leading Teacher Education Association Honors Grossman

Kasoma Awarded Prestigious NATPE Grant

Hope Awards - continued

Dr. Eric Grossman was honored by the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education (AILACTE) for his efforts to partner students with professors to enhance professional development, primarily in the area of instructional technology. The AILACTE Scholar Award includes a generous financial stipend that will support Grossman’s continued research in this area. Grossman partners undergraduate students in a technology and instructional design course with faculty members from across the E&H campus. The student-faculty pairs approach instructional design problems with emerging teaching technologies, including online collaboration tools. The award, which is given annually to one professor in the teacher education field, has recognized 11 college educators since 1999. Grossman is the second professor from Virginia to win the award. AILACTE is a national organization that seeks to enhance teacher education at member institutions while working with policy-making groups and other organizations to promote quality teacher education. v

Dr. Twange Kasoma, professor of mass communications at Emory & Henry, has won a prestigious grant that will enable her to work in the television and programming industry this summer. Kasoma received a grant from the National Association of Television Program Executives (MATPE) through the organization’s Faculty Development Grant Program. NATPE, which was established in 1964, has helped more than 125 university and college professors from across the country gain important experience in the professional media world. “This is a prestigious recognition,” Kasoma said. “It’s a national recognition of what our department is doing.” To qualify for the grant, Kasoma, who is in her third year of teaching at Emory & Henry, wrote an essay describing herself, the college and the Mass Communications Department. She also submitted a summary of how a summer experience with the programming industry would improve her effectiveness in the classroom. Allowed to choose the location for her internship, Kasoma’s choices were Oregon, where she formerly lived, and Greenville, S.C. v

considerable organizational and relational skills to raise thousands of dollars to fund medical research so that families and individuals should not have to live under the threat of heart disease. As a staff member at the Mount Rogers Planning District, and then as program manager for the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, Jimmy Wallace’s (’75) life work has been to make life better for the people and places of his native

Southwest Virginia. For 33 years, he has been involved in hundreds of community development projects that have improved the quality of life and strengthened economic sustainability, helping the people and places to make the transition from extractive industry to an economy built on our strengths, assets, and resources. Since 1932, the Mount Rogers Combined School has served the Grayson County residents of

the Whitetop and Mount Rogers neighborhoods. For those who have learned there or taught there, across these 78 years, with its support and the expressed belief that all have it in them to learn and to be contributing citizens, it is less as a school and more as a family. With 80 to 100 students in grades pre-K through 12, every student is known by name, receiving individual attention. v



Farmer: E&H Takes Students from "Surprise to Enterprise" Emory & Henry reminds students that what is important is not where they come from, but where they are going, according to an E&H graduate who has Ken Farmer distinguished himself as a guest host on the nationally televised “Antiques Roadshow.” Kenneth Farmer, a 1972 E&H graduate, told his story of modest beginnings that led to a successful career in the appraisal business to the 500 people gathered in Memorial Chapel to celebrate the College’s annual Charter Day. The day, which also pays tribute to organizations and individuals engaged in service, was highlighted by the celebration of a major national award to the College for service learning (See page 2). Farmer said he struggled academically in his first few years at the College. But eventually he became “surprised” by his abilities, which Emory & Henry helped him uncover and which led him on a road to enterprise and self-confidence. “It doesn’t matter where you start,” Farmer said. “It’s where you wind up that counts.” Since graduating from Emory & Henry he has been in the auction and appraisal business. In addition to serving as a guest appraiser on the popular PBS series “Antiques

Roadshow,” he has appeared on several other television shows, including the “Oprah Winfrey Show.” Emory & Henry also paid tribute to two regional Charter Day organizations honorees: Mary Anne that have Holbrook, director of development, and made Evalyn Baron, director contributions of outreach (top), to their representing Barter communities: Theatre, and (right) Rob Barter Goldsmith, representing People Incorporated. Theatre in Abingdon, Va., and People Incorporated, which helps economically disadvantaged people throughout Southwest Virginia. In addition to these honors, the E&H Alumni Association honored five individuals for their service to their communities and their college (See page 22). The honorees include Gina Horton Fimbel (E&H Class of 1998), the recipient of the Carl and Ruth Looney Humanitarian Award; Richard “Dick Kemper (E&H Class of 1964), the Distinguished Achievement Award; Donna Proffit Vaughn (E&H Class of 1968), the Fred Selfe Distinctive Service to Emory & Henry Award; Dr. Jeff Bary (E&H Class of 1995), A.L. Mitchell Young Alumnus of the Year Award; and Dr. James A. Warden, the James A. Davis Faculty Award. v

SIFE Team Advances to National Competition


After competing in the regional competition in Atlanta, Ga., the Emory & Henry Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team has qualified to compete in the National Exposition in Minneapolis, Minn. SIFE is an international non-profit organization that works to create a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business. Approximately 400 schools competed in the regional competitions nationwide. Emory & Henry was the 28th smallest school to compete. The E&H team is advised by Dr. Scott

Ambrose, E&H business professor. E&H students who participated in the Atlanta Regional competition include Niki Neblett, Kevin Heideman, Tyler Brown, Brad Lester, Amanda Earp, Ryan Elliot, Jaimie Van Antwerp, Leanne Mahoy, Thomas Larimer, Ellen Smith, Michael Young, Allen Childress and Michael Bianchi. “SIFE prepares you for a career and allows students to have personal contact with many companies at career fairs that SIFE hosts at each competition,” E&H SIFE Vice President Amanda Earp said. v

E&H Ranks High For Safety Emory & Henry College ranks among the top 25 safest colleges and universities in the country (third among Virginia institutions), according to a report that relies on information from federal law enforcement agencies. Emory & Henry ranked 25th in safety among all colleges and universities, according to the website The rankings are based on the number of crimes committed on the campus per 1,000 students and the severity of those crimes. v E&H ALUMNI MAGAZINE • SUMMER 2010

Book Reveals Intriguing Minds of Regional Poets Emory & Henry College English professor John Lang takes an extensive look at major poets from the Appalachian region in his most recent book entitled Six Poets from the Mountain South. Employing close readings of well-known poets such as Fred Chappell, Robert Morgan, Jeff Daniel Marion, Kathyrn Stripling Byer, Charles Wright and Jim Wayne Miller, Dr. Lang relates their poetry to British and American Romanticism as well as contemporary ecotheology and eco-criticism. “Lang’s book is the most ambitious and searching foray yet into the worlds of these renowned post-World War II Appalachian poets,” said Southern Literary Studies editor Fred Hobson. Six Poets from the Mountain South demonstrates that all reviewed southern poets write poetry that explores, sometimes with widely varying results, what they see as the undeniable presence of the divine within the temporal world. Dr. Lang explores their exhibition of love of place in their poetry, along with a strong sense of connection to nature and southern land. “This marvelous study confirms what many of us have known for years, that no one writes about our region’s literature with more insight than John Lang,” said Appalachian poet Ron Rash. “Six Poets from the Mountain South is a must read for anyone interested in American as well as Appalachian poetry.” v

“No one writes about our region’s literature with more insight than John Lang.”poet Ron Rash

Reid shares modest manner and wry sense of humor during ‘Last Lecture’ Robin Reid, H. C. Stuart Professor of English at Emory & Henry, reflected on what he has learned from students and colleages during his 41 years of teaching English, 29 of which have been at Emory & Henry. Dr. Reid delivered the lecture in March of this year, in anticipation of his retirement this summer. English colleague Dr. Felicia Mitchell has published the lecture in full in both print and on the E&H website. The following is an except from his lecture: “Preparing this talk has not been easy—a complete change of topic almost every day. It perfectly illustrates Heraclitus’ theory of reality, everything being in constant flux. The first big change occurred when my wife reminded me that no one wants to hear a bunch of arcane scholarship. There went the first ten pages of reflections (with its delightful set of footnotes). Next, I began composing testimonials to people at Emory & Henry—colleagues and friends and many treasured students who have made the past thirty years so enjoyable and challenging, but the task overwhelmed me. Who would I leave out? I ruthlessly disposed of that entire section, celebrating many people and the principles they stand for, the hard work ethic and the intense mutual caring that I’ve come to love about this special place. One group that I have to pause and say an extra grace over, is my English Department colleagues, who have so persistently covered for my weaknesses and tried to keep my blood sugar at workable levels. All that’s left to talk about is my own bundle of obsessions. It’s time for a true confession: I am a book junkie and a xerox junkie. This double-habit presents heavy problems in cost, in time, and in living space. For a number of years I’ve been sequestered in a world of printed papers, encrypted in the massive history of ideas. It’s a complex bondage, always drawing me to broader topics and deeper levels, but never touching bottom. Despite the endless frustrations, it’s full of magic and wonder, like that sweet fruit of fairyland that, once tasted, rarely allows one to return to merely commonplace realities. My beloved partner, the other Dr. Reid, will testify to the truth of this. Indeed she has expressed her deep dread that, when I no longer have classroom chores to distract me, nothing will prevent me from buying more books – pretending to read and contemplate them, but mainly just stacking and stockpiling them throughout the house, always building a new set of shelves in those places where books are truly needed: namely, in the kitchen, the sunroom, and each bedroom . . . and in the attic and basement . . . ”

(Go to to read the full lecture or contact Dr. Mitchell for a print version, E&H ALUMNI MAGAZINE • SUMMER 2010


E&H Trumpet Ensemble Holds Note in National Competition The Emory & Henry College Trumpet Ensemble traveled to Washington, D.C., during Spring Break to compete in the 2010 National Trumpet Competition. The ensemble was one of 53 ensembles that submitted recordings in December and was chosen as one of 30 semi-finalists to compete at the competition. Other ensembles invited to the semi-final round included The Julliard School, The University of Texas and Northwestern University. As representatives of the smallest school in the competition, students Thomas Smith, LeeAnne Reese, Rachel Enigk, and Patrick Smith performed a piece by the Russian composer Vyacheslav Shchelokov entitled “Three Folk Pieces.” Throughout the week, students attended various master classes and concerts that were both educational and inspiring. They met famous trumpet players from around the world. “The entire experience was energizing and will certainly lead to the musical growth of the Emory & Henry College Trumpet Ensemble,” E&H music professor Matt Frederick said. v

Library Acquires Valued Microfilm The recent acquisition of a long run of microfilm issues of the New York Times has given Emory & Henry a complete set of the newspaper, making it one of the College’s most valuable library resources. The acquired pieces are valued at more than $161,000, as the microfilm dates from 1883 to 1937. It fills a gap in the E&H collection of the newspaper, which published for the first time on Sept. 18, 1851. The total value of Emory & Henry’s New York Times microfilm collection is more than $707,000 and runs from 1851 to present day. With 1,080 rolls of film, the long run was acquired through a duplicate and exchange listserve monitored by

E&H periodicals assistant Carol Henry. Henry’s diligent online search led her to Hardin Simmons University of Abilene, Texas, which sold the microfilm to Emory & Henry’s Kelly Library for the price of shipping. “This acquisition is exciting for the librarians and all scholars who use primary sources in their research,” Technical Services Librarian Janet Kirby said. v E&H periodicals assistant Carol Henry stands with Kelly Library’s newest addition to the New York Times collection.

The New York Times




Former Emory University Administrator Joins Emory & Henry as Athletic Director in psychology from the University in 1981 and served A former senior associate as head volleyball and assistant women’s basketball director of athletics and coach after graduation. She also holds a master’s recreation for Emory degree in recreation administration from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Ga., has University. been chosen to head Emory “I am extremely excited and honored to have been & Henry College’s Athletic selected as the Director of Athletics at Emory & Henry Department. College,” Sims said. “I always envisioned becoming the Following a national director of athletics at a small school that was located search, Myra Sims was named somewhere closer to my family. This position is a athletic director after serving perfect fit and I am truly grateful for this opportunity. Emory University in various Myra Sims Emory & Henry College has a long history of academic athletic department positions excellence, a rich tradition of strong athletics, and for 23 years. From 1988 to 2003, Sims served as head plays an important role in the educational and cultural coach of Emory University’s women’s basketball team, development of its region. I look forward to building amassing a total of 204 victories and guiding her team strong relationships on campus and in the community.” to two national Sweet 16 berths. She also served as the As athletic director of Emory & Henry College, Athletic Department’s liaison for major construction Sims will be responsible for overseeing an athletic projects, including a $15 million expansion of the department that currently supports 14 intercollegiate university’s Physical Education Center. teams and is a member of both NCAA Division III and Emory & Henry President Rosalind Reichard the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. expressed confidence that Sims will be a strong Her responsibilities include athletic department advocate for E&H athletic programs. “Myra brings to planning, program development and assessment, our program a strong background as a coach and an budget and administrator as resource well as the skills to This position is a perfect fit and I am truly management, continue growing supervision of and improving our grateful for this opportunity. —Myra Sims compliance with athletic program.” NCAA and ODAC A native of rules and regulations, coaching and support staff Hiltons, Va., Sims attended Gate City High School appointments, professional development, outreach and was on the first team of female athletes to receive to the local and regional community, fundraising, and basketball scholarships at the University of North recruitment and retention of student athletes. v Carolina at Asheville. She received a bachelor’s degree



Dr. Reichard Elected to Div. III NCAA Presidents Council President Reichard has been elected to the Division III Presidents Council for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Reichard was elected to a four-year term on the 15-member council in balloting open to all presidents and chancellors at Division III member institutions. The council is charged with establishing and directing policy for Division III and providing strategic planning and budgetary oversight. “Division III athletics has a proud history that I look forward to supporting,” Reichard said. “It is at this level of collegiate athletic competition that the concept of the ‘student athlete’ is most clearly defined and the service of athletics to academic success reaches its greatest potential.” v



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Petty Receives ODAC Honor An Emory & Henry senior who broke the 1,000 mark in career points earned Honorable Mention All-ODAC recognition. Sarah Petty, a senior from White Bluff, Tenn., led the Wasps with 12.6 points per game this season. She also managed 55 steals and 89 assists. She will graduate this year after having scored 1,042 career points, ranking her 10th all-time in the E&H record books. The women’s basketball team finished the season with a 6-19 record overall and 5-15 in the ODAC. The team’s wins came against Guilford, Lynchburg, Hollins, Randolph (twice) and Sarah Petty Rutgers-Campden. In addition to Petty, three other seniors graduated this spring: Baylie Snyder, Alex Lyons and Emily Porter. Lyons joined Petty on the 1000 career point list as she will graduate with 1,011. m

Grigg Earns All-ODAC Honors  

Terrance Grigg


An Emory & Henry forward who led the E&H men’s basketball team in scoring this season earned honorable mention All-ODAC honors. Terrance Grigg, a junior from Charlotte, N.C., led the Wasps in scoring with 17 points per game. He also pulled down an average of 5.5 rebounds per game and recorded at 48.7 percent shooting percentage. Grigg has scored 710 points for Emory & Henry in only two seasons. The Emory & Henry men’s basketball team finished its season with a 4-22 record overall and 2-14 record in the ODAC. The Wasps defeated Hampden-Sydney, Roanoke, LaGrange and UVA-Wise. The team loses two players this year to graduation, JD Dyson and Josh Brown. m


With 15-6 Record, Men’s Tennis Has Solid Season

Chip Wintringham

The Emory & Henry men’s tennis team ended its regular season with a three-match win streak while compiling a 15-6 overall record. The Wasps defeated every Division III team on their schedule with the exception of the top four Old Dominion Athletic Conference schools: Hampden-Sydney, Washington & Lee, Roanoke and Bridgewater. The remaining loss was to Concord University, a Division II team. “This E&H team is one of the best we’ve had,” said E&H Head Coach Jim Barker. “Still, we’re fighting in one of the strongest tennis conferences in Division III. This was a solid season, but we need to focus on winning more conference matches.” As it looks to improve next year in the conference, the E&H team is counting on its strength at the top of the line-up, which includes two young athletes, sophomore Chip Wintringham of Burlington, N.C., who plays at No. 1, and first-year student Matt Nelson of Galax, who plays at No. 2. Barker said of the team’s prospects, “We have a very solid nucleus with three first-year students and one sophomore at the top of our lineup.” m

Women’s Tennis Finishes 4-16 With a 7-2 victory over Concord College at the beginning of the 2009-10 campaign, the E&H women’s tennis team had hopes for a solid season. Those hopes failed to materialize, largely the result of a foot injury for former No. 1 Savannah Tickle, which forced her to play lower (at No. 3) in the E&H singles line-up and creating tougher challenges for the E&H team going forward. The team ended the season with a 4-16 record, defeating, in addition to Concord, Salem, Randolph-Macon and Lynchburg colleges. Jill Williams, playing at No. 1, and her sister, Jess Williams at No. 2, led the E&H singles line-up. The sisters also formed a tough doubles partnership at No. 1. The team will return all its players next year. m Victoria Suttles

Player named to honorable mention All-ODAC team The Emory & Henry softball team continued to struggle this season, claiming only three wins in 24 games. Standouts for the team include Ashley Ebersole who recorded 19 hits, 10 runs and 14 RBIs; Sierra Waters, who notched 14 hits, 9 runs and 8 RBIs; Samantha Hammer who connected with 12 hits, 11 runs and 1 RBI. Ebersole was named to the honorable mention All-ODAC team. m

Houff, Hedgepeth Shine for E&H Baseball

Ashley Ebersole


Eric Houff and Remington Hedgepeth were among the standouts for Emory & Henry during the 2010 baseball season. Houff, a first-year student, hit three home runs and had 18 runs batted in. Hedgepeth, a junior, earned three home runs and 19 runs batted in. Other standouts for the Wasps include seniors Codie Mitchell, Lee VanLear and Anthony Lowry. Emory & Henry finished its season 4-24 (3-15 ODAC) with wins against Virginia Intermont, Roanoke, Eastern Mennonite and Lynchburg colleges. m

Eric Houff



ADVANCEMENT Asbury, Burks Take on New Roles in Institutional Advancement Denise Asbury, who has served as

E&H’s director of annual giving and stewardship for the past 13 years has been named director of development. Asbury brings to the Office of Institutional Advancement a strong background in marketing and administrative leadership as well as development. Asbury holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Emory & Henry and an associate of science degree from Virginia Highlands Community College. “The opportunity to work for my alma mater utilizing my education and experience to benefit the College is what attracted me to pursue a career at Emory & Henry,” Asbury said. In her new position, Asbury will provide oversight for the dayto-day operations of the College’s fundraising activities. She will direct the development of a plan for annual support of the College, manage two

constituent groups (the Board of Visitors and the Parents Council), and direct the College’s planned giving efforts and program for stewardship of endowed funds. Asbury is an active member of the community, serving or having served as a Justin Foundation board member; member of the National Association of Life Underwriters; chair of the public relations committee for BALU; public relations chair and executive committee member for the American Heart Association Queen of Hearts Campaign, public relations chair of the Autumn Chase Festival, member of the Keep Bristol Beautiful communications committee, and a Leadership Washington County graduate. “I am looking forward to my new role and responsibilities at the College. It has been my privilege these last 13 years to have the opportunity to work with the individuals in the Institutional Advancement Office,


Denise Asbury

as well as to get to know so many wonderful alumni, students, parents, friends, faculty, staff, and community members,” Asbury said. Jess Burks, a 2009 mass communications graduate of Emory & Henry, has been named assistant director of annual giving. “The transition from student to staff has been easy because I know many of the faculty, staff and students,” Burks said. “So even though I’ve entered a new stage of my life, I feel at home and I have several great mentors here,” Burks said. In her new position, Burks will plan, coordinate, and carry out the day-to-day aspects of the annual giving program. “My goals are to bring new ideas to the office of institutional advancement and engage the younger alumni in new ways. I hope to find ways to bring older and younger alumni together in support of their alma mater and help them to understand the importance of participation beyond its monetary value,” Burks said. Burks interned with FEMA and the Washington County Health Department and participated in the Emergency Management Institute’s professional development series. Burks is also a former member of the E&H swim team and will assume responsibilities as assistant coach and will also work with the E&H Safe Zone chapter. v

Jess Burks


College Celebrates Construction of New Residence Hall The construction of a new $5.5 million residence hall on the Emory & Henry campus represents an exciting step forward in the advancement of student housing at the school, said E&H President Rosalind Reichard. Expanding enrollment and the need for additional housing options have led Emory & Henry to build a new residence hall on its campus for the first time in several years. The new facility is part of an overall plan to upgrade housing conditions at the college. Construction of the residence hall, which is expected to be completed this summer, is being funded through the sale of tax free bonds through the Washington County Industrial Development Authority. The residence hall is the first of three living facilities anticipated for construction near the E&H Martin-Brock Student Center. “We envision a residence hall quad that provides attractive, comfortable living conditions and access to services important to the daily life of students, including mail service, recreational opportunities, food services, and social activities,” Reichard said. The new facility will provide 116

Dignitaries attending a ceremony celebrating the construction of Elm Hall include, from left, Mike Ruggieri, project manager, BurWil Construction of Bristol; Shelley Hindmon, E&H Resident Hall Association president; John Eldridge, chair of the E&H board of trustees; Rosalind Reichard, E&H president; Frank Hodges, vice president of Mod-U-Kraf of Rocky Mount, Va.; Zach Triplett, E&H Student Government president; and John Rock, vice president of First Bank & Trust.

beds in double-occupancy rooms, each of which has its own bathroom. It continues a trend at Emory & Henry toward high-quality living conditions that are compatible with the College’s reputation for excellence and rigorous academic standards. The architecture coordinates with other buildings on campus, which is on the National List of Historic Places. The building is being constructed

with the intention of obtaining LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. Emory & Henry has become the leader in Southwest Virginia in LEED certification for major construction projects, according to Reichard. Mod-U-Kraft in Rocky Mount, Va., is the construction company, with BurWil Construction of Bristol, Tenn., serving as project manager. v

E&H Receives Mathematics and Science Partnership Grant Emory & Henry College’s Neff Center for Teacher Education and the E&H Mathematics Department have been awarded an NCLB Title II, Part B, Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) competitive grant in the amount of $322,000. Through this grant, Emory & Henry College’s Neff Center for Teacher Education and the Mathematics Department, in collaboration with the 19 school divisions in Virginia Superintendents’ Region 7, will implement a Regional Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy Professional Development Center for grades 4-6 to improve outcomes for students on the state mathematics SOL assessments. The Center also will assist teachers of grades four through six in student preparations for content changes in the 2009 Virginia Mathematics Standards of Learning. The Regional Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy Professional Center will offer professional development E&H ALUMNI MAGAZINE • SUMMER 2010

to a cohort of 50 classroom teachers from Region 7 in two intensive summer institutes and an academic year follow-up program. The Center will provide a vehicle for classroom teachers, school administrators, and university professors to create a dialogue that leads to positive behavioral, pedagogical, and content knowledge change among teachers and improved SOL mathematics outcomes for students. Dr. Douglas Arnold of the Neff Center for Teacher Education will be the center’s director. Other key personnel will be Dr. John Iskra, Mathematics Department chairperson, and Mr. Mark Hainsworth, director of the E&H Quantitative Learning Center. The Virginia Department of Education is responsible for the administration of the MSP grant program. For the 20092010 competition, approximately $3.2 million was available for MSP grant awards in Virginia. v


Former Governor Outlines

“Wonderful World”

of Opportunities

Former Virginia Gov. Linwood Holton told Emory & Henry College graduates that the challenges facing the world today provide them with opportunities to apply their educations and to enrich their futures. Holton delivered the keynote address at the 162nd E&H commencement exercises, which were held May 8 on a sunny morning on the south lawn of Memorial Chapel. Holton addressed 165 graduates receiving undergraduate degrees and 25 recipients of master’s degrees. He chronicled a list of advancements during his 87 years of life in information technology, transportation and healthcare. He sought to demonstrate to students the enormous challenges the world has overcome during those years and the challenges and opportunities they will confront in their futures. “It’s opportunity time every day,” said the former governor, “but it’s a wonderful, exciting world you are going into.” The first Republican governor of Virginia since reconstruction, Holton served as the state’s chief administrator from 1970 to 1974. He was praised as a bold champion for desegregation of public schools and for environmental protection. In addition to Holton’s address, graduates heard from two speakers representing the graduating class – Megan K. Evans of Pickering, Ohio, who delivered the undergraduate oration, and Nicolle S. Buckley of Damascus, Va., who delivered the College’s first-ever master’s oration. Emory & Henry also recognized a member of the E&H Class of 1957, Dr. Paul W. Keaton, with the William and Martha DeFriece Award, which is given to an alumnus or faculty members who has made an outstanding, worthwhile contribution to civilization. Keaton worked for 28 years with the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He served as a researcher, manager and project leader in advanced scientific areas, including nuclear reaction techniques, electronics research, alternative energy and conservation technologies, manned space flight, and Strategic Defense Initiatives projects. The College also honored four graduating seniors with awards for academic achievement and service. Spencer Leong of Bristol, Va.; received the Byars Medal in Science; Katelyn Clark of Hiltons, Va., was awarded the Eleanor Gibson Via Science Award for Women; Joni Ritter of Springville, Va.; was honored with the Senior Service Award; and Eileen Casterline of Woodbrige, Va., received the Snavely Senior Scholarship Prize, which is given to the graduating senior with the highest grade point average. v


Homecoming Oct. 2, 2010

Alumni Association Honors Five During Charter Day The Emory & Henry College Alumni Association recently honored five individuals for their contributions to the college and community and for their career achievements. The awards were handed out during the College’s annual Charter Day celebration, which was attended by approximately 600 people. (See story on page 10). The following were 2010 Alumni Association award recipients: Dr. James A. Warden, an E&H professor of physics, received a bachelor’s degree in physics from Rhodes College in Memphis, a master’s degree in physics from the University of South Carolina and his Ph.D. in physics from the University of South Carolina. He currently serves as the E&H physics department chair and has served as the natural sciences division chair from 1994 to 2006. Warden taught at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., and Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind., before coming to Emory & Henry College. He received the James A. Davis Faculty Award. Dr. Jeff Bary graduated from Emory & Henry in 1995 and is currently an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. He earned

a bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics from Emory & Henry and a Ph.D. in physics from Vanderbilt University in 2003. Bary received the National Science Foundation Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2002 and 2003 and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship from 2005 to 2008. He was the American Association of Physics Teachers teaching assistant of the year in 2002. He received the A.L. Mitchell Young Alumnus of the Year Award. Donna Proffit Vaughn graduated from Emory & Henry in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in English and Latin. She received a master’s degree in liberal studies from Hollins University in 1991 and has taught in the Roanoke County, Botetourt County and Alleghany County school systems. Upon her retirement, she was director of guidance for Alleghany County schools. Vaughn is a member of the Emory & Henry board of trustees, former member of the E&H board of visitors and the E&H alumni association board of directors. She received the Fred Selfe Distinctive Service to Emory & Henry Award. Richard “Dick” Kemper graduated from Emory & Henry in 1964 and retired after 42 years at St.

Christopher’s School in Richmond, Va., a college preparatory school for boys kindergarten through 12th grade. He served as assistant director of athletics, head of the physical education department, head football coach and head basketball coach. He is the executive director of the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association that offers training and education on all aspects of athletic equipment safety. In 2006, The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia passed a resolution commending him for outstanding service. He received the Distinguished Achievement Award. Gina Horton Fimbel earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from Emory & Henry in 1998 and has worked as a social worker at a homeless shelter for women and children, and for child protective services in Fairfax, Va. She currently works as an advocate for the Court Appointed Special Advocate program in Wilmington, N.C., and is the founder of Andrew’s Toybox, an organization that provides toys for children with life-threatening or chronic illnesses. She received the Carl and Ruth Looney Humanitarian Award. v


Jim Warden

Jeff Bary

Donna Proffit Vaughn

Dick Kemper

Gina Horton Fimbel E&H ALUMNI MAGAZINE • SUMMER 2010

Support Can Be Beautiful

E&H alumni offer their time for Emory & Henry in a variety of ways. Contact the alumni office if you’d like to be more involved:

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Give a donation to the annual fund.

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Thanks to you

John McSherry (’77), Aki Gamblin (’76), and Jeff Meunster (’76) traveled from three different states to renew friendships and get reacquainted with their alma mater.

The Board of Trustees, students, faculty and staff of Emory & Henry College express appreciation to all alumni and friends who made gifts during fiscal year 2009-2010. Your commitment to supporting the mission of the College is vitally important, and we thank you for your participation. Thirty-one percent of E&H alumni gave back to their alma mater in 2009-2010, just shy of our goal of 34 percent participation. As we move forward in 2010-2011, the Institutional Advancement Office will be sharing stories about the difference your support makes in the lives of our students. Visit often and “Stay Connected.”



Advancement representatives take fund-raising campaign on the road E&H alumni and friends attended in great numbers this past spring as Institutional Advancement staff members hit the road to talk about the current fund-raising campaign. Information about the new Woodrow W. McGlothlin Center for the Arts and the James H. Brooks Field House were shared in a variety of cities including Nashville, Richmond, Washington, D.C., Kingsport, and Charlotte. If you’d like to receive information about how to help with completion of these important fundraising projects, contact Greg McMillan, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, at mcmillan@ehc. edu or 276-944-6540. v

Jerry York (’84) and Patrice Sears at the Richmond event held at the Library of Virginia.

Kate McCoy (‘99) and Josh Strickland at the Bellmeade Country Club in Nashville.


Pam Kestner Chappelear (‘83), Beth Deskins (‘85), and Barb McClure (‘83) are Loch Haven Picnic regulars and they hope you’ll join us next fall. We have a potluck inside the shelter, and we typically enjoy great weather! It’s a day to enjoy fall and friends!

It’s never too early to plan for fall! Dean Newman Tailgates

Sept 4 (Ferrum) Oct. 9 (W&L) Oct. 16 (H-S) Oct. 30 (Bridgewater) Go to for a full listing of fall sports schedules

Loch Haven Picnic (Salem, Va) Nov. 20

Mark your calendar for:

The whole Wes Polly family came to the Guilford tailgate: where will we see you this fall? This is Wes (‘13), Colston, Lisa, and Wes (‘87).


Blue and Gold Golf Tournament Wytheville, Virginia Friday, October 1, 2010 Tee off: 9:30 a.m.



ALUMNI Class of 1945

Ann Lovern Armbrister was featured in the Dec. 11, 2009 edition of The Patriot. She was described as a “retired educator and a woman of faith,” and the article quotes her former students who speak of her transformative influence as a teacher. (Mrs. Armbrister has since passed away: see obituaries for further information.)

Class of 1948

Bill Reames was featured in the Nov. 18, 2009 issue of the Washington County News. He creates unique handiwork by engraving on guns. He resides in Glade Spring, Va.

Class of 1950

Helen Nave Grills is an employee of Comfort Keepers. (See story on page 25.) She resides in Crossville, Tenn.

Class of 1954

Marilyn Jones Fantino, who has coordinated the Jefferson Area Board for Aging’s (JABA) Food Bag Program since 2001, received the Volunteer of the Year Award from JABA in 2009. Once a month, Marilyn and her crew of volunteers pack more than 210 bags of nonperishable food for distribution to seniors in need. She resides in Charlottesville, Va.

Class of 1957

Paul Keaton was the 2010 recipient of The William and Martha DeFriece Award given by Emory & Henry. The award goes to an alumnus or faculty member who has made an outstanding, worthwhile contribution to civilization or humanity. During his 28 years

of service at the prestigious Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M., he served as researcher, manager and project leader in advanced scientific areas, including nuclear reaction techniques, electronics research, alternative energy and conservation technologies, manned space flight, and Strategic Defense Initiatives (SDI) projects. He and his wife Peggy Sherfey Keaton (’56) resides in Santa Fe, N.M.

Class of 1959

Marti Daily Lee and Dave Looney (’61) were married March 22, 2010. Marti’s brother, Tom Daily (’62), performed the ceremony. They reside in Ruskin, Fla.

Class of 1962

Patricia Pensworth Pollard is a retired lawyer. She and her husband, Lewis, are active in prison ministry, where they sing with the convict choir at San Quentin Prison. He is a retired psychiatric social worker. They reside in San Jose, Ca.

Class of 1966

Steve Hubbard was featured in the Bristol Herald Courier for being one of the most successful baseball coaches in Southwest Virginia prep history. He coaches at Coeburn High School. Kathleen Robinson Taylor was inducted into the Russell County Women’s Hall of Fame by the Russell County Public Library. She resides in Honaker, Va. Louise Williams Wey retired in January 2009 as a senior program manager after 22 years with Cadence Design Systems, Inc. She is a member of the senior choir and adult hand bell choir at Chelmsford United Methodist Church. She, her husband, Robert, and her daughter reside in Westford, Mass.

Class of 1967

Class of 1963

Charlie Hardin decided that his retirement would be a time to try a new challenge. (See story on page 27.) He and his wife, Mary Alice Gordon (’66) reside in Chilhowie, Va.

Tom Rudisill was featured in the Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 2009 edition of The Botetourt View, as a teacher who projects his love of subject and students. He offers advanced students at Lord Botetourt High School a course he calls “Literature Through Film,” where they study the language and methods of film making used to translate a story into a visual form. He resides in Roanoke, Va.

Class of 1965

Class of 1968

Fran Dunn Givens was recently featured in the newsletter for Noah’s Children Hospice and Palliative Care Program. Fran has been at Noah’s Children since 2004 where she serves at the volunteer coordinator. She resides in Richmond, Va.


Gene Beck was inducted into the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association Hall of Fame on April 17, 2010. He had served as head basketball coach at his alma mater Springfield High School for 17 years prior to being named assistant executive director of TSSAA. Gene retired after

23 years in that position. He served on several National Federation of State High Schools (NFHS) committees and received the NFHS National Citation award in 2002. He and his wife, Norma Nuckolls Beck (’68), reside in Springfield, Tenn. Gene Beck and family

Kay Kiser retired as a chemist and lab manager at Dupont in Old Hickory, Tenn. Before that she had patents and publications through Mead Paper Company and was a lab manager for Marion Merril Dow Pharmaceuticals. She resides in Clintwood, Va. Donna Proffit Vaughn was appointed to fill the Fincastle Election District seat on the Botetourt Board of Supervisors. She will fill the seat until November 2010, when someone will be elected to fill the seat. She resides in Eagle Rock, Va. Ron Wilcox has left the FBI to accept a position with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence as head of the International Liaison Branch of the National Counterterrorism Center. He oversees the informationsharing relationships the Center has with its foreign partners and coordinates the exchange of terrorism related intelligence with foreign governments. He resides in Fairfax, Va.


Class of 1969

Harry Leist and Marty Bain Leist (’70) have good news! After a devastating fire in September 2009, the Olde Liberty Station Restaurant is back open as Liberty Station. The restaurant is both an historic location and a favorite gathering spot for folks in the Bedford, Va., area. The May 13, 2010, issue of the Roanoke Times featured an article about the re-opening of the restaurant. www. William Earle Rorer, Jr. was recently installed as the 165th Grand Master of Masons in Virginia. He was raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason in Williamsburg Lodge No.6, in 1971. He is a Life Member in Perpetuity and served as its Worshipful Master in 1976 and is a Senior Lodge Trustee. He was District Deputy Grand Master of Masonic District 57 in 1981 and was Grand Purveyor in 1982. He served on the Grand Lodge Committee on Arrangements from 1977 until 2005. He was elected Grand Junior Deacon in 2005. William Rorer

Action Partnership, which is the national membership organization of Community Action Agencies across the country that work to fight poverty and build communities at the local level. He resides in Abingdon, Va. Sarah Butt Tester has a professional website at www. She resides in Pearl River, La.

Class of 1972

Ken Farmer served as Emory & Henry’s honored Charter Day speaker in March 2010. He told the 500 guests assembled of his humble beginnings that led to his now very successful career as an antiques appraiser for KF Auctions & Appraisals. He also appears regularly on PBS’s “Antiques Road Show.” He and his wife Janet Tatum Farmer (’74) reside in Radford, Va.

Class of 1973

Jane Hicks Harter is a volunteer for the greater Cincinnati chapter of Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis. Last fall she was in charge of introducing and producing the organization’s first “Canine Calendar for a Cause.” Learn more at www.acceleratedcure. org/CalendarforACause. She resides in Cincinnati, Ohio David Phillips works for the USMC and is deployed.

Class of 1974

Class of 1970

Jerry Russell has been selected to serve as Hiwassee College’s interim president. He is the senior pastor at Fairview United Methodist Church of Maryville. He resides in Maryville, Tenn.

Class of 1971


Rob Goldsmith, president and CEO of People Incorporated, has been elected to the board of directors of the national Community

Michael Fath has written a novel titled The Girls of Yesterday, which has been published by iUniverse Publications. His band released a Christmas CD single on Shenandoah Records featuring “Do You Hear What I Hear” and “We Three Kings.” His website Michael Fath

Births 1989

Wendy Maltby McClure & Chris McClure, (’87), daughter Mary Catherine, Jan. 6, 2010.


Fred Jarman, daughter Sage Wiley, Aug. 9, 2009.


Suzanne Davis Manibhai, son Jackson Henry, Sept. 9, 2009. Megan Rencsok, son Jacob Quinten “Quinn,” July 23, 2009. Sharon Wiley Wright, son Shane Evan, Feb. 16, 2010.


Talena Cox Williams, son Tyson McCulloch, Sept. 9, 2009.


Melissa Fox Avery, daughter Emma Grace, Dec. 9, 2009. Jan Winfree Chandler & Brian Chandler, (’97), son Davis Wesley, Dec. 24, 2009.


Patti Sufficool Money, Gregory James, Feb. 9, 2010. Emily Lyle Peters & Jeremy Peters, (’99), daughter Sylvia Claire, Dec. 29, 2009. Jill Groseclose Tullo & Jarrod Tullo, (’00), son Xander Michael, Jan. 25, 2010.


Sabrina Perkins Alexander, son Noah Jacob, July 8, 2009. Stephanie Bramble Beeken & Adam Beeken, (’02), son Simeon James, April 22, 2010. Whitney Mullins Compton, son Jackson Fletcher, April 14, 2010. Thomas Lester, son Daniel Jackson, Dec. 10, 2009.


Trevor Smith, daughter Ella Gatherum, March 20, 2010.


Kendra Davis Andrus, son Wilder Owen & daughter Willow Adrienne, June 25, 2009. Amanda Murray Schwartz, daughter Madelyn Rae, Sept. 18, 2009.


Renee Sullivan Sanders, daughter Jayden Brianne, Oct. 23, 2009.


Arielle Sprinkle Brents, daughter Gillian Dea, Dec. 5, 2009. Hannah Gilman Hill & Josh Hill, (’03), daughter Elana Marley, Nov. 3, 2009. Fawn Oakes Reed, daughter Caelen Brienne, Feb. 23, 2010.


Helen Nave Grills Continues to Make a Difference, 60 Years After Graduation

Helen Nave Grills, E&H Class of 1950, has every reason to find a rocking chair. But the truth is, she is still working. Helen is an employee of a company called Comfort Keepers, which provides safety solutions and personally interactive care for elderly individuals who wish to remain in their homes at a time when many of their peers are moving into assisted living situations. Helen has two clients she visits regularly. She does general cleaning for them, helps prepare a meal or two, and perhaps most important, provides critically beneficial personal interaction. She speaks of one client who has a dog, and she says this gentleman simply wouldn’t survive without the companionship of his best friend. Having Helen come to his home routinely allows him to stay in his home much longer than he might otherwise manage. Helen is no stranger to work. She finished high school at the age of 16 and left her home in Boone’s Creek, Tenn., to work for the FBI in Washington, D.C. It was a real adventure, and she learned a lot about people, the world, and life outside of rural east Tennessee. She eventually returned home, where she and her mother put up 10 acres of corn on the family farm. Since then, she has really never stopped working, but not all of her work required a strong back. As a Diaconal Minister in the United Methodist Church, she was also required to have a strong mind. Many young people in Christian education know Helen’s name either by reputation or because she has served as their mentor. She completed an MRE at Emory University, and has continued her education at Scarritt College and ETSU. She is a charter member of the National Christian Educators Fellowship, and has been involved in countless programs of education and service. In fact, she is still teaching, and is currently leading a course at her church in Fairfield Glade, Tenn., on the history of Christianity. The only thing that probably does seem unattainable for Helen is the thought of being truly retired. It only takes a few minutes in her presence to see that she has too many projects and plans to ever consider slowing down. Helen is going to be about the work of making a difference for as long as she can, in all the ways that she can. And her comment on the matter of retirement is colorfully stated: “There’s no sense sitting on your hands and vegetatin’!”

is He has opened the Silverback Academy, an Israeli Krav Maga and Brazilian JiuJitsu martial arts school where he is the head Krav instructor. He resides in Fairfax, Va.

Class of 1975

Tom Bishop and Kyra Kegley Bishop (’77) own the Town House restaurant and its Riverside guest house, which were named by the editors of Bon Appetit magazine as one of the “Top Ten Best New Romantic Getaways” in the February 2010 issue. The list highlights 10 restaurants from across the U.S. and Canada lauded for offering “stellar food, a warm welcome, and a certain off-the-beaten path appeal.” They reside in Chilhowie, Va. Kathryn Jewett Hogenson has returned to the U.S. after 18 years of working in Israel at the Bahai World Center. Her first book, Lighting the Western Sky, is being published in England and should be available this summer in the U.S. She and Gary reside in Richmond, Va. Carol Luther has an essay, “Western Voices: Western World Literature in a Learning Community,” published in Teaching World Literature (Modern Language Association Options for Teaching series), edited by David Damrosch. She is professor of English at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tenn.

Class of 1976

Jackie White Bensinger has been a doctor of Chinese medicine for more than 15 years. She is a licensed acupuncturist and her website is She resides in San Diego, Ca. Tom Bondurant, the Roanoke, Va., region’s longest-serving federal prosecutor, is leaving the U.S. Attorney’s Office after 30 years at that post. He is taking a position as a criminal defense attorney with Gentry Locke Rakes and Moore. He resides in Bent Mountain, Va.

Class of 1977

Jack Blevins is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army and


is in Afghanistan on his sixth deployment. Debbie Smith WilliamsArthur was a 2010 McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence semi-finalist in the secondary category. She teaches at William Byrd High School and resides in Troutville, Va.

Class of 1979

Mary Henry Bolt was honored by Emory & Henry as the December recipient of The Blue & Gold Staff Award, which was created to recognize outstanding E&H employees who go above and beyond the call of duty – not only in their positions, but in the college community. She serves the college as an admissions counselor.

President Reichard presents Mary Bolt with award

Joe Ellis was on the cover and featured in the May 2010 issue of The Business Journal of Tri-Cities Tennessee/Virginia. He has had visions for such projects as the Lincoln Theatre, a prospective ski slope on Mount Rogers, the creation of the resource called People Resource Planning, and the seven modules in his TEDS software package. Joe and his wife, Susie Gibbs Ellis (’87), bought a dilapidated structure that now serves as one of the more architecturally interesting office spaces in Southwest Virginia. In 2008, the General Francis Marion Hotel made the “National Geographic 250 Hotels You Must Stay At in North America” list. His next project is the renovation of an old schoolhouse built in 1906.Joe and Susie reside in Marion, Va. Kenneth Noe has published a book titled Reluctant Rebels: The Confederates Who Joined the Army after 1861. For more information, visit


books/T-8984.html. He is a Draughon professor of history at Auburn University and resides in Auburn, Ala.

Structures for Promoting Stable Synthesis of Carbon Nanotubes,” was prosecuted by Dr. Allen. He resides in Hebron, Ky.

Class of 1983

Nancy Adams and Chris Kinney were married April 10, 2010. They reside in Atlanta, Ga.

technology resource teacher (K-12) for Craig County Public Schools. She resides in Roanoke, Va.

Class of 1980

Class of 1981

Class of 1984

Class of 1985

William Allen, a patent attorney and partner with Wood, Herron & Evans, L.L.P. in Cincinnati, Ohio, was honored recently. In 2008, one of his clients, IBM, earned 4,186 U.S. Patents, many more than any of their rivals, and was the first company to ever win more than 4,000 in a single year. One of the five patents IBM chose to publicize, “Methods and

David Foster is involved with the American Cave Conservation Association (ACCA). (See story on page 28.) Rose Neese Houk is the volleyball coach at Galax High School. She was selected the Mountain Empire District Coach of the Year. Her team finished the year with an 18-5 record and was undefeated in ten district matches, including the tournament. Susan Taylor Leathers launched an online newspaper for Brentwood, Tenn. The website is www.

Class of 1982

William Allen

Karen Miller Ruble and Mike Ruble (’85) adopted a daughter, Rosa Isabella, from Guatemala three years ago. Karen is the associate director of safety for Chattem, Inc. Mike is a consultant. They reside in Hixson, Tenn.

David Bassett is videoteleconferencing operations manager for Nissan North America. He resides in Nashville, Tenn. Chip Burkholder was selected as one of the judges for a moot court competition at Emory & Henry. Participants in the competition debated an actual international case that focused on government involvement in humanitarian efforts. He resides in Glade Spring, Va. Deena Chester operates her own business, Accept Your Power!!!, which utilizes life coaching, hypnotherapy, and other modalities to empower others to change their lives. She resides in Buckeye, Ariz. Mollie Rorrer Gore works in public relations for Santee Cooper, which is South Carolina’s largest power producer. She resides in Summerville, S.C. Diane Rice is an instructional

Jim Cox recently became the first person to graduate from Lynchburg College’s new graduate program, which offers a master of arts degree in English. He gave a talk on the career of writer Ray Bradbury during Lynchburg’s Big Read program, which focused on Fahrenheit 451. He resides in Lynchburg, Va. Henderson Sanders is the assistant principal at Chilhowie Elementary School. He was elected to the Washington County Virginia School Board from the Jefferson District. He resides in Saltville, Va.

Class of 1986

Denise Begley Asbury was recently named director of development at E&H. In her new role she will provide oversight for the day-to-day operations of the College’s fundraising efforts. She was awarded the 2010 Hope Award


Takes Recruiting to a New Level Anne Thomas-Abbott, E&H Class of 1989, recently brought

an entire busload of young people to Emory & Henry. An entire busload—or “thirty-one-derful students,” to quote Anne. “I wanted our students to have an opportunity to visit a private, liberal arts college in our region because many of them only have experience with or knowledge about University of Tennessee and other schools near Knoxville. I wanted them to know that there is another option very close to home.” Anne is the Dean of the School of Health and Science at Fulton High School in Knoxville, Tenn., and teaches the ACT prep course for college-bound students. She has been at Fulton High School for 16 years, predominantly serving as an English teacher. It doesn’t take long to realize that Anne is passionate about her work at Fulton, and that she believes in the young people she serves. It also doesn’t take much time to see how beloved and revered she is by the students who refer to her as “Mama T.”

Anne made these young people college-bound in a very literal sense when she brought them to Emory & Henry. The impetus for the trip was the annual Leidig Poetry Lecture on campus, so Anne saw it as a way to educate as well as recruit. She encouraged students to read the poetry written by this year’s artist, Naomi Shihab Nye, prior to the trip. And she worked with


the E&H Admissions Office to organize an afternoon of activities. Fulton students toured the campus, met current E&H students, interacted with faculty members, visited classes, and sampled cafeteria fare. In the evening, they attended the poetry reading. “I wanted to take a group of students to the poetry reading because I love Naomi Shihab Nye. I was certain that this was a rare opportunity to hear such a fabulous poet so close to home, and I also think that Nye writes very accessible and understandable poems, some of which are written specifically for young people.” Anne says a highlight of the evening was when one of her students asked the writer a question about a poem that was clearly one of the poet’s favorites. After Anne’s student asked about it, Ms. Nye quoted the poem from memory. “I just thought it was cool that Sharena asked about a poem that clearly was important enough to Nye to have memorized.”

Anne is passionate about her work at Fulton, and she believes in the young people she serves.

If you know good students who should be looking at Emory & Henry, contact the alumni office or the admissions office: or 800.848.5493. b


for an E&H staff member. Ron Ward has been named director of the United States Probation Services National Training Academy. The National Training Academy was established in 2005 at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Charleston, S.C. The purpose of the Academy is to provide newly appointed U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services officers with the skills necessary to safely begin their new careers. The Academy also provides instruction to U.S. and Pretrial Services officers who are serving as their district’s firearms instructor or officer safety instructor. Ron has served as a federal probation officer in the Southern District of West Virginia, has been a probation administrator at the National Training Academy, and has been an instructor in response tactics, firearms and nonlethal ammunition training. Most recently he served as technology and communication section chief. He resides in Summerville, S.C. Mike Young, head coach for the Wofford Terriers men’s basketball team, led his team to their first Southern Conference championship title and a bid into the NCAA tournament in March 2010. He was also awarded the Hugh Durham Mid-Major Coach of the Year award for his exemplary coaching this year. He resides in Spartanburg, S.C.

Class of 1987

Diana Brown Blackburn was featured in the January 2010 issue of the Bristol Herald Courier in a special edition entitled “It’s all about Her.” She is helping the Abingdon-based non-profit ‘Round the Mountain’ accomplish its mission to promote sustainable economic development by promoting and assisting local artisans. She resides in Damascus, Va. Ted Platz was featured in Edible Rhody magazine for his

work as a gillnetter in Newport, R.I. Read the article at http:// rhody/pages/articles/fall08/ onTheBay.pdf. Robert Stump is principal at Staunton River High School in Bedford, Va.

Charlie Hardin

Respects Nature’s Powers

Class of 1988

Eric Moore was promoted to vice president of First Bank & Trust Co., where he is in charge of regulatory compliance. He resides in Bristol, Va. Robin Picariello and Christopher Correnti were married Dec. 5, 2009. They reside in Cumming, Ga.

Charlie Hardin may have graduated from Emory & Henry College more than 45 years ago…but his ideas about the world are as current as today’s news. A member of the class of 1963, Charlie decided that his retirement would be a time to try a new challenge. So, he and his wife, Mary Alice (re-’66), built a home on a mountain top. Only this isn’t your typical home with a view: this is a big house with a little footprint, a tiny carbon footprint. The first thing you notice is a beautiful home built of natural materials, including wood and stone. You’ll also notice that it is round. “A house with no corners won’t catch the wind…and in the long run it stays warmer in the winter,” says Charlie as he talks about the many aspects of this exciting and beautiful house.

Robin Picariello

Class of 1989

Chuck Alexander completed the Marine Corp Marathon in October 2009. He accomplished his goal by crossing the finish line in 3 hours and 53 minutes. He and his wife Jane have two children, Addie & Gabe, and reside in Washington, D.C. Anne Thomas-Abbott recently brought an entire busload of young people to Emory & Henry. (See story on page 26.)

Class of 1990

Doug Reavis and Denita Blazer Reavis (’92) own and operate their own business called 4REVS GOAL CHARTS & BOARDS (www. They build customized goal charts and goal boards for college and high school athletic programs. They reside in Fancy Gap, Va.

Ted Platz


A windmill and solar panels grace the front yard. The Hardins produce 100 percent of their own electricity, which is caught and stored in a fascinating system of batteries in the basement of the house. There’s also a unique, heat-efficient, stone fireplace in the center of the house.“You won’t see much smoke leaving this chimney.” After it very effectively burns a supply of wood, the stove holds and radiates heat into the house for hours after the fire has gone out. The house is a testimony to the Hardins’ commitment to the environment, and is proof positive that living with little impact is a task that can be accomplished. Their home is spacious and comfortable in all seasons. Charlie and Mary Alice invited Dr. Ed Davis, of the E&H Environmental Studies Department, to bring students to their home in Chilhowie, so they could learn from their project. Davis is known around campus for his work on the College’s Climate Working Group, leading an effort to evaluate Emory & Henry’s carbon footprint and reduce it exponentially. “This couple has taken the crisis we all hear about and turned it into an adventure and a gift,” Davis said. “It is an adventure because they are on the absolute cutting edge of how to build a good home, and a gift because their actions are making the world more livable for all of our grandchildren. “ The Hardins’ commitment to nature and the environment is further reinforced by classes on exploring nature taught by Mary Alice. She operates a school called Nature’s Powers, which is both an obvious reference and an homage to the gentleman named Powers who once owned part of the land where their dream home now stands. b


Bonnie Widener Wood was featured on the front page of The Carroll News in a photo with Oprah Winfrey. She organized a contest for WJLATV (the ABC affiliate where she is promotions producer) where fans could win a trip to the Oprah Show. She resides in Alexandria, Va.

Class of 1991

Chris Frydrych is the founder of K12 MBA, Inc. He created a business model for marketing online MBAs with a K12 administrative concentration to meet the needs of school district operational personnel. The website is www.k12mba. com. He resides in California. Dottie Jennings Phipps is a physical education teacher and volleyball coach at Johnson County Middle School in Mountain City, Tenn. She and Mark were married in May 2001. He has a hardwood flooring business. Dottie has a daughter, Crisie, and stepchildren Daniel, Brandy and Staci. They live on a farm, show Quarter horses, and have registered Pinzgauer cattle, llamas and donkeys.

Class of 1992

Don Blackburn is a teacher and athletic director at Holston High School. He and Lisa have two children, Faith, 16, and Carson, 8. They reside in Meadowview, Va. Sherri Jessee is the owner/ artistic director of Sherri’s Hair Salon. She has been featured in such prestigious magazines as Modern Salon, The Style Source, Estetica Italy, Peluquerias, Sophisticates Hairstyle Guide and Beauty Entertainment! As an elite member of the Creative Team, she was selected by Rusk to develop their well received 2010 collection entitled, Twisted Glam. She has traveled five continents, educating and

Sherri Jessee


inspiring others with her ability to effectively communicate and create enthusiasm for the beauty industry. Her teaching background and nearly 20 years of experience as a platform artist has made her one of the world’s most sought-after educators. She resides in Bristol, Va. Charles Lafon was a guest speaker in Virginia regarding his research on the historic effect of fire on vegetation in the Appalachian Mountains. He spoke in Galax and in Abingdon as a guest of The Nature Conservancy as well as other Virginia forestry related organizations. He resides with his wife Rachel Corbin Lafon (’94) in Bryan, Texas. Carole Arnold O’Dell writes advice articles on buying and selling property as well as updates on local market conditions in real estate for the Jacksonville Real Estate Examiner. She resides in Jacksonville, Fla. Joe Rupe has two daughters Lauren and Claire. They were among the children spotlighted in the 2010 Johnston Memorial Hospital calendar. He is a hospitalist at JMH and resides in Abingdon, Va.

Class of 1993

Stephen James was featured in the Nov. 19 2009, issue of the Bristol Herald Courier. In his fifth year as Fort Chiswell High School’s coach, he has been the architect of one of the biggest turnarounds in Virginia High School league football. His team won the Mountain Empire District title and reached the postseason for the first time since 1990. He resides in Wytheville, Va. Buffy Milhorne was selected as Teacher of the Year for 20092010 at Abingdon High School. She resides in Damascus, Va. Chrissie Anderson Peters recently took home honors in Northeast State Community College’s annual Echoes and Images Literary and Visual Art Contest. Her writing won awards in the categories of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. She resides in Bristol, Tenn.

Denise Smith has worked at the Wolf Creek Indian Village and Museum in Bastian, Va., since May 1999. The museum is based upon an archeology site discovered in 1970 during the construction of I-77 through Bland County. She has developed a program for the museum that includes the Standards of Learning for First People history in Virginia, and is currently working with the Virginia Dept. of Historic Resources on the reconstruction of the village which is an Eastern Woodland site that carbon dates from 1490-1520 AD. She is also a founding board member of the Virginia Organizing Project of Charlottesville, Va. She resides in Rocky Gap, Va. Eric Young was selected as one of the judges for a moot court competition at E&H that debated an actual international case that focused on government involvement in humanitarian efforts. He resides in Tazewell, Va.

Class of 1994

Cindy Reichelt Jackson was

selected as Teacher of the Year for 2009-2010 at Glade Spring Middle School. She resides in Meadowview, Va. Megan Rencsok joined Medical Facilities of America as a help desk specialist in January 2008. She and Jason Schillen have two children, Sydney and Quinn. They reside in Roanoke, Va.

Class of 1995

Linda Strange is a certified paralegal for a law firm in Austin, Texas.

Class of 1996

Don Hanshew was featured in a recent article in the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church publication entitled The Call. Written by Annette Spence, the article showcases him as he embraces his profession in a select clergy network. He is now pastor of Holston View United Methodist Church in Weber City, Va. Kevin Rowe is the sales and marketing manager for Appalachian Sustainable Development’s Sustainable Woods. He resides in Meadowview, Va.

David Foster:

Cave Man with a Mission

What David Foster and cohorts have accomplished at Hidden River Cave has been referred to as “the greatest cave restoration in American history.” David graduated from Emory & Henry College in 1981 with a degree in music and enough classes in geology to take his love of spelunking in a professional direction. He says the two interests were well-matched if he were to decide to go into “rock music.” David got involved with the American Cave Conservation Association (ACCA), and it wasn’t long before he truly became a man with a mission. Hidden River Cave, in Horse Cave, Ky., had gone from being a natural wonder to a natural disaster. Once written about by famous naturalist John Muir, the cave took unfortunate ecological hits across the years as area residents dumped trash, pollutants, and even sewage into sinkholes that fed into the cave’s hidden river. David is fond of saying, “What goes down, must come up” when referencing the important role ground water plays in nature and in our communities, and what was coming up was not good. The water that rushes through Hidden River


Class of 1998

Vicki Thomas Boyd earned her master of library science degree from Longwood University. She resides in Mechanicsville, Va., with her husband and two sons. Jason Delp was featured in the April 16, 2010, issue of the Bristol Herald Courier. He is a softball coach at Abingdon High School, and his team was off to a quick start. One of the keys to his team’s success was quality production at the plate. He resides in Glade Spring, Va. Richard Schermer was promoted to the rank of major in the U.S. Air Force. His new rank was pinned by his wife, Angela, and three children, Madison, David and Jacob. They are stationed at RAF Mildenhall in the United Kingdom, where he flies as a crew member on board the RC-135 RIVET JOINT reconnaissance aircraft and also serves as his squadron’s assistant director of operations. He has served in the Air Force for 12 years and is a veteran of combat operations in Afghanistan, Somalia and Iraq.

Eric Smith registered to be a bone marrow donor years ago.He recently found out that he was the right match for someone, so he became an anonymous donor. He and his wife Sarah reside in Wise, Va.

Eric Smith

Bryan Wyke and Amanda Parsons were married Nov. 14, 2009. They reside in Draper, Va., with their daughter, Cecilia, 5.

literature of 20th century war and trauma with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. She recently won the Women’s and Gender Studies Award for Outstanding Graduate Minor given to honor the student’s strong scholarship, teaching and service to the LSU community.Brigitte recently published an article on William Styron’s Sophie’s Choice in the summer 2009 issue of The Explicator and presented a paper at the T.S. Eliot Society conference in fall 2009. Her short stories and poetry have appeared in, Southern Humanities Review and Red Rock Review. She resides in Baton Rouge, La.

Class of 1999

Chris Kolakowski is the director of the General George Patton Museum at Fort Knox. He resides in Louisville, Ky. Brigitte McCray will begin her third year as a Ph.D. candidate in the English Department at Louisiana State University this fall. She specializes in the

Cave had become filled with so much waste that the cave took on a reprehensible stench, and many observers felt this beautiful wonder was beyond recovery. As an official with the ACCA, David was approached about the challenge. It took more than knowledge of geology to approach this task, and David soon had to become an expert in local government, small-town politics, and general finesse. ACCA relocated to Horse Cave, David became its executive director, and he set about the important geological challenge of sewage treatment. In 1989, a new treatment plant was built, and it began to literally turn the tide for Hidden River Cave. The cave, a fascinating source of education on caves, ground water, pollution, ecology, and animals, now serves as a destination for more than 10,000 visitors annually. It is an on-going challenge to keep the cave in good health—such a challenge that they were recently visited by Mike Rowe from the Discovery Channel’s popular show Dirty Jobs. But you won’t find David running from the challenge. He speaks of the cave with eloquence and passion, and his understanding of the importance of clean ground water is enough to inspire any visitor. He invites everyone to enjoy yet another reason to visit Horse Cave, Ky.,—Floyd Collins Fest. Mr. Collins was an ill-fated visitor to the cave system surrounding Hidden River Cave, and while rescue efforts were underway he became a media sensation. A song written about his plight became a national hit. The town of Horse Cave celebrates the life of this famous cave explorer with films, lectures and music. In fact, you can probably find David making a little “rock music.” v


competitor. In 2009, he recorded five top-20 and 15 top-25 finishes with TRM and finished a career-best 17th in driver standings. Brian Parker graduated from the Richmond City Police Academy and was honored at the ceremony with the Nancy White Thomas award, given to the police recruit with the highest overall average in all the areas of training including range shooting, physical fitness, driving and academics. His wife Meredith Fellows Parker continues to work in human resources for Henrico County Public Schools. They have a daughter, Reagan, and reside in Henrico, Va. Jill Watson and Jeffrey Ross were married Aug. 29, 2009. They reside in Roanoke, Va

Class of 2001

Brigitte McCray

Robin Saviola has completed the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Leadership University School of Management Advanced Leadership Program. She is an area director for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands. She resides in Columbia, S.C. Sarah Slack was featured in a recent article in the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church publication entitled The Call. Written by Annette Spence, the article showcases Sarah as she embraces her profession in a select clergy network. She is the pastor at New Life UMC and resides in Knoxville, Tenn.

Class of 2000

Eric McClure continues driving a Team Rensi Motorsports Ford for the complete 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series season. He made his nationwide debut in 2003 and has competed in 108 events throughout his career, most of which have been held during the past three seasons and involved him as a full-time

Shaena Hayden Blevins completed her chief resident year in neurology at Emory University School of Medicine in June 2009. She is a neurologist with Northeast Georgia Physicians Group in Gainesville, Ga. She and her husband, Shannon, reside in Buford, Ga. Wil Cantrell was featured in a recent article in the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church publication entitled The Call. The article, which was ritten by Annette Spence, showcases him as he embraces his profession in a select clergy network. He is the pastor at Lebanon Memoriall United Methodist Church in Lebanon, Va. Luke Grooms was recently cast in the role of Piangi, the lead Italian tenor in The Phantom of the Opera and will be touring to cities around the country. He resides in New York, N.Y.

Luke Grooms


Kathy Looney Lowdermilk is director of marketing at William King Museum in Abingdon, Va. She and John have a son, Isaac Nate, and reside in Bristol, Tenn. Danny Ruble, CPA, has joined the accounting firm of Spiegler Blevins and Company in Abingdon, Va. His wife, Erin McCrory Ruble (’97), is the CTE mathematics instructor for Washington County Public Schools. They have two daughters, Lillie and Ellie, and reside in Abingdon, Va.

Class of 2002


Mark Arrington and Amy Morris were married June 27, 2009. He was named varsity baseball coach at William Monroe High School. They reside in Barboursville, Va. Tommy Britt teaches in the film and studies program at George Mason University and writes about music and film for PopMatters. He is currently in production on two documentaries, and his last feature-length documentary, “Lost in Winesburg,” is available on DVD. He resides in Fairfax, Va. Carrie Cannaday and Robbie Tullock (’09), of Starscape Media, recently joined forces with Chris Teague (’03), of the WIN Firm, to enter a marketing contest sponsored by Mountain Dew. They prepared a 12-second video to compete with around 200 others in hopes of being chosen among the top six to be reviewed by Mountain Dew executives. Carrie resides in Glade Spring, Va. Robbie resides in Marion, Va. Chris resides in Johnson City, Tenn. Tana Glavocich and Radomir Radosevic were married Nov. 28, 2009. Both are port and shopping guides on Royal Caribbean cruise ships and spend most of their year in the Caribbean. They reside in Las Vegas, Nev. Adam Kennedy is a suicide prevention coordinator for the Crisis Center in Bristol, Va. He resides in Abingdon, Va. 3 Brooklyn Sawyers is an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.

She completed a master’s degree in history at ETSU in 2004 and finished law school at the University of Tennessee Knoxville with a J.D. in 2006. During that same year, she was accepted as a Presidential Management Fellow with the federal government prior to serving with the Social Security Administration in Baltimore, Md., where she worked in the Office of General Counsel, the Office of Labor Management and Employee Relations. She and her daughter, Tressany, live in Nashville, Tenn. Melissa Wilson teaches English and technology for the A. Linwood Holton Governor’s School. She received her master’s degree in education and instructional technology in 2006 from the University of Nebraska. She resides in Honaker, Va.

Class of 2003

Jessica Cassell and Andrew Barnett (’05) were married Nov. 21, 2009. They reside in Maryville, Tenn. Larissa Hall, a clinical pharmacist and assistant professor of pharmacy practice at East Tennessee State University’s Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, recently joined the medical staff of ETSU Family Physicians of Bristol. She resides in Johnson City, Tenn. Josh Justus is an assistant football coach at Fort Chiswell High School. His team won the Mountain Empire District title and reached the post-season for the first time since 1990. He resides in Max Meadows, Va. Cathy Kelton and Mike Formichella were married Oct. 17, 2009. They reside in Bryan, Texas. Liz Phillips was a 2010 McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence semi-finalist in the secondary category. She teaches at Wallace Middle School and resides in Abingdon, Va. Jay Rosser is a financial representative for Northwestern Mutual Financial Network. He resides in New York, N.Y. Makoto Wada completed his M.A. degree at George

Washington University. He returned to Japan in 2005 and is the project coordinator for the Maritime Safety & Education Team in the Maritime Affairs Department. Randy Wilson is regional coordinator for business development for Central Virginia with National Counseling Group. He resides in Glen Allen, Va.

Class of 2004

Emmeline Cook and Cutter Houk (’05) were married Oct. 3, 2009. She is a pre-doctoral psychology intern at Dutchess County Department of Mental Hygiene in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and is pursuing a Ph.D. in counseling psychology. He is an independent contractor with Election Systems and Software for the state of New York. They reside in Beacon, N.Y. Kimberly Fyke and Travis Vance were married Aug. 1, 2009. She is a licensed master social worker at Tennessee Voices for Children, and he is a professional musician. They reside in Nashville, Tenn Stephen Gunter works as an R.I.T. (Remote Intelligence Terminal) tester/instructor with Norfolk Southern Railroad. He resides in Roanoke, Va.

Ashley Neese was selected as one of the judges for a moot court competition at Emory & Henry. Participants in the competition debated an actual international case that focused on government involvement in humanitarian efforts. She resides in Roanoke, Va. Matt Smith works for King Pharmaceuticals. He resides in Bristol, Tenn. Valerie Taylor is a housing counselor for People Inc. of Virginia, working from the organization’s new Shenandoah Valley Office in Woodstock, Va. She helps families become homeowners and/or avoid foreclosures. She resides in Winchester, Va. Betsy Troyer is the editor for LIFE’s Vintage Publications, which is a non-profit agency that is affiliated with the United Way. She resides in Davenport, Okla. Kristin Yoder and Thomas Pugh were married Jan. 15, 2010. She is a licensed clinical mental health provider at the Salem Virginia Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center. He is an environmental engineer for International James Hardie Building Products. They reside in Roanoke, Va.


In April, construction was completed on the new Alumni Plaza, located between Wiley Hall and Memorial Chapel. This semi-circular campus brick feature pays tribute to alumni who have made historic contributions of national and international renown and serves as an inspiration to our students. Please join us for its dedication at Homecoming after the football game.


Class of 2005

Sarah Bailey and Bradley Sutphin were married Aug. 15, 2009. She completed her M.Ed. at Milligan College, and is in her third year of teaching kindergarten at Sheffey Elementary School. He teaches Alternative Education at George Wythe Technology Center and coaches JV football and varsity girls basketball. They reside in Wytheville, Va. Sunni Blevins and Travis Brown were married Dec. 19, 2009. She is a morning reporter and anchor at NBC-12. He is vice president of operations at WellAWARE Systems in Charlottesville, Va. They reside in Richmond, Va. Amanda Harris is pursuing her BSN at Shenandoah University. She has a son, Isaiah, 5, and they reside in Stephens City, Va. Raeanne Matney and Andrew Harr were married Aug. 1, 2009. She is a school counselor at Van Pelt Elementary School. They reside in Rural Retreat, Va. Brendan Roche was selected as one of the judges to emulate a moot court competition at Emory & Henry. Participants in the competition debated an actual international case that focused on government involvement in humanitarian efforts. He resides in Abingdon, Va.

traditional Scottish tunes, “The Flowers of Edinburg” and “Annie Laurie.” Casey Burcham teaches seventh grade civics and economics in Carroll County and is a football, basketball and baseball coach. He resides in Woodlawn, Va. Lindsay Greenwood and Walter Liszeski were married Dec. 26, 2009. They reside in Madisonville, Tenn. Warren Schlesinger works at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. He resides in Keystone, S.D.

Class of 2007

Rebecca Boney and Scott Dole were married Oct. 3, 2009. They reside in Raleigh, N.C. Lisa Evans Bourne was featured in the April 22, 2010, issue of the Bristol Herald Courier. She is teaching the kids of Glade Spring Middle School through Emory & Henry’s Highlands Project for Public Education about ecology and the environment. She resides in Abingdon, Va. Amber Brown and Jason Willis are graphic artists at Coburn Creative in Glade Spring, Va. They exhibited a sampling of their work for three of their clients, Barter Theatre, Blacksburg Transit in Blacksburg, and Volcano Island

Class of 2006

Katherine Altizer, an E&H faculty member, performed a piano recital in Memorial Chapel on Nov. 8, 2009. The recital was highlighted by “Reels and Airs,” an arrangement by composer Charles Perryman of two

Amber Brown

Amber Brown

Kate Altizer

Jason Willis


Lisa Dingus Bratton (’88) and Jenny Poston Bishop (’93) each received Teacher of the Year honors for Kingsport City Schools in 2010. Lisa was middle school teacher of the year, and Jenny was high school teacher of the year.

Body Works Experience in New York City, in Byars Exhibition Hall in November and December 2009. They each reside in Abingdon, Va. Justin Foster is pursuing his M.A. in mental health counseling and working for the largest behavioral health organization in Arizona. He and Laura reside in Phoenix, Az. Molly Metke and Frank Luton were married Oct. 10, 2009. She is a physician relations manager at Johnston Memorial Hospital. He is an assistant manager for Enterprise Rent-ACar. They reside in Abingdon, Va. Liz Nevil and Will Smith were married Oct. 10, 2009. She is exhibits manager and art studio coordinator at Hands On! Regional Museum. He is store manager for GameStop Inc. They reside in Johnson City, Tenn. Katie Sykes is enrolled in the Ph.D. clinical psychology program at East Tennessee State University, specializing in rural integrated primary care. She resides in Bristol, Va. Talia Tiedje and Elliott Anderson (’09) are living in Chattanooga, Tenn., with daughter Taylor, 2. Talia works for First Tennessee Bank, and Elliott works for Maxim Healthcare. He made the inaugural Chattanooga Football Club team and played semi-pro soccer this past summer.

Class of 2008

Heather Stevens and Daniel Peak were married June 7, 2008. She is a third grade teacher for Grayson County Public Schools. They reside in Mouth of Wilson, Va. Emily Thomas is a military contractor recruit sustainment program specialist for Career Training Concepts, Inc. She resides in Pittsboro, N.C.

Class of 2009

Jess Burks has been named assistant director of annual giving at Emory & Henry. (See story on page 16.) She resides in Abingdon, Va. Kyle Clark is pursuing a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Ashley Goodwin and Jason Murphy were married June 20, 2009. They reside in Bluefield, W. Va. Amanda Hogston is pursuing a master of art degree in teaching at Liberty University. She resides in Max Meadows, Va. Hannah Kleinot is attending the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. Kayla Morelock is assistant volleyball coach at DobynsBennett High School. Her team won the Class AAA State Volleyball Championship in October 2009. She resides in Kingsport, Tenn. Mallory Morphew and Josh Jessee were married Sept. 26, 2009. They reside in Bristol, Va. v



MEMORIAM Virginia Huff McKee (’31), Lakeland, Fla., died March 29, 2010. In 1965, she and her sister-in-law, Nellie Huff, spent a month on an around-the-world trip, one of the highlights of her life. Among survivors are sons William F. McKee and John O. McKee, Sr. Joseph J. Eller (’34), Marion, Va., died Dec. 18, 2009. He was a veteran of World War II and a retired physician. Among survivors is a son, J. Johnson Eller Jr. Lee Hill (’38), Chattanooga, Tenn., died Nov. 1, 2009. He was a pastor and the oldest living member of the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church. Among survivors are a daughter, Mary Lee Hill Hammon (re-’65), and son Russell Allen Hill. William C. Garvey (’41), Roanoke, Va., died Feb. 22, 2010. He spent three years in the U.S. Army Corps during World War II and enjoyed a

long career in the mortgage banking and real estate professions. Among survivors are children Carole Edmondson, Sharon Mundy, Debra Okes and Douglas Garvey. Bruce Goodpasture (re-’42), Roanoke, Va., died April 23, 2010. During World War II, he was a Navy pharmacist mate. He was a retired editor and publisher for the Small Business Administration in Washington, D.C. Among survivors are his wife, Margaret Black Goodpasture, and two daughters, Ellen Everett and Emily Roosma. Helen “Diddie” Michael (re-’42), Mt. Pleasant, S.C., died April 14, 2010. She and her husband Robert Michael (’42), deceased, moved to the Virgin Islands in 1959 and built a home and established a restaurant and guest house named Diamond Fancy. She will be remembered for the flower in her hair. Among survivors are

Raines’ Impact on Regional Education ‘Legendary’ A former Emory & Henry education professor who is credited with bringing modern approaches to teaching to Southwest Virginia schools died Dec. 18, 2009. Dr. Bob Raines had a reputation as a scholar, teacher and administrator in Southwest Virginia that is “legendary,” said one of his E&H colleagues, Dr. Herb Thompson. He was a major player in bringing the most modern approaches to teaching mathematics to Southwest Virginia through grants, workshops, his speeches and his many articles in professional journals. He applied his knowledge to curricular development in many school systems and to the development of math standards in Virginia. From 1981 until his retirement in 2000, he served Emory & Henry as professor of mathematics and education, then as director of the William N. Neff Center for teacher education.


her children, Richard Michael and Sharon McKee. A. Sidney Johnson Jr. (’43), Castlewood, Va., died Jan. 26, 2010. He was a farmer and a retired teacher from Castlewood High School. Among survivors are his wife, Frances Wohlford Johnson, and his children Jane Ann Osborne, Nancy Counts, Betty Jessee, A. Sidney Johnson III and Jon Johnson (’92). Carl J. Roncaglione (’43), Charleston, W.Va., died March 17, 2010. During World War II, he was skipper of the USS L6T 879 (Landing Craft Tank) and later was commissioned as lieutenant for the Navy Medical Corps. He was a retired orthopedic surgeon. Among survivors are children Tommie Sue Roberts, Katie McKean and Jim Roncaglione. Memorial donations may be made to Emory & Henry College. George M. Warren Jr. (’43), Bristol, Va., died Jan. 12, 2010.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving in World War II. He received one of the most prestigious recognitions bestowed upon a lawyer when presented the Tradition of Excellence Award in 1998 by the Virginia State Bar. He was a former member of the Virginia Senate and was elected Commonwealth’s Attorney for Bristol, Va. in 1976, a position he held until his retirement in January 2002. In August 2002, the governor of Virginia appointed him as pro tempore judge of the General District Court of the 28th Judicial District. He was a member of the E&H Board of Visitors. Among survivors are his wife, Musser Warren; sons George M. Warren III and James Watkins Warren; and a daughter, Merle Warren Dickert.

While at Emory & Henry, he founded the annual Education Forum. In 2006, on the 18th occasion of the forum, the event was renamed “The B.G. Raines Education Forum” in his honor. Among survivors are his sister Lynn Raines Carter (’63); his wife Juanita Raines and her children David Lashlee, Megan Lashlee, Katie Breckenridge and Greg Lashlee; and Bob’s sons Neil and Andy Raines. Memorial donations may be made to the Bob G. Raines Scholarship at E&H. A former school system superintendent, Raines was an ardent advocate of academic freedom. Raines also served as a director of secondary education, a school principal, a high school teacher, and director of admissions at what is now UVA-Wise. v


John D. Kuester (re-’44), Virginia Beach, Va., died Feb. 20, 2010. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a salesman for three candy companies for more than 30 years. Among survivors are his wife, Peggy, daughter Diane Riggins and son John D. Kuester, Jr. Ann Lovern Armbrister (’45), Draper, Va., died June 10, 2010. She was a teacher in Pulaski County for 33 years. She was recently predeceased by her sister, Mary Frances Lovern, (’46). Among survivors are a daughter Mary Ann Armbrister; son Michael Armbrister (re-’74); and a granddaughter and her husband Jessica Armbrister Cheatham (’03) and Ernest Cheatham (’03). V. Nelle Bellamy (re-’45), Johnson City, Tenn., died Dec. 23, 2009. From 1959-1992, she lived in Texas and was employed as an adjunct professor in the Seminary of the Southwest and as the archivist of the Episcopal Church. Charles O. Harris (’46), Bristol, Tenn., died Dec. 13, 2009. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and published a book, Fire Mission, about his experiences in the service. He was employed as a veteran’s advisor by the Virginia State Employment Service and a personnel manager at SperryUnisys. Among survivors are his wife, Mary Nell Rhea Harris, and daughter Susan Lichtefeld. Mary Frances Lovern (’46), Dublin, Va., died March 20, 2010. She was a teacher of English in Pulaski County and the City of Martinsville and served 23 years in the Virginia Department of Education, first in the English Department and later in research. At the time of her retirement in 1987, she was associate director of research and program development. She served as president of the Virginia Association of Teachers of English and the Virginia Education Research Association and received the first Award for Outstanding Service presented by the research association. Mary Frances’ sister, Ann

Lovern Armbrister ’45 died June 10, 2010. Among survivors are a nephew, Michael Armbrister (re-’74), a great niece, Jessica Armbrister Cheatham (’03), and husband, Ernest Cheatham (’03). Dotty Leache Talbott (’46), Pulaski, Va., died March 4, 2010. She was an instructor of business at New River Community College for 16 years. She won the National Senior Citizen Pageant in 1991 and founded the Virginia Senior Citizen Pageant in 1993. For a time, she worked for the Charleston Rockets football team, serving as office manager, bookkeeper, coach’s secretary, and the team’s mascot, Rocky the Clown. Among survivors is her husband, Marty Talbott. Willie “Bill” Powers (’48), Knoxville, Tenn., died Feb. 21, 2010. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a public school administrator in Virginia for 35 years. Among survivors are his wife, Ann Bond Powers (re-’50); daughters Deborah Knox and Greta Osborne; and son David Powers. Shirley Bewley Reynolds (’48), Morristown, Tenn., died Oct. 30, 2009. She was a retired Hamblen County school teacher. Among survivors are her children, George Vaughan, Mary Regan Beckner and Gretchen Bible; her sister, Katie Bewley McPherson (’48), and her brother-in-law, Ralph McPherson (’50). Harry “Bud” Graham (’49), Orange, Va., died May 3, 2010. He served in the Army during World War II. He had a 40-year career in public education and retired in 1989 as assistant superintendent of Orange County public schools. Among survivors are his wife, Shirley Albright Graham (’51); and children James R. Graham, Nancy Graham Metcalfe (’75) and Mark A. Graham. Elbert “Ebbie” H. Wampler Sr. (re-’49), Wytheville, Va., died Jan. 30, 2010. He retired as vice president of sales from Bassett Furniture. He was a former member of the E&H Board of


Visitors. Among survivors are his wife, Bobbie Joe Wilson Jennings Wampler; sons Elbert H. Wampler Jr., Carter Wampler (’77), George Wampler and David Wampler; and daughter Margaret Cikovic. Donald F. Fleenor (’51), Abingdon, Va., died Jan. 19, 2010. He was a U.S. veteran, having served in the Army Chemical Corps, and a retired teacher for Washington County Public Schools. Among survivors are his wife, Jeanette Faulkner Fleenor (’53); sons Donald and David Fleenor; a brother, Kenneth Fleenor (’58), and a sister-in-law, Carolyn Thompson Fleenor (’51). Everette J. Boggs (re-’52), Middleville, Mich., died Nov. 8, 2009. He was an Air Force pilot during the Korean War and a retired science teacher at Byron Center High School. Among survivors are his wife, Carol, and children Jeff Boggs, Joni Berghouse and Mark Boggs. Carrie Mae Stump Gillespie (’53), Harrisonburg, Va., died March 4, 2010. Her chosen field was special education and counseling. She authored a book of memories of her family while growing up on a Southwest Virginia farmer during the Great Depression. Among survivors are her husband, Dennis Gillespie, (’53); sons Clay Gillespie and Chris Gillespie, and daughter Beth Gillespie Mathis, (’88). Robert C. Mumpower (’53), Bristol, Va., died Nov. 24, 2009. He was a retired research chemist from Tennessee Eastman. Among survivors are children Chester Mumpower and Rebecca Hayes. Jane Mountain Goff (’54), Chilhowie, Va., died March 10, 2010. She was a retired school teacher. Among survivors are a daughter, Cynthia Goff, and a son, David Goff. J. Allen Neal (’54), Emory, Va., died April 3, 2010. He was a veteran of World War II. He wrote several publications for the Air Force concerning the development of the pressure suit, the history of the Navaho Missile, and the history of methods of escape from high

speed aircraft. He retired in 1977 as a professor of history at Emory & Henry. He authored the Bicentennial History of Washington County, Va. Among survivors are his wife, Kathleen McCloud Neal (’64); daughter Kitty Neal Cox (re-’69); Cox’s husband, David Cox (re-’69); son J Neal (’82); brother Wiley Neal (’47); granddaughter Kathy Cox (’92) and her husband, Tim Cox (’96), nieces Jeana Neal Bowman (’80), and Leola Neal Griffin (’87) and her husband, Greg Griffin (’87). Betty Boardwine Shelley (’54), Tallahassee, Fla., died Dec. 16, 2009. She was a teacher in Virginia and Florida. She taught and worked alongside her husband in several churches. Among survivors are her husband, the Rev. Robert Shelley (’51), and daughters Lisa Underwood and Shannon Shelley. Ann Bundy Kriss (re-’56), Biloxi, Miss., died Nov. 19, 2009. She retired from the City of Biloxi as municipal court clerk in 2006. Among survivors are her husband, Charles, and daughters Andi Moore and Kelli McKie. Donald E. Morgan (’56), Saltville, Va., died Jan. 21, 2010. He was a retired teacher. For 20 years, area high school football fans heard Don as the “Voice of the Shakers.” Among survivors are daughters Sarah Owens and Lisa Collins. John E. Grimaud (’57), Seabrook, Texas, died March 30, 2010. He was employed with NASA in Houston, where he worked as an engineer in structural and mechanical development, with an expertise in heat transfer and spacecraft thermal protection. He retired from NASA in 1990 followed by employment with numerous NASA contractors. Among survivors are his wife, Gretchen; children John Grimaud, Matthew Grimaud and Amy Lemens; brother James Grimaud (re-’50); and sister Mary Grimaud Talbert (’53). Diana Deering Good (’58), Roanoke, Va., died Oct. 26, 2009. She was founder and first director of the Sherburne


In Memoriam: David Walker Parrish, Jr.

(1923 – 2010)

Emory & Henry lost a tireless champion and devoted son when

David Parrish died in his sleep in a Charlottesville nursing home on Friday, July 2, 2010 at the age of 87. Born in Bristol, Tenn., he enrolled at Emory & Henry with the generation that straddled the Second World War — leaving their studies to serve their country in the Armed Forces and then graduating after the war. David earned bachelor’s degrees from both the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and Emory & Henry, and during the war sailed the dangerous U-Boat infested North Atlantic on merchant ships.

At Emory & Henry after the war, Parrish became a legendary athlete in basketball as a center and team

captain, and was voted the state’s most valuable player by Virginia’s sports writers in his senior year. Like many of the College’s student leaders in that era, he enjoyed campus life as a member of the Dom-I-Necker social fraternity. He went on from E&H to law school at the University of Virginia, earning his law degree in 1951. Upon graduation, he began a long and remarkable career with the Michie Company, the nation’s premier publishers of law books. He started as an editor, established and ran the company’s California subsidiary, was promoted to executive vice-president, and then for 20 years led the company in a distinguished tenure as president and general manager. He retired as Michie’s vice chairman in 1995, and was honored by the Virginia Bar Association with the Walker Award.

Throughout his life, Emory & Henry remained his special cause, the object of an affection that made him

one of his alma mater’s most devoted and effective stewards. A long time trustee of the College, he served as chair of the Board’s development council, as vice chair and then as chair of the Board of Trustees. He played a key role in establishing the College’s professional development operation, served as co-chair of the College’s first capital campaign from 1981-84, which raised what was then an impressive $4 million, and was a prominent leader in the Emory & Henry fund drives in the 1980s and 1990s which together brought in more than $50 million. Elected to the E&H Sports Hall of Fame for his achievements in basketball, he was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 1979 by Emory & Henry for his contributions to the legal profession and as an expression of gratitude for his service to his alma mater.

But David Parrish gave Emory & Henry much more than that which is catalogued above. As a trustee, he

wisely recruited to the Board a truly extraordinary coterie of fellow alumni — close friends and brothers from the Dom I Necher fraternity of his generation with distinguished careers in law, medicine and corporate leadership. Eugene “Jeep” Meyung, H.A. “Shady” Street, Robert “Burr” McClellan and E.W. “Doc” McPherson responded to the friend they admired for his devotion to their alma mater. They all became Trustees, served distinguished tenures on the Board and all now rank among the notable benefactors of Emory & Henry. For most of its history, Emory & Henry has prospered through the generosity of inspired alumni — those so dramatically shaped by the College that they devote time and treasure over a lifetime so Emory & Henry might do the same for students in future generations. David Parrish deserves an honored place in that great pantheon.


Charles W. Sydnor, Jr.

Class of 1965


Cooperative Nursery School, a school that served children of central New York. The State University of New York and Binghamton Community College employed her as a lecturer in psychology, child development and family relations. She was a custody mediator for the courts of Champaign, Ill. Among survivors are her husband, A.J. (Jack) Good (’57), and daughter Kristen Reiner. Robert H. Quillen (re-’58), Bristol, Va., died Jan. 15, 2010. He retired from the U.S. Army and was in active duty during the Korean Conflict. He was employed by the Virginia Dept. of Transportation as a right of way agent for 30 years. Among survivors are his wife, Barbara Jett Quillen, and daughters Sherrie Jones, Jerrie Quillen Doss (’81) and Alesia Laparra. Okema Fields Robinson (’58), Lebanon, Va., died Feb. 8, 2010. She was a retired teacher from the Russell County Schools. Elinor Rollins King (’59), Blountville, Tenn., died Jan. 9, 2010. Among survivors are her husband, Marcus King (re-’62); son Gregory King; daughters Gretchen Neal, Mary Katherine King Winters (’87) and Sharon Clingan; and a brother Richard Rollins (’66); and a nephew Rick Rollins (’93). James T. Jackson Jr. (’64), Lebanon, Va., died Feb. 16, 2010. He retired from the Social Security Administration with more than 30 years of service Edward Bales (re-’65), Knoxville, Tenn., died Feb. 8, 2010. After working for TVA for a decade, he formed his own company, World Energy Systems Associates. In 2005, he returned to Knoxville to build a waste transfer company. Among survivors are his wife Susan; sons Eddie Bales and Jason Bales; stepson John Golden; and brother Ron Bales (’66). R. Reginald Rose (’65), Charleston, S.C., died Dec. 15, 2009. He worked for the State of South Carolina for 22 years as a vocational rehabilitation counselor and disability determination counselor.

Among survivors are a son, Frederic Rose, and daughter, Esther Rose Williams. Marilyn Taylor Barnard (’68), Saltville, Va., died Dec. 25, 2009. She retired from teaching after 39 years with Allison Gap and Saltville elementary schools. W. Craig Ormand (’68), Lakeland, Fla., died Dec. 29, 2009. Among survivors is a daughter, Kimberly. Richard W. King (’69), Clifton, Va., died Jan. 30, 2009. He was a retired biologist from the EPA. Among survivors is his wife Diane Mae King. Judith Patterson Chalmers (’71), Eagle, Wis., died Dec. 9, 2009. Among survivors is her husband, Paul Chalmers. Richard D. Catron (’73), Dublin, Va., died April 9, 2010. He served in the U.S. Air Force and retired from the Virginia Probation System, where he served both juvenile and adult clients. Among survivors are his wife, Pat Phillips Catron; and nieces Phoebe Catron Ryans (’90) and Tabatha Catron Noe (’91). Patsy Horne DeBord (’73), Bristol, Va., died Feb. 17, 2010. She retired in 1997 after 26 years of teaching. Later, she worked three years in the Education Department at Emory & Henry as manager of the departmental resource library. Among survivors are children James DeBord, Cathy Levitt and Andrew DeBord Anita Craven Dingus (’78), Lake, Miss., died May 14, 2010. She was a certified public accountant for 29 years. Among survivors are her children Edy, Jonny and Charlie; and a sister, Laura Craven Duncan (’84). Nancy Douglas Armbrister (’84), Marion, Va., died March 13, 2010. Among survivors are children Valerie Evans, Victor Armbrister, Christopher Armbrister and Karen Houck. Eric S. Albano (’00), Marion, Va., died Nov. 1, 2009. He served 11 years as assistant and head soccer coach for the Marion High School soccer team.


Martha Washington College Pearl Kelly Bottiggi, Hendersonville, Tenn., died Aug. 2, 2009. She was an accomplished musician and played second violin with the Chattanooga Symphony. Among survivors are daughter Nancy Hunt and son Louis Bottiggi Jr. Jessye Pinnell Smith, Southbury, Conn., died June 7, 2009. Among survivors is a daughter, Barbara White.

Navy V-12 Alden S. Anderson Jr., Staunton, Va., died Nov. 20, 2009. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He practiced dentistry until 1993, spending a day a week for 19 years serving the students at the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind. Among survivors are sons Scott Anderson III and Mark Anderson and daughter Sara Lewis Vines. Andrew B. Claytor III, Bedford, Va., died May 23, 2009. Prior to his retirement, he was the owner and operator of Southern Flavoring Company, Holiday Company and their subsidiary corporations. He was founding director of Liberty Bank of Bedford and Giftco Inc. of Chicago. He also owned and operated Cloverleaf Farm. Among survivors are his wife, Sakina, and stepchildren Albert and Rachel. Robert J. Douglas, Mason City, Iowa, died March 26, 2009. John F. Ryan, McLean, Va., died Dec. 16, 2009. Among survivors are his daughters, Carolyn Sharp, Linda Barnes and Elizabeth Homan. Robert F. Zoeller, Louisville, Ky., died March 6, 2009. He served in the U.S. Navy. Among survivors are his wife, Clara Wiedemer Zoeller, and children Charles, Bruce, Sharon, John, Ann, Joseph, Susan, James, Leo and Raymond.

Part-Time Students Connie C. Bolling, Oak Ridge, Tenn., died March 24, 2010. He taught in one-room schools during his early years. He was employed by the Tennessee Eastman Corp. and later by Union Carbide Nuclear Corp. He was a newspaper columnist for The Oak Ridger under the title, “Growing Up on Cumberland.” Among survivors is a daughter Sandy Bolling Garrett (’60). Frank W. De Friece Jr., Bristol, Tenn., died Dec. 10, 2009. During his World War II military service he served in the Pacific. He served as president of The S.E. Massengill Company from 1960 until 1971 when the company was sold to Beecham Group. He was vice-chairman of the combined North American Division until his retirement. Among survivors are his wife Nancy B. De Friece; sons Mark and Paul; a daughter Polly Wills; and a stepson Chester Sikorski III.

Employees Jack S. Brown, Florence, Ala., died March 20, 2010. He was chairman of the Biology department at E&H in the early 1960s. He was a professor emeritus from the University of North Alabama. Among survivors are his wife, Myrtle, daughter Patricia Bratcher and son Stan. Helen Glass DeFriece, Meadowview, Va., died April 15, 2010. She was a retired member of the facilities department. Among survivors is a daughter Phyllis Carswell. John W. Helton, Glade Spring, Va., died Feb. 7, 2010. He retired in 1991 from the Facilities Department with more than 20 years of service. Among survivors is a brother, James Helton, who retired from Emory & Henry. James C. Logan, Winchester, Va., died Oct. 17, 2009. He was a former member of the E&H Religion Department during the 1960s. He was a retired E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Wesley Theological Seminary. v






When Emory & Henry College appointed Charles

By Robert Vejnar, College Archivist After graduating in 1927, “Rusty” Young continued his study

Collins president in 1837, it gave him the important task

of math and physics at UCLA, Harvard and Duke before

of hiring the institution’s faculty. Collins surely understood

returning to E&H as a faculty member in 1939. When Young

that Emory & Henry’s survival depended upon its having

was a student, President James Hillman had told him, “If

superior professors whose reputations could draw students

you will stay with Dr. Miller he can take you to the moon.”

from a wide region. In fact, any good founder or president of

Little did Young realize how right Dr. Hillman was in his

a college or university understood the importance of having

prognostication. Although Young never went to the moon, 19

a great faculty. Thomas Jefferson certainly understood its

of his students — including his two sons, John and Phil —

importance; he initially recruited the faculty for his University

had highly successful careers with NASA and its Apollo moon

of Virginia from some of Western Europe’s best universities.

project. In fact it was John Young who solved the challenge of

getting the Apollo spacecraft to the moon by devising a plan

That so many of our professors have been recognized

regionally and nationally is a testament to the tradition Collins

to use the gravitational pull of the earth and moon to help

began nearly 175 years ago. But there is one faculty member

propel the spaceship there.

who never received any awards or recognition yet had a

profound impact on his department, students, colleagues and

Miller: students (or students of a student) who used the

ultimately space exploration.

mathematics he taught them to advance scientific knowledge.

But Dr. Miller was more than just a mathematician. Rusty’s

James Shannon Miller arrived here in the fall of 1893

These people are the legacy of Dr. James Shannon

after earning his doctorate from the University of Virginia that

daughter, Sue Young Payne (’51), who knew Dr. Miller

same year. Prior to completing his dissertation there, Miller

when she was a child, described him as a “very courtly old

had spent the 1891-92 academic year at the University of

gentleman” whose kindness to students and colleagues knew

Goettingen in Germany, which at that time led the world in

no bounds. To illustrate the latter point she reminded this

mathematical research (it has produced many Nobel Prize

author of an extremely unselfish act of compassion that Dr.

winners). Except for three years teaching at another college,

Miller displayed towards her father in 1941 before the Navy

Miller remained at Emory & Henry until he retired in 1943.

V-12 program arrived here and boosted enrollment. Because

Over the decades, he shared with hundreds of students,

so few students matriculated that year, President Foye Gibson

including Fred Allison, Frank Rowlett, and Worth J. “Rusty”

decided to reduce the number of faculty. Although it had

Young, the wealth of mathematical knowledge he had gained

been Dr. Miller’s dream to teach for 50 years, he offered

while studying in Goettingen and Charlottesville.

to resign provided that Gibson would keep “Rusty” Young

on the faculty. He reminded Gibson that it was far more

Fred Allison, who graduated in 1906, earned his

doctorate in physics and spent his career at Auburn University

important to keep a young and promising professor (whose

where he built its physics department, discovered two atomic

financial support his family needed) here rather than indulge

elements, and later served as dean of its graduate school.

the whim of an aged math teacher who wanted to stay

Class of 1929 alumnus Frank Rowlett used his mathematical

merely to reach an anniversary. President Gibson relented

skills to break Japanese codes for the Allies in World War

and kept them both, but the Young family never forgot Dr.

II (President Lyndon Johnson later honored Rowlett for his

Miller’s magnanimous offer. Such was Dr. James Shannon

distinguished career with the National Security Agency).


Watch us climb! During the past year, Emory & Henry College in Emory, Va., has been recognized for some extraordinary accomplishments. These outstanding achievements are built on a transformational learning environment where students are smart, skilled, ambitious and curious. As these impressive students have climbed to new levels of achievement, Emory & Henry has responded in remarkable ways to keep pace with this ascent:

Faculty Awards.

Dr. Teresa Keller, mass communications professor, is the recipient of the 2010 Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award, marking the 12th time in 21 years that Emory & Henry has been represented by a major state or national teaching award.

National Recognition for Civic Engagement.

Emory & Henry College has been named one of six colleges and universities nationwide to receive the 2009 President’s Award, the highest national recognition for commitment to service-learning and civic engagement.

Top College Ranking.

Forbes Magazine ranks Emory & Henry 102 out of 3,798 institutions nationwide, making it among the top-ranked Virginia institutions on the list. It also ranks among the top 100 private institutions in the country.

“Safest College” Designation.

Emory & Henry College ranks among the top 25 safest colleges and universities in the country, according to a report by

New Construction.

Recently, Emory & Henry broke ground on a new $5.5 million residence hall. The College is making plans for the construction of a new $17 million center for the visual and performing arts.



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